The Boston Bruins acquired center Charlie Coyle from the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night for center Ryan Donato and a conditional fifth-round pick that would become a fourth-round choice if the Bruins win a playoff round.Coyle represents a significant forward upgrade for Boston Youth Matt Duchene Jersey , which has won six in a row to move into second place in the Atlantic Division.The 26-year-old Coyle had 10 goals and 18 assists this season, but no points in his past seven games. Minnesota hasn’t scored in 156 minutes, approaching a franchise record, and has lost nine of 10.“Charlie brings unique qualities to our team — he is an experienced, productive, two-position player with size, skill and speed,” Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said in a statement released by the team. “Charlie will provide the necessary depth in all areas of our game as we continue to battle for a playoff position. Charlie is a player our entire organization believes can help us now and moving forward.”The 22-year-old Donato has been unable to stick in the NHL lineup with the Bruins after joining them late last season. A star for the U.S. at the no-NHL 2018 Olympics Mike Condon Jersey , Donato had three goals and six assists in 34 games with Boston this season and has played 18 games for its American Hockey League affiliate in Providence.“We wish him much success in his NHL career,” Sweeney said. “He is a special young man with a bright future in the league.”Boston was at Vegas on Wednesday night. The Bruins entered the game with six straight victories in an 8-0-3 run. The addition of Coyle figures to enhance Boston’s second-ranked power play, LAS VEGAS (AP) — Phillip Danault was 10 years old when Marc-Andre Fleury made his NHL debut.After getting his first career three-goal game against the 15-year veteran goaltender, it’s understandable why the 25-year-old center for the Montreal Canadiens became uneasy referring to Fleury by his nickname: “Flower.”Danault completed a hat trick late in the third period, Paul Byron scored in overtime and the Canadiens beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 on Saturday.“I call him Flower, I mean, I just hear that’s his name; but Marc-Andre, I think he’s a great goalie Jaycob Megna Jersey Womens , but it was just my time tonight,” said Danault, draped in a fur-lined trench coat after the game. “Obviously he made some big saves, too. It’s a great win for the team overall, too.”Danault entered the game with two goals this season. His third of the game came with 1:25 left in the third period, setting up Byron’s backhand goal 1:59 into OT.“We’ve talked to him about getting a little bit more involved around the net and creating some scoring chances for himself and he did that tonight. It’s gonna be good for his confidence,” Montreal coach Claude Julien said about Danault. “He was mad because the second goal, even the first one against us Ryan Dzingel Jersey , he felt he could have done a better job, and what you like about a player like that is his reaction. He didn’t lose focus, he kept plugging away to get us back in the game. I thought it was a real character game for him as far as being able to chase those challenges that he had tonight.”Carey Price made 23 saves, and the Canadiens swept the season series against Vegas.Well aware of the “Vegas Flu” teams suffered from when visiting the entertainment capital of the world last season, Julien said he gave his team a day off to enjoy Las Vegas’ bright lights after playing in Arizona on Thursday, in order to prepare for the fast-skating Golden Knights.“We needed to be well-rested for today,” Julien said. “I have to show confidence in my players and let them know I know they can handle themselves as well. Hopefully they enjoyed the day in Vegas yesterday. It was a (game) that was important and when you looked at the way we played today, you know they did the right thing yesterday and were ready to play this afternoon.”Montreal Womens Tom Pyatt Jersey , which will play three straight on the road after winter break, is riding a 6-3-2 win streak away from home.“It was probably the best team I’ve seen this year come into our building,” Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. “They played great, they were quick and fast. I didn’t mind our team’s game tonight, but they were a step ahead of us all over the ice.”Vegas ended its six-game home winning streak and dropped to 11-4-1 inside T-Mobile Arena.Brandon Pirri scored twice and Jonathan Marchessault also scored for Vegas. William Karlsson, who leads Vegas with 29 points, had two assists. Fleury, one win shy of his 50th as a Golden Knight http://www.senatorsshoponline.com/authentic-zack-smith-jersey , made 43 saves.Pirri has three goals in two games since being recalled from the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves on Dec. 19. The 27-year-old leads Chicago with 29 goals in the AHL and has six goals in four games with the Golden Knights dating to last season.NOTES: Vegas F Ryan Carpenter is one game shy of 100 in his career. … Former Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty didn’t get to play against his former team, as he’s currently on injured reserve. … Tomas Tatar, who played 20 games with Vegas last season, returned to T-Mobile Arena for the first time as a Canadien. Tatar had two assists.UP NEXTCanadiens: Visit Florida on Dec. 28.Golden Knights: Host Los Angeles on Sunday.
DENVER (AP) The Dallas Stars reached into the collegiate ranks to find their new head coach.It’s a strategy that’s certainly working out well in Philadelphia.The Stars will hire the University of Denver’s Jim Montgomery as their next coach Kyle Brodziak Jersey Womens , a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Montgomery takes over for Ken Hitchcock, who retired last month and will become a consultant for the Stars. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the hiring had not been announced.Montgomery becomes the second college-to-NHL hire in the past three years, following the Flyers’ Dave Hakstol in 2015. Hakstol was considered one of the premier college coaches at North Dakota before making the switch. The Flyers have gone to the playoffs in two of the three seasons Hakstol has been in charge.Dallas is banking on a similar showing under the 48-year-old Montgomery, who spent five seasons in charge of the Pioneers and led them to a national title in 2016-17. He finished 125-57-26 at a university well known for its hockey and lacrosse programs.Montgomery inherits a Dallas squad led by Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. The Stars are coming off a season in which they missed the playoffs for the eighth time in 10 seasons. Hitchcock returned for just a season before hanging it up. He’s the only coach to lead the team to a Stanley Cup title.Before his arrival in Denver, Montgomery spent three seasons as the head coach/general manager of the United States Hockey League’s Dubuque Fighting Saints. He also served as an assistant coach at RPI from 2006-10. He started his coaching career as a volunteer coach at Notre Dame in ’05-06.As a player, Montgomery led Maine to a national title in 1993 before embarking on a 12-year pro career that included stops in an assortment of leagues, including parts of six seasons in the NHL. He finished his career by playing one game for the Stars during the `02-03 season.—AP Sports Writer Schuyler Dixon contributed to this report.— LAS VEGAS (AP) — Andrei Vasilevskiy has a knack for shutouts — and then backing them up.Vasilevskiy followed his first shutout of the season by stopping 29 of 31 shots Jakob Silfverberg Jersey , J.T. Miller scored his third goal of the season and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Friday.The 24-year-old Russian goaltender, who blanked Colorado on Wednesday, went 6-1-1 last season in games following a shutout.“He’s just a good young goaltender. He was in a zone again tonight, you could see he was just tracking pucks,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “Our guys did a good job of letting him see pucks. … If he can see them, he’s usually gonna stop them. He was nominated for the Vezina (Trophy) last year, and that wasn’t by fluke. When we have our breakdowns http://www.officialducks.com/authentic-adidas-john-gibson-jersey , he’s been a rock for us. Give Vegas credit, they made a big push, but our goalie was there when we needed him and it’s a big win in a tough spot on the road.”Tyler Johnson and Brayden Point also scored for the Lightning, who have not lost in regulation since their second game of the season, going 6-0-1 over that stretch.Shea Theodore and William Karlsson scored for Vegas, while Marc-Andre Fleury made 20 saves.Ten games into their inaugural season, the Golden Knights were 8-2-0. They didn’t lose their fifth game until Nov. 7. Now Authentic Josh Manson Jersey , the defending Western Conference champions are 4-5-1 and sixth in the Pacific Division.“Every year is a new year, so what you did the year before means absolutely nothing,” Tampa Bay center Steven Stamkos said. “I’m sure if you ask them they’d say the same thing. Every year you have to go out and prove yourself as an individual, and you have to prove yourself as a team. They’re a still a good team over there. You’re not going to start the year with a great record every time. It’s how you grow as a team. They still got the pieces to be an elite team in this league.”One piece that needs to improve for the Golden Knights is the power play. Though it notched a power play goal on Friday, Vegas still has the league’s worst conversion rate with a man advantage, now 3 for 32. Tampa Bay owns the league’s best penalty kill (35 of 37).Johnson put the Lightning on the board early in the first period when he spotted a rebound in front of the net and chipped a shot past Fleury. Ryan Carpenter used the boards to slide a perfect pass to Theodore, who blasted a one-timer through traffic from the blue line and past Vasilevskiy to tie game a couple of minutes later. Later in the first Ondrej Kase Jersey , Stamkos delivered a pass into the slot for Point, who tapped the puck past Fleury.Miller extended the lead to 3-1 early in the second. He was positioned perfectly in front of net when the puck deflected off him and past Fleury for a power-play goal.Vegas outshot the Lightning 13-1 in the third period but came up empty after Karlsson ripped a wrist shot past Vasilevskiy on the glove side for a power-play goal with 18:13 left.“I think there were some chances,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. “We’ve just got to keep executing and work at it.”Tampa Bay blocked 27 shots, including 17 in the third period.“They had a lot of opportunities and they come at you with a lot of speed. It’s tough to contain,” Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh said. “I think our best player, for sure, in the third period was (Vasilevskiy). We had to block some shots. We gotta continue to play with a little more assertiveness in the third Rickard Rakell Jersey , especially with the lead.”NOTES: Vegas’ Max Pacioretty exited the game in the first period and did not return. … Theodore’s goal marked Vegas’ first from a defenseman this season. … Vasilevskiy came into the game having allowed just two goals in first periods this season; his .966 first-period save percentage was tops in the NHL. … Stamkos needs one goal to reach 350 for his career. … Miller will reach the 200-point plateau with his next point. … Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman left in the first period with an undisclosed injury, and Cooper said “there’s a good chance he’s not playing tomorrow” in Arizona. … The Lightning have scored on the power play in four straight games and six of their last seven.UP NEXTLightning: Visit Arizona on Saturday.Golden Knights: Host Ottawa on Sunday.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby returned from an upper-body injury to pick up a goal and two assists and the Pittsburgh Penguins drilled the Dallas Stars 5-1 on Wednesday night.The Pittsburgh captain missed three games after getting hurt last week Adidas Anthony Beauvillier Jersey , the latest setback during a forgettable early opening quarter of the season for the perennial Stanley Cup contenders.Crosby provided Pittsburgh with a needed spark. He set up Jake Guentzel for a goal less than 4 minutes into the game and provided a highlight-reel marker later in the opening period when he raced to the net and smacked in a rebound past Anton Khudobin to give Pittsburgh a three-goal lead.Evgeni Malkin, Patric Hornqvist and Tanner Pearson also scored for the Penguins. Two days after letting a 4-1 advantage disappear in a loss to Buffalo, Pittsburgh clamped down on the Stars. Casey DeSmith was rarely tested early and finished with 18 saves.Mattias Janmark spoiled DeSmith’s bid for a shutout with a third-period goal. Khudobin was pulled after Pearson beat him with a slap shot on the breakaway made it 5-0. Khudobin stopped just 11 of 16 shots. Rookie Landon Bow stopped 14 shots in his NHL debut.LIGHTNING 7, PANTHERS 3TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos had a goal and three assists and Tampa Bay beat Florida to reclaimed the top spot in the Eastern Conference.Nikita Kucherov and Ryan McDonagh each had a goal and two assists. Mathieu Joseph, Yanni Gourde, Adam Erne and Dan Giradi also scored, J.T. Miller had three assists, and Louis Domingue made 40 saves. The Lightning are 11-1-1 at home against Florida since the start of the 2013-14 season.Panthers left wing Mike Hoffman extended his points streak to 17 games (10 goals, 20 points) with a late third-period power-play goal. He is the fifth player in NHL history to have a points streak of at least 17 games in his first season with a franchise.Troy Brouwer and Aleksander Barkov also scored for the Panthers.RANGERS 5, ISLANDERS 0NEW YORK (AP) — Alexandar Georgiev stopped 29 shots for his first career shutout, Filip Chytil scored for the fifth straight game, and the Rangers beat the crosstown-rival Islanders.Chris Kreider had a goal and an assist, and Cody McLeod, Neal Pionk and Kevin Hayes also scored to help the Rangers win for the ninth time in 11 games (9-1-1). Kevin Shattenkirk and Mika Zibanejad each added two assists in the Rangers’ seventh straight win at home, now by a combined 26-10 margin.The Rangers ended an eight-game skid (0-7-1) to the Islanders, who had won 12 of the previous 13 meetings, including a 7-5 win at home last Thursday night.CAPITALS 4, BLACKHAWKS 2WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom Wilson, Andre Burakovsky and Michal Kempny scored to give Washington an early lead, and the Capitals held off Chicago.Devante Smith-Pelly also scored and Braden Holtby stopped 37 shots to help Washington win its third straight. Brandon Saad Adidas Scott Mayfield Jersey , Erik Gustafsson scored for Chicago.Wilson, playing in just his fifth game after sitting out the first 16 because of a suspension, scored his second goal of the season just 54 seconds in after upending Chicago goalie Corey Crawford.SABRES 5, FLYERS 2BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Evan Rodrigues had a goal and an assist in Buffalo’s four-goal first period, and the Sabres extended their NHL-best winning streak to seven games.Buffalo has its longest run since taking 10 games in a row to open the 2006-07 season.Jeff Skinner, Tage Thompson and Johan Larsson also scored in the opening period for the Sabres. Sam Reinhart added an empty-net goal in the third, and Carter Hutton made 23 saves.Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds scored for Philadelphia.DUCKS 4, CANUCKS 3ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, John Gibson made 25 saves for his 100th career victory and Anaheim snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over skidding Vancouver.Ondrej Kase, Adam Henrique and Kalle Kossila also scored for the Ducks, who had lost 12 of 15 since the last time they scored four goals in a game back on Oct. 17.Bo Horvat, Derrick Pouliot and Jake Virtanen scored in the Canucks’ seventh consecutive loss. Jacob Markstrom stopped 32 shots as Vancouver failed to rally from a late two-goal deficit and remained winless since Nov. 8.FLAMES 6, JETS 3CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Sam Bennett had the go-ahead goal and Calgary scored five times in the first period again to beat Winnipeg.Dillon Dube, Matthew Tkachuk, Mark Jankowski, Johnny Gaudreau and Derek Ryan also scored for the Flames (13-8-1), who moved back into first place in the Pacific Division.Calgary became the fourth team in NHL history and first in nearly 30 years to score five or more goals in consecutive first periods. The Flames also scored five times in the first Monday against Vegas in a 7-2 win.Making his third consecutive start with struggling Mike Smith on the bench, David Rittich finished with 37 saves to improve to 8-1-0. He’s won five straight.Patrik Laine scored two goals and Brandon Tanev had the other one for Winnipeg (12-6-2).AVALANCHE 7 Adidas Dustin Tokarski Jersey , KINGS 3LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon, Vladislav Kamenev and Colin Wilson scored power-play goals for Colorado. The Avalanche have scored three power-play goals in two of four games, going 8 of 11 with the man advantage in that span.Patrik Nemeth, Tyson Barrie, Nikita Zadorov and Matt Calvert scored at even strength. Alexander Kerfoot had three assists, and Mikko Rantanen remained the league’s scoring leader with two assists to increase his total to 34 points. Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves.Kyle Clifford, Matt Luff and Austin Wagner scored for Los Angeles. Cal Petersen allowed six goals on 31 shots before leaving early in the third.HURRICANES 5, MAPLE LEAFS 2RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Trevor van Riemsdyk and Justin Williams scored 22 seconds apart in the first period, sending Carolina past Toronto.Curtis McElhinney made 30 saves to help Carolina snap Toronto’s four-game winning streak. Micheal Ferland, Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov also scored.John Tavares and Kasperi Kapanen scored for Toronto. The Maple Leafs are 9-2 on the road.RED WINGS 3, BRUINS 2, OTDETROIT (AP) — Andreas Athanasiou tied it midway through the third period and scored 49 seconds into overtime to lift Detroit past Boston.Jimmy Howard stopped 34 shots and Tyler Bertuzzi also scored for Detroit. The Red Wings have won nine of 11 and are over .500 (10-9-2) for the first time this season.Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Chris Wagner scored for Boston.DEVILS 5, CANADIENS 2NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Pavel Zacha scored twice, Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist, and New Jersey beat Montreal.Kyle Palmieri and Nico Hischier also scored for the Devils, and Keith Kinkaid stopped 24 shots to end the team’s two-game skid. Jonathan Drouin and Max Domi scored for Montreal. Domi has a point in 11 straight games. Carey Price made 23 saves.PREDATORS 4, BLUES 1NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pekka Rinne made 28 saves to set an NHL record for wins by a goalie from Finland, and Nashville spoiled Craig Berube’s first game as St. Louis’ coach.Rinne earned his 320th career victory Adidas Robin Lehner Jersey , surpassing Miikka Kiprusoff for most by a Finnish-born goaltender. Frederick Gaudreau, Filip Forsberg, Austin Watson and Ryan Ellis scored for Nashville.Robert Thomas had the lone goal for the Blues. Berube took over as interim head coach Monday night when Mike Yeo was fired.WILD 6, SENATORS 4ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eric Staal scored his second goal of the game with 5:58 left and Minnesota overcame a sloppy third period to beat Ottawa.Matt Dumba also scored twice to help the Wild end a two-game slide and win for the 12th time in 17 games. Mikael Granlund had three assists.Chris Tierney, Thomas Chabot, Christian Jaros and Colin White scored for Ottawa.GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3, COYOTES 2, OTGLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Max Pacioretty stuffed in a rebound at 3:36 of overtime to lift Vegas past Arizona.Pacioretty also scored in the second period, Tomas Nosek had a goal and Marc-Andre Fleury made 19 saves. Derek Stepan scored twice for Arizona, and Darcy Kuemper had 20 saves. PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have continued their organizational purge, firing their assistant general manager and an assistant coach.The Flyers fired Chris Pryor and Gord Murphy on Wednesday, a day after the Flyers blew a two-goal lead in the third period and lost 4-3 to Ottawa. The dismissals come two days after the Flyers fired general manager Ron Hextall following 4½ seasons on the job.The Flyers are 10-12-2 and in last place in the Eastern Conference.Pryor had worked for the Flyers for 19 seasons, first joining them as a scout. He worked his way up through the organization and was promoted to director of player personnel and assistant GM in 2016.Murphy, who played four seasons with the Flyers, was hired as an assistant coach in 2014.Flyers President Paul Holmgren said this week that the next general manager will decide the job status of coach Dave Hakstol.Holmgren said Wednesday he does not “anticipate any further personnel moves in the near term.”
SUNRISE Patrik Laine Jersey , Fla. (AP) — Aleksander Barkov finally scored the goal he’s been dreaming about.Barkov got his second career hat trick and the Florida Panthers beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-3 on Sunday night.Barkov’s second goal gave the Panthers a 4-3 lead on a spectacular shot with 2:11 left in the second. Barkov skated in on goalie Carey Price, then, with a defenseman on his back, shot from between and behind his legs in front of the crease, flipping the puck high into the net.“I’ve seen those (types of goals) in the YouTube and in highlights, and I was just dreaming about maybe one day I can score that kind of goal,” Barkov said. “I think I’ve tried that like 17 times in my career. It worked (for) the first time. I’m happy, but, of course, more importantly we got the two points.”Barkov also had an assist to give him his third four-point game of his career.“That was the prettiest goal I’ve seen all season,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said of Barkov’s second goal. “That was nuts, and he stopped hard at the end before he did his move. We just looked at it on the bench with disbelief that he could pull that off with that kind of speed.”Riley Sheahan Vladimir Sobotka Jersey Womens , Frank Vatrano and Denis Malgin also scored for the Panthers, and Keith Yandle had two assists. James Reimer stopped 28 shots in his second straight start.The Panthers have won eight of their past 12 games, while Montreal lost its fourth straight.“We’re going through a tough stretch right now,” Canadiens coach Claude Julien said. “Nothing seems to be easy right now and that’s what slumps are all about.”Max Domi scored twice for the Canadiens and Brendan Gallagher also had a goal. Antti Niemi allowed three goals on nine shots before being replaced by Price, who finished with 24 saves.Barkov swept the puck past Price from in front at 9:13 of the third to stretch the Panthers lead to 5-3 with his third goal of the night. Barkov’s first hat trick came on Dec. 15 in a 4-3 win over TorontoSheahan’s empty-net goal with 2:25 left capped the scoring.The Panthers had a potential goal by Jonathan Huberdeau overturned at 3:44 of the third when Montreal successfully challenged for offsides.Domi tied the score 3-all on his second goal. Domi tipped in a pass from Mike Reilly at 5:18 of the second.“We did a good job of coming back in and even though we weren’t on our game completely we managed to make a game out of it,” Domi said. “Too little, too late and they capitalized again.”Barkov gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead on his power-play goal 3:59 into the game. He poked a rebound between the pads of Niemi 7 seconds into the power play.Malgin’s shot from the high slot went over the glove of Niemi to make the score 2-0 at 11:28 of the first.The Canadiens pulled within one when Domi shot from the slot and beat Reimer with just under 7 minutes left in the period.The Panthers regained a two-goal lead when Vatrano’s shot went off a Montreal defenseman’s stick and past Niemi with 6:03 left in the first. Niemi was then replaced by Price.Gallagher pulled the Canadiens to 3-2 when his shot bounced off Reimer and into the net with 3:14 left in the first.NOTES: The Panthers recalled G Sam Montembeault from AHL Springfield. … G Roberto Luongo is on bereavement leave. … Barkov reached the 20-goal mark for the fourth consecutive season. … F Jamie McGinn played in his 600th NHL game. … The Panthers held a pregame ceremony in honor of the one-year anniversary of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Both teams flanked family members for a ceremonial puck drop. … Canadiens F Jonathan Drouin played his 300th NHL game.UP NEXTCanadiens: Host Columbus on Tuesday night.Panthers: Host Buffalo on Tuesday night. CHICAGO (AP) When Joe Serpico closes his eyes, he can go right back to that day in 1961.Serpico’s big Italian family gathered for cake and coffee for his 10th birthday. On a table full of presents, there was one unwrapped Wieboldt’s department store box from uncle Jerry ”The Barber” Del Giudice – a pair of game-worn jerseys from Chicago Blackhawks stars Bobby Hull and Glenn Hall – a moment of pure joy that stayed with Serpico forever.”I knew their birthdays, I knew these guys, this was my whole life Aaron Ekblad Jersey , was hockey,” he said, ”and at 10 years old to get a gift coming from the two of them was phenomenal.”Serpico, born and raised in Chicago, grew up, got married and had five children with his wife Linda, four girls and one boy. The jerseys went along for the ride, tucked away for safe keeping. But that changes this weekend, when bidding on the signed Hull jersey comes to an end as part of Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Night Auction.Serpico, 66, wore the Hull jersey when he touched the Stanley Cup a couple years ago – a surprise present from one of his daughters – and something changed.”That was on my bucket list,” he said http://www.floridapanthersteamshops.com/authentic-aleksander-barkov-jersey , ”and I feel like, maybe I could share it with somebody else. I hope it ends up in the right hands. I don’t know. … I’m having a hard time letting it go.”Serpico’s uncle was a colorful character who served as the team barber for decades, becoming friendly with Hull, Hall and several other players. He went to the old Chicago Stadium to cut their hair on Wednesdays, or they would come to one of the family barbershops on the weekend on occasion, creating lines of kids looking for autographs that ran around the block, according to Serpico.Hull and Hall were packing up after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 1961 when Del Guidice mentioned Serpico’s birthday was coming up.”He was down there and he said `Hey, you know in a couple weeks is Joey’s birthday. It’d be nice if I brought him something,’ and Bobby and Glenn threw him a jersey,” Serpico said. ”That’s the story that was given to me.”Hull was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983, and there is a statue of him outside of the United Center in Chicago. The high-scoring forward played 15 of his 23 seasons with the Blackhawks, but Chris Ivy Evgenii Dadonov Jersey Kids , the director of the sports category for Heritage, said game-worn Hull jerseys from his Chicago days are ”pretty scarce.””I’d say there’s only a handful of them known in the hobby,” he said. ”Now there is some from his other teams. There’s some from the Jets and from Hartford. But the Blackhawks jerseys, there’s not a whole lot.”Heritage analyzed Serpico’s jersey – looking at the numbers, the fonts and other parts of the sweater – and determined it’s from the 1958-59 season, Hull’s second year in the league.”This may be one where his uncle asked either Hull or the equipment manager, you know, Hull said `Hey, I want to give a jersey away to my buddy. Do you have an old one laying around?”’ Ivy said, ”and I suspect that’s how they got a jersey in ’61 that had actually been used a couple years previous.”Decades after Serpico got the jerseys from his beloved uncle, he got each of them signed.Hall asked Serpico to try on his No. 1 sweater one last time, and the Hall of Fame goaltender later sent Serpico a hand-written letter thanking him for being a fan. Hull’s No. 9 was retired by the Blackhawks – like Hall and No. 1 – but the jersey up for auction is No. 16 Youth Jamie McGinn Jersey , which Hull wore for a short time at the beginning of his career. And Hull was impressed by Serpico’s knowledge of the numbers from his career.”Bobby looked at me and he started laughing. He’s like `OK, so you do remember a lot of the history,”’ Serpico said.Del Guidice died a few years ago at age 81, and Serpico said he wishes his uncle was still around to share his own stories. Serpico’s family lived in the same Chicago neighborhood when he was growing up, and his uncle served as his godfather for confirmation and a consistent resource in his life.While the Hull jersey is heading for another home – ”I don’t even know if I’ve done the right thing about it,” Serpico said – Hall’s sweater is staying put. Probably forever.”My son’s comment … if he was here, he’d tell you `My dad’s going to be buried in that jersey and only that jersey,”’ a chuckling Serpico said.—Online:Heritage Auctions: https://www.ha.com—Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap
WASHINGTON (AP) — Remembering recent failures when it comes to extending winning streaks and fearing the defending Stanley Cup champions turned out to be a perfect recipe for the Dallas Stars.Dallas started fast with two goals 10 seconds apart and finished strong in a 4-3 overtime victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night Womens Kyle Palmieri Jersey , giving the Stars their first three-game winning streak of the season. Jason Dickinson scored 3:17 into overtime to keep Dallas rolling under first-year coach Jim Montgomery.“There’s a lot of belief right now,” Montgomery said. “I don’t see any complacency in our group. I just see a determination and a focus that I haven’t seen before. That’s the exciting part.”The excitement is building for the Stars, who are starting to develop some consistency. Jason Spezza scored on a breakaway and Tyler Pitlick forced a turnover for an unassisted goal 10 seconds later as Dallas jumped out to a 2-0 lead that showed players they could hang with the Capitals.“When you come in here, there’s a little bit of fear of knowing that they can run you out of the rink if you’re not ready to go off the hop,” Spezza said. “You can’t take these guys lightly, and I thought we learned a lesson from some of the other games we played on the road.”In the process, the Stars also learned about rebounding from mistakes and moving forward after blowing a lead. Goaltender Ben Bishop allowed soft goals from sharp angles to Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dallas’ defensive structure was lacking and yet it was able to get to overtime.Playing 3-on-3 in OT http://www.officialbluejackets.com/authentic-adidas-david-savard-jersey , Dallas outshot Washington 6-1. Capitals goalie Braden Holtby stopped Tyler Seguin on a penalty shot 59 seconds in, but Dickinson beat him on a deflection for his third of the season.“We’ll take it,” said Bishop, who stopped 29 shots. “They’re not always going to be Picassos. Sometimes you’re going to have to grind. Last game we had to hold on at the end. This one we had to find a way to come back and get that one in overtime. Finding different ways to win, that’s the big thing. It doesn’t matter how, just as long as you get it.”It also was a struggle for the Capitals, who turned the puck over on all three Stars goals in regulation and still had a chance after Kuznetsov tied it on the power play with 12:03 remaining in the third period. Brett Connolly also scored for Washington, but ill-timed turnovers in the wrong places led to a second consecutive defeat.“Every team comes fast like that Anthony Mantha Jersey ,” said Holtby, who gave the puck away to Pitlick for his goal. “It’s not a surprise. You just have to be prepared for it and have a plan and execute. A couple plays, we didn’t do that.”While the Capitals continue to search for the kind of 60-minute effort that defined their playoff run last spring, the Stars are feeling good in the middle of a long Eastern Conference road trip. Montgomery set the goal of three wins in six games, and his team is already there with two left before returning home.“Everyone’s contributing,” Montgomery said. “You’re together and it’s a good feeling and everyone is enjoying being around each other.”NOTES: Holtby finished with 32 saves plus his stop on Seguin on the penalty shot in overtime. … Captain Jamie Benn also scored for Dallas, his sixth goal of the season. … Capitals D Brooks Orpik missed his second consecutive game with a lower-body injury. He did not practice all week. … Stars D Marc Methot and F Alexander Radulov were out with lower-body injuries. Montgomery said Radulov returned to Dallas for treatment and will miss the final two games of the trip. … Montgomery said D Connor Carrick (foot) should be able to get back into skates soon.UP NEXTStars: At Boston on Monday in the fifth stop on their six-game trip.Capitals: Continue a five-game homestand against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. NEW YORK — Neither the New York Islanders nor New York Rangers seemed to be candidates to liven up a bleak-looking fall and winter for Big Apple sports. But now Islanders-Rangers games might be the only compelling theater in New York until baseball season starts.A pair of teams in the midst of surprisingly solid starts will square off for the first time this season Thursday night, when the Islanders host the Rangers at Barclays Center.Both squads beat the visiting Vancouver Canucks in their previous games. The Rangers extended their point streak to seven games Monday Darren Helm Jersey , when they beat the Canucks 2-1. The Islanders then snapped a three-game losing streak Tuesday by knocking off Vancouver 5-2.Article continues below ...The wins left the longtime rivals tied for second place in the Metropolitan Division — a far different spot than most would have forecast for the duo after last season, when the seventh-place Islanders and eighth-place Rangers were separated by three points as they brought up the rear in the Metro.The Rangers embarked upon a rebuilding plan when they dealt several veterans at the February trade deadline and hired rookie head coach David Quinn in May. The Islanders, who hired reigning Stanley Cup winner Barry Trotz as head coach in June, appeared to be following suit in July, when star center John Tavares left as a free agent for the Toronto Maple Leafs.Instead, the Islanders (9-6-2) and Rangers (9-7-2) may be playing for a share of first place Thursday night. A win by either team and a regulation loss by the Columbus Blue Jackets against the Florida Panthers will create a tie atop the division.It’s early, of course, but an Islanders-Rangers game that matters offers some unexpected excitement on an otherwise barren New York sports landscape. The third NHL team in the tri-state area http://www.officialredwings.com/authentic-adidas-dylan-larkin-jersey , the New Jersey Devils, have lost nine of 12 and have the fewest points in the Eastern Conference. The NFL’s Giants and Jets are a combined 5-15 and vying for top-five draft picks while the NBA’s Knicks and Nets are a combined 10-20.Plus, Islanders-Rangers games have been notoriously combative, both on the ice and in the stands, since the Islanders joined the NHL in 1972. The Rangers have earned three more wins (125-122) over the Islanders and hold a narrow 878-861 lead in goals scored “We’ve talked about it a little bit but you hear more from the outside,” first-year Islanders winger Tom Kuhnhackl told reporters following practice Wednesday. “You hear about the rivalry. It’s something special. I’m excited.”The Islanders have dominated the series the last three seasons. They have won the last seven games in the series and are 11-1-0 against the Rangers since moving to Barclays Center, where they have never lost to the Blueshirts.“I think, so far Frans Nielsen Jersey Kids , obviously, the record doesn’t lie,” Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist told reporters following practice Wednesday. “They’ve been better than us at the Barclays Center, so we’ve got to do what we can to turn that around. They always come out hard and play with confidence and we’ll match that.”Lundqvist and Thomas Greiss, each of whom earned the win over the Canucks earlier this week, are expected to face each other in a battle of number one goalies Thursday night. Lundqvist made 25 saves against Vancouver on Monday, when he recorded the 437th victory of his career to move into a tie for seventh-place on the NHL’s all-time wins list with Jacques Plante. Greiss made 22 saves Tuesday.Lundqvist is 30-20-7 in 59 career appearances against the Islanders. Greiss is 3-0-1 in five games against the Rangers.
During an episode of 31 Thoughts the Podcast Boston Bruins T-Shirts Womens , former Edmonton Oiler, Andrew Ference was on the show and leveled the 2013-15 teams he captained.The nearly hour-long show was, to say the least, a damning testimonial to the 2013-15 Oilers teams that struggled with young draft pick stars like Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle. The team had a terrible win/loss record during that time and not many years later, both Hall and Eberle were traded despite being what many believed the future core of the franchise.Brought in as a free agent, the veteran defenseman from Sherwood Park 鈥?a hamlet located just minutes outside of the city of Edmonton 鈥?Ference was excited to come home and play for the team he grew up watching. He was bringing with him a winning mentality and hard-working demeanor having been part of a Bruins team that won a Stanley Cup not聽many years before. What he found when he arrived was disappointing.advertisingThe Oilers were in the midst of building a team based on four first overall draft picks聽that included highly-talented forwards. Unfortunately, the young team was more concerned about partying and the nightlife scene in Edmonton than they were working hard or winning.聽鈥淵ou had a group of players that talked about how they wanted to make the playoffs, and talked about how sick they were of losing, and then by Game No. 3 after losing 6-1, they鈥檙e straight out to the bar to three in the morning, lighting up the nightlife scene in Edmonton,鈥?Ference said.Saying that his voice would only carry so much weight with a team of youngsters who mocked the idea of working hard in practice Boston Bruins Hoodies Womens , Ference said,聽"It was to the point where it was ridiculous where the lifestyle was way more important than actually playing the game and making the playoffs.鈥?He suggested, then coach Dallas Eakins was made a scapegoat and basically run out of town when the Oilers failed to win games.advertisingFerence added, 鈥淵ou could have had any kind of defence or any kind of system, if you go on a Western swing and your guys are out every single night until 5 a.m., you鈥檙e not going to win too many games.鈥?via TwitterFerence also leveled the city of Edmonton itself for being so quick to jump on the players for every mistake 鈥?suggesting it was a very hard place to play. The fans are always looking for their next whipping boy and it's still going on today, that whipping boy being Milan Lucic.Ference did admit that while it was disappointing, he wasn't surprised that the youngsters didn't listen to the leadership he was trying to provide. Ference was not even close to one of the more skilled players on the team and those young guys knew that he wasn't going to outlast them. Why listen to a guy who the team was in no way building around?advertisingWhat This MeansThere were always rumors things in Edmonton around that time were messy. While Ference didn't name names, his testimony has to point at players like Hall, Eberle and Justin Schultz who were potential stars but traded at their peaks in mind-boggling moves. If their behavior was cancerous, it explains a little bit more as to why those trades went down in the first place.Certainly, it's not a good look for the organization and it must have been bad if a homegrown talent like Ference was happy enough to throw the team under the bus.advertising NASHVILLE Boston Bruins Hats Womens , Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators credited their defensive effort after their latest win.Kevin Fiala scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period and the Predators beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 Monday night. Ryan Ellis also scored and Pekka Rinne stopped 21 shots to help Nashville win its second straight.“I thought we were really good defensively tonight,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. “They’ve got a lot of tools over there, a lot of people that can hurt you, certainly that top line and they’ve got some guys from the back end that can really move the puck and add to the rush.”Rinne stopped eight shots in the first, five in the second and eight in the third. Five of the eight Rinne turned away in the third came in the final 1:17 with Hutton lifted for an extra attacker — including a stop on a slap shot by the Sabres’ Jack Eichel with 15.4 seconds remaining.“That was one of our better defensive games all year,” Rinne said. “Guys did an extremely good job just staying with it. … They have a lot of team speed and they’re top couple of lines are pretty dangerous.”Sam Reinhart had a goal for Buffalo, which is 0-2-1 since a 10-game winning streak — with each loss coming by one goal. Carter Hutton had 23 saves.“It seems like we’ve been having trouble for a little bit here,” Reinhart said. “So we’ve got to figure that out, get back to what gave us success earlier.”On the Predators’ go-ahead goal, Craig Smith had the puck in the left corner and found Fiala at the left faceoff dot, where he snapped a quick wrist shot between Hutton’s pads with 3:26 left in the middle period. It gave Fiala six points in his last six games.Reinhart had tied the score 1-1 earlier in the period. After a mad scramble in front, Reinhart’s backhand was turned aside by Rinne but Nashville captain Roman Josi’s clearing attempt with his backhand went into the net Custom Boston Bruins Jerseys , giving Reinhart his seventh of the season at 5:20.“I did like the shot mentality in that little spurt,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said. “I thought there were times where we did control the play. But other than that, I didn’t mind the way we played. I just thought we needed to generate more.”Housley served as an assistant coach with the Predators for four seasons prior to getting the head coaching job in Buffalo.Ellis scored the game’s first goal with 3:35 left in the first. With the Predators on a power play, Josi sent a pass from the right point to Ellis at the top of the left faceoff circle, and Ellis fired a one-timer high to Hutton’s glove side.“Great win for us, I think especially the defense played well and Peks was Peks like always,” Josi said. “It’s a huge win. That’s a good team over there. They’re playing really well this year.”NOTES: The road team had won the previous six matchups between the teams. … Nashville is 15-1-0 this season when scoring first. … Predators C Nick Bonino returned to the lineup after missing one game with an illness. … Reinhart has six goals and one assist in seven career games against Nashville. … Hutton, who served as Rinne’s backup in Nashville for three seasons beginning in the 2013-14 season, dropped to 0-3-1 against his former team.UP NEXTSabres: Host Toronto on Tuesday night to open a stretch of four straight at home.Predators: At Vancouver on Thursday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) The Stanley Cup Final is a block party for the Washington Capitals.For all of Evgeny Kuznetsov’s points on offense and Braden Holtby’s saves in net http://www.floridapanthersteamshops.com/authentic-aleksander-barkov-jersey , the Capitals are one win away from blocking their way to the Cup. They’ve gotten in front of almost a third of the Vegas Golden Knights’ shots, blocking with enough smarts and precision to take a 3-1 series lead into Game 5 Thursday.”There’s more to blocking shots than just going out there and trying to get hit,” Holtby said. ”We’re doing a great job of creating the right layers, guys going out there strategically to know which lane I’m picking for sight lines and they’re taking away the other half and making big blocks.”Washington is blocking in quantity and quality in the final, 86 total, in limiting Vegas to 124 shots on Holtby – many of which he’s seeing and stopping . Even star captain Alex Ovechkin is blocking shots as he gets closer to tasting his first championship.”You see `O’ jumping in front of shots, it makes everyone on the team want to do the same,” winger Devante Smith-Pelly said.Blocking shots is a team-wide commitment right now and comes from a season’s worth of skaters, goaltending coach Scott Murray, Holtby and Philipp Grubauer getting on the same page. The goalies have worked on making sure they can see past blocks to give players the confidence to get in front of pucks.And in return, Capitals players study opponents’ tendencies and consciously decide when to try to block a shot and not so Holtby isn’t at a disadvantage.”You obviously don’t want to cross in front of him,” center Jay Beagle said. ”You don’t want to become a screen. So if you miss the block Evgenii Dadonov Jersey Kids , which happens, guys are good at shooting pucks and stuff, you want it still so from your standpoint you didn’t hinder Holts’ view.”Defensemen have an understanding of which half of the net is their responsibility and which half is Holtby’s. Forwards closer to the blue line have to react quickly, take the right angle and get to the shooter.”If guys have time and space, they’re going to be able to sift one through,” Smith-Pelly said. ”For the forwards, it’s just going out there pretty hard and just getting in the way.”The amount of shots the Capitals have blocked through four games seems to be getting in the Golden Knights’ heads. They’re struggling to get quality shots through and resorting to settling for lower-danger scoring chances.”If you’re going to take shots, make sure they pay a price for blocking those shots,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. ”Shoot it harder.”Capitals coach Barry Trotz doesn’t want his players thinking too much about blocking shots or hesitating. He doesn’t care much about Ovechkin’s blocking form or the philosophy of shot-blocking as long as it keeps the puck out of the net.”If you’re positionally sound, if you’re in shot lanes, block the shot,” Trotz said. ”It’s all about will.”And that will can turn into skill. Washington has been comfortable and confident enough in the final to push the puck up ice quickly Youth Jamie McGinn Jersey , and a well-timed block shot can set the table for an odd-man rush.”The less shots they have, the more opportunities we’re gonna have in offensive zone,” defenseman Dmitry Orlov said. ”Sometimes when you block it, you get quicker pass and you jump on the rush and you got 3-on-2 or 4-on-3.”The Golden Knights by this point are well-aware of that. But they don’t really have a solution.”You just have to – I don’t know – defensemen, puck fake, maybe move around, or maybe look for a guy off to the side, or put it off the end wall,” forward Alex Tuch said. ”There are a bunch of different plays that could happen and when they’re blocking shots they’re getting momentum from it, and if they’re blocking shots and having odd-man rushes that’s even worse. ”In addition to a suffocating neutral-zone trap that’s not easy to play but has frustrated opponents for four rounds, the Capitals have embraced a shot-blocking-when-it-matters mentality.”It’s not exactly fun, but you got to do if you really want to win Womens Jared McCann Jersey ,” Smith-Pelly said. ”Everyone is on board with doing those things.”—More Stanley Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/StanleyCupFinals— ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brock Boeser didn’t need much help during a breakout 2017-18 season. Now he’s getting plenty from another star rookie in Elias Pettersson.Boeser scored his second career hat trick, Pettersson had a goal and four assists and the Vancouver Canucks beat the St. Louis Blues 6-1 on Sunday.Pettersson became the second rookie to have two five-point games before the end of December. He assisted on all three of Boeser’s goals to become the second Canucks rookie to have multiple four-point games after Boeser achieved the feat last season.“He can make passes that most guys can’t,” Boeser said. “You’ve always got to be ready.”Bo Horvat and Nikolay Goldobin also scored for the Canucks, who won consecutive games for the first time since winning three straight from Oct. 29 through Nov. 2. Vancouver was 2-10-2 in its previous 14 games.Jacob Markstrom made 22 saves to improve to 10-9-3 on the season and 2-4-0 lifetime against St. Louis.Jake Allen stopped three of six shots in 14:06 before being pulled in favor of Chad Johnson, who made 12 saves. Allen recorded his first shutout of the season Friday at Winnipeg.Boeser fired a shot from just inside the blue line that appeared to deflect off Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson 8:45 into the third period to match his career high of three goals. His previous hat trick was Nov. 4, 2017 against Pittsburgh.“It was nice,” Boeser said. “I’ve been battling and a battle through some injury. I feel like I’ve been getting chances lately and our line has been playing solid hockey. It’s nice to get a few lucky bounces and get the hat trick.”Boeser scored his first goal on a shot that deflected off the end boards and hit the back of Allen’s leg pads before trickling into the net.“Whenever a goal scorer gets a lucky-bounce goal, you’re hoping it’s the start of something good,” Canucks coach Travis Green said. “Our two young guys, they were great tonight. It’s great to see.”St. Louis had won five consecutive games against Vancouver and had recorded a point in their nine previous games. The Blues are 2-11-1 when surrendering the first goal.“We’re a fragile group,” Blues center Brayden Schenn said. “It comes with losing.”Pettersson expanded the lead to 2-0 when he buried a feed from Troy Stecher 31 seconds after Vancouver killed off a four-minute power play. Pettersson previously had five points Nov. 2 versus Colorado.“I don’t really know what to answer,” Pettersson said when asked about his offensive output. “I’m just trying to create chances and points will come when you play good. That’s all I’m thinking of.”Boeser netted his second of the game when he pushed a feed from Pettersson past Allen to end his night.Horvat and Goldobin scored 1:55 apart in the second period as they each were able to capitalize on rebounds off Johnson.Jordan Kyrou dashed Markstrom’s chance for a shutout when he lifted a puck over Markstrom’s shoulder 8:05 into the third period for his first NHL goal.St. Louis has allowed at least five goals in six of sixteen home games.“You have to go into every game Jonathan Huberdeau Jersey , no matter who you play, and you have to be committed to giving 100 percent effort and compete as hard as you can, every game,” Blues interim coach Craig Berube said. “If you don’t, it doesn’t matter who you play, that’s what can happen to you, what happened today.”NOTES: Blues LW David Perron missed his first game of the season as a healthy scratch. … Following the game St. Louis recalled G Jordan Binnington and assigned RW Sammy Blais to San Antonio of the AHL. … Pettersson’s 15 goals and 30 points lead all NHL rookies. … Boeser has six points (five goals, one assist) in his last five games.UP NEXTCanucks: At Columbus on Tuesday night.Blues: Host Florida on Tuesday night.
DALLAS (AP) Craig Anderson was in good spirits after Erik Karlsson’s goal 2:19 into overtime lifted the Ottawa Senators over the Dallas Stars 3-2 in overtime on Monday night.Anderson Buffalo Sabres Hoodies Womens , who made 31 saves, spoke tongue-in-cheek about 3-on-3 play in OT and even threw in a Scandinavian pun.”I think 3-on-3 is one of our strong suits. Maybe we should try to take coinciding penalties throughout the game and get 3-on-3 going in the regular game.”(Karlsson) has the breakaway speed, finds a way to finish even though he’s Swedish.”Dallas appeared to have a chance to score the winning goal, but Devin Shore couldn’t get to John Klingberg’s pass in front of an open net. The puck went back to the blue line, where Karlsson beat Tyler Pitlick to the puck and skated in to beat goalie Kari Lehtonen.Stars goalie Ben Bishop left because of a lower-body injury after making 12 saves in the first period. Lehtonen replaced Bishop and had 15 saves. Bishop is expected to miss at least two games.”Tonight Erik was outstanding and our goalie was outstanding,” Senators coach Guy Boucher said. ”That’s what you get when the two most important players on the team are at their best Buffalo Sabres Hats Womens , that’s when we’re at our best.”Boucher was happy that his team finished 2-2 on a week-long road trip.The Stars have tied the score in the final three minutes of regulation in the last three games but won only one in overtime. They could have extended their lead for the first wild card in the Western Conference to more than three points over Los Angeles.Dallas’ Tyler Seguin scored twice, on the power play in the first period and from the top of the right faceoff circle with 1:02 left in the third period to tie it.”We shouldn’t be waiting for the last two, three minutes to start going,” Seguin said. ”That’s a point that should never have not been ours.”I think we played that team like where they are in the standings (seventh in the Atlantic Division). I think we forgot that we’re still in the NHL and every team’s good with the parity in this league.”Goals by Mike Hoffman on the power play in the second period and Matt Duchene in the third gave Ottawa a 2-1 lead before Seguin tied it with his 36th goal of the season.Seguin first scored from the left of the net on a narrow angle. His shot went in off Ottawa defenseman Ben Harpur’s skate.Play was stopped with 11:05 left in the first period after Bishop and Dallas defenseman Dan Hamhuis fell in a heap in front of the goal. A trainer attended to Bishop, who stayed in the game but didn’t return for the second period.”We picked up some more injuries and we’ve got to move along quick,” Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said.Dallas will be without Bishop Custom Buffalo Sabres Jerseys , defenseman Esa Lindell (who missed his first game this season) and checking-line center Radek Faksa for Tuesday’s game at Central Division-leading Nashville.Ottawa cashed in on its second power play of the second period just two seconds before the period ended.Mark Stone passed from the left faceoff circle across to Hoffman below the edge of the right circle. His shot went off the sprawling Lehtonen’s upper left arm and into the net.NOTES: Duchene has 33 points (13 goals, 20 assists) in 35 career games vs. Dallas. … In the last six games, Seguin has seven goals and four assists. … Ottawa RW Marian Gaborik returned after missing two games with an undisclosed injury. … The Senators had killed 13 of 14 penalties in the previous six games. Dallas had been 17 for 18 over five-plus games.UP NEXTSenators: Return home to meet Buffalo on Thursday.Stars: Play at Nashville on Tuesday. The Predators have won eight straight.— CHICAGO (AP) Boston Bruins leading scorer Brad Marchand, who sat out Sunday’s 3-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks with an upper-body injury, is sidelined day to day.Marchand, who has a team-high 29 goals and 69 points – five goals and six assists in his last five games – was hurt when he collided with Blackhawks forward Anthony Duclair in the first period of Saturday’s contest between the teams in Boston.”It’s from the run-in with Duclair from last night www.flamesshoponline.com ,” coach Bruce Cassidy said. ”We didn’t know how serious it would be. Just found out before the game he wouldn’t be able to go. We’ll see how he is for Tuesday.”Duclair had to be helped off the ice after the collision, favoring his right leg, and is expected to miss up to two weeks, according to coach Joel Quenneville.Marchand continued in the game, playing just over 20 minutes and finishing with two assists in the Bruins’ 7-4 win.The Bruins, whose six-game winning streak ended at Chicago on Sunday Calgary Flames T-Shirts Womens , continue a four-game trip at Carolina on Tuesday.
VRALEIGH William Nylander Jersey , N.C. (AP) Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters wants his team to see the big picture and not just focus on the playoff standings.Brock McGinn scored twice to lead the Hurricanes to a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night. Jeff Skinner also scored, Elias Lindholm had two assists and Cam Ward stopped 29 shots to help Carolina remain one point ahead of Columbus for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.”I’d rather be playing well and not care if I’m in by one or out by two,” Peters said. ”I’d rather be playing well and building toward something. That’s what we’re doing.”McGinn tied the score with just over three minutes left in the first period and gave the Hurricanes the lead 35 seconds into the third. Skinner capped the scoring with 6:43 left as Carolina, seeking its first playoff appearance since 2009, won its second straight after a three-game skid.”It was definitely a big win for us, coming off of a couple of losses,” McGinn said. ”We just want to build on it going forward.”Ward said it’s difficult to not keep up with the other teams in the wild-card race and in the Metropolitan Division.”Every day Zach Hyman Jersey , everybody is looking at the standings,” Ward said. ”You’ve got to take care of business right now. You can’t wait until you’ve got 10 games left.”Tyson Barrie scored for Colorado and Semyon Varlamov finished with 32 saves.The Avalanche, playing without leading scorer Nathan MacKinnon for a fifth straight game due to a shoulder injury, fell four points behind Minnesota for the second wild card in the West.Ward made six saves on the penalty kill in the second period after right wing Teuvo Teravainen took two penalties, about 4 minutes apart. The second, for high-sticking, drew blood on Colorado center J.T. Compher and gave the Avalanche a 4-minute power play.The Avs Alex Burmistrov Jersey , who entered the game with the NHL’s worst power-play unit on the road, couldn’t convert with the extended opportunity.McGinn’s second goal looked a lot like his first with Lindholm, who was behind the net, setting him up in the slot.Colorado struck first with a goal by Barrie with 3:09 left in the first. Mikko Rantanen set it up with a takeway behind the Hurricanes’ net and then found Barrie in the slot, and the defenseman beat Ward high.The Hurricanes evened it up 18 seconds later when McGinn beat Varlamov with a quick wrist shot.There are 26 games left for Carolina. As Peters pointed out, that’s a lot of hockey, but if Carolina can play the way it has the past couple of games http://www.officialcanucks.com/authentic-adidas-bo-horvat-jersey , it might have a chance to end its long playoff drought.”We have to do it right each and every night,” Peters said. ”We know how to play and when we’re committed to doing it the right way, we get positive results.”UP NEXTAvalanche: At Buffalo on Sunday for their third game in four days.Hurricanes: Host Los Angeles on Tuesday to close out an eight-game homestand. Boston Bruins star Zdeno Chara is expected to miss at least the next month after suffering a left MCL injury against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, the team announcedSaturday.Chara will be re-evaluated in four weeks.The Athletic'sFlutoShinzawareported Friday that the initial timetable was expected to be four to six weeks.Missing games is not something Chara is accustomed to. He has appeared in 70-plus games 15 times during his two decades in the league, including in each of the past three seasons. The last time he missed extended action was in 2014-15, when he was limited to 63 games.He has not missed more than 19 games in a season since becoming a regular in 2000-01, as theBoston Globepoints out.The 41-year-old Bruins captain re-signed with Boston on aone-year Youth Brandon Sutter Jersey , $5 million dealback in March. That ensured he would be back for a 13th season with the team. In 18 games this season, he has recorded three goals and one assist along with a plus/minus of positive-three.Chara is just the latest Boston defender to be banged up. CharlieMcAvoy(concussion), Kevan Miller (broken hand), John Moore (lower body), Brandon Carlo (upper body) andUrhoVaakanainen(concussion) have all dealt with injuries this season.The Bruins are 10-6-3 through their first 19 games, with their 23 points good enough for the top wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference at the moment.
BUFFALO Arizona Coyotes T-Shirts Womens , N.Y. (AP) See ya, Sid. Hello, Jack Eichel.Once the shock of being traded wore off, Conor Sheary put aside his past of playing alongside Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, and began eagerly looking ahead to what might be in store with the Buffalo Sabres.”I wasn’t expecting it, but at the same time you have to look at the positives,” Sheary said Thursday, a day after the Buffalo gave up a conditional fourth-round draft pick to acquire him and defenseman Matt Hunwick.”I have to put my Pittsburgh years behind me now Arizona Coyotes Hoodies Womens ,” the third-year NHL forward said. ”I’m super excited with the new chapter in my life.”In Buffalo, Sheary gets the opportunity to recreate his role as a play-making, two-way forward on a line centered by Eichel.”When you’re playing with a guy like that, you kind of try to get him the puck as much as you can,” Sheary said.”I think a big part of my game is creating turnovers and getting chances for my linemates,” he added. ”Hopefully, we can create some chemistry there. It’ll be awesome and maybe we’ll grow something with that.”With two years left on his contract, Sheary was the odd-man out in Pittsburgh Arizona Coyotes Hats Womens , which freed up $5.25 million in salary cap space in trading both players. The Penguins quickly used some of the savings to re-sign forward Riley Sheahan to a $2.1 million, one-year contract.The Sabres, by comparison, lack play-making depth at their top-line wing positions, especially after trading Evander Kane to San Jose in February. Buffalo’s top three centers and Kane accounted for scoring 94 of the team’s league-worst 199 goals last season.Five-on-five production was also an issue cited by general manager Jason Botterill as the reason he acquired Sheary. All but eight of Sheary’s 95 points in 184 career games have come in even-strength situations.Another benefit for the rebuilding Sabres was adding a two-time Stanley Cup winner to a team that has finished last in three of the past five seasons.”I think if I can just bring a little of that playoff experience to the locker room and try to change the culture, that’ll be a good thing,” said Sheary, who credited Crosby for being a mentor. ”He definitely taught me a lot. And I’ll definitely take that and use that to my advantage moving forward.”Botterill previously served as the Penguins assistant GM and had a hand in signing Sheary Custom Arizona Coyotes Jerseys , who was a late bloomer in part because scouts considered him too small at 5-foot-8 and 175 pounds. Undrafted after completing his college career at UMass, he signed an amateur tryout contract with the Penguins’ AHL affiliate in March 2014.Two year later, Sheary made his NHL debut and eventually scored six goals, including a winner, and 10 points during Pittsburgh’s first of two championship runs.After scoring 23 goals and 53 points in 61 games in 2016-17, Sheary’s production dropped last year, when he finished with 18 goals and 30 points in 79 games.Sheary blamed the drop-off on a lapse in confidence that lead to a midseason slump in which he had three goals and six assists in 35 games. He closed the year with six goals and two assists in his final 15 games.”I think toward the end of the year I finally found myself again,” he said. ”Although I didn’t score in the playoffs www.bruinsshoponline.com , I felt as though I was contributing. Hopefully, I can build on that going forward.”— The Buffalo Sabres have placed under-performing forward Remi Elie on waivers, and the Toronto Maple Leafs pared their defensive depth by waiving Martin Marincin.The Sabres announced the move Saturday, while a person familiar with the Maple Leafs’ decision told The Associated Press about Marincin. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Maple Leafs have not announced the move.Elie was placed on waivers for demotion to the minors a day after playing a team-low nine shifts in a 7-3 loss to Chicago. He played his second straight game after being a healthy scratch in Buffalo’s previous seven outings.Elie has one assist in 16 games since being waived by Dallas and claimed by the Sabres on Oct. 2.Marincin becomes the odd-man out after Toronto acquired defenseman Jake Muzzin in a trade with Los Angeles on Monday. The sixth-year player has two assists in 10 games this season and will be assigned to the minors should he go unclaimed.
COLUMBUS http://www.canucksshoponline.com/authentic-henrik-sedin-jersey , Ohio — The sting of a home loss during the weekend became a little more tolerable when the Columbus Blue Jackets learned that all-star Seth Jones will be available to play in Tuesday night’s game against the Arizona Coyotes at Nationwide Arena.Jones suffered a second-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during a Sept. 25 preseason game against the Buffalo Sabres and missed the first seven games of the regular season. He was activated from injured reserve on Monday.The 24-year-old defenseman’s projected recovery was four to six weeks, but he will return to the ice less than a month after the injury.Article continues below ...“Obviously, (he’s) a big part of what we do,” Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said Monday, according to the team’s website. “He’s worked hard to get back as quickly as he’s been able to. I’m happy he’s back in.“He does everything for us. He sets the tempo of the game, penalty killing, power play. I just can’t pick on one thing he helps us with. He’s just a complete player.”Jones’ teammates certainly will welcome him back on the ice. Last season, he contributed 16 goals and 41 assists for 57 points with a plus-10 rating in 78 regular-season games. He tied a franchise record, also set by teammate Zach Werenski, for most goals in a season by a defenseman.Jones will rejoin Werenski to form the Blue Jackets’ top defensive pairing. Werenski has two goals this season playing alongside David Savard.“We read off each other and know what the other is going to do,” Werenski said of Jones. “We have the same mindset offensively. If he’s up in the play, I’m going to read off him. If I’m up he’s going to read off me. We just work well together.”Savard will move to the second or third pairing while Ryan Murray and Markus Nutivaara remain paired together. Candidates to join Savard include Adam Clendening Jacob Markstrom Jersey , Scott Harrington and Dean Kukan.“Savvy’s not going to lose ice time. He’ll play,” Tortorella said. “He’s a big part of our back end.”The Blue Jackets (4-3-0) and the Coyotes (2-5-0) enter the matchup after losses on Saturday. Columbus was beaten 4-1 at home by the Chicago Blackhawks. Arizona fell 5-3 on the road to the Winnipeg Jets.Each team has something in common — a struggling power play.The Coyotes have converted just 2 of 19 chances this season with a man advantage. That ranks 29th in the NHL.In Saturday’s loss, they failed on a power-play opportunity with 5:38 remaining to tie the score, finishing 0 of 4 against the Jets.The Blue Jackets were similarly frustrated by their power play against the Blackhawks, also going 0 of 4. Overall, their power play is slightly better than the Coyotes, ranking 23rd in the league (4 of 29). But at home, Columbus is just 1 of 15.“We just couldn’t find a way to score” against Chicago, Tortorella said.Arizona’s Clayton Keller scored two of his team-leading three goals against the Jets. He also leads the team with five points.During Monday’s practice at Nationwide Arena, Keller was joined on the top line by center Alex Galchenyuk, who has yet to play this season because of a lower-body injury.Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said Galchenyuk has been cleared to play and will be a game-time decision. Galchenyuk came to Arizona during the summer in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens.“I don’t want him to think that he has to carry this team,” Tocchet said Markus Granlund Jersey , according to the team’s website. “I don’t want him to play too fancy. That’s just going to defeat the purpose. He’s just got to be Alex Galchenyuk — play smart, go hard and shoot when you can.“He’s got a great shot. We need that shot in the lineup.”The Coyotes need an infusion on offense. Their 10 goals in seven games rank last in the NHL.“He can score. He can create a lot of offense,” teammate Alex Goligoski said. “We’ve kind of been missing a little bit of that scoring touch so maybe it’s a good time for him to jump back in there.” HELSINKI (AP) — Patrik Laine could hardly find a better place than home to show off his high-scoring instincts.Laine, from Finland, had a hat trick as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Florida Panthers 4-2 in a regular-season game in the Finnish capital Thursday night.Laine scored in the second period and twice in the third, including an empty-netter, in the opener of a back-to-back series between the teams in front of a roaring sellout crowd of 13,500 at Hartwall Arena.“I don’t think you can imagine how good that feels,” Laine said. “It’s good to be home and score all those goals back here. It’s pretty awesome.”Laine wristed a shot past James Reimer on a power play for a 2-1 lead with 4:46 left in the second, then slapped a one-timer for the winner on a two-man advantage from atop the left circle 3:28 into the third. He scored on an empty net for his fifth career hat trick.Mathieu Perreault scored the opening goal for the Jets (8-4-1), and captain Blake Wheeler and defenseman Dustin Byfuglien had three assists each. The Panthers (2-5-3), who outshot Winnipeg 38-36 http://www.canucksshoponline.com/authentic-michael-del-zotto-jersey , tied the score twice on goals by Keith Yandle and Evgenii Dadonov.Florida captain Aleksander Barkov, also a native of Finland, assisted on Yandle’s goal.“Overall, as a team, we played good in their zone,” Barkov said. “We have another game (Friday), and we have to concentrate on that.”Laine, whose 44 goals were second to Alex Ovechkin’s 49 last season for the NHL lead, had just three goals and two assists in 12 games.“Tonight was a good example of what we see from (Laine) so often,” Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. “He scored three, but I think he could have had seven. I’m just so happy for him and his family that he can have a night like this. It’s just outstanding.”The Panthers had the momentum in early stages, outshooting the Jets 9-0 in the opening minutes. They controlled the puck most of the opening period Sam Gagner Jersey , but Connor Hellebuyck kept them at bay, turning back 18 shots in the opening frame.Hellebuyck denied Dadonov on a breakaway and helped the Jets kill a penalty before Perreault struck on the other side, scoring the go-ahead goal on a rebound with 1:26 remaining.“We generated a ton of chances,” Florida coach Bob Boughner said. “This is what it’s been like since the season started. We’re still trying to break through and get the offensive production going.”Yandle tied it with 15:42 left in the second period, firing a slap shot on a 4-on-3 power play.With an assist on Yandle’s goal, forward Mike Hoffman extended his point streak to eight games, and center Nick Bjugstad had the 100th assist of his career.The game was the 24th played in Europe during the regular season and the sixth in Finland. In October, the New Jersey Devils beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 in their regular-season opener in Gothenburg, Sweden.UP NEXTThe Jets and the Panthers complete their two-game series in Helsinki on Friday.NOTESNHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the NHL is planning to play a season-opening game in Prague and another two games in Stockholm next season. Speaking before the game in Helsinki on Thursday, Bettman said the league is planning to keep a presence in Europe in the future.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rookie goalie Calvin Peterson earned his first NHL shutout and rookie forward Matt Luff scored his first goal for Los Angeles http://www.officialflyersproshop.com/authentic-adidas-shayne-gostisbehere-jersey , as the Kings defeated St. Louis 2-0 Monday night, hours before the Blues fired coach Mike Yeo.St. Louis general manager Doug Armstrong named Craig Berube as the team’s interim coach. At 7-9-3, the Blues are in last place in the Central Division, and their 17 points rank next-to-last in the NHL, ahead of only Los Angeles.The 45-year-old Yeo had joined the Blues as an assistant in 2016 after five seasons with Minnesota.Peterson, making his third start for the Kings, stopped 29 shots. He is the 24th rookie goaltender to start a game for Los Angeles. In college at Notre Dame and in the minor leagues, Peterson had 20 shutouts.The Kings, last in the Pacific Division, had lost four of their last five games before picking up the win.The Blues, last in the Central Division, have lost four of their last five games and were shut out for the third time this season.Anze Kopitar added an empty-netter with 30 seconds left.SABRES 5, PENGUINS 4PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jake Eichel’s shot squirted past Casey DeSmith 45 seconds into overtime as surging Buffalo rallied to beat struggling Pittsburgh.The Sabres won their sixth straight by overcoming a three-goal deficit. Casey Mittelstadt tied it with just over 9 minutes to go in regulation and Eichel won it with a shot from the right circle that found its way by DeSmith.Tage Thompson, Zach Bogosian and Casey Nelson also scored for Buffalo Travis Konecny Jersey , which has won six straight for the first time since the 2009-10 season. Carter Hutton withstood an early flurry from Pittsburgh and finished with 36 saves.Tanner Pearson had a goal and an assist for the Penguins, his first points with Pittsburgh since being acquired in a trade with Los Angeles last week. Phil Kessel picked up his 10th for the Penguins and Jake Guentzel and Derick Brassard also scored.DeSmith made 35 saves for Pittsburgh, which has won just once in its last 10 games.MAPLE LEAFS 4, BLUE JACKETS 2TORONTO (AP) — Zach Hyman scored two goals late in third period and Toronto extended its winning streak to four games.Hyman’s second goal of the season came with 4:22 left in regulation when he redirected a shot from the point by Morgan Rielly. Hyman added an empty-netter with 61 seconds left.John Tavares had a goal and an assist, and Tyler Ennis also scored for Toronto. Frederik Andersen made 37 saves. Mitch Marner and Ron Hainsey each had two assistsCam Atkinson and Pierre-Luc Dubois each had a goal and an assist for Columbus. Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 stops.The Blue Jackets lost in regulation for the first time in eight games (5-1-2).RANGERS 2, STARS 1NEW YORK (AP) — Filip Chytil scored the tiebreaking goal 4:32 into the third period to rally New York.Jimmy Vesey also scored and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 16 shots to help the Rangers win their sixth straight at home. New York has also won eight of its last 10 overall (8-1-1). Chytil, the 21st overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft, scored for the fourth straight game to become the first teenager in franchise history to score accomplish that feat.Tyler Seguin scored early in the second period to give Dallas the lead. Ben Bishop made 12 saves before leaving after two periods due to a lower body injury. Anton Khudobin stopped nine of the 10 shots he faced in the third.The Stars snapped a two-game win streak and fell to 3-3-2 in their last eight.PANTHERS 7, SENATORS 5OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Mike Hoffman scored and extended his point streak to 16 games in his return to Ottawa after being traded to Florida.Troy Brouwer, Aleksander Barkov, Jared McCann, Evgenii Dadonov, Micheal Haley and Frank Vatrano also scored for Florida.Juho Lammikko picked up four assists. James Reimer stopped 33 shots.Matt Duchene had a pair of goals for the Senators. Drake Batherson Adam Cracknell Jersey Womens , Zack Smith and Brady Tkachuk also scored.Craig Anderson allowed six goals on 22 shots before being replaced by Mike McKenna. McKenna gave up one goal on nine shots.CAPITALS 5, CANADIENS 4, OTMONTREAL (AP) — Lars Eller scored with less than 90 seconds left in overtime as Washington rallied past Montreal.Alex Ovechkin scored twice for the Capitals, while Brett Connolly and Nicklas Backstrom added goals in regulation.Pheonix Copley, making his fourth consecutive start, gave up four goals on 22 shots before getting pulled in the second period. Braden Holtby stopped all 22 shots he faced in relief.Mike Reilly, Brendan Gallagher, Jeff Petry and Kenny Agostino scored for the Canadiens. Carey Price made 29 saves.PREDATORS 3, LIGHTNING 2NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Johansen had a goal and an assist and Pekka Rinne stopped 29 shots as Nashville won its second straight.Kyle Turris and Filip Forsberg also scored for Nashville.Rinne improved to 9-0-1 in his career against the Lightning.Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov had the goals for Tampa Bay, which snapped its two-game winning streak. Louis Domingue finished with 31 saves.FLAMES 7, GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Matthew Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau tied career-highs with four points each for Calgary.Tkachuk finished with two goals and two assists and Gaudreau added a goal and three assists. Sean Monahan also had a big night with two goals and an assist. TJ Brodie and Sam Bennett rounded out the scoring for Calgary, which plays Vegas again on Friday.Second-year Czech goaltender David Rittich made 20 saves to improve to 7-1-0.Nick Holden and Max Pacioretty scored third-period goals for Vegas.JETS 6 Wayne Simmonds Jersey , CANUCKS 3VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Patrik Laine recorded a hat trick and led Winnipeg.Laine put the puck into an empty net with less than two minutes to go seal the victory.Bryan Little, Mark Scheifele, Kyle Connor also scored for Winnipeg.Elias Pettersson, Tyler Motte and Nikolay Goldobin scored for Vancouver, which lost its sixth straight game.Connor Hellebuyck stopped 22 shots for the Jets. Jacob Markstrom made 43 saves for the Canucks. EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) In the midst of a tight playoff race, the Anaheim Ducks showed determination in a come-from-behind win Sunday night.Hampus Lindholm scored 1:21 into overtime to lift the Ducks over the Edmonton Oilers 5-4. Adam Henrique had two goals and Josh Manson and Corey Perry also scored for the Ducks, who are on a 5-0-1 streak.”At the end of the day, it was more about every guy looking at themselves in the mirror,” Lindholm said. ”It started with us (defense) really skating the puck. We talked about it before the game and we really did it.”As soon as our D start moving pucks, we help our forwards out a lot and I think that creates a lot of offence for us and that’s something we have to keep doing more.”Connor McDavid, Ty Rattie, Leon Draisaitl and Ethan Bear scored for the Oilers Womens Bryan Rust Jersey , who ended a three-game winning streak.”I give them credit,” Oilers goalie Cam Talbot said. ”They needed the points, and they came out in the third. They wanted it more in the third and we got away from what made us successful in the first two periods.”Anaheim has 91 points and is two up on the Los Angeles Kings (89) for third in the Pacific Division.After a scoreless first period, Edmonton scored 1:46 into the second when McDavid beat goalie John Gibson with a long-range wrist shot for his 39th of the season.The lead lasted only 19 seconds, until Manson sneaked one past Talbot on a similar shot.The Oilers retook the lead eight minutes into the second when McDavid got his 98th point by setting up a shot by defenseman Matt Benning that was tipped by Rattie.Edmonton went up 3-1 with 1:42 left in the second on a one-time blast from a bad angle by Draisiatl, his 24th.The Ducks cut it to 3-2 two minutes into the third when Marcus Pettersson’s shot caromed off Henrique. Anaheim tied it four minutes later when Perry scored his 17th goal off a rebound out front.Edmonton surged back on a power play when McDavid set up Bear for his first career goal.”It was a really good feeling and at the same time a big sigh of relief,” Bear said. ”It is something you dream about your whole life. To get that first one, it feels really good.”The Ducks pulled even once again with just 1:29 left in the third when Henrique’s shot banked in off defender Darnell Nurse.NOTES: It was the final of four meetings between the teams this season, with Edmonton winning two of the first three. … Ducks C Ryan Getzlaf returned after missing the last game with an illness.UP NEXTDucks: Visit Vancouver on Tuesday night.Oilers: Host Columbus on Tuesday night.—
BUFFALO http://www.officialblackhawksproshop.com/authentic-adidas-gustav-forsling-jersey , N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo has sustained his third concussion in less than three years.The team announced the diagnosis on its Twitter account Tuesday, a day after Okposo was sent home for follow-up medical tests. The 30-year-old Okposo was hurt Friday, when he was felled by a punch to the face during a fight with New York’s Tony DeAngelo in the third period of a 6-2 loss to the Rangers.Okposo did not return to play against the Rangers, but was cleared to travel with the Sabres to open their three-game trip at New Jersey on Sunday. He did not play against the Devils John Hayden Jersey , and returned to Buffalo while the Sabres traveled to Florida to play the Panthers on Tuesday night.This is the latest in string of concussions for the 12th-year player.He missed the final two weeks of the 2017-18 season and spent nearly a week in a hospital after sustaining a concussion during what he called a routine hit in practice. The effects led to Okposo losing a considerable amount of weight and having difficulty sleeping.He also missed three games last March after sustaining a concussion following a collision with Ottawa’s Bobby Ryan. The Sabres are moving on from Robin Lehner after the goalie failed to establish himself as a starter during three seasons, capped by Buffalo’s last-place finish this past year.General manager Jason Botterill announced Friday the Sabres will not extend Lehner a one-year qualifying offer of about $4 million to retain his rights as a restricted free agent. The decision means Lehner will become free to sign with any team once the NHL’s free agency period opens on July 1.”It’s a scenario where you finish 31st you have to make some difficult choices,” Botterill told reporters in Dallas, hours before the Sabres were scheduled to open the NHL draft with the No. 1 pick.”Part of it that was so disappointing and difficult about it is that I know Robin is passionate about the city of Buffalo Authentic Jonathan Toews Jersey , and passionate about helping this organization,” he said. ”We felt like we had to make some adjustments.”The move comes nearly three years to the day Botterill’s predecessor, Tim Murray, gave up a first-round draft pick to acquire Lehner and journeyman forward David Legwand in a trade with Ottawa.Lehner’s tenure in Buffalo was plagued by injuries and inconsistency. He missed the first half of his first season in Buffalo after spraining his right ankle in the Sabres opening game.Last year Blake Comeau Jersey Womens , he went 14-26-9 on an under-performing team that failed to meet expectations in becoming the league’s first to finish 31st following the addition of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.Lehner finished with a 42-61-22 record in Buffalo, and particularly struggled in winning just six shootout decisions.The price of Lehner’s qualifying offer was an issue for a rebuilding team seeking to free up space under the salary cap to address other needs.Another factor was Botterill’s intention to provide Linus Ullmark an opportunity to make the jump to the NHL on a full-time basis after spending the past three seasons developing in the minors.The Sabres lack experienced depth in goal with veteran backup Chad Johnson also eligible to become a free agent.Botterill acknowledged the Sabres are in the market to add an established goalie this offseason to work alongside Ullmark.”You have to understand there’s a growing process here, and we think Linus is ready for the next challenge,” Botterill said. ”But to hand over the No. 1 role Patrick Kane Jersey , I think that’s unfair to any young goalie.”—
Seeding means nothing in the giant game of rock www.mapleleafsshoponline.com , paper, scissors that is the Eastern Conference playoffs.Top-seeded Tampa Bay lost all three meetings this season against eighth-seeded New Jersey, Toronto beat Boston three out of four times and records don’t matter when Pittsburgh and Philadelphia meet in another battle of Pennsylvania. The Penguins are the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup champions while the Lightning and Bruins are among the best teams in the NHL – and yet there isn’t one obvious team to beat.”In the East, anybody can beat anybody,” said Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy, who won it all with the Penguins in 2016. ”When we’re playing our best game, I think we can beat anybody, and I think that the opposite is true. We have to be dialed in no matter who we’re playing, and we’ve done a really good job of that against the best teams in the league this year.”The Devils certainly match up better against the Lightning than they would have against the Bruins, who are in for a tough series against the Maple Leafs. Washington has had a lot of success in recent years against Columbus but has a big question of who to start in goal and the Capitals have not played the Blue Jackets and their additions at the trade deadline.Before stubbing their toe in game 82 and failing to win the Atlantic Toronto Maple Leafs T-Shirts Womens , the Bruins looked like they had the potential to be a buzz saw with Tuukka Rask in goal and enough depth to withstand injuries all season. They still might be.”You don’t want to downplay how good every other team is, but you want to be the team to beat,” Boston defenseman Torey Krug said. ”We try to play like the team that we are and play to our strengths and make sure that other teams are changing the way that they play to play against us.”That’s half the fun of the playoffs, where matchups matter more than anything than points earned during the regular season.”There’s no sitting here saying, `Who’s the best matchup?”’ Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. ”You need health. You need luck. You need so many things to go your way to win in the playoffs.”Goaltending doesn’t hurt, either. If Tampa Bay gets the kind of Vezina Trophy-caliber play out of Andrei Vasilevskiy that he delivered for much of the season, it could go on a deep run, though the same could be said for Pittsburgh with Matt Murray, Washington with Braden Holtby or Philipp Grubauer, Columbus with Sergei Bobrovsky or Toronto with Frederik Andersen.LIGHTNING VS. DEVILSThe East’s top team for much of the year Toronto Maple Leafs Hoodies Womens , Tampa Bay hopes Steven Stamkos is healthy after dealing with a nagging lower-body injury late in the season. Stamkos, 100-point scorer Nikita Kucherov and top defenseman Victor Hedman make the Lightning a scary opponent. The Devils aren’t scared. They have Hart Trophy candidate Taylor Hall, star rookie Nico Hischier and enough veteran playoff experience to not look out of place.”We’ve been in a playoff spot all year long and we’ve earned the right to be here, so that’s what we understand as a group,” said Devils center Brian Boyle, who went to the 2014 final with the Rangers and then the next year with the Lightning. ”We believe in what we have. The way we play, our foundations, systems, are what got us here.”BRUINS VS. MAPLE LEAFSPlenty has changed since Boston beat Toronto in seven games in 2013.The Maple Leafs added Mike Babcock as coach, Andersen in goal and have young stars Auston Matthews Toronto Maple Leafs Hats Womens , Mitch Marner and William Nylander.”It’s a very exciting team, a very dynamic team,” Maple Leafs deadline addition Tomas Plekanec said. ”A lot of young talent on this team.”The Bruins can go punch-for-punch with the Maple Leafs and just about anyone in the league. Led by the top line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak, they have handled injuries to Bergeron, Rick Nash, captain Zdeno Chara and others and just keep clicking.”We feel we’ve got a pretty strong lineup and that’s been a constant all along even though we’ve missed guys,” coach Bruce Cassidy said. ”That’s just what it’s been this year. It’s just how we’re going to be. It’s become a bit of our fight song, so to speak, that Custom Toronto Maple Leafs Jerseys , hey, we can do it and different guys in and out, guys are prepared to step in and play with whoever they’re asked to play with.”CAPITALS VS. BLUE JACKETSDespite losing several key players last offseason, the Capitals won the Metropolitan Division for the third consecutive year. Their reward: a matchup against Bobrovsky, Artemi Panarin and the John Tortorella-coached Blue Jackets.”We’ve always thought that they’ve been a pretty good team for the last few years, not just the last couple where they’ve had more success,” Holtby said. ”I think we’ve always had a good challenge against them. We play better against solid teams, teams that are coached well and it’s always fun to play against them. I think it’ll be a good series.”At the very least, it probably won’t be a short series.PENGUINS VS. FLYERSThese two teams don’t like each other, which should make for some fireworks in the first round. Since they last met in 2012 www.canucksshoponline.com , Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins have won the Cup twice, but something about Philadelphia-Pittsburgh makes for good games.”They’re really fun games to play,” Flyers MVP candidate Claude Giroux said. ”They’re not easy games to play, but it’s easy to get up and play some hockey when you know you’re playing the Penguins.”CONFERENCE FINAL PREDICTIONToronto over Pittsburgh in seven games. Matthews outscores Crosby and the Maple Leafs make their first trip to the Cup Final since they won it all in 1967.— WASHINGTON (AP) Winnipeg Jets top center Mark Scheifele remains out with an upper-body injury and is expected to miss Tuesday night’s game at Nashville.Coach Paul Maurice says he’s going to be cautious with Scheifele with the playoffs a month away. Scheifele is missing his third and fourth consecutive games – Monday night at Washington and Tuesday at Nashville.The team has not said if this is the same injury that kept him out 16 games earlier this season.Maurice says backup goaltender Steve Mason is out two to three weeks after having a knee scoped, and defenseman Dmitry Kulikov has been sent back to Winnipeg with his upper-body injury.The Jets are second behind Nashville in the Central Division. They’re also without defensemen Jacob Trouba and Toby Enstrom and forwards Adam Lowry and Shawn Matthias. Maurice says Enstrom could play against Nashville.—
CHICAGO — Corey Crawford last took the ice in game action with the Chicago Blackhawks 10 months ago before what was revealed to be a concussion has kept him sidelined ever since.That is expected to change on Thursday when Crawford will likely make his first start since December against the Arizona Coyotes at the United Center. Crawford has been working out with the Blackhawks for the past few weeks but has not be ready to return to the net in a starting role since December.Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville told reporters on Wednesday that as long as Crawford continues to feel good at Thursday’s morning skate http://www.officialsharks.com/authentic-adidas-logan-couture-jersey , he will start. The decision will be up to Crawford.Article continues below ...“He looks good in the net,” Quenneville told reporters on Wednesday, according to The Athletic. “He’s been off for a long, long time — is there rust? Do we expect rust? I think the way he’s competing and practicing and finding pucks, he looks like he hasn’t missed a beat.”While Crawford is set to return, veteran forward Brandon Saad could be a healthy scratch for Thursday’s game. Saad was recently demoted to the fourth line and has been wearing a practice jersey designated for healthy scratches all week in practice. Quenneville has said repeatedly that he needs to see more from Saad. Asked Wednesday if Saad will play against Arizona, Quenneville replied, “We’ll see.”The Blackhawks (3-0-2) have had all five of their games this season decided in overtime. Chicago has not played since Saturday, when they beat the St. Louis Blues, 4-3, in overtime when Alex DeBrincat scored with nine seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Blackhawks. Cam Ward made 35 saves in the win http://www.officialsharks.com/authentic-adidas-tomas-hertl-jersey , which was expected to be Chicago’s final game without Crawford in the lineup.“Practices have been great,” Crawford told reporters Wednesday. “I’ve been getting the timing a little bit more, getting up to speed and reading shots and all of that. We’re still going to wait until (Thursday) morning (to decide) but right now, I’m feeling good.”Meanwhile, the Coyotes (1-4) enter Thursday’s game in a season-long scoring slump. Arizona dropped a 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night and has not scored more than one goal in each of their four losses. The Coyotes have been shut out in three of their four losses and have tallied just four goals in five games.In Tuesday’s loss, Arizona netted its only goal on a first-period power-play goal by Brendan Perlini, who gave the Coyotes an early lead. The Coyotes have now been outscored 11-3 this season, which has caused continual frustration for a team looking to get its offense rolling.“Once again, we scored one goal. We’ve got to score some goals,” Arizona coach Rick Tocchet told reporters after Tuesday’s loss, according to the Coyotes’ official website. “We had some opportunities there (Tuesday) Womens Alexander Steen Jersey , a couple point-blankers and we didn’t put them in. … There’s some empty nets there. I don’t know what else to say. I mean, the play is there, put (the puck) in, you put it in. There’s no secret.”Despite the lack of scoring, Perlini believes Arizona will find a way to turn things around.“We’re doing good things,” Perlini told reporters Tuesday. “A lot of good chances out there, sometimes, it’s just the odd bounce here and there. I know it sounds funny, but as long as you keep at it, we’re going to start scoring in big numbers so I think it will flip around the other way.” The Montreal Canadiens are off to an unexpectedly good start this season with a 4-1-2 record but are facing their first bit of adversity as they prepare to host the Calgary Flames at Bell Centre on Tuesday.The Canadiens twice blew two-goal leads and ultimately lost 4-3 in overtime Saturday to the Ottawa Senators, another early-season surprise. “You have to learn from losses Brayden Schenn Jersey ,” Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher told montrealcanadiens.com after practice Monday. “You learn more from a loss than you do from a win. We made some mistakes. We understand the errors we made.Article continues below ...“After our previous losses, we’ve done a pretty good job of responding. This is a little bit of a different situation, where we let a lead slip away. Now we have to react the appropriate way, come back strong with a good effort and learn how to play in those situations.”Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, who gave up four goals on 34 shots against the Senators, will be under the microscope. He gave up a weak goal on a shot along the goal line by Ottawa’s Mikkael Boedker that cut the Canadiens lead to 3-2 on Saturday.Price, who is in the first year of an eight-year, $84-million contract that pays him $15 million this season, ranks 34th in the NHL in save percentage (.904) and 25th in goals against average (2.57).The Canadiens are expected to go with the same lineup which means forwards Charles Hudon (healthy scratch), Tomas Plekanec (back) and defensemen Victor Mete (hand) could be out. Mete could play which could result in Karl Alzner, who had a rough night against Ottawa Authentic Carl Gunnarsson Jersey , being scratched.The Canadiens must improve in the faceoff circle. They are last in the NHL with a 42.6 winning percentage. They lost both faceoffs in overtime against the Senators, when possession is critical in a 3-on-3 situation, before losing the game.“At the end of the day, I think there’s a lot of things that go into being a good faceoff guy,” Canadiens coach Claude Julien told The Montreal Gazette. “For certain guys, it’s the experience of going through the league at least once, knowing the centremen they’re taking them against. You learn to see the tendencies. You also understand that there’s some experience that comes into play. “There’s also guys that have a real good eye-hand co-ordination that’s unbelievable. Some of it is determination. There’s so many things that come into play as far as being a centerman.”The Flames are ranked eighth in the NHL in faceoff winning percentage at 52.3 percent.Calgary is coming off a 4-1 win against the Rangers in New York on Sunday. Elias Lindholm, 23, whom the Flames acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes along with Noah Hanifan for Dougie Hamilton in June, is tied for the team lead in goals with five.He has been playing on Calgary’s top line with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan.“We built some chemistry pretty early in the season,” Gaudreau told the team’s website. “He’s a great teammate and a great player Colton Parayko Jersey , a smart player, so it makes it easier to (transition) when you’re playing with that good of a guy and that skilled of a player. Hopefully we can keep building off of it because I know all three of us have five, six years left on our contracts in Calgary.”Calgary coach Bill Peters, who also joined the Flames from the Hurricanes, coached Lindholm in Carolina after the Hurricanes selected him with the No. 5 pick in the 2013 NHL draft. “Lindy has been a good player for a long time,” Peters said on calgaryflames.com. “He probably came into the league a little bit early. He played right after he got drafted and then got hurt and went down to the American league and back up, so I’m very familiar with his path. But he’s a very smart player, a very reliable player who can play center and wing, real good on face-offs. He’s a good player and that’s why he got drafted where he got drafted and we’re excited to have him.”
Everywhere longtime NHL coach Dave Tippett goes in Seattle Ottawa Senators Hats Authentic , people ask him two questions.“One, ‘What’s the name going to be?’ And two, ‘Where do I get my tickets?'” Tippett said.The more immediate question is when — not if — an NHL expansion team is coming to Seattle as the league’s 32nd franchise and first in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. The prospective owners will make their pitch to an executive committee of owners in New York on Tuesday with a vote by the full Board of Governors possible as early as December. It is a virtual certainty the puck drops in Seattle two or three years from now.Seattle’s pursuit of an NHL team is led by an ownership group featuring Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer and it includes a successful deal to renovate downtown’s KeyArena. Fan interest is a given, with 10,000 season tickets selling out in 12 minutes and 32,000 total deposits secured. On the heels of Las Vegas hitting it big with the Golden Knights in a city that had no history of major professional sports, excitement is brewing for the potential of bringing NHL hockey to the Emerald City.“I talked to a lot of people out there and they want this team,” said Capitals winger T.J. Oshie, who grew up outside Seattle. “It’d be great for the area. I think fans there are very devoted to their sports teams. That’s going to be pretty cool not having the family have to drive up to Vancouver to see me every year.”For decades, the 2½-hour drive to Vancouver has been the only chance for the people of Seattle to see the NHL up close. The Seattle Thunderbirds and Everett Silvertips of the Canadian major junior Western Hockey League have a presence in the area, and before that, the Totems played minor-league games there from 1944-1974.From a pro standpoint it has been almost a century since the 1917 Stanley Cup-winning Metropolitans of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association folded. Seattle has been without the NBA since the SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder in 2008, leaving it as the biggest American market without a major professional winter sports team.“We turn out for our teams, and we love the grit that comes with hockey,” Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said. “We have some of the most innovative companies in the world Custom Ottawa Senators Jerseys , and so we’re continuing to grow and build a whole range of innovating leaders and wealth. But at the same time, we have that old, middle-class, ‘let’s go mix it up’ point of view, and that’s hockey.”Seattle as a sports town is unquestioned based on the support for the Seahawks of the NFL, Mariners of Major League Baseball, Sounders FC of Major League Soccer and the champion Storm of the WNBA. Tippett, now an adviser for Seattle Hockey Partners LLC after coaching the Stars and Coyotes for 14 seasons, knows all about that because his daughter, son-in-law and his “sports-crazed” grandchildren call Seattle home.“It’s incredible the passion of the sports people here,” Tippett said. “It’s built into the community.”Hockey, too? Tippett said there are roughly 140 adult hockey teams in Seattle, a major difference from when Tom Bissett grew up there in the 1970s.There weren’t many rinks in the city when Bissett followed his older brothers into organized hockey and helped win two national titles by beating established teams like Detroit’s Little Caesars.“It was kind of a, ‘Who are these guys from Seattle?’ type of thing,” Bissett said.Bissett looked forward to trips up Interstate 5 to Vancouver to see NHL games with heroes like Totems alum Bobby Schmautz. Bissett made it www.officialflyersproshop.com , too, skating in five games with the Red Wings in 1991 as the only Seattle-born player to appear in an NHL game. It’s an honor that makes Bissett dream of attending games in his hometown.“It would be a bucket list thing for me,” said Bissett, who now works in insurance and coaches high school hockey in Michigan. “To have that now in the local town where I was born in the Swedish hospital in downtown Seattle, I just think it would be awesome.”The NHL seems to be on board. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league has been intrigued about the concept of a franchise in Seattle and found no concerns or red flags about the market.Bruckheimer, majority owner David Bonderman and brothers Tim and Tod Leiweke — the CEO and team president — have spent significant time making sure of that. While the return of the NBA was for many years the focus of potential owners, the Seattle Hockey Partners made the NHL the first order of business and put the arena piece in place to make it possible.“This is going to happen,” Tim Leiweke said. “This is now about greatness. … It’s about the NHL and doing something that is spectacular.”While the Board of Governors could vote to approve a Seattle franchise in early December and set off a domino effect of moves to begin putting together a hockey team, the celebration hasn’t begun yet.“You have a mindset of the timeframe, but we’re working hard to assure everything is done properly to give us the best chance to get a franchise,” Tippett said. “Nobody’s jumping up and down here saying, ‘We have it’ yet. There’s a lot of work to be done.”Still, Durkan already senses something spectacular happening after the City Council voted 8-0 for the arena plan and after people lined up around the block to see the Stanley Cup in August.“I think Seattle is going to be probably one of, if not the premier, NHL hockey towns Philadelphia Flyers T-Shirts Authentic ,” Durkan said. “There is a fervor here. Winter is coming.”As one of a handful of players from Washington State, including Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson, Edmonton’s Kailer Yamamoto and Calgary’s Derek Ryan, playing in Seattle would represent a special milestone for Oshie.“All those kids that are in the youth rinks around there, that was me I guess a long time ago now,” Oshie said. “It would mean a lot to me and to my family to go back to where it all started.” The Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers have had plenty of late-game fireworks in recent meetings.The Pacific Division rivals should be just as desperate for a win when they meet for the first time this season on Friday afternoon at Honda Center.Edmonton (10-10-1) will be playing its second game since coach Todd McLellan was fired on Tuesday and immediately replaced by Ken Hitchcock. The Oilers overcame three deficits on the road and beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 in overtime in Hitchcock’s debut on Tuesday night, their second win in eight games.Article continues below ...“I told them I would coach them hard and they really embraced that,” Hitchcock told reporters after the win. “They have a lot of fun and they’re a loud group and that’s a good thing.”The Ducks (9-9-5) will be trying to ride the momentum of their previous game as well.Anaheim defeated the visiting Vancouver Canucks 4-3 on Wednesday night, just its second regulation win in the past 16 games.The Ducks have earned enough points in that stretch, while taking advantage of the downturns by other Pacific Division teams, to move into third in the division. Over the past dozen years, about 75 percent of teams holding playoff spots at Thanksgiving have gone on to qualify for the postseason.“We’re taking small steps right now,” said Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, who has two points in each of the past two games. “We’re getting better and better. We’re going to continue to build and try to get this group pushing the right way every night and every shift.”Anaheim and Edmonton have appeared evenly matched the past two seasons.In seven of the past eight regular-season games between Anaheim and Edmonton, the outcome has been decided by one goal Philadelphia Flyers Hoodies Authentic , including five that went past regulation.The Ducks also won a tight seven-game series against the Oilers in the 2017 Western Conference Quarterfinals. That series turned after the Ducks erased a 3-0 deficit in Game 5, scoring three goals in the final 3:16 with their goalie pulled for an extra attacker. The Ducks then won 4-3 in double-overtime to take a 3-2 series lead.In the third of four meetings between the teams last season, Anaheim forward Rickard Rakell scored two goals in the final 21 seconds of the third period with the goalie pulled, but Edmonton prevailed 6-5 in the shootout.In their final meeting last season, Adam Henrique scored with 1:29 left in regulation and the Anaheim net empty, tying the game 4-4. The Ducks won in overtime on a goal by defenseman Hampus Lindholm, part of a 10-1-1 finish by the Ducks that allowed them to finish second in the Pacific Division.Lindholm has missed the past two games with an upper-body injury, and Cam Fowler, the second-most seasoned defenseman for the Ducks, was struck by a puck Nov. 12 against the Nashville Predators and had surgery Friday to repair multiple facial fractures.Anaheim has had to insert two more rookie defenseman into the lineup since those injuries, Andy Welinski and Josh Mahura, who joined two other rookie defensemen already in the lineup, Marcus Pettersson and Jacob Larsson.
CHICAGO (AP) The Los Angeles Kings have owned the third period this season. The first period has been a bit of an adventure Laurent Brossoit Jersey Womens , but it’s coming around.Torrey Mitchell and Andy Andreoff scored during Los Angeles’ dominant start, and the Kings held off the Chicago Blackhawks for a 3-1 victory Monday night.”Arguably one of the best periods we’ve played this year, that first period,” captain Anze Kopitar said.Article continues below ...Los Angeles (32-22-5) has outscored opponents 73-41 in the third this season. The Kings had to scramble in the final period against the Blackhawks, but Jonathan Quick made 12 of his 27 saves in the third to help close out the Kings’ second straight win since a three-game slide.Los Angeles also put together a strong start in Saturday’s 4-2 victory at Buffalo.”I think the last two games, the way we started the hockey games has been the difference,” coach John Stevens said.Dion Phaneuf added his second goal in three games since joining Los Angeles in a trade with Ottawa, helping the Kings improve to 3-3 on their seven-game trip as they fight for playoff positioning in the Western Conference.Last-place Chicago looked awful for most of the night during its ninth loss in 10 games. Anton Forsberg made 29 stops for the Blackhawks (25-27-8), and Patrick Sharp snapped an 11-game scoring drought with his seventh goal of the season.”It was a tough, tough start,” coach Joel Quenneville said. ”There’s a certain standard to competing and starting the game and you watch in the first 20 minutes every race, every puck battle, every single play we were behind it. They won the period in every category.”It was the first game at the United Center since the Blackhawks banned four fans from their home games for directing a racist taunt toward Washington’s Devante Smith-Pelly. The team also apologized to the forward and the Capitals.Smith-Pelly was sitting in the penalty box during the third period of Saturday night’s 7-1 loss to Chicago when the fans yelled ”basketball, basketball, basketball” toward the winger, who is black. An off-ice official sitting next to Smith-Pelly notified security and the fans were promptly ejected.”Totally unacceptable in our game Adidas Luke Schenn Jersey , in any sport and in society today,” Quenneville said.The Kings grabbed control right at the start, outshooting the Blackhawks 15-4 in the first. A streaking Mitchell drove a slap shot from the high slot by a screened Forsberg at 8:31, and Andreoff made it 2-0 when he tipped in Jonny Brodzinski’s shot with 3:23 left in the period.With Chicago’s Lance Bouma in the penalty box for interference, Phaneuf beat Forsberg with another big slap shot at 4:04 of the second. The big defenseman also scored in his debut with Los Angeles on Thursday.”We weren’t playing with a whole lot of speed or energy or compete in our game and when you do that against a good team like the Kings, that’s going to happen,” Sharp said.Sharp’s rebound goal got Chicago on the board 1:42 into the third, and the Blackhawks spent much of the final period in the Kings zone. Quick denied Brandon Saad on a prime short-handed chance about three minutes in, and also stopped Artem Anisimov on a power-play opportunity right in front.NOTES: The Blackhawks traded D Michal Kempny to Washington for a conditional third-round pick in the 2018 draft. The Capitals will part with the higher selection between their own third-rounder and the Toronto pick they acquired from New Jersey as part of the Marcus Johansson trade. … The Kings also beat Chicago 3-1 on Dec. 3. The teams close out their season series March 3 in Los Angeles. … Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane skated in his 800th NHL game.UP NEXTKings: Visit the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.Blackhawks: Host the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.—Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap— ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Fourth-liners Eric Fehr and Marcus Foligno teamed for an awkward goal early and played some tough defense late.Fehr and Jonas Brodin scored their first goals of the season, and the Minnesota Wild won their fourth straight by beating the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Thursday night.Empty-net goals by Mikael Granlund and Mikko Koivu accounted for the final margin. Devan Dubnyk stopped 23 shots and had an assist.The Wild had to kill off three power plays to preserve a 2-1 lead late in the third period. The Kings had a man advantage for 6 minutes in a roughly seven-minute span because of back-to-back penalties by Jordan Greenway — the latter 4 seconds after the first expired — and another by Eric Staal.Foligno and Fehr, who’ve usually been part of the Wild’s second penalty-kill unit, were often put out right away by coach Bruce Boudreau with the Wild down a man.“You never want to have to kill three in a row like that, but we’re feeling strong with our groups, we’re keeping the same guys together, we’re getting a little chemistry there too Adidas Brian Gibbons Jersey ,” Fehr said.For Foligno, it was a confidence boost to get the call from Boudreau.“That’s something I talked about with him with at the end of last season, wanted to get quicker and help out this team on the penalty kill,” Foligno said. “We use a lot of the star players and that sometimes hinders them when it comes to power-play time or just 5-on-5, so role players can help out with PK and it’s good me and Eric Fehr are doing that.”Said Boudreau: “The one thing about both of them that I really like is they block shots. So they make it very difficult for the puck to get through.”Kyle Clifford scored and Jack Campbell had 22 saves for Los Angeles, which has been outscored 29-8 in losing six straight. The Kings have scored two or fewer goals in eight of 10 games, and at 2-7-1, have the second-fewest points in the league, ahead of only Detroit.“We’re in this business to win. And when you don’t win, it’s not fun. It’s build on the good things you did, but we still got some more detail in our game to get,” coach John Stevens said.Fehr’s first-period goal exemplified the Kings’ lack of good fortune.Foligno eluded Sean Walker along the left boards and centered the puck toward the Los Angeles net. Racing down the slot, Fehr was hauled down by Jake Muzzin, but the duo’s momentum carried them to the edge of the crease, where the puck deflected off a sliding Fehr and into the net. Video review confirmed the goal.“I don’t think it’d qualify as a pretty one, but it worked Adidas Carter Rowney Jersey ,” Fehr said. “Luckily, it just hit my stick … and luckily it went in before the net went off.”“It can’t discourage us. We’ve got to just keep plugging away and turn those bounces in our favor,” Kings captain Anze Kopitar said.Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter had two assists in his 1,000th career game. He is the 325th player — and 109th defenseman — in league history to reach the milestone.The 51st defenseman in league history to have 500 points and 1,000 games played, Suter earned his 500th point last Friday. His uncle, Gary Suter, had 845 points in 1,145 games.Los Angeles, which entered the night scoring 1.89 goals per game — second-worst in the league — went without a shot for 12½ minutes in the second period.Brodin’s wrist shot from the top of the left circle beat a screened Campbell late in the second period for a 2-0 lead.Clifford pounced on an errant clear by Nick Seeler and beat Dubnyk early in the third.NOTES: Minnesota scored first for the first time in seven games. … Dubnyk got the second assist on Brodin’s goal and has seven in his career, including three last season. … The plan remains for Los Angeles D Dustin Brown, out all season with a broken finger that required surgery, to return Sunday. … Kings D Paul LaDue was back after being scratched in four straight games. D Derek Forbert was scratched for the first time this season.UP NEXTKings: Begin a season-long seven-game homestand against the New York Rangers on Sunday afternoon.Wild: Host Colorado on Saturday night before a seven-game trip starts next week.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Clayton Kershaw pounded his glove over and over Danny Santana Jersey , yelling “Let’s go!” as he walked off the mound.Pretty soon, he was gone.Kershaw was hit hard in the shortest start of his spotty playoff career, and the shaky Los Angeles Dodgers lost 6-5 to the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series on Friday night.“Got to do a better of keeping the score close for our guys to have a chance there at the end,” Kershaw said.Los Angeles committed four errors, including two by catcher Yasmani Grandal in Milwaukee’s two-run third inning. But another playoff flop for its ace left-hander might be its biggest concern as it tries to cool off streaking Milwaukee.“He’s been in the playoffs for a really long time,” Grandal said. “He knows what he needs to do to win games and that’s all that matters. Game 5 comes around http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-brandon-mccarthy-jersey , then he’ll be the guy on the mound and he’ll be the guy who will get us a win.”Game 2 is Saturday afternoon at Miller Park.Kershaw holds the team records for playoff wins (eight), starts (21), innings (133) and strikeouts (144), but is just 8-8 with a 4.26 ERA in 26 career postseason appearances. The Dodgers dropped to 13-13 when the three-time NL Cy Young Award winner takes the mound in the playoffs.The 30-year-old Kershaw quieted some of those October questions when the Dodgers won the NL pennant last year for the first time since 1988, going 3-0 with a 3.82 ERA in six appearances. He pitched six sparkling innings in the NLCS-clinching victory at Wrigley Field against the Cubs, and worked four scoreless innings in relief in Los Angeles’ Game 7 loss to Houston in the World Series.After he was passed over for Los Angeles’ Game 1 start in the NL Division Series this year Ender Inciarte Jersey , the 2014 NL MVP responded with eight innings of two-hit ball in a 3-0 victory over Atlanta.The victory against the Baby Braves was one of his best playoff performances. The loss against the Brewers was one of his worst.“It was a tough one,” he said. “Obviously you don’t want to get your team off to that start.”The night started to get away from Kershaw and the Dodgers when Brandon Woodruff led off the third inning with a massive drive to right-center , becoming the third reliever in major league history to homer in a postseason game.Kershaw glanced back with an incredulous look as Woodruff’s ball soared over the wall, tying it at 1 and sending a charge through the sellout crowd of 43,615.It was the first time in postseason history that a lefty-batting pitcher went deep off a left-hander. Woodruff joined the Cubs’ Travis Wood (2016 NLDS) and the New York Giants’ Rosy Ryan (1924 World Series) as relievers to homer in the postseason.“I knew he could swing the bat a little bit, for sure http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-jose-ramirez-jersey ,” Kershaw said. “I didn’t know he could do that, but I knew he could hit a little bit.”A passed ball and an interference call on Grandal helped set up Hernan Perez’s sacrifice fly. Kershaw minimized the damage by striking out Mike Moustakas, stranding two runners in scoring position and leading to his emotional display as he headed toward the dugout.Whatever he was trying to do, it didn’t work.Los Angeles went down in order in the fourth and Milwaukee’s first three batters reached in the bottom half, chasing Kershaw and producing two more runs on Domingo Santana’s pinch-hit single. Santana swiped second and scored on Ryan Braun’s two-out single against Ryan Madson.Braun’s clutch swing closed the book on Kershaw, who was charged with five runs Ronald Acuna Jr. Jersey , four earned, and six hits. He dropped to 2-5 with a 5.24 ERA in 11 career NLCS games.Kershaw’s shortest playoff start before the loss to Milwaukee was four-plus innings in a 9-0 loss at St. Louis in Game 6 of the 2013 NLCS, ending Los Angeles’ season.“We gave up too many bases. We didn’t play clean when he was in the game,” manager Dave Roberts said. “The errors affected the game. But as far as Clayton, I just think it was poor execution. 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WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals have traded reliever Brandon Kintzler to the Chicago Cubs Jesse Barfield Jersey , exactly a year after the right-hander moved in another deadline deal.The NL Central-leading Cubs sent minor league pitcher Jhon Romero in the trade announced less than an hour before Tuesday’s non-waiver deadline.Kintzler, who turns 34 on Wednesday, is 1-2 with two saves and a 3.59 ERA in 45 games this season. He had been especially tough in 14 games since coming back from the disabled list from a strained forearm.”Pretty shocked but get to go to a great situation right now,” Kintzler said. ”I’ve already talked to them, they’re excited. You want to feel wanted wherever you go so they’re in a great situation, a great team, obviously we played against them last year. They’re tough.”Kintzler was an All-Star closer last year with Minnesota, then was traded on July 31 to Washington. The Nationals built up the back end of their bullpen in a postseason push Brett Anderson Jersey , but were beaten by the Cubs in the NL Division Series.The Nationals were one game under .500 going into Tuesday, but they held off on trading star Bryce Harper and instead largely stood pat.”It’s just a matter of clicking. That’s all it is. Obviously it’s been a frustrating year for all of us here,” Kintzler said. ”I feel like as soon as everyone is starting to get healthy they are definitely capable of putting together plenty of wins.”Romero, a 23-year-old righty, was 1-2 with nine saves and a 3.27 ERA at Class A Myrtle Beach.The Nationals also activated third baseman Anthony Rendon from the family medical leave list. Rendon is hitting .284 with 15 home runs and 47 RBIs this year.To make room for Kintzler on the 40-man roster, the Cubs transferred righty Justin Hancock to the 60-day disabled list.— Elsa/Getty ImagesThe Boston Red Sox held on for dear life with a5-4win over the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Friday at Fenway Park. Shaking off any concerns about his recent dip in velocity, Chris Sale shut down the dangerous Yankees lineup by scattering five singles and striking out eight over 5.1 innings. He was charged with two runs after reliever Ryan Brasier allowed both of his inherited runners to score.J.D. Martinez got Boston's offense going with a three-run homer in the first inning. Steve Pearce and Xander Bogaerts each added an RBI in the bottom of the third. The Red Sox chased off Yankees starter J.A. 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The Bronx Bombers didn't have a runner reach third base until the sixth inning.BYU鈥檚 Cosmo the Cougar Is the Next Superstar MascotJoshua Johnson Is HS Footballs Quadruple ThreatThe Champions x Queer EyeHappy 26th Birthday to OBJ 馃帀Happy Anniversary to the Cubs Curse-BreakingD-Rose Turned Back the Clock and Put Up 50Will Drake鈥檚 Favorite Teams Reverse the 6 God Curse?Sports Worlds Halloween Costumes Went HardUp Your Halloween Game with Giant Pumpkin RegattaThe Champions: Episode 6 Is ComingDubs Trolled Fergie So Hard It Became a ChallengePurdue Footballs No. 1 Fan Is Inspiring the TeamOne Road to MLB Starts with a Bottle Cap and BroomstickIts Been a Wild Month with Flyers鈥?Mascot Gritty馃専The Champions: Episode 5 馃専CP3-Rondo Blowup Was a Long Time ComingMahomes Is Showtime Off the Field TooCFBs Creative Entrances Put WWE to ShameWorld Pole Climbing Championships Are Something ElseNBA Let Players Know They Have to Cover Branded TattoosRight Arrow IconThis start was everything the Red Sox needed it to be and also the first of its kind for the team since 2013:Alex Speier alexspeierSale is the first Red Sox starter to record an out in the 6th inning since John Lackey in G6 of the 2013 World Series. Hes done after 5 1/3 innings, 93 pitches of shutout ball, though he does leave a couple runners on for Brasier.Jason Catania JayCat11Most strikeouts by a Red Sox lefty in a postseason game8: Chris Sale in 2018 ALDS Game 18: Jon Lester in 2013 WS Game 18: Jon Lester in 2008 ALCS Game 78: Bruce Hurst in 1986 WS Game 1It was also a vast improvement for Sale after he allowed nine runs on 13 hits in 9.2 innings over two appearances against the Houston Astros in last year's ALDS.Sale is one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball when he's at the top of his game. Heledall AL starting pitchers with 13.5 strikeouts per nine innings andranked secondwith 6.5 FanGraphs wins above replacement (min. 150 innings).If the Red Sox have to turn to Sale again in the series, they can feel much better about his ability to silence one of the best lineups in MLB. Red Sox Bullpen Woes Threatening to Derail Dream SeasonUnfortunately for the Red Sox, their bullpen had to log significant innings in Game 1. Relief pitching has been their Achilles' heel all season, and it nearly cost them in their first playoff game.When Sale departed Dave Winfield Jersey , the Red Sox held a five-run lead. That has virtually guaranteed them a victory since they acquired the 6'6" left-hander prior to the start of last season:ESPN Stats amp; Info ESPNStatsInfoChris Sale finished 12-1 in the regular season when the RedSox netted him at least 3 runs of support.Hes 27-4 in those games since joining the Red Sox at the beginning of last season.Boston leads New York 5-0 in #ALDS Game 1. yx96F2yjInOnce Boston manager Alex Cora went to his stable of relief pitchers, starting with Brasier, an air of panic set in over Fenway Park:Russillo ryenarussilloSale out after two hits allowed going 5 1/3 innings, to bring in a guy that has pitched 30 innings after missing 4 seasons and is the 2nd best RP by default...this game has changed so much.The Yankees loaded the bases against Boston relievers in the sixth and seventh innings. Brasier and Brandon Workman combined to give up three hits, two walks and one run in just 0.2 innings.Rick Porcello and Craig Kimbrel settled things down by recording the final six outs to preserve the win.Boston's bullpen scuffled down the stretch with anAL-worst4.84 ERA in September. That group did everything possible to give away this game, but the Yankees weren't able to cash in on those chances in the later innings.After a historic season in which the Red Sox won a franchise-record 108 games, the bullpen has to pick up its performance to avoid an October disappointment. Yankees Missed Opportunities Set Up Must-Win Game 2The good news for New York is there's a quick turnaround heading into Game 2 on Saturday.The bad news is this is a game the Yankees will reflect back on if they don't win the series. It started out looking like a potential disaster. 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But winning away from Yankee Stadium in October has been a difficult task. They are 1-7 in their last eight road playoff games dating back to 2017.Trying to win three straight games against a Red Sox team capable of scoring runs in bunches鈥攁nd a potential return for Sale in Game 4 or 5鈥攎akes it imperative that New York doesn't continue to miss chances like it did Friday.What's Next?The Red Soxwill look to take a commanding lead in the series by sending David Price (16-7, 3.58 ERA) to the mound against Masahiro Tanaka (12-6, 3.75 ERA) and the Yankees for Saturday's Game 2 at 8:15 p.m. ET.
TORONTO (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have removed the Chief Wahoo logo from the sleeve of their uniforms for a four-game series in Toronto.The decision to nix the logo was partially driven by a failed legal challenge against the team when it played in Toronto during the 2016 AL Championship Series. While Cleveland played the Blue Jays http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-rick-porcello-jersey , a lawsuit was filed to have the logo and team name banned from Canadian TV. A judge dismissed the case.The Indians have said they will permanently remove the logo from their uniforms next season. The move came after decades of protests and complaints that the grinning, red-faced caricature that dates to 1947 is racist. Cleveland will host the All-Star Game next season.In recent years, the team has slowly moved away from the cartoonish image of a big-toothed American Indian with a scarlet face and a single feather in his headdress. The Indians now use a “C? as their primary logo and have removed signs depicting Chief Wahoo from their home stadium.The Indians will return to their regular uniforms when they play at Tampa Bay next week. LAS VEGAS (AP) — Naturally, Tampa Bay’s Kevin Cash was the opening manager to speak at the winter meetings.Cash said Monday the Rays will stick with their revolutionary practice of using an “opener” next season.The Rays deviated from baseball tradition this year, regularly using a relief pitcher to begin games rather than a traditional starting pitcher. Tampa Bay went 46-38 with usual starters and 44-34 when utilizing the bullpen.“I think right now we’re discussing internally whether we do it two times through the rotation or three times through the rotation http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-brandon-morrow-jersey ,” Cash said Monday at the winter meetings. “But the nice thing is we’ve got all that information last year and we have a bunch of candidates that we can fill in as a traditional starter if need be. Yonny Chirinos, Yarbs (Ryan Yarbrough), Wilmer Font, Jalen Beeks.”Tampa Bay’s innovation was copied by Oakland, which started reliever Liam Hendriks in the AL wild-card game against the New York Yankees Jason Heyward Jersey , and Milwaukee. Brewers manager Craig Counsell used left-hander Wade Miley for just one batter in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, then brought in right-hander Brandon Woodruff. While Cash let opposing managers know when he was using an opener and would have a quick hook, Counsell sprung his move as a surprise.“Yes, it can definitely make it difficult. But I personally don’t see anything wrong with that,” Cash said. “Each manager http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-john-lackey-jersey , each club, each organization, they’re trying to get the best out of their roster. If they feel that’s the best way to do it, the opposition, you’ve kind of got to deal with it. It’s going to happen to us. We did it with other clubs Ben Zobrist Jersey , not that quickly, but playoff baseball you see different things.”Tampa Bay originally planned a limited use of “openers,” but was forced to expand their use.“I personally was not skeptical at all when we were discussing doing it one time through the rotation, potentially twice,” Cash said. “Then with the injuries when it got to three and four times http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-anthony-rizzo-jersey , I don’t know if skeptical is the right word, it’s more concerning — like how are we going to keep guys fresh? How are we going to manage workloads in a long series? But we learned a lot through it. Now ultimately the players give you the buy-in. And we had success with it. They embraced it, enjoyed it and it’s a big credit to them.”