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BLUE JACKETS 5, FLAMES 1
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As the Western Conference finals showdown shifts to Oracle Arena for Sunday’s Game 3, tied at one game apiece, the Warriors have spent the past few
days discussing their Game 2 troubles and what they’re striving to do in order not to be dominated again.
It’s time to play.
”I think we’re at our best when we feel threatened,” Green said Saturday. ”Game 1 we felt threatened, we came out with a sense of urgency.
Game 2 we maybe didn’t feel as threatened and the sense of urgency wasn’t there. I think you’re allowed one of those a series. We’ve had our
one, now it’s time to lock in for the remainder of the series.”
And for the Warriors that starts on the defensive end against Chris Paul, James Harden and Co., because when they get stops it allows Golden State to
get going in transition and find open looks from 3-point range that weren’t there during a 127-105 Game 2 defeat Wednesday night at Houston. That
was largely because the Rockets had ample time to set their defense following made baskets.
Houston is making sure not to get too high from its impressive result. The Rockets lost Game 1, 119-106.
”Feels like Game 2 was a week ago now. That’s how it is in the playoffs,” Paul said. ”I heard somebody say when you lose a game in the
playoffs, you feel like you’re never going to win again, and when you win, you feel like you’re never going to lose again. We’ve done a great
job all year staying even-keeled.”
The task gets tougher for the Rockets at one of the league’s most imposing venues.
Golden State has won an NBA record-tying 15 straight postseason home games, matching the Chicago Bulls’ mark from April 27, 1990-May 21, 1991.
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Coach Steve Kerr spoke last week to former Warriors coach Mark Jackson about Golden State’s resiliency over years now.
Just as they did in losing once in each of the first two rounds, the Warriors hardly looked strong in Game 2. Kerr insists that rebounding from a bad
loss is hardly about coaching, patting his chest to note that his players take it upon themselves based on their passion to respond from defeat.
”It’s a series. We’re not going to knock them out in one game,” Kevin Durant said. ”Bad games happen throughout playoff series, throughout a
season, throughout a career. So just move on, keep getting better and see what happens next game.”
And the Warriors aren’t worried about Curry rediscovering his shooting rhythm after making only two 3-pointers – one in each game – so far this
It might just take one to fall for the two-time MVP to start feeling it again. Or not even one.
”I only need one, that’s all I need,” Curry said. ”Actually I might not need any because hopefully that first one that I shoot in Game 3 goes
in, so I don’t really need any.”
Golden State, which realized it wouldn’t go a record 16-1 like last postseason’s remarkable run to a second title in three years, responded from
defeats in the first round to San Antonio and then against the Pelicans in the Western Conference semifinals.
”It’s not just this year it’s the last four years,” Kerr said. ”It shows you the resilience of our team. I was talking to Mark Jackson last
week and I said, `When I knew how tough this team was, I think it was 2013 when Mark was coaching and they lost at the buzzer to Denver on the road in
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you coach, it’s just something that’s in them. Steph, Draymond, Andre (Iguodala) and Klay (Thompson), those are guys who have been here for a
while, so then you add KD to that, a guy who’s seen everything in the playoffs. We’ve got a pretty resilient group.”
Mike D’Antoni knows what his Rockets are up against now that the series shifts to the Warriors’ imposing home court.
”We always talk about having a short memory, especially in bad times, but you have to have a short memory also in good times. Play with the same
desperation. Play with the same force that we played offensively and defensively, knowing that they’ll have more of a force on their side,”
D’Antoni said. ”But we have to control what we can control, and make sure we’re aggressive.”
Sidney Crosby batted his own rebound out of the air and into the net 19 seconds into overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Devils 4-3 on
Thursday night, denying New Jersey a sweep of the four-game season series.
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 out of the air – a fitting move on the opening day of baseball
Crosby extended his goal-scoring streak to five games, including a similar goal against Montreal last Wednesday in which Crosby juggled the puck once
on his stick before smacking it from just below shoulder height.
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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 past 16 decisions (12-3-1).
BRUINS 4, LIGHTNING 2
BOSTON (AP) – Patrice Bergeron had a goal and two assists and Boston took over first place in the Eastern Conference with a win over Tampa Bay.
Tim Schaller and David Pastrnak scored goals 32 seconds apart in the final minute of the first period and Brad Marchand added an empty-net goal with
56 seconds left.
Torey Krug had two assists, Pastrnak finished with a goal and an assist and Tuukka Rask stopped 26 shots for the Bruins, who have 107 points and lead
Tampa Bay by a point.
J.T. Miller scored a power-play goal for Tampa Bay in the second and Victor Hedman added a goal in the third. Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 26
saves for the Lightning, who have lost three straight and are 0-3 against the Bruins this season.
BLACKHAWKS 6, JETS 2
CHICAGO (AP) – Emergency goaltender Scott Foster played the final 14 minutes after Chicago lost Anton Forsberg and Collin Delia to injuries, closing
out the Blackhawks‘ victory over Winnipeg.
Forsberg was expected to start, but he was scratched after the team said he got hurt during warmups. Delia, who was just recalled from the minors
Wednesday, then stopped 25 of 27 shots in his NHL debut before he was helped off the ice in the third period due to a lower-body injury.
Enter Foster, a 36-year-old former goaltender at Western Michigan University. After a short warmup, the game resumed and Foster got a big cheer from
the crowd of 21,839 when he denied Tyler Myers for his first save about a minute after he came in.
Backed by chants of ”Foster! Foster!” and more loud ovations down the stretch, he finished with seven stops. Before facing the playoff-bound Jets
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PREDATORS 5, SHARKS 3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Ryan Ellis scored the go-ahead goal with 9:54 left and Nashville beat San Jose to set a franchise record with 111 points
With their 50th victory, the NHL-leading Predators padded their lead to four points over Boston in the chase for their first Presidents’ Trophy.
Nashville topped the mark of 110 points set in 2006-07 on a night where the franchise also notched its 100th consecutive sellout, a streak that
started April 7, 2016, against the Sharks.
Craig Smith and Viktor Arvidsson each had a goal and an assist, Kyle Turris had a goal, and Filip Forsberg had three assists. Nick Bonino added an
empty-net goal with 17 seconds left for Nashville, which won the season series against San Jose 2-1.
Juuse Saros made 39 saves for the win, including stopping Logan Couture on a penalty shot with 1:53 left. The goalie also helped the Predators kill a
penalty with 3:10 remaining with a flurry of stops.
Couture, Brenden Dillon and Mikkel Boedker scored for the Sharks. San Jose snapped its nine-game point streak.
KINGS 4, COYOTES 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jeff Carter completed a hat trick by scoring with 4:25 left and Los Angeles beat Arizona.
Carter scored for the third consecutive game, helping the Kings open up a two-point lead over the Anaheim Ducks for third place in the Pacific
Division before the Freeway Faceoff rivals meet Friday night in Anaheim.
Jack Campbell made 20 saves for his second career win, and the Kings won consecutive games for the first time since winning three in a row Feb. 17-20.
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Kevin Connauton scored for the second straight game and Max Domi had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, who had won two straight over the Kings.
Darcy Kuemper made 31 saves.
SENATORS 3, PANTHERS 2, OT
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) – Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored on a penalty shot in overtime to lift Ottawa over Florida.
The Panthers dropped three points behind New Jersey with a game in hand for the final wild card in the Eastern Conference. The Devils lost to
Pittsburgh 4-3 in overtime Thursday.
Pageau and Magnus Paajarvi also scored in regulation for the Senators, and Craig Anderson stopped 24 shots.
Aaron Ekblad and Evgeni Dadonov scored for the Panthers, and James Reimer made 27 saves.
BLUE JACKETS 5, FLAMES 1
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) – Pierre-Luc Dubois had his first career hat trick and Columbus Blue Jackets stayed hot with a win over Calgary.
Columbus earned its sixth straight road victory and 12th win in its past 13 games, and moved past the Philadelphia Flyers and into third place in the
Metropolitan Division. The Blue Jackets are one point back of the second place Pittsburgh Penguins.