Monday, September 18, 2017

Ultimate NHL News September 18


Yamamoto has goal, assist in Oilers win over Flames

Drake Caggiula scored two goals, and Kailer Yamamoto had a goal and an assist to lift Edmonton past Calgary at Scotiabank Saddledome.
Yohann Auvitu and Jujhar Khaira scored for the Oilers. Laurent Brossoit started and made 12 saves. Nick Ellis allowed three goals on 20 shots.
Sean MonahanDougie HamiltonTJ Brodie and Mark Jankowski scored for the Flames. Mike Smithallowed four goals on 13 shots. Jon Gillies made eight saves.

Maroon, Letestu lead Oilers past Flames

Patrick Maroon had a goal and two assists, and Mark Letestu scored twice to help the Edmonton Oilers past the Calgary Flames, 5-2, at Rogers Place.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ryan Strome scored for the Oilers. Cam Talbot made saves on all 11 shots he faced; Edward Pasquale had 12 saves.
Matt Bartkowski and Hunter Shinkaruk scored for the Flames late in the third period. Eddie Lack allowed three goals on 23 shots; David Rittich made seven saves.

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Stafford throws for 2 TDs as Lions beat Beckham, Giants

So far, so good for Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions. Eli Manning and the New York Giants are heading in the opposite direction.
Stafford threw for two touchdowns, rookie Jamal Agnew broke the game open with an 88-yard punt return and the Lions beat the Giants 24-10 on Monday night.
The Lions (2-0) sacked Eli Manning five times and Stafford put together another big game while sending the Giants (0-2) to a second straight disappointing performance. Star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. returned from a sprained left ankle, but New York still struggled offensively.
"We did a nice job of getting in the end zone early and our defense did what they do," Stafford said.
Stafford found Marvin Jones for a 27-yard touchdown in the first quarter and passed to Eric Ebron for a go-ahead 7-yarder in the second. Matt Prater added a 56-yard field goal just before halftime that bounced off the upright, helping the Lions to a 17-7 lead at the break.
Ezekiel Ansah had three sacks as Detroit joined Atlanta and Carolina as the only unbeaten teams in the NFC through Week 2. The Lions made the playoffs last season, but finished the year with four straight losses.
Beckham, a three-time Pro Bowler who missed the season opener, had four catches for 36 yards in limited action.
Manning threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Evan Engram on the first play of the second quarter, but the rookie tight end was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for a seemingly obscene gesture. It allowed the Lions to get the ball at the Giants 45 after the kickoff went out of bounds and Stafford drove them for a second score.
New York closed to 17-10 on Aldrick Rosas' 25-yard field goal early in the second half, but it wasted a chance for a TD. The Giants had first-and-goal at the 1 and then got pushed back to the 11 on a holding penalty on a first-down run.
"We talked about playing complete, complimentary football. By no stretch of the imagination did we do that tonight," said Ben McAdoo, who led the Giants to their first playoff berth since 2011 last season in his first year as head coach. "We've got to do better. We've dug ourselves in a hole. No one feels sorry for us. We've got to find a way to get better and get better in a hurry."
Agnew then helped clinch the game for Detroit with his big return with 12:56 left, faking out New York punter Brad Wing on his way to the end zone. It was the fifth-longest punt return in team history.
Manning was 22 for 32 for 239 yards for New York, while Stafford was 15 for 21 for 122 yards. The NFL's highest-paid player threw for four touchdowns in Detroit's season-opening victory against Arizona.
INJURIES
Lions SS Tavon Wilson (shoulder) left in the second half. ... The Giants lost starting RT Bobby Hart on the opening series. LG Justin Pugh moved to tackle and Brett Jones replaced him. Giants also played without starters MLB B.J. Goodson (lower leg) and CB Janoris Jenkins (ankle-hand). Backup LB J.T. Thomas (groin) was ruled out early in the second half.
MEMORY LANE
The Giants held a halftime ceremony to honor the 10th anniversary of their 2007 Super Bowl championship team. Coach Tom Coughlin and Hall of Famer Michael Strahan brought the Lombardi Trophy onto the field. New York beat the previously undefeated New England Patriots in the title game.
UP NEXT
Lions: host the undefeated Falcons on Sunday afternoon.
Giants: at Philadelphia for Sunday afternoon game.

Malone scores in shootout to send Wild past Jets

Ryan Malone scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Minnesota Wild past the Winnipeg Jets, 3-2, at Bell MTS Place.
It was the first preseason game for each team.
Charlie Coyle and Zack Mitchell scored, and Niklas Svedberg stopped all 17 shots he faced through two periods for the Wild.
Steve Michalek made 13 saves in the third period, six in overtime and three straight in the shootout.
Mathieu Perreault and Patrik Laine scored for the Jets. Connor Hellebuyck played the entire game and made 34 saves.

Hoffman scores twice early, Senators cruise past Maple Leafs

Mike Hoffman scored twice in the first period for the Ottawa Senators against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the preseason opener for each team at Canadian Tire Centre.
Hoffman's goals, which came 2:43 apart, gave the Senators a 3-0 lead at 7:08. Tyler Randell made it 1-0 2:20 into the game, and Mark StoneGabriel Gagne and Cody Ceci scored for Ottawa. Craig Andersonmade 15 saves on 16 shots before being relieved midway through the second period by Daniel Taylor, who had 14 saves. 
Auston Matthews and William Nylander each scored a power-play goal for the Maple Leafs. Curtis McElhinney allowed four goals on 12 shots; backup Garret Sparks made 12 saves on 14 shots.

Hischier scores in debut for Devils

Nico Hischier scored in his first game with the New Jersey Devils in their 4-1 preseason win against the Washington Capitals at Prudential Center on Monday.
Hischier, the No. 1 pick at the 2017 NHL Draft, beat goalie Vitek Vanecek at 15:46 of the third period.
It was the first preseason game for each team.
Mirco MuellerStefan Noesen and Kyle Palmieri scored in the second period for New Jersey. Keith Kinkaidstarted and allowed one goal on 16 shots. He was relieved midway through the game by Scott Wedgewood, who made 14 saves.
Nathan Walker scored for the Capitals 4:26 into the first period. Braden Holtby allowed one goal on 19 shots; Vanecek, who entered midway through the second period, made 14 saves.

Rangers defeat Islanders in OT

Neal Pionk scored 2:31 into overtime to get the New York Rangers past the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden.
Pionk, a defenseman, worked his way around Islanders forward Brock Nelson and beat goaltender Eamon McAdam from the left circle for the only goal of the game.
Rangers goalie Ondrej Pavelec played the first two periods and made 10 saves. Brandon Halverson made seven saves.
The Rangers outshot the Islanders 18-7 in the third period and 42-17 overall.
Jaroslav Halak started in goal for the Islanders and made 22 saves through two periods. McAdam stopped 19 of 20 shots.
It was the Rangers' preseason opener. The Islanders defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in overtime Sunday in their first game.

Bruins beat Canadiens in preseason opener

Jesse GabrielleAnders Bjork and Tim Schaller scored less than four minutes apart to help the Boston Bruins defeat the Montreal Canadiens, 3-2, at Videotron Centre in Quebec City.
It was the first preseason game for each team.
Brendan Gallagher scored 50 seconds into the second period, and Jeremy Gregoire scored at 2:18 to give the Canadiens a 2-0 lead.
But Gabrielle made it 2-1 at 6:53 before Bjork's power-play goal tied it 2-2 at 9:26. Schaller scored shorthanded at 10:48 to give the Bruins the 3-2 lead.
Bruins goalie Malcolm Subban allowed two goals on 14 shots. Zane McIntyre made saves on all 11 shots he faced.
Al Montoya made 15 saves for the Canadiens; Zachary Fucale allowed one goal on 13 shots.

Hurricanes beat Sabres in OT in preseason opener

Derek Ryan scored his second goal of the game 2:19 into overtime to lift the Carolina Hurricanes past the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, at KeyBank Center.
It was the first preseason game for each team.
Josh Jooris scored for Carolina. Alex Nedeljkovic made 14 saves on 14 shots for the Hurricanes after relieving starter Jeremy Smith, who allowed two goals on 21 shots in 39:57.
Seth Griffith and Jake McCabe each had a goal for Buffalo. Robin Lehner started for the Sabres and allowed two goals on 16 shots in 39:47. Linus Ullmark, who made 11 saves, allowed the overtime goal to Ryan.

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Falcons with a repeat performance in 34-23 win over Packers

New season. New stadium. Same ol' result.
Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons picked up where they left off against the Green Bay Packers, building a big halftime lead on the way to a dominating 34-23 victory Sunday night. The rematch of last season's NFC championship game was essentially a repeat: Ryan threw for 252 yards and a touchdown, Devonta Freeman had a couple of scoring runs, and Desmond Trufant darted to the end zone off an attempted pass by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers that was ruled a fumble.
"We came out aggressive," said Julio Jones, who had five catches for 108 yards. "We did a great job and got after them."
Back in January at the Georgia Dome, Atlanta earned a trip to the Super Bowl by racing to a 31-0 edge early in the third quarter on the way to a 44-21 blowout of the Packers.
In the first regular-season NFL game at $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium - and the first sporting event in which the facility's camera lens-like roof was open - the Falcons put on quite a show to mark the occasion.
They were ahead 24-7 at halftime and 31-7 less than a minute into the third period.
Unlike the Super Bowl , Atlanta (2-0) made sure this lead stood up.
Ryan threw for 201 yards in the first half, getting Jones involved in the offense. Freeman rushed for 84 yards, and Tevin Coleman chipped in with 42 on the ground plus a touchdown catch. Trufant not only scored a defensive touchdown, he came up with a crucial interception near the end of the first half.
"That's when we really come to light," coach Dan Quinn said. "Different weapons. You never know who's going to be the one."
After struggling a bit offensively in a season-opening victory at Chicago that was preserved with a goal-line stand in the closing seconds, the Falcons dominated right from the start in an early showdown for conference supremacy.
"If we get down to a tie-breaker, this game could be a big one," Rodgers said, already looking far down the road.
On the opening possession, Ryan guided a nine-play, 86-yard drive that was reminiscent of the league's highest-scoring team a year ago. Jones hauled in two passes for 53 yards and the Falcons didn't get to third down until they were at the Green Bay 1. Freeman powered in from there to make it 7-0.
The Packers (1-1) responded with a 75-yard drive of their own, capped by Ty Montgomery's 1-yard TD run. But it was downhill from there for Rodgers and his offense, which was missing both of its starting tackles and lost receiver Jordy Nelson early on with a quadriceps injury.
Atlanta led 17-7 after Freeman's second TD run from 2 yards out and Matt Bryant's 51-yard field goal. Then, the game totally got away from Rodgers and the Packers near the end of the first half. Three penalties in four plays - one a disputed offensive pass interference that wiped out a 36-yard gain - pushed Green Bay back to its own 3 before Rodgers lofted a terrible pass down the right sideline that was picked off easily by Trufant at the 36.
Ryan hit Mohamed Sanu with a 21-yard pass, setting up a 3-yard scoring pass to Coleman with 24 seconds remaining .
On the second play of the second half, Trufant turned it into a rout .
Rodgers was plastered by 2016 sack leader Vic Beasley Jr. attempting to throw, the ball wobbling out of his hand for what appeared an incomplete pass. But Trufant wisely scooped it up and scooted into the end zone for what was ruled a 15-yard touchdown. The call stood when the replay didn't show conclusively that the pass went forward.
"A big play by him with the interception at the end of the half," Quinn said, "then a smart play to start the second half on the forced fumble."
The Packers finally showed a bit of life with a couple of fourth-quarter touchdowns, including Rodgers' 300th career scoring pass .
It wasn't nearly enough.
INJURIES
Green Bay: Already short-handed up front, the Packers lost several more players during the game. Nelson was the most prominent injury, but also going down were defensive tackle Mike Daniel (hamstring), receiver Randall Cobb (shoulder) and cornerback Davon House (quad). In addition, backup safety Kentrell Brice was forced out by a groin injury.
Atlanta: On the first touchdown of the night, right tackle Ryan Schraeder was knocked out of the game with a concussion. The Falcons also lost Beasley (hamstring) and defensive lineman Courtney Upshaw (ankle).
MILESTONES
Rodgers' first touchdown pass came on a 33-yard, fourth-down pass to Davante Adams, who made a brilliant play to keep his feet inbounds while kicking the pylon. No. 300 for Rodgers was as short as you can get, a little left-handed shovel pass to Montgomery from the 1.
"They all count," Rodgers quipped.
Bryant's first field goal was his 200th since joining the Falcons in 2009, making him the first Atlanta kicker to reach that figure. He also connected in the third quarter from 53 yards.
UP NEXT
Green Bay: Return to Lambeau Field to face the Cincinnati Bengals (0-2) next Sunday.
Atlanta: Travel to Detroit to take on the Lions (1-0), who face the New York Giants on Monday night.