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have an opportunity here and that’s (15th Apr 19 at 1:44am UTC)
VANCOUVER Drew Doughty Jersey , British Columbia (AP) — The San Jose Sharks took no pity on teenager Mike DiPietro making his NHL debut in the nets for the Vancouver Canucks.Evander Kane scored twice, leading the Sharks to a 7-2 rout of the Canucks on Monday night.The victory moves San Jose into first place in the Western Conference and extends the Sharks’ winning streak to six games.Timo Meier, Melker Karlsson, Tomas Hertl, Kevin Lebanc and Joe Pavelski also scored for the Sharks. Martin Jones had 25 saves.Bo Horvat and Derrick Pouliot scored for Vancouver. DiPietro stopped 17 of 24 shots in his NHL debut.The 19-year-old native of Amherstburg, Ontario, was called up from the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67’s on an emergency basis last week after Canucks backup Thatcher Demko was sidelined with a knee sprain.“I don’t feel bad at all for putting him in the net,” Canucks coach Travis Green said. “He’s here, he’s the backup. I didn’t have another choice. That’s who we had to play tonight,” the coach said.“I don’t think he’s upset that he played. I think he’s pretty excited that he played.”Jacob Markstrom, the team’s starting goalie, was slated to start on Monday but was scratched as a precaution due to tightness in his lower body.“Definitely not the ideal first game,” DiPietro said. “But it’s something I’ve dreamt about my entire life and to have the opportunity this young to do it, it’s something that’s positive for me, that I’ll take as a learning experience.”As the game went on, the young goalie felt more comfortable and said he’ll focus on the things he did right as he continues working on his game.“When you focus on the negatives too much, you’re going to feel like an ant in the net http://www.officialkings.com/authentic-adidas-dustin-brown-jersey ,” he said.DiPietro struggled early, letting in the first shot of the game after Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson failed to corral the puck behind the net.Logan Couture collected the puck and dished it to Meier, who fired it past DiPietro 1:04 into the first period.The Sharks added another goal just minutes later off a high shot by Kane. Vancouver defenseman Ben Hutton attempted to punch the puck out of the air in front of the net, but instead sent it in off of DiPietro.When Karlsson added San Jose’s third goal 8:48 into the opening frame, the Canucks had yet to register a shot.Despite a slow start, Vancouver seemed to find its way late in the first, tying up the Sharks in their own end.With just seconds left on the clock, rookie Elias Pettersson sliced a pass to Horvat down low. The center hammered a slap shot past Jones to put the Canucks on the board.Vancouver out shot San Jose 13-5 in the second period, but the Sharks added goals from Kane, Hertl and Lebanc.Lebanc’s tally came from a 2-on-1 in which Joe Thornton drew DiPietro across the crease before dishing off to the right-winger.The assist was the 1,050th of Thornton’s career. He passed Gordie Howe for ninth place on the league’s all-time assists list.It was also the 39-year-old center’s 1,457th NHL point, tying Teemu Selanne for 15th place on the all-time points list.“That’s an unbelievable accomplishment, unbelievable career, and that’s something that should be really celebrated and I think our whole group and I are excited we were here to witness that,” said Sharks coach Peter DeBoer. “Gordie Howe’s career speaks for itself but when you get a guy like Joe Thornton that actually passes him on the assist list that is an amazing accomplishment.”Logan Couture said he’s speechless over sharing a dressing room with someone who has passed a Howe milestone.“It’s pretty crazy,” said the San Jose center Jake Muzzin Jersey , who had two assists. “(Thornton) is a special player, he’s been a special player for two decades and I still believe that he is underrated. I still don’t think he gets the credit he deserves for how world class a player he has been for two decades. Pretty special.”Vancouver’s second goal came from Pouliot 12:06 into the third. Zack MacEwen assisted on the play. It was the 22-year-old’ MacEwen’s first NHL point and came in his league debut. He was called up from the American Hockey League’s Utica Comets on Sunday.Pavelski added the final goal of the game less than two minutes later.“It’s pretty cool, taking a look up and seeing Joe Thornton and Pavelski right across the ice and shooting on me,” DiPietro said. “Obviously when they score on you it’s not too good. But I had to pinch myself and just stay in the moment.”Despite the result, Horvat had kind words for Vancouver’s young goalie.“It’s not easy to come right from junior and play an NHL game. So kudos to him for stepping up there,” Horvat said. “And honestly, I think he played a heck of a game. He made some unbelievable saves out there. We hung him out to dry for a lot of those goals and he had no chance on them.”NOTES: Vancouver has placed center Brandon Sutter on injured reserve with a lower body injury. … Pavelski registered an assist on Meier’s goal, marking his 400th NHL assist. … San Jose defenseman Erik Karlsson missed Monday’s game with a lower-body injury.UP NEXTSharks: Host Washington Capitals on Thursday.Canucks: Start a three-game California swing at Anaheim on Wednesday. WASHINGTON (AP) — Three’s a relief for the St. Louis Blues.Thanks to three goals in under five minutes, St. Louis beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals 4-1 Monday night to put together its first three-game winning streak of the season.The Blues were the only team in the NHL not to win three in a row, and after a rough start are now just three points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.“It took a while,” said winger David Perron, who has five goals and nine assists during his career-best 11-game point streak. “It’s a lot of steps in the right direction, and I think we can start feeling that our games are getting important.”This game featured goals by Ivan Barbashev, Vince Dunn and Perron in a span of 4:42 to bounce back from Alex Ovechkin’s league-leading 33rd goal of the season. Dunn banked the puck in on a double deflection for his first goal since October and assisted on Perron’s goal with a back-handed pass from along the boards.Just as Dunn dealt with some frustrating times during his 33-game goal drought, St. Louis is finally feeling good and getting rewarded. With the victory, the Blues climbed above .500 at 13-11-1 since interim coach Craig Berube took over for Mike Yeo.“We’re really building confidence,” Dunn said. “I think we’re now kind of all buying in together Jeff Carter Jersey , we’re playing as a team and everyone’s really doing their part.”And the Blues are getting good goaltending. Following the lead of rookie Jordan Binnington, who went 3-0-0 last week, Jake Allen made 28 saves to pick up his first victory since Jan. 3 — which also came against the Capitals.Vladimir Tarasenko scored on the power play in the third period and has eight goals in his past eight games. St. Louis has won six of its past seven on the road, and Allen is among the league’s best goalies away from home.“Ask my magic genie,” Allen said. “I guess it’s fun shutting teams down in their own building. I’ll take it.”Ovechkin took over sole possession of sixth in NHL history with his 238th career power-play goal and tied Dave Andreychuk at 14th on the all-time list with the 640th goal of his career. But that was little consolation for the Capitals after a flat performance in their second consecutive loss.“We didn’t play the right way, we didn’t play well and you can see the result,” Ovechkin said. “It was bad play, bad game.”Capitals backup Pheonix Copley allowed four goals on 37 shots in his first game against his former team. Copley got the start over All-Star Braden Holtby, who injured his left eye Saturday when he took a stick to the face through his mask.This game wasn’t as much on Copley as an example of the Blues showing they might be the playoff contender they were supposed to be before the season.“That’s our goal,” center Ryan O’Reilly said. “We’re fighting to get in. We have an opportunity here and that’s what we want.”NOTES: With two assists, O’Reilly now has seven in his past seven games. … Capitals D Brooks Orpik played in his 1,000th regular-season game. Orpik is the first player in NHL history to reach 1,000 with fewer than 20 career goals. … Copley was originally signed by Washington, traded to St. Louis in 2015 and traded back in 2017. … Capitals 2013 draft pick Zach Sanford, who went to the Blues in the 2017 trade between the teams, played his first game against Washington.UP NEXTBlues: Binnington is expected to start in goal when they visit the New York Islanders on Tuesday.Capitals: Look to end their two-game skid when they travel to Nashville to face the Predators on Tuesday.
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