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Islanders drop a season-high fourth straight in loss to Blackhawks


The New York Islanders fell 4-1 to the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday night stretching their losing streak to a season-high four games.

The Islanders offense has dried up during the skid as New York has managed just one goal in each of the four games.

The slump coincides with the loss of defenseman Nick Leddy, who missed his fourth game due to an upper body injury.

The good news is Leddy is on the road trip now, which means he could return as early as Saturday.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville reunited Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa and the moved paid off.

The trio combined for four goals and four assists as Chicago stretched its win streak to three games.

Toews led the way with two goals and two helpers. Hossa added a pair of goals while Sharp had two assists.

The win gives the Blackhawks a five point cushion on the Minnesota Wild in the Central Division while the loss leaves the Islanders just two points up on the Penguins in the Metropolitan Division.

Corey Crawford improved to 29-14-5 with a 38 save performance.

Nikolay Kulemin had the lone Islanders goal.

Michal Neuvirth stopped 26 shots in the loss.

Not dealt at deadline, Beleskey still working on extension with Ducks

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Pending UFA and breakout scoring sensation Matt Beleskey is still an Anaheim Duck, having stayed put through yesterday’s trade deadline — despite serious interest form other teams.

To hear Beleskey’s agent explain it, staying put is a good thing. Anaheim is where Beleskey wants to be long-term, and now the two sides can keep negotiating a new deal.

“We continue to work through the process,” Beleskey’s agent, Murray Kuntz, told PHT via email on Tuesday. “Matt’s priority is to remain in Anaheim for many years to come.

“Hopefully we can make that happen.”

Beleskey is currently sidelined with a shoulder ailment, one of the few negatives in an otherwise stellar campaign. The 26-year-old has 21 goals this season — more than Sidney Crosby, Jeff Carter and Marian Hossa — which has added a bonafide offensive component to his gritty, hardworking game.

That, combined with his contractual status, made Beleskey a prized target on Monday.

ESPN reported several teams called Ducks GM Bob Murray about making a deal, and CSNNE suggested the Bruins were among the interested parties. Once Monday’s dust settled and Beleskey remained a Duck, Murray confirmed there were suitors looking to bring him aboard.

“You’re torn, but I felt that for this hockey team it was more important to keep Matt and take our chances in the future,” Murray said, per the L.A. Daily News. “We’ll see what happens in the summer.

“He’s an important part of our team. I got asked [by other GMs about trading Beleskey]. I just wasn’t going to do it.”

In light of this, it’ll be interesting to see what Beleskey’s next deal will look like. The Ducks clearly value him, but at what price? It’s also worth noting Murray has numerous key players needing new contracts both this offseason and the next, including a slew of RFAs (Emerson Etem and Jakov Silfverberg this summer; Sami Vatanen, Hampus Lindholm, Kyle Palmieri, Rickard Rakell, Jiri Sekac and Simon Despres the one following.)

Video: New-look Blackhawks steamroll Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes v Chicago Blackhawks

Even after making big investments for reinforcements, the Chicago Blackhawks likely still feel a little shaken up without Patrick Kane … but hey, they still have a healthy Jonathan Toews.

Their captain scored the first two goals (and later added an assist) as they cruised to a 5-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night.

The Blackhawks showed off their still-deep offensive attack, as Brandon Saad and Marian Hossa scored their 20th and 18th goals of the season respectively (Marcus Kruger also broke a scoring slump with his sixth).

The game was essentially over in the third period, when Carolina scored its two goals. The only moment of real concern came when Corey Crawford was slow to get to his feet late in the contest, but he finished out the night for his 25th win of the season.

Neither newcomer scored a point, but Kimmo Timonen and Antoine Vermette got their feet wet in their debuts with Chicago.

Despite a -1 rating, Timonen seemed to fit in quite nicely for a 39-year-old who’s dealing with career-threatening blood clot issues. He logged 17:29 TOI and may have been OK for more if it wasn’t such a lopsided game. Either way, Chicago has to be happy about its investment so far (though it’s obviously very early).

Vermette was quieter in his first game, only receiving 12:55 of ice time.

Beating up on a deflated Eastern Conference afterthought doesn’t prove a whole lot, but the Blackhawks at least looked dangerous in their first game after the trade deadline.

Get your game notes: Red Wings at Blackhawks

Chicago Blackhawks v Detroit Red Wings

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Chicago Blackhawks hosting the Detroit Red Wings at 7:30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:


• Both 3rd in their respective divisions…CHI has 2 more points this season but has played 2 more games.

• Top PP (DET) vs. top PK (CHI)…1st meeting of season: DET 0-3 on PP (4-1 home win on Nov. 14)

• Last game: On Monday night, DET lost to MTL, 2-0…On Sunday afternoon, CHI beat PIT, 2-1 (SO).

• Tonight DET-CHI meet for the 729th time in the reg.-season – tying BOS-MTL for most in NHL history.

• Before DET was relocated to the Eastern Conference for the 2013-14 season, DET and CHI were in the same division for 31 consecutive seasons, most recently together in the Central Division from 1993-2013.

• DET minor slump only sees a tougher road ahead…1 week ago the Wings were considered one of, if not the, hottest team in the league having won 9 of 10…since last Wednesday however:

• DET: 3-game losing streak (0-2-1)

• Worst stretch since dropping 6 straight in mid-December (0-2-4).

• DET last lost consecutive games in regulation back on Mar. 25 & 27, 2014.

• Despite the slump, the Wings are still well positioned in the Atlantic but face a brutal upcoming schedule:

• Detroit is through 3 games of a 12-game stretch in which it faces 10 teams currently in a playoff position, including 3 of the top 5 teams in the NHL (NSH, MTL, ANA).

• Tonight’s game is the start of a 6-game road trip (ties a season high) where DET will leave the Midwest and head west (@ DAL next on Saturday) before a California trip through ANA, LA & SJ, and then close out the stretch at league-leading NSH…DET is not home again until Mar. 4 vs. NYR.

• Who is in net for DET?…Last Wednesday, All-Star selection Jimmy Howard returned for the Wings, after injuring his groin back on Jan. 10 (missed 10 games), when he played the 3rd period at PIT for Petr Mrazek, who was pulled (4 GA). Howard has started DET’s 2 games since and fared much better in his 2nd start: vs. WPG on Sat.: 4 GA on 38 shots (5-4 SO loss) vs. MTL on Mon.: 1 GA on 28 shots (2-0 loss)

• Mrazek, who started all of Detroit’s games while Howard was out, has been sent back down to Grand Rapids (AHL) after going 8-2-0 with a 2.78 GAA since Jan. 13.

• Hawks 2-0-2 so far on the home stand: Tonight CHI plays its 5th gm of a season-high (and long; 16-day) 8-gm home stand…CHI got off to a poor start with consecutive losses, though both in extra time (to AZ & VAN), but has won 2 straight & looks for its first 3-gm win streak since running off 8 straight wins from Nov. 26 – Dec. 11.

• Central Division scope: Though the Hawks have points in 6 straight games (4-0-2 record), reaching 1st place in the Central is looking increasingly less likely.


• DET ranks first in the league on the power-play at 26.0%. The Wings PP goal streak of 5-games was snapped vs. MTL but they are still 7-for-their-last-20 (35.0%) over the last 6 games.

• Tomas Tatar has 7 points (2G-5A) over his last 6 games.

• Tatar has 41 points in 55 GP this season (23G-18A) establishing new career highs in goals & points.

• Henrik Zetterberg has 51 points (19G-32A) in 53 career games vs. CHI

• No active player has ever scored more goals in a Red Wings uniform against CHI than Zetterberg.

• His 51 points are the 3rd-most among active players vs. CHI (D. Legwand – 62, R. Nash – 52)

• Pavel Datsyuk has 7 pts (2G-5A) in his last 7 games including a 3-point performance (2G-1A) vs. WPG on Sat.

• Datsyuk is in the top-3 on the team in goals, assists & points despite playing just 44 of the team’s 55 games.


• Chicago has the league’s best penalty kill at 87.9%. The team is 14-for-15 on the PK (93.3%) in the last 8 games.

• Patrick Kane has 7 points (2G-5A) in his last 6 games and ranks 1st in the NHL in scoring with 63 points.

• No American has ever won the Art Ross Trophy, and only one American (Billy Burch from Yonkers, NY in 1925 playing for the Hamilton Tigers) has won the Hart Trophy as league MVP (Kane is from Buffalo, NY)

• Stan Mikita in 1968-69 was the last Blackhawk to lead the league in scoring.

• Marian Hossa was held without a point vs. PIT snapping a 4-game goal/point streak in which he had 8 points (7 goals) including 3 straight 2-goal games to begin the stretch.

• Hossa became the 6th Blackhawk all-time with a multi-goal game in 3 straight team games of one season.

• Hossa’s performance last week earned him the NHL’s first star of the week.

• Back in 2008-09, Hossa had 71 points (40G-31A) as a member of the Red Wings. Hossa signed with DET as a free agent, lost to PIT in the SCF that season, then signed a 12-year deal with Chicago, where he has been ever since.

• Career vs. DET: 27 points (11G-16A) in 33 games.

• 19 points (5G-14A) in 22 games vs. DET since 2009-10.

• Jonathan Toews has 5 points (1G-4A) during a 4-game point streak after going the 4 previous games without a point.

• Career vs. DET: 25 points (11G-14A) in 34 games.

• Brandon Saad has 4 points (1G-3A) during a 3-game point streak and 7 points (2G-5A) in his last 6 games.

• Saad needs 2 goals to tie his career high of 19 set last season.

• Patrick Sharp, last season’s team leader in goals (34) & points (78), has been quiet lately (0 points in last 5 games) but has 35 career points (16G-19A) vs. DET (46 GP)…Sharp scored the shootout winner vs. PIT after Toews & Kane made their attempts.

• Since returning from a foot injury which kept him out for 3 weeks (occurred Dec. 1), Corey Crawford has finally gotten back on track:

Hossa, Toffoli, Rinne named NHL’s three stars of the week

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Chicago’s Marian Hossa, Los Angeles’ Tyler Toffoli and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne have been named the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Feb. 15, the league announced on Monday.

The details:

Hossa led the NHL with five goals and tied for second in the League with six points to help the Blackhawks (35-18-4, 74 points) pick up points in all four of their games.

Toffoli shared second in the NHL with four goals and six points to power the Kings (25-18-12, 62 points) to a trio of victories, moving the club within three points of a Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.

Rinne went 3-0-0 with a 1.30 goals-against average and .954 save percentage to backstop the first-place Predators (38-12-6, 82 points) to three straight wins.

Hossa’s breakout performance came after a sluggish start to the season, in which he scored just 10 goals in his first 52 games (including an ugly month of November, when he scored one in 14.) The 36-year-old Slovak is still on pace for a 60-point season, however, which would match last year’s total when he scored 30 goals and 30 assists.