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DENVER (AP) — Jake Allen has been mostly a spectator during St. Louis’ winning streak. He joined the party Saturday.Allen made 32 saves in just his second start in a month Kailer Yamamoto Jersey , Vladimir Tarasenko and Zach Sanford scored 57 seconds apart in the third period and the Blues beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-0 on Saturday for their ninth straight victory.The winning streak is the Blues’ longest since also winning nine in a row from Oct. 15-Nov. 5, 2002.“We’re confident but the team really understands the work that has to be put in game to game,” St. Louis interim coach Craig Berube said.Allen was the No. 1 goaltender for the Blues earlier this season, but has been supplanted by rookie Jordan Binnington. Binnington is 11-1-1 in 13 games and has won his last seven starts, pushing Allen to a backup role.“I’ve been so happy for the guys, so happy for Binner the way he’s been playing,” Allen said. “He’s been the best goalie in the league for the last month. He deserves to play.”The 28-year-old veteran has relied on experience to adjust to his new status.“I’ve been through the same scenario many times Womens Kris Russell Jersey , it’s nothing new to me,” said Allen, who is 3-0 against the Avalanche this season. “I treat my practices like my game and come in here and go out there and have some fun.”Allen has two shutouts this season and 18 overall. St. Louis hasn’t allowed a goal in 127 minutes, 14 seconds.Colorado ended an eight-game losing streak Thursday night in Winnipeg but couldn’t build on that win. The Avalanche have lost six in a row at home.“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves, we just have to keep pounding ahead,” Colorado forward Mikko Rantanen said. “There’s a lot of games left. This was a really important game and it sucks to lose. We can’t get stuck in the mud, we have to forget and move on.”The Blues outshot Colorado 25-19 through the first two periods Leon Draisaitl Jersey , but couldn’t get one past Semyon Varlamov until Tarasenko broke through with his 25th goal at 4:01 of the third.“Couple mistakes, one in the (offensive) zone and the other in the (defensive) zone,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. “Giving up an odd-man rush was the difference in the hockey game.”After Colorado nearly scored at the other end, Sanford scored on an ensuing odd-man rush, tipping Oskar Sundqvist’s pass past Varlamov at 4:58 for his seventh of the season. Tarasenko also assisted on the goal.Allen then stopped Rantanen on a break and denied Carl Soderberg at the doorstep to keep the Avalanche off the board and contribute to the winning streak.“Whenever I get in there, like everyone else, you’ve got big shoes to fill http://www.officialhockeypanthersshop.com/authentic-adidas-roberto-luongo-jersey ,” Allen said. “Right now we’re rolling in the right direction and we’re not done yet.”Allen’s teammates praise the goaltender’s attitude and work ethic while Binnington has taken over as the No. 1 goaltender.“It’s not been easy,” defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said. “He didn’t play for a while, against Nashville comes in and makes almost 50 saves, and then tonight. Nothing but a pro.”Varlamov came off for an extra skater with 2:20 left, and Jaden Schwartz scored into an empty net at 18:24.NOTES: St. Louis LW Alexander Steen was away from the team to be with his wife for the birth of the couple’s child. Robby Fabbri played in his place after being a healthy scratch for 10 straight games. … Pietrangelo left briefly in the first period after taking a shot off his knee. He said he lost feeling in his foot but was fine when it returned a few minutes later. … Colorado is 0 for 23 on the power play over its last eight games.UP NEXT:St. Louis: At Minnesota on Sunday.Colorado: Hosts Vegas on Monday night. ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jonathan Toews can feel the rejuvenated spirit permeating through the Blackhawks’ dressing room after they missed the playoffs last season.Toews scored his third goal of the game 2:20 into overtime and Chicago beat the St. Louis Blues 5-4 on Saturday night.“It’s poise across the lineup,” Toews said. “Everyone felt that poise tonight, stuck with it and those are all things we’re looking for and wanted to improve from last year.”Toews tied it 4-all at 6:59 of the third period when he corralled the rebound of Alex DeBrincat’s slap shot and pushed it past Blues goalie Jake Allen.Toews scored the winner on a breakaway to give him his sixth career hat trick http://www.officialkings.com/authentic-adidas-alex-iafallo-jersey , and the Blackhawks their second consecutive overtime victory.“It was a huge two points,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “I liked the way we competed. You get your captain leading the charge like that, it sets the tone.”Chris Butler put the Blues ahead 4-3 in the third just 22 seconds after Vladimir Tarasenko’s second goal. The goal was Butler’s first in the NHL since March 7, 2015, at Toronto.Cam Ward stopped 26 shots to improve to 2-0. Allen made 25 saves, but he and the Blues have given up five goals in consecutive games.“This is not winning hockey that we’re playing right now,” Blues coach Mike Yeo said. “We can try to analyze and figure out what the reasons are. Maybe we just think that we’re good.”Tarasenko’s second goal initially was not called a goal on the ice Womens Anze Kopitar Jersey , but off-ice officials signaled to the referees to stop play for a video review 27 seconds after the puck entered the net.Marcus Kruger put the Blackhawks ahead 3-2 at 10:25 of the second period off a pass from Patrick Kane after St. Louis failed to clear the puck out of its own zone on multiple occasions.Toews’ first goal cut Chicago’s deficit to 2-1 just 68 seconds after Tarasenko scored his first goal of the season to give St. Louis a 2-0 lead.Kane tied it 2-all with his second of the season, but he was most impressed by Toews’ effort.“Johnny’s been unbelievable the first two games as far as leading the way and leading the charge,” Kane said. “You couldn’t really ask much more from the captain, so pretty impressive start for him”Colton Parayko scored his first goal on a power play 14:42 into the first period to give St. Louis its first lead of the season.St. Louis center Ryan O’Reilly finished with three assists.EXTRA TIMEChicago became the third team in NHL history to open a season with consecutive overtime wins.NOTES: Blues LW Alexander Steen skated in his 900th NHL game. … D Jakub Jerabek arrived in St. Louis after receiving his work visa. … Chicago has won 44 consecutive games when Toews and Kane each score a goal. … Kane’s first assist gave him the fifth-most in Blackhawks history. He had been tied with Steve Larmer at 517.UP NEXTBlackhawks: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday night in their home opener.Blues: Host the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.

BUFFALO Custom Boston Bruins Jerseys , N.Y. (AP) Ryan O’Reilly scored a goal and added two assists in the Buffalo Sabres’ 5-3 win over the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.Backup Chad Johnson stopped 26 shots to pick up just his fourth win and first in nine home appearances this season. Sam Reinhart scored twice, including an empty-netter with 8 seconds left.Scott Wilson, with the go-ahead goal, and Nicholas Baptiste also scored for the Sabres, who won for just the second time in their past eight home games (2-5-1).Lightning rookie Yanni Gourde scored his 22nd goal of the season and extended his point streak to seven games. Ryan Callahan and Vladislav Namestnikov also scored.The Lightning had won six straight at Buffalo. The Sabres, who sit last in the East, have now beaten the conference’s two top teams in a span of four days.PENGUINS 6, SENATORS 3PITTSBURGH (AP) – Jake Guentzel scored twice, Zach Aston-Reese scored his first two NHL goals and Pittsburgh beat Ottawa.Evgeni Malkin scored his 31st and Kris Letang his fourth for the Penguins, who have won seven of nine and 12 of their last 16. Sidney Crosby, who scored his 400th career goal on Sunday, finished with three assists.Pittsburgh is riding a nine-game home winning streak, the longest since a franchise-record 13-game run during the 2013-14 season. The Penguins haven’t lost in Pittsburgh since a 4-0 defeat by Carolina on Jan. 4.Matt Murray stopped 30 shots for Pittsburgh.Derick Brassard, Colin White and Mike Hoffman all scored for the Senators, who lost for the third time in five games.PREDATORS 4, BLUES 3 www.sabresshoponline.com , OTNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Filip Forsberg scored on a penalty shot at 1:19 of overtime to give the Predators a wild comeback victory over the Blues.After trailing by three goals entering the third period, Nashville rallied for three goals in the span of 6:42 to tie it and force overtime.In overtime, Kyle Turris sent Forsberg in on a breakaway, and he was tripped from behind by Jaden Schwartz in front of the St. Louis goal and he was awarded a penalty shot.On his attempt, Forsberg snapped a wrist shot past Blues goaltender Carter Hutton to win it.Hutton, a former Predator, made 29 saves.Austin Watson scored twice and Calle Jarnkrok also scored for Nashville.WILD 3, RANGERS 2ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves, and Minnesota’s early three-goal lead held up in 3-2 win over New York.Eric Staal, Zach Parise and Marcus Foligno all scored in the first 6:17 for Minnesota, which ran its home point streak to a franchise-record 13 games (10-0-3).John Gilmour scored his first NHL goal in his third game for New York, and Kevin Hayes added his 13th goal of the season. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 shots for the Rangers.The Wild haven’t lost at home since Dec. 16 against Edmonton and own the league’s longest home point streak of the season. They’ve outscored opponents 49-25 during the run.DEVILS 5, FLYERS 4, SOPHILADELPHIA (AP) – Travis Hall scored twice in regulation Buffalo Sabres T-Shirts Womens , Drew Stafford had the only tally in the shootout and New Jersey snapped a four-game losing streak.John Moore and Nico Hischier also tallied goals in regulation for the Devils.Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist and Radko Gudas, Travis Konecny and Scott Laughton also scored for the Flyers, who learned earlier Tuesday that starting goalie Brian Elliott will be out for at least five weeks.Philadelphia remained in sixth place in the Eastern Conference while the Devils stayed in seventh but pulled within two points of Philadelphia.Keith Kinkaid made 31 saves and stopped all three Flyers attempts in the shootout.HURRICANES 7, KINGS 3RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Justin Faulk had his first career hat trick, Jeff Skinner scored twice, and the Hurricanes routed the short-handed Kings.Faulk’s three goals came in a span of 12:21 as Carolina raced out to a 5-0 lead and he became the 10th defenseman in NHL history to score a natural hat trick.Jacob Slavin and Sebastian Aho also scored for the Hurricanes, who won their third straight and finished their eight-game homestand 5-2-1. Cam Ward made 27 saves.Slavin opened the scoring 6:40 into the game and Faulk scored just over two minutes later. He scored again on a slap shot in the waning minutes of the first period, and completed his hat trick with another slap shot 1:17 into the second period.Anze Kopitar, Tyler Toffoli, and Torrey Mitchell scored for Los Angeles, which was without key forwards Dustin Brown (suspension) and Trevor Lewis (injury). Jonathan Quick saved 16 of 20 shots before being pulled following Faulk’s third goal.BLUE JACKETS 4, ISLANDERS 1NEW YORK (AP) – Oliver Bjorkstrand and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored power-play goals in the second period to give Columbus the lead, and the Blue Jackets went on to a win over the Islanders.Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson scored in the third period, defenseman Zach Werenski had three assists as the Blue Jackets had a season-high 51 shots and won their second straight since an 0-4-1 skid. Bjorkstrand and Dubois had assists on each other’s goals, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 27 shots.John Tavares scored for the Islanders Buffalo Sabres Hoodies Womens , who have lost six of their last eight (2-5-1).Jaroslav Halak finished with a season-high 47 saves, including all 26 in another Columbus onslaught in the first period.RED WINGS 2, DUCKS 1DETROIT (AP) – Dylan Larkin and Frans Nielsen scored in the first two periods and the Red Wings held off the Ducks.Adam Henrique pulled Anaheim within a goal with 3:54 left in the game. The Ducks pulled John Gibson with a minute remaining in regulation to have an extra skater, but couldn’t score to extend the game.The Red Wings skated off the ice with a sense of relief after blowing third-period goals in recent games.The Ducks were dominant in the first, outshooting Detroit 16-5, and still trailed after Larkin scored off Kevin Bieksa’s giveaway in front of net with 6:28 left in the period.Nielsen scored late in the second to put the Red Wings up 2-0 even though they were held to single digits in shots.JETS 4, CAPITALS 3WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) – Defenseman Tyler Myers scored 3:35 into overtime as the Jets came back from a two-goal deficit to beat the Capitals.Mark Scheifele sent a pass back to Myers, who quickly fired the puck past Braden Holtby for his sixth goal of the season.Scheifele had scored his second goal of the game to tie it 3-3 with 15 seconds left in the third period when his low shot went through traffic and between Holtby’s pads. The goal was short-handed as Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien had been called for slashing Jay Beagle with 1:17 left.Niklas Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky and John Carlson scored for the Capitals (32-17-7). Holtby made 40 saves for the Capitals and became the second goalie in franchise history to play 20,000 minutes. Olaf Kolzig played 41,260 minutes.BRUINS 5, FLAMES 2BOSTON (AP) – Patrice Bergeron and Riley Nash scored two goals apiece, helping the Bruins beat the Flames.David Backes had two assists for the Bruins, who won for the sixth time in seven games and won’t play at home again for two weeks. Zdeno Chara had an empty-net goal and Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots.Calgary had won four of five. Sam Bennett and Johnny Gaudreau scored for the Flames, and David Rittich had 35 saves.Down 4-2 Buffalo Sabres Hats Womens , the Flames gambled by pulling Rittich for an extra skater and Chara made them play with an end-to-end shot with 3:46 left to play.COYOTES 2, SHARKS 1SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Alex Goligoski scored in his third straight game to help the Coyotes beat the Sharks.Goligoski also extended his streak of games in which he’s at least one point to five. He has seven points over that stretch. The Coyotes have won three of their last four games and have consecutive wins for just the second time since Nov. 18.Arizona upset a Sharks team scrambling to make the playoffs and in desperate need of a win. San Jose lost for the third time in five games.GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5, BLACKHAWKS 2LAS VEGAS (AP) – Reilly Smith scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, and the Golden Knights beat the Blackhawks.The Golden Knights, who swept the season series 3-0, also got third-period goals from Brad Hunt, David Perron and Tomas Nosek. Ryan Carpenter also scored and Marc-Andre Fleury had 29 saves for Vegas, which snapped a two-game home losing streak.One night after Arizona ended a nine-game losing streak to the last-place Blackhawks, the Western Conference-leading Golden Knights sent Chicago to its season-high seventh straight loss. The Blackhawks have been outscored 29-12 during their losing streak.Tommy Wingels and Alex DeBrincat scored for the Blackhawks, while Jeff Glass stopped 32 shots. Edmonton fired Peter Chiarelli on Wednesday in an indictment of his roster moves in three-plus years as general manager, with the Oilers in striking distance of a playoff spot during another losing season.The team announced Chiarelli’s abrupt dismissal in the aftermath of its third consecutive loss. Edmonton has lost 12 of its past 16 games going into the All-Star Break. The Oilers are 14-14-2 since firing coach Todd McLellan and replacing him with Ken Hitchcock.CEO Bob Nicholson will oversee hockey operations and the search for Chiarelli’s replacement. Nicholson said at a news conference in Edmonton that Keith Gretzky will assume GM responsibilities for the time being, including the point role ahead of the Feb. 25 trade deadline.Nicholson said the Oilers, who are three points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, still believe they can make the playoffs but won’t sacrifice the future to try to make quick fixes. He said the organizational decision was made this week to fire Chiarelli, who was told at the second intermission of a loss Tuesday night to Detroit so he could quietly leave the arena.Nothing else about Chiarelli’s tenure in Edmonton was quiet. He was hired in 2015 after the Oilers won the draft lottery and selected star Connor McDavid. He was heralded as the right executive to get the Oilers back to respectability.They’ve made the playoffs just once in McDavid’s three seasons despite him putting up 329 points in 258 games Custom Buffalo Sabres Jerseys , leading the league in scoring twice and winning the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP.“There’s something in the water here in Edmonton that we don’t have right,” Nicholson said at the news conference. “And we got to get that figured out.”Chiarelli is the second GM to be fired this season. The Philadelphia Flyers dismissed Ron Hextall in November and named Chuck Fletcher his replacement.Nicholson said Hitchcock will remain coach for the rest of the season as Edmonton tries to close the gap and qualify for the postseason with 32 games left.Moves made by Chiarelli along the way contributed to the Oilers struggling for much of the first four seasons of McDavid’s career. Chiarelli traded 2010 top pick Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils one-for-one for defenseman Adam Larsson. Hall won the Hart last season and led the Devils to the playoffs.He signed Milan Lucic to a $42 million, six-year contract that now appears to be unmovable. The big winger has 96 points in 214 games with the Oilers, including just five goals this season.And he traded 2008 first-round pick Jordan Eberle to the New York Islanders for Ryan Strome, who he sent to the New York Rangers earlier this season for Ryan Spooner. The Oilers put Spooner on waivers Monday.Chiarelli was expected to give the woebegone Oilers steady leadership with McDavid. He won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011 but made similar personnel mistakes in Boston, most notably a failed trade of Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars that contributed to losing his job.Edmonton had missed the playoffs in nine consecutive seasons before replacing Craig MacTavish with Chiarelli. A trip to the second round of the playoffs in 2017 looked like the start of success, but the Oilers finished 17 points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference despite McDavid putting up an NHL-best 108 points to win the Art Ross Trophy.Last summer, Chiarelli did little to improve the roster around McDavid.The result was 11 losses in their first 20 games that led to the firing of McLellan and later a series of reactionary moves. Beyond the Strome for Spooner deal, Chiarelli sent 24-year-old forward Drake Caggiula to Chicago for bottom-pairing defenseman Brandon Manning. This week, he signed goaltender Mikko Koskinen to a three-year contract extension worth $4.5 million a season.

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(AP) Tomas Hertl scored his team-leading fifth goal of the playoffs, Martin Jones made 34 saves for his sixth career postseason shutout and the San Jose Sharks evened their second-round series against the Vegas Golden Knights with a 4-0 victory in Game 4 on Wednesday night.Marcus Sorensen and Joonas Donskoi scored in the first period to allow San Jose to play from ahead and Joe Pavelski added a power-play goal in the third to help the Sharks rebound from an overtime loss at home in Game 3.Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves and Vegas failed to convert on all five power-play chances to lose for the second time in eight games this postseason.The teams have now alternated wins through four games, heading into Game 5 on Friday night in Vegas.LIGHTNING 4, BRUINS 1BOSTON (AP) – Ondrej Palat scored twice in the first 3:19 of the game, and Tampa Bay beat Boston to open a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 28 shots for Tampa Bay, which has won two straight since losing the series opener at home.Anthony Cirelli scored his first career NHL playoff goal – with an assist from Yanni Gourde, whose wife gave birth on Tuesday – giving Tampa Bay a 3-1 lead late in the first.Patrice Bergeron scored his fourth goal of the playoffs for Boston, and Tuukka Rask made 33 saves.Game 4 is Friday night.— PITTSBURGH (AP) Mike Sullivan would love to point to a coaching tactic or some semblance of strategy that explains why the Pittsburgh Penguins are so good in overtime.Only Sullivan can’t. He’s been coaching long enough to know that when there are six just men on the ice and his team happens to have one of the most gifted offensive groups in the NHL, it’s best to just get out of the way.”For the most part Mathew Barzal Jersey , it’s really just about great players making great plays and when our guys have the puck, they’re dynamic,” Sullivan said.The latest proof came midway through the extra period on Monday, when Phil Kessel drew Calgary’s Jon Gillies away from the net and slipped a cross-ice pass to Justin Schultz , who buried it to give the Penguins a 4-3 victory. Schultz’s fourth goal of the season helped the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions improve to 10-1 at home in overtime this season.”We’ve got the players that are so good out there with that much ice, so we enjoy it,” Schultz said. ”We don’t like to go to (overtime) that much, but it’s nice to know that we can get wins.”Evgeni Malkin scored his 37th goal for the Penguins and added an assist. Kris Letang and Chad Ruhwedel also scored for Pittsburgh. Jarry finished with 35 saves as the Penguins pulled within one point of Washington for first in the crowded Metropolitan Division. Tristan Jarry finished with 35 saves, including a breakaway stop on Calgary star Johnny Gaudreau early in overtime.”They got some physical guys http://www.islandersfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-leddy-jersey , they have a couple bigger guys,” Jarry said. ”We knew it would be a tough game. I was trying to hold my ground as much as I could.”Mark Giordano, Mikael Backlund and Troy Brouwer scored for the Flames, who outplayed the Penguins for long stretches before dropping their fourth straight. Gillies stopped 28 shots but had no chance when Kessel slid a cross-ice pass to a wide-open Schultz.”We go into overtime and it can be anybody’s game,” Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan said. ”We had a 2-on-0 there that could’ve ended it, but when you’ve got that many dangerous guys on the ice with that much room, somebody’s going to end it. It just happened to be them on that next chance.”The Penguins had dropped five straight to the Flames, including a 2-1 overtime loss in Calgary in November back when they played very much like a team dealing with a Stanley Cup hangover. Four months later, Pittsburgh is again looking like a threat to make a deep playoff run and wasted little time sprinting to a 2-0 lead.Ruhwedel collected his first goal since Dec. 18 on a knuckler from the point 2:10 into the game Womens Wayne Simmonds Jersey , and Malkin doubled Pittsburgh’s advantage 55 seconds later when teammate Bryan Rust forced a turnover by Gillies behind the Calgary net. Malkin collected the puck and flipped it across the goal line before Gillies could scramble back into position.The Flames, in the middle of their own fight to stay in the Western Conference playoff mix, tied it before the end of the first. Giordano finished off extended pressure with his 11th of the season and Backlund beautifully deked by Letang before beating Jarry with a backhand for his 13th.Letang put the Penguins back in front with a wrist shot off the rush from the right circle that ripped over Gillies’ right shoulder with 2:59 left in the second. Calgary responded again, with T.J. Brodie threading a pass between Ruhwedel’s legs to Brouwer’s awaiting stick. Brouwer had no trouble sending it by Jarry to tie it with 2 seconds left in the period.NOTES: Penguins G Matt Murray skated on Monday morning but remains out indefinitely while dealing with a concussion sustained last week. … Several Penguins used rainbow-colored Pride tape on their sticks during warmups. The sticks will be auctioned by the team’s foundations, with the proceeds going to the ”You Can Play” organization, which promotes inclusion in all sports for LGBTQ athletes. … Calgary scratched Fs Tanner Glass, Chris Stewart and Nick Short as well as D Matt Bartkowski. … The Penguins scratched D Matt Hunwick, Fs Carter Rowney and Zach Aston-Reese and Murray. … Both teams were 0 for 2 on the power play. … Pittsburgh is 13-1 in its last 14 games at PPG Paints Arena.UP NEXTFlames: Continue their three-game trip in Buffalo on Wednesday.Penguins: Visit Philadelphia on Wednesday. Pittsburgh leads the season series 2-0 over its Metropolitan Division rival.—

CALGARY Nick Foligno Jersey , Alberta (AP) With the playoffs approaching, John Gibson and the Anaheim Ducks are heating up.John Gibson stopped 29 shots to lead the Anaheim Ducks over the Calgary Flames 4-0 on Wednesday night.Gibson earned his fourth shutout of the season and 16th of his career. He is 12-3-1 in his last 16 starts.”He’s found another level right now in terms of his preparation, in terms of how he’s managing himself in the net,” said Anaheim’s Andrew Cogliano, whose short-handed goal 12:51 into the first period proved to be the winner. ”He looks pretty confident.”Francois Beauchemin had a goal and an assist for Anaheim, and Ondrej Kase and Hamphus Lindholm also scored for the Ducks, who’ve won four straight and are tied with Colorado for sixth in the Western Conference, one point ahead of the Los Angeles Kings.Mike Smith started in goal for Calgary but was replaced after allowing three goals on 11 shots. Rookie David Rittich stopped four of the five shots he faced.The Flames have dropped four straight and are seven points out of the final wild card.Gibson made his best stops in the third period. A couple minutes apart, he stuck out a pad to deny Dougie Hamilton’s one-timer, then turned aside Johnny Gaudreau on a breakaway as the Flames fell to 15-18-4 at the Scotiabank Saddledome and were booed off the ice after.”It’s been a tough week,” said center Matt Stajan Authentic Oliver Bjorkstrand Jersey , who played in his 1,000th career game. ”We’ve come out strong in every game and we just can’t get that lead.”One of Calgary’s issues has been the power play, which went 0 for 2 to fall to 1 for 35 in the last 12 games. And it was while the Flames were on the man advantage that Anaheim took the lead.Less than a minute after Hamilton put a shot off the crossbar, Hamilton and Mark Giordano got tangled up in their own corner, allowing the puck to squirt free. Cogliano corralled it and made a nice move on Smith for a short-handed goal.Anaheim made it 2-0 at 8:58 of the second when Kase broke in off the wing on a 1-on-1, spun around and put a backhand shot through Smith’s pads. The Ducks went ahead 3-0 with 1:05 left in the period on Lindholm’s slap shot from the blue line.Calgary trailed 3-0 despite holding a 23-11 edge in shots on goal. Smith has struggled since returning from a lower-body injury two weeks ago that sidelined him for a month.NOTES: Stajan has played 555 games with the Flames. … Anaheim’s Jason Chimera, who shook Stajan’s hand at center ice during warm-up, played in his 1,100th career game. … Flames scratches included TJ Brodie (upper body) and Matthew Tkachuk (upper body)… Josh Manson (upper body) missed his first game of the season for the Ducks.UP NEXTDucks: Play at Winnipeg on Friday night.Flames: Play at San Jose on Saturday.— ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jason Zucker is squarely among the skaters Minnesota needs more production from over the second half of the schedule to return to the playoffs, a responsibility that’s not lost on him or anyone else on the Wild.After a morning meeting of reassurance from coach Bruce Boudreau Ryan Murray Jersey , lo and behold, Zucker responded with two goals.Zucker gave the lagging power play a lift with his first score and added another just after leaving the penalty box, both in the second period, and the Wild hung on to beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Thursday night.“I hate watching you come off the ice looking so down all the time,” Boudreau told Zucker in their conversation. “So it’s time you had a chance to have some fun.”Zucker, who was second on the Wild last season with a career-high 33 goals, scored only once over his previous 14 games.“I’ve got to do it consistently now. I can’t be happy with just one game and a couple goals and shut it back down,” said Zucker, who’s tied with Mikael Granlund for third on the team with 12 goals.Jordan Greenway also scored and Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves for the Wild, who have won all three games against the Jets so far this season by a combined 10-5 score after losing to their Central Division rival in five games in the first round of the playoffs last spring.“There’s certainly a good possibility of matching up come playoff time if we get there,” Dubnyk said http://www.bluejacketsshoponline.com/authentic-sergei-bobrovsky-jersey , “and as much as the regular season doesn’t matter, well, we need these points right now, and it’s always good to have a winning feeling in both arenas.”The Wild blocked 22 shots and won 36 of 55 faceoffs.“Guys are playing well now,” Greenway said, “and not cheating for offense.”Brandon Tanev gave the Jets some life with his goal in the final minute of the second period, cutting the lead to 3-1. Then, with Connor Hellebuyck having already vacated the net, Mark Scheifele scored with 2:38 remaining in the game to bring the Jets within one. The Wild went without a shot on goal in the third, the first time in franchise history that happened to them at home in any period.“You allow them to take the lead, it just plays right into their game Womens Seth Jones Jersey ,” Jets captain Blake Wheeler said.The Jets managed just one shot on goal over the first 15-plus minutes of the game, and the Wild actually had a lead to match the effort after Eric Staal fed Greenway from behind the net . This was only the 15th time in 43 games the Wild have scored first. They’re 9-5-1 in those instances.The Wild had only one power-play goal in their previous 23 opportunities, all without defenseman Matt Dumba, who’s still second among NHL blue-liners this season with 12 goals and ruptured the pectoralis muscle near his right shoulder on Dec. 15.Midway through the second period, with a man advantage for the Wild, a turnover led to a short-handed breakaway for the Jets and a snap shot by Adam Lowry that caromed off the left post. The Wild quickly regrouped after the fortunate bounce and went back the other way for Zucker’s score in the waning seconds of Kyle Connor’s tripping penalty.A few minutes later, as he hustled back and forth at the point of the penalty kill and fearlessly blocked shots with his body, Zach Parise snagged the puck at the end of a Jets power play and flipped a lob pass up the ice for a wide-open Zucker who managed to stay onside after he returned to the ice from his hooking penalty. Zucker beat Hellebuyck in the upper-left corner at the end of the breakaway for a 3-0 lead.“We got to our game in the third period and made things a lot difficult for them in their own zone and challenging pucks to the net,” Tanev said. “I think we need to get to that game right away.”NOTESThe Wild won at home for the first time in five tries since Dec. 13. … The Jets were scoreless in four power plays. The Wild have killed 15 of their last 16 penalties at home. … Scheifele tied Patrik Laine for the team lead with his 24th goal. … Wild center Eric Fehr missed his second straight game with an undisclosed injury. … Wild defenseman Spurgeon had two assists, his third multi-point performance in five games this month. … Jets defenseman Tyler Myers left in the third period with an undisclosed injury.UP NEXTJets: Return home to face the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.Wild: Host the Red Wings on Saturday night.

Making Money / Ilya Kovalchuk got back in the lineup
« on: February 23, 2019, 03:34:34 AM »
SAN JOSE www.officialoilers.com , Calif. (AP) — Ilya Kovalchuk got back in the lineup and finally delivered for the Los Angeles Kings.Kovalchuk scored in overtime in his return from an ankle injury to lift the Kings over the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Saturday. The 35-year-old also scored in the first period, and Alex Iafallo had a goal and an assist. Jonathan Quick made 29 saves to help LA overcome Joe Pavelski’s tying goal with 30 seconds left.Kovalchuk missed 10 games following an ankle bursectomy and hadn’t recorded a point in the previous 11 contests. The two-time All-Star is back in the NHL for his first season after playing five years in his native Russia.This was the sort of performance the Kings anticipated when they signed him as a free agent.“I felt going in I had to give him a chance to show that he was ready to play, I had to give him an opportunity,” Kings coach Willie Desjardins said. “In some of those games, he didn’t have quite as much. But tonight, like overtime … I went with him because I thought he deserved the chance. He played well tonight and he deserved the chance in overtime.”Kovalchuk scored the winner on a breakaway.“I tried to do what I’m capable of, and it worked Edmonton Oilers T-Shirts Authentic ,” he said, acknowledging the moment was pretty sweet. “Yeah, I didn’t score for 21 games.”Martin Jones stopped 28 shots for San Jose, and Lukas Radil also scored. But the Sharks couldn’t capitalize on Pavelski’s late equalizer.“In that state we’re in a 6-on-5, we’re in a pretty desperate state of mind,” Pavelski said. “We had a few chances on it, but they kept icing it Edmonton Oilers Hoodies Authentic , kept getting faceoffs. It was just a play I was able to get my stick on it. … Definitely happy to see it go into the net.”Kovalchuk scored on a power play at 4:28 of the first period, and Iafallo’s scored at 5:15 of the third period and gave the Kings a 2-0 lead.“He was flying today,” Iafallo said. “That gives us momentum. He’s got a great shot and he proved it today. A really good game out of him.”San Jose lost its second straight after winning a season-high five consecutive games.Erik Karlsson extended his assist streak to eight games with two helpers for San Jose.A Kings goal midway through the second period was overturned on a coach’s challenge. Kings forward Dustin Brown was called for interference on what would have been Oscar Fantenberg’s first goal of the season in 24 games.NOTES: Kings F Austin Wagner left the game early in the second period after getting taken down by Karlsson on a hard hit near center ice. After getting back on his feet, Wagner’s legs came out from under him. No penalty was called. Desjardins said Wagner’s condition wasn’t immediately known. … Kings D Dion Phaneuf was placed on the injured reserve with an upper-body injury. He had missed the last three games. The Kings snapped a six-game road losing streak. Their last win away from Staples Center since Nov. 27 at Vancouver. … Iafallo extended his point streak to six games. He has eight points (three goals and five assists) over that stretch. … The Kings are 10-1-2 when leading after two periods.UP NEXTKings: Play at Vegas on Sunday.Sharks: Host Arizona on Sunday. SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Florida goalie James Reimer returned from a benching in his last start and rebounded for the Panthers in a big way Thursday.Reimer stopped a season-high 41 shots and held strong in the shootout, and Vincent Trocheck scored in the third round to help the Panthers beat the Calgary Flames 3-2, ending a two-game skid.Reimer withstood attempts from Andrew Mangiapane and Matthew Tkachuk in the final two rounds after allowing a goal to Sean Monahan in the opening round. Florida won the session 2-1.Reimer allowed three goals on 12 shots and was pulled by coach Bob Boughner after two periods in a 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday. He responded well Edmonton Oilers Hats Authentic , especially in the overtime, when he stopped TJ Brodie in close on a 3-on-1 after Keith Yandle fell down.In the shootout, he kicked his right leg out to block Mangiapane and forced Tkachuk to shoot wide right to end it.“When it comes to the shootout, it’s kind of a circus,” Reimer said. “You just try to stay out there and be patient and force them to make a harder play and hopefully they miss the net or hit you.”Trocheck skated in and beat Flames goalie Mike Smith high on the glove side — the same area where Aleksander Barkov beat him one round earlier with a backhander — and the Panthers improved to 3-4 in the shootout.“We blocked a lot of shots and had sticks in lanes,” Boughner said. “Our penalty kill has been pretty strong here in the second half. And Reims made some big saves on the chances as well.”Elias Lindholm scored for Calgary late in the third period to extend the game, but the Flames lost their fourth straight.Mike Hoffman had a goal and an assist Custom Edmonton Oilers Jerseys , and Evgenii Dadonov scored for Florida, which killed three penalties in the third period. Mark Jankowski also had a goal for the Flames.Smith had 30 saves and lost his third straight.Both clubs entered the contest on multigame losing streaks. Florida was blanked 3-0 by Dallas on Tuesday, marking the first time the Panthers had been shut out all season and making them the last team to be held scoreless.Smith blanked Florida through the 20 minutes — its fifth straight scoreless period — with a high glove save 1:20 into the game on a tipped shot by Jonathan Huberdeau.Calgary’s Derek Ryan had a point-blank short-handed chance on Reimer in the second but was denied on a kick save. The Panthers failed to score on their ninth consecutive man advantage.Dadonov finally broke the ice at 15:17 on a fortunate bounce for his 20th goal. Mark Pysyk sent a long, wide shot that careened off Dadonov’s thigh to give the Russian forward his second consecutive 20-goal season.Jankowksi scored his 10th at 6:51 of the third period to tie it at 1. Florida challenged for offside, but the goal was upheld.Hoffman scored 11:59 for his 26th goal, but Lindholm’s tip-in at 17:36 tied it at 2.NOTES: Calgary played the third game of its four-game trip and fell to 0-1-2. … Flames RW James Neal (lower body) left the game in the third period and did not return. … Florida held a moment of silence to honor the one-year anniversary of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in nearby Parkland that claimed 17 victims. Goalie Roberto Luongo, who gave an emotional pregame speech to the crowd in the team’s first home game after the incident last Feb. 22 www.officialhockeypanthersshop.com , wore a special mask in tribute to the victims. … Florida scratched D Bogdan Kiselevich and replaced him on the bottom defensive pairing with Ian McCoshen.UP NEXTFlames: At Pittsburgh on Saturday.Panthers: Host Montreal on Sunday.

Making Money / The surging Florida Panthers are edging closer
« on: February 23, 2019, 03:25:17 AM »
SUNRISE http://www.mapleleafsshoponline.com/authentic-patrick-marleau-jersey , Fla. (AP) The surging Florida Panthers are edging closer to a playoff spot.Aleksander Barkov scored his 24th goal of the season, James Reimer made 24 saves in his first start in six games and Florida beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Friday night.The Panthers have won five straight and are 12-3-0 in their past 15. They moved within one point of Columbus and Carolina for the second Eastern Conference wild card.Colton Sceviour, Aaron Ekblad and Mike Matheson also scored for the Panthers. Evgenii Dadanov and Nick Bjugstad each had two assists.”We’re having a heck of a run here,” Bjugstad said. ”Anything can happen at the end of the year. A spark has been lit here.”Reimer filled in admirably for Roberto Luongo, who has won four straight but was given the night off in the second of back-to-back games.”He was sharp,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said about Reimer. ”It was nice to get four goals for him, but I think he looked real comfortable in the net.”Sam Reinhart scored for the Sabres, and Robin Lehner made 26 saves.”I think we had effort today, but they got some breaks and we didn’t,” Lehner said. ”It was a solid game but things were just clicking for them.”Barkov stretched the Panthers’ lead to 3-1 when he flipped the puck over Lehner’s shoulder at 6:49 of the second period. Barkov has six goals and nine assists in his past 10 games and is tied with Vincent Trocheck for the team lead in goals.Sceviour made it 4-1 when he poked in a rebound with 8:44 left in the second.”They capitalized on their opportunities and we didn’t,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said.Florida’s previous four games were decided by one goal Noah Hanifin Jersey Womens , but the Panthers took a 4-1 lead into the third period.”We don’t get a lot of those games,” Boughner said.Ekblad put the Panthers ahead 2-1 after he took a cross-ice pass from Keith Yandle in the right circle and wristed it past Lehner with 3:19 left in the first.Matheson gave Florida a 1-0 lead 1:25 in when he corralled the puck in the high slot and fired a shot that beat Lehner on the stick side. The goal was Matheson’s ninth but first on home ice.Reinhart tied the score at 1 when he swept the puck in from the right side at 5:34 of the first.NOTES: The Panthers have scored first in 11 of their past 13 games. … Reinhart has 21 points in his past 21 games. … Sabres forward Kyle Okposo returned after missing Wednesday’s game at Tampa Bay due to the birth of his third child.UP NEXTSabres: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday.Panthers: Host the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.— LAS VEGAS (AP) It was a great time for Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley to visit the locker room after their latest win.The Golden Knights had just beaten one of the NHL’s Original Six teams, set another record for an expansion team in its inaugural season, and they also leapfrogged the Tampa Bay Lightning for the top spot in the NHL standings with 82 points.Reilly Smith had two goals and an assist to lead Vegas to a 6-3 win over the struggling Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.Article continues below ...”It’s fantastic for us, it’s fantastic for the team, it’s fantastic for the fans – I love it,” Foley said. ”It’s really unbelievable and I wish Reilly would have gotten that last goal for a hat trick, because he deserves it.”Foley admitted when the season started he didn’t think he’d be doing interviews this late in the season, but with his team clearly headed to the playoffs, he didn’t mind fielding questions.”I knew we had a good team,” Foley said. ”When we did the expansion draft William Nylander Jersey , it was a lot of hard work, and we put a lot of planning into it. We had five mock draft sessions in the expansion draft. We knew what we were getting. The result is what we have.”What Vegas has, is a team that improved to 22-4-2 at T-Mobile Arena, matching the 1979-80 Hartford Whalers (22-12-6) for the most home wins by a team in its first season.Since their 3-2 loss in Montreal on Nov. 7, the Golden Knights are 30-10-3 while the Canadiens are 15-21-6.Brad Hunt, Tomas Nosek, Ryan Carpenter, Nate Schmidt also scored for Vegas, while Jonathan Marchessault had three assists. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots, including a highlight-reel glove save on Charles Hudon skating in on a breakaway in the third period, to improve to 19-6-2.”We just want to play the same way that’s made us successful and keep going forward and not kind of relax a bit Womens Zach Hyman Jersey , we just want to stay with it,” Hunt said. ”We still got a lot of work to do. We just take it day by day, we’re not looking too far forward.”Hudon, Nikita Scherbak and Jonathan Drouin scored for Montreal. Antti Niemi started and gave up three goals on six shots before being replaced by Carey Price midway through the first period. Price, who came into the game having lost eight straight road games, finished with 24 saves.Montreal, which fell to 2-5-1 this month, has the league’s worst road record at 8-19-1. The Canadiens have lost 11 of their last 12 away from home and have been outscored 41-16 during the slide.”It’s always tough when you lose,” Scherbak said. ”We’re trying to stick together. We have a great group of guys here, everybody supports each other, and nobody is happy to lose.”Smith got the scoring going with his seventh power-play goal of the season after taking Schmidt’s pass and one-time a laser past Niemi 2:16 into the game.The Golden Knights scored with the man advantage for the 12th time in 13 games Bo Horvat Jersey , finishing 1 for 2 on the night. Vegas also improved to 24-3-0 when scoring the first goal of the game and their .889 win percentage when recording the opening mark leads the NHL.”First goal has been huge for us this year,” Smith said. ”Our record is pretty outstanding when we score the first one. But it’s teams like that, if you let them stay around, they’re the ones that are going to make you pay. Those leads are huge at the start and they help us out.”Hudon tied it a couple of minutes later, as he skated past Hunt and used a nifty move to beat Fleury.But Hunt made amends for losing Hudon down the boards when he drilled a slap shot from the point to put Vegas ahead. Nosek’s goal made it 3-1 and sent Niemi to the bench.Scherbak got his first goal of the season to cut the lead to 3-2 with 8:13 left in the opening period.Carpenter scored his fifth goal in seven games 3:07 into the second period, and Smith got his second of the game 37 seconds later to make it 5-2.Schmidt got his fifth on a pass from Smith to give Vegas a four-goal lead four minutes into the third.Just 13 seconds into a power play, Drouin fired a slap shot into the back of the net at 8:44 to close the scoring.NOTES: Montreal D Joe Morrow played in his 100th career game, while F Paul Byron played in his 100th consecutive game. … When Price entered the game he tied Patrick Roy for second in team history for most games played by a goalie. … Canadiens C Tomas Plekanec moved into seventh place for the most games played in team history. … Golden Knights defenseman Luca Sbisa is now one point away from 100 for his career.UP NEXTMontreal: At Philadelphia on Tuesday.Vegas: Hosts Anaheim on Monday.

Making Money / NEW YORK (AP) Down by three goals with 6 1/2 minutes left
« on: February 23, 2019, 03:17:48 AM »
NEW YORK (AP) Down by three goals with 6 1/2 minutes left in the third period Alex Burmistrov Jersey , the New York Islanders needed a break.Tyler Bertuzzi swung his stick and gave it to them Friday night.The Detroit forward drew a major game misconduct for slashing and the Islanders took full advantage by quickly scoring four times on the power play. Brock Nelson then scored his third goal of the game 3:15 into overtime and New York, boosted by rookie Mathew Barzal’s five assists, emerged with a wild 7-6 win over the Red Wings.”That was a roller coaster of a game,” Barzal said.The Islanders were down 5-2 when Bertuzzi was penalized for slashing Cal Clutterbuck with 6:33 remaining.Nelson, Anders Lee, Nick Leddy and Josh Bailey scored in a span of 3:37 for a 6-5 lead. The four power-play goals in the third period set a franchise record.Bailey’s goal gave New York its first lead of the game with 1:49 left in regulation. But Mike Green’s sixth of the season with 29 seconds remaining forced overtime.Nelson completed his second career hat trick with his 14th goal, assisted by Barzal, and sent Detroit to its third straight loss.The Islanders had allowed an NHL-high 200 goals this season going into the game. They also had scored 181, third most in the league.”It’s good to have (our offense) in our back pocket,” Bailey said. ”But I think we’re a better team when we’re the ones controlling the pace and making the other team chase the game a little bit.”Barzal became the first rookie in NHL history to have a pair of five-assist games in a season. It was also his third five-point game http://www.officialcanucks.com/authentic-adidas-bo-horvat-jersey , the first rookie in 100 years to accomplish that feat. Joe Malone did it in the NHL’s first season (1917-18).Barzal is the fifth player overall to have multiple five-assist games in a season over the last 30 seasons, joining Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Peter Forsberg and Pat Lafontaine.Jaroslav Halak made six saves on seven shots in the third period to pick up the win. He replaced starter Thomas Greiss, who allowed five goals on 32 shots.Jordan Eberle also scored for New York. Anthony Mantha, Martin Frk, Henrik Zetterberg, Darren Helm and Niklas Kronwall scored for Detroit.”It’s not the ending we wanted,” Mantha said. ”Every point is important and losing one tonight like that hurts.”Added Zetterberg: ”We lost a point instead of getting one.”Detroit took a 3-0 lead in the first period. Mantha scored his 17th goal 2:12 into the game, Frk followed with his 10th at 5:12 and Zetterberg snapped a rebound from the right hashmark over Greiss’ glove at 14:40.Eberle’s 19th midway through the second period made it 3-1 and Nelson scored early in the third. Detroit responded with two goals in 2:12 to go ahead 5-3 after Helm’s tap-in at 7:42 and Kronwall’s score at 9:54. Following Kronwall’s goal Youth Brandon Sutter Jersey , New York coach Doug Weight replaced Greiss in net with Halak.NOTES: The game was the second of three regular-season meetings for the Eastern Conference franchises. The Islanders and Red Wings will meet once more on April 7 in Detroit. … New York defenseman Johnny Boychuk dressed and played for the first time since Dec. 28. He had missed 18 games with an upper body injury before being activated from the injured reserve Thursday. He played 15:18 paired with Leddy, and fought Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader late in the second period, in which he landed three straight punches to the Red Wings forward while the two were entangled with linesmen. … New York scratched D Dennis Seidenberg, C Alan Quine and C Tanner Fritz. … Detroit scratched D Xavier Ouellet, LW David Booth and RW Luke Witkowski.UP NEXTRed Wings: At Washington on Sunday afternoon.Islanders: Host Calgary on Sunday night.— PITTSBURGH (AP) — Casey DeSmith is not the highest-paid or most accomplished goaltender on the Penguins. Yet he’s playing like it, a development that’s helped Pittsburgh keep its season from unraveling.The backup thrust into a starting role while two-time Stanley Cup winner Matt Murray recovers from a lower-body injury and shaky play stopped a career-high 48 shots as Pittsburgh fended off a third-period Boston rally to slip by the Bruins 5-3 on Friday night.DeSmith improved to 7-2-1 in his last 10 starts, keeping his cool even after the Bruins erased a two-goal deficit in the third period by scoring twice in 54 seconds. Jake Guentzel restored Pittsburgh’s lead by tipping home Kris Letang’s point shot with 9:13 to go, and DeSmith did the rest.“It’s always fun, though, when you’re getting peppered as long as you come out on the right side of things Brendan Leipsic Jersey Kids ,” DeSmith said. “It was a little (chaotic) there at the end but glad we pulled it out.”The Penguins appeared to be firmly in control after Zach Aston-Reese’s short-handed goal — Pittsburgh’s first down a man in 57 games — with 58 seconds to go in the second period made it 3-1.Boston’s Chris Wagner and David Krejci drew the Bruins even when they beat DeSmith less than a minute apart in the third. But the Penguins executed perfectly on a faceoff in the Boston zone, with Sidney Crosby winning the draw and then sending the puck back to Letang. He shot it and Guentzel extended his stick to get a piece of it. The puck slid by Jaroslav Halak for Guentzel’s 13th of the season.“I know he’s going to shoot it,” Guentzel said. “I just put my stick there and hit it. We run that (play) in practice. Sid kind of gave the nod so we knew it was coming. Obviously a great play by Sid.”Brandon Carlo scored for the first time in 115 games for Boston and Halak stopped 24 shots but the Bruins had trouble with DeSmith, who has filled in capably with Murray spending most of the first two months of the season dealing with injuries or a serious dip in form.The team activated Murray on Wednesday but coach Mike Sullivan has chosen to stick with DeSmith, though Murray is likely to make his first start since Nov. 17 on Saturday night when the Kings visit. DeSmith insists he won’t change his approach now that he’s engaged in a full-on competition battle for playing time.“I think when I get a game, I go out there, try to win, try to play my best,” DeSmith said. “(Just) keep working hard in practice, doing all the same things. That’s the way to keep having success is to not change anything once you get a hold of it.”The Bruins dominated for long stretches thanks in part to sloppy play by the Penguins http://www.officialcanucks.com/authentic-adidas-brock-boeser-jersey , but DeSmith managed to keep Pittsburgh in it.“He’s a good goalie, but I thought our scoring chances weren’t A scoring chances, especially in the first period,” Krejci said. “But that’s how it goes sometimes.”DeSmith’s flashiest stop came in the first. He was sliding to his right when Brad Marchand picked up a bouncing puck and moved to DeSmith’s left. The goaltender reached back with his glove and plucked a shot out of midair to keep the game scoreless.“I just kind of fell over and stuck something over there and thankfully it went in my glove,” DeSmith said. “That was not technique.”Derek Grant gave the Penguins the lead shortly after DeSmith’s save on Marchand. Phil Kessel, playing in his 277th consecutive game with the Penguins — the fourth-longest streak in franchise history — and 723rd straight overall, doubled Pittsburgh’s advantage 1:56 into the second period.The Bruins responded by pressing Smith, who eventually relented when Carlo fired a laser from the top of the right circle 11:53 into the second for just the seventh goal of his career and first since March 4, 2017, against New Jersey.“It had been a long while Christopher Tanev Jersey ,” Carlo said. “But I feel like with the way that I’m starting to put the puck to the net a little bit more, the opportunities were coming for me to shoot the puck, tonight especially.”Though Boston eventually pulled even, Pittsburgh still ended up pulling away, with Aston-Reese putting in an empty-netter with six seconds left to ice it.NOTES: Letang exited late in the third period favoring his left leg and did not return. … If Kessel stays healthy, he could break Craig Adams’ club record of 319 straight games played near the end of the regular season. … The Bruins were 0 for 2 on the power play. The Penguins were 0 for 1.UP NEXTBruins: Welcome the Sabres on Sunday. Boston took the first meeting 4-0 in Buffalo on Oct. 4.Penguins: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.

Making Money / DALLAS (AP) — St. Louis Blues rookie goaltender Jordan
« on: February 23, 2019, 03:09:51 AM »
DALLAS (AP) — St. Louis Blues rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington has had nothing but success since being called up from the American Hockey League.Binnington won his third straight start Frans Nielsen Jersey Kids , Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals and the Blues beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Saturday night.“It’s a good week,” Binnington said after his sixth NHL game.He’s 3-0 in three starts. The 25-year-old has allowed only two goals in those starts. Binnington shut out Philadelphia 1-0 on Monday and beat Montreal 4-1 Thursday.He made 21 saves on Saturday, the first time he has started consecutive games.“(Binnington)’s been amazing,” Tarasenko said. “Plays really confident. He gives us a lot of confidence, too.”Pat Maroon also scored for the Blues, who have won two straight for the fifth time this season.“I hate to use the word desperate times,” St. Louis interim coach Craig Berube said, “but we’ve got to win games. They’re in our division, and we’re trying to catch them.”Erik Condra scored for Dallas. Ben Bishop made 25 saves.Tarasenko scored in the first minute and Maroon added a first-period goal against Bishop Gordie Howe Jersey , who won 3-1 at St. Louis four nights earlier. Veteran Jake Allen was in goal for the Blues in that game.“We’ve got to be ready when the puck is dropped,” Stars defenseman John Klingberg said.Binnington said the Blues’ fast start was a great help to him.“That’s two games in a row we’ve had a couple of goals in the first period, and that helps everyone to feed off that. From there on, we just play our game, keep it simple.”Condra broke up Binnington’s chance for a second shutout, scoring his first goal with Dallas at 8:35 of the third period.“(Binnington)’s confident and he’s aggressive,” Berube said. “He looks pretty calm and cool in there.”The Stars have lost three of four, but are in third place in the Central Division.Tarasenko scored on the first shot of the game, 34 seconds in Authentic Gustav Nyquist Jersey , from the right faceoff circle. Maroon’s backhand from the right of the net extended the Blues’ lead to 2-0 at 9:54.Dallas had a scoring chance midway through the second period, but Jason Spezza’s wrist shot from the top of the slot went over Binnington’s shoulder and off the crossbar.“It sounded like a post,” Binnington said. “Luckily for me it didn’t go in the net.”Spezza said the shot was frustrating when the Stars were trying to come back.“You like to see those ones go in to get some momentum,” he said.In the third, a shot blocked in front went to Condra at the right of the net and he scored on a short wrist shot. St. Louis challenged the goal looking for goaltender interference, but the goal stood.Tarasenko scored his second goal on the power play at 12:38. Oskar Sundqvist picked up his second assist of the game.“It was a big play by a big player,” Binnington said. “He’s an elite guy, an elite shot, and it was an important time for us to get a goal.”NOTES: Tarasenko has 15 career goals against Dallas. He also has seven assists for 22 points in 25 games. Over the last five seasons Womens Henrik Zetterberg Jersey , he is tied with Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine for the most goals (14) vs. the Stars over the last five seasons. . Binnington was leading the AHL with a 2.08 goals against percentage when he was promoted from San Antonio. . The win improved the Blues’ record under interim coach Craig Berube to 12-12-1. . Condra was playing in his fifth game since being promoted from Texas of the AHL. His 40th NHL goal was his first since April 7, 2016. . Dallas D John Klingberg assisted on Condra’s goal and he has five points (one goal, four assists) in the last four games.UP NEXTBlues: Visit Washington on Monday for the second game of a four-game trip.Stars: Host Tampa Bay on Tuesday in the second of a six-game homestand. WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The Winnipeg Jets are hoping to welcome back a pair of defensemen in time for Friday night’s tilt against the St. Louis Blues at Bell MTS Place.Dustin Byfuglien has missed three games after suffering a concussion following a hard hit against Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Jamie Oleksiak on Nov. 29, while Dmitry Kulikov has been out for a month since being hurt against the Colorado Avalanche.Nothing has been confirmed by the Jets coaching staff but the team sent call-up Nelson Nogier back to the Manitoba Moose Thursday morning, all but indicating that one or both of them will return to the line-up on Friday.Article continues below ...They both wore full-contact jerseys at practice on Thursday. Byfuglien’s long-time partner, Ben Chiarot, was glad to see the 265-pounder back on the ice taking part in line rushes.“He’s a big part of our team, a big part of the locker room and one of the best players in the league Jimmy Howard Jersey ,” he said in a post-practice scrum. “Any time you add him back, it’s a welcome sight.”Another pillar on the Jets blueline, Josh Morrissey, has also missed one game with a lower-body injury. Neither he, nor forward Andrew Copp or defenseman Joe Morrow practiced on Thursday.Nobody on the Jets is going to complain too loudly about getting hit by the injury bug as the team has lost among the fewest player-games in the entire league. Sami Niku, Cam Schilling and Nogier have all filled in well for the most part, with just a few hiccups.Despite the sudden rash of injuries, the Jets are riding a four-game winning streak and sit in third place in the Central Division with 36 points.Friday’s game will be the first meeting between the two teams since sniper Patrik Laine lit up St. Louis for five goals in an 8-4 road victory on Nov. 24. The Blues come to town having lost four of their previous five games and sit second-last in the Western Conference with nine wins in 26 games and 22 points.The most recent defeat, a 3-2 shootout loss in Edmonton Jonathan Ericsson Jersey , came after the Blues took a 2-0 lead in the first period and gave up a last-minute goal to send it to the extra period.Interim coach Craig Berube, who took over behind the bench after Mike Yeo was fired last month, told The St. Louis Dispatch that his team is “fragile.”“Guys are trying to hang on to a lead instead of making it 3-0. That’s gotta be more of our mindset. We should’ve come out in the second period and pushed the pace right away on them,” he said.Including the Blues, every team on the Jets four-game homestand has undergone some kind of upheaval lately — Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday (fired their general manager Ron Hextall two weeks ago), Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday (fired coach Joel Quenneville on Nov. 6) and Edmonton Oilers (fired coach Todd McLellan on Nov. 20).

Making Money / Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesThe Los Angeles Dodgers
« on: February 22, 2019, 06:51:36 AM »
Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesThe Los Angeles Dodgers are one win away from the World Series after their 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 5.The Brewers tried some trickery at the start of Wednesday's game with starter Wade Miley only facing one batter Matt Ryan Jersey Limited , but it didn't matter against Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers starterbounced back from a rough Game 1 outing to allow only one run allowed in seven innings.Yasiel Puig went 2-for-2 off the bench, including a clutch RBI single in the sixth inning, to help Los Angeles build a 3-2 lead in the National League Championship Series.Craig Counsell's Gamble Gave Brewers Best Chance to Win SeriesWade Miley was the listed starter in Wednesday's game and pitched to the first batter, but that was the end of his night. Brewer manager Craig Counsell pulled Miley in place of Brandon Woodruff, who took over and struck out eight batters in 5.1 inningswhile allowing three runs (two earned).AsKen Rosenthalof Fox Sports noted, this switch was the team's plan all along. Miley will instead pitch Game 6.The move was surprising, but there were several good reasons behind it:Ryan Rosenblatt RyanRosenblattDid the Brewers try to bait the the Dodgers into a righty-heavy lineup and Roberts called their bluff?This series is so smart it鈥檚 dumb.Bill Barnwell billbarnwellPut Craig Counsell in the Hall of Fame for rope-a-doping the DodgersMike Petriello mike_petrielloThis might be a good idea and it might not be, but remember, the alternative here was Wade Miley on short rest. You got to screw with the Dodgers by misleading them about who was starting, and you dont actually have to have Wade Miley on short rest. Well, yeah. Why notLos Angeles didn't go as righty-heavy against the left-handed Miley as it did in Game 1, but David Freese was still in the No. 3 spot in the lineup and was pulled after only one at-bat.Perhaps more importantly, the Brewers' rotation was not lined up well going forward. Not only was Miley starting on three days of rest http://www.atlantafalconsteamonline.com/matt-ryan-jersey , butJhoulys Chacin also would have had to go on short rest in Game 6.With the team's lack of starting pitching depth, Game 7 would have been a complete mystery.Suddenly, the Brewers have their top two starters available on full rest in the next two games if needed, both of which will be at home.Meanwhile, this was more than just punting one game to get an advantage in the others. Woodruff had been one of the team's best pitchers down the stretch, and he put forth an excellent performance Wednesday.His 5.1 innings were his longest outing of the season.Though things went south the third time through the order, Woodruff gave the Brewers a chance to win and helped prove Counsell right, despite the loss. Clayton Kershaw Still Has More to Prove Before Changing Playoff NarrativeIt's almost undeniable that Kershaw has been the best pitcher in baseball over the past decade. The problem is his reputation has been held back due to his struggles in the playoffs.He has a career 2.39 ERA in the regular season, but he entered Wednesday with a 4.26 mark in the playoffs. That included a 5.24 ERA in 11 appearances in the NLCS.Kershaw did everything he could to show he was past his struggles Wednesday, going seven innings with only one run allowed on three hits. He also struck out nine batters while walking only two.Andy McCullough McCulloughTimesSeven innings of one-run baseball from Clayton Kershaw. Fresh off the worst postseason start of his career, this is one of his best.He was aggressive with his curveball, which was especially impressive:Bleacher Report MLB BR_MLBThat was nasty, Kershaw 馃敟 AFSdoQBYDYAs we have seen so many times throughout his MLB career Authentic Calvin Ridley Jersey , Kershaw was the biggest reason the Dodgers came away with a win.On the other hand, we have also seen him pitch well in the playoffs before, including when he shut down the Atlanta Braves in Game 2 of this year's NLDS. The postseason monkey seemed to be off his back, but then he failed to get past the fourth inning in Game 1 of this series.Last year, he followed up a gem in Game 1 of the World Series with a dud in Game 5.When Kershaw is at his best, there is no one better in the game, but the Dodgers need him to be at least close to his best every time out when the stakes are this high. Failing to get out of the fifth inning won't get it done.As well as he pitched against the Brewers on Wednesday, one game in the NLCS will not define his legacy. If the Dodgers advance to World Series, Kershaw will need to produce more quality starts to change his negative playoff narrative. Brewers Won't Reach World Series Unless Christian Yelich Wakes UpHarry How/Getty ImagesChristian Yelich is the favorite to win MVP of the National League, and he is one of the biggest reasons the Brewers are still alive in the playoffs. However, he hasn't looked like himself so far this series.The outfielder finished 0-for-4 in Game 5 with one strikeout, which is the first time he failed to reach base so far this postseason.Although he had been drawing some walks prior to Wednesday, he is now hitting .150 in five games this series with only three singles.His last extra-base hit came in Game 1 of the NLDS when he hit a home run against the Colorado Rockies. Since then Calvin Ridley Jersey Limited , he is just 3-of-25 at the plate in seven games.No one was hotter than Yelich in the second half of the season, and he was especially dominant in the final week. While the Brewers were closing the regular season with eight straight wins, the outfielder had a .458 batting average and an outrageous 1.857 OPS.It's impossible for someone to stay that hot forever, but the Brewers weren't expecting him to go so cold this quickly.While Milwaukee has other quality hitters on the roster, its offense has been nonexistent over the past two games. The Brewers' season may end Friday unless Yelich turns things around in a hurry. What's Next?The series now returns to Milwaukee for Game 6 on Friday. Wade Miley will likely make a real start for the Brewers, while Hyun-Jin Ryu will be available for the Dodgers. ATLANTA (AP) — Kyle Freeland commanded all four of his pitches and had his slider working especially well.It’s been a smooth ride for the left-hander since mid-June.“I’ve been trying to hold that feeling and keep on going with that,” Freeland said. “See how long I can ride it out.”Ian Desmond tripled and drove in five runs, Freeland pitched six strong innings and the Colorado Rockies coasted to an 11-5 win over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.The Rockies have won six of seven, and they’re 28-14 since June 28, tops in the NL over that span. And they’ve done it without the benefit of many blowouts: Friday’s game snapped a franchise-long, 25-game streak in which the Rockies scored six runs or fewer.“I think at this time of year you want to be playing good baseball, and we are,” Desmond said. “We believe in what we can do http://www.atlantafalconsteamonline.com/calvin-ridley-jersey , and it’s a good feeling to have at this point.”Sean Newcomb struggled for his second straight start as Atlanta’s NL East lead dropped to one-half game over Philadelphia. Colorado began the night 1½ games out of the West lead.Ronald Acuna Jr. reached on an infield single in the first against Freeland and scored on a sacrifice fly, but that was all Atlanta could muster against him.Freeland (11-7) gave up three hits and four walks and struck out four, improving to 5-1 with a 2.20 ERA over 12 starts since June 16. Freeland’s 2.96 season ERA leads all NL left-handers with enough qualifying innings.“We’re seeing a pitcher grow up before our eyes, which is great,” Colorado manager Bud Black said.Newcomb (10-6) struck out Freeland to escape a bases-loaded jam in the second, but he wasn’t as fortunate with bases full in the third as Desmond tripled into left-center to make it 3-1.Desmond helped get the Rockies on the board again in the four-run sixth. He singled, stole second and scored on Chris Iannetta’s single. Charlie Blackmon’s two-run triple chased Newcomb, who gave up nine hits, seven runs and three walks in 5 1/3 innings.Newcomb had gone 8-1 with a 2.27 ERA in 14 starts following an Atlanta loss, but he was coming off a no-decision last Sunday against Milwaukee in which he gave up five runs and a single-game career-high 12 hits in four innings.“It just seemed like it was a struggle for him from the get-go,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “He’s going to have games like that. He’s not perfect. He’ll have to get through it, regroup and get ready for the next one.”The Braves have lost 21 of their last 28 games against the Rockies, including eight of the last 10 in Atlanta.Dansby Swanson had an RBI double for Atlanta in the seventh. DJ LeMahieu added an RBI single and Desmond had a two-run single in the eighth.LeMahieu drove in a run off Charlie Culberson Cheap Josh Allen Jersey , a utility man making his first career pitching appearance, in the ninth. The Braves added three runs in the bottom half of the inning.STREAK INTACTAcuna was credited with a hit in his first at-bat even though shortstop Trevor Story fielded the hard grounder and threw wildly to first. Acuna has reached safely in eight straight plate appearances leading off a game, with three homers, two singles, one walk and a hit by pitch over that span.STRUGGLINGAdam Duvall went 1 for 4 and stranded two runners in eighth. He’s hitting .120 in 25 at-bats since Atlanta acquired him in a trade with Cincinnati last month.TRAINER’S ROOMRockies: Manager Bud Black said LHP Mike Dunn, on the disabled list with a shoulder inflammation, looked good in a simulated game and will begin a rehab assignment in the next couple of days. … RHP Scott Oberg was reinstated from the paternity list. LHP Harrison Musgrave was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.Braves: LHP Max Fried began a rehab assignment Friday for Triple-A Gwinnett, allowing three earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. He’s been out 11 games with a left groin strain.UP NEXTRockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (4-3, 4.56 ERA) will be reinstated from the disabled list and make his seventh start. He is 1-3 with a 5.81 ERA in three starts and six relief appearances on the road.Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (10-7, 2.86 ERA) will make his 24th start. The first-time All-Star is 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA in three starts this month.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins gained a measure of revenge against a rival that ended their season last spring.Kris Letang scored his second goal 1:20 into overtime and the Penguins opened theseason with a 7-6 victory over the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals on Thursday night.“I think we wanted to respond to last season http://www.hurricanesshoponline.com/authentic-justin-williams-jersey ,” Letang said. “I don’t think it mattered if it was (Washington) or another team.”Letang beat goalie Braden Holtby with a slap shot from the point on a power play. Letang finished with three points, tying Hall of Famer Paul Coffey for the most by a defenseman in team history with 440.“I always looked up to him,” Letang said. “It’s pretty cool to have your name next to his.”Penguins coach Mike Sullivan believes the three-point opener will give Letang confidence moving forward.“I thought he had a really solid night,” Sullivan said. “He plays big minutes and in all of the situations for us. I’m happy for him because I know how hard he works.”Jake Guentzel also scored twice, Evgeni Malkin had a goal and two assists, and Derick Brassard and Jamie Oleksiak added goals in Pittsburgh’s opener. Matt Murray made 30 saves.T.J. Oshie scored twice for Stanley Cup champion Washington, coming off a 7-0 home victory over Boston on Wednesday night in the Capitals’ opener.Alex Ovechkin had his second of the season and 609th overall, passing Dino Ciccarelli for 18th on the NHL list. Brooks Orpik scored his first goal in 182 regular-season games. Jakub Vrana and John Carlson also scored. Holtby made 34 saves.The Capitals met the Penguins for the first time since eliminating Pittsburgh in six games during the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The winner of Pittsburgh and Washington’s second- round series the past three playoffs has gone on to win the Stanley Cup, including the Capitals’ first-ever championship last season. During the previous three seasons, the Penguins and Capitals met 32 times in the regular season and playoffs with 16 of those 32 games decided by one goal.The Capitals return 20 of 22 players who won the Stanley Cup, while Pittsburgh seeks its third championship in four seasons with a lineup largely unchanged from last season.“Both of these teams have so much firepower throughout the whole lineup,” Oshie said. “When you get a sloppy game, guys making misreads defensively, turning the puck over at the wrong time, each team is going to make you pay.”Malkin scored 2:45 into the third period, putting Pittsburgh ahead by two Minnesota Wild Hoodies Womens , but Oshie tied it at 6 with goals 21 seconds apart.“It was not a pretty game,” Letang said. “It was ugly. It was that type of game.”Five of the first seven shots were goals as the Capitals held a 3-2 lead eight minutes into the game.Both teams scored in the first four minutes of the second, but Pittsburgh closed the period with goals from Guentzel and Brassard scored less than two minutes apart, giving the Penguins a one-goal lead going into the third.“It was hard to get momentum in this game,” Letang said. “The first one is never pretty. We got it out of the way and obviously it’s good that we got the two points.”NOTES: This is the second time in the past three years Pittsburgh opened its season with Washington. Pittsburgh is 6-0 against Washington in season openers. … D Jack Johnson played his first game for Pittsburgh after signing as a free agent for five years and $16.25 million on July 1. .. Ovechkin is one goal behind Bobby Hull for 17th. … Orpik’s last regular-season goal came Feb. 26, 2016, against Minnesota.UP NEXTCapitals: Host Vegas on Wednesday night.Penguins: Host Montreal on Saturday night. LAS VEGAS (AP) It was a great time for Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley to visit the locker room after their latest win.The Golden Knights had just beaten one of the NHL’s Original Six teams, set another record for an expansion team in its inaugural season, and they also leapfrogged the Tampa Bay Lightning for the top spot in the NHL standings with 82 points.Reilly Smith had two goals and an assist to lead Vegas to a 6-3 win over the struggling Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.Article continues below ...”It’s fantastic for us, it’s fantastic for the team, it’s fantastic for the fans – I love it,” Foley said. ”It’s really unbelievable and I wish Reilly would have gotten that last goal for a hat trick, because he deserves it.”Foley admitted when the season started he didn’t think he’d be doing interviews this late in the season, but with his team clearly headed to the playoffs, he didn’t mind fielding questions.”I knew we had a good team,” Foley said. ”When we did the expansion draft Rod Brind'Amour Jersey , it was a lot of hard work, and we put a lot of planning into it. We had five mock draft sessions in the expansion draft. We knew what we were getting. The result is what we have.”What Vegas has, is a team that improved to 22-4-2 at T-Mobile Arena, matching the 1979-80 Hartford Whalers (22-12-6) for the most home wins by a team in its first season.Since their 3-2 loss in Montreal on Nov. 7, the Golden Knights are 30-10-3 while the Canadiens are 15-21-6.Brad Hunt, Tomas Nosek, Ryan Carpenter, Nate Schmidt also scored for Vegas, while Jonathan Marchessault had three assists. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots, including a highlight-reel glove save on Charles Hudon skating in on a breakaway in the third period, to improve to 19-6-2.”We just want to play the same way that’s made us successful and keep going forward and not kind of relax a bit, we just want to stay with it,” Hunt said. ”We still got a lot of work to do. We just take it day by day, we’re not looking too far forward.”Hudon, Nikita Scherbak and Jonathan Drouin scored for Montreal. Antti Niemi started and gave up three goals on six shots before being replaced by Carey Price midway through the first period. Price, who came into the game having lost eight straight road games Womens Scott Darling Jersey , finished with 24 saves.Montreal, which fell to 2-5-1 this month, has the league’s worst road record at 8-19-1. The Canadiens have lost 11 of their last 12 away from home and have been outscored 41-16 during the slide.”It’s always tough when you lose,” Scherbak said. ”We’re trying to stick together. We have a great group of guys here, everybody supports each other, and nobody is happy to lose.”Smith got the scoring going with his seventh power-play goal of the season after taking Schmidt’s pass and one-time a laser past Niemi 2:16 into the game.The Golden Knights scored with the man advantage for the 12th time in 13 games, finishing 1 for 2 on the night. Vegas also improved to 24-3-0 when scoring the first goal of the game and their .889 win percentage when recording the opening mark leads the NHL.”First goal has been huge for us this year,” Smith said. ”Our record is pretty outstanding when we score the first one. But it’s teams like that, if you let them stay around, they’re the ones that are going to make you pay. Those leads are huge at the start and they help us out.”Hudon tied it a couple of minutes later, as he skated past Hunt and used a nifty move to beat Fleury.But Hunt made amends for losing Hudon down the boards when he drilled a slap shot from the point to put Vegas ahead. Nosek’s goal made it 3-1 and sent Niemi to the bench.Scherbak got his first goal of the season to cut the lead to 3-2 with 8:13 left in the opening period.Carpenter scored his fifth goal in seven games 3:07 into the second period, and Smith got his second of the game 37 seconds later to make it 5-2.Schmidt got his fifth on a pass from Smith to give Vegas a four-goal lead four minutes into the third.Just 13 seconds into a power play, Drouin fired a slap shot into the back of the net at 8:44 to close the scoring.NOTES: Montreal D Joe Morrow played in his 100th career game, while F Paul Byron played in his 100th consecutive game. … When Price entered the game he tied Patrick Roy for second in team history for most games played by a goalie. … Canadiens C Tomas Plekanec moved into seventh place for the most games played in team history. … Golden Knights defenseman Luca Sbisa is now one point away from 100 for his career.UP NEXTMontreal: At Philadelphia on Tuesday.Vegas: Hosts Anaheim on Monday.

Making Money / TORONTO (AP) — Martin Brodeur
« on: February 15, 2019, 07:36:01 AM »
TORONTO (AP) — Martin Brodeur Andrew Ladd Jersey , Willie O’Ree and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman led the latest group of inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday night.Brodeur, the all-time leader in goalie wins and shutouts, was joined in the player’s category by Martin St. Louis, Canadian women’s star Jayna Hefford and Russian great Alexander Yakushev. Bettman and O’Ree — the NHL’s first black player — went into the Hall as builders.A three-time Stanley Cup champion and four-time Vezina Trophy winner with the New Jersey Devils, Brodeur won 691 games and had 125 shutouts in his 20 seasons.“This is a really special day for me,” Brodeur said. “I’m honored and humbled.”A two-time Olympic gold medalist for Canada, Brodeur shares or owns 12 NHL records.“He competed with a smile on his face,” said Devils teammate and class of 2013 inductee Scott Niedermayer. “He just embraced the big challenge. He wasn’t overwhelmed.”O’Ree became the first black player in the NHL when he was called up by the Boston Bruins to play against the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 18, 1958. The 83-year-old, who had a long career in the minors, played just 45 games in the NHL, but returned to the fold in 1996 as a league ambassador.“All I wanted to be was a hockey player,” O’Ree said. “All I needed was the opportunity.”O’Ree is the third black player in the Hall, joining former Edmonton Oilers goalie Grant Fuhr and Canadian women’s national team captain Angela James.During Bettman’s 25-year tenure, the league has expanded from 24 to 31 teams with annual revenues ballooning tenfold to around $5 billion.“Everyone knows that my public appearances get an energetic reaction Anthony Beauvillier Jersey ,” Bettman joked during his speech. “I get booed when I present the Stanley Cup, particularly to a road team, but even from the home team, and at the draft.“Tonight should erase any claim that election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is a popularity contest. Rather, I hope that my induction is a testament to what is clearly a collective contribution.”While the NHL has seen incredible growth during Bettman’s time at the helm, he’s also overseen three lockouts, including one that wiped out the entire 2004-05 season, with another work stoppage looming as early as 2020. Olympic participation and how the league has dealt with concussions have been among some of the other issues where criticism has been directed his way. Like former NHL presidents Clarence Campbell and John Ziegler, Bettman was enshrined while still in the top job.St. Louis went from undrafted free agent to Hart Trophy winner and two-time scoring champion with the Tampa Bay Lightning, including a Cup victory in 2003-04.“For all the kids out there listening: follow your dreams,” St. Louis said. “Believe in yourself. When it seems like all of the doors are closing, look for a window and find a way in.“The reason that some people don’t reach their full potential is that they quit too soon.”The 5-foot-8 St. Louis is one of just six undrafted players to reach 1,000 points and was on Canada’s men’s Olympic team that won gold in 2014.“His desire was infectious,” said 2017 inductee Dave Andreychuk, who captained the Lightning to their Cup victory in 2004. “His compete level was like no other.”Hefford won four Olympic gold medals and seven world championships playing for Canada. The sixth woman to enter the Hall Authentic Brock Nelson Jersey , she had 157 goals and 134 assists in 267 games for her country.Yakushev starred for the USSR in the 1972 Summit Series, scoring seven goals to tie Canada’s Phil Esposito and Paul Henderson for the lead in the best-on-best showcase. He won Olympic gold in 1972 and 1976 and was elected to the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 2003. What a difference a year makes.A year ago at this time, the Winnipeg Jets weren’t even in the playoffs and the Vegas Golden Knights didn’t even have players.Now they’re getting ready to pit their depth, speed and two of the postseason’s best goaltenders against each other when the Western Conference final gets underway in Winnipeg on Saturday night.”We know what they bring, we know that they’re good, that they maybe surprised a few teams, but not really,” said Paul Stastny, whose Jets advance to the final with a Game 7 victory over the Predators on Thursday night. ”They had 109 points. In a sense they play like us, they have a lot of depth and they can roll four lines and they have good, puck-moving D. So we’re going to have our hands full for sure.”Vegas beat the Jets in two of their three regular-season meetings, splitting the two games in Winnipeg and winning the lone meeting at T-Mobile Arena. Two of those games were with Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury out with an injury.Fleury has had a tremendous postseason, registering four shutouts, a .951 save percentage and 1.53 goals-against average – all career bests. Appearing in his first postseason, Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck has a 2.24 GAA and a .927 save percentage.Fleury had five days off in between series while Hellebuyck will have had just 48 hours to prepare for one of the fastest and most potent offenses in the league.”It is a quick turnaround Cal Clutterbuck Jersey ,” Hellebuyck said Thursday night. ”We’re going to get our rest, we’re going to enjoy tonight and get back to it. Rest is a weapon, but I think the way we battle in this room, I think we’re prepared for anything.”Here are other things to watch in this series:SCORINGThe Jets have some of the best scoring depth of any team in the NHL, led by 44-goal scorer Patrik Laine. And he’s on the second line. Winnipeg’s top line of Kyle Connor, Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler scored a combined 208 points in the regular season. The Jets’ second line wasn’t far behind, with Laine, Stastny and Nikolaj Ehlers scoring 183 points. Winnipeg is tied with Washington for the most goals (43) during the playoffs.Vegas also boasts two potent lines but is capable of rolling four dangerous lines to balance the scoring across 12 forwards. The Golden Knights had four players finish with at least 60 points this season, led by William Karlsson (43 goals, 35 assists). Linemates Jonathan Marchessault (75 points) and Reilly Smith (60 points) complete one of the best lines in the NHL.RAGING ROOKIESBoth teams have first-year phenoms who can’t be overlooked.Vegas’ Alex Tuch has four goals and three assists as the sole postseason rookie for the Golden Knights.Winnipeg forward Kyle Connor scored his first two career playoff goals and added an assist in Game 5 against Nashville to become the first rookie in franchise history to post a three-point game in the playoffs. Connor, who scored nine goals over his last 13 regular-season games, had two assists in the Jets’ 5-1 victory over the Predators in Game 7.REST OR RUSTThe Golden Knights may have the advantage of rested legs, but they also will catch a dangerous Jets team that could still be fueled by momentum from Thursday’s win. Vegas had a long layoff after the first round and beat the Sharks 7-0 in Game 1 of the next series. But San Jose also had extended time off.ROAD WARRIORSBoth teams have shown they can win on the road in the playoffs.The Golden Knights won Games 3 and 4 in Los Angeles to complete a first-round sweep of the Kings, then took Games 3 and 6 in San Jose. Vegas has lost only once on the road in the postseason.Winnipeg is 4-2 on the road in the playoffs after splitting a pair in Minnesota in its opening-round series against the Wild. They took three on Nashville’s home ice.—

Making Money / PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kris Letang scored his second goal
« on: February 15, 2019, 07:29:05 AM »
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kris Letang scored his second goal 1:20 into overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 7-6 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.Letang beat goalie Braden Holtby with a slap shot from the point on a power play. Letang finished with three points Vancouver Canucks T-Shirts Authentic , tying Hall of Famer Paul Coffey for the most by a defenseman in team history with 440.Jake Guentzel also scored twice, Evgeni Malkin had a goal and two assists, and Derick Brassard and Jamie Oleksiak added goals in Pittsburgh’s opener. Matt Murray made 30 saves.T.J. Oshie scored twice for Stanley Cup champion Washington, coming off a 7-0 home victory over Boston on Wednesday night in the Capitals’ opener.Alex Ovechkin had his second of the season and 609th overall, passing Dino Ciccarelli for 18th on the NHL list. Brooks Orpik, Jakub Vrana and John Carlson also scored.Malkin scored 2:45 into the third period, putting Pittsburgh ahead by two, but Oshie tied it at 6 with goals 21 seconds apart.BRUINS 4, SABRES 0BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jaroslav Halak stopped 32 shots and Boston rebounded from a season-opening shutout to beat Buffalo.Brad Marchand set up all four goals, scored by captain Zdeno Chara, rookie Ryan Donato, David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron on an empty-netter. A night after a 7-0 loss at Washington, the Bruins had an easier time against the NHL’s worst team last year.The new-look Sabres, featuring rookie No. 1 draft pick Rasmus Dahlin and Jack Eichel as captain, more resembled the team that finished last in the standings for the third time in five years. After receiving rousing cheers upon being introduced before the opening faceoff in their season opener, the Sabres were booed off the ice following the first and second periods.PREDATORS 3, RANGERS 2NEW YORK (AP) — P.K. Subban broke a tie early in the third period and Nashville beat New York to spoil Rangers coach David Quinn’s regular-season debutSubban fired a one-timer from beyond the inside edge of the right circle in front of the blue line at 3:28. Filip Forsberg and Colton Sissons also scored and Pekka Rinne stopped 34 shots for the Predators.Jesper Fast and Pavel Buchnevich scored and Henrik Lundqvist had 30 saves for the rebuilding Rangers. They missed the playoffs last spring for the first time in eight years.The Rangers turned up the intensity in the closing minutes before Sissons’ empty-netter with 1:24 left pushed Nashville’s lead to 3-1. Buchnevich scored with 35 seconds remaining.ISLANDERS 2 Vancouver Canucks Hoodies Authentic , HURRICANES 1, OTRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Josh Bailey scored a power-play goal 43 seconds into overtime, and New York opened the season by beating Carolina.Valtteri Filppula also scored as the Islanders began the post-John Tavares era by giving Barry Trotz a victory in his debut with the team and spoiling Rod Brind’Amour’s first game behind the Carolina bench.Trotz took over shortly after leading Washington to its first Stanley Cup, taking over after Doug Weight was fired. Brind’Amour, the captain of Carolina’s Cup-winning team in 2006, replaced Bill Peters after he left for Calgary.Jordan Staal sent it to OT by scoring a deflected goal with 1:35 remaining in regulation for Carolina, but the Islanders started overtime with a 4-on-3 advantage after Micheal Ferland was called for tripping Mathew Barzal with 3.2 seconds left.BLUE JACKETS 3, RED WINGS 2, OTDETROIT (AP) — Artemi Panarin scored midway through overtime, lifting Columbus past Detroit in the opener for both teams.Cam Atkinson and Josh Anderson gave Columbus the lead over the first two periods. Rookie Dennis Cholowski and Tyler Bertuzzi tied it for the Red Wings in the second period.Joonas Korpisalo stopped 18 shots for the Blue Jackets. Detroit’s Jimmy Howard made 36 saves.Detroit honored Henrik Zetterberg, whose career is over because of a back ailment, before the game.BLACKHAWKS 4, SENATORS 3, OTOTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Patrick Kane scored 38 seconds into overtime to push Chicago past Ottawa in the opener for both teams.Alex DeBrincat, Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook also scored, and Cam Ward stopped 22 shots. Seabrook tied it midway through the third period Vancouver Canucks Hats Authentic , with Kane find the defenseman alone in front for a one-timer.Maxime Lajoie scored for Ottawa in his NHL debut, Colin White and Zack Smith added goals, and Craig Anderson made 37 saves.AVALANCHE 4, WILD 1DENVER (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon had a tap-in goal off a nifty pass from Mikko Rantanen, Semyon Varlamov stopped 20 shots and Colorado beat Minnesota in the opener for both teams.Carl Soderberg scored, while Rantanen and J.T. Compher added empty-net goals. Varlamov returned to net after missing the playoffs last season with a knee injury he suffered late in the regular season.The Avalanche are 15-5-3 in home openers since moving to town from Quebec.Zach Parise scored for the Wild.STARS 3, COYOTES 0DALLAS (AP) — Devin Shore, Alexander Radulov and John Klingberg scored less than two minutes apart in the second period and Dallas made Jim Montgomery a winner in his NHL coaching debut, beating Arizona.Ben Bishop stopped all 30 shots for his first season-opening shutout and the 25th of his career.Montgomery, who played his final game with Dallas in 2002, made his debut less than two years after winning an NCAA championship at Denver.JETS 5, BLUES 1ST. LOUIS (AP) — Patrik Laine, Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor each had a goal and an assist to help Winnipeg beat St. Louis.Adam Lowry and Brandon Tanev also scored and Mark Scheifele had two assists as the Jets won their fifth season opener in six years. Connor Hellebuyck made 41 saves.Vince Dunn scored for St. Louis.FLYERS 5, GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2LAS VEGAS (AP) — Wayne Simmonds scored two goals to lead Philadelphia over Vegas.Oskar Lindblom, Robert Hagg and Scott Laughton also scored for the Flyers, who won their third straight season opener. Philadelphia has at least a point in each of its last four season openers (3-0-1). Brian Elliott stopped 23 of the 25 shots he faced in front of an announced crowd of 18,555.Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury allowed five goals on 16 shots before being replaced by Malcolm Subban with 9:49 left in the second period. Jonathan Marchessault and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored for the Golden Knights. NEW YORK — Most awkward family reunions have already taken place this week. But the New York Islanders have one more game to play before embarking upon the NHL’s anticipated awkward reunion of the season.The Islanders will open a back-to-back set Friday night, when they host the Ottawa Senators at Barclays Center in the first game for both teams since the Christmas break.The Islanders won their final game before the holiday by earning a 3-1 win over the host Dallas Stars on Sunday night Custom Vancouver Canucks Jerseys , The Senators last played Saturday, when they were blanked by the visiting Washington Capitals. 4-0.Article continues below ...While the Islanders (18-13-4) are focused on the Senators, they can’t help but look ahead to Saturday night’s trip to Toronto and the game against the Maple Leafs. Former New York captain John Tavares became the highest-profile player to change teams via free agency on July 1, when he signed a seven-year deal with Toronto.“Johnny meant so much to this organization and to us in the room — his friends and teammates,” Islanders center Anders Lee told reporters following practice Thursday. Lee replaced Tavares as New York’s captain.“I think we’re all looking forward to playing the game and seeing him. It’s obviously turned into a little more than just a game against the Leafs. It’ll be better if we take care of business on Friday.”The Senators (15-18-4) are also opening a compelling back-to-back set Friday. With starting goalie Craig Anderson sidelined due to a concussion, third-stringer Mike McKenna and rookie Marcus Hogberg will split the starts against the Islanders and the Capitals, whom Ottawa hosts Saturday night. As of Thursday afternoon, head coach Guy Boucher hadn’t yet decided who would start when.“It’s a big step for me, to get up here,” Hogberg told reporters following practice Thursday. Hogberg was active against the Capitals last Saturday but did not play.“It feels different, with the shots and the speed. But wherever you play, you have to play well. If I get a game. It would be huge for me.”The Islanders are expected to start Robin Lehner on Friday and Thomas Greiss on Saturday. Lehner earned the win Sunday, when he recorded 19 saves in New York’s victory over the Stars. He is 6-0-3 in 11 career appearances against the Senators.McKenna made 29 saves while taking the loss against the Capitals last Saturday. He is 1-1-0 in three career appearances against the Islanders. McKenna victimized New York for the first of his eight NHL wins — and his lone shutout — on Feb. 7, 2009, when he stopped all 28 shots to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 1-0 victory.A pair of injured Islanders, right winger Cal Clutterbuck (lower body) and defenseman Thomas Hickey (upper body) skated Thursday. Clutterbuck could skate with New York on Friday morning.The Senators are hopeful Anderson can return against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night. Anderson suffered a concussion against the New Jersey Devils on Dec. 21.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mikko Rantanen had two goals Authentic Matt Ioannidis Jersey , Matt Nieto and Gabriel Landeskog also scored, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Monday night.The Avalanche continued their early-season hot streak and finished 3-0-1 on their four-game road trip. Landeskog had a hat trick on the trip against New Jersey and clinched this one with his eighth goal of the season early in the third period.Semyon Varlamov was solid in net and stopped 37 shots.The Flyers suffered their third home loss of the season.Rantanen needed only 3:23 to beat Brian Elliott for his third goal of the season and the quick lead. Nathan MacKinnon set up Rantanen for the power-play score, and they became the first players in franchise history with concurrent nine-game point streaks to start the season.Nolan Patrick scored a third-period goal for the Flyers. Brian Elliott finished with 29 saves.HURRICANES 3, RED WINGS 1DETROIT (AP) — Michael Ferland scored in his fourth straight game and Sebastian Aho had an assist and set a franchise record for points in consecutive games to start a season as Carolina snapped a three-game losing streak.Defenseman Justin Faulk also scored, and Jordan Martinook added an empty-net goal for the Hurricanes.Petr Mrazek, who was drafted by Detroit in 2010 and played a number of seasons with the Red wings, made 20 saves.Sebastian assisted on Ferland’s second-period goal. The assist stretched his season-opening points streak to nine games (four goals and 10 assists), surpassing the franchise record of eight by Victor Rask (2016-17).Andreas Athanasiou scored for Detroit.JETS 5, BLUES 4 Matt Ioannidis Jersey Elite , OTWINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Bryan Little tied it late in the third period and Jacob Trouba scored in overtime to help Winnipeg overcome a two-goal deficit.Trouba took a pass from Kyle Connor and shot into an open side of the net behind goalie Jake Allen. It was Trouba’s first goal of the season.Mark Scheifele scored twice and Ben Chiarot added a goal Winnipeg.Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and two assists for St. Louis, and David Perron, Vince Dunn and Colton Parayko also scored.Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves for Winnipeg (6-2-1), which has points in five straight games (4-0-1).Allen stopped 31 shots for the Blues (2-3-3), who finished a three-game trip (1-1-1) through Canada.CAPITALS 5, CANUCKS 2VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Alex Ovechkin had two goals and two assists to lift Washington over Vancouver.The defending Stanley Cup champions also got goals from John Carlson, Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie.Troy Stecher and Sven Baertschi scored for the Canucks.Braden Holtby stopped 22 shots for Washington http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/matthew-ioannidis-jersey , while Vancouver’s Anders Nilsson turned away 28. DENVER (AP) — Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon put on a show that made Cole Harbour proud, and it was MacKinnon who walked away with bragging rights for the Nova Scotia town.MacKinnon had a goal and three assists, including one on Gabe Landeskog’s tiebreaking score midway through the third period, and the surging Colorado Avalanche overcame Crosby’s natural hat trick to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 on Wednesday night.MacKinnon’s team won the matchup of hometown stars, but Crosby nearly stole it with his 11th career hat trick.“It’s not easy when Sid gets going,” MacKinnon said. “He starts kind of galloping out there.”Colorado won its sixth straight game and is 8-0-1 in its last nine.MacKinnon, 23, and Crosby, 31 Authentic Adrian Peterson Jersey , are both former No. 1 overall draft picks. They have become offseason training partners and have made TV commercials together. Those things are put aside when they face each other twice a season, but Wednesday’s game might get a second viewing when they get together.“I’m sure this is a game we will talk about for a while,” MacKinnon said. “We don’t play each other much, so for a regular-season game this is one of the fun ones I’ve been a part of. By Sid getting a hat trick and obviously us getting a big one.”MacKinnon had an empty-net goal with 29 seconds left, his 18th goal of the season. Samuel Girard, Erik Johnson, Colin Wilson and Carl Soderberg also scored for Colorado, and Mikko Rantanen had two assists.The Avalanche’s top line of MacKinnon, Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen Adrian Peterson Jersey Elite , who leads the NHL in scoring with 42 points, had eight points and continues to dominate. Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan didn’t hesitate when asked if the trio is the best he’s seen this season.“Yes,” he said. “They’re not easy to contain. They’re three elite players that are all on the same line.”Sullivan has a two-time Hart Trophy winner in Crosby, and he put on an MVP-worthy performance for the Penguins by erasing a 3-0 deficit by himself.He struck twice in the final minute of the second period. His first goal came off his own rebound on a breakaway with 52 seconds to go, and he scored again with 10 seconds left with Colorado defenseman Patrik Nemeth off for holding. Crosby tied it at 4:43 of the third to complete his first hat trick of the season. He has 13 goals.“Sid tried to will us a win with his effort,” Sullivan said. “I thought he was terrific. He was terrific all night long.”Landeskog broke the tie with his 15th goal at 10:05. The Penguins pulled Tristan Jarry for an extra skater, but MacKinnon and Soderberg scored to seal it.“We didn’t give up, so that’s a good thing,” Crosby said. “Still http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/adrian-peterson-jersey , when you put yourself in that position to get back in the game after coming back from three you want to at least get a point out of it.”Girard gave Colorado a 1-0 lead with his second goal at 11:19 of the first period. Johnson scored at 5:13 of the second and Wilson made it 3-0 at 7:52.The Penguins challenged Johnson’s goal for goaltender interference but it was upheld upon review.NOTES: Colorado D Tyson Barrie missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury. … Pittsburgh D Kris Letang, who set a franchise record for games played in Winnipeg on Tuesday, had his four-game point streak snapped. … Colorado is 1-1-1 in the second game of back-to-back sets this season. It is 3-1-0 in the first game. … The first penalty wasn’t called until Crosby drew a holding-the-stick minor 49 seconds into the second period. Colorado’s Alexander Kerfoot got a high-sticking minor 19 seconds later.UP NEXTPenguins: Host Philadelphia on Saturday night.Avalanche: Host St. Louis on Friday night.

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Blues seem to finally be gaining some positive momentum this season Authentic Derek Forbort Jersey Kids , but they may be without one of their biggest offensive pieces as they host the San Jose Sharks on Friday night.Center Brayden Schenn (upper-body injury) seems likely to miss his second straight game. Schenn, who left Saturday’s contest against the Minnesota Wild, did some light work in practice Thursday but was nowhere near full go.“A little bit (of work), but obviously he wasn’t involved in everything, so again, question mark for tomorrow,” Blues coach Mike Yeo told NHL.com.Article continues below ...Forward Pat Maroon will be a healthy scratch for the first time this season.Maroon, a St. Louis native, signed a one-year $1.75 million free agent contract with the Blues in the offseason. He has seven assists in the first 13 games, but is struggling to score.“I think it’s been very frustrating for him, which is understandable Youth Dion Phaneuf Jersey ,” Yeo told NHL.com. “First off, you know how important it is for him to put that jersey on, what that means to him and how he wants to contribute. Secondly, he’s betting on himself this year. We know how important that is. It’s tough. We’ve seen a lot of good things despite him not scoring, his forechecking, his puck presence in the offensive zone, his physicality, his power-play (contributions), all these things.“I think some things can start to get in your head and obviously confidence starts to play a part in that. I think maybe a little reset here can help him out.”Forward Nikita Soshkinov will replace Maroon in the lineup and will make his Blues debut. He will play on a line with Tyler Bozak and Alexander Steen.Soshkinov and Bozak were teammates in Toronto.“He’s been working hard and this will be a good chance for him,” Yeo told NHL.com. “He’s playing with a guy in Bozie that he’s familiar with, two guys that are responsible. I don’t expect perfection without the puck for Sosh; that’s not what I’m looking for. What I’m looking for is his speed to be a difference maker. He’s got two smart players who can read off of him. For me http://www.kingsproshop.com/authentic-drew-doughty-jersey , the way I should see it is his speed should impact the game all over the ice. Hopefully we can see that tomorrow.”The Blues won once in three meetings against the Sharks last season.San Jose will be playing its second game in as many days after losing 4-3 at Dallas on Thursday night. The Sharks had their two-game winning streak snapped.Defenseman Brent Burns recorded two assists, including career No. 400, and forward Evander Kane tied the game 3-3 in the third period for the Sharks before center Devin Shore got the game-winner, his second goal of the night, at 14:13 of the third for the Stars.Sharks defenseman Joe Thornton played in his 1,500 career game. He is the 19th player in league history to reach that milestone.“He does things that people don’t even know or see to be able to play,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson told the San Jose Mercury News about Thornton. “If he ever shared his actual routine with everybody, people would not believe it. But you don’t put that much work in if you don’t truly, truly don’t love it. This is a really special person.” WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice says defenseman Dustin Byfuglien will be “out for a while” after leaving Saturday’s game with a lower-body injury in the third period.Maurice, speaking to reporters on Sunday Dustin Brown Jersey , said Byfuglien will not need surgery, but likely will not play until after the All-Star break at the end of January.“That would be the very earliest part of the window. … I don’t know what it’s going to look like in two to three weeks,” Maurice said.Byfuglien went to the dressing room midway through the third period of Winnipeg’s 3-1 home loss against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. The 33-year-old appeared to hurt his leg when he and Wild forward Luke Kunin collided along the boards.“He’s going to be a while, probably the next update won’t be until after the All-Star break,” Maurice said. “But no surgery, just a flesh wound and he’ll be out for a while.”Maurice wouldn’t specify if the injury was to Byfuglien’s ankle or knee, instead calling it a “lower-body” injury.Byfuglien leads all Jets defensemen with 29 points, including four goals.Maurice said Joe Morrow, who hasn’t played since Nov. 27, will slide back into the lineup against Edmonton on Monday night.This will be the third stretch of games Byfuglien has missed this season. He sat out two with an upper-body injury in October and four in November with a concussion.

Michael ”Doc” Emrick is a bit surprised about the success of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights Oscar Klefbom Jersey , but not about goalie Marc Andre Fleury’s role in leading the team deep into the NHL playoffs.The longtime hockey announcer who does games for NBC said a hot goalie can carry a team at times, and told co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg on the “PodcastOne Sports Now” show that Fleury had some big moments in his 14 years in Pittsburgh before being left unprotected in the expansion draft before the season began.Emrick said Fleury seems re-energized in Las Vegas and comfortable in his role as a team leader. In the Knights’ win in the first game of the series against the San Jose Sharks, Fleury joined the crowd in doing the wave in the late minutes of the game.Emrick also discusses the rivalry between Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin on the podcast, which is backed by the resources of The Associated Press, and the teams left in the playoffs.Also joining the hosts is AP basketball writer Tom Withers to talk about LeBron James, and the AP’s Jimmy Golen from Boston to talk about the Yankees-Red Sox early season series. WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Kyle Connor admitted he had a chip on his shoulder after he was demoted from the Winnipeg Jets‘ top line.Now that the rookie is back up with center Mark Scheifele and right winger Blake Wheeler, he wants to show that’s where he belongs.He did Sunday night.Article continues below ...Connor scored twice http://www.officialoilers.com/authentic-adidas-ryan-nugent-hopkins-jersey , Wheeler and defenseman Tyler Myers each had three assists and the Jets beat the Florida Panthers 7-2 to take the Central Division lead.Connor started the season with Wheeler and Scheifele, but he was moved to the fourth line late last month. Now he’s been back up for a few games and has reached 21 goals.”Definitely,” Connor said when asked if he had something to prove after his demotion. ”You’re given that much ice time, you got to prove yourself out there and work that much harder. You got to be good every night.”Wheeler extended his points streak to five games. Scheifele has three goals and five assists during a four-game point roll.”(Coach) put back our line together and what difference in (Connor’s) game,” Wheeler said. ”Last game, he was all over every puck, created so many loose pucks for Scheif and I. It makes all the difference in the world for our line when he plays like that.”Scheifele, Nikolaj Ehlers Ryan Strome Jersey , Bryan Little, Mathieu Perreault and Patrik Laine also scored and Connor Hellebuyck made 25 saves to help the Jets win their third straight. They are 6-2-1 with a game left on a 10-game homestand.Denis Malgin and Aleksander Barkov had power-play goals for Florida, and James Reimer stopped 27 shots.”I think we played a good game, our first two periods,” Barkov said. ”I don’t know, they just started scoring. We played a bad defensive game today and it cost us (the) whole game.”The Panthers had won three straight.”I wasn’t unhappy at 2-2 with 90 seconds to go in the second period,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. ”Even though we didn’t have great legs, I thought that we were managing the game OK.”It got away from us in the third and that’s when the back-to-back hurts Womens Wayne Gretzky Jersey , I think, in the third period. That’s when you’re chasing and that’s when the brain starts going on you.”The teams were tied 1-1 after the first period and Winnipeg led 3-2 after two.Winnipeg’s run of killing off 16 straight penalties ended at 8:57 of the first period when Malgin’s shot from the top of the right circle went high past Hellebuyck while Myers was in the box for tripping.The Jets got their own power-play goal 13 seconds after Panthers defenseman Mark Pysyk was penalized for boarding. Wheeler threaded a pass through defenders across the front of the net for Connor, who quickly shot the puck into the net as Reimer was moving over at 12:06.Ehlers gave Winnipeg the 2-1 lead when his shot hit a Florida stick, the puck went up in the air and then rolled off Reimer’s back into the net at 4:39 of the second. It was his 23rd goal of the season.Barkov was credited with his 20th after he got a piece of a shot Evgenii Dadonov swatted into the net 22 seconds after Jets forward Jack Roslovic was sent off for holding at 7:12.A quick pass by Wheeler to Scheifele in the slot gave the Jets the 3-2 lead with 1:31 left in the second.Connor scored his 21st goal in his rookie season on another pass from Wheeler into the slot at 3:38. Little notched his 13th less than three minutes later to make it 5-2. Perreault picked up his 16th, and Laine got his team-leading 27th with a backhand shot with 1:35 remaining.UP NEXTPanthers: At Toronto on Tuesday night.Winnipeg: Hosts Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

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