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NHL: Washington Capitals at New Jersey Devils
Mar 19, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Brett Connolly (10) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

March 20, 2019

Brett Connolly had a goal and an assist, and the Washington Capitals defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-1 on Tuesday night in Newark, N.J., to move into sole possession of first place in the Metropolitan Division.

Andre Burakovsky, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson also scored for Washington. Nicklas Backstrom collected his 50th assist of the season, and Pheonix Copley made 20 saves.

Kenny Agostino scored, and Mackenzie Blackwood made 18 saves for the Devils, who have lost two straight.

Blues 7, Oilers 2

Jaden Schwartz capped his hat trick with a power-play goal at 18:48 of the third period as St. Louis defeated visiting Edmonton.

David Perron added two goals and an assist, and Alex Pietrangelo and Pat Maroon also scored for the Blues. Jordan Binnington made 15 saves to improve to 14-3-0 in his past 17 starts.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zack Kassian scored for the Oilers. Mikko Koskinen stopped 17 of 20 shots before being pulled 5:42 into the second period after the Blues took a three-goal lead. Connor McDavid failed to tally a point, ending his 12-game scoring streak.

Flames 4, Blue Jackets 2

Michael Frolik scored the winning goal in a two-point night, and David Rittich was sensational while making 31 saves as host Calgary defeated Columbus. The Flames moved three points ahead of the San Jose Sharks for top spot in the Pacific Division and the Western Conference.

While Rittich had incredible fortune on his side with the Blue Jackets ringing four pucks off iron, he was outstanding all game, including a one-sided third period in which he stopped 11 shots.

Andrew Mangiapane, Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk added goals for Calgary, which has won four of its past five games. Zach Werenski and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored for the Blue Jackets.

Stars 4, Panthers 2

Alexander Radulov scored two goals, including the winner with 9:28 to play in the third period, and Tyler Seguin had four assists to lift host Dallas to a victory over Florida.

Dallas is now four points ahead of idle Arizona for the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Florida lost its second straight and is now 4-2-0 in its past six games.

Jamie Benn and John Klingberg collected the Stars’ other goals. Aleksander Barkov tallied twice for the Panthers.

Avalanche 3, Wild 1

Philipp Grubauer made 36 saves, Tyson Barrie, Tyson Jost and Ian Cole scored, and Colorado won at Saint Paul, Minn.

The Avalanche won their second in a row to tighten the Western Conference wild-card race. Colorado moved within a point of the Wild and within two points of Arizona. The Coyotes currently hold the second wild-card spot.

Zach Parise had a goal, and Devan Dubnyk stopped 35 shots for Minnesota. The Wild have lost two in a row, and they fell to 2-7-3 in their past 12 home games.

Predators 3, Maple Leafs 0

Brian Boyle, Wayne Simmonds and Filip Forsberg scored goals, Pekka Rinne stopped 22 shots, and Nashville defeated visiting Toronto.

Rinne has four shutouts this season, and the past two have been against the Maple Leafs. He has 55 career shutouts.

Ryan Johansen had two assists for the Predators, who managed only 20 shots on goal but won their third in a row. Frederik Andersen finished with 17 saves for the Maple Leafs.

Bruins 5, Islanders 0

Sean Kuraly scored two goals in a regular-season game for the first time in his career, and Tuukka Rask stopped all 13 shots he faced as Boston cruised to a win at Uniondale, N.Y.

The Bruins have won two straight following a three-game losing streak. Boston allowed 15 goals in the skid but has given up just one goal in its last two games. Jake DeBrusk, Patrice Bergeron and Noel Acciari also scored for the Bruins.

The Islanders lost for the second time in three games (1-2-0). New York goalie Robin Lehner, who played for the first time since sustaining what was believed to be a concussion on March 5, made 34 saves.

Hurricanes 3, Penguins 2 (SO)

Dougie Hamilton scored on the first attempt of a shootout, and that was enough for Carolina in a victory against Pittsburgh at Raleigh, N.C.

The Hurricanes made it past regulation when Justin Williams scored the tying goal with 1:56 left in the third period after the Hurricanes opted to go with an extra skater.

Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang scored with 4:37 remaining, but the Penguins couldn’t hold on.

Red Wings 3, Rangers 2

Jimmy Howard made 41 saves, and Andreas Athanasiou scored twice as Detroit opened a five-game road trip by holding on for a victory over New York.

Howard helped the Red Wings sweep the three-game season series with the Rangers by making at least 40 saves for the fifth time this season and 21st time in his career.

Detroit’s Frans Nielsen scored in the first period, and Athanasiou tallied in the second before adding an empty-net goal in the final minute. Ryan Strome and Brendan Smith were the Rangers’ goal-scorers.

Canadiens 3, Flyers 1

Goals from Brendan Gallagher, Shea Weber and Max Domi carried Montreal to a win at Philadelphia.

Andrew Shaw tallied two assists and Carey Price stopped 32 shots for the Canadiens.

Sean Couturier scored and Carter Hart made 33 saves for the Flyers, who took a second straight home loss for the first time since early January.

–Field Level Media

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NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Tampa Bay Lightning
Mar 18, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the third period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

March 19, 2019

Tampa Bay earned its first-ever Presidents’ Trophy, and Steven Stamkos set a franchise record for the most goals as the Lightning beat the visiting Arizona Coyotes 4-1 on Monday night.

Victor Hedman’s goal in the first minute of the third period broke a 1-1 tie, and Tampa Bay’s top-ranked penalty-kill held Arizona scoreless with the man advantage in the game’s last 1:39. Anthony Cirelli, who also had an assist, and Yanni Gourde each produced short-handed, empty-net goals in the final minute.

Stamkos, 29, scored the game’s second goal of the first period. His 384th career tally broke the franchise record for goals previously held by Vincent Lecavalier, who was a member of the Lightning for 14 seasons. Stamkos is in his 11th season.

The Lightning, who improved to 31-6-2 on home ice secured the No. 1 seed for the postseason. They became the second-fastest ever to notch the Presidents’ Trophy, doing it in their 73rd game. The 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings did it in 71 games.

Canucks 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT)

Bo Horvat scored 16 seconds into overtime to lift Vancouver to a victory at Chicago. Horvat buried his 25th goal of the season with a shot from point-blank range on the Canucks’ first chance of the extra session.

Alexander Edler and Markus Granlund also scored for Vancouver, which won its second game in as many nights. Thatcher Demko earned his third career victory by stopping 29 of 31 shots.

Jonathan Toews and Erik Gustafsson scored for the Blackhawks, whose five-game winning streak came to an end. Patrick Kane tallied assists on both Blackhawks goals, giving him 101 points (41 goals, 60 assists) on the season. Chicago’s Corey Crawford stopped 31 shots.

Jets 3, Kings 2

Kyle Connor had a goal and an assist, and Winnipeg won at Los Angeles to extend its lead in the Central Division.

Kevin Hayes and Tyler Myers also scored, and Laurent Brossoit made 15 saves for the Jets, who moved three points in front of the Nashville Predators with 10 games left.

Sean Walker and Dustin Brown scored for the Kings, and Jack Campbell stopped 25 shots.

Golden Knights 7, Sharks 3

Jonathan Marchessault had two goals and two assists, and Reilly Smith had a goal and three assists to lead visiting Vegas past San Jose. The Golden Knights won for the ninth time in 10 games.

William Karlsson added a goal and an assist, and Mark Stone, Paul Stastny and Cody Eakin also scored goals for Vegas. Golden Knights goalie Malcolm Subban, playing in back-to-back games for the first time in his career with Marc-Andre Fleury sidelined due to a lower-body injury, made 36 saves.

Logan Couture scored two goals and Joe Thornton also scored for San Jose, which remained one point short of becoming the second team in the Western Conference to clinch a playoff berth.

–Field Level Media

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Chris White | Energy Reporter

Nearly 40 percent of New Yorkers believe Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the villain rather than the hero in Amazon’s recent decision to pull out of the state, according to a poll published Monday.

Only 12 percent of state citizens consider the New York Democrat a savior for leading the charge against a deal that would have brought the online company to the Empire State, the Siena College poll found. Pollsters asked citizens who was the hero, villain or role player in the matter.

“Who do New Yorkers blame? Well, there’s certainly blame enough to go around. … However, voters say the biggest villain was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez,” pollster Steven Greenberg told The New York Post. Citizens spread their animus far and wide, with 34 percent also calling local activists the chief villain. Another 29 percent of people say Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio is to blame.

The logo of Amazon is seen on the door of an Amazon Books retail store in New York City, U.S., Feb. 14, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

“Amazon itself was seen as the biggest villain among Democrats, but Republicans and independents had Ocasio-Cortez as far and away the largest villain, followed by the local Queens activists,” Greenberg added. An overwhelming number of people believe Amazon’s decision in February deals a blow to the state, according to the poll, which surveyed 700 registered voters and has a margin of error of 4.2 percentage points.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers remarks at the United States Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington, U.S., January 24, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers remarks at the United States Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington, U.S., Jan. 24, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Sixty-seven percent of those polled said the withdrawal was bad for New York, while 21 percent said it was a good thing. The project in New York was expected to create 25,000 jobs. A smaller project in Nashville, Tennessee, is expected to create 5,000 new jobs. (RELATED: Amazon Backs Out Of Planned New York Campus After Critics Panned The Deal)

Much of the opposition to the deal stems from New York’s willingness to provide Amazon more than $3 billion in government incentives to set up shop in the state.

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NCAA Basketball: SEC Conference Tournament-Tennessee vs Auburn
Mar 17, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; General view of pyrotechnics in the arena prior to the championship game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Auburn Tigers in the SEC conference tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

March 18, 2019

By Hilary Russ

NEW YORK (Reuters) – About 47 million people – one in five American adults – are expected to bet a combined $8.5 billion on “March Madness,” the annual men’s college basketball tournament, a new report said on Monday.

A plurality of bettors – 29 percent – favor Duke University’s Blue Devils to win, according to a report from the American Gaming Association (AGA), a casino industry group.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s tournament to determine the Division I men’s basketball champions begins on Tuesday and ends April 8 in Minneapolis.

This year is the first time the tournament will be held since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in May 2018 allowed states to legalize, regulate and tax sports betting.

Eight states now offer legal sports wagers, including Nevada, which was never subject to a ban.

More than $5.9 billion has been bet on sports in those eight states since the court decision, the AGA said in its report.

As the nascent legal U.S. sports betting industry expands, major events like the NCAA’s March Madness are providing first glimpses of how many betters may want to move from illegal to legal wagering, and how much money casinos, racetracks and bookmakers stand to make in the years to come.

Forecasts had suggested Americans would wager $325 million this year on another traditionally huge betting event, the Super Bowl.

But the two biggest state markets so far – Nevada and New Jersey – fell short. Nevada handled just $146 million of legal bets, an 8 percent drop from the previous year’s record $159 million.

A report from Eilers & Krejcik gaming analysts on Friday estimated that if all 50 U.S. states had legal online sports betting, sportsbooks would handle $15.2 billion of total wagers just for March Madness alone, grossing about $1.2 billion of revenue.

By March of 2023, as many as 39 states could have legal sports betting, Eilers & Krejcik found.

As for this year, March Madness will likely generate $4.6 billion of wagers from 40 million people betting with friends and colleagues through a total 149 million brackets, the AGA said.

The remaining $3.9 billion of wagers will come mostly by way of illegal offshore websites and bookies, though 4.1 million people will also place legal bets through licensed casinos and sportsbook operators.

“These results indicate there’s still work to do to eradicate the vast illegal sports betting market in this country,” said AGA Chief Executive Officer Bill Miller in a statement.

(Reporting by Hilary Russ, editing by G Crosse)

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NHL: Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning
Mar 16, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn (17) shoots as Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) makes a save during the third period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

March 17, 2019

Alex Killorn recorded his first career hat trick, Tampa Bay set a franchise record for wins in a season, and the Lightning beat the visiting Washington Capitals 6-3 on Saturday in the first meeting this season between the Eastern Conference’s two division leaders.

The Lightning notched their 55th victory and became just the fourth team in NHL history to win 54 games or more in consecutive seasons.

Tyler Johnson, Erik Cernak and Yanni Gourde also tallied, and Nikita Kucherov notched two assists for the Lightning, who won their fourth straight. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 30 shots and won for the 13th time in his past 14 starts.

Alex Ovechkin had two goals, and John Carlson added a marker and an assist for Washington, which lost for just the third time in its past 15 games. Braden Holtby allowed four goals on 33 shots.

Oilers 3, Coyotes 2 (OT)

Connor McDavid scored his second goal of the game 58 seconds into overtime as Edmonton claimed a victory in Glendale, Ariz.

Mikka Koskinen made 28 saves for the Oilers, and Matthew Benning added a goal.

Alex Galchenyuk scored twice for Arizona. Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper stopped 22 shots.

Bruins 2, Blue Jackets 1 (OT)

Brad Marchand scored at 3:30 of overtime as Boston returned home and snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Columbus.

Patrice Bergeron also scored for Boston, and Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves. The Bruins put together a streak of 19 straight games with a point, the longest in the NHL this season, before going 0-3-0 on a three-game trip to Pittsburgh, Columbus and Winnipeg.

Matt Duchene scored the lone goal for the Blue Jackets, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Columbus’ Joonas Korpisalo stopped 31 shots.

Blackhawks 2, Canadiens 0

Corey Crawford made a career-high 48 saves in his hometown as visiting Chicago won its fifth in a row, beating Montreal. Connor Murphy and Brendan Perlini were the goal-scorers, both on assists from Alex DeBrincat.

Crawford, who missed 28 games in the middle of the season due to concussion issues, posted his second shutout of 2018-19. He owns a 1.48 goals-against average during a five-game winning streak.

The Canadiens are 6-10-1 following an impressive 8-1-1 stretch.

Blues 5, Penguins 1

Vince Dunn scored twice, and Pat Maroon had a goal and an assist as St. Louis ended a three-game losing streak by winning at Pittsburgh.

Oskar Sundqvist and Jay Bouwmeester also scored, and Colton Parayko and Robert Thomas each had two assists for St. Louis, which built a 4-0 lead through the game’s first 23 minutes. Jordan Binnington made 40 saves and is 17-4-1 in his first 22 NHL starts.

Dominik Simon scored for the Penguins, who had won three straight and six of seven. Matt Murray stopped nine of 13 shots before being relieved by Casey DeSmith, who allowed one goal on 13 shots.

Red Wings 2, Islanders 1

Andreas Athanasiou scored a pair of goals as host Detroit snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over New York.

Danny DeKeyser assisted on both goals, while Jonathan Bernier turned aside 41 shots. Detroit avenged a pair of one-goal losses to the Islanders earlier in the season.

Anders Lee scored the only goal for the Islanders, who had won their previous two games. Thomas Greiss made 20 saves for New York.

Panthers 4, Kings 3

Jonathan Huberdeau scored the go-ahead goal with 1:56 left in regulation to lead Florida over host Los Angeles.

Huberdeau also had a game-tying assist. Evgenii Dadonov scored twice and had an assist, Mike Hoffman added a goal, and Aleksander Barkov posted three helpers for the Panthers.

Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar each had a goal and an assist, and Brendan Leipsic also tallied for the Kings, who are 2-11-4 in their past 17 games.

Jets 2, Flames 1

Mathieu Perreault’s second-period power-play goal held up as the winner as host Winnipeg held on for a win over Calgary in a clash of Western Conference division leaders.

Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves, including 14 in the third period, to record the victory for Winnipeg, which has won two straight games. Hellebuyck had some good fortune, too, as the Flames’ Johnny Gaudreau twice rang shots off the post and Mark Jankowski drilled the crossbar — all in the opening frame.

Mark Scheifele gave the Jets a 1-0 lead in the first period, and Jankowski tied the game with a short-handed goal in the second period. Mike Smith stopped 19 shots for the Flames.

Senators 6, Maple Leafs 2

Magnus Paajarvi scored two consecutive goals during the second period as Ottawa beat visiting Toronto.

Cody Ceci added a goal and an assist, and Brian Gibbons, Anthony Duclair and Oscar Lindberg also scored for the Senators, who won their second straight. Zack Smith added three assists for the Senators.

Morgan Rielly and John Tavares scored for the Maple Leafs, who have allowed 23 goals while losing three of their past four games.

Hurricanes 4, Sabres 2

Rookie Andrei Svechnikov scored his third goal in three games as Carolina recorded its ninth straight win over Buffalo, prevailing in Raleigh, N.C.

Jordan Staal scored to notch his 500th career point, and Justin Williams and Lucas Wallmark also tallied for the Hurricanes, who improved to 8-2-1 in their past 11 contests. Curtis McElhinney finished with 35 saves.

Former Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner matched his career high with his 37th goal, and Zemgus Girgensons also tallied for the Sabres, who have dropped seven in a row (0-6-1).

Wild 5, Rangers 2

Ryan Donato recorded his second career two-goal game as Minnesota snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over New York in Saint Paul, Minn.

Eric Staal also scored for the Wild, who won for just the second time in their past 11 home games (2-6-3) since Jan. 19. Jared Spurgeon added a power-play goal, and J.T. Brown scored an empty-net tally for Minnesota.

Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich scored for the Rangers, who went 0-3-1 on their four-game road trip. They lost their seventh straight road game and dropped to 2-6-5 in their past 13 games.

Predators 4, Sharks 2

Viktor Arvidsson scored twice, and Filip Forsberg added a goal and an assist as Nashville won at San Jose.

Colton Sissons also scored for the Predators, and goaltender Juuse Saros made 24 saves. Nashville won its second straight and remained a point behind Winnipeg, which beat Calgary 2-1 Saturday, in the chase for first place in the Central Division.

Timo Meier and Joe Thornton scored for the Sharks, and Martin Jones stopped 26 of 29 shots. The Sharks lost their second straight following a six-game winning streak.

–Field Level Media

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NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings
Mar 14, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

March 15, 2019

Nikita Kucherov had two goals and two assists, and the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied from a three-goal deficit to defeat the host Detroit Red Wings for the 15th consecutive time, 5-4, on Thursday.

Tampa Bay won its third straight while Detroit lost for the 12th time in 13 games (1-9-3). The Lightning matched their franchise record of 54 wins set last season.

Steven Stamkos tied Vincent Lecavalier’s franchise record of 383 goals during the second period, and he also had an assist. Brayden Point supplied a goal and two assists, and Tyler Johnson also scored for Tampa Bay. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves.

Darren Helm scored his 100th career goal during a short-handed situation for Detroit. Justin Abdelkader tallied his first goal in 41 games. Madison Bowey and Michael Rasmussen also scored, and Jimmy Howard stopped 34 shots.

Stars 4, Wild 1

Ben Bishop set a franchise-record shutout streak before exiting with an injury, and Dallas scored three goals in the second period in a victory over Minnesota at Saint Paul, Minn.

Radek Faksa and rookies Roope Hintz and Joel L’Esperance scored in a 2:22 span for the Stars, who have won six of their last seven games overall to pull even in points with St. Louis (79) for third place in the Central Division. Alexander Radulov sealed the victory with an empty-net goal.

Anton Khudobin turned aside 14 shots in relief of Bishop, who extended his shutout streak to a career-best 230:53 before leaving with a lower-body injury. The 32-year-old Bishop, who finished with seven saves, eclipsed the previous franchise mark of 219:26 set by Ed Belfour in November 2000.

Penguins 5, Sabres 0

Casey DeSmith made 26 saves, and Phil Kessel, Nick Bjugstad and Jake Guentzel each had a goal and an assist to pace visiting Pittsburgh past Buffalo for its third straight win.

It was the fourth career shutout and third of the season for DeSmith, who had not started since Feb. 21. Brian Dumoulin and Patric Hornqvist also scored for the Penguins, and Sidney Crosby had two assists to give him 31 points in the past 17 games.

Carter Hutton made 23 saves for Buffalo, which was shut out for the third straight game and has lost six in row.

Jets 4, Bruins 3

A third-period goal from Nikolaj Ehlers ended up being the deciding score as Winnipeg edged visiting Boston.

Some strong forechecking from the Jets led to a Boston turnover, with Ehlers pouncing on the loose puck for his 18th goal of the season at 13:02 of the third period. Ehlers’ score ended up being a critical one as Charlie Coyle tipped in a Zdeno Chara point shot at 17:04 of the final frame to pull Boston within one.

The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for Winnipeg and allowed the first-place Jets to maintain their lead over Nashville atop the Central Division. The Bruins have lost their last three games in regulation, following a stretch that saw them record points over 19 consecutive games (15-0-4).

Capitals 5, Flyers 2

Brett Connolly scored two goals and added an assist to lead visiting Washington past Philadelphia.

Lars Eller, Tom Wilson and Evgeny Kuznetsov each scored a goal while Braden Holtby stopped 22 shots. Kuznetsov also had an assist for the Capitals, who have won eight of nine.

James van Riemsdyk and Scott Laughton scored for the Flyers. Carter Hart played for the first time in three weeks and gave up all four goals while making 27 saves.

Senators 2, Blues 0

Anders Nilsson made 35 saves for his second shutout of the season as lowly host Ottawa beat struggling St. Louis. Chris Tierney and Christian Wolanin had the goals.

Nilsson made several key saves to help his team earn just its second win in the last 13 games. Ottawa, which has an NHL-low 54 points and has already been eliminated from the playoff race, snapped a five-game home losing streak and a four-game slide to St. Louis.

The result could prove costly for the playoff-hopeful Blues, who have totaled three goals during an 0-2-1 stretch that’s come without injured goal leader Vladimir Tarasenko. St. Louis had its chances in the third, particularly from Ryan O’Reilly and Robert Thomas, but was stopped on point-blank saves by Nilsson.

Islanders 2, Canadiens 1

Anders Lee scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:57 left in the third period as New York edged visiting Montreal.

Adam Pelech scored in the second period for the Islanders, who won for the fourth time in five games to remain two points behind the first-place Washington Capitals in the Metropolitan Division. Thomas Greiss made 33 saves.

Jordie Benn scored in the second period for the Canadiens, who lost for the fourth time in six games and missed a chance to move ahead of the idle Columbus Blue Jackets in the race for the second and final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Carey Price made 36 saves.

Coyotes 6, Ducks 1

Vinnie Hinostroza scored his first career hat trick, and Arizona inched closer to its first Stanley Cup playoff appearance in seven years with a rout of visiting Anaheim.

The Coyotes moved three points ahead of Minnesota for the second wild card in the Western Conference. Jason Demers had a goal and an assist, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson tied the franchise record with the 15th short-handed goal of the season for the Coyotes. Darcy Kuemper made 37 saves for Arizona, which is 13-4-0 since Feb. 9.

Jakob Silfverberg extended his career-long point streak to seven games with a goal, and Ryan Miller made 18 saves for the Ducks.

Predators 3, Kings 1

Craig Smith and Colton Sissons scored second-period goals as visiting Nashville took the lead for good and defeated Los Angeles to keep pace in the Central Division.

Viktor Arvidsson also scored a goal as the Predators remained in second place, a point behind Winnipeg. Pekka Rinne had 25 saves as the Predators won in regulation for the first time in their past nine games.

Austin Wagner scored a goal for the Kings after missing the previous four games with a lower-body injury. Los Angeles lost for the fourth time in its past five games and for the 14th time in its past 16 games.

Panthers 4, Sharks 2

Mike Hoffman scored the go-ahead goal, and rookie goaltender Sam Montembeault won his third straight start to lead visiting Florida past San Jose.

Hoffman, who added an assist, set a career high for points (63). With his 32nd goal, he tied Ray Whitney (1997-98) for the most by a player in his first season with Florida.

Jamie McGinn, Dryden Hunt and Frank Vatrano also scored for the Panthers, who won their third straight overall. Montembeault, 22, made 26 saves in his first road start, and he improved to 3-0-1. Melker Karlsson and Kevin Labanc tallied for the Sharks, who had their six-game winning streak snapped.

–Field Level Media

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Democratic Tennessee Rep. John DeBerry Jr. said he voted for a bill that will ban abortions in the presence of a fetal heartbeat to enhance the pride and self-esteem of women.

DeBerry voted in favor of the bill so that women “don’t feel that their bodies are just a vessel for somebody to play with,” he said, according to The Tennessean. “I think that’s what’s being lost. Personal responsibility, pride, self-esteem, it makes a person walk away from those situations that get them in this position,” DeBerry also said.

DeBerry’s remarks come after the Tennessee House of Representatives passed a bill March 7 that seeks to ban abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detected. Exceptions are permitted only “in a medical emergency that necessitates an immediate abortion of a woman’s pregnancy to avert her death or for which a delay will create serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of major bodily function,” according to the legislation.

A heartbeat typically becomes detectable between six and nine weeks of gestation. Many women do not know they are pregnant at six weeks.

“This was the first chance in 25 years that I had to go on record and say I disagree with abortion,” DeBerry also said, according to the Tennessean.

Two other Tennessee Democrats, Rep. John Mark Windle and Rep. Joe Towns also voted in favor of the bill, the Tennessean reported.

No Democrats have attacked DeBerry for his vote supporting the bill, according to the Democratic representative. (RELATED: Abortion Services In Nashville Double In One Week)

A sign is pictured at the entrance to a Planned Parenthood building in New York August 31, 2015. Picture taken August 31, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

The Georgia House of Representatives approved a bill in March that seeks to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. The bill makes exceptions in cases where the mother’s life is in danger and allows for abortions in cases of rape and incest, but only if a woman files a police report.

The Missouri House also passed a bill in February banning abortions in the presence of a fetal heartbeat. Arkansas, North Dakota and Iowa have passed similar heartbeat abortion bans but have faced injunctions and court orders preventing them from enforcing the bans.

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NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Montreal Canadiens
Mar 12, 2019; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) prepares to throw pucks to the crowd after being named first star of the game after the game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Bell Centre. Price becomes the winningest goalie in franchise history. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

March 13, 2019

Carey Price set the Montreal franchise record for most wins by a goalie, Max Domi scored two goals, and the host Canadiens defeated the reeling Detroit Red Wings for the ninth consecutive time, 3-1 on Tuesday.

With his 315th regular-season victory, Price supplanted Jacques Plante for the team mark. He made 20 saves as the Canadiens completed a sweep of the four-game season series by a 21-7 aggregate score.

Brett Kulak collected the other goal for Montreal while Tomas Tatar recorded two assists.

Andreas Athanasiou scored the only goal for the Red Wings, who have lost 11 of their last 12 games (1-8-3). Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves.

Flames 9, Devils 4

Johnny Gaudreau collected a career-best six points — including a hat trick — and host Calgary exploded for six goals in the third period en route to a comeback victory over New Jersey.

Derek Ryan had two goals and an assist, and Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm both collected a goal and three assists for the Flames. Sam Bennett and Matthew Tkachuk also scored for Calgary.

Blake Coleman produced a goal and an assist for the Devils, who also got goals from Kyle Palmieri, Kenny Agostino and Travis Zajac.

Stars 2, Sabres 0

Ben Bishop recorded his third consecutive shutout, Roope Hintz notched his first multiple-goal game, and visiting Dallas beat Buffalo.

Bishop made 35 saves to notch his sixth shutout of the season and the 30th of his career, running his career record to 12-0-1 against the Sabres. He has a shutout streak of 204:20, the second-longest stretch in club history. Ed Belfour went 219:26 without allowing a goal in the 2000-01 season.

The three straight shutouts ties Bishop with Belfour and Cesare Maniago for the franchise record. Maniago did it in December 1967 with the then-Minnesota North Stars, and Belfour’s hot stretch was in November 2000.

Penguins 5, Capitals 3

Evgeni Malkin had two assists to become the 88th NHL player to reach 1,000 career points, and Pittsburgh halted visiting Washington’s seven-game winning streak.

Sidney Crosby scored twice, and Jake Guentzel, Phil Kessel and Jared McCann tallied once apiece for Pittsburgh, which has won five of six. Matt Murray stopped 38 shots.

Jakub Vrana scored twice and John Carlson once for the Capitals, and Braden Holtby made 25 saves. Washington’s Alex Ovechkin had an assist to reach 1,200 career points.

Sharks 5, Jets 4

Joe Pavelski scored the go-ahead goal with five seconds remaining in the third period as San Jose won at Winnipeg for its sixth straight victory.

Gustav Nyquist scored twice to record his 13th career multi-goal performance, and Marcus Sorensen added a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who improved to 15-3-1 in their past 19 games.

Joe Thornton had two assists to move past Hall of Famer Stan Mikita (1,467 assists) for sole possession of 14th place in NHL history. The 39-year-old Thornton skated in his 1,554 regular-season game to tie Jarome Iginla for 13th place on the league’s all-time list.

Coyotes 3, Blues 1

Darcy Kuemper made 39 saves as Arizona moved into the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference with a victory at St. Louis.

Richard Panik, Vinnie Hinostroza and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored goals for the Coyotes, who won for the ninth time in their past 11 games. Kuemper, pulled in the second period after giving up four goals on 12 shots in a 7-1 loss at Chicago on Monday, bounced back to improve to 18-5-3 since Jan. 1.

Jaden Schwartz scored a power-play goal and Jordan Binnington had 19 saves for the Blues.

Blue Jackets 7, Bruins 4

Boone Jenner recorded his 100th career goal and first hat trick as Columbus earned a wild victory over visiting Boston.

Zach Werenski and Josh Anderson each had one goal and three assists for the Blue Jackets, who were shut out twice in the past three contests and posted seven non-shootout goals while losing four of their previous six.

The Bruins have lost two straight in regulation following their 15-0-4 stretch. Boston’s Brad Marchand reached the 30-goal mark for a fourth straight season and equaled his career high of 85 points with two goals and an assist.

Ducks 3, Predators 2

Ryan Getzlaf scored less than four minutes into the game, and Anaheim denied visiting Nashville a chance to move into first place in the Central Division.

The Predators made things interesting with a pair of Filip Forsberg goals 58 seconds apart in the third period, but the Ducks were able to make their early 3-0 lead stand.

Jakob Silfverberg and Daniel Sprong also scored for the Ducks, who won for the fourth time in their past six games. Anaheim goaltender John Gibson made 32 saves.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

Katie Jerkovich | Entertainment Reporter

Kim Kardashian has offered to pay five years of rent for Matthew Charles, a prisoner who was recently released under the First Step Act signed by President Donald Trump.

“Now, all… I have to do is find the place,” Charles told the USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee on Monday night, after he was initially denied housing in Nashville.

He shared that he had been able to buy a car since being released from prison in January, after being convicted of a non-violent drug offense. (SLIDESHOW: 142 Times Josephine Skriver Barely Wore Anything)

Kanye West (L) and Kim Kardashian attend the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Kanye West (L) and Kim Kardashian attend the “China: Through The Looking Glass” Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

But when it finally came to finding his own place he wasn’t able to rent a townhouse on the “basis of his criminal history” and “lack of credit” since he had been behind bars for the last 20 years.

“Kim [Kardashian] did not do this for attention or publicity, but I had to share it because it’s to [sic] good not to, and my heart is about to burst with happiness, that I wish you to rejoice in this news with me,” Charles shared in a Facebook post Sunday.

“God is good! What the devil meant for bad, God reversed again, for my good,” he added. “Thank you Kim Kardashian-West and Tracy for the love shown to me when I was locked up. And now that I’m free my heart is enlarged.”

It came after he had previously shared with the outlet that he was feeling very discouraged because he just wanted to get on with having that “second chance.” (RELATED: Celebrate Melania’s Birthday With Her Greatest Looks As First Lady [SLIDESHOW])

“I’m pretty distraught about it because it’s not allowing me to have a full second chance,” the recently released prisoner shared last Friday. Kardashian’s people caught wind of the story and reached out to Charles through his friend, Tim Hardiman.

“He’s [Charles] been humbled by the response we’ve gotten since the story was published,” Hardiman shared. “We’re still looking for a place that’s a good fit for him. Kim’s generosity has made that a lot easier.”

The “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” star made headlines last year after she got involved in petitioning the president in commuting the life sentence for Alice Marie Johnson, a first-time, non-violent drug offender.

Source: The Daily Caller

Soccer: She Believes Cup Women's Soccer-England at USA
FILE PHOTO – Mar 2, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; England defender Lucy Bronze (2) tries to handle the ball around United States midfielder Julie Ertz (8) in the first half during a She Believes Cup women’s soccer match at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

March 11, 2019

(Reuters) – Nike Inc launched soccer strips on Monday for 14 national teams ahead of this year’s Women’s World Cup in France and said it had signed a three-year promotion deal with UEFA Women’s Football, part of its growing focus on women’s sport.

The United States, Canada, France, England and Australia were among the teams whose kits were released at an event in Paris, graced by 28 of the world’s top women footballers.

Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, champion fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad and two-time Grand Slam winner Li Na also attended.

The Women’s World Cup will be held from June 7 to July 7.

“We’re seeing incredible momentum in women’s sports right now,” Nike official Amy Montagne told Reuters ahead of the launch. “We see this as the next chapter to support, celebrate and elevate female athletes.”

The company declined to give any details of the financial terms of the deal with European governing body UEFA, or the value of the individual national kit sponsorship deals.

Both, however, are the latest sign of the growing financial power of women’s sport for sports goods makers like Nike, Adidas and Under Armour.

In the second quarter of the 2019 financial year, women’s footwear and apparel alone counted for nearly a quarter of Nike’s total revenue and it has said the women’s footwear and apparel market is now 1.5 times bigger than that for men. 

Wall Street brokerage Bernstein calculates women’s sporting gear pulled in $7 billion for Nike last year.

Nike’s announcement of a partnership with UEFA comes three months after Visa signed a seven-year deal with European soccer’s governing body to sponsor the women’s game at all levels.

It also comes at a time when UEFA plans to increase its funding for women’s soccer development projects across Europe by 50 percent from 2020.

Global governing body FIFA, which has made women’s football a top priority, last year said it would look to double the number of female players to 60 million by 2026.

It also said it would raise the prize money for this year’s World Cup from $15 million to $30 million.

Nike said it would also invest at the grassroots level to encourage more female athletes.

“We believe this summer can be another turning point for the growth of women’s football,” Nike’s chief executive Mark Parker said in a statement.

(Reporting by Nivedita Balu and Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Jan Harvey)

Source: OANN

NHL: Vegas Golden Knights at Calgary Flames
Mar 10, 2019; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) collides with Las Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore (27) at Scotiabank Saddledome. Flames won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

March 11, 2019

Matthew Tkachuk notched his first career hat trick along with an assist, while linemates Mikael Backlund scored twice in a three-point game and Michael Frolik collected a career-high four assists as the host Calgary Flames snapped a four-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night.

David Rittich made 25 saves for the Flames, including a clutch stop on Max Pacioretty midway through the third period when it was a one-goal game. Calgary is once again back atop the Western Conference.

With the score tied late in the second period, Backlund netted the game-winning goal with his second of the night, a nifty deflection for a power-play goal with 21.8 seconds remaining in the middle frame to make it 4-3.

Tkachuk iced the game with two late third-period goals, his first with 4:17 remaining and then an empty netter with 2:32 left on the clock.

Penguins 4, Bruins 2

Jared McCann scored twice as Pittsburgh halted visiting Boston’s 19-game point streak.

The Bruins were 15-0-4 during their streak and had not lost in regulation since Jan. 19.

Jake Guentzel had a goal and an assist, and Nick Bjugstad also scored for Pittsburgh, which has won four of its past five games and is 5-1-1 in its past seven. Goaltender Matt Murray stopped 39 of 41 Boston shots. Murray started for the eighth straight game, including the second night in a row and the third time in four nights.

Capitals 3, Jets 1

Carl Hagelin scored the tie-breaking goal in the second period and Washington extended its winning streak to seven games with a win over visiting Winnipeg in a battle of division leaders.

Washington now holds a four-point lead over the New York Islanders in the Metropolitan Division. The Jets have a one-point lead over Nashville in the Central Division. It’s the Capitals’ second seven-game winning streak this season.

Nicklas Backstrom and Lars Eller scored the other two Washington goals. Pheonix Copley started in goal and despite the Jets outshooting the Capitals 34-17, he stood tall and finished with 33 saves.

Panthers 6, Red Wings 1

Defenseman Josh Brown and forward Dryden Hunt each scored their first NHL goal as host Florida defeated Detroit.

It was the 33rd NHL game for Hunt, 23, who signed with the Panthers in 2016 after going undrafted. Brown, 25, was Florida’s sixth-round pick in 2013, and this was his 24th NHL game.

Hunt and Brown upstaged another Panthers rookie — goalie Sam Montembeault, who had zero wins a couple of days ago but has now won two straight games after stopping 19 Wings shots.

Kings 3, Ducks 2

A fast start provided all the cushion that visiting Los Angeles needed in ending a three-game losing streak at the expense of Anaheim.

Dustin Brown, Kyle Clifford and Carl Grundstrom all scored in the first period as the Kings won just the second matchup of the season with their Southern California rivals. The teams still have two more meetings on the schedule over the final four weeks of the season.

Daniel Sprong and Jakob Silfverberg scored goals for the Ducks, who saw their recent offensive outburst neutralized by the Kings. The Ducks entered with 12 goals in their previous two games but won just one of those contests.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

NHL: Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins
Mar 9, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Referee Rob Martell (26) points at Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) after he scored the winning goal in the final minute as he waits to celebrate with center Danton Heinen (43) and defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) during the third period of Boston’s 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

March 10, 2019

David Krejci tipped in the go-ahead goal with 45 seconds left in regulation, and the Boston Bruins beat the visiting Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Saturday night to extend their point streak to 19 games.

Two nights after Boston scored twice in the final minute to beat Florida 4-3, Krejci put home a shot from Danton Heinen to break a 2-2 tie.

The Bruins are 15-0-4 since losing in regulation to the New York Rangers on Jan. 19 — the team’s longest such run since a club-record 23-game point streak (15-0-8) from 1940-41.

Boston also swept a six-game homestand by winning its 10th in a row at TD Garden and eighth straight overall against the Senators, who are 1-9-1 in their last 11 contests.

Coyotes 4, Kings 2

Christian Dvorak and Michael Grabner scored two goals each to help the Arizona inch closer to a playoff spot with a win against visiting Los Angeles.

They were the first goals for both forwards since returning from long-term injuries.

Clayton Keller had two assists and Darcy Kuemper made 34 saves for the Coyotes (34-29-5), who moved within a point of the Minnesota Wild for the second wild card from the Western Conference.

Knights 6, Canucks 2

Alex Tuch had a goal and two assists, and Mark Stone, Paul Stastny and Tomas Nosek each had a goal and an assist as visiting Vegas scored a franchise-record five goals in the first period en route to the victory over Vancouver.

Cody Eakin and Nate Schmidt also scored goals, and Colin Miller added two assists for Vegas, which moved within eight points of second-place Calgary in the Pacific Division.

The Golden Knights will try to match their season-high seven-game win streak on Sunday night when they play the Flames on the back end of a back-to-back in Calgary.

Flyers 5, Islanders 2

James van Riemsdyk collected a goal and an assist, and five different Philadelphia skaters scored to thump New York.

Goalie Brian Elliott stopped 25 shots for the Flyers, who are on a 5-1-1 run and five points out of a playoff spot.

Philadelphia surrendered the game’s first goal, but took over with five consecutive goals en route to their second win over the Islanders in less than a week.

Hurricanes 5, Predators 3

Nino Niederreiter bounced back from an ugly performance by scoring two goals, leading Carolina to a victory against host Nashville.

Justin Williams, Jordan Martinook and Sebastian Aho also scored for Carolina, and goaltender Petr Mrazek made 31 saves to improve to 6-1-0 in his past seven starts.

Craig Smith, Brian Boyle and Mikael Granlund scored for Nashville, which missed an opportunity to move past idle Winnipeg into first place in the Central Division. Predators goalie Juuse Saros stopped 27 of 31 shots.

Blackhawks 2, Stars 1

Alex DeBrincat scored the deciding goal late in the first period, and Corey Crawford made 26 saves as visiting Chicago outlasted Dallas in a key Western Conference dustup.

The Blackhawks captured consecutive wins for the first time since Feb. 18 and 20. They are 3-4-0 in their past seven games and climbed to within seven points of Minnesota with 14 games remaining in the regular season.

Anton Khudobin turned away 37 of the 39 shots he faced as Dallas had a four-game win streak snapped and settled for a 2-1 homestand. The Stars play their next two games on the road, beginning Tuesday in Buffalo.

Blue Jackets 4, Penguins 1

Cam Atkinson scored twice, including a short-handed goal in the second period that held up as the decider, as Columbus finally solved visiting Pittsburgh to enhance its chances of making the playoffs.

Pittsburgh had won nine straight games against Columbus.

Boone Jenner and Oliver Bjorkstrand also scored for the Blue Jackets, who had lost three of their previous four games. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who somewhat curiously was a healthy scratch Thursday at Pittsburgh, made 28 saves.

Rangers 4, Devils 2

Vladislav Namestnikov scored the tiebreaking goal with 6:35 remaining in the third period and collected two assists as New York rallied from an early two-goal deficit and snapped a season-high six-game losing streak with a victory over visiting New Jersey.

The Rangers beat the Devils for the third time in as many meetings and rallied from a 2-0 deficit for the second time, thanks to Namestnikov, who was moved up to the first line.

New York went ahead after Namestnikov helped keep possession of the puck by prying it away from New Jersey goaltender Cory Schneider, who tried to smother the puck after the Rangers moved it out of the right corner.

Lightning 3, Red Wings 2

Nikita Kucherov scored two goals, and Tampa Bay defeated visiting Detroit for the 14th consecutive time.

Kucherov now has an NHL-high 110 points, which is also a franchise record.

Louis Domingue made 22 saves while Ryan McDonagh had the other goal for Tampa Bay, which bounced back after being shut out by Minnesota in its previous outing.

Maple Leafs 3, Oilers 2

John Tavares had a goal and two assists and visiting Toronto held on to defeat Edmonton.

Morgan Rielly and Jake Muzzin also scored for the Maple Leafs, who ended the Oilers’ four-game winning streak. Toronto won both meetings between the teams this season, after a 6-2 home win on Feb. 27.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Oscar Klefbom scored for Edmonton late in the third period with the goaltender removed for an extra attacker. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each had two assists.

Sharks 3, Blues 2 (OT)

Kevin Labanc scored 3:21 into overtime as host San Jose moved into first place in the Pacific Division with a victory over St. Louis Blues.

St. Louis goaltender Jake Allen kept the contest tied at 2 by using his blocker to deny Marcus Sorensen’s bid on a breakaway with three minutes remaining in the third period. Allen also turned away Gustav Nyquist’s shot from the slot early in overtime before Labanc converted a give-and-go with Logan Couture for his fourth career overtime goal.

Timo Meier scored twice to extend his goal-scoring streak to four consecutive contests for the Sharks (41-19-8, 90 points), who completed a sweep of their four-game homestand and moved past idle Calgary atop the Pacific.

Avalanche 3, Sabres 0

Philipp Grubauer had 18 saves for his second shutout of the season, Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, and Colorado beat slumping Buffalo.

Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Bourque also scored for the Avalanche (30-27-12, 72 points), who moved within two points of idle Minnesota for the second wild card in the Western Conference.

Carter Hutton had 40 saves for Buffalo. The Sabres (30-29-9, 69) have lost four straight and are 2-8-2 in their last 12 games.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN


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