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Post subject: Coyotes split their two-game season Post Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:53 am
TORONTO — The Winnipeg Jets need to play a complete game to get some payback when the visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.The Maple Leafs defeated the Jets 4-2 on Wednesday night in Winnipeg.Before the rematch in Toronto Ryan Dzingel Jersey , the Jets visited the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night and came back for a 2-1 win on a goal by Dustin Byfuglien at 13:15 of the third period. It was the defenseman’s 500th career point.Article continues below ...The Jets had fallen behind in the first period.Against the Maple Leafs, the Jets fell behind 3-0 before scoring twice in the third period, but John Tavares finished the scoring for the Maple Leafs to clinch the victory.“We worked hard and made a push at the end,” said Jets left winger Nikolaj Ehlers, who ended an 11-game drought without a goal on Wednesday. “But I think there is still a lot we can do better. I think the way we pushed in the third is the way we need to play for a full 60 minutes.”The loss meant the Jets (7-3-1) finished their six-game homestand with a 4-1-1 record.The Maple Leafs (7-3-0), meanwhile, had lost their two previous games, both at home, and had scored a total of one goal in those games.“You reach the 10- or 20-game mark Womens Tom Pyatt Jersey , teams become dialed into their systems and there’s less room out there,” said Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, who has 10 goals but none in his past four games. “But I liked our last game, we had a lot of chances. I feel myself and (linemates Patrick Marleau and Kasperi Kapanen) are getting chances.”Toronto will not have defenseman Travis Dermott after he became ill before the game in Winnipeg. He did not attend practice on Friday.The Maple Leafs are 5-0-0 on the road this season. They are 2-3-0 at home. The Jets are 5-1-1 at home and 2-2-0 on the road.“We seem to be more patient (on the road) and don’t press, we don’t get into a run-and-gun game,” Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. “I don’t know if we just try and look too cute and look too good. At the end, it’s about getting results. It’s always hard to beat a good team twice in a row. They’d be no different from us, they’ll want to respond.”Toronto center Nazem Kadri scored his first goal of the season on Wednesday.“I’ve been around long enough to try to not get frustrated, but that’s always nice finding the back of the net and contributing to help your team win Jordan Nolan Jersey Womens ,” Kadri said. “Hopefully, they come in bunches.”The Maple Leafs kept the Jets under control for most of the game on Wednesday.“Our structure was good, we didn’t give them too much time,” Kadri said. “We were able to be in the right places at the right times, especially breaking through the neutral zone. On the defensive side of things, we were able to stay above guys and not give them too much momentum to generate speed entering the offensive zone.”Defenseman Jake Gardiner and winger Tyler Ennis will both be playing in their 500th NHL game Saturday.The Jets lead the all-time series 27-26-7 overall. The teams are 12-12-5 at Scotiabank Arena.While the Jets have a decent record, they have not looked as imposing as they became last season.“We’re not struggling,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said. “We’re not where we’re going to be in the end, but no team is. We’re all building here. We’re living the daily life in the NHL right now.”The game in Detroit was the opener of a four-game trip for the Jets that includes two games in Finland against the Florida Panthers next week. VANCOUVER Zack Smith Jersey , British Columbia (AP) Mike Fisher’s return to the Predators quickly became a coming-out-of-retirement party.Fisher scored in his first game back and Calle Jarnkrok won it 43 seconds into overtime as Nashville beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 on Friday night for its seventh consecutive victory.The 37-year-old Fisher, who announced his retirement just more than six months ago, changed his mind and decided to come back for an eighth season with the Predators. He returned to practice with the team earlier in February and signed a one-year deal.”They say sometimes rest is a weapon. We’ll see,” Fisher said. ”I was trying to keep the shifts as short as possible, but it was easy fitting in with my linemates, the team, the way they have been playing and working. It was fun.”If rest is indeed a weapon, the Predators seemed intent on using it Friday. They opted to give the night off to four regular players: Roman Josi, Craig Smith Ryan O'Reilly Jersey Womens , Scott Hartnell and Yannick Weber. The victory in their absence showed just how much depth there is in Nashville’s lineup.”We had a couple guys gone today, but we still managed to win the game and we played a great hockey game,” Jarnkrok said.Kevin Fiala and Ryan Ellis also had goals for the Predators (41-14-9), who matched their longest winning streak since November 2009. The defending Western Conference champions lead the West by four points over expansion Vegas.Backup goalie Juuse Saros made 24 saves for Nashville, which holds the top spot in the Central Division.”They’re deep throughout their lineup,” said Brandon Sutter, who scored one of Vancouver’s goals. ”They have four lines that can score. Their D is probably the strongest D corps in the league. But we stuck with them all night. It was a pretty solid effort for us.”Bo Horvat and Daniel Sedin also scored for Vancouver (24-32-9), which is 3-8-3 in its past 14 games. Jacob Markstrom was impressive with 39 saves.Alex Edler, who has played his entire career in Vancouver Brian Elliott Jersey , had two assists to surpass Mattias Ohlund for most points by a Canucks defenseman with 326.”It means a lot to be up there with (Mattias),” Edler said. ”He was a mentor for me. It was great for me to have him here my first year. How he played on the ice and how he acted off the ice, too. I’m very grateful for that.”Vancouver scored first while on the power play, off a faceoff in the Predators zone. Edler ripped a shot from the blue line that Horvat tipped in at 5:55 of the first period.The Canucks made it 2-0 with five minutes remaining in the second as Sutter carried the puck from the side boards into traffic and scored on a backhand.The Predators got on the board minutes later when Fisher swatted in a rolling puck following Filip Forsberg’s shot. He almost scored again early in the third with a shot from the slot, but hit the post.Nashville tied it midway through the period during a 4-on-4. Fiala fired a hard wrist shot from near the faceoff circle that went into the top corner.Vancouver jumped ahead 3-2 on a power play. Sedin took a pass from twin brother Henrik Sedin and lifted his own rebound for his eighth goal in eight games.The Predators tied it again with just more than two minutes left. Ellis’ drive from the blue line cleared enough traffic to squeak by Markstrom and force overtime.Jarnkrok won it when he fired a shot from the hash mark that beat Markstrom.NOTES: The Canucks shut down winger Loui Eriksson (rib injury) on Thursday for the remainder of the season. … Canucks forward Sven Baertschi left early in the second after taking a hard check from Alexei Emelin. Baertschi went to the locker room clutching his shoulder and did not return.UP NEXTPredators: Sunday afternoon at Colorado.Canucks: Host the New York Islanders on Monday night.—
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