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  1. BUFFALO Adidas Jaroslav Halak Jersey , N.Y. (AP) —captain Jack Eichel was having difficulty recalling the last time they lost.“Um, was it Calgary?” Eichel said Monday, before being reminded the 2-1 overtime defeat to the Flames was three losses ago.“Yeah, Rangers, in New York,” he said, finally recalling a 3-1 loss on Nov. 4 that dropped Buffalo’s record to 7-6-2.Nine games — and nine wins — later, the Sabres are the NHL’s biggest surprise two months into the season.A year after going 25-45-12 and becoming the league’s first team to finish 31st following the addition of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, the surging Sabres (16-6-2) have 34 points and sit one back of league-leading Tampa Bay and Nashville.“Just to think of where we came from a year ago, and to be winning games and doing this, obviously it’s great,” Eichel said.Even Phil Housley could crack a smile when asked to reflect on the troubles he and his underachieving team endured last season, his first as coach.“I try to tend to forget last year,” Housley said.The Sabres were so bad a year ago, they didn’t register their 16th victory until Feb. 10 Adidas Steven Kampfer Jersey , and won consecutive games four times, including a season-best 3-0 run in late January.Buffalo’s nine-game streak is the NHL’s longest since Columbus won 10 straight in March, and it’s one short of matching the Sabres’ franchise record set twice and most recently when they opened the 2006-07 on a 10-0 run. The Sabres would match that if they beat San Jose on Tuesday night.“Extremely proud of this team,” Sabres co-owner Kim Pegula wrote in a text to The Associated Press.“Everyone is contributing in multiple ways, and when that happens anything is possible,” she added. “There’s still plenty of hockey left to play, but we are encouraged by the foundation that is being built and look forward to seeing the development continue.”Buffalo’s turnaround is the result of a series of moves and soul-searching sessions that took place over the summer in a bid to spur a team that was the worst in the league in three of the past five seasons.It began with Housley, who took action at the end of last season after center Ryan O’Reilly went public in saying a losing mentality had crept into the locker room. Housley challenged his leadership group with a summer-long series of frank discussions that allowed players to air their differences and raise concerns.“I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, I think the guys made a huge commitment in the summer. We talked about change,” Housley said. “It started with our leadership group leading in the right way.”Forward Kyle Okposo credited everyone for buying in.“It’s pretty powerful what you can do if you get everybody on the same page, and people are willing to admit what they have to do to be better and then actually do it,” Okposo said. “It feels like a team. It’s pretty amazing.”General manager Jason Botterill followed by overhauling the lineup through a series of trades that included sending O’Reilly to St. Louis. He also acquired Conor Sheary from Pittsburgh and Jeff Skinner from Carolina, and upgraded his goaltending by signing Carter Hutton in free agency.Skinner’s 18 goals rank second in the league, while Hutton is third with 11 wins.And then came the addition of rookie No. 1 draft pick Rasmus Dahlin , whose effortless skating and deft playmaking ability have energized what had been a plodding group of defensemen.Dahlin’s two goals and 13 points are tied for second among NHL rookies. And he’s part of a defensive group that has already contributed 12 goals after managing just 19 last season.The 18-year-old shrugs off the Sabres’ hot start.“Of course it’s awesome to lead the league, but for me Adidas Zach Bogosian Jersey , I like to win, and I’m pretty used to it,” Dahlin said. “I’m so happy that everyone is so glad in the locker room.”One major change has been the Sabres’ performance in close games. Buffalo has a league-best 9-0-2 record in games decided by one goal, a year after going 11-11-12. The Sabres are also 9-6-1 when tied or trailing after two periods, a year after going 9-44-7.During their nine-game run, the Sabres won after trailing six times, including overcoming a 4-1 deficit in a 5-4 overtime win at Pittsburgh on Nov. 19. And the game-winning goals have been scored by nine different players.Forward Jason Pominville, in his second stint with Buffalo, is the lone holdover from the 2006-07 team that won 10 in a row. He’s suddenly feeling rejuvenated.“How can you not? It’s been a lot of fun,” said Pominville, who can recall the Sabres playing to loud, sold-out home crowds, as opposed to a sometimes half-empty building last year.The next step for Buffalo: ending its franchise-worst seven-year playoff drought.“It’s nice for the guys that have been here for a while to finally see what this city is all about when you win,” Pominville said. “Hopefully, they can get a chance to see the next level of this.” LAS VEGAS (AP) In a single nine-minute stretch of the third period, the Washington Capitals dramatically took the lead before the Vegas Golden Knights replied with two goals of their own. Washington’s Tom Wilson also flattened Vegas forward Jonathan Marchessault with a blindside hit that could reverberate through the Stanley Cup Final.After 10 goals and a Final-record four lead changes overall in a fantastically entertaining opener Joakim Nordstrom Jersey Womens , it’s tough to imagine what these unlikely opponents will do for an encore.But the upstart Golden Knights have spent their entire inaugural season speeding past all expectations, and their first Final game didn’t slow them down in the slightest.Tomas Nosek scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, and the expansion Golden Knights surged past the Capitals for a 6-4 victory on Monday night.”We put fun ahead of everything, and you can tell,” said Ryan Reaves, who scored the Knights’ tying goal in the third period. ”Guys have are having fun and they’re smiling.”The Eastern Conference champion Capitals hadn’t given up this many goals in 29 games since March 18, but they hadn’t seen anything like this charmed run by the upstart Knights. With its sellout crowd of hometown fans at deafening volume all night, Vegas put its usual speed and relentlessness on full display while overcoming that third-period deficit to win the opener of a matchup between two franchises seeking their first Stanley Cup titles.Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves in an occasionally shaky performance, but the three-time Stanley Cup winner’s new teammates carried the goalie who has so often carried them with a relentless outburst of offense.”We’re a good defensive group, but we weren’t tonight,” Marchessault said. ”They’re a team that’s very fast in the neutral zone, and we gave them too much respect with the puck. We need to be faster in the defensive zone. We’re going to fix that in our game.”The Game 1 winner has won the last six Cups and 61 of 78 overall.Braden Holtby stopped 28 shots for the Capitals, whose first Stanley Cup Final game in 20 years was a defensive nightmare. Washington still played a strong offensive game and had chances to win, but never slowed the Knights.”I think next game is going to be different, and all the nervousness, all the bad thing goes away in this game Christopher Tanev Jersey ,” said captain Alex Ovechkin, who had an assist. ”We just have to forget about it and bounce back (in the) next one.”Wilson got credit for the goal that put the Caps up 4-3 early in the third period when Fleury back-heeled a loose puck into his own net, but Reaves evened it 91 seconds later for Vegas.Nosek then put the Knights ahead after Shea Theodore kept the puck in Washington’s zone, sidestepped a defender and fired a beautiful cross-ice pass to the Czech forward, who buried a one-timer for his second goal of the playoffs.Colin Miller, William Karlsson and Reilly Smith scored early goals before Nosek added an empty-netter for the Knights, who are three wins away from one of the most improbable championships in recent North American team sports history. Just 342 days after the Knights selected the backbone of their first roster in the expansion draft, Vegas had another party on the Strip with its remarkable collection of castoffs.Brett Connolly, Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson also scored for Washington, but its biggest stars didn’t match the Knights’ outburst. Along with Ovechkin’s quiet night, Evgeny Kuznetsov – who scored a whopping 24 points in the first three rounds – also had just one assist.The Golden Knights’ playoff pregame shows have been a celebration of Vegas showmanship, and their first Final game started with an extravaganza that included archers, a trebuchet and a spectacular light show.And then the Knights and Caps put on a high-energy production of their own with plenty of fireworks and drama.With none of the customary caution or high-pressure effects often shown by teams and players in their first game on the NHL’s biggest stage, Vegas and Washington jumped right into an up-tempo thriller. Vegas had outscored its opponents 10-0 in the first period at home during the playoffs, but the Caps got two goals.After Miller scored the Knights’ first goal on a power play and ended Holtby’s scoreless streak at nearly 167 minutes, Washington calmly surged ahead later in the first period with goals 42 seconds apart.The wild scoring continued in the third with an own-goal by Fleury Authentic Daniel Sedin Jersey , who lost track of a rebound and kicked it backward into his net.T-Mobile Arena was only quiet for a few seconds before the tying goal from Reaves, who cross-checked Carlson to the ice an instant before the puck unexpectedly bounced to him for an uncontested shot.Reaves didn’t score at all in his first 26 games after joining the Knights in a trade, but the rough-and-tumble forward broke through with the winning goal in the Western Conference finals clincher against Winnipeg.Wilson delivered his crushing open-ice hit moments later to Marchessault, who was shaken up on the play. The Golden Knights uniformly criticized it as a late hit, while the rambunctious Wilson defended himself.”I haven’t obviously slowed it down and looked at it, but I think he’d probably say he shouldn’t have admired his pass, and I’m just finishing my check,” Wilson said.”I think the league is going to take care of it,” Marchessault said. ”I never see him coming. Puck is away for a couple seconds for sure. But whatever. He’s a guy who plays hard, throws big hits out there.”NOTES: Vegas is aiming to be the first franchise in a major North American professional league to win a title in its first season since the 1950 Cleveland Browns, who entered the NFL as a fully formed team after four seasons in the AAFC. … Vegas D Deryk Engelland had two assists after going scoreless in the first 15 playoff games. … Vegas improved to 11-1 in the postseason when scoring first.—More Stanley Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/StanleyCupFinals
  2. things up Wednesday in hopes of snapping a lengthy losing streak against the New York Islanders. If the words spoken Sunday afternoon by coach Barry Trotz were any indication Authentic Oliver Bjorkstrand Jersey , the Islanders will be shuffling the deck as well.Backup goalie Alexander Georgiev will make a rare start for the Rangers on Wednesday night when they host the Islanders in a battle of longtime rivals at Madison Square Garden.Both teams are coming off a game against the visiting Dallas Stars. The Rangers continued their recent hot play Monday with a 2-1 win over the Stars, who began a five-game road trip Sunday by routing the Islanders 6-2.Article continues below ...The Rangers (11-8-2) have won eight of their last 10 games (8-1-1). The only game in that span in which they didn’t collect a point? Last Thursday, when the host Islanders posted a 7-5 win at Barclays Center.The Islanders’ win was their franchise-record eighth straight against the Rangers. Hall of Fame-bound goalie Henrik Lundqvist has started six of those games, including last Thursday when he was pulled after allowing five goals in the first two periods. Lundqvist was spared the loss, which was handed to Georgiev, because the Islanders’ sixth goal ended up being the game-winner.If all goes according to plan for the Rangers, Lundqvist will be watching a bunch of hungry teammates Wednesday night.“We have a little bit of a chip on our shoulder because of how it’s gone as of late,” defenseman Brendan Smith told reporters after practice Tuesday.The Islanders (10-7-2) may feel the same way after Trotz’s blistering assessment of Sunday’s loss — the most lopsided defeat for the Islanders since Trotz became head coach before this season. Goalie Thomas Greiss was pulled after allowing the first three of the Stars’ four goals in the second period Ryan Murray Jersey , but Trotz made it clear afterward he wasn’t blaming Greiss, who allowed two goals or fewer in five of his first nine starts this season.“I heard Thomas take the blame for a couple goals — no, they’re not hiding behind the goalie tonight, sorry,” Trotz said. “Thomas has played very well for us over the course (of the season) and he’s covered up a lot of our mistakes. So I’m putting this on the team. We need more from some of our top guys. Plain and simple, (he’s) done protecting them.”The Islanders didn’t practice Tuesday, so it will likely take until faceoff Wednesday to determine who he may have been targeting. One possibility is struggling defenseman Nick Leddy, who was on the ice for four Stars goals Sunday and is a minus-45 since the start of last season.Georgiev hasn’t played since he made his first career appearance against the Islanders and stopped five of six shots in the third period. He last started Nov. 10 when he picked up the win after making 34 saves in the Rangers’ 5-4 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.Robin Lehner http://www.bluejacketsshoponline.com/authentic-sergei-bobrovsky-jersey , who made 11 saves in relief of Greiss on Sunday, is likely to draw the start for the Islanders. Lehner made his most recent start Nov. 10, when he took the loss after making 27 saves as the Islanders fell to the Florida Panthers 4-2. He is 2-4-2 in eight career games against the Rangers. COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In just his second game back after a nearly 10-month absence, Corey Crawford showed he is already in top form.Crawford stopped 37 shots to get his first win since late December, and Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist, as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 Saturday night.“It was nice to see him play like that,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “It was vintage (Crawford).“(He) is under the radar. … We value his contribution to the success of this team Womens Seth Jones Jersey , to keep us in games, winning games for us. He is as good as there is in the game.”Crawford was playing his second game since a season-ending concussion suffered in a win at New Jersey last Dec. 23. He gave up three goals on 30 shots in Chicago’s 4-1 loss at home to Arizona on Thursday night.Crawford said despite his lengthy break, he felt as comfortable as ever in net.“It felt really good,” Crawford said. “I think everyone was playing hard, rebounding, taking away sticks. It was a great effort by everyone.”Alex DeBrincat and Marcus Kruger also scored for Chicago, which earned a point for the sixth time in seven games (4-1-2).Zach Werenski scored for Columbus and Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 22 saves.With the score tied 1-1, the Blue Jackets appeared to take the lead late in the first period when Boone Jenner forced the puck low past Crawford on the left side Sonny Milano Jersey , but the goal was waved off for pushing the goalie into the net.Kruger put the Blackhawks ahead for good when he tipped a wrister from Alexander Fortin past Bobrovsky at 7:43 of the third.“I thought we played a really good hockey game, our best of the year,” Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. “We just lost our patience the last five minutes.”Kane then got his sixth goal of the season from the middle of the left circle with 4:14 left, after a costly turnover in the neutral zone by Columbus’ Cam Atkinson.Kane’s empty netter with 1:37 remaining capped the scoring.The Blackhawks got on the board at 3:48 of the first period with their first shot of the game, as DeBrincat buried a pass from Dominik Kahun from the front of the net. The goal extended DeBrincat’s scoring streak to seven games.The Jackets pulled even when penalties to the Blackhawks’ Henri Jokiharju and Atkinson opened up the ice for Werenski, who carried the puck from the red line and fired a wrister that beat Crawford with 7:51 left in the opening period.“Their goalie was hot, and we weren’t bearing down,” Werenski said. “We weren’t hungry enough. We played a pretty good hockey game. We just have to be hungry around the net.”NOTES: Kane and DeBrincat are now tied for the Blackhawks’ lead in goals (7) and points (11). … Brandon Davidson http://www.bluejacketsshoponline.com/authentic-zach-werenski-jersey , a veteran of 152 NHL games with Edmonton, Montreal and New York Islanders, made his Blackhawks debut. …. Columbus has scored in six of its seven first periods this season. … Bobrovsky was playing in his 400th career NHL game. His career record fell to 220-132-36.UP NEXTBlackhawks: Host Tampa Bay on Sunday.Blue Jackets: Host Arizona on Tuesday.
  3. ST. LOUIS (AP) — http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/aaron-donald-jersey , Los Angeles Kings rookies Calvin Peterson and Matt Luff pulled off NHL firsts in the same game.Peterson earned his first shutout and Luff scored his first goal, leading the Kings to a 2-0 victory over St. Louis on Monday night — hours before the scuffling Blues fired coach Mike Yeo.“It’s unreal,” Luff said. “We were talking when I gave him a hug on the ice about that. Couldn’t have picked a better day for it to happen with him getting his first shutout. We talked about it on the plane. He’s probably one of the best kids so I’m happy it happened for him.”Peterson, making his third start for the Kings, stopped 29 shots. He is the 24th rookie goaltender to start a game for Los Angeles. In college at Notre Dame and in the minor leagues, Peterson had 20 shutouts.“On the personal side, to get the shutout was very cool,” Peterson said. “And for Luffer to get his first (goal) was very cool, too. So it was an all-around great night.”Not for the Blues.Following the team’s latest defeat, St. Louis general manager Doug Armstrong named Craig Berube interim coach. At 7-9-3 Authentic Todd Gurley Jersey , the Blues are in last place in the Central Division, and their 17 points rank next-to-last in the NHL — ahead of only Los Angeles.The 45-year-old Yeo joined the Blues as an assistant in 2016 after five seasons with Minnesota.The Kings, last in the Pacific Division, had lost four of five before beating St. Louis in a game featuring teams with the worst records in the Western Conference.Interim coach Willie Desjardins said it was a good win for the Kings.“They’re hard to play against,” Desjardins said. “They had a few chances. I thought we played pretty good overall.”The Blues have lost four of their last five. This marked the third time they were shut out this season.“It’s hard to win if you don’t score goals,” Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko said. “I have no words. We’re trying hard, maybe too hard. If we don’t score, it’s zero in every game and it’s really frustrating.”Los Angeles went up 1-0 at 8:18 of the second period. Luff, a 21-year-old right wing, scored his first goal on his sixth career shot when hit a wrister from the right circle. Adrian Kempe fed the wide-open Luff for the goal.“It wasn’t a perfect shot but luckily it went in Todd Gurley Jersey Elite ,” Luff said. “I thought about it a little bit in the previous games. Tonight it was in my head just don’t think about it. I kind of just blocked it out and shot my shot and it went in.”Anze Kopitar added an empty-netter with 30 seconds left.This was the first meeting this season between the teams. St. Louis won two of three last season and is 6-3-0 in the last nine matchups.Blues goalie Jake Allen faced 26 shots in falling to 5-3 in his career against the Kings. Allen was pulled with 1:45 to play but the Blues were unable to score.“You can’t win hockey games without scoring goals,” Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said. “This has to be a harder place to play.”NOTES: St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Harrison Bader, accompanied by team mascot Fredbird, dropped the ceremonial first puck. … Blues D Carl Gunnarsson and F Jaden Schwartz will be out through the weekend. Both sustained upper-body injuries in the Blues’ 4-1 win at Vegas last Friday. … Blues F Alexander Steen missed his third game with an upper body injury. He is listed as day to day. … F Pat Maroon, who suffered an upper-body injury last Wednesday against Chicago and was placed on injured reserve, can come off IR on Thursday. … Blues D Robert Bortuzzo has resumed skating. He has missed 12 games with a lower body injury and remains on IR. … The Kings recalled F Austin Wagner from Ontario of the AHL and goalie Cole Kehler has been assigned to Ontario. … Kings F Trevor Lewis (fractured foot) is listed week-to-week.UP NEXTKings: Host Colorado on Wednesday night.Blues: At Nashville on Wednesday night. DENVER (AP) This illustrates just how well things have been going for Nathan MacKinnon: He fanned on a shot, got it back, skated to the other side, launched the puck toward the net, hit a defender and in it goes.”Lucky http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/todd-gurley-ii-jersey ,” he said.They all count the same.MacKinnon kept up his torrid scoring with two goals and an assist, Semyon Varlamov was sharp in making 37 saves and the Colorado Avalanche extended Detroit’s skid to 10 straight games by beating the Red Wings 5-1 on Sunday.Gabriel Landeskog, Blake Comeau and Tyson Barrie also scored to help the Avalanche remain in playoff position with 10 games remaining. The Avs have 86 points after finishing with a league-low 48 last season.”I like the way we’re playing. A lot of good. There’s a lot of good,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. ”We’re competing harder than we’ve competed all year I feel like during this stretch. There’s a sense of urgency to our game.”MacKinnon remains among the league’s top scoring leaders with 89 points. His goal in the second period gave Colorado a 3-0 lead and came on a backhand with Niklas Kronwall trying to cover him.The defenseman couldn’t.The 22-year-old MacKinnon sealed the win with his 38th of the season in the third period – on a wraparound that hit off a Detroit defenseman and deflected in.It’s just the way things have been going for him.Soon after, he was serenaded with ”MVP” chants. His coach doesn’t disagree after MacKinnon became the first Colorado player to score more than 36 goals in a season since 2002-03, when Milan Hejduk had 50.”I can’t imagine there’s another player that means more to their team and doing more for their team than what Nate’s doing for us,” Bednar said. ”That’s just the way I see it. He is the driving force to our offense and it’s consistent.”Justin Abdelkader had a goal for the Red Wings, who fell to 0-9-1 during a winless streak in which they’ve been outscored by a 41-19 margin. It’s the team’s longest winless streak since a 12-game run in 1989.”We’re so far back, but every time we put on the Red Wings logo, you go out and play the hardest you can Authentic Cooper Kupp Jersey ,” captain Henrik Zetterberg said.Varlamov showed no signs of fatigue despite playing in his 17th straight game (15 starts). He’s been pressed into more duty of late with backup Jonathan Bernier sidelined by a concussion.Barrie’s goal late in the third came with a two-man advantage and extended his points streak to 10 straight games. Abdelkader, who was in the penalty box, was given a misconduct after the goal and sent to the locker room. He slammed his stick on the way out.”It’s frustration. It’s not fun,” Abdelkader said. ”We’ve just got to continue to stick together here. It’s not one guy, it’s not two guys, it’s not three guys that are going to do it. It’s a team of 20.”Colorado remains tough at home, improving to 15-2-1 over its last 18 games at the Pepsi Center.The Avs scored on a pair of tip-ins during a dominant first period – one by Landeskog and another by Comeau.An injury-riddled Colorado team received a big boost with defenseman Erik Johnson and forward Vladislav Kamenev returning to the ice Sunday. It didn’t take Johnson long to make his presence felt, dishing out a big hit in the opening seconds. He’s been sidelined by an upper-body injury since he was hurt against Edmonton on Feb. 18.Kamenev has been out since November with a broken arm. He was acquired as part of the three-team trade that sent Matt Duchene to Ottawa.”Right now we are feeling very confident,” Barrie said.NOTES: Detroit D Jonathan Ericsson played in his 600th career NHL game. … Red Wings goaltender Jared Coreau made 26 stops. … Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen each had two assists. … D Patrik Nemeth took a high-stick to the face in the third period and appeared to lose a tooth.UP NEXTRed Wings: Host Philadelphia on Tuesday night after concluding a five-game trip.Avalanche: At Chicago on Tuesday night before returning home for two games.—
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    ANAHEIM http://www.sabresshoponline.com/authentic-jack-eichel-jersey , Calif. (AP) period and playing without their starting goalie, the Anaheim Ducks were in danger of taking a loss that would certainly hurt their playoff chances.But the Ducks have been through plenty of turmoil this season, and that experience was on display as they rallied for a critical win.Ondrej Kase scored 1:34 into overtime and Anaheim defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 on Sunday night.”It’s been a hard year,” said Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano, who had a goal and an assist. ”It’s been a grind in terms of injuries and how we’ve played, and we want to make it count. You don’t want to not be in it, and I think we’re pushing ourselves right to the bitter end to get in there.”Adam Henrique and Ryan Kesler also scored for the Ducks, who moved into third place in the Pacific Division. Anaheim is one point ahead of Los Angeles with three games remaining for both teams.Kase used a subtle fake on a 2-on-1 break to get Avalanche goalie Jonathan Bernier moving left, creating enough space to win it by going to the short side over Bernier’s right shoulder.”He’s a special talent,” Kesler said. ”He does something stupid every night, and that was definitely pretty stupid.”While Kase won it with speed and skill, the Ducks got to overtime thanks to hard work. They were determined to get more bodies in front of Bernier in the third period, and the grit paid off as Henrique cut Anaheim’s deficit to 3-2 at 7:43 with a sharp-angle shot and Kesler tied it 3-all at 9:19 by pouncing on a rebound in the slot.”That’s the way we are built,” Kesler said. ”Obviously Youth Jake McCabe Jersey , they are more of a skill team over there, so we want to play to our strengths and we did tonight.”Ryan Miller made 19 saves after replacing John Gibson at the start of the second period, helping the Ducks to their fifth straight home win. Gibson, who made 10 saves before departing, appeared to be shaken up late in the first when Gabriel Landeskog was hit from behind by Kesler and knocked the goalie down.Kesler said Landeskog went out of his way to make contact with Gibson.”He threw himself into Gibby,” Kesler said. ”I gave him a slight jab, and he knows what he’s doing there. He knows better than that.”Gibson was being evaluated for an undisclosed injury, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.Tyson Jost scored twice and Alexander Kerfoot had a goal and an assist for Colorado, which passed St. Louis for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. The Avalanche lead the Blues by one point, but St. Louis has four games remaining to Colorado’s three.”A point is a point,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. ”You’re not going to know if it’s enough, if it’s not enough. The only day the standings matter is next Saturday.”Bernier made 28 saves.The Avalanche took a 1-0 lead 1:16 into the game when Kerfoot got his 18th goal under unusual circumstances. Kerfoot won a faceoff against Rickard Rakell in the right circle and flicked the puck to his left, where it struck Corey Perry’s stake and redirected in.But the Ducks tied it at 1 on a breakaway by Cogliano at 6:08.Jost put the Avalanche up 2-1 at 1:04 of the second, scoring for the second game in a row on a backhand for a power-play goal. He made it 3-1 at 12:10 for his first career multi-goal game.NOTES: Ducks D Cam Fowler sustained an upper-body injury in the third. … The Avalanche went 5-3-3 in the first game of a back-to-back this season. … Ducks D Francois Beauchemin played in his 900th NHL game.UP NEXTAvalanche: Visit the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.Ducks: Host the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night.— CALGARY Jason Pominville Jersey Kids , Alberta (AP) — The Flames are alone in first place heading into the new year thanks to a big game from their best players.Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk each scored twice and added two assists, propelling Calgary to an 8-5 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night.Sean Monahan had five assists for the Flames, a career high for points in one game. Gaudreau and Tkachuk tied their career bests.“I was happy with the way our team played,” Gaudreau said. “It was going back and forth and back and forth for a little, but found a way to take it over in the third and get a big team win.”Calgary never trailed and finished 2018 atop the Pacific Division, two points up on Vegas and three ahead of the Sharks.Mikael Backlund had two early goals and Elias Lindholm and James Neal also scored for the Flames, who improved to 8-1-3 in their last 12 home games. Lindholm set a career high with his 18th goal and added two assists.“Our first line is contributing and driving the bus, but a lot of guys chipped in today and that was big for the team, too,” Backlund said.Joonas Donskoi had two goals to lead San Jose. Lukas Radil, Brent Burns and Joe Thornton also scored, but the Sharks lost in regulation for just the second time in 11 games (7-2-2).“Every time we scored, they answered,” captain Joe Pavelski said. “It was one of those weird nights where everything that was directed at the net found the way in.”Lindholm gave Calgary a 5-3 lead with 27 seconds left in the second period on a pretty goal. Gaudreau raced down the right wing before stopping sharply http://www.sabresshoponline.com/authentic-johan-larsson-jersey , then sending a pass across the slot to Lindholm, who one-timed it past goalie Aaron Dell.Donskoi’s second of the night, 48 seconds into the third, drew the Sharks back within a goal, but Calgary restored its two-goal cushion on the first goal in 25 games for Neal.His fourth of the season and first since Nov. 1 was a lucky one. Sam Bennett patiently circled the Sharks end with the puck before firing it across the slot and banking it in off Neal’s skate.“Great play by Benny and it felt good to see it go in,” said Neal, who hit a post in the second period. “As of late, when you’re getting shots and you’re getting back into your groove, I think it’s visible, as a player and spectators watching, I think you can see my game start to get going a little bit more. It was a nice break.”Three minutes later, goals 41 seconds apart from Gaudreau — his 20th and 21st of the season — made it 8-4 and put the game away.It was a feisty game throughout and tempers flared in the final minute. With 41 seconds left, all 10 skaters on the ice got involved in a melee in the Flames end. Then, with 23 seconds to go Authentic Justin Bailey Jersey , a hit from Bennett on Radim Simek crumpled the Sharks defenseman, and Barclay Goodrow jumped in to fight Bennett, who was assessed a match penalty.“Predatory,” was how Sharks coach Peter DeBoer responded when asked about Bennett’s hit.After the play, players from both benches yelled angrily at each other.“They got the lead in a game that got out of hand and it was kind of gutless at the end,” Pavelski said.David Rittich, making his seventh start in the last eight games, finished with 28 stops to get the win. He improved to 13-4-3.Dell went the distance for San Jose. The eight goals allowed came on 27 shots as he fell to 5-5-3.“That might have been the most bad luck I’ve seen in one game. Even their harmless shots ended up going off stuff and right in the net. Crazy, all-around game,” Dell said.NOTES: Calgary RW Michael Frolik returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch the previous game and got his first two assists of the season. The first was the 200th of his career. … Thornton played career game No. 1,525, moving him ahead of Brendan Shanahan into 17th all-time. … Dion Phaneuf was the previous Flames player to have five assists in a game on Dec. 13, 2007.UP NEXTSharks: Play at Colorado on Wednesday night.Flames: Play at Detroit on Wednesday night.
  5. ST. PAUL Adidas Carter Hutton Jersey , Minn. (AP) The Associated Press misidentified the location of his Canadian hometown. Thunder Bay is located in Ontario.A corrected version of the story is below:With 40 goals for playoffs-bound Wild, Staal has right fitWith 40 goals for playoffs-bound Wild, Staal has found right place for career resurgenceBy DAVE CAMPBELLAP Sports WriterST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Eric Staal was coming off his least productive NHL season since he was a teenage rookie with Carolina when Minnesota took a flier on him two summers ago to add some depth at center.The three-year contract was modest for a player with Staal’s ability and accomplishments. The expectations were, too. Three consecutive seasons of decline in points per game, after all, don’t provide a hint that the scoring touch or passing knack is primed for resurgence.Bruce Boudreau could see the rebound potential, though. His first day of training camp with the Wild happened to be Staal’s practice debut with his new club, and a strong impression was made on the new head coach.”I said, `You know what? Everybody was wrong,”’ Boudreau said. ”Because he did the skate test on the very first day, and he blew everybody out of the water. So I said to the staff, `He should be able to play for us.”’Staal has done much more for the Wild than simply prove he can keep up and stabilize a key position with some savviness and leadership. Nobody on the team has scored more since he arrived, and with 40 goals this season he’s tied for sixth in the league through Monday’s games.”I never thought a specific number was a goal. I don’t ever usually think like that,” Staal said. ”Once you start a season, it can go a lot of different ways, but once the puck starts hitting the back of the net and you’re gaining confidence that way Adidas Conor Sheary Jersey , you want to hold on to it as long as you can and accumulate as much as you can to help your team win.”Staal became just the second player in NHL history, joining Gordie Howe, to record a 40-goal season at least nine years apart with none in between. Slumps can factor into that, but so does dedication.”Look, he’s won a Stanley Cup. He’s won an Olympic medal. He’s got all the money that he’s ever going to need,” Boudreau said. ”But when he came here he wanted to prove to the world that he’s still a really good player, and to me he has.”The lanky 33-year-old with the left-handed shot has been a big reason why the Wild, despite some rough patches of the schedule and significant injury absences by several of their best skaters, have clinched a spot in the playoffs for the sixth straight season.”You want that, especially as a player who’s in the second half of his career. You want to make sure you’re in a spot to try to win again, and coming here I felt gave me that chance,” said Staal, the second overall pick in the 2003 draft who won the Stanley Cup in 2006 at age 21 but only returned to the playoffs once more with the Hurricanes. ”We’ve still got some work to do here, but hopefully we can finish strong.”Staal only has one goal-less stretch on his ledger longer than four games in a row, when he played six consecutive contests without scoring from Jan. 9-22. He still contributed four assists over that span. Not coincidentally, the Wild have only one losing streak larger than two. They dropped three in a row from Nov. 4-8.”He’s a guy we’ve definitely looked to to help lead us,” said left wing Jason Zucker, one of the many linemates Staal has saddled up to this season – without Adidas Matt Hunwick Jersey , Boudreau said beamingly, a single complaint.Durability has been one crucial component of his value, of course. Staal has yet to miss a game since signing the $10.5 million deal on July 1, 2016. The emotional steadiness he has contributed can’t be overlooked, either.”He’s been through the best of teams. He’s been through the worst of teams. He’s been the leader on all of these teams,” Boudreau said. ”He’s had to make sure he’s the steady one, because if he gets too high, maybe the rest of the group gets too high. If he was one to get too low, maybe everybody else would follow his lead.”The Wild actually left Staal exposed in the expansion draft, banking on his age being less attractive to the Vegas Golden Knights. His salary cap hit is only the ninth-highest on the roster.”If he was playing in Toronto, he’d be up for the MVP,” Boudreau said.Settling in Minnesota was more than satisfying for Staal, with the perennial postseason opportunities and the relative proximity to his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario, about a six-hour drive away. He and his wife, Tanya, have been able to raise sons Parker, Levi and Finley Adidas Jeff Skinner Jersey , in a similar northern culture and climate that he was raised in, delighting in seeing the boys at 8, 6 and 3 years old take to the local hockey rinks or eagerly hop on their sleds after the latest snowfall.”All that stuff I grew up doing and loving, and now I’m kind of living it back through them,” Staal said. ”It’s definitely made it a ton of fun.”— SEA ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Seattle is getting a National Hockey League team. It will just have to wait a little bit longer to drop the puck.The NHL Board of Governors unanimously approved adding Seattle as the league’s 32nd franchise on Tuesday, with play set to begin in 2021 instead of 2020 to allow enough time for arena renovations. The as-yet unnamed franchise will be the Emerald City’s first major winter sports team since the NBA’s SuperSonics left town in 2008.“Today is a day for celebration in a great city that adores and avidly supports its sports teams and for our 101-year-old sports league,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Expanding to Seattle makes the National Hockey League more balanced, even more whole and even more vibrant. A team in Seattle evens the number of teams in our two conferences, brings our geographic footprint into greater equilibrium and creates instant new rivalries out west, particularly between Seattle and Vancouver.”The announcement came a few moments after Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan let the news slip at a watch party in Seattle, prompting cheers: “I got a call from a mole in the room and it was a unanimous vote. We’re getting hockey.”The decision was widely expected after the Seattle Hockey Partners group impressed the board’s executive committee in October with a plan that had all the ingredients the NHL was looking for. Strong ownership led by billionaire David Bonderman and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, a downtown arena in a sports-crazed city and a season-ticket drive that drummed up 10,000 orders in 12 minutes all cleared the way for the NHL to add another team less than three years after approving a franchise in Las Vegas.Seattle Hockey President and CEO Tod Leiweke joked that he’d have to throw out some Seattle 2020 business cards because of the pushed-back timing. But all sides agreed 2021 was the best time to start.“They’ve always felt that we should have a little more time to build the arena right,” Bruckheimer said. “We wanted to bring it to 2020-21 because we want to get going right away, but it’s not fair to the fans or to the players to not have a 100 percent finished arena when we start.”The owners will pay a $650 million expansion fee, up from the $500 million the Vegas Golden Knights paid to join the league just two years ago. Leiweke said arena renovations will cost $800 million and the addition of a state-of-the-art practice facility makes it a total investment of over $1.5 billion.“(That’s) a few bits of change which aren’t around anymore,” Bonderman said of the spending. “Seattle is one of my favorite cities and it’s a pleasure to be here. If it was someplace else Adidas Tage Thompson Jersey , I wouldn’t have done it.”The NHL will also realign its two divisions in the West for the 2021-22 season: Seattle will play the Pacific, home to its closest geographic rivals like Vancouver, Calgary and San Jose, and the Arizona Coyotes will move to the Central Division.“It was at the end of the day the simplest, most logical and least disruptive option we had available to us and I think it’ll work well for the Coyotes,” Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said.The remarkable debut by Vegas in 2017, which included a run to the Stanley Cup Final, gave the league more confidence about moving forward so quickly.Seattle will benefit from the same expansion draft rules Vegas had. Its front office is expected to be led by Dave Tippett, a former coach who would lead the search for the club’s first general manager and staff. Tippett signed on to the project because of a connection to Leiweke, a major force in delivering an NHL team to Seattle.Leiweke got his start in hockey with the Minnesota Wild. He also worked in Vancouver and most recently helped build Tampa Bay into a powerhouse in the Eastern Conference. Leiweke left the Lightning in 2015 to become the COO of the NFL and didn’t have any interest in leaving the league office until the project in Seattle began to gain traction.Leiweke’s job will be to capitalize on a market whose demographics have changed significantly since he left the NFL’s Seahawks in 2010 after being largely responsible for the team hiring coach Pete Carroll. Seattle is the largest market in the country without a winter pro sports franchise and has seen an influx of wealth in recent years. Even when he was running the Seahawks, Leiweke believed Seattle was ripe for the NHL and the response to the season-ticket drive only strengthened that belief.“I woke up today thinking about the fans,” Leiweke said. “What did they feel on March 1 when they put down deposits without knowing anything? No team name, an ownership group they didn’t know very well, a building plan that was back then somewhat defined but fairly vague. Today is a great day for the fans and we owe them so much. That’s why today happened.”The NHL’s launch in Seattle will show how starved fans are for another team. Basketball is embedded in the DNA of the region thanks to 41 years of the SuperSonics and a lengthy history of producing NBA talent. When the rain of the fall and winter drive young athletes inside, they grab a basketball and head for the nearest gym to play pickup games. Basketball courts and coffee shops seem to be on every corner, but ice rinks are scarce.A lot about Seattle is different from 2008, when the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City. The skyline is filled with construction cranes. Amazon has taken over an entire section of the city, joined nearby by satellite offices of Google and Facebook. The amount of wealth now in the Seattle market is part of the reason Tim Leiweke Adidas Rasmus Andersson Jersey , Tod’s older brother and the CEO of event facilities giant Oak View Group, has regularly calls the city one of the most enticing expansion opportunities in pro sports history.Seattle has become a city of transplants due to the booming local economy. A hockey franchise would provide those newcomers a team to rally around, much like what happened when the Sounders of Major League Soccer arrived in 2009 — the last team added to the city’s sport landscape. The Sonics were the first, joining the NBA in 1967, followed by the arrival of the Seahawks in 1976 and Mariners in 1977 after construction of the Kingdome.There have been several attempts at solving Seattle’s arena issues and landing either an NHL or NBA team in the years since the Sonics left, but none had the support of the city or the private money attached until now. Asked Tuesday about possibly adding an NBA team, Bonderman responded: “One miracle at a time.”While Seattle basks in the news, it’s not clear the NHL will be satisfied at 32 teams even with the new team providing balance between the conferences and a natural, cross-border rival for the Vancouver Canucks. Daly said recently that there’s no magic number, even though no major North American sports league has ever grown beyond 32 teams. Houston, Quebec City and Toronto have all been touted as possible new homes someday, but they’ll also have to wait.“We’re not looking right now and I think for the foreseeable future at any further expansion,” Bettman said.
  6. The Carolina Hurricanes allowed

    MONTREAL (AP) —more than twice as many shots on goal as they took Los Angeles Kings T-Shirts Womens , but Curtis McElhinney more than made up for it.McElhinney stopped 48 shots and Carolina beat the Canadiens 2-1 on Tuesday night in Shea Weber’s return from injury for Montreal.Victor Rask and Trevor van Riemsdyk scored for the Hurricanes, who have won four of five.“We just all kind of jumped on (McElhinney) back there,” van Riemsdyk said. “He made some special saves. He stole that one for us. He’s great to play in front of. He’s so calm.”McElhinney, who’s emerging as the top goaltender in Carolina, made 21 saves in the third period alone for his fourth straight victory.“Things are rolling for myself personally,” McElhinney said. “I feel great personally. We got a couple of lucky breaks and that’s the way it goes sometimes.“It’s nice to be busy. Obviously we don’t want to be giving up 48 shots but I felt good in there.”Phillip Danault scored for the Canadiens, who extended their losing streak to five games. Carey Price made 20 saves.Montreal outshot Carolina 49-22, but its scoring woes continued. The Canadiens have seven goals in their past four games.Weber played in his first game since Dec. 16, 2017 Sam Reinhart Jersey , and it was his first time wearing the captain’s “C” on his Montreal sweater.“Definitely felt better as the game went on,” Weber said. “I think it’s going to keep getting better as we go here. Obviously practice is different, so being in those actual situations where you have to react, and things are happening quickly, will be good as we go.“Was nervous before the game and anxious to get my first shift out of the way.”The 33-year-old defenseman missed 73 games after having two surgeries — one on his right knee and another to repair a torn tendon in his left foot.Weber assisted on Montreal’s goal and had three shots in more than 24 minutes of ice time.“You notice him all over the ice,” Brendan Gallagher said. “The amount of time we spent in our own zone was definitely less. His presence in front of our net was seen as well. And his shot. … He’s the leader of our group so it’s good to have him back.”Carolina jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 7:45 of the first period when Rask deflected a shot by Jaccob Slavin past Price for his first goal of the season. The Hurricanes improved to 9-2-0 when scoring first.Carolina scored again with 8:01 left in the second period on another deflection. Van Riemsdyk’s shot went off Victor Mete’s skate and in.Danault got one back for the Canadiens at 9:29 of the third period. After a shot from Weber fell to Artturi Lehkonen, the Finnish winger found Danault in the slot for his second goal of the year.Down 2-1, Max Domi hit the post with 1:41 left in the game.NOTES: Carolina’s Jake Bean made his NHL debut. … To make room for Weber’s return, D Karl Alzner was put on waivers and then assigned to the American Hockey League’s Laval Rocket.UP NEXTHurricanes: Host Anaheim on Friday.Canadiens: Continue their five-game homestand Zemgus Girgensons Jersey , hosting the New York Rangers on Saturday. BOSTON (AP) — Chris Wagner had an extra reason to smile when he scored a goal after his first one was disallowed.“My grandfather passed away yesterday morning, so this was a special game for me. Maybe he was watching out for me, having the puck follow me around,” the forward said after the Boston Bruins beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Saturday night.“He was probably laughing after that first goal was disallowed,” he said.David Backes also scored and Tuukka Rask stopped 31 shots for the Bruins, who posted their fourth straight victory.“He was hurting. As a team we feel for him,” linemate Noel Acciari said of Wagner. “That was pretty cool to see that go in.”Boston won three of four games in the season series against Buffalo.Rask was looking for his first shutout of the season, but former Bruins’ defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen beat him with a wrist shot on the glove side with 2:38 left in regulation.The 31-year-old Rask seems as if he’s found his game again after a rough start to this season saw the No. 1 goalie sharing more time with backup Jaroslav Halak.“He does look comfortable, maybe part of that is he’s getting more reps in the net Los Angeles Kings Hoodies Womens ,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. “He’s certainly earning them. . It appears to be his time of year, off he goes and we’re just going to ride it. If that what he brings, awesome.”Sabres star Jack Eichel missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury. He’s expected to be re-evaluated early next week.“They play their system very well and it’s a hard building to play in,” Ristolainen said. “We’ve got to understand it’s not going to be easy for 60 minutes for us. We couldn’t create enough today.”Linus Ullmark made 39 saves for Buffalo, which has won just once in its last five games.The Sabres pulled Ullmark with just over a minute left for an extra skater, but were unable to get a shot on goal.Backes played in his first game after serving a three-game suspension for an illegal check to the head on New Jersey Devils forward Blake Coleman.Wagner had a goal wiped out when Sean Kuraly was called for goaltender interference 20 seconds into the game, but the Boston winger scored just under 10 minutes later, firing a wrist shot past Ullmark’s glove to make it 1-0.Backes made it 2-0 when he finished off a 2-on-1 break by sending a wrist shot under the cross bar two minutes into the second period.Boston forward Jake DeBrusk didn’t shy away from a question after the morning skate when asked if it was too early to be called an important game between the clubs, which entered tied for third in the Atlantic Division.“No http://www.flamesshoponline.com/authentic-jaromir-jagr-jersey , I think anytime you play a division team it’s a big game,” he said. “These games mean a lot towards the end of the year.”The Bruins then went out and dominated in the second period, holding the Sabres to just two shots on goal in the opening 15-plus minutes. Boston had a 13-10 edge in shots in an entertaining first period filled with high-energy rushes. Rask was solid in the first and third, controlling rebounds and cutting down angles on most of the shots.Rask made a nice glove stop on Jeff Skinner’s backhander from the edge of the crease late in the second. He also made a right-pad stop on Skinner’s close bid early in the third.NOTES: Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who missed his fifth straight with a lower-body injury, should be returning to practice this week. . Boston entered the game having allowed a league-high nine short-handed goals. Cassidy said he believes short-handed scoring is up overall in the NHL over the last few years because teams adopted the practice of playing four forwards on power plays, but he also admitted “ours are way too high.”UP NEXTSabres: Host New Jersey on Tuesday.Bruins: Host Minnesota on Tuesday.
  7. OTTAWA Adidas Peter Budaj Jersey , Ontario (AP) highlight-reel goals for Ottawa. Thursday’s winner is going to stand out among them.Pageau scored on a penalty shot in overtime to lift the Ottawa Senators over the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Thursday night.Pageau beat goalie James Reimer five-hole on the winner.”I was pretty tired and just tried to get my breath back and that’s the only move I know so I just tried to do it again and obviously it worked again,” said Pageau, who also scored in regulation.The Panthers dropped three points behind New Jersey with a game in hand for the final wild card in the Eastern Conference. The Devils lost to Pittsburgh 4-3 in overtime Thursday.”Any other time of year you play a back-to-back game and you get a point out of the building on a back-to-back you’d be happy with it,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. ”Obviously two points are what matter the most for us in the race that we’re in. We saw what was happening on the scoreboard on the Jumbotron, and it was a chance to gain a point on a team we’re chasing and we didn’t get it done.”Magnus Paajarvi also scored in regulation for the Senators, and Craig Anderson stopped 24 shots.”It was time because we deserved the last game and we deserved this one,” Senators coach Guy Boucher said. ”I think Reimer has played terrific against us this year, and I’ve been told it’s not just this year for some reason Adidas Matt Read Jersey , and he was doing it again tonight. I thought we deserved more goals than that.”Aaron Ekblad and Evgeni Dadonov scored for the Panthers, and Reimer made 27 saves.Both teams had several chances in overtime before Pageau converted with 16 seconds left after being tripped by Mike Matheson on a breakaway.Paajarvi tied it 16 seconds into the third period by tipping Zack Smith’s shot.Erik Karlsson assisted on Paajarvi’s goal for his 50th of the season. It’s his fifth time reaching the mark.Pageau had a number of chances in the second period and made good on one and was robbed on another.Ottawa took a 1-0 lead on Pageau’s 13th as he chased down his own shot that went wide and tucked it in behind Reimer 1:24 into the period.The Panthers tied it with a power-play goal when Ekblad tied a franchise record for goals by a defenseman with his 16th. Just 1:31, later Florida took the lead as Dadonov took a pass in the slot and rang a shot in off the post.Pageau looked like he had a sure goal late in the period, but Reimer made a great glove save to preserve the lead.The Senators appeared to open the scoring at the 14-minute mark as Pageau broke in on Reimer, but upon review it was ruled the puck never crossed the goal line.NOTES: Ottawa D Chris Wideman was shut down for the season with a hamstring injury. … Ottawa F Mark Stone skated Thursday and is hopeful of playing soon. Stone missed his tenth straight game with a leg injury. … Senators F Marian Gaborik missed his fourth straight game with an undisclosed injury. … Florida’s Maxim Mamin, Radim Vrbata, Connor Brickley, Micheal Haley and Ian McCoshen were healthy scratches.UP NEXTPanthers: Play at Boston on Saturday.Senators: Play at Detroit on Saturday.— DENVER (AP) With the core of Colorado’s scoring attack sidelined Adidas Matt Hendricks Jersey , 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, 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 Adidas Eric Fehr Jersey , ”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 Adidas Greg Pateryn 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.—
  8. TAMPA Chris Kreider Jersey , Fla. (AP) in the Eastern Conference final against the Washington Capitals, thanks in part to a thriving power play and suddenly reliable penalty-killing unit.To regain control of the best-of-seven matchup that continues Saturday night, the Caps need a lift from their special teams, too.”The series is tied 2-2,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. ”It doesn’t matter how you got there.”Tampa Bay, which has taken two straight in a series in which the home team has yet to win, believes it hasn’t played its best.Washington was dominant in winning twice on the road, then sputtered – particularly on the Alex Ovechkin-led power play – while dropping the next two games at home.”I think we look at it realistically,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. ”I mean, I said to everybody in September, even yesterday, and they’re saying the same thing: Sign me up. Best-of-three, got a chance to maybe go to the Stanley Cup Final, sign me up.”I don’t think anybody thought the series would go four straight or anything like that. There’s two really high-quality teams that are going to go nose-to-nose,” Trotz added. ”There’s twists and turns in the road sometimes. … It’s just another layer of adversity. This group has taken on any adversity that has been thrown its way all year.”Since yielding three power-play goals in the first two games of the series, two of them in the closing seconds of a period, the Lightning have gone 7-for-7 killing penalties over the past two games.Not bad for a team that had one of the most potent power plays (third Henrik Lundqvist Jersey Kids , 23.9 percent) in the NHL during the regular season, while also ranking among the league’s worst at killing penalties (28th, 76.1 percent).Lightning captain Steven Stamkos has a power-play goal in each of the first four games of the conference final.Six of his seven goals this postseason have come in man-advantage situations, including his franchise-best 11th career playoff power-play goal (snapping a tie with Martin St. Louis) in Game 4 on Thursday night.”Desperation. Realizing how important it is, especially in this series against the group that they have,” Stamkos said of the improved play on the penalty kill.”It starts with the goaltending, and then it starts with guys willing to sacrifice. I think it’s been a challenge,” Stamkos added. ”When the power play is going well like we are, the PK wants to step up and be just as good, and vice versa when it’s the other way. … It’s been a lot of fun to watch.”Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 36 of 38 shots in Game 4. He has bounced back nicely since allowing 10 goals over five periods in the first two games.Center Nicklas Backstrom, who returned to Washington’s lineup Thursday night after missing four games with a hand injury, thinks the Capitals need to create more traffic in front of the Lightning goaltender.”He’s actually too good of a goalie if you’re going to shoot from outside with no traffic, so maybe we can get some more traffic and find these rebounds like we did the first couple of games,” Backstrom said.”We have pretty good chances. We just don’t execute,” Ovechkin said after the Washington power play was shut out for the second straight game. ”We tried. … We had so (many) shots, and we just didn’t score one more goal.”But just as Tampa Bay embraced the challenge of battling its way back into the series after losing Games 1 and 2, the Capitals are excited about the opportunity ahead Jimmy Vesey Jersey , beginning Saturday night.Not only is Washington is 7-1 on the road this postseason, but the Caps went on eliminate Columbus in the first round and Pittsburgh in the conference semifinal in six games after those series were each tied at 2.”I think we’ve played three out of the four games pretty well,” Trotz said. ”I’m not disappointed at all.”The Lightning are confident, too.”Clearly home-ice advantage has been a disadvantage in this series,” Cooper said. ”Now, in saying that, I’d rather have Game 5 at home. I believe we’ll be a different team here than we showed up in Game 1 and 2.”— SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The Florida Panthers were one of the best teams in the NHL after the All-Star break, not that it counted for much at the end of the regular season.Despite winning five games over the final seven days and tying for first in the NHL with 25 victories over their final 35 games, the Panthers failed to make the playoffs for the fifth time in six years and the 15th time in 17 seasons.”It’s disappointing,” said center Vincent Trocheck, who finished the season with a team-high 31 goals. ”Everybody here had one goal, and that was to make the playoffs and then go on a push. We were really hoping we’d get a little help from some other teams and maybe get in. I think there’s a lot of teams that didn’t want to play us if we got in.”The Panthers finished with a 44-30-8 record for 96 points, matching the 2014-15 Boston Bruins for most points for a team missing the playoffs. The Panthers were 25-8-2 after the All-Star break, tying the Winnipeg Jets for most victories over the final 35 games.But Florida couldn’t overcome a slow start. The Panthers was 4-8-2 in its first 14 games and played catch-up the whole season. They held a playoff position for one day (after the games of Oct. 12) the entire season.”We’re extremely proud of this group,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. ”The effort they put forth, especially in the second half of the season … 96 points is not easy to do in this league. It’s a shame that we’re not in with that kind of a total. Maybe that’s something that’s going to even drive us harder next year.”—Some things to know about the Panthers’ disappointing 2017-18 season Kevin Hayes Jersey , and a look to `18-19:OFFSEASON PRIORITY: The Panthers don’t seem to need much after their post-All-Star break performance, particularly since every key member of the team is signed through next season or beyond. The top seven scorers, as well as goalies Roberto Luongo and James Reimer, are signed through the 2019-20 season. If anything, the Panthers could use another scorer and maybe a defenseman, but the team has a solid foundation in place.YOUTH IS SERVED: Perhaps the biggest reason for optimism for the Panthers looking ahead has to do with a core that’s been around for a few years but is still very young. The team’s top three scorers – Aleksander Barkov, Vincent Trocheck and Jonathan Huberdeau – and top-four defensemen Aaron Ekblad and Mike Matheson all are 24 or younger.HOME COOKING: The Panthers’ season-ending five-game winning streak including a sweep of a four-game homestand that featured games against two of the top four teams in the NHL, the Nashville Predators and the Boston Bruins. A 4-3 victory against the Buffalo Sabres in the home finale helped the Panthers set a franchise record with 27 home victories, breaking the mark of 26 set in 1999-2000.STILL GOING: Defenseman Keith Yandle completed a ninth consecutive season without missing a game, extending the longest active streak in the NHL to 715 consecutive games. Yandle ended the season with 56 points, one shy of the franchise record for defensemen set by Robert Svehla in 1995-96. His blueline partner Aaron Ekblad tied the franchise mark for defensemen with 16 goals, first set by Jason Garrison in 2011-12.HOW LONG CAN LUONGO GO? Goalie Roberto Luongo started three games in four nights last week as the Panthers made their final push to the playoffs, and he joined Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy as the only goalies to play 1,000 games when he defeated Boston on Thursday. But he did turn 39 on April 4 and missed 32 games this season because of injuries. The Panthers will have to decide whether they want to come back next season with Luongo and James Reimer as their goaltending duo.—
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    NASHVILLE Bobby Orr Jersey , Tenn. (AP) in the shootout to lift the Nashville Predators over the Minnesota Wild 2-1 Tuesday night to snap a three-game skid.The win clinched the Predators home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs. They also moved three points ahead of Tampa Bay in the chase for the Presidents’ Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.Roman Josi scored for Nashville, and Pekka Rinne made 22 saves.Rinne turned away Nino Niederreiter in the shootout. Zach Parise’s attempt went wide left, and Rinne stopped Mikko Koivu to clinch it.Eric Staal tied it for Minnesota with 3:15 left on his 40th goal this season.Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves as Minnesota snapped a five-game point streak. The Wild still won the season series against Nashville, 3-2.JETS 5, BRUINS 4, SOWINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) – Patrik Laine scored the deciding goal in the shootout, Brandon Tanev had his first career hat trick and Winnipeg beat Boston to cap a perfect six-game homestand.Joe Morrow had his first goal for Winnipeg since being acquired from Montreal last month, and sixth of the season. Adam Lowry had two assists.Ryan Donato, Danton Heinen, David Pastrnak and Torey Krug had goals for the Bruins, who scored three power-play goals. Krug added one assist and Brad Marchand had two.Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves to pick up his 40th win for the Jets. It was also their seventh straight victory at home.Anton Khudobin also stopped 28 shots as Boston ended a four-game road trip 2-0-2.CANUCKS 4, DUCKS 1VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – Brandon Sutter had two goals and an assist to lift Vancouver.Alex Biega got his first goal in over three years, and Sam Gagner also scored for Vancouver, which has won three of four since losing seven straight. Jacob Markstrom stopped 23 shots.Andrew Cogliano scored for the Ducks, who wrapped a four-game trip and are on a 5-1-1 stretch.The loss dropped Anaheim into a tie with the Los Angeles Kings for third in the Pacific Division http://www.officialbruinsproonline.com/authentic-adidas-brad-marchand-jersey , though the Kings have a game in hand. The teams play Friday night.BLUES 3, SHARKS 2, OTST. LOUIS (AP) – Vladimir Tarasenko scored his second goal of the game in overtime to lift St. Louis over San Jose.Tarasenko got a pass from Vladimir Sobotka and tipped in the winner at 2:33. It was Tarasenko’s 31st goal, and he has 30 or more in four consecutive seasons.St. Louis has won a season-best six straight games. San Jose had won eight straight.Oskar Sundqvist also scored for St. Louis, and Jake Allen made 22 saves.Evander Kane and Joe Pavelski scored for San Jose. Aaron Dell stopped 29 shots.DEVILS 4, HURRICANES 3NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Stefan Noesen scored on a rebound with 1:33 to play and New Jersey continued its playoff push.Kyle Palmieri had two goals and an assist and Taylor Hall had three assists for the Devils, who have won three straight and six of eight. Pavel Zacha also scored and Keith Kinkaid, who has supplanted Cory Schneider as the No. 1 goaltender, made 31 saves.New Jersey extended its lead to three points ahead of idle Florida for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference, with the Panthers having played two fewer games. Carolina is nine points back.Phil Di Giuseppe, Warren Foegele and Noah Hanifin also scored as the Hurricanes had a three-game winning streak snapped despite taking a 3-2 lead early in the third period. Scott Darling was outstanding making 41 saves, but Carolina’s slim playoff hopes faded a little more.BLUE JACKETS 7, OILERS 3EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – Thomas Vanek had three goals and an assist to lift Columbus over Edmonton.Artemi Panarin, Boone Jenner, Cam Atkinson and Markus Nutivaara also scored for the Blue Jackets Youth Brandon Carlo Jersey , who have won 11 of 12. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 22 shots.Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Drake Caggiula also scored for the Oilers, who have lost two straight. Cam Talbot stopped 13 of 18 shots before being replaced by Laurent Brossoit.Edmonton got on the board 3:37 into the first period when a mix-up behind the net between Bobrovsky and Nutivaara allowed McDavid to steal the puck and send it out front to Nugent-Hopkins for his 22nd of the season. McDavid picked up his 100th point, tying his league-leading total from last year.RED WINGS 5, PENGUINS 2DETROIT (AP) – Luke Glendening scored twice, Darren Helm matched his career high with three points and Detroit beat Pittsburgh.Helm had a goal and two assists, and Frans Nielsen and Niklas Kronwall also scored for Detroit. Jimmy Howard made 22 saves to help the Red Wings win in regulation for the first time since a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Feb. 24.Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang scored for the Penguins. Matt Murray stopped 21 shots.STARS 3, FLYERS 2, OTDALLAS (AP) – Alexander Radulov scored 40 seconds into overtime as Dallas beat Philadelphia to end an eight-game winless streak.Tyler Seguin passed from the right side across to Radulov, who beat goalie Petr Mrazek.The Stars were 0-6-2 during their longest stretch without a win since moving to Dallas in 1993. With five games left, the Stars are five points back for the final playoff berth.Philadelphia extended its points streak to six games (3-0-3) and remained two points ahead of New Jersey for the Eastern Conference’s top wild card.ISLANDERS 4, SENATORS 3OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) – Andrew Ladd scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period to lift New York over Ottawa.Anders Lee, Anthony Beauvillier and Brock Nelson also scored for the Islanders, who won for just the third time in 17 games (3-10-4). Jaroslav Halak stopped 33 shots.Matt Duchene, Erik Karlsson and Bobby Ryan scored for Ottawa, which has lost six straight for the second time this season. Mike Condon finished with 27 shots.— DETROIT (AP) — Johnny Gaudreau capped a memorable day with another splendid performance.Gaudreau had a goal and three assists Womens Charlie McAvoy Jersey , and the Calgary Flames rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night. Earlier in the day, Gaudreau was named the NHL’s second star for the month of December — and he was part of the Pacific Division All-Star roster, which was also released Wednesday.“This was obviously a pretty wild day,” Gaudreau said. “Winning was the best part, though.”Detroit led 2-0 after one period, but the Flames came back to hand the Red Wings their sixth straight loss. Sean Monahan, TJ Brodie, Elias Lindholm and Michael Frolik also scored for Calgary.Darren Helm, Jacob de la Rose and Andreas Athanasiou scored for Detroit.Gaudreau put the Flames ahead 4-3 midway through the third with a power-play goal after a slick play by Matthew Tkachuk, who stickhandled below the goal line and then slipped a pass between goalie Jimmy Howard and the side of the net. Gaudreau was in front to tap in the puck for his 22nd goal of the season.“We knew we had to be a lot better in the second and third periods, but we have the confidence to know we could do that,” said Gaudreau, who kept right on rolling after finishing with 11 goals and 15 assists in December.Frolik scored into an empty net with 17.7 seconds remaining.“I thought we got better as it went,” Flames coach Bill Peters said. “It wasn’t a Picasso, but we’ll take the two points.”The Flames have 54 points, most in the Western Conference.Helm, who missed the previous 21 games with an upper-body injury Danton Heinen Jersey Kids , marked his return with a goal in the first period. He and Athanasiou came in on a 2-on-1 break. Rather than passing, Helm dragged the puck past a sliding defenseman, switched to his backhand and beat goalie Mike Smith.The Red Wings made it 2-0 on a goalmouth scramble. Detroit’s Michael Rasmussen hacked at the puck, and it bounced off de la Rose and in.Calgary rallied in the second. Monahan made it 2-1 with his 22nd goal of the season, and Brodie tied it when his routine shot from the point bounced off Howard’s glove and in with 2:01 left in the period.“It should never go in, so it’s on me,” said Howard, who is among the Atlantic Division All-Stars.Brodie’s goal started a wild stretch in which three goals were scored in just more than a minute. Athanasiou had a step on Oliver Kylington when the Calgary defenseman hooked him. Officials awarded a penalty shot that Athanasiou converted for his 14th goal of the season.The Flames quickly tied it at 3 when Lindholm beat Howard with a wrist shot on the power play with just under a minute left in the period.“You get to points where you’re fragile. We can pretend that’s not true but that’s not what happened,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “We have control over that, have control of playing shift by shift, believing in ourselves, carrying ourselves with confidence, making the plays at the big moments instead of the other way.”Detroit’s Dylan Larkin had his 14-game point streak snapped.NOTES: The Red Wings put D Trevor Daley on injured reserve with a foot problem and recalled D Brian Lashoff from Grand Rapids of the AHL. Lashoff did not play. … Athanasiou’s goal was his 100th career point.UP NEXTFlames: At Boston on Thursday night.Red Wings: Host Nashville on Friday night.
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    ST. PAUL Chris Kunitz Jersey Womens , Minn. (AP) — Bruce Boudreau believes the typical sense of urgency to make a playoff push is hitting teams earlier than normal this season.It certainly seemed that way for the Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night. Disappointing home losses and tightening standings have a way of doing that.“The sense of urgency is there,” Boudreau said. “I’ve got to believe it’s going to be quite a race from here on in.”Zach Parise scored his team-leading 20th goal and Devan Dubnyk had 19 saves as the Wild held off the Blue Jackets 2-1.The Wild bounced back from a listless 3-0 defeat to Anaheim by sending the Blue Jackets to their second straight loss.Jordan Greenway also scored his ninth goal for Minnesota, which pulled into a tie with the Ducks for the final playoff spot in the West.“I think we were all disappointed with last game,” Dubnyk said of Thursday night’s loss, in which Minnesota allowed three first-period goals. “We have a lot of pride and our fans are great here and we don’t like giving them efforts like that. I think everybody was ready and prepared to come out and play, regardless of how the game went.”The Blue Jackets were coming off a tough loss of their own, falling 4-1 on Friday night at home to Montreal. That loss knocked them out of the top spot in the Metropolitan Division.Columbus won’t play again until January 29. While this certainly wasn’t the way they wanted to enter the All-Star break, the players said they plan to use the time away to reset.“It’s going to feel good to get a break,” Pierre-Luc Dubois said. “I didn’t think yesterday we played horribly. I think we still could have got a point — we didn’t. I think today just kind of the same thing. We did some good things, some bad things, but the break’s going to feel really good to relax a little bit.”Artemi Panarin scored Columbus’ lone goal, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots.Off to their second-best start in franchise history Womens Luke Kunin Jersey , the Blue Jackets entered the game 14-3-1 when coming off a loss this season.But they couldn’t muster much offense against a Wild team that was 1-3-0 after the loss to Anaheim, and scrapping to stay in the Western Conference playoff race.“I don’t know where the standings are going to shake out, but we’re still right there in the mix regardless of how dark it’s been at times the last little while, we’re still right there,” Parise said.Minnesota outshot Columbus 31-20, including 15-6 in the second period.“We wasted a great effort by Bob,” Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said of his goalie. “It’s mind-boggling what we do when we get near that net and how many pucks we shoot wide or over handle.”Minnesota scored first for only the 18th time in 48 games when Greenway took a pretty pass from Eric Staal at 16:07 of the first, and fired a sharp one-timer from the left circle past Bobrovsky. Eighty-nine seconds later, Parise made it 2-0 when Pontus Aberg tried to clear the puck from behind the net. His attempt appeared to hit off a defender’s skate and went right to Parise, who scored from the slot.Panarin scored on a wrister from the left circle at 3:07 of the second period. Dubnyk was screened by Nick Foligno on the shot.NOTES: : Newcomers Aberg and Victor Rask assisted on Parise’s goal, their first points with the Wild since being traded earlier in the week from Anaheim and Carolina, respectively. . Columbus had only six shots in the third period. … Parise has scored 20 goals in nine of 14 NHL seasons. . The Wild improved to 13-2-1 when leading after two. . Rask’s introduction to the home crowd was a bit anticlimactic. He served a two-minute penalty when Minnesota was whistled for too many men on the ice at 2:20 of the first period.UP NEXT:Blue Jackets: Off for the All-Star break Marcus Foligno Jersey , then hosting Buffalo on Jan. 29.Wild: At Vegas on Monday. WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The Edmonton Oilers are giving new meaning to the term “road warriors.”After opening the season in Sweden against New Jersey before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to play the Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers — not to mention finishing their pre-season with a game in Germany — the Oilers will wrap up their longest road trip in franchise history, distance-wise, with a tilt against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night. Prior to flying into town on Tuesday morning, the Oilers have flown a total of nearly 11,000 miles.Even though they defeated the Rangers 2-1 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, the Oilers have scored just five goals thus far this season and captain Connor McDavid, who has led the league in points each of the past two seasons, has figured in on all of them. Article continues below ...“We’ve only scored five goals in three games. When offence isn’t there, you need to check. I thought we did a great job finally getting a win in a tough building,” McDavid said. “It wasn’t the prettiest way to win a game but we needed to win a game.”The Jets, meanwhile http://www.minnesotawildteamshops.com/authentic-matt-dumba-jersey , are hoping to avoid their giveaway-prone performance against Carolina on Sunday night, a game that they managed to win 3-1 despite leaving backup goalie Laurent Brossoit high and dry for extended periods and being outshot 18-6 in the first period and 43-25 overall. It was Brossoit’s first win as a member of the Jets after spending parts of four seasons with the Oilers. (He won’t get the chance to start against his old mates as coach Paul Maurice has given the crease to Connor Hellebuyck.)The good news for the Jets was their No. 2 line may be starting to get on track. Center Bryan Little scored the winner with his first of the season with just a couple of minutes left on the clock on Sunday while his right winger, Patrik Laine, scored his second of the campaign on the power play to open the scoring.Jets captain Blake Wheeler said there was no panic in the Jets dressing room after the second period of the still-scoreless game.“There was no coming to Jesus speech, we didn’t need to reinvent the wheel,” he told The Winnipeg Sun. “There’s an element of patience and being positive five games into the season that you know you just stay with it and find a way to get two points. (Monday) we’ll try to get better (in practice). Hopefully, the next game will be quicker.”The Jets will have one less player in the press box after forward Marko Dano, who was acquired a couple of years ago from Chicago in exchange for captain Andrew Ladd, was picked up on waivers by Colorado on Monday morning. The first round pick in 2013 hadn’t played for the Jets this season. He scored 10 goals over parts of three seasons for the Jets.
  11. g on home ice for the St. Louis Blues spilled over into practice on Monday as defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and forward Zach Sanford got into a fight during a battle drill.The tussle took place at the end of practice. The players were separated by assistant coach Steve Ott.“Guys are frustrated and they should be Nico Hischier Jersey ,” Blues interim coach Craig Berube told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Sometimes in practice it boils over and things happen. … They do care. I know these guys care, and that’s what happens because they do care and want to be successful.”Article continues below ...Blues forward Pat Maroon looked at it as a positive.“You’ve got to enjoy it,” Maroon told the Post-Dispatch. “That’s part of hockey, right? We’re still teammates. Sometimes people get heated and frustrations build up. I love that stuff. I think it’s great. That’s me though. I don’t know if anyone else likes it.”The Blues, fresh off a 6-1 drubbing against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday, hope to take that fight into their next game as they host the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.And they could be getting back forward Jaden Schwartz for the game. Schwartz has missed the last 11 games after getting hit in the hand by a shot from teammate Vladimir Tarasenko in a Nov. 16 game at Vegas.“I’m feeling better,” Schwartz told the Post-Dispatch. “This last week, I’d say I’ve made strides. We’ll see how it feels in the morning Dan Hamhuis Jersey Womens , but I feel like I’m getting close.“We’ll see how it feels in the morning and try a couple more things out and then make a decision right after that.”The Blues also made a change in the nets, as Jordan Binnington was called up from AHL-San Antonio after the loss the Vancouver loss. Backup Chad Johnson has been put on waivers.Berube would not say whether Binnington or starter Jake Allen, who was pulled on Sunday, would start against the Panthers.The Blues have lost three of their last four games. St. Louis lost both games against Florida last season.The Panthers enter the game off a 5-4 shootout loss to the New York Rangers. They have also lost three of their last four games.Panthers left winger Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and two assists to reach 301 career points in 413 NHL games in the loss.“We got one point, but obviously we need two points,” Huberdeau told NHL.com. “I think we had nine points out of 16 at home. So we just have to take the positives of it and go on the road. Make sure we’re ready to go in St. Louis (on Tuesday).”Florida came out slow, but overcame a two-goal deficit to force overtime against the Rangers.“We had chances to win the game, but they did Youth Pavel Zacha Jersey ,” Panthers center Aleksander Barkov told NHL.com. “So we’re not happy because of that. We’re happy with how we played. … In this league, if you come out the way we did in the first period, it can cost you the whole game.” If the Philadelphia Flyers and Florida Panthers are even in points, regulation and overtime wins, and goal differential at the end of the season, they will play a one-game tiebreaker to determine who goes to the playoffs.The NHL announced the unlikely but possible tiebreaker Friday as Philadelphia had one game and Florida two remaining. For the tiebreaker to happen on Tuesday, the Flyers would need to lose their regular-season finale Saturday against the New York Rangers by exactly two goals and the Panthers would need to beat the Buffalo Sabres and the Boston Bruins in a shootout Saturday and Sunday.In that case, Philadelphia and Florida would each have 39 regulation/overtime wins and a plus-1 goal differential over the season Authentic Taylor Hall Jersey , since a shootout victory counts as a goal. The teams split their season series (which by rule eliminates the odd game between them to even out home ice) and the league does not have any further tiebreakers.Philadelphia has 96 points to Florida’s 92 and needs just a point against New York to clinch the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.This most recently happened in 2000 when the NHL announced Montreal and Buffalo would play a tiebreaking game if they finished the season tied for the final spot in the East. It did not come down to that, but it’s the precedent the league used to make this decision.The league contacted the teams and the NHL Players’ Association before announcing the plan. After a coin flip was the mechanism in 2000, a lottery machine such as the one that determines the top three draft picks would be used this time to decide which team gets home-ice advantage.Panthers general manager Dale Tallon declined comment and a Flyers spokesman said GM Ron Hextall was not speaking about the tiebreaker.Given the tightness of the standings in the East and West, it’s likely this situation spawns a longer list of tiebreakers beginning next season. Records against common opponents and within the conference could be used, as they are in the NFL.—
  12. by scoring again Saturday against the Calgary Flames. A day later Adidas Troy Brouwer Jersey , nobody on the Colorado Avalanche was looking at his latest goal when they viewed the film in practice.Instead, the Avalanche spent their final practice before a four-game road trip trying to figure out what went wrong defensively in a 3-2 overtime loss, a game where they held a two-goal lead and were outshot 31-9 after the opening period.MacKinnon and the Avalanche hope to correct some of those defensive issues Tuesday night when they face the New York Rangers in the opener of a four-game road trip.Article continues below ...MacKinnon scored his sixth goal in his fifth game 11 seconds and the Avalanche held a 2-0 lead 2:40 into the game and they did little the rest of the way and settled for a point before allowing Johnny Gaudreau to score the game-winner.“We went out and worked on D-zone coverage today and getting quick to contact and making sure we got support around the puck,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. “I thought our intensity level was really good.”The Avalanche are off to a 3-1-1 start heading into a trip that will take them through New York, New Jersey Adidas Michael Hutchinson Jersey , and Philadelphia in the next seven days.MacKinnon has six goals during his season-opening five-game goal scoring streak and it took him 19 games to score his sixth goal. He tied the franchise record set by Mats Sundin, who scored a goal in each of his first five games for the 1992-93 Quebec Nordiques.“I think what happened in the last two periods, we stopped playing offensive hockey,” Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog said. “We stopped playing aggressive hockey, which is the way we got to play.”The Rangers are off to their second straight 1-4 start after taking a 2-1 home loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.Mika Zibanejad scored the lone goal for the Rangers Adidas Mike Hoffman Jersey , who matched a season-low 24 shots on goal. The Rangers held their own against Connor McDavid’s line, but gave up the game-winner to McDavid during a power play 6:23 into the third.The Rangers fell to 1-4 after rallying late to get a 3-2 overtime win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. They allowed 43 shots, including many on odd-man rushes.New York allowed fewer odd-man rushes Saturday, but first-year coach David Quinn thought it came at the expense of aggressiveness on offense.“I thought it was better,” Quinn said. “Obviously Adidas Jonny Brodzinski Jersey , we weren’t giving up the odd-man rushes that we’ve been giving up in the first three or four games. I thought we were more responsible in that — we were smart and made good decisions in that regard — but I thought in turn, we lost a little bit of our aggressive puck pursuit in the offensive zone. I think we need to do a better job of finding that balance of being aggressive and pressuring the puck without making bad decisions.”The Rangers took three penalties in the third period and are hoping to correct that area, regardless of who is in the lineup. Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk returned from being a healthy scratch and Quinn has made other moves through the lineup so far, such as moving Pavel Buchnevich to left wing and getting rookie Brett Howden more ice time.“It’s unfortunate,” Zibanejad said. “I thought we did some good things out there. We came out really well in the first 10 minutes and kind of slowed down a little bit after that. (We were) maybe a little bit too passive. I thought we had plenty of chances to put this one away. We just have to work on that.”Semyon Varlamov is expected to start for the Avalanche. He is 3-0-1 with a 1.75 goals-against average so far and last season turned in a 37-save performance in a 4-2 win at Madison Square Garden.Henrik Lundqvist Adidas Peter Budaj Jersey , who has a 2.03 goals-against average, is expected to start for the Rangers.Last season, Colorado swept the season series for the first time since the 2010-11 season. MacKinnon had a goal and two assists in Colorado’s two wins over the Rangers. GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Nashville Predators say forward Viktor Arvidsson will miss between up to eight weeks with a broken thumb, and they’ve also placed defenseman P.K. Subban on injured reserve.The Predators announced the injury update on both Thursday after their morning skate. They wrap up a five-game road trip Thursday night against the Coyotes.Arvidsson Adidas Matt Read Jersey , who plays on Nashville’s top line, was placed on injured reserve Monday. He was hurt in his first game back, a 5-4 win in Dallas last weekend, after crashing hard into the boards in the third period. Arvidsson had just returned off injured reserve after sitting out three games with a lower-body injury.Subban left Monday night’s shootout loss in Anaheim briefly but returned. The defenseman left Tuesday night’s loss in San Jose in the first period and did not return.The Predators also activated defenseman Dan Hamhuis off injured reserve.
  13. BUFFALO http://www.bluejacketsshoponline.com/authentic-david-savard-jersey , N.Y. (AP) — the remaining three-and-a-half seasons of Patrik Berglund’s contract after the forward cleared 24-hour waivers.The Sabres waived Berglund on Wednesday after suspending him for failing to report to the team for its road game at Washington on Saturday.Berglund missed five games, including two last week when coach Phil Housley said the player was sidelined by an illness.The Sabres have declined to discuss Berglund’s status since suspending him. The player’s agent, Peter Wallen, has not responding to numerous messages.Berglund stands to lose the $9.85 million owed him over the final three years of his contract Anthony Duclair Jersey Womens , along with what’s left of the $4.7 million he’s still owed this year.The Sabres benefit by having a $3.85 million annual salary cap hit removed from their books.Buffalo acquired the 30-year-old player as part of a four-player trade that sent center Ryan O’Reilly to St. Louis in July.Berglund spent his first 10 seasons with the Blues, where he had 168 goals and 322 points in 694 games. He had had two goals and two assists in 23 games with Buffalo. Several Ottawa Senators players were caught on video mocking one of their coaches as well as their own struggles during an apparent Uber trip in October, courtesy of the Ottawa Citizen(warning: video contains NSFW language):Matt Duchene, Chris Wideman Womens Josh Anderson Jersey , Chris Tierney and Thomas Chabot were among those in the vehicle discussing the team's problems.Ottawa entered Monday with 13 points in 14 games, although the defense (31st in the NHL in goals allowed per game) and penalty kill (29th) were the biggest criticisms in the video.Much of the criticism is against assistant coach Martin Raymond, who is in charge of the penalty-killing unit. The questions about his preparation might be among the biggest concerns in the video."Do you notice that when (Raymond) runs the video, if you actually do pay attention Chris Kreider Jersey , he doesn't ever teach you anything? He just commentates what's happening," Wideman said."Here's the other thing, too. We don't change anything, ever Henrik Lundqvist Jersey Kids ," Duchene added. "So why do we even have a meeting? I haven't paid attention in three weeks."The Senators are just two years removed from reaching the Eastern Conference Final in Guy Boucher's first year as the head coach, but last year was a major disappointment as the squad finished seventh in its division.Boucher now has some serious damage control to take care of if he wants to prevent another long season.
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    in Russia Vancouver Canucks Hoodies Authentic , Ilya Kovalchuk is ready to resume his Stanley Cup chase with the Los Angeles Kings.The high-scoring forward agreed to a three-year, $18.75 million deal with the Kings on Saturday, choosing Los Angeles over several interested teams for his return to the NHL.The 35-year-old Kovalchuk scored 816 points in 816 career games for the Atlanta Thrashers and the New Jersey Devils before leaving North America in 2013 for the Kontinental Hockey League’s SKA St. Petersburg. He led the KHL in scoring last season, and he was the MVP of the Olympic tournament in Pyeongchang while propelling the ”Olympic Athletes from Russia” to a gold medal.”He gives us an added element of skill and scoring, along with a desire to win,” Kings general manager Rob Blake said.Boston and San Jose were among the suitors for Kovalchuk, but the Kings made a top-dollar offer to add him to a lineup that could use another dependable goal-scorer. Kovalchuk is likely to be particularly important on the power play for the Kings, who ranked in the middle of the NHL standings in most team scoring categories.Kovalchuk was the first Russian to be the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft when Atlanta chose him in 2001. He quickly became one of the NHL’s most consistent scorers with his wicked shot and hockey sense. He spent nearly eight years with the Thrashers and 3 seasons with the Devils Vancouver Canucks Hats Authentic , who acquired him in a trade in February 2010.Kovalchuk will forever be the top scorer in the history of the Thrashers, who moved to Winnipeg one season after trading him to New Jersey. He shared the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL’s top goal-scorer in 2004 with Rick Nash and Jarome Iginla, yet his 41 goals that season were only the fifth-best total during a career in which he posted a pair of 52-goal seasons for the Thrashers.Kovalchuk had little playoff success in his NHL career until 2012, when he reached the Stanley Cup Final with the Devils after leading the Eastern Conference playoffs in scoring. New Jersey lost the Final in six games to the Kings, with Kovalchuk scoring only one empty-net goal in the series.The Kings and Kovalchuk have had mutual interest for many years. Los Angeles pursued him in free agency in 2010 before Kovalchuk got a massive contract to stay with the Devils.Just three seasons into a 15-year, $100 million contract with New Jersey, Kovalchuk abruptly left the NHL for St. Petersburg amid complaints about North American taxes and the distance from his family. Kovalchuk and his wife have four children.He won two KHL championships with St. Petersburg, and he scored 141 points in 113 games over the past two seasons against the KHL’s lesser competition. Kovalchuk became a five-time Olympian in February Custom Vancouver Canucks Jerseys , when he scored five goals in six games for the Russians in the watered-down Pyeongchang tournament, which included no current NHL players.— NEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey Devils began last season with a blistering start out of the gate en route to their first playoff appearance since 2012.Though the sample sizes are small, the Devils are off to another good start — especially Kyle Palmieri.Palmieri and the Devils try to make it three straight wins to start the season Sunday afternoon when they host the San Jose Sharks, who are concluding a five-game road trip.Article continues below ...The Devils set the tone for their first playoff appearance since the 2012 loss in the Stanley Cup final by winning their first three games and nine of their first 11. Palmieri finished with 24 goals last season and has scored twice in each of the first two victories over Edmonton and Washington, becoming the first player in Devils history to get multi-goal games in a season’s first two contests.“You’ve always got to be confident in the way you shoot the puck,” Palmieri said. “You’ve got to be confident you can put it in the spot you want. For me, it’s fortunate they’re going in. We’ll see how long we can keep that going.”Palmieri scored the first goal of the season 58 seconds into the 5-2 victory over Edmonton in Sweden on Oct. 6 and scored in each of the first two periods in Thursday’s 6-0 win over Washington. Fifteen players have at least one point for the Devils www.officialcapitals.com , who have yet to trail.“When Kyle Palmieri plays really well, he moves his feet. He’s tenacious on the puck. He’s hard on the puck and he has a shooting mentality, a shoot-first mentality,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “That’s what he’s done. When he’s not playing his best sometimes, those elements aren’t in his game. But it’s nice to see him get off to the start he’s gotten to. He’s gotten rewarded for the type of work he’s put in.”The Devils are looking to open 3-0 for the 11th time in the New Jersey era.San Jose is hoping to conclude its trip on a good note after blowing a one-goal lead in the final 2:39 of regulation and losing 3-2 in overtime to the New York Rangers. The Sharks dropped to 2-1-1 on the trip after Erik Karlsson’s giveaway deep in their offensive zone resulted in the game-winning goal.So far, the trip has seen the Sharks get an overtime win in Los Angeles, take a 4-0 loss to the New York Islanders despite 35 shots on goal and roll to an 8-2 victory in Philadelphia on Tuesday night.Brett Burns had two assists, setting up goals from Marcus Sorensen and Joonas Donskoi. Sorensen scored San Jose’s third short-handed goal of the season while Donskoi tallied on one of the several odd-man rushes the Sharks compiled on a 43-shot night.San Jose has totaled at least 33 shots in each game and coach Peter DeBoer said he believes the goals will start flowing after a series of tough goaltending performances against the Sharks.“I thought we created a lot Washington Capitals T-Shirts Authentic ,” he said. “We’re eventually going to score. We did the other night in Philly. That dam will burst.”The Sharks will be without Joe Thornton, who is out indefinitely with knee surgery. Joe Pavelski has filled the role of top-line center with two goals, continuing his play from last season when he finished with 32 points in his final 35 games following Thornton’s ACL and MCL tears.“We’ve just got to stick some in the net,” Pavelski said. “I’m part of the blame there. I got some looks that have just got to go in.”Thornton can return from injured reserve Sunday but is likely to come back for Thursday’s home game against Buffalo.The Sharks will try to capitalize on more chances against an opponent which has allowed 40 shots total in two games and against Keith Kinkaid, who owns a .950 save percentage.Aaron Dell started the last two games and has stopped 55 of 60 shots. Martin Jones, who struggled in the preseason, has an .859 save percentage in the early going and is expected to start for San Jose.The Sharks have won the last four meetings by a combined 17-3 margin and have also won their last six trips to New Jersey.
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He doesn’t slide out of the net, he’s real controlled. A great big body that plays big.”Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and two assists, Sean Monahan added a goal and an assist, and Sam Bennett, Mark Jankowski and Matthew Tkachuk also scored.Coming off a 7-3 loss Wednesday night at Vegas with David Rittich in goal, Calgary snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 9-3-1 in its last 13 road games.”I liked our compete level tonight,” Monahan said. ”We were hungry and we weren’t happy with how we performed last night.”Stepan and Kevin Connauton scored for Arizona. Off since beating Edmonton 1-0 in a Saturday matinee at Gila River Arena Sven Baertschi Jersey , the NHL-worst Coyotes had won four straight and were 5-0-1 in their last six.”We didn’t have it tonight and it’s going to be tough to play in this league against teams battling for a playoff spot,” Stepan said. ”You got to come right in and play every single night. That’s what pros do.”Bennett and Gaudreau gave the Flames a 2-1 lead with goals 2:16 apart midway through the first period. Bennett deflected Gaudreau’s pass past goalie Antti Raanta, and Gaudreau came down the open left side and fired a wrist shot that squeezed under the goalie’s right leg pad for his 20th of the season.”Had a good start and two blown coverages,” Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said.Monahan made it 3-1 midway through the second with his team-leading 28th goal, deflecting Dougie Hamilton’s centering pass past Raanta. Jankowski scored a short-handed goal early in the third, and Tkachuk added his 24th of the season midway through the period. Connauton scored with 2:30 left.Arizona’s Zac Rinaldo hammered Matt Stajan with a shoulder check early in the first, and the Flames’ Micheal Ferland retaliated by fighting Rinaldo the next time the Arizona forward hit the ice. Stajan returned to the game for his next shift.”Our guys got physical and we scored right after that,” Gulutzan said. ”Our guys rallied around that hit.”NEW GOALIE, NEW DEALArizona signed Darcy Kuemper to a two-year contract extension, a day after acquiring the 27-year-old goalie from Los Angeles for speedy forward Tobias Rieder and goalie Scott Wedgewood. The 6-foot-5 Kuemper was 10-1-3 with a 2.10 goals-against average and three shutouts in 19 games for the Kings this season. He backed up Raanta against the Flames.NOTES: Smith missed a chance to make his first start in Arizona since an offseason trade to the Flames. Smith spent the previous six seasons with the Coyotes. In Calgary on Nov. 30, he beat Arizona 3-0. He was injured Feb. 11 in the final seconds of a victory at the New York Islanders. … Hamilton and Mark Giordano each had two assists for Calgary.UP NEXTFlames: Host Colorado on Saturday.Coyotes: Host Anaheim on Saturday night.— TORONTO (AP) — Auston Matthews had two goals and an assist in his return from a left shoulder injury that sidelined him a month and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the San Jose Sharks 5-3 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.John Tavares also scored twice, former San Jose star Patrick Marleau added a goal, Mitch Marner had three assists, and Andreas Johnsson finished with two assists to help Toronto improve to 18-8-0 and match Buffalo for the NHL lead with 36 points. Frederik Andersen made 38 saves.Tomas Hertl, Joe Pavelski and Melker Karlsson scored for San Jose Alex Tuch Jersey Kids , Logan Couture had two assists and Aaron Dell made 24 saves.Matthews sat out 14 games after taking a clean hit from Winnipeg’s Jacob Trouba on Oct. 27. The 21-year-old center had 10 goals and six assists in the first seven games of the season, but was held off the scoresheet in three consecutive outings before getting hurt.He made an almost immediate impact against San Jose, taking a pass from Marner and finding Tavares at the edge of the crease on a power play at 3:38.The 39-year-old Marleau, who played 19 seasons with the Sharks, scored against San Jose for the first time, giving him at least one goal against all 31 NHL franchises.AVALANCHE 6, PENGUINS 3DENVER (AP) — Gabe Landeskog broke a tie midway through the third period and Colorado overcame Sidney Crosby’s natural hat trick to beat Pittsburgh.Colorado won its sixth straight and is 8-0-1 in its last nine.Nathan MacKinnon had three assists and an empty-net goal with 29 seconds left, his 18th goal of the season. Samuel Girard, Erik Johnson and Colin Wilson also scored for Colorado.Crosby erased a 3-0 deficit by himself. He struck twice in the final minute of the second period. His first came off his own rebound on a breakaway with 52 seconds to go, and struck again with 10 seconds left with Colorado defenseman Patrik Nemeth off for holding. Crosby tied it at 4:43 of the second to complete his first hat trick of the season. He has 13 goals.RED WINGS 4, BLUES 3DETROIT (AP) — Tyler Bertuzzi broke a tie with 6:53 to go with his second goal of the game and Detroit held on to beat St. Louis after blowing a 3-0 lead.Bertuzzi put in a loose puck from just outside the crease for his eighth goal of the season.Thomas Vanek had a goal and an assist, Andreas Athanasiou also scored, defenseman Mike Green had two assists and Jimmy Howard made 33 saves to help Detroit snap a three-game losing streak.David Perron scored twice for St. Louis, Vladimir Tarasenko added a goal and Jake Allen stopped 27 shots. The Blues have lost five of their last six.STARS 4, FLAMES 3 http://www.goldenknightsshoponline.com/authentic-brad-hunt-jersey , OTCALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Tyler Seguin scored 24 seconds into overtime to lift Dallas past Calgary.Jamie Benn knocked the puck into the slot, where Seguin was wide open and put a shot inside the goal post on David Rittich. The goalie argued he had been interfered with by Benn, but the goal stood up after a video review.Seguin also had an assist, and Benn, Jason Spezza, and Gavin Bayreuther added goals to help Dallas snap a four-game road winless streak. Anton Khudobin made 30 saves. Garnet Hathaway, Johnny Gaudreau and Mark Giordano scored for Calgary.DUCKS 3, PANTHERS 2SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Nick Ritchie broke a tie with 1:28 left with his second goal of the game, John Gibson made 42 saves and Anaheim beat Florida.Ritchie grabbed a loose puck in front and beat goalie James Reimer to the right side.Josh Manson also scored to help the Ducks win for the fourth time in five games. Evgenii Dadonov and Aaron Ekblad scored for Florida, Jonathan Huberdeau had two assists, and Reimer made 22 saves.
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