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Gurianov scored with 11:02 left
02-14-2019, 10:14 AM
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Gurianov scored with 11:02 left
The Buffalo Sabres finally won something on the heels of a season in which they endured mostly losing.A franchise which became the NHL’s first to finish 31st in the standings following this year’s addition of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights came away a winner in the draft lottery held in Toronto on Saturday night.After center Ryan O’Reilly acknowledged two weeks ago that a losing culture crept into the Sabres’ locker room Brandon Manning Jersey Womens , perhaps landing the No. 1 pick could provide motivation, general manager Jason Botterill told The Associated Press by phone.”We talked about change, and everyone assumes that’s like bringing in new players or bringing in new coaches, but it’s also changing things , how you go about your training,” said Botterill, who took over in May after GM Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma were fired.”Hopefully this gets them that much more excited,” he added. ”We’re bringing in a No. 1 overall talent to this group. And my guess it’s going to give our coaches a jump. And it’s certainly going to give our players a little jump.”The Sabres will pick first for the third time in team history, and first since selecting Pierre Turgeon at No. 1 in 1987. Buffalo also lands the top pick after losing the lottery each of the previous two times the team finished last and settled for the No. 2 selections in both 2014 and `15.”I certainly know the disappointment from those couple of years, but what people have to understand is we brought in excellent players in those years,” Botterill said Womens Zach Parise Jersey , referring to Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart. ”But there always is that excitement and that attitude, the No. 1. And I’m very happy for our group.”The Carolina Hurricanes made the biggest jump in the draft order by moving from the 11th spot to 2nd. Montreal also shook up the draft order by moving up one spot and will select third.The Hurricanes and Canadiens moved ahead of Ottawa and Arizona. The Senators dropped from the second slot to having the fourth pick, and Arizona dropped from third to fifth.The Sabres finished 25-45-12 and ranked last in numerous offensive categories. They extended their franchise-worst playoff drought to a seventh straight season and went 11-25-5 at home to match the fewest victories in team history.Buffalo became just the eighth last-place finishing team to retain the first pick by winning the lottery since it was introduced by the NHL in 1995.This year’s draft will be held at Dallas on June 22-23.Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin is regarded as the top-rated prospect and is listed first among European skaters in the final NHL Central Scouting Bureau’s final rankings. Russian forward Andrei Svechnikov is the top-ranked North American prospect after playing for Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League.The top-rated U.S.-born prospect is Boston University forward Brady Tkachuk, the son of former NHL star Keith Tkachuk.Botterill said it was premature to say who the Sabres would consider selecting, though Hurricanes president Don Waddell guessed it will likely be Dahlin.That’s fine for Waddell, who was more concerned about the Hurricanes moving back in the order.”When it got to be No. 11 and our name didn’t come up there, it was like: `Wow, do you believe just what happened?”’ Waddell said. ”At 11, I think everybody’s comfortable that they’re going to get a good player but probably not a player that was going to jump on your team right now.”The Hurricanes are in a state of flux under new team owner Tom Dundon.Carolina is searching for a general manager after Ron Francis was reassigned to another front-office position last season. Last week, coach Bill Peters announced his resignation and was then hired by the Calgary Flames on Monday.Carolina’s move up mirrored the draft lottery results from a year ago when Philadelphia made the largest jump in the lottery’s history by going from the 13th slot to picking second.Dahlin has the chance of becoming just the second Swedish-born player to be taken first after the Quebec Nordiques chose Mats Sundin with the No. 1 pick in 1989.Scouting bureau director Dan Marr regards Dahlin as ”the clear-cut No. 1, pro-ready prospect.” He has represented Sweden at the past two World Junior Hockey tournaments Cam Ward Jersey Womens , including a silver medal finish at this year’s tournament held at Buffalo. And Dahlin also had an assist in two games at the Pyeongchang Olympics in February.The next step for the prospects will be attending the pre-draft combine in Buffalo from May 27 to June 2.The lottery settled one more selection with Philadelphia landing the 14th pick to complete a trade in which the Flyers sent Brayden Schenn to St. Louis in June. The Blues had the option to retain this year’s first-round pick but only if it landed among the top 10 spots.The remaining 16 draft positions will be determined based on playoff results.—AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno contributed to this story from Washington.— DALLAS (AP) — Mattias Ekholm started overtime in the penalty box. He finished it off with the winning goal.Ekholm scored 2:27 into overtime, and the Nashville Predators rallied to beat the Dallas Stars 5-4 on Saturday.Ekholm was penalized for cross checking with 14 seconds left in regulation, 29 seconds after teammate Roman Josi scored the game-tying goal.Nashville killed off that power play for the first part of OT, and then Ekholm took a cross-ice pass from Kyle Turris and sent the puck over Stars goalie Ben Bishop for his third of the season.“A good regroup by (P.K. Subban) up to (Turris) and he found me,” Ekholm said. “It was nice to see it go in.“I think (Dallas’ Jason Spezza) played an act on the penalty. There’s not much I can do about it. Good job by the guys on killing it.”Nashville (13-3-0) improved to 8-0 on the road this season.Josi and Ryan Johansen each had a goal and an assist for the Predators. Ryan Hartman and Yannick Weber also scored, and Juuse Saros had 20 saves.Spezza, Tyler Seguin, Tyler Pitlick and Denis Gurianov scored for Dallas (9-6-2), which lost for the third time in four games. Bishop finished with 29 stops.Gurianov got his first NHL point in the third period of his third game. He deflected a rising slap shot from the blue line by Ben Gleason, who was playing in his first NHL game after only 11 pro games for Texas of the American Hockey League.“I woke up this morning with a phone call at 7:30,” Gleason said. “In about 15 minutes I jumped in the shower and packed a bag. I drove right here (from Cedar Park http://www.islandersfanproshop.com/authe...ech-jersey , Texas).“I don’t think I felt my leg until the second period.”Pitlick scored his third of the season 13:05 into the first, and the Stars opened a 3-1 lead on goals by Seguin and Spezza in the second period.Hartman got the Predators on the board 12 seconds into the second, and Johansen and Weber tied the game again with goals in the first 1:54 of the third.“No game is ever out of reach if you can do the right things,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. “I thought the first shift of the third period was really big by the Johansen line. They went down, got a goal and shortly another one after that.”Dallas grabbed the lead for the last time when Gurianov scored with 11:02 left.The Predators had a 14-4 advantage in shots on goal and the only two power plays in the first period, but the Stars scored the only goal.Dallas scored on its first power play when Spezza sent in a slap shot from the left circle at 14:32 of the second.NOTES: Dallas’ depleted defense corps received reinforcements. Joel Hanley and the 20-year-old Gleason were recalled from Texas, and the Stars traded a seventh-round draft pick in 2020 to Buffalo for 30-year-old Taylor Fedun. Roman Polak was sick and couldn’t play Saturday. John Klingberg is expected to miss four weeks after surgery Friday to repair his broken left hand. Marc Methot (lower-body injury), Stephen Johns (neck/head) and Connor Carrick (ankle) also are out. Hanley and Gleason played. Methot could be back for Monday’s game, when Fedun would make his Dallas debut. … Predators F Viktor Arvidsson (lower body) returned after missing three games.UP NEXTPredators: Play the third game in a five-game trip Monday at Anaheim.Stars: Continue a four-game homestand against Columbus on Monday.
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