• November 9, 2018 at 2:17 am

    <div id=”content_id”>CHICAGO — All four of the Chicago Blackhawks games this season have been decided in overtime Adidas Leo Komarov Jersey , which has already created its fair share of drama for a team attempting to bounce back from missing the playoffs for the first time in a decade.The Blackhawks have seen a resurgence from captain Jonathan Toews and yet must remain patient for starting goaltender Corey Crawford to overcome concussion symptoms that he has been experiencing since leaving the lineup last December.So as Chicago prepares to welcome the St. Louis Blues to the United Center on Saturday, the Blackhawks remain, in many ways, a mystery regarding what is to come as the season gets rolling.Article continues below …The Blackhawks (2-0-2) will attempt to bounce back from a stinging 4-3 overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday when Chicago held a lead with 30 seconds remaining in the third period only to watch Cam Ward allow the tying goal with 23 seconds left in regulation and then another goal in overtime.“They sting because you know (the victory) is right there,” Ward told reporters, according to The Athletic, after finishing the loss with 42 saves. “…You know things we’ll look at and try to work on at being better at closing it out late in the third period. You know the guys worked hard. It was right there for us like I said.”Crawford is expected to return to game action next week, but Ward — who has been inconsistent in his four starts this season — knows that as the Blackhawks attempt to establish their footing early on, he has to do his part. That starts Saturday against the Blues, a team the Blackhawks have already defeated in overtime this season.“I’m motivated to stop the puck — that’s my job,” Ward said Thursday, according to the Chicago Tribune. Meanwhile, the Blues (1-1-1) will travel to Chicago fresh off a 5-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday.The victory, thanks largely to David Perron’s hat trick and three assists from Brayden Schenn, finally put the Blues in the win column.St. Louis reached the five-goal plateau after twice surrendering five goals in losses to both the Winnipeg Jets and Blackhawks before having most of this week to work out the kinks in practice before returning to game action on Thursday.Now, with a win out of the way Adidas Valtteri Filppula Jersey , the Blues will attempt to keep building on Saturday in Chicago.“We had a good practice week,” Perron told reporters on Thursday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “A lot of people, I think, were starting to panic, but I don’t think the players were. We put in the work this week (and) we just keep going. It’s one win. We’ve got more games ahead soon here. Let’s keep focusing on that.”On Saturday, the Blues may be without forward Jaden Schwartz, who sustained a lower body injury in the win over the Flames. According to the Post-Dispatch, Schwartz took a shot from teammate Vladimir Tarasenko that went off Schwartz’s right foot about three minutes into Thursday’s game. Schwartz finished the game, but was clearly in pain.Blues coach Mike Yeo said Schwartz is questionable to doubtful against Chicago.“I haven’t been told that he’s out for tomorrow,” Yeo told reporters Friday, according to the Post-Dispatch. “It’s certainly not something we expect to be long-term, but he’s a question mark for (Saturday).” ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Finishing a tiring stretch with four games in six nights, the Minnesota Wild twice faced a two-goal deficit in the first to the dangerous Tampa Bay Lightning.Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau has learned a very important lesson about his team in the early part of this season, though. The Wild know they can come back from slow starts.Mikael Granlund scored 3:43 into overtime and Minnesota beat Tampa Bay 5-4 on Saturday night.Charlie Coyle Adidas Chris Bigras Jersey , Marcus Foligno, Zach Parise and Jason Zucker all scored in regulation as the Wild rallied again in the third period. Minnesota has allowed the first goal in six straight games but is 4-1-1 in those contests.“I’d much prefer to start out 2-0 and then increase it, but it’s also a really good thing when a team starts to believe it can come back,” Boudreau said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to be with some teams that in the third period when they were down, they said, ‘OK, we know we can score goals.’ And they do.“It’s not what you want to have to rely on all the time but it’s nice to know that you never give up and you never think you’re out of it.”Alex Stalock made 27 saves for the Wild, who outshot the Lightning 11-4 in the third period.Yanni Gourde and J.T. Miller each had a goal and assist for Tampa Bay, which lost in its first road game of the season.Ryan Callahan scored his first of the season for the Lightning and Anton Stralman pushed the game into overtime with his first goal of the season with 4:58 left in the third after Minnesota took its first lead of the game.“You’re playing well, you’re feeling good, we were pressing, pressing, pressing,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “We scored and then we probably got a little bit comfortable. It’s funny, when we went behind, the desperation kicked in and showed a lot about our resiliency just to get a point out of the game.”Andrei Vasilekskiy made 29 saves for the Lightning Adidas Fredrik Claesson Jersey , who had their three-game winning streak snapped as they played on the road after a season-opening, five-game homestand.Tampa Bay got a quick start with goals from Callahan and Gourde within the first 10:50. Callahan was playing in his just his second game after recovering from an upper-body injury.Coyle’s goal brought Minnesota within one, but Miller scored before the end of the first to re-establish the two-goal advantage. The Lightning outshot the Wild 16-9 in the first.“This one stings,” Tampa Bay defenseman Ryan McDonagh said. “We had it going on all cylinders there in the first period and felt good about ourselves. We can’t let our foot off the gas pedal there against any team in this league, especially on the road. So, lesson learned.”Foligno scored his first of the season for the only tally of the second period and Parise tied the game 10:45 into the third.Zucker gave the Wild the lead as they pressured Vasilevskiy. But Stralman, on just the team’s third shot of the period, pushed Minnesota into overtime for the third time in five home games.“I think we’re saving it in the first, as of right now,” Wild forward Jason Zucker said. “We need to try and fix that. As long as we’re getting the wins right now, I think we’re going to be happy with it.”NOTES: Wild C Matt Hendricks missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury. … Vasilevskiy had not allowed more than two goals in a game this season. … Stalock started for the second time this season in place of Devan Dubnyk, who made 33 saves in a win at Dallas the previous night. … Tampa Bay hasn’t won in Minnesota since April 2, 2011, losing seven games in a row. … The Wild were 0 for 2 on the power play. The Lightning have started the season 25 of 25 on the penalty kill. … Tampa Bay started a season-high, five-game road trip.UP NEXTLightning: Finish a back-to-back set at Chicago on Sunday.Wild: Host Los Angeles on Thursday.</div>