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weren’t pleased with how they played Sunday. They were just happy to get a win.Tomas Tatar scored the tiebreaking goal on a deflection with 1:17 left in the third period and the Canadiens beat the Blackhawks 3-2 for their third straight win.Max Domi and Shea Weber scored in the first period to give Montreal an early lead Cam Atkinson Jersey Kids , but Patrick Kane connected twice to tie the score for Chicago, which has lost seven straight and nine of its last 10.“It’s a big two points for us, no matter how you look at it,” Canadiens coach Claude Julien said “We found a way to win, but we’re not going to stand here and say we had a great game.”The Blackhawks went 1 for 8 on the power play, and failed to muster much pressure during a key six-minute advantage early in the third.“We didn’t play our best game, but a good team is going to find a way to win,” Tatar said. “I think that’s what we did.”Carey Price, starting for the seventh straight game and 11th in the last 12, stopped 37 shots. He was sharp when needed.“Our PK just did a tremendous job, and Carey was outstanding,” Tatar said. “He held us through all of (Chicago’s power plays) and the guys did a tremendous job.”On the go-ahead goal, after a failed clearing attempt by the Blackhawks, Jeff Petry shot from the left point into traffic in front of the net. The puck went off the tip of Tatar’s stick and past a screened Corey Crawford www.kingsproshop.com , who finished with 25 saves.The reeling Blackhawks fell to 3-11-2 under coach Jeremy Colliton, who replaced Joel Quenneville on Nov. 6.“We were moving (the puck) pretty good on the power play, getting a lot of shots,” Kane said. “They did a good job of blocking shots and we couldn’t capitalize. … Kind of the same old story though. We get behind and find ourselves back into the game and find a way to lose it late. Another tough loss.”For the third straight time, Chicago fell behind by two goals, then came back to tie the game and ended up losing.Domi and Weber scored 1:31 apart early in the first period to give the Canadiens a 2-0 lead about 7 1/2 minutes in. It marked the 10th straight game an opponent scored first against the Blackhawks.“Tonight I thought we were a little soft at the start,” Colliton said, “but I thought we really turned it on as the game went on.”Domi converted a rebound of Mike Reilly’s shot from the point 6:05 in after Reilly’s drive struck Andrew Shaw in front of the net and dropped to the ice. It was Domi’s team-leading 14th.Weber, playing his sixth game after knee surgery, ripped in a rising screened shot from the top of the right circle for his third after taking a feed from Kenny Agostino.Kane connected on the Blackhawks’ third power play of the first and cut it to 2-1 as he beat Price from the right circle with a screened shot on the short side with 59 seconds left in the period.Chicago has been outscored 22-5 in the first period in the last 10 games and has had a lead only in two contests — one time was when the Blackhawks came from behind for a 5-4 overtime win at Florida on Nov. 24.Kane’s second of the game and team-leading 15th tied it 2-all with 7:05 left in the second. Following a faceoff in the Montreal zone, Kane drifted into the right circle, took a pinpoint cross-ice pass from Dominik Kahun and one-timed a rising shot over Price’s shoulder.Chicago wasted three power plays covering six consecutive minutes early in the third when Tatar was sent off for cross-checking at 1:58, then Jordie Benn got a double-minor for high-sticking Dylan Strome in the face at 3:58.Montreal then failed to connect on two power plays, including a 55-second 5-on-3 advantage Womens Josh Anderson Jersey , midway through the third.NOTES: Blackhawks C Artem Anisimov left the game in the third period. Colliton said he’s being watched under concussion protocol. . Chicago D Connor Murphy played his first game this season after recovering from a back injury. … Blackhawks D Gustav Forsling, who was placed on IR (shoulder) retroactive to Dec. 5, missed his second game. … Scrappy Canadiens and former Chicago F Andrew Shaw picked up an assist and has seven goals and eight assists in his last 15 games. Asked before the game the reason for Shaw’s hot streak, Canadiens coach Claude Julien joked, “Just his linemates. It has nothing to do with him. Yeah, he just goes to the front of the net and they feed him.” … Chicago’s scratches were D Jan Rutta, LW Brendan Perlini and LW Chris Kunitz. Montreal sat LW Charles Hudon and C Matthew Peca.UP NEXTCanadiens: At Minnesota on Tuesday night.Blackhawks: At Winnipeg on Tuesday night. WASHINGTON (AP) A salary-cap squeeze threatened to slam the Washington Capitals‘ Stanley Cup window shut. Instead, it busted it wide open.When the dollars didn’t add up to be able to keep a handful of key contributors to back-to-back Presidents’ Trophy-winning teams, the Capitals went bargain hunting to sign bought-out winger Devante Smith-Pelly, who general manager Brian MacLellan termed a ”project.” Up against the cap at the trade deadline, they acquired lightly used defenseman Michal Kempny from Chicago.”Some of the best acquisitions are ones that are under the radar, ones that fit almost seamlessly,” coach Barry Trotz said. ”Some of the best deals that we’ve made are those ones that, even myself I’m like Adam Henrique Jersey , `Hmm, that’s a little bit of an upgrade, not a big one.’ And they ended up being the biggest upgrades because they’re not sexy names.”Kempny said ”probably nobody knew my name when I came here or played in Chicago,” and Smith-Pelly had his name on the back of three other NHL teams’ jerseys before this season. Now they’re key pieces for a team one win from the Stanley Cup after the Capitals hit on exactly the kind of moves every championship contender is looking to make.All it cost was a one-year deal at the league minimum to sign Smith-Pelly after he was bought out by the Devils, and a third-round pick to get Kempny from the Blackhawks. Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Braden Holtby have led Washington to this point, up 3-1 on the Vegas Golden Knights with the chance to raise the Cup after Game 5 on Thursday night. But they wouldn’t be here without the contributions of Smith-Pelly and Kempny.After a seven-goal regular season, Smith-Pelly has six goals in the playoffs, including potential series daggers in Games 3 and 4 of the final. This isn’t exactly where the 25-year-old thought he’d be just under a year ago when he found out a minute before the buyout deadline that the Devils were cutting him.”You only get so many chances to stick,” said Smith-Pelly, a 2010 second-round pick who bounced from Anaheim to Montreal to New Jersey, never putting up more than 17 points in a season. ”I knew that this could be my last one, so I kind of took the buyout personally and listened to what the coaching staff had to say and what they wanted, and just went out there and did it.”Smith-Pelly wasn’t even guaranteed a roster spot when he signed. He developed into a teammate on and off the ice that helped propel the Capitals to another division title despite losing forwards Justin Williams Womens Andrew Cogliano Jersey , Marcus Johansson and Daniel Winnik, and defensemen Nate Schmidt, Karl Alzner and Kevin Shattenkirk last summer. He was the Capitals’ Masterton Trophy nominee for perseverance and dedication to hockey after taking an incident of racist ”basketball, basketball, basketball” taunts and turning it into a positive when he facilitated money be donated to Fort Dupont Ice Arena in Washington.”What happened was obviously pretty negative,” Smith-Pelly said. ”But for the people of Chicago to feel that they needed to donate money and for me to give it to Fort Dupont I thought turned a pretty bad thing into something that could change many kids’ lives in that area.”Smith-Pelly always seems to find the positive. He brushed off a puck to the face at the morning skate Monday and scored a back-breaking goal that night.Kempny has done the same. Stepping on a puck during pregame warmups led to a spill and stitches across the bridge of his nose, but the 27-year-old missed no time. He then pumped in a Game 4 goal that helped put the Capitals on the verge of winning the Cup.It’s the latest impact Kempny has made on his new team after fitting in as a top-four defenseman alongside John Carlson.”He played big minutes against top players, be it the (Evgeni) Malkins and the (Sidney) Crosbys, and he’s done a really good job,” Trotz said.” He’s just one of those players that is effective – efficient, effective, gets it done. You’re not going to see a lot of offense. He’s got some great looks, though. You talk about a guy who’s developing maybe from more of a stay-at-home type of defenseman to a guy who recognizes opportunity.”This is the opportunity Kempny had been waiting for after being a third-pairing defenseman with the Blackhawks, and sometimes a healthy scratch. Coach Joel Quenneville wasn’t a fan Authentic David Pastrnak Jersey , so the Capitals made a deal arguably more meaningful than Evander Kane to San Jose, Paul Stastny to Winnipeg, or Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller to Tampa Bay.”Adding Kempny helped a lot,” MacLellan said. ”I think we had him projected right. He’s a good skater, a good puck mover. I know he was not always in the lineup in Chicago, but he was our No. 1 target going into the trade deadline.”Carlson watched video of Kempny’s games to get an understanding of his new defense partner. Kempny had to regain his confidence after feeling like the ”last warm body on the bench.””When you are not playing, you can’t be a better player. It’s impossible,” Kempny said. ”I never played in Chicago against top lines. I didn’t know if I could play against them or not. But I got a chance here, so I proved to myself that I can play against top lines.”The Capitals have shown they can play against and beat anyone, with Smith-Pelly and Kempny proving to be perfect pieces for a team eying a championship.”Everything’s worked out very well,” Smith-Pelly said. ”If we end up winning, that would be the cherry on top.”—More Stanley Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/StanleyCupFinals
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