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It seems there is a first time for everything

in Fantômas 10.05.2019 07:58
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MALMO, Sweden -- Brent Sutter had never lost a game as a coach at the world junior championship. It seems there is a first time for everything. Canada battled back four times from one-goal deficits only to lose 5-4 in a shootout to the Czechs on Saturday in their second group stage game. "Its irrelevant," said the 51-year-old coach, whose record at three world junior tournaments, including gold medals in 2005 and 2006, is now 13-0-1. "That has nothing to do with why Im coaching here. "Its about giving these kids an opportunity to succeed." It was a game that saw 16-year-old phenom Connor McDavid benched in the third period after taking two minor penalties that led to Czech goals, then waste a chance to redeem himself by losing the puck on Canadas final shootout attempt. And it prompted Sutter to hint strongly that Zachary Fucale will get his first start in goal against Slovakia on Monday after Jake Paterson allowed four goals on 29 shots, and two more in the shootout. "Im not saying he had his best game," said Sutter. "But there are others that didnt play to their level for 60 minutes either. Hes a good goalie. Im sure hed like to have a couple of those goals back." However, the main message from Sutter was that it was a learning experience for a young Canadian squad. "Whenever you put the Canadian jersey on youre expected to win, but the reality is youre not going to," he said. "Its how you deal with it. Itll make us a better team." The Czechs, now 1-12-2 against Canada in world junior play, were heavy underdogs after losing their tournament opener 5-1 to the Americans, but they signalled they were ready by using some hustle to score the first goal through David Kampf only 7:10 in to the game. The Czechs, however, had trouble holding on to their lead. Sam Reinhart tied it later in the first. Michal Plutnar put the Czechs ahead, but Jonathan Drouin equalized. Vojtech Tomecek scored and then Aaron Ekblad scored short handed. Jakub Vrana scored, but Charles Hudon tied it at 13:01 of the third to force a five-minute overtime and the shootout. Drouin scored on the first shot, but David Pastrnak scored and Dominik Simon won it by beating Paterson with the Peter Forsberg move -- a cut to the left and a reach back to tuck the puck in. "He did a pretty solid move there and unfortunately, I couldnt stretch out quite enough," said Paterson. "I wasnt too sure what these guys moves were, but I dont think you can blame the loss on that. In a shootout, you do the best you can. But the focus now turns to our next game." McDavids game started well. He initiated a tic-tac-toe play on a power play for Canadas first goal with linemates Bo Horvat and Reinhart, but things went downhill when he was called for hooking in the second frame and saw Plutnar score his second of the tournament one second after the penalty expired. The Erie Otters star nullified a power play when he was sent off again for hooking 4:05 into the third and Tomecek scored two seconds later. Then he sat for a while. "I thought at times, with Connor, his youth showed," said Sutter. "Hes an exceptional player, but this is the world junior level and at times thats going to happen with young players. He wasnt the only one." Still, when the shootout came, he didnt hesitate to pick McDavid, who had been scoring on them in practice. "Hes a big part of our team and hes going to continue to be a big part of the team, so theres no reason not to use a player of his calibre in a shootout," he said. "Unfortunately he wasnt able to make the move he wanted, but hell learn from it and hell be better for it." Sutter was more concerned about loose play, particularly on two Czech goals scored off faceoffs in Canadas end, and a second period in which the gap between the defence and the forwards at times grew well past Sutters limits. That came after a strong first that saw Canada have a 13-5 shot advantage and force Marek Langhammer to make a handful of strong saves. Afterward, the players were told to put it behind them to concentrate on Slovakia, who looked dangerous despite a 6-3 loss to the U.S. earlier Thursday. "Theres a bunch of things we need to fix," said Ekblad. "We need to be more passionate about doing the little things to win. But its a learning experience and were going to come out of it." "Obviously its disappointing, but its one game," added Reinhart. "Our focus is quickly onto the next one. Weve all been part of international tournaments in the past and its all good competition. You go through a lot of adversity." The back and forth battle had the mostly Canadian crowd of 3,011 at the Isstadion on the edge of their seats. It also thrilled the Czechs, who had been beaten 8-1, 7-2 and 5-0 the last times they faced Canada at the world juniors. "We are so happy," said the shootout hero Simon. "Its my first win against Canada, so Im really happy." The result left Canada second in its group with four points, two behind the Americans and one ahead of the Czechs, with their two toughest games still to play against the Slovaks and Americans. "Czech played a heck of a game," said Sutter. "Whoever plays Canada, its the biggest game of the tournament. It was a reality check for us. Every period is important because you know the oppositions always going to have their game at a high level." And he wasnt going to get bummed out by it, even if he had never lost a game before. "We lost in a shootout, its not like we got blown out," he said. Green Bay Packers Jerseys .com) - Minnesota Vikings fans would surely concede Teddy Bridgewater is not Peyton Manning. 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OAKLAND, Calif. -- When Steve Blake checked in at the scorers table with 5:25 remaining in the third quarter, Stephen Curry shook his head and shouted across the court, asking Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson not to take him out. Jackson, a self-described "feel coach," changed his plan. He had Blake enter instead for Andre Iguodala, who looked over at Curry and laughed on the way to the bench. Curry keyed the deciding run later in the third quarter. He finished with 18 points and nine assists on a strained right quad, helping the Warriors hold off the Phoenix Suns 113-107 on Sunday night for their fourth straight win. "I always tell coach Im fine," Curry said. "He always asks me if somethings going on, whether it was my ankle back in the day or something small like this. Im surprised he still asked me because he already knows the answer." David Lee added 26 points and nine rebounds and Klay Thompson scored 22 points for the Warriors, who built an 18-point lead early in the fourth quarter before the Suns surged back. Golden State is 9-2 since the All-Star break and a season-high 16 games over .500. The Warriors are two games ahead of Dallas for sixth place in the crowded Western Conference standings. The Mavericks visit Golden State on Tuesday night. "The guys had a sense of urgency," Jackson said. "They understood how big this game was. They realized we had an opportunity to really take control." Gerald Green had 25 points and six rebounds, and Goran Dragic added 24 points and six assists for the Suns, who dropped into a tie with Memphis for eighth in the West. The Suns also missed a chance to take the four-game season series over the Warriors -- and the potential head-to-head tiebreaker for playoff seeding that comes with it. Each team won both meetings on its home floor. "Thats just the whole point about learning how to be a playoff team," Green said. "Certain things you can get away with on certain nights, but when youre playing a team like this -- a team thats been in the playoffs -- you have to be solid for 48 minutes." Neither team showed much playoff poise in the final minute. Greens layup cut Golden States lead to 111-107 with 38.1 seconds remaining. After Thompson missed a 3-pointer, Andre Iguodala came down with a rebound and the Suns were forced to foul. Phoenix caught a break when Igguodala missed both free throws.dddddddddddd But then Green stepped out of bounds receiving a pass from Dragic on the sideline. Steve Blake missed two free throws to give the Suns yet another chance. Phoenix followed that up with Marcus Morris air-balling a 3-pointer, and Iguodala made two free throws to seal Golden States victory. The Warriors outshot Phoenix 52.9 per cent to 48 per cent. The Suns outrebounded Golden State 41 to 35 but committed 20 turnovers, while the Warriors only had 12. "I thought in that third quarter we really got outhustled," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. "They were active. They were aggressive for the ball. They wanted it more than we did." With a nagging quad limiting his playing time, Curry shook off the pain and made sure Jackson kept him on the court longer than expected. Curry made a 3-pointer and handed out six assists during a 23-4 run in the third quarter, and the Warriors went ahead 96-78 early in the fourth. Curry shot 7 for 16 from the floor in 30 minutes. "He really took over," Jackson said. Before the game, Curry said that he injured his quad during Golden States win at Boston on Wednesday and began to feel pain again during Fridays victory over Atlanta. Both Jackson and Curry said they will communicate with each other during games to determine when -- and how much -- the All-Star point guard plays. 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