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(AP) — Chis Kreider and Mats Zuccarello is going, the New York Rangers still have a shot at the playoffsZibanejad capped his second career hat trick with the winning goal with 4:36 to play and the Rangers overcame an early two-goal deficit to beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Thursday night.The win was the fifth in seven games and it pulled New York within eight points of Columbus for the second wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference with 32 games to play.“We can’t look too much at the standings right now,” said Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who made 19 saves. “We have to take every game as an opportunity to get better and we will see where we are at the end.”The Rangers chances of overcoming the odds will improve if Zibanejad’s line continues to flourish.Zibanejad also had an assist on Kreider’s goal and Zuccarello had three assists, including the backhand pass that set up Zibanejad’s backhand winner. The line had eight points.“It’s just clicking for us right now and it’s good to see Zuc back and I’m super happy,” Zibanejad said after hitting the 20-goal mark for the season. “But again, it’s the whole, like with Kreider’s skating as well.”The line has recorded 31 points (15 goals, 16 assists) in the last six games which all three players were in the lineup Kris Letang Jersey ,and 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) in the last four games which all three players were in the lineup, dating back to Jan. 15.Zibanejad has eight goals and three assists in his last five games.Rangers coach David Quinn talked to Zibanejad earlier this season when the pucks were not going in.“We talked about how when goals come, they come in flurries and they’re coming at a snowstorm rate for him right now which is good for us,” Quinn said. “The way Kreids and Zuc are playing that line has been dominant.”Nico Hischier, Marcus Johansson and Egor Yakovlev scored for New Jersey, which has lost seven of 11 games. Keith Kinkaid finished with 21 saves.“Losing is tough,” said veteran Brian Boyle, who had a last-minute tip stopped by Lundqvist. “There was some self-inflicted stuff but it’s always disappointing. This was a big one. This was a big game for us. I think we had pretty good control of it but we’re still a work in progress.”Kreider gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead early in the third period with a shot from the right circle that Kinkaid should have stopped. Yakovlev got his second career goal after being set up by Johansson between the circles less than a minute after Kreider scored.The winner came after the Rangers controlled play in the Devils’ zone for more than a minute and got the puck to Zibanejad.Zibanejad got his first on a deflection with two seconds left in the first period to cut the Devils lead to 2-1. It came five seconds after Johansson was penalized for interference. His 19th goal came with 3:24 left in the second period when he one-timed a Zuccarello pass into the top corner of the net.Hischier gave New Jersey the lead with a shot from the left circle 5:10 after the opening faceoff. Johansson made a head-first dive to poke a loose puck into an open net.NOTES: Devils placed D Sami Vatanen on injured reserve with a concussion sustained Monday against Pittsburgh. D Eric Gryba was recalled from Binghamton (AHL) but did not play. … Rangers F Brett Howden is going to be out 3-4 weeks with a sprained knee. He was hurt Tuesday against Philadelphia. …NHL MVP Taylor Hall missed his 15th straight game for the Devils with a lower body injury. He resumed skating on Sunday.… Yakovlev spent more than 30 seconds on his knees in front of Kinkaid after his skate blade broke late in the first period.… Lundqvist played in his 841st game for the Rangers, tying him with Vic Hatfield for seventh in franchise history.UP NEXTRangers: At Tampa Bay on Saturday night.Devils: At Montreal on Saturday. TORONTO (AP) — It took two late goals by Zach Hyman and a huge comeback by Toronto to end its longest losing streak of the season.Hyman scored two goals in the final 1:50 of the third period as the Maple Leafs erased an early 3-0 deficit and beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-3 Saturday night.William Nylander and Auston Matthews each had a goal and an assist Mario Lemieux Jersey , and Tyler Ennis and Andreas Johnsson also scored for Toronto, which snapped a season-high three-game losing streak. Frederik Andersen stopped 32 shots, and Patrick Marleau, Mitch Marner and Morgan Rielly had two assists each.Hyman and Johnsson scored empty-net goals.“The first 10 minutes we were all over them and then all of a sudden it’s 3-0,” Hyman said. “What a win for us to end a losing streak, to come back like we did (on) Saturday night against Montreal.“It’s a good feeling.”Andrew Shaw and Jeff Petry each had a goal and an assist, and Tomas Tatar scored for Montreal, which had its three-game win streak halted. Carey Price made 31 saves.“Hockey games lasts for 60 minutes, and we didn’t play the full 60,” Canadiens winger Artturi Lehkonen said.Hyman netted the eventual winner when he scored off a rebound of a shot by Mitch Marner. It was Hyman’s 12th of the season.“Everybody contributed Matt Murray Jersey ,” Hyman said. “It was one of our best team wins of the year to be able to come back like that.”Johnsson added his 17th into an empty net with 57.5 seconds left. Hyman’s empty-net goal came after he was taken down on a breakaway by Shea Weber.Montreal built a three-goal lead early in the game. The Maple Leafs closed within a goal in the second period and tied the score at 6:58 of the third on a fortuitous bounce. Marleau’s dump pass in took a crazy hop off the boards in front to Nylander, who fired his fourth into the open net, with Price out of position.Toronto trailed 3-0 after a disastrous opening 20 minutes, but got one back early in the second on the power play. Matthews, who beat Price in overtime in the season opener on Oct. 3, took a pass from Rielly and beat Price through the pads for his 29th goal of the season at 2:13.Toronto got another power play toward the end of the period and connected when Nylander fed a no-look pass down low to Marleau, who quickly fed Ennis for his eighth.The Leafs came in having won six in a row against the Canadiens, but fell behind early.Shaw opened the scoring at 8:07 of the first,burying his 13th the season, and third against the Leafs.Toronto challenged for goalie interference http://www.officialpenguinsproshop.com/authentic-adidas-olli-maatta-jersey , but the call on the ice stood following a quick review.Montreal then went up 2-0 at 12:44 when Toronto’s fourth line turned the puck over in the neutral zone. The Canadiens’ top unit raced the other way and Tatar scored his 21st, beating Andersen on the short side.The Canadiens stretched their lead to three goals on a man advantage at 13:52, when Petry took a pass from Shaw at the top of the left face-off circle and beat Andersen high for his 11th goal.NOTES: Matthews has 10 goals in 10 career outings against the Canadiens. … Ennis, who broke his ankle on Dec. 22, sat out 21 games before returning to the lineup last Saturday. … Montreal winger Jonathan Drouin took the warmup, but was a late scratch with the flu. Nicolas Deslauriers took his place. … Toronto defenseman Jake Gardiner suited up after sitting out Friday’s practice. … Marleau played the 1,635th game of his career, moving past Scott Stevens and into sole possession of eighth on the NHL’s all-time list.UP NEXTLeafs: Host Buffalo on Monday.Canadiens: At New Jersey on Monday.
Gourde to a major six-year contract extension worth $31 million Youth Christian Djoos Jersey , per Joe Smith of The Athletic.BREAKING: #TBLightning re-signs Yanni Gourde to six year extension with $5.166 million AAV. Full no trade first three years, partial final three. Was set to be UFA next summer. What this means for Lightning cap crunch https://t.co/w9bbwJK5WU— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) November 2, 2018Gourde is coming off a career year for the Lightning, in which he scored 25 goals and 64 points. The 26-year-old signed as an undrafted free agent with the Lightning in 2014, becoming one of hockey's most pleasant surprises and a great underdog story.The 5-foot-9, 170-pound winger is off to another solid start in 2018-19, with four goals and eight assists in 12 games. Gourde was in the final year of his contract and set to enter the free agent market.advertisingIt's a significant raise for Gourde, and it'll be interesting to see how the Lightning go about making cap space in the near future. Nikita Kucherov's monster contract extension kicks in next year, as he'll go from a cap hit of approx. $4.766 million to $9.5 million next season, per CapFriendly.com. Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY SportsGourde will be the eighth Lightning forward next season to carry a cap hit of over $4.5 million, but they will have money coming off the books this year.Defencemen Anton Stralman ($4.5 million) http://www.officialcapitals.com/authentic-adidas-andre-burakovsky-jersey , Braydon Coburn ($3.7 million), and Dan Girardi ($3 million), have their deals coming off the books this season. It'll be extremely difficult for Tampa to keep more than one of those blueliners after this year, though.advertisingBut for now, the main story here is that the Lightning managed to retain one of their key forwards for the long-term, ensuring the Stanley Cup window stays open longer. The Lightning have been聽among top teams over the last five years, having reached three Eastern Conference Finals in the last four seasons.Gourde was a key part of the Lightning team that only missed the Stanley Cup Final by one game last year. Now, they have him locked up for six more seasons. ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matthew Tkachuk spent his childhood dreaming of scoring an NHL goal in his hometown.It became reality Sunday.Tkachuk got his first goal in the city where his dad was a star, Johnny Gaudreau and Alan Quine each scored twice, and the Calgary Flames beat the St. Louis Blues 7-2.Tkachuk grew up in St. Louis while his father, Keith Tkachuk http://www.officialcapitals.com/authentic-adidas-evgeny-kuznetsov-jersey , totaled 208 goals over nine seasons with the Blues. A large contingent of Tkachuk’s friends and family attended the game Sunday, including his mother, Chantal.“Getting one here is something I’ve always envisioned,” Tkachuk said. “A million times, I’ve pictured it. And to have it happen like this, it was definitely something I will never forget.“Now that I got it, it felt great and I don’t have to worry about it anymore,” he added.Tkachuk came into the game with six assists in six career games against St. Louis.“He grew up in this building in essence and it was good for him to get us on the board and play real well today,” Calgary coach Bill Peters said.Tkachuk scored the winning goal in a 2-1 triumph over Minnesota on Saturday. The 21-year-old became an alternate captain for Calgary this year and has played a key role in propelling the Flames to the top of the Western Conference standings.“He’s one of our best players, night-in, night-out Jakub Vrana Jersey ,” longtime captain Mark Giordano said. “He got us going today.”Calgary has won eight of nine and leads the West with 46 points. Elias Lindholm and Giordano also scored, and goalie David Rittich made 26 saves.Calgary, which is 12-2-1 in its last 15, scored four times on its first 15 shots in the opening period.Oskar Sundqvist and Tyler Bozak scored for St. Louis, which was trying for its first three-game winning streak of the season.Calgary is off to the second-best start in franchise history through 34 games. The Flames went 23-6-5 for 51 points in 1988-89.Tkachuk pounced on the rebound of Giordano’s shot to get the Flames going 5:58 into the game. Lindholm scored short-handed on a breakaway to match a career high with his 17th goal, Giordano added on with a power-play goal and Quine made it 4-0 less than two minutes later.“We’rThe Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Yanni Gourde to a major six-year contract extension worth $31 million Youth Christian Djoos Jersey , per Joe Smith of The Athletic.BREAKING: #TBLightning re-signs Yanni Gourde to six year extension with $5.166 million AAV. Full no trade first three years, partial final three. Was set to be UFA next summer. What this means for Lightning cap crunch https://t.co/w9bbwJK5WU— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) November 2, 2018Gourde is coming off a career year for the Lightning, in which he scored 25 goals and 64 points. The 26-year-old signed as an undrafted free agent with the Lightning in 2014, becoming one of hockey's most pleasant surprises and a great underdog story.The 5-foot-9, 170-pound winger is off to another solid start in 2018-19, with four goals and eight assists in 12 games. Gourde was in the final year of his contract and set to enter the free agent market.advertisingIt's a significant raise for Gourde, and it'll be interesting to see how the Lightning go about making cap space in the near future. Nikita Kucherov's monster contract extension kicks in next year, as he'll go from a cap hit of approx. $4.766 million to $9.5 million next season, per CapFriendly.com. Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY SportsGourde will be the eighth Lightning forward next season to carry a cap hit of over $4.5 million, but they will have money coming off the books this year.Defencemen Anton Stralman ($4.5 million) http://www.officialcapitals.com/authentic-adidas-andre-burakovsky-jersey , Braydon Coburn ($3.7 million), and Dan Girardi ($3 million), have their deals coming off the books this season. It'll be extremely difficult for Tampa to keep more than one of those blueliners after this year, though.advertisingBut for now, the main story here is that the Lightning managed to retain one of their key forwards for the long-term, ensuring the Stanley Cup window stays open longer. The Lightning have been聽among top teams over the last five years, having reached three Eastern Conference Finals in the last four seasons.Gourde was a key part of the Lightning team that only missed the Stanley Cup Final by one game last year. Now, they have him locked up for six more seasons. ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matthew Tkachuk spent his childhood dreaming of scoring an NHL goal in his hometown.It became reality Sunday.Tkachuk got his first goal in the city where his dad was a star, Johnny Gaudreau and Alan Quine each scored twice, and the Calgary Flames beat the St. Louis Blues 7-2.Tkachuk grew up in St. Louis while his father, Keith Tkachuk http://www.officialcapitals.com/authentic-adidas-evgeny-kuznetsov-jersey , totaled 208 goals over nine seasons with the Blues. A large contingent of Tkachuk’s friends and family attended the game Sunday, including his mother, Chantal.“Getting one here is something I’ve always envisioned,” Tkachuk said. “A million times, I’ve pictured it. And to have it happen like this, it was definitely something I will never forget.“Now that I got it, it felt great and I don’t have to worry about it anymore,” he added.Tkachuk came into the game with six assists in six career games against St. Louis.“He grew up in this building in essence and it was good for him to get us on the board and play real well today,” Calgary coach Bill Peters said.Tkachuk scored the winning goal in a 2-1 triumph over Minnesota on Saturday. The 21-year-old became an alternate captain for Calgary this year and has played a key role in propelling the Flames to the top of the Western Conference standings.“He’s one of our best players, night-in, night-out Jakub Vrana Jersey ,” longtime captain Mark Giordano said. “He got us going today.”Calgary has won eight of nine and leads the West with 46 points. Elias Lindholm and Giordano also scored, and goalie David Rittich made 26 saves.Calgary, which is 12-2-1 in its last 15, scored four times on its first 15 shots in the opening period.Oskar Sundqvist and Tyler Bozak scored for St. Louis, which was trying for its first three-game winning streak of the season.Calgary is off to the second-best start in franchise history through 34 games. The Flames went 23-6-5 for 51 points in 1988-89.Tkachuk pounced on the rebound of Giordano’s shot to get the Flames going 5:58 into the game. Lindholm scored short-handed on a breakaway to match a career high with his 17th goal, Giordano added on with a power-play goal and Quine made it 4-0 less than two minutes later.“We’re a deep team, we’re a good team,” Giordano said. “I think the belief is there right now. And we have to continue that feeling. And time you can pile up points before the halfway point of the season – it’s a good thing.”Rittich improved to 11-3-1. The undrafted free agent made 34 saves in the win over Minnesota 24 hours earlier.St. Louis goalie Jake Allen was replaced by Jordan Binnington after the first period. Allen has been pulled before the second period in two of his past four starts.“We were terrible in the first period,” St. Louis interim coach Craig Berube said. “Every player — terrible. I don’t know how you’re not ready to play. You’re in the NHL, that’s your job.”NOTES: The Flames are 17-2 when scoring first. … St. Louis D Joel Edmundson returned after missing two games with a hand injury. … Calgary is 16-6-1 against Western Conference opponents. … The Flames are the only team in the NHL with five players with at least 30 points. … Blues LW Pat Maroon played in his 400th game. … Calgary C Mikael Backlund returned after missing four games with a concussion.UP NEXTFlames: Conclude a three-game swing on Tuesday night in DallasBlues: Begin a three-game road trip to Canada on Tuesday night in Edmonton. e a deep team, we’re a good team,” Giordano said. “I think the belief is there right now. And we have to continue that feeling. And time you can pile up points before the halfway point of the season – it’s a good thing.”Rittich improved to 11-3-1. The undrafted free agent made 34 saves in the win over Minnesota 24 hours earlier.St. Louis goalie Jake Allen was replaced by Jordan Binnington after the first period. Allen has been pulled before the second period in two of his past four starts.“We were terrible in the first period,” St. Louis interim coach Craig Berube said. “Every player — terrible. I don’t know how you’re not ready to play. You’re in the NHL, that’s your job.”NOTES: The Flames are 17-2 when scoring first. … St. Louis D Joel Edmundson returned after missing two games with a hand injury. … Calgary is 16-6-1 against Western Conference opponents. … The Flames are the only team in the NHL with five players with at least 30 points. … Blues LW Pat Maroon played in his 400th game. … Calgary C Mikael Backlund returned after missing four games with a concussion.UP NEXTFlames: Conclude a three-game swing on Tuesday night in DallasBlues: Begin a three-game road trip to Canada on Tuesday night in Edmonton.
EDMONTON William Nylander Jersey , Alberta (AP) enjoys watching the type of game the Senators turned in Saturday.Brady Tkachuk scored his second goal of the game 2:09 into overtime as the Ottawa Senators beat Edmonton 4-3 and put a crimp in the Oilers‘ slim playoff hopes.Bobby Ryan and Brian Gibbons also scored for the Senators (26-43-6), who snapped a two-game losing streak. Ottawa (25-43-6) has the fewest points in the NHL with 58.“It was really satisfying,” Crawford said. “You need success in order to keep the guys focused in on doing the right things. I thought we played a really good game, it was one of the most complete games that we’ve played.“We’re going to make a few mistakes and we made a couple mistakes in coverage, but tonight we didn’t complicate things. We didn’t make two or three mistakes on many plays out there.”Senators goalie Craig Anderson made 26 saves for his first win since Dec. 21, snapping a personal streak of 14 straight losses.“It’s been a long-time coming,” Anderson said. “Personally it’s been a tough stretch, obviously, to be close without (being) able to get there. Tonight we were able to get there and finalize it and get the win and it’s just a great feeling to have.”Alex Chiasson, Connor McDavid and Colby Cave scored for the Oilers (33-34-8), who have lost three of four. Edmonton stands six points out of the last wild card spot in the Western Conference.“It’s like when we lost to New Jersey Zach Hyman Jersey , it was the same type of team when you look at the standings,” Chiasson said. “Tonight we play a team at the bottom of the standings and that has traded away four or five of its best players and they outwork us. In our position, that is not good enough.”The Senators struck first on the power play five minutes into the first period when Tkachuk banked the puck off of defender Adam Larsson and past goalie Mikko Koskinen from behind the net for his 18th goal of the season.Edmonton tied the game four minutes later when Chiasson went in on a breakaway and beat Anderson with a backhand shot.Ottawa regained the lead with another first-period power-play goal as Ryan deflected a shot from in front of the net.The Oilers tied the game three minutes into the second period on a give-and-go passing play with Leon Draisaitl setting up McDavid for his 38th goal. McDavid tied his career high of 108 points with the goal.The Senators surged ahead seven-and-a-half minutes into the third when a terrific pass from Magnus Paajarvi set up a goal by Gibbons. But Edmonton came back 66 seconds later on a goal by Cave that eventually sent the game into overtime.NOTES: Each team had its share of controversy this week. Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson called out the play of forward Tobias Rieder at a season ticket holder’s breakfast. Embattled Senators owner Eugene Melnyk made disparaging comments on a radio show about Ottawa’s fans, mayor and media, as well as the rebuild of the rival Toronto Maple Leafs. … It was the second and last game between the teams, with Edmonton winning the first game 4-2, on Feb. 28. … Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot returned to the lineup after missing four games with a broken toe. … Oilers defenseman Andrej Sekera played his 700th NHL game.UP NEXTSenators: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.Oilers: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers tied an NHL record with Mike McKenna becoming their seventh goaltender to play this season.McKenna started against the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals on Tuesday night and allowed four goals on 25 shots in a 5-3 loss . He got the nod because interim coach Scott Gordon wanted to give top goaltending prospect Carter Hart a break after playing twice in three days.The Flyers became the fourth team in league history to use seven goalies, joining the 1989-90 Quebec Nordiques, 2002-03 St. Louis Blues and 2007-08 Los Angeles Kings. Brian Elliott, Michal Neuvirth, Calvin Pickard Alex Burmistrov Jersey , Alex Lyon and Anthony Stolarz have also tended goal for Philadelphia.Because of injuries, they reached the seven-goalie mark in their 43rd game.Philadelphia claimed the 35-year-old McKenna off waivers from the Canucks last week when Neuvirth was injured again. Vancouver acquired McKenna in a trade from the Ottawa Senators two days earlier.McKenna had black tape all over his mask and black and orange tape on his pads to match the colors of the ninth NHL team he has dressed for. In previous seasons, he played for the Tampa Bay Lightning, New Jersey Devils, Columbus Blue Jackets, Arizona Coyotes and Dallas Stars.“He competes and he battles,” Gordon said of McKenna. “When you play for as long as he has, that’s something people appreciate, the fact that you bring it every day in practice and games.”McKenna fell to 1-5-1 this season, and his only victory came against the Flyers while playing for the Senators. He recognized his first game with Philadelphia wasn’t his best.“I’d be lying to you if I didn’t say it was a little bit of a challenge just from a lot of different logistical standpoints, but my job is to play hockey and be a goaltender and stop the puck and no matter what team I’m on I’m going to do that to the best of my ability http://www.officialcanucks.com/authentic-adidas-bo-horvat-jersey ,” McKenna said. “At the end of the day, we’re all trying to do the same thing and that’s win hockey games regardless of who we’re playing against. The NHL is a challenge no matter what. Every team has players that can do this, so you’ve got to bring your A game.”Gordon, who replaced the fired Dave Hakstol behind Philadelphia’s bench, was one of the Nordiques’ seven goaltenders 29 years ago. He said this is different because Quebec was 9-34-6 at the time he was called up.“The team at that point, there was a fire sale that was going to happen at the trade deadline,” Gordon said. “They were out of the playoffs. Different situation. There were some major changes that were done at that point.”The Flyers have now lost eight in a row and are 30th in the 31-team NHL.
with the Columbus Blue Jackets as Monday's NHL trade deadline approaches.The Sens traded Matt Duchene to the Blue Jackets on Friday Chad Johnson Jersey Womens , and they followed that up by trading winger Ryan Dzingel to Columbus on Saturday, as the Jackets announced.Mark Stone is the Sens' top asset, and it seems clear that Ottawa wants to move him as well. However, Dzingel proved easier to trade, and the Sens completed the deal because they received forward Anthony Duclair and two second-round choices (2020 and 2021) in return.Dzingel has scored 22 goals and 22 assists this season. He should be a valuable addition to the Jackets because he has a hard, accurate shot that he can get away in a heartbeat when he finds himself between the circles.The Blue Jackets had competition from the Boston Bruins for Dzingel, per TSN NHL insider Darren Dreger.Stone is Ottawa's most explosive offensive player, and he has scored 28 goals and 34 assists this season. He has the kind of talent to play the role of difference-maker in any playoff series.The Senators would surely like to get a package that includes a first-round draft choice for Stone, but that may be difficult to accomplish. Stone is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of the season, and it will be a gamble for any team to give up that kind of valuable asset for a rental player.If he were to make the difference in a Stanley Cup run Brian Flynn Jersey Womens , it would be worth giving up a first-round pick. But any other finish may lead to regret for giving up that much in return.TSN insider Bob McKenzie tweeted that the door is not closed on Stone remaining with the Senators. While owner Eugene Melnyk has not made Stone a long-term offer, there is a chance he could do so before the deadline.With suitors who are willing to give up a package that includes a first-round choice difficult to find, the Sens could decide they are better off keeping Stone as the centerpiece of the franchise while they build with draft picks.But if Stone is not going to get a new contract offer, McKenzie reported that the Winnipeg Jets, Nashville Predators, Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames are the teams most likely to pursue a deal for the wing.Rangers in Sell Mode at the DeadlineThe New York Rangers traded veteran forward Mats Zuccarelloto the Dallas Stars on Saturdayfor a conditional second-round pick in 2019 and and a conditional third-round pick in 2020.The Rangers, who have been in a rebuilding mode since trading Rick Nash to the Bruins at last year's deadline, are most likely not done dealing.Forward Kevin Hayes is also a player of interest, according to Dreger.Dreger had tweeted that the Rangers had been taking calls on Zuccarello and Hayes, and now that the first trade has been made Christian Folin Jersey Womens , the pursuit of Hayes is likely to increase.Hayes may be the No. 2 forward available on the trade front after Stone, but he is not likely to be as expensive as Ottawa's top scorer.The center has scored 14 goals and 28 assists in 51 games for the Rangers this term. Hayes scored a career-best 49 points in 2016-17, and he scored a career-high 25 goals last season.While he is not an elite scorer, he has excellent size at 6'5", and teams that want to play a heavy game during the postseason would likely be the most interested in pursuing such a player.New York defenseman Adam McQuaid, who is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of the season, is also likely to move before the deadline. Dan Rosen of NHL.com tweeted that McQuaid has likely played his last game as a Ranger. GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona rookie Conor Garland was challenging for a roster spot before he broke a hand in training camp. Healthy again, he is making his mark.Garland was credited with two goals — the first appearing to just graze his uniform — and Darcy Kuemper made 23 saves for his first shutout of the season and 12th overall to help the Coyotes beat the New York Rangers 5-0 on Sunday to end a three-game losing streak.“If you look at his goals, too David Perron Jersey Womens , I don’t care if they go off his pants or not, he’s in front of the net,” Arizona coach Rick Tocchet, who recorded his 100th NHL victory. “It doesn’t matter how they go in. I have to give him a lot of credit because he is in front of the net.”Garland was stationed just outside the crease when Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s wrister from inside the blue line got past Henrik Lundqvist on a power play to open the scoring at 7:19 of the first period, the beginning of another tough game for Lundqvist.Alex Galchenyuk had a goal and two assists, and Mario Kempe and Clayton Keller also scored as the Coyotes scored all their goals in the first two period while winning for the second time in their last nine home gamesGalchenyuk has 10 points in his last eight games and Garland has three goals in his last two games and five in his last seven. He was recalled from Tucson of the American Hockey League early last month.“I feel more comfortable every game,” Garland said. “You get to see film, talk to the coaches after a game and pick up new things. It is slowing down. It feels good.”Lundqvist stopped 27 of 32 shots before being replaced by Alexander Georgiev with 3:22 left in the second period. Lundqvist also was pulled in his last start, a 7-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.The Rangers have been outscored 18-3 while losing three straight games and have lost six of eight and nine of 12. They were shut out for the third time this season and have given up four power play goals in the last two games — three in a 6-1 loss at Colorado on Friday night.“We’re fragile mentally and physically right now, the ways things are going Jimmy Hayes Jersey Womens ,” Rangers coach David Quinn said.“There are a whole heap of problems, and we have to address them. We had no legs today. They had way more jump than we did. It was every man. We just didn’t have any energy. You can’t play with no energy in this league.”The Coyotes had scored only four goals in their last three games and had been held to one or fewer goals in seven of their last 12, including a 3-2 overtime loss to New Jersey on Friday.“We wanted a good bounce-back game, and it starts with the first period,” Garland said.Kempe made it 2-0 exactly two minutes later when the Rangers could not clear a bouncing puck near the left circle. Kempe fired a wrist shot that beat Lundqvist high to the blocker side.Garland struck again at 6:34 of the second, when a shot from the slot deflected off Kevin Shattenkirk’s stick and fluttered past Lundqvist. Galchenyuk’s poke check at his own blue line started the rush.“We’re not starting very well, and it’s snow-balling on us,” New York’s Marc Staal said.Keller and Galchenyuk added goals in second, with Keller’s shot through the five-hole sending Lundqvist to the bench.NOTES: Rangers center Kevin Hayes, who is second on the team with 34 points Chris Bigras Jersey Womens , did not play for the second straight game. He suffered what is believed to be mid-body injury when he ran into the boards in a Dec. 14 game against the Coyotes. … The Rangers played the eighth game of a stretch in which they are to play 12 games in 23 days in four time zones. They are 2-4-2 thus far. … Kuemper’s mask was knocked off by Brandon Smith’s wrist shot 1:30 into the second period, and play was stopped while he got a new one. … The Coyotes swept the two-game season series after overcoming a 3-0 lead for a 4-3 overtime victory in New York on Dec. 14. … Tocchet was asked about his 100th victory: “It took a long time,” he said, smiling. It came in his 272nd game over three-plus seasons, the first two with Tampa Bay.UP NEXTRangers: At Vegas on Tuesday night.Coyotes: At Vancouver on Thursday night.
Not only did Los Angeles lose to the lowly Cincinnati Reds yet again Adam Pelech Jersey Womens , this time former Dodgers prospects did in their former team.Former Los Angeles farmhands Brandon Dixon and Scott Schebler homered, and the Dodgers stumbled for the second straight night in a 3-1 loss Tuesday night.“Two days ago, things were great,” Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said. “I don’t have an answer for the Reds. Obviously, we don’t. I wish I had an answer. We felt good about this series coming in. We were prepared. We can’t solve the riddle of their pitching. Our only thought now is to salvage the series and find a way to get a win.”Defending NL champion Los Angeles is 0-6 against Cincinnati this season. The Dodgers, who lost Monday’s series opener 10-6 to the last-place Reds, remained 1½ games behind NL West-leading Colorado and dropped three games back of St. Louis for the second NL wild card.Los Angeles has lost back-to-back games for the first time since a three-game sweep by St. Louis from Aug. 20-22. Last week the Dodgers lost two of three to the sub-.500 New York Mets.“It’s not complacency,” Roberts said. “If anything, we’re trying too hard. When we put it together, we’re very good. Against teams that on paper we should beat, it hasn’t worked out.”Dixon homered in the second inning and Schebler in the third for a 2-0 lead against Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-3). Jose Peraza Thomas Hickey Jersey Womens , another former Los Angeles prospect, had two hits.Dixon, Peraza and Schebler all were acquired by the Reds from Los Angeles as part of the December 2015 three-team trade that sent Todd Frazier from Cincinnati to the Chicago White Sox.“It is fun to play the team you left,” Dixon said. “The win is the most important thing, but you have a chip on your shoulder when you play your former team.”Scooter Gennett had two hits, including a run-scoring single in the fifth inning, and lifted his league-leading average to .321. Gennett is hitting .727 (16 for 22) against the Dodgers this season.Luis Castillo (9-12) allowed one run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings with nine strikeouts. He retired 15 straight batters before Joc Pederson’s one-out homer in the sixth.Raisel Iglesias pitched a hitless ninth for his 26th save in 30 chances, completing a five-hitter.Dixon, playing in place of a resting Joey Votto, sent a cutter into the upper deck for his fifth home run this season and Schebler hit his 16th home run and third in five games, The drive sailed over the Reds bullpen down the right-field line and clanged off an advertising sign.Ryu (4-3) gave up eight hits in five innings.MOVING AROUNDIn Cincinnati’s last four games John Tavares Jersey , Dixon has started at second base, third base, right field and first base. He is the first Reds player to start four straight games at different positions since Jerry Hairston in September 2008. Dixon also has made two scoreless pitching appearances.STREAK ALIVEPederson’s shot extended the Dodgers’ streak of consecutive games with at least one homer to 19, tops in the majors this season. Pederson snapped a 0-for-13 skid with a single leading off the game.GET THE BALLReds OF Gabriel Guerrero singled in the fourth for his first major league hit.TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: 3B Justin Turner didn’t start after reaching base in 33 of 34 games since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 2 but pinch hit. “He’s showing signs of fatigue,” manager Dave Roberts said. “He’s had a high workload.”UP NEXTDodgers: RHP Ross Stripling (8-3) starts Wednesday after ace Clayton Kershaw was pushed back to Thursday. Stripling has a 6.14 ERA in 7 1/3 innings in two career appearances against the RedsReds: RHP Anthony DeSclafani (7-4) is 1-3 with a 3.12 ERA in four starts against Los Angeles, the last on Aug. 21, 2016. TAMPA, Fla. — After being the final team in the league to start the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning finally get the chance to be back on the ice Thursday when they host the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday at Amalie Arena.Tampa Bay has been off since opening the season with a shootout victory against the Florida Panthers on Saturday. Vancouver, meanwhile, already has three games under its belt following Tuesday’s loss at Carolina.The Lightning Authentic Jordan Eberle Jersey , a Stanley Cup favorite this season, looked anything like a top contender despite the victory on opening night after allowing 43 shots on goal to the Panthers. With the extended time off between games, Tampa Bay went back to a training camp mindset looking to have a stronger showing in the second game.Article continues below ...“We need to raise our compete level, we didn’t execute plays like we usually do,” Lightning forward Yanni Gourde said. “We turned too many pucks over and that was part of why we played like we did in the first period. We know we need to work on that and we were out on the ice (for practice) and working hard it it, so that’s good for us.”Despite the victory on opening night, the Lightning are aware their level of play needs to rise quickly to live up to the expectations they have for themselves, let alone the outside expectations. They should get a boost with the return of Tyler Johnson, who missed the final two weeks of preseason plus the season opener due to an upper-body injury.Johnson has been practicing all week with the team and expects to be in the lineup when Tampa Bay returns to action. That has forced head coach Jon Cooper to move some personnel around when it comes to line combinations.“There’s parts of our game we liked from last game and some we didn’t,” Cooper said. “We are trying to find the best mix possible so we can score more than one shorthanded goal in a game. This is what we’re doing now. We’re just trying to find the chemistry a little bit.”The Canucks don’t have similar expectations in the first year of the post-Sedin era. Vancouver is in the midst of a rebuild with the likes of Bo Horvat, Brock Boesner and Calder Trophy candidate Elias Pettersson.But Josh Bailey Jersey , starting the season with one victory in three games leaves a bit of an empty feeling despite the optimism with some of the youth injected in to the lineup.“Losing sucks,” Horvat told the Vancouver Province. “No matter how many goals you score, if you lose at the end of the day, it’s still a loss. For us, that’s our main focus: We want to win hockey games. That’s the main goal.”Canucks head coach Travis Green has been moving the lines around to try to find the right mix of offense — which has not been a problem in the early going — and defense, which has been a bit of an issue, allowing 14 goals in the opening three games.
NEWARK Mika Zibanejad Jersey , N.J. (AP) —an incredible run to get into the playoffs, there’s a chance interim coach Craig Berube’s team can win the Central Division.Defenseman Vince Dunn scored in close with 2.8 seconds left in overtime and the Blues beat New Jersey 3-2 on Saturday night for their 11th straight victory over the Devils.Combined with Montreal’s win over Winnipeg and Columbus’ victory over Nashville, the Blues moved within two points of the first-place Jets with four games left in the regular season. The Predators have the second-place tiebreaker against St. Louis but the Blues have a game in hand.What’s remarkable is the Blues are 27-10-4 since the turn of the year and that on Jan. 2, they had 34 points, the lowest total in the NHL.“It was a tough start for us as a group and a lot of frustration really sunk in quick for us,” Dunn said after his fourth-game winning goal of the season. “But we found a way to turn it around. I think we really came together as a team to be able to win big games against top teams and to put ourselves in a good spot moving into the playoffs.”Since Berube replaced Mike Yeo on Nov. 19, the Blues are 35-19-5.“Obviously you want to be playing your best going in and there’s a couple of teams we still want to catch still and home ice would be huge for us and we can keep climbing up so we’ll keep our foot on the gas and keep trying to catch those teams to get into a better position,” said Blues center Tyler Bozak, who scored in regulation along with Robert Thomas.On the game winning goal, Dunn collected the puck near his own blue line and skated into the New Jersey’ zone Womens Pavel Buchnevich Jersey , beating Cory Schneider for his 12th goal of the season.“I got caught flat footed a little bit, not anticipating he was going to get through,” said Schneider, who finished with 24 saves. “I got caught leaning a little bit. I thought he was going to cut across and try to make a move and he quick-shotted me five hole. It’s tough, two seconds left. I thought we played a good game against them and take your chances in the shootout. Obviously a disappointing way to finish.”Drew Stafford and Joey Anderson scored for the Devils, who battled back from two one-goal deficits.Thomas opened the scoring with 4:51 left in the first period, coming from behind the net and beating Schneider with a backhander for his ninth goal.New Jersey tied it with a power-play goal by Stafford early in the second period. Pavel Zacha tracked the puck down in the corner on a rush and made a quick pass in frontthat Stafford batted out of the air past Allen.With a delayed penalty about to be called against the Devils, Bozak ended a 10-game goal drought with a shot from between the circles with 4:04 left in the second. Schneider never had a chance with Pat Maroon and Thomas both screening him.Less than a minute later, Anderson tied the game with a deflection of Steven Santini’s shot.NOTES: The last time the Devils beat the Blues was Jan. 21, 2014. … New Jersey has not allowed a power-play goal in seven games Vladislav Namestnikov Jersey , killing off 15 penalties. … Stafford’s goal was only the seventh on the power play the Blues have allowed since Feb. 7. Kevin Rooney of the Devils made the best save of the game, using his stick to deflect a Jaden Schwartz shot at an open net off the goalpost after Schneider gave the puck away in the second period. “I owe him a couple of beers, I think,” Schneider said.UP NEXT:Blues: Host Colorado on Monday night.Devils: Play home finale against the New York Rangers on Monday night. DENVER (AP) With the core of Colorado’s scoring attack sidelined, backup goalie Jonathan Bernier put together a stifling performance.Gabriel Bourque and Tyson Jost scored 2:14 apart in the second period, Bernier stopped 38 shots and the Avalanche beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 on Tuesday night.Bernier was solid once again in place of starter Semyon Varlamov, who missed 11 games with a groin injury before returning to the crease Saturday. For the second time in 2 1/2 weeks, his backup delivered a gem at the expense of the Sharks.”Bernier would be making $20 million a year if he played us every night,” said San Jose coach Peter DeBoer, whose team lost 5-3 to the Avalanche on Jan. 18 in large part because of 45 saves by Bernier. ”He’s been unbelievable against us.”Colorado returned from a six-game road trip and won its ninth straight at the Pepsi Center Bobby Ryan Jersey , the club’s longest home winning streak since moving to Denver in 1995. The Avalanche are 19-7-1 at home this season and one point out of the second wild card in the Western Conference.”We’ve had some success at home,” Bernier said, ”but we have to get that success on the road if we want to be a good team and to make the playoffs.”They’ll have to find some more offense, too.Colorado struggled to generate many chances without Nathan MacKinnon (left shoulder) and Mikko Rantanen (lower body), the team’s top two scorers. In their absence, the Avalanche were outshot 39-20.”We lost two of our best players on our team, one of the best players in the NHL right now (in MacKinnon),” Jost said. ”Guys have to step up.”The Sharks pulled goalie Martin Jones in the final minute and had a flurry of chances to tie it, but J.T. Compher iced the game with an empty-net goal with three seconds remaining.Jones stopped 17 shots for the Sharks, who have won just twice in their last seven games. Joel Ward scored his first goal since Nov. 22.”Yeah http://www.officialsenators.com/authentic-adidas-chris-wideman-jersey , their goalie played well,” San Jose center Logan Couture said. ”It was tough to get one, and obviously we didn’t get two.”San Jose had 16 of the first 20 shots but found itself down 2-0 early in the second.Bourque opened the scoring 2:31 into the period after the Sharks turned the puck over in their own zone. Jost took control and pushed it ahead to Compher, who slid an expert pass along the crease to Bourque for his third goal of the season.The Avalanche added to it as they connected on two long passes to set up Jost. The 19-year-old split two defenders just in front of the blue line and beat Jones’ glove for his fourth of the season.Ward cut the deficit to 2-1 with 6:31 left in the period after scoring on a rebound. The goal was originally waved off, but video replay showed the puck slipped just inside.The Sharks outshot the Avalanche 26-10 through two periods.”Berns was good,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. ”He gave us a chance.”NOTES: C Joe Thornton missed his sixth straight game and is expected to be out several weeks for San Jose. … Jost and Compher each had a goal and an assist. … MacKinnon is expected be out two to four weeks, while Rantanen missed his first game of the season. … The Avalanche are in the midst of playing 13 of 16 games away from home.UP NEXTSharks: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night.Avalanche: Start a three-game road swing at the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.—This story has been corrected with Bernier’s save total to reflect official scoring change.—
VANCOUVER Jonathan Ericsson Jersey , British Columbia (AP) — Panthers as motivation for Sunday’s rematch.“We’ve got some bad blood with them,” Vancouver defenseman Ben Hutton said. “Obviously, everyone knows that.”When the teams last met in October, Vancouver’s star rookie Elias Pettersson was the victim of a controversial hit by Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson. No penalty was called and Pettersson ended up missing two weeks with a concussion.The Canucks tried to outwork Florida, and Loui Eriksson had a goal and two assists as Vancouver defeated the Panthers 5-1.“We wanted to come out and play hard,” said Hutton, who scored the eventual game-winner. “Play within the rules, but play hard. And make sure everyone knows that you can’t really mess with one of us.”Matheson — who was handed a two-game suspension by the league for the hit — was challenged to drop the gloves several times, but didn’t give in. Every time he touched the puck, loud boos rained down from the Vancouver crowd.Vancouver defenseman Erik Gudbranson said his team was good about not crossing the line with Matheson.“You don’t want to do anything stupid in a one-goal game,” he said. “Guys tried Womens Justin Abdelkader Jersey , tried early. But at a certain point, if he’s not willing to do it, that’s on him. We’ve got to go and win two points.”Instead, Gudbranson went head-to-head with Florida’s Michael Healy, exchanging blows for nearly a minute near the end of the first period.“Hockey’s still hockey. The blood boils,” Gudbranson said. “And it was a good showing by our team.”Canucks coach Travis Green said he didn’t encourage his team to bring extra intensity to Sunday’s matchup.“I never talked about it once and I don’t know if they talked about it as a team, but I thought they responded exactly how you should — won the game,” he said. “No one did anything cheap or dirty and that’s it, end of story.”Loui Eriksson had a goal and two assists for Vancouver.Midway through the second period, the left-winger picked off a pass from Mike Hoffman at the Panthers’ blue line and drove into the offensive zone. Eriksson finished with a wrist shot that beat Florida netminder Roberto Luongo.He admitted that scoring has been tough lately, so finding the net was a relief.“It hasn’t come easy. So all you can do is just work hard and just keep working. And things will turn around Luke Glendening Jersey ,” Eriksson said. “It was definitely nice to score that one tonight. And now on to the next one.”Brock Boeser and Jay Beagle had empty-net goals for the Canucks. Markus Granlund added a goal, scoring with just 11 seconds left.Frank Vatrano scored for the Panthers. Florida has lost six games in a row.“We had some guys, especially some of our big guys, have very average if not below-average games and you can’t win hockey games that way,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said.Jacob Markstrom stopped 23 shots, and Luongo had 31 saves.Despite playing for the visitors, the former Canucks netminder received raucous cheers of “Louuuu!” from the crowd every time he stopped the puck.“It’s always nice to come back here and fans are great,” said Luongo, who played eight seasons with the Canucks before he was traded to Florida in 2014. “It’s always special; it will always hold a special place in my heart.”NOTES: Pettersson missed the rematch with a knee injury he suffered in a game against Montreal earlier this month. … Panthers center Nick Bjugstad returned to the lineup Sunday after missing 16 games with an upper-body injury.UP NEXTPanthers: At Montreal on Tuesday.Canucks: Host Edmonton on Wednesday. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel are doing their part, continuing to pile up points for the Pittsburgh Penguins Martin Frk Jersey , but the team’s goaltenders might have been the headlining act in a big December.Phil Kessel had a goal and two assists, and Sidney Crosby added a goal and assist as Pittsburgh kept rolling with a 3-2 win against the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.Casey DeSmith, who stopped 40 shots to beat Minnesota on Dec. 20, made 31 saves for the Penguins, who have won eight of their past 10 games, a season-high six games in a row and finished December 11-3-1.DeSmith was 6-3-1 in December with a 2.39 goals-against average and .929 save percentage. Matt Murray, since returning from a lower-body injury, was 5-0 with a 1.38 goals-against average and .959 save percentage for Pittsburgh. Heading into the game, the two combined for a .931 save percentage in the month, which led the league.“I think they’ve got a nice, healthy competition amongst themselves right now http://www.officialredwings.com/authentic-adidas-mike-green-jersey ,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “They’re both at their very best. They’re making timely saves for us. They’re making saves at key times in the game that give us a chance to either maintain a lead or get momentum back, whatever it may be.”Kessel has three points in each of his past three games and Crosby has four straight games with multiple points for Pittsburgh, which tied its season high with its fourth straight road win.Mikko Koivu scored for the first time in 15 games and Zach Parise added his 17th goal of the season for the Wild. Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves for Minnesota, which has lost eight of its past 11 games.“It was another pretty good effort by us,” Dubnyk said. “Obviously, it gets old. We’re all competitive and used to winning in here, so you don’t want to sit here and say over and over that we played well and had chances and made a good effort. But that’s the case.”The Wild snapped a five-game losing streak on Saturday at Winnipeg and then opened the scoring against the Penguins.Koivu started a rush from his defensive zone and got a pass from Nino Niederreiter in the slot, sending a quick shot past DeSmith. It was the first power-play goal allowed by Pittsburgh in six games. They had killed 14 straight short-handed situations.It was Koivu’s 59th career power-play goal, tied with Marian Gaborik for most in franchise history.Given their first power-play, the Penguins tied the game with Kessel sending a pass through defenseman Ryan Suter’s legs to Crosby alone on the back side for an easy tap-in goal.It was the fifth-straight goal on the power-play for Pittsburgh, which was 4 of 4 in a 6-1 win against St. Louis on Saturday. Crosby has 10 points in the past four games.Kessel scored his 17th goal of the season with 21 seconds left in the first period when his shot from the side deflected off Suter’s stick past Dubnyk.“We have given them a couple in the two games Nick Jensen Jersey ,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. “There’s no ifs ands or buts on that. It’s very frustrating. It’s a frustrating theme of the way we don’t succeed sometimes.”Riley Sheahan scored in the second period for the Penguins and DeSmith was it his best in the period. Minnesota had 13 shots in a scoreless second, including several in which DeSmith made highlight saves.“It’s all about, as a goaltender, kind of managing in the game and knowing when they’re pressing and doing what you can to hold them off until your team finds a way to push back and respond,” DeSmith said. “Luckily, I was able to do that a little bit during the second period and we got some guys who did a great job finishing their chances tonight.”NOTES: Pittsburgh F Bryan Rust missed his first game of the season with a lower-body injury he sustained in the previous game against St. Louis. He’s considered day-to-day. Zach Aston-Reese took Rust’s spot on Sidney Crosby’s line. … Penguins D Olli Maatta was a game-time decision with a lower-body injury but was in the lineup. Jamie Oleksiak was a healthy scratch for the second straight game after missing three games with an injury. … Minnesota D Nick Seeler (upper-body injury) skated before the game and coach Bruce Boudreau said Seeler could return on the team’s upcoming four-game road trip. … Crosby became just the second player in Pittsburgh history to play in 900 games. Mario Lemieux is the all-time leader in games played with 915.UP NEXTPenguins: Face the New York Rangers on Wednesday.Wild: Play Thursday in Toronto.
Hurricanes had a reason to enjoy themselves Womens Jared Spurgeon Jersey , too, on Friday night.Mrazek made 27 saves and the Hurricanes spoiled a celebration at Madison Square Garden that honored the last Rangers team to win the Stanley Cup, blanking New York 3-0.Warren Foegele scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period as the Hurricanes ended a 16-game losing streak at the Garden. He took a pass from Saku Maenalanen in the slot and wristed a shot past Henrik Lundqvist at 6:43.“It was nice to get rewarded there,” Foegele said. “It was a great play by (Kegger) Greg McKegg to enter the zone with speed and then a beautiful pass by Saku.”Rookie Andrei Svechnikov and Brock McGinn added empty-net goals as Carolina won its third in a row. It was Carolina’s first win at MSG since a 4-3 victory on Oct. 29, 2010.In a 45-minute pregame ceremony, Mark Messier, Brian Leetch and the players and coaches from the Rangers’ 1994 Stanley Cup team were introduced. They were seated at center ice as a sellout crowd cheered the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of that championship.To honor that club, Lundqvist wore a goaltender’s mask similar to Mike Richter’s with the Statue of Liberty prominently displayed on the front. Lundqvist’s mask also has “1994” painted on the right side with a picture of Richter, his name and number.“Unbelievable. It’s a humbling thing. What a great statement by him Jason Zucker Jersey ,” Richter said before the game.“(He) didn’t have to do it. It’s very classy. I was shocked. … Coming from him, look at the career the man has put together. He’s been nothing but consistent from the day he arrived. He’s had just a remarkable career, so it means a lot coming from him.”Rangers coach David Quinn was disappointed in his team’s effort in the game.“There was definitely a lack of urgency which was surprising,” he said. “It certainly was set up to be a special night. We just didn’t capitalize on it.”Carolina, which is 13-4-1 in its past 18 games, climbed within a point of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the final playoff position in the Eastern Conference.“I think we know where we are in the standings and how important each game is,” Foegele said. “We need wins and it’s important we got two points there.”These Rangers are near the bottom of the Eastern Conference.After a tightly played opening period, both teams had better scoring chances in the second.Kevin Hayes took a pass from Jimmy Vesey and faked Mrazek and attempted to stuff the puck into the net, but Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin swept it out from the crease.“That was a big save by him Joel Eriksson Ek Jersey ,” Mrazek said. “Hayes did a nice job holding the puck for a little bit, I get out and a great save by Slavin.”Mrazek closed the second period by making a stellar stick-side save on Mika Zibanejad with the Rangers on the power play.Lundqvist kept the game scoreless late in the opening period as he stopped Nino Niederreiter on a breakaway. He finished with 30 saves.“We definitely had our looks, especially in the second period,” Lundqvist said. “It came down to one play. Unfortunately we were on the wrong end. We had our opportunities. But they defended really well the whole game.”NOTES: For the national anthem, the Garden replayed John Amirante’s version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” that he performed during the ’94 Cup Final. … The Rangers are 1-2-1 on their homestand. … Defenseman Haydn Fleury was scratched for Carolina. Center Brett Howden and defenseman Neal Pionk were scratched by the Rangers.UP NEXT:Hurricanes: At the Devils on Sunday in the fourth game of a five-game road trip.Rangers: Host Toronto on Sunday to close out a five-game homestand. CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Jack Eichel battled through some misfortune before scoring the overtime winner for the Buffalo Sabres in a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.Seconds after putting a backhand off the post, Buffalo’s captain rifled a low shot past Dave Rittich, on the Calgary goaltender’s glove side 70 seconds into OT.Eichel also rang the puck off the iron in the first minute of the game. He was all alone in front of Rittich with five minutes remaining in the first period, but his shot was over the net.“Obviously you put a lot of pressure on yourself Authentic Marcus Johansson Jersey ,” Eichel said. “When things aren’t going well, you want to be one of the guys who makes a difference.“I think that’s when you start gripping your stick and start thinking about it a little too much. Hopefully, that goal can get me going again. It’s just what I needed.”Jake McCabe, Evan Rodrigues and Rasmus Dahlin also scored for Buffalo, which halted a four-game losing skid.Buffalo goaltender Linus Ullmark earned the start and the win with 30 saves after relieving Carter Hutton in Monday’s 7-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.The Sabres scored three goals on a total of three shots in the third and overtime periods.“When we needed goals, we found ways to get them,” Eichel said. “I think as a group, we probably weren’t the most confident after losing 7-2 in Edmonton.“This is a game we should use moving forward as kind of a building block of what we can do every night to try and give ourselves the best chance to win.”Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist for Calgary, which snapped a five-game win streak.Matthew Tkachuk and Noah Hanifin also scored for Calgary Michael Hutchinson Jersey Womens , with Elias Lindholm contributing a pair of assists.After winning four straight starts, Rittich had 19 saves in the loss.“I liked our game. We only gave up two shots in the third,” Flames head coach Bill Peters said. “Special teams were good, two-for-three on the power play and three-for-three on the penalty kill.“I think we held onto the puck a little too much tonight and tried to force some plays where we had other options available and could have taken what was given.“We didn’t capitalize on the three-on-one in overtime and they came back the other way and ended it.”The Flames took their point and continue to battle with the San Jose Sharks for first in the Pacific Division.NOTES: Gaudreau became the third-fastest player in Flames history to reach the 70-point mark, doing it in his 48th game of the season. Kent Nilsson did it in 46 games in 1980-81, and Bob MacMillan in 47 in 1978-79.…Calgary defenseman Travis Hamonic (family illness) and forward James Neal (illness) were scratched.UP NEXT:Sabres: At Vancouver on Friday night.Flames: Host Detroit on Friday night.
defenseman Jakub Jerabek from the Edmonton Oilers for a conditional 2020 sixth-round pick.The pick becomes a fifth-rounder in 2020 if Jerabek appears in 50 or more regular-season games for St. Louis this season. General manager Doug Armstrong announced the trade Monday on the eve of the deadline for NHL teams to set their opening night rosters.The 27-year-old Jerabek won the Stanley Cup with the Capitals last season after playing in 11 regular-season and two playoff games for Washington. He was not expected to make the Oilers’ roster.In 36 career games with the Montreal Canadiens and Capitals last year as a rookie Julien Gauthier Jersey Womens , the Czech native has two goals and six assists. He could fit on St. Louis’ blue line for its Thursday game against Winnipeg with Robert Bortuzzo suspended for a hit to the head of Washington’s Michal Kempny. DENVER (AP) — Eric Staal and the Minnesota Wild have their timing down. Too bad they can’t pass on the down time.Staal had two goals, including the tiebreaker on a second-period power play, Devan Dubnyk made 20 saves and the Wild rolled into the All-Star break by beating the slumping Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Wednesday night.“You certainly wish you could keep playing if they’re going to play like that,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. “It was really fun to watch.”Tune in again on Feb. 1 for Wild hockey.“We’re going to use it to our advantage and be able to recharge,” said Charlie Coyle, who had a goal and an assist. “Down the road Womens Evander Kane Jersey , we’re going to have more juice in the tank.”For the Avalanche, the break couldn’t come at a better time as they finished 3-7 in January and lost ground in the Central Division chase.Tune in again on Feb. 2 for Avalanche hockey.“Rewind and get your mind off of things if that’s what you want to do,” Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog said. “Study the game and make sure you come back hungry, because we’re going to need it.”Jared Spurgeon and Ryan Suter also scored for the Wild, who earned their fourth win in five games to remain in the thick of the playoff picture. Staal and Suter had goals on separate 5-on-3 power plays.Staal had another big performance, giving him three goals and two assists over his last two games.“He’s reminding me of this time last year Authentic Joe Pavelski Jersey , when he started to go and find his legs,” Boudreau said. “We’re going to need it. Every team needs the big boys to play. When the big boys play well, we can play with anybody.”Carl Soderberg and Tyson Barrie scored for the Avalanche. Philipp Grubauer stopped 23 shots as he got the start over Semyon Varlamov with Colorado searching for consistency in net.“I don’t think he had a chance on any of those goals,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “It’s not a goaltending loss.“I’m still confident in our team, but nights like this when we don’t play in a mature team game, then it bothers me because I know we’re capable of it.”Dubnyk flashed his All-Star form to improve to 18-12-1 all-time against Colorado. That’s his most wins versus one opponent.Staal broke a second-period tie during a two-man advantage — and another missing a stick. On the play Joe Thornton Jersey , Colorado forward Matt Calvert broke his stick and couldn’t cover Staal down low. Staal knocked in a pinpoint pass from Mikael Granlund through the middle.“Classic Granlund,” Coyle said of the pass. “That’s a pretty goal.”With 22.1 seconds remaining in the middle period, Coyle made it a 4-2 advantage. That was more than enough for Dubnyk, an All-Star for a third time. Still, Suter tallied another in the third with a pair of Colorado players in the penalty box.The Avalanche took a one-goal lead on two occasions in the first period, only to be answered in short time. After Soderberg scored Joonas Donskoi Jersey , Staal tied it up 1:08 later. And after Barrie gave Colorado a 2-1 advantage, Spurgeon soon knotted it back up with a liner over Grubauer’s glove.Before the game, Colorado honored All-Stars Mikko Rantanen, MacKinnon and Landeskog with a tribute. The linemates have combined for 199 points this season, including MacKinnon and Rantanen picking up assists on Barrie’s goal.Minnesota and Colorado are now idle for the rest of the month due to the All-Star break and the bye week.“Try and carry the momentum when we get back,” Staal said. “But we’re definitely going to enjoy the break.”NOTES: Wild C Eric Fehr (lower body) could be back after the break. He’s missed nine games. … Wearing No. 77 Justin Braun Jersey Kids , D Brad Hunt was in the lineup after being acquired by the Wild in a deal with Vegas on Monday. Hunt played college hockey at Bemidji State in Minnesota and his wife is from the state. “We have a baby on the way. She’s excited for him to be born in Minnesota,” Hunt said. … Avs D Erik Johnson (head) missed a second straight game.UP NEXTWild: Off until Feb. 1 when they play in Dallas.Avalanche: On hiatus until Feb. 2 when they host Vancouver. Barrie said for the break he’s going to “find a beach somewhere and relax.”
RALEIGH Markus Granlund Jersey , N.C. (AP) —Thomas Greiss quite like the Carolina Hurricanes — and the barrage of shots they toss his way.The Islanders beat Carolina 2-1 on Sunday night after Greiss made 38 saves in his fifth straight victory against the Hurricanes.“He seems to love this building,” teammate Anders Lee said. “He’s seen everything, and for him to come in tonight and stand on his head … he’s the main reason we really won tonight.”Lee had a goal and an assist, Ryan Pulock scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period and Josh Bailey had two assists for the Islanders, who have earned points in three straight games. Playing eight of their first 11 games under new coach Barry Trotz on the road, they’ve won two in a row for the first time.“Guys have bought in right from the start, but hesitation at times — maybe being unsure of certain situations, and these last few games here, you start to see that it’s more natural to guys and guys are in the right spots,” Pulock said. “We’re doing a good job of not giving up a lot of grade-A chances and that’s what you’ve got to do to give yourself a shot to win every night.”It also helps to have Greiss facing a team he dominates: He’s stopped 128 of the 130 shots he’s faced in his last three games against Carolina. He earned his first victory since a 2-1 overtime win in the opener here on Oct. 4, and his winning streak against the Hurricanes dates to March 2017.Carolina averages a league-leading 41.5 shots per game — nearly five full shots more than second-place San Jose.“I’ve had a bunch of games, too, where they’ve lit me up,” Greiss quipped.Teuvo Teravainen scored for Carolina while Sebastian Aho matched a pair of club records with an assist — giving him points and assists in all 11 games this season, the longest active streak in the league.The Hurricanes had their two-game winning streak snapped and missed a chance to jump idle Pittsburgh for first place in the Metropolitan Division.He thwarted one of Carolina’s best chances late Michael Del Zotto Jersey , stopping a slap shot from Justin Faulk with about seven minutes remaining before Teravainen shot wide of an empty net. Moments later, he turned aside Justin Williams’ close-range shot.“Listen, Greiss is a good goalie, but he’s not a world-beater,” Williams said. “Every goalie in this league is good, and he’s one of them. We just, for some reason last couple games, we haven’t found a way to get one past him, and we have to.”Petr Mrazek, making his third straight start, finished with 18 saves for the Hurricanes, who lamented some issues on specialty teams. The power play has produced goals in only one of their last six games, and the penalty kill — which yielded the first goal in this one — entered as the NHL’s second-worst, a tenth of a percentage point behind Philadelphia at 67.6 percent.“Yes, we deserve better. Yes Sam Gagner Jersey , we outshot them, but did we?” Williams said. “They did a great job clearing the front of the net. We didn’t have many second opportunities. Our power play needs to get us a goal. Certainly, when we lose the special-teams battle, it’s an uphill battle most of the game. And power play’s got to find a way to get one for us.”Pulock’s go-ahead goal came with 5:25 left in the second with a turnaround slap shot between the circles off a smooth pass from Lee, who skated along the boards.Lee put New York up 1-0 at 3:13 of the first — and 9 seconds into a hooking minor on Jordan Staal — when he scored on the power play off a pass from Bailey.Aho, who entered tied for fifth in the league with 15 points, matched Ron Francis’ franchise record for the longest point streak to start a season and Eric Staal’s club mark for most consecutive games with an assist at any point during a season.He set up the tying goal 1:16 seconds into the second period, with Teravainen banging in the rebound of Aho’s shot.NOTES: Carolina D Dougie Hamilton rang the left post early in the third. … The Islanders scratched RW Cal Clutterbuck (upper body) and RW Tom Kuhnhackl replaced him in the lineup. … Bailey has points in five straight games, the longest active streak on the team.UP NEXTIslanders: Finish a three-game trip Tuesday night at Pittsburgh.Hurricanes: Wrap up a three-game homestand Tuesday night against Boston. BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The playoffs may be well beyond reach, but the Detroit Red Wings are showing some fight at the end of another disappointing season.Tyler Bertuzzi and Dylan Larkin each had two goals to lead the Red Wings to a 5-4 overtime win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. It was Detroit’s fifth win in its last six games.“We talked about it after the trade deadline — things didn’t go our way for a little bit there,” Larkin said. “We continued to talk about doing it the right way, finding a maturity in our game. … It’s been more fun winning.”Filip Hronek also scored for Detroit, and Jimmy Howard made 35 saves.Bertuzzi scored the winner on a 3-on-2 rush in the extra session. The Red Wings showed patience before finding Bertuzzi alone in the right circle, who buried a one-timer into the net.“What I like is Womens Devante Smith-Pelly Jersey , I thought we lost our way a little bit after the trade deadline,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “I didn’t see the same sacrifice and night-to-night urgency and compete that I think is needed to move this organization forward. Over the last five-to-six games, we’ve done that. … Guys are growing in the positions they’re in; they’re not perfect, but they’re getting better. And that’s the biggest key for us, is that we’re moving toward a better tomorrow.”Jack Eichel, Kyle Okposo, Marco Scandella and Casey Mittelstadt scored for the Sabres, whose losing streak continued after a late rally. The Sabres have lost 12 of their last 13 games. Linus Ullmark struggled between the pipes, making 29 saves.“Go down two, have a great, strong second period, showed some good resiliency,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said. “In the third period, just some young mistakes. It’s unfortunate, but I like the way we came back. We fought until the end http://www.officialcanucks.com/authentic-adidas-sven-baertschi-jersey , gave ourselves an opportunity.”In the third period, the Red Wings took a two-goal lead for the second time — only to see the Sabres come back for a second time.Larkin made it 3-2 on a highlight-reel effort 6:44 into the third. The Red Wings’ leading scorer picked the puck up behind the right circle and spun all the way to the left circle, beating Ullmark with a wrist shot through traffic.Larkin’s second came with 6:56 remaining. With Ullmark out of position following a Sabres defensive breakdown, Larkin finished a one-timer for his 30th goal of the season. Larkin became the first Detroit player since 2008-09 to score 30 goals in a season.The Sabres stormed back with a pair of goals in a span of 41 seconds.Showing patience in front of the net, Mittelstadt scored his 12th goal of the season from close range with 4:59 remaining.Eichel evened the score at 4 moments later, finishing a breakaway after a setup pass by Victor Olofsson, who was playing in his first NHL game.“We sure would like to clean it up there in the third and not have them coming back, a sight we’ve seen too many times this year,” Larkin said. “It’s good to get the two points and find a way but, again, we’ve got to clean things up.”Bertuzzi opened the scoring on the power play with 7:58 remaining in the first period.Hronek made it 2-0 just one minute into the second on an odd-man rush with Sabres winger Sam Reinhart coming back late.The Sabres then responded with two goals of their own. Okposo cut Detroit’s lead to one with a power-play goal 6:12 into the second, scoring on a wrist shot for his first goal in nine games. Scandella evened the score with 2:44 left in the period, collecting a pass from Zemgus Girgensons.Detroit center Frans Nielsen left with an apparent head injury with 8:17 remaining. Nielsen collided with teammate Luke Witkowski and Buffalo’s Kyle Okposo before going down to the ice.Detroit defenseman Jonathan Ericsson also left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury.Blashill had no update regarding either player after the game.NOTES: The Sabres were without two of their top defenseman in Rasmus Ristolainen (illness) and Zach Bogosian (lower body). Ristolainen missed his second straight game, Bogosian missed his third game in a row. … D Matt Tennyson, D Jake McCabe Alex Tuch Jersey Kids , LW Scott Wilson, D Matt Hunwick and LW Evan Rodrigues were also scratched for Buffalo. … Before the game, the Sabres demoted C Tage Thompson to the minors. Thompson, a former first-round pick of the St. Louis Blues, is in the midst of a 23-game goal drought. … D Mike Green, LW Justin Abdelkader, LW Thomas Vanek, C Michael Rasmussen, RW Martin Frk, C Jacob de la Rose and D Trevor Daley were scratched for Detroit.UP NEXT:Red Wings: Home against New Jersey on Friday.Sabres: On the road against the New York Islanders on Saturday.
TORONTO (AP) —Matt Cullen Jersey Womens , one of the NHL’s great young talents, signed a five-year contract extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday at an annual average of $11.6 million.The 21-year-old center was making the maximum $925,000 a year under his three-year rookie deal. He was eligible to become a restricted free agent July 1.Matthews, a former No. 1 overall draft pick and a rookie of the year, is in his third season with Toronto. He has 97 goals and 81 assists in 182 regular-season games. This season he has 23 goals and 23 assists, but he has played in only 38 of Toronto’s 52 games because of injury.The NHL rookie of the year from Scottsdale, Arizona, has represented Toronto at the NHL All-Star Game in each of his three seasons.The precise average annual payout is $11.634 million — the 34 at the end appearing to be a nod to his jersey number. The bulk of the money reportedly is in signing bonuses. He will make just $750,000 in salary each of the five years while getting bonuses of $15.2 million, $15.2 million, 9.7 million, 7.2 million and $7.2 million.His extension comes after 22-year-old Maple Leafs forward William Nylander signed a six-year deal in December worth $10.2 million this season and $6.9 million the following seasons. BOSTON — The already jumbled Boston Bruins goaltending picture took a strange twist on Friday.Tuukka Rask, whose ineffectiveness led to free agent signee Jaroslav Halak jumping ahead of him on the depth chart, left the team after both goalies played poorly in Thursday night’s 8-5 loss to the Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden.The Bruins issued a one-line press release that read “Effective today Derek Grant Jersey Womens , Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has been granted a leave of absence relating to a personal matter.”Article continues below ...That took Rask away for a weekend that has the Bruins hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs in an Original Six game Saturday night and then the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night.General manager Don Sweeney said Rask was not dealing with an injury issue — and that he expected the absence to be one of short duration.“Tuukka is going to take a few days to address a personal matter,” Sweeney said. “It is not health related. So I think it’s important for everybody to respect his privacy and let him deal with it for the next few days.”Practice was delayed 20 minutes Friday as coach Bruce Cassidy met with team leaders Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron.“I’m not going into any details, It’s a personal issue,” Bergeron said. “Right here we’re behind him and supporting him 100 percent. All I can say is that he’s a great friend and we’re all here for him.”Jalak, chased from Thursday’s night, is likely to start both weekend games, with coach Bruce Cassidy confirming Halak will play Saturday against the dangerous Leafs.Speaking of Toronto, Fredrik Andersen played for the Leafs in a home game against the New Jersey Devils on Friday night, making 38 saves in a 6-1 win on Hall of Fame Night. Coach Mike Babcock, whose team has won three straight to go to 11-5-0, said it will be Garret Sparks in goal in Boston.The goalie announcement came as a bit of a surprise since Andersen owns a 10-1 record, a 2.09 goals-against average and .935 save percentage in his regular-season career against the Bruins. However, he was 3-3 against Boston in last year’s playoff series, yielding six goals in the deciding seventh game. He had a 3.76 goals-against average and .896 save percentage in the series.The Bruins went 4-2-0 against the Leafs last season at TD Garden counting the playoffs.On Thursday night Erik Karlsson Jersey Womens , Boston broke out of its recent scoring slump but fell to 8-5-2, including 4-4-2 in the last 10 games.“Goaltending, obviously, neither guy was on their game, so that’s a problem,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. “It’s going to happen. Defense, I think it was as much turnovers worked against us once we started to get behind.”Rask, who allowed the last three goals, quipped, “I was just trying to keep it under 10 — that’s what I was worried about. But yeah, you know … a loss is a loss, it doesn’t really matter at the end of the day.“It was kind of a crazy game both ways. You know, a lot of goals scored and there was — at the end it looked like everyone was napping in the crowd. It was just one of those games where there wasn’t a whole lot of action on either end — low shots and you know all of a sudden it’s 5-3, 8-5 Patrick Maroon Jersey Womens , whatever. So, yeah, weird game, but that’s entertainment and we’re just providing it.”Halak had been leading the NHL in goals-against average and save percentage, falling behind Pekka Rinne in both with Thursday night’s performance. He is 4-1-2 with a 1.96 goals against and .936 save percentage — and is 8-3-4 with 2.94 goals-against average and .893 save percentage lifetime against the Leafs.The Bruins confirmed Friday that Charlie McAvoy has been out with a concussion. He hasn’t played since Oct. 18 and had been listed as having an upper-body injury.Saturday marks the first appearance in a Toronto uniform of John Tavares, who signed a huge free agent contract with the Maple Leafs. The Bruins were one of the teams reportedly in the hunt.Team president Cam Neely, Sweeney and Cassidy traveled to Los Angeles and met Tavares and his agent — offering a seven-year deal.After signing, Tavares, who scored his ninth goal of the season Friday, tweeted, “It’s time to live my childhood dream here in Toronto.”He tweeted a picture of himself as a kid in his bed, which was outfitted entirely in Maple Leafs bedding. But you get the feeling the Boston fans don’t care about that and will let him hear it Saturday night.Toronto’s Patrick Marleau joined former teammate Joe Thornton as the only active players with 600 assists by picking up a helper Friday night.The Bruins recalled Jakob Forsbacka Karlson — the newest JFK in Boston — from Providence on Friday.
NEWARK Nick Jensen Jersey , N.J. (AP) — for the New Jersey Devils as they tumbled into last place in the Eastern Conference.Rookie Mackenzie Blackwood might be the solution as they try to climb back into the playoff chase.Blackwood stopped 37 shots for his first shutout and Pavel Zacha scored short-handed as the Devils beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 on Saturday.It was the second straight victory for Blackwood, giving the Devils their first two-game winning streak since Nov. 13-15.“It’s huge,” said Blackwood. “It’s awesome. Everyone dreams about this kind of stuff. The challenge here is to just keep going, keep moving forward, keep having success.”The Devils certainly hope so. They are without Cory Schneider who remains sidelined with an abdominal strain. Keith Kinkaid, who helped backstop the Devils last season to their first playoff appearance in six years, hasn’t been as effective with a 12-10-6 record.Andy Greene added an empty-netter to seal the win with Zacha picking up an assist.Curtis McElhinney made 28 saves for the Hurricanes who have lost four of their last five.Once again, the power play fizzled for the Hurricanes. They went 0 for 5 with the man advantage, and have not scored a power-play goal in six straight games.“It’s really frustrating,” Sebastian Aho said. “All those chances and you just can’t score to help your team win. When you’re on the first power-play unit, it’s you job to score those goals.”Zacha broke a scoreless deadlock with 36 seconds left in the second period. He poked the puck away from Carolina’s Justin Faulk and sped into the Hurricanes’ zone. McElhinney made the initial stop and Zacha stayed with the play to collar the rebound and flip it into the net.“On the breakaway, I was trying to see what the goalie does but the puck was a little bit wobbly there, so I tried to shoot it,” Zacha said. “I was lucky I got a rebound back.”Carolina pressed for the equalizer in the third but couldn’t beat Blackwood. He stoned Aho with a pad save with about six minutes left to preserve the shutout.Teuvo Teravainen seemingly netted the tying goal with 1:58 left only to have the goal waved off for accidental goalie interference. The Hurricanes appealed the call, which was upheld by the video review.“I had no idea what was going to happen there,” Blackwood said.“You never know the way those go. It was fortunate enough to get waved off Thomas Vanek Jersey , and the boys battled all the way.”Justin Williams, the Hurricane closest to Blackwood, disagreed.“It’s upsetting. Very upsetting,” Williams said. “That’s how we have to score goals. Getting to the net and screening goaltenders. I was in front of the net. I didn’t feel him touch me and I didn’t feel I touched him.”The Hurricanes outshot the Devils 13-9 in the first period with most coming from the point or the perimeter. In the final seconds, Teravainen had one of the few good in-close chances, only to be denied by Blackwood.NOTES: Both teams were missing important forwards. For the Devils, Taylor Hall, last season’s Hart Trophy winner sat out a second straight contest with a lower-body injury. Jordan Staal remained sidelined for a third game for the Hurricanes with an upper body injury. … The game was delayed briefly in the first period when linesman Tim Nowak was struck by the puck and needed attention. He remained in the game. … The goal light in one end of the Prudential Center repeatedly malfunctioned, flashing when there was no puck in the net.UP NEXTHurricanes: Host Philadelphia on Monday.Devils: Host Vancouver on Monday. GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Lyndsey Fry could have continued playing hockey. She had a stellar collegiate career, a degree, an Olympic silver medal placed around her neck, so playing professionally was a logical next step.The grueling rehab from hip surgery it would take to get back to an elite level was not all that appealing. Nor was playing in a women’s professional hockey league on a less-than-livable salary — or being away from her family.Fry could have gone into the financial world, maybe work on Wall Street. She had a Harvard education, so there was an expectation to get a “Harvard” job. It certainly would pay well. That wasn’t the right fit, either. She didn’t have a passion for it.Fry coveted more than money and fame. She wanted to pay back a community that helped a little girl in Arizona with plastic skates strapped onto her shoes transform into one of the world’s best hockey players.Now working with the Arizona Coyotes Womens Adam Larsson Jersey , she’s doing just that.“I never would have dreamed I would be in this role,” she said. “I just kind of hoped to be able to help where I could, coming back to the Valley. To be in this role and really having some leverage to do what I set out to do has been really, really incredible.”Growing up in Arizona, Fry had limited opportunities to play hockey, particularly against other girls.In her new role with the Coyotes, she will make sure other hockey-mad girls like her will get the chances they deserve.Fry returned to the Valley of the Sun to earn an MBA at Arizona State and worked with the Coyotes as an instructor at various clinics. She also teamed with Coyotes director of amateur hockey development Matt Schott to run the Small Frys, a continue-to-play program for girls 6-12 who have gone through the organization’s Little Howlers program.Fry took on a bigger role with the Coyotes in November, when she was hired as a brand ambassador and special adviser to president and CEO Ahron Cohen. Fry’s primary focus is to grow hockey around the state, particularly women’s hockey, and to assist Cohen in engaging the hockey community in Arizona.“The thing that was instantaneously obvious to me was her unbelievable passion for growing hockey and being a part of this community,” Cohen said. “From that moment, I said we have to find a way to get Lyndsey involved with us here. She just naturally radiates positivity and people just want to talk to her.”Hockey has already seen a rise in the desert.In 1996, the year the Coyotes arrived from Winnipeg, there were about 2,100 registered youth and adult hockey players. The state had three rinks Cam Talbot Jersey , two in Phoenix, one in Flagstaff.Hockey has boomed in Arizona over the past five years, increasing 109 percent to more than 8,600 players, making it the No. 1 state for growth in the NHL. Arizona is third for youth hockey growth over the past five years, up 88 percent to 4,500 players, and is No. 1 in girls’ hockey growth, up 152 percent to nearly 800 players.Fry should only boost those numbers.She and Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews are Arizona’s greatest hockey success stories, players who overcame long odds to reach the pinnacle of their sport. By returning to the Valley of the Sun, Fry gives girls hockey players an up-close look at what’s possible with a little work and dedication.“She’s very inspiring for a lot of kids out there,” Cohen said. “The two greatest success stories in terms of hockey in Arizona are her and Auston Matthews. It’s pretty cool to see kids look up to her and I’m hopefully five and 10 years from now we have a whole lot more kids like Auston Matthews and Lyndsey Fry playing at the highest level because of the work that Lyndsey and this Coyotes organization has done.”Fry had a long road to the top.Inspired by the 1990s “The Mighty Ducks” movies, she first started skating with plastic skates strapped to her shoes. She played a year of roller hockey and switched to the ice when a rink was built in her hometown of Chandler.Fry was forced to play against the boys at a young age because the number of girls players could nearly be counted on one hand. She held her own against the boys and when it came time to play at the elite girls level, there wasn’t much competition, so she ended up playing for a team in Colorado.Fry made the trip to Colorado every two weeks for games and practices, staying with families in the area Youth Darnell Nurse Jersey , including former NHL player Pierre Turgeon. She became good friends with Turgeon’s daughter, Liz, and made a vow at their final game together that they’d play again with each other on the U.S. Olympic Team.The reunion never took place.While Fry was a freshman at Harvard in 2010, Liz Turgeon was killed in a car crash, devastating her family and her close friend. Fry nearly quit hockey, but the help of friends and family — and vow with Liz — pulled through and dedicated herself to the sport they both loved.“I just kind of called on her memory to help push me through,” she said.Fry pushed herself into the sport’s brightest spotlight, becoming a key member of the U.S. Olympic Team that took silver at the 2014 Sochi Games. On the podium in Russia, her thoughts veered toward the road behind her and what lie ahead.“It was like a movie,” she said. “I kept having these flashbacks of all the people who helped me get to that moment,” she said. “Most of those people were from the Arizona hockey community and I knew that I wanted to give back to that.”Now back home, Fry is making the most of it, using her skills on and off the ice to push hockey in Arizona forward.
goaltender Matt Murray was just happy to be back on the ice after a rocky start to the season.Murray made his first start in a month and his strong play http://www.officialoilers.com/authentic-adidas-connor-mcdavid-jersey , particularly in overtime, helped the Penguins to another win.Phil Kessel scored a power-play goal at 3:59 of overtime to give Pittsburgh a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.“It feels like forever since I played,” Murray said. “It was just really exciting. I was having a blast, just being back out there. And to get a win on top of that, I was very thankful.”Evgeni Malkin pushed a loose puck from the slot to Kessel, and he finished near the side of the net for the Penguins’ fifth victory in seven games.Tanner Pearson scored against his former team, and Matt Cullen and Bryan Rust also had goals for the Penguins. Matt Murray made 38 saves for his first victory since Oct. 25 at Calgary.Murray stopped Tyler Toffoli’s breakaway in the first 30 seconds of overtime. Murray also denied a quality overtime chance from Jake Muzzin in the slot.“Playing in a tight game like that with a lot of chances, a lot of excitement, that’s a lot of fun, especially going back and forth in overtime,” Murray said. “It’s pretty nerve-wracking Milan Lucic Jersey Kids , but it’s fun at the same time.”Penguins’ coach Mike Sullivan was pleased with Murray’s performance.“I thought Matt was really good for the first game back for as long as he’s been out,” Penguins’ coach Mike Sullivan said. “I thought he was really sharp and he got better as the game went on. We gave up a couple breakaways in overtime and those were huge saves for us.”Muzzin, Matt Luff and Alex Iafallo scored for Los Angeles, and Jonathan Quick stopped 32 shots. The Kings have lost four straight and eight of 10.Iafallo tied it at 3 with a power-play goal at 12:30 of the third period.“The guys, they want to win, and they have the drive,” Kings’ coach Willie Desjardins said. “Every guy is upset when we lose. I believe in the leaders on this team and I think they want to win. We didn’t get it done, but I thought they battled hard.”Murray missed the previous nine games with a lower-body injury before backing up Casey DeSmith the last two contests. He made his first start since Nov. 17 when he was pulled for the third time in six starts during a loss at Ottawa.Murray, a two-time Stanley Cup champion, struggled through his first 11 games, posting a 4-5-1 record with a 4.08 goals-against average and a .877 save percentage.“After coming back from injury like that Oscar Klefbom Jersey , you definitely get the butterflies,” Murray said. “I don’t know how long it’s been, but it feels like forever since I last played.”Cullen’s short-handed goal opened the scoring for Pittsburgh. It was the Penguins’ second of the season and second in as many games.Rust extended the Penguins’ lead to 2-0 later in the period when he beat Quick to the glove side with a wrist shot.Toffoli scored in the first period for the Kings, but the goal was overturned following a Pittsburgh offsides challenge.Muzzin’s goal stood at 3:22 of the second period. Muzzin, a former Penguins’ draft pick, finished a one-timer from Anze Kopitar during an odd-man rush.Pearson put Pittsburgh in front 3-1 midway through the second period. He stripped Drew Doughty of the puck at the Kings’ blueline, eluded Quick’s poke check and elevated a shot above the fallen Kings’ goaltender.Pearson skated four full seasons and parts of two others with the Kings before he was traded to the Penguins on Nov. 14 in exchange for Carl Hagelin, who is out with a lower-body injury. Pearson, who won a Stanley Cup with Los Angeles in 2014, has four goals and six points in 16 games with Pittsburgh.Luff pulled Los Angeles back within one when he beat Murray to the blocker side with a wrist shot from the slot.But Murray did enough down the stretch to earn the win in his return.“I just had a blast and it was a lot of fun being back out there,” Murray said.NOTES: Pittsburgh has won four straight at home. … The Penguins played without D Kris Letang http://www.officialoilers.com/authentic-adidas-ryan-nugent-hopkins-jersey , who is day-to-day with a lower-body injury sustained Friday in a collision with Boston Bruins’ F Joakim Nordstrom. Juuso Riikola took Letang’s spot in the lineup. … Kings’ D Dion Phaneuf missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury. … Pittsburgh F Jake Guentzel extended an eight-game home point streak.UP NEXTKings: Host Winnipeg on Tuesday night.Penguins: Host Anaheim on Monday night. DETROIT (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights wrapped up their trip on a positive note.Jonathan Marchessault scored twice in a three-goal second period, and the Golden Knights beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Thursday night. William Karlsson and Brayden McNabb also scored for the Golden Knights, who finished a four-game trip with wins over NHL-leading Tampa Bay and the Red Wings.“Our last couple games, we’ve been playing the right way, and we really got rolling in the second period tonight,” Marchessault said. “That’s the way we know we should be playing every game, but we had gotten away from it for a while.”Gustav Nyquist, Michael Rasmussen and Thomas Vanek scored for the Red Wings, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.Vegas snapped a four-game losing streak with its shootout win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. After beating the Red Wings, the Golden Knights head home for four games, including matchups with Toronto on Feb. 14 and Nashville on Feb. 16. Vegas Ryan Strome Jersey , which is in third place in the Pacific Division, plays eight of its next nine at home.“We got to make sure we’re ready to play. We usually play real good in our building,” Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. “Hopefully we can gain a lot of points over the next eight or nine games.”Dylan Larkin returned for the Red Wings after missing a game with an oblique injury, and he had two assists, including a secondary one on the game’s first goal. Justin Abdelkader’s backhander in the first period was stopped by Marc-Andre Fleury, but the goalie left the puck loose behind him, and Nyquist converted for his 13th goal of the season.Marchessault tied it in the second when he knocked in a rebound on the power play, then Karlsson put the Golden Knights ahead immediately after the end of a Detroit man advantage. Paul Stastny came out of the penalty box just in time to create a 2-on-1 with Karlsson. The puck went from Karlsson to Stastny and back to Karlsson, who took the return pass and easily stuffed it into an open net .Marchessault’s 19th goal of the season came on another rebound to make it 3-1.“We needed to come out of the first period with a bigger lead, and then we just made too many mistakes in the second period,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “They get a dirty goal off a rebound at the end of a really good kill Womens Wayne Gretzky Jersey , and then we lose sight of the clock on a power play and give up one the other way. They get one off a faceoff and now we’re down two and fighting to get back out of the hole.”Rasmussen pulled Detroit within one when he had space in front of the net on a power play and beat Fleury with 15:19 remaining in the third, but the Golden Knights picked up an insurance goal with 8:53 to play. McNabb flipped a backhander toward the net, and it appeared to take a deflection before slipping past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard. Oscar Lindberg was creating traffic in front for Vegas, but the goal was credited to McNabb.Vanek’s goal came with 2.7 seconds left.NOTES: It was the 300th game for Blashill. … Detroit was coming off a four-day layoff, and the Red Wings looked sharp early, outshooting Vegas 14-7 in the first. Detroit finished with a 39-32 edge in shots.UP NEXTGolden Knights: Host Columbus on Saturday night.Red Wings: At Buffalo on Saturday.
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 Mike Smith Jersey , the Wild moved past Colorado and Vancouver into the top wild-card slot in the Western Conference. Minnesota takes on Colorado on Wednesday, 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, Oskar Sundqvist and Ryan O’Reilly scored for St. Louis. Jordan Binnington made 25 saves.PREDATORS 4 Artemi Panarin Jersey , 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. BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins didn’t need overtime this time, and they didn’t even need all four third-period goals to send the Toronto Maple Leafs home for the summer again.Five years after an unprecedented rally from a three-goal, third-period deficit to eliminate Toronto in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series, the Bruins scored four straight goals to beat the Maple Leafs 7-4 and advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.Rookie Jake DeBrusk scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 14:35 to play . The Bruins will open the second round in Tampa Bay on Saturday against the Lightning, who finished off New Jersey in five games last Saturday.”They’ve had some time to rest Shane Doan Jersey , and if they had any injuries, probably get a little healthier,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. ”But, that’s the advantage of winning in five. … But we are battle tested now, and we’ve got to bring that mentality into the next round.”Despite the final score, the teams were tied or separated by one goal for the first 51:59.”For entertainment value, that was probably one of the better Game 7s you’ll see,” said Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, who stopped just 20 of 24 shots. ”It was only a one-goal game going into the third and we shut it down and scored some good goals.”Kasperi Kapanen put Toronto ahead 4-3 with a short-handed goal in the second. But Torey Krug tied it early in the third, and DeBrusk gave Boston the lead when he slid the puck through Frederik Andersen’s legs right before being flattened by defenseman Jake Gardiner.DeBrusk slid into the boards on his backside and didn’t even have time to climb up off his knees before he was mobbed by teammates.”Jake had a real coming-out party in the series,” Cassidy said. ”He scored going to the net, dirty areas. That’s always the first thing: play inside www.floridapanthersteamshops.com , be willing to get hit, fight for your space. That’s playoff hockey. They weren’t freebies. They’ve been real greasy, as advertised.”David Pastrnak made it 6-4 with 8:21 to play, and Brad Marchand flipped one into the empty net with 51 seconds left to set off a celebration in the stands.Danton Heinen scored his first NHL postseason goal, Patrice Bergeron had a goal and two assists, and David Krejci had three assists for the Bruins. In his first NHL postseason series, DeBrusk had seven points in seven games.”Uh, it went pretty well,” he said sheepishly. ”Obviously, with the win it was special – something I’ll never forget. I’ll never forget this series just in general, first playoffs. I was really happy to contribute.”Andersen had 29 saves for the Maple Leafs, who have not won a playoff series since 2004. They came close in the first round in 2013 Florida Panthers T-Shirts Womens , when they rallied from a three-games-to-one deficit against Boston and took a 4-1 lead in Game 7.”It’s always disappointing,” said Patrick Marleau, who scored twice for Toronto. ”Obviously, you’re trying to win the Cup. To fall short once again, it’s heartbreaking every time.”Notes: Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, in his first full season on the Boston bench, was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s coach of the year. … Celtics Hall of Famer Tommy Heinsohn was the honorary fan banner captain, getting the crowd riled up before the game. … The Bruins are 14-12 in Game 7s and Toronto is 12-11. … Boston’s Kevan Miller had two assists for his first multi-point playoff game…. Travis Dermott also scored for the Maple Leafs. … The Bruins scored two 4-on-4 goals after matching penalties opened up the ice.—
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — New York Islanders Hoodies Womens , sending the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.Matthew Tkachuk tied it at 3 with 4:17 left in regulation, and then assisted on Brodie’s fifth of the season.Philadelphia’s Jordan Weal turned the puck over in the Flyers’ offensive zone to set up a 2-on-1 break. Tkachuk sent a cross-ice pass to Brodie, who beat Carter Hart to give the Pacific Division leaders the win.Johnny Gaudreau scored his 24th goal for the Flames, whose 56 points are tops in the Western Conference. David Rittich made 32 saves after missing the previous two games with a lower-body injury.Travis Sanheim and Travis Konecny scored for Philadelphia, which dropped its season-worst sixth straight game.WILD 4, SENATORS 3OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Jared Spurgeon scored twice to lead Minnesota to the victory.Jordan Greenway and Zach Parise also scored for the Wild (20-17-3) New York Islanders Hats Womens , who improved to 2-0 on a four-game trip. Devan Dubnyk stopped 24 shots.The Senators (15-22-5) dropped their seventh consecutive game.Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel and Mark Stone scored for Ottawa, and Anders Nilsson made 22 saves in his Senators debut after he was acquired Wednesday in a trade with Vancouver. WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals opened their title defense with a 7-0 thrashing of the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.After watching the franchise’s first Stanley Cup banner ascend to the rafters, T.J. Oshie opened the scoring just 24 seconds in, and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the first of his two goals 1 1/2 minutes later to get the rout off to a fast start. It was the fastest first two goals by a defending champion in a season opener in NHL history — and it was just the beginning.By midway through the second period, the Capitals chased goalie Tuukka Rask with five goals on 19 shots and ignited chants of “Back-to-back! Back-to-back!” from the fired-up crowd. Braden Holtby stopped all 25 shots he faced to improve to 15-2 with four shutouts against the Bruins.The emotional banner ceremony featured montages from the Capitals’ playoff run and ensuing celebrations and a roar when Ovechkin carried the freshly engraved Cup onto the ice and skated a lap with it. Minutes after Ovechkin kissed the Cup and put it back in its box, he and his teammates blew away any concern about an emotional letdown and began making a statement that they want to win it back.In Todd Reirden’s first game as coach Custom New York Islanders Jerseys , the Capitals beat the Bruins for the 13th consecutive time, this time without Tom Wilson. Washington’s top-line right winger began his 20-game suspension for another illegal check to the head of an opponent in a preseason game.Ovechkin scored one of four power-play goals, Kuznetsov scored his second on the power play and John Carlson beat Boston backup Jaroslav Halak on a 5-on-3 advantage. Newcomer Nic Dowd joined the fun with a spinning back-hander, and Cup-clinching goal-scorer Lars Eller added the exclamation point with the seventh of the night.MAPLE LEAFS 3, CANADIENS 2, OTTORONTO (AP) — Auston Matthews scored his second goal of the game in overtime, John Tavares scored his first goal for Toronto and the Maple Leafs beat Montreal in the opener for both teams.Matthews took a feed from Patrick Marleau and beat goalie Carey Price 1:01 into the extra period.Frederik Andersen stopped 34 shots www.senatorsshoponline.com , and Nazem Kadri had two assists for the Maple Leafs.Artturi Lehkonen and Andrew Shaw scored for Montreal, and Price made 23 saves. Max Domi, the son of former Leafs tough guy Tie Domi, had two assists in his first game for the Canadiens.Montreal’s Jesperi Kotkaniemi, the first NHL player born in the 2000s, picked up an assist. The Finn, who turned 18 in July Ottawa Senators T-Shirts Womens , also became the second-youngest player in Canadiens’ history to score a point.DUCKS 5, SHARKS 2SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — John Gibson made 31 saves, Brandon Montour scored the tiebreaking goal with 11:58 to play and the Anaheim Ducks spoiled Erik Karlsson’s San Jose debut.Rickard Rakell added a goal and two assists, Max Comtois scored on his opening shift in the NHL and Adam Henrique also had a goal in the first game for the Ducks since getting swept in the first round by San Jose last spring. Jakob Silfverberg had three assists and Carter Rowney scored an empty-net goal for Anaheim.Evander Kane and Tomas Hertl scored for the Sharks but Martin Jones allowed four goals on the first 13 shots he faced to take the loss. Jones finished with 10 saves.CANUCkS 5, FLAMES 2VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Rookie Elias Pettersson scored on his first shot in his first NHL game Ottawa Senators Hoodies Womens , and Vancouver beat Calgary.Nikolay Goldobin, Brendan Leipsic, Jake Virtanen and Tyler Motte also scored for Vancouver. Jacob Markstrom stopped 33 shots.Matthew Tkachuk and Sean Monahan had goals for the Flames, and Mike Smith finished with 18 saves.Pettersson opened the scoring with 6:12 left in the first period, picking up the puck in the neutral zone, springing into the Calgary end with teammate Derrick Pouliot on a 2-on-1. Petterson kept the puck and fired a wrist shot into the top of the net.The goal brought chants of “Petter-sson” from the crowd.
manager and coach in recent weeks Christopher Tanev Jersey , the Philadelphia Flyers have responded to a midseason shake-up.Nolan Patrick scored the lone goal against Henrik Lundqvist in a shootout that lasted four rounds and Philadelphia beat the scuffling New York Rangers 3-2 on Sunday night.“I had a plan,” Patrick said. “I watched the first couple of guys go in (and) he was pretty deep in his net. That’s a move that I like to do. I have done it quite a bit throughout my life so far.”Michael Raffl and Wayne Simmonds scored in regulation, and Michal Neuvirth made 32 saves as the Flyers won for the third time in four games since changing coaches. Scott Gordon was named interim coach after replacing Dave Hakstol behind the bench on Dec. 17. Chuck Fletcher took over as general manager in early December after Ron Hextall was fired on Nov. 26.Chris Kreider and Boo Nieves scored for the Rangers, who lost their fifth in six games. Lundqvist stopped 28 shots in his first game since last Sunday’s overtime loss to Vegas.“I looked this morning at the standings and the separation is getting bigger,” Lundqvist said after his team lost in extra time at Madison Square Garden for the fourth time this month. “We’ve got to start winning here if we want to be a part of that (playoff) race. Take this break, regroup and realize how desperate we need to be coming back.”The 30-year-old Neuvirth played in only his third game of the season and is one of six Flyers goalies to see action during the tumultuous season in Philadelphia.“This was one of the biggest wins in my career,” he said. “First win of the season is always huge. I have to keep moving forward.”Simmonds gave the Flyers a one-goal advantage 5:01 into the third period when he buried a rebound on the power play. The Rangers were short a man due to a too-many-men penalty. Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek assisted on the play.But the lead was short-lived as Nieves tied it 22 seconds later. Rangers rookie Lias Andersson forced a turnover behind the Flyers net to set up the fourth-line center. Nieves, playing in his fourth game of the season, scored his second NHL goal.Raffl evened the game 1-all at 1:46 of the second when he scored his first of the season. The veteran forward kept the puck himself on an odd-man rush and beat Lundqvist to the glove side. Philadelphia defenseman Travis Sanheim assisted on the play.“You feel a difference now Authentic Daniel Sedin Jersey , confidence-wise, in the locker room,” Raffl said. “We played pretty good ever since we came back from that road trip. We’ve got to keep pushing in that direction.”The Rangers struck first when Kreider snapped a wrist shot under Neuvirth’s blocker at 10:05 of the opening period. Kevin Hayes made a clever play to exit the zone, dancing around Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov before making a spinning pass to lead a streaking Kreider into the offensive zone all alone. Hayes extended his point streak to seven games, setting a career high.The Rangers have been in a skid since a 4-0 loss at Philadelphia the day after Thanksgiving, going 3-6-4 in their last 13 games.“We got into a third period trying to win a game,” alternate captain Marc Staal said. “We end up tying each other and lose in the shootout. It’s disappointing.”NOTES: New York scratched defenseman Tony DeAngelo for the second consecutive game. … Philadelphia scratched defenseman Christian Folin and forwards Jori Lehtera and Jordan Weal.UP NEXTFlyers: At the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.Rangers: Host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday. NEW YORK — One thing is almost certain heading into Sunday’s game between the New York Rangers and Vegas Golden Knights: Whomever loses probably can’t do so in any weirder or agonizing fashion than they did Friday night.A pair of teams looking to bounce back from their roles in a historic NHL evening will square off Sunday afternoon, when the Rangers host the Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden.Both teams were off Saturday after blowing three-goal leads in a pair of shocking overtime losses Friday night, when the Golden Knights fell to the host New Jersey Devils 5-4 and the Rangers were beaten by the visiting Arizona Coyotes 4-3.Article continues below ...Remarkably Womens Derek Dorsett Jersey , the Golden Knights and Rangers weren’t the only teams to squander a three-goal lead in a loss Friday night. The Carolina Hurricanes also did so in a 6-5 shootout loss to the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.According to the NHL, it was only the second time in history at least three teams came back from deficits of three goals or more. Four teams did it Nov. 25, 1987.Not that the Golden Knights, Rangers and Hurricanes are looking to parse their Friday night “feat,” but Vegas’ blown lead against the Devils — who entered Friday mired in a 1-4-4 rut — was the most resounding of all.The Golden Knights (18-14-2) chased Devils goalie Cory Schneider by racing out to a 3-0 lead in the first 9:23 of the first period. But New Jersey pulled to within 4-2 by the end of the second and scored twice in the third before earning its first overtime win of the season.“We played a real good first 10 minutes of the hockey game and that was it,” Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant told reporters afterward. “New Jersey took over after that.”The Rangers (14-13-4) had a little longer period of prosperity Friday, when they opened a 3-0 lead over the Coyotes 5:48 into the second period and carried a 3-1 lead into the third. But the result was the same — a seemingly easy win slipping through their hands against a skidding opponent. Arizona snapped a four-game losing streak with the comeback victory.“Maybe because we’re going through this tough time, we’re not confident enough,” Rangers coach David Quinn told reporters after his team fell for the seventh time in nine games (2-5-2). “But we’ve got to get out of it in a hurry. We can’t have a three-goal lead and a 3-1 lead going into the third period and do what we did.”Neither team has announced a starting goalie for Sunday — the Rangers practiced while the Golden Knights had the day off — but it seems likely at least one backup will be in net.Marc-Andre Fleury made his 12th straight start for the Golden Knights Friday Auston Matthews Jersey , when he took the loss after making 37 saves. He is almost sure to sit in favor of backup Malcom Subban on Sunday or Monday, when Vegas caps an Eastern Conference road trip by visiting the Columbus Blue Jackets.Subban hasn’t played since Nov. 19, when he was saddled with the defeat after making 25 saves in a 7-2 loss to the Calgary Flames.Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist started for the fourth time in as many games Friday, when he took the loss after recording 30 saves. Backup Alexandar Georgiev made his most recent start Dec. 1, when he received the defeat after he made 36 saves in a 5-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.Fleury is 31-18-9 in 59 career games against the Rangers, whom he’s faced more than any opponent. Subban has never opposed New York.Lundqvist earned the win in his only appearance against the Golden Knights on Oct. 31, 2017, when he made 30 saves in the Rangers’ 6-4 victory. Georgiev has never faced Vegas.
c Paquette each scored two goals Custom Vancouver Canucks Jerseys , and the Tampa Bay Lightning stopped a three-game slide with a 7-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday night.J.T. Miller added a power-play goal in the third period as Tampa Bay regained first place in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference with 108 points. Dan Girardi also scored against his former team, Alex Killorn had a goal and an assist, and backup goalie Louis Domingue made 28 saves.The Lightning fell from the top spot for the first time since mid-October when they lost to the Bruins on Thursday night.New York rookie Filip Chytil got his first NHL goal. Chris Kreider and Brady Skjei also scored for the Rangers, and Ondrej Pavelec made 43 saves.AVALANCHE 5, BLACKHAWKS 0DENVER (AP) – Sven Andrighetto scored twice for Colorado, and Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots before leaving in the third period with an apparent injury.Tyson Barrie, Mikko Rantanen and Tyson Jost also scored for an Avalanche team that remains in contention a season after finishing with a league-worst 48 points.Varlamov was cruising along until a Chicago player ran into his left pad with 6:25 remaining. Jonathan Bernier came in and finished the Avalanche’s 27th home win, which is tied for second-most in franchise history.Colorado coach Jared Bednar had no update on Varlamov’s status after the victory.Collin Delia stopped 31 shots for Chicago.DUCKS 3, KINGS 2, OTANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Rickard Rakell scored 4:41 into overtime, lifting Anaheim to the win.Nick Ritchie also scored and John Gibson stopped 28 shots for the Ducks www.jetsshoppro.com , who are 6-1-1 in their last eight games. Ondrej Kase had two assists.Drew Doughty scored and Jonathan Quick made 31 saves for the Kings, who went 2-0-3 in the season series against their Freeway Faceoff rivals.Los Angeles is one point ahead of Anaheim for third place in the Pacific Division. The Ducks have four games remaining while the Kings have three.Rakell’s 32nd goal came on a shot from the right circle over Quick’s shoulder.MAPLE LEAFS 5, ISLANDERS 4NEW YORK (AP) – Auston Matthews scored with 3:58 left, lifting playoff-bound Toronto to the road win.Mitch Marner and Nazem Kadri each had a goal and an assist, and Nikita Zaitsev and James van Riemsdyk also scored for Toronto. Frederik Andersen stopped 29 shots to help the Maple Leafs win for the eighth time in 10 games and extend a franchise record with their 47th win.Toronto, which clinched a postseason berth when Florida lost in overtime at Ottawa on Thursday night, is all but locked into third place in the Atlantic Division.Anthony Beauvillier had a goal and an assist, and Johnny Boychuk, Brock Nelson and John Tavares also scored for the Islanders, who lost for the 15th time in 18 games (3-11-4). Christopher Gibson finished with 27 saves.GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4, BLUES 3LAS VEGAS (AP) – Jonathan Marchessault’s goal 22 seconds into overtime lifted Vegas to the victory.The expansion Golden Knights (49-22-7) can win the Pacific Division with a point in Saturday’s game against San Jose.Marchessault had two goals, and William Karlsson and James Neal also scored for Vegas. Malcolm Subban stopped 21 shots.Patrik Berglund Winnipeg Jets T-Shirts Womens , Brayden Schenn and Chris Thorburn scored for the Blues. Jake Allen made 22 saves.HURRICANES 4, CAPITALS 1WASHINGTON (AP) – Justin Faulk scored midway through the second period, and Carolina beat Washington to stay in the playoff race.The Hurricanes, who haven’t made the playoffs for the last eight years, have won four of five. Carolina, which has four games remaining, remains a long shot to qualify for the postseason.Metropolitan Division-leading Washington had won five in a row. Michal Kempny scored his first goal with the Capitals after he was acquired in a February trade with Chicago.Carolina goaltender Scott Darling stopped 20 shots, and Braden Holtby had 26 saves for Washington.— NEW YORK (AP) Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals used a fast start to end a perfect road trip.Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 45th goal and the Capitals extended their winning streak to four games with a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Monday night.T.J. Oshie, Matt Niskanen and Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored for Washington, which went 3-0 at Detroit, Montreal and Madison Square Garden.Nicklas Backstrom, who had four assists in a win over Montreal on Saturday Winnipeg Jets Hoodies Womens , added two more to give him 44 this season. Philipp Grubauer made 28 saves.”Tonight we got really loose in the second two periods there, they really took it to us,” Oshie said. ”Without Grub, we might be in overtime right now.”Washington increased its lead to five points over two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh for first place in the Metropolitan Division.”We’ve still got to keep going and keep getting points every night,” Oshie said.Lias Andersson scored in his NHL debut and Mats Zuccarello added a goal for the Rangers.Andersson, at 19 years, 164 days, became the youngest player in team history to score in his NHL debut. He broke the mark set by Mike Allison (19 years, 195 days) on Oct. 9, 1980, at Boston.”It feels good, obviously Winnipeg Jets Hats Womens ,” Andersson said. ”It’s always fun to score and especially in your first NHL game, so it was fun.”The Capitals scored four goals in the first period and cruised from there.”I think we jumped in right away,” Ovechkin said. ”I think we had pretty good chances in the first couple of shifts. Osh scored, Nisky’s goal is pretty sick. How he scored, it was pretty impressive.”Oshie gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead 2:50 into the game with his 18th of the season. Backstrom skated the puck into the zone and had three Rangers near him when he passed to an open Oshie at the right faceoff circle and he beat Alexandar Georgiev with a wrister.Niskanen made it 2-0 just 2:23 later. Kuznetsov skated with the puck at the blue line and sent a backhand pass to Niskanen, who had plenty of time to score his seventh of the season at 5:13Ovechkin scored on a one-timer on the power play from his favorite spot in the left faceoff circle at 8:54. Georgiev was pulled after allowing three goals on six shots.Ondrej Pavelec replaced him and made 26 saves. It was Pavelec’s first appearance since Feb. 9 against Calgary.Kuznetsov finished off the dominant first period with a short-handed goal at 16:39.”We talked about this road trip,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. ”We’ve had really terrible starts. We put a lot of emphasis on the first period, obviously. We were able to get their goaltender out and obviously built a lead.”Andersson and Filip Chytil gave the Rangers a glimpse of the franchise’s future. Andersson and Chytil, both 2017 first-round draft picks and centers, were promoted from the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Hartford on Sunday.Chytil centered a line with Kevin Hayes and Zuccarello. Andersson centered a line with Jimmy Vesey and Ryan Spooner and got the Rangers on the board. Andersson cut it to 4-1 late in the second period when Vesey worked the puck behind the net and sent a pass to Andersson, who wristed it past Grubauer at 13:16.”It was a great feeling to see him score his first goal,” Chytil said of Andersson. ”It was something special. We will talk about it tonight. It’s great that he scored his first goal in his first game.”Chytil assisted on Zuccarello’s 16th goal at 4:26 of the third for his first NHL point.”Both kids had a good game Custom Winnipeg Jets Jerseys ,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. ”It was an emotional day and an emotional game for them, but I thought they played well.”NOTES: Devante Smith-Pelly, Shane Gersich and Christian Djoos were scratched by the Capitals. … According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Andersson and Chytil became the first pair of teenagers to get a point in the same game with the Rangers since Dec. 18, 1974 (Ron Greschner and Dave Maloney). Chytil played two games earlier in the season with New York. … Henrik Lundqvist, David Desharnais, Peter Holland, Paul Carey and Tony DeAngelo were the healthy scratches for the Rangers.UP NEXTThe teams play the second half of a back-to-back Wednesday night in Washington.—
ST. PAUL www.senatorsshoponline.com , Minn. (AP) it didn’t seem as if anything was out of the ordinary. He’s seen Alex Ovechkin put on a show against plenty of teams.The Minnesota Wild are tired of being spectators to the show.Ovechkin scored his league-leading 34th goal and had three assists, and Wilson scored twice for the Washington Capitals in a 5-2 win against the Wild on Thursday night.Article continues below ...Ovechkin assisted on Wilson’s opening goal in the second period before adding his own in a building in which he’s had plenty of success for Washington. In eight career games in Minnesota, Ovechkin has 11 goals.”I’ve seen him put on clinics all the time,” Wilson said. ”Maybe it’s another one. I’ve had a front row seat for the last four years. A bunch of milestones, a bunch of great games. Like I said, Nicky (Backstrom) and him, the superstars of this team, they carry the team every night and it’s great to see all four lines chipping in the last couple and it’s good to have that support.”Backstrom and Andre Burakovsky each had a goal and assist for the Capitals, who had lost four of their previous six games Ottawa Senators T-Shirts Womens , including back-to-back overtime losses. Philip Grubauer made 32 saves.Nino Niederreiter scored his 100th NHL goal and Eric Staal added his 26th of the season in the third period for the Wild. Devan Dubnyk stopped 22 shots as Minnesota’s franchise-record home points streak was snapped at 13 games.”For a guy that’s played so great recently, it could be arguably said that those were four soft goals tonight,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said of Dubnyk.Eight goals away from 600 for his career, Ovechkin has particularly tormented the Wild. In 14 career games against Minnesota, he has 15 goals and 10 assists and the Capitals are 10-3-1 in those games.He had a hat trick in each of his last two visits to the Wild’s Xcel Energy Center and has a point in 12 straight games against Minnesota.”I don’t know,” Ovechkin said. ”Ice is good here, atmosphere is good, and I have good luck here too.”Wilson scored his eighth goal of the season just 59 seconds into the second period when his wrist shot went through the legs of defenseman Jared Spurgeon and beat Dubnyk, who tried to swipe at the puck with his glove hand as it sailed under his arm.It was the first time in nine home games that the Wild had trailed during regulation. Calgary scored the first two goals on Jan. 9 on the way to an overtime win.”I thought we played well,” Dubnyk said. ”They got a couple breaks and that’s the game. We just have to keep playing well. I don’t think we expected to win the rest of the games at home. We played a pretty good game. That’s all that matters and we’ll play a better game next time and get back at it.”Oveckhin ended up alone in front of Dubnyk for his goal less than five minutes later.”I know when he’s dancing out there Ottawa Senators Hoodies Womens , he’s going to get some points,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. ”He’s got a lot of points left in him. He’s very productive still.”Minnesota scored twice in the third as it put up 18 shots on Grubauer, but Washington countered each time.”I think today you can say thanks to Grubby,” Ovechkin said. ”He was obviously outstanding, especially in the third when they make a push.”NOTES: Washington C Jay Beagle was in the lineup after being slashed in the ribs during Tuesday’s overtime loss in Winnipeg. . Minnesota scratched D Mike Reilly for the third time in five games along with F Chris Stewart. . Ovechkin has four goals and eight assists in his past seven games. . C Mikko Koivu played in his 900th NHL game, all with the Wild. He’s the franchise leader in games, points and assists.UP NEXTCapitals: At Chicago on Saturday night.Wild: Host Anaheim on Saturday.— The Vegas Golden Knights are 9-12-1 on the road and 19-15-2 overall. They are in fourth place in the Pacific Division with 40 points. They will play just their 15th home game on Thursday against the New York Islanders (17-12-4).Vegas, which is 10-3-1 at T-Mobile Arena, is starting a four-game homestand with the game against the Islanders, who have won three consecutive games after losing to the Golden Knights last week at home.“I think going into this year you look at the schedule and we were on the road a lot Ottawa Senators Hats Womens ,” Vegas defenseman Shea Theodore told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Definitely, it’s added up, and it’s been duly noted around the room how much we’ve been on the road. It’s going to be good to finish this trip here and be at home for the majority of the next half.”Article continues below ...Colorado and Vancouver are the only other teams that have played at least 20 games on the road.Vegas will play 11 of its next 16 games at home before the All-Star break at the end of January.“That makes you miss home, it’s as simple as that,” center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare said. “You can’t really look too far ahead, otherwise you kind of get tired of it. And you can’t look too much behind, otherwise, you be like, ‘OK, let’s end it.’ This one was Custom Ottawa Senators Jerseys , you’re in New York a few weeks before Christmas, so it wasn’t the worst road trip ever.”Vegas coach Gerard Gallant has limited his team’s practice schedule because of the amount of travel.The Golden Knights did not have a morning skate regimen before the last two games.“I think our coaching staff has been really good with us,” Bellemare said. “At times, maybe a little too nice to give us those days off.”The Islanders improved their road record to 9-7-1 with their 3-1 win at Arizona on Tuesday night.Josh Ho-Sang, Brock Nelson and Anthony Beauvillier scored for the Islanders, who overcame an early 1-0 deficit for their first win at Arizona since 2014. Robin Lehner made 36 saves to achieve his first win since Oct. 30.The win was also the Islanders’ second in as many nights, after beating Colorado 4-1 on Monday. They are 2-0 on their current Western Conference road trip.“Real gutsy back-to-back,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. “Guys were blocking shots when they needed to and doing what they needed to do to make sure the puck didn’t get into the danger areas. … Two goals against in the last two games, we’ll have a chance to win every night.”
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It wasn’t until Getzlaf and Josh Manson each took delay-of-game penalties following a slashing call on Cam Fowler that the veteran goalie showed how locked in he was by turning away dangerous shots by Jamie Benn and Jason Spezza in succession.”It was a pivotal point in the game, definitely,” Miller said. ”I just told myself get one at a time and see what we can do.”Miller stopped seven shots during the 5-on-3 http://www.avalancheshoponline.com/authentic-sergei-boikov-jersey , setting the stage for the Ducks to make it 2-0 at 4:28 of the third on Getzlaf’s eighth career short-handed goal.Getzlaf left the penalty box and was on the receiving end of a long pass from Francois Beauchemin. Ben Bishop came out of his crease to play the bouncing puck but Getzlaf chipped it over him before the goaltender could knock it away. The Ducks’ captain then composed himself and scored into an open goal for his 11th multi-point game.”Get there faster than (Bishop),” Getzlaf said of his mindset during the sequence. ”I just noticed that their D-men had been out there a long time so they were probably going to change thinking I was going off. Clearly, I was fresh.”Lindholm gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead with 6:45 left in the first, barreling in to bury the rebound of Getzlaf’s shot into an open net for his third power-play goal of the season. It was Lindholm’s 38th career goal, breaking a tie with Fredrik Olausson for fifth place in franchise history for the most by a defenseman.”I think we did a lot of good things tonight, but just couldn’t win the special teams,” said Bishop, who made 15 saves.The Ducks entered the game tied with the Los Angeles Kings for third place in the Pacific Division, and the Stars are in third in the Central Division. Not surprisingly Womens Sven Andrighetto Jersey , there was playoff intensity and caginess at the start. The Ducks went into the power play where Lindholm scored with two shots on goal and got two in eight seconds with the man-advantage, their only four shots in the period.The game also ended on a playoff-like note, with Benn and Corey Perry fighting while teammates on both sides jawed and postured.Miller wants the Ducks to maintain that feisty play and spirit.”We recognize where the season is at,” Miller said. ”We’ve built a good game. We have to stick with it.”NOTES: Stars C Martin Hanzal left after the first period and did not return with a lower-body injury. … The Ducks have won four in a row at home against the Stars. Anaheim hosts Dallas on April 7 to close out the regular season. … Kari Lehtonen will start in goal for the Stars against the Kings in the second game of a back-to-back on Thursday night.UP NEXTStars: Visit the Kings on Thursday night.Ducks: Visit the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night.— WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Jonathan Marchessault scored twice and said the expansion Vegas Golden Knights sent a message, bouncing back with a 3-1 series-evening win over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night in Game 2 of the Western Conference final.”Every time we need a big game as a group, we show up,” Marchessault said. ”We showed the hockey world we earned the right to be here.”Tomas Tatar scored 6:37 into the game for the Golden Knights and Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 30 saves.Kyle Connor scored midway through the third period to pull Winnipeg within a goal. Marchessault restored the two-goal lead 1:28 later.Connor Hellebuyck had 25 saves for the Jets.After losing the series opener, Marchessault told reporters the team faced a must-win game.”If you’re going to talk out there in the media that you have to be better Tyson Barrie Jersey , I think you need to lead by example,” he said. ”I tried to do that.”Game 3 is Wednesday night in Las Vegas.”I don’t think anybody is panicking,” Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba said. ”We like our road game. We like where it was in the Nashville series.”Winnipeg won three times on the top-seeded Predators’ home ice, including Game 7 last week.The expansion Golden Knights appeared to be rusty in the series opener and the Jets scored three goals early in a 4-2 win about 48 hours after advancing out of the second round.It looked like they were going to pick up where they left off.”They came out flying again with a lot of speed,” Fleury said.Fleury, who helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win three Stanley Cups, made key stops early and got help from teammate and a post in the opening minutes to keep the puck out of his net.”Fleury had to make three or four really good saves in the first seven minutes,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. ”We rebounded after that. We got that 2-0 lead and it was a different game for us. When teams are chasing the lead, it’s tough for teams to battle back.”Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele Authentic Alexander Wennberg Jersey , who has postseason-high 12 goals , got the puck past Fleury in the opening moments of the game and Vegas defenseman Nate Schmidt cleared it from the crease .Vegas generated offense by making plays without the puck, forcing turnovers to set up goals.”We were on them,” Golden Knights forward Erik Haula said. ”That’s our game. We’re a fast team. I think we showed that.”Indeed.After the Jets failed to control the puck out of a corner in their end, Tatar ended up stuffing the puck in the net after hitting the side of the net with a shot.Connor was pressured into turning over the puck near center ice late in the opening period and Reilly Smith set up Marchessault, his former Florida Panthers teammate, at the blue line and he scored on a breakaway backhander.”There was about 57 minutes of that game that was pretty good for us,” Jets captain Blake Wheeler said. ”Three minutes of it got away from us.The Jets closed the scoreless second period and started the third on the power play and still couldn’t get the puck past Fleury.Yet.Winnipeg kept up the pressure on by relentlessly forechecking and drew another penalty early in the third. Connor took advantage, squeezing a shot between Fleury and the post from the bottom of the left circle 7:17 into the third.That whipped the white-clad fans into a frenzy – triggering jeers of ”Fleu-ry! Fleu-ry!” – and were quickly quieted by another Marchessault backhander that beat Hellebuyck.The Jets pulled their goaltender to add another skater over the last couple minutes of the game Artemi Panarin Jersey , but Fleury didn’t let the puck get past him again.NOTES: Vegas put Tatar and Tomas Nosek in place of David Perron and Oscar Lindberg. Gallant said Perron was not a healthy scratch. ”He wasn’t feeling well,” Gallant said. ”I think he’ll be fine.” … The Jets have not lost consecutive games this postseason. … Vegas acquired Tatar from the Detroit Red Wings at the trade deadline for a first-round pick and he played in just his fifth game of this postseason and scored his first goal. ”What a luxury to be able to put Tomas Tatar into a game in the playoffs,” Schmidt said. ”The guy has been an incredible player in this league and proved it for many years.”—
SAN JOSE Jeff Carter Jersey , Calif. (AP)Panarin made sure the Columbus Blue Jackets didn’t blow another lead and got to head home from the California swing on a winning note.Artemi Panarin scored two goals, including an empty-netter to seal the win, and Bobrovsky made 34 saves to thwart a comeback attempt by San Jose as the Blue Jackets beat the Sharks 4-2 on Sunday night.”We found a way to get it done,” captain Nick Foligno said. ”That’s what we need to do this time of year. I hope guys feel good about themselves that they can win these tight ones and it has to carry on to the next 16 games.”Foligno and Sonny Milano got Columbus started with first-period goals to help the Blue Jackets salvage the final game of their three-game trip to remain a point ahead of Florida for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.The Blue Jackets had scored first in Los Angeles and Anaheim to start this trip before losing both games. They nearly blew a 3-0 lead against the Sharks but Bobrovsky made a sliding save on a deflection by Joe Pavelski to keep it 3-2 and Panarin scored his 20th goal into the empty net to seal the win.”They’re a tough team because they’re so many deflections around the goal,” coach John Tortorella said. ”The save Bob makes on Joe Pavelski. That’s a set play with him and (Brent) Burns. They’ve played together for so long. They’re tough to stop.”Evander Kane scored his first goal since joining the Sharks and Joonas Donskoi also scored but San Jose was unable to erase a three-goal deficit.Martin Jones allowed three goals on 11 shots before being pulled early in the second period and the Sharks went a 12th straight game without a power-play goal, extending their drought to 28 chances.”Sometimes you have to give the goalie on the other team some credit,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. ”We generated some really quality chances on the power play and sometimes we missed the net and he made some really good saves.”The Sharks fell behind 3-0 early in the second when Panarin deflected Ian Cole’s point shot into the net to end Jones’ night. The Blue Jackets limited San Jose’s chances after that as they kept control of the game until a broken play late in the second gave the Sharks life.Kane’s pass was deflected right to Dylan DeMelo at the point. DeMelo fired the puck toward the net and Donskoi deflected it past Bobrovsky to make it 3-1.Kane then scored midway through the third, giving him five points in three games with San Jose. But the Sharks were unable to get the equalizer against Bobrovsky.”You get down by three goals, it’s tough to come back,” Kane said. ”We came up a little short. Late in the second period we started breaking down their defense and getting pucks to the net. We need to start doing that earlier.”The Blue Jackets bounced back from losses at Los Angeles and Anaheim by getting off to a fast start in San Jose despite being short-handed for six minutes in the opening period.The Sharks failed to convert any of those chances into goals with Bobrovsky’s glove save on a deflection by Pavelski the best chance as their power-play drought extended to 27.Columbus then scored seconds after the first penalty ended with Foligno beating Jones with a wrist shot to make it 1-0.The Blue Jackets added another goal less than a minute after killing a third penalty when Marc-Edouard Vlasic misplayed the puck at the blue line and Boone Jenner fed Milano on the 2-on-1 for the goal.NOTES: Aaron Dell stopped all 16 shots he faced in place of Jones. … Sharks C Eric Fehr returned to the lineup after missing one game and Marcus Sorensen was scratched. … Blue Jackets C Alexander Wennberg also returned after missing one game in place of Lukas Sedlak.UP NEXTBlue Jackets: Host Vegas on Tuesday night.Sharks: Host St. Louis on Thursday night.— When the Washington Capitals faced the New York Islanders in the playoffs five years in a row in the 1980s, players knew everything.They knew where Mike Bossy loved to shoot from, that Bob Nystrom was going to run them over and that they’d better watch out for Denis Potvin in the neutral zone.”We became so used to one another we were expected to play the Islanders in the playoffs,” former Capitals winger Craig Laughlin said. ”At some point http://www.officialkings.com/authentic-adidas-jonathan-quick-jersey , we always knew we were going to play them.”It’s starting to feel that way now for the Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, who are meeting in the second round of the playoffs for the third consecutive year. Two teams playing each other over and over again in the postseason is a common theme in NHL history, especially when 16 of the 21 teams faced off in a divisional format similar to what has been in place since 2014 and is responsible for Capitals-Penguins III.The Capitals faced the New York Rangers from 2011-13 and the Chicago Blackhawks played the Vancouver Canucks from 2009-11. Hockey has changed plenty since the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens played series seven years in a row from 1984-90, but all that familiarity still breeds a whole lot of contempt.”For the players, it’s more difficult,” said former Edmonton defenseman Kevin Lowe, whose Oilers faced Winnipeg three playoffs in a row from 1983-85. ”The body checks are heavier, the cross-checks are harder, the slashes behind the play are harder.”Lowe doesn’t think there are any advantages to players seeing the same opponent over and over again in the playoffs. Even on a Stanley Cup-champion team in Edmonton, there was always pressure to beat the Jets because they had done it in previous years.Seeing the Penguins beat the Capitals on the way to the Cup the past two years, Lowe believes the stronger motivation belongs to Washington.”They’ve made their life miserable, so that amps them up more,” Lowe said. ”There’s no real advantage to the team that’s winning those years because you know every year’s different and you thought Nate Thompson Jersey , `Oh, we can beat these guys because we beat them before.’ It’s a new set of circumstances every time you play.”Former Philadelphia defenseman Brad Marsh recalled similar circumstances when the Flyers faced the Rangers in the playoffs in the ’80s. New York was often dozens of points back in the standings and yet won their series sometimes.Players also changed teams less frequently back then, so the series felt like the continuation of a never-ending rivalry that began each fall in the preseason and was renewed in the playoffs.”You certainly develop a hate for the team a little quicker because you’ve played them so many times in the regular season leading into the playoffs, and if you play them year after year, it certainly does give you extra motivation not to lose to them again,” Marsh said. ”You did know how each player played or what their strengths or weaknesses were.”By now, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin said he and his teammates know ”pretty much everything” about the Penguins, just like they did about the Rangers a few years ago. Coach Barry Trotz joked there was ”less scouting, shorter days” before acknowledging, ”We’ll be looking for those little edges you can get when you start playing teams multiple times.”Even back in Laughlin’s day, the scouting reports – printed out on paper – were extensive. When Marsh faced the Rangers, he knew how to defend certain players in front of the net and what to expect from an opponent’s stars.Sometimes that’s a no brainer. The Capitals have to watch out for Sidney Crosby, the Penguins for Ovechkin and the 1980s Jets for Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier.Rick Tocchet Authentic Oscar Fantenberg Jersey , who played with Marsh on the Flyers in the ’80s and was an assistant coach with Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2017, thinks repeatedly facing the same team brings out different aspects in players.”If you were a skill guy, you’d probably go out of your way to hit a guy,” Tocchet said. ”If you really were an aggressive-type player, you’d try to make sure you’d continue to be aggressive and be willing to hit their best players. When you play a team so many times you’re willing to go out of your comfort zone to win those games.”Having an elite team like the Islanders and Oilers dynasties of the ’80s carried with it some pressure, but beating the same opponent repeatedly in the playoffs had one benefit.”Knowing that there would be an element of doubt in there,” Lowe said. ”If you get them down in a series and things are looking bleak where that element of doubt might creep in quicker for the team that hasn’t won. It takes a while before you can actually get an opponent to that position.”The mental battle starts well before Game 1. Speaking from experience, Laughlin thought he and the Capitals could always go toe-to-toe with the Islanders. He figures that’s the only way to approach this kind of situation.”You need that feeling that this is a new year, it’s a new season, it’s a new series and why can’t we win?” Laughlin said. ”It is belief that you have a better team and a belief that you are playing better than them at the moment. I think that’s the only thing you can sort of feed off of is you have more belief in your game the way you’re playing now.”—