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Jan 28, 2013 2:35am
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NEW YORK —Euphoria replaced pure panic at Madison Square Garden in a matter of
moments. Delanie Walker Super bowl Jersey . And even
the most optimistic New York Rangers fan couldnt have seen this one coming.
Brad Richards scored the unlikeliest of power-play goals with just 7.6 seconds
left in regulation, and Marc Staal added another one on the second half of the
advantage in overtime to lift New York to a stunning 3-2 victory over the
Washington Capitals in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Monday night.
“The last minute was incredible,” Staal said. Just seconds away from a 3-2
series hole—and facing the prospect of having to win two straight to survive
and advance—the Rangers somehow cured their ailing power play and rode it to
one of the most thrilling wins in team history. “We knew we had a power play
going into overtime and we wanted to get one and be quick,” Staal said. “Thats
what we ended up doing.” The defenceman made sure that Richards tying goal
wouldnt go to waste when he scored 1:35 into overtime. “Its a kick in the gut
when you lose because it happens so quickly, and its pretty exciting when you
win because it happens quick,” New York coach John Tortorella said. The Rangers
overcame a 3-2 series deficit in the first round against Ottawa, just the second
time in 18 tries they have pulled off the feat, and were looking at having to do
it all over again. Now one win in the next two games will put New York in the
conference finals for the first time since 1997. With goalie Henrik Lundqvist
pulled for an extra attacker, Washingtons Joel Ward took a four-minute penalty
for high-sticking Carl Hagelin with 21.3 seconds left. Richards tied it on the
first half of the power play, and Staal won it with a drive that appeared to
deflect off a Washington player before beating goalie Braden Holtby. Ward was
the first-round hero for the Capitals, scoring the winning goal in overtime in
Game 7 to knock out the Boston Bruins. Now, he hopes he will have the chance to
redeem himself. “This definitely stings,” he said. “It was a hard-fought battle.
Its tough when you let the team down on a play like that.” But his coach and
teammates raced to his defence, and tried to take the blame and spotlight away
from him. “It was an accident,” Capitals coach Dale Hunter said. “Those are the
breaks of hockey. It accidentally came up. Its just a hockey play. “You dont
overanalyze it. You just go play. Well battle again like we did the whole series
and the series before.” The top-seeded Rangers can advance to the Eastern
Conference finals with a win Wednesday in Washington. If necessary, Game 7 would
be back in New York on Saturday. “Nobody thinks we are going to lose it easily,”
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin said. “Its not over yet. Were going home to play at
our house. Well come back here.” With the crowd still buzzing over the shocking
tying goal, a din that held up through the long intermission, John Mitchell won
a faceoff in the Capitals end to start the winning play. Staal corralled the
puck at the right point, glided to the centre of the zone, and fired the drive
that set off a wild celebration on the ice and in the seats. “We just kept
trying to come at them,” Staal said. “It wasnt a set play or anything off the
draw. Just a good clean draw, and guys went to the net, and (Holtby) couldnt see
it.” The Rangers mobbed each other at centre ice as the crushed Capitals trudged
toward the tunnel to their dressing room. Then, the New York players raised
their sticks to the crowd as red, white and blue streamers cascaded down from
the rooftop. The celebration, that culminated in fireworks as the three stars of
the game were announced, seemed almost inevitable after Richards tied it. After
no success with traditional 5-on-4 power plays, the Rangers made the most of
their 6-on-4 edge as Lundqvist watched from the bench. “You could tell when
games are getting tighter, more important, he plays better,” Lundqvist said of
Richards. “I think he likes the intensity in games like that. It just shows what
type of player he really is.” Michael Del Zotto took a shot that hit traffic in
front to the right of Holtby. Ryan Callahan took two or three hard whacks at the
loose puck, but couldnt get it forward. Richards jammed his stick into the maze
of legs and poked the puck past Holtby just before he was able to cover it with
his glove. John Carlson, who had given the Capitals a 2-1 lead with a power-play
goal in the third period, couldnt keep the puck out, either, after he got in
behind Holtby as a last line of defence. “You have to believe you can do it,”
Lundqvist said of the comeback. “It was tough for us to get in front and create
real good scoring chances, but we were shooting a lot and had a lot of energy.
We definitely deserved this win. We worked so hard.” Anton Stralman staked the
Rangers to a 1-0 lead during a dominant first period for New York, but
Brooks Laich answered for the Capitals in the second. Carlson then snapped the
1-1 tie 4:20 into the third with the goal that appeared to put the
seventh-seeded Capitals on the brink of knocking out the top-seeded Rangers. It
would have marked the second straight game that Washington used a man-advantage
goal from a defenceman to earn a victory, but instead the Rangers won their
second of the series in overtime. The Capitals, 0-5 in the playoffs when their
opponent scores first, were fortunate to even be in position to win as they were
outshot 38-18 overall by the Rangers. “We have to put it behind us,” Holtby
said. “Its a tough loss, obviously. Its the way hockey goes sometimes.”
Washington woke up a bit in the second period and got even, despite recording
only six shots on Lundqvist. However, that was two more than the Capitals
generated in the first. The Rangers held a 26-10 edge in shots in the first 40
minutes, but had only a 1-1 tie to show for it heading into the tense third
period. The Capitals tied it in the second after gaining control of the puck
following a faceoff in the Rangers end. Ovechkin, who heard even more boos than
usual from the Garden crowd, sent a pass from the side boards to the right of
Lundqvist that bounced off Rangers forward Brian Boyle. The puck came right to
Laich in the slot for a hard drive that beat Lundqvist inside the right post to
make it 1-1 at 8:15. New York had numerous chances to extend its lead or get
back in front before Washington tied it, but the Rangers power play continued to
struggle and looked disorganized. The Rangers had been 2 for 16 on the power
play in the series before Wards penalty changed everything. Notes: Stralman
scored his first two career NHL playoff goals—both on the power play—in
the Rangers first-round series win over Ottawa. ... Washington is 6-1 in the
playoffs when it scores first. ... The Capitals are 3 for 16 on the power play
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the moves on Tuesday before their game against Toronto. Seattle was down two
pitchers in the bullpen after trades Monday night that sent Steve Delabar to
Toronto and Brandon League to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Patrick Willis Youth Jersey . The Blue Jays
beat the American League Central-leading White Sox in the opener on Monday when
David Cooper came through with a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the
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. A scrambling Cutler took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Tim Dobbins after
unleashing a pass on third down at midfield late in the first half Sunday night.
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Darrelle Revis strolled in from the players parking lot to the New York Jets
dorm with a few bags in his hands—and without a new contract. Ahmad Brooks Womens Jersey . 1 pay-per-view
show Thursday after light heavyweight contender Dan Henderson injured his knee
and champion Jon Jones declined a replacement fight with Chael Sonnen.CALGARY—
With four goals in back-to-back road wins, its safe to say Daniel Winniks short
time in an Anaheim Ducks uniform has gone extremely well. Winniks second goal of
the night 4:02 into the third period broke a 3-3 tie Monday night as Anaheim
went on to a 5-4 victory over the Calgary Flames, who have opened up the season
with consecutive home losses. The culprit on the play, 150 feet from where the
goal was scored, was Calgary centre Alex Tanguay. His pass into the slot was
picked off by Andrew Cogliano, who promptly turned and led a rush up ice that
was eventually finished off by Winnik. Signed as a free agent last summer,
Winnik has found instant chemistry playing right wing on a line with Saku Koivu
and Cogliano. “We were put together that first Sunday at camp. Weve talked a lot
and that helps, finding out each others tendencies on certain plays,” said
Winnik. The 27-year-old finds himself tied for the league lead with Chicagos
Marian Hossa for most goals in the very young NHL season and just seven goals
off his career high. “Hell pull away,” said Winnick with a laugh. Ryan Getzlaf
added his second goal of the night at 11:15 to make it 5-3, and, although the
Flames got back to within one on Lee Stempniaks breakaway goal three minutes
later, Calgary was unable to get it back to even like they did earlier in the
night when they battled back from an early 3-0 hole. “It might have been
exciting for the fans but it certainly was an ugly game as far as coaches look
at it,” said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. “There was a tremendous amount of
mistakes. You get a 3-0 lead, youve got to shut the door and not allow a team
back in but we did.” Koivu had the other goal for Anaheim (2-0-0). The Ducks are
off until they play host to Vancouver in their home opener Friday.
Curtis Glencross, with two goals, and Tanguay also scored for Calgary (0-2-0).
The Flames also have the Canucks as their next opponent. That game goes
Wednesday as the Flames hit the road for the first time. “Thats not the way that
we wanted to start, thats for sure,” said Flames coach Bob Hartley. The Flames
first-year coach empathizes with the fans, who after the long lockout were
excited about a schedule that saw Calgary play five of its first six games at
the Scotiabank Saddledome. “Ive been in many great buildings and from the bench,
to see all those red jerseys, that sea of red. Theres nothing more we wanted to
do than give them a win and obviously, we want wins for us too because we know
48 games will go quick and you cant leave any points on thhe table,” Hartley
said. Justin Smith White Jersey. “Weve played hard
enough to win both games but we didnt play well enough to win both games.” Fans
were still making their way to the seats when Anaheim opened the scoring at 1:06
on a nifty deflection by Getzlaf of Toni Lydmans point shot. Koivu flicked in
Coglianos centring pass at 7:23 to make it 2-0, and three minutes later Winniks
shot deflected off Wideman and behind Miikka Kiprusoff. With the announced
sellout crowd of 19,289 sitting silent in disbelief, the Flames got a big
power-play goal from Glencross at 16:15 as he deflected in a point shot from
newcomer Dennis Wideman. Tanguay cut the deficit to 3-2 with 26 seconds left in
the period and the Flames pulled even 1:13 into the second on another Glencross
deflection on a power play, this time off a Mike Cammalleri shot. With that, the
crowd was suddenly back into it again with the first “Go Flames Go” chant
breaking out shortly after. Calgary outshot the Ducks 14-3 in the second and
could have taken the lead if not for some sharp saves from Hiller, his best
being a pad save off Stempniak on a breakaway that would have put Calgary in
front. “Were getting a lot of chances and for us, it seems like scoring goals
isnt the issue right now. The major issue now is keeping pucks out,” Stempniak
said. “Well shore things up. It will be tough winning in Vancouver, they have an
offensive team, but weve got to get back to the basics of playing defensive
hockey in our own end and being committed to that and then the goals will come.”
Hiller finished the game with 21 saves, while Kiprusoff stopped 19 shots.
“Tomorrow, weve got to come to work, do some video, get on the ice, have a quick
practice, and get to Vancouver and our mindset has to be we cant worry about
these last two games, weve got to go out and win the next game,” said Glencross
Notes: The appointment for Flames centre Roman Cervenka (blood clots) to see a
specialist in Phoenix about his condition was postponed to Tuesday … Eight of
Winniks 41 career goals have come against the Flames… Calgary made two line-up
changes, inserting centre Blair Jones and defenceman T.J. Brodie in place of
left-winger Steve Begin and defenceman Derek Smith. Jones played in his 100th
NHL game … Anaheim welcomed back defenceman Cam Fowler after he missed
Saturdays opener with the flu … The Flames have eight more sets of
back-to-back games … Anaheim right-winger Teemu Selanne is tied with Phil
Esposito for third all-time with 249 career power-play goals. ’ ’ ’ 

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