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17.11.2018 07:00
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ANNAPOLIS Morgan Rielly Jersey , Md. (AP) T.J. Oshie found a moment of tranquility as he stared through the darkness and into the crowd at fans holding their cellphones up to light up the stadium.With music playing and an opportunity to reflect, he contemplated the spectacle of playing an outdoor game at the U.S. Naval Academy that will go down in the standings as an important 5-2 victory by Oshie and the Washington Capitals over the Toronto Maple Leafs. For Oshie, first star John Carlson and especially the American players on the winning side of the first NHL outdoor game at a service academy, the two points are great but the meaning was more significant.”I really made a point to soak it all in tonight, to really enjoy it as much as I could,” Oshie said after the Capitals’ second consecutive victory following a run of four losses in six games. ”Tonight was a lot of fun. It was pretty special for me, pretty special for the team here.”The Capitals put on a special performance at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium under the lights that went out because of a power surge with 10 minutes left. A 15-minute delay did nothing to stem the tide of Washington’s win that included Alex Ovechkin’s 40 goal of the season and 598th of his career.Ovechkin became the sixth player in NHL history with nine-plus 40-goal seasons, joining Wayne Gretzky (12), Marcel Dionne (10), Mario Lemieux (10), Mike Gartner (nine) and Mike Bossy (nine).”Forty is good, but 50’s better,” Ovechkin said. ”I still have time to do that.”The offensive fireworks of the first two periods – including three goals in the first 6:19 – matched the pomp and circumstance of the NHL’s first game at a U.S. service academy. Navy midshipmen and Canadian servicemen and women took part in a patriotic pregame ceremony capped off by a memorable flyover with only the afterburners visible against the night sky.In one of the best-themed outdoor games to date, the game was played on a rink on top of a facsimile of an aircraft carrier with a replica jet stationed in one corner. Capitals coach Barry Trotz wore a dark Navy cap with a gold ”N” on the front as he stood in front of the lit up names of several battles, including Iwo Jima and Okinawa.Amid some recent struggles that shrunk their lead atop the Metropolitan Division Womens Nazem Kadri Jersey , the Capitals put together a game that matched the stage.”It seemed like we were on the right side of the puck all night,” said Carlson, who had a goal and two assists and honored former Navy quarterback Roger Staubach with a blue and gold suit featuring his No. 74 on the shoulders. ”We weren’t really ever getting beat for breakaways and odd-man rushes. We were in good position and the work ethic was there to get back.”Playing in windy conditions that kept teams from practicing on this rink before the game, the Capitals didn’t appear at all bothered by the significant change from indoor hockey. The wind blew about 16-20 mph throughout the night, but the difference in play was more significant than the weather with the Capitals beating the Maple Leafs in a rematch of their first-round playoff series.”They look at us and they still think we’re kids,” Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. ”And it looked like we were kids here tonight. I thought they smacked us around.”Washington’s power play went 2 for 2 and five goals on 25 shots was enough to chase Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen 11:10 into the second period. It’s the fourth consecutive game and eighth of the past nine in which Andersen allowed three-plus goals and his eighth overall giving up five or more, but this was the first time coach Mike Babcock pulled him for performance reasons this season.”It was going in,” Babcock said. ”And I didn’t want to leave him in there and be a bunch more go in.”The Capitals certainly had the potential to put the puck in more. Now they just hope they can turn the emotions from this game into a run as they begin a three-game Western Conference road trip.”You get confidence off this,” Backstrom said. ”I feel like the last couple games we’ve been playing a little bit better as a team and we’re talking about it every day. We want to get better and better. We should never be satisfied.”NOTES: Curtis McIlhenney stopped all nine shots he faced in relief of Andersen. … The gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic men’s curling team delivered the puck for the ceremonial faceoff by curling it to center ice. John Shuster’s rink and the gold-medal-winning U.S. women’s hockey team were honored as part of the festivities. … Maple Leafs center Tomas Plekanec became the first player in NHL history to appear in an outdoor game with two different teams in the same season. Plekanec played for the Montreal Canadiens in the Centennial Classic in December. … Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews missed his fourth consecutive game with an apparent right shoulder injury. … Deputy commissioner Bill Daly says the NHL hopes to stage outdoor games at Army’s West Point and the Air Force Academy.UP NEXT:Maple Leafs: At Buffalo on Monday night.Capitals: At Anaheim on Tuesday night.— The Anaheim Ducks didn’t like how they played while winning. The Arizona Coyotes didn’t like how they played while losing.The Ducks visit Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., for the Coyotes’ home opener on Saturday night, with neither Pacific Division team satisfied with its effort in its first game of the season. The big difference is the Ducks won and the Coyotes lost, a familiar pattern from last season.Anaheim defeated San Jose on the road 5-2 Wednesday night, outskating the team that ousted the Ducks in a four-game Western Conference first-round playoff series sweep last season.Article continues below ...The Ducks looked faster than they did in the playoffs, a welcomed element to a team that already has high-end talent and scoring ability.Still Nikita Zaitsev Jersey Kids , the Ducks were outshot 33-15, the kind of statistic they know they can’t repeat often if they’re to reach the playoffs for a seventh consecutive season. They did get a big night in goal from John Gibson, who made 31 saves. Rookie left wing Max Comtois scored 49 seconds into his first NHL game, while right wing Rickard Rakell had a goal and two assists, center Adam Henrique contributed a goal and an assist and right wing Jakob Silfverberg had three assists.“(But) we didn’t manage the puck at all,” defenseman Cam Fowler told the Orange County Register. “We turned the puck over a lot. We didn’t get on the forecheck, which is our bread and butter. We seemed to be chasing the game for the majority of it.“Actually, when we got a 4-2 lead (on Henrique’s power-play goal midway through the third period), we played our best hockey. We were skating. We were pushing the pace.”Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet felt his mostly young team got pushed around too much in a 3-0 loss Thursday against the Dallas Stars, who bunched their goals in a span of 96 seconds in the second period. For the rest of the game, the Coyotes controlled the flow as much as the Stars did, but that wasn’t good enough for Tocchet.“We had some chances,” said Tocchet, whose team hit a couple of posts and the crossbar with shots. “We had a stretch there when they were pushing us around and our pushback wasn’t good for seven or eight minutes. We had a couple of crucial mistakes. … Six or seven guys, I didn’t like their game and that was the difference. We can’t have seven or eight passengers.”Tocchet sounded much like he did early in his first season as the Coyotes coach a year ago http://www.mapleleafsshoponline.com/authentic-patrick-marleau-jersey , when they lost their first 11 games, 10 in regulation, and never recovered.“We can’t be happy. It’s a loss,” right wing Michael Grabner said Friday. “We’ve got to work on getting the puck in and maybe getting a garbage goal, and get some momentum on our side.”The Ducks were 3-1 against the Coyotes last season — including Anaheim wins in the opening and closing games of the Arizona season. The Coyotes have been shut out in two successive games, dating back to their 3-0 loss to Anaheim on April 7.“We’ve got to clean it up … and hopefully, get a win on Saturday night,” newly appointed team captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson said.If the Coyotes do win, they would be well ahead of schedule. They didn’t get their first victory last season until Oct. 30, and the first in regulation until Nov. 16.There’s a chance former New Jersey Devils left wing Brian Gibbons will make his Ducks debut after signing a one-year contract during the offseason. He’s been out with a hand injury, but resumed practicing this week.“He’s pretty much up to speed and ready to go,” coach Randy Carlyle said Friday.

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