NBA Fearless Forecast Weekly Rank: 13
NBA Fearless Forecast Weekly Rank: 13
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CALGARY — Jacob Markstrom stopped all 17 shots he faced and the Calgary Flames put an end to their four-game losing skid with a commanding 5-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.Johnny Gaudreau and captain Mark Giordano each had a goal and an assist, while Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm and Brett Ritchie also scored for Calgary (17-21-3). Sam Bennett and Mikael Backlund each tallied a pair of helpers. The Flames improved to 3-5 against their provincial rivals this season.Playing their fourth game in six nights, the Oilers (25-15-2) were blanked for only the third time this year. They dropped to third in the North Division — seven points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs and one point behind the Winnipeg Jets.Goalie Mike Smith stopped 27-of-32 shots in defeat, Edmonton's second regulation loss in its last 11 outings. A tentative first 20 minutes of play saw the teams withdraw to the dressing room with a 0-0 tie.But the Calgary Flames exploded for four goals on 10 shots in the second period from four different shooters.Monahan got the barrage going with his first since Mar. 13, snapping a 13-game goalless drought. Alone at the side of the net, he capitalized on a defensive mix-up from the Oilers and converted Andrew Mangiapane’s pass at 3:12.Calgary gained in confidence as the period progressed. They kept the pressure on and it paid off at 10:43 when Gaudreau took a perfect pass across the crease from Noah Hanifin to beat Smith over the glove from a tight angle.The Flames were again rewarded for good puck movement when Lindholm netted his 10th of the season, five-hole on Smith on the power play. The big-bodied Milan Lucic got the play started and later screened Smith in the crease.The captain got in on the second period’s deluge of goals. Coming off the bench and storming into the offensive zone, Giordano called for a pass and fired from the right face-off dot, beating Smith between the pads.Calgary limited Edmonton to very few high-danger chances. Connor McDavid ended the game with one shot.The Oilers upped the pressure in the third period but could not solve Markstrom. Tyson Barrie came closest when he fired a puck off the post.Ritchie padded the lead and made it 5-0 with 6:30 left in the game.There was some confusion shortly after puck drop, possibly related to the Oilers’ lineup card, as Calgary coach Darryl Sutter chatted with officials from behind the bench.The Flames are back in action in Toronto on Tuesday. The Oilers are off until Friday when they face the Canucks in Vancouver’s first game since their COVID-19 outbreak. Notes: Edmonton held a ceremony to honour the late Colby Cave earlier Saturday. The 25-year-old Oilers forward died last April after doctors discovered a cyst in his brain. … Mangiapane and Bennett extended their point streaks to four games. … The Oilers placed 27-year-old centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (upper body) on the injured-reserve list earlier Saturday.This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 11, 2021. The Canadian Press
PORTLAND, Ore. — Enes Kanter had 24 points and a franchise-record 30 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers routed the Detroit Pistons 118-103 on Saturday night. Kanter bested Sidney Wicks' Portland record of 27 rebounds set in 1975. Kanter also surpassed his own career high of 26 set while with the Knicks in 2018. Each time he added to the record the Blazers' bench stood and cheered. Damian Lillard had 27 points and 10 assists and CJ McCollum added 26 points for the Blazers, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Josh Jackson had 21 points for the Pistons, who trailed by as many as 24 points. Frank Jackson finished with 17 points Center Jusuf Nurkic was not available for the Blazers because it was the first of a back-to-back. The starting centre had knee swelling that kept him out of a game earlier this week against the Clippers. Blazers coach Terry Stotts said before the game that Nurkic would be available for Sunday night's game at home against Miami. Kanter started in Nurkic's place. The Pistons, also playing the first of a back-to-back, rested Wayne Ellington. Mason Plumlee returned after missing Thursday night's victory at Sacramento because of concussion protocol. Carmelo Anthony's jumper put the Blazers up 43-27 in the second quarter, but the Pistons closed the gap with a 14-2 run to get to 45-41. Portland led 59-50 at the break. Kanter had 11 points and 16 rebounds, while Lillard led all scorers with 14 points. CJ McCollum's floater put the Blazers up 74-59 in the third quarter and they stretched the lead to 97-76 early in the final period on Derick Jones Jr.'s tip shot. TIP INS Pistons: Jerami Grant sat out of the second straight game because of a sore right knee. Trail Blazers: It was the second and last meeting between the two teams. The Blazers won the first, 124-101, in Detroit on March 31. ... It was Kanter's team-high 29th double-double this season. UP NEXT The Pistons visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday for the first of a two-game set. The second is Wednesday. The Trail Blazers host Miami in the second of their back-to-back on Sunday. Anne M. Peterson, The Associated Press
TORONTO — Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner have a tradition of passing the puck back at forth at the end of every pre-game warmup.The disc often looks like it's on a string as the two stars play pitch and catch — always the last two Maple Leafs off the ice.The duo has never been more in sync than they are in 2021, and that was once again on full display Saturday.Matthews had a hat trick and an assist to increase his league-leading goal total to 31, Marner scored one and set up all three of his friend and linemate's efforts, and Toronto defeated the Ottawa Senators 6-5 for a season-high sixth straight win.The 23 year olds both sit with 52 points through 41 games to become the first Leafs to crack the half-century mark in that span since the 1942-43 campaign."Chemistry-wise, I think we're at an all-time high," Marner said. "We're moving the puck very well, we're talking to each other constantly on the ice and on the bench about what we're seeing. "(We) have the same offensive awareness of where each other's going to be."Matthews, who now has five straight 30-goal seasons to start his career, recorded just his third hat trick since being picked first overall in 2016. "It felt really good," Matthews, who's also scored two goals on 35 separate occasions, said with a grin.Matthews, Marner and Alex Galchenyuk — was promoted to the top line with William Nylander out due to the NHL's COVID-19 protocol and Zach Hyman bumped down to the second trio — combined for 10 points against Ottawa."Those two guys were making plays all night," Matthews added. "I was fortunate to be on the receiving end of a couple nice passes."Jack Campbell made 27 saves to set an NHL record with his 11th consecutive victory to start a season for Toronto (28-10-3), which improved to 5-2-1 against its provincial rival in the pandemic-shortened campaign.Currently the Leafs' No. 1 crease option with Frederik Andersen still nursing a lower-body injury, Campbell set another franchise record Wednesday by picking up a 10th straight win."I definitely owe the boys a nice Red Lobster dinner, that's for sure," he said of his performance versus the Senators. "Definitely not what I expect out of myself, but thankfully we have a great team."They carried me tonight."Hyman and Ilya Mikheyev, both with a goal and an assist, provided the rest of the offence for the North Division leaders, who are 9-0-1 over their last 10.Tim Stutzle, Drake Batherson and Connor Brown, with a goal and an assist each, Alex Formenton and Josh Norris replied for Ottawa (13-25-4). Anton Forsberg stopped 32 shots for the Senators, who have lost four straight and are 1-5-1 over their last seven."A lot of great plays and a lot of learning lessons," Ottawa head coach D.J. Smith said. "We were careless with the puck against their top line."Brown set a franchise record by scoring in a seventh straight game — breaking a tie with Batherson, Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley, Daniel Alfredsson and Bob Kudelski — against the team that drafted him in 2012 and traded him away in 2019."It means a lot," Brown said. "I've grinded pretty hard in my career. There's been times when I've been a checker."I've had a really good (offensive) opportunity here."Matthews opened the scoring at 8:52 of the first period on a sequence that started with Senators defenceman Erik Gudbranson turning the puck over. Marner raced the other way and dropped a pass to Matthews, who ripped a shot past Forsberg's blocker.Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe's decision to go right back to his top line on the next shift then paid immediate dividends.Galchenyuk, who played sparingly with Ottawa earlier this season before being traded to the Carolina Hurricanes and subsequently flipped to Toronto, started the play that ended with two more quick passes and Matthews' 30th goal just 39 seconds later."Auston shot the puck probably as good as he has in, I don't know, months," said Keefe, referencing the centre's nagging wrist injury.The Senators made it 2-1 at 12:02 of the second when Batherson cleaned up Stutzle's shot off the post for his 13th.The Leafs got their first power play, but Formenton stole the puck from Morgan Rielly and raced in on a breakaway to score his third at 13:49.Ottawa added its third goal in 4:23 to take the lead when Stutzle, who hadn't scored in 13 games, wired a shot upstairs on Campbell to make it 3-2."Obviously we gave up too much," Keefe said. "That Ottawa team, to me, is playing as well as anyone in the division. They're not getting nearly enough credit for it. The start they had to the season dug them a really large hole."They save their best for us, perhaps, but in terms of playing against them, it's just as hard as anybody else."The goal deluge continued 27 seconds later when Marner popped his 14th home off a mad scramble in Forsberg's crease after Stutzle a turnover."It was great to get (a goal)," said Stutzle, the No. 3 pick in the 2020 draft. "But in the end I play to win."The Leafs kept coming and restored their advantage with under a minute to go in the period when Senators blue-liner Thomas Chabot also coughed the puck up to Marner, who again fed Matthews."I don't know if my vocabulary's big enough to describe it," Campbell said of the Matthews-Marner connection. "It's such a treat to watch. It's special."What they bring to this team is invaluable."Matthews had a memorable four-goal NHL debut against Ottawa in 2016, and has now scored 22 times — including nine this season alone — and added 16 assists in 23 career games against the Senators.The Leafs made it 5-3 at 4:44 of the third when Mikheyev scored his sixth, but Brown replied with his 13th to set the Ottawa franchise mark just over three minutes later.Hyman fired his 14th into an empty net to make it 6-4 before Norris buried his 11th on a late power play for the visitors."A nice two points," Matthews said. "But not the prettiest win."This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 10, 2021.___Follow @JClipperton_CP on Twitter Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press
PHOENIX — Arizona manager Torey Lovullo has often said that Tim Locastro is the fastest man in the majors. You don't have to take his word for it: The video game MLB The Show agrees. “He's got a 99 rating,” Lovullo said, grinning. Locastro showed off that speed Saturday night with four hits and a stolen base that broke a big league record, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks cool off the Cincinnati Reds 8-3. Locastro's theft of second in the sixth inning was the 28th straight stolen base to start his career without getting caught. That broke the mark set by Hall of Famer Tim Raines, who stole 27 in a row from 1979-81. Records have been kept since 1951. The Baseball Hall of Fame requested Locastro's cleats, which he had specially painted for the occasion. Locastro grew up in upstate New York, close to the Hall of Fame's location in Cooperstown. “Having my cleats there, it’s unfathomable,” Locastro said. Riley Smith (1-0) threw six impressive innings in his first major league start, giving up just two runs on eight hits against a Reds team that had won six in a row. The 26-year-old right-hander took the rotation spot of lefty Caleb Smith, who was moved to the bullpen after struggling during his first outing. Riley Smith navigated Cincinnati's hot lineup with relative ease. His only trouble came in the second when the first four batters reached base on a walk, double and two singles, including run-scoring hits by Nick Senzel and Jonathan India. Smith was able to limit the damage by retiring Tucker Barnhart and pitcher Jeff Hoffman for the final two outs. He struck out two and walked one. “He was commanding the baseball on both sides of the plate,” Lovullo said. “Trusting his fastball, and there were some quality changeups that got him back into the count.” The Diamondbacks — who came in hitting just .205 through eight games — broke the game open with a five-run fifth. Three runs scored on Stephen Vogt's two-out single. Two scored easily and then Eduardo Escobar was able to come around all the way from first when Senzel slipped in centre field while trying to pick up the ball. Escobar added his third homer of the season on a solo shot in the seventh, clearing the 413-foot sign in centre. He's homered in three straight games for the second time in his career. Asdrubal Cabrera hit his second homer of the year. Locastro was a catalyst all night in the leadoff spot with four singles, two runs scored and a stolen base. His playing time in centre field has increased after Ketel Marte recently went on the injured list with a strained hamstring. “He’s not just fast,” Lovullo said. “He’s a good baseball player who’s learned how to hit.” Hoffman (1-1) took the loss, giving up three runs over 4 1/3 innings. Eugenio Suárez hit his second homer of the season, a solo shot in the eighth. STILL HITTING The Reds lost, but they kept hitting. Cincinnati entered batting a big league-best .305 and pounded out 12 hits. “The idea is just to keep hitting the ball hard,” manager David Bell. “If we continue to do that, good things will happen.” LOCASTRO-RAINES CONNECTION Locastro got some good base-stealing advice early in his professional career. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013 and his first baserunning coach that year was none other than Raines. TRAINER'S ROOM Reds: OF Jesse Winker didn't start, one day after leaving the game with calf cramps. Diamondbacks: SS Nick Ahmed was back in the lineup after missing the season's first eight games. The two-time Gold Glove winner was dealing with knee soreness during spring training. ... Lovullo said he hasn't decided who Tuesday's starting pitcher will be against the Oakland A's. He acknowledged one possibility is RHP Zac Gallen, who has been on the injured list with a hairline fracture in his right forearm. UP NEXT The Diamondbacks send RHP Luke Weaver (0-0, 4.76 ERA) to the mound against Cincinnati RHP José De Leon (0-0, 3.60). ___ Follow David Brandt at https://twitter.com/davidbrandtAP ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports David Brandt, The Associated Press
D-backs rally for five runs in the 5th in 8-3 win
Smith won the bout with an incredible rally in the last two rounds, landing 84 power shots over the final six minutes.
Condensed Game: Eric Hosmer, Ha-Seong Kim and Trent Grisham homered to lead the Padres to a 7-4 win over the Rangers