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LAS VEGAS — No player in the 125-year history of the Stanley Cup has carried his team like Mark Scheifele has the Winnipeg Jets away from Bell MTS Place.

But on this night, not even Scheifele’s magic was enough to lift the Jets.

With his fourth two-goal game on the road, Scheifele set a new NHL playoff record for most road goals (11) in a single postseason, but the Golden Knights hung on for a 4-2 victory in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series edge in the Western Conference final.

Jonathan Marchessault netted the empty-netter as Vegas dealt the Jets their first back-to-back losses in nine weeks, dating back to March 10-12.

More importantly, the chips are now down for the young Jets for the first time this spring, as they never trailed in a series against the Minnesota Wild or Nashville Predators in the opening two rounds. The Jets were skating uphill nearly the entire night, right from Marchessault’s strong take to the net 35 seconds in.

James Neal demoralized the Jets when he netted the Knights’ second goal just 12 seconds after Scheifele knotted the game. He then fed Alex Tuch less than three minutes later for what ended up being the game-winner.

The Jets rebounded from a dismal first period, one in which they were limited to three shots, and outshot the Knights by a 33-19 margin to close out the game but couldn’t solve Marc-Andre Fleury.

Scheifele was stoned in the slot by Fleury midway through the third period, denying him a hat trick and one of the great individual efforts of all time.

All three of the Golden Knights’ goals came off turnovers in the neutral zone – an area the Jets admitted before the game that they wanted to clean up. The Jets took a while to simplify their game. 

“A lot of teams forecheck pretty similarly. It’s nothing new,” Jets defenceman Ben Chiarot said. “It just depends on how you handle the bounces and how they go.”

Vegas didn’t sit back on Wednesday night, not this time. It’s just that the bounce-back kings of the playoffs, the team that previously responded with a win to each of their first four losses, didn’t have the bounce in Game 3.

Connor Hellebuyck, who had a .949 save percentage in those bounce-back games, wasn’t set for Tuch’s game-winner.

They also left opportunities uncashed. Patrik Laine rung a shot off the post, plus Bryan Little and Mathieu Perreault missed key high-danger chances in the same second period sequence.

The Jets will have the opportunity to earn a series split on Friday night with Game 4 back at the cauldron that the Knights call home.

Contact Frank Seravalli on Twitter: @frank_seravalli​

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Brighton vs Manchester United highlights and score latest as Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku score

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Manchester United slump to dismal defeat at Brighton

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Manchester United conceded three first-half goals as they slumped to a 3-2 defeat at Brighton in a game illuminated by a superb goal from Seagulls striker Glenn Murray.

Murray’s outstanding flick opened the scoring, Shane Duffy quickly adding a second, and although Romelu Lukaku pulled one back, Pascal Gross scored a penalty before half-time to restore the two-goal lead.

Paul Pogba’s penalty in second-half stoppage time was too little, too late for disjointed United.

Brighton began on the front foot, Solly March’s cross cleared by Pogba and then Gross attempting to flick on an Anthony Knockaert delivery only for United to get it away.

Pogba spread the play to Anthony Martial on the left, his low ball into the area cleared as United hit back, and Brighton sprang forward again when March’s cross was held by David De Gea.

United had a good chance to take the lead after 10 minutes when, after Lewis Dunk had given the ball away to Lukaku, Pogba played the striker in only for him to fizz a low shot past the near post.

Brighton captain Dunk was struggling after his challenge with Lukaku, with home boss Chris Hughton prepared to bring on Leon Balogun in his place.

A clumsy Luke Shaw challenge on Knockaert gave Brighton a free kick on halfway but, when a long ball forward was headed down, an offside flag stopped Murray.

Dunk was eventually substituted after 20 minutes, and soon afterwards Knockaert had half a chance when he latched on to a speculative ball but sliced his attempt well wide.

But after 25 minutes Brighton broke through, March producing another dangerous cross from the left and Murray’s sublime flick steering the ball beyond De Gea and into the corner.

Two minutes later they doubled their lead when, after one ball had fizzed across the box, United failed to deal with the second and Duffy turned and fired into the corner.

Pogba thumped a speculative effort well over with United struggling to make any headway against the well-organised home side — but after 34 minutes they found a way back, Shaw’s bouncing, deflected ball into the area glanced home by Lukaku.

Knockaert was brought down 25 yards out, getting up to curl the free kick over the bar, but three minutes from the break Brighton had a penalty when Eric Bailly fouled Gross as he broke through — and the Brighton man blasted the kick in off De Gea.

United were increasingly ragged, Martial booked for a foul on Knockaert after they had given the ball away near their own area, and Jose Mourinho made a double change at the break, bringing on Marcus Rashford for Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard for Andreas Pereira.

But the defence that had struggled so badly in the first half remained unchanged and both March and Davy Propper were within a whisker of winning the ball back as Bailly dawdled near his own area.

Pogba headed well wide from a deep delivery as United sought a way back into things on the south coast, but Brighton were happy to sit deep with their visitors showing little in the way of imagination.

On the hour, Rashford’s dangerous header across goal was well dealt with by Duffy before Mourinho made his final change, Marouane Fellaini coming on for Martial as United finally began to put some pressure on their hosts.

Goal scorer Murray was booked for a challenge on Lindelof, much to the disgust of the home fans, but United were struggling to find any sort of threatening final ball, instead playing hopeful passes forward that were easily dealt with by the Brighton defence.

Pogba tried a different approach, hitting a fine shot from distance that produced an equally good response from keeper Mat Ryan, who dived to push it away one-handed.

Ryan was hurt in a collision with teammate Duffy as both tried to deal with another looping United cross, but the Australia international was able to continue.

Hughton made a late change, taking off Gross and replacing him with Beram Kayal and then replacing Murray with Jurgen Locadia.

Pogba scored a late, late penalty after Duffy’s foul on Fellaini, but the Seagulls saw out the remaining time to beat United at home for the second successive season.

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Kelowna Apple Triathlon and Triathlon Canada cancel Sunday's races

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Poor Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) forced Kelowna Apple Triathlon and Triathlon Canada officials to cancel Sunday’s scheduled age group and CAMTRI races.

With the province of British Columbia in a state of emergency as a result of more than 560 active forest fires, AQHI levels skyrocketed to a 10+ rating (very high risk) on Friday evening and have remained high throughout the weekend.

Consulting regularly with local health care officials, the emergency risk management team at the Kelowna Apple Triathlon has been on high alert. Race officials originally cancelled all of Saturday races including the 2018 National Championships. A modified ITU CAMTRI Continental Cup race was put back on Sunday’s schedule for elite athletes, but health risks remained too high.

“To say we are disappointed is a huge understatement,” said Susie Ernsting, Race Director for Apple Triathlon. “This weekend of racing was a culmination of months of hard work from the dedicated volunteers, Board of Directors, and hard-working athletes. We were so excited to have the Apple return to Kelowna, and it is beyond devastating that we are unable to do any races. We hope to regroup for 2019 and appreciate the triathlon community’s understanding these circumstances are outside of our control.”

“We are obviously disappointed to have to cancel races today, but the health and safety of our athletes, volunteers and spectators are our number one priority,” says Kelowna Apple Triathlon Society Chair Matt Canzer. “When the air quality health index is like this it’s just not safe to engage in strenuous outdoor activity. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and support. We look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2019 for an excellent race and we hope we can count on the community to join us.”

Triathlon Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee will adjust the Pan American Games selection criteria for Canadian athletes that were connected with the National Championships/CAMTRI race. Triathlon Canada will update all impacted participants, along with its provincial partners, as soon as the new criteria is completed.

“This is obviously an unfortunate series of events that Mother Nature has dealt us. The National Championships is the lone event of the year that brings all of us in the Triathlon Canada Nation together, but the protection, safety and health of our athletes, coaches and volunteers is our number one priority – always,” said Kim Van Bruggen, Chief Executive Officer, Triathlon Canada. “We can’t thank Susie Ernsting and her team at the Apple enough for their passion, commitment and tireless work in trying to pull this off. The Apple is one of the most prestigious events on the calendar and we hope to see our nation’s best racing here again in the very near future.”

The final word comes from Susie Ernsting and Kelowna Apple Triathlon Society. “On behalf of everyone at Apple Triathlon and Triathlon Canada, please accept our sincerest apologies to all of the athletes who were unable to race. Our thoughts are with those who have been negatively impacted by the fires, and our continual gratitude goes out to all those fighting to keep them in control and ensure our safety.”


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