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e feel very confident about having Jack as our captain.”The Sabres did not have a cap
02-13-2019, 12:26 PM
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e feel very confident about having Jack as our captain.”The Sabres did not have a cap
CHICAGO (AP) — After John Tavares went off and Auston Matthews and Patrick Kane staged a memorable duel Florida Panthers Hoodies Authentic , Morgan Rielly got the last word on a wild Sunday night.Rielly scored 19 seconds into overtime, Tavares had three goals and the Toronto Maple Leafs spoiled Chicago’s home opener with a 7-6 victory over the Blackhawks.“Top to bottom we had contribution everywhere,” Tavares said.Matthews had two goals and two assists for Toronto in the opener of a four-game trip. Rielly also had two assists and Kasperi Kapanen finished with a goal and an assist, helping the Maple Leafs bounce back from Saturday night’s 5-3 loss to Ottawa.Garret Sparks, who is from the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst, made 25 saves to get the win in his first NHL game since 2016.“I went up against my childhood heroes tonight and there’s nothing cooler than that,” the 25-year-old Sparks said.Chicago was looking for its first 3-0 start since the 2012-13 season, but it was unable to clamp down on Toronto’s high-scoring lines. Kane scored twice in the final two minutes of regulation, and defensemen Duncan Keith and rookie Henri Jokiharju each had three assists.“It was a pretty crazy game,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “The quality of chances, the quantity of goals, the way it ended was a different level of unpredictability.”It was Tavares’ first hat trick since he agreed to a $77 million, seven-year contract with Toronto in July, choosing his hometown team over several other suitors in free agency. The contract ramped up expectations for the Leafs, and the talented center is already having an effect on his new franchise.“(I) want to be as consistent as I can so I prepare myself and expect a lot of myself on a nightly basis, with and without the puck,” Tavares said.Tavares’ last goal made it 5-4 midway through the third, but the Maple Leafs and Blackhawks were just getting started. Especially Matthews and Kane.Kane tied it again from a bad angle with 1:24 remaining Florida Panthers Hats Authentic , shooting it past a screened Sparks. Then Matthews put the Maple Leafs back in front just 22 seconds later, beating Cam Ward from between the circles before holding his glove to his ear as if he was asking for more noise from the United Center crowd.With the third period winding down, Kane wasn’t done quite yet. He one-timed a big slap shot by Sparks with 29 seconds left, and then held his glove to his ear in response to Matthews.“I wasn’t really happy when he did it, so it was nice to get a chance to score and kinda give it back to him,” Kane said. “Wish we could have got another one in overtime.”But Rielly closed it out quickly in OT, sending a low wrist shot past Ward on the glove side.“Obviously a strange night with the way it finished,” he said. “We don’t want to be in those games too often, but obviously we’re happy with the outcome.”Jonathan Toews, Alex DeBrincat, John Hayden and Brandon Manning also scored for the Blackhawks, who opened the season with two overtime wins. Ward finished with 27 stops.Chicago got off to a fast start after an emotional pregame tribute to Hall of Fame forward Stan Mikita, who spent his entire 22-year NHL career with the franchise and died in August at age 78. Mikita’s wife, Jill, wiped away tears after a video of Mikita highlights was shown on the videoboard, and she was joined by Tavares and Toews for a ceremonial puck drop.The Blackhawks wore patches with Mikita’s No. 21 on their jerseys, and No. 21 was painted on the ice behind each goal.Toews then put Chicago in front when he tipped home Dominik Kahun’s shot, and DeBrincat made it 2-0 when he finished off a pretty passing sequence 12:02 into the first. It was Toews’ fifth goal in three games; he needed 19 games to score five times last season.Toronto responded with two goals in a 34-second span on plays by Kapanen and Matthews. First Custom Florida Panthers Jerseys , Matthews made a perfect pass ahead to Kapanen for a breakaway at 14:09. Then Kapanen stripped Keith behind the net and found Matthews for the tying score.NOTES: Tavares got his ninth career hat trick. … It was Hayden’s first game of the season. F Andreas Martinsen was out of the lineup. … D Martin Marincin replaced Igor Ozhiganov in Toronto’s lineup. It was Marincin’s first appearance this season.UP NEXTMaple Leafs: Visit Dallas on Tuesday night.Blackhawks: Visit Minnesota on Thursday night. The Boston Bruins are determined to extend their playoff run this season after being eliminated in the second round of the postseason last season.The Buffalo Sabres, on the other hand, would just like to reach the postseason.The Bruins will have a shorter-term goal Thursday when they are in Buffalo as the Sabres open their season. They will be trying to overcome the humiliation of a 7-0 drubbing from the Stanley Cup champion Capitals in the season-opener at Washington.Article continues below ...The Bruins were down 2-0 after 1:47 of the first period.“We got ourselves behind the eight ball early, clearly weren’t ready to go,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “It just carried on from there. …I expected a much better effort.”Bruins starting goaltender Tuukka Rask was lifted nearly halfway into the second period and Jaroslav Halak, who was slated to start Thursday, replaced him. It has not been determined who will start in goal for the Bruins in Buffalo.The Bruins had several young players last season and are hoping they take the next step this season.“I think we need growth from our guys from (their) first year into the second year,” Cassidy said. “We need good health. Clearly every year there’s teams that get better and some regress, so we can’t worry too much about them. Take care of our own business.”The Bruins needed seven games to eliminate the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs and were eliminated in five by the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Maple Leafs have added free agent John Tavares and are being rated among the early favorites to win the Stanley Cup.The Sabres have eight newcomers among the 23 players on the roster for their season opener, including Remi Elie, who was claimed off waivers from the Dallas Stars Tuesday. Elie scored six goals and added eight assists in 72 games last season with the Stars.The deal that sent Ryan O’Reilly to the St. Louis Blues accounts for three of the new players: Tage Thompson, Vladimir Sobotka and Patrik Berglund. Another new player is Conor Sheary, acquired in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Sheary suffered an upper body injury on the first day of training camp and returned to practice Sunday. Jeff Skinner, acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes in August, also is scheduled to make his Sabres debut, along with No. 1 overall draft pick Rasmus Dahlin.The Sabres also named 21-year-old Jack Eichel as their new captain on Wednesday. Kyle Okposo and Zach Bogosian have been named alternate captains.Eichel is entering his fourth season in the NHL and starting an eight-year, $80 million contract extension. “It’s exciting not only for me and our players and our coaching staff but our city,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said. “I think he represents everything we want as far as our organization goes www.officialkings.com , and it was just a great intimate moment for him to accept the captaincy in front of the general manager and the owner and myself. There were some really good strong conversations about expectations and the way he’s got to lead, but we feel very confident about having Jack as our captain.”The Sabres did not have a captain last season, instead relying on a leadership group of four players that included Eichel.Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons, who has been with the team since 2013, believes the start of this season feels different than most.“I think this team’s capable of playoffs, so that’s definitely something we’d love to see happen,” Girgensons told the Buffalo News. “I think everyone in here, just knowing how it’s been here for the last five years, it would be a huge accomplishment. The fans deserve it. The fans deserve us players to give an all-out effort every night, and we’ll try to do that.”Girgensons, Eichel, Rasmus Ristolainen and Sam Reinhart have played a combined 1,152 games without making the playoffs.Forwards Scott Wilson, Sean Malone and Johan Larsson, and defenseman Matt Hunwick have been placed on injured reserve by the Sabres. Wilson will be out for 8-10 weeks after having surgery on a fractured ankle.
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