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Blackhawks’ Toews has ‘special performance’ in comeback win


It was a wild one between the Chicago Blackhawks and Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, but one player emerged to take control.

Jonathan Toews, the Blackhawks’ captain, scored the natural hat trick, including two goals in the third period, as Chicago completed its comeback with a 6-5 victory over the Senators.

“If you’re a fan and you watch him play tonight, you’re gonna say, ‘Wow.’ That was a special performance,” said Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, as per Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago.

The Blackhawks fell behind by a pair of goals just after the midway point of the second period, which led to back-up Nikolai Khabibulin getting the yank. It’s the second straight game in which the veteran netminder has struggled.

That meant Corey Crawford, who played on Monday, had to come in to relieve Khabibulin.

But while Khabibulin hasn’t necessarily been the Bulin Wall he once was, pinning the Blackhawks’ deficit in this one wouldn’t be right, according to Toews.

“Corey coming in made us realize we have to be better in front of our goaltender, and putting it on Khabby is unfair,” said Toews, as per Myers.

Kings, NHLPA announce settlement in Richards grievance

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The Los Angeles Kings announced today that they have “reached an agreement with Mike Richards to resolve the grievance filed in relation to the termination of his NHL Standard Players Contract. The terms are agreeable to all parties.”

The club said that it will not be commenting further “on the terms” of the settlement.

The NHLPA released a similar statement.

It was reported earlier in the week that a settlement was close to being reached; however, it wasn’t clear what salary-cap penalties the Kings would incur.

We’re starting to find out some details now:

How the final numbers differ from what the Kings would have incurred if they’d bought Richards out will be interesting to see. And if there are differences, how will they be justified?

Stay tuned.

Report: Ex-NHLer Aaron Ward arrested for ‘assault on a female’ (Updated)

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Aaron Ward, a 16-year NHL veteran that appeared in over 800 career games, has been arrested for “assault on a female,” per WNCN.

Ward was arrested on Friday in Cary, North Carolina and also charged with interfering with emergency communication, according to the report.

Currently working as an analyst for TSN, Ward spent five years of his career in Carolina, helping the ‘Canes capture the Stanley Cup in 2006.

Update: Per WRAL, Ward’s wife called 9-1-1 after the two had a confrontation around 1 p.m. ET. Police confirmed Ward was arrested at his home in Cary.

According to the warrant for his arrest, he took away his wife’s phone.

Because of the nature of his charges, Ward will spend a mandatory 48 hours in the Wake County jail. Anyone arrested on a domestic violence charge is held for 48 hours before bail is set.

And here’s a statement from TSN: