Western finals against Jets in Winnipeg

DALLAS (AP) — Pierre-Luc Dubois thought he had a tiebreaking goal for Columbus in the third period before Dallas goalie Anton Khudobin came up with a big save. Seconds later [url=http://www.officialoilers.com/authentic-adidas-t-shirts]Edmonton Oilers T-Shirts Authentic[/url] , Dubois had another chance and made it count.Dubois scored midway through the third period and the Blue Jackets beat the Stars 2-1 on Monday night.&ldquoKhudobin) made a really nice save. (You) hope you have it back,” Dubois said.The goalie didn’t have much of a chance 29 seconds later when Dubois took a pass from Cam Atkinson behind the net and backhanded the puck under the crossbar with 9:39 left for his eighth goal.“He’s a good player,” Columbus coach John Tortorella said, “and he’s just beginning in this league.”Dubois credited Atkinson.“Cam made a nice play to bring it back around the net,” Dubois said. “I was lucky enough to get a stick on it.”Atkinson had scored the game’s first goal in the second period.Alexander Radulov, who returned to the Stars’ lineup, tied the game in the second period.The Blue Jackets extended their points streak to five games (3-0-2) and are two points ahead of the New York Rangers in the Metropolitan Division. Columbus has won its last seven games against the Stars.Dallas maintained fourth place in the Central Division.Each team had entered the game with a 9-6-2 record.Khudobin and Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky each had 26 saves.The first period ended scoreless. Columbus killed all three Stars penalties and held Dallas to one shot on goal with the man advantage, while building a 10-9 edge on shots for the period.“The power play cost us the points,” Radulov said. “It’s all about work, winning the battles. (Columbus) did a good job obviously [url=http://www.officialoilers.com/authentic-adidas-hoodie]Edmonton Oilers Hoodies Authentic[/url] , but we’ve got to come up stronger.”The Stars’ only penalty in the first was a major to Jamie Benn for a fight with Columbus forward Josh Anderson.“It’s close to what the game should be played like,” Tortorella said. “A fight. A couple high sticks here and there. And scrums. Both teams played hard. Didn’t give each other many scoring opportunities.”Stars coach Jim Montgomery was disappointed in Dallas’ 0-for-4 power play.“The word that describes it is discombobulated,” he said.It didn’t take long for the Blue Jackets to get their first power play and a 1-0 lead. At 1:29 of the second period, 25 seconds after Benn went off for slashing, Atkinson took a pass from Seth Jones at the top of the right faceoff circle and sent a wrist shot past Khubodin.The Stars blocked 15 shots in the period and tied the game 1-1 at 18:20 when Radulov put a wrist shot from the right circle into the upper left of the net.It was Radulov’s sixth goal in eight games. He had missed 10 of the previous 11 games because of a lower-body injury.“He’s a fiery guy,” teammate Jason Spezza said. “He means a lot for us. You don’t take a guy of that caliber out of your lineup and not miss him.”Montgomery thought Radulov’s goal would provide a spark.“We had a really good feeling going into the third. We didn’t seem to be able to build momentum off of that,” he said.NOTES: Stars C Devin Shore (lower-body injury) left the game in the first period and didn’t return. Montgomery said Shore was likely to miss 7-10 days. … Dallas RW Brett Ritchie (upper-body) played for the first time in five games. … D Julius Honka had a game-high five blocked shots, four in the second period. … Blue Jackets D Seth Jones returned home for the game. He was born in nearby Arlington, Texas. … A spectator who spent eight years in Arlington was former Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland, now with the San Francisco Giants but still a Stars season-ticket holder. Holland is from Heath [url=http://www.officialoilers.com/authentic-adidas-hats]Edmonton Oilers Hats Authentic[/url] , Ohio, near Columbus.UP NEXTBlue Jackets: Return home to play Florida on Thursday.Stars: Complete a four-game homestand on Friday against Boston. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The young Winnipeg Jets have grown up fast this postseason, so quickly that now they are headed to the first Western Conference final in their short history after knocking off the NHL’s best team in the regular season.Tyler Myers and Paul Stastny scored 2:06 apart in the first period, and the Jets stunned the Nashville Predators 5-1 on Thursday night in their first Game 7 – continuing an amazing run for a team swept in its previous two playoff appearances.”The telling stat for me in this series is we played four games in here and never lost in regulation against the best team in the league,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said. ”That’s what you worry about with a young team. It’s a physical series. We’ve got some skaters. … But that’s a difficult thing to do, to get out on the road … to play well in here as consistently as we did, it’s impressive.”Stastny finished with a second goal and an assist, and Mark Scheifele also had two goals. Blake Wheeler and rookie Kyle Connor each had two assists.Connor Hellebuyck made 36 saves for Winnipeg, which won three of four games in Nashville after missing the Presidents’ Trophy by three points to the Predators.The Jets now host Vegas in Game 1 on Saturday night in a conference final nobody could’ve predicted when this season started.”I like it [url=http://www.officialoilers.com/authentic-adidas-customized]Custom Edmonton Oilers Jerseys[/url] ,” Hellebuyck said. ”I’m excited, and looking forward to it.”P.K. Subban scored for Nashville, now the ninth Presidents’ Trophy winner in 10 years not to win the Stanley Cup.The best season in Predators history ended earlier than a year ago, but in the same fashion on their own ice. They lost to Pittsburgh in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final last June.Pekka Rinne, Nashville’s Vezina Trophy finalist along with Hellebuyck, was chased for the third time in this series after giving up two goals on seven shots. He lasted just 10 minutes, 7 seconds for the quickest exit by a starting goalie in a Game 7.”It’s heartbreaking,” Hellebuyck said on seeing Rinne pulled.Rinne tried to take responsibility for the Predators’ season ending far earlier than they expected.”The biggest moment of the season, it’s a terrible feeling,” Rinne said. ”You let your teammates down [url=http://www.officialhockeypanthersshop.com]www.officialhockeypanthersshop.com[/url] , and that’s what happened tonight. That’s tough to swallow.”These teams combined for 231 points in the regular season, making this series the two best teams on points ever to meet in a series before a conference final. This was the third Game 7 all-time for Nashville with a big edge in experience over the Jets playing on this stage.Nashville also brought out the star power once again with Sheryl Crow singing the U.S. anthem and former NFL Titans running back Eddie George waving the towel to rev up the crowd. A couple catfish hit the ice before the puck dropped.The Predators took five of the first six shots, then the Jets stunned the crowd. Myers squeezed a wrister between the post and Rinne’s left skate for a 1-0 lead at 8:40 of the first. Then Stastny put a backhander off Rinne and into the net 2:06 later for a 2-0 lead on just seven shots.Nashville coach Peter Laviolette didn’t hesitate and pulled Rinne for Juuse Saros , trying to snap the Predators out of a slow start while saving his timeout. Laviolette called the goals ”fluky.””There’s not a lot of things that you can do if a game’s not going your way if you can’t use your timeout,” Laviolette said. ”It was way too early to use a timeout at that point. Again, I just tried to send the game in a different direction, put a pause in the game and send it in a different direction.”Subban started the rally with his fourth power-play goal of this series with a big one-timer from Ryan Johansen over Hellebuyck’s stick at 15:54. Subban then pointed to the Nashville bench and once there yelled at his teammates.In the second, the Jets simply dominated keeping the puck in the offensive zone and outshot Nashville 6-2. Only Saros making save after save kept it 2-1 until Scheifele’s snap shot for his 10th goal this postseason from the left circle with 2:10 left in the period. That was the first goal Saros had allowed in four appearances this postseason.Stastny sealed the victory with his sixth goal this postseason on the Jets’ lone power play at 11:59. Scheifele added an empty-net goal with 2:33 left.Wheeler said the Jets will take a night to celebrate a thrilling win over Nashville that was every bit the series they expected.”It’s too bad one of us had to be knocked off here,” Wheeler said. ”But night’s like tonight, you try to really soak it in and enjoy it. And then [url=http://www.officialhockeypanthersshop.com/authentic-adidas-t-shirts]Florida Panthers T-Shirts Authentic[/url] , wake up and get ready for a big game on Saturday.”NOTES: Scheifele scored seven goals in Nashville, setting a record for most road goals in one postseason series. Scheifele topped 10 others tied with six on the road in a series, including Sidney Crosby. … Jets coach Paul Maurice now is 3-0 all-time in Game 7s all on the road. … Laviolette is 5-3 in Game 7s, and Nashville is 1-2 in Game 7s all-time.UP NEXT:Game 1 of Western finals against Jets in Winnipeg.—
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