There’s been no love lost between the Flames and Oilers on the ice of late but a peace offering, of sorts, from Flames fans will soon appear in the provincial capital.
During Saturday night’s Battle of Alberta at the Saddledome, Oilers forward Zack Kassian took exception with the actions of Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk and expressed his disappointment with his fists.
Kassian’s decision landed him a two game suspension that will see him out of the Oilers lineup until Jan. 29 when the provincial foes will face off at Rogers Place in Edmonton.
After Saturday’s game, Mohammad Elsaghir, a diehard Flames fan, felt Kassian and Oilers fans could use more Tkachuk in their lives and decided to start a GoFundMe campaign to raise $20,000 to erect billboards with the agitator’s face “all around the city of Edmonton.”
Elsaghir created the fundraiser for a laugh and was caught by surprise when the money started pouring in.
The hosts of CJAY 92’s CJAY Mornings with Jesse & JD learned of Elsaghir’s idea and arranged to have Bell Media — the company which owns the radio station, as well as several billboards in Edmonton and CTV News – bring the Tkachuk billboards to fruition.
On Friday morning, CJAY’s Jesse Modz and JD Lewis revealed the “Matthew Tkachuk Friendship Tour” billboard design depicting a mugging Tkachuk in front of a drawing of a heart.
The billboards will begin to pop up in Edmonton in the coming days.
With the billboards secured, a decision was made to donate the funds from the GoFundMe campaign to the Snowy Strong for ALS charity.
As of Friday morning, more than $10,000 had been raised, and local philanthropist W. Brett Wilson has announced he will pledge an additional $10,000 to the cause.
Oilers fans responded to the original billboard idea by starting their own fundraiser benefiting Brown Bagging It, a charity that provides lunches to children in need. As of Thursday night, more than $37,000 had been raised through the initiative including a $10,000 donation from Wilson and a $2,500 donation from ATB.
Winnipeg Jets vs. Washington Capitals – 2/27/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction – Sports Chat Place
Washington Capitals (39-18-6) at Winnipeg Jets (32-27-6)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Bell MTS Place)
The Line: Winnipeg Jets +130 / Washington Capitals -145 — Over/Under: 6.5
TV: TSN3, NBCS-Washington
The Washington Capitals and the Winnipeg Jets meet in the second half of a home-and-home set in NHL action from Bell MTS Place on Thursday night.
The Washington Capitals come into this one looking to build on back-to-back wins while Winnipeg will be looking to snap a three-game losing skid after Washington took the first leg of this matchup by a final score of 4-3 in a shootout in Washington last time out.
Alex Ovechkin opened the scoring for the Caps just under two minutes into the game before Jakub Vrana doubled Washington’s lead just after the midway point of the opening period. Garnet Hathaway pushed Washington’s lead to 3-0 with just under seven minutes to go in the 2nd, but Nikolaj Ehlers would get Winnipeg on the board with just under two minutes to go in the 2nd period. Kyle Connor would cut the deficit to 3-2 just before the nine-minute mark of the 3rd and Mark Scheifele tied the game at three with just over three minutes to go, eventually forcing overtime. The extra period solved nothing, so it was off to the shootout where each side had one goal through the first three shooters and both sides had a goal in round 4 sudden death. In round 5, Ehlers missed for Winnipeg while Alex Ovechkin buried for Washington, giving the Caps the win and the extra point that goes along with it.
Braden Holtby ended up with the win for Washington, improving his record to 23-13-5 on the year after stopping 30 of 33 shots faced in the winning effort while Laurent Brossoit took the loss for the Jets, falling to 6-7-1 on the year after giving up his 3 goals on 37 shots.
Washington is 19-9 in their last 28 road games and 39-19 in their last 58 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against the Western Conference. Winnipeg is 1-8 in their last 9 games as a home underdog and 2-9 in their last 11 games against the under is 5-2-1 in their last 8 games overall. Washington is 13-4 in the last 17 meetings between these two teams.
The plus money with a home dog is usually worth a look, but Winnipeg is slumping right now, losing 3 straight coming into this one, and that’s not what you want playing against a Washington team that’s still the best in the league on the road and leads the NHL in money won on the road this season. I just think that Washington is in the driver’s seat to pick up another win and to sweep the home-and-home, so I’ll lay the juice with the Capitals on the road here.
Terence Davis was drawn to Raptors’ ‘winning’ culture as an undrafted rookie – Sportsnet.ca
No matter the stature of a player trying to make the leap from college basketball to the NBA, the transition can be challenging.
Expectations, both internal and external, skyrocket. Margins for error shrink. Obligations and temptations alike multiply.
It’s the transition from high school to university, except there are millions of people watching and life-changing sums of money hanging in the balance.
Belief in who one is and what one can accomplish are essential. Terence Davis, who rejected the idea of signing a two-way deal after being passed over at the NBA draft — opting instead to become a 22-year-old unrestricted free agent — had enough of both to spare.
“On draft night, I tweeted that I couldn’t take a two-way deal — that I was better than that,” Davis said during a phone interview on Tim and Sid Thursday. “Probably some people took it as arrogant, but it wasn’t. It was just, you know, something I really believed in.”
With that level of self-belief comes decisions, though. When draft night ended, Davis had to begin the process of finding an NBA home. As he did, the Toronto Raptors‘ history of turning players in his position into NBA-calibre talent wasn’t lost on him.
“I actually came by the tweet where Fred [VanVleet talked about having] to do the same thing,” Davis said. “I did the same thing he did, stand in front of my family and tell them that I wasn’t getting drafted. …I definitely knew that guys would come through Toronto and have pretty big careers.”
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VanVleet and Davis went on to have a dinner in Los Angeles, which would act as a building block in their friendship before he came to Toronto. But more than just that connection, it was the type of organizational structure the Raptors have created over the last decade.
“The organization is one of a kind,” he said. “I’m so fortunate and blessed to have my first years in the NBA at this organization. …You got Masai [Ujiri, team president] and Nick Nurse [team head coach] and they’re all about winning. There’s a winning culture here, and the skill development is off the charts.”
Reaching a decision to join the Raptors was one step, but far from the last one. Davis signed a two-year deal with Toronto after an impressive showing at NBA Summer League. Then he turned heads with a series of strong pre-season performances and earned immediate regular season playing time in Nurse’s rotation.
By any measure, as the schedule reaches the home stretch before the playoffs, he’s exceeded expectations during his rookie season.
In 58 games so far, he’s averaging 8.2 points on 47.4 per cent shooting from the floor — including 41.5 per cent from long range on a little under four attempts per game — and has consistently risen to the occasion when core rotation players have missed time with injury.
No one — much less someone just taking their first NBA steps — makes it by going it alone, though. And as Davis has worked through the growing pains of adjusting to NBA life, there’s one player in particular who’s been a guiding hand.
“Serge, Serge Ibaka,” Davis said. “I really leaned on him because he’s been in the league a very long time …man, he just helped me out through so many things in the season, [whether it was] eating right, or taking care of your body, putting the extra work in, the extra time in — even at home games, me and him, we go in and we get a lift in after home games.
“…not many rookies have a guy like that, a vet like that [who] they can lean on and is mentoring them. I really thank Serge for that and I hope the relationship can continue for years to come.”
Bobby Ryan receives standing ovation after hat trick leads Senators to win – CBC.ca
Bobby Ryan had a hat trick in his first home game in more than three months to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.
Ryan entered the joint NHL/NHLPA assistance program on Nov. 20 after admitting to having a problem with alcohol.
He had last played on Nov. 16 in Buffalo but had been skating on his own since late December.
Fans were quick to cheer Ryan on Thursday, giving him a standing ovation and chanting his name.
Bobby Ryan fighting back tears on the bench after recording a hat trick in his return to Ottawa and receiving a massive ovation from the fans <a href=”https://t.co/lpVpDSh7J1″>pic.twitter.com/lpVpDSh7J1</a>
Connor Brown and Rudolfs Balcers also scored as Ottawa (22-31-12) snapped a four-game winless streak. Marcus Hogberg was solid making 32 saves.
J.T. Miller and Tyler Toffoli scored for the Canucks (34-23-6), while Thatcher Demko stopped 21 shots.
Vancouver missed out on an opportunity to gain ground in the Pacific Division as they played game two of a four-game road trip (1-1-0).
Leading 2-1 to open the third, the Senators regained their two-goal lead just 14 seconds in as Ottawa won the opening faceoff to take control offensively.
Balcers scored when he picked up a Chris Tierney rebound. Brown hit the 40-point mark (14 goals and 26 assists) for the first time in his career with an assist on the play.
The Canucks made it a one-goal game again as Toffoli tipped Miller’s point shot midway through the period, but Ryan scored his second of the night with just over two minutes remaining and then added an empty-net goal to complete the hat trick.
There are no words for moments like these.<br><br>It’s great to have you back, Bobby! <a href=”https://t.co/JYdcMIpCuj”>pic.twitter.com/JYdcMIpCuj</a>
Hogberg was solid through the second period, but the Canucks finally found a way to beat him with 15 seconds remaining in the period to make it 2-1.
The Senators netminder had robbed Vancouver numerous times through the period, including a point blank save on Jay Beagle, but was unable to stop Miller’s point shot.
For the second straight game the Canucks gave up the first two goals as the Senators scored twice in a span of 31 seconds.
Brown opened the scoring as he took the puck at centre and came down and beat Demko with a wrist shot. Seconds later Ryan made it 2-0 with his first since the opening game of the season.
Notes: Ottawa’s Colin White and Anthony Duclair missed their second straight game due to injury. Vancouver’s Jordie Benn and Zack MacEwen were a healthy scratch.
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