Blackhawks walk away from Niemi

CHICAGO, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- The Chicago Blackhawks Monday turned their backs on Antti Niemi, the goalie who helped them win the Stanley Cup this season, rather than pay him $2.75 million.

NHL: Philadelphia 3, Chicago 2

PHILADELPHIA, March 13 (UPI) -- Chris Pronger redirected a Claude Giroux pass into the net with 2.1 seconds left, lifting the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 win over Chicago Saturday.

NHL: Detroit 5, Chicago 4

CHICAGO, March 7 (UPI) -- A breakaway goal by Pavel Datsyuk highlighted a five-goal outburst, carrying the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-4 victory over Chicago Sunday.

NHL: New York Islanders 5, Chicago 3

UNIONDALE, N.Y., March 2 (UPI) -- Blake Comeau notched the first hat trick of his NHL career Tuesday as the New York Islanders skated past Chicago 5-3.

NHL: Phoenix 2, Chicago 1 (SO)

CHICAGO, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Adrian Aucoin scored in the third round of the shootout Friday, lifting Phoenix to a 2-1 victory over Chicago.

NHL: Carolina 4, Chicago 2

RALEIGH, N.C., Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Cam Ward turned in 41 saves for surging Carolina Saturday in its 4-2 win over the Central Division-leading Chicago Blackhawks.

NHL: Chicago 4, Edmonton 2

EDMONTON, Alberta, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Cristobal Huet rang up 22 saves Tuesday in the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-2 win over Edmonton.

NHL: Chicago 3, Calgary 1

CALGARY, Alberta, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Antti Niemi allowed only a second-period goal Thursday and made 19 saves in leading the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-1 victory over Calgary.

NHL: Ottawa 4, Chicago 1

OTTAWA, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Brian Elliott stood up to a 30-shot attack from Chicago Tuesday and led the Ottawa Senators to a 4-1 win over the Blackhawks.

NHL: Chicago 6, Columbus 5

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Jonathan Toews scored two power-play goals in the third period Saturday, lifting Chicago to a 6-5 win over Columbus.

NHL: Chicago 3, Columbus 0

CHICAGO, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Cristobal Huet earned his fourth shutout of the season Thursday and halted Chicago's two-game skid by leading the Blackhawks past Columbus 3-0.

NHL: Minnesota 6, Chicago 5 (SO)

ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Owen Nolan scored in the eighth round of the shootout Saturday to nail down Minnesota's 6-5 win over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks.

NHL: Chicago 4, Minnesota 1

CHICAGO, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Marian Hossa scored twice Tuesday to power the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild.

NHL: Chicago 5, New Jersey 1

CHICAGO, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Cristobal Huet made 26 saves Thursday and the Chicago Blackhawks roughed up Martin Brodeur to overwhelm New Jersey 5-1.

NHL: Chicago 4, Nashville 1

NASHVILLE, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Goalie Cristobal Huet blocked 25 shots Saturday in the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-1 road victory over the Nashville Predators.
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Cristobal Huet
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Cristobal Huet makes a save against the Boston Bruins, as Wayne Primeau (20) and Mathieu Dandenault look on at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, on February 4, 2006. The Canadiens defeated the Bruins 2-0, earning Huet the shutout. (UPI Photo/Ed Wolfstein)

Cristobal Huet (French pronunciation: ; born September 3, 1975) is a French professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He developed his goaltending skills in Grenoble with Les Brûleurs de Loups. He has also played with the Los Angeles Kings, Montreal Canadiens, and Washington Capitals. He is the first netminder and second player overall (after Philippe Bozon) from France to play in the NHL. Huet won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks during the 2009-10 NHL season. He was the first Frenchman to win the Stanley Cup as a player.

Huet was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings as their seventh-round pick, 214th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He played for the Kings in the 2002–2003 and 2003–2004 seasons. He was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in a three-team deal that sent Mathieu Garon to Los Angeles and Radek Bonk from the Ottawa Senators to Montreal. During the lockout Huet played for the Mannheim Eagles in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. He led the team to the finals, where the Eagles lost in three straight games to Eisbären Berlin.

During the 2005–06 season, Huet eventually won the starting job in goal for the Canadiens at the expense of José Théodore who was subsequently traded to Colorado in exchange for goaltender David Aebischer. He also won the Molson Cup in February 2006. The Molson Cup is awarded monthly to the best Montreal Canadiens' player. He won the Best Defensive Player award from the NHL during the first week of March, ousting goaltenders such as the Ottawa Senators' Ray Emery and the New Jersey Devils' Martin Brodeur, with a 3–0–0 record and a 1.67 GAA. For the second time of the year, he was named NHL Best Defensive Player on April 3 with a 3–0–0 record, a 0.65 GAA and 0.979 SV%, ousting goaltenders Martin Brodeur, Miikka Kiprusoff and Manny Legace.

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