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TORONTO (AP) — Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen will sit out Saturday night’s game against the New York Islanders because of a groin injury.The team said Andersen is day to day TJ Brodie Jersey , and announced hours later it had acquired goalie Michael Hutchinson from Florida for the Maple Leafs’ fifth-round pick in the 2020 NHL draft.Andersen last played on Dec. 22 against the New York Rangers, stopping 25 shots in a 5-3 win. The 29-year-old from Denmark has 20 wins through 30 starts this season to go along with a .923 save percentage and a 2.50 goals-against average.Garret Sparks will start against the Islanders, with Kasimir Kaskisuo — called up from Toronto of the AHL on an emergency basis — serving as the backup.Hutchinson, 28 Womens Travis Hamonic Jersey , has appeared in four games with the Panthers this season and eight for Springfield of the AHL. He played in 102 games for Winnipeg from 2013-18 where he was 43-39-11 record with a .910 save percentage and a 2.65 GAA.The Maple Leafs said Hutchinson will report to the Marlies. The Buffalo Sabres and the Boston Bruins both stumbled coming out of the Christmas break on Thursday.The Sabres lost 4-1 to the Blues in St. Louis and the Bruins lost 5-2 to the visiting New Jersey Devils.They will be trying to find their grooves Saturday night in Buffalo.Article continues below ...“It’s a team we’re chasing right now,” Bruins defenseman Torey Krug told reporters Friday after practice. “We’ve had a lot of tough games against them, close games. I think they’ve been on the winning side of few more of them than us lately. So, it’s a big match.”The Sabres (21-12-5) have a three-point lead over the Bruins (20-14-4).“You have this next little bit here where you’re still in that midpoint of the season and then all of a sudden it gets to be the stretch run Custom Los Angeles Kings Jerseys ,” Sabres right winger Kyle Okposo said after practice Friday. “That’s when teams are fighting, they’re really clawing for every point. But points now are the same as points then.Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy will miss the game Saturday with a lower-body injury. They could also be without left winger Brad Marchand, who played Thursday despite being ill and then took a stick to the chest and let the game. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy was not optimistic about his chances to play.Boston forward David Backes has been suspended three games for his check to the head of New Jersey Devils forward Blake Coleman during Thursday’s game, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced Friday.The Sabres could have right winger Jason Pominville back in the lineup Saturday. He was injured Dec. 18 in the game against the Florida Panthers when he collided with teammate Rasmus Ristolainen. Pominville practiced Friday.“We’ve earned the right to be where we’re at http://www.hurricanesshoponline.com/authentic-andrei-svechnikov-jersey ,” Pominville said. “But at the same time, there’s a still a lot of work to be done. It’ll fun to see the team grow through this adversity, the challenge of seeing teams ready to play us.“Maybe at the start when we were winning, we might’ve caught teams off guard a little bit. But now that they know they come in here Brock McGinn Jersey Kids , they’re going to face a good team, they’re going to face a team that depth that plays well and plays hard.”Sabres center Jack Eichel scored his 15th goal of the season Thursday, but the Sabres are still lacking scoring from their supporting cast.“We’ve got to find a way,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said. “And I’ll continue to say it: If you want to score in this league www.minnesotawildteamshops.com , you’re going to have to get dirty once in a while and you’re going to have to go to the net. It’s going to get harder as we move forward here. That’s a challenge for us.”Despite the injuries to McAvoy and Marchand, the Bruins are becoming whole again.Left winger Jake DeBrusk and defensemen Zdeno Chara and Kevan Miller all returned Thursday.Chara missed 19 games after he wrenched his left knee Nov. 14 against the Avalanche at Colorado.Miller missed 13 games after suffering a fractured larynx Nov. 26 at Toronto when he was hit in the throat by a deflected shot.DeBrusk was hit in the head by the puck on a shot from a teammate in the Nov. 26 game, played for the next four games and then missed the next nine games with concussion symptoms.

 

DETROIT — The Dallas Stars are beginning to play the way they want to and the Detroit Red Wings aren’t.Detroit plays host on Sunday at Little Caesars Arena to Dallas (5-4-0) Womens Charlie McAvoy Jersey , which has won its last two games after struggling to begin the season.After the Stars’ 5-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night in Dallas, Dallas first-year coach Jim Montgomery told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: “If you look at a picture of what Stars hockey should look like, that’s tonight. We possessed the puck. We were fast and physical. We defended well.”Article continues below ...Dallas does not lack offensive firepower. Center Tyler Seguin is the team’s top point producer with three goals and 11 points, right winger Alexander Radulov has four goals and six assists, defenseman John Klinberg leads the Stars with five goals and has nine points, captain and left winger Jamie Benn has four goals and four assists, and center Jason Spezza has contributed two goals and eight points.“We’re trending the right way and there are going to be a few more bumps in the road,” Montgomery said. “But sooner or later we are going to get to the level of play that you saw tonight. And it’s going to be fun for the city and fun for the fans.”Detroit (1-7-2) has the NHL’s worst record after Friday night’s 2-1 home loss to the Winnipeg Jets.The Red Wings led 1-0 after a solid first period but were dominated in the final 40 minutes. They were outshot 31-13 in the second and third periods and took too many penalties in the second period.But that was a much better effort than Detroit’s 3-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday at Little Caesars Arena.“The compete was way better, no doubt about it,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “We came out in the first, I thought we carried the play and we didn’t score on chances that we had opportunities to score on. I thought we could have walked out with a better lead. So I thought the effort and compete was very good.”Only a spectacular performance by goaltender Jimmy Howard, who made 38 saves, kept Detroit in Friday night’s game.“I think Jimmy’s played really well and obviously the second period (when Winnipeg outshot Detroit 21-4) he was outstanding, outstanding Danton Heinen Jersey Kids ,” Blashill said. “They had some real good chances and they’re real shooters and I thought he was outstanding.”Friday night was also the season debut of Detroit defenseman Mike Green, who had been recovering from a virus that attacked his liver. He was minus-1 and had five shots in 20:27 of ice time.“I thought Greener was pretty good,” Blashill said. “He hasn’t played a game in a long, long, long time. I thought he came in and did a pretty good job.“He pushed the puck out of our zone. I thought he was good offensively, so I thought he did a good job.”The Red Wings have only 21 goals in their 10 games and two in their past two games, both scored by forward Andreas Athanasiou. NEWARK, N.J. (AP) It would be easy to say the New Jersey Devils are back after ending a six-year playoff drought.John Hynes’ team went from last in the Eastern Conference in 2016-17 to the postseason in less in the year, riding a career year by left wing Taylor Hall and outstanding first seasons by No. 1 overall draft pick Nico Hischier and Will Butcher. This was a team that made it tough on opponents almost every time it stepped on the ice.The standings said it all. New Jersey went from 28 wins and 70 points to 44 wins and 97 points.Still, it was only good enough to outlast the hard-charging Florida Panthers in the closing weeks of the regular season and get the No. 8 seed.The Devils discovered that playoffs were another level. They were eliminated by Tampa Bay, the top seed in the Eastern Conference, in five games.”Of course, we’re disappointed,” veteran center Travis Zajac said Tuesday as the Devils cleaned out their lockers. ”But we accomplished a lot as a team. This is just the beginning. I like how we come together as a team. We faced a lot of adversity http://www.officialbruinsproonline.com/authentic-adidas-david-krejci-jersey , but we survived. Because the league is so close and it’s going to be that way again next year, we have to continue to get better.”The Devils have ridden a roller-coaster in Hynes’ first three seasons as coach. They exceeded expectations in his first year, plummeted two years ago and then stunned the league in getting back to the playoffs.”You have no idea of how good I feel about what we did this year,” said captain Andy Greene, who like Zajac was with the Devils when they reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2012. ”We were a lot better. The way we competed every game down the stretch. We were fighting for each other. We were picked last in the division and last in the conference. We took that to heart. It’s all part of the process. You don’t go from the bottom to the top unless you work hard.”Hall carried the Devils this season, scoring points in 26 straight games in which he played. He finished with 39 goals and 54 assists. His 93 points were 41 more than the next closest player on the team, Hischier (20 goals, 32 assists).”I knew he was a really good hockey player, but it was nothing like what I saw this year,” said forward Marcus Johansson, who was limited to 29 games by concussions. ”He was unbelievable day in and day out.”If Hall can match next season and young players like Hischier, Butcher, Myles Wood, Blake Coleman and Jesper Bratt improve and the work ethic remains the same Authentic David Pastrnak Jersey , the Devils can easily make it back to the playoffs next season.Here’s some things to watch next season:GOOD GOALTENDING: The Devils have two starters. Backup Keith Kinkaid had 16 wins in the final two months to secure the playoff berth. Cory Schneider, who lost the starting job after groin and hip injuries in January, was outstanding in the playoffs after taking over for Kinkaid in the second game.FREE AGENCY: General manager Ray Shero has three big decisions with unrestricted free agents: forwards Patrick Maroon and Michael Grabner and defenseman John Moore. Maroon, who like Grabner was acquired in a deal near the trading deadline, played better and provided a net-front presence. Moore might be let go to create space for youngsters Mirco Mueller and Steven Santini.Blake Coleman and Stefan Noesen, who were the wings on the checking line with Zajac, are restricted free agents along with Wood, who had 19 goals. Expect them back along with Santini, another restricted free agent.HISCHIER: The 19-year-old can play. He’s not in the same class as Connor McDavid or Austin Matthews. Still, he does all the little things and he will score more if he starts hitting the net.DEFENSE: For the second straight year the Devils gave up 244 goals. That’s too many. Sami Vatanen, who was acquired from Anaheim, helped the defense and was Greene’s partner on the top pair. The defense needs a star and Shero may go after the Capitals’ John Carlson.—Associated Press freelancer Jim Hague contributed to this report.—

 

Though the Detroit Red Wings and the New Jersey Devils have taken different paths so far this season Custom Philadelphia Flyers Jerseys , they arrive at Saturday’s Prudential Center matinee with nearly identical records while trying to stay out of the basement of their respective division.The Red Wings (8-9-2) did not win their first game until Oct. 20, but have seven wins in the last nine games. The Devils (8-8-1) won each of their first four games before dropping nine of 11, though they enter play Saturday having won two straight.As a result, the Devils are tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins for last place in the Metropolitan Division and the Red Wings are one point ahead of the Florida Panthers in the Atlantic Division.Article continues below ...“I told the players that if our game improves then our results will improve,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “That’s where our focus has to be.”Despite recent injuries to centers Nico Hischier and Brian Boyle, the Devils showed a more complete commitment to doing all that it takes to win in the NHL in their last two games after a hideous road trip in which they won only once in seven games.First, the Devils topped the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 on Tuesday night, with Taylor Hall scoring twice and adding two assists. The Devils followed with an impressive 3-0 road win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday as Blake Coleman scored a goal and finished with three points, goaltender Keith Kinkaid posted his third shutout, tying him for the league lead.“We know exactly where we are in the standings, and it’s frustrating to see yourself there,” Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy told nj.com. “But it’s what we’ve deserved so far. In order for us to get back into this thing www.officialpenguinsproshop.com , we’ve got to play consistently good hockey. We’ve done that the last couple of games.”Hischier, who missed the last two games with an upper-body injury, practiced Friday, but he remains questionable for Saturday’s game. And while Boyle remains on injured reserve with an upper-body injury of his own, defenseman Sami Vatanen is also questionable to play against the Red Wings because of an unspecified injury that knocked him out of Thursday’s game in the second period.The Red Wings stumbled Thursday night, losing 2-1 to the Senators in Ottawa to end a four-game winning streak. Yet they’ve rebounded from a terrible start this season and scored 29 goals in their last seven victories while playing much better defensively.One of their recent wins was a 4-3 victory over the Devils on Nov. 1 in Detroit, part of that miserable road trip for New Jersey.“I think if you ask the guys from Jersey, they probably think they didn’t have their best game in our building,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill told reporters on Friday. “They felt like they weren’t skating that game … and I felt we played very good. So (this time) I’m expecting to get Jersey when they’re at their best — really hounding you with their forward pressure, really on top of you all night.”Rookie Michael Rasmussen was one of Detroit’s goal scorers in that game. He also scored the only goal in Thursday’s loss, and has four goals in his last eight games.“I think he’s going to score lots of goals in this league because he knows how to go to the net,” Blashill said of the 19-year-old Rasmussen.Last season Pittsburgh Penguins T-Shirts Authentic , the Devils and Red Wings split games played in New Jersey, though the Devils did take the overall season series 2-1. Hall had four points in two games and Hischier had three goals in three games for the Devils.“They’ve been a little up and down since we last played them, but they’re at home so they’ll try to have a fast start, get the crowd into the game,” Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall told the team’s website. “We want to do the exact opposite, take the crowd out of it and stay on top of them instead of the other way around.” ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild started the season sluggishly, with a four-day break on the schedule following two flat performances.The spark came midway through this matchup with division rival Chicago, with a big push by Jason Zucker.Ryan Suter tied the game with 23 seconds left in the third period and Zucker scored in overtime, rallying the Wild past the Blackhawks 4-3 on Thursday night.Zucker had two goals and an assist, including a breakaway backhander 3:25 into the extra period. Zach Parise sent a long pass across the red line to a streaking Zucker, whose shot zipped between Cam Ward’s pads to give the Wild (1-1-1) their first win of the season.“I know the way I can play Pittsburgh Penguins Hoodies Authentic , and tonight was much more like it. I think everybody would’ve said the same thing about the first two games. We all wanted to step up and play well,” Zucker said. “That’s what true leadership is, just guys going out and showing it on the ice.”Suter’s takeaway gave the Wild possession on that play, after he batted in a backhander off a short-handed rebound of Parise’s shot to make it 3-3. The 14-year veteran defenseman, coming off a career-threatening ankle injury in April, had two assists.“The first one’s always the toughest,” Suter said, adding: “It was good to find a way to win. It wasn’t pretty, but it doesn’t really matter.”Particularly his tying goal that emerged from a mass of bodies in front of the net.“When they were banging it on the post, I didn’t see Suter right there on the top of the crease,” Ward said. “That’s desperation on their part, and good on them.”Alex DeBrincat had two goals and an assist for the Blackhawks Pittsburgh Penguins Hats Authentic , including a go-ahead score on a power play early in the third period, but Devan Dubnyk made 27 saves for the Wild including a thumping denial with his pad of Patrick Kane’s close-range try in overtime.Jonathan Toews kept up his season-opening surge with two assists for the Blackahwks. He set up DeBrincat’s first score during a 4-on-4 with a hard stop on a rush to slide the puck across the slot. Then he fed rookie Dominik Kahun for his first NHL goal less than three minutes later.Patrick Kane assisted on DeBrincat’s second score, giving the Toews-Kane-DeBrincat trio a whopping 22 points in four games. Toews has a team-leading five goals and three assists for the Blackhawks (2-0-2), who have 18 goals in four games after missing the playoffs last spring for the first time in 10 years.Still, on a power play with 1:17 remaining in the third period, they couldn’t help but be frustrated with the outcome.“We should’ve been able to put it away,” DeBrincat said. “We should’ve been able to keep it in their zone and maybe even get a few scoring chances.”Ward, keeping the net warm for the expected return next week of Corey Crawford from a concussion that cut short his 2017-18 season, made a season-high 42 saves for the Blackhawks. Each of their four games have been decided in overtime.“They went to the net hard,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said, “but he stood his ground and played well.”Eric Staal scored for Minnesota in the second period, and Zucker tied it with 2.8 seconds left before the second intermission by snagging Staal’s off-target pass and knocking it past Ward.“It gives you a better vibe Custom Pittsburgh Penguins Jerseys , confidence,” Staal said. “It wasn’t the be-all, end-all, but it’s big to get that first win.”NOTES: The 20-year-old DeBrincat, playing on the Toews-anchored first line with Kahun, has 59 points in 86 career games. … The Wild are 12-4-1 in their last 17 games against the Blackhawks. … RW J.T. Brown made his debut with the Wild after being scratched the first two games. He replaced Matt Hendricks on the fourth line. … The Wild are 0 for 7 on the power play this season. … LW Alexandre Fortin, who played on the third line for the Blackhawks with Chris Kunitz and Artem Anisimov, made his NHL debut. He’s already the fourth Blackhawks player to do so this season. One of them is Luke Johnson, who was scratched to make room for Fortin. … This was Zucker’s second career overtime goal.UP NEXTBlackhawks: Host the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.Wild: Host the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

 

CHICAGO — The first victory in the Chicago Blackhawks‘ Jeremy Colliton era was a while in coming.But after a 1-0 victory on Wednesday snapped Chicago’s eight-game losing streak and gave Colliton his first NHL coaching victory Adidas Matt Martin Jersey , the Blackhawks will attempt to string two victories together on Friday against the Los Angeles Kings on Friday.Like the Blackhawks (7-8-4), the Kings have struggled to start the season and, like Chicago, have fired a head coach. So now, two teams who helped dominate the NHL’s Western Conference only a few years back will attempt to pick up a win on Friday to try to move away from a forgettable stretch of hockey.Article continues below ...For Colliton, finding a way to a way to win on Wednesday against the St. Louis Blues was a step in the right direction.“Happy for the guys to get rewarded,” Colliton told reporters after the victory, according to the team’s official website. “It’s not a lot of fun to see (the losses) add up, so very happy for the group. They battled really hard.”Brent Seabrook provided the lone goal for Chicago, which is 1-2-1 under Colliton, who took over after Joel Quenneville was fired. Corey Crawford made 28 saves and registered his first shutout since November 2017.For Crawford, who returned earlier this season after not playing since December with a concussion, Chicago’s ability to return to the win column was a sign that a team not accustomed to losing is starting to find some confidence as they adjust to Colliton’s style in moving the Blackhawks forward.“It was good. We’ve been waiting a while (we) kind of forgot what it was like to win there for a bit Adidas Anthony Beauvillier Jersey ,” Crawford told reporters. “I thought our guys played really well (Wednesday), everyone played together. We didn’t make that many mistakes.”For the Kings, regaining the winning feeling has been a goal as well. Los Angeles enters Friday’s game having lost three straight. The Kings have managed just two goals in the three losses, the latest of which came in a 5-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday.As the losses have mounted this season, the frustration has only built to a more fevered pitch as evidenced by the Kings’ performance in the last three games.“This is the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever had to deal with in my hockey career, that all of us have had to deal with in our hockey career,” defenseman Drew Doughty said Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times. “You want to put a finger on it and you want to know exactly why this is happening but it’s hard to figure out. It has to come from within. We can’t be waiting for guys to make it happen. We can’t all be looking at Kopi for him to take the reins and take it over. We all need to individually pick it up ourselves and one by one we need to go out there and do exactly what we’re supposed to do and not wait for other guys to do it for us.“We’ve got to take the bull by the horns and do it ourselves. And that’s the biggest problem I see with our team right now.” Drew Doughty watched other playoff games this season and couldn’t believe that George Parros, the NHL’s discipline czar, had suspended him for a head shot.”I saw four hits last night that deserved more than that,” the Los Angeles Kings defenseman said.Doughty’s one-game suspension was the first of several in the first round for a hit to the head of an opponent. Toronto’s Nazem Kadri got three games and Winnipeg’s Josh Morrissey and Nashville’s Ryan Hartman got one game each. Washington’s Tom Wilson and Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov were among those who got off without significant punishment.The criticism, from Columbus to Colorado and from New Jersey to Los Angeles, was loud enough that the NHL’s department of player safety put out a video last week explaining its reasoning for suspending Doughty and Hartman but not Kucherov or Predators center Ryan Johansen.”The illegal check to the head rule is often misunderstood or misstated Adidas Scott Mayfield Jersey ,” the league said in the video. ”Illegal checks to the head and legal full body hits often look similar at first glance because the difference between legal and illegal can be a matter of inches in a sport that moves fast.”Discontent over the goalie interference rule has been grabbing headlines for weeks, but the head shot discussion carries far more serious implications for a league still grappling with how best to protect its players. What’s acceptable has evolved from the early days of hockey through Scott Stevens’ then-legal crushing blow on Eric Lindros in 2000 to today, where checks to the head are parsed frame-by-frame to determine if a line was crossed. The NHL, too, is still facing a federal class-action concussion lawsuit filed by former players alleging it failed to warn them about the health risks associated with head injuries.Meeting with Associated Press Sports Editors last week, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman insisted there was nothing new about the subject. Asked about player safety, Bettman said Parros is off to good start in the former enforcer’s first season as vice president of player safety. He said he is proud of player safety’s transparency in the form of videos detailing the reasons for suspending a player.”Sometimes we get accused of splitting hairs, but that’s exactly what they have to do,” Bettman said. ”I think he’s reached the appropriate conclusion when it’s been a hockey play that doesn’t transcend the rules and I think he’s been appropriately punitive in cases where it warranted it. There’s never going to be a shortage of critics of what they do.”Doughty, a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman, said he hit Vegas forward William Carrier’s shoulder first before his head in Game 1. Kings coach John Stevens added: ”As long as I’m on the earth, I’m going to agree to disagree with that decision.”The league video emphasized that an illegal check to the head concerns a player’s head being the main point of contact, not the first point of contact. Based on experience Adidas Dustin Tokarski Jersey , the league said, a player’s head snapping back on these kinds of hits indicates significant head contact.Los Angeles general manager Rob Blake, who worked under Brendan Shanahan in the department of player safety from 2010-2013, said it’s a tough job while at the same time reiterating the organization was unhappy with the suspension of Doughty. Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen was upset forward Josh Anderson was ejected from Game 1 against Washington for boarding Michal Kempny and called a hit to the head of Alexander Wennberg from Washington’s Tom Wilson that got only a minor penalty ”dangerous.”Wilson was not given a hearing or suspended. Wennberg missed Games 2, 3 and 4 and the hit was not included in the NHL’s explanation video.Columbus coach John Tortorella didn’t want to weigh in on the lack of punishment for Wilson, a common refrain across the NHL because nothing can be done after the fact. For a more specific reason, Bettman doesn’t weigh in on suspensions because any appeals go to him. He does look at suspension videos before they are issued.”I watch as a fan to make sure they make sense,” Bettman said. ”I want to make sure the videos we send out are clear.””I think player safety as a whole has done an extraordinarily good job of changing the culture,” Bettman said.” We have players not making certain types of hits anymore. We have players who are more accountable for their conduct and understand it and I believe that they’ve been consistent.”—AP Sports Writer Teresa M. Walker in Nashville, Tennessee, and Sports Deputy Editor for Newsgathering Howie Rumberg in New York contributed.

 

On the eve of free agency http://www.atlantafalconsteamonline.com/matt-ryan-jersey , John Tavares is leaving the NHL guessing about his destination.With less than 12 hours until the market opens, the elite center had not chosen between six suitors, with the San Jose Sharks, hometown Toronto Maple Leafs and incumbent New York Islanders considered the most likely options. Returning to the Islanders looks less likely now after the midnight deadline passed for Tavares to get an eight-year contract from his current team.The Tavares sweepstakes dragging on into Sunday seems to favor San Jose and Toronto, either of which could sign the 27-year-old to a seven-year deal worth $70 million or more. He met this week with the Sharks, Maple Leafs, Islanders, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning, and his decision could drastically affect the plans of those teams and others.”I think other teams have admitted, we would have to make moves (to clear salary-cap space),” Bruins general manager Don Sweeny told reporters in Boston on Friday. ”Pretty confident we’d be able to do that.”As hockey waited for the Tavares watch to end Authentic Calvin Ridley Jersey , several teams made moves Saturday ahead of the frenzy.The Sharks agreed to a $64 million, eight-year extension with forward Logan Couture, according to a person familiar with the contract who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been announced. It can’t become official until after noon Sunday because it doesn’t begin until the 2019-20 season – the same as long-term deals the Los Angeles Kings have with Drew Doughty and Arizona Coyotes have with Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Niklas Hjalmarsson.Detroit got its own defenseman under contract for the next two seasons by agreeing to deal with Mike Green that pays him $5,375,000 annually. Signing Green could be just the start of the action for the Red Wings, who have been linked to unrestricted free agent goaltender Jonathan Bernier and winger Thomas Vanek.New Jersey also shored up its goaltending situation by re-signing Eddie Lack to a $650,000, one-year deal. The Devils also have Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid, who split time last season and in the playoffs.A person with direct knowledge of discussions said the Buffalo Sabres are expected to sign goalie Carter Hutton, who had been the St. Louis Blues’ backup to Jake Allen. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because agreements cannot be announced until the signing period begins.Hutton and others seem to already be ticketed for certain places, but many big-name players are still up for grabs.Maple Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk, who tied Tavares with 36 goals last season Calvin Ridley Jersey Limited , has been drawing significant interest and, at 29, could easily command a seven-year contract at a substantial raise over his previous $4.25 million salary. The Western Conference champion Vegas Golden Knights have cap space but might lose wingers David Perron and James Neal, who combined for 110 points last season.The Winnipeg Jets are doing their best to try to bring back center Paul Stastny after he was so instrumental in their playoff run. They cleared about $5.5 million in cap space by trading goaltender Steve Mason and Finnish forward Joel Armia to Montreal on Saturday but may still need more room to bring back the 32-year-old.The Canadiens are set to buy out Mason, putting him on unconditional waivers as the Minnesota Wild did with forward Tyler Ennis to clear cap space.Stastny fit in seamlessly after Winnipeg acquired him from St. Louis at the trade deadline but also might be better served waiting to see what Tavares does. Teams looking for a center who don’t land Tavares will look to Stastny and Toronto’s Tyler Bozak and could look into a trade for Buffalo’s Ryan O’Reilly, who is signed for the next five years and owed a $7.5 million bonus Sunday.—AP Sports Writer Josh Dubow in San Jose, California, contributed to this report. NEW YORK (AP) — Cam Talbot had every reason to celebrate as the buzzer sounded and the Edmonton Oilers cemented their first win of the season.Talbot stopped 23 shots against his former team, Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist to lead the Oilers past the New York Rangers 2-1 Saturday.It was also Talbot’s first win over the Rangers, the team he helped reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 2014 as a backup to Henrik Lundqvist. Talbot was all smiles as the Oilers prepared to fly home after their season-opener in Sweden and two weeks overall on the road.“This is right up there with the first win of my career,” said the 31-year-old goaltender, who spent two seasons with the Rangers before they traded him to the Oilers before the 2015-16 season. “I hadn’t gotten the best of them yet so I was definitely looking forward to that and happy to get this out of the way.”McDavid scored his second of the season at 6:23 of the third period http://www.atlantafalconsteamonline.com/calvin-ridley-jersey , redirecting the puck past goalie Henrik Lundqvist on the power play with Rangers forward Vladislav Namesnikov in the penalty box for holding. Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had assists.The Oilers lost their season opener 5-2 against the New Jersey Devils in Sweden before dropping their next game 4-1 on Thursday at Boston.The 21-year-old McDavid, who has led the league in points each of the past two seasons, has points on all five Oilers goals in three games this season. The Edmonton captain, the Oilers’ first overall selection in the 2015 NHL draft, is one of 11 first-round picks on the roster.“We’ve only scored five goals in three games. When offense isn’t there, you need to check. I thought we did a great job finally getting a win in a tough building,” McDavid said. “It wasn’t the prettiest way to win a game but we needed to win a game.”Mika Zibanejad opened the scoring for the Rangers with 7:11 to go in the first period. The fleet Zibanejad took a pass from defenseman Marc Staal and put the puck past the former Talbot. Defenseman Brendan Smith also assisted on Zibanejad’s first goal this season.Zibanejad also twice rang shots off posts behind Talbot, who also denied the forward in the waning seconds..“We came out really well in the first 10 minutes and kind of slowed down a little bit after that,” Zibanejad said. “I thought we had plenty of chances to put this one away.”Nugent-Hopkins tied it with 5:43 left, tapping a rebound past Lundqvist for his first this season. Defenseman Darnell Nurse — playing his 200th NHL game — and McDavid assisted.The Rangers came out with purpose for the matinee against the previously winless Oilers. The home team was coming off its first win, a 3-2 overtime victory over San Jose on Thursday after opening the season with three losses under new coach David Quinn.Lundqvist made 25 saves and the Rangers defense was steady for the most part. But timely scoring has emerged as a problem area as New York has started the season with four losses in five games.Quinn — who made the leap from Boston University to the NHL when he replaced Alain Vigneault after last season — said he is seeking a fiercer approach when his squad has the puck.“We have to have more tenacity offensively,” Quinn said. “And we have to shoot more. Shooting creates opportunities.”The Rangers had won each of their last five games against the Oilers Cheap Josh Allen Jersey , dating back to Dec. 15, 2015.Staal, 31, the second-most senior player on the Rangers’ roster after Lundqvist, said he remained confident despite the result and was heartened by the team’s work ethic.“I liked the start of our game. We had good legs and good pace,” he said. “We just have to find a way as a team to be confident in these situations and close out a game.”NOTES: The Rangers visit Edmonton on March 11 to complete the season series. … Rangers D Kevin Shattenkirk returned to the lineup after he was healthy scratch in the previous game. … The Rangers scratched D Neal Pionk, D Tony DeAngelo and F Cody McLeod. … Edmonton scratched F Zach Kassian, F Alex Chiasson and D Matt Benning.UP NEXTRangers: Host Colorado on Tuesday night.Oilers: Visit Winnipeg on Tuesday night.

 

DETROIT — The New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings are both rebuilding but have played well in their past few games.Detroit hosts New York Friday night at Little Caesars Arena at 7:30.The Rangers (7-7-1) have won four straight and the Red Wings (5-8-2) have four victories in their past five games. Also each team won Tuesday night after trailing by two in the second period. New York beat Montreal 5-3 at Madison Square Garden and Detroit defeated Vancouver 3-2 in a shootout at LCA.Article continues below ...The Rangers trailed the Canadiens 3-1 with less than three minutes left in the second http://www.floridapanthersteamshops.com/authentic-keith-yandle-jersey , but defenseman Tony De Angelo scored late in the middle period and right winger Pavel Buchnevich, defenseman Neal Pionk and center Mika Zibanejad (short-handed) scored in the third.“They definitely had the momentum … we were able to reset going into the third,” defenseman Marc Staal said.That was also New York’s second consecutive win after winning twice in California. Because of the time difference, teams usually struggle in their first game or two back from a west coast trip. The Rangers won 3-2 in a shootout in Anaheim last Thursday night.“I love how we responded coming back from the trip and we win two hockey games here,” Rangers coach David Quinn said. “It says a lot.”Said Staal: “We’re on a bit of a roll. With wins comes confidence, finishing games.”The Red Wings trailed the Canucks 2-0 in the second period on Tuesday night. Forward Justin Abdelkader’s power-play goal in the second made it 2-1 and Gustav Nyquist’s tied it early in the third period. Center Dylan Larkin scored the only goal of the shootout.“I think part of resilient is guys stepping and making plays at big moments,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “And for a goaltender Womens Authentic Nick Bjugstad Jersey , it’s just making a whole bunch of saves and I thought Howie (goalie Jimmy Howard) was a big difference that way.”Howard made 40 saves against Vancouver and stopped all three shooters in the shootout.The Red Wings seem like a totally different team than the one that began the season 1-7-2.“Well … we’re bending not breaking I guess,” Howard said. “Early in the season when stuff started to go wrong the body language was off and things really exploded on us and now guys are continuing to keep working.”Detroit is expected to get two forwards back from injury on Friday. Andreas Athanasiou (leg) and center Frans Nielsen (concussion) are expected to return after they each missed four games.Larkin practiced Thursday after missing practice on Wednesday to recover from a minor injury suffered late in Tuesday night’s game. He will play on Friday night.It will be the second NHL game this season for Rangers center Lias Andersson, the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. Andersson was recalled from Hartford for the game Tuesday against Montreal and played 12:17 on a line between Jimmy Vesey and Jesper Fast.New York assigned forward Boo Nieves to Hartford of the American Hockey League on Thursday. RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Jordan Weal was shocked by his goalie’s impressive save in the final minute of overtime. He regained his composure just in time to score the winner.Weal’s goal with 3.1 seconds left in the extra period lifted the Philadelphia Flyers over the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Tuesday night moments after Brian Elliott deflected a shot with the knob of his stick.”My jaw dropped on that save. It was unbelievable,” Weal said. ”Just weathered the storm, and that’s 3-on-3 – if you can weather the storm at one end, that’s when the fast break happens.”Wayne Simmonds also scored to help the Flyers snap a four-game losing streak and earn two important points in the crowded Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference races. Philadelphia leapfrogged Columbus and the New York Islanders with 59 points Roberto Luongo Jersey , while Carolina is one point behind those two teams with 57.Elias Lindholm scored a power-play goal for the Hurricanes, who have lost three in a row to fall to 2-3 on an eight-game homestand. They have been held to a single goal in each of the three losses.”It’s tough to win when you score only one goal,” Lindholm said, adding that goalie Cam Ward ”has been playing unbelievably for us. Too bad we can’t help him with a win and score more goals for him.”Elliott, making his first start since missing four games with a lower-body injury, stopped 27 shots for the Flyers, who had gone 0-3-1 in a four-game stretch that followed a run of eight wins in nine games.”It was big because we’d been playing some good hockey and dominating for periods of time http://www.floridapanthersteamshops.com/authentic-vincent-trocheck-jersey , and today I think we had a good 60-minute effort,” Weal said. ”It all came together, and it’s a huge two points.”Ward made 28 saves for Carolina, which had a great chance to win it late in OT when Elliott made his knob-of-the-stick save on Jordan Staal’s shot into a seemingly open net and Claude Giroux laid out to block Jeff Skinner’s follow-up attempt.”The guys just really laying out, doing whatever they have to do to get the win … that’s great to see,” defenseman Andrew MacDonald said.Weal then ended it by snapping a shot from the circle past Ward.Carolina’s defeat came two days after a 3-1 loss to San Jose that was punctuated by coach Bill Peters calling out his players for their ”disappointing effort” and promising lineup changes. The only changes to the active roster: Forward Phil Di Giuseppe and defenseman Klas Dahlbeck were in, and forward Marcus Kruger and defenseman Haydn Fleury were scratched.Peters expressed satisfaction that his team responded with desperation in this one.”I thought it was real good Adrian Kempe Jersey ,” he said. ”I thought it was a very competitive game. Very, very competitive. I was obviously happy with the effort. Not in love with the end result.”NOTES: This was the first meeting of the season between the division rivals, who will play three times in the final five weeks. … Lindholm’s goal was his first in eight games.UP NEXTFlyers: Play host to Montreal on Thursday night.Hurricanes: Continue their eight-game homestand Friday night against Vancouver.—

 

SUNRISE Adidas Chris Terry Jersey , Fla. (AP) The surging Florida Panthers are edging closer to a playoff spot.Aleksander Barkov scored his 24th goal of the season, James Reimer made 24 saves in his first start in six games and Florida beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Friday night.The Panthers have won five straight and are 12-3-0 in their past 15. They moved within one point of Columbus and Carolina for the second Eastern Conference wild card.Colton Sceviour, Aaron Ekblad and Mike Matheson also scored for the Panthers. Evgenii Dadanov and Nick Bjugstad each had two assists.”We’re having a heck of a run here,” Bjugstad said. ”Anything can happen at the end of the year. A spark has been lit here.”Reimer filled in admirably for Roberto Luongo, who has won four straight but was given the night off in the second of back-to-back games.”He was sharp,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said about Reimer. ”It was nice to get four goals for him, but I think he looked real comfortable in the net.”Sam Reinhart scored for the Sabres, and Robin Lehner made 26 saves.”I think we had effort today Adidas Dennis Cholowski Jersey , but they got some breaks and we didn’t,” Lehner said. ”It was a solid game but things were just clicking for them.”Barkov stretched the Panthers’ lead to 3-1 when he flipped the puck over Lehner’s shoulder at 6:49 of the second period. Barkov has six goals and nine assists in his past 10 games and is tied with Vincent Trocheck for the team lead in goals.Sceviour made it 4-1 when he poked in a rebound with 8:44 left in the second.”They capitalized on their opportunities and we didn’t,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said.Florida’s previous four games were decided by one goal, but the Panthers took a 4-1 lead into the third period.”We don’t get a lot of those games,” Boughner said.Ekblad put the Panthers ahead 2-1 after he took a cross-ice pass from Keith Yandle in the right circle and wristed it past Lehner with 3:19 left in the first.Matheson gave Florida a 1-0 lead 1:25 in when he corralled the puck in the high slot and fired a shot that beat Lehner on the stick side. The goal was Matheson’s ninth but first on home ice.Reinhart tied the score at 1 when he swept the puck in from the right side at 5:34 of the first.NOTES: The Panthers have scored first in 11 of their past 13 games. … Reinhart has 21 points in his past 21 games. … Sabres forward Kyle Okposo returned after missing Wednesday’s game at Tampa Bay due to the birth of his third child.UP NEXTSabres: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday.Panthers: Host the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.— VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Travis Green thinks the Vancouver Canucks can learn a thing or two from how the Washington Capitals played against them Monday night.Vancouver’s head coach said the Capitals came out fast and strong in the 5-2 win, showcasing highly skilled athletes who consistently make plays.“They don’t just go out there and just play summer hockey. They play the game the right way,” Green said. “These are valuable experiences and lessons for our players Adidas Wade Megan Jersey , our young players especially.”There’s a reason the Capitals are the NHL’s reigning champions, Green added.“They’re big, they’re strong, they’re skilled, they win puck battles, they manage the puck. They do everything that Stanley Cup winning teams do. And they’re deep,” he said.“Man, that’s a good hockey team.”Alex Ovechkin had two goals and two assists for the Capitals (4-2-2) and John Carlson Adidas Evgeny Svechnikov Jersey , Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie also scored.Troy Stecher and Sven Baertschi responded for the Canucks (5-4-0).Braden Holtby stopped 22-of-24 shots for the Capitals and Vancouver goalie Anders Nilsson turned away 28 of 33.Penalties played a big part in the game, with Washington netting two power-play goals and the Canucks getting one of their own.Vancouver’s second goal of the night came when the Canucks had the man advantage to start the third period.Right winger Brock Boeser fired a hard shot on Holtby seconds into the frame. The puck bounced off the goalie’s pads and on to Baertschi’s stick.Holtby didn’t have time to reset before Baertschi fired a rocket past him for his third goal of the year.The Canucks have been working on capitalizing on those kind of opportunities, said center Bo Horvat.“For us on the power play, we’ve talked about taking more shots, playing more direct and not trying to be too cute. (Boeser) made the right play, put it on net and (Baertschi) was right there for the rebound,” he said.But the team also took too many penalties and Washington was able to capitalize on them, Horvat added.“They were moving their feet Adidas Jonathan Bernier Jersey , getting on the forecheck, taking the play to us at times,” he said.The Capitals lead the league in power-play goals, with 12 on 31 chances.Washington coach Todd Reirden said he liked the way his group played, landing hits early on and scoring just over two minutes in.“I thought we were emotionally invested right from the drop of the puck tonight and that gave us a really good advantage,” he said.Monday’s match also showed how far Ovechkin has come as a leader, the coach said.The Capitals captain got the puck late in the third period after Vancouver had pulled Nilsson from the net. Ovechkin had an opportunity to score for the hat trick, but instead of letting a shot rip Adidas Paul Thompson Jersey , he passed to Oshie.“To me that’s a huge thing. … He could have easily scored himself but it wasn’t even a thought,” Reirden said.“It doesn’t bother him one bit and that’s where you saw maybe a different player than maybe you saw three or four years ago that’s not focused on individual stuff.”Even Oshie questioned the move, Ovechkin said with a laugh.&ldquoHe said) ‘Why you pass me the puck?’ But he was so wide open and I try to give him pass. Save mine for next time,” said the Russian superstar, who now has eight goals in eight games this season.Monday’s game was the first in a four-game Canadian tour for the Capitals. They visit the Oilers in Edmonton on Thursday.The Canucks begin a two-game road swing in Vegas Wednesday before playing the Coyotes in Phoenix on Thursday.NOTESWashington center Nicklas Backstrom recorded his 600th career assist. … Ovechkin’s second goal of the night marked his 233rd on the power play. He is now ninth in NHL history for power-play goals. … Vancouver’s Elias Pettersson joined his teammates for morning skate Monday. The Canucks rookie has missed three games with a concussion and an update on his status is expect on Tuesday.UP NEXTCapitals: Play at Edmonton on Thursday night.Canucks: Begin a two-game swing at Vegas on Wednesday night before playing the Coyotes on Thursday.

 

NEW YORK (AP) The last time Columbus was in Brooklyn just 10 days ago Nick Holden Jersey Womens , it didn’t have much to show after a flurry of shots in the first period and then let a lead after 40 minutes slip away in a loss.This time, Sergei Bobrovsky made a big save to preserve the advantage early in the third and the Blue Jackets pulled away for a big win.Oliver Bjorkstrand and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored power-play goals in the second period to give Columbus the lead, and Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson scored less than a minute apart in the third to help the Blue Jackets pull away for a 4-1 win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.”We scored a couple of huge goals on our power play,” Columbus coach John Tortorella said. ”In the third period I was anxious to see how we were going to react. … I’m happy for our guys. They could’ve been frustrated – same team, same building, same situation first period. They just stayed with it.”Defenseman Zach Werenski had three assists as the Blue Jackets had a season-high 51 shots – tying the franchise-record 26 they had in the first period here 10 days earlier – and won their second straight since an 0-4-1 skid. Bjorkstrand and Dubois had assists on each other’s goals, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 27 shots.”We’re feeling good about the way we’re playing,” Dubinsky said. ”Even before these last two games when we weren’t getting results I think we were feeling good about our game. We’re just sticking with it and now we’re getting results.”John Tavares scored for the Islanders, who have lost six of their last eight (2-5-1). Jaroslav Halak finished with a season-high 47 saves, including all 26 in the first period. He had 25 saves in the opening period against the Blue Jackets in the Islanders’ 4-3 win here Feb. 3.”They capitalized on their opportunities,” said Tavares, who now has 600 career points. ”They had time and space and put everything on net. We have to get out of our end and create chances. We have to execute better. … All you can do is move on to your next game and try to get better.”With Columbus holding a 2-1 lead, Bobrovsky preserved the advantage early in the third, using his left blocker hand after losing his stick to deny a great chance in close by Islanders rookie sensation Mathew Barzal.Dubinsky put in the rebound of his wraparound try to push the Blue Jackets’ lead to 3-1 at 6:01 of the final period. Atkinson made it a three-goal lead just 43 seconds later.The Blue Jackets Paul Stastny Jersey Womens , last in the league on the power play coming in, went 2 for 4 with the man-advantage against an Islanders team that was second-worst in penalty-killing. Five of Columbus’ 24 power-play goals this season have come in four games against the Islanders.”We’ve struggled a little bit this year on the power play,” Bjorkstrand said. ”So if we can be better and more consistent in that part then that’ll definitely help us get some extra points and wins.”Bjorkstrand tied it 1-1 on the power play at 6:02 of the second with a wicked slap shot from the inside edge of the right circle for his 10th.Then, with New York’s Brock Nelson off for hooking late in the period, Columbus’ Zach Werenski hit the right goalpost with 1:10 remaining. However, Dubois put the Blue Jackets ahead 13 seconds later as his shot from the left circle went in off the left post for his 13th.The teams skated 4-on-4 for 33 seconds late in the first period after Columbus’ Jussi Jokinen was whistled for tripping with the Islanders’ Ross Johnston in the penalty box. After Johnston’s penalty expired, the Islanders went on the power play and took advantage 45 seconds later as Tavares knocked in the rebound of Anders Lee’s shot with 2:09 remaining in for his 29th of the season.NOTES: The Blue Jackets have 226 shots on goal over their last five games, including 101 in the last two. … Columbus won three of four in the season series, with the first win by the road team. The Blue Jackets won the first two meetings at home, 5-0 in the season opener on Oct. 6 and 6-4 on Dec. 14. The Islanders won here 4-3 on Feb. 3. … Tavares became the sixth player in franchise history to reach the 600-point mark, joining Bryan Trottier (1,353), Mike Bossy (1,126) Max Pacioretty Jersey Womens , Denis Potvin (1,052), Clark Gillies (663) and Brent Sutter (610).UP NEXT:Blue Jackets: At Toronto on Wednesday night to close a two-game trip.Islanders: Host the crosstown-rival Rangers on Thursday night to wrap a four-game homestand.—Follow Vin Cherwoo at www.twitter.com/VinCherwooAP— WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) The Vegas Golden Knights are going to the Stanley Cup Final – with a chip on their shoulder.”Everybody on this team has something to prove,” Ryan Reaves said. ”We call ourselves `The Golden Misfits’ for a reason. We’re doing a good job of proving everybody wrong.”Reaves scored the winning goal, Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves and the Golden Knights beat the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on Sunday to wrap up the Western Conference final in five games.”It’s insane,” said defenseman Deryk Engelland, who grabbed the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl after the final buzzer to celebrate with his teammates. ”Your goal is always to make the playoffs. But if I were to guess I would be sitting here doing this right now, you would be a little skeptical at the time.”Alex Tuch also scored for the Knights. They lost Game 1 in Winnipeg before winning four straight to become the first expansion team since the 1968 St. Louis Blues – when the six initial expansion teams were put alone in the West – to get to the final.”It was their time,” Winnipeg captain Blake Wheeler said. ”They’re just playing really well.”Vegas will meet Tampa Bay or Washington in the final. Tampa Bay leads the Eastern final 3-2, with Game 6 set for Monday night in Washington.The Knights, whose jaw-dropping inaugural 109-point campaign included a Pacific Division crown, swept Los Angeles in the first round, and knocked out San Jose in six games in the second.”All those records and everything Nic Dowd Jersey Womens , it doesn’t mean anything if you’re not the last team standing,” Vegas center Jonathan Marchessault said. ”I think we have a lot of gas left.”Josh Morrissey scored for the Jets, and Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves.”It’s very difficult to find that positive feeling at this moment,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said.Reaves, the bruising Winnipeg native acquired from Pittsburgh before to the trade deadline in February, snapped a 1-1 tie with 6:39 left in the second period when he tipped Luca Sbisa’s point shot past Hellebuyck. Reeves last goal before Sunday came 3 1/2 months ago while with Pittsburgh.”The guys that weren’t playing, myself included, we stayed ready,” Reaves said. ”We had fun while we were doing it, but we worked hard so when we were called upon we were ready to go.”Fleury stopped 151 of 161 shots in the series, and allowed just six goals the rest of the way after giving up four in the opener.”Everybody’s stepping up at different times,” Fleury said.Winnipeg got a power play early in the third, but couldn’t muster much of anything. The Knights smothered much of the Jets’ attack for the next 10 minutes, with Hellebuyck having to come up with big stops on William Karlsson and Eric Haula to keep his team within one.The Jets pressed with under 4 minutes to go Authentic Pat Tillman Jersey , with Fleury stopping captain Blake Wheeler on the doorstep, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Knights closed out their third straight series on the road.The Jets had the NHL’s second-best record with 114 points in the regular season. They advanced to the first conference final in city’s history with a five-game victory over the Minnesota Wild in the opening round before topping the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Nashville Predators in Game 7 on the road.The usual raucous, white-clad crowd at Bell MTS Place were silenced just 5:11 into Game 5 when Tuch jumped on Morrissey’s turnover and fired his sixth past Hellebuyck.The Jets were tentative to start and it got worse after the opener as Vegas dominated the next couple of shifts, forcing some good saves from Hellebuyck before Winnipeg got its feet moving.After being outshot 7-1 in the first 7 minutes, the Jets finally pushed back and turned the tide with the next nine attempts on goal, culminating with Morrissey making amends for his early gaffe with 2:46 left in the period.Bryan Little won a faceoff in the offensive zone straight back to second-year defenseman, who blasted his first career playoff goal past Fleury’s glove.One of Winnipeg’s downfalls in the series through four games was an inability to maintain momentum. The Knights scored within 1:28 of a Jets’ goal in each of the first four games – a crushing 12 seconds after Winnipeg tied Game 3, and an equally gut-wrenching 43 seconds after the Jets knotted Game 4 – but they managed to take the game to the locker rooms tied 1-1.Both teams had chances in the second period before Reaves made it 2-1, with Jets center Mathieu Perrault just missing on a pass from Little that had too much speed.Right after Reaves scored the second playoff goal of his career – and first since 2015 with St. Louis – Winnipeg’s Nikolaj Ehlers rang a shot off the post on Fleury.NOTES: The Jets were an NHL-best 32-7-2 at home in the regular season, but were a pedestrian 5-4 in the playoffs, including losses in four of their last five post-season outings. …. Winnipeg had won a combined 13 straight at home before dropping a 2-1 decision in Game 4 against Nashville.—

 

WINNIPEG Michael Grabner Jersey Womens , Manitoba (AP) Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice pointed to 19-year-old scoring star Patrik Laine’s feet.”His feet. His skating. He’s driving harder,” Maurice said. ”He’s skating better with and without the puck and, because of that, his timing is right and everything else is falling into place for him. It’s all in his feet.”Laine scored his 32rd and 33rd goals of the season to help the Jets beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Friday night. He has eight goals and five assists in a seven-game points streak.”I think I’ve just started to skate more,” said Laine, who leads the NHL with 16 power-play goals. ”I’m just trying to work hard and play as simple as I can, and that’s the biggest reason why I’m getting rewarded. It’s just the skating that’s the biggest reason.”Dustin Byfuglien and Ben Chiarot also scored and Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves for his 33rd victory of the season. Winnipeg has won six of its last eight games to improve to 38-17-9.Niklas Kronwall, Anthony Mantha and Trevor Daley scored for Detroit, and Jimmy Howard stopped 38 shots.”It’s another one-goal loss here. We can say that we were close and that we battled hard in the third but there’s no reason for us to be in that situation,” Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said. ”We’re not consistent enough.”Kronwall opened the scoring midway through the first period on Detroit’s only power play.Winnipeg responded with two goals in a 26-second span to take the lead.Just 38 seconds after Kronwall’s goal, Laine scored his first with a wrist shot following a Detroit turnover. Chiarot added his first goal of the season with a soaring shot from the perimeter.”I thought we started off pretty good, came out with a lot of energy,” Kronwall said. ”We made it too hard on ourselves http://www.sanjosesharksteamshop.com/authentic-brent-burns-jersey , kept turning the puck over. They’re a good team. When you give them the space and give them the puck back all of the time, they’re going to make you pay.”Byfuglien’s chip-in put Winnipeg up 4-2, but Detroit responded with Mantha’s 21st of the season and Daley’s eighth. Laine broke the tie midway through the second with a quick wrister.”It’s always nice to finish the homestand with a win,” Laine said. ”We needed that.”NOTES: Winnipeg was 0 for 3 on the power play. … After playing 12 of their last 14 at home, the Jets head out on a six-game tripUP NEXT:Red Wings: At Minnesota on Sunday night.Jets: At Carolina on Sunday night. VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Chalk up another first for Elias Pettersson.The rookie sensation scored on his initial NHL penalty shot and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 Thursday night to snap a four-game losing streak.Pettersson made it look easy, snaking his way across the ice, making a couple of dekes, then slipping the puck past the toe of Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne to give Vancouver a 4-1 lead late in the second period.“I was trying to fake and go right to left,” said Pettersson, who also had an assist. “It worked out this time.”Bo Horvat said it’s the kind of play the Canucks have come to expect from the 20-year-old Swede.“It was a highly skilled move by a highly skilled player,” said Horvat, who had a goal and an assist. “You expect him to do those kinds of things and it’s nice to see that go in for him.”Pettersson was awarded the penalty shot with 1:11 left in the second period after being hauled down on a breakaway by Nashville defenseman Mattias Ekholm. Pettersson took his time getting to his feet.“I was mostly tired Marian Hossa Jersey Womens , actually,” he said. “I took some time to rest. I was ready to go when the ref blew the whistle.”Picked fifth overall in the 2017 draft, Pettersson leads all rookies with 14 goals and 25 points. He started the season with nine goals and six assists in his first nine games but had just one goal and three assists in his last eight.“Some games you can create a lot and have zero points,” he said. “Sometimes you create two chances and you have two points.“I’m only focusing on playing a good game, then the points will eventually come.”Jake Virtanen also had a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who have just two wins in their last 14 games (2-10-2).Alex Edler, on the power play, and Loui Eriksson also scored for Vancouver (12-16-3). Antoine Roussel had two assists. Nikolay Goldobin, a healthy scratch in Vancouver’s 3-2 loss Tuesday to Minnesota, assisted on Edler’s goal to give him a team-leading 13 helpers.Ryan Hartman, Colton Sissons and Matt Irwin scored for Nashville (19-9-1), which won its previous two games. Rinne, making his sixth straight start Womens Evander Kane Jersey , had 21 saves before being replaced to start the third period by Juuse Saros. He stopped four shots.Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 26 saves.The line of Horvat, Virtanen and Roussel was particularly effective, combining for six points, two goals and plenty of chances.“I felt like with our speed we were catching them on 2-on-1s a lot,” Virtanen said.With just 26 seconds left in the first period, Horvat took a feed from Virtanen and rifled a shot under the crossbar.“Bo had a great finish,” Virtanen said. “It was a perfect shot.”Virtanen’s goal came early in the second on a 2-on-1 break started by Horvat. Roussel carried the puck into the Nashville end, then slid a pass past defenseman Ryan Ellis that Virtanen fired by Rinne.The Predators, who were playing without three of their top forwards and one of their best defensemen, looked sluggish early and trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes.“That was a little bit ugly,” Sissons said. “We came out extremely slow and (with) a lack of determination and they were quite the opposite.“We didn’t show up ready to play.”The Predators made things interesting with a couple of goals late in the third period.“I thought we pushed back in the second half of the game, but it was too late,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “The start wasn’t good Authentic Joe Pavelski Jersey , and it ended up costing the game.”The victory blew some confidence back into the Canucks’ sails as the team heads out on the road for games in St. Louis, Columbus and Nashville.“I can’t stress how huge that was for us,” said Horvat, who has nine points (three goals, six assists) in the last nine games. “We have to keep it going now.“We can’t win one, then lose a couple. We have to keep our spirits high and keep the positive momentum going into the road and try and get some wins.”NOTES: Eriksson’s goal was his first point in 11 games. … In a span of 1:40 during the first period, Edler scored a goal, flattened Yannick Weber with a big hit and was called for a penalty. … The Canucks went 0 for 12 on the power play in their previous four games. … D Michael Del Zotto was a healthy scratch for the first time since an eight-game stretch in October. … The Predators played without forwards Kyle Turris, Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson, and defenseman P.K. Subban — all due to injury.UP NEXTPredators: Play at Calgary on Saturday night.Canucks: Play at St. Louis on Sunday afternoon.

 

 

Aaron Nola and the Philadelphia Phillies will face the Washington Nationals for the final time of the 2018 season Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.Nola Tyler Anderson Jersey , a Cy Young candidate, is looking for his fourth win in five tries against the Phillies’ divisional foe this season. Stephen Strasburg (7-7, 4.04 ERA) will be on the mound for Washington.The scuffling Phillies are coming off one of their most disheartening days of the season. They were swept by the Nationals in a Tuesday doubleheader and blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning of the nightcap. Juan Soto hit a pair of homers in the Nationals’ 7-6 win.Article continues below ...The Phillies (74-70) are 2-8 in their last 10 games, 11-22 since Aug. 5 and are six games back of Atlanta.The Nationals — who are 73-73 and 7 1/2 games back of Atlanta — have already captured the season series against Philadelphia, winning 10 of the first 18 games.Nola (16-4, 2.29) has been great against nearly every team he’s faced this season. He’s been dominant against the Nationals.The 25-year-old righty is 3-0 with a 1.26 ERA, 0.907 WHIP and 9.4 K/9 rate in four starts against the Nationals. That includes a pair of August starts in which Nola out-pitched two-time reigning National League Cy Young winner Max Scherzer.Nola, who is 4-4 with a 3.38 ERA in 14 career starts against the Nationals, has posted a 4.97 ERA in his first two starts of September, but he has 19 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings this month. He held the New York Mets to three runs on three hits and struck out eight in seven innings last Saturday.Strasburg threw 5 2/3 innings against the Chicago Cubs in his last start. He gave up two earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking out six. It was Strasburg’s fourth start after spending a month on the disabled list with a pinched nerve in his neck.“It’s getting better,” Strasburg told MLB.com. “Velocity isn’t quite there just yet, but the life is there so I think that’s a positive. I just keep grinding, just keep working at it http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-antonio-senzatela-jersey , and it seems like there are stretches when it feels better and there are stretches when it doesn’t feel as consistent, but I think anybody can say the same thing.”The righty has a 3.06 ERA over his last three starts. That stretch includes his last win, which came when he tossed six innings against the Phillies on Aug. 27.Strasburg has had a lot of success against the Phillies in his career. He’s 11-2 with a 2.50 ERA and 0.914 WHIP in 23 career starts against the franchise, and Strasburg has a 1.62 career ERA in nine appearances at Citizens Bank Park.Phillies first baseman Justin Bour has hit Strasburg better than anyone in the Phillies lineup. Bour is 8-for-24 with two homers, seven RBIs and a 1.054 OPS lifetime off Strasburg. Traditional baseball card statistics don't do Lorenzo Cain any favors. He's hit .300 a few times, but he's peaked at 16 home runs and 72 runs batted in, and he's yet to steal 30 bases in a season.And yet, he's more than justifying an $80 million contract by playing like an MVP in his first season with the Milwaukee Brewers.It's par for the course for Cain in the traditional categories in 2018. He has only 10 homers and 35 RBI, and his 26 steals are two off his career high of 28. There's no frowning at his .311/.403/.432 triple-slash line, though. Nor at his 6.1 wins above replacement, according to Baseball Reference. Those lead all National League position players:1.Lorenzo Cain: 6.12.Paul Goldschmidt: 5.6T3.Christian Yelich: 5.4T3.Javier Baez: 5.4T3:Freddie Freeman: 5.4Thanks in part to their 32-year-old center fielder's efforts, the Brewers hold the NL's top wild-card spot. They're also only one game off the Chicago Cubs' pace in the NL Central race.This doesn't mean Cain has the inside track at the NL MVP award. If there's a takeaway from an August 30 MLB Network discussion on the topic, it's that he's worthy of acknowledgment in the crowded race for the award but difficult to elevate in it:MLB Network MLBNetworkWhere do you think ChristianYelich should rank as an NL MVP candidate? How about his Brewers teammate Lorenzo Cain? #MLBNow 8Ifoa03f9iHowever Chris Rusin Jersey , former Colorado Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd hit the proverbial nail on the head: That Cain is in the MVP discussion at all reflects how much baseball has changed in recent years.A few exceptions aside, the MVP has typically honored guys with the biggest sticks. But as WAR has become a bigger part of the conversation, appreciation has grown for players who can do it all.Hence Cain's impossible-to-ignore candidacy. He's one of the National League's most valuable baserunners and defenders. And despite his 10 dingers and 35 RBI, he qualifies as a well-above-average hitter by way of his 122 OPS+.Whether going over all of this is still necessary in the year 2018 is a good question. The battle for the future of baseball was won by the number-crunchers many years ago, and there are many W-based statistics with which their victory is honored. Every time somebody mentions WAR, wOBA, wRC+ or WPA, a sabermetrician gets his/her wings.Still, the special place that Cain has found himself in feels like a singular achievement.Consider Cain's contract. He's one of only 32 free-agent hitters who've signed a contract worth at least $80 million, and he got his despite being relatively old, inexperienced, unproductive and undecorated.Cain didn't become an everyday player with the Kansas City Royals鈥攚ho acquired him from the Brewers as part of the 2010 Zack Greinke trade鈥攗ntil his age-28 season in 2014. By the time he entered free agency, he was 31 and his record included just 756 career games http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-wade-davis-jersey , a 106 OPS+ and 57 homers.Among other $80 million free-agent hitters, those figures rank 29th, tied for 29th and 32nd. To boot, Cain had made only one All-Star team, and his defensive reputation wasn't underscored by any Gold Glove awards. To these extents, he entered the open market as less of a Torii Hunter and more of a Gary Matthews Jr.But Cain had racked up more WAR from 2014 to 2017 than every outfielder except Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, Kevin Kiermaier and Giancarlo Stanton. Despite his age, that enabled strong projections for his contract. For example, MLB Trade Rumors and FanGraphs predicted something in the four-year, $70 million range.That the Brewers were willing to beat those projections with their five-year, $80 million offer speaks to how optimistic they were about Cain."As we examined Lorenzo's career arc this offseason, we thought that he was still improving as a player Jon Gray Jersey ," GM David Stearns told Ben Lindbergh of The Ringer. "It's odd to say that about someone on this side of 30, but we thought that was the case."The readings on Cain's athleticism must have helped Milwaukee reach that conclusion. His average sprint speed was holding steady. While metrics like defensive runs saved and ultimate zone rating cast some doubt on his defense, Statcast was over the moon with it. He had recorded 18 outs above average in 2017, more than even Betts could muster.As for Cain's bat, what it lacked in power, it made up for in gradual advancement. He had established himself as an above-average contact hitter, and his walk rate was on the way up.Even if the latter trend abated, the former promised to bring a welcome dynamic to a Brewers offense that undercut 224 home runs (tied for tops in the NL) with MLB's highest strikeout rate in 2017. Sure enough, Cain has kept hitting for contact and helped the Brewers lower their K% from 25.6 to 23.7.But the real revelation has been his increased patience. He's working on a career-best 11.9 BB%, and it's rooted in a dramatic plate-discipline improvement. According to the most advanced strike zone available at Baseball Savant, his out-of-zone swing rate has crateredome of this is circumstantial. After bouncing all around Kansas City's lineups, Cain now mostly bats out of the leadoff spot in Milwaukee. There's a greater emphasis on putting up quality at-bats.But it's no small feat that he's played his part as well as he has. Likewise, it's been no small boon to the Brewers.Their on-base percentage in the leadoff spot has increased from .320 to .357. Meanwhile Adam Ottavino Jersey , Cain's elite .471 OBP with runners in scoring position has helped them raise their collective OBP in those spots from .326 to .336. Thus, they're keeping the line moving a lot better than they did a year ago.The Brewers have also benefited from Cain's baserunning and defense. His aggression has helped raise their rate of extra bases taken on hits from 35 percent to 40 percent. They've also gone from the middle of the pack in defensive efficiency to fourth-best.Maybe Cain won't be named the NL MVP in November, but his 2018 season is about as complete a success story as he or the Brewers could have hoped for. He's a late bloomer who's still blooming, and they're all the better for it.In a bygone era, it might have been hard to notice as much. But in this era, there's no excuse not to. Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference, FanGraphs, Baseball Savant and Baseball Prospectus.

 

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