Last night, the Blackhawks got in the NHL records books for a reason they shouldn't be particularly proud about: while their 54 SOG were outstanding, Colorado's Semyon Varlamov stood on his head and kept them all out of his net. The shutout gave him the distinction of the "NHL record for most saves in a regular-season shutout on the road", according to Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats).
Chicago got behind the eight-ball early, giving up two goals to the Avalanche less than 90 seconds into the game. The first was by Nathan MacKinnon at 0:53 into the game, and then Max Talbot scored again just 24 seconds later with the same Blackhawks players on the ice.
In their last meeting of the regular season, both the Blackhawks and Avalanche came out flying.
Duncan Keith had the first penalty of the game, a roughing call in front of the Blackhawks' net. The Avalanche put plenty of pressure in Chicago's end, but despite a handful of shots, the closest they got was a goalpost.
Brad Malone put the Avalanche on the board first with 1:36 left in the first, with a sharp-angle shot. Matt Duchene would stretch the lead to 2-0 just 19 seconds into the second period.
Patrick Kane would get the Blackhawks on the board after dancing through the Colorado zone and flipping the puck over Varlamov's shoulder to make it ...
After a dominant win against the Penguins at Soldier Field on Saturday, the Hawks would drop their third game this season to the Colorado Avalanche in a 4-2 home loss at the United Center. Semyon Varlamov was stellar in net, stopping 36 shots for the Avs, while Corey Crawford would take the loss for the Hawks.
Maxime Talbot would get the Avalanche on the board first on Colorado’s 5th shot of the game off of a sneaky redirect near the left faceoff dot.
The Flyers have the opportunity to head into the Olympic break with a four game winning streak and a spot in the playoffs to lose.
The Flyers won their third straight game on Thursday, beating the Colorado Avalanche 3-1. The rode another stellar performance by Steve Mason, who has allowed three goals in his three starts during the current winning streak.
Mason stopped 38 shots against Colorado to seal the win. His only hiccup came late in the third period when Nathan MacKinnon sneaked a shot between Mason and the left goal post that cut the Flyers lead at the time to 2-1.
Sometimes, you need your goalie to steal a win for you, and that's what the Colorado Avalanche got out of Semyon Varlamov tonight at the United Center versus the Blackhawks.
Varlamov made 46 of 48 saves (.958 sv%) on a night where the Avs started a player short, and lost a defenseman early in the third. Colorado has a handful of players on IR, including PA Parenteau and Alex Tanguay, but despite that, they've been 5-1-1 in the new year. Their goalie has been a big part of that.
In that same stretch, the Blackhawks have gone just 2-1-4; so their silver lining is that they continue to eke out points in losses and remain in the top three of the Central division....
The Hawks came out flat in their first game in their 7-game circus trip across the Western conference. After bouncing back 5-1 against the Sharks on Tuesday, the Hawks got steamrolled against an Avs team that capitalized on every opportunity that was given to them.
Corey Crawford was pulled after 3 quick goals in the first after playing just 13:17 for Finnish netminder Antti Raanta. Raanta made 13 stops on 15 shots in his first NHL start, albeit an abbrevia...
The Flames head into Colorado tonight to face an Avalanche team that has seen five of their seven wins come on home ice at the Pepsi Center (5-2-1). This will be the second meeting between the clubs this season, with the Aves beating the Flames 6-3 on January 31st at the Dome. It was the Aves third straight victory over the Flames as they will look to make it four tonight.
“And with the first overall selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the New York Islanders are proud to select John Tavares.”
After months of speculation leading up to the 2009 NHL draft, the Islanders rewarded their fan base after a long and painful season by using the first pick to select the longtime #1 ranked player in the draft. It has been said that when top prospects remain at the top of a draft board for a long period of time, analysts tend to search so hard for their flaws that when they finally find one, it becomes significantly over exaggerated.
So it was with Tavares, who was ranked at the top of his draft class since about age 14. ...