NHL Morning Skate – Dec. 12, 2013 Blackhawks offense on (still) a roll, Ducks continue mastery on home ice

NEW YORK –The Los Angeles Kings paid a visit to the Maple Leafs Wednesday night and left with a 3-1 win to their credit. LA got on the board first off a wrist shot from Drew Doughty on the pNHLower play. Doughty waited for time and space to clear before taking the shot that Jonathan Bernier on the glove side.

“I was going to make a seam pass to [Carter] and that kind of drew the penalty-killer into the middle more, which gave me a lane,” Doughty said. “[Toffoli] was in front with a great screen. That goal was huge for me, so I just threw it up top.”

Cody Franson tied early in the second but Jeff Carter got the game winner in the third off a wrist shot.

Martin Jones remained hot in net as he stopped 38 shots for the win.

“I’m starting to get a little more comfortable out there,” Jones said. “I don’t think today was my most solid game that I’ve had, some rebounds here and there. I know there’s a lot of work to do, not every game is going to go as good as these last few. I’ve just got to make sure I keep working and keep trying to get better.”

In the Chicago, the Blackhawks staked the Flyers to a 1-0 first period lead. Then the house fell on Philadelphia as seven different players scored for Chicago in a 7-2 drubbing.

Marian Hossa

Marian Hossa had 3 assists in Chicago’s win of Flyers – Image courtesy of NHL

In the middle frame, Chicago built a 3-1 lead before the Flyers could get back on the board to cut the lead to 3-2. But the Hawks just pushed a little harder to post five goals in the period to go to intermission up 5-2.

“We just stuck to our game,” Chicago’s Andrew Shaw said. “They [started] running around and I think we took the game over. We’ve got a lot of skilled players, a lot of players who want to play and a lot of guys who are going to work and go to those gritty areas and find those greasy goals. We’re working together as a team right now and everybody’s contributing.”

Shaw’s goal had put the Hawks up 2-1 in second.

They added two more in the third to complete the rout. Ray Emery was finally replaced in net by Steve Mason after Brent Seabrook had made it 6-2 early in the third.

“I don’t think it’s something we ever talk about,” Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith said of his team’s firepower. “I think it’s just that quiet confidence knowing that we have the ability to score goals and generate offense.”

Patrick Sharp then greeted Mason with the final marker of the night.

“We go into the second with the lead and, just kind of a funny one, I’ve got to make a save and pucks are kind of bouncing around a bit,” Emery said. “But you can’t make excuses. As a whole, we’ve got to play better in the second.”

Meanwhile, Antti Raanta improved to 5-0-1 on the season since Corey Crawford went down with an injury.

“I don’t think we need to make it easier on him,” Shaw said. “He’s a great goalie. He’s held us in games when we’ve needed him to, and he’s done great for us.”

In Anaheim, the Ducks edged the visiting Wild, 2-1. For the Ducks it was another win on home ice where they are now 12-0-2. They are the only NHL club not to have lost in regulation at home thus far this season.

Corey Perry got the game winner in the second. Off a rush from Ryan Getzlaf, a shot went wide of the cage and bounced off the backboards to the crease area and Perry managed a nifty little redirection for the goal.

“That’s what you’ve got to do,” Perry said. “You look at a lot of goals in this League, [they] are scored in that 10-foot radius around the net. I’m just trying to go there and trying to be a big body in front of the net, and things are happening.”

Alex Gant got the Ducks going early in the first with a writer from the far boards that seemed to fool John Harding in the Wild net.

“He’s got a tremendous shot,” Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We were told his shot was great and he had seven goals in Norfolk [of the American Hockey League] being on the power play and using his shot, and you can see it.”

Jonas Hiller got the win for Anaheim making 23 saves on the night.

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