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Nick Holden for prospect Robbie O’Gara

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Nick Holden for prospect Robbie O’Gara

Сообщение officialsbaseball » Пт ноя 23, 2018 12:25 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) A year ago at this time the Vegas Golden Knights had one minor league player on an otherwise empty roster and no idea what to expect when an entire team was finally assembled.Now www.officialflyersproshop.com , they are two wins away from playing for the Stanley Cup.The best story in sports got even better Wednesday night on the Las Vegas Strip, where the Golden Knights continued their improbable run toward the Cup final with a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Before a raucous crowd of 18,477 newly minted hockey fans, the expansion team like no other won a second straight against the Jets to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference final.As much as 500-1 to win the Stanley Cup in this gambling city’s sports books when the season began, the players that like to refer to themselves as the Golden Misfits are now incredibly the odds-on favorites to win it all.In a city built on losers, the first major pro franchise could be the winner no one expected – even the players cast off from their former teams.Misfits, they’re not. But many of them had never even met before last summer’s expansion draft, and now they’re on the brink of the Stanley Cup finals.”I don’t think anyone saw us here,” said Marc Andre Fleury, the three-time Stanley Cup winner who was left unprotected in the expansion draft by Pittsburgh. ”I’m really proud to be part of this season.”On a night when Fleury made one spectacular save after another, the Knights were just good enough to take the advantage in the series. They held onto a one-goal advantage most of the third period, despite being outplayed and outshot by the Jets.The grudges they once held against their former teams are gone. But they’ve played the entire season with a chip on their shoulders after being judged expendable by their former employers.”We all came here with the right mindset,” said James Neal, who had a goal and an assist in the win. ”No one likes to be left unprotected.”That the Knights were competitive in their first season wasn’t a total surprise. The NHL set up the expansion draft so teams couldn’t hold onto all of their top players, and the Knights wasted no time in making Fleury the backbone of the new team.What did surprise a lot of people in hockey was that general manager George McPhee nailed just the right combination of speed up front to go with the stellar goalkeeping. And so far they’ve held their own speed-wise in the series against the Jets Philadelphia Flyers T-Shirts Authentic , a team built on speed itself.”They’re a quick team, for sure,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said. ”When we’re fast we look faster, too. It’s the ebb and flow of the game.”The Knights are not only the hottest ticket on the Strip, but the hottest thing in a city of 2 million. Las Vegans have embraced their first major pro franchise and opposing players often talk about the atmosphere inside the T-Mobile Arena.Away from the arena it’s more of the same. Golden Knights merchandise is everywhere in the city and hundreds of fans show up just to watch practice at the team’s facility in the suburbs. Homegrown baseball hero Bryce Harper is such a big fan he has bats with Golden Knights logos, and singer Carrie Underwood offered (it was declined) to sing the national anthem after her Nashville Predators were eliminated.And if the Jets drove past Caesars Palace on their way to the game they might have noticed the statue of Caesar was holding a Knights hockey stick.Fleury, who made spectacular back-to-back saves that left him sprawled across the ice while the Knights were clinging to a 3-2 lead in the third period, was asked after what he would have thought before the season if someone told him the team would be within two wins of the Stanley Cup finals.”Probably laugh a little bit,” he said.No one is laughing now as the Knights try and make history as an expansion team turned Stanley Cup champion. The team has defied the odds since the opening game of the season, and bookies are having a hard time finding anyone to bet against them now.They were Vegas Strong, starting the season just after the murderous Oct. 1 rampage just down the street from the arena that took 58 lives in the worst mass shooting ever in the U.S. They became Vegas Born, which has resonated in a city where so many people are from elsewhere.Call them what you want. But soon you may be calling them Stanley Cup champions.”We’re just a bunch of hockey players that wanted to find a home,” Jonathan Marchessault said a few games ago. ”And we did.”—-Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at)ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) As well as the Boston Bruins have been playing, general manager Don Sweeney wasn’t going to pass up an opportunity to make them better. And bigger.Sweeney continued solidifying a playoff push Sunday by acquiring forward Rick Nash in a multiplayer trade with the Rangers that leaves New York retooling for the long-term future. The Rangers acquired the Bruins’ first-round pick in this year’s draft as well as forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey Philadelphia Flyers Hoodies Authentic , prospect defenseman Ryan Lindgren and a seventh-round pick in the 2019 draft in a deal reached a day before the NHL’s trade deadline.”Our players have made a push and I wanted to inch that along if we could, and reward it in a way,” Sweeney said.At 6-foot-4, Nash provides Boston an established power forward to fill out their second line centered by David Krejci. And the 33-year-old Nash, who has topped 30 goals in eight of his 15 seasons, also adds an offensive dimension to a team that has leaned heavily on its top line, which has combined to score 73 of Boston’s 192 goals this season.The Bruins lost 4-1 to Buffalo in Nash’s debut and squandered an opportunity to jump into second place in the Atlantic Division standings, a point ahead of Toronto.Nash arrived in Buffalo in time for the game and was credited with five shots on goal and 17 1/2 minutes of ice time.The game was Nash’s first in nearly a week after the Rangers had him sit out their previous two games to avoid the possibility of him getting injured.”It was a strange last few weeks in New York, but I’ve moved on and I’m excited about this opportunity,” he said.Nash knew he was on the move being in the final year of his contract and eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, and after the Rangers asked him to submit a list of teams he’d consider joining.The Bruins topped his list, though Nash acknowledged he was ready to go almost anywhere.”I wasn’t going hold them hostage or anything like that, but I wanted to go to a place that wanted me and a place that had a chance to win,” he said. ”And I think Boston fits those perfectly.”Boston wasn’t done adding to its roster by signing Brian Gionta to a one-year $700,000 contract. Gionta returns for a 16th NHL season after serving as captain of the United States Olympic team Philadelphia Flyers Hats Authentic , which was eliminated following a loss to the Czech Republic in the quarterfinal round at the Pyeongchang Winter Games on Tuesday.For the Rangers, trading Nash further signaled their plans to overhaul the aging core of a roster that helped New York make the playoffs in each of the previous seven seasons, including the team that lost the 2014 Stanley Cup Final in five games to Los Angeles.The Rangers are slipping out of playoff contention in going 5-16 in their past 21 games since Jan. 7, and have lost six straight in preparing to host Detroit on Sunday.Adding the Bruins’ first-round pick gives the Rangers nine selections in this year’s draft, including six in the first three rounds.This marked the second trade between the two teams this past week. On Tuesday, the Bruins acquired veteran defenseman Nick Holden for prospect Robbie O’Gara and a draft pick.New York might not be done dealing with captain Ryan McDonagh also considered to be on the trading block.And with Nash off the market, the focus of trade attention also turns to whether Sabres forward Evander Kane and Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson will also be dealt by Monday afternoon.Kane has already acknowledged he expects to be traded, and was held out of Buffalo’s lineup for the second consecutive game on Sunday.Nash has 18 goals and 28 points in 60 games this season. He was selected by Columbus with the No. 1 pick in the 2002 draft and played his first nine seasons with the Blue Jackets before being traded to the Rangers in a multiplayer deal in July 2012. Overall, he has 434 goals and 799 points.The Rangers saluted Nash following the trade by posting a note on their Twitter account by thanking him for ”6 memorable years as part of the New York Rangers family. … Once a Ranger, always a Ranger. We salute you!”The 26-year-old Spooner has 41 goals and 142 points in 252 NHL games since being selected by Boston in the second round of the 2010 draft. Lindgren was selected by Boston in the second round of the 2016 draft and currently is playing his sophomore season at the University of Minnesota.NOTES: Gionta, who lives in Buffalo, watched the game with his family from a private suite. He declined an interview request following the game by telling The Associated Press that the Bruins asked him to wait until Tuesday, when he’s scheduled to have his first practice with the team in Boston. … The Bruins also placed defenseman Paul Postma on waivers.—
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