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  Brent Celek emotional over finally going to a Super Bowl
Posted by: aliciahuang - 01-29-2018, 07:07 AM - Forum: General Discussion - No Replies

Celek is far from satisfied with a NFC Championship game victory. The Eagles are in the Super Bowl, which means Celek wants a championship.

 but honestly, we're not done yet,"It means a lot," Celek said to NBC Sports Philadelphia. "We've got to keep this thing going. We've got another game to play and I think everyone in that locker room understands that.

 from a heartbreaking Championship loss in 2008 to the Arizona Cardinals to a 4-12 season in 2012 and the Chip Kelly fiasco. As the Eagles started their rebuild two seasons ago with the hiring of Doug Pederson,Celek has been through the highs and lows throughout his career with the Eagles,Womens Vince Williams Jersey, Celek know the front office would put the Eagles in position to make another Super Bowl run. 

 always thinking positive,"I've always been a positive guy," Celek said. "The chemistry that we've had on this team this entire season has been absolutely phenomenal. Things have been going our way.

"And when you have fans like that who have your back - this is a tough place to play. This is a tough place to play."

The Eagles will now get the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52. New England are the defending Super Bowl champion and have won five titles this century, just the way Celek wants it. 

 you have to beat the best,Womens Fletcher Cox Jersey,"If you want to be the best," Celek said. "The Patriots are a great football team. I’m excited. We have a great team right here. I wouldn’t want to be on any other team right now."

Sunday night's NFC championship win by the Philadelphia Eagles has meant big business for sports stores in Berks County.

Championship t-shirts have been flying off the shelves since the Eagles punched their ticket to the Super Bowl with their big win over the Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Philadelphia Eagles and their fans have embraced the underdog role during the playoffs with dog masks and even some celebratory barking and will have the chance to do so once again against the New England Patriots.

According to David Purdum of ESPN.com, the Eagles were listed as the biggest Super Bowl underdogs since 2009 when the opening lines were released Sunday.

That is welcome news for the Patriots, considering Purdum pointed out the favorite has won 33 of 51 Super Bowls.

 the last one to feature a bigger spread than this—Super Bowl XLIII when the Pittsburgh Steelers were seven-point favorites over the Arizona Cardinals,Womens Torrey Smith Jersey,However, per Purdum—came down to the wire with Pittsburgh winning by just four points with a touchdown pass in the final minute.

It is no surprise New England is favored given its dynasty status. It has won two of the last three Lombardi Trophies and five in total since Bill Belichick became the head coach before the 2000 season. It reached two more Super Bowls during that span as well, only to lose to the New York Giants.

 they have never won a Super Bowl in franchise history and lost to Belichick and Tom Brady in Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005. They are also working without their regular-season MVP candidate in Carson Wentz,As for the Eagles,Womens Timmy Jernigan Jersey, who tore his ACL during a December win over the Los Angeles Rams.

 who is a five-time champion,That means Nick Foles will be tasked with going against Brady, two-time league MVP and four-time Super Bowl MVP. He is on the short list of the best quarterbacks in the history of the league and engineered a comeback against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday with two touchdown passes to Danny Amendola in the fourth quarter.

Let's stop and reflect for a minute. Admit it, you snickered back in July when Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said this team is better than the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers team that he played on in 1996.

 and so on., with a second-year quarterback coming off an uneven season, with question marks on defense and perhaps a broken-down leading rusher,There were the Eagles, a questionable at best defense

It's not like the Eagles were coming off a playoff run in 2016. They were 7-9, losing nine of 11 games before winning the final two.

 Pederson was asked then if he saw this team as capable of "winning big" this season. He replied: "I look back on my time in Green Bay as a player when we were making those playoff runs, those Super Bowl runs there. And do we have as much talent on this team than we did then? We probably have more talent,And yet, right?"

 and that’s playing in the postseason.", referring to putting egos aside: "I’m a big believer that if you do that, then you look back at the end of the season,Then he added, and you’re probably going to be where you want to be

 in every aspect, that is exactly what happened as the Eagles get ready to play the Vikings in the NFC Championship game on Sunday,Just call him Pederson The Soothsayer because, with a trip to the Super Bowl in the balance.

 said he didn't care if he got one target or 10 in a game. Running back LeGarrette Blount, on a one-year contract, also on a one-year deal,Alshon Jeffery, said many times he didn't care if he didn't carry the ball at all (that happened in a game against Kansas City) or if he got 20 carries (he got 16, for 136 yards against the Los Angeles Chargers).

 the Eagles had the attitude to simply move on. "Next man up" became a typical refrain all season. It began in the opener when Ronald Darby, the cornerback acquired barely a month earlier,So when the injuries hit, suffered a dislocated ankle and missed eight games.

It continued two weeks later when running back Darren Sproles tore his ACL, then perennial Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters and middle linebacker Jordan Hicks were lost for the season.

 a frontrunner for the MVP award,And then prized quarterback Carson Wentz, tore his ACL on Dec. 10.

 all the players heard about was how they couldn't win in the playoffs with Nick Foles replacing Wentz., the Eagles were 11-2, had just clinched the NFC East,That was supposed to be the crushing blow to the Eagles' season. At that point, and for the next month

 they won. It wasn't pretty with hard-fought wins over the Giants and Oakland Raiders,Still, the second one clinching home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Then Foles played poorly for the one quarter he played in the meaningless season finale against the Cowboys.

That left two weeks for fans to worry until the Eagles played again. But they won that game over the Atlanta Falcons in the Divisional Round,Authentic Fletcher Cox Jersey, and now they're facing the Vikings.

It's no wonder Pederson called this team "definitely right up at the top" of all the teams he has been on. That includes his 10 seasons as a backup NFL quarterback and eight seasons as an assistant coach before taking over the Eagles in 2016.

 the amount of starters that we’ve lost this season,Authentic Jalen Mills Jersey," Pederson said. "That’s why it makes it such a special team for the things we’ve overcome. Not many teams who have been in this situation in the past probably haven’t lost as many starters,"Just from the standpoint from the amount of players that we’ve lost, particularly even their quarterback and someone who has been a big part of getting us to where we are today."

 we all we need" to rally themselves for the task at hand,And that seems true for the players as well. They came up with the mantra "We all we got, and not the fact that they were the first top-seeded team to be rated as an underdog in the first two rounds.

 by the way,That is what inspired right tackle Lane Johnson and defensive end Chris Long to invest in German Shepherd dog masks. Expect to see hundreds of the masks in the stands against the Vikings. The Eagles, are underdogs again.

 'We all we got,'" safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “Then this year,Authentic Ronald Darby Jersey,"The last couple of years I felt like we’ve said, as we just kind of got closer to the season we added the 'We all we need’ just because from the beginning we didn’t feel like anybody gave us a chance. We felt like we were underdogs.

"The questions were always, is this a rebuilding year or a building year? What is Carson going to be? What is the defense going to be? So we always focused on the guys we had in the huddle. So I think obviously that mentality is coming in handy for us. It’s been handy for us all year."

And it might be enough to get the Eagles to the Super Bowl. Who would have thought that back in the steamy summer training camp practices – other than Pederson The Soothsayer,Womens Ronald Darby Jersey, of course?

But now that the Eagles are on the verge of the Super Bowl,Authentic Torrey Smith Jersey, why not?

 man, it’s crazy with guys getting hurt,"Going back and looking at our story," wide receiver Torrey Smith said. "Just know that you’re not guaranteed to be here. I say that all the time. But it’s the truth... cherish the moment."

 Pederson compared the old Packers teams he played on as a backup to Brett Favre,Authentic Timmy Jernigan Jersey, teams that won it all in 1996 and lost in the Super Bowl the following year,In July, to his current group of Eagles. He said he thought this Eagles team could be as good as those Green Bay teams.

 and do we have as much talent on this team than we did then? We probably have more talent,“I look back at my time in Green Bay as a player when we were making those playoff runs and those Super Bowl runs there,Womens Jalen Mills Jersey, right?” Pederson told reporters in the summertime.

 one win from reaching the franchise's first Super Bowl since 2005,And here the Eagles are, making Pederson’s confident comment seem clairvoyant.

 the way they performed. I saw a lot of the same similarities. You just have the gut feeling when I made that statement., that we had the potential to be a good football team because of the way we practiced and the talent we brought to the roster and the progression of Carson in his second year,” Pederson said. “And defensively,“I did have a feeling back then when I made that statement that we could be, the front

 ‘Wow. Maybe it was true.’”, teaching, mentoring to have our guys prepared each week to be in this position,“But I also followed that up by saying it takes great coaching,” he said. “All of that has kind of culminated and I think you look back on it and you go

 that this game may not come down to the journeymen under center., the QB is the most important position in sports, but these two teams are strong enough everywhere else,Pederson may not need Nick Foles to be Brett Favre in the NFC title game Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field simply because the Eagles and the Vikings have both proven they are more than just their quarterbacks. Yes, especially on defense

While Pederson loved his team from the jump, they got points at home against Matt Ryan and the Falcons, it still hasn’t won over Vegas. The Eagles have been barking for two weeks about being underdogs on their home field. Last week in the divisional round, and they’re getting them again in the NFC title game against Case Keenum and the Vikings.

Oddsmakers are not sold on Foles, a backup and hasn’t set the world on fire since his Pro Bowl season in 2013. But Keenum is no Matt Ryan, who replaced injured MVP candidate Carson Wentz at quarterback last month for the Eagles. Foles is a journeyman, and the Backup Bowl is expected to be a low-scoring street fight between two teams powered by defense.

While there may not be a lot of points scored, there will be plenty of pads popping. If the Eagles feel disrespected, in front of some of the loudest, angriest fans in the league. The ultimate irony is Howie Roseman was just named the NFL’s Executive of the Year for his work building a team around Wentz with a roster so strong that it was able to sustain injuries to starters at critical positions including OT Jason Peters, they should. They are playing at home, RB Darren Sproles, K Caleb Sturgis and S Chris Maragos.

So at a time when teams desperately try to manufacture motivation, the Eagles didn’t have to try very hard.

The Eagles lost once at home this season and it was the final game of the year against the Cowboys, the Eagles won an ugly game against the Falcons. Expect more of the same ugliness Sunday night in a game that, a game that looked more like a preseason game with all the starters not in there. Last week, as corny as it sounds, will likely come down to the guys in the trenches.

“I think it comes down to that in the regular season,” Eagles center Jason Kelce said. “If you can protect the quarterback and run the ball, too, chances are your offense is going to be pretty good. And if you can stop the run and get after the quarterback, chances are your defense is going to be pretty good.”

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  possibly longer,Sharks’ Joe Thornton out for ‘several weeks’, with right-MCL injur
Posted by: aliciahuang - 01-27-2018, 07:59 AM - Forum: General Discussion - No Replies

Joe Thornton will be sidelined for “several weeks”, possibly longer, with a right-knee injured suffered Tuesday night.

 it’s unclear whether Thornton will require surgery to repair the damage to his right knee.,Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said Thornton will undergo an MRI Wednesday to assess the extent of the injury to his right medial collateral ligament . At this point

“It looks like it’s MCL related,” general manager Doug Wilson said. “It looks like he’s going to be out for several weeks, anyhow. Our policy is if it’s more than two weeks, we let you know.”

In other words, Thornton could be out for much longer than “several weeks”, possibly months, depending on what the MRI reveals.

 causing him to buckle. Boedker fell after getting tangled up with Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba.,The Sharks alternate captain suffered the injury after Mikkel Boedker tumbled onto his right knee in the last minute of the third period Tuesday night

Thornton suffered a major injury to his other knee on April 2, 2017, requiring offseason surgery to repair damage to his MCL and anterior cruciate ligaments. After playing in four playoff games with tears in his left knee last spring, Thornton returned to the ice in training camp less than five months after undergoing surgery.

The 38-year-old forward has suited up for all 47 of the Sharks games this season, ranking second on the team in scoring and goals (13). After struggling early in the season, Thornton’s game started to round back into form around Thanksgiving. He’d collected 26 points in his last 28 games before leaving the ice Tuesday.

” alternate captain Logan Couture said. “Especially a guy that’s worked so hard to come back from a serious injury. It’s just an innocent play where guys got tangled up. You knew something was wrong when you saw his face on the ice. That guy doesn’t leave a hockey game unless something’s very hurt.,“It’s tough

“You feel for him. He’s a guy that loves to play hockey.”

The injury is coming at a particularly inopportune time for the Sharks, who’ve propelled themselves into second place in the Pacific Division, holding a three-point edge over the third place Calgary Flames, by going 5-1-1 since the five-day players’ bye. The Sharks haven’t lost back-to-back games in regulation since the opening week of December.

Although the Sharks produced a 3-1 record while playing four games without Couture in December, absorbing the loss of Thornton presents a completely different challenge, especially when he could be out of the lineup for an extended stretch of games.

 Thornton continues to center the Sharks top line and serve as the centerpiece of the team’s fifth-ranked power play (22.9 percent). The Sharks are 17-1-3 this season in games where Thornton finds the scoresheet.,Despite his age

“The optimism is with our younger guys, the way they’ve played,” Couture said. “That helps cushion the blow a little bit, but you can’t replace Joe Thornton. You just can’t do it.”

Wilson didn’t rule out the possibility of trying to swing a deal before the NHL’s Feb. 26 trade deadline if the MRI suggests that Thornton will be out for an extended period of time. The Sharks general manager also doubled down on his claim that rising prospects, such as Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc, are off limits in trade talks.

“We’ll process it. Probably not,” Wilson said, when asked if Thornton’s injury will change his approach toward the trade deadline. “But don’t hold me to that. You never know what becomes available as you go forward.”

Thornton,adidas Connor Hellebuyck jersey, who signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Sharks in the summer, is a pending-unrestricted free agent.

 Chris Tierney and Joonas Donskoi this season. But DeBoer acknowledged last week that Thornton’s presence in the lineup has allowed the team’s youngsters to play more sheltered minutes.,The Sharks are encouraged by the development they’re seeing from young players,Authentic Claude Giroux jersey, such as Meier, Tomas Hertl,Authentic Sidney Crosby jersey, Labanc

It’s unclear whether players, such as Meier and Hertl, will be able to maintain their level of play in expanded roles with Thornton on the sidelines.

” head coach Pete DeBoer said. “The young guys have had 40 games to get some confidence and figure out how they can be successful at this level.”,adidas Shayne Gostisbehere jersey,“The nice thing is that this isn’t happening game No. 5 when we still don’t know what our identity is as a team or what works for us

 which would allow Hertl to remain on Couture’s line where he takes the majority of the group’s faceoffs.,The Sharks should benefit from the pliability in their lineup. DeBoer suggested that he might slide Joe Pavelski into the middle of his line

But the emotional leadership that Thornton brings to the Sharks locker room is irreplaceable.

 he got the boys going in Toronto on Jan. 4 by dropping the gloves off the opening faceoff with Toronto Maple Leafs pest Nazem Kadri and he left an impression with the youngsters on Dec. 4 by sticking up for himself in a fight with Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson.,Thornton fired up the bench Tuesday by mixing it up with Jets center Bryan Little

“He’s going to be around the room. You’re not going to keep him away from the rink,” the Sharks coach said. “But this isn’t just about Joe Thornton. We have a great leadership group,adidas Nolan Patrick jersey, it starts with our captain Joe Pavelski.

 I don’t see an issue with.”,“That leadership void

But keeping Thornton off the ice and in the locker room could be a challenge regardless of what the MRI reveals. Thornton didn’t hesitate to play with tears in his knee last spring and he pushed the envelope earlier this season by returning to game action less than six months after major surgery.

Jones has missed the Sharks last three games with a lower-body injury while Donskoi has been sidelined for the team’s last two games with the flu.

000 games.,Toronto Maple Leafs, amassing 3, though-- he scored 104 goals and 245 points in a career that spanned more than 1,515 penalty minutes and an NHL-record 333 fights. Domi did more than just fight

 with game time scheduled for 7:15pm. He will also be selecting a winner for the Gerald R. Ford International Airport airplane toss during the first intermission.,Domi will drop a ceremonial puck before Saturday's game between the Lumberjacks and Team USA

 but will be mingling with fans throughout the game and signing autographs.,Domi will not have a table set up

 leads the East with 41 points.,With Domi looking on, the Jacks will hope to avenge last Monday's 8-5 loss to Team USA in the teams' last meeting. Muskegon is currently in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, meanwhile, but only two points out of second. Team USA

When the Sharks entered the season, the discussion of who would replace Patrick Marleau as a top-six winger did not center on Tomas Hertl because he was a center. Or, he was at least supposed to be. 

 and where he'll play yet again Tuesday night when the Sharks host the Winnipeg Jets at SAP Center. ,Head coach Peter DeBoer moved Hertl to Logan Couture's game following San Jose's second straight loss to start the season. That's where he's remained since

 scoring goals per game (0.28) and points (0.61) at the highest rate of his career, Hertl's on pace for his best offensive season since his rookie year. He's not scored any between-the-legs goals lately, but is on the second-longest points streak of his career (four games),Back on the wing, too. , and assisting (0.33) at the highest per-game rate of his career

 felt "Hertl's going to be a real, DeBoer told reporters (via The Mercury News) that he, like general manager Doug Wilson,At the time of the move, but filling one hole in the lineup created another., real good centerman in this league but that doesn't mean he can't help us win a game... [playing] somewhere else." Hertl helped the Sharks win 26 of their next 44 games

 and has played well. He's only two points away from matching his career-high,With Hertl playing as a winger, and is setting career-highs in ice time and his five-on-five possession numbers. ,Authentic Connor Hellebuyck jersey, Chris Tierney assumed the role as the team's third-line center

 where the new hole in the lineup lies.,adidas Wayne Simmonds jersey,Tierney was originally slotted as the team's fourth-line center

The Sharks tried Ryan Carpenter there for 16 games, but sent the overmatched rookie back to the AHL. , but waived him. They tried Danny O'Regan there

 albeit slightly,Authentic Wayne Simmonds jersey,adidas Claude Giroux jersey,They're trying Barclay Goodrow there now, and he's scored five points in 17 games. , and he's been fine. The Sharks possess the puck more with Goodrow on the ice in five-on-five situations than when he's off

 but San Jose is still reportedly looking elsewhere. The Mercury News' Paul Gackle reported last week that the Sharks are "actively shopping" for a fourth-line center. ,He's been about as good as expected

That's a consequence of Hertl's early-season move to the wing,Authentic Shayne Gostisbehere jersey, the Sharks would be short a top-six winger., adidas Sidney Crosby jersey, but there would have been a hole on the roster either way. Had Hertl stayed at center

He didn't, but the Sharks are just kicking the can down the road. , and now they're short a fourth-line center. A stopgap is easier to find there than in Hertl's current position

Keeping Hertl on the wing long-term would leave San Jose firmly in "John Tavares-or-bust" territory if Joe Thornton leaves or retires at the end of his contract. For now though,Authentic Nolan Patrick jersey,and need not stress as much about finding a top-six winger thanks to Hertl's season., the Sharks only have to a worry about a center on the fourth-line instead of the first

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  Sharks’ Joe Thornton out for ‘several weeks
Posted by: aliciahuang - 01-27-2018, 07:43 AM - Forum: General Discussion - No Replies

Sharks’ Joe Thornton out for ‘several weeks’,Authentic Wayne Simmonds jersey, with right-MCL injury, possibly longer

Joe Thornton will be sidelined for “several weeks”, with a right-knee injured suffered Tuesday night.,adidas Claude Giroux jersey, possibly longer

 it’s unclear whether Thornton will require surgery to repair the damage to his right knee.,Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said Thornton will undergo an MRI Wednesday to assess the extent of the injury to his right medial collateral ligament . At this point

“It looks like it’s MCL related,” general manager Doug Wilson said. “It looks like he’s going to be out for several weeks, we let you know.”,adidas Sidney Crosby jersey, anyhow. Our policy is if it’s more than two weeks

In other words, Thornton could be out for much longer than “several weeks”, depending on what the MRI reveals., possibly months

 causing him to buckle. Boedker fell after getting tangled up with Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba.,The Sharks alternate captain suffered the injury after Mikkel Boedker tumbled onto his right knee in the last minute of the third period Tuesday night

Thornton suffered a major injury to his other knee on April 2, 2017, Thornton returned to the ice in training camp less than five months after undergoing surgery., requiring offseason surgery to repair damage to his MCL and anterior cruciate ligaments. After playing in four playoff games with tears in his left knee last spring

The 38-year-old forward has suited up for all 47 of the Sharks games this season, Thornton’s game started to round back into form around Thanksgiving. He’d collected 26 points in his last 28 games before leaving the ice Tuesday., ranking second on the team in scoring and goals (13). After struggling early in the season

” alternate captain Logan Couture said. “Especially a guy that’s worked so hard to come back from a serious injury. It’s just an innocent play where guys got tangled up. You knew something was wrong when you saw his face on the ice. That guy doesn’t leave a hockey game unless something’s very hurt.,“It’s tough

“You feel for him. He’s a guy that loves to play hockey.”

 by going 5-1-1 since the five-day players’ bye. The Sharks haven’t lost back-to-back games in regulation since the opening week of December., who’ve propelled themselves into second place in the Pacific Division,The injury is coming at a particularly inopportune time for the Sharks, holding a three-point edge over the third place Calgary Flames

 absorbing the loss of Thornton presents a completely different challenge,Although the Sharks produced a 3-1 record while playing four games without Couture in December, especially when he could be out of the lineup for an extended stretch of games.

Despite his age, Thornton continues to center the Sharks top line and serve as the centerpiece of the team’s fifth-ranked power play (22.9 percent). The Sharks are 17-1-3 this season in games where Thornton finds the scoresheet.

 but you can’t replace Joe Thornton. You just can’t do it.”, the way they’ve played,“The optimism is with our younger guys,” Couture said. “That helps cushion the blow a little bit

 such as Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc,Wilson didn’t rule out the possibility of trying to swing a deal before the NHL’s Feb. 26 trade deadline if the MRI suggests that Thornton will be out for an extended period of time. The Sharks general manager also doubled down on his claim that rising prospects, are off limits in trade talks.

” Wilson said,“We’ll process it. Probably not, when asked if Thornton’s injury will change his approach toward the trade deadline. “But don’t hold me to that. You never know what becomes available as you go forward.”

 is a pending-unrestricted free agent., who signed a one-year,Thornton, $8 million contract with the Sharks in the summer

 Chris Tierney and Joonas Donskoi this season. But DeBoer acknowledged last week that Thornton’s presence in the lineup has allowed the team’s youngsters to play more sheltered minutes., such as Meier, Labanc,The Sharks are encouraged by the development they’re seeing from young players, Tomas Hertl

 such as Meier and Hertl,It’s unclear whether players, adidas Shayne Gostisbehere jersey, will be able to maintain their level of play in expanded roles with Thornton on the sidelines.

“The nice thing is that this isn’t happening game No. 5 when we still don’t know what our identity is as a team or what works for us,” head coach Pete DeBoer said. “The young guys have had 40 games to get some confidence and figure out how they can be successful at this level.”

The Sharks should benefit from the pliability in their lineup. DeBoer suggested that he might slide Joe Pavelski into the middle of his line,adidas Connor Hellebuyck jersey,which would allow Hertl to remain on Couture’s line where he takes the majority of the group’s faceoffs.

But the emotional leadership that Thornton brings to the Sharks locker room is irreplaceable.

Thornton fired up the bench Tuesday by mixing it up with Jets center Bryan Little, he got the boys going in Toronto on Jan. 4 by dropping the gloves off the opening faceoff with Toronto Maple Leafs pest Nazem Kadri and he left an impression with the youngsters on Dec. 4 by sticking up for himself in a fight with Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson.

” the Sharks coach said. “But this isn’t just about Joe Thornton. We have a great leadership group,“He’s going to be around the room. You’re not going to keep him away from the rink,Authentic Sidney Crosby jersey, it starts with our captain Joe Pavelski.

“That leadership void,Authentic Claude Giroux jersey, I don’t see an issue with.”

But keeping Thornton off the ice and in the locker room could be a challenge regardless of what the MRI reveals. Thornton didn’t hesitate to play with tears in his knee last spring and he pushed the envelope earlier this season by returning to game action less than six months after major surgery.

Jones has missed the Sharks last three games with a lower-body injury while Donskoi has been sidelined for the team’s last two games with the flu.

000 games., amassing 3,515 penalty minutes and an NHL-record 333 fights. Domi did more than just fight,Authentic Nolan Patrick jersey,Toronto Maple Leafs, though-- he scored 104 goals and 245 points in a career that spanned more than 1

Domi will drop a ceremonial puck before Saturday's game between the Lumberjacks and Team USA, with game time scheduled for 7:15pm. He will also be selecting a winner for the Gerald R. Ford International Airport airplane toss during the first intermission.

Domi will not have a table set up, Authentic Connor Hellebuyck jersey,but will be mingling with fans throughout the game and signing autographs.

 leads the East with 41 points., the Jacks will hope to avenge last Monday's 8-5 loss to Team USA in the teams' last meeting. Muskegon is currently in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, but only two points out of second. Team USA,With Domi looking on, meanwhile

 the discussion of who would replace Patrick Marleau as a top-six winger did not center on Tomas Hertl because he was a center. Or,When the Sharks entered the season, he was at least supposed to be. 

Head coach Peter DeBoer moved Hertl to Logan Couture's game following San Jose's second straight loss to start the season. That's where he's remained since, and where he'll play yet again Tuesday night when the Sharks host the Winnipeg Jets at SAP Center. 

 too. , but is on the second-longest points streak of his career (four games), scoring goals per game (0.28) and points (0.61) at the highest rate of his career, Hertl's on pace for his best offensive season since his rookie year. He's not scored any between-the-legs goals lately,Back on the wing, adidas Wayne Simmonds jersey,and assisting (0.33) at the highest per-game rate of his career

 but filling one hole in the lineup created another., like general manager Doug Wilson, felt "Hertl's going to be a real, DeBoer told reporters (via The Mercury News) that he,At the time of the move, real good centerman in this league but that doesn't mean he can't help us win a game... [playing] somewhere else." Hertl helped the Sharks win 26 of their next 44 games

 and is setting career-highs in ice time and his five-on-five possession numbers. , Chris Tierney assumed the role as the team's third-line center,With Hertl playing as a winger, and has played well. He's only two points away from matching his career-high

Tierney was originally slotted as the team's fourth-line center, where the new hole in the lineup lies.

 but waived him. They tried Danny O'Regan there,The Sharks tried Ryan Carpenter there for 16 games, but sent the overmatched rookie back to the AHL. 

 and he's scored five points in 17 games. , and he's been fine. The Sharks possess the puck more with Goodrow on the ice in five-on-five situations than when he's off,They're trying Barclay Goodrow there now, albeit slightly

He's been about as good as expected, but San Jose is still reportedly looking elsewhere. The Mercury News' Paul Gackle reported last week that the Sharks are "actively shopping" for a fourth-line center. 

 but there would have been a hole on the roster either way. Had Hertl stayed at center,Authentic Shayne Gostisbehere jersey,That's a consequence of Hertl's early-season move to the wing, the Sharks would be short a top-six winger.

 and now they're short a fourth-line center. A stopgap is easier to find there than in Hertl's current position,adidas Nolan Patrick jersey,He didn't, but the Sharks are just kicking the can down the road. 

 the Sharks only have to a worry about a center on the fourth-line instead of the first,Keeping Hertl on the wing long-term would leave San Jose firmly in "John Tavares-or-bust" territory if Joe Thornton leaves or retires at the end of his contract. For now though, and need not stress as much about finding a top-six winger thanks to Hertl's season.

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  Might Tomas Hertl be suspended for hit on Dmitry Kulikov?
Posted by: aliciahuang - 01-27-2018, 07:26 AM - Forum: General Discussion - No Replies

Sharks forward Tomas Hertl’s break for the NHL All-Star Game might be starting a bit early.

Hertl was given a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct in the first period of Tuesday’s game against Winnipeg for a questionable hit from behind on Jets defenseman Dmitry Kulikov.

Kulikov was going back into his zone to the left of Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck to retrieve the puck when Hertl came in and hit Kulikov from behind face-first into the glass. A bloodied Kulikov had to be helped off the ice by a Jets trainer as Hertl and Winnipeg defenseman Jacob Trouba wrestled each other to the ice.

The Sharks trailed the Jets 2-0 at the time of the penalty, 8:13 into the first period. Bryan Little scored on the ensuing Winnipeg power play to give the Jets a 3-0 lead.

Sharks captain Joe Pavelski got one goal back with 46 seconds to go in the first period, as San Jose entered the intermission down 3-1.

 24,Authentic Philipp Grubauer jersey,Hertl, has 20 penalty minutes this season but has never been given supplemental discipline from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

Defenseman Brenden Dillon is the only Sharks player to be suspended so far this season. Dillon was given one game for slashing Madison Bowey of the Washington Capitals in December.

 Friday to Sunday, in Tampa,adidas Michael Hutchinson jersey,The Sharks host the New York Rangers on Thursday before the NHL breaks for its all-star weekend, Florida.

The Avalanche “rallied” from a 2-1 deficit to beat the Maple Leafs 4-2 and extending its winning streak to 10 games. Colorado trailed for just 94 seconds — the first time it has trailed throughout its remarkable winning streak. Game story looks at that and more.

 the guy has to be in net., Bernier. The veteran goalie from Laval, Quebec,Bernier, might be tired Tuesday but the Avs must give him the start at Montreal if he wants it. Nine-game winning streak … on the line against the Habs? C’mon

” Barberio said of the 10-game streak. “I think we’re just playing the right way out there. We’re not forcing things. We’re staying above pucks. We continue to play sharp defensively and continue to be opportunistic. We have a chance every game at winning. The biggest thing is,Quoteworthy. Defenseman Mark Barberio is from Montreal and one of five Quebec natives on the Avs’ roster. He’s excited to play against the Habs on Tuesday because he trusts the Avs will have a good chance to win. “It’s been a really fun run and has kind of taken on a life of its own, we really believe that.”

 Sam Girard and A.J. Greer,The other Quebec guys are Gabriel Bourque, the latter of whom probably won’t play.

Goals diff. The Avs now have a plus-22 goals differential, which was third-best in the Western Conference before Monday’s late games ended. Only the Vegas Golden Knights (plus-34) and Winnipeg Jets (plus-28) have a better bottom line.

 Treliving is likely to be looking for help on the wing. Frolik, who has been out since Dec. 28 with a fractured jaw,With Michael Frolik and Kris Versteeg out injured and Jaromir Jagr looking as if he is at the end of a great career, has recently resumed skating.

 but the two years left on his contract might be something they do not want to take on with Michael Backlund an unrestricted free agent and Bennett,The Flames are said to be among a group of clubs to have inquired about Ottawa’s Mike Hoffman, Micheal Ferlund and Matthew Tkachuk all eligible to sign new deals next summer.

EDMONTON OILERS  

The Oilers are 10 points back in the race for both the second wild card spot and third place in the Pacific, which puts GM Peter Chiarelli in the position of being a seller unless the club gets red-hot over the next five weeks.

 Mark Letestu,Pending unrestricted free agents Patrick Maroon, Mike Cammalleri and restricted free agents Ryan Strome and Anton Slepyshev are candidates to be available before the deadline. Chiarelli has reportedly already informed the other 30 clubs that Slepyshev is available.

Maroon could bring a handsome return for Edmonton on a rental trade market short on scorers after Evander Kane.

 though the latter is expected back on the ice in the next few weeks.  ,adidas Carter Hutton jersey, which could be attractive to teams such as Los Angeles, which has limited cap space available. The big winger may also be a fit for his hometown St. Louis Blues,The 29-year-old scored 27 goals last season and has an affordable $1.5 million cap charge,adidas Jake Allen jersey, who are looking for forward help with Robby Fabbri and Jaden Schwartz out injured

Strome has been a disappointment for the Oilers after being acquired from the Islanders in exchange for Jordan Eberle last June and might bring a return from a team that believes the former top-five pick has more to contribute and could benefit from another trade.

 with 61 points and in second place in the Central Division entering Monday. For a young club looking to qualify for the playoffs for the second time in seven seasons since relocating to Winnipeg,The Jets are in the best position of the four Western Conference Canadian clubs to make it to the postseason, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff could be looking to add some depth with playoff experience.

 but his loss may have Cheveldayoff interested in reinforcements down the middle,adidas Steven Stamkos jersey,Mark Scheifele is expected to return by early March, and possibly a depth defenseman.

 but they will likely be of the rental variety with Patrik Laine and Blake Wheeler each eligible to sign new deals next summer,The Jets are well stocked with prospects and draft picks and have the available cap space that will allow them to add a player or two,adidas Nicklas Backstrom jersey, and Jacob Trouba facing restricted free agency following this season.

 but you can forget any speculation involving Henrik and Daniel Sedin going anywhere,The Canucks may be a central figure in rumor chatter over the next five weeks, with the veteran forwards each carrying a no-movement clause and  each having expressed publicly they do not want to leave Vancouver. 

 moving out Alex Burrows and Jannik Hansen for prospects,Authentic Michael Hutchinson jersey,General manager Jim Benning made moves last February that signalled the franchise was set rebuild, but then reverted course in signing a few veterans during the offseason.

With Vancouver ahead of only Arizona in the Western Conference standings, pending free agents such as Thomas Vanek and Erik Gudbranson will attract interest from clubs in need of scoring or defensive help.

 but teams assessing his value as a deadline acquisition will surely remember his lack of success when traded mid-season to Montreal and Florida. If Vancouver cannot get a suitable return for the 34-year-old,Vanek has played well and is second in scoring behind linemate and Calder Trophy candidate Brock Boeser, Benning may choose to retain Vanek in hopes of re-signing him before July 1.

Gudbranson is a big blueliner who cost Vancouver two draft picks and former first rounder Jared McCann in a deal with Florida in 2016, but the Canucks are not likely to re-sign the former third overall pick.

The Toronto Maple Leafs reportedly have expressed interest in the right-handed blueliner, but Benning may be holding out for a bigger return with Mike Green and Jack Johnson being the best options on a very thin defensive rental market. 

San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton will likely miss several weeks with an injury to his right knee.

Thornton was hurt late in San Jose's overtime loss to Winnipeg on Tuesday. General manager Doug Wilson said Wednesday that Thornton will need an MRI to determine whether he will undergo surgery to repair his MCL but will miss several weeks either way.

Thornton tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee late last season. He returned for four playoff games before undergoing offseason surgery.

The 38-year-old Thornton has played all 47 games this season and has 13 goals and 23 assists to rank second on the team in scoring.

 at times,Robin Lehner wants some of those goals back. He knows he needs to play better. The puck, has gotten smaller on him.

Lehner has let in some bad goals, particularly over the last two weeks. He's been pulled in three of his last five starts. Over that span he has an 0-4-0 record as backup Chad Johnson was tagged with the losing decision in a 7-4 loss to Winnipeg on Jan. 9.

In his last five games, adidas Philipp Grubauer jersey, Lehner has given up 19 goals 0n 114 shots for a 5.50 goals-against average and an .833 save percentage.

But the Buffalo Sabres goaltender isn't only piece of the problem that has become the Buffalo Sabres free fall this season. And the goaltender won't be the only source of a solution as the organization tries to salvage something good over the next two and a half months.

"I don't turn it around. Ryan O'Reilly is not turning it around. No one is turning it around by themselves. That's not how this works," Lehner said Sunday morning after the Sabres practiced in HarborCenter then returned to KeyBank Center to pack their gear and fly to Calgary.

" Lehner said. "It's too good of a league and especially this year with the scoring that's going on,"In the NHL today, there's a lot more space this year. We've got to do it as a team, all of us have to go out and do our job. I've got to do my job, you cannot play one line or one D pair or have a goalie carry you, everyone has to do their job, and that's how we turn it around."

 about playing three good periods,Authentic Carter Hutton jersey,Lehner had plenty to say on the subject. He spoke about consistency, not just a solid 20 or 40 minutes. He spoke most passionately about the need for the Sabres to find a way to be a team rather than a collection of talented hockey players.

 no everyone needs to be better,Authentic Jake Allen jersey,"It's easy for people maybe looking in that this guy needs to be better, this guy needs to be better," Lehner said. "It's that simple because everyone just helps each other out. We've all got to take a look in the mirror and go to the next game. There's a lot of games left. We can sulk and feel bad for ourselves as much as we want. You guys aren't feeling bad for us. No one's feeling bad for us. It's no point dwelling on it. It is what it is. We're grown men. We've got to look to Monday."

The Sabres play the Flames in Calgary on Monday then face the Oilers in Edmonton on Tuesday. They stay out west to meet the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.

Calgary is in the playoff hunt,Authentic Steven Stamkos jersey, sitting in third place in the Pacific Division with 55 points. The Flames are coming off a 2-1 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday.

Buffalo's next two opponents are among the stragglers in the standings of the Western Conference. The Oilers are in 13th place with 45 points while Vancouver is 14th with 42. Both are well ahead of the Arizona Coyotes, now tied with the Sabres for the fewest points in the NHL with 31.

While the Sabres are scoring the fewest goals per game in the NHL (2.24 per game), they are letting in the second most. Buffalo is giving up an average of 3.50 goals per game,Authentic Nicklas Backstrom jersey,second only to the 3.65 being allowed by the New York Rangers.

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  Konecny’s OT goal lifts Flyers past Capitals 2-1
Posted by: aliciahuang - 01-26-2018, 07:29 AM - Forum: General Discussion - No Replies

The Philadelphia Flyers are already in playoff mode. That was enough to beat the spotty Washington Capitals.

Travis Konecny scored 27 seconds into overtime, and the surging Flyers beat the Capitals 2-1 on Sunday.

 have won three in a row and seven of eight to move into playoff position in the Eastern Conference.,Michael Raffl also scored for Philadelphia, and Brian Elliott had 27 saves. The Flyers,adidas Kris Letang jersey, who lost 10 consecutive games earlier in the season

“Coming in here and getting a win, it definitely says something about our character,” Konecny said. “There’s just that vibe in the locker room right now. We really want that playoff opportunity and we’re pushing for it.”

Konecny found space in the middle of the offensive zone and his shot deflected off Washington’s T.J. Oshie and past Braden Holtby for his eighth of the season.

Konecny also scored in Saturday’s 3-1 win against New Jersey. Washington began the day with 18 home wins, tied with the Vegas Golden Knights for the most in the NHL.

“We’re just finding ways to win hockey games,adidas Jake Guentzel jersey,” Konecny said. “It’s a hard road game coming in here and you know they rested yesterday. I don’t know, we’re just keeping things simple and we’re just trusting our abilities.”

Washington has dropped three in a row.

“You’re playing a Philly team that’s playing extremely well right now. They’re in playoff mode,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. “There’s not a lot separating first (place) and eighth. Every game is going to be huge. It’s going to get ramped up here.”

Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-best 29th goal, but the Capitals came up empty on several viable scoring chances against Elliott.

“The chances were there. We created lots of chances,adidas Matt Murray jersey, lots of opportunities,” Ovechkin said. “We can give the goalie too (many) easy saves. We have to manage the puck better when we have opportunities.”

Elliott and Philadelphia’s defense certainly played a part in keeping Washington’s offense in check.

“Guys were boxing out in front and forcing those shots from the outside. It kind of gets you in a groove and I thought we did that well all night,” Elliott said.

Raffl’s ninth goal in his last 26 games topped his total from last season. The left wing did not score in his first 21 games.

 John Carlson’s pass set up Ovechkin’s blistering one-timer from just above the left circle.,The Capitals,Authentic Patrick Marleau jersey, who sit third in the East, tied it on Ovechkin’s power-play goal with 15.8 seconds left. With captain Claude Giroux in the box for slashing

Despite the loss, Washington sounded upbeat after some recent down performances. The Capitals stymied the Flyers on three power-play chances and did not allow many shots on goal. Holtby made 21 stops.

“I’m not too disappointed. I’m disappointed in the final outcome, but I’m not disappointed in the game,Authentic Joe Thornton jersey,” Trotz said. “There’s a lot to like in our game.”

Lightning road trip continues in Philly vs. streaking Flyers

It’s taken some overtime heroics by Travis Konecny, but the Philadelphia Flyers are on a roll that has pushed them into playoff position in the Eastern Conference standings.

Konecny scored goals exactly 27 seconds into overtime in back-to-back road wins over the Washington Capitals and Detroit Red Wings, extending the Flyers’ win streak to four games.

Heading into Thursday’s home meeting with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia has won eight of its last nine games.

Tuesday’s win was capped by Yanni Gourde’s overtime goal and included Steven Stamkos’ game-tying goal in the closing minutes of regulation. Stamkos’ 18th goal of the season snapped a nine-game goal drought.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” Stamkos told the Tampa Bay Times. “Guys have stepped up. This group believes in themselves.”

 the Lightning also received goals from Chris Kunitz,Against the Predators, and Vladislav Namestnikov, who has scored in each of his last two games, who snapped a 13-game goal drought.

 who was a surprise healthy scratch by Lightning coach Jon Cooper. Sergachev,Noticeably absent from the Tampa Bay lineup were defensemen Victor Hedman and rookie blue liner Mikhail Sergachev, has eight goals, 19, 27 points and is a plus-11 and is expected to return to the lineup against Philadelphia.

Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is also expected to return to action Thursday after sitting out Tuesday’s win in Nashville in favor of Louis Domingue.

Vasilevskiy is coming off Monday’s 2-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. He had allowed 23 goals in his previous five starts before turning in a 40-save shutout in Chicago.

A native Utahn's hockey career reflects a father's unfulfilled devotion.

 I had to work for everything I got; Authentic Matt Murray jersey,that's how I stayed in the league,"As a player, who directs the Ducks' power play. "As a coach," said Konowalchuk, I try to put that same kind of effort in and put in the time to give our players the best chance or the best information I can."

 just easier ways for me to find open lanes and open nets.","He's very calm and easygoing," rookie defenseman Brandon Montour said. "He's definitely very vocal. If I need help on places to be on the ice,Authentic Kris Letang jersey, he's very helpful. He comes to you when he has stuff to say or for you to work on. He's helped me a lot this year in knowing where to help out the rest of the group

Konowalchuk's approach has also helped the Ducks' power play gain a sense of poise after finishing 17th among the NHL's 30 teams the previous season.

" forward Rickard Rakell said. "Last year,"He wants us to feel very confident and make sure that we really use the man advantage, it was almost like panic mode. They'd say,' or something like that.,Authentic Jake Guentzel jersey,adidas Joe Pavelski jersey, when the power play didn't work, 'We're not working hard enough

 we recognize that when we're doing well,"This year, we just try to go back to our structure and help each other out. It's working for us. Everybody knows the structure,adidas Patrick Marleau jersey, we have good structure. If it's not working, but we're allowed to make plays out there."

Montour agreed.

" the young defenseman said of Konowalchuk. "He puts in the blueprint and things to do but he lets us be players,"He understands where we're at,adidas Joe Thornton jersey, and make plays and be creative,Authentic Joe Pavelski jersey, too, if need be. It's definitely nice to have that."

 Konowalchuk learned the game in Utah from his father,Nearly four decades before joining the Ducks, whose own love for hockey began at home in Lethbridge, Wally, Alberta.

"He's a die-hard hockey man," the coach said about his father. "Part of his passion is, he didn't get a great opportunity. He played a little bit on the frozen ice in northern Alberta but he didn't have the luxury to play.

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  1974-75 expansion Capitals were the opposite of the Golden Knights
Posted by: aliciahuang - 01-26-2018, 07:08 AM - Forum: General Discussion - No Replies

Ron Lalonde recalls feeling sorry for the expansion Washington Capitals the first time he played against them in 1974.

The center's Pittsburgh Penguins humbled the Capitals by scores of 8-1 and 6-0 in a home-and-home series in November.

“A couple of (Caps) had been drafted out of the Pittsburgh organization were good friends of mine,” said Lalonde, that poor guy. This is going to be a long year.’”, 65. “I’m sitting on the bench looking at (ex-Penguin) Yvon Labre and thinking, ‘Boy

The Penguins traded Lalonde to the Capitals for Lew Morrison on Dec. 14, and he became a key contributor (26 points in 50 games) on what statistically is the worst team in NHL history., 1974

The Capitals finished with a record of 8-67-5,adidas Kris Letang jersey, and won only one game on the road all season.

With the expansion Vegas Golden Knights second in the league with a 32-11-4 record, Lalonde can’t help but remember the attention his Capitals received for the opposite reason.

“It was a huge advantage the way it is set up now, ‘Let’s make sure this team is competitive and ready to go.’”,” Lalonde said. “The NHL was building (Vegas) to be a successful franchise right off the bat. The concern in 1974 wasn’t

In preparation for Vegas' arrival,adidas Jake Guentzel jersey, three defensemen and a goalie or eight combined forwards and defensemen and a goalie in June's expansion draft., the 30 other existing teams could only protect seven forwards

“The players Washington received were the 18th and 19th players on NHL teams at a time that the (World Hockey Association) was already raiding NHL-caliber players,” Lalonde said. “It wasn’t probably the optimum time to expand.”

Golden Knights owner Bill Foley paid $500 million for his expansion team and the late Abe Pollin paid $6 million for the Capitals. Even factoring the inflated value of 1974 dollars,adidas Matt Murray jersey, the NHL had millions of reasons to be generous to Vegas.

“And we weren’t drawing as many players around the world as we are today,” Lalonde said. “The pool of NHL-caliber hockey players is much deeper today.”

The Capitals only had three wins by the midpoint of the season, and they ended the season with a goal-differential of -265. They gave up 446 goals for a goals-against average of 5.58.

“It was painful to go through, with all of those losses and few wins,” Lalonde said.,Authentic Joe Thornton jersey, but honestly I wouldn’t trade that for the world

Lalonde said he could see that season that the Capitals would be a lasting franchise.

“For as a bad a team as we had, the fans came out,000 seats filled.”,” Lalonde said. “It was particularly fun when we played the Flyers or Islanders. Fans couldn’t get tickets up in Philadelphia so their fans would drive two hours to Washington and on a Sunday afternoon we’d have 18

Lalonde said the players were realistic about their situation. “We were getting out-talented every night,” Lalonde said., but we felt if we worked hard we would have a chance

The players found ways to revel in their plight, like late in the season when they defeated the California Golden Seals 5-3 for their only road win.

“We all signed an old green garbage can and paraded around the hallway with it, you would go cuckoo.”,” Lalonde said. “Some went on the ice and skated around with it. You had to find some way to celebrate. Otherwise

It was their version of a Stanley Cup celebration.

“Two years later we were playing in Oakland and our names were still in magic marker on the garbage can,” Lalonde said.

For the second game in a row, the Florida Panthers will face a Russian-born, high-scoring forward named Alexander., 30-something

What makes it even tougher is that the Panthers were already without their first-string goalie, Roberto Luongo, suggesting a muscle pull., who has been out since Dec. 4, when he suffered a very similar right leg injury. Both he and Reimer stretched out their right legs to make saves on the plays in which they got hurt

Luongo is due back in early February. In the meantime, a 21-year-old goalie who was 12-15-2 with a 3.00 goals-against average this season while playing for the Springfield Thunderbirds in the AHL., Authentic Joe Pavelski jersey, the Panthers called up rookie Sam Montembeault

“We’re already without our big guy (Luongo),Authentic Kris Letang jersey,” Boughner said, and we failed miserably.”, lamenting his team’s situation. “We were (in Dallas) to get points

The Panthers (19-21-6) have been failing a lot lately,Authentic Jake Guentzel jersey,losing six of their past games.

Thursday’s challenge will be stiff as the Capitals (28-15-5) lead the Metropolitan Division with 61 points.

However, losing three straight games while coming off their bye week. adidas Patrick Marleau jersey,They have scored a total of just six goals during their current skid., the Capitals have slumped lately

The Capitals felt they made progress in their most recent outing, falling 2-1 in overtime to the surging Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.,Authentic Matt Murray jersey, but it still resulted in a loss

“We had more chances this game, but we can’t give the goalie too-easy saves. We have to manage the puck better when we have the opportunity.”,” Ovechkin told The Washington Post. “We just have to finish it up. We create lots of chances

Capitals coach Barry Trotz,adidas Joe Pavelski jersey, said his team has to improve “in every area”. He split up all four of his forward lines — including the one with Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom — believing they have grown stale., clearly frustrated

The Capitals, surprisingly, according to the “Natural Stat Trick” website.,adidas Joe Thornton jersey, average just 29.7 shots per game, the lowest total in the league. The Capitals have also given up a league-worst 494 “high danger” chances at even strength

“We’re not where we should be, but we’re giving up higher quality chances. We’re giving up too many odd-man rushes and too many breakaways in the last three or four games.”,Authentic Patrick Marleau jersey,” Trotz told The Washington Times. “We haven’t been giving up more chances

Miami Marlins general manager Michael Hill was traveling Thursday to participate in a series of marathons when he swung the team’s latest trade, sending center fielder Christian Yelich to the Milwaukee Brewers for four prospects.

Hill made the trade as he began a trip to run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. Former Marlins executives David Samson and Jeff Conine are also taking part in the charity event.

“I’m boarding a plane for South Africa, you do what you need to do.”,” Hill said. “The job goes with you wherever you are. When the opportunity presents itself to make our organization better

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  Vasilevskiy leads Lightning past Blackhawks 2-0
Posted by: aliciahuang - 01-25-2018, 05:56 AM - Forum: General Discussion - No Replies

Andrei Vasilevskiy was terrific, Chris Kunitz made a clutch play and Tampa Bay's penalty killers had a big night.

 that was the difference.","That's the difference in the game," Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. "You look at the guys they throw over the boards. So you're going to give them 11 minutes in power-play time,adidas Philipp Grubauer jersey, to keep them off the board especially with 45 seconds of 5-on-3

Kunitz's sixth goal was enough for Vasilevskiy, who got his 28th win of the season. Patrick Kane shot the puck off the right post during a power play in the first, and Anthony Duclair was stopped by Vasilevskiy on a breakaway 6:41 into the third.

Vasilevskiy's seven shutouts match Tampa Bay's franchise record set by Nikolai Khabibulin during the 2001-02 season.

"You could see early he was in the groove and he just kept that going for the rest of the game,adidas Blake Wheeler jersey," Cooper said.

Gourde put the game away when he beat Glass with a slap shot low on the goaltender's glove side with 1:34 left. It was Gourde's 15th goal of the season.

"It's frustrating, it didn't happen."," Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith said. "I thought we played a lot better in tonight's game than we have in previous games,adidas Patrik Laine jersey, we had momentum in the game, but it's not good enough. We had chances, and I thought maybe our power play ... it would have been nice to get one,adidas Dustin Byfuglien jersey, maybe two. Obviously

Tampa Bay (32-12-3) improved to 1-1 on an eight-game trip overlapping the All-Star festivities at its home arena. It's the longest road trip in the NHL this season.

 but the Blackhawks are running out of time in the competitive Central Division.,Glass made 29 saves, but last-place Chicago (22-19-6) lost for the fourth time in five games. It was a much better performance than its previous two games,Authentic Connor Hellebuyck jersey, when Chicago was outscored 11-3 in losses to Detroit and the New York Islanders

"That hole's getting deeper," coach Joel Quenneville said. "Some positive things, but not scoring in some key situations and giving up that shorty in a period where you've probably played as good as you played in a long time. You dominate and you're down 1-0 with a four-minute power play and you don't score on a 5-on-3."

Brayden Point scored twice,adidas Connor Hellebuyck jersey, but the NHL-leading Lightning lost a season-high third straight. Tampa Bay has dropped four of six overall — allowing 26 goals during that stretch.

“Judging by the last couple games, tonight was a step forward even though we lost. We did a lot of good things,” Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi said.

Tampa Bay, which has a league-best 65 points, lost 5-1 to Calgary before its bye week and 4-1 to Vegas in its first game back Thursday — both at home.

” Parise said. “But I thought tonight was probably the best it’s been in my short season.”,“I’ve felt good conditioning-wise and energy-wise. But like I’ve said,Authentic Philipp Grubauer jersey, the puck handling stuff, that’s a little slower to come back

Prosser precisely put the puck between Vasilevskiy and the post for a 3-0 lead seven minutes into the second, but Point scored late to get the Lightning within two.

Point scored on a two-man advantage in the third to make it 4-2,Authentic Blake Wheeler jersey, a goal upheld after the Wild challenged for goaltender interference.

Cullen, who assisted on Foligno’s goal early in the third to make it 4-1, has 252 goals and 448 assists during his 20-season career. He received a standing ovation when the milestone was announced.

 so it was pretty cool to have that.”,Authentic Patrik Laine jersey,“I was kind of caught off guard,” said Cullen, who grew up in Minnesota. “I’m very proud to be from here

The top two teams in the league come together for a midseason matchup on Thursday night when Vegas visits Tampa Bay.

 which surprisingly sits atop the Western Conference standings.,Authentic Dustin Byfuglien jersey,This is the second meeting this season between Tampa Bay, which has the best record in the league, and Vegas

And if the second matchup is anything like the first,Authentic Michael Hutchinson jersey, the game will be played at a high and entertaining pace.

When the teams met in Vegas in December, they pushed play with an aggressive defensive group that likes to join the rush, get in on the forecheck and be part of the offensive attack.

The Golden Knights won the game with less than three seconds left on a power-play goal by Shea Theodore.

 it’s loud and they have great fans.,adidas Michael Hutchinson jersey,“They play fast, they play the way we want to play,” said Vegas leading scorer Jonathan Marchessault, who started his NHL career with the Lightning. “It’s a tough building to come into

“They have a really good team and I think we have to be ready, for sure.”

Vegas enters the game having lost consecutive games of any kind for the first time since Nov. 28-30. The Golden Knights have also scored just four goals in the past three games and are coming off a shutout loss in Nashville on Tuesday.

Head coach Gerard Gallant is not overly concerned about the lack of scoring, especially after getting 43 shots on goal against the Predators.

“I was happy. We played a great game (Tuesday). We just couldn’t score on a great goaltender at the other end,” Gallant said. “I hope we play like that on most nights because we played a helluva game. We just didn’t win.”

The Lightning are going to have to find a way to win without their leading defenseman, Victor Hedman, who was injured in Tampa Bay’s final game before the bye week. The team diagnosed Hedman with an undisclosed lower body injury that will keep him out three to six weeks.

“He’s tough to replace. … I guess you could say he’s really irreplaceable,” Lightning center Tyler Johnson said. “He’s that anchor on the blue line.”

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  Hutton bounces back with shutout, Blues blank Senators 3-0
Posted by: aliciahuang - 01-25-2018, 03:55 AM - Forum: General Discussion - No Replies

"No, especially this position, believe me," the St. Louis Blues goalie said. "You never want to lose, but you never want to have that happy attitude, I'm all good, either. This game, will eat you up if you let things. You hold things inside and then you let it eat away at you.

 who faced 38 shots in all,The Blues' first goal came when Schenn hit Sobotka in stride. Sobotka snapped a wrist shot that defenseman Cody Ceci could not block. The puck hit the skate of Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson,Authentic Ryan Miller jersey, and caromed in at 16:21 for a 1-0 lead in the first period.

Tarasenko had just jumped onto the ice when the puck came to him along the boards. Colton Parayko took a shot from the right side that Anderson blocked. The puck slid to Tarasenko,Authentic Henrik Sedin jersey, who pounced on it for the goal.

"I think it landed flat, so give it to him any way you can. It was a good spot, which was nice,Authentic Bo Horvat jersey, too," Parayko said. "He's got quite the shot, I guess."

"I think we could have definitely done better on our power play in the four minutes we had,Authentic Alex Ovechkin jersey," coach Guy Boucher said. "They defend well. You've got to give credit to the opponent and their hard work."

Consider the nightly rotations a mere warmup for a postseason that could feature a handful of teams who missed the playoffs last year. Teams like Tampa Bay, with three Stanley Cups since 2010, though luckily for two-time defending Stanley Cup champ Pittsburgh, there's plenty of time to climb back into contention. Then again, Vegas and Winnipeg are making life hard for postseason regulars,Authentic T. J. Oshie jersey, the Chicago Blackhawks, are further back and in danger of missing the playoffs entirely without a late surge.

The teams in front of the NHL's usual powers plan on staying there once the All-Star Game weekend ends.

"Anytime you get a little break, gearing up for the playoff push, it's only going to get harder, you want to come back and really be on top of your game because from now on," Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne said. "The teams are gearing up for the playoffs, so we have to do the same thing and really have to be ready after the break."

 just like the Jets,Tampa Bay stood atop the league standings until the Golden Knights overtook them briefly with a win Sunday in Carolina — the Lightning grabbed it back Monday night with a 2-0 win in Chicago. The Lightning missed last year's playoffs but now seem like a Stanley Cup contender, who keep swapping the Central Division lead back and forth with Nashville.

"We know we still have to keep getting better," Tampa Bay forward Chris Kunitz said.

 which is led by the Washington Capitals,Boston is the only Original Six team in the top 10 of the league's overall standings. The lone sign of continuity so far has been in the Metropolitan Division, winners of the last two President's Trophies.

 who spent two seasons in Nashville, predicted Tuesday the NHL will be seeing much more turnover from season to season with teams taking their turns. He sees the Predators,Hall of Fame player Paul Kariya, who reached their first Stanley Cup final last year, as being a potential exception to that with a handful of players under contract for the next few seasons.

" Kariya said. "I think in general there is a lot of parity in the game. With the cap system,"The Vegas story is a terrific story in sports having an expansion team doing this well in their first season, it's very difficult to keep a team together that has success."

Getting to the top of the standings of the NHL is tough enough. Vegas forward James Neal can recall maybe having been there once or twice while he played for Pittsburgh.

"Man, we've got lots of work to do," Neal said. "We put the work in. Everybody played for each other right from Day One, it's impressive, so it's impressive. I'm really proud of the guys. With that being said, and we're going to get better and continue to grow as a team and keep this thing going."

 the All-Star captain for the Central Division team,Nashville's P.K. Subban, noted that much has changed since he came into the NHL.

"It's not so much about having the most superstars on your team, anyone can beat anyone. That's the league we play in," Subban said. "You see now every game there's so much parity in the league, but having the players that play the right way, doesn't matter if a team's in the 29th spot or first, and it's a competitive league."

One thing the NHL's top teams have in common is a strong goaltender. Andrei Vasilevskiy just tied the Tampa Bay record Monday night with his seventh shutout this season,adidas Ryan Miller jersey, matching Nikolai Khabibulin in 2001-2002. Vasilevskiy also leads the league with 28 wins.

The Golden Knights' amazing season has been keyed by Marc-Andre Fleury, who's been nearly unbeatable when healthy.

 obviously it's the All-Star Game on Sunday in Tampa. For simple hockey overload, Thursday night features every team in the league playing with a full slate of action,Well,adidas Henrik Sedin jersey,adidas Alex Ovechkin jersey, and the Golden Knights get another chance to pad the league's best home record when they host the Islanders.

 they were shipping Evan Longoria out of town and someone over there, with a straight face,The Rays? Pitchers and catchers and allegedly Matt Duffy report soon. But the last we saw of these guys, adidas Bo Horvat jersey,was trying to sell us on why this was a good thing.

We keep waiting for the news release any day now that tells us Chris Archer,adidas Braden Holtby jersey, Alex Colome and Jake Odorizzi have been traded. The Rays have traded so many of their best players over the years that they no longer have a best player. All that's left is a centerfielder who can catch flyballs and a bunch of No. 6 hitters.

The Bucs? Sigh.

Here's how you know things are rotten with your football team. It's January and the most exciting thing on your to-do list is hoping your team takes an offensive lineman in the draft in three months. Woo-hoo.

 they still need a pass rusher,Maybe the Bucs shouldn't hope they do too well in the draft. We don't want the general manger cringing at the thought that the Bucs might actually go .500 next season. Meantime, adidas T. J. Oshie jersey,a running back and someone to make sure the quarterback doesn't jump in an Uber.

College basketball in these parts is a drag. USF might be the crummiest men's basketball program in the country. They've lost seven in a row and I'm trying to find a conference game they can win even though they aren't in a great conference.

Even the USF women have some work to do to get back to their usual high level.

So now we turn to the Lightning — our one hope,Authentic Braden Holtby jersey, the one team that keeps Tampa Bay from joining the likes of Cincinnati and Milwaukee as the most actively depressing sports towns at the moment.

 we've been sidetracked while the Lightning has played its best regular-season hockey since, well,And the problem is, ever.

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