Duncan Keith

Blackhawks extend their winning streak to 3 games


After earning his sixth shutout of the season on Saturday, Brian Elliott was solid, but not flawless in Sunday’s matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks. Unfortunately, that wasn’t good enough for the Blues this time around.

St. Louis led for most of the game on the strength of an Andy McDonald goal. McDonald is now on a three-game goal scoring streak and has four points in five contest since returning from a concussion that sidelined him for roughly four months. However, Chicago’s Duncan Keith fired back in the third period and then Dave Bolland gave Chicago a 2-1 lead with just 6:57 remaining in regulation time. Marian Hossa chipped in an empty netter as Chicago went onto win 3-1.

This is a big victory for the Blackhawks as they try to repair the damage done by their monstrous nine-game losing streak. Chicago has now won three straight games, but this is their first victory against a division rival other than the last place Columbus Blue Jackets since Dec. 30, when they beat the Detroit Red Wings. Chicago will have a chance to record another win against Detroit on Tuesday and fortunately, given Detroit’s success at home, the Blackhawks will host the match.

For St. Louis, this loss hurts their bid to dethrone the Red Wings as the Central Division leader. They have been limited to just a goal four times this month and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they have lost three of those matchups. However, they may have a tough time scoring goals against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday and Nashville Predators on Thursday.

Torres suspended pending hearing

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According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.

Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.

“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”

Oilers place Scrivens on waivers

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The Edmonton Oilers placed Ben Scrivens on waivers on Sunday.

Should he go unclaimed, the 29-year-old will be sent to the American Hockey League.

It looks like Edmonton will enter the regular season with Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson as their goaltenders.

Scrivens was the team’s number one goalie last year, but his overall numbers were among the worst for starting goaltenders in the NHL.

He had a 15-26-11 record with a 3.16 goals-against-average and a .890 save percentage in 57 games last season.

Scrivens is scheduled to make $2.3 million in the final year of his contract.

If he does end up in the AHL, the Oilers will carry $1.35 million of dead money on the salary cap.

The move comes one day after Edmonton placed Nikita Nikitin on waivers.

The 29-year-old officially cleared on Sunday afternoon.