Tuesday, March 28, 2017

{allcanada} Perry, Eaves score early as Ducks down Canucks 4-1


VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Corey Perry and Patrick Eaves scored 74 seconds apart early in the first period, and the Anaheim Ducks cruised past the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Tuesday night to extend their season-high winning streak to five games.

Nick Ritchie, with a goal and an assist, and Brandon Montour also scored for Anaheim, which clinched a playoff spot earlier in the night when the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-1.

Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves and Antoine Vermette added two assists as the Pacific Division leaders improved to 9-1-1 over their last 11 games. Bernier is 9-0-1 over his last 10 starts, including eight wins in a row.

Highly touted rookie forward Brock Boeser scored in his home debut for Vancouver, and Ryan Miller stopped 35 shots in the loss.

The Canucks were eliminated from playoff contention Thursday and are 2-7-2 over their last 11, including a 2-3-0 mark on their recent road trip.

With captain and leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf a late scratch because of a lower-body injury, the Ducks opened the scoring 23 seconds in when Vermette stripped Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler behind the Vancouver net. Ritchie swept the puck in front to Perry, who beat Miller over the glove for his 16th of the season.

Eaves then scored his fifth goal in the last five games at 1:37 after taking a pass from Rickard Rakell and firing a shot past Miller's blocker for his 28th.

Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler nearly made it 3-0 a couple of minutes later off the rush, but his backhand effort that squeaked through Miller's pads was fished off the goal line by Vancouver counterpart Christopher Tanev.

The Ducks thoroughly dominated the listless Canucks and finally got their third goal with 15.4 seconds left in the period. Anaheim controlled the puck in the offensive zone after an icing call before Ritchie tipped Josh Manson's shot through traffic past a frustrated Miller for his 14th.

Anaheim made it 4-0 at 3:44 of the second, moments after Miller stopped Jakob Silfverberg on a partial breakaway, when Montour's point shot off a faceoff beat the Vancouver goalie through a screen for his second.

Bernier made a nice save on Boeser just more than a minute into the third before also stopping Michael Chaput on the rebound.

But the Anaheim netminder will want the 20-year-old Boeser's next shot back after it leaked through his legs at 2:34 for the rookie's second NHL goal in three career games.

Selected 23rd overall at the 2015 draft, Boeser scored the winner in his debut Saturday in a 4-2 road victory over the Minnesota Wild.

Boeser, who grew up in nearby Burnsville, Minnesota, signed with Vancouver the morning of the game after his season with the University of North Dakota ended Friday night.

NOTES: John Gibson dressed as Anaheim's backup after missing seven straight games and 13 of the last 14 with a lower-body injury. ... Vancouver defenseman Troy Stecher sat out with an upper-body injury.


Ducks: Continue a four-game road trip through Western Canada on Thursday against Winnipeg.

Canucks: Host the Kings on Friday.

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{allcanada} WHL: Steel scores hat trick as Pats beat Hitmen to take 3-0 series lead


CALGARY — Sam Steel scored a hat trick as the Regina Pats beat the Calgary Hitmen 5-2 on Tuesday night in Game 3 of their first round Western Hockey League playoff series.

Dawson Leedahl and Wyatt Sloboshan added power-play goals for Regina, which took a 3-0 series lead. Game 4 is on Thursday in Calgary.

Matteo Gennaro, on the power play, and Luke Coleman responded for the Hitmen.

Tyler Brown made 41 saves for the win in net as Kyle Dumba turned away 30 shots in defeat.

The Pats were 2 for 3 on the power play while Calgary scored once on six opportunities.



BRANDON, Man. — David Quenneville had a goal and three assists as Medicine Hat downed the Wheat Kings in Game 3 to take a 3-0 series lead.

Mark Rassell, Chad Butcher, Ryan Jevne, John Dahlstrom and Steven Owre supplied the rest of the offence for the Tigers, who got 27 saves from Michael Bullion. Medicine Hat can clinch the series on Wednesday night in Brandon.

Ben McCartney and Reid Duke, on the power play, scored for Brandon. Logan Thompson stopped 41 shots.



SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. — Thomas Foster struck twice and Zach Sawchenko made 32 saves as Moose Jaw slipped past the Broncos in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead.

Jayden Halbgewachs and Brayden Burke also chipped in for the Warriors.

Glenn Gawdin, Ryley Lindgren and Colby Sissons found the back of the net for Swift Current, which hosts Game 4 on Wednesday. Jordan Papirny turned away 38 shots.



KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Lane Bauer had a pair of goals as the Blazers toppled Kelowna in Game 3.

Rufolfs Balcers and Jermaine Loewen rounded out the attack for Kamloops, which trails the series 2-1 and hosts Game 4 on Wednesday. Connor Ingram stopped 37 shots.

Kole Lind scored for the Rockets and Michael Herringer made 34 saves.



VICTORIA — Carter Hart stopped all 25 shots he faced as Everett shut out the Royals in Game 3.

Patrick Bajkov and Eetu Tuulola scored on the power play for the Silvertips, who lead the series 2-1.

Griffen Outhouse turned aside 19 shots for Victoria, which hosts Game 4 on Wednesday.


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{allcanada} QMJHL: Titan beat Remparts to take 3-0 lead


QUEBEC — Jeffrey Truchon-Viel had two goals and an assist as the Acadie-Bathurst Titan downed the Quebec Remparts 7-3 on Tuesday night in Game 3 of their first round Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff series.

The Titan lead the series 3-0 and can punch their ticket into the next round on Wednesday night in Quebec City.

Vladimir Kuznetsov also struck twice for Acadie-Bathurst and Christophe Boivin had a goal and two helpers. Dawson Theede and Jordan Maher rounded out the attack and Antoine Morand tacked on three assists.

Andrew Coxhead, Derek Gentile and Matthew Boucher scored for the Remparts.

Anthony Dumont-Bouchard stopped 19 shots and had two helpers in net for the Titan. Evgeny Kiselev started but was pulled after allowing two goals on seven shots in the first period. Dereck Baribeau went the rest of the way and made 27 saves.

Acadie-Bathurst were 1 for 2 on the power play and Quebec was scoreless on three attempts.



HALIFAX — Olivier Tremblay stopped all 29 shots he faced as Rouyn-Noranda shut out the Mooseheads in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead.

Zachary Lauzon and Manuel Wiederer, into an empty net, scored for the Huskies.

Alexis Gravel turned away 43-of-44 shots for Halifax, which hosts Game 4 on Wednesday.



VICTORIAVILLE, Que. — Kelly Klima's second goal of the playoffs was the winner as Chicoutimi got past the Tigres in Game 3 to take a commanding 3-0 series lead.

Brendan Hamelin, Zachary Lavigne, Antoine Marcoux and Joey Ratelle, into an empty net, supplied the rest of the offence for the Sagueneens. Julio Billia made 24 saves.

Felix Lauzon and Maxime Comtois had goals for Victoriaville, which hosts Game 4 on Wednesday. Tristan Cote-Cazenave kicked out 27 shots.

Tristan Pomerleau received a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding in the second period.



VAL-D'OR, Que. — Dennis Yan scored a hat trick to lead Shawinigan past the Foreurs in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead.

Alexis D'Aoust added two goals and an assist and Mathieu Olivier had the other for the Cataractes. Samuel Girard tacked on three helpers and Mikhail Denisov stopped 25 shots.

Jake Smith, Alexis Pepin and Maxim Mizyurin had power-play goals for Val-d'Or while Etienne Montpetit made 33 saves. The Foreurs host Game 4 on Wednesday.



BAIE-COMEAU, Que. — Keith Getson scored the winner in the third period and Mark Grametbauer stopped 16 shots as Charlottetown beat the Drakkar in Game 3 to take a 3-0 series lead.

Alex Dostie and Daniel Sprong, on the power play, also chipped in for the Islanders, who can wrap up the series on Wednesday in Baie-Comeau.

Jordan Martel opened the scoring on the power play for the Drakkar and Antoine Samuel made 29 saves.



GATINEAU, Que. — Alexis Sansfacon scored the winner and Kyle Jessiman made 21 saves as Cape Breton toppled the Olympiques in Game 3 to take a 3-0 series lead.

Jordan Ty Fournier, Drake Batherson, Yannik Bertrand and Giovanni Fiore, on the power play, rounded out the attack for the Screaming Eagles. Cape Breton can clinch the series on Wednesday night in Gatineau.

Zack MacEwen and Daniel Del Paggio found the back of the net for the Olympiques. Mathieu Bellemare turned aside 14-of-17 shots in 18:50 before giving way to Tristan Berube, who made 21 saves.



RIMOUSKI, Que. — Bokondji Imama scored two goals and an assist as Saint John defeated the Oceanic in Game 3 to take a 3-0 series lead.

Joe Veleno, Matthew Highmore and Jakub Zboril rounded out the attack for the Sea Dogs, who can clinch the series on Wednesday night in Rimouski. Mathieu Joseph added three helpers and Callum Booth made 10 saves.

Denis Mikhnin and Nicholas Blachman replied for the Oceanic and Alexandre Lagace turned away 33 shots.


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{allcanada} OHL: Petes edge IceDogs in OT to take 3-0 series lead


ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — Josh Coyle scored the winner late in overtime as the Peterborough Petes edged the Niagara IceDogs 4-3 on Tuesday night in Game 3 of their first round Ontario Hockey League playoff series.

Steven Lorentz struck twice in the second period for the Petes, who lead the series 3-0 and can advance to the second round on Thursday night in St. Catharines. Jonathan Ang opened the scoring on the power play in the first period and Dylan Wells made 39 saves.

Kirill Maksimov, on the power play, Ondrej Machala and Ryan Mantha supplied the offence for the IceDogs. Stephen Dhillon turned away 46 shots.

Peterborough converted on both its power plays while the IceDogs went 1 for 4.



HAMILTON — Nathan Dunkley had two goals and an assist as Kingston doubled up the Bulldogs in Game 3.

Nathan Billitier and Brett Neumann supplied the rest of the offence while Jeremy Helvig made 29 saves for the Frontenacs.

Michael Cramarossa and Niki Petti scored for Hamilton, which still leads the series 2-1 and hosts Game 4 on Thursday. Dawson Carty turned away 26-of-29 shots in net.



OTTAWA — Jacob Cascagnette scored the winner on a power play in the second period to lift Mississauga over the 67's in Game 3 and take a 2-1 series lead.

Michael McLeod opened the scoring for the Steelheads and Jacob Ingham made 22 saves.

Noel Hoefenmayer had a power-play goal and Leo Lazarev stopped 30 shots for Ottawa, which hosts Game 4 on Thursday.



SUDBURY, Ont. — Michael Pezzetta's short-handed goal in the second period stood as the winner as the Wolves edged Oshawa in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead.

Dmitry Sokolov and Macauley Carson, on the power play, also scored in the second period for Sudbury, which hosts Game 4 on Thursday. Jake McGrath made 33 saves.

Robbie Burt and Danil Antropov found the back of the net for the Generals. Jeremy Brodeur kicked out 26 shots.



WINDSOR, Ont. — Gabriel Vilardi scored the winner in the second period to lift the Spitfires over London in Game 3 and take a 2-1 series lead.

Julius Nattinen and Cristiano DiGiacinto also chipped in for Windsor, which hosts Game 4 on Thursday. Michael DiPietro made 15 saves.

Janne Kuokkanen replied for the Knights and Tyler Parsons turned aside 15 shots.


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{allcanada} March 29: Wayne Gretzky breaks Phil Esposito's record


1981: Wayne Gretzky breaks Phil Esposito's NHL record for most points in a season with three assists in the Edmonton Oilers' 5-2 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Civic Arena.

Gretzky assists on Mark Messier's second-period goal and sets up third-period goals by Brett Callighen and Jari Kurri, moving him past Esposito's record of 152 points set in 1970-71.

Exactly 18 years later, Gretzky scores the 894th and final regular-season goal of his NHL career for the New York Rangers in a 3-1 victory against the New York Islanders. It's the 1,072nd goal of his career (regular season and playoffs, NHL and WHA), surpassing Gordie Howe as the leading scorer in pro hockey history.


1970: Chicago Blackhawks rookie goaltender Tony Esposito gets his 15th shutout of the season, an NHL record for rookie goalies, in a 4-0 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Chicago Stadium. Esposito, claimed from the Montreal Canadiens in the intraleague draft, wins the Calder and Vezina trophies as the League's outstanding rookie and goaltender. The 15 shutouts are the most by any goalie since 1929.


1973: Philadelphia Flyers forward Bobby Clarke becomes the first player from an expansion team to score 100 points in a season. His 100th point is a goal that helps the Flyers defeat the Atlanta Flames 4-2 at the Spectrum.


1975: The Montreal Canadiens become the first team in NHL history to win 1,000 home games when they defeat the Kansas City Scouts 4-1 at the Forum. Guy Lafleur scores his 50th goal for the first of six straight seasons, an NHL record at the time.


1982: Islanders forward Mike Bossy sets an NHL record for right wings with his 81st assist of the season in a 7-3 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.


1989: Brian Leetch of the Rangers sets an NHL record for most goals by a rookie defenseman when he scores his 23rd of the season, breaking the mark of 22 set by Barry Beck in 1977-78, in a 4-3 loss against the Detroit Red Wings.


2000: Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche becomes the first goaltender in League history to win 30 games in a season 10 times. Roy's 30th victory of 1999-2000 comes in a 3-2 win against the visiting Oilers.


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{allcanada} Talbot helps Oilers beat Kings 2-1 to clinch playoff spot


EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Cam Talbot made 34 saves as the Edmonton Oilers officially earned a playoff spot for the first time in 11 years with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.

Connor McDavid and Eric Gryba scored for the Oilers, who have won seven of their last eight games. Edmonton last made the postseason in the 2005-06 campaign.

Jarome Iginla scored and Jonathan Quick finished with 27 saves for the Kings, who have lost four of their last five and whose playoff hopes are hanging on by a thread.

The Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks also clinched playoff spots with Edmonton's win.

The Oilers appeared to have scored just 49 seconds in on Oscar Klefbom's backhander, but the goal was called back on goaltender interference.

McDavid's pass hit the stick of defender Derek Forbort and deflected past Quick as the Oilers made up for that decision with five minutes left in the opening period. It was McDavid's 27th goal of the season and league-leading 89th point, extending point streaks for himself and Leon Draisaitl to eight games apiece.

The Kings responded with three minutes remaining in the first as Iginla picked off a soft attempt to advance the puck by Talbot and beat him high to the glove side.

Edmonton regained the lead seven minutes into the second period as Gryba's point shot caromed off a pair of Kings players before inching past Quick and into the net.

The Oilers what looked like another sure goal by Zack Kassian called back because the whistle had gone due to an upcoming penalty to the Kings.

NOTES: It was the fourth of five meetings this season between the two teams, with the Oilers taking the last two. They meet again in Los Angeles on April 4. ... Among the healthy scratches for the Kings were Marian Gaborik and Andy Andreoff. ... Oilers D Matt Benning missed the game after suffering an injury on Saturday, but did participate in the morning skate.


Kings: At Calgary on Wednesday night.

Oilers: Host San Jose on Thursday night.

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{allcanada} Morales, Travis power Blue Jays past Phillies


CLEARWATER, Fla. — Kendrys Morales and Devon Travis both went 3 for 4 while driving in a run apiece to lead the Toronto Blue Jays past the Philadelphia Phillies 10-4 on Tuesday night in spring training action.

Josh Donaldson went 2 for 3 with one RBI and three runs scored for the Blue Jays (11-17). Troy Tulowitzki (1 for 2) and Melvin Upton Jr. (1 for 3) each hit home runs and drove in two runs apiece.

Howie Kendrick led Philadelphia (12-16) offensively by going 2 for 3 with three RBIs.

Marco Estrada earned the win for Toronto by allowing four runs on seven hits and striking out five over four innings.

Aaron Nola lasted just 1 2/3 innings for the Phillies after allowing five runs on seven hits, including two home runs.

The Jays wrap up their Florida portion of the spring training schedule Wednesday afternoon against the New York Yankees. Toronto then travels to Montreal for a pair of exhibition games on Friday and Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates before opening the regular season on Monday in Baltimore.

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{allcanada} Gallagher puts Canadiens ahead in 4-1 win over Stars


MONTREAL (AP) Brendan Gallagher put Montreal ahead early in the third period and the Canadiens went on to a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.

Max Pacioretty, Artturi Lehkonen and Alexander Radulov also scored for Montreal, which won a second game in a row. Carey Price finished with 27 saves.

Curtis McKenzie scored for Dallas, which ended a four-game points streak. The Stars were playing for the first time since learning they had been eliminated from playoff contention. Kari Lehtonen had 32 saves.

Gallagher put Monreal ahead 2-1 at 3:31 of the third as he got the puck, broke down the left side and beat Lehtonen with a high wrist shot inside the near post.

The game marked the first time brothers Jamie and Jordie Benn played against one another in the NHL. Jordie Benn was traded by the Canadiens to Dallas in February. The two were only on the ice at the same time for a few brief moments. The longest stretch was during a Dallas power play in the third.

Montreal outshot Dallas 36-28.

The Stars dominated the opening minutes, outshooting Montreal 6-0, and got the first goal at 1:47 when McKenzie picked off a pass, fired a shot off the end glass and put the rebound into an open side.

The Canadiens got 15 of the next 16 shots on goal but it took until 15:49 of the second to tie the score as Pacioretty took a feed from Phillip Danault and saw his backhand shot trickle through Lehtonen's equipment for is 34th.

Lehkonen wired an off-wing shot inside the far post from distance at 13:02 of the third to put Montreal ahead 3-1. Andrei Markov got a standing ovation as he picked up an assist to tie Guy Lapointe for second on Montreal's all-time list of points by a defenseman with 572, behind Larry Robinson's 883.

Radulov elected to shoot on a 2-on-1 and scored on a backhand with just over two minutes remaining.

NOTES: Canadiens backup G Al Montoya suffered a lower body injury in practice this week. Zach Fucale was called in from Brampton of the ECHL to take Montoya's place. ... Montreal's Nikita Nestorov and Brian Flynn returned from injuries this week but aren't yet ready to play. ... The Stars were without injured skaters Patrick Sharp, Antoine Roussel, Jiri Hudler and Jamie Oleksiak.


Stars: At Boston on Thursday night in the third game of a five-game trip.

Canadiens: Host Florida on Thursday night in the finale of a six-game homestand.

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{allcanada} Matthews sets rookie scoring mark in Leafs' 3-2 win


TORONTO (AP) Auston Matthews broke Wendel Clark's 31-year-old franchise rookie record with his 35th goal of the season, and the Toronto Maple Leafs earned a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

The victory kept Toronto (87 points) one point up on the Boston Bruins (86) for the third playoff spot in the Atlantic Division and four up on the Tampa Bay Lightning (83).

Curtis McElhinney made 25 saves to earn the win for the Leafs. Leo Komarov and Zach Hyman also scored for Toronto.

James Reimer allowed two goals on 14 shots for Florida before he was knocked from the game with an injury and replaced by Reto Berra, who made 10 saves. Reilly Smith and Jaromir Jagr scored for the Panthers.

Starting in place of injured No. 1 goaltender Frederik Andersen, McElhinney was the focus of attention in Toronto heading into the game, but Matthews quickly wiped that away with his record-setting score nearly 12 minutes in.

Hyman instigated the action, controlling the puck from behind the Florida goal before finding Matthews in front, his shot slipping between the pads of Reimer to top Clark for the franchise mark.

Clark said he knew after the second period of Matthews' NHL debut against Ottawa - when he scored four goals, including three after less than 22 minutes - that Matthews would likely shatter his record from the 1985-86 season.

''It's good,'' said Clark, who works as a community representative of the Leafs. ''If we're going to be any good we need these young guys breaking all (these records) and doing well.''

Mitch Marner recently tied Gus Bodnar's franchise rookie mark for assists (40), William Nylander matching team rookie records for power-play goals (nine) and power-play points (25) while also establishing a new rookie mark for the team with a point streak that was extended to 12 games on Tuesday night.

Matthews joined Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby as the only rookies since the 1995-96 season to scored 35 goals.

Clark compared him to former Leafs captain and franchise leading scorer, Mats Sundin. Just like Sundin, Clark said, Matthews could be dangerous all by himself, but also gifted in finding teammates for open looks.

He said Matthews had a ''goal-scorer's touch'' and the ''hands of a little guy'', his strength also likely to grow in the years ahead.

Matthews also increased his NHL lead for game-opening goals - now with 14 on the season - and pulled within four points of Peter Ihnacak's franchise rookie mark for points (66), set during the 1982-83 season.

The Leafs controlled almost every aspect of the first period, outshooting the Panthers 13-3 while spending shift after shift in Florida's zone. Komarov increased Toronto's lead to 2-0 less than three minutes after Matthews's goal, finishing a 2-on-1 opportunity with Connor Brown.

Falling out of the playoff race in recent weeks, Florida found some pushback in the opening minutes of the second, but McElhinney was sharp. He stopped Jussi Jokinen and Smith on consecutive chances around the midway point of the period.

The 33-year-old was starting with Andersen missing his first game because of an upper-body injury suffered Saturday in Buffalo when he was bumped in the head by Sabres forward William Carrier.

It was a similar play that knocked out Reimer - Toronto's longtime starter before Andersen - from Tuesday's game, Brian Boyle clipping him as he circled the net. Reimer stayed down in apparent discomfort immediately afterward as Boyle fought Colton Sceviour. He finally helped to a sitting position by a team trainer and left the ice with a persistent grimace on his face.

Smith got the Panthers on the board with less than five minutes left in the second, beating Matthews to the net as he redirected Keith Yandle's point pass.

McElhinney made two big saves early in the third to keep the Leafs in front, the latter a right pad stop on Aleksander Barkov. It was shortly after, that Hyman scored a short-handed goal that increased Toronto's lead back to two.

Hyman became the fifth Leafs rookie to score at least 10 goals this season.

Jagr pulled Florida within one in the final minute of regulation.


Panthers: Head to Montreal to face the Canadiens on Thursday night.

Maple Leafs: Head to Nashville to face the Predators on Thursday night.


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{allcanada} Patrik Laine scores in shootout, Jets rally to beat Devils


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) A night after being eliminated from playoff contention, all the Winnipeg Jets wanted to talk about was coming back from a two-goal deficit against the woeful New Jersey Devils.

For the Devils, who were eliminated last week, the only thing on their minds was the failure of the officials to call a penalty shot in the final 31 seconds of overtime.

Patrik Laine scored in a shootout, Connor Hellebuyck stopped all three New Jersey attempts and the Jets rallied for a 4-3 win on Tuesday night in the makeup of a game that was postponed by a snowstorm earlier this month.

''It says something about our team,'' said Laine, who slid the puck past goaltender Cory Schneider on the Jets' second shootout attempt. ''We've been in similar situations so many times this season and still are able to battle and get those points.''

The Devils, who had three penalty shots called against them in two recent games, felt they would have gotten the extra point had referees Dan O'Rourke and Chris Schlenker awarded Hall a penalty shot late in the overtime after Blake Wheeler tripped him on a breakaway.

New Jersey coach John Hynes stated the facts as he saw them: Hall had a clear-cut breakaway and was denied a shot because of the trip.

''I don't envy the ref's position,'' Hall said. ''They have to make so many hard choices throughout the game so sometimes they see something that maybe they look at on video and see another thing after the game. I don't know. You just want to see some consistency. I would have loved to have a penalty shot to win.''

Hall didn't get the chance and Hellebuyck, who made 20 saves, stopped John Quenneville, Hall and Pavel Zacha in the shootout.

Jets coach Paul Maurice said his team showed him something, winning despite the travel and the disappointment of being eliminated.

''The emotions were low and we didn't have a lot in the tank here tonight, but they didn't quit and stayed in the fight and it was a good result,' he said.

Nikolaj Ehlers, Wheeler, Joel Armia also scored for Winnipeg.

Beau Bennett, Hall, Stefan Noesen tallied for New Jersey, which has lost four straight and won only twice (2-12-4) in 18 games.

''Pretty similiar to what has been going on the last 20 games, close, but not enough to win,'' said Schneider, who made 33 saves. ''Again, it's a game where we had control at 3-1 in the second and we let a high skill team back into it.''

Trailing 3-1 with less than five minutes left in the second period, the Jets tied it on goals by Wheeler and Armia.

Wheeler cut the deficit to a goal by deflecting at shot by defenseman Julian Melchiori past Schneider at 16:36. Armia tied the game at 2:40 of the third period with a short-handed, unassisted goal on a play he sidestepped two Devils and ripped a shot to the top corner from the right circle.

The Devils were outshot 25-15 in the first two periods but they capitalized on every Winnipeg mistake to score three straight goals.

Bennett tied the game at 8:10 of the first, diving into the crease to nudge a puck over the goal line.

Hall scored on a breakaway a little less than four minutes later, and Noesen extended the lead to two goals converting in close at 15:27 of the second period on a nice setup by Blake Pietila.

Ehlers gave the Jets the lead less than a minute after the opening faceoff. He worked a give-and-go with Wheeler and beat Schneider from in close with a shot to the top of the net for his 23rd goal.

NOTES: Jets D Jacob Trouba got his 100th NHL point with an assist on Ehlers' goal. ... Melchiori's point was his first in 25 NHL games. ... Pietila's assist was his first point 10 games this season. ... New Jersey signed University of Massachusetts-Lowell D Michael Kapla to a two-year, entry-level contract. ... Laine returned to the lineup after missing the last game with an illness.


Jets: Host the Ducks on Thursday night.

Devils: At the New York Islanders on Friday night.


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{allcanada} Weal leads Flyers past Senators 3-2 in shootout


PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jordan Weal scored the only shootout goal after tying the game late in the third period to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.

Brayden Schenn also scored for the Flyers, a long shot to make the playoffs with six games remaining. Philadelphia began the day six points out of a postseason spot but needing to jump four teams.

The Senators, making their second stop on a five-game road trip, entered three points behind first-place Montreal in the Atlantic Division and five points in front of Toronto.

Kyle Turris had a goal and an assist, and Erik Karlsson also scored for Ottawa.

Weal opened the shootout by beating Craig Anderson. Flyers goalie Steve Mason clinched the win when he stopped Tom Pyatt on Ottawa's final attempt. Turris and Bobby Ryan also failed to beat Mason in the tiebreaker.

Both teams had chances in overtime. Turris hit the right post with a shot early in the extra session, and Philadelphia's Michael Del Zotto and Weal each had a near miss.

Turris put Ottawa ahead 2-1 with 7:25 remaining in the third period after excellent work by Cody Ceci to set him up. Ceci deked past fallen Flyers defenders Brandon Manning and Del Zotto to the right of Philadelphia's net before passing back to Turris in the slot. Turris' one-timer got past Mason for his 26th goal of the season.

Weal tied it 1:26 later after a miscue by Anderson, who had been stellar to that point. Anderson misfired a pass from behind the net right onto the stick of Weal, who sent it into the empty net for his sixth of the season and fifth in the last 11 games. Senators coach Guy Boucher challenged the play, arguing that Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds interfered with Anderson as he tried to get back to the crease, but officials let the goal stand.

Karlsson opened the scoring with a power-play goal with 3:35 left in the first period, firing a wrist shot over Mason's glove with Mark Stone providing a screen in front.

Schenn responded just more than two minutes later with a power-play goal of his own, deflecting Shayne Gostisbehere's slap shot from the point for his 23rd of the season and 16th on the man advantage. The goal snapped Philadelphia's 0-for-16 drought on the power play.

NOTES: The teams finished their season series, with Philadelphia winning 2-1. Ottawa won 3-2 in a shootout Nov. 15 in Philadelphia, and the Flyers skated to a 3-2 overtime win at Ottawa on Dec. 1. . Senators LW Viktor Stalberg (upper body) and D Marc Methot (finger) sat out for the second straight game.


Senators: At the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.

Flyers: Host the New York Islanders on Thursday.

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{allcanada} Former Argos looking to increase youth football development


Three former Toronto Argonauts are looking to increase football development in the GTA.

Anthony Cannon is the founder of the International Development Fast Football League (IDFFL). Cannon describes the IDFFL as a seven-on-seven developmental football league that bridges the gap between high school football and those that are just starting out in the sport.

It was created after Canon saw that there was a need for a league that allows kids to learn the fundamentals and develop their game.

"Kids were playing summer football then going right to high school football right after that and then from there they would go to winter camps, but there was never any developmental period. We decided to develop something, a platform where these kids could take their pads off and still get quality reps in."

Cannon is working alongside CFL Hall-of-Famer Damon Allen and until recently, Jordan Younger, to help coach and develop kids in the league.

One of the highlights of the IDFFL is that it takes away hitting and allows kids to focus on techniques and skills which are a relatively new way of training and is something that Allen is keen on.

"Well it's the new wave of development and it's ever changing. When you look at the game of football today when they're making such an importance of concussions and those things we have to make things safer," Allen said.

"Now, these kids can actually develop and learn without having contact. So now you have a sense of flag football and seven on seven which has always been a part of the game in the professional and college"

All three former Argos have played against and with some of the best talents that the CFL has and some Hall-of-Famers. It's the experience that Allen, Younger and Cannon all have playing that they believe will be beneficial to kids in their development league.


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{allcanada} Canucks sign forward Griffen Molino to entry-level deal


The Vancouver Canucks have signed free agent Griffen Molino to a two-year entry-level contract.

"Griffen is a competitive two-way forward with good speed and defensive instincts," Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a statement. "He's made significant contributions to Western Michigan's success over two seasons and we're excited to have him join our organization and take the next step in his development."

Molino totalled 15 goals and 33 points in 40 games with Western Michigan University this season, whose season ended on Saturday with a loss in the NCAA East Regional semifinals.

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{allcanada} NHL doctor slams ‘situational ethics’ on concussions in unsealed lawsuit documents


The National Hockey League team doctor had seen enough.

Hours earlier, he watched Chicago Blackhawks forward Martin Havlat return to the ice for Game 4 of the 2009 NHL Western Conference final, just two days after Havlat had been knocked unconscious during Game 3 by a ferocious bodycheck. In Game 4, Havlat was hit again and was forced to leave the game early.

The team doctor – one of at least 30 physicians charged with safeguarding the health of the NHL's players – couldn't understand why Havlat had been allowed back into the Blackhawks lineup for Game 4.

"I am once again disappointed in my colleagues in the [National Hockey League Team Physicians Society]," the doctor wrote in an email to Dr. Willem Meeuwisse, a Calgary-based member of the NHL's Concussion Working Group. "We all sit around and talk and talk about concussion management. Then it's the playoffs, someone suffers an obvious loss of consciousness and is back playing in less than 48 hours.

"This same Chicago player was hit hard again today and was unable to continue in the game. Another example of situational ethics. Our only job is to protect the players from harm including when the player is 'clearing' himself to play. We must be their advocate regardless of what the coach or general manager thinks."

A week later, Dr. Meeuwisse forwarded the doctor's email – after removing his identity – to Dr. Ruben Echemendia, a neuropsychologist in Pennsylvania and the co-chair of the NHL Concussion Working Group, NHL lawyer Julie Grand and Ottawa Senators doctor Mark Aubry.

"I chose to remove his name, and have not circulated to everyone on the concussion committee because it could be taken as quite inflammatory," Dr. Meeuwisse wrote in his May 31, 2009, email. "However, I think he is verbalizing what many people think, so I thought I should pass along the sentiment."

Grand forwarded the email the same day to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly. There is no record of a response from Daly in the documents.

The NHL has fought in court for months to prevent the emails from Dr. Meeuwisse and the NHL team doctor from being made public, but the league lost that battle on Tuesday when a U.S. federal court judge unsealed more than two dozen court exhibits that included that email string.

In a judgment released Tuesday, Judge Susan Richard Nelson wrote that while the NHL objected to the unsealing of the emails about Havlat, "citing a chilling effect on deliberations regarding medical issues," the league failed "to present compelling reasons to overcome the presumption of public access to [the emails about Havlat's injury and return to play.]"

Lawyers for a group of former players suing the NHL in a high-stakes concussion lawsuit say the doctor's candid comments are evidence that even some physicians within the NHL's own medical community feel conflicted about the pressure that players and their doctors face about returning to action after head injuries.

The documents unsealed Tuesday are the latest set of emails and records that have been opened to public scrutiny since the NHL concussion litigation began during the autumn of 2013.

The NHL has argued in the proposed class action lawsuit in U.S. federal court in Minneapolis that NHL players can educate themselves and "put two and two together" about the dangers of repeated head trauma. The league had asked the court to keep the 27 court exhibits sealed, arguing their release would hurt the league's competitive interests and chill future internal debates about player safety.

But lawyers for the group of former players say the NHL has marketed and profited from violence and has abdicated its responsibility to inform players about the long-term risks of concussions. Those lawyers say the new public documents are evidence that some NHL executives have held in contempt at least some doctors who work on concussion-related issues.

The court filings also highlight the NHL's lack of interest in helping researchers learn whether NHL players are more likely than the general public to develop cognitive problems such as Alzheimer's disease, the plaintiffs' lawyers say.

"Are we still paying him anything?"

The unsealed court exhibits include an email string following an incident during the 2010-11 season.

The NHL fined but did not suspend New York Rangers player Derek Stepan for elbowing Mike Green, then of the Washington Capitals, during a game. Days later, former NHL referee Kerry Fraser appeared on TSN and criticized the league's discipline.

Fraser sent an email to a group of 39 medical researchers on March 1, 2011, including Dr. Echemendia. Fraser included a link to a video of the incident on TSN's website.

"You will see the hit and then you can judge as to whether a 'fine' was warranted? You make the call," Fraser wrote.

Dr. Echemendia forwarded Fraser's email to Grand and Daly.

"FYI see below the kinds of emails that Kerry Fraser is circulating," Dr. Echemendia wrote.

Daly forwarded the email string to commissioner Gary Bettman.

"I'm not sure there is anything we can or should be doing, but I wanted you to be aware," Daly wrote.

"Are we still paying him anything?" Bettman asked in reply.

"Yes, his severance," Daly answered. "But I'm not sure we can stop paying him for expressing views critical of the League."

"It wouldn't be nice but maybe he should understand it's not nice to bite the hand that feeds you," Bettman wrote. "Please have someone check to see if there are any grounds to withhold. Don't want to hurt him – maybe just get his attention. This campaign, his book – somewhat delusional."

Repeated requests from researchers for NHL support

Many of the emails and records unsealed by the court go back a decade and detail repeated requests for NHL support from medical researchers.

In 2008, Dr. Echemendia forwarded an ESPN story about concussions in sports to Grand.

"Given the press on concussions in NHL (see story link below) would it make sense to issue a joint NHL/NHLPA press release on the many things that we are doing?" Echemendia wrote in a Feb. 8, 2008, email. "Given the cooperative spirit (NHL/NHLPA) on this issue, as well as the importance and visibility, does it make sense to begin discussions regarding a joint NHL/NHLPA retired players study? I just provided independent consultation [to] the NFL on the study they are planning and I know where they are headed."

Grand forwarded Dr. Echemendia's email to Daly.

"I am not sure we want to start focusing on a retired players' study at this point," Grand wrote in a Feb. 11, 2008, email. "Your thoughts? Ruben seems to be pushing this b/c he keeps bringing it up."

That wasn't the only time the NHL was asked to pursue a study on concussions.

Other email strings unsealed by the court show that an Ottawa-based company called Biokinetics asked the NHL to pursue similar research in 2002 that might help to make player helmets more effective. Grand dismissed the suggestion, saying the study "seemed expensive and unlikely to give us practical results that would be useful in reducing injuries."

In 2010, Baycrest Medical Centre asked Toronto Maple Leafs part owner Larry Tanenbaum to help begin a study of retired NHL players. Two years later, in 2012, Columbia University researchers also asked for similar help from the NHL.

The NHL has reportedly refused to fund any head trauma research. In January, USA Today reported the NHL has not given money to any of the four centres leading research into neurodegenerative diseases and earlier this year, the NHL retained a medical expert in its concussion litigation who argues chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, does not exist as a disease.

"...tree huggin, never played sport, leftist doctors..."

Some of the released emails disclosed describe the behind-the-scenes debate at the NHL following the death in January 2009 of Don Sanderson, a player in an Ontario men's senior league who died after his helmet came off and he hit his head on the ice during a fight.

Weeks after Sanderson's death, Stephen Walkom, the NHL's director of officiating, discussed with colleagues possible rule changes to prevent other serious injuries.

Johanna Kytola, who worked in the NHL's officiating department, emailed Walkom on Feb. 10, 2009, to ask whether a consensus had been reached on new rules regarding fighting.

"Ya love it, much to the dismay of the tree huggin, never played sport, leftist doctors… that soon won't let us climb stairs for fear of concussion..." Walkom responded.

"Well ultimately you can never get rid of fighting... No matter what the injury risk ;)" Kytola wrote.

Kytola wrote that she thought fighting would decrease in future seasons and asked whether other NHL executives supported the notion of ejecting players from games after two fights rather than three.

"Not a big change but we must demonstrate that we care about safety and want to minimize fighting in the game… at a minimum keep helmets on and secured during fights..." Walkom replied.

Over the following weeks, more emails and records showed some players and staff had worries about the NHL's handling of injuries.

Records from the NHL general manager meetings in March 2009 describe former NHLPA official Glenn Healy telling NHL executives that players who asked their teams for second medical opinions following injuries "often received grief from clubs."

Media at a "hysterical period"

One court exhibit featured notes from a general managers' meeting during the 2013-14 season. The date of the meeting is unclear although it occurred sometime before the Sochi Olympics in February 2014.

GMs and NHL officials again discussed rules for fighting, particularly after high-profile incidents involving Montreal Canadiens forward George Parros and Chicago goalie Ray Emery.

Parros was knocked out during a fight in Montreal's season-opening game on home ice. Emery weeks later skated down the ice during a game against Washington and picked a fight with Capitals goalie Braden Holtby.

"The media is at a hysterical period on this subject," Bettman is quoted as saying. "It's a combination of concussions, the NFL news, the Parros situation and the Emery situation. We need to push back a bit on what is being written on it. We should not have this debate publicly whether you support it or not. You can do what you want but it is being made more important than it is. Ken Dryden's book and Bobby Orr's books come out with conflicting views. Having this public debate is not good. Please don't speak to the media about it. Helping the media with the controversy of the issue doesn't help things."

Later in the meeting, San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson asks for guidance if media ask about fighting.

"The consensus right now is status quo," Bettman is quoted as answering. "If media asks about this, deflect the question. Tell them we are having a great season and we will continue to look into issues that come up in the future."

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