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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals pitcher John Gant got a new label from teammate Jose Martinez — power hitter.Harrison Bader and Gant hit back-to-back home runs Christian Villanueva Jersey , Gant pitched into the sixth inning and St. Louis beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 on Thursday night.“You hit one, you’re lucky,” Martinez said of Gant’s second blast of the season. “You hit a second one, you’re a power hitter.”The Cardinals have won 17 of 21 and took their tenth consecutive series, their longest series winning streak since 2009, when they also won ten in a row.“It’s an important thing,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “We want to get better as the game goes and we want to get better as the series goes. And if you take care of the series, the rest of it just falls into place.”Gant (6-5) pitched out of a bases-loaded situation in the first and a two-on, no-out jam in the third to win for the third time in his last four tries. He struck out six in 5 2/3 innings and has allowed one earned run in his last 12 2/3 innings.“It was a great team win, a great series win http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-szczur-jersey ,” Gant said. “Another series win, and we’re going to try to keep on chugging.”Pirates starter Joe Musgrove (5-8) opened the game with 21 consecutive strikes, a first in the majors since pitch tracking began in 1988, according to Stats. That control didn’t do him much good, though. He gave up five runs in six innings.“I came out sharp but I didn’t keep my foot on the gas,” Musgrove said. “I didn’t keep going. That’s got to be done against a good lineup like that.”Musgrove’s strike streak ended with a first-pitch ball to Bader in the third, and two pitches later, Bader went deep to left. Gant then homered on a 2-1 pitch, giving St. Louis consecutive home runs for the seventh time this season.“I’m just trying to make contact and contact was made tonight,” Gant said.Gant tied Miles Mikolas for most home runs among St. Louis pitchers this season. After starting his career 0 for 30 Craig Stammen Jersey , Gant has homered twice in his last six at-bats. He is the third pitcher in the expansion era to have his first two career hits as home runs.Shildt said Gant put in a gutty performance.“He was making pitches,” Shildt said. “He missed a few spots and the guys made some plays, but John’s a really good competitor, he’s a mentally tough guy, so he was really just able to compete with what he had and used all his pitches.”Martinez singled and scored in the fourth and drove in two more with a single in the fifth to give the Cardinals a 5-0 lead. Martinez has hit safely in 20 of 25 games in August and has a team-high 18 multi-RBI games.“He was actually trying to mix in some pitches and he was throwing some different pitches than we were expecting,” Martinez said of Musgrove. “We just had to make the adjustments.”Pittsburgh lost for the seventh time in its last nine games. The Pirates stranded 12 runners and went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.“There was hard contact,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “It’s not fair. There’s times when it’s not fair. You hit hard balls, you hit them right at people but you’ve just got to play man.”FACE IN THE CROWDSt. Louis Blues star Vladimir Tarasenko signed autographs on the field before the game.TRAINING ROOMCardinals: OF Marcell Ozuna (right shoulder inflammation) took batting practice Thursday and is on track to return from the 10-day disabled list when eligible on Sept. 1.UP NEXTPirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (10-9, 3.49 ERA) kicks off a three-game series on the road against the Atlanta Braves and RHP Anibal Sanchez (6-5, 3.05 ERA). Taillon has allowed three earned runs or fewer in his last 16 starts.Cardinals: LHP Austin Gomber (4-0 http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-trevor-hoffman-jersey , 2.79 ERA) will open a three-game home series Friday night against the Cincinnati Reds and RHP Homer Bailey (1-12, 6.17 ERA). The Cardinals are 6-0 when Gomber starts. The New York Yankees (98-61) will wrap up the regular season with a potential playoff preview on Friday, when they visit the Boston Red Sox (107-52) as small road favorites. The Yankees still have something to play for, as they are hoping to clinch home-field advantage in the American League Wild Card Game against the Oakland Athletics, while the Red Sox could then meet them in the AL Division Series.MLB betting line: The Yankees opened as -130 favorites (wager $130 to win $100); the total is at nine runs, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. Line updates and matchup report.MLB betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 5.8-4.8, Red Sox.MLB picks on every game.Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or at OddsShark.libsyn.com for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week's top sports betting news.Why the Yankees Can Pay on the MLB LinesNew York is treating this series opener like a playoff game, sending J.A. Happ (16-6 Evan Longoria Jersey , 3.57 ERA) to the mound in a huge spot. Happ has not lost as a member of the Yankees, going a perfect 6-0 with a 2.18 ERA in 10 starts for them and giving up three runs or less nine times during that stretch. Surprisingly, Happ is 0-1 in three outings versus Boston this season despite posting a minuscule 0.54 ERA in 16.2 innings of work. One of the main reasons he was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays was his mastery of the Red Sox, going 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA in eight starts the previous three years.Why the Red Sox Can Pay on the MLB LinesBoston has gone 9-7 against New York in the first 16 meetings between the teams this season, according to the OddsShark MLB Database, and would love nothing more than for Oakland to have home-field advantage in the wild-card matchup.Five of the nine wins in this year's series for the Red Sox took place in seven games played between August and September, when the Yankees still had hopes of winning the division.Boston will counter Happ with southpaw Brian Johnson (4-4, 4.11 ERA), who has started in just 12 of his 37 outings. In his past three relief appearances, he has allowed only one run and three hits in 7.2 innings Andrew McCutchen Jersey , walking six batters and striking out five. Smart Betting PickNew York is rightfully favored here, and Happ could easily end up starting the AL Wild Card Game as the team's most reliable pitcher. The magic number for the Yankees to clinch home field over the A's is one, and this is the game to do it. Look for New York to get off to a strong start and cruise to an easy victory.MLB Betting TrendsNew York is 5-2 in its past seven games.The total has gone over in four of New York's past five games.The total has gone over in six of Boston's past eight games.All MLB odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report's official odds partner, OddsShark. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week's top games. You can also download the free odds tracker app.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Steven Matz has developed a sense for when his pitching mechanics are in order.“When I’m going good http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-jackie-bradley-jr-jersey , I can get in a good rhythm and just kind of keep going,” he said.The 27-year-old left-hander was feeling it on Saturday.Matz struck out a career-high 11 batters and the New York Mets went on to beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 in 11 innings.“That was something that (catcher Tomas) Nito and I were really on top of,” Matz said. “We just had a good rhythm going. He was putting down (signs) that I was wanting. It just worked out good.”Wilmer Flores doubled to left off Giants reliever Hunter Strickland (3-4) to lead off the 11th. He went to third when Jay Bruce grounded out to second against the shift, and scored on Todd Frazier’s fly ball to left.Jerry Blevins (2-2) pitched a scoreless 10th and Mets closer Robert Gsellman worked the 11th for his ninth save.Brandon Nimmo made a diving catch in right field, robbing Austin Slater of a hit to end the game.The Mets have won six of their last seven games at AT&T Park.Slater was 2 for 5 and Evan Longoria homered for the Giants.Longoria hit his 15th home run leading off the bottom of the fourth on a 2-1 sinker Matz left over the heart of the plate. Nido was 2 for 4 with an RBI double off Giants starter Derek Holland in the fifth.Holland gave up one run in six innings of three-hit ball in which he walked three.Matz gave up one run in seven innings of three-hit ball.“It was definitely the best I’ve seen (Matz) all year,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.After Longoria’s home run, the Mets held the Giants to one hit over the next eight innings.They didn’t advance a runner into scoring position over that stretch until 35-year-old outfielder Hunter Pence, who reached on a one-out walk off Blevins in the 10th and stole second with Joe Panik up with two outs.Blevins got Panik to fly out to left.“We couldn’t mount anything offensively,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.“We needed somebody to come through. It’s tough to get this kind of pitching and we couldn’t find a way to scratch out another run for them.”Mets starting pitchers over their last 13 games have combined for a 1.67 ERA (17 earned runs Roger Clemens Jersey , 91 2/3 innings).“I try to build off those guys,” Matz said. “You see Zack (Wheeler) and (Jacob deGrom) and what they’ve done recently, we kind of all build off each other I think so I think it does help when you see those guys go out there and dominate like they do. “The beleaguered Mets bullpen combined for four shutout innings of no-hit ball. Going into Saturday, Mets relievers were tagged for 26 earned runs in their last 11 innings, for a 21.27 ERA over that stretch.LEFT OUTLeft-handed hitting infielder Jeff McNeil sat out of Saturday’s starting lineup against the left-handed Holland. Manager Mickey Callaway said he’ll rest other left-handed hitters during a stretch in which New York facs left-handed starters in three of its next four games. The Mets have faced 37 lefty starters, matching their 2017 total. They’re 15-22 vs. southpaw starters.ADDED ONThe Mets recalled right-handed pitchers Tim Peterson and Eric Hanhold from Triple-A Las Vegas. More call-ups are expected to trickle in. “It’s going to be a September with a lot of players and a lot of moving parts,” manager Mickey Callaway said. . The Giants recalled right-handed pitcher Ray Black from Triple-A Sacramento. More September call-ups are expected in time for a three-game series in Colorado, which starts Monday, manager Bruce Bochy said.TRAINER’S ROOMGiants: SS Brandon Crawford was out of the lineup for a second straight day with a sore left knee http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-andrew-benintendi-jersey , among other minor ailments, manager Bruce Bochy said. Crawford’s playing status is day-to-day.UP NEXTMets RHP Noah Syndergaard (9-3, 3.51 ERA) posted a 4.74 ERA in August. RHP Chris Stratton (9-7, 4.99) is 1-0 with a 1.26 ERA in two starts since an August 21 callup up from Triple-A Sacramento. OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Asked about his best role in the Oakland bullpen, Shawn Kelley barbed himself.“25-1’s fine, whatever,” he quipped Tuesday as he joined his new Athletics teammates.The Washington Nationals cut Kelley last week, a day after he slammed his glove to the ground and glared into the dugout while pitching the ninth inning of a blowout win over the New York Mets. The Nats were ahead 25-1 when Kelley surrendered a two-run homer and lost his cool.Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said of Kelley: “You’re either in or you’re in the way. I thought he was in the way. That’s something you don’t come back from.”It was an embarrassing moment for Kelley. But Luis Tiant Jersey , he says, that’s not who he is.“I got frustrated because I gave up a homer. I meant no disrespect,” Kelley said. “I’ve always been a team guy.”Now with his fifth big league team, the 34-year-old righty is ready to help Oakland chase a playoff berth.“I hope I can help out in any way and help them keep rolling,” Kelley said.Oakland began the day 4 ½ games back of AL West-leading Houston. The A’s also held the second wild-card spot.Another new acquisition, Mike Fiers, figured he would be staying with Detroit for the rest of the season, even with all the trade chatter surrounding the right-hander.“I wasn’t trying to put too much thought into it just because I’ve got to perform for the Tigers at that time,” Fiers said. “I wasn’t really planning on going anywhere and just focused on what I had to do there. The time came and I was traded and now I’m here trying to do my job every fifth day.”The A’s got Fiers on Monday http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-mitch-moreland-jersey , and he will make his Oakland debut Wednesday night opposite Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.“I don’t know if I’ve ever had this many quality arms in the bullpen ever since I’ve been managing,” A’s skipper Bob Melvin said.Fiers is 7-6 with a 3.48 ERA this season and 2-2 with a 1.96 ERA over his last seven starts.“There’s a lot of outside sources that might be able to get in your head and take you out of what your task is, but I’m just trying to focus on every fifth day and starting,” Fiers said.Last month, the A’s got reliever Jeurys Familia from the Mets.“Everybody was thrilled to death when we got Familia and then to make two more moves, savvy moves, after the deadline just picks the group up,” Melvin said.
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The Chicago Cubs continued to bolster their bullpen ahead of Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-dustin-mcgowan-jersey , acquiring reliever Brandon Kintzler from the Washington Nationalsfor minor league pitcher Jhon Romero.The Cubs confirmed the move afterMLB.com's Jon Paul Morosifirst reported the news.After being named to his first All-Star team last season, Kintzler has followed it up with another solid performance. The right-hander has posted a 3.59 ERA and a 1.242 WHIP in 45 outings, striking out 31 in 42.2 innings.While his overall numbers may not jump out, Kintzler's splits indicate he can succeed away from Washington. He was 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in 22 appearances at Nationals Park this season Carlos Gomez Jersey , while he is 1-0 with a 1.99 ERA in 23 road outings, allowing just five runs in 22.2 innings.He is 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA in 11 career appearances at Wrigley Field.The 33-year-old reliever is earning $5 million in 2018 and has a $10 million club option for next year, perSpotrac. If the team declines the option, it reportedly becomes a $5 million player option.Chicago has thethird-best bullpenin baseball. However http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-adeiny-hechavarria-jersey , it recently placed closer Brandon Morrow to thedisabled listdue to right biceps inflammation. The front office did recentlyacquireright-hander Jesse Chavez from the Texas Rangers, though.At 61-44, the Cubs hold a one-game league in the National League Central. By adding Kintzler and more bullpen depth, they are not only positioning themselves for the stretch run Sergio Romo Jersey , but for a playoff run as well. The Boston Red Sox haven't been playing their best baseball of late, but they remain favorites to win the 2018 World Series.OddsShark posted the latest Fall Classic odds Monday, with Boston coming in at +350 (7-2) to win the title. The Red Sox have an MLB-best 98-46 record and have spent most of the regular season lapping their competition.The defending champion Houston Astros come in just behind Boston at +400 (4-1). Those are far and away the two best odds, as the Chicago Cubs are the National League favorites at +650 (13-2).All it takes is one look at run differentials to see why Boston and Houston are the favorites. The Astros have outscored their opponents by an MLB-best 239 runs. The Red Sox are 20 runs behind that number at 219 Matt Duffy Jersey , and no other team in baseball is better than plus-150 (New York Yankees).The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the NL in run differential and are +700 (7-1) to win the World Series despite being in danger of missing the playoffs. The Dodgers are 0.5 games behind the Colorado Rockies for first place in the NL West and would not win a wild-card spot if the season ended today. They are one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild card.The Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks probably represent the best dice-roll odds. St. Louis is +2600 (26-1) despite being a wild-card team at the moment. The Diamondbacks are +2200 (22-1) and are only 2.5 games out of first place in the NL West.The Cardinals and Atlanta Braves have the exact same record (79-64), but Atlanta is +1200 (12-1) and has only scored 20 more runs this season than St. Louis.Colorado is probably the worst bet on the board at +1400 (14-1), given the team has been outscored this season (minus-11 run differential) and feels likelier to miss the playoffs than make a deep run.
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NEW YORK — As the New York Yankees start the final month Eric Sogard Jersey , their roster will be getting some significant fortifications via a trade and a key piece returning from the disabled list.Andrew McCutchen and Gary Sanchez are expected to be in the lineup Saturday afternoon when the Yankees continue a four-game series with the Detroit Tigers.The Yankees also acquired infielder Adeiny Hechavarria in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.Article continues below ...Masahiro Tanaka will start for the Yankees and Daniel Norris will return from a lengthy disabled-list stint because of a groin injury to start for Detroit.McCutchen and Sanchez are joining the Yankees after an eventful 7-5 Yankees win on Friday night. New York’s 10th win in 14 games was decided on a bases-loaded, two-run single by rookie Gleyber Torres in the eighth inning off Alex Wilson after a controversial check-swing walk by Luke Voit off Joe Jimenez.McCutchen was acquired from the San Francisco Giants on Friday for two prospects — infielder Abiatal Avelino and pitcher Juan De Paula.Friday was the last day players could be traded and still be eligible to appear in postseason games for their new teams.McCutchen was in his first season with the Giants after spending his first nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. McCutchen batted .255 with 15 homers and 55 RBIs in 130 games while posting a .357 on-base percentage.“We’re getting a really good player,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “I think that’s exciting for us and I’m just looking forward to him getting here tomorrow, hopefully putting him in the lineup and seeing him help us. “Last week when the Giants visited the New York Mets, McCutchen cleared waivers and when informed about it, he quipped: “I’ve got a better chance of understanding trigonometry.”What the Yankees understood was they possess a right field problem since Aaron Judge is finishing his fifth week of being on the disabled list with a fractured right wrist. While Giancarlo Stanton has manned right field at times, the Yankees would like to use him at designated hitter. But New York’s right fielders are hitting a combined .189 (23-for-122) in Judge’s absence.When McCutchen arrives in New York, he will be reunited with Neil Walker and J.A. Happ. Walker spent seven seasons in Pittsburgh playing with McCutchen and Happ spent the final two months of 2015 season with the Pirates.“I saw him for the three years that we made September,” Walker said. “Postseason pushes elevate his game to the next level, not that he needed to do that Keon Broxton Jersey , but you saw him be the player that he’s capable of being when the spotlight’s on him. That’s fully what I expect when he steps in here.”The Yankees are hoping to see some big hits from Sanchez, who has missed 57 games in two DL stints with a groin injury. Sanchez last played July 23 in Tampa Bay, and he is trying to improve on a subpar season that has seen him bat .188 with 14 homers and 42 RBIs in 66 games.Sanchez tuned up for his return by homering twice in four rehab games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre.“I think we’re getting potentially a front-line player and a guy that will be an absolute presence in our lineup,” Boone said.The Tigers totaled 12 hits Friday but lost for the sixth time in seven games. Niko Goodrum homered for the second straight night and Victor Martinez went 2-for-4, giving him a .339 average (21-for-62) in his last 17 games.“I’m just proud of our guys,” said Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire, whose team came into the series after getting outscored 34-10 during a five-game losing streak. “I’m proud of the way they played. We’re in a big atmosphere here.”Tanaka (9-5, 3.97 ERA) starts for the Yankees after allowing four runs and 10 hits in seven innings Monday against the Chicago White Sox. He is 0-3 with a 4.40 ERA in his last five starts.Tanaka is 1-3 with a 4.40 ERA in five career starts against Detroit. He is 0-3 with a 5.71 ERA in three home starts against the Tigers.Norris was 0-2 with a 5.87 ERA in five appearances (two starts) this season, but he has been on the disabled list since April 30.Norris appeared in four rehab games at three different levels and compiled a 2.31 ERA in 11 2/3 innings. His velocity was around 91, 92 mph and he is stretched out to 90 pitches http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-zach-davies-jersey , according to Gardenhire.Norris last appeared for the Tigers on April 29 in Baltimore when he exited after three innings. He underwent surgery after pitching with the groin problem since last summer.“I’m just happy to be here,” Norris said. “Obviously appreciative of the opportunity. It was definitely an interesting year, rehabbing the whole time pretty much. I started with kind of a frustrating April, getting surgery and then going through that. It was difficult but I’m happy to be here.”The 25-year-old left-hander was one of three pitchers acquired from Toronto at the 2015 non-waiver trade deadline for David Price. Since joining Detroit, Norris has been on the disabled list four times with oblique, back, hip, quadriceps and groin issues.Norris is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in two career appearances (one start) against the Yankees. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Blake Snell added to a run of top-notch pitching by the Tampa Bay Rays.The All-Star left-hander helped Tampa Bay match a team record with 27 consecutive shutout innings, and the Rays beat the Kansas City Royals 4-1 on Tuesday night.“This pitching staff Brent Suter Jersey , I think, is very, very talented,” Snell said. “I’m not surprised. Guys can pitch, they come in compete and work every day.”The scoreless stretch ended when Snell (15-5) allowed a fifth-inning solo homer to Ryan O’Hearn.Snell struck out 11 and gave up four hits in six innings. The left-hander has 13 straight home starts of allowing one earned run or fewer, which is longest stretch in the majors since 1913, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.“I like being at home, I don’t like going on planes or buses,” Snell said with a smile. “I don’t know what it is. I feel very comfortable here.”Tampa Bay has a 1.89 ERA over the last 11 games.“We’re doing it with a lot of young pitchers,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “Blake did his thing. Another dominating performance. I like where Blake’s going.”Since returning from a stint on the disabled list for left shoulder fatigue Aug. 4th Boone Logan Jersey , Snell is 3-0 and has given up two earned runs over 20 innings in four starts.“He’s not an All-Star by accident,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.O’Hearn has five homers in 14 career games for the Royals, who dropped to 50 games (38-88) under .500.Tampa Bay’s Tommy Pham had three hits, an RBI and a walk but left in the eighth after dislocating his right ring finger diving back to first base on a pickoff attempt. He’s day to day.“I thought I broke it,” Pham said. “My finger was pointed the other direction. Got lucky.”Willy Adames had three hits and put the Rays up 1-0 on a homer off an overhanging catwalk in the second that left fielder Alex Gordon nearly made a diving catch on. The effort would have been in vain if Gordon caught it because Tropicana Field ground rules state a ball hitting that catwalk is an automatic home run.Gordon was OK after going over the short wall down the left-field line trying to catch Brandon Lowe’s fifth-inning foul ball.Joey Wendle made it 3-0 with a two-run triple off Glenn Sparkman (0-2) during the fourth.Sparkman gave up three runs and seven hits over four innings in his second career start.Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for his 17th save, working out of a two-on, one-out jam.TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: Yost said LHP Danny Duffy, placed on the 10-day DL on Aug. 13th, is “pretty much on track” to start Thursday night. … RHP Ian Kennedy (left oblique strain) could start a minor league rehab assignment next week. … OF Jorge Bonifacio was a late scratch with lower back tightness.Rays: 3B Matt Duffy, hitting .202 over his previous 25 games http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-josh-hader-jersey , was rested. Duffy was limited to three minor league games in 2017 following Achilles tendon surgery. “We’re getting to the dog days of the season, that’s something I’ve got to recognize,” Cash said. … LHP Vidal Nuno (right hamstring) allowed three hits in three scoreless innings for Class A Charlotte.RARE COMPANYSnell joined Hall of Famer Bob Gibson (1968) as the only pitchers since 1920 with at least 160 strikeouts and fewer than 35 runs allowed through 24 starts, according to Stats LLC.UP NEXTRoyals RHP Jakob Junis (6-11) will face Rays reliever Ryne Stanek (1-3) in a bullpen game Wednesday night. Junis is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in two appearances against Tampa Bay.
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt’s move from Arizona to St. Louis made Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts so happy http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-luis-aparicio-jersey , he was smelling roses.Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, not so much.St. Louis acquired the six-time All-Star first baseman from the Diamondbacks last week for pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, minor league infielder Andy Young and a 2019 draft pick.“I don’t like the Diamondbacks right now at all, I really don’t,” Maddon said Tuesday, knowing the NL Central rival Cardinals had strengthened their batting order. “When he sashays into the clubhouse and everybody sees him walking in there, they all become better. That definitely makes them much more difficult to beat next year.”Roberts’ Dodgers will face Goldschmidt a lot less frequently in the NL West.“Goldy, he can stay in the Central as long as he wants. I’m trying to work getting him in the American League next,” Roberts said. “I hope he’s happy. I got to send him flowers.”Goldschmidt can become a free agent after next season. Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo and general manager Mike Hazen broke the news in a meeting at Lovullo’s house.“Inside of my baseball life http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-ozzie-guillen-jersey , it was probably one of the hardest days I ever had,” Lovullo said. “I got the phone call that morning that it was going to happen. And Mike wanted to tell him face to face, which I thought was a pretty honorable thing. Sometimes in those situations you’ll tell somebody over the phone or somebody else may deliver a message.”A three-time Gold Glove winner at 31, Goldschmidt hit .290 with 33 home runs and 83 RBIs last season.“In typical Paul form, he was already pushing forward and thinking about the future rather than dwelling on some of the things that did or didn’t happen the way that they were supposed to,” Lovullo said. “It was a sad moment for me. I didn’t talk a lot because I probably couldn’t. And I had a little bit of a conversation with him once Mike left that I’d like to keep private, but it meant a lot to me, and I got a little more color to the picture.”“He felt like there was so much unfinished business in Arizona. He felt bad about that,” Lovullo added. “So I had to reassure him that he left everything he had on the field. The culture that he helped us and me create will be carried on, and one day Bill Melton Jersey , when we do win a world championship, he’s going to be a part of that, even though he won’t be there physically.” LOS ANGELES — The old guard of the National League West will meet the potential successor as September will be ushered in this weekend with a four-game showdown at Dodger Stadium.The Dodgers have won five consecutive NL West titles, but the Diamondbacks are poised to make a change at the top, and a weekend series in Los Angeles, starting Thursday, figures to set the tone for the drama ahead.The Diamondbacks have held the top spot in the National League West in all but two days in August. And since Aug. 8, Arizona has held at least a share of the division lead every day.Article continues below ...The Dodgers have gone through an inconsistent second half and were 4 1/2 games out of first place as recently as Friday, after they were swept in a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals last week.But they are on a tear now, entering the opener of the series on a five-game winning streak to match a season-best run.“The fact that we’re going into the next series against Arizona on a five-game winning streak and on a high http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-robin-ventura-jersey , that’s huge,” said Los Angeles catcher Yasmani Grandal, who hit one of the three Dodgers home runs Wednesday. “(The Diamondbacks) are playing some pretty good baseball but it’s the end of the year. … If they sleep on us we’ll be able to go ahead and take first place.”Don’t expect the Diamondbacks to take anything for granted this weekend, not after they had lost four of five before winning handily Wednesday night at San Francisco behind the pitching of Zack Godley, who will not face the Dodgers.When the teams meet for the opener of the series on Thursday, the Diamondbacks will be on top in the NL West, with the Colorado Rockies a half-game back and the Dodgers one game back of Arizona in a tightly bunched group.“This is really what it’s all about,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said, according to mlb.com. “… We’ve talked about these moments, we’re prepared for these moments Early Wynn Jersey , and I think these guys are ready for this next set of challenges.”The Dodgers will have left-hander Rich Hill on the mound while the Diamondbacks will counter with a lefty of their own in Robbie Ray.Hill (6-4, 3.50 ERA) pitched a scoreless six innings against the San Diego Padres in a victory on Fiday and has given up two earned runs or fewer in six of his last seven starts. He appears to have shaken off blister issues that have plagued him in each of the past two seasons.Looming large, though, is Hill’s 0-5 record in seven starts against Arizona as a member of the Dodgers. The veteran has a 1.29 WHIP in those seven outings. Hill is 0-1 with a 12.00 ERA in two starts against the Diamondbacks this yearut both those starts were early in the season.Ray (3-2, 4.73) has kept his opponents in relative check over his last six starts with a 3.66 ERA, but all of those ended in no-decisions. In fact, the Diamondbacks are just 1-7 in Ray’s last eight starts and he hasn’t picked up a victory since June 27.Ray also spent time on the disabled list this year with an oblique issue that cost him two months in the first half. The Diamondbacks were 4-2 over Ray’s first six starts of the season.Ray is 6-3 lifetime against the Dodgers in 13 starts with a 2.69 ERA, and those six victories are his most against any one team.An expected Zack Greinke-Clayton Kershaw matchup Friday was nixed when the Dodgers moved Kershaw’s next start to Saturday’s third game in the series.
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Miguel Sano will be back with the Minnesota Twins for their weekend series against the Boston Red Sox.Per Fancred's Jon Heyman David Wright Jersey , Sano was called up from Triple-A Rochester on Friday.Sano's promotion comes after Heyman reported the Twins traded Eduardo Escobar to the Arizona Diamondbacks.The Twins demoted Sano to the minor leagues on June 14 after he hit .203/.270/.405 with 66 strikeouts in 148 at-bats through 37 games.Sano started his stint in the minors at High-A Fort Myers where his .328/.442/.453 slash line in 19 games earned him a promotion to Triple-A. The 25-year-old posted an .889 OPS in just nine games from July 8-25.Bernie Pleskoffof Clubhouse Corner noted Sano lost 20 pounds during his time with Fort Myers. He showed up to spring training in February weighing a rumored 293 pounds, perPatrick Reusseof theStar-Tribune.Sano has shown prodigious power in the big leagues, including 18 homers in 80 games as a rookie in 2015 and 28 last season to help the Twins claim the second American League wild-card spot.Minnesota enters Friday's game against the Red Sox with a 48-53 record, seven games behind the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central. NEW YORK (AP) — Gleyber Torres came through for the Yankees on a day they welcomed newcomers Andrew McCutchen and Adeiny Hechavarria to the Bronx and got slugging catcher Gary Sanchez back from the disabled list.Torres hit a two-run homer and Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven strong innings for his first win since July, as New York beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1 Saturday.The Yankees got only two hits, but won for the 11th time in 15 games. New York has the second-best record in the majors, behind AL East-leading Boston.Torres hit his 22nd homer of the season and third since the start of the Yankees’ homestand on Monday http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-wheeler-jersey , a stretch over which he’s batting .526 with eight RBIs.“He’s impacted our club in a profound way on both sides of the ball all year,” manager Aaron Boone said about Torres, a Rookie of the Year candidate.Torres connected in the fifth off Daniel Norris (0-3) for the Yankees’ first hit.McCutchen went 0 for 3 and struck out twice in his Yankees debut. The former NL MVP batted leadoff and played right field, a day after being acquired from San Francisco.“I didn’t have the game I wanted to have personally, the first one, but we got the win and that’s what’s most important,” McCutchen said. “All around it was a good day and it’s a day I’m not going to forget for sure.”Sanchez Mookie Wilson Jersey , who missed nearly six weeks with a recurring groin injury, went 0 for 4.“I thought he caught great today,” Boone said. “I thought he looked pretty much on time at the plate, so I thought a really good first day for him even though he didn’t get any results at the plate.”Hechavarria, traded from Pittsburgh to New York late Friday night, arrived at the ballpark about two hours before first pitch and entered at shortstop to start the ninth.“When I got the news it was about 12:30 at night so I was not really waiting for anything like that so it was a big surprise for me,” Hechavarria said through a translator. “I’ve got to thank God I’m here with a great team with a well-known history.”Tanaka (10-5) gave up one run and seven hits for his first victory since July 31. He was 0-3 with a 4.40 ERA in five August starts.“Just to be able to come up with the win today http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-lenny-dykstra-jersey , I think that’s a really good start,” Tanaka said through a translator.Tanaka joined Andy Pettitte as the only pitchers in Yankees’ history to reach double-digit wins in each of their first five seasons in the majors.Jonathan Holder pitched a scoreless eighth and Dellin Betances notched his second save in the ninth.Norris, reinstated from the disabled list and making his first big league appearance since April 29, was pulled later in the fifth with cramping in his left calf. He had been sidelined for most of the season with a strained left groin.“He’s coming off this groin thing, the surgery, so you have to get him out of there. He tried to stay,” said Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire. “The ball came out of hands Gary Carter Jersey , it’s just the calf was cramping.”Norris fanned seven, including six of the first 10 New York batters.The Tigers loaded the bases in the first and scored on a sacrifice fly by Victor Martinez.CALL-UPSBoth clubs made additional moves before the game with rosters expanding from 25 to 40.New York recalled RHP Luis Cessa and INF Tyler Wade from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and signed lefty reliever Stephen Tarpley to a major league contract. Wade appeared as a pinch-runner in the seventh, stole a base and remained in the game. OF Shane Robinson was designated for assignment.Detroit recalled RHP Sandy Baez from Double-A Erie.THAT’S A FIRSTBetances fanned Jeimer Candelario to start the ninth, becoming the first reliever in major league history to record at least 100 strikeouts in five consecutive seasons.“It means a lot, honestly,” Betances said about the feat. “From 2014 I’ve been able to stay healthy which is the key.”IT TAKES TWOSaturday’s game was New York’s third game with two or fewer hits this season, and their first win with less than three hits since May 27 Dwight Gooden Jersey , 2017, versus Oakland.TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: SS Didi Gregorius (left heel contusion) sprinted on a treadmill, fielded grounders and took batting practice. GM Brian Cashman said that a more realistic return date for Gregorius could be Friday in Seattle as opposed to Monday at Oakland. … OF Clint Frazier (migraines) will be re-evaluated after finishing the remaining minor league games available to rehab in. … LHP Aroldis Chapman (left knee tendinitis) continues to receive treatment but there is still no timetable for his return.UP NEXTTigers: LHP Matthew Boyd (8-12, 4.22 ERA) will make his first career appearance at Yankee Stadium in Sunday’s series finale.Yankees: RHP Lance Lynn (8-9, 4.84 ERA) tries to get back on track after allowing 13 runs in 15 innings over his last three starts.
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NEWARK Columbus Blue Jackets Hoodies Authentic , N.J. (AP) — Rookie goalie MacKenzie Blackwood stopped 37 shots for his first shutout and Pavel Zacha scored short-handed as the New Jersey Devils beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 on Saturday.It was the second straight victory for Blackwood, giving the Devils their first two-game winning streak since Nov. 13-15. Andy Greene added an empty-netter to seal the win.Curtis McElhinney made 28 saves for the Hurricanes who have lost four of their last five.Zacha broke a scoreless deadlock with 36 seconds left in the second period. He poked the puck away from Carolina’s Justin Faulk and sped into the Hurricanes’ zone. McElhinney made the initial stop and Zacha stayed with the play to collar the rebound and flip it into the net.WILD 3, JETS 1WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Devan Dubnyk stopped 26 shots to help Minnesota end a season-high five-game losing streak.Defenseman Matt Bartkowski scored in his debut with the Wild, and Charlie Coyle and Eric Fehr also scored. Zach Parise had two assists.Patrik Laine scored on the power play for his 24th goal of the season for Winnipeg, and his first point in five games. Connor Hellebuyck finished with 21 saves for the Central Division-leading Jets.Winnipeg has lost two straight for just the second time this season.The Wild were 0-4-1 in the last five games, with only five goals during the stretch.BLACKHAWKS 3, AVALANCHE 2 OTDENVER (AP) — Patrick Kane scored his second goal of the game 41 seconds into overtime as Chicago outlasted Colorado.The Blackhawks were on a power play when Kane knocked in the decisive shot from the slot off a feed from Jonathan Toews for Chicago’s fifth win in six games. Two have come at the expense of the Avalanche, who lost their fourth straight.Kane has a seven-game point streak and leads the Blackhawks with 22 goals.Alex Debrincat also scored for Chicago. Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen had the goals for Colorado.SHARKS 7, OILERS 4EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Erik Karlsson had a goal and three assists, Logan Couture and Melker Karlsson each scored twice, and San Jose beat slumping Edmonton.Joonas Donskoi and Tomas Hertl also scored for the Sharks, who have won two in a row.Connor McDavid had two goals and Caleb Jones and Leon Draisaitl also scored for the Oilers, who have lost a season-high five straight.McDavid got Edmonton on the board 6 1/2 minutes in, but Donskoi scored 17 seconds later. That was the first of six straight San Jose goals.GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4, KINGS 1LOS ANGELES (AP) — Malcolm Subban stopped 30 shots to help the Vegas beat Los Angeles and snap the Kings‘ four-game winning streak.William Carrier Columbus Blue Jackets Hats Authentic , Alex Tuch, William Karlsson and Paul Stastny scored as the Golden Knights improved to 6-1-3 in their last 10 games.Anze Kopitar scored for the Kings, and Jonathan Quick finished with 27 saves.PANTHERS 2, FLYERS 1SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Jonathan Huberdeau scored with 1:06 left to cap a third-period rally and lift Florida.Huberdeau scored his 10th goal by finishing a pass from Aleksander Barkov after Mike Hoffman scored a tying goal on the power play with just under seven minutes left.Shayne Gostisbehere scored for the Flyers, who lost their second straight.Barkov had two assists, and James Reimer stopped 34 shots. Carter Hart had 34 saves for the Flyers.BRUINS 3, SABRES 2BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sean Kuraly scored 3:44 into overtime to give Boston a win over Buffalo.Jake DeBrusk and Noel Acciari scored in regulation for Boston. Tuukka Rask made 26 saves.Kuraly’s game-winner was a terrific one-man effort. His initial shot from the top of the left circle led to a big rebound, and Kuraly followed up with speed to chip the loose puck into the net.Johan Larsson and Marco Scandella scored for Buffalo. Carter Hutton stopped 38 shots.ISLANDERS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 0TORONTO (AP) — Mathew Barzal scored a natural hat trick in the second period and Valtteri Filppula had a highlight-reel goal as New York prevailed in its first game against former captain John Tavares.New York has won six of seven. Robin Lehner made 36 saves for his second shutout of the season, and Ryan Pulock had two assists.The Islanders pounded the Maple Leafs in a reunion with Tavares, who signed with Toronto as a free agent July 1. The 28-year-old played nine seasons in New York, collecting 272 goals and 349 assists for 621 points in 669 games.Garret Sparks stopped 24 shots as Toronto had its five-game winning streak halted.CAPITALS 3, SENATORS 2OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Tom Wilson and Tyler Lewington each had a goal and an assist in Washington’s win over short-handed Ottawa.The Capitals have won four straight, and the Senators have dropped four in a row.Madison Bowey also scored for the Capitals Custom Columbus Blue Jackets Jerseys , and Pheonix Copley made 31 saves.The Senators were without defenseman Thomas Chabot and fellow blue-liner Christian Jaros following injuries Friday in a 6-3 loss to the New York Islanders. Jaros broke a finger, and Chabot was placed on injured reserve with an upper body injury following a hit from Islanders forward Matt Murray in the second period.Goaltender Marcus Hogberg made his NHL debut and finished with 21 saves, and Colin White and Mark Stone scored for the Senators, who are last in the Eastern Conference.LIGHTNING 6, CANADIENS 5TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Adam Erne scored twice in the third period, including the go-ahead goal with 1:02 left, and NHL-leading Tampa Bay extended its point streak to 14 games.Nikita Kucherov extended his point streak to 10 games (six goals, 15 assists) with a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay. He is the 14th player in NHL history to post multiple point streaks of 10 or more games in consecutive seasons. The only other player to do so since 1994-95 is Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin (2007-08 and 2008-09).The Lightning, who are 13-0-1 during their current run, also got goals from Yanni Gourde, Anton Stralman and Tyler Johnson. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves.Andrew Shaw had two goals, and Kenny Agostino, Jordie Benn and Brett Kulak also scored for the Canadiens. Phillip Danault had three assists, and Antti Niemi stopped 26 shots.RANGERS 4, PREDATORS 3NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jesper Fast scored two goals www.officialstarsproonline.com , including the game winner, and added an assist as New York snapped a three-game losing streak.Chris Kreider had a goal and an assist, Marc Stall added a score and Mika Zibanejad had a career-high four assists for the Rangers, who earned their first road win in regulation this season. Henrik Lundqvist made 34 saves.Nick Bonino scored a pair of power-play goals and Kevin Fiala also scored and had two assists for the Predators, who have lost six straight. Pekka Rinne made 18 saves.STARS 5, RED WINGS 1DALLAS (AP) — Alexander Radulov scored twice and Dallas routed Detroit.The win comes a night after the Stars‘ front office ripped captain Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin by saying the high-priced forwards were underperforming for a team falling short of expectations.Seguin had an assist and Benn was held without a point for the ninth time in 10 games.Ben Bishop stopped 33 shots for the Stars.Blake Comeau, Tyler Pitlick and Jason Spezza also scored for the Stars.Detroit’s Dylan Larkin ended the shutout early in the third period and extended his career-best points streak to 13 games, the longest active streak in the NHL.PENGUINS 6, BLUES 1ST. LOUIS (AP) — Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists to lead surging Pittsburgh.Juuso Riikola, Zach Aston-Reese, Kris Letang, Jake Guentzel and Evgeni Malkin also scored for the Penguins, who converted on all four power plays. Pittsburgh has won a season-best five consecutive games.Matt Murray stopped 30 shots. He has won five straight starts since returning from a lower-body injury on Dec. 15.Jake Allen allowed four goals on 17 shots before getting pulled for Jordan Binnington almost halfway through the game.David Perron scored his 13th in the second period to break up the shutout bid.CANUCKS 3, FLAMES 2 OTCALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Alex Edler scored 3:06 into overtime for Vancouver.In a back-and-forth overtime, Brock Boeser sent a pass to Edler, whose shot dribbled through the pads of David Rittich.Boeser and Elias Pettersson also scored for Vancouver.The Canucks are 5-0-1 in their last six road games. Vancouver has four points through the first two stops of their six-game trip.Mark Jankowski and Travis Hamonic scored short-handed goals for Calgary.COYOTES 5 Dallas Stars T-Shirts Authentic , DUCKS 4 OTANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Nick Schmaltz scored 33 seconds into overtime and Arizona rallied from a two-goal deficit.The Coyotes trailed 4-2 less than nine minutes into the second but tied it before the period was over. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Christian Fischer, Nick Cousins and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and Adin Hill stopped 37 shots.Alex Galchenyuk and Clayton Keller each had two assists. Schmaltz and Ekman-Larsson also had assists for multi-point games.Ondrej Kase had two goals for the Ducks, who have dropped five straight. Daniel Sprong and Adam Henrique also scored. Nick Ritchie had three assists and John Gibson made 25 saves. It became official on Monday, ending long hours of impending drama.Dave Hakstol was fired — finally — as the coach of the Philadelphia Flyers.Lehigh Valley Phantoms coach Scott Gordon will coach the team in Tuesday night’s home game against the Detroit Red Wings. He is the interim coach — and will, according to new general manager Chuck Fletcher, be doing it “for the rest of the year.”Article continues below ...Joel Quenneville? Who knows?Quenneville, fired earlier this season after his long, proud run behind the Chicago Blackhawks’ bench, was reported over the weekend to be replacing Hakstol as the Flyers lost the last four games of a five-game road trip.(Quenneville) is under contract to Chicago,” Fletcher said. “I have not asked Chicago for permission and have not spoken to Joel in about two years.”The team flew home from Vancouver on Sunday. Hakstol was still the coach. The team took the ice — for the first NHL practice of goaltending prospect Carter Hart — and Hakstol was missing.“I felt pretty strongly I would need to make a change, and it was better sooner than later,” Fletcher said.The Flyers (12-15-4) are in last place in the Eastern Conference. When Hart goes into the net, likely as early as Tuesday, he will become the sixth Philly goaltender to play this season.Fletcher admitted this wasn’t “the ideal situation” to bring up a 20-year-old goalie. The circumstances dictated the move and now it’s up to the players in front of the goaltender.“Make no mistake about it; we recognize where we are at Dallas Stars Hoodies Authentic ,” Fletcher said. “It is a tight team. I recognize our inconsistencies and our talent.”It wasn’t long ago that it looked like Detroit’s Jimmy Howard would be headed for Philly. Instead, he headed into Philly with the Wings, who have dropped three straight after Saturday night’s shootout loss on Long Island.“We came in here for two points and at the end of the day, you have to be happy with the one,” said Tomas Vanek, who scored the goal that got his team the point. “Especially with (six) power plays (against), usually when it’s like that, you’re not going to get a point or two at all.”Howard is 5-4-1 with a 3.59 goals-against average and .922 save percentage lifetime against the Flyers, while backup Jonathan Bernier is 4-3-0 with 4.23/.890 against them.Bernier was outstanding (45 saves) Saturday night for the Wins, who are 14-15-5 on the year as they head into the second game of a three-game road trip.The Flyers placed Anthony Stolarz on injured reserved Monday with a lower body injury and he’s slated to miss 2-4 weeks. Alex Lyon was returned to the minors and Michal Neuvirth is back from paternity leave. Starter Brian Elliott returned home from the west coast for further examination of his hip injury and could be out a long time.“Brian has made progress but not as much as we have liked,” said Fletcher … “We’ll have conversations about what the best approach is moving forward. At this point, I would suggest that nothing is imminent at this point.”Neuvirth is 4-3-0 with 3.15/.904 lifetime against the Red Wings.
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LAS VEGAS (AP) Logan Couture’s second goal of the game James Neal Jersey Womens , on the power play at 5:13 of the second overtime, lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday night, tying their Western Conference semifinal series at one game apiece.The Golden Knights, who lost for the first time in six playoff games, thought they won in the first overtime when Jonathan Marchessault’s backhand sailed past Jones with 3:02 left, but officials ruled there was goaltender interference when Marchessault ran into Jones’ blocker and spun him around before his shot.Brent Burns also scored two goals and Martin Jones stopped 26 shots for San Jose, which was playing without suspended forward Evander Kane.William Karlsson scored twice, while Nate Schmidt got his first of the postseason to tie the score at 3-3 with 6 1/2 minutes left in the third period. Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 43 saves.Game 3 is Monday night at San Jose.BRUINS 6, LIGHTNING 2TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Rick Nash and Patrice Bergeron each scored twice to lead Boston past Tampa Bay in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists T.J. Oshie Jersey , David Pastrnak finished with four assists and Bergeron also had one to give their line 10 points in a dominating performance.Tuukka Rask stopped 34 shots for the Bruins, who finished one point behind Tampa Bay for the Atlantic Division title, as well as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.Dan Girardi and Mikhail Sergachev scored for the Lightning, who trailed 3-2 entering the third period. Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 18 saves.Game 2 is Monday night at Amalie Arena.— NEW YORK (AP) For New York Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton, the NHL trade deadline brought mixed emotions on Monday.Gorton said it was ”difficult” to trade captain Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Vladimir Namestnikov, two prospects and two draft picks.But the return, prospects Libor Hajek and Brett Howden, and Tampa Bay’s first-round pick in 2018 and a conditional first-round pick in 2019 are ”exciting” for a franchise in the midst of a rebuild.He made sure to stress, though, that this was simply the beginning.There’s a lot of work here Authentic Blake Wheeler Jersey ,” Gorton said on a conference call. ”We’re trying to build a team. We’re adding these assets and doing all these things, but listen, there’s a lot of work to be done.”There’s a lot of players out there that we need to be watching, finding out what’s going on in the draft. There’s a lot of opportunity to grow as a team and make our team better. That’s our goal, that’s our mission. I feel like we’re just starting.”New York has three first-round picks in June’s draft. The Rangers also have two second-round picks, two third-round picks, a fourth, a fifth and a sixth for a total of 10 picks.The deal continued the Rangers’ rebuilding process. They have acquired defenseman Rob O’Gara and a 2018 third-round draft pick from Boston for Nick Holden; prospect Yegor Rykov and a 2018 second-round draft pick from New Jersey for Michael Grabner; a 2018 first-round pick, a 2019 seventh-round pick, prospect Ryan Lindgren http://www.officialhockeyjetsshop.com/authentic-adidas-bryan-little-jersey , Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey from Boston for Rick Nash; and now Namestnikov, Hajek and Howden.”You look at these opportunities when they come along and maybe we take advantage or get an opportunity because teams feel they can win and we can make these deals,” Gorton said.As the Rangers head to Western Canada for a three-game road trip against Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, they are 25th in the NHL with a 27-30-6 record and 60 points.Whereas New York is looking toward the organization’s future, Tampa Bay is bolstering its roster in an attempt to win the franchise’s second Stanley Cup.In acquiring McDonagh, the Lightning are acquiring a top-pairing defenseman who has one year left on a six-year, $28.2 million contract signed prior to the 2013-14 season. He joins a defensive group which includes Victor Hedman, rookie Mikhail Sergachev, and McDonagh’s former teammates in New York Womens Connor Hellebuyck Jersey , Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman.Right wing Ryan Callahan, who also played with McDonagh with the Rangers from 2010 to 2014, is also a member of a Lightning team which leads the Eastern Conference with 87 points entering Monday night.McDonagh has 26 points (two goals and 24 assists) in 49 games this season, and 238 points (51 goals and 187 assists) in 516 regular-season games. He has 10 goals and 31 assists in 96 playoff games.”It’s a very difficult thing to do. It’s a player we view as a really special Ranger, he (was) the captain of our team. He (was) here for a lot of good times and played a lot of good hockey for us.”A special person off the ice. Involved off the ice in charities, and a great family. A player we traded for if you think back was sort of a time where things started to change in the right direction for us,” Gorton said of McDonagh.”Difficult, as you said. J.T. has been a good player for us, too. I wouldn’t want to undercut him.”Definitely emotional to see him go.”—
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DETROIT (AP) — Mark Stone swooped into the crease Adidas John Moore Jersey , knocked the puck in the net and pumped his right fist.Stone scored midway through the third period and Chris Tierney’s second goal went into an empty net, lifting the Ottawa Senators to a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.Stone had a goal overturned by video review in the first period, but there was no disputing his goal off a loose puck behind goaltender Jimmy Howard.“We have been struggling on the road,” Stone said, reflecting on his rush of emotion after the score. “We’re trying to get some tracking.”Ottawa arrived in the Motor City with an NHL-low seven points on the road after winning just three of 14 games as visitors this season. At home, Ottawa is 10-5-3.“This was a good one because it was on the road,” Senators coach Guy Boucher said. “It looked a lot like what we do at home”Tierney and Thomas Chabot gave Ottawa a 2-0 lead in the first period. Craig Anderson finished with 23 saves for the Senators.“We had a good start, came out very aggressive offensively,” Stone said. “In the third, we were very aggressive and didn’t allow anything.”Detroit’s Luke Glendening scored late in the first period and Dylan Larkin tied it midway through the second. Howard stopped 25 shots.The Red Wings started the third period on the power play, their second opportunity with an extra skater in the game, and couldn’t take advantage as usual. The Red Wings entered the game scoreless on the power play in six straight games and had scored on just 2 of 31 opportunities with an extra skater in the previous 14 games.Tierney scored on an odd-man rush 8:19 into the game after Larkin’s stick broke his stick as he was attempting a shot at the other end of the rink.“Just a bad break Tim Heed Jersey ,” Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “That’s going to happen. Over the course of a full year, those even up.”Chabot’s one-timer from just inside the blue line got past Howard’s blocker with 6:03 left in the opening period.Stone’s goal in the first was overturned because a review showed the entire puck didn’t cross the goal line, and he agreed with the call.“I kind of knew I didn’t go in,” he acknowledged. “I was just selling it.”Anderson didn’t see Glendening’s backhander until it was too late with 1:40 left in the first, allowing the Red Wings to pull within a goal. Larkin had some good fortune after his bad break earlier in the game when he came out of the penalty box midway through the second period, setting him up for a game-tying breakaway goal on an assist from Frans Nielsen.“Real heads-up play, knew I was coming out of the box,” Larkin said.Detroit hurt its chances to extend the game when Larkin was called for slashing with 2:08 left in the game, leading to it pulling Howard to add an extra skater and Tierney took advantage with an empty-net goal.NOTES: Ottawa F Bobby Ryan returned after missing three games with a concussion. “One big, big thing was Bobby was back and that was gigantic,” Boucher said. “With guys like that when they’re gone, you realize how much you miss them. When they come back Womens Tomas Hertl Jersey , you see the difference. He was flying out there. He had juice. Him coming in was huge and It makes such a difference for me as a coach when you can put him out there for 20 minutes.” … Larkin has a six-game point streak. … The Senators scratched Tom Pyatt, Max McCormick and Christian Jaros. … Detroit scratched Mike Green, who is expected to be out for at least a few weeks with a lower-body injury, and it also had Wade Megan and Luke Witkowski out of the lineup.UP NEXTSenators: At Montreal on Saturday night.Red Wings: At New York Islanders on Saturday night. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche power play have found another gear during the past week.The Avalanche scored three goals with the man advantage for the second time in four games and dominated the Los Angeles Kings 7-3 on Wednesday night.“One of those things that when the power play works, when it’s clicking like that, it feels good and obviously can win you games, which it did tonight,” said Gabriel Landeskog, who was one of nine players who got an assist.Colorado has gone 8 of 11 on the power play during the four-game span. That has propelled them to the top of the league with a 32.9 percent conversion rate, and the 23 goals are tied with Tampa Bay.“The execution has been there,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. “Our guys are hungry to score on the power play. We have a lot of talent on both units. They are being crisp with their passes and in tune.”Los Angeles allowed three power-play goals for the second time in five games and has killed only 11 of 19 penalties over that span.“It’s pretty much always the same story. We lost the special teams battle, and when you lose that Adidas Jaroslav Halak Jersey , you don’t win many games,” Kings coach Willie Desjardins said.MacKinnon scored one of the power-play goals and has scored on special teams in back-to-back games as the Avalanche have won three of four. Vladislav Kamenev and Colin Wilson also scored on the power play, and Patrik Nemeth, Tyson Barrie, Nikita Zadorov and Matt Calvert scored at even strength.Alexander Kerfoot had three assists, and Mikko Rantanen remained the league’s scoring leader with two assists to increase his total to 34 points. Tyler Jost and Carl Soderbeg both had two assists while MacKinnon and Kamenev had multipoint games.“It brings a lot of confidence when you score that many goals. We just dominated pretty much the whole game,” said Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov, who made 33 saves.Kyle Clifford scored for Los Angeles while Matt Luff and Austin Wagner each had a goal and an assist. Cal Petersen allowed six goals on 31 shots before leaving early in the third and Peter Budaj allowed one goal on three shots.“I don’t know what to say what happened,” Kings captain Anze Kopitar said. “I mean there’s no emotion, no energy, you know nothing and it’s unacceptable.”Kamenev and Clifford exchanged first-period goals, and the Avalanche retook the lead 50 seconds after Clifford’s equalizer. Landeskog fed MacKinnon with a pinpoint pass from behind the net seconds into a power play Adidas Steven Kampfer Jersey , the first of six straight goals for Colorado.Nemeth extended the lead with a 57-foot wrist shot, Wilson netted his power-play goal, and Barrie and Zadorov chased Peterson with goals less than two minutes apart in the third. Calvert redirected Barrie’s pass past Budaj before Luff scored on a one-timer and Wagner got his first NHL goal.NOTES: Barrie has six-game point streak. … Los Angeles C Adrian Kempe suffered a lower-body injury during the first period and did not return. … D Dion Phaneuf, who played in his 1,000th NHL game on Monday night in St. Louis, was honored before the game. … Rantanen has been fined $2,000 by the NHL for diving/embellishment. It is the second time Rantanen has been cited for embellishment this season, which is what triggered the fine. The embellishment penalty happened during the second period of a Nov. 14 game against Boston. … Los Angeles acquired forward Pavel Jenys from Minnesota in exchange for defenseman Stephan Falkovsky. Both players are currently in the ECHL … The Kings honored Ventura County Sheriff’s Sergeant Ron Helus during the game. Helus was one of 12 who lost his life on Nov. 7 during a mass shooting at a Thousand Oaks country music bar.UP NEXTAvalanche: Travel to Arizona on Friday to complete a three-game road trip.Kings: Host Vancouver on Friday.
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WASHINGTON (AP) The text message lit up Troy Mann’s phone the morning after the Capitals eliminated the Penguins with a patchwork lineup featuring five rookies. It came from Barry Trotz.”Thanks Manner for having all those rookie Caps ready http://www.avalancheshoponline.com/authentic-j.t.-compher-jersey ,” Trotz wrote. ”They all played well – you own a piece of this win last night.”Mann beamed with pride when more than a half-dozen players he coached with the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears contributed to the victory that got the Capitals into the Eastern Conference final. Many of those players are still playing key roles for Washington in the Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights – more than a month after Mann was fired from his job as Hershey’s head coach.This is a bittersweet time for Mann, who had a hand in the development of Jakub Vrana, Chandler Stephenson and Christian Djoos as coach and was an assistant when Braden Holtby, John Carlson, Dmitry Orlov, Andre Burakovsky, Jay Beagle and Tom Wilson went through Hershey on their way to the NHL. Considering the success of those players and Hershey products Nate Schmidt and Cody Eakin contributing for Vegas, the Cup Final is a validation of Mann’s methods of getting prospects ready for the next level.”I called Troy Mann the other day and thanked him for producing a lot of good players,” Trotz said. ”All the players he had the last couple of years are all playing in the Stanley Cup Finals. Guys who haven’t played a (playoff) game before. They’ve brought some of that winning tradition that they had in Hershey. It’s important for those guys to be a part of it.”Mann has remained connected to the Capitals’ playoff run by talking to Trotz and Hershey video coach Mike King, who’s in Washington. Amid interviews with other organizations for another AHL job or work as an NHL assistant, he has watched about 80 percent of the Capitals’ games this postseason and can see the elements in players’ games he and assistant Ryan Murphy harped on improving during their four-year tenure.After giving Vrana some tough love by scratching him in the playoffs a year ago, Mann notices the 22-year-old winger getting between the faceoff dots to create offense like he asked. He watches Stephenson playing with the consistency that was sometimes lacking in Hershey, which was all part of the plan.”We talked a lot during our time here about what they needed to do at the NHL level to be successful,” Mann said by phone this week. ”The thing we’ve seen the most with our guys is just the improvement level from year to year and month to month.”As much as Mann notices the improvement from afar Youth Matt Nieto Jersey , the players feel it, too, and credit him for giving them the playing time to grow their games in Hershey, a market that expects championships as much as development.”He just gave us a chance,” said Stephenson, who has seven points in his first Stanley Cup playoffs. ”The type of franchise that Hershey’s been and having so many Calder Cups and things like that, he put a lot of faith in the younger guys and just trusted us. He wanted us to get to the next level more so than you wanted yourself. I really respected him as a coach and liked him as a coach and to have that faith and trust (from) him, it’s helped me a lot.”His support several years ago helped Eakin become a full-time NHL player who said Mann ”knows how to get the most out of his players.” Schmidt, who had Mann as an assistant and a head coach, appreciated pre-practice skills sessions to work on his hands and stick work and the honesty with which he deals with players.”I thought he was great,” Schmidt said Saturday. ”You always knew where you stood with him. That’s something that I really respect.”But after three playoff appearances including a trip to the Calder Cup Final in 2016, missing the postseason this year led to the Capitals not renewing Mann’s contract.”Troy is a dedicated and hard-working coach, and we appreciate all he has done for the Hershey Bears,” Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said in a statement. ”At this point Mikko Rantanen Jersey , we feel a fresh approach and a change in leadership is needed in order for us to continue to develop our young players towards the next level and for success at the AHL level.”That stung for Mann, who worked eight of the past nine years in the Capitals’ system, made Hershey his home in that time and believed he did his job.”I think it’s very difficult for anybody to tell me that I haven’t done my job here,” Mann said. ”I’m very grateful they gave me my first opportunity. As much as I’d love to be the head coach of Hershey next year, the only thing I can hope for now is that other NHL teams are recognizing the work that we did here and that’ll help pay off in the next few weeks here of securing another opportunity.”Mann was a finalist for one job already and is in demand as Ottawa, Arizona and Colorado all look to fill AHL head-coaching vacancies. He has a big supporter in Trotz, who said recently the Capitals wouldn’t be Eastern Conference champions without Mann and Murphy helping develop Stephenson, Vrana, Djoos, Nathan Walker, Travis Boyd and Madison Bowey.”They did a really good job,” Trotz said. ”They’ve developed well, and they’ve been a big part of it.”—More Stanley Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/StanleyCupFinals— MONTREAL (AP) — Martin Jones stopped the Montreal Canadiens — and the San Jose Sharks‘ four-game skid.Jones made 40 saves — 22 shots in the third period alone — to help the Sharks beat the Canadiens 3-1 on Sunday night. Justin Braun, Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski scored for San Jose.“We did a great job of eliminating those Grade-A chances and those odd-man rushes that have been causing us some problems http://www.avalancheshoponline.com/authentic-nathan-mackinnon-jersey ,” Jones said. “It was much better tonight.”Jones improved to 7-1-0 in his career against Montreal.Jeff Petry scored for Montreal, and Carey Price made 26 saves. The Canadiens dropped to 12-10-5 overall and fell to 1-3-0 on their current five-game homestand.“They were the better team in the first period,” Petry said. “We got better but that’s something we need to do from the start. We’ve won one in our last seven so there’s no reason we shouldn’t be desperate as well to get points and move up in the standings. We need to go out and dictate the pace.”Both teams played Saturday, with the Canadiens downing the New York Rangers, and the Sharks falling in Ottawa. The Sharks have won seven straight and 11 of their last 12 against Montreal.“They capitalized on a couple of early opportunities in the first period and that’s on us,” Max Domi said. “But when you run into a goalie like that, and he’s seeing everything, you have to make it hard for him. We managed to do that on Petry’s goal. Just not quite enough.”San Jose opened the scoring at 2:55 of the first, with Braun beating Price after a bad giveaway by Petry in his own end. With San Jose on a 5-on-3 advantage, Burns made it 2-0 with a wrist shot from the slot at 10:29 of the first to extend his points streak to four games.Petry made up for his earlier turnover when he scored at 12:15 of the second. Just moments after shooting the puck off Jones’ mask, the Canadiens defenseman got his stick on a pass from Jonathan Drouin for his third of the season.Pavelski capped off a give-and-go with Burns and Logan Couture to make it 3-1 at 15:51 of the second, the Sharks captain’s team-leading 17th goal of the season.“They came back and got one but there wasn’t the sense of panic for us tonight,” Pavelski said. “Jones was fabulous. He did a good job.”Notes: Former first-round pick Nikita Scherbak is no longer with the Canadiens after being claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday. … Andrew Shaw assisted on Petry’s goal for his 200th career NHL point.UP NEXTSharks: Host Carolina on Wednesday night.Canadiens: Host Ottawa on Tuesday night.
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NEW YORK — Thanks to the NHL’s schedulemaker Johnny Gaudreau Jersey Kids , the Buffalo Sabres won’t have much time to revel in their biggest offensive outburst in almost a decade.The Sabres play the second game of a back-to-back set Sunday night, when they visit the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.Both teams won their most recent games, albeit in far different fashion. The Sabres throttled the visiting Ottawa Senators 9-2 on Saturday afternoon. The Rangers earned their second straight shootout victory Thursday night, when they capped a four-game road trip by edging the Anaheim Ducks 3-2.Article continues below ...The rout of the Senators marked the first time the Sabres (7-5-2) scored nine goals since Jan. 27, 2009, when they beat the Edmonton Oilers 10-2. The nine goals were the most Buffalo has scored in a home game since a 10-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers (now the Winnipeg Jets) on Jan. 18, 2008.Any nine-goal outburst will be warmly greeted of course, but the Sabres were particularly pleased to bust out at home on the same afternoon the team honored Jason Pominville for playing in 1,000 NHL games. Pominville, who reached the milestone against the Senators on Thursday, scored two goals Saturday.“For us, obviously, it’s been a tough few years in terms of our play at home,” Sabres center and captain Jack Eichel told reporters afterward. Buffalo entered 2018-19 with 72 home wins in the last five seasons Mark Giordano Jersey , during which it finished with the worst overall record in the NHL three times.“I think that’s something we’re trying to take more pride in, is playing better in front of our home fans,” Eichel said. “It was great to see them pack the building for ‘Pommer’s’ ceremony.”The Rangers (5-7-1) will be playing in front of their home fans for the first time since Oct. 23, when they beat the Florida Panthers 5-2. The wins over the San Jose Sharks and the Ducks salvaged what could have been a discouraging road trip for New York, which opened the Western Conference swing by dropping two in a row to the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings.The loss to the Kings marked the first of three straight games in which the Rangers gave up the tying or go-ahead goal in the final seconds of regulation. After defenseman Alec Martinez scored with 55 seconds remaining to give Los Angeles a 4-3 win Oct. 28, the Sharks (Tomas Hertl with 1.3 seconds left) and Ducks (Richard Rakell with 25.3 seconds remaining) forced overtime against New York.Still, coming back to beat the Sharks and Ducks softened the blow for the Rangers.“Listen, I mean, it’s a little demoralizing to be giving up goals with less than a minute to go (in) three straight games,” Rangers coach David Quinn told reporters Friday. “But we keep making progress, which is really what I want to focus on.”After backup Linus Ullmark earned the win Saturday, No. 1 goaltender Carter Hutton is likely to return to the net for the Sabres on Sunday. Hutton took the loss in his most recent start Thursday, when he made 28 saves as Buffalo fell to the Senators 4-2.Henrik Lundqvist, who sat in favor of backup Alexandar Georgiev against the Ducks Youth Matthew Tkachuk Jersey , is likely to draw the start Sunday. Lundqvist earned the win in his most recent appearance Tuesday night, when he recorded 31 saves as the Rangers beat the Sharks 4-3.Hutton is 4-0-0 with a 1.35 goals-against average and .960 save percentage in five appearances against the Rangers. Lundqvist is 20-13-2, 2.35, .919 in 36 games against the Sabres. BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins won, then got the break they needed to remain in contention for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.David Pastrnak and Tommy Wingels scored 51 seconds apart in the second period and Boston beat Ottawa 5-2 on Saturday night, a win that preserved Bruins’ chances for the No. 1 seed with an overtime loss by Tampa Bay.”It’s been a battle all year. It’s been a grind, but we’re in that position,” said Patrice Bergeron, who assisted on Pastrnak’s tying goal 8:08 into the second period.The Bruins host Florida on Sunday night in a game postponed by a winter storm Jan. 4. Boston is one point behind Tampa Bay, which lost in overtime at Carolina, for the top spot in the East and the Atlantic Division.Danton Heinen also scored for Boston, which added late goals by Noel Acciari and David Backes in the final two minutes to put away the Senators and complete the season sweep.Anton Khudobin stopped 26 shots for the Bruins.”We have a chance to move into first. That’s what we all can ask for – to have a chance,” Boston captain Zdeno Chara said. ”It’s in our hands tomorrow.”Ryan Dzingel scored both goals for Ottawa and Colin White had two assists. Daniel Taylor made 29 saves for the Senators, who finished 28-43-11 one year after reaching the Eastern Conference finals.The Senators closed out the season with back-to-back games on the road against two of the top teams in the East. After getting shut out 4-0 at Pittsburgh on Friday night Michael Frolik Jersey , Ottawa didn’t concede anything against the Bruins.”We’ve got a lot of young guys and some big names missing. It could have been easy yesterday or today to come up with a poor effort or a lack of commitment,” Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said. ”We were making some mental mistakes and stuff but I think the effort was there from the beginning until the end.”After falling behind 1-0 on Dzingel’s goal 12:31 into the game, Boston tied it on Pastrnak’s power-play goal 8:08 into the second period. The tie lasted less than a minute before Wingels fired a wrist shot that Taylor got his glove on but couldn’t hold and the puck bounced over the goal line at 8:59 of the second.Heinen made a steal at the Boston blue line and took it the other way, beating Taylor on a wrist shot with 2:59 left in the second.Dzingel pulled Ottawa to 3-2 at 7:07 of the third with his second goal of the game, but Acciari added an insurance goal for Boston with 1:51 left and David Backes scored on an empty net with 43 seconds left to play.”I thought today we got better as the game went on and we really started playing our game, our style, our system and it showed on the scoreboard,” Bergeron said. ”We’re in a position where we can win the conference. It’s a big feat.”NOTES: Senators D Erik Karlsson missed his third straight game, remaining at home with his wife after the couple’s first son was stillborn last month. … Bruins LW Tim Schaller and RW David Pastrnak are the only Boston players to have played in the first 81 games. … Bruins LW Rick Nash missed his 11th straight game with an upper-body injury. … After entering the season on a six-game winless streak against Ottawa, Boston swept all four games.UP NEXTSenators: End of regular season.Bruins: Wrap up the regular season Sunday night at home against the Panthers.
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CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks are taking a closer look at their house after missing the playoffs for the first time in a decade.They aren’t sure just yet if a complete teardown is necessary.The Blackhawks are heading into one of their most intriguing summers in years after finishing with 33 wins and 76 points Authentic Kerryon Johnson Jersey , their lowest totals since they went 31-42-9 during the 2006-07 season. While they might not make any big changes, improvement next year is mandatory, general manager Stan Bowman said Monday.”This year was extremely disappointing,” Bowman said. ”Last year was more abrupt, but this was equally disappointing. I’m not happy with where we are. We’re going to examine everything, look long and hard at ways to improve through personnel.”The Blackhawks have been on a downward trend since winning the 2015 Stanley Cup. They were eliminated by St. Louis in seven games in the first round of the 2016 playoffs, and then were swept by Nashville in the opening round last year.They stumbled all the way to last in the Central Division this season, falling short of the playoffs for the first time since star forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were rookies during the 2007-08 season.Bowman said the team’s top priority is keeping the young players who impressed this season. Rookie Alex DeBrincat had a team-high 28 goals Authentic Deshaun Watson Jersey , one more than Kane, and Vinnie Hinostroza showed flashes of promise after beginning the year in the minors.”That’s the direction we’re headed,” Bowman said. ”They’ve showed they’re part of the future.”His second priority is free agency, and Bowman said he’s more interested in short-term deals than longer pacts that would tie his hands in the future.He could look for goaltender help after Corey Crawford missed the final 47 games with an upper-body injury. He also could focus on his blue line after top defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook showed signs of age this season.”This was an off year in about every category,” coach Joel Quenneville said. ”From every individual except two or three, we expect more next year.”Both Bowman and Quenneville expressed confidence in a healthy return for Crawford, who went 16-9-2 with a sparkling 2.27 goals-against average in 28 games. Anton Forsberg, Jean-Francois Berube and Jeff Glass all struggled in goal after Crawford got hurt.”He’s on the right track http://www.houstontexansteamonline.com/deshaun-watson-jersey , close to being ready to go,” Quenneville said.Toews, who missed the last eight games with an upper-body injury, said previous successes ”happened naturally, organically. Now there’s a lot of issues you need to find solutions. We need to take a creative approach to finding solutions. It’s humbling to a certain degree. You feel like you’re starting over.”LOTTERY FEVERThe NHL draft lottery is April 28, and Chicago has a 6.5 percent chance of winning the top pick. The Blackhawks drafted Toews with the third overall pick in 2006 and got Kane with the No. 1 selection in 2007, fueling their run to three Stanley Cup titles.TIPPING POINTCrawford’s injury just before Christmas turned the season around. They were in a playoff position on Dec. 23, his last appearance Deshaun Watson Jersey Elite , and fell out of contention soon after he was placed on injured reserve.WRONG NUMBERSThe Blackhawks allowed 256 goals, 67 more than they gave up during the 2014-15 season. Keith, a two-time Norris Trophy winner as the league’s top defenseman, finished with a career-worst minus-29 rating, the worst such number on the team.GOODBYEOne of the most memorable moments of the season was Patrick Sharp’s final game at the United Center. The 36-year-old Sharp is planning to retire after finishing with 10 goals and 11 assists in his 15th NHL season. The team honored Sharp with a highlight video in the third period of its home finale, and he waved his stick and tapped his heart to acknowledge the sustained roar of the crowd.NEXT UPDefenseman Henri Jokiharju could get a long look during training camp in the fall. He was selected by the Blackhawks in the first round of last year’s draft, but he doesn’t turn 19 until June.CAPTAIN AMERICAKane has decided to keep playing. USA Hockey announced Monday that Kane will captain the U.S. team for the world championship in May in Denmark. ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Auston Matthews continues to make progress as he works to return from an apparent shoulder injury.The Toronto Maple Leafs‘ outdoor game against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night at Navy is the fourth consecutive game Matthews is missing since injuring his right shoulder Feb. 22 against the New York Islanders.The team has only termed Matthews day to day Youth Jalen Ramsey Jersey , which for coach Mike Babcock typically means a player being out 10 days and getting evaluated, but the 20-year-old center could reasonably return as soon as March 10 against the two-time defending Stanley Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins.”He’s skating every day, working hard on his conditioning,” Babcock said. ”The big thing about this injury: you have your legs. When you come back from the previous injury, you don’t have any legs because you didn’t do anything. I think jumping right in and being ready to go when it’s time to come back will be positive for him. He won’t have to get his conditioning back. He’ll have it back already.”Matthews missed four games in November with a suspected back injury and six in December with a concussion. Despite playing just 53 games, the Phoenix area native leads Toronto with 28 goals and is second in points with 50.Going into the Maple Leafs’ game against the Capitals at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, they’re 7-4-2 this season without Matthews.”It shows you how deep the team is, how talented it is and how guys are ready to step up when other guys are out of the lineup http://www.jaguarscheapstore.com/jalen-ramsey-jersey-cheap ,” veteran forward Patrick Marleau said. ”We’d love to have our full lineup, have Auston in there, but everybody tries to pick up the slack when he’s not.”When Matthews returns after missing at least Toronto’s game Monday at Buffalo, the Maple Leafs will boast depth down the middle with him, Nazem Kadri, Tyler Bozak and Tomas Plekanec. The fourth line of Plekanec – acquired at the trade deadline from rival Montreal – with Leo Komarov and Kasperi Kapanen sets the Maple Leafs up well for the stretch run and playoffs.”It doesn’t matter who you play against,” Babcock said. ”We miss our matchup and they can go next and however. That’s important.”—
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PITTSBURGH (AP) Sidney Crosby let one chance to bury the New York Islanders slip away. The Pittsburgh Penguins star wasn’t about to let it happen twice.Crosby finished off a 2-on-1 by sneaking a wrist shot past Chris Gibson 3:48 into overtime to give the Penguins a 3-2 win Saturday. Pittsburgh’s captain failed to convert on a rush moments earlier http://www.blackhawksshoponline.com/authentic-gustav-forsling-jersey , but an outlet pass by Justin Schultz freed up Crosby once again.This time he faked a pass to Conor Sheary and instead beat Gibson between the legs as the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions snapped a three-game losing streak.”Thought I had a good opportunity to shoot and missed one right before that so glad to see it go in,” Crosby said after picking up his 22nd goal of the season.Derick Brassard’s first goal with Pittsburgh tied it with less than nine minutes to go in regulation. Patric Hornqvist added his 18th goal of the season for the Penguins. Phil Kessel picked up two assists to become the sixth American-born player to reach 400 career assists. Tristan Jarry overcame a comically ugly start to finish with 25 saves.Jarry’s night began by giving up a goal to New York’s Brandon Davidson just 1:11 into the game. Davidson flipped a slow backhand from outside the right circle only to see it go into the net when Jarry tripped and fell backward to the ice .”It was a little easier when I came back to the bench and seen 90 percent of the guys laughing at me,” Jarry said. ”It’s a tough thing to swallow but I’m glad we won.”Anders Lee put New York up 4:59 into the third period when his shot caromed off Pittsburgh defenseman Jamie Oleksiak and over the goal line for his team-leading 31st. Gibson, making his first start in nearly two years, almost made it stand up. He finished with 47 saves in all but let Brassard jam one by him with 8:31 left in regulation to tie it and he was no match for Crosby late. The Islanders have dropped six straight.Making just his fifth NHL start and first since April 10, 2016, Gibson spent most of the night trying to make up for lost time. The Penguins peppered the New York net for long stretches, often looking like they were on the power play despite being at even strength. Asked if he could remember the last time he faced 50 shots at any level, Gibson just shook his head.”To be honest, I can’t but it was great John Hayden Jersey ,” Gibson said. ”I loved every single second of it. I’m really happy with my game except that last goal and the loss there.”The Penguins were coming off an ugly 8-4 setback in Boston on Thursday night, one that extended their losing streak to three and blunted their recent surge toward the top of the Metropolitan Division. Coach Mike Sullivan, rarely hesitant to shake things up during even the slightest of downturns, opted for minor tweaks instead of major ones.Pittsburgh called up forward Dominik Simon and put him on the third line and Sullivan mixed up the bottom two defensive pairings, including giving Chad Ruhwedel his first start since Dec. 27. The result was better play in front of Jarry. After giving up 17 goals during the losing streak, Pittsburgh surrendered just the two flukish goals and Jarry collected himself after the bumpy start.The penalty kill was sharp at the beginning of overtime, giving Crosby a chance to win it.”The last two games I struggled a little bit and I didn’t think my game was where I wanted it to be at,” Jarry said. ”I thought tonight was a good bounce back performance for me and I think it’s something I can grow on.”NOTES: Pittsburgh G Matt Murray missed his third straight game since getting a concussion in practice Wednesday. … Pittsburgh scratched D Matt Hunwick, F Carter Rowney and C Zach Aston-Reese. … New York scratched Ds Dennis Seidenberg and Sebastian Aho and F Ross Johnston. … The Islanders went 0 for 2 on the power play. The Penguins were 1 for 2. … Pittsburgh is 7-1-1 in its last nine games against New York.UP NEXTIslanders: Begin swing through Western Canada on Monday in Vancouver.Penguins: Host Calgary on Monday.— GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Celebrating several of their season-high seven goals to the strains of “Werewolves of London Authentic Jonathan Toews Jersey ,” Arizona took a bite out of Tampa Bay in a 7-1 victory Saturday.And a Coyotes‘ team that was shut out in three of its first four games has gravitated to the other extreme, scoring 22 goals in the last five games while winning three in a row and four of five to reach .500 of the first time this season.Michael Grabner scored two short-handed goals, Brad Keller scored his fifth goal of the season and Vinnie Hinostroza scored his third in support of Antta Raanta, who made 29 saves in his first game back after missing previous two with flu-like symptoms.“A lot of games we lost, we played really, good structured hockey ” Grabner said. “We just weren’t scoring. Now the puck is going in for a lot of guys, and it is easier to be confident out there with the puck.”Jordan Oesterle, Derek Stepan and Richard Panik scored their first goals of the season for the Coyotes, who broke the Lightning’s seven-game points streak.Adam Erne scored his first goal of the season to break Raanta’s shutout at 9:27 of the third period.Tampa Bay (7-2-1), which had not lost since falling to Vancouver in the second game of the season Custom Minnesota Wild Jerseys , was playing its fifth game in eight days while finishing a five-game road trip.“You look on your schedule and this probably sets up as a tough one for us,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said.“Can’t predict it’d be a 7-1 tough one for us. We weren’t our best tonight, that was clear.”Oesterle, Keller and Stepan scored in the first 13 minutes of the first period as the Coyotes scored three of their first five shots. It was 5-0 after two periods.“They were a tired club and we had energy tonight,” said Arizona coach Rich Tocchet, adding of the early burst, “It loosens guys up. When you get a couple of shots in early, the guys feel a little calmer on the bench.“When you are not scoring, that is when people get tight. You could feel the bench was real loose.”Arizona’s fifth goal came on Grabner’s first short-handed score at 11:48 of the second period. He added another at 8:59 of the third.The Coyotes lead the NHL with five short-handed goals and have given up only three power plays goals in 28 chances after killing four of Tampa Bay’s five power plays.“We have chemistry, reading off each other to make plays Patrick Kane Jersey ,” Grabner said. “Right now we are getting chances. For me, the main focus is to kill off the penalty and maybe change momentum.”Lightning goalie Louis Domingue made 23 saves in his first game against his former team.Brad Richardson and Alex Goligoski had two assists apiece and Raanta had one. Raanta has three career assists, the last while with the Rangers in 2016-17.The turnaround has not taken the Coyotes by surprise.“We were still OK with the way we were playing (early in the season), we just couldn’t score,” Goligoski said. “That’s caught up to us now.NOTESCoyotes: Goalie Antti Raanta returned after missing the previous two games with flu-like symptoms.Lightning: Defenseman Victor Hedman, who won the Norris Trophy last season, did not play and is expected to miss at least a week after suffering an upper body injury in the second period of a 3-2 victory at Las Vegas on Friday.UP NEXTCoyotes: Host Ottawa on Tuesday in the third game of a five-game homestand.Lightning: Host New Jersey on Tuesday.
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brian Boyle scored three times for his first career hat trick Adidas Wade Megan Jersey , and the New Jersey Devils beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 on Monday.Boyle got his natural hat trick on “Hockey Fights Cancer” night in Pittsburgh. It included two power-play goals and two redirections in front of the net.The 33-year-old Boyle was diagnosed with a form of bone marrow cancer at the beginning of training camp last season. He underwent treatment, returned to the lineup last November and won the NHL’s Masterton Trophy, best exemplifying qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.Will Butcher had a goal and two assists for New Jersey, and Travis Zajac scored his fourth goal. The Devils stopped a three-game slide with their first road win.Jamie Oleksiak scored for the Penguins, who have dropped four in a row.CAPITALS 4, OILERS 2WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored on the power play, backup goaltender Pheonix Copley made 31 saves and Washington ended its two-game losing streak.The defending Stanley Cup champions came out flying two days after a mistake-filled overtime loss to Dallas. Jakub Vrana scored on his first turn with the fourth line after being demoted, and linemate Devante Smith-Pelly scored on the group’s second shift a few minutes later as the Capitals jumped all over Cam Talbot and the Oilers.Ovechkin’s 11th goal of the season was his 234th career on the power play, tying him with Marcel Dionne for eighth on the career list. T.J. Oshie also scored by firing short-side on Talbot, who allowed four goals on 23 shots in his first start since Oct. 30.Oilers captain Connor McDavid extended his point streak to eight games with his 10th goal of the season. Leon Draisaitl scored for Edmonton Adidas Evgeny Svechnikov Jersey , which lost for just the second time in seven games.BRUINS 2, STARS 1, OTBOSTON (AP) — Brad Marchand scored a power-play goal 4:29 into overtime, lifting the Bruins to the victory.David Pastrnak also scored on the power play for Boston, which had lost two of three. Tuukka Rask made 24 saves.Radek Faksa had a short-handed goal for the Stars, who are 3-1-1 on a six-game trip. Former Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin stopped 33 shots.Boston had a two-man power play in overtime after Jason Dickinson and Esa Lindell were whistled for minors 11 seconds apart. Marchand banked in a shot off the far post from the bottom of the right circle.CANADIENS 4, ISLANDERS 3, SONEW YORK (AP) — Joel Armia scored in the fifth round of the shootout to send Montreal to the road win.The Canadiens rallied from two goals down to win for the fifth time in the last six meetings with the Islanders. Max Domi and Jonathan Drouin each had a goal and an assist, Artturi Lehkonen also scored and Noah Juulsen added two assists.Antti Niemi started in place of Carey Price and made 21 saves before stopping all five of New York’s attempts in the shootout.Casey Cizikas scored twice and Valtteri Filppula also had a goal for the Islanders, who had won five in a row. Thomas Greiss stopped 32 shots and the first four skaters in the tiebreaker.FLYERS 5, COYOTES 2GLENDALE Adidas Jonathan Bernier Jersey , Ariz. (AP) — Claude Giroux had two goals and an assist, Calvin Pickard stopped 35 shots and Philadelphia ended Arizona’s five-game winning streak.The Flyers jumped on the Coyotes early, going up 2-0 after first-period goals from Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere. Sean Couturier also scored and Oskar Lindblom added an empty-net goal for Philadelphia, which completed its four-game trip 3-0-1.Pickard made his second straight start after Michael Neuvirth was placed on injured reserve and Brian Elliott was injured colliding with teammate Travis Konecny during practice Sunday.Pickard was sharp most of the night, giving up Alex Galchenyuk’s power-play goal in the second period and Michael Grabner’s goal late in the third. LOS ANGELES (AP) A lot of things would have been predicted when the struggling Chicago Blackhawks found themselves down by two goals in the third period against the Los Angeles Kings.Just about everything, but what did happen.The Blackhawks, who had lost seven consecutive road games and 11 of their last 13 overall, rallied with four third-periods goals to stun the Kings 5-3 on Saturday.Jonathan Toews broke a tie on a power-play goal with 1:58 left and a Blackhawks team out of the playoff race shocked a Kings team that had won three straight.”It’s right in front of us that we can be the spoilers,” Toews said. ”Play loose, play smart and work hard the way we did tonight. We can put pressure on teams like them and make them make mistakes.”Chicago tied it with 5:36 to go when Los Angeles’ Derek Forbort failed to clear the puck in front of the net, instead sending it right to Vinnie Hinostroza for a shot past goalie past Jonathan Quick.Then with Los Angeles’ Tanner Pearson off for hooking Adidas Paul Thompson Jersey , Toews beat Quick for his 17th of the season.Patrick Kane added an empty-net goal for Chicago, Jordan Oesterle and Artem Anisimov also scored, and Anton Forsberg made 29 saves.The Kings scored all their goals in the second period, Pearson, Alec Martinez and Alex Iafallo all finding the net. Quick stopped 20 shots.The Kings were called for four penalties in the third, including a double penalty on Drew Doughty for hooking and then unsportsmanlike conduct.”It’s pretty obvious, right?” Kings coach John Stevens said. ”Let’s not deny the elephant in the room. Totally undisciplined play today. We let them back in the hockey game. It’s totally unacceptable.”You’re part of a team and everything should have the best interest of the hockey team. We put ourselves in an undisciplined situation in the third period and it ended up costing us.”The Blackhawks pulled within one on the 4-minute power play in third period, when Anisimov fired in his 19th goal off a rebound of a Toews’ shot. It was his second goal in as many games for Anisimov.”He’s always in the middle of the ice and that’s where goalies have the toughest time trying to stop it,” said Chicago coach Joel Quenneville. ”It’s a high quality chance. It’s not easy to get there, and he gets rewarded.”The Kings are just one point ahead of the rival Anaheim Ducks for the third playoff spot in the West. The Ducks host the Blackhawks on Sunday.”It definitely doesn’t hurt your confidence when you can find ways to win games coming from behind on the road against a team like them,” Toews said. ”Hopefully it’s the type of thing we can keep going with that same kind of effort.”For a struggling Adidas Troy Brouwer Jersey , injury-riddled Blackhawks team, it was a much needed victory.”The disappointing thing these last few months is we know we’re underachieving and we know we’re not scratching the surface as far as our potential goes,” Toews said.”This was huge,” Hinostroza said. ”That’s a great team over there, and says a lot about our team in here to go down like that and come back. It feels really good.”NOTES: Kings forward Dustin Brown picked up his 300th career assist. … Chicago’s last road win came on Jan. 30th in Vancouver, 2-1. … Pearson’s goal was his second in two games, after not scoring in his previous 15 games. … The Blackhawks had another goal waived in the first period for goalie interference.UP NEXTBlackhawks: At Anaheim on Sunday.Kings: Host Washington on Thursday night.—
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SAN JOSE Nashville Predators T-Shirts Authentic , Calif. (AP) Calling it ”a lucky play,” Jamie Benn stole the puck from Tomas Hertl and scored the go-ahead goal with 3:06 left before tacking on an empty-netter for the hat trick in the Dallas Stars‘ 4-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.”It was just a read,” Benn said. ”I’ll take it.”So will the Stars, who ended a seven-game road losing streak.”We played our best third period in a long time,” coach Ken Hitchcock said.Mike McKenna, who replaced an injured Kari Lehtonen, got the victory after stopping all 17 shots he faced. McKenna last played in the NHL for the Arizona Coyotes on Feb. 16, 2015.”It’s fulfilling getting a win,” McKenna said. ”It was fun to be part of this win. It’s not anything I haven’t seen before. Sometimes you lean on your experience.”Dallas’ Gemel Smith tied it at 2 with 5:17 left. Devon Shore won a battle along the boards and rushed the net, tapping it to Smith at the last second.Logan Couture set a career high with his 33rd goal and Timo Meier scored No. 20 for the Sharks, who lost their fourth straight.”You’re concerned any time you lose a lead,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. ”Again, we played good enough tonight to score four goals and we should have won. We didn’t, and we didn’t handle that as well as we could have in the third. For me, the big mistake was not putting them away when we had the chance Nashville Predators Hoodies Authentic , not the third period.”Lehtonen left with an upper-body injury with 4:06 remaining in the first period. He took a puck to the facemask. Hitchcock said he should be OK for Friday’s game in Los Angeles. Lehtonen saved 12 of 14 shots.Couture put the Sharks ahead 1-0 when he got a pass from Brent Burns and fired it into the net from long range midway through the first period.Meier added to the lead six minutes later after chasing down a puck that had bounced off Lehtonen’s pads. He fired from the right side, finding a hole under Lehtonen’s glove.”You don’t want to be on your heels,” Meier said. ”We were on our heels and you can’t do that late in the season. A thing like that can’t happen again.”Benn made it 2-1 late in the second period, redirecting a centering pass from John Klingberg off Martin Jones‘ shoulder pad and into the net.”After the second period we regrouped and refocused,” Benn said. ”We found a way to put together 20 good minutes and found a way to win.”NOTES: Benn has points in 10 of his last 13 games. … Stars C Tyler Seguin has points in each of his past four games and six of seven overall. … Sharks F Evander Kane missed the game with an apparent arm injury suffered at Las Vegas on Saturday night. … Sharks C Dylan Gambrell made his NHL debut. … The Sharks signed Sasha Chmelevski to a contract and assigned him to the AHL Barracudas.UP NEXTStars: Play at the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.Sharks: Host the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.— GOLFSOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) The return to a classic U.S. Open course brought back the kind of scoring that gave this major its reputation.Dustin Johnson played some of his best golf and yet the world’s No. 1 player barely beat par in the treacherous wind at Shinnecock Hills. Johnson holed a bunker shot for birdie, kept his mistakes to a minimum and joined Ian Poulter, Scott Piercy and Russell Henley at 1-under 69 for a share of the lead.Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and a long list of golf’s bests had their hopes crushed in gusts that approached 25 mph that made fairways look more narrow and the shin-high rough difficult to avoid.In his return to the U.S. Open after a two-year absence, Woods opened a major with a triple bogey for the first time in 15 years. He added back-to-back double bogeys on the back nine and staggered to a 78.Spieth shot 80, his highest first-round score in a major.Jason Dufner opened with a 70, and even those at 1-over 71 felt as though they put in a hard day’s work, a group that included Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson.GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – Kelly Shon played her last six holes in 6 under for an 8-under 64 and a share of the lead with So Yeon Ryu in the Meijer LPGA Classic.Shon had a 7-under 29 on her final nine Nashville Predators Hats Authentic , the front nine at Blythefield Country Club. The former Princeton star played the five par-5 holes in 5 under with an eagle on No. 8.The sixth-ranked Ryu birdied four of the par 5s in a bogey-free round.Anna Nordqvist, Su Oh and Celine Herbin shot 66. Sophia Popov, Caroline Masson and Lee-Anne Pace were at 67, and Lexi Thompson, the 2015 winner, had a 68. Ariya Jutanugarn, making her first start since winning the U.S. Women’s Open, matched defending champion Brooke Henderson, Michelle Wie and Lydia Ko at 69. Annie Park, the ShopRite LPGA Classic winner last week in New Jersey, had a 76.SPORTS BETTINGOCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey’s governor bet that the New Jersey Devils will win the Stanley Cup, while basketball legend Julius Erving bet that Philadelphia’s football team will repeat as champions, placing the wagers the day betting on professional sports became legal in the state.The action took place at Monmouth Park, a racetrack in Oceanport near the Jersey shore Custom Nashville Predators Jerseys , and at the Borgata, Atlantic City’s first casino to jump into the sports betting market since New Jersey won a Supreme Court case a month ago clearing the way for all 50 states to offer it should they choose.New Jersey fought for eight years against a federal law that had limited sports betting to four states – Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon.BASEBALLPHILADELPHIA (AP) – Vince Velasquez took a no-hitter two outs into the seventh inning, Rhys Hoskins and Nick Williams hit solo homers and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 9-3.Trevor Story lined Velasquez’s 105th pitch to left for an RBI double, ending Velasquez’s bid for the fourth no-hitter in the majors this season. Velasquez retired 20 of the first 21 batters and got a standing ovation as he walked off the mound after the hit.The Phillies won a series for the first time since taking two of three from Atlanta on May 21-23. They’re 7-12 since.NEW YORK (AP) – Gleyber Torres hit another three-run homer and Domingo German struck out a career-high 10 for his first major league win as the New York Yankees edged the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 in the opener of a four-game series.Aaron Hicks also homered off Blake Snell as New York beat the blossoming left-hander for the second time this season and ended his four-game winning streak.German gave up a home run to Matt Duffy on the first pitch of the game but quickly recovered to strike out the next three batters. Making his seventh start in place of injured Jordan Montgomery, the rookie right-hander allowed three runs, five hits and two walks in his 19th career appearance.Chad Green and Dellin Betances set up Aroldis Chapman for his 19th save in 20 attempts.NFLENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) – Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. has been arrested on charges of rape and other sex crimes on the day he was to appear in court on an unrelated burglary charge.The San Diego Union-Tribune reports sheriff’s deputies arrested Winslow at his home in the San Diego suburb of Encinitas.The 34-year-old Winslow was charged with two counts of rape, two counts of kidnapping with intent to commit rape and single counts of forcible sodomy, oral copulation and indecent exposure. He’s free after posting $50,000 bail.Winslow was due to appear in court after being charged with burglary following an incident last month at a mobile home park. He now faces arraignment Friday.HOCKEYTORONTO (AP) – Andreas Johnsson had two goals and an assist to help the Toronto Marlies win the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup, 6-1 over the Texas Stars in Game 7.Mason Marchment also scored twice, Carl Grundstrom and Ben Smith added goals, and Garret Sparks made 29 saves for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ top farm club.The Marlies led the AHL with 112 points during the regular season and won 10 straight playoff games before being pushed to the distance by the Stars www.officialdevils.com , Dallas’ top development team.The last Toronto AHL affiliate to win the Calder Cup was the New Brunswick Hawks in 1982.BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – The Buffalo Sabres stocked up on another Boston University product by acquiring defenseman Brandon Hickey in a trade that sent forward Hudson Fasching to the Arizona Coyotes.Buffalo also acquired minor-league forward Mike Sislo in the deal.Hickey joins three former Boston University teammates on Buffalo’s roster, including star center Jack Eichel. Hickey was the Terriers’ captain in completing his senior season, and finished his career with 21 goals and 54 points in 147 games.Arizona later acquired forward Adam Helewka from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for defenseman Kyle Wood.The Sabres also signed prospect goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to a three-year, entry level contract. Luukkonen is from Finland and was Buffalo’s second-round pick in last year’s draft.COLLEGE BASKETBALLNEW YORK (AP) – Simone Westbrook is going to be able to play college basketball again after the NCAA granted her a rare seventh year of eligibility.The former Florida player is believed to be one of the first in women’s basketball to get a seventh year, according to the NCAA.It’s been a long, drawn-out process for Westbrook, who hasn’t played since 2016 after tearing a knee ligament in August that year. She was finally healthy enough to play this past season, but the NCAA originally didn’t grant her a sixth year of eligibility. Florida appealed in January, and the NCAA reconsidered its decision and allowed her to play.The Florida graduate discussed with the new Gators coaching staff, which came in before the 2017-18 season, that she was going to transfer if granted another year of eligibility. By the time the appeal came through, it was too late for her to transfer and play immediately.After the season ended, the Gators put together another appeal to get the 5-foot-8 guard a seventh year and it was finally approved.
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GLENDALE Vegas Golden Knights T-Shirts Womens , Ariz. (AP) — Facing a Carolina Hurricanes team that leads the league in shots per game, the Arizona Coyotes needed every one of goalie Antti Raanta’s career high 48 saves. They also needed overtime after giving up a three-goal lead.Michael Grabner scored 1:17 into the extra period to lift the Coyotes to their fifth straight win, 4-3 over the Hurricanes on Friday night.Grabner credited his goalie after the victory.“He’s been playing great all year. A lot of big saves, and that kept us in the game in the second and third period,” Grabner said. “We have to thank him for that.”Brad Richardson, Brendan Perlini and Nick Cousins scored first-period goals for a 3-0 lead that Arizona gave up in the third period. However, Grabner put in Clayton Keller’s pass for the victory early in overtime.The Coyotes’ current winning streak is their longest since Oct. 26-Nov. 5, 2013.Alex Goligoski assisted on Arizona’s first three goals, a short-handed score, a power-play goal and a 5-on-5 tally before the first period had ended. Goligoski and Richardson have scored at least one point in four straight games.The Hurricanes tied it at 3 with a pair of deflected shots that caromed into the net late in the third period. Andrei Svechnikov scored with 6:18 remaining and Jordan Staal added the equalizer 40 seconds later.“We didn’t have the perfect game but we battled hard and got the two points,” Raanta said.“We looked tired,” Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. “I thought the veterans won us the game tonight.”Petr Mrazek had 21 saves for the Hurricanes Vegas Golden Knights Hoodies Womens , who registered 51 shots, well over their league-leading average of 41.7 per game.Carolina center Sebastian Aho came up short in his quest to set an NHL record for consecutive games with an assist, his streak ending at 12.Former Coyotes player Jordan Martinook scored the Hurricanes’ first goal at 10:34 of the second period.“We can’t give ourselves a hole that we have to dig out of,” Martinook said. “One point’s huge … We get to overtime and we had our chances, and obviously they capitalized on theirs.”Richardson’s short-handed goal, with 6:53 left in first, was his NHL-leading third such goal of the season and fourth overall. Arizona’s seven short-handed goals as a team also leads the league, and the Coyotes became the sixth team in NHL history to score short-handed in four straight games.“We’re not going to keep scoring at this type of pace, it’s insane,” Richardson said. “We’re just happy to kill the plays off and if we happen to score, it’s good.”The Coyotes made it 2-0 with 4:03 left in the opening period while on their second power play of the game. Perlini skated through three defenders and slipped a backhand shot past Mrazek.It took only 55 seconds to make it 3-0, as Nick Cousins beat Mrazek glove side for his first of the season.The NHL’s second-best penalty kill unit by percentage (90.6) going into Friday Vegas Golden Knights Hats Womens , the Coyotes did not allow a goal in six Hurricanes power plays.“It was a pretty good 50-minute effort, unfortunately we know we need to play the whole game,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said.NOTES: Coyotes D Kevin Connauton was scratched due to illness. Connauton missed his second straight game. … Raanta appeared in his 150th career game. … The crowd roared when Coyotes D Ilya Lyubushkin laid out to block Dougie Hamilton’s shot with his skate in the second period, with Raanta out of the net. … Martinook was in the starting lineup against his former team and acknowledged the crowd when welcomed back by the public address announcer. … Hurricanes C Victor Rask has now missed every game this season with an injured hand.UP NEXTHurricanes: At Vegas on Saturday night.Coyotes: Host Philadelphia on Monday night. Aleksander Barkov is quick to point out the NHL is so popular in Finland that tickets to two games in Helsinki sold out in less than five minutes.“It shows how much they love the game,” the Florida Panthers captain said. “There’s good reason to do that every year.”The NHL is planning just that after Commissioner Gary Bettman announced initial plans for a 2019 season-opener in Prague, two regular-season games in Stockholm and exhibitions in Germany and Switzerland. The Panthers and Winnipeg Jets played the 24th and 25th regular-season games outside North America on Thursday and Friday at a packed Hartwall Arena in the Finnish capital.As the league sows seeds of interest in new markets like China, it is also continuing to cultivate interest in established hockey countries like Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic. And there’s a modest proposal for continuing to stoke the interest in the sport in Scandinavia and across Europe.“One thing that I know former players have been talking about is maybe more games earlier on the weekends so they can actually watch,” said Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, who is Swedish. “Prime time here is middle of the night there. To make it more popular in Europe and Sweden, I think more games in the middle of the day on the weekends would be great. That’s how you can get it more popular.”A crowded sports calendar in the U.S. with the NFL and college football going on during the first half of the season makes that a challenge. Not counting the three games this season taking place in Europe, just 127 regular-season NHL games — roughly 10 percent of the full schedule — start early enough in North America that fans in places in Western and Central Europe can watch before a late evening bedtime.Even with games on Thursday Custom Vegas Golden Knights Jerseys , Sunday and Monday nights to fill prime-time spots in the U.S., traditional Sunday afternoon kickoffs have helped the NFL become bigger in Europe. Games at Wembley Stadium in London feature fans in jerseys of just about every team, not just the two playing, and the influence goes beyond England.“In Denmark, the NFL (became) quite popular like 10, 15 years ago because they started games in the afternoon, so people could start watching at dinner time and they could just keep watching a new game,” Capitals center Lars Eller said. “I would welcome more afternoon games.”The “NHL on NBC” games that start at 12:30 p.m. Eastern on Sunday largely after the American football season ends fit that bill. And with more teams choosing to skip morning skates altogether, afternoon starts wouldn’t throw off game-day routines to the point that there’s pushback from players.“Whenever that happens, games at 12 or 1 p.m. Eastern time, it’s like 7 o’clock in Finland or (nighttime) in Europe, so people can see www.officialducks.com ,” Barkov said. “Of course there’s a big audience there.”Bettman said he is not sure hockey can grow more in places like Sweden and Finland where there are already strong domestic leagues and a steady flow of talented players reaching the NHL.“What we need to do is continue to work to keep it at the extraordinarily high level that it’s at,” he said.Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly brushed aside the idea of basing an NHL team in Europe, saying it would need to be a group of teams and that no one has come up with a viable plan. They said staging an outdoor game in Europe is a possibility but not something likely to happen soon.More likely is a regular schedule of “Global Series” games across Europe. Since the NHL opened the 1997-98 season in Japan, 24 of 31 teams have played overseas. The Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders, Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Vegas Golden Knights and defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals are the only ones left. Probably not for long.“We’re happy to share our game,” Bettman said in Helsinki. “We’d like to continue to encourage the enthusiasm, support and development that hockey gets by bringing the world’s best players and the world’s best league over here.”
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TAMPA Detroit Red Wings Hats Womens , Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning, with a primary assist from a team that handled them during the regular season, are back in the Eastern Conference final for the third time in four years.Thank you, Boston Bruins.”I guess I can say it now. Boston set the bar for us, and we played them three times late in the year,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said after his team’s 3-1 victory over the Bruins ended their second-round playoff series in five games.”The first two times we played them, they literally manhandled us. … and we knew if we were going to go anywhere when we made the playoffs, or if we made the playoffs, that we had to be as good as Boston,” Cooper added.”We beat them 4-0 (in the last meeting). I think that gave us a little hit of confidence. I guess a lot of confidence. … and, ultimately we carried that through into this playoff round.”Brayden Point and J.T. Miller scored second-period goals and Anton Stralman added an empty-netter with 1:29 remaining to end any chance for a Boston comeback.Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 27 shots – 14 in the final period – for the Lightning, who rebounded from losing the series opener at home to eliminate the Bruins in five games.Boston won three of the four games between the teams during the regular season, finishing one point behind Tampa Bay for the Atlantic Division title and the No. 1 seed in the East.The Bruins outlasted Toronto in seven games in the opening round of the playoffs. They scored six goals to beat the Lightning in Game 1, but had difficulty scoring after that.Over the last three games Custom Detroit Red Wings Jerseys , Boston failed to score an even-strength goal.”You’ve got to give them credit. We’re a team that scored all year long with different players in and out of the lineup,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said.”We scored against Toronto, so it’s not like after 89 games we forgot how to score or not play the right way,” Cassidy added. ”I think their D corps is big and they move the puck. They did a good job of not allowing us to get inside.”David Krejci scored on the power play in the final minute of the first period to give Boston a 1-0 lead that Point erased with his unassisted goal at 10:43 of the second.Miller’s power-play goal broke the tie less than four minutes later, and Stralman added an empty-netter with 1:29 remaining.”They’re a really good team. They have been all year,” Bruins winger Brad Marchand said. ”They compete extremely hard, they have a lot of speed. They were better than we were in a lot of areas, one of them being puck battles and their pursuit. It showed up in the end.”One day after being put ”on notice” by the NHL for licking Lightning forward Ryan Callahan during Friday night’s overtime loss in Game 4, there were no more such incidents involving Marchand, who also made headlines after appearing to lick Toronto’s Leo Komarov in the first round.Marchand was given an edict Saturday to stop licking opponents or subject himself to a possible fine or suspension for future incidents.Cassidy said before the game that he had spoken with Marchand, delivering a simple, straight-forward message: ”We need you on the ice, we need you playing. If part of his M.O. is to annoy people, find a different way to annoy them. Preferably by scoring some goals www.islandersfanproshop.com , that would be the best way.”Afterward, Marchand shrugged off a question about his discussion the previous day with NHL senior vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell.”It is what it is,” Marchand said. ”I think it’s pretty stupid, the whole situation, but if that’s what they want to do, it’s what they want to do.”The Lightning once again did a good job of containing Boston’s top line of Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Marchand. Although the trio combined for 23 points in the series (seven goals, 16 assists), about half that production (11 points) came in the Bruins’ 6-2 win in Game 1.Bergeron and Charlie McAvoy assisted on Krejci’s goal, but Vasilevskiy came up big against the high-scoring line with four huge saves – one on Bergeron’s point-blank shot – in the closing minutes while Tampa Bay was killing off Boston’s last power-play opportunity.The Bruins scored five goals over the final three games of the series, four of them on the power play and one short-handed.”You can’t rely on special teams every night to win games,” Marchand said. ”They help for sure, but you have to be able to produce 5-on-5.”NOTES: Bruins RW David Backes left the ice after taking a hard hit from Miller with just under eight minutes remaining in the second period. He did not return. … The Lightning improved to 5-1 in Game 5s when holding a 3-1 series lead. … Boston played without D Torey Krug, who injured his left ankle during Game 4. Nick Holden took over Krug’s spot New York Islanders T-Shirts Womens , making his first appearance since Game 3 of Boston’s opening-round series against Toronto.— NEW YORK — It took four games for the New York Rangers‘ David Quinn to get his first win as an NHL coach, and when it finally happened, his team presented him with the puck to mark the achievement.There may not be any celebratory pucks for getting the second win, but Quinn and the Rangers hope they do not have a long wait for the next victory.The Rangers get a chance to follow up their first win of the season Saturday afternoon when they host the Edmonton Oilers.Article continues below ...New York hired Quinn from Boston University to oversee its first rebuilding attempt after missing the playoffs last season for only the second time in 13 seasons since the infamous 2004-05 lockout. Quinn replaced Alain Vigneault, who coached a mostly veteran team for the previous five seasons.The Rangers expected some growing pains but did not think it would take four games to get the first win. They nearly did not get it Thursday against the San Jose Sharks, but defenseman Brendan Smith scored the tying goal with 2:39 remaining in regulation and fellow blue-liner Brady Skjei scored 37 seconds into overtime to turn a potential one-goal loss into a 3-2 victory.Those goals came on a night when Henrik Lundqvist withstood a barrage of shots at times and notched his 432nd career win while turning in a 41-save performance.“The players made me do that (realize this was the first win) when they brought me in the locker room and gave me the puck, so that was pretty special,” Quinn said. “I wish I could divide the puck into about 45 pieces because it was certainly a great win for us. We needed to feel good about something and obviously, Hank (Lundqvist) stood tall for two periods. He gave us a chance tonight for sure.”Rookie Brett Howden scored the other goal for New York and also forced the turnover by the Sharks’ Erik Karlsson that led to the game-winner.Quinn’s first win marked the first time a Rangers defensemen scored the tying goal in regulation and the overtime winner since March 24, 2014, vs. the Arizona Coyotes when Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh did it. It also came on a night when the Rangers consistently allowed odd-man rushes through 40 minutes, including one on San Jose’s second goal.“We kept getting behind them and establishing the offensive zone and not forcing plays,” Quinn said. “That’s been a problem for us. The first three games of the season, our problem is we create our own problems by forcing plays. I thought the third period we started doing things we’re going to have to do to have success.”The defense gave up those rushes while Kevin Shattenkirk sat out as a healthy scratch. The benching was a one-game thing as Shattenkirk is expected to return Saturday after accumulating a minus-4 rating in the first three games.While the Rangers avoided their first 0-4 start since the 1998-99 season New York Islanders Hoodies Womens , the Oilers remained the league’s only team without a point. The Oilers began the season with a 5-2 loss to New Jersey last Saturday in Sweden and then dropped a 4-1 decision to the Boston Bruins Thursday.Connor McDavid scored the first goal 3:43 into the game against the Bruins, but the Oilers allowed consecutive power-play goals and three in the first period. McDavid has been involved in Edmonton’s first three goals of the season, and although it is two games in there are concerns about others not being able to get prime scoring chances.“The Grade A chances are only coming from three or four individuals, and it has to get an awful lot deeper than that for us to have offensive success,” Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. “That can come from the blue line or wingers on different lines. That could come from the blue line. It seems when we get a little more desperate or fall behind, we find a player or two offensively, but we need them early in the game as well.”McLellan’s call for offense early on is correct as the Oilers try to avoid their third 0-3 start in the last five seasons. The Oilers allowed four goals in the first period in their first two games combined and have led for a total of 5:37 so far.“Any team that can get off to a good start puts themselves in a good position,” McLellan said. “We’re 0-2 right now, we’re not happy about that but we’ve got to keep pushing and we’ll have a big game Saturday against the Rangers.”The Rangers are on a five-game winning streak against the Oilers since taking a 7-5 loss Dec. 11, 2015, in Edmonton. It is New York’s longest win streak against Edmonton in team history.
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VANCOUVER Adidas Matt Bartkowski Jersey , British Columbia (AP) The San Jose Sharks were able to pull out a win despite struggling to shake the Vancouver Canucks.Timo Meier’s second goal of the game snapped a third-period tie and the Sharks won 5-3 on Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory.Logan Couture and Kevin Labanc each had a goal and an assist, and Tomas Hertl scored into an empty net with 25 seconds remaining for the Sharks, who are 7-2-0 in their last nine games.”We weren’t at our best,” said Couture, who also had an assist. ”They’re a team in a position where they are rebuilding, but they played hard. They gave us a challenge. It was tough, but we gutted out the win.”Nikolay Goldobin, Alex Edler and Bo Horvat scored power-play goals and Sam Gagner had two assists for the Canucks, who lost their sixth consecutive game – their longest losing streak of the season.”Our battle level was good,” Canucks captain Henrik Sedin said. ”The power play stepped up when it needed to. You score three on the power play and you should win in this league. It’s tough to lose again in the third. That’s the difference between teams that are in the playoffs and teams that are outside.”Goldobin’s goal at 10:48 of the first period snapped a scoreless streak of 222 minutes Adidas J.T. Brown Jersey , 57 minutes for the Canucks, who had been shut out in three consecutive losses.The Sharks had allowed just two power-play goals in their previous 17 games, but gave up three against Vancouver. The only other time San Jose allowed three power-play goals in a game was in an opening-night loss to Philadelphia.”Our kill wasn’t very good,” Couture said. ”We were running around. Our sticks weren’t good. We were getting outbattled and then they got a few lucky breaks. The kill needs to be better going forward.”Aaron Dell, making his first start since Feb. 22, made 28 saves for the Sharks.”It was a huge, gutsy performance,” San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said. ”We let them back in the game and still found a way to rebound. It’s a tough time of year to win, no matter whose building you are going into. To have a trip like that, at this time of year Adidas Adam Pelech Jersey , is critical.”Vancouver’s Jacob Markstrom stopped 25 shots.”I was awful today,” Markstrom said. ”I have to be better.”Meier put the Sharks ahead at 6:07 of the third with a shot from the faceoff circle that went under Markstrom’s blocker. The Canucks came close with just over six minutes left, but Hertl scooped a loose puck off the goal line.Vancouver scored twice with the man-advantage in the second period to tie the game at 3.The Sharks took a 3-1 lead just 1:47 into the period when Meier tipped in Brenden Dillion’s shot from the point.Horvat started Vancouver’s comeback, scoring just 6 seconds into a power play. Dell stopped Gagner’s slap shot but Horvat jammed home the rebound. Edler tied it with a blast from the point at 11:48. It was his first power-play goal in 88 games dating to Feb. 17, 2017.The Sharks scored 1:10 apart in the first period to erase a 1-0 deficit.Goldobin opened the scoring when he took a pass from defenseman Derrick Pouilot and snapped a shot from the face-off circle that sailed over Dell’s shoulder. The San Jose goalie was screened by Jake Virtanen.Labanc tied it on a power play at 14:48. Joe Pavelski’s shot was stopped by Markstrom, but he managed to get his own rebound and passed it to Labanc at the side of the net.The Sharks went ahead on Couture’s 29th of the season at 16:08. He took a feed from Hertl, fought off a check by Virtanen and chipped the puck past Markstrom.NOTES: Defenseman Chris Tanev returned to Vancouver lineup for his first game since breaking his leg Feb. 8 against Tampa Bay. … San Jose center Melker Karlsson went to the dressing favoring his right leg early in the first period after blocking a shot. … San Jose’s Marc-Edouard Vlasic left in the second period after being hit in the chest by a puck. … The Canucks’ franchise record for a scoring drought is 234 minutes, 52 seconds, set March 16-24, 2016. … The longest goal drought by a team in the expansion era is 262 minutes Adidas Thomas Hickey Jersey , 3 seconds, set by the Minnesota North Stars from Jan. 28-Feb. 6, 1988.UP NEXTSharks: vs. New Jersey on Tuesday night.Canucks: at Vegas on Tuesday night. NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have waived defenseman Brendan Smith, less than eight months after re-signing him to a four-year, $17 million contract.The move Thursday came on Smith’s 29th birthday. He has one goal and seven assists in 44 games this season. He was acquired from Detroit at the trade deadline last year and totaled three goals and six assists in 51 games with the Red Wings and RangersSmith, a left-handed shooter, has 17 goals and 62 assists over 353 career games spanning parts of seven seasons.New York has lost 11 of its last 15 games and began the day in last place in the tight Metropolitan Division, three points behind Columbus and the crosstown Islanders for the last wild card in the Eastern Conference.Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is out indefinitely while recovering from knee surgery Jan. 22.New York recalled defenseman Neal Pionk from Hartford of the AHL, where he has one goal and 16 assists in 48 games.
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OTTAWA Jarvis Landry Jersey Elite , Ontario (AP) Mike Hoffman’s 100th career goal was a real gem.Hoffman went end-to-end before slipping a shot past Juuse Saros 3:01 into overtime, lifting the Ottawa Senators to a 4-3 victory against the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.”It was good to hit a milestone like that and it makes it even more special when it’s an overtime winner,” Hoffman said. ”I guess it couldn’t have happened at a better time.”Chris DiDomenico, Max McCormick and Magnus Paajarvi also scored as Ottawa (19-25-9) won for the fourth time in five games. Craig Anderson made 35 saves for his 15th win of the season.”I think we’ve got guys stepping up,” Anderson said. ”When someone goes down with an injury another guy can fill that role and take advantage of that time. We’ve got guys coming in and competing and we’re playing pretty well as a team right now.”P.K. Subban scored twice for the Predators (32-12-9), and Calle Jarnkrok picked up his 13th goal. Saros stopped 32 shots.Nashville moved into a first-place tie with Winnipeg in the Central Division with 73 points apiece, but the Predators were disappointed to have the extra point slip away.”We want to be the best team in the league and we had an opportunity to possibly do that and we didn’t get it,” said Subban. ”It was a good effort to at least get a point out of it, but we have to learn. The last two games we haven’t been able to play a full 60 minutes and we have to learn from that.”Veteran forward Kyle Turris returned to Ottawa for the first time since he was traded to the Predators in November. He received a standing ovation during a video tribute in the first period.”It was really nice of the Sens organization to do,” Turris said. ”The support from the fans, the video they put together that encompasses my six years here, I loved it. It’s a great organization and I was very thankful to be a part of it.”Turris shared a few moments with his former teammates on the ice and admitted it was nice to be able to have some fun with the situation.The Predators tied it at 3 when Subban ripped a shot past Anderson with under five minutes remaining in regulation.The Senators scored two second-period goals to take a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes.McCormick http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/myles-garrett-jersey , who was recalled from the minors on Tuesday, cut to the net and rang a shot in off the post for his third career goal. Ottawa took the lead on Paajarvi’s first with the Senators on a wraparound midway through the period.”There were so many great story lines in this game from so many players,” Senators coach Guy Boucher said. ”You can really call this a solid team win.”Senators captain Erik Karlsson moved into sole possession of third place on the franchise’s points list (492) with an assist on Paajarvi’s goal.Subban opened the scoring 34 seconds into the game when his shot deflected in off Cody Ceci’s skate, but the Senators tied it on DiDomenico’s second in as many games. He took a pass in the slot and beat Saros with a wrist shot.The Predators regained the lead on Jarnkrok’s goal.NOTES: Ottawa’s Jean-Gabriel Pageau played his 300th career game. … Ottawa F Alex Burrows served his first of a 10-game suspension for kneeing New Jersey’s Taylor Hall on Tuesday night. Burrows decided not to appeal the suspension. … Ottawa was also without Mark Stone (knee), Derick Brassard (mobility), Bobby Ryan (hand), Nate Thompson (lower body) and Gabriel Dumont (lower body). … Nashville’s Filip Forsberg served his third of a three-game suspension for his hit on Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey.UP NEXTPredators: At Montreal on Saturday night.Senators: At Toronto on Saturday night. ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Of all the ways the Washington Capitals have tried to win in the playoffs, none has been as effective as this.They pushed the pace with speed and skill when Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom were part of the ”Young Guns.” They made every game a coin flip with tight, Dale Hunter hockey. Each time, an early exit followed.This year is different. Suddenly, the Capitals are a suffocating defensive team that clogs the middle of the ice and makes even the fastest of opponents look slow.The Vegas Golden Knights are the latest to get frustrated by Washington’s neutral-zone pressure that took a toll on Columbus http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/jarvis-landry-jersey , Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, paving the way for this run to the Stanley Cup Final. After cruising through three rounds with ease, nothing looks easy right now for Vegas because the Capitals have mastered the art of frustration, and are two wins away from hoisting the Cup for the first time.”Offensive teams have certain tendencies, certain routes that they take through the neutral zone, plays they like to make, so if you can be on top of them and turn over some pucks, stifle them, make it hard for them to gain entry with possession, that frustrates skilled players,” defenseman Matt Niskanen said Sunday. ”If you can be in their face, just standing in the way Authentic Jarvis Landry Jersey , it’s amazing what that does.”It’s amazing the transformation the Capitals have made since coach Barry Trotz challenged players late in the regular season to embrace this approach. It was clear as early as Game 4 of the first round that the 1-1-3 trap in the neutral zone had the ability to essentially shut down the opposing attack, and since the first two playoff games Washington is 10-2 when scoring first.The Golden Knights have found how difficult it is to try to come back against the Capitals and need to adjust quickly down 2-1 in the Cup Final going into Game 4 Monday night. They have to make some adjustments before it’s too late.”Our guys who have a lot of speed can go back deeper, gather some speed,” winger David Perron said. ”Then the defensemen can try to freeze the first forechecker, kick it wide. These guys coming with speed, if they’re confronted, which they will be most times at the blue line, you can put it in and go on the forecheck. You can have guys hang close to the right wing or up top, and as the puck is coming your way, win the one-on-one battle with support. … We also have to try to not let them set up, so if there’s a turnover, a quick one Authentic Bradley Chubb Jersey , we can punt it up, go back on offense.”The Penguins and Lightning tried that and couldn’t crack the Capitals well enough to advance.”They’re really good at slowing you down,” Lightning forward J.T. Miller said during the Eastern Conference final. ”Right when you want to just chip it and go, there’s a guy, there’s a wall there, and guys are ready to go back and get it on the other side. … It’s just their ability to stand up and make you force plays because it looks like there’s more ice than there is, and then all of a sudden they do a good job of staying in front and retrieving pucks.”Vegas is built on speed, but it’s hard to harness it if players can’t get blue line to blue line with the puck to create any offense. When the Capitals took a lead in Game 3, they went into their now-patented scheme.”It’s just kind of a group mentality to make life difficult on them,” winger Tom Wilson said. ”I think that’s when we’re at our best as a team is when we’re playing physical, we’re taking away time and space, making it difficult on their top guys.”That difficulty wears on a team http://www.denverbroncosteamonline.com/bradley-chubb-jersey , and Trotz said it’s noticeable when an opponent tries to change its game and manage the puck differently to counterbalance the trap. When it works effectively, not only does it limit changes against, but it creates the kind of odd-man rushes that have paced Washington’s offense this postseason.”It’s important to recognize moments when you can pressure, and we don’t want to get away from that, where we can send two guys and try to force teams into mistakes,” Niskanen said. ”If you can hold either the red line or the blue line with layers of support, you can force teams into turnovers, and we’ve done a good job of that.”—More Stanley Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/StanleyCupFinals—
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ARLINGTON Brian Gibbons Jersey Womens , Va. (AP) The Washington Capitals have never used more rookies during a single postseason than the half-dozen who helped Alex Ovechkin and Co. reach the Eastern Conference final.They’re contributing in various ways, including with secondary scoring and a freedom from the past playoff failures that became a burden for Capitals veterans.”Man, they gave us a big boost with their energy and enthusiasm,” said Matt Niskanen, a defenseman in his 11th NHL season. ”It’s infectious.”It’s part of a league-wide trend, too: The 50 rookie skaters in these playoffs are the most since teams used 54 in 2005-06. That could be a reflection of teams having greater trust in young players arriving from junior hockey or college, or the need to stock rosters with cheap talent as a greater percentage of the salary cap is devoted to the elite.”The way you build your hockey teams, those kids get a chance to play all season long. They get put in positions where they can succeed,” Vegas Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. ”Over the last 10 or 15 years, they’re more prepared.”The Capitals advanced to face the Tampa Bay Lightning in a series beginning Friday night by using five rookies during a clinching 2-1 overtime victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round. One of the fresh faces, Nathan Walker, assisted on a goal.In Washington’s Game 5 win over Pittsburgh, another rookie, right wing Jakub Vrana, was bumped from the third line to the top one and delivered an assist on the tying score before putting the go-ahead goal in the net. And to think: Vrana played a tad under seven minutes in Washington’s opening playoff game, then was a healthy scratch for the second. Played every game since, though.”I got an opportunity and I was ready,” said Vrana Jaroslav Halak Jersey Womens , a 22-year-old from the Czech Republic. ”I didn’t get a whole lot of minutes at the beginning, but even if I get eight minutes, I still go out there and do my best and try to make those eight minutes count.”Similarly, defenseman Christian Djoos sat out Washington’s first two games but played in the other 10.Vrana and Djoos were expected to appear in Game 1 at Tampa Bay, perhaps joined by forwards Chandler Stephenson and Travis Boyd, who skated together on the third line at practice Wednesday. Walker and another rookie who faced Pittsburgh, Shane Gersich, are also part of the group that matched the franchise record of six playoff rookies set in 1989-90.”There’s two kinds of things that happen with young guys. They’re naive and just play and have a lot of fun and it doesn’t bother `em. … There’s other ones that get the starry-eyed, saucer-eyed (look) and they have to sort of work through that,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. ”Early in the Columbus series, (Vrana) had a little bit of those saucer eyes. And then he sort of grew out of it.”The Lightning’s trio of rookies combined for 12 playoff points through two rounds: Anthony Cirelli, Yanni Gourde and defenseman Mikhail Sergachev. Cirelli has played a key defensive center role after getting into just 18 regular-season games.There are fewer youngsters in the Western Conference final.Alex Tuch, who turned 22 on Thursday, has four goals and three assists as the sole postseason rookie for the Golden Knights. Their opponent, Winnipeg, has three rookies, but only one has logged regular playing time – left wing Kyle Connor broke out with two goals and an assist in Game 5 of the second round against Nashville, then had two assists in the Jets’ 5-1 victory over the Predators in Game 7 on Thursday night.Back in 2013-14 Steven Kampfer Jersey Womens , his first full season as an NHL coach, Tampa Bay’s Jon Cooper used nine rookies in the playoffs, a total no team has eclipsed since.That Lightning club was swept in the first round.”I don’t think we were necessarily prepared for it,” said Tyler Johnson, one of four members of that precocious crop who also has appeared in the playoffs for Tampa Bay this time around. ”We didn’t know what to expect.”That’s the thing about newcomers, of course. They don’t know how they’ll react to being in the faster, more physical, higher-quality, higher-pressure playoffs.Nor do coaches or teammates.”There’s a little bit of the enthusiasm of the youth, something about the young guys. They’ve always got the smile on. Sometimes they’re funny. Sometimes they’re naive,” Trotz said. ”Sometimes they just sort of need a little bit of tightening from their peers or their coach.”—AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno, AP Sports Writer Fred Goodall in Tampa, Florida, and AP freelancer W.G. Ramirez in Las Vegas contributed to this report.— DETROIT — The Dallas Stars are beginning to play the way they want to and the Detroit Red Wings aren’t.Detroit plays host on Sunday at Little Caesars Arena to Dallas (5-4-0), which has won its last two games after struggling to begin the season.After the Stars’ 5-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night in Dallas, Dallas first-year coach Jim Montgomery told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: “If you look at a picture of what Stars hockey should look like, that’s tonight. We possessed the puck. We were fast and physical. We defended well.”Article continues below ...Dallas does not lack offensive firepower. Center Tyler Seguin is the team’s top point producer with three goals and 11 points, right winger Alexander Radulov has four goals and six assists Laurent Brossoit Jersey Womens , defenseman John Klinberg leads the Stars with five goals and has nine points, captain and left winger Jamie Benn has four goals and four assists, and center Jason Spezza has contributed two goals and eight points.“We’re trending the right way and there are going to be a few more bumps in the road,” Montgomery said. “But sooner or later we are going to get to the level of play that you saw tonight. And it’s going to be fun for the city and fun for the fans.”Detroit (1-7-2) has the NHL’s worst record after Friday night’s 2-1 home loss to the Winnipeg Jets.The Red Wings led 1-0 after a solid first period but were dominated in the final 40 minutes. They were outshot 31-13 in the second and third periods and took too many penalties in the second period.But that was a much better effort than Detroit’s 3-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday at Little Caesars Arena.“The compete was way better, no doubt about it,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “We came out in the first, I thought we carried the play and we didn’t score on chances that we had opportunities to score on. I thought we could have walked out with a better lead. So I thought the effort and compete was very good.”Only a spectacular performance by goaltender Jimmy Howard, who made 38 saves, kept Detroit in Friday night’s game.“I think Jimmy’s played really well and obviously the second period (when Winnipeg outshot Detroit 21-4) he was outstanding, outstanding,” Blashill said. “They had some real good chances and they’re real shooters and I thought he was outstanding.”Friday night was also the season debut of Detroit defenseman Mike Green, who had been recovering from a virus that attacked his liver. He was minus-1 and had five shots in 20:27 of ice time.“I thought Greener was pretty good,” Blashill said. “He hasn’t played a game in a long, long, long time. I thought he came in and did a pretty good job.“He pushed the puck out of our zone. I thought he was good offensively, so I thought he did a good job.”The Red Wings have only 21 goals in their 10 games and two in their past two games, both scored by forward Andreas Athanasiou.
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PITTSBURGH (AP) Sidney Crosby crystallized the Pittsburgh Penguins‘ hot run against the Philadelphia Flyers with the kind of goal that he and few others on the planet can create.The Pittsburgh captain then sealed his team’s first season sweep of its cross-state rival in 11 years with a pass that wasn’t nearly as flashy but just as effective.Bryan Rust put his stick down in front of the Philadelphia net just in time to redirect Crosby’s feed past Petr Mrazek 2:25 into overtime to give the Penguins a 5-4 victory on Sunday.Pittsburgh pulled within three points of first-place Washington in the crowded Metropolitan Division and two points clear of Philadelphia after improving to 16-1-1 in its past 18 games at PPG Paints Arena.”We did some good things Brandon Manning Jersey Womens , especially the second and third, created a lot and found a way to win,” Crosby said of the Penguins, who have won a club-record 11 overtime games at home.The Flyers tied it on Sean Couturier’s goal with 43 seconds left in regulation, but the Penguins controlled the extra period. Rust ended it when his 13th goal of the season gave the Penguins their first sweep of Philadelphia since 2007 in what could be a playoff preview.Crosby’s second otherworldly goal in a week gave the Penguins the lead 17 seconds into the third period. The two-time MVP scored on an intentional double tap against Montreal last Wednesday. That one showcased his exquisite hand-eye coordination.This one showcased his strength.Crosby collected the puck high in the Philadelphia zone, used his left hand to keep Couturier at bay while using his right to dangle the puck before he skated to the left dot and ripped a wrist shot over Philadelphia defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and Mrazek’s glove.”I was trying to skate into space, get open and just kind of watching him do his thing,” Rust said. ”I’m not surprised. He is who he is for a reason.”Couturier exacted a bit of revenge when he knotted it late to assure the Flyers of at least a point to pull them into a third-place tie with Columbus.”It’s a big point,” Couturier said. ”We played a pretty good game overall. For sure, it’s disappointing not coming out of here with two points, but we can build on this and maybe do a little better in little areas. Overall, I think we can build on this and keep going.”Evgeni Malkin scored his 42nd goal for Pittsburgh, pulling within two of the NHL lead held by Washington’s Alex Ovechkin. Patric Hornqvist and Derick Brassard also scored for Pittsburgh. Justin Schultz had three assists for the Penguins. Matt Murray finished with 41 saves.Rookie Travis Sanheim picked up his second career goal for the Flyers. Brandon Manning and Jordan Weal also scored. Starting goaltender Alex Lyon was pulled early in the second period after giving up three goals on 11 shots. Mrazek made 19 saves, but couldn’t get a glove on Rust’s winner.The erratic Flyers fell to 4-6-3 in March after going 10-1-2 in February and have struggled keeping their cross-state rivals in check this season. Pittsburgh scored five goals in all four season meetings Womens Zach Parise Jersey , outscoring Philadelphia 20-12.Considering how crowded the division standings are with two weeks to go in the regular season, a first-round playoff meeting isn’t out of the question.If it happens, it could match the wide-open postseason clash in which the clubs scored 56 goals in six games as Philadelphia pulled off an upset in 2012.Pittsburgh’s play in the defensive end isn’t quite the hot mess it was six years ago, but the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions have struggled with consistency of late and had serious issues – particularly backchecking by the forwards – in keeping the puck out of their end at times.The Penguins have allowed an average of 37.4 shots over their past six games, a number they understand needs to go down if they want to have a realistic shot at a three-peat.”We have moments where I thought we were playing the game the right way,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. ”And then there were moments where we weren’t. It’s finding that consistency that’s going to make us a stiffer team or a stingier team to play against.”NOTES: The Flyers went 1 for 3 on the power play. Pittsburgh went 1 for 2. … The Penguins scratched D Matt Hunwick and Fs Carter Rowney and Zach Aston-Reese. … D Robert Hagg and Fs Taylor Leier and Dale Weise were healthy scratches for Philadelphia.UP NEXTFlyers: Continue three-game road trip in Dallas on Tuesday. Philadelphia edged the Stars 2-1 on Dec. 16.Penguins: Visit Detroit on Tuesday. The teams have split their first two meetings, each winning on home ice.— SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Connor McDavid kept the Edmonton Oilers on a roll on Saturday.McDavid had a goal and two assists in the third period and the Oilers rallied for a 4-2 victory over the Florida Panthers.”It helps when you score early in the third. In today’s day and age, I feel if you have a one-goal lead you just try to hold on to it as long as you can,” said McDavid, who scored on the first shift of the third period.He also assisted on goals by Adam Larsson and Ty Rattie as Edmonton scored three times in the final period.”Fortunately for us, we were able to get one quick and get another one, and then we were able to hold on to the lead,” said McDavid Cam Ward Jersey Womens , who has 34 goals and 55 assists.Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored for the Oilers, who are 4-1-1 in their past six games.Goalie Cam Talbot made 40 saves for Edmonton.”Special teams have been better. We’ve won games on the power play. The penalty kill again tonight is evident. I think (Talbot) has settled in. I’ve used the word he’s a calming influence,” said Edmonton coach Todd McLellan, whose club was 6 for 6 killing penalties.Edmonton entered the game last in the NHL on the penalty kill.Frank Vatrano and Vincent Trocheck scored for Florida.Roberto Luongo made 32 saves for the Panthers, who lost for the first time this season when leading after two periods (23-1).”Our power play was the difference tonight. We had many chances to go up 3-1 and we didn’t. When you let teams stick around like that, that’s what happens,” Florida coach Bob Boughner said.With Edmonton trailing 2-1, McDavid scored his 34th on a shot from the right circle 38 seconds into the third period, and Larsson’s fourth of the season at 6:13 gave Edmonton the 3-2 lead.Rattie added an empty-netter with 50 seconds left for his first goal of the season.”The last two games is not good. I lost both games. When that happens, you don’t feel too good about yourself,” Luongo said.Vatrano scored his fourth goal at 8:02 of the second when Edmonton left winger Drake Caggiula’s pass in the offensive zone out to Oscar Klefbom bounced past the defenseman, sending it slowly into the defensive end.Vatrano outraced Talbot – who skated about 45 feet out of the net – gathered it, moved left of the diving goalie and scored into the empty net.It was his second goal in his fourth game for the Panthers since being traded to Florida by Boston on Feb. 22.With Edmonton killing Milan Lucic’s roughing penalty, Nugent-Hopkins took a pass from Leon Draisaitl and tied the game 1-1 with his 20th goal at 11:09. The goal was the third in four games for Nugent-Hopkins.The Panthers entered the game 19th overall on the power play. Over their previous 16 games http://www.islandersfanproshop.com/authentic-adam-pelech-jersey , they were 17 of 54, first in the NHL.”First, we didn’t start with the puck. We lost a lot of power-play draws. We spent 30 seconds after every power play chasing it down the ice and trying to get set up again,” Boughner said.”Our entries weren’t very good, and when we did get in the zone, I didn’t think our execution was good. One or two passes and then we lost control of it and are chasing the puck down to our own end.”Trocheck gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead at 15:54 when he finished a 3-on-2 break on a pass from Derek MacKenzie, scoring his career-high 28th goal from the left circle by beating Talbot on the blocker side.NOTES: Edmonton scratched left wingers Michael Cammalleri and Pontus Aberg and D Yohann Auvitu. Cammalleri, 35, played in his 900th NHL game against the Flames in Tuesday’s 1-0 loss in Calgary. … Defenseman Kris Russell also missed the game after blocking a shot against San Jose. … Nugent-Hopkins’ goal put the Oilers in a tie with Florida and Nashville for the most short-handed goals in the league, with 10 each. … LW Milan Lucic skated in his 800th NHL game. … Florida scratched C Maxim Mamin, LW Connor Brickley and RW Radim Vrbata. Defenseman Alexander Petrovic (lower body) is day-to-day but expected to play in Montreal on Monday.UP NEXTOilers: Travel to Tampa Bay on Sunday.Panthers: Travel to Montreal on Monday.—
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The defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals host the Edmonton Oilers Monday for the second and final meeting between the two teams this season after the Oilers won the first meeting 4-1 at home on Oct. 25.After finishing 12th in the Western Conference last season William Karlsson Jersey , the Oilers have started strong this year in the Pacific Division with an 8-4-1 record. Edmonton enters the game against Washington (5-4-3) with points in six of their last seven games. They have gone 5-1-1 in that span.Edmonton forward Alex Chiasson makes his first return to Washington after he helped the Capitals take home the Stanley Cup last season. Chiasson, 27, is getting consistent time in the Oilers’ top-six forward group. He has six goals in his last seven games. Article continues below ...He comes into Monday’s game against his former team on a three-game goal scoring streak, where he has tallied three goals in that span. Chiasson scored against the Capitals the first time these two teams met. He recorded nine goals and 18 points in 61 regular season games and one goal and one assist in 16 playoff games with the Capitals last year.Chiasson told the Washington Post he developed a strong friendship with Alex Ovechkin in his one memorable season with the Capitals.“He’s helped me with my game,” Chiasson said of Ovechkin. “I know some people maybe don’t realize that, but he helped me out with my game a lot last year and maybe changed some stuff with my game that can help me on the ice. We have an awesome relationship. I wish I could have played with him longer, but you never know. Hopefully we cross paths again.“It’s a special relationship that we have together. I am assuming like I said that it will last for a long time, and I am hopeful that we will cross paths again.” The Oilers kicked off their four-game road trip with a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night. After Monday night’s meeting with the Capitals, the Oilers will play a back-to-back game at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. The road trip ends Thursday against the Florida Panthers.The Oilers are led by captain Connor McDavid, who is currently tied with Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon for second in scoring in the NHL with 21 points, three points behind Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen for the league lead. McDavid, 21, has also recorded a team-high nine goals. He has led the league in scoring in consecutive years with consecutive 100-plus point seasons (108 last season and 100 in 2016-17). He finished sixth in the NHL with 41 goals last season.Oilers center Leon Draisaitl has also averaged a point-per-game with seven goals and 14 points this season..The Capitals play the second game of a five-game homestand against the Oilers. They opened the homestand with a 4-3 loss in overtime to the Dallas Stars on Saturday night, their third loss in their past four games. Washington allowed four goals off turnovers.“Some unforced errors cost us,” Coach Todd Reirden said.Washington has scored at least three goals in five of their six home games this season and has averaged 4.33 goals per game at home. Washington is tied for first in the league with the Pittsburgh Penguins with an average of 3.75 goals per game. They are also first in the league in power play efficiency (35.9 percent).“We played the way we wanted to for parts of it,” Washington goalie Braden Holtby said of the game against the Stars. “There’s some positive things in there, but myself, everyone, we still want to keep pushing forward.”The Capitals have four of the NHL’s top seven league leaders in power-play points: centers Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov are tied for second with New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall and Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Reilly with nine while forward Alex Ovechkin and defenseman John Carlson are tied with McDavid and Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron for sixth in the league. Kuznetsov Alex Ovechkin Jersey Kids , 26, leads the league with five power-play goals.The Capitals could get defenseman Brooks Orpik back in the lineup Monday. Orpik, who has missed the past two games due to a lower-body injury, has posted a goal and two points in 10 games this season. Defenseman Madison Bowey has played the past two games in the 38-year old defenseman’s spot.The Capitals have allowed an average of 3.83 goals per game, which is the fourth worst in the league. Washington has also yielded an average of 32.5 shots per game, which is tied with the Columbus Blue Jackets for the 11th most in the NHL. PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jordan Eberle scored twice in the second period to help the New York Islanders pull away from the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 6-3 victory Tuesday night.The Penguins held a ceremony before the game to honor the victims of Saturday’s synagogue shooting in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Squirrel Hill. It included an 11-second moment of silence in memory of the 11 people slain.Eberle scored his second and third goals for the Islanders, who swept a three-game road trip. Brock Nelson scored his sixth of the season and fifth goal in five games, while Tom Kuhnhackl, who won two Stanley Cups in Pittsburgh, scored his first as an Islander. Andrew Ladd and Matt Martin also scored for New York, which has won four of six after starting the season 2-3.The Islanders are playing eight of their first 11 games on the road for the first time in team history.Robin Lehner stopped 23 of 25 shots, but he left the game after the second period. Thomas Greiss stopped 12 shots. No reason was immediately given for the change.Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Dominik Simon scored for Pittsburgh, which ended its four-game winning streak.BRUINS 3, HURRICANESRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Brad Marchand scored the tying and go-ahead goals and Boston continued its dominance of the Carolina.Marchand scored the tying goal with 18 seconds left in the second period and the eventual game-winner just over five minutes into the third period as Boston improved to 11-0-5 in its last 16 meetings with Carolina. The Hurricanes haven’t beaten the Bruins in regulation since April 2013.David Pastrnak scored and Patrice Bergeron had three assists for the Bruins. Jaroslav Halak made 42 saves.Micheal Ferland and Dougie Hamilton scored for the Hurricanes, who have lost five of seven after a 4-0-1 start. Sebastian Aho recorded an assist for the 12th straight game, tying the NHL record held by Wayne Gretzky and Ken Linseman for most consecutive games with an assist to open a season.Scott Darling stopped 28 shots in his first start of the season after returning from an ankle injury.RED WINGS 5, BLUE JACKETS 3COLUMBUS Braden Holtby Jersey , Ohio (AP) — Tyler Bertuzzi scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period and Jimmy Howard had 34 saves for Detroit.Dylan Larkin got an empty-net goal — his second tally of the night — with 43 seconds left to cap the scoring and give Detroit its second straight win after losing nine of first 11.Nineteen-year-old Michael Rasmussen got his first NHL goal and Anthony Mantha also scored for the Red Wings, who snapped the Blue Jackets‘ two-game winning streak.Columbus goalie Joonas Korpisalo, who made his third straight start, had a horrific 13½ minutes, giving up three goals on Detroit’s first seven shots. Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 23 saves.Josh Anderson, Markus Nutivaara and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored for the Blue Jackets.FLAMES 2, SABRES 1, OTBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Matthew Tkachuk scored with 55.3 seconds left in the third period, Johnny Gaudreau followed with an overtime goal and Calgary rallied past Buffalo.David Rittich made 28 saves for the Flames, who have won two straight.Center Jack Eichel put the Sabres on the board first with a power-play goal with 3:30 left in the first period. Carter Hutton was terrific for Buffalo throughout, coming up just short of his first shutout as a Sabre. He made 36 saves.The Sabres have points in five straight games (3-0-2) for the first time since a nine-game point streak in 2012.LIGHTNING 8, DEVILS 3TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Brayden Point had a career-high five points with a goal and four assists, defenseman Braydon Coburn scored twice, and Tampa Bay rallied from an early two-goal deficit to beat New Jersey.Steven Stamkos got his 350th career goal and added two assists for Tampa Bay, which was coming off a 3-1-1 trip. Nikita Kucherov had two goals and an assist, and Tyler Johnson and Ryan McDonagh had the other Lightning goals. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves.Miles Wood, Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri scored for the Devils Youth Christian Djoos Jersey , who started a seven-game trip. Keith Kinkaid stopped 31 of 38 shots before being replaced five minutes into the third by Cory Schneider, who allowed a goal on six shots in his first game after offseason hip surgery.STARS 4, CANADIENS 1MONTREAL (AP) — Devin Shore had a goal and two assists, Ben Bishop stopped 34 shots for Dallas.Esa Lindell and Miro Heiskanen also scored, and Alexander Radulov added an empty-netter for Dallas, which won on the road for the first time this season. This was the second stop on the Stars‘ six-game road trip.Brendan Gallagher scored for the Canadiens, and Carey Price stopped 18 shots.PREDATORS 4, GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Hartman scored twice in a 57-second span and Juuse Saros made 23 saves to lead Nashville.Calle Jarnkrok and Viktor Arvidsson also scored, and Kevin Fiala had a pair of assists for the Predators, who have won two of their last three.Reilly Smith had the lone goal for Vegas, which has lost three of its last four.WILD 4, OILERS 3EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Mikael Granlund scored with 5:48 left, Eric Staal had a goal and two assists, and Minnesota beat Edmonton.Grandlund sneaked a power-play goal past netminder Cam Talbot for his sixth of the season. The game had been tied at 3 since Staal scored on a power play late in the second period.Zach Parise and Jared Spurgeon also scored for the Wild (7-3-2), who have won six of seven.Leon Draisaitl, Connor McDavid and Alex Chiasson scored for the Oilers (6-4-1), who ended a three-game winning streak.FLYERS 3 http://www.officialcapitals.com/authentic-adidas-andre-burakovsky-jersey , DUCKS 2ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Nolan Patrick scored 21 seconds after a late tying goal by Anaheim’s Pontus Aberg to lift Philadelphia.Patrick beat Ryan Miller with 1:51 remaining to end Philadelphia’s three-game skid and provide a quick recovery after Aberg’s second goal of the game.It marks the first time since Feb. 2, 2008 that the Flyers have defeated the Ducks in regulation. Anaheim was on an 11-0-3 roll against Philadelphia.Sean Couturier and Ivan Provorov scored the Flyers’ other goals, and Claude Giroux had two assists. Miller made 33 saves for the Ducks, who are winless in their last six games.RANGERS 4, SHARKS 2, SO.SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Shattenkirk scored the lone goal in the shootout and Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves to help New York complete a season sweep of San Jose.Chris Kreider scored two goals in the third period and Mats Zuccarello also scored for the Rangers, who followed up a 3-2 overtime win at home against the Sharks earlier this month with another victory.Tomas Hertl scored the tying goal with 1.3 seconds left in regulation to give San Jose a point. Brent Burns and Timo Meier each scored for the Sharks to extend their points streaks to a career-high nine games.COYOTES 5, SENATORS 1GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Derek Stepan scored a short-handed goal from his own blue line in Arizona’s three-goal first period and Antti Raanta stopped 25 shots.The Coyotes chased Ottawa goalie Mike Condon with three goals on 10 shots in the first period, capped by Stepan’s short-hander. Arizona has short-handed goals in three straight games for the second time in franchise history (1985), scoring five in that span.Alex Galchenyuk notched his first goal with Arizona and had an assist on Oliver Ekman Larsson’s power-play goal in the third period. Brad Richardson and Richard Panik also scored for the Coyotes.Alex Forementon scored his first goal of the season for the Senators, who lost their third straight.
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GANGNEUNG Womens Alexander Steen Jersey , South Korea (AP) Jan Mursak scored the tying goal in the final minutes of regulation and the winner in overtime as Slovenia came back to stun the United States 3-2 Wednesday night at Kwandong Hockey Centre in each team’s Olympic opener.Mursak, Slovenia’s only player with NHL experience, scored with goaltender Gasper Kroselj pulled for the extra attacker with 1:37 left in the third period and scored the winner 38 seconds into overtime. As Mursak’s shot went past goaltender Ryan Zapolski, U.S. players hung their heads on the bench before Slovenia players celebrated with their fans.It wasn’t the only surprise of the night, though the U.S. like all the other teams is playing without NHL players for the first time since 1994. Across town, the favored Russians opened Olympic play with a 3-2 loss to Slovakia.Zapolski allowed three goals on 25 shots, including the first goal by Jan Urbas. Kroselj stopped 34 of the 36 shots he faced to pick up the victory, giving up goals to Brian O’Neill and Jordan Greenway.After a feeling-out period in the first few minutes and American defenseman Noah Welch sliding in front of a wide-open net for the save of the game, the U.S. began drawing penalties with its speed and then found a way to cash in. Forward Garrett Roe flew down the left wing and dished the puck to a waiting O’Neill to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead 17:44 in.Kroselj made a handful of quality saves to keep Slovenia in the game, and Zapolski had to do the same in the second period, stopping Urbas on a one-timer with Greenway in the box and the U.S. on the penalty kill.Greenway, who was noticeably frustrated when he was denied on a point-blank chance early, made up for it with a heads-up play that made it 2-0. Defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti’s initial shot pinballed off O’Neill in front and Greenway sped to the net to put home the rebound 12:57 into the second.The U.S. doubled up Slovenia in shots after two but couldn’t pull away and increase its margin of error. It became razor thin 5:49 into the third when Gregorc beat Zapolski to get Slovenia on the board.With captain Brian Gionta off for tripping Brayden Schenn Jersey , the U.S. got a couple of scares when Slovenia hit the post early on the power play and then almost scored moments later. With 1:37 left, Mursak scored from in front when playing 6-on-5. That goal forced overtime, where Slovenia continued to ride its momentum.NOTES: Defensemen Matt Gilroy and Noah Welch wore the ”As” as alternate captains. … Brandon Maxwell backed up Zapolski as veteran goalie David Leggio was scratched along with forward Chad Kolarik and defenseman Will Borgen. … The attendance was announced as 3,348 at Kwandong Hockey Centre on the campus of Kwandong Catholic University.— PHILADELPHIA (AP) Suddenly short-handed, the Philadelphia Flyers aren’t going to let a few injuries stop them.Jakub Voracek scored the tying goal with 1:25 left in regulation and then got the game-winner 1:26 into overtime to lift the Flyers to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.Voracek also had an assist and Nolan Patrick had the other goal for Philadelphia, which improved to 7-0-2 in its last nine games. The Flyers, third in the Metropolitan Division, pulled two points behind second-place Pittsburgh and three behind first-place Washington.Article continues below ...”That’s a nice way to get two points,” Philadelphia coach Dave Hakstol said.It’s even better, perhaps, considering the state of the Flyers.The Flyers were without forward Wayne Simmonds, who will be out for 2-to-3 weeks after suffering an upper-body injury in Sunday’s win over the New York Rangers.Simmonds joins a growing list of injured Flyers. Starting goalie Brian Elliott had surgery Feb. 13 for a core muscle injury and is expected to miss up to five more weeks. Backup Michal Neuvirth, who was elevated to No. 1 last Tuesday after Elliott’s injury Authentic Carl Gunnarsson Jersey , will be sidelined 4-to-6 weeks after suffering a lower body injury in Sunday’s game.”You just have to dig in,” Voracek said. ”We have to find a way to win games. We’ve got to keep finding a way.”Philadelphia acquired goalie Petr Mrazek from Detroit on Monday night for a pair of draft picks to fill the void. Mrazek backed up Alex Lyon on Tuesday. Lyon, appearing in his fifth career game, made 25 saves for his second victory.”He took care of business and was a big part of us winning a hockey game,” Hakstol said of Lyon. ”We’re going to need contributions from everybody in our lineup.”Oskar Lindblom replaced Simmonds, who has 20 goals and 37 points, and didn’t register a point in his NHL debut.”Those are big shoes to fill, but I don’t think anybody spends too much time thinking about the injuries or who’s out of the lineup,” Hakstol said.Paul Byron and Jeff Petry scored for Montreal, which lost its sixth straight. The Canadiens’ NHL-worst road record fell to 8-19-2.With Lyon pulled for an extra attacker, Voracek sent the game to overtime with a slap shot from the point that deflected off Montreal’s Max Pacioretty and through goalie Carey Price’s five-hole.”It’s not ideal, that’s for sure,” Price said of giving up the late tying goal. ”Pretty good game up to that point. That pretty much sums it up Colton Parayko Jersey , really.”Voracek netted the game-winner when he skated to the slot and fired a wrist shot past Price’s glove side.”We would have liked to prove something on the road, but we weren’t able to,” Pacioretty said. ”We were close tonight and it goes off my stick and goes in for the tie, so it’s tough.”Price played in his 552nd game for the Canadiens to move past Patrick Roy for second all-time in games played among Montreal goalies. Jacques Plante tops the list with 556.Byron scored his 14th of the season after a pretty assist from Tomas Plekanec with 11:15 left in the third period to put Montreal up 2-1.Petry opened the scoring with 2:13 left in the first period when he deflected Karl Alzner’s shot from the point past Lyon.The Flyers tied it on the power play 7:18 into the second period when Patrick, replacing Simmonds on Philadelphia’s top extra-man unit, one-timed Claude Giroux’s pass from the slot past Price’s glove side.NOTES: Montreal C Phillip Danault returned for the first time since suffering a concussion on Jan. 13. … The teams wrap up their season series Feb. 26 at Montreal. … LW Nicolas Deslauriers, who signed a two-year contract extension on Monday, won a one-sided fight with Brandon Manning in the second period. … The Flyers have not played short-handed in three straight games, becoming the first team to do so since the league started keeping power-play and penalty-kill stats in the 1977-78 season. … Flyers C Travis Konecny struggled to get through the game after blocking a shot with his skate with 5:02 left in the first period.UP NEXTCanadiens: Host the New York Rangers on Thursday night to open a four-game homestand.Flyers: Host Columbus on Thursday night.
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GANGNEUNG Womens Alexander Steen Jersey , South Korea (AP) Jan Mursak scored the tying goal in the final minutes of regulation and the winner in overtime as Slovenia came back to stun the United States 3-2 Wednesday night at Kwandong Hockey Centre in each team’s Olympic opener.Mursak, Slovenia’s only player with NHL experience, scored with goaltender Gasper Kroselj pulled for the extra attacker with 1:37 left in the third period and scored the winner 38 seconds into overtime. As Mursak’s shot went past goaltender Ryan Zapolski, U.S. players hung their heads on the bench before Slovenia players celebrated with their fans.It wasn’t the only surprise of the night, though the U.S. like all the other teams is playing without NHL players for the first time since 1994. Across town, the favored Russians opened Olympic play with a 3-2 loss to Slovakia.Zapolski allowed three goals on 25 shots, including the first goal by Jan Urbas. Kroselj stopped 34 of the 36 shots he faced to pick up the victory, giving up goals to Brian O’Neill and Jordan Greenway.After a feeling-out period in the first few minutes and American defenseman Noah Welch sliding in front of a wide-open net for the save of the game, the U.S. began drawing penalties with its speed and then found a way to cash in. Forward Garrett Roe flew down the left wing and dished the puck to a waiting O’Neill to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead 17:44 in.Kroselj made a handful of quality saves to keep Slovenia in the game, and Zapolski had to do the same in the second period, stopping Urbas on a one-timer with Greenway in the box and the U.S. on the penalty kill.Greenway, who was noticeably frustrated when he was denied on a point-blank chance early, made up for it with a heads-up play that made it 2-0. Defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti’s initial shot pinballed off O’Neill in front and Greenway sped to the net to put home the rebound 12:57 into the second.The U.S. doubled up Slovenia in shots after two but couldn’t pull away and increase its margin of error. It became razor thin 5:49 into the third when Gregorc beat Zapolski to get Slovenia on the board.With captain Brian Gionta off for tripping Brayden Schenn Jersey , the U.S. got a couple of scares when Slovenia hit the post early on the power play and then almost scored moments later. With 1:37 left, Mursak scored from in front when playing 6-on-5. That goal forced overtime, where Slovenia continued to ride its momentum.NOTES: Defensemen Matt Gilroy and Noah Welch wore the ”As” as alternate captains. … Brandon Maxwell backed up Zapolski as veteran goalie David Leggio was scratched along with forward Chad Kolarik and defenseman Will Borgen. … The attendance was announced as 3,348 at Kwandong Hockey Centre on the campus of Kwandong Catholic University.— PHILADELPHIA (AP) Suddenly short-handed, the Philadelphia Flyers aren’t going to let a few injuries stop them.Jakub Voracek scored the tying goal with 1:25 left in regulation and then got the game-winner 1:26 into overtime to lift the Flyers to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.Voracek also had an assist and Nolan Patrick had the other goal for Philadelphia, which improved to 7-0-2 in its last nine games. The Flyers, third in the Metropolitan Division, pulled two points behind second-place Pittsburgh and three behind first-place Washington.Article continues below ...”That’s a nice way to get two points,” Philadelphia coach Dave Hakstol said.It’s even better, perhaps, considering the state of the Flyers.The Flyers were without forward Wayne Simmonds, who will be out for 2-to-3 weeks after suffering an upper-body injury in Sunday’s win over the New York Rangers.Simmonds joins a growing list of injured Flyers. Starting goalie Brian Elliott had surgery Feb. 13 for a core muscle injury and is expected to miss up to five more weeks. Backup Michal Neuvirth, who was elevated to No. 1 last Tuesday after Elliott’s injury Authentic Carl Gunnarsson Jersey , will be sidelined 4-to-6 weeks after suffering a lower body injury in Sunday’s game.”You just have to dig in,” Voracek said. ”We have to find a way to win games. We’ve got to keep finding a way.”Philadelphia acquired goalie Petr Mrazek from Detroit on Monday night for a pair of draft picks to fill the void. Mrazek backed up Alex Lyon on Tuesday. Lyon, appearing in his fifth career game, made 25 saves for his second victory.”He took care of business and was a big part of us winning a hockey game,” Hakstol said of Lyon. ”We’re going to need contributions from everybody in our lineup.”Oskar Lindblom replaced Simmonds, who has 20 goals and 37 points, and didn’t register a point in his NHL debut.”Those are big shoes to fill, but I don’t think anybody spends too much time thinking about the injuries or who’s out of the lineup,” Hakstol said.Paul Byron and Jeff Petry scored for Montreal, which lost its sixth straight. The Canadiens’ NHL-worst road record fell to 8-19-2.With Lyon pulled for an extra attacker, Voracek sent the game to overtime with a slap shot from the point that deflected off Montreal’s Max Pacioretty and through goalie Carey Price’s five-hole.”It’s not ideal, that’s for sure,” Price said of giving up the late tying goal. ”Pretty good game up to that point. That pretty much sums it up Colton Parayko Jersey , really.”Voracek netted the game-winner when he skated to the slot and fired a wrist shot past Price’s glove side.”We would have liked to prove something on the road, but we weren’t able to,” Pacioretty said. ”We were close tonight and it goes off my stick and goes in for the tie, so it’s tough.”Price played in his 552nd game for the Canadiens to move past Patrick Roy for second all-time in games played among Montreal goalies. Jacques Plante tops the list with 556.Byron scored his 14th of the season after a pretty assist from Tomas Plekanec with 11:15 left in the third period to put Montreal up 2-1.Petry opened the scoring with 2:13 left in the first period when he deflected Karl Alzner’s shot from the point past Lyon.The Flyers tied it on the power play 7:18 into the second period when Patrick, replacing Simmonds on Philadelphia’s top extra-man unit, one-timed Claude Giroux’s pass from the slot past Price’s glove side.NOTES: Montreal C Phillip Danault returned for the first time since suffering a concussion on Jan. 13. … The teams wrap up their season series Feb. 26 at Montreal. … LW Nicolas Deslauriers, who signed a two-year contract extension on Monday, won a one-sided fight with Brandon Manning in the second period. … The Flyers have not played short-handed in three straight games, becoming the first team to do so since the league started keeping power-play and penalty-kill stats in the 1977-78 season. … Flyers C Travis Konecny struggled to get through the game after blocking a shot with his skate with 5:02 left in the first period.UP NEXTCanadiens: Host the New York Rangers on Thursday night to open a four-game homestand.Flyers: Host Columbus on Thursday night.
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