Canadiens Blank The Rangers, 3-0

first_imgMONTREAL — Max Pacioretty stole the spotlight before the game. Carey Price got most of the accolades after the game. They combined to help the Montreal Canadiens to a franchise record.Pacioretty, carrying a torch aloft as he took the ice before the game, was introduced as the 29th captain in Canadiens’ history.Price made 25 saves to lead Montreal to a 3-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Oct. 15. The win was the Canadiens’ fifth straight to start the season, a franchise record.“It (the record) is rewarding, but I’m more happy about the way the team’s playing,” Pacioretty said after his first home game since being named captain. “It’s so fun to roll four lines and see everyone going.“There are no egos on this team right now.”Tomas Fleischmann, Dale Weise and Tomas Plekanec, with an empty-net effort, scored for the Canadiens (5-0-0), who handed the Rangers (3-2-0) a second straight defeat.Despite powerhouse Canadiens teams that won a record 24 Stanley Cups, the previous club record for wins to start a season was four, last accomplished in 1977-78.To set the record, Price displayed the form that won him the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s MVP and the Vezina as top goaltender last season.New York’s Henrik Lundqvist, who is also considered among the best goalies in the world, may have been even better in a losing cause, stopping 29 of 31 shots.“Hank was awesome tonight,” Price said of Lundqvist. “That was a spectacle. An absolute clinic. I really enjoyed watching it. He made a dozen really spectacular saves.”Rangers coach Alain Vigneault agreed.“We got schooled tonight,” he said. “Our only moment came on a 5-on-3. They outplayed us in every aspect of the game. If it wasn’t for our goalie, it would have been much worse.”Price has been all-but unbeatable at home against the Rangers, posting a 9-1-1 record in their last 11 visits, allowing only nine goals.There was playoff-like speed and intensity in the meeting of last season’s two top regular season clubs.“It was a high-level match, like a game in April,” Montreal coach Michel Therrien said.Montreal outshot the Rangers 32-25.The Canadiens scored the first goal for the fifth time in as many games 8:46 into the second period. David Desharnais kept a puck in at the blue line and then saw his shot go off Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh. Fleischmann batted the bouncing puck past Lundqvist on the short side.The end of the third period saw the goalies at their finest. Montreal killed a two-man New York Advantage when Price made a brilliant stop short side on Derek Stepan and thwarted Rick Nash on a short-range blast.At the other end, Lundqvist snared a bullet from Alex Galchenyuk. The Swede then kept the Rangers in the game in the third by stopping Brian Flynn on a breakaway and robbing a wide-open Desharnais from close range.He was finally beaten again at 17:55 when Weise picked out an opening with a shot from the right circle. Plekanec then put his fourth of the season into an open net.“Once again the Rangers played very well,” Price said. “That’s an excellent hockey club over there.“We have a lot of respect for that team and their abilities. They probably feel the same about us. In the future, I’m sure there’ll be a lot more great hockey games between our teams.” TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Hima Das withdraws from IAAF Continental Cup

first_imgThe Athletics Federation of India has decided against Hima Das’s participation in the IAAF Continental Cup. The decision was taken as the AFI wants Hima to take rest after a hectic season which saw her become the junior world 400m champion.The prestigious tournament is to be held in Czech Republic from Saturday.Hima was initially among seven Indian athletes who were to take part in the season-ending IAAF event in Ostrava on September 8 and 9 but has now been replaced by Australia’s Anneliese Rubbie as the second runner from Asia-Pacific.The Continental Cup is competed among four teams — Europe, Africa, America and Asia-Pacific — in 18 events each in both men and women’s sections and the mixed 4x400m relay. The top two athletes in the season’s rankings from each of the four regions take part in the Continental Cup.”Yes, Hima is not running in the IAAF Continental Cup. The AFI has decided to give her rest. She has run so many races this year from the Commonwealth Games to the World Juniors and the Asian Games. It is not good to make her run so many races,” a top coach told PTI on Friday.Hima Das receives a grand reception at Guwahati airportThe coach, however, ruled out any injury to Hima, though reports had said she sustained minor side strains during the mixed 4x400m relay race during the Asian Games due to ‘obstruction’ by a Bahraini runner. She was also seen limping after running the 4x400m relay race in Jakarta.advertisement”There is no injury to Hima. Athletes need good recovery time after a hectic season. She is very young, she has just started her career and we have to preserve and manage her workload lest she is burnt out,” the coach said.The 18-year-old from a village near Dhing in Assam started running only in late 2016 but has quickly risen to be the new Indian sprint sensation in a short span of time.She created history by becoming the first Indian to win a track gold in World Junior Championships in Finland in July. In the just-concluded Asian Games, she broke two national records in a span of two days in the women’s 400m (51.00 and 50.79 seconds) race though she had to be content with a silver behind Salwa Naser (50.09) of Bahrain.Hima was also part of the gold winning 4x400m relay team and silver-winning mixed 4x400m relay quartet.Neeraj Chopra (men’s javelin), Arpinder Singh (men’s triple jump), Mohd. Anas (men’s 400m), Jinson Johnson (men’s 800m), Sudha Singh (women’s 3000m steeplechase) and P U Chitra (women’s 1500m) are the Indians taking part in the Continental Cup.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Roma snubbed Blind, says Monchi

first_imgTransfers Monchi reveals why Roma snubbed Daley Blind offer Goal 05:16 2/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Daley Blind Manchester United Getty Images Transfers Roma Manchester United Premier League Serie A The Netherlands international was linked to a move to the Italian side towards the end of the transfer window but the club opted for Jonathan Silva Roma technical director Monchi says the Serie A club decided against signing Daley Blind in the January transfer window after the Manchester United player was offered to them.Blind was linked to a move to the Italian side towards the end of the month after they lost left-back Emerson Palmieri to Chelsea.Father Danny stated on deadline day that Roma wanted to take 27-year-old Blind on loan, but the Red Devils were hoping for a permanent sale. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Roma brought left-back Jonathan Silva on loan from Portuguese club Sporting instead, and Monchi insists the Argentine was always the preferred candidate instead of Blind.”We talked with Jonathan Silva even before the window opened, in expectation of Emerson leaving,” Monchi told reporters. “Blind was offered to us three or four days ago, but we decided he was not the right player, even from an economic point of view, which is important.”Roma were reportedly in danger of losing their highly-rated goalkeeper Alisson as rumours of a late bid from Liverpool spread.However, Monchi denied claims that an offer was made.”No, no,” he replied to a question on a bid for Alisson. “Now let me rest for a week before we start talking about the next transfer period.”last_img read more

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