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13 марта 2018 г. 11:33

Lafferty on familiar path out of collegiate ranks

 

Both Guentzel and Aston-Reese joined the Penguins out of college and had over a month to learn from the veterans in the dressing room and adjust their game in a way that translated to the professional ranks. And in less than a full season, both became mainstays in Pittsburgh.

 

The 23-year-old Lafferty would like to be the next success story after joining the team on an amateur tryout agreement last week. He comes to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after four seasons at Brown University, where he registered 79 points total and led the Bears in that category two years in a row.

 

“Couldn’t be more excited,” Lafferty said Thursday after his first official practice with the team. “It’s so much fun putting on the Penguins jersey and going out there.

 

“Just working with the coaches, they’ve been really helpful so far with the systems and everything. I just have to stay on top of that and keep moving forward.”

 

The Hollidaysburg native said he is excited to join a team and staff — led by head coach Clark Donatelli — that have produced an “incredible track record” of developing NHL talent. However, he also knows he’ll have to utilize his speed and versatility to eventually make that jump.

 

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He made a big jump his junior year, recording 13 goals and 35 points.

 

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One of the other big strides Lafferty has made since being drafted 113th overall in 2014 is in risk management. He can use his positional awareness on the ice to know when to take chances or settle for the safe play.

 

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Donatelli has seen enough to think Lafferty can make his mark over the next five weeks.

 

” Donatelli said. “I saw him play. I’ve had him at development camp a few years here. So,“I know him because he played at Brown, he’s a good player. He looks fast out there and he’s fresh.”

 

That can only help the Penguins, who are in the middle of a grueling 16-game March schedule.

 

Lafferty anticipates an adjustment period when it comes to three-in-three weekends — something college teams don’t have to contend with — and the increased physicality in the pros, but is confident he has something to offer a team in the middle of a playoff push.

 

 hopefully, when my number is called I’ll be ready to go,” he said. “It’s obviously fun being part of a really good team and,“I’m just happy to be here and, hopefully, we can have a good run here going down the stretch.”

 

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Philipp Grubauer made 24 saves for his fifth career shutout and Nicklas Backstrom scored late in the second period to help the Washington Capitals salvage the final game of their California swing with a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

 

Washington was outscored 7-1 in losses to Anaheim and Los Angeles to open the trip before a narrow win in San Jose moved the Capitals one point ahead of Pittsburgh for first place in the Metropolitan Division, pending the Penguins' game in Toronto.

 

 two goals short of 600 for Washington,Alex Ovechkin, was held scoreless for the third straight game. Marc-Edouard Vlasic thwarted one chance for Ovechkin to get goal No. 599 with a strong back check and goalie Martin Jones robbed Ovechkin on a partial breakaway midway through the third period to keep San Jose's deficit at 1-0.

 

Lars Eller's empty-net goal sealed the win for the Capitals.

 

The Sharks were unable to get anything past Grubauer and fell to 3-2 on their six-game homestand. San Jose failed on two power-play chances, falling to 1 for 32 with the man advantage over the past 14 games.

 

Jones made 24 saves for the Sharks but couldn't stop Backstrom's one-timer late in the second period after Washington appeared to enter the zone offside.

 

Brett Connolly found Backstrom alone in the faceoff circle and he beat Jones high to the glove side for his 17th goal of the season. Sharks coach Peter DeBoer didn't challenge for offside, and the goal stood.

 

The Sharks controlled play for much of the first period but were unable to turn that into goals as Timo Meier hit the post during a power play on San Jose's best opportunity. Tomas Hertl also hit the post on the power play in the second period as San Jose failed to take advantage of two penalties by Tom Wilson.

 

The Capitals took over in the second, outshooting the Sharks 12-3. That heavy pressure finally paid off late in the period with Backstrom's goal.

 

The Devils are feeling good about their style of play. They get chances by the net and keep outshooting one Cup contender after another. But the final score just doesn't reflect that.  

 

It's why John Hynes was left at the lectern after Thursday's loss to Winnipeg with a message that's been consistent throughout a recent slump. The Devils' slide hasn't been from a lack of effort.

 

"The process can't change," he said.

 

The Devils will be challenged on a six-game, 14-day road trip that largely determines the fate of their season. It starts with Saturday's matchup in Nashville and wraps up against last year's other finalist, the champion Pittsburgh Penguins. The margin for error is just about gone after a 3-6 run over the last nine games.

 

"It's the biggest stretch of the year," Cory Schneider said. "It's a tough stretch. But like I said, I like the way we're playing as a group. We've played some of the best teams in the league here in the last week and we've shown really well. We just need to get points and results. A lot of that falls on me. It's my job to do it when called upon."

 

Some inconsistency from the 31-year-old franchise goalie has been one cause for concern. Schneider has been elite since the 2010-11 season with a .921 save percentage that's tied for the league lead among players with at least 200 games. But he's hasn't been above .900 in any of his last 10 appearances, all losses.

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