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EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers are improving — but theyre still struggling with defensive lapses.Ben Scrivens made 32 stops as the Oilers won their second game in a row, handing the Capitals their first loss in regulation this season with a 3-2 victory over Washington on Wednesday.Scrivens faced 13 shots in the third alone, safeguarding Edmontons narrow one-goal lead in the scoreless period.I will say thats not how we want to play in the third period, said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins. We started backing up and we dont want to do that as a group. Well get better at that for sure. Even though we ended up in our zone a lot, we were able to cover off that bad area. that red zone, and when Ben needed to, he was there for us, he was excellent.Theyre maturing, theyre getting some gamesmanship. Its not like there is a big fire drill going on anymore.Defenceman Justin Schultz agreed with his coach, but put an emphasis on Edmontons progress from game to game.Were improving each game and were definitely trying to clean that up, not be running around and leaving guys open. Its been working for us in the last few games, said Schultz, who added that Scrivens was a game saver. When he plays like that, he always gives us a chance. It wasnt our best effort for us out there, but we found a way to win.Schultz, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nikita Nikitin scored for the Oilers (2-4-1), who had avoided setting a new franchise record for the worst start to the season with a win over Tampa Bay on Monday. Teddy Purcell picked up a pair of assists for Edmonton.John Carlson and Mike Green replied for the Capitals (3-1-2), who saw a two-game winning streak snapped.For the last two periods we played great, said Washington forward Marcus Johansson. We had enough chances to score, we just didnt bury them. It is the small details that can cost you a game and tonight it did. It was a tough one to lose, but thats hockey sometimes. We played well, we just didnt execute and it cost us too much.Capitals goalie Braden Holtby shouldered part of the blame.We did a lot of good things, we just didnt seem to be able to get a bounce, he said. Our team played well enough to get a win. In the end, they won a goaltending battle. Their second goal had no business going in and that was the difference in the game.The Oilers started the scoring seven minutes into the opening period as Purcell made a nice backhand pass from the corner to a pinching Schultz in front, and he beat Holtby for his second goal in as many games.Washington tied the game 1-1 midway through the first on the power play as the Capitals caught Edmonton running around, allowing Carlson to move in tight from the point and beat Scrivens with a bullet of a shot.The Caps next power play with two minutes left in the first was equally dangerous, but Scrivens came up with a huge save in tight on Green to keep the game tied. Edmonton outshot Washington 11-10 through the first 20 minutes.Greens wrist shot from the slot five minutes into the second period gave Washington a 2-1 lead.That lead was short-lived, however, as Nugent-Hopkins picked off an Alex Ovechkin pass and blazed into the Washington zone, scoring just 20 seconds after the Capitals surged ahead.Edmonton regained the lead with four minutes left in the second period as a clumsy power play suddenly connected as Purcell tapped a puck back to the point and Nikitin scored his first as an Oiler on a point shot through traffic.Washington came out flying in the third, but Scrivens stood tall, stopping Ovechkin after he walked around Schultz for a great opportunity.Scrivens almost single-handedly preserved the win as the Capitals buzzed the Edmonton net, outshooting them 12-1 halfway through the third, but the Oilers held on for the victory.The Oilers play the fourth game of a season-high seven-game homestand on Friday against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Capitals continue their three-game road trip on Saturday, when they play the second match-up in Calgary against the Flames.There was a moment of silence before the game in recognition of the shootings in Ottawa earlier in the day, as well as the attack in Quebec earlier this week. A sombre crowd loudly sang the Canadian national anthem.Notes: It was the first of two games between these teams this season. Washington won both meetings last season, winning games 10 days apart in October… The Capitals came into the meeting having allowed fewer than 30 shots on net in each of its first five games this season. Last season, Washington permitted 30 or more shots on net in 61 of its 82 games… The clock is ticking on Leon Draisaitl as he played his seventh game of the season with questions about whether the Oilers will keep him past a permitted nine-game audition or return him to junior. Draisaitl, who had an assist to show from his first six games, was the third overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, but picked up another assist on Edmontons third goal… Edmonton backup goalie Viktor Fasth continues to skate with the team and is near to a return from a groin injury… Washington forward Jay Beagle saw his first action of the season after getting injured during the pre-season. Beagle subbed in for Brooks Laich, who sustained a shoulder injury in Saturdays win over the Panthers… Washingtons Nicklas Backstrom picked up his 500th career NHL point on the night. Thomas Vermaelen Belgium Jersey . And once again, Team Homan emerged as the victor with the reigning national champions defeating Team Sweeting at the Pintys All-Star Curling Skins Game Friday night in the tournaments opening draw at The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre in beautiful Banff National Park. 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Koen Casteels Jersey . -- Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson couldnt hear himself amid the roar in Koch Arena, so he kept stomping on the floor in a fruitless attempt to get his teams attention.INDIANAPOLIS - Chuck Pagano came to Indianapolis making the case for a robust defence.Now the Colts coach has the proof he needs to demonstrate its working.The stats have improved, the game tapes look better and a suddenly stout defence is one of the major reasons the Colts are playing for their third AFC title Sunday at New England.Were playing better run defence now than we ever have, Pagano said Monday after shutting down Denver 24-13 in an AFC divisional-round win one day earlier.Weve got to prepare the same way we prepared last week. Weve got to do a better job because if were not able to stop the run, were not going to have a chance.Until Pagano arrived three years ago, it was a mantra that rang hollow.But evidence shows thats not the case anymore.In 2013, Indianapolis allowed 125.1 yards rushing per game, 26th in the league. This season, they trimmed that number to 113.4 yards and jumped to No. 18.In the playoffs, the Colts have been even better. Against two of the hottest backs in the league, Cincinnatis Jeremy Hill and Denvers C.J. Anderson, the Colts allowed a meagre 198 yards rushing in two games. The per-game average of 99.0 yards is the lowest among the four teams still playing on championship weekend.Indys pass defence has been even stingier.On Sunday, the Colts secondary challenged Peyton Manning with press coverage. Manning finished 26 of 46 for 211 yards with one touchdown and lost a fumble.We disguised a lot and we ran to the ball. As a group, we didnt stop, safety Mike Adams said. We did great things and we didnt let the ball over our head. The corners did a great job. We really shut down the deep balls.How did the Colts make such a dramatic shift in just three years? By getting bigger and stronger up front.In 2012, Indy started the conversion by signing free agent defensive end Cory Redding, drafting rookie defensive tackle Josh Chapman, moving Robert Mathis to outside linebacker and adding inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman from the CFL.General manager Ryan Grigson then traded a second-round pick to Miami for cornerback Vontae Davis, who has blossomed into a Pro Bowler.In 2013, Grigson continued to follow the long-range plan by singing defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois, safety LaRon Landry, cornerback Greg Tolerr and outside linebacker Erik Walden in free agency and taking outside linebacker Bjoern Werner in the first round of the draft.dddddddddddd All five are starters.Last summer, Grigson added three more starters in free agency — inside linebacker DQwell Jackson, defensive tackle Arthur Jones and safety Mike Adams — and found a budding pass rusher in outside linebacker Jonathan Newsome, a fifth-round draft pick.Pagano likes the results.Getting Art back and healthy, hes playing at a high level right now. Everybodys doing their job, Pagano said. The execution is really good. Guys are getting off blocks. Were tackling, were tackling better. Were not giving up the long (plays), we had a couple get out on us yesterday, but not giving up big plays.Being better still might not be good enough this weekend, though.The AFC South champs face Tom Brady on his home turf, where he is 13-3 in the post-season and 3-0 against Indy thanks in large part to a formula the Colts havent yet figured out.Last year, LeGarrette Blount piled up 166 yards rushing and four touchdowns in a 43-22 divisional-round rout. In November, the Patriots got a career-high 201 yards and four more touchdowns from unheralded running back Jonas Gray in a 42-20 victory.This time might not be the same.I think, like most good teams do as the season progresses, they just continue to get better, Patriots offensive co-ordinator Josh McDaniels said. Theyre very aggressive with, not only pressuring, but also man-to-man coverage. Theyll get up there and play tight and jam and disrupt the passing game that way. And its a physical group.The Colts, of course, will focus on stopping the run first this weekend.That mission could be complicated by Bradys efficiency and the matchup problem theyll have against tight end Rob Gronkowski.But the Colts see this game in simpler terms. One more win in a hostile venue will give them a trip to the Super Bowl.Stats and all the other stuff doesnt matter, Redding said. The only stat that matters is a W or an L. So right now our main focus is to prepare the best way we know how, get the game plan and go into Foxborough (Massachusetts), try to execute it to a T and get the W.___Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Cheap NFL Jerseys Throwback China Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Outlet Wholesale NFL Gear Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Cheap Jerseys 2020 ' ' '
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