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CHICAGO -- Even without Patrick Kane -- and despite a run of sloppy plays and penalties -- the Chicago Blackhawks found a way to buckle down and beat the Carolina Hurricanes. Marc Bartra Jersey . Jonathan Toews short-handed breakaway goal early in the third period snapped a tie, and lifted the Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory on Friday night. Patrick Sharp scored his team-leading 30th goal and Kris Versteeg ended an eight-game drought to help the Blackhawks pull out a win without Kane, the teams leading scorer who was placed on long-term injured reserve after sustaining a lower-body injury in Chicagos victory over St. Louis on Wednesday. The Blackhawks were also without injured forwards Brandon Saad and Bryan Bickell, and defenceman Michal Rozsival. "Thats one of those things, we have to learn how to play without our best players," Toews said. "Weve done it without Hoss (Marian Hossa), and now Sadder and Kaner. "It doesnt matter. If someones nursing something, we have to find a way to fill that void." Sharp has scored at least 30 goals four times in his career. He has reached the mark in the past three full NHL seasons. Corey Crawford made 26 saves as defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago tightened up defensively and overcame mistakes late in the second period and early in the third that helped the Hurricanes fight back from a two goal deficit. "Thats a game we can look back on during the playoffs as being able to shut a team down in the last five minutes," Crawford said. "I dont think they got a shot in the last five minutes. Thats the way you want to play." Carolinas Alexander Semin scored his 20th and 21st goals 3:36 apart, but the Hurricanes lost to Chicago for the second time this season. The Blackhawks beat Carolina in a road shootout on Oct. 15 in their only other meeting this season. Semin tied it off a faceoff during a 5-on-3 power play at 2:58 of the third. Eric Staal won the draw and fed Semin, who fired in a screened shot from the top of the left circle. Semin had cut Chicagos lead to 2-1 with 37.7 seconds left in the second. He was open in the right circle, took Staals pass from the left boards and fired a quick shot past Crawfords glove. "We gave them some excitement to their game at the end of the second," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "We took six penalties in a row, a stretch of six penalties that got them right back in the game. "Then Johnny scored a huge goal for us, which was very timely." Toews third short-handed goal at 3:29 of the third put Chicago ahead for good. A shot by Staal rimmed all the way around the boards in the Chicago zone and came out to centre ice. Toews got the puck, skated in alone, and beat Anton Khudobin with a high backhander. "Obviously I missed the shot down the wing," Staal said. "I wanted to go high glove, and they got a good bounce and good player going the other way on a breakaway." Once Toews put Chicago in front, the Blackhawks sparkled defensively in the third period and held on to extend their point streak to four games (3-0-1). Khudobin stopped 22 shots after a career-best 46 saves in Carolinas win at Columbus on Tuesday. Kane, who could miss the rest of the regular season, was injured in a collision with St. Louis Brenden Morrow. He left the ice under his own power, favouring his left leg. Earlier Friday, Chicago recalled top prospect Teuvo Teravainen and forward Jeremy Morin from Rockford of the AHL. The 19-year-old Teravainen, Chicagos first-round selection in the 2012 draft, didnt play against Carolina. The Blackhawks came out flying in the scoreless first and outshot Carolina 11-4. The Hurricanes didnt record their first shot until Nathan Gerbe forced Crawford to make a glove save 11:21 in. Sharp opened the scoring on a breakaway at 3:09 of the second. He took a stretch pass up the middle from Andrew Shaw and accelerated past defencemen Justin Faulk and Ron Hainsey. He beat Khudobin with a high backhander on the stick side. Versteeg made it 2-0 with 3:34 left in the second during 4-on-4 play. Defenceman Nick Leddy carried the puck down to the left corner, then centred a pass to Versteeg, who beat Khudobin on the glove side. NOTES: Kane must sit out a minimum of 10 games and 24 days. Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said there is "no reason to think he wont" be ready for the playoffs. ... Morin has one goal and four assists in 15 games with Chicago this season. ... D David Rundblad played in his second game with the Blackhawks since being acquired from Phoenix. ... Carolina D John-Michael Liles returned after missing six games with a concussion, C Jiri Tlusty came back after sitting out two with a lower-body injury, and C Elias Lindholm and D Justin Faulk played after missing the previous game because of illnesses. Jordi Alba Jersey .com) - The Los Angeles Kings werent playing their best hockey before the league went on break during the Winter Olympics. Gary Medel Jersey . The club announced Friday that Mauro Biello will be kept on as an assistant to coach Jesse Marsch when the Impact join the MLS in 2012. http://www.soccerworld.us.com/fc-barcelona-douglas-jersey/ . -- Nick Bjugstad snapped out of his scoring slump and spoiled Drew MacIntyres first NHL start.UEFA President Michel Platini made headlines this week suggesting neither Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi should win the Ballon DOr award when it is announced in January. The Ballon dOr tends to go to a player who has performed exceptionally well at the World Cup, someone who won it, said The Frenchman. He added: So this year it should be for a Germany player. It was always that way until 2010 when Leo Messi won despite having a fairly average World Cup, so nothing is for certain. Platini is a man who has a right to live in the past. After all, his greatest successes, as a player, occurred there. The problem with living in the past, however, is that you lose sight of what happens in the present. In Platinis case, it seems, this includes the recent past as he adds fuel to the flames around the myth of Messis average 2010 World Cup. We should not cast too much of a judgment on the 59-year-olds memory of South Africa 2010, as there is a more significant point to be made here, although for someone who puts so much onus on that tournament you would expect more. Yet therein lies the real problem. Platini only spoke about this issue for less than 90 seconds this week but already got himself in a muddle. He went on to use examples of past winners of the award in World Cup years, such as Igor Belanov in 1986 because he had a good World Cup. So, to clarify, its not just someone who wins it then, Michel? Of course the award, then, was only eligible for European players, which is why Diego Maradona didnt win it. Messi, of course, in a year when he is now eligible, was named the best player at this years World Cup. This all just weakens Platinis argument even more. As UEFA President the last thing he should be doing is using history as a guide to dictate what should happen in the future around an award that is completely different than in the past. Some feel he wants to generate interest in the award by steering the process away from the inevitable, a battle between the games best two players, by some margin, Ronaldo and Messi. A similar campaign happened last year when the media portion of the vote incredibly awarded more first place votes for Bayern Munich midfielder, Franck Ribery. Platinis ideas, though, are archaic and shine a spotlight on an area of the game where identifying the reliance of individual quality is much more difficult. It is one thing to put the onus on the award based on the World Cup if the club game was significantly behind international football. Yet, as this week as shown, it is the exact opposite in terms of overall quality and entertainment. It has been an interesting few weeks for club against country debates. Raheem Sterlings tiredness, Diego Costas hamstring and Don Garber vs Jurgen Klinsmann have been some notable chapters that needed to be told. The World Cup in Brazil was, undoubtedly, a marvellous month of football, with Germany coming out worthy winners of arguably one of the finest World Cups of all time. Yet, since, the international game has been rapidly forced back on us as nothing more than a distraction of annoyance. Yes, sure, there has been some surprising results at the start of qualifying for a tournament in two years time, but the club game has been left disjointed; frustrated by two large, less than meaningful, international windows before thhe middle of October full of many games that were nothing more than all-star exhibition games. Marc-Andre Ter Stegen Barcelona Jersey. Club football was finally pushed back on stage this past week and responded with a bang, highlighting the true top level that the worlds greatest players can reach. Watching the likes of Messi and Ronaldo attempt to reach their peak while playing for their countries is an exhausting exercise. Playing with club teammates they simply generate the relationships they need each week to excel. The international game does not give them this opportunity. Yet, the popularity of the World Cup, coupled with comments such as Platinis, make people believe that the elite should be at their best when, in fact, the odds are severely stacked against them. It is little wonder countries like Germany and Spain, which specializes in a team philosophy over individual brilliance, has excelled in recent years. To appreciate the true world class brilliance of the likes of Messi and Ronaldo is to watch them each week for Barcelona and Real Madrid and, in particular, when they grace us with their talents in the Champions League as they did this week. Ronaldos finish at Anfield, from a subtle pass by James Rodriguez, simply couldnt happen for Portugal. It was a sensational goal born out of a combination of true understanding and quality. The same could be said for Messis goal against Ajax on Tuesday when he ran into space and anticipated a pass that only a true visionary could pull off. Thankfully, for Messi, Andres Iniesta was the maestro who delivered the ball. For Argentina, it would have simply been a run no one else would have seen. It is the Champions League where such brilliance is highlighted, a tournament that, remarkably, some had the knives out for this week. As followers of the sport we can be a fickle bunch. Tuesdays games returned scorelines of 6-0, 0-7 and 1-7, which prompted many to question the competitiveness of the entire tournament. What a great pity. We can be guilty of not appreciating things that happen in the immediate. Just ask Platini. Twenty years ago this week the first legs of the last 16 of the European Cup took place. Reigning Ballon DOr winner Platini and his Juventus took on Grasshoppers of Zurich over two legs. Lyngby of Denmark, Beveren of Belgium and Linfield
of Northern Ireland were amongst the teams in the last 16 of club footballs elite competition. Platini would go on
to win the European Cup that year, playing just nine games, most of which were vastly inferior to the Italian champions. It would be the World Cup that would provide the only showcase for the best players to meet. Things have changed dramatically since. As consumers of a sport we love, we crave greatness. That it happens infrequently makes it more special. What the likes of Bayern Munich, Ronaldo and Messi continue to do on the biggest club stage of all should not be discounted because its not in a tournament called the World Cup. As guardians of history we have a responsibility to future generations to tell stories of greatness and, thanks to the Champions League, we are crucial witnesses to this far more often than those who knew Platini more as a player than the leader of a governing body who is simply out of touch when searching for where the best of the best perform. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' of Northern Ireland were amongst the teams in the last 16 of club footballs elite competition. Platini would go on
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