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SAN JOSE http://www.officialislanders.com/authentic-adidas-casey-cizikas-jersey , Calif. (AP) For three games, the San Jose Sharks have had more speed, discipline and depth than the Anaheim Ducks.If they can repeat that formula for one more game, the Sharks will move onto the second round of the playoffs.Joonas Donskoi scored one goal and set up another to start a four-goal barrage in the second period and the Sharks raced past Anaheim for the third straight game, beating the Ducks 8-1 on Monday night for a 3-0 series lead.”We understand there’s a lot of work to do,” captain Joe Pavelski said. ”Eliminating teams is always tough. That’s kind of where our mindset shifts, I think. We’ll see a few things that we can do better, and a few things we’re doing well. That commitment from us is going to go a long way to stay with what we’re doing.”Right now just about everything is working for the Sharks, who had eight goal-scorers in the highest-scoring playoff game in franchise history and got a 45-savve performance from Martin Jones.San Jose used its superior speed to create odd-man rushes that paid off when Donskoi scored and then set up Marcus Sorensen in the opening four minutes of the second period and then turned the game into a laugher with four power-play goals after the Ducks spent most of their energy slashing and cross-checking.”They can take as many of those as they want to, we’ll take the power plays Adam Pelech Jersey Womens ,” coach Peter DeBoer said. ”They take penalties, that’s a fact. During the season they do and we anticipated that it would be like that in the playoffs and it has been. It’s on us to make them pay for making those plays and decisions, and we have.Eric Fehr and Tomas Hertl added goals later in the second to turn this all-California series into a rout. Logan Couture had a goal and two assists, Pavelski, Evander Kane and Timo Meier scored power-play goals in the third period, for the Sharks, who have outscored the Ducks 14-3 through the first three games of the first-round series.San Jose will look to complete the sweep in Game 4 at home Wednesday night. Only four NHL teams have lost a best-of-seven series after winning the first three games with the Sharks the last to do it in 2014 in the first round against Los Angeles.Rickard Rakell scored a power-play goal but the Ducks once again looked a step slow against the speedier Sharks. Anaheim has scored three goals all series, including just one at even strength.John Gibson allowed five goals on 24 shots before being pulled after two periods. Ryan Miller allowed three power-play goals in the third.”From my perspective it’s hard to forget what we just did. Very undisciplined, very disappointed in our reaction in the hockey game,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. ”Those are the things we have to address. We’re not going to get yourself any kind of opportunity to take the number of penalties we took Thomas Hickey Jersey Womens , and I call them selfish penalties.”The game turned early in the second after Brandon Montour fell near center ice, giving the Sharks a two on one. Donskoi converted on a give-and-go with Evander Kane and San Jose was off to the races.Donskoi then set up the next goal on another odd-man rush when he fed Sorensen, who faked a forehand and then beat Gibson with a backhand on a similar move that led to goals for Kane and Couture in the first two games.Jones then made a big stop on Rakell from the slot to preserve the two-goal lead and Fehr helped put the game away when he skated through two defenders and beat Gibson up high to make it 4-1.Then the Ducks started their parade to the penalty box and the Sharks capitalized.Fresh off the two wins in Anaheim, the Sharks were greeted by a frenzied crowd that sparked them to a fast start. Mikkel Boedker got things started when he used his speed to get around Hampus Lindholm and feed an open Couture in the slot for the tap-in into the open net.Anaheim answered when Rakell got his first point of the series when he scored on a one-timer on the power play.NOTES: D Andy Welinski was back in the lineup for the Ducks after being scratched in Game 2 for Kevin Bieksa. … F Jason Chimera got his first action of the series for Anaheim in place of Antoine Vermette. … Sharks C Joe Thornton, who has been out since Jan. 23 with a knee injury, took part in pregame warmups once again but isn’t ready to play.— NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cam Atkinson equaled a Blue Jackets franchise record for goals scored, but he knows there’s much more to accomplish.Atkinson scored twice and Artemi Panarin had four assists to lead Columbus to a 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night for the Blue Jackets’ fourth straight win.Atkinson’s 41 goals tie a franchise high set by Rick Nash during the 2003-04 season.“It’s a cool accomplishment, for sure,” Atkinson said. “There are still some big games left John Tavares Jersey , but I’m not done. What I bring is when I score, I help the team win and hopefully I can get some more before the regular season ends.”David Savard, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Boone Jenner also had goals, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves for Columbus, which maintained its hold on the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Matt Duchene added two assists.“It felt good,” Duchene said. “(Panarin) made some unbelievable plays tonight and Cam did what he does, so it’s fun. I thought we had all four lines going tonight. We had everyone pulling in the right direction.”Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg scored for Nashville, which had its two-game winning streak stopped.One night after an impressive road win in Pittsburgh, the Predators didn’t match the effort of the desperate Blue Jackets.“Last night, definitely. Today Authentic Jordan Eberle Jersey , I don’t think it was good enough,” Forsberg said. “No excuses, like I said. Columbus is a good team. They played well tonight. Our game has to be better on Tuesday.”Atkinson scored the game’s first goal 50 seconds after the opening faceoff. From the high slot, Panarin sent a pass to Atkinson at the right faceoff dot, where he sent a wrist shot by Nashville’s Juuse Saros for his 40th of the season.Saros made 27 saves after he was scratched from the lineup Friday night in Pittsburgh due to an illness.Arvidsson tied it at 1 at 8:50 of the first with a short-handed goal. Columbus’ Josh Anderson could not control the puck in the neutral zone, and Arvidsson pounced on the turnover going the other way on a breakaway against Bobrovsky. Arvidsson fired a wrist shot from the high slot by Bobrovsky on the stick side. The goal was Arvidsson’s 33rd this season, equaling a Nashville franchise record.Savard made it 2-1 at 15:58 of the first on a delayed penalty against the Predators.Bjorkstrand scored with 2.5 seconds remaining in the first.Bobrovsky stopped a point-blank chance by Nashville’s Colton Sissons with 12 seconds left in the period, and then Panarin led the puck up ice before finding Bjorkstrand in the right circle, where he scored his 20th of the season with a wrist shot high to the glove side.Forsberg’s goal at 12:14 of the second briefly closed Nashville’s deficit to one, but Jenner scored 1:14 later to give the Blue Jackets another two-goal advantage.“Jenner’s is a huge goal Josh Bailey Jersey ,” Columbus coach John Tortorella said. “We get scored on, we don’t want the puck in the neutral zone, they ended up coming back down, they score. To answer right away there, it just gets the momentum right back on our side.”Atkinson’s second of the night came at 15:46 of the second.Saros stopped Atkinson on a penalty shot with 4:47 remaining in the game, denying his attempt for a hat trick.NOTES: Panarin’s 56 assists on the season established a Columbus franchise record. … Nashville D Dante Fabbro made his NHL debut. Fabbro, the 17th overall pick in the 2016 Entry Draft, signed with the Predators earlier this week after completing his junior season at Boston University. … Arvidsson extended his scoring streak to three games. … Bjorkstrand has scored in four consecutive games. … Columbus is 31-7-2 when scoring first this season.UP NEXT:Blue Jackets: At Buffalo on Sunday night.Predators: At Buffalo on Tuesday night.
BUFFALO Zach Hyman Jersey , N.Y. (AP) — Robin Lehner made an emotional return to Buffalo and led the Islanders to a milestone victory for New York coach Barry Trotz.Lehner made 39 saves against his former team as the Islanders beat the Sabres 3-1 on Monday night.New York’s fourth straight victory moved Trotz into fourth place on the NHL’s all-time win list with 783, moving him ahead of Islanders franchise legend Al Arbour.“You get into coaching, you talk about certain names that you have respect for,” Trotz said before Monday’s game. “When you hear someone say, ‘Hey, you and Al Arbour,’ I feel a little out of place. It’s a total honor to be even mentioned.”Trotz said the Islanders players understood the significance of his passing Arbour, but the team was more proud of getting a win for Lehner in his first game back in Buffalo since March 29.Lehner left that game against Detroit because of a panic attack and was subsequently treated for alcohol addiction and also diagnosed with bipolar disorder, ADHD and PTSD. He signed with the Islanders in July after three seasons with the Sabres.“This one felt good,” Lehner said. “It was probably the hardest game I’ve played in my career. I don’t know why. It’s just a really weird feeling for me. I struggled mentality a little bit in the beginning of the game. It just felt weird. Somehow just got in the flow.”Lehner continued his hot play, winning his fourth start in a row and allowing one goal or fewer in regulation for the seventh time in eight games.“He was unbelievable Alex Burmistrov Jersey ,” defenseman Nick Leddy said. “He made some extremely timely saves and he was our best player.”Leddy, Brock Nelson and Ryan Pulock scored for the Islanders, who won for the seventh time in eight games.Kyle Okposo scored and Carter Hutton stopped 30 shots for Buffalo, which has lost three in a row and five of six.The Sabres played most of the game without captain Jack Eichel, who went to the dressing room late in the first period with an upper-body injury and did not return.Eichel, a game-time decision by coach Phil Housley, started and played four shifts totaling 2:42. He sat out practice on Sunday.“I don’t think he’s going to be out long,” Housley said.Leddy gave the Islanders the lead 2:30 into the second period. Leo Komarov won a face-off in the offensive zone and Mathew Barzal sent the puck back to Leddy, who unleashed a slap shot from the left point that sailed through traffic and over Hutton’s shoulder into the far corner of the net.Nelson made it 2-0 in the opening minutes of the third period, scoring on a shot from the slot that bounced out of Hutton’s glove and into the net.The Sabres made a push in the third period, ending Lehner’s shutout bid and nearly coming back from the two-goal deficit.Okposo snapped a 21-game goal drought on a power play with 9:46 remaining. While Barzal served a slashing penalty http://www.officialcanucks.com/authentic-adidas-bo-horvat-jersey , Okposo beat Lehner with a wrist shot from the right circle.Buffalo was unable to take advantage of an opportunity to tie the game on a power play that began with 6:53 left in the period.Lehner recorded an assist on Pulock’s empty-net goal with 31.4 seconds remaining.Trotz’s milestone victory comes in his first season with the Islanders. After coaching the Washington Capitals to the Stanley Cup last season, Trotz resigned following a contract dispute. He led the Capitals to 205 regular-season victories in four years and had 557 wins in 15 seasons with the Nashville Predators.Arbour tallied 740 of his 782 coaching victories during three stints with the Islanders, from 1973-86, 1988-94 and for one game during the 2007-08 season. New York won four consecutive Stanley Cups (1980-83) under Arbour. He began his coaching career with the St. Louis Blues.NOTES: Lehner played in Buffalo for the first time since signing with the Islanders in free agency following three seasons as the Sabres’ top goaltender. He received a mix of cheers and boos when acknowledged on the video scoreboard early in the first period. . Barzal extended his points streak to five games. He has six goals and three assists in that stretch. . Sabres LW C.J. Smith made his season debut after being called up from the minors earlier Monday.UP NEXTIslanders: Will look to match their season-long win streak at home against Chicago on Thursday.Sabres: Host Panthers on Thursday. NEW YORK (AP) Mathew Barzal responded less than 30 seconds after Philadelphia came back from three goals down in the third period to tie the score, and the New York Islanders got a big win over the playoff-chasing Flyers.Barzal had two goals and an assist, scoring the tiebreaking goal with 6 1/2 minutes remaining, to lead the Islanders to a 5-4 win Tuesday night as Philadelphia squandered a chance to move closer to clinching a playoff spot.”It was a great response to a tough situation,” New York coach Doug Weight said. ”It was nice to get that goal right away and we were able to hold it down (after that).”John Tavares also scored twice and Anthony Beauvillier added a goal and two assists to help the Islanders get their third win in eight games, but just the fourth in their past 20 (4-12-4). Thomas Greiss stopped 27 shots.Nolan Patrick had two goals and an assist, Claude Giroux added a goal and an assist, and Wayne Simmonds also scored for Philadelphia. Petr Mrazek finished with 32 saves while falling to 6-6-3 in 15 games since being acquired from Detroit.The Flyers lead Florida by four points for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference after New Jersey won to jump one point ahead of Philadelphia for the first wild card. The Flyers and Devils each have two games remaining while the Panthers have three.”Obviously it’s in the back of our minds Youth Brandon Sutter Jersey , but if we want to get that playoff spot we got to do better than that,” Patrick said.While the Flyers have beaten strong playoff-bound teams such as Winnipeg, Washington and Boston in recent weeks, they have lost to struggling teams such as Detroit, Dallas and the Islanders.”Those teams are still good teams, not a lot of easy games anymore in this league,” Giroux said. ”We didn’t earn that win tonight. We got make sure we come out strong next game.”The Islanders appeared to take control with a three-goal second period to take a 4-1 lead, but the Flyers – who were 5-0-3 in their previous eight – tied it with three goals in a nine-minute stretch of the third.Patrick started the Flyers’ rally in the third as he deflected Shayne Gostisbehere’s point shot in at 4:07 to make it 4-2. Giroux’s assist on the play extended his points streak to eight games.Patrick then got Philadelphia to 4-3 as he knocked in a loose puck in front at 8:16 for his 13th and the rookie’s first multi-goal game.Giroux tied it with 6:56 left as he beat Greiss top-shelf on the glove side for his 30th.”We let them back in it and gave them some life,” Tavares said. ”They started feeling a lot better about their game. … They’re playing for a lot and we’re just trying to finish strong so we’re just competing hard.”Barzal then regained the lead for New York just 28 seconds later as he was streaking to the net, got a pass from Beauvillier and beat Mrazek for his 22nd.The Islanders went ahead with three goals while outshooting the Flyers 17-5 in the second.Beauvillier gave New York a 2-1 lead as he skated across the slot and got his 20th at 3:43.”It feels good to get to 20, but it’s not the spot we want to be in right now Brendan Leipsic Jersey Kids ,” said Beauvillier, who scored for the fourth straight game and sixth time in his past seven.Tavares put the Islanders up two with his second of the game with just under nine minutes left in the middle period, knocking the rebound of his initial shot over the falling Mrazek’s glove for his 36th.Barzal made it 4-1 from the right circle with 3:33 left in the period.Tavares got the Islanders on the scoreboard 7:15 into the game, just 10 seconds into a tripping penalty on the Flyers’ Sean Couturier.Simmonds tied it with 53 seconds left in the opening period with his 24th.NOTES: Tavares has six goals and 13 points in his past 15 games. He is two goals away from his career high of 38 set in 2014-15. … Barzal’s assist on Tavares’ goal was his 60th, moving him two away from Sergei Makarov (62 for Calgary in 1989-90) for third by a rookie since the 1983-84 season. Joe Juneau leads that list with 70 for Boston in 1992-93, followed by Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby with 63 in 2005-06. Barzal is also three away from tying Bryan Trottier for the Islanders’ rookie mark set in 1975-76. … Bailey, back after missing two games with an upper body injury, played in his 713th game, moving past Pat Flatley into sole possession for seventh place on the franchise list. … The Islanders won three of four in the season series. … Giroux has four goals and 10 assists during his scoring streak.UP NEXTFlyers: Host Carolina on Thursday night, and the New York Rangers on Saturday to close the regular season.Islanders: Host the Rangers on Thursday night before closing season at Detroit on Saturday night.—Follow Vin Cherwoo at www.twitter.com/VinCherwooAP—
CALGARY Youth Brandon Carlo Jersey , Alberta (AP) — The Calgary Flames stuck to an unconventional winning formula on Saturday night.Sean Monahan, Michael Frolik and Mikael Backlund scored in the third period, and the Flames again rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.Monahan finished with two goals and Matthew Tkachuk also scored as Calgary got its fifth win this season when trailing after two periods.“Obviously it’s not ideal to be down in games like we have been,” said Flames centre Sean Monahan, who had two goals to extend his point streak to six games (4 goals, 6 assists). “But we had a lot of good looks and if you play the same way we’re playing, you’re going to get rewarded and that’s what happened tonight.”Anaheim (two) is the only other NHL team with more than one win when behind after 40 minutes.David Rittich had 12 saves to help the Flames win their fourth straight.Jonathan Toews got his 300th career goal Womens Charlie McAvoy Jersey , and Jan Rutta and Brandon Saad also scored for the Blackhawks, who went 0-3-0 on a three-game trip to Western Canada. Corey Crawford stopped 36 shots, including 18 of the 20 he faced in the third period.“They just put so much pressure,” Crawford said. “They kept coming. A lot of speed. They were making plays. They had a lot of confidence there in the third.”With Calgary trailing 3-1, Tkachuk started the comeback with 1:34 left in the second.“We had been the better team so far in the game, we had chances and chances, and we knew we were going to get one Danton Heinen Jersey Kids ,” Tkachuk said.After pressing all period, Monahan finally tied it with 6:01 left in the third, when he neatly converted a cross-ice pass off the rush from Johnny Gaudreau. Monahan extended his point streak to six games (four goals, six assists).Frolik put Calgary ahead for good with 4:55 left as his centering pass from below the goal line deflected off a player and got past Crawford. It was the seventh goal for Frolik, who scored only 10 times last year.“He passed it out front and I put my stick out and one of our guys put out his stick and I didn’t see where it went after that,” Crawford said.Backlund capped the scoring with an empty-netter with 59 seconds left.Calgary’s top unit of Monahan, Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm were the best line all night.“They were real good http://www.officialbruinsproonline.com/authentic-adidas-david-krejci-jersey ,” Flames coach Bill Peters saod. “Johnny had the pucks lots, (Lindholm) had unbelievable looks, (Monahan) ended up with a pair, and at the end of the day, they were playing against real good players.”The Flames outshot Chicago 41-15, including 20-4 in the third period.“You can’t give up that many chances in the third and expect to come out with a win,” Saad said. “Yeah Authentic David Pastrnak Jersey , they got a lucky bounce on that fourth goal there, but they created their own luck. They were working hard. They had the puck possession. We fell into a shell.”Calgary opened the scoring 4:46 in when a quick passing sequence was finished off by Monahan in the slot on the power play.Chicago tied it with 6:03 remaining in the period after Travis Hamonic’s holding penalty put the Blackhawks on a two-man power play fpr 1:10 and they took advantage on Toews’ eighth goal.The Blackhawks took their first lead with 27 seconds left in the first as Rutta faked a slap shot to elude the sliding Garnet Hathaway, then put a wrist shot through a crowd and past Rittich high on his blocker side.Saad split the Flames’ defense while being harassed from behind by Mark Giordano and sent a shot that squeaked through Rittich’s pads to make it 3-1 with 6:19 left in the second.Calgary took over after that.NOTES: The Flames got an early five-minute man advantage when Duncan Keith was given a boarding major and game misconduct just over two minutes in, when his hit from behind on Dillon Dube sent the rookie head first into the boards. Dube left the ice on his own, but very slowly. He did not return. … Chicago lost in regulation for the first time in its last 10 trips to Calgary (5-1-4).UP NEXTBlackhawks: Host Carolina on Thursday night.Flames: At Anaheim on Wednesday night to open a three-game California trip. NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Islanders say that if they qualify for the playoffs they will play first-round games at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale and any additional games at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.The team and BSE Global, which operates both arenas, said Friday the decision was made in consultation with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.New York is in solid position to reach the playoffs Jake DeBrusk Jersey , sitting atop the Metropolitan Division and in third place in the Eastern Conference.The Islanders moved to Barclays Center, the home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, in 2015 after 43 years at the Coliseum. They are splitting games between the two venues during the regular season, playing 21 at the Coliseum and 20 at Barclays. The arrangement is expected to remain in place until a new arena at Belmont Park, adjacent to the horse racing track, is ready for the 2021-22 season. Construction is slated to begin in May.
ANAHEIM Brady Skjei Jersey , Calif. (AP) — Vegas defenseman Nate Schmidt is familiar with the ebbs and flows of the NHL.Schmidt and the Golden Knights continued their surge on Friday night while keeping the Anaheim Ducks in a funk.Max Pacioretty scored in his return to the Vegas lineup and the Golden Knights extended their winning streak to five games, beating the Ducks 3-2 Friday night.The Golden Knights fell behind in the second period when the Ducks scored two goals 18 seconds apart. But Vegas retook the lead with two goals in a 31-second span to improve to 6-0-2 in their last eight games.“We sure tested ourselves a few times early in the second period. But, again, we found a way to win and we’re never going to apologize for that,” said Schmidt, who scored for Vegas. “As the year goes on, you are going to have your surges and a couple times when you’re not playing that well, but I thought our guys, even when we’re down in the game or we’re not playing that well, we find ways to get ourselves back in.”Tomas Nosek had a goal and an assist http://www.officialblackhawksproshop.com/authentic-adidas-artem-anisimov-jersey , Marc Andre-Fleury made 25 saves, and Vegas secured the first three games of the teams’ four-game season series.Nosek tied it at 2-all at 10:15 of the second period. He reached around John Gibson and backhanded in a rebound of a shot by Brayden McNabb. Pacioretty put Vegas back in front 3-2 at 10:46.Playing for the first time since Dec. 17 and missing seven games because of an undisclosed injury, Pacioretty got behind two Ducks in transition and scored off a pass from Paul Stastny.It was the seventh time Pacioretty and Stastny have played together this season, as both have dealt with injuries. But chemistry displayed on Pacioretty’s 11th goal showed why Vegas signed Stastny as a free agent in July, traded for Pacioretty in September and signed him to a contract extension.“It’s been a start to the season that no one drew up with injuries and playing through them and sitting out for both of us,” Pacioretty said. “To be able to come in now and feel pretty good and kind of start from scratch and put together a good win as a line is a good step.”Daniel Sprong and Carter Rowney scored for the Ducks, who dropped to 0-5-2 in their last seven games. Gibson made 39 saves.Sprong scored on the power play at 1:57 to tie the game at 1. Rowney then put the Ducks ahead 2-1 at 2:15 by catching the Golden Knights on an odd-man rush.“If we can put the good minutes we had this night, if we can put them over like more of 50, 60 minutes, we’re going to be successful Brandon Saad Jersey ,” Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm said.The Golden Knights took a 1-0 lead at 6:52 on the first period when Schmidt scored on a slap shot from the blue line through traffic during a delayed penalty. Gibson made a save and paddled the puck away during the buildup to Schmidt’s fourth goal, but the officials did not stop play.Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said he never receiver an explanation why there was not a whistle, and refused to elaborate on the sequence.“I’ve been fined once before, so my wife doesn’t like me writing big checks to the league,” Carlyle said.NOTES: The Golden Knights improved to 16-0-2 when leading after two periods. . Vegas F Alex Tuch had an assist to extend his point streak to five games, with two goals and four assists in that span. . Vegas D Shea Theodore did not play because of illness.UP NEXTGolden Knights: Host New Jersey on Sunday.Ducks: Host Edmonton on Sunday. LAS VEGAS (AP) When Braden Holtby took some time off in February, playing in only nine of the Washington Capitals‘ 14 games, he finally had a chance to reflect on aspects of his game.It might seem easy to say being benched in favor of Philipp Grubauer for the first two games of the postseason ignited Holtby’s standout playoff run. But he credits his midseason reprieve for a revival that pushed him and Washington into the Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights. Game 1 in Monday night.”It was great to just have a break in February where I could really analyze myself in a game, go to work, kind of get back to those roots and just working as hard as I possibly can to figure out different things of myself and the game Brent Seabrook Jersey Kids ,” Holtby said. ”This year I think is one of those years where I’ve learned more and soaked in more knowledge than previous years.”The 28-year-old veteran enters the Final with a 12-6 playoff mark, a 2.04 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage. The Capitals haven’t allowed a goal in 159 minutes, 27 seconds, since Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against Tampa Bay – including 157:13 with Holtby on the ice.Several key members of the Golden Knights are no strangers to Holtby, including general manager George McPhee, goalie coach Dave Prior and defenseman Nate Schmidt, a trio that have been a part of the Capitals organization during their careers. It was Prior who recommended McPhee and company draft Holtby in 2008, when the Capitals made him the second pick of the fourth round (and the 10th goalie taken in the draft).Holtby said Prior, who has helped Vegas goalie and three-time Stanley Cup champion Marc-Andre Fleury improve aspects of his game this season, taught him ways to analyze his game he would have never thought of.”He’s obviously one of the best Youth Corey Crawford Jersey , he helped me a ton,” Holtby said. ”He taught me how to practice correctly, how to really analyze my game honestly and grow in different ways. Before, as a young kid, I just thought if you could just work as hard as you can, that’s how you get better. But there’s strategic ways and he was awesome, very calm, very unbiased watching games.”Schmidt said a common comparison between Holtby and Fleury is easy to see.”Both guys are very athletic,” Schmidt said. ”That’s something I knew about Fleury a little bit, and it’s caused a lot of heartache to me over the years. You see that kind of thing with guys who are never out of a save. That’s what makes both of them special players.”Holtby’s regular-season numbers (2.99 GAA Duncan Keith Jersey , .907 save percentage) are a career worst. He said taking time to focus on things he never was able to do during a regular season has helped ease his mind and relieve certain pressures he was putting on himself during games.”Obviously throughout my career of hockey playing, you know that putting too much pressure on yourself and doing too much is never that good,” Holtby said. ”And I got caught up trying to do too much, and it never works too well, and it ended up snowballing.”Snowballing to the tune of him allowing four or more goals in eight of the 16 games he played during January and February. But over his last eight regular-season appearances in March, he finished 6-2 and never allowed more than three goals. He’s allowed three or fewer goals in 17 of the 18 playoff games he’s played in.”I’ve learned a lot of valuable things about myself, about the way hockey is now, it’s changed,” Holtby said. ”You have to play a little different than in the past with the speed and the way the game is mostly all about offense now. It’s different that way and I think that was one thing I had to learn.”—More Stanley Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/StanleyCupFinals
Getting started has proven to be a problem all season long for the Detroit Red Wings Wayne Simmonds Jersey , and lately, it’s become an issue with the Winnipeg Jets.The 1-6-2 Red Wings slept walked through 40 minutes of their most recent game, a 3-1 home-ice loss to the Carolina Hurricanes that dropped Detroit to 0-2-1 at Little Caesars Arena.“When you sleep in, you’re foggy for a while and we were foggy and it’s hard to get yourself going when you’re not ready to go at the start,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “That’s 100 percent inexcusable to not be ready to work, to not be ready to compete at the start of the game through the second period.Article continues below ...“You’re not ready to go and all the sudden you’re swimming the rest of the time. We swam for two periods.”Blashill’s response to his team’s collective lack of effort was to institute that old-time staple of hockey punishments at Tuesday’s practice, the bag skate.“It was to be expected,” Wings forward Thomas Vanek said.That the dreadful performance came on the heels of Detroit’s first win of the season, a 4-3 overtime victory over the Panthers in Florida on Saturday, only served to make it that much less palatable.“We lost our way in Boston (8-2 loss) and Montreal (7-3 loss) but we didn’t not show up,” Blashill said. “We showed up. Once we got down, we panicked and started playing stupid hockey.“This was not showing up. This is a whole different animal. This is no good.”The 6-3-1 Jets were also slow out of the gate in their most recent start on Wednesday at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs, falling behind 3-0 before netting a pair of third-period goals to make it interesting in a 4-2 setback.This outing followed Monday’s game against the St. Louis Blues in which the Jets were down 3-1 after 40 minutes before storming back for a 5-4 overtime victory.“I don’t think it was necessarily as horrible a first two periods as it was against St. Louis,” Jets forward Adam Lowry told cbc.ca about Wednesday’s start.The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Jets, and was their first defeat in regulation time in six games. Winnipeg begins a three-game road trip in Detroit, including a Saturday rematch with the Maple Leafs in Toronto.“We’re more concerned with our defending than anything else,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said. “It’s more the defensive plays and the turnovers in our end of the ice.“If you’re unable to recover from those, you’ve got to look at your problem.”The Wings have problems of their own. Right-winger Anthony Mantha, who led the team last season with 24 goals Womens Bryan Rust Jersey , has scored once in nine games. He’s been dropped from the power play and relegated to fourth-line duty.Detroit sent two rookies — defenseman Filip Hronek and center Christoffer Ehn — to AHL Grand Rapids. Forward Jacob De La Rose, claimed on waivers last week from Montreal, will make his debut in Friday’s game. It wasn’t the 15-hour flight to China for training camp that had general manager Brad Treliving’s head spinning.It was the pace of Bill Peters’ first practice as coach of the Calgary Flames.“I was tired watching it,” Treliving said.Peters has lost no time in helping the Flames improve and reach first place in the Pacific Division during his first season. In fact, the six teams that hired a new coach over the summer are all doing well — certainly when compared to the five that have dumped coaches already the season. Those clubs are a combined 47-60-11 since making those moves.Peters and Todd Reirden, who took over the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals from Barry Trotz, will coach in the All-Star Game on Jan. 26 with their teams leading their respective divisions at the halfway mark.Jim Montgomery’s Dallas Stars are third in the Central Division and Barry Trotz’s New York Islanders a point out of a playoff spot with extra games to play, while the New York Rangers are overachieving under David Quinn and the Carolina Hurricanes are taking steps forward after Rod Brind’Amour replaced Peters.For Reirden and Brind’Amour, the challenge was moving up from a role as a longtime assistant. Capitals and Hurricanes players say the transitions have been smooth because each coach hasn’t altered his approach.“(Reirden is) a completely different person, different personality, different style and I think he’s stuck to who he is,” Capitals defenseman John Carlson said. “What’s helped him is just staying true to what we all expect out of him.”With almost the same roster back, Washington was expected to make the playoffs and take a good shot at repeating. Expectations were fuzzier for the Flames, Islanders and Stars.Calgary had alternated making and missing the playoffs under coaches Bob Hartley and Glen Gulutzan before Peters took over. The Flames’ 58 points have them tied atop the Western Conference and trailing only the powerhouse Tampa Bay Lightning in the overall NHL standings, a big testament to Peters’ puck-hounding style and straightforward communication.“He’s a great coach,” star winger Johnny Gaudreau said. “He knows how to win. It doesn’t matter if you’re top line, bottom line, if you’re not playing well you’re not going to be on the ice. He’s not going put you over the bench there. He expects a lot out of his players and it’s been great playing for him this year.”Trotz has had a similar impact with the Islanders, bringing much-needed structure to a team that missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons and lost point-a-game center John Tavares to Toronto in free agency. Veteran GM Lou Lamoriello said with any coaching change three or four players get better and three or four get worse; he thinks Trotz has gotten the most out of a team far different than what he had in Washington.“He’s extremely detailed Josh Jooris Jersey Womens , very consistent in his approach as far as planning, execution, system and delivery,” Lamoriello said of Trotz. “He has an outstanding delivery to the players as far as no highs, no lows and holds them accountable to what is being asked of them.”In Dallas, top-line center Tyler Seguin said Montgomery has done a good job of giving players rest, sometimes opting for video work instead of practice. Despite an uproar over pointed comments made by CEO Jim Lites about the performance of Seguin and captain Jamie Benn, the Stars hold a wild-card spot in Montgomery’s first NHL season after five years at the University of Denver.Quinn spent five seasons at Boston University before GM Jeff Gorton hired him to coach the Rangers, and the returns on that decision are already positive. His job isn’t to get New York into the playoffs right away but rather instill good habits. He is also occasionally scratching players young and old to set a standard for quality of play.“He’s trying to set a tone of accountability here,” Gorton said. “I think he’s been consistent to who he is, and his philosophy is if guys aren’t doing the job, then I’ve got to put guys in that are going to do it.”Consistency and familiarity have helped Brind’Amour with the Hurricanes, who lack scoring punch and have a league-worst nine-year playoff drought. The players respect his legendary work ethic.“When he says it, you know he’s done it and it makes you want to do it, too,” defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk said. “When he talks, he commands the room and I think he’s a guy you really like to play for.”JOHNNY HOCKEYNo player in the NHL is hotter right now than Gaudreau , who’s earning every bit of his “Johnny Hockey” nickname. His 16 goals and 35 points in 18 games are the most in the league since Dec. 1 and inside the organization show the progression of the 25-year-old into an all-around superstar.“There’s a maturity to his game,” Treliving said. “He’s had a real defensive consciousness this year. Not that he hadn’t in the past Melker Karlsson Jersey , but when he doesn’t have (the puck), he’s tracking to get it back.”TIGHT METROThe top four teams in the Metropolitan Division — the Capitals, Penguins, Blue Jackets and Islanders — were separated by just six points. That could mean a Trotz vs. Reirden showdown in the first round, Washington-Pittsburgh again or any combination of first-round matchups among teams that look evenly matched.“It’s a challenge and it forces you to be on your game all the time,” Reirden said.BANGED-UP PREDATORSNashville has dealt with major injuries to several key players. Defenseman P.K. Subban missed 19 games before Christmas, winger Viktor Arvidsson missed 24 of 25 and winger Filip Forsberg missed 17 in a row before returning Monday. Nashville endured a six-game losing streak in December but has somehow thrived amid injuries in the stacked Central Division.“There’s no sense crying about it,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “We’ve got to win hockey games.”GAME OF THE WEEKThe Boston Bruins visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on “Hockey Night in Canada” Saturday in what could be an Atlantic Division first-round playoff preview.LEADERS (through Tuesday)Goals: Alex Ovechkin (Washington), 30; Assists: Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay), 50; Points: Kucherov, 71; Ice time: Drew Doughty (Los Angeles), 26:38; Wins: Marc-Andre Fleury (Vegas), 25; Goals-against average: Robin Lehner (Islanders), 2.18; Save percentage: Jack Campbell (Los Angeles), .930.
ANAHEIM Cal Clutterbuck Jersey , Calif. (AP) — Vegas defenseman Nate Schmidt is familiar with the ebbs and flows of the NHL.Schmidt and the Golden Knights continued their surge on Friday night while keeping the Anaheim Ducks in a funk.Max Pacioretty scored in his return to the Vegas lineup and the Golden Knights extended their winning streak to five games, beating the Ducks 3-2 Friday night.The Golden Knights fell behind in the second period when the Ducks scored two goals 18 seconds apart. But Vegas retook the lead with two goals in a 31-second span to improve to 6-0-2 in their last eight games.“We sure tested ourselves a few times early in the second period. But, again, we found a way to win and we’re never going to apologize for that,” said Schmidt, who scored for Vegas. “As the year goes on, you are going to have your surges and a couple times when you’re not playing that well, but I thought our guys, even when we’re down in the game or we’re not playing that well, we find ways to get ourselves back in.”Tomas Nosek had a goal and an assist Eric Tangradi Jersey Womens , Marc Andre-Fleury made 25 saves, and Vegas secured the first three games of the teams’ four-game season series.Nosek tied it at 2-all at 10:15 of the second period. He reached around John Gibson and backhanded in a rebound of a shot by Brayden McNabb. Pacioretty put Vegas back in front 3-2 at 10:46.Playing for the first time since Dec. 17 and missing seven games because of an undisclosed injury, Pacioretty got behind two Ducks in transition and scored off a pass from Paul Stastny.It was the seventh time Pacioretty and Stastny have played together this season, as both have dealt with injuries. But chemistry displayed on Pacioretty’s 11th goal showed why Vegas signed Stastny as a free agent in July, traded for Pacioretty in September and signed him to a contract extension.“It’s been a start to the season that no one drew up with injuries and playing through them and sitting out for both of us,” Pacioretty said. “To be able to come in now and feel pretty good and kind of start from scratch and put together a good win as a line is a good step.”Daniel Sprong and Carter Rowney scored for the Ducks, who dropped to 0-5-2 in their last seven games. Gibson made 39 saves.Sprong scored on the power play at 1:57 to tie the game at 1. Rowney then put the Ducks ahead 2-1 at 2:15 by catching the Golden Knights on an odd-man rush.“If we can put the good minutes we had this night, if we can put them over like more of 50, 60 minutes, we’re going to be successful http://www.officialislanders.com/authentic-adidas-casey-cizikas-jersey ,” Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm said.The Golden Knights took a 1-0 lead at 6:52 on the first period when Schmidt scored on a slap shot from the blue line through traffic during a delayed penalty. Gibson made a save and paddled the puck away during the buildup to Schmidt’s fourth goal, but the officials did not stop play.Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said he never receiver an explanation why there was not a whistle, and refused to elaborate on the sequence.“I’ve been fined once before, so my wife doesn’t like me writing big checks to the league,” Carlyle said.NOTES: The Golden Knights improved to 16-0-2 when leading after two periods. . Vegas F Alex Tuch had an assist to extend his point streak to five games, with two goals and four assists in that span. . Vegas D Shea Theodore did not play because of illness.UP NEXTGolden Knights: Host New Jersey on Sunday.Ducks: Host Edmonton on Sunday. MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens lost their game to the Minnesota Wild, but not their captain.Mikael Granlund scored, Devan Dubnyk stopped 32 shots for his first shutout of the season and the Wild defeated the Canadiens 1-0 Monday night.The Canadiens got good news about Shea Weber, who was hit in the face with the puck while blocking a shot in the first period.The Canadiens’ captain will travel with the team on a two-game trip, starting Tuesday night in Detroit.It’s a major break for the Canadiens Adam Pelech Jersey Womens , who have lost two games in a row and are struggling get back in a playoff position in the Eastern Conference.“He’ll go on the road trip with us,” Montreal coach Claude Julien said. “The tests were positive. I assume he will play (on Tuesday) but I can’t guarantee it.”Weber blocked a shot by Granlund and the puck rode up his own stick and hit him on the left cheek.Weber winced in pain on the bench but played seven more shifts and finished the first period. He did not return for the second.The 33-year-old already missed the first 24 games of the season with foot and knee injuries dating to last season.Defensemen Petry, Victor Mete and Jordie Benn were forced to carry the load of Weber’s absence, playing 26 minutes, 40 seconds, 21:15 and 21:12, respectively.“Obviously that’s a big loss in the first period,” said Petry. “You never want to lose a guy. It’s about guys playing in different roles and playing a little more than normal. It does shake things up a little bit.”Montreal was also without forward Kenny Agostino for most of the game. Agostino was given a game misconduct just 2:28 in because of a late hit on Minnesota’s Eric Fehr, who left the game after hitting his head on the edge of the players’ bench. Fehr did not return.The depleted roster took its toll in the third period as Granlund netted his first goal since Nov. 29.“We were in it the whole time,” Julien said. “We had better scoring chances than they did. One mistake ended up costing us the game.”Carey Price stopped 24 shots for the Canadiens Thomas Hickey Jersey Womens , who have dropped two in a row.With the win, the Wild have won three straight games, all on the road.“It was a fairly sloppy game overall,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. “It seemed like the ice was so fast that pucks were spinning like a curling rock every time it hit somebody’s stick. The best pass was the one they gave Granlund.”Granlund scored the game’s only goal at 6:58 of the third period after pouncing on a no-look pass giveaway by Montreal defenseman Jeff Petry deep in his own zone.Granlund scored his 12th of the season when he waited out Price, who was partially blocked by players in front of the net.The Wild have won eight consecutive games against the Canadiens dating to Nov. 8, 2014. Granlund has at least a point in each of those victories.The Canadiens failed to avenge a 7-1 loss in the teams’ last meeting. It was Montreal’s worst defeat of the season.NOTES: The Wild took a season-high 23 penalty minutes in the first period. . The Canadiens announced Monday that Price will not attend the NHL All-Star Game due to “a nagging injury.” … Montreal placed defenseman David Schlemko on waivers.UP NEXTWild: At Boston on Tuesday.Canadiens: At Detroit on Tuesday.
The Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins will renew one of the NHL’s greatest rivalries Erik Karlsson Jersey Womens , spiced up with both teams currently occupying playoff spots, when they meet for the second time this season at Bell Centre on Saturday.The Canadiens defeated the Bruins 3-0 in Boston on Oct. 27. Both teams are in back-to-back situations with the Canadiens coming off a 3-2 loss in overtime to the Sabres in Buffalo Friday. The Bruins defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in overtime in Boston.The Canadiens (11-7-5) surrendered a goal with 2:26 remaining to allow the Sabres to tie the game and lost on Jeff Skinner’s winner on the power play with 1:54 left in overtime.Article continues below ...The point gained in the loss allowed the Canadiens to remain one point behind the Bruins (12-6-4)in the Eastern Conference standings. The Bruins hold the first wild card position and the Canadiens the second spot in the Eastern Conference.“They’re a team in our division and those are important points,” Montreal coach Claude Julien told NHL.com after the game against the Sabres. “We had control of the game there until the last two and a half minutes when they tied the game up. I thought we played a good, sound game overall. We were much better defensively, but discipline at the end, we take a penalty … and failing to clear the puck at times, and it ended up in the back of our net.”Consistency has been an issue for the Canadiens, who are 4-3-3 in their past 10 games.“Obviously we didn’t get the result we wanted to but I think we got better as the game went on, and again lose some puck battles in front of the net to just put us behind the eight ball,” Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw told NHL.com.The Bruins, playing without five regulars, will be looking to improve their play on the road. The win over the Penguins was their eighth in 10 homes games; they are 4-4-4 on the road this season.The Bruins got a strong effort from former Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak against the Penguins. He made 36 saves as the Bruins have a string of four games with a point (2-0-2).“I mean we’re going to be a tough team to beat — any team would be, if both their goalies are going well www.ducksshoponline.com ,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy told NHL.com. “Let’s face it, we knew we had Tuukka (Rask) and (Jaroslav) Halak … we’ve said all along, we thought (Halak would) be a very good backup. He’s been a starter in this league, so that’s an area we feel we have covered, goaltending.”With top center Patrice Bergeron out, Cassidy used rookie Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson on the top line between Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak and the unit kept Penguins star Sidney Crosby off the scoresheet.“He battled,” was the way Cassidy described Forsbacka Karlsson’s play to the Boston Herald. “Listen, he’s seven games in. Two games ago I was concerned he could handle a third-line role. I just saw some growth in Detroit so I said ‘Well, let’s see if he can take another step against Crosby.’ He’s got two good wingers with him offensively, but if he could take care of the defense thing … listen, they had some chances. I know our goaltending had to come through. It usually does. But to keep them at no 5-on-5 goals, you’ve got to give credit to everybody on the ice against a good offensive and he was a part of that.”The Bruins got the winner from Joakim Nordstrom at 1:57 of overtime Friday, who has four goals Patrick Maroon Jersey Womens , two more than he had all of last season with the Carolina Hurricanes.It was a gritty win for the Bruins heading into their rivalry game against the Canadiens.“That was huge,” Nordstrom told The Herald. “We’ve fought hard in OTs in a few games before and we weren’t able to get the extra point. We had some discussions about it before this game and we’re all happy it ended this way.” NEW YORK (AP) — After setting a career high for points last season, Josh Bailey has picked up right where he left off.Bailey scored a short-handed goal in the second period and then the only goal in a shootout to lift the New York Islanders over the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Thursday night.Thomas Greiss made 29 saves as New York swept the home-and-home set and improved to 5-0-0 against Metropolitan Division rivals. The Islanders and Penguins both have 15 points atop the division.“It was a good win for us. We had great goaltending and we did a lot of things well,” Bailey said. “They obviously have a really good team over there. Division games always have a little more added to them.”Islanders captain Anders Lee gave his team a 2-1 lead at 10:11 of the third with his fifth goal of the season, assisted by Thomas Hickey and Brock Nelson.Evgeni Malkin tied it at 2 with a power-play goal at 12:02. Kris Letang and Phil Kessel had assists on Malkin’s seventh goal, which extended his point streak to nine games.Malkin leads the Penguins with 20 points. He has points in 10 of his 11 games this season, and 15 of his last 19 against the Islanders.Dominik Simon scored first for the Penguins on a power play at 6:20 of the first, tapping a rebound past Greiss. Jake Guentzel and Olli Maatta assisted. Simon extended his point streak to five games with third goal of the season.Bailey tied it with a slick short-handed goal off a splendid pass off the right boards from Casey Cizikas at 14:46 of the second.Bailey skated in on Matt Murray before sliding the puck between the goalie’s pads for his third goal of the season to extend his point streak to seven games. The 29-year-old forward, in his 11th season with the Islanders, leads the team with 13 points. A first-round pick by New York in 2008, he had 71 points last season — 18 goals and 53 assists.The Islanders, playing just their fourth home game of the season, were coming off a 6-3 road win over the Penguins on Tuesday and a three-game division trip with wins at Washington Tyler Bozak Jersey Womens , Carolina and Pittsburgh. They are 4-0-1 in their last five games overall.“It says a lot about everyone putting in the effort and putting in the work,” Lee said. “We are playing good hockey. The commitment level is there.”Greiss especially kept the Islanders in this one with an acrobatic glove save on Kessel and a breakaway stop on defenseman Jamie Oleksiak in the second period.“We generated a fair amount of scoring chances,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “It was one of those games where there wasn’t a lot of room out there.”Greiss also made two great saves in overtime against his former team, including a denial of defenseman Jack Johnson in front and a glove save on Kessel. The goaltender also managed to disrupt Sidney Crosby on a breakaway with a poke check.“I guess he didn’t expect that. You’ve got to mix it up every once in a while,” said Greiss, who improved to 3-2-0. “You just react.”Greiss’ play also impressed Islanders coach Barry Trotz.“He made real key saves at key times, key moments for us,” Trotz said. “Those are pretty good people coming at him and he didn’t flinch.”The Islanders outshot the Penguins 10-9 in the first period. Pittsburgh had a 13-8 advantage in the second and each team had six shots in the third. Pittsburgh had a 3-2 edge in overtime.Sullivan agreed that credit had to go to Greiss for his performance in overtime.“They are elite players that have great finishing ability,” Sullivan said, referring to Crosby and Kessel. “Those were two great saves.”NOTES: Letang returned after missing Tuesday’s game with a lower-body injury. By playing in his 692nd game, the 31-year-old defenseman passed former Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury for eighth place on the franchise list. … Islanders forward Jordan Eberle played his 600th career game. … The Islanders scratched forward Ross Johnston, defenseman Luca Sbisa and goaltender Robin Lehner. … Pittsburgh scratched defenseman Juuso Riikola.UP NEXTPenguins: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.Islanders: Host the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.
WINNIPEG http://www.officialredwings.com/authentic-adidas-dylan-larkin-jersey , Manitoba (AP) — Kyle Connor ended a 10-game pointless streak with a goal to help the Winnipeg Jets beat the Dallas Stars 5-1 on Sunday.Adam Lowry, Tyler Myers, Bryan Little and Josh Morrissey, with an empty-net goal, also scored. Morrissey added an assist, Jacob Trouba had two, and Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves.“Nothing’s really changed too much from my game,” Connor said. “I thought I was a little quicker tonight, played with lots of speed.”The Jets rebounded from a 4-0 loss to Pittsburgh on Friday night.Alexander Radulov had a power-play goal for the Stars. They lost for the first time in regulation in their last six games (4-1-1).“I think it’s only going to get harder Frans Nielsen Jersey Kids ,” Dallas coach Jim Montgomery said. “The intensity in the second half is going to pick up and you know that’s one of our better road games of the year and we still didn’t come out on top. So you know we still got to keep staying with it and get better.”After Lowry was called for goaltender interference, John Klingberg’s shot from the point went in off Radulov at 1:56 of the second.Radulov has a goal and five assists during a three-game points streak. Tyler Seguin was credited with the second assist for his 300th NHL assist. He extended his points streak to five games, with four goals and three assists.Lowry got some satisfaction exactly a minute later with the equalizer after getting his own rebound and firing the puck past Ben Bishop.“It was nice to get a shift a minute after and be able to go out and redeem yourself,” Lowry said. “It doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes you’ve got to sit and stew. But it’s important you don’t dwell on it and become frustrated and let it affect the rest of your game.”Myers’ wraparound made it 2-1 at 18:56.Connor extended Winnipeg’s lead at 1:15 of the third with a blast from the high slot. He was back on the top line with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler in Winnipeg’s first game without winger Nikolaj Ehlers, who’s out with an upper-body injury for at least a month.The Stars pulled Bishop with five minutes remaining and Morrissey notched his fifth goal of the season at 16:30 while the Jets were short-handed. With Bishop back in net, Little scored with 18 seconds left.Bishop stopped 25 shots.“It was one of those nights where you weren’t getting the bounces, but I felt pretty good,” Bishop said. “You’ve got to find a way to make a couple more saves there at the end.”UP NEXT:Stars: At St. Louis on Tuesday night.Jets: Host Colorado on Tuesday night. PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers are finally making their comebacks count.Nolan Patrick scored 2:01 into overtime and the Flyers rallied past the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 Saturday, extending their winning streak to a season-best seven games.Earlier this season Gordie Howe Jersey , the Flyers made it a habit to come from behind in games only to lose late in regulation, in overtime, or the shootout.Not anymore.This marked the fourth time in the win streak the Flyers overcame a deficit to win — in this case, they were down 4-2 in the third period.“That just goes to show how guys are invested right now and how much we’re willing to pay the price to succeed,” said Flyers goalie Carter Hart, who made 40 saves and won his sixth consecutive start.“Guys are going all out right now and we want to keep this thing rolling. It’s been a lot of fun and we’re going to do everything we can to keep things rolling,” he said.Travis Konecny and Wayne Simmonds each scored power-play goals in the third period to force overtime, where the Flyers dominated control of the play, eventually resulting in Patrick’s game-winner.Edmonton has lost four in a row and 13 of 18.Philadelphia was badly outplayed for two periods at even strength but was able to stay in the game thanks to its power play Authentic Gustav Nyquist Jersey , which scored four times.It was the first time the Flyers scored four power-play goals in a game since October 2008.“There’s been a lot of games where we haven’t scored when we probably should have scored,” Flyers coach Scott Gordon said. “Obviously, tonight was one of those nights where it went in for us.”“We made some changes and they’ve been positive so far, so a little bit has been personnel just shuffling the deck as far as who’s going to go where and how they’re going to be used. And this was a great job by the power-play guys,” he said.Sean Couturier scored the first goal of the game on a tic-tac-toe passing play from Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek.It was the 20th goal of the season for Couturier, the second straight season he reached the 20-goal plateau after scoring no more than 14 goals in each of his first six seasons in the NHL.Giroux scored on a power play, getting a snap shot through a screen.“We won the game tonight on effort, not on talent,” Giroux said. “I think if we play like that more Womens Henrik Zetterberg Jersey , we’re going to win more games.”Ty Rattie, Connor McDavid, Adam Larsson and Zack Kassian scored for the Oilers. Cam Talbot had 34 saves in defeat.Edmonton controlled the game at even-strength for the majority of the game. But allowing the four power play goals was its downfall.“You win this time of year when you kill penalties,” Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock said. “Power plays are the gravy.”NOTES: The Flyers had the worst power play in the NHL a week ago but have scored on 6 of 7 chances in the last two games. … McDavid snapped a three-game drought without a goal. He’s only reached four games without a goal twice this season. … D Shayne Gostisbehere (lower body injury) returned to the lineup for the Flyers after missing three games. … Talbot lost his starting job in Edmonton to Mikko Koskinen, yet got the start against the Flyers, marking the seventh time in the last eight games the Flyers have faced the opponent’s backup goalie.UP NEXTOilers: Play part two of a back-to-back road game weekend in Montreal Sunday afternoon.Flyers: Continue their longest homestand of the season when they host Vancouver on Monday.
After a fast start that put them atop the NHL standings going into this week Pittsburgh Penguins Hats Authentic , the Nashville Predators are experiencing their first real adversity.They limped home from a five-game road trip at 2-2-1 after a 2-1 defeat Thursday night in Arizona, their third straight loss. And the Predators are facing life without two of their key players, one for an extended stretch and the other for at least two more games.The good news is that they’re back at Bridgestone Arena for eight of the next nine games, beginning Saturday night when they face the Los Angeles Kings.Article continues below ...Nashville (13-5-1) learned Thursday that it will go without left winger Viktor Arvidsson for 6 to 8 weeks after he broke his thumb Nov. 10 during a 5-4 overtime win in Dallas. Arvidsson has eight goals and five assists in 13 games, trailing only Filip Forsberg on the team in goals, and is widely recognized as the engine of the JOFA line centered by Ryan Johansen.While the Predators have enough depth to get by without Arvidsson short term, his speed and max effort can’t easily be replicated over the long haul.“He does a lot of good things and plays in a lot of situations for us, so that’s a tough blow,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. “But it’s an opportunity for somebody to step up Custom Pittsburgh Penguins Jerseys , and I think we’ve got enough guys inside of the room to cover something like this.”The Predators must also do without All-Star defenseman P.K. Subban, who was placed on injured reserve Thursday with a lower-body injury. Veteran Dan Hamhuis was activated off IR to replace him before the game in Arizona and logged 18:42 of ice time in his return, recording a hit.Nashville carried play to the Coyotes most of the game, outshooting them 46-23, but lost for the fifth time in its last six visits to Gila River Arena. Its power play went 0 for 5, dropping the percentage to a league-worst 10.8 percent.“It was just one of those nights and it happens throughout the season,” captain Roman Josi said. “We just have to keep doing the same things the next game, and hopefully, it’ll go in.”Los Angeles (6-11-1) got into Nashville in the early hours of Saturday morning after winning 2-1 Friday night in a shootout at Chicago. Rookie goalie Cal Petersen made 34 saves to earn the victory in his NHL debut www.officialsharks.com , while Anze Kopitar secured the decision with a shootout goal.Petersen is the fourth goalie the Kings have used in 18 games. Starter Jonathan Quick and backup Jack Campbell are both on IR with meniscus (knee) injuries, and veteran Peter Budaj has been shaky in limited action over two games.“It was a moment that I’ve thought about for a really long time,” Petersen said of the win. “I’m just really glad and honored it came while I was wearing a Kings uniform.”Los Angeles is 2-3-0 under interim coach Willie Desjardins, who took over after John Stevens was fired two weeks ago. BOSTON (AP) — Tuukka Rask always tries to focus on the next win. This time, he made an exception.The 31-year-old goaltender tied a Boston record with his 252nd career victory as the Bruins beat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Thursday night.Rask made 28 saves and matched the franchise mark set by Cecil “Tiny” Thompson, who was 252-153 with 63 ties. Rask, the 2014 Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s top goalie, is 252-145-56 in 474 games over 12 seasons with Boston.Thompson won his 252nd game in his 11th and final season with the Bruins in 1938-39. He died at age 77 in 1981, six years before Rask was born.“It’s an Original Six franchise. I’ve had the luxury to be here for many San Jose Sharks T-Shirts Authentic , many years, so it obviously means a lot,” Rask said. “Many more to come, hopefully.”Chris Wagner scored 5:27 into the third period to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead. Brad Marchand and Sean Kuraly added some insurance after earlier Boston goals from Torey Krug and David Backes.“We got the go-ahead goal and after that we were flying and didn’t give them a whole lot,” said Rask, whose team had lost three of four (1-2-1) after a season-high five-game winning streak.Ryan O’Reilly and Carl Gunnarsson had the goals for St. Louis. Jake Allen made 22 saves.Blues left wing David Perron extended his NHL-leading and career-best point streak to 13 games (six goals, 10 assists) with a secondary assist on O’Reilly’s goal.St. Louis had won four of six (4-1-1) and earned at least one point in each of its previous five road games. The Blues finished a 2-1-1 trip after starting it with back-to-back wins over Dallas and Washington.“It’s a disappointing loss,” O’Reilly said. “We could have turned this into a great road trip and we didn’t.”Wagner’s tiebreaking goal came after Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson’s pass from the opposite blue line put him a step in front of Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo. Wagner deked to put Allen off balance before tucking the puck under his glove.“He kind of just chipped it to me, I tried to knock it around Pietrangelo and fortunately got by him and made a nice move and just tucked it in San Jose Sharks Hoodies Authentic ,” Wagner said.Marchand ripped in a rebound after Charlie McAvoy’s wraparound attempt bounced off Allen’s pads to make it 4-2 with 6:48 remaining.Kuraly tacked on an empty-net goal with 51.5 seconds left.“(We) still had a chance in the third there,” Pietrangelo said. “I can’t let that guy get behind me on the breakaway.”Krug’s uncontested wrister from the slot gave Boston a 1-0 lead 3:31 into the second period.St. Louis tied it 53 seconds later when O’Reilly tucked in his own rebound from the right of the crease after Rask got a glove on his first attempt.Gunnarsson gave the Blues a 2-1 lead when he capped a give-and-go with Jaden Schwartz with a one-timer from the left circle with 6:24 to play in the second.Backes, a former Blues captain, got a piece of Zdeno Chara’s slap shot to tie it again with four minutes left in the period. Backes’ goal came with four seconds left on a Bruins power play following Robert Bortuzzo’s cross-checking penalty.NOTES: Gunnarsson missed the previous three games with an illness. … St. Louis LW Zach Sanford (concussion protocol) did not play after being slammed into the boards during Tuesday’s game against the New York Islanders. … Boston C Ryan Donato received several stitches to close a cut under his nose after taking a hit from Philadelphia center Jordan Lehtera on Wednesday. … Bruins C Joakim Nordstrom (fractured fibula) had a maintenance day after skating Wednesday and could return after the bye week. … Backes, who returned after sitting out Wednesday as a healthy scratch, spent his first 10 NHL seasons (2006-16) with St. Louis. The 34-year-old Backes ranks sixth on the Blues’ career goals list (206) and seventh in points (460). … The Bruins held “Hockey Is For Everyone Night,” celebrating diversity throughout the sport.UP NEXTBlues: Host the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.Bruins: Host the New York Rangers on Saturday night.
PRO BASKETBALLOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony plans to opt in and take the $28 million he is due next season.The New York Times first reported the 34-year-old Anthony’s decision to bypass the chance to become a free agent. A person with knowledge of details confirmed Anthony’s choice to The Associated Press on Friday night. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the situation publicly.The Thunder traded for Anthony and Paul George to join Russell Westbrook before last season Adidas Matt Bartkowski Jersey , moves that gave them high hopes of challenging Golden State in the West. It didn’t work out as planned.The 34-year-old Anthony had been the headliner his entire career – he’s 19th in NBA history with 25,417 points – but he was more of a catch-and-shoot scorer last season instead of the isolation specialist he had always been. He averaged 16.2 points per game, but struggled at times in his new role. His playing time dwindled in the playoffs and he wasn’t happy. In Game 6 of the first-round playoff series against Utah that ended Oklahoma City’s season, he played fewer minutes than backup Jerami Grant.HOCKEYDALLAS (AP) – Rasmus Dahlin went first overall to the Buffalo Sabres, Commissioner Gary Bettman was booed relentlessly by the crowd all night and trade chatter didn’t amount to a whole lot of movement.With the exception of one trade by the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, the first round of the NHL draft went off without many surprises. Only two players and a handful of picks were traded Friday night, leaving general managers hoping for more on Day Two.”That was kind of a boring first day or first round,” Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall said. ”It’s not typical for this day.”The Sabres picking Dahlin at No. 1 and the Carolina Hurricanes taking Russian winger Andrei Svechnikov at No. 2 got the draft itself off to a predictable start. Montreal taking Finnish center Jesperi Kotkaniemi third and Arizona going a bit off the board with center Barrett Hayton fifth allowed high-scoring Czech winger Filip Zadina to fall to Detroit with the sixth pick.Not a whole lot of big decisions happened Friday night at American Airlines Center. The Sabres taking Dahlin was automatic since they won the draft lottery in April, and the 18-year-old wore a Buffalo Bills hat Friday prior to the selection. Svechnikov got to try on the Hurricanes’ draft hat before he was the No. 2 pick just as general manager Don Waddell acknowledged recently.BASEBALLWASHINGTON (AP) – Slugger Bryce Harper will participate in the Home Run Derby if he makes the National League All-Star team.On Friday afternoon the Nationals tweeted: ”tfw Bryce announces he’ll do the (at)MLB HR Derby if he makes the NL All-Star team…” accompanied by a GIF of Harper celebrating in the dugout.The All-Star Game will be held July 17 at Nationals Park.The 25-year-old Harper is second in the voting among National League outfielders behind Nick Markakis of the Braves. The top three in the voting will be starters.Despite being in a slump that has dropped his average to .213, Harper entered play Friday leading the National League in home runs (19) and walks (55) Adidas J.T. Brown Jersey , and stood 10th in RBIs (45).Harper last participated in the derby in 2013 at Citi Field in New York.ATHLETE ABUSEEAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan State University’s embattled interim president survived an attempted ouster from the school’s governing board Friday as trustees met to approve using a bond to finance a $500 million settlement with hundreds of women and girls who said they were sexually assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar.At the meeting’s outset, trustee Brian Mosallam tried to change the agenda and allow a vote to fire John Engler, who had disparaged accusers and their lawyers in emails. The audience rejoiced, but the board voted 6-2 against taking up the issue, with Mossallam and Dianne Byrum the only trustees voting in favor.Engler has faced a whirlwind of backlash since the emails surfaced last week. At one point he wrote that Rachael Denhollander, one of Nassar’s most outspoken accusers, probably received a ”kickback” from her attorney. Within days, the controversy crested in some 150 Nassar accusers demanding his departure before he apologized in a written statement on Thursday. NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Murray doesn’t think he’s made any big changes since coming back from an injury last month. He’s just focusing on details and helping the Pittsburgh Penguins pile up wins.Murray stopped 28 shots to keep up his strong play since his return, and the Penguins beat the New York Rangers 7-2 Wednesday night for their season-high seventh straight victory.“There’s nothing really game-changing you can do. It’s just about doing the little things harder and better Adidas Adam Pelech Jersey ,” said Murray, who improved to 6-0 with a 1.49 goals-against average in six games since Dec. 15.“Battling through traffic, just competing,” he added. “The way the game’s played nowadays, there’s going to be a lot of tips and screens and weird bounces. You’ve just got to do your best and put yourself in the best position that you can to make the save.”Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jake Guentzel, Kris Letang and Dominik Simon each had a goal and an assist. Zach Aston-Reese and Tanner Pearson also scored to help the Penguins win for the ninth time in 10 games. Patric Hornqvist had two assists.“I don’t think we were at our best,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. “We were opportunistic on some of the chances we got and Matt was there to make timely saves for us.”Pittsburgh has recovered nicely from a 10-10-5 start. The Penguins are 12-2-1 in their last 15 games.“Early in the year we might have made mistakes to beat ourselves,” said Crosby Adidas Thomas Hickey Jersey , selected an All-Star for the eighth time earlier in the day. “We’re making teams earn their chances a little more. … We’re getting a lot of different guys contributing.”Ryan Strome and Pavel Buchnevich scored for the Rangers, who were 2-0-2 in their previous four games and 2-0-5 in their past seven at home.Henrik Lundqvist, picked as an All-Star for the fifth time earlier in the day, gave up six goals on 18 shots before he was pulled less than five minutes into the third period. Alexandar Georgiev replaced him and finished with six saves.“They are incredibly opportunistic,” Rangers coach David Quinn said of the Penguins. “I thought they elevated their game. Just one of those nights in the National Hockey League.”Malkin pushed Pittsburgh’s lead to 5-1 with his 13th goal at 1:03 of the third. He brought the puck up the middle, lost control of it as he skated through some Rangers defenders and then made a lunging poke to send it through Lundqvist’s legs before sliding into the goalie.Buchnevich pulled the Rangers back within three just 19 seconds later, putting the puck past Murray from the right side for his seventh.However, Pearson beat Lundqvist with a shot into the top right corner on a power play for his fifth at 4:40. That ended Lundqvist’s night.“Tonight I couldn’t find it for some reason,” Lundqvist said. “This was probably my worst game.”Crosby made it 7-2 with 6:04 left, matching a career high with his fifth straight multipoint game. He has three goals and nine assists during that stretch Adidas Tom Kuhnhackl Jersey ,After a scoreless first period, the Penguins took control with four goals in the second — including three in a 5:51 stretch midway through.Aston-Reese, a native New Yorker facing the Rangers for the first time, got the Penguins on the scoreboard first. He took a pass from Matt Cullen from behind the end line, settled the puck off his skate and beat Lundqvist for his sixth at 6:29.“Just an incredible feeling,” Aston-Reese said. “A local kid … that’s something you dream about when you’re little. To have it actually happen is huge.”Guentzel, who signed a five-year, $30 million contract extension last week, doubled the lead with 8:39 left in the period as his shot from the left circle deflected off Rangers defenseman Marc Staal’s stick into the left corner for his 17th.Letang made it 3-0 when he beat Lundqvist for his ninth with 7:40 left.Strome got the Rangers on the scoreboard only 26 seconds later with a deflection of Brady Skjei’s shot past Murray.Simon restored Pittsburgh’s three-goal lead with his fifth with 4:15 remaining in the middle period.NOTES: Murray also moved to 8-0 in his career against the Rangers, including the playoffs.. … Crosby has four goals and 14 assists in his last 10 games. … Pittsburgh forward Phil Kessel was held without a point Adidas Matt Martin Jersey , ending a streak of three consecutive three-point games. … The teams play three more times this season: on Feb. 17 at Pittsburgh, March 25 back in New York, and April 6 at Pittsburgh. … Staal appeared in his 800th regular-season game, becoming the 10th player in franchise history to play that many with the Rangers. Staal also joined brothers Eric (1,130) and Jordan (872) to become the first trio of siblings in NHL history to each play at least 800.UP NEXTPenguins: Host Winnipeg on Friday night to open a three-game homestand.Rangers: At Colorado on Friday night to begin a three-game road trip.
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WASHINGTON (AP) The plan was simple: Score early against a weary opponent and ride the momentum the rest of the way.The Tampa Bay Lightning carried out the strategy perfectly Womens Wayne Simmonds Jersey , turning a big first period into a huge 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night in a showdown between division leaders in the Eastern Conference.Washington had played in Buffalo one day earlier, and that played significantly into the game-plan of Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper.Article continues below ...”The big thing for us is, we knew they played (Monday). The key for that is you’ve got to get the lead,” Cooper said.Brayden Point sandwiched two goals around a tally by Chris Kunitz to make it 3-0 after the first period. That proved to be enough of a cushion for goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, who stopped 35 shots to earn his NHL-leading 35th win.”A good first period, and then we kind of hung on,” Point said.After Alex Ovechkin notched his NHL-high 36th goal for Washington to make it 3-2 at 11:02 of the third, Nikita Kucherov clinched it with a breakaway goal with 7:02 remaining.The victory improved Tampa Bay’s NHL-best record to 40-17-3 and kept the Lightning ahead of surging Boston in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference.”I liked a lot what happened in the first period. I thought we deserved to have a 3-0 lead,” Cooper said. ”There are a lot of positives to take out of the game, especially the fact that we got two points.”Lars Eller scored a power-play goal for the Capitals http://www.senatorsshoponline.com/authentic-bobby-ryan-jersey , who lead Pittsburgh by one point in the Metropolitan Division.Coach Barry Trotz was encouraged by his team’s play over the last 40 minutes, but lamented Washington’s miscues in the early-going.”We made three mistakes and they got all three of them,” Trotz said. ”They didn’t have very many shots … but they had three goals and we dug ourselves a hole.”Seeking to end a five-game losing streak in Washington, Tampa Bay took control early behind Point, a 21-year-old playing in his second NHL season. After Point beat Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby with a power-play goal at 2:30, Kunitz scored on a deflection at 16:00 before Point split two defenders and delivered a backhander for his 23rd goal of the season at 17:52.””That’s how we wanted to start off the game,” Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman said.It was the fifth career two-goal game for Point, who’s still seeking his first hat trick.”You think about it for sure, but the win is the most important thing,” he said.The All-Star center did Chris Wideman Jersey , however, extend his point-scoring streak to five games.Eller scored his 12th goal of the season at 9:32 of the second period, but Vasilevskiy stiffened after that.”The goaltenders in this league are erasers,” Trotz said. ”Tonight, their eraser was really good, and so we take the loss.”NOTES: Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 32 goals and 78 points. … One day after being obtained in trade with Chicago, Capitals D Michal Kempny participated in pre-game warmups but was scratched. … Holtby fell to 9-3-2 lifetime against Tampa Bay. … The Lightning won the season series 2-1. … Ovechkin is now six goals short of 600 for his career. He’s scored 43 against Tampa Bay in 65 games. … Washington fell to 20-9-2 at home but had its 395th consecutive sellout.UP NEXTLightning: At Ottawa on Thursday night, the second of three straight road games.Capitals: At Florida on Thursday night. Series tied 1-1, with each team winning on road.— LAS VEGAS (AP) — Charlie Coyle scored his second game-winning goal of the season with 5:31 remaining to lift the Minnesota Wild past the Vegas Golden Knights 4-2 on Monday.With the win, the Wild moved past Colorado and Vancouver into the top wild-card slot in the Western Conference. Minnesota takes on Colorado on Wednesday Womens Craig Anderson Jersey , the final game before the All-Star break for both teams.With the puck loose in front of the net, Jared Spurgeon sent a perfect pass to Coyle, who beat Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury with a high shot that put the Wild in front.Marcos Foligno, Eric Staal and Mikko Koivu also scored for the Wild. Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves and has stopped 64 of 67 shots in his last three games.Alex Tuch and Max Pacioretty scored for the Golden Knights.Fleury made 18 saves for Vegas.The loss kept Vegas in third place in the Pacific Division, behind first-place Calgary and San Jose.KINGS 4, BLUES 3LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul LaDue scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, and Los Angeles rallied past St. Louis.Jonathan Quick stopped 33 shots in his 302nd NHL victory, which is fourth-best among U.S.-born goaltenders.Anze Kopitar and Tyler Toffoli each had a goal and an assist, while Brendan Leipsic had two assists. Drew Doughty also scored for Los Angeles, which has won three of its last five.Mackenzie MacEachern Authentic Erik Karlsson Jersey Kids , Oskar Sundqvist and Ryan O’Reilly scored for St. Louis. Jordan Binnington made 25 saves.PREDATORS 4, AVALANCHE 1DENVER (AP) — Pekka Rinne stopped a penalty shot among his 35 saves and Nashville knocked off Colorado as Peter Laviolette captured win No. 600 of his NHL coaching career.Nick Bonino and Viktor Arvidsson scored 1:34 apart in the second period, while Roman Josi added another and Ryan Ellis contributed a late empty-netter from deep in his zone. The Predators beat their Central Division rivals for a 12th time over the last 13 regular-season meetings.Alexander Kerfoot had the lone goal for the Avalanche, who have dropped five of seven.PANTHERS 6, SHARKS 2SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Frank Vatrano had a goal and three assists for a career-high four points to lift Florida over San Jose.Vincent Trocheck, Keith Yandle and Nick Bjugstad each had a power-play goal for the Panthers. Mike Matheson and Aaron Ekblad also scored, Roberto Luongo stopped 27 shots and Aleksander Barkov added three assists.The Panthers have won three straight after losing their previous seven games.Timo Meier and Logan Couture scored for the Sharks. Martin Jones allowed five goals on 21 shots before being replaced by Aaron Dell with 12:38 left in the third period. Dell made eight saves.