Bad draft picks cause riots with fanbases Nick Bosa Jersey White , but good draft picks feel oh, so great. One pick we’ll be happy getting used to getting accolades is the San Francisco 49ers’ first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, tackle Mike McGlinchey. A pick who won ESPN’s NFC West Rookie of the year. 49ers reporter Nick Wagoner broke things down: McGlinchey has been a reason the 49ers run game has had so much success with so many different running backs. The one thing to consider in terms of the award is what he was up against. This isn’t NFL rookie of the year, this award is contained to the NFC West and the competition is lacking with rookies.If you’re looking at just first round picks, the Seattle Seahawks took running back Rashaad Penny towards the end of the first round. A pick that turned out decent, averaging 4.9 yards per carry, but was second fiddle at-best on the depth chart to the likes of Chris Carson. The Arizona Cardinals traded up for quarterback Josh Rosen, but there wasn’t much in terms of immediate impact felt. What was felt were the 45 sacks the rookie took thanks to an offensive line with so many holes a Swiss cheese would be envious. The Cardinals had huge problems on offense as a whole, and it’d be unfair and a bit too quick to point at the quarterback for the source of them. And the Los Angeles Rams? Well they didn’t even get a pick in the first round thanks to the Brandin Cooks trade.All that said, McGlinchey has neck in neck with Indianapolis Colts guard Quenton Nelson for the title of best offensive lineman from the 2018 draft. Nelson had an edge in pass blocking but McGlinchey’s run block all but made up for it. It’s safe to say the 49ers weren’t going to get their hands on Nelson given his positioning anyways. Still, McGlinchey’s pass blocking hasn’t been anything atrocious, rather something he needs to work on. Not to mention his numbers took a dip due to the elite level of competition he was up against in 2018. There were whiffs, but him going against those pass rushers may work out for the best in the long run. It isn’t just ESPN. At one point, McGlinchey was considered a dark horse for NFL rookie of the year. It’s doubtful that would happen, but when expand from just the NFC West and see McGlinchey is at least in the conversation, you know this isn’t just from lack of competition. If he can get the pass blocking figured out, and there’s no doubt yet he can, the 49ers will have an anchor and a great leader for the locker room once Joe Staley hangs it up. It only takes one great start to get the hype train (and t-shirt production) going. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens was wildly impressive in his debut against the Oakland Raiders, and will make his second start this Monday against the New York Giants.Given the Thursday nature of Mullens debut Laken Tomlinson Jersey , the 49ers had fewer media obligations shortly after the game. They returned to practice this week, and we’ve heard from Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch about Mullens’ debut. And naturally, the origin story has been playing big this week in the media.Quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello has been getting a lot of press for his work in championing Mullens to Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch. On Friday, Lynch was on KNBR offering more context into how the 49ers came across Mullens. He said regional scout Darrell Moody first noticed Mullens, and “really took a liking to Nick.” Moody is in his fourth season with the 49ers, and was retained by John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan when they took over the football operation in early 2017.After taking over, Lynch and Shanahan worked together, with the coaches and scouts sorting through what they liked and wanted in building the roster. Scangarello was breaking down quarterbacks and took a liking to Mullens as well. Matt Barrows put together a great feature breaking down how Scangarello first really noticed Mullens while breaking down film of other players from the East-West Shrine Game practices.During his Friday KNBR interview, Lynch went into detail about where things went from there.It’s only been one game, but expectations have quickly grown for Mullens. He faces a bad Giants squad this week, and depending on his performance, would face a bad Bucs defense in Week 12. He has a chance to build some serious momentum before reaching a closing stretch that includes the Seahawks, Broncos, Seahawks, Bears, and Rams.That’s going to tell us something, and if he finds some success over these final seven weeks, the origin story is going to increase all the more!
Last Sunday we took a look at the standings for the 2019 Field Gulls Free Agency GM Armchair Challenge after every player in the challenge on the offensive side of the ball had signed a new..."Last Sunday we took a look at the standings for the 2019 Field Gulls Free Agency GM Armchair Challenge after every player in the challenge on the offensive side of the ball had signed a new contract http://www.seahawkslockerroom.com/authentic-jaron-brown-jersey , though were still waiting on a couple of players on the defensive side of the ball to agree to new deals. With the first week of April in the books, we are still waiting. In any case, here is an update on the standings for the defensive side of things and the overall standings while still awaiting contracts for both Ndamukong Suh and Ziggy Ansah. For a quick refresher, here is the list of players who were included in the challenge.Defensive end Trey Flowers, Defensive end Ziggy Ansah http://www.seahawkslockerroom.com/authentic-jarran-reed-jersey ,Defensive tackle Ndamukong SuhDefensive tackle Sheldon RichardsonLinebacker K.J. WrightLinebacker C.J. MosleyLinebacker Anthony BarrCornerback Justin ColemanCornerback Pierre DesirStrong safety Landon CollinsFree safety Earl Thomas andKicker Jason MyersAs noted, everyone in that group has signed a contract with the exception of Suh and Ansah, so we will not be able to declare a winner until those numbers are in. However, based on the ten players that have signed a deal, the standings on this side of things are as follows (the combined standings are listed in another table below). Standings for defensive side of 2019 Field Gulls Free Agency Armchair GM ChallengeEntrantDefense TotalEntrantDefense TotalAnd Mychal Kendricks Jersey Green , as promised, here are the standings when the offensive side from last weekend’s update and this update are combined. Overall standings for 2019 Field Gulls Free Agency Armchair GM ChallengeCurrent PlaceEntrantDefense TotalOffense TotalOffense and DefenseCurrent PlaceEntrantDefense TotalOffense TotalOffense and DefenseLooking at that, the thing that jumps out to me is that I’m goingg to need to figure out how to disqualify the top five entrants so that that rollsuphill slides right into first place. And, as promised, here is a link to a spreadsheet with everyone’s entries listed. Safety Earl Thomas has flirted with the notion of joining the Cowboys at points over the last couple of years and the Cowboys have shown interest Steve Largent Jersey , which has plenty of people looking in Dallas’ direction with Thomas heading for free agency in March.Those looking for that move to Texas will happen will likely take word about where Thomas and his wife have enrolled their kids in school as a sign. Mike Fisher of 247 Sports reports that Thomas is in Austin and has put his kids in school there.It may not turn out to be much of a sign. Thomas went to the University of Texas and has gone back to his alma mater to work out in past offseasons, so it’s no sure thing that he’s going to be there come the fall.The big difference from past offseasons is that Thomas is going to be a free agent and that there’s little chance that he’s going to be heading back to Seattle for another year with the Seahawks. That makes this his best chance yet to return to Texas on a full-time basis, although there will likely be suitors from outside the state whose offers will help determine how everything plays out.
Eight NFL teams will carry on their practice squads a player who came from an expanded program for overseas players.The International Player Pathway was instituted last year. It aims to provide international athletes the opportunity to compete at the NFL level.Alex Gray (Atlanta Falcons) Shaquil Barrett Jersey White , Alex Jenkins (New Orleans Saints), Eric Nzeocha (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Efe Obada (Carolina Pathners) participated in 2017 and will return to those NFC South teams.The NFL announced Tuesday that the AFC North was added this year. The Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers also will get an exemption for an 11th practice squad member who's ineligible to be activated during the season. Two come from the United Kingdom and two from Germany.Those players are Moritz Bohringer (Bengals), originally drafted in the 2016 sixth round by Minnesota; German Football League player Christopher Ezeala (Ravens); former British American Football League player Tigie Sankoh (Browns); and former English professional rugby player Christian Scotland-Williamson (Steelers). TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mike Smith is out as defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, replaced by linebackers coach Mark Duffner.Riding a three-game losing streak and not showing any signs of being able to fix a porous unit that keeps undermining the team’s chances of winning, the Bucs dismissed the former Atlanta Falcons coach Monday after yielding 92 points in the first half of consecutive losses to Pittsburgh, Chicago and Atlanta.Tampa Bay, which has the NFL’s second-ranked offense and No. 1 passing attack, rallied to make two of those games close, however pressure on coach Dirk Koetter to make a change had been mounting since Mitchell Trubisky threw a career-best six touchdown passes in the Bears’ 48-10 rout of the Bucs on Sept. 30.The day after the loss to Chicago, Koetter said he had no intentions of dismissing Smith because the defensive woes were not the fault of any one person.The Bucs had a bye after that game, but having an extra week to prepare for Atlanta didn’t turn out to be an advantage. The Falcons gained 219 yards and scored touchdowns on their first three possessions to open a 21-6 lead before holding on late for a 34-29 victory that apparently sealed Smith’s fate.“I have the utmost respect for Mike Smith as a man and as a football coach Womens Brent Grimes Jersey ,” Koetter said. “These decisions are always difficult, but our top priority here is to ensure that we do everything possible to help this team succeed.”Through five games, the Bucs (2-3) are 31st in total defense at 439.8 yards per game. They’re last in pass defense (355.6), while also allowing a league-high 34.6 points per game.Opponents have scored 30 or more points four times, including 40-plus twice.“I thought it was important that both sides of the ball be able to go through the self-scouting process during the bye week to see if we could make some adjustments that would help us play better as a football team,” Koetter said, explaining the decision to keep Smith after the loss to Chicago.“I do think we had a good plan on defense for Atlanta. We did a lot of things we planned to do. We did some things differently. It just didn’t work out that way,” Koetter added. “This is a production business. We have to play better on defense. We have to play better as a football team.”Smith coached the Falcons from 2008 to 2014. He sat out a year after being fired in Atlanta, where Koetter served as his offensive coordinator, and joined the Bucs when Koetter succeeded Lovie Smith as Bucs coach after the 2015 season.“Mike and I worked together as coordinators in Jacksonville, and I worked for Mike in Atlanta. I didn’t ever see this day coming, but it’s here. We have to make decisions that give us the best chance moving forward. That’s all you can do,” Koetter said.“It’s a tough business,” linebacker Lavonte David said Bryan Anger Jersey , adding Smith was a “standup guy” who “never threw anyone under the bus.”“Everybody in the locker room had a lot of respect for him,” David said. “It’s a tough situation he was in.”Duffner, 65, was the logical choice as a mid-season replacement for Smith, primarily because of his experience. He’s in his 22nd season as an NFL assistant, third with the Bucs.Duffner has also coached in Miami, Jacksonville, Green Bay and Cincinnati, where he was defensive coordinator for two years.“When you change five games into the season … it’s not like you’re going through a whole lot of options,” Koetter said. “Duff has been a coordinator is this league. He’s the most experienced coach on our staff, period, at any position.”
Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said last week that he had fallen short in regard to getting wide receiver Demaryius Thomas involved in the team’s offense after he was acquired in a trade with the Broncos and said he would try to do a better job of that in the future.Monday night’s results were a sign that O’Brien is doing a better job on that front. Thomas caught his first touchdown as a Texan in the first quarter Ka'imi Fairbairn Jersey White , added a second score later in the night and Thomas finished the game with four catches for 38 yards.Thomas had three catches for 61 yards in his first Houston outing before going without a catch in the second game and he said he was pleased with how things turned out on Monday.“It feels great,” Thomas said, via the Houston Chronicle. “Coming into the week, they were telling me they were going to get me the ball more. We took advantage of it and I got on the聽board twice.”Thomas will likely continue to grow more comfortable in the offense as he spends more time in it and waiting for everything to settle in is a far easier process while riding an eight-game winning streak than it would be in other circumstances. HOUSTON (AP) — The Tennessee Titans were down by four with the ball on the 3-yard line in the second quarter Monday night against the Houston Texans when coach Mike Vrabel chose to go for it on fourth-and-inches.Tight end Luke Stocker took the handoff and was immediately met by Zach Cunningham and Bernardrick McKinney and stopped for no gain. Lamar Miller ran 97 yards for a touchdown on the next play to make it 21-10, and the Texans went on to a 34-17 win.“If you look at their goal-line defense and having a lot of good knowledge of what they do on the goal line Womens Zach Cunningham Jersey , that’s one play that had worked,” Vrabel said. “It didn’t work tonight and that’s not the reason that we lost. That’s a bad play.”Vrabel spent a good part of his postgame news conference fielding questions about the play and why he chose to hand the ball to Stocker, an eight-year veteran who had zero carries entering the game. In fact, Stocker said after the game that the last time he remembered carrying the ball was in high school.“I’d like to have that back and have a chance to go lower or dive or reach the ball out or something,” he said. “That’s on me. I’ve got to figure out a way to convert that.”Some wondered why Vrabel didn’t give the ball to 6-foot-3 Womens DeAndre Hopkins Jersey , 247-pound running back Derrick Henry in that situation.“That’s something we’ve repped in practice,” Vrabel said about using Stocker. “Just having watched that play be successful against their goal-line look, we felt good about it.”The fact that Tennessee’s defense allowed the huge run by Miller seconds after the failed fourth-down attempt was just another disappointment for the Titans.“Runs like that can’t happen,” cornerback Logan Ryan said. “They shouldn’t happen, but it did. We’ve got to learn from it.”Marcus Mariota Sammie Coates Jersey White , who missed the second half of last week’s game with a stinger, was 22 of 23 for 303 yards and two touchdowns. He completed his first 19 passes before an incompletion with just more than a minute remaining.Vrabel couldn’t celebrate Mariota’s effectiveness on a night when the Titans allowed the Texans to set a franchise record with 281 yards rushing, led by 162 from Miller.“The stats are the stats,” Vrabel said when asked about Mariota’s completion percentage. “The loss is really what I’m going to try to focus on. We’ve got to stop the run. There’s a lot of things other than guys’ individual stats that we’re trying to concentrate on.”The Titans (5-6) have lost two straight to drop into third place in the AFC South behind first-place Houston (8-3) and Indianapolis (6-5).“We’ve got to stick together and we’ve got to go win,” Vrabel said. “We’re going to get as prepared as we can and we’ve got to go out and play. We just didn’t get it done tonight.”The Titans jumped out to a 10-0 lead before Houston scored 27 straight points to take control. Tennessee finally scored again on a 48-yard reception by Corey Davis late in the third quarter Jadeveon Clowney Jersey , but a 10-yard TD by Demaryius Thomas made it 34-17 with just more than eight minutes left.“We did a good job of coming out, but we got flat and couldn’t pick it back up,” Tennessee left tackle Taylor Lewan said. “We’ve got the guys to do it, but we’ve just got to figure out a way to stop the bleeding and get it going.”
Peter King posted his only mock draft before the real thing starts on Thursday night."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Texans StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Texans NewsYahoo Texans Team PageYahoo Texans ReportYahoo Texans Depth ChartYahoo Texans TransactionsYahoo Texans PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub 鉁?019 NFL Draft2019 NFL Mock Draft: Peter King Has The Texans Moving Up To Select...New http://www.thetexanslockerroom.com/authentic-andre-hal-jersey ,63commentsPeter King posted his only mock draft before the real thing starts on Thursday night.CDTShareTweetShareShare2019 NFL Mock Draft: Peter King Has The Texans Moving Up To Select...Troy Taormina-USA TODAY SportsThe Texans’ mocks have become redundant and all too similar. The Texans invariably stay still. and they select either an offensive tackle or a cornerback. That’s it. That’s all there is to it. Leave it to Peter King to make a real wild, cool, and tough choice for the Houston Texans:Ahhhh Womens Jordan Thomas Jersey , yes. That’s the stuff. Andre Dillard is the best pass protecting tackle in this class.He will need to learn how to run block, and probably will be able to. He just hasn’t shown it enough in college. With Dillard at left tackle, Houston could let Juli’en Davenport Womens Nick Martin Jersey , Seantrel Henderson, Martinas Rankin (?), and mystery rookie (?) Brandon Dunn Jersey , battle it out at right and then let the scraps swing it from there. I also am so in love with the idea that the Texans would trade the pick they received from the Seahawks for Duane Brown just to take another tackle with it. You gotta love symmetry. Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Monday Womens Deshaun Watson Jersey , January 21, 2019."Houston Texans NewsTexans re-sign Seantrel Henderson (Houston Chronicle)NFL NewsPats outlast Chiefs in OT to reach Super Bowl LIII (NFL.com)Saints’ Payton on no PI: Never a more obvious call (NFL.com)Ford on offsides penalty: ‘I’ve got to see the ball’ (NFL.com)Patriots return to where dynastic run all started (NFL.com)Chiefs learn tough lesson in AFC title game defeat (NFL.com)Fassel on Rams’ fake punt: ‘Only 13 people knew’ (NFL.com)Brees says controversial no-call ‘tough to swallow’ (NFL.com)Chiefs can’t stop Pats as Mahomes watches in OT (NFL.com)Rams CB Robey-Coleman on no-call: ‘I was beat’ (NFL.com)Houston & Collegiate SportsHouston Rockets vs. Philadelphia 76ers game preview (The Dream Shake)
With the Eagles sitting on the biggest goldmine in the sport Womens Dave Robinson Jersey , a franchise quarterback on a rookie contract, GM Howie Roseman bet the farm twice. The first was the original bet on Carson Wentz, giving up multiple first-round picks to get the FCS prospect. But once Roseman realized Wentz had the goods, the plan was simple: aggressively spend to surround him with talent to maximize the window with Wentz still on that good-as-gold rookie deal.Without that tact and that cap flexibility, the Eagles couldn’t afford to pay Nick Foles, wouldn’t have taken a one-year flier on Alshon Jeffrey, and wouldn’t have traded for Jay Ajayi. Philly’s cap hell starts already this offseason, as the team is set to become more than $16 million over the salary cap heading into the 2019 year.This methodology works. Just ask the Rams and Bears, who borrowed the formula to make massive improvements to their teams with quarterbacks on rookie deals, setting the course for successful 2018 seasons. The Rams could make it 2/2 for this methodology with Super Bowl titles and these lessons can be applied to the Packers in 2019 even if the circumstances aren’t identical. One word of caution before advancing, however. The list of 7-9 teams is strewn with offseason winners, Dream Teams, and press conference champions. Winning the offseason doesn’t guarantee winning anything in the regular season. The Bears arguably won last offseason and couldn’t even bother to win a playoff game (**doink** **doink**). But the career trajectory of Aaron Rodgers compressed the team’s timeline much in the same way rookie contracts for Jared Goff, Mitch Trubisky, and Wentz do for their teams. It’s not that Green Bay has a financial window of opportunity — they don’t. Quite the opposite. Rodgers will likely only be Aaron Freaking Rodgers for a few more years, if that window hasn’t already passed. That leaves the Packers wondering about what’s next, but also yearning to maximize the time it has with Rodgers still in his theoretical prime. This offseason, with its projected free agents and draft class, sets up ideally for the Packers to push its chips into the middle for 2019 and 2020. There are quality guards worth pursuing http://www.packerslockerroom.com/authentic-jason-spriggs-jersey , edge rushers worth signing and drafting, as well as impact back-end defenders worth adding. Ted Thompson and Russ Ball masterfully manipulated the cap so the team was always fresh with young talent and in a financially flexible position, but never took the opportunity to truly capitalize on either. At least not since the pre-Super Bowl days. Green Bay can not only maximize its own roster now, but can do it without crippling the future of this team in a late-stage Rodgers phase, or beyond. Based on the latest cap projections, the Packers will have around $40.5 million in available cap space assuming they do nothing with the players currently under contract. In terms of signing their own free agents, the priority for major-money allocation is Bashaud Breeland who, being another year older after an injury-plagued season, likely can’t command the $8 million per year he’d originally received from the Panthers last offseason. Something closer to three years, $20 million could still make sense given his age and talent. A second-round tender for Geronimo Allison would be another $3.1 million and there aren’t really any other important players to worry about allocating resource toward this offseason. That leaves Brian Gutekunst and Russ Ball around $30 million to go add pieces. If the team designates Nick Perry for a post-June 1 cut and Jimmy Graham is cut outright, they could save a little over $5 million immediately and nearly $11 million more as of June 2, giving the Packers quite the war chest to aggressively add players. Remember, the post-June 1 designation doesn’t clear the cap space right away. It stays as a cap hold until June. But that $11 million should be enough to cover the team’s draft class, so they can spend close to their cap before that point.Starting with the biggest need, let’s say the Packers can lure one of Roger Saffold, Mike Iupati, James Carpenter, Andy Levitre, Ramon Foster Womens Jimmy Graham Jersey , Ben Garland or Quinton Spain to town to fill the right guard spot. If that seems like a lot of names, it is, which should not only give the Packers plenty of options, but also depress the value of the position overall. The more guards available, the less each individual can demand to be paid. The Packers can probably get someone in that $6 million range for 2019 who can come in right away and solidify that spot. None of those players likely would command the kind of major-money allocation we’ve seen for guards in free agency lately, like that Andrew Norwell $13 million range. They can find a significant upgrade for $6 to $7 million and they should seek to make that addition. What about the ultra-soft safety market? Quality starters like Eric Reid, Kenny Vaccaro and Tre Boston struggled to find homes last offseason, having to settle for meager money and late contract offers. With Earl Thomas a near-lock to leave Seattle and Landon Collins’ future in New York unclear after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury, the Packers could allocate significant financial resources to the position. Even if neither can likely command top-of-market safety money, the Packers would still likely have to spend $12 million to make the contract appealing. LeMarcus Joyner made $11.3 million on the franchise tag last season, making that the likely starting point for players of their caliber. Joyner too could be an option if the Rams can’t find the room to pay him. Such a contract would only leave the Packers with a similar amount remaining, in that $12 million range. For an edge rusher in the modern market, that’s not a ton of money but it’s certainly not nothing. Here’s where a player like Anthony Barr becomes particularly appealing. That $12 million number would be top-of-market off-ball linebacker money, but in Green Bay he’d be a pass rusher. His current teammate Danielle Hunter, just signed a deal for $14 million APY and Barr can’t realistically insist he’s more valuable than a younger, more proven pass rusher. That said, there will be myriad teams with massive amounts of cap space this spring, which will likely drive up prices for premium position players. Given the kind of pedigree Barr had as a pass rusher coming out of UCLA and his proven versatility off the ball, he should have a considerable market. This is where the cuts come into play. Even simply cutting Graham would give the Packers wiggle room to pay Barr Bryan Bulaga Jersey White , even overpay if necessary, while still keeping some room for emergency signings with injuries. Moving on from both him and Nick Perry, likely the prudent financial decision, would give them more than enough flexibility to make a huge splash in free agency, solidify need positions, and still not cap strap the team even if Perry’s money isn’t available until June.Though signing these big names would require longer-term deals, somewhere in the four-year range, the cap has been consistently climbing and the hit for some of the Packers current big deals will become smaller and smaller portions of the cap, easing the future burdens on cap flexibility. In either case, the players the Packers can sign this offseason, coupled with the serious draft capital they can spend, could give Green Bay the core it needs to compete for Super Bowl for the remainder of Rodgers’ prime even if it means locking that core in now. To not waste having the best quarterback on the planet, that’s a swing worth taking. If it worked for Nick Foles, Jared Goff, and Mitch Trubisky, imagine how it could work with Aaron Rodgers. The pass-rusher missed almost the entire season in 2017 after a big junior year."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football Advicehad a pre-draft visit with Packers, per reportNew,2commentsThe pass-rusher missed almost the entire season in 2017 after a big junior year.CDTShareTweetShareShareMaryland EDGE Jesse Aniebonam had a pre-draft visit with Packers, per reportArt Pittman-USA TODAY SportsWith the Green Bay Packers allotted 30 official visits with prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft http://www.packerslockerroom.com/authentic-kentrell-brice-jersey , they are continuing to use several on players who are likely under consideration as undrafted free agent signings. Another such player is Maryland pass-rusher Jesse Aniebonam, who visited the team last week according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.Aniebonam was a fifth-year senior in 2018, but his finest season statistically came as a junior in 2016. That year, despite starting just six of his 13 games, he led the Terrapins with nine sacks and 14 tackles for loss. However, his 2017 season was lost to a season-ending broken ankle in the opening week, which made him eligible for a medical redshirt. In 2018, he returned to play in ten games, totaling 39 tackles (five for losses) and two sacks.The 6-foot-4, 258-pound Aniebonam had a solid Pro Day last month, reportedly running the 40-yard dash in 4.69 seconds and posting 21 reps on the bench press. His agility numbers were a bit on the slow side, with a 3-cone time of 7.40 seconds, but his 10-foot-3 broad jump shows some good explosiveness. In addition to lining up on the defensive line for Maryland, Aniebonam also played special teams. He blocked a punt early in 2018 against Temple, returning it for a touchdown:Click here for the full list of the Packers’ reported pre-draft visitors.
Careful research has been conducted for decades on the virulent phenomenon known as the Chicago Bears. Is it contagious? Is it lethal? Does it cause cancer Color Rush Will Harris Jersey , or skin irritation? Is it FDA approved? Does the CDC even know about this or are they silencing the truth?Unfortunately, the spread of the Chicago Bears in 2018 has been rampant. The Bears are right now playing as one of the best teams in the NFC North and have only recently been challenged for their position atop the division. Still, a killer defense and an offense clicking on all cylinders is hard to knock, even if you’re not a believer in what they’re doing.Speaking of that, why is it always about cylinders? We have enough car talk on the Pride Of Detroit PODcast. We don’t need more car analogies. None of know how to operate one anyway.I forgot where I was going with this and now I should introduce you to Patti Curl from Windy City Gridiron. She’s going to be helping us understand the Bears. Strap in, because there are five questions, and she’s going to answer all of them, madcap she is.1. What has been the most surprising or out-of-character loss for the Bears this year? How about most surprising win?Sadly, I can’t with a straight face tell you that losing in heartbreaking fashion at Lambeau Field is out of character for the Bears, but the biggest change in expectations came between halftime in Week 1 and the games tragic resolution. If you missed it Cheap Will Harris Jersey , the Bears were up 17 to 0 at halftime and both Aaron Rodgers and backup DeShone Kizer were injured. I had finished writing an indulgently triumphant post-game blog post and kicked my legs up with a pile of wings ready to enjoy a long-awaited Packer smackdown. Then Golden Boy Rodgers decided to hop back onto the field for an infinitely-obnoxious one-footed comeback to win 24 to 23. It was disgusting.As far as wins, none have been particularly surprising. The best team that the Bears have bested is probably the Seahawks, and they hadn’t quite figured things out when the Bears played them. I’ll say that the way the Bears won against the Buccaneers was pleasantly out of character: seeing a Bears offense move effortlessly down the field and score six passing touchdowns was a rare delight that I hope we can witness many more times and never take for granted. 2. How would you assign the Bears cornerbacks to guard these Lions wide receivers?I’m definitely putting Kyle Fuller on Marvin Jones. Fuller had 22 swat-downs last year and has 10 already this year. I want someone who can paw at the ball against one of the best contested catch receivers in the NFL and make plays when Jones is inevitably targeted deep. Prince Amukamara is more of a tight-coverage corner than a playmaker, and if he plays his game well, Stafford will be quickly moving on to his next look whenever he glances Kenny’s way. Hopefully that will be towards TJ Jones who’ll have his work cut out for him when he lines up against the Bears most underrated defensive stud, slot corner Bryce Callahan.3. With the game on the line, would you rather see Tarik Cohen or Jordan Howard take the last carry of the game? I dunno where from or any circumstances, I’m just trying to make a RB question interesting.This is basically like asking me if the grizzly bear or the black bear is better. I love them both for their differences as much as their similarities, and I hate you for making me choose. Since I have to, I’ll take Jordan Howard. He’s been the heart and lungs of this Bears offense for the last two years Will Harris Jersey Womens , and his less central role in Matt Nagy’s diverse offensive scheme has caused too many people to doubt his importance. I want Howard to have the ball in that moment, not only because I trust him to get the job done, but because I want him to get the glory when he does and return to his proper place, universally beloved by Bears fans and savvy NFL analysts everywhere.4. We’ve heard plenty of QB comparisons on Mitchell Trubisky based on upside and skill, but what is his comparison based on his level of “bro”?This is tough. Trubisky is too earnest to really fit into bro culture, but he seems either unaware or unphased by the fact that deep bros undoubtedly think he’s a little dorky. I’d put him somewhere between Drew Brees and Eli Manning. Like, less likely to get in a legal battle over ill-advised jewelry purchases than Drew Brees and more likely to be in on the joke than Eli.5. Could Dick Butkus....?Good question. I would think not. Presumably, a Butkus would kiss all the butt he could kiss if a Butkus could kiss butt, and I didn’t see Dick kiss butt for a single second in his Hall of Fame career.Thanks to Patti for putting up with our nonsense. In the past two weeks the Detroit Lions have placed Ezekiel Ansah, Michael Roberts Matthew Stafford Jersey , Da’Shawn Hand and Kerryon Johnson on injured reserve. Saturday, two more players joined them. Wide receiver Bruce Ellington and defensive back Charles Washington were both placed on IR, ending their seasons. Ellington was added back in early November in the hope to help replace Golden Tate after the Lions opted to trade him. Ellington played in four games for Detroit, totally 23 catches and 132 yards during his time. The veteran receiver has dealt with hamstring injuries for much of his career, even having part of his hamstring surgically removed at one point, but another hamstring ended this season early.Washington has been one of the Lions’ better special teams players for the past two years, but a hamstring injury has claimed the last two games of his season, as well.To make up their spots on the roster, the Lions promoted wide receiver Chris Lacy to the active roster along with cornerback Dee Virgin. Wide receiver Deontez Alexander takes one of their spots on the practice squad.
The best Jonah Williams Jersey Womens , worst and most unfortunate aspects of the Bengals’ loss to the Panthers After a nice start to the season, the Cincinnati Bengals hit a buzzsaw down in North Carolina. Cam Newton and his cronies took it to the Bengals, as Marvin Lewis’ team left Charlotte not only bruised up, but also with their first loss of the season in their pocket. There was a lot to dislike about the Bengals’ performance against the Panthers, but there were some solid positives to grasp on to for Bengals fans. The best:This offense can score often: Despite four turnovers, A.J. Green exiting the game early, not having Joe Mixon, a missed field goal, as well as the defense failing to both net a turnover and stop the run, the Bengals were alive until very late in the game. This has to at least be a bit of a light at the end of the tunnel after the first loss of the year. Dalton made some questionable throws, but his two touchdown throws were beauties. Aside from that, the team still exuded that “never quit” attitude we saw from them in the first two weeks. A couple of critical areas that didn’t kill them: The Panthers converted 46 percent of their third down opportunities, which was higher than their season average and rushed for 230 yards, but the defense had a couple of other areas that were positive. Penalties, for one, weren’t one of the issues for the team, as they only had four for 36 yards. They also out-gained the Panthers in total yards, 396 to 377. The worst:Missing by inches and a slew of bad breaks: I thought Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com summed up Week 3 for the Bengals well in a recent column about football being a game of inches. Whether it was a near-make of a 53-yard field goal, a just-miss on a blocked punt Jonah Williams Cincinnati Bengals Jersey , Dre Kirkpatrick dropping yet another interception opportunity or just missing out on a fumble recovery, things didn’t go the Bengals’ way.There is an old-school question that lingers about opportunities within a football game. Good teams create their own and capitalize, while the less fortunate is a reflection of a team’s talent. It’s early in the season, they’re still atop the AFC North and they created enough opportunities to shoot out to a 2-0, but we’ll see which trend continues here. The (lack of) chemistry between Andy Dalton and John Ross: One of the big themes fans are clinging to after the team’s performance on Sunday is the struggles Dalton has shown when looking Ross’ way. There were two interceptions by rookie Donte Jackson, and questions have been raised about Ross’ effort and mental grasp of the pro game. Opinions also teeter those two throws being more on Dalton’s right shoulder than Ross’ doing. Regardless, there is one thing we can all agree upon: this is Ross’ sixth regular season NFL game and growth should continue to come. Sacks and pressure given up by the offensive line: After blanking the Ravens in the sack category last week, Cincinnati’s embattled offensive line showed some familiar warts. The unit gave up two sacks and a multitude of pressures, partially contributing to Dalton’s four interceptions. Per Pro Football Focus, left tackle Cordy Glenn allowed eight total pressures — six more than he allowed in Weeks 1 and 2 combined. Guards Alex Redmond and Clint Boling also allowed two pressures each in the game.Redmond also had a holding called on him again at a critical point in the game, which pushed the Bengals back to try a 53-yard field goal that Randy Bullock hooked left. Glenn has largely been outstanding this year, but he had a rough day against edge rushers. The defensive line, minus Carlos Dunlap: Dunlap, Geno Atkins, Sam Hubbard and the rest of the crew had generated a bunch of pressures and sacks the first two weeks, which was a major facet to the team’s 2-0 start. Yet, aside from Dunlap, the group was very quiet and rarely hit Cam Newton. And, when their names were called Jonah Williams Jersey 2019 , it was for the wrong reasons. For instance, Dunlap had a huge strip-sack of Newton early in the fourth quarter and essentially gave Hubbard a fumble recovery right in his lap. Somehow, the ball squirted out and the team missed out on a huge opportunity. The downright ugly:Injuries, injuries and more injuries: We’re not here to make excuses, but the Bengals had a massive uphill battle to climb with so many people out of the lineup. Four critical starters were already missing the game before kickoff in Joe Mixon, Billy Price, Michael Johnson and Preston Brown, but it just got worse as Sunday progressed. A.J. Green left a little over halfway through the game, while Tyler Kroft, Andrew Billings, Carl Lawson and Giovani Bernard all left and returned at certain points in the contest. Ryan Glasgow is now done for the season after tearing his ACL on Sunday.The turnover ratio disparity: Going into Sunday, the Bengals were plus-three in the takeaway/giveaway ratio. Thanks to Dalton’s four interceptions and Cincinnati’s defense failing to net one, it not only swayed this particular game greatly in the Panthers’ favor, but also put them behind the eight-ball in the yearly statistics in this facet. The linebackers: Christian McCaffrey ran all over the Bengals’ defense—for 184 yards, to be exact. Additionally, the Bengals didn’t have a ton of answers for when Newton rushed the football, either. The group of Nick Vigil, Jordan Evans, Hardy Nickerson and Vincent Rey are largely guys who tackle ball-carriers a few yards past the line of scrimmage. Getting Brown and Vontaze Burfict back is critical and should help the defense immensely. Thankfully White Jonah Williams Jersey , their respective returns are around the corner.The broken record on recurring matchup issues: Stop us if you’e heard this before: the Bengals’ defense has trouble corralling multi-dimensional quarterbacks and covering able running backs in the passing game. McCaffrey had a career-high in rushing yards, while Newton bullied his way into the end zone twice.Aside from the Bengals suffering a huge amount of injuries to critical players, they still have major issues matching up with certain players and schemes. Every team experiences these matchup problems throughout a given season, but Cincinnati put theirs on tape once again this Sunday. Oddsmakers are now giving their say on who they ‘think’ could be the Bengals’ next head coach.BetOnline thinks there’s a good chance the Bengals hire an in-house candidate, and it may end up being who no one even thought was a legitimate candidate.On who the Bengals’ next head coach will be, here is who BetOnline has in the running: Bill Lazor2/1Hue Jackson 5/2Darrin Simmons3/1Eric Bieniemy5/1Vance Joseph7/1Zac Taylor 15/2Boomer Esiason100/1Yes, they think embattled offensive coordinator Bill Lazor has the best odds to become the next head coach. The next-best odds feature assistant coach Hue Jackson and special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons. Lazor has done very little to think he should remain the team’s offensive coordinator, let alone become a head coach. But this is Mike Brown we’re talking about in making the hire, so perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised at any in-house hire he could make. Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy has the best odds of any coach outside the organization to get the job. Vance Joseph has the next-best odds, though he’s more of an in-house candidate since he was here recently. Even NFL analyst and former Bengals great Boomer Esiason made this list. Why, I have no clue, but hey, you never know. As low as Bengals fans are on Jackson, Lazor and Joseph, I’m sure there are some who’d rather see Boomer coaching the Bengals. All in all, this is the latest sign that the Bengals are trending toward an in-house hire, but even that is a guessing game at this point.
BOSTON (AP) — Bo Horvat had two goals and two assists and the Vancouver Canucks extended their winning streak to five games with an 8-5 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.Loui Eriksson added two goals and an assist and spurred a five-goal outbust in the second period. Ben Hutton and Erik Gudbranson each had a goal and an assist Womens Johan Larsson Jersey , and Antoine Roussel and Jake Virtanen added goals for the Canucks. They have scored 26 goals in the last five games.Jake DeBrusk scored twice, and Patrice Bergeron, Matt Grzelcyk and Danton Heinen added goals for Boston. Jaroslav Halak was pulled after allowing five goals on 19 shots.LIGHTNING 4, ISLANDERS 2TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Andrei Vasilveksiy made 35 saves, Tyler Johnson broke a tie with 1:26 left in Tampa Bay’s victory over New York.Vasilevskiy has allowed two or fewer goals in nine of 12 games.Johnson scored from just outside the crease off a pass from Nikita Kucherov. Steven Stamkos added an empty-netter. Mathieu Joseph and J.T. Miller also scored to help Tampa Bay improve to an NHL-best 12-3-1.Josh Bailey scored twice and Robin Lehner stopped 23 shots for the Islanders.FLYERS 5, COYOTES 4, OTPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Shayne Gostisbehere scored on a one-timer 1:01 into overtime after Dale Weise tied it with 2:13 left in regulation, and Philadelphia beat Arizona.Scott Laughton had two goals and Travis Konecny also scored. The Flyers began a five-game homestand after earning seven of a possible eight points on a four-game trip out West.Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Michael Grabner each had a goal and an assist, and Brad Richardson and Derek Stepan also scored for the Coyotes. They lost 5-2 at home to Philadelphia on Monday night.PANTHERS 4, OILERS 1SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Roberto Luongo made 26 saves in his second start since missing nine games with a knee injury to help Florida beat Edmonton.Evgenii Dadonov, Nick Bjugstad, Jonathan Huberdeau and Colton Sceviour scored for the Panthers. Mike Hoffman and Vincent Trocheck each had two assists.Leon Draisaitl scored for the Oilers, and Cam Talbot stopped 29 shots.HURRICANES 4, BLACKHAWKS 3CHICAGO (AP) — Andrei Svechnikov, Jaccob Slavin Authentic Justin Bailey Jersey , Phillip Di Giuseppe and Calvin de Haan gave Carolina a four-goal lead early in the second period and the Hurricanes held off Chicago to Jeremy Colliton’s NHL coaching debut.Colliton became the 38th coach of the Blackhawks on Tuesday after Joel Quenneville was fired after 10 seasons. Chicago is 0-5-1 in its last six.Patrick Kane, David Kampf and Nick Schmaltz scored for the Blackhawks.STARS 4, SHARKS 3DALLAS (AP) — Devin Shore scored his second goal of the game to break a tie, Anton Khudobin tied a season high with 33 saves and Dallas beat San Jose.Dillon Heatherington’s shot from the left point went off a defender’s leg to Shore in the left circle, and he beat Sharks goalie Martin Jones with 5:47 to play.Stars scoring leader Tyler Seguin had a goal and an assist, and Gemel Smith also scored. Evander Kane, Timo Meier and Joe Pavelski scored for San Jose.WILD 3, KINGS 1LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zach Parise had a goal and an assist to reach 700 points in his NHL career as Minnesota defeated Los Angeles.Nico Niederreiter scored on the power play and Devan Dubnyk made 27 saves for the Wild, who have won eight of 10. Mikael Granlund added an empty-net goal.Jake Muzzin had a goal and Jack Campbell stopped 21 shots, but the Kings were unable to put together their first three-game winning streak of the season.Parise put the Wild ahead 2-1 at 14:42 of the second period, getting his 700th point in 887 career games. Parise’s 339 goals are the most among active American-born players.Niederreiter had gone 22 regular-season games between goals dating back to March before scoring off a pass from Parise.SABRES 6, CANADIENS 5, OTMONTREAL (AP) — Rasmus Ristolainen scored at 1:38 of overtime to lift Buffalo past Montreal.Vladimir Sobotka and Jeff Skinner each scored twice, and Conor Sheary added a goal. Linus Ullmark gave up five goals on 32 shots through two periods, and Carter Hutton made five saves in the third.Jonathan Drouin, Matthew Peca, Andrew Shaw Kyle Okposo Jersey , Tomas Tatar and Nicolas Deslauriers scored for the Canadiens. Max Domi had three assists to extend his points streak to five games.GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5, SENATORS 3.OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — William Carrier put Vegas ahead for good after Ottawa rallied from a three-goal deficit.Jonathan Marchessault, Shea Theodore, Nick Holden and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare also scored for the Golden Knights, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves. Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel and Thomas Chabot scored for the Senators. ST. LOUIS (AP) — Home ice was anything but friendly to the Blues at the start of the season. With the playoffs approaching, they’re looking pretty comfortable in St. Louis — and made a statement against the hottest team in the NHL.Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and an assist, Jordan Binnington made 39 saves, and the Blues snapped Tampa Bay’s seven-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory over the league-leading Lightning on Saturday night.“It’s been a tough time on home games at the start of the year,” Tarasenko said after the Blues improved their home record to 20-15-2 and 10-2 in their last 12 at Enterprise Center. “We understand we can’t play like this at home. That’s what we were working on. Just try to make this building hard to play in again.“I think we’ve been really successful last few months and looking forward to keep playing the same way.”Robert Thomas, Alexander Steen and Brayden Schenn also scored for St. Louis, which earned its third consecutive win.Binnington improved to 20-4-1. He has won his last four starts and seven of his last nine overall.“They’re an offensively gifted team and there’s a lot of momentum changes in that game,” Binnington said.“It was just a battle from the start of the second period on. Thankfully we had a good first period and kind of broke off that and just competed until the end.”Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 22 shots to fall to 36-9-4. He has allowed at least three goals in four of his last five starts.“It took us a little bit to get our legs underneath us and for obviously the final two periods, I thought we played pretty darn well.” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “We had some real good looks. They just didn’t go in.”St. Louis jumped in front with three goals during a quick scoring flurry in the first period.Thomas put the Blues in front at 10:30 when he one-timed Vince Dunn’s rebound past Vasilevskiy for his eighth goal. Steen then got his eighth goal of the season just 37 seconds later when he buried a feed from Zach Sanford.Tarasenko made it 3-0 when he scored his team-leading 29th goal at 12:45 to give St. Louis three goals in 1:15.“That hasn’t probably happened too many times this year, three goals in 75 seconds,” Schenn said. “They’re usually the team scoring lots of goals http://www.officialsabres.com/authentic-adidas-rasmus-ristolainen-jersey , but everyone was solid tonight. Obviously, we had some ups and downs in that game, but it was a solid team effort and you don’t beat a team like that without everyone.”Tampa Bay outshot St. Louis 19-8 in the second.“It was a good push for us, but we slipped a little bit in the second,” Tarasenko said. “We shouldn’t do this, give them feeling of the game. It became a tough match for us, but obviously always a 3-0 lead in the first is always good for us.”Alex Killorn got the Lightning on the board with a short-handed goal 27 seconds into the period. It was Killorn’s 17th on the season.Tampa Bay’s Brayden Point followed with his career-best 40th goal at 7:24.“It was great,” Cooper said. “Guys were fired up. I thought he had an exceptional game tonight. He was driving the bus. That line was great. Point had the jets going tonight and just really happy for him to get 40. That’s a big number.”Schenn responded for St. Louis when he reached behind his skates and backhanded a rebound from Tarasenko over Vasilevskiy’s outstretched glove at 14:24.Steven Stamkos got the Lightning within one with his 39th early in the third. Stamkos appeared to tie the game with 5:43 remaining, but St. Louis won its challenge that Point was offside prior to Tampa Bay getting the puck into the offensive zone.“Great job by Sean Ferrell, our video coach,” Schenn said.“He knew right away, called it offsides, so that’s huge and we’ll take breaks with that.”NOTES: Blues C Tyler Bozak recorded his 400th career NHL point when he assisted on Thomas’ goal. … Binnington improved to 12-0-1 in his career versus Eastern Conference opponents. … Lightning RW Yanni Gourde served the first game of a two-game suspension for his illegal check to the head of Jordan Staal on Thursday at Carolina. … Stamkos has scored 32 goals since Nov. 29 to lead the NHL.UP NEXTLightning: Host the Boston Bruins on Monday.Blues: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday.
NEW YORK (AP) John Tavares heard the New York Islanders fans chanting his name in the closing minutes of the team’s final home game of the season.The captain Christian Folin Jersey Womens , set to be a free agent this summer, was thankful for the support and reiterated he hopes to be back next season.”It was really nice from the fans,” Tavares said after the Islanders continued their recent mastery of the Rangers with a 2-1 victory over their crosstown rivals Thursday night.”I’ve always been treated since Day 1 very well,” he said. ”They’ve always stuck by me and been really proud to have me here and made it a lot easier for me to just kind of grow into the player and person that I am. I’m just appreciative of that. I’m not trying to look at it as it’s the end because obviously that hasn’t been determined. I’ve always wanted it to work out and stay, so that’s still what I hope transpires.”Thomas Hickey and Anthony Beauvillier scored 2:32 apart in the second period and Jaroslav Halak stopped 34 shots as the Islanders beat the Rangers for the 11th time in the past 12 meetings.They swept the four-game season series for the second time in the past three seasons, after never previously doing it since joining the NHL in 1972. The Islanders are also 6-0-0 at home against the Rangers since moving to Barclays Center in 2015.”We just want to beat them no matter what the game is,” Halak said. ”Obviously tonight, for both teams we are out of the playoffs and it doesn’t really mean anything but we still have to finish the season strong. … It’s always a good feeling after these games when we beat them.”Halak improved to 18-7-0 in his career against the Rangers, including 10-2-0 since joining the Islanders before the 2014-15 season. This season, he went 4-0-0 with a shutout and a 1.47 goals-against average against them.”The numbers are eye-opening David Perron Jersey Womens ,” Islanders coach Doug Weight said. ”It’s not just a good roll, he gets up for those games. He competes and finds a way to beat them.”Kevin Hayes scored and Ondrej Pavelec finished with 20 saves for the Rangers, who lost for the eighth time in 10 games (2-6-2).”We got quite a few pucks at the net but against a goaltender that’s got our number the way their guy has right now, you need to get on the inside,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. ”You need to get more traffic and you need to create second opportunities and we didn’t do that well enough.”This is the first time since 2010 – and just the second since 2001 – that neither team will be in the postseason.The Rangers will miss out for the first time since that 2009-10 season, and second since the lockout wiped out the 2004-05 campaign.The Islanders, who won for the fourth time in the past nine overall but just the fifth in 21 (5-12-4), are missing the playoffs for the second straight year, and eighth in the past 11.”We’re a skilled team, were a good team. We should be a playoff team Jimmy Hayes Jersey Womens ,” Weight said. ”We have to find a way to be more consistent because we don’t belong where we are right now.”The Islanders trailed 1-0 after one period and were outshot 13-5 in the second, but scored twice to take the lead.Hickey tied it on a one-timer off a pass from Mathew Barzal as his shot from the left point deflected off a Rangers player and past Pavelec at 4:55.Beauvillier put the Islanders ahead on a give-and-go with Andrew Ladd for his 21st at 7:27. It gave the second-year forward a goal in five straight games.The Rangers got on the scoreboard on a power play 4 1/2 minutes into the game. Brady Skjei’s one-timer went over the net, bounced off the glass to Hayes on the left side and he quickly put it in for his 25th. It gave Hayes a point (four goals, one assist) in five straight games.NOTES: Barzal got his 61st assist, moving one away from tying Sergei Makarov (62 for Calgary in 1989-90) for third-most by a rookie since the 1983-84 season. Barzal is also two away from tying Bryan Trottier for the Islanders’ rookie mark set in 1975-76. … Anders Lee was initially given credit for Hickey’s goal, but it was later changed. That kept Lee one away from becoming the first Islanders player to have 40 since Jason Blake in 2006-07. ”He came off the ice and said `I didn’t touch it,”’ Weight said. … Barzal has 10 goals and 14 points in his past 12 games. … Beauvillier has seven goals and 11 points in his past eight games. … Hayes has 15 goals and 26 points in 32 games since returning from an injury Jan. 25. … Vigneault remained tied with Ron Wilson for 10th place on the career wins list at 648.UP NEXTRangers: At Philadelphia on Saturday in the season finale.Islanders: At Detroit on Saturday night in the season finale.—Follow Vin Cherwoo at www.twitter.com/VinCherwooAP— RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Bill Peters’ return to Carolina went about as perfectly as he could have imagined.He has the players he brought with him to Calgary to thank for that.Derek Ryan, Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin all scored in their first game back in Carolina, and the Flames beat the Hurricanes 4-3 on Sunday in Peters’ return to Raleigh.Peters resigned as Carolina’s coach last offseason and took over in Calgary. Shortly after Chris Bigras Jersey Womens , the Flames acquired Lindholm and Hanifin in a trade with the Hurricanes, and Ryan signed with Calgary after three seasons in Carolina.The ex-Hurricanes had a hand in all four Flames goals. Lindholm pulled Calgary into a tie late in the first, Ryan scored the go-ahead goal in the second and assisted on Garnet Hathaway’s goal later in the period, and Hanifin finished the scoring with a slap shot in the third.“You can’t script that,” said Peters, who coached the Hurricanes for four seasons. “All the guys involved had a positive impact on the game.”David Rittich made 34 saves as Calgary improved to 9-1-1 in its last 11 games.A pregame video welcoming Peters, Ryan, Lindholm and Hanifin back to Carolina was met with boos by the crowd.It only served to fire the players up. After the final buzzer sounded, Lindholm began clapping his hands over his head, mocking what the Hurricanes do after home victories. Lindholm received even louder boos after that.“My name came up twice on the JumboTron and I got booed Jack Johnson Jersey Womens , so that was a nice way to end it,” Lindholm said. “I was surprised. I tried to play hard here for five years and got booed. It is what it is. It was nice to end it that way.”Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen and Dougie Hamilton each had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes. Petr Mrazek made 28 saves.The Flames scored three consecutive goals after Carolina took an early lead, and Rittich made it stand up with a string of highlight-reel saves.Rittich stopped Justin Williams’ chance at an open net off a deflection and Micheal Ferland’s point-blank slap shot in the first period. He made a terrific pad save on Lucas Wallmark’s one-timer in the second as well as stopping Ferland’s late deflection in front of the net, and he robbed Williams again with a pad save on a one-timer in the third to preserve Calgary’s one-goal lead.“Big-time saves,” Peters said. “It was a hell of a hockey game and those were some high-end plays.”After a turnover by Flames defenseman TJ Brodie in front of Rittich led to Carolina’s first goal, Calgary took control. Mark Giordano’s wrist shot from the point redirected off Lindholm’s leg into the net to tie the score at the end of the first, and Ryan took over in the second.He gave the Flames their first lead with a wraparound 7:38 into the period, and served as the catalyst for a short-handed goal that made it 3-1. Ryan forced a turnover just inside his own blue line, skated the length of the ice along the left boards and finished a 2-on-1 with a pristine pass to Hathaway on the far post.“(Ryan) has had a lot of good games in this building Brett Howden Jersey Womens ,” Peters said. “He was real good. Brought a little extra juice for him coming back into PNC Arena.”Allowing the short-handed goal was punch to Carolina’s power play, which finished 0-for-4 on the day.“If you want to look at one big difference in the game you can look at that,” Williams said. “Our power play was minus-1, which can’t happen. We need to execute and we need to score goals and those are crunch times. Instead of being 2-2 it’s 3-1 and that’s a tough hill to climb, especially against one of the better teams in the league.”After Rittich stonewalled numerous Carolina rushes in the third, Hanifin provided the backbreaker with 6:55 to go.Aho scored with the extra attacker on with 55 seconds remaining, but Carolina’s comeback attempt ran out of time.NOTES: Aho extended his point streak to five games. … Flames D Travis Hamonic did not dress after suffering a lower-body injury on Friday. … Hurricanes G Curtis McElhinney (knee) missed his sixth straight game. He remains day-to-day.UP NEXTFlames: Host San Jose on Thursday.Hurricanes: At Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) The Capitals have signed center Lars Eller to a $17.5 million J.T. Brown Jersey Womens , five-year contract extension.Eller will count $3.5 million against the salary cap through the 2022-23 season. General manager Brian MacLellan announced the deal Saturday.The 28-year-old Dane was in the final year of his contract with the Capitals and would have become a free agent on July 1.”This club and this city has been a great fit for me personally, for my family,” Eller said. ”There’s just so many things that have been good about it. It’s been good for my career. I’ve found my game here, especially this year.”Eller has 11 goals and 17 assists for 28 points in 53 games this season, three points shy of his career high. In 576 NHL games with the St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens and Capitals, Eller has 96 goals and 113 assists.The signing solidifies Washington at center. Eller has played on the third line the past two seasons behind centers Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov. Backstrom is signed through the 2019-20 season and Kuznetsov through 2024-25.”Everybody in the league is dying for centermen,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. ”And we have a lot of them. … Those guys are assets in the organization. Every good team, it doesn’t matter what sport, if you’re strong up the middle, you’ve got a chance.”Washington traded two second-round picks to Montreal for Eller at the 2017 draft. Eller grew frustrated during his six seasons with the Canadiens.The No. 13 overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Blues, Eller was traded to Montreal in 2010 and never settled on a role as he moved between center and wing and played up and down the top three lines.”I don’t like to go back to talk about it Tomas Plekanec Jersey Womens , but it was a different situation in Montreal,” Eller said. ”I have more stability here. I get to learn from some of the best players in the league looking at (Kuznetsov) and (Backstrom) every day.”Eller was one of three significant Capitals unrestricted free agents, along with center Jay Beagle and defenseman John Carlson.”Lars had a good year last year,” MacLellan said. ”This year, he’s taken his game probably up a notch. There’s a little more offense involved. He’s playing more second power play. He’s done really well and I anticipate it to be like that going forward.”MacLellan said Washington would do ”everything we can” to re-sign Carlson, who ranks fourth in points among NHL defensemen (42), but wouldn’t comment on where those negotiations stand other than to say the two sides have had contract discussions.Eller was tempted by the chance to explore free agency before deciding the fit was too good in Washington, the search for more money elsewhere not worth the uncertainty that came with it.”In my case I’m only going to have one time to be (an unrestricted free agent) when I’m still in my 20s and that’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Eller said.”But looking at the options, I wanted to stay here. It’s a good fit for me on the team. The team is going to be competitive – not just this year, but the next couple of years with the core that they have.”— NEW YORK (AP) — After a sluggish start in their first game out of the Christmas break, the New York Islanders picked up their intensity in the latter part of the second period and then steamrolled the Ottawa Senators in the third.Mathew Barzal had two goals and an assist to help the Islanders rally for a 6-3 win over the Senators on Friday night for their fifth win in six games. Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist Tomas Tatar Jersey Womens , and Anders Lee, Johnny Boychuk and Casey Cizikas also scored for New York, which came back from a pair of two-goal deficits.“A little bit of that hangover from the break,” Lee said. “You could tell we were weak in some areas, mentally and physically. Once we engaged a little bit and figured it out, we really played a hard game and were able to take it over.”Thomas Greiss gave up three goals on 17 shots before he was pulled 6:11 into the second period. Robin Lehner, who began his career with Ottawa, came on and stopped all 10 shots he faced to improve to 7-0-3 against his former team.“Just a couple of missed assignments,” Barzal said of the Senators’ early goals. “Greisser has been a rock for us all year. … Lehner came in and played great.”The Islanders trailed 2-0 early in the second and 3-1 later in the middle period. New York then scored the last five goals, including four in the third.Lee started the comeback as he took advantage of a giveaway by the Senators in their own zone. Goalie Mike McKenna got the puck behind his net, passed to Ben Harpur in the left corner, but Harpur’s pass to Nick Paul went off Paul’s stick in the right circle. Lee got the puck and beat McKenna for his 14th with 2:32 to go in the middle period.Boychuk tied the score 3-3 at 2:57 of the third as he fired a slap shot from the right point. It was his second of the season Tom Kuhnhackl Jersey Womens , with both goals coming in his last four games.“Anytime you’re down two, try to get one before the end of the period,” Lee said. “We got that. And for Johnny to come out in the third and rifle one home really set the momentum for the rest of the game.”Barzal, who got his team-leading 25th assist earlier in the game, gave the Islanders their first lead at 4:51. Barzal made it 5-3 after a turnover by the Senators in the neutral zone, beating McKenna from the inside edge of the right circle for his seventh with 7:36 left.Urged to shoot more by coach Barry Trotz, Barzal converted on both of his shots on goal in the game.“I’m trying to look at the net a little more,” he said “I’m just trying to make the right play. If the shot’s there the shot’s there, if it’s not it’s not.”Cizikas added an empty-netter with 54 seconds left for his career-high 10th.Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Cody Ceci scored for Ottawa, which has lost six of eight (2-5-1). McKenna finished with 33 saves as the Senators fell to 4-13-1 on the road.“We scored three goals,” Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said. “We were solid Anthony Beauvillier Jersey Womens , had control of game. We gave them two goals — they got life and momentum. … There were some giveaways and they scored two goals.”The game got chippy late with several fights, including pushing and shoving after the final buzzer.Stone got the Senators on the scoreboard late in the first period, taking advantage of a giveaway by the Islanders in their own zone, beating Greiss from the left circle for his 17th with 3:42 left. It gave Stone eight goals and 17 points in his last 15 games.Duchene scored on the power play at 2:47 of the second to make it 2-0. It was Duchene’s third goal in three games since missing six games with an injury.The Islanders scored a little more than 20 seconds later after a giveaway by the Senators. McKenna played the puck behind his goal to the right and tried to send it up along the right side boards, However, Barzal got the puck in the left circle, passed across to Bailey on the right side and he put it in before McKenna could slide over at 3:11.Ceci restored the Senators’ two-goal lead exactly 3 minutes later with his fifth.Lehner replaced Greiss after that and Ottawa didn’t score again.NOTES: Ceci appeared in his 400th career game, becoming the fifth defenseman and 19th player in franchise history to reach that milestone. … Stone now has five goals and 11 points in 13 career games against the Islanders … Duchene has 11 goals and 25 points in his last 18 games. … Islanders F Jordan Eberle sat out due to soreness. … Lehner was drafted by Ottawa in second round of 2009 draft, and went 30-36-13 in five seasons with the Senators.UP NEXTSenators: Host Washington on Saturday nightIslanders: At Toronto on Saturday night for the first matchup against former captain John Tavares.
Edmonton fired Peter Chiarelli on Wednesday in an indictment of his roster moves in three-plus years as general manager www.officialwild.com , with the Oilers in striking distance of a playoff spot during another losing season.The team announced Chiarelli’s abrupt dismissal in the aftermath of its third consecutive loss. Edmonton has lost 12 of its past 16 games going into the All-Star Break. The Oilers are 14-14-2 since firing coach Todd McLellan and replacing him with Ken Hitchcock.CEO Bob Nicholson will oversee hockey operations and the search for Chiarelli’s replacement. Nicholson said at a news conference in Edmonton that Keith Gretzky will assume GM responsibilities for the time being, including the point role ahead of the Feb. 25 trade deadline.Nicholson said the Oilers, who are three points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, still believe they can make the playoffs but won’t sacrifice the future to try to make quick fixes. He said the organizational decision was made this week to fire Chiarelli, who was told at the second intermission of a loss Tuesday night to Detroit so he could quietly leave the arena.Nothing else about Chiarelli’s tenure in Edmonton was quiet. He was hired in 2015 after the Oilers won the draft lottery and selected star Connor McDavid. He was heralded as the right executive to get the Oilers back to respectability.They’ve made the playoffs just once in McDavid’s three seasons despite him putting up 329 points in 258 games, leading the league in scoring twice and winning the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP.“There’s something in the water here in Edmonton that we don’t have right,” Nicholson said at the news conference. “And we got to get that figured out.”Chiarelli is the second GM to be fired this season. The Philadelphia Flyers dismissed Ron Hextall in November and named Chuck Fletcher his replacement.Nicholson said Hitchcock will remain coach for the rest of the season as Edmonton tries to close the gap and qualify for the postseason with 32 games left.Moves made by Chiarelli along the way contributed to the Oilers struggling for much of the first four seasons of McDavid’s career. Chiarelli traded 2010 top pick Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils one-for-one for defenseman Adam Larsson. Hall won the Hart last season and led the Devils to the playoffs.He signed Milan Lucic to a $42 million Minnesota Wild T-Shirts Authentic , six-year contract that now appears to be unmovable. The big winger has 96 points in 214 games with the Oilers, including just five goals this season.And he traded 2008 first-round pick Jordan Eberle to the New York Islanders for Ryan Strome, who he sent to the New York Rangers earlier this season for Ryan Spooner. The Oilers put Spooner on waivers Monday.Chiarelli was expected to give the woebegone Oilers steady leadership with McDavid. He won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011 but made similar personnel mistakes in Boston, most notably a failed trade of Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars that contributed to losing his job.Edmonton had missed the playoffs in nine consecutive seasons before replacing Craig MacTavish with Chiarelli. A trip to the second round of the playoffs in 2017 looked like the start of success, but the Oilers finished 17 points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference despite McDavid putting up an NHL-best 108 points to win the Art Ross Trophy.Last summer, Chiarelli did little to improve the roster around McDavid.The result was 11 losses in their first 20 games that led to the firing of McLellan and later a series of reactionary moves. Beyond the Strome for Spooner deal, Chiarelli sent 24-year-old forward Drake Caggiula to Chicago for bottom-pairing defenseman Brandon Manning. This week Minnesota Wild Hoodies Authentic , he signed goaltender Mikko Koskinen to a three-year contract extension worth $4.5 million a season. DALLAS (AP) — Thanks to goalie Anton Khudobin, Tyler Seguin had a chance to get the game-winner in overtime for the Dallas Stars.Seguin’s second goal of the game 3:37 into overtime lifted the Stars to a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.Anton Khudobin made 36 saves, 31 after the first period. Included were seven saves on two third-period Washington power plays and the stop of a backhand by T.J. Oshie 1 1/2 minutes into overtime.Khudobin stopped 30-goal scorer Alex Ovechkin six times.“I know how dangerous (Ovechkin) is on the power play. Luckily, I had the saves and he was a little mad at me.”Seguin’s winner, his fourth goal in two games, came after Alexander Radulov skated behind the net and passed across to Seguin at the right of the net.“Just hopped on the ice and went back door,” Seguin said. “I didn’t see the puck. I knew (Radulov) had it Minnesota Wild Hats Authentic , and just laid it on my stick and I went back door and pushed it in.”Dallas completed a 3-0-1 homestand.“We were lucky to win,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. “Second and third (periods) weren’t good enough. (Khudobin) was great again. Thank God for our goalies.”In Khudobin’s last two games, including a franchise-record 49-save shutout Dec. 27, he has made 85 saves while allowing only one goal.“If we play a second and third period like that,” Capitals coach Todd Reirden said, “then we’re going to win a lot of games. I think that’s the lowest amount of shot total that we’ve held an opponent to in the third period. Two shots.”Lars Eller scored for Washington, which has lost three straight (0-2-1) and is tied with Pittsburgh in points atop the Metropolitan Division. The Capitals have played one fewer game than Pittsburgh Custom Minnesota Wild Jerseys , which beat Winnipeg earlier Friday.“It’s a shame we leave with only one point,” Reirden said.Washington rookie goalie Pheonix Copley had 27 saves but saw his seven-game winning streak end.Dallas scored first with 6:40 remaining in the opening period on Seguin’s power-play goal. Seguin was alone on the left side of the offensive zone when Radulov’s shot from the right faceoff circle went off teammate Radek Faksa and Copley’s stick to Seguin low in the left circle. Seguin put a wrist shot into the open left side of the net before the goalie could recover.Eller tied it at 10:19 of the second as he sent a backhand from outside the left faceoff dot past Khudobin and inside the right goalpost.After being outshot 15-5 in the first period, Washington had a 15-8 advantage in shots on goal in the second. Khudobin kept the Capitals from taking the lead in the last three minutes of the period when he stopped Chandler Stephenson’s backhand on a short-handed breakaway.The Stars were on the defensive in a third period when they were outshot 14-2.NOTES: RW Erik Condra made his Stars debut. The 32-year-old was promoted from Texas of the AHL to fill in for Jamie Benn (upper-body injury). Condra played 366 NHL games for Ottawa and Tampa Bay. … Ben Bishop officially started in goal for Dallas but skated off at the faceoff and was replaced by Khudobin. The Stars mistakenly had circled Bishop’s name in the official starting lineup. … The Capitals have only one goal on their last 31 power plays. … Seguin has six points in the last three games, following criticism from Stars CEO Jim Lites that Seguin and Benn weren’t playing well enough. Dallas D John Klingberg said, “We feel like it’s not about (Seguin), it’s about all of us.”UP NEXTCapitals: Complete a three-game trip on Sunday at Detroit.Stars: Play the first of three road games on Sunday at Winnipeg.
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They went 1 for 5 against Arizona.“We had a lot of looks and a lot of opportunities,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. “I thought that there could have been more than one . a couple of miscues on the shot, a couple of big saves Nicklas Backstrom Jersey , a couple couldn’t find their way in. Fil made a terrific shot coming in on his.”Vinnie Hinostroza and Derek Stepan scored for Arizona, which finished a six-game swing with a fourth straight loss.The Coyotes played their second game in as many nights without eight regulars due to injuries, and Calvin Pickard started in his 100th career NHL game with goalie Darcy Kuemper day-to-day with an upper body injury and made 42 saves.(He) was by far our best player tonight and kept us in and gave us a chance,” Stepan said. “That’s all you ask from your goaltender. Unfortunately, we just didn’t have the extra magic that we needed.”These teams hadn’t met since the end of November, and Nashville managed only a goal in the two losses to Arizona.The Coyotes’ luck appeared to continue as Pickard made a stop on Forsberg late in the first period with the puck bouncing off his head and over the net, then the Coyotes went the other way with Hinostroza beating Rinne with a wrister from the slot at 16:59.Arizona had a 5-on-3 for 41 seconds in the first minute of the second period after Nashville captain Roman Josi cleared the puck over the glass, hitting a child behind the penalty box. The child walked out on his own with his family a few minutes later, and Nashville killed the penalties. Then Smith scored his 15th goal this season and first in a month on a wrister off a rebound at 2:58, tying it up for Nashville.“The 5-on-3 has actually killed us the last couple of games,” Arizona coach Rick Tocchet said.The Predators James Neal Jersey Womens , who came in with a lengthy scoring drought with the man advantage, failed to convert on their first two power plays to extend the skid to 0 of 34. Hinostroza went to the box for holding Predators forward Kevin Fiala, and Nashville finally converted. Josi found Forsberg, whose wrister from the top of the right circle beat Pickard’s glove at 7:45 for a 2-1 lead against what had been the NHL’s stingiest on the penalty kill.Then Ellis made it 3-1 at 13:37 of the period off a rebound as Nashville outshot the Coyotes 19-6 in the second.NOTES: Nashville improved to 9-16-3 when allowing the first goal this season and 6-12-2 when trailing after one. The Predators are 26-2-0 when leading after two periods … Arizona had only allowed 22 power-play goals this season, fewest in the NHL.UP NEXTCoyotes: Host Columbus on Thursday night.Predators: Host Dallas on Thursday night. TORONTO (AP) — Toronto coach Mike Babcock said the Maple Leafs got schooled by Nashville.Pekka Rinne made 18 saves for his third shutout of the season and the 54th of his career as the Predators defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0 Monday night.Mattias Ekholm, Kevin Fiala and Colton Sissons each had goal and an assist for Nashville, and P.K. Subban also scored.“We got a lesson from a veteran team,” Babcock said. “In the third period in particular … they just stayed patient.“They were heavy on the puck, heavy on their sticks, detailed, blocked shots T.J. Oshie Jersey , competed. I liked their game.”Michael Hutchinson stopped 28 shots for the Maple Leafs, who hit the post three times and had a goal called back for offside.Nashville improved to a league-best 22-2-0 when leading through two periods.“Defensively, we played a great game,” said Rinne, who had 23 shots blocked in front of him. “They have a dangerous team.”The Maple Leafs were coming off one of their most complete performances of the season in Saturday’s 5-0 shutout of Vancouver, but have lost three of their last four after a five-game winning streak.“It was a tight game,” Leafs center John Tavares said. “They’ve been through a lot of battles over the last few years and have really proven themselves and know how to win.”The Predators were playing for the third in in four nights. They opened their season-long six-game trip with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Friday — a performance that head coach Peter Laviolette described as “awful” — and then beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Saturday.“The past two games, that Preds hockey,” Subban said. “That’s the way we play when we’re playing our best. We make it tough.”Rinne is now tied with Marc-Andre Fleury, Bernie Parent and Ed Giacomin for 21st on the all-time shutout list.After a scoreless opening 20 minutes, the Predators went ahead at 4:08 of the second period when Ekholm’s shot from the point Authentic Blake Wheeler Jersey , through traffic, beat Hutchinson for his fifth of the season.Hutchinson was making his third consecutive start with No. 1 goalie Frederik Andersen and backup Garret Sparks out injured.Ekholm has 29 points in 43 games. His career best was 35 points in 2015-16.Toronto appeared to tie the game 43 seconds later when Auston Matthews connected on a no-look pass from Andreas Johnsson. But the goal was called back after the Predators correctly challenged that William Nylander was just ahead of the play.After Rinne stopped Johnsson in front, Subban made it 2-0 with his fourth goal at 13:11. The Predators won an offensive zone faceoff before the Nashville defenseman, who was playing his seventh game back after missing 19 with an upper-body injury, ripped a one-timer that deflected off Nylander’s stick at the point and sailed past Hutchinson.“He’s got to get better,” Babcock said of Nylander. “All the details, all the compete, all that stuff has just got to keep getting better.“The urgency level has to be there.”Subban, a Toronto native whose parents were on hand at Scotiabank Arena, dropped to one knee and pumped his fist in celebration at center ice, before being congratulated by teammates.Rinne stopped Mitch Marner late in the period as Toronto managed just 14 shots through 40 minutes.Nashville http://www.officialhockeyjetsshop.com/authentic-adidas-bryan-little-jersey , which came in having won three of its last four on the heels of a six-game skid, got a power play early in the third. The best chance came on a partial breakaway by Toronto center Frederik Gauthier, who shot over the Predators’ goal.Toronto got its third opportunity with the man advantage later in the period, but Matthews hit the post for the second time with Rinne out of position.Hutchinson kept his team in it with a glove save on Viktor Arvidsson with six minute left in regulation, but lost control of a rebound and Sissons scored his eighth with 2:37 left in regulation.Fiala added his eighth goal with 37.3 seconds left.Matthews blasted a shot off the post for the game’s first real chance before Filip Forsberg, who returned to the Nashville lineup after missing 17 games with a hand injury, forced a good stop by Hutchinson at the other end.With just two goals over his last nine games coming into Monday, Kasperi Kapanen hit the post off a nice feed from Connor Brown on an odd-man rush later in the period.NOTES: Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said before the game he doesn’t know when Andersen (groin) or Sparks (concussion) will return to action. Andersen has practiced twice in recent days. … Despite his prolonged absence, Forsberg’s 14 goals are still tied with Craig Smith for Nashville’s team lead heading into Monday.UP NEXTPredators:At Chicago on Wednesday.Maple Leafs: At New Jersey on Thursday._____
COLUMBUS Nashville Predators Hats Authentic , Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have made it clear they don’t want to wait any longer to make a serious Stanley Cup run.In a series of moves before Monday’s trade deadline, the Blue Jackets dealt mostly draft picks and prospects for players who can contribute now, and also decided to hang on to a pair of pending free-agent superstars for a playoff run.The club added top-shelf guys who can contribute now, demonstrating how badly management wants to make a deep playoff push after the first-round knockouts of the past two seasons. They were by far the busiest Metropolitan Division team at the deadline.The big get was Ottawa star center Matt Duchene, for whom Columbus traded young forward Anthony Duclair, a couple of top prospects and future draft picks on Friday. On Saturday, Duchene’s Ottawa linemate Ryan Dzingel was acquired, and goalie Keith Kinkaid and tough-guy defenseman Adam McQuaid were picked up from New Jersey and the New York Rangers, respectively, just before the Monday deadline.“I think everyone senses they’re all in,” Dzingel said Monday. “I think the guys in here and me appreciate that, and so do the fans. So it’s going be awesome.”General manager Jarmo Kekalainen also stood pat with elite forward Artemi Panarin and two-time Vezina Trophy-winning goalie Sergei Bobrovsky Custom Nashville Predators Jerseys , both of whom likely will leave for big free-agent paydays after the season. Kekalainen said there were no serious trade offers for those players, and he acknowledged his preference to keep them, anyway, even though both have refused to sign contract extensions with the team.“People say we used picks and mortgaged our future,” Kekalainen said. “And if we traded Artemi Panarin for draft picks, (they’d) say ‘they don’t want to win now.’ So it’s just one of those things — you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. But every year is an opportunity to compete, and I feel we have a really good team and this gives us an opportunity to compete for the Stanley Cup.”The new-look Blue Jackets now will have six players with 20 or more goals — the most in the league — distributed among the top three forward lines. Hanging on to the third place in the Metro, they host divisional rival Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.The window has been thrown wide open.“We’re very balanced with four lines, deep, deep into every position,” Kekalainen said. “We have enough skill, we have enough scoring. I think we have some power-play skill added now with Duchene www.officialdevils.com , a great faceoff man. So I think we have a lot of ingredients you need to compete.”Coach John Tortorella appeared to be in an (uncharacteristically) ebullient mood on Monday, and that was before the McQuaid trade was announced.“Management has sent a message — we’re trying to get better,” he said.The moves went down well with team leaders, too. Duchene, who joined the team in Ottawa on Friday, had a goal and an assist in Saturday night’s win over San Jose.“You look at what could be and the depth that we have now, it excites guys,” captain Nick Foligno said. “I think it slots guys in to where they should be, and now it’s on us. Management did their job and continue to do their job, now it’s on us to go out and play the right way, and I think those guys fit really well into what we’re trying to do here.” PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Megan Lincoln couldn’t put her son into hockey right away when he wanted to play.She didn’t have the time to take off from work to shuttle him to practice or the money to pour into a traditionally expensive sport.“Nothing is cheap,” Lincoln said. “There’s nothing about hockey that is cheap. Maybe some laces.”But Reggie Hunter became a hockey player when the family found out Snider Hockey was offering free equipment and instruction 20 minutes from their New Jersey home. He learned to play multiple positions over time as his great-grandfather drove him to and from the rink in Pennsauken. That was seven years ago. Hunter New Jersey Devils T-Shirts Authentic , now 21, went on to play junior hockey.Many families wrestle with the time and money needed to play youth sports, but those challenges can be even more significant when it comes to hockey, with all of its equipment and rinks that are sometimes far away. For the less wealthy, having a child who dreams of hockey can look like a nightmare.“The challenge is that hockey is a very unique sport and it’s a very expensive sport,” said NHL diversity ambassador Willie O’Ree, who broke the league’s color barrier in 1958. “To go into a sport shop and outfit a 10- to a 13-year-old boy or girl, it costs about $800, and a lot of these families, they just can’t afford the money.”The cost of protective equipment, sticks and ice time is one factor that keeps hockey lagging behind sports such as basketball and soccer in the U.S. among minority children. Snider Hockey program director Dan Rudd estimates the expenses of travel hockey alone can cost a family $2,000-$3 New Jersey Devils Hoodies Authentic ,000 a year.Steps are being taken to address those concerns, including programs like Snider Hockey in Philadelphia, Detroit Ice Dreams and Hockey is for Everyone, Future Goals and Learn to Play from the NHL and NHL Players’ Association. Many outfit kids with all they need to get on the ice.Detroit Ice Dreams vice president and program manager Cynthia Wardlaw likened the cost of her children playing hockey to a car bill or a mortgage bill.“I would’ve never been able to afford hockey if it wasn’t for a program like this because it wouldn’t have ever fit in my budget,” Wardlaw said. “No matter how much my kid might’ve enjoyed it or liked it or loved it, I wouldn’t have been able to afford it. We have a lot of parents that are thankful for our program because they would’ve never been able to experience the game of hockey because hockey is very expensive.”Neal Henderson, who founded the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club in Washington in 1978, said his organization outfits kids from head to foot with safe equipment. Some rinks rely on donated or used equipment that can be passed down from older to younger players.Snider Hockey provides equipment, too, as part of almost $5 million in annual expenses. It also helps parents trying to figure out what to buy.“Sometimes the parents don’t have the experience in the sport to understand what to look for, so they need mentors, they need subject matter experts New Jersey Devils Hats Authentic ,” said Jim Britt, the since-retired first employee of Snider Hockey. “They need coaching along the way to make sure they know a $500 piece of equipment isn’t necessarily better than a $300 piece of equipment or a $200 piece of equipment.”Coaches are also part-time drivers at Snider Hockey, and parents run carpools for practices and games. Detroit Ice Dreams Founder Jason McCrimmon said he barters with city-run rinks by offering basic classes to get favorable ice time that allows kids to practice and play after school — hours more favorable than early in the morning or late at night.Small-ice practices, where a team needs just a third of the rink, also helps organizations keep costs down.“You divide the dollars you spend on an hour of ice by 60 instead of 20,” Snider Hockey executive vice president Jan Koziara said. “It’s a huge return.”NHL, NHLPA and USA Hockey assistance goes a long way as the organizations try to grow the game. Henderson believes the onus is still on parents to explore options.“The parents have to make a sacrifice, and they have to make a sacrifice to become involved,” Henderson said. “(A child who asks their parents to play) knows the answer will be they’re too busy or they’ve got to work or they think that the price is too high. They have no idea of cost, and they don’t know what a commitment would be.”
DALLAS (AP) — St. Louis Blues rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington has had nothing but success since being called up from the American Hockey League.Binnington won his third straight start Dmitry Kulikov Jersey , Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals and the Blues beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Saturday night.“It’s a good week,” Binnington said after his sixth NHL game.He’s 3-0 in three starts. The 25-year-old has allowed only two goals in those starts. Binnington shut out Philadelphia 1-0 on Monday and beat Montreal 4-1 Thursday.He made 21 saves on Saturday, the first time he has started consecutive games.“(Binnington)’s been amazing,” Tarasenko said. “Plays really confident. He gives us a lot of confidence, too.”Pat Maroon also scored for the Blues, who have won two straight for the fifth time this season.“I hate to use the word desperate times,” St. Louis interim coach Craig Berube said, “but we’ve got to win games. They’re in our division, and we’re trying to catch them.”Erik Condra scored for Dallas. Ben Bishop made 25 saves.Tarasenko scored in the first minute and Maroon added a first-period goal against Bishop, who won 3-1 at St. Louis four nights earlier. Veteran Jake Allen was in goal for the Blues in that game.“We’ve got to be ready when the puck is dropped,” Stars defenseman John Klingberg said.Binnington said the Blues’ fast start was a great help to him.“That’s two games in a row we’ve had a couple of goals in the first period, and that helps everyone to feed off that. From there on, we just play our game, keep it simple.”Condra broke up Binnington’s chance for a second shutout, scoring his first goal with Dallas at 8:35 of the third period.“(Binnington)’s confident and he’s aggressive,” Berube said. “He looks pretty calm and cool in there.”The Stars have lost three of four Youth Dustin Byfuglien Jersey , but are in third place in the Central Division.Tarasenko scored on the first shot of the game, 34 seconds in, from the right faceoff circle. Maroon’s backhand from the right of the net extended the Blues’ lead to 2-0 at 9:54.Dallas had a scoring chance midway through the second period, but Jason Spezza’s wrist shot from the top of the slot went over Binnington’s shoulder and off the crossbar.“It sounded like a post,” Binnington said. “Luckily for me it didn’t go in the net.”Spezza said the shot was frustrating when the Stars were trying to come back.“You like to see those ones go in to get some momentum,” he said.In the third, a shot blocked in front went to Condra at the right of the net and he scored on a short wrist shot. St. Louis challenged the goal looking for goaltender interference, but the goal stood.Tarasenko scored his second goal on the power play at 12:38. Oskar Sundqvist picked up his second assist of the game.“It was a big play by a big player,” Binnington said. “He’s an elite guy, an elite shot, and it was an important time for us to get a goal.”NOTES: Tarasenko has 15 career goals against Dallas. He also has seven assists for 22 points in 25 games. Over the last five seasons, he is tied with Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine for the most goals (14) vs. the Stars over the last five seasons. . Binnington was leading the AHL with a 2.08 goals against percentage when he was promoted from San Antonio. . The win improved the Blues’ record under interim coach Craig Berube to 12-12-1. . Condra was playing in his fifth game since being promoted from Texas of the AHL. His 40th NHL goal was his first since April 7, 2016. . Dallas D John Klingberg assisted on Condra’s goal and he has five points (one goal, four assists) in the last four games.UP NEXTBlues: Visit Washington on Monday for the second game of a four-game trip.Stars: Host Tampa Bay on Tuesday in the second of a six-game homestand. LAS VEGAS (AP) When Braden Holtby took some time off in February, playing in only nine of the Washington Capitals‘ 14 games, he finally had a chance to reflect on aspects of his game.It might seem easy to say being benched in favor of Philipp Grubauer for the first two games of the postseason ignited Holtby’s standout playoff run. But he credits his midseason reprieve for a revival that pushed him and Washington into the Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights. Game 1 in Monday night.”It was great to just have a break in February where I could really analyze myself in a game http://www.officialhockeyjetsshop.com/authentic-adidas-jacob-trouba-jersey , go to work, kind of get back to those roots and just working as hard as I possibly can to figure out different things of myself and the game,” Holtby said. ”This year I think is one of those years where I’ve learned more and soaked in more knowledge than previous years.”The 28-year-old veteran enters the Final with a 12-6 playoff mark, a 2.04 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage. The Capitals haven’t allowed a goal in 159 minutes, 27 seconds, since Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against Tampa Bay – including 157:13 with Holtby on the ice.Several key members of the Golden Knights are no strangers to Holtby, including general manager George McPhee, goalie coach Dave Prior and defenseman Nate Schmidt, a trio that have been a part of the Capitals organization during their careers. It was Prior who recommended McPhee and company draft Holtby in 2008, when the Capitals made him the second pick of the fourth round (and the 10th goalie taken in the draft).Holtby said Prior, who has helped Vegas goalie and three-time Stanley Cup champion Marc-Andre Fleury improve aspects of his game this season, taught him ways to analyze his game he would have never thought of.”He’s obviously one of the best, he helped me a ton,” Holtby said. ”He taught me how to practice correctly, how to really analyze my game honestly and grow in different ways. Before, as a young kid Austin Czarnik Jersey Womens , I just thought if you could just work as hard as you can, that’s how you get better. But there’s strategic ways and he was awesome, very calm, very unbiased watching games.”Schmidt said a common comparison between Holtby and Fleury is easy to see.”Both guys are very athletic,” Schmidt said. ”That’s something I knew about Fleury a little bit, and it’s caused a lot of heartache to me over the years. You see that kind of thing with guys who are never out of a save. That’s what makes both of them special players.”Holtby’s regular-season numbers (2.99 GAA, .907 save percentage) are a career worst. He said taking time to focus on things he never was able to do during a regular season has helped ease his mind and relieve certain pressures he was putting on himself during games.”Obviously throughout my career of hockey playing, you know that putting too much pressure on yourself and doing too much is never that good,” Holtby said. ”And I got caught up trying to do too much, and it never works too well, and it ended up snowballing.”Snowballing to the tune of him allowing four or more goals in eight of the 16 games he played during January and February. But over his last eight regular-season appearances in March, he finished 6-2 and never allowed more than three goals. He’s allowed three or fewer goals in 17 of the 18 playoff games he’s played in.”I’ve learned a lot of valuable things about myself, about the way hockey is now, it’s changed,” Holtby said. ”You have to play a little different than in the past with the speed and the way the game is mostly all about offense now. It’s different that way and I think that was one thing I had to learn.”—More Stanley Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/StanleyCupFinals
WASHINGTON (AP) The plan was simple: Score early against a weary opponent and ride the momentum the rest of the way.The Tampa Bay Lightning carried out the strategy perfectly Derek Ryan Jersey Womens , turning a big first period into a huge 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night in a showdown between division leaders in the Eastern Conference.Washington had played in Buffalo one day earlier, and that played significantly into the game-plan of Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper.Article continues below ...”The big thing for us is, we knew they played (Monday). The key for that is you’ve got to get the lead,” Cooper said.Brayden Point sandwiched two goals around a tally by Chris Kunitz to make it 3-0 after the first period. That proved to be enough of a cushion for goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, who stopped 35 shots to earn his NHL-leading 35th win.”A good first period, and then we kind of hung on,” Point said.After Alex Ovechkin notched his NHL-high 36th goal for Washington to make it 3-2 at 11:02 of the third, Nikita Kucherov clinched it with a breakaway goal with 7:02 remaining.The victory improved Tampa Bay’s NHL-best record to 40-17-3 and kept the Lightning ahead of surging Boston in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference.”I liked a lot what happened in the first period. I thought we deserved to have a 3-0 lead,” Cooper said. ”There are a lot of positives to take out of the game, especially the fact that we got two points.”Lars Eller scored a power-play goal for the Capitals John Carlson Jersey , who lead Pittsburgh by one point in the Metropolitan Division.Coach Barry Trotz was encouraged by his team’s play over the last 40 minutes, but lamented Washington’s miscues in the early-going.”We made three mistakes and they got all three of them,” Trotz said. ”They didn’t have very many shots … but they had three goals and we dug ourselves a hole.”Seeking to end a five-game losing streak in Washington, Tampa Bay took control early behind Point, a 21-year-old playing in his second NHL season. After Point beat Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby with a power-play goal at 2:30, Kunitz scored on a deflection at 16:00 before Point split two defenders and delivered a backhander for his 23rd goal of the season at 17:52.””That’s how we wanted to start off the game,” Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman said.It was the fifth career two-goal game for Point, who’s still seeking his first hat trick.”You think about it for sure, but the win is the most important thing,” he said.The All-Star center did Lars Eller Jersey , however, extend his point-scoring streak to five games.Eller scored his 12th goal of the season at 9:32 of the second period, but Vasilevskiy stiffened after that.”The goaltenders in this league are erasers,” Trotz said. ”Tonight, their eraser was really good, and so we take the loss.”NOTES: Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 32 goals and 78 points. … One day after being obtained in trade with Chicago, Capitals D Michal Kempny participated in pre-game warmups but was scratched. … Holtby fell to 9-3-2 lifetime against Tampa Bay. … The Lightning won the season series 2-1. … Ovechkin is now six goals short of 600 for his career. He’s scored 43 against Tampa Bay in 65 games. … Washington fell to 20-9-2 at home but had its 395th consecutive sellout.UP NEXTLightning: At Ottawa on Thursday night, the second of three straight road games.Capitals: At Florida on Thursday night. Series tied 1-1, with each team winning on road.— WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Mark Scheifele likes how Patrik Laine continues to fit in on the Winnipeg Jets‘ top line.Scheifele had a goal and two assists Madison Bowey Jersey , Blake Wheeler added a goal and an assist, and Laine had two assists as the Winnipeg Jets beat Boston 4-3 Thursday night for the Bruins’ third straight loss.“I think what guys realize about me and Wheels is it’s never one guy’s the passer, one guy’s the shooter,” Scheifele said. “We all do the work, we all do what needs to be done.“When you’re the guy to score, you’re the guy to score. When you’re the guy to pass, you’re the guy to pass. That’s the way we’ve always worked.”Jacob Trouba and Nikolaj Ehlers also scored for the Jets, who snapped a two-game skid and improved to 5-5 in their last 10 games. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 36 shots as Winnipeg moved three points ahead of Nashville atop the Central Division.Charlie McAvoy, Joakim Nordstrom and Charlie Coyle scored for Boston and David Krejci had two assists. Tuukka Rask finished with 20 saves.Ehlers scored the eventual game-winner with just under 7 minutes left after Trouba put the Jets ahead 3-2 earlier in the third period.Coyle got Boston within one with 2:56 remaining, but the Bruins couldn’t tie it up with an extra attacker.“It’s like a lot of (games). Other teams are taking it to us Nicklas Backstrom Jersey ,” Boston head coach Bruce Cassidy said of his team’s poor starts. “They clearly have more energy early on. Some of that could be fatigue in our group. Some of it could be personnel in our lineup that are a little nervous to get started.“We took an offensive-zone penalty against one of the better power plays so there’s a number of things. It’s not one thing. It’s different things that usually add up and that was it tonight.”Winnipeg’s top line of Laine, Scheifele and Wheeler did the early damage, giving the home team a 2-0 lead in the opening period that turned into a 2-2 contest midway through the second.Wheeler scored his 20th of the season 1:08 into the game off a rebound after Laine’s one-timer hit the crossbar.Laine found Scheifele rushing to the net on the power play and sent him a pass for his career-high, team-leading 33rd with 8:36 left in the opening period. Scheifele had been held off the scoresheet the previous four games.Rask was ready for Laine to shoot.“All the options are right there, obviously, but when it’s one of the best shooters in the league you don’t want to cheat on that so I just didn’t make the push on time,” Rask said of the Finnish sniper who has 29 goals this season.Laine was planning to shoot.“Yeah, I thought I was going to shoot, too,” he said. “If I don’t know what I’m doing James Neal Jersey Womens , I don’t think the goalie’s going to know what I’m doing. I thought first I was going to shoot it, I was pretty close. But then I saw Scheif back door so might as well pass it sometimes.“I’m not just a shooter, I guess,” Laine added. “I’m a pretty decent passer as well, like we saw in this game.”McAvoy’s high shot with 2:37 remaining in the period cut the lead to 2-1 and Nordstrom tied it up midway through the second when he banged in a rebound behind a sprawled Hellebuyck.The Jets had a chance to go ahead with their second power play of the game a few minutes later, but Laine twice hit a post.NOTES: The Bruins were without injured D Torey Krug (upper body). … Boston outshot Winnipeg 30-19 after two periods, and 39-24 for the game.UP NEXTBruins: host Columbus n Saturday.Jets: Host Calgary on Saturday to finish a three-game homestand.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid every disappointment in an otherwise miserable season Vladislav Namestnikov Jersey , at least the Los Angeles Kings rule the Freeway Faceoff.Captain Anze Kopitar scored the only goal in the shootout, and the Kings beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 on Saturday night for their third win this season over their local rivals.Carter Rowney put the Ducks ahead with a short-handed goal midway through the third period, but Carl Grundstrom tied it for the Kings with 3:53 left in regulation.Kopitar then made a one-handed drag move to beat Ryan Miller in the second round of the shootout, and Jonathan Quick stopped all three Ducks shooters.Although the Kings are likely to finish in last place in the Western Conference, they’ve already won the season series against their rivals for the first time since 2012-13, with one more meeting still to come on April 5.A 15th-place team beating a 14th-place team typically wouldn’t be much cause for celebration, but the Staples Center crowd relished a rare chance to cheer.“Yeah, I think there is a little bit of extra buzz in the building when we play them,” Kopitar said. “So to get out on top, it feels good.”Kyle Clifford and Jeff Carter also scored for the Kings, who have won back-to-back games after losing 16 of their previous 18. Quick made 17 saves for Los Angeles.Cam Fowler and Rickard Rakell also scored, while Miller stopped 26 shots for the Ducks, who avoided official playoff elimination by earning a point. Anaheim had won seven of its previous 11 Bobby Ryan Jersey , but got off to a slow start on tired legs in its third game in four nights.“We have a good feeling within the team and a good structure, but there’s not too many games left,” Rakell said.The 140th Freeway Faceoff carried little of the past editions’ stakes or tension. Southern California’s NHL teams are the dregs of their conference, and they will miss the playoffs in the same season for the first time since 2004.Los Angeles and Anaheim have made a precipitous tandem decline after an exceptional seven-year stretch from 2011-18 in which the Kings won two Stanley Cup championships and made three Western Conference finals, while the Ducks won five straight Pacific Division titles and made two conference finals.“It is a good rivalry,” said Kings coach Willie Desjardins, who has never lost to Anaheim. “Both teams have had a lot of history and a lot of pride, and whenever they play, as the game goes on it definitely gets more heated.”Carter put the Kings ahead 2-1 late in the second period, scoring his 12th goal. Late in the least productive season of his 14-year NHL career, the 34-year-old Carter has scored goals in back-to-back games after playing 20 without a goal since Jan. 15.Rakell tied it in the final second of the period when he popped the puck into the air and swatted it home on an exceptional play that began behind the Kings’ net. Rakell’s goal-scoring struggles were a major factor in Anaheim’s midseason collapse, but the former All-Star is finishing strong with 11 points in 12 games.Rowney put the Ducks ahead in the opening moments of a Los Angeles power play on a pass from Derek Grant, who jumped on Drew Doughty’s turnover. Los Angeles evened it when Tyler Toffoli carried the puck in on Miller and Grundstrom tapped it in.NOTES: Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf and forward Nick Ritchie sat out with upper-body injuries. … LA hadn’t won back-to-back games since Feb. 5-7. … Ilya Kovalchuk and Dion Phaneuf were healthy scratches for the Kings. Kovalchuk is frustrated by his lack of consistent ice time http://www.officialsenators.com/authentic-adidas-chris-wideman-jersey , but the Russian star says he is determined to live up to the three-year contract he signed with the Kings last year. … Kings F Brendan Leipsic sat out with a lower-body injury that will keep him out for “a few days,” coach Willie Desjardins said Friday. … Ducks D Jacob Larsson missed his third straight game with a charley horse. SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The Minnesota Wild played the season finale with more urgency even though it was the San Jose Sharks who had something at stake.Jason Zucker scored twice in the second period, Eric Staal matched the franchise record for goals in a season and the Wild denied San Jose home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 6-3 victory over the Sharks on Saturday night.While the Wild were locked into the third seed in the Central Division, the Sharks needed one point to finish second in the Pacific and open the playoffs at home. Instead, San Jose lost for the fifth time in the final six games and will be forced to hit the road to start the playoffs against Anaheim in the first meeting between the rivals since the Ducks upset the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Sharks in 2009.”It was disappointing tonight, but one game doesn’t define our season,” coach Peter DeBoer said. ”I think if someone told me a month ago that we’d have 100 points, I would have taken that, regardless if we had home-ice or who we were playing or not.”Mikael Granlund scored the tiebreaking goal 28 seconds before Zucker got his first and Jonas Brodin and Matt Cullen also scored for the Wild. Staal added an empty-net goal to tie Marian Gaborik’s franchise record for goals in a season with 42.”I wasn’t going to miss that one,” Staal said. ”It’s cool, it’s fun to have that alongside Marian, he’s a great player and a great goal scorer Craig Anderson Jersey , so it was fun.”Devan Dubnyk made 27 saves. Minnesota finished the season with 101 points, going over the 100-point mark for the second straight season and fourth time in franchise history.”I thought our team played really hard,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. ”I don’t know if (San Jose) took the night off, or not, I’m hoping to believe that we played well enough that we didn’t give them an opportunity.”Brent Burns, Joe Pavelski and Timo Meier scored for San Jose. Martin Jones allowed five goals on 19 shots before being replaced by Aaron Dell to start the third period.The Sharks started strong in the second period and held Minnesota without a shot for more than eight minutes. But the Wild then struck twice within less than a minute midway through the period to take control.Granlund started it with a wrist shot for his 21st goal before Zucker took over with two goals of his own, giving him 33 on the season and the Wild coasted from there to the victory.”We didn’t play too well,” Sharks forward Logan Couture said. ”We should have played better. Disappointing. I think over 82 games in the season we had a pretty solid year to make the playoffs.”The Wild started fast, holding San Jose to no shots on goal for nearly nine minutes and taking a 2-0 lead on goals from Brodin and Cullen.The Sharks then found their game late in the period and scored twice in 64 seconds to tie it, with Burns getting the first on a shot from the point and Pavelski tying the game after a turnover by Matt Dumba.NOTES: Wild D Louie Belpedio made his NHL debut after signing a contract earlier this week following a four-year career at Miami of Ohio. He had two assists to become the first Minnesota player ever with two points in his debut. … Sharks F Evander Kane returned to the lineup after missing two games with an undisclosed injury. … Brodin’s goal gave him 100 career points.UP NEXTWild: First round of playoffs vs. Winnipeg.Sharks: First round of playoffs vs. Anaheim.—
Detroit Red Wings (27-38-10 Edmonton Oilers T-Shirts Authentic , seventh in the Atlantic Division) vs. San Jose Sharks (43-23-9, second in the Pacific Division)San Jose, California; Monday, 10:30 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: San Jose plays Detroit looking to stop its three-game home skid.The Sharks have gone 23-8-5 in home games. San Jose ranks third in the NHL recording 9.7 points per game, averaging 3.6 goals and 6.2 assists.The Red Wings are 13-20-5 in road games. Detroit scores 2.7 goals per game, the least in the Eastern Conference. Andreas Athanasiou leads them with 28 total goals. In their last meeting on Feb. 24, San Jose won 5-3. Joe Pavelski scored a team-high three goals for the Sharks in the victory.TOP PERFORMERS: Brent Burns has recorded 77 total points while scoring 13 goals and collecting 64 assists for the Sharks. Marc-Edouard Vlasic has totaled one goal and nine assists over the last 10 games for San Jose.LAST 10 GAMES: Red Wings: 4-5-1, averaging 2.3 goals, 3.7 assists Edmonton Oilers Hoodies Authentic , 2.8 penalties and 5.6 penalty minutes while giving up 3.1 goals per game with a .913 save percentage.Sharks: 5-4-1, averaging 3.3 goals, 5.5 assists, 3.2 penalties and 6.9 penalty minutes while giving up three goals per game with a .896 save percentage.Sharks Injuries: Erik Karlsson: out (lower body), Radim Simek: out (lower body), Joe Pavelski: out (undisclosed).Red Wings Injuries: Jacob de la Rose: out (upper body), Trevor Daley: day to day (upper body), Michael Rasmussen: day to day (upper body), Mike Green: out for season (illness) Edmonton Oilers Hats Authentic , Jonathan Ericsson: day to day (lower body), Justin Abdelkader: day to day (undisclosed). COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Just three games back after an injury that sidelined him for nearly a month, Markus Nutivaara played in place of injured star Seth Jones on the power-play unit. His second-period goal ended up being the game-winner for the Columbus Blue Jackets.Nutivaara scored his first goal since Jan. 23, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 23 shots, and the surging Blue Jackets outlasted the Ottawa Senators 2-1 Saturday night for their season-high seventh straight win.”Jonesy is definitely a key guy, so you can see we miss him,” said Bobrovsky, who picked up his 32nd win of the season. ”But still we have depth on defense. Guys were smart Custom Edmonton Oilers Jerseys , Nuti stepped up tonight and made a huge goal.”The Blue Jackets are holding on to the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference with 83 points, tied with Philadelphia and one point ahead of New Jersey. Bobrovksy said the team is loose and playing as well as ever.”It’s become that feeling that you can relax and just do your thing and don’t worry about anything else,” he said. ”You know that guys will do their job. We have a good atmosphere in the locker room.”Boone Jenner also scored for Columbus, his third tally in three games.Alexandre Burrows scored his fifth of the year and Mike Condon stopped 33 shots for Ottawa, which saw a three-game winning streak snapped on the second night of a back-to-back.Burrows gave the Senators a 1-0 lead when he knocked a bouncing puck past Bobrovsky from the doorstep 12 minutes into the first period. Jenner tied it up later in the first when he caught up with a fluttering pass from Thomas Vanek in the slot and lifted it over Condon’s shoulder.”I can’t overstate how important that play was, just to get us tied,” Columbus coach John Tortorella said. ”I thought it was a really good effort by Thomas in the neutral zone. It was a huge play in the game to get back even before maybe they score another one. If they score another one, you never know where it goes.”Ottawa’s Max McCormick went to the penalty box late in the second period for plowing over Bobrovsky, a hit that required a trainer’s visit to make sure the goalie was OK. With 22 seconds left in the Blue Jackets’ power play www.officialhockeypanthersshop.com , Nutivaara connected on a slap shot from the point.Senators coach Guy Boucher said his team is showing the effects of a difficult schedule.”We gave whatever we had,” Boucher said. ”It was a back-to-back. They were waiting for us. This was our fourth back-to-back in 15 days and all four back-to-backs were against teams that were not on the back-to-back. So at some point you have to be fair to the players. It’s ridiculous. They gave everything they had until the very end. They pushed with whatever was left.”NOTES: Ottawa F Ryan Dzingel had to be helped off the ice in third period after getting hit in the head. Boucher said afterward that he’s expected to be fine. … Columbus coach John Tortorella said Jones, who has an ”upper body- injury, is day-to-day. … Ottawa F Jim O’Brien got his first assist since March 16, 2013 – five years and a day – on Burrows’ first-period goal. … Condon started for Ottawa after Craig Anderson made 23 saves in a 3-2 overtime win against the Dallas Stars on Friday. … Jenner has four goals and two assists in the last five games. … Columbus is 17-0 when leading after two periods at Nationwide Arena.UP NEXT:Ottawa: Hosts Dallas on Friday.Columbus: Plays at Boston on Monday.—
In the soundstage where Johnny Carson and Jay Leno spent four decades filming ”The Tonight Show Youth Justin Reid Jersey ,” a former Washington State computer science student named Seagull is pursuing a South Korean teenager with a very big gun.
Their characters’ exploits inside Overwatch, the wildly popular multiplayer game not yet 2 years old, flicker above their heads on an enormous high-definition screen. Hundreds of mostly millennial fans in the renamed, sold-out Blizzard Arena put down their Doritos and roar for the combat between these six-player teams, eventually rising in ecstasy when the Dallas Fuel earn an unexpected point against the powerhouse Seoul Dynasty.
Here’s the new Johnny. He plays video games for a minimum $50,000 salary, health benefits, a retirement savings plan and a chunk of $3.5 million in prize money.
Esports history was made Wednesday night with the debut of the Overwatch League, the first attempt to present elite computer gaming within a traditional North American sports structure comparable to the NBA or NFL. The league’s 12 franchises represent cities from Shanghai to London, and they build teamwork and stress player development while competing on a weekly schedule stretching into summer.
If the esports industry is still in its adolescence, this well-funded venture is a significant milestone in its maturation. The Overwatch League is about to find out whether fans will grow along with it.
”It’s a new frontier,” said Ari Segal, the president and chief operating officer of the Los Angeles Valiant. ”It is the biggest, boldest bet in sports and entertainment maybe since the NFL and AFL merged. Maybe since baseball introduced the designated hitter. I don’t even know what it stacks up against, because it is so different.”
Segal had a career as a hockey executive before he moved into esports last year. He is one of many seasoned professionals from traditional sports and business who couldn’t resist the opportunity to shape the future of professional gaming, which has expanded with all the cohesion of a pipe bomb.
Shortly after Blizzard Entertainment published this hero-based, first-person PC shooter to acclaim in 2016, the game developer announced plans for a league backed by deep-pocketed investors ranging from NFL owners Stan Kroenke and Robert Kraft to current giants of the esports scene.
They might not all know their way around a mouse, but they know a growing industry when they see it.
”I come from traditional sports, and from the outside, it seemed like esports had grown up as this exciting, massive T.J. Green Jersey , organic, somewhat unstructured ecosystem that benefited from that fact, but was also held back by it,” said Pete Vlastelica, the president and CEO of Major League Gaming, which operates the league for Blizzard’s parent company.
”It felt to me a lot like boxing,” added Vlastelica, a former executive at Fox Sports. ”Anybody can create a circuit. Anybody be a trainer. Anybody can sign a fighter. Anybody can win a belt. But what’s the belt? I think boxing suffers from an ambiguity about whether any particular competition means anything, and it felt like that was really similar in esports.”
The Overwatch League aims to end that ambiguity with traditional sports touchstones, and it made sense to the luminaries from sports, tech and business who dominate the list of investors.
Kroenke, the billionaire owner of Arsenal and the Los Angeles Rams, also owns the Los Angeles Gladiators, who plan to be based within the vast entertainment complex around his Inglewood football stadium after it is completed in 2020. The Boston Uprising are owned by Kraft’s investment group, and they might end up based in Foxborough, Massachusetts, to share some training facilities with the New England Patriots.
The San Francisco Shock’s investor group includes Jennifer Lopez, Shaquille O’Neal and Marshawn Lynch. The Philadelphia Fusion are owned by Comcast Spectacor, and the New York Excelsior are the property of a venture capital fund sponsored by the Wilpon family of New York Mets fame.
Many of the Overwatch League’s owners might not be gamers, but they understand the visceral importance of going to a good event. League commissioner Nate Nanzer is confident it will eventually harness income from ticket sales and concessions and other areas that haven’t meant much in esports so far.
”Why do people go to a Dodger game? You go because it’s more fun to sit with 40,000 other fans and cheer for a home run than it is to do it at home,” Nanzer said. ”Video games are so incredibly mainstream right now. It’s such a big part of our fans’ lives. When people play Overwatch Ryan Miller Jersey , they play a lot of Overwatch. It’s a special moment to go share that with people who have the same passion as you.”
Although the geographical specificity of the teams is an important part of their future business plans, those home cities are largely theoretical at this point.
For this season and the near future, every team will live in the Los Angeles area and play all its matches in Burbank. Nanzer said the logistics of staging the competition around the globe were too enormous to be solved immediately.
That’s not the only geographical dissonance: The Overwatch League’s only ”European” team, the London Spitfire, are owned by an American esports organization, and their roster consists entirely of South Korean players living in Los Angeles.
But the Overwatch League has bought itself time to find its footing. The league has sponsorship deals with blue chip companies including HP and Intel, and the Dallas Fuel wear jersey s The NFL will host a forum on women’s careers in football next week before the Pro Bowl.
Fifty women representing five countries (U.S., Canada, Panama, Germany and Australia) will participate in the event on Jan. 26-27 in Orlando. The Pro Bowl is Jan. 28.
The forum will feature panel discussions and networking sessions aimed at educating and preparing women for careers in football operations, including coaching, officiating, scouting and front-office positions.
Twenty-two women who participated in the inaugural forum last year got jobs in football operations across the professional, collegiate and high school levels, including nine who obtained internships in the NFL.
Featured speakers and presenters include CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie, NFL chief football administration officer Dawn Aponte, Falcons assistant general manager Scott Pioli, NFL director of football development Samantha Rapoport, Panthers coach Ron Rivera and Stanford coach David Shaw.
Lance Lynn gets the start Friday night when the Minnesota Twins continue a four-game series with the Baltimore Orioles at Target Field.
Lynn’s 2018 season has not gone anywhere near the way he may have envisioned when he hit the free-agent market for the first time last fall Saints Cheap Jerseys , ending a six-year run with the Cardinals.
Instead of landing a lucrative, multi-year deal he went unsigned until late in spring training, when he agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract with the Minnesota Twins — approximately $5.4 million less than he would have earned under the Cardinals’ one-year qualifying offer he turned down last November.
After an abbreviated spring camp, Lynn got off to an abysmal start. He went 0-3 in his first five outings, posting an 8.37 ERA in those contests but finally got into a groove when the calendar flipped to May. He went 5-2 with a 2.88 ERA over his next nine turns.
Lynn, who is 5-7 with a 5.49 ERA for the season, continues his hit-or-miss season Friday after losing his last two starts. He is fresh off his worst outing of the season when he allowed seven runs on five hits and three walks Mikkel Boedker Jersey , failing to get out of the second inning in an 11-10 loss at Wrigley Field on Sunday.
Cubs pitcher Jon Lester homered off Lynn during a disastrous second inning that also included Lynn failing to cover first on a routine grounder, which kept the inning going long enough for the Cubs to take a big lead.
“We gave them an extra out,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said of Lynn’s gaffe. “I think that was the biggest thing that stuck out to me. An offense like that, outs when you don’t get them, that was problematic to me. The arithmetic says that was an extra five runs because of that particular play.”
Lynn is 1-1 with a 7.30 ERA in three games (two starts) versus Baltimore.
The Twins snapped a six-game losing streak in the series opener Thursday night and, in turn, extended the misery for the Orioles, who have lost three in a row and 10 of their last 11.
They’ll turn to Dylan Bundy (6-7 Tim Heed Jersey , 3.75 ERA) to snap the skid. Baltimore plans to activate the right-hander from the disabled list Friday and get him back on the mound for the first time since suffering a sprained left ankle June 23.
He went 3-7 with a 4.46 ERA through his first 12 starts of the season but got hot in June, posting a 1.98 ERA while going 3-0 in four starts before suffering the injury while running the bases after collecting his first big league hit.
His return comes as the Orioles need to decide a course of action ahead of the trade deadline. At 24-62, Baltimore owns the worst record in baseball and will almost certainly be a seller as the deadline approaches.
The 25-year-old Dylan is in his third full big league season and still has three more years of team control, making him an intriguing candidate for a motivated buyer.
The Twins’ Logan Morrison has two home runs in 15 at-bats versus Bundy, who is 0-2 with a 3.60 ERA in four career games (three starts) versus Minnesota. Bundy faced the Twins in his first start of this season, giving up five hits over seven shutout innings in Baltimore’s 3-2 victory on March 29.
Three companies received $50,000 grants for winning the NFL’s annual Super Bowl startup competition designed to spur novel advancements in athlete safety and performance.
Denver-based Impressio, Inc. Tomas Hertl Jersey , RecoverX of Mountain View, California, and Toronto-based Curv.ai won the grants Saturday in a competition run by the NFL, Comcast NBCUniversal and Mayo Clinic.
Impressio uses liquid-crystal elastomers to create novel dissipative liner materials for protective equipment designed to overcome the existing challenges of energy absorption in current helmet foams.
RecoverX has designed a device that can achieve the optimum cold or hot therapy temperatures without any ice or water, designed to allow users more freedom for their therapy.
Curv.ai presented an athlete development platform that leverages patent-pending computer vision and augmented reality to transform the camera on any mobile device into a versatile tool that captures human motion, measures athletic abilities and evaluates injury risk.