Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury continues to rule the World Cup moguls circuit.The 24-year-old from Deux-Montagnes, Que., captured his second freestyle World Cup gold medal of the weekend on Sunday, edging Benjamin Cavet of France to claim the dual moguls event.Kingsbury won the singles moguls event on Saturday, and now with one World Cup remaining next weekend in Taiwoo, China, and then the world championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain, Kingsbury is poised to complete a thoroughly dominant freestyle season. I won five World Cups in a row so I’m in good position to win both Crystal Globes, and now the main goal is to win both [moguls and dual moguls at the] world championships. “It feels amazing,” Kingsbury said. “I want to manage my body for the next two events. So my focus is on that and try to get some good quality skiing in China then head to Spain with a mission.”Kingsbury is a lock to win the Crystal Globe as the top moguls athlete, but is also in great position to earn the Big Crystal Globe awarded to the best freestyle athlete across all disciplines.His victory Sunday was No. Andi Naude of Penticton, B.C., was sixth, Audrey Robichaud of Quebec City was seventh, Montreal’s Maxime Dufour-Lapointe was eighth, Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal was 12th and Alex-Anne Gagnon of Terrebonne, Que., was 13th.Jaelin Kauf of the United States won gold followed by Yulia Galysheva of Kazakhstan and American team mate Olivia Giaccio. 40 in World Cup competitions.Philippe Marquis of Quebec City placed fifth, Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh of Quebec City was 11th, Marc-Antoine Gagnon of Montreal was 17th, Laurent Dumais of Quebec City was 21st and Calgary’s Luke Ulsifer was 38th.On the women’s side, Chloé Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal was the top Canadian on the women’s side in fourth spot.
I have always wanted to solidify that result I had in Calgary,” Edney said. That was at his home track at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park.“This is a big honour for me. “It has been a pretty dismal year and I have been pretty hard on myself after most races. The worlds was a down point for me and I walked away from it with my head pretty low.”
The 15-year national team veteran raced to a time of one minute 37.694 seconds on the track that will be used for next year’s Winter Olympics. Italy’s Dominik Fischnaller won the gold with 1:37.229, while Germany’s Andi Langenhan was second at 1:37.378.Edney’s only other singles podium finish came three years ago when he became the first Canadian male to win a World Cup luge race. “I had some close calls on some tracks, but never quite did it again. Sam Edney raced into the Canadian luge history books on Sunday.The 32-year-old from Calgary, who took last season off to nurse some nagging injuries, announced his return with a bronze medal at a luge World Cup, becoming the first Canadian male to reach the podium on a track outside of Canada.“I needed it today,” Edney said. It is an honour to be here and represent Canada, and etch my name a little more in Canadian luge history.”The only other Canadian male luge athlete to medal in a singles World Cup race was Tyler Seitz, who won a bronze in 2002 in Calgary.Reid Watts, of Whistler, B.C., placed 21st, while Calgary’s Mitch Malyk was 25th. I went into the season with the focus on world championships and this test event in Pyeongchang.
His play picked up in the playoffs, however, when he batted .417 (15 for 36) through nine games.Ball clubs are becoming more attuned to helping players pace themselves over a long season.Toronto shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has endured a number of physical setbacks since he was traded to the Blue Jays in July, 2015.Last season he landed on the disabled list in late May and missed 20 games with a quad injury. On July 31, playing against Baltimore, he suffered a minor fracture to his right thumb when he was hit by a pitch and had to sit for three more games.Tulowitzki said he would be amenable to a bit more time off if it meant his on-field production remained high.“It’s something me and Gibby [Gibbons] will sit down and talk about, schedule-wise, what makes me the best player day in and day out,” Tulowitzki said. His durability is surprising given how hard he plays, having answered the bell in 629 of 648 regular-season games over four years, the first two with the Oakland A’s and the past two in Toronto.But this season hasn’t even started and the star third baseman, the American League’s most valuable player in 2015, is already on the limp.He is nursing a strained right calf muscle, which has delayed his participation at the Blue Jays spring training camp. People are getting smarter and trying to find ways to make players healthier through the course of a season. He hurt himself on Friday doing sprinting drills.It is the same injury, only to a different leg, that gave the 31-year-old some grief at the beginning of last season. “And if that’s taking days off here and there then that’s the smart thing to do.“I think you look at all professional sports, it’s being run a little bit differently, from the NBA to the NFL. That’s part of it.“But if it gets to the point where he [Donaldson] needs it, a mental break because he’s banged up, I’ll give him a day off.”Donaldson would not be a fan of that.“My goal is to go out there every day and play,” he said. No major-league player has logged more games at third base over the past four years than Josh Donaldson.The Toronto Blue Jays star plays the game with a reckless abandon, willingly hurtling his body into the grandstands if he has a chance to make a catch on a pop foul, and making daring headlong slides into home plate to try to beat the throw. His batting average dipped from .304 in the first half of the season to .257 over the second half. Louis Cardinals.But Martin was beaten down physically by the end of last year, with a sore left knee that eventually required off-season surgery, nagging him constantly.Martin still managed to play 137 games, hitting .231 with 20 home runs, a testament to his toughness.The Toronto native said that determining playing time, especially for a catcher, is difficult.“There’s not a magical number,” said Martin, adding that the most important factor is to keep the club up to date on how he is feeling.“I feel like my job is to communicate with the coaches and be honest with them and tell them, ‘Okay, I’m starting to get a little tired, I can probably use a day.’ It would probably be better for me and for the team.” And over the final month, when his hip was giving him problems, his average sunk to .222 with just three home runs. Other guys, if they need it [a break] they’ll get it.”Gibbons said that, like it or not, players always have played through nagging injuries.“It’s part of the game,” he said. His 1,306 game starts at catcher over 11 seasons is the second highest in the majors, trailing only the 1,370 games logged by Yadier Molina of the St. So for me, whatever we put together, I’m going to stick to that schedule.”As a catcher, the most demanding position in baseball, Martin has been a workhorse over his career. It was a year in which he also dealt with a jammed thumb and a hip injury that affected his mobility.The Blue Jays and Donaldson say this injury is not considered to be serious, although you would be hard pressed to believe otherwise after witnessing the difficulty with which the player was walking Sunday.Donaldson was using crutches in the clubhouse.“It’s just a little bump in the road right now and whenever the time comes I’ll be ready,” said Donaldson, who hopes to be good to go in about two weeks.A healthy Donaldson, playing at his best, will be key to the Blue Jays hopes of advancing to the playoffs for a third successive year.Clubs walk a fine line over a gruelling 162-game regular season, wedged into 180 days, trying to ensure a star’s health against what’s best for the team.Other than perhaps Russell Martin, the Blue Jays have no plans to curtail anyone’s playing time over a long season.“Going in that’s not necessarily the plan,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. If my body can let me play I want to play every day.“Another good part of being in the American League is I can DH a few days here and there to kind of take some stress off my legs. “You know with Russ, we’re going to try and make sure that Russ [will get some added rest], because he’s a catcher. “You look back in the history of the game, your top players they play all the time. But…whenever I come back I don’t plan on there being any kind of breaks in my schedule or anything like that as far as days off are concerned.”Donaldson’s 629 regular-season games over the past four years rank him third among third baseman in the majors behind Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays (642) and Kyle Seager of the Seattle Mariners (638).But when you factor in Donaldson’s 26 playoff games in that span he rises to the top of the list among third basemen in games played to 655. He’s in second spot overall among all players over the past four years, behind only Alcides Escobar, the shortstop for the Kansas City Royals, who has played in 661 games.Toward the end of last season, Donaldson’s production slowed down. They play when they’re banged up, they play when they’re hung over, they play when they’re sick. “That’s my goal.
Stone took a pass from Karlsson and fired a quick shot from the slot over the left shoulder of Hellebuyck. To get a 2-0 lead on the road is a great way to start a game,” Jets captain Blake Wheeler said.The Senators had some chances in the period but none better than a 2-on-1 that ended with Wingels missing an open net on a pass from Curtis Lazar.Stone’s power-play goal at 5:10 was the only marker of the second period and it cut the Jets’ lead to 2-1. Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine each had two assists while Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves.Zack Smith pulled the Senators to within a goal when a redirected pass hit his skate and went in at 5:05 of the third. Hoffman left in the first period with an undisclosed injury while Stone took an elbow to the head from Jacob Trouba seven minutes into the third period and didn’t return. Six of Ottawa’s shots came in the final four minutes of the period.Byfuglien opened the scoring just 69 seconds into the game with a shot that beat Condon from the face-off circle to his left.Perreault gave the Jets a 2-0 lead with a swing-around backhand from the top of the crease that beat Condon at 12:28 of the first.“It was great to get off to a good start and get that goal right away. Ottawa thought it had tied the game in the dying seconds but a no-goal call stood as there was no conclusive evidence to overturn the ruling.“From what we saw it went in. The guys that were there at the net said it did, but it was inconclusive so there’s not much you can do,” Smith said.“It would have been nice to push that one to overtime because I like the way we were going towards the end.”Stone had the other goal for the Senators (31-20-6), who also got two assists from Erik Karlsson and 17 saves from Condon.The Jets were outshot 10-7 in the first period despite carrying most of the play. “I thought we deserved a much, much better fate.“It doesn’t look good. Ottawa coach Guy Boucher labelled his team’s injury situation as a disaster.The Senators failed to close in on Montreal for first place in the Atlantic Division after falling 3-2 to the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.Ottawa, which is already without forward Bobby Ryan because of an injured finger, also lost three more key forwards — Mike Hoffman, Tommy Wingels and Mark Stone — against Winnipeg. We have to wait until tomorrow to be clear and precise but right now we could be losing quite a few guys.”Josh Morrissey scored the eventual winner early in the third period for Winnipeg.Morrissey’s goal came at 2:33 when his wrist shot from the blue line eluded Mike Condon in the Ottawa goal to make it 3-1.Dustin Byfuglien and Mathieu Perreault also scored for the Jets (28-29-5), who won their second straight game. Wingels also left in the third.“At some point it felt like there was nobody on the bench, but a lot of character on our bench and our guys played to the end,” said Boucher, who couldn’t offer an update on any of the injuries.
1 on Earth with a world-class performance at Riviera.Johnson birdied his last three holes of the third round Sunday morning for a five-shot lead, stretched it to nine shots and coasted home to an even-par 71 and a five-shot victory in the Genesis Open.Johnson became the 20th player to reach No. 6-ranked Jang regained her composure after opening with a bogey in the last round and finished three shots ahead of Nanna Madsen of Denmark, who finished with an even-par 73 for a 7-under total of 285. Palmer and Nicklaus both won their first 17 seasons, while Woods notched 14 straight seasons with a win.Graham DeLaet (68) of Weyburn, Sask., finished in 17th at 7-under while Adam Hadwin (69) of Abbotsford, B.C., was 34th at 4-under. 1 since the world ranking began in 1986, and he ended Jason Day’s 47-week stay at the top. Open champion also got that elusive victory at one of his favourite courses. Open champion joins Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in winning every year for at least a decade after starting on the tour. Dustin Johnson has gone to No. He had chances to win four of the past five years, and this one was never in doubt.Johnson went 49 straight holes without a bogey until a sloppy finish that didn’t matter. He has won at least once every year since joining the Tour in 2008, the longest active streak.The reigning U.S. Alena Sharp of Hamilton, Ont., finished three shots back and in a tie for 16th, while Brooke Henderson of Smith Falls, Ont., finished four shots off the pace in a group tied for 21st.The Associated Press, Reuters The 57-year-old Couples shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 to finish at 16-under 200 on the Talon Course, three strokes ahead of second-round leader Jimenez.Jang conquers AustraliaHa Na Jang had an eagle and three birdies over her last six holes in a superb finish Sunday that set up a three-shot victory in the Women’s Australian Open.The South Korean closed with a 4-under 69 to finish at 10-under at Royal Adelaide.No. Jang claimed her fourth LPGA title and her first of the year.Haru Nomura, the 2016 champion, closed with a 73 to finish in a four-way tie for third place at 6-under with No. Abbotsford’s Nick Taylor (73) was 55th at 1-under.Couples ralliesFred Couples won the Chubb Classic on Sunday for his 12th PGA Tour Champions title and first since 2014, rallying to beat Miguel Angel Jimenez at Twin Eagles. The U.S. 2-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand and Australians Minjee Lee and Sarah Jane Smith.Lizette Salas started Sunday with a two-stroke lead but struggled in the last round and closed with a 5-over 78 to fade into a share of seventh place at 5-under with six others, including Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrook, Que., and Americans Beth Allen and Marina Alex in the LPGA event.
A Jets win would bring them within real striking distance of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference playoffs.“It’s crunch time for everybody,” Ottawa head coach Guy Boucher said.An interesting choice of words, as “crunch” is essentially what happened to Boucher’s Senators as the evening went on.It was not just that they lost 3-2, or even that they failed to get that important single overtime point when officials ruled a seeming last-second goal by Jean-Gabriel Pageau “inconclusive.”It was that less than 24 hours after losing forward Bobby Ryan to a hand injury for the next three to six weeks, they lost, in quick order: sniper Mike Hoffman to a mysterious first-period problem; shot-block-specialist Mark Borowiecki when he blocked a hard Patrik Laine drive with his right leg and had to be helped off the ice; top scorer Mark Stone to a possible concussion when he took a shoulder to the head from Winnipeg’s Jacob Trouba; and new forward Tommy Wingels to another potential concussion when he got … crunched by big Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien.“Right now, it’s looking like a disaster,” a shocked Boucher said when the mayhem settled. For Smith, it was his 14th of the year.Even missing three key forwards, the Senators pressed hard in the dying minutes and believed they had forced overtime on Pageau’s effort, but it was not to be.“That was guaranteed out,” argued Jets goaltender Hellebuyck, who said he had his glove and pad on the puck.“I pushed the puck and it felt like his pad was in the net,” Pageau contended.No matter, when video replay could not provide a sighting of the puck, the officials had no choice but to deny Ottawa.For the Jets, who have struggled at times this season – especially in goal – this victory coming with only 20 games remaining was most welcome, lifting them into a serious race for the wild-card spot against several western teams, including the Calgary Flames.“It’s huge,” a relieved Winnipeg captain Blake Wheeler said. “We’ve got to string together as many [wins] as we can.” This Sunday evening in Canada’s capital, two surprising Canadian teams met – the Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets – with real stakes involved for both. He is still two months away from being able to celebrate in Ontario with a beer – or in Manitoba, for that matter, where the drinking age is also 19.Five minutes into the second period, Ottawa brought the game back to within a goal when Stone ripped a high wrist shot past Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. For Ottawa, it was a rare power-play goal. A Senators win would tie them with the Montreal Canadiens for first place in the Atlantic Division. “To have all this happen in a matter of hours is very tough, I’m not going to lie to you.”Boucher’s Senators went into the match having won four of their previous five, the most recent two, against New Jersey Devils and Toronto Maple Leafs, won with the players’ fathers along as a cheering section.Perhaps they should have extended the “Dads Trip” to Ottawa, for faster than the Winterlude ice sculptures melted Sunday the Senators fell behind almost instantly.It came at the 1 minute 9 second mark of the first when Mark Scheifele, the Jets’ leading scorer, found Byfuglien moving in from the right point, fed him the puck and Byfuglien blasted a hard slap shot over the glove of Ottawa goaltender Mike Condon.As the goal came on the very first shot of the game, it stunned the sellout crowd of 19,288 who had come expecting their surging Senators to continue the upward climb against the Canadiens, who were beaten 3-1 only the day before by the Jets.Not even a new coach in Claude Julien seemed to spark the now-stumbling and rather-listless Canadiens.The Jets moved ahead 2-0 when Scheifele again got the puck in to little Mathieu Perreault, who used a backhand to wrap the puck around Condon and into the open net.Also assisting on both opening goals was rookie sensation Laine, who has taken over the rookie scoring race with 28 goals and now 24 assists. For Stone, Ottawa’s best forward this winter, it was his team-leading 22nd marker of the season.The Jets moved ahead 3-1 on a long floating wrist shot from defenceman Josh Morrissey that eluded Condon.Another five minutes into a period, the third, the Senators again brought the game to within a goal when Derick Brassard tipped an Erik Karlsson shot from the point and the puck ticked in off Zack Smith’s skate. What a difference a year makes … in sports, as well as that other thing everyone is talking about.One year ago, during the hockey apocalypse, no Canadian team was able even to make the playoffs for the trophy Lord Stanley said should go to the championship team of the Dominion.Today, there is even a possibility that the postseason could feature one-anthem games north of the border.
Connor Brown scored twice, Auston Matthews had a highlight-reel goal on a backhander as he was twirling down to the ice, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-0 on Sunday night.Jake Gardiner added a goal and two assists, James van Riemsdyk had two assists and Curtis McElhinney made 37 saves for the Maple Leafs to earn his first shutout since Jan. Toronto snapped a two-game skid and jumped into the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with the win.Matthews’ 28th goal came as he was being hooked on a charge to the net in the second period. 2014. But he manoeuvred his stick across his body in midair as he was falling and poked in the puck with his backhand just before hitting the ice.Cam Ward made 20 saves for Carolina before being pulled with 10:58 remaining in the third period.Eddie Lack made seven saves in relief for the Hurricanes, who are winless in their last four games (0-3-1).Brown opened the scoring 1:07 into the second period when he redirected a bouncing pass from van Riemsdyk over Ward’s shoulder into the upper corner of the net, the first of two times they would connect in that fashion.Matthews doubled Toronto’s lead later in the period in jaw-dropping fashion. As Matthews’ body turned away from the net as he began to spiral down, he flung his stick toward the net in midair and slid the loose puck between Ward’s pads just before he hit the ice.Gardiner and Brown finished the scoring with goals 1:59 apart in the third period.McElhinney earned his first shutout with the Maple Leafs, and the fifth of his career. The 19-year-old wunderkind carried the puck in from the left side of the blue line toward the crease when Phil Di Giueseppe hooked him, even losing his stick in the process. He improved to 3-3 with Toronto since being claimed off waivers from Columbus last month.
“My teammates did a great job of looking for me.”Durant had a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. They passed each other the ball and slapped hands in the pregame layup line, and not long after Westbrook checked into the game the former Oklahoma City teammates provided one of the game’s top highlights — a give-and-go, capped by Durant lobbing the ball to set Westbrook up for a dunk.“OH MY GOD! He was open so I threw him the lob. LeBron James scored 23 points to become the first All-Star to eclipse 300 in a career, Kyrie Irving had 22 points and 14 assists, and Isaiah Thomas scored 20 for the East.Davis became the story that overshadowed The Story coming into this game, that being the Durant-Westbrook whatever.And if there is any animus remaining between Durant and Westbrook, it was hidden. WHAT JUST HAPPENED?” Curry shouted on the West bench, which moments later broke into celebration. West centre DeAndre Jordan heard them, rising from his seat on the West bench to yell “No, no, no” back in their direction.If those fans were serious, they were disappointed.Westbrook scored 12 points — all on 3s — in a 63-second span late in the third quarter, coming off the bench and firing over and over and over again. I barely got over the rim, but it was a nice give-and-go.”Added Durant: “It was a great basketball play. He can jump really high so yeah, good play.”Some fans were shouting “De-Fense!” in the fourth quarter. “Good give-and-go. Players jumped and threw hands skyward, Curry tossing a cupful of water onto a smiling Durant amid it all.Draymond Green called the play “cute,” and Westbrook and Durant seemed happy with it as well.“It was a nice give-and-go, man,” Westbrook said. He even outdid Westbrook, who had 41 points in just 20 minutes — which ordinarily would have been enough to merit him what would have been a third straight MVP award.Not this time. Davis made 26 shots and took 39, both of those also All-Star records. It was Davis hoisting the trophy, to the delight of his New Orleans fans.“It was a lot of fun,” Davis said. Stephen Curry added 21 points for the West — where a subplot emerged as DeMarcus Cousins played only two minutes, prompting some speculation that a trade sending him out of Sacramento might be looming.Antetokounmpo had 30 points for the East, with 12 dunks in his night. Made a good pass. And then he opened the fourth quarter with another 3, giving him 34 points in just under 14 minutes played to that point.It looked like he was a cinch for MVP honours, until Davis scored 20 points in the fourth. Anthony Davis had an All-Star Game for the record books.And on a night when Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant provided a glimpse of the past, Giannis Antetokounmpo showed he’s clearly part of the future and a midcourt lob attempt from James Harden even went in, Davis absolutely stole the show.He scored 52 points, 10 more than Wilt Chamberlain’s All-Star record that had stood for 55 years, and the Western Conference beat the Eastern Conference 192-182 on Sunday night — the highest-scoring game in league history.
Toronto FC has landed a marquee attacking midfielder in Spain’s Victor Vazquez.The 30-year-old was part of Barcelona’s youth system and won Footballer of the Year honours in Belgium with Club Brugge in 2014-15.He spent last year with Mexico’s Cruz Azul.Toronto used targeted allocation money to fit Vazquez under its salary cap. The Spaniard has arrived in Toronto’s Florida pre-season camp.
New Orleans will also have to hope Cousins can dial back some of his after-the-whistle intensity and antics. Galloway has been a solid reserve, providing scoring punch from the perimeter.The 6-9 Casspi has been playing about 19 minutes per game for the Kings this season, averaging 5.9 points and 4.1 rebounds. He leads the NBA in technical fouls with 17, putting him one away from another one-game suspension.While Davis said after the All-Star Game that he wasn’t aware of an impending trade, he said he admired Cousins as a player.“He’s a great player, dominant in this league, of course, with all the numbers he puts up,” Davis said. 5 pick in the 2010 draft.The Kings get a player with a lot of potential in the 6-4 Hield, although he has been inconsistent during his rookie season out of Oklahoma, where as a senior he was one of the best players in the nation.Hield is averaging 8.6 points but has been explosive at times, with a season high of 21 points. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade is not official and has not been announced by either team.The deal pairs the 6-foot-11 Cousins, a frontcourt All-Star from nearby Mobile, Alabama, with the 6-11 Davis, who on Sunday night was the All-Star Game MVP after scoring 52 points, breaking Wilt Chamberlain’s 1962 record of 42.The move also sends a message that the Pelicans are more concerned with making a 25-game push for the playoffs this spring then where they’ll be drafting next off-season.The deal was still in the works when Cousins spoke with reporters after the All-Star Game, when he played just two minutes as trade rumours swirled.He said he was happy with the Kings, but would also be happy playing closer to home and alongside Davis.“If I’m blessed enough to have a job here, absolutely,” Cousins said. DeMarcus Cousins is on his way out of Sacramento — and right into an All-Star frontcourt pairing with Anthony Davis.The New Orleans Pelicans agreed to acquire Cousins from the Kings on Sunday, the same night the centre was playing in the All-Star Game in their arena.The Kings dealt one of the most talented but temperamental big men in the game along with Omri Casspi to New Orleans in exchange for Tyreke Evans, 2016 first-round draft pick Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway and first- and second-round draft picks this summer, a person familiar with the situation said. “Of course, DeMarcus is an elite player in this league.”But the Kings decided to move on without him, having not made the playoffs since taking Cousins with the No. “If that’s what happens.”New Orleans (23-34) went into the All-Star break 2 1/2 games behind Denver for the eighth and final playoff seeding in the Western Conference.Cousins, like Davis a former collegiate star at Kentucky, is averaging 27.8 points and 10.6 rebounds this season. The 6-6 Evans, who can play point guard, shooting guard or small forward, will be entering a second stint in Sacramento, where he was drafted in 2009 and went on to be Rookie of the Year. But he is due to become a free agent in 2018 unless the Pelicans can sign him to an All-Star calibre extension.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…