The Canucks got a massive effort from their goalie to seal a win at home, their fourth straight.
Normally a team that has to play two nights in a row is at a disadvantage on the second night.
Saturday night, the Los Angeles Kings put that theory to the test, pushing the host Vancouver Canucks to the limit. The home team came away 3-2 winners at Rogers Arena, but a large portion of the credit should go to their goaltender.
The Canucks definitely looked like a team that hadn’t had a game to shake off whatever rust you can accumulate over a three-day Christmas break. The Kings, on other hand, didn’t.
The visitors more than doubled the Canucks in even-strength shot attempts, firing the puck 79 times towards the home net, against just 35 the other way.
Fortunately for the home team, Jacob Markstrom didn’t look like he was feeling any rust, either. The Canucks, of course, won because they scored more goals than their opponents but they also left their netminder facing down Kings shooters far too often: he made 49 saves on the way to victory.
That’s the biggest save total in a home win by a Canucks goaltender ever; the second most by a Canucks goaltender in any situation.
You know the Canucks’ No. 1 netminder is in a groove when he’s making it look easy.
“He stood on his head again today,” Elias Pettersson, who scored the winning goal in the third period, said. “We made a lot of turnovers but that’s why you have a good goalie, he got us the win.
“We were sloppy with puck, we tried to make too many plays at the blue line.”
Markstrom has been on a roll lately: coming into Saturday he’d stopped 92.4 per cent of the shots against him over the previous eight games.
And coming into the game, his save percentage on the season was sitting at 91.7 per cent, solidly above the league average save percentage of 90.4.
“They played last night, we knew they were going to throw a lot of pucks on net and that coming off the break we could be a little rusty,” Markstrom said.
There were a good number of shots from in the slot, but the goalie saw everything in front of him well, no matter where they came from. Although the team had time off this week, the practice time they did get in was huge for him, he said.
“It’s always nice when you get to practise and just work, it makes the games a lot easier.”
The Canucks got goals from Jake Virtanen, Tyler Motte and Pettersson, while Anze Kopitar and Tyler Toffoli scored for the visitors. Both Kings goals came off goal mouth scrambles where Markstrom had already done plenty to stem the tide.
“The puck was not our friend,” Canucks coach Travis Green admitted post game. “We just weren’t very good with the puck.”
“We’ve talked a lot in here about your best players scoring when you need them. We needed one tonight and they got it done.”
The Canucks have now won four straight games, keeping themselves firmly in the playoff chase.
Here’s what we learned…
Virtanen made good on a terrible breakout pass by the Kings’ Austin Wagner. The Kings winger was looking to hit a teammate breaking out on the far side of his defensive zone but somehow missed Virtanen standing at the top of the slot.
Virtanen fired the puck right away but Kings goalie Jonathan Quick turned the wrist shot aside right back on to Virtanen’s stick, and he made no mistake with his second opportunity.
The Abbotsford kid now has 11 goals on the season, just four shy of his career high set last season.
His production has come almost entirely at even strength, which is a very good sign for his development. He’s become a solid contributor in this offence.
He’s making a case for himself getting a raise this summer, adding more pressure on to Canucks management in how they’re going to manage next year’s cap.
“I think we made eight to ten mistakes and three went in our net, which is unfortunate,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “Certainly not all 51 shots were of Grade-A quality but there were plenty that were … I’m disappointed in the loss because I thought we’d worked hard to crawl back in. But we’ve closed the gap from the last time we played this team. They’ve owned us for six periods. Playing back to back after Christmas isn’t easy and I think we’ve certainly closed the gap on them.”
Did Pettersson deke himself out on the breakaway he found himself on in the second period, or did Jonathan Quick know that a sweeping leg wouldn’t get whistled by the refs?
Pettersson didn’t think he was fouled.
“Quick poke-checked the puck, great play by him because otherwise I would have had the open net,” he said.
There was little doubt that Pettersson’s feet were yanked out from under him moments later, though, but that went uncalled despite there being two refs staring at the young Canucks star fighting for the puck.
Let the stars play.
Pettersson was philosophical about the non-call.
“I always try to focus on what I can control and do. The refs have a really tough job. You need to look at 10 guys out there, same time . But I’m not gonna say here, be mad at the them. They have a tough job.”
That said, Pettersson made no mistake on a third period chance, firing the puck from in close after a perfect pass by J.T. Miller.
A boo like that
Kings defenceman Drew Doughty, who was upset his squad lost 8-2 in October to “a team like that” and then took exception to the fact it was taken as an insult in Vancouver, was booed every time he touched the puck Saturday.
A shrug like that
You had to feel for Loui Eriksson after his stick shattered as he was looking to hammer a loose puck set up on a T for him in the slot toward the Los Angeles goal.
He looked to the heavens, gave a shrug as if to say “what else must I do” and then discarded his broken twig.
Not so quick
There was a time when Jonathan Quick was seen as the standard for goaltenders.
That was a decade ago.
The truth is his style doesn’t work anymore.
He looks slow, like a junior goaltender rushed into NHL action too soon.
The rebound he spilled on the Virtanen goal was egregious. He spilled another rebound not long after right on his doorstep.
The Motte goal was a shot from the side boards, a shot an NHL goaltender has to stop.
Motte smiled about the fact he’s scored twice in two games and that both games have featured his parents in attendance. Coincidence?
“Not necessarily putting on a show for them but it’s nice to have them around,” he laughed.
“Unfortunately I think they ship out so they won’t see the next one, but hopefully we keep going.”
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Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap offers house for sale after loss to Browns, fight with coach – Yahoo Canada Sports
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The two-time Pro Bowl defensive end has spent his entire 11-season career with the Bengals, but seemed to reach his breaking point with the franchise on Sunday.
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As time wound down, cameras caught Dunlap in a sideline argument with the coaching staff.
Dunlap: ‘I don’t got time for this’
Dunlap lost his starting job earlier this season and wrote, via Instagram on Saturday “I don’t got time for this” alongside a whiteboard image of the Bengals depth chart.
That post has since been removed.
House for sale in Cincinnati
The 31-year-old failed to record a tackle in Sunday’s loss. Immediately after the game, he announced on Twitter that his house is for sale. “Serious inquiries only.” They read:
~6000 sqft city view with huge balcony. 4 bedroom. 4.5 bathroom. In one of the best school districts for sale. Do your market analysis and make me offer. Serious inquiries only with proof of funds!
Owner is willing to sell furnished or unfurnished!
— Carlos Dunlap (@Carlos_Dunlap) October 25, 2020
The tweets have since been deleted.
The NFL trade deadline is Nov. 3. Dunlap is making clear that he wants to be a part of it.
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Prediction: New York Jets vs Buffalo Bills NFL Picks 10/25/20 Odds – Sports Chat Place
Buffalo Bills (4-2) at New York Jets (0-6)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm (MetLife Stadium)
The Line: New York Jets +10 — Over/Under: 48
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The Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets meet in a week 7 AFC East division matchup in NFL action from MetLife Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Buffalo Bills will try to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 26-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night football. In the loss to Kansas City, Josh Allen threw for 122 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception on 14 of 27 passing, by far his least productive passing game of the year as it was Allen’s first game without at least 24 pass completions. Allen also led the Bills with 42 rushing yards while Devin Singletary and Zack Moss combined for 42 rushing yards as well. Stefon Diggs led Buffalo’s receiving group with 6 grabs for 46 yards and a touchdown while Cole Beasley had 4 receptions for 45 yards and a score. On defense, Tremaine Edmunds led the Bills with 12 total tackles while Jordan Poyer had 10 total tackles with a team-high 9 solo tackles.
The New York Jets will look to pick up their first win of the season after falling to the Miami Dolphins by a final score of 24-0 last time out, stepping back to 0-6. Sam Darnold has thrown for 792 yards, 3 touchdowns and 4 interceptions but is currently dealing with an injury, leaving Joe Flacco to throw for 397 yards, a touchdown and a pick on 51.9% passing. Frank Gore leads the Jets in rushing with 250 rushing yards while Jamison Crowder has a team-high 29 grabs on 48 targets for 383 yards and a pair of TDs. Braxton Berrios has 141 receiving yards with a. pair of TDs as well and Chris Hogan and Jeff Smith each have 100+ receiving yards for the Jets this season. Defensively, Neville Hewitt leads New York with 46 total tackles including 26 solo tackles while Avery Williamson has 27 solo tackles. Marcus Maye and Quinnen Williams each have a pair of sacks while Pierre Desir has 26 solo tackles with a team-high 3 interceptions and Brian Poole has a team-high 28 solo tackles with a pair of picks.
Buffalo is 1-3-1 Against the Spread in their last 5 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a loss. New York is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 division games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I get that the Bills are playing on a short week, but the New York Jets have been an absolute joke of a football team so far this season. I mean the majority of their losses have come by double-digits and the Jets aren’t just 0-6 SU, they’re 0-6 against the number as well this year. I just think things will get worse for the Jets before they get better, so I’ll lay the points with Buffalo on the road here by default.
Bills' Knox tests positive for COVID-19 – TSN
Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox has tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss Sunday’s road game against the New York Jets.
The team said Saturday he was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list along with three players in close contact with Knox — Lee Smith, Tommy Sweeney (on the PUP list) and Nate Becker (on the practice squad). They, too, will miss the game.
This is the first positive coronavirus test for a Bills player since the season began. Each of Buffalo’s previous two games were moved from their initial dates because of the the outbreak in the Tennessee Titans organization.
The Bills will travel as scheduled Saturday afternoon and continue preparations for the Jets.
Buffalo has two remaining tight ends on its roster — Tyler Kroft and Reggie Gilliam.
Four players were promoted from the practice squad to the active roster — wide receiver Duke Williams, offensive lineman Jordan Devey, linebacker Andre Smith and cornerback Dane Jackson.
The team said backup linebacker Tyrel Dodson (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve.
The Bills were previously affected by a string of false positive tests in late August. They sent their rookies home in late July to work remotely after five players tested positive.
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