Ravens roster moves

first_imgThe Ravens have made a couple of roster moves today. They have placed linebacker Ray Lewis on the injured reserve list and promoted linebacker Josh Bynes to the active roster. Bynes is a good player and saw some action on the active roster last season appearing in one game. Lewis appears to be out for the season but is on the injured reserve list that is designated to return. It is a long shot as his injury is serious. Please follow and like us:last_img

Ravens on Ed Reed

first_imgBy now we all know that now former Baltimore Ravens great Ed Reed has signed with the Houston Texans.  The Ravens released this press release talking about Ed Reed and his impact in Baltimore.  EnjoyRavens General Manager & Executive Vice President Ozzie Newsome:“Our hope is that the Hall of Fame players we drafted could play their entire careers with us, but we understand why Ed is moving on to the Texans. Please follow and like us: “He’s not the first Hall of Famer to move to another team. Tony Gonzalez is playing with the Falcons. Joe Montana played with the Chiefs. Shannon Sharpe and Rod Woodson played for the Ravens. Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh:“Ed has had a major impact on our organization and our community. He is a great player and a great friend. We will always be thankful for what we accomplished together.” “How fortunate we were to have Ed with us for 11 seasons. He is one of the Ravens’ and NFL’s all-time greats. Words cannot measure what he did for us, including helping us win a second Super Bowl. We thank him for all he did for Baltimore. Ed will always be a part of the Ravens family.”last_img read more

Wizards win against Pacers

first_imgThe Washington Wizards beat the Indiana Pacers last night 89-107 as the Wizards seem to be trying to slip into playoffs moving up to 22-29 and moving the Pacers down to 32-18.This was a game where the Wizards held the lead for most of the game. Bradley Beal (SG) was the game leader for the Wizards with 25 points and 9/15 field goals while Thaddeus Young (PF) lead the Pacers with 13 points and 5/8 for field goals. Pulling down nine rebounds Sam Dekker (SF) led the Wizards in rebounds and Domantas Sabonis (PF) of the Pacers followed right behind him with eight rebounds. Beal also led the wizards in assist tying with Cory Joseph (PG) of the Pacers with six assistOtto Porter JR went down in the third quarter with a sprained big toe. With Markieff Morris, John wall, and Dwight Howard already out this doesn’t help the Wizards at all. Porter JR sat out 10 games earlier in the season due to injury with his knee. Everyone is hoping he’s ready for the Bucks on Saturday.Please follow and like us:last_img read more

Capitals trade for Ilya Kovalchuk from Montreal

first_imgPicture from Capitals Twitter That’s my opinion.Follow me on Twitter @RBloss64 if you are a Hershey Bears fan, check out the Hershey Bears Fan Club on FacebookPlease follow and like us: Caps tweet is here: https://twitter.com/Capitals/status/1231749467927388160 Needless to say, this is a HUGE move by the Capitals, adding a vet winger and fellow Russian to the team. Maybe a slight reaction trade-in response to the Zucker to Pit or in case some Atlantic teams grab a vet. Ilya should add production even at the age of 36, this could open up a OVi-Kuzy Kov Red Army line, let’s just hope he doesn’t turn out like Jeff Skinner in Buffalo or a dud deal like Simmonds to New Jersey. Ilya started the season with the LA Kings with 9 points before heading over to Montreal where he had 13 points on the season. center_img Sunday night was supposed to be a quiet night, after basking in the glory of a Sunday matinee win over the Pittsburgh Penguins (Booooooo! from this salty yinzer.) The Capitals made a HUGE steal from the Montreal Canadiens: NHL Trade Deadline is Monday at 3pm, we got you covered on MSB! God Help up All The Capitals acquired Ilya Kovalchuk from the Montreal Canadiens for a 3rd round pick AND MTL agree to retain 50% (HALF! HABS! GIMME HALF) of his salary. last_img read more

Nick Bosa injury update: 49ers rookie (ankle) returns to practice, ‘motivated’ to play Week 1

first_img“So far he’s been doing a very good job getting better every day,” Saleh said earlier this month, via the Sacramento Bee. “He is winning some one-on-ones, he’s not winning all of them, which you don’t expect. He is getting better. His whole deal is to continue to get better, stay healthy, improve on his game, and add a second repertoire to keep adding to his skill set with regard to pass rush. He’s really good in the run game, could get better, but he’s progressing the right way.”The 49ers will face the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 4:25 p.m. ET. Nick Bosa wants to take the field in the 49ers’ regular-season opener. The San Francisco rookie pass rusher, who has been dealing with a high-ankle sprain, returned to practice Monday and told reporters he was optimistic he could play in the team’s Week 1 matchup against the Buccaneers.  Dante Pettis ‘still trying to earn a role’ with 49ers, says Kyle Shanahan 49ers release linebacker Malcolm Smith, former Super Bowl MVP #49ers starting Week 1 practice:DE Nick Bosa, CBs Verrett & KWilliams are back from injuryNew #: Verrett 27, Al-Shaair 51 pic.twitter.com/fVIo1rB1Q2— Cam Inman (@CamInman) September 2, 2019“I don’t think I’ve ever been as motivated in my life to get back,” Bosa said, via the Mercury News. “I’ve had my sights set on playing my first NFL season. Every waking hour was spent getting my ankle right.”Nick Bosa returned to #49ers practice for the first time since sustaining a right ankle sprain on Aug. 7. pic.twitter.com/6hJhgRnV1g— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) September 2, 2019The No. 2 pick in the 2019 draft suffered the injury at a 49ers’ practice early in training camp. He stayed down on the field after he was tangled up with teammates during a run play, was examined by trainers and eventually walked off under his own power. Related News Jerick McKinnon injury update: 49ers running back (knee) placed on IR, report says San Francisco defensive coordinator Robert Saleh praised Bosa’s play during his first few NFL practices.last_img read more

Going home for a high school football game

first_imgI’ve spent a lot of time over the years watching football.I got interested in the sport at age 10. Football is omnipresent on television now from the preseason in August through the Super Bowl in February.When I was young, only a handful of games, college and pro, were televised each week. There was no cable TV, no Monday Night Football.In the early-1960s, I was a student at Mamaroneck High School — a public school in the suburbs of New York. I went to almost every MHS home game, but the NFL mattered more to me at that time in my life. Then I enrolled at Columbia, and the hapless Lions captured my heart. I still go to a Columbia football game each year. I’ve been to a few big-time college encounters and a handful of NFL contests. Mostly, I watch football on television. I don’t sit through many games in their entirely but enjoy watching bits and pieces of them.At a guess, I’d say that, over the years, I’ve watched an average of three hours of football a week on television when the game is in season.”That’s not a lot,” you say?Do the math.I’m 73 years old, so I’ve been watching football for 63 years times 22 weeks a year times three hours a week. That comes to 4,000 hours of my life spent watching football on television. One hundred work weeks. Two years of a full-time job.Sometimes I say to myself, “Football is a very stupid game.” Young men push each other around and knock each other down while someone runs around with a funny-shaped ball. They inflict physical damage on each other ranging from broken bones and torn muscles that will cause chronic pain and hobbled movement later in life to long-term brain damage.So why do we celebrate high school football?For starters, it’s a unifying force. Rooting for the team makes students part of a group and brings disparate elements of a community together.For the players, there’s pleasure in playing and lessons to be learned. Lessons about hard work, lines of authority, trusting co-workers, and being part of a team. Football is a great team sport. The plays work because 11 young men coordinate their efforts on each play to make them work. Players are dependent on their teammates to make things happen.Also, it’s pretty cool to be a high school football hero.Jerry Izenberg knows football. He’s the dean of American sportswriters and one of two journalists who has been credentialed to cover every Super Bowl ever. He’s also the author of “Rozelle” (the definitive biography of the commissioner who remade pro football) and “No Medals for Trying” (an inside look at the 1989 Giants under coach Bill Parcells).”I love high school football,” Izenberg says. “I love watching the players play.” He pauses. “I said ‘play.’ They’re working hard. They’re busting their butts. But they understand that it’s a game, and they have the game in perspective.”Earlier this month, I decided to go home for a Mamaroneck High School football game for the first time in more than 50 years.We’re not talking Pennsylvania coal country or “Friday Night Lights.” Some of the teams that Mamaroneck plays each year have an impressive roster of NFL alumni. Eleven White Plains High School graduates suited up in the pros, most notably Hall of Fame receiver Art Monk. Nine New Rochelle High School graduates played in the NFL, including George Starke (“head hog” for the 1983 Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins) and the infamous Ray Rice.One Mamaroneck Tiger made it to the big time.Billy Van Heusen graduated from MHS in 1964 (one year after I did). Between 1968 and 1976, he played 109 games with the Denver Broncos. He was a punter in the pros, averaging 41.7 yards per kick on 574 punts during his career. He also saw time as a wide receiver (82 receptions for 1,684 yards and 11 touchdowns), rushed for 171 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, and completed two of five passes for 71 yards. In 1974, he was chosen as a second-team All-Pro by the Pro Football Writers Association.Van Heusen turned 74 this summer. I tracked him down in Denver where he oversees a residential real estate brokerage company called the Billy Van Heusen Team. We didn’t know each other well when we were young, but we grew up with the same teachers and peers in the same surroundings.”I learned to punt in elementary school,” Van Heusen told me. “Jim Smith [the gym teacher] taught me. I never thought punting would take me anywhere in life, but that was what got me to the pros. It’s been a long time since I went to a Mamaroneck game, but my memories of Mamaroneck are all good.”A growth spurt and summer of working out with weights pushed Van Heusen to 6 feet tall and close to 200 pounds before his senior year of high school.”I got big enough that year to be good,” Billy reminisced. “We had good players who were great guys. Coach [Roy] O’Neill put discipline in the program, but he made it fun. I had pretty good stats and learned what it meant to be part of a team. Football was an important part of that growing-up time in my life when I became more serious and more responsible.”Those “pretty good stats” included a season average of 15.2 yards per carry and a game against Scarsdale when Van Heusen scored three touchdowns on runs of 60 yards or more.Then came The Game.Mamaroneck had won its first six outings in 1963 by a combined score of 180-to-14. The season finale was against Port Chester, a rivalry that dated back to 1920 and continues to this day.”Port Chester was our biggest rival,” Billy recalls. “We were up 21-0 at the half. Then we got complacent. We knew what we had to do. Port Chester just executed better.”A missed extra point left Mamaroneck clinging to a precarious 21-20 edge as the clock ticked down. But it didn’t click fast enough. Port Chester scored with 33 seconds left in the game for a 27-21 triumph.”It was the worst thing that ever happened to me in football,” Van Heusen says. “The hardest loss on the football field I ever had.”That brings us to Mamaroneck High School football today.High school football has changed radically over the years. Some high school programs are geared toward producing Division I college football players. Signing days are huge. Students host their own press conferences to announce where they’ll be playing ball in the fall.Mamaroneck football is a throwback to an earlier era when amateur sports were more innocent than they are now and high school football certainly was. At MHS, the gridiron values are pretty much the same today as they were 50 years ago. Four players from last year’s 7-and-2 squad are now in college football programs — at Amherst, Hamilton, St. Lawrence and Macalester. It’s rare that an MHS graduate plays big-time college football. Going back five years, Alex Parkinson (MHS ’14), who went on to play wide receiver at Princeton, comes the closest.But there have been changes.When I was in high school, sports was a male-dominated world. Mamaroneck had a full complement of boys varsity teams but no girls varsity sports. That’s different now. And Bari Suman (a graduate of SUNY Courtland) is in her 16th year as the school’s athletic director.Fifty years ago, the student body was almost uniformly white with a few students of color sprinkled in. Poor Italian-American kids — many of whom lived near the railroad tracks — were the “minority” students. The student body today is classified as 70 percent white, 20 percent Hispanic, 5 percent Asian, 4 percent black, and 1 percent other.Anthony Vitti is Mamaroneck’s current football coach. Both of his parents graduated from MHS. He grew up in Mamaroneck, played football for the Tigers, and earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Albany followed by a master’s degree from Iona. He joined the MHS coaching staff in 2000 and was named head coach before the start of the 2010 season. He also teaches biology.Vitti is in his early-40s, outgoing, articulate, and a good coach.”We want our kids to understand that they’re part of something that’s larger than themselves,” he says. “They’re part of a team. And the team is part of a larger community. Our program is motivated by five core values. Be honest; be accountable; be tough, mentally and physically; compete; and finish. I tell our kids that we have a 20-year plan. Learn your lessons on the field and apply them later in life. Wins and losses come and go. Your character and values will stay with you forever.”A recent study by the National Federation of State High School Associations revealed that, although the population has grown by 7.5 percent over the past decade, participation in high school football has dropped by 9.5 percent, largely because of parental concern regarding head injuries.”An awareness of head injuries is at the forefront of everything we do,” Vitti says when the issue is raised. “Everything from how we block and tackle to how we practice.”A half-century ago, Mamaroneck football games were played on Saturday afternoon. Now most games are scheduled for 7 o’clock on Friday evening, a better fit with student and administrator schedules.On Sept. 6, I boarded a 4:51 p.m. train from Grand Central Station in New York and arrived in Larchmont (adjacent to Mamaroneck) at 5:27 p.m. I’d planned to walk the mile to the high school and hoped to write about a warm September evening with a gentle breeze. But there had been gray skies with intermittent showers during the day, and it was raining when the train pulled in, so I took a taxi.Most of the places that anchored my high school years are now off limits or long gone. My father died in 1994, and the house that I grew up in was sold. The local pizza hangout and once familiar stores exist only in memory.Memorial Field, where MHS plays its home games, now has lights and artificial turf. But sitting on the Mamaroneck side, the view is pretty much the same as it was a half-century ago. Seven rows of aluminum bleachers stretch between the 20-yard lines. There’s seating for about 60 people on the opposite side of the field and a small electronic scoreboard behind the east end zone.There was no “Twilight Zone” time warp when I walked to the edge of the field. I wasn’t transported back decades in time.About 40 minutes before kickoff, a hard rain began to fall and I sought sanctuary in a corridor outside the gym.Eight minutes before the 7 o’clock kick-off, Coach Vitti addressed the team. He told them the game was “our little slice of heaven,” that their classmates and people who live in the community want to be “part of the pomp and glitz of football. But you guys,” he reminded them, “get to live it.” He closed with the reminder, “You are all one.”Mercifully, the rain stopped shortly before kick-off. But there was a sharp damp wind for most of the game and it was unseasonably cold for early September. I had come up from the city with a very light jacket. Most of the locals were wearing parkas.No ticket was necessary for admission. There were only a few hundred spectators on hand when the game began, but the stands filled up nicely as the first quarter progressed. A lot of the fans appeared to be between the ages of 25 and 40. There were fewer students than I’d expected. Those who were there looked very young to me. And I’m sure I looked old to them. Many of them have grandparents who are my age.It was the opening game of the season for both teams.Four 12-minute quarters.       Mamaroneck, as befitting Tigers, wore black uniforms with orange trim. The North Rockland Red Raiders wore red and white.North Rockland had eight players who weighed 240 pounds or more. That would be decisive as the game wore on.Mamaroneck went three-and-out on its first possession, and a fumbled snap led to a 7-yard punt which gave North Rockland the ball on the Mamaroneck 44 yard line. The Red Raiders immediately marched in for a score with less resistance from the defense than Tiger fans would have liked. The extra point attempt was low and to the left, leaving the score 6-0 North Rockland.Mamaroneck went three-and-out again on its next possession and was forced to punt. This time, the Tiger defense held. And a snap over the North Rockland punter’s head gave MHS the ball on the Red Raider 5 yard line. Three plays from scrimmage resulted in a loss of four yards. Mamaroneck settled for a 26-yard field goal to pull within 6-3.On the next series, the Tiger defense held yet again. And the crowd came to its feet when Jack Betton, an MHS junior, returned a punt 60 yards for an apparent touchdown. But the return was nullified by an illegal block.A punt left North Rockland with the ball on its own 2-yard line, pinned against its own end zone. Again, the Tiger defense held. After a poor punt, the Tigers had the ball on the North Rockland 32 but the drive ended with an interception.Near the end of the half, the North Rockland special teams (which were abysmal) came up short once more when a Mamaroneck punt was fumbled and recovered by the Tigers on the Red Raider 5-yard line. But again, Mamaroneck was forced to settle for a field goal making the score 6-6 at the half.Coach Vitti addressed the defense at halftime outside the gym.”Defense! Great job! We’re okay with what we’re doing.”Speaking to the offense, an assistant coach was less complimentary to his charges.”Can we stop messing around? Can we go out and run the offense?”The third quarter was scoreless. Again, Mamaroneck’s defense was heroic. But in the fourth quarter, North Rockland’s huge advantage in size began to tell.Izaiah Battle, a 210-pound senior running back, began ripping off large chunks of yardage and scored on a 9-yard run with 9:39 left in the game. The Red Raiders missed the extra point. But two minutes later, North Rockland closed the show with another rushing touchdown. This time, the extra point was good, making the final score 19-6.The kicking game (punts, field goals, extra points) had favored Mamaroneck. And North Rockland had zero yards passing. But the rest of the game belonged to the Red Raiders. They rushed for 290 yards while Mamaroneck gained only 23 yards on the ground and 117 yards through the air.That said; Mamaroneck is a young team that will get better with the passage of time. As for my own personal adventure; people sometimes use sports as a vehicle to journey back to an earlier time in their life. But I experienced no great epiphany or memorable flashback.Although I was rooting for Mamaroneck, the loss didn’t hurt as much as it would have when I was 17. In fact, despite the wind and cold and final score, I rather enjoyed myself. It was nice to watch young men with no thought of a professional career playing football on a damp cold night for each other and themselves.Thomas Hauser’s email address is thomashauserwriter@gmail.com. His next book – A Dangerous Journey; Another Year Inside Boxing – will be published this autumn by the University of Arkansas Press. In 2004, the Boxing Writers Association of America honored Hauser with the Nat Fleischer Award for career excellence in boxing journalism.last_img read more

Cowboys send rest of NFL a message, even in sloppy win over Dolphins

first_imgWATCH: Dak Prescott’s best throws vs. DolphinsIn the first half against the Dolphins, the Cowboys were trending toward one of the most embarrassing losses in recent NFL history. Dallas was fortunate to carry a 10-6 lead into halftime after Miami first dropped a touchdown and then fumbled in the red zone within the first 30 minutes of the game.Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who threw 11 incompletions through the first two weeks of the season combined, had 11 incompletions and an interception in the first half Sunday. The Cowboys could not generate a pass rush with their banged-up defensive line, and cornerback Chidobe Awuzie was getting picked on by the same Dolphins who entered the game averaging 5 points per contest.The resilience that followed can best be epitomized by a key sequence early in the second half.Four plays after a 74-yard Prescott touchdown pass to Randall Cobb was negated due to a holding penalty on Connor Williams, the QB found Amari Cooper for a 19-yard score, the receiver’s second of the day.From that point on, the real Cowboys — the ones who entered the game favored to beat the Dolphins by 22 points; not the ones who were outgained by the Dolphins 216-204 in the first half — were in charge.WATCH: Full Cowboys vs. Dolphins highlightsThat the Cowboys began Sunday’s game so poorly makes the following so impressive, even against the lowly Dolphins:— Both starting running back Ezekiel Elliott (125) and backup RB Tony Pollard (103) ended the game with more than 100 rushing yards. It was the first time Dallas has had two RBs reach the century mark on the ground same game since 1998 (Emmitt Smith and Chris Warren).— Wide receiver Amari Cooper, who scored twice against Miami, now has 10 receiving TDs with Dallas dating back to last season, the most by any player in his first 12 games with the Cowboys since at least 1970.— Prescott’s 19 career rushing TDs, the latest of which he scored in the third quarter against the Dolphins, are the most by any NFL QB since 2016. Further, his eight games of two-plus passing TDs and one-plus rushing TDs are three more than any other QB in that span.— On defense, recently paid star defender Demarcus Lawrence recovered a fumble. Robert Quinn, playing his first game with the Cowboys after an offseason trade from the Dolphins, registered a sack. One of the NFL’s best defensive units from a year ago allowed no touchdowns.These are the kinds of numbers we expected of the Cowboys when Sporting News picked them to win Super Bowl 54. And Sunday’s statistical bounce-back was encouraging for their offense, in particular.WATCH: Jaylon Smith’s biggest plays vs. Dolphins”When this offense gets going, there’s so many weapons,” Prescott told Fox’s Pam Oliver in a post-game interview. “We can use my legs; got the two backs to go for over 100 yards today, credit the offensive line. Just this team, this offense coming together.”If we get out of our own way, we can be really good.”When asked how the Cowboys can improve offensively after scoring 31-plus points in each of their first three games, Prescott used one word: “cleaner.”Indeed, Dallas gave up 100 yards to Miami on Sunday in the form of penalties. Prescott’s interception was the result of a bad decision and an equally bad throw on a play he described as “greedy.” The room for improvement is evident.Yet some teams might struggle to win games while working out early-season kinks. The Cowboys, however, have a point differential of +53 through three weeks as games against the Saints and Packers loom over the next two. Dallas is likely to be favored in that game in New Orleans next week. If the Cowboys beat the Saints, their Week 5 game against the Packers might be considered a matchup of the NFC’s two best teams.The Cowboys’ journey to that big game and others late in the season (see at Patriots in November) will have looked at times ugly and at other times pretty.That’s fine, because for great teams, the pretty heavily outweighs the ugly, just as it did Sunday for the Cowboys. Great NFL teams often reveal themselves as such not in close wins against formidable opponents, but by simply winning the games they’re supposed to win in the anticipated manner.Dallas in 2019 is now 3 for 3 in the latter scenarios. And in a 31-6 victory over the Dolphins on Sunday following season-opening wins against the Giants and Redskins, the Cowboys somehow managed to win in impressive fashion despite the fact that they were facing what appears to be a historically bad team.last_img read more

A Monaco marvel and Chinese ambition: five things for Shanghai GP

first_img– Monaco ace holds all the cards –The young driver was desperately unlucky last time out in Bahrain, leading for much of the race before his Ferrari lost power, allowing Lewis Hamilton to snatch victory. Over three days in the desert, the 21-year-old from Monaco had proved what many insiders have long said — that Leclerc is a world champion in the making. He was denied a maiden grand prix win, but heads to Shanghai one of the favourites and it is just a matter of time until he gets that first win. Will Formula One’s 1,000th championship race be the one?– Multiple threats for Hamilton – Lewis Hamilton is a five-time world champion and the face of F1, but his bid for a sixth title is under threat from several angles. Ferrari have the quicker car and a strong pairing in Leclerc and four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, even if the latter is facing doubts over his form. Then there is Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who leads the championship by a point from the Briton after two races and looks determined to put up a fight this season.– Vettel in a pickle –He might be a four-time world champion but Vettel is facing criticism, especially in comparison with his young Ferrari team-mate Leclerc. Ferrari’s German driver Sebastian Vettel is looking for form after an indifferent start to the season.. AFP/Andrej ISAKOVICThe 31-year-old German’s errors helped hand the title to Hamilton last season and by his high standards Vettel has had an indifferent start to this campaign. He struggled with his car and finished fourth in Melbourne, and was then dominated by Leclerc — who is a decade younger — in Bahrain. Vettel finished fifth there after a late spin, and media in Ferrari’s native Italy have their knives out.– Fast and young –It is not just Leclerc who has shown impressive speed in the first two races of the season, despite his tender age. Lando Norris, who is 19, and Alexander Albon, who recently turned 23, also finished in the points in Bahrain, in only their second Formula One races. The performance of McLaren driver Norris was particularly eye-catching, as he made it into the final qualifying session for the second time in a row. Also not forgetting Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who is still just 21.– China marks F1 history and future –Formula One’s past and future will be in the spotlight in Shanghai because it is the world championship’s 1,000th race. There was talk of marking the occasion by shifting it to Britain’s Silverstone, where it all began in 1950, but Shanghai is fitting because owners Liberty Media are making a determined push in China. Shanghai has been a staple of the racing calendar since 2004 and Formula One is interested in holding a second grand prix in China, where motor sport is gaining popularity.last_img read more

Hurricanes blow past Rangers with Svechnikov treble

first_imgThe 20-year-old winger’s superb display of finishing sent the Rangers spinning to defeat in game two of the qualifying competition at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.Sebastian Aho set up all three of Svechnikov’s goals, while Jordan Martinook was the other Hurricanes scorer. The Hurricanes lead the series 2-0.Svechnikov said afterwards his hat-trick meant more coming against the Rangers star goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist, the veteran Swedish international.“I’m excited to score my first hat-trick, especially on a superstar goalie,” Svechnikov said.“I mean, I wouldn’t do that without my partner. Thanks for that, and I think we played a really good game,” he said of Aho’s contribution.Rangers coach David Quinn, meanwhile, credited Carolina’s performance but lamented his team’s self-inflicted problems.“They’re playing smart hockey, they’re playing experienced playoff hockey,” Quinn said of the Hurricanes, whom his team will face in game three on Tuesday.“Between now and tomorrow night, we have to learn we can’t keep shooting ourselves in the foot.“Our lack of patience is killing us right now… We need everybody in that room to just be a little bit smarter, a little bit more patient, work a little bit harder, win more wall battles. All these things add up.”– Overcoming adversity –In other games on Monday, the Vegas Golden Knights scored four goals in the third period after overturning a 1-3 deficit to defeat the Dallas Stars 5-3 at Rogers Place in Edmonton.Chandler Stephenson had fired the Golden Knights into the lead in the opening period before goals from Joe Pavelski, Jamie Oleksiak and Corey Perry left Dallas in control at 3-1 in the second.Mark Stone pulled a goal back for Las Vegas with an individual effort before Nate Schmidt levelled with a follow-up shot to make it 3-3.William Carrier then put the Golden Knights ahead with 5min 13sec remaining, before William Karlsson completed the comeback, stroking the puck into an empty net with 21 seconds left.Elsewhere Monday, the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Calgary Flames 3-2 to level their qualifying series at 1-1.“Our season was on the line, so I guess that makes it special,” Jets captain Blake Wheeler said.“It’s one win in a long journey. I don’t know how many wins we had this year, but a good majority of them were like that, where we had some adversity and things we had to overcome.”last_img read more