EDMONTON — The St. Louis Blues were a desperate team and played like it Sunday, firing 49 shots at the Vancouver Canucks and finally earning a 3-2 overtime win.
Brayden Schenn scored on a breakaway with less than five minutes to go in the extra frame to give the defending Stanley Cup champions their first win in return-to-play competition.
The win narrows the Canucks’ lead to 2-1 in their best-of-seven series. Game 4 goes Monday night.
“It’s one win. Obviously it took a while, a lot longer than we expected to get one here in Edmonton,” said Schenn.
“We feel the qualifying round we weren’t great, but in the playoffs each game we’re getting better.”
Schenn was circling in the neutral zone when he got the puck, raced in and fired a shot high past Vancouver goalie Jacob Markstrom.
It was Schenn’s first goal of the post-season.
“Schwartzie (Jaden Schwartz) came off. He was a little bit tired, so I jumped on, kind of on the back check,” said Schenn.
“The puck squeaked out to me, a lucky bounce, kind of popped right in the middle there.
“Markstrom’s playing well. I just tried to give him a quick shot.”
Vancouver captain Bo Horvat said they expected a desperate team and a seesaw battle.
“Anything can happen in overtime. We had our looks. They had theirs,” said Horvat.
“It was just a fortunate play for them. They just kind of slung it and (Schenn) ended up on breakaway.
“We’ve got to have short term memory loss and be ready to play tomorrow. The good thing is we play tomorrow.”
David Perron, with his fourth goal of the post-season, and Justin Faulk also scored for St. Louis, while Elias Pettersson and J.T. Miller replied for the Canucks.
Goaltender Jake Allen stopped 39 shots for the win. Markstrom stopped 46 for Vancouver.
It was Allen’s first appearance in the series, replacing Jordan Binnington, the hero of the 2019 Cup run.
Binnington has struggled in return to play, fighting rebounds while letting in nine goals in the first two games (.809 save percentage) against the Canucks.
Allen saw limited action in the regular season but compiled a 12-6-3 record and a .927 save percentage. The 30-year-old from Fredericton, N.B., stopped 37-of-38 shots against Dallas in his lone appearance in the round robin.
“We expected (Allen) to play great and he did,” said Blues forward Tyler Bozak.
“It’s a pretty good luxury to have two goaltenders with that calibre on your team.”
All the scoring in regulation play came in the second period, starting on the power play when Pettersson hit Miller with a tape-to-tape stretch pass with Miller in full flight at the Blues blue line. Miller streaked in and snapped a shot high glove side on Allen for a 1-0 lead.
The Blues tied it midway through the period when Faulk jumped into the slot, took a seam pass from Robert Thomas and ripped the puck past Markstrom.
Perron gave the Blues their first lead of the series, taking a dish pass from Ryan O’Reilly and delivering a sharp angle shot over Markstrom’s shoulder.
Vancouver replied just seconds later when St. Louis defencemen Colton Parayko and Marco Scandella got tangled up with the puck in the high slot. Pettersson jumped in and fired a quick shot short-side under the bar on Allen.
The Blues were without winger Vladimir Tarasenko. The Russian sniper played in the first two games but did not dress for Game 3. The NHL is not releasing injury information.
For Vancouver, defenceman Jordie Benn entered the lineup for Tyler Myers. Myers fell awkwardly into the boards on a hit from Schenn late in Game 2.
All Western Conference games are being played in an empty Rogers Place, with players isolated in a so-called bubble on their off time to prevent contracting COVID-19.
St. Louis was the Western Conference leader (42-29-10) when the NHL halted, and eventually ended, the regular season on March 12 due to COVID-19.
But the bubble has not been kind to the Blues.
They lost all three games in the round robin, dropping to the fourth seed and were winless against the Canucks until Sunday.
The Canucks were 36-27-6, good for 18th in the NHL, when play was suspended. They defeated the Minnesota Wild in four games in the qualifying round.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published August 16, 2020.
Serena Williams pulls out of French Open with injury – Al Jazeera English
US tennis star’s bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title cut short in Paris with an injured Achilles’ heel.
US tennis star Serena Williams’s search for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title will extend into another year after an Achilles tendon injury forced her to withdraw from the French Open on Wednesday.
The American, who turned 39 this week, had been due to play Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round in Paris later, but after warming up for the match decided the injury was too severe to continue.
Ninth-ranked Williams, a three-time former champion at Roland Garros, said she may not play again this year.
“I warmed up and it was a very short warm-up and then I spoke to my coach and said ‘what do you think?’” she said.
“I was struggling to walk so that’s a telltale sign that I should try to recover.”
Williams had suffered the problem during her semi-final loss to Victoria Azarenka at the US Open earlier this month and said ahead of her French Open campaign she was not at 100 percent physically but had recovered sufficiently to play.
The 23-time major champion hands Pironkova a walkover into the third round.
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) September 30, 2020
This is Williams’s earliest exit at any Grand Slam tournament since a second-round loss in Paris in 2014.
Her last major title came at the 2017 Australian Open before going on to give birth to her first child, daughter Alexis Olympia.
Since resuming her career in 2018 after a maternity break, Williams has remained tantalisingly close to equalling Australian Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles, losing in four major finals.
“I love playing tennis. I love competing,” she said on Wednesday. “It’s my job and I’m pretty good at it still… I’m so close to some things and I feel like I’m almost there… that’s what keeps me going.
“My body is actually doing really well.”
The French Open, which is usually held in May in Paris, was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament has been scaled back to allow just 1,000 daily spectators.
Eugenie Bouchard books spot in 3rd round at French Open – CBC.ca
Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard is heading to the third round of the French Open.
Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., beat Australia’s Daria Gavrilova 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 on Wednesday.
It will mark Bouchard’s first appearance in the third round of a Grand Slam since the world’s 168th-ranked player won two matches at the 2017 Australian Open.
A former world No. 5 after reaching the Wimbledon final in 2014, Bouchard’s ranking has tumbled in recent years. But she’s made some strides in recent months, reaching the final of an event in Istanbul before being awarded a wild-card into the French Open.
WATCH | Bouchard wins in 2nd round of French Open:
Bouchard will face world No. 54 Iga Swiatek of Poland in the third round.
Meanwhile, in women’s doubles first-round play, the fifth-seeded team of Gabriela Dabrowski of Ottawa and Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia beat Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan and Arina Rodionova of Australia 7-5, 6-3.
Leylah Annie Fernandez of Laval, Que., and partner Diane Parry of France lost 6-2, 6-4 to Nina Stojanovic of Serbia and Jill Teichmann of Switzerland.
Fernandez also has advanced to the second round in women’s singles, along with No. 9 seed Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., on the men’s side.
U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka is out of the French Open in the second round.
The 10th-seeded Azarenka lost to 161st-ranked Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-2, 6-2.
Azarenka’s exit means all four women who reached the semifinals in New York earlier this month already are gone in Paris. Serena Williams withdrew from the French Open because of an injured Achilles tendon, Jennifer Brady lost in the first round at Roland Garros and U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka did not make the trip to France.
Schmiedlova had lost 13 consecutive Grand Slam matches in a streak dating to 2015 until beating Venus Williams in the first round this week.
Azarenka is a former No. 1 and a two-time champion at the Australian Open.
Defending champ Nadal advances
Defending champion Rafael Nadal reached the third round by beating American player Mackenzie McDonald 6-1, 6-0, 6-3.
The No. 2-seeded Spaniard is looking to win his record-extending 13th French Open title and equal Roger Federer’s men’s record of 20 major titles overall.
WATCH | Nadal aiming for 13th French Open title:
Nadal improved his record at Roland Garros to 95-2 when he sealed victory on his first match point.
He next faces either Kei Nishikori of Japan or Stefano Travaglia of Italy.
Eugenie Bouchard advances at French Open after three-set win over Daria Gavrilova – TSN
Canadian Eugenie Bouchard has advanced to the third round of the French Open after defeating Australian Daria Gavrilova 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.
The win moves Bouchard into the third round of Grand Slam for the first time since the 2017 Australian Open.
Bouchard, who defeated Anna Kalinskaya, entered the tournament ranked 168th in the world. In her most recent tournament appearance, she reached the finals in Istanbul, receiving a berth into the French Open a short time later. She was ranked 330th in the WTA in August.
The 26-year-old reached the semifinals at the French Open in 2014.
More details to follow.
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