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TORONTO -- Sidney Crosby has been surrounded by the best hockey players on the planet at the World Cup of Hockey, and still seems as if he is in a class by himself. Ecco Shoes Sale Outlet .Hes probably the best player of our generation, Canada goaltender Carey Price said.The Pittsburgh Penguins superstar has a World Cup-high nine points -- two more than anyone else -- and is within a win of adding another accomplishment to his Hockey Hall of Fame-ready resume. Canada will play Team Europe in Game 2 on Thursday night, leading the best-of-three series 1-0.The eight-nation European team has been led lately by Tomas Tatar, who scored his teams only goal in a 3-1 loss Tuesday night. The Slovakian forward scored twice, including the game-winner, in a 3-2 overtime victory over Sweden in the semifinals on Sunday.Tatar, who plays for the Detroit Red Wings, acknowledged he is inspired by Crosbys greatness. And he knows slowing Crosby down is a key to forcing a Game 3 on Saturday night.Im not saying one guy should be standing by him, but we should be always aware of where he is on the ice, Tatar said.Crosby has been much more effective than he was in his last best-on-best tournament appearance. He had only one goal and two assists at the 2014 Sochi Games, where he won his second Olympic gold medal.In the World Cup opener against the Czech Republic alone, he produced as many points with a goal and two assists in a sensational stretch of the game that lasted less than 20 minutes.Crosby insisted he could not care less that he has already tripled the number of points he had in Russia.I just want to win, he said. At the end of the day, thats what you want to do. In Sochi, it was more about why werent we scoring, low-scoring games, and the teams we were playing were supposed to be winning by a certain amount of goals.At the end of the day, we were winning games, he said. Its always nice to score, but we knew that we had to play a certain way and sometimes that meant not scoring five or six to win.Mike Babcock, Crosbys coach at the previous two Olympics, put Crosby on a line with Boston Bruins teammates Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron at the World Cup. The trio has combined for 22 points in five games.He got feeling it early, Babcock said. And, hes feeling it and he thinks its going in.Crosby has continued the roll he started last season when he won his second Stanley Cup and was named the postseason MVP with 19 points in 24 games. He was the runner-up for the Hart Trophy, coming close to being named NHL MVP for the third time in his career. And, he finished a career-high seventh in voting for the Selke Trophy that recognizes the leagues best defensive forward.Hes been obviously playing really well since last December, said Zdeno Chara, a Team Europe defenseman who also plays for the Bruins. He really raised his game.Canadian and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said Crosby is probably playing better than he ever has.The three tournaments Ive had the opportunity, I would say hes playing unbelievable, Doughty said. Things are working for him now. Hes hot. Not that he didnt play well at the other tournaments, he just didnt get his hot.---Follow Larry Lage at www.twitter.com/larrylage and follow his work at www.bigstory.ap.org/content/larry-lage Cheap Ecco Shoes .Y. -- Injured Buffalo Sabres forward Marcus Foligno did not practice with the team Monday and head coach Ron Rolston said its unlikely hell play in Wednesdays season opener in Detroit. Discount Ecco Shoes Sale . It was just business as usual for the Thunder at home. Durant scored 32 points and the Thunder beat the Bulls 107-95 on Thursday night for their eighth straight win. http://www.cheapecco.us/ . -- In one brief spurt, Brazil turned a close game into a rout and proved again it will be a strong World Cup favourite. WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves for his first shutout of the season, rookie Patrik Laine scored his NHL-leading 12th goal and the Winnipeg Jets beat the division-leading Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 on Tuesday night.Rookie defenseman Josh Morrissey scored his first career goal, while forwards Chris Thorburn and Nic Petan got their first scores of the season for the second-place Jets.Nikolaj Ehlers had two assists, helping Winnipeg stretch its points streak to five games.Chicago goalie Corey Crawford was replaced by Scott Darling after letting in four goals on 22 shots. Darling made two saves.It was the first of five games between the Central Division foes this season.LIGHTNING 4, RED WINGS 3DETROIT -- Nikita Kucherov scored his second goal of the game with 1:10 left to give Tampa Bay a win over Detroit.Lightning captain Steven Stamkos left in the middle of the first period after limping off the ice favoring his right leg following a collision with the Red Wings Gustav Nyquist along the boards. He did not return and the team said he has a lower-body injury.Stamkos and defenseman Nikita Nesterov also scored for Tampa Bay, which has won five of eight (5-2-1). Vladislav Namestnikov had two assists and Ben Bishop made 25 saves.Defenseman Ryan Sproul got his first career goal and had an assist, and Frans Nielsen and Henrik Zetterberg also scored for Detroit. Petr Mrazek stopped 18 shots.RANGERS 7, CANUCKS 2VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Kevin Hayes and J.T. Miller scored two goals each, Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves and New York beat Vancouver.Mats Zuccarello had a goal and two assists, Nick Holden had a goal and an assist and Brandon Pirri also scored for New York, which has won three straight and eight of its last nine -- with the lone loss in that stretch coming at home against the Canucks last Tuesday. Mika Zibanejad, Jesper Fast and Kevin Klein each added two assists.Brandon Sutter and Markus Granlund scored for Vancouver and Lucas Sbisa had two assists. Jacob Markstrom stopped 18 shots.MAPLE LEAFS 6, PREDATORS 2TORONTO -- James van Riemsdyk scored three goals and Tyler Bozak had four assists, helping Toronto beat Nashville.Van Riemsdyk added an assist and Mitch Marner had a goal and two assists. Leo Komarov and William Nylander also scored to help Toronto improve to 6-2-0 at home.James Neal and Viktor Arvidsson scored for the Predators, who had their three-game winning streak halted.Frederik Andersen made 32 saves for Toronto, and Marek Mazanec stopped 26-of-32 shots for Nashville.DUCKS 4, OILERS 1ANAHEIM, Calif. -- John Gibson made 33 saves, Cam Fowler and Ryan Kesler had goals and Anaheim gave Edmonton its fourth straight loss.Nick Ritchie and Antoine Vermette also scored for Anaheim, and Corey Perry had two assists to take the team lead with 15 points.Leon Draisaitl scored for Edmonton and Cam Talbot made 23 saves.Edmonton controlled play throughout much of the second period, outshooting Anaheim 18-9, but it was forced to climb out of a 3-0 hole after the Ducks capitalized on special teams chances to score twice in the second.PANTHERS 4, CANADIENS 3, OTMONTREAL -- Aaron Ekblad broke his stick on an awkward slap shot that sneaked by goalie Carey Price in overtime, helping Florida beat NHL-leading Montreal.Ekblad wound for a shot from the right hash marks, but his stick snapped and the puck slid slowly toward the net. It deflected off the boot of defenseman Nathan Beaulieu before sliding past Price 2:59 into OT.Alex Petrovic, Kyle Rau and Denis Malgin scored for the Panthers, and Roberto Luongo made 34 saves.Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Paul Byron had goals for Montreal, which is in its first two-game winless streak this season. Price made 20 saves in his first loss of the season.SENATORS 3, FLYERS 2, SOPHILADELPHIA -- Erik Karlsson scored the only goal of the shootout to lift Ottawa over Philadelphia.Mark Stone and Kyle Turris scored for the Senators, who have won three of their last four. Craig Anderson had 33 saves through overtime and stoppeed all five attempts in the tiebreaker. Ecco Shoes Wholesale. Nick Cousins and Michael Raffl had Philadelphias goals, and Steve Mason finished with 24 saves. The Flyers have lost four of five.Turris tied the score on a wraparound with 1:59 left in regulation. He then had a chance to get the winner in overtime on a 2-on-1 with Karlsson, but was stopped by Mason.DEVILS 2, STARS 1, OTDALLAS -- Adam Henrique scored 44 seconds into overtime to give New Jersey a victory over Dallas.Henrique and Kyle Palmieri skated in on Dallas goalie Antti Niemi on a 2-on-1. Palmieri sent a pass from the right side to Henrique at the edge of the left faceoff circle, and Henrique put the puck into the lower left portion of the net.The game had been tied since Patrick Eaves goal for Dallas at 10:33 of the first period.Damon Severson scored at 7:40 of the first for New Jersey, which won its fifth straight game.Niemi made 31 saves, including 16 in the second period.Cory Schneider had 23 saves for New Jersey.BLUES 4, SABRES 1ST. LOUIS -- Jaden Schwartz and Kyle Brodziak scored early in the third period to lead St. Louis over Buffalo.Robby Fabbri and Scottie Upshall also scored and Jake Allen made 23 saves for the Blues, who snapped a three-game skid and beat the Sabres for the ninth straight time.Sam Reinhart scored and Robin Lehner stopped 27 shots for the Sabres, who lost their fifth consecutive game.HURRICANES 1, SHARKS 0RALEIGH, N.C. -- Joakim Nordstrom scored with 9:12 left, Cam Ward made 22 saves in his first shutout in over a year and Carolina beat San Jose.Ward got the 24th shutout of his career and first since he blanked Colorado on Oct. 21, 2015, while improving to 6-1 in his career against the Sharks.That helped the Hurricanes win their second straight to escape last place in the Metropolitan Division, in the process snapping the defending Western Conference champions three-game winning streak.Aaron Dell stopped 32 shots in his third career game and his second start for the Sharks, who managed just two shots on goal in the second period before coming on strong in the third.BLUE JACKETS 2, CAPITALS 1, OTCOLUMBUS, Ohio -- Cam Atkinson scored 37 seconds into overtime as Columbus rallied to beat Washington.Atkinson buried a wrist shot off a faceoff from the right circle past goaltender Philipp Grubauer to extend Columbus home winning streak to six.Zach Werenski scored the tying goal with just under seven minutes remaining for the Blue Jackets, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 26 shots.Nicklas Backstrom scored late in the second period for Washington, and Grubauer finished with 20 saves.AVALANCHE 4, KINGS 1DENVER -- Semyon Varlamov had 32 saves, Patrick Wiercioch and Rene Bourque scored 22 seconds apart and Colorado beat Los Angeles.Gabriel Landeskog and Blake Comeau also scored for Colorado, and Wiercioch added an assist.Dustin Brown scored for Los Angeles and Peter Budaj stopped 26 shots. It was the Kings fourth straight loss after opening their five-game trip with a win in Toronto.The Avalanche had not scored a regulation goal for more than five periods before getting two quick ones at the start of the second period.FLAMES 1, WILD 0ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Johnny Gaudreaus goal early in the first period held up and Chad Johnson stopped 27 shots for Calgarys first shutout of the season, fueling a victory that ended a four-game losing streak.Outscored 17-4 over the skid -- with two of those goals from Gaudreau -- Johnson and the Flames gave their NHL-worst goals against average a big boost. Their scoring differential, now at minus-19, is last in the league.Flames goalie Brian Elliott, formerly of the St. Louis Blues, has an 8-2 record with a 2.18 goals against average in 12 career games against the Wild, but Johnson got the call from coach Glen Gulutzan instead.Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves for the Wild and has given up only nine goals in his last eight games, stopping 245 of 254 shots. ' ' ' 

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