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Rinne, surging Panthers to host slumping Blues
Article publi le 03/04/2018
As his NHL career continues https://www.predatorsuniformshop.com/Viktor_Arvidsson_Jersey-38, Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne is starting to pile up the milestones.First came his 500th career game last March in Washington. On Thursday night, Rinne notched his 300th career victory with a 7-1 rout of San Jose, making 33 saves and then shedding tears afterward when accorded a standing ovation from the sellout crowd at Bridgestone Arena.Rinne will get a chance to start on his next 300 wins Sunday when Nashville hosts the skidding St Filip Forsberg Jersey. Louis Blues in an unusual late morning start.Article continues below ...He just been fantastic, not only , not only this year, but his whole career he just been incredible for this organization, Predators coach Peter Laviolette said of Rinne. The way he backstopped it for so many years with so much consistency what you see on the ice is incredible.Rinne has saved some of his best games the last couple seasons for St. Louis. Dating back to last season Western Conference semifinals, Rinne has won seven of his last nine against the Blues, giving up only four goals in three contests this season.That includes a 4-3 overtime victory Feb. 13 in Nashville, a particularly galling loss for St. Louis. The Blues, leading 3-0 with just over 11 minutes left in regulation, blew the lead and then the game, courtesy of a Filip Forsberg penalty shot early in overtime.It was the second of a St. Louis losing streak that reached five Friday night with a 4-0 loss at home to Winnipeg. A playoff spot which once seemed fait accompli is now anything but assured. The Blues enter this one in fifth place in the Central Division, two points behind Dallas.Were fighting for a playoff spot, that the reality of it, St. Louis captain Alex Pietrangelo said. There concern. Weve got to find a way to win hockey games. Weve got 20 games left.While the Blues are desperate for a win, the Predators are trying to close out a long stretch of home games by banking two more points. They are tied with Winnipeg for first place and have two games in hand, but start a four-game road trip with a showdown against the Jets on Tuesday night Scott Hartnell Jersey.Nashville has won three straight games, tightening up the defense and getting its power play going again. After allowing at least three goals in five of its previous seven games, it has ceded only five goals in its modest winning streak.The Predators also have three man-advantage goals during their winning streak. In their prior seven games, they notched only one power play marker in 23 attempts.Tonight, we really showed what kind of damage this team can do, defenseman Mattias Ekholm said after the rout of San Jose. When everyone is playing like this, it can be a fun stretch.Six different players enjoyed two-point games for Nashville and seven players each scored a goal against the Sharks. Viktor Arvidsson continued his recent tear with a goal and an assist, giving him four goals during the winning streak.Meanwhile, St. Louis has only seven goals during its losing streak. It not known if the Blues will start Jake Allen or Carter Hutton in goal.
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Sheahan scores twice, Penguins beat Blue Jackets 52
Article publi le 03/04/2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio The Pittsburgh Penguins won without goals from Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin or the other three top scorers. Instead, they created opportunities for some guys who are usually in the background.Third-line center Riley Sheahan scored twice in the first period and Pittsburgh went on to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 on Sunday night. Their fifth straight victory moved the Penguins past Washington into first place in the Metropolitan Division.Rookie Tristan Jarry, who was in for starter Matt Murray on second leg of a back-to-back, had 35 saves for Pittsburgh. It was Jarry first NHL action in a month after going 3-0 in three starts for Wilkes-Barre Scranton in the AHL.Article continues below ...Sheahan goals were his seventh and eighth of the season. Defenseman Brian Dumoulin and rookie winger Zach Aston-Reese each picked up their fourth. Sheahan linemate Jake Guentzel picked up his 19th in the third period.Weve liked that line, Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said about the Guentzel-Sheahan-Phil Kessel grouping. That line has the ability to generate offense with those three https://www.penguinsfansteamstore.com/Chad_Ruhwedel_Jersey-32. Riley brings such a conscientious two-way game to the other two guys. It creates the balance, not only on the line but on the team.Pittsburgh, playing its third game in four days, won despite being outshot by the Blue Jackets 37-23.Weve got some secondary guys who can contribute, too, Sheahan said. When you can have that depth and capitalize on maybe not as many shots, it dangerous.Artemi Panarin and Alexander Wennberg scored, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 18 shots for the Blue Jackets. They have lost two straight and seven of the last nine.In what is becoming the norm lately, Columbus piled up more shots than its opponent but couldnt score enough to win. The Blue Jackets lead the NHL in shots per game but are lingering near the bottom of the division, unable to generate much traction.Im certainly not putting this all on , Columbus coach John Tortorella said. We had our chances. We can talk about the goalie, but you also have to talk about the other people, and the job they have to do.The Penguins had just seven shots in the first period but scored on three of them.Sheahan got credit for a goal when he redirected a shot from defenseman Jamie Oleksiak https://www.penguinsfansteamstore.com/Tom_Barrasso_Jersey-26.Later in the first, Dumoulin scored with a slap shot from the left point off a beautiful no-look drop pass from Malkin.Three minutes later, Panarin tapped in his 16th goal of the season, set up by Cam Atkinson, to make it 2-1. That as close at the Blue Jackets would get.Sheahan got his second tally of the game with 831 left in the first on a wrist shot from top of the right circle. Bobrovsky got a piece of it but couldnt keep it out of the net.Aston-Reese made it 4-1 when he tipped in a rebound off Zach Werenski skate in traffic in the second period.The Blue Jackets seemed to come out with a little more juice in the third period, and Wennberg, open in front of the goal, swept in a Boone Jenner pass 221 into the frame. But they couldnt sustain it. Guentzel capped it for Pittsburgh with 551 left.It tough traveling and playing back to back games, so we did a good job bearing down Patric Hornqvist Jersey, Sheahan said. It was a really important game for us.NOTES The Columbus captain, Nick Foligno, suffered a lower-body injury and didnt play for most of the third period. Pittsburgh 16-4-1 record since the beginning of the calendar year leads the NHL. Blue Jackets D Dean Kukan suffered an upper-body injury in the first period and didnt return. Columbus D Markus Nutivaara didnt play after he was injured in Friday night game against Philadelphia. Scott Harrington replaced him in the lineup.
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Jeremy Smith gets first NHL win as Avalanche beat Sabres 53
Article publi le 03/04/2018
As the clock ticked down, Colorado Avalanche goalie Jeremy Smith sweated out his first NHL win Saturday night. After trimming an early three-goal deficit to one, the Buffalo Sabres made a late push to tie the game. But then Gabriel Landeskog took off on a breakaway and scored his second goal of the night into an empty net with 41 seconds remaining, sealing a 5-3 victory for Smith and the struggling Avalanche. Smith, who finished with 34 saves, watched intently as Landeskog sped down the ice in the final minute.Article continues below ... When I saw him get the puck, he a fast skater, so it was like, I hope he skates, Smith said. Just a sigh of relief. Buffalo came back from its bye week and squandered a chance to make up ground in the Eastern Conference standings. The Sabres are seven points behind Toronto for third place in the Atlantic Division and six back of Boston for the second wild card https://www.avalancheapparelshop.com/John_Wensink_Jersey-12. We have 21 left now, coach Dan Bylsma said. We know we have to win 15 of them to get back into this thing, to get to a mark where we may be able to get in the playoffs. This is a missed opportunity in getting those two points. Landeskog, Mikhail Grigorenko and Tyson Barrie scored in the first 1424 for Colorado, which hadnt scored three goals in a game since Feb. 7. Blake Comeau added another in the second period before Landeskog empty netter. Colorado rare victory its second in 10 games also came with the return of defenseman Erik Johnson, who had been out of the lineup since breaking his leg on Dec. 3. He played 1735 and had an assist. I missed three months and that a long time Sven Andrighetto Jersey, Johnson said. Itll get better for sure, but definitely some rust to work off. Sam Reinhart, Marcus Foligno and Evan Rodrigues scored for Buffalo, which hasnt won in Denver since Dec. 4, 2005. Robin Lehner stopped 25 shots. Colorado took advantage of a sluggish start by Buffalo, which hadnt played since Sunday. Landeskog deflected Mark Barberio shot from the blue line 206 into the first period, then Grigorenko and Barrie added to the lead with goals in a span of 142 to make it 3-0. The Sabres closed the deficit to 3-2 with goals from Reinhart, who missed the last two games before the bye with an illness, and Foligno. Comeau pushed Colorado lead back to 4-2 at 1607 of the second before Rodrigues answered 133 later to again make it a one-goal game. But the Sabres were unable to beat Smith in the third. No one said this was going to be easy, Landeskog said. This is a good team fighting for the playoffs https://www.avalancheapparelshop.com/Sven_Andrighetto_Jersey-24. Even going up 3-0 in the first wasnt going to stop these guys. It got close, even a little too close for us, but I think this one might even feel better to win this way rather than win 3 or 4 to nothing. NOTES Landeskog added an assist for his third point of the night. Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Nieto each had two assists for the Avalanche. Colorado also welcomed back RW Rene Bourque, who missed 11 games with a head injury. Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard was a late scratch with a stiff neck. C Zemgus Girgensons, who missed the previous seven games with a mid-body injury, had an assist for the Sabres. Buffalo recalled Rodrigues and fellow forward Justin Bailey from the minors on Friday.
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5 things we learned from the Golden Knights’ 63 rout of the Blue Jackets
Article publi le 03/04/2018
The Vegas Golden Knights faced an unfamiliar opponent Tuesday night as they took on the Columbus Blue Jackets for the first time in franchise history. Though the Golden Knights didn get off to a promising start, they certainly picked up the slack as the game went on. And they did it in style, too. Vegas dominated in the second period, outshooting the Blue Jackets 20-7 and outscoring them 3-1 before coasting their way to a thrilling 6-3 victory.So what did we learn? Here are five things1. Have the Golden Knights power play woes been situated?Prior to Sunday contest against the Carolina Hurricanes, Vegas had failed to convert on its previous 19 power play attempts https://www.knightsstoreonline.com/Griffin_Reinhart_Jersey-15. In their last two games, though, the Knights have converted on four of their last seven power play attempts. So what gives? Have Gerard Gallant and company finally cracked the code? Not necessarily. While it certainly encouraging that the Knights are finally scoring goals on the man advantage as of late, theye only been doing it against some of the NHL worst penalty-killing teams Tyler Wong Jersey. The Hurricanes are ranked 27th in the league with a 77.6 PK and the Blue Jackets are ranked just two spots ahead of them with a 78 https://www.knightsstoreonline.com/Brayden_Mcnabb_Jersey-7.1 PK . If the Vegas power play were scoring at this rate against one of the league better penalty kills, it would be a bit more convincing. For now, however, it looks like Vegas’ ineptitude on the man advantage is just being overshadowed by other teams’ ineptitude on the penalty kill. Speaking of which...2. The penalty kill continues to dominateAs has been the case for most teams as of late, Columbus couldn beat Vegas’ penalty kill Tuesday night as the Golden Knights successfully killed off all three of the Blue Jackets’ power play opportunities. Dating back to Vegas’ Dec. 23 game against the Washington Capitals, the Golden Knights have gone 2-for-34 on the penalty kill, which is beyond impressive. Vegas’ 13th-ranked PK has really turned it on over the last month. But why is this? It may be due to the fact that the Golden Knights are simply staying out of the box. Vegas has only taken 122 penalties this season — the fourth fewest of all 31 teams. With the Knights staying out of the box, that keeps their penalty-killing units fresh when a penalty eventually is called. So long as that trend continues, don expect Vegas to give up many goals when shorthanded.3. Shea Theodore continues his upward trajectoryWhat a transformation Theodore has made over the last month or so. The 22-year-old defenseman is averaging close to 20 minutes a game and has cemented himself as a dynamic presence in the offensive zone. And while he remains a work in progress in his own end of the rink, his ability to create scoring chances is unparalleled amongst any of Vegas’ other blueliners. This is evidenced by the otherworldly stretch pass he pulled off last night against Columbus. There may not be another player on the Golden Knights roster capable of making a play like that. Theodore is for real, folks. And his maturation has been a joy to watch this season.4. William Karlsson continues to prove the doubters wrongWild Bill not only potted a pair of goals against his former team Tuesday night, but he also torched Columbus several times on shorthanded breakaway opportunities, one of which shifted the momentum in Vegas’ favor for the rest of the contest. Karlsson probably doesn have a ton of doubters left in the world, which isn much of a surprise. After all, 27 goals through 47 games pretty much speaks for itself. But the few people out there who still manage to downgrade Karlsson epic breakout season are quickly running out of artillery. Karlsson trails only Alex Ovechkin for the league lead in goals and owns the highest plus-minus rating in the NHL. Yes, Karlsson shooting percentage is unsustainably high and it bound to even out at some point. But there is no denying the 25-year-old Swede uncanny ability to generate quality scoring chances https://www.knightsstoreonline.com/Marc_andre_Fleury_Jersey-22.5. Brad Hunt had the game of his lifeHunt, the 29-year-old journeyman the Golden Knights acquired in free agency, is quietly riding a three-game point streak. He was particularly sound against the Blue Jackets, though, scoring his first goal of the season and assisting on two others. It was the first three-point game of his NHL career. Hunt has been in and out of the lineup all season, but itl be awfully hard to sit him in the press box when he continues to play the best hockey of his career.
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Blackhawks looking to old, new faces in quest for Cup
Article publi le 03/04/2018
Following a second straight first-round playoff flop last April, the Chicago Blackhawks responded with roster changes that cut all the way to their core of high-priced stars. Chicago reacquired fan favorites Patrick Sharp and Brandon Saad in the process. Both may end up back in familiar spots, even if general manager Stan Bowman says it time for the Blackhawks to come up with a fresh recipe for Stanley Cup success https://www.blackhawksoutlet.com/Steve_Larmer_Jersey-31. Were trying to create some new chemistry and some different looks next year, Bowman said Friday at the Blackhawks fan convention. Were trying not to look backwards. Were trying to look forward and that goes for all of our players who are trying to get better.Article continues below ... The Blackhawks topped the Western Conference with 109 points last season and were expected to challenge for their fourth Cup since 2010. But they were swept in the first round by Nashville after being ousted in their opening series by St. Louis the year before. Shot-blocking defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, a key member of Chicago 2010, 2013 and 2015 Stanley Cup teams, was shipped to Arizona in a deal that netted 24-year-old Connor Murphy. Artemi Panarin and his 31 goals and 43 assists went to Columbus in a multi-player trade to reacquire a more complete, physical forward in Saad, who contributed to Chicago last two championships https://www.blackhawksoutlet.com/Keith_Magnuson_Jersey-21. Sharp, who spent the past two seasons in Dallas, had hip surgery in March and signed as a free agent. The 35-year-old played 10 seasons in Chicago, where he scored 33 or more goals four times. Top prospect Alex DeBrincat, the Ontario Hockey League player of the year, is knocking on the door. And Blackhawks are banking on improvement from last year rookie forwards. Coach Joel Quenneville all but promised to reunite Saad on a line with captain Jonathan Toews. The two clicked together during Chicago 2013 and 2015 Cup runs, and this time, Quenneville envisions Richard Panik joining the unit. I think that Jonny line is key for our team success, Quenneville said. Those three potentially being on a line really is good to see some size, some strength, puck possession. The 24-year-old Saad is on board. That, I think, the plan and you never know with Q, Saad said. It always switched up to his liking. But me and Jonny had some success in the past, and I definitely feel excited to hopefully be reunited with him. Another line could include puck magician Patrick Kane on right wing and Artem Anisimov at center https://www.blackhawksoutlet.com/Cm_Punk_Jersey-11. Quenneville said it a possibility that Sharp, who has resumed skating, could join on the left side. Whether he plays up there or with Jonny is an option as well, Quenneville added. He gives us some versatility. Sharp said he recovered fully from surgery. I had my best years playing for Coach Q, and I know wherever he puts me in the lineup is probably going to be best for me and for the team, as well, Sharp said. Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook will again anchor Chicago defense. Beyond that, the Blackhawks will be younger with Murphy grabbing ample ice time and prospects like 21-year-old Gustav Forsling getting chances. On the back end we probably are going to have some new pairs and some new looks as well, said Quenneville, a former defenseman who hasnt always been patient as a coach with young defenders. So I think it will be fun trying to go through that process. The Blackhawks lost one key player with no compensation. Marian Hossa, who had 26 goals last season, will miss 2017-18 because of side effects from medication to treat a skin disorder and may not play again. The 38-year-old has 525 career goals and 1134 points. It heartbreaking what he has to go through when you know it too soon, Toews said. He got a ton left on the table. More AP NHL https apnews tag NHLhockey
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