National Hockey League

Blackhawks rip Flyers thanks to strong first period
(L-R) Claude Giroux and Antti Raanta
Antti Raanta, right, notched his second career shutout and
improved his overall record to 14-5-4 in 26 lifetime appearances.
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Patrick Kane scored a pair of power-play goals and Antti Raanta stopped all 32 shots he faced in his first start of the year, as Chicago silenced Philadelphia, 4-0, at United Center.

Raanta notched his second career shutout and improved his overall record to 14-5-4 in 26 lifetime appearances.

Brandon Saad and Bryan Bickell also lit the lamp for the Blackhawks, who rode a three-goal opening period to up their record to 4-0-1. Patrick Sharp added two assists.  Full Story

Jets grounded once again
Dan Di Sciullo, NHL Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - It's not even two weeks into the NHL season but the walls already are closing in on Paul Maurice and the Winnipeg Jets.

Maurice fielded one tough question after another about his 1-4 Jets at a Monday press conference before finally losing his cool and uttering a certain four-letter word.

When CBC reporter Jeff Hamilton told Winnipeg's head coach how Jets forward Blake Wheeler said it wasn't "the players' jobs to keep other teammates accountable," Maurice didn't raise his voice, but his harsh response revealed a frustrated man who is running out of answers.  Full Story