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Postby officialsbaseball » Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:43 am
DALLAS — The Toronto Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars have both started their respective seasons in interesting fashion.Toronto (2-1-0 Minnesota Wild T-Shirts Authentic , 4 points) has gotten both wins in overtime, the latest Sunday night at United Center in a free-wheeling 7-6 defeat of the Chicago Blackhawks.The big star was John Tavares, who delivered his ninth career hat trick and first since signing with the Maple Leafs as a free agent last summer.Article continues below ...“A lot of momentum swings tonight (Sunday),” Tavares said postgame. “We stayed with it, no quit. Whatever adversity we faced today, I thought we responded pretty well.”Toronto has a day off Monday and despite his team getting with the full two points Sunday evening for their first road win, Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock still sees plenty to clean up.“It was probably fun for the fans, a lot of entertainment out there,” Babcock said. “We had a lot of good plays. They were flying, we were standing there watching them at the start. I don’t know if that’s too much respect or what that was, but once we got playing I thought we did a real good job.”This marks Toronto’s only regular-season trip to Dallas and is game two of a four-game road trip that will also take the Maple Leafs to Detroit on Thursday and Washington on Saturday to face the Stanley Cup champion Capitals.Dallas (2-0-0 Minnesota Wild Hoodies Authentic , 4 points) defeated Winnipeg 5-1 at home on Saturday, giving the Stars a plus-7 goal differential (8-1) to start the season after Dallas blanked Arizona 3-0 on Thursday.First-year Stars coach Jim Montgomery is pleased with his team’s performance thus far but remains ever vigilant for complacency creeping into their game.“Well, when the first two games have gone as well as they have, you’ve got to focus on the details and you’ve got to make sure that you’re not getting comfortable, so the players are not getting comfortable,” Montgomery said after practice Monday.One interesting storyline for this game for Dallas is that it will mark defenseman Connor Carrick’s first game against Toronto, who he played 130 of his 169 career NHL games for, before being traded to the Stars last week.Carrick has three assists in his first two games with Dallas and understandably, feels the change of scenery has been overwhelmingly positive.“It’s been fun. Really trying to accelerate the learning curve at this point, really trying to raise the bar in terms of expectations for myself,” Carrick said Monday. “2-0 is a good start against a strong Winnipeg team and Arizona’s improved. Now we’re playing a team with a lot of hype in Toronto.”Tuesday’s game could also mark the season debut for Stars forward Valeri Nichushkin Minnesota Wild Hats Authentic , out the first two games with a lower-body injury. Nichushkin was the 10th pick in the 2013 draft and played two seasons for Dallas before spending last season in the Russian KHL.“I thought he looked good today (Monday),” Montgomery said of Nichushkin. “There is a good chance he plays tomorrow (Tuesday).” GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Five games into his first NHL season, rookie Rasmus Dahlin has his first career goal.The 18-year-old defenseman, the first overall pick in this year’s NHL draft, put in a rebound 2:45 into the game. It proved to be all the Buffalo Sabres needed in a 3-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night.Dahlin was mobbed by his teammates on the ice.“They were really glad and that makes me glad, too,” he said. “A good win for us. It’s a tough league, but we’ll just keep moving forward.”Linus Ullmark stopped 36 shots for his first career shutout, Jeff Skinner had a goal and an assist, and Conor Sheary also scored for the Sabres. Ullmark Custom Minnesota Wild Jerseys , making his season debut, appeared in his 27th career NHL game.“It was sweet,” Ullmark said of his shutout. “I didn’t have to fight much to see the puck, so all credit to the guys for helping out.”Arizona failed to score for the third time in their first four games – including the second time at home.Antti Raanta had 20 saves for the Coyotes, who have two goals this season despite outshooting their opponents in every game.“If we’re not getting out chances or not getting our shots I’d be worried. But you can’t keep moving lines every time because you’re not scoring,” Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. “A guy hits a guy in the logo, some guys, you’ve got to pick the corner. It’s four games and I know everybody’s frustrated we’re not scoring goals … at the end of the day you’ve got to be able to will yourself a goal.”The Coyotes went 0 for 3 on power plays and are 1 for 12 on the season. Defenseman and captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson took a nasty spill when he was tripped up late in the game on a hit by Patrik Berglund.Ekman-Larsson was able to return to the ice moments later, just before Skinner scored on a backhand with 3:31 to play in the third.Buffalo got started with Dahlin’s goal, but Skinner did much of the work to set it up. The center, acquired from Carolina in an offseason trade www.officialcanadiensprostore.com , skated around Coyotes defenseman Jason Demers and Raanta, leaving the puck for Dahlin for the finish.“I was happy for him. First one,” Skinner said of Dahlin. “You watch him play and you know it’s going to come for him, it was going to come. He’s got so much skill. Nice for him to get it out of the way.”A cross-checking penalty on Arizona’s Christian Fischer set up Buffalo’s first power play of the game, and Sheary beat Raanta on his blocker side after Sam Reinhart faked a shot and dished the puck out to Sheary. The goal, with 1:54 left in the first period, gave Buffalo a 2-0 lead and was the first power-play goal allowed by Arizona this season.The Coyotes missed a pair of good chances late in the second, with Ullmark stopping shots from close range by Richard Panik and Fischer before the period ended.NOTES: Former Coyotes D Zbynek Michalek, who played 612 career games with the team, dropped the ceremonial first puck before Saturday’s game. Michalek is second among defensemen all-time in games played for Arizona. … F Josh Archibald (upper body injury) was scratched and has missed the first four games of the season. … Sheary’s three goals tied him with C Jack Eichel for the team lead. … Sabres C Vladimir Sobotka played for the first time since the season opener on Oct. 4. He then missed the next three games with an upper body injury.UP NEXTSabres: At Vegas on Tuesday night.Coyotes: At Minnesota on Tuesday night.
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