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January 21, 2019 - 2:32 am

The Philadelphia Flyers might want to stay out of the penalty box in Saturday’s home game against Tampa Bay.The Lightning Mike Smith Jersey , the Eastern Conference leaders through their first 19 games, scored four power play goals — three of them by Brayden Point on the same power play — in Thursday night’s 4-3 victory in Pittsburgh. Entering play Friday, they were second in the NHL with 27 power play goals.Not a great omen for the Flyers, who were next-to-last in the league in penalty killing percentage (71.2) and tied for league lead in power play goals allowed (19).Article continues below …Point scored three power-play goals in 1:31 — the sixth-fastest hat trick in NHL history — Thursday night.“That’s a first for me,” Point said after his team ended a two-game losing streak to improve to 13-5-1. “They told me after the game, so it’s pretty cool. Guys made good plays and I was able to score.”Nikita Kucherov assisted on all three goals to get to 200 assists in his career, as the Lightning won in the first game after losing Andrei Vasilevskiy to a broken foot.“I thought we moved the puck well,” Point said. “Obviously, 5-on-3s are pretty tough to defend, and I thought we weren’t getting too cute with it. I thought we were making good plays to the net and shooting the puck.”While the Lightning were evening their record to 1-1 on a four-game road trip Sean Monahan Jersey , the Flyers were stymied by Keith Kinkaid and the New Jersey Devils in the third of five straight home games. It was the second straight low-scoring loss for the Flyers, who have come off a 5-0-1 streak with only one goal in two games.They hit five posts — one by Oskar Lindblom with his team down 1-0 in the third period — in the loss that dropped them to 9-9-1.And they also lost goaltender Brian Elliott to injury for the second time this month to a pulled groin. He was relieved by Calvin Pickard, who replaced him for two games on the 3-0-1 road trip and went 1-0-1.Friday, the Flyers said Elliott, whose injury could be related to previous core muscle and hip surgeries, should miss two weeks. Alex Lyon was recalled from the minors and there’s a chance the injured Michal Neuwirth could return while Elliott is out.Pickard was claimed off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs Oct. 2.“I’m confident,” Pickard said after Thursday’s loss. “I had a couple good starts last weekI just have to have a good sleep tonight, wake up tomorrow and get back to work.”Louis Domingue has replaced Vasilevskiy, expected to miss three to four weeks after getting hit with a routine shot in practice, after the starter was injured in practice. He is 1-1-0 in two career games against the Flyers.The Lightning have surrendered the first goal of the game in nine of the last 10 and continue to come from behind.“We didn’t quit TJ Brodie Jersey ,” Steven Stamkos said Thursday. “We knew we would probably get some calls after the flurry of penalties we had in the first. We were able to get fortunate and get a couple 5-on-3s, which the old cliché is if you don’t score on your 5-on-3, you probably don’t win the game. We get two there, and then one right after on that extended power play. So special teams were huge tonight.”Pickard is 0-0-1 in his only career start against the Lightning.While the Lightning power play was potent Thursday, the Flyers are 2-for-32 with the advantage over the last 11 games after going 0-for-4 Thursday.They got James van Riemsdyk back Thursday for his first game since Oct. 6and he caused a power-play goal to be waved off because of goalie interference.“If you’re out for six weeks, especially at the start of the season when you’ve been off already for three or four months, you’re definitely not as sharp as you’d like to be,” said van Riemsdyk, a major offseason signing. “I’m sure I’ll be fine; it’s just one of those things that’s a work in progress.”Radko Gudas, who missed Thursday’s Flyers loss because of illness Womens Travis Hamonic Jersey , was back on the ice Friday. BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon shrugged off his hot start with the Colorado Avalanche this season by suggesting he can be better.“It’s nice for sure. I think I can play better than I am,” MacKinnon said after scoring twice in a 6-1 rout of the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. “I’m just putting it in right now but I think, overall, it hasn’t been the easiest year so far.”Coach Josh Bednar agrees with his player, who has five goals and extended his season-opening scoring streak to four games.“I feel like he’s just kind of starting to hit his stride,” Bednar said, before turning his attention to the Avalanche’s top line rounded out by Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog.“If they continue to work the way they’re working, and do the right things and pay attention to the process, it’s going to come for them Custom Los Angeles Kings Jerseys ,” he added.Tyson Jost and Colin Wilson scored power-play goals 2:25 apart in a first period in which the Avalanche built a 3-0 lead on Carl Soderberg’s goal with 3:30 left.MacKinnon scored his first of the game 28 seconds after Buffalo’s Nathan Beaulieu cut Colorado’s lead to 3-1 late in the second period.MacKinnon and Alexander Kerfoot then scored breakaway goals in the final five minutes as Colorado improved to 3-1 and bounced back from a 5-2 loss at Columbus.Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots to improve to 3-0. And Mackinnon matched the Colorado franchise record for a goal streak to open a season, set by John Mitchell three years ago.Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin , the first overall draft pick this summer, got his first career point with an assist on Beaulieu’s goal.Otherwise, very little went right for Buffalo (2-2), which squandered a chance to match last season’s team-best three-game winning streak.Whatever momentum the Sabres attempted to generate were dashed with 22 second left in the first period when Kyle Okposo’s goal was disallowed following a coaching challenge for goalie interference.Officials determined Okposo interfered with Varlamov when he crashed into the crease to convert Jack Eichel’s pass. After redirecting the pass, Okposo backed into the goalie, forcing Varlamov to lift his right pad and allowing the puck to sneak in beneath it.“I knew it was going to be probably a 50-50 one,” Okposo said. “I don’t think me being there really affected it. But they did. And that’s how it goes.”Okposo was more frustrated over how Buffalo started the game.“I think it would’ve been nice to get out of there 3-1, but we deserved to be down 3-0 http://www.hurricanesshoponlin…..kov-jersey ,” he said. “We didn’t play well in the first period. Like, it was bad.”Buffalo’s bad breaks were compounded after Beaulieu scored.MacKinnon scored to regain Colorado’s three-goal edge after a Sabres clearing attempt got caught up referee Francis Charron’s skate. The puck dribbled to Rantanen, who fed a pass through the crease to a wide-open MacKinnon.“Last game we started out a little bit sloppy so it was something we emphasized before the game,” Wilson said. “We answered the bell there and stayed in our mindset the whole game.”NOTES: Colorado converted 2 of 4 power-play opportunities, while Buffalo went 0 for 7. … Avalanche C Vladislav Kamenev made his season debut. Acquired from Nashville in a three-team trade in November, he missed 50 games after breaking his arm in his Avalanche debut. … Sabres LW Johan Larsson made his season debut since sustaining a lower body injury during the preseason. D Zach Bogosian (lower body) was placed on injured reserve. … Sabres G Carter Hutton had 24 saves.UP NEXTAvalanche: Return home to play Calgary Flames on Saturday, before heading east for four-game road trip.Sabres: Open five-game road trip at Arizona on Saturday.

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