The first seven games nothing was really going



The first seven games nothing was really going

Postby yudan18 » 11 Feb 2019, 09:55

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Flyers got the type of consistent performance they had been missing of late.Sean Couturier scored a pair of goals Adidas Eric Fehr Jersey , Calvin Pickard made 31 saves in his fourth career shutout and Philadelphia beat the New York Rangers 4-0 Friday to stop a four-game losing streak.Travis Konecny had a goal, two assists and got into fight, Jordan Weal scored an empty-net goal and Claude Giroux had three assists for Philadelphia, which entered tied for last in the Metropolitan conference. The Flyers scored three goals in the final five minutes, 21 seconds.“There weren’t many guys below the bar; there were none, to be honest with you,” coach Dave Hakstol said. “We played a real good 60-minute game. Everybody went out and did their job, from the goaltender on out.”Pickard, among four Flyers goaltenders this season, was in net because starter Brian Elliott and backup Michal Neuvirth are sidelined with lower body injuries. Pickard has made 10 appearances and has a 4-1-2 record.“It was great for everybody Adidas Greg Pateryn Jersey ,” Pickard said. “After the last few games, we really keyed in on this one and we wanted to have a good effort start to finish. I thought we did that.”New York, which entered tied for the Metropolitan lead, lost for just the third time in 12 games. The Rangers entered with three wins a row.Pickard made his best save with 5:56 left, a pad stop on Lias Andersson to preserve a one-goal lead.“I wanted to stay patient,” Pickard said. “He’s a pretty skilled guy, so you had to figure he was going to make a move. I just stayed with him and battled after that.”Couturier scored 35 seconds later with a wrist shot from the slot, sending the puck under Henrik Lundqvist’s right arm after a pass from Konecny. After Weal’s goal, Couturier scored on a rebound with 1:37 remaining.Philadelphia had a season-high 46 shots against the 36-year-old Lundqvist, who started for the 18th time in 23 games.The four-time All-Star said there was no doubt the Flyers deserved the victory.“Today we played a team that did most things better than us; they played really well Adidas Andrew Hammond Jersey ,” Lundqvist said. “The only thing I didn’t like is we kept taking chances when it was a one-goal game.”After giving up the first goal in each game during their skid, the Flyers outshot the Rangers 15-8 in the first period, going ahead on Konecny’s unusual goal with 6:39 left. He sent the puck toward the net from the side boards, looking for Couturier, and the puck deflected off Lundqvist, Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei and a post before crossing the goal line.Ryan Strome, in his fifth game with the Rangers after his acquisition from Edmonton, fought Konecny to a draw in the second period. Konecny responded to Strome’s strong check on Couturier.Couturier appreciated Konecny’s response.“That’s the team spirit we need, battling for each other,” he said.Notes: New York F Mats Zuccarello (groin) returned to the lineup after missing three games. … Rangers LW Cody McLeod missed his first game of what is expected to be a four-to-six-week absence. He broke his left hand in a fight in Wednesday’s 5-0 win over the Islanders. … The teams meet in New York on Dec. 23 and Jan. 29 Adidas Matt Bartkowski Jersey , then play in Philadelphia on March 29.UP NEXTRangers: Host Washington Saturday.Flyers: At Toronto on Saturday. Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill proposed a unique strategy for Tuesday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes.“Maybe next game we’ll start down two,” Blashill said.Saturday’s 4-3 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes marked the third straight game in which Detroit has overcome a two-goal deficit to record a victory. The Wings rallied from a 2-0 third-period disadvantage to post a 3-2 overtime decision over the New York Rangers on Nov. 9 and trailed the Vancouver Canucks 2-0 before rallying for a 3-2 shootout decision on Nov. 6.Article continues below ...In truth, the Wings recognize this is not a blueprint for long-term success.“The past few games, we don’t want to have the starts we’ve had,” Detroit center Dylan Larkin said. “We don’t want to wait until the third period, because that’s not going to last forever, but it’s good that we don’t panic in games.“We find ways to win instead of ways to lose.”Overall, Detroit has won six of the past seven games, and the Wings are 7-3 in their past 10 games. Only the Minnesota Wild and Nashville Predators, each with eight wins Adidas J.T. Brown Jersey , have been more successful in their last 10.It’s a vast difference for a team that started the season 1-7-2.“I think it’s just a confidence-booster for us,” Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard said. “The first seven games nothing was really going our way and I think the mood in here, I wouldn’t say it was down, but it wasn’t great. It feels like guys are getting more and more confident.”Howard sees a definite difference from the Detroit teams that missed the playoffs the previous two seasons.“We’ve gotten bounces for sure,” Howard said. “We’ve been able to capitalize on some opportunities. Even when we’ve been down, we haven’t felt out of it. Even the other night in Carolina, it wasn’t pretty, but we found a way.“Maybe that’s the difference between this year’s team and last year’s team. We found a way instead of just rolling over.”There’s also been a turnaround in fortunes for the Coyotes. They opened the season 1-4 but are 6-2-1 in their last nine games.“Rebuilding is not for the faint of heart,” Coyotes GM John Chayka told the Toronto Star. “But now we’re starting to see some traction.”After beginning last season 1-11-1, the Coyotes knew that it was imperative that they get the ship righted fast.“I just want us to be relevant Adidas Adam Pelech Jersey ,” Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. “I don’t want to walk into another team’s building and have them think it’s cookie night, that they can play their backup goalie because they’re playing us.”Arizona has scored an NHL-leading nine shorthanded goals, but it was pair of power-play goals by Alex Galchenyuk and Vinnie Hinostroza that paced Sunday’s 4-1 win over the reigning Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.Regardless, the Wings will be wary of the aggressiveness of the Coyotes’ penalty kill.“I think a decent amount of teams get chances on the penalty kill and they’ve been able to capitalize on them to a level that’s probably never been seen before,” Blashill said. “I think the more impressive thing is now good their actual penalty kill is.“It’s one thing to score shorties, but they haven’t given much up at all.”Arizona’s PK unit has an NHL-best 91.8 percent.
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