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Oct 18, 2012 10:43pm
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With a loss to the United States on Sunday, Canada will face Germany in a
qualification game on Tuesday. Wes Welker Womens Jersey . And if Canada were
to win that game, theyll get a quarterfinal game with the Russians. So
obviously, the loss is a significant one. Where the bigger picture is concerned,
U.S. goaltender Ryan Miller outplayed his counterpart Martin Brodeur and the
Americans played what I would call a tremendous road game. Also, the Canadian
power play was misfiring during the game. Granted, Sidney Crosby got his first
goal of the tournament with the man advantage in the late stages, but the power
play was stagnant the rest of the night. There wasnt good puck movement and the
players werent moving their feet very well. But it all comes back to Miller, who
was pretty special on this night. There was a strategic question that could be
asked – whether or not head coach Mike Babcock should have called a timeout
during the last faceoff outside the American zone. Well, I dont mind saying now
that I would have, but while it was happening, the Canadians were having a very
good shift. They had Crosby, Jarome Iginla, Duncan Keith and Drew Doughty with
sustained pressure in the U.S. end for a long time and they were exhausted.
Canada has a lot of weapons and Im sure Babcock was thinking he wanted to save
the timeout for an offensive zone faceoff. But it was off that faceoff that they
had the San Jose Sharks line on and the shift eventually led to the empty
net-goal. So at the time, I might have been inclined to call it. The Canadians
looked like they had the tide turning in their favour in the second period after
Dany Heatleys goal to make it 2-2. That is, until Chris Drury scored his
go-ahead goal with Brodeur, Chris Pronger and Dan Boyle caught down low. At that
point, Crosby and Rick Nash were each minus-3 in the game while there was a bit
of bad gap control between Pronger and Boyle and the forwards. We could be
seeing a changing of the guard on the blue line with the younger defencemen –
Keith, Doughty and Seabrook – being counted on for more minutes going forward.  
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. A favourite at Fenway Park for so long, he wanted a final chance to say so
long. The Boston Red Sox traded away the hard-nosed Youkilis on Sunday, sending
the three-time All-Star infielder and cash to the Chicago White Sox for
utilityman Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart. Aaron Hernandez Jersey . Cincinnati starter
Mat Latos threw an inside fastball to Lowe during the fifth inning of
Cincinnatis 5-3 win on Wednesday night. Lowe gestured toward Baker, who shook
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steering clear of top billing has hurt this magical run, two wins from
concluding in the franchises first Stanley Cup banner.TORONTO – The dress
rehearsal is over. And the final act wasnt pretty. The Toronto Maple Leafs blew
a late two-goal lead in their final exhibition tuneup and watched as the
Columbus Blue Jackets walked away with a 5-4 shootout victory. Last years
version of the Maple Leafs had all kinds of trouble holding leads and this years
team wasnt any better during the pre-season. Ahead 4-2 with less than three
minutes to play, Toronto looked totally in control on Sunday before Jakub
Voracek and Jason Chimera scored 15 seconds apart. The game changed in an
instant. I didnt sense any timidness or anything like that, said Leafs coach Ron
Wilson. We were taking the game to them and its just a little bump in the road
and the wheels fall off. Toronto still nearly won in regulation but Jason Blake
couldnt beat Dan LaCosta on a clear breakaway in the final minute. Once the game
reached a shootout, Blue Jackets rookie Nikita Filatov was the only player to
score. That brought an end to a hectic two-week stretch that saw the Leafs play
nine exhibition games. Wilson didnt have much time to teach his players during
training camp as he was only able to schedule six practices. Im exhausted from
all these games, he said. So I know our teams tired. Everyone will take Monday
off. The next time the Maple Leafs are on the ice for a game will be Thursday
night in Detroit, where theyll watch the Red Wings raise a Stanley Cup banner
before opening the regular season. The final exhibition game offered a glimpse
of what fans can expect to see once the games start counting in the standings.
The Leafs looked sloppy and disorganized at times, but received some good
goaltending from Vesa Toskala. Clearly, this team will be a work in progress. I
think we had more games than practices (in the pre-season) so we didnt really
have quality time to practice too much, said Toskala. I think were just learning
all the time. Were still halfway in the process. It hasnt all been doom and
gloom for the Maple Leafs. First-round draft pick Luke Schenn was a standout at
training camp and seems destined to start the season in the NHL. Interim GM
Cliff Fletcher hinted that an entry-level contract for the 18-year-old
defenceman was already in place and said it would be logical for reporters to
assume that Schenn is staying with the team for now. The only other option the
club has is to send him back to Kelowna for another year in the Western Hockey
League. Schenn hopes hes done enough to warrant a longer look. Youve always got
to think positive, he said. The final decisions not going to be up to me. I feel
like Ive progressed and Ive gotten moore comfortable with everything here. Rob Gronkowski Womens Jersey. Obviously its a
big adjustment coming to Toronto and your first NHL camp. His coach certainly
sounded pleased with what he had seen. If you watched him tonight, youd say,
`Ooh. He was killing penalties, knocking pucks down, pushing people – that was
impressive, said Wilson. Well figure everything out. It will be not whats best
for the Toronto Maple Leafs, it will be whats best for Luke Schenn. At this
point, thats the way you have to think. The Leafs are expected to make their
final roster decisions over the next couple days. An official team list must be
submitted to the league by 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Toronto finished the
pre-season with a record of 2-5-2. Alexandre Picard, Filatov, Chimera and
Voracek had goals for Columbus in regulation on Sunday while Mikhail Grabovsky,
Mike Van Ryn, Anton Stralman and Alexei Ponikarovsky replied for the Maple
Leafs. Torontos offence is an area of concern heading into the season. Were
going to have trouble scoring goals, particularly against the good teams, said
Fletcher. Goals come from skill and talent. The best example of skill and talent
during the pre-season came from Grabovsky, who was acquired in a trade with
Montreal over the summer. The 24-year-old has just 27 games of NHL experience so
far but will be counted on heavily this year. Grabovskys goal at 11:50 of the
second period tied the score 2-2. He finished off a tic-tac-toe passing play by
firing a low shot under Blue Jackets starter Fredrik Norrena and pumped his
fists in celebration. He later assisted on goals by Stralman and Ponikarovsky to
end the pre-season with a team-leading five goals and eight points in eight
games. The flashy centre has made a big impression. He competes hard, said
Fletcher. With us, hes going to have a lot of opportunity to play in offensive
situations. Many have suggested that it would be best for the Leafs to have a
poor season in order to secure another top draft pick next June. While Fletcher
acknowledged that he loves having top selections, he added one important caveat
to discredit the theory: You have to get your brains beaten out to get one of
them. Notes: Announced attendance at Air Canada Centre was 18,455 but there were
plenty of empty seats .. After the game, Toronto assigned Richard Petiot, Jaime
Sifers, Robbie Earl, Kyle Rogers and Justin Pogge to the AHL Marlies .. Columbus
opens the regular season in Dallas on Friday night .. Blue Jackets captain Rick
Nash was among the players that didnt dress .. Schenn was picked fifth overall
in the June draft – one spot ahead of Filatov. ’ ’ ’ 

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