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  1. Corey Kluber shut down the White Sox and became the first pitcher with 11 wins this season. So what else is new for the reigning AL Cy Young winner? Kluber allowed one hit over seven dominant innings and retired his final 14 batters Wednesday as the Cleveland Indians routed Chicago 12-0. The right-hander struck out seven and issued a lone walk in his latest masterpiece. ”Every five days Jonah Williams Jersey , you try to come up with maybe something different to say about him, but my goodness,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. ”His level of consistency is so high that, man, it’s just fun to watch. And it’s nice.” Jose Ramirez and Jason Kipnis hit three-run homers for Cleveland, which swept the three-game series by a 24-5 margin. The Indians have won 17 of their last 21 games against the White Sox at Progressive Field, including all six this season. Kluber (11-3) only permitted a second-inning single past third base by Omar Narvaez and a third-inning walk to Charlie Tilson, throwing 96 pitches before giving way to George Kontos to begin the eighth. Josh Tomlin surrendered a double to Jose Abreu in the ninth before completing the combined two-hitter. ”Hopefully in the long run, there will be a benefit to not throwing as many pitches as I usually do http://www.bengalscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-drew-sample-jersey ,” said Kluber, who now has one more victory than Washington’s Max Scherzer and the Yankees’ Luis Severino. ”When the game is sort of out of hand like that, if (Francona) has the opportunity to save me a couple bullets, then why not?” Yonder Alonso added three hits and Yan Gomes doubled twice as the Indians chased White Sox righty Reynaldo Lopez (2-5) after 4 1/3 innings. Lopez gave up five runs, four earned, and is 0-3 with an 8.31 ERA in three career starts against Cleveland. The Indians tacked on six runs in the sixth against Bruce Rondon to extend their lead to 11-0, including a two-run double by Edwin Encarnacion and Kipnis’ three-run shot. ”We’re making it really tough for opposing pitchers, which always leads to good things,” Alonso said. ”We understand that Corey is going to do his thing and keep us in every ballgame Germaine Pratt Jersey , so we just have to be an offensive force for him.” The White Sox matched their longest losing streak of 2018 at seven and fell to a season-low 25 games under .500. Manager Rick Renteria was ejected by home plate umpire Will Little in the sixth for arguing a strikeout. ”He should have ejected me,” Renteria said. ”He was actually pretty kind. I was calm. I was trying not to get too crazy. I just wanted to go talk to him. It was not a very confrontational exchange.” Ramirez put Cleveland ahead 3-0 in the first with his team-high 22nd home run, extending his on-base streak to a career-high 28 games. He also scored three times and stole a base. Brantley was caught stealing in the third, ending Cleveland’s franchise-record run of 23 successful stolen base attempts dating back to May 23. NOT MILLER TIME Indians president Chris Antonetti said LHP Andrew Miller (right knee inflammation) is throwing bullpen sessions, but not ready to go on a minor league rehab assignment. ”He has to go through a progression to get back to game activity, and he’s not there yet,” Antonetti said. Miller is 1-3 with one save and a 4.40 ERA in 17 appearances. The two-time All-Star has been on the disabled list since May 26. TRAINER’S ROOM White Sox: OF Avisail Garcia (right hamstring strain) could be activated Thursday. He is hitting .333 with two homers and seven RBIs during a six-game rehab stint with Triple-A Charlotte. Indians: OF Lonnie Chisenhall (bilateral calf soreness) was a late scratch. He was sidelined with a strained right calf from April 8-June 5 and missed six weeks in 2017 with a similar injury. UP NEXT White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito (4-7, 7.19 ERA) takes on Athletics RHP Chris Bassitt (0-2, 2.45 ERA) in the opener of a four-game series Thursday in Chicago. Indians RHP Shane Bieber (1-0 http://www.bengalscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-ryan-finley-jersey , 3.97 ERA) faces Tigers RHP Mike Fiers (5-3, 4.09 ERA) as Cleveland continues its nine-game homestand Friday. — It’s no secret that Peyton Manning won his second Super Bowl on the back of his defense, going up against a team that was ill-prepared. He had a terrible year in what turned out to be his last, but he’s far from the worst player, or even the worst quarterback, to win a Super Bowl.Despite being the crowning achievement for any NFL team, the most coveted victory for any American football player in the world, a lot of terrible players have themselves a Super Bowl ring. Trent Dilfer probably still bows down to a picture of Ray Lewis every morning. But there are even terrible players that lay claim to multiple Super Bowl rings.Whether it be through a great defense or offense to hold them up, keeping that bench warm Renell Wren Jersey , or sheer luck, there’s at least 15 players in the history of the NFL that maybe probably shouldn’t have as many Super Bowl victories as they do. We could easily load this list up with backups and special teams players, but that’s be too easy. Instead, we’re going to look mostly at starters and second stringers that saw a lot of action. Guys whose teams won those Super Bowls in spite of their service.
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Sure, he made some clutch catches, including the game tying touchdown in Super Bowl XXXVIII, but that alone can't put him here! No, this list will be taking into account an entire career's body of work. Here are the eight best and seven worst white NFL wide receivers since 2000. Carson Wentz made the rounds along Radio Row at last year’s Super Bowl and promised himself he’d be back for this one. He’s here, but only as a cheerleader. Wentz led the Philadelphia Eagles to a 10-2 start before he tore his left ACL and LCL in Week 14. Nick Foles replaced him, helped the Eagles clinch the NFC East and secure the No. 1 seed Devin Bush Jersey , and was spectacular in the conference championship game against Minnesota. Wentz watched both playoff games from the sideline: the victory over the Falcons on crutches and the rout of the Vikings on a cane. He’s rooting hard for his teammates and enjoying their success without him. Wentz will be their No. 1 fan Sunday when they take on the New England Patriots and try to win the franchise’s first NFL title since 1960. It’s not easy for any competitor to be forced to sit out. ”It’s just tough knowing that could be you,” said Wentz, who is walking without assistance now. ”I had my sights set on this thing since I knew we weren’t making the playoffs last year. I had my sights set on playing in Minneapolis. It’s right down the road from home. Here we are. It just looks different for me.” Wentz, from neighboring North Dakota, is more than just a spectator. He has been a major presence around the team following surgery, goes to quarterback meetings, watches film and supports Foles as much as possible. ”He’s been outstanding,” offensive coordinator Frank Reich said. ”One of the greatest things about a person is when you see him celebrating somebody else’s success. To be happy for Nick who is at your position, who could potentially be stealing another person’s thunder http://www.steelerscheapauthenticstore.com/diontae-johnson-jersey-cheap , that’s the pretty cool thing about, of all the great things that he’s done this year, even more exemplifies the kind of leader that he is.” Foles has said all the right things since the minute he stepped into the starting lineup. He’s close with Wentz and makes it a point to always give him credit for leading the Eagles from worst to first in the division. ”This is Carson’s team,” Foles said. ”I’ve had to take it over, but Carson is a tremendous player. I think he’s the MVP of the league. He’s a huge reason why we’re in this position. It’s been awesome just being around him. He’s handled this thing amazingly and he continues to be such a great leader in our locker room. When we go through game film and we go through everything, he’s an extremely intelligent player, so I listen to everything that he says.” Wentz, the No. 2 pick in the 2016 draft, started every game his rookie season when the Eagles went 7-9. He took a giant leap as a sophomore Justin Layne Jersey , tossing 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 13 games. Wentz was voted to the Pro Bowl and is a contender for the NFL MVP award that will be announced Saturday night. ”He’s done such an amazing job in his two years in the NFL of continuing to create this atmosphere and obviously going out there making electric plays, but really just making everyone believe,” Foles said. ”That hasn’t changed though he’s injured. He’s still around, and I love having him around.” While Foles stood center stage with Tom Brady at media night, Wentz sat in the stands at the hockey arena and spoke to reporters for about 25 minutes. He has relied on his strong faith to get him through the disappointment. ”When it comes to an injury like this, the season we were having, the season I was having personally and it gets taken away, it’s just a chance to practice what I preach and that I play for (God) and it’s not for myself,” Wentz said. ”It’s taught me a lot so far. He closed this door on this season for me but I know he’s going to open many other doors and he’s going to use me.” If Foles leads the Eagles to victory over the Patriots http://www.steelerscheapauthenticstore.com/benny-snell-jr.-jersey-cheap , there still won’t be a quarterback controversy in Philadelphia. Foles is signed through next season and provides insurance if Wentz isn’t ready to start the season opener. Having Foles on the roster allows Philadelphia the luxury of giving Wentz all the time he needs to get his knee right. ”Two years ago, the plan was to acquire a quarterback,” coach Doug Pederson said. ”That was our first plan, and we were able to do that in Carson. We do have the quarterback of the future for the Eagles, obviously.” — AP NFL website:
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They batted .193 (162-for-839), the worst month in franchise history (the 1992 Royals hit .207 in April), and had 10 hits in a game just once. “It’s not frustration,” Yost told MLB.com of his club’s rough June. “Well, that’s a lie. We’re all frustrated. I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve never seen an offensive drought like we’ve had all month long. It’s pretty puzzling. There’s no answer for it.” One of the few bright spots for the Royals was the performance of rookie right-hander Brad Keller (2-2, 2.25 ERA), who is scheduled to face Mariners left-hander James Paxton (7-2, 3.65) in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field. In his last outing Monday, Keller pitched seven innings, allowed just two hits and struck out six in a 2-0 victory against the Angels Drew Lock Jersey , getting his first win as a starter. The Angels hit just one ball out of the infield against Keller and never got a runner past first base. “It was pretty super-duper,” Yost said. “Just banging strikes, on the attack, everything that you want. Just a great pitching performance. Never was in any real trouble and had the game in total control.” Keller became just the second Royals starter to throw at least seven shutout innings while allowing two or fewer hits within his first five major league starts. The other was Mel Stottlemyre Jr. (now the Mariners pitching coach) in 1990. “I was able to keep the ball down, keep them off-balance,” Keller said after his last start. “Slider felt really good and made some adjustments in the bullpen prior to this game, and it felt really good.” Paxton, who is 2-0 with a 2.54 ERA in five career starts against Kansas City, will be facing the Royals for the second time this season. He didn’t get a decision in a 4-2 Seattle road victory on April 11, allowing two runs on six hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out 10. Paxton had nearly identical statistics in his last start Tuesday in Baltimore http://www.cardinalscheapstore.com/zach-allen-jersey-cheap , allowing two runs on six hits in seven innings with one walk and 10 strikeouts in a 3-2 victory. “(Paxton) came right after them, right out of the chute,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “I thought he was outstanding.” The NFL’s oldest player is going to try to break the league’s career scoring record. If Adam Vinatieri gets his way, it might not be the only record to fall. On Thursday, the 45-year-old kicker signed a one-year deal to stay with the Indianapolis Colts – a deal he insists may not be his last. Financial details were not immediately available, though the deal is believed to be in the neighborhood of last season’s $3 million salary. Vinatieri also noted during a conference call that he will receive a $250,000 bonus if he makes 88 percent of his field goal attempts next season after missing barely missing out on a bonus for making 90 percent in 2017. But money isn’t the reason Vinatieri returned. He is playing well, wants to win and needs 58 points to surpass Morten Andersen as the league’s top scorer. ”I know 57, 58 points away is definitely within reach this year if I stay healthy and all that,” said Vinatieri Andy Isabella Jersey , who has scored 2,487 points. ”I really wanted to break that record wearing a Colts helmet where I’ve played the majority of the years in my career now.” Vinatieri made his intentions clear late last year that he wanted to play a 24th pro season and his preference was to stay in Indianapolis, where he has developed deep roots since joining the Colts as a free agent in 2006. General manager Chris Ballard quickly let Vinatieri know the team wanted him back. The combination made Indy’s first major offseason move pretty simple. ”This process was substantially easier than it was maybe a couple years ago,” Vinatieri said. ”I know when Chris and I had conversations after the season I expressed to him how if everything was moving in the right direction and everything was going to get taken care of, how much I would like to be here and continue my career here. He expressed to me that he also wanted me to keep playing here. So the process was pretty easy.” Vinatieri acknowledged hiring Frank Reich as the new coach also helped persuade him to come back. Reich takes over a team that went 4-12 in 2017 and played without Andrew Luck the entire season. The quarterback is still rehabbing from surgery he had on his throwing shoulder 13 months ago. The good news is Reich knows he can count on the best clutch kicker in league history. Vinatieri earned his reputation by making two Super Bowl-winning kicks with the New England Patriots. But his legacy runs much deeper. He won three Super Bowls with the Patriots, a fourth championship with the Colts after the 2006 season and nearly added a fifth despite finishing the 2009 season on injured reserve. Patriot fans also remember Vinatieri for making two field goals in a driving snowstorm – one to force the overtime, the other to win it – in the infamous ”Tuck Rule” playoff game that helped New England win its first Super Bowl title. He rekindled those images in December when he made a long extra point to help force overtime in a blizzard at Buffalo. Vinatieri is the last active player from NFL Europe, and he has been around long enough to remind reporters he once tackled Herschel Walker. But the Colts are more concerned with productivity than records and so far, they’ve seen no indication Vinatieri is slowing down. ”Adam is one the best players in NFL history and we are excited to keep him in Indianapolis,” Ballard said in a statement. ”He continues to play at a high level and his experience and production are valuable assets for our team. Adam is the consummate pro and a key leader in our locker room.” He needs nine field goals to pass Gary Anderson for second all-time and 36 to break Andersen’s career record of 565. If he sticks around a few more years Jamel Dean Jersey , as he suggested he might, Vinatieri won’t just be chasing Anderson and Andersen. He also would be within striking distance of surpassing George Blanda as the oldest player to ever play in the NFL at 48 years, 109 days. Vinatieri would break the mark if he plays in the 2021 season opener. ”Less concerned about that one,” Vinatieri said, chuckling. ”I guess I’ll take these one year at a time and see where it ends up. I would anticipate if I can stay healthy and be productive, I can anticipate catching up to Morten midseason or thereabout, and I guess at the end of the year I’d be 46. I’m not putting anything out of reach.” —
  4. JACKSONVILLE Julian Love Jersey , Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette was arrested Thursday for driving with a suspended license and released a short time later.Fournette paid a $1,508 bond and was freed after spending less than 30 minutes in the Duval County Jail, according to jail records.Fournette was pulled over after a Jacksonville Sheriff’s deputy clocked him driving 65 mph in a 45 mph zone, according to the police report. Fournette was cited for speeding and for having illegal tint on his SUV. He was arrested for the suspended license.The arresting officer recalled pulling Fournette over last July for driving 80 mph in a 45 mph zone, the report said. The officer issued Fournette a written warning for reckless driving — he was allegedly weaving in and out of traffic — not having his driver’s license and having illegal tint on a different car.Fournette’s license was suspended last month after he failed to pay or protest a speeding ticket from November 2018, court records show. Fournette was cited in nearby Neptune Beach for driving 37 mph in a 25 mph zone.The Jaguars said in a statement they “are aware of the situation involving Leonard Fournette and are continuing to gather more information. No further comment will be provided at this time.”The arrest is the latest issue for Fournette , the fourth overall pick in the 2017 draft who was injured http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-darius-slayton-jersey , suspended and on the bench in crunch time last season. He also was fined, criticized and admittedly not in ideal shape late in the year.Most telling, the Jaguars voided the remaining guarantees in Fournette’s four-year rookie contract worth $27.1 million. The team made the move following Fournette’s weeklong suspension in late November for instigating a fight in Buffalo.Fournette has challenged the decision, which could cost him up to $7.1 million. The one-week suspension already cost him nearly $100,000 in salary.Fournette also drew the team’s ire when he and fellow running back T.J. Yeldon spent most of the season finale — a 20-3 loss at Houston — on the bench and disengaged from coaches and teammates.Personnel chief Tom Coughlin ripped both players for being “disrespectful” and “selfish.”Fournette had a lengthy meeting with Coughlin and coach Doug Marrone after the season in hopes of clearing the air and staring anew.“I have full confidence in him,” Coughlin said last month. “He does have some things he’s got to prove when he comes back about his preparation, but he’s a young Quinnen Williams Jersey , young player. He loves football, had an outstanding year, had a very disappointing year. We want him to be a great player and I think he’s in the same mindset.”Fournette has missed 11 games in two seasons because of injuries and suspensions. The former LSU star ran for 439 yards and five touchdowns in eight games last season after running for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie.Fournette had been working out in Wyoming with LSU’s former LSU strength and conditioning coordinator.He likely returned to Jacksonville in time for the team’s offseason conditioning program, which begins Monday.The Jags have revamped their running backs room in hopes of helping Fournette. They fired position coach Tyrone Wheatley , released running back Carlos Hyde and let Yeldon and Corey Grant leave in free agency. They hired 64-year-old Terry Robiskie, who http://www.jetsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jachai-polite-jersey , like Fournette, was born and raised in New Orleans and attended LSU, as running backs coach. They also signed veteran Alfred Blue (another LSU alum) to be Fournette’s backup. It won't be long before the NFL offseason finally hits, and all of the rumors, transactions, and general pandemonium associated with that time of the year, hits in full force. It won't be a time of the year that lacks excitement Chuma Edoga Jersey , that much is guaranteed. Of course, with all of the players that will be changing teams for the 2018 season, there are current players who won't be participating at all. Retirement announcements are just as prevalent in the offseason, and there a ton of veteran players who may be hanging up the cleats.Of course, the decision to retire is a personal one through and through, and there's legitimate reason why many of these players would elect to stay on for another year as well. You really can never tell what is going through a player's mind, but for the subjects of this article http://www.jetsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-trevon-wesco-jersey , you have to believe they are at least considering walking away. Let's take a look at some of the prime candidates for retirement from the NFL, and why they would be hanging it up.Ranked below are 5 quarterbacks, 5 wide receivers and 5 running backs who NEED to retire from the NFL.
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Play was delayed about 10 minutes while the 23-year-old Swiss player was attended to by medical personnel and trainers from both teams.“You see guys get helped off the ice all the time, but never like that and that was new for me to see and I didn’t really like that,” Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood said. “You try to refocus, but in the back of your mind you hope your teammate is OK.”Frolik said he feared the worst Womens Ryan Getzlaf Jersey , until he said Mueller give a thumbs up as he was wheeled off the ice.“When it happened I thought: ‘Of My God, this is going to be really bad,'” Frolik said. “I fell right on him and I saw his head go first. It’s tough, but when he put the finger up, it’s usually a good sign.”The fall happened near Flames goaltender David Rittich and it scared him.“I don’t even want to talk about it because when I saw his eyes, his mouth was open and blood went out,” he said. “It wasn’t a great feeling. Hopefully http://www.officialducks.com/authentic-adidas-ryan-kesler-jersey , he will be better and good in a short time. I don’t want to imagine any more.”Devils forward Blake Coleman said he never heard the Prudential Center so quiet.“You can even see it on their faces, for Calgary, that they really cared,” Coleman said. “No one wants to see a player go down like that. I’ve never been a part of a game when something like that happened.”Mueller has one goal and nine assists in 47 games this season. CHICAGO — As the Calgary Flames turn the page on the calendar to a new month, they hope the momentum from a successful surge through late November carries over.Entering Sunday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Flames have won two of their past three games and seven of their last 10. Calgary hopes to keep surging ahead against Chicago, which has struggled to settle into any kind of groove since early this season.The Flames head east after a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday in which Calgary’s defense limited the Kings to 14 shots. The Calgary offense also came alive in a third period when the Flames scored three goals Ryan Miller Jersey , including the game-winner by Johnny Gaudreau, whose goal 7:41 into the third period snapped a 1-1 tie and allowed the Flames to keep moving in a positive direction.Article continues below ...“We’re a confident group,” Calgary center Sean Monahan told reporters after the victory, according to the team’s official website. “You come to the rink every day and you want to win. I think with the group we have in here, the guys that are in here coming to compete every day we have a good chance every night.”The Flames (15-9-2) had to demonstrate some patience in the victory, which was on display until they could find the back of the net more than they did during the first two periods of Friday’s game. But after producing the three late goals, the Flames proved that they can rely on their defense until their goal scorers can get going.“Through 40 (minutes) Womens Alex Goligoski Jersey , it didn’t seem like much was going on,” goalie Mike Smith told reporters after he made 13 saves. “It was a pretty boring game to be honest. But saying that, that can lead to some inconsistencies in your game and I thought our guys did a really good job of sticking with it. That’s a team … they’ve been like that for how long now? Just a team that waits for you to make a mistake and make you pay.”The Blackhawks (9-13-5) enter Sunday’s game riding a three-game losing streak after a 5-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Chicago has surrendered 19 goals in the three games and allowed three goals in less than five minutes of a disastrous first period.The frustration level has continued to mount throughout Jeremy Colliton’s short tenure as coach after he replaced Joel Quenneville. After a 6-5 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday, Colliton told reporters that the time for excuse-making is over.Saturday’s road loss only made matters worse as the Blackhawks prepare for the Flames, but Colliton said his team can’t blame anyone for its predicament outside of itself.“We’ve got to tell the truth to the team and then they need to respond,” Colliton told reporters after the loss to Winnipeg, according to the Chicago Tribune. Colliton has said the Blackhawks’ compete level needs to improve and that it needs to filter throughout a lineup that has its share of veteran leadership. But asked if the veterans need to keep the heads up of Chicago’s younger players through tough times Christian Dvorak Jersey , defenseman Duncan Keith — who was ejected from Saturday’s loss — bristled at the notion.“This is the NHL,” Keith told reporters Thursday, according to the Tribune. “It’s not really a developmental league. It’s about winning. It’s about results. That makes it more fun. Winning. Winning games.”
  6. NEWARK Rickard Rakell Jersey , N.J. (AP) — New Jersey defenseman Mirco Mueller had full range of motion and was conscious after being taken off the ice on a stretcher following a nasty, head-first fall into the end boards during the Devils‘ game with Calgary on Wednesday night.Devils coach John Hynes said after the game Mueller sat up in the locker room and knew what was going on before going to a hospital for evaluation.“Thank God, he’s OK,” Hynes said after the Devils’ 2-1 loss. “He’s fully conscious and all of his extremities are moving fine.”Mueller went head-first into the boards at an awkward angle after going to the Flames‘ net on a rush. Calgary forward Michael Frolik then fell on top of him.Teammates immediately called for medical personnel to come out to the ice. Play was delayed about 10 minutes while the 23-year-old Swiss player was attended to by medical personnel and trainers from both teams.“You see guys get helped off the ice all the time, but never like that and that was new for me to see and I didn’t really like that,” Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood said. “You try to refocus, but in the back of your mind you hope your teammate is OK.”Frolik said he feared the worst Womens Ryan Getzlaf Jersey , until he said Mueller give a thumbs up as he was wheeled off the ice.“When it happened I thought: ‘Of My God, this is going to be really bad,'” Frolik said. “I fell right on him and I saw his head go first. It’s tough, but when he put the finger up, it’s usually a good sign.”The fall happened near Flames goaltender David Rittich and it scared him.“I don’t even want to talk about it because when I saw his eyes, his mouth was open and blood went out,” he said. “It wasn’t a great feeling. Hopefully http://www.officialducks.com/authentic-adidas-ryan-kesler-jersey , he will be better and good in a short time. I don’t want to imagine any more.”Devils forward Blake Coleman said he never heard the Prudential Center so quiet.“You can even see it on their faces, for Calgary, that they really cared,” Coleman said. “No one wants to see a player go down like that. I’ve never been a part of a game when something like that happened.”Mueller has one goal and nine assists in 47 games this season. CHICAGO — As the Calgary Flames turn the page on the calendar to a new month, they hope the momentum from a successful surge through late November carries over.Entering Sunday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Flames have won two of their past three games and seven of their last 10. Calgary hopes to keep surging ahead against Chicago, which has struggled to settle into any kind of groove since early this season.The Flames head east after a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday in which Calgary’s defense limited the Kings to 14 shots. The Calgary offense also came alive in a third period when the Flames scored three goals Ryan Miller Jersey , including the game-winner by Johnny Gaudreau, whose goal 7:41 into the third period snapped a 1-1 tie and allowed the Flames to keep moving in a positive direction.Article continues below ...“We’re a confident group,” Calgary center Sean Monahan told reporters after the victory, according to the team’s official website. “You come to the rink every day and you want to win. I think with the group we have in here, the guys that are in here coming to compete every day we have a good chance every night.”The Flames (15-9-2) had to demonstrate some patience in the victory, which was on display until they could find the back of the net more than they did during the first two periods of Friday’s game. But after producing the three late goals, the Flames proved that they can rely on their defense until their goal scorers can get going.“Through 40 (minutes) Womens Alex Goligoski Jersey , it didn’t seem like much was going on,” goalie Mike Smith told reporters after he made 13 saves. “It was a pretty boring game to be honest. But saying that, that can lead to some inconsistencies in your game and I thought our guys did a really good job of sticking with it. That’s a team … they’ve been like that for how long now? Just a team that waits for you to make a mistake and make you pay.”The Blackhawks (9-13-5) enter Sunday’s game riding a three-game losing streak after a 5-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Chicago has surrendered 19 goals in the three games and allowed three goals in less than five minutes of a disastrous first period.The frustration level has continued to mount throughout Jeremy Colliton’s short tenure as coach after he replaced Joel Quenneville. After a 6-5 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday, Colliton told reporters that the time for excuse-making is over.Saturday’s road loss only made matters worse as the Blackhawks prepare for the Flames, but Colliton said his team can’t blame anyone for its predicament outside of itself.“We’ve got to tell the truth to the team and then they need to respond,” Colliton told reporters after the loss to Winnipeg, according to the Chicago Tribune. Colliton has said the Blackhawks’ compete level needs to improve and that it needs to filter throughout a lineup that has its share of veteran leadership. But asked if the veterans need to keep the heads up of Chicago’s younger players through tough times Christian Dvorak Jersey , defenseman Duncan Keith — who was ejected from Saturday’s loss — bristled at the notion.“This is the NHL,” Keith told reporters Thursday, according to the Tribune. “It’s not really a developmental league. It’s about winning. It’s about results. That makes it more fun. Winning. Winning games.”
  7. CHICAGO (AP) — Morgan Rielly scored 19 seconds into overtime Shane Doan Jersey , John Tavares had three goals and the Toronto Maple Leafs spoiled Chicago’s home opener with a wild 7-6 victory over the Blackhawks on Sunday night.Auston Matthews added two goals and two assists for Toronto in the opener of a four-game trip. Rielly also had two assists and Kasperi Kapanen finished with a goal and an assist.Garret Sparks made 25 saves to get the win in his first NHL game since 2016.Patrick Kane scored twice in the final two minutes of regulation, and defensemen Duncan Keith and rookie Henri Jokiharju each had three assists.Jonathan Toews, Alex DeBrincat, John Hayden and Brandon Manning also scored for Chicago, which opened the season with two overtime wins on the road. Cam Ward finished with 27 stops.HURRICANES 8, RANGERS 5RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Warren Foegele had two goals and an assist, Andrei Svechnikov got his first career goal to snap a tie midway through the third period, and Carolina rallied to beat New York.Svechnikov www.floridapanthersteamshops.com , the No. 2 overall pick in June’s draft, deflected Justin Faulk’s shot in front of the net with 9:16 remaining to break a 5-5 tie and give the Hurricanes their first lead. Foegele followed with his second goal 47 seconds later and Teuvo Teravainen added an empty-netter to secure Carolina’s first home win under new coach Rod Brind’Amour.Jordan Martinook, Jordan Staal, Micheal Ferland and Lucas Wallmark also scored for the Hurricanes.Jimmy Vesey and Chris Kreider each scored twice and Pavel Buchnevich added a goal for New York, which remains winless in three games under new coach David Quinn.Petr Mrazek made 19 saves for the Hurricanes and Alexandar Georgiev had 32 for the Rangers in a wild offensive game.KINGS 4, RED WINGS 2LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alex Iafallo scored two goals and Ilya Kovalchuk had his first two NHL assists in nearly 5 ½ years, leading Los Angeles to its first victory of the season.Captain Anze Kopitar and Paul LaDue also scored for the Kings.Anthony Mantha and Dylan Larkin scored for the Red Wings, and rookie defenseman Dennis Cholowski had two assists.Kovalchuk’s first point with the Kings also was his 400th career assist when he set up Kopitar’s goal in the second period. The Russian star then pounced on a puck in the corner during the third period and made a beautiful pass to Iafallo for the Kings’ third goal. DETROIT (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets were one of the best NHL teams in overtime last year. With a talented player like Artemi Panarin, they may be tough to beat in 3-on-3 hockey again this season.Panarin scored midway through overtime Florida Panthers T-Shirts Womens , lifting Columbus to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night in the opener for both teams.“He doesn’t seem to get tired,” said Cam Atkinson , who scored the Blue Jackets’ first goal. “He’s a game-changer.”Columbus was 9-3 in overtime last season, trailing only Pittsburgh’s rate of success. Detroit, meanwhile, was an NHL-worst 3-12 in overtime in 2017-18.Panarin broke franchise records and set career highs with 55 assists and 82 points last season, his first in Columbus after being acquired in a trade with Chicago. The Russian winger likes to stay on the ice a lot and coach John Tortorella doesn’t have a problem with it.“I’m not going to get in his way because he’s a game-breaker,” Tortorella said.Atkinson and Josh Anderson gave Columbus the lead over the first two periods. Rookie Dennis Cholowski and Tyler Bertuzzi pulled the Red Wings into a tie with goals in the second period.Joonas Korpisalo stopped 18 shots for the Blue Jackets. Detroit’s Jimmy Howard made 36 saves, helping the team send the game past regulation.“We got outshot by a lot and we were outplayed territorially http://www.officialcoyotes.com/authentic-adidas-oliver-ekman-larsson-jersey , but Jimmy gave us a chance at two points,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “We got one of them, and he was a big part of that.”The rebuilding Red Wings honored Henrik Zetterberg, whose career is over because of a back ailment, before the game. Then, the team put five players on the ice who were playing for the first time in the NHL.Cholowski, Christoffer Ehn, Michael Rasmussen, Filip Hronek and Libor Sulak all made their debut.“With experience and games Richard Panik Jersey , they’re only going to get better and better,” Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader said. “With experience and work, they can really grow.”The last time an NHL team had that many rookies playing in their first game together was Detroit in 1985. It has happened just two other times in the league since the 1979, with the Colorado Rockies and Vancouver Canucks in 1981.Columbus is coming off consecutive postseason appearances for the first time in its 17-year history.The Blue Jackets are in win-now mode , aiming to advance in the playoffs for the first time with goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and Panarin entering the last year of their contracts.Columbus controlled the play and the puck for most of the night, looking like it was on the power play during even-strength situations at times. The Red Wings were down a skater often, putting the Blue Jackets on the power play six times.“We have to stay out of the box,” Blashill said. “We didn’t establish much of a forecheck, but every time we got a little momentum Womens Shane Doan Jersey , we took another penalty. “The Blue Jackets enjoyed a big shot advantage for much of the game, but Howard prevented them from converting on a lot of chances to score.“We had full control,” Atkinson said. “We had plenty of opportunities and probably could’ve scored more, but Howard is a great goalie.”UP NEXT:Columbus: Hosts Carolina on Friday with Bobrovsky getting the start in net.Detroit: At Los Angeles on Sunday.
  8. CHICAGO (AP) — Morgan Rielly scored 19 seconds into overtime Shane Doan Jersey , John Tavares had three goals and the Toronto Maple Leafs spoiled Chicago’s home opener with a wild 7-6 victory over the Blackhawks on Sunday night.Auston Matthews added two goals and two assists for Toronto in the opener of a four-game trip. Rielly also had two assists and Kasperi Kapanen finished with a goal and an assist.Garret Sparks made 25 saves to get the win in his first NHL game since 2016.Patrick Kane scored twice in the final two minutes of regulation, and defensemen Duncan Keith and rookie Henri Jokiharju each had three assists.Jonathan Toews, Alex DeBrincat, John Hayden and Brandon Manning also scored for Chicago, which opened the season with two overtime wins on the road. Cam Ward finished with 27 stops.HURRICANES 8, RANGERS 5RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Warren Foegele had two goals and an assist, Andrei Svechnikov got his first career goal to snap a tie midway through the third period, and Carolina rallied to beat New York.Svechnikov www.floridapanthersteamshops.com , the No. 2 overall pick in June’s draft, deflected Justin Faulk’s shot in front of the net with 9:16 remaining to break a 5-5 tie and give the Hurricanes their first lead. Foegele followed with his second goal 47 seconds later and Teuvo Teravainen added an empty-netter to secure Carolina’s first home win under new coach Rod Brind’Amour.Jordan Martinook, Jordan Staal, Micheal Ferland and Lucas Wallmark also scored for the Hurricanes.Jimmy Vesey and Chris Kreider each scored twice and Pavel Buchnevich added a goal for New York, which remains winless in three games under new coach David Quinn.Petr Mrazek made 19 saves for the Hurricanes and Alexandar Georgiev had 32 for the Rangers in a wild offensive game.KINGS 4, RED WINGS 2LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alex Iafallo scored two goals and Ilya Kovalchuk had his first two NHL assists in nearly 5 ½ years, leading Los Angeles to its first victory of the season.Captain Anze Kopitar and Paul LaDue also scored for the Kings.Anthony Mantha and Dylan Larkin scored for the Red Wings, and rookie defenseman Dennis Cholowski had two assists.Kovalchuk’s first point with the Kings also was his 400th career assist when he set up Kopitar’s goal in the second period. The Russian star then pounced on a puck in the corner during the third period and made a beautiful pass to Iafallo for the Kings’ third goal. DETROIT (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets were one of the best NHL teams in overtime last year. With a talented player like Artemi Panarin, they may be tough to beat in 3-on-3 hockey again this season.Panarin scored midway through overtime Florida Panthers T-Shirts Womens , lifting Columbus to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night in the opener for both teams.“He doesn’t seem to get tired,” said Cam Atkinson , who scored the Blue Jackets’ first goal. “He’s a game-changer.”Columbus was 9-3 in overtime last season, trailing only Pittsburgh’s rate of success. Detroit, meanwhile, was an NHL-worst 3-12 in overtime in 2017-18.Panarin broke franchise records and set career highs with 55 assists and 82 points last season, his first in Columbus after being acquired in a trade with Chicago. The Russian winger likes to stay on the ice a lot and coach John Tortorella doesn’t have a problem with it.“I’m not going to get in his way because he’s a game-breaker,” Tortorella said.Atkinson and Josh Anderson gave Columbus the lead over the first two periods. Rookie Dennis Cholowski and Tyler Bertuzzi pulled the Red Wings into a tie with goals in the second period.Joonas Korpisalo stopped 18 shots for the Blue Jackets. Detroit’s Jimmy Howard made 36 saves, helping the team send the game past regulation.“We got outshot by a lot and we were outplayed territorially http://www.officialcoyotes.com/authentic-adidas-oliver-ekman-larsson-jersey , but Jimmy gave us a chance at two points,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “We got one of them, and he was a big part of that.”The rebuilding Red Wings honored Henrik Zetterberg, whose career is over because of a back ailment, before the game. Then, the team put five players on the ice who were playing for the first time in the NHL.Cholowski, Christoffer Ehn, Michael Rasmussen, Filip Hronek and Libor Sulak all made their debut.“With experience and games Richard Panik Jersey , they’re only going to get better and better,” Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader said. “With experience and work, they can really grow.”The last time an NHL team had that many rookies playing in their first game together was Detroit in 1985. It has happened just two other times in the league since the 1979, with the Colorado Rockies and Vancouver Canucks in 1981.Columbus is coming off consecutive postseason appearances for the first time in its 17-year history.The Blue Jackets are in win-now mode , aiming to advance in the playoffs for the first time with goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and Panarin entering the last year of their contracts.Columbus controlled the play and the puck for most of the night, looking like it was on the power play during even-strength situations at times. The Red Wings were down a skater often, putting the Blue Jackets on the power play six times.“We have to stay out of the box,” Blashill said. “We didn’t establish much of a forecheck, but every time we got a little momentum Womens Shane Doan Jersey , we took another penalty. “The Blue Jackets enjoyed a big shot advantage for much of the game, but Howard prevented them from converting on a lot of chances to score.“We had full control,” Atkinson said. “We had plenty of opportunities and probably could’ve scored more, but Howard is a great goalie.”UP NEXT:Columbus: Hosts Carolina on Friday with Bobrovsky getting the start in net.Detroit: At Los Angeles on Sunday.
  9. NEW YORK – The Carolina Hurricanes are finally beginning to establish a home ice advantage. They’ll be the visiting team Saturday night Custom New York Rangers Jerseys , when the New York Islanders move one home game closer to recovering what used to be one of the most distinct home ice advantages in the NHL.The Islanders will play their penultimate Saturday night game of the season at Barclays Center when they host the Hurricanes in a matchup of surprising Metropolitan Division contenders.Both teams will be playing on short rest after earning wins Saturday night, when the visiting Islanders snapped a two-game losing streak with a 4-3 overtime win over the New Jersey Devils and the host Hurricanes capped a six-game home stand with 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers.Article continues below ...The Hurricanes (11-8-3) won the final three games of the home stand to remain in fourth place in the Metro, one point ahead of the Islanders. A home stand-high crowd of 13,226 turned out to see Carolina, which has the longest postseason drought (nine seasons) in the NHL and entered Friday next-to-last in the league with an average attendance of 12,631.“There was a lot of life in the building tonight,” Hurricanes goalie Curtis McElhinney told reporters after he earned the win by recording 34 saves against the Panthers. “That’s what happens when you start putting wins on the board and you have a little bit of success. People get excited about it.”Fans of the Islanders (11-8-2) are most excited about the team’s imminent return to Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum, where the franchise played until the end of the 2014-15 season.The Islanders, who rank last in the NHL in attendance with an average crowd of 10,648, will play the first of 21 games at Nassau Coliseum on Dec. 1. Just eight of New York’s final 29 home games are scheduled to be played at Barclays Center. The only Saturday night game in that stretch in Brooklyn is set for Feb. 16, when the Edmonton Oilers visit in the final scheduled game of the season at Barclays Center.Of course, nothing will excite Long Island-based fans more than a contender, and the Islanders are hoping Friday’s win – in which they overcame a game-tying goal by the Devils with 10.2 seconds left in regulation – brought a stop to a November slump. New York lost its previous two games by a combined score of 11-2 and is 3-4-1 in the last eight games.“Obviously, we’d like to get the two points and not give (the Devils) any, but I liked our response all night and I liked our effort and I liked our battle level www.officialsenators.com ,” Islanders head coach Barry Trotz told the team’s postgame show. “And that gives us a chance to win every night.”After number one goalies McElhinney and Thomas Greiss drew the starts Friday, backups Scott Darling and Robin Lehner are likely to start in net Saturday.Darling last started and played Nov. 17, when he took the loss after allowing four goals as the Hurricanes fell to the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-1. Lehner took the loss Wednesday, when he gave up five goals as the Islanders were blanked by the New York Rangers, 5-0.Darling is 3-2-0 in five career appearances against the Islanders. Lehner is 0-4-0 in four games against the Hurricanes. Jason Botterill has experienced both sides of the spectrum in confronting the challenges of building a competitive NHL team versus trying to sustain one.In Buffalo, the Sabres’ second-year general manager is attempting to rebuild from scratch a team in the midst of a franchise-worst, seven-year playoff drought. In his previous job as assistant GM in Pittsburgh, the test was keeping together a Sidney Crosby-led core of a team that became the first in nearly 20 years to repeat as Stanley Cup champions in 2016-17.Botterill noted the common denominator for both comes down to scouting.“You’re always searching for talent,” Botterill said. “So it gets back to the importance of finding players that are going to join your system.”Teams at the bottom need to stockpile young talent, and hope it eventually jells. The Sabres, for example, enter this season with the top new player to watch in 18-year-old defenseman Rasmus Dahlin , the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft.Other rebuilding teams are counting on their youngsters to make immediate impacts.In Ottawa, the Senators are turning to rookie first-round pick Brady Tkachuk. In Vancouver, there’s center Elias Pettersson. The Carolina Hurricanes Ottawa Senators T-Shirts Authentic , meanwhile, are counting on forward Andrei Svechnikov, the No. 2 pick, to help a franchise snap a nine-season playoff drought — the NHL’s longest active streak.There’s pressure on the league’s elite, too.Winning teams lack the luxury of high draft picks, and are required to discover hidden gems in the draft and signing European and college free agents.As Penguins GM Jim Rutherford also noted, the NHL’s salary-cap system means successful teams have a more difficult time retaining their own talent.“You want to keep those players, but you can’t,” Rutherford said. “We went through it two years ago when we lost a bunch of real key players. There’s nothing to do about it. You can’t.”Valuable as they were, forward Chris Kunitz, goalie Marc Andre-Fleury, defensemen Eric Fehr and Ian Cole, and in this offseason’s case, forward Conor Sheary, were among the players the Penguins were unable to retain.Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman, who won nine Stanley Cup titles between three teams Ottawa Senators Hoodies Authentic , said the salary cap makes it more difficult to maintain a contender, though it’s not all that different since winning his first championship with the 1973 Montreal Canadiens.“The challenge is you have to have players coming in the front door,” Bowman said. “When I was in Montreal, they had a slogan that was in the dressing room. It said ‘And the kids go marching on.’ That was 50 years ago, but it’s so much more now.”A list of some of the top newcomers (and one familiar returnee) to look out for this season:RASMUS DAHLIN, Buffalo Sabres defensemanHe’s a smooth-skating, heads-up play-making Swedish-born blue-liner, who has shown a fearless ability of jumping into the rush. Dahlin will require time to adapt to the smaller NHL ice surface and has shown signs of being a little too cavalier with the puck in committing turnovers. He is improving as a defender, and expected to quarterback the top power-play unit. The Sabres intend to allow Dahlin to learn from his mistakes in giving him plenty of playing time this year.ELIAS PETTERSSON, Vancouver Canucks centerWith Vancouver’s 2018 first-round draft pick defenseman Quinn Hughes committed to playing this season at Michigan, there’s plenty of buzz over Pettersson, the No. 5 overall pick in 2017. He’s coming off a season in which he helped Vaxjo win the Swedish Elite League championship and earned regular-season and playoff MVP honors.RYAN DONATO, Boston Bruins forwardAfter spending three seasons playing at Harvard for his father, former NHL player Ted Donato, the 22-year-old got a head start on his NHL career by scoring five goals and nine points in 12 games for the Bruins last season.WARREN FOEGELE, Carolina Hurricanes left wingThough the jury remains out as to whether Svechnikov will spend the entire season in Carolina Ottawa Senators Hats Authentic , the Hurricanes are high on Foegele, their 2014 third-round pick.“He’s what we want in a Hurricane,” first-year coach Rod Brind’Amour told The Charlotte Observer this week. Foegele had two goals and an assist in his first two NHL games last season, and also finished second in AHL Charlotte with 28 goals as a rookie.BRADY TKACHUK, Ottawa Senators forwardSelected with the No. 4 pick in the draft, the son of former NHL star Keith Tkachuk is considered a key building block of a Senators team rebuilding from scratch. At 19, he overcame a slow start in his freshman year at Boston University to score eight goals and 31 points in 40 games. Ottawa’s youth movement also includes Colin White, a 2015 first-round pick, who had two goals and four assists in 21 NHL games last season.ILYA KOVALCHUK, Los Angeles Kings left wingHe’s back. After spending the past five seasons playing in the Kontinental Hockey League, the NHL’s 2001 No. 1 draft pick has returned to North America after signing a three-year contract with the Kings. At 35, Kovalchuk showed he’s not lost a step in splitting two Vegas defenseman and scoring his first preseason goal in a 7-2 loss last week. Kovalchuk has 417 goals and 816 points in 816 career games.
  10. ST. PAUL Adidas Peter Budaj Jersey , Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild skated to the NHL trade deadline in an enviable position, on track for the playoffs with their lineup almost intact again.Though the top two teams in the daunting Central Division bolstered their rosters on the last day for dealing of the season, the Wild weren’t worried. They’ve won four straight games to surge into fourth place in the Western Conference.”I like what we have and the way we’re playing,” coach Bruce Boudreau said on Monday, about two hours before the trade deadline. ”Obviously to get into the playoffs and to go anywhere, we have to play better.”That’s essentially what they’ve done, though, after stumbling through their first 20 games. They’re 26-12-4 since Nov. 9, and 10 of their next 11 games are against teams currently below the cut for the postseason.”We’re showing that we’re sticking to the game plan Adidas Matt Read Jersey ,” center Matt Cullen said. ”Early in the year, we may have changed things up a little bit if things weren’t going our way and find ourselves in trouble and dig a hole, but I think it’s been pretty good here lately.”Nashville acquired left wing Ryan Hartman from Chicago and re-signed center Mike Fisher for the stretch run. Winnipeg landed center Paul Stastny in a surprising swap with suddenly skidding St. Louis. The only move the Wild made on Monday was to trade defenseman Mike Reilly to Montreal for a fifth-round draft pick.”I don’t let it bother me,” Boudreau said. ”I’ve always believed if we do the right things, then usually good things happen. I’ve been on both sides.”They’re expecting defenseman Jonas Brodin back from a broken left hand this week, and their forward depth has been sound enough that they let right wing Chris Stewart go in a waiver claim by Calgary. That gives the Wild some more space under the salary cap for future maneuvering.”We pretty well knew he was going to get picked up,” Boudreau said. ”He’s too good a person, too good a teammate for nothing to happen to him.”The Wild, who host the Blues on Tuesday Adidas Matt Hendricks Jersey , have displayed an invaluable ability to rally lately. They turned a 2-0 deficit in the final minute of the second period against San Jose on Sunday into a 3-2 overtime victory . They trailed 2-0 at New Jersey on Thursday and charged back to win 4-2.”Lately, we’re getting that feeling that we’re never out of it,” goalie Devan Dubnyk said. ”That’s an important one to have.”Even more critical than this late-season resilience has been the productivity of these victories. Sometimes teams can get hot and still go nowhere in the standings, but the Wild have timed their streak well against slumps by some of their closest Western Conference competitors.”It’s a good sign for us, but it’s still going to be tight,” left wing Zach Parise said. ”We all know there’s not a lot of points separating the teams, so we’ve got to keep improving and worry about ourselves. You don’t want to find yourselves in a spot where you have to scoreboard watch.”— NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils are not sure whether top defenseman Sami Vatanen is going to be available for Game 5 of their first-round series with the Tampa Bay Lightning.Vatanen is listed as day to day with an upper-body injury after being hurt on a big hit by Nikita Kucherov in a 3-1 loss Wednesday night that put the Devils within a game of elimination. The 26-year-old Finn did not make the trip to Florida on Thursday, but he might join the team there.Devils coach John Hynes didn’t give out much information about the injury before the Devils left.”The focus right now is really on Game 5 and getting our team prepared to play and getting excited to play Adidas Eric Fehr Jersey , and going through the video and making sure we are a better team and ready to put one of our best performances on the ice in Game 5,” Hynes said at a news conference in New Jersey.Vatanen was hurt late in the first period of the Lightning’s win when he was checked in the shoulder and head area by Kucherov. He did not return.No penalty was called on the play and Hynes screamed at referees Tim Peel and Wes McCauley before play resumed.The NHL reviewed the hit Thursday and no supplemental action was taken against Kucherov, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in an email to an inquiry by The Associated Press.Tampa Bay leads the series 3-1 and can wrap up the series at home Saturday.”The good thing for me as a coach is that I have a lot of competitors in that room, guys with a lot of pride and guys who have had push back all year long,” Hynes said. ”Guys that have been counted out and all year long they have responded.”If Vatanen can’t play, the Devils can replace him with either Mirco Mueller or Steven Santini. Mueller played in the first two games of the series, while Santini started the season with the team but spent the second half in the AHLReplacing Vatanen will not be easy. He plays in all situations.”Sami’s a really important part of our team,” Hynes said. ”He’s a really good player for us, but if unfortunately he isn’t able to go Adidas Greg Pateryn Jersey , it’s next man up. We’ve said it all year long, it’s not about the guys out of your lineup, it’s about the performance of the guys in your lineup.”Vatanen has led the Devils in time on ice since being acquired from Anaheim in late November. He averaged 23:23 in the first three games of the series, but only played 6:46 on Wednesday night.
  11. TORONTO (AP) — Star center Auston Matthews will return to the Toronto Maple Leafs‘ lineup on Wednesday night against the visiting San Jose Sharks.Leafs coach Mike Babcock confirmed the move Wednesday morning. The 21-year-old Matthews hasn’t played since suffering a shoulder injury Oct. 27 against the Winnipeg Jets.“Matthews is cleared medically Authentic Pat Tillman Jersey , says he’s ready to go (and) feels comfortable to take a big hit, so he’s ready to play,” Babcock said.Matthews was hurt early in the second period of Toronto’s 3-2 victory over Winnipeg last month when Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba delivered a shoulder-to-shoulder check as the Leafs forward tried to cut in front of the net.The 2017-18 Calder Trophy winner as the NHL’s top rookie, Matthews had 10 goals and six assists through 11 games before the injury, which kept him out for 14 games. DULLES Pat Tillman Jersey Limited , Va. (AP) Barry Trotz thought of mentors and friends Jack Button, Tommy Ebright, David Poile and Wayne Fleming when he lifted the Stanley Cup over his head.The Washington coach didn’t think about his future, the same approach he has taken all season and playoffs.”I wasn’t getting consumed with what was said, what my future holds http://www.arizonacardinalsteamonline.com/pat-tillman-jersey , whatever,” Trotz said. ”I’m in a pretty good spot.”Trotz was in as good a spot as imaginable Friday as he and the Capitals landed back home in the Washington area with the Stanley Cup in tow. The celebration will last through the parade Tuesday, but once that’s done, the work begins for Brian MacLellan to try to re-sign Trotz, top defenseman John Carlson and other free agents.After not extending Trotz’s contract last summer Authentic Josh Rosen Jersey , ownership and general manager Brian MacLellan now hope to keep him around. MacLellan said after winning the Cup that Trotz will be back if he wants to be.Trotz and Carlson, who set a franchise record for playoff points by a defenseman, can be free agents July 1 along with unlikely postseason hero Devante Smith-Pelly, trade-deadline acquisition Michal Kempny and longtime glue guy Jay Beagle. Washington will have to do some salary-cap maneuvering to keep Carlson, Smith-Pelly and Kempny in the fold but can break the bank for Trotz.
  12. NASHVILLE Patrik Berglund Jersey Womens , Tenn. (AP) After giving up a late tying goal, Keith Kinkaid was determined to still win the game.Brian Boyle scored in the fifth round of the shootout to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.Boyle beat Nashville goalie Juuse Saros with a quick wrist shot from the slot on the blocker side.”I was looking for a spot once I hit the blue line pretty much,” Boyle said. ”Once I found it, I wanted to be deceptive and try to keep the puck in the middle of my stance so I could go either way and try to use my reach to my advantage. I saw a little daylight on the blocker side and tried to make a quick move.”Kinkaid made 34 saves through overtime and denied four of Nashville’s five attempts in the shootout.New Jersey’s Taylor Hall and Nashville’s Kyle Turris each scored in the fourth round of the tiebreaker after none of the first six shooters could solve the opposing goalie.Sami Vatanen and Boyle had the goals in regulation for New Jersey, winners of two of three. The Devils moved past idle Columbus into the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.”I thought both teams played hard,” Devils coach John Hynes said. ”I thought their goaltender played really well, I thought our goaltender played really well. It was two teams that were going after the game. It was high-intensity, not a lot of time and space but I thought both teams really came to play.”Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Johansen had the goals for Nashville, which snapped its franchise-high 10-game winning streak. Saros finished with 25 saves.”We don’t ever talk about streaks really,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. ”We have a huge game coming up (against) Winnipeg. When we do come back to work, we’re probably only going to talk about that and getting ready for Winnipeg. That’s a big game. We’ll look at it to stretch out the division, and they’re going to look at to close the gap. Both teams are going to fight pretty hard for it.”With the Predators trailing 2-1 late, Johansen tied it with 1:06 remaining in the third when he put home the rebound of Ryan Ellis‘ shot from the right side.”I get in the mindset where I’m not losing this game if they tie it late like that http://www.officialhockeyjetsshop.com/authentic-adidas-nikolaj-ehlers-jersey ,” Kinkaid said. ”I guess I can maybe do a better job of deflecting the puck, it was shot through a bunch of bodies. We got the win, that’s all that matters.”Ekholm scored the game’s first goal at 1:17 of the opening period.Carrying the puck on the right side, he cut to the left and beat Kinkaid with a wrist shot high to the short side. It was the Swedish defenseman’s 10th of the season, the first time he has reached double digits in his career.”If we play like we did in the second half of this game, I think there will be no issue with consistency,” Ekholm said. ”I think we could have been better in the first half. I thought we were a little soft and we didn’t play the way we can. But I really think we played up to our potential in the last half – it really showed what kind of team we are and what kind of damage we can do.”Vatanen tied it at 7:13 of the first with a slap shot from the right point through traffic that beat Saros on the stick side. Vatanen has four points in his last four games.New Jersey made it 2-1 at 11:24 of the second. Just one second after Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban’s slashing penalty expired, Boyle redirected Damon Severson’s slap shot from above the left circle past Saros for his 13th of the season. Boyle has a goal in two of his last three games.In overtime, Saros stopped a point-blank chance by Michael Grabner at 1:12.NOTES: Nashville D Roman Josi returned to the lineup after missing four games with an upper-body injury. … Prior to the game, Josi and Boyle, a cancer survivor, took part in a ceremonial faceoff as part of the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative. … Devils D Will Butcher had one assist, extending his point-scoring streak to three games. … New Jersey is 25-0-2 when leading after two periods this season.UP NEXTDevils: At Vegas on Wednesday night.Predators: Host Winnipeg on Tuesday night. BOSTON (AP) David Pastrnak had a hat trick and three assists to help Boston blow out the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second straight game Patrik Laine Jersey , leading the Bruins to a 7-3 victory Saturday night and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series.Pastrnak shattered his previous career high of four points, scoring his third goal with 1:36 left to bring two trash cans full of caps and winter hats fluttering down to the ice. Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron each had four assists, and Torey Krug had three.Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots for Boston, and David Krejci, Rick Nash, Jake DeBrusk and Kevan Miller also scored.Two nights after Frederik Andersen allowed five goals in the series opener, he gave up three more on five shots in the first 12:13 before he was replaced by backup Curtis McElhinney. The Bruins added another power-play goal – their second of the night and fifth of the series – to make it 4-0 after one.Mitch Marner, Tyler Bozak and James Van Riemsdyk scored for the Maple Leafs, who never got closer than three goals down after that. McElhinney stopped 19 of the 23 shots he faced.The series moves to Toronto for Games 3 and 4 on Monday and Thursday. Game 5 would be back in Boston on Saturday, if necessary.PREDATORS 5, AVALANCHE 4NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Ryan Hartman’s empty-net goal with 1:09 left wound up the winner as Nashville held off Colorado for a 2-0 lead in the first-round Western Conference series.After Hartman gave the Predators a 5-3 lead, Alexander Kerfoot pulled Colorado to 5-4 with 35.8 seconds left. But the Avalanche couldn’t get another puck past goalie Pekka Rinne.The Presidents’ Trophy winners started slowly Vladimir Sobotka Jersey Womens , giving up a goal on Colorado’s first shot for a second straight game. Yet the Predators rallied again to take their first 2-0 lead when starting a best-of-seven series in their own building.Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist, and Viktor Arvidsson, Ryan Johansen and Austin Watson scored a goal apiece. P.K. Subban and Mattias Ekholm each had two assists for Nashville, which has won 12 straight over the Avalanche. Rinne made 26 saves. Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist, and Gabriel Bourque and Gabriel Landeskog each added a goal for Colorado.Game 3 is Monday night in Denver.LIGHTNING 5, DEVILS 3TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Alex Killorn scored twice during a four-goal second period, helping Tampa Bay beat New Jersey for a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference series.The Lightning scored three times in a 2:47 span in the second period, and the reeling Devils pulled goalie Keith Kinkaid after Killorn’s third goal in two games made it 5-1 with 6:48 remaining in the period. Kinkaid, whose stellar play since January helped New Jersey finish strong and claim its first playoff berth since 2012, yielded five goals on 15 shots.Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point and Tyler Johnson also scored for Tampa Bay, which is up 2-0 in the series after going 0-2-1 against the Devils during the regular season.Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 41 shots Aaron Ekblad Jersey , limiting the Devils to rookie Nico Hischier’s unassisted goal in the opening period, Sami Vatanen’s sixth career playoff goal late in the second, Blake Coleman’s third-period tally that trimmed Tampa Bay’s lead to 5-3 with eight minutes left.Game 3 is Monday night in Newark, New Jersey.SHARKS 3, DUCKS 2ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Logan Couture had a goal and an assist, Martin Jones made 28 saves and San Jose excelled on the road again, beating Anaheim to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.Marcus Sorensen and Tomas Hertl also scored for the Sharks, who gave another disciplined, organized performance while moving halfway to their first playoff series victory since their Stanley Cup Final run in 2016. The Sharks also are halfway to their first playoff series victory over Anaheim, their longtime downstate rivals.Hampus Lindholm had a goal and an assist for the Ducks, who are leaving Honda Center with an 0-2 series deficit for the third time in their last five playoff series.Jakob Silfverberg scored in the opening minute and John Gibson stopped 32 shots as Anaheim dropped to 3-6 in its last nine home playoff games overall.Game 3 is Monday night in San Jose.
  13. WASHINGTON (AP) It sure looked as if Alex Ovechkin was slowing down Adidas Jordan Schroeder Jersey , at least by his standards.This time a year ago, Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals were limping away from another early playoff exit. His 16 even-strength goals in the regular season tied for the lowest of his career. Injuries limited him to five goals in 13 playoff games.Then a funny thing happened. Coach Barry Trotz took time from visiting his son in Russia to meet with Ovechkin and talk about changing and evolving his game at age 32. Time doesn’t stop, not even for the greatest goal-scorer of his generation. Trotz and general manager Brian MacLellan wanted more goals, better foot speed and for their cornerstone player to take care of his body to be able to handle more time on the ice.”That’s just life: You have to change, you have to grow,” Trotz said. ”He was motivated to show everybody that he still is a great player in this league.”Ovechkin led the NHL with 49 goals in the regular season, 15 more in the playoffs as the Conn Smythe Trophy winner and showed in his 13th season he could lead his team to the Stanley Cup. Ordinarily a team would be running out the clock on the final three seasons of a 13-year deal with a player of his age, but now Ovechkin is a Stanley Cup champion and there is no telling how much more the big forward can do in his NHL career.”Was tough time Adidas Chris Kunitz Jersey , but we fight through it and we get result,” Ovechkin said. ”It’s just something special. I don’t know. I’m just very excited and I’m very happy right now.”Hours after the Russian superstar lifted the Cup on the ice in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump devoted his first tweet of the morning to Ovechkin and the Capitals.”Congratulations to the Washington Capitals on their GREAT play and winning the Stanley Cup Championship,” Trump tweeted . ”Alex Ovechkin, the team captain, was spectacular – a true Superstar! D.C. is popping, in many ways. What a time!”Ovechkin likely hadn’t gone to sleep when the tweet was delivered at 4:12 a.m. Las Vegas time and he retweeted it. Next week, Ovechkin will be the star in a parade down Constitution Avenue six months after Trump on inauguration day and this summer will take the Cup back home to Moscow.After that Adidas Brandon Manning Jersey , the next challenge starts. Ovechkin last summer adjusted his training methods in Russia, and he seemed rejuvenated when came back to the Washington area.Now he has to do it all over again with a happily shorter summer.”As you’re getting older, we’re going to have to train a little different so you become the athlete you always have been, because these young kids can absolutely fly,” Trotz said.Ovechkin looked like he was flying all season, from seven goals in his first two games to one on the power play Thursday night in the Cup clincher against the Vegas Golden Knights. But goal-scorers don’t typically keep up this pace – Ovechkin was already the oldest player to finish first in goals since Phil Esposito in 1974-75.”He was very comfortable and he was very confident,” longtime teammate Nicklas Backstrom said. ”He was really calm. Everything was really good. It’s impressive the way he scores goals and the way he worked out there. He was just a machine there in the playoffs.”Owner Ted Leonsis said recently his only regret about signing Ovechkin to a $124 million, 13-year deal is that it wasn’t longer. With three years left at a salary-cap hit over $9.5 million Adidas Cam Ward Jersey , Ovechkin has already exceeded the expectations of that monster contract with three Hart Trophies, seven Maurice ”Rocket” Richard Trophies and now the playoff success that had long eluded him.”We worked so hard through all the years and we were together,” Ovechkin said. ”It’s just like a dream.”—More Stanley Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/StanleyCupFinals— SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche are making strides on the road.Carl Soderberg scored twice, J.T. Compher broke a third-period tie and Colorado beat the Florida Panthers 5-2 on Thursday night.The Avalanche won their 11th road game after winning only 15 all of last season.“It’s just the hunger and the will to succeed from our guys,” coach Jared Bednar said. “Maybe our expectations (last year) weren’t high enough on the road and I think this year we’re trying to take the next step and continue what we’ve been doing at home.”Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog also scored for the Avalanche. Philipp Grubauer stopped 33 shots.“We feel like every game we’re there,” Soderberg said. “We’re feeling it right now and want to keep it going.”Aaron Ekblad and Colton Sceviour had the goals for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo made 32 saves in his second game back from a knee injury.“They’re a good team offensively and if you make mistakes, they’re going to make you pay Adidas Matt Calvert Jersey ,” Luongo said. “We had a good first 40 minutes and for some reason we didn’t come out in the third. They popped two quick ones and that was it.”The score was tied at 2 in the third before the Avalanche scored twice in 44 seconds. Compher put Colorado ahead when he tipped in a shot by Landeskog at 6:21. Soderberg’s second goal of the game, a one-timer from the left circle, made it 4-2 at 7:05.“(We) were hounding the puck,” Bednar said. “Maybe two or three pucks they kept alive just inside the blue line in order to extend the shift. When you do that, pressuring the puck, you’re not giving them any time, you get tired down in there, and I think that’s what happened.”The Panthers challenged Soderberg’s goal for goalie interference Adidas Conor Timmins Jersey , but the call stood.“Their big line came out mid-shift (and) we got trapped in our end,” coach Bob Boughner said. “We had three chances to get it out, all three failed, back of the net. They get the one on the very next shift and it’s game over.”Landeskog added an empty-net goal with 1:34 left.Soderberg snapped a 1-all tie with his short-handed goal. He took a shot from the right circle that hit Luongo in the face mask and bounced into the net at 5:44 of the second.The Panthers tied it about a half-minute later on Ekblad’s power-play goal. Ekblad took a pass in the left circle and fired the puck past Grubauer at 6:19.Rantanen gave Colorado a 1-0 lead when he tipped in a shot from Patrik Nemeth at 10:40 of the first. Rantanen has a 10-game point streak.Sceviour tied the game 1-all after he redirected a shot in front from Bogdan Kiselevich with 2:07 left in the first.NOTES: Rantanen has 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) during his point streak and leads the NHL in assists (35) and points (47). … Nemeth played his 200th NHL game. … Panthers C Nick Bjugstad returned to the lineup after leaving the game against Boston on Tuesday in the third period. Bjugstad took a hit into the boards from Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton.UP NEXTAvalanche: Visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.Panthers: Host the New York Rangers on Saturday.
  14. EDMONTON Adidas Andrej Sustr Jersey , Alberta (AP) Connor McDavid brought the Edmonton Oilers back from a late deficit and delivered a victory.The defending NHL MVP scored with 1:50 to play in the third period, and then won it in the shootout as the Oilers edged the New York Islanders 2-1 on Thursday night.”He just takes over the game when he wants to,” said Oilers goalie Cam Talbot, who made 30 saves. ”He has that ability on any given night. In a one-goal game, that is who you want on the ice. You know he is going to do something special at some point.”He never ceases to amaze.”With the Oilers trailing 1-0, McDavid ended Christopher Gibson’s shutout bid when he banked a shot off of New York defenseman Brandon Davidson and into the net for his career-high 31st goal of the season.”He is such a difference maker,” Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse said. ”When we need a big goal, he always seems to get one. Night-in and night-out, he is making differences like that.”McDavid was hooked on a breakaway three minutes into overtime and was awarded a penalty shot, but hit the post on the attempt.He made up for the miss in the shootout.”We got the win and that is all that matters,” McDavid said. ”It would have been nice to score on that opportunity in overtime, but we’ll take the shootout win.”New York’s Jordan Eberle also came close in overtime, but Talbot came across to make a pad save.Thomas Hickey had the lone goal for the Islanders Adidas Alex Galchenyuk Jersey , who have lost eight straight – their longest skid in more than four seasons.”It’s a tough way to lose a hockey game, because for the most part we are in control and we are playing good hockey,” Davidson said. ”It would be nice to get on a roll, but it’s tough one tonight with that bounce.”The game marked the return to Edmonton for Eberle, who was dealt by the Oilers for forward Ryan Strome on June 22, 2017.There was no scoring in the first period, with the Islanders putting nine shots on Talbot and Edmonton sending seven on Gibson, who made just his second start of the season and was playing in the sixth game of his NHL career.The game remained scoreless through 40 minutes, with Edmonton taking a 22-17 edge in shots.The Islanders broke the scoreless deadlock 1:54 into the third period after the Oilers got sloppy in their own zone, allowing Hickey to get in tight and score, picking the top corner with a backhand shot for his fourth of the season.NOTES: It was the second and final meeting between the teams this season. Edmonton won the first contest 2-1 win in overtime in November. … The Islanders were missing several players, including Nikolay Kulemin (upper body), Shane Prince (upper body) Adidas Barrett Hayton Jersey , Calvin de Haan (upper body) and Thomas Greiss (lower body). … Edmonton defenseman Adam Larsson returned to the lineup after missing three games while attending his father’s funeral in Sweden.UP NEXTIslanders: at Calgary on Sunday.Oilers: vs. Minnesota on Saturday. ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Shortly before he walked outside Friday at Navy’s Memorial Stadium, Mike Babcock said: ”Hang on to your hat.”Babcock’s Toronto Maple Leafs and the Washington Capitals might want to hang on to everything with high wind in the forecast for Saturday night’s outdoors Stadium Series game at the U.S. Naval Academy. The storm knocking out power and disrupting travel up and down the East Coast forced both teams to practice indoors Friday, where they were left to contemplate what sustained winds of 15-20 mph and gusts as high as 32 mph might have on their game.”I have no idea,” Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak said. ”Hopefully we’re skating with the wind more than we are against it.”The wind is enough of a factor that the game could be postponed to Sunday. The glass had to be removed from the on-field rink because of safety concerns.The NHL has played 24 previous regular-season outdoor games and this one could easily see the worst conditions when it comes to wind. Temperatures just above freezing would not rank it among the coldest, but there are concerns how the wind could make a real difference.”I haven’t played in anywhere it’s been super windy,” said Maple Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk, who will be taking part in his fifth outdoor game. ”It’ll definitely make a unique dynamic, I know. It seems like in today’s game there’s lots of high flips and stuff like that, so it’ll be interesting to see how the puck reacts getting flipped in the air and a gust of wind comes up.”Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby thinks strong wind would only possibly affect dump-ins or high flips of the puck and that it could make it difficult for players to keep their eyes open when it’s head on. Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen is more concerned for the skaters – and that’s a shared concern.”If you have a turnover and you’ve got to backcheck, that’s probably when it’s going to be a little tough,” Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom said.NHL players are more accustomed to climate-controlled arenas – a long way from their younger days when playing on frozen ponds or lakes meant dealing with the conditions.”It won’t feel good on your body, that’s for sure Adidas Michael Grabner Jersey ,” Toronto forward Mitch Marner said. ”It probably won’t help with the puck or anything like that.”Capitals coach Barry Trotz was more worried when the wind rumbled around trees outside his house Thursday night and joked about a coin toss to pick directions like a football game.Previous outdoor games have included teams changing ends at the 10-minute mark of the third period to negate an unfair wind advantage. At the least, that’s likely, and players are prepared for the wind even though they don’t know exactly what it’ll do.”The wind wouldn’t be ideal, but part of playing these games is you have to deal with the weather,” Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly said. ”She was a little windy out there (Friday), but hopefully she clears up a little bit for us.”Rielly, who played outdoors on New Year’s Day in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 2014 and again in Toronto in 2017, figures wind would be more difficult to deal with than snow. But the 23-year-old has a sunny disposition about wacky weather.”It definitely has an impact on the game,” Rielly said. ”But that’s all part of the experience. Players, two teams have to deal with it. It’s not going to change the game plan or anything. It’s just going to make it a little bit more difficult and it might be kind of fun.”—
  15. WINNIPEG Michael Grabner Jersey Womens , Manitoba (AP) Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice pointed to 19-year-old scoring star Patrik Laine’s feet.”His feet. His skating. He’s driving harder,” Maurice said. ”He’s skating better with and without the puck and, because of that, his timing is right and everything else is falling into place for him. It’s all in his feet.”Laine scored his 32rd and 33rd goals of the season to help the Jets beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Friday night. He has eight goals and five assists in a seven-game points streak.”I think I’ve just started to skate more,” said Laine, who leads the NHL with 16 power-play goals. ”I’m just trying to work hard and play as simple as I can, and that’s the biggest reason why I’m getting rewarded. It’s just the skating that’s the biggest reason.”Dustin Byfuglien and Ben Chiarot also scored and Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves for his 33rd victory of the season. Winnipeg has won six of its last eight games to improve to 38-17-9.Niklas Kronwall, Anthony Mantha and Trevor Daley scored for Detroit, and Jimmy Howard stopped 38 shots.”It’s another one-goal loss here. We can say that we were close and that we battled hard in the third but there’s no reason for us to be in that situation,” Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said. ”We’re not consistent enough.”Kronwall opened the scoring midway through the first period on Detroit’s only power play.Winnipeg responded with two goals in a 26-second span to take the lead.Just 38 seconds after Kronwall’s goal, Laine scored his first with a wrist shot following a Detroit turnover. Chiarot added his first goal of the season with a soaring shot from the perimeter.”I thought we started off pretty good, came out with a lot of energy,” Kronwall said. ”We made it too hard on ourselves http://www.sanjosesharksteamshop.com/authentic-brent-burns-jersey , kept turning the puck over. They’re a good team. When you give them the space and give them the puck back all of the time, they’re going to make you pay.”Byfuglien’s chip-in put Winnipeg up 4-2, but Detroit responded with Mantha’s 21st of the season and Daley’s eighth. Laine broke the tie midway through the second with a quick wrister.”It’s always nice to finish the homestand with a win,” Laine said. ”We needed that.”NOTES: Winnipeg was 0 for 3 on the power play. … After playing 12 of their last 14 at home, the Jets head out on a six-game tripUP NEXT:Red Wings: At Minnesota on Sunday night.Jets: At Carolina on Sunday night. VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Chalk up another first for Elias Pettersson.The rookie sensation scored on his initial NHL penalty shot and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 Thursday night to snap a four-game losing streak.Pettersson made it look easy, snaking his way across the ice, making a couple of dekes, then slipping the puck past the toe of Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne to give Vancouver a 4-1 lead late in the second period.“I was trying to fake and go right to left,” said Pettersson, who also had an assist. “It worked out this time.”Bo Horvat said it’s the kind of play the Canucks have come to expect from the 20-year-old Swede.“It was a highly skilled move by a highly skilled player,” said Horvat, who had a goal and an assist. “You expect him to do those kinds of things and it’s nice to see that go in for him.”Pettersson was awarded the penalty shot with 1:11 left in the second period after being hauled down on a breakaway by Nashville defenseman Mattias Ekholm. Pettersson took his time getting to his feet.“I was mostly tired Marian Hossa Jersey Womens , actually,” he said. “I took some time to rest. I was ready to go when the ref blew the whistle.”Picked fifth overall in the 2017 draft, Pettersson leads all rookies with 14 goals and 25 points. He started the season with nine goals and six assists in his first nine games but had just one goal and three assists in his last eight.“Some games you can create a lot and have zero points,” he said. “Sometimes you create two chances and you have two points.“I’m only focusing on playing a good game, then the points will eventually come.”Jake Virtanen also had a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who have just two wins in their last 14 games (2-10-2).Alex Edler, on the power play, and Loui Eriksson also scored for Vancouver (12-16-3). Antoine Roussel had two assists. Nikolay Goldobin, a healthy scratch in Vancouver’s 3-2 loss Tuesday to Minnesota, assisted on Edler’s goal to give him a team-leading 13 helpers.Ryan Hartman, Colton Sissons and Matt Irwin scored for Nashville (19-9-1), which won its previous two games. Rinne, making his sixth straight start Womens Evander Kane Jersey , had 21 saves before being replaced to start the third period by Juuse Saros. He stopped four shots.Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 26 saves.The line of Horvat, Virtanen and Roussel was particularly effective, combining for six points, two goals and plenty of chances.“I felt like with our speed we were catching them on 2-on-1s a lot,” Virtanen said.With just 26 seconds left in the first period, Horvat took a feed from Virtanen and rifled a shot under the crossbar.“Bo had a great finish,” Virtanen said. “It was a perfect shot.”Virtanen’s goal came early in the second on a 2-on-1 break started by Horvat. Roussel carried the puck into the Nashville end, then slid a pass past defenseman Ryan Ellis that Virtanen fired by Rinne.The Predators, who were playing without three of their top forwards and one of their best defensemen, looked sluggish early and trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes.“That was a little bit ugly,” Sissons said. “We came out extremely slow and (with) a lack of determination and they were quite the opposite.“We didn’t show up ready to play.”The Predators made things interesting with a couple of goals late in the third period.“I thought we pushed back in the second half of the game, but it was too late,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “The start wasn’t good Authentic Joe Pavelski Jersey , and it ended up costing the game.”The victory blew some confidence back into the Canucks’ sails as the team heads out on the road for games in St. Louis, Columbus and Nashville.“I can’t stress how huge that was for us,” said Horvat, who has nine points (three goals, six assists) in the last nine games. “We have to keep it going now.“We can’t win one, then lose a couple. We have to keep our spirits high and keep the positive momentum going into the road and try and get some wins.”NOTES: Eriksson’s goal was his first point in 11 games. … In a span of 1:40 during the first period, Edler scored a goal, flattened Yannick Weber with a big hit and was called for a penalty. … The Canucks went 0 for 12 on the power play in their previous four games. … D Michael Del Zotto was a healthy scratch for the first time since an eight-game stretch in October. … The Predators played without forwards Kyle Turris, Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson, and defenseman P.K. Subban — all due to injury.UP NEXTPredators: Play at Calgary on Saturday night.Canucks: Play at St. Louis on Sunday afternoon.