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Price earns shutout with 31 saves, Canadiens snap Flames’ win streak –



MONTREAL — Carey Price made 31 saves for his second shutout of the season and the Montreal Canadiens snapped the Calgary Flames‘ five-game winning streak with a 2-0 victory on Monday night.

Jordan Weal and rookie Ryan Poehling scored for the Canadiens (20-20-7), who have won two games in a row since losing eight straight.

Price’s shutout was the 46th of his career, tying Ken Dryden for third most shutouts in franchise history.

Goaltender David Rittich stopped 35 shots for the Flames (25-18-5), who have been shut out six times this season.

Montreal outshot Calgary 37-31.

The Canadiens came out firing to start the game, forcing Rittich to make some big saves in the opening minutes.

The pressure kept coming and shots were 13-2 when Montreal finally put a puck past the Flames goaltender at 13:30. Following a wraparound attempt from Jeff Petry, Weal spun and placed a no-look shot under Rittich’s pad.

Weal was back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch in Montreal’s 2-1 overtime victory in Ottawa on Saturday, a win that snapped their eight-game skid.

Price was not very busy through two periods but he made important stops when called upon.

He denied Matthew Tkachuk and Andrew Mangiapane on 2-on-1 rushes in the second. Price also made a pad save on Tobias Rieder’s backhand midway through the frame before denying Johnny Gaudreau’s wrist shot with the glove a few minutes later.

Poehling gave Montreal a two-goal cushion with his first point in 20 games this season. After a Canadiens face-off win in the offensive zone, the 21-year-old rookie drove to the net and waited for Rittich to go down before firing the puck over his pad at 9:45 of the third.

Calgary pulled Rittich for the extra skater with nearly four minutes to play but they could not solve Price, who improved to 8-1-1 in his last 10 games against the Flames.

The Canadiens have beaten Calgary in five straight contests.

Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher missed his second straight game with headaches following a concussion. Defenceman Ben Chiarot was back after missing two games with a lower-body injury.

Notes: Canadiens forward Nick Cousins played his 300th NHL game. … This was the first of three road games for Calgary before its bye week.

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LeBron James To Forgo Social Justice Message On Back Of Jersey –



LeBron James will have his last name on the back of his jersey in lieu of a social justice message when the NBA season resumes.

James added that he had no input on the list of messages that players were able to choose from. 

“It was no disrespect to the list that was handed out to all the players. I commend anyone that decides to put something on the back of their jersey. It’s just something that didn’t really seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal.

“I would have loved to have a say-so on what would have went on the back of my jersey. I had a couple things in mind, but I wasn’t part of that process, which is OK. I’m absolutely OK with that. … I don’t need to have something on the back of my jersey for people to understand my mission or know what I’m about and what I’m here to do,” said James.

285 out of a possible 350 eligible players picked out a social justice message to use on the back of their jerseys.

JaVale McGee recently said that he would use “Respect Us,” while Kyle Korver will use “Black Lives Matter.”

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Travis Shaw apologizes for recent tweets, says they were 'tone deaf' –



Toronto Blue Jays infielder Travis Shaw has apologized for a series of tweets where he criticized COVID-19 rules and the team’s plan to enforce a closed environment at Rogers Centre and adjoining hotel should their Major League Baseball season be played in Toronto.

Shaw told reporters on a Zoom conference call that he was “a little tone deaf” with the tweets last Friday that were “out of frustration” and that he took responsibility for them and didn’t want them to become a distraction.

“I apologize for that, at no point was I saying I was going to break the rules or we’re going to break the rules,” Shaw said. “We know as a team that’s not an option and to get through this season, everybody is going to have to buy in and everybody is going to have to adhere to whatever protocols we’re set under.”

He noted if other teams don’t follow public-health guidelines, the season may be derailed in any case.

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Shaw had raised concerns about the length of time players may need to stay in their current environment. He replied to a tweet from TSN reporter Scott Mitchell, who reported that multiple sources told him players could face a $750,000 fine and potential jail time if seen outside the ballpark — which also are the same maximum punishments in the Quarantine Act.

“We were told two weeks… not all summer… all summer is a bit much,” Shaw tweeted.

In an email reply, the club said arriving in Toronto, players understood the maximum penalties for leaving the Rogers Centre footprint during camp.

“The rules have kind of changed a little bit from when we first got up here, it was the first I was hearing about that we could be possibly be in here all summer,” Shaw said, adding he should’ve chosen his words differently.

He explained he’d rented a place one block from the Rogers Centre and had looked forward to taking walks by the water to get away from the game. Living in a hotel was not an ideal situation, he said.

Shaw said Blue Jays management — president Mark Shapiro and general manager Ross Atkins — spoke to players on Saturday about the situation.

“I was a little bit tone deaf to the situation, I should have said what I said, should have worded it a little bit differently,” Shaw said. “I apologize for that, take full responsibility.”

The Blue Jays are training in Toronto while figuring out where to play this coming season as the shortened 60-game schedule starts in less than two weeks.

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Ottawa has given the ball club the green light to hold training camp in Toronto, but hasn’t made a call on games. No fans will be in the stands.

The Buffalo News reported over the weekend the club had checked in with that city about playing in that city, usually the home of the their triple-A club. Blue Jays officials have said Dunedin, Fla., the club’s spring-training facility, is the most likely venue for home games if the team can’t play in Toronto.

For his part, Shaw said he and his teammates are hopeful Toronto is the club’s home this season.

He noted that weather and the COVID-19 situation in Florida means that Dunedin would put the Blue Jays at a competitive disadvantage.

Jays home opener is July 29

The Blue Jays are slated to open the season July 24 at Tampa Bay. The home opener is July 29 against the Washington Nationals.

Shaw said he doesn’t foresee opting out of the 2020 season, given he was looking to this year as a bounce-back season on a one-year contract after an admittedly poor 2019.

Meanwhile, Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said right-hander Chase Anderson is day-to-day with an oblique strain.

Anderson was projected to be a member of the Blue Jays’ five-man starting rotation.

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Sources: Multiple Montreal Canadiens players test positive for COVID-19 – The Athletic



At least three Montreal Canadiens players have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days, league sources told The Athletic on Sunday.

The National Hockey League declined comment, citing its policy regarding COVID-19 disclosure. The Canadiens also declined to comment.

News of the positive tests comes as 24 NHL teams are set to begin training camp Monday to prepare for the return-to-play tournament scheduled to begin Aug. 1 in Toronto and Edmonton. Players have until 5 p.m. ET on Monday to exercise their right to opt out of the tournament without penalty.

The Canadiens announced late Saturday evening that defenceman Karl Alzner had opted out of the tournament. Then on Sunday, the Canadiens said forward Max Domi – who has type-1 diabetes – would miss the first seven to 10 days of Montreal’s training camp.

“Considering Max’s health condition (Type 1 diabetes), both parties have agreed to take this responsible approach and…

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