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von liny195 06.12.2018 08:33

- 2018 starts off like a new beginning A new sense of excitement was in the air Thursday as the Cleveland Browns opened the gates to fans in Berea , officially beginning their 2018 training camp. Practices take place in the afternoon all camp long, with player interview sessions taking place earlier in the day.The way our training camp reports work is this: for any practices that we cannot attend (such at today), I read through all of the local media members’ tweets and recaps from the day, and I create one cumulative recap of what all of the topics of the day were.Cleveland Browns Training Camp Report - Day 1 (7/26/18)1. Hard Knocks’ Presence: If you come to training camp this year, you will be met with a disclaimer sign that upon entering the facility, you understand that you could be taped and appear in footage on the show (likely as a fan in the background of the action).Beyond that, fans will certainly notice the extra crew members in their Hard Knocks attire, and a boom mike hovering over players’ heads to capture audio. The players have to play it a bit cool at times, but you know that the crew being there has to be something they are subconsciously thinking about.Zac Jackson of The Athletic said, “Whoever said ‘you won’t even notice the Hard Knocks cameras’ was flat out lying — they’re everywhere.”2. Fan Experience Upgrades: There have been several key changes made to training camp from a fan’s perspective this year.According to Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 the Fan, the Browns have “a new video camera system to film practice,” which means the large orange lifts are now gone. That will be useful for fans who used to stand in certain areas, but were told they had to clear a perimeter around the lift for safety reasons.Additionally, the VIP Grandstand Tent has been moved to an end zone near the indoor facility. That allowed the team to install even more bleachers alongside the field in that area.Lastly, these awesome life-size bobbleheads are available for fans to pose and take pictures with. They include Joe Thomas, Bernie Kosar, Otto Graham, and Lou Groza.3. Family on Three! OK, let’s get into practice itself, shall we? The team gathered for a huddle after stretching, ending with “Family on Three!” Perhaps the most amusing part of the clip is the fact that WR Jarvis Landry goes up to fourth-string QB Brogan Roback, and the two seem to have a special handshake together.4. No Matter Where it Goes: We always like to point out certain drills that are unique during training camp. After all, if you’ve ever been to training camp, you’ll know that there is actually very little 11-on-11 action to speak of — most of the work involves position drills. This drill shows the running backs working on their hands as their coach intentionally shuffles the ball any which spot from close range.What about Duke Johnson’s hands? Much like training camp last year, the early word is that Johnson was seeing a lot of work with the actual receivers.5. Turn and Bang Youth Baker Mayfield Jersey , There it is: Browns fans have seen many quarterbacks come and go, so there is a greater appreciation for something even as simple of a pass hitting a receiver in his hands right out of a break, like QB Tyrod Taylor did to WR Jarvis Landry here:Speaking of Landry, the team’s No. 1 receiver (since WR Josh Gordon did not report) is definitely looking to make headlines in Cleveland. Since our record is 0-0, you have to smile, laugh, and be intrigued all at the same time by this quote that Landry made to Sports Illustrated:6. QB Depth Chart: It is only Day 1, but the quarterback depth chart was like this in practice: 1) Tyrod Taylor, 2) Baker Mayfield, 3) Drew Stanton. Mayfield was getting rave reviews for his first day of practice, first hitting WR Antonio Callaway in stride for this long bomb:When 11-on-11 drills began, Mayfield found WR Rashard Higgins for a long touchdown pass, per those in attendance.7. Offensive Line Reps: As expected, camp started with Shon Coleman receiving first-team reps at left tackle. The bigger questions were about where Austin Corbett and Greg Robinson lined up. Robinson was the second-team left tackle, while Corbett was next to him as the second-team left guard. Corbett did see some work at left tackle late, but with the third-team offense.8. The Big Wheel: Well this one is definitely a new drill, with players engaging wheels being thrown at them. Do any of our users in the comments section want to explain what the purpose of this drill is? Hat tip to Lane Adkins of The OBR cracking a joke that each one represents the losses of Hue Jackson’s club a year ago.9. It Doesn’t Count, But Still: The Browns’ defense was offsides, giving QB Tyrod Taylor a free shot downfield, but CB Denzel Ward intercepted the pass. Sure, it doesn’t count, but you still appreciate the rookie (who was running with the first-team defense) making a play on Day 1:10. Another Role for BBC? Interesting to note, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out who the Browns’ backup free safety might be this year after Damarious Randall. Per DBN’s Michael Hoag, who was part of the media in Berea today, CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun worked as a second-team safety. The other second-team defensive backs were S Montrel Meander White Genard Avery Jersey , CB E.J. Gaines, and CB Terrance Mitchell.11. Top Secret RV: Well this is fun!12. Injury Bug: Cleveland saw rookie WR Damion Ratley get carted off the field late in practice with a hip injury. TE Devon Cajuste walked into the fieldhouse with trainers at the end of practice and was later reported to have a concussion. Other players who exited practice early were DL Caleb Brantley (cramps), DL Daniel Ekuale (calf), and WR Derrick Willies (cramps). 13. Brownies, Part I: Former Titans head coach Mike Mularkey was a guest at training camp, visiting with GM John Dorsey. ... CB T.J. Carrie was one of the starting cornerbacks on Day 1. ... The two defensive tackles with the first-team defense were DT Trevon Coley and DT Jamie Meder. ... WR Corey Coleman did drop one long pass, but was getting a lot of work in the short passing game. ... The banner on Cleveland’s fieldhouse this year reads “Welcome to the Hardland of America.” ... Fans were breaking out in chants of players names, one by one, as they came on to the practice field. ... QB Baker Mayfield stayed after practice to sign plenty of autographs:14. Brownies, Part II: Although LB Mychael Kendricks and LB Jamie Collins participated in drills, they sat out of 11-on-11s. ... The benefactor of that was rookie LB Genard Avery, who then got some run with the first-team defense. ... The Puppy Pound is back for another year, and 11 puppies were adopted on Day 1. ... In other transaction news, DT Trenton Thompson begins camp on the PUP list with an illness, while FB Marquez Williams was placed on the Did Not Report list, thus opening yet another roster spot. ... Practice had great weather and sunshine before the rain clouds and high winds commenced after practice.15. Next Up: Practice continues Friday in Berea, from 3:00 PM to 5:55 PM. The Steelers survived one week without Le'Veon Bell.Maybe they can do it again.Making his first NFL start, James Conner helped Pittsburgh forget that Bell — the team's disgruntled star running back — isn't around and may not be back anytime soon.Conner scored two touchdowns, rushed for 135 yards and added 57 more on five catches as the Steelers escaped Sunday with a 21-21 tie against the Cleveland Browns, who ended their 17-game losing streak without winning.Conner was more than an adequate fill-in for Bell, who remains separated from the Steelers in an ugly contract dispute.While his teammates slopped around in the rain at FirstEnergy Stadium, Bell continued his holdout in South Florida as his replacement gave the Steelers hope they'll be able to withstand not having one of their biggest stars.Conner could be their newest one.The anti-Bell."I'm so tired of Le'Veon," Steelers right guard David DeCastro told reporters. "I'm so tired of it. Let's just worry about the guys that are here. I know you guys have stories to write and what not. I love Le'Veon, but we have to worry about the guys that are here. That's the only people that matter."Conner scored on a 4-yard run in the second quarter and added a 22-yarder in the fourth as the Steelers opened a 21-7 lead that appeared safe.However, as Pittsburgh appeared on the verge of putting the Browns away Youth David Njoku Jersey , Conner had his lone blemish on an otherwise stellar day.Running right, Conner got stripped by Browns end Myles Garrett and his fumble led to the Browns quickly scoring two touchdowns in the final 7:32 to force overtime.Cleveland had a chance to win it, but linebacker T.J. Watt added a blocked field goal to his four-sack game by getting a hand on Zane Gonzalez's 43-yard field-goal attempt with 9 seconds left.Bell's messy situation cast a shadow over the Steelers all week, bringing a distraction to a team that usually avoids drama. The stand-off could last for a while, and if it does, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin, his staff and the Steelers have to feel better about what Conner can provide."He did some really great things," said superstar receiver Antonio Brown. "He ran well and brought great energy all day. I was excited to see him make some plays, not only in the run game, but in the pass game as well."On a day when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger struggled throwing three interceptions and fumbling twice, Conner was solid and steady."Pressure is always there," said Conner, who survived a cancer scare while he was at Pitt. "You're either feeling pressure or applying pressure. I was trying to apply the pressure today. There were no nerves or nothing. Just playing football."It looked that way. Conner patiently looked for running lanes, taking what Cleveland's defense gave him and never trying to do too much.The 23-year-old finished with 192 total yards, matching Bell's best game from last season."I thought he played well," said Roethlisberger, who struggled from the outset. "Ran hard, caught the ball well. Made plays for us. I'm proud of the way he played for this team."Conner took it all in stride. Following the game, he casually accepted congratulations while dressing and came across as composed off the field as he was on it."It is what I expect," he said of his performance. "It's the mentality of our offense. We feel like we're going to run the ball when we want to run the ball so I know the mentality of those guys up front. I knew the lanes were going to be there. I knew today was going to be a good day on the ground, just not enough to win."I have confidence in myself and the guys in front of me blocking, so it's what we expect to do."

von liny195 06.12.2018 08:23

Ryan Smith Jersey , odds are you don’t have as much as hair now as you did before one o’clock eastern time last Sunday. You’re voice is probably a bit raspy today as well. And it was for good cause. Despite the Bucs pulling out the victory, both teams did enough to both lose and win this game. Penalties, turnovers, and inconsistent kickers laid the groundwork for an exciting finish. Just because Tampa Bay won, however, doesn’t mean that they’ll escape the wrath on their report card. OffenseIt was a tale of two halves for the offense. This has been a reoccurring theme for both sides of the ball in 2018. Outside of the Saints game, the offense hasn’t put together a full four quarters yet this year. Against the Browns, Tampa Bay got out to a quick 16-2 lead in the first half. The Bucs finished the half with 17 first downs, 243 net yards, a 75% conversion rate (3/4) on third down and a 100% conversion rate (2/2) in the red zone. They also had the two costly turnovers on consecutive possessions right before halftime. Winston has to cut down on the turnovers.Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY SportsThe second half and overtime saw similar stats production-wise Cheap O. J. Howard Jersey , except that Tampa Bay went 3/9 on third down and committed two more turnovers. The fumble on the first drive on the third quarter was just a bad play that led to Cleveland’s first touchdown. O.J. Howard had a really bad drop and Caleb Benenoch was giving free passes to interior lineman like he has all season long. Donovan Smith was called on a crucial hold that required Jameis Winston and Mike Evans to bail out the offense with a 21-yard completion. The Bucs had 114 yards on the ground, but that came off of 32 carries, good for a 3.6 average. Keep in mind that the Browns were ranked 29th against the run coming into this game. Don’t get me wrong, the offense did some good things. They also did some bad things and the good didn’t come consistently enough. Final Grade: 2.0 (C) DefenseJust like the offense, the defense was great and then not-so-great throughout the course of the game. It was obvious that Mark Duffner’s presence as DC gave them energy in the first half. Tampa Bay’s defense pitched a first-half shutout that saw the Browns gain an insanely low 74 total yards of offense. They held Cleveland to 1/8 on third down, sacked Baker Mayfield once, forced four three-and-outs, and kept them from scoring entirely on their one trip inside the red zone. But when halftime passed, something had changed. It still remains to be seen, but Kwon Alexander’s injury most likely had to do with the letdown in the second half. Regardless Buccaneers DeSean Jackson Jersey , injuries happen in football and good teams find ways to overcome them on a regular basis. Tampa Bay allowed over 230 yards off offense in the second half and overtime. 170 of those yards came in the fourth quarter. The average yards per play rose from 2.55 in the first half to a whopping 4.9 in the second half. The Bucs gave up three touchdowns in the process as well. But the bread and butter this week was the pass rush and third down defense. The defensive line got to Mayfield four times - two sacks came from former Brown Carl Nassib - and Adarius Taylor joined in on the fun to make it five takedowns. If Duffner can figure out a way to make the first half results happen for an entire game, then there is plenty of hope left in the season. Final Grade: 2.5 (C+)Special TeamsI’m going to make this short and sweet. Well, not so sweet.I don’t care if Chandler Catanzaro hit a 59-yard kick to win the game. One of the reasons the Bucs had to rely on that kick was because of him in the first place. He missed another PAT attempt and a 40-yard field goal to clinch the game in overtime. Hey, Chandler:You. Are. Getting. Paid. $3.5 million. Do. Your. Damned. Job. Anthony Auclair’s perfect punch-out on the Jabril Peppers fumble is the only reason this unit doesn’t get a big, fat F. That play was enough to raise the grade a couple of points. Final Grade: 2.0 (C) CoachingDirk Koetter isn’t responsible for the dumb mistakes that his players make on the field. You can’t blame him for Cameron Brate’s fumble nor the fact that a receiver ran the wrong route on Winston’s second interception. But you can blame him for foolishly relying on Catanzaro to make a 40-yard game winning kick when he (Cat) has struggled hitting 33-yard extra points. You can blame him even more due to the fact that the Bucs were at the Cleveland 25 with :45 seconds left and two timeouts when he decided to do so. That decision right there just about cost them the game. When it comes to Duffner, I’ll back off a bit because of the Alexander injury. This defense produced and had some great moments despite their shortcomings in the big picture. Final Grade: 2.0 (C)Overall Grade: 2.13 (C)A “C” grade for a win is not good, obviously. I don’t mean to be a downer, but it’s hard to come away from this win satisfied. For two weeks in a row, the Bucs have not only battled opponents, but they’ve had to battle themselves as well. This can’t continue to happen. Not if this team wants to win or make the playoffs. They have another big test this weekend in Cincinnati. Overall Grade For The 2018 Season: 2.23 (C) Every year it seems as if each NFL season goes by quicker than the last. It’s already Week 8 in the 2018 season. 107 games have been played in the NFL. Thousands up thousands of snaps have been counted Buccaneers Jason Pierre-Paul Jersey , analyzed, scrutinized, and praised. Fortunately, there are thousands left to play. Let’s recap and preview this week’s action:Pretty damn good: The staff went 5-2 in last week’s unanimous picks and are now 16-5 on the season when selecting the same team. Sounds about right: The two teams that were picked to win by a 5-4 margin in Week 7 - the Bucs and Dolphins - went 1-1.Week 8 lone wolves: Dustin Lewis takes the Jets over the Bears whileGil Arcia is running with the New York Giants over Washington.Week 8 unanimous picks: The Chiefs, Steelers, Colts, and Patriots are this week’s unanimous selections. Week 8 toss-ups: The 49ers vs. Cardinals and Ravens at Panthers are the closest-matched games.Week 8 NFL PicksBucs Nation AlexBaileyDavid DustinEvanGilJamesJonKyleBucs Nation AlexBaileyDavid DustinEvanGilJamesJonKyleWho do you think will win this week? Let us know below in the comments!

von liny195 06.12.2018 08:11

Tampa Bay Buccaneers were a really good football team. But those days are long gone Youth Gerald McCoy Jersey , as are the way the game was played then. The Tampa 2 is dead as a base defense, and is generally used as a conservative passing-downs call, especially in the red zone. As this article on from 2012 notes, it’s a passing league. NFL rules and rules enforcement, plus scheme evolutions, have made football dominated by quarterbacks and the pass. Football Outsiders’ Scott Kacsmar had this to say:So I found these recent quotes by Tampa Bay head coach Dirk Koetter and defensive coordinator Mike Smith troublesome:Those five teams that made the playoffs also all had top ten defenses, right? And the most important factors in today’s game of football is indisputably passing, and stopping the pass. In fact, the pass is over twice as efficient as running. Koetter calls passes pretty much as often as everyone else, except inexplicably on first downs , which is hurting the team in games. Smith’s quote was widely ridiculed. So what gives? What’s with the obsession about a facet of the game that has largely lost importance?Before Koetter the head coach was Lovie Smith, a hire also made in a ill-fated attempt to recapture old glory. The Bucs even reportedly flirted with re-hiring Jon Gruden as recently as this off-season, and Gruden had not coached in ten years. What is the Bucs’ obsession with the past, and what does it mean for the franchise going forward? Hue Jackson said the NFL confirmed officials erred in not calling a penalty on Bucs safety Jordan Whitehead for a hit on Baker Mayfield. But Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said the Browns quarterback taunted Whitehead, which would have offset Whitehead’s penalty.Further, Koetter said officials picked up two flags — not one — after initially ruling an illegal hit on Whitehead and taunting on Mayfield. In his on-field announcement, referee Shawn Hochuli mentioned only that officials were picking up a flag on Whitehead because “the quarterback was still a runner and therefore is allowed to be hit in the head. He had not yet begun to slide.”The NFL’s official play-by-play of the game mentions nothing of offsetting penalties either, but Mayfield did jaw at Whitehead after the play.“I did not get a great explanation for that,” Koetter said Wednesday, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “What they said on the field was it’s a helmet-to-helmet hit White Adam Humphries Jersey , and then [Mayfield] got up and taunted our guy, so then they threw the second flag. Somehow, they worked it out that they were picking up both flags. Where I was on the field, I didn’t see it as a helmet-to-helmet [hit]. But when you look at it on tape, it clearly was, and I guess the fallout from that is what it is.”An NFL source said officials did not throw a flag for taunting.Mayfield scrambled for 35 yards and, as the quarterback began to slide, Whitehead dove at Mayfield helmet first.There is no doubt the league will fine Whitehead for an illegal hit. It remains to be seen whether they will dock Mayfield.

von liny195 06.12.2018 07:49

reports prior to matching up on Sunday. It seems like both teams are dealing with some ailments on the defensive side of the ball.The Buccaneers have ruled Beau Allen out for the second consecutive game while Carlton Davis Youth Adam Humphries Jersey , Jordan Whitehead, and Marcus Williams are listed as questionable. However, in a turn of events, Vita Vea has been ruled questionable after fully participating on Friday. Head coach Dirk Koetter expects him to see the first snaps of his NFL career against the Bears.On the other side , Chicago has ruled out Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper. That should help Tampa Bay exploit the Bears defensive backfield, as they’ll have their hands full up front against the top pass rush in the league. The full injury report can be viewed below. BuccaneersDT Beau Allen (Foot) - Did Not Participate on Friday - Out for SundayCB Carlton Davis (Groin) - Limited Participation on Friday - Questionable for SundayDT Vita Vea (Calf) - Full Participation on Friday - Questionable for SundayS Jordan Whitehead (Shoulder/Hamstring) - Limited Participation on Friday - Questionable for SundayCB Marcus Williams (Hamstring) - Full Participation on Friday - Questionable for SundayT Demar Dotson (Knee) - Full Participation on FridayDT Gerald McCoy (Biceps) - Full Participation on FridayS Isaiah Johnson (Shoulder) - Full Participation on FridayBearsCB Prince Amukamara (Hamstring) - Did Not Participate on Friday - Out for SundayCB Marcus Cooper Sr. (Hamstring) - Did Not Participate on Friday - Out for SundayWR Anthony Miller (Shoulder) - Did Not Participate on Friday - Out for Sunday The Buccaneers announced the release of defensive tackle Jerel Worthy earlier Monday, but they did not announce a corresponding move.Tampa Bay will sign defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches to take Worthy’s roster spot, Nunez-Roches tweeted.
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The Bucs worked out Nunez-Roches on Friday. He played for Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken at Southern Mississippi.Nunez-Roches started 11 games for the Chiefs last season, making 24 tackles and half a sack.He originally entered the league as a sixth-round pick of Kansas City in 2015. Nunez-Roches played 24 games, with 16 starts, in his three seasons with the Chiefs.The Chiefs cut Nunez-Roches in May Authentic Ryan Jensen Jersey , and he signed with the Colts. Indianapolis waived him out of the preseason.

von liny195 06.12.2018 07:40

have fined star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. over his comments to ESPN’s Josina Anderson last week. Those comments , that Beckham wanted his teammates to match his energy and passion, that he wasn't happy with the check down-happy offense, and what some considered an attack at Eli Manning drew sharp criticism over the last few days. Head coach Pat Shurmur said after the game that the matter had been handled internally. He even made a rare showing of emotion to reporters when pressed on the issue in the post-game press conference. We will see if the matter is truly in the past or if there will be any residual impacts.Lil Wayne uses Instagram to offer his take on the OBJ ESPN interviewOdell Beckham Jr.: No regrets about ESPN interviewOdell Beckham says Giants “need to play with some heart,” questions offense Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was Eli Manning‘s teammate for eight seasons with the Giants, and now JPP is ready to play against Manning for the first time.“He knows I’m coming, though,” Pierre-Paul told reporters , before looking into the cameras and adding, “I’m coming, Eli.”Pierre-Paul did say it isn’t going to be the first time he got to lay a hand on Manning, and he doesn’t think he’s going to be able to hit Manning too hard without a penalty.“Actually I did lay a hand on Eli a couple times in practice,” Pierre-Paul said. “The new rules, you’ve got to lay him down, so I’ll lay him down if I get there. . . . I know one thing , if [Manning] is hot, he’s on, he’s going to continue to be hot. We’ve got to get after them early.”Manning is coming off one of his best games of the season, and a rare Giants win. Pierre-Paul’s presence may help the Buccaneers keep Manning from making it two in a row.

von officialsbaseball 06.12.2018 07:37

HERNING Roman Josi Jersey , Denmark (AP) It has been a busy year for Miro Heiskanen and it’s not over yet.The talented defenseman opened it at the junior world championship in Buffalo before becoming a mainstay on the Finnish men’s national team at the next two top tournaments: the Pyeongchang Olympics and the ongoing world championship.In that time the 18-year-old has established himself as a reliable defenseman who has passed the test against top NHL talents at the tournament in Denmark. He plays in the top unit, meaning he has to stop the offensive aces of the opposition and that’s exactly what he has done.NHL leading scorer Connor McDavid could attest to that.On Saturday, Finland upset star-studded Canada captained by McDavid 5-1 and Heiskanen contributed a great deal.He played 18:25 but his best moment came in the middle period when Canada was trailing 3-1 and desperately pressing to score. At one point, McDavid had just an empty net in front of him. Goaltender Harri Sateri was still at the far post and McDavid’s shot from the left circle was heading for goal.But then Heiskanen came seemingly out of no where to Finland’s rescue, tipping the puck to safety.”It was almost in the net but I hit the puck,” Heiskanen said. ”It was a good save.”When the two met in the third period, the result was a two plus two-minute penalty for high sticking for a frustrated McDavid, effectively ending Canada’s chances of a comeback.Finland captain Mikael Granlund praised Heiskanen.”I have seen him at the games here and nothing really surprises me about him,” Granlund said. ”The way he skates, the way he handles the puck and sees the ice. He can play these games. He’s been really , really good this tournament. He’s got a great career ahead of him.”The obvious next step is the NHL.The Dallas Stars picked him with the third overall selection in the 2017 NHL draft and signed him to a three-year entry level contract. He spent last season on loan with IFK Helsinki where he played since he was 17.He finished with 23 points including 11 goals in the regular season and added three goals and nine points in the playoffs.He said the transition has not been a problem.”It was tough sometimes but mostly quite easy because I play with smarter players. Of course, the play is faster than at the junior category and I face stronger guys,” he said.The Denmark tournament proved he is ready to stop the best.”It’s nice to face those guys and see where I am,” Heiskanen said. ”It’s a good test to play them, maybe I will play them next year in the NHL. I want to play there as soon as possible, that’s my goal.”There’s no doubt that he has the skills to make him a highly effective defenseman. But he knows he still has homework to do.”I have to practice hard this summer and get little bit stronger,” he said.It’s not clear when he might get the call from Dallas, though it’s likely to be sooner rather than later.In the meantime, he has to do what hockey rookies have to do: after practice with the Finnish national team, he can be found staying late on the ice and picking up pucks. All eyes will be on Calgary Flames morning skate Friday to see if Johnny Gaudreau appears.The Flames star winger was levelled by Boston defensemen Charlie McAvoy in the third period of Calgary’s 5-2 home ice win on Wednesday.The winger took part in the ensuing power play but then went to the dressing room and didn’t emerge for the rest of the game.Article continues below ...The Flames did not practice on Thursday and will host the Nashville Predators on Friday.Flames general manager Brad Treliving relayed a message to reporters in Calgary on Thursday that Gaudreau was “fine.”The concussion spotter watching Thursday night wasn’t so sure after watching McAvoy send the speedster flying after Gaudreau was stopped on a deke attempt.“(Flames trainer Kent Kobelka) comes down and says Ryan Johansen Jersey , ‘Johnny’s gotta go. The spotters have called for him.’ That’s all I know,” Flames head coach Bill Peters said after the game. “Hopefully it’s nothing. Hopefully, it’s minor. But we’ll see.”Gaudreau scored his 100th NHL goal in the game and is off to a fast start with six goals and three assists in six games.The Flames have started fast as well, bringing a 4-2 record into Friday.Nashville is off to a slightly better start at 5-1. Their only defeat was at the hands of Calgary, a 3-0 final in Tennessee on Oct. 9.Nashville hasn’t played since Tuesday when they downed the Minnesota Wild at home 4-2. They flew to Alberta on Thursday afternoon.The Predators will face Calgary and immediately head to the airport for the brief flight north to Edmonton, where they will face Connor McDavid and the Oilers on Saturday.No problem, says Predators forward Ryan Hartman.“That’s part of the job,” he told “There’s plenty of other jobs that people do in life where they’re not getting much sleep. It’s just part of it.”With the back-to-back it’s likely the Predators will put Pekka Rinne in goal in Calgary and go with his backup Juuse Saros in Edmonton. That’s what they did on 11 occasions last season.Nashville has nine back-to-backs on their schedule in 2018-19.“Just because we have the backup in doesn’t mean we can’t win,” defensemen Yannick Webber told “Juuse gives us a chance to win every game he plays. We’ve seen it already this year, too Viktor Arvidsson Jersey , and we have a lot of confidence in him. It’s great to have that insurance back there.”If Gaudreau is not in the lineup for Calgary on Friday, Calgary will hope for another strong outing from second-line winger, Michael Frolik, to fill the void. Frolik returned from being a healthy scratch on Wednesday and scored twice against Boston.“I didn’t have the start I was looking for, but it’s a long season,” he told reporters. “I just try to work hard in practice, get better every day and hopefully it’s going to turn around.“Tonight was a good start. Hopefully I can keep going.”The Predators are led in the early going by Filip Forsberg’s four goals and two assists through six games. Ryan Johansen has one goal and five helpers.

von liny195 06.12.2018 07:22

It’s long overdue , but Big Blue View finally has an Instagram page. You can go follow it right now at _bigblueview. Make sure you include the underscore at the beginning. This account is mostly going to be run by Dan, with a little help from Ed and Joe DeLeone, who is now running our Facebook page.We’re going to try some things on Instagram to add another place you can interact. Look out for some Q&A’s in Instagram stories and for those looking for additional fantasy football help, maybe a last minute start/sit session on Sunday mornings. We started and will hopefully continue with a #TapeTuesday, digging into an important play from the previous week’s game. Let us know what else you’d like to see posted there.BBV on social mediaInstagram: @_bigblueviewTwitter: @bigblueviewFacebook: Big Blue ViewEd Valentine (Twitter: @valentine_ed | Instagram: @ed.valentine)Chris Pflum (Twitter: @raptormkll)Dan Pizzuta (Twitter: @DanPizzuta | Instagram: @danpizzuta)Patricia Traina (Twitter: @Patricia_Traina | Instagram: @pattitraina)Andrea Hangst (Twitter: @FBALL_Andrea | Instagram: @FBALL_Andrea)Mark Schofield (Twitter: @MarkSchofield | Instagram: @mascho3916)Joe DeLeone (Twitter: @JoeDeLeone | Instagram: @joedeleone)Angry day for Giants ends in bitter loss — where do they go from here? Heart. Energy. Big downfield throws and some final drive magic from Eli Manning. Odell Beckham Jr. finally getting into the end zone. Saquon Barkley scoring twice. Fighting back from a 27-16 fourth-quarter deficit. Eclipsing the 30-point mark for the first time in 38 games.Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers had everything the New York Giants could have wanted. Except for the victory they so desperately needed.What is it about the Giants and the bad karma of 60+ yard game-ending field goals? In Week 3 of 2017, Jake Elliott of the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Giants with a 61-yarder as time expired. Sunday, Graham Gano drove a dagger into their season with a 63-yarder as time expired that sent the 1-4 Giants to a 33-31 defeat.An angry, raw day for the GiantsBeckham’s comments to ESPN reporter Josina Anderson, aired to a national TV audience and made with rapper L’il Wayne along for the ride, cut the Giants open. The remarks first surfaced on Friday , and they caused coach Pat Shurmur to make Beckham apologize to the team.Shurmur had to be wounded by Beckham’s decision to air his gripes the way he did. The coach has invested tons of time and effort into building a relationship with Beckham, something neither Tom Coughlin nor Ben McAdoo were able to do. Until Friday, all signs were that it had worked. Shurmur had every right to be “livid” with Beckham, as a FOX Sports report indicated was the case.The bleeding hadn’t stopped after the game, something made obvious by the challenging, emotional tone of his post-game remarks. The way the game unfolded didn’t stanch the wound. It pretty much just ripped it open wider, or opened up a whole bunch of new wounds.The phantom unnecessary roughness call on Landon Collins was perhaps the game-changing play. Instead of a Carolina punt, the Panthers were gifted a first down at the Giants’ 44-yard line and turned it into a touchdown that gave them a 26-17 lead with less that 12 minutes to play. Shurmur said he saw Collins “making a play on the ball with no attempt, no attempt to target the receiver.” Several Giants players will be sure to see the NFL lighten their wallets this week after their angry reactions, especially Damon Harrison , who said the Giants had the win “stolen” from them.The questionable giving of a first down to Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey on a third-and-1 at the Giants’ 46-yard line, and the replay booth’s failure to stop the action and review it, was another wound-inducing officiating blunder.That didn’t end up changing the distance of the kick, but the Panthers — out of timeouts — were gifted a first down with 12 seconds left and could then control the clock rather than having to rush Gano onto the field for a harried kick in the waning seconds likely made a huge difference.The gut punch of watching Gano’s kick, which tied the NFL record for the longest game-winning kick ever, sail through the uprights, was just final cruel knife twist for the Giants. But, was it a mortal blow?The Giants are 1-4. They have to regroup quickly and get ready for a Thursday Night Football game against the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium.When the Giants took a similar gut punch last season, losing to the Eagles on a 61-yard game-ending field goal by Jake Elliott after staging a furious fourth-quarter rally, you could tell from the blank faces and the beaten voices in the post-game locker room that the season was over. There was no anger. There was just shock. And resignation.After that , the season — as all Giants fans know — went all the way off the rails.Will that happen this time?I don’t think so. The Giants are angry now. Not shocked and resigned.They hurt themselves in a lot of ways on Sunday. Beckham wounded them with his words. Manning threw two interceptions before rediscovering the late-game magic that once was routine, throwing two touchdown passes in the final 8:53 and giving the Giants a chance to win. Beckham messed up a punt that cost the Giants a touchdown and he dropped a fourth-and-3 pass that cost them an early scoring opportunity. Saquon Barkley had runs of 30 and 20 yards, yet somehow managed only 48 total rushing yards on 15 carries. The pass rush was mostly non-existent. The tackling was often shoddy. A lot of good things happened, though. The best thing was that the Giants, as Shurmur said, “played hard” and “played tough.”They kept going. Despite falling behind 17-3. Despite the special teams’ mistakes. Despite the two second-half interceptions. Despite losing a fumble recovery because Curtis Riley was out of bounds. Despite their own all-too-apparent shortcomings. Despite the poor work by the officials. The Giants made plays. They dug deep into the playbook for a home run pass from Beckham to Barkley. Despite the awful run-blocking they gave the ball to Barkley often enough for him to create a couple of spectacular runs. They attacked down the field on offense. They kept working on defense, kept trying to hold Carolina at bay. They didn’t pack it in when it was 26-17 and the game looked lost.I have no idea what the rest of the season will be like for the Giants. Maybe they are on their way to another 3-13 season. Maybe they can use their anger, whether it’s at Beckham, the officials, the football Gods who control 60-yard field goals , the media, the schedule-makers for making them play the Eagles on short rest, as a springboard to better results over the final 11 games.I do know, however, that I like these angry 2018 Giants have a better chance of getting things right before the season ends the 2017 version of the Giants ever had.

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COLUMBUS Dallas Stars T-Shirts Authentic , Ohio (AP) Columbus backup goalie Joonas Korpisalo had lost three straight starts since his last victory on Jan. 18. He found out Tuesday morning he’d be playing in place of a sick Sergei Bobrovsky against the Pacific Division-leading Vegas Golden Knights, and he turned in a gem.The 23-year-old Finn stopped 37 shots, and the Blue Jackets beat Vegas 4-1 and hung onto the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.”The team likes playing in front of him,” Columbus coach John Tortorella said. ”There have been a few struggles here and there, but he was solid right from the get-go tonight.”Korpisalo got some offensive help in a tight-checking game that reflected the urgency for the Blue Jackets, who are battling Florida and Carolina – both of which lost Tuesday – for the final wild card.Artemi Panarin and Pierre Luc-Dubois each had a goal and two assists, and Zach Werenski and Ian Cole also scored for the Blue Jackets, winners of two straight and four of their last six.”A lot of times this year, I think, (Korpisalo) went in and he was playing well but we weren’t playing our best hockey,” Dubois said. ”For him to play so good tonight and to get that win, I know everybody in here is happy for him.”Marc-Andre Fleury – a Blue Jacket-killer in the playoffs last year for Pittsburgh – had 17 saves for the Golden Knights, who have lost four of five.”Overall I think we got better and better as game went on,” Vegas winger David Perron said. ”We just couldn’t get that second goal.”Panarin slammed in a rebound for his team-leading 21st goal of the season just 16 seconds after the opening faceoff.Vegas, in its first visit to Columbus, knotted the score 90 seconds into the second period when Erik Haula snapped in a shot from the slot for his 24th goal. Haula is one of five Vegas forwards to have 20 or more goals this season.Werenski put the Blue Jackets up 2-1 at 8:01 of the second when he powered a one-timer through Fleury’s pads from beyond the left circle after a pass from Panarin. The tally by the 20-year-old Werenski was his 13th of the season, a franchise record for defensemen.Cole made it 3-1 at 9:47 of the second with his first goal as a Blue Jacket after being acquired at the trade deadline. Dubois capped the scoring with an empty-net goal with 2:21 left.”It’s been tough the last four weeks Dallas Stars Hoodies Authentic ,” Korpisalo said. ”To finally get a win and help the team, it felt good. It’s something I can build on right now.”NOTES: Vegas’ leading scorer, William Karlsson, was cheered during first trip back to Columbus after being snagged from the Blue Jackets in the expansion draft. … Vegas F Reilly Smith left the game in the second period and didn’t return after taking a hit from Columbus D David Savard. His condition was not available. … A goal by Dubois at 6:14 in the first period was waved off after a replay determined Cam Atkinson was offside when he carried the puck into the zone. … G Jeff Zatkoff dressed after an emergency recall from Cleveland of the American Hockey League to back up Korpisalo. … Vegas F Pierre-Edouard Bellemare returned after missing seven games with a hand injury. … Atkinson has 15 points in his last 19 games after missing 11 games with a fractured foot suffered in late December.UP NEXTVegas: Plays at Detroit on Thursday night.Columbus: Hosts Colorado on Thursday night.— Willie O’Ree didn’t know he had broken the NHL’s color barrier when he made his debut in 1958. Martin Brodeur couldn’t see the three Stanley Cup titles and jaw-dropping career ahead when he played his first game in goal for the New Jersey Devils in 1992 and, a year later, Gary Bettman didn’t know he would end up growing the league by leaps and bounds over the next 25 years as its commissioner.All three will go into the Hockey Hall of Fame together as the headliners of a trailblazing class of 2018 that also includes diminutive forward Martin St. Louis, four-time gold-medal-winning Canadian women’s national team star Jayna Hefford and Russian Alexander Yakushev.O’Ree was the first black player in the NHL, Bettman has overseen the league’s expansion into a multibillion-dollar industry and Brodeur piled up the most wins and shutouts of any goaltender in NHL history.”This is an exciting class to be around because everyone has tried to take their game to the next level,” Bettman said Tuesday. ”I really wasn’t focused on whether this was happening now; I was really focused on whether Willie O’Ree was going to be selected because that to me was a very important act for the Hall to take.”Bettman has been commissioner since 1993, during which time the NHL has expanded its footprint across North America and increased from 24 to 31 teams. In that time, the league has gone from a $437 million business to one with almost $5 billion in revenue. It’s been an occasionally bruising ride, with three work stoppages, including one that canceled the entire 2004-05 season and led to the salary cap. But Bettman has been nothing if not a strong leader, and all-time great Wayne Gretzky said the efforts to help each club compete have made the game stronger.”His leadership and love for hockey is very evident,” Gretzky said. ”Hockey has become more entertaining year after year, thanks in part to his passion for the game.”Brodeur lifted the Stanley Cup three times with the Devils between 1995 and 2003. He leads all goalies with 691 wins and 125 shutouts in 1,266 regular-season games with the Devils and St. Louis Blues Dallas Stars Hats Authentic , and he won the Vezina Trophy four times. He won 113 playoff games and had a 2.02 postseason goals-against average. Brodeur also scored two regular-season goals and another in the playoffs – more than any other goalie.The Montreal native was the last real standup goaltender as the position moved almost exclusively to the butterfly technique, and his puck-handling prowess led the NHL to institute the trapezoid behind the net as a way to increase scoring.”You play your whole career and you don’t expect to get this phone call, but when it does, it definitely does feel pretty good,” said Brodeur, the Blues assistant GM who was sitting alongside Hall of Fame defenseman Larry Robinson at prospect camp in St. Louis when he got the news. ”I want to thank the committee for putting me on so early.”While Brodeur and St. Louis were first-ballot selections, O’Ree had been waiting decades for this honor since making history at the Montreal Forum on Jan. 18, 1958, with the Boston Bruins. He was 32.A native of Fredericton, New Brunswick, in Eastern Canada, O’Ree finished with four goals and 10 assists in 45 NHL games during the 1957-58 and 1960-61 seasons despite being 95 percent blind in his right eye. O’Ree was the first black player in the NHL but he will be the third inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining Edmonton Oilers goalie Grant Fuhr and Canadian women’s national team captain Angela James.”Willie paved the path for the rest of us,” Fuhr said. ”In that way he is a true builder of the game. If you look up the word `builder,’ there should be a picture of Willie. He is the Jackie Robinson of hockey.”Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs said O’Ree receiving this honor was long overdue, adding ”Willie has been a tremendous figure in our game both on and off the ice for over 60 years.”Now 82, O’Ree works for the NHL as diversity ambassador Custom Dallas Stars Jerseys , helping with its ”Hockey is for Everyone” initiative. There are now about two dozen black players currently on NHL rosters.”I knew that there were going to be more black players not only playing pro but eventually getting into the National Hockey League,” O’Ree said. ”Now there’s 31 teams in the league and you can see that the black players and the players of color that are playing there, they’re there because they have the skills and the ability to be in the league.”St. Louis was a 5-foot-8 winger who put up 1,033 points in 1,134 regular-season games over 17 seasons, winning the Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004 and an Olympic gold medal with Canada in 2014.”When people tried to discourage me along the way, that’s just life,” St. Louis said. ”I definitely used that as a motivation in trying to prove people wrong.”Hefford won four Olympic gold medals and seven world championships, putting up 30 points in 26 Olympic games. She said the honor was more emotional than some of her medals because she could share it with so many family members, friends and teammates.Yakushev became known to North American hockey fans during the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union, with 11 points in eight games. He also won Olympic gold medals in 1972 and 1976.Hall chairmen Lanny McDonald and John Davidson reached Yakushev in Russia, right after he had come off the ice after playing a game at the age of 71.”He was not only thrilled (but) when I asked him if he won the game he said, `Yes we won, I’m still playing, this is the best day ever,”’ McDonald said.—

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Cheap Dalvin Tomlinson Jersey , now needs to do it with his play It would have been easy on Friday afternoon to jump straight into an “Odell Beckham Jr. should just shut up and play better” rant or otherwise rip him for using an ESPN interview to vent his frustrations at his teammates over the New York Giants 1-3 start.I’ll admit. The first thing that came to mind was “here goes Beckham, making it about him again.”This, though, is one of the reasons why, after 11 years here at Big Blue View and 40 years of writing for a living, I try not to do “hot takes.” They can be great reads. They can get reactions, good or bad. They can also be wrong.Was Beckham venting frustration at the team’s 1-3 record and poor offensive start, was he throwing his quarterback and his other teammates under the bus when he questioned their energy and said the Giants”need to play with some heart?” Was he saying “look at me, I’m doing everything and these guys are dragging me down?” Was this Beckham speaking out of turn and causing an unnecessary headache for Pat Shurmur.Or, was Beckham — more mature in his fifth season from everything we have seen to this point and with the richest contract ever given to a wide receiver in his pocket — trying to step up, trying to get his teammates’ attention , trying to hold them accountable?Was this Beckham’s Antrel Rolle moment? You remember back in 2011 when Rolle called out his teammates, in particular defensive captain Justin Tuck, and the Giants went on a Super Bowl run. That’s the view expressed by Art Stapleton of Was this Beckham, as Pat Traina wrote for Forbes, trying to be a leader?Beckham’s teammates didn’t have a problem with what he said. Shurmur didn’t seem to have a problem with it, basically telling reporters to go find Beckham and clarify what he meant.Having thought about it for a day, I don’t have a problem with it, either.Beckham is the Giants’ heartbeat. He is their energy source. Beckham is for the Giants what Reggie Jackson once called himself for the Yankees, “the straw that stirs the drink.”In retrospect, I think Beckham tried to deliver his message about losing not being acceptable on Thursday during his weekly locker room scrum with the media. During that chat he used the word “energy” 12 times. That barely registered on anyone’s radar. Perhaps, and we don’t know for sure because Beckham wasn’t in the locker room during Friday’s media session to clarify anything Cheap Jon Halapio Jersey , he felt that when he spoke to ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he would have to go a step further to get the impact he was hoping for. Thus, the word “heart.” Or, maybe he didn’t mean to go there at all. Beckham is right that the Giants need to be better on offense. He’s right that they need to challenge defenses down the field more often. He’s right that you need to put in the work all week and not just on Sunday. He’s right that their season isn’t doomed because of their 1-3 start, although the heartbeat — sorry — is faint.Maybe Beckham’s words will spur his teammates. Also, though, Beckham needs to play better. Yes, Eli Manning has missed Beckham on a few throws — throws that he needs to make. The fact that Beckham hasn’t gotten into the end zone and is averaging a career-low 10.7 yards per catch is not, though, all Manning’s fault. Or, the offensive line’s fault. Or, Shurmur’s fault. Beckham has admitted to being hesitant at times to reach for the extra gear that made him special. He said Thursday that “I don’t feel like I can be covered ,” but at times he has been covered — even 1-on-1. There are examples of both missed throws and times Beckham isn’t open in the video below.If Beckham is trying to lead, which I think he is, that’s good. He should. As I said, he’s the team’s heartbeat. He is the face of the franchise. The Giants, though, will look like they have a lot more energy and heart when they are playing better. When they stop making mistakes and going backwards more than 17 percent of the time as an offense.They need Beckham doing the things on the field that made him special to make that happen. The New York Giants defense will be without starting middle linebacker Alec Ogletree and Wide receiver Jawill Davis this Sunday. The linebacker didn’t practice at all this week, appearing on the injury report with a hamstring injury for Wednesday’s practice. Davis, meanwhile, will miss his second consecutive game as he recovers from a concussion.With Ogletree sidelined, 2016 fourth rounder, and 2017 starting MLB Cheap Will Hernandez Jersey , B.J. Goodson will likely be the Giants’ starting middle linebacker, with a combination of Nate Stupar and Tae Davis playing next to him in base packages. How the Giants handle the linebacker position will be something to watch, as Goodson was the player most often taken off the field in sub-packages. Will the Giants take him off the field in favor of a nickel back (likely Grant Haley or Sean Chandler), or will he play the majority of snaps as Ogletree did?The Giants will also be without wide receiver Jawill Davis. The Giants finally found a reliable kick return option in the UDFA rookie. However, Quadree Henderson showed upside on punt returns and had success returning kicks in college. Davis’ snaps on offense could go to Core Coleman, who was recently promoted from the practice squad.

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SAN JOSE Brandin Cooks Jersey Elite , Calif. (AP) For three games, the San Jose Sharks have had more speed, discipline and depth than the Anaheim Ducks.If they can repeat that formula for one more game, the Sharks will move onto the second round of the playoffs.Joonas Donskoi scored one goal and set up another to start a four-goal barrage in the second period and the Sharks raced past Anaheim for the third straight game, beating the Ducks 8-1 on Monday night for a 3-0 series lead.”We understand there’s a lot of work to do,” captain Joe Pavelski said. ”Eliminating teams is always tough. That’s kind of where our mindset shifts, I think. We’ll see a few things that we can do better, and a few things we’re doing well. That commitment from us is going to go a long way to stay with what we’re doing.”Right now just about everything is working for the Sharks, who had eight goal-scorers in the highest-scoring playoff game in franchise history and got a 45-savve performance from Martin Jones.San Jose used its superior speed to create odd-man rushes that paid off when Donskoi scored and then set up Marcus Sorensen in the opening four minutes of the second period and then turned the game into a laugher with four power-play goals after the Ducks spent most of their energy slashing and cross-checking.”They can take as many of those as they want to Authentic Robert Woods Jersey , we’ll take the power plays,” coach Peter DeBoer said. ”They take penalties, that’s a fact. During the season they do and we anticipated that it would be like that in the playoffs and it has been. It’s on us to make them pay for making those plays and decisions, and we have.Eric Fehr and Tomas Hertl added goals later in the second to turn this all-California series into a rout. Logan Couture had a goal and two assists, Pavelski, Evander Kane and Timo Meier scored power-play goals in the third period, for the Sharks, who have outscored the Ducks 14-3 through the first three games of the first-round series.San Jose will look to complete the sweep in Game 4 at home Wednesday night. Only four NHL teams have lost a best-of-seven series after winning the first three games with the Sharks the last to do it in 2014 in the first round against Los Angeles.Rickard Rakell scored a power-play goal but the Ducks once again looked a step slow against the speedier Sharks. Anaheim has scored three goals all series, including just one at even strength.John Gibson allowed five goals on 24 shots before being pulled after two periods. Ryan Miller allowed three power-play goals in the third.”From my perspective it’s hard to forget what we just did. Very undisciplined Robert Woods Jersey Elite , very disappointed in our reaction in the hockey game,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. ”Those are the things we have to address. We’re not going to get yourself any kind of opportunity to take the number of penalties we took, and I call them selfish penalties.”The game turned early in the second after Brandon Montour fell near center ice, giving the Sharks a two on one. Donskoi converted on a give-and-go with Evander Kane and San Jose was off to the races.Donskoi then set up the next goal on another odd-man rush when he fed Sorensen, who faked a forehand and then beat Gibson with a backhand on a similar move that led to goals for Kane and Couture in the first two games.Jones then made a big stop on Rakell from the slot to preserve the two-goal lead and Fehr helped put the game away when he skated through two defenders and beat Gibson up high to make it 4-1.Then the Ducks started their parade to the penalty box and the Sharks capitalized.Fresh off the two wins in Anaheim, the Sharks were greeted by a frenzied crowd that sparked them to a fast start. Mikkel Boedker got things started when he used his speed to get around Hampus Lindholm and feed an open Couture in the slot for the tap-in into the open net.Anaheim answered when Rakell got his first point of the series when he scored on a one-timer on the power play.NOTES: D Andy Welinski was back in the lineup for the Ducks after being scratched in Game 2 for Kevin Bieksa. … F Jason Chimera got his first action of the series for Anaheim in place of Antoine Vermette. … Sharks C Joe Thornton, who has been out since Jan. 23 with a knee injury, took part in pregame warmups once again but isn’t ready to play.— The Boston Bruins bolstered their chances of contending for the Stanley Cup with a bold move, acquiring Rick Nash from the New York Rangers a day before the NHL trade deadline.”Our players have made a push and I wanted to inch that along if we could and reward it in a way ,” Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said.Boston added the veteran – one of the best available – in a market filled with players in the last season of their contracts and put him in the lineup Sunday night against the Buffalo Sabres.The 33-year-old Nash had 18 goals and 10 assists this season with the Rangers and his first point with the Bruins will be No. 800 in his career. Perhaps most importantly for Boston, the 6-foot-4, 211-pound winger adds much-needed size up front and makes its second line even more formidable.”I think it sends a message that management feels that we’re a real good hockey team and he’s going to make us better,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. ”Where that leads, you can only speculate, and I don’t want to go there now because it’s not even March.”NHL teams, both buyers and sellers, have until 3 p.m. EST Monday to make a deal.Teams toward the top of the standings, or on the bubble Youth Myles Jack Jersey , may add a veteran with an expiring contract in exchange for prospects and picks. Franchises out of the playoff race are hoping to get anything they can to potentially help their future in exchange for players they may not re-sign in the summer.”The standings dictate who the buyers and sellers are at the trade deadline,” said Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, whose team will probably miss the playoffs for a second straight year.The Rangers, without a doubt, are rebuilding. They’re in eighth, and last, place in the Metropolitan Division with slim chances of extending their postseason streak to eight years.Nash didn’t fit into New York’s future plans as he played out the final season of an eight-year deal for $62.4 million he signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets. And, the franchise got a return for its asset instead of letting him go for nothing as an unrestricted free agent in July.The Rangers received Boston’s first-round pick this year along with forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey, defenseman Ryan Lindgren and a seventh-round pick next year.Like Boston , Toronto has a comfortable cushion to earn one of the Atlantic Division’s three guaranteed spots in the playoffs and they’re not satisfied with that.The Maple Leafs added 35-year-old Tomas Plekanec and prospect Kyle Baun from Montreal in a multiplayer deal. Plekaneck has six goals and 24 points this season with the Canadiens and 605 points in his career, which was spent entirely with them.The Canadiens, on the verge of missing the postseason for the second time in three years, gave up a Czech forward for a second-round pick this year along with prospects Rinat Valiev and Kerby Rychel.”It’s 15 years of my life” Plekanec said. ”It’s my home. My kids go to school here. Their first language basically is French, but now I’m going to Toronto and there’s going to be playoff hockey and having a chance to play for the Stanley Cup.”After advancing to the Stanley Cup last year, the Nashville Predators were busy the day before the NHL trade deadline.The defending Western Conference champion Predators acquired Brandon Bollig and Troy Grosenick from San Jose for a sixth-round pick this year. They also traded forward Pontus Aberg to Edmonton for forward Mark Letestu and then dealt him to Columbus for a fourth-round pick.—

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The San Francisco 49ers secondary has some question marks , and while we don’t have final answers, defensive coordinator Robert Saleh offered up some insight into the team’s approach.Strong safety Jaquiski Tartt has been dealing with a shoulder injury that limited him in practice last week. He aggravated the injury in the fourth quarter against the Lions, and is now missing practice in advance of the Chiefs game. He sat out Wednesday practice, and his status is uncertain for Sunday. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said Antone Exum, Tyvis Powell Womens Arik Armstead Jersey , and D.J. Reed are all getting work at strong safety. If Tartt cannot go on Sunday, I could see the team releasing linebacker Terence Garvin to promote Powell from the practice squad.Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon is dealing with an ankle injury, and was listed as limited on Wednesday. Saleh would not commit to him being in the starting lineup on Sunday, but that could have as much to do with the ankle as with his struggles last week against Detroit. Richard Sherman hopes Witherspoon gets back into the starting lineup, but how he responds in practice will impact things.Live updates from Robert Saleh Youth Mike Person Jersey , Richard Sherman Week 3 press conferences The San Francisco 49ers return to practice on Thursday as they continue preparations for their Week 3 road game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs are on fire right now, thanks primarily to Patrick Mahomes and his host of weapons. The game is set to kickoff at 10:00 a.m. PT on FOX. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh is meeting with the media at 12:40 p.m., and he will be followed by cornerback Richard Sherman. Sherman has spoken to the media the past couple weeks, but this is the first time it’s been mentioned in the media availability release. He spoke regularly in Seattle during game weeks, so this is not surprising. They will be followed by locker room availability from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. The team hits the practice field at 1:50 p.m. Practice is open to the media until team drills begin , and we’ll get a practice participation report following the session.The 49ers will stream the press conferences Twitter, Facebook, and the team’s app. The 49ers beat writers will also have updates from the media sessions. I’ve embedded our beat writer Twitter list so you can follow along. We’ll have transcripts later today.A Twitter List by NinersNation

von liny195 06.12.2018 06:43 , Richard Sherman, Ahkello Witherspoon should play The San Francisco 49ers will run through their final practice in Santa Clara on Friday, but we likely won’t get all the answers we’re hoping for on the final injury report for Week 3 vs. the Kansas City Chiefs. Head coach Kyle Shanahan offered some updates Friday morning about wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, and cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Ahkello Witherspoon.Goodwin has been dealing with a quadricep injury he suffered early in the team’s Week 1 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Shanahan said Goodwin still is not quite there yet in being ready, and he is a game-time decision. The team will have a practice in Santa Clara on Friday, and then a walkthrough in Kansas City on Saturday. They’ll assess him after the walkthrough, and then once again after pre-game warmups on Sunday. For now, Shanahan described him as 50-50.Richard Sherman was added to the injury report on Thursday with a heel injury. Shanahan described it as wear and tear and they wanted to be smart with him. However, Shanahan said Sherman will be on the practice field on Friday and expects him to play on Sunday.The same holds true for Ahkello Witherspoon, who has been limited with an ankle injury. There was no update on Jaquiski Tartt and his shoulder injury. The Arizona Cardinals were winning. The crowd was chanting "LAR-RY, LAR-RY!"For a few noisy minutes, it was just like the good old days in Glendale.Forget that this was a game between teams with two of the worst records in the NFL, Arizona's come-from-behind 18-15 victory over San Francisco was reason for celebration, the first win at home for first-year coach Steve Wilks."It was great," Larry Fitzgerald said. "Anytime you can beat the 49ers, for me Authentic Laken Tomlinson Jersey , that's the biggest win in our division."Fitzgerald caught eight passes for 102 yards. He was especially effective in the fourth quarter, catching four for 81 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown catch . He also caught a two-point conversion pass after Josh Rosen's game-winning 9-yard TD pass to fellow rookie Christian Kirk with 34 seconds to play.The Cardinals (2-6) beat the 49ers (1-7) for the eighth time in a row and second time in three weeks."Defensively, guys are putting their best foot forward and playing as hard as they can," 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman said. "We're playing against other NFL guys. We're playing against a Hall of Fame receiver in Larry and he made some plays down the stretch. We've got to find a way to make more plays."Here are some things to consider from Arizona's comeback win over San Francisco.SPIKING ITFitzgerald caught four passes for 81 yards in the final quarter, including a 13-yard TD catch. He also caught a two-point conversion pass after the game-winning TD, spiking the ball afterward, something he said he's never done before in his 15 NFL seasons."Larry normally hands off the ball to the ref," Arizona safety Antoine Bethea said, "but getting our second win, first at home, everybody's excited."Fitzgerald joked that he was extra upset because his oldest son had decided to go to the state fair instead of the game.State Farm Stadium was far from full, but it shook from the "LAR-RY, LAR-RY" chants.Fitzgerald's 112th career TD catch moved him ahead of Tony Gonzalez into seventh on the NFL career list.LEFTWICH'S IMPACTArizona's offense didn't exactly light it up under new offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, but there were signs about the direction he wants to take the team.Leftwich took over play calling duties following the firing of Mike McCoy last week, in the wake of Arizona's 45-10 home loss to Denver."I thought we did a great job Womens Brock Coyle Jersey ," Wilks said. "Byron had us into a rhythm. As you can see, the operations were great from a standpoint of just getting a play in, being able to get to the line of scrimmage, and ID-ing the defense and linebacker was outstanding."Rosen said there wasn't time to make a lot of changes to the offense but cited Leftwich's demeanor."I think he has really good timing with a lot of his play calls," Rosen said. "He's got really good poise."49ERS OFFENSESan Francisco entered the game with the No. 2 rushing offense in the NFL but the 49ers had trouble moving it on the ground most of the day.San Francisco had 107 yards rushing, averaging just 3.5 yards per attempt.Arizona surprised the 49ers by sticking with a 4-3 base defense most of the time after usually going with a "nickel" scheme all season."We hadn't seen any base all year from them," 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard said, "it was all nickel going into it, even last game we played them."ROSEN'S POISERosen was coming off a difficult game against Denver, when he threw three interceptions and fumbled the ball away twice.And he had a difficult first half against San Francisco. He caused a safety when he was called for intentional grounding from the end zone and threw an interception that set up a 49er field goal.But he was poised when his team needed it most in those two late TD drives."Josh is not fazed by things like getting hit and bad plays," Fitzgerald said. "His emotions never waver. He doesn't get high, he doesn't get low. He always stays even-keeled. That's a great disposition to have as a quarterback because there are going to be bad plays."QUICK TURNAROUNDWhile Arizona is off this coming week, the 49ers are headed for a quick turnaround. They will host Oakland on Thursday night."Season's not ending," San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said. "We're not going to sit here and run away. I want guys who are going to come out and fight, and I thought our guys did fight today. We just didn't do it well enough."

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COLUMBUS William Karlsson Jersey , Ohio (AP) — Christian Fischer celebrated his first career hat trick, and Arizona Coyotes teammate Derek Stepan will get a free dinner.Stepan set up the 21-year-old Fischer on goals in all three periods Tuesday night as Arizona rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1. Stepan’s huge role wasn’t lost on Fischer, who picked up his first hat trick in his 94th NHL game. He’d never ever had a two-goal game before.“I think I owe Derek a nice dinner and bottle of wine or something,” he said.“It’s the first time we played together this year and a guy like that, he’s really smart. He knows the ins and outs of this game,” Fischer said. “I know if I get open and create space for him, he’s either going to take a shot or pass the puck, whatever is the right play.”Darcy Kuemper, subbing for ill starter Antti Raanta Alex Ovechkin Jersey Kids , stopped 35 shots to get his first win in two starts this season, and Dylan Strome also scored to help the Coyotes beat the Blue Jackets for the first time in seven tries dating back to February 2015. Arizona has won two of its last three overall.Pierre Luc-Dubois scored and Sergei Bobrovsky had 22 saves in what was mostly a lackluster game for the Blue Jackets, even though they had 10 more shots on goal. Dubois got credit for a goal 31 seconds into the game when he shot wide, then skated in to knock the puck out from behind the net. It ricocheted off Clayton Keller’s skate and trickled in as Kuemper leaned the other way.It was one of the few mistakes the Arizona goalie made.“It was just an unfortunate bounce, a terrible start for us, but what can you do?” Kuemper said. “You just have to stick with it.” Fischer tied it 7:08 in with a one-timer . Strome made it 2-1 later in the first when he tipped in a shot from just outside the blue paint on a power play.“We didn’t like our first (period),” Arizona coach Rick Tocchet said. “We’re up 2-1, but we didn’t like our first — which is a good sign — then we grabbed the game back.” Fischer got his second 29 seconds into the second period on a rush with another pretty feed from Stepan. He beat Bobrovsky again 4:44 into the third , shortly after Columbus came up empty on its third power play.Columbus has lost two straight and three of the last four.“I think the plays are there to be made but we’re not making them Braden Holtby Jersey ,” Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno said. “We’re out of synch a little bit with that. I don’t know what it is. I just think it’s lack of detail.”Columbus defenseman Seth Jones made his season debut after spraining a medial collateral ligament in his right knee on Sept. 25. He was expected to miss up to six weeks but made it back in less than a month. He led the team with 27 minutes, 24 seconds on the ice and logged four shots and three blocked shots.Columbus coach John Tortorella said the team is still searching for an offensive identity.“I know there are some guys that are lacking confidence right now,” he said.NOTES: F Alex Galchenyuk made his season debut for the Coyotes. He was injured in a preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings on Sept. 18. … Dubois’ goal was the quickest in a game this season for the Blue Jackets. … Columbus F Artemi Panarin was dropped to the second line late in the first period and Nick Foligno moved up. Tortorella mixed up the lines considerably from there trying to find some chemistry.UP NEXTCoyotes: Hosts Vancouver on Thursday night.Blue Jackets: At St. Louis on Thursday night. BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Sabres forward Jack Eichel has a sprained right ankle and coach Phil Housley says it’s premature to rule out Buffalo’s leading scorer for the remainder of the season.Housley said Eichel will miss four to six weeks, putting the player in a position to return in the final weeks of the season even though Buffalo might not have much to play for at that point. The Sabres are last in the Eastern Conference standings and sit 19 points out of the playoff contention with 27 games left.”We’ve still got a lot to prove this season still,” Housley said on Sunday before Buffalo’s home game against Colorado and a day after Eichel was hurt in a 4-2 win at Boston. ”We’ve still got a lot of games at home here left. We want to win these games not only for our fans but to build on things.”Eichel was hurt during the first period while attempting to play the puck behind the Bruins net. He was checked from behind by Boston’s Matt Grzelcyk and fell awkwardly into the boards.Eichel leads Buffalo with 22 goals and 53 points in 55 games in his third season since being selected with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft. Eichel became the franchise’s highest-paid player after signing an eight-year, $80 million contract extension in October. The contract kicks in next season.Eichel missed the first 21 games of the 2016-17 season with a sprained left ankle.The injury depletes the offensively challenged Sabres of their most consistent threat, and who’s production has heated up over the past two months. Eichel has 15 goals and 34 points in his past 30 games, and was part of a power-play unit that has converted 13 of its past 39 chances.”Yeah Youth Christian Djoos Jersey , it’s difficult, especially the way he’s been playing the last two and a half months,” Housley said. ”He’s really come into his own.”Buffalo began the day tied with Arizona for last in the NHL with 128 goals, and last with 77 goals scored in five-on-five situations.The Sabres called up forward Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester, their American Hockey League affiliate.—

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jonathan Toews scored his third goal of the game 2:20 into overtime and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 5-4 on Saturday night.Toews tied it at 4 at 6:59 of the third period when he corralled the rebound of Alex DeBrincat’s slap shot and pushed it past goalie Jake Allen. Toews scored the winner on a breakaway to give the Blackhawks their second consecutive overtime victory.Chris Butler put the Blues ahead 4-3 in the third just 22 seconds after Vladimir Tarasenko’s second goal. The goal was Butler’s first in the NHL since March 7 Jake Guentzel Jersey Kids , 2015, at Toronto.Cam Ward stopped 26 shots to improve to 2-0. Allen made 25 saves.Tarasenko’s second goal initially was not called a goal on the ice, but off-ice officials signaled to the referees to stop play for a video review 27 seconds after the puck entered the net.Marcus Kruger and Patrick Kane also scored for Chicago.Colton Parayko added a goal for the Blues, and Ryan O’Reilly had three assists.CANADIENS 5, PENGUINS 1PITTSBURGH (AP) — Paul Byron had two goals and added an assist in Montreal’s victory over Pittsburgh.Byron had his first multi-goal game since scoring a hat trick last December against Detroit.Brendan Gallagher, Joel Armia and Charles Hudon also scored to help the Canadiens snap a five-game losing streak against Pittsburgh. It was Montreal’s first win against Pittsburgh since Oct. 18, 2016.Carey Price made 21 saves for his first win against Pittsburgh since Oct. 13, 2015.Riley Sheahan scored for Pittsburgh. Kris Letang, a Montreal native, had an assist and passed Hall of Famer Paul Coffey for most points in team history by a defenseman with 441.LIGHTNING 2, PANTHERS 1, SOTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — J.T Miller and Nikita Kucherov scored in the shootout and Tampa Bay beat Florida in the regular-season opener for both teams.Florida goalie Roberto Luongo departed midway through the second period with a lower-body injury after teammate Frank Vatrano landed on his extended right leg during a scramble in front of the goal. The 39-year-old Luongo stopped all 13 shots he faced in just over 32 minutes.Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 42 saves in regulation. He made one save in the shootout and had another shot hit the post.The Lightning got a third-period, short-handed goal from Anthony Cirelli. Jacob MacDonald scored for the Panthers.GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2, WILD 1, SOST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Erik Haula scored in the shootout and Vegas beat Minnesota.Max Pacioretty scored his first goal for Vegas, tying it with 1:31 left in regulation. Marc Andre-Fleury made 29 saves for the Golden Knights.Matt Dumba scored for Minnesota, which was the only team in the Western Conference to sweep Vegas last season. Devan Dubnyk stopped 41 shots.STARS 5, JETS 1DALLAS (AP) — Jamie Benn had two power-play goals, Tyler Seguin scored another and had a goal at even strength in Dallas’ victory over Winnipeg.Ben Bishop made 32 saves , allowing only Kyle Connor’s goal.Dallas dominated the first period with a 16-9 advantage in shots and two goals less than three minutes apart by Alexander Radulov and Seguin, the latter on the power play. Benn scored power-play goals in the second and third periods, and Seguin scored in the third. The Stars‘ top line accounted for all five goals and five assists. Seguin and Radulov each had two assists.PREDATORS 4, ISLANDERS 3NEW YORK (AP) — Viktor Arvidsson scored twice and Nashville spoiled New York’s home opener.Mattias Ekholm and Craig Smith also scored for Nashville, and P.K. Subban had two assists. Juuse Saros, starting in place of reigning Vezina Trophy winner Pekka Rinne, finished with 26 saves to help the Predators win their second straight to start the season.Mathew Barzal had a goal and an assisst, and Valtteri Filppula and Anders Lee also scored for the Islanders. They were trying to get new coach Barry Trotz a win in his home debut.SABRES 3, RANGERS 1BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Conor Sheary scored two goals, Carter Hutton made 43 saves and Buffalo beat New York for its first victory of the season.Captain Jack Eichel added an empty-net goal in the final seconds. After being booed by their home fans in a shutout loss to Boston on Thursday night in the opener, the Sabres snapped a six-game losing streak at KeyBank Center dating to last season.Brett Howden scored for New York.DUCKS 1, COYOTES 0GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — John Gibson stopped 41 shots, rookie Max Comtois scored for the second straight game to open his NHL career and Anaheim beat Arizona.The Ducks and Coyotes played a tight game until Comtois scored in the closing seconds of the second period. He had a goal 49 seconds into Anaheim’s season-opening win over San Jose.Anaheim had a penalty with 2:01 left in regulation and another with a minute left. Arizona pulled goalie Antti Raanta with about 30 seconds left to create a 6-on-3, but Gibson didn’t let anything through for his 17th career shutout. Arizona was shut out in consecutive games to open a season for the first time in 39 years as a franchise after opening with a 3-0 loss to Dallas.DEVILS 5, OILERS 2GOTHENBURG, Sweden (AP) — Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac scored two goals each to lead New Jersey pasr Edmonton in the season-opener for both teams.Stefan Noesen also scored, Miles Wood had two assists,and Keith Kinkaid made 17 saves.Milan Lucic and Leon Draisaitl scored for Edmonton.SENATORS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 3TORONTO (AP) — Thomas Chabot had two goals and an assist Kris Letang Jersey , and Craig Anderson made 34 saves in Ottawa’s victory over Toronto.Dylan DeMelo and Chris Tierney, who were among the players acquired from the San Jose Sharks in a trade for Erik Karlsson, also scored for Ottawa. Mark Stone added an empty-net goal.Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews and Morgan Rielly each had a goal and an assist for Toronto.AVALANCHE 5, FLYERS 2DENVER (AP) — Colin Wilson scored two goals, Semyon Varlamov had 35 saves and Colorado beat Philadelphia.Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist, and Gabriel Landeskog and J.T. Compher also scored. Sean Couturier and Mikhail Vorobyov scored for the Flyers.FLAMES 7, CANUCKS 4CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Elias Lindholm scored his first two goals with Calgary and the Flames scored four unanswered goals in the third period for the win.The Swede, acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes in a trade at the June draft, scored a power-play goal that was the eventual game-winner at 14:28 of the third period.Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and two assists, joining Lindholm, who added an assist, in a three-point game.Flames captain Mark Giordano and Sean Monahan also scored for Calgary, with Austin Czarnik and Michael Frolik adding empty-net goals. Matthew Tkachuk had four assists.Flames starter Mike Smith made 16 saves for the win, while Jakob Markstrom had 30 saves in the loss.Elias Pettersson scored two goals and assisted on another for the Canucks. DALLAS (AP) Rasmus Dahlin went first overall to the Buffalo Sabres, Commissioner Gary Bettman was booed relentlessly by the crowd all night and trade chatter didn’t amount to a whole lot of movement.With the exception of one trade by the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, the first round of the NHL draft went off without many surprises. Only two players and a handful of picks were traded Friday night, leaving general managers hoping for more on Day Two.”That was kind of a boring first day or first round,” Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall said. ”It’s not typical for this day.”The Sabres picking Dahlin at No. 1 and the Carolina Hurricanes taking Russian winger Andrei Svechnikov at No. 2 got the draft itself off to a predictable start. Montreal taking Finnish center Jesperi Kotkaniemi third and Arizona going a bit off the board with center Barrett Hayton fifth allowed high-scoring Czech winger Filip Zadina to fall to Detroit with the sixth pick.”I’m telling my agent if they will pass on me, I will fill their net with the puck Mario Lemieux Jersey ,” Zadina said. ”I want to prove them that they have done, like, bad decision.”Not a whole lot of big decisions happened Friday night at American Airlines Center. The Sabres taking Dahlin was automatic since they won the draft lottery in April, and the 18-year-old wore a Buffalo Bills hat Friday prior to the selection. Svechnikov got to try on the Hurricanes’ draft hat before he was the No. 2 pick just as general manager Don Waddell acknowledged recently.Dahlin is the second Swedish player to be taken No. 1 and the first since Mats Sundin in 1989. Sundin went on to a Hall of Fame career.”It’s pretty crazy actually,” Dahlin said. ”He’s a legend in the hockey world. It’s kind of weird but amazing.”GMs found it weird that there weren’t more trades consummated. A few teams swapped picks late in the first round, but the big shakeup came a half-hour before the draft when the Capitals traded veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik and backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer to the Colorado Avalanche for a second-round pick.The trade netted Washington the 47th pick but most importantly cleared significant salary-cap space to attempt to re-sign pending free agent defensemen John Carlson and Michal Kempny. MacLellan said he was close to getting a deal done with Carlson, so he had to prepare.”It’s hard to do, but we had to create some room to sign some players,” MacLellan said.Grubauer was the first domino to fall in what could be a fascinating goaltending market. Ottawa’s Craig Anderson is reportedly available, and Columbus might have to make a decision on Sergei Bobrovsky if like winger Artemi Panarin the two-time Vezina winner isn’t willing to talk about a contract extension with just a year left before free agency.The Capitals and Hurricanes discussed a trade for Grubauer that would’ve given Washington a higher second-round pick, but MacLellan opted to send the 26-year-old German to the Western Conference rather than giftwrap him for a division rival, and Colorado’s Joe Sakic was willing to take on Orpik’s salary to get Grubauer.”We knew the asking price was high and we had the cap room that we can give cap flexibility for us to not have to give up more than we did,” said Sakic, who added he’ll look to trade Orpik or buy out the 37-year-old. ”We felt it was important to get Grubauer. We just like what he can do for us.”The Sabres love what they’re getting in Dahlin, who should spark the rebuilding process for a team that has missed the playoffs in each of the past seven seasons. The smooth-skating playmaker was considered the consensus first pick for more than a year.”It’s been a long waiting,” Dahlin said. ”You can’t really plan anything. Finally today I can plan my future. I love to call my new town Buffalo.”After co-owner Kim Pegula made some opening remarks, general manager Jason Botterill announced Dahlin as the top pick. In the corner of the arena, Sabres fans in attendance chanted, ”Dahlin! Dahlin!”Bills draft pick Josh Allen tweeted after the pick: ”Welcome to Buffalo (at)rasmusdahlin00! Can’t wait to watch you play, wings on me later this summer.”Dahlin will jump to the NHL right away and should help the club’s league-worst offense that contributed to its last-place finish. He had six assists in seven games at the world junior championships in Buffalo and put up 20 points in 41 games in Sweden’s top pro league this season.—AP Sports Writer Schuyler Dixon contributed to this report.—

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ANAHEIM Youth Tyler Pitlick Jersey , Calif. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks had the chance to move back into a playoff spot by getting a point against the New Jersey Devils. That, however, wasn’t necessarily their main motivation.Coach Randy Carlyle offered his team a day off if they won their final two home games before starting their last road trip of the season, and the extra incentive enticed the Ducks into smothering the Devils with their physicality.Brandon Montour scored a power-play goal, helping lift the Ducks into third place in the Pacific Division with a 4-2 win Sunday night.Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell each had a goal and an assist, and Jakob Silfverberg also scored for the Ducks, who lead Los Angeles by two points in the division. Anaheim won its third straight game and is 6-1-0 in its last seven at home.”These types of games, you’re fighting hard for those two points,” said Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm, who had an assist. ”Especially against a speedy team like this, you have to try to slow them down. That’s our kind of hockey.”John Gibson made 15 saves, improving to 9-2-0 in his last 11 starts.The Ducks held the Devils to a season-low 17 shots, clogging up the neutral zone and keeping New Jersey’s top lines from getting into open space. It was the second time this season the Devils did not attempt at least 20 shots, after being held to 19 at the New York Rangers on Oct. 14.”They were just all over us Womens Tyler Seguin Jersey ,” Devils forward Patrick Maroon said. ”We didn’t push back. They had the physical game going, and I thought we kind of shied away from them a little bit.”Kyle Palmieri had a power-play goal and Maroon also scored for the Devils, who had won the first three games of their six-game road trip. Keith Kinkaid made 32 saves, ending a four-start winning streak.New Jersey holds the second wild-card in the Eastern Conference, five points ahead of Florida.Montour put the Ducks up 3-1 at 7:55 in the third period, scoring down low off a pass from Getzlaf.Maroon cut the lead to 3-2 at 10:05, but Rakell scored 46 seconds later to restore a two-goal lead.”We felt like we had control of the game,” said Rakell, who has a point in 14 straight games against East teams, with 11 goals and 11 assists in that span. ”We didn’t get negative after they scored. We kept coming after them.”The Ducks took a 1-0 lead at 1:14 in the first on Getzlaf’s 11th goal. Kinkaid saved Rakell’s shot, but his momentum sent the goalie spinning out of the crease, leaving an empty net for Getzlaf.Silfverberg made it 2-0 at 6:37 by redirecting Josh Manson’s shot.Palmieri scored at 10:31 of the second to end the Ducks’ streak of 34 straight penalty kills dating to Jan. 23 with a sharp-angle shot from the left circle.”I thought Anaheim played a heck of a game,” Devils coach John Hynes said. ”You have to give credit to the opponent, too , for how well they play. I thought we weren’t as sharp as we needed to be and our puck movement did not allow us to access our speed.”NOTES: Devils LW Miles Wood did not return after sustaining an apparent right elbow injury in the second. Wood’s right arm was extended to play the puck when he was hit from behind by Ducks D Francois Beauchemin. … Manson sustained an upper-body injury in the first and did not return. . Getzlaf has four goals and 15 assists in his last 12 games.UP NEXTDevils: Continue their road trip at the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.Ducks: Open a four-game road trip at the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.— LAS VEGAS (AP) Gerard Gallant and the Vegas Golden Knights still think Tom Wilson’s third-period hit on Jonathan Marchessault in the Stanley Cup Final opener was too late and probably a bit dirty.The coach also believes it sparked his team’s comeback victory in that Game 1 thriller.So while he wasn’t happy to hear Wilson will face no discipline from the NHL, Gallant is hoping his team will remember the hit – and more importantly, how they played right after it – when they attempt to take a 2-0 series lead on the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night on the Strip.”The good thing about the hit is it really woke our team up,” Gallant said after an optional practice at the Golden Knights’ suburban training complex. ”I think it was a 4-4 game?”Indeed, two novice Stanley Cup finalists were deep into an entertainingly ramshackle opener, but the Knights took charge after that fateful collision left Marchessault sprawled on the ice. Vegas quickly got Tomas Nosek’s go-ahead goal , eventually won 6-4 and surged one game closer to an improbable championship.The focused aggression necessary to be a successful postseason team is a delicate concoction. The Golden Knights and Caps both had it during the conference playoffs, but they both admit it got away from them in Game 1.”I think both teams can be better,” Washington coach Barry Trotz said. ”It was a pretty sloppy game.”After one game to get used to the sky-high stakes of the last round of this tournament, both teams intend to channel their nervous energy more constructively in the future. Both coaches stressed the importance of discipline, completing assignments and not allowing the frenetic Vegas crowd to overwhelm their emotions.”There’s obviously nerves,” Washington’s Jay Beagle said. ”I’m not surprised at anything anymore, but in the Stanley Cup Final, usually it’s 2-1 or 1-0 , not (6-4). But you don’t know what to expect from a team that you don’t know that much. Now we’ve got to know them a little bit more.”The mistakes that worry coaches also lead to exciting hockey, and the opener was thoroughly entertaining even before Wilson lowered the boom on Marchessault. The teams combined for a Final-record four lead changes in the highest-scoring opener in eight years for this final round.Wilson, who served a three-game suspension in the second round for breaking the jaw of Pittsburgh’s Zach Aston-Reese, and the Capitals still insist the hard-charging forward did nothing wrong when he leveled the Golden Knights’ top playoff scorer.”It’s within the rules,” Wilson said after practice at T-Mobile Arena. ”It’s a clean hit. I don’t know why it got so much media attention, to be honest. It’s a hard hit, but that’s the day and age we’re in. … I’m trying to play my game. There’s a lot of those hits that are going on, but it’s the Stanley Cup Final, and it’s within the rules.”The NHL Department of Player Safety agreed when it decided not to discipline Wilson for the shoulder-to-shoulder hit, clearly deciding that Wilson’s timing wasn’t extraordinarily late.Marchessault went to the dressing room and was examined for a possible concussion, but returned to the game. Gallant said the forward is feeling fine for Game 2.The Capitals had their own complaint about Vegas forward David Perron, who jumped on the ice after the whistle and made contact with Washington captain Alex Ovechkin during the scuffles immediately after the hit.Once the emotions died down, both teams realized they’ve got to check their more primal urges if they hope to play a solid game on the NHL’s biggest stage. The atmosphere in Las Vegas for the city’s first Final has been electric, but the Caps weren’t intimidated by the frenzied crowd.Washington goalie Braden Holtby said the biggest difference about playing in Vegas is ”the bass they put in the building. Maybe that’s a little false when … you’re literally shaking from the bass. That’s the only difference. (Their) fans are loud. Our fans are loud. Tampa’s , Pitt’s, Columbus, all fans are loud.”The condition of the T-Mobile Arena ice also caused occasional problems for both teams with its inconsistencies and general roughness, but nobody is claiming the first-year NHL building has any unusual problems. The conditions certainly didn’t hurt the offensive players in any meaningful way, given the final score.”Ice isn’t an excuse, because it’s the same for both teams,” Holtby said. ”You just want to figure it out quicker than them, and obviously they’ve had the advantage playing here for a while. Our ice isn’t any different than it is here. It’s just little differences. When it’s that hot out, there’s always one thing that’s not great. We’re just figuring out what you can and can’t do.”—More Stanley Cup coverage:

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