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DENVER (AP) Nathan MacKinnon is counting on 18 Antoine Roussel Jersey Womens ,000 of his rowdy friends to give the Colorado Avalanche a little bit of an extra buzz.Maybe even throw Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne off his game.Trailing the top-seeded Predators 2-0 in the first-round series, the Avalanche return Monday (10 p.m. EDT, NBCSN) to a building that’s certainly been something to write home about this season. Their 28 wins at the Pepsi Center in the regular season tied the franchise mark held by the 2000-01 squad that went on to capture the Stanley Cup.”We have lots of confidence here,” said MacKinnon , whose team has dropped 12 straight to the Predators. ”The building has been a lot of fun this year.”Colorado isn’t the only team hoping a change of scenery provides a change in momentum – Toronto returns to friendly confines down 2-0 in the series against Boston (7 p.m., NBCSN). The New Jersey Devils are in the same boat versus Tampa Bay (7:30 p.m., CNBC) heading into their first playoff home game since 2012.Then there’s the San Jose Sharks, who are sitting pretty after two road wins against Anaheim (10:30 p.m., CNBC). Now at home, the Sharks get last change and the opportunity to dictate matchups.”It’s a nice luxury being at home, having those matchups,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. ”The bigger advantage is the crowd and the environment and being able to sleep in your own bed.”For New Jersey, climbing back in the series boils down to this – avoiding big early deficits. They trailed the Lightning 3-0 in Game 1 and 5-1 in Game 2 before staging a comeback.”We need to play as a group Tim Schaller Jersey Womens ,” said coach John Hynes, who plans to make some lineup changes. ”We can’t have passengers.”MacKinnon said the Avs need to clean up the little things against a savvy Predators team.”We’re in a tough spot right now,” MacKinnon said. ”Two games at home. Hopefully, we can even up the series.”The Predators fully expect a more tenacious rush from a youthful Colorado squad.”They’re persistent,” Nashville forward Austin Watson said. ”There’s no quit in them.”ENCOREBoston hopes David Pastrnak packs his Game 2 performance for the trip to Toronto. The 21-year-old had three goals and three assists to become the youngest NHL player with six or more points in a playoff game, surpassing Wayne Gretzky, according to the Bruins website.”When you’re breaking a Wayne Gretzky record, I hope he realizes at his young age how cool it is,” forward David Backes told reporters. ”Hopefully he had fun last night and enjoyed that moment because it is special.”REASON FOR OPTIMISMThe Ducks can latch on to some recent history for optimism in coming back from an 0-2 deficit. They lost the first two games at home in the second round last year to Edmonton before rallying to win the series in seven games.”That’s the situation we’re in. We have a good team,” Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano said. ”We have a team that’s been in these situations before.”CAKE WALKThis definitely takes the cake: At the start of the playoffs, IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden, a Nashville fan, proposed a wager to fellow racer Jay Beagle Jersey Womens , James Hinchcliffe, a Toronto Maple Leafs supporter. The driver with the team that bowed out of the Stanley Cup playoffs first had to bake the other a homemade cake and present it at an autograph session while wearing the opposing team’s sweater.”Challenge accepted,” Hinchcliffe responded. ”They (Maple Leafs) are going to win it all. Nobody goes further than the team holding the Cup.”Hinchcliffe added: ”Personally, I’m a red velvet guy.”Newgarden said he prefers vanilla.SAVING THE DAYAvalanche coach Jared Bednar thought goaltender Jonathan Bernier played ”OK” in the first two games.”If you look at the importance of goaltending this time of year, good is usually not good enough,” Bednar said.Goaltending is on the minds of the Devils, too. Keith Kinkaid played well down the stretch, but has struggled in the postseason. He was lifted in the second period Sunday after giving up five goals on 15 shots.Cory Schneider, who was the starter most of the season until a hip and groin injury in January sidelined him for a month, finished and did not allow a goal on 10 shots.”There is still a lot of hockey to be played,” Devils forward Taylor Hall said, ”and a lot of hockey on home ice as well.”—AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno and AP Sports Writers Teresa M. Walker, Josh Dubow Tom Canavan and Fred Goodall contributed to this report.— CALGARY Curtis McKenzie Jersey Womens , Alberta — The Calgary Flames hope to get back on track when they kick off a four-game homestand against the Montreal Canadiens at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday.The Flames (10-7-1) began November with back-to-back wins on home ice before dropping two of three games during a road trip to California last week that ended with a 3-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.“I think we came off the road trip not feeling great about what we accomplished,” said goaltender Mike Smith, who played well against the Sharks but still suffered the loss after stopping 26 of 28 shots he faced. “We know we’re a better team than we played, so I think it’s nice to get back home, get some practice time in and we’re excited about another home game.”Article continues below ...Smith is also excited to get the start against the Canadiens (9-6-3) and is hoping to improve his sub-par 5-6-1 record along with his 3.51 goals against average and .877 save percentage.“Last game, an unfortunate result, but I felt like I was more like myself,” said Smith, who knows full well that he’s been outplayed by back-up goalie David Rittich (5-1-0, 1.91 goals against average, .935 save percentage) early in the season. “I made some big saves at key times (against San Jose) and tried to keep the team in there when it mattered the most.“At points in the season, it hasn’t been there, so I think it was nice to get in a game like that and keep it close as long as we could there Nick Holden Jersey Womens , and have a good couple days of practice and feel good still. It’s about going into (on Thursday) and just being myself and hopefully get a big win.”After scoring 11 goals in their first two games in November, the Flames have found the back of the net just four times in their past three outings.Calgary coach Bill Peters stressed the importance of getting off to a fast start against the Canadiens in hopes of getting their scoring touch back.“That’ll be a key for tomorrow is getting our feet going and getting them going early and we need it from all four lines,” Peters said.Meanwhile, the Canadiens will be looking to bounce back after suffering a disappointing 6-2 road loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.“Right now, we’re not playing our best hockey and we’re very loose in a lot of areas, so we’ve got to tighten things up a little bit,” said Montreal coach Claude Julien. “One of the other things is our puck management just hasn’t been that good. Our puck management has been real poor and because of that, even at times, decision making hasn’t been the best and we’re getting exposed right now because of two of those major situations.”Following a dismal outing against the Oilers, center Jonathan Drouin said that he and his fellow forwards have to do a better job of getting back to help out in the neutral and defensive zones when they face the Flames.“I think if our forwards come back a little quicker — more on top of guys — they’ll have less room to skate in the neutral zone and attack our Ds with full speed,” he said.

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TORONTO (AP) — Kasperi Kapanen was looking to get off the ice. Instead http://www.officialsharks.com/authentic-adidas-tomas-hertl-jersey , he wound up scoring the game-winning goal in overtime.Kapanen scored his second goal of the game at 1:53 of overtime and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 on Sunday night.Kapanen’s winner squeezed through the pads of former Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier and just got over the goal line.“I was huffing and puffing,” said Kapanen, who has 14 goals this season after scoring just eight in his first 55 NHL games. “Lucky enough it went in.”Morgan Rielly and John Tavares each had a goal and an assist, and Frederik Gauthier also for Toronto, which extended its winning streak to four games.Garret Sparks made 26 saves for the Leafs.“We had to fight our way back,” Tavares said. “Just competing right to the end.”Frans Nielsen, Filip Hronek, Michael Rasmussen and Christoffer Ehn scored for Detroit. Bernier stopped 19 shots for the Red Wings.With Toronto down 4-3 Womens Alexander Steen Jersey , Tavares knotted things up with 7.6 seconds left in regulation when he tipped a shot from the point by Jake Gardiner past Bernier for his 24th of the season with Sparks on the bench for the extra attacker.“I saw the puck from the point, but there’s no chance I can react to that,” Bernier said of the equalizer. He said it was a great tip.Tavares then nearly won it a minute into overtime, but he shot high over Bernier’s net from close range before Kapanen won it.Tied 3-3 through 40 minutes, Nazem Kadri had a chance right at the end of a Toronto power play in the third period, but his try to redirect a pass from William Nylander hit the crossbar.Nielsen eventually snapped the deadlock with under eight minutes to go when he buried a rebound past Sparks, who was making his first start for Toronto since allowing five goals on 32 shots in Detroit’s 5-4 overtime victory at Scotiabank Arena on Dec. 6.Detroit led 2-1 after the first and stretched that advantage at 9:53 of the second when Ehn took a long pass from Wade Megan before fighting off both Travis Dermott and Justin Holl and chipping a backhand over Sparks for his first NHL goal in his 22nd game.A sluggish Toronto team got some life thanks to its fourth line 2:59 later. Gauthier scored his first goal of the season off a pass from Par Lindholm. Trevor Moore, called up from the Toronto Marlies of the AHL after winger Tyler Ennis broke his ankle on Saturday Brayden Schenn Jersey , picked up the second assist for his first NHL point in his debut.“A lot of nerves, but it was fun,” the 23-year-old Moore said. “I just tried to take everything in.”The Leafs, who came in having scored 18 goals during a three-game winning streak, then tied the game with six minutes left in the second. Tavares took a pass and drew the puck up between his own skates before whipping a feed to Rielly, who beat Bernier high for his 13th.Rielly leads all NHL defenseman in goals and points (44). He now has three goals and eight assists during a five-game point streak.The Leafs got their first power play late in the second, but Kadri hit the post on a tip of a shot from the point by Gardiner.Toronto got off to a fast start as the new second line of Kapanan, Nylander and Auston Matthews connected 27 seconds into the first.Bernier was there to stop the initial shot from Matthews Authentic Carl Gunnarsson Jersey , but Kapanen outmuscled Red Wings defenseman Trevor Daley and scored his 13th.Detroit got that one back at 3:45.The Red Wings pushed ahead with 41.8 seconds left in the period on a delayed penalty when Rasmussen tipped a shot from Dylan Larkin for his sixth goal of the season as Detroit outshot Toronto 14-3 in the opening 20 minutes.“I like the resiliency when we need it,” Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said. “I wish we didn’t have to use it.“(The season’s) 82 games and when you look at it at the end, the teams that win lots win 3-2, they come back, they find ways to win. That’s what good teams do. It’s not perfect every night.”NOTES: Bernier played three seasons with the Leafs from 2013 to 2016. … Detroit center Andreas Athanasiou (upper-body injury) missed his second straight game. … Red Wings defenseman Trevor Daley played the 1,000th game of his NHL career.UP NEXTRed Wings: Host Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.Maple Leafs: At Columbus on Friday. OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) The Ottawa Senators say the son of captain Erik Karlsson has died.Erik and Melinda Karlsson were married last year and announced in November they were expecting their first child in the spring. Karlsson had been posting on social media about his son’s upcoming birth, most recently sharing a photo of he and Melinda on Feb. 19 with the caption ”just me and my little family.”Karlsson sat out Ottawa’s 7-2 loss to Florida on Tuesday night. The team released a statement saying the Karlssons had ”the collective thoughts and prayers of the Ottawa Senators organization Colton Parayko Jersey , the city of Ottawa and entire hockey community.” The team requested privacy for the family.Among Karlsson’s social media posts was one from the couple’s gender reveal party, when he took a slap shot at a hockey puck that exploded in blue powder. Karlsson jumped and yelled joyously when he found out it was a boy.”There is so much love coming out of this dressing room for them,” defenseman Mark Boroweicki said. ”Erik is a huge part of this team and Erik and Melinda are a huge part of this community and this city. We really are a family in here and it hurts all of us deeply.”The 27-year-old defenseman has had a difficult season on the ice as Ottawa has plummeted in the standings. The two-time Norris Trophy winner was the subject of trade speculation for weeks ahead of the NHL trading deadline.”Everybody is heartbroken, it’s awful,” coach Guy Boucher said. ”We definitely feel for Erik and his wife and his family.”The hockey world was quick to share its sympathies with the NHL Players’ Association, players and teams reaching out to voice support.”The players and staff of the NHLPA extend their condolences to Erik and Melinda Karlsson following the loss of their son,” tweeted the NHLPA.—

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The Buffalo Sabres winning streak is reaching historic proportions.Sam Reinhart scored the clinching goal in a shootout against the Red Wings at Detroit on Saturday night to give the Sabres their ninth win in a row.The Sabres (16-6-2) return home for a game Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks (12-8-4). A win by the Sabres would give them 10 straight wins http://www.sabresshoponline.com/authentic-johan-larsson-jersey , which would match the club record set in 1983-84 and tied when Buffalo won its first 10 games of the 2006-07 season.Article continues below ...“I think during this streak you can look at it and see how many different heroes we’ve had,” Sabres captain Jack Eichel said. “There are guys stepping up in key situations.”Everything was not so good with the Sharks Saturday night when they lost an away game 6-0 to the Vegas Golden Knights.During the second period, San Jose’s Evander Kane received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, a 10-minute penalty for abuse of officials and a game misconduct after arguing a tripping call. Soon after, coach Pete DeBoer was ejected as well.“You’re going to kick a guy out for arguing a call because emotions are high?” DeBoer said. “Have a feel for the game. I didn’t even swear. I just asked them, did that feel good kicking Evander out under these circumstances? That was enough, I guess — I guess he wanted another victim.”After earning shutouts in two straight starts, backup Aaron Dell was given the start against the Golden Knights after stopping 19 shots in a 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Friday. Dell allowed six goals in 36 shots Saturday. Martin Jones figures to get the start in Buffalo.“We weren’t good tonight,” DeBoer said. “Two of our last three games were shutouts. We were 4-1-1 on our last homestand. We had a bad night. It happens.”Dell had little protection against Vegas. “I don’t think he could have done much (Saturday),” Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson said. “I don’t think we helped him out a lot.”The game against Vegas started a segment of the schedule in which the Sharks will play 25 of 40 games on the road.The Sabres Authentic Justin Bailey Jersey , meanwhile, had a strong effort from their backup goaltender Linus Ullmark, who made 33 saves in his first start since Nov. 17. He made breakaway saves on Detroit’s Anthony Mantha and Dylan Larkin.“You’ve got Linus stepping in and playing out of his mind, making some huge saves, bailing me out and bailing us out a few times,” said Eichel, who extended his points streak to six games with an assist Saturday. “You can’t say enough about him. We find a way to get two points again.”Ullmark feels that playing so many close games recently have helped the Sabres keep things in perspective.“For us it’s been a battle all the way to the end,” Ullmark said. “That’s what keeps us down to earth, because we know it’s a very tight league and you can’t just go and glide on some pink clouds up there in the sky and think that you’re going to win every night just because you’ve done it before.”Carter Hutton likely will get the start in goal on Tuesday.Sabres coach Phil Housley praised his team for enduring a tough stretch in the schedule.“I have to give credit to our guys, that’s everybody who’s played in these six games in nine nights http://www.sabresshoponline.com/authentic-kyle-okposo-jersey ,” Housley said. “It has been a grind. The guys continue to find energy and ways to win hockey games.”It probably helps that the Sabres, who have struggled for several seasons, are enjoying their resurgence.“Obviously it’s early, right? We want to keep this thing going and we want to win as many games as we can,” Eichel said. “It’s only November. But just from where we’ve come from and the struggles the last few years and last year, I just think everyone’s really stepped up this year. We’ve committed to putting our best foot forward every day, trying to get better. It’s a great feeling. Obviously, we have a lot to accomplish still.” Their opening night a smash hit, interim coach Scott Gordon and young goaltender Carter Hart, the Philadelphia Flyers go for their second straight win when they host the Nashville Predators Thursday night.Brooks Rasmus Ristolainen Jersey , who replaced Dave Hakstol Monday, was victorious behind the bench in his NHL debut, while the 20-year-old Hart was the game’s No. 1 star in a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night.Hart made 20 saves and became the youngest goalie ever to win a game for the Flyers – as Philly (13-15-4) broke a four-game losing streak.Article continues below ...“It was something special tonight to be out there,” Hart said after the game. “I was trying not to think about it before the game. Now, it’s starting to sink in a little bit.”Said captain Claude Giroux: “For a 20-year-old goalie, it was pretty impressive how calm he was. Good start for him.”The Predators, who won in Philadelphia each of the last two seasons, are coming off a 2-1 loss at Chicago, their second straight loss on a four-game road swing that ends Saturday in Boston – and their eight straight loss away from home.“We came out in the third and tried to press and win it and get it done, but we’re in position right now on the road Greg Pateryn Jersey Womens , I think you need to play a consistent 60 minutes,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said after his team dropped to 22-11-2. “Some of it was OK tonight and some of it was not.”Pekka Rinne was in goal for Tuesday’s loss, and brings a 6-2-2 record, a 2.63 goals against average and .914 save percentage lifetime against the Flyers. Backup Juuse Saros, 8-5-1 on the season, lost his only career start to the Flyers.The injury riddled Preds won their first eight road games before dropping the last eight – Chicago’s Cam Ward stopping 30 shots against them Tuesday night.“We didn’t get a win, so it’s not good enough,” captain Roman Josi said. “Pekka stood on his head for a lot in the second period, and it seemed like we just couldn’t get anything going. We didn’t get enough zone time, didn’t win enough battles Womens Luke Kunin Jersey , so it’s disappointing. We need to win some games on the road.”Said Nashville’s Ryan Hartman: “We know we have a great team in this room, but we have to try to make plays. There’s a lot of guys in this room that can make plays, and we just have to make sure they’re 100-percent plays.”And the injury list, which has included P.K. Subban missing the last 17 games with an upper body injury, may have grown Tuesday when Colton Sissons left after rolling an ankle.“We’re in a position right now on the road where you need to play a consistent 60 minutes,” Laviolette said. “Some of it was ok tonight, and some of it was not.”The Flyers were given Wednesday off. They assigned Phil Varone to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.Hart, whose parents were on hand for the debut, is staying.

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WASHINGTON (AP) The Stanley Cup Final is a block party for the Washington Capitals.For all of Evgeny Kuznetsov’s points on offense and Braden Holtby’s saves in net Cam Atkinson Jersey Kids , the Capitals are one win away from blocking their way to the Cup. They’ve gotten in front of almost a third of the Vegas Golden Knights’ shots, blocking with enough smarts and precision to take a 3-1 series lead into Game 5 Thursday.”There’s more to blocking shots than just going out there and trying to get hit,” Holtby said. ”We’re doing a great job of creating the right layers, guys going out there strategically to know which lane I’m picking for sight lines and they’re taking away the other half and making big blocks.”Washington is blocking in quantity and quality in the final, 86 total, in limiting Vegas to 124 shots on Holtby – many of which he’s seeing and stopping . Even star captain Alex Ovechkin is blocking shots as he gets closer to tasting his first championship.”You see `O’ jumping in front of shots, it makes everyone on the team want to do the same,” winger Devante Smith-Pelly said.Blocking shots is a team-wide commitment right now and comes from a season’s worth of skaters, goaltending coach Scott Murray, Holtby and Philipp Grubauer getting on the same page. The goalies have worked on making sure they can see past blocks to give players the confidence to get in front of pucks.And in return, Capitals players study opponents’ tendencies and consciously decide when to try to block a shot and not so Holtby isn’t at a disadvantage.”You obviously don’t want to cross in front of him,” center Jay Beagle said. ”You don’t want to become a screen. So if you miss the block, which happens, guys are good at shooting pucks and stuff, you want it still so from your standpoint you didn’t hinder Holts’ view.”Defensemen have an understanding of which half of the net is their responsibility and which half is Holtby’s. Forwards closer to the blue line have to react quickly, take the right angle and get to the shooter.”If guys have time and space, they’re going to be able to sift one through www.kingsproshop.com ,” Smith-Pelly said. ”For the forwards, it’s just going out there pretty hard and just getting in the way.”The amount of shots the Capitals have blocked through four games seems to be getting in the Golden Knights’ heads. They’re struggling to get quality shots through and resorting to settling for lower-danger scoring chances.”If you’re going to take shots, make sure they pay a price for blocking those shots,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. ”Shoot it harder.”Capitals coach Barry Trotz doesn’t want his players thinking too much about blocking shots or hesitating. He doesn’t care much about Ovechkin’s blocking form or the philosophy of shot-blocking as long as it keeps the puck out of the net.”If you’re positionally sound, if you’re in shot lanes, block the shot,” Trotz said. ”It’s all about will.”And that will can turn into skill. Washington has been comfortable and confident enough in the final to push the puck up ice quickly, and a well-timed block shot can set the table for an odd-man rush.”The less shots they have, the more opportunities we’re gonna have in offensive zone,” defenseman Dmitry Orlov said. ”Sometimes when you block it, you get quicker pass and you jump on the rush and you got 3-on-2 or 4-on-3.”The Golden Knights by this point are well-aware of that. But they don’t really have a solution.”You just have to – I don’t know – defensemen, puck fake, maybe move around, or maybe look for a guy off to the side, or put it off the end wall,” forward Alex Tuch said. ”There are a bunch of different plays that could happen and when they’re blocking shots they’re getting momentum from it, and if they’re blocking shots and having odd-man rushes that’s even worse. ”In addition to a suffocating neutral-zone trap that’s not easy to play but has frustrated opponents for four rounds Womens Josh Anderson Jersey , the Capitals have embraced a shot-blocking-when-it-matters mentality.”It’s not exactly fun, but you got to do if you really want to win,” Smith-Pelly said. ”Everyone is on board with doing those things.”—More Stanley Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/StanleyCupFinals— RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Even as an offensive-minded defenseman, earning a hat trick never really entered Justin Faulk’s mind.That changed Tuesday night.Faulk had his first career hat trick, Jeff Skinner scored twice, and the Carolina Hurricanes routed the short-handed Los Angeles Kings 7-3.Faulk’s three goals came in a span of 12:21 as Carolina raced out to a 5-0 lead. He became the 10th defenseman in NHL history to score a natural hat trick.”It’s not something I ever really thought about, getting a hat trick,” Faulk said. ”I know I’ve had plenty of two-goal games. It’s pretty cool. I like that (defenseman) scoring, so hopefully it happens more.”Jacob Slavin and Sebastian Aho also scored for the Hurricanes, who won their third straight and finished their eight-game homestand 5-2-1. Cam Ward made 27 saves.Slavin opened the scoring 6:40 into the game and Faulk scored just over two minutes later. He scored again on a slap shot in the waning minutes of the first period, and completed his hat trick with another slap shot 1:17 into the second period.”Obviously the puck was coming off the stick tonight all right tonight,” Faulk said. ”I’m not going to turn down opportunities to shoot. Sometimes that’s probably (been) a bad thing in my career, I shoot a little too much once in a while. But I treated it the same, whether I had one goal or three goals.”Anze Kopitar, Tyler Toffoli, and Torrey Mitchell scored the Kings Adam Henrique Jersey , who were without key forwards Dustin Brown (suspension) and Trevor Lewis (injury). Jonathan Quick saved 16 of 20 shots before being pulled following Faulk’s third goal.Carolina outshot Los Angeles 41-30 and was in control from the outset.The Hurricanes outshot the Kings 18-3 in the first period. The result was a 3-0 edge at the first intermission.”They showed up to work and we didn’t,” Los Angeles coach John Stevens said. ”Pretty simple…Penalty kill, checking, breaking the puck out, you’ve got to put your work boots on and you’ve got be ready to work. We didn’t, and we got the result we deserve.”Carolina piled on in the second. Faulk reached his hat trick with a slapper on the power play from the left point that beat Quick – his second straight power play goal – to make it 4-0, and the Kings netminder skated to the bench as hats rained onto the ice at PNC Arena.Darcy Kuemper replaced Quick and was given the same rough treatment. Carolina peppered him with five quick shots, including one that hit the crossbar and another that hit the post, and Skinner finally found twine on the power play with a wrist shot over Kuemper’s glove into the top corner of the net.The Kings kicked into gear down five goals. Kopitar’s power-play goal got them going and Toffoli banged home a loose puck in front of the net in the final minutes of the second. Mitchell’s pristine redirection of a Kyle Clifford pass 6:43 into the third period made it interesting, but Skinner squashed any comeback hopes with a backhander with 5:45 left.”They were coming,” Skinner said. ”They’re a good team, they’ve got some skilled guys. I think once we scored that goal there, it turned it around for us”.Aho followed with a breakaway goal for the finishing touch.Kuemper made 18 saves on 21 shots in relief of Quick.NOTES: Carolina scored three power plays goals in a game for the first time this season. … Teuvo Teravainen had three assists and Aho, Justin Williams and Victor Rask had two for the Hurricanes. … Skinner passed Geoff Sanderson (196) for seventh place on Carolina’s all-time goals list and Erik Cole (363) for third on the team’s all-time points list. … The Kings placed Lewis (upper body injury) on injured reserve before the game, retroactive to Feb. 9. … Brown served a one-game suspension for kneeing Tampa Bay D Mikhail Sergachev on Feb. 10.UP NEXTKings: Continue their seven-game road trip at Pittsburgh on Thursday.Hurricanes: Travel to face New Jersey on Thursday.

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It was an NHL-mandated break. It was Christmas Adidas Max Pacioretty Jersey , for goodness sakes, and the Pittsburgh Penguins got an extra day with no game Sunday, giving them four full off days.While none of the Penguins were complaining about the down time, they will need to ensure that it does not serve as a momentum-killer.Pittsburgh (18-12-6) enters Thursday’s home game against the Detroit Red Wings (15-17-6) on an 8-2-1 roll.Article continues below ...“I think there’s significance to winning a few in a row here, but also gaining points along the way in a lot of games,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said in the wake of a 3-0 victory Saturday at Carolina, the Penguins’ third straight win.“As I told the guys in the (locker) room, our guys deserve a lot of credit for how hard they’ve played and how focused they’ve been through this stretch. They’ve played a lot of hockey in a short stretch, and they continued to play hard night in and night out.”Pittsburgh’s recent stretch has boosted it into third place in the Metropolitan Division — back in a playoff spot — after the team fell to the depths of the Eastern Conference during a dismal November.“These past three games we’ve played were pretty tight hockey games. You could tell our mentality was right where it needs to be,” said Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who has led the charge with 10 goals and 17 assists over the past 20 games.“We can build off this when we get back.”The Penguins also have also gotten their best stretch of goaltending lately, although questions remain about how they will deploy Matt Murray Adidas Seth Griffith Jersey , who has won two Stanley Cups, and Casey DeSmith. The two have been used in a straight-up rotation recently, with Murray turning in a 39-save shutout against Carolina.While the Penguins have had a December to remember, the Red Wings are hoping to ditch a malaise after the holidays.Detroit gave Toronto a strong game Sunday, losing 5-4 in overtime, but that can’t hide a 4-6-3 record in December that has dropped the Red Wings to 12th in the Eastern Conference.“We feel that when we’re on our game, we can play with anybody. We’ve shown that over the course of the year,” Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall said, most likely referring to an 8-4-1 record in November.“But you have to do it every night, not just when you play some teams. The level of urgency and compete have to be there every night.”The Red Wings and Penguins had a nice little rivalry going in the late 2000s, splitting two meetings in the Stanley Cup final and staging some high-intensity regular-season games.It would help if Detroit can capture that level against Pittsburgh, as with the game at Toronto.“Sometimes it’s a good reminder of the type of game it takes to be successful Adidas Jack Roslovic Jersey ,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “That was a great reminder. We are going on the road … and play a couple of real good teams (in Pittsburgh and Dallas). We are going to have to play this same style.” TORONTO (AP) James van Riemsdyk had his third career hat trick and Mitch Marner scored the winning goal in a shootout to lift Toronto over the Dallas Stars 6-5 on Wednesday night, extending the Maple Leafs‘ franchise-record home winning streak to 11 games.Marner beat Kari Lehtonen in the third round of the shootout, completing Toronto’s comebacks from 4-2 and 5-4 deficits in the third period.Nazem Kadri and Patrick Marleau also scored in regulation for the Maple Leafs. Frederik Andersen allowed three goals on 20 shots before getting lifted just past the game’s midway point with an upper-body injury.Curtis McElhinney came on and stopped 13 shots – including two big saves on Jamie Benn during a power play in overtime – the rest of the way to help Toronto improve to 3-2-2 since star center Auston Matthews went down with a shoulder injury on Feb. 22.Tyler Bozak, who also scored in the shootout, and Marner each added two assists to keep the Maple Leafs perfect at home since losing to Colorado on Jan. 22.Tyler Seguin had a goal and two assists, Benn added a goal and an assist, and Radek Faksa, Remi Elie and Brett Ritchie also scored in regulation for Dallas. Lehtonen made 26 stops through overtime.RANGERS 4, PENGUINS 3, OTNEW YORK (AP) – Mika Zibanejad scored the tying goal late in the third period and the winner 2:53 into overtime to rally New York past Pittsburgh.Chris Kreider had a goal and three assists for his first career four-point game, and Jesper Fast also scored to help the Rangers win their second straight after a three-game skid. Neal Pionk had three assists and Alexandar Georgiev, making his second consecutive start Adidas Laurent Brossoit Jersey , finished with 37 saves. Georgiev denied Evgeni Malkin on a penalty shot with 11 seconds left in regulation.On the winner, Zibanejad took a nice pass from Kreider and squeezed a wrist shot past goalie Casey DeSmith for his 100th career goal.Bryan Rust, Riley Sheahan and Carl Hagelin scored for the Penguins, who lost for just the fifth time in 15 games (10-4-1). DeSmith, filling in for injured starter Matt Murray, stopped 29 shots in his ninth career start.The Rangers, likely to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2010, are 2-0-1 in their last three games and 5-2-2 in their past nine.DEVILS 8, GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3LAS VEGAS (AP) – Blake Coleman scored twice, Michael Grabner and Nico Hischier each had a goal and an assist, and New Jersey routed Vegas.Taylor Hall, Travis Zajac Anaheim Ducks T-Shirts Womens , Stefan Noesen and Kyle Palmieri also scored for the Devils, who moved one point ahead of idle Columbus for the top wild card in the Eastern Conference. Keith Kinkaid stopped 39 shots.Erik Haula had two goals and Colin Miller also scored for Vegas, which had just completed a 4-1 road trip. The Golden Knights gave up eight goals for the second time this season in their worst home loss. They have dropped three straight games in regulation at home for the first time.Marc-Andre Fleury, who earned his 400th career win Monday against Philadelphia, gave up four goals on 11 shots before being pulled early in the second period. Backup goalie Maxime Legace came on and also allowed four goals, on 17 shots.SHARKS 4, OILERS 3, OTEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – Tomas Hertl had two goals, including the game-winner 2:40 into overtime, and San Jose pulled out a win over Edmonton.Logan Couture and Brenden Dillon also scored for the Sharks, who have won two straight. San Jose is in second place in the Pacific Division Anaheim Ducks Hoodies Womens , three points ahead of Los Angeles and Anaheim with 12 games remaining.Drake Caggiula, Oscar Klefbom and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had the goals for the Oilers, who lost their second in a row.DUCKS 3, CANUCKS 0ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Jason Chimera got his first goal and assist with Anaheim, and defenseman Brandon Montour scored twice as the Ducks extended Vancouver’s scoreless streak to 10 periods.The victory left the Ducks tied with Los Angeles for third place in the Pacific Division at 82 points. Anaheim has played one more game than the Kings.Montour scored his first goal for the Ducks in 50 games and then added a second on a power play in the final minute. John Gibson made 32 saves to hand the slumping Canucks their third consecutive shutout.The 38-year-old Chimera came to the Ducks in a Feb. 26 trade with the New York Islanders.Vancouver has lost five straight and eight of nine. Jacob Markstrom stopped 34 shots.—

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NASHVILLE Brian Elliott Jersey , Tenn. (AP) — It’s been a long time since Edmonton beat Nashville — so long that the streak is meaningless to many of the Oilers.Leon Draisaitl and Drake Caggiula each scored twice, and the Oilers ended a 13-game losing streak against the Predators with a 5-3 victory Saturday.“I know that the media and everybody else likes to string together streaks and that type of stuff, but when this streak started a lot of these players weren’t even here,” Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. “Connor (McDavid) was probably still playing juniors. From an organizational standpoint it’s important, but for the guys that have been here two or three years it is a big win.”McDavid also scored and Mika Koskinen made 24 saves in his first start of the season and first for the Oilers. Edmonton was 0-11-2 in its previous 13 games against the Predators.Filip Forsberg had a hat trick for Nashville, and Juuse Saros stopped 30 shots.The Oilers are 5-1-1 in their last seven games, with their most recent wins coming against the reigning Presidents’ Trophy winner (Nashville) and the defending Stanley Cup champion (Washington).“We’ve been playing some pretty tough teams as of late,” Caggiula said. “We’ve got a tough schedule with some travel and some road games, and I think we’re just playing confidently. We believe in one another.”Forsberg added to his franchise record with his sixth career hat trick. The Predators are 5-0-0 on the road Womens Claude Giroux Jersey , but only 3-3-0 at home.“Filip, in the last two games, probably has close to 25 attempts at the net and when he puts the puck at the net like that it’s going to go in the back of the net,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. “You’ve got to credit his two linemates, too. Ryan (Johansen) is making some terrific plays and (Viktor Arvidsson) is the motor that makes it go.”Forsberg’s first goal cut the deficit to 2-1 on a power play with just over a minute left in the second period. The Swedish winger added two more in the third period, including another power-play goal that narrowed the deficit to 4-3 with 4:06 remaining.Edmonton struck first when Caggiula batted home a rebound at 11:41 of the first period. The Oilers made it 2-0 when Draisaitl scored a tic-tac-toe goal on passes from Milan Lucic and McDavid on a power play at 4:14 of the second.“I really liked our start,” McLellan said. “We haven’t got that in a long time in this building. Usually, we’re chasing the game. Our goaltender played extremely well.”Nashville prevented the Oilers from adding to the lead by killing a 4-minute penalty when Johansen was called for high-sticking.Seven seconds after Forsberg’s first goal, McDavid broke loose on a breakaway off the faceoff for his team-best seventh goal to make it 3-1.“For me http://www.flyersshoponline.com/authentic-ivan-provorov-jersey , that third goal was a tough goal,” Laviolette said. “We had been pushing to try and get on the board and try to close the deficit, and when we were able to do that to give one up right away that was a tough goal, especially right at the end of the period. You go into the locker room and it kind of steals the energy out of the building.”Koskinen made 24 saves. The 6-foot-7 Finn played the previous six seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League.“It’s a good feeling,” Koskinen said. “Everybody wants to play. But at the same time it was good for me to practice a little bit longer and prepare for this game.”Saros, filling in for injured Vezina Trophy winner Pekka Rinne, had recorded shutouts in his previous two starts against the Oilers, stopping all 77 shots.Draisaitl scored his second goal at 4:19 of the third. Caggiula capped the scoring with an empty-netter.Nashville has lost two of three.“It’s always frustrating when you lose,” Forsberg said. “I think we’re playing solid enough hockey to win Jakub Voracek Jersey Kids , but at the same time we’re taking too many penalties. It gets people off their rhythm by being on the penalty kill.”NOTES: Edmonton D Matt Benning (upper body) and RW Zack Kassian (neck) returned to the lineup after missing games. … Nashville got outshot 22-8 in the first 30 minutes. … The Predators will play their third and final game against the Oilers in Nashville on Feb. 25.UP NEXTOilers: At Chicago on Sunday night.Predators: Host Vegas on Tuesday night. SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) For years, the San Jose Sharks seemed to have all the ingredients necessary to win a Stanley Cup. With the possible exception of a goaltender who could steal a game when the rest of the team wasn’t in top form.Martin Jones has been just that kind of goalie since coming to San Jose three years ago. He helped the Sharks make it to the Stanley Cup Final in 2016; was their best player in a first-round loss to Edmonton a year ago; and played at an elite level once again during a first-round sweep against Anaheim this month.”He’s just calm. Nothing really rattles him,” captain Joe Pavelski said. ”This time of the season that goes such a long ways. You know you’re going to face a little adversity, you know you’re going to maybe have it in your own end at times and you need some saves and he’s always been there. Nothing’s really fazed him. As a team playing in front of a goalie like that, it gives you a lot of confidence.”Few goalies have ever been better in the postseason than Jones, who has a 1.90 goals against average and .931 save percentage in 36 playoff contests heading into a second-round meeting against Vegas.Jones has the lowest goals against average of any active goalie with at least 20 postseason games and ranks third all-time in playoff percentage, trailing only Braden Holtby (.932) and Tim Thomas (.933).Having that rock on the back end provides comfort for the rest of the team, knowing Jones has the ability to erase any mistakes they make and will keep the Sharks in the game.”It’s not just the saves Youth Jordan Weal Jersey , it’s the timing of the saves,” coach Peter DeBoer said. ”When you make saves at key times or the right times of the game you have that confidence as a group to try to make more plays or take a chance here or there to score a goal, because you know if it’s the wrong decision that a lot of nights he has those guys’ back.”Jones has been outstanding ever since joining the Sharks three years ago after beginning his career as Jonathan Quick’s backup in Los Angeles. The Kings traded him to Boston in June 2015 only to watch the Bruins almost immediately deal him to the rival Sharks for Sean Kuraly and a first-round draft pick.The move paid off immediately as Jones quickly proved he had what it took to be a No. 1 goalie in the regular season and even better on the bigger stage of the playoffs.He anchored the team on a run to the Stanley Cup Final two years ago and was far and away San Jose’s top player in a six-game loss to Pittsburgh. He was outstanding again last year in a first-round loss to Edmonton and has been even better this year.He earned a shutout in Game 1 against the Ducks, set a franchise playoff record with 45 regulation saves in Game 3, and helped seal the clincher with several point-blank stops against Corey Perry to protect a one-goal lead. He stopped 128 of 132 shots for a .970 save percentage in the series.”He’s an all-star,” Couture said. ”He’s a top goalie in the league, and I think that’s known now. He’s been great since he’s been a San Jose Shark.”The understated Jones said he doesn’t concern himself with where he ranks among top goaltenders or who is in the opposing net, even if it’s a player as talented as Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped 127 of 130 shots in a first-round sweep against the Kings.Jones said he has plenty to worry about with the skaters on the Golden Knights.”They’re a fast team. They come at you with all four lines Scott Laughton Jersey , they forecheck hard,” he said. ”They’re a tenacious hard-working team. We have to make sure we’re prepared properly and ready to go for the start of Game 1. They don’t give you any room to breathe really. They come at you hard.”STATWATCHJones’ career .931 save percentage is third best ever among goalies with at least 20 playoff games. He has allowed more than three goals in regulation just twice in 34 playoff starts.BIGGEST MOMENTJones thrived on the big stage of the Stanley Cup Final two years ago against Pittsburgh when he was probably San Jose’s best player. Jones had a .932 save percentage for the series and had 44 saves in a 4-2 win in Game 5 that kept the Sharks alive.SOMETHING TO WATCH FORJones wasn’t at his best against Vegas this season, with a 3.32 goals against average and .899 save percentage. He was knocked out early in the second period of the first meeting after allowing three goals on 14 shots, and lost two other times. Jones did stop 24 of 25 shots in a 2-1 home win last month against the Golden Knights.—

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Monday night got off to a productive and frustrating start for the Cowboys offense.They drove into the red zone on each of their first three drives and new wideout Amari Cooper scored a touchdown Cheap Dak Prescott Jersey , but those seven points were all they managed thanks to a missed field goal and an interception in the end zone. They’d only manage seven points the rest of the way and quarterback Dak Prescott lost a fumble in the second half as the early promise morphed into another concerning performance for the offense.Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he’s still a Prescott believer after the game, but the quarterback lamented forcing the ball on the interception and said any offensive improvement is going to have to start with his own improvement.“We’ve got to do better and it starts with me,” Prescott said, via the team’s website. “It starts with me first all the way.”Prescott will get a chance to show he’s found better footing in Philadelphia next Sunday night. If he can’t Youth Connor Williams Jersey , the Cowboys will find themselves 3-6 and far away from where they wanted to be this season.Jason Garrett press conference: Randy Gregory is expected to practice on Friday It’s Friday of a game week, that means head coach Jason Garrett addressed the media. Here’s what he had to say. (All Garrett answers are paraphrases of what he said and not direct quotes).Randy Gregory will practice on FridayIt was reported just before Jason Garrett’s press conference on Friday that Randy Gregory is not expected to play on Sunday against the Giants. The head coach was obviously asked about this.Garrett kept it as day-to-day as possible noting that Randy Gregory is able to practice on Friday. Randy is coming back from being in concussion protocol and Jason Garrett noted that he “wasn’t the most expert” person on the protocol within the NFL, but said hopefully Gregory handles practice well and is ready for Sunday’s game.DeMarcus Lawrence is a really good playerWhen asked how defensive lineman DeMarcus Lawrence has played so well Jason Garrett said that DLaw has been healthy the last couple of years, has worked hard at all parts of his game Youth Leighton Vander Esch Jersey , and used a classic line talking about his “relentless spirit.” Garrett heaped praise on DeMarcus talking about how he shows up against both the run and pass.All concussion protocol players are step by step, but Randy has been cleared to practiceWhen pressed again about Randy Gregory we saw Jason Garrett not bat an eye. He maintained that Randy Gregory has been cleared to practice on Friday and that that’s what they anticipate happening.Rico Gathers needs opportunities to learn and grow as a playerJason Garrett was asked if Rico Gathers being inactive last Sunday in Carolina was part of the consequences of his arrest and he noted consequences like that stay in house. He discussed how the Cowboys are going to try to put the best guys out there to win the game. When asked specifically about whether or not Rico is ready to be active on gameday Jason Garrett said that he “absolutely is” so take that how you will.Leighton Vander Esch took the “least” amount of SAM linebacker snapsCowboys rookie Leighton Vander Esch is someone who we haven’t seen a lot of, but Jason Garrett talked about how LVE is a smart guy and that they saw some things they liked from him in Carolina. Obviously Leighton didn’t play in a ton of snaps, but Garrett discussed how snap counts are “general parameters” for the Cowboys and they were cautious with LVE coming off of his injury.Garrett said the Cowboys do anticipate him being part of the rotation soon in hopes of spelling Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith. The Cowboys believe in the culture of Boise StateObviously the Cowboys have become somewhat known for acquiring former Boise State players and Garrett was once again asked about this. He noted that they don’t want to go simply off of where a guy comes from when it comes to evaluations Youth Taco Charlton Jersey , he also said they didn’t want to minimize anyone because of it and simply said that they do believe in the culture of that particular program and have been pleased with who they’ve found there.The Cowboys have been operating with Jourdan Lewis as more of a special teams playerIt’s been widely discussed that Jourdan Lewis didn’t play a single snap on defense last week in Carolina, and obviously this is something people have some contention with this. Jason Garrett noted the Cowboys haven’t played much dime defense and if they had that Jourdan would be in consideration for utilization there, but for know they’ve been operating with Chidobe Awuzie, Byron Jones http://www.cowboyscheapauthenticstore.com/antwaun-woods-jersey-cheap , and Anthony Brown. Custom Pittsburgh Steelers Jerseys

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 hit With six minutes remaining in the third quarter of the Buffalo Bills’ game against the Green Bay Packers http://www.authenticsbuffalobills.com/cheap-matt-milano-jersey , wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was leveled by safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on a play where the safety came away with the football. With the game still in reach, a penalty here would have either given Buffalo the ball inside the Packers’ red zone or at the very least backed them up after the turnover and it should have been a penalty.You can see the play at NFL.com. They list it as a highlight, but it’s exactly the type of play the NFL is trying to legislate out of the game. So why no penalty? Let’s take a look at the statute (we have only included the pertinent sub-headings):Benjamin didn’t see the safety and was clearly not in a running or bracing position, and as such was in a defenseless position. The third bullet point explicitly mentions that the interception doesn’t eliminate the penalty. The helmet-to-helmet contact is also clearly mentioned as prohibited. It clearly meets the definition of “prohibited contact”.Several Packers fans were arguing on Twitter saying it was a “good non-call” because Clinton-Dix was going for the ball and he has every right to it. The second part is true, but the rule above doesn’t say it’s okay to go through a guy’s head to get to the pass. Defenders have rights to the ball but not at the expense of player safety. Intent isn’t what’s being legislated, the act is, and it’s the defender’s job to avoid it:This isn’t to remove blame from quarterback Josh Allen. He didn’t look off the safety and didn’t throw the ball to the sideline area to lead Benjamin away from the hit. He certainly shares in the blame. Luckily http://www.authenticsbuffalobills.com/cheap-marcus-murphy-jersey , Benjamin only spent a short time in the Bills’ locker room and cleared concussion protocol before returning to game action.AFC East roundup: Biggest story line Week two is in the books, and we’re starting to see what the future may hold for each of the teams in the AFC East. Some are trending in the right direction, others remain in neutral, while one has the look of a team with a top-five pick in the draft. This week on the AFC East roundup, we look at the biggest story line for each team after Week 2. Buffalo Bills (0-2): How will Josh Allen develop? The Bills find themselves as the only team in the division without a win after losses to the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Chargers. Nathan Peterman started Week 1, but he was pulled just after halftime for Allen. The question now: Will having Allen play instead of learn from the sidelines positively or negatively affect his development the rest of the season? The odds may not be in his favor—the offense lacks weapons and the offense line remains a work in progress. He has an excellent running back in LeSean McCoy behind him, but McCoy has been ineffective thus far with teams game-planning to stop him. Time will tell if Allen develops more as the season progresses—he showed flashes against the Chargers—but he has a lot of room to grow. Miami Dolphins (2-0): Are they a contender?The Dolphins are one of the more surprising 2-0 teams—beating the Tennessee Titans and New York Jets—after a disappointing season last year. So far Authentic Shaq Lawson Jersey , it seems the team is buying into Adam Gase’s culture change, which began at the end of last season. Ryan Tannehill is playing well, throwing a pair of touchdowns in both wins. On the other side of the ball, the defense is playing hard, generating turnovers, and keeping the score low so that the offense can produce enough points to come away with the victory. Miami has a strong chance to make it three straight wins as they host the winless Oakland Raiders on Sunday. New York Jets (1-1): Sam Darnold’s growing pains are worth it.The Jets find themselves at .500 after the first two weeks of the season, but the story here is about Sam Darnold. The rookie was excellent against Detroit after opening the game with a pick-six Lorenzo Alexander Jersey , but against the Dolphins it was more of a mixed bag. Darnold did pass for over 300 yards, but he threw two interceptions that played a big part in the offense only generating 12 points. These growing pains are to be expected for a rookie but if he can work them out, the Jets could finally have their franchise quarterback in place.New England Patriots (1-1): Are they no longer on top of the AFC?Yes, it has only been two weeks but one can make the argument that the Jacksonville Jaguars—not the Patriots—are the team to beat in the AFC. New England traveled down to Jacksonville for the Week 2 game and never really appeared competitive as they trailed 21-3 at the half en route to a 31-20 loss. This is where home-field advantage can play a huge part come the postseason—the Patriots defeated the Jaguars at home last season. It’s early, but right now it seems as though the Patriots may not stand alone on the throne of AFC dominance.

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ORCHARD PARK http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/micah-hyde-jersey , N.Y. (AP) — Thurman Thomas was in the midst of getting taped up before a Bills game at Chicago during his rookie season in 1988 when the running back recognized the unmistakable voice of one of his teenage idols, Walter Payton."I can still hear it," Thomas recalled, before attempting to imitate Payton. "Yeah, a high-pitched voice like that: ‘Where's that little No. 34?'"Thomas certainly knew who Payton was, given the Bears‘ just-retired star running back was one of two people who inspired him to wear No. 34 since high school. The other was Oilers running back Earl Campbell, whom Thomas grew up rooting for in Houston; all three are Pro Football Hall of Famers now. What shocked him was someone such as Payton knowing Thomas even existed, never mind taking the time to search him out before the opening kickoff."He's walking in and everybody stopped, and it was just like, ‘Holy crap, it's Walter Payton,'" Thomas said. "I'm still trying to figure out how he knew me. I mean, I'm in Buffalo. I'm a rookie. And he comes in and it's, ‘Where's 34?'"And I'm like, ‘I'm over here.'"It won't be difficult to spot 34 at halftime of Buffalo's home game against New England on Monday night. That's when Thomas will become the third Bills player — joining former teammates quarterback Jim Kelly and defensive end Bruce Smith — to have his number retired.For all he accomplished during a 13-year Hall of Fame career, in which he was voted NFL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year in 1991 and led the league in yards from scrimmage from 1989-92, Thomas considers this one of his most notable achievements."The more I get closer to it, the more and more I feel like these butterflies are coming into my stomach," he added. "And I've never really felt that way about a lot of things. But, definitely, this is one of them."Thomas would have preferred being honored during an afternoon game rather than a prime-time spectacle."I'm not Bruce," he said, making a joke at the expense of Smith, who had his No. 78 retired during a night game in 2016.His one concern is how the rebuilding and offensively challenged Bills Womens John Miller Jersey , who have managed just 81 points in a 2-5 record, might fare against Tom Brady and the Patriots (5-2), who have won 31 of the past 36 meetings between the AFC East rivals."I just wish we could have a better record," he said.These are certainly not the Bills of Thomas' 12-season tenure, which included Buffalo playing in four consecutive Super Bowls, losing them all.He previously suggested the Bills might have been cursed for cutting him, Smith and Hall of Fame receiver Andre Reed after the 1999 season. What followed was a 17-year playoff drought, which finally ended last year.Perhaps, Thomas said, his mere presence might spur the Bills to be competitive. Bills veteran defensive tackle Kyle Williams certainly hopes so.Williams and his wife treated Thomas and his wife to dinner last week, during which Thomas cited Williams as saying: "Hey, we're going to do whatever we can to make that night even more special."Williams didn't deny being additionally motivated because of Thomas."That's the plan, right?" Williams said. "Sure, anybody who knows him, and knows the kind of guy he is, and what he meant and means to this franchise, I think it should motivate you."The outcome is almost secondary to Thomas, who was busy reflecting back on a career in which his number has already been retired at high school and college.He was motivated to succeed at Oklahoma State once he began sharing the backfield with another eventual Hall of Famer, Barry Sanders."He kept me on my heels. I couldn't make any mistakes," he said. "If we ran 10 sprints, I ran 11."If it wasn't for Thomas tearing a left knee ligament before his junior season, he wouldn't have elected to return for his senior year, when he met his wife, Patti http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/jordan-poyer-jersey , who just happened to be from Buffalo. Some eight months later, the Bills selected him in the second round.His voice cracks with emotion when reminded no Bills player will ever wear No. 34 again. And no, Thomas said, no one should expect him to suit up one last time."I've been asked that question a lot this week. Oh my gosh, I'm like, ‘People, I'm 52 years old. There's no way in hell I can get out there and do this," he said, before a brief pause."Maybe," Thomas said, breaking into a smile, "for 1 yard or something like that on the goal line." Following a victory worth savoring, the Baltimore Ravens whisked through the film of their season-opening rout of Buffalo before turning their full attention toward a Thursday night matchup against AFC North rival Cincinnati."The games keep coming," coach John Harbaugh said after Monday's practice. "Not as quick as baseball or basketball, I guess. But this is close."The Ravens probably wish they could linger a little longer in the aftermath of their 47-3 trouncing of the Bills, mainly because just about everything went well.The offense got touchdowns from six different players, the defense didn't yield a first down until the third quarter and special teams contributed two field goals and a 51-yard punt return.Alas, all those good things were but a memory when the players took the field for Monday's practice."That game is behind us," strong safety Tony Jefferson said. "Although it's great to have momentum, it's over with. It's a new week. This is a division opponent; they know us very well and we know them very well."Yes, indeed. Baltimore opened the 2017 season with a 20-0 victory at Cincinnati, and the Bengals returned the favor in the finale with a 31-27 comeback win that knocked the Ravens out of playoff contention.Those thoughts will accompany the team to Cincinnati on Thursday night. But the Ravens aren't going to get caught up in last year, any more than they will be thinking about last Sunday."We played a young Buffalo team," linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "You don't take any win for granted Womens Ryan Groy Jersey , but it's one game. It's on to Cincinnati."One positive facet of the lopsided opener was that Harbaugh pulled his starters in the third quarter with the score 40-0. Quarterback Joe Flacco joked on the sideline while rookie Lamar Jackson took the offense through the motions, and most of the defensive starters were done before Buffalo finally got on the scoreboard.When you're playing two games in the span of five days, any respite is welcome. But Harbaugh didn't perceive that to be much of an advantage against a Bengals team that rallied with a 17-point fourth quarter to beat Indianapolis 34-23."You can't rest too many guys because it's not the preseason where you have your whole 90-man roster," Harbaugh noted. "There are still only 46 guys that are playing. A couple of guys got to sit down a little bit early, and that was probably somewhat helpful."Playing against two young quarterbacks, Baltimore's defensive backs picked off two passes and allowed only 11 completions for 98 yards. Harbaugh liked what he saw, but wasn't about to brand it a perfect game."You look at the good stuff and go, fine, but then you look at the things you need to get better at," he said. "Really, between the first game and the second game, even though it's a short week, it's still a great opportunity to improve because you finally know where you're at. And when you know where you're at, you can kind of tell what you need to work on to get where you want to go. That's what we'll try to do this week and the next couple weeks."This week, it all begins with adjusting to a quick turnaround."Mentally, you've just got to get into the playbook as quick as you can because we're short on preparation," linebacker C.J. Mosley said. "Physically, you've just got to get training room and into the cold tub. There are no tricks to it from that standpoint."Cornerback Maurice Canady (thigh), running back Kenneth Dixon (knee), defensive tackle Willie Henry (abdomen) and tight end Hayden Hurst (foot) did not practice Monday.Canady and Dixon were hurt against the Bills, but have not been ruled out for Thursday.

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The passing attack for Minnesota has largely been fueled this season by Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, who have flourished into one of the NFL's most productive and versatile wide receiver tandems.Kyle Rudolph has again been in mostly a supporting role, often asked to assist a vulnerable offensive line with blocking and rarely the first option while running a route from his tight end spot with more than half of the throws made by Kirk Cousins sent to either Thielen or Diggs.When the Vikings badly needed a spark for their sputtering offense on Sunday in Detroit, Rudolph took full advantage of his rare opportunity as the focal point, a little like a holiday-appropriate red-nosed reindeer tasked with pulling the sleigh through a snowstorm for Santa Claus."Just my time," Rudolph said after the Vikings beat the Lions 27-9 to stay in control of the second wild-card spot in the NFC . "You just prepare each and every week as best you can. We've got two really, really good receivers on the outside, and today when the ball came my way I just tried to catch it. I can't tell you why or give you a reason that happened today, other than it's almost Christmas. Christmas is usually good to me."The leaping catch he made in the end zone on the final play of the first half wasn't close to his only contribution http://www.ramsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-aaron-donald-jersey , either, as critical as that desperation catch turned out to be. Rudolph was targeted a season-high nine times, and he snagged all of those passes for a career-high 122 yards and just the third two-touchdown game out of the 115, including the playoffs, he's suited up for."I take a lot of pride in preparing myself each and every week when these opportunities do come," Rudolph said. "I don't always know when they're going to come in the passing game. I have a lot of other roles that I have to do that I take advantage of them."The Vikings (8-6-1) still need one more win to secure a second straight year in the playoffs, a feat they last accomplished in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Otherwise their fate will be in Washington's hands, with a loss by Philadelphia in that case the only way in. NFC North champion Chicago will visit U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, with the Bears still playing for a better seed."We've got to empty the bucket, and that's the way we've got to play next week at home," Rudolph said. "I'm really looking forward to that environment."Rudolph had seven receptions for 63 yards in the game against Green Bay on Nov. 25 after voicing to the coaching staff a team-success-driven concern about the lack of impact he'd been able to make as a pass-catcher to that point. He had only eight catches for 68 yards combined over the three games that followed, though.With Thielen and Diggs frequently drawing double teams during the second half of the season, and undoubtedly in the playoffs as long as the Vikings continue on Greg Zuerlein Jersey , Rudolph's production is vital for an offense that has been up and down in Cousins' first year in purple.Since Kevin Stefanski replaced John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator, the Vikings have employed more play-action passes and bootleg rollouts for Cousins, concepts that can only help Rudolph thrive up and down the field."It just adds another weapon," coach Mike Zimmer said, adding: "The more guys we can use, the better it is."Despite such quiet stretches during this season, Rudolph has 60 receptions for 615 yards, both the second highest of his career behind 2016. The longest-tenured player on the offense, Rudolph also has a 77.9 percent catch rate on the throws he's been targeted on to surge past his previous best of 70.6 in 2014."He's a tremendous talent," Cousins said.If the Vikings beat the Bears (11-4), the probable scenario is the No. 6 seed and an instant rematch in the wild-card round in Chicago.That would change if Seattle (9-6), which opened as 11陆-point favorites against Arizona (3-12), loses at home to the Cardinals. Then the Vikings would jump the Seahawks for the No. 5 seed and travel to NFC East champion Dallas (9-6).If the Vikings lose but the Eagles also lose to send them back to the tournament Authentic Tyler Higbee Jersey , they will face the Bears unless San Francisco (4-11), which began as a nine-point underdog, wins at Los Angeles (12-3).In that case, the Vikings would play the Rams next weekend with the Bears taking the No. 2 seed and the first-round bye.The NFL set the schedule up to maximize the drama, bumping the Bears-Vikings game to the late-afternoon timeslot so it will be played simultaneously with the Eagles-Redskins, Cardinals-Seahawks and 49ers-Rams games. There will be four other AFC games with postseason impact taking place at the same time, too."I don't think I want to get in 8-7-1," Cousins said. "I think 9-6-1 is a better way to earn your way in, and hopefully we can get the job done."

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