Jordan Spieth, starting the final round only two shots behind, put another tee shot into the water on No. His 8-iron into the par-5 15th landed inches in front of the hole and nicked the pin, and he holed the 14-foot eagle putt to tie for the lead. Opinion: Kelly: Sergio Garcia’s Masters victory the ultimate act of redemption
Garcia got rid of the demons and the doubts with two big moments on the par 5s – one a par, the other an eagle – in closing with a 3-under 69. He had to birdie three of his last four holes for a 75. Not since 1998 have the last two players on the course gone to the 18th tied for the lead, and both had their chances to win. Sergio Garcia finally showed he has what it takes to win a major, and he has a green jacket to prove it. He hit wedge to 7 feet and escaped with par. It was never easy until the end, when Rose sent his drive into the trees on the 18th hole in the playoff, punched out and failed to save par from 15 feet. Rose was in trouble from the start with an errant tee shot, and Garcia didn’t waste the opportunity. All that Spanish passion was on display, raw as ever, this time sheer joy. No one ever played more majors as a pro – 70 – before winning one for the first time. Ser-gee-oh!” the delirious gallery chanted to Garcia, who couldn’t contain his emotion. Garcia birdied the 14th. Rose rolled his chip down to 5 feet and missed the birdie putt. Garcia answered with a wedge that covered the flag and settled 5 feet away. The playoff didn’t last long. Needing his best golf on just about every shot in the final hour at the Masters, Garcia overcame a two-shot deficit with six holes to play and beat Justin Rose in a sudden-death playoff Sunday for his first major after nearly two decades of heartache. He had to take a penalty shot to get out and hit his third shot 89 yards short of the green. Rose was poised to deliver a knockout on the par-5 13th when Garcia went left beyond the creek and into a bush. “He’s had his fair share of heartbreak.”
This was shaping up as another, especially after Garcia watched a three-shot lead disappear as quickly as it took Rose to run off three straight birdies on the front nine. But right when it looked to be over, momentum shifted to Garcia. Rose, who also closed with a 69, lovingly patted Garcia’s cheek before they embraced. Rose took the lead with an 8-foot birdie on the 16th and gave it back by missing a 7-foot par putt on the 18th. The lead stayed at two shots but not for long. This was his third time playing in the final group. He deserves it,” Rose said. Garcia became the third Spaniard in a green jacket, winning on what would have been the 60th birthday of the late Seve Ballesteros. “Ser-gee-oh! His chin was up and he battled to the end. Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., in his first Masters, finished in a tie for 36th place. He crouched in disbelief, and shouted above the loudest roar of the day. Everyone figured this was coming, right? Rose’s approach hit off the side of the bunker and kicked onto the green, stopping 7 feet away. Rose was just over the back of the green in two, on the verge of turning a two-shot lead into four. Matt Kuchar made a hole-in-one on the 16th that gave him hope but not for very long. “If there’s anyone to lose to, it’s Sergio. Garcia turned with his arms to his side, blew a kiss to the crowd and then crouched again and slammed his fist into the turf of the green. Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel birdied the 18th for a 68 to finish third. 12 long after it mattered. Both missed. All that mattered was Garcia and Rose, who delivered a final hour as compelling as any at Augusta National. He tied for fourth with Thomas Pieters, who ran off four birdies on the back nine. That gave the 37-year-old Spaniard two putts from 12 feet for the victory, and his putt swirled into the cup for a birdie. Four times he was runner-up. Garcia himself had said, in a moment of self-pity, that he didn’t have what it takes to win a major. And it was Jose Maria Olazabal, who won the Masters in 1994 and 1999, who sent him a text on the eve of the Masters telling Garcia to believe and “to not let things get to me like I’ve done in the past.”
He didn’t get down after missing a 6-foot putt on the 16th hole, or missing a 5-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole in regulation. Tied going to the back nine, Garcia immediately fell two shots behind with wild shots into the pine straw bed under the trees. Rose then tapped Garcia on the heart, which turned out to be a lot bigger than anyone realized. Also an afterthought was Rickie Fowler, who started one shot behind and shot 76.
Jordan Spieth, starting the final round only two shots behind, put another tee shot into the water on No. His 8-iron into the par-5 15th landed inches in front of the hole and nicked the pin, and he holed the 14-foot eagle putt to tie for the lead. Opinion: Kelly: Sergio Garcia’s Masters victory the ultimate act of redemption
ignited hostilities after Tulowitzki, the Toronto shortstop, decided to critique the form of the Tampa Bay base runner.“I felt like it [the slide] was a little late,” Tulowitzki said. “Honestly, I think it’s very realistic that I’ll be ready for the home opener.”Donaldson came out of the game following a chaotic at-bat against Odorizzi in the top of the sixth inning.First, Donaldson lost the grip on his bat on a swinging strike and the lumber flew toward the mound, forcing a startled Odorizzi to skip out of the way to avoid being cold-cocked.Later in the same at-bat, Donaldson hit a ground ball that hugged the third base foul line.It was scooped up expertly by Evan Longoria at third and his on-the-money throw to first was just in time to nip Donaldson, who was hustling all the way.Donaldson pulled up after crossing the bag and it was evident that he was sore.He slowly pealed off his batting gloves as he gingerly made his way back across to the diamond, into the dugout, and straight into the Blue Jays clubhouse for examination.Utility infielder Ryan Goins was sent out to fill in at third base for Toronto in the bottom of the inning.Sunday’s game was a chippy affair.Things looked good early for Toronto, with Donaldson hitting a solo homer in the first inning to provide the Blue Jays with an early 1-0 lift.Tulowitzki increased the lead to 2-0, his ground-out to short bringing Jose Bautista home from third.In the second inning, a bit of a late slide into second base by Steven Souza Jr. “It’s only six games, so back home in front of our great fans, [we can] get this thing rolling.“We got a good ball club. We’re going to be just fine, I can promise you that.”And a week into the season, the aches and pains are already starting to pile up.The biggest worry involves star third baseman Josh Donaldson, who was removed from Sunday’s game in the sixth inning after experiencing tightness in his right calf.This is disconcerting news for the Blue Jays. “I figure I should say something – not so much at the time for myself but for other guys maybe in the future. The first week of the baseball season is gone, finished, kaput.And thank goodness, the Blue Jays must be saying, as they return to Toronto to begin a nine-game home stand and try to regroup after an unsettling week.The Blue Jays begin the home portion of the season on Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Brewers at Rogers Centre, looking to rebound from a rocky 1-5 start on the road against the Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays. For one thing, he said, it is to a different part of the calf that he had previously injured.“I’m not worried about it,” he said. It was a right calf strain that caused Donaldson, the American League’s most valuable player in 2015, to miss the bulk of spring training.And earlier in the day, the Blue Jays said lefty reliever J.P. And there’s no panic in here. You try and save injuries.”Souza felt Tulowitzki was overreacting.“I’m playing hard and if he thinks that I’m trying to be malicious, he clearly doesn’t know who I am,” he said.The discussion quickly led to the emptying of both dugouts, but there was no harm done.But Souza enjoyed the last laugh in the third inning, when the Rays moved in front 4-2, a lead they would not relinquish.First it was Corey Dickerson taking Estrada deep with a leadoff home run, one of three homers the Toronto starter surrendered, all off his vaunted change-up.When Souza came to the plate later in the inning he launched a towering drive to left field that just cleared the wall for the inning’s second dinger, this one a three-run shot. Howell was heading to the 10-day disabled list after experiencing left shoulder tightness.Any significant down time for Donaldson, who knocked his second home run of the season off Tampa starter Jake Odorizzi in the first inning, would certainly have an impact on Toronto’s hopes to challenge in the competitive American League East.But Donaldson does not think his injury is significant. Read more: Toronto the rude: Jays fans are the Broad Street Bullies of BaseballRelated: Here’s how the Blue Jays roster breaks downThe Rays inflicted the latest indignity on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field in Florida, torching Toronto starter Marco Estrada for three home runs, which helped propel the home side to a convincing 7-2 victory.“Obviously one and five is not the way you want to start … good thing there’s 162 of these,” Toronto shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said.
But fresh in everyone’s mind is last week’s 4-1 regulation loss, when the Caps had Shattenkirk, acquired near the Mar. Then two defencemen went down in the Columbus game, Nikita Zaitsev after taking a hard body check, and Roman Polak. So, I’m thrilled with the progress of our team. In less than 24 hours, the Toronto Maple Leafs went from “Oh, yeah!” to, approximately, “Oh, shoot.”Thanks to an old habit this new team thought it had conquered in recent days, only to see it resurface at the worst possible time – blowing leads – the euphoria of Saturday night’s playoff-clinching win over the Pitttsburgh Penguins dissipated quickly Sunday when the Leafs blew a two-goal lead and lost 3-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets. In saying that, we’ve drawn a real good team and we’re going to find out what playoff hockey is in a hurry. The Leafs have never played the Capitals in the playoffs, but there will be precious few “experts’ picking them to win.“I’ll do my best over the next couple of days to explain what’s going to happen,” Babcock said of giving his inexperienced troops a crash course in playoff hockey. “Obviously, we’re disappointed,” Babcock said. No one is going to give the youthful Leafs much of a chance to win the first-round series.After the Leafs came from behind Saturday to beat the defending Stanley Cup champions 5-3 and clinch their first appearance in the NHL playoffs since 2013 and first in a full 82-game season since 2004, head coach Mike Babcock told reporters the pressure was off his young players. The coach was trying to say that now they could relax and play hard against the Blue Jackets and make the jump to third place in the Atlantic Division from the second wild-card spot to draw a better matchup against the Senators, who are coping with injury problems and have an 0-4 record in postseason series against the Leafs hanging over their heads.The idea, Babcock thought, was that his players might buy in and play well. Washington can score with the best with players like Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom and defend with the best with goaltender Braden Holtby and a defence that boasts offensive forces like Kevin Shattenkirk and John Carlson, who can also defend well.In three regular-season games against the Caps, the Leafs have one win, one regulation-time loss and an overtime loss. You wouldn’t know it now because we’re disappointed with how [Sunday night] went, but it’s the most fun hockey there is, playoff hockey, and the first round, for whatever reason, it seems like the hardest, most intense. 1 trade deadline, in the lineup and thoroughly outplayed the Leafs. As usual, the Leafs did not disclose the exact nature of the injuries.Babcock said he expects all three players to be ready when the Capitals series opens Thursday in Washington.“That’s a team that is probably the best team in our league with their skill level, their depth, their goaltending, the way they defend,” Leafs veteran centre Brian Boyle said of the Caps. “I did my best trying to lie to you [Saturday] night. Polak returned later in the game but Zaitsev did not. You might as well figure that out quick.”The problem is, beating the Washington Capitals, even though their own postseason resume is rather thin, is just a little much for the Leafs, who have had a charmed season with all the rookies in the lineup but really are not equipped to handle a deep team like the Caps. “We got a taste of it first-hand a couple of days ago so it’s going to be a challenge. Matt Calvert and Josh Anderson scored to tie it up and the killer was a shorthanded goal by Cam Atkinson with 40 seconds left in the period. The loss took the Leafs from meeting a favourite playoff foe in the first round, the Ottawa Senators, to opening the postseason on Thursday against the NHL’s best team in the regular season, the first-place-overall Washington Capitals. “They’re not going to believe me and then it’s going to happen.”The Leafs also have to cope with injuries for one of the few times this season. I was hoping someone might listen. We’re going to find out it’s much different than regular-season hockey. I thought that [Saturday] night was emotional for us and I thought it was going to be – I was hoping we were going to have enough juice [Sunday] to dig in and get going and I didn’t think we had much juice.“In saying all that, if you’d have told me at the start that we could be in this situation we’re in right now, obviously I would have done a little jig. It’s really kind of like buckle up and get ready to go because that’s how it is – you hit the ground running.”There was also a sense of what-the-heck around the Leafs’ dressing room, as well.“You’ve got to beat the best at some point, so we might as well do it in the first round,” said defenceman Jake Gardiner. We’re going to have to compete.“It should be really exciting. Goaltender Frederik Andersen was lost Saturday to his second head injury in two weeks. Alas, no.Even though the Blue Jackets, whose playoff match against the Penguins was already determined, rested a bunch of regulars and started their backup goalie, the Leafs faded after James van Riemsdyk scored twice to give them a 2-0 second-period lead.
They ended up just one point out of a playoff spot, missing the post-season for the second time in five seasons.“It’s an uphill battle when you don’t get off to the start you need to,” Ladd said. “We had a chance to get to 100 points, and we missed that.”Chimera scored an empty-netter for his 20th with 1:08 left to seal the win.The Islanders gathered at centre ice after the game and saluted the fans.Lee extended the Islanders’ lead to 2-0 at 8:17 of the second as he got the puck on the right side of the net, waited and put it over the left pad of Condon, who was down on the ice, for his 34th – tied for ninth in the NHL. It was Nelson’s 20th goal, reaching that mark for the third straight season, and gave him a career-high 44 points.Ladd got the Islanders on the scoreboard 3:23 in with his 23rd of the season, and fourth in last 11 games. Andrew Ladd and Jason Chimera also scored and Nelson had an assist for New York, which was eliminated from playoff contention Saturday night. A day after missing out on the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the New York Islanders closed their season playing their best.Anders Lee and Brock Nelson scored in the second period and the Islanders beat the Ottawa Senators 4-2 on Sunday for their season-high sixth straight win. Greiss last played on March 30, when he was pulled after giving up three goals on eight shots in first 8:06 of a 6-3 loss at Philadelphia.Bobby Ryan and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for the Senators and Mike Condon had 17 saves. “It’s nice to end on a good note,” Lee said. Ottawa, which had already clinched second place in the Atlantic Division and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs, left 10 players back home to rest.“It was a game where we wanted to see some young guys,” Senators coach Guy Boucher said. “It’s not good enough. 17 with the Islanders in last place in the East. I think all the guys in the locker room are going to have a sour taste all summer.”Interim coach Dough Weight went 24-12-4 after taking over for the fired Jack Capuano on Jan. “We pulled out a lot of our guys for rest, precaution and making sure we don’t have injuries.”With Ottawa trailing 3-0, Ryan got the Senators on the scoreboard with 1:06 left in the second, skating in and firing a shot into the top right corner for his 13th.Pageau pulled Ottawa within one 2:34 into the third, beating Greiss with a wrist shot for his 12th.The Senators pressed for the tying goal in the closing minutes but couldn’t get anything else past Greiss.“They stretched everything and pulled us out of what we try to do generally, and we got a lot of fill-in guys that trying to learn the system as well,” Ryan said. “We did a good job of getting ourselves back into it, but that doesn’t give you much solace at this point.”Thomas Greiss, playing for the first time in six games, stopped 32 shots. Josh Bailey, who finished with career-bests of 43 assists and 56 points, got his 200th career assist on the play.Nelson added to New York’s lead with 6:08 left in the middle period as he skated past a defender, deked Condon and backhanded the puck through the goalie’s five-hole. We expect to be a playoff team every year and we didn’t get it done obviously.
Or Rose. Rose shanked his first shot of the playoff and was forced to punch out from the underbrush. But Rose’s gesture showed the sport at its most noble.“You can’t feel bad for me,” Rose said wryly afterward, sounding like he actually meant it.Few men will understand Garcia’s difficulties quite so well as Rose. After he’d beaten Sergio Garcia in a playoff at the 2007 British Open, Padraig Harrington paused to do emotional triage on the bereft Spaniard.“I know this sound clichéd, but, at 27, he’s still young and he will win majors. And it took finally winning a major in his 30s to shut everyone up.This must be why he could be so sanguine while watching another man take a prize he’d had one hand on. A while back, she advised a president of the United States. … I’m not going to lie. Rather, it was the paucity of practising exorcists left in the world. Imagine how much more bizarre it must feel to those few who perform in the show’s final act.There is undoubtedly a strong element of the ridiculous to Augusta National. He may not have been born a loser, but he’d worked up to it.It wasn’t a function of talent. He was also prematurely written off. All the juice is sucked out of the occasion as someone runs away with it in the last five or six holes. His posture bowed. Garcia was already slipping into despondency: “I don’t know how I manage to do these things.”
In the intervening decade, the rest of us came over to Garcia’s point of view.Once the most heralded young golfer in the world, he had become the sport’s middle-aged punch line. After a few fist pumps, he dropped into a winded crouch and stayed there for a few beats. Everything about it is so heightened, so exaggerated, that it borders on cartoonish. He also fell into a performance trough, missing the cut in his first 21 professional outings. Justin Rose understands the power of fate.As it ended, Garcia didn’t leap about. On the 13th, it looked as though the Spaniard had blown it, driving his ball into thick brush and taking a penalty drop. He became blurry around the edges.Looking back on his most famous teenage highlight – skipping up the fairway after a mind-boggling escape shot at Medinah – you felt as though you were looking at completely different person. Then came the expected, slow collapse. That thought changed in the years. Hare. What makes it a dreamland instead of a theme park is that, every year, all the people who come here get to watch someone else’s lifetime dream come true.Some years – like this year – the dream is just a little bigger. He stands against the back wall, spray bottle at the ready, and waits.Among the people leading small tour groups around the media centre is former U.S. At one point, Garcia was up by three shots. I have seen it several times,” Garcia said afterward on the topic of how he’d anticipated this moment. He also peaked early – finishing fourth as a 17-year-old at an Open. Because clearly, Garcia was cursed.As he edged into his 30s, Garcia’s smile disappeared. national security adviser Condoleezza Rice. It was an opportunity to watch in real time as someone redeemed a lifetime’s effort after 20 years of failure.“It’s funny. Then it turns pompous and processional.This time, it was instead an electric back-and-forth between the final pair – Garcia and England’s Justin Rose. But I kinda came to peace with it … I think because of that, I’m able to stand here today.”Too often, the final day of the Masters descends into a re-enactment of Tortoise v. He looked like he wanted to cry, but could not locate the proper emotion. Now 37 years old, unrealized expectations had quite literally crushed Garcia.So on Sunday, as we watched him win his first major at the Masters, it was more than a highlights package, a garish jacket and a big cheque. A function of face-saving, major-tournament habit, perhaps.Hours before, as Rose and Garcia were beginning their shift, Canadian Adam Hadwin had just finished his own.“At least we have something positive to talk about today,” the Augusta debutant said as he shuffled up to the mics. It will happen,” the Irishman said.It didn’t help. Now she’s shuffling rich swells around an oversized living room.You may drink yourself legless, but you may never, ever, lie down on the grass (according to rumour, because a spectator once fell down dead during the Masters and, embarrassingly, no one noticed).This place is – and I use the word advisedly – surreal.And it seems that way to those of us who are only visiting. He finished his tournament at six over par.“It is just another event at the end of the day,” Hadwin said, channelling his internal sports psychologist.Tell that to Garcia. He recovered.From that point, the rest of the field conveniently dropped away, which allowed the two Europeans to engage in match play of unparalleled quality.There were, in all, two or three shots from either man that will be replayed here for many years.The afternoon ended in an 18-hole draw. Or any one of the thousands who were there at the end.It’s very difficult to properly convey to someone who hasn’t been here exactly how unlike any other place Augusta National is, how disorienting it can feel in snapshots.There is an attendant in the bathroom whose job it is to freshen the stalls between uses. He knew he’d lost it then.Instead of walking up to the green with Garcia, he lingered on the fairway, conceding the moment and the ovation to his long-suffering colleague.Golf likes to talk up its image as a gentleman’s game, and sometimes fails in that respect. “When I came here in ’99 as an amateur, I felt like this course would give me at least one championship.
John’s team of Gushue, third Mark Nichols, second Brett Gallant and lead Geoff Walker are the first rink to go undefeated at this event since Winnipeg’s Kerry Burtnyk in 1995.Gushue is the first skip to do it in the 12-team era.Edin, a two-time world champion, got another crack at Gushue after beating Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz in the semifinal a day earlier.“We were still behind the whole game, and we needed to get something good to happen for us and we didn’t do that,” Edin said. Canada caps off perfect run with gold at men’s world curling (The Canadian Press)
“It’s awesome,” Gushue said. “Now we have to try and learn how to beat the very best.”Announced attendance at the Northlands Coliseum was 7,292 for the final, bringing overall attendance to 85,214. Canada’s Brad Gushue completed a perfect run at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship on Sunday with a 4-2 victory over Sweden’s Niklas Edin in the gold-medal game.Gushue drew to the four-foot ring to score two points in the ninth end and delivered a takeout for the win in the 10th.He defeated Edin on three occasions en route to his first world title. Niklas and his team played so well. A bump of 3,500 was expected once overall suite numbers were released.The venue holds the world men’s championship attendance record of 184,970 in 2007.Ottawa’s Rachel Homan won the world women’s championship last month in Beijing. He raised his arms in the air in triumph as his final stone was about to hit the Swedish rock.Gushue is the first skip to win gold medals at the world juniors (2001), Winter Olympics (2006) and the world men’s championship.Earlier in the day, de Cruz defeated American John Shuster 7-5 to win bronze. Gushue beat him once during an 11-0 round-robin, topped him in the Page 1-2 game and did it again when it counted most. The two-time world champion faced two Canadian rocks and drew to the button to pull even.Gushue was unusually animated at times. “That was a stressful game. 31-Apr. “Congrats to the better team for the win.”After an opening blank, Gushue faced two Swedish stones with his final throw in the second end and delivered a hit and stick for a single.Edin faced a similar situation in the third. You have to give them credit. 8 in Las Vegas. The Swiss side took control with a four-ender in the seventh end.“We’re happy with where we are,” de Cruz said. Koe lost to Gushue in the Tim Hortons Brier final last month in St. He was exasperated after a throw was slightly offline in the fourth end, his hit rolling out a little too far for a single.He recovered in the fifth end with a brilliant double takeout that forced Edin to settle for one.Both skips applied early pressure but had trouble scoring more than a single. The game remained tied at two after blanks in the sixth and seventh ends.Gushue provided an emphatic fist pump after nailing a double takeout for another blank in the eighth.The veteran skip delivered another double takeout in the 10th end. She went undefeated en route to her first world title.Calgary skip Kevin Koe won the 2016 world men’s title in Basel, Switzerland. They’re one of the best teams in the world.“It took everything we had to beat them tonight.”The St. John’s.The 2018 world men’s playdowns will be held Mar.
We are looking forward to this and I think it is going to be a very fun series.”Drake Caggiula and Draisaitl also scored for the red-hot Oilers (47-26-9), who have won 12 of their last 14 games and nine in a row on home ice.Nikolay Goldobin and Nikita Tryamkin replied for the Canucks (30-43-9), who lost their final eight games of the season and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year.Canucks forward Bo Horvat said they knew it was going to be a challenge with the Oilers looking to go into playoffs on a roll.“We knew McDavid was going to be pushing for 100 points and I’m sure the whole team wanted to get it for him,” he said. Everyone in this city is excited and so are we. Cam Talbot also got a rest in net. “I’m sure they wanted to have a good finish to the season, going into the playoffs. “The crowd is going to be buzzing and loud. “It hasn’t sunk in yet,” McDavid said of winning the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer.“It was a stressful time down the stretch with (teammate Leon Draisaitl) battling to be in the top 10 (in scoring) and my battling for the Art Ross. We tried to have as much fun with it as we can and we were both successful, and that’s good.”Edmonton, back in the post-season for the first time since 2005-06, will open the playoffs at home against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday.“It will be very exciting,” Draisaitl said. Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Chicago’s Patrick Kane finished tied for second in points with 89 apiece. They played well tonight.”Edmonton took the lead on a two-man advantage with 1:14 remaining in the opening period, as an Eberle pass attempt hit defender Luca Sbisa and caromed past Vancouver starter Richard Bachman.The Canucks tied it up two minutes into the second frame as Goldobin batted a Daniel Sedin pass out of the air and into the Oilers net past goalie Laurent Brossoit.The Oilers regained the lead a couple of minutes later when Eberle picked off a pass and beat Bachman up high.Shortly after an Anton Slepyshev goal was disallowed upon review for an off-side call with six minutes left in the second, the Oilers made up for it when McDavid extended his point streak to 14 games by setting up a Caggiula goal on a rush to make it 3-1.Eberle got his hat-trick goal, and 20th of the season, just 31 seconds into the third period, converting on a beauty spin-around feed from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.McDavid hit the 100-point plateau on the Oilers’ fifth goal just over a minute later, setting up Draisaitl’s 29th of the year.Vancouver got a goal back from Tryamkin to close out the scoring.Notes: McDavid became the first player to capture the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer in his second season since Crosby did it in 2006-2007 The Canucks finished second-last in the NHL, only beating out the Colorado Avalanche Among the pre-playoff scratches for the Oilers were Patrick Maroon, Mark Letestu and Darnell Nurse. Connor McDavid needs some time to think about his most recent accomplishment.McDavid hit the 100-point mark and Jordan Eberle recorded a hat trick as the Oilers downed the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Sunday in the final regular-season game on the NHL schedule.McDavid, who had a pair of assists, ended the season with 30 goals and 70 assists and is the only player this season to reach 100 points.
“From today, we’re moving forward with a singular voice, under my leadership in hockey operations. Whenever a new coach gets hired, this much is clear: He’ll be answering to Tallon.“We’re turning the page on a disappointing season,” Tallon said. Dale Tallon is back in his old job, and the Florida Panthers hope that’s the first step toward getting back to the playoffs.The Panthers reinstated Tallon as general manager on Monday, removing Tom Rowe from both that position and his role as interim coach one day after a Florida season that began with Stanley Cup-contention expectations ended well short of a post-season berth. Tallon said the team has a list of young candidates including Geordie Kinnear, the coach of the Panthers’ AHL affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts.Other potential candidates are involved in the Stanley Cup playoffs, Tallon said.Another decision looming for the Panthers revolves around Jaromir Jagr, who played in all 82 games for Florida this season and will be a free agent. that reports to ownership is most important. Florida revamped its roster in the off-season, making decisions in large part based on data gleaned from analytics. We still have a lot of great things going on with the company.”Florida wants to have a new coach before the June draft. Jagr will turn 46 next season and has suggested he wants to continue playing.Tallon and Jagr are scheduled to meet for a season-ending exit meeting on Tuesday.“I talked casually with his agent about a month ago,” Tallon said. We wanted to look at a lot of things that were out there, a lot of voices. Rowe is being retained as a special advisor to Tallon, though it’s unclear what that will specifically mean.“Everything was done with the best intentions,” Caldwell said. But the thing we learned is having a singular voice … And head coach Gerard Gallant — who was well-liked in the locker room and led Florida to its best regular season ever — was fired after 22 games and replaced by Rowe.In announcing the moves, Panthers owner Vincent Viola said Tallon will have the final say on major matters.“I am confident that we have the necessary talent throughout our organization to win the Stanley Cup,” Viola said.Panthers President and CEO Matt Caldwell insisted that Rowe should not take all the blame for the lost season. “As we have in the past, we’ll sit down in the next few weeks and see where his desires are.”Florida finished with the 22nd-best record in the 30-team NHL, missing the Eastern Conference playoffs by 14 points in a season doomed by injuries and struggles. We live and we learn. “We want to win. The next coach will be the Panthers’ 15th in 23 years.“I think we’ve got a quick-fix here ahead of us,” Tallon said. We’re going to have one agenda and one agenda only and that is winning.”It has been a muddled last 12 months for the Panthers, starting with Rowe’s promotion to general manager.
The club has confirmed its authenticity.Mike Weir became the first Canadian to win a Masters green jacket in 2003.The auction house also sold the putter Arnold Palmer used to win the 1964 Masters for more than $97,000 Sunday. An authentic green jacket from Augusta National Golf Club that was once bought for $5 at a Toronto thrift store has sold at auction for more than $139,000.Green Jacket Auctions says the distinctive sport coat worn by members of the famed Georgia club and presented each year to the winner of the Master’s tournament was sold Saturday, a day before the final round of this year’s Masters. The tag shows it to be from the 1950s, but the original owner’s name has been cut out. The auction house says in its listing that the jacket was discovered in 1994 in a Toronto consignment shop.
“There’s so much expectation that you can’t have a night where your game’s not there, because everybody’s ready for you.“Then with the amount of hockey you play, you have to keep your energy up. We’ve done a pretty good job of being consistent, which is always a challenge for the team that wins the year before.”The Penguins didn’t really show signs of a Stanley Cup hangover and far exceeded the 104 points they accumulated last year, a season that featured its own set of challenges. We believe we have what it takes to win again.“Nothing is inevitable – and so we’ve got to go out and earn it all over again. They had 49 points from 35 games, and the only team with a better record happened to be Columbus, a team that stumbled downt he stretch after an exceptional start. We’re fortunate because we have a mature group and great leadership.”Crosby saw it mostly the same way as Sullivan.“We’ve been pretty good, and that speaks a lot to our depth and different guys contributing,” Crosby said. We’ve had nights where we just haven’t had our game. Thankfully, Sidney Crosby, who missed the first six games of the season recovering from a concussion, has been injury-free since then, and he had another year to remember, leading the league in goals with 44 and finishing second to Connor McDavid in the scoring race with 89 points.Crosby played in back-to-back Stanley Cup finals a decade ago – losing in 2008 to Detroit, but then knocking off the Red Wings in 2009 – so he knows full well the toll a two-month playoff marathon can take on an organization.“When you win the year before, everybody kind of measures themselves against you and gets up for your team the following year,” Crosby said in a one-on-one interview last month. We’ve been going through it all year, not having a full line-up, and maybe that has something to do with playing as much as we did last year. Sometimes, the short off-season is blamed – or complacency or fatigue or the fact that defending champions play 82 games with a bull’s-eye painted on their collective backs.Why then should the Penguins be any different?“Everybody was writing articles about how repeating hasn’t been done at the start of the season,” Sullivan explained. “When you miss three regular defencemen on the blue line and are still able to keep things on track, that says a lot about the new guys coming in.“Hopefully, that’s a good trait of our team going forward.” Fellow defencemen Trevor Daley and Olli Maatta also missed extended time, as did forwards Evgeni Malkin, Carl Hagelin, Conor Sheary, Bryan Rust, Patric Hornqvist and Matt Cullen. That’s the nature of him and how prepared he is and how focused he is on the game.“Our guys, to their credit, have been responsive to our message. I know, for example, Sid only took two weeks off before he was back on the ice preparing for World Cup. “We have a lot of guys in our room who’ve played a lot of hockey. Just because history is telling us we can’t do it doesn’t mean that it is so.”The Penguins have had the sort of regular season that would test a regular NHL team. Smart and thoughtful, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan both teaches and studies the game of hockey. We know we have a level we can get to and once we get to that level, we have a better than 50-50 chance of winning games.”Letang’s absence will be keenly felt, though Sullivan suggests the adversity that the Penguins have faced thus far this season has made them a resilient bunch, seemingly unfazed by anything.“We anticipated some challenges this year coming off a championship,” Sullivan said. So we tried to address it in a matter-of-fact way and give the players some ownership of it. But according to 37-year-old veteran Chris Kunitz, a three-time Stanley Cup champion, the Penguins can stil ramp it up to a higher gear.“I don’t know if our game’s been all that great for most of the season,” Kunitz said. We’ve got some special players on our team, who – through their individual efforts – can force our team into a win. This year at Christmas, things looked far brighter. The Detroit Red Wings won back-to-back championships in 1997 and 1998, and since then, title defences have been minefields for some good, talented teams. Or have a goaltender that plays unbelievable for a few nights. Nobody’s feeling sorry for us. It’s why – even last summer, before the 2016-17 season even started – Sullivan gave a lot of thought to what might happen in April, right now, when the Penguins’ quest to win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships begins with an opening-round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets. But just like winning isn’t an inevitability, losing isn’t either. So through a combination of things, we have found ways to win, but we’re not satisfied with the way we’re playing. “My very first comment was, ‘why not us?’ We believe we have a competitive team. The Penguins were actually outside the playoffs on Christmas of 2015 and had just made a coaching change, from Mike Johnson to Sullivan. Injuries have clobbered them, especially on the blue line, where Kris Letang – their offensive catalyst – missed half the season with a variety of injuries and is out for the rest of the year with a herniated disc that will require surgery. That’s something a lot of teams have to go through. “I think we’ve found ways to win. Sullivan knows that it has been two decades since a team successfully mounted a Stanley Cup defence.
20.As the 2016-17 season wore on, Desjardins became more candid with the media, especially regarding his expectations of some of the team’s younger players.While there weren’t many highlights, Desjardins can be credited with helping develop Bo Horvat, who led Vancouver in scoring this season, Sven Baertschi and Markus Granlund into legitimate offensive contributors.In his first year with the Canucks in 2014-15, Desjardins steered the team to a 101-point campaign and second place in the Pacific Division before falling to Calgary in a tough six-game first-round playoff series.Already in the process of dismantling the aging core that got to within a game of winning the 2011 Stanley Cup, Vancouver continued down that course the following season with younger players taking on bigger roles in an attempt to rebuild on the fly while still trying to stay competitive.The plan didn’t come close to providing the desired results, and Desjardins was eventually the one to pay the price.The team stumbled to 31-38-13 mark in 2015-16, good for just 75 points and a 28th-place finish, and he managed to survive 2016-17 despite a couple of instances where his dismissal looked likely before the hammer finally fell after Game 82.Desjardins replaced John Tortorella after his one tumultuous season in 2013-14 that saw Vancouver miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008. After their 4-0-0 start, the Canucks went on a nine-game losing streak (0-8-1) that included getting shut out four times in five games.While rumours concerning his job security swirled, Desjardins seemed to have righted the ship by mid-season — the Canucks were 23-20-6 on Jan. 25 and occupied the Western Conference’s second wild-card spot — before things cratered in spectacular fashion.A 3-0 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Jan. We didn’t get the results we wanted, but I liked how the guys competed.”And Desjardins also understood the potential sense of finality with Vancouver’s last home game.“There could be,” he said. But the fast start was a mostly smoke and mirrors as the Canucks became first team in NHL history to win its first three games of a season while never leading in regulation.Desjardins said following Saturday’s 3-2 home loss to Edmonton that his future in Vancouver was on his mind.“It’s hard not to think about that, but the one thing you do as a coach is I coach,” said Desjardins. If it is, I’ll worry about that when it comes.”Vancouver committed to a defensive system this season under Desjardins that sacrificed offence. “I can’t control that.“Every day I will work to make our team the best it can be and others will decide what we are going to do. “However, we felt this change was necessary as we continue to develop a young team and look ahead to the future.”Named the 18th head coach in franchise history in June 2014, Desjardins looked to have things back on track early this fall when Vancouver was perfect through its first four games. 18 to close out the schedule also broke a franchise mark previously set during the team’s inaugural 1970-71 campaign.Just 2-13-2 over their final 17 games overall, the Canucks’ last victory in regulation in Vancouver came all the way back on Jan. The Vancouver Canucks have fired head coach Willie Desjardins after a miserable 2016-17 season.The team announced the move today, less than 24 hours after losing its eighth straight game in regulation.The Canucks finished 29th in the NHL’s overall standings.In three seasons with Vancouver, Desjardins compiled a 109-110-27 record. “You always realize that is a possibility.“You don’t worry about that thought. The 60-year-old led the club to the playoffs as a rookie NHL head coach in 2014-15, but the rebuilding Canucks took a big step backwards last season and things actually got worse in 2016-17.The team also let go assistants Doug Lidster and Perry Pearn.A news conference is scheduled for Monday afternoon.“It’s been a challenging season and we all share responsibility for the results,” Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a statement. I like our team and I like how the guys competed. 26 where Vancouver didn’t register a shot until just before the midway point of the second period started a downward spiral that would see the club go an NHL-worst 7-23-3 over its final 33 games — a 42-point pace over 82 games.All told, the Canucks wound up 30-43-9 in 2016-17, including 10-25-6 over their final 41 games.During his time in Vancouver, Desjardins’ deployment of superstar twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin, along with host of other players, was a lightning rod for criticism.This season, a lot of the questions surrounded his loyalty to certain members of Vancouver’s veteran core — he leaned heavily on the likes of Brandon Sutter, Luca Sbisa and Alexander Edler — as well as fringe NHLers like Michael Chaput and Jayson Megna.The power play and penalty-kill were also disasters, ranked 29th and tied for 28th, respectively.Vancouver dealt veterans Jannik Hansen and Alexandre Burrows prior to the trade deadline for assets as the rebuild finally got into full swing, but things went from bad to worse for the injury-riddled club that has now missed the playoffs three of the last four years.The Canucks scored just 178 goals this season to set a new franchise low (not including lockout-shortened campaigns), eclipsing the 186 goals of 2015-16.Their 12 straight games without a victory at Rogers Arena (0-9-3) dating back to an overtime win on Feb.