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Marie-Claude Molnar gave Canada a strong start on Day 7 of the London 2012
Paralympic Games, winning a bronze medal in the womens road cycling C4 time
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finished with a time of 26:48.52, behind American Megan Fisher and Susan Powell
of Australia. It is Molnars first Paralympic medal, though she narrowly missed
the podium in the womens individual pursuit—in which she finished fourth—
on Day 2.  Molnar could add to her hardware before the Games conclude. She races
again Thursday in the womens individual C 4-5 road race. The C1-C5 classes
consist of athletes with an impairment that affects their legs, arms and/or
trunk, but who use standard bicycles. Her daring competitive style makes Molnar
one to watch on the road—her best friend as a child nicknamed her “Indy”
because of the “little stunts” she was always trying, she said.  A former hockey
player, Molnar took up cycling after she was hit by a car in 2005, leaving her
with a brain injury. Though she knew her injury would not keep her from sports,
Molnar said she had no idea how difficult cycling would be. “Cycling is a
complex sport compared to what people may think; it involves a lot of strategy,
tactics, handling skills and specific knowledge,” Molnar told the Canadian
Paralympic Committee. She began competing in 2009 and won a bronze medal ahead
of the Games at the 2011 Guadalajara Parapan American Games in the womens
individual pursuit.  Molnar wasnt satisfied with just keeping pace, though.
After finishing the individual pursuit with a personal best time (but without a
medal), she beat her record the following day. “New PB this afternoon at the
500!” Molnar tweeted on Sept. 1. She promised to “fight for a medal” at her next
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scored the winning goal and the Rochester Americans spoiled Hamiltons first home
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reports that the club has filed for arbitration with their No. 1 netminder, who
was set to become a restricted free agent on July 1. NEW YORK —The New York
Rangers had plenty of fight at the start and a whole lot left at the end when
they skated off with the Eastern Conferences first playoff berth. The Rangers
broke a two-game losing streak and won for the third time in eight games by
using their fists and sticks in a hard-fought 4-2 victory over the New Jersey
Devils on Monday night. Brandon Dubinsky scored shortly after a fight-filled
opening faceoff, and New York led virtually start to finish against their bitter
rivals. As the visiting team, the Devils set their opening lineup first—and
the starting five included Eric Boulton, Cam Janssen and Ryan Carter, who
between them came in with three goals, four assists and 252 penalty minutes this
season. New York countered with Mike Rupp, Brandon Prust and defenceman
Stu Bickel, who actually took the faceoff for the first time in his career.
“Those guys are tough, the three of them are tough, too,” said Dubinsky, who
scored at 1:11. “It was nice to score a goal, but by no means am I going to try
to take credit away from those guys because its a tough job to do that. They all
stepped up to the plate and did a good job for us.” Three fights broke out at
the outset and that jump-started the Rangers, whose lead in the East dwindled to
almost nothing recently. Rangers coach John Tortorella said he wasnt aware that
his club had secured a post-season spot until several minutes after the game. “I
just want us to continue to play and continue to try to improve, and try to be
playing our best hockey when we go into that last week,” he said. “These last
couple of weeks are very important.” Defenceman Dan Girardi scored in the first
minute of the second period, and Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan added goals
for the Rangers, who lead the Pittsburgh Penguins by three points. New York
(45-20-7) has 10 games remaining. Pittsburgh has 11 to play, including one
against the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 20 shots and got the Rangers back
on track after home losses to Colorado and Pittsburgh. New York, which has two
games remaining on a seven-game homestand, went 3-2-1 against New Jersey in the
season series. The Rangers have often struggled until the final days to get into
the playoffs, but now they have joined Western Conference-leading St. Louis as
the only teams to qualify this season. This is the earliest they have clinched a
playoff spot since they did it on March 8, 1992. “Its definitely a foreign
feeling, I guess, not coming down to the last day,” Dubinsky said. “Weve worked
really hard all year for this opportunity. We said from the get-go, the playoffs
werent our goal. We want home-ice advantage.” Patrik Elias and Petr Sykora had
goals, and Martin Brodeur made 23 saves for the Devils (41-27-5), who are sixth
in the East. They are three points ahead of the Ottawa Senators, their opponent
on the road Tuesday, with nine games remaining. “There is no easy game for us,”
Elias said. “Theyre right behind us and theyre waiting for us. Weve got to be
ready.” After the last meeting between the teams on March 6, some Rangers said
the Devils played as though they were trying to kill them. New York was
determined from thee start to ensure that wouldnt happen again. Chris Chester Jersey. Before the puck dropped
for the opening faceoff, it was already clear that it wouldnt be a calm
beginning as players jousted and jabbed with their counterparts next to them.
“The way it was set up, you knew that something was coming. I was excited to
play, maybe too much,” said Elias, who took blame for the first goal, saying he
was out of position because he went to deliver a hit. Gloves and sticks hit the
ice about the same time as the puck, and six of the 10 skaters squared off to
fight. On either side of the big faceoff circle in the middle, Janssen and
Boulton fought Prust and Rupp. While inside the Devils zone, Bickel traded blows
with Carter. Carter got in the better shots, but fell to the ice first and was
already bleeding when he went down. It got worse when Bickel fell onto him and
delivered more shots that left several blood spots on the ice that had to be
scraped and shovelled. Devils defenceman Bryce Salvador tried to come to Carters
aid by grabbing Bickel. Salvador was given a 10-minute misconduct. “Ive never
seen anything like that,” Lundqvist said. “We were pretty fired up going out
when Torts saw their starting lineup. He changed a little bit on our starting
lineup, and I think guys were ready to go out there.” Only four penalties were
called after the first period. “Emotions are high and everything, but youve just
got to kind of take a deep breath and step back and just play the way we want to
play,” Elias said. “There was a lot of things happening in the first period, and
after that it kind of settled down. We started playing better in the second, but
in the third we didnt give ourselves a chance to get back.” Tortorella could be
seen yelling at the New Jersey bench before play resumed. When it did, his club
struck first. The Rangers took a 1-0 lead for the second straight game when
Dubinsky scored his first in seven contests. New York bottled up the Devils in
the period and held them to six shots. The Rangers struck quickly again at the
start of the second to double the lead. Carl Hagelin sent a pass across the full
length of the New Jersey zone to Girardi, who let go a change-up of a shot that
sailed left. Brodeur stuck out his stick, and the puck clipped the shaft and
deflected in just under the crossbar at 33 seconds. It was Girardis fifth of the
season and first since Jan. 17—a span of 27 games. The Devils got that one
back 4:30 later when Elias took the puck at the left post and managed to find a
sliver of space over Lundqvists right shoulder and under the crossbar for his
25th goal. New York restored its two-goal lead at 7:33 when Zuccarello scored
for the second straight game. It was the Rangers first power-play goal in four
games and just their sixth in 19 contests—covering 55 opportunities. The
Devils answered again at 11:08 when Sykora netted his 17th with an unscreened
shot from Lundqvists right. Stepan sealed it by scoring his 16th of the season
with 1:10 left in the game. NOTES: It is Elias seventh NHL season with at least
25 goals, and first since the 2008-09 season. He has 12 goals and 35 points in
his last 34 games. ... Thirteen of the past 17 meetings have been decided by two
or fewer goals. ’ ’ ’ 

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