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  1. NASHVILLE Kevin Byard Jersey , Tenn. (AP) — Blaine Gabbert threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to MyCole Pruitt with 4:30 left and the Tennessee Titans kept their playoff hopes alive by rallying to beat the Washington Redskins 25-16 on Saturday.Gabbert came off the bench for the third time this season after the Redskins knocked Marcus Mariota out of the game late in the first half with a stinger. Gabbert hit Taywan Taylor for 35 yards to jump-start the winning drive, Derrick Henry ran four times for 33 yards, his last an 18-yarder to the 2. Gabbert then hit Pruitt at the back of the end zone.The Titans (9-6) now must beat Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts and have either Baltimore or Pittsburgh lose once to earn the AFC's second wild-card spot for a second consecutive playoff berth. Safety Kevin Byard intercepted Josh Johnson's pass on third-and-3 with 1:17 left. Then Malcolm Butler picked off a pass as time expired and ran 56 yards for an emphatic TD.The Redskins (7-8) have lost five of six.RAVENS 22, CHARGERS 10CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Lamar Jackson threw for 204 yards and had the longest touchdown pass of his brief career, and Baltimore strengthened its chances of clinching a playoff spot.The Ravens (9-6) — who have won five of their last six with Jackson as the starter — dominated for most of the night to remain in possession of the last wild-card spot. They briefly trailed 10-6 early in the third quarter before Jackson completed a 68-yard touchdown pass to Mark Andrews.Justin Tucker's third field goal extended the lead to six and they put it away late in the fourth quarter when Patrick Onwuaso forced Antonio Gates' fumble and Tavon Young returned it 62 yards. Jackson, who was the 32nd overall pick in April, had his first 200-yard passing game, completing 12 of 22. Gus Edwards had 92 yards on 14 carries.Los Angeles (11-4) has clinched a playoff spot, but its hopes of winning the AFC West suffered a major blow. Kansas City can wrap up the division with a win on Sunday at Seattle. On a three-game winning streak, the Tennessee Titans return home for their last two games needing some help to get back to the playoffs for a second year in a row. There, they’ll face the 7-7 Washington Redskins tomorrow Marcus Mariota Jersey , and they are also fighting for a playoff spot with the Wild Card and NFC East races slipping away from them.If you’ve followed me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen me do a lot of charting on quarterback hits. Quarterback hits include sacks and plays where the quarterback was hit after releasing the pass (hits on penalties do not count unless those penalties were declined). And as it turns out, The Titans defense and Redskins offense are polar opposites.This time for this week’s Titans Enemy Profile, there won’t be any film breakdowns. Instead, this will be statistical breakdown—to be more specific—quarterback hits.First, let’s talk about the Redskins. On defense, they’ve produced 83 QB hits through 15 weeks, the 16th most in the league. Since Week 9 (the second half of the season), they’re 13th in QB hits produced with 40. Decent numbers to say the least as guys like Ryan Kerrigan and Jonathan Allen have cranked up the pressures this season, highlighting a talented defensive line.But here’s where it gets interesting: The Washington offense has allowed the 14th most QB hits on the season (87) and are tied with the Dolphins for second most allowed since Week 9 (51). Yikes. It doesn’t help that the team has lost their two starting quarterbacks for the season and have been decimated with injuries on the offensive line. That puts the Titans defense at a great advantage, as they have produced the fourth most quarterback hits since Week 9 (47) and are tied with the Vikings for 13th most on the season (85). On offense, Tennessee has allowed the ninth fewest QB hits all season (66) Ryan Tannehill Jersey , are tied with the Broncos for the 12th fewest allowed since Week 9 (35) and the second fewest allowed since Week 13 (10, behind the Browns’ 5).The Titans defense isn’t perfect, but with guys up front like Harold Landry, Jurrell Casey, Rashaan Evans and Jayon Brown gelling together, it’s made for some excellent games of defense in recent weeks. The offense clearly hasn’t been close to consistent, but Marcus Mariota has been able to side step pressure, and the offensive line has limited the hits to an extent.With both sides of the line playing well, that’ll need to continue tomorrow with the season on the line.
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"Better Be Ready" - JoeBucsFan.comA rude awakening is coming to training camp Mike Evans Jersey , if not before, for slackers, dancers and me-first guys with the Bucs, provided they are not weeded out prior to the team arriving for offseason conditioning on April 1.Bruce Arians: I'll Change The Entire Philosophy Of The Whole Organization - JoeBucsFan.comNew head coach Bucco Bruce Arians isn’t speaking softly and he’s definitely carrying a very big stick.5 offseason improvements the Tampa Bay Buccaneers must makeAfter another Buccaneers that ended as so many of their seasons have before, what needs to be done this offseason to make the 2019 season a successful one?‘Tampa Teaches You How to Be Cool Around Greatness’: Local Ties in the 2019 Senior BowlIn a sea of all-stars, two hometown players shine at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama this week.Bucs 2018 season awards: Defensive Player of the YearCast your vote for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 2018 Defensive Player of the YearBucs’ Dwight Smith among 53 greatest players in Super Bowl historyThe former Buccaneers safety is listed alongside Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Namath and others.Montez Sweat, Hunter Renfrow and a Big-Man Defensive Back as South Standouts | Carmen Catches Up at the Senior BowlAfter taking a look at some good North performances, check out some potential future Bucs on the South team at this year's Senior Bowl. The NFL season doesn't start for another six weeks and already job security is an issue for some coaches.Yes Deone Bucannon Jersey , even in late July.Every season, teams that entered with low expectations show significant improvement and make unexpected deep postseason runs. Last season, Jacksonville with coach Doug Marrone went to the AFC championship game and held a late lead at New England before Tom Brady rallied the Patriots. And, of course, the Eagles and coach Doug Pederson, despite losing Carson Wentz to a torn ACL, beat Brady and Bill Belichick in the Super Bowl.There's always pressure on NFL coaches to win. And win now.Here are a few who enter the 2018 season on the hot seat:JASON GARRETT (67-53, 1-2 in playoffs)There's always pressure on the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, especially with Jerry Jones as owner. The franchise that has won five Super Bowls has not advanced past the divisional round of the playoffs since the 1995 season, the last year it won the NFL title. Garrett has 67 regular-season wins since taking over in the 2010 season. He has had only one losing season as head coach. However, he has reached the postseason only twice and won one game in the playoffs.The Cowboys were 13-3 two seasons ago and will be expected to be in playoff contention with a full season of quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott. But the Super Bowl champion Eagles are in their way in the NFC East.HUE JACKSON (9-39)Jackson has one win 鈥?one 鈥?in two seasons in Cleveland; the other eight came as head coach of the Raiders in 2011. The Browns beat the then-San Diego Chargers in overtime in Week 16 of the 2016 season. Otherwise they'd be looking at consecutive 0-16 seasons.The team also has to find a way to replace longtime star left tackle Joe Thomas.The Browns hold the NFL's longest active playoff drought at 15 seasons and fans don't really trust this process. Jackson, a highly regarded offensive coordinator in Cincinnati Donovan Smith Jersey , is counting on top overall draft pick Baker Mayfield being the team's longtime answer at quarterback. The challenge for Jackson and the Browns is going against the rugged defenses and Super Bowl-winning QBs in Pittsburgh and Baltimore in the AFC North.TODD BOWLES (22-29)Life in the AFC East having to deal with the never-ending juggernaut in New England is almost unfair. Facing Brady and Belichick twice every season is not good for any opposing head coach's job security.Bowles, who received a two-year extension after the 2017 season, is coming off consecutive 5-11 records and has yet to make the playoffs entering his fourth season. Overall, the Jets have failed to reach the postseason for the past seven years.The Jets have to decide on their starting quarterback 鈥?Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater or first-round draft pick Sam Darnold 鈥?and need to show progress in 2018.JAY GRUDEN (28-35-1, 0-1 playoffs)Job security in DC is always an issue. But Gruden will set the record for the longest-serving coach (65 games) since Dan Snyder took over as owner in 1999 in Week 1 of the upcoming season against Arizona.Gruden has made the playoffs once in his first four years and lost to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in the wild-card game after the 2015 season.Gruden's biggest challenge could be at quarterback after Kirk Cousins signed with Minnesota. The team traded for Alex Smith, and the comparisons at the position in the NFC East can be daunting: Dak Prescott, Eli Manning and Carson Wentz 鈥?not to mention Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles. As with Garrett in Dallas, Gruden also has to contend with the champs in his division.And there will be comparisons to Jay Gruden's Super Bowl-winning brother, Jon, who has returned to coaching with the Oakland Raiders.DIRK KOETTER (14-18)Koetter will enter his third season in Tampa Bay without starting quarterback Jameis Winston, who will miss the first three games while suspended for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy after a league investigation of an accusation that the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner groped a female Uber driver during a ride in Arizona in March 2016.Koetter also is in a division with two teams with recent Super Bowl appearances (Carolina Vernon Hargreaves Jersey , Atlanta), and getting past them and the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South, especially with Ryan Fitzpatrick making three starts for Tampa Bay, will be tough.VANCE JOSEPH (5-11)Only entering his second season, Joseph's Denver debut was a dud at 5-11 鈥?an avalanche of disappointment by Broncos standards, especially so closely removed from a Super Bowl title.In an attempt to stabilize the QB position that's been troublesome since Peyton Manning retired, the team signed Case Keenum, who led the Vikings to the NFC championship game last season. Joseph needs big production from Keenum and the rest of the offense to support an overworked defense.
  3. Raise your hand if in the final minutes when the San Francisco 49ers punted Aaron Burbridge Jersey , you knew how this game was going to end. I know I did. The moment Josh Rosen hit the field, it was almost clockwork. The 49ers have been in this position several times, and they have always proven that they can blow it. Until they show otherwise, you knew, with Larry Fitzgerald on the field, he would somehow find a way to take one of the worst offenses in the NFL and ruin our lives. So where do we begin with this? How about how the defense wasn’t God-awful this time around. They even generated some turnovers, imagine that. The offense didn’t turn the ball over—another point.k Unfortunately, that’s really all the offense did, nothing. I said if the 49ers didn’t turn the ball over and could generate some turnovers themselves, they were going to win this game. I wrote that not thinking that C.J. Beathard would only complete half of his passes and get only 190 yards on the day. Even I gave him more credit than that. Well, that’s what I get for thinking, I suppose. I really gave them more credit, I wasn’t counting on a full collapse in the final minutes of the game. The 49ers would have won if...The defense could actually hold on. I said if the defense stopped making bonehead mistakes and got some turnovers, the 49ers were walking out of here with a ‘W’. For most of the day the defense played very well. In fact, they actually played their best game. Don’t ask me, ask Richard Sherman. Despite some missed tackles and screen passes of all things manhandling them, the defense was stout. Well, until the last six minutes. Because that’s when all bets were off. The Cardinals stormed downfield and the defense couldn’t get a stop (omitting colorful adjectives on the word “stop”) and blew it. Much like they did with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers and so many other teams. The elegant tank needs to go away for a bit. This roster, this team needs a WIN. Even without Jimmy Garoppolo Jimmie Ward Jersey , they need to show some sort of progress from year one to year two. The Cardinals were it. The 49ers lost because...The offense couldn’t extend a play when it needed to to stop that defensive collapse from happening. The 49ers defense managed turnovers and a safety among other things, but C.J. Beathard was inept. I’ll say it again: 190 yards passing. In the NFL, you either just gashed the ever-loving snot out of a team with a run game or you just couldn’t get anything going in the air. Sure there was the AWESOME Marquise Goodwin touchdown catch which accounted for almost half of Beathard’s passing yards on the day, but so many balls were late or ill timed. The 49ers at some points were making backpedaled leaps to pluck balls out of the sky in an attempt to keep Beathard from losing this game for them. The drive before the final Cardinals touchdown was just predictable. I almost could just time the three and out, and that muffed snap to end the game seemed more than adequate. Before you go out and think this offense is terrible, remember, Beathard is a backup quarterback shoved into an extended role he shouldn’t be. I think we all remember what happened to the Indianapolis Colts after Peyton Manning was out for an entire season due to a neck injury: They wound up with the first pick in the draft. Starting quarterback matters. The 49ers just don’t have someone who can take the team over for the season and keep things normal. If they did, that quarterback would be starting somewhere. Beathard is the best we have, and this was a foregone conclusion when he hit the field. Still a win would be nice.Live updates from Kyle Shanahan Week 3 Friday press conference The San Francisco 49ers head off to Kansas City this weekend, but first, they are wrapping up their practice week in Santa Clara. The team faces the Kansas City Chiefs at 10 a.m. PT Sunday morning, and preparations are going to be just slightly critical against the hottest team in the league.The team will get practice going at 11:45 a.m. PT, after which head coach Kyle Shanahan will meet with the media — at approximately 1 p.m. PT. He will have final details on the injury report, which will be big this week particularly given the questions in the secondary. After Shanahan’s session, the locker room will be open to the media.The 49ers will stream the press conferences Twitter, Facebook, and the team’s app. The 49ers beat writers will also have updates from the media sessions. I’ve embedded our beat writer Twitter list so you can follow along. We’ll have a transcript later today, along with the final injury report.A Twitter List by NinersNation
  4. Sunday the Seattle Seahawks suffered a significant blow when they fell to the San Francisco 49ers in overtime of Week 15 Justin Britt Jersey , however, what could prove to be an even bigger blow to the team’s postseason aspirations moving forward was the loss of right guard Jordan Simmons. Simmons was claimed off waivers from the Oakland Raiders at the end of training camp, and he has filled in admirably for D.J. Fluker both times Fluker was out with injury after Simmons’ addition to the roster. Obviously, there’s still a lot of time to see what Simmons’ status will be for Week 16 against the Kansas City Chiefs, with a playoff spot once again on the line for Seattle. However, against the 49ers on Sunday, the Hawks had to dig deep into their bag of reserve linemen, as Simmons injured his knee late in the third quarter, forcing Seattle to use its third string right guard, Ethan Pocic. That was less than perfect, and led to one of the most pointed critiques fans are likely to ever see of a young player from Pete Carroll. That’s the kind of criticism that Carroll typically reserves for his more seasoned veterans, and so it is quite a shock to hear him so bluntly assess the play of a second year player. Obviously, it came on the heels of a frustrating loss that could have secured the Hawks return to the playoffs, however, that doesn’t make it any less of a surprise. In any case, Bradley McDougald also left the game with a knee injury. For what is the first time I recall K. J. Wright Jersey , Pete Carroll also let slip that the knee issue McDougald has been battling all season is patellar tendinitis.That’s not exactly good news, because that’s not an issue that is likely to get better over the next few weeks, and I’d guess that is something McDougald battles all the way through the end of the season, regardless of how deep into the playoffs the Seahawks make it. Thus, it’s on to Week 16, where the Seahawks will once again attempt to clinch a playoff spot, but in Week 16 the Hawks will need help to clinch. Against the 49ers all the Hawks needed was a win to get in because a win would have not only given the team 9 wins, it would have clinched a better conference record than the Washington Redskins. With AFC foe Kansas City on the schedule in Week 16, it takes a Seattle win and a Washington loss to secure a playoff spot. Super Bowl 53: Ex-Patriot Brandon Browner allowed to watch game from jail, report says | NFL | Sporting NewsAround The NFL Podcast: Super Bowl recap - NFL.comThe Around The NFL crew react the Patriots winning Super Bowl LIII!Stephon Gilmore makes 'clutch' pick in Super Bowl win - NFL.comThe New England Patriots defense was dominant in their 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII, but it was All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore who made one of the biggest plays.Todd Gurley insists knee is fine despite minimal role - NFL.comTodd Gurley had a mere 10 carries for 35 yards in the Los Angeles Rams' Super Bowl LIII loss to the New England Patriots. Gurley insisted his knee is healthy despite his minimal impact in the game.Sean McVay: 'I didn't do enough for us' in SB LIII loss - NFL.comThe exciting, adventurous, sometimes innovative Los Angeles Rams offense never boarded the plane to Atlanta. At least, that's what it looked like Sunday in Super Bowl LIII.Bill Belichick, Pats to NFL after win: 'We're still here' - NFL.comOn Sunday evening, following a 13-3 victory over the lifeless Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Doug Baldwin Jersey , the New England Patriots' celebratory refrain returned, this time with added meaning.NFL community reacts to Patriots' Super Bowl LIII win - NFL.comThe Lombardi Trophy is headed back to Foxborough. Here's how the NFL community reacted to the Patriots' 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII.Josh Gordon gets a Super Bowl ring – ProFootballTalkHe's suspended and reportedly still in rehab. But Patriots receiver Josh Gordon has won a Super Bowl ring. The 27-year-old receiver, who had his best season since 2013 in 11 games with the Patriots before triggering his latest suspension for violating the terms of the substance-abuse policy, will...FMIA Super Bowl 53: Ego-less Pats Figure It Out In Time To Beat Rams For Sixth Title of Brady-Belichick Era – ProFootballTalkAfter a boring punt-fest for much of Super Bowl 53, the Patriots' sixth title is now in the books. A year after an ugly effort, Patriots’ defense steps up in Super Bowl – ProFootballTalkA year ago, the Patriots' defense turned in one of the worst performances in Super Bowl history, giving up 538 yards and 41 points in a loss to the Eagles. What a difference a year makes.The Russell Wilson no-news headlines begin 芦 Seahawks Draft BlogRussell Wilson contract news: Seahawks, QB have not talked extension | SI.comRussell Wilson is entering the last year of his contract.Seahawks in the Super Bowl, part two: (r)ode to joyThe Seahawks waited a long time to make their first trip to the Super Bowl. Their second trip didn't take nearly as long, and had a much happier ending.3 Ways Seahawks Can Reach Super Bowl LIV - SeahawkMaven.ioIn their latest Super Bowl run, the Patriots helped devise a blueprint the Seahawks can follow back to the big game.Kevin Mawae gets his due, will Steve Hutchinson be next?Former Seattle Seahawks center Kevin Mawae finally earned his induction into Canton, will fellow Seahawks lineman Steve Hutchinson be next?
  5. NASHVILLE Derrick Henry Jersey , Tenn. (AP) —quest for a second straight postseason ended with injured quarterback Marcus Mariota watching from the sideline .Luckily for the Titans, Mariota said a neck specialist has made clear only rest is needed — no surgery — to heal nerves frayed by injuries that knocked him out of three different games this season."What it came down to was just allowing time for the nerve to heal," Mariota said Monday. "Unfortunately, I've had several nerve injuries throughout the course of the year, and it just left me susceptible to a bigger injury. And when it came down to it, he felt through time and some rest, the nerve should calm down and it should fully recover." Without Mariota, the Titans lost 33-17 on Sunday night to Indianapolis to snap a four-game winning streak and miss out on the AFC's sixth and final playoff spot that went to the Colts. Mariota called sitting out "very disappointing."Mariota consulted with spine specialist Dr. Robert Watkins of Los Angeles after being knocked out of a loss to the Colts on Nov. 18 and again after suffering another stinger to the neck Dec. 22 in a win against Washington. Mariota said the specialist reviewed an MRI exam and other tests with the decision for Mariota not to play made by both the Titans and the quarterback."I wasn't able to get to a point where I was ready to go," Mariota said.Now Mariota has time to heal, then get back on the field to prove whether he deserves a long-term contract past 2019. He already is under contract for 2019 since Tennessee picked up his fifth-year option at $20.9 million. Mariota said he's not concerned about contract talks, saying he wants to stay with the Titans.Coach Mike Vrabel said he has no concerns about Mariota, who completed 68.9 percent of his passes this season — a single-season franchise record."He helped us win a lot of games, and so I have full confidence in Marcus when he's healthy and available to go out there and try to win," Vrabel said. "He's done some good things."Not having his starting quarterback for a win-and-in regular season finale was just the capper to a very bizarre season for the rookie head coach.The Titans opened with the longest game since at least the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, a 27-20 loss in Miami that took 7 hours Kevin Byard Jersey , 8 minutes and cost Tennessee both three-time Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker for the season with a broken right ankle and Mariota who missed the next two starts.They lost not once, but twice by a point each when a receiver cut a couple days later dropped a would-be touchdown in Buffalo and then the Titans couldn't convert a 2-point conversion inside the final minute of a loss to the Chargers in London.They finished the season with 12 players on injured reserve — five starters: safety Johnathan Cyprien, Walker, right tackle Jack Conklin, tight end Jonnu Smith, cornerback Logan Ryan and four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jurrell Casey. Against Indianapolis, starting linebacker Brian Orakpo also was out with an injured triceps muscle.Defensive coordinator Dean Pees guided the Titans to the NFL's No. 3 scoring defense allowing 18.9 points a game for a huge improvement from 17th last season. Pees, who spent the night at an Indianapolis hospital on Nov. 18 after leaving the coaches' booth early against the Colts, will spend some time thinking about his future.Vrabel said he and the Titans want Pees back.If Pees does return, he won't have Orakpo, who announced his retirement Monday after 10 seasons, the last four with the Titans. Orakpo said he leaves with the Titans well-stocked at linebacker with Rashaan Evans, Jayon Brown and Harold Landry.Brown became the third NFL player this season to return an interception for a touchdown, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the same game in the finale, and he had a career-high six sacks. Landry had 4 ½ sacks.After losing Walker Adam Humphries Jersey , the offense struggled and finished 27th in points scored per game. Derrick Henry finished second in the AFC with 1,059 yards rushing, and he has high expectations for 2019 once so many key players heal up."The sky's the limit," Henry said.Report: Titans talked to the Patriots about a Rob Gronkowski trade So maybe the Titans really did make an attempt to trade for Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski. Last week a report surfaced that the Patriots were shopping the all-pro tight end. The Titans were one of the teams named as a potential suitor, which wasn’t all that surprising considering the connection. That report was largely dismissed, but Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated confirmed that report this week. In an appearance on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd,” Breer had this to say on the situation. Gronkowski is signed through the 2019 season, but his desire for a new deal seems to be the driving force behind the trade rumors. So according to Breer, Jon Robinson at least had a conversation with the Patriots about a potential deal for Gronkowski. We don’t know how far those talks got, but it’s interesting to think about what could have been. When healthy, there’s no denying that Gronkowski is one of the best players in the league. His addition would be fascinating, considering the fact that the Titans already have Delanie Walker on the roster. Walker does only have one year remaining on his deal. Gronkowski is still just 29 years old and clearly has plenty left in the tank, coming off of another 1,000 yard season. But the obvious question here is what the Titans would have had to give up to acquire him. What would you have given up to get Gronk to Nashville?
  6. Dirk opens up Ryan Smith Jersey , Jameis sued, and Bucs’ good deed "I Had To Duck Down Behind The Bench Because I Didn't Want Anyone To See" - JoeBucsFan.comDirk Koetter admits that he’s a private guy who doesn’t like to get too personal when he’s dealing media."Still Have A Great Relationship With Him" - JoeBucsFan.comDJax says he stll loves Jameis.Buccaneers, city of Tampa announce social justice initiative | SI.comThe Buccaneers Foundation is a player-led, year-round operation focused on social justice.Bucs NFL Power Rankings Week 3 - Buccaneers.comGoing up on a Tuesday. See just how far the Buccaneers have climbed following their victory over the Super BowlChampion Philadelphia Eagles in their home opener during Week Two.DeSean Jackson Wants Bucs to Ride 'On Fire' QB Fitzpatrick, 'It's Like NBA Jam' | Bleacher Report | Latest News Chris Conte Jersey , Videos and HighlightsTampa Bay Buccaneerswide receiverDeSean Jacksonbelieves the Bucs should stick with Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starting quarterback despite Jameis Winston's eligibility to return from suspension after Week 3...Jameis Winston of Tampa Bay Buccaneers sued by Uber driver over alleged 2016 incident - ESPNBucs quarterback Jameis Winston, who is serving a three-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, is being sued by the female Uber driver who accused him of groping her during a ride in her vehicle in March 2016.Cover 3: How To Make The Playoffs; A Metric Middle Ground For OFF/DEF | Pewter ReportIn this week's Cover 3, Trevor Sikkema finds a offense/defense metric that holds the key for playoff success. There’s no question that when it comes to comparing the two quarterbacks the Buccaneers have to offer, Ryan Fitzpatrick has a clear advantage in one category over Jameis Winston: his ability to connect on the deep ball.The big play ability of the Bucs’ offensive weapons has been on full display with the Magic Man under center Bryan Anger Jersey , while Winston still struggles mightily in that category in his fourth NFL season. At this point, it’s something that just may never be there for Winston.When Fitz spoke to the media Thursday, he talked about the big plays the offense has been able to convert on while he’s on the field;No question that if the Bucs are going to go into Charlotte and upset the Panthers, the big plays have to be there. Those back-breaking plays Fitz has been able to connect with Mike Evans, O.J. Howard Demar Dotson Jersey , and especially DeSean Jackson on can catapult this team to a win in a huge divisional matchup.There’s some optimism swirling around among Bucs fans now that Fitzpatrick is back on the field. Even for the most die-hard Winston defenders, there’s no denying that Fitz has been the better quarterback so far in 2018 and with his explosive play propensity, the Buccaneers have a puncher’s chance this week.
  7. from moving the ball Alfred Morris Jersey , the San Francisco 49ers defense has fared all right early this season.When it comes to generating the game-changing takeaways that so often determine who wins in the NFL, no team has been worse so far.There are many reasons why the 49ers are off to such a disappointing start with one win through five games, with the season-ending knee injury to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo the most notable.But a defense that has generated a league-low three takeaways for the fewest total for the franchise after five games since 1977 is a major reason why."We just have to find a way, that's all it comes down to," cornerback Richard Sherman said. "Takeaways are kind of more of a ball bounces your way, you get tips sometimes. Last week, we limited them pretty good. We have to be more violent in tackling and can't miss when the quarterback throws into coverage."Turnovers often come because of the pass rush and the 49ers have struggled there with no consistent edge rusher. They rank in the bottom half of the league in both sacks and quarterback pressures despite allowing the ninth fewest yards per play at 5.31.The only takeaways so far this season have come when Sherman recovered a fumble in the opener at Minnesota, Cassius Marsh recovered one after a strip sack by Elijah Lee against Detroit in Week 2 and Antone Exum had a pick-six on the third play from scrimmage two weeks ago against the Chargers.The team has generated no turnovers in the 113 plays on defense since then."We've had our opportunities this year," defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said. "There's an old cliche saying that, 'Catch the ones that are thrown to you.' We've had our opportunities, especially early in the year where I think we've dropped about three or four interceptions this year. We've gotten the ball out. We're taking shots at the ball. There's great intent. Takeaways come in bunches, they do. ... I know it's a result-oriented business, but the result is a product of the process that you go through within every play, within every day. If we keep attacking the ball the way we have and the D-Line keeps pressing the pocket and getting after the quarterback, I'm very confident that eventually they'll come."Trying too hard for turnovers can back fire, however. On the first play of a loss to Arizona last week, free safety Adrian Colbert jumped up in coverage anticipating a throw over the middle to Larry Fitzgerald.Instead, Cardinals rookie Josh Rosen targeted Christian Kirk deep and the play turned into a 75-yard touchdown because cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon didn't have the deep help he expected from Colbert on the play.The Cardinals gained just 145 yards the rest of the game but it proved to be enough in a 28-18 victory, especially because the defense provided no short fields for the offense, which began each of its 13 drives inside San Francisco's 40-yard line."When people feel like they need to do more than what they're being asked to do, that's when bad things actually happen," Saleh said. "Right now Mike Person Jersey , that first play, and A.C. will tell you, he'd love to have that play back, but the way they responded after that play and the way they came out and played and executed the defense all the way through, I thought was really good on their part to remain composed and to continue to fight all the way through the game." We all can agree (or hope at the very least) that the 49ers won’t get another chance like they have in 2019 for draft purposes. That chance is the No. 2 pick and a shot at filling a huge need. During the season, even in the preseason, the hole that burned through the team was need of a constant edge-rusher. Cassius Marsh is not the answer. Yes, he had five sacks for 2018, but 2.5 of those came against the Oakland Raiders and two others came against the Chicago Bears. That says more about the Raiders and the Bears than it does about Marsh. The 49ers need edge-rushing help. They also need a lot of other things. Michael Renner at Pro Football Focus put together a rundown of the No. 1 need of each team heading into the 2019 draft. The result is a bit surprising, because the need of the 49ers is safety: Well, part of the reason for the six different players is because the unit found a way to get injured every other week. If any position besides quarterback got kicked in the proverbial head, it’s safety. The 49ers were playing backups of backups at several points in the season, and when you do that my friends, it’s not going to end well. That said, safety is a definite need for the reasons outlined above. Durability is a big concern with the likes of Jaquiski Tartt, who plays well...when healthy. Jimmie Ward was able to spell things but he has his own injury issues. Adrian Colbert showed a lot of promise to end 2017, but his brief play in 2018 before going on IR was average. Safety does seem like an area of need, it’s also an area receiving the unlucky bite of a snake for injuries. D.J. Reed and Marcell Harris were brought in, and both weren’t bad for rookies, but I don’t think anyone is ready to crown them as the answer at the position just yet. The 49ers have invested in safety and it seems like they just can’t get anything dependable with the health issues. Maybe another high-pick is in order or maybe free agency is the route to go, but do you see safety as the 49ers number one need?
  8. in any true “rebuild” happening in the NFL is clearly exhibited in the case of the 2018 LA Rams. They did not rebuild. They just made necessary changes and got better virtually overnight.From 2005-2014 Tedric Thompson Jersey , the Seattle Seahawks went 17-3 against the St. Louis Rams. Then from 2015-2016, the Seahawks went 1-3 in those games despite the fact that the Rams went just 4-12 in the latter of those two years. In that offseason, the Rams hired Sean McVay to replace the fired Jeff Fisher, signed Andrew Whitworth to play left tackle, and added Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Sammy Watkins, and moved Lamarcus Joyner from corner to free safety. Yes, LA already had Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, Aaron Donald, and an incredible special teams unit in place, but they didn’t really “rebuild” at all ...They built. They had a few great pieces and they finally put them in a position to succeed and win games.In 2017, the Rams went 11-5 and won the division. With a little more time to get comfortable in their current positions, a few more additions, LA is now 8-1 and Seattle is the biggest underdog they’ve been in a game since drafting Russell Wilson in 2012. How quickly these things change: in 2016, the Seahawks were 6.5 games better than the Rams and less than two years later, few are expecting a Seattle victory in the Coliseum on Sunday.To get a better understanding of how far the Rams have come and what to expect this weekend, I sent five Qs to Joe McAtee of Turf Show Times and in kind he sent me five corresponding As.Joe also joined my on the Seahawks Chats podcast this week; any podcast episodes from me will now be availably exclusively to Patreon donors at only $2 per month. Pledge and get the RSS link or download for weekly chats on the Seahawks, their opponents, and all other NFL related topics. This will be an ongoing thing so please do pledge if you’ve enjoyed any of my podcasts (3000 NFL Mock Draft, Real in the Field Gulls, Seaside Chats) in the past! Me and Joe go way deeper than the five Qs below, but check ‘em both out.Now onto the Qs!Q: The Rams are 8-1 and undeniably in contention for the Super Bowl in a way that they haven’t been since 2001, but how significant are the issues on defense? Are you concerned that even if LA goes 15-1 that it might only take one Drew Brees or one big game from Cam Newton or possibly if he gets in there, Aaron Rodgers, to upend the Rams in the playoffs? Would you undo the Marcus Peters trade if you could?A: Pretty significant. The Rams have two issues right now: edge pass rush and coverage. The former is a talent issue. The latter is an execution issue.Pass rush off the edge used to be the strength of the entire Rams roster. The early Jeff Fisher era Rams had Robert Quinn and Chris Long and William Hayes and Eugene Sims at defensive end. They were talented and deep off the edge. But Sean McVay’s first year in charge had Robert Quinn, miscast in a 3-4 OLB role and clearly sapped by various injuries, and Connor Barwin who was brought in more for his knowledge of and experience in Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips’ defense. The Rams moved on from both and promoted from within bringing Samson Ebukam and Matt Longacre into starting roles where neither has flourished. Recently added Dante Fowler Jr. brings perhaps more talent but the cost of his arrival and the sheer fact the Jacksonville Jaguars were willing to part with him suggests he won’t be the panacea many Rams fans are hoping for.Coverage, though Tyler Lockett Jersey , doesn’t have such an obvious dearth of talent on the depth chart even while CB Aqib Talib is out injured. CB Marcus Peters is a two-time Pro Bowler who is coming off of a horrorshow against the New Orleans Saints. Fan Favorite CB Troy Hill’s career with the Rams has been a rollercoaster. He struggled in 2016 but was stellar down the stretch in 2017 including in the wild card playoff game. This year, he’s again been the subject to fan ire. CB Nickell Robey-Coleman is a stellar slot corner, but given his size has limitations of what he can be expected to do. And while S Lamarcus Joyner and S John Johnson III are positives in run support, Joyner has had a down year after a stellar 2017.The combination of the two has plagued the Rams for weeks now. And as to how concerned I am about it in big games, I’m understandably very concerned given that both aspects were exploited against the New Orleans Saints last week. It’s not something the Rams can’t find ways to win in spite of (they were 8-0 until last week after all), but it’s the sheer fact that you don’t get a whole series of games in football like in baseball, basketball or hockey. The NFL postseason is built on single game installments. And like you mentioned, it only takes one big game from a Drew Brees or whomever the Rams face when it counts to undo all the positives of this team and there are a lot.Would I undo the Marcus Peters trade? No. I think we’re looking at a low point, and it’s a bit hard to assess things at the lowest level. At season’s end when we have a full sense of how he performed especially after the regular season, maybe my answer would change. But the Rams brought a two-time Pro Bowl corner in at a cost less than a first-round pick. That the Rams haven’t gotten his best play is maybe a task for Phillips to take on quickly and turn things around. And if he does, maybe we’re looking at things a bit differently in a few weeks.Q: I was a bit surprised that the Rams could still find money and room for Dante Fowler at the trade deadline; how necessary was it to add a player like Fowler? It seems he was relatively active (one TFL, one PD) in his debut with the team, how do you expect him to rotate in and out with the other players at his position? A: I would put the level of “necessary” need very low. The Rams were 8-0 with the #12 defense in DVOA prior to last week (they’re now weighted down to 15, which still isn’t in the bottom half of the league) with wins over the Los Angeles Chargers and Green Bay Packers. So the issue isn’t one of a roster need. It’s whether they needed to address it, and I really don’t think we needed to (again...we’re 8-1...). I think the question is one of opportunity. The Rams had an opportunity to improve at best or add to at worst a position of roster need and at a pretty low cost; the Rams will send a third- and fifth-round pick to Jacksonville, but they’re likely to pick up a pair of third-round compensatory picks having lost WR Sammy Watkins and CB Trumaine Johnson to free agency. So I’d suggest it was more an opportunity with upside at low cost and not necessarily a need per se. If anything, the Rams will still have the roster need in the offseason that they’ll still need to address anyway.As for his rotation, he played more than 60% of the snaps in his first game with us. So I think it’s fair to say we’re going to see a ton of him down the stretch.Q: Jared Goff needs Todd Gurley more than Todd Gurley needs Jared Goff. True or False?A: I would say false because I think they both need each other and the receiving group equally. They were both on the field in 2016, and I’m not sure either needed each other much at all then. In fact, I’d suggest Jared Goff and Todd Gurley need the offensive line more than the line needs them. But the bottom line with the Rams’ offense is that they have components everywhere. Goff, Gurley, the wideouts, the line. They’re all (very good) parts of a whole that is absolutely cranking this year.Q: I really don’t mind just talking about Aaron Donald for a very long time. For as long as you’ve watched football, how many defensive players do you think you’ve ever seen play on a regular basis are better than Donald and why is it Bobby Wagner? A: Wobby Bagner.Yeah, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a player as consistently dominant as Donald. He’s so central to opposing team gameplans and for obvious reason. And it’s just amazing because he’s different.The Rams list him at 280 lbs. The Seahawks have a full 16 players heavier. So he’s not the biggest guy. He’s not winning on sheer size, but he has plenty of power. It’s that his power is compact. And the application of it is FAST. And he’s just very, very, very good. And that makes me happy.So yeah, you should talk about him at length. Have you considered turning Field Gulls into an Aaron Donald blog? I think that idea has legs, Kenny.Q: I know you’ve heard of Michael Dickson because in the last meeting between these two teams the Rams blocked a punt of his Germain Ifedi Jersey , so let me ask you this instead: Have you ever heard of Michael Dickson’s revenge?Ooh is that like when you drink the tap water in Mexico and then your innards are all a hot pot of snot for like a week? After Brandon Marshall put together a disastrous performance against the Cowboys in Week 3, David Moore was inserted into the lineup, taking Marshall’s place in the Seahawks’ three WR sets. Lauded by Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson and Brian Schottenheimer throughout training camp for his ability as a contested catch receiver, Moore made an immediate impact, hauling in four touchdowns over the next four games. From Moore’s insertion into the lineup in Week 4, until Seattle’s win in Carolina in Week 12, Moore caught 22 passes for 413 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 4.4 targets per game. It appeared, as Tyler Lockett was becoming a bona fide star, the Seahawks had found an above-the-rim receiver to compliment him. However, in the six weeks that followed the victory over the Panthers, Moore caught just four passes for 32 yards and zero touchdowns, with his targets dropping to 2.6 per game. Moore’s disappearance from the gameplan was a curious turn in Seattle’s season. Granted, his numbers down the stretch would look a little better, had officials not incorrectly ruled a 34-yard touchdown reception against the Vikings as out of bounds. However, his season fizzled out with a zero target performance on Wild Card weekend. And while Moore’s production plummeted, his place in the offense remained. From Week 4 through Week 12, Moore averaged 41 snaps per game. From Week 13 through the Wild Card round, Moore averaged 40.6 snaps per game. Though he was playing nearly the same amount, Moore became a non-factor.Whatever the reason is for Moore’s massive drop in production to close the season, the Seahawks have to try to capture the eight week stretch he put together over the middle of the season, and have him maintain that level throughout 2019 and beyond. Lockett is a game-breaking talent, capable of creating a touchdown or a huge play out of nothing. Doug Baldwin, provided he’s healthy, will be as reliable (and devastatingly crisp in his routes) as ever next season. Moore has proven to be Seattle’s best above-the-rim threat, and he provides the Seahawks with a skill set that isn’t currently matched by anyone at the position. Now he just needs to do it over 16 games.
  9. he had a tiebreaking goal for Columbus in the third period before Dallas goalie Anton Khudobin came up with a big save. Seconds later Cam Atkinson Jersey Kids , Dubois had another chance and made it count.Dubois scored midway through the third period and the Blue Jackets beat the Stars 2-1 on Monday night.“(Khudobin) made a really nice save. (You) hope you have it back,” Dubois said.The goalie didn’t have much of a chance 29 seconds later when Dubois took a pass from Cam Atkinson behind the net and backhanded the puck under the crossbar with 9:39 left for his eighth goal.“He’s a good player,” Columbus coach John Tortorella said, “and he’s just beginning in this league.”Dubois credited Atkinson.“Cam made a nice play to bring it back around the net,” Dubois said. “I was lucky enough to get a stick on it.”Atkinson had scored the game’s first goal in the second period.Alexander Radulov, who returned to the Stars’ lineup, tied the game in the second period.The Blue Jackets extended their points streak to five games (3-0-2) and are two points ahead of the New York Rangers in the Metropolitan Division. Columbus has won its last seven games against the Stars.Dallas maintained fourth place in the Central Division.Each team had entered the game with a 9-6-2 record.Khudobin and Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky each had 26 saves.The first period ended scoreless. Columbus killed all three Stars penalties and held Dallas to one shot on goal with the man advantage, while building a 10-9 edge on shots for the period.“The power play cost us the points,” Radulov said. “It’s all about work, winning the battles. (Columbus) did a good job obviously, but we’ve got to come up stronger.”The Stars’ only penalty in the first was a major to Jamie Benn for a fight with Columbus forward Josh Anderson.“It’s close to what the game should be played like,” Tortorella said. “A fight. A couple high sticks here and there. And scrums. Both teams played hard. Didn’t give each other many scoring opportunities.”Stars coach Jim Montgomery was disappointed in Dallas’ 0-for-4 power play.“The word that describes it is discombobulated,” he said.It didn’t take long for the Blue Jackets to get their first power play and a 1-0 lead. At 1:29 of the second period http://www.bluejacketsshoponline.com/authentic-david-savard-jersey , 25 seconds after Benn went off for slashing, Atkinson took a pass from Seth Jones at the top of the right faceoff circle and sent a wrist shot past Khubodin.The Stars blocked 15 shots in the period and tied the game 1-1 at 18:20 when Radulov put a wrist shot from the right circle into the upper left of the net.It was Radulov’s sixth goal in eight games. He had missed 10 of the previous 11 games because of a lower-body injury.“He’s a fiery guy,” teammate Jason Spezza said. “He means a lot for us. You don’t take a guy of that caliber out of your lineup and not miss him.”Montgomery thought Radulov’s goal would provide a spark.“We had a really good feeling going into the third. We didn’t seem to be able to build momentum off of that,” he said.NOTES: Stars C Devin Shore (lower-body injury) left the game in the first period and didn’t return. Montgomery said Shore was likely to miss 7-10 days. … Dallas RW Brett Ritchie (upper-body) played for the first time in five games. … D Julius Honka had a game-high five blocked shots, four in the second period. … Blue Jackets D Seth Jones returned home for the game. He was born in nearby Arlington, Texas. … A spectator who spent eight years in Arlington was former Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland, now with the San Francisco Giants but still a Stars season-ticket holder. Holland is from Heath, Ohio, near Columbus.UP NEXTBlue Jackets: Return home to play Florida on Thursday.Stars: Complete a four-game homestand on Friday against Boston. LAS VEGAS (AP) — Phillip Danault completed a hat trick late in the third period, Paul Byron scored in overtime and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 on Saturday.Danault entered the game with two goals this season. His third score of the game came with 1:25 left in the third period, setting up Byron’s backhand goal 1:59 into OT.Carey Price made 23 saves, and the Canadiens swept the season series against Vegas.Brandon Pirri scored twice and Jonathan Marchessault also scored for Vegas. William Karlsson, who leads Vegas with 29 points Anthony Duclair Jersey Womens , had two assists. Marc-Andre Fleury, one win shy of his 50th as a Golden Knight, made 43 saves.Pirri has three goals in two games since being recalled from the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves on Dec. 19.BLUES 3, FLAMES 1CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — David Perron had a goal and an assist and Jake Allen made 28 saves to lead St. Louis.Perron has nine goals and 11 assists in 16 games against Calgary since the start of the 2014-15 season.Tyler Bozak and Oskar Sundqvist also scored to help St. Louis finish 2-1-0 on their trip through Western Canada.Matthew Tkachuk scored his 16th goal for Calgary. The Flames have lost three straight. Calgary lost for the first time in regulation at home since Nov. 15, ending a 7-0-2 string.KINGS 3, SHARKS 2SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Ilya Kovalchuk scored in overtime in his return from an ankle injury and lifted Los Angeles.Kovalchuk also scored in the first period, and Alex Iafallo had a goal and an assist. Kovalchuk had missed 10 games after having an ankle bursectomy.Kovalchuk hadn’t recorded a point in his previous 11 games before the procedure. Jonathan Quick made 29 saves.Joe Pavelski scored a tying goal with 30 seconds left in the third period. Martin Jones stopped 28 shots for San Jose, and Lukas Radil also scored.PANTHERS 2, RED WINGS 1DETROIT (AP) — Roberto Luongo made 33 saves and Florida defeated Detroit.Mike Hoffman and Evgeni Dadonov scored for Florida. Panthers leading scorer Jonathan Huberdeau and captain Aleksander Barkov each had two assists. Barkov has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his last four games.Thomas Vanek scored for Detroit and Jimmy Howard had 21 saves.BLUE JACKETS 4, FLYERS 3PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cam Atkinson scored two goals and Artemi Panarin had a goal and two assists as Columbus ran its winning streak to three games.Zach Werenski also scored and Pierre-Luc Dubois added three assists for the Blue Jackets.James van Riemsdyk had a goal and an assist and Sean Couturier and Phil Varone netted goals for Philadelphia Womens Josh Anderson Jersey , which lost its first game since interim coach Scott Gordon replaced the fired Dave Hakstol and 20-year-old Carter Hart took over the goaltending duties.Hart allowed four goals on the first 15 shots he faced and finished with 15 saves.Sergei Bobrovsky made 34 saves for Columbus.BRUINS 5, PREDATORS 2BOSTON (AP) — Patrice Bergeron returned to the lineup after missing 16 games and scored two goals, reaching 300 for his career in leading Boston.Bergeron set up Brad Marchand’s tie-breaking score as Boston won for the sixth time in eight games.David Pastrnak had his team-leading 23rd goal and added two assists. Marchand had two assists and defenseman Charlie McAvoy set up Bergeron’s first goal.Jaroslav Halak stopped 28 shots in his third start for Boston and assisted on Sean Kuraly’s empty-netter.Ryan Johansen and Kyle Turris scored for Nashville, which lost its fourth straight (0-3-1) for the first time this season. Pekka Rinne made 27 saves.PENGUINS 3, HURRICANES 0RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sidney Crosby set up three goals and Matt Murray made 38 saves as Pittsburgh blanked Carolina.Jake Guentzel scored twice and Kris Letang added a goal for the Penguins, who won for the fifth time in six games. It was Murray’s second shutout in 14 starts this season.The Hurricanes lost for the fifth time in six games.SABRES 3, DUCKS 0BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Linus Ullmark made 36 saves and Buffalo got goals from Rasmus Dahlin and Jeff Skinner in beating Anaheim.Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart each had two assists and Connor Sheary added an empty-net goal as Buffalo snapped a two-game skid in the second game of a back-to-back.The Ducks finished a five-game road trip with their third consecutive loss following a 9-0-1 stretch. John Gibson stopped 21 shots.Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret was taken out of the press box on a stretcher early in the third period. It was unclear what happened to the 76-year-old Jeanneret, who opened the broadcast dressed in a red Santa Claus suit and a white beard. He has been the team’s play-by-play man since 1971 — the longest tenure with a single team in NHL history.COYOTES 6, AVALANCHE 4GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Brad Richardson scored twice in the final 3:39 to lead Arizona past Colorado.Derek Stepan, Christian Fischer and Richard Panik scored for Arizona Chris Kreider Jersey , and Conor Garland added his first career NHL goal.Alexander Kerfoot scored twice, and Gabriel Landeskog, and Nathan MacKinnon added goals for the Avalanche, who have lost three of four. J.T. Compher added two assists for Colorado.MAPLE LEAFS 5, RANGERS 3TORONTO (AP) — Mitch Marner scored twice during a wild third period and Toronto beat New York.The teams combined for six goals in the final period, including Marner’s empty-net goal with 20 seconds left after Chris Kreider cut the margin to 4-3.Morgan Rielly had a goal and an assist, and Patrick Marleau and Andreas Johnsson also scored for Toronto (23-10-2). Frederik Andersen made 25 saves, and John Tavares and Johnsson each had two assists as the Leafs won their third straight game.Neal Pionk and Kevin Hayes had a goal and an assist each for New York (15-13-5). Alexandar Georgiev made 31 saves.CAPITALS 4, SENATORS 0OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Pheonix Copley made 35 saves for his first career shutout for Washington.Brett Connolly, Matt Niskanen, Jakub Vrana and Michal Kempny scored for the Capitals (22-10-3). Washington is 7-1-0 in its past eight games and has scored at least four goals in 10 of its past 13.Mike McKenna stopped 29 shots in place of the injured Craig Anderson.Copley is the first rookie goalie to blank the Senators since James Reimer in 2011.STARS 2, WILD 1 OTST. PAUL Henrik Lundqvist Jersey Kids , Minn. (AP) — Alexander Radulov scored with 10 seconds on the clock in overtime to give Dallas a win over Minnesota.Ben Bishop made 30 saves for Dallas, and Jamie Benn finally beat Minnesota goaltender Devan Dubnyk 1:58 into the third period for his eighth goal in the past 14 games.Dubnyk stopped 25 shots for the Wild, who have lost four in a row and nine of 12. Jason Zucker pushed the game to overtime with his 10th goal of the season with 2:03 left in regulation.JETS 1, CANUCKS 0VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Mark Scheifele scored with 1:32 left in the third period and Laurent Brossoit made 40 saves for his first shutout for Winnipeg.Scheifele scored his 22nd of the season from the left face-off dot on a give-and-go play with defenseman Dustin Byfuglien.Brossoit’s shutout is his first in 38 NHL games.The Jets have won 11 of their last 13 games. The victory was Winnipeg’s eighth straight victory over the Canucks.The Canucks lost in regulation for just the second time in nine games (6-2-1).Vancouver goaltender Jacob Markstrom stopped 22 shots.LIGHTNING 6, OILERS 3EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Nikita Kucherov had a goal and four assists, Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson each scored twice and Tampa Bay extended its point streak to 12 games.J.T. Miller also scored for the NHL-leading Lightning (28-7-2), who are 11-0-1 in their last 12 games for the best run by any team in the league this season.Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Alex Chiasson and Leon Draisaitl scored for the Oilers (18-15-3), who have dropped three straight. Connor McDavid had three assists.Edmonton goalie Mikko Koskinen lost for the first time on home ice this season, falling to 7-1-0.
  10. SAN JOSE Ryan Strome Jersey , Calif. (AP) like breathing and eating were painstakingly difficult for Logan Couture heading into the playoffs a year ago.An errant puck had shattered his face and the injuries hampered Couture during San Jose’s first-round loss to Edmonton. They weren’t fully healed until the summer. The Sharks are counting heavily on a now healthy Couture to anchor a long playoff run this year starting Thursday night in Game 1 of their first-round series at Anaheim.”It was tough,” Couture said about playing through the injury a year ago. ”It was very difficult. I went from playing to not knowing if I would be playing in the playoffs. The injury, it affected my life more than hockey. It was difficult just waking up and dealing with day to day stuff. But I’m happy, happy to be healthy.”Couture was hit in the mouth a year ago by a shot from teammate Brent Burns and missed the final seven games of the regular season with two fractures in his face. He came back for the playoffs with plastic and wiring to keep his teeth in place and played all six games, scoring two goals in a Game 4 victory, but he was far from his usual self.Couture was a main factor in San Jose’s run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2016, leading the NHL with 30 points that postseason before the Sharks lost in six games to Pittsburgh. He’s hoping for the same type of spring this year.”That was probably the most fun I’ve ever had playing hockey,” he said. ”Just a blast to go to the rink every day. That was a special group that we had that year. It’s different each year obviously when personnel changes. I think about that run quite a bit, just how much fun it was. Just hoping to relive it.”As well as he played during that run, Couture might be at his peak heading into this year’s playoffs after scoring a career-high 34 goals this season, posting 61 points and having the usual responsibility of trying to slow down the opponent’s top scoring line.That performance helped the Sharks overcome the loss of Patrick Marleau to free agency last summer and Joe Thornton to a knee injury in January and helped Couture win the team’s MVP award, although he has loftier goals still in mind.”I’ve felt good. The puck’s gone in for me. That’s the big thing. Just capitalized on opportunities. Scoring 34 goals is pretty cool. Definitely to be up in the top 20 in goal scorers in this league Womens Wayne Gretzky Jersey , in the best league in the world, is special for sure,” Couture said.”The season’s not over. Obviously the goal for myself, and as well as our team, is to win it all. It’s tough to say it’s been a successful year until the year’s done.”Couture will have plenty of responsibility this series to make sure the season doesn’t end too soon.He’ll be a main part of the top power-play unit, one of the team’s most important penalty killers, tasked with slowing down Ryan Getzlaf’s line and provide offense of his own.”The one thing about Logan is he has the ability to raise his level in important moments, in important times of the year as he’s shown in my time here,” coach Peter DeBoer said. ”I expect the same thing. I think we kind of take it for granted but that’s what he is. He’s a great player and he has that ability.”NOTES: DeBoer would not rule Thornton out for the series, saying only he wouldn’t play Game 1. … Eric Fehr and Melker Karlsson, who missed time late in the season, worked on the fourth line at practice Tuesday.— Now in his 22nd season as an NHL coach Aaron Ekblad Jersey , Ken Hitchcock likes what he’s seen so far in his latest gig even if wins have been hard to come by.Hitchcock will be behind the bench for the first time at Rogers Place as the Edmonton Oilers begin a three-game home stand against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.Ranked third all-time with 824 wins, Hitchcock became the Oilers’ 15th coach last Tuesday after the team fired Todd McLellan following a 9-10-1 start.Article continues below ...But Edmonton (10-11-2) lost for the eighth time in 10 games with Sunday’s 5-2 defeat to the last-place Los Angeles Kings. The Oilers surrendered three third-period goals two nights after giving up the tying tally in the final minute before losing in overtime to the Anaheim Ducks.After a 1-1-1 trip through California, Hitchcock still exudes passion.“I’m really impressed. I’m way more impressed than I am disappointed. I see a group that cares deeply,” said Hitchcock, who also guided the Stars to the franchise’s lone Stanley Cup title in 1999. “We’ve got to work on some things and I got after it today pretty good on the bench today a couple times to get people to change their thinking, but I see a lot (of) things as a coach you’ve got to like.”One of those pieces is winger Alex Chiasson, who scored twice Sunday and may have found a home with the Oilers – his fifth team in seven seasons. Originally drafted by Dallas in 2009, Chiasson has given Edmonton some unexpected secondary scoring after joining the team four days before the season opener.With 10 goals through 17 games, Chiasson is three markers short of tying a career high set over 79 games with the Stars in 2013-14, and he’s buying in to what Hitchcock wants.“We’re right in the mix here of doing good things.” Chiasson said. “It’s on us as players to take it to the next level. We have (three) games at home here coming up and those will be key games for us to play (at) home in front of our fans.”The Oilers are 4-4-1 at home, but have alternated losses and wins over the last seven games.Connor McDavid, a Hart Trophy winner looking for this third straight scoring crown Aleksander Barkov Jersey , looks to show up on the scoresheet against Dallas for the eighth time in as many career games. The top overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft has seven goals and four assists during his streak, which includes a hat trick in November 2016 in Texas.The Stars will try to avoid their fourth loss in five games after dropping a 3-2 decision to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. With less than three minutes left and Dallas (12-10-2) clinging to a one-goal lead, Anton Khudobin gave up the tying and go-ahead goals 46 seconds apart.Still, first-year coach Jim Montgomery liked what he saw throughout.“I see growth tonight. This is the first time where we’ve had a setback where we competed for 60 minutes. For me, this is the first time where we lost where I’m excited about where we’re going,” he said.Though he’s appeared in only seven of the Stars’ 12 road contests this season, Alexander Radulov is tied with Jamie Benn for the team lead with eight points. The Russian winger recorded his second consecutive two-assist game on Saturday and has five helpers in a three-game streak.Radulov, who missed six games at the start of November due to a lower-body injury, registered eight points (three goals, five assists) in last season’s three-game series with Edmonton.
  11. welcomed Alex Ovechkin and the reigning NHL champion Washington Capitals to the Oval Office on Monday to congratulate them for winning the Stanley Cup in June.Trump said it was an honor to host the team because he is a hockey fan and a Capitals fan. The president called the Capitals “winners” and said there is “an awfully good chance” they will repeat this season.“You brought the Stanley Cup home New York Rangers Hats Authentic ,” Trump said. “Thousands of adoring fans greeted you. They were all over the place. And I have a feeling you’re going to be doing it again. You’re champions. You have a champion’s heart.”Players, coaches and staff members took a private 45-minute tour of the White House and met with Trump in what was a last chance to be around hockey’s sacred trophy as defending champions.“It’s a good reminder of the special things that our group did,” coach Todd Reirden said after practice earlier Monday. “That will kind of put a wrap on it and the final chapter of that moving forward into finishing up the regular season here and moving some of that success into playoffs this year.”Two players on the current roster, Canadians Braden Holtby and Brett Connolly, and Devante Smith-Pelly, who is in the minors, did not visit the White House. Smith-Pelly in June cited Trump’s rhetoric, and Holtby last week said he had to stay true to his values and respectfully decline.In the days since the team scheduled its visit, Holtby and his teammates explained their stances on going or declining while also shifting the focus back to the ice where the Capitals are trying to repeat as champions like the rival Pittsburgh Penguins did.“The more important thing is we’re just gearing up for a playoff run Custom New York Rangers Jerseys , and (different decisions on going or not going are) not going to hurt team unity,” Holtby said Friday. “I hope they have a good experience there and then we can get back to hockey.”The rest of the team was in attendance, along with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, who wore a Capitals Stanley Cup champions hat. Trump called daughter Ivanka a friend and fan of Ovechkin’s, compared him to Babe Ruth and also singled out owner Ted Leonsis and American defenseman John Carlson during his remarks.Trump called Ovechkin a “very special athlete, a great player.”“It’s huge honor for us to be here and meet you personally,” said Ovechkin, the Capitals’ Russian-born captain and playoff MVP. “We’re going to try to (win) again. We have same team www.officialsenators.com , experienced team, very good group of guys and we’re going to try to do it again.”The visit comes a day after Attorney General William Barr released a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that found no evidence Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election but reached no conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice. Trump did not take questions from reporters.Several Capitals players said going to the White House wasn’t about politics. American Brooks Orpik, who went in 2009 with the Penguins to visit then-President Barack Obama, said the decision to go is “not an endorsement of whoever’s in the office.”The Capitals presented Trump with a red No. 45 jersey and a gold, engraved stick. Trump took individual pictures with players and staff and gave them pens and M&Ms before they left.Leonsis called visiting the Oval Office a “true thrill for all of the players and the organization.”Carlson said: “It’s an honor to be here. I think all of us looked very much forward to it.”The Capitals’ White House visit came nine-plus months after their first title in franchise history and with six games left in the regular season before the playoffs begin. Washington is in first place and again is a top contender.“I think you’re going to be successful,” Trump said. “Very proud of you guys. Good luck. We’re going to be watching.” DENVER (AP) — For a brief moment, the Minnesota Wild lost track of the super speedy Nathan MacKinnon.That’s all it took. MacKinnon had a tap-in goal off a nifty pass from Mikko Rantanen to give Colorado the lead, Semyon Varlamov stopped 20 shots and the Avalanche beat the Wild 4-1 on Thursday night in the opener for both teams.“His vision is awesome,” MacKinnon said of his linemate. “I just drove the net and Mikko made a great play.”Minnesota goaltender Devan Dubnyk didn’t have much of a chance on MacKinnon’s second-period goal that gave Colorado a 2-1 advantage. Rantanen skated down the left side and sent a pass through a sea of sticks to MacKinnon Ottawa Senators T-Shirts Authentic , who tapped it in before Dubnyk had a chance to fully turn his head.“He was in a good place and he made a good play,” Dubnky said.Wild coach Bruce Boudreau offered another explanation.“It’s MacKinnon. He’s going to get a lot of goals like that,” Boudreau said.MacKinnon picked up right where he left off from last season, when he tallied 39 goals and 58 assists on his way to finishing second in the Hart Trophy vote. He led the team in shots Thursday with eight. Carl Soderberg scored, while Rantanen and J.T. Compher added empty-net goals for the Avalanche, who moved to 15-5-3 in home openers since moving to town from Quebec.Varlamov returned to net after missing the playoffs last season with a knee injury he suffered late in the regular season. He made his eighth opening-night start in a burgundy-and-blue sweater, surpassing Patrick Roy for the most by an Avalanche goaltender. This also was Varlamov’s 400th career NHL game.“He’s grown so much as a goalie,” MacKinnon said. “His mindset is he can play a low-shot game and stay sharp, and he was great.”Colorado thought it had a two-goal lead when Colin Wilson scored 1:36 into the third after knocking in a puck out of the air. The goal was reviewed and disallowed after it was determined Wilson’s left glove batted the puck in.No matter Ottawa Senators Hoodies Authentic , Varlamov protected things with save after save. None bigger than stopping an Eric Staal wrist shot with his right shoulder on a 2-on-1 with just under 5 minutes remaining.Rantanen added an empty-net goal with 1:53 remaining and Compher another in the waning seconds to seal the victory.Colorado outshot the Wild 40-21. Zach Parise gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead on a backhand pass from Mikko Koivu early in the first period. Parise missed the opening 39 games a season ago due to a back ailment that required surgery. After steadily working his way back into form, Parise suffered a broken sternum in the playoffs.Minnesota is coming off a season in which it posted 101 points before losing to Winnipeg in the first round of the playoffs.“There was some sloppiness that’s not going to be seen in game 20,” Boudreau said. “Pucks bouncing over the sticks and over-skating the puck and things of that nature. … I think they did know how quick the pace was going to be, faster than the preseason, but took us a while to get up to it.”As for the Avalanche, general manager Joe Sakic has modest goals this season after his team returned to the postseason for the first time since 2013-14. Their average age this season is 26.3. They ended last season at 25.8.“Our goal is to make the playoffs, but the most important thing for us is to see the growth of this group,” Sakic said. “We’re excited to see who makes that next jump.”NOTES: Wild F Marcus Foligno was tripped by D Tyson Barrie late in the second period. Foligno went to the bench favoring his left leg but returned a few minutes later. … F Vladislav Kamenev (lower body) and D Anton Lindholm (upper body) were taken off injured reserve and reassigned to the Colorado Eagles of the AHL. … Avs F Sheldon Dries made his NHL debut. He had two shots. … Soderberg also had an assist.UP NEXT:Minnesota: Starts a three-game homestand Saturday against Las Vegas.Colorado: Hosts Philadelphia on Saturday.
  12. NEW YORK (AP) http://www.arizonacardinalsteamonline.com/pat-tillman-jersey , it appears the New York Rangers may have found an apprentice goalie for next season.Jimmy Vesey had two goals and an assist to support Alexandar Georgiev’s season-high 43-save performance and the Rangers beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 Saturday night.Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad and Neal Pionk each added a goal and an assist as the Rangers completed a sweep of the three-game season series and improved to 13-3-0 in the last 16 meetings with the Sabres.”The main thing is that we won the game,” said the 22-year-old Georgiev, who has been impressive since his recall from AHL Hartford last month after backup Ondrej Pavelec was injured. ”We scored great goals in the first period, played really good defense. The guys were really battling to not let them have many good opportunities to score.”Sam Reinhart spoiled Georgiev’s shutout bid with 4 1/2 minutes remaining for the Sabres, who have lost four straight. Robin Lehner gave up four goals on 12 shots before being replaced near the midpoint of the second period. Linus Ullmark came on and stopped 10 of the 11 shots he faced.Kreider and Vesey each scored in the first before Pionk got his first NHL goal early in the second.”It’s hard to believe it at first. It’s just such a great feeling when those guys come get you and they all give you a huge hug,” Pionk said. ”Something I will never forget.”Zibanejad made it 4-0 with his team-leading 27th at 8:45 of the second, giving the Rangers goals on four consecutive shots for the first time since Jan. 3, 2015 Authentic Josh Rosen Jersey , also against the Sabres, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Georgiev, starting for fifth time in six games, made 21 saves in the first period, nine in the second and 13 more in the third. He has four wins overall and could emerge as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup next season.”I’m just trying to play my game and help the guys in every way I can,” he said.The Sabres outshot the Rangers 21-10 in the first period but it was Kreider opening the scoring with 3:31 left with his 15th of the season with assists to linemates Zibanejad and Jesper Fast. The line has totaled 25 points in last five games.Zibanejad has 12 points in his last seven games including eight goals. Kreider has a five-game points streak with three goals and seven assists. Fast has an eight-game point streak with three goals and seven assists over the span.Vesey made it 2-0 with just under two minutes remaining. Mats Zuccarello had an assist for his team-leading 50th point.Pionk scored his milestone goal at 3:59 of the middle period, extending his points streak to seven games. He has a goal and nine assists during the stretch. The 22-year-old defenseman was recalled from Hartford of the AHL last month and has 14 points overall.Vesey’s 17th made it 5-0 with 5:13 left in the second.”We lost coverages, guys were beating us up the ice, and I think it goes back to have that respect in our own zone and for our goaltender http://www.arizonacardinalsteamonline.com/josh-rosen-jersey ,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said ”We have to keep the puck out of our net.”The Rangers are 6-4-3 since dealing Rick Nash to Boston, and captain Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller to Tampa Bay as part of a promised purge of top players at the trade deadline. Though they will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2010, they have played with renewed energy since the deals were made.”We had some grade-A chances that we were able to capitalize on and we got a lead,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. ”For the most part, we had some good looks and our goaltender was able to make some big saves.”NOTES: The Rangers also defeated Buffalo 3-2 in overtime in the Winter Classic at Citi Field – which was considered a home game for the Sabres – on New Year’s Day, and won 4-3 at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 18. … The Rangers again scratched Lundqvist after he was shaken up in a collision last Tuesday against Columbus. … The Rangers also scratched F David Desharnais. … Buffalo scratched F Jacob Josefson, F Justin Bailey, D Justin Falk and D Nathan Beaulieu.UP NEXTRangers: Host Washington on Monday.Sabres: Visit Toronto on Monday. WASHINGTON (AP) — Boston Bruins players could feel themselves making progress in recent games against the Washington Capitals even as the losses piled up.All it took was finishing one play, a commitment to team defense and a handful of timely saves by Tuukka Rask for the Bruins to end their 14-game skid against the defending Stanley Cup champions with a 1-0 victory Sunday. Boston beat Washington for the first time since March 29 Josh Rosen Jersey Limited , 2014, and its 14 consecutive victories against Arizona are now the longest active winning streak against one opponent in the NHL.“We’ve had some tight games,” said Rask, who made 24 saves for just his second career victory in 19 appearances against Washington. “It’s one of those things that just happens in sports where you get into these streaks of either winning or losing and at some point they’re going to snap.”Thanks to David Krejci’s goal, the Bruins snapped their three-game skid and handed the Capitals their eighth loss in nine games.Outscored 45-21 during their 14-game run of futility, the Bruins dominated the Capitals in almost all facets of the game and would have blown them out if not for the play of goaltender Braden Holtby, who made 37 saves. Holtby was helpless to stop Krejci’s shot on a one-timer after a tic-tac-toe puck movement and a cross-ice pass from Torey Krug midway through the second.Rask earned “TUUK!” chants rom Bruins fans in attendance, no louder than when he flashed the glove to snare a shot from Travis Boyd in the slot in the third period. The Finnish goalie picked up his 253rd career victory to take over first place on the Bruins’ all-time list.“He was in control all night,” coach Bruce Cassidy said. “We were pretty clean in front of him there till the end Authentic Julio Jones Jersey , and when we weren’t, he was there for us. Happy for him, I think the guys in the room are as well and hopefully he keeps building on it.”Boston defenseman Brandon Carlo didn’t believe there was necessarily a theme or specific problem that led to such a lopsided stretch against Washington and thought his team was getting closer to breaking through. Afterward, captain Zdeno Chara said the Bruins “finally” got the win against Washington.In many ways, the Capitals had themselves to blame.Fed up by mental mistakes, Capitals coach Todd Reirden used ice time as a weapon to punish players. He benched Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitrij Jaskin for much of the first period after each took a penalty and Andre Burakovsky for the first few minutes of the second for a defensive-zone turnover that almost led to a goal.Washington leads the league with 191 minor penalties.“I think as you get past the All-Star break and you start making a push toward the playoffs, that’s an area we have to get better in, as we’ve taken far too many minor penalties with our sticks,” Reirden said. “We have to be more disciplined if we’re going to have success moving forward from here Julio Jones Jersey Limited , and I thought the last 30 games is a good time to implement that.”Alex Ovechkin returned to the lineup after being forced to sit out Friday against Calgary for skipping All-Star Weekend. Ovechkin powered around Chara for a scoring chance in the first period but couldn’t crack Rask. He will need to wait at least one more game to pass Sergei Fedorov for the most points by a Russian player.“I’m so happy he didn’t get it on me,” Rask said. “I didn’t know that. That would’ve been in my head if I knew that. That’s good. I’m not facing them again, so that’s good.”NOTES: Capitals C Lars Eller was out with a lower-body injury that caused him to leave Friday’s game against Calgary. … D Christian Djoos began a two-game conditioning assignment with Hershey of the American Hockey League. … Boston improved to 14-4-2 on Super Bowl Sunday, third in the NHL in such victories behind Montreal and Washington. … Bruins center Patrice Bergeron played his 999th regular-season game.UP NEXTBruins: Host former Capitals coach Barry Trotz and the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Islanders on Tuesday.Capitals: Host Calder Trophy front-runner Elias Pettersson and the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.NEW YORK (AP) With each passing game http://www.arizonacardinalsteamonline.com/pat-tillman-jersey , it appears the New York Rangers may have found an apprentice goalie for next season.Jimmy Vesey had two goals and an assist to support Alexandar Georgiev’s season-high 43-save performance and the Rangers beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 Saturday night.Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad and Neal Pionk each added a goal and an assist as the Rangers completed a sweep of the three-game season series and improved to 13-3-0 in the last 16 meetings with the Sabres.”The main thing is that we won the game,” said the 22-year-old Georgiev, who has been impressive since his recall from AHL Hartford last month after backup Ondrej Pavelec was injured. ”We scored great goals in the first period, played really good defense. The guys were really battling to not let them have many good opportunities to score.”Sam Reinhart spoiled Georgiev’s shutout bid with 4 1/2 minutes remaining for the Sabres, who have lost four straight. Robin Lehner gave up four goals on 12 shots before being replaced near the midpoint of the second period. Linus Ullmark came on and stopped 10 of the 11 shots he faced.Kreider and Vesey each scored in the first before Pionk got his first NHL goal early in the second.”It’s hard to believe it at first. It’s just such a great feeling when those guys come get you and they all give you a huge hug,” Pionk said. ”Something I will never forget.”Zibanejad made it 4-0 with his team-leading 27th at 8:45 of the second, giving the Rangers goals on four consecutive shots for the first time since Jan. 3, 2015 Authentic Josh Rosen Jersey , also against the Sabres, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Georgiev, starting for fifth time in six games, made 21 saves in the first period, nine in the second and 13 more in the third. He has four wins overall and could emerge as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup next season.”I’m just trying to play my game and help the guys in every way I can,” he said.The Sabres outshot the Rangers 21-10 in the first period but it was Kreider opening the scoring with 3:31 left with his 15th of the season with assists to linemates Zibanejad and Jesper Fast. The line has totaled 25 points in last five games.Zibanejad has 12 points in his last seven games including eight goals. Kreider has a five-game points streak with three goals and seven assists. Fast has an eight-game point streak with three goals and seven assists over the span.Vesey made it 2-0 with just under two minutes remaining. Mats Zuccarello had an assist for his team-leading 50th point.Pionk scored his milestone goal at 3:59 of the middle period, extending his points streak to seven games. He has a goal and nine assists during the stretch. The 22-year-old defenseman was recalled from Hartford of the AHL last month and has 14 points overall.Vesey’s 17th made it 5-0 with 5:13 left in the second.”We lost coverages, guys were beating us up the ice, and I think it goes back to have that respect in our own zone and for our goaltender http://www.arizonacardinalsteamonline.com/josh-rosen-jersey ,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said ”We have to keep the puck out of our net.”The Rangers are 6-4-3 since dealing Rick Nash to Boston, and captain Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller to Tampa Bay as part of a promised purge of top players at the trade deadline. Though they will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2010, they have played with renewed energy since the deals were made.”We had some grade-A chances that we were able to capitalize on and we got a lead,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. ”For the most part, we had some good looks and our goaltender was able to make some big saves.”NOTES: The Rangers also defeated Buffalo 3-2 in overtime in the Winter Classic at Citi Field – which was considered a home game for the Sabres – on New Year’s Day, and won 4-3 at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 18. … The Rangers again scratched Lundqvist after he was shaken up in a collision last Tuesday against Columbus. … The Rangers also scratched F David Desharnais. … Buffalo scratched F Jacob Josefson, F Justin Bailey, D Justin Falk and D Nathan Beaulieu.UP NEXTRangers: Host Washington on Monday.Sabres: Visit Toronto on Monday. WASHINGTON (AP) — Boston Bruins players could feel themselves making progress in recent games against the Washington Capitals even as the losses piled up.All it took was finishing one play, a commitment to team defense and a handful of timely saves by Tuukka Rask for the Bruins to end their 14-game skid against the defending Stanley Cup champions with a 1-0 victory Sunday. Boston beat Washington for the first time since March 29 Josh Rosen Jersey Limited , 2014, and its 14 consecutive victories against Arizona are now the longest active winning streak against one opponent in the NHL.“We’ve had some tight games,” said Rask, who made 24 saves for just his second career victory in 19 appearances against Washington. “It’s one of those things that just happens in sports where you get into these streaks of either winning or losing and at some point they’re going to snap.”Thanks to David Krejci’s goal, the Bruins snapped their three-game skid and handed the Capitals their eighth loss in nine games.Outscored 45-21 during their 14-game run of futility, the Bruins dominated the Capitals in almost all facets of the game and would have blown them out if not for the play of goaltender Braden Holtby, who made 37 saves. Holtby was helpless to stop Krejci’s shot on a one-timer after a tic-tac-toe puck movement and a cross-ice pass from Torey Krug midway through the second.Rask earned “TUUK!” chants rom Bruins fans in attendance, no louder than when he flashed the glove to snare a shot from Travis Boyd in the slot in the third period. The Finnish goalie picked up his 253rd career victory to take over first place on the Bruins’ all-time list.“He was in control all night,” coach Bruce Cassidy said. “We were pretty clean in front of him there till the end Authentic Julio Jones Jersey , and when we weren’t, he was there for us. Happy for him, I think the guys in the room are as well and hopefully he keeps building on it.”Boston defenseman Brandon Carlo didn’t believe there was necessarily a theme or specific problem that led to such a lopsided stretch against Washington and thought his team was getting closer to breaking through. Afterward, captain Zdeno Chara said the Bruins “finally” got the win against Washington.In many ways, the Capitals had themselves to blame.Fed up by mental mistakes, Capitals coach Todd Reirden used ice time as a weapon to punish players. He benched Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitrij Jaskin for much of the first period after each took a penalty and Andre Burakovsky for the first few minutes of the second for a defensive-zone turnover that almost led to a goal.Washington leads the league with 191 minor penalties.“I think as you get past the All-Star break and you start making a push toward the playoffs, that’s an area we have to get better in, as we’ve taken far too many minor penalties with our sticks,” Reirden said. “We have to be more disciplined if we’re going to have success moving forward from here Julio Jones Jersey Limited , and I thought the last 30 games is a good time to implement that.”Alex Ovechkin returned to the lineup after being forced to sit out Friday against Calgary for skipping All-Star Weekend. Ovechkin powered around Chara for a scoring chance in the first period but couldn’t crack Rask. He will need to wait at least one more game to pass Sergei Fedorov for the most points by a Russian player.“I’m so happy he didn’t get it on me,” Rask said. “I didn’t know that. That would’ve been in my head if I knew that. That’s good. I’m not facing them again, so that’s good.”NOTES: Capitals C Lars Eller was out with a lower-body injury that caused him to leave Friday’s game against Calgary. … D Christian Djoos began a two-game conditioning assignment with Hershey of the American Hockey League. … Boston improved to 14-4-2 on Super Bowl Sunday, third in the NHL in such victories behind Montreal and Washington. … Bruins center Patrice Bergeron played his 999th regular-season game.UP NEXTBruins: Host former Capitals coach Barry Trotz and the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Islanders on Tuesday.Capitals: Host Calder Trophy front-runner Elias Pettersson and the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.
  13. WINNIPEG Youth Colin Miller Jersey , Manitoba (AP) for the St. Louis Blues.Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals, and the Blues used a big push in the second period to beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Friday night.St. Louis had dropped seven of its last eight meetings against Winnipeg, including all five games last season. The Blues and Jets split a pair of shutouts in mid-December.”This team has pretty much spanked us around the last three years,” said Jake Allen, who had 20 saves for St. Louis. ”They beat us every time last year. We had a win at the start of the year, but they pretty much spanked us both those games so we needed to show them that we’re not intimidated.”Tarasenko, Patrik Berglund and Alexander Steen scored in a 7 1/2-minute span of the second, helping St. Louis open a 3-0 lead. Tarasenko added his 23nd goal in the third after Winnipeg had pulled within one. Brayden Schwartz scored into an empty net and had an assist.Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine scored for the Jets (32-14-9) Womens Deryk Engelland Jersey , who lost an eight-game point streak (6-0-2). The result also stopped Winnipeg’s home point streak at 10 games.”Nobody is in a good mood and you’re angry with it. You don’t like to get beat like that,” Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. ”We got beat in St. Louis and played one hell of a game. We weren’t any good tonight and didn’t deserve to win the game.”St. Louis (34-20-3) was coming off a 6-1 victory over Colorado on Thursday night.Connor Hellebuyck made 22 saves for the Jets, who were playing their fifth game of a 10-game homestand (3-1-1).Winnipeg had Mark Scheifele back on the ice for his first game since a Dec. 27 upper-body injury. The top-line center had missed 16 games.”Had to shake off a little bit of rust early, but felt better and better as the game went on and got more comfortable,” Scheifele said.The Blues went ahead to stay when Brayden Schenn got the puck in the corner and passed it out to Tarasenko in the circle, and he fired a high shot past Hellebuyck’s blocker side at 4:18. It was Tarasenko’s first goal in seven games.Berglund redirected in a shot by defenseman Robert Bortuzzo at 10:13, and then Steen one-timed a rebound that went by Hellebuyck at 11:39.Connor got the Jets on the board with 2:27 left in the period when his one-timer from the slot went off Blues defenseman Vince Dunn and past Allen for his 18th goal.The Jets had a pair of power plays midway through the third period and Laine made good on the second one, blasting a high shot past Allen at 11:39. But Tarasenko responded with his second of the game just over a minute later.”(Laine) shoots the puck harder than anyone in the league James Neal Jersey ,” Allen said. ”I’d put him up there against anyone. It’s not even close.”(His shot) was sort of through a few bodies so I didn’t really get a good pick up on it, but still he’s got the laser.”With the Jets on the power play, Schwartz scored his 17th of the season into the empty net to make it 5-2.NOTES: The Blues’ record when leading after two periods this season climbed to 26-0-1.UP NEXTBlues: Host Pittsburgh on Sunday.Jets: Host the New York Rangers on Sunday. WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored two power-play goals and Matt Niskanen had the winner in the Washington Capitals‘ 4-3 overtime victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.Ovechkin has six goals in six games to start the season after scoring 49 last season. He has 24 career goals against Henrik Lundqvist, his most against any goaltender in the NHL.Niskanen beat Lundqvist 2:18 into overtime, putting the puck into an empty net as Lundqvist lunged to try to stop the shot. John Carlson had Washington’s other goal.Capitals goalie Braden Holtby stopped 29 of the 32 shots he faced in arguably his best game of this season. One of his biggest saves came with time running out in the second period when he denied Kevin Hayes on a short-handed breakaway, and Ovechkin tied up Neal Pionk’s stick to prevent a rebound goal.Mika Zibanejad, Jimmy Vesey and Chris Kreider scored for New York.CANADIENS 3, BLUES 2MONTREAL (AP) — Brendan Gallagher scored with 11 seconds left to give Montreal its third straight victory.Gallagher tipped a loose puck past goalie Jake Allen after jumping on a bad giveaway by defenseman Colton Parayko in front of the net.Max Domi and Mike Reilly each scored their first goal of the season to help Montreal improve to 4-1-1. Carey Price made 23 saves after missing two games because of the flu.Vince Dunn and Brayden Schenn scored for St. Louis Jonathan Marchessault Jersey , and Allen made 20 saves. The Blues dropped to 1-3-2.FLAMES 5, BRUINS 2CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Michael Frolik scored two goals to lead Calgary past Boston.Johnny Gaudreau collected his 100th NHL goal and rookie defenseman Juusu Valimaki scored his first for the Flames. Matthew Tkachuk added an empty-net goal.Mikael Backlund and Michael Stone each had two assists as Calgary won its second straight home game. Goaltender Mike Smith stopped 24 of 26 shots in the win.Patrice Bergeron had a goal and an assist for the Bruins. Brad Marchand also scored. Tuukka Rask turned away 24 shots in the loss.DUCKS 4, ISLANDERS 1ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ryan Kesler scored twice to help Anaheim continue its hot start.Adam Henrique added a third goal for the Ducks and Hampus Lindholm an empty-netter in the final seconds. Anaheim is 5-1-1 this season.The Islanders fell to 2-3-0.Anaheim goalie John Gibson lost his shutout with 34.8 seconds left when Ross Johnson’s shot deflected off Casey Cizikas and then Anaheim’s Luke Schenn and into the net.Gibson stopped 34 of New York’s shots 35 shots. Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss turned away 21 of Anaheim’s 24 shots.
  14. swooping in on him and his team’s one-goal lead very much in doubt http://www.officialsharks.com/authentic-adidas-logan-couture-jersey , Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray did something that’s kind of tough when Edmonton’s Connor McDavid has the puck dangling on his stick and the game in the balance.Murray waited. He figures he didn’t really have a choice.“He’s got 100 different moves in his arsenal,” Murray said.This time, though, McDavid could have used 101. Murray made an acrobatic stop with his glove hand on McDavid’s penalty shot late in the second period to keep Pittsburgh in front and the Penguins beat the reeling Oilers 3-1 on Wednesday night.McDavid earned the chance after getting pulled down by Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel on a breakaway. McDavid walked in on Murray slowly from the left before making his way across the crease. The delayed wrist shot from the player Murray called “the best in the world” ended up not in the net but in Murray’s awaiting glove.“I think maybe he knew I was going to do it,” McDavid said. “So, got to find something new.”The stop was the flashiest of Murray’s 38 saves, and the one most critical to helping the Pittsburgh win consecutive games for just the second time in five weeks as it tries to stay in the middle of the crowded Eastern Conference playoff chase.“That’s a big turning point,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. “If that goes in late in the period like that, it’s a big shift in momentum.”Instead, the Penguins remained unbeaten (6-0) against the Oilers when both Crosby and McDavid are on the ice. Bryan Rust, Teddy Blueger and Jared McCann all scored as Pittsburgh picked up two vital points despite playing without suspended center Evgeni Malkin, forced to sit while serving a one-game suspension for an illegal high stick. Crosby finished with one assist and spent large portions of the night going head to head with the 22-year-old McDavid.“It’s a great challenge,” the 31-year-old Crosby said. “He’s pretty tough to defend. A lot of times you can be in good spots and good positionally but with his speed if you’re even you’re probably in trouble.”McDavid picked up an assist on Leon Draisaitl’s first-period goal but was otherwise held in check. Mikko Koskinen stopped 31 shots for the Oilers but couldn’t stop Edmonton from falling for the eighth time in nine games.“We had a bunch of chances to tie it http://www.officialsharks.com/authentic-adidas-tomas-hertl-jersey ,” McDavid said. “I have to bear down on a couple. Credit to them. They had that four-minute stretch where they scored two and held on.”The second meeting of the season between two of the game’s generational talents the electricity of the first — when McDavid and Crosby both scored, with Crosby getting the winner in overtime back on Oct. 23 — but with considerably higher stakes, at least for Pittsburgh.The Penguins entered play with a tenuous one-point lead over Carolina for the second wild card in the East. Though Pittsburgh rode a career-high 50 saves from Murray in a one-sided road victory in Philadelphia on Monday, it also continued a pattern of one step forward, one step back.Defenseman Olli Maatta went down in the first period with an upper-body injury that will sideline him indefinitely and the NHL ordered Malkin to sit out as penance after Malkin flung his stick wildly at Philadelphia’s Michael Raffl late in the third period, forcing Pittsburgh head coach Mike Sullivan to get creative in an effort keep his team’s fragile surge going. He moved Nick Bjugstad to center the second line and reshuffled the defensive pairings, including giving Chad Ruhwedel his first appearance since Nov. 19.It led to a bit of a sluggish start, and McDavid wasted little time taking advantage as the Penguins tried to find their footing. He got a pass in front of the Pittsburgh bench from Oscar Klefbom to spark a 2-on-1 and slid a pass over to Draisaitl that beat Murray 4:45 into the game for his 33rd of the season.Rust gave the Penguins a needed spark early in the second period when he put together a dazzling short-handed shift with Matt Cullen that ended with Rust creeping out from behind the Edmonton net and stuffing a puck past Koskinen at 2:35.Blueger put Pittsburgh in front at 6:10 when Kris Letang banked a pass off the side of the Edmonton net that landed on the rookie’s stick. Blueger ripped it by Koskinen for his third goal in seven career games.McDavid used his speed to split Letang and Guentzel, earning a penalty shot for his efforts with 2:35 left in the second.NOTES: Edmonton went 0 for 2 on the power play. The Penguins were 0 for 1. … Rust’s goal gave the Penguins nine this season with a man down.UP NEXTOilers: At Carolina on Friday night.Penguins: Host Calgary on Saturday. GOLFAUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Patrick Reed is leading a major championship for the first time, and his confidence is so high that he can only see what’s ahead of him.Reed started and finished the front nine with three straight birdies. He answered Marc Leishman’s bold shot for an eagle by polishing off another run of three straight birdies. It added to a 6-under 66 and a two-shot lead over Leishman going into the weekend at Augusta National.Right behind them are five major champions – Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth Womens Alexander Steen Jersey , Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson.Nowhere near him are Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, the two names that generated so much of the buzz for a Masters that otherwise is living up to expectations.BASEBALLANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Rookie sensation Shohei Ohtani is making himself at home in the Big A.Ohtani hit a home run for the third straight game, Justin Upton hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Los Angeles Angels rallied from an early six-run deficit to beat the Oakland Athletics 13-9.Ohtani, the two-way star from Japan, connected for a long, solo drive in the second inning against Daniel Gossett. The ball landed in the rocks beyond the center field wall after traveling 449 feet and was measured with a 112.3 mph exit velocity according to Statcast, the hardest-hit and longest of Ohtani’s three major league homers.NEW YORK (AP) – Pedro Alvarez hit a grand slam in the 14th inning, Manny Machado homered twice and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Yankees 7-3 after New York saw four players forced to make early exits.Yankees starter CC Sabathia left with hip soreness, star catcher Gary Sanchez limped off with a leg cramp right before Alvarez struck, third baseman Brandon Drury was lifted for migraines and second baseman Tyler Wade was removed because of flu-like symptoms. New York had to use 20 players in all – reliever Adam Warren was the only non-starting pitcher left.Alvarez connected after midnight, deciding a game that took 5 hours, 20 minutes and included 14 pitchers Brayden Schenn Jersey , a couple of wild misadventures on the basepaths and an admitted missed call by umpires.MMANEW YORK (AP) – Conor McGregor was arraigned on charges of felony criminal mischief charges and misdemeanor assault, menacing and reckless endangerment charges following a backstage melee he sparked at a UFC event in New York City the previous day.He spoke only to acknowledge that he understood the conditions of his release, saying, ”Yes, your honor.”McGregor was released on $50,000 bond – pocket change for a fighter who was guaranteed $30 million last year in his ballyhooed boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. McGregor is due back in court June 14.In the underbelly of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Thursday, McGregor went wild, using a dolly, chairs and guard rails as weapons, not his fists. Fueled by revenge and running with a pack of his ”hoodlums,” McGregor’s antics landed him in jail – and injured two fighters on Saturday’s UFC 223 card.NBAPHILADELPHIA (AP) – Ben Simmons topped LeBron James in a triple-double battle to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to their 13th straight win in their biggest game in six years, 132-130 over the Cleveland Cavaliers.With a buzz in the city over the Sixers that hasn’t been felt since the pre-Process days, they romped toward a 30-point lead over the Cavs in the first half and scored 78 points at the break.Simmons had 27 points Authentic Carl Gunnarsson Jersey , 15 rebounds and 13 assists. James had 44 points (17-of-29 shooting), 11 assists and 11 rebounds, bringing the Cavaliers to the brink of an epic comeback.The Sixers (49-30) moved into third place in the Eastern Conference over the Cavaliers (49-31).LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Lakers unveiled a statue of Elgin Baylor before their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.Baylor’s statue became the sixth that decorates the front of Staples Center, joining Shaquille O’Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Jerry West and Chick Hearn. The Lakers selected Baylor first overall in the 1958 NBA draft. He averaged 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds in 14 seasons for the franchise, including the first two when it played in Minneapolis.Various Lakers alumni spoke during Baylor’s ceremony, including O’Neal, Johnson, West and Abdul-Jabbar. Johnson said Baylor put entertainment into the NBA, and will always remember that Baylor set the Finals record for single-game points against the Boston Celtics on the road.NHLPITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Penguins will start their bid for a Stanley Cup three-peat home.Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel banked in goals off Craig Anderson minutes apart in the second period, Casey DeSmith stopped 34 shots and the Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 4-0 to clinch second place in the Metropolitan Division and home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.Phil Kessel collected his 34th goal of the season and Patric Hornqvist pushed his career-high to 29 when he beat Anderson late in the third period for the Penguins Colton Parayko Jersey , who will host Columbus, New Jersey or Philadelphia next week.AUTO RACINGFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Kurt Busch got a little more aggressive in the first round of qualifying, and it paid off with a pole at Texas Motor Speedway.Busch and his Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer will start in the top three spots in Texas after a weather-shortened qualifying session.With his top lap of 197.368 mph, Busch earned his first pole this season and the 32nd in his career.There was initially a delay because of lightning in the area soon after the first round had been completed to determine the top 24 drivers. The second and third rounds of qualifying were eventually canceled because of more lightning and threatening weather.AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Sebastien Bourdais took the IndyCar pole at ISM Raceway to join Simon Pagenaud in an all-French front row.The last driver to qualify, Bourdais had a two-lap average of 188.539 mph on the 1.022-mile oval in Dale Coyne Racing’s No. 18 car.The 39-year-old Frenchman won his 34th career pole and first since fracturing his pelvis and right hip last year in a crash during qualifying for the Indianapolis 500.
  15. were one of the best NHL teams in overtime last year. With a talented player like Artemi Panarin Custom Minnesota Wild Jerseys , they may be tough to beat in 3-on-3 hockey again this season.Panarin scored midway through overtime, 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, 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, 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 www.officialcanadiensprostore.com , 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, 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. PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins‘ quest for a three-peat is officially on.Patric Hornqvist picked up his 200th career goal and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions clinched their 12th straight playoff berth with a 5-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.Phil Kessel, Riley Sheahan, Conor Sheary and Carl Hagelin also scored for Pittsburgh, which dominated the largely listless Canadiens to improve to 17-1-1 in their last 19 games at PPG Paints Arena. Matt Murray finished with 24 saves for the Penguins, who swept their season series with Montreal for only the second time in franchise history.Jeff Petry and Jonathan Drouin scored for the Canadiens, who lost for the fifth time in seven games. Antti Niemi made 28 stops but Montreal couldn’t handle the league’s top-ranked power play.GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3, SHARKS 2LAS VEGAS (AP) – William Karlsson scored a short-handed goal in the third period, and the expansion Golden Knights clinched the Pacific Division title.Vegas (50-22-7) reached 50 wins in its inaugural season with its third victory in four games. San Jose (44-25-10) is second in the Pacific, four points ahead of Los Angeles.Shea Theodore and Oscar Lindberg also scored for the Golden Knights, and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots.San Jose goaltender Martin Jones made 35 saves. Joe Pavelski and Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored for the Sharks.STARS 4, WILD 1DALLAS (AP) – John Klingberg scored and added to his NHL-leading assist total for defensemen, helping Dallas to the victory.Jason Spezza scored for the first time since Jan. 16 as the Stars, playing their home finale Montreal Canadiens T-Shirts Authentic , won for just the second time in 11 games – a slide that wiped out any realistic hopes of making the playoffs.The Wild, still holding the third playoff spot in the Central Division with four games remaining, lost the second of a home-and-home set two nights after beating the Stars 5-2 in Minnesota.Wild defenseman Ryan Suter departed with a lower-body injury late in the second period. He wasn’t using his right leg as he was helped through the tunnel to the locker room.Klingberg got his career-best 56th assist on the first-period goal by Spezza.BRUINS 5, PANTHERS 1BOSTON (AP) – Jake DeBrusk scored twice in his first game in more than two weeks, and Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots to help Boston move back into first place in the Eastern Conference playoff race.David Krejci had three assists and rookie Ryan Donato had a goal and an assist for Boston, which has won four of its last five games. The Bruins have earned a point in eight straight games and 15 of their last 17.Jamie McGinn scored for Florida, which remains three points behind New Jersey in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. James Reimer stopped 17 of the 22 shots he faced before he was replaced by Roberto Luongo with 3:28 left in the second period, trailing 5-1.Luongo, the losing goalie for Vancouver in the Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup run, stopped all 11 shots the rest of the way.Two days after a physical battle for first place with the Tampa Bay Lighting, which the Bruins won 4-2 to take temporary possession of the top spot, Boston sent the struggling Panthers to their third straight loss and moved back into first. The Lightning had jumped ahead of the Bruins with a win at the New York Rangers on Friday night.CANUCKS 5, BLUE JACKETS 4, OTVANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – Alex Edler scored 1:21 into overtime to lift Vancouver to its season high-tying fourth straight win.Jussi Jokinen had a goal and two assists against his former team, and Darren Archibald, Bo Horvat and Nikolay Goldobin also scored for the Canucks, who have won five of six after a seven-game skid. Thatcher Demko stopped 26 shots in his first NHL start.Seth Jones had a goal and three assists, and Pierre-Luc Dubois, Zach Werenski and Cam Atkinson also scored for Columbus. Artemi Panarin had four assists and Joonas Korpisalo finished with 24 saves for the Blue Jackets, who are 12-1-1 in their last 14 games as they try to pass Pittsburgh for second place in the Metropolitan Division.The Blue Jackets erased a 4-1 deficit by scoring three goals in 2:37 to tie the game.JETS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 1TORONTO (AP) – Josh Morrissey and Dustin Byfuglien scored 1:10 apart in the second period as Winnipeg beat Toronto in a matchup of the only two Canadian teams headed to the playoffs.Andrew Copp had the other goal for Winnipeg Montreal Canadiens Hoodies Authentic , while Connor Hellebuyck stopped 28 shots.Patrick Marleau scored for Toronto, and Curtis McElhinney had 26 saves.The Maple Leafs, who won 7-2 in Winnipeg to open the season on Oct. 4, are all but assured of finishing third in the Atlantic Division. The Jets, meanwhile, look just as certain to wind up second in the Central.Toronto’s only blemish at home in more than two months coming into this game was Monday’s 3-2 loss to last-place Buffalo that snapped a 13-game winning streak at Air Canada Centre.SABRES 7, PREDATORS 4NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Sam Reinhart had a hat trick with Jack Eichel adding a career-high five assists as NHL-worst Buffalo stunned league-leading Nashville.The Sabres outshot Nashville from the start and chased goalie Pekka Rinne after he gave up six goals on 29 shots through two periods.Kyle Okposo had two goals, and Jason Pominville and Ryan O’Reilly also scored for Buffalo, and Eichel tied a franchise single-game record with his assists.P.K. Subban, Austin Watson, Kyle Turris and Nick Bonino scored for Nashville.The Sabres took control by scoring three power-play goals – two by Reinhart – on a 5-minute major after defenseman Victor Antipin was boarded by Nashville forward Scott Hartnell behind the Buffalo net at 14:09 of the second. Antipin was strapped to a backboard and taken off the ice on a stretcher.RANGERS 2, HURRICANES 1RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Ryan Sproul scored and Kevin Hayes added a short-handed goal to help New York eliminate Carolina from the playoff race.Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves for the Rangers, who entered having lost three straight and six of seven – going 1-4-2 in that stretch – and were formally knocked out of the postseason chase earlier in the week.Jeff Skinner scored and Cam Ward made 18 saves for the Hurricanes, whose longshot playoff hopes were snuffed out and will miss out for the ninth straight year – the longest active postseason drought in the NHL. For the third consecutive season, their official elimination came in their 79th game.Lundqvist’s third victory against Carolina this season helped the Rangers finish off a sweep in the series. New York won the first three games by a combined 17-5 margin.DEVILS 4, ISLANDERS 3NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Taylor Hall scored twice and New Jersey took a major step toward its first playoff berth since 2012.Coupled with Florida’s 5-1 loss to Boston earlier in the day, the Devils opened a five-point lead over the Panthers for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference and moved within a point of idle Philadelphia for the top wild card. Both teams have four games left in the regular season, one fewer than Florida.Stefan Noesen and Blake Coleman each had a goal and assist as the Devils won for the seventh time in 10 games (7-2-1). Keith Kinkaid, who has started nine of 10 games and been the mainstay in net since late January Montreal Canadiens Hats Authentic , had 27 saves, including a stop on a one-timer by Ryan Pulock with 14 seconds to play.Tanner Fritz, Anthony Beauvillier and Chris Wagner scored for the Islanders, who have lost 16 of their last 19 (3-12-4). Thomas Greiss made 31 saves in his first game since Feb. 16, when he sustained an ankle injury and went on injured reserve.COYOTES 6, BLUES 0GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Antti Raanta stopped 34 shots for his third shutout of the season and Arizona scored three goals in the second period to beat playoff-chasing St. Louis.Four of the Coyotes‘ goals came from defensemen, including Luke Schenn, who scored his first goal in his 61st game of the season. Schenn also energized a large crowd and his teammates with a powerful check of Blues forward Scottie Upshall early in the second period.Richard Panik added a goal just before the hit, and 28-win Arizona won its 10th this month.Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored a power-play goal and assisted on another second-period goal, Jakob Chychrun, Alex Goligoski and Zac Rinaldo scored, and Max Domi and Dylan Strome had three assists each for the Coyotes. Panik had an assist and Derek Stepan had two.The Blues entered 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, but ended the night tied with Colorado for the second wild-card spot in the West at 92 points through 78 games.RED WINGS 2, SENATORS 0DETROIT (AP) – Jimmy Howard stopped 31 shots for his first shutout of the season, leading Detroit to its third straight win.Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou scored to help the Red Wings get their longest winning streak since a season-high four-game stretch Dec. 29 to Jan. 5.It was Howard’s 24th career shutout and marked the ninth time Ottawa was blanked this season.Mike Condon finished with 25 saves for the Senators.FLAMES 3, OILERS 2CALGARY, Alberta (AP) – Mikael Backlund had a goal and an assist, helping Calgary snap a seven-game skid.Dougie Hamilton and Garnet Hathaway also scored during the Flames‘ three-goal first period. Michael Frolik added two assists, and Mike Smith stopped 34 shots.Hamilton’s goal was his 17th of the season, the most by a defenseman in the NHL.Anton Slepyshev and Mike Cammalleri scored for Edmonton. Cam Talbot gave up three goals on seven shots before he was pulled 15 1/2 minutes in.
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