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Jets defenseman Dmitry Kulikov’s chest

Postby elaine95 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:48 am

WASHINGTON (AP) It sure looked as if Alex Ovechkin was slowing down [url=http://www.starsshoponline.com/authentic-devin-shore-jersey]http://www.starsshoponline.com/authentic-devin-shore-jersey[/url] , at least by his standards.This time a year ago, Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals were limping away from another early playoff exit. His 16 even-strength goals in the regular season tied for the lowest of his career. Injuries limited him to five goals in 13 playoff games.Then a funny thing happened. Coach Barry Trotz took time from visiting his son in Russia to meet with Ovechkin and talk about changing and evolving his game at age 32. Time doesn’t stop, not even for the greatest goal-scorer of his generation. Trotz and general manager Brian MacLellan wanted more goals, better foot speed and for their cornerstone player to take care of his body to be able to handle more time on the ice.”That’s just life: You have to change, you have to grow,” Trotz said. ”He was motivated to show everybody that he still is a great player in this league.”Ovechkin led the NHL with 49 goals in the regular season, 15 more in the playoffs as the Conn Smythe Trophy winner and showed in his 13th season he could lead his team to the Stanley Cup. Ordinarily a team would be running out the clock on the final three seasons of a 13-year deal with a player of his age, but now Ovechkin is a Stanley Cup champion and there is no telling how much more the big forward can do in his NHL career.”Was tough time, but we fight through it and we get result,” Ovechkin said. ”It’s just something special. I don’t know. I’m just very excited and I’m very happy right now.”Hours after the Russian superstar lifted the Cup on the ice in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump devoted his first tweet of the morning to Ovechkin and the Capitals.”Congratulations to the Washington Capitals on their GREAT play and winning the Stanley Cup Championship,” Trump tweeted . ”Alex Ovechkin, the team captain [url=http://www.starsshoponline.com/authentic-esa-lindell-jersey]Womens Esa Lindell Jersey[/url] , was spectacular – a true Superstar! D.C. is popping, in many ways. What a time!”Ovechkin likely hadn’t gone to sleep when the tweet was delivered at 4:12 a.m. Las Vegas time and he retweeted it. Next week, Ovechkin will be the star in a parade down Constitution Avenue six months after Trump on inauguration day and this summer will take the Cup back home to Moscow.After that, the next challenge starts. Ovechkin last summer adjusted his training methods in Russia, and he seemed rejuvenated when came back to the Washington area.Now he has to do it all over again with a happily shorter summer.”As you’re getting older, we’re going to have to train a little different so you become the athlete you always have been, because these young kids can absolutely fly,” Trotz said.Ovechkin looked like he was flying all season, from seven goals in his first two games to one on the power play Thursday night in the Cup clincher against the Vegas Golden Knights. But goal-scorers don’t typically keep up this pace – Ovechkin was already the oldest player to finish first in goals since Phil Esposito in 1974-75.”He was very comfortable and he was very confident,” longtime teammate Nicklas Backstrom said. ”He was really calm. Everything was really good. It’s impressive the way he scores goals and the way he worked out there. He was just a machine there in the playoffs.”Owner Ted Leonsis said recently his only regret about signing Ovechkin to a $124 million, 13-year deal is that it wasn’t longer. With three years left at a salary-cap hit over $9.5 million, Ovechkin has already exceeded the expectations of that monster contract with three Hart Trophies, seven Maurice ”Rocket” Richard Trophies and now the playoff success that had long eluded him.”We worked so hard through all the years and we were together [url=http://www.starsshoponline.com/authentic-jamie-benn-jersey]Jamie Benn Jersey[/url] ,” Ovechkin said. ”It’s just like a dream.”—More Stanley Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/StanleyCupFinals— RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Two more goals for Patrik Laine. Two more points in the standings for the Winnipeg Jets.Laine scored twice for the second straight game and extended his points streak to eight in the Jets’ 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday night.Laine had his third multi-goal game in the last four games and has seven multi-point nights during his streak. He has 10 goals and six assists in the eight-game stretch, and 35 goals overall.”I think I just tried to work hard every shift, and I think when you work hard you’re going to get rewarded,” Laine said. ”I’ve been working really hard and now I’m just getting rewarded. Things are going great.”Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist, and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 33 shots for the Jets. Winnipeg improved to 7-2 in its last nine to close within six points of Nashville for the Central Division lead.Teuvo Teravainen scored for the fourth straight game for the Hurricanes. Jordan Staal also scored, and Cam Ward made 20 saves. Carolina fell to 2-5-2 in its last nine as it tries to hold on to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.”We’re right there,” Staal said. ”I’m not sure what happened tonight. We’ve got to put together a streak here, and it’s got to be now.”Laine opened the scoring 5:40 into the first when he ripped a wrist shot from the top of the right circle through Ward’s legs. He nearly scored twice more in the first period, with a wrist shot that dinged the right post and a slapshot that rang off the crossbar.”I was pretty mad to myself,” Laine said. ”I should’ve scored from those chances. I thought, `They’re not going to pass to me any more if I can’t bury it from those passes.'”The Hurricanes pulled even with 1:29 left in the opening period. Right as a power play ended, Teravainen fired a pass toward the Winnipeg crease that was intended for Staal [url=http://www.starsshoponline.com/authentic-jason-spezza-jersey]http://www.starsshoponline.com/authentic-jason-spezza-jersey[/url] , but the puck instead bounced up off Jets defenseman Dmitry Kulikov’s chest and into the net.But Laine struck again just 2:37 into the second period, and six seconds into a power play, with another wrist shot through Ward’s legs, this time from the left faceoff circle.”It comes off his stick different,” Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. ”It comes jumping off his stick. He’s real dangerous right now.”Stastny added insurance with an unusual goal midway through the third period. Ben Chiarot’s wrist shot rang off the right post and redirected to the left side of the ice, where it hit referee Eric Furlatt in the side of the face.With Furlatt recoiling in pain and players across the ice adjusting to the puck’s sudden change in position, Stastny picked up the loose puck and fired it into the net.”I didn’t really see anything,” Stastny said. ”I just heard it hit post or crossbar. Literally know where it went, then all the sudden I realized it was in front of me and then out of the corner of my eye saw the goalie out of position.”The fluky goal would prove critical when Staal fired home a rebound with 4:12 remaining.”A few games ago we had some odd bounce off the ref and they blew it down and they said they wouldn’t allow a goal like that,” Staal said. ”It was tough, obviously, to watch that go in. That was tough.”NOTES: The Jets are 4-0-1 in their last five road games. … Hurricanes F Sebastian Aho notched his 100th NHL point with an assist on Teravainen’s goal. … Jets D Toby Enstrom missed his third straight game with a lower body injury. He is day-to-day. … Jets coach Paul Maurice was the Hurricanes’ coach from 1997-2004 and 2009-12.UP NEXTJets: At New York Rangers on Tuesday night.Hurricanes: At Minnesota on Tuesday night.
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