List Member Galleries
Albin Ekdals shot clipped the top of the upright
ST. [url=http://www.lionsfanspro.com/Black-Kenny-Golladay-Lions-Jersey.html?cat=929]Kenny Golladay Jersey[/url] . PAUL, Minn. -- The Chicago Blackhawks have high standards. Two Stanley Cup championships in a four-year span will create that. So their 7-2-3 start to the season is hardly a cause for satisfaction. This payback victory over the Minnesota Wild, at least, provided some reassurance. Patrick Sharp finally scored, Nick Leddy jump-started the stagnant special teams units with a power-play goal and the Blackhawks beat the Wild 5-1 on Monday night. "We havent been playing the way we want to play," said Leddy, a native of nearby Eden Prairie and former Wild first-round draft pick. "We know we can play that way all the time, and I think this gives us some confidence." After giving up 11 goals while losing their previous two games, the Blackhawks played tougher defence, were more disciplined and paid the Wild back for their 5-3 win on Saturday night in Chicago. "We may have had the most consistent game weve had," coach Joel Quenneville said. Corey Crawford made 29 saves, and Sheldon Brookbank, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad all scored to give the Blackhawks just their third game of more than three goals in 12 contests this season. "It was definitely hard to lose that way at home. They really took it to us, and we were looking to return the favour," Saad said. The Wild were actually in control of the first period despite falling behind early. Then Jason Pominville got a goal, his third in two games, to tie it at 1 midway through the second period. But Niklas Backstrom never found his footing in the net. After making 33 saves against the Blackhawks two days before, his first start following a seven-game absence because of a lower-body injury, Backstrom stopped only 23 shots. Coach Mike Yeo refused to criticize the veterans performance, but he wasnt nearly as strong in the rematch. "We cant sit here and look at that game and say that any player is responsible for that loss," Yeo said. "We had too many guys who werent on top of their game, and when youre playing a team of that calibre, obviously you need a lot of guys not playing just OK games but playing good games, and I dont think we had that tonight." Marian Hossa caught Backstrom looking the wrong way behind the net and fed Sharp for a snap shot from just outside the crease over Backstroms opposite shoulder late in the first period. This was just Sharps second goal of the season. He was quiet last season, too, returning from injury to find his rhythm in the playoffs. "It was nice to put one in. Hopefully that starts something," Sharp said. Late in the second period, Backstrom turned aside Leddys shot, but Kane beat him to the rebound and circled the puck around to the other side where Brookbank was waiting for a slap shot. Backstrom collided with rookie defenceman Matthew Dumba as he was trying to climb up and reposition himself in the crease. Then in the third period, Saad scooted past Dumba on a rush to draw Ryan Suter over in coverage. Saad then pivoted to flick a perfect drop pass to Kane, who skated in front of Dumba to tap in an easy goal and give the Blackhawks a 4-1 lead. The Wild must now decide whether to keep Dumba, their 2012 first-round draft pick, or return him to his junior team. "Im not going to say I didnt think about it at all. Thatd be a lie. I did put that pressure on myself, and I wasnt very happy with my third period tonight," Dumba said. The power play has been only so-so, and the penalty kill has been a bigger early season problem for the Blackhawks, who entered the night last in the NHL with a success rate of only 72.2 per cent. They killed all three opportunities on this night. The Wild fell to 4-1-2 at home this season. They gave up four goals in standard 5-on-5 situations, more than one-third of their league-best total this season. They have allowed 11 in 13 games. "I dont know if they were better prepared than us, but it felt like they were sharper," Backstrom said. NOTES: Brandon Pirri, moved up to centre on the second line, had two assists for the Blackhawks. ... Mikael Granlund assisted on Pominvilles goal for his team-high eighth of the season. ... The Wild were again without two of their top three defencemen, Keith Ballard (seven straight games, upper body) and Jonas Brodin (three straight games, broken cheekbone). ... Hossa has 21 points in 24 career games against the Wild. league-best total this season. They have allowed 11 in 13 games. [url=http://www.lionsfanspro.com/Black-Jarrad-Davis-Lions-Jersey.html?cat=920]Jarrad Davis Jersey[/url] . Detroits powerful offence made that unnecessary. Scherzer allowed two hits and struck out seven, and the Tigers backed their star right-hander with three early homers in an 8-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night. [url=http://www.lionsfanspro.com/Black-Brad-Kaaya-Lions-Jersey.html?cat=928]Brad Kaaya Womens Jersey[/url] . Milan was held to 1-1 at home by Torino. Cagliari scored six minutes from halftime when Mauricio Pinilla blasted home from the penalty spot after Facundo Roncaglia tripped Marco Sau. The home side could have doubled its tally in stoppage time as first Fiorentina defender Stefan Savic almost scored an own goal then Albin Ekdals shot clipped the top of the upright. [url=http://www.lionsfanspro.com/Black-Teez-Tabor-Lions-Jersey.html?cat=930]http://www.lionsfanspro.com/Black-Teez-Tabor-Lions-Jersey.html?cat=930[/url] .C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes have activated defenceman Joni Pitkanen from injured reserve.Chris Neil has left the Ottawa Senators Monday night game against the Washington Capitals with a lower body injury. Neil tried to hit Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin early in the first period buut sustained an injury on the play and went immediately to the bench. [url=http://www.lionsfanspro.com/Black-Kenny-Golladay-Lions-Jersey.html?cat=929]Kenny Golladay Youth Jersey[/url]. The Senators announced that Neil would not return to the game through the teams official Twitter account. [url=http://www.authenticjerseysnflcheap.com/]Cheap NFL Jerseys[/url] [url=http://www.cheapnfljerseyschinaline.com/]Wholesale Jerseys[/url] [url=http://www.wholesalestitchedchinajerseys.com/]Wholesale NFL Jerseys[/url] [url=http://www.mn95.com/]Jerseys From China[/url] [url=http://www.cheapnfljerseysout.com/]Wholesale NFL Jerseys[/url] [url=http://www.overallcheapjerseys.com/]Cheap NFL Jerseys[/url] [url=http://www.salecheapchinajerseys.com/]Cheap Jerseys[/url] ' ' '
You must be logged in to comment.
Art, Writing, etc.
forgot your password?
Log in with Google