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Archive for April 16th, 2017

Crew SC holds off arch-rival Toronto FC, 2-1 to stay in first place in MLS’ Eastern Conference


Justin Meram scores his fifth goal of the season and has now recorded a goal or an assist in all four home matches thus far in 2017;
Captain Wil Trapp makes his 100th regular-season appearance for Crew SC;
Black & Gold record victory in first Trillium Cup match of 2017

For Immediate Release: April 15, 2017

COLUMBUS CREW SC DRESSING ROOM PRESS CONFERENCE

61,294 Justin Meram Crew SC Q & A with the media 4 15 2017

Columbus Crew SC 2 – Toronto FC 1
MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)
Saturday, April 15, 2017

SCORING SUMMARY
TOR – Jozy Altidore (Victor Vazquez) 21’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2ozAFif]
CLB – Ola Kamara (Niko Hansen, Federico Higuain) 37’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2oj3YEd]
CLB – Justin Meram (Alex Crognale, Federico Higuain) 44’  [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2pEsCAd]

NEXT MATCH FOR CREW SC (4-2-1, 13 points):

Columbus Crew SC vs. New York Red Bulls (Red Bull Arena – Harrison, NJ)
Saturday, April 22 (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com).


MEDIA RESOURCES AVAILABLE

FULL BOX SCORE: http://bit.ly/2p6eX8I


TEAM STATISTICS:
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MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:
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HEAR FROM SPORTING DIRECTOR AND HEAD COACH GREGG BERHALTER IN POST-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE:
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AUDIO FROM MIDFIELDER JUSTIN MERAM:
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AUDIO FROM FORWARD OLA KAMARA: http://bit.ly/2pkxzSk


TODAY’S MATCH INFO:


Venue:
MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)
Referee: Nima Saghafi
Assistants: Corey Rockwell, Kyle Atkins
Fourth Official: Hilario Grajeda
Attendance: 12,319
Weather: 78 degrees and clear
GOALS/ASSISTS


TOR – Jozy Altidore (Victor Vazquez) 21’

CLB – Ola Kamara (Niko Hansen, Niko Hansen) 37’
CLB – Justin Meram (Alex Crognale, Federico Higuain) 44’

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY

TOR – Michael Bradley (caution) 80’
CLB – Jukka Raitala (caution) 90+2’

LINEUPS

Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen; Harrison Afful, Alex Crognale, Nico Naess, Jukka Raitala; Artur, Wil Trapp ©; Niko Hansen (Ethan Finlay 60’), Federico Higuain (Josh Williams 88’), Justin Meram; Ola Kamara

Substitutes not used: Logan Ketterer, Waylon Francis, Hector Jimenez, Mohammed Abu, Kekuta Manneh

Toronto FC: Alexander Bono; Eriq Zavaleta, Nick Hagglund, Justin Morrow; Steven Beitashour, Raheem Edwards (Tosaint Ricketts 82’), Michael Bradley ©, Armando Cooper (Jonathan Osorio 54’), Victor Vazquez (Benoit Cheyrou 86’); Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore.

Substitutes not used: Marco Delgado, Mark Pais, Jay Chapman, Tsubasa Endoh

TEAM NOTES

 

Midfielder Justin Meram scored the winning goal in tonight’s match and has now recorded a goal or an assist in every home match this season through four home contests. In the last six total home matches dating back to October 1, 2016, Meram has notched five goals and two assists.

Captain Wil Trapp made his 100th regular-season appearance (97th start) for the Black & Gold in tonight’s match. With his appearance against Toronto, the midfielder became the first Crew SC Homegrown Player to make 100 regular-season appearances and is one of only 27 players to have made 100 or more regular-season appearances for the club.

 

Rookies Niko Hansen and Alex Crognale each tallied their first regular-season assists for Crew SC. Hansen made his first start for the club in tonight’s contest and provided the helper on Ola Kamara’s opening goal. Previously, Hansen had made three substitute appearances in home matches against Portland (March 25) and Orlando (April 1) as well as in a road contest at Chicago (April 8). Hansen also scored the winning goal the Black & Gold’s 3-2 home victory over Portland. Tonight, Crognale helped set up Justin Meram’s game-winning goal. To date, Crognale has made five regular-season appearances (four starts) for the Black & Gold.

 

Forward Ola Kamara tallied his fourth goal of the season and his 20th goal for Crew SC in 32 appearances (27 starts) by scoring the Black & Gold’s first goal in tonight’s match. The Norwegian has made seven appearances (all starts) this season.

The win against Toronto FC marks the third time that the Black & Gold have defeated an unbeaten team this season, as the Reds sported a record of 1-0-4 coming into tonight’s match. Previously, Crew SC defeated Portland (3-0-0 at the time) 3-2 on March 25 and Orlando (2-0-0 at the time) 2-0 on April 1. Tonight’s victory also marks the club’s third consecutive win at home. Crew SC is undefeated at MAPFRE Stadium this season with a record of 3-0-1. The last time Crew SC went on a three-game winning streak at home was in 2015, when the club won three consecutive matches during a window from June 24 – July 19.

 

Crew SC is currently undefeated through four matches at MAPFRE Stadium this season and has not lost at home since September 10, 2016 going 5-0-1 in that same span. The last time the club went four or more matches undefeated at home was last season, from April 16 – August 13, with the club posting a 4-0-7 record in that 11-match span.

With the two goals in tonight’s contest, the Black & Gold have now scored in every home match this season. Additionally, Crew SC has now scored in each of its last 15 home matches, dating back to a 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls last season (June 25).

 

Crew SC next plays on Saturday, April 22 when it travels to Red Bull Arena to take on the New York Red Bulls (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com).

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

NHL Morning Skate for Sunday, April 16, 2107: Stanley Cup Playoffs edition

SATURDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
OTTAWA 4, Boston 3 (OT) – series tied 1-1
Toronto 4, WASHINGTON 3 (2OT) – series tied 1-1
Nashville 5, CHICAGO 0 – NSH leads 2-0
ANAHEIM 3, Calgary 2 – ANA leads 2-0

MAPLE LEAFS EVEN SERIES IN DOUBLE-OVERTIME THRILLER
Kasperi Kapanen (2-0—2) scored his second goal of the contest at 11:53 of double-overtime as the Maple Leafs evened their series with the Capitals.

* Kapanen became the first Maple Leafs player to score an overtime goal in the postseason since Travis Green scored in double-overtime in Game 6 of the 2003 Conference Quarterfinals vs. PHI, a 2-1 victory.

* Elias notes that Kapanen became the eighth rookie in Maple Leafs history to score an overtime goal in the postseason and first since Gerry Ehman in Game 3 of the 1959 Semifinals vs. BOS.

* Elias adds that Kapanen (20 years, 266 days) became the second-youngest player in Maple Leafs history to score an overtime goal in the postseason, after Jack McLean (20 years, 51 days) in quadruple-overtime of Game 2 in the 1943 Semifinals at DET.

Frederik Andersen made 47 saves – including two on Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin late in the first overtime – to record the victory. His 47 saves were six shy of his career high set in Game 2 of the 2015 Conference Finals vs. CHI (53 w/ ANA) and the most by a Maple Leafs goaltender in a playoff game since Ed Belfour had 72 in Game 3 of the 2003 Conference Quarterfinals vs. PHI.

* Defenseman Jake Gardiner logged 40:34, the most time on ice in a game by any player so far this postseason. Per Elias, he is the first Maple Leafs player to play 40 or more minutes in a playoff game since Game 3 of the 2003 Conference Quarterfinals, when four defensemen did so in a 3-2 L vs. PHI.

DID YOU KNOW?
Kasperi Kapanen scored the second and third goals of his NHL career (regular-season and playoffs); his first came on April 8 when he notched the first of three unanswered goals to help the Maple Leafs clinch a berth in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (5-3 W vs. PIT).

* No stranger to big goals, Kapanen also scored the gold medal-clinching goal in overtime to lead Finland over Russia at the 2016 World Junior Championship in Helsinki.

SENATORS RALLY TO EVEN SERIES AGAINST BRUINS
Ottawa overcame a 3-1 deficit in the third period and Dion Phaneuf (1-2—3) scored at 1:59 of overtime as the Senators evened their series with the Bruins.

* Elias notes that the Senators overcame a multi-goal deficit in the third period to win a playoff game for the second time in franchise history (also Game 4 of 2013 CQF vs. MTL: 3-2 OT W).

* Phaneuf became the fifth defenseman in franchise history to score an overtime goal in the postseason and first since Matt Carkner in Game 5 of the 2010 Conference Quarterfinals at PIT.

* Phaneuf assisted on both third period goals to match a franchise record for points in a playoff game by a defenseman; Wade Redden achieved the feat in Game 3 of the 2006 Conference Quarterfinals at TBL (1-2—3) and Game 1 of the 2006 Conference Semifinals vs. BUF (0-3—3).

PREDATORS LEAVE CHICAGO WITH PAIR OF SHUTOUT WINS
Pekka Rinne turned aside all 30 shots he faced and collected two assists to help the Predators blank the Blackhawks for the second straight game and leave Chicago with a 2-0 series lead. Nashville registered consecutive shutouts in the postseason for the first time in franchise history.

* Elias notes that Nashville became the fifth team in NHL history to record road shutouts in their first two games of a postseason, joining the Red Wings (1936), Sabres (1983), Devils (1995) and Maple Leafs (2001).

* Nashville became the third team in NHL history to record shutouts in consecutive playoff games in Chicago, joining the Canadiens (Games 3-4 of 1960 SF) and Blues (Games 3-4 of 2002 CQF).

* Rinne became the first goaltender in franchise history to collect two assists in a playoff game and the first on any team to do so since Jose Theodore in Game 3 of the 2004 Conference Quarterfinals vs. BOS (w/ MTL). Rinne became the first netminder to accomplish the feat in a playoff shutout since Tom Barrasso in Game 2 of the 1993 Division Semifinals vs. NJD (w/ PIT).

Ryan Johansen (1-2—3) registered his first three-point game in the postseason, one shy of the franchise record for points in a playoff game set by Paul Kariya in Game 1 of the 2006 Conference Quarterfinals vs. SJS (0-4—4).

GETZLAF GUIDES DUCKS TO 2-0 SERIES LEAD
Anaheim surrendered a 2-0 lead, but Ryan Getzlaf (1-1—2) scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:46 remaining in regulation to guide the Ducks to a 2-0 series lead.

* Getzlaf has collected 1-1—2 in both games of the series and extended his franchise records for playoff assists and points (31-72—103 in 106 GP). He notched his sixth career game-winning goal in the postseason (all w/ ANA); only Teemu Selanne has scored more in franchise history (8).

* The Ducks won their 29th consecutive home game against the Flames – including 22 in the regular season – dating back to their last loss in Game 3 of the 2006 Conference Quarterfinals. The victory extends the longest such streak against a single opponent in NHL history.

LOOSE PUCKS
Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his 14th career power-play goal in the postseason (all w/ WSH) to pass Peter Bondra (13) for the most in franchise history . . . Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby made 47 saves, tying his career high from Game 3 of the 2012 Conference Semifinals vs. NYR . . . Senators forward Clarke MacArthur scored his first goal since Game 3 of the 2015 First Round vs. MTL (regular-season and playoffs) . . . Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert was suspended for one game for cross-checking Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackl . . . Kraft Hockeyville USA announced four semifinalists.

SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Minnesota @ St. Louis, STL leads 2-0, 3 p.m., SN, TVAS, NBC
Pittsburgh @ Columbus, PIT leads 2-0, 6 p.m., SN360, TVAS2, CNBC, FS-O, ROOT
Montreal @ NY Rangers, series tied 1-1, 7 p.m., SN, TVAS, NBCSN, MSG
Edmonton @ San Jose, series tied 1-1, 10 p.m., SN, TVAS, NBCSN, NBCS CA
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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHL MORNING SKATE PUBLICATION

Blue Jackets add LW Markus Hannikainen from Cleveland Monsters to roster

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  APRIL 16, 2017
COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled left wing Markus Hannikainen from the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

 

Hannikainen, 24, has posted 1-1-2 with six penalty minutes and an “even” plus/minus rating in 10 games with the Blue Jackets this season, scoring his first NHL goal on January 21 vs. Carolina and collecting his first NHL assist on February 25 vs. the NY Islanders.  He has also recorded 19-18-37, 22 penalty minutes and a +6 plus/minus rating in 57 games with Cleveland.

Markus Hannikainen

The Helsinki, Finland native has registered 1-1-2 with six penalty minutes in 14 career NHL games since making his debut in 2015-16.  Originally signed to a two-year, entry level contract with Columbus on April 20, 2015, Hannikainen has also notched 26-31-57, 42 penalty minutes and is +12 in 107 career AHL games with the Monsters.  Last year, he also tallied 3-7-10 in 16 playoff games to help the club capture the Calder Cup championship.
The Blue Jackets return to action today when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Three of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.  Game time from Nationwide Arena is 6 p.m. ET.  Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with a special one-hour Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 5 p.m.  The game will also be broadcast live on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, 97.1 The Fan FM, and online at BlueJackets.com.
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