Kane, Crawford lift Blackhawks over Stars in shootout

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-03-24

CHICAGO — Patrick Kane scored his team-leading 33rd goal in regulation and connected again in the shootout as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Thursday night to open an eight-point lead for first place in the Central Division. Artemi Panarin also scored in the shootout as Chicago rode a 42-save effort by Corey Crawford through overtime to improve to 6-0-1 in its last seven. It was also the Blackhawks’ 18th win in their last 22 games. Marian Hossa scored his 24th goal of the season midway through the third period. Crawford was beaten only by Tyler Seguin in the shootout and twice in regulation by Ales Hemsky as he rebounded from giving up four goals on 1

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Oilers battle back to topple Avalanche

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-03-24

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche continue to be the free spot on the bingo card for everybody. The Avalanche, who came into the game with only four more points (43) than the Edmonton Oilers had wins (39), weren’t dogs on National Puppy Day Thursday, but in the end, the Oilers rolled over them 7-4, unleashing a five-goal third period rally against the NHL’s worst team. While Oilers centre Mark Letestu said they wouldn’t be looking at the standings, it looked like Edmonton certainly stole a peek after they lost a hard-fought game at the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday as the Avs scored early and often against Cam Talbot. He got the start, his 67th, after being pulled after four goals

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Oilers Snapshots: Letestu set career high ... Benson may need surgery

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2017-03-23

DENVER — Lost in the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 setback to at the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday was Mark Letestu’s career high 15th goal — a late power play on a rare six-on-three opportunity with Ryan Kesler and Josh Manson in the penalty box and backup goalie Laurent Brossoit pulled.

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Oilers Snapshots: Letestu set career high … Benson may need surgery

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-03-23

DENVER — Lost in the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 setback to at the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday was Mark Letestu’s career high 15th goal — a late power play on a rare six-on-three opportunity with Ryan Kesler and Josh Manson in the penalty box and backup goalie Laurent Brossoit pulled. “I’d prefer it to be a more meaningful goal, but I’m not giving it back,” said the Oilers centre, who went into the Thursday game at the Colorado Avalanche with 10 power-play goals, two shorties and three five-on-five goals. A crazy box score, for sure. Letestu had 14 goals in his first full season with Pittsburgh Penguins in 2010-2011. He had a bet with his little guy Caleb as to who would score more goal

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Live: Edmonton Oilers at Colorado Avalanche

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-03-23

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Edmonton Oilers @ Colorado Avalanche

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2017-03-23

Oilers look to start new win streak tonight against struggling Avalanche The Oilers’ four game win streak was snapped at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks last night. Edmonton is in Colorado to face an Avalanche squad that’s struggled mightily this season. Two easy points. Right? How To Tune In Time: 8 PM MDT TV: Sportsnet West Radio: 630 CHED What To Watch For From The Oilers Cam Talbot finally showed his human side when he was pulled after allowing four goals. Laurent Brossoit stepped in and stopped 16 shots, allowing none. Edmonton is going back to Talbot after his forgetful start. We’re hoping for Vancouver Talbot instead of Anaheim Talbot. What to Watch For From

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USA Hockey begins contacting potential women’s replacements

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-03-23

USA Hockey says it will begin reaching out to potential replacement players in case the women’s national team boycotts the upcoming world championships over an ongoing wage dispute. The organization says in a statement sent to The Associated Press that it’s still prioritizing having the original team on the ice. But USA Hockey informed players’ representatives that it will be gauging replacement players’ availability for the tournament, which begins March 31 in Plymouth, Michigan. Executive director Dave Ogrean says USA Hockey’s objective remains having the players picked for the team represent the U.S. and called negotiations this week "producti

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IIHF asks NHL for decision on Olympics by end of April

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-03-23

TORONTO — Alex Ovechkin has pledged to attend the 2018 Olympics in South Korea whether the NHL opts to go or not, and the Russian superstar might not be alone. Donald Fehr, the executive director of the NHL Players’ Association, said the possibility of players choosing to compete in Pyeongchang even if the NHL decides against interrupting the 2017-18 season "would be the next issue which arises." "I’m not sure we take the view that that’s a league decision anyway," Fehr said by phone on Thursday afternoon. "It’s very probably an individual club decision." The NHL declined to comment on the matter when reached Thursday, but it&

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Edmonton Oilers great Ryan Smyth 'blindsided' by hit to his head in senior hockey action

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-03-23

Ryan Smyth, who was knocked out on a ripping, unsuspecting hit during an Alberta senior hockey league playoff game almost two weeks ago, is back on the ice, but whether No. 94 plays again this spring is very much in doubt. “I’ve only been hit that hard once before by Jack Johnson,” said Smyth, the former Edmonton Oilers mainstay who was playing for the Colorado Avalanche when Johnson, then with Los Angeles Kings, levelled him with a clean wallop. Smyth suffered a concussion and separated his shoulder as a result when he smashed into a partition by the Avalanche bench on the Johnson hit. He was also knocked out. But at least he saw Johnson coming in 2008 as he

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Blues GM says Shattenkirk trade to Capitals didn’t have to happen

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-03-23

No player received more attention prior to the NHL trade deadline than Kevin Shattenkirk. It seemed like it wasn’t a matter of if the pending unrestricted free agent would be moved but when it would happen. Doug Armstrong wound up sending the blueliner to the Washington Capitals but the St. Louis Blues general manager told Hockey Central at Noon it was a move that didn’t necessarily need to happen. “We know Kevin Shattenkirk’s a very good player and if we were fighting with the top two or three teams in the league and were a favourite to win the Cup I don’t think you make that trade,” Armstrong said Thursday. “Quite honestly, one of the things is when a player has informed us h

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Taylor Hall Won’t be an Oilers Fan During the Playoffs

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2017-03-23

If you hoping that Taylor Hall would be an Oilers fan in the playoffs then you will be disappointed. Surprised? No me neither.  The Devils are in Toronto tonight and during his pre-game media scrum and Taylor Hall was asked about whether or not he’ll be watching the playoffs. As you already know, Hall is in the middle of his seventh season in the NHL and has yet to play a playoff game. Actually, Tay Tay hasn’t even been in the parking lot of the ballpark to making the playoffs, and this year is no different. Hall admitted that playoff time has been a tough pill to swallow considering that he hasn’t been able to participate, but this year adds a new wrinkle in that his fo

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Holding Back McDavid

Source: The Super Fan
Date: 2017-03-23

Enough can’t be said about Connor McDavid and the great season he’s been having. He currently leads the league in points with 85, including 57 assists. The Oilers are a different, much more offensive team with him on the ice, posting a higher share of shots, scoring chances and goals at even-strength (5v5). Breaking out his on-ice numbers at even-strength into rolling 25-game segments, we see that for the most part the Oilers’ share of events have regularly been well above the break-even point when McDavid is on the ice. These really are remarkable numbers for a second-year forward, and it’s possible that the best is yet to come. The one metric that stands out in the graph above is

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