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BARCELONA, Spain—Brent Hayden of Mission, B. Julio Jones Womens Jersey .C., and Montreals
Victoria Poon each earned their second gold medal in two days on Sunday to
conclude the opening stop on the Mare Nostrum swimming tour. Sinead Russell of
Burlington, Ont., and Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que., added to Canadas gold
medal count as well. All four are preparing for this summers Olympic Games.
Hayden came first in the mens 50-metre freestyle in 22.47 seconds. Hanser Garcia
of Cuba was second in 22.63 and Sergey Fesikov of Russia third in 22.64.
Edmontons Luke Peddie was seventh in 23.35. Poon, tuning up for her second
Olympics, clocked 55.42 seconds in the 100-metre freestyle with Britains Jessica
Lloyd second in 55.49 and Finlands Hanna-Maria Seppala came third in 55.79.
Sandrine Mainville of Boucherville, Que., was sixth and Winnipegs Chantal Van
Landeghem finished eighth. In the womens 200-metre backstroke, Russell was the
winner in 2:11.20 with Karin Prinsloo of South Africa taking silver in 2:11.73
and Montreals Barbara Jardin third in 2:12.56. In the womens 200-metre
butterfly, Savard finished ahead of two British swimmers clocking 2:10.03.
Audrey Lacroix of Pont Rouge was fourth in 2:11.80 less than a second from the
podium. Vancouvers Noemie Thomas was sixth. In the womens 50-metre butterfly,
Silvia DiPietro of Spain won the gold medal 26.55 edging Savard in second at
26.86. Thomas was sixth. In the womens 100 breaststroke, Kierra Smith of
Kelowna, B.C., earned a second individual medal at the event, placing third in
1:09.92. Less than a second separated the top-three finishers. Ashley McGregor
of Pointe-Claire, Que., was seventh and Ottawas Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson was
eighth. Jardin earned a second bronze in the 400 freestyle while
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4-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves.GLENDALE, Ariz. – Phoenix goalie Mike Smith
stretched out to block a shot from a charging Nashville player and watched as
his stick sailed to the backboards. No way to reach his waffleboard, Smith slid
back and forth across the crease, trying to stay low, throwing up his gloves
whenever the puck came his direction. His teammates cleared the puck after about
30 seconds and Smith let off a sigh of relief. “We practice that … but Im not
real comfortable with it,” Smith said. His team should be feeling a little
uneasy, too. Despite pulling out a 4-3 win over the Predators in Game 1 of the
Western Conference semifinals Friday night, the Coyotes know they have a lot of
work to do to have a shot at winning the series. Thats right. The winning team
may have more adjustments to make than the losers. The Coyotes have been playing
this tightrope game to near perfection throughout the playoffs, leaning heavily
on Smith and coming through with the big shot, usually in overtime. Its worked
so far; Phoenix won its first-round series over Chicago and the opener against
Nashville, becoming the first team in NHL history to go to overtime in six of
its first seven playoff games. The Coyotes know it cant continue against the
Predators, a team that plays the same kind of close-to-the-vest style and has a
superb goalie of their own in Pekka Rinne. “Weve got to be better because sooner
or later its going to cost us,” Coyotes forward Daymond Langkow said Saturday
after practice at Jobing.com Arena. “We sit back in the third, weve had leads,
we just need to be more aggressive. We just sat back and you cant do that
against a good team like that.” A series that was expected to be low scoring got
off to a surprising start with seven goals in the first game. After the
Predators shook off a sluggish start — they had a week off after beating Detroit
in the first round — both teams played crisply in the first two periods,
snapping passes, trading goals, each goalie throwing in some big saves. Once the
third period starts, Nashville picked up the pressure and dominated, spending
what felt like 19 of the 20 minutes in Phoenixs zone. The Predators had the
Coyotes chasing the entire period, outshooting them 16-1 while forcing three
power plays. Martin Erat scored on the third one, with 4:42 left in regulation,
and Nashville appeared to be in control headed into overtime. But the Predators,
whove been known to steal a gamee or two when they were outplayed, ended up on
the short end this time, losing in overtime when Ray Whitney took a pass from
Martin Hanzal and flipped it past Rinne for the game-winner and a 1-0 series
lead. Tony Gonzalez Youth Jersey. “Theyre
opportunistic, theyve got a great goaltender — theyre a lot like us,” Predators
centre Mike Fisher. “We got some of those wins against Detroit, so weve seen it
and know what to expect, but it was just a matter of coming up a bit short.” In
a series that was billed as a showdown between two of the NHLs best goaltenders,
Smith won round 1. Coming off a superb regular season in his first run as a
no-doubt No. 1 goalie, Smith has been spectacular during the playoffs,
practically willing the Coyotes over the Blackhawks in the first round. He had
his first career playoff shutout in the clincher over Chicago in Game 6 and
again was stellar against the Predators while facing nearly twice as many shots
at Rinne. Smith was at his best after Erats goal, flipping and flopping,
stretching and splitting to reach every shot Nashville sent at him. No stick? No
problem. Smith survived the dicey stick-losing seconds in overtime and finished
with 39 saves while Rinne had 20. “Hes a good goalie, you cant deny that,”
Predators captain Shea Weber said. “He had a good series against Chicago and he
was good yesterday.” The worry for the Coyotes is that theyre relying on Smith a
little too much. Good as Smith has been, Phoenix cant keep falling back into
protection mode whenever they have a lead. Four times in the playoffs the
Coyotes have allowed tying goals in the third period, in part because theyve sat
back and stopped attacking, spending far too much time in their own zone and
giving up way too many good chances. Smith has been good after giving up the
late goals, leading Phoenix to four overtime victories, but the Coyotes know
theyre playing with fire, particularly against an equally-opportunistic team
like the Predators. “Its not the prettiest hockey, and people can say what they
want about it, but weve just got to find a way to win,” Coyotes captain
Shane Doan said. “We pride ourselves as a group in doing that. Obviously, were
pretty thankful that Smith has been as good as hes been. At the same time, we
have to be better as a group, as a whole.” So do the Predators, who did just
about everything right except the most important thing: win. ’ ’ ’ 

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