Man indicted in shooting death of Roughriders player Joe McKnight

They said when McKnight, 28, confronted Gasser, who was still seated in his car, Gasser pulled out a gun and shot McKnight three times.Gasser remained on the scene and gave his gun to deputies, Sheriff Newell Normand said at the time. Defence attorneys Gerry Archer and Matthew Goetz did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.Authorities have said both McKnight and Gasser were driving erratically and yelling at each other before they stopped and McKnight walked to Gasser’s vehicle about 2:40 p.m. 6 and jailed on a charge of manslaughter.The sheriff was criticized for not keeping Gasser in jail from the start, even though Gasser was immediately identified as the shooter. In the NFL, he played three seasons for the New York Jets and one with the Kansas City Chiefs. on Dec. He didn’t specify.Gasser is white; McKnight was black.McKnight was considered the No. The Louisiana man accused of killing former CFL running back Joe McKnight during a road rage dispute was indicted Thursday on a charge that carries a mandatory life sentence.A grand jury charged Ronald Gasser, 55, of Terrytown, with second-degree murder, Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick Jr. Gasser was released after initial questioning, but was re-arrested Dec. The charge can be brought against someone who means “to kill or to inflict great bodily harm.”

As a result of the indictment, Judge June Darensburg increased Gasser’s bond from $500,000 to $750,000, Connick said in the news release.Connick said he would have no further comment on the indictment. said in a news release. 1 running back recruit in the country when he came out of John Curtis Christian School in Louisiana in 2006. Normand said at the time that thorough investigation was needed because of laws providing a defence to certain crimes. 1. He signed with the University of Southern California, where he ran for 2,213 yards and 13 touchdowns and caught 66 passes for 542 yards and two scores in three seasons.McKnight played for the Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2016.

J. P. Darche and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif tread remarkably similar paths

“We still have a place in Montreal that we go to a couple times a year, that’s always going to be home for us … but we’re very very happy here.”Nine NFL seasons provided Darche with the financial freedom to pursue whatever post-football career he desired. “You have a different perspective and realize you’re really doing it for truly the right reason.”As an NFL long-snapper, Darche played in relative anonymity, which is good because it meant he did his job effectively. “I enjoy that, especially working with high school kids.“That’s going to be a lot of fun to make that part of your practice.” That’s a big plus.”Darche comes from an athletic family; younger brother, Mathieu, played in the NHL with Columbus, San Jose, Tampa and Montreal.J.P. It’s also where Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, a fellow Redmen and future doctor from Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Que., is playing right guard with the Chiefs. “I hadn’t really heard of him until he started at McGill, I kind of followed him [online] and thought, ‘Well, this guy in med school seems to be pretty good.’“After we met, I followed his career and we kept in touch and then he was drafted by the Chiefs [sixth round in 2014] and I thought, ‘What are the odds of that happening?’ He comes to my house regularly and my kids love him. “We even went to the same CEGEP [Quebec junior college],” Darche said via telephone. He played in the Seahawks’ 21-10 loss to Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XL before joining the Chiefs in ’07.Darche admits Kansas City wasn’t his first choice in free agency but he and his family quickly settled in there. The beauty is I enjoy it now more than the first time around because I’m not doing it because I have to.”Even after some initial doubt.“When I first started studying [for entrance exam] I gave myself two months,” he said. He’s like their cool uncle Larry [Duvernay-Tardif’s nickname with his Kansas City teammates].”Duvernay-Tardif is balancing medicine with football. Few of his patients realize their doctor is a former NFL player.“Some bring it up and we’ll talk about it for a few seconds,” Darche said. But he never doubted that he would return to medicine.“I knew the whole time,” Darche said. That made for an easy decision to attend the University of Kansas school of medicine after football.“We really fell in love with [Kansas City],” said Darche, who received his medical degree in 2014. “I know he’s thinking, ‘Man, I want to graduate and get it over with,’ but take your time, you’re going to be fine.“When I played, there was only a couple of months each year where there were no off-season workouts whereas now Laurent has about four months so he’s able to keep plugging away towards that goal of graduating and not having to restart. Had I gone a few more years, I wonder if I would’ve still made the same decision. I could feel it was coming back.”Darche said returning to school in his 30s gave him a maturity to accept and overcome any challenges he faced. The 6-foot-5, 321-pound lineman will return to Montreal this month to resume his medical school commitments and hopes to complete his degree in 2018.“The advice I’ve given him is stretch it [med school] out as long as you can because once you graduate the clock starts ticking on how long it’s going to take before you do your residency,” Darche said. The coincidences aren’t lost on Jean-Philippe Darche.The 41-year-old St.-Laurent, Que., native is a McGill grad completing his family practice residency in Kansas City after finishing his pro football career there. “As soon as I got back into studying, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. Darche put medical school on hold until retiring after the 2008 season, his second and final one with Kansas City.Darche began his pro career in 1999 with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts before heading to the NFL with Seattle in 2000. “But the first couple of weeks I thought, ‘Man, I don’t know if I can really do this?’“I couldn’t focus and it just wasn’t clicking but fortunately after a few weeks it did. “But as a physician the first thing you have to know is it’s never about you, it’s about the patient.”Darche is scheduled to complete his residency this summer and plans to do a sports medicine-only fellowship.“That will mean working with the Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and high school teams,” he said. “When you’re older you’ve had other experiences so you don’t sweat the small stuff,” he said.

Bill Belichick follows a familiar script to coaching greatness

So when you give them the environment, they’ll usually respond in a positive way.”But while the great coaches demand discipline, they also figure out ways to get their teams to bond. “But it is important to clear the air so there is no speculation on it from week to week.”Tom Thibodeau, coach of the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves, spent time with Belichick a few summers ago and said he marvels because “the infrastructure is so strong” – one factor that allows great coaches to say goodbye to key players without missing a beat.“You either conform and become a team-first guy, or you won’t be there long,” Thibodeau said. Eventually, he recognized the Cowboys could only succeed with one of them, and he chose Staubach, while trading Morton to the Giants.“Sometimes it is unfortunate to have to make such a decision,” Landry said at the time. The same might have been said, or asked, about Noll, Landry, Saban or any of these coaches, whose time facing the public usually involves five- and 10-minute segments with the media during which their main goal is to not reveal anything important about their game plan – or much about themselves.The effort – and sometimes, accolades – they get from their players says more.Terry Bradshaw couldn’t stand Noll on their way to winning four Super Bowls. That person who’s going to be good, who has potential, that’s going to get you fired.”A lot has been made this year of New England’s decision to part ways with two key cogs in its defence – Chandler Jones in the off-season, then linebacker Jamie Collins, who was (ruthlessly?) traded away to winless Cleveland in October.The Patriots’ defence still allowed the fewest points in the league.Belichick is hardly the first coach faced with those sorts of choices. In the 1970s, Landry spent a season shuffling between Roger Staubach and Craig Morton at quarterback. It’s also a description of Chuck Noll, Tom Landry, Nick Saban, Greg Popovich, John Wooden and pretty much every other person who has cemented him or herself on the Mount Rushmore of coaching.“Xs and Os are the price of admission,” says John O’Sullivan, founder of the Changing the Game project, who speaks often about the importance of coaching in society. “That time in Cleveland probably helped me as much as anything in developing the kind of philosophy and organizations that have helped us be successful through the years. Only when he let up a bit, then got Michael Strahan on board, did the Giants become winners.This year’s other Super Bowl coach, Dan Quinn of the Falcons, has discussed his season-long quest to turn his group of players into a “brotherhood.”Belichick will never be confused as warm-and-fuzzy, though maybe Vince Wilfork’s tweet after parting with the Patriots in 2014 painted the best picture of the atmosphere the coach has created: “We are always family,” Wilfork wrote.And while great coaches have some hard-and-fast rules about how they want to run their teams, the best of them are always keeping an open mind toward learning.Famous are the stories of Belichick’s willingness to go the extra mile – especially in the film room – from the time he got his first NFL job, as an assistant to Colts coach Ted Marchibroda in 1975.“The impression he made on colleagues was almost universally favourable – open-minded, incredibly hard-working, absolutely committed to being a little better every day … a master at using film,” wrote David Halberstam in his 2005 profile on Belichick, “The Education of a Coach.”Another great coach took note of that.Before Nick Saban started winning his five national college titles in college, he was Belichick’s defensive co-ordinator with the Browns from 1991-94.“I thought I knew something, and really found out that I was really in a position to learn a lot,” Saban said. “Like him? I attribute a lot of it to Bill Belichick.” Vince Lombardi had a well-earned reputation as a taskmaster, and yet one epiphany that took him over the top was the concept, virtually unheard of at the time, that the word “love” really did belong in a locker room.More recently, Tom Coughlin overdid discipline for most of his first 10 years in the NFL. When you connect with people, they’ll run through a wall for you.”Belichick, a people person? No, I didn’t like him.”Among the 15 blocks on Wooden’s famed pyramid of success is “self-control,” an attribute that applies to the players as well as the coaches and general managers choosing them.In a recent talk he gave to a group of coaches, Popovich spoke of the virtually mandatory requirement to resist talented players who are more focused on themselves than the team.“That’s not easy,” he said. Only years later did the Hall of Fame quarterback concede that he benefited from Noll’s coaching. “But great coaches, the first thing they do is connect. “I think every player really wants discipline. He values the team’s overall culture ahead of its individual parts.He rules his team with an iron fist, yet instills that team with a sense of family.He can appear heartless – quick to say “goodbye” to those who no longer fit in – yet he is deeply loyal.He has hard-and-fast ideas about how to run his own team, but is never against learning and adding bits of others’ expertise to his own repertoire. And they want to win. Of course I did,” Bradshaw said last year. Yes, this is a description of New England coach Bill Belichick, who can set himself apart Sunday by winning a record fifth Super Bowl title as a head coach. “You have to follow through, be good to your principles. “Did I respect him?

In South Sudan, wheelchair basketball serves as an effective distraction from war

“We love each other and we do not talk about our tribal differences.”The International Committee of the Red Cross, which invited Markt to Juba, supports three physical rehabilitation centres that provide mobility devices and therapy in South Sudan. This wheelchair basketball tournament in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, is the culmination of a two-week training session run by Jess Markt, a coach from Colorado who has led similar programs in countries ravaged by conflict.The disabled young South Sudanese men, drawn from various ethnic groups, are split into four teams that compete as dozens of spectators cheer them on.“The biggest lesson I have learned from these guys is the power of positive thought and perseverance,” Markt said. The country has known little peace since 2013, when the rivalry between President Salva Kiir and deputy Riek Machar descended into a civil war in which thousands have been killed amid ethnic tensions.The wheelchair basketball training marked the first time some of the men had been involved in sports, and Markt said he had to teach them how to work together as a team.James Amoudit Makuei, 19, who travelled hundreds of kilometres to take part, said he hopes to share his skills with other disabled people in his hometown of Yirol.“I had never played basketball before,” he said. He knew only about 11 players in Juba in 2011, but the number has grown to two dozen, he said.“This basketball has helped unite us as people with disabilities,” he said. “It is helping people who have amazing challenges that they are dealing with in their lives realize how powerful they can be.” “They are very poor. Many of them are living in a camp outside the city or they live in rural areas that are very difficult situations, especially for disabled persons, and yet they are on the court playing, laughing and joking as though they don’t have any care in the world.”Many of the players were injured in South Sudan’s decades-long struggle for independence from Sudan that ended with the creation of the new country in 2011. Warnings of possible genocide hang over the world’s youngest country, but here on a basketball court under a fierce morning sun, South Sudan’s civil war seems a world away.Flashing up and down the court in blue and yellow jerseys, the players laugh and sweat as their wheelchairs jostle for position. The aid group works with the South Sudan Wheelchair Basketball Association to put on weekly games.Markt, who began playing wheelchair basketball at 19 after a spinal-cord injury, has been coaching since 2009 and has trained teams in Afghanistan, India, Palestine and Cambodia.Markt described his experience in South Sudan as “unforgettable.” He recalled one young man, a polio victim, who shouted, “Oh my God!” when he scored for the first time after struggling to settle into the rhythm of the game.“That, to me, is the greatest thing about this type of program,” Markt said. “But I have learned a lot of things from the coaches here … And now I consider myself a basketball player.” He said he dreams of playing for the national team.Peter Bol Wal, a player-coach who was among the first South Sudanese to play wheelchair basketball, said more disabled people in the capital are embracing the sport.

Caroline Ouellette closes in on another CWHL record with Les Canadiennes

That game was more important to Ouellette than any record.“We worked so hard to promote that game and for me, it was a big test for female hockey,” Ouellette said. 11 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.“Caro is like a wine that gets better with age,” Rougeau said. You see it every time we’ve played this season. She wants to get the next goal and it reflects on her career stats.”Ouellette has won three Clarkson Cups that go to the CWHL champions (2009, 2011 and 2012). Les Canadiennes have four games remaining this season, including a two-game series at home Saturday and Sunday against the Toronto Furies.If she scores that landmark goal, Ouellette likely won’t think to grab the puck for posterity, says her teammate Lauriane Rougeau.“She won’t go get it,” Rougeau told The Canadian Press. “That was one of the proudest moments of my career.”The 5 foot 11, 170-pound forward has played for Montreal’s CWHL club since the league’s inception in 2007.What were the Montreal Stars became Les Canadiennes in 2015 when the club forged closer financial and marketing ties with the Canadiens.Ouellette has 15 goals and 16 assists in 20 games this season for Les Canadiennes (14-4-2). “She’s a competitor. She now has 308 points in 168 career games.“It means I’ve been there for a while,” Ouellette said. “I think we’re all going to be fighting for who is going to get the puck for her.”The trophies, medals and milestones aren’t what keeps Ouellette playing.The 38-year-old Montreal native feels a sense of stewardship to both her team and the women’s league to raise their profiles in the hockey world. 11. “The goal one day would be to go back to the national team as a coach.” But Ouellette flat-out still loves to play.“I love the emotions of being in really close games and being able to contribute to the success of my team by either making a great offensive play or making a great backcheck or blocking a shot,” Ouellette said.“That feeling you get as an athlete, those goose bumps you can get when an important goal is scored, when you love your team so much and you want to win together, I think that’s what I’m going to be missing the most when I retire.”Ouellette already set a new benchmark in the CWHL by becoming the first player to reach a career 300 points Dec. They want her to have a memento of the women’s hockey history she’s about to make.Ouellette is a goal away from becoming the all-time leading goal scorer in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. She contributed a pair of assists in a 5-3 win over the Calgary Inferno, who are the defending Clarkson Cup champions.She’d been held off the scoresheet the previous day in a 1-0 shootout win over Inferno in front of nearly 6,000 at Bell Centre in her hometown.The televised game in the home of the NHL’s Canadiens was part of the CWHL’s 10-year anniversary celebrations. She’s among the players invited to play in the CWHL’s all-star game Feb. That’s why I’m still playing.”She’s one of five athletes in the world to win Olympic gold medals in four straight Winter Games alongside Canadian teammates Hayley Wickenheiser, who retired last month, and Hefford.Ouellette ranks third all-time in points on the national team behind those two women with 87 goals and 155 assists in 220 games.Her most recent appearance in the Maple Leaf was the 2015 women’s world hockey championship final, in which Ouellette scored a goal in a 7-5 loss to the United States.How long she’ll keep playing is a “year by year” decision.“I think I’m going to transition into coaching and I’ve already started that,” Ouellette said. At 130 goals, the Montreal Canadiennes forward is tied with retired Brampton Thunder forward Jayna Hefford. “It makes me reflect on a very fortunate, long career where I truly enjoyed every moment and I still do. Caroline Ouellette’s teammates are ready.

The table is set for an Olympic showdown between the NHL and IOC

Going to the Olympics is the right thing to do. The fans want to see it. Instead, he left it open just a crack, presumably to see if Bach, Fasel and/or Fehr were prepared to put something new on the table, which is what NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly suggested it would take to convince the league to change its mind.To casual fans, all this dithering makes no sense. Finally, after almost three years of posturing, misdirection and otherwise negotiating through intermediaries, all the primary stakeholders in the NHL’s Olympic decision-making process will be in the same room together.On Friday, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, International Ice Hockey Federation president René Fasel and National Hockey League Players’ Association executive director Donald Fehr will all descend on New York to meet with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and discuss what it will take to coax the league into showing up for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Ted Leonsis, the owner in Washington, supports this. And it’s good for hockey – the sport and the industry – to compete on the world’s largest sporting stage.These are smart people, and while all of them have a stubborn streak, you have to think common sense will eventually prevail and they’ll figure it out, even if it goes to the 11th hour and 59th minute. And it would not make much sense for the league to issue an ultimatum and fine or suspend players for going to the Olympics, because it really doesn’t want to go to war with its most marketable faces and names. But if Ovechkin goes, can Leonsis reasonably say no to fellow Russians Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitri Orlov or any of the other players on his team who might want to participate?Suddenly, if the Capitals excuse three Russians, a couple of Swedes and a prominent American or Canadian player or two, then for three weeks in February next year the team is going to resemble its minor-league affiliate far too closely.If enough NHL players go AWOL and play in the Olympics, that could threaten the competitive balance of the league and have a critical impact on the always-tight playoff races. The players want to do it. Gary Bettman gives update on NHL’s stance on 2018 Olympics participation (The Canadian Press)

According to sources, Bach and Fasel requested the meeting because time is running short and both the IOC and the IIHF need a firm answer soon – yes or no – with the Olympics roughly one year away.The NHL has closed up shop to participate in the past five Winter Olympics, dating back to 1998, but has been dragging its feet on a decision this time around for a myriad of ever-changing reasons.If the NHL skips the Olympics, it will force the IOC and IIHF to stage a tournament with players from Europe’s domestic leagues and North American minor leagues and juniors for the first time since 1994, which will greatly diminish its appeal to both spectators and television audiences.And while no one expects the principal players in Friday’s meeting to emerge with an agreement in place, it’s long past time for everybody to lay their cards on the table.Fasel has been pushing hard for the NHL’s participation and will play the good cop in this negotiation. That hasn’t come yet.One worrisome note that might give the NHL pause: What happens if it says no to the Olympics, and then a handful of its most prominent players decide to go anyway?Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals heads that list. And if they can’t, they deserve whatever consequences hockey fans choose to rain down upon their respective houses. Ovechkin has said repeatedly that the Olympics matter a great deal to him and he will go, even if league play continues. He has long believed that the best way to preach the gospel of hockey is to have the best players compete at the world’s primary sporting showcase – and is even willing to cover the NHL’s out-of-pocket costs to attend.Bach, as IOC president, has taken a far more hardline approach.Thus far, he has steadfastly refused to pick up the NHL’s Olympic expenses – a policy shift from the five previous Olympics that has had Bettman chuffed for some time now.Theoretically, Bach could put additional pressure on the league by saying that if the NHL opts out of the Olympics in Pyeongchang then it wouldn’t be welcome in Beijing four years later. The 2022 Olympics in China hold a far greater appeal for the NHL because the league sees it as a chance to establish a toehold in an emerging market.The NHL is planning to play a pair of exhibition games in China this fall, though it will need approval for that initiative from the players’ association. Moreover, it’s not hard to imagine that a fan backlash or even boycott could emerge if the league plays through the Olympics and the tournament becomes a showcase for minor-league players.In short, it’s a complicated, multilayered negotiation, and throughout his NHL executive career, Bettman has shown a willingness to take negotiations right down to the wire.This one, apparently, is no different.Last weekend, as January came to a close and the board of governors assembled at the NHL all-star game in Los Angeles, Bettman could have easily slammed the door shut on Olympic participation.

Matt Kuchar shoots 7-under 64 to take Phoenix Open lead

23.Sung Kang was also 4 under on the final hole when play was suspended because of darkness.Fowler made a 16-foot par save on the par-4 11th – his second hole of day – after driving into the water.“To par the first three holes was nice. “That was a lucky place to be on that hole. My iron play has been pretty good, so I should be able to make some birdies if I get the ball in play.”The former Arizona State player won at TPC Scottsdale in 1996, 2005 and 2013.Thomas birdied 16 and 17 in a 69, and Hadwin shot 71.Thomas has won three of his past five PGA Tour starts, successfully defending his title in Malaysia in October and sweeping the Hawaii events last month – shooting the 59 in the first round of his Sony Open victory. It’s a good vibe.”He made a 25-foot eagle putt on 13.“Chased a 3-wood up on the corner of the green, and it was a pretty straightforward 25-footer,” Kuchar said. In the afternoon, we’d sneak out and play a few holes.”The crowd was estimated at 103,420 on the stadium layout.“Someone told me it was fivemillion,” Kuchar joked. Stricker is making his first start of the year. … Got to go to the games and it was great fun for me. “I was able to be home, able to be dad,” Kuchar said about the layoff. That was one that was hard to get at.”The seven-time PGA Tour winner ran in a 6-footer for birdie on the par-5 15th. My boys are 9 and 7. He will be 50 on Feb. Holmes, Steve Stricker, Martin Laird, Webb Simpson, Graham DeLaet and Alex Cejka were at 67. “I did hit the ball very well today, hit a lot of greens, a lot of good shots.”He won four times worldwide late last year, taking the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in China, two events in Japan and Tiger Woods’ unofficial Hero World Challenge in December.Steele holed out from 194 yards for eagle on the par-4 14th. It’s a good buzz. “Usually, I’m not a very patient person, but this morning I was first off and I had great greens on the first nine holes.”Fowler, 2015 winner Brooks Koepka, two-time champion J.B. Last year, he beat Rickie Fowler in a playoff.“I wish I knew why I play well here,” Matsuyama said through a translator. I could have easily been 3 over,” Fowler said.He was three strokes better than playing partners Jordan Spieth and John Rahm, the former Arizona State player who won Sunday at Torrey Pines for his first PGA Tour victory.Spieth also saved par on 11 after hitting into the water, rolling in a downhill 50-footer. It landed about a yard left and about 4 yards short and went in the hole.”John Peterson, Robert Garrigus, Scott Brown, Byeong Hun An and Chris Kirk shot 66.“I was very patient,” said Peterson, the 2011 NCAA individual champion at LSU. Some of these pins were hard to get at. “I’ve got to get it a little bit better off the tee tomorrow. He’s trying to become the first to win three straight PGA Tour events since Rory McIlroy in 2014.Hadwin shot his 59 two weeks ago in the CareerBuilder Challenge. Getting into golf. “The boys got to play basketball. 8 and 9 to get to 3 under.“I’ll take 3 under,” Mickelson said. Matt Kuchar eagled the par-5 13th and added two late birdies and a big par save on the rowdy par-3 16th hole Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.Coming off a seven-week break, Kuchar shot a 7-under 64 in perfect afternoon conditions at TPC Scottsdale for a one-stroke lead over defending champion Hideki Matsuyama and Brendan Steele. “We were trying to land it about 10 yards short,” said Steele, the Safeway Open winner in October to start the season. “Little outside right, and I pulled it just a touch. “So many people out here. He struggled to find the fairways, and had a three-putt bogey on the par-4 17th – missing from 1 1/2 feet.Phil Mickelson opened with a 68 in his third straight start in his return from two sports hernia surgeries to top playing partners Justin Thomas and Adam Hadwin, the latest players to shoot 59.The 46-year-old Mickelson parred the final nine holes after birdieing Nos. He got up-and-down for par from the left bunker on the triple-deck stadium 16th, making a 12-foot putt, and chipped to inches from the front fringe on the short par-4 17th to set up his final birdie in the bogey-free round.Matsuyama had a bogey-free round in the morning.

Read ends drought, lifts Flyers to win over Canadiens

3.Read put Philadelphia in front with a perfectly placed slap shot from the slot on a 3-on-2 break with 16:28 left. Couturier set up the chance and Read finished it by beating Carey Price over his right shoulder into the top corner of the net.Michal Neuvirth kept Philadelphia in front with a strong save on Paul Byron from close range 3 1/2 minutes later.Neuvirth didn’t have a lot of work, finishing with 15 saves to help the Flyers improve to 10-0-1 in their last 11 home games against Montreal.Price stopped 21 shots.This is an important homestand for the Flyers, who began the day with a tenuous hold on the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot. Matt Read scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period to end his long drought and lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.Claude Giroux also scored and Sean Couturier had an empty-netter in the final seconds for the Flyers, who opened a five-game homestand — their longest of the season — by winning their fourth in the last five. Montreal’s 16 shots were a season low and also marked the fewest Philadelphia has allowed in a game this season.Following Tuesday’s disheartening 5-1 loss at Carolina in which the Flyers had just six shots through 2 1/2 periods, coach Dave Hakstol benched 23-year-old defenceman Shayne Gostisbehere and 19-year-old forward Travis Konecny.Hakstol kept Read in the lineup, however, even though the Philadelphia forward hadn’t scored a goal since Nov. The captain’s wrist shot from the top of the left circle trickled through Price’s legs.Nesterov, playing his second game for the Canadiens, scored his fourth of the season and first since being acquired from Tampa Bay last Thursday on a slap shot 4:51 in.Alex Galchenyuk, returning from a three-game absence due to a knee injury, made a cross-ice pass and Nesterov fired the puck past Neuvirth. Philadelphia was one point in front of Toronto for the second wild card, but eight teams were within seven points of the Flyers.Giroux tied it on the power play with 2:10 left in the second period. Nikita Nesterov scored for the Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens.

Scheifele scores twice, Jets hold off Stars 4-3

Scheifele has five goals in four games between the teams this season, with the Jets winning three. He was just tracking the puck so well. … Eaves’ goal was his 19th, one short of the career high he set in his rookie season of 2005-06 for Ottawa. The Jets had nine two-game winning streaks before that.The Stars also entered on a two-game win streak. “He’s got a little more poise with that puck and he’s placing it better.”Bryan Little gave Winnipeg a 1-0 lead 6:50 into the game. “They’re big points. Little tied his career best with a seven-game point streak. He has seven goals and four assists during that span. Lehtonen turned aside another shot when Scheifele skated in on the goalie later in the period.NOTES: The Jets were 0-7-2 in their earlier attempts to win a third straight game this season. John Klingberg and Benn scored for Dallas barely two minutes apart midway through the first period.The Stars put a season-high 42 shots on goal.Pavelec had not faced more than 37 this season. He stopped all 14 shots in a scoreless third period.“Some high-end ones, too, on high-end shooters,” Maurice said. Especially after the All-Star break, things ramp up.”Dallas led 2-1 until Scheifele tied the game with 53 seconds left in the first period. The loss left them two points behind Winnipeg, with both teams fighting to climb into playoff position in the Western Conference.Klingberg and Eaves each had a goal and an assist.Ehlers had an assist to go with his goal for the Jets.For his first goal, Scheifele had the left side of the net open for his first goal when Blake Wheeler passed cross-ice.Scheifele nearly had two other goals in the second. … Dallas challenged his apparent goal from the top of the slot at 4:36 and won the review because Wheeler was offside. … Best player on the ice.“Might be the best performance I’ve ever seen by a goaltender while I’ve been behind the bench.”Pavelec’s teammates blocked 29 Dallas shots, including eight by Toby Enstrom. Spezza is going to miss some time, and it’s “probably He gave the Jets a 3-2 lead during a 5-on-3 power play 5:56 into the second.The Stars just missed going ahead despite the two-man disadvantage. He has a seven-game point streak against the Stars, with seven goals and seven assists.“When you’re playing against teams in your division, you’ve got to buckle down,” Scheifele said. Dallas C Jason Spezza left in the third period after taking a hit from Jets C Adam Lowry. “The ones he could see and then a few that he didn’t see until late. Jamie Benn, who had a goal and two assists, had a short-handed breakaway.“Goalie made a good save, and then (I) kind of made a mistake in the defensive end and they put it in the back of the net,” Benn said.Just 23 seconds later, Scheifele scored from the inside edge of the right faceoff circle.“Go back a year and a half ago, the number of posts that (Scheifele) hit as a young guy,” Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. Mark Scheifele has hurt the Dallas Stars even more than the other teams in the Central Division.Scheifele scored two more goals against Dallas and narrowly missed two others, propelling the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-3 victory Thursday night.At the other end, Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec made a season-high 39 saves. The Stars had 83 shot attempts to 43 for Winnipeg.Kari Lehtonen made 25 saves for the Stars, but gave up the puck behind the net and didn’t skate back around in time to stop Nikolaj Ehlers’ shot for the Jets’ final goal at 12:51 of the second period.Patrick Eaves scored at 17:58 of the second to pull the Stars to 4-3.Winnipeg has won a season-high three consecutive games, all on the road.