Sunday, November 19, 2017
Sports

Canadiens exact measure of revenge on Senators

RECOMMENDED READING


MONTREAL — After watching center Lars Eller taken off the Bell Centre ice on a stretcher after a nasty hit in their playoff opener with the Senators, the Canadiens knew they had to answer with a big Game 2.

Goalie Carey Price came through with a 29-save effort as Montreal pulled out a hard-hitting but mostly cleanly played 3-1 victory Friday.

The win left their Eastern Conference quarterfinal tied at one.

"It's the playoffs. You can't dwell on the last game," said Price, who took heat for two goals that beat him between the pads in a 4-2 loss in Game 1 24 hours earlier. "You've got to get refocused and get ready for the next one."

There was anticipation of rough play after Eric Gryba's hit on Eller produced a lot of blood, a concussion and missing teeth. Elller was hospitalized overnight, released Friday morning and was feeling good and resting at home, the team said.

Gryba was suspended by the league for two games. He served the first one Friday.

Senators coach Paul MacLean stared into space without answering when asked about the suspension after Game 2.

Passions were further inflamed in the morning as Montreal coach Michel Therrien blasted MacLean for what he believed were disrespectful comments.

Among other things, MacLean had suggested Eller should have kept his head up and defenseman Raphael Diaz had left him open to a hit with a "suicide" pass.

"(The comments were) a lack of respect to Lars Eller. A lack of respect to his family," Therrien said. "And I'm never going to accept that. Never."

After the game, he said, "When I read his comments this morning, I was pretty upset."

MacLean was clear on what caused his team to lose.

"They played harder than we did for most of the game," he said. "We turned over pucks that ended up in our net."

Crosby returns for Pens, who fall to Islanders

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby did what he always seems to do in big moments, scoring two quick goals in his return from a broken jaw.

He gave the Penguins an early two-goal lead over the Islanders. Then the Islanders responded. And Kyle Okposo's first career playoff goal with 7:37 left gave the Islanders a 4-3 victory, evening their East series at one.

Crosby, out more than a month, scored twice in the game's first eight minutes as the Penguins raced to a 3-1 lead. But Pittsburgh lacked focus and discipline, and the Islanders bounced back from a lifeless performance in Game 1's 5-0 loss.

"We really did a bad job of managing the puck," Penguins defenseman Kris Letang said, "and the way they came after us … it was just bad."

Evgeni Malkin staked Pittsburgh to a 1-0 lead 43 seconds in. Crosby tapped in a simple pass from Jarome Iginla to make it 2-0 before the game was four minutes old.

"We started to see (Game 1) again," Islanders wing Matt Martin said. "We were scared of that. We knew we couldn't get embarrassed again."

Pittsburgh played without forward James Neal, who left Game 1 with an injury.

Blackhawks top Wild: Michael Frolik and Patrick Sharp scored two goals each and host Chicago beat Minnesota 5-2 to go up two games to none in the West quarterfinal.

Late Thursday: The Wings had a setback during their series-evening win at Anaheim. Defenseman Danny DeKeyser broke his right thumb in the third period of the 5-4 overtime win in Game 2. "It was a big loss," coach Mike Babcock said

Lightning: The team agreed to terms with prospect Cedric Paquette on a three-year entry-level contract. The center had 27 goals and 83 points, and was plus-29 in 63 games for Blainville-Boisbriand of the junior Quebec league this season. Paquette last week was fined $1,000 by the league for "inappropriate behavior" for his role in starting a bench-clearing brawl with Baie-Comeau during their playoff series.

Times staff writer Damian Cristodero contributed to this report.

at Canadiens0303
Senators0101

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesGonchar, Ott (high-sticking), 2:53; Prust, Mon (slashing), 6:52; Moen, Mon (roughing), 11:02; Subban, Mon (cross-checking), 15:54.

Second Period1, Montreal, White 1, 3:20. 2, Montreal, Gallagher 2 (Galchenyuk, Prust), 4:13. 3, Ottawa, Michalek 1 (Phillips, Benoit), 8:16. 4, Montreal, Ryder 1 (Bourque, Subban), 18:57. PenaltiesPrust, Mon (closing hand on puck), 15:53.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesKassian, Ott (interference), 5:40; Latendresse, Ott (slashing, roughing), 20:00; White, Mon (cross-checking, roughing), 20:00. Shots on GoalOttawa 8-13-9—30. Montreal 14-10-10—34. Power-play opportunitiesOttawa 0 of 4; Montreal 0 of 2. GoaliesOttawa, Anderson 1-1-0 (34 shots-31 saves). Montreal, Price 1-1-0 (30-29).

Islanders1214
Penguins3003

First Period1, Pittsburgh, Malkin 1 (Iginla), :43. 2, Pittsburgh, Crosby 1 (Iginla, Malkin), 3:19 (pp). 3, N.Y. Islanders, Moulson 1 (Tavares, Streit), 7:04 (pp). 4, Pittsburgh, Crosby 2 (Pa.Dupuis, Eaton), 7:22. PenaltiesMacDonald, N.Y. Islanders (slashing), 2:23; Engelland, Pit (cross-checking), 6:22; Engelland, Pit (interference), 10:38; Murray, Pit (interference), 15:25; Hamonic, N.Y. Islanders (roughing), 19:31; Cooke, Pit (slashing), 19:31.

Second Period5, N.Y. Islanders, McDonald 1 (Aucoin, Ullstrom), 5:12. 6, N.Y. Islanders, M.Martin 1 (Bailey, Nielsen), 10:37. PenaltiesOkposo, N.Y. Islanders, major (fighting), 4:58; Niskanen, Pit, major (fighting), 4:58; Visnovsky, N.Y. Islanders (boarding), 6:50; Iginla, Pit (boarding), 8:16; Tavares, N.Y. Islanders, double minor (high-sticking), 16:31.

Third Period7, N.Y. Islanders, Okposo 1 (Moulson, Streit), 12:23. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalN.Y. Islanders 20-14-8—42. Pittsburgh 12-13-8—33. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Islanders 1 of 4; Pittsburgh 1 of 4. GoaliesN.Y. Islanders, Nabokov 1-1-0 (33 shots-30 saves). Pittsburgh, Fleury 1-1-0 (42-38).

at Blackhawks1135
Wild0112

First Period1, Chicago, Frolik 1 (Shaw, Leddy), 8:34. PenaltiesKoivu, Min (roughing), 15:42; Suter, Min (roughing), 15:42; Shaw, Chi (slashing), 15:42.

Second Period2, Chicago, Frolik 2 (Keith, Hjalmarsson), :49 (sh). 3, Minnesota, Setoguchi 1 (Cullen, Zucker), 17:57. PenaltiesToews, Chi (high-sticking), :34; Bollig, Chi (boarding), 10:33; Brodziak, Min (slashing), 14:15.

Third Period4, Chicago, Sharp 1 (Kane, Handzus), 3:44. 5, Chicago, Sharp 2 (Kane), 14:08. 6, Minnesota, Scandella 1 (Coyle, Cullen), 16:29. 7, Chicago, Bickell 2 (Shaw), 19:49 (en). PenaltiesKoivu, Min (tripping), 9:37; Koivu, Min (hooking), 16:37. Shots on GoalMinnesota 7-15-6—28. Chicago 17-14-17—48. Power-play opportunitiesMinnesota 0 of 2; Chicago 0 of 4. GoaliesMinnesota, Harding 0-2-0 (47 shots-43 saves). Chicago, Crawford 2-0-0 (28-26).

Comments
Bucs-Dolphins: Instant analysis from Tampa Bay’s 30-20 victory

Bucs-Dolphins: Instant analysis from Tampa Bay’s 30-20 victory

The Buccaneers won their second straight game Sunday in Miami Gardens, breaking a six-game road losing streak in the process. Here’s the Times’ Bucs coverage team’s instant analysis from Tampa Bay’s 30-20 win over the Miami Dolphins:WINNING IS WINNIN...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
Bucs offense awakens in time to beat Dolphins, 30-20, on late field goal

Bucs offense awakens in time to beat Dolphins, 30-20, on late field goal

MIAMI GARDENS — Just when the Bucs offense had disappeared for the entire second half, Ryan Fitzpatrick rallied to set up a last-minute field goal, and Patrick Murray’s 35-yard kick for the lead with four seconds left. A wild final play resulted in a...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
New Winston accuser hires Kinsman attorney

New Winston accuser hires Kinsman attorney

The unnamed female Uber driver who has accused Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston of groping her in Arizona in 2016 has hired a familiar name to represent her: John Clune, who represented Zephyrhills' Erica Kinsman in her civil lawsuit against Winston."...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Live blog: Bucs at Dolphins

Live blog: Bucs at Dolphins

Follow our live coverage of the Bucs’ game against the Miami Dolphins this afternoon at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. You’ll find news, analysis, photos, video and more from Times reporters, columnists and photographers — all in real time. View...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Lightning’s rare loss produces reality check

Lightning’s rare loss produces reality check

By ROGER MOONEYTAMPA — Jon Cooper stood at the podium postgame late Saturday to address the media after a regulation loss for only the third time this season."Let’s be honest," he said, "we’ve had one hell of a start."The loss, he added, was frustrat...
Updated: 2 hours ago
AP poll: State showdown of ranked teams will be in Orlando

AP poll: State showdown of ranked teams will be in Orlando

Inadvertently, the newest Associated Press football poll produced some Florida history Sunday.For the first time ever, UCF and USF both will be ranked — and the 'Noles and Gators both will be unranked — entering their respective season-en...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Trump says he should have left UCLA players in Chinese jail

Trump says he should have left UCLA players in Chinese jail

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he should have left three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China in jail. Trump’s tweet Sunday comes after the father of player LiAngelo Ball minimized Trump’s involvement in winning the playe...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Not much movement in my AP Top 25 ballot

Not much movement in my AP Top 25 ballot

Cupcake weekend in college football meant few shakeups in my AP Top 25 rankings.I thought about moving Wisconsin up from No. 5 after a quality, double-digit win over Michigan, but it wasn't enough for me. In my rankings, the Badgers have beaten one t...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Bucs rookie TE Antony Auclair active against Dolphins

Bucs rookie TE Antony Auclair active against Dolphins

The Bucs' inactives for today's game at Miami are largely as expected, though rookie TE Antony Auclair is getting the nod as the third tight end, rather than veteran Luke Stocker.Auclair, an undrafted rookie from Canada, played only one other time th...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Former Winston teammate: I was in car, nothing inappropriate happened

Former Winston teammate: I was in car, nothing inappropriate happened

Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby has released a statement in defense of Jameis Winston, saying he was in the back seat with the Bucs quarterback  during the Uber ride in 2016 and "nothing inappropriate" happened.The NFL is investigating an allegat...
Updated: 7 hours ago