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Postby douhua2233 » Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:00 pm

TORONTO (AP) The Maple Leafs were without their starting goalie Adidas Robin Lehner Jersey , their best overall player and two other regulars – and still managed to do what they’ve been doing a lot lately.They won again at Air Canada Center.Curtis McElhinney made 33 saves for his third shutout of the season and the Maple Leafs extended their club-record home winning streak to 12 straight games with a 4-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.Andreas Johnsson scored his first NHL goal, and William Nylander, Kasperi Kapanen and Nazem Kadri also had goals for Toronto, which has four victories in a row following a four-game slide (0-2-2).McElhinney, who picked up the eighth shutout of his career, got his second straight start and third consecutive win with Leafs No. 1 goalie Frederik Andersen still out after taking a blow to the head/neck area in a crease pileup on Wednesday against Dallas.”Just guys stepping up and coming in the lineup and really contributing,” Kadri said when asked how his team keeps humming along. ”That’s been a strength for us all year. We’ve got key guys out. We’ll look for other guys to step up.”Charlie Lindgren made 45 saves for Montreal, which dropped to 1-5-2 over its last eight games.Toronto won despite being a bit short-handed. Star center Auston Matthews missed his ninth consecutive game with a shoulder injury, veteran forward Leo Komarov (lower body) didn’t suit up following a strange collision with Nylander in Buffalo on Thursday, and defenseman Nikita Zaitsev sat out a fourth straight game with an illness.”That’s what you need,” Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. ”You need all your hands on deck.”The injury-ravaged Canadiens were without starting goalie Carey Price (concussion) for a 13th consecutive game Adidas Leo Komarov Jersey , while captain Max Pacioretty (knee) missed his eighth in a row.Lindgren was the story of the first period with three big stops, including an incredible full-stretch glove save to deny Tyler Bozak of what appeared to be a sure goal on a power play, until Nylander finally broke through moments later.With the Leafs still on the man advantage, the Swede took a pass from Jake Gardiner at the top of the right faceoff circle and scored his 15th to snap a 13-game goal drought against the league’s worst penalty-killing unit on the road.Toronto made it 2-0 just three minutes into the second when Travis Dermott played a long stretch pass off the boards to Kapanen, who blew past Noah Juulsen down the left before beating Lindgren past the blocker for his sixth.McElhinney picked up an assist on the play after quickly playing the puck to Dermott.”You throw it up the wall and a lot of times (Kapanen) can just skate onto pucks and make things happen,” McElhinney said. ”I’ll take a point any time I can.”The Leafs goalie had a relatively quiet night compared to Lindgren, but had to be sharp with six minutes remaining in the period when Alex Galchenyuk jumped on a turnover by Leafs defenseman Roman Polak in front.Acquired from Montreal ahead of last month’s trade deadline, Toronto center Tomas Plekanec played his first game against his former team. Drafted by the Canadiens in 2001, the 35-year-old ranks seventh on Montreal’s all-time games played list at 981. He was in the middle of the action later in the second when Montreal correctly challenged for goaltender interference with under five minutes left, denying Kapanen his second of the night off a scramble.But the Leafs eventually stretched their lead to three with 28.3 seconds remaining in the period when Kadri redirected Mitch Marner’s pass into the top corner on a power play for his 28th.Johnsson scored his first goal – also notching his first point – with 4:33 left in the third when he chipped Zach Hyman’s pass past Lindgren at the side of the net. He celebrated with an excited leap.”It’s just emotion going through my whole body,” Johnsson said with a laugh. ”Jumping … 4-0 (with) five minutes left. I don’t really know what goes through my mind – just happy feelings.”NOTES: Leafs forward Patrick Marleau played the 1 Adidas Valtteri Filppula Jersey ,565th regular-season game of his career to move past Nicklas Lidstrom for 11th place on the NHL’s all-time list. … Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber had foot surgery this week, but is expected to be ready for training camp. … Matthews missed his 19th game of the season because of injury.UP NEXTCanadiens: host Florida on Monday night.Maple Leafs: at Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. DALLAS (AP) Cory Conacher scored the game-winning goal in overtime for the Tampa Bay Lightning, but Anthony Cirelli stole the show in his NHL debut.With 41 seconds left in overtime, Conacher broke away from Dallas’ Jamie Benn and took a low shot that bounced off goalie Ben Bishop and went in to beat the Stars 5-4.Cirelli had a goal and an assist in the three-goal second period of his NHL debut. The Lightning recalled the 20-year-old Cirelli from Syracuse of the AHL earlier Thursday as an emergency replacement for NHL scoring leader Nikita Kucherov.”How excited can you be for him?” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. ”You’re always going to remember this one. For him to come out and have an impact in the game in such a positive way, it’s fun. He’s a phenomenal kid, and I couldn’t be happier for him.”Cirelli was very excited.”It was an unbelievable feeling. Just being here and being able to play in the game. It was pretty cool just being around the guys. To get a goal too is just something special that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”It was the Lightning’s fourth game in six nights that went past 60 minutes. Tampa Bay was 3-0-1 in those games to increase their league-leading total to 92 points.”The way we rebounded,” Cooper said, ”especially to come back to back. We had to change time zones and fly a couple of hours. We had good energy early. The power plays hurt us in the first, but really liked our second period. We came out determined. We deserved to get those goals.”Tyler Seguin had two goals and an assist for Dallas, which rallied with two third-period goals to move three points ahead in the race for the Western Conference’s first wild card.”We played a very good hockey game and especially in the third period,” Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said. This is gonna end up hopefully being a really valuable point.”Mattias Janmark tied the game with four seconds left in regulation Adidas Dylan DeMelo Jersey , when he lifted a shot from a scramble over fallen Tampa Bay goalie Louis Domingue.Cooper’s appeal that Dallas interfered with Domingue was denied. There also was a question whether Janmark’s goal came before time expired. The scoreboard clock began malfunctioning with 39 seconds remaining. The clock read 9 seconds, but the video review helped Referee Ghislain Hebert determine that 3.5 seconds was correct.Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos also scored for the Lightning.Dallas’ Brett Ritchie had a third-period goal.Domingue made 31 saves to improve to 4-8. He is 3-1 vs. Dallas in his career.Bishop stopped 20 shots.Tampa Bay’s J.T. Miller had two assists.Dallas tied the game at 1 on the game’s first power play. Seguin’s snap shot grazed the crossbar and went in at 11:05 of the first period.Skating 4-on-4 in the second, John Klingberg skated low into the right circle and passed across. Seguin had the left side of the net empty.The spotlight then shifted to Cirelli. He beat Klingberg to tie the game at 2-2. Four minutes later, Killorn poked in the rebound of Cedric Paquette’s shot that Bishop couldn’t handle. Cirelli also received an assist.NOTES: Cirelli, a first-year pro, had 14 goals and 37 assists in 51 games for Syracuse. . The Lightning played without Kucherov and D Ryan McDonagh. Both have upper-body injuries. . Miller was in his second game with Tampa Bay after the Rangers traded him and McDonagh. . Seguin has scored in four straight games, with a power-play goal in the last two. He leads the Stars with 34 goals and 11 on the power play. . Jason Dickinson had his first assist in his 25th NHL game on Ritchie’s goal. He ended a career-high 22-game streak without a goal. . The Lightning will be home for 12 of the final 17 games. . The Stars will play 11 of their final 18 on the road.UP NEXTLightning: Begin a season-high eight-game homestand on Saturday against Philadelphia.Stars: Play the fourth of five straight home games on Saturday vs. St. Louis.
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