The Oilers (36-24-9, 81 points) matched a season high with seven goals to strengthen their grip on the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference and climb within a point of the Ducks (36-23-10, 82 points) for third place in the Pacific Division . . . Joe Pavelski
(2-0—2) scored twice for the second straight game to guide the Pacific Division-leading Sharks (42-20-7, 91 points) to victory . . . Thomas Vanek
registered a career-high four assists to help the Panthers snap a five-game slide (0-4-1) . . . Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy
(31 saves) improved to 6-0-1 in his last seven appearances dating to Feb. 27 (1.38 GAA, .958 SV%) . . . Toronto’s Mike Babcock
coached his 1,100th career game as an NHL head coach . . . Sharks forward Joe Thornton
(1-5—6) and Maple Leafs forward William Nylander
(1-4—5) extended their point streaks to five games . . . Stars forward Jason Spezza
(900) and Canadiens goaltender Carey Price
(500) appeared in milestone games . . . Tuesday’s game between the Jets and Devils at Prudential Center was postponed due to the severe winter storm
impacting the area. The game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 28 . . . The Canadiens honored the CWHL’s Les Canadiennes de Montreal, who recently won the 2017 Clarkson Cup.
SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY’S ACTION
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Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m., TVAS, BCSN
Boston @ Calgary, 9 p.m., SN, NESN
Detroit @ Colorado, 9:30 p.m., ALT, FS-D+
St. Louis @ Anaheim, 10 p.m., NBCSN, FS-MW
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FLAMES AIM TO SET FRANCHISE RECORD WITH 11TH STRAIGHT VICTORY
The Flames (39-26-4, 82 points) aim to secure their 11th straight victory and establish the longest single-season win streak in franchise history when they host the Bruins (37-26-6, 80 points) at Scotiabank Saddledome. With a victory, Calgary would eclipse their previous franchise benchmark from Oct. 14 – Nov. 3, 1978 (10-0-0) and reach the 40-win mark for the first time since 2014-15 (45-30-7, 97 points).
PENGUINS-FLYERS, BLUES-DUCKS FEATURED ON NBCSN DOUBLEHEADER
Two of tonight’s four games are featured on NBCSN with the Penguins (43-16-9, 95 points) visiting the Flyers (31-29-8, 70 points) at Wells Fargo Center and the Ducks (36-23-10, 82 points) hosting the Blues (36-27-5, 77 points) at Honda Center:
* Pittsburgh enters the contest with points in six consecutive games (5-0-1) and can move back into a tie with Washington for the most points in the NHL with a win. Philadelphia, meanwhile, looks to snap a three-game slide (0-3-0) and inch closer to the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
* Anaheim earned a 5-2 win over Washington in their last outing and looks to gain ground in the crowded Pacific Division, where positions 2-4 are separated by one point. St. Louis enters the contest on a five-game win streak and occupies the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference, two points back of Nashville (34-24-11, 79 points) for third place in the Central Division.
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Home Team in Caps
NEW JERSEY vs. Winnipeg, postponed
WASHINGTON 4, Minnesota 2
NY Islanders 3, CAROLINA 2 (OT)
Chicago 4, MONTREAL 2
Tampa Bay 2, OTTAWA 1 (OT)
FLORIDA 7, Toronto 2
EDMONTON 7, Dallas 1
Arizona 3, LOS ANGELES 2 (SO)
SAN JOSE 4, Buffalo 1
BLACKHAWKS CLAIM SOLE POSSESSION OF FIRST IN WESTERN CONFERENCE
The Blackhawks (44-20-5, 93 points) built a 3-0 lead and held off a Canadiens rally to leapfrog the Wild (43-19-6, 92 points) for sole possession of first place in the Western Conference.
* Patrick Kane (1-2—3) has collected 16-11—27 in 17 games since Feb. 2 and 31-45—76 overall. The reigning Art Ross Trophy winner moved into a tie with Connor McDavid (24-52—76) for the most points in the NHL this season.
* Corey Crawford (40 saves) made at least 40 saves for the second straight game (42 on March 12 vs. MIN) to improve to 10-3-0 in his last 13 appearances dating to Feb. 2 (2.46 GAA, .925 SV%). Crawford, a native of Montreal, also boosted his record to 7-0-2 in nine career appearances against his hometown team (1.55 GAA, .951 SV%, 1 SO).
OVECHKIN, CAPITALS END DROUGHTS
Alex Ovechkin scored to snap a 10-game goalless drought and Nicklas Backstrom collected three assists to help the League-leading Capitals (45-17-7, 97 points) halt a four-game slide (0-4-0).
* Washington reestablished a two-point lead over Pittsburgh (43-16-9, 95 points) and moved within three points of reaching the 100-point mark for the third consecutive season.
* Backstrom (21-50—71) reached the 50-assist mark for the fourth consecutive season and seventh time in his NHL career (all w/ WSH). Elias notes that Backstrom extended his franchise record for most 50-assist seasons, three more than Adam Oates, Michal Pivonka and Ovechkin (four each).
ISLANDERS, LIGHTNING GAIN GROUND IN RACE FOR FINAL WILD CARD SPOT
The Islanders (33-25-11, 77 points) and Lightning (34-26-9, 77 points) each secured overtime victories to gain ground in the race for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference:
* New York scored twice in a span of 25 seconds to overcome a 2-0 deficit and John Tavares tallied 34 seconds into overtime to propel the Islanders to victory. Tavares scored the ninth regular-season overtime goal of his NHL career (all w/ NYI) to extend his franchise record. The Islanders moved ahead of the Maple Leafs (31-23-14, 76 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
* Victor Hedman scored at 4:05 of overtime as the Lightning extended their win and point streaks to four and six games (5-0-1), respectively. Hedman scored the third regular-season overtime goal of his NHL career (all w/ TBL) to tie Dan Boyle for the most by a defenseman in franchise history. The Lightning also leapfrogged the Maple Leafs, keeping pace with the Islanders.
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas rookie Luis Garza continued his stellar play on Monday at the Southern Intercollegiate, finishing T-8th overall to earn Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week honors the league office announced on Wednesday afternoon.
He becomes the second Razorback to earn weekly honors from the league this spring after Charles Kim was named SEC Golfer of the Week on Feb. 22 following his victory at the SunTrust Gator Invitational. Arkansas is the only program in the league to earn multiple weekly awards this year.
Luis Garza has been one of the most consistent freshman in the league this season with seven top-20 finishes in nine starts, including his third top-10 showing of the year on Monday with rounds of 70-71 – 141 (-3) at the Southern Intercollegiate in Athens, Georgia.
The Leon, Mexico, native has the third-best freshman scoring average in the SEC at 71.7 to help lead No. 24 Arkansas to an 84-31 head-to-head record this year with two team victories. Garza is tied for the best finish this year in the SEC by a rookie, posting a runner-up finish at the Gopher Individual in the fall.
Garza and the Razorbacks return to the course on Sunday, March 19 for a three-day event at the Valspar Collegiate in Palm City, Florida.
For more information on Arkansas men’s golf, follow @RazorbackMGolf on Twitter.
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Great American Ball Park view behind home plate (2012 photo by Ayingling via wikipedia commons)
A limited number of Cincinnati Reds Opening Day tickets will go on sale Saturday, March 18 at 9 a.m. only at the Great American Ball Park ticket windows.
Ticket Prices for the Reds vs. Philadelphia Phillies Opening Day game on Monday, April 3:
• $35 for Standing-Room-Only tickets (500 available)
• $50 & $55 for View Level tickets (500 available)
• Plus, a limited supply of $45-$75 tickets for other ballpark seating sections
There is a limit of four Opening Day tickets per person. An additional game purchase is not required. Cash and major credit cards will be accepted.
Fans will be permitted to form a line for tickets beginning Friday, March 17 at 9 a.m. Fans will receive wristbands indicating their place in line and may not hold spots for friends or family who are not in attendance. Fans will be expected to remain on-site and random checks will be performed until the ticket sale begins. The Opening Day ticket sale will happen rain or shine.
The consumption of alcoholic beverages on the property of Great American Ball Park is a violation of state law and violators will be asked to leave the premises by police. Open flames and propane heaters will not be permitted on the ballpark premises.
Reds Authentics ‘Spring Sale’ – 9 a.m. to Noon
The Reds Authentics Shop inside the main gates at GABP will be open to the public on Saturday, March 18 from 9 a.m. to Noon for an exclusive sale of authenticated, game-used and autographed Reds memorabilia, including:
• Game-used and team-issued jerseys, hats, baseballs, helmets, bats, lineup cards, locker tags and batting gloves
• Autographed baseballs, jerseys, helmets and photos from current and former Reds players
• Unique and one-of-a-kind signage from around the ballpark and inside the clubhouse
Additionally, Reds Authentics will offer $50 “Opening Day Ticket Mystery Bags,” providing fans a 1-in-10 chance of selecting a pair of Opening Day tickets. All other mystery bags will contain authenticated items valued from $50-$400. (only 100 bags available, while supplies last)
All Reds Authentics sales benefit the baseball and softball outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.
Reds Fan Clubs
The Reds Fan Clubs Corner inside the ballpark will also be open from 9 a.m. to Noon where fans can purchase memberships to the following clubs:
• Reds Rookies Baby Club ($20, ages 0-3)
• Reds Heads Kids Club ($30, ages 3-12)
• Club Red ($10, ages 13-17)
Each club includes exclusive Reds gear, tickets, and members-only experiences. Join now to enjoy the benefits all season long.
Reds Team Shop by Majestic
The Reds Team Shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m with new Reds gear arriving daily. The Authentic Collection for 2017 by Majestic includes a pullover hooded sweatshirt for men, ¼ zip pullover for ladies, ¾ sleeve batting practice trainer and a large collection of On Field and fashion caps by New Era.
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