Cup with the Riders in 2007, from miao1234's blog

ANAHEIM, Calif. . -- Teemu Selanne probably regretted returning to play another year for most of the first three miserable months of the Anaheim Ducks season. Selanne and his decision are looking better every day -- and so are his surging Ducks. Selanne scored a power-play goal and had an assist to move into 20th place on the NHLs career scoring list, and Anaheim kept rolling in its return from an eight-game road trip, beating the slumping Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 Sunday night. Jonas Hiller made 18 saves in his 21st consecutive start for the Ducks, who won for the ninth time in 12 games during their improbable playoff push. Andrew Cogliano scored his first goal of February for the Ducks, and Sheldon Brookbank also scored as Anaheim avoided a four-game season sweep by Chicago. After falling 20 points out of eighth place in the West during an awful start, Anaheim has been the NHLs best team since Jan. 1, going 17-4-4 for a league-high 38 points. "After 15 days on the road, its never easy to come back," Selanne said. "The tank was pretty empty, but I was very happy with how we played, especially the last two periods. Thats a good feeling. We just keep battling." Anaheim got just two days off following the longest continuous road trip in franchise history before starting a key stretch of five games in seven days. The Ducks are just six points out of playoff position -- but still in 13th place in the Western Conference standings. "We take every win we can get right now, (but) nobody seems to want to lose that is going for the playoffs in the West," said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau, the architect of Anaheims turnaround. "Were going to have to try to do it ourselves. ... We were pretty sluggish in the first period. Thats common when you come off a long road trip. I thought we got our legs, and we were pretty good in the second and third." Selanne inched up the NHL scoring list by setting up Brookbanks goal in the second period before scoring his 21st of the season from a sharp angle during a two-man advantage in the third. The 41-year-old Finnish Flash caught and passed Luc Robitaille with 1,395 points, and his 246th career power-play goal put him one behind Robitaille for fourth in league history. Selanne is the second-oldest player in NHL history to score at least 21 goals in a season, trailing only Gordie Howe, who did it twice after his 41st birthday. Patrick Kane ended the Blackhawks monthlong 0-for-39 power-play drought with a first-period goal, and Ray Emery stopped 35 shots against his former Anaheim teammates in Chicagos third consecutive loss. The Blackhawks have lost 12 of 16 overall, yet still sit comfortably in sixth place in the West, nine points ahead of Anaheim. "It seems like sometimes when we get the lead, were kind of satisfied with that," said Kane, who scored the Blackhawks first power-play goal since Jan. 24. "But we definitely have to keep the pressure on and try to extend the lead. After the first, they pretty much dominated us in the second and third and got a lot more shots than we did." The Blackhawks played their fourth straight game without captain Jonathan Toews, who is home in Chicago with an apparent concussion. Coach Joel Quenneville hopes Toews and defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson will return Wednesday against Toronto, but the Blackhawks struggled through a two-game Southern California road trip, losing 4-0 up the I-5 freeway in Los Angeles one night earlier. "Offensively, were not doing much right now," Kane said. "We need some contributions from everyone. You can always say you need your best players to be your best players. Thats something that we need to get better at, too, including myself." Cogliano tied it with 20 seconds left in the period, but only after the referees immediately waved off his goal. Cogliano clearly kicked the puck toward the net with his right skate, but a lengthy video review at the league offices in Toronto revealed Cogliano poked the puck through Emerys legs with his stick after Emery stopped the kick with his pads. "I thought he kicked it and then maybe got a piece of it, or just kicked it straight in," said Emery, who backstopped Anaheim into the playoffs late last season. "Either way, it shouldnt count. I know they took a tougher look at it, and they must have had some evidence to the contrary. But youve got to work past those things." Anaheim thoroughly controlled the second period, but wasnt rewarded until Selanne passed from behind the Chicago net to Brookbank, who fired it off Duncan Keith and past Emery. The goal was Brookbanks second in five games after playing 167 straight games without a goal. NOTES: The Blackhawks have never swept Anaheim in a season series. ... Longtime Montreal captain Saku Koivu played his 200th game with the Ducks. ... Coglianos score snapped a 12-game drought. ... The biggest regular-season crowd in Honda Center history welcomed the Ducks back from the road, with 17,601 tickets sold in a standing-room-only crowd. .com) - Max Pacioretty scored the games only goal with 1:52 remaining in overtime to lift the Montreal Canadiens past the Washington Capitals 1-0 on Saturday afternoon. . -- Sam Lacey, a former NBA All-Star centre who spent most of his 13-year career with the Kansas City Kings, has died.REGINA -- The path to winning the 101st Grey Cup was years in the making for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Brendan Taman, the teams general manager. "Back in 2011, when they announced that the game was coming here, we knew that it was going to be pretty important that we had a good year and hopefully could get into it, let alone win it, so I felt some pressure obviously within for sure," Taman said Monday, less than 24 hours after the Riders won the championship. "But as a group, we built it from (head coach) Corey (Chamblin) and the staff to the players and everybody we brought in, so yeah there was some pressure." The pressure eased Sunday night when the Roughriders dominated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 45-23. The Riders, who will be feted in a parade through Regina on Tuesday, became the third straight host team to win the CFL title. Taman, who walked into the news conference Monday holding the Grey Cup, enjoyed the moment. It was "very surreal," he said. "Its a sense of relief and redemption and sort of verifying that you can win it, eventually. Its not the easiest thing to win obviously, but its pretty gratifying," said Taman. In January, the Riders acquired veteran slotback Geroy Simon from B.C., then in free agency signed defensive ends John Chick and Canadian Ricky Foley as well as defensive back Dwight Anderson. In October, Taman gambled by acquiring rush end Alex Hall from Winnipeg. But there was one guy Taman really wanted to see raise the cup: quarterback Darian Durant. "You know, I talked to him this morning and he said Well, I already had one. I said No, you didnt. Yeah, you were part of one," said Taman. "But he got this one, and I was so happy for him because I think were as popular at times as each other, sometimes were not, so I was really happy for him." Durant won a Grey Cup with the Riders in 2007, but he was one of the backup quarterbacks at that time. Durant was the starting pivot when the Riders got to the Grey Cup in 2009 and 2010, but they lost both games. Chamblin agreed that he was excited to see Durant win. "There were a couple of guys, but the biggest one of course would be Darian, just because hes the quarterback. He does take a lot of the criticism and hes put a lot on his shoulders over the last couple of years, so it was very good to see him get that cup," Chamblin said Monday. Chamblin said the fans also played a major role. "The biggest thing right now, I can just tell you that stands out in my mind, was the crowd (Sunday) night and being on the stage and seeing all the green," said Chamblin. "When people say the stage was set, it was actually the stage was set and I think that was the biggest part of the celebration. There were some who watched it on TV, but it was surreal to be in that stadium last night." The Grey Cup championship parade will start at Mosaic Stadium and head south down Albert St. before ending in a rally at the provincial legislature.Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '

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