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17 марта 2016 г. 12:41

startling change of fortunes for a team clinging

TAMPA, Fla. Sven Ulreich Jersey . -- The St. Louis Blues are headed to the post-season. Jaroslav Halak made 22 saves, Jaden Schwartz scored his first NHL goal, and the Blues beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 to clinch a playoff berth Saturday night. "Its the first step," St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Were proud of that. Were really happy with it, and we continue down that path." Halak had an in-close stop on league goals leader Steven Stamkos in the first, and made a glove save on Brett Connolly during a second-period breakaway. "Its great, but I dont think anybody is focusing on the playoffs," Halak said. "We have work to do. Weve got nine games left in the season, and we have to get as many wins as we can. We have to do our job, and Im sure everybody realizes that." Halak came within about four minutes of getting his 23rd career shutout in his 200th NHL game. Schwartz, taken 14th overall in the 2010 entry draft and making his NHL debut, put St. Louis up 2-0 from just outside the crease on the power play with 35.5 seconds left in the first. "It was pretty special," Schwartz said. "Its something you dream about. Im just happy that I could come in and help get the win." Patrik Berglund and David Perron also scored for the Blues, who became the first NHL team (46-19-8) to reach 100 points this season. Brendan Mikkelson got a late third-period goal for Tampa Bay, which is seven points behind eighth-place Washington in the Eastern Conference. The Blues were without left wing Andy McDonald, who hurt his right shoulder in Thursdays game against Carolina and is week-to-week. Berglund put the Blues ahead 1-0 on a short-handed goal from the slot off a nice pass by Alex Pietrangelo during a 2-on-1 at the 15-minute mark of the first period. "We didnt get the result in the first period we wanted," Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said. "Having said that, 5-on-5 in the first period we gave them zero scoring chances. Theyre the best team in the league. Its tough to be better than that 5-on-5." Tampa Bay has allowed 11 short-handed goals this season. The Lightning, on the other hand, have scored just once while being short-handed. Perron made it 3-0 when he beat Dwayne Roloson from the right circle 2:47 into the second. "We needed the lead, we got it, and were tough with a lead," Hitchcock said. "We got a power-play goal, we got a shorty, and we got a 5-on-5 goal, and when you do that on the road thats good stuff." Mikkelson got his first NHL goal, coming in his 116th game, with 4:11 to play. "Its more of a relief," Mikkelson said. "Its taken me way too long to get that first one. Its disappointing that we werent able to turn that into a little bit more of a rally." St. Louis won both games between the teams this season, outscoring Tampa Bay 6-1. Notes: Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier (hand) missed his 13th consecutive game. ... St. Louis C Jason Arnott was rested. ...The Lightning recalled C Trevor Smith from Norfolk of the AHL with C Nate Thompson out because of an upper-body injury. ... Tampa Bay is finalizing a contract with G Sebastien Caron, who has been playing in Germany. The move would allow the team to return rookie G Dustin Tokarski, called up after starting G Mathieu Garon was sidelined by a groin injury on March 6, to Norfolk. ... Tampa Bay RW Ryan Shannon left with an upper body injury. ... St. Louis C T.J. Oshie had two assists. Jan Kirchhoff Jersey .com) - Myles Mack had 21 points, Kadeem Jack scored 20 and Rutgers shocked No. Clint Dempsey Jersey . -- Jaye Marie Green shot a course-record 10-under 62 on Wednesday to take the first-round lead in the LPGA Tours qualifying tournament.MILWAUKEE -- In back-to-back innings, Jimmy Rollins broke up Matt Garzas no-hit bid and a shutout. Soon enough, a frustrating afternoon at the plate for the Philadelphia Phillies turned into a laugher at Miller Park. Rollins two-out, two-run single in the eighth sparked a seven-run outburst that helped Philadelphia complete a four-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers with a 9-1 win Thursday. What a nice way for the last-place Phillies to head home after a 10-game road trip that had started 1-5. "I feel a lot better about the last four games. Thats something we can build on," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "To see the offence come alive for a four-game series against good pitching, I think its a step in the right direction." Rollins greeted reliever Will Smith in the eighth by singling to left to drive home two runs. After throwing 108 pitches, Garza (6-6) had just been pulled from the game to a standing ovation but could only watch helplessly from the dugout as his shutout evaporated. "Baseball is a funny game. (Garza) goes from a no-hitter to getting a loss and we get no-hit and then win it," Rollins said. The Phillies sent 12 batters to the plate in the eighth and got RBI ground-rule doubles from Ryan Howard and Cody Asche. Philadelphia swept a four-game series for the first time since taking four in Cincinnati in 2011. Now if Philadelphia can just carry over their winning streak back to Citizens Bank Park, where they are 18-27, maybe their fans will have something else to talk about this summer other than trade rumours. "This series should help with that with some momentum," Sandberg said about the subpar play at home. Rookie David Buchanan (5-5) struck out five in seven innings for the win, tossing one of his best games of the season in allowing just four hits. Carlos Gomez scored the Brewers only run with a solo shot to left-centre to lead off the sixth for a 1-0 lead with Garza no-hit bid still intact. It ended quickly after Rollins led off the seventh with a hard chopper past diving first baseman Mark Reynolds for a single into right. What folllowed was a swift and startling change of fortunes for a team clinging to its lead in the NL Central despite having lost five straight and nine of 10. Bruno Martins Indi Jersey. "It happens, man. My job is to not get guys on base. You leave two guys on, especially two guys with speed, and you pay for it," Garza said. "But it is what it is, you turn the page. We cant dwell on it too long." Perhaps more disappointing for the Brewers is that they were swept at home by the last-place team in the NL East that had been swept in its previous series in Pittsburgh. Asche and Dominic Brown each joined Rollins with two RBIs in the eighth. Things were going so well for Philadelphia that pinch-hitter Cesar Hernandez got to come up to the plate twice in the inning. "I look at the final score and thats ridiculous. Were way too good of a team, we have way too good of a bullpen to let a game get away like that," manager Ron Roenicke said. The Phillies eighth finally ended after Hernandezs infield single was overturned to an out following a Brewers replay challenge. Howard added a two-run shot in the ninth for his 15th homer of the year. Gomezs homer was his 14th of the season. Otherwise, Milwaukees lineup continues to struggle. After climbing to a season-high 19 games over .500 on June 28, the Brewers have watched their 6 1/2-game lead whittle away with second-place St. Louis due in town for a weekend series. NOTES: The Phillies swept Milwaukee in four games on the road for the first time. ... OF Ryan Braun returned to the lineup after missing a few games with a sore back. He hit fifth for the first time since 2008. ... The Brewers announced after the game that top pitching prospect Jimmy Nelson would be recalled from Triple-A Nashville to start Saturday against St. Louis, bumping Marco Estrada to the bullpen. Nelson was 10-2 in the minors, while Estrada had allowed a major league-high 27 homers. ...RHP Yovani Gallardo (5-5) opens the St. Louis series on Friday, while Philadelphia returns home to open a weekend series with Washington by sending RHP A.J. Burnett (5-8) to the hill. Cheap JerseysWholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '

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