Chicago Blackhawks (33-32-10 www.officialbluejackets.com , seventh in the Central Division) vs. Arizona Coyotes (36-33-7, fourth in the Pacific Division)Glendale, Arizona; Tuesday, 10 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Arizona heads into the matchup against Chicago as losers of five straight games.The Coyotes are 18-15-4 at home. Arizona has given up 31 power-play goals, killing 85.5 percent of opponent chances.The Blackhawks are 17-19-7 in conference matchups. Chicago averages 3.1 penalties per game, the fewest in the Western Conference. Connor Murphy leads the team averaging 0.4. In their last meeting on March 11 Columbus Blue Jackets T-Shirts Authentic , Chicago won 7-1. Brendan Perlini scored a team-high three goals for the Blackhawks in the victory.TOP PERFORMERS: Alex Galchenyuk leads the Coyotes with 17 goals and has totaled 39 points. Christian Dvorak has recorded 6 points over the last 10 games for Arizona.LAST 10 GAMES: Blackhawks: 6-3-1, averaging 2.9 goals, 4.9 assists, 1.9 penalties and four penalty minutes while giving up 2.3 goals per game with a .929 save percentage.Coyotes: 4-4-2, averaging 2.2 goals, 2.9 assists Columbus Blue Jackets Hoodies Authentic , 2.8 penalties and 5.9 penalty minutes while giving up 2.2 goals per game with a .927 save percentage.Coyotes Injuries: None listed.Blackhawks Injuries: None listed. TORONTO (AP) Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello will not return to the role next season.Team President Brendan Shanahan said Monday he was sticking to a plan that called for the 75-year-old Lamoriello to serve as GM for three years and then transition to senior adviser for four years.Shanahan said he doesn’t have a timeline for filling the GM position.”I haven’t begun that process and that’s why nobody has been named,” Shanahan said. ”My focus was on Lou and making a decision, taking a little bit of time right after the season ended to really reflect on that. So I’m just handling one thing at a time.”The Maple Leafs set franchise records for points (105) and wins (49) in the regular season, but were eliminated in seven games by the Boston Bruins in the first round of the playoffs last week. Coach Mike Babcock, Shanahan and the rest of the team expected more this year after getting back to the postseason a year ago.Auston Matthews found his scoring touch amid injury woes and goalie Frederik Andersen set a franchise record for wins in a season with 38. Among the issues for the new GM: Veteran forwards James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and Leo Komarov are among the players set to hit unrestricted free agency Columbus Blue Jackets Hats Authentic , and Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander are due big raises in the not-too-distant future.”I would like to take this opportunity to thank Lou for his tireless work over the last three years as general manager,” Shanahan said. ”His leadership in helping establish a cultural foundation, as well as his invaluable mentorship to everyone in this organization, has been instrumental in our development.”Lamoriello won the Stanley Cup three times as GM of the New Jersey Devils. Lamoriello spent 27 seasons as Devils GM before stepping down in May 2015 and joining the Maple Leafs in their rebuilding effort. Now he will take on a new role for Toronto.”It’s an unknown,” Lamoriello said. ”I’ve never been in a situation like that. So like everything else in life Custom Columbus Blue Jackets Jerseys , you learn as you go and make the best of it.”The Hockey Hall of Famer also served as GM of the American team that won the World Cup of Hockey in 1996. He returned to that post with USA Hockey for the 1998 Nagano Olympics.—
ANAHEIM http://www.officialoilers.com/authentic-adidas-connor-mcdavid-jersey , Calif. (AP) — Although Los Angeles is below the 14th-place Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference standings, the last-place Kings have emerged on top of their closest rivals in both of their head-to-head matchups so far this season.The Freeway Faceoff is about all that’s left to motivate these teams while Southern California’s hockey renaissance ends with a thud.Carl Grundstrom scored his second NHL goal in his second career game and the Kings won for just the second time in 15 games, beating the Ducks 3-2 Sunday night in a meeting of once-powerful rivals going through nightmare seasons.Dustin Brown and Kyle Clifford also scored first-period goals, and Jonathan Quick made 18 saves in the Kings’ second win over Anaheim this season. There are two more meetings in the Freeway Faceoff over the next four weeks, putting some excitement in the Southland before both of its hockey teams likely miss the playoffs in the same season for the first time since 2004.“We’re both not in playoff spots, but we’re still playing for pride,” Clifford said. “And they’re always a rival over there.”The stakes are usually higher for Los Angeles and Anaheim. These teams are coming off a brilliant seven-year stretch in which the Kings won two Stanley Cup championships and the Ducks won five consecutive Pacific Division titles while reaching two conference finals.The good times abruptly ended last spring when both teams were swept in the first round of the playoffs, and this year has been miserable since the Kings flopped in the opening weeks and the Ducks fell into a midseason tailspin.There’s always a spark when the rivals get together, but the Kings had enough resilience to beat the Ducks again despite going scoreless in the final 43 minutes.“You knew right off that it was a pretty competitive atmosphere within both teams,” said coach Willie Desjardins, whose first game behind the Kings’ bench was a 4-1 win over Anaheim on Nov. 6. “If you look at their history, both of these clubs have had really good teams for a number of years Milan Lucic Jersey Kids , so it’s not surprising that they’ve played in lots of big games. It’s always good when you get to be a part of a challenge like that.”Jakob Silfverberg and Daniel Sprong scored for the Ducks, who followed up an impressive performance against Montreal with a lifeless effort against their neighbors. Ryan Miller stopped 22 shots.“First half of the game, not even close to good enough,” Silfverberg said. “We’ve been playing pretty good, but that was a step way back. We got flat-footed against a team that wanted it more. We kind of turned it on in the third period, but it was too late.”Honda Center wasn’t completely full when the puck dropped on the clubs’ 139th regular-season meeting, but the sellout crowd eventually arrived while Brown and Sprong traded goals 65 seconds apart in the opening minutes. Clifford then put Los Angeles ahead with his career-best eighth goal midway through the first period.The Kings held Anaheim to two shots in the opening period and took a 3-1 lead when Grundstrom nimbly converted Adrian Kempe’s pass on a rush. Grundstrom, a 21-year-old Swede who came up from the AHL on Friday, joined Brian Boyle as the only rookies in Kings history to score a goal in each of their first two games.After a scoreless second period, Silfverberg emerged from behind Quick’s net and trimmed the Kings’ lead on an unassisted goal with 7:44 left.The Ducks couldn’t even it late, losing to the Kings for just the 10th time in their last 27 meetings.“In the last six or seven games, we’ve been the better team in the majority of those Oscar Klefbom Jersey ,” Ducks assistant coach Marty Wilford said. “Tonight was a slow start, and it’s tough to chase the game, as we’ve learned all year. It’s tough to catch up, especially against a team like LA. There really wasn’t much space. They checked very hard.”NOTES: Boyle scored in each of his first two games for Los Angeles in February 2008. … Silfverberg has points in a career-best five straight games. … Ducks C Ryan Kesler missed his second straight game with a hip injury. The 34-year-old veteran had major hip surgery before last season, and he has just eight points in 60 games this season. … Kings F Brendan Leipsic was scratched for the first time in 59 games. He hadn’t missed a game since Los Angeles claimed him off waivers from Vancouver on Dec. 3.UP NEXTKings: Host Predators on Thursday night.Ducks: Host Predators on Tuesday night. WASHINGTON (AP) — Cameras followed Willie O’Ree’s every move and flashbulbs popped as the hockey pioneer toured the Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History and Culture.When the player who broke the NHL’s color barrier in 1958 stood next to a statue of Jackie Robinson, Commissioner Gary Bettman paused to take his phone out and snap a few photos of his own. O’Ree and Bettman have attended countless events together over the past two decades, but this tour on the opening day of the season and a month before they’re inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame together was a unique opportunity for an influential newsmaker to immerse himself in hundreds of years of history.“It brought back a lot of memories for me,” O’Ree said Wednesday. “My grandparents, they were slaves, and then bringing up to date, it’s just amazing. I had a few tears in my eyes there.”With Bettman by his side, O’Ree wiped tears from his eyes as sports curator Damion Thomas talked about the small buildings slaves slept in in after picking cotton from sunrise to sunset. He stopped to read about Michael Jordan’s influence and got a kick out of a story about Chuck Berry driving a red Cadillac on stage to perform at St. Louis’ Fox Theatre.Memories came flooding back in a room featuring a picture of one of Robinson’s games in Atlanta with so many people packed into the stadium that some were on the field. O’Ree sat down in one of the replica seats from Ebbets Field and recalled meeting Robinson in the dugout after a game at age 14 and telling him he played not only baseball but hockey http://www.officialoilers.com/authentic-adidas-ryan-nugent-hopkins-jersey , too.“He remarked that, ‘I didn’t know that there were any black kids playing hockey,'” O’Ree said. “I said, ‘Yeah, there’s a few.'”Thirteen years later when O’Ree was playing professional hockey in Los Angeles, a coach introduced him to Robinson. Or, rather, re-introduced him.“Mr. Robinson turned around and said, ‘Willie O’Ree, aren’t you the young fella I met in Brooklyn?'” O’Ree said. “So he remembered me from 1949 to 1962 and that made a big impact on me.”O’Ree’s impact is still being felt today as there are now more than two dozen black players in the NHL. There isn’t yet anything about the Canadian-born O’Ree in the museum, though that could change after he and Bettman got to experience what it was all about.“This museum is amazing,” Bettman said. “As a bit of a history buff Ryan Strome Jersey , there’s so much I didn’t know and that I was learning and it’s clear to me that I have to come back. But as importantly to be able to experience this with Willie, special doesn’t begin to describe it.”O’Ree, 82, also wants to return with his family after getting only 90 minutes or so to walk around. But those were some important minutes for the museum itself with a living legend in its hallways.“It was an honor to tour through the museum with Willie,” Thomas said. “You’re not just sharing history with a member of the public, but you’re sharing history with a history maker. So, what you hope that you’re able to do in the museum is to have people see their contributions in a much larger light, have people be able to see how their contributions connect to other parts of history.”
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray tries to keep it simple. Show up for work. Try to improve a little bit each day. Don’t get too high or too low.Yes Andrew Hammond Jersey Womens , it’s boring. It’s also highly effective for a player who has regained his confidence and swagger just in time to re-establish his team as one of the league’s best.Murray stopped 36 shots in a 5-1 victory over Florida on Tuesday night to improve to 8-0 since returning from a lower-body injury. Shaky and uncertain in October and November, the 24-year-old has responded with the arguably the best stretch of his career, heady territory considering he already has a pair of Stanley Cup rings.Murray has a 1.24 goals-against average and a .966 save percentage during the unbeaten run that began on Dec. 15. While occasionally sloppy play by his teammates kept Murray plenty busy against the Panthers, he hardly appeared bothered while pushing the Penguins to their ninth win in their last 10 games.“It’d be nice to have a few more games where you don’t give them that many grade-A chances where guys are in all alone and forcing him to make the saves he had to make consistently,” said Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who picked up his 20th goal of the season. “But it was one of those games he played great again.”It was a level of play Murray lacked during the opening two months. He was 4-5-1 with a 4.08 goals against in his first 11 appearances before a lingering lower-body injury sent him to injured reserve in mid-November. Casey DeSmith played solidly in Murray’s place and the Penguins didn’t exactly rush Murray back into net once he was medically cleared.Yet any notion of a goaltending controversy has evaporated. Murray has reasserted himself as the starter. While the Panthers controlled play for long stretches, Murray kept them at bay to keep Florida winless in its last seven trips to Pittsburgh.“Give their goalie credit, he played really well,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. “Ours didn’t.”Florida’s Roberto Luongo surrendered goals to Tanner Pearson and Bryan Rust in the first game’s first 3:03 was pulled after giving up four goals over the first 29 minutes, including short-handed scores by Rust and Riley Sheahan in the second that pushed Pittsburgh’s advantage to 4-0. Luongo finished with 12 saves on 16 shots before being removed in favor of James Reimer.Aaron Ekblad’s goal late in the second period gave him 62 in his career — the most ever by a Florida defenseman — but the Panthers never recovered from the early deficit.“Obviously, we try to prepare as best as we possibly can,” Ekblad said. “It’s on us as the leadership group to get the room ready, have the room prepared to play each night. We haven’t done that. It’s been guys, including myself J.T. Brown Jersey Womens , in the leadership group that haven’t got the job done early in games.”The Penguins saw their season-high eight-game winning streak end Sunday night against Chicago but wasted little time getting back on track.Pearson took a slick pass off the boards by Marcus Pettersson and raced down the right side before slipping the puck between Luongo’s legs 1:29 into the game. Rust doubled the lead 94 seconds later, collecting a feed from Jake Guentzel in front of Luongo and deking by the goaltender before tumbling into the net.The Panthers pressed in an effort to draw even but Murray kept Pittsburgh’s lead intact, including a stop on a short-handed breakaway by Colton Sceviour near the end of a busy first period in which Murray faced 15 shots.“If a team gets chances on our power play it’s usually a turnover, 2-on-1, something like that, so it happens. You’ve got to be ready for that,” Murray said.While Pittsburgh’s electric power play looked listless, the penalty killers made up for it. Matt Cullen and Rust broke in 2-on-2, a sequence that ended with Cullen hitting Rust in front of the net and Rust beating Luongo to make it 3-0 just 3:04 into the second. Sheahan pushed it to 4-0 less than six minutes later when he stripped the puck from Florida’s Keith Yandle, skated high into the Florida zone and whipped a wrist shot from the slot over Luongo’s glove for Pittsburgh’s 10th short-handed goal of the season.“I think we’re trying to skate a little bit more, trying to be a little bit more aggressive up ice,” Rust said. “And I guess (the goals) are just a product of that.”NOTES: The last time the Penguins had multiple short-handed goals in a game was on March 29, 2016 against Buffalo. … Florida fell to 9-11-2 on the road. … Pittsburgh F Patric Hornqvist left in the first period and did not return after getting hit with a puck. … Crosby has 20 goals in 12 seasons, tying a franchise record set held by team owner and Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux. … Both teams went 0 for 4 on the power play.UP NEXTPanthers: Continue a five-game road swing on Thursday in Edmonton.Penguins: Begin a five-game West Coast trip on Friday in Anaheim. The struggling Pittsburgh Penguins might be getting some help Wednesday when they host the Dallas Stars at PPG Paints Arena Tomas Plekanec Jersey Womens , while the Stars will be dealing with a key absence.Pittsburgh center and team captain Sidney Crosby appears to be close to returning after missing three games because of an upper-body injury.Crosby was a full participant in practice Tuesday.Article continues below ...Dallas goaltender Ben Bishop is expected to miss about a week because of a lower-body injury that forced him out of Monday’s 2-1 loss to the Rangers in New York.Crosby first rejoined his teammates on the ice for a morning skate Monday but did not take part in line rushes. Tuesday was a step forward.“It’s good to get out there with the guys, compete and get back into doing those regular things,” he said. “Just to be able to get contact and do regular drills, that’s a good sign. It feels good to be able to do those things.“We’ll see how I feel.”Crosby said it was difficult sitting out, especially with Pittsburgh mired in a 1-7-2 slump and an uncharacteristic 3-5-2 at home.“You want to be with the group regardless of winning or losing. You want to be out there,” he said. “But I think especially when you lose you just want to go and help any way you can. (I’m) trying to stay positive and do my best to get back.”Crosby had two goals, five points in the three games before he got hurt. He ranks third on the team with 19 points and is tied for second with eight goals.“I just felt like my timing, deciding when to shoot, when to look to pass, just attacking, I feel like things like that started to come,” Crosby said. “Hopefully, I can pick up there.”The Penguins’ other star center, Evgeni Malkin Tomas Tatar Jersey Womens , sat out practice Tuesday because of what coach Mike Sullivan called a “maintenance day,” but could be available to face Dallas. Center Matt Cullen has a lower-body injury that will keep him out “longer term,” according to Sullivan.Bishop’s injury “is soft tissue. It’s nothing serious,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said.Anton Khudobin, who replaced Bishop against the Rangers, is expected to take over the No. 1 duties for the time being. The Stars are expected to recall Landon Bow to serve as the backup.“Nothing changes,” Khudobin said of moving up while Bishop is out.He took the loss Monday and is 2-2-1 in his five decisions over the past three weeks.“We have all the faith in (Khudobin), all the confidence in the world,” center Tyler Seguin said.The Stars have just three regulation losses over their past 11 games and the loss to New York ended a two-game winning streak, but Montgomery said his club’s work ethic is lacking.“I want guys to win one-on-one battles, and I want people stopping on pucks, besides the puck pressure,” Montgomery said. “The one thing I found inconsistent with our team has been our work ethic on a daily basis. That’s practice and games.“It’s something we’ve talked a lot about with the leadership group. I don’t think we understand yet what real hard work looks like.”
The Titans haven’t had much go right on Sunday and that includes the health of left tackle Taylor Lewan.Lewan left the game with a foot injury in the second quarter and he’s being called questionable to return. Tyler Marz has replaced Lewan in the lineup.The Titans fell behind 7-0 after a Taywan Taylor fumble and another turnover put them in position to fall further behind after cutting the Buffalo lead to four points. Taron Johnson stepped in front of a Marcus Mariota pass to Nick Williams and gave Buffalo possession in Titans territory.They drove to the 12-yard-line Brian Orakpo Jersey White , but couldn’t get into the end zone and the field goal unit came in for the rare thing that has gone the Titans’ way. Punter Corey Bojorquez appeared to either bobble the snap or try a fake that no one else on the team was ready for him to run. He threw an incompletion under pressure and got an earful from special teams coach Danny Crossman on the sideline. Adding injury to insult, Bojorquez also hurt his shoulder and is also considered questionable to return.Whatever happened, the Bills still lead 7-3 with the first half winding down in Buffalo.Recap: Titans beat Eagles 26-23 in overtime The Titans came out firing on Sunday afternoon, giving us some flashes of what could be with this offense under Matt LaFleur. We really haven’t seen much of it due to injuries up front and to Marcus Mariota. Early on, that changed today. Mariota is finally getting healthy and it showed. LaFleur dialed up multiple shots down the field to Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor. The connection wasn’t quite there, however. Mariota missed a wide open Davis, which should have been six, then Jonnu Smith had a key drop to stop the first drive. The Titans settled for three points to open the game.Mariota came back on the next drive with a good ball to Taylor down the middle of the field deep, but contact forced an incomplete pass. So early on, the Titans missed two opportunities to get into the endzone.After dominating much of the first half, Tennessee found themselves trailing. A deep strike to Jordan Matthews put the Eagles ahead midway through the second quarter. It was Malcolm Butler once again giving up the deep ball. With the seconds winding down in the first half Rashaan Evans Jersey White , Mariota tossed a pick, giving the Eagles a shot to add to their lead. Luckily for the Titans, that was only three points. Philadelphia took a 10-3 lead into halftime.They immediately added to it coming out of the break. A long drive ended with an Alshon Jeffery touchdown, who reeled in a jump ball against LeShaun Sims. Sims was playing for Adoree’ Jackson, who exited the game during the previous play. It didn’t take Mariota long to strike back, however. An efficient drive brought the Titans right back into this one as Mariota scrambled into the endzone to bring it back to a seven point game. The Titans needed a big play defensively — and they got one. It was Harold Landry with the sack fumble, giving Tennessee another chance to close the gap. They were able to add another field goal, bringing the Eagles’ lead to 17-13. Nelson Agholor dropped a pass on third and six, forcing the Eagles to punt back to the Titans with eight minutes to play. A 51 yard Corey Davis catch followed that, setting the Titans up with a golden opportunity to take the lead. And they did just that. Mariota found Tajae Sharpe to go up 20-17 with just five minutes to play. It was a quick three and out for Carson Wentz, who failed to connect with Zach Ertz on third down. The Eagles punted once more http://www.thetitanslockerroom.com/authentic-taylor-lewan-jersey , handing the Titans a chance to put this one on ice with 2:45 to play.A quick screen to Davis put the Titans in a third and three situation, but the Titans couldn’t convert on the following play. They went back to Davis on another screen, but didn’t get the blocking that they needed. Wentz got the ball inside Titans’ territory following a big time return on the punt. A screen to Jeffery got them inside of the redzone with just one minute to play. However, the defense held, forcing a fourth and three with 21 seconds to play. Jake Elliott split the sticks to tie things up, which sent us to overtime. The Eagles would get the ball to open. It was Jay Ajayi getting things rolling, picking up a first down off the bat. Wentz came back with a pass to Jeffery for another chunk, then it was Ajayi getting down into the redzone.The Titans bent, but didn’t break. Dean Pees’ group go the stop on third down, forcing another Elliott field goal. The Eagles now led 23-20, meaning the Titans had to answer on their next drive.Mariota delivered a bomb right on the money to Darius Jennings Womens Jurrell Casey Jersey , who dropped it. That ball would have put the Titans in field goal range at least. Instead, the Titans were faced with a third and ten. Mariota threw incomplete to Davis, bringing up fourth and ten. A penalty made it fourth and 15. With the ballgame on the line, Mariota converted. It was Taywan Taylor on a 15 yard out, keeping the Titans alive. They were faced with another fourth down just minutes later, which they were able to convert with the help of a pass interference call. But a negative play on a pitch and a sack set up third and long. Mariota scrambled for 16 yards — enough for a Ryan Succop field goal attempt. Or so we thought. Vrabel changed his mind after an Eagles timeout and went for it. It was Dion Lewis catching a dump off and barreling down to the Eagles 15. Time became a factor now with just 20 seconds to go. Mariota fired two incompletions, setting up third down. But he found Corey Davis in the endzone on the next play. It was a floater that Davis snatched out of the sky to beat the defending Super Bowl champs. Final Score: Titans 26, Eagles 23
News broke early Sunday morning Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson has asked the team to trade him ahead of this Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline.There are plenty of discussions happening about whether or not the team should or should not trade him Shaquil Barrett Jersey , with ESPN’s Jenna Laine providing some insight into the front office’s position on the matter.First things first, we can probably rest assured the team will not trade him to a team they still have to face in the 2018 season. This eliminates not only their division rivals, but the Washington Redskins, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys.There are however, 22 other teams who could potentially pursue the speedy veteran who has shown this year he still has big play ability. Who are they, and what could the Bucs get in return?Looking along the lines Laine reported on, Tampa Bay would likely be looking for a player in return who can help the team win this year, with added bonus to players or picks who could also help the franchise win in the future.TRADE PARTNER: GREEN BAY PACKERSMark Hoffman-USA TODAY SportsThe Packers are in a sensitive position given the fact Aaron Rodgers is 34-years old and has been injured many times over the past few seasons. Still, there is a feeling within the franchise they can compete in today’s NFL.Less than stellar defensive play and some inconsistency on offense has plagued Green Bay and forced the team to have to outshoot opponents more often than not. Adding a weapon to Rodgers’ arsenal would help, and if they feel losing safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in exchange for such a weapon, a deal could be found.Tampa Bay currently has four safeties on the roster with veteran Chris Conte lost for the year. Outside of Justin Evans, none have a secure hold on the other starting position.Injecting a player like Clinton-Dix not only gives him a chance to regain his Pro Bowl form from 2016, but may provide the Bucs an opportunity to secure the back end of their defense now and for years to come.TRADE PARTNER: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTSQuinn Harris-USA TODAY SportsThe Patriots are not scared of trading high draft picks for players they feel can get them over the hump right now.New England currently sits on top of the AFC East, but the age of Tom Brady, long-term health of tight end Rob Gronkowski and uncertain outlook of head coach Bill Belichick could find this team buying high to get a guy who can give them that little bit extra.Brady’s longest pass this season is 55-yards. Jackson has longs of 58, 75 and 48 in three separate games.Josh Gordon has shown some flashes in the new system, but could benefit greatly from gaining another running mate, as could slot extraordinaire Julian Edelman.Adding Jackson would give New England arguably the most electric offense in the NFL and help sustain the career shelf-life of the quarterback.In exchange, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would likely be looking at an addition by subtraction situation where Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries see expanded roles in the offense. Added draft picks would aid in plugging any future holes starting in 2019.For a front office unsure of their job security in 2019, this would be one of the more surprising moves due to the lack of impact player brought in for 2018. But, given the rapport Winston already has with Humphries and the improved connection we’ve seen in short periods between he and Godwin from 2017, it could happen.TRADE PARTNER: PHILADELPHIA EAGLESBill Streicher-USA TODAY SportsThis is one of the more popular destinations for Jackson to land as a return to Philadelphia would certainly become one of the bigger stories in the league this year.Philadelphia hasn’t come back from their Super Bowl run with the greatest success this year, but they are still very much in the mix for an NFC East division title and post-season berth.They’re well aware of what Jackson can do, and can still do, after witnessing his four catch 129-yard and one touchdown effort against them in Week 2 of this very season.What would the Eagles offer up? Well, unfortunately it doesn’t seem they have a whole lot to offer the Buccaneers which would help in an area of need. There are some intriguing young cornerbacks the Eagles could potentially leverage in a package with a mid to late round draft pick.However, all of the corners in question have had issues themselves and could bust as much as they could fly in Tampa Bay’s secondary.TRADE PARTNER: DALLAS COWBOYSScott Taetsch-USA TODAY SportsGross. Seeing Jackson in a Redskins uniform was one thing, but seeing him in a Cowboys uniform would be something suitable for Halloween.Still Caleb Benenoch Jersey , the Dallas Cowboys aren’t calling this season in and are still trying to find things to do to help quarterback Dak Prescott get back on track.Trading a first-round pick for wide receiver Amari Cooper will help, but there’s more which could be done.Stretching the field will not only help Prescott and his new target, but it would also help running back Ezekiel Elliott continue his solid start to his career.The Cowboys have scored just three points more than the New York Giants who sat at 1-6 entering Week 8.While Dallas’ record is much better than the Giants’, they can’t be confident in what they have going right now.Again, future draft picks don’t outwardly help the Bucs, but giving guys like Godwin an opportunity to capitalize on early promise could prove to be a solid decision for the future while maintaining some of the offensive effectiveness the team has shown thus far.TRADE PARTNER: OAKLAND RAIDERSKirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsThis is my personal favorite, and that’s why I left it for last. My trade scenario?Tampa Bay sends DeSean Jackson and a 2019 third-round pick to the Oakland Raiders for cornerback Gareon Conley and safety Karl Joseph.Conley was very much made the scapegoat for a struggling Raiders defense. Last week, in a 27-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks the Raiders surrendered 222-yards passing and three touchdowns to Russell Wilson.The benched former first-round pick played zero snaps on defense.So, Conley isn’t the issue. In fact, the Raiders secondary has done worse than ever with him on the bench.Well, if Oakland doesn’t want to play him, maybe the Buccaneers do?Karly Joseph is a safety who has shown many flashes of the talent which led to his also being selected in the first round coming out of West Virginia. He too has been a consistent rumor as a trade possibility for the Raiders this season.It’s clear Jon Gruden isn’t really interested in most of the young pieces he inherited when he was hired back to the silver and black sideline and it just so happens two of his young guys fit holes the Bucs need to fill.Jackson doesn’t fill any future holes for Gruden, but he does bring a one-year contract (essentially) which he can then dump in the off-season to free up cap space while giving Derek Carr a guy he can target early and often which might keep him healthy long enough to try and put together whatever Gruden has cooking.The third round pick is a bit high for my taste, but getting two young first-round picks out of it is worth the gamble.If both men panned out, then it’s highly likely Jason Licht would be back next offseason, and we all know what he can do despite missing a third-round pick.Following Week 8 where Jackson finally connected with Winston on a deep ball strike in the second quarter, and following Ryan Fitzpatrick’s insertion late in the second half, it’s possible the two sides could come back to center.Who the starting quarterback is moving forward may play a part in how the star receiver feels, but if the franchise’s general manager is being forthright, Jackson will likely finish the year in pewter anyway. In Washington’s first eight games this season, the team that scored first never fell behind on their way to victory.That streak remains alive after Sunday’s game in Tampa. Dustin Hopkins opened the scoring with a field goal, Josh Doctson scored the game’s only touchdown early in the fourth quarter and the defense forced four turnovers in a 16-3 win over the Buccaneers.Two of those turnovers came after Doctson’s score opened the lead to 10 points. Ryan Fitzpatrick was intercepted by Greg Stroman on the first play of the ensuing possession and Jacquizz Rodgers lost a fumble after Dustin Hopkins’ third field goal of the afternoon. Rodgers had the ball punched out by Ryan Anderson around the 18-yard line and the ball rocketed into the end zone where safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix fell on it for a touchback.In addition to Hopkins’ made field goals, punter Tress Way also helped out. He pinned the Bucs inside the 20 on three of his punts, which left Tampa’s offense with a lot of work to do if they were going to score points. With 501 yards, they did a fair amount of that work but they couldn’t finish when it counted and they’re now 3-6 on the season.Fitzpatrick’s first interception of the day ended the first drive of the day for the Bucs and it also came in the red zone. Cornerback Josh Norman picked Fitzpatrick off at the goal-line in the first of a series of miscues for Tampa on the afternoon. In addition to the other turnovers, kicker Chandler Catanzaro missed a pair of field goals and defensive tackle Beau Allen was flagged for roughing Alex Smith on the first play of Washington’s touchdown drive.Any last hopes of a comeback ended when Fitzpatrick lost a fumble on a sack by Ryan Kerrigan one play after Mike Evans dropped a pass in the end zone with just under four minutes to play. The sack was the second of the day by the defense and Washington allowed two, which is a pretty good showing given they were down three starting offensive linemen.Things weren’t overly successful on offense for Washington otherwise. Their touchdown drive accounted for more than 20 percent of the yards that they gained all day, but they never turned the ball over and the win guarantees Washington another week in first place. They’ll host another first place team next week when the Texans bring their six-game winning streak to town.
San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch met with the media on Thursday http://www.49erslockerroom.com/authentic-dwight-clark-jersey , and he offered some stunning and entirely unexpected news about the rehab process for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and running back Jerick McKinnon. Lynch told the 49ers media at the Senior Bowl that both players are doing “exceptionally well” and are on pace to be on the field when training camp opens later this summer.I’m trying to remember the last time a general manager said a rehabbing player was not on or ahead of pace. I know it has happened when a GM is confirming already reported news, but when there isn’t new information out there, I don’t recall ever hearing a GM offer bad news about the situation.Earlier this week, Lynch mentioned seeing Garoppolo throwing the ball with McKinnon on the practice field in Santa Clara. He talked about that on Thursday, saying it fired him up and that both players are “working incredibly hard” in the rehab process.The 49ers kick off their offseason workout program in mid-April, with OTAs in May and minicamp in June. Lynch said Garoppolo could get some work in OTAs, similar to what Kyle Shanahan said back in October. In the meantime, at least we know things are going “exceptionally well.” It’s not just another game for Richard Sherman and the Seahawks, and Doug Baldwin admitted Sherman isn’t just another cornerback he will face Sunday.Sherman and Baldwin remain close and have talked even more this week than they usually do.Sherman said Thursday he didn’t expect the Seahawks to cut him while he was hurt. Seattle released Sherman, who was rehabbing a torn Achilles Joe Staley Jersey White , in the offseason to save $11 million in salary cap space for 2018.Baldwin was more blunt in his assessment of the situation.“I thought it was really s****y to be honest with you, how it ended,” Baldwin said, via video from Gregg Bell of The News Tribune. “I would really have liked for him to stay here and had an opportunity to finish his career with this organization, but it’s part of the business. It doesn’t work that way.”Sherman, 30, spent the first seven seasons of his career in Seattle. He signed with the 49ers soon after the Seahawks cut him.He has allowed only 16 catches for 266 yards this season, according to Pro Football Focus.Baldwin hopes Sherman receives a warm reception from the fans for “everything he’s done for this organization.”
Sorry to say it but this time comes for every team: Offseason talk. Among the most important things to talk about every offseason is of course the Seattle Seahawks’ list of pending free agents. The Seahawks signed tackle Duane Brown and receiver Tyler Lockett to extensions last year Dontae Johnson Jersey , but could not come to long term agreements with some other key players.Here’s who is set to become a free agent in March if they don’t sign before then:Frank Clark, DEK.J. Wright, OLBEarl Thomas, FSJustin Coleman, CBShamar Stephen, DTDion Jordan, DESebastian Janikowski, KD.J. Fluker, GJ.R. Sweezy, GMike Davis, RBNeiko Thorpe, STMychal Kendricks, OLBMaurice Alexander, SBrett Hundley, QBThose are just the unrestricted free agents, and as you can see, Seattle has a lot of work to do. If you excluded Thomas as a “starter” on the defense, since he did miss 12 games and many do not expect to return anyhow, that still includes six starters on offense and defense, plus the starting kicker.The Seahawks are currently projected at $63 million in cap space and $54 million in “effective cap space” by OvertheCap.com. That’s the third-most in the NFC after the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals. Seattle is also expected to release safety Kam Chancellor, which will save them another $8 million against the cap, even without a post-June 1 designation. They’ll need plenty of space to start bringing back their own players, which I assume will again be a top priority over bringing in outside “big name” free agents.The Seahawks first concern will be Clark, who had 14 sacks this season. He’s likely looking to top the five-year, $72 million deal signed by Minnesota Vikings DE Danielle Hunter. A four-year, $68 million deal would make Clark the highest-paid 4-3 DE in the NFL at $17 million per year. If Seattle can’t come to an agreement, then a franchise tag would likely be applied and cost the Seahawks over $17 million for one season.Beyond that, they must decide which of their starting guards they want to/can afford to keep, if either; if they see a third contract as a viable option for Wright; if they see Stephen as a long-term option at defensive tackle; and what it’s worth to them to keep Coleman as the nickel cornerback. I would also see it as likely that Seattle starts searching for a new kicker.That still leaves the questions about Thomas, Davis, Jordan, Thorpe, Kendricks, and Hundley.Here are the restricted free agents (per Spotrac, could be errors):Tyler Ott, LSQuinton Jefferson, DEBranden Jackson, DEAkeem King, DBGeorge Fant, TTre Madden, FBAnd Exclusive Rights Free Agents (per spotrac):David Moore, WRJ.D. McKissic, RB/WRJoey Hunt, CAustin Calitro, LBEmmanuel Ellerbe, LBJordan Simmons, GShalom Luani, SAs of this morning, OvertheCap seems to be partially down and Spotrac lists Trevone Boykin as a Seahawk, so pardon any corrections that need to be made. There may also be a free agent or restricted free agent note to be applied to safety T.J. Mutcherson, DE Ricky Ali’Fua, or maybe cornerback Jeremy Boykins. Will update as necessary but whatever the case, Seattle is in no danger of losing a ERFA that they’d want to keep, including Moore, Calitro, Luani, and Simmons. It would be unfair to compare just about any team to the 2013 Seattle Seahawks other than other championship teams. The 2013 Seahawks are in the conversation for a top-five defense all-time and unlike many all-time defenses, they also had a quarterback who is on a Hall of Fame path through his first seven seasons, a Hall of Fame caliber running back Alex McGough Jersey , and a receiver who could definitely be in the Hall of Slot Receivers and if he plays another 7-8 years at a high level ... who knows.Seattle’s 2018 team however had pretty much the quarterback, a hobbled version of that receiver, and the middle linebacker. They had some other nice pieces around them, an advantage here or there to the 2013 Seahawks, but if you actually compare them roster-to-roster you start to wonder just how in the hell this team went 10-6 and made the playoffs.Well, it’s because the 2018 Seahawks were a “playoff team” but as you’ll see in comparing position groups, they are nowhere near a “championship team.” In fact, if you think Seattle was close to resembling the 2012 Seahawks and are one year away from being like they were in 2013, I’d argue that after doing this comparison, they’re more like the 2011 version. Until they find out if Tre Flowers can develop like Richard Sherman, if they’ll have anyone close to the caliber of Earl Thomas, if Jacob Martin is on the rise, if they can add not one, but two really good edge rushers, another defensive tackle, if Shaquill Griffin can at least settle into being a Byron Maxwell type, then Seattle may be two years away from competing for first in the division rather than one. Much like 2012, the Seahawks had to get around a championship-caliber division-mate, and the LA Rams don’t seem likely to slow down that quickly.Now enough of the depressing stuff and onto the more depressing stuff.I’m comparing relevant players at each position. My judgment is just that: my judgment. It is not a fact, just an opinion, and in some cases it’s one that I could change with a good enough argument against it. When I went through each position, I came away with a score of 10 to 2 in advantage of the 2013 Seahawks and fittingly, I think you could make a case for 12-0. Even if you had it at 8-4, most of those eight wins were blowouts.The Seahawks have gone through a lot of changes in the wrong direction over the last five years and yes, I’m one of the optimistic and bright-side Seattle writers! QB - Russell Wilson vs Russell WilsonAdvantage - 2018You could call it a wash if you want to. I think Wilson has certainly improved over the last five years and is a more “complete” quarterback with all the experience that comes with starting the number of games he has in that period of time. Consider that he’s also doing more with a lot less. If you factored in salary then you could make a stronger argument for 2012-2015 Wilson, but I’m not doing that here.RB - Marshawn Lynch vs Chris CarsonBackups - Robert Turbin, Christine Michael vs Mike Davis, Rashaad PennyFB - Derrick Coleman vs Tre MaddenAdvantage - 2013Carson actually averaged .5 more yards per carry this season than Lynch did during Seattle’s Super Bowl run, and he’s one of my favorite backs in the league, but there’s only one Marshawn Lynch. That’s kind of also the point: Carroll could more easily utilize a single-back system with Lynch, who played more downs, didn’t miss any games, scored more touchdowns, and had more receiving yards. Even including backup contributions, the better backfield seemed to belong to 2013.WR - Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate, Jermaine Kearse, Sidney Rice, Ricardo Lockette (Percy Harvin) vs Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, David Moore, Jaron Brown, Brandon MarshallAdvantage - 20132018 Lockett might be the best receiver in the whole bunch, but this season also included a hobbled Baldwin and pretty poor depth that showed itself when they were called upon to do more because of Doug’s health. A healthy Baldwin and Tate were a more complete and consistent 1-2, while Kearse came up huge in the playoffs.TE - Zach Miller, Luke Willson, Kellen Davis vs Ed Dickson, Nick Vannett, Will DisslyAdvantage - 2013Miller didn’t quite live up to the expectations of his free agent contract in 2011 but he alone was probably far more effective than Dickson and Vannett combined. Would have liked to have seen more of Dissly, but unfortunately for everyone that did not happen. The tight ends in 2018 were perhaps one of the most underrated weaknesses of the team.OL - Russell Okung, James Carpenter, Max Unger, JR Sweezy, Breno Giacomini vs Duane Brown, JR Sweezy, Justin Britt, DJ Fluker, Germain IfediBackups - Paul McQuistan, Alvin Bailey http://www.seahawkslockerroom.com/authentic-alex-mcgough-jersey , Lemuel Jeanpierre, Michael Bowie vs Joey Hunt, Jordan Simmons, Ethan Pocic, George FantAdvantage - 2013 I have it as 2013, but I don’t know, Okung did miss half of the season. Both lines had their strengths at left tackle and center, but I’d think Unger is typically considered the superior player to Britt. I don’t think any of the other starters are particular “strengths” but at best it might be a wash.DT - Brandon Mebane, Tony McDaniel, Clinton McDonald vs Jarran Reed, Shamar Stephen, Poona Ford, Nazair JonesAdvantage - 2013Similar to Lockett and the receiver, Reed might be the best of the group but the depth in 2013 was so fantastically better. We all like Ford, but he wasn’t even utilized that heavily until late in the year.DE - Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Chris Clemons. Red Bryant, O’Brien Schofield vs Frank Clark, Quinton Jefferson, Dion Jordan, Branden Jackson, Rasheem GreenAdvantage - 2013Either this or cornerback or safety is the biggest slaughter of comps, which emphasizes just how next-level the 2013 Seattle defense was. They will go down with a few Hall of Famers, a handful of Pro Bowlers, and a bevy of talented starters, some of whom were relegated to backup duty on that 53. Clark was a top-ranked pass rusher in 2018, but Avril, Bennett, Clemons, and Bryant is just sledgehammer after sledgehammer for opposing tackles and running backs. LB - Bobby Wagner, KJ Wright, Bruce Irvin, Malcolm Smith, Mike Morgan vs Bobby Wagner, KJ Wright, Mychal Kendricks, Barkevious Mingo, Jacob Martin, Austin Calitro, Shaquem GriffinAdvantage - 2013A couple of the names might be the same and Wagner is as good as ever, but Wright missed too much time, Kendricks was in the same boat, and Mingo’s not even as good as Smith, let alone Irvin. It’s another big advantage for 2013.CB - Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner, Byron Maxwell, Walter Thurmond vs Shaquill Griffin, Tre Flowers, Justin Coleman, Akeem KingAdvantage - 2013The number one corner is a blowout in 2013’s favor, the number two corner still has an advantage for 2013 though I think we are all hoping Flowers develops like Sherman did. You could maybe argue an advantage in the slot for 2018 but I’m not sure it would be a strong argument and this is another landslide for 2013.S - Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor vs Bradley McDougald, Tedric Thompson, Delano HillBackups - Jeron Johnson, Chris Maragos vs Maurice Alexander, Shalom LuaniAdvantage - 2013Moving on...K -Steven Hauschka vs Sebastian JanikowskiAdvantage - 2013Hauschka made 33 of 35 attempts in 2013 whereas Janikowski was 22 of 27 and had three missed PATs.P - Jon Ryan vs Michael DicksonAdvantage - 2018Woo, 2018! Some may argue Ryan over Dickson and I really would not care too much. Dickson is a first team All-Pro though and his net average 5.5 yards longer than Ryan’s was in 2013. The team may have been worse this season but Dickson only had four more punts this season than Ryan did that year.
Mariota is heading into a pivotal year.Nerve issues in his elbow kept him off the field for stretches last season and he’s entering the fifth and final year of his rookie deal without any assurances that he’ll be back in Tennessee in 2020. During an interview with Rob DeMello of KHON in Hawaii Womens Adoree' Jackson Jersey , Mariota said that he feels close to 100 percent physically and that he isn’t stressing the contract uncertainty as the offseason unfolds.“My mentality as a competitor never changes. I’m going to do my best to be at my best when the season comes and do my best to win games. All that other stuff will take care of itself,“ Mariota said. “Obviously I love Nashville, I love Tennessee. It’s a great organization to play for. With that being said, they got, it’s a business and you can’t take any of that stuff personal. You just got to go out there and do your thing. No matter what http://www.thetitanslockerroom.com/authentic-austin-johnson-jersey , my number one goal is to get healthy and from there just become a better football player and do my best to be my best when the season comes so we can win games.”Since trading for Ryan Tannehill, Titans General Manager Jon Robinson and head coach Mike Vrabel have both said that he’s coming in to be the No. 2 behind Mariota. Robinson also said that Tannehill is in Tennessee to push and compete with Mariota and any more injury issues — Mariota has not played all 16 games in any of his four seasons — might force the Titans to consider other quarterback options in the future. A moment of high drama arrived on Sunday afternoon in Nashville, when Titans coach Mike Vrabel sent his placekicking unit onto the field for what would have been a possible game-tying field goal late in overtime. The Titans then called time out, and Vrabel seemingly changed his mind.Only he didn’t change his mind.Vrabel explained to PFT on Sunday evening that he called for the kick team in order to prevent any sense of panic or confusion, knowing that he’d eventually call a time out — and in turn not tipping his hand about going for it.And the decision to go for it wasn’t made in the moment. It was the product of the message that Vrabel had sent to his players all week: Be aggressive.That’s what Vrabel was Curley Culp Jersey , and he knows that the players appreciate the confidence in them. But how much confidence did Vrabel have in the decision? Did he consider the criticism he would have absorbed if they’d failed to convert on fourth and short?“Never even crossed my mind,” Vrabel said. “I get criticized a lot.”If they keep doing things like they did today, Vrabel won’t get criticized at all.
The National Football League today announced the 2019 NFL International Series http://www.buccaneerslockerroom.com/authentic-mike-evans-jersey , including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Week 6 game against the Carolina Panthers, which will be played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on October 13 at 9:30 a.m. EST (2:30 p.m. BST).This will mark Tampa Bay’s third game played in the International Series (also 2009 and 2011) and the Buccaneers’ first time ever playing a divisional opponent in the Series. The matchup between the Buccaneers and Panthers will mark the second-ever NFL contest hosted in Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, following the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders game in Week 5.In July 2015, the NFL and English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur reached an agreement for a minimum of two NFL games per year to be played during a 10-year partnership at their stadium. The stadium features a retractable grass field with an artificial surface underneath that will be used for NFL games. This innovative field adds greater flexibility in the scheduling of games, with the NFL having its own playing surface for games held at the venue.Courtesy of the Buccaneers Communications Department. Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin is inactive for Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.Baldwin was unable to practice this week due to an injury that has been listed as a hip issue on the team’s injury report. Head coach Pete Carroll has also referred to it as a groin ailment.“He鈥檚 just barely making it through the week right now,” Carroll said on Saturday. “It鈥檚 going to be all the way up until game time before we know.”Baldwin has been on the injury report three times in the last four weeks due to hip and groin issues. Carroll said this injury is slightly different than the one he’d previously dealt with in recent weeks. Injuries to both knees also slowed him for the first half of the season and forced him to miss games in Weeks Two and Three after he sustained an MCL injury in the season opener against Denver.Also out for Seattle are linebacker K.J. Wright (knee), right guard D.J. Fluker (hamstring) and fullback Tre Madden (chest).It’s the 10th game this season Wright has missed after he initially injured the knee in a preseason game against Minnesota. Fluker injured his hamstring last week against the San Francisco 49ers. Madden is missing his second straight game with a sternum injury.Jordan Simmons will start in place of Fluker at right guard with Mychal Kendricks expect to play significant snaps at weak-side linebacker after returning from an eight-game suspension.Also inactive for Seattle are cornerback Kalan Reed http://www.buccaneerslockerroom.com/authentic-alex-cappa-jersey , center Joey Hunt and defensive end Branden Jackson.Kendricks’ brother, Eric, is active and will play against Seattle after being listed as questionable with a rib injury. Kendricks did not practice for Minnesota on either Wednesday or Thursday before returning to limited participation on Friday.Cornerback Trae Waynes (concussion), wide receiver Chad Beebe (hamstring) and tight end David Morgan (knee) were ruled out by the Vikings on Friday.Also inactive for the Vikings are quarterback Kyle Sloter, running back Mike Boone, defensive end Tashawn Bower and defensive tackle Jalyn Holmes.
order We’re a long http://www.49erslockerroom.com/authentic-terrell-owens-jersey , long ways away from the end of the 2018 season, but given how the San Francisco 49ers are out of lives and continues, it’s time to look at the rest of the NFL. Yep, it’s time to put together a rooting guide once again for interests of draft order. Sure, we could put one together for playoff positioning, but folks, a 1-4 team decimated by injuries just isn’t going to make it there. The 49ers right now share a single win with the New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, and Arizona Cardinals. If the 49ers continue this trend of losing, they could be in line for a top-5 pick in 2019, possibly the first pick unless the New York Giants have something to say about it.The Giants got things going on Thursday with their 34-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. They dropped to 1-5, and Saquon Barkley is about the only thing that might give them a shot at winning some more games. The 49ers host the Giants in Week 10 on Monday Night Football, in what could be a huge matchup for draft pick implications.The Raiders face off against the Seattle Seahawks in a London game. I have no problem rooting for the Raiders against the Seahawks, especially when draft positioning is on the line. I do think the Raiders can win this game as well, but Seattle is Seattle, and they may have run out of leprechauns to channel that luck. The Colts go up against the New York Jets, who have their own hot and cold rookie quarterback. Given that it’s in New York and the Colts have their issues, I do think the Jets may win, but I wouldn’t put my money on it. The Atlanta Falcons go up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a divisional matchup. The Falcons are much better than their record indicates and the Bucs have hit their own skid with the disappearance of FitzMagic. Now they have Jameis Winston under center. The 49ers will get a chance to battle for draft positioning with the Buccaneers as well later in the season. Finally, the Arizona Cardinals have the Minnesota Vikings. As much of a kick in the gut a Cardinals win would be, it at least would help the 49ers’ draft positioning. The Vikings have shown a great deal of chinks in the armor and are not the force they were last year. They are still a decent team, but not what I expected this year. Below are the games you should care about: Buccaneers (2-2) at Falcons (1-4): Falcons — The 49ers will get a chance to get beat by the Buccaneers later in the season and the Falcons need to not be messing with any high-picks. Easy pick.Colts (1-4) at Jets (2-3): Colts — This one isn’t so concerning as both teams have plenty of opportunities to get wins through the season. Much like the Falcons, the Colts need some wins to return to .500 hell. Cardinals (1-4) at Vikings (2-2-1):Cardinals — I feel so dirty. Seahawks (2-3) at Raiders (1-4): Raiders — The 49ers will get their chance to get beat by both of them later in the season. The Raiders need to win a few games to get out of a head to head competition. Jon Gruden doesn’t deserve a No. 1 pick. Los Angeles Chargers (3-2) vs. Cleveland Browns (2-2-1): Browns — The Browns have a much better record than the 49ers. That’s disgusting. In any case, they always seem to show up uninvited to the high pick draft party that the 49ers have and ruin everything, so they should be getting another win or two. It also would help the strength of schedule considering the 49ers lost to the Chargers earlier.Final score, recap, more from 49ers-Chiefs in Week 3 49ers-Chiefs final scoreThe Chiefs won the game by a final score of 38-27.Jimmy Garoppolo injuryJimmy Garoppolo suffered a left knee injury on this play and has been taken to the locker room on a cart. He won’t be back for the game, but the bigger question is his status moving forward.And again!The 49ers are suddenly back in this thing. They forced the Chiefs into a 3-and-out, and then drove 77 yards down the field for a touchdown. A successful two-point conversion has cut the Chiefs lead to 35-24. The drive was keyed by a pair of 3rd down conversions, one thanks to an offsides penalty, and one on a beautiful 18 yard pass to George Kittle as Jimmy Garoppolo was being blitzed. Alfred Morris had a big showing on the drive, and we’ve got a ballgame.The 49ers find the end zoneThe 49ers scored their second touchdown of the day, but a missed extra point has them trailing 35-16 in the third quarter. Marquise Goodwin got wide open on the short pass that was set up by some huge plays. Pierre Gar莽on picked up 11 yards for an opening first down. A botched snap almost led to disaster, but Jimmy Garoppolo got the pitch to Matt Breida, who picked up 27 yards. Breida added 21 yards on a run, followed by a 23-yard catch and run by George Kittle. That set up the score, as the 49ers look to get back into this thing.This game is a disasterThe 49ers gave up two more touchdowns in the second quarter. San Francisco kicked a field goal as time expired in the half, and now trail 35-10 heading into the third quarter. Free safety Adrian Colbert (hip) and Richard Sherman (calf) left the game and Sherman has been listed as questionable to return.Chiefs respondThe 49ers defense has been a mess on third down. They had the Chiefs at 3rd and goal on the 4-yard line, and Mahomes running around with nothing to find. Mahomes chucked it into the back of the end zone to a wide open Conley. It gives the Chiefs a 21-7 lead.49ers find the end zoneThe San Francisco 49ers managed to convert a huge drive into points, cutting the Chiefs lead to 14-7. Kyle Juszczyk got wide open on a busted coverage, resulting in a 35-yard catch and run for the touchdown. The 49ers had a 1st and 25 and then 2nd and 26, but George Kittle had a huge 3rd and 16 catch to set up 4th and 1. Alfred Morris converted, and then Jimmy Garoppolo found Juice for the huge touchdown. Here’s the score:And againThe Chiefs got back on the board with another Kareem Hunt rushing touchdown. The 49ers had the Chiefs set up with a 3rd and 15, but K’Waun Williams committed pass interference in the end zone. That set up a 1st and goal at the 1, which the Chiefs quickly punched in to take a 14-0 lead.Chiefs score firstThe Kansas City Chiefs jumped on the board with a Kareem Hunt rushing touchdown, and now lead 7-0. They made two big third down conversions, both of which were blown opportunities for the 49ers. The Chiefs converted a 3rd and 1 after Fred Warner missed a tackle on Tyreek Hill in the backfield. They then picked up 14 yards on a 3rd and 15 when Andy Reid dialed up a screen pass to counter the 49ers aggressive blitz. They converted the fourth down and eventually scored.Starting lineupThe 49ers warmups feature a starting lineup that includes Malcolm Smith at SAM, as mentioned below. Additionally, Jimmie Ward is warming up at right cornerback opposite Richard Sherman, in place of Ahkello Witherspoon. Week 2 was a rough one for Witherspoon, who also was dealing with an ankle injury. Witherspoon is active this week, but it appears he will come off the bench against the Chiefs.Linebacker plansThe 49ers apparently are set to go with three inside linebackers at their SAM, MIKE, and WILL positions. Matt Maiocco is reporting that a source told him the plan is start Malcolm Smith at SAM, Fred Warner at MIKE, and Reuben Foster at WILL. Mark Nzeocha had been the team’s starting SAM linebacker the first two weeks.InactivesBig news for the 49ers, as wide receiver Marquise Goodwin is active. He was dealing with a quadricep injury, but appears set to play. He brings a huge presence if fully healthy. Meanwhile, Jaquiski Tartt is inactive, and Antone Exum will start in his place at strong safety.49ers inactives: OG Joshua Garnett, S Jaquiski Tartt, WR Richie James, Jr., OL Najee Toran, DL Jullian Taylor, OT Shon Coleman, CB Greg MabinChiefs inactives: S Eric Berry, LB Ben Niemann, RB Darrel Williams, OL Austin Reiter, OL Kahlil McKenzie, DL Justin Hamilton, CB Charvarius Ward49ers-Chiefs previewThe San Francisco 49ers hop back onto the road to Arrowhead Stadium to face the Kansas City Chiefs. Outside of the Los Angeles Rams, this might be the most difficult game on the first half of the 49ers’ schedule. The Chiefs are white hot thanks to the superb play of Patrick Mahomes who has thrown 10 touchdowns in two games. This will be his fourth start (he started a game in 2017) so maybe things will slow down a bit now that teams have some film on him. Even if that’s possible, the 49ers will have their hands full.This will be an morning game kicking off at 10 A.M.The game will air on Fox and you can see who gets it by looking at our broadcast map. Thom Brennaman and Chris Spielman will be in the booth Jerry Rice Jersey , while Peter Schrager will be on the sideline. The 49ers beat the Detroit Lions in an ugly win that felt more like a loss than anything else. That very feeling shows how expectations have changed in San Francisco. The 49ers are still rebuilding, but there is more expected out of this young team. The biggest issue with the Lions was the number of sacks that Jimmy Garoppolo took. They are a result of a blanketed secondary, but Garoppolo made some maddening decisions to tuck the ball and take a hit instead of take off or throw the ball away. Beyond the sacks, the Lions offense managed to lay 27 points on the 49ers defense. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was off,for lack of a better word as Lions receivers managed to get open with ease. That won’t be the case if the Chiefs get that chance. The good news is the 49ers get linebacker Reuben Foster back now that his suspension is complete. The team is like night and day when Foster is on the field and hopefully his ressence can give this defense the surge it needs to keep up with the Chiefs. The Chiefs made headlines in the offseason with their decision to move on from quarterback Alex Smith who had a terrific year in 2017. Smith was traded to Washington, allowing second year QB Patrick Mahomes the starting job. So far, the decision has been the right one as Mahomes has been nothing short of superb with his weapons in Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. Being that it’s Week 3, if he can keep this production through the season will definitely be something to watch. For Week 2, the Chiefs will be without starting safety Eric Berry. Linebacker Ben Niemann is also not expected to play.Running back Spencer Ware is expected to play on Sunday. The 49ers are still waiting on a decision with safety Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder). They promoted Tyvis Powell in anticipation for Tartt being unable to go on Sunday. Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (quad) remains a gametime decision. Guard Mike Person and Cornerbacks Ahkello Witherspoon and Richard Sherman are all expected to play. Nuts and boltsLocation: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MOGame time: Sunday, September 23rd, 10:00 A.M. PTTV channel: FOXOnline streaming: NFL Game PassLocal Radio: 810-AM, 107.7 (Ted Robinson, Tim Ryan) | Full listingsSports USA national radio: Bob Fitzgerald, Hank BauerSpanish Radio: KTRB 860-AM (Jes煤s Z谩rate, Gabriel Sotelo)Matchup history: San Francisco 49ers lead series 7-5Announcers: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Peter SchragerEnemy blog: Arrowhead PrideTwitter: @ninersnationFacebook: Go ahead and give us a like!Instagram: @ninersnationsbnRegular season scheduleWeek 1: @ Minnesota Vikings — 24-16 LossWeek 2: vs. Detroit Lions, — 30-27 WinWeek 3: @ Kansas City Chiefs, 10:00 a.m., FOX, Sunday, September 23Week 4: @ Los Angeles Chargers, 1:25 p.m., FOX, Sunday, September 30Week 5: vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:25 p.m., FOX, Sunday, October 7Week 6: @ Green Bay Packers, 5:15 p.m., ESPN, Monday, October 15Week 7: vs. Los Angeles Rams, 5:20 p.m., NBC, Sunday, October 21Week 8: @ Arizona Cardinals, 1:25 p.m., FOX, Sunday, October 28Week 9: vs. Oakland Raiders, 5:20 p.m., NFL Network, Thursday, November 1Week 10: vs. New York Giants, 5:15 p.m., ESPN, Monday, November 12Week 11: BYEWeek 12: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 10:00 a.m., FOX, Sunday, November 25Week 13: @ Seattle Seahawks, 5:20 p.m., NBC, Sunday, December 2Week 14: vs. Denver Broncos, 1:05 p.m., CBS, Sunday, December 9Week 15: vs. Seattle Seahawks, 1:05 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 16Week 16: vs. Chicago Bears, 1:05 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 23Week 17: @ Los Angeles Rams, 1:25 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 30
will be joined by veterans deemed too costly by their current teams in the coming days and weeks. Which pass rushers expected to be released could Seattle target?"With free agency opening on March 14 Ben Burr-Kirven Seattle Seahawks Jersey , the group of pending free agents will begin to inflate in the coming days and weeks. A wave of players will soon flood the market, deemed too expensive by their current teams to stick around. At some positions, it will be a welcome influx of talent. Count EDGE among those positions which will need a boost, with the majority of the top end talent certain to be retained by their current clubs. Luckily for pass rush needy teams such as the Seattle Seahawks, more talent should soon be made available. Here are the EDGEs at risk of getting cut (or already have been) who could be a fit in Seattle. Olivier VernonAmong all players listed here, Vernon is the most talented and would be the most impactful addition; not a coincidence, he’s also the most likely to remain with his current team. The Giants signed Vernon to a massive, five year, $85M deal with $40M fully guaranteed in 2016. Since then, Vernon’s been a solid, if not great player in New York, with 22 sacks and 28 tackles for loss in three seasons.The Giants can save $11.5M towards the cap if they release Vernon, though they would incur a dead money charge of $8M. With approximately $28M in cap space currently available, and just Landon Collins needing to be re-signed among their premier talent, New York could wait until next offseason when the dead money is much more palatable ($4M). However, Vernon’s been floated by Over The Cap’s Jason Fitzgerald and NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal as a potential cut. If Vernon were to hit the open market, the Seahawks would surely be interested. He’s a true three down lineman capable of playing the run and pass, and would make a terrific partner for Frank Clark. Though Vernon had just seven sacks in 2018, his pressure rate of 11.1 reflects the type of disruptive presence he is, and the type of rusher Pete Carroll desires—someone who affects the quarterback. Robert QuinnA footnote in the Rams’ busy 2018 offseason was a trade that sent Quinn to the Dolphins, ridding themselves of the $22M remaining on his contract at the time. Now, Miami themselves are likely to get rid of Quinn, saving just under $13M in the process. The Dolphins pending release of Quinn is a reflection of the realities of the NFL rather than Quinn’s play last season. In just his second season as a stand up rusher, Quinn registered 6.5 sacks, 35 pressures and nine tackles for loss. More impressive was his NFL-leading pass rush win rate of 40 percent, a staggering number and five percent higher than the next closest rusher (Jadeveon Clowney). Quinn will be in his age-29 season in 2019 and can certainly still help a team. Landing in Seattle would allow Quinn to avoid double teams, like he enjoyed when playing with Aaron Donald, as well as giving him a chance to play his former team in L.A. twice a season. Vinny CurryThe Eagles’ depth inevitably had to take a hit following their Super Bowl victory in 2018, and their inability to retain Curry was a part of that. As a free agent, Curry signed a three year, $23M deal with the Buccaneers, only to be cut after one season. On an entirely terrible defense last season, Curry was a disappointment for Tampa Bay: 2.5 sacks, five tackles for loss and a pressure rate of 9.4. Similar to his former teammate Brandon Graham, a deal between the Seahawks and Curry would likely be one of two EDGE additions this spring, as Curry is much more of a depth addition than difference maker like a Vernon or Ezekiel Ansah. Curry has been a starter in just one season of his career (2017); the most productive season of his career came in a year in which he played 32 percent of the defense’s snaps. Depth in a pass rushing group is a must in the modern NFL, and it’s something Seattle currently lacks. The signing of Curry would be unlikely to inject double-digit sacks into the group, but it would absolutely provide depth. Adrian ClaybornIn writing about free agent pass rushers the Seahawks could target, I likened Graham’s production and situation to Clayborn 2019 Ben Burr-Kirven Jersey , who signed a two year, $10M deal with the Patriots last spring. Clayborn plummeted back to Earth after a 9.5-sack 2017, producing just 2.5 sacks and three tackles for loss in 2018. Now, New England can release Clayborn and save $3.9M, while incurring a cap hit of $2M. The Patriots have $15.7M in cap space currently, and need to sign Trey Flowers, their best defensive player, to a new deal. Clayborn is a reliable edge defender who can play against the run and pass, but could be released to make the room needed to round out a roster expected to make another Super Bowl charge.Clayborn isn’t a flashy player by any stretch, nor would he particularly move the needle. However, in the name of restoring the depth that left Seattle, he would be a solid addition to the Seahawks rotation. Vic BeasleyThrough four seasons in the NFL, Beasley has remained an entirely puzzling player. Though he wasn’t aided by Dan Quinn and the Falcons repeatedly switching his position, from defensive end to linebacker and back again, Beasley has thoroughly disappointed in three of his four seasons. The one season he didn’t disappoint, however, Beasley led the league in sacks with 15.5 and was named a first-team All-Pro.Now set to play 2019 under his fifth-year option worth $12.8M, it’s expected Atlanta will cut ties with the former first round selection. If Beasley does indeed hit the open market, he could be a highly intriguing option for Seattle. He has familiarity with Carroll’s defense, having played his entire career in Quinn’s system. Additionally, he clears all of the Seahawks’ athletic thresholds at the position—with the lone exception being arm length, where he falls 1/2” short—and is a 99th percentile athlete. Above all else, Seattle prioritizes the three cone drill with their EDGEs. Three times in the Carroll era, the Seahawks have taken the pass rusher who posted the best three cone in their class. Frank Clark was one of those three, but only because Beasley and his three cone of 6.91 seconds was grouped in with the linebackers, as opposed to defensive linemen. The fit is obvious, as is the need for Seattle. Beasley has an element of risk to him, but the upside is extremely high. It’s worth noting another big name pass rusher likely to be cut, Justin Houston, would be extremely unlikely to land with the Seahawks. The reason for Houston’s expected release—besides his $21.1M cap hit—is his fit in new Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s 4-3 defense. If Seattle’s going to give a free agent pass rusher a sizable deal, regardless of length, it isn’t going to be for one who’s a questionable fit within the scheme. Despite the likelihood of the top pass rushers being re-signed by their current teams, the Seahawks and their $51.9M in cap space should have an impressive group of EDGEs to target next month. Retaining Clark is the top priority, and once that’s accomplished, Seattle can begin to bring in some help for him. A new deal with Mychal Kendricks on Wednesday hasn’t precluded the Seattle Seahawks from keeping another prominent linebacker on their roster.According to Gregg Bell of the , linebacker K.J. Wright has agreed to a deal to return to the Seahawks.Terms of the agreement have not yet been disclosed.A source had indicated to on Wednesday night that Wright was moving toward reaching a deal after becoming a free agent for the first time in his eight-year career. Wright had said multiple times that he wanted to remain in Seattle with the Seahawks, but that he was also looking forward to testing the free agent market to assure he was getting a fair contract.Wright has spent his entire career with the Seahawks after being a fourth-round draft pick in 2011. Wright and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner have teamed together for the last seven seasons as one of the more explosive linebacker tandems in the NFL.Wright did miss 11 regular season games last year after a knee injury sustained in the preseason required surgery. He missed the first six games of the season before returning to the field. However, Wright would aggravate the injury just three weeks into his return and miss another five games before returning for the final two weeks of the regular season and playoffs.Wright said at the end of the year that his knee felt back to full strength and he had his best game of the season in Seattle’s playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys with eight tackles and an interception.
Hurricanes had a reason to enjoy themselves www.officialoilers.com , too, on Friday night.Mrazek made 27 saves and the Hurricanes spoiled a celebration at Madison Square Garden that honored the last Rangers team to win the Stanley Cup, blanking New York 3-0.Warren Foegele scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period as the Hurricanes ended a 16-game losing streak at the Garden. He took a pass from Saku Maenalanen in the slot and wristed a shot past Henrik Lundqvist at 6:43.“It was nice to get rewarded there,” Foegele said. “It was a great play by (Kegger) Greg McKegg to enter the zone with speed and then a beautiful pass by Saku.”Rookie Andrei Svechnikov and Brock McGinn added empty-net goals as Carolina won its third in a row. It was Carolina’s first win at MSG since a 4-3 victory on Oct. 29, 2010.In a 45-minute pregame ceremony, Mark Messier, Brian Leetch and the players and coaches from the Rangers’ 1994 Stanley Cup team were introduced. They were seated at center ice as a sellout crowd cheered the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of that championship.To honor that club, Lundqvist wore a goaltender’s mask similar to Mike Richter’s with the Statue of Liberty prominently displayed on the front. Lundqvist’s mask also has “1994” painted on the right side with a picture of Richter Edmonton Oilers T-Shirts Authentic , his name and number.“Unbelievable. It’s a humbling thing. What a great statement by him,” Richter said before the game.“(He) didn’t have to do it. It’s very classy. I was shocked. … Coming from him, look at the career the man has put together. He’s been nothing but consistent from the day he arrived. He’s had just a remarkable career, so it means a lot coming from him.”Rangers coach David Quinn was disappointed in his team’s effort in the game.“There was definitely a lack of urgency which was surprising,” he said. “It certainly was set up to be a special night. We just didn’t capitalize on it.”Carolina, which is 13-4-1 in its past 18 games, climbed within a point of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the final playoff position in the Eastern Conference.“I think we know where we are in the standings and how important each game is,” Foegele said. “We need wins and it’s important we got two points there.”These Rangers are near the bottom of the Eastern Conference.After a tightly played opening period Edmonton Oilers Hoodies Authentic , both teams had better scoring chances in the second.Kevin Hayes took a pass from Jimmy Vesey and faked Mrazek and attempted to stuff the puck into the net, but Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin swept it out from the crease.“That was a big save by him,” Mrazek said. “Hayes did a nice job holding the puck for a little bit, I get out and a great save by Slavin.”Mrazek closed the second period by making a stellar stick-side save on Mika Zibanejad with the Rangers on the power play.Lundqvist kept the game scoreless late in the opening period as he stopped Nino Niederreiter on a breakaway. He finished with 30 saves.“We definitely had our looks, especially in the second period,” Lundqvist said. “It came down to one play. Unfortunately we were on the wrong end. We had our opportunities. But they defended really well the whole game.”NOTES: For the national anthem, the Garden replayed John Amirante’s version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” that he performed during the ’94 Cup Final. … The Rangers are 1-2-1 on their homestand. … Defenseman Haydn Fleury was scratched for Carolina. Center Brett Howden and defenseman Neal Pionk were scratched by the Rangers.UP NEXT:Hurricanes: At the Devils on Sunday in the fourth game of a five-game road trip.Rangers: Host Toronto on Sunday to close out a five-game homestand. Luke Kunin scored the go-ahead goal with 7:35 left, Devan Dubnyk made 21 saves and the Minnesota Wild moved into playoff position by beating the Washington Capitals 2-1 on Friday night.Jordan Greenway also scored for Minnesota Edmonton Oilers Hats Authentic , which snapped a two-game skid and leapfrogged the Arizona Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche to move into the second wild-card spot in a competitive Western Conference race. Ryan Donato assisted on the goals by Kunin and Greenway and was the Wild’s best forward in a game dominated by that second line.Brett Connolly scored his 21st goal of the season and Braden Holtby made 25 saves for Washington, which has lost four of six. The defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals missed an opportunity to add to their lead atop the Metropolitan Division and still lead the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins by four points.DUCKS 4, SHARKS 3, OTANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jakob Silfverberg scored the winning goal 38 seconds into overtime to give the Ducks the victory over San Jose.Silfverberg, who had a goal and two assists, had his fifth multi-point game of the season and second against the Sharks. The goal, which beat San Jose’s Aaron Dell on his stick side Custom Edmonton Oilers Jerseys , was his 23rd of the season.Rickard Rakell scored two goals and assisted on the game-winner. Adam Henrique also scored a goal and Troy Terry had two assists. John Gibson stopped 23 shots.Kevin Labanc, Timo Meier and Justin Braun scored for San Jose, which has lost five straight.
broke a tie on a 5-on-3 power play midway through the third period and the Dallas Stars beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Sunday after blowing a three-goal lead.Spezza took Alexander Radulov’s feed across the crease and tapped the puck past goalie Cam Ward.The victory was overshadowed by the loss of Mats Zuccarello with what he thought was a broken right arm in his first game with Dallas. Acquired from the New York Rangers on Saturday Nick Foligno Jersey , Zuccarello had a goal and assist, but left after two periods and is expected to be sidelined at least four weeks.Radulov and Radek Faksa also scored and Anton Khudobin made 44 saves for the Stars, fighting for a wild-card playoff spot in the Western Conference.Chicago star Patrick Kane was held off the scoresheet, ending his points streak at 20 games. Chris Kunitz, Drake Caggiula and Jonathan Toews tied it for Blackhawks after they fell behind 3-0 early in the second period.COYOTES 4, JETS 1GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Lawson Crouse scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and Arizona beat Winnipeg after retiring the No. 19 jersey of former captain Shane Doan.Brad Richardson, Clayton Keller and Josh Archibald also scored for the Coyotes. Alex Goligoski added two assists and Darcy Kuemper stopped 34 shots, sending the Central Division leaders to their fourth loss in five games.The Coyotes kept pace in the Western Conference playoff race, winning their third straight game and fourth in five. They are three points behind Minnesota for the second wild card.Patrik Laine scored early before Winnipeg was shut out for almost 58 minutes. Laurent Brossoit made 20 saves.A sellout crowd was on hand to see Doan’s No. 19 raised to the rafters at Gila River Arena before a game that matched the two teams he played for during his 21 seasons in the NHL.CAPITALS 6, RANGERS 5, OTWASHINGTON (AP) — Evgeny Kuznetsov scored at 4:20 of overtime, just beating teammate Alex Ovechkin to the puck, and Washington beat New York in its return from its longest road trip this season.Nicklas Backstrom scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season and the second-place Capitals moved within two points of the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Islanders.Tom Wilson added his 17th goal, and Nic Dowd and Michal Kempny also scored for Washington.Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei scored multiple goals for the first time in his career, his second tying the game with 31 seconds remaining in regulation.Chris Kreider added his 26th, Jimmy Vesey contributed his 15th, and Vladislav Namestnikov also scored for New York.WILD 2 Authentic Oliver Bjorkstrand Jersey , BLUES 1, OTST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ryan Donato scored at 2:29 of overtime to lift Minnesota past St. Louis for its third straight victory.Donato launched a shot from behind the left circle past Jake Allen’s glove. Donato has four points in three games since being acquired from Boston.Jason Zucker also scored, and Devan Dubnyk stopped 27 shots. Alex Pietrangelo scored on a power play in the third period for St. Louis. The Blues lost for just the second time in 14 games.SHARKS 5, RED WINGS 3DETROIT (AP) — Joe Pavelski had his fifth career hat trick, scoring twice in less than a minute late in the second period, to help San Jose beat Detroit.Brent Burns had a goal and assist, fellow defenseman Tim Heed also scored, and Aaron Dell made 20 saves. Star defenseman Erik Karlsson sat out after aggravating a groin injury at Columbus on Saturday night.Defenseman Mike Green had a goal and an assist, and Darren Helm and Gustav Nyquist also scored for Detroit.FLAMES 2, SENATORS 1OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Austin Czarnik scored with 41 seconds remaining to lift Calgary past Ottawa.Mikael Backlund also scored, and David Rittich made 22 saves to help Calgary win its fifth straight.Brady Tkachuk scored for the Senators in his first game against brother Matthew in the NHL. COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 46 shots — including 22 in the second period — to get his sixth shutout of the season, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 on Friday night.Adam McQuaid, David Savard and Josh Anderson scored for the Blue Jackets, who pulled even with the Hurricanes for the two wild cards in the Eastern Conference. Both teams are four points behind third-place Pittsburgh in the Metropolitan Division.Bobrovsky set a franchise record for saves in a shutout.Petr Mrazek, who had won his last six starts Ryan Murray Jersey , didn’t have a whole lot to do after the Blue Jackets tallied twice in the first period, especially in the second when Carolina kept the puck mostly in its offensive zone. He finished with 17 saves.MAPLE LEAFS 7, FLYERS 6TORONTO (AP) — Auston Matthews scored twice in the third period as Toronto held on after rallying from a three-goal deficit.Jake Muzzin had two goals and an assist, and Patrick Marleau, Zach Hyman and Martin Marincin also scored to for the Maple Leafs, who had five consecutive goals to take the lead after trailing 5-2. Toronto snapped a two-game skid and pulled two points behind Boston for second place in the Atlantic Division. Frederik Anderson finished with 23 saves.James van Riemsdyk scored three goals, Shayne Gostisbehere and Radko Gudas each had a goal and an assist, and Jakub Voracek also scored for the Flyers. Claude Giroux had three assists, and Nolan Patrick and Sean Couturier each had two, and Brian Elliott had 44 saves.Matthews got the tiebreaking goal with 5 minutes left, taking a one-handed pass from Nylander in front and burying it past Elliott. He then added his 34th of the season with 2:39 remaining off a rebound on a rush to put the Maple Leafs up 7-5.GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2, STARS 1DALLAS (AP) — Ryan Reaves scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, and Vegas beat Dallas.Max Pacioretty scored in the opening minute of the game for Vegas, and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 40 shots — including 16 in the third period — for his 35th win. The Golden Knights have won seven of eight to remain third in the Pacific Division.Roope Hintz scored for Dallas and Anton Khudobin finished with 35 saves and also stopped a penalty shot by William Karlsson in the second period. The Stars lost for just the second time in eight games but fell from third in the Central Division behind St. Louis. Each team has 79 points, but the Blues have a game in hand.DUCKS 5, AVALANCHE 3DENVER (AP) — Corey Perry scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 56.9 seconds remaining, to lead Anaheim.Perry knocked in the winner shortly after Mikko Rantanen was whistled for a high-sticking penalty. Hampus Lindholm added an empty-netter to seal the victory.Perry Sergei Bobrovsky Jersey , Ryan Getzlaf and Daniel Sprong all scored in the second period as the Ducks erased a 2-0 deficit. Colorado’s Sven Andrighetto tied the game at 3 with 11:18 remaining, setting the stage for Perry.The Ducks were coming off a 6-1 loss in Arizona the night before, but were the more energetic team most of the night.Gibson had 14 of his 41 saves in the third period. He’s now 7-2 in his career against Colorado.A three-day break energized the Avalanche early as they got goals from Nathan MacKinnon and Rantanen in the first period. Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves.FLAMES 5, RANGERS 1CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Matthew Tkachuk scored two goals and had a career-high five points to lead Calgary.Johnny Gaudreau, Garnet Hathaway and Michael Frolik also scored for Calgary, which moved one point ahead of San Jose for the Pacific Division lead with 11 games to go. David Rittich had 24 saves.Tkachuk had 10 points (six goals, four assists) on the Flames‘ 3-0-0 homestand. The hot streak comes after an extended cold stretch during which he had just six points in the previous 18 games.Neal Pionk scored for the New York, which is winless in its last six on the road. Alexandar Georgiev made 27 saves to fall to 10-12-3.DEVILS 3, CANUCKS 2, SOVANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Damon Severson scored in the seventh round of the shootout to give New Jersey a win after rallying from two goals down.Kevin Rooney and Stefan Noesen scored 7:53 apart in the third period to tie the score. MacKenzie Blackwood stopped 25 shots as New Jersey won its second straight after a seven-game skid (0-6-1).Elias Pettersson and Tanner Pearson scored for Vancouver, and Bo Horvat had two assists. Jacob Markstrom finished with 31 saves.Petterson also scored on the opening attempt of the shootout, and Drew Stafford tied it for New Jersey in the second round.
NASHVILLE Anton Khudobin Jersey Womens , Tenn. (AP) — knew they had to shake off an ugly performance to keep pace in the playoff chase, and the schedule gave them a quick chance to do just that.The Hurricanes didn’t waste the opportunity.Nino Niederreiter scored twice in the first period and the Hurricanes held off the Nashville Predators 5-3 on Saturday night to sweep the season series.Sebastian Aho had a goal and an assist and Justin Williams and Jordan Martinook also scored. The Hurricanes snapped a two-game skid that included an 8-1 loss to Winnipeg on Friday night and jumped a spot to third in the Metropolitan Division in the Eastern Conference pushing Pittsburgh down to the first wild card.“We knew what kind of a stage that we’re in right now,” Niederreiter said. “We’re all fighting for a playoff spot. I think we’re in a good position, so we made sure we can’t lose like that like last night 8-1. We had to make sure we bounce back and that’s what we did.”Teuvo Teravainen had two assists, and goalie Petr Mrazek improved to 8-0-0 against Nashville after making 31 saves.“It’s been the story of the year,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “We’re a battling team. We’re working hard, but we’re making mistakes just like everyone else. We need big saves at key times, and that’s what we’ve been getting.”Mikael Granlund, Brian Boyle and Craig Smith scored for the Predators.Nashville coach Peter Laviolette pulled goalie Juuse Saros with about 2:33 left, and Granlund scored with 2:28 left right in front with officials waving it off both on the ice and after an initial review for interference by Boyle who collided with Mrazek. The Predators challenged and won for Granlund’s first goal since being acquired at the trade deadline.Aho sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 19.3 seconds left.The Predators played without Filip Forsberg, day to day with a lower-body injury. Granlund replaced Forsberg on the top line with Viktor Arvidsson and Ryan Johansen. Nashville also was coming off its first three-day break since the team’s mandated break immediately after the All-Star Game in late January.Carolina also had to travel after losing to Winnipeg. That didn’t stop the Hurricanes from jumping on the Predators early, outshooting them 16-8 and grabbing a 2-0 lead after the first period.“We played it right from the onset, and we atoned from a dismal performance last night Wade Megan Jersey Womens ,” Williams said.The Predators got into penalty trouble early and often starting with Smith just 30 seconds into the game. Then they wound up giving the Hurricanes a 5-on-3 for 95 seconds with back-to-back tripping penalties on Matt Irwin and captain Roman Josi. Saros, starting for Pekka Rinne, made seven saves during the penalty kill to keep it scoreless.Niederreiter put Carolina up 1-0 at 14:29 with a wrister from the left circle that went top shelf over Saros’ glove. Nashville took its fourth penalty for too many men on the ice during a power play, and Niederreiter made it 2-0 with a second left tipping in Teravainen’s shot from the slot on the man advantage for his 11th goal in 22 games with the Hurricanes.Nashville finished with five penalties and gave up two power plays. Laviolette said the too many men penalty while on the power play should not happen.“We know our changes, and we need to execute it,” Laviolette said. “That’s an opportunity for us to get into the game and it slipped away.Smith got Nashville on the board at 2:52 of the second, beating Mrazek’s blocker with a slap shot from the top of the right circle.Williams scored Carolina’s second power-play goal 55 seconds into the third. Boyle answered quickly scoring at 2:35 to pull Nashville within 3-2. Then Martinook beat Saros with a wrister at 6:38 to pad the lead for Carolina.NOTES: The Hurricanes improved to 10-3-1 in the second game of back-to-backs. … Williams notched his seventh straight 20-goal season. … Nashville dropped to 5-17-4 when trailing after the second period.UP NEXTHurricanes: At Colorado on Monday night.Predators: At Anaheim on Tuesday night. BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Looking for a rare comeback victory, the Boston Bruins swarmed the Buffalo Sabres in the third period on Saturday night.In overtime, an unlikely source did it all by himself.Sean Kuraly scored 3:44 into the extra session to give the Bruins a 3-2 win. It was Boston’s first victory this season when trailing through two periods after going 0-11-1 previously.“I just wanted to get it on net, really,” Kuraly said. “I got more on it than I really thought.”Kuraly’s third goal of the season came on a terrific one-man effort. His initial shot from the top of the left circle led to a big rebound, and Kuraly followed up with speed to chip the loose puck into the net with one hand on his stick.“I saw it was a forward I was coming down on Tobias Rieder Jersey Womens ,” Kuraly said. “I just wanted to get there first. … I was just going on like, whatever, intuition I guess.”Jake DeBrusk and Noel Acciari scored in regulation for Boston, which improved to 21-14-4 ahead of Tuesday’s Winter Classic against the Chicago Blackhawks at Notre Dame Stadium. Tuukka Rask made 26 saves.“To be able to come back, that’s another feather in our cap for being able to do it that way,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “We needed it a lot. We wanted to enjoy these two days. Let’s face it, for a lot of guys it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go up to South Bend. … You want to go there and enjoy it.”Johan Larsson and Marco Scandella scored for Buffalo. Carter Hutton stopped 38 shots.“I thought we played a very strong 60 minutes,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said. “You can’t fault our effort. We attacked the game. It’s going to be like this for the rest of the season where it’s going to be tight.”The Sabres had a prime opportunity to win with a power play in overtime but were unable to test Rask in the extra session.“It goes to overtime and it can go either way,” Larsson said.The Bruins poured it on in the third, outshooting Buffalo 18-5, and were rewarded with DeBrusk’s power-play goal with 2:29 remaining. With Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen in the box for kneeing, DeBrusk capped a critical Bruins power play by tipping home Torey Krug’s long shot from the point to make it 2-all.Scandella opened the scoring 4:40 into the game after a big effort by Sabres leading scorer Jeff Skinner. He raced around Zdeno Chara for a partial breakaway, which was stopped by Rask before Scandella buried the rebound.A giveaway by Skinner Mike Hoffman Jersey Womens , however, led to Boston tying it five minutes later. Acciari’s ensuing shot was off target but ricocheted off Ristolainen for Acciari’s first goal of the season.Buffalo regained the lead on a short-handed goal 5:43 into the second. With Jack Eichel in the penalty box, Evan Rodrigues connected with Larsson on a 2-on-1 for Larsson’s fourth goal.It was the eighth short-handed goal allowed by the Bruins this season, most in the NHL. It was also Buffalo’s first short-handed goal.The teams split the final two periods of regulation, with Buffalo dominating the second and Boston dominating the third.NOTES: Sabres play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret returned to the booth. The Hall of Fame broadcaster had a health scare a week earlier, leaving Buffalo’s game against Anaheim on a stretcher and being taken to the hospital. The 76-year-old Jeanneret has done play-by-play for the Sabres on radio or television since 1971. … Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons is week-to-week with an upper-body injury. The fourth-line center has eight points (three goals, five assists) in 35 games. … Sabres G Linus Ullmark was scratched due to illness. Buffalo recalled goaltender Scott Wedgewood from the AHL’s Rochester Americans to fill the backup role. … David Backes (suspension) and LW Brad Marchand (upper body) were scratched for the Bruins. Backes served the first of a three-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head.UP NEXTBruins: Off to South Bend, Indiana, for the Winter Classic on Tuesday against Chicago.Sabres: Home against the New York Islanders on Monday.
NASHVILLE Vegas Golden Knights T-Shirts Authentic , Tenn. (AP) — the Colorado Avalanche turned to goalie Philipp Grubauer for their second road game within 24 hours.Grubauer came through with 38 saves for his first shutout of the season, helping Colorado beat the Nashville Predators 5-0 Saturday for their fourth straight victory.Colorado coach Jared Bednar called Grubauer’s performance amazing.“That’s a dangerous, dangerous offensive team there and their power play, they’re a lot of shooters, playmakers,” Grubauer said. “And I mean we had some breakdowns, but Grubauer, he was lights out. Some of the saves he made were goal savers for sure.”Colorado improved to 5-1-0 in its last six and has picked up points in eight of its last 10 games while trying to keep pace in Western Conference. The Avalanche pushed a point ahead of Minnesota for the second wild-card spot.“We had to make a decision if we wanted to push for the playoffs or be a lottery team, and we are on our way there,” Nathan MacKinnon said.The Avalanche also split the season series with the Predators, winning both games in Nashville after losing a first-round series in six games last postseason.MacKinnon scored two goals and had an assist. Alexander Kerfoot had a goal and two assists, Nikita Zadorov had a goal and an assist and Gabriel Landeskog added a goal for Colorado.Grubauer made the start and got the seventh shutout of his career. Semyon Varlamov started the last nine games Vegas Golden Knights Hoodies Authentic , including Friday night’s 5-3 win in Chicago.The Predators had a two-game win streak snapped, losing to a Central Division foe they had beaten 12 of the previous 13 games in the regular season. This was just the fourth time they’ve been shut out this season.This time, Colorado had the much tougher turnaround for the afternoon game and had to travel to Nashville for the second half of a back-to-back trip. It didn’t matter as Grubauer kept Nashville scoreless, and now the Avalanche have outscored their opponents 18-4 during this four-game streak.MacKinnon put Colorado up 1-0 with a slap shot from the dot in the left circle that beat goalie Pekka Rinne’s blocker just 3:05 into the game.The Predators had their chances but went 0-for-5 with the man advantage. They got their second power play in the second when Ryan Graves slashed Filip Forsberg as he skated up the slot with the puck. MacKinnon drew a penalty for Colorado later in the second after a collision with Dan Hamhuis left the Predators defenseman on top of MacKinnon’s stick.Nashville coach Peter Laviolette wasn’t happy with the lack of a call that would’ve put his Predators on the power play.“That was a game-changer,” Laviolette said.Kerfoot scored from the right circle into a wide-open net at 14:41 for the power-play goal and a 2-0 lead. Landeskog made it 3-0 at 18:02, finishing off a 2-on-1 with a wrister for his 33rd goal of the season.That was all Grubauer needed as he made save after save, including a stop on Yannick Weber’s backhander on a short-handed attempt midway through the third. MacKinnon made it 4-0 just 28 seconds later with his 32nd this season from the top of the left circle, and Zadorov got his sixth with 3:18 left.“We did some good things, and the bottom line is that Colorado’s goalie stood on his head,” Nashville center Ryan Johansen said.NOTES: Colorado is 4-3-2 in the second game of a back-to-back set. … Colorado had a 19-5 edge in blocked shots with defenseman Erik Johnson having a game-high six. … The Predators now are 9-20-4 when allowing the first goal and 6-16-2 when trailing after the first period. … Nashville set a home record with a crowd of 17,760.UP NEXTAvalanche: Host Florida on Monday night.Predators: Host Oilers on Monday night. NEW YORK (AP) — Even when they aren’t playing great, the New York Islanders are managing to keep winning.Valtteri Filppula scored 1:37 into overtime and the Islanders beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 Tuesday night for their 12th win in 15 games.“When we needed a big play, a block or a save Vegas Golden Knights Hats Authentic , we had that,” New York coach Barry Trotz said. “And that allows us to survive those moments when we’re not at our best.”Jordan Eberle had a goal in the first period for New York, and Robin Lehner stopped 30 shots.“It wasn’t pretty, but we found a way,” Eberle said. “(Lehner) was the reason we won tonight. He was seeing the puck well. He made a lot of big saves, kept us in it.”David Perron scored the tying goal in the third period for the Blues, and Jordan Binnington — making his fourth straight start and fourth of his career — finished with 23 saves. St. Louis had won three straight and five of its previous seven.“We fought back, it was a tight game,” St. Louis’ Alex Pietrangelo said. “There wasn’t a whole lot of playmaking on either side … Those are the ones we just got to get points right now.”On the winner, Filppula jumped on the ice on a line change, got a pass from Mathew Barzal and skated in on Binnington before beating him from the right side for his 10th.“It was a good (line) change, we got a 2-on-1 right away and just thought I’d try to shoot it,” Filppula said. “I was happy to see the puck go in.”Perron tied it at 6:07 of the third as he got a pass from Ryan O’Reilly from behind the net Custom Vegas Golden Knights Jerseys , and put it past Lehner for his team-leading 17th. It extended Perron’s career-high point streak to 12 games, giving him six goals and 15 assists in the stretch.“It was good to put one in and get a point out of it,” Perron said.Trailing 1-0, the Blues picked up their intensity in the second period, outshooting the Islanders 18-7.Lehner, who had won a career-best eight straight before taking the loss in a 2-1 defeat to the New York Rangers on Saturday, was stellar in keeping St. Louis off the scoreboard. He stopped an attempt by O’Reilly from the left side 1½ minutes in and denied Jaden Schwartz in front four minutes later. Lehner then gloved Oskar Sundqvist’s shot from the left circle three minutes later and a tip by Schwartz shortly after.Sundqvist was thwarted on consecutive attempts in front with just over eight minutes remaining, and Lehner gloved a shot by Vladimir Tarasenko from between the circles 30 seconds later.“We’re playing as a team, we’re playing for each other,” Lehner said. “Everyone throws themselves in, everyone tries to get in front of the puck, everyone does everything they can. That’s what we got to keep on doing.”Binnington stopped a tip by Islanders rookie Devon Toews with a little more than two minutes to go in the second to keep it a one-goal game.St. Louis, outshot 11-5 in the first period John Moore Jersey Womens , didn’t get its first shot on goal until 7:47 in, when Lehner stopped a tip try by Zach Sanford from between the circles.The Islanders got on the scoreboard about a minute later, seconds after Anders Lee hit a goalpost and the puck ended up in the netting on the outside. After a faceoff to Binnington’s left, Eberle got the rebound of Lee’s attempt on the right doorstep and lifted it in up high for his 10th of the season and 200th of his career at 8:43.“(Lee) made a great play, caused a little confusion in front and I was just able to find the rebound,” Eberle said.St. Louis coach Craig Berube challenged for goalie interference on the play, but the goal stood after a video review.NOTES: Sundqvist was helped off the ice less than three minutes into the game after he was accidentally hit in the head by an official’s elbow. He returned to the ice in the closing minutes of the opening period. … O’Reilly has 10 assists and 13 points in his last 11 games. … The Islanders are 6-1-1 in the last eight against the Blues, including a 4-3 win at St. Louis on Jan. 5. … New York improved to 19-1-3 when leading after two periods. … Eberle has three goals in his last six games. … Lee has six assists and eight points in his last seven games.UP NEXTBlues: At Boston on Thursday night to finish a four-game trip.Islanders: Host New Jersey on Thursday night at the Nassau Coliseum.
Henrik Lundqvist was in vintage form in helping the New York Rangers get a big win.Lundqvist stopped 39 shots and Jimmy Vesey scored twice to lead New York to its third straight victory Authentic Carl Gunnarsson Jersey , 3-1 over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night.“Hank was outstanding tonight,” Rangers coach David Quinn said. “We managed a way to get it done. I thought the third period we did a pretty good job of managing the puck and getting it behind them.”Neal Pionk also scored for New York, and rookie Brett Howden picked up his sixth assist of the season before leaving with an injury in the second period.“I think we earned this type of game,” Lundqvist said. “Then in the third, I think we played our best period. Tonight, we made some really strong plays at the right time.”Lundqvist was stellar while picking up his fourth win of the season and 435th of his career, moving just two behind Jacaues Plante for seventh place on the NHL’s all-time list.Conor Sheary scored for Buffalo and Carter Hutton made 19 saves.The Rangers made the most of their first two shots in the middle period, scoring twice within 19 seconds.“We capitalized on a few chances we had and that was the difference in the game,” Vesey said.Pionk scored 41 seconds into the period when his wrist shot sailed past Hutton. Vladislav Namestnikov and Mika Zibanejad assisted on the play. On the Rangers’ next shot, Vesey snapped off a wrist shot from the slot to make it 2-0. Howden made a nifty drop pass to set up his linemate.Howden crashed hard into the boards later in the second before being helped off the ice with about 6 1/2 minutes remaining. He did not return.Lundqvist appeared to be injured late in the second when Rasmus Dahlin, the first overall pick in June’s NHL draft, collided with his Swedish countrymate. However, after an extended look from the trainer, Lundqvist remained in the game.Sheary took advantage of a turnover by Brendan Smith to pull the Sabres within one as he scored off his own rebound at 6:07 of the third.“I really liked the way we played from start to finish,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said. “We would like to take two or three shifts back in the second period. … It’s just important in those situations when it’s a tight hockey game you can’t take a shift off. You can’t let your guard down and they capitalized on some soft coverage. It’s a good lesson to be learned.”The Rangers had allowed a tying or go-ahead goal in the final minute of their previous three games on the west coast trip but managed to win the last two with the help of a shootout. Sunday, Vesey tallied an empty-netter to seal the deal.Buffalo finished 0 for 4 on the power play, and New York was 0 for 1.The Sabres’ top line of Jeff Skinner, Jack Eichel and Jason Pominville has been one of the best trio’s in the NHL since being put together. After combining for 38 points in the previous seven games, they were held scoreless by the Rangers.NOTES: F Pavel Buchnevich returned to the Rangers’ lineup after being a healthy scratch for the second time this season. … F Chris Kreider skated in his 395th career NHL game. … Rangers F Ryan Spooner missed the game due to a lower-body injury. D Adam McQuaid has missed three straight games and is now considered week-to-week not day-to-day. … Buffalo scratched F Tage Thompson and F Remi Elie along with D Nathan Beaulieu.UP NEXTRangers: Host Montreal on Tuesday night.Sabres: Host Montreal on Thursday night. TORONTO (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored the 650th goal of his career and Braden Holtby made 40 saves as the Washington Capitals defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on Thursday night.Tom Wilson had a goal and an assist, and Brett Connolly also scored for Washington, which won consecutive games for the first time in two weeks. Lars Eller added two assists.Andreas Johnsson and John Tavares scored for Toronto. Frederik Andersen made 25 stops.The Leafs Colton Parayko Jersey , who were playing at home for the first time since Feb. 6 following a season-long six-game trip that ended with a 3-2-1 record, entered 7-2-2 over their last 11, but had also dropped two straight.The Capitals, meanwhile, were 6-3-1 over their previous 10 after a 0-5-2 stretch that culminated with a 6-3 loss at Scotiabank Arena on Jan. 23.LIGHTNING 2, SABRES 1TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov became the fastest player to 100 points in a season since Mario Lemieux, and he and Steven Stamkos scored in the shootout to lift Tampa Bay.Kucherov became the league’s first 100-point player this season with his 30th goal. He got there in 62 games, one more than it took Lemieux in 1996-97.Andrei Vasilevskiy had 29 saves and stopped both shootout attempts he faced. The Lightning have won eight straight and earned points in 12 in a row (10-0-2).Rasmus Dahlin scored for Buffalo, and Carter Hutton stopped 39 shots.Kucherov is the first player in Lightning franchise history to record multiple 100-point seasons and is the seventh player in the past 20 years with back-to-back such campaigns.SHARKS 4, PENGUINS 0PITTSBURGH (AP) — Tomas Hertl scored a pair of first-period power-play goals, Martin Jones stopped 26 shots and San Jose took advantage of sloppy play by Pittsburgh Penguins.Brent Burns picked up his 12th of the season, and Evander Kane added a short-handed goal for the Sharks, who beat Casey DeSmith three times in the opening 14 minutes and kept the Penguins in check the rest of the way to sweep the season series from the team that edged them in six games in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.The Sharks have won eight of 10 overall and pulled within one point of Calgary for the top spot in the Pacific Division.DeSmith finished with 29 saves, but Pittsburgh stumbled out of the gate and never recovered to lose for just the second time in six games.HURRICANES 4, PANTHERS 3SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Justin Williams had two goals and an assist and Carolina rallied for two goals down to beat Florida.Nino Niederreiter had a goal and an assist, and Justin Faulk also scored a goal Florida, which has won seven of its last nine games. Peter Mrazek made 27 saves.Aleksander Barkov, Evgenii Dadonov and Jonathan Huberdeau each had a goal and an assist for the Panthers, whose three-game winning streak was snapped. James Reimer stopped 21 shots in his fourth consecutive start.DEVILS 4 http://www.officialblues.com/authentic-adidas-dmitrij-jaskin-jersey , SENATORS 0NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Cory Schneider made 30 saves in posting his first shutout since November 2017 and New Jersey beat undermanned Ottawa in a game in which both teams gave indications they were getting ready to make trades in the next few days.Travis Zajac, Steven Santini, Kurtis Gabriel and Miles Wood scored for the Devils, who won for the third time in four games.Anders Nilsson had 27 saves for the Senators, whose 22-33-5 record is the worst in the NHL this season.Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel, the Senators’ first, second- and fourth-leading scorers, were all healthy scratches.COYOTES 3, CANUCKS 2, OTVANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Alex Galchenyuk scored 1:54 into overtime on an impressive individual effort to lift Arizona over Vancouver.Galchenyuk used a sweeping deke to get around a defender, faked a move behind the net that fooled goalie Jacob Markstrom and stuffed the puck in against the near post.Jakob Chychrun and Lawson Crouse also scored for Arizona, and Darcy Keumper had 30 saves. Adam Gaudette tied it late in the third period for Vancouver. Bo Horvat also scored, and Markstrom stopped 35 shots.WILD 4, RANGERS 1NEW YORK (AP) — Zach Parise had a goal and an assist, and Minnesota ended a five-game skid with a win over New York.Mikael Granlund and Jared Spurgeon also scored and Jordan Greenway added an empty-netter. Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves for the Wild, who earned their first victory since Feb. 9 at New Jersey.Despite their recent struggles, the Wild are still in the race for one of the final playoff spots in the Western Conference.Pavel Buchnevich scored for the Rangersm and Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves.CANADIENS 5, FLYERS 1MONTREAL (AP) — Brendan Gallagher earned his first career hat trick and Montreal defeated Philadelphia.Rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Tomas Tatar also scored for the Canadiens Youth Jaden Schwartz Jersey , who won their second straight. Carey Price stopped 29 shots for his 25th victory of the season.Michael Raffl scored in the third period for the Flyers, who have dropped two straight after winning three in a row.Flyers goalie Carter Hart gave up three goals on nine shots before being pulled 10:33 into the game. It was the second straight game Hart was yanked. Brian Elliott stopped 29 of 31 shots in relief.PREDATORS 2, KINGS 1NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Roman Josi had a goal and an assist as the Nashville topped Los Angeles and moved atop the Central Division with its third win in four games.The Predators have 77 points, one more than Winnipeg (76), though the Jets have three games in hand on Nashville.Kyle Turris scored for Nashville, which also swept the season series with Los Angeles. Goalie Pekka Rinne made 28 saves for the win.Michael Amadio scored for the Kings, who are 0-4-2 in losing their sixth straight.STARS 5, BLUES 2DALLAS (AP) —Jamie Benn had his first multi-goal game since early October and Dallas ended St. Louis’franchise-record 11-game winning streak.When Benn scored the game’s first goal 3:46 into the second period, the Blues trailed for the first time since Feb. 5 — a span of more than 517 minutes on the ice over 10 games.Radek Faksa and Alexander Radulov put Dallas up 3-0 with goals in a 65-second span midway through the second period. Tyler Seguin also scored for the Stars, who snapped a three-game losing streak in which they were shut out twice. Anton Khudobin stopped 43 shots while starting his seventh consecutive game for the Stars.Vladimir Tarasenko and Ryan O’Reilly scored for St. Louis.OILERS 4, ISLANDERS 3, OTEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Connor McDavid scored in overtime and added an assist as Edmonton snapped a five-game losing streak.Leon Draisaitl, Sam Gagner and Oscar Klefbom also scored for the Oilers, who have won two games out of their last 13.Anders Lee, Brock Nelson and Cal Clutterbuck scored for the Islanders, who have lost two straight.
Paul Maurice summed up the Jets‘ night in a hurry.“Coach was no good Mark Giordano Jersey , the players were no good, the food was no good,” Maurice said. “Just hope the plane works.”Jonathan Drouin had two goals and two assists for his first four-point game and the Canadiens beat the Central Division-leading Jets 5-2 on Thursday night for their third straight victory.Captain Shea Weber, Phillip Danault and Jesperi Kotkaniemi also scored to help the Canadiens improve to 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. Carey Price made 32 saves for his seventh consecutive victory.“This was one of our best games this year,” coach Claude Julien said. “This was a team that we had a ton of respect for because of who they are and how good they are. And we were ready to play them. I didn’t say we were intimidated by them, but we respected them. We knew we had to play well. We went out there and took charge. A good 60-minute effort, that’s all I can say.”Danault also had three assists for a four-point game, and Kotkaniemi has scored in four consecutive games. The Canadiens had a season-high 53 shots.“We’ve been saying that all year, we can compete against anyone Youth Matthew Tkachuk Jersey ,” said Drouin, who has nine points in his last three games. “They’re a big physical team and we beat them with our speed. When you have more than 50 shots on net, you’re obviously doing something right.”Montreal jumped ahead of Boston into third place in the Atlantic Division, one point behind Toronto.Mark Scheifele and Brendan Lemieux scored, and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 48 shots for Winnipeg. The Jets have lost two in a row.“Definitely a busy night,” Hellebuyck said. “I was having some fun out there, doing my job. We were right in it until the end. One of the fastest teams we’ve ever played. They came to play and were all over us.”NOTES: Dustin Byfuglien was back for the Jets after missing 15 straight games because of a lower-body injury. The defenseman was injured against Minnesota on Dec. 29. … Tomas Tatar returned for Montreal after missing a game with the flu.UP NEXTJets: At Ottawa on Saturday.Canadiens: Host Toronto on Saturday night. TORONTO (AP) — It took two late goals by Zach Hyman and a huge comeback by Toronto to end its longest losing streak of the season.Hyman scored two goals in the final 1:50 of the third period as the Maple Leafs erased an early 3-0 deficit and beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-3 Saturday night.William Nylander and Auston Matthews each had a goal and an assist, and Tyler Ennis and Andreas Johnsson also scored for Toronto, which snapped a season-high three-game losing streak. Frederik Andersen stopped 32 shots Michael Frolik Jersey , and Patrick Marleau, Mitch Marner and Morgan Rielly had two assists each.Hyman and Johnsson scored empty-net goals.“The first 10 minutes we were all over them and then all of a sudden it’s 3-0,” Hyman said. “What a win for us to end a losing streak, to come back like we did (on) Saturday night against Montreal.“It’s a good feeling.”Andrew Shaw and Jeff Petry each had a goal and an assist, and Tomas Tatar scored for Montreal, which had its three-game win streak halted. Carey Price made 31 saves.“Hockey games lasts for 60 minutes, and we didn’t play the full 60,” Canadiens winger Artturi Lehkonen said.Hyman netted the eventual winner when he scored off a rebound of a shot by Mitch Marner. It was Hyman’s 12th of the season.“Everybody contributed,” Hyman said. “It was one of our best team wins of the year to be able to come back like that.”Johnsson added his 17th into an empty net with 57.5 seconds left. Hyman’s empty-net goal came after he was taken down on a breakaway by Shea Weber.Montreal built a three-goal lead early in the game. The Maple Leafs closed within a goal in the second period and tied the score at 6:58 of the third on a fortuitous bounce. Marleau’s dump pass in took a crazy hop off the boards in front to Nylander Authentic Mikael Backlund Jersey , who fired his fourth into the open net, with Price out of position.Toronto trailed 3-0 after a disastrous opening 20 minutes, but got one back early in the second on the power play. Matthews, who beat Price in overtime in the season opener on Oct. 3, took a pass from Rielly and beat Price through the pads for his 29th goal of the season at 2:13.Toronto got another power play toward the end of the period and connected when Nylander fed a no-look pass down low to Marleau, who quickly fed Ennis for his eighth.The Leafs came in having won six in a row against the Canadiens, but fell behind early.Shaw opened the scoring at 8:07 of the first,burying his 13th the season, and third against the Leafs.Toronto challenged for goalie interference Mike Smith Jersey , but the call on the ice stood following a quick review.Montreal then went up 2-0 at 12:44 when Toronto’s fourth line turned the puck over in the neutral zone. The Canadiens’ top unit raced the other way and Tatar scored his 21st, beating Andersen on the short side.The Canadiens stretched their lead to three goals on a man advantage at 13:52, when Petry took a pass from Shaw at the top of the left face-off circle and beat Andersen high for his 11th goal.NOTES: Matthews has 10 goals in 10 career outings against the Canadiens. … Ennis, who broke his ankle on Dec. 22, sat out 21 games before returning to the lineup last Saturday. … Montreal winger Jonathan Drouin took the warmup, but was a late scratch with the flu. Nicolas Deslauriers took his place. … Toronto defenseman Jake Gardiner suited up after sitting out Friday’s practice. … Marleau played the 1,635th game of his career, moving past Scott Stevens and into sole possession of eighth on the NHL’s all-time list.UP NEXTLeafs: Host Buffalo on Monday.Canadiens: At New Jersey on Monday.
COLUMBUS Jason Zucker Jersey , Ohio (AP) —sick bed and rung up his first career hat trick.The Columbus center had a fever and missed his team’s loss to the New York Islanders on Monday. His return to the lineup on Tuesday night powered the Blue Jackets to a much-needed 7-4 win over the Boston as they scrap to stay above the wild-card line in the Eastern Division with a dozen games left.“It wasn’t fun yesterday not feeling well and not being with the guys, so it was nice today to just get back out there,” said the 25-year-old Jenner, whose goal in the second period was the 100th of his career.Jenner, said Columbus coach John Tortorella, “gave us great life tonight.”Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 27 shots Joel Eriksson Ek Jersey , and Josh Anderson and Zach Werenski each had a goal and three assists for the Blue Jackets. The four points were a career high for each.The Blue Jackets have taken plenty of shots but haven’t been able to score goals lately. They were shut out for the third time in six games on Monday, but on Tuesday the pucks started going in.Columbus scored five unanswered goals to go up 5-1 before the Bruins came roaring back with three straight in a wild second period to make it a one-goal game. Werenski’s first goal in 30 games provided Columbus some breathing room late, and Jenner’s empty-netter completed his hat trick with 47 seconds left.“We just talked about staying on the gas, staying on the attack, and that’s what we did there in the third,” Werenski said. “I don’t think we gave them much. They’re down by a few so they’re going to have some chances Authentic Marcus Johansson Jersey , but (Bobrovsky) stood tall and we played well defensively.”Brad Marchand had two goals and an assist, and Patrice Bergeron a goal and an assist to lead Boston, which lost its second game since stringing together a 20-game points streak. The Bruins stayed in second place behind Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division.Tuukka Rask had 19 saves on 24 shots before being replaced in the second period by Jaroslav Halak, who made nine more stops.Both teams scored short-handed goals in the first period.Ryan Dzingel’s goal in the first for Columbus was his career-high 23rd, and Matt Duchene scored in the second for the Blue Jackets. Chris Wagner got the other goal for Boston, pulling the Bruins within 5-3 before Marchand scored late in the second to make it a one-goal game.“Sooner or later you’re going to have a game where the other team is better than you Michael Hutchinson Jersey Womens , for a variety of different reasons,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. “So I think that the fact that our guys had the will to come back is a good positive. I tend to be an optimist, but there’s a lot of things we need to do better. I’m a little disappointed in some of the players.”NOTES: Columbus’ Artemi Panarin took offense at a slash by Boston’s Charlie McAvoy in the second period and both dropped the gloves and engaged. It was the second NHL fight for both. … Boston D Matt Grzelcyk didn’t make the trip after suffering an upper-body injury in Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh. … Boston recalled F Trent Frederic recalled from Providence of the AHL on Tuesday. … Columbus has scored short-handed goals in two of the last three games.UP NEXTBoston: At Winnipeg on Thursday.Columbus: Hosts Carolina on Friday. Minnesota Wild (36-33-9, sixth in the Central Division) vs. Arizona Coyotes (37-33-8, fourth in the Pacific Division)Glendale, Arizona; Sunday http://www.officialdevils.com/authentic-adidas-miles-wood-jersey , 5 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Arizona faces Minnesota in Western Conference play.The Coyotes are 25-17-4 in Western Conference games. Arizona serves 7.1 penalty minutes per game, the fewest in the Western Conference. Lawson Crouse leads them averaging 0.8.The Wild are 21-16-2 on the road. Minnesota has converted on 21 percent of power-play opportunities, scoring 49 power-play goals. In their last meeting on Nov. 27, Arizona won 4-3. Josh Archibald recorded two goals for the Coyotes.TOP PERFORMERS: Clayton Keller has recorded 46 total points while scoring 14 goals and adding 32 assists for the Coyotes. Oliver Ekman-Larsson has scored five goals over the last 10 games for Arizona.LAST 10 GAMES: Wild: 3-6-1, averaging 1.7 goals, 3.1 assists Nico Hischier Jersey , 3.3 penalties and 7.5 penalty minutes while giving up 2.8 goals per game with a .901 save percentage.Coyotes: 3-4-3, averaging 1.9 goals, 2.7 assists, 2.8 penalties and 5.9 penalty minutes while giving up 2.2 goals per game with a .925 save percentage.Coyotes Injuries: None listed.Wild Injuries: Zach Parise: day to day (lower body).
With an assist on Tuesday night Joel Edmundson Jersey , Alex Ovechkin passed Sergei Fedorov as the top-scoring Russian player in NHL history.The Washington Capitals captain picked up his 1,180th point on T.J. Oshie’s goal that opened the scoring in a 3-2 victory against the Vancouver Canucks. Ovechkin broke the record in his 1,055th game, 193 games fewer than Fedorov played.“It’s history, and I passed all those legends,” Ovechkin said. “It’s pretty big and I appreciate everybody who do all work with me, my teammates, and it’s huge. When you start playing hockey and you came to the NHL, you just have a dream to score one goal or two and now I’m No. 1 on the all-time Russian list.”Ovechkin and Fedorov played together with the Capitals in 2008 and 2009 and remain friends. Ovechkin said he spoke with Fedorov and is sure the Hockey Hall of Famer is happy he passed him for this record.“I knew eventually it’s going to come, but it’s pretty big,” Ovechkin said. “It’s pretty huge. 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He has 644 goals and 536 assists in his NHL career.“We’re so fortunate to have him here in Washington,” coach Todd Reirden said. “You take for granted what a special, special player he is, not even just here in Washington, but for the whole National Hockey League and how he’s really been that second tier, maybe third tier of Russian players that have come over and now they just continue to turn out players.” CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Flames rookie Andrew Mangiapane got a lucky bounce and took full advantage.Mangiapane scored the go-ahead goal with 3:29 left and Calgary beat the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 on Friday night for its fourth straight victory.The rookie left wing tried to pass the puck across to Garnet Hathaway on a 2-on-1. Instead it hit Ducks defenseman Jaycob Megna and came right back to Mangiapane, who ripped a shot over the shoulder of goalie Ryan Miller.“It hit off the guy’s skate and came back to me and I had an empty net,” Mangiapane said. “Definitely a nice feeling to get that goal and it was a big two points.”TJ Brodie also scored for Calgary (38-16-7), which moved three points ahead of San Jose atop the Pacific Division. The Flames lead the Western Conference standings as well.Making his fifth consecutive start, Mike Smith had 25 saves to improve to 18-11-2.Derek Grant scored for Anaheim (24-28-9) Alex Killorn Jersey Kids , which dropped to 1-1-0 on a four-game road trip. The Ducks had won three of their first four under interim coach Bob Murray.Miller stopped 26 shots but fell to 6-3-1.Making things that much more difficult for a Ducks offense that ranks last in the NHL was the late scratch of leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf (upper body).“I think there were a lot of positives to carry over tomorrow from this game,” Anaheim center Adam Henrique said.“They’ve got a good group and we stuck with them for most of the game. It’s obviously a couple mistakes that end up in the back of our net, and we didn’t take advantage of those power plays that we had.”Combined with Minnesota’s win at Detroit, the Ducks’ loss dropped them seven points back of the second wild card in the Western Conference.“It’s always tough to lose and these are valuable points, but that team is one of the best in the league,” said Anaheim rookie Troy Terry. “We saw what we can do as a team if we’re skating and playing the way we can. It (stinks) to lose, but it’s something we can definitely build off.”The 22-year-old Mangiapane has three goals in his last seven games after failing to score any in his first 26 NHL games, 16 of them this season.“Every game it’s grown for me,” Mangiapane said when asked about his confidence level lately. “Playing with (Derek Ryan) and (Hathaway) and getting more comfortable and building chemistry. They’re smart players to play with so it’s easy to shoot the puck and create chances.”Flames coach Bill Peters likes what the team has in the 5-foot-10 forward, a sixth-round draft pick in 2015.“He’s a dynamic little guy and he’s competitive. He’s hard on pucks. He’s tenacious. He goes into the hard areas. We really like him a lot,” Peters said. “He’s spent his time and learned the craft in the American League Andrei Vasilevskiy Jersey , which is good to do and important, and he’s come up here now and that line has been real good for us.”The only two goals in a lackluster opening 40 minutes came five minutes apart early in the second period.At 1:22, Brodie’s point shot deflected off Megna and slipped past Miller.Smith was the culprit on the tying goal. He left his net to attempt to play a puck that was coming around the end boards. Instead, Carter Rowney arrived at the same time and flicked the puck into the slot, where Grant fired a one-timer into the open net.Visibly upset about the blunder, Smith slammed his stick on the ice.“I’ve let in plenty of goals that weren’t very good. It’s one thing to let it in. It’s over, it’s done with. You’ve just got to worry about that next shot and keep going, keep playing it,” he said.Miller made the best stop of the game in the first period when he dove across the net to rob Austin Czarnik on a backhand. Czarnik had a three-game goal streak snapped.NOTES: Calgary rookie defenseman Oliver Kylington (lower body) did not play. … A trio of Flames reached career game milestones: Mikael Backlund (600), Sam Bennett (300) and Noah Hanifin (300). … The Flames improved to 28-4-1 when they score first.UP NEXTDucks: Play in Edmonton on Saturday night.Flames: Play at Ottawa on Sunday.
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