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Sharks beat Canucks to remain undefeated

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Sharks beat Canucks to remain undefeated

January 27, 2013, 10:56 pm

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Joe Pavelski knew the game was going to get intense. He didn’t realize it would happen so early.

Pavelski had two goals, Patrick Marleau scored again — though only once — and the undefeated San Jose Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Sunday.

The game became feisty even before the puck dropped as Ryan Clowe and Alexandre Burrows got into it at centre ice and it remained that way.

“We know there is a lot of stake when we play them,” Pavelski said. “The intensity was set … I’d like to stay at the first puck drop but it was before that. That’s the first time I’ve seen something like that.”

Joe Thornton also scored for the Sharks, who improved to 5-0-0. Antti Niemi made 23 saves as coach Todd McLellan earned his 200th career victory.

“We were ready to go. I think that Clowie getting us going early was huge for us,” Thornton said. “Every game against these guys is just a really, super competitive game, and I think we saw that again. Both teams are engaged early.”

Marleau scored two goals in each of the first four games of the season, becoming the first NHL player to do that since 1917.

“It would have been nice to keep it going,” Marleau said. “But I got a lucky one tonight and I’ll take it.”

Burrows scored for the Canucks, who had a three-game unbeaten streak end. Cory Schneider also stopped 23 shots.

“We obviously dislike each other,” Burrows said. “We’ve seen them in the playoffs a couple of years ago. They’re a Western Conference rival and they make for good games.”

Clowe tied a Sharks record with eight penalties, all in the first two periods, and a career-high 35 penalty minutes.

Fights between Clowe and Zack Kassian in the first period and Douglas Murray and Aaron Volpatti in the third were lengthy and bloody.

“We’re not happy about the penalties and that’s all I am going to say,” McLellan said. “I owe Ryan Clowe my conversation. I have a lot of respect for him. I am happy we won with a good, gritty effort.”

Pavelski, Marleau and Thornton have each recorded points in the first five games for the Sharks

Thornton put the Sharks on the scoreboard 43 seconds into the contest, intercepting a pass from Jason Garrison in front of the net and beating Schneider.

Pavelski also stole a pass late in the first and scored. He caught Alexander Elder’s pass, also in front of the net.

“I just happened to be there,” Pavelski said. “I think he was trying to get some wings on it and I happened to get it.”

Burrows scored midway through the second period. His shot bounced off Niemi’s pads and then deflected off the back of Dan Boyle‘s skates and into the net.

“We made a few mistakes there that ended up in the back of net,” Burrows said. “But I think we bounced back pretty good. We had some chances. We had some looks, we hit some posts. At the end of the day we have to score some goals on our power play.”

Marleau, who scored his ninth goal of the season, also got a lucky bounce. Boyle’s shot hit off Marleau’s skate and went into the net.

“I felt something hit my foot but I was just standing there,” Marleau said. “I’m just trying to be in front of the net when shots are coming and creating havoc.”

Pavelski added another goal midway through the third.

Notes: Thornton has 46 points (12-34) points in 39 games against the Canucks. … Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault remains two wins away from 400. … Canucks LW Daniel Sedin had recorded a point in his first four games. … The Canucks were 3-0-1 against the Sharks last year. … The Sharks went 101:27 without allowing a goal.

 

 

NHL Three Stars: 4-point night for St. Louis, other St. Louis pays tribute to Musial

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Brian Elliott sporting a no. 6 Stan Musial jersey. The entire team wore Musial’s name and number in warmup in a tribute to the St. Louis Cardinals legend.
No. 1 Star: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning
The diminutive Lightning forward led the way …

Blackhawks hit milestone in win vs. Wings

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Blackhawks hit milestone in win vs. Wings

January 27, 2013, 10:11 pm

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks are off to the best start in their 85-year history, despite not being in charge for much of their game against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night.

Thanks to Nick Leddy‘s goal at 2:45 of overtime and a zoned-in, 29-save effort from Corey Crawford, the Blackhawks defeated the Red Wings 2-1 and improved to 6-0.

After taking a cross-ice pass from Viktor Stalberg, Leddy fired from the left circle and beat Detroit’s Jimmy Howard with a shot that slipped just under his glove. Leddy, a defenceman, said it was his first overtime goal at any level.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling, one I’ll never forget,” he said. “I heard that stat (best start) before the game. If we stick to doing the little things, we’ll be great.”

The Blackhawks started 5-0 in 1971-72 — Hall of Famer Bobby Hull’s final season in Chicago — and matched it on Saturday night with a 3-2 win in Columbus.

On Sunday, however, they were anything but assertive for much of the second and third period. Part of that was penalty-related.

Still, Chicago killed all six of Detroit’s power plays, improving to 22 of 23 this season.

Detroit’s Johan Franzen finally connected at even-strength early in the third to tie the game at 1 and set up overtime. Duncan Keith scored a power-play goal in the first period for Chicago.

“We could have been on our heels a little bit,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. “Detroit was pressing (being) down a goal. You know everything’s coming. They were pinching.

“We could have been better, but at the same time, six (games) in nine (days) could have been a factor.”

Quenneville couldn’t really fault his club, one of two undefeated NHL teams along with San Jose.

“I think everybody deserves credit,” Quenneville said. “Everybody’s contributing. Everybody was where we wanted them to be. Everybody had good conditioning to start with. Special teams, Crow (Crawford) in net, the team game. I’m pleased.”

Crawford, who made his fifth start in six games, was sharp again. Last season, the Blackhawks’ 28-year-old No. 1 goalie was criticized for allowing soft and untimely goals. That hasn’t happened so far this season.

“Focus has been a huge part of it so far,” Crawford said. “I thought I was focused last year, but I wasn’t quite there.

“This year, I’ve paid a little bit more attention to that, especially throughout the game. Every play around the net, I’m ready and getting low for little things around the net so I don’t give up those little goals.”

Crawford needed to be sharp when his teammates sagged on Sunday.

“I thought we really carried the play in the last 30 minutes of the game,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “They were better than us early. They outskated us, and then we really dug in and got playing a while. We had every opportunity to win the game.”

Injury-depleted Detroit has gone just 2 for 26 with the man advantage so far.

“We’ve got to shoot the puck a little more and maybe things will be a little different,” Franzen said. “It think it’s just a matter of getting the shots and getting the traffic.”

Howard, who has started all five of Detroit’s games, made 25 saves.

Chicago has won four straight against Detroit, dating to Feb. 21, 2012. The Blackhawks and Red Wings met for the 722th time, the most of any two NHL opponents.

Sunday’s game was only the Blackhawks’ second at home, and they begin a six-game road trip Wednesday in Minnesota. The Blackhawks don’t skate at home again until Feb. 12 as they play 10 of their first 12 games away from the United Center.

Keith scored the only goal of the first period, during a power play 2:24 in.

Crawford had to be sharp to preserve the lead in second. Early in the period, he made close-in saves on Todd Bertuzzi and Henrik Zetterberg. And the Blackhawks needed Crawford as they ran into penalty trouble in the second. Detroit was unable to convert any of four straight power plays beginning midway through the second, including a 43-second 5-on-3 advantage.

“The D were blocking the shots,” Quenneville said. “Key saves by Crow (Crawford). It was a group effort, with spectacular kills.

“We dodged a bullet. It was the key to the game.”

The Blackhawks started the third sluggishly, and Franzen finally tied it at 1 with an even-strength goal at 4:30 of the period. After Zetterberg’s shot was blocked, Franzen picked up the loose puck and closed in from the right circle. He got by Keith and beat Crawford with a shot between the legs.

Crawford made a point-blank stop on Cory Emmerton midway through the third to preserve the tie.

Howard then made sprawling saves on Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews during a Chicago power play with just under 5 minutes left in the third. Keith’s shot a minute-and-a-half later hit the post.

Crawford stopped Franzen’s prime chance 1:30 into overtime.

Notes: Red Wings D Jonathan Ericsson returned after missing three games with an injured hip. … Detroit C Darren Helm (back) and D Jakub Kindl (healthy scratch) sat out after playing on Friday against Minnesota. Both have missed four of five games so far. … Red Wings D Ian White (leg), D Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder) and LW Jan Mursak (shoulder) and G Jonas Gustavsson (groin) remain sidelined. … Out for Chicago were LW Daniel Carcillo (knee) and D Steve Montador (concussion, from last season) … The 1971-72 Blackhawks won nine of its first 11 games en route to a 46-17-15 record and first place in the NHL’s old Western Division.

 

 

Markov scores in OT as Habs halt Devils

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Markov scores in OT as Habs halt Devils

Andrei Markov scored 4:22 into overtime on a power play as the Montreal Canadiens held of a rally from the New Jersey Devils.
Andrei Markov scored 4:22 into overtime on a power play as the Montreal Canadiens held of a rally from the New Jersey Devils.
(Photo: CP/Graham Hughes)

January 27, 2013, 9:04 pm

THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL — Andrei Markov is on a roll.

The veteran defenceman scored during a power play 4:22 into overtime to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night.

It was Markov’s fourth goal in as many games this season and was a third straight winner.

It came after the Canadiens wasted a two-goal lead in the third period as David Clarkson and Dainius Zubrus scored for New Jersey to force overtime.

“We played against a good hockey team that hadn’t lost and that went to the Stanley Cup final last season, so it was a good measuring stick for us,” said Montreal coach Michel Therrien. “We showed a lot of resilience.”

Brendan Gallagher scored his first NHL goal and Brandon Prust got his first as a Canadien, while Ryan White also scored for Montreal (3-1-0).

Patrick Elias had the other goal for New Jersey (3-0-1). Elias and Clarkson had three points each.

While Markov was the overtime hero, the talk was all of young players Gallagher and his 18-year-old linemate Alex Galchenyuk, who had two assists.

Galchenyuk stole the puck from Andy Greene at the blue-line and sent a perfect pass across to Gallagher to fire into an open side past Martin Brodeur at 13:35 of the first period.

Gallagher didn’t slide the length of the ice like Edmonton’s Nail Yakupov, but the 20-year-old looked awfully happy as he leapt in the air and was hugged by his teammates.

“To get that first one is something you remember,” said Gallagher. “Alex made a great pass. He looked off the D-man and put it right where it had to be. I just had to put it on the net.”

They are both making a case to stay with the NHL club.

Gallagher, playing his third NHL game, made the team out of training camp after starting his first pro season with Hamilton of the American Hockey League.

Galchenyuk, the third overall pick in the June draft, has three points in four NHL games.

The team will have to decide after a game Tuesday night against the visiting Winnipeg Jets whether to keep Galchenyuk in Montreal or return him to the junior Sarnia Sting.

Therrien said only that the decision will be made with Galchenyuk’s future in mind and won’t be influenced by injuries or other factors. The team has lost left-winger Max Pacioretty for 3-to-4 weeks after he had his appendix removed on Saturday.

Therrien said “we like how (Galchenyuk) is developing on and off the ice.

“We’re seeing a lot of combativity from the two young players. They were on the ice for two goals. They had a lot of energy. What’s good is that they’re learning and we’re seeing results.”

The youngsters are on aline with rugged veteran Prust, who has also been solid.

“We’ve got to keep doing the same thing — keeping it simple out there, moving pucks and hunting down pucks,” said Prust, a former New York Ranger. “That’s what made us successful.”

The Canadiens, who had a 32-25 shot advantage, posted a rare win over Brodeur, who is 43-19-5 against Montreal in his lengthy career.

Montreal was first on the puck from the outset and scored 2:25 into the game when Alexei Emelin‘s shot was tipped by Travis Moen and went off Brodeur to White for his first of the season.

Emelin flipped the puck to the far blue-line where Greene lost it to Galchenyuk, who slipped a pass into the slot for the onrushing Gallagher to fire into an open side for a 2-0 lead.

The roles reversed in the second period as New Jersey camped out in Montreal’s end and got a goal at 3:26 when Elias tipped a Mark Fayne point shot past Carey Price after some strong work in the corner by Clarkson.

Galchenyuk intercepted a clearing attempt and slipped the puck ahead to Prust to bat into the net two minutes into the third period.

Galchenyuk and Prust were both off for high-sticking when Clarkson banged in an Elias feed during a two-man advantage at 5:23.

Zubrus tied it at 13:02 on a feed from behind the net by Elias.

Markov was at the edge of the crease to lift the rebound of Rene Bourque‘s shot off the end boards in overtime. The Canadiens went on the man advantage after Greene took down Erik Cole going to the net at 4:01.

.Notes: Montreal was without left winger Max Pacioretty, who was released from hospital Sunday after an appendectomy. He will be out 3-4 weeks. Lars Eller moved into his spot… Galchenyuk for Montreal and Stefan Matteau for New Jersey each played a fourth game. They can play one more before their teams must decide whether to send them back to junior… Defenceman Tomas Kaberle was a healthy scratch for Montreal.