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  1. TAMPA Columbus Blue Jackets T-Shirts Authentic , Fla. (AP) — Pekka Rinne didn’t miss a beat after being sidelined for two weeks.He made 42 saves after sitting out five games with an injury, and the Nashville Predators beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 on Thursday night.“Anytime you miss time, you’re a little nervous,” Rinne said. “I was happy that we played one of the top teams. You have to have a mindset that you might be busy. I felt good, and obviously very happy with the win.”Rinne was hurt in the third period of a 5-3 victory at Calgary on Oct. 19. He was stretching to try and stop the puck when teammate Kevin Fiala landed on top of the goalie in an awkward-looking collision.Kyle Turris, Roman Josi, Calle Jarnkrok and Miikka Salomaki scored, and Ryan Johansen had two nifty assists for the Predators. Right wing Viktor Arvidsson Columbus Blue Jackets Hoodies Authentic , who has eight goals and 12 points, was a late scratch due to a lower-body injury and is day to day.The Predators reached 10 wins in 13 games, the fastest in franchise history. The previous mark was 15 games, done three times.Nashville (6-0-0) became the fifth team in NHL history to start a season with six or more consecutive road wins.Tampa Bay got a goal from Slater Koekkoek, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 20 shots. Nashville is the only opponent Vasilevskiy (0-3-1) has never beaten.“We had our chances,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.Rinne made an outstanding save four minutes into the game when he lifted his right pad while lunging to the right and stopped Brayden Point’s rebound shot.“He looked really sharp to me,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. “He was brilliant. He needed to be — they’re a dangerous team.”Rinne has 315 NHL wins and is four short of tying Miikka Kiprusoff for the most by a Finnish-born player.Turris opened the scoring at 6:02 of the first before Josi made it 2-0 with 6.4 seconds left in the period off a backhand pass through the crease by Johansen.“It was pretty unreal,” Rinne said of Johansen’s pass from near the left-wing boards. “A beautiful goal. It was pretty cool to see in a game.”Koekkoek snapped a 16-game goal drought and cut the deficit to 2-1 from the left circle at 14:21 of the second.Tampa Bay outshot the Predators 17-4 in the period.“The ice was lopsided at that point Columbus Blue Jackets Hats Authentic ,” Laviolette said.Johansen made another backhand pass to set up Jarnkrok’s goal with 3:18 to play.“They made us pay for the looks that we gave them,” Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh said.Salomaki added an empty-netter.Nashville has earned a point in 13 of its last 14 games (11-1-2) against the Lightning.NOTES: Tampa Bay D Victor Hedman (shoulder) sat out his third straight game and could miss games at Montreal and Ottawa this weekend. LW Ondrej Palat (foot) also was sidelined for the third consecutive game. … Nashville LW Zac Rinaldo (lower body) didn’t play. … Laviolette coached his 1,100th NHL game.UP NEXTPredators: Host the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.Lightning: At the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. Dallas Stars (38-31-6, fourth in the Central Division) vs. Winnipeg Jets (45-26-4, first in the Central Division)Winnipeg, Manitoba; Monday, 8 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Winnipeg hosts Dallas trying to extend its three-game home winning streak.The Jets are 27-16-2 in Western Conference games. Winnipeg has scored 252 goals and is sixth in the NHL averaging 3.4 per game. Mark Scheifele leads the team with 35.The Stars are 12-9-2 against the rest of their division. Dallas has given up 39 power-play goals, killing 82.3 percent of opponent chances. In their last meeting on Jan. 19 Custom Columbus Blue Jackets Jerseys , Dallas won 4-2.TOP PERFORMERS: Blake Wheeler has recorded 88 total points while scoring 20 goals and collecting 68 assists for the Jets. Kyle Connor has totaled seven goals and four assists over the last 10 games for Winnipeg.LAST 10 GAMES: Stars: 5-4-1, averaging 2.2 goals, 3.5 assists, 2.6 penalties and 5.2 penalty minutes while giving up 1.4 goals per game with a .954 save percentage.Jets: 6-4-0, averaging 3.2 goals, 5.4 assists, 3.3 penalties and 7.5 penalty minutes while giving up 2.4 goals per game with a .921 save percentage.Jets Injuries: None listed.Stars Injuries: Mats Zuccarello: out (broken arm).
  2. DETROIT (AP) — After being dominated in the first period Colorado Avalanche Hoodies Authentic , the San Jose Sharks owned the last 40 minutes.Joe Pavelski got his fifth career hat trick, including scoring twice in less than a minute late in the second period, to give the Sharks a 5-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.“I thought it was great the way we responded in the last two periods,” Pavelski said. “When we got in here after the first, Pete (coach Pete DeBoer) told us how we looked, and we knew we were coming off a bad game last night (a 4-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets). That’s why it was so important for us to step up and play the way we did in the last two periods.”San Jose trailed 2-1 after a first period in which it was outshot 15-5. Red Wings defenseman Mike Green made it 3-1, eight minutes into the second, with his fifth goal of the season.But the Sharks scored three times within 2:55 late in the second period to take a 4-3 lead. Pavelski, the team’s captain, got the last two Colorado Avalanche Hats Authentic , 55 seconds apart.His power-play goal with 4:10 left in the second tied the game at 3-3 and Pavelski gave the Sharks the lead with 3:15 remaining in the middle period. He completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal with a minute left for his 35th of the season.Burns brought San Jose within 3-2 with his 13th goal, with 6:10 left in the second period.“I thought that shot turned the entire game around. We’re down 3-1, we win a faceoff and he puts it in,” Pavelski said about Burns’ goal, which came on a wrist shot from the left point.“We all know he’s got that shot in his locker and we needed it right there. Then we get a power-play goal and we got rolling.”Burns also had an assist and defenseman Tim Heed also scored for San Jose, which outshot Detroit 32-8 in the last two periods and held the Red Wings without a shot for more than 26 minutes in the second and third periods.Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Logan Couture had two assists each and Aaron Dell made 20 saves.Sharks star defenseman Erik Karlsson did not play because he aggravated a groin injury in a 4-0 loss to the Blue Jackets on Saturday night.Green also had an assist and Darren Helm and Gustav Nyquist scored for Detroit. Justin Abdelkader had two assists and Jonathan Bernier stopped 32 shots.“We just didn’t have the same dig. I thought those two quick goals just crushed us,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “We spent the rest of the game just trying to get the puck out of our zone to get a line change.”Right wing Filip Zadina made his NHL debut for the Red Wings. Zadina, 19, was the sixth overall pick in the 2018 draft. He was minus-1, with one shot in 10:38 of ice time. Zadina was recalled from AHL Grand Rapids Custom Colorado Avalanche Jerseys , where he had 15 goals and 31 points in 45 games.NOTES: Madison Bowey, who was acquired by Detroit in a trade with the Washington Capitals on Friday, was a healthy scratch. … Vlasic reached 300 points in his career.UP NEXT:San Jose: Visits Boston on Tuesday.Detroit: Hosts Montreal on Tuesday. Do you hear the clock ticking? The Toronto Maple Leafs certainly do as it gets closer to the end of November.The case can be made that the Maple Leafs and holdout forward William Nylander have been both been engaging in a major league version of "who is going to blink first?"Through November 12, neither side has blinked, but the Maple Leafs are starting to make plans to possibly trade their young star. If the 22-year-old Nylander is not under contract by December 1, he will not be eligible to play throughout the 2018-19 season.NHL insider Elliotte Friedman reported on Hockey Night in Canada's Saturday night broadcast that Toronto general manager Kyle Dubas has askedteams to "inform them who the teams and interested parties will not be willing to move, and also to begin preparing formal offers for unsigned Toronto winger (h/t Maple Leafs Hot Stove).Friedman says he asked Dubaswhether that was accurate, and he declined to comment.The Maple Leafs want to keep a player who scored 61 points in back-to-back seasons but want to be prepared to move him if they can get an attractive offer and can't sign their young star.While the Leafs are apparently making preparations to cover themselves in case they can't get Nylander to sign a new contract, it does not look like the Columbus Blue Jackets are ready to trade the high-scoring Artemi Panarin at this point.Panarin is in the final season of his contract. He will be a free agent this summer, and he has made the point that he wants to test the market.The likelihood is that he will receive many attractive offers and will get a chance to sign with more attractive teams than the Blue Jackets.Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen apparently wants to wait until it gets closer to the trade deadline to move Panarin www.officialbluejackets.com , according to Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe.However, if Dubas trades Nylander and gets an impressive haul for him, that could change Kekalainen's thinking. Panarin is a more explosive offensive player than Nylander, and it seems likely he could bring in more in a trade than the Toronto forward.The longer the Blue Jackets wait before moving Panarin, the less they can get in return for him. Kekalainen knows this, and he owes his team the best possible return on their investment.
  3. TAMPA Chicago Blackhawks Hats Authentic , Fla. (AP) — Mitch Marner scored a go-ahead goal late in the second period, Nazem Kadri and Patrick Marleau each had a goal and an assist, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 on Thursday night.Frederik Andersen stopped 36 shots, and Zach Hyman added an empty-netter for the Maple Leafs.Brayden Point and Victor Hedman scored for Tampa Bay, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves. Nikita Kucherov, the NHL points leader with 76, had an assist after two straight games without a point.The Lightning have a 14-point lead in the Atlantic Division over Toronto. Tampa Bay’s nine-game home winning streak ended.BRUINS 5, BLUES 2BOSTON (AP) — Chris Wagner scored the go-ahead goal 5:27 into the third period, Tuukka Rask tied a Boston record with his 252nd career victory and the Bruins beat St. Louis.Rask made 28 saves and matched the franchise mark set by Cecil “Tiny” Thompson, who was 252-153 with 63 ties. Rask, the 2014 Vezina Trophy winner, is 252-145-56 in 474 games with Boston.Torey Krug, David Backes, Brad Marchand and Sean Kuraly also scored for the Bruins.Ryan O’Reilly and Carl Gunnarsson scored for St. Louis. Blues left wing David Perron extended his NHL-leading and career-best points streak to 13 games with an assist on O’Reilly’s goal.DUCKS 3, WILD 0ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — John Gibson made 37 saves for his second shutout of the season, Adam Henrique and Rickard Rakell scored 11 seconds apart in the first period and Anaheim beat Minnesota to end its franchise-record 12-game losing streak.Brian Gibbons added his second goal of the season for Anaheim Custom Chicago Blackhawks Jerseys , which made four trades in the previous three days. Alex Stalock allowed three goals on eight shots for the Wild before being pulled in favor of Devan Dubnyk, who stopped 15 shots after he was expected to get another night of rest.JETS 5, PREDATORS 1NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Connor Hellebuyck made 37 saves and Winnipeg beat Nashville to stay alone atop the Central Division, four points ahead of the Predators.Brendan Lemieux scored twice, and Mason Appleton, Bryan Little and Brandon Tanev added goals to help the Jets win their fourth straight. Viktor Arvidsson scored for Nashville.KINGS 2, STARS 1DALLAS (AP) — Dustin Brown scored a rare Los Angeles power-play goal, goalie Jack Campbell beat the team that drafted him and the Kings moved out of the NHL basement.Brown’s goal came in the first period when he deflected in a shot by Drew Doughty. Carl Hagelin added a goal in the second. Campbell made 29 saves, allowing only Esa Lindell’s goal with 1:04 left and Dallas goalie Ben Bishop off for an extra skater.RANGERS 4, BLACKHAWKSNEW YORK (AP) — Chris Kreider had a goal and an assist, Henrik Lundqvist moved into a tie for sixth place on the NHL victory list and New York beat Chicago.Mats Zuccarello, Filip Chytil and Mika Zibanejad also scored to help New York win for the third time in four games after a five-game skid. Lundqvist stopped 24 shots to tie Terry Sawchuk with 445 wins.Brandon Saad, Alex DeBrincat and Dominik Kahun scored for Chicago. The Blackhawks have lost five straight and seven of eight.ISLANDERS 4, DEVILS 1UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Anders Lee scored twice and New York beat New Jersey for its ninth victory in 11 games.Michael Dal Colle had his first NHL goal and Jordan Eberle also scored, Nick Leddy had two assists and Robin Lehner made 16 saves to improve to 10-1-0 in his last 11 appearances.Andy Greene scored for New Jersey. DALLAS (AP) — Ben Bishop got help from backup Anton Khudobin www.officialavalanche.com , and together they made franchise history.Bishop and Khudobin teamed up for the first combined shutout for the Dallas Stars in a 2-0 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.Jamie Benn and Radek Faksa scored for the Stars as they dominated the first two periods.Bishop was injured with 6:23 remaining in the second period when Garnet Hathaway skated into him behind the net. Khudobin closed out the period with three saves, and Bishop returned for the third, when he made 12 of his 21 stops. Hathaway was penalized for goaltender interference.The Stars’ starter underwent the NHL’s concussion protocol late in the second period and into the second intermission.“He just kind of hit me in the chin there,” Bishop said. “He got me decently good.“I passed (the protocol), so I went out for the third. It’s a little easier with the intermission there. I kind of regrouped and got ready for the third.”Montgomery said the decision to return was Bishop’s.“He said, ‘Yeah. I want to go back in.’ I’m going to let him make that call, especially when he was so calm and in control.”The combined shutout was the first in the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas franchise’s 51 seasons and the 67th in NHL history, according to the league.Later in the second period, after Hathaway hit the Stars’ Tyler Seguin, Dallas defenseman Roman Polak went after Hathaway and drew a roughing penalty.The Dallas penalty killers, after allowing three power-play goals at Colorado on Saturday, killed Polak’s penalty and three others.“There was an intent there by Hathaway to run into (Seguin), who had no idea he was going to get hit,” Montgomery said. “Good job by Roman Polak.”Dallas returned from an 0-4 trip to win their fifth straight home game. The Pacific Division-leading Flames had won three straight and eight of nine.“We had two days off where everyone got to say hello to their kids, their wives, and enjoy the great weather here in Dallas, Montgomery said. “You come with a new refreshed mentality Colorado Avalanche T-Shirts Authentic , and I think it showed right from the start.”David Rittich stopped 26 shots for the Flames.The Stars’ 12th shot gave them a 1-0 lead at 12:15 of the first period. Tyler Seguin passed from just behind the goal line to the front of the net, where Benn easily deflected it past Rittich.Dallas outshot Calgary 14-6 and won 17 of 24 faceoffs (71 percent) in the first period.“We were poor early,” Calgary coach Bill Peters said. “Didn’t win the faceoffs. Therefore, never had the puck and therefore you see the discrepancy in the shots.”Dallas took a 2-0 lead at 17:17 of the second when the puck went from Martin Hanzal to Faksa in the slot. He put the puck on his backhand and slid it into the right corner.For Tuesday’s game, Faksa moved from centering a line to playing left wing on Hanzal’s line.“They just had two guys going after Marty, so I tried to go to the net and it bounced to me. I saw the goalie go poke-check and I get kind of lucky I made it.”Rittich’s season record fell to 11-4-1.“He was good again,” Peters said. “He gave us a chance, kept us in the game early. He did his job tonight.”NOTES: In 30 career games against the Flames, Benn has 32 points (17 goals, 15 assists). … After allowing three power-play goals in a loss at Colorado on Saturday, the Stars’ penalty killers were 4 for 4. … Dallas F Jason Spezza missed his first game this season because of strep throat. … Calgary LW James Neal (lower-body injury) also sat out for the first time, missing a chance to play against his former team. C Sam Bennett (upper body) was out for the second game in a row, leaving the Flames with only 11 forwards. . D Oliver Kylington moved up to a forward position as the game progressed.UP NEXTFlames: Open a two-game homestand Thursday against Tampa Bay.Stars: Complete a two-game homestand vs. Chicago on Thursday.
  4. SAN JOSE www.officialhurricanes.com ,Calif. (AP) — Timo Meier says he isn’t a big stats guy. The San Jose Sharks‘ forward insists his focus is on winning.“My goal is to help the team win games and to do as much as I can,” he said. “I’m not a numbers guy. I’m not focusing on numbers, only to be the best player I can be.”He was every bit the player the Sharks needed on Saturday night.Meier got his second goal of the game 13 seconds into overtime and the Sharks rallied to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3.Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton also scored for San Jose, and Martin Jones finished with 22 saves.Nolan Patrick, Jordan Weal and Jakub Voracek scored for Philadelphia, which was looking to sweep the California portion of its trip after beating Anaheim and Los Angeles earlier in the week. Oskar Lindblom had two assists and Cal Pickard stopped 29 shots in his third start.Meier’s winning goal was his 11th on the season, and eighth in his last seven games.“He’s been great,” Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said. “Thankfully he’s off to the start he’s off to. We need him. We needed somebody to step up.”Logan Couture assisted the game-winner, extending his career-best point streak to nine games.Thornton’s first goal of the season with just under 5 minutes left in the third tied the score 3-3.Thornton, 39 Carolina Hurricanes T-Shirts Authentic , missed nearly half of last season after undergoing knee surgery on his right MCL, and just came off injured reserve with swelling in the same knee.“Great for Joe,” DeBoer said. “Great for him to get one. He’s been through an awful lot, worked his (butt) off for months here to get back. I think it’s appropriate that he was the guy that got us back in the game. So that was awesome.”Voracek had given the Flyers the lead with 30 seconds remaining in the second.Patrick opened the scoring just 37 seconds into the game, and Meier tied it at 3:15.Weal put the Flyers back ahead with 3:20 left in the opening period, but Pavelski evened the score again just past the midpoint of the second.“I’m (upset) about losing tonight, so that’s all I evaluated,” Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. “Not worried about the last two games and I’m not worried about the next game. I don’t like the way we lost the game tonight and that’s that. But we had a lot of guys that battled hard tonight and that park I like. We came into a tough building, we fought for a point, we wanted the next point.”NOTES: Flyers G Michal Neuvirth (lower body injury) was sent back to Philadelphia to meet with team doctors. … Sharks coach Pete DeBoer shook up his team’s lineup Carolina Hurricanes Hoodies Authentic , moving F Evander Kane to the first line and returning Meier to the second line. Rookie C Rourke Chartier skated on the third line in place of rookie Antti Suomela, a healthy scratch. . C Tomas Hertl left the game in the second period. DeBoer said he experienced a head injury, the extent of which wasn’t immediately known.UP NEXTFlyers: Conclude their four-game road trip on Monday in Arizona.Sharks: Host Minnesota on Tuesday. NHL winger Rick Nash announced his retirement Friday at the age of 34.TSN's Darren Dreger tweeted the following statement made by Nash's agent, Joe Resnick, on behalf of the 15-year NHL veteran:Darren Dreger DarrenDregerStatement from Joe Resnick of Top ShelfSports Management Inc. Topshelf_TSSM on behalf of his client Rick Nash rc7wu3wZNENash decided against signing with a team during the offseason in an attempt to recover from a concussion he suffered last season.The seasoned power forward spent the 2017-18 campaign split between the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, finishing with 21 goals and 13 assists in 71 games.In 1,060 career NHL regular-season contests, Nash racked up 437 goals and 368 assists for 805 points. He also recorded 46 points in 89 career playoff games.Nash was selected No. 1 overall in the 2002 NHL draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets, and he went on to enjoy much of his greatest success with that franchise.He scored at least 30 goals in seven of his nine campaigns in Columbus, and he topped 40 goals on two occasions.Nash remains the Blue Jackets' leader in most major offensive categories Carolina Hurricanes Hats Authentic , including goals (289), assists (258) and points (547).He was traded to the Rangers in 2012 and went on to spend parts of six seasons with the Blueshirts.Nash's best season in New York was 2014-15, when he scored a career-high 42 goals and added 27 assists.The previous season, Nash played in the Stanley Cup Final for the first and only time in his career, but the Rangers fell to the Los Angeles Kings.All told, Nash played in six NHL All-Star Games, was a one-time Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy winner as the NHL's leading goal scorer and won a pair of Olympic gold medals with Canada in 2010 and 2014.With the possibility of signing Nash off the table, teams in need of some scoring punch will be forced to explore other options ahead of Feb. 25's trade deadline.
  5. ST. LOUIS (AP) Mikko Koivu was embarrassed. His teammates on the Minnesota Wild were simply angry after a dismal performance Saturday in a five-goal loss at Dallas.”It was something you want to forget right away and move forward Custom Buffalo Sabres Jerseys ,” Koivu said.The Wild did just that on Tuesday night.Jason Zucker tied a career high with his 22nd goal and Devan Dubnyk made 35 saves to help Minnesota to a 6-2 win over the St. Louis Blues.The bounce-back victory came 72 hours after a humbling 6-1 setback against the Stars.Koivu, Nino Niederreiter, Marcus Foligno, Matt Dumba and Eric Staal also scored for Minnesota, which has won three of four. The Wild moved within four points of third-place St. Louis in the Central Division.Jaden Schwartz and Dmitrij Jaskin scored for the Blues, who had won four of five.Dubnyk improved to 21-10-3 by winning his third successive start.Minnesota put aside one of its poorest performances of the season by scoring six straight goals.”The most important thing is how we responded www.officialflames.com ,” Dubnyk said. ”We’ve got a group that’s played a lot of hockey and we know what it takes to win on the road.”The Wild improved to 11-15-1 away from home with their second victory in three road games.”I hope this is a confidence booster,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. ”To win in this building is a little special.”Zucker, now in his seventh year, scored 22 goals last season in 79 games. He tied that mark in his 53rd game this season.”It feels good, but I’m not satisfied with it and I want to be better,” Zucker said. ”It’s nice to be clicking as a line Calgary Flames T-Shirts Authentic , but it’s even better to get a win against a team like this. As long as we continue playing like this, we’ll be fine.”Foligno broke a 1-all tie by poking in a rebound at 16:53 of the first period. Koivu pushed the lead to 3-1 just 74 seconds later on a backhand from the slot.St. Louis goalie Carter Hutton was pulled at the end of the first period after giving up three goals on eight shots. He came into the game with four consecutive wins and had stopped 121 of his previous 123 shots.The Blues had earned at least one point in 18 of their last 20 home games against the Wild.”No one wants to play like this,” St. Louis forward Vladimir Tarasenko said. ”We’re trying hard. I know it’s not enough. It’s on us to find out what’s going on.”Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo agreed.”I wish I had an answer. Just disconnect all over the ice,” he said.NOTES: The Blues play eight of their next 11 games against Central Division teams. … Blues coach Mike Yeo served as coach of the Wild from 2011-16 and compiled a 173-132-44 mark. … Minnesota RW Chris Stewart, who played for St. Louis during two stints from 2010-14, was a healthy scratch for the fourth time in seven games.UP NEXTWild: Host the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night in the first of five straight home games.Blues: Host the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.— SUNRISE Calgary Flames Hoodies Authentic , Fla. (AP) The Florida Panthers preserved their playoff hopes thanks to much of their offense coming from unlikely sources.Alexander Petrovic scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period to lift the Panthers to a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night.Evgenii Dadonov and MacKenzie Weegar also scored to help the Panthers snap a three-game skid and pull five points behind idle New Jersey for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference. Florida has four games remaining, one more than the Devils. Roberto Luongo stopped 26 shots.Petrovic and Weegar entered the game with one goal each on the season.”It doesn’t come too often, but everyone chips in a certain way and tonight we just found a way to get the two points,” Petrovic said. ”Just keeping this thing alive.”On the go-ahead goal, Petrovic shot from the boards above the right circle and beat Darling with 7:58 left for his first goal since Feb. 14 against Vancouver. His second goal of the season couldn’t have come at a better time.The Panthers host the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.”We needed tonight’s win at all costs,” Luongo said. ”We got the job done Calgary Flames Hats Authentic , now we’ve got to get some rest tonight and another big game tomorrow.”Derek Ryan and Trevor van Riemsdyk scored for Carolina, and Scott Darling finished with 32 saves.”They knew they needed two points tonight and they were going for it,” van Riemsdyk said. ”They were desperate, and they found a way.”Carolina had tied it 2-2 with 6:12 left in the second it caught Florida on a line change, and Ryan backhanded the puck past Luongo for his 15th.The Hurricanes were eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday night and could have played the spoiler role.”More than trying to ruin their season it’s us playing for pride for each other. That’s more important for me,” Ryan said. ”They dug deep when the pressure was on.”The Hurricanes took a 1-0 lead on a goal by van Riemsdyk 3:44 in. Luongo blocked a shot from in front by Brock McGinn but van Riemsdyk slapped in the rebound for his third.The Panthers answered 19 seconds later when Weegar’s shot from the right circle went over Darling’s glove for his second of the season. Weegar’s last goal was on Oct. 20 against Pittsburgh.”We’ve got to respond after they score Custom Calgary Flames Jerseys , and we did just that. I’m happy I could contribute. It’s been a long time,” Weegar said.Dadonov gave the Panthers ahead 2-1 on a power-play goal with 9.1 seconds left in the first. Aleksander Barkov passed over to Dadonov in the slot and he flipped the puck off Darling’s leg for his 27th.NOTES: Barkov’s assist on Dadonov’s goal was his 50th, becoming the first Panthers player to hit that mark since Olli Jokinen had 52 in the 2006-07 season. … Panthers forwards Frank Vatrano and Denis Malgin returned after missing the previous game with injuries.Carolina recalled D Roland McKeown from AHL Charlotte on Sunday.UP NEXT:Hurricanes: At Philadelphia on Thursday night.Panthers: Host Nashville on Tuesday night.
  6. Minneapolis is the northernmost city to host a Super Bowl. Tourism officials are making the most of that as they prepare to welcome visitors to the ”Bold North.” Many activities surrounding Super Bowl will take advantage of Minnesota’s wintry weather Authentic Jonathan Allen Jersey , including outdoor concerts, ice sculptures and opportunities for winter sports. Super Bowl events will be held around the metro area during the week leading up to the Feb. 4 game at U.S. Bank Stadium. The city’s unique skyway system of enclosed footbridges will let visitors get from place to place without going outside. A trip to the Mall of America is also a must-do for those needing retail therapy to escape the cold. A look at some things to do: — SUPER FUN At Super Bowl Experience, the NFL’s interactive theme park, fans can get NFL players’ autographs, play games, take photos with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, and more. Super Bowl Experience will be at the Minneapolis Convention Center Jan. 27-Feb. 3. Tickets are $35 ($25, children 12 and under). The party continues down the street at Super Bowl Live , a 10-day, free outdoor festival and concert series on Nicollet Mall, a five-minute walk from Super Bowl Experience. The concerts, presented by Minnesota music legends Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, will have a distinctly Minnesotan flavor, featuring a Prince tribute and local bands like Soul Asylum, Mint Condition, the Suburbs and others. A free snowmobile stunt show takes place Feb. 3. The American Birkebeiner International Bridge Authentic Geron Christian Jersey , a bridge that’s part of a Wisconsin ski race, is being rebuilt over Nicollet Mall to showcase events like skijoring (cross-country skiers pulled by dogs) and fat-tire bike racing. Nearby, adventure seekers will soar across the Mississippi River on the Bold North Zip Line . Super Bowl Opening Night will be held in St. Paul, a 15-minute drive from Minneapolis, on Jan. 29 at the Xcel Energy Center. The sold-out event gives fans a chance to see players and coaches. Also starting Jan. 29, fans can see players and celebrities in media interviews on Radio Row, at the Mall of America in nearby Bloomington. — PLENTY OF PARTIES Nomadic Entertainment Group is bringing a VIP experience called Nomadic Live! to the refurbished Minneapolis Armory building just blocks from U.S. Bank Stadium. Headliners there include Imagine Dragons, Pink and Jennifer Lopez. Tickets are here . While a traveling venue called Club Nomadic has been cancelled, most of the acts initially scheduled for that venue- including The Chainsmokers, Florida Georgia Line and Gwen Stefani – will now perform inside Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. — EMBRACE THE BOLD NORTH Can you try cross-country skiing, ice fishing or even dog sledding? You betcha! Many state and local parks have cross-country ski rentals , snowshoe rentals or fat-tire biking on winter trails. Local rinks offer ice skating. Adventurous tourists can head a couple hours out of town to find snowmobile rentals. Snow tubing or downhill skiing and snowboarding are also available within a 90-minute drive. And those who need to cross dog sledding or ice fishing off their bucket lists can find outfitters and fishing guides in northern Minnesota. St. Paul’s annual Winter Carnival coincides with Super Bowl. The carnival features a 70-foot (21-meter) Ice Palace, live music, ice carvings and more. The Luminary Loppet on Feb. 3 includes an ice pyramid and fire dancers. — MINNESOTA MUST-DOS Even hearty Minnesotans need a break from cold weather. One must-do includes a trip to the Mall of America , the nation’s largest entertainment and shopping complex. The mall has roller coasters, restaurants Miles Killebrew Jersey , a sea exhibit and other attractions – and is always 70 degrees F (21 C) inside. The mall is just 11 miles (18 km) from Minneapolis and an easy train ride from downtown or the airport. Minneapolis and St. Paul have a vibrant art and theater scene. The metro area has more than 50 museums. The Minneapolis Institute of Art , always free, will have an outdoor ice maze from Feb. 1 through Feb. 4. The Science Museum of Minnesota , in St. Paul, is a hit with all ages. Its interactive Sportsology exhibit lets visitors analyze their movements and race against professional athletes. Fans of the late singer Prince can tour his famed Paisley Park studio, or stop by to see his star, and others, painted outside First Avenue , the Minneapolis nightclub made famous in ”Purple Rain.” Fans can also take a self-guided tour of Prince’s Minneapolis haunts, including his childhood home and high school. Minnesota’s craft brewery scene is booming, and several breweries in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area can be visited in one afternoon. The Juicy Lucy (or Jucy Lucy) – a hamburger with molten hot cheese oozing out of the middle – is a unique Minnesota specialty worth trying. — GETTING AROUND While events surrounding Super Bowl are spread across several cities, the area is relatively compact and easy to navigate by bus, train , taxi or ride services like Uber. One note: The light rail will be open only to Super Bowl ticket holders on game day, as those attending the game will be screened for security off-site en route to U.S. Bank Stadium. Other riders can take free buses along the route. Metro Transit recommends that visitors download its app for real time information or call 612-373-3333 with questions. Volunteers will be stationed throughout the city, and in the skyway system Randall Cobb Jersey , to help direct visitors. — Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan says he kind of blacked out. Everyone who stayed on the Tennessee sideline went crazy, celebrating. As a group of teammates mobbed him , quarterback Marcus Mariota simply stood and looked back at them knowing he had helped the Titans to their first playoff victory in 14 years in his postseason debut. The big play? Not his first touchdown pass, which he conveniently caught after it was batted back to him. Or the big first downs he delivered with his legs. No, this time Mariota delivered by putting his right shoulder into a linebacker, clearing space for Derrick Henry to run for the clinching first down to finish running out the clock on their rally from 18 points down to beat Kansas City 22-21 . ”You don’t really see quarterbacks blocking and doing such a selfless play like that,” Morgan said Tuesday. The 2014 Heisman Trophy winner may be polite and as well-mannered as any parent’s dream. He’s also a winner, and Tennessee’s third-year quarterback finally is healthy and leading the Titans to victories that matter. He’s also showing off his versatility from catching the first TD pass he ever threw in a postseason game to running and even blocking to lead the Titans to an AFC divisional game in New England against the defending champs. Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan said Mariota has made big plays two weeks in a row to fire up the Titans, including a stiff-arm while running to a big first down to clinch Tennessee’s playoff berth in the regular-season finale. ”It’s pretty awesome, especially as mild-mannered as he is,” Lewan said. ”His competitive nature is bigger than anybody else’s in here, so I know he wants to win every single game, and we’re just here to help him do that.” Mariota, 24, easily had his worst regular season yet in the NFL with more interceptions (15) than touchdown passes (13). But he ran for a career-high five touchdowns, while playing through a hamstring injury that cost him one start in October. Now Mariota gets his second chance at the Patriots and Tom Brady T.J. Jones Jersey , whose 25 playoff victories not only are the most in the NFL, but more than Mariota has (21) since arriving in the league from Oregon. Mariota’s first trip to Foxborough did not go well at all in his rookie season. The Patriots sacked him three times, and Mariota completed just 3 of 6 passes before having his season ended with a sprained knee in a loss Dec. 20, 2015. These Patriots (13-3) have won 11 of their past 12 games, and Brady led the NFL with 4,577 yards passing. The Titans quarterback showed he’s as healthy as he’s been all season with a handful of highlight plays starting with the NFL’s first touchdown pass by a quarterback to himself when Darrelle Revis batted the ball back to Mariota who ran toward the pylon to cap a 91-yard drive to jumpstart the Titans’ comeback. Mariota also threw the game-winning TD to Eric Decker with 6:06 left for his fifth game-winning drive this season and ninth of his career. ”This guy is a physically tough player,” Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia said of Mariota. ”You definitely see that on film.” Mariota ran eight times for 46 yards, twice on third down for first downs in the second half against the Chiefs. And that block was the cap to a performance that let tight end Delanie Walker know his quarterback finally is healthy. ”When he wasn’t healthy, you wouldn’t see him run out of the pocket, juke people or anything like that,” Walker said. ”It just shows that he’s healthy. This is the Marcus that everyone knows. He’s been doing this in college, and now everyone just starting to see it because it’s prime-time, and we’re in the playoffs. At the end of the day, this is him.” NOTES: RB DeMarco Murray (right knee) did not practice and remains day to day after missing the past two games. CB Logan Ryan (ankle) did not practice as a day of rest, while LG Quinton Spain (back) also was held out. —
  7. With perhaps the most frustrating road trip of their season in the rearview mirror Authentic Michael Dickson Jersey , the Minnesota Twins return home Thursday looking to get back on track in the opener of a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles at Target Field. Minnesota went 1-8 on their I-94 excursion that began by dropping two of three to the Chicago White Sox and ended with sweeps by the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers. As a result, the Twins now sit 13 games under .500 and 12 games behind American League Central-leading Cleveland, holding down third place in the division. “I think we’re all frustrated,” manager Paul Molitor said after the Brewers hit three solo home runs in a 3-2 victory over the Twins at Miller Park on Wednesday. “You win one game and you’re on the road for 10 days, playing good teams. “We’re creating some of our own problems. At the same time, we’re not catching a lot of breaks. We’ll get home, looking forward to that. Have a nice homestand before the break. We’ll try to get these guys ready for a series with Baltimore tomorrow.” The Twins will turn to Aaron Slegers (0-0, 3.38 ERA) for his first start of the season in the hopes of turning things around. He has made just one other major league appearance this season, allowing two runs over 5 1/3 innings of relief May 30 at Kansas City. He has a 5.66 ERA in five career outings, including three starts, in the big leagues overall. Slegers has never faced Baltimore. Like the Twins, the Orioles come into the series looking to snap out of a slump. They have lost nine of their last 10 games, including two in a row to Philadelphia this week. Manager Buck Showalter still has confidence his team can turn things around. “There are some really good people in that locker room and I’d really like to see them get a return, but you can’t will it. You can’t just hope it,” said Showalter. “It’s got to be one pitch at a time. You can’t look at the big picture.” Andrew Cashner (2-8, 4.48) gets the start for Baltimore on Thursday, and he is looking for his first victory since May 21. He has a 3.21 ERA over his last five outings, four of which were quality starts. Keeping the ball in the park has been a big reason for that recent run of success. Cashner had allowed 11 home runs through his first nine starts but only three over his last seven — and none his last time out when he held the Los Angeles Angels to a run on four hits and a pair of walks while striking out four over six innings of work. “That’s what I try to do every time I take the mound, just keep the team in the game and grind it out, no matter if it’s pretty or ugly,” Cashner told the Baltimore Sun. “Just try to get through the seventh. Maybe next time I’ll get through the seventh. I thought I got stronger as I went along. The breaking stuff was better Authentic Alex McGough Jersey , the offspeed was better. Something to build on as we go and keep moving forward.” Cashner will be making his first career start at Target Field but is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA in two previous starts against the Twins, who tagged him for five runs (four earned) over five innings on March 31 in Baltimore. Adrian Beltre has helped the Texas Rangers win a lot of games over the years. On Saturday, he found a surprising way to spark his team to its seventh straight victory. Beltre and Robinson Chirinos homered to help Yovani Gallardo win for the first time since last July as the Texas Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 9-6 on Saturday. The home run wasn’t anything unusual — he’s got 466 of those his 21-year major league career. But he led off the second inning by beating out a ground ball to shortstop, no easy feat for a 39-year-old who has spent almost a month on the disabled list this year with a strained left hamstring. The infield single led to a six-run rally to help the Rangers overcome an early 2-0 deficit. ”Speed kills – don’t you know that?” a grinning Beltre said. ”Over the last week or so, we’ve been able to find out how to get guys on, and now we’re getting more consistent in bringing those guys in.” Eddie Rosario homered and drove in four runs for the Twins, while Logan Morrison also homered and Mitch Garver had three hits. Minnesota lost its third straight when it couldn’t overcome a short start from veteran Jake Odorizzi (3-5). The Twins did rally for three runs in the ninth and had the tying run at the plate with two outs. But Rangers closer Keone Kela struck out Morrison with the bases loaded to end the game, earning his 18th save in 18 chances. Gallardo (1-0) was making his second start for Texas after opening the year with Cincinnati. He promptly fell behind 2-0 just five pitches into the game before turning it around and pitching into the sixth inning. Joe Mauer led off the bottom of the first with a sharp single to left. Then Rosario hit the first pitch he saw into the right-field seats for his 17th home run of the season. But Gallardo settled down, at one point retiring 12 of 13. Morrison’s two-run homer with one out in the sixth inning ended Gallardo’s day, but he earned his first victory since July 29, 2017, when he was pitching for Seattle. Odorizzi retired the side in order in the first inning, but the Rangers knocked him out in a six-run second. The big blows were two-run singles by Delino DeShields and Nomar Mazara. Beltre’s second hit of the inning finally spelled the end for Odorizzi, who lasted just 1 2/3 innings. It was the shortest start of his career, other than a one-inning start in 2017 that he was forced to leave due to an injury. ”It just started to unravel,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ”A couple guys got on, then he slipped on the mound, then he hit a guy, and even later in the inning after he’d given up some, we still had chances. He got ahead of Mazara 0-2, Beltre he got ahead of Authentic Sebastian Janikowski Jersey , but we just couldn’t finish.” Odorizzi, the Twins’ opening day starter, has seen his ERA climb steadily in his last six outings. He’s allowed 25 earned runs in 25 2/3 innings over that stretch, driving his ERA to a season-high 4.97. ”It’s upsetting and frustrating . It’s not something I take lightly.” Odorizzi said. ”I take a lot of pride in getting guys out. Trust me, I’m more frustrated about this than anybody in this clubhouse. This has been one of the tougher stretches in my short big league career.” HIT BATTER BEEF Rangers 3B Jurickson Profar was hit by pitches three times on Saturday, tying a team record that he also matched just two weeks ago. But the Rangers were not happy with the circumstances surrounding the third time it happened. Profar stole second base in the fourth inning when the Rangers were leading 9-2. The next time Profar came to bat, Twins reliever Addison Reed threw three inside fastballs, finally hitting him in the leg with the third one. ”I thought the intent there was excessive, especially they tried to dial him up three different times,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. ”The guy’s playing baseball hard. I guess you can just look at it that there’s a difference in what they’re focusing in on and what we’re focusing in on.” Molitor didn’t try to rationalize Reed’s approach to Profar, but he also didn’t deny that the dugout took notice when Profar stole a base with a seven-run lead. ”The thought process between the unwritten rules of the game is not clearly defined,” Molitor said. ”What I might think and what he might think might be different things. I was surprised that (Profar) ran with the score the way it was, when he did. And getting hit there was something that Banister felt wasn’t appropriate.” ROMERO TO ROCHESTER After the game the Twins optioned rookie RHP Fernando Romero to Triple-A Rochester, with a corresponding move to be announced on Sunday. Romero, who made his major league debut on May 2 and won his first two starts, is 3-3 with a 4.38 ERA in 10 starts. TRAINER’S ROOM Rangers: 1B Joey Gallo left the game in the third inning with left hamstring tightness. He was replaced by Ronald Guzman. Twins: 3B Eduardo Escobar returned to the starting lineup for the first time since he was hit by a pitch on the right elbow in the first inning of Thursday’s game against Boston. UP NEXT Rangers: RHP Bartolo Colon (4-4, 4.91 ERA) returns to Target Field to face his former teammates in the series finale Sunday afternoon. Colon went 5-6 in 15 starts for the Twins last season as he helped them clinch the second AL wild card spot. Twins: RHP Jose Berrios (7-5, 3.51) will be looking for his first victory since June 7 as Minnesota tries to avoid being swept. In his last two starts he’s allo
  8. With perhaps the most frustrating road trip of their season in the rearview mirror Authentic Michael Dickson Jersey , the Minnesota Twins return home Thursday looking to get back on track in the opener of a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles at Target Field. Minnesota went 1-8 on their I-94 excursion that began by dropping two of three to the Chicago White Sox and ended with sweeps by the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers. As a result, the Twins now sit 13 games under .500 and 12 games behind American League Central-leading Cleveland, holding down third place in the division. “I think we’re all frustrated,” manager Paul Molitor said after the Brewers hit three solo home runs in a 3-2 victory over the Twins at Miller Park on Wednesday. “You win one game and you’re on the road for 10 days, playing good teams. “We’re creating some of our own problems. At the same time, we’re not catching a lot of breaks. We’ll get home, looking forward to that. Have a nice homestand before the break. We’ll try to get these guys ready for a series with Baltimore tomorrow.” The Twins will turn to Aaron Slegers (0-0, 3.38 ERA) for his first start of the season in the hopes of turning things around. He has made just one other major league appearance this season, allowing two runs over 5 1/3 innings of relief May 30 at Kansas City. He has a 5.66 ERA in five career outings, including three starts, in the big leagues overall. Slegers has never faced Baltimore. Like the Twins, the Orioles come into the series looking to snap out of a slump. They have lost nine of their last 10 games, including two in a row to Philadelphia this week. Manager Buck Showalter still has confidence his team can turn things around. “There are some really good people in that locker room and I’d really like to see them get a return, but you can’t will it. You can’t just hope it,” said Showalter. “It’s got to be one pitch at a time. You can’t look at the big picture.” Andrew Cashner (2-8, 4.48) gets the start for Baltimore on Thursday, and he is looking for his first victory since May 21. He has a 3.21 ERA over his last five outings, four of which were quality starts. Keeping the ball in the park has been a big reason for that recent run of success. Cashner had allowed 11 home runs through his first nine starts but only three over his last seven — and none his last time out when he held the Los Angeles Angels to a run on four hits and a pair of walks while striking out four over six innings of work. “That’s what I try to do every time I take the mound, just keep the team in the game and grind it out, no matter if it’s pretty or ugly,” Cashner told the Baltimore Sun. “Just try to get through the seventh. Maybe next time I’ll get through the seventh. I thought I got stronger as I went along. The breaking stuff was better Authentic Alex McGough Jersey , the offspeed was better. Something to build on as we go and keep moving forward.” Cashner will be making his first career start at Target Field but is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA in two previous starts against the Twins, who tagged him for five runs (four earned) over five innings on March 31 in Baltimore. Adrian Beltre has helped the Texas Rangers win a lot of games over the years. On Saturday, he found a surprising way to spark his team to its seventh straight victory. Beltre and Robinson Chirinos homered to help Yovani Gallardo win for the first time since last July as the Texas Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 9-6 on Saturday. The home run wasn’t anything unusual — he’s got 466 of those his 21-year major league career. But he led off the second inning by beating out a ground ball to shortstop, no easy feat for a 39-year-old who has spent almost a month on the disabled list this year with a strained left hamstring. The infield single led to a six-run rally to help the Rangers overcome an early 2-0 deficit. ”Speed kills – don’t you know that?” a grinning Beltre said. ”Over the last week or so, we’ve been able to find out how to get guys on, and now we’re getting more consistent in bringing those guys in.” Eddie Rosario homered and drove in four runs for the Twins, while Logan Morrison also homered and Mitch Garver had three hits. Minnesota lost its third straight when it couldn’t overcome a short start from veteran Jake Odorizzi (3-5). The Twins did rally for three runs in the ninth and had the tying run at the plate with two outs. But Rangers closer Keone Kela struck out Morrison with the bases loaded to end the game, earning his 18th save in 18 chances. Gallardo (1-0) was making his second start for Texas after opening the year with Cincinnati. He promptly fell behind 2-0 just five pitches into the game before turning it around and pitching into the sixth inning. Joe Mauer led off the bottom of the first with a sharp single to left. Then Rosario hit the first pitch he saw into the right-field seats for his 17th home run of the season. But Gallardo settled down, at one point retiring 12 of 13. Morrison’s two-run homer with one out in the sixth inning ended Gallardo’s day, but he earned his first victory since July 29, 2017, when he was pitching for Seattle. Odorizzi retired the side in order in the first inning, but the Rangers knocked him out in a six-run second. The big blows were two-run singles by Delino DeShields and Nomar Mazara. Beltre’s second hit of the inning finally spelled the end for Odorizzi, who lasted just 1 2/3 innings. It was the shortest start of his career, other than a one-inning start in 2017 that he was forced to leave due to an injury. ”It just started to unravel,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ”A couple guys got on, then he slipped on the mound, then he hit a guy, and even later in the inning after he’d given up some, we still had chances. He got ahead of Mazara 0-2, Beltre he got ahead of Authentic Sebastian Janikowski Jersey , but we just couldn’t finish.” Odorizzi, the Twins’ opening day starter, has seen his ERA climb steadily in his last six outings. He’s allowed 25 earned runs in 25 2/3 innings over that stretch, driving his ERA to a season-high 4.97. ”It’s upsetting and frustrating . It’s not something I take lightly.” Odorizzi said. ”I take a lot of pride in getting guys out. Trust me, I’m more frustrated about this than anybody in this clubhouse. This has been one of the tougher stretches in my short big league career.” HIT BATTER BEEF Rangers 3B Jurickson Profar was hit by pitches three times on Saturday, tying a team record that he also matched just two weeks ago. But the Rangers were not happy with the circumstances surrounding the third time it happened. Profar stole second base in the fourth inning when the Rangers were leading 9-2. The next time Profar came to bat, Twins reliever Addison Reed threw three inside fastballs, finally hitting him in the leg with the third one. ”I thought the intent there was excessive, especially they tried to dial him up three different times,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. ”The guy’s playing baseball hard. I guess you can just look at it that there’s a difference in what they’re focusing in on and what we’re focusing in on.” Molitor didn’t try to rationalize Reed’s approach to Profar, but he also didn’t deny that the dugout took notice when Profar stole a base with a seven-run lead. ”The thought process between the unwritten rules of the game is not clearly defined,” Molitor said. ”What I might think and what he might think might be different things. I was surprised that (Profar) ran with the score the way it was, when he did. And getting hit there was something that Banister felt wasn’t appropriate.” ROMERO TO ROCHESTER After the game the Twins optioned rookie RHP Fernando Romero to Triple-A Rochester, with a corresponding move to be announced on Sunday. Romero, who made his major league debut on May 2 and won his first two starts, is 3-3 with a 4.38 ERA in 10 starts. TRAINER’S ROOM Rangers: 1B Joey Gallo left the game in the third inning with left hamstring tightness. He was replaced by Ronald Guzman. Twins: 3B Eduardo Escobar returned to the starting lineup for the first time since he was hit by a pitch on the right elbow in the first inning of Thursday’s game against Boston. UP NEXT Rangers: RHP Bartolo Colon (4-4, 4.91 ERA) returns to Target Field to face his former teammates in the series finale Sunday afternoon. Colon went 5-6 in 15 starts for the Twins last season as he helped them clinch the second AL wild card spot. Twins: RHP Jose Berrios (7-5, 3.51) will be looking for his first victory since June 7 as Minnesota tries to avoid being swept. In his last two starts he’s allo
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    Tom Brady and the New England Patriots ended the regular season where they started it. Being chased by the rest of the NFL. The Patriots finished the regular season as the No. 1 team in the final AP Pro32 poll on Tuesday Kerry Hyder Jersey , receiving 11 of 12 first-place votes for 381 points in balloting by media members who regularly cover the NFL. The Patriots (13-3), tied for the best record in the NFL, will have home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. ”Can we skip straight to the AFC championship game? I can’t wait,” said Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. ”It could prove a better matchup than the Super Bowl.” The Minnesota Vikings (13-3), who were tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, remained at No. 2 with 367 points. The Vikings, who received the remaining first-place vote, have the No. 2 seed in the NFC and have a chance to stay at home throughout the playoffs, including the Super Bowl which will be held at U.S. Bank Stadium on Feb. 4. ”What a remarkable job by coach Mike Zimmer, who wins the NFC North going away with backup Case Keenum and now takes aim at becoming the first team in NFL history to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium,” Newsday’s Bob Glauber said. The Steelers (13-3) slipped a spot to No. 3 in the poll with 365 points and will open the playoffs at home on Jan. 14 in the divisional round. ”Need (Antonio) Brown for the playoffs,” Fox Sports’ John Czarnecki said of the Steelers star wide receiver who left the loss to the Patriots on Dec. 17 with a calf injury. The Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles switched places. The Rams moved to No. 4 and the Eagles (13-3) slipped to No. 5. ”The question hanging over the city of Philadelphia right now: Will Nick Foles be enough?” asked Jenny Vrentas of The Monday Morning Quarterback. ”The last two performances of the regular season were uninspiring, but the Eagles have two weeks to regroup and come up with a game plan to win at home without Carson Wentz.” The New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers, who will meet Sunday afternoon in the Superdome in the final game of wild-card weekend, remained at No. 6 and 7 respectively. ”The Saints will be hard to beat in the Superdome with that running game,” said John Clayton of 710-ESPN Seattle. The Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons each moved up a spot to No. 8 and 9 respectively. The Jacksonville Jaguars slipped two spots to No. 10 after losing to the Tennessee Titans, who jumped four spots to No. 11. The Buffalo Bills, who ended the league’s longest streak of consecutive seasons without a postseason appearance when Andy Dalton and the Bengals stunned the Baltimore Ravens 31-27, gained two spots to finish tied with the Los Angeles Chargers at No. 12. ”After ending a 17-year playoff drought, the resourceful Bills travel to Jacksonville feeling giddy and carefree,” said Ira Kaufman of SB Nation Radio. — Hal Steinbrenner says his New York Yankees may need a starting pitching upgrade if they’re going to reach their first World Series since 2009. Steinbrenner, the Yankees managing general partner, said Wednesday the club will explore the trade market for an arm, especially considering the recent loss of left-hander Jordan Montgomery Filip Forsberg Jersey , who had season-ending Tommy John surgery on June 7. The Yankees entered Wednesday with the best record in baseball, narrowly ahead of AL East rival Boston. The club has space to acquire an impact player and still remain under the $197 million luxury-tax threshold, a goal the team has stated several times. ”Clearly starting pitching was always a concern,” Steinbrenner said, speaking to a small group of reporters at an owners’ meeting. ”It’s definitely one of the areas we’re going to be looking at. ”Purposely left a decent amount of money for just this,” he added. ”If we decide to go get a pitcher and if a pitcher’s available, I think we definitely have the flexibility that would allow me to do just that.” Cole Hamels, Chris Archer and Madison Bumgarner are among the biggest names that could potentially be available at the deadline, but they would likely cost one or more of New York’s blue-chip prospects. Steinbrenner wants to be cautious about moving high-ceiling youngsters to beef up the rotation. ”It depends what the asks are. I mean, I love the young guys,” he said. ”Our fans love the young guys, and I think it’s obvious to all of us. They’ve made a heck of an impact, and to see Gleyber (Torres) and (Miguel) Andujar and others, you know, right off the heels of (Aaron) Judge and (Gary) Sanchez and (Luis) Severino, I mean it’s pretty amazing.” The team does have internal options, and Steinbrenner said he’s willing to stick by some young, untested pitchers if needed. Jonathan Loaisiga will make his major league debut Friday, rookie Domingo German has held his own in six starts, and prospects Justus Sheffield, Chance Adams and Erik Swanson could get looks later this year, too. ”We’ve got some options for August, September, but again Authentic Johnny Townsend Jersey , we’re going to look at anything that comes across our desk,” Steinbrenner said. OFF AND RUNNING Steinbrenner praised first-year manager Aaron Boone, pleased with his performance thus far despite the rookie manager having no professional coaching experience prior to the season. ”Everything we could ask for. Calm, cool, collected,” Steinbrenner said. ”Players have a lot of respect for him. He’s been great in the clubhouse and he’s been great with his coaching staff, and the coaches he’s brought in have been good so I mean it’s as advertised.” NO WORRIES Giancarlo Stanton has been good, but not great, in his first year with the Yankees. He entered Wednesday batting .240 with 14 homers, 34 RBIs and a .797 OPS – compared to a 1.007 OPS when he won the NL MVP Award last season. Steinbrenner believes New York’s marquee offseason acquisition will crank up his production soon, though. ”He’s had ups and downs, but when he gets hot, he’ll carry a team,” Steinbrenner said. ”We’ve all seen that and it will happen. Work ethic is great. Worked his way right into the clubhouse in a great way, teammates like him, so he’s going to be great.” NOT-SO-FRIENDLY SKIES New York has had eight games either postponed or suspended by poor weather already this season. If that wasn’t enough of an inconvenience, they’ve also encountered their share of travel snafus- which included having to spend a night at Dulles International Airport in mid-May due to weather and a problem with the plane. As an experienced pilot himself, Steinbrenner understands that air travel can be an inexact science. ”We all fly commercial and even small jets, even my plane has problems from time to time and I fly a dinky little propeller plane,” he said. ”So you start to get into these airliners, I mean they’re complex from the avionics to the life support systems to the engines to the hydraulics. They’re just complicated machines. … It’s obviously air transportation, very reliable and very safe. But it’s very safe and very reliable because they don’t take a plane up if it’s not close to a hundred percent, right?” —
  10. Jarvis Landry’s return to the Miami Dolphins in 2018 looked a little less likely Wednesday after coach Adam Gase delivered a stinging critique of the excitable receiver’s behavior in the season finale. Landry and teammate Kenyan Drake were ejected in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills. Landry was an instigator in the brawl that led to the ejections. ”This last game was probably the pinnacle of what I’ve ever seen with him during a game Authentic Justin Bethel Jersey ,” Gase said. ”I don’t think I’ve ever seen it get to a level where it was extremely bad. But the last game was about as embarrassing as I’ve seen in a long time. It was something we can’t have happen.” Landry, who led the NFL with 112 receptions, can become a free agent this offseason. He has said he wants to remain with the Dolphins, and they’ve said they want him back, but his volatile personality is cause for a concern – especially on a team that went 6-10 in part due to a lack of discipline. Landry said he was defending himself in the fight but acknowledged the ejections hurt the Dolphins’ comeback bid. They trailed 22-9 at the time and lost 22-16 . ”We’re going on our last drive, and two of our best players on offense aren’t in there,” Gase said. ”That was very frustrating to watch. We need way better control from our best players in the heat of the moment.” Landry’s latest meltdown will be something to consider in deciding his future with Miami, Gase said. ”You can’t take one isolated incident and overreact, but at the same time we’ve got to make sure we look at everything we’ve been doing over the last couple of years Authentic Logan Paulsen Jersey ,” the coach said. ”You look at the body of work and see what direction we want to go.” Landry’s body of work in four seasons with Miami includes 400 catches, an NFL record for a fourth-year player. He is by far the most high-profile Dolphins player eligible for free agency. ”Philosophically we want to draft, develop and keep as many of our own as possible,” executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum said. ”So we’ll see what happens with Jarvis and a few other noteworthy free agents. In a perfect world we’d keep them all, but there is a salary cap.” Gase said he expects Ryan Tannehill to return as the starting quarterback in 2018 after missing the entire season because of a knee injury. He indicated he doesn’t expect quarterback Jay Cutler to be back. How would the season have been different had Tannehill stayed healthy? ”I’m pretty sure you know my answer,” Gase said with a slight smile. ”But it didn’t happen.” Gase also said veteran leadership needs to improve next season. ”It’s never going to be the way we want it until guys take control of this thing,” he said. ”You need your leaders to step up and be vocal.” — Major League Baseball will come to Omaha for a day next year as part of an initiative to take the product to new places, commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday. As part of the buildup for the 2019 College World Series, the Detroit Tigers will play a regular-season game against the Kansas City Royals at TD Ameritrade Park on June 13. The CWS starts two days later. ”The College World Series in and of itself is a great event with a great tradition Authentic Brandon Parker Jersey ,” Manfred said at a news conference. ”We hope by playing here we bring even more attention to this game and help strengthen our relationship with the NCAA and college baseball as a whole.” Manfred said there’s no commitment to play a regular-season game in Omaha beyond next year, but that possibility exists. MLB has played regular-season games in Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico and also at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in conjunction with the Little League World Series. ”Each of these events has helped focus the attention of the United States and major parts of the world on what we think of as the greatest game of the world,” Manfred said. ”The game here in Omaha will be the next step in this important initiative.” The Royals-Tigers matchup also will serve to acknowledge the ties between the college and professional game. It will be played in the 24,000-seat stadium that opened in 2011. ”This may be the best non-major league facility in North America Authentic Nick Nelson Jersey ,” he said. Of the 641 drafted players on major league Opening Day rosters this year, 61 percent were from four-year colleges. The Royals chose 34 junior-college or four-year players in this year’s draft; the Tigers picked 35, including the overall No. 1, pitcher Casey Mize of Auburn. General managers Dayton Moore of the Royals and Al Avila of the Tigers started their careers in college baseball. Moore was an assistant coach at George Mason from 1990-94. Avila was an assistant to current LSU coach Paul Mainieri at St. Thomas University in 1988, and head coach there from 1989-92. Among the Tigers’ other ties to the CWS: manager Ron Gardenhire played shortstop for Texas in the 1979, catcher James McCann played for Arkansas in 2009, Matt Boyd pitched for Oregon State in 2013. Their No.1 pick last year, pitcher Alex Faedo, helped lead Florida to the 2017 national championship. Royals left fielder Alex Gordon grew up 50 miles from Omaha Sylvester Williams Jersey , in Lincoln, and played on Nebraska’s 2005 CWS team. The Royals this year drafted Florida’s Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar in the first round. Omaha has hosted the College World Series since 1950. Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson is from Omaha and Royals greats such as George Brett, David Cone and Frank White played Triple-A ball in Omaha, which has been home to Kansas City’s top farm club since 1969. ”We’re at a point in time in the history of baseball where we all understand the importance of being united and doing everything we can to grow the game,” Moore said, ”so it’s a special honor for the Royals to be able to take part in this historic game.” —
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    CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians will attempt to run their winning streak to a season-high seven games Sunday against the slumping Detroit Tigers in the final game of a three-game series. For the Indians Eagles Cheap Jerseys , it’s also the end of a nine-game homestand in which they’ve gone 6-2. The Tigers have lost four in a row and go into Sunday’s game with a 3-9 record against the Indians this year. They’re 6-28 since June 25, 2015. The staggering Tigers made a flurry of roster moves before Saturday’s game, starting with activating pitcher Francisco Liriano off the 10-day disabled list. Liriano pitched four innings and took the loss Saturday in a 4-1 Cleveland victory. The Tigers also optioned infielder Ronny Rodriguez to Triple-A Toledo. They placed pitcher Johnny Barbato on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder rotator cuff tendinitis. To replace Barbato on the roster, Detroit recalled right-handed pitcher Artie Lewicki from Toledo. The pitching matchup Sunday will be Detroit left-hander Matthew Boyd (4-5, 3.63 ERA) vs. Cleveland right-hander Adam Plutko (3-1, 5.04). Boyd will make his second start against the Indians this year. His first one was a good one. On April 10, the Tigers lost to Cleveland 2-1. Boyd worked seven innings, giving up one run and three hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Boyd comes into Sunday after a loss in his last start, 9-5 to Cincinnati on June 19. In that game, he pitched four innings, giving up five runs and six hits with five strikeouts and three walks. In six career appearances against the Indians, Boyd is 1-2 with a 1.78 ERA. Plutko’s last appearance was a two-inning relief stint during the Indians’ 9-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins on June 16. In that game, Plutko pitched two innings, giving up one run and two hits with one strikeout and no walks. Plutko’s last start was a 5-1 loss to the White Sox on June 12 in which he pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up five runs and eight hits with five strikeouts and three walks. Sunday will be Plutko’s second career appearance against Detroit. He made a relief appearance against the Tigers on Sept. 27, 2016, allowing three runs and three hits, including a home run Customized New York Jets Jerseys , with one walk and one strikeout in two innings. Sunday was supposed to be Mike Clevinger’s day to start, but Indians manager Terry Francona and pitching coach Carl Willis decided to tweak the rotation. Clevinger will instead pitch Monday in St. Louis. Corey Kluber, who’s day to pitch would have been Monday, will now pitch Tuesday against the Cardinals. “Somebody was going to get an extra day,” Francona said. “Just talking to Carl, we felt like Clev’s thrown 100 (or more) pitches in nine (of his last 10 starts). So giving him an extra day, we just thought it would help us more than anything. So that’s why we changed it.” Plutko will be backed by a Cleveland bullpen that is much improved since the additions of newcomers Oliver Perez and Neil Ramirez. Ramirez has a 2.57 ERA in 16 games, and in his nine appearances with Cleveland Perez has a 1.17 ERA. “The reliever world can be very volatile, so when you hit on guys like that, it sure helps,” Francona said. The Tigers, meanwhile, are trying to get their offense started. Detroit has scored three runs or less in four of its last five games, being outscored 29-12 in those games. Bobby Wilson helped Kyle Gibson turn around his pitching after a rough first inning. Then, for at least one afternoon, the veteran catcher fixed his own struggles at the plate. Wilson went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Gibson recovered from a shaky first to throw seven innings, and the Twins beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 on Saturday. Max Kepler homered in his second straight game to help send the Twins to their third win in a row. ”You take them any way you can get them Youth John Franklin-Myers Jersey ,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ”We haven’t had the luxury of any kind of run here as of late, so to start out the home stand with three, it feels pretty good.” The Twins didn’t bring in Wilson for his offense – his two-hit day raised his batting average to .134 – so they’re not expecting him to deliver game-turning hits on a regular basis. But that’s exactly what he did with an RBI single in the fifth that made it 3-2, and a two-RBI double the next inning that proved the game-winner. It was Wilson’s first multi-hit game since Sept. 21, 2016. ”I feel like I’ve been doing everything I can defensively but it’s time to start turning that corner and start contributing offensively as well,” Wilson said. Earlier in the day, the team needed Wilson’s smarts behind the plate to recover from an early hole. Gibson (3-6) allowed three runs in the first inning – including a two-run homer by Chris Davis – but only gave up two hits after that while striking out nine. It was Gibson’s highest strikeout total since fanning 10 batters on April 26 against the New York Yankees. ”After the first inning we sat down and I said `Gibby talk to me, what do we got to do? What’s going to turn this around?’ So we talked about a few things and we kind of stuck with that game plan for the rest of the game,” Wilson said. Kepler’s solo shot off Kevin Gausman sparked a three-run fifth that tied it. Wilson’s two-run double off Miguel Castro (2-5) in the sixth gave Minnesota the lead for good. Trevor Hildenberger worked a scoreless eighth for the Twins. Jace Peterson’s RBI double off Fernando Rodney pulled the Orioles to 5-4, but Rodney got Tim Beckham on a grounder to short to convert his 19th save in 24 chances. PUNCHLESS ORIOLES The team with baseball’s worst record, meanwhile, lost its fifth in the row and fell 40 games below .500. ”It’s kind of hard to believe that’s where we’re at right now,” Davis said. ”I feel like anytime we start to build some momentum, we either give it right back to the other team or we do something to kind of take ourselves out of the game.” That certainly seemed the case Saturday. Coming off his best start of the season against the L.A. Angels, Gausman had a 3-0 lead before ever taking the mound and looked sharp early. Gausman faced the minimum number of batters through the first three innings, and allowed a single hit through the first four. But things turned quickly in the fifth. With one out, Kepler homered to left-center, Robbie Grossman doubled Customized Oakland Raiders Jerseys , and Jake Cave and Wilson followed with singles. After Joe Mauer walked, Cave scored on a wild pitch to tie the game. ”I don’t think I really got away from anything. They just did a good job of battling and put some long at-bats together, and fought some pitches off and really got my pitch count off.” Gausman, who held the Angels to one run and two hits without a walk in eight innings last Sunday, didn’t return for the sixth. TURNING POINT The Orioles loaded the bases in the third with two outs, but Gibson struck out Danny Valencia swinging to end the threat. After that, Gibson allowed a leadoff double to Jonathan Schoop before retiring 10 in a row. ”We scored three in the first and then just didn’t do anything,” manager Buck Showalter said. We had a chance to open it up there, but that’s the hit that’s been eluding us to really get to that five or six-run lead.” TRAINERS ROOM Orioles: OF Trey Mancini got a rare day off, but manager Buck Showalter said he was fine. The manager said it was more about getting Peterson a chance to play. Peterson went 1-for-3 on Saturday. RIPKEN’S RECORD Davis’ strikeout against Hildenberger in the eighth was the 1,306th of his career, moving him past Cal Ripken, Jr. for Baltimore’s franchise record. ”You play long enough, you’re going to swing and miss enough to apparently set some records. There’s not really much to say about that,” Davis said. UP NEXT Orioles: Alex Cobb (2-10) takes the mound for Baltimore in the finale. He hasn’t won since June 5 against the New York Mets. Twins: Jake Odorizzi (3-6) makes his 19th start of the year as the Twins go for the sweep. His last outing against Baltimore was March 29, when he shut out the Orioles over six innings on two hits and two walks.
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