DENVER (AP) – San Jose focus Gustav Nyquist had two or three uncommon conveyances this week. On Monday, his significant other brought forth their first tyke. He rejoined the group Tuesday and helped on Logan Couture recording his first vocation playoff cap trap.
“Perfect timing,” the beaming new father said.
Couture scored three times, including the go-ahead goal with 7:10 remaining, and the Sharks beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 to take a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series.
Nyquist flew to Detroit to welcome his daughter, Charlotte, into the world. He returned to the team hours before the game and had two assists.
“It’s been an emotional few days but an unbelievable feeling,” Nyquist said.
Couture scored the victor when he sent a shot over the shoulder of Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer. His objective was only 65 seconds after Matt Nieto tied the score. Couture fixed it on a vacant net objective with 29.5 seconds remaining. Timo Meier additionally scored for the Sharks, who improved to 24-16 unsurpassed in Game 3 of an arrangement.
Amusement 4 is Thursday in Denver.
Martin Jones ceased 25 shots.
Nathan MacKinnon likewise scored to enable the Avalanche to bounce back from a 2-0 first-period shortfall. Grubauer made 27 puts something aside for Colorado, which snapped an eight-diversion home win streak.
“We worked hard. Maybe the bounces just weren’t there,” Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog said. “In the playoffs you work for your bounces. You create your own luck and create your own chances.”
The Avalanche went on the power play with 2:56 left when Couture was called for tripping. Colorado pulled Grubauer for an extra skater, but couldn’t take advantage. Couture wrapped it up with an empty-net goal to register the hat trick. It was the sixth playoff hat trick in Sharks franchise history and first since Devin Setoguchi during Game 3 of the 2011 Western Conference semifinals.
“I’d like to lie and say it doesn’t mean something,” Couture said. “But it was special.”
Nieto tied the score when Samuel Girard sent a shot at him. Nieto managed to tip it in while jumping in the air. As the crowd was still buzzing, Couture made a nifty move to score and silence the building. Couture has a playoff-leading nine goals.
“We haven’t won. So I don’t care what my numbers get to be,” Couture said. “I could go this whole playoffs and have zero points and if we win the Stanley Cup I’ll be the happiest guy in this room.”
Another thing that would bring a smile to his face? The return of captain Joe Pavelski, who didn’t travel with the team after being hurt in the Vegas series.
“He’s our leader. We miss him right now,” Couture said. “We definitely miss him at times in the game. You’re looking around and hoping he’s here. We’re hoping to play as long as we can so he can come back and play with us.”
Down 2-0, Grubauer kept the Avalanche within reach during the second period. He had a shot by Marc-Edouard Vlasic bounce off his glove and clang off the crossbar. Grubauer later stopped Evander Kane on a breakaway that energized the crowd.
Late in the period and with San Jose on the strategic maneuver, Brent Burns endeavored to send a leave behind the ice, just to have it caught close focus ice by defenseman Ian Cole. He dished it over to the fast MacKinnon who dashed into the zone and beat Jones with a wrist shot.
MacKinnon has no less than a point in seven straight postseason diversions. The last Avalanche player with a point in seven straight was Peter Forsberg in the 2004 postseason.
Colorado by and by collaborated a couple of 20-year-old defensemen in Cale Makar and Girard. The consolidated time of Makar and Girard is just marginally more prominent than Sharks forward Joe Thornton, who turns 40 in July.
Couture gave the Sharks the early lead when he battled off Makar down low and thumped in a strike shot over Grubauer. Around the finish of the main time frame, Meier exploited a turnover by Erik Johnson in the nonpartisan zone to give the Sharks a two-objective lead.
Torrential slide mentor Jared Bednar wasn’t actually satisfied with his group’s basic leadership.
“To me we didn’t consistently work for the puck. We didn’t talk to the puck. In turn our execution was poor,” Bednar said. “We made some bone-head decisions with the puck, too, at times.”
FIBA World Cup: Pinoys’ woes extended after Angola loss; Gilas swept in group
FOSHAN, China—The Philippines closed the gathering round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup without a solitary triumph, subsequent to losing to Angola 84-81 in additional time on Wednesday at the Foshan International Sports and Cultural Center here.
Gilas Pilipinas, No. 31 on the planet, was positioned higher than No. 39 Angola, yet the Filipinos were as yet incapable to snatch a success against the African side.
The Filipinos will in this manner part of the arrangement with a 0-3 win-misfortune record, before making a beeline for Beijing Thursday for the grouping stage.
There, Gilas and Angola will play Iran and the washout of the Puerto Rico-Tunisia game in Group N.
North London Derby 2019: How To Watch Arsenal vs. Tottenham
The first true derby day of the 2019-20 English Premier League season is upon us. This Sunday at 11:30 a.m. ET, Tottenham will travel five miles across North London to the Emirates Stadium where it will square off against archrival Arsenal (NBCSN; streaming on NBC Sports Live, FuboTV) for the first North London Derby of the new season.
Arsenal got its season off to a flying start with back-to-back wins over Newcastle and Burnley. But the Gunners faced a setback last time weekend, when they were handed a 3-1 defeat by defending UEFA Champions League winner Liverpool at Anfield. The North London Derby will provide Arsenal with the opportunity to immediately put that loss behind it and set the tone for the rest of the 2019-20 season.
The squad manager Unai Emery deploys against Tottenham is still very much in question at the moment. Mesut Özil has yet to be named in an Arsenal squad this season through a mix of security concerns and illness, and it remains to be seen if he’ll make his season debut against Tottenham. This could also be the match in which we see the highly-anticipated debut of an attacking triumvirate feating Nicolas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Tottenham, meanwhile, opened the season with a 3-1 win over Aston Villa, but it is entering this match hot off a 1-0 upset loss to Newcastle. Sandwiched between those contests, Spurs also have a 2-2 draw against defending Premier League champion Manchester City on their resume this season.
But that draw with City is only a silver lining in the gray cloud that’s been their form dating back to the tail-end of last season. Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham have only won four of its last fifteen Premier League matches, which is the third-worst run in the Premier League over that stretch.
Arsenal will be without three key defensive players—Rob Holding, Hectory Bellerin and Kieran Tierney—for the North London Derby, but all three are expected to return to the squad following the September international break. For Tottenham, Dele Alli could make his return to action after being named to the squad against Newcastle, while Tanguy Ndombele’s status.
Arsenal and Tottenham faced each other three times last year. In the Premier League, Arsenal won 4-2 at the Emirates while the sides drew 1-1 at Tottenham’s temporary Wembley home. Tottenham did manage to knock Arsenal out of the Football League Cup with a 2-0 victory at Wembley last December, though. But Spurs have problems when traveling to the Emirates. Tottenham hasn’t won a Premier League match at Arsenal since 2010.
Liverpool versus Arsenal: Salah strikes twice as new Gunner flops
Mohamed Salah changed over a punishment before scoring a radiant independent objective as Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1 to open up a three-point hole at the highest point of the Premier League on Saturday.
Liverpool hadn’t discovered its best structure in opening successes over Norwich and Southampton, and confronted the main other top-flight group with a 100 percent record.
It demonstrated to be a befuddle.
After Joel Matip’s first league goal in 11 months broke the deadlock just before halftime, Salah converted a penalty after being fouled by David Luiz and then made it 3-0 by turning Luiz near halfway, sprinting down the right wing and cutting in to deliver a finish into the bottom corner.
Substitute Lucas Torreira scored a consolation for Arsenal five minutes from the end.
Liverpool will end the third round of games as the only team with nine points from a possible nine.
The game started at a frenetic pace, with the hosts setting a high tempo that penned Arsenal back in the final third. Within 80 seconds, Andy Robertson whipped a ball across the six-yard area which Roberto Firmino narrowly missed. Arsenal manager Unai Emery’s tactics were to defend deep with eight men behind the ball in an attempt to draw the opponent in before trying to release the explosive pace of offseason signing Nicolas Pepe, given a full debut at the expense of Alexandre Lacazette.
Pepe had three shots in the primary half, while Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian – straight from the mistake that cost his group an objective at Southampton a week ago – left his region to clear the ball just to discover Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who hurled the ball back simply past the far post.
Pepe’s most obvious opportunity came when Jordan Henderson’s error on the midway line permitted the Ivory Coast universal to keep running past Robertson be that as it may, in a one-on-one circumstance with Adrian, he took shots directly at the goalkeeper.
Before long, perpetual weight on Arsenal’s barrier started to tell and after Salah held off Granit Xhaka to keenly turn and fire wide, the achievement came. From a corner, Trent Alexander-Arnold at long last discovered his range and Matip profited by the space made by Virgil van Dijk’s tangle with Matteo Guendouzi to power home a 41st-minute header.
Sadio Mane should have done better with his header in injury time but if the interval was a period for Arsenal’s players to clear their heads, no one told Luiz who, in a moment of madness four minutes after the break, tugged on Salah’s shirt.
The Egypt international confidently dispatched the penalty and added a second by brilliantly putting the seal on a three-pass move which eliminated most of the opposition.
Started by Adrian and including Alexander-Arnold, the ball came to Fabinho who flicked forward an inviting ball allowing Salah to skip past Luiz with embarrassing ease 40 yards out. He ran into the penalty area before placing a shot inside the far post with his left foot.
It was then an exercise in damage limitation for the visitors, with Emery’s first change being to send on combative midfielder Torreira for playmaker Ivan Ceballos.
Lacazette, scorer of 19 goals last season and one in one match this season, was not introduced until the 81st minute – and even then it was Torreira who eventually found the net, drilling home a loose ball 15 yards out
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