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UP NEXT Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (1-4, 2.76 ERA) is set to make a surprise return from the disabled list Saturday night, starting against Jacob deGrom (5-2, major league-low 1.51 ERA) in a marquee matchup – weather permitting. Kershaw has been sidelined since June 1 with a lower back strain. He originally was scheduled for a rehab start Saturday with Triple-A Oklahoma City at Omaha, but heavy rain in the forecast caused the team to change plans. The three-time Cy Young Award winner and 2014 NL MVP, who also missed nearly all of May with left biceps tendinitis Quinnen Williams Jersey , will be limited against the Mets, with 21-year-old rookie LHP Caleb Ferguson (0-1, 7.59 ERA) ready in reserve. — Here’s a look at what’s happening around the major leagues today: STILL HERE Mets star Jacob deGrom is expected to start at Miami. 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MONTH OF MAHLE Reds rookie Tyler Mahle (6-6) tries to complete an undefeated month when he faces the first-place Milwaukee Brewers. The 23-year-old righty is 3-0 in five June starts with a 2.30 ERA. He’s been Cincinnati’s best young pitcher http://www.jetsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jachai-polite-jersey , leading NL rookies in wins. Milwaukee goes with Jhoulys Chacin (6-3). COULD BE Washington righty Jeremy Hellickson (2-0, 2.28) is expected to return from the disabled list to start at Philadelphia. He has been sidelined since June 4 with a right hamstring strain. He’s hoping for the same burst the Nationals enjoyed Friday night at Citizens Bank Park, when they hit seven homers in a 17-7 romp. —
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Steinbrenner believes New York’s marquee offseason acquisition will crank up his production soon, though. ”He’s had ups and downs, but when he gets hot, he’ll carry a team,” Steinbrenner said. ”We’ve all seen that and it will happen. Work ethic is great. Worked his way right into the clubhouse in a great way, teammates like him Tony Pollard Jersey , so he’s going to be great.” NOT-SO-FRIENDLY SKIES New York has had eight games either postponed or suspended by poor weather already this season. If that wasn’t enough of an inconvenience, they’ve also encountered their share of travel snafus- which included having to spend a night at Dulles International Airport in mid-May due to weather and a problem with the plane. As an experienced pilot himself, Steinbrenner understands that air travel can be an inexact science. ”We all fly commercial and even small jets, even my plane has problems from time to time and I fly a dinky little propeller plane,” he said. ”So you start to get into these airliners, I mean they’re complex from the avionics to the life support systems to the engines to the hydraulics. They’re just complicated machines. … It’s obviously air transportation, very reliable and very safe. But it’s very safe and very reliable because they don’t take a plane up if it’s not close to a hundred percent, right?” —
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That included three short-handed goals.”His elite speed makes him a disruptive defensive presence and he fits well with what head coach Jim Montgomery is trying to accomplish,” Nill said.Goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who is second in Stars history with 215 wins but had become a backup to Bishop, is an unrestricted free agent.The Stars lost left wings Antoine Roussel ($12 million, four years with Vancouver) and Curtis McKenzie ($3 million, two years with Vegas), and defenseman Greg Pateryn ($6.75 million, three years with Minnesota) in free agency Sunday.— TORONTO (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche caught the Toronto Maple Leafs in a lull and took full advantage.Carl Soderberg had his first career hat trick and the Avalanche defeated the Maple Leafs 6-3 on Monday night.Gabriel Landeskog Juuse Saros Jersey , Mikko Rantanen and Matt Calvert also scored for Colorado, which had lost nine of its last 10 games overall (1-7-2), and seven straight in regulation on the road.Semyon Varlamov stopped 17 shots for the Avalanche.“We were going tonight,” Soderberg said. “I’m glad we could get a win.”Igor Ozhiganov, Kasperi Kapanen and Mitch Marner scored for Toronto. Frederik Andersen made 32 saves in his return to the starting lineup after missing eight games with a groin injury. Auston Matthews added two assists.Toronto, which entered play two points up on the Boston Bruins for second in the Atlantic Division, has lost five of its last seven games and four of five at home.“We just didn’t win enough races, enough puck battles,” Leafs center John Tavares said. “It starts with guys like myself, we have to do a better job consistently.”The Maple Leafs talked ahead of Monday’s game about how matching a reeling opponent’s desperation level would be crucial. They didn’t come close.“We’ve only got ourselves to blame,” Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said. “This is not good enough.”Soderberg scored his second goal of the game with 8:15 left in the third period and added an empty net goal.Soderberg broke a 3-3 tie midway through the third when he snapped his 14th goal of the season past Andersen off a pass from J.T. Compher after Colin Wilson won a battle behind Toronto’s net.Toronto Kyle Turris Jersey , which went 4-4-0 without Andersen, pulled its goalie with just under three minutes to go, but Calvert beat Matthews to a loose puck in the Colorado zone and banked a shot off the boards for his seventh of the season with 2:51 left.Soderberg completed the hat trick by scoring into an empty net at 18:12.“Everyone is getting better and we’ve hit a lull,” Babcock said. “We’ve got to get turned.”With some of the fans at Scotiabank Arena booing Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner every time he touched the puck after a soft play led directly to Soderberg’s short-handed score in the second period to make it 3-2 for the visitors, Marner tied the game six minutes into the third.The winger took a pass from Travis Dermott and ripped his 18th goal of the season and third in as many games past Varlamov’s glove.After a scoreless first, the middle period featured five goals, and another that was disallowed.Ozhiganov scored his third at 2:14 with a shot from the point through a screen fooled Varlamov.Leafs winger Par Lindholm appeared to score at 3:32, but the goal was called back after Colorado challenged for offside.Toronto went right back to work and scored 11 seconds after play resumed — four seconds in game time before the puck entered the net on Lindholm’s effort — when Kapanen snapped a seven-game drought with his 15th.Landeskog tipped home his 28th at 6:33 off a point shot from Tyson Barrie.Andersen did well to stop MacKinnon on a partial breakaway and Wilson’s quick backhand, but could do nothing when Rantanen stripped Nazem Kadri in the Toronto zone and scored his 21st at 9:56.Soderberg then made it 3-2 on his 13th with 5:31 left in the second when he outmuscled Gardiner for the puck late in a Toronto power play before chipping a shot past Andersen’s blocker.With their No. 1 goalie back in the crease, the Leafs played their best lineup — except for injured fourth-line winger Tyler Ennis (broken ankle) — for just the fifth time this season.After Andersen had to be sharp on a couple Colorado chances as Toronto barely touched the puck in the game’s first two minutes, the Leafs had great looks on a power play.NOTES: Andersen had originally targeted Saturday’s home game against Boston Youth Matt Irwin Jersey , only to be cut down by a flu bug. … Leafs backup Garret Sparks, meanwhile, was back on the bench following five games out with a concussion. … Michael Hutchinson, who started the last five outings for Toronto on an emergency basis with both Andersen and Sparks sidelined, was loaned to the AHL Marlies. … Colorado’s top line of Rantanen, Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon came in with 185 points on the season. Rantanen and MacKinnon ranked second and fifth in league scoring, respectively, while Landeskog was 19th.UP NEXTAvalanche: Wraps up a five-game trip through Canada in Ottawa on Wednesday.Maple Leafs: Visit Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.
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Dustin Brown has recorded 10 points over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.LAST 10 GAMES: Flames: 7-3-0, averaging 3.9 goals, 6.8 assists, 3.2 penalties and 7.2 penalty minutes while giving up 1.9 goals per game with a .918 save percentage.Kings: 5-4-1 Cam Ward Jersey Womens , averaging 2.8 goals, 5.1 assists, 3.4 penalties and 8.3 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with a .906 save percentage.Kings Injuries: None listed.Flames Injuries: Sam Bennett: day to day (upper body). CHICAGO (AP) The Los Angeles Kings have owned the third period this season. The first period has been a bit of an adventure, but it’s coming around.Torrey Mitchell and Andy Andreoff scored during Los Angeles’ dominant start, and the Kings held off the Chicago Blackhawks for a 3-1 victory Monday night.”Arguably one of the best periods we’ve played this year, that first period,” captain Anze Kopitar said.Article continues below ...Los Angeles (32-22-5) has outscored opponents 73-41 in the third this season. The Kings had to scramble in the final period against the Blackhawks, but Jonathan Quick made 12 of his 27 saves in the third to help close out the Kings’ second straight win since a three-game slide.Los Angeles also put together a strong start in Saturday’s 4-2 victory at Buffalo.”I think the last two games, the way we started the hockey games has been the difference,” coach John Stevens said.Dion Phaneuf added his second goal in three games since joining Los Angeles in a trade with Ottawa Matt Hunwick Jersey Womens , helping the Kings improve to 3-3 on their seven-game trip as they fight for playoff positioning in the Western Conference.Last-place Chicago looked awful for most of the night during its ninth loss in 10 games. Anton Forsberg made 29 stops for the Blackhawks (25-27-8), and Patrick Sharp snapped an 11-game scoring drought with his seventh goal of the season.”It was a tough, tough start,” coach Joel Quenneville said. ”There’s a certain standard to competing and starting the game and you watch in the first 20 minutes every race, every puck battle, every single play we were behind it. They won the period in every category.”It was the first game at the United Center since the Blackhawks banned four fans from their home games for directing a racist taunt toward Washington’s Devante Smith-Pelly. The team also apologized to the forward and the Capitals.Smith-Pelly was sitting in the penalty box during the third period of Saturday night’s 7-1 loss to Chicago when the fans yelled ”basketball, basketball, basketball” toward the winger, who is black. An off-ice official sitting next to Smith-Pelly notified security and the fans were promptly ejected.”Totally unacceptable in our game, in any sport and in society today Jeff Skinner Jersey Womens ,” Quenneville said.The Kings grabbed control right at the start, outshooting the Blackhawks 15-4 in the first. A streaking Mitchell drove a slap shot from the high slot by a screened Forsberg at 8:31, and Andreoff made it 2-0 when he tipped in Jonny Brodzinski’s shot with 3:23 left in the period.With Chicago’s Lance Bouma in the penalty box for interference, Phaneuf beat Forsberg with another big slap shot at 4:04 of the second. The big defenseman also scored in his debut with Los Angeles on Thursday.”We weren’t playing with a whole lot of speed or energy or compete in our game and when you do that against a good team like the Kings, that’s going to happen,” Sharp said.Sharp’s rebound goal got Chicago on the board 1:42 into the third, and the Blackhawks spent much of the final period in the Kings zone. Quick denied Brandon Saad on a prime short-handed chance about three minutes in, and also stopped Artem Anisimov on a power-play opportunity right in front.NOTES: The Blackhawks traded D Michal Kempny to Washington for a conditional third-round pick in the 2018 draft. The Capitals will part with the higher selection between their own third-rounder and the Toronto pick they acquired from New Jersey as part of the Marcus Johansson trade. … The Kings also beat Chicago 3-1 on Dec. 3. The teams close out their season series March 3 in Los Angeles. … Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane skated in his 800th NHL game.UP NEXTKings: Visit the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.Blackhawks: Host the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.—Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap—
  13. TORONTO (AP) William Nylander and Auston Matthews each had two goals and an assist as the playoff-bound Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 on Monday night.Andreas Johnsson also scored as Maple Leafs extended a franchise record with their 48th win and matched the team mark for points (103) set in 2003-04. Backup goalie Curtis McElhinney stopped 32 shots to help Toronto win for the 15th time in the last 17 at home.Matthews extended his point streak to seven games in Toronto’s 28th home win of the season. He has five goals and 10 points on his run.Sam Reinhart got his career-high 24th goal for the last-place Sabres Custom Winnipeg Jets Jerseys , and Jason Pominville also scored. Chad Johnson finished with 31 saves.KINGS 3, AVALANCHE 1LOS ANGELES (AP) – Dustin Brown’s short-handed goal helped Los Angeles move back into third place in the Pacific Division with a win over Colorado.Torrey Mitchell and Kyle Clifford also scored for the Kings, who are one point ahead of Anaheim. Jonathan Quick made 27 saves and the Kings won their third consecutive home game.Alexander Kerfoot had a power-play goal and Jonathan Bernier stopped 22 shots for the Avalanche.Colorado leads St. Louis by one point for the second Western Conference wild card, but the Blues have a game in hand. The Avalanche host the Blues on Saturday in the final game of the regular season for both.PANTHERS 3, HURRICANES 2SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) – Alexander Petrovic scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period and Florida snapped a three-game skid.Evgenii Dadonov and MacKenzie Weegar also scored to help the Panthers pull five points behind idle New Jersey for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference. Florida has four games remaining, one more than the Devils. Roberto Luongo stopped 26 shots.Derek Ryan and Trevor van Riemsdyk scored for Carolina, and Scott Darling finished with 32 saves.On the go-ahead goal, Petrovic shot from the boards above the right circle and beat Darling with 7:58 left for his second of the season.WILD 3, STARS 0ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Zach Parise scored twice and Devan Dubnyk made 22 saves to blank his original team, pushing Minnesota to the brink of the playoffs.Playing for the first time in nearly three years without stalwart defenseman Ryan Suter www.goldenknightsshoponline.com , the Wild wrapped up their home schedule with a postseason-caliber performance punctuated by a staggering 21-3 shots advantage in the third period. Joel Eriksson Ek added an empty-net goal as the Wild finished 27-6-8 at Xcel Energy Center, currently the second-best home record in the NHL.Cam Talbot made 37 saves for the Oilers, who lost their fifth straight game and ensured a sub-80-point finish for the eighth time in the nine years.The Wild reached 98 points to match the fourth-most in franchise history.CAPITALS 4, BLUES 2ST. LOUIS (AP) – Nicklas Backstrom started a three-goal second period, Braden Holtby made 34 saves, and Washington won for the seventh time in eight games and 11th in the last 13.Alex Ovechkin got his league-leading 46th goal, and Alex Chiasson and Andre Burakovsky also scored for the Capitals. Holtby won for the fourth time in his last five starts, and improved to 7-0-0 in seven career starts against St. Louis.Vladimir Tarasenko and Patrik Berglund scored for the Blues, who lost their second straight. Jake Allen finished with 30 saves.JETS 6, SENATORS 5OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) – Blake Wheeler scored twice and Winnipeg held off Ottawa.Andrew Copp had a goal and an assist, and Josh Morrissey Vegas Golden Knights T-Shirts Womens , Brandon Tanev and Mathieu Perreault also scored for the Jets, who pulled five points behind first-place Nashville in the Central Division with three games remaining. Adam Lowry and Mark Scheifele each had two assists, and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 32 shots.Thomas Chabot and Matt Duchene each scored twice and Christian Wolanin got his first NHL goal for Ottawa, which was playing its final home game of the season. Craig Anderson finished with 34 saves.— SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The Florida Panthers are still alive for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They’re going to need some help, though.Jared McCann scored with 5:37 left and Roberto Luongo got the win in his 1,000th career game, helping the Panthers stay in contention with a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.The Panthers trail the Philadelphia Flyers by four points for the final Eastern Conference wild card and have two games remaining, including a matchup Sunday night with Boston. Florida needs to win both games and have the Flyers lose to the New York Rangers in regulation Saturday.”It would be nice to control our own fate, but we don’t have that luxury,” coach Bob Boughner said. ”Who knows what’s going to happen, but we know we have a job to do. 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McCann took his spot on the top line and was able to make an impact.”I was ready to go,” McCann said. ”I look for those opportunities every day. I was able to step up.”There wasn’t an update on Barkov after the game.”I know the doctors are back there checking him out, so I don’t have anything as of now. It didn’t look great when he was going off the ice, to be honest Vegas Golden Knights Hats Womens ,” Boughner said.Danton Heinen and Ryan Donato scored for the Bruins. Tuukka Rask stopped 32 shots.”Yeah, a tough start,” Rask said. ”They came to play, that’s not a surprise to anybody. They’re fighting for their lives and need every point they can get. You have to be ready for that and we weren’t.”The Bruins have lost three straight, their longest losing streak since a four-game skid from November 8-15.”You don’t want to go into the playoffs limping,” Rask said. ”You want to go in full stride and that’s something we have to fix the last two games.”Boston remains tied with Tampa Bay for the lead in the Atlantic Division, but Tampa owns the tiebreaker. Each team has two games left.”We’ve got one out of six points on this trip,” coach Bruce Cassidy said. ”That’s what happens in this league, I don’t care what teams you play. A bad formula to play from behind. Guys have to be ready to go when the puck drops. That’s something we have to look to correct.”McCann tipped in the winner off Mike Matheson’s shot from the left side.The Bruins tied it at 2 on Heinen’s goal 2:11 into the second period. After a defensive turnover, David Krejci passed across to Heinen, who beat Luongo on the stick side.Trailing 2-0, the Bruins closed to 2-1 on a power-play goal by Donato Custom Vegas Golden Knights Jerseys , who corralled a bouncing puck in front and swept it behind Luongo with 4:41 left in the first.The Panthers took a 1-0 lead on Barkov’s goal. Evgenii Dadonov made a nice pass from the right side to Barkov, who tucked the puck into the corner of the net at 7:42.The Panthers went ahead 2-0 after Vatrano, acquired by the Panthers in a trade with Boston on Feb. 22, poked in a rebound at 9:34.NOTES: Bruins F Brad Marchand played in his 600th NHL game. … Donato has eight points in his first 10 NHL games. … A video tribute to Luongo’s 1,000-game mark, midway through the first period, drew a standing ovation, including from Bruins players.UP NEXTBruins: Hosts Ottawa on Saturday night.Panthers: Hosts Buffalo on Saturday night.—
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Rinne has been pulled from not one but two games – both on his own ice – before staving off elimination in Game 6 with his second shutout this postseason.”When you think about Game 7, as a team, as an individual, you’re just going to give it all and do your best and do it as a team and trust your teammates,” Rinne said Wednesday. ”I think that’s the best formula and focus on your own team.”Hellebuyck’s stats include a 2-1 record in Nashville in this series, which ends Thursday night (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN) in the only Game 7 of the second round this postseason. Hellebuyck gave up three goals in a 4-0 home loss Monday night , turning this into a winner-take-all game for the right to play Vegas in the conference final.”We know it’s all on the line Adidas Jaycob Megna Jersey , and nothing in the past is going to bother us,” Hellebuyck said. ”We can’t let it. This is going to be the most fun game we’re going to play and I think a lot of us are going to enjoy ourselves.”RESTED RINNEA Justin Timberlake concert Wednesday night pushed Game 7 to Thursday night, giving the 35-year-old Rinne two days of rest. During the regular season, the Predators goalie went 11-3 with a 1.99 goals-against average and .936 save percentage during the season when he got two days to rest between games. ”It’s nice to have that extra day,” Rinne said.EDGE IN EXPERIENCEThe eventual Stanley Cup champion in each of the past five seasons has won a Game 7 along the way. This is the Predators’ third Game 7. The Jets will become the 29th active NHL franchise to play a Game 7 on Thursday night. Nashville is among both the 14 teams to win their first Game 7 and the 10 who did that on the road, beating Anaheim in 2016 to clinch a first-round series.Nashville coach Peter Laviolette, 5-2 in Game 7s, is one of only four NHL coaches to win a Game 7 in each of four different playoff rounds (Pat Burns, Mike Keenan and John Tortorella). He also has 20 Predators who have at least one Game 7 on their resume. Jets coach Paul Maurice is 2-0 himself, though only eight of his Jets have played in a Game 7.RAZOR-THIN SERIESNashville finished only three points (117) ahead of Winnipeg (114) for the Presidents’ Trophy, and this series has been about as close as possible. The Jets have more goals (22-18), while Nashville has more shots on goal (217-213). But even-strength shot attempts are 338 apiece with each team blocking 97 shots. The Predators have only three more hits (144-141).TOP LINE MATTERSNashville’s JOFA line of Ryan Johansen Adidas Max Jones Jersey , Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson combined for eight points in keeping the Predators alive with a 4-0 win in Game 6. Winnipeg’s top line of Blake Wheeler, Kyle Connor and Mark Scheifele had eight points in Game 5.”It’s the final game for one team,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said. ”So, there’s lot of emotion, lots of excitement. But there’s definitely a calmness to it. There’s a finality coming. It brings out the best I think.”THE DREAM GAME”Ever since I started playing hockey, I was five years old, you put yourself in that position where you play a Game 7 in the playoffs,” Jets forward Mathieu Perrault said. ”This is what we play for. So this should be the most fun we’ve had all year.”— OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Ottawa Senators were ready for their 4-on-3 power play in overtime against the Pittsburgh Penguins.Ryan Dzingel scored with the man advantage at 1:20 of overtime after the Penguins were called for too many men on the ice in Ottawa’s 2-1 victory Saturday night.Senators coach Guy Boucher said they simulated the situation in practice earlier in the day.“I had a weird feeling this morning,” Boucher said. “We were supposed to practice 5-on-4 and I don’t know, we practiced 5-on-3 and 4-on-3, and the boys executed perfectly Adidas Andrej Sustr Jersey , so it was good. It was a good, lucky day.”Thomas Chabot scored in regulation, Mark Stone assisted on both goals and Craig Anderson made 35 shots.“Stone told me he missed me on the 5-on-4 just before so I knew he was looking for me and, obviously, 5-on-3, 4-on-3 we’re trying to get the puck in his hands because he makes things happen. He was ether going to me or (Chabot) and he faked out and came to me. Chabot already got one, so he was looking for me and it found a way in.”Jean-Sebastien Dea scored for Pittsburgh, and Casey DeSmith stopped 27 shot.“I still think we can give ourselves a better chance in the third, staying out of the box and overtime,” said Sidney Crosby. “We did a lot of good things, but you can’t expect to win games, especially close games Adidas Alex Galchenyuk Jersey , putting yourself in that position time and time again.”Ottawa was without scoring leader Matt Duchene, with the team saying he’ll be out weeks with a groin injury. The Senators also revealed that Bobby Ryan would be sidelined indefinitely because of a concussion.“It’s opportunity for other guys,” Anderson said. “You can’t worry about what you don’t have. You have to worry about what you do have and what we have in here is 20 guys willing to pay the price to try and win hockey games.”Ottawa opened the scoring at 4:24 of the first period. Stone fed Chabot at the point and fired a shot through traffic to beat DeSmith.Dea tied it at 3:27 of the second.“I thought we dominated a lot of the game,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “We couldn’t find a way to score more goals, but there was a lot to like about our effort. For the most part, it was pretty solid.”NOTES: D Christian Jaros was a healthy scratch for the Senators, while Mark Borowiecki missed his eighth straight game with an upper-body injury. … Pittsburgh defensemen Chad Ruhwedel and Juuso Riikola were healthy scratches.UP NEXTPenguins: At New York Islanders on Monday night.Senators: Host Boston on Sunday night.
  15. NEW YORK — Neither the New York Islanders nor New York Rangers seemed to be candidates to liven up a bleak-looking fall and winter for Big Apple sports. But now Islanders-Rangers games might be the only compelling theater in New York until baseball season starts.A pair of teams in the midst of surprisingly solid starts will square off for the first time this season Thursday night http://www.officialcanadiensprostore.com/authentic-adidas-antti-niemi-jersey , when the Islanders host the Rangers at Barclays Center.Both squads beat the visiting Vancouver Canucks in their previous games. The Rangers extended their point streak to seven games Monday, when they beat the Canucks 2-1. 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The Rangers have earned three more wins (125-122) over the Islanders and hold a narrow 878-861 lead in goals scored “We’ve talked about it a little bit but you hear more from the outside Carey Price Jersey ,” first-year Islanders winger Tom Kuhnhackl told reporters following practice Wednesday. “You hear about the rivalry. It’s something special. I’m excited.”The Islanders have dominated the series the last three seasons. They have won the last seven games in the series and are 11-1-0 against the Rangers since moving to Barclays Center, where they have never lost to the Blueshirts.“I think, so far, obviously, the record doesn’t lie,” Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist told reporters following practice Wednesday. “They’ve been better than us at the Barclays Center, so we’ve got to do what we can to turn that around. 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