OTTAWA Rickard Rakell Jersey , Ontario (AP) — For the first time in a long time, the Ottawa Senators are having fun and picking up wins at the same time.Craig Anderson made 37 saves to lead the Senators to a 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars on Monday night.Ottawa is also getting contributions from its rookies, who are bringing some much-needed enthusiasm to a team that didn’t have much to celebrate last season.Rookie Maxime Lajoie tied the score for Ottawa late in the second, while fellow rookie Brady Tkachuk, Mikkel Boedker and Zack Smith scored in the third.“The fun is watching our young guys step up and contributing at a rapid rate right at the moment,” Anderson said. “It’s fun watching these kids go out there and have a blast.”Despite an inexperienced lineup, the Senators rallied to improve to 3-2-1.“We were getting lot of chances and we went after it,” said Matt Duchene, who had two assists. “That’s going to be our mentality all season. Even if we’re down a goal we’re going after it. We’re not going to try and not lose because that’s the worst thing you can do and I thought we did a really good job going after it.”John Klingberg had the lone goal for Dallas, which was playing its first road game after opening the season with four at home. Ben Bishop made 21 saves while losing in regulation against Ottawa for the first time (9-1-4) in his career.“I don’t think it was a terrible game, but obviously it’s two points you wish you would have had,” Bishop said. “That’s a tough streak to lose, but eventually it was going to happen. It was a good run. Would have been nice to get the two points, but we’ll have to get them next time.”With the score tied 1-1, the Senators went ahead for good early in the third as Dylan DeMelo put a shot on goal and Tkachuk Ryan Getzlaf Jersey , right in front, redirected it past Bishop at 1:27.Ottawa made it 3-1 just past midway through the period as Matt Duchene, from behind the net, made a no-look pass to Boedker, who one-timed it past Bishop for his first with the Senators.“We did a lot of really good things,” Duchene said. “I thought we were good in the first, but we upped it after that and thought we deserved the win.”Looking to cut the lead the Stars pulled their goalie with more than 7 minutes left, and tried it again with over 4 minutes remaining, but Anderson was solid.“I just wanted to put a little more urgency and give ourselves a chance,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. “I thought the pulled goalie situation actually worked, we just didn’t score the rest of the night.”Smith scored an empty-netter with 1:37 remaining to seal the win.The Stars jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Klingberg with 3:07 left in the first.The Senators pushed back in the second and tied it with 20 seconds left when Lajoie picked up his team-leading fourth. The rookie defenseman showed plenty of patience and beat Bishop glove side. The 20-year-old had just one goal in 56 games in the American Hockey League last season.“It’s hard to explain, I’m not too sure what’s going on right now,” said Lajoie. “I guess I’m just at the right spot at the right time. Guys are making plays for me so it’s been nice.”Montgomery wasn’t happy with his team allowing a goal that late in the period.“We didn’t manage the game well even in the second when I thought they outplayed us a bit,” he said. “We’re in great shape and then the first two odd-man rushes we give up all game are in the last minute and 15 seconds and we have our best players out there.”NOTES: During the first TV timeout the Senators honored Ray Emery, who died July 15th. He was 35. Emery was originally drafted by Ottawa (99th overall in 2001) and spent parts of five seasons with Senators Womens Ryan Kesler Jersey , leading them to the Stanley Cup final in 2007. Emery sits fourth in wins and fifth in games played with Ottawa.UP NEXTStars: At New Jersey on Tuesday night.Senators: Host Montreal on Saturday night. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Eric Staal has been the ideal leader for the Minnesota Wild, continuing to produce no matter who he’s skating with while coach Bruce Boudreau searches for the most effective combinations.This latest line sure looks like it works well.Staal had three goals and two assists to combine with linemates Mikael Granlund and Jason Zucker for 14 points and propel the surging Wild to an 8-3 victory on Tuesday over the St. Louis Blues, who lost their seventh straight game.”You want to bottle it and keep it going as long as you can,” Staal said.This was his 14th career hat trick, his first in more than five years.”He does it so quietly. He has played with a smorgasbord of players this year,” Boudreau said. ”This is the longest he’s been on one line all year, and he’s never complained. He never says a word. `Whatever you need to do. Put him with me. I’ll get him going.”’By scoring 13 times in 13 games in February, Staal raised his season total to 33 goals to move into the top five in the NHL.”If he was playing in Toronto, he’d be up for the MVP,” Boudreau said.Granlund had two goals and two assists and Zucker added a goal and four assists for the Wild, who have won five in a row overall and are 19-2-5 in their last 26 home games since Nov. 14. In three games together, the Zucker-Staal-Granlund line has a staggering 11 goals and 15 assists.”Just try to work hard there and get those pucks back,” Granlund said, ”and right now I guess we’re getting a couple bounces Ryan Miller Jersey , too.”Ryan Suter had three of his team-leading 37 assists, Mikko Koivu and Jared Spurgeon also scored, and the Wild’s eight goals matched their franchise record.”It’s a matter of pride as far as I’m concerned. You give up eight goals? Come on,” Blues coach Mike Yeo said. ”We’ve given up 16 in the last three games. We’ve always been one of the top defensive teams. The turnovers that we have and the lack of respect that we have for our goaltenders and for the game of hockey, that’s ridiculous.”Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice and Alex Pietrangelo added a goal for the Blues, but Yeo pulled goalie Jake Allen for Carter Hutton after Allen gave up three goals on eight shots in the first period. The Blues have been outscored 29-10 during their skid while taking only one of the seven games to overtime.”I don’t know what to say,” Tarasenko said. ”It’s embarrassing.”Until Pietrangelo scored just 15 seconds into the second period to cut the lead to 3-2, the Blues played a stretch of 171 minutes and 52 seconds where all they had was two goals by Tarasenko.”We’re completely disconnected in our game,” Pietrangelo said. ”It’s unacceptable.”The Blues played without center Paul Stastny, who was sent to Winnipeg for a first-round draft pick on Monday just before the trade deadline. This has been a brutal month for a team that was on top of the Central Division or near it for most of the season until its recent slide.The Wild have zoomed in to fill that void, climbing into third place with this fabulous last week in February, and the 33-year-old Staal has led the charge. He was originally credited with a fourth goal, midway through the first period, but the official scorers later credited that one to Granlund on a tip near the net. When Staal finished a rush with a top-shelf shot past Hutton , some fans tossed their caps on the ice prematurely.”I felt kind of guilty http://www.coyotesproshop.com/authentic-alex-goligoski-jersey ,” Granlund said.Staal’s last goal was a sure sign of a guy with a hot stick, with a poke that hit the left post . The puck zipped over to the right post and bounced back in front for Staal to knock in the second try. He flashed a sly smile as he celebrated with his teammates, the hat trick official.NOTESStaal’s last hat trick came with Carolina on Jan. 24, 2013, against Buffalo. This is the 10th time in 14 career seasons he’s reached the 60-point mark. He has 31 assists, third on the team. … Zucker reached a career-high 51 points (26 goals, 25 assists) with 19 games to go in the regular season. He has 11 points in his last six games, and Granlund has nine points in his last four games. … The Wild have scored eight goals twice before, last on April 10, 2009, against Nashville. … Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin (broken left hand) returned from a nine-game absence. … Allen has allowed at least three goals in four of his last five starts.UP NEXTBlues: Host Detroit on Wednesday, their only home contest out of seven games over a 19-day stretch until Mar. 15.Wild: Play at Arizona on Thursday, followed by a game at Colorado on Friday.—
EL SEGUNDO Youth Sebastian Aho Jersey , Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Kings believe they are still Stanley Cup contenders, even after being swept by the upstart Vegas Golden Knights in the first round. How close they are to that goal might be reflected in how negotiations go with defenseman Drew Doughty this summer.General manager Rob Blake said Friday that working out a contract extension with Doughty is the team’s top priority. The Kings and Doughty can begin holding talks on July 1, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the 2018-19 season.”I always wanted to be an LA King and I want to stay an LA King,” Doughty said.Doughty is one of three finalists for the Norris Trophy presented to the league’s top defenseman after winning it in 2016. He had 10 goals and 50 assists in his most productive NHL season yet, but Doughty believes he can still improve his scoring output.”I wasn’t too happy with my goal totals this year,” Doughty said. ”I think I only maybe scored one or two one-timer goals, which in my career probably half of my goals are one-timer goals, so I was pretty disappointed about that this year. I can definitely improve on that and have an even better season and hopefully set some new career-highs.”The Kings scored just three goals in four games against the Golden Knights. Developing a more reliable offense is the one glaring weakness that needs be addressed, and lifting the Stanley Cup for the third time is a reasonable goal provided it gets solved going into next season.”Everybody is still here that was here in ’14 and almost in ’12 for that matter, too, so we’re not that far off,” center Anze Kopitar said. ”It’s going to take a lot of work Authentic Teuvo Teravainen Jersey , yes, but we’re not far off.”CAREER YEARSKopitar set personal bests with 35 goals and 57 assists while averaging a career-high 22:05 of playing time. His 92 points represented a 40-point improvement over his lackluster 2016-17, leading Kopitar to joke he is ”aging like wine.” Dustin Brown had 61 points to top his previous high of 60 set in 2007-08, his fourth season in the league. Doughty broke free with 60 points after reaching the 50-point plateau once in the previous seven seasons. Doughty’s usual defensive partner, Jake Muzzin, had 42 points. Even depth forward Trevor Lewis got into the act with 26 points and 14 goals in his most productive campaign.FORWARD THINKINGRookie Adrian Kempe was fourth on the team with 16 goals despite not finding the back of the net in the final 29 games of the regular season. Stepping in at center when Jeff Carter missed 55 games following surgery to repair a cut tendon in his ankle, Kempe showed a surprising toughness to go along with his natural quickness. If Kempe can continue to develop, he could decrease the reliance on Kopitar, who will be 31 when next season starts, and the 33-year-old Carter.”I’m pretty sure he’ll be the first one to tell you he can offer more, and that’s a learning process,” Kopitar said. ”That’s his first full year in the league. Speaking from experience Womens Victor Rask Jersey , it takes a little bit of time to figure out your routines and what’s working for you and what’s not.”LOOKING FOR DEPTHShort of dealing in the offseason, the Kings should return essentially the same roster next season. Speedy forward Tobias Rieder is a restricted free agent, and Torrey Mitchell is an unrestricted free agent. The 25-year-old Rieder showed some chemistry with Carter, posting four goals and two assists in 20 games. Defensemen Christian Folin and Kevin Gravel are both unrestricted free agents.HOME IMPROVEMENT NEEDEDThe Kings went 23-15-3 at home, the second-fewest wins by a playoff team. It seemed like they were getting better as the season went on, going 9-4-0 down the stretch, only to lose both home playoff games and fall to 0-5 at Staples Center in their last two postseasons. Their 118 goals at home in the regular season was tied for 21st in the NHL. The power play contributed 25 percent of that output, underscoring the need for 5-on-5 improvement.COMING ATTRACTIONClearly in need of more contributors on offense, center Gabriel Vilardi could be an option for the Kings next season. Selected No. 11 overall in the 2017 draft, Vilardi has been a force in the OHL playoffs with 11 goals and nine assists in his first 12 postseason games. Vilardi also has the size and 200-foot game that fit a Kings team that still emphasizes defense.— CALGARY, Alberta — A solid outing in practice on Thursday has earned goalie Mike Smith the nod in net for the Calgary Flames against the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.“Outstanding today,” said Calgary coach Bill Peters in regards to Smith’s effort in practice. “He’s going to start (Friday) against L.A.”Although Smith stopped 28 of 29 shots he faced to backstop Calgary to a 6-1 road win over the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday Alex DeBrincat Jersey , it was David Rittich who was in the net for the Flames (14-9-2) on Wednesday at home when they lost 4-3 in overtime to the Dallas Stars.Article continues below ...Smith’s positive attitude in practice — despite his less-than-stellar 6-7-1 record to go with a 3.29 goals-against average and a .883 save percentage — has earned him a shot to get back between the pipes to build on his last outing.“Over the last couple weeks, I’ve gotten a lot of good work in,” said Smith on Thursday. “I’m feeling comfortable in the net and it’s just about going out there and doing it in a game. Definitely Arizona was better and something to build off, and I’m excited to get back in there and help this team.”His solid showing on Thursday, albeit in non-game action, has given Smith another measure of confidence heading into Friday’s game.“It starts in practice, really,” he said. “If you’re lacking confidence, you gain it in practice. That’s how it goes. If you’re feeling good, you want to keep that going. I’ve always been a believer in how important practice time is and how it can transfer over into games. That goes without saying: You want to make saves, whether it’s in practice or games. It’s contagious, so you want to keep it up.”While the Flames had Thursday night off Cam Atkinson Jersey Kids , the Kings (9-15-1) were in action in Edmonton against the Oilers in search of their first three-game winning streak of the season.Instead, Edmonton defenseman Oscar Klefbom scored with 2:20 remaining in the third period to lead the Oilers to a 3-2 win to avenge a 5-2 road loss they suffered against the Kings four nights earlier in L.A. Dustin Brown and Jeff Carter scored for L.A. on Thursday, while goalie Jonathan Quick made 31 saves in his return to action for the Kings after missing the past dozen games with a lower-body injury.“It sucks,” Kings defenseman Drew Doughty told Fox Sports West after the setback. “We really gave it our all. We played with a lot of heart and emotion and that’s what you want from your team. If we play more games like that, we’re going to get more wins.”In Quick’s absence, rookie netminder Cal Petersen filled in nicely as he compiled a 4-3-0 record to go with a 2.46 GAA, a .927 save percentage and one shutout. Since the Kings are playing games on back-to-back nights, it’s likely that Petersen will get the start on Friday against the Flames.“It’s about the team game,” Doughty said. “We’ve got to go into Calgary (on Friday) and get a win, so that’s all we’re focused on.”
ANAHEIM Adidas Steven Kampfer Jersey , Calif. (AP) — Rickard Rakell and the Anaheim Ducks went from a frustrating loss to a dramatic victory — in a matter of seconds.Rakell scored 14 seconds into overtime after Nick Ritchie tied the game with 16.2 seconds remaining in regulation, helping the Ducks top the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on Friday.“It takes 60-plus minutes to get points in the NHL, and tonight was one of those games, a prime example of it,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.John Gibson made 27 saves, and the Ducks earned their second straight win after a pair of overtime losses to Toronto and Colorado.Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored a power-play goal for the Oilers. Mikko Koskinen made 23 saves, and Connor McDavid extended his point streak to five games.Rakell got behind Leon Draisaitl for a breakaway and poked the rebound in between Koskinen’s legs for his 100th career goal, giving the Ducks a thrilling victory after a well-executed stretch pass from Brandon Montour.Ryan Getzlaf won the faceoff and gave the puck to Montour, who took it deep into his own zone and launched a bouncing pass from the right of his own net all the way to Rakell at the blue line entering the attacking zone.Rakell’s goal gave the Ducks their 11th win over the Oilers in the past 14 home games (11-1-2) and the 20th in their past 28 games overall (20-2-6) against the division rival.“It felt like it was going to come throughout the whole game,” Rakell said. “I don’t know what it is against this team, but it feels like it’s never over.”Ritchie scored into an open goal on a rebound of long shot by Marcus Pettersson that hit Rakell and landed right at the forward’s feet in the final seconds.It was the first goal of the season for Ritchie and extended his point streak to a career-best four games.“We can’t be upset about this game Adidas Zach Bogosian Jersey ,” Nugent-Hopkins said. “We can be frustrated right now for a little bit, but we played a hard-fought 60 minutes and can take a lot of positives out of it. Just unfortunate we didn’t come out of it with that second point.”The game was scoreless before Nugent-Hopkins converted a wrist shot from the left circle 8:55 into the third. It was his sixth goal of the season.McDavid got his 19th assist on Nugent-Hopkins’ third goal in his past five games. McDavid has three goals and six assists during his point streak.Anaheim’s Adam Henrique looked as if he had scored the game’s first goal 5:29 into the third on a one-timer from the slot, but the officials ruled no goal. The puck never completely crossed the line before Kris Russell got his stick in to pull it back. A video review confirmed the call on the ice.“The puck was bouncing away from us versus bouncing for us, but then we get a bounce with the goalie out,” Carlyle said. “Bounced right to Nick Ritchie, big, strong guy who was able to put it across the line and give us life, you know.”NOTES: Edmonton scratched D Chris Wideman, who was acquired in a trade with Ottawa on Thursday. The Oilers also scratched D Jason Garrison and RW Patrick Russell. … Ducks D Hampus Lindholm missed his third straight game because of a lower-body injury. Carlyle expects Lindholm to travel with the team for its upcoming road trip. . Koskinen was able to remain in the game after being hit in the chest on a powerful slap shot by Getzlaf during a power play early in the third period.UP NEXTOilers: Wrap up their three-game road trip at the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.Ducks: Open a five-game road trip at the Nashville Predators on Sunday. NEW YORK (AP) — After setting a career high for points last season, Josh Bailey has picked up right where he left off.Bailey scored a short-handed goal in the second period and then the only goal in a shootout to lift the New York Islanders over the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Thursday night.Thomas Greiss made 29 saves as New York swept the home-and-home set and improved to 5-0-0 against Metropolitan Division rivals. The Islanders and Penguins both have 15 points atop the division.“It was a good win for us. We had great goaltending and we did a lot of things well,” Bailey said. “They obviously have a really good team over there. Division games always have a little more added to them.”Islanders captain Anders Lee gave his team a 2-1 lead at 10:11 of the third with his fifth goal of the season Joakim Nordstrom Jersey Womens , assisted by Thomas Hickey and Brock Nelson.Evgeni Malkin tied it at 2 with a power-play goal at 12:02. Kris Letang and Phil Kessel had assists on Malkin’s seventh goal, which extended his point streak to nine games.Malkin leads the Penguins with 20 points. He has points in 10 of his 11 games this season, and 15 of his last 19 against the Islanders.Dominik Simon scored first for the Penguins on a power play at 6:20 of the first, tapping a rebound past Greiss. Jake Guentzel and Olli Maatta assisted. Simon extended his point streak to five games with third goal of the season.Bailey tied it with a slick short-handed goal off a splendid pass off the right boards from Casey Cizikas at 14:46 of the second.Bailey skated in on Matt Murray before sliding the puck between the goalie’s pads for his third goal of the season to extend his point streak to seven games. The 29-year-old forward, in his 11th season with the Islanders, leads the team with 13 points. A first-round pick by New York in 2008, he had 71 points last season — 18 goals and 53 assists.The Islanders, playing just their fourth home game of the season, were coming off a 6-3 road win over the Penguins on Tuesday and a three-game division trip with wins at Washington, Carolina and Pittsburgh. They are 4-0-1 in their last five games overall.“It says a lot about everyone putting in the effort and putting in the work,” Lee said. “We are playing good hockey. The commitment level is there.”Greiss especially kept the Islanders in this one with an acrobatic glove save on Kessel and a breakaway stop on defenseman Jamie Oleksiak in the second period.“We generated a fair amount of scoring chances Christopher Tanev Jersey ,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “It was one of those games where there wasn’t a lot of room out there.”Greiss also made two great saves in overtime against his former team, including a denial of defenseman Jack Johnson in front and a glove save on Kessel. The goaltender also managed to disrupt Sidney Crosby on a breakaway with a poke check.“I guess he didn’t expect that. You’ve got to mix it up every once in a while,” said Greiss, who improved to 3-2-0. “You just react.”Greiss’ play also impressed Islanders coach Barry Trotz.“He made real key saves at key times, key moments for us,” Trotz said. “Those are pretty good people coming at him and he didn’t flinch.”The Islanders outshot the Penguins 10-9 in the first period. Pittsburgh had a 13-8 advantage in the second and each team had six shots in the third. Pittsburgh had a 3-2 edge in overtime.Sullivan agreed that credit had to go to Greiss for his performance in overtime.“They are elite players that have great finishing ability,” Sullivan said, referring to Crosby and Kessel. “Those were two great saves.”NOTES: Letang returned after missing Tuesday’s game with a lower-body injury. By playing in his 692nd game, the 31-year-old defenseman passed former Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury for eighth place on the franchise list. … Islanders forward Jordan Eberle played his 600th career game. … The Islanders scratched forward Ross Johnston, defenseman Luca Sbisa and goaltender Robin Lehner. … Pittsburgh scratched defenseman Juuso Riikola.UP NEXTPenguins: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.Islanders: Host the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.
TAMPA Womens Torey Krug Jersey , Fla. (AP) — Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point were terrific for Tampa Bay.The top line for the Lightning was much better than the leading trio for Chicago.Johnson scored twice, Kucherov had three assists and the Lightning beat the Blackhawks 4-2 on Friday night.Point and Ryan Callahan also scored for Tampa Bay, which improved to 13-0-2 in the past 15 regular-season meetings with Chicago. Louis Domingue stopped 30 shots.The Lightning (16-6-1) remained on top of the Atlantic Division, one point ahead of Buffalo.The Blackhawks dropped to 2-4-2 under new coach Jeremy Colliton, who took over on Nov. 6. Colliton has been playing Toews, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad together in search of more offense, but Chicago is still struggling to score.Johnson, Kucherov and Point got the better of Toews Tuukka Rask Jersey , Kane and Saad for much of the night. Tampa Bay’s top line combined for three goals and seven points.“They’ve been playing really, really well since being put together and creating offense,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “It was an extremely big test tonight to go against that big line they’ve got of world-class players and they did a great job and it set the tone for the game for us.”The Toews line was on the ice for Tampa Bay’s opening three goals.“You’ve got to limit the mistakes and protect the house around your net,” Toews said. “We didn’t do that. Especially myself, being out there for three goals against.”Toews and Artem Anisimov scored for Chicago (8-10-5), and Corey Crawford finished with 25 saves.Johnson scored twice in the first period, including 29 seconds into the game with an open shot from the slot. He scored his ninth of the season at 7:15, converting a quick one-timer off a feed from Point.“They are tremendous players,” Johnson said of the Toews line. “But I’ve got Point and Kuch on my line Zdeno Chara Jersey , so I feel pretty good about that as well.”Point made it 3-0 at the 10:05 mark with his 15th goal. After Chicago responded with Anisimov’s first goal since Oct. 27, Callahan capped the wild first period with his first goal since Oct. 21, also against Chicago.Toews got his 11th with 1:11 left in the second period, but the Blackhawks came up empty on two power-play chances in the third.“They were tough to handle,” Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith said. “They came out hard. They’ve done that several times this season. We needed to be better. We definitely played better as the game went on. The compete level was better.”NOTES: Lightning D Anton Stralman (upper body) and LW Ondrej Palat (lower body) remained out with injuries. Both are skating with the team and considered day to day. … Chicago rookie D Henri Jokiharju, second on the team with 10 assists, was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. … Kucherov extended his point streak to five games. He has two goals and 10 assists in that span. … Toews extended his point streak to six games. … Tampa Bay rookie D Erik Cernak finished with two assists for his first career multipoint game.UP NEXTBlackhawks: At Florida Panthers on Saturday.Lightning: Host New Jersey Devils on Sunday. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators know they might well end up seeing Dallas in the first round of the playoffs, and that made protecting home ice even more crucial after a loss here to the Stars only six days ago.Ryan Johansen scored 43 seconds into overtime and the Predators beat the Stars 3-2 on Thursday night for their second straight win and a little cushion in the Central Division.“They’ve been playing some very good hockey lately Eric Fehr Jersey Womens , and we’re not going to let that happen anymore, especially in our building,” Johansen said.Juuse Saros made 27 saves to improve to 14-6-1, with wins in six of his last seven starts.Viktor Arvidsson had a goal and an assist, and Craig Smith also scored for Nashville, which evened the season series at 2-2-0 and pushed the second-place Predators’ lead to nine points over the Stars in the division.Taylor Fedun and Miro Heiskanen scored for Dallas, which ended its season-high five-game winning streak.Saros made a pad save on Alexander Radulov with 1:38 left in regulation, and Nashville had a chance late with Johansen’s shot from the slot wide.Johansen made up for that with his winner with a wrister from the inside edge of the right circle set up by a pass from Arvidsson.“Great individual play there,” Johansen said of his linemate. “We were kind of looping and swooping waiting for some space. Even when he got it down in the corner http://www.sabresshoponline.com/authentic-jack-eichel-jersey , it was bobbling and he had to make a good play and he put it right in my wheelhouse. It’s good to finish it off.”Nashville had a lot on the line, wanting revenge after a 3-1 loss to the Stars last weekend.“It’s good to get a win just because they’ve beaten us the last two times,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said of the Stars. “They’re playing well right now.”The Predators also debuted forwards Brian Boyle and Cody McLeod after a pair of trades Wednesday , and center Kyle Turris returned after missing the last 17 games because of an injury. The 6-foot-6 Boyle immediately joined the top power-play unit, planting himself in front of the net, and McLeod just missed on a scoring chance in the second.Khudobin came in having allowed only one goal in Dallas’ last two wins over Nashville, and he robbed Kevin Fiala on a 2-on-1 with a great glove save in the first period. But the Predators finally beat the goalie by literally scoring off him. Fiala’s shot deflected off Smith’s back over the net and bounced off Khudobin’s back and in at 17:48 of the period.“That was the easiest goal I’ve scored,” Smith said. “We’re doing a lot of the right things. I thought we made some good plays. You’re going to have to make enough good plays to get good looks. I thought we did that. We got rewarded with an easy one.”The Stars tied it up twice in the third to set up the final game of the season series Feb. 19 in Dallas. Heiskanen tied it up at 3:05, and Fedun tied it at quicklyafter Arvidsson’s goal put Nashville up 2-1. In between Youth Jake McCabe Jersey , defenseman Roman Polak swept the puck away from the goal line after Colton Sissons‘ slap shot went off Khudobin’s stick.“We’re coming out and believing that we can win games, and we put ourselves in a really good situation tonight,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. “We got a point and we got five out of six points in this rink against a really good hockey team.”NOTES: Nashville improved to 24-3-1 when scoring first. … Buffalo Beauts goalie Shannon Szabados was at the game ahead of the NWHL All-Star Game here Sunday. … Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer and football coach Jeremy Pruitt were at the game.UP NEXTStars: Visit Arizona on Saturday.Predators: Visit St. Louis on Saturday afternoon.
ANAHEIM New York Rangers T-Shirts Authentic , Calif. (AP) — A few ticks left on the clock were all Mikko Rantanen needed to make a winner of the Colorado Avalanche.Rantanen’s power-play slap shot with 1.3 seconds remaining in overtime gave the Avalanche a 4-3 victory Sunday over the slumping Anaheim Ducks.Colorado overcame a 3-1 deficit to hand the Ducks their 12th loss in 15 games. Rantanen added two assists to his eighth goal of the season, increasing his NHL-leading total to 32 points.“He’s a highly competitive individual player,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. “He wants to be on the ice all the time.”Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, and Philipp Grubauer stopped 30 shots for the Avalanche.“He made some really big saves,” Rantanen said. “One breakaway save, I think that was the highlight. He kept it a 3-2 game. It was a really good game from him. He made some big saves in the OT, too.”Sven Andrighetto and Gabriel Landeskog scored the other Colorado goals.Brandon Montour, Ryan Getzlaf and Ondrej Kase scored for Anaheim. Backup goalie Ryan Miller made 38 saves.Landeskog tied it 3-all at 11:20 of the third period, taking a nice feed from behind the net.“We kind of felt like we had more to give going into the third period,” Bednar said. “We come up with a big power-play goal at the end of the second to get within striking distance, then came out and won the third.”The injury-riddled Ducks played with four rookie defenders and had to use Miller when normal starter John Gibson came down with the flu. They called up three players from their development team in San Diego before the game.“We have all the confidence in the world with guys coming up,” Montour said. “They’re getting their experience. It’s good for us.”The Avalanche, meanwhile, have won three of four. Their first line of Rantanen, MacKinnon and Landeskog is the top-scoring line in the NHL and it began to dominate from the third period on.Pontus Aberg was penalized for slashing MacKinnon with 15 seconds on the clock in overtime, and Rantanen wasted little time making the man-advantage count.“You just kind of had the feeling with some of the chances that they started to create that they’d be difference-makers New York Rangers Hoodies Authentic ,” Bednar said. “And then they end up getting a couple goals for us, a couple big goals for us.”The Ducks led 3-2 after a high-scoring second period.Colorado tied it at 1 when Andrighetto got a pass from Patrick Nemeth and slipped the puck past Miller.Anaheim regained the lead with a power-play goal a minute later as Getzlaf fired a slap shot from long range that beat Grubauer up high. The Ducks made it 3-1 when Montour came down the right side and sent a wrist shot that Kase deflected in for his first goal of the season.Just 4:34 into the second, Montour had a career-high three points (one goal, two assists).“I thought we executed with the puck early in the game,” Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. “We had some questionable plays later where we seemed to get a little soft with it. There were more pucks bouncing and rolling around.“They came with more pressure. They got on us, and we didn’t execute quite to the same level in the last half of the game.”The Avs pulled within one on a power-play goal of their own as MacKinnon put in a rebound for his 13th of the season.The Ducks opened the scoring 4:45 into the first on Montour’s goal. Aberg fired a shot from 40 feet out and the rebound came to Montour. He took the puck in stride, skated behind the net and slipped in a wraparound past Grubauer.NOTES: It was just the fourth time in their last 15 games that the Ducks scored first. Anaheim has scored more than three goals only once this season. … Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm was scratched with a lower-body injury. … Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler had surgery Friday for fractures in his cheekbone, upper jaw and orbital bone. The team has not announced a timetable for his return.UP NEXTAvalanche: At the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night.Ducks: Host the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night. LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks celebrated their annual Father’s Trip with a victory in Las Vegas.Markus Granlund scored in the shootout and the Canucks rejoiced on their special night on the Las Vegas Strip after defeating the Golden Knights 3-2 Wednesday night.“It was a gutty performance by a lot of our guys tonight,” Vancouver coach Travis Green said. “I like how our guys responded and gutted it out. The guys played hard tonight.”Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom stopped all four shots he faced in the shootout, and made 33 saves.Bo Horvat kept his hot streak going, scoring both of Vancouver’s goals. He now has nine points (seven goals, two assists) in the last nine games. But it was his hustle on the defensive end with a little more than two minutes left in overtime that produced the play of the game.Jonathan Marchessault, who leads the Golden Knights with 10 points, had a chance for a breakaway and was closing in on Markstrom, but was thwarted by Horvat, whose backcheck knocked the puck away.“I’m just trying to win hockey games New York Rangers Hats Authentic ,” Horvat said. “The whole team is. Part of my success is playing good at both ends of the rink. My defensive game is feeding my offense. If I keep doing that and keep simplifying my game and being that complete player, good things will happen.”Marchessault, Max Pacioretty, Erik Haula and William Karlsson all missed their opportunities in the shootout.Pacioretty and Ryan Reaves scored for the Golden Knights. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 of 26 shots.The Canucks, who played their seventh road game in their last nine contests, are 2-0 in overtime games and now 1-0 in shootouts. The Golden Knights, who won a shootout in Minnesota in their second game of the season, are 1-1 in shootouts.Green said it’s been his team’s resolve that has helped overcome the injury bug.The Canucks were without rookie sensation Elias Pettersson, who leads all rookies with five goals, and missed his fifth straight game due to a concussion. All-Star Brock Boeser is dealing with a groin injury and missed his first game of the season, while Christopher Tanev, Sven Baertschi and Alexander Edler were lost during Wednesday’s game.“We’ve talked about being hard to play against right from Day One and not wavering, sticking with the game,” Green said. “We know the type of game we need to play, especially now. We’re down a lot of guys right now. I like how our team has just stuck with it. Each of them knows how they need to play to have success, and they’re doing it.”The Golden Knights Custom New York Rangers Jerseys , meanwhile, extended their penalty kill streak to 13 over their last five games, but continued to struggle with their power play, going 0 for 4. They’re a league worst 2 for 28 this season with a man advantage.“They’re getting some opportunities,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. “The execution wasn’t there all the time, but there’s two or three chances in every power play. When things are going good they go in the back of the net. They’re getting chances, it’s getting better. They’re doing the best they can.”Pacioretty scored his second goal of the season to open the scoring and give Vegas a lead early in the second period, but Vancouver tied the game when Horvat redirected Loui Eriksson shot from the point. Horvat’s second goal made it 2-1 a minute later after he raced down the left side and unleashed a wicked wrist shot over Fleury’s glove.Reaves tied the game late in the second period with his second goal of the season.“We knew they were going to come hard, but I thought we did a good job shutting that team down,” Horvat said. “I think everyone’s gelling together. Everyone’s ambitious to prove ourselves that we can be a good contender, and so far we’re proving that. Everyone was pretty pumped after the game, obviously having our dads here. You want to win in front of them.”NOTES: Chris Tanev played in his 400th career game, all with the Canucks. … Vegas’ Alex Tuch made his season debut after sitting out the first eight games with a lower-body injury. … Vegas announced after the game it signed suspended defenseman Nate Schmidt to a six-year contract extension through the 2024-25 season worth an average annual value of $5.95 million.UP NEXTVancouver: Visits Arizona on Thursday.Vegas: Hosts Tampa Bay on Friday.
SAN JOSE Youth Brandon Sutter Jersey , Calif. (AP) Eric Fehr and Marcus Sorensen spent most of the season toiling in the AHL, just waiting for their chance.That opportunity has arrived in the playoffs for San Jose and those two fourth-line forwards are a major reason why the Sharks swept Anaheim to advance to a second-round series against Vegas.Fehr scored one goal while anchoring the fourth line and Sorensen had three as San Jose’s bottom group of forwards that also includes Melker Karlsson matched the scoring output of the entire Anaheim team in the series.”It’s awesome to see,” top-line forward Evander Kane said. ”It really gives a big spark to our group when you see those guys go out there and play in the offensive zone, create scoring chances and score goals. That really adds to our group. It takes pressure off us as top players to know all four lines can score.”The deadline addition of Kane provided the Sharks a major spark down the stretch but a lower-profile deal a week earlier for Fehr was also key to San Jose’s success.Fehr stepped right in as San Jose’s fourth-line center, giving coach Peter DeBoer the confidence to roll four lines and keep his top players fresh. It was a surprising development since Fehr’s career looked to be nearing its end after 12 seasons when he cleared waivers for Toronto back in November and got loaned to Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in San Diego.He remained there hoping to return to the playoffs where he helped Pittsburgh win the Stanley Cup against the Sharks two years ago. His opportunity came when the Sharks dealt a 2020 seventh-round pick for him.”That’s what kept me playing, the chance to come in here and play some playoff hockey,” he said. ”That’s the best time of the year. This is what you play for.”While Fehr is on the back end of his career, Sorensen should be ascending. He was expected to make the team out of training camp after playing well in the postseason last year against Edmonton.But Sorensen was beaten out by Barclay Goodrow and spent most of the season in the minors or as a healthy scratch before playing the final five games of the regular season after Goodrow broke a finger.Sorensen showed enough there for DeBoer to have confidence to use him in the playoffs and the move paid off with him scoring goals in the final three games of the sweep.”I think he’s a player who enjoys playing at this time of the year,” teammate Logan Couture said. ”He plays a hard game but this is probably the best hockey I’ve seen him play Brendan Leipsic Jersey Kids , at least the NHL level because he’s making a difference every shift.”The Sharks aren’t alone in getting key contributions from fourth liners, whether it’s two goals from Colorado’s Gabriel Bourque, a key empty-net goal from Nashville’s Ryan Hartman, strong overall play from Washington fourth-line center Jay Beagle, or Boston’s Sean Kuraly chipping in with a goal and two assists.After missing the opener with an upper-body injury, Beagle scored a goal in Game 2 against Columbus and has won 71 percent of his faceoffs in his three games in the series after Washington lost nine of 10 defensive-zone draws late in a Game 1 loss.”Especially this time of year, Beags is an all-in guy, a true pro, a buy that will give up his body to make a difference http://www.canucksshoponline.com/authentic-alex-burmistrov-jersey ,” coach Barry Trotz said. ”For me, it’s a mentality. There’s other guys that can probably kill (penalties) as well as Jay, but he pulls people in the fight. And when it comes to the penalty kill unit, he has a lot of pride, and he’ll pull the other guys in.”The Wild got no goals or assists from some of their most skilled forwards, Jason Zucker, Nino Niederreiter and Charlie Coyle, one reason they lost to Winnipeg in five games.. But their fourth line was a valuable asset, providing more than just a couple of token checks before retreating to the bench. Daniel Winnik (one assist) http://www.canucksshoponline.com/authentic-brock-boeser-jersey , Joel Eriksson Ek (one assist) and Marcus Foligno (one goal) gave the Wild plenty of productive shifts against the Jets.”It’s a really tough job for a big man to sit on the bench and come out with a lot of energy,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. ”Every big guy that I’ve had has always said, `I’ve got to get into it. I’ve got to get into it. I can’t sit.”’—AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno and AP Sports Writers Dave Campbell and Teresa Walker contributed to this report.— CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Jack Eichel battled through some misfortune before scoring the overtime winner for the Buffalo Sabres in a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.Seconds after putting a backhand off the post, Buffalo’s captain rifled a low shot past Dave Rittich, on the Calgary goaltender’s glove side 70 seconds into OT.Eichel also rang the puck off the iron in the first minute of the game. He was all alone in front of Rittich with five minutes remaining in the first period, but his shot was over the net.“Obviously you put a lot of pressure on yourself,” Eichel said. “When things aren’t going well, you want to be one of the guys who makes a difference.“I think that’s when you start gripping your stick and start thinking about it a little too much. Hopefully http://www.canucksshoponline.com/authentic-henrik-sedin-jersey , that goal can get me going again. It’s just what I needed.”Jake McCabe, Evan Rodrigues and Rasmus Dahlin also scored for Buffalo, which halted a four-game losing skid.Buffalo goaltender Linus Ullmark earned the start and the win with 30 saves after relieving Carter Hutton in Monday’s 7-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.The Sabres scored three goals on a total of three shots in the third and overtime periods.“When we needed goals, we found ways to get them,” Eichel said. “I think as a group, we probably weren’t the most confident after losing 7-2 in Edmonton.“This is a game we should use moving forward as kind of a building block of what we can do every night to try and give ourselves the best chance to win.”Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist for Calgary, which snapped a five-game win streak.Matthew Tkachuk and Noah Hanifin also scored for Calgary, with Elias Lindholm contributing a pair of assists.After winning four straight starts, Rittich had 19 saves in the loss.“I liked our game. We only gave up two shots in the third Jacob Markstrom Jersey ,” Flames head coach Bill Peters said. “Special teams were good, two-for-three on the power play and three-for-three on the penalty kill.“I think we held onto the puck a little too much tonight and tried to force some plays where we had other options available and could have taken what was given.“We didn’t capitalize on the three-on-one in overtime and they came back the other way and ended it.”The Flames took their point and continue to battle with the San Jose Sharks for first in the Pacific Division.NOTES: Gaudreau became the third-fastest player in Flames history to reach the 70-point mark, doing it in his 48th game of the season. Kent Nilsson did it in 46 games in 1980-81, and Bob MacMillan in 47 in 1978-79.…Calgary defenseman Travis Hamonic (family illness) and forward James Neal (illness) were scratched.UP NEXT:Sabres: At Vancouver on Friday night.Flames: Host Detroit on Friday night.
ST. PAUL Ian Cole Jersey Womens , Minn. (AP) As Minnesota recovered from an early deficit against the San Jose Sharks, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau turned to assistant Bob Woods and told him to keep sending defenseman Jared Spurgeon out on the ice as much as possible.Spurgeon then helped the Wild to an important two points.Spurgeon scored with 12 seconds left in overtime to give the Minnesota a 3-2 victory Sunday night.”I said, `Play Spurge a lot. He looks like he’s got it,”’ Boudreau said. ”He had his mojo today.”Spurgeon added an assist. Jason Zucker had two assists, setting up Spurgeon in the extra session as the Wild tied a season-high with their fourth straight victory.Matt Cullen and Eric Staal also scored for Minnesota, which has points in 15 of its last 16 home games (11-1-4). Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves for the Wild.Joakim Ryan and Chris Tierney scored for the Sharks, who built a two-goal lead and were 23-0-1 when leading after two periods. Martin Jones stopped 38 shots for San Jose, which lost the final three games of a four-game trip.”Tonight’s disappointing,” Sharks forward Logan Couture said. ”You’re up 2-1 late in the game. We’ve got to find a way to shut it down. You’ve got less than 30 seconds left in overtime and we’ve got a pretty good team here in the shootout. You just can’t turn that over.”Spurgeon managed to collect the puck in the offensive zone after knocking down Brent Burns‘ clearing attempt. Spurgeon sent a cross-ice pass to an uncovered Zucker. Instead of shooting on Jones, who slid across the crease, Zucker passed back to Spurgeon for a wide-open goal.”I had all day and all net shoot at Philipp Grubauer Jersey Womens , so I was just trying to put it in the middle of the net,” Spurgeon said.Off their back-to-back losses in Nashville and Chicago in which it was outscored 10-2, San Jose outshot Minnesota 17-10 in the first period.Ryan scored his third career goal 14 minutes into the first when he snapped a quick shot past Dubnyk on a cross-ice feed from Jannik Hansen. Tierney extended his career-best with his 15th goal 2:28 into the second before the Wild.”We’re a good team when we get the lead usually, and it makes us easy for us to play our system when we’re not trailing, so that was big to get the lead,” Tierney said. ”I thought we had a good first period, created a lot of chances, probably would have been nice to get another one in the first there.Cullen countered with 43.4 seconds left in the period, tipping home a pass from Spurgeon.Staal tied the game with 4:44 left on a wraparound that deflected off of Jones. Staal has eight goals and five assists in his past 10 games and reached the 30-goal mark for the sixth time in his career.”He had a nice thing going there and it was nice to get that one, for sure, that first one to kind of crack it Womens Niklas Hjalmarsson Jersey ,” Cullen said of Jones. ”It’s good to see the way that we just kept coming. I was really pleased with our last two periods the way we just kept coming and played some really good hockey.”NOTES: Minnesota placed veteran F Chris Stewart on waivers on Sunday. Stewart had been scratched in 10 of the past 15 games. He has nine goals and four assists in 47 games this season. … San Jose D Justin Braun was scratched after missing the morning skate with the flu. It’s the first game Braun has missed this season. … Wild D Jonas Brodin practiced on Sunday for the first time since injuring his hand on Feb. 6. . The Sharks were 0 for 1 on the power play and are 0 for 20 in their past nine games. … Minnesota is 11-6-2 in the past 19 games against San Jose, including five straight wins.UP NEXTSharks: Host Edmonton on Tuesday night.Wild: Host St. Louis on Tuesday night.— Edmonton Oilers CEO and vice chair Bob Nicholson still has full confidence in general manager Peter Chiarelli.The same can’t exactly be said for head coach Todd McLellan and his staff.Nicholson addressed reporters in Edmonton on Thursday and stated that he believes Chiarelli, also president of hockey operations, is still the right guy to lead the Oilers’ front office and isn’t going anywhere – despite Edmonton missing the playoffs for the second time in three seasons under his guidance.However, when asked about McLellan or his assistants returning for 2018-19, Nicholson would only say the organization still has some thinking to do heading into the offseason.”We will have a plan coming out in the near future with how we are moving forward,” Nicholson said. ”I think we want to do an evaluation and make the decisions we think are right. We are going through the process with not just the coaches, but everyone within hockey operations and (Oilers Entertainment Group) staff.”It’s all being evaluated.”The Oilers entered the 2017-18 season with high expectations, but things quickly went downhill after they started 3-6-1 in October and chased the pack the rest of the way.Despite another strong outing from superstar forward Connor McDavid – who earned his second straight league scoring title – the Oilers had a 25-point drop in the standings from the previous season, when they made the playoffs for the first time since 2006 with 105 points.Edmonton finished 23rd this season with a 36-40-6 record. The Oilers were 25th in goals against, last on the power play and 25th on the penalty kill.Nicholson plans to discuss coaches with Chiarelli http://www.officialoilers.com/authentic-adidas-connor-mcdavid-jersey , but says the GM will have the most input in any coaching changes.”On the whole it was a challenge for our coaches this year,” Chiarelli told reporters in Edmonton on Wednesday. ”I think Todd is a very good coach, but we’re in a period of evaluation right now with him and his staff. Certainly we didn’t perform the way we expected.”Nicholson hired Chiarelli in April 2015 after he was let go by the Boston Bruins. Chiarelli brought in McLellan only a month later to be Edmonton’s sixth coach since 2010. Despite regressing in numerous ways over the course of a season, Nicholson is optimistic in Chiarelli’s vision.”Yes we had a down year, but I really believe when I talk to Peter he has a plan to get us back in the playoffs next year,” Nicholson said. ”Our goal is to make the playoffs next year.”Nicholson mentioned that he’s met with season ticket holders that are frustrated with the organization. He also says team owner Daryl Katz is: ”disappointed, angered and wants us to get it right.”McLellan is 114-109-23 in three seasons with Edmonton.Nicholson won’t hint at when an announcement on the coaching staff will be made.”From my own personal side of it I’m not a person that’s going to rush it, we’ll announce it when we are ready,” Nicholson said. ”I’m not going to put a timeline on it.”—
WASHINGTON (AP) — No one man can possibly replace Alex Ovechkin for the Washington Capitals. So Edmonton Oilers Hoodies Authentic , forced to play without their captain and leading scorer, the defending Stanley Cup champions used contributions from just about everyone to make up the difference.Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a power-play goal with 57 seconds left, and Washington shook off the absence of its finest player to end a seven-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday night.Ovechkin, who leads the NHL with 37 goals, received a one-game suspension from the league for skipping the All-Star Game. He had played in 214 consecutive games, a streak that began in October 2016.Facing the best team in the Western Conference, the Capitals also had to overcome a lower-body injury to center Lars Eller, who played only six minutes. Undaunted, Washington got goals from unheralded role players Nic Dowd and Dmitrij Jaskin, along with Tom Wilson Edmonton Oilers Hats Authentic , before Kuznetsov notched the game winner.Without Ovechkin, the NHL’s 10th-ranked power play unit was 0 for 3 until Kuznetsov connected.“We knew that there was going to be an opportunity for some guys with Ovechkin out of the lineup,” coach Todd Reirden said. “It was a big team effort from top to bottom.”With Calgary’s Mikael Backlund off for holding, Kuznetsov weaved his way into the Flames’ zone before firing a wrist shot past goaltender Mike Smith.“I was just in a bad position to pass the puck,” Kuznetsov said. “So I decided to shoot.”An instant after the final horn sounded, several players traded punches before finally skating off the ice.“There was a lot of emotion on both sides. Two good teams that want to win,” Wilson said. “We were playing hard right until the end there and it’s loud. We were doing whatever it took to get the job done. That includes defending each other and sticking together at the end.”It was the first of six straight home games for the Capitals, who hope to get back on track after their longest losing streak since 2013-14 dropped them behind the Islanders in the Metropolitan Division.“We’re looking forward. We’re not looking back,” Wilson said. “That was a good team effort tonight. Pretty fun to go out that way at the end. Guys are happy.”Calgary trailed 3-2 before Elias Lindholm notched his 22nd goal of the season at 12:01 of the third period. Lindholm eluded Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny to get free in front of the net, where he deflected a shot by Johnny Gaudreau into the net.Backlund and Garnet Hathaway also scored for the Flames Custom Edmonton Oilers Jerseys , who came in with the second-best record in the NHL. It was Calgary’s first defeat in regulation since Jan. 3, and it ended a run of nine straight games with at least one point.“They were a little more desperate than us, a little hungrier early,” coach Bill Peters said. “We got better as it went along.”Dowd opened the scoring with three minutes elapsed, deflecting a shot by John Carlson past the screened Smith.Backlund tied it with at 17:37 of the first period, zig-zagging past defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler after two Capitals got tangled up in the neutral zone. Less than two minutes later, Jaskin tapped in a rebound for Washington.Wilson made it 3-1 with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle in the opening minute of the second period, and Hathaway quickly answered for the Flames.Smith finished with 36 saves, but it wasn’t good enough.“Anytime you lose a game with less than a minute left, it stings www.officialhockeypanthersshop.com ,” he said. “It definitely hurts after coming back and making a game of it.”NOTES: Calgary D Travis Hamonic left with a lower-body injury. … Carlson extended his point-scoring streak to four games and reached 40 assists in a second straight season for the first time in his career. … Ovechkin will have to wait until Sunday for the opportunity to pass retired Sergei Fedorov as the highest scoring Russian-born player in NHL history. Both have 1,179 career points. … Calgary has scored an NHL-best 81 goals in the third-period and remains plus-39 in the period. … Washington was outscored 36-18 during its skid. The last time the Capitals lost eight in a row was in December 2010.UP NEXTFlames: At Carolina on Sunday afternoon.Capitals: Host Boston on Sunday afternoon. OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron put on a show, and Tuukka Rask made it stand for the Boston Bruins.Pastrnak had two goals and two assists, Bergeron added a goal and two assists and the Bruins beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Tuesday night.The Bruins (5-2-2) snapped a three-game skid and beat the Senators for the second time this season. David Krejci scored his second of the season, and Rask made 38 saves.Rask had allowed 14 goals in his first four starts this season.“Tuukka gave us the saves we needed, for his own self as well,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said.Thomas Chabot scored the lone goal for the Senators (4-3-1), who ended a three-game winning streak to wrap a season high five-game homestand with a 3-2-0 record as they depart for a three-game trip Thursday.“We had 39 shots against a good team like that means we did enough to score some goals, but their goalie was very good Florida Panthers T-Shirts Authentic ,” said Senators coach Guy Boucher. “Maybe we could have had more screens in front of him, we’ll look at the video, but when you have 39 shots you have plenty of chances.”Craig Anderson stopped 28 shots.Boston made it 3-1 just 21 seconds into the third on the power play. Bergeron tipped Pastrnak’s shot, and then put the game out of reach as Brad Marchand dangled his way around Dylan DeMelo and found Pastrnak alone at the side for his second of the night.“I was kind of looking for (Pastrnak) the whole way, but I didn’t see a good lane,” said Marchand. “He reached, I teached and luckily it went in.”Trailing 1-0, the Senators tied it late in the second as Chabot scored a power-play goal from just inside the blue line, but the Bruins quickly regained the lead.Already shorthanded, the Senators were called for too many men Florida Panthers Hoodies Authentic , giving the Bruins a two-man advantage. They scored on their first shot as Krejci beat a sprawled Anderson.“It was big (to get two points),” Pastrnak said. “Even though we had two points on this trip we haven’t won and, obviously, every loss feels tough, so good that we (played) hard and got a big win for us.”NOTES: Senators F Alex Formenton returned to the lineup after missing three games with a concussion. Cody Ceci (upper body), Brady Tkachuk (leg) and Ben Harpur (undisclosed) were still out. … The Bruins were without Charlie McAvoy (upper body), Kevan Miller (hand), Torey Krug (ankle) and David Backes (undisclosed).UP NEXTBruins: Host Philadelphia on Thursday night.Senators: Play at Colorado on Friday night.
NEWARK Youth Christian Djoos Jersey , N.J. (AP) — Dylan Larkin and the Detroit Red Wings are gaining confidence with each win.Rallying on the road sure helps.Larkin scored 4:09 into overtime, Jonathan Bernier stopped 38 shots and the Red Wings beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Saturday.Larkin got his eighth goal of the season when he converted a 2-on-1 break with Anthony Mantha. It was Detroit’s fifth victory in its last six games.“It’s awesome and feels good coming in here after games and we’ve come back from behind, finding ways to win instead of last year, when it was going the opposite way,” Larkin said. “Seems like now it’s a different way every time.”Luke Glendening and Michael Rasmussen also scored for the Red Wings.New Jersey had won two in a row. Pavel Zacha and Blake Coleman scored for the Devils, and Keith Kinkaid made 28 saves.The Devils dominated the opening period, outshooting the Red Wings 15-4 and taking the lead on Zacha’s first goal of the season at 11:35. Zacha dropped to one knee to snare a cross-the-slot pass from Jesper Bratt and drive a one-timer by Bernier.The 21-year-old Zacha, the No. 6 pick in the 2015 draft, was sent to the minors earlier this month http://www.officialcapitals.com/authentic-adidas-andre-burakovsky-jersey , with the goal of improving his shot selection and net presence.“It was one of the things they wanted me to work on,” Zacha said. “When you play with the players I play with, they are always trying to find you. It could help me a lot to score more goals, and help the team.”It was a tough opening period for the Red Wings, who lost Darren Helm to an upper-body injury when he was checked along the boards in the New Jersey end.Detroit played better at the start of the second and generated several good chances. Kinkaid denied Larkin on a prime scoring opportunity, and Trevor Daley hit the post.But New Jersey opened a 2-0 lead when Coleman scored the Devils’ first short-handed goal of the season at 15:53.The Red Wings finally got on the board when Glendening flicked a quick shot from the left circle past a screened Kinkaid with 1:34 left in the period.In the third, Rasmussen tied it at 2 on a deflection of Mike Green’s point shot at 13:37. The Devils unsuccessfully challenged the goal, claiming goaltender interference.The momentum had clearly shifted, and so had the confidence level of the Red Wings.“Confidence is the biggest factor to success in the NHL today because of how close every team is http://www.officialcapitals.com/authentic-adidas-evgeny-kuznetsov-jersey , and how close every player is,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “I can’t say that enough times. I don’t know if it’s understood totally from the outside, but it’s the biggest factor. As you win, you gain confidence and certainly gain some swagger.”Now it’s the Devils who could use some swagger after a strong start turned into a disappointing home loss, dropping their record to 3-6-1 in the last 10 games.“The majority of the game we did some things we wanted to do,” Devils coach John Hynes said.“At the end of the day, we made some mistakes and they wound up in our net.”NOTES: Tyler Bertuzzi assisted on each of Detroit’s goals in regulation. … The Devils placed D Sami Vatanen (lower body) on injured reserve. D Eric Gryba was recalled from the minors, and Egor Yakovlev replaced Vatanen in the lineup. … Devils centers Nico Hischier and Brian Boyle were sidelined for the third straight game with upper-body injuries. … Detroit LW Jacob de la Rose (upper body) returned after a three-game absence.UP NEXTRed Wings: Host Boston on WednesdayDevils: At Carolina on Sunday. NEW YORK — The New York Rangers showed their toughness in earning another shootout win Saturday night. A stunning shootout loss earlier Saturday means the Vancouver Canucks will have another opportunity to display their resiliency on six-game Eastern Conference road trip.The Rangers will look to continue their recent surge, and the Canucks will hope to once again bounce back from a shootout defeat Jakub Vrana Jersey , when New York hosts Vancouver Monday night at Madison Square Garden.Both teams extended their points streak to six games Saturday.Article continues below ...The Rangers came back from a second-period deficit after blowing a two-goal lead and earned a 5-4 shootout win over the host Columbus Blue Jackets on Jimmy Vesey’s game-winner in the fifth round of the shootout. The visiting Canucks squandered a two-goal lead in the final three minutes of the third period and fell to the Buffalo Sabres in the shootout, 4-3.The Rangers (8-7-2) have won five of their last six (5-0-1), a span in which they’ve won three times in the shootout. The six-game stretch has been eventful, but in posting four comeback wins and salvaging a point when it blew a two-goal lead in 3-2 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night, a rebuilding New York squad is proving it has a resourceful base.“I think it just shows a lot of mental strength that we have,” Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk told reporters Saturday night. “We’ve been through it before and I think we’re learning from it, growing from it.”The Canucks (10-6-2), who are 4-0-2 in their last six games and 1-0-2 on the road trip, absorbed a hard-earned lesson Saturday Derek Ryan Jersey Womens , when Jeff Skinner and Sam Reinhart forced overtime for the Sabres by scoring less than a minute apart in the waning moments of regulation.“We had our chances to put it away,” Canucks coach Travis Green told reporters afterward. “We had some decent efforts and some guys who just weren’t good.”It was the second time on the road trip the Canucks have blown a two-goal lead. Vancouver scored the first two goals against the Red Wings on Tuesday before falling in the shootout, 3-2.“You need to close it out, it’s that simple,” Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson told reporters Saturday afternoon. “That definitely burns, but we’ve got to use it to our advantage and not let it happen again.”Since backup goalie Alexandar Georgiev started and earned the win Saturday in the second game of a back-to-back set for the Rangers, it is likely star goalie Henrik Lundqvist will be in net for New York on Monday night. Lundqvist took the defeat in his most recent appearance Friday, when he recorded 28 saves in the loss to the Red Wings.The Canucks, who will play a back-to-back set in New York and visit the Islanders on Tuesday night John Carlson Jersey , are likely to split the starts in the Big Apple between number one goalie Jacob Markstrom, who has started the last seven games, and backup Anders Nilsson. Markstrom took the loss Saturday, when he recorded 34 saves. Nilsson hasn’t played since Oct. 25, when he took the defeat after making 26 saves in Vancouver’s 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes.Lundqvist is 8-5-0 in 13 career appearances against the Canucks.Markstrom (six games) and Nilsson (five games) are each 3-1-1 against the Rangers.
DETROIT (AP) — Down by two in the second period and still looking for their first goal of the night William Nylander Jersey , the Detroit Red Wings simply kept competing.That perseverance paid off with a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks when Dylan Larkin scored the only goal in a shootout Tuesday.“I think it’s just going out there and working hard — and working hard for 60 minutes,” said goaltender Jimmy Howard, who made 40 saves. “Realizing that this game has a lot of ups and downs throughout the whole game and if you just continue to stick to it and continue to keep working for 60 minutes, some nights you’re going to get the bounces.”Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist scored in regulation for the Red Wings, who have won four of five. Howard denied Elias Pettersson, Nikolay Goldobin and Bo Horvat in the tiebreaker after stopping Horvat on a breakaway 20 seconds into overtime.“I think part of (being) resilient is guys stepping up and making plays at big moments,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “And for a goaltender, it’s just making a whole bunch of saves and I thought Howie was a big difference that way.”Pettersson and defenseman Ben Hutton scored for Vancouver Womens Zach Hyman Jersey , which had won three straight. Jacob Markstrom made 28 saves.“Overall I thought we controlled the game. To let it slip kind of hurts,” Hutton said.Nyquist tied the game at 2 just 1:37 into the third period. His shot went off Markstrom’s pad and in off the leg of Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher for his second goal.Abdelkader’s power-play goal got Detroit on the board with 6:15 left in the second. He put in a loose puck from the slot for his third of the season.Hutton’s third goal with 8:39 remaining in the middle period gave the Canucks a 2-0 advantage. Hutton beat Howard with a screened wrist shot from the left point.The Red Wings challenged that the play was offside going into the zone, but the goal was upheld.Detroit had an apparent goal by Martin Frk reversed on a challenge by Vancouver at 5:36 of the second. Frk took a long pass at the Canucks blue line for a breakaway and beat Markstrom with a slap shot from the right circle. But the Canucks challenged that the play was offside and replays showed Frk was in the Vancouver zone before the puck, and the call was reversed.Pettersson gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead with 6:21 left in the first period on a slap shot from the top of the left circle off the rush. The rookie center already has 10 goals.NOTES: Vancouver RW Brock Boeser missed the game with a groin injury. He was replaced in the lineup by LW Brendan Leipsic. … Detroit recalled C Christoffer Ehn from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. Ehn had an assist in nine games with the Red Wings earlier this season. … The Red Wings were without D Jonathan Ericsson (undisclosed), forward Andreas Athanasiou (leg), C Frans Nielsen (concussion) and forward Thomas Vanek (lower body) due to injuries.UP NEXTCanucks: At the Boston Bruins on Thursday.Red Wings: Host the New York Rangers on Friday. SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks seemed intent to go after Nazem Kadri right from the start. That didn’t bother the Toronto Maple Leafs a bit and they ended up with the win.John Tavares opened the scoring just after a power-play for an early run at Kadri ended and Kasperi Kapanen had two goals, including a short-handed tally that broke a tie in the second period and sent the Maple Leafs to their fifth win in six games Bo Horvat Jersey , 5-3 over the Sharks on Thursday night.“I don’t know what was going on to be honest,” Kapanen said about Barclay Goodrow going after Kadri right off the opening faceoff.“Nazzy loves that stuff. It got him into the game. I think that was a mistake by them. To go after Naz like that is not going to do anything to him. I think it’s the opposite. It’s going to get him going. I thought our line had a pretty good night tonight.”The Sharks were still upset at Kadri for pulling out a chunk of Joe Thornton’s beard during a scrum last season in Toronto. Goodrow sought revenge early and the Sharks kept going after Kadri for most of the night.“It seemed like they were pretty agitated to start, so I figured I’d just try to use that to my advantage,” Kadri said. “I think they might have been a little too worried about their own thing out there. We took care of business, and it was a good win for us.”Frederik Andersen made 42 saves and assisted on Mitch Marner’s insurance goal with a pass to the opposite blue line late in the third period to seal Toronto’s eighth win in nine road games this season. Josh Leivo also scored for the Leafs.Joe Pavelski scored his fourth goal in the past three games, and Kevin Labanc and Marc-Edouard-Vlasic also scored for the Sharks, who had their four-game home winning streak snapped.Martin Jones made 29 saves but wasn’t able to stop enough of the several odd-man rushes the Leafs generated with their speed.The Maple Leafs took the lead in the second thanks to a pair of odd-man rushes. Leivo tied the game early in the period when he converted a two-on-one off a pass from Tyler Ennis.Then with the Sharks on the power-play midway through the second, Toronto took advantage of a turnover at the blue line by Pavelski to take the lead. Marner got the puck ahead to a streaking Kapanen Youth Brandon Sutter Jersey , who went in all alone and beat Jones to make it 4-3.“The frustrating part right is we haven’t played to our identity,” Pavelski said. “We do it for a few minutes and then we do this or that and suddenly there’s a breakaway, then another breakaway. We’re just hanging them out to dry with these odd-man rushes and chances. It happened again tonight. It can’t happen five times a night.”The teams traded goals off fortunate bounces early with Tavares’ centering pass deflecting off Vlasic’s skate and into the net just after Goodrow got out of the box for his penalty against Kadri.The Sharks tied it when Erik Karlsson’s dump-in bounced in front of the net instead of going around the boards. Andersen never saw it and Labanc knocked the loose puck into the open net.Patrick Marleau then got his first point against San Jose after scoring 1,082 for the Sharks during his 19 years with them when he took advantage of a bad line change to find Kapanen on a two-on-one.“It was pretty emotional,” Marleau said about his second game in San Jose since signing with Toronto. “Being on the other side for so many years and being on this side is a little different.”But Pavelski tied it with a deflection off a pass from Brent Burns on a power play about a minute later and then set up Vlasic for his goal late in the period that made it 3-2.NOTES: Maple Leafs F Auston Matthews (shoulder) skated in the morning but will miss his eighth straight game. … Sharks F Tomas Hertl was scratched with a lower-body injury. … Former Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov was honored before the game for getting inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame. His former teammate, Marleau, represented the Leafs in the ceremonial opening draw against Pavelski.UP NEXT:Toronto: Visit Anaheim on Friday.San Jose: Host St. Louis on Saturday.
The Philadelphia Flyers were hoping to build off the momentum of Wednesday’s win as they prepared to host the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.Instead they were dealing with another injury Friday as right winger Travis Konecny left practice early after getting hit in the inside of his foot by a shot.Philadelphia is already without left winger James van Riemsdyk (lower body injury) and center Nolan Patrick (upper body) Chris Bigras Jersey Womens , both of whom went down in the past week.Article continues below ...“We’re not going to sit here and feel sorry for ourselves,” general manager Ron Hextall told reporters Friday. “We have more depth right now than I think we’ve had in the past. The guys now will go into a little bit more significant positions and have to produce.”The Flyers (2-2-0) are coming of a 7-4 road win against the Ottawa Senators. Jakub Voracek had two goals and three assists as Philadelphia bounced back from an 8-2 home loss to San Jose Tuesday. Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist against Ottawa, Scott Laughton scored twice, and Radko Gudas had three assists.“I think a lot of guys are feeling good about themselves after that game, offensively,” Flyers forward Dale Weise told NHL.com. “Obviously, we don’t want to take that many penalties (12), and we’ve got some work to do, but to get an effort like that and come back and score seven goals is huge.”Goalie Calvin Pickard made 31 saves in his first start with Philadelphia after he was claimed off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 2. Pickard was the Knights’ first pick in the expansion draft nearly 16 months ago but was waived when the Knights claimed Malcolm Subban on waivers three days before the start of their inaugural season last October.Saturday night’s game is a rematch of opening night when the Flyers scored three goals in the second period and beat the Knights 5-2 in Las Vegas as Brian Elliott made 23 saves in his first career start versus Vegas.The Knights have dropped three straight as they close out a five-game road trip. Vegas took a 1-0 lead against the Penguins Thursday night but couldn’t hold it. Pittsburgh scored three times in a span of 7:03 during the second period of a 4-2 Penguins win.“It’s frustrating when you come in here and play a good team, and I feel like you control the game for pretty much the entire thing and little breaks cost us,” Knights forward Reilly Smith told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “It’s something we’re going to have to keep our effort high and keep playing the way we’re doing but limit those mistakes.”Tomas Nosek and Smith scored for Vegas (1-4-0) and Subban made 18 saves. The Knights have been outscored 19-10 in their first five games.“We just have to keep working and stay with it Jack Johnson Jersey Womens ,” Knights coach Gerard Gallant told NHL.com. “We had a lot of good chances again tonight. The puck didn’t go in the net until late in the game. So (we) have to stay with it and work hard. Sooner or later, it’ll turn for us.”Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is 28-19-2 against the Flyers with a 2.94 goals-against average and .898 save percentage. TAMPA, Fla. — A matchup of early-season conference powers takes place Saturday when the Eastern Conference leading Tampa Bay Lightning host the Western Conference leading Colorado Avalanche at Amalie Arena.The Lightning enter the game winners of five straight and sit four points ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs atop the conference standings. The Avalanche have won seven of their past eight on the road and sit tied with Nashville on top of the West standings.It will be a matchup of Tampa Bay’s impressive depth up and down the lineup against Colorado’s trio of Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog, which will be back together after being broken up at the end of Thursday’s victory at Florida.Article continues below ...The Avalanche top line has combined for 48 goals and 124 points through 29 games. Rantanen leads the league with 47 points and 35 assists while MacKinnon is second with 44 points.But for the third period against Florida, with the game tied 2-2, Colorado head coach Jared Bednar split up the top line, moving J.T. Compher to that top line and moving Rantanen to the second line. The Avalanche went on to win the game 5-2, with Compher scoring the tie-breaking goal.“Whenever coach puts you out with guys of that caliber it’s exciting,” Compher told NHL.com. “It was a great opportunity for me, and seeing how hard those guys work Brett Howden Jersey Womens , they dog pucks all the time. I just tried to get out there to get on the forecheck trying to create turnovers, and we had a real good shift, pinned them in their zone and were able to get a goal.”That type of work ethic, Bednar felt, was not up to par, which prompted the switch to start the third period.“I felt like our top guys were struggling to kind of gain some traction,” Bednar told NHL.com. “They did have their chances, they scored on Mikko’s tip (in the first period) and they were doing some good things, but the regular traction that I expect out of that line wasn’t there. I thought maybe I flip them [and] sometimes you can get a spark, and if I didn’t like it I could just move it back real quick.”Bednar told BSNDenver.com on Friday that the trio would be back together to begin Saturday’s game against the Lightning, while goaltender Semyon Varlamov starts in goal.Tampa Bay Paul Carey Jersey Womens , meanwhile, has a deep group of forwards that features five players who have already reached double digits in goal, led by Brayden Point who is tied for the league lead with 21 goals. Linemate Nikita Kucherov is third in league scoring with 43 points.The Lightning also have seven players with at least 20 points and 10 players with at least five goals scored through 30 games.“It’s definitely a strength on our team,” said Lightning goaltender Louis Domingue, who is 9-2 in 11 starts since the loss of No. 1 goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. “We saw it when some of our best players got injured, someone else jumped in the lineup and did a good job. It’s even guys that aren’t playing right now, when they come in, they are ready to go, and they do a good job.”
The Vegas Golden Knights return home Tuesday night to face the Buffalo Sabres after completing their longest road trip of the season Saturday Jay Beagle Jersey Womens , culminating with a much-needed win against the Philadelphia Flyers.Vegas (2-4-0) suffered losses against Buffalo, Washington and Pittsburgh on the trip, but a stirring 1-0 win over the Flyers puts the Golden Knights in the right frame of mind for their rematch with the Sabres, who are 3-2-0 after opening their West coast swing Saturday night with a 3-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes.The Sabres began the season with a 2-2 homestand, including a 4-2 win over Vegas on Oct. 8 behind two goals by captain Jack Eichel. Buffalo will play five games out west in 10 days. The Golden Knights just finished a five-game trip that spanned seven days.Article continues below ...“It wasn’t our best road trip, but 2-3 is better than 1-4, so those are valuable points going back west,” said Vegas forward Cody Eakin Curtis McKenzie Jersey Womens , who scored the lone goal Saturday late in the third period.Veteran goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury recorded 26 saves against the Flyers in his first shutout of the season. The victory kept the Golden Knights from a fourth straight loss, which never occurred last year in the regular season of their magical inaugural run in the NHL.“It’s been a tough beginning to the season,” Fleury told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I think our play has been improving throughout the road trip. I don’t know, nobody likes to lose, and we had to finish on a good note.”The difficult road trip is similar to what the Golden Knights experienced last season. The Knights had only three points out of six road games between October and November in 2017. This year’s longest trip had four points in five games.The Golden Knights rebounded from last year’s early struggle on the road by winning six of their next seven games. How will they fare this time around? They have an opportunity to make up some points with the next five games at the T-Mobile Arena.“Just forget about the losses and build off this win,” forward Ryan Carpenter told the Review-Journal after the long road trip. “All season we try to just take it one day at a time and when you lose three in a row, it’s never a good feeling, especially after having higher expectations this year. But just off confidence Nick Holden Jersey Womens , go home, get some rest and be ready for the next game.”Vegas’ defense allowed 14 goals in the first four games of the trip before blanking Philadelphia. The Knights had only eight goals in the five games. They remain without Alex Tuch (lower-body injury) and the suspended Nate Schmidt. Paul Stastny (lower-body) and Deryk Engelland (arm) were injured on the trip. “We feel good leaving the road trip now,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said after Saturday’s game. “It was a tough trip. We’re going back home for a bunch of games and it’s going to be a long flight home but it’s going to be a good flight. We’re 2-4 and we’re battling back.”Buffalo started its road trip in promising fashion with the win over Arizona, which included the first career goal of 18-year-old defenseman Rasmus Dahlin with less than three minutes into the game when he buried a loose puck in the crease.Sabres coach Phil Housley said Dahlin’s teammates were enthusiastic over the goal. Reporters noted that the celebrating Sabres could easily be heard outside the dressing room.“They were really glad,” Dahlin said on NHL.com. “That makes me glad, too. We have a good chemistry on the team. We’re a good team.” SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Mikkel Boedker might be playing his best hockey with the Sharks.”Yeah, I think that’s pretty fair to say Paul Stastny Jersey Womens ,” Boedker said after scoring twice in San Jose’s 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday. ”I think it’s going well, capitalizing on the chances and paying real well. Our line has been very good and we’re fortunate to get a lot of chances, so we got to keep going.”Joe Pavelski, Melker Karlsson and Justin Braun also scored and Martin Jones made 26 saves for the Sharks, who won their fourth in five games.Article continues below ...Gemel Smith and Tyler Pitlick scored for Dallas. Ben Bishop was chased after allowing four goals on five shots, and Kari Lehtonen made 22 saves in relief. The Stars had won six of their previous seven games.”When you look at it, it’s been this way four of the last six games. The goalies have saved us. They didn’t save us tonight,” Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said. ”When you don’t check Max Pacioretty Jersey Womens , when you don’t want to check, against a good team that’s ready to play, you get burned.”The Stars beat the Sharks 6-0 on New Year’s Eve and had won three straight against them entering play Sunday.”We were actually moving this game,” Braun said. ”In Dallas, everyone left their legs somewhere else. Everyone was coming above on the backcheck and shutting down their speed. That was huge.”Pavelski scored 27 seconds into the contest to spark the onslaught. After taking a passfrom Timo Meier, Pavelski backhanded the puck into the net. Karlsson made it 2-0 a little more than five minutes later, taking a rebound off the back boards, he was able to sneak it past Bishop.Boedker scored when his shot was deflected off the stick of Alexander Radulov and past Bishop. Boedker scored again two minutes later with a shot over Bishop’s left shoulder Nic Dowd Jersey Womens , ending Bishop’s day with 2:37 remaining in the first period.”He’s played some solid hockey at stretches but hasn’t got rewarded,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said of Boedker. ”I think he’s combining them now, which is what we need, and we need that to continue.”Braun found a crease through the defense to make it 5-0 five minutes into the second period.”They scored every chance they got,” Stars Dan Hemhuis said. ”Our determination level was not high enough. We have to get our process in order and the results will take care of itself.”Smith scored midway through the third period after taking a smart pass from Brett Richie and tapping it into an open net.Pitlick scored on a rebound in front of the net off a shot from John Klineberg.NOTES: The Sharks recalled F Danny O’Regan with C Tomas Hertl out a second straight game with an injury. … Stars F Martin Hanzal is traveling with the team on their three-game California trip but was scratched from Sunday’s lineup with ”general soreness,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. … Stars C Jason Dickinson was optioned to the Texas Stars (AHL). … Pavelski has nine points over his last six games. … Boedker has scored goals in each of his last three games. … Sharks D Marc-Edouard Vlasic has an assist in each of his past four games.UP NEXT:Stars: At Anaheim on Wednesday night.Sharks: At St. Louis on Tuesday night.
COLUMBUS Jamie Benn Jersey , Ohio (AP) — New York gave up twice as many shots as it took, but Jimmy Vesey found the back of the net with the deciding goal in the shootout to get the Rangers another win.Vesey, who also had the game-tying goal at the end of the second period, beat Joonas Korpisalo on the glove side in the fifth round of the shootout to give the Rangers a 5-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night for New York’s fifth in the last six games (5-0-1).Vesey scored in the tiebreaker right after Columbus’ Oliver Bjorkstrand was stopped by Alexandar Georgiev, the backup who had started in place of Henrik Lundqvist in the second game of a back-to-back. The Rangers improved to 4-0 in shootouts this season.“I’m pretty confident when we go into shootouts because our guys are so skilled,” said Georgiev, who had 34 saves and picked up his third win in four starts this season.The game remained tied 4-4 through the third period despite an 11-2 shot advantage by Columbus, and a scoreless 5-minute overtime period. The Blue Jackets finished with a 38-19 shot advantage.Kevin Shattenkirk and Mika Zibanejad also scored in the shootout for New York. Pavel Buchnevich had a goal and an assist in regulation, and Zibanejad and Chris Kreider also scored.Artemi Panarin and Anthony Duclair tallied in the tiebreaker for Columbus. Pierre-Luc Dubois had a goal and assist for Columbus, and Cam Atkinson, Alexander Wennberg and Nick Foligno also scored in regulation. Seth Jones had three assists. Korpisalo finished with 15 saves. Zibanejad scored the opening goal on a touch pass from Buchnevich on a 2-on-1 rush 5:54 into the game. Columbus tied it late in the first when Dubois threaded a pass into Atkinson, who tipped it in for a power-play goal.Another odd-man rush allowed Buchnevich to beat Korpisalo and give the Rangers the lead in the second period. Kreider tapped in his team-leading eighth goal of the season off a nice pass from Kevin Hayes later in the second to make it 3-1.Columbus tied the game again in the second with two goals in a 32-second span. Dubois got credit for redirecting a Jones one-timer http://www.starsshoponline.com/authentic-jason-spezza-jersey , and Foligno tipped in the second from the door step on a rush.Wennberg got his first of the season, a short-handed tally off the post to put the Blue Jackets ahead. But the Columbus lead didn’t last long. Vesey capped the scoring in the busy second period to knot the game again at the second intermission.“You can’t overstate how important that (last) goal was,” New York coach David Quinn said. “It really reset the game for us and gave us a little bit of a good feeling going into the locker room between the second and third.”The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Blue Jackets, who are 2-0-2 in last four.“Certainly, the odd-man rushes early on in the game hurt us, and the turnovers, but we played a good game,” Columbus coach John Tortorella said. “I don’t think they were in our end zone in the third period until the last shift.”Quinn agreed.“Give them credit,” he said. “They played real hard in the third and made a big push. They had some great chances. (Georgiev) stood tall, and we got two valuable road points.”NOTES: Columbus has four power-play goals in the last three games. … Atkinson returned after missing Friday night’s game to illness. His seventh goal tied him for the team lead. … New York F Mats Zuccarello (groin strain) missed his second game. … Wennberg played in his 300th NHL game. … Zibanejad has two goals and three assists in the past three games.UP NEXT:New York: Hosts Vancouver on Monday night.Columbus: At Dallas on Monday night. PITTSBURGH (AP) Mike Sullivan knew the Stanley Cup hangover was coming. Even if the Pittsburgh Penguins coach danced around the phrase whenever the subject came up during the opening three months of the season as the two-time defending champions alternated between sizzling and sleepy.”The first part of the year was a bit of a struggle,” Sullivan said. ”It wasn’t anything we didn’t anticipate as a coaching staff going into it.”Sullivan didn’t panic – to be fair, he never really does – and instead offered a reminder to his team that nothing was inevitable.Maybe not. It just sort of feels that way in Pittsburgh when Sidney Crosby and the Penguins are involved.The proof came on Saturday night John Klingberg Jersey , when a pair of third-period goals by the NHL’s best power play pushed Pittsburgh to a 5-2 victory over Montreal to clinch a franchise-record 12th straight postseason berth.”If you don’t make it to the playoffs you can’t win the Stanley Cup,” said forward Patric Hornqvist, who picked up the 200th goal of his career in the first period. ”That’s the first step in this room, to make the playoffs. Now we have to make sure we try to get better every single time we come to the rink. We know what it’s all about in the playoffs. Hopefully we’ll have a really fun run.”Something that’s become a rite of spring since Sullivan took over in December 2015. The Penguins became the first club in nearly 20 years to win back-to-back Cups last June and considering their play since New Year’s Day, they look like a very legitimate threat to give the NHL its first three-peat since the New York Islanders won four straight from 1980-83.Pittsburgh is now 26-10-3 in 2018, a surge that’s pulled the Penguins within three points of first-place Washington in the Metropolitan Division. The Capitals visit PPG Paints Arena on Sunday night.”By no means are we satisfied,” Sullivan said. ”We know there’s another level to our team and that’s what we’re striving for.”Phil Kessel, Riley Sheahan, Conor Sheary and Carl Hagelin scored for Pittsburgh, which dominated the largely listless Canadiens to improve to 17-1-1 in their last 19 games at homes. Matt Murray finished with 24 saves for the Penguins, who swept their season series with Montreal for only the second time in franchise history.”We will use these last couple games to try to find some little things so we are ready to go for when the playoffs start,” Murray said.Jeff Petry and Jonathan Drouin scored for the Canadiens Womens Mattias Janmark Jersey , who lost for the fifth time in seven games. Antti Niemi made 28 stops but Montreal couldn’t handle the NHL’s top-ranked power play. The Penguins went 3 for 5 with the man advantage, including Kessel and Sheahan scoring less than two minutes apart in the third period to blow open a one-goal game.”At the end of the day, our penalty kill gives up three goals and if we’re not going to do the job right, we’re not going to pay the price,” Canadiens coach Claude Julien said.Niemi actually began the season as the Penguins’ top backup after Marc-Andre Fleury was traded to Las Vegas and Murray became fully entrenched at the top spot. The plan lasted all of a month. Niemi found himself on waivers in late October after going 0-3 with a 7.50 goals against average, all of the losses coming on the road.While Niemi has rediscovered his game in Montreal, perhaps it’s fitting the Penguins reached the postseason with their former teammate – however briefly it lasted – in the opposing net. Niemi’s awful numbers in Pittsburgh weren’t entirely his fault. The play in front of him at times was lethargic.The team Niemi faced on Saturday still has some issues in its own end, but the Penguins also have the kind of firepower few can match. Pittsburgh scored three goals in a 4:55-span in the first to erase a one-goal deficit. Kessel and Sheahan beat Niemi 1:49 apart in the third and the countdown to a potential three-peat was officially on.”Obviously you want to go into the playoffs with a lot of swagger and a lot of confidence,” Hagelin said. ”Hopefully we can string a few more together.”NOTES: Penguins F Derick Brassard missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury. … Kessel left in the third period with an undisclosed injury and did not return. … The Penguins are now 9-7-2 on the first night of back-to-backs this season. … Pittsburgh C Sidney Crosby’s five-game goal streak ended, though he did have one assist. … The Penguins’ 12-year playoff run is a franchise record. The team reached the postseason 11 straight times from 1990-2001.UP NEXTCanadiens: Host New Jersey on Sunday. The teams have split their first two games, each winning on home ice.Penguins: will try to take the season series from Washington on Sunday night. Pittsburgh won two of the first three meetings.—
NEWARK Custom Montreal Canadiens Jerseys , N.J. (AP) New Jersey Devils‘ first playoff berth since 2012 is there for the taking. All they have to do is take it.Taylor Hall scored two goals and the Devils reduced their magic number for clinching a postseason berth to six points with a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday night.Any combination of points earned by the Devils or not earned by Florida that total six will complete an improbable ride back to the postseason for the team that finished last in the Eastern Conference in 2016-17.”It’s a tough time in the year and for a lot of the guys in this room, they’re going through it for the first time,” said Hall, who is looking to make the playoffs for the first time in his eight-year NHL career. ”It wasn’t a perfect game but we managed to get two points and give ourselves some breathing room.”Coupled with Florida’s 5-1 loss to Boston earlier in the day, the Devils opened a five-point lead over the Panthers in the race for the second wild-card spot in the conference and moved within a point of idle Philadelphia for the top wild-card spot. The Devils and Flyers each have four games left in the regular season, while the Panthers have five.”Any win right now is going to be huge and we have to keep it going to give ourselves the best chance to control our own destiny and come out strong in Montreal tomorrow,” said goaltender Keith Kinkaid, who made 27 saves, the last on a one-timer by Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock with 14 seconds to play.Stefan Noesen and Blake Coleman each had a goal and assist as the Devils won for the seventh time in 10 games (7-2-1).Tanner Fritz, Anthony Beauvillier and Chris Wagner scored for the Islanders www.officialpredators.com , who have lost 16 of their last 19 (3-12-4). Thomas Greiss made 31 saves in his first game since Feb. 16, when he sustained an ankle injury and went on injured reserve.”He played great,” Pulock said. ”It was good to see him back. It looks like he didn’t miss a beat, so good to see him.”Hall, who has carried the Devils in a career-best season, broke a 1-all tied 41 seconds into the second period with a fortuitous power-play goal. His shot from the left boards hit off the skate of New York defenseman Adam Pelech in front of the net and deflected past Greiss.Hall’s 36th goal of the season was magnificent. He picked up a loose puck at his own blue line, flew up the ice into the Islanders zone and then veered to his left and ripped a shot over Greiss’ left shoulder from the left circle to make it 3-1 at 9:08.”He’s our leader,” Coleman said of Hall. ”He’s been doing it all year, it’s almost routine now for him to score big goals and make big plays. We feed off of it and it’s a reason why we are where we are.”Beauvillier got New York within one a little more than four minutes later with a power-play shot that was deflected by Devils forward Brian Gibbons past Kinkaid.Islanders had a chance to tie it late in the period with another power play, but Coleman got his third short-handed goal Nashville Predators T-Shirts Authentic , beating Greiss up high to cap a 2-on-1 with defenseman Mirco Mueller with 1:02 left in the period.The goal became important when Wagner scored on a deflection in front with 3:36 left in regulation.Fritz had given the Islanders the lead 75 seconds after the opening faceoff, scoring on a rebound. Neosen tied it at 7:54 scoring in close on a setup by Coleman.NOTES: The Devils honored hockey historian and television analyst Stan Fischler during the game. A 2007 Lester Patrick Trophy recipient for contributions to hockey in the United States, he is retiring from television coverage in the New York-metropolitan area after this season. He turned 86-years-old on Saturday. … Devils RW Kyle Palmieri left the ice in the third period after being cut under the eye by an inadvertent stick from teammate Andy Greene. Devils coach John Hynes had no update on his condition. … Wagner took out Hall and referee Dan O’Halloran with a check being the Devils net in the first period. … Hall’s 88 points are the fifth most in a season for the Devils, eight less than Patrik Elias’ record of 96 set in 2000-01.UP NEXTIslanders: Start the final week of the season at home against Philadelphia on Tuesday nightDevils: Play final back-to-back of season at Montreal on Sunday night.— WASHINGTON (AP) — No one man can possibly replace Alex Ovechkin for the Washington Capitals. So, forced to play without their captain and leading scorer, the defending Stanley Cup champions used contributions from just about everyone to make up the difference.Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a power-play goal with 57 seconds left, and Washington shook off the absence of its finest player to end a seven-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday night.Ovechkin, who leads the NHL with 37 goals, received a one-game suspension from the league for skipping the All-Star Game. He had played in 214 consecutive games, a streak that began in October 2016.Facing the best team in the Western Conference Nashville Predators Hoodies Authentic , the Capitals also had to overcome a lower-body injury to center Lars Eller, who played only six minutes. Undaunted, Washington got goals from unheralded role players Nic Dowd and Dmitrij Jaskin, along with Tom Wilson, before Kuznetsov notched the game winner.Without Ovechkin, the NHL’s 10th-ranked power play unit was 0 for 3 until Kuznetsov connected.“We knew that there was going to be an opportunity for some guys with Ovechkin out of the lineup,” coach Todd Reirden said. “It was a big team effort from top to bottom.”With Calgary’s Mikael Backlund off for holding, Kuznetsov weaved his way into the Flames’ zone before firing a wrist shot past goaltender Mike Smith.“I was just in a bad position to pass the puck,” Kuznetsov said. “So I decided to shoot.”An instant after the final horn sounded, several players traded punches before finally skating off the ice.“There was a lot of emotion on both sides. Two good teams that want to win Nashville Predators Hats Authentic ,” Wilson said. “We were playing hard right until the end there and it’s loud. We were doing whatever it took to get the job done. That includes defending each other and sticking together at the end.”It was the first of six straight home games for the Capitals, who hope to get back on track after their longest losing streak since 2013-14 dropped them behind the Islanders in the Metropolitan Division.“We’re looking forward. We’re not looking back,” Wilson said. “That was a good team effort tonight. Pretty fun to go out that way at the end. Guys are happy.”Calgary trailed 3-2 before Elias Lindholm notched his 22nd goal of the season at 12:01 of the third period. Lindholm eluded Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny to get free in front of the net, where he deflected a shot by Johnny Gaudreau into the net.Backlund and Garnet Hathaway also scored for the Flames, who came in with the second-best record in the NHL. It was Calgary’s first defeat in regulation since Jan. 3, and it ended a run of nine straight games with at least one point.“They were a little more desperate than us, a little hungrier early,” coach Bill Peters said. “We got better as it went along.”Dowd opened the scoring with three minutes elapsed, deflecting a shot by John Carlson past the screened Smith.Backlund tied it with at 17:37 of the first period, zig-zagging past defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler after two Capitals got tangled up in the neutral zone. Less than two minutes later Custom Nashville Predators Jerseys , Jaskin tapped in a rebound for Washington.Wilson made it 3-1 with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle in the opening minute of the second period, and Hathaway quickly answered for the Flames.Smith finished with 36 saves, but it wasn’t good enough.“Anytime you lose a game with less than a minute left, it stings,” he said. “It definitely hurts after coming back and making a game of it.”NOTES: Calgary D Travis Hamonic left with a lower-body injury. … Carlson extended his point-scoring streak to four games and reached 40 assists in a second straight season for the first time in his career. … Ovechkin will have to wait until Sunday for the opportunity to pass retired Sergei Fedorov as the highest scoring Russian-born player in NHL history. Both have 1,179 career points. … Calgary has scored an NHL-best 81 goals in the third-period and remains plus-39 in the period. … Washington was outscored 36-18 during its skid. The last time the Capitals lost eight in a row was in December 2010.UP NEXTFlames: At Carolina on Sunday afternoon.Capitals: Host Boston on Sunday afternoon.
BUFFALO Womens Jared McCann Jersey , N.Y. (AP) — Frantic as the final minute appeared, Buffalo Sabres goalie Carter Hutton reveled in the challenge of staring down Nikita Kucherov and the high-scoring Tampa Bay Lightning.“It was mayhem,” Hutton said after stopping 29 shots to preserve a 2-1 win over the Eastern Conference-leading Lightning on Tuesday night.“Truthfully, you embrace the battle,” he added. “You get to show what you’re made of and it was fun.”It was a lot more fun for him after Kucherov hit the same post twice in the final 30 seconds from essentially the same spot in the lower right circle. The second opportunity came when Steven Stamkos fed a pass through the middle to Kucherov, whose one-timer hit the post and caromed wide just before the final buzzer.No problem, Hutton said with a wide grin. He had the angle covered.Jeff Skinner scored his team-leading 13th goal and Kyle Okposo also scored, and the suddenly resurgent Sabres won their third straight. Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu had two assists, and Buffalo improved to 10-6-2 for its best start since opening 11-7 in 2011-12.Anthony Cirelli scored for the Lightning, who lost consecutive games for the first time since an 0-3 skid from March 24-29 last season. Lightning backup Louis Domingue finished with 17 saves.After slamming his stick on the glass as the game ended, Kucherov’s frustrations carried over into the locker room upon being reminded of his two missed opportunities.“My thoughts? It (stinks) when you don’t score Jonathan Huberdeau Jersey ,” he said. “Sometimes it happens. It happened today. For us, forget this game as soon as possible and move forward.”The Sabres limited the NHL’s top offense to one goal after Tampa Bay had scored four or more in each of its past five games.Skinner opened the scoring with 2:15 left in the first period, when he was parked in front and converted a rebound after Domingue stopped Sam Reinhart’s shot from the top of the right circle.The Sabres somehow matched the Lightning in scoring one goal apiece in the second period despite being outshot 14-2.Hutton held the fort in making numerous clutch stops starting from the opening minute, when he foiled Stamkos driving in alone across the front.Okposo put Buffalo up 2-0 at the 5:43 mark of the period when he used defender Victor Hedman as a screen and scored on a low shot from the right circle that fooled Domingue.The Lightning responded 15 seconds later, when Alex Killorn flipped a pass from his own blue line and over two Sabres defenders, including a leaping Rasmus Dahlin. The puck landed on the stick of Cirelli, who scored on a breakaway by beating Hutton high on the glove side.The Sabres’ three-game winning streak is their second of the season. Buffalo won three straight just once a year ago, when the team finished last in the NHL standings for the third time in five seasons.Though relieved to pull out the win, Okposo said the Sabres were too passive in trying to nurse the one-goal lead.“We were on our heels a little too much,” he said. “We weren’t sharp. We’ve got to clean up some stuff. I know we’ve won the last three games, but we probably only played real good for a period and a half.”Okposo then laughed when asked if he would’ve complained after a three-game winning streak last season.“Yeah http://www.floridapanthersteamshops.com/authentic-keith-yandle-jersey , probably not,” he said. “But our standard’s higher this year.”NOTES: Lightning D Erik Cernak made his NHL debut after being called up from Syracuse of the AHL earlier in the day. The 21-year-old replaced Anton Stralman, who missed his second game with an upper-body injury. … The Sabres are 6-2-1 at home, a year after matching a franchise low with 11 home wins. … Sabres C Patrik Berglund was a healthy scratch, with C Zemgus Girgensons returning after being a healthy scratch against Vancouver on Saturday. …Lightning LW Adam Erne left the ice holding his jaw after being struck by a shot from teammate Ryan Callahan with 6:44 left in the second. Erne returned before the period was over.UP NEXTLightning: Continue four-game road trip at Pittsburgh on Thursday night.Sabres: Open three-game road trip at Winnipeg on Friday night. CHICAGO (AP) Sebastian Aho and the Carolina Hurricanes are more interested in the standings than the situation in the team’s front office.Aho snapped a tie with a power-play goal in the third period, and the Hurricanes beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Thursday night in their first game since Ron Francis was forced out as general manager.”You’ve got to do your job no matter what,” Aho said, ”so just tried to focus on the whole game and just play the best game that you can.”Justin Williams had a goal and an assist as Carolina stayed four points back of Columbus for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference. Jaccob Slavin also scored, and Scott Darling made 22 saves in his return to Chicago after he was traded to Carolina in April.The Hurricanes (30-27-11) had dropped eight of 10, and new owner Tom Dundon announced a front-office shake-up on Wednesday night. Francis was moved from GM to a new role as the team’s president of hockey operations, and Dundon said the team will begin a search for a new GM who will report directly to the owner.”It doesn’t affect what we do day to day Womens Authentic Nick Bjugstad Jersey , at all,” Williams said. ”There are no changes coming right now. Certainly he’s still going to be around. It’s not like we’re never going to see him again.”There are obviously some changes being made and our product on the ice will probably determine how many guys are left here.”Tomas Jurco and Patrick Sharp scored for last-place Chicago (29-31-8), which had won two of three. Jean-Francois Berube made 37 stops.With Sharp in the box for interference, Aho tipped Teuvo Teravainen’s shot by Berube 4:35 into the final period. It was Aho’s team-high 24th goal of the season.”I saw the puck all the way and just tried to get a piece of it and tip it in,” Aho said.Carolina controlled most of the first two periods, outshooting Chicago 28-14, but the Blackhawks stayed in the game behind a pair of nice plays.Jurco redirected Brent Seabrook’s slap shot by Darling for a 1-0 lead at 6:02 of the first. After Slavin beat Berube with a slap shot through traffic, Sharp made it 2-1 when he backhanded a rebound into an open net at 15:06 before being pushed to the ice by Carolina forward Jordan Staal.Williams was sent off for hooking with 62 seconds left in the first, but he stepped out of the box early in the second, got a long stretch pass from Elias Lindholm and beat Berube high on the glove side on a breakaway at 1:06. It was Williams’ fourth goal in five games and No. 14 on the season.Carolina then had a chance to go in front, but Berube made a solid glove save on Brett Pesce’s breakaway midway through the period.”We got the lead there but it was a fortunate couple of plays Roberto Luongo Jersey ,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. ”We didn’t play very well. Puck management is something we talk about a lot, and that second period was tough.”NOTES: The 23-year-old Teravainen leads the Hurricanes with career highs of 34 assists and 53 points. He was traded by Chicago to Carolina in June 2016. … The Blackhawks announced another contract extension for one of their young defensemen, agreeing to a one-year deal with Jan Rutta that runs through next season. The 27-year-old Rutta has six goals and 13 assists in 44 games in his first NHL season. D Erik Gustafsson, who turns 26 on Wednesday, agreed to a two-year extension on Tuesday. … Quenneville coached his 1,607th regular-season game, matching Al Arbour for second-most in NHL history. … Lindholm had two assists. ”I thought he was the best player in the game,” coach Bill Peters said.UP NEXTHurricanes: Visit the New York Rangers on Monday night.Blackhawks: Visit Boston on Saturday afternoon.—Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap—
DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings are coming off their first win of the season Andrew Ladd Jersey , while the Carolina Hurricanes have lost three straight.Detroit hosts Carolina on Monday night at Little Caesars Arena.The Red Wings (1-5-2) finally got into the “W” column with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. Right winger Gustav Nyquist got the winner 3:44 into the extra period on a breakaway for his first goal of the season.Article continues below ...“It felt good to score there, for sure,” Nyquist said after the game. “To get that first one out of the way, hopefully we can build off this one.”It is the first time since 1985-86 (0-8-1) that Detroit failed to win in its first seven games.“The Red Wings a week ago would have drooped on the bench and the energy on the bench would have been terrible,” center Dylan Larkin said. “But it wasn’t like that. We battled.”The Hurricanes (4-3-1) fell 3-1 to the Colorado Avalanche in Raleigh on Saturday night.“You don’t want to let things snowball and go the wrong way,” Hurricanes right winger Justin Williams said after the loss. “The trick is to not let it become bigger than it is. Nip it. As long as we approach it that way, we’ll be fine.”Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said his team is playing better than recent results would indicate.“You just don’t want the losses to bleed and make it feel like, ‘Oh Anthony Beauvillier Jersey , my God, we’re not playing that well.’ Really, in my opinion, we’re playing pretty well,” he said. “We’re getting good efforts out of most of our guys, and a bounce here or there and we’re talking about a whole different situation.”Carolina right winger Sebastian Aho is tied for fifth in the NHL with 13 points (four goals and nine assists) and had an assist against Colorado to extend his season-opening point streak to eight games, tying Victor Rask’s run in 2016-17 for the longest in Hurricanes history.Aho also has 26 goals and 51 assists for 77 points in his last 52 regular-season games, a pace that would give him 121 points over a full 82-game regular season.Larkin and Nyquist, who each had a goal and an assist Saturday night Authentic Brock Nelson Jersey , are tied for the Detroit team lead in points with seven each. Larkin has four goals and three assists and Nyquist a goal and six assists.Rookie defenseman Dennis Cholowski also had a goal and an assist in the win. He has been impressive, playing on the Red Wings top defensive pair with two goals and five points and minus-4 in six games, while averaging 21:48 of ice time.He is one of five rookies on Detroit’s roster. The others are defensemen Joe Hicketts and Filip Hronek, and forwards Michael Rasmussen and Cristoffer Ehn.Rasmussen appeared to score his first NHL goal in the first period Saturday night on a tip in, but it was called back because it was ruled that the Red Wings interfered with Panthers goalie Michael Hutchinson. PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carolina had its second win over the Flyers in a week when the team’s social media department had fun trolling the NHL’s most popular mascot: “Gritty victory.”Gritty had to keep his googily eyes open and watch the latest Flyers’ flop. Some Flyers fans tried to avoid the latest disaster and wore paper bags over their heads.Dougie Hamilton, Justin Williams and Teuvo Teravainen scored second-period goals to lead the Carolina Hurricanes past the woeful Philadelphia Flyers, 5-3 on Thursday night.The Flyers are a mess and there may be little choice ahead but to dismantle the team by the trade deadline.“It’s like quicksand right now. We’re trying to get out and it feels like it’s just getting deeper,” Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds said.The Flyers fired coach Dave Hakstol and general manager Ron Hextall last month and the shake-up has yet to spark any kind of sign of playoff life for a franchise that hasn’t won a Stanley Cup since 1975. The Flyers lost their fifth straight game and fell to 3-5-1 under interim coach Scott Gordon since his promotion from the AHL.Simmonds scored in the third to make it 4-1 and end Philly’s scoreless streak that stretched more than 123 minutes. The Flyers got hot too late in the game: Sean Couturier and James van Riemsdyk also scored goals the third, but the rally died at 4-3.Teravainen’s second goal of the game ended the Flyers’ comeback and secured Carolina’s third win since Dec. 20. Petr Mrazek stopped 31 shots for the Hurricanes.“We did a good job just to stick with it Cal Clutterbuck Jersey , get the pucks deep and do our thing,” Teravainen said.The Flyers lost the last four games of a five-game road trip and not even a return home could help the hapless franchise. Once a tough ticket, there were thousands of empty seats at faceoff and the crowd thinned out after the Hurricanes scored three times in the second.“I thought we were in the game, it was tight out there,” Couturier said. “The next thing you know, a few penalties, the PK doesn’t do the job and we’re chasing the game.”Philly fans finally went wild late in the second — when an Eagles highlight video flashed on the big screen and the crowd belted out the lyrics to “Fly, Eagles, Fly.”The Hurricanes have their own issues and have only four more points (39) than last-place Philadelphia. But the Hurricanes played like a team with playoff hopes and“We know where we’re sitting Eric Tangradi Jersey Womens , so we know we need the points right now,” Hamilton said. “We’ve got a lot of games coming up before the All-Star break and stuff, so we’ve got to get on a little roll and help us get back in the standings.”Hamilton took a shot in his 204th straight game and connected with his fourth goal of the season only 1:56 into the period. Hamilton beat Michal Neuvirth for his first goal in 22 games.Williams, a former Flyer, scored his eighth of the season and Teravainen followed with his ninth late in the period for consecutive power-play goals for the Flyers.Neuvirth was helpless when Warren Foegele scored on a deflection for a 4-0 lead early in the third. What seemed like an ordinary goal in a rout turned into the cushion the Hurricanes needed for the second win over the Flyers this week. The Hurricanes scratched out a 3-1 win on Monday at home.“I don’t care how we win. I’ll take every point,” Carolina forward Sebastian Aho said.NOTES: The Flyers had updates on several players suffering from undisclosed injuries: G Brian Elliott (back practicing in 10 to 14 days); C Corban Knight (return to play mid to late February); D Andrew MacDonald (out at least one more game); D Sam Morin (ACL surgery, mid-February); C Nolan Patrick (return next week); and G Anthony Stolarz (practice this weekend). … Mrazek played in his 200th career game.UP NEXTHurricanes: Host Columbus on Friday night.Flyers: Host Calgary on Saturday.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have had a tough time winning this season.Against the New York Rangers on Monday night Philadelphia Flyers Hats Womens , a late goal and a shot in overtime that clanged off the post helped secure a needed victory.Tyler Toffoli scored 25 seconds into overtime as the Kings rallied to beat the Rangers 4-3.Toffoli’s ninth goal of the season came moments after the Rangers’ Mika Zibanejad rang the puck off the post behind Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick. Toffoli was mobbed by his teammates as Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist skated away in disgust.“We were in it the whole game and we found a way to come back,” Toffoli said. “I think it was overdue for us. We are really happy with this win.”Adrian Kempe, who assisted on the overtime winner, scored twice and Anze Kopitar added a goal for the Kings, who scored in the last minute of regulation and the first minute of 3-on-3 overtime.Toffoli and Michael Amadio assisted on the tying goal off a scramble in front of Lundqvist. Quick finished with 24 saves.“They found a way to tie it,” Rangers defenseman Marc Staal said. “And overtime isn’t real hockey, so anything goes there.”Zibanejad, Chris Kreider and Adam McQuaid scored for the Rangers.Lundqvist Custom Philadelphia Flyers Jerseys , who made 26 saves, was exasperated after yet another excruciating home loss. The Rangers have four overtime defeats at Madison Square Garden this season and two more in shootouts.“That overtime goal sums it up — not only this game but a lot of games,” he said. “It’s just really frustrating. Not getting rewarded two points for this effort, that hurts.”The Kings tied the game at the 19-minute mark of the third on Kempe’s second goal of the game and seventh of the season after Los Angeles had pulled Quick for an extra skater.“You’ve got to play 60 minutes,” Rangers coach David Quinn said. “I thought as the game went on we got more sloppy. You’ve got to finish the job.”McQuaid had put the Rangers ahead 3-2 at 9:15 of the third when his fluttering shot from the point eluded Quick. It was McQuaid’s first goal of the season and his first as a member of the Rangers.The Rangers top line of Kreider, Zibanejad and Mats Zuccarello continued to surge. The trio has 39 points — 18 goals and 21 assists — over their last eight games together.Despite his stellar production lately, Zibanejad was frustrated after a vexing and stunning defeat.“We put ourselves in a great place to win, but we couldn’t close it www.sanjosesharksteamshop.com ,” said Zibanejad, who has had multi-point games in four of his last five contests. “It’s just disappointing.”The contest was another close game between the teams. Since Feb. 5, 2008, 17 of 18 meetings between the Rangers and Kings have been decided by two or fewer goals, and 11 have been decided by one goal. The Rangers won this season’s earlier meeting, 4-3 in Los Angeles on Oct. 28.Kreider opened the scoring with his team-leading 24th goal at 8:32 of the first period. The goal came on a crisp cross-ice pass from defenseman Tony DeAngelo, who had been healthy scratch the past two games. Zibanejad also assisted.Kempe tied it for the Kings at 17:23 of the first on a setup by former Ranger Carl Hagelin and former New Jersey Devil Ilya Kovalchuk. It was Kempe’s first goal since Dec. 11.Zibanejad put the Rangers back on top 32 seconds into the second period with his 21st goal. It was his ninth goal in the last seven games, which included his first hat trick as a member of the Rangers on Jan. 31 against the Devils in Newark.Zibanejad has 10 goals and eight assists over in his last 11 games San Jose Sharks T-Shirts Womens , and has a career-high 52 points this season.Zuccarello and Staal assisted on Zibanejad’s goal. That extended Zuccarello’s consecutive games points streak to eight. The Norwegian forward has five goals and nine assists in that stretch.Kopitar tied the game for a second time at 5:04 of the third with his 16th goal of the season. Kovalchuk had the lone assist.The Rangers were coming off a 3-2 loss to the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night, while the Kings, who have the fewest points in the Western Conference, were playing the second game of a six-game trip. They lost 4-2 to Islanders on Saturday night.In a season of struggles, Monday night’s victory represented much needed relieffor his squad, Kings coach Willie Desjardins emphasized.“Our guys are excited. It was a good feeling tonight winning,” he said. “Quickie was great for us and we found a way.”NOTES: The Rangers’ last six games have been decided by one goal. . The Rangers dressed seven defenseman and 11 forwards, scratching forward Cody McLeod. … The Kings scratched forwards Nate Thompson and Matt Luff and defenseman Sean Walker.UP NEXTRangers: Host Boston Bruins on Wednesday.Kings: At New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. WHISTLER San Jose Sharks Hoodies Womens , British Columbia (AP) — Andre Boudrias, the former Vancouver Canucks captain and Montreal Canadiens assistant general manager, has died. He was 75.The Canadiens said Boudrias died Tuesday in Whistler. A cause of death wasn’t given.From Montreal, Boudrias spent most of his early professional career in the Canadiens’ farm system before being dealt to the Minnesota North Stars on the day of the 1967 expansion draft. He had 151 goals and 340 assists in 662 regular-season games with Montreal, Minnesota, Chicago, St. Louis and Vancouver, scoring a career-high 30 goals for the Canucks in 1972-73.Boudrias finished his playing career with Quebec in the WHA San Jose Sharks Hats Womens , helping the Nordiques win the 1977 Avco Cup. He had 22 goals and 48 assists in 140 games in two seasons for Quebec.After retiring as a player, he joined Montreal’s scouting department and spent 12 years as an assistant general manager to Serge Savard, helping the Canadiens win Stanley Cup titles in 1986 and 1993. He joined the New Jersey Devils as a scout in 1994 and helped them win titles in 1995, 2000 and 2003.
WASHINGTON (AP) — T.J. Oshie left for the second time after taking Evgeni Malkin’s shoulder to the head but returned to score late and lift the Washington Capitals over the rival Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Wednesday night in a meeting of the two most recent Stanley Cup champions.Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby traded goals Winnipeg Jets Hats Womens , and Oshie got the winner with 1:14 left following a dangerous hit from Malkin. The Penguins star was thrown out of the game for an illegal check to the head and could get a hearing with the NHL’s department of player safety.Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby stopped 41 of 42 shots for his first victory since Oct. 22. The only goal he allowed was Crosby’s eighth of the season, which came on the power play.Pittsburgh’s Casey DeSmith stopped 20 of 22 shots in his first career start against Washington. The Penguins lost their fifth in a row and could be without Malkin in the near future.DUCKS 3, FLAMES 2ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ryan Getzlaf scored 27 seconds after Calgary got a tying goal in the third period to lift Anaheim.The Flames trailed 2-0 in the first but rallied to tie it six minutes into the third on Mark Jankowski’s short-handed goal. Getzlaf then was able to corral a loose puck in front of the goal and directed a backhand through Mike Smith’s legs for his second game-winner of the season.Jakob Silfverberg and Adam Henrique also scored for Anaheim. Ryan Miller made 37 saves and tied Andy Moog (372) for 17th on the career wins list.Matthew Tkachuk also scored for Calgary, and Smith stopped 21 shots.PREDATORS 4, AVALANCHE 1DENVER (AP) — Colton Sissons got his second career hat trick and Colorado had two apparent goals nullified on replay review as Nashville beat the Avalanche.Ryan Hartman added an empty-net goal with 2:54 left in Nashville’s 11th consecutive regular-season victory against Colorado, which has lost four straight overall.Trailing 2-0, the Avalanche had an apparent goal at 1:29 of the second period waived off after a replay review showed the puck had drifted across the blue line, making it offside. Samuel Girard was straddling the blue line when he passed to Ian Cole Custom Winnipeg Jets Jerseys , whose shot zoomed into the net past goalie Pekka Rinne only to have it erased after the Predators‘ challenge was upheld.A second Avalanche goal was disallowed, on a shot by Colin Wilson, with 12:33 remaining in the third following a Predators challenge. Officials took away the score after the replay review, saying the Avs were offside when the play started. WASHINGTON (AP) After the Capitals scored early, the Penguins scored often to stun their rivals with yet another comeback.Patric Hornqvist, Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel scored in a 4:49 span to help Pittsburgh erase a two-goal deficit in the third period and the Penguins beat Washington 3-2 on Thursday night in Game 1 of the second-round series.Showing no panic from allowing a goal to Evgeny Kuznetsov 17 seconds into the game and another to Alex Ovechkin 28 seconds into the third period, the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup champions took another series lead in typical Penguins fashion.Playing without injured forwards Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin, Pittsburgh naturally fed off Crosby, who had a goal and an assist.”Right from Sid www.goldenknightsshoponline.com , he led the way for us and it’s right down the lineup,” said Guentzel, who had a goal and two assists and leads the playoffs with 16 points. ”You can’t get down. There’s going to be highs and lows throughout the whole series. You’ve got to stick with it to the end and we were happy to get three and end up winning the game.”Matt Murray stopped 32 of 34 shots, keeping the Penguins in the game and maintaining the lead late with a sprawling stick save on Brett Connolly with 2:30 left. Unsure of what would happen at the other end of the rink with Braden Holtby dialed in, Murray could only keep the puck out as much as possible after allowing the early-period goals to Kuznetsov and Ovechkin.Murray denied Michal Kempny from point-blank range and kept the puck out from a hard-charging Devante Smith-Pelly early and missed no opportunity to give the Penguins the impressive stop when they needed it.”I thought he was locked in all night long,” coach Mike Sullivan said. ”He made some big saves for us, especially when they were pressing down the stretch there. … When you get those types of saves, it’s easy to play with some confidence in front of him.”Murray couldn’t predict a furious comeback, but he wasn’t shocked Vegas Golden Knights T-Shirts Womens , either. Not after Pittsburgh has won nine consecutive playoff series dating to 2016, including two against these Capitals.”There’s going to be good things that happen out there and there’s going to be bad things that happen out there,” Murray said. ”It’s about how you respond. We did a good job of that.”The Capitals gave the Penguins a couple of solid punches in the series opener but didn’t respond well when some bounces went against them early in the third. A deflection goal by Hornqvist, a puck that went off Ovechkin’s stick to Crosby and then a redirection by Guentzel took the air out of the building and ruined a strong start by Holtby.”Obviously, some things we’d like to work on,” said Holtby, who stopped all 17 shots through two periods before allowing three on eight in the third. ”Same time, their goals they scored, they were kind of strange plays Vegas Golden Knights Hoodies Womens , especially the last one. It was one of those that’s just a weird bounce.”Washington blew a two-goal lead for the fourth time in seven games in these playoffs, but players felt they handled this better than situations in the first round against Columbus.”Those three shifts, they score,” said Kuznetsov, whose goal was the second-fastest in Capitals playoff history. ”I feel like they got momentum, and then they score again and again.”As even as the play was, a handful of mistakes were enough to put the Penguins up going into Game 2 Sunday afternoon. Sullivan already sees opportunities to cut down on chances against, and his players think they can be better as the series goes on.”It’s one game, we did some good things Vegas Golden Knights Hats Womens ,” Crosby said. ”I think in any playoff series, it’s just about getting better with every game.”NOTES: The Capitals have killed 18 consecutive penalties dating to Game 2 against Columbus. .., Malkin skated Thursday morning with teammates, while Hagelin did not make the trip. Malkin could be an option for Game 2 if his apparent leg injury has healed enough.—
LAS VEGAS (AP) Beset by injuries earlier this season J.T. Miller Jersey , the Anaheim Ducks are certainly glad to be back at full strength.Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Getzlaf scored to lead Anaheim over the Vegas Golden Knights 2-0 in their Pacific Division showdown Monday night.”The last half of the season we’ve had our full team, and we’ve been picking up some steam these last couple of games,” Silfverberg said. ”This road trip, at least, we’ve been playing some pretty good hockey. Tonight, we played one of the best teams in the league and I think we played them really solid defensively. We didn’t give them a lot of chances. This is the type of hockey we want to play and hopefully we continue doing it.”Article continues below ...Anaheim regained sole possession of third place in the division, two points ahead of Los Angeles and Calgary. The Ducks are a point behind second-place San Jose.”It’s tight along that playoff line and we’ve been playing well lately,” Silfverberg said. ”I think everyone knows where we’re at. I think our team performs better under pressure. We’ve seen that these last few games. Hopefully we can keep rolling on this kind of wave.”Starting goalie John Gibson (22-15-6) stopped all 13 shots he saw for Anaheim but was inadvertently clipped by Vegas’ Reilly Smith behind the net with three seconds left in the second period and didn’t return due to a lower-body injury.Backup goalie Ryan Miller played a clean third, stopping 20 shots to preserve the win.Golden Knights netminder Marc-Andre Fleury (19-7-2) made 18 saves.It marked the third time the Golden Knights have been shut out, the second at home. Dallas won 3-0 at T-Mobile Arena on Nov. 28, and Vegas was blanked 1-0 at Nashville on Jan. 16.”It was a pretty tight game both ways. There wasn’t a lot of room out there Womens Charlie McAvoy Jersey ,” Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. ”We were defending fairly well, and they came with a big push in the third period. We knew that was coming. … We haven’t beaten this hockey club this year so it’s always nice when you can come in and beat the first-place hockey team.”Though Vegas outshot Anaheim 33-20, the Ducks did an excellent job congesting the passing lanes over the first two periods and slowing a normally up-tempo Vegas team by getting physical every time it tried to attack.Playing heavy against one of the fastest lineups in the league, the Ducks outhit Vegas 28-25.”We knew this was a very crucial win for our group,” Anaheim defenseman Josh Manson said. ”That was a better game for us. I think it’s one of the better games we played in a while. We knew they were going to get on us fast. We knew we had to support the puck for small passes. Sometimes you just have to make the simple play, chip it up the wall.”The Ducks improved to 15-11-7 on the road and have won four of their last five away from home. Anaheim became just the seventh opponent – and fifth in regulation – to win on Vegas’ home ice.And while the Ducks have enjoyed playing at full strength, Vegas missed forwards Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, who is on injured reserve with an upper-body injury, and James Neal, who was a late scratch. With the team minus Neal, a catalyst for the Golden Knights’ second line Authentic Louis Domingue Jersey , Alex Tuch stepped in to play with David Perron and Erik Haula.”He’s a big part of our line, for sure. We know what we want to do out there,” Perron said of Neal. ”We do a lot of little plays, like possession plays, and it’s tough for Tuchy to come in and kind of get in that. Maybe he has a different mentality. He hasn’t really played that way this year – he’s more of a speed guy. I felt we got better throughout the game. We had some chances.”Silfverberg gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead after setting up in the slot and tipping in Andrew Cogliano’s wrist shot past defenseman Brad Hunt and Fleury. It was Silfverberg’s 13th goal of the season, Cogliano’s 17th assist and Rickard Rakell’s 25th assist.Getzlaf, who played in his 898th game, thought he had given the Ducks a two-goal lead in the second period, but a replay review revealed Rakell was offside.Seven minutes into the third, Getzlaf’s knuckler trickled through Fleury’s legs to make it 2-0.Vegas, which leads the NHL with 82 points http://www.officiallightningprostore.com/authentic-adidas-mikhail-sergachev-jersey , dropped to 22-5-2 at home. The 22 home wins match the NHL mark for an expansion team set by Gordie Howe and the Hartford Whalers in 1979-80.NOTES: The Golden Knights, who have scored a power-play goal in 12 of the last 14 games, were 0 for 2 with the man advantage. … The Golden Knights were also without Shea Theodore (scratch) and Brendan Lepsic (healthy scratch). … Before the game, Vegas recalled forwards Stefan Matteau and Tomas Hyka from Chicago of the AHL. … Anaheim’s Ondrej Kase is two games shy of 100 for his career.UP NEXTDucks: Host the Dallas Stars on Wednesday.Golden Knights: Host the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.— The addition of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to the Hockey Hall of Fame has prompted sharp pushback from some former players angry about the league’s handling of head injuries.Bettman joined Martin Brodeur, Jayna Hefford, Willie O’Ree, Martin St. Louis and Alexander Yakushev in the Hall of Fame class of 2018 announced on Tuesday. Bettman has overseen the NHL’s expansion from 24 to 31 teams and surge in annual revenue from $437 million to $5 billion in a quarter-century overseeing the NHL. His tenure also has included three lockouts of the players and increased controversy over concussions.A federal lawsuit against the league , consolidated from five cases filed in 2013, has sought class action status for pursuit of damages for mental and physical health problems plaguing former players who experienced head trauma during their careers. The plaintiffs have alleged the league failed to warn its players of the long-term risk of brain damage that may have been suffered in action on the ice.Two more retirees, Daniel Carcillo and Nick Boynton , recently filed their own federal lawsuit under similar arguments. They were among the vocal critics on Tuesday of Bettman’s impending induction Nikita Kucherov Jersey , using their Twitter accounts to express disgust about the honor for the NHL’s top official since 1993.”I can’t get over what a slap in the face this must be to the families of Steve Montador, Rick Rypien, Derek Boogaard, Bob Probert & Wade Belak,” Carcillo tweeted , referencing five former players who were suffering from brain damage and died prematurely by causes that included overdose and suicide. ”Gary Bettman had a hand in every death by withholding info about the risks of doing their job.”Boynton questioned the election and called on the Hall of Fame to return all the personal items he donated to the museum from his career.”This is not something I want to be a part of,” Boynton tweeted .—
ST. LOUIS – A banged up St. Louis Blues team is limping home from a tough west coast swing as they host the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.Four prominent players were knocked out of the lineup during the three-game trip that started in Chicago and ended with stops in Las Vegas and San Jose. The Blues went 1-2 Johnny Gaudreau Jersey Kids , with both loses being shutouts including a 4-0 setback to the Sharks on Saturday.Defenseman Carl Gunnarsson and forward Jaden Schwartz, who both suffered upper body injuries in the Blues’ 4-1 win at Vegas on Friday, missed the finale against the Sharks. Forward Alexander Steen missed both the Vegas and San Jose games as did forward Pat Maroon, who suffered an upper-body injury against Chicago game and was placed on injured reserve.Article continues below ...“It’s being tested,” Blues head coach Mike Yeo told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch before the game against the Sharks. “It was tested within the game last game. Obviously we had to shorten the bench playing the majority of the game with five defensemen and then losing Schwartzie and guys stepped up. They seemed to be excited about the opportunity for extra ice time. Back-to-back games can be a little bit more of a challenge, but we’ve got young legs in the lineup and it’s an opportunity for guys to prove they belong at this level or they belong in the role we’re giving them an opportunity to play tonight.”Yeo said there would be a further update on the injury situation on Monday before the team hosted the Kings. The Blues did not make any immediate roster moves, due to still having 12 healthy forwards already with the team.The injuries, plus the travel Mark Giordano Jersey , seemed to catch up with the Blues in a lackluster performance against the Sharks.“It wasn’t just the offense,” Yeo told the Post-Dispatch. “Defensively, we also gave up a whole bunch tonight too. In the third period, we generated a number of high quality scoring chances and it was all through hard work. It’s a simple recipe that we have to follow night after night. We did it last night and we didn’t do it for the first two periods tonight and we just can’t keep coming and saying it’s good one night, it’s not good the next night. We have to demand of ourselves that we bring it night after night for 60 minutes.”Monday’s game will be the first meeting this season between the Blues and Kings. The Blues won two out of the three meetings last season.The Kings are coming off of a 5-3 loss at Nashville on Saturday and have lost four of their last five games.Kings center Anze Kopitar snapped a five-game scoreless streak with a two-point night in the loss to the Predators.“It’s extremely frustrating going from an MVP nominee to barely getting any chances,” Kopitar toldNHL.com on Wednesday. “But I’ll correct it. I have no doubt in my mind that I’ll correct it.”On Sunday, the Kings recalled forward Austin Wagner from AHL-Ontario. Forward Trevor Lewis (fractured foot) is listed week-to-week and goalie Cole Kehler has been assigned to Ontario. COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) In a season of broken records and firsts for the Columbus Blue Jackets Youth Matthew Tkachuk Jersey , one of the most important eluded them again: winning a playoff series.The Blue Jackets’ promising season fizzled out in Game 6 of their opening-round series against the Washington Capitals. They were stunning at times – like in the first two games, both won in OT – but glaringly not good enough the rest of the way. Columbus’ power play went to sleep, and the Capitals took four in a row, capping it with a 6-3 victory Monday night.Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made some acrobatic saves throughout the series, but he also allowed a goal or two he should have knocked down.”We did not make big plays,” coach John Tortorella said. ”At times, we didn’t get a big save. That goes right on through the team. I’m not just saying (Bobrovsky), but the whole team. That’s why you’re out in six. It’s tough in the playoffs. We have a number of things we need to get better at Michael Frolik Jersey , as individuals and as a team.”There are reasons to be optimistic about the future of this young team. It battled through slumps and myriad injuries to key players, climbing back in the Metropolitan Division race with a 10-game winning streak. It played its grittiest hockey in February and March and emerged as a wild card from a mix of teams that all came on strong to finish.”I’m so proud to lead this team, but I just want to see something good happen for our team,” said captain Nick Foligno, who scored two goals on Monday. ”I want us to realize the potential we have in here, and I want it to happen now.”RECORDS AND FIRSTSColumbus traded last offseason for forward Artemi Panarin, who became the star the team had hoped he would be. He broke Rick Nash’s franchise record for points with 82 (27 goals, 55 assists).He was great in the first three games of the playoffs but went quiet as Washington figured out how to pressure him.The Blue Jackets sorely need another guy performing at Panarin’s level. That could turn out to be Pierre Luc-Dubois Authentic Mikael Backlund Jersey , who broke franchise rookie records this season for goals and points (20-28-48). He centered the top line next to Panarin, and Tortorella said the playoffs contributed to his growth.”At 19 years old, pushed into the forefront as far as being our No. 1 center and coming into this series against a team that’s pretty deep in the middle, he handled himself very well,” Tortorella said. ”Were there some minutes he struggled? Yeah, but he’s 19. It’s just a great process for him to go through early in his career.”SPARKLING BLUE LINEThe first-line defensive duo of Zach Werenski and Seth Jones again was one of the best in the NHL. Both set franchise scoring records for defensemen with 16 goals apiece. Werenski is just 20, and Jones is 23. That line should be strong for years to come.QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS Mike Smith Jersey , QUESTIONSAfter losing in the first round of each of four playoffs in its 17-season history, Columbus remains the only currently existing NHL franchise to never have won a playoff series.What can get the Blue Jackets over the hump?Another elite sniper to complement Panarin?A much better season from forward Cam Atkinson? The former All-Star was the team’s leading scorer last season but missed 17 games because of injury this time and never found his mojo. Other usually reliable forwards – including Foligno, Brandon Dubinsky and Boone Jenner – also were unspectacular.Will the Blue Jackets pay up to keep Bobrovsky and Panarin? Both Russians have contracts that run through next season but are eligible for extensions in July. Panarin, who made $6 million against the cap this season, will be able to command a big raise.—
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