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  1. NEWARK [url=http://www.officialducks.com/authentic-adidas-ryan-getzlaf-jersey]Womens Ryan Getzlaf Jersey[/url] , N.J. (AP) On the opening day of the baseball season, Sidney Crosby swung and connected for the Pittsburgh Penguins, preventing the New Jersey Devils from sweeping their four-game season series with the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion.Crosby batted his own rebound out of the air and into the net 19 seconds into overtime, and the Penguins beat the Devils 4-3 on Thursday night, marking the second time in just over a week the back-to-back Conn Smythe Trophy winner has scored on a baseball swing.”I’ve seen him do it so many times, it doesn’t surprise us anymore,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. ”He’s an elite player. There aren’t too many (making) guys those types of plays. He does it time and time again. He thinks the game on such a high level and he’s such a competitor.”Kris Letang stole Taylor Hall’s pass in the opening seconds in the Pittsburgh zone and sent Crosby on a semi-break the other way. His initial shot hit the goalpost, but then the star center pulled his hands in and swatted the puck, extending his goal-scoring streak to five games.The tally was similar to one against Montreal last Wednesday in which Crosby juggled the puck once on his stick before smacking it from just below shoulder height.Crosby, who has won almost every major award in the NHL, modestly downplayed his latest trick.”I just tried to stay with it,” he said. ”It’s fortunate it came back to me. I saw it go off post.”Pittsburgh defenseman Brian Dumoulin called the goal incredible.”It kind of leaves you in awe,” he said. ”I mean we see it a lot, but every time he does it and does something special it’s crazy to see and enjoyable. It just speaks to what an incredible player he is.”Conor Sheary [url=http://www.officialducks.com/authentic-adidas-ryan-kesler-jersey]http://www.officialducks.com/authentic-adidas-ryan-kesler-jersey[/url] , Letang and Patric Hornqvist also scored for the Penguins. Matt Murray made 28 saves.Kyle Palmieri, Hall and Blake Coleman scored for the Devils, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Keith Kinkaid had 31 saves in losing for only the fourth time in his last 16 decisions (12-3-1).”That’s a good team over there,” Palmieri said after the Devils remained three points in front of Florida in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. ”They know how to win at this time of year. We’ll take the point and reset and shore some things up for us. It’s a big weekend for us.”New Jersey has five games left in the regular season, one less than the Panthers, who lost 3-2 in overtime to Ottawa.The losses by Ottawa and New Jersey clinched playoff berths for Washington and Toronto, which were both idle.The game was tied three times, with the Penguins getting a lucky bounce on Hornqvist’s 25th goal that tied it with 8:34 left in regulation. His shot from just inside the blue line went through a maze of players, hit the goalpost and then bounced off Kinkaid’s leg into the net.Coleman had given the Devils the lead 5:11 into the third period. He stole a puck at the Penguins’ blue line, worked a give-and-go with Travis Zajac and then put the rebound of his own shot past Murray. It was his 12th goal of the season and third against Pittsburgh.The game was tied 1-all after the first period and 2-all after the second.Palmieri, who has four goals in his last three games, was sent on a breakaway by Nico Hischier and beat Murray between the pads at 12:19. Sheary tied it 25 seconds later after taking a cross-ice pass by Hornqvist and beating Kinkaid in close.Letang, who has goals in two straight, put Pittsburgh ahead 6:59 into the second period [url=http://www.officialducks.com/authentic-adidas-ryan-miller-jersey]Ryan Miller Jersey[/url] , beating Kinkaid from low in the right circle.Hall tied the game with a power-play goal from the right circle. It was his 34th goal.NOTES: Hischier is the first Devils’ rookie to have 50 points in a season since Adam Henrique in 2011-12. … The Penguins now have four 25-goal scorers with Hornqvist joining Evgeni Malkin (42), Phil Kessel (30) and Crosby (28). It’s the first time since 2011-12. … RW Patrick Maroon returned to the Devils’ lineup after missing two games with a lower-body injury. … Rookie RW Jesper Bratt was a healthy scratch.UP NEXTPenguins: Host Montreal on Saturday.Devils: Finish four-game home stand on Saturday against Islanders.— GLENDALE, Ariz. — There wasn’t much open ice for the Calgary Flames, not many shooting lanes, not much room to get the puck past an on-his-game goaltender.A team with multiple high-quality scorers hasn’t experienced much of that recently while winning three of four and eight of 12, but the Flames did during a 2-0 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights and goaltender Marc Andre-Fleury on Friday night.“These are the games you’ve got to get used to,” Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano said. “That’s what the league’s going to be about, especially as the year goes on. That’s desperate (Vegas) team over there. They’re battling to get in the race.”Article continues below ...The Arizona Coyotes know all about that. Only a few weeks ago, they were the team that was beating opponents with speed and a defensive system that was creating plenty of offense with its ability to turn the puck over. They also were scoring more short-handed goals (10) than many teams were on the power play.But the Coyotes have lost three in a row and eight of 10 after winning five straight, and they may be reaching the point that determines whether they’ll trend upward or downward the rest of the season.Just as the Flames will be looking to get back on their recent hot streak, the Coyotes will be trying for a turnaround win when they close out a five-game homestand against he Flames on Sunday at Gila River Arena. The Coyotes are 1-2-1 on the homestand so far, and they’re not winning mostly because they’re not scoring. They’ve generated two goals or fewer in six of their last seven games.“As coaches, you’ve got to be careful when you’re not scoring because you magnify everything,” Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said Saturday. “You want to loosen guys up [url=http://www.officialcoyotes.com/authentic-adidas-alex-goligoski-jersey]Womens Alex Goligoski Jersey[/url] , but at the same time there’s got to be urgency by some players. We don’t have the type of team that can only have 13, 14 people going.”At about the same time the Flames weren’t generating any offense a few hundred miles away in Las Vegas on Friday, the Coyotes never got much going during a 5-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche that represented one of their worst efforts of the season.J.T. Compher, injured and out of the Colorado lineup for six weeks, returned to score twice short-handed on the same shift in the first period, and Mikko Rantanen scored moments later to finish a three-goal sequence in 2:11 that effectively ended it.“I thought we were going good and then, all of a sudden, the rails came off,” Tocchet said. “That’s what we can’t do, duplicate mistakes. That’s kind of the microcosm of the team right now.”The Coyotes are aware that the Flames can turn on the offense in a hurry, too, as Calgary averages 3.26 goals per game to Arizona’s 2.43. Flames left winger Matthew Tkachuk has five goals in five games and center Sean Monahan has three goals in four games.“They’ve got some high-skill guys, they play an offensive game and we’re aware of that,” Arizona defenseman Alex Goligoski said. “For us [url=http://www.officialcoyotes.com/authentic-adidas-christian-dvorak-jersey]Christian Dvorak Jersey[/url] , it’s getting back to our game and being real stingy defensively and getting to their net and throwing a ton of pucks at them.”It would help if forward Clayton Keller would rev up his game. After scoring five goals in five games, Keller doesn’t have a goal in 11 games, or since Oct. 27.Similarly, Calgary right winger James Neal doesn’t have a goal in nine games, but coach Bill Peters likes that Neal took seven shots — four of which were blocked — against Vegas.Arizona goaltender Antti Raanta returned from an eight-game layoff with a lower-body injury to start Friday and allow all five Colorado goals, and he’ll be back in net Sunday, according to Tocchet.Former Coyotes goalie Mike Smith held down the starter’s net during the Flames’ practice on Saturday, but starter David Rittich is 8-2 with a 2.04 goals-against average and, until Friday, hadn’t lost since Oct. 23. Peters declined Saturday to name a starter.

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