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Mikko Koskinen as big as a damn mountain in Edmonton Oilers 2-1 win over Dallas Stars – Edmonton Journal

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It turned out to be the unlikeliest of Edmonton Oilers wins with the unlikeliest of heroes, Mikko Koskinen, who had been slumping in net, and Alex Chiasson in overtime, when he rarely plays.

The entire game seemed to be played in the Edmonton Oilers end. Wave after wave of big, fast and skilled green-sweatered Dallas Stars kept up relentless pressure, getting the best of every single Oilers line and defence pairing.

For long stretches it seemed like Dallas beat Edmonton to every puck and won every 50/50 battle.

But through the brilliant goaltending of Mikko Koskinen, puck luck and an amazing power play snipe from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the Oilers were able tie the Stars one-to-one in regulation time.

This came even as Dallas outchanced Edmonton 16 to three on Grade A chances (running count) in the first 60 minutes.

In overtime, though, Edmonton’s skill took over, with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl all having their moments, before Alex Chiasson seized a loose puck, moved into the slot and fired home a beauty of a winning goal.

Connor McDavid, 5. The Stars were able to shut him down at even strength. He drew a penalty off Corey Perry half-way through the second, so bonus points for that. He tried to force things to the net on the five-on-three power play instead of working the puck to big gun Draisaitl for his one-timer. He finally got going in overtime, getting two Grade A shots on net.

Tyler Ennis, 3. He and McDavid got little done. He accidentally hacked Jamie Benn in the face early in the third but avoided a penalty. A moment later he got off his first and only Grade A shot of the game off a McDavid feed.

Josh Archibald, 7. Part of a strong penalty kill effort. Earned his keep with that alone in that 5:54 of ice time shorthanded.

Leon Draisaitl, 5. The DYN-amite Line failed to ignite anything much, which was a major part of the Edmonton’s lacklustre performance. The line had its first extended zone time early in the second but Draisaitl ended the sequence taking a slashing penalty. Finally, six minutes into the second, he drilled a fine pass to Alex Chiasson for a dangerous one-timer, just Edmonton’s second chance of the game at that point vs ten for the Stars. He did some good work on the PK as well, bumping his grade up a full mark. In OT, he fired a sweet backhand cross-seam for a McDavid Grade A chance. He and McDavid led the Oil with four shots each.

Kailer Yamamoto, 4. He got caught out a couple of times early in the game on Grade a chances against. Buzzed, buzzed, buzzed, but the Stars swatted him away like a fly.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 8. Fired home a seeing-eye power play shot off the post from the circle in the second to open scoring. In overtime, he moved in sharply to the slot, toe-dragging one man, then getting hauled down on for a penalty as he toe-dragged another one, setting up McDavid for a one timer in the same motion. He was another PK ace for Edmonton.

Riley Sheahan, 6. He and his forward partner Josh Archibald did strong early work on two big first period penalty kills, when the Stars were pressing relentlessly. He took 15 faceoffs and did not win even one of them. He was out 5:42 on the PK.

Zack Kassian, 6. Huge momentum changer in this one. He tried to the wake up the slumbering Oilers in the second, laying a trashing, body-smashing hit on Stephen Johns of the Stars, and a moment later Edmonton got off a great slot shot and drew a penalty, where RNH scored. Kass gets some of the credit for that.

Andreas Athanasiou, 3. He’s not yet found his game as an Oiler. He charged out of the penalty box and got off a Grade B scoring chance shot to end the second period. He took a second penalty, an ill-advised trip, early in the third period, with Dallas scoring to tie the game. He flashed down the wing in the third for another Grade B scoring chance shot.

Alex Chiasson, 6. Hit the post on a slot shot in the second. His overtime winner was something he’ll remember a long time, I suspect.

James Neal, 5. Looked solid, moving well and playing hard.

Jujhar Khaira, 4. He got his stick in and took the game’s first penalty, then later in the first he made a classic Khaira d-zone turnover setting up Alexander Radulov for a dangerous slot shot. Not unexpected. It’s too much for Khaira to play centre under this system. He did win a neutral zone battle that kicked off a great shot for Darnell Nurse, Edmonton’s only Grade A chance in the first period. He was also strong on the PK.

Darnell Nurse, 4.  He came out moving slow like most of the Oilers, but certainly moved fast into the slot to get off a wicked Grade A shot off a James Neal pass late in the first. I’m not loving Nurse on the power play, which is news to no one. He certainly wasn’t the right attacker to have out on the second period five-on-three, which yielded not one Grade A chance for the Oilers. But that’s on the coach, not on Nurse. He was charged with five giveaways overall. He played 30:50 this game, which is too much. Get Ethan Bear on that power play until Oscar Klefbom returns, right? Anybody?

Ethan Bear, 4. He got beat in a skate race down the wing by Gurianov for the first Dallas Grade A chance of the game, and that play set the tone for the entire games, it seems. He wasn’t sharp on a few other Grade A chances early on either, but did well on the PK.

Caleb Jones, 5. He at least came out moving his feet, but not enough to get the puck moving in the right direction most shifts.

Adam Larsson, 7. He was again in beast mode this game. Some strong work by him and Kris Russell on the four crucial first and second period penalty kills, highlighted by him going low to take out the feet of Jamie Benn in the slot. He was given a ridiculous penalty late in the third on a punishing but legal hit.

Matt Benning, 4. He muffed on the puck in the second leading to a Grade A slot shot for the Stars. He, too, get his grade bumped up a full mark for a key clearance on that late and unjust Oilers penalty.

Kris Russell, 6. The attack dog of the Oil’s PK scratched, sprawled, darted, clawed and powered his way to four successive kills in the first two periods. He charged back in the second to wipe Corey Perry’s short-lived breakaway, which has got to earn any Oilers player major points.

Mikko Koskinen, 9. He was super solid in the nets. Brilliant. He also had some help from his posts on two occasions. All of it combined to give the Oilers a chance in this game. He got off to a promising start with a toe save on 20 goal-scorer Denis Gurianov in the first minute, then stopped Corey Perry on a tight shot a moment later. Next he made a huge save, closing the pads on Alex Radulov’s wicked slot chance after a Khaira turnover.  The sharp play continued and by the middle of the second period, the Stars looked a bit spooked and started to shoot wide, perhaps trying too hard to make the perfect shot. He was finally beat on the 33rd shot off the game, a power play one timer by John Klingberg. He wasn’t called on OT, thankfully. Great bounce back game for Kosk, who has been struggling since mid-December.

At the Cult

McCURDY: James Neal back into the line-up

LEAVINS: Player grades as Draisaitl dominates Preds again

STAPLES: Yamamoto returns to the lineup

STAPLES: Oilers among the winners of NHL’s trade deadline

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Sportsnet announces revised schedule for postponed NHL games – Sportsnet.ca

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Sportsnet and the NHL have announced changes to the broadcast schedule for the 2021-22 NHL season. The changes account for a large number of games that were postponed in recent weeks due to a surge of COVID-19 cases across the league.

As a result, the following updates have been made to Sportsnet’s national and regional broadcast schedules. Please note that all times are Eastern.

For the most up-to-date broadcast schedule, please visit our TV Listings page.

For a complete list of every game rescheduled by the NHL on Wednesday, click here.

National

January

Monday, Jan. 31
New Jersey at Toronto, 7:30 p.m., Sportsnet

February

Monday, Feb. 7
Carolina at Toronto, 7 p.m., Sportsnet (Rogers Hometown Hockey)
New Jersey at Ottawa, 7 p.m., Sportsnet ONE (Rogers Hometown Hockey)

Wednesday, Feb. 9
Chicago at Edmonton, 8 p.m., Sportsnet (Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey)
Vegas at Calgary, 9:30 p.m., Sportsnet ONE

Saturday, Feb. 12
Columbus at Montreal, 12:30 p.m., Sportsnet (Hometown Hockey)
Boston at Ottawa, 12:30 p.m., Sportsnet ONE (Hometown Hockey)
Toronto at Vancouver, 7 p.m. (Hockey Night in Canada and Hockey Night in Canada: Punjabi)
Winnipeg at Nashville, 7 p.m. (Hockey Night in Canada)
NY Islanders at Calgary, 10 p.m. (Hockey Night in Canada)

Sunday, Feb. 13
Buffalo at Montreal, 12:30 p.m., Sportsnet (Hometown Hockey)
Ottawa at Washington, 12:30 p.m., Sportsnet ONE (Hometown Hockey)

Monday, Feb. 14
Toronto at Seattle, 9 p.m., Sportsnet
Chicago at Winnipeg, 9 p.m., Sportsnet West
Edmonton at San Jose, 10:30 p.m., Sportsnet ONE

Tuesday, Feb. 15
Edmonton at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 16
Minnesota at Winnipeg, 7 p.m., Sportsnet (Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey)
Anaheim at Calgary, 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 17
Anaheim at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 19
St. Louis at Toronto, 7 p.m., Sportsnet and CityTV (Hockey Night in Canada and Hockey Night in Canada: Punjabi)
Boston at Ottawa, 7 p.m., Sportsnet ONE (Hockey Night in Canada)
Seattle at Calgary, 10 p.m. (Hockey Night in Canada)
Anaheim at Vancouver, 10 p.m. (Hockey Night in Canada)

Sunday, Feb. 20
Minnesota at Edmonton, 8 p.m., Sportsnet ONE

Monday, Feb. 21
Toronto at Montreal, 7 p.m., Sportsnet
Seattle at Vancouver, 10 p.m., Sportsnet

Wednesday, Feb. 23
Buffalo at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

March

Monday, March 7
Toronto at Columbus, 7 p.m., Sportsnet
Edmonton at Calgary, 9:30 p.m., Sportsnet

April

Monday, April 4
Toronto at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., Sportsnet

Monday, April 18
Calgary at Chicago, 8 p.m., Sportsnet (Hometown Hockey)
Dallas at Vancouver, 10:30 p.m., Sportsnet (Hometown Hockey)

Wednesday, April 27
Montreal at NY Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey)

Regional

February

Tuesday, Feb. 8
Vegas at Edmonton, 9 p.m., Sportsnet West (Oilers region)
Arizona at Vancouver, 10 p.m., Sportsnet Pacific (Canucks region)

Wednesday, Feb. 9
NY Islanders at Vancouver, 10:30 p.m., Sportsnet Pacific (Canucks region)

Thursday, Feb. 10
Toronto at Calgary, 9 p.m., Sportsnet West (Flames region)

Friday, Feb. 11
NY Islanders at Edmonton, 9 p.m., Sportsnet West (Oilers region)

Tuesday, Feb. 15
Columbus at Calgary, 9 p.m., Sportsnet West (Flames region)

Thursday, Feb. 17
Pittsburgh at Toronto, 7 p.m., Sportsnet Ontario (Maple Leafs region)
Vancouver at San Jose, 10:30 p.m., Sportsnet Pacific (Canucks region)

Saturday, Feb. 19
Edmonton at Winnipeg, 4 p.m., Sportsnet West (Oilers region)

Monday, Feb. 21
Winnipeg at Calgary, 4 p.m., Sportsnet West (Flames region)

Tuesday, Feb. 22
Toronto at Columbus, 7 p.m., Sportsnet Ontario (Maple Leafs region)

April

Tuesday, April 19
Calgary at Nashville, 8 p.m., Sportsnet West (Flames region)
Ottawa at Vancouver, 10 p.m., Sportsnet Pacific (Canucks region)

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'Strongest team in all of snowboarding': Canadian squad named for Beijing Olympics – CBC Sports

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Canadian snowboarders brought home four medals at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

The team looking to build on that number was announced by Canada Snowboard on Wednesday, including all four previous medallists — Sébastien Toutant (the lone gold medallist), Max Parrot, Mark McMorris and Laurie Blouin.

Joining them in slopestyle and big air are Darcy Sharpe, Brooke Voigt and Jasmine Baird. Meanwhile, the halfpipe team features Derek Livingston, Brooke D’Hondt and Elizabeth Hosking.

Missing from that list is Liam Brearley, the emerging 18-year-old who won a medal in all three disciplines at the 2020 Youth Olympics. Brearley, of Gravenhurst, Ont., was victim of a roster crunch, as Canada earned the maximum four quota spots in slopestyle and big air.

Megan Farrell and Arnaud Gaudet will compete in parallel giant slalom, while the snowboard cross squad includes Zoe Bergermann, Tess Critchlow, Meryeta O’Dine, Audrey McManiman, Eliot Grondin, Kevin Hill and Liam Moffatt.

CBC snowboard analyst Craig McMorris, the older brother of Mark McMorris, said the Canadians should be a force.

“I think it is the strongest team in all of snowboarding, especially in male slopestyle and big air with Max Parrot, Sebastien Toutant and Mark McMorris all returning for their third Games. The skill is there. And the veteran wisdom and experience is there as well,” he said.

Notable omission

The omission of Brearley reveals the overwhelming strength of the men’s slopestyle and big air squad. Toutant and McMorris both sit in the top five of World Snowboard’s slopestyle ranking, while Parrot is ranked first and McMorris fifth in big air.

Parrot pre-qualified for the Olympic team before the season began in October, with the stipulation that he remain in the top-30 of rankings. He has since not competed in World Cup races, freezing his ranking in place.

The final decision may have come down to Sharpe vs. Brearley, with each similarly ranked in the two disciplines. 

“[Sharpe] was out for a long time and his points freeze, then he comes back and his points unfreeze but then he gets COVID so he can’t compete, and that was crucial in deciding the team. So I feel like it was an extremely, extremely tough job,” McMorris said.

WATCH | Mark McMorris discusses difficulties of qualifying in pandemic:

Mark McMorris on realities of trying to qualify for an Olympics in a pandemic

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Duration 6:34

The Canadian snowboarder is back for this third Olympics and talks to CBC Sports about taking fans behind the scenes in a documentary, competing in a pandemic and what he expects from Beijing 2022. 6:34

Parrot, the Bromont, Que., native who won slopestyle silver in 2018, is a recent cancer survivor. 

The 27-year-old was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma about 10 months after the Olympics but returned to competition less than a year later, winning X Games big air gold in the process.

Mark McMorris, the 28-year-old from Regina, enters his third Games looking to upgrade on the bronze he won each of the past two times — this time free of a near-fatal crash directly in his rearview mirror.

Toutant, 29, of L’Assomption, Que., experienced an eventful Pyeongchang Olympics as he recovered from a last-place finish in slopestyle to become the big air champion.

WATCH | CBC Sports’ Returning Champions series features Sébastien Toutant:

Returning Champions: Sébastien Toutant

15 days ago

Duration 3:33

Canadian snowboarder Sébastien Toutant reflects on winning Olympic gold in Big Air at PyeongChang 2018, his disappointing performances in Slopestyle, and his hopes for Beijing 2022. 3:33

Blouin back for more

On the women’s side, Blouin, 25, overcame some adversity in Pyeongchang herself after a crash in training left her participation in the Games at all in question.

But the Quebec City native bounced back in a big way en route to earning slopestyle silver.

“I’m really happy, it seems like 2018 was yesterday and now it’s crazy that we’re already looking ahead to the next Olympics,” Blouin said.

Along with McMorris and Sharpe, Blouin is set to compete at the winter X Games beginning Friday in Aspen, Colo., as part of her Olympic tuneup. 

WATCH | Blouin takes slopestyle bronze at Calgary World Cup:

Laurie Blouin earns bronze in World Cup snowboard slopestyle

18 days ago

Duration 3:18

Stoneham, Que.’s Laurie Blouin finished 3rd in the women’s snowboard slopestyle competition during the FIS Snowboard World Cup in Calgary. 3:18

D’Hondt, 16, is projected to be the youngest Canadian athlete in Beijing.

“It doesn’t feel real yet. I’m so grateful for this opportunity, and couldn’t be more excited to represent my country in Beijing,” D’Hondt said.

Meanwhile, Craig McMorris suggested that Baird, the 22-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., could be an emerging star for Canada.

“I don’t think she has the tricks to be on the podium yet, but she’s still super young. So I think after these Games, if she still keeps going and training at the rate she is and learning, I think she’ll definitely be a threat in 2026,” he said.

Full team

Women

  • Brooke D’Hondt — Calgary (halfpipe)
  • Elizabeth Hosking — Longueuil, Que. (halfpipe)
  • Megan Farrell — Richmond Hill, Ont. (parallel giant slalom) 
  • Jasmine Baird — Georgetown, Ont. (slopestyle/big air)
  • Laurie Blouin— Québec City (slopestyle/big air)
  • Brooke Voigt — Fort McMurray, Alta. (slopestyle/big air)
  • Zoe Bergermann — Erin, Ont. (snowboard cross)
  • Tess Critchlow — Big White, B.C. (snowboard cross)
  • Meryeta O’Dine — Prince George, B.C. (snowboard cross)
  • Audrey McManiman — St-Ambroise-de-Kildare, Que. (snowboard cross)

Men

  • Derek Livingston — Aurora, Ont. (halfpipe)
  • Arnaud Gaudet — Montcalm, Que. (parallel giant slalom)
  • Mark McMorris — Regina (slopestyle/big air)
  • Max Parrot — Bromont, Que. (slopestyle/big air)
  • Darcy Sharpe — Comox, B.C. (slopestyle/big air)
  • Sébastien Toutant — L’Assomption, Que. (slopestyle/big air)
  • Eliot Grondin — Sainte-Marie, Que. (snowboard cross)
  • Kevin Hill — Vernon, B.C. (snowboard cross)
  • Liam Moffatt — Truro, N.S. (snowboard cross)

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Shapovalov rallies to win second-round match at Australian Open – Sportsnet.ca

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Canada’s Denis Shapovalov is heading to the third round of the Australian Open for the third time in the past four years after notching a come-from-behind victory on Wednesday.

The No. 14 seed, from Richmond Hill, Ont., rallied for a 7-6 (6), 6-7 (3), 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-2 win over world No. 54 Kwon Soon-woo of South Korea.

The match lasted four hours 25 minutes.

After failing to convert on two set points in the third set, Shapovalov broke his opponent in the final game of the fourth set and did so again to take a 2-0 lead in the decider.

“It was difficult getting over the second and third set because I had a lot of chances in both sets,” Shapovalov said. “Lot of opportunities that just weren’t going my way. But I did a good job of flipping the script, kept fighting and I was really happy to get away with it.”

Shapovalov had 29 aces, 26 more than Kwon. The Canadian had 81 winners, but also made 77 unforced errors.

Shapovalov will face No. 23 seed Reilly Opelka of the United States in the third round. Shapovalov never has advanced past the third round at the first Grand Slam of the season.

No. 9 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal plays his second-round match on Thursday against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain.

No Canadian women are left in the singles draw after Leylah Fernandez and Rebecca Marino lost in the first round on Tuesday.

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