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in camera talk Thu Sep 26, 2019 5:53 am
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(SportsNetwork. Stan Smith Shoes NZ .com) - The Calgary Flames will try to enter the All-Star break with their longest winning streak of the season when they visit the NHL- leading Anaheim Ducks for Wednesdays clash at Honda Center. The Flames have matched a season high with wins in four straight games, marking the third time the surprising club has posted four victories in a row in 2014-15. Calgary, which last won five consecutive tilts from Jan. 22-Feb. 1, also can complete a perfect five-game homestand tonight before beginning a six-game stay at the Saddledome on Tuesday against Buffalo. The Flames two most recent wins have come in overtime, including Mondays triumph over the reigning Stanley Cup champions. Calgary downed the Los Angeles Kings, 2-1, thanks to Dennis Widemans game- winning goal in the final minute of the extra session, although the Flames didnt immediately know they won. Wideman fired a shot on net from the left circle that appeared to hit the crossbar and come out the other side. However, when play was stopped and the refs got a chance to review, it was determined that the puck hit the camera in the back of the net and came out, and Wideman was credited with his 12th goal of the season for the win. When I shot it, I thought it was in, said Wideman. They came at us hard, theyre a big team that knows how to win. I thought we did a good job of limiting grade-A scoring chances. Sean Monahan had the other goal for Calgary, tying the contest at 1-1 with 6:05 left in the third period. Joni Ortio made 33 saves for the Flames, who have won five straight on the road and are 14-9-1 as the visiting team this season. The win moved the Flames one point in front of the Kings for the last wild card spot in the Western Conference. Like Calgary, the Ducks also enter their final game before the All-Star break on a four-game winning streak and Anaheim also boasts a 6-1-0 record in January. The recent hot stretch is just part of what has been a phenomenal regular season so far for the Ducks. Anaheim is leading the Pacific Division by 11 points over second-place Vancouver and is one ahead of Nashville for the most points in the NHL with 66. Anaheims most recent win also came against the Kings. The Ducks recorded a 3-2 win Saturday in L.A. with Jakob Silfverberg scoring the only goal in the shootout. Silfverberg was Anaheims second shooter in the final phase and snapped a low shot past Jonathan Quick on the blocker side. The winger is 7-for-11 this season in shootouts. I wanted to switch it up a little bit, said Silfverberg about his shootout attempt. I was going glove side a lot (recently). Frederik Andersen then stopped Marian Gaboriks backhand attempt to give Anaheim the extra point. Andersen also turned aside Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar earlier in the shootout and finished the contest with 26 saves. Sami Vatanen scored the tying goal in the third period for the Ducks. The Ducks are 7-4 in shootouts and improved to 22-0-6 in games decided by one goal. They also are the only team in the league without a regulation one-goal loss. Anaheim will emerge from the All-Star break next Tuesday when it visits the Vancouver Canucks. The Ducks are 17-5-3 as the host this season. The Ducks are 4-1-1 in the last six meetings with Calgary and tonights test marks the third of five encounters in 2014-15. Anaheim recorded a 3-2 regulation win over the visiting Flames on Nov. 25, one week after Calgary posted a 4-3 shootout victory over the Ducks on home ice. NMD R2 Sale Womens . In fact, with a few improvements, this could very well be a decent team over the next few seasons. I will go into more detail when digging into the Canucks Off-Season Game Plan, which will be coming earlier this year since they are part of the non-playoff contingent, there are some reasons to think this is a favourable situation for President of Hockey Operations Trevor Linden and whomever he selects to be the new general manager. Adidas Alphabounce NZ . Miikka Kiprusoff had just announced his retirement after a decade-long run in Calgary and it would be up to Berra and Ramo to fill the void. http://www.nmdshoesnz.com/ . PETERSBURG, Fla. EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Lakers signed Kobe Bryant to a two-year contract extension Monday, securing the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history into his 20th season with the franchise. Bryant hasnt played this season while recovering from surgery on his torn Achilles tendon in April, but the Lakers didnt wait to renew their commitment to the five-time NBA champion before he got anywhere close to the free-agent market next summer. Bryant inked the deal with owner Jim Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak at his side in agent Rob Pelinkas office moments before the Lakers left for an East Coast road trip. Bryant, Buss and Kupchak all had repeatedly stated Bryant wouldnt leave his only NBA home. The 35-year-old guard quickly tweeted a picture of his signature with the hashtag: Laker4Life. "This is a very happy day for Lakers fans and for the Lakers organization," Kupchak said in a statement. "Weve said all along that our priority and hope was to have Kobe finish his career as a Laker, and this should ensure that that happens." Bryant has spent more than half of his life playing for the Lakers, and if he fulfills his new contract, he will break John Stocktons record of 19 seasons with one NBA franchise. But Kobes legacy in L.A. already is secure: No less than Magic Johnson and Jerry West have declared Bryant the franchises greatest player, given his fistful of championship rings and his consistent brilliance while scoring more points than anybody in a Lakers uniform. Although Bryant is taking a pay cut from his $30.45 million salary this season, Kobe and the Lakers didnt exactly agree to a hometown discount, either. ESPN reported the deal is worth $48.5 million, keeping Kobe among the NBAs highest-paid players. Some fans grumbled online that the contract will limit the Lakers flexibility in the free-agent market next summer, clouding their starry-eyed dreams of signing Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James. Other fans approved the payout as a reward for an iconic player who still ranked among the NBAs most dangerous scorers before his injury. Bryant and 39-year-old point guard Steve Nash are the only players signed to significant contracts for next season with the Lakers, who have been anticipating a major roster restructuring in 2014 ever since Dwight Howard fled town in July. Even if the Lakers waived the oft-injured Nash under a special provision limitinng his salary cap hit, Bryant would eat up roughly a third of their room under the projected cap before anybody else joins him next season. Cheap Adidas Shoes NZ. Bryant returned to practice earlier this month, and his return to the court seems imminent, although he isnt rushing back from perhaps the most significant injury of his career. Bryant said last week that he could adjust his game and contribute something to the Lakers right now, but he wants to make a full return when he finally steps on the court for his 18th NBA season. "Its definitely something where youre kind of champing at the bit a little bit, but weve come so far," Bryant said after practice last week. "I want to make sure, we all do, when you step out there youre ready to go the long haul, and (the injury) isnt something that continues on." Coach Mike DAntoni has said Bryant can return whenever Kobe says hes ready. The Lakers are surviving in his absence, improving to 7-7 on Sunday night by beating Sacramento for their third straight victory. "Ive been extremely proud of the way weve competed," Bryant said. The contract is another milestone in Bryants remarkable career. He was a 17-year-old high schooler when the Lakers acquired him after the Charlotte Hornets chose him in the first round of the 1996 draft, and Lakers fans watched as he evolved into one of the most dominant scorers in NBA history, dazzling fans with his offensive inventiveness and drawing critics for his ball-dominating style of play. Bryant won three championships with Shaquille ONeal from 2000-02 and added two more with Pau Gasol in 2009 and 2010, winning the NBA finals MVP award after each of those titles. He won his only NBA MVP award in 2008 and his scoring titles in 2006 and 2007, also earning 15 selections to the All-Star game -- with four MVP awards from the showcase -- and two Olympic gold medals with the U.S. national team. Bryant hasnt given up hope of adding a sixth championship ring to his trophy case, even while the Lakers struggle to keep up with the NBAs best teams. With his immediate future secure, Bryant can focus on getting back to full strength on his injured leg. "Its always a much greater appreciation for it," Bryant said of his imminent return. "You understand the mortality that comes with being on that doorstep. Theres always a sense of enjoyment when you come back." ' ' '

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