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Problem was, the Buffaloes

in camera talk Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:00 am
by jinshuiqian0713 • 1.470 Posts

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The numbers didnt look too promising for Jeff Zatkoff in his first two NHL games. He made up for them by putting up a zero in his third. Deryk Engelland, Chris Kunitz and Jussi Jokinen scored and Zatkoff made 19 saves in his first NHL win to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins past Columbus 3-0 Saturday night for their fourth victory in a row and second over the Blue Jackets in just over 24 hours. "Ive been waiting for a month now," Zatkoff said of his 0-2 record with a 5.06 goals-against average and a .818 save percentage. "It feels like a little weights off my shoulders. Its nice to be able to contribute to the team in the win column." The 26-year-old rookie made several big stops but wasnt very busy as the Blue Jackets squeezed off a season-low in shots. Zatkoff is backing up Marc-Andre Fleury while Tomas Vokoun recovers from preseason surgery. "Jeffs best numbers havent been obviously in the National Hockey League," coach Dan Bylsma said. "Hes been a solid guy. His numbers (in the minors) are outstanding. Tonight I thought there wasnt a ton of work at times in the game for him. But he looked comfortable and really solid." Engelland scored on a rapid-fire one-timer to stake Zatkoff to a lead in the second period before Kunitz picked up his eighth when a shot went in off a Blue Jackets stick in the third. Jokinen added an empty-netter. All anyone could talk about was Zatkoffs shutout and the way the defence played in front of him. "You could see the way the guys were blocking shots and stuff, really taking it upon themselves to play good defence for him," Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby said. "And he made the saves that he had to. Were really happy for him." A crowd of 18,634, including thousands of Penguins fans, cheered wildly when it was announced during the first period that Columbus will host the 2015 NHL All-Star weekend. Perhaps Zatkoffs best save came when he blocked Dalton Prouts hard shot from close range at 8:32 of the third period that would have cut the margin to a goal. It did not appear that Zatkoff knew he was sitting on the puck in the crease. Kunitz made it 2-0 just 47 seconds into the third period on a fluky goal. Before taking a hard check from defenceman Jack Johnson at the right end of the goal line, Kunitz swept the puck toward the goal -- where there were no teammates. But it ricocheted off the stick of trailing Columbus winger Blake Comeau and found the net. Curtis McElhinney, getting his second start for the Blue Jackets, looked to the rafters in exasperation. The game marked the second night in a row that the teams had met. In Pittsburgh on Friday night, the Penguins manhandled the Blue Jackets 4-2 as Fleury was staked to a 4-0 lead and made it stand up with 37 saves. Columbus Sergei Bobrovsky, the Vezina Trophy winner as the NHLs top goalie last year, was pulled in favour of McElhinney after giving up three goals on 13 shots. After a scoreless first period Saturday night, the Penguins scored at the 6:46 mark of the second. Joe Vitale won a puck battle against two Blue Jackets along the wall, then skated to the right corner and saucered a centring pass to Engelland, who unloaded a one-timer from the lower right circle. McElhinney, who stopped 23 other shots, had no chance of stopping it. "Joe just put it right in the wheelhouse," Engelland said of his second goal of the season. "I wasnt picking a corner or anything, but it found its way in." The loss, which touched off a four-game homestand, was the third in a row for Columbus after winning three straight. "(The Penguins) were skating and seemed to have more desperation and urgency in their game," Columbus coach Todd Richards said, comparing the second meeting with the one a night earlier. Even as the game progressed, Zatkoff said he tried not to even think about the possibility of a shutout for his first win. "I tried to block that out and go with the process," he said. "It sounds kind of cheesy but I was worrying about every shot and trying not to look at the scoreboard." NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Blue Jackets director of hockey operations John Davidson appeared on the arena monitors over centre ice during a first-period break to announce that the 2015 All-Star Game weekend was coming to Columbus. The 2013 event was supposed to be held at Nationwide Arena, but that was cancelled by the lockout. NOTES: The Penguins play home-and-home games on back-to-back nights three times this season; this was the only such pairing all season for the Blue Jackets. ... Pittsburgh had not played in Columbus since a 7-2 victory on Dec. 4, 2010, victory. ... The Blue Jackets had several points streaks end: James Wisniewski (5), Nick Foligno (3) and Ryan Johansen (3). ... 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Arizona (19-0, 6-0 Pac-12) had a week off after blowing out rival Arizona State and was still in a groove early, building a 14-point lead in the opening six minutes. The big lead allowed the Wildcats some leeway in the second half when things didnt go quite as well. Arizona struggled from the perimeter, making 3 of 15 from 3-point range, had a rare night when it didnt outrebound the opposition (32-32) and missed three free throws in the closing 72 seconds to keep the game from becoming a rout. The Wildcats pulled it out thanks to the big start and 44 points in the paint, allowing them to tie -- with the 1992-93 and 1997-98 teams -- for the longest winning streak in school history. Nick Johnson led Arizona with 18 points and Aaron Gordon added 12. "Our second half maybe wasnt as good as our first, but there are always good lessons to be learned from that and still leave with the win," Arizona coach Sean Miller said. A year after nearly pulling off an upset in the desert, Colorado (15-5, 4-3) had no chance for late-game heroics in its third game without leading scorer Spencer Dinwiddie. The Buffaloes struggled to slow Arizonas bevy of scorers and couldnt shoot their way out of the big early hole, falling to 0-16 all-time against No. 1 teams. Xavier Johnson led Colorado with 21 points and Josh Scott added 15 with 11 rebounds. "We dug ourselves a hole," Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. "We had trouble scoring the ball and they made shots. We didnt have an offensive rhythm all night. The Buffaloes split their first two games withoout Dinwiddie, losing to UCLA and beating Southern California after the junior sustained a season-ending left knee injury against Washington on Jan.dddddddddddd 12. Arizona was a much stiffer challenge without Dinwiddie, Colorados scoring and assists leader. The nations top-ranked team for seven straight weeks, Arizona entered the game fifth in scoring defence (56.7 points) and shooting percentage against (37 per cent) and was 22nd at defending 3-pointers (29 per cent). Colorado needed someone to step up and no one was able to do it early against Arizonas relentless pressure. Barely able to get passes off much less good shots, the Buffaloes missed their first five shots and had four turnovers in the opening six minutes. Arizona also missed its first five shots, but started dropping them in from all over, building a quick 18-4 lead. The Buffaloes settled down for a little bit, cutting the lead to six with a 10-2 run. All that seemed to do was make the Wildcats play harder. Ratcheting the defensive pressure back up, Arizona hounded the Buffaloes into more missed shots and turnovers, leading to breakouts and 3-pointers at the other end. Starting with a 12-2 run, the Wildcats built the halftime lead to 39-24, holding Colorado to 8-of-27 shooting while forcing nine turnovers. Johnson had 12 at the half and Ashley nine. "We do what weve been doing, just focusing on the process of Arizona basketball and thats just a little glimpse of what we can do," Gordon said. Colorado had a little more success shooting to start the second half, hitting three of its first four shots. Problem was, the Buffaloes couldnt stop the Wildcats. Arizona hit its first six shots, including one by Ashley that bounced off Scott and into the basket and a reverse dunk off a spin move by Gordon that put the Wildcats up 51-31. The Wildcats made 12 of 22 shots in the second half to prevent Colorado from cutting the lead under double digits. "We were playing the No. 1 team in the nation, but they werent that good," Xavier Johnson said. "We didnt come in here with the (right) mindset and its hard coming into this atmosphere." ' ' '

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