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The Calgary Herald after last Saturday’s 3-1 (11th Jan 19 at 2:08am UTC)
COLUMBUS Peter Budaj Jersey Womens , Ohio (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs looked like a well-rested team coming off a five-day holiday break. They were fast and opportunistic in handling the Columbus Blue Jackets, who were playing the second night of a back-to-back.John Tavares scored two goals, and backup goalie Garret Sparks had 27 saves to lift the streaking Maple Leafs over Columbus 4-2 on Friday night.“Sometimes after a few days you can feel a little flat, just out of rhythm and just timing and everything, so I thought overall we played a pretty solid game,” Tavares said. “Sparky was solid and made some big saves when we needed him to, our penalty kill, I thought, was really sharp, so it was good to start the way we did and build on it and not give them a whole lot.”Tavares’ two first-period goals nicely set up a return to Toronto on Saturday, when he will face his former team, the New York Islanders. He played there for nine seasons before joining his hometown Maple Leafs in a seven-year Andrew Hammond Jersey Womens , $77 million deal last summer.Tavares’ linemate, Mitch Marner, had a goal and assisted on both his tallies, and Frederik Gauthier also scored to power the Maple Leafs to their fifth straight win, matching the longest streak of the season. They are a distant second to Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division.Nick Foligno and Artemi Panarin scored for Columbus, and Sergei Bobrovsky had 25 saves. The Blue Jackets, playing on consecutive nights, saw their five-game winning streak snapped as they try to stay close to Washington at the top of the Metropolitan Division.But coach John Tortorella wasn’t overly critical of his team’s play.“We had some zone time, generated some chances, their goalie played well,” Tortorella said. “Give him some credit. But some of our chances, especially from our back end J.T. Brown Jersey Womens , were shot wide.”Toronto took advantage of a power play early in the game when a shot by Nazem Kadri from slot was deflected in off Tavares’ skate . Foligno tied it up shortly afterward when he snapped a shot between Sparks’ pads from the right circle.Tavares second goal in the first period didn’t require puck luck. He rifled a shot from the left circle that went top shelf over Bobrovsky’s glove and gave Toronto a 2-1 lead.Marner gave Toronto a two-goal lead halfway through the second on a 4-on-4, when he raced ahead of Pierre Luc-Dubois on a rush, took a beautiful pass from Auston Matthews and swept it past Bobrovsky.Late in the third, Par Lindholm shoveled the puck out from the back of the net to set up a finish by Gauthier . Panarin got his 100th NHL goal with 1:28 left in the game.Columbus came up empty on a pair of power plays and has scored just once in 33 attempts with a man-advantage in the last 11 games.NOTES: Tavares’ 26 goals lead the team. He has seven goals and four assists in his last six games. … Toronto D Igor Ozhiganov returned after missing three games because of an illness. Justin Holl was a healthy scratch to make room. … Toronto F Patrick Marleau played in his 1,613th NHL game, giving him sole possession of 10th place on the all-time list. … With an assist on Foligno’s goal, Seth Jones has 13 points in the last 15 games.UP NEXT:Toronto: Hosts New York Islanders on Saturday.Columbus: Hosts Ottawa on Monday night. The Buffalo Sabres begin a busy part of their schedule Tuesday night when they are home to the Calgary Flames.The Sabres, who lost 5-4 overtime to the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Saturday, will follow the game against the Flames with a home-and-home set Thursday and Saturday against the Ottawa Senators before visiting the New York Rangers.The Sabres (6-4-1) will be facing a team that will be playing its second game in two nights after defeating the Maple Leafs 3-1 in Toronto on Monday night with a well-structured, tight effort.Article continues below ...The Flames (6-5-1) were coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals at home on Saturday, a game that coach Bill Peters felt was encouraging after the humiliation of a 9-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday. Peters was not disappointed Monday.“We’re taking some steps,” coach Bill Peters said. “We’re learning how to play hard for each other Tomas Plekanec Jersey Womens , learning how to manage the puck and taking some risk out of our game. If we can continue to do that, we can have a good team by the time it’s all said and done. We’re going in the right direction, but there is still work to be done.”All the scoring took place in the third period Monday with the Flames breaking through with two goals 55 seconds apart by Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm.Sabres coach Phil Housley took encouragement in the way his team overcame a two-goal deficit.“We can take forward here being on the road, being down two against a good hockey team, we found a way to earn a point,” Housley said. “We’ll learn from the mistakes we made but we have to take credit where it’s due. We did a terrific job battling on the road to get a point.”On the other hand, Housley feels the Sabres must tighten their game. Backup goaltender Linus Ullmark faced 37 shots in the game against Columbus, his third start of the season, as well as some odd-man rushes.“Linus made some big saves during the game,” Housley said. “He saw too many Grade-A chances and situations we need to clean up. We were way too loose. We’re not going to win a lot of hockey games playing like that and we know that.”Ullmark is 2-0-1 with a 2.00 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage and he figures to see more action during the busy stretch. Starting goaltender Carter Hutton played all four games on a recent homestand. He is 4-4, 3.07 GAA and a .905 save percentage.“I feel good. I’m really happy every time I get the chance to go in there and play,” Ullmark said. “Whenever I get the chance Tomas Tatar Jersey Womens , I want to seize the moment, do what I do best and just go out there and enjoy it.”“He’s been very square to the puck,” Housley said. “He’s not fighting things. He’s letting the puck hit him and he’s been really good challenging. When the moment is there, he’ll get out and challenge the shooters. All of those things, and his puck-handling ability have helped our defense out.”Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe did not practice Monday and is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury, Housley said. He missed time in the second period Saturday but played in the third period.The Flames will be visiting Buffalo in a good frame of mind.“I thought we worked hard,” Monahan said. “We had a good start to the game, which we haven’t had in some of the past few. I think we stepped it up. Tonight, was a big win and we’ve got to keep it rolling.”Flames goaltender Mike Smith stopped 24 shots.“We just played together as a team,” Smith said. ” We have a standard now that we’ve set, and hopefully we can continue that.”
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