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Blackhawks look ahead after 12-game win streak ends

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TAMPA — The longest winning streak in Chicago Blackhawks’ history ended Thursday when they lost 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. But coach Joel Quenneville feels the defending Stanley Cup champions have put themselves in a strong position for the remainder of the season by running off 12 consecutive victories.

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The Blackhawks were 13 points out of first place in the Western Conference after a 2-1 home loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Dec. 27. They began the streak two days later, and despite wholesale jerseys the loss to the Lightning are three points ahead of the Dallas Stars for the top spot in the Central Division and the Western Conference.

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Quenneville feels the winning streak has the Blackhawks in a good position with 32 games remaining.

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“[The streak] put us in a great spot,” he said. “You’re in that 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 [position in the standings] basically almost all year, I’d say even 10. You want to try to keep yourself out of that position. There’s a lot of hockey left to be sorted out but I really liked what we did. We still have to keep pushing.”

Moving forward was the prevailing message after the game.

Chicago (31-14-4) won’t have much time to think about the loss to the Lightning; the Blackhawks visit the Florida Panthers on Friday. The Panthers also had a 12-game win streak, from Dec. 15 to Jan. 10, but they are 0-3-1 in their past four games. That’s something the Blackhawks would like to avoid.

“It will be fun to play Florida,” defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson Jerseys said. “I bet they are pretty hungry too. I think they’ve lost four in a row. It’s going to be a big challenge.”

Chicago returned to Amalie Arena for the first cheap nhl jerseys time since Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, a 2-1 victory that gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 series lead. The Lightning entered the game Thursday on a six-game winning streak and used a smothering defense to frustrate the Blackhawks: Tampa Bay outshot Chicago 33-18 and won 32 of 48 faceoffs.

The top line of Jonathan Toews Jerseys, Marian Hossa Jerseys and Andrew Shaw Jerseys was held to two shots on goal. Lightning coach Jon Cooper dispatched the line of Ryan Callahan, J.T. Brown and Valtteri Filppula to keep them contained.

Callahan was credited with three hits. He also created two good scoring chances in the first period that were denied by Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford Jerseys.

“You can feel [the energy] in the building, going into the game.” Callahan said. “I think anytime we play Chicago cheap custom jerseys now you’re going to look across and you remember playing them in the Finals and you remember that feeling of losing to them. The extra emotion is there.”

Crawford made 31 saves but had his nine-game winning streak snapped. He said the Blackhawks have to focus on the next game.

“It was definitely a turning point cheap custom jerseys for our season,” Crawford said of the 12-game streak. “We are feeling good and have chemistry throughout the lines. It was definitely important to get on that streak and move up the standings.”

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O’Ree, Bettman attend premiere of ‘Soul on Ice’

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WASHINGTON — Willie O’Ree wasn’t allowed an early screening of the film “Soul on Ice: Past, Present & Future.”

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His co-worker at the NHL, Ken Martin, the League’s cheap jj watt jersey senior vice president of community and diversity programming, wanted him to have a visceral reaction to a movie that is as much about him and his legacy as a groundbreaker in hockey as anyone else.

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O’Ree broke the color barrier in the NHL when he debuted for the Boston Bruins Jerseys on Jan. 18, 1958. He is now a pioneer for diversity in hockey through the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone program as the League’s director of cause marketing.

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He found out Wednesday night that Martin was right, it was worth the wait.

A few minutes after watching the film in its U.S. premiere at Landmark E Street Cinema in a crowd of nearly 200, including NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, deputy commissioner Bill Daly, Washington Capitals chairman Ted Leonsis and coach Barry Trotz, O’Ree was near tears.

“Unbelievable,” O’Ree said. “Now I know why he didn’t want me to see it. It was breathtaking, really. I was thrilled when I saw it.”

The film, the first in the cinematic career of director Damon Kwame Mason and the winner of the audience choice award for documentary film at the Edmonton International Film Festival last year, takes the audience through the winding history of black players in hockey.

Commissioner Bettman said Mason’s film is a story that hasn’t been told enough, and is one that is worth telling more because it shows how inclusive the game of hockey historically has been.

“It’s a story that needed to be told, but not many people even imagined it could exist,” he said. “If you told somebody about this movie without actually seeing it, they’d think it was a work of fiction, like ‘how could it be because I’ve never heard of such a thing’ is what you get from most people.”

The film toggles back and forth, going from the turn of the 19th century into the 20th century, when the Colored Hockey League was in play in Nova Scotia, to present time. It features now 20-year-old prospect Jaden Lindo’s tumultuous draft year, from hype to a knee injury to getting selected in the sixth round of the 2014 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Lindo, whose parents never skated and didn’t know much about hockey when he told them he wanted to play, says he was once asked what it was like to be a black hockey player. His answer was that he didn’t know, because he sees himself as a hockey player who happens to be black.

The audience is treated to the story of Herb Carnegie, a Canadian who turned down a contract from the New York Rangers in 1948 because of personal and family reasons. It documents that former Toronto Maple Leafs owner Conn Smythe once said if Carnegie was white he’d sign him.

O’Ree’s story, of him playing 21 professional seasons, including 45 games with the Bruins despite being blind in one eye, is a big part of the film. So too are former players Tony McKegney, Mike Marson and Val James, the first American-born black player in the NHL.

Modern day NHL players such as Philadelphia wholesale jerseys Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds Jerseys, Montreal Canadiens Jerseys defenseman P.K. Subban Jerseys and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley Jerseys are prominently featured, as are their parents.

It was all Mason’s way of telling a history of hockey story he believes can be an educational tool to young black players today, one he never had as a kid growing up in Edmonton in the 1970s and 80s.

“I didn’t want these kids to grow up thinking it’s P.K. Subban Jerseys and that’s where it started,” Mason said. “I wanted them to know there’s a long standing history in this game cheap jj watt jersey and for us to show this history it is a service and it will broaden the game. You wait and you see; in 20 years the game is going to look at a lot different and it’s going to be the biggest game in North America. I promise you on this one cheap nhl jerseys, because it’s going to be so inclusive.”

The film did its part in educating, entertaining and enlightening an audience that included a collection of people from the hockey world, the political world, including congressmen, and members of Washington’s Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club, which since 1978 has provided local and inner city youth an opportunity to participate in an organized hockey league.

“What I liked about it is it was three stories for me — it was a history of the game, Kwame’s story, and it was young Jaden’s story,” Trotz said. “There are some things that I feel ignorant on being someone in the game and not knowing all the story. It’s quite enlightening.”

Mason said his goal now is to work with the NHL to hopefully get the film shown nationally through the League’s broadcast partners, NBC in the United States and Sportsnet in Canada.

He feels if more eyes can see it, the discussion of diversity and inclusion can grow, which would only benefit the NHL and the game at large.

“It has some funny moments, but it also has some educational moments,” Mason said. “It has a way of making people think and say, ‘Hey, let’s have a bigger discussion about this game and let’s see what more we can do with this game and let’s see if we can attract a bigger audience.'”

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Three games postponed by severe snowstorm

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A severe winter snowstorm impacting the East Coast had caused the postponement of three NHL games as of late Saturday morning.

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The Washington Capitals game against the Pittsburgh Penguins Jerseys scheduled for Sunday afternoon at Verizon Center will have to be rescheduled, the second game the Capitals had postponed in as many days wholesale jerseys. They were set to host the Anaheim Ducks on Friday in a game that was originally moved up two hours in an attempt to beat the inclement weather; however, the NHL announced Friday afternoon it would not be played as scheduled.

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Tickets for each of these games will be honored for the rescheduled date, the Capitals and Islanders announced.

No makeup dates have been announced yet for any of the games.

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