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MIAMI -- Plagued by poor run support this season, Anibal Sanchez turned really stingy Tuesday. The right-hander allowed only an unearned run in seven innings to remain unbeaten in 19 starts against Washington, and the Miami Marlins beat the Nationals 3-1 to break the franchise record for victories in a month. The Marlins are 20-8 since May 1, best in the majors. "I want 20 wins every month," manager Ozzie Guillen said. The Marlins climbed six games above .500 for the first time since last June 4. Greg Dobbs, pinch-hitting for Sanchez, drove in the run that put Miami ahead to stay with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Hanley Ramirez hit his eighth homer leading off the eighth. The Marlins made the most of seven hits, and Sanchez (3-3) snapped a streak of losses in three consecutive starts. "I felt good today," he said. "I was waiting for the run support." Sanchez allowed only three hits and one walk while striking out five. He improved to 8-0 against Washington with a 1.97 ERA. "I know the records," he said. "I know I throw good against them." This season he has thrown well against nearly everyone. His ERA is 2.56, and he ranks among the NL leaders with 67 strikeouts. "He throws strikes and changes speeds," Guillen said. "Thats all you have to do." Reliever Steve Cishek walked consecutive batters to load the bases in the eighth, then struck out Bryce Harper and retired Ryan Zimmerman on a grounder. "We had them in the spot where we should score a run," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "We had the right guys up. It just didnt happen. Its frustrating, but thats baseball." The Nationals went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position and are 1 for 12 in the series. Their only run scored on a suicide squeeze bunt by Corey Brown, starting for the first time this season after joining the Nationals from Triple-A Syracuse on Monday. Pinch-hitter Jhonatan Solano, making his major league debut, doubled with two out in the ninth before Heath Bell completed the five-hitter for his ninth save in 13 chances. Edwin Jackson (1-3) allowed only two runs, one earned, in 6 2-3 innings. Hes 0-3 in his past eight starts even though his ERA this season is only 3.17. "You cant do much better than he did," Johnson said. Miami broke a 1-all tie with an unearned run in the seventh. Chris Coghlan singled and went to third when Jackson made a wild pickoff throw, and Dobbs brought the run home. "It was a well-pitched ballgame on both parts," Jackson said. "Its who can make the least amount of mistakes, and they capitalized on that mistake." The Marlins had only one hit until the sixth, when they scored on a double by Omar Infante and a two-out RBI double by Giancarlo Stanton to make it 1-all. Ian Desmond, who grounded out on the 10th pitch he saw in his first at-bat, singled for the Nationals first hit to start the fifth. He stole second and continued to third when the throw was errant. When he broke for home on a 1-1 pitch, Brown laid down a squeeze bunt that left the Marlins without a play at the plate. Harper tripled with two out in the sixth, but Zimmerman grounded out against Sanchez to end the inning. "Anibal has been very consistent," Guillen said. "Finally his teammates contributed to give him a win." NOTES: The Nationals accepted the contract of OF Erik Komatsu, who was assigned to Triple-A Syracuse. ... The Nationals recalled Solano nine days after his brother Donovan broke into the majors with the Marlins. Their parents flew Tuesday from Colombia to attend the game, and didnt seem to mind that neither son was in the starting lineup. Mom wore a Marlins jersey, and Dad wore a Nationals jersey. ... Miamis Jose Reyes extended his hitting streak to 10 games. ... Washington C Jesus Flores (right hamstring) will likely sit out at least another game or two, Johnson said. ... 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Youth Brandon Weeden Jersey .Y. -- New York Knicks forward Rasheed Wallace retired again from the NBA on Wednesday after he was unable to recover from a left foot injury.EDMONTON - Devan Dubnyk is doing everything he can to remain the Edmonton Oilers starting goaltender.Dubnyk made 31 saves and the Oilers beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Tuesday.Edmonton has two wins in three straight games with Dubnyk in goal.Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Eric Belanger scored for the Oilers (19-26-5), who prior to the last three games had lost eight of the nine.Dubnyk, who has served as the backup to Nikolai Khabibulin for the bulk of the season, has been forced to make a total of 118 saves during his three-game run.â��Its been nice to get the opportunity to keep going and roll with it,â�� he said. â��I have felt good throughout the year but there were some small things that I needed to work on to get to this point. I certainly cant take it for granted. I have to keep my nose down and realize what is allowing me to do this to keep doing it.â��Dubnyk kept the Oilers in the contest after they slowed down dramatically from a good start to the contest.Peter Mueller and Gabriel Landeskog responded for the Avalanche (26-24-2), who have lost three in a row and have fallen out of a playoff position.Colorado coach Joe Sacco said his team cant afford to keep giving up points at this time of the year.â��There wasnt enough (desperation),â�� he said. â��This is playoff hockey for us right now and we need to have more urgency right from the start. You have to be ready to start on time in this league. This is a no-excuse business.â��Edmonton came close to starting the scoring three minutes in when Ben Eager sprung Anton Lander on a breakaway. Lander had Colorado starter Semyon Varlamov beat with a backhand that hit the post and rattled out of harms way.Two minutes later it was a 1-0 game for the Oilers when Eberle swung around from behind the net and used his second whack to stuff the puck between the post and Varlamovs skate. AHL call-up Philippe Cornet earned an assist on the goal in just the second shift of his NHL debut.Edmonton kept the pressure coming with five minutes left in the opening frame when Ales Hemsky had the Colorado netminder beat but hit the teams second post of the night.The Oilers made it 2-0 on the power play with just over two minutes remaining in the first when Belanger blasted home just his second of the season from the top of the circle.Colorrado had its best chance to that point seconds later when Chuck Kobasew almost had a short-handed break on the second half of a double-minor penalty, but Dubnyk hustled out of the net to poke-check the puck away.ddddddddddddThe Avalanche made it a 2-1 game just over a minute into the second period when Kobasew through the puck through the crease and Mueller was able to whack in his fourth of the year.Two minutes later it was Edmontons turn to be saved by a post when Ryan OByrne unleashed a point shot that had Dubnyk beat but rattled soundly off the cage.The Oilers regained their two-goal advantage six minutes into the third when Varlamov allowed a big rebound on a Hemsky shot and Hall was there to shovel in his 17th of the season.â��It was nice to get that one and hold on in the end. Nice to get the win,â�� Hall said.Colorado cut the lead to 3-2 midway through the third when Dubnyk was able to make a stop on a Milan Hejduk backhander but couldnt get back in position to stop Landeskog, who was left pretty much alone in front of the net, from lifting in the rebound.Dubnyk came up with a huge glove save to rob Ryan OReilly at the side of the net with two minutes to play to preserve the win.Both teams return to the ice on Thursday when the Oilers play host to the Chicago Blackhawks and the Avalanche return to Colorado to start a four-game homestand against Minnesota.Notes: It was the fourth meeting of the season between the two teams. Edmonton won two of the first three. a The Oilers have had a strong record of late at home against the Avs, taking points in 12 of the last 13 games with an 8-1-4 record. a Colorado is tied for the most games played this season with Carolina. a Edmonton has had more than its fair share of injures this season but the players are starting to return to the lineup. Forward Ben Eager was the latest to return on Tuesday, one game after veteran defenceman Ryan Whitney rejoined the team. Rookie phenom Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and defencemen Tom Gilbert and Cam Barker have all resumed skating and could be back within a week. a Jordan Eberles goal was his 19th of the season. He had 18 in his rookie season last year. a Colorados Matt Duchene (knee) is still reportedly several weeks away from returning to the lineup and remains out indefinitely. ' ' '
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders suspended linebacker Rolando McClain on Friday for two games for conduct detrimental to the team after sending him home from practice earlier in the week. Coach Dennis Allen announced the suspension but has not said publicly what McClain did to warrant the punishment other than calling it a team-related issue. McClain was present at the start of practice Wednesday before being asked to leave amid speculation he might be released. Allen asked McClain to stay home from the facility on Thursday, saying there needed to be "consequences to his actions." He told McClain on Friday that those consequences were a suspension, starting with Sundays game against Cleveland. "Im not going to get into any of the specifics of anything that happened, that went into the decision," Allen said. "Thats team-related matters. Were going to keep that within the family." Allen said he discussed the decision with general manager Reggie McKenzie but made the move himself. McKenzie said there was more than one incident that led to the suspension and it was possible that McClain had played his final game as a Raider. "Its going to be on him. I dont feel the need to approach him. So far, he is not apologetic," McKenzie said. "We wouldnt suspend him unless it was something major, including all that stuff off the field and on the field and all that. I think a two-game suspension pretty much says its an issue." McClain is eligible to return from the reserve/suspended by club list on Dec. 10. The Raiders can add a player to the 53-man roster until then. McClain will lose about $114,000 of his $970,000 base salary. Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly said McClain was very upset after being kicked out of practice on Wednesday. Kelly said he hopes McClains career is not hurt by a "small disagreement" with a coach. "Me personally, if I was him, Id come back and do what they ask me to do and whatever happens after that, just deal with it," Kelly said. "But you never want to put yourself in a position where a team is going bad and they can just put all that on you. I just dont want him to get in a situation where hes the scapegoat. ... Hes not whats wrong with the team. Its a collective effort. We all had our hands in it to this point so I just dont want him to be put in that position and know that if you do these certain things, thats how youre going to be cast." McClain was the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft after helping Alabama win a national championship the previous season. He has struggled so far in his career and has had his playing time sharply reduced in recent weeks. In 41 career games with Oakland, McClain had 6 1/2 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, no fumble recoveries and did little to help improve Oaklands struggling run defence. The Raiders (3-8) have allowed 169 points in losing the past four games and are on pace to give up the second-most points ever in a 16-game season. After being essentially an every down player for the first two years of his career, McClain was demoted after the first month of this season. He was replaced by rookie Miles Burris in nickel packages because of his struggles in pass coverage and because the coaching staff believed he tired too easily playing every down. He has gone from playing more than 90 per cent of defensive snaps to just over half the past seven games. McClain also had problems off the field. He was involved in a shooting in Alabama last November when he left the team briefly during the season to attend a family funeral. McClain had been convicted of four misdemeanours in May but he appealed and the charges were recently dropped when the accuser told prosecutors he no longer wanted to pursue the case. Recently acquired Omar Gaither will take McClains spot in the lineup against Cleveland. 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Asomugha is looking to regain the form at age 32 that made him one of the NFLs elite defensive players during his first eight seasons with the Oakland Raiders. And the defending NFC champion 49ers are looking for an upgrade in their secondary, which struggled in the playoffs during the teams run to the Super Bowl last season before losing All-Pro safety Dashon Goldson to free agency earlier this spring. Asomugha, after a forgettable two seasons with Philadelphia, feels he can give the Niners a lift in his return to a region where he also starred during his college days at the University of California. With San Francisco coming off its first trip to the Super Bowl in 18 years, Asomugha has felt a lift of inspiration and incentive as he embraces his new team. The 11th-year veteran has never been to the playoffs. "Theres always this feeling of a fresh start because the previous season has never really been that great," Asomugha said Saturday. "In my career Ive never been on a playoff team, so its never been like were going to build off that playoff year from the year before. The fact that theyre building off the Super Bowl definitely changes the whole landscape of how this season is going mentally for me so far. Its a fresh start, but its building off success." Asomugha needed a fresh start after his time with the Eagles, who were proclaimed a Super Bowl contender after Asomugha signed a five-year, $60 million deal as one of the NFLs top free agents of 2011. But the Eagles faltered during Asomughas two seasons and some wondered whether his best days were behind him. Asomugha ranked near the bottom of starting NFL cornerbacks last season in several statistical categories, and waas released in March when he and the Eagles could not agree on terms of a restructured contract.dddddddddddd Asomugha is putting that behind him with the 49ers, working to find his niche on a team that finished third in the NFL last season in total defence and fourth in passing defence. "Im kind of still letting it play out," Asomugha said. "I think Ive been fitting in well so far just learning the defence and being able to make plays out there. Thats been one of the big things Ive been happy about, my ability to make plays in this defence so far judging out there from the spring and summer. Now that its early in training camp, Im just focusing on getting better." Asomugha will have to earn his spot on the team after signing a modest one-year, $1.35 million deal in April. The 49ers return their top five cornerbacks from 2012, and there also are other newcomers vying for playing time in the secondary: veteran free agent Craig Dahl and rookie first-round draft pick Eric Reid. But defensive co-ordinator Vic Fangio is known for his aggressive style, and his system that mixes man and zone coverage appears to be a good fit for Asomugha, who calls it, "a really nice scheme. The aggressive nature of this defence is just really good. And the players that are around this defence helps anybody out." Asomugha will have to be able to help the 49ers in coverage situations if hes to find success again in the Bay Area, where he played in three Pro Bowls with the Raiders. His NFL experience and knowledge have been a plus so far, but his time in San Francisco will be determined by his ability to lock down on wide receivers. "The hunger is definitely there," Asomugha said. "Its definitely a different culture. The whole environment is a lot more positive, a lot more upbeat, a lot more optimistic. And its true optimism. Its not like all the 32 teams in the league coming in and saying this is the year were going to win the Super Bowl. Its coming from a real place. Ive never been around that." ' ' '
Their hands were raised in triumph, but Great Britains eyes were masked by defeat. Great Britain won their first-ever silver medal in the team competition for mens artistic gymnastics at London 2012, but lost it to Japan after an official inquiry. An official protest submitted by Japan changed Kohei Uchimuras difficulty ranking on the pommel horse. His score was changed to a 14.100 from a 13.466 after the inquiry was accepted. The Brits lost their silver medal to Japan as a result, having to settle for bronze. Japans protest was nothing compared to the crowds when the final scores were announced after the inquiry was accepted. A chorus of anger erupted from the crowd as the home crowd learned that Team GB had won, but promptly lost, their only silver team medal ever. The Duke of Cambridge, William, and Prince Harry, were just two of the thousands of Brits in the stadium on their feet for Team GB after finding out they had won the medal. "Maybe there will be a royal inquiry," joked CTVOlympics analyst Rod Black after Great Britain was demoted to bronze. The judges have not yet spoken publicly about their decision, but there have been rumours of disagreement among the judges about the change. Beijing 2008 Champion China captured the gold medal in the mens artistic gymnastics team competition at London 2012 for the second Olympic Games in a row. More to come. BenJarvus Green-Ellis Jersey For Sale .Y. - Young rosters, small budgets, limited expectations. Elite Jermaine Gresham Jersey . Just days after reports surfaced that the Flyers have made inquiries about Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, Snider was asked by Philly. [url=http://www.bengalssportsgear.com/Bengals-Andre-Smith-Nike-Jersey-Cz-35.html]http://www.bengalssportsgear.com/Bengals-Andre-Smith-Nike-Jersey-Cz-35.html . - Blake Griffin is out of the Olympic-bound U. Nike BenJarvus Green-Ellis Jersey . 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Brodie scored the lone goal of the game for the Flames, who have dropped three of their last four games. Joey MacDonald gave up all three goals on 33 shots in the loss. "On Friday, were going to be working on defensive zone coverage," said Calgary head coach Bob Hartley. "We need to find a way to be a more responsible team in our own zone." The Flames are 2-5-2 as the host this season and will complete their homestand Sunday against Phoenix. The Wild will aim for their first three-game winning streak of the season tonight. Minnesota, which has a 4-1-1 record over its last six games, has posted consecutive victories against Detroit and Edmonton to record its fourth two- game winning streak of the season. Matt Cullen scored twice and also added an assist in Thursdays 3-1 win at Edmonton. Devin Setoguchi scored the go-ahead goal early in the final frame, while Niklas Backsstrom stopped 27 shots in the win.dddddddddddd After a scoreless first frame, Edmonton opened the scoring at the 12:26 mark of the second when Ryan Smyth beat Backstrom on a wraparound. It was all Minnesota from there, however, as the Wild scored three unanswered goals to take control. "A great response and a great job by our guys sticking with our game," Wild coach Mike Yeo said of his team battling back from a goal down. Things got a bit chippy late in the contest when Minnesota forward Cal Clutterbuck took a vicious knee-to-knee hit from Edmonton forward Taylor Hall near the red line. Hall received a five-minute major and a game misconduct, while Clutterbuck was unable to put any weight on his left leg as he was helped off the ice, where a stretcher was waiting for him just beyond the end boards. Clutterbuck missed practice on Friday, but appears to have escaped serious injury with what is being called a thigh contusion. He is expected to miss Saturdays game and there is no timetable for his return. Hall was suspended two games by the NHL for the hit. Thursdays win was just the second on the road this season for the Wild, who are 2-4-1 as the guest. The Wild posted a 2-1 shootout win in Calgary on Feb. 11 and have won six of the last 10 meetings in this series. Minnesota has four victories in its last six trips to the Saddledome. ' ' '
NASHVILLE -- The North Carolina State Wolfpack struggled away from home this season, and nothing changed on a neutral site in Music City. Mike Glennon was intercepted three times, and the Wolfpack also had two fumbles Monday in losing the Music City Bowl to Vanderbilt 38-24. "We hurt ourselves and when you play against a team like Vanderbilt, you cant do that," N.C. State interim head coach Dana Bible said. "Nobody wanted to do that. Nobody was remiss in that area, but we practiced hard through December to make sure ball security was right at the top. But obviously we didnt get that done." The Wolfpack (7-6) came into the bowl with 28 turnovers this season, and they wound up with at least four for a fifth game. That snapped N.C. States bowl winning streak at two since dropping the Papajohns.com Bowl to Rutgers on Dec. 29, 2008. Glennon finished his final game 35 of 53 for 383 yards and helped the Wolfpack outgain Vanderbilt 424-225 in total offence -- but he was also sacked three times. Bible, who filled in after Tom OBrien was fired at the end of the regular season, took blame for two of Glennons interceptions and said he was trying to be aggressive against a Southeastern Conference team. "We werent going to play it safe," Bible said. "We werent going to play back on this team. We were going to be attacking on it, and if they made a play on it more power to them." Now that the season is over, Dave Doeren, whos been working on the same fourth floor as the rest of OBriens staff, can take over fully. Bible said he hadnt thought of his future, dedicating himself to trying to be both offensive co-ordinator and head coach for the Wolfpack for this bowl. "So well see what happens," Bible said. "Ill have time to sit down and think about that and see what the future holds." Glennon, expected to be among the top prospects for the NFL draft in April, said he thinks the N.C. State program will be in good shape. "I am sure the new coach will do a good job," Glennon said. "I think we have a lot of talent coming back." A sign that this wasnt the Wolfpacks day came on the opening drive, when a third-down snap in the shotgun went a couple feet over the head of the 6-foot-6 Glennon. It could have been worse because Vanderbilt (9-4) scored only 17 points off the turnovers. The Wolfpack also didnt force a mistake by Vanderbilt, either, though cornerback David Amerson has led the Atlantic Coast Conference in interceptions each of the past two seasons. With so many short fields, Vanderbilt threw the ball only 27 times with even running back Zac Stacy attempting a halfback pass to his quarterback. N.C. State held opponents to just 14.3 points a game in its six home games. The Wolfpack struggled away from that field, giving up 34.8 points per game. "This was a business trip," N.C. State senior safety Earl Wolff said. "We were here to play football. That was our main thing, goal. It is hard but (if) we are going to lose, lose with pride, lose with dignity." The Commodores finished 9-4 for their best record since going 9-1 in 1915, and its only the third time the smallest and only private university in the SEC has won as many as nine games in a season. Vandy closed the season with seven straight wins for its longest streak since an eight-game run in 1948, and its 15 wins over the past two seasons is the programs best total since 1926 and 1927. "When youre throwing out dates like 1915, you know thats a very, very, very long time," Vandy coach James Franklin said. "Talk about these guys great-great grandparents. Seven-game win streak is the teams longest win streak since 1948, and we also currently have the longest win streak in the SEC, which were very, very proud of." 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"I knew my last chance was going to be at the finish and I took that chance. We finished the race and I waited impatiently for the result.dddddddddddd I got the gold medal." Vincent Cournoyer, of Boucherville, Que., was 11th while Olivier Jean, of Lachenaie, Que., finished 15th overall. Marianne St. Gelais, of Saint-Felicien, Que., was fifth in the womens event while Gabrielle Waddell of Red Deer, Alta., was sixth and Caroline Truchon of Chicoutimi, Que., was seventh. Charle Cournoyer of Boucherville, Que., was ninth in the mens 1,500-metre event while Guillaume Bastille of Riviere-du-Loup, Que., was 12th. Valerie Maltais of La Baie, Que., finished seventh in the womens 1,500-metre race while Jessica Hewitt of Kamloops, B.C., was eighth and Marie-Eve Drolet of Laterriere, Que., was 16th. The womens relay team of Drolet, Hewitt, Maltais and St. Gelais was second to Korea in the semifinal round but still qualified for the final. ' ' '
TORONTO - He outmuscles the Carolina forward for the puck along the wall in the defensive zone. He winds up at his own goal-line and bursts through the neutral zone with loads of speed. He shifts the puck from forehand to backhand and blows by the Carolina defender. He cuts into the blue paint. His first attempt draws some iron. He tucks it in with one last push. "He was determined," said Leaf coach Randy Carlyle afterward, "and he wasnt going to take no for an answer." He was Joffrey Lupul and on Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre, he helped rescue his team from defeat, going end to end for the Highlight of the Night and game-winning goal as the Leafs picked up points for the seventh straight game (4-0-3), helping to further solidify their playoff position with 13 games to go. "We were confident we were going to win the game the whole time," Lupul remarked of the eventual 6-3 victory. "And thats a sign of our team really maturing â�¦ last year we probably wouldnt win that game and this year we did." The goal simply doused another batch of fuel on the sizzling Lupul fire. He has sniped at least a goal in all five games upon his return from injury, totaling seven markers and a pair of assists in that impressive span. For the Leafs, it was the tipping point on a game they needed to capture. Their two-goal lead opposite a floundering Hurricanes squad - now having lost seven straight - had been erased entirely and a near-certain victory was in peril. "Not a lot of things were going right for us for a little while there in the hockey game," Carlyle noted, "but they reached back and found a way and thats what its about. Its about getting points here." A one-time rocket from Dion Phaneuf knotted the score. And then with just over three minutes to go in regulation - his feed setting up that game-tying goal - Lupul grabbed the puck and failed to let go. "We were just kind of in shock that he took it from end-to-end and took it right into the paint like that," Cody Franson said. "But thats the kind of thing that hes capable of doing." "Pretty sick," added James Reimer, who made 19 saves. "You dont get to witness something like that very often." The goal and eventual victory opened up a 10-point cushion between the two clubs, an opportunity to bury the Hurricanes from view snatched in the final moments. Holding onto the six-seed in the East, the Leafs with 42 points, are now just two back of the Senators, with whom they meet in Ottawa on Saturday. Five Points 1. Lupuls skating Stuck on the shelf for about eight weeks with a fractured right forearm, Lupul employed the lengthy recovery time to address at least one asset: his skating. "Yeah, big time," he said. Much of the credit he owed to Barb Underhill, the teams skating coach. Working with Lupul on the ice, Underhill also utilized a video program which allowed for comparison and review between different players. Hurricanes uber-youngster Jeff Skinner was actually one player with whom Lupul was often contrasted. "â�¦she would compare my stride to his and just see where the deficiencies were and where he was gaining speed on me so we tweaked a couple things," Lupul said. "We worked four days a week for three weeks and it certainly helped." 2. Different approach on the bench According to Carlyle, the Leaf coaching staff has evolved in their approach during games like Thursday in which a 2-0 lead evaporated in less than five minutes. "We as coaches were probably doing a poor job early in the year from ramping up the intensity instead of calming it down," Carlyle said. "We were doing too much yelling, too much talking, there was too much. So we decided that we would take a quieter, calmer approach when those things happen and really just relate to the players that we can get ourselves out of this." Carlyle recalled a discussion amongst the coaches in which assistants Scott Gordon and Greg Cronin first raised the concern. 3. Kessels burst He didnt score on Thursday night but Phil Kessel was dynamic against the Hurricanes, totaling six shots, at least one bar and a pair of assists. Kessel leads the Leafs with 18 points in March, has totaled 30 points in the last 26 games and sits a point back of Nazem Kadri for the overall team lead in scoring (34). Asked what made his linemate unique in comparison to other talents hed played with in Philadelphia, James van Riemsdyk replied, "I think just his game-breaking speed. Any time he gets the puck hes a threat to take a guy wide and get a good shot on net. Just got to find him in stride, put it on his tape and he does the rest." Tied for fifth league-wide with 24 assists, Kessel set up the first two Toronto goals, feeding Tyler Bozak for the opener before finding Cody Franson back-door for a power-play marker and 2-0 lead. 4. JVRs dry spell The van Riemsdyk goal drought continued, meanwhile. While he has piled up 14 goals on the year - tied for the team lead - he has just three in the past 17 games and none in the past nine. "Scoring goals would be a start," Carlyle said of needed changes in the 23-year-olds performance prior to the win over Carolina. "Thats what weve asked of JVR, its get back into those dirty areas, hang around the front of that net, use your size and use your speed, take bodies and pucks to the net." In addition to his words, Carlyle also took action. He replaced van Riemsdyk on the top line midway through a win over Florida on Tuesday, keeping the unit (which included Lupul) intact through Thursdays morning skate and pre-game warmup. Then just before puck-drop, he reinserted van Riemsdyk alongside Kessel and Bozak, the line combining for seven shots in the opening frame. van Riemsdyk was off the unit yet by the end of the night however with Lupul rejoining Kessel and Bozak midway through the third frame with the Leafs down a goal. 5. Message to Gardiner As Thursdays morning skate wound down, Randy Carlyle pulled Jake Gardiner aside for a conversation and demonstration on needed improvements in the defensive zone. He went on to scratch the 22-year-old against the Hurricanes. "I think Randy wants me to hit guys more," Gardiner told TSN.ca on Thursday morning, "not necessarily hit them I guess, just finish my check, rub [the opposing player] out at least. I did it last year, but I didnt really think about doing it as much as I probably should now." At a slight 184 pounds, Gardiner doesnt have the benefit of size to outmuscle opponents, but as Carlyle instructed, his positioning can stand to be more effective. "Im not going to crush anybody out there usually," Gardiner said, "its more of having good body position and being really good with my stick." Gardiner had logged 20-plus minutes in five of the six games he played upon return from the Marlies, but had endured speed bumps. He was danced by Shawn Matthias for the game-tying goal against Florida most recently. "Guys are a lot more skilled," he said of the difference between the two leagues, "and its harder to close on guys. Its definitely something I need to work on." Quote of the Night "Pretty sick. You dont get to witness something like that very often." -James Reimer on Joffrey Lupuls game-winning goal. Quote of the Night II "The buildings getting better. The fans are a little more into the game and I think they can get a sense right now that this is actually a real good hockey team." -Joffrey Lupul on the ACCs improved atmosphere. Stat Watch 4-0-3: Leaf record during a season-long seven-game point streak. 7: Goals for Joffrey Lupul during a five-game goal streak. 6 goals, 12 assists, 18 points: Numbers for Phil Kessel in March. 10-6-2: Toronto home record. 6: Points for Nik Kulemin in the past seven games, including an empty-net goal and assist on Thursday. 21: Points for Dion Phaneuf this season, tied for seventh-best among all NHL defenders. 7: Goals for Phaneuf, tied for second-best among NHL defenders. 5: Points for Tyler Bozak in the past two games, including a three-point night against the Hurricanes. Minute Watch 21:51: Joffrey Lupul, most among Leaf forwards. Up Next The Leafs head to the nations capital for a clash with the surprising Senators. cheap jerseys from china .A. Points can always find a ray of light in the darkest clouds. cheap china jerseys . Lokombo, from Abbotsford, B.C., rose two spots on the winter list. 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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The last couple weeks have been all about dry-erase boards, hours of game tape and seemingly endless hours spent in a classroom at the Kansas City Chiefs practice facility. The last three days? They have been a bit more fun for Alex Smith. The new quarterback of the Chiefs finally got to spend some time on the field with coach Andy Reid and his new teammates, even if it came during a voluntary three-day minicamp -- without pads, in the middle of April, in the echoing quiet of an indoor practice facility. "It all seems like a blur," Smith said, "but I think weve gotten in great work. We got a ton of reps in, practices were non-stop, there was no wasted time, and I felt like we took advantage of these days. We got better." The three-day minicamp is allowed under terms of the collective bargaining agreement to teams that underwent an off-season coaching change -- a sort of get-to-know-you kind of workout, one that just happens to be invaluable to teams also undergoing an off-season quarterback change. Everything has been theoretical for Smith since the trade that sent him from San Francisco to Kansas City. There have been thick binders full of plays, and film of the offence that Reid and new offensive co-ordinator Doug Pederson intend to run with the Chiefs. But there hasnt been an opportunity to get on the field until this week. On Tuesday, Smith finally got the chance to have Reid and Pederson stand over his shoulder as he unloaded passes to Dwayne Bowe, Dexter McCluster and the rest of his wide receivers. The work continued on Wednesday and wrapped up with some red-zone work on Thursday. "Before now, everythings been in the classroom," Smith said. "We havent been able to come out here with coaches, so its all been white-board and film-room talk. This is where all the teaching goes on, where all the executing goes on." Bowe, who signed a five-year deal to remain with the Chiefs this off-season, said hes already noticed a difference in practices under the new regime. Things move a bit quicker, for one thing. There is no wasted time, no idle minute. And Bowe said the play-calling is totally different -- "This guy likes to go down field, take the top off, and thats something we havent done in the past, score a lot of points," he said.dddddddddddd. The guy taking the snap from centre is different, too. Matt Cassel was released not long after Smith was acquired in the trade, so Bowe and the rest of the Chiefs wide receivers have a new voice barking out signals at the line of scrimmage. "Matt was a great quarterback, not taking that from him, but Alex has been in an offence thats pretty successful year in and year out," Bowe said, "and just working with someone who has confidence like that, it gives you some confidence." Smith isnt the only new quarterback in the huddle, either. The Chiefs also acquired free agent Chase Daniel to serve as the backup, and hes been trying to get up to speed, too. "Theyre really stressing us and making us work. Thats what this job is about," Daniel said. "If you cant handle it, you dont deserve to be here." The offence that the Chiefs intend to run should resemble the offence that Reid has run the last few years in Philadelphia. But both quarterbacks said there are elements to it that theyve seen elsewhere -- terminology and basic formations, for example. "Theres some similarities in the sense that it comes from the West Coast world," Smith said, "so the structure of the offence, the way we speak, theres a lot of similarities there, but were still learning new terms, new terminology. But the structure is the same." Reid acknowledged that the Chiefs are only scratching the surface of what they plan to do on offence, and with Smith, but the three-day head start has proven helpful. The Chiefs have a rookie minicamp scheduled for May 10-12, but they wont be able to have competitive practices again until organized team activities begin May 14. "The guys that were here before us did a good job. Were just picking up where they left off," Reid said. "The bottom line is there are some good football players here, and they want to learn, and we want to teach them, and were all in this boat together." ' ' '
The Ottawa Senators look to increase their cushion on the eigth-seeded Winnipeg Jets in a matchup Thursday with the NHL-leading New York Rangers. The Senators ended a two-game slide with a 7-3 win Tuesday in Tampa. Milan Michalek recorded his second career hat trick and added an assist as Ottawa used two empty-net tallies to record the lopsided win over the Lightning. "I thought we had a real good start to the game and they responded well," said Ottawa head coach Paul MacLean. "But we responded to their surge and I thought that showed some of the character we have on this team." Colin Greening had a goal and an assist while Ben Bishop made 25 saves for the Senators, who are also three points behind Boston for the top spot in the Northeast Division. Bishop made his debut for the Senators after coming over from St. Louis in a trade. Bishop and Alex Auld are expected to handle Ottawas goaltending duties while No. 1 starter Craig Anderson recovers from a lacerated finger. Beginning with tonights tilt, Ottawa is playing two straight and five of its next six as the host. The Senators are 17-13-3 at Scotiabank Place this season. The Rangers will try to rebound from a rare regulation loss as they continue on a three-game road trip. The Rangers dropped a 4-1 decision Tuesday in New Jersey, dropping the Eastern Conference leaders to 13-4-3 over the last 20 games. Despite the setback, the Rangers enter tonight with a six-point lead over Pittsburgh for first place in the Atlantic Division and a 10-point cushion over Boston for the top seed in the East. With 91 points, the Blueshirts are also tied with St. Louis for the most points in the NHL. The Rangers fell to 20-9-5 on the road this year after Tuesdays loss to the Devils. David Clarkson scored the game-winner early in the third period in the 4-1 triumph for New Jersey. Derek Stepan scored New Yorks only goal, while Henrik Lundqvist gave up three goals on 28 shots in the loss. 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Black Torrey Smith Jersey . -- Up 4-0 after the first period, the Ottawa Senators probably thought they were going to be in for an easy afternoon. CALGARY -- Dane Dobbie was criticized by his coach for a flat performance last week -- and he responded with 10 points on Friday. Dobbie and the Calgary Roughnecks offence returned to its top form in a 19-15 victory over the Minnesota Swarm in National Lacrosse League action. The Roughnecks were beaten 18-13 at home by the Edmonton Rush in their last outing on March. 2. Dobbies poor play that night earned him a mid-week call from coach Curt Malawsky telling him more was expected. "He said my game wasnt there last week and it really wasnt," Dobbie said. "I had cement feet last week and this week I really brought it. I trained hard this week and our other offensive players really gave me the ball. It was a good week." Dobbies six goal, 10-point effort on Friday led the Roughnecks (6-5) and ended a two-game losing streak. Jeff Shattler added four goals and two assists for Calgary. Also scoring were Curtis Dickson and Scott Ranger with a pair each, Joe Resetarits, Nolan Heavenor, Geoff Snider, Daryl Veltman and Shawn Evans, who contributed seven assists. Malawsky went after Dobbie for "just standing around" in the loss to Edmonton. "He didnt complain," Malawsky said. "He went to the gym three times this week and got himself in better shape. He went to the real dirty areas of the floor and got some big goals when they were coming back to put some nails in the coffin." Dobbies 10-point night was one shy of matching his career best. He recorded seven goals and four assists in a 22-10 win over Edmonton on March 13, 2009. His two power-play goals tied Tracey Keluskys Roughnecks franchise record for career power-play goals. They now both have 56. Captain Callum Crawford matched Dobbies output with three goals and seven assists for the Swarm (3-7), who have dropped three in a row. Ryan Benesch had four goals and threee assists for Minnesota.dddddddddddd Kiel Matisz and Joel Henry scored a pair each, with Jeff Gilbert, Shayne Jackson, David Earl and Jordan MacIntosh adding singles. The Roughnecks scored six consecutive goals to grab an 8-3 lead midway through the second quarter and led 12-7 at the half. The teams each picked up four more goals in the third quarter as Calgary took a 16-11 advantage into the final 15 minutes. The teams were tied 3-3 after the first quarter. Minnesota had the early jump to start the game, outshooting the Roughnecks 7-1 and leading 3-2 early, but Calgary picked up the pace and shots were 14-14 after one quarter. "We didnt answer soon enough," Swarm head coach Joe Sullivan said. "Its a game of rolls and we just couldnt respond to their offence tonight." He added: "If you dont get on those earlier youre going to find yourself exactly where we found ourselves, scoring 15 goals and still losing the game. Thats just not acceptable." Mike Poulin made his 11th straight start for the Roughnecks and made 40 saves. Swarm starter Evan Kirk was chased to the bench after the Roughnecks eighth goal, which came on the 22nd shot. Tyler Carlson came on in relief. Minnesota outshot Calgary 55-52. Notes: Roughnecks rookie Jackson Decker picked up his first NLL point with a second assist on Heavenors second quarter goal. Fridays contest was Deckers third career game . . . If Dobbie scores another short-handed goal this season is will be his seventh and will break the NLL single-season record. It would also set a Roughnecks franchise record of 13 shorthanded goals, eclipsing Keluskys current mark . . . The Roughnecks next game is also at home, March 23 versus the Colorado Mammoth . . . Calgarys Mike Carnegie missed the contest due to illness, ending his consecutive game streak at 85. He last missed a game in 2008. ' ' '
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PITTSBURGH -- The fear is gone. The doubt too for that matter. Ditto the hesitation. A year into his comeback from the concussion-like symptoms that nearly derailed Sidney Crosbys career, the Pittsburgh Penguins superstar is back atop the NHL scoring race thanks to his unparalleled mix of artistry, speed and grit. It wasnt the avalanche of points -- 50 and counting heading into Fridays game against the New York Islanders -- that let Crosbys teammates know their captain was back at the top of his considerable powers. No, the proof lay in the tight places around the net where Crosby makes his living better than anyone else. "To play down low in the defensive zone against him is a nightmare," Penguins forward Craig Adams said. "Its a long way back, but I cant imagine a guy playing better than he is right now. You cant get the puck from him." Perhaps because Crosby doesnt have to worry about getting knocked around so much anymore. Dont get him wrong, the game has never been faster. The players have never been bigger and hes never drawn more attention. Yet thanks to a series of rule changes made by the league and a shift in attitude by the guys wearing the sweaters, players say the NHL is as safe now as its perhaps ever been. "I can only speak to the games we played in, theres been a difference," Pittsburgh defenceman Brooks Orpik said. "I think guys are a little bit more conscious, a little more respectful." In the 2-plus years since Crosby sustained a concussion following a blindside hit from Washingtons David Steckel in the 2011 Winter Classic, the league has outlawed shots to the head entirely and given senior vice-president of player safety Brendan Shanahan great leeway in handing out punishment for dangerous plays. Though Crosby says its still too early to tell whether the steps taken by the league have made any impact on the number of concussions sustained by players, he does see evidence of guys playing more under control. "I know its changed from my first couple years, thats for sure," Crosby said. "The game is much tighter." Crosby pointed to the average number of penalties as evidence that sticks, elbows, etc., arent flying quite as much as they used to. Teams are averaging 3.6 power-play opportunities a game this season, down from 5.8 per game during Crosbys rookie year in 2005-06. Part of the decline can be attributed to the decreasing amount of open ice. After offences flourished following the 2004-05 lockout, the pendulum has swung back to more conservative, defensive-minded schemes. The result is more clutching and grabbing, sure, but also a decision by players to avoid the kind of unnecessary penalties that can tilt games. It doesnt always lead to thrilling hockey, but it can lead to smarter, safer play. "Obviously everyone needs to protect their heads and do the right thing in that mindset," Nashville forward David Legwand said. "But we also want to win hockey games and play the right way." The definition of what "right way" is, however, remains entirely up for interpretation. Where some players see progress, New York Rangers coach John Tortorella sees a problem. Tortorella believes the game has become almost too sanitized, particularly the closer to the goal the puck gets. "Underneath the hashmarks, I think you need to let us play a little bit more," he said. "And I kind of miss that part of it. I know its not going to come back to that. But I thought that was a big part of hockey back in those years, and we certainly cant do those type of things now." Tortorella isnt embracing brutality as much as he is vocalizing what is, in some ways, an identity crisis for many contact sports. Hockey is trying to preserve the spirit of the game while also protecting the health of its players. Getting hard data on concussions is difficult because many teams remain vague about the nature of an injury, often never getting more specific than "upper body" and "lower body." Even the Penguins -- one of the few progressive franchises in the league when it comes to discussing such matters -- grew reticent when reigning NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin left a game against Florida last month after sliding into the end boards. Pittsburgh declined to label Malkins injury as a concussion until two days had passed. The play in question, unlike the hit that sent Crosbys career into crisis, however, was clean. And the league understands that no amount of legislation will be able to eradicate head trauma from the game for good. Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland believes the number of players diagnosed with concussions this season are down compared to last year but even he is working mostly off anecdotal evidence. "I think were doing as good of a job as we ever have in protecting our players," he said. "But, when you have 6-foot-2, 200-plus pound players on skates going 25 miles per hour and theyre hitting each other, youre going to have some injuries." Dont mistake positive steps, however, for victory. Every week Shanahan is forced to review tape of questionable plays. Buffalo forward Patrick Kaleta received a five-game suspension three weeks ago after sending New York Rangers forward Brad Richards into the boards. Philadelphias Harry Zolnierczyk sat four games for launching his shoulder at the head of Ottawas Mike Lundin. Both penalties -- like all others handed out by the league -- were accompanied by a video from Shanahan breaking down the play and explaining what the guilty player did wrong. Coaches can then use the video as teaching moments during team meetings. Adapting can take time. Yet there are success stories. Pittsburgh forward Matt Cooke was considered one of the leagues dirtiest players two years ago but has cleaned up his act to the point where when he does something wrong, it is almost a shock. He earned a rare double-minor for boarding and unsportsmanlike conduct in a win over Washington on Tuesday. 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Hall was the third fighter picked when the coaches chose teams. Gastelum was the penultimate at 13th. Hall, 28, has been a freight train all season. The Jamaican-born New Yorker had two highlight-light reel stoppages, knocking out Adam Cella with a spinning heel kick and flooring Bubba McDaniels with a punch. Both losers were on the canvas for a while. "This kid is the nastiest, deadliest, meanest, kid that we have ever seen in the history of TUF," said UFC president Dana White. "You are a contender for the (UFC) title," Sonnen told Hall after his quarter-final win over McDaniels. ";I spent five years in that weight class and youre a contender.dddddddddddd" Andrews, the last fighter picked, came forward at Hall in a first round fought entirely on the feet. But Hall scored more and had the heavier kicks and strikes. Thanks to Halls jab, Andrews had a mouse under his right eye and a lumpy face by the time the round had ended. Hall rebuffed a takedown attempt in the second. His punches continued to take a toll, bloodying Andrews face. Andrews finally got Hall down about half through the round, but Hall worked for a kimura submission from the bottom and then starting striking from below. He suddenly reversed position and hammered down blows on Andrews until the referee stepped in with seconds remaining in the round. "My heart hurts more than my face does," said an emotional Andrews, a New Zealand native who lives in Australia. At 6-3, Samman had five inches in height and seven in reach on the 21-year-old Gastelum. But Gastelum had an advantage on the ground and made the most of it in the first round. That led to a rear naked choke, with Samman never really getting his game going. "Im just in shock right now," said Samman, the fourth pick who had not been short of confidence on the show. Arizonas Gastelum advanced to the final with a submission win over McDaniels, who returned to the competition via a wild card after losing, and knocked out Collin Hart. 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TORONTO – Looking for a leg up this summer, Darryl Boyce packed up and moved back east. There on Prince Edward Island, he found himself training at the offseason home of Dion Phaneuf. "He called me and he said I dont want to impose, but would it be possible to work out at your gym?" said Phaneuf, who makes his summer home on the island. "I said Not a problem at all. I told him what time the workouts were at everyday and he was there all summer long." From working out with tractor tires in the vast open fields to grueling bike rides in the crisp eastern Canadian air, Boyce teamed with the Leafs captain this summer for three solid months of offseason preparation. "The way a guy like him, a big known name around the league, how he trains and prepares was this sort of eye-opener for me," said Boyce, who moved home to P.E.I. from his former offseason dwelling in New Brunswick. "I think it was a great opportunity to train with the captain and the leader of this team." After an unexpected and largely successful run of forty-six games with the Leafs last season, Boyce is now engaged in a training camp battle with former Colorado Avalanche pivot Phillipe Dupuis for the teams fourth-line centre job. "Thats a battle-zone right there between those two guys," said Ron Wilson, following the second day of on-ice workouts at Mastercard Centre. Boyces rise is what youd consider unlikely. The 27-year-old was recalled from the Marlies in late December last season, largely expected to play one game and one game only with Mikhail Grabovski tending to his pregnant girlfriend. With a constant stream of energy and enthusiasm, the one game stint quickly grew into a year-long presence with Boyce evolving into a favourite of the head coach. During exit interviews with Wilson last spring, more of the same was preached for the 2011-2012 campaign. "They just told me point blank that they didnt know much about me until I got here and when I got here I got the opportunity to shine and I brought that for forty-six games last year," ," said Boyce, who notched five goals and 13 points (plus-8 rating). "They just said just keep your nose to the grindstone, dont change who you are; just because you played in the NHL dont try and change your game and be a different type of person. Coming into camp Im still trying to stay humble and have that grit and intensity to make this team again." Training with Phaneuf was a good start. Sprinkling in more cardio work (particularly on the bike) to improve his endurance, Boyce surpassed all of his fitness testing goals from last season and is in prime shape to wrestle a job back this fall. The 26-year-old Dupuis—a strong two-way centreman with penalty killing ability—is poised to offer a challenge. "He knows hes in a fight here for a job," said Phaneuf. "[But] he definitely worked hard and he gave himself the best opportunity by the way that he trained." -- A native of Laval, Quebec, Dupuis enjoyed his first full NHL campaign with the Avalanche last season, totaling seventy-four games. Stuck behind a talented trio of centremen in Denver—Matt Duchene, Paul Stastny, and Ryan OReilly—the 26-year-old averaged just over nine minutes of ice-time, totaling six goals and 17 points. "Im here to make a spot for myself," he said. "Im here to make a name for myself. I want to play with this team. I want to play the entire year and I want to be good for the guys." -- Matt Frattin is settling into his first NHL training camp. The 23-year-old is on the outskirts of a job with the Leafs this fall, dueling with 20-year-old incumbent Nazem Kadri for a spot on the third line. "I think Im right in the mix," said Frattin, who played alongside Joe Colborne and Joey Crabb during the second batch of scrimmages on Sunday. "Definitely feel good out there strength-wise and speed-wise. I think Ive just got to work on my defensive zone a little more, just kind of getting a little sloppy. And then on the offensive side, Im just trying to pick corners a little too much." The former North Dakota star nearly scored a pair during the Sunday scrimmages, but was stopped on two breakaways by former Cornell star and nemesis Ben Scrivens. -- Wilson was typically coy in discussing his goaltending plans for the upcoming exhibition schedule, which includes five games in the next six nights. "I have four guys to pick from," said Wilson of a goalie mix that includes James Reimer, Jonas Gustavsson, Ben Scrivens and Mark Owuya. "Four guys will dress over the next three days and probably just three of them will play." Owuya is likely the odd man out for game-action. Jussi Rynnas meanwhile, suffered a minor injury during the first two days of camp and is likely to sit. Guelph goaltender Garret Sparks is not expected to dress at any point. Reimer and Gustavsson will split the final four exhibition tilts. As for lineups, Wilson indicated a constant sea of changes. "Ive got all this stuff penciled in," he said. "Cant do it in ink because night to night things happen in terms of injuries. 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The Giants recalled catcher Eli Whiteside from Triple-A Fresno to move into Sanchezs role as Buster Poseys backup. cheap china jerseys . The Raptors sent centre Hamed Haddadi -- who never played for Toronto -- and a conditional second-round pick to the Suns. The deal gives Toronto a third point guard, joining Kyle Lowry and John Lucas. cheap custom nfl jerseys . Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald made the announcement Tuesday, one day after the team released Solomon Jones.MONTREAL -- Michael Ryder is making Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin look like a genius. A two-goal performance in a 4-1 victory over the slumping Winnipeg Jets on Thursday gave Ryder nine in 17 games since Bergevin got the veteran right winger and a third round draft pick from the Dallas Stars for Erik Cole in a Feb. 26 trade. Many questioned the deal at the time, but Cole was struggling in Montreal and Ryder has been hot from the outset with eight goals and eight assists since returning to the city where he began his NHL career. "I was used to the city and I knew a few guys here," said Ryder, who left as a free agent for Boston four seasons ago and then signed with Dallas last summer. "It was my first time getting traded, so that was the biggest part of it all. "But the guys welcomed me in and made me feel comfortable right away. I just tried to come in and do what I can to help the team keep winning." Ryder also set up a goal by rookie Alex Galcheyuk, while Brian Gionta had the other goal for Montreal (24-8-5). Alexander Burmistrov got his first goal in 18 games for the Jets (18-19-2), who were swept on a three-game road trip to stretch their losing streak to five. Their anemic attack has scored six goals, only three of them by forwards, in the five losses. With the defeat, Winnipeg gave up first spot in the Southwest Division to Washington and dropped out of playoff position -- from third place to 10th -- in the Eastern Conference. The Jets have nine games left -- seven of them at home -- to try to claw their way back into a playoff spot. They start a six-game homestand Saturday against Philadelphia. "Its not like we dont know whats going on," said coach Claude Noel. "I dont think you can expect to lose five straight games and expect that things arent going to change. "We know that if we continue down this road it isnt good. Thats why theres urgency. Were running out of games. We know that." The Canadiens were coming off a 4-3 loss 24 hours earlier in Philadelphia, but as they have done consistently this season, they bounced back with a win. It was the third time they responded one day after a loss with a clear win. "It was another great effort for us," said Gionta. "Back to back games are not easy in this league and weve done a great job on them this year, especially when weve lost the first one." It was a special night for the veteran back-up goalie Peter Budaj, who made 33 saves to improve to 6-1-1. He had his father, a brother and an uncle over from Slovakia among the crowd of 21,273 at the Bell Centre. "My uncle never saw me play before, so that was fun," he said. "I was glad I was able to get the start at the Bell Centre in front of a home crowd. "Im very appreciative of that, and the team played great iin front of me.dddddddddddd" Winnipeg struck first as Burmistrov was left unguarded on the left side to bang Grant Clitsomes pass into an open net 8:16 into the game. Montreal got it back on a power play at 10:47 as Ryder was alone at the edge of the crease to push Giontas rebound past Ondrej Pavelec. Ryder got his second of the night has he fired the rebound of a P.K. Subban shot past a screened Pavelec 2:03 into the second frame. Subban has eight points in his last five contests. Gionta was at the net and had Lars Ellers shot go in off him on a power play at 5:51. The Canadiens captain said the shot went in off his "upper thigh. "I apologized (to Eller) for getting in the way, but Ill take it any time," the five-foot-seven Gionta said. "Good thing Im tall, eh?" The Jets felt they had a power-play goal early in the third, but Tobias Enstroms score was called back because Blake Wheeler had bumped Budaj in the crease. Galchenyuk sealed the victory when he was at the doorstep to lift in a puck flipped into the crease area by Ryder 7:43 into the third. "Were in a funk and when you get trapped into those funks, things start to go awry and you have to try to get back on a winning streak," said Jets forward Evander Kane, who thrashed Alexei Emelin in a third period fight but got an extra 10 minutes when he pulled off the Montreal defencemans helmet and nearly hit him with it. "That happens all the time. Youre trying to get the other guys helmet off and sometimes it gets caught in your hand when youre trying to throw a punch. Thats what happened. Im not going to feel sorry about that." Dustin Byfuglien started the game at forward, was switched back to defence and sat a spell on the bench. And Noel didnt like how he played on the Galchenyuk goal. "I dont think he was very effective up front," Noel said. "This isnt the first time they put a puck at the net and hes standing beside the guy without taking his stick, so after a while, it just cant continue down that road. You have to make changes." The Canadiens edged the Jets 4-3 in Montreal on Jan. 29. Winnipeg closes out the regular season at home against Montreal on April 25. A team called the Winnipeg Jets has not won in Montreal since the former franchise (now the Phoenix Coyotes) did it on March 14, 1985. Notes: Enstrom played his 400th NHL game. . . Mike Santorelli, claimed on waivers from Florida, played his first Jets game as Nik Antropov sat out with a lower body injured sustained Tuesday on Long Island. . . Clitsome returned from one game with an eye injury. . . Montreal was without Tomas Plekanec, who has a suspected groin injury. Gabriel Dumont was recalled from AHL Hamilton but didnt dress as Ryan White returned from a six-game injury layoff. ' ' '