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St. Louis (18-23-4) at Chicago (25-11-8), 8:30 p.m. ESTCHICAGO (Ticker) -- An offensive slump may cause the ChicagoBlackhawks to stumble into the All-Star break on bad terms.All-Star Patrick Kane, who has one point in his last 10 games,and the Ahmad Brooks Jersey rest of the Blackhawks hope to put their strugglesbehind them when they host the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.Chicago has not scored more than two goals in five of its lastseven contests, and failed to generate any momentum on theoffensive end in a 4-1 setback LeRaven Clark Jersey at home to the Minnesota Wild onMonday.The Blackhawks had earned a point in nine straight games at theUnited Center (8-0-1), including Friday's 2-1 overtime lo s tothe New York Rangers, which interrupted an Nazair Jones Jersey eight-game winningstreak.Their only home regulation lo s during that stretch occurred atWrigley Field against the Detroit Red Wings in the 2009 WinterCla sic.After the All-Star break, Chicago will play a season-high eightstraight contests on the road from January 28 to February 13.It has registered an 11-8-3 mark on the road this season.Before Monday's 5-4 shootout win over the Boston Bruins, St.Louis Brandon Brooks Jersey had lost nine of its last 10 road games.The Blues have scored five or more goals in each of their lastfour wins, and one goal in each of their last four lo ses.
ST. LOUIS - One more game, and the Chicago Blackhawks will have linchpin defenceman Brent Seabrook back in the lineup.The St. Louis Brad Wing Jersey Blues aren't certain when captain David Backes, the player on the receiving end of the head-jarring hit that landed Seabrook a three-game suspension, will be ready.Coach Ken Hitchcock said from a selfish standpoint it would be unfair if Seabrook returned before Backes to a white-knuckle first-round playoff series tied at two games apiece heading into Game 5 Friday night. Backes was not among a handful on the ice for an optional practice Thursday and Hitchcock was tight-lipped about his status."He's not skating today so read what you want from that," Hitchcock said. "He's not around, he's not skating, so we'll see tomorrow."Hopefully, he's able to get back before Seabrook or by Seabrook's time, so it doesn New York Giants Jersey 't turn into a little bit of an advantage for Chicago."The Blackhawks have won two straight, mounting their bid for a repeat Davis Webb Jersey Stanley Cup. They took the day off for travel, confident they can beat the Blues on the road."I think the odds are in our favour right now," forward Andrew Shaw said. "The last two games have been huge for us. We had a good push, the push we needed."The Blues still have home-ice advantage in a series that couldn't be closer. Three games were decided in overtime and Game 3 was a one-goal affair before the Blackhawks added an empty-netter."Nobody's panicking," Blues defenceman Jay Bouwmeester said. Jonathan Casillas Jersey "We're not in a bad spot."Both teams have gotten solid goaltending and shown an ability to push back when the opponent appears to have momentum. The Blues came from behind late to win twice, capitalizing on Seabrook's major and game misconduct in Game 2 and the Blackhawks rebounded after squandering a 2-0 lead in Game 4.
Don Metz, a Wilcox, Saskatchewan native who helped the Toronto Maple Leafs win five Stanley Cups, died in a Regina hospital Friday after a brief illne s. He was 91.Metz helped the Leafs in their storied comeback from 3-0 down against the Red Wings in the 1942 championship. In the four consecutive Toronto victories, Metz recorded Charley Taylor Jersey four goals and three a sists and scored the game-winning goal in Game 6.After sitting out the first three games, Metz was inserted into the lineup by head coach Hap Day.After that season, Metz continued to help in the Leafs succe s, winning the Stanley Cup in 1945, 1947, 1948 and 1949. Don Metz is one Trent Murphy Jersey of only three players to have won five Cups in a Leaf uniform. Teeder Kennedy and Turk Broda join Metz in that distinguished club.Metz played in 172 regular season games, finishing with 20 goals and 35 a sists. In his 40 post-season Zach Brown Jersey games, Metz accumulated seven goals and eight a sists.After the 1949 championship, Metz retired from hockey and returned to the family farm near Wilcox where he worked until he retired from farming in 1991.Don and his brother Nick, who won four championships in Toronto alongside his sibling, have both been enshrined in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.Don Metz is survived by his wife Teresa, daughter Karen, son-in-law Jo Zach Brown Jersey hn and two grandsons Dan and Tom.Dan praised his grandfather as a quiet, Chris Thompson Jersey kind man who enjoyed being involved in sports and loved his family.Funeral details are pending.
VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks re-signed forward Zack Ka sian and defenceman Yannick Weber on Friday.Ka sian, who had 29 points (14 goals, 15 a sists) and 124 penalty minutes in 73 games last season, signed a US$3.5-million, two-year Geneo Grissom Jersey deal. The 23-year-old native of Windsor, Ont., has 50 points (25-25) and 226 PIM in 156 career NHL games."Zack Irving Fryar Jersey is a skilled, young player and an important member of this team," Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a release. "He has the ability to impact a game both with his talent and size. We look forward to seeing him continue to develop as a Canuck."Ka sian won a silver medal for Canada at the 2011 IIHF world junior championships and helped the Windsor Spitfires win a MasterCard Memorial Cup in 2010. He will receive $1.5 million next season and $2 million in Julian Edelman Jersey 2015-'16.Weber, who split last season between Vancouver and the Utica Comets of the AHL, had 10 points (6-4) and 16 PIM in 49 games for Vancouver. The 25-year-old Swi s blue-liner has 42 Montee Ball Jersey points (11-31) in 164 career NHL games with the Canucks and Montreal Canadiens.His one-year contract is worth $850,000.Also Friday, the Canucks re-signed goaltender Joe Cannata. He spent last season with the Comets, his third in the AHL.
TORONTO - Jonas Gustav son has repaid the Toronto Maple Leafs' Bryce Petty Jersey faith in his goaltending with one of the finest months of his career.Gustav son made 25 saves for his third shutout in January as Toronto blanked the New York Islanders 3-0 on Monday in the first game of a home-and-home series."He should have four," said Toronto head coach Ron Wilson, referring to a soft goal Gustav son let in during the Leafs' 4-1 win against Minnesota on Thursday.Gustav son Bilal Powell Jersey has grabbed the reins with nine starts in Toronto's last 10 games and Wilson says it's probable he'll be in net for Tuesday's rematch in Uniondale, N.Y."We did a good job in front of him and he's been there when we need him to make a big save every once and awhile," Wilson said.Gustav son has a record of 6-3 this month as the Maple Leafs struggle to keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff race. He hasn't had a run of succe s like this since he won seven games in a Bruce Carter Jersey row in March 2010.Matthew Lombardi scored twice and Phil Ke sel also scored to help Toronto (24-19-5) move into an eighth-place tie with the idle Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference standings at 53 points.The Leafs held red-hot Islanders forward John Tavares off the scoresheet and snapped a three-game win streak for Joe Klecko Jersey New York (19-22-6).Tavares came into the game with eight goals and 13 a sists during a 12-game scoring streak. New York went 8-4-0 over that span.Leafs all-star Joffrey Lupul said shutting down Tavares was something the team discu sed before the game.
In a move that general manager Bob Gainey said will boost both teams for the playoffs, the 32-year-old Rivet was dealt to the Sharks on Sunday for 22-year-old Josh Gorges in a swap of defencemen.Rivet, who John Johnson Jersey was about to return from a bout of pneumonia, had spent is entire 12-year NHL career in Montreal but had an inkling that he would be moved. He is to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.Going to San Jose, one of the strongest teams in the Western Conference, suits him fine."It was something that I was preparing myself Kurt Warner Jersey for," the North Bay, Ont., native said. "It's something that's difficult because I've been in Montreal a long time."I have a lot of roots here. But at the same time I kind of saw the writing on the wall. I was thinking in my mind that change would be good. I feel great about it."The Canadiens will also receive a first-round draft pick in 2007 while the Sharks get a fifth-rounder in 2008.It may appear a stiff price for Rivet, but the Sharks already held New Jersey's first-round pick for 2007 from a previous deal."We acquired that pick for this purpose Jared Goff Jersey ," said Sharks GM Doug Wilson. "I would rather get exactly what we want and pay a price than to have to chase your tail and get something that maybe doesn't fit as well."Gainey said San Jose wanted an experienced defenceman who is a right-handed shot.Montreal wanted a fit, Jack Youngblood Jersey young defenceman who could step into the lineup right way and help with their playoff push. The Canadiens sit ninth in the East, one spot out of playoff position.
DALLAS - The Dallas Los Angeles Chargers Jersey Stars got a huge lift from Tim Thomas after a big hit knocked Kari Lehtonen out of the game.Erik Cole scored on a breakaway with 4:49 to play, and the Stars rallied to defeat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Saturday night. Lehtonen injured his head in a collision with the Wild's Erik Haula at 6:37 of the third period.Haula was given a major penalty for chargingLehtonen's helmet came off as he fell backward into the cro sbarand was ejected. Tyler Seguin scored with 26 seconds remaining in the 5-minute power play to tie the game at 3."Obviously, not good," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "(Haula) went in hard, (Lehtonen) hit the cro sbar hard. Likelihood, it's a concu sion Travis Benjamin Jersey on just a dirty play. He should be suspended."Fourth-liner takes out our goaltender."The newly acquired Thomas stopped all six shots he faced for the win in his Stars debut in relief. The Stars acquired the 39-year-old goalie from the Florida Panthers at Wednesday's trade deadline, giving them another seasoned goalie."For me, Tim looked calm Kyle Emanuel Jersey in there," Ruff said. "He made some plays that maybe younger goaltenders wouldn't make. That was vintage Tim Thomas. He's lived it and he knows how to play."With the game tied at 3, Cole picked up a loose puck at centre ice and Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper came out to stop him, but Cole's shot went past Kuemper and into the upper left corner. Cole also a sisted on Seguin's tying goal."We fought hard all game long and kept battling Max Tuerk Jersey back and were able to grab the lead," Minnesota coach Mike Yeo said. "And then all of sudden you take a 5-minute major and another mistake after that and you find yourself down, so it's tough."Wild defenceman Keith Ballard had the turnover that led to Cole's goal.
Tampa Bay (6-10-7) Jace Amaro Jersey at Philadelphia (11-7-5), 7:00 pm ESTPHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning haven't won onthe road since the last time they were in the "City of BrotherlyLove."Captain Vincent Lecavalier and the Lightning will try to end afour-game winle s streak Tuesday when they visit thePhiladelphia Flyers.Tampa Bay has gone just 1-3-3 Adoree Jackson Jersey since Rick Tocchet replaced BarryMelrose behind the bench, failing to win away from the St. PeteTimes Forum over that stretch. The Lightning's last win Nate Palmer Jersey on theroad was at Philadelphia on November 8.Since that 2-1 triumph, Tampa Bay has posted just one win in tengames and made a debatable coaching change.Lecavalier, who was rumored to be instrumental in Melrose'sdeparture after just 16 games, leads the club with 10 goals and20 points on the season.The streaky Flyers have dropped back-to-back Taywan Taylor Jersey contests (one inovertime) after winning six games in a row.Captain Mike Richards had a pair of goals Saturday, butPhiladelphia still suffered a 4-2 setback to the Toronto MapleLeafs.
NEWARK, N.J. - Johan Hedberg made 16 saves and David Clarkson scored a power-play goal in the first period to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 1-0 win over the New York Islanders in a pre-season game Friday night.Clarkson's goal at 11:28 of the Kendell Beckwith Jersey opening period was his first of the pre-season for New Jersey (2-3-0)."I wish (the regular season) started tonight," Clarkson said. "I think we're all anxious and confident in here, ready to go."Rick DiPietro stopped 20 shots for the Islanders (1-3-0). DiPietro mi sed the final 31 games of last season with a fractured orbital bone and a swollen knee following William Gholston Jersey a fight with Pittsburgh goaltender Brent Johnson during New York's 3-0 lo s on Feb. 2.DiPietro was spectacular in turning away New Jersey's Vladimir Zharkov on a semi-breakaway in the second period and David Steckel's two-on-one attempt in the third.New York rookie centre Ryan Strome received a five minute Noah Spence Jersey major and a 10-minute misconduct for boarding Stephen Gionta with 3:14 remaining. The Islanders took 47 minutes worth of penalties."The guy kind of turned into me. I don't know how bad it was. I didn't Jameis Winston Jersey mean to hit him too hard," Strome said. "I gue s we'll see what happens."The Islanders lost rookie right wing Nino Niederreiter to a groin injury in the first period. He will be re-evaluated Saturday.
VANCOUVER - Andrew Ebbett is making up for lost time and improving his job security in the proce s.Ebbett Arthur Brown Jersey had the first two-goal game of his career on Monday and the Canucks beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 in a Boxing Day clash that moved Vancouver ahead of Minnesota and into the Northwest Division lead.It was only Ebbett's third game after sitting out 18 straight contests with a fractured foot suffered after blocking a shot Nov. 10 in Los Angeles.Ebbett now has three goals on the season, exceeding the two he scored last season for Phoenix while splitting the campaign Cassius Marsh Jersey with the Coyotes and their AHL farm club in San Antonio.It gives you a little more confidence when you come to the rink in the morning and know you are in the lineup that night," said Ebbett, who signed with the Canucks in the off-season. "Im looking as this as an opportunity to prove I deserve a top-12 spot the rest of the season."Ive really had fun here the last week and a half coming back and trying to enjoy it and seize the opportunity."Daniel Sedin, Alex Burrows, and Ryan Mark Glowinski Jersey Kesler also scored for Vancouver (22-12-4), which posted its 13th win in 17 games.Jordan Eberle, Ryan Smyth and Corey Potter replied for the Oilers, who dropped to 15-17-3 as they suffered their seventh lo s in 10 games. The Oilers only flirted with a comeback after trailing 3-0 at the end of Justin Britt Jersey a first period in which they were outshot 13-5.Smyth's and Potter's goals came during the same five-minute power play in the second period. But they were sandwiched around Burrows' short-handed goal, which gave the Canucks a 4-2."I thought we had a chance getting the five-minute power play," said Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin. "We scored one, but we gave one right back. That's unacceptable in a game like this when you're down by three."
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