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Perron's OT goal vs. Jets gives Golden Knights 3Posted By aliciahuang  (6th Feb 18 at 6:57am)

David Perron scored 3:57 into overtime to lead Vegas past the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Thursday night for the Golden Knights' 34th victory, the most by an NHL expansion team in its debut season.

The Jets had the puck rolling in the crease three times in the extra period, but it couldn't get it into the net. Perron then fired a high shot past Connor Hellebuyck to win it.

Winnipeg's Kyle Connor had tied it with a high shot to Marc-Andre Fleury's glove side with 2:36 left in the third period. Joel Armia also had a goal and one assist for Winnipeg.

Hellebuyck made 28 saves for the Jets (30-13-9), who were trying to set a franchise record with their eighth straight home win.

Fleury stopped 24 shots for Vegas (34-12-4). It was his 389th win, putting him into a tie for 13th among NHL goaltenders.

Reilly Smith had a short-handed goal and Erik Haula scored a controversial goal on the power play for Vegas.

o reach the playoffs, the Carolina Hurricanes must win the close games, the ones with the score tight and the tension thick in the third period.

The Canes did that again Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens at PNC Arena, getting a 27-save shutout from Cam Ward and goals from Brett Pesce and Brock McGinn.

Pesce’s goal, at 2:43 of the second period, was the defenseman’s first of the season. McGinn, who has had some tough luck this season on scoring chances, then gave the Canes breathing room with his eighth with 5:09 left in regulation as the Canes won their third straight game and finished off a season sweep of the Habs (20-25-6).

The Canes and Philadelphia Flyers, have matching 24-19-8 records and 56 points. The Flyers held on to the second wild-card playoff position in the Eastern Conference with their 24 regulation and overtime wins to the Canes’ 21, Metropolitan Division teams that still have not played this season, the tiebreaker.

“It’s crunch time,” Ward said. “All you have to do it look at the standings and we’ve kind of preached that this is our playoffs.”

Forward Justin Williams, who had the primary assist on McGinn’s goal, credited Ward with doing much of the hard work Thursday. The shutout was Ward’s second of the season and 27th of his career -- his first against Montreal -- and he achieved it with some calm, poised play in net, outplaying the Habs’ Carey Price.

“I think Cam masked a lot of our shortcomings tonight,” Williams said. “They had a couple of chances that maybe didn’t look that tough but were tough, with tips and traffic.

“He was incredible for us. … He’s a guy we certainly have a lot of faith in.”

The “book” on Ward is to test the goalie glove high. But the veteran,adidas Jakub Voracek jersey, now 15-6-2 this season, made a handful of sharp glove saves.

On Tuesday, Ward and the Canes winning, the Canes used third-period goals from Sebastian Aho and Victor Rask to squeeze past the Ottawa Senators 2-1. A week after a 6-5 shootout in Montreal,Authentic Evgeni Malkin jersey, the two teams were locked up in a 1-0 game — the Canes ahead — in the third period Thursday.

Pesce’s goal was his first since Jan. 14, 2017, when he scored against the New York Islanders. He had gone 81 games without a goal — the final 39 last season, the first 42 this season,adidas Joe Pavelski jersey, but his shot from the right point got past Price.

Neither team had many scoring chances in the first period and the Habs did not have a shot on goal until 5:12 was left.

“You had that feeling this would be a low-scoring game,” Ward said.

While the Canes’ defensive-zone work was too loose in the game in Montreal, they did a better job Thursday fighting for the puck and and being physical in front of Ward. Rookie defenseman Haydn Fleury had perhaps his best game of the season, blocking four shots and giving the Canes some physical play.

Canes coach Bill Peters would not commit to starting Ward again Friday when the Canes host the Detroit Red Wings in the third game of the eight-game homestand. But it could be Ward again. And another tight game.

“These are big games that will help us down the stretch,Authentic Sidney Crosby jersey, and we’ve done it quite a few different ways lately, knowing we can win close games,” Williams said.

The best formula for success against the New England Patriots is to keep Tom Brady on the sideline and harass him when he's on the field.

That's not a news flash. But the good news for Eagles fans and everyone rooting against Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots in Sunday's Super Bowl is that Philadelphia has the ingredients to do it.

The Eagles (15-3) have a multidimensional, ball-control offense capable of chewing the clock and forcing No. 12 to be a spectator.

The Eagles have a versatile passing attack with several receivers who create matchup problems. Carson Wentz threw for 3,296 yards and 33 touchdown passes before he tore his ACL in Week 14 and Nick Foles has eight TD passes, including playoffs.

Foles proved in the NFC championship game he can make quick-strike plays with three passes of 40-plus yards against the league's top-ranked defense. Two of those were TD tosses of 53 yards to Alshon Jeffery and 41 yards to Torrey Smith.

Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz and slot receiver Nelson Agholor are other options. Tight end Trey Burton, who also lines up at fullback in certain short-yardage situations, had five TD catches this season.

"You can't just stop one guy," Patriots safety Devin McCourty said. "You can't go out there and say, 'if we just limit Jeffery or if we just limit Ertz that won't matter.' They have a lot of different guys out there that can beat you."

Foles has been adept at making the right calls on run-pass option plays, making it even more difficult for defenses facing Philadelphia.

"It's hard because you have to defend every inch of the field,Authentic Mario Lemieux jersey," McCourty said. "Each guy has to do their job on the play. We can't have guys doing things that don't fit the defense."

defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has an aggressive unit. Nobody runs on Philadelphia's defense. It was No. 1 against the run and didn't allow a 100-yard rusher until Ezekiel Elliott had 103 in Week 17 against backups and third-stringers.,On the opposite side of the ball

even though Dion Lewis had 896 yards rushing and James White was a Super Bowl hero last year. But Brady can't throw if he doesn't have time and the Eagles have a dominant front four led by Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham.,The Patriots (15-3) rely mainly on Brady's arm

The line often generates enough pressure that Schwartz doesn't have to blitz much and there's enough depth with Chris Long, Tim Jernigan and Beau Allen that guys stay fresh in the fourth quarter., Vinny Curry

Safety Malcolm Jenkins is a physical presence in the secondary and cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills are solid cover guys.

" Brady said. "It's as good any we've faced all year. They have a great scheme that mixes in well with their coverages.","They have a great defense

rookie kicker Jake Elliott has a strong leg. He kicked a 61-yarder at the end of regulation to beat the Giants in Week 3 and is 6 of 7 from beyond 50 yards.,Authentic Jakub Voracek jersey,If the game comes down to a field goal

relaxed group that has embraced their underdog role throughout the playoffs and overcame injuries to several key players.,The Eagles shouldn't be tight and they're not intimidated by the Patriots. They're a loose

unforeseen run to the Super Bowl is the undeniable unifying effect it has had on the Delaware Valley. Sports can do this in a way few if any other entities can. It brings groups of people together who otherwise share very little common ground. ,One of the many positive byproducts of the Eagles' incredible

Republican, black, female, white, gay, straight, young,adidas Mario Lemieux jersey, male,Democrat, old ... at least for one brief moment,Authentic Phil Kessel jersey, put aside all the divisiveness that has become so commonplace in our society and unite for one goal.

beginning the conversation the same exact way: "So what do you think?" You know exactly what they mean,Whether it's the guy behind you in line at your local Wawa or the woman next to you on the train or the receptionist at the doctor's office. Perfect strangers you would otherwise never speak or engage with, adidas Evgeni Malkin jersey,no clarification needed. Next thing you know,adidas Sidney Crosby jersey, you and said person are devising game plans for an Eagles win over the Patriots. And it's a beautiful thing.

the Chase Utley/Always Sunny in Philadelphia crew's subtle yet impactful "Fly Eagles Fly" tweet may have upstaged them all.,You're not caught up in politics or religion or skin hues.Authentic Sidney Crosby jersey, Your Facebook feed is filled with Eagles hype videos instead of your "friends" insulting one another over the State of the Union. BTW

I've always found sports to be a great icebreaker with family or friends. There were times growing up when my dad and I may not have been seeing eye-to-eye on almost everything else but there was always the Eagles or the Phillies or the Sixers or the Flyers. Whatever our differences,Beyond the strangers,adidas Sidney Crosby jersey, we could put them aside during the game. Christmas or birthday party, my uncles and cousins and I are talking sports. Sometimes it's the only way to get through some of those gatherings. I have a buddy in California who I don't get see as often as I would like. But I know if something big happens with our pro teams or if Temple blows a game, I'm either receiving or sending him a text about it.

the cheesesteak place around the block,Our local teams winning are great on so many levels. Our local commerce, sporting goods store in the neighborhood. Schools having Eagles spirit days. Yes, your corner bar, there's a downside - folks covering the game tweeting a screen grab of the temperature in Minnesota. Non-sports, local news folks who wouldn't know a football from a frying pan discussing Nick Foles' passer rating. But I digress.

one would think this kind of connection and civic unity can carry beyond Sunday night. I tend to doubt it,Ideally, but here's hoping. Either way, it's been fun while it's lasted.

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