Three stars: Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry, Chris Boucher -
Gerald Henderson award: Eric Bledsoe
Three stars: Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry, Chris Boucher -
Gerald Henderson award: Eric Bledsoe
One year has passed since the death of Kobe Bryant. Let’s remember. Let’s heal.
Veteran infielder Marcus Semien, who finished third in AL MVP voting in 2019, has joined the Blue Jays on a show-me deal.
WINNIPEG — Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and three assists as the Winnipeg Jets battled back from an early 3-1 deficit to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 6-4 on Tuesday.Andrew Copp added two goals, including one into an empty net, and two assists, while Adam Lowry scored and set up two others for Winnipeg (5-2-0). Paul Stastny, with a goal and an assist, and Mathieu Perreault provided the rest of the offence for the Jets, who got 22 saves from Connor Hellebuyck after falling 4-3 to the Oilers in dramatic fashion Sunday.Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, with a goal and an assist each, Leon Draisaitl and Adam Larsson replied for Edmonton (3-5-0). Mikko Koskinen made 27 saves, while Darnell Nurse added three assists.Winnipeg head coach Paul Maurice was behind the bench for the 1,607th regular-season game of his NHL career, tying him with Al Arbour for fourth on the all-time list.Down 3-2 through 40 minutes, the Jets tied things at 3:19 of the third period when Stastny weaved into the offensive zone and slid a pass to Ehlers for him to bury his fifth of the season — and a career-high fifth in as many games.Stastny then gave Winnipeg its first lead at 5:26 when he fished a loose puck out of a crowd in front and flicked his second beyond Koskinen.The Jets continued the onslaught just 1:20 later when Lowry redirected his fourth off a pass from Derek Forbort to make it 5-3.McDavid got one back the visitors with 1:50 left on the clock and Koskinen on the bench for an extra attacker, but Copp iced it into an empty net with under a minute to go.Edmonton, which won Sunday's opener of the two-game set when Draisaitl scored with less than a second remaining in regulation, and Winnipeg will go head-to-head seven more times this season in the all-Canadian North Division, with the next meetings scheduled for Feb 15 and 17 in Alberta's capital.Playing the finale of a four-game road trip through Toronto and Winnipeg, the Oilers opened the scoring on a power play at 1:48 of the first when Draisaitl snapped his fourth of the campaign — and fourth in as many games — off the rush on a shot that beat Hellebuyck through the pads and just dribbled over the line.Winnipeg, which suited up for its sixth game in nine nights, responded on a man advantage of its own at 5:14 when Copp banged home his third after Koskinen made a couple of good stops.Edmonton nudged back in front 2-1 at 9:13 when Patrick Russell found Larsson at the point, and he beat Hellebuyck on a shot the Jets goalie will want back.The Oilers, who came in with the NHL's 25th-ranked power play after finishing first in 2019-20, connected on their second straight man advantage to go up by two just 2:03 later when Nugent-Hopkins took a pass from McDavid and wired his fourth upstairs.But the Jets countered once again three seconds after an Edmonton penalty expired when Perreault fired his first past Koskinen, who has played every minute of his team's season with fellow netminder Mike Smith out injured, off a Lowry feed at 14:37 as the Oilers took a 3-2 advantage to the locker room.Mark Scheifele hit the post for Winnipeg early in the second on a 2-on-1 chance as the teams played with a lot more tempo following that penalty-filled first.Edmonton's Zack Kassian had three great chances to put his team back up by two, including a breakaway moments before the intermission, but was unable to find the range.Notes: Edmonton hosts the Maple Leafs for two games beginning Thursday after the teams split a pair of contests last week in Toronto. ... Winnipeg now has three days off before resuming its seven-game homestand Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 26, 2021.___Follow @JClipperton_CP on Twitter The Canadian Press
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Maple Leafs goalie Jack Campbell will be out for the "foreseeable future" with an injury, but Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk is denying any intent.
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Kobe Bryant was an unorthodox genius on the court, and often controversial off it. The Lakers' legend's legacy is clear to see in today's NBA but his influence went well beyond the men's game.
This is a column by Morgan Campbell, who writes opinion for CBC Sports. For more information about CBC's Opinion section, please see the FAQ. In December, a football game between the University of Michigan and its biggest rival, Ohio State, was cancelled after a coronavirus outbreak on Michigan's team. If you can't conceive how big that decision was, imagine Real Madrid and Barcelona calling off El Clásico, or pulling the plug on a gold-medal women's hockey game between the U.S. and Canada. Or consider that cancelling the game cost Fox, the game's broadcaster, a reported $18.5 million US in ad revenue. Now contrast that with the NFL's insistence on continuing with a game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers even though COVID-19 outbreaks among the Ravens had already triggered a string of postponements. The six-day delay led to a rare NFL game on network TV on a Wednesday afternoon, but salvaging the matchup made financial sense. Cancelling could have cost NBC an estimated $71 million in ad sales. If you're a big fan of the Summer Olympics, concerned they won't take place this July, rest easy. The International Olympic Committee is scheduled to collect a reported $1 billion in broadcast rights fees tied to this summer's event (the CBC holds the Canadian broadcast rights), and tied to that sum is a long list of broadcasters eager to recoup that money through ad sales or streaming app subscriptions. Cancelling or delaying Tokyo 2020 again might make sense while we grapple with a global pandemic, but staging the Games makes too many dollars for too many people to consider anything else. So, if you're worried the Olympics will press ahead during a public health emergency, you should decide whether you'll object on ethical grounds, or watch despite reservations. I'll join that second group, following the Olympic Games with feelings as mixed as the messaging pro sports are sending about their commitment to COVID-19 safety. Consider the NBA, which set the gold standard last summer, setting up a secure campus on a Disney resort, and conducting a post-season free of outbreaks. For the current season, every team except the Raptors returned to its home market and resumed a normal, if shortened, schedule of home and road games. Predictably, infections have followed. The Washington Wizards paused activities for more than nine days after an outbreak within the team. Earlier this month Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns, whose mother is among six relatives to die from COVID-19, tested positive. He hasn't played since Jan. 13. WATCH | Bring It In: Remembering Kobe and Gianna Bryant: Yet the league still wants to host its all-star weekend in Atlanta in March, even though it means more travel when most experts are telling us to limit our movement. We can't expect the NBA to seal all its players inside a COVID-free bubble from its tip-off in December until the playoffs end in July, and we knew proceeding with a season entailed risk. But we can also recognize that, even by pro sports standards, all-star games aren't essential and that the league's best players would benefit more from a weekend off work than from a detour that could expose them to the virus. And look at Arizona, where COVID-19 case counts are swelling, and where officials in cities with MLB team complexes want the league to delay spring training until the number of new infections recedes. Except MLB and its players' union can't make that decision until they haggle over it. Part of the problem, according to published reports, is that delaying spring training pushes back opening day, which could cause the World Series to bleed into mid-November, which might displease the league's broadcast partners. A non-baseball fan could simply conclude that, when balanced against a public health emergency, a delayed baseball season barely qualifies as an inconvenience. But MLB is the same outfit that pulled Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner from the field late in the final game of the World Series over a positive COVID-19 test, then did nothing after he returned to the diamond to celebrate with his teammates, maskless and maybe contagious. Or we could return to the University of Michigan, where first-year track standout Ziyah Holman erased her team's 25-metre deficit in the final leg of a 4x400-metre relay, passing two runners to seal a Michigan victory. For the track aficionados, Holman ran her split in 51.79 seconds, the fastest segment of any runner on any team competing. And for everyone else, the feat went viral, giving track and field a rare moment in the mainstream sports spotlight. Virus is relentless and versatile A week later, the school announced a two-week moratorium on sports after a COVID-19 outbreak within its athletic program. The case count included a variant of the virus, which has been spreading in the community beyond the campus. The dilemma in Ann Arbor tells us the novel coronavirus possesses traits coaches treasure in athletes. It's relentless, spreading in all but the most controlled environments, ripping through communities where COVID-fatigued people are relaxing their defences. It's versatile, with enough new variants to keep drug companies adjusting vaccines. And it's opportunistic, mutating into new varieties because unchecked spread gave it a chance to. The more people infected, the more likely that we will see new variants. - Dr. Michel Nussenzweig "The more people infected, the more likely that we will see new variants," Dr. Michel Nussenzweig, an immunologist at Rockefeller University in New York, told the New York Times. "If we give the virus a chance to do its worst, it will." Wrestling the pandemic into submission in time for a relatively safe Summer Games is less about billions of us producing Holman-type heroics, than about governments providing something else coaches love. An effective game plan we can adjust on the fly. Ontario's government instituted a province-wide state of emergency, and is urging residents to stay at home. But a stay-at-home strategy likely works better alongside paid sick leave, so essential workers don't have to choose between spreading a virus and courting financial disaster. Meanwhile, across Canada where the pandemic has halted cross-border pro sports, just less than two per cent of residents had received a vaccine as of Tuesday morning. That rate trails even the U.S., where ex-President Donald Trump and other Republican officials all but actively sabotaged efforts to fight the virus' spread. Anheuser-Busch is on board even if some elected officials aren't. The brewer opted out of Super Bowl advertising, instead spending that money on a campaign to promote COVID-19 vaccines. "We are eager to get people back together, reopen restaurants and bars," said Budweiser's VP of marketing, Monica Rustgi, in a statement explaining the move. "To bring consumers back into neighbourhood bars and restaurants that were hit exceptionally hard by the pandemic, we're stepping in to support critical awareness of the COVID-19 vaccine." But if an Olympic bubble isn't feasible, the road to a normal sports landscape, and guilt-free Olympic watching, likely goes through widespread vaccine uptake. Or we can wait until next year.
Watching Crystal Emmanuel fail to keep up with the world's top sprinters through 100 metres was an all-too-familiar scene for coach Charles Allen in 2019. Too often, the Canadian runner was effective out of the starting blocks and transitioning to top speed, only to lose momentum over the final 40 metres because she couldn't relax and stay focused. "When there's a bit more pressure, she tends to go harder and starts fighting to try to get to the finish [line]," Allen said in a recent interview. "The best thing is to relax and try to maintain your top-end speed for as long as you can. That's the learning curve for Crystal." With aspirations of running the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay at the Tokyo Olympics this summer, Emmanuel became more dedicated to her craft in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic when races were wiped from the schedule. She is working with a sports psychologist in hopes of regaining confidence in the lead-up to races and during competition rather than questioning her ability to achieve success. "I'm a strong overthinker and was putting too much pressure on myself," Emmanuel told CBC Sports about her 2019 season. "I knew what I needed to do but it didn't happen at the right time. Being able to slow my thoughts down and focus on one thing is my weak point in track." At the 2019 world championships, Allen said the seven-time Canadian 100 senior champion "lost sight" of what she needed to do on the track on the way to a season-ending seventh-place finish in the semifinals. "That year, she didn't have the right focus [entering competitions] to have the opportunity to execute the race she wanted," he said. "It was more mental than physical or the execution of the run." WATCH | Crystal Emmanuel runs to 12th Canadian 100m title: Emmanuel has taken control of her training and arrives with a plan for each session at the Toronto Track and Field Centre on the York University campus instead of relying on her coach. Allen said he challenges the 29-year-old sprinter to put her out of her comfort zone and asks her to critique the plan and return to the track with an alternative if it isn't performed to expectations. Before the start to her race season, Emmanuel must develop a consistent pre-race routine she can rely on. "A lot happens on the warmup track and you need to check the boxes to prepare," said Allen of Emmanuel, who was fourth in the 200 final at the 2019 Pan Am Games. "Then, you've got time in the call room to overthink and over-prepare before you have to execute on the track. "Athletes must have their routine in place, so by the time they get to the track they're prepared to handle performing under stress. Being consistent with that through the year is key." Allen isn't concerned about Emmanuel not qualifying in the 100 for Tokyo as her 2019 season best of 11.16 seconds is 1-100th of a second outside the automatic Olympic standard. She would also gain entry by maintaining her current top-20 world ranking. The Toronto resident hit the 22.80 standard in the 200 in 2019 but still needs to qualify with her relay teammates. The top-eight squads at the May 1-2 World Athletics Relays in Poland will gain an automatic berth, said Allen, with the next fastest eight times from the world rankings also advancing. The Canadian women entered 2021 ranked 15th. As for when Emmanuel will compete in a race, she considered some events on the World Indoor Tour in February and March but changed her mind when the lockdown in Toronto was extended recently with a stay-at-home order. The good news is her left foot is healed following a stress reaction diagnosis last spring and she returned recently to wearing spikes and working out of the starting blocks. "You'll definitely see a more confident athlete who has a stronger purpose when she steps on the track and more clarity in what she's trying to accomplish," said Allen of Emmanuel's eventual 2021 debut. "With her mental fortitude now … [faster] times should be there."
LAS VEGAS — Missing all their coaches, Max Pacioretty and the Vegas Golden Knights still managed to earn a point. Strange night, but they'll certainly take it. David Perron and Brayden Schenn scored in a shootout Tuesday to give the St. Louis Blues a 5-4 victory over Vegas. Pacioretty got his seventh career hat trick for the Golden Knights, who were without their entire coaching staff because of COVID-19 concerns. General manager Kelly McCrimmon took over head coaching duties and was assisted by staff from the team’s minor league affiliate in the AHL, the Henderson Silver Knights. Vegas players said they didn’t even know about the situation until they got to the arena. “It was news to us when we arrived,” said Alex Pietrangelo, who spent his first 12 seasons with the Blues and was facing them for the first time since signing with Vegas during the off-season. “Crimmer’s coached before, we had the (coaches) from Henderson come up, they know what they’re doing, too. So we didn’t know what the plan was originally, but it worked out fine.” Even after Robin Lehner allowed three goals on the first seven shots he faced as the Golden Knights fell into a 3-1 hole. Perron scored twice in regulation, and Jaden Schwartz and Jordan Kyrou also had goals for St. Louis (4-2-1). Jordan Binnington was brilliant in net for the Blues. He finished with 42 saves, including five in overtime. Alex Tuch added a goal for Vegas. Shea Theodore scored during the shootout, and Lehner made 21 saves. It marked the fifth time in 11 meetings since Vegas entered the NHL in 2017 that the teams played into overtime. Not only did the Golden Knights (5-1-1) lose for the second time in three games, but they were disrupted by coronavirus for the first time this season. Roughly two hours before puck drop the team announced it would be without its coaching staff. “It’s not a case where the entire staff tested positive,” said McCrimmon, who did confirm that a Golden Knights coach had a positive test. “Most didn’t, frankly. ... We’re fortunate there’s been no positive tests for players.” The club said the entire staff, including head coach Peter DeBoer, would self-quarantine “out of an abundance of caution.” Vegas’ staff is comprised of DeBoer, assistants Steve Spott, Ryan Craig and Ryan McGill, and goaltending coach Mike Rosati. McCrimmon stepped in behind the bench and was assisted by head coach Manny Viveiros and assistants Jamie Heward and Joel Ward from the Silver Knights. After Tuch put the Golden Knights on the board 3:17 into the game, the Blues took over. Perron tied it with a nifty wrist shot that sneaked between Lehner and the post less than a minute later, then got his second of the game and third of the season just six seconds into St. Louis’ first power play, sending a blistering slap shot past Lehner’s blocker. Schwartz scored two minutes later when he sent a shot off the crossbar and in, pushing the lead to 3-1. Pacioretty's snapper from the slot early in the second cut the lead to one, but Kyrou would answer later when he poked the puck free from Pietrangelo, skated past his former teammate while holding him off into the offensive zone, gathered the puck and roofed a wrist shot Lehner never even saw to give St. Louis a 4-2 lead. Pacioretty scored twice in the third period, his team-leading fifth and sixth goals of the season, to rally Vegas and force overtime. “I think that we will take some confidence,” St. Louis coach Craig Berube said. “I felt like we get leads in this building, and then we try to hang on a little bit. We’ve got to defend better. I think we've just got to close these games in here. We have the lead, we just can’t shut it down.” STAY AWAY McCrimmon said the Golden Knights’ practice facility will be shut down Wednesday. NOTHING SPECIAL While the Blues came into the game tied for the sixth-worst penalty kill, having allowed 10 goals in 30 power-play opportunities by their opponents, Vegas couldn’t capitalize much — again. The Golden Knights were 1 for 6 with a man advantage and are 3 of 26 (11.5%) this season. PANDA EXPRESS Lehner — affectionately known as “Panda” — made his 23rd start for the Golden Knights. He allowed four goals only once in the first 21, but has given up four goals in each of his last two. WHAT’S NEXT? Vegas and St. Louis close their two-game series at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday. It is unclear if DeBoer and his assistants will be cleared to return by then. ___ More AP NHL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports W.G. Ramirez, The Associated Press
CALGARY — Mitch Marner's been working on his shot and it showed in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 4-3 win Tuesday over the host Calgary Flames.Marner's quick one-timer amid a crowd of Flames produced the game-winner at 12:14 of the third period."Trying to get more of a shot mentality," Marner said. "I feel like I really want to try and make an extra play most of the time, but this year, trying to be more of a threat and more of a guy that can be more of a consistent shooter on net, and kind of change things up a lot on goalies."Marner, who also assisted on an Auston Matthews goal Tuesday, continues to vie for the early lead in the NHL points race. He was tied with Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid at five goals and seven assists Tuesday.Matthews also had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs (6-2-0).Wayne Simmonds and Travis Boyd scored Toronto's other goals. Frederik Andersen stopped 23-of-26 shots for the win.Johnny Gaudreau scored twice for Calgary (2-2-1). Milan Lucic also scored for the Flames and Jacob Markstrom stopped 17 shots in the loss. Calgary's sluggish start forced the hosts to chase Toronto. Gaudreau's second goal of the game drew Calgary even at 3-3 in the third period, but Marner's deceptive release on a Matthews pass from the boards restored Toronto's lead."We did a good regrouping in the second getting ourselves back to an even hockey game, but they win from the inside of our slot.," Calgary head coach Geoff Ward said. "The guy is standing right between three of our guys and finds a way to get a shot off. You can't give up four goals in this league regularly and expect to win games."Gaudreau scored top corner from the face-off circle for a power-play goal at 9:03 of the third period.Calgary outshot the visitors 18-5 in the second period, but still trailed by a goal after two. A Juuso Valimaki pass caromed off Leaf Alex Kerfoot's skate to Lucic in the slot for him to beat Andersen between the pads at 14:21 of the second period.Gaudreau halved a two-goal deficit at 1:08, but Boyd restored Toronto's two-goal cushion 61 seconds later.Pierre Engvall dished to an unchallenged Boyd charging into the slot. Boyd scored his first as a Leaf fishing the puck out of his feet and chipping it over Markstrom.Unchecked on Andersen's right side, Gaudreau had time to go backhand-forehand on Toronto's goalie.Toronto outshot the Flames 10-1 and led 2-0 after the opening period. It took nearly 16 minutes for Calgary to register a shot on net."That was just an awful first period from us," Gaudreau said. "Not the way we're going to win games, playing catchup the whole game."Matthews whipped the puck over Markstrom's right shoulder at 14:16 of the first period for a power-play goal. Simmonds scored his second goal in as many games tucking his own rebound by Markstrom's right toe at 3:44. Leafs backup goaltender Jack Campbell was replaced in the lineup by Michael Hutchinson. Campbell's leg was injured in the final minute of Sunday's 3-2 win over the Flames when Matthew Tkachuk fell on him in a goal-mouth scrum. Toronto head coach Sheldon Keefe said Tuesday that Campbell will be sidelined for "weeks".After enjoying the gentlest schedule to start the season of any team in the all-Canadian North Division, the Flames will now play 21 games in the next 40 days.Calgary departs on a five-game road trip with two games in Montreal starting Thursday, followed by three games in four days in Winnipeg.Toronto faces the Oilers on Thursday and Saturday in Edmonton to conclude a four-game road trip.Notes: The Maple Leafs wore No. 10 patches on their chests in memory of George Armstrong, who captained Toronto to four Stanley Cups in the 1960s and died this week at age 90. Every Leaf wore No. 10 and "Armstrong" on their back during warmup . . . Flames winger Dillon Dube was scratched for a second straight game with an upper-body injury.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 26, 2021. Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press
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WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets were left shaking their heads when Sunday's comeback was spoiled by a stunning, late collapse. A similar script played out two nights later — only with a different final chapter. Nikolaj Ehlers scored once and added three assists as Winnipeg rebounded from an early 3-1 deficit Tuesday with four straight goals, including three early in the third period, to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 6-4. The Jets trailed 2-1 heading into the final 20 minutes some 48 hours earlier against the same opponent before surging ahead, but ultimately walked away with nothing after the Oilers tied things with four minutes left in regulation to set up Leon Draisaitl's demoralizing winner with 0.7 seconds remaining on the clock. Winnipeg found itself in an a near-identical situation down 3-2 through 40 minutes Tuesday. This time, however, the Jets scored three times in a span of three minutes 27 seconds to secure a lead they wouldn't squander. "It's the highs and lows of professional sport," said Winnipeg forward Adam Lowry, who scored the winner to go along with two assists. "Sometimes it seems like you have an emotional letdown the next game. "The first period wasn't our best, but we regrouped. We've got a lot of belief in our room and the firepower we have." Andrew Copp added two goals, including one into an empty net, and two assists, while Paul Stastny, with a goal and an assist, and Mathieu Perreault provided the rest of the offence for Winnipeg (5-2-0). Connor Hellebuyck made 22 saves. "Our mentality of just staying in the battle," Ehlers said when asked how his team shook off a tough loss and a rough opening 20 minutes. "And knowing that we're better than that." Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, with a goal and an assist each, Draisaitl and Adam Larsson replied for Edmonton (3-5-0), which has yet to win consecutive games in the all-Canadian North Division. Mikko Koskinen made 27 saves, while Darnell Nurse added three assists. "Same type of story as the other night," McDavid said. "We did a good job most of the 40 minutes, and then in the third period we kind of just let it get away. "Able to battle back the other night. Not tonight. It's frustrating." The Jets tied it 3-3 at 3:19 of the third when Stastny weaved into the offensive zone and slid a pass for Ehlers to bury his fifth of the season — and a career-high fifth in as many games. "I feel really good, which to me is the most important thing," said Ehlers, who finds himself among the NHL leaders with 11 points. "My legs have been great. I want to be able to continue feeling great." Stastny then gave Winnipeg its first lead at 5:26 when he fished a loose puck out of a crowd in front and flicked his second beyond Koskinen. The Jets continued the onslaught just 1:20 later when Lowry redirected his fourth off a pass from Derek Forbort to make it 5-3. McDavid got one back for the visitors thanks to his fifth with 1:50 left on the clock and Koskinen on the bench for an extra attacker, but Copp iced it into an empty net with under a minute to go. The line of Ehlers, Stastny and Copp combined for 10 points Tuesday in Winnipeg's sixth game in nine nights. "We're reading off each other so well," said Copp, "We've gone to the net hard, we've put the puck in the net on our opportunities, and have been able to change some games for us." Edmonton and Winnipeg will go head-to-head seven more times this season, with the next meetings scheduled for Feb 15 and 17 in Alberta's capital. Playing the finale of a four-game road trip through Toronto and Winnipeg, the Oilers opened the scoring on a power play at 1:48 of the first when Draisaitl snapped his fourth of the campaign — and fourth in as many games — off the rush. Winnipeg responded on a man advantage of its own at 5:14 when Copp banged home his third after Koskinen made a couple of good stops. Edmonton nudged back in front 2-1 at 9:13 when Patrick Russell found Larsson at the point, and he beat Hellebuyck on a shot the Jets goalie will want back. The Oilers, who came in with the NHL's 25th-ranked power play after finishing first in 2019-20, connected on their second straight man advantage to go up by two just 2:03 later when Nugent-Hopkins took a pass from McDavid and wired his fourth upstairs. But the Jets countered once again three seconds after an Edmonton penalty expired when Perreault snapped his first past Koskinen, who has played every minute of his team's season with fellow netminder Mike Smith out injured, off a Lowry feed at 14:37 as the Oilers took a 3-2 advantage to the locker room. Mark Scheifele hit the post for Winnipeg early in the second on a 2-on-1 chance as the teams played with a lot more tempo following that penalty-filled first. Edmonton's Zack Kassian had three great opportunities to put his team back up by two, including a breakaway moments before the intermission, while James Neal had another, but the Oilers were unable to find the range. Without pointing fingers, McDavid said misses like that can give a tired opponent energy. "I've been on the other side of that," he said. "When there's chances missed, it's almost like there's a goal scored for you. "It's momentum they can build off." The Jets certainly did that in the third. Notes: Winnipeg head coach Paul Maurice was behind the bench for the 1,607th regular-season game of his NHL career, tying him with Al Arbour for fourth on the all-time list. ... Edmonton hosts the Maple Leafs for two games beginning Thursday after the teams split a pair of contests last week in Toronto. ... Winnipeg now has three days off before resuming its seven-game homestand Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 26, 2021. ___ Follow @JClipperton_CP on Twitter The Canadian Press
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SALT LAKE CITY — Rudy Gobert had 18 points, 19 rebounds and four blocked shots, and the Utah Jazz beat the New York Knicks 108-94 on Tuesday night for their ninth consecutive win. Royce O’Neale scored 20 points, helping Utah overcome a quiet night for Donovan Mitchell. Mike Conley had 19 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Mitchell finished with nine points on 3-for-15 shooting. Austin Rivers scored 25 points for New York — all in the first half. Julius Randle had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and R.J. Barrett scored 17 in the Knicks' third straight loss. The Jazz trailed by as many 15 points in the first half, but they grabbed the lead for good when they opened the fourth quarter with a 20-3 run. O’Neale punctuated the run with three straight baskets, giving Utah a 100-84 lead with 5:19 remaining. Utah endured a cold spell on offence during the first quarter. The Jazz missed 12 of their first 14 shots and shot 2 of 13 from the perimeter during the period. They made only six baskets in the first 12 minutes. Rivers scored 18 of New York’s first 21 points in the second quarter. His flurry of baskets stopped a Jazz rally. After Utah cut the deficit to 36-32 on back-to-back layups from Joe Ingles and Gobert, Rivers made three 3-pointers to fuel a 12-2 run that extended the Knicks’ lead to 48-34 midway through the quarter. Rivers went 10 of 10 from the field during the first half, including five 3-pointers. Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic rallied the Jazz, combining for 22 points during the third quarter. Conley made four baskets, assisted on a pair, and hit four free throws during the quarter. Bogdanovic hit a pair of 3-pointers. TIP-INS Knicks: Alec Burks made his second start of the season and his Knicks career. He finished with nine points and seven rebounds. ... Rivers went 0 of 4 from the field after halftime. ... New York held Utah to two fast-break points. Jazz: Mitchell, Conley, and Bogdanovic combined to go 1 of 19 from the field in the first half. … Utah finished with just six turnovers. … Mitchell finished with a season-high eight rebounds. UP NEXT Knicks: Host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. Jazz: Host the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports John Coon, The Associated Press
GLENDALE, Ariz. — John Gibson stopped 31 shots for his second shutout in four starts, Danton Heinen scored and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Arizona Coyotes 1-0 on Tuesday night. Heinen scored his first goal of the season in the opening period and Gibson was sharp all night for his 21st career shutout. Gibson stopped 34 shots in a shutout against Minnesota on Jan. 18. Darcy Kuemper made 23 saves in his 100th game with Arizona, but the Coyotes missed on numerous good chances and lost 1-0 for the second straight game. Arizona has dropped four of five overall. The Coyotes were caught flatfooted by a non-whistle in their last game, a 1-0 loss to Vegas. Thinking an icing call would be made, Jakob Chychrun took a wide angle to the puck behind the net and was beat by Jonathan Marchessault, who set up William Karlsson for the winning goal with 42 seconds left. The Ducks scored more than two goals for the first time this season on Sunday, beating Colorado 3-1 at home to earn three of a possible four points in the two-game set. Anaheim had a good chance early against the Coyotes after a turnover by Arizona defenceman Jordan Goss, but Kuemper stopped Ryan Getzlaf on a breakaway. Another turnover, by Drake Caggiula in Arizona's end, put Kuemper in another tough spot midway through the period. He couldn't make the stop this time, beaten by Heinen to the stick side with Chychrun blocking his view. Gibson made a snatching glove save on Conor Garland in a sharp opening period, and Arizona's Lawson Crouse hit the post on a shot from just outside the crease. Arizona turned up the pressure in the second, outshooting Anaheim 14-2, but couldn't get anything past Gibson. The Coyotes had a prime chance after a turnover deep in the Ducks' end, but Caggiula sailed a shot over the net with Gibson out of position. Gibson stopped Tyler Pitlick's shot from between the circles after another turnover two minutes later. The Ducks killed off a penalty early in the third period after Jacob Larsson ran Garland into the boards and Gibson stopped Nick Schmaltz from just outside the crease. UP NEXT The Ducks and Coyotes close out the two-game set on Thursday. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports John Marshall, The Associated Press