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Rather than lament another moral victory,
13-03-2019, 04:06 AM
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Rather than lament another moral victory,
BUFFALO Columbus Blue Jackets Hats Authentic , N.Y. (AP) —Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel was able to enjoy an actual one that counts in the standings.Eichel set up two goals to spark an opportunistic offense, and goalie Linus Ullmark stopped 24 shots — including all 10 in the third period — in an efficient 3-1 win over the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Islanders on Tuesday night.“You’ve got to stay patient against a team like that,” Eichel said of an Islanders’ opponent that entered the game allowing a league-low 133 goals. “We just matched their intensity.”The win followed a 3-1 loss to Winnipeg on Sunday in which Eichel refused to acknowledge how well the Sabres played in a game decided in the final four minutes.Rather than let down after allowing the Islanders to tie the game at 1 on Casey Cizikas‘ goal in the final minute of the first period, the Sabres responded.Jason Pominville scored the go-ahead goal 6:49 into the second period by crashing the net and redirecting Eichel’s backhand centering pass from the left wing.Ullmark then played a big role in preserving the one-goal lead before Johan Larsson swept in a loose puck to seal the win with 2:25 remaining.Jeff Skinner, set up off Eichel’s faceoff win, scored his team-leading 34th and the Sabres improved to 3-2-1 six games into a seven-game homestand.Overall, Buffalo improved to 28-21-7 and picked up its 63rd point. That’s one more than last season, when the Sabres became the NHL’s first franchise to finish 31st following the addition of expansion Vegas.Buffalo also stayed a point behind ninth-place Carolina and inched to within two of idle Pittsburgh in the race for Eastern Conference’s eighth and final playoff berth.Robin Lehner stopped 19 shots against his former team, and the Islanders had a three-game winning streak snapped while losing in regulation for just the second time in 13 games (9-2-2).Forward Matt Martin credited the Sabres’ forechecking style for knocking the Islanders off their game through the first two periods.“When we start playing cute, we don’t have a whole lot of success,” said Martin, who set up Cizikas’ goal after Cal Clutterbuck capitalized on Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen’s turnover deep in Buffalo’s end.“For two periods tonight we didn’t play the brand of hockey we’re used to and it cost us,” Martin added. “We were better in the third Custom Columbus Blue Jackets Jerseys , but that’s too little, too late then.”Ullmark made a big difference with two highlight-reel saves in the final period.First, he did the splits to get his right pad down to stop Mathew Barzal in front, seven minutes into the period. Then with 7:13 left, Ullmark punched out his blocker to foil Cal Clutterbuck’s backhander on a breakaway attempt.“It’s very gratifying,” said Ullmark, who improved to 3-0-1 in his past four.“Whenever the opportunity comes and you have a breakaway or whatever, obviously I want to save every one,” Ullmark added. “And luckily I kept the puck out of the net.”NOTES: Skinner, who has been in contract talks to re-sign with the Sabres, had a lengthy discussion with several of his representatives outside the arena’s security gate following the game. Skinner is in the final year of his contract after Buffalo acquired him in a trade with Carolina in August. … Sabres rookie C Casey Mittelstadt left the pre-game morning skate early with a lower body injury and did not play. … Clutterbuck returned after missing two games with a lower body injury. … Lehner dropped to 13-3-1 in his past 17 starts, and a stretch in which the former Sabres starter has allowed 27 goals. …The Sabres held a pre-faceoff moment of silence in memory of the 50 people who died on the 10th anniversary of Flight 3407’s crash in suburban Clarence Center.UP NEXTIslanders: At Columbus on Thursday.Sabres: Host New York Rangers on Friday. PRO BASKETBALLHOUSTON (AP) Stephen Curry and Golden State turned all those Houston bricks into a road back to the NBA Finals.Needing not only all their firepower but also 27 straight misses by the Rockets during an epic cold streak from 3-point range, the Warriors rallied to keep alive their hopes for a repeat.Kevin Durant scored 34 points, Curry sparked another third-quarter turnaround www.officialstarsproonline.com , and the Warriors earned a fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals by beating the Rockets 101-92 in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night.The defending champions trailed by as many as 15 in the first half after falling behind 17 in Game 6.Curry, who finished with 27 points, scored 14 of Golden State’s 33 points in the third quarter as Houston’s shooting didn’t just go cold, it froze. The Rockets missed all 14 3-point attempts in that quarter as part of a 1-for-21 second half from long range.The Warriors will host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 on Thursday night in the fourth straight matchup between the teams.WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) – Celtics general manager Danny Ainge says point guard Kyrie Irving was unable to attend Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals because he was recovering from nasal surgery.Ainge said on Monday that Irving had a deviated septum. The injury occurred in November when he was hit in the face by teammate Aron Baynes. Irving wore a mask while healing from the facial fracture.Irving has not played since March because of a knee injury. But his absence on the Boston bench was noted when the Celtics played his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.Ainge joked: ”I don’t think he wanted to be seen in public and ruin his movie career.”HOCKEYLAS VEGAS (AP) – Commissioner Gary Bettman says an NHL team in Seattle would have the same favorable expansion terms given to the Vegas Golden Knights.Bettman says the league could vote on adding its 32nd franchise in Seattle later this year, although it won’t happen in June. Bettman remains just as amazed by the Golden Knights’ inaugural season as the rest of the sports world as they host the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup Final.Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly both confirmed the NHL plans to keep the same rules on the next expansion draft. If it happens within the next two years, as increasingly expected, Vegas won’t have to lose any of its players.SOCCERZURICH (AP) – FIFA’s bid inspectors will hold a meeting in Zurich on Wednesday with the North American and Moroccan candidates hoping to host the 2026 World Cup.Officials from the joint United States-Canada-Mexico team and Morocco are invited to answer questions from a FIFA-appointed panel evaluating their bids ahead of the June 13 vote, FIFA said Monday.No date is set to publish the evaluation reports ahead of the vote by up to 207 FIFA member federations in Moscow.Though voters are not obliged to factor the reports into their choice, FIFA put a more rigorous assessment system in place after criticism of the 2018-2022 World Cup hosting votes in December 2010.CHESTER, Pa. (AP) – Josh Sargent scored in his American debut, fellow 18-year-old Tim Weah added a goal in his second international match and a young United States team beat Bolivia 3-0 in an exhibition Monday night.Walker Zimmerman put the Americans ahead in the 37th minute and Sargent doubled the lead in the 52nd. Weah, the son of former FIFA Player of the Year and current Liberia president George Weah Dallas Stars T-Shirts Authentic , scored in the 59th.Weah, born on Feb. 22, 2000, became the fourth-youngest American to score when he displaced Sargent, who was born two days earlier. Sargent’s goal was particularly memorable – with his back to the goal, he intercepted a pass over his head from the goalkeeper, played the ball to himself and put it in the net with a strong right-footed shot from about 11 yards.With no World Cup to play for, interim U.S. coach Dave Sarachan went with youth. He gave six players their debuts, raising the total to 15 in four matches since the Americans were eliminated in qualifying. Defenders Erik Palmer-Brown and Antonee Robinson and goalkeeper Alex Bono joined Sargent as debutants in the starting lineup, and defender Matt Olosune and midfielder Keatan Parks entered on the second half.
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