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BOSTON (AP) — Brad Marchand had very little room and not much time.He got the right bounce.Marchand banked home a power-play goal off the far post from the bottom of the right circle 4:29 into overtime http://www.officialislanders.com/authent...zal-jersey , lifting the Boston Bruins over the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Monday night.“I heard it,” he said. “I didn’t know where it went. I heard the crowd erupt.”David Pastrnak also scored on the man advantage for Boston, which had lost two of three. Tuukka Rask made 24 saves.“I think I just wanted to be solid and feel good about the game,” said Rask, who has struggled this season. “At the end of the day, we played a pretty decent game — from my part, too.”Radek Faksa had a short-handed goal for the Stars, who are 3-1-1 on a six-game trip. Former Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin stopped 33 shots.“It was a little weird because I never ever played against the Bruins in TD Garden,” said Khudobin http://www.officialislanders.com/authent...ddy-jersey , who played for Boston in parts of the years 2012-13 and 2016-18.“It was like the first time — like a first game,” he said. “That was the experience.”The teams were tied at 1 just more than five minutes in.In overtime, the Bruins had a two-man power play after Jason Dickinson and Esa Lindell were whistled for minors 11 seconds apart.“It wasn’t our best game, but we gave our team a chance to win on the road,” Faksa said.With the World Series trophy won by the Boston Red Sox in the building before the game, “Dirty Water” was played briefly over the sound system after Marchand’s walk-off winner — a song played after victories at Fenway Park. It was his franchise-best 13th career OT goal.Earlier in OT, Patrice Bergeron hit a post with just more than two minutes to play before Rask made a glove save on Jamie Benn at the end of a 2-on-1 break on the ensuing rush.“I actually thought Bergy’s went in,” Marchand said. “I kind of stopped playing for a second.”Despite being outshot 9-8 in the second period, the Bruins hit a post http://www.floridapanthersteamshops.com/...mer-jersey , a crossbar, missed on an excellent chance on a 2-on-1 break and had a goal disallowed late in the period.Noel Acciari hit the right post with a wrister from the right circle early in the period, Torey Krug hit a crossbar midway in and Anders Bjork had a goal waved off after he collected a rebound and tucked a backhand into the net. The puck was momentarily covered by Khudobin before squirting loose, causing one of the referees to blow his whistle, halting play.Boston had another good chance early in the third when Bergeron’s wrist shot from the slot deflected off Khudobin and slid just wide of the right post.Trailing 1-0, Boston tied it when Bergeron set up Pastrnak’s one-timer from the slot 5:11 into the opening period.The Stars had jumped ahead 1-0 when Faksa flipped a shot over Rask 3:51 into the game.NOTES: The Bruins honored local military members, veterans and their families as part of Military Appreciation Night. Nine players each purchased $2,500 worth of tickets. … Red Sox owner John Henry, President Sam Kennedy and pitcher Joe Kelly were on the ice before the game when the trio brought out the World Series trophy. Kelly was part of the ceremonial puck drop. … The Bruins held Dallas to four shots on goal in the first http://www.hurricanesshoponline.com/auth...ner-jersey , tying the fewest they’ve allowed in any period this season. … Dallas D Roman Polak played his 700th NHL game.UP NEXTStars: At the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.Bruins: Host the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday in the second of a four-game homestand. WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin thought he had a chance to score every time he shot the puck and came away disappointed he finished with just one goal.Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 29th goal of the season, extended his point streak to a career-best 14 games and had the shootout winner to help the Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Saturday night. The Russian superstar and reigning playoff MVP continued one of the best runs of his career and fell two goals shy of becoming the first player in league history to record a hat trick in three consecutive games.“It would be nice to get another hatty or whatever,” Ovechkin said. “But nothing you can do about it.”Ovechkin did just about everything he could, putting eight shots on net and beating Buffalo goaltender Carter Hutton for the tying goal in the second period. He has 17 goals and six points during his point streak and has scored in six games in a row.An audible gasp came from the crowd each time Ovechkin had the puck on his stick in the offensive zone, and the goal was his 10th in the past six games. Yet Ovechkin sounded like a player who came up empty.“I have pretty good chances, but today, it was not my day,” Ovechkin said. “You can’t score every night.”Ovechkin is testing that limit. He’s six ahead of the next-closest player in the league, Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine http://www.hurricanesshoponline.com/auth...ams-jersey , and is on pace to surpass 60 goals at age 33.“Such a threat, especially when he’s confident and he’s shooting the puck where he wants,” said Brett Connolly, who scored the Capitals’ first goal. “He’s a bull out there, it seems like he keeps getting better and better every year.”With their captain leading the way, the defending Stanley Cup champions are on a five-game winning streak and have won 12 of their past 14 games.“There’s a really strong spirit in this team,” said Jakub Vrana, who also scored for Washington. “We just going to build on that, and it’s going to help us in the future.”Sabres captain Jack Eichel scored twice and 2018 first overall pick Rasmus Dahlin had a power-play goal for Buffalo Minnesota Wild Hoodies Womens , which had its two-game winning streak snapped. Hutton stopped 35 of the 38 shots he faced in regulation and overtime, including seven from Ovechkin.“He made some big saves all game,” defenseman Zach Bogosian said. “He did a real good job of keeping us in it and making some big saves at key times. That’s what both of our goalies have done all year. It’s been good to see.”Buffalo’s power play cashed in twice plus Eichel’s just after a Washington penalty expired, and its penalty kill was 4 for 4 against the Capitals’ vaunted unit. Going toe-to-toe and picking up a point against the defending champions showed the Sabres they could hang with the league’s best.“It’s a really good team over there,” Eichel said. “They put a lot on us. They’re not the Stanley Cup champs for no reason. They have a lot of really good players over there, some guys who are going to go to the Hall of Fame, and I think we did a lot of good things.”NOTES: Capitals G Pheonix Copley stopped 25 of 28 shots in regulation and overtime and two of three in the shootout. … Sabres D Nathan Beaulieu was injured on a hit by Tom Wilson in the second period and did not return. Coach Phil Housley said Beaulieu would be re-evaluated … The Sabres suspended F Patrik Berglund indefinitely for failing to report to the team. Berglund missed the past two games with what was initially called an illness. … Buffalo D Marco Scandella returned after missing eight games with an upper-body injury.UP NEXTSabres: Visit the Boston Bruins on Sunday.Capitals: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

TAMPA http://www.officialflyersproshop.com/aut...ick-jersey , Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay scored early and often in another home victory over Florida.Steven Stamkos had a goal and three assists and the Lightning reclaimed the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a 7-3 victory over the Panthers on Wednesday night.“Guys were battling all night,” Stamkos said. “That’s just what you want to see. Compete, and then when you compete the skill takes over.”Nikita Kucherov and Ryan McDonagh each had a goal and two assists. Mathieu Joseph, Yanni Gourde, Adam Erne and Dan Giradi also scored, J.T. Miller had three assists, and Louis Domingue made 40 saves.“It’s tough to lose when you score seven,” said Domingue, who was won three of four filling in for injured starter Andrei Vasilevskiy. “I just thought we played a great game from start to finish.”Vasilevskiy has a fractured left foot and will miss three to five more weeks.The Lightning are 11-1-1 at home against Florida since the start of the 2013-14 season.Panthers left wing Mike Hoffman extended his points streak to 17 games (10 goals, 20 points) with a late third-period power-play goal. He is the fifth player in NHL history to have a points streak of at least 17 games in his first season with a franchise.Troy Brouwer and Aleksander Barkov also scored for the Panthers. They are 2-3 on a six-game trip. Roberto Luongo was pulled early in the third after allowing six goals on 28 shots.“We kind of let Luon out to dry there,” Florida defenseman Aaron Ekblad said. “Ultimately they were coming in waves at us all game and we didn’t have a response.”Tampa Bay went ahead 4-1 early in the second when Gourde scored on an in-close give-and-go with Stamkos at 2:37 before Erne put home a backhander 2:08 later.Barkov made it 4-2 on the power play with 1:35 remaining in the second.Stamkos, McDonagh and Girardi had third-period goals. It was Girardi’s first goal in 23 games.“Just too many unforced errors,” Hoffman said. “You can’t be giving up that many goals if you expect to win any game.”Joseph stole the puck from Alexander Petrovic and scored on a backhander 59 seconds into the game.“We just feed off that Scott Laughton Jersey ,” Stamkos said.After Brouwer scored at 2:19 of the first, Kucherov’s power-play goal put the Lightning up 2-1 with 10:38 left in the period.Kucherov has two goals and nine points during a four-game point streak.NOTES: Panthers C Vincent Trocheck had surgery for a fractured right ankle and may play again this season. Trocheck was hurt in Monday night’s game at Ottawa. “He’s bummed out,” Florida coach Bob Boughner said. “The surgery went well. He’ll be back. It’s just a matter of when.” … Former Lightning star Martin St. Louis was honored before game following his induction last week into the Hockey Hall of Fame. “It’s the ultimate honor,” St. Louis said. “I can’t believe I’m part of that group.”UP NEXTPanthers: At Carolina on Friday night.Lightning: Host Chicago Friday night. DETROIT (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets were one of the best NHL teams in overtime last year. With a talented player like Artemi Panarin, they may be tough to beat in 3-on-3 hockey again this season.Panarin scored midway through overtime, lifting Columbus to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night in the opener for both teams.“He doesn’t seem to get tired,” said Cam Atkinson , who scored the Blue Jackets’ first goal. “He’s a game-changer.”Columbus was 9-3 in overtime last season, trailing only Pittsburgh’s rate of success. Detroit, meanwhile, was an NHL-worst 3-12 in overtime in 2017-18.Panarin broke franchise records and set career highs with 55 assists and 82 points last season, his first in Columbus after being acquired in a trade with Chicago. The Russian winger likes to stay on the ice a lot and coach John Tortorella doesn’t have a problem with it.“I’m not going to get in his way because he’s a game-breaker,” Tortorella said.Atkinson and Josh Anderson gave Columbus the lead over the first two periods. Rookie Dennis Cholowski and Tyler Bertuzzi pulled the Red Wings into a tie with goals in the second period.Joonas Korpisalo stopped 18 shots for the Blue Jackets. Detroit’s Jimmy Howard made 36 saves Womens Sean Couturier Jersey , helping the team send the game past regulation.“We got outshot by a lot and we were outplayed territorially, but Jimmy gave us a chance at two points,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “We got one of them, and he was a big part of that.”The rebuilding Red Wings honored Henrik Zetterberg, whose career is over because of a back ailment, before the game. Then, the team put five players on the ice who were playing for the first time in the NHL.Cholowski, Christoffer Ehn, Michael Rasmussen, Filip Hronek and Libor Sulak all made their debut.“With experience and games, they’re only going to get better and better,” Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader said. “With experience and work, they can really grow.”The last time an NHL team had that many rookies playing in their first game together was Detroit in 1985. It has happened just two other times in the league since the 1979 http://www.officialflyersproshop.com/aut...ere-jersey , with the Colorado Rockies and Vancouver Canucks in 1981.Columbus is coming off consecutive postseason appearances for the first time in its 17-year history.The Blue Jackets are in win-now mode , aiming to advance in the playoffs for the first time with goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and Panarin entering the last year of their contracts.Columbus controlled the play and the puck for most of the night, looking like it was on the power play during even-strength situations at times. The Red Wings were down a skater often, putting the Blue Jackets on the power play six times.“We have to stay out of the box,” Blashill said. “We didn’t establish much of a forecheck, but every time we got a little momentum, we took another penalty. “The Blue Jackets enjoyed a big shot advantage for much of the game, but Howard prevented them from converting on a lot of chances to score.“We had full control,” Atkinson said. “We had plenty of opportunities and probably could’ve scored more, but Howard is a great goalie.”UP NEXT:Columbus: Hosts Carolina on Friday with Bobrovsky getting the start in net.Detroit: At Los Angeles on Sunday.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby’s been around long enough to realize the issues currently plaguing the Pittsburgh Penguins can’t be solved in one shift Alex Burmistrov Jersey , one period or even one game.That sure didn’t stop the Pittsburgh captain from trying. Crosby scored a spectacular goal and set up two others during a 5-1 victory over Dallas on Wednesday night in his return to the lineup after missing three games with an upper-body injury.“I think our team gets a foot taller when he’s in our lineup because of the inspiration that he is for our group,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said.For a night, it looked like it.The Penguins began the day at the bottom of the Eastern Conference thanks to a 1-7-2 slide, unfamiliar territory for a team less than 18 months removed from back to back championships. The defense has been shaky at best and the goaltending not much better. Sullivan preached patience and on Tuesday stressed the team had no plans to abandon the frenetic style of play that has become its trademark during his hugely successful three-year tenure.It’s a style that hardly looks out of place when Crosby’s familiar No. 87 is on the ice.Desperately needing a spark two days removed from a nightmarish loss to Buffalo in which the Penguins gave away a three-goal lead over the final 30 minutes, Crosby provided one. He set up Jake Guentzel for a goal less than 4 minutes into the game and provided a highlight-reel marker later in the opening period when he raced down the right side, held off Dallas defenseman Esa Lindell and flicked a rebound past Anton Khudobin to give Pittsburgh a 3-0 advantage just 10:04 into the game.“I had some room to take it to the net,” Crosby said. “Sometimes they go in. Sometimes you get a save sometimes you draw a penalty. It was good to see it go in.”Evgeni Malkin, Patric Hornqvist and Tanner Pearson also scored for the Penguins. Creating offense, however, is rarely an issue for Pittsburgh. The biggest development against Dallas may have been the play in front of Casey DeSmith. Pittsburgh surrendered three shots in the first period, a season-low 19 in all and didn’t get sloppy after staking him to a massive lead. DeSmith finished with 18 saves, his shutout attempt ending 7:55 into the third period when Mattias Janmark scored.It was the lone highlight for the Stars. Khudobin, starting in place of injured Ben Bishop, stopped just 11 of 16 shots and was removed when Pearson beat him with a slap shot on a breakaway to make it 5-0. Rookie Landon Bow played well in his NHL debut, stopping all 14 shots he faced.“Pretty embarrassing tonight,” Dallas forward Jamie Benn said. “I think we let our goalie down, and we let each other down. Tough night.”It tends to happen when Crosby is at the top of his game. He slid a backhand pass across the ice to Guentzel for a one-timer that slipped between Khudobin’s pads to give the Penguins the lead 3:58 into the first period. Malkin’s wrist shot on the power play just over 2 minutes later doubled Pittsburgh’s advantage, the Russian star flexing as the red goal light came on.Crosby’s ninth of the season wrapped a frantic three-goal first-period outburst by Pittsburgh against a team that had allowed just 10 goals in the first period all season.“I don’t think I prepared our team well enough,” Dallas coach Jim Montgomery said. “We weren’t ready to dig in. We weren’t ready to win faceoffs. Ultimately that preparation falls on the head coach.”It would get no better for Dallas in the second. DeSmith denied Tyler Seguin on a breakaway and moments later Hornqvist flipped in a rebound to push it to 4-0. The sequence repeated itself when DeSmith got a pad on a shot by Janmark, leading to a breakout that ended with Pearson — acquired in a trade with Los Angeles last week — ripping a slap shot for his second goal in as many games.“It’s a heck of a shot, the goal he scores tonight,” Sullivan said. “My hope is he’s going to gain a whole lot of confidence from scoring a couple games in a row. That was our hope when we acquired him, that he could help us in that area.”NOTES: The Penguins went 1 for 3 on the power play. The Stars were 0 for 2 with the man advantage. … Dallas scratched Bishop (lower-body injury), D Julius Honka and F Gemel Smith. … Pittsburgh scratched D Chad Ruhwedel and F Daniel Sprong. … Pittsburgh is 6-0-1 against the Western Conference. …UP NEXTStars: Host Ottawa on Friday night.Penguins: Visit Boston on Friday night. CHICAGO (AP) Mashaun Alston’s office has a corkboard with pictures of some of the kids he has helped over the years. A basketball player in his uniform. A row of smiling teenagers.On one side of the room there is a framed quote that reads, ”All those who achieve great things are great dreamers.”Alston, 41, is definitely dreaming. In one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago http://www.officialcanucks.com/authentic...vat-jersey , he is dreaming of more graduations and birthday parties. Life for a group of kids on the edge.”I can be overwhelmed, but then when I go home … I never say I’m not doing this, I always reflect and say, `Wow, this kid is going through this,’ and then the next day, I’m renewed,” Alston said.Alston is a therapist in Choose to Change, a five-month program that aims to reduce youth violence through therapy and mentorship. And it very well might be gone by now if not for the effort of one unusual coalition.The Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks. The titans of Chicago sports, united with a singular purpose.—Near the end of a violent 2016 in Chicago, Roseanna Ander went to a meeting. Ander, the executive director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab, goes to a lot of meetings, but this one was different.The room included White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and his son, Michael, the president and chief operating officer of the Bulls. Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts and his sister, Laura, who also is part of the Cubs’ ownership group, were there. Same for Bears chairman George McCaskey and Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz.”It was like a very Godfather-esque moment,” Ander said with a grin.Concerned about a precipitous rise in violent crime – Chicago had 762 homicides in 2016, a 64 percent increase from 485 in the previous year – the city’s most prominent sports executives had an idea, and they were looking for help.”They decided that this was a very unprecedented challenge facing the city and they wanted to do something unprecedented,” Ander said, ”and that was really to try to see if putting their resources together that they might be able to do something more significant than they could each do independently.”It began with Jerry Reinsdorf Youth Brandon Sutter Jersey , 82, who once lived in some of the South Side neighborhoods that have been racked by violence. He took the idea of a united effort to the rest of the owners, and they quickly signed on for what became the Chicago Sports Alliance.Then came the tricky part.”It became very clear that we really didn’t understand what was behind the homicides and the violence,” Michael Reinsdorf said. ”We all had ideas and theories, but we really weren’t as educated as we should be.”We decided instead of just jumping in there and making some type of investment, let’s get smarter.”That led the group to Ander and the Crime Lab, which was created in 2008 following the shooting death of a graduate student at the University of Chicago to study crime and develop and evaluate crime-reduction programs. While the room grabbed Ander’s attention, her presentation struck a chord with the group.”It’s just tough,” Michael Reinsdorf said. ”I have kids and we teach our kids that they can dream and they can do anything they want and they have such incredible opportunities. But the kids that we’re talking about trying to help in some of these communities, their dreams are totally different than the dreams of like my children.”Their dreams are like, surviving. … Their expectations are I won’t live a long life.”—Alston had a group session in May where only one of the six young men showed. It was a nice day in Chicago and graduation festivities were in full swing.The 17-year-old who made it to the session was depressed about the death of his cousin in January. He wanted to retaliate sometimes, but he said the program was keeping him on the right track.”He says, `Yeah, but this group,’ he says, `since I’ve been coming in February is helping me think,”’ Alston said.A buoyed Alston kept going, sitting straight up in his chair in a common room down the hall from his office on the city’s South Side.”You know just with the people he knows, the family he’s involved with, it’d be easy to go and retaliate,” he continued.”I want you to think logical. If you go retaliate and you’re 17, there’s two things going to happen. You may get away with it for a little bit. But you’re going to end up dead because they’re going to retaliate, or you’re going to be in jail and you’re 17, I want you to get to my age.”—The Chicago Sports Alliance was unveiled in December. The teams announced a total of $1 million in one-time grants for Choose to Change, the Crime Lab and for training for embedded civilian analysts who work with the police department to develop strategies to reduce crime in the city’s most violent areas.While the money provided a lift, the alliance itself might have made an even bigger statement.”It’s not just the dollars, but I think it’s kind of who they are Brendan Leipsic Jersey Kids , their ability to have influence with such a huge range of the population,” Ander said. ”But I do think for me the most important thing was sending a message that this isn’t just somebody else’s problem to fix.”The funding for Choose to Change had run out by the end of 2017, so the money from the alliance kept it alive for the first part of this year. Another group of teenagers went through the program, and the Crime Lab used the funding extension to build on its data, helping bring in new investors from the public sector.The teams were also able to make a difference in another way.”The kids look up to these teams and these athletes,” Ander said, ”and it’s a huge motivation to be able to say, `Look, we’re going to be able to get you to these games,’ things that they wouldn’t normally be able to do.”Homicides and shootings dipped in Chicago in 2017 and continued to drop at the start of this year. The future of the Chicago Sports Alliance is still being determined, but the teams plan to meet again with Ander soon and Michael Reinsdorf thinks the partnership will continue.”We’re just starting out in this process and so there’s probably a lot of things that we can do going forward that can add on to what we’ve already done,” he said.—Alston stays in touch with several of the teenagers he worked with in Choose to Change.One of them sailed through the program a couple of years ago. He made it to every session and participated in the conversations, but he ”was still involved heavily on the streets,” Alston said.On the last day, Alston told him he wanted to keep working with him, and the young man responded positively. About a week later, he was shot.”I went to go visit him in the hospital,” Alston said. ”’Hey, everything you was learning in group, I mean was it like all in vain, or were you a phony? Because what I’m hearing and seeing is two different people.’ So those types of things are challenging.”The visit made an impression.”He looked at this as more being a professional thing, just me doing my job,” Alston said. ”But then when I showed up at the hospital, it gave him a different outlook of me and said well, this is personal. Absolutely.”—Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap

NEW YORK (AP) — The Nashville Predators liked the way a lot of things went in their season opener Lars Eller Jersey , especially since they came away with a win.P.K. Subban scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, and the Predators held on to beat New York 3-2 Thursday night and spoil the regular-season debut of new Rangers coach David Quinn.“I thought we played a pretty good game,” Subban said. “For our team, we’re at our best when we’re disciplined. At the end, I think we would’ve liked to shut it down a little sooner and quicker and a little easier, but we got it done.”Subban fired a one-timer from beyond the inside edge of the right circle in front of the blue line at 3:28 of the final period to put Nashville ahead.Filip Forsberg and Colton Sissons also scored and Pekka Rinne stopped 34 shots for the Predators, the reigning Presidents’ Trophy winners with 117 points last season.“Every time you start the season, you always feel butterflies and you are a little nervous before the game,” Rinne said. “It was a good game for us. I thought we created a lot, starting in the first period. … It was a good first game.”Sissons’ long empty-netter with 1:24 left pushed Nashville’s lead to 3-1, before Pavel Buchnevich pulled the Rangers back within one with 35 seconds remaining.“We did some good things,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. “There are things that we could be better at. … We were competitive and turned the puck over a little bit too much.”Jesper Fast scored and Henrik Lundqvist had 30 saves for the rebuilding Rangers.New York traded several stars at the trade deadline last winter in a youth movement and then missed the playoffs last spring for the first time in eight years. Quinn was hired from Boston University to replace the fired Alain Vigneault.“I didn’t think we really played to the level that we’re looking for,” Quinn said. “Obviously, we are up against a team that’s one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup Madison Bowey Jersey , so it was certainly a great test. I just thought we were hesitant. I didn’t think we hounded the puck like we did in the preseason.”After a scoreless first period, each team broke through in a fast-paced second in which the Rangers outshot the Predators 17-15. Both goalies made big stops to limit the other team to just one goal.Nashville took a 1-0 lead on Forsberg’s wrist shot from the right slot into the top left corner at 3:54.Fast tied it at 7:37 as he deflected Filip Chytil’s centering pass from behind the goal line on the left side.Both teams had chances in the opening period.Lundqvist denied Mattias Ekholm in close about 90 seconds in, stopped Ryan Johansen on a 2-on-1 break with 8:14 left, and then gloved Craig Smith’s hard wrist shot on a Nashville power play with 2 1/2 minutes to go.Rinne, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner as the league’s top goalie, stopped Buchnevich’s shot on a Rangers rush 6 1/2 minutes in, turned away a wraparound attempt by Zuccarello midway through the period, and then made a sprawling save on Zuccarello’s attempt in the closing seconds to keep it scoreless.NOTES: Forsberg now has three goals and nine points in nine games against the Rangers. … The Predators improved to 4-5-0 in season openers on the road. … The teams conclude the season series Dec. 29 at Nashville. … The Rangers fell to 8-5-1 in their last 14 openers. … Fast is one point away from 100 in his career. … Lundqvist became the ninth player in franchise history to appear in at least one regular season game in 14 different seasons with the Rangers, joining Rod Gilbert (18), Brian Leetch (17), Harry Howell (17), Ron Greschner (16), Jean Ratelle (16), Ott Heller (15) Nicklas Backstrom Jersey , Walt Tkaczuk (14), and Mike Richter (14).UP NEXTPredators: At the New York Islanders on Saturday night.Rangers: At Buffalo on Saturday night. DALLAS (AP) The Ottawa Senators are dealing with crisis after crisis at every level.Former captain Daniel Alfredsson called for owner Eugene Melnyk to sell the team, assistant general manager Randy Lee is suspended pending his court date on a harassment charge, and 20-goal scorer Mike Hoffman was traded amid an off-ice dispute with captain Erik Karlsson, whose own future is uncertain.Thirteen months ago, the Senators were a goal away from the Stanley Cup Final. Now they’re in turmoil.”Through adversity we find people’s true character,” general manager Pierre Dorion said Thursday. ”We find out who wants to be with you in a war in tough times. It’s great when people want to be around you when you’re a goal away from getting to the Stanley Cup Final, but we really find out about people’s true values and true character and real integrity when it’s difficult situations. All I can say is we at the Ottawa Senators, we have great people.”As if Alfredsson’s pointed criticism wasn’t enough, Lee was charged with second-degree harassment after allegedly making lewd comments and rubbing the shoulders of a 19-year-old male hotel shuttle driver at the scouting combine. Add to that, Melinda Karlsson filed an order of protection alleging harassment and cyberbullying against Hoffman’s fiancee, Monika Caryk, for posting hundreds of derogatory online messages about her and her husband.One of these crises would be enough to challenge an organization, let alone them piling up. Fans in Ottawa are unhappy with Melnyk James Neal Jersey Womens , who mused about moving the team and infamously said he’s ”not going to blow a lifetime of working hard on a hockey team.”It’s hard work now for Dorion and the front office to get things back on track. He began earlier this week by trading Hoffman to San Jose, a deal that he explained as a way to fix team chemistry and character.”Trading Mike Hoffman was something that we needed to do,” Dorion said. ”Our dressing room was broken. We have to have a dressing room that wants to win together. Key components for us moving forward are character, leadership, accountability, and we’re very happy with the return we got on Mike Hoffman.”The return of forward Mikkel Boedker and the fact that the Sharks flipped Hoffman to Florida to clear salary-cap space was almost inconsequential. The relationship between two of Ottawa’s top players seemed irreparable after Karlsson’s wife said in a sworn statement that ”Monika Caryk has uttered numerous statements wishing my unborn child dead.” The Karlssons’ first child, a son named Axel, was stillborn in March.Dorion said no players came to management last season to talk about any concerns. But something was wrong for Ottawa to go from a playoff contender that was difficult to play against to 28-43-11 and second-to-last in the NHL.”We finished in 30th place last year,” Dorion said. ”There is great room for improvement.”On the ice, Dorion hopes a full season with center Matt Duchene and an influx of talent including the player selected fourth overall Friday night will make the Senators competitive again. He refused to speak about Karlsson, the elite puck-moving defenseman who could become a free agent in the summer of 2019 and on whose shoulders the franchise’s best hopes rest.Dorion said only the Senators ”have a good game plan” and could table a contract offer to Karlsson as soon as July 1. He wouldn’t comment as to whether trading Hoffman might help the cause of re-signing Karlsson and didn’t want to commit to a rebuild or a retooling effort or label the front office’s direction.”People like to brand things,” Dorion said. ”Whatever direction we’re going, we need core players to be part of that. You can’t just put a bunch of young kids on a team. You need core players.”Lee has been a key part of the Senators’ front office for decades, but he’s not with them at the NHL draft because of his suspension ahead of a court date July 6 in Buffalo T.J. Oshie Jersey , New York. Lee pleaded not guilty to the harassment charges.”We felt we made the right decision with Randy Lee,” Dorion said. ”In 23 years with the organization there’s never been an incident recorded. It’s an on-going process. On July 6, Randy will have his due process, and from there we will re-evaluate.”On the topic of Melnyk, Commissioner Gary Bettman said at the Stanley Cup Final that the Senators were not for sale. Any complaints about ownership, from Alfredsson or the fan base, are above Dorion’s head, but he said it’s on his shoulders to help get the Senators back to the playoffs and hopes he can convince free agents of the strong belief he has in the direction they’re going.”Come to Ottawa,” Dorion said. ”We’re going to be a good team. We were really close a year ago. We had a bump in the road. We have good players. You can be part of this group that can be part of a good team and build toward a great future.”—

NEWARK Jaycob Megna Jersey Womens , N.J. (AP) — Colorado squandered a chance at victory on the start of its East Coast swing, and Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog wasn’t about to let it happen a second time.Landeskog scored three goals, the last of which put Colorado ahead with 3:22 remaining, and the Avalanche beat the previously unbeaten New Jersey Devils 5-3 on Thursday night.Landeskog completed his third career hat trick with a one-timer off a pass by Mikko Rantanen from behind the net. He also scored earlier in the third period on a deflection of a shot by Ian Cole.“We were starting a road trip and wanted to get off well,” Landeskog said of the Avalanche’s 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Rangers. “We got the point at MSG (Madison Square Garden). I said, ‘Just give me the puck and I hope I can bang it in for you.’ No, seriously, you can’t over think it too much. It’s good for our team bonding.”Landeskog has five goals in the young season.“No question, we obviously felt confident playing anyone, but this is a very tough team,” Landeskog said. “They’re a good defensive team and we scored five goals on them.”Cole praised his captain.“He’s very strong and very capable to accept contact and stay with the play,” Cole said. “You can see how well he can carry a team. They’re a very good hockey team. They’re very well coached. They play hard. They’re good defensively. You could see they were pushed hard by us and then they pushed back. Luckily, we kept coming back. We were able to stick to our game plan and get the win. It’s a great sign for us. This was as complete as we’ve been this season.”Mikko Rantanen had an empty net goal with 12.1 seconds left and added three assists, giving him 11 for the season, good for the lead in the NHL.“When Mikko’s skating that well, he’s a lot to handle Ryan Dzingel Jersey ,” Colorado head coach Jared Bednar said. “He was holding guys off. He’ll eventually find you open. He made some nice plays and that’s what he can do.”Philipp Grubauer stopped 27 shots for his first win of the season, including a glove save on Kyle Palmieri with just 44 seconds left to preserve the win.“I think the guys made it easy for me,” Grubauer said. “I felt good about getting the start. It’s always different when you step out onto the ice. They really didn’t have too many chances or odd man rushes on me. Everything was pretty much in front of me.”Bednar was impressed with his goalie’s performance.“He made some really big saves when we needed them,” Bednar said. “He hadn’t been on the ice in a while, but he was sharp.”Keith Kinkaid made 30 saves in net for the Devils.The Devils got on the board first in the first period, when Nico Hischier scored his first goal of the season with 2:18 remaining in the period. While on the power play, Hischier received a great pass from Travis Zajac and fired a wrist shot past Grubauer for a 1-0 lead.The Avalanche scored twice to start the second period.The first goal, scored by Sven Andrighetto, came just two minutes into the second. It appeared that Devils goalie Kinkaid made a spectacular glove save, but after league replay review, it was determined that Kinkaid’s glove was over the goal line, so Andrighetto, playing in his first game of the season, tied the game at 1-1.The Avalanche then took a 2-1 lead when Landeskog made a brilliant burst of speed past the Devils’ defense and lifted a wrist shot past Kinkaid.The Devils then tied the game at 2-2 on Taylor Hall’s first goal of the season. On a delayed penalty, Hall took a fine pass from Andy Greene and fired a shot past Grubauer. Hischier got the second assist on the goal.The Devils took a 3-2 lead when Brian Boyle was credited with his second goal of the season, when Palmieri’s shot went off Boyle’s leg with 13:38 left.Less than two minutes left Womens Tom Pyatt Jersey , when Landeskog scored his second goal of the game off a deflection of a Cole shot with 11:52 remaining.“They had a game plan and went out and executed it,” said Palmieri, who saw his goals streak snap at four games. “We weren’t ready to push it back.”“We weren’t clean enough in our plays tonight,” said Devils captain Andy Greene. “We don’t give up or quit. We didn’t back down.”NOTES: Avalanche goalie Grubauer made only his second appearance of the young season. . Andrighetto was not expected to play and was on the injured reserve list to start the season, but was activated in time for Thursday’s game. . The game ended a five-game home streak to start the season for New Jersey, although the first game was technically played in Bern, Switzerland. . G Cory Schneider is still rehabbing after hip surgery, but has begun skating with the team. His return date is not known. . Kinkaid had a scoreless streak of 105 minutes snapped by Andrighetto’s goal. . Devils C Travis Zajac suffered a left leg injury and was helped off the ice in the second period and did not return. Devils coach John Hynes did not comment after the game about Zajac’s injury.UP NEXTColorado: At Carolina on Saturday afternoon.New Jersey: At Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon. The ink was barely dry on his contract when Ryan Donato played his first professional game.Three days after his junior season at Harvard ended, Donato joined the Boston Bruins‘ lineup in the middle of a playoff chase in a top-six role with a spot on the power play.No pressure, kid.”I definitely had to learn quickly,” Donato said. ”Every game is important, so it had to click right away. I really didn’t have a choice.”Such is the task for Donato and a handful of other young prospects joining contenders in the eleventh hour of the NHL season. It has become common for teams with no postseason hopes to sign players out of school and play them late in the regular season like Vancouver did with Brock Boeser and Arizona with Clayton Keller a year ago.This season, some top teams are taking the chance, too.Just as the Bruins added Donato, Minnesota signed Jordan Greenway after his season at Boston University, Anaheim signed Troy Terry after the University of Denver was out of the NCAA Tournament and Nashville brought over Eeli Tolvanen from Europe after a full year in the Kontinental Hockey League – young talent added for the playoffs without the teams giving up anything http://www.senatorsshoponline.com/authen...ith-jersey , though coaches must now integrate a new player late in the season.”It’s tough if the kids aren’t good,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. ”With our team right now in the midst of this race, every little defensive situation has got to be done right.”Every shift is magnified this time of year, adding to the burden of trying to learn a team’s system. Donato, Greenway and Terry went right from college to the NHL, and Tolvanen had to adjust on the fly from the wider, European ice as Nashville tries to shore up home ice throughout the playoffs.”It’s kind of tough to come in the middle of the season and just jump in and you don’t know all the guys,” Tolvanen said. ”You have to do it at some point, so I think it’s a pretty good spot that I came a couple games before the playoffs.”Tolvanen benefited from two rounds of KHL playoffs with Jokerit and carried that intensity across the pond, while Terry and Greenway got a taste of playoff action in the NCAA Tournament. Donato’s season playing for his dad and former NHL forward Ted ended, and he suddenly had to ramp things up to carry a big load for Boston amid injuries to Rick Nash and others.Donato knew he couldn’t take a shift or a game off and has stepped up with seven points in his first nine games. Coach Bruce Cassidy wasn’t worried about getting the soon-to-be 22-year-old up to speed as much as seeing if Donato could handle the size, speed and pace of the NHL.”Most of these kids that come in are offensive-minded guys, so are they going to be able to make their plays and handle a man’s game?” Cassidy said. ”And he’s shown he’s able to do that.”Donato certainly had a body of work coming in, including leading the United States and tying for the tournament lead with five goals at the Olympics without NHL players. The other three young, late-season additions – all of whom also stood out at the Olympics – are being eased in.”We didn’t really do anything at the trade deadline because we knew that we were going to get Jordan Greenway,” Boudreau said. ”He’s gone through the Olympics and the world juniors all in the last year Max Jones Jersey Womens , so he knows what a little bit of pressure is all about. Playing at BU, he’s always (on) one of the better teams playing in important games. We pretty well thought he could handle all this.”Nashville is betting Tolvanen can handle it, too. The impressive Finnish winger set a KHL record with 36 points as an 18-year-old and looked increasingly more comfortable in his first three games for the Predators, who have their sights set on a return trip to the Stanley Cup Final.”It’s important for him to see ice time before the playoffs,” coach Peter Laviolette said. ”The playoffs are a long haul. I think we learned that last year that you need a lot of people and a lot of parts and it’s important to get him involved in the game, with the team, in the systems.”Predators general manager David Poile recalled making one trade too many at a previous deadline and messing with his team’s chemistry.”You have to be careful on both sides because you don’t want to put a young player in a position to fail,” Poile said. ”You want to put him in a position to succeed. You also are very respectful of the players that have been with you all season long. It’s also OK to have depth but you don’t want to move everybody’s cheese too much.”In Boston, it helps that Donato is filling a spot vacated by injuries and showing immediately he belongs. In Nashville, Tolvanen’s reputation preceded him for anyone who saw what he did as one of the leading scorers at the Olympics.”It’s a special situation when somebody comes in this late and joins the team and under different circumstances, but it’s been great,” starting goaltender and fellow Finn Pekka Rinne said. ”Certainly it adds a new, special element to our team. I think it’s going to be beneficial down the road.”—
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jonathan Toews scored his third goal of the game 2:20 into overtime and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 5-4 on Saturday night.Toews tied it at 4 at 6:59 of the third period when he corralled the rebound of Alex DeBrincat’s slap shot and pushed it past goalie Jake Allen. Toews scored the winner on a breakaway to give the Blackhawks their second consecutive overtime victory.Chris Butler put the Blues ahead 4-3 in the third just 22 seconds after Vladimir Tarasenko’s second goal. The goal was Butler’s first in the NHL since March 7 www.officialredwings.com , 2015, at Toronto.Cam Ward stopped 26 shots to improve to 2-0. Allen made 25 saves.Tarasenko’s second goal initially was not called a goal on the ice, but off-ice officials signaled to the referees to stop play for a video review 27 seconds after the puck entered the net.Marcus Kruger and Patrick Kane also scored for Chicago.Colton Parayko added a goal for the Blues, and Ryan O’Reilly had three assists.CANADIENS 5, PENGUINS 1PITTSBURGH (AP) — Paul Byron had two goals and added an assist in Montreal’s victory over Pittsburgh.Byron had his first multi-goal game since scoring a hat trick last December against Detroit.Brendan Gallagher, Joel Armia and Charles Hudon also scored to help the Canadiens snap a five-game losing streak against Pittsburgh. It was Montreal’s first win against Pittsburgh since Oct. 18, 2016.Carey Price made 21 saves for his first win against Pittsburgh since Oct. 13, 2015.Riley Sheahan scored for Pittsburgh. Kris Letang, a Montreal native, had an assist and passed Hall of Famer Paul Coffey for most points in team history by a defenseman with 441.LIGHTNING 2, PANTHERS 1, SOTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — J.T Miller and Nikita Kucherov scored in the shootout and Tampa Bay beat Florida in the regular-season opener for both teams.Florida goalie Roberto Luongo departed midway through the second period with a lower-body injury after teammate Frank Vatrano landed on his extended right leg during a scramble in front of the goal. The 39-year-old Luongo stopped all 13 shots he faced in just over 32 minutes.Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 42 saves in regulation. He made one save in the shootout and had another shot hit the post.The Lightning got a third-period Detroit Red Wings T-Shirts Authentic , short-handed goal from Anthony Cirelli. Jacob MacDonald scored for the Panthers.GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2, WILD 1, SOST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Erik Haula scored in the shootout and Vegas beat Minnesota.Max Pacioretty scored his first goal for Vegas, tying it with 1:31 left in regulation. Marc Andre-Fleury made 29 saves for the Golden Knights.Matt Dumba scored for Minnesota, which was the only team in the Western Conference to sweep Vegas last season. Devan Dubnyk stopped 41 shots.STARS 5, JETS 1DALLAS (AP) — Jamie Benn had two power-play goals, Tyler Seguin scored another and had a goal at even strength in Dallas’ victory over Winnipeg.Ben Bishop made 32 saves, allowing only Kyle Connor’s goal.Dallas dominated the first period with a 16-9 advantage in shots and two goals less than three minutes apart by Alexander Radulov and Seguin, the latter on the power play. Benn scored power-play goals in the second and third periods, and Seguin scored in the third. The Stars‘ top line accounted for all five goals and five assists. Seguin and Radulov each had two assists.PREDATORS 4, ISLANDERS 3NEW YORK (AP) — Viktor Arvidsson scored twice and Nashville spoiled New York’s home opener.Mattias Ekholm and Craig Smith also scored for Nashville, and P.K. Subban had two assists. Juuse Saros Detroit Red Wings Hoodies Authentic , starting in place of reigning Vezina Trophy winner Pekka Rinne, finished with 26 saves to help the Predators win their second straight to start the season.Mathew Barzal had a goal and an assisst, and Valtteri Filppula and Anders Lee also scored for the Islanders. They were trying to get new coach Barry Trotz a win in his home debut.SABRES 3, RANGERS 1BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Conor Sheary scored two goals, Carter Hutton made 43 saves and Buffalo beat New York for its first victory of the season.Captain Jack Eichel added an empty-net goal in the final seconds. After being booed by their home fans in a shutout loss to Boston on Thursday night in the opener, the Sabres snapped a six-game losing streak at KeyBank Center dating to last season.Brett Howden scored for New York.DUCKS 1, COYOTES 0GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — John Gibson stopped 41 shots, rookie Max Comtois scored for the second straight game to open his NHL career and Anaheim beat Arizona.The Ducks and Coyotes played a tight game until Comtois scored in the closing seconds of the second period. He had a goal 49 seconds into Anaheim’s season-opening win over San Jose.Anaheim had a penalty with 2:01 left in regulation and another with a minute left. Arizona pulled goalie Antti Raanta with about 30 seconds left to create a 6-on-3, but Gibson didn’t let anything through for his 17th career shutout. Arizona was shut out in consecutive games to open a season for the first time in 39 years as a franchise after opening with a 3-0 loss to Dallas.DEVILS 5, OILERS 2GOTHENBURG, Sweden (AP) — Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac scored two goals each to lead New Jersey pasr Edmonton in the season-opener for both teams.Stefan Noesen also scored Detroit Red Wings Hats Authentic , Miles Wood had two assists,and Keith Kinkaid made 17 saves.Milan Lucic and Leon Draisaitl scored for Edmonton.SENATORS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 3TORONTO (AP) — Thomas Chabot had two goals and an assist, and Craig Anderson made 34 saves in Ottawa’s victory over Toronto.Dylan DeMelo and Chris Tierney, who were among the players acquired from the San Jose Sharks in a trade for Erik Karlsson, also scored for Ottawa. Mark Stone added an empty-net goal.Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews and Morgan Rielly each had a goal and an assist for Toronto.AVALANCHE 5, FLYERS 2DENVER (AP) — Colin Wilson scored two goals, Semyon Varlamov had 35 saves and Colorado beat Philadelphia.Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist, and Gabriel Landeskog and J.T. Compher also scored. Sean Couturier and Mikhail Vorobyov scored for the Flyers.FLAMES 7, CANUCKS 4CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Elias Lindholm scored his first two goals with Calgary and the Flames scored four unanswered goals in the third period for the win.The Swede, acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes in a trade at the June draft Custom Detroit Red Wings Jerseys , scored a power-play goal that was the eventual game-winner at 14:28 of the third period.Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and two assists, joining Lindholm, who added an assist, in a three-point game.Flames captain Mark Giordano and Sean Monahan also scored for Calgary, with Austin Czarnik and Michael Frolik adding empty-net goals. Matthew Tkachuk had four assists.Flames starter Mike Smith made 16 saves for the win, while Jakob Markstrom had 30 saves in the loss.Elias Pettersson scored two goals and assisted on another for the Canucks. OTTAWA — Two teams coming off impressive wins will be looking to start the week off on the right note when the Dallas Stars visit the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Monday.The Senators (2-2-1) jumped into an early three-goal lead then cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday afternoon. It was a solid bounce back from a mistake-filled three-goal loss to the Philadelphia Flyers which didn’t rattle a young group that — while expected to spend the season dwelling near the conference and division cellars — has adopted a tight, family-like bond.“I think we’ve made a conscientious effort that we’re going to have each other’s backs,” said defenseman Chris Wideman, who scored two goals against the Kings in 8:05 of ice time. “Win, lose or draw, were going to work as hard as we possibly can, and give an honest effort. There’s a lot of enjoyment in that.”Article continues below ...Nine of the players on the Senators roster Saturday weren’t with the team for Game 82 last season. Coach Guy Boucher says the new group is “gelling fast” both on and off the ice.“The young guys have been developing, not just because they’re being coached or just getting experience on ice.” Boucher told reporters after Sunday’s brief practice. “A big part is because they’re well surrounded every moment of the day. Even the guys who don’t have anybody in particular are getting help here every day www.officialoilers.com , making sure everybody is incorporated as fast they can and feeling good about being here and feeling part of it.“It’s not just at the rink. The other day we had the Justin Timberlake concert and I think every single player was here. They don’t want to leave anybody out and thats a great thing.?While the Senators built a 3-0 lead on Saturday, the Stars (3-1-0) recovered from one bad game for a 5-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Dallas scored four goals during a 6:32 span of a second period in which it outshot the Anaheim Ducks by a 30-4 count.Of that middle 20-minute segment, Stars goalie Anton Khudobin said, per NHL.com: “If I could have a pillow I would probably fall asleep.”The explosive potential of the Stars is going to be something opponents will have to do their best to guard against all season.“We do have that ability, we proved it already,” Khudobin said. “I think we just need to play like this all 60 minutes. That would be better.”The Stars are determined to qualify for the post-season tournament after falling short the last two seasons. Building on a fast start would help.“You can’t make the playoffs the first 20 games, but you certainly can make it really difficult in the NHL if you don’t keep pace,” Dallas defenseman Connor Carrick, who has a goal and three assists in the first four games, told NHL.com. “We want to establish ourselves with some of the marquee teams in the league, and it’s going to take more than a four-game effort. But if you’re taking four game chunks and go three and one, you look pretty good after 82.”

RALEIGH Womens Samuel Girard Jersey , N.C. (AP) With just over a month left in the regular season, the Carolina Hurricanes are forcing their way back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture.Teuvo Teravainen and Justin Williams scored in the third period and the Hurricanes overcame yet another goal by New Jersey’s Taylor Hall to beat the Devils 3-1 on Friday night.Teravainen’s redirection at 9:37 of the third period made it 2-1, and Williams added an empty-net goal with 21 seconds remaining. Derek Ryan also scored and Cam Ward stopped 25 shots to help Carolina to its second straight win since dropping six straight.The Hurricanes temporarily pulled into a tie with Columbus for the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot. The Blue Jackets were set to play Anaheim later Friday.”It’s crunch time, obviously,” said Ward, one of only two Carolina players who were on the team when it last made the playoffs in 2009. ”We have 17 games left now and, I mean, we’re in this together. We’re gonna fight and want to compete. Obviously we’ve got to go on a run here to get ourselves in the wild card.”Hall’s second-period goal extended his point streak to 24 games. He has scored in six of his last seven games, and 17 of his 29 goals have come since Jan. 1.Keith Kinkaid made 27 saves for the Devils, who dropped both games of a back-to-back road set.”We need a lot more guys going (other than Hall),” New Jersey coach John Hynes said. ”We don’t have enough guys playing as hard enough and committed enough, as detailed enough Semyon Varlamov Jersey , for us to have success, and we got what we deserved.”After a slow, sloppy first period, the Hurricanes struck 8:10 into the second. Ryan was the beneficiary of some help from the Devils defense when his backhanded pass through the crease hit defenseman Damon Severson’s skate and redirected in.Hall evened the score with 32 seconds left in the period, redirecting Sami Vatanen’s wrist shot through his legs and just inside the near post.The Hurricanes pulled ahead for good with a nifty deflection in the third. Brett Pesce fired a slap shot from the right point that was off-target, but Teravainen, who had settled off the side of the crease, had the puck bank off his leg and past Kinkaid.”I was just trying to be around the net and Pesce shot it and it goes off my leg,” Teravainen said. ”It’s pretty good. It doesn’t hurt your ankle when it goes in.”Ward stopped the Devils’ final 12 shots, and Williams sealed it with a backhander from center ice into the empty net.”Tonight I thought our execution was really good,” Ward said. ”We stuck with it, we’re playing with some swag Sergei Boikov Jersey , some confidence, and that’s good to see.”NOTES: Hall’s goal was his 70th point of the season, becoming the first Devils player to reach the 70-point mark since Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias in 2011-12. … The Devils had won five of their previous six against the Hurricanes dating to November 2016. … Hurricanes F Victor Rask had an assist on Ryan’s goal to give him three assists in his last four games. … Hurricanes F Joakim Nordstrom missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury. He is day-to-day.UP NEXTDevils: Host Vegas on Sunday.Hurricanes: Host Winnipeg on Sunday.— BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) James van Riemsdyk thought about the possibility of back-to-back hat tricks. Then again, five goals over two nights and a career milestone will do just fine.Van Riemsdyk had two goals and an assist to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. It came after a three-goal performance one night earlier in a 6-5 shootout win over the Dallas Stars.”Our line has been playing good for a while now, maybe not getting just rewarded with some of the bounces as we would’ve liked,” van Riemsdyk said. ”So it’s nice to see our line get some bounces in the sense of being able to capitalize on some chances.”Connor Carrick, Tyler Bozak and Patrick Marleau also scored for the Maple Leafs, and Curtis McElhinney stopped 38 shots.With the win, the Maple Leafs picked up their third consecutive win following a four-game losing streak.”I thought we played a pretty solid game for a back-to-back situation,” McElhinney said. ”It was a big win for us.”Van Riemsdyk set the tone early by picking up Toronto’s first two goals and hitting a career-best in the process. He opened the scoring from a bad angle 3:39 into the game as he spun at the end line and flung the puck between Lehner’s legs, which deflected off the goalie’s pad into the net.Van Riemsdyk then set a new single-season career-high for goals three minutes later with his 31st. Left all alone in the Sabres’ end Youth Jake McCabe Jersey , he took his time before firing a wrist shot high to the glove side.”He’s obviously been real hot here since the trade deadline,” Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. ”I don’t know if it’s you get to concentrate on hockey and not think about the other things but he’s been good for us. He’s obviously got real good hands around the net and an important player for us.”Sam Reinhart and Jason Pominville scored for Buffalo, and Robin Lehner finished with 33 saves. The Sabres were unable to repeat their surprising performance against the Maple Leafs from March 5, when the struggling Sabres picked up an upset 5-3 victory.”We just can’t allow ourselves to get behind like that early in the game,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said. ”It was a tale of two games. Last game we play them here, same thing happened, we got that two-goal lead. It was just a reversal tonight.”Carrick made it 3-1 6:22 into the second period on a long shot through traffic from the point.Bozak made it 4-1 with 5:50 remaining in the second on a terrific pass by van Riemsdyk, who spotted him all alone on the opposite side of the crease.Reinhart got the Sabres on the board with a power-play goal with 5:31 remaining in the first. Reinhart has four goals in his past six games and 26 points in his last 26 games.Buffalo cut Toronto’s lead to 4-2 with its second power-play goal of the game just before the end of the second. Pominville redirected Rasmus Ristolainen’s shot from the point with 58.5 seconds left in the period.Marleau added an empty-netter with 43.6 seconds remaining.Toronto forward Leo Komarov was injured midway through the second period after a collision with teammate William Nylander and did not return. Babcock said after the game that Komarov should be fine and may not miss any time.NOTES: The upper-body injury to Maple Leafs starting goalie Frederik Andersen is not considered serious, Toronto coach Mike Babcock said before the game. Andersen left Toronto’s 6-5 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night midway through the second period. Toronto recalled Garret Sparks to serve as its backup against Buffalo. … RW Kyle Okposo was scratched for Buffalo as he recovers from a concussion. … Sabres C Jack Eichel skated Thursday morning and is getting closer to returning from an ankle injury. Eichel could return on Saturday against Chicago.UP NEXTMaple Leafs: Host Montreal on Saturday night.Sabres: Host Chicago on Saturday.—

TORONTO — The Detroit Red Wings will return to the Scotiabank Arena Sunday night Jonathan Huberdeau Jersey , slightly more than two weeks after defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 there in overtime.The Maple Leafs scored three third-period goals to tie that game, Dec. 6., but the Red Wings came away with the two points on Dylan Larkin’s overtime goal.The Red Wings (15-17-5) have had little success since, going 2-5-1 including a 2-1 loss Saturday afternoon to the Florida Panthers at Little Caesars Arena.Article continues below ...The Maple Leafs (24-10-2) have gone 4-2-1 since that game, including a 5-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night with Mitch Marner scoring two goals and adding an assist.The game Sunday will be the third meeting this season between the teams. Toronto won 5-3 in Detroit Oct. 11.After winning against the Hurricanes at Carolina Thursday night, the Red Wings fell behind the Panthers early Saturday, and never really recovered. They were 0-for-4 on the power play, with two of the opportunities coming in the third period.“Another frustrating loss,” said Red Wings left winger Thomas Vanek, who scored his fifth of the season. “We need to score, I need to score more. It’s no secret about that. Sometimes it takes a little while for us to get going, and once we get going, we get those chances, but it takes 10 or 12 scoring chances to get something. We get two power plays in the third and got some good looks, but good looks aren’t good enough when you’re losing games.”“We had enough opportunities in the game http://www.floridapanthersteamshops.com/...dle-jersey , we have to score,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “The power play, overall in the game, three of the four, were good. The third one was no good, the first of the third period. That was no good at all. But three of them were good, we had good looks and chances, but we didn’t score.”The Red Wings, already depleted by injuries, had more bad news before the game. Center Andreas Athanasiou (upper body), who was hurt in the victory over the Hurricanes at Carolina on Thursday was not able to play against Florida and is not expected to be ready to play Sunday.The Maple Leafs who were without left winger Zach Hyman, who has a sprained ankle, lost left winger Tyler Ennis during the game Saturday with a broken ankle.“So, he’s out for a while,” Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. “We’ll figure out what we’re doing tonight. We’ve only got 11 forwards Womens Authentic Nick Bjugstad Jersey , so we’ll have to do something here.”Ennis had seven goals and four assists in 33 games.“He was coming on, right?” Babcock said. “His year didn’t go as good as he wanted last year, and he was starting to come so it’s unfortunate. As you guys know it’s all part of hockey. You’ve got to have a lot of depth to have success.”Marner has 12 goals and 38 assists this season with six of his goals coming in the past four games.“I think I’m just thinking more of shooting,” Marner said. “Getting to the net more and, when you get around that net, I think chances come more often so that’s just something I’ve been trying to focus on recently. I think also Hyman, John Tavares and now (Andreas Johnsson), all three of those guys can move the puck very well. For me, it’s just getting to the front of the net and try and bang in those second opportunities.” “Every night he’s one of our best players, if not the best player,” Babcock said. “He works really hard, he’s really good defensively, he does it right. In the end, if you do it right, you get rewarded. He’s getting rewarded.” PITTSBURGH (AP) — The arrival of 19-year-old Elias Pettersson has provided Vancouver with a much needed jolt. Yet the Canucks believe they’re far more than their fresh-faced rookie.Going toe-to-toe with Pittsburgh near the end of a draining road trip offered proof they might be right.Brock Boeser fired a wrist shot by Casey DeSmith’s stick and into the net 34 seconds into overtime to lift Vancouver to a 3-2 victory over the Penguins on Tuesday night.Pettersson sat out with a concussion after taking a hit in Florida on Saturday night. The Canucks won their third consecutive game anyway Roberto Luongo Jersey , riding a defense that kept the Penguins and star Sidney Crosby in check.“It’s obviously tough when you go on the road, especially early in the year,” Boeser said. “To get the points that we have, it’s nice.”The Penguins tied it late in regulation when Carl Hagelin took a perfect pass from Phil Kessel and slipped it past Anders Nilsson with 3:14 to go. Vancouver, however, responded in the extra period.Boeser took the puck and drifted through center ice as the Canucks worked through a line change behind him. Rather than drop it off to a teammate, he let one go just inside the right circle for his second goal of the season.“I made a good read on the shot,” DeSmith said. “It just found a hole under my arm. Obviously one I want to have back. The guys played great tonight and they deserved better than that.”Ben Hutton and Brandon Sutter also scored for the Canucks. Nilsson finished with 26 saves for Vancouver, which played its fifth straight game on the road.“We had a real good team effort tonight,” Vancouver coach Travis Green said. “What a road game that was against a hockey team that’s obviously pretty deep. We’re learning how to win some hockey games and how we have to play to be successful.”Hagelin’s goal was his first of the season for Pittsburgh. Jake Guentzel continued his torrid start by picking up his fourth.DeSmith finished with 23 saves while making his third straight start in place of Matt Murray. Murray, Pittsburgh’s top goaltender, sustained a concussion last week and though he has been cleared to return spent a second consecutive game as DeSmith’s backup.“It was a tough game for a goalie,” Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said. “When you don’t score a lot of goals there’s not a lot of margin for error.”Guentzel scored on Pittsburgh’s first shot, taking the puck away from Vancouver’s Tim Schaller and starting a two-on-one with Sidney Crosby the other way. Rather than pass it to his teammate, Guentzel instead fired a wrister from the right circle that found its way between Nilsson’s right arm and his body to give the Penguins the lead 6:34 into the game.Hutton responded just over two minutes later http://www.floridapanthersteamshops.com/...eck-jersey , taking advantage of a scramble in front of the Pittsburgh net to swoop in from the blue line and fire a shot by the sprawled DeSmith to pick up his first goal since March 16, 2017.Sutter, who played for the Penguins from 2013-15 before signing with the Canucks, pushed Vancouver ahead with just 1:04 left in the first period, though Schaller did most of the hard work. Schaller worked behind the Pittsburgh net and then slipped the puck across the goal mouth. Sutter pounced and fired from a sharp angle just above the goal line.The goal appeared like it would be enough until late. Nilsson tamped down what little pressure the Penguins produced. It took an exquisite play from Kessel for Pittsburgh to draw even. Kessel, one of the best snipers in the NHL, raced down the right side but instead of shooting the puck instead opted to slip it across the ice to Hagelin, who redirected it into the net to help the Penguins salvage a point.“I think for the most part I think as far as scoring chances go we’ve had enough to win games,” said Crosby, who is still searching for his first goal of the season. “Tonight is another example. We generated good ones. You’re going to play games that are tight and you’ve got to take advantage of the ones you get.”NOTES: The Canucks did not go on the power play. The Penguins were 0 for 1 with the man advantage. … Vancouver has won its last three meetings with Pittsburgh. … The rematch is next week in Vancouver.UP NEXTCanucks: Finish up their massive six-game road swing on Thursday in Winnipeg.Penguins: Begin a four-game road trip on Thursday in Toronto.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Calgary Flames have had trouble winning in New York in recent seasons. Opportunistic scoring and stellar goaltending changed that on this trip.Johnny Gaudreau and Garnet Hathaway each scored twice and backup goalie David Rittich made 44 saves as the Flames snapped a six-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden with a 4-1 victory over the Rangers on Sunday night.“I felt great and I want to say thank you to my defense Adidas Tim Schaller Jersey ,” said Rittich, who won for the second time this season as the Flames improved to 5-3-0 and scored three or more goals for the seventh straight game. “We know we had to be better in the third period and we got the two points.”Mika Zibanejad scored for the Rangers, the last-place team in the Metropolitan Division at 2-5-1.Gaudreau opened the scoring at the 17-minute mark of the first period, backhanding the puck past Henrik Lundqvist. Sean Monahan picked up the assist.Hathaway made it 2-0 at 12:21 of the second with his first goal this season. Gaudreau scored again at 14:55, extending the lead to 3-0 with his fifth of the season. Flames captain Mark Giordano assisted on the score, which was Gaudreau’s 300th career point.“It’s a cool accomplishment,” the 25-year-old Gaudreau said of the milestone. “Obviously, it makes it better with the team winning when you get an accomplishment like that, as well.”The Rangers were coming off an overtime loss at Washington on Wednesday after winning in a shootout over Colorado the previous night. The Rangers have had trouble scoring goals under new coach David Quinn.New York has yet to win in regulation. The Rangers have just 19 goals in their first eight games, including one shootout win and one in overtime.“We have to find ways to score goals.” Quinn said. “We’ve got to be more tenacious with our shooting mentality. It’s frustrating.”Rittich, an undrafted 26-year-old goaltender from the Czech Republic, made 12 saves in the first period, 13 in the second and 19 in the third.“We played better as the game went along and Ritter was great,” Hathaway said. “To have a player like that is a big part of this team.”Rittich’s lone blemish was Zibanejad’s power-play goal at 6:41 of the third. Zibanejad’s third goal this season was assisted by Neal Pionk and Mats Zuccarello.The Rangers had an excellent chance to narrow the deficit just over a minute later, but Rittich made successive saves on Jesper Fast and Zibanejad. Rittich denied Filip Chytil on a backhand from the slot with four minutes left.Hathaway completed the scoring for the Flames with his second goal at 18:07 of the third.“It’s too bad. I feel like these types of games are starting to add up, unfortunately Adidas Jay Beagle Jersey ,” said Lundqvist, who made 22 saves in defeat. “We are playing good enough to win games but we are not finding ways to win games. It’s obviously something we need to change fast.”Zuccarello echoed Lundqvist’s growing angst as the Rangers struggle to get wins.“We created a lot of chances and we can sit here and say that we didn’t play a bad game, but we lost,” said the 31-year-old Norwegian forward who leads the Rangers with six assists. “So, it’s not good enough. We have to come to practice, talk about it and see what can do better.”The Rangers came into the contest with a 10-1-1 record against the Flames, starting with a 2-1 win at home on Nov. 22, 2010.Gaudreau, who leads the Flames with 12 points, was a teammate of Ranger forwards Kevin Hayes and Chris Kreider at Boston College when the Eagles won the national championship.Gaudreau was a fourth-round pick by the Flames in the 2011 draft. He has points in seven of Calgary’s eight games, so far.“We found a way to score a goal towards the end of the first period, got our legs moving in the second and found a couple goals,” Gaudreau added. “Ritter obviously played really well for us tonight.”NOTES: The teams meet again on March 15 in Calgary. . Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic missed his seventh straight game because of a facial fracture. . Calgary scratched forwards Anthony Peluso and Austin Czarnik and defenseman Dalton Prout. . The Rangers scratched defensemen Tony DeAngelo and Fredrik Claesson and forward Ryan Spooner.UP NEXTRangers: Host Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.Flames: Visit Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night. NEW YORK (AP) — Coming off three straight losses, the New York Islanders fell behind early. They took the lead with two quick goals and then pulled away in the third period for a confidence-building win.Tom Kuhnhackl scored two unusual goals to lead the Islanders to a 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.“We definitely didn’t have the start we wanted,” Kuhnhackl said. “After they scored that first goal we had a great response throughout that first period. We knew they were going to have a push in the second period. We just had to weather the storm.”Jordan Eberle had a goal and an assist, and Josh Bailey and Cal Clutterbuck also scored for the Islanders Adidas Curtis McKenzie Jersey , who had won five straight before their losing streak. Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson each had two assists and Thomas Greiss stopped 22 shots.“Just because it’s not April doesn’t mean it’s not a must-win,” Clutterbuck said. “You don’t want to give a five-game winning streak back. We knew today we had to dig in and win it.”New York improved to 5-0-2 in the last seven meetings with Vancouver.Brendan Leipsic had a goal and an assist, and Jake Virtanen also scored for the Canucks, who have lost two straight after a 4-0-2 stretch. Jacob Markstrom, starting for the ninth consecutive game with Anders Nilsson injured, finished with 29 saves.Vancouver, coming off a 2-1 loss across town against the Rangers on Monday night, fell to 1-2-2 on a six-game trip.“This was deflating,” Canucks coach Travis Green said. “It was one of those nights. I like how we battled back. But down two on the road, you can be a little tired. It was a disappointing loss.”Kuhnhackl got his second of the game at 3:26 of the third period as Eberle’s pass from the right corner deflected off Kuhnhackl’s stick, a Vancouver defenseman’s stick, and then Kuhnhackl’s skate and in to push the Islanders’ lead to 4-2. The goal stood after a video review, giving Kuhnhackl his first career multi-goal game.Clutterbuck scored a power-play goal with 2:54 left, the Islanders’ first in four games with the man-advantage. It was also Clutterbuck’s first goal since Jan. 13 against the Rangers.“It’s been a while,” he said. “The worst thing is there’s a lot of self-doubt that creeps in. Ten games, 15 games is one thing Adidas Nick Holden Jersey , but when it’s that long you begin to doubt your own ability. … It’s a big relief.”Trailing 3-1 after one period, the Canucks pulled within one on a power-play goal early in the second as Virtanen knocked in a rebound in front for his eighth of the season at 2:51.Leipsic got the Canucks on the scoreboard first, taking a pass from Michael Del Zotto at the bottom of the left circle and beating Greiss up high for his second of the season 2:48 into the game.The Islanders went ahead with two goals 45 seconds apart. Kuhnhackl tied it on a delayed penalty on Vancouver as he swiped a backhander from his knees while falling down below the left circle, and the puck managed to sneak in between Markstrom’s right pad and the post at 5:11.“I tried to spin away from the defenseman, and I thought I got tripped and they got a penalty,” Kuhnhackl said, “so I just tried to throw it on net and I was fortunate enough the puck went in.”New York went ahead when Bailey tried to send a pass across to Anders Lee at the right side of the net, but the puck deflected off the skate of Vancouver defenseman Christopher Tanev and in at 5:56. Barzal’s assist on the play gave him 100 points for his career.Eberle pushed the Islanders’ lead to 3-1 as he took a pass from Nelson from the left corner and poked it past Markstrom from the right side in front with 5:10 left in the opening period. Nelson got his 200th career point.NOTES: Loui Eriksson had an assist on Virtanen’s goal, giving him nine assists and 16 points in 16 games against the Islanders. He also has four assists and eight points in his last six games. … Vancouver dropped to 5-2-1 when scoring first. … Islanders forward Andrew Ladd injured his right leg late in the second period and did not play in the third. … Eberle has 19 goals and 10 assists in 38 career games against the Canucks. … Nelson has four assists and 11 points in his last 11 games. … Jennifer Botterill, a three-time Olympic gold medalist on Canada’s women’s hockey team, made her debut as an analyst on the Islanders broadcast on MSG Network. She joined Shannon Burke, Butch Goring and Brendan Burke.UP NEXTCanucks: At Minnesota on Thursday night to finish a six-game trip.Islanders: Host the crosstown-rival Rangers on Thursday night.

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Capitals have re-signed general manager Brian MacLellan to a contract extension.MacLellan is in the fourth year of his original four-year deal when he was promoted from assistant GM to replace McPhee. The team confirmed the extension Friday in the midst of its California road trip.MacLellan’s deal casts a shadow over the situation of coach Barry Trotz Justin Williams Jersey , whose contract is up after this season. The GM said after last season he needed to see ”improvements throughout our organization” before discussing an extension for Trotz.MacLellan and Trotz were hired at the same time in 2013 by owner Ted Leonsis and team President Dick Patrick.The Capitals won the Presidents’ Trophy the past two years before losing in the second round to the eventual Stanley Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins. They’re in second place in the Metropolitan Division and on the way to their fourth consecutive playoff berth under MacLellan and Trotz.— LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights know the importance of winning at home.Last season they went 29-10-2 on home ice during the regular season, en route to their remarkable run to the Stanley Cup Final.This year, once again, the defending Western Conference champions are taking advantage of the atmosphere inside T-Mobile Arena.Alex Tuch got his 10th goal of the season and the Golden Knights won their fifth straight at home, beating the Dallas Stars 4-2 Sunday night. Vegas improved to 10-3-1 at home.“It doesn’t feel common because it’s so loud and the building is unbelievable and I’ve never seen nothing like this,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. “I’ve been in the NHL quite a long time — this is incredible. Every game we play the crowd just gets behind us and they really lift our hockey team.”Ryan Carpenter, William Karlsson and Reilly Smith also scored Custom Florida Panthers Jerseys , while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 22 shots.Tuch became the fifth Golden Knights player to reach double figures in goals just before the end of the second period, when he chopped a loose puck just past defenseman Miro Heiskanen’s skate and through goaltender Ben Bishop’s five-hole to give the Golden Knights a 3-1 lead.“It’s a 20-man effort, 20-man win, we need it every night for 60 full minutes and I thought we had it tonight,” Tuch said. “Everyone is working hard and if you made a mistake — I made plenty out there tonight — but you know what, you forget about it, you go out and give a better shift the next time around. That’s what (Gallant) is all about and that’s what this organization is all about. And I thought all 20 guys played hard and had a lot of heart tonight.”The Golden Knights and Dallas have two of the best penalty kills in the NHL http://www.officialhurricanes.com/authen...our-jersey , both coming into the game ranked in the top five.For the second time in four games the Golden Knights were faced with killing an extended penalty, as Shea Theodore was sent to the box for high sticking with Vegas leading 3-2. Fleury stopped all three shots during the four-minute double-minor, while Nate Schmidt had two takeaways and Brayden McNabb blocked another shot.“That was the game,” Gallant said. “We were up by a goal with a double-minor to kill late in the hockey game and I don’t know if they really got a chance, maybe one or two, but I thought our PK was outstanding when it had to be. Sure, they got two (power play) goals earlier in the game but when they really had to step up Scott Darling Jersey , they did an unbelievable job and that was real key for us winning.”The Stars, who came into the game ranked 21st on the power play, were 2 for 4 with an extra man.Martin Hanzal and Esa Lindell scored for Dallas, and Bishop made 24 saves. The Stars snapped a four-game winning streak.“In this league you need a top-notch effort to have a chance in this league every night,” Dallas coach Jim Montgomery said. “I thought that they outcompeted us tonight.”After Hanzal gave Dallas a 1-0 lead early in the first period, Vegas tied the game when Carpenter gathered the loose puck from a rebound and fired it into the open net near the end of the first. It was the second straight game the Golden Knights’ often-quiet third line scored, providing balance to a team that ranks 17th in the league with 2.97 goals per game.The Golden Knights scored a pair of even-strength goals immediately following power-play opportunities in the second period.Karlsson lasered the puck through Bishop’s pads 3 seconds after the Stars killed off an interference penalty on Hanzal Youth Sebastian Aho Jersey , and Tuch’s game-winner came nine seconds after Brett Ritchie left the box for roughing. Smith’s empty-net goal with 28 seconds left provided the final margin.The Golden Knights now take an 8-2 win streak on the road for a four-game road trip through New York, New Jersey and Columbus.NOTES: Karlsson has scored a goal in five of his last eight games. … Vegas leads the NHL with 887 hits, but were outhit by the Stars, 31-23. … In his first two games back on the ice, Hanzal, who had spinal fusion surgery in March and made his season debut on Friday, is 13 for 21 (61.9 percent) from the faceoff circle in 26:06 of ice time. … Vegas Authentic Teuvo Teravainen Jersey , which was 1 for 5 with a man advantage, has scored a power-play goal in 12 of its last 17 games. … Dallas and Vegas are now tied with 35 points and sit No. 1 and No. 2 in the wild-card spots, respectively.UP NEXTDallas: Continues its four-game trip at Anaheim on Wednesday night.Vegas: Opens a four-game trip at the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.
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Lou Lamoriello moved quickly to shake up the New York Islanders by firing coach Doug Weight and general manager Garth Snow and naming himself the team’s new GM just two weeks after taking over as president of hockey operations.Lamoriello made the moves Tuesday that begin to reshape the organization in his image Andrew Ladd Jersey , two weeks to the day ownership said he’d have ”full authority over all hockey matters.” Lamoriello left the Toronto Maple Leafs to run the Islanders and will begin the search for a new coach immediately.”It’s my opinion that at this point there’s a culture change that’s needed and there’s new voices needed in different areas and because of that, the changes (were) made,” Lamoriello said on a conference call with reporters. ”There’s been a lot of changes for different reasons, and right now is just trying to stabilize anything, start off with a fresh face, start off with a fresh mind, a fresh coach and just go forward.”The end of Snow’s tenure seemed inevitable after owners Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin brought in Lamoriello to oversee the hockey operations department. Snow was previous owner Charles Wang’s hire.The Islanders missed the playoffs eight times in Snow’s 12 years as general manager, including the past two seasons. He has four years left on the contract he signed when Wang still owned the team.”Both Garth, who is a personal friend and one who I’ve known for a long time and also Dougie who played for me in `96 and `98, I have tremendous respect for,” Lamoriello said.This latest front-office development comes with the Islanders at a crossroads this summer. The face of the franchise, John Tavares, can become a free agent July 1. The team took one step toward making Tavares feel comfortable about re-signing by planning a permanent home at Belmont Park after spending the last three seasons playing at Barclays Center in Brooklyn Anthony Beauvillier Jersey , but the direction of the organization still threatens to push the superstar center to leave.Lamoriello said Tavares’ situation ”certainly has not and did not enter into any of the decisions that are made.”Tavares, who would be the top free agent on the market, had a good relationship with Weight, who was his teammate for two seasons and assistant coach and GM from 2011 until he replaced Jack Capuano as head coach in January 2017. Weight just finished his first full season as Islanders coach.The Islanders now have the only coaching vacancy in the NHL. Asked what kind of coach he’d like to hire, Lamoriello essentially only alluded to the fact that Weight was not the guy he wants behind the bench.”Not every coach is for every team and not every team is for every coach,” Lamoriello said. ”If we had that coach, he would be in place.”In a statement, Lamoriello thanked Snow and Weight and the team said they would remain with the organization. Specific roles and responsibilities for them have yet to be determined, though Lamoriello said, ”I feel they can be valuable in me picking their brain, asking their opinion in certain areas.”—Follow AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno at https://twitter.com/SWhyno— When the Washington Capitals faced the New York Islanders in the playoffs five years in a row in the 1980s, players knew everything.They knew where Mike Bossy loved to shoot from, that Bob Nystrom was going to run them over and that they’d better watch out for Denis Potvin in the neutral zone.”We became so used to one another we were expected to play the Islanders in the playoffs Authentic Brock Nelson Jersey ,” former Capitals winger Craig Laughlin said. ”At some point, we always knew we were going to play them.”It’s starting to feel that way now for the Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, who are meeting in the second round of the playoffs for the third consecutive year. Two teams playing each other over and over again in the postseason is a common theme in NHL history, especially when 16 of the 21 teams faced off in a divisional format similar to what has been in place since 2014 and is responsible for Capitals-Penguins III.The Capitals faced the New York Rangers from 2011-13 and the Chicago Blackhawks played the Vancouver Canucks from 2009-11. Hockey has changed plenty since the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens played series seven years in a row from 1984-90, but all that familiarity still breeds a whole lot of contempt.”For the players, it’s more difficult,” said former Edmonton defenseman Kevin Lowe, whose Oilers faced Winnipeg three playoffs in a row from 1983-85. ”The body checks are heavier, the cross-checks are harder, the slashes behind the play are harder.”Lowe doesn’t think there are any advantages to players seeing the same opponent over and over again in the playoffs. Even on a Stanley Cup-champion team in Edmonton, there was always pressure to beat the Jets because they had done it in previous years.Seeing the Penguins beat the Capitals on the way to the Cup the past two years, Lowe believes the stronger motivation belongs to Washington.”They’ve made their life miserable, so that amps them up more Cal Clutterbuck Jersey ,” Lowe said. ”There’s no real advantage to the team that’s winning those years because you know every year’s different and you thought, `Oh, we can beat these guys because we beat them before.’ It’s a new set of circumstances every time you play.”Former Philadelphia defenseman Brad Marsh recalled similar circumstances when the Flyers faced the Rangers in the playoffs in the ’80s. New York was often dozens of points back in the standings and yet won their series sometimes.Players also changed teams less frequently back then, so the series felt like the continuation of a never-ending rivalry that began each fall in the preseason and was renewed in the playoffs.”You certainly develop a hate for the team a little quicker because you’ve played them so many times in the regular season leading into the playoffs, and if you play them year after year, it certainly does give you extra motivation not to lose to them again,” Marsh said. ”You did know how each player played or what their strengths or weaknesses were.”By now, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin said he and his teammates know ”pretty much everything” about the Penguins, just like they did about the Rangers a few years ago. Coach Barry Trotz joked there was ”less scouting, shorter days” before acknowledging, ”We’ll be looking for those little edges you can get when you start playing teams multiple times.”Even back in Laughlin’s day, the scouting reports – printed out on paper – were extensive. When Marsh faced the Rangers, he knew how to defend certain players in front of the net and what to expect from an opponent’s stars.Sometimes that’s a no brainer. The Capitals have to watch out for Sidney Crosby Eric Tangradi Jersey Womens , the Penguins for Ovechkin and the 1980s Jets for Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier.Rick Tocchet, who played with Marsh on the Flyers in the ’80s and was an assistant coach with Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2017, thinks repeatedly facing the same team brings out different aspects in players.”If you were a skill guy, you’d probably go out of your way to hit a guy,” Tocchet said. ”If you really were an aggressive-type player, you’d try to make sure you’d continue to be aggressive and be willing to hit their best players. When you play a team so many times you’re willing to go out of your comfort zone to win those games.”Having an elite team like the Islanders and Oilers dynasties of the ’80s carried with it some pressure, but beating the same opponent repeatedly in the playoffs had one benefit.”Knowing that there would be an element of doubt in there,” Lowe said. ”If you get them down in a series and things are looking bleak where that element of doubt might creep in quicker for the team that hasn’t won. It takes a while before you can actually get an opponent to that position.”The mental battle starts well before Game 1. Speaking from experience, Laughlin thought he and the Capitals could always go toe-to-toe with the Islanders. He figures that’s the only way to approach this kind of situation.”You need that feeling that this is a new year, it’s a new season, it’s a new series and why can’t we win?” Laughlin said. ”It is belief that you have a better team and a belief that you are playing better than them at the moment. I think that’s the only thing you can sort of feed off of is you have more belief in your game the way you’re playing now.”—

WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than 24 hours after their worst defeat of the season Adidas Valtteri Filppula Jersey , the Arizona Coyotes hoped they’d get some better breaks against the defending Stanley Cup champions.They came in the form of plentiful power-play opportunities.Richard Panik and Alex Galchenyuk each had a goal and an assist, and the Coyotes capitalized on two of five Washington penalties to add to the Capitals’ penalty-killing struggles in a 4-1 victory on Sunday.“Getting a couple of power-play goals helped,” said Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet. “I thought we skated pretty good. They came out in the second and I think we withstood that pressure by them.”Vinnie Hinostroza and Galchenyuk scored the fifth and sixth goals Washington’s penalty kill has allowed over its last four games, helping Arizona snap a three-game skid and erase the frustration of a 4-0 defeat in Pittsburgh on Saturday night.Darcy Kuemper made 38 saves for the Coyotes in his third start in four days. In front of him, Arizona’s own league-leading penalty kill improved to 20 of its last 21 after stifling two chances for a Capitals power play that entered Sunday ranked second in the NHL.Derek Stepan added an empty-net goal with 1:32 remaining, sealing one of Arizona’s most important victories so far this season.“Big bounce-back game, big win for us,” Kuemper said. “We get back on track now, and that’s what we needed.”Nicklas Backstrom scored an even-strength goal in the second period for Washington, which ended a five-game homestand 2-2-1. Braden Holtby stopped 18 shots for the Capitals, who sustained five penalties Adidas Dylan DeMelo Jersey , the eighth time in 16 games they’ve taken at least four.“We’ve taken too many penalties throughout the first part of this year for sure,” Capitals coach Todd Reirden said. “It’s one of the areas we have to clean up too, is the discipline and penalties, especially in the offensive zone.”Hinostroza put Arizona ahead at the tail end of their second man advantage of the game, sending in a one-time wrister of Dylan Strome’s feed. Panik also contributed on the crisp odd-man rush by the Coyotes, created when three Capitals players were caught up ice trying to score short-handed.Arizona caught Washington in transition again when Panik beat Holtby above his left shoulder to make it 2-0 just beyond the midpoint of the second period.Backstrom answered less than a minute later with a one-timer off Alex Ovechkin’s feed from the left corner that left Kuemper little chance.But the Coyotes made it a two-goal lead again with another power-play goal with 5:22 left in the period. This time, Galchenyuk stood strong to poke in a second effort from just in front of the crease after Brendan Perlini sent the puck toward the net.“We had everyone going, and that’s what we need to be successful,” Kuemper said. “Everyone was just doing their jobs tonight, and when that happens, good things happen for us.”NOTES: Kuemper has made every start while Antti Raanta recovers from a lower body injury Adidas Paul Carey Jersey , with current backup Hunter Miska still awaiting the chance for his NHL debut. Raanta last played on Nov. 2. … Capitals D John Carlson returned after missing Friday’s loss against Columbus with a lower-body injury. … Backstrom has a point in five consecutive games. … The Coyotes have yet to preserve a shutout, but have allowed just one goal in seven games this season.UP NEXTCoyotes: Conclude their trip on Tuesday night at Detroit.Capitals: Begin a four-game road trip on Tuesday night at Minnesota VANCOUVER, British Columbia — After being demoted to the minors, Sam Gagner was not expected back with the Vancouver Canucks anytime soon — if at all — this season. Now, he is in demand.Gagner is expected to suit up for his first NHL game of 2018-19 with the slumping and injury-riddled Canucks (10-10-2) on Monday when they host the Winnipeg Jets (11-5-2). The 29-year-old was recalled from the minors Sunday as the Canucks continued to reel from health problems.Article continues below ...“The team is playing fun hockey,” Gagner told Postmedia. “I’m excited to help them wherever I can. I’m excited to be back in the NHL.”The veteran forward was caught on the wrong end of Vancouver’s youth movement following the preseason. The Canucks opted to loan him to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League even though he is in the second season of a three-year, $9.45 million contract. It’s a one-way deal, so he has earned an NHL salary at the lower level.Gagner, who was placed on waivers and subjected to unsuccessful trade attempts before the demotion, justified his big salary in the minors by producing 15 points in 15 games. Coach Travis Green indicated that he could play multiple forward roles. Gagner has played both center and wing with Vancouver and other clubs.“He gives us another centerman option,” Green told reporters. “He’s a right shot on the power play. All reports were he was playing well.”The Canucks as a team Adidas Chris Tierney Jersey , though, have not been up to snuff. Vancouver has lost five straight games and been outscored 16-7 in the past four. Gagner will become the latest addition to a list of players pulling diverse duty.“We’re squeezing everyone and everyone is giving as much as they can,” said Green. “One night, we got a guy on the fourth line and the next night he’s on the first line. I love the way our guys are working and competing.”Gagner’s recall is an attempt to help make up for missing injured forwards Brock Boeser (groin), Sven Baertschi (concussion), Jay Beagle (arm) and Brandon Sutter (shoulder). While Green tries to create more offensive juice, the Canucks also want to get better defensively. They have struggled to control other teams’ breakouts, as they did again Saturday in a 3-2 home loss to Montreal.“It’s something we talked about,” center Bo Horvat told reporters. “Play direct — not making it a track meet out there.”“It comes down to being able to defend,” added defenseman Ben Hutton. “Get back to the way we’ve been playing.”The Jets, 6-3-1 in their last 10 games Adidas Gabriel Gagne Jersey , have been playing well defensively of late. They have averaged two goals against in their past eight games.But Winnipeg is still wary of Canucks rookie sensation Elias Pettersson, 20, who is the only dangerous Vancouver player right now. He has produced 11 goals and seven assists in his first 16 NHL games.“Finding him will be a challenge,” Jets coach Paul Maurice told reporters. “He’s a special young man.”Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot called Pettersson a “pretty fun guy to watch.” “(He’s) someone we’ll adjust to once we get out there and see what he’s trying to do,” Chiarot told reporters.However, at least one Jet does not want to give Pettersson special attention.“I don’t watch a lot of video on solo guys,” goaltender Connor Hellebuyck told reporters. “It’s a team game and I know what I’m going to get — and I prepare the same way for every guy.”

NEWARK Vancouver Canucks Hats Authentic , N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils say forwards Taylor Hall and Patrick Maroon and goaltender Cory Schneider have had surgeries since the playoffs ended for them last month.The team said Tuesday that Hall and Maroon are expected to be ready for the start of training camp, while Schneider may need five months to recover from surgery to repair a torn cartilage in his left hip.Hall, who had a career season in leading the Devils to their first playoff berth since 2012, had surgery on Apr. 30 to repair torn ligaments in his left hand. He suffered the injury in late December but played the rest of the season. It was not the injury that kept him out of the All-Star Game in January.Hall is one of the three finalists for the Hart Trophy, which is presented to the NHL’s MVP, and the Ted Lindsay Award, which recognizes the league’s most outstanding player. He had 39 goals, 54 assists and 93 points for New Jersey, which was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Tampa Bay Lightning.Schneider had his surgery last week. Dr. Bryan Kelly at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York estimated Schneider might be ready to play just before the season starts.Schneider posted a 17-16-6 record with a 2.93 goals-against average in a season that saw him sidelined for an extended time between late January and March. He lost his starting job to Keith Kinkaid in that span but started the final three games of the postseason and played well.Maroon underwent surgery last week to repair a herniated disk in his back. Dr. Andrew Sama at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York believes Maroon will be able to resume offseason training and preparation programs before the start of training camp.Maroon had three goals and 10 assists after being acquired from Edmonton before the trade deadline. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.NOTES: The Devils later announced that defenseman Brian Strait signed a two-year, two-way contract with an average annual salary of $675 Custom Vancouver Canucks Jerseys ,000 at the NHL level. The 30-year-old spent last season in Binghamton (AHL), collecting three goals and five assists.— WASHINGTON (AP) Facing elimination at home, the Washington Capitals looked determined to hit everything that moved in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final.The goal was to finish checks on Tampa Bay Lightning players as much as possible, though at one point Devante Smith-Pelly decked Dan Girardi and took teammate Jay Beagle down with him.”I apologized to him,” Smith-Pelly said. ”I said sorry. He didn’t seem to care.”Sorry, not sorry.The Capitals made no apologies for taking the body and grinding out a physical 3-0 victory Monday night that tied the playoff series and set up a deciding Game 7. T.J. Oshie had a goal on the power play and into an empty net, Smith-Pelly scored a back-breaker and Braden Holtby stopped all 24 shots, but it was the bruising style that kept the Capitals alive and could still pay more dividends.”You’ve got to wear them down,” Smith-Pelly said. ”Every game, if guys are going to be playing 25 www.officialcapitals.com , 30 minutes, it’s tough when you’re getting hit every single shift. We’ve been on the body all game and all series. If it shows up in Game 7 where guys are starting to get tired, then it was all worth it.”Game 7 is Wednesday night at Tampa Bay. The winner faces the Vegas Golden Knights, who are in the Stanley Cup Final in their first season.Alex Ovechkin, Tom Wilson and Brooks Orpik led the charge in the grueling Game 6, throwing their bodies around all night like human wrecking balls. Orpik separated Cedric Paquette from the puck twice on one shift, Ovechkin leveled rookie Yanni Gourde and Wilson was his usual self, dishing out a handful of crushing body checks.The Capitals outhit the Lightning 39-19 and outshot them 34-24, bruising and battering them all over the ice.”It’s desperation, really Washington Capitals T-Shirts Authentic ,” Orpik said. ”You try to empty the tank as much as you can. That’s probably one area where we have an edge is the size and physical play.”That edge was noticeable in Game 6 when Washington fired up an already-raucous crowd well before Oshie’s power-play goal 15:12 into the second period. While Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy was again on top of his game in stopping 31 of 33 shots, Orpik said the Capitals wanted to give back to fans for their energy and did so by laying out Lightning players.From Wilson’s big hit on Paquette on his first shift through the time Smith-Pelly scored with 9:58 left, the physical play took a toll on the Lightning, who didn’t have the energy left to muster a late comeback. Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos said simply the Capitals ”executed their game plan” and the Lightning didn’t respond.”They played with that desperate hockey and we should have matched it and we didn’t,” winger Ryan Callahan said. ”They played like their lives were on the line, and we played like we had another chance and that’s unfortunate, but we’ve got to change the script now in Game 7.”Tampa Bay had no answer for the physicality with a hit disparity coach Jon Cooper chalked up as, ”Somebody was engaged and somebody wasn’t.” The Lightning also couldn’t solve Holtby, who was at his best on a handful of deflection attempts to record his first shutout of these playoffs.”I was just trying to stay in the moment, focus on one puck at a time Washington Capitals Hoodies Authentic ,” Holtby said. ”I try and stay the same level through the game.”The Lightning missed a chance to close out an opponent for the first time in these playoffs. They eliminated New Jersey and Boston in five games apiece but are now on the brink themselves.The Capitals improved to 10-2 in the Ovechkin/Nicklas Backstrom era when facing elimination any time before Game 7. They’re 3-7 in Game 7 over that time but will obviously take their chances after grinding their way back to 3-3 in the series.”I think it’s great that we’re close,” Oshie said. ”I think both teams for the most part figured out what works against the other team. It’s just a matter of who’s going to play longer, harder and do more of it.”NOTES: Washington improved to 4-5 at home in the playoffs. The Lightning dropped to 5-2 on the road. … An assist on Oshie’s first goal extended Capitals C Evgeny Kuznetsov’s point streak to nine games, tied with Backstrom in 2009 for the longest in franchise playoff history. … F Andre Burakovsky returned to the Capitals lineup after being a healthy scratch for Game 5, replacing Alex Chiasson.—

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom Wilson scored again before being ejected Devin Shore Jersey , Nicklas Backstrom had a hat trick and the Washington Capitals beat the New Jersey Devils 6-3 on Friday night to extend their winning streak to seven games.Wilson scored his seventh goal in nine games since coming back from a lengthy suspension, extending his career-best goals streak to five games and points streak to seven. The short-handed goal gives Wilson 13 points, but a hit on New Jersey’s Brett Seney late in the second period put him back in the spotlight for the wrong reason.After Seney released the puck and it had gone into the corner late in the second period, Wilson skated up from behind and hit him with his left shoulder. Wilson was assessed a match penalty for an illegal check to the head, which carries with it an automatic suspension that the NHL must review before deciding to rescind. Wilson, who was given a 20-game suspension that was reduced to 14 for an illegal check to the head in the preseason finale, could avoid being suspended. After review, he did not make principal contact to Seney’s head, it did not look like a predatory play and Deney returned at the start of the third.Backstrom had a hat trick for the first time since Dec. 13, 2014, and added an assist for a four-point game. Alex Ovechkin scored an empty-netter, his 626th goal that put him into sole possession of 15th on the NHL’s career list. Andre Burakovsky also scored for Washington, and Braden Holtby made 33 saves.Travis Zajac, Nico Hischier and Johansson scored for the Devils.PANTHERS 3, SABRES 2, OTSUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Aleksander Barkov scored at 2:26 of overtime for Florida to hand Buffalo its second loss in two nights following a 10-game winning streak.Jared McCann and Evgenii Dadonov also scored Womens Esa Lindell Jersey , and James Reimer stopped 20 shots.Sam Reinhart had a goal and an assist and Jeff Skinner also scored for Buffalo. The Sabres were coming off a 5-4 loss at Tampa Bay.BLUES 3, AVALANCHE 2, OTDENVER (AP) — Colton Parayko scored 1:34 into overtime to lift St. Louis past Colorado.Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen scored in regulation, and Jake Allen stopped 27 shots.Nikita Zadorov and Mikko Rantanen scored for the Avalanche.FLAMES 4, KINGS 1CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Mikael Backlund had two goals and an assist in Calgary’s victory over Los Angeles.Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan also scored, and Mike Smith made 13 saves for the Pacific Division-leading Flames. Adrian Kempe scored for the Kings, coming off a 3-2 loss at Edmonton on Thursday night.DUCKS 2, HURRICANES 1, OTRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Getzlaf scored 1:15 into overtime to lift Anaheim past Carolina.Pontus Aberg scored the tying goal with 3:50 left in regulation. John Gibson stopped 33 shots to help the Ducks win their third straight and for the fifth time in six games.Andrei Svechnikov scored an early goal for Carolina. PITTSBURGH (AP) — There isn’t a lot of finesse in Patric Hornqvist’s game. The Pittsburgh Penguins forward understands his job is to get to the places on the ice that not everyone wants to go, set up camp there and make something happen.His team in serious need of a kick-start after squandering a three-goal lead against white-hot Colorado, Hornqvist provided one.Well, three actually.Hornqvist recorded the fastest hat trick in franchise history on Tuesday night, beating Semyon Varlamov three times in a span of 2:47 in the third period as the Penguins pulled away for a 6-3 victory.“You know what, the two last ones, they were lucky ones Jamie Benn Jersey ,’ Hornqvist said after boosting his season goal total to 12. “You have one of those days sometimes, the puck is just coming right on your stick, you don’t think you’ll shoot and if you don’t know where to go I don’t think the goalie does either.”The Avalanche roared back from a 3-0 deficit by dominating the second period behind goals from Tyson Barrie, Carl Soderberg and Matt Nieto. While Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan told his team to keep its swagger, Hornqvist understood the Penguins were in a delicate spot.The longtime Eastern Conference power is off to a sluggish start, one marred by sloppy defense and an inability to put away opponents or play well at home. Pittsburgh began the night sixth in the Metropolitan Division and just 5-6-2 at PPG Paints Arena.The Penguins spend much of the second period chasing the younger, faster Avalanche before Hornqvist went to work.“We couldn’t really stop the bleeding (in the second) but you know what? We have a good group of guys in here and I think this is the turning point of our season,” Hornqvist said. “It’s a great third period and (if we) just keep building every single day from this day on and we’ll be fine.”Hornqvist’s record-setting run began in typical Hornqvist fashion. The 31-year-old Swede parked himself in front of Varlamov, corralled a rebound off a Kris Letang shot, jabbed at the puck once before spinning around and whipping it by the goaltender 6:11 in the third to put Pittsburgh back in front.He needed just 1:21 to double the Penguins’ advantage and completed the hat trick on his next shift when he fired a wrist shot from the slot that appeared to hit off Colorado’s Alexander Kerfoot and sneak past Varlamov.“He plays the game so hard,” Sullivan said. “He takes so many cross checks and he goes to the dirty areas and he competes. He just wants to win. He’s such a competitive guy and tonight he had a great night for us.”Jake Guentzel, Evgeni Malkin and Derick Brassard also scored for the Penguins, who halted Colorado’s 11-game point streak. Kris Letang added two assists for Pittsburgh. Casey DeSmith finished with 42 saves.Varlamov made 26 stops, but struggled early and late as Colorado’s six-game road winning streak came to an abrupt halt.“To be honest, erase seven and a half minutes out of that game and I liked what I saw on both sides of the puck,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said.Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Colorado star Nathan MacKinnon, good friends and frequent training partners in the offseason http://www.officialstarsproonline.com/au...zza-jersey , put together a thrilling duel in Colorado last week, with MacKinnon’s four points able to help the Avalanche overcome a natural hat trick by Crosby in a 6-3 Avalanche victory.The two stars went scoreless in the rematch, taking a backseat to Hornqvist.The Penguins needed just 7:27 to build a three-goal lead. Guentzel redirected a feed from Letang with his left skate just 2:46 in. Malkin followed just over four minutes later when he jammed home a shot from the point by Tanner Pearson for his first five-on-five goal since Oct. 30. Brassard beat Varlamov 35 seconds later the Penguins appeared to be firmly in control.It all vanished over a 5:01 span in the second.Barrie’s power-play shot from the point 8:16 into the period gave Colorado a spark. Ian Cole, playing in Pittsburgh for the first time since helping the Penguins win consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017, fired a knuckler toward the net that Soderberg managed to get a stick on and deflect past DeSmith. Nieto found a gap with the Penguins on the power play to slip the puck by DeSmith to tie the game, the seventh short-handed goal allowed by Pittsburgh this season.Hornqvist’s historic stretch, however, helped the Penguins avoid a collapse while cooling off the Avalanche, at least for a night.“I think it’s good for the fans, for sure, not so good for the coaches,” Colorado’s Mikko Rantanen said. “I think they don’t like it as much. But we have to move forward.”NOTES: Pittsburgh D Marcus Pettersson, acquired in a trade with Anaheim on Monday, played 13:00. … Both teams went 1 for 3 on the power play. … Pittsburgh is 8-1-1 against the Western Conference.UP NEXTColorado: Begins a two-game swing through Florida on Friday when they play the Panthers.Pittsburgh: Welcome the New York Islanders on Thursday.
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SAN JOSE http://www.redwingsshoponline.com/authen...kin-jersey , Calif. (AP) With the top three teams in the Eastern Conference all coming out of the Atlantic Division, there’s a good chance the second and third best teams in the East will play in the first round for the second straight year.That imbalance has led some to push to abandon the division playoff format and go back to seeding teams one through eight by conference. Why stop there?The minor league that brought 3-on-3 overtime to hockey more than a decade before the NHL followed suit is adding a new innovation this season for the playoffs.The Southern Professional Hockey League will use a ”pick your opponent” playoff format, with the first-place team choosing its first-round opponent from the teams that finished from fifth to eighth place, then the second- and third-place teams makes their choices before the final two teams get matched up. In the second round, teams will be matched by regular-season points.SPHL President Jim Combs said he decided to bring this format to his 10-team league after a conversation with an executive from Austria’s Erste Bank Eishockey Liga, which already uses it.”I immediately knew this was the greatest idea I’d ever heard,” Combs said. ”The person at the top earns the right to pick the weakest of the bottom four. He can base it on travel, he can base it on difficulty of opponent, how the guy has been playing the past three or four weeks. A lot of times, you don’t want the eighth-place team because that’s the guy who has hustled and played hard and put the team together the last two or three weeks of the season. That’s the hot team.”Combs said most teams started the year with thoughts of following the old format of picking the team with the fewest points as the opponent. But as the season has gone on, Combs said teams seem more open to picking what they believe is best matchup.Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan said if the format was used in the NHL Frans Nielsen Jersey Kids , he’d probably make it known he’d pick the lowest seed available in any case.”The first thing that comes to my mind is all of us coaches are paranoid,” Gulutzan said. ”So to actually have to pick somebody, you think immediately we’ve given them some fuel in a playoff series, right, like: `Oh yeah, they picked us.”’To add even more intrigue, the SPHL will broadcast the selection show at the end of the season so fans and teams can watch live as the matchups are chosen and the extra motivation is created for whoever is picked as the most desirable playoff opponent.”I think there would be some bulletin board material,” said Columbus defenseman Ian Cole, who won the Stanley Cup the past two seasons with Pittsburgh. ”I think that would certainly fire a team up if you’re picking them because you think you could beat them.”Dallas general manager Jim Nill agrees with that sentiment, saying ”it might be great for their league, but it’s not something I’d encourage our league to do and I couldn’t see it ever happening.”Others are more intrigued by the idea Gordie Howe Jersey , pointing to the unfairness last year that had Pittsburgh and Columbus matched up in the first round despite finishing with the second and fourth most points in the league, respectively.”It sounds like a great idea,” Buffalo backup goalie Chad Johnson said. ”I mean, why not if you’re in first place you should have that choice of who you want to play? It gives you that advantage regardless, because sometimes the eighth-place team, you might have struggled against them, right?”Combs said he has heard from executives from other minor leagues, NHL teams and a few people from the NHL league office about the new format and hopes it will become more widespread after people see the added drama it creates even if there is some initial hesitation.”In 2004, when we started 3-on-3 overtime, everyone laughed at us and said `Hey this will never happen at the top level,”’ Combs said. ”We played it for 10 years and the NHL adopted it Authentic Gustav Nyquist Jersey , they’re playing it, they revamped the All-Star Game. They have totally embraced it. Will the NHL take this? They might. I don’t know why after all this excitement every sport wouldn’t do it.”GAME OF THE WEEKPittsburgh at Toronto on Saturday. Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews has been sidelined since Feb. 22 with an apparent shoulder injury but could be ready to return this weekend for a showdown against Sidney Crosby and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Even if Matthews can’t go, this is still an intriguing game between two Cup contenders.LEADERSThrough Tuesday’s games: Goals: Alex Ovechkin (Washington), 40; Assists: Jakub Voracek (Philadelphia) and Blake Wheeler (Winnipeg), 57; Points: Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay), 86; Wins: Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay), 39; Goals-against average: Carter Hutton (St. Louis), 2.02; Save percentage: Hutton, .934.—AP Hockey Writers Larry Lage in Detroit and John Wawrow in Buffalo, New York, contributed to this report.— DETROIT (AP) To Jeff Blashill Womens Henrik Zetterberg Jersey , the outcome came down to one simple fact.”They made one more play than us,” the Detroit coach Blashill said.To Toronto center Auston Matthews, it came down to persistence.Article continues below ...”We’ve got a lot of chances the last couple of games,” Matthews said. ”We had some pretty good chances tonight, the puck just wouldn’t go in.”It was nice to finally finish it off there with a half a minute left.”Matthews scored with 30.2 seconds left to give the Maple Leafs a 3-2 victory over the Red Wings on Sunday night.James van Riemsdyk and Mitch Marner also scored for Toronto, and Curtis McElhinney made 27 saves.Anthony Mantha and Henrik Zetterberg scored for Detroit.Matthews took William Nylander’s pass and snapped a high shot into the roof of the net from a sharp angle for his 27th goal of the season, but just his fourth winner.”I just tried to play Nylander there,” Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek said. ”I didn’t see Matthews. It was a nice shot by him. He put it in the top corner.”Matthews had gone three games without a goal, his longest drought in a month.”Me and Willie looked at each other and said, `Finally,”’ Matthews said. ”Sometimes you’ve just got to laugh it off and keep going out there and playing the same way. We’re good players. We’re too skilled to create all those opportunities and not capitalize on them.”It just happened to be in the last couple of seconds of the game.”Detroit center Dylan Larkin iced the puck http://www.redwingsshoponline.com/authen...ard-jersey , leading to a faceoff in the Wings end with 37.8 seconds left in the third period.It was the second time in eight games the Wings had surrendered the game-winning goal in the final minute of regulation. Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau scored with 7.7 seconds left to give the Panthers a 3-2 verdict over the Wings on Feb. 3.Detroit coach Jeff Blashill felt his team needed to show more composure in the dying moments.”I think we can talk to each other and know that we’ve got a little more time there and make a little more poised play,” Blashill said. ”We didn’t and then they made a play on the faceoff.”Mantha opened the scoring on a power play 5:51 into the second period. Standing on the doorstep of McElhinney’s net, Mantha deflected Gustav Nyquist’s shot under the goalie’s arm for his career-high 20th goal.”Obviously, it feels good,” Mantha said. ”I don’t want to stop here, that’s for sure. I would rather get the two points tonight than that 20th.”Van Riemsdyk tied it 1:11 later. Jake Gardiner’s wrist shot from the point hit van Riemsdyk in the left leg and deflected past goalie Petr Mrazek.Toronto took the lead 18 seconds later. Marner skated across the front of the net, forcing Mrazek to leave his feet before whipping a wrist shot by him.The Red Wings tied it midway through the third. Nyquist fed a quick cross-ice feed to a wide-open Zetterberg and he redirected the puck into the open side.Notes: Mrazek stopped 31 shots. …. Red Wings D Mike Green missed his second straight game due to an upper-body injury. .. Detroit D Xavier Ouellet saw his first action since Jan. 25, sitting out nine straight games as a healthy scratch. … Both teams played Saturday. Detroit is 3-2-2 in the second game of back to backs, while Toronto is 6-4-1. .. McElhinney made his first start for the Maple Leafs since Feb. 5.UP NEXTMaple Leafs: Host Florida on Tuesday night.Red Wings: Host Nashville on Tuesday night. Detroit won 3-1 in Nashville on Saturday night.
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