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one and accomplished that only
14.05.2018, 03:52 AM
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one and accomplished that only
BOSTON - After failing to get off to a quick start and a nearly poor finish, the Boston Bruins rallied for a victory that they found difficult to celebrate.Dougie Hamilton scored 3:39 into overtime, giving the Bruins a 2-1 win over Winnipeg on Friday night after giving the Jets a four-minute power play late in regulation.I think we really wanted a good start, didnt have it and squeaked the two points like we have in the past, said Hamilton, who also had an assist on Milan Lucics goal that tied it early in the third period. I dont know how we do it, but two points is two points, I guess.Tuukka Rask had 35 saves, including 15 in the third period and one more in overtime near the end of the Jets golden opportunity to win it.Rask gloved a shot by Andrew Ladd 27 seconds into overtime, and instead of holding on for a whistle, darted out of the crease and dumped the puck out of Bostons zone.Youre just in survival mode there, Rask said. You try to secure that point, and we did a pretty good job for the most part, but we still had a lot of chances to get the puck out and we couldnt.We got it tied and then I think after that we still made some mistakes we had to clear, but (a) good way to find a win.Carl Soderberg assisted on both goals for Boston, which has not lost to the Jets franchise in Boston since the then-Atlanta Thrashers beat the Bruins 3-2 in March 2007.Rask didnt allow anything to get past him after Dustin Byfugliens power-play goal gave the Jets a 1-0 lead with 3:36 left in the first period.I thought we played all right, Byfuglien said. Weve played better. We let it get away from us.Michael Hutchinson stopped 36 shots for Winnipeg, including a flurry of late chances for Boston that followed mistakes by the Jets.Boston had the better opportunities following Brad Marchands double-minor penalty with 3:30 left in the third when his stick clipped Grant Clitsome in the head behind the Jets net.Boston almost converted it into a short-handed goal with 30 seconds remaining in regulation. Daniel Paille stole the puck from Hutchinson and passed it toward Gregory Campbell in the slot, but Hutchinson recovered with a glove save. The Bruins also missed on a pair of rebounds early in overtime.We had chances all game long, said Hutchinson, a third-round draft pick for Boston in 2008. They had a couple pushes here and there and they had some chances, too, but I thought it was a good hockey game. Both teams had chances, and Tuukka (Rask) is a good goalie. He is going to make you work for every goal you get.Boston tied it 1-1 on Lucics goal 3:05 into the third on a give-and-go with Carl Soderberg, whose pass back to Lucic in front of the net set up an easy backhanded tip. Hamilton also got an assist.It was Bostons first goal since Lucic and Joe Morrow scored 28 seconds apart early in the second period of a 3-2 overtime loss to Pittsburgh on Monday night.NOTES: The floor crew at TD Garden had to do a quick turnaround following the Boston Celtics 109-102 loss to Chicago on Friday afternoon. ... Winnipeg LW Adam Lowry served his one-game suspension for a hit on Patrick Kaleta in Buffalo on Wednesday. He was assessed a major penalty for boarding and was ejected. ... Boston C Chris Kelly returned after missing two games with an undisclosed upper-body injury. ... The Bruins played their last of four of five at home before starting a four-game Western Conference trip Monday in Anaheim. . - Defensive end-linebacker Mike Neal apparently is returning to the Packers. . - Mike Zimmer has brought a demanding style to the Minnesota Vikings. Berdych and Stepanek played all five matches when the Czechs beat Spain 3-2 in the final last November in Prague to win the countrys first title as an independent nation. . - Playing a road game against a division rival raises the intensity for linebacker Clay Matthews. . The outdoor event will be played on Dec. 31 between alumni of the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Park, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies. KAMLOOPS, B.C. -- Calgarys Kevin Koe did it the hard way again. After struggling a little to make the final game, Koe emerged with his second Canadian mens curling championship, after a dominating 10-5 win over John Morris and British Columbia. "Thats the way we kind of do it sometimes," Koe said. "We cant seem to get firing on all cylinders all the time." Koe could have finished first at the Tim Hortons Brier this week but he lost his last round-round game to Quebec and created a three-way tie for top spot with B.C. and Manitoba. The tiebreaking formula gave B.C. hammer and choice of rocks in the 1-2 Page playoff game, which they won. Koe then had to play Quebec again, after they beat Manitoba in the 3-4 game to get into the final. Hes used to it, since he had to fight even harder to win his first title in 2010 when he came up from the 3-4 game. Alberta capitalized on B.C.s mistakes to score three big three-enders. If not for the needs of television, the handshakes would likely have come in eight but they played nine ends. It was a crushing end to a Cinderella week for Kamloops native son Jim Cotter, who throws fourth stones for B.C. and had been solid all week but made some of those mistakes that cost his team the game Sunday. "Jimmy had some uncharacteristic misses there and we were fortunate and when it did happen, we really capitalized," said Koe. "The first three was the big one." The numbers told the tale. Koe shot 92 per cent, Cotter 82 and B.C. skip and third stone Morris was at 72 per cent. "We just missed a couple of too many shots early," said Morris. "We were just a little bit fooled by the ice." This is the second loss in the big game in four months for the Morris-Cotter rink. They also lost the final at the Olympic trials to Brad Jacobs in December in Winnipeg. "Whether its in front of your home fans or in front of Winnipeg fans or wherever, its no fun," said Cotter. "Obviously you want to win, but thats curling, thats the way it goes. "They were bang on. They were making everything. Its tough to come back from that." As for what the future holds, he couldnt say. "I really havent thought too much about the future. . . I guess over the next few weeks or what not well reflect a little bit and kind of see wwhere things are at and go from there.dddddddddddd" Uncertainty also hangs over Alberta, which, with the win, is now only one behind Manitobas record 27 Brier victories. Second Carter Rycroft, whose wife is pregnant, has said hes taking a year off curling and the win didnt change his mind. He was also named the most valuable player and shot 96 per cent in the final game. "This is it as far as me not curling next year," he said emphatically. Koe doesnt know what he future holds either. "I dont know what will happen with that, we havent talked about it, we havent even thought about," he said. "Nows the time to celebrate this win and well look forward to (being) Team Canada (at the world championship) in China and whatever happens, happens." Canadian Curling Association rules require that Team Canada retain at least three players to return to the Brier. Next year in Calgary is the first year Team Canada will automatically get a berth in the Brier. Its also the first year the bottom finishers will have to play their way in. Over the last three years, thats Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, as well as new entrants Nunavut and a separate Yukon team. The Brier went well for B.C. until Sunday night, although they finished in a three-way 9-2 tie with Manitoba and Alberta at the top of he round robin. They beat Alberta in the 1-2 game to move straight to the final and opened well with a deuce in the first end, setting the sellout home-town crowd into a frenzy. But Alberta responded with a three in the second end after Morris was heavy and rolled through. Cotter did the same thing in four when he flashed on a freeze attempt, had to draw for one and accomplished that only by a slim margin. In five, with rocks scattered around the 12, Cotter lost his shooter, letting Koe gently tap a B.C. rock back to score another three. A final three in the sixth end made it 9-4. Earlier in the day, Manitobas Jeff Stoughton took the bronze medal winning 9-5 in nine ends after scoring two in the first and stealing two in the second on a missed Quebec runback. But both Stoughton and Quebec skip Jean-Michel Menard said it was a game they dont even think should be part of the Brier. "Ill try to be nice, but this game shouldnt exist," said Menard. "Its useless." ' ' '
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