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The Blackhawks were 0-for-5 on the power play in Monday night's 2-0 Game 3 loss to the Boston Bruins.

Monday's blanking means Chicago hasn't scored a power-play goal in 20 straight chances this postseason, which is starting to upset some of the players. "It's just time to get a goal," defenseman Duncan Keith said. "There's nothing more to say about it." Coach Joel Quenneville called the Hawks' man-advantage unit "not good" and it's hard to disagree with him or Keither. Chicago consistently had trouble getting pucks even into the zone to set up. Once the Hawks did get into the zone, they often made one pass too many or couldn't keep a bouncing puck in at the line. The absence of Marian Hossa was clearly felt, but it's clearly more than a Game 3 issue.
Tue, Jun 18, 2013 09:08:00 AM

The NHL is reviewing Brent Seabrook's hit on David Backes that occurred at 15:19 of the third period in Game 2 of the series between the Blackhawks and Blues.

Not surprising news at all. The Blackhawks defenseman leveled Backes, who did not have the puck and was in a vulnerable position behind the net, with a high hit, connecting with his head. Seabrook was given fiven minutes for charging and a game misconduct, while Backes looked wobbly and departed from the game. The Blues would tie the game up on the power play with 6.4 seconds remaining and win it 4-3 in overtime.
Apr 19 - 9:18 PM

Kevin Shattenkirk propelled the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 overtime victory over Chicago in Game 2 on Saturday.

He registered a goal and two assists in the match. Shattenkirk played 27 minutes in the contest and 11:13 of that ice time came on the power play. Barret Jackman netted the game-winning 5:50 into the extra session, while Vladimir Tarasenko and Chris Porter also scored for the Blues in the win. Vladimir Sobotka picked up two helpers in the contest.
Apr 19 - 6:59 PM

Matt Duchene (knee) likely won't be available during the first round of the playoffs.

Coach Patrick Roy confirmed that news Saturday. It was expected that Duchene wouldn't play in the opening round when he got hurt back on Mar. 29 following a collision with teammate Jamie McGinn. He sustained a strained MCL on the play.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 19 - 3:27 PM

T.J. Oshie (upper body) is participating in the pregame warmup.

He's doing line rushes with David Backes and Alexander Steen, so it looks like he'll be back in the lineup after missing Game 1 and the last two games of the regular season with an upper-body injury.
Apr 19 - 2:46 PM

Milan Lucic has received a $5,000 fine for spearing Detroit defenseman Dan DeKeyser below the belt.

He won't be suspended for the play. The incident occurred late in the second period of Game 1 on Friday night and it went unpenalized because it was missed by the officiating staff.
Apr 19 - 1:51 PM

Steve Mason (upper body) won't play Sunday.

However, there were indications at Saturday's practice that he is getting closer. He'll try to get ready for Game 3 on Tuesday night back in Philadelphia. Cal Heeter will continue to serve as Ray Emery's backup while is Mason sidelined with an upper-body injury.
Apr 19 - 1:37 PM

T.J. Oshie (upper body) is questionable to play in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon.

Coach Ken Hitchcock wouldn't confirm Oshie's status, so there's a chance that he could play. He expects Oshie and Patrik Berglund to play by Game 4, though.
Apr 19 - 1:11 PM

Washington superstar Alex Ovechkin has seven years left on a contract that will pay him $10 million annually beginning next season, but he finished this regular season out of the playoffs and with a dreadful minus-35 rating, third worst in the NHL.

That stat marked the latest flash point to debate whether the controversial winger should focus on becoming better on defense and whether the Capitals should make a split from the player who reinvigorated the area as a hockey market. For his part, Ovechkin said he won't request a trade — beginning July 1 a limited no-trade clause in his contract goes into effect allowing him to list up to 10 teams each year to whom he would accept one — and there’s been no indication Capitals owner Ted Leonsis would entertain the idea of parting with the face of the franchise. When asked after the Caps concluded their season having missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006-07 whether he should eschew his offensive focus, Ovechkin rebuffed the notion, saying: "I get paid to score goals. I scored 50. You can’t point [at] one guy in position, say he didn’t do his job — look at everybody’s numbers. Watch the video, and everybody have a bad year."
Apr 19 - 11:43 AM

If Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello remains true to form, he just might inquire about bringing right winger Brian Gionta back to New Jersey, according to The Star-Ledger.

Lamoriello said despite the organization’s reputation for thinking defense first, he'd like goal-scorers who could fit into the system. "I don't think we've ever not thought about offensive players," Lamoriello said. "They also have to be able to do other things. All the players we added last year were basically offensive players.(Ryane) Clowe had a certain niche and made other people taller. (Michael) Ryder and (Damien) Brunner had a history as scorers. And with (Jaromir) Jagr you saw what we got. . . ." Gionta, 35, is captain of the Montreal Canadiens. Although his offensive numbers declined this season (18 goals, 22 assists in 81 games), he is still regarded as a potential 25-goal scorer. The Habs would like to retain Gionta, who is an unrestricted free agent July 1 but he'd have to take less than the $5-million they paid him this season. The Devils have the perfect recruiter in Gionta’s younger brother, Stephen, who says he'd be willing to get into Brian's ear.
Apr 19 - 11:33 AM

Penguins defenseman Kris Letang made a mistake and hurt his team by slashing Blue Jackets rookie Boone Jenner in response to a hit late in the second period of Game 1 on Wednesday.

So Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma sat Letang on the bench for nearly eight minutes afterward. The Blue Jackets did not score on that power play, but Letang had two penalties, no shots and a minus-1 rating in the game. He also had a turnover that led to a shorthanded goal by Derek MacKenzie that gave the Jackets a 3-1 lead earlier in the second period. "I think going into a series, there are certain players that you’re looking to put a dent on and go after and forecheck and be physical on," Bylsma said. "Kris is one of those guys for our team. ... I didn’t like the response from Kris. I think he got a message, whether it was … not playing or a nice talk. He got a message." Another might have been sent Friday, when Letang was demoted to the second power-play unit during practice. He was put on a pair with defenseman Paul Martin while Matt Niskanen and Evgeni Malkin worked the points with the first unit.
Apr 19 - 10:04 AM

Jimmy Howard found his mojo on Friday night, kicking aside all 25 Bruins shots to lift Detroit to a 1-0 victory in Game 1.

Howard was fantastic, making clutch saves down the stretch to keep the game tied, while Pavel Datsyuk's late goal gave the Red Wings an unlikely victory. The Red Wings goaltender will need to be better than he was during the regular season in order for Detroit to make a run. Howard was 21-19-11 this season with a .910 save percentage and 2.66 goals against average during the year. Friday night was a good start.
Apr 18 - 10:38 PM




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