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DALLAS (AP) — Miro Heiskanen and the Dallas Stars‘ new defense stepped up
03-14-2019, 06:20 AM,
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DALLAS (AP) — Miro Heiskanen and the Dallas Stars‘ new defense stepped up
— on offense — Friday night.Heiskanen Buffalo Sabres Hoodies Womens , a rookie, had his first two-goal game, and the Stars, behind four goals from defensemen, rallied to beat the Ottawa Senators 6-4.“I think it was the most shots that got through from our defense all season,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. “The four goals were important.”With four defensemen injured, the 19-year-old Heiskanen has become one of the more experienced Dallas blueliners. He scored from above the left faceoff circle in the second period and from the right point in the third.Montgomery was most impressed by Heiskanen’s first goal.“What a great release! To get a shot on a knuckle puck without settling it. It’s on his stick and it’s off his stick. The goalie doesn’t have time to move,” he said.Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson had to do plenty of moving. The Stars had 54 shots on goal, one off the record for their 24 seasons in Dallas. Anderson finished with 48 saves, one away from his season high.“It was pretty fun,” Anderson said. “A lot of action. Got to play the puck a lot. They’re the kind of team to throw everything at the net.”Taylor Fedun, in his first game for the Stars, scored the goal that put them ahead to stay 3-2. Gavin Bayreuther scored his first goal in his fifth NHL game into an empty net after Ottawa came back from three goals down to trail just 5-4.Heiskanen just missed a shot for an empty-net goal and a hat trick.“It was amazing to witness how everybody on the bench was pulling for him to get the hat trick Buffalo Sabres Hats Womens ,” Montgomery said.Forwards Jamie Benn and Blake Comeau also scored for Dallas.Ryan Dzingel, Brady Tkachuk, Maxime Lajoie and Zach Smith scored for the Senators.Ottawa’s losing streak grew to a season-high three games. The Senators are 2-7-1 on the road.“We can score goals,” coach Guy Boucher said, “but we can’t prevent them from scoring against us. On the road it’s a lot tougher, and we’re paying for it.The Senators twice held one-goal leads. Dallas came back with four in a row late in the second period and early in the third, starting with rookie Heiskanen’s first that tied the game at 12:45 of the second period.Fedun scored the tiebreaking goal at 18:48 of the second. Heiskanen and Comeau added third-period goals for a 5-2 lead.After Lajoie and Smith rallied Ottawa within a goal before Bayreuther scored with 2:10 to play.Dzingel and Tkachuk had given Ottawa its early leads.Anton Khudobin stopped 29 shots for the Stars.Ottawa’s Bobby Ryan had three assists, and Thomas Chabot and Matt Duchene added two apiece.For Dallas, Mattias Janmark, Devin Shore and Alexander Radulov each had two assists.Teamwork resulted in the game’s first goal for Ottawa 3:05 into the game. Chabot dug the puck out of the left corner and Ryan took it behind the goal line and passed out to Dzingel in front, who scored his 10th goal of the season on a wrist shot.Dallas tied the game 1-1 at 10:22. Tyler Seguin sent the puck across from the right corner, and Benn deflected it into the left side of the net before Anderson could get back into position.Ottawa took its last lead on Tkachuk’s goal on its first power play at 10:02 of the second period.NOTES: Ottawa D Ben Harpur returned after missing two months because of a back injury. … Senators RW Mark Stone left in the third period after being hit in the face by a shot. … Stars C Devin Shore (lower-body injury) started the game after missing four games on injured reserve. G Ben Bishop (lower body) went on IR. … D Julius Honka (illness) was inactive for the second straight game. … D Taylor Fedun was recalled from Texas of the AHL to play his first game for Dallas since being traded from Buffalo on Nov. 10. . The North Stars/Stars franchise record for shots is 68 in Minnesota’s 4-3 loss to the Kings on March 24, 1981.UP NEXTSenators: At the Rangers on Monday to play the third of four straight road games.Stars: At Colorado on Saturday to begin a four-game trip during a stretch with seven of eight games on the road. TORONTO — The Montreal Canadiens visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night as two long-time rivals open the season with widely different expectations.After signing free agent center John Tavares in the offseason to augment an already promising group of young players led by center Auston Matthews Custom Buffalo Sabres Jerseys , the Maple Leafs are shooting for the Stanley Cup this season. Tavares had a fine preseason, working well with right winger Mitch Marner.The Canadiens, however, are trying to climb back to respectability after a dismal 2017-18 season.Article continues below ...The Maple Leafs have shown signs during the past two seasons that they are growing into Cup contenders, but they have lost in the playoffs in the first round twice in a row.And with a pair of first-round losses in the past two Stanley Cup playoffs relatively fresh, the Leafs collectively shake their heads at the idea a similar fate could be awaiting them next April.“We’ve been there, done that,” defenseman Morgan Rielly said. “We have done the thing where we make the playoffs and lose in the first round. It’s not very fun and I think we’re tired of that. The goal is to start with a good couple of months, build toward a playoff push, make the playoffs and go from there. You have to take it one step at a time, but when you look at the big picture, you want to play longer and have a shorter summer than we did in the last two years.”The Canadiens made two big offseason deals, sending Alex Galchenyuk to the Arizona Coyotes and former captain Mac Pacioretty to the Vegas Golden Knights. In return http://www.flamesshoponline.com , the Habs received Max Domi from Arizona and Tomas Tatar, a second-round draft pick and good prospect Nick Suzuki from Vegas.The Canadiens also named defenseman Shea Weber as the 30th captain in the team’s storied history Monday, replacing Pacioretty. “I don’t know how many times you can say an honor, because you look at the guys (on the walls) in our dressing room, guys that have worn this letter in this organization’s history, it’s special,” said Weber, 33, who was acquired from the Nashville Predators two years ago in exchange for P.K. Subban. Weber underwent offseason knee surgery and is not expected to be return to competition until mid-December, which makes it even important that goaltender Carey Price regains his old magic.Habs general manager Marc Bergevin said the choice for captain was obvious. “The players all feel the same way, we all feel the same way that Shea is the right guy to lead this team and we didn’t want to wait,” he said. “Training camp was over, season starts on Wednesday and (Monday) was the perfect day.”In another development Calgary Flames T-Shirts Womens , Jesperi Kotkaniemi, the third overall pick in the draft this past June, has earned a roster spot to open the season. The 18-year-old is the youngest Canadiens player since Mario Tremblay broke in shortly after his 18th birthday in 1974.As the opener drew closer, the Maple Leafs were still waiting to sign their restricted free agent William Nylander.Meanwhile, the Leafs traded defenseman Connor Carrick to the Dallas Stars for a seventh-round draft choice Monday and put goaltenders Curtis McElhinney and Calvin Pickard on waivers. Both were claimed, which means Garret Sparks, the American Hockey League goaltender of the year last season with the Toronto Marlies, will begin the season as the backup for Frederik Andersen.“We’re going to be ready to go, for sure,” Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. “In the NHL, there is nothing between all of us. Every night you play it’s a one-goal game and it’s a battle. And yet the good teams win more of those one-goal games and at the end, it seems like you won every night easy. But you didn’t. You scratched and clawed your way through the year. That’s just what you do.”
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