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Florida and then claimed again by Montreal

Postautor: officialsbaseball » 14 lut 2019, 3:48

The work of an NHL backup goalie is often a life full of twists Custom Buffalo Sabres Jerseys , turns and surprises, as Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer once again found out this week.Bernier assumed he’d be taking his normal seat at the end of the Detroit Red Wings bench as the Wings faced the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. But when Jimmy Howard’s back seized up during the warm up, Bernier was pressed into action.He made his second consecutive start on Thursday at Carolina and stopped 38 shots — 14 of them in the first period — as Detroit topped the Hurricanes 4-1, ending an 0-3-1 skid.Article continues below ...“Bernie was excellent,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill told Detroitredwings.com. “We needed him to be great in the first and he was.“I thought he stood his ground hard. I thought he fought through traffic great. I thought he found pucks really well and he made big saves at big moments.”Thursday wasn’t as welcoming for Reimer. Facing his old team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Reimer was called upon to relieve starter Roberto Luongo as the Leafs shelled the Panthers 6-1.“It was a good hockey team playing a team that didn’t look very good,” Panthers head coach Bob Boughner told nhl.com. “I think that we had too many passengers. We tried to overcomplicate the game. What we did last week against Toronto (in a 4-3 overtime win) was we had 20 guys working hard and working together.“I thought we were just fragmented. I didn’t think we had the right mindset www.flamesshoponline.com , and that’s what happens against a team like this. If you don’t have 20 guys all playing the same way, you can get blown out.”The loss halted Florida’s brief two-game winning streak, the first time the Panthers had won consecutive games since a five-game win streak in early November. The Panthers are 2-4-1 in their last seven games.Detroit has also been sliding of late. The Wings a 3-5-2 in their last eight games. They’ve surrendered at least four goals in five of those games, while Thursday’s win marked the first time in seven games that they’d scored better than three goals.“Blash called us out a little bit after the last game (a 3-2 loss at Philadelphia),” Detroit forward Dylan Larkin said. “We’re aware of that. Everyone stepped up and played a solid road game.”The Wings come home off a 1-1-1 road trip.“Three points in three games on the road, we’ll take that,” Larkin said.After this game, the Wings close out their pre-Christmas slate Sunday in Toronto.“These games going into the break are huge for us Calgary Flames T-Shirts Womens ,” Larkin said. “We’ve got to treat it like a playoff series and it’s not going to be easy with Florida and Toronto, but getting two points (against Carolina) definitely helps our confidence going into those games.”The Panthers complete a four-game road trip Sunday at Chicago. Boughner indicated that Luongo would get the call Friday against Detroit and Reimer Sunday in Chicago. MONTREAL (AP) Goaltender Antti Niemi was seeking stability more than money when he agreed to a one-year, $950,000 contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.Who could blame the 34-year-old, who was eligible for free agency on July 1, after a whirlwind 2017-18 season? Niemi was bought out by the Dallas Stars last summer, signed with Pittsburgh, was claimed on waivers by l.”The way I felt when I was playing in Montreal Calgary Flames Hoodies Womens , I was comfortable there,” Niemi said on a conference call. ”I didn’t need to change that.”It wasn’t about getting the most money.”Niemi was 0-3-0 with a 7.49 goals-against average when Pittsburgh placed him on waivers on Oct. 24, and he was 0-1-1 with a 5.11 GAA – allowing five goals on 39 shots in two appearances – when he was put on waivers again by the Panthers on Nov. 14.But the Finnish veteran settled down nicely when claimed that day by Montreal, where he was reunited with goalie coach Stephane Waite. The two had worked together when Niemi backstopped the Chicago Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup in 2010.With the Canadiens, Niemi went 7-5-4 with a 2.46 GAA and a .929 save percentage.The club now has two goalies on one-way contracts vying for the job as backup to Carey Price next season – Niemi and prospect Charlie Lindgren, who signed a three-year extension on Feb. 13. It could make for a fierce battle in training camp, but at least whichever gets sent to AHL Laval will earn his full NHL salary.Niemi was just glad that his stint in Montreal showed he can still play top-level hockey.He said what prompted him to sign was ”how last season went and how I was able to bounce back.”—
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