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The Penguins and Canucks got off the mat and the Senators rallied to even their series with the Rangers. cheap jerseys . Scott Cullen takes a look at a crazy game in Philadelphia, Cory Schneider doing the job for Vancouver and Kyle Turris playing hero for Ottawa. NOT DONE YETWith their season on the line, the Pittsburgh Penguins rose to the challenge and delivered a 10-3 win in Philadelphia, pushing the series back to Pittsburgh for Game Five. Its not as though it came easily for the Penguins, however, as they fell behind 3-2 with 4:08 left in the first period, but Sidney Crosby scored 27 seconds later and the Penguins were off to the races, scoring eight consecutive goals to finish the game. The game featured seven power play goals, one off the all-time record of eight set by St. Louis and Minnesota (North Stars!) in 1991. On point night for the Penguins, Jordan Staal had the hat trick, giving him five in the last two games and seven points in the series. Evgeni Malkin contributed two goals and an assist, with a game-high plus-4 rating. Sidney Crosby and Sullivan both added a goal and two assists. Their are lofty point totals in this series (Claude Giroux - 10 points; Crosby - 8 points; Malkin - 7 points; Staal - 7 points) and its no wonder, the 45 goals scored in the first four games sets an NHL record for most goals in the first four games of a playoff series. On the other hand, the goaltending has been horrific. Marc-Andre Fleury was shaky early, but once the Penguins took the lead late in the first period of Game Four, Fleury stopped all 14 shots he faced in the second and third periods. Still, his .817 save percentage in the series leaves much room for improvement. Among goaltenders to have played at least four games in a playoff year, only two had a save percentage lower than .817: Jeff Reese for Toronto and Mike Vernon for Calgary, both in 1993. The Flyers goaltending tandem of Ilya Bryzgalov and Sergei Bobrovksy shared their Game Four victimization equally, each allowing five goals on 18 shots. This performance lowered Bryzgalovs save percentage to .844. Its Bryzgalovs own struggles that offers the Penguins some sliver of hope to come back from a three games to none deficit. Add in the fact that Flyers D Nicklas Grossman left Wednesdays game with a suspected concussion and the Flyers may be even more vulnerable on the back end. Now that the series is 3-1 and going back to Pittsburgh, there remains the possibility that Bryzgalov could continue to struggle and even passable or mediocre goaltending from Marc-Andre Fleury might swing the momentum back in the Penguins favour. They staved off elimination in Game Four; if they can do it again in Game Five then, against the odds, this might be a series after all. CANUCKS HEADING HOME FOR GAME FIVEWith their season on the line, the Vancouver Canucks turned to Cory Schneider in goal, setting off many questions about the future of Roberto Luongo in a Canucks uniform. Those are questions for the offseason and, after their 3-1 win, the Canucks arent yet ready to start their offseason. Through two periods, the Kings were outshooting the Canucks 31-16 (final shots: 44 for Los Angeles, 30 for Vancouver), yet the Kings were losing 2-1 after two periods. With the game still 2-1, Kings captain Dustin Brown was awarded a penalty shot, a golden opportunity to tie the game, but he was thwarted by Schneider, the kind of big save that gave the Canucks reason to believe they could win. 22 seconds after Brown was stopped on the penalty shot, Henrik Sedin scored on the power play, giving the Canucks some breathing room into the finish line. Vancouvers first two goals came from defencemen Alexander Edler and Kevin Bieksa and Dan Hamhuis, who led all Canucks with 25:24 of ice time and six shots on goal, contributed two assists. The Canucks are supposed to have plenty of scoring options up front, but when they arent getting enough from their forwards, it sure helps to get points from the blueline. Playing his first game since March 21, Daniel Sedin had one assist and played 19:33 for the Canucks. Sedins absence from the lineup significantly leveled the playing field, giving the Kings every opportunity to jump into the series lead. Now that hes back, the Canucks have a better chance to come back but, like Pittsburgh, they need to build on their Game Four win with a Game Five win at home before there is any reason to get too excited about the prospects of a comeback from three games to none. The Kings have held an advantage in goal for the first three games of the series, but Cory Schneider got the better of Jonathan Quick in Game Four, a matchup that the Canucks obviously need to keep winning if they are going to have a chance to take the series. SENATORS RALLYOttawa rallied to come back from a 2-0 deficit against the Rangers, capping the comeback with Kyle Turris goal in overtime to even the series at two games apiece. Turris December arrival in Ottawa coincided with the Senators surge up the standings into playoff position and he was effective in his role as Ottawas second-line centre and, as evidenced by his top-shelf shot to beat Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist, Turris adds a dimension of skill to the Senators forward ranks. Among those adding muscle for the Senators, Chris Neil continued to play a significant role, registering a game-high eight hits and chipping in an assist. Veteran D Sergei Gonchar had a goal and an assist for Ottawa, after leading the team in ice time in Game Three, though his 21:41 of ice time was his lowest in the series. The Rangers high-priced pair of Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik got on the board early with two power play assists apiece in the first period, but they were split up later in the game, with Richards joining Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky, while Gaborik skated with Derek Stepan and Artem Anisimov. It was to no avail, however, as the Rangers couldnt muster anything more than the pair of power play markers they put up in the first 6:10 of the game. Chris Kreider, playing in his second NHL game, was limited to spot duty on the fourth line, playing just 3:29, least among the Rangers. A pair of Rangers took minus-2 ratings on the night: D Marc Staal and C Brian Boyle. It was the first game in the series that Boyle didnt score, but he did play a season-high 20:54. The series swings back to Manhattan, all even, and its not as if one team is dominating but not getting the breaks. Its been a closely-fought series and if the Senators keep getting strong goaltending from Craig Anderson, theyre going to have a chance at the upset. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. cheap jerseys from china . The Blue Jackets play Thursday night at New Jersey in their first game after the NHLs Olympic hiatus. A native of Trencin, Slovakia, Gaborik has represented his country at the 2006 and 2010 Olympics but was unable to play in Sochi because of his injury. wholesale nfl jerseys . -- Nicolas Batum hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in the Portland Trail Blazers 115-105 home-opening victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.TORONTO -- Veteran centre Jamaal Magloire wants the Toronto Raptors culture to change this season. The Canadian isnt waiting for the regular season to do his part. Magloire was practising hard Tuesday at Air Canada Centre, sending guard DeMar DeRozan to the floor after they collided while going for a loose ball. "I felt like I hit a wall," DeRozan said. "Its good. Hes being competitive. Its good for us." The six-foot-11, 265-pound Magloire is hoping to instill a new attitude with his hometown team. He gives the Raptors a tough, physical presence that they havent had on a consistent basis since Charles Oakley was dishing out hard fouls over a decade ago. "Weve just got to set the tone," Magloire said. "This year its going to be a different team." Magloire, 33, spent the last three seasons with the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat, primarily as a backup. He signed a one-year contract with the Raptors last week to become the first Canadian player in franchise history. Magloire said his collision with DeRozan was not intentional. "Our objective is stopping our opponent first and scoring second," Magloire said. "So with that being said, weve got to start the trend in practice." Expect to see more banging bodies under the basket this season. New head coach Dwane Casey is preaching a defence-first philosophy as the Raptors try to rebound from a weak 22-60 campaign. Casey said one player who has stood out in the early going is Andrea Bargnani, who took some criticism last season for his tepid defensive play. "Hes rebounding in practice, hes putting his body on people," Casey said. "He almost has to out of survival. When youve got Aaron Gray and Jamaal Magloire around, you better hit somebody or youre going to get your head knocked off." Casey put his players through a two-hour practice Tuesday morning as they prepare for their pre-season opener Sunday against the visiting Boston Celtics. Toronto opens the regular seeason Dec. cheap nfl jerseys. 26 in Cleveland. The Raptors plan to build on their young foundation this season with an eye to the post-season down the road. Youngsters like DeRozan, Ed Davis and Amir Johnson should see plenty of minutes while players like Magloire, Anthony Carter and Rasual Butler provide leadership and an experienced backbone. "Theyve just given us input and helping us learn what we need to learn faster," DeRozan said of the teams veterans. "Especially at the defensive end." DeRozan, 22, has emerged as a face of the franchise over the last year. Hes on the cover of the training camp media guide and shares the spotlight with Johnson on a large promotional banner outside the arenas front entrance. DeRozan, who averaged 17.2 points a game last season, said hes playing with more confidence now at both ends of the floor. "After a while the game just slows down and you start seeing things differently," DeRozan said. "A lot of things become easy once you start understanding the offensive and defensive end." Magloire said his young teammate has loads of potential. "Hes willing to learn, hes asking a lot of questions and hes humble," Magloire said. "So with that kind of attitude, I think the skys the limit. "I think he has a chance to be an all-star in this league if he continues to work." Toronto will host the Indiana Pacers in their home opener on Dec. 28. The Raptors will then head to Dallas to play the NBA champions on Dec. 30. Notes: Casey was an assistant coach with the Mavericks last season. He joined the Raptors on June 21, nine days after Dallas won the title. ... Forward Linas Kleiza is still recovering from knee surgery and is expected to be at least a month away from a return. He did some cardio work during the practice session and performed light drills on court to strengthen his legs. ... Magloire said that Davis has also impressed him at camp. "Hes going to surprise a lot of people," he said. ' ' '
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