NHL scores 2014: Blackhawks beat Canadiens with late Saad goal
Elsewhere, the Ducks came back against the Wild and the Jets ruined the Avalanche.
Patrick Kane’s shot at the net bounced off Andrei Markov and right to Brandon Saad, who scored with 27 seconds left in the third period. Saad’s shot eluded Carey Price and gave the Blackhawks their fifth consecutive win. Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist for Chicago and Brendan Gallagher had the same for the Canadiens.
While the ‘Hawks have won five in a row, the Canadiens have now lost five of the past six games. Fortunately for them, they’re in Dallas on Saturday night.
The Anaheim Ducks won a gutsy come-from-behind game on the road against the Minnesota Wild, 5-4. These two teams have been most affected by the mumps this season and the Ducks even battled back from a missed call in the second period that should’ve given them a penalty shot. Even though the Ducks won, Corey Perry left the game in the first period after taking a wicked hip check from Keith Ballard. Things are looking positive for Anaheim on that front, however.
BB didn’t have much more on Perry’s injury but said winger is going to Winnipeg with team.
— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) December 6, 2014
The Winnipeg Jets punked out the Colorado Avalanche at home, 6-2. We knew the Avalanche were going to regress after all their good fortune last season, but they gave up a hat trick to Bryan Little and were thoroughly outplayed by a Jets team that’s been decimated recently on defense by injury. Yes, the Avs have injury trouble of their own with Semyon Varlamov, but this is getting out of hand.
All the NHL scores
Anaheim Ducks 5, Minnesota Wild 4
Winnipeg Jets 6, Colorado Avalanche 2
Montreal Canadiens 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2
Three Things We Learned
1. Ducks fly together. Perry’s injury could’ve crushed Anaheim tonight. So could’ve the missed call. Instead, they just kept their heads down and continued to battle. We’ve seen that from Anaheim in the past in spurts, but Friday’s game could’ve been one of those “pack it in and we’ll get it next time” games. It wasn’t, and they fought back against a pretty good Wild team.
2. Patrick Roy is a mad man. With the Avalanche down 5-1 in the third period and both teams coming off a scrum that led to the Avs having a 5-on-3 power play with 13:51 to play, Roy pulled goalie Reto Berra for the extra man. When you’re down by four and you have a two-man advantage, it’s a risk that won’t burn you. Still, just seeing it happen with that much time left in the game makes it feel surreal. Kudos to Roy for trying to do something to spark his team late in a blowout.
3. Unfriendly confines for Darcy Kuemper. You have to wonder if the Wild are sweating the play of their starting goalie at home. He was pulled after giving up five goals on 18 shots and replaced by Niklas Backstrom. It’s not even close to the first time he’s been yanked at Xcel Energy Center this season.
Here comes Backstrom….third time Kuemper pulled in last 4 home starts
— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) December 6, 2014
You don’t see guys really split home and road starts, but with another stinker performance like that, you wonder if maybe coach Mike Yeo might consider it.
We’ll have to see how long, if at all, Corey Perry is out for after getting taken out by a hip check from Keith Ballard.
(GIF courtesy: @myregularface)
Stat of the Night
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 6, 2014
That’s a long time to make the home fans keep their hats on their heads.
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Speaking of mumps … Why is everyone seemingly coming down with it?