Jets beat Habs 3-1 to spoil Claude Julien’s return to Montreal bench

He sent a backhand shot over Price’s shoulder after a nifty one-handed pass from Dustin Byfuglien.Laine added the insurance goal at 18:43. Andrei Markov scored for Montreal (31-20-8), while Carey Price made 31 saves. But with Price on the bench and Montreal’s net empty, Laine scored his fifth goal in his last three games.Michael McCarron, recalled from the St. Montreal had 18 giveaways in the game.In one of his first coaching decisions since replacing Michel Therrien on Tuesday, Julien put Alex Galchenyuk on the first line with Alexander Radulov and captain Max Pacioretty.That move paid instant dividends on Montreal’s first goal on a rarely seen pinch by defenceman Markov.The Russian’s forecheck on Blake Wheeler forced a giveaway in Winnipeg’s zone, with the puck falling right to Galchenyuk. John’s IceCaps on Friday, centred the fourth line for Montreal. Markov was also on the ice on Jan. Davis Desharnais and Sven Andrighetto were healthy scratches.Notes: The Jets have two more games remaining on their four-game road trip. The Canadiens have only one victory in their last eight games.Montreal was sloppy in its first game back following its bye week and it cost the home side on Winnipeg’s first goal.With the Canadiens on the power play in the second period, defenceman Nathan Beaulieu skated out of his own zone, then tried to dangle the puck around Armia in the neutral zone.The Jets winger easily stole the puck, skated in on Price and scored Winnipeg’s sixth short-handed goal of the season to tie the game at 4:52. The centreman then found Pacioretty, who gave it back to Markov in the crease for the easy tap-in at 11:04 of the first period.Pacioretty has seven points in his last four games.Price did his best to keep rookie Laine off the scoresheet, stopping all six shots he faced from the 18-year-old. 18, 2003, when Julien made his coaching debut in his first stint with the Canadiens. Perreault broke a 1-1 deadlock just 1:16 into the final frame. Mathieu Perreault scored in the third period and Patrik Laine added an empty-netter as the visiting Winnipeg Jets defeated the Canadiens 3-1 on Saturday afternoon to spoil coach Claude Julien’s return to the Montreal bench.Joel Armia had the other goal for the Jets (27-29-5) and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 19 of 20 shots.

Cam Talbot leads Oilers past Blackhawks 3-1

Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky, who played his first NHL game against the Blackhawks at Chicago Stadium in 1979, attended the contest.UP NEXTOilers: Visit Tampa Bay on Tuesday.Blackhawks: Visit Buffalo on Sunday. He skated into the right circle, pulled up and stopped, then fired a low shot between Crawford’s pads.NOTES: Edmonton D Kris Russell missed his fifth straight game with a lower-body injury. … Benning’s centring pass from the right corner deflected in off the skate of Chicago defenceman Trevor van Riemsdyk, who was in the crease.The Oilers were awarded a power play after Blackhawks rookie Ryan Hartman was penalized for instigating a fight with Edmonton’s Eric Gryba after Gryba shoved him into the boards.Lucic made it 2-0 at 9:50 of the third. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews earned his 600th NHL point with a nice pass on the play.Chicago had won five straight – all on the road. Oilers D Darnell Nurse (ankle surgery) missed his 33rd game but has resumed skating and is expected to rejoin the team on its trip. … Cam Talbot made 38 saves, Connor McDavid scored his 20th goal and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 on Saturday night for their third straight win.Matt Benning and Milan Lucic also scored for Edmonton in the opener of its season-high six-game road trip. McDavid, who leads the NHL in points, fired into an empty net with 27 seconds left. 26.Corey Crawford made 19 saves for the Blackhawks, who were coming off a 5-1 victory at Edmonton last Saturday in their final game before their bye week.The Blackhawks outshot the Oilers 12-4 in a scoreless first period and had ample chances, including shots by Marian Hossa and Artemi Panarin that clanked off the post.Chicago dominated again for much of the second, out-shooting Edmonton 16-9, but trailed 1-0 after 40 minutes.Benning opened the scoring with a fluke power-play goal at 5:02. Talbot, the NHL’s busiest goalie in games and minutes played, lost a shutout bid when Richard Panik scored his 15th goal with 4:47 left. The 31-year-old Seabrook, Chicago’s first-round draft pick in 2003, is in his 12th season with the team. It was its first home game since Jan. Blackhawks D Brent Seabrook skated in his 900th game.

Sens eye division lead with big win over Maple Leafs

Morgan Rielly, Nazem Kadri and William Nylander scored goals in defeat for the Leafs (26-20-11), who were playing without star 19-year-old Mitch Marner.Frederik Andersen yielded four goals on 40 shots in defeat, Craig Anderson stopping 34-of-37 at the other end to earn the win.The Battle of Ontario started off with predictable acrimony, Roman Polak and Mark Borowiecki trading blows and garnering two minutes each for roughing three minutes into the first. Ottawa (68 points) now trails Montreal (70 points) by only two points for the division lead with three games in hand. The Ottawa Senators inched closer to the Atlantic Division lead with a hearty 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.Mark Stone had a goal and four assists in the victory, which saw the Senators give up a 2-0 lead before storming back in front on a power-play goal from Derick Brassard. Chris Wideman, Ryan Dzingel and Mike Hoffman also scored for the Senators (31-19-6), who have won four of their last five games and three of four meetings with the Leafs this season.Auston Matthews had two assists in defeat for Toronto, which has lost eight of 11 and entered the night with a tenuous grasp on the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Robinson III, Gordon, Porzingis win NBA all-star events

That’s what I wanted to go out and do,” Robinson said. He leap-frogged one man sitting on another’s shoulders, grabbed the ball from the elevated man’s hands and slammed it home. “It’s all about just knocking down the shot. Glenn Robinson III is the NBA’s new dunk king, with an assist to Indiana teammate Paul George, the Pacers’ mascot and a Pacers cheerleader.Robinson leaped over all three, snagging the ball from George along the way before finishing with an emphatic, two-hand, reverse jam, giving him a perfect score — and the title — on his final dunk. “I knew all along I had some things planned and I just wanted to show the world.”Robinson edged out Phoenix’s Derrick Jones Jr., who was done in by his failure to complete his difficult first dunk of two in the final round.Jones still managed a perfect score on his second dunk, when he received a bounce-pass in the paint, put it between his legs and threw down a left-handed jam. We’re going to have a good time.”Jones jumped over four teammates including Devin Booker and Marquese Chriss in the first round. “Who knows if it worked, but they missed some of their dunks and it gave me a little more room.”Afterward, he couldn’t take his hands off of the trophy — a gold basketball — and made it sound as if that would remain the case through the weekend.“I know I’m not letting go of her right there,” he said. “She’s following me everywhere I go. “I’ve seen the things that he can do. Jordan dunked over DJ turn tables and Gordon dunked after receiving a bounce pass from a drone that had flown over the court with the “Star Wars” theme music playing.Eric Gordon got his win in New Orleans, where he played the previous five seasons before leaving last summer in free agency.Gordon’s score of 21 in a final-round tiebreaker defeated Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving, the 2013 winner, who had 18. The pair had each finished with a score of 20 in the final round, meaning they each had to shoot 25 more balls to decide it.“I wasn’t really concentrating on how many I made,” Gordon said. He also drew roars from the crowd when he took a pass off the side of the backboard from Booker with his right hand, put the ball between his legs to his left for a round-house jam.The dunk that cost him was a bold one. Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks won the Skills Challenge.Both dunk finalists delighted the crowd with soaring slams over teammates and others that showcased the explosive spring in their vertical leaps.“I thought I would go up against Derrick in the finals,” Robinson said. That guy can jump.”Robinson’s first dunk was one of his best. I never counted in my head or anything. But Robinson made sure it wasn’t enough.In the 3-point contest, Houston’s Eric Gordon dethroned Golden State splash brother Klay Thompson. It’s Mardi Gras. He tried to leap a friend and the Suns’ gorilla mascot, grab the ball on the way over, put it between his legs and then finish with a windmill. He said 2000 dunk champ Vince Carter was one of his primary influences, along with Michael Jordan, of course.“Vince Carter did one of his best dunks first, and it kind of intimidated people. But he couldn’t get the dunk to go down in his allotted three attempts.DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers and Aaron Gordon of Orlando were unable to emerge from the first round. I just go out there and just shoot the ball.”Thompson was stunningly eliminated in the first round, missing a final shot from the corner that could have put him through ahead of Kemba Walker.Big men reigned supreme for a second straight year in the skills competition, with the 7-foot-3 Porzingis beating Utah’s Gordon Hayward in the final round.Those vanquished in earlier rounds included guards John Wall of Washington and Isaiah Thomas of Boston, both because they couldn’t make their initial 3-pointers required to close out the course before Hayward did, even though Hayward had trailed each of them dribbling down the court by a considerable margin before hitting his clinching shots.Porzingis emerged from the big-men’s division that included the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis and Denver’s Nikola Jokic.“It’s a good feeling that I’m able to showcase my skill with my size and show to the kids that you’re capable of doing that even if you’re tall and lanky like me,” Porzingis said.Porzingis and Hayward were neck-and-neck until the end of the course, but Porzingis hit his 3 first to end it.The three-round, head-to-head obstacle-course competition tests dribbling, passing, agility and shooting skills. Like I said, I’m a guy that stays out of the way, but when it’s time to shine, that’s my thing,” Robinson said. “I know I’m a jumper.

Josh Donaldson hopes injury will only sideline him for two weeks at Blue Jays’ spring training

That’s part of it. The way he was limping along suggested that Donaldson could be out for some time, but the player begged to differ.“I’m ready to get out there right now,” he said. “But the fact is my body’s not letting me. Leaving his crutches behind in the clubhouse, Josh Donaldson slowly made his way outside on Sunday morning to discuss the severity of the calf injury that is postponing his participation in the Toronto Blue Jays spring training.Turns out, Donaldson doesn’t think the injury is that severe.“It’s just a little bump in the road right now and whenever the time comes I’ll be ready,” the Blue Jays star third baseman assured reporters. I’m hoping, hopefully, it’s just a couple of weeks to get out there.“It’s something that we don’t necessarily want to push too much, just for the simple fact that we have a little extra time with spring training right now. really training hard and preparing to play 162 regular-season games and hopefully some post season games,” Donaldson said. We have to learn, reassess and go from there.” “So, yeah, there’s some frustration. And just making sure that whenever I step back on the field it’s ready to go and I’m ready to be able to push it.”The 2015 American League most valuable player said he injured the right calf Friday morning doing some sprint work in advance of Saturday’s first official full team workout at the Blue Jays training facility.He had an MRI Friday and the team is calling the injury a calf strain.“I had a great off-season, working out…