Wednesday, November 22, 2017

{allcanada} Lowry, Laine score in Jets' 2-1 win over slumping Kings


LOS ANGELES (AP) Adam Lowry and Patrik Laine scored in the Winnipeg Jets' fifth victory in six games, 2-1 over the slumping Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night.

Steve Mason made 38 saves during his first start since Nov. 11 as the surprising Jets opened a three-game California swing with the first regulation road victory over the Kings in franchise history. Winnipeg has surged into second place in the Central Division with nine victories in 12 games overall.

Tyler Toffoli tipped home a power-play goal early in the third period for the Kings, who have lost six of seven.

Jonathan Quick stopped 25 shots but the low-scoring Kings lost for the sixth time in their last seven games at Staples Center, undoing much of the good feeling from a strong start under new coach John Stevens.

Mason picked up his second victory of the season in a stellar return from a prolonged break while Connor Hellebuyck manned the Jets' crease. Mason even got an assist on Lowry's opening goal.

Lowry scored in the final second of the first period when Quick momentarily lost sight of the puck and couldn't scramble across his crease in time to cut off an open net.

The Jets extended their lead in the final minute of the second period during another power play. Nikolaj Ehlers took the puck behind the net and feathered a backhand pass out front to Laine, who fanned slightly on a shot that still went underneath Quick for his 11th goal.

The Kings generated few scoring chances and cashed in none of them in the first two periods, continuing their offensive struggles in November. Los Angeles hasn't scored more than two goals in regulation during any of its six recent losses.

The Kings finally scored when Oscar Fantenberg put a low shot in front of the net and Toffoli ramped it past Mason for his team-leading 10th goal.

Winnipeg took three penalties in its own offensive zone in the third period, but Los Angeles couldn't capitalize on its last two power plays.

NOTES: Lowry's father, Dave, is an assistant coach with the Kings, and they faced each other on opposing NHL benches for the first time. ... Before the game, the Kings signed goalie Jack Campbell to a two-year contract extension. Campbell, the former 11th overall draft pick by Dallas, has played only two career NHL games, but he led the AHL in victories last season for the Kings' affiliate in Ontario, where he has also spent this season. ... Kings LW Marian Gaborik believes he will return soon from left knee surgery that has kept him out since April.


Jets: At the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

Kings: At the Arizona Coyotes on Friday.

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{allcanada} Nov. 23: Gretzky scores 600th goal


1988: Wayne Gretzky scores his 600th NHL goal and has five assists to power the Los Angeles Kings to an 8-3 victory against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.

At age 27, Gretzky becomes the fifth player in NHL history to reach 600 goals when he converts a pass from Dave Taylor at 8:23 of the first period to give Los Angeles a 2-0 lead.

Gretzky reaches the milestone in his 718th regular-season game.



1977: Rod Gilbert plays in his final NHL game, a 6-3 victory for the New York Rangers against the Colorado Rockies at Madison Square Garden. He retires as the Rangers leader in goals (406) and points (1,021), and is elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982.


1982: In one of the wildest games in NHL history, the Minnesota North Stars and New York Islanders play to an 8-8 tie at Nassau Coliseum. Steve Payne and Neal Broten have hat tricks for the North Stars; Bryan Trottier is the only member of the Islanders to score more than once. New York scores its eight on 27 shots against Gilles Meloche.


2002: The Boston Bruins become the second NHL franchise to win 2,500 games. The Bruins score three power-play goals in the first period and defeat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 at Boston Garden. At that time, the Montreal Canadiens are the only other team to have 2,500 victories. It's also Boston's 1,500th home victory.

On the same night, Dave Andreychuk becomes the 14th player in NHL history to score 600 goals, then gets No. 601 in the Tampa Bay Lightning's 3-1 road win against the New Jersey Devils.


2009: Goaltender Dwayne Roloson survives a 61-shot barrage before Josh Bailey's overtime goal gives the Islanders a 4-3 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The 61 shots tie a 33-year-old franchise record for the Maple Leafs and are the most against the Islanders in a single game.


2014: Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist shuts out Montreal 5-0 at Madison Square Garden, four days after his backup, Cam Talbot, defeats the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0. It's the first time the Rangers get back-to-back shutouts from different goaltenders since Wayne Thomas wins 4-0 at the St. Louis Blues on Nov. 30, 1977, and John Davidson wins 4-0 at the Minnesota North Stars three days later.

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{allcanada} Forsberg, Turris lead Predators past Canadiens 3-2 in SO


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Playing in their own building, Filip Forsberg and the Nashville Predators are awfully dangerous on the power play.

Forsberg scored a pair of goals with the man advantage and Kyle Turris had the only goal in a shootout to lead the Predators to a 3-2 victory over the struggling Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.

Nashville entered with the NHL's best power play at home, converting 40.5 percent of the time, and finished 2 for 4 in this one. Seven of Forsberg's team-leading 11 goals have come with the man advantage.

''I thought our guys played hard,'' Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. ''I don't think that we were particularly smooth with execution with what we were trying to do. Some of that could have been us; I think some of that had to do with them. They played a really competitive game.''

Pekka Rinne made 27 saves in regulation and overtime, then denied all three Montreal shootout attempts as Nashville won for the eighth time in nine tries.

Jordie Benn and Joe Morrow scored for the Canadiens, who have lost their last five. Morrow's goal evened the score with less than a minute left in the third period.

In the tiebreaker, Turris beat Antti Niemi with a wrist shot between the pads. Prior to Turris' shootout goal, Niemi stopped Kevin Fiala and Forsberg.

Paul Byron hit the crossbar on Montreal's first attempt before Rinne made saves on Jonathan Drouin and captain Max Pacioretty.

''Those are some big points,'' Rinne said of the shootout. ''Nowadays, it's a big aspect of the game. As a goalie, for myself, that's one area where maybe I can change the game, so it was sure nice to stop those three - one crossbar, though.''

Tight games are the norm between these teams. Nine of the last 10 have been decided by one goal, with seven extending to overtime - including two shootouts.

Benn scored the game's first goal at 12:47 of the opening period. Skating through the slot, he took a pass from Charles Hudon and beat Rinne with a wrist shot to the stick side.

Forsberg tied it at 1 with a second remaining in the first.

With the Predators on a power play, former Canadiens star P.K. Subban carried the puck into the Montreal zone and found Ryan Johansen at the right faceoff dot. Johansen sent a pass to Forsberg in the slot, where he fired the puck by Niemi, who had moved to his left to challenge Johansen.

''There was no pretty hockey from either team,'' Forsberg said. ''It was a battle out there, two teams that weren't playing their prettiest hockey. But (we) battled hard, and obviously two big points.''

Niemi finished with 30 saves.

''I think we did lots of good stuff today overall, pretty good 65 minutes,'' he said. ''It was enough to get one point.''

Forsberg struck again at 3:16 of the third, once more on a Nashville power play.

With the puck in the lower part of the left circle, Craig Smith sent a pass to Forsberg in the slot. From nearly the same spot where he scored his first goal, Forsberg beat Niemi with a wrist shot high to the glove side.

Morrow tied it with 55.5 seconds remaining when his shot from the left point deflected off two Nashville players before getting past Rinne.

Playing without No. 1 goalie Carey Price and top defenseman Shea Weber in the second half of a back-to-back, Montreal still found a way to get a point.

''We all know what this business is based on - it's on winning,'' Montreal coach Claude Julien said. ''That part's always disappointing. We've got our fair share of injuries, and when you have to put up without those guys, it's always a challenge.''

NOTES: Weber missed his second consecutive game with a lower-body injury. He spent his first 11 seasons with the Predators, the last six as team captain. ... The Canadiens are 3-9-1 against Western Conference teams this season. ... Nashville C Austin Watson served the second of a two-game suspension for a boarding call Saturday night against Colorado. ... Predators D Alexei Emelin, a former Canadien, played his 400th NHL game. ... Forsberg has points in six consecutive games.


Canadiens: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

Predators: At the St. Louis Blues on Friday.

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{allcanada} Knicks use monster third quarter to beat Raptors


NEW YORK — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a career-high 38 points, including 12 during a 28-0 run in the third quarter that sent the New York Knicks to a 108-100 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

Kristaps Porzingis added 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who outscored the Raptors 41-10 in the third.

Kyle Lowry scored 25 points and DeMar DeRozan had 18 for the Raptors, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.

The Knicks trailed 59-48 at halftime and were down 62-52 after Lowry's two free throws with 10:47 left in the third quarter. Enes Kanter's layup with 10:28 left began the eight-minute surge, which didn't end until CJ Miles hit a 3-pointer with 2:23 remaining. Kanter added five more points during the run, while Courtney Lee contributed seven of his 15 points.

New York took its biggest lead at 89-69 on Doug McDermott's jumper with two seconds left in the third quarter.

The Knicks still led by 18 when the Raptors went on a 12-0 run of their own to cut the deficit to 94-88. But Porzingis converted a three-point play with 5:25 left to end the run and also hit the next bucket, and the Knicks put it away soon after when Hardaway Jr. made a 3-pointer.

Toronto led most of the first half and DeRozan's layup with a second left put the Raptors up by 11 at halftime.

Hardaway and Lee each had game highs of seven assists.


Raptors: Delon Wright visited the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York on Wednesday and it was decided no surgery is required at this time. His right shoulder was dislocated against New Orleans on Nov. 15. Wright, who missed his third straight game, is averaging 7.6 points in about 21 minutes per game. There is no timetable for his return.

Knicks: The Knicks have now won six games this season in which they've trailed by double digits. . New York had lost eight straight games to the Raptors. The Knicks' last win in the series was on Nov. 10, 2015.


The Knicks are 10-2 when scoring at least 100 points this season. They are 4-0 when holding opponents to less than 100.


DeRozan had scored at least 20 points in 10 straight games before falling two points short on Wednesday.


Joakim Noah has not dressed in all five games the Knicks have played since he was activated following his 20-game suspension. He is currently in the second year of a four-year, $72 million contract.


Raptors: Visit Indiana on Friday.

Knicks: Visit Atlanta on Friday.

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