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#1 Posted : Tuesday, February 12, 2019 3:04:19 AM(UTC)
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TAMPA www.jetsshoppro.com , Fla. (AP) — Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point were terrific for Tampa Bay.The top line for the Lightning was much better than the leading trio for Chicago.Johnson scored twice, Kucherov had three assists and the Lightning beat the Blackhawks 4-2 on Friday night.Point and Ryan Callahan also scored for Tampa Bay, which improved to 13-0-2 in the past 15 regular-season meetings with Chicago. Louis Domingue stopped 30 shots.The Lightning (16-6-1) remained on top of the Atlantic Division, one point ahead of Buffalo.The Blackhawks dropped to 2-4-2 under new coach Jeremy Colliton, who took over on Nov. 6. Colliton has been playing Toews, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad together in search of more offense, but Chicago is still struggling to score.Johnson, Kucherov and Point got the better of Toews Winnipeg Jets T-Shirts Womens , Kane and Saad for much of the night. Tampa Bay’s top line combined for three goals and seven points.“They’ve been playing really, really well since being put together and creating offense,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “It was an extremely big test tonight to go against that big line they’ve got of world-class players and they did a great job and it set the tone for the game for us.”The Toews line was on the ice for Tampa Bay’s opening three goals.“You’ve got to limit the mistakes and protect the house around your net,” Toews said. “We didn’t do that. Especially myself, being out there for three goals against.”Toews and Artem Anisimov scored for Chicago (8-10-5), and Corey Crawford finished with 25 saves.Johnson scored twice in the first period, including 29 seconds into the game with an open shot from the slot. He scored his ninth of the season at 7:15, converting a quick one-timer off a feed from Point.“They are tremendous players,” Johnson said of the Toews line. “But I’ve got Point and Kuch on my line Winnipeg Jets Hoodies Womens , so I feel pretty good about that as well.”Point made it 3-0 at the 10:05 mark with his 15th goal. After Chicago responded with Anisimov’s first goal since Oct. 27, Callahan capped the wild first period with his first goal since Oct. 21, also against Chicago.Toews got his 11th with 1:11 left in the second period, but the Blackhawks came up empty on two power-play chances in the third.“They were tough to handle,” Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith said. “They came out hard. They’ve done that several times this season. We needed to be better. We definitely played better as the game went on. The compete level was better.”NOTES: Lightning D Anton Stralman (upper body) and LW Ondrej Palat (lower body) remained out with injuries. Both are skating with the team and considered day to day. … Chicago rookie D Henri Jokiharju, second on the team with 10 assists, was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. … Kucherov extended his point streak to five games. He has two goals and 10 assists in that span. … Toews extended his point streak to six games. … Tampa Bay rookie D Erik Cernak finished with two assists for his first career multipoint game.UP NEXTBlackhawks: At Florida Panthers on Saturday.Lightning: Host New Jersey Devils on Sunday. LAS VEGAS (AP) T.J. Oshie found his father on the ice amid the jubilant madness of the Washington Capitals‘ postgame celebration and wrapped him in a fierce hug.Five years after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Tim Oshie’s memory is inconsistent and cloudy.Anyone who saw the depth of emotion in his Stanley Cup-winning son’s eyes Thursday night will never forget it.Right after Oshie won his first NHL title in the Capitals’ 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights, the veteran forward’s thoughts were on his family – particularly his father Winnipeg Jets Hats Womens , who fostered his son’s love of the sport as a coach and a hockey dad in Everett, Washington, north of Seattle.”My dad, he doesn’t remember a lot of stuff these days,” Oshie said, his voice choking with emotion . ”He remembers enough. But I tell you what, he’s here tonight. I don’t know where he’s at, but this one will stick with him forever. You can guarantee that.”Moments later, Oshie found him. Tim had watched the game alongside his sister and daughter in the T-Mobile Arena stands.Oshie was outstanding throughout Washington’s playoff run Custom Winnipeg Jets Jerseys , racking up eight goals and 13 assists in 24 games as the Caps’ fourth-leading scorer. He had a goal and two assists in the Caps’ 6-2 victory in Game 4 of the Final, which he finished with six points in five games.”I’ve never seen a team come together like we did here,” Oshie said. ”I’ve never seen the commitment from start to finish like we had here.”The Capitals’ Stanley Cup victory was a crowning achievement for the 31-year-old Oshie, a 10-year NHL veteran with stops in St. Louis and Washington after beginning his pursuit of the sport in the Pacific Northwest, which doesn’t produce pro hockey players in high volume.Oshie said he couldn’t have done it without steadfast support from Tim, who served as a coach for one of T.J.’s childhood teams in Everett. They both later moved to Minnesota for T.J.’s high school career.”To have him here is amazing,” Oshie said of his father. ”He doesn’t travel very well, and I’ve been trying to figure out how to get him out all playoffs. It was kind of a perfect storm to get him with my aunt and sister out from Seattle.”Later in the celebration, Oshie went for a celebratory skate with his young daughters www.goldenknightsshoponline.com , Lyla and Leni.”Besides my family, that’s one of the best feelings I’ve ever had,” he said. ”It’s for my family. For my two little girls. I got my name on something so they’ll know that dad played hockey when they grow up.”Oshie already carved out a place in hockey history four years ago while playing for the U.S. team at the Sochi Olympics. He dominated a shootout against Russia in unbelievable fashion when coach Dan Bylsma sent him out six times. Oshie scored four goals in the eight-round shootout, including the game-winner for the Americans to beat Alex Ovechkin and the Russians.Oshie’s already strong popularity among Caps fans got a boost last week when he took Washington’s public Metro trains to Games 3 and 4.His heartfelt love for his father will be another indelible memory of the Caps’ championship season.”His memory is slipping a little,” Oshie said. ”This is one memory that I don’t think he’s going to forget.”—More Stanley Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/StanleyCupFinals
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