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BUFFALO Womens Alex Goligoski Jersey , N.Y. (AP) — Rather than lament another moral victory, Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel was able to enjoy an actual one that counts in the standings.Eichel set up two goals to spark an opportunistic offense, and goalie Linus Ullmark stopped 24 shots — including all 10 in the third period — in an efficient 3-1 win over the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Islanders on Tuesday night.“You’ve got to stay patient against a team like that,” Eichel said of an Islanders’ opponent that entered the game allowing a league-low 133 goals. “We just matched their intensity.”The win followed a 3-1 loss to Winnipeg on Sunday in which Eichel refused to acknowledge how well the Sabres played in a game decided in the final four minutes.Rather than let down after allowing the Islanders to tie the game at 1 on Casey Cizikas‘ goal in the final minute of the first period, the Sabres responded.Jason Pominville scored the go-ahead goal 6:49 into the second period by crashing the net and redirecting Eichel’s backhand centering pass from the left wing.Ullmark then played a big role in preserving the one-goal lead before Johan Larsson swept in a loose puck to seal the win with 2:25 remaining.Jeff Skinner, set up off Eichel’s faceoff win, scored his team-leading 34th and the Sabres improved to 3-2-1 six games into a seven-game homestand.Overall, Buffalo improved to 28-21-7 and picked up its 63rd point. That’s one more than last season, when the Sabres became the NHL’s first franchise to finish 31st following the addition of expansion Vegas.Buffalo also stayed a point behind ninth-place Carolina and inched to within two of idle Pittsburgh in the race for Eastern Conference’s eighth and final playoff berth.Robin Lehner stopped 19 shots against his former team, and the Islanders had a three-game winning streak snapped while losing in regulation for just the second time in 13 games (9-2-2).Forward Matt Martin credited the Sabres’ forechecking style for knocking the Islanders off their game through the first two periods.“When we start playing cute, we don’t have a whole lot of success Christian Dvorak Jersey ,” said Martin, who set up Cizikas’ goal after Cal Clutterbuck capitalized on Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen’s turnover deep in Buffalo’s end.“For two periods tonight we didn’t play the brand of hockey we’re used to and it cost us,” Martin added. “We were better in the third, but that’s too little, too late then.”Ullmark made a big difference with two highlight-reel saves in the final period.First, he did the splits to get his right pad down to stop Mathew Barzal in front, seven minutes into the period. Then with 7:13 left, Ullmark punched out his blocker to foil Cal Clutterbuck’s backhander on a breakaway attempt.“It’s very gratifying,” said Ullmark, who improved to 3-0-1 in his past four.“Whenever the opportunity comes and you have a breakaway or whatever, obviously I want to save every one ,” Ullmark added. “And luckily I kept the puck out of the net.”NOTES: Skinner, who has been in contract talks to re-sign with the Sabres, had a lengthy discussion with several of his representatives outside the arena’s security gate following the game. Skinner is in the final year of his contract after Buffalo acquired him in a trade with Carolina in August. … Sabres rookie C Casey Mittelstadt left the pre-game morning skate early with a lower body injury and did not play. … Clutterbuck returned after missing two games with a lower body injury. … Lehner dropped to 13-3-1 in his past 17 starts, and a stretch in which the former Sabres starter has allowed 27 goals. …The Sabres held a pre-faceoff moment of silence in memory of the 50 people who died on the 10th anniversary of Flight 3407’s crash in suburban Clarence Center.UP NEXTIslanders: At Columbus on Thursday.Sabres: Host New York Rangers on Friday. SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Ken Hitchcock knows the routine well by now as he begins his tenure as new coach of the Edmonton Oilers. For the fourth time in his long coaching career, Hitchcock has been tasked with taking over a struggling team in the middle of the season.Hitchcock was hired Tuesday as coach of his hometown Oilers after the team fired Todd McLellan with the team languishing in sixth place in the Pacific Division.“It’s not going to change overnight, but we can start taking some steps,” said Hitchcock, who led St. Louis to a first-place finish in 2011-12 after taking over as coach one month into the season. “I told the players today I can take them to a place personally that they can’t get to themselves, but they’ve got to buy into that, and it’s not going to be comfortable at times.”The Oilers have lost six of seven games Youth Derek Stepan Jersey , getting outscored 27-11 in those losses, in a rough start to McLellan’s fourth season behind the bench. The team missed the playoffs in two of his previous three seasons despite having superstar Connor McDavid on its roster and the Oilers were just 9-10-1 entering their game Tuesday night at San Jose.“It’s tough to pinpoint what we need, but we’re all to blame here,” McDavid said. “This obviously isn’t on Todd at all. It’s on us as players. That’s just how the business works sometimes. We got to wake up here.”McLellan is the fourth coach to be fired already this season, following John Stevens in Los Angeles, Joel Quenneville in Chicago and Mike Yeo in St. Louis. The Oilers are ahead of only the Blues and the Kings in the Western Conference standings.“Obviously we’re in a rough patch here,” general manager Peter Chiarelli said. “We’re leading into American Thanksgiving. It’s a bit of a template for making the playoffs. I felt I was seeing some things that I had seen last year after not seeing them for quite a fair bit this year, and these recurring themes, I wanted to nip them in the bud.”The 66-year-old Hitchcock announced his retirement in April after a 22-year coaching career, which included a Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999. He had two stints in Dallas as well as head coaching stops in Philadelphia (2002-2006), Columbus (2006-2010) and St. Louis (2011-2017).Hitchcock is the third-winningest coach in NHL history with an overall record of 823-506-88-119 (.603 winning percentage). He has guided teams to eight division titles and twice to the best record in the NHL and has an 86-82 playoff record.“It’s definitely going to be tough Womens Jason Demers Jersey ,” said forward Kyle Brodziak, who played for Hitchcock in St. Louis. “It’s always an adjustment. Guys will have to get used to different styles. Hitch is a hard coach, He’s going to be tough on guys and demand a lot. We have to be ready to produce and face the music for sure.”St. Louis made the playoffs in each of Hitchcock’s five full seasons, reaching the Western Conference finals in 2016. The Blues abruptly fired Hitchcock in February 2017, cutting short what was already going to be his last season in St. Louis. He returned to Dallas with the hope of getting the Stars back to the playoffs but a late-season slump kept them out for the second straight year and the eighth time in 10 seasons.In April, Hitchcock said he was retiring for good but changed his mind when the chance to coach the Oilers came up.He pointed to the chance to coach in his native Edmonton in an organization with many people he has worked with in the past, including with Chiarelli on Team Canada in 2014 as a reason to come back. Hitchcock said he also looks forward to coaching the 21-year-old McDavid, who has won the past two scoring titles.“He’s an awesome player. But he has an awesome responsibility,” Hitchcock said. “It’s not just scoring goals and getting points and stuff like that. He sets the competitive tone of the hockey club. I can really help him. I’ve been through some really good players who learned to adapt and do those things. I can help him along there and get him to understand what his responsibility is because he’s carrying too much of the burden and he needs to lighten the load a little bit.”There is plenty of blame to go around for the lackluster start in Edmonton by a top-heavy roster led by McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. Chiarelli traded winger Taylor Hall to New Jersey for defenseman Adam Larsson in June 2016, and then signed forward Milan Lucic to a seven-year, $42 million contract a few days later. Hall won the Hart Trophy as league MVP last season Paul Thompson Jersey Womens , while Lucic has two goals in his last 66 games.Hitchcock becomes the seventh coach for the Oilers since the team fired Craig McTavish at the end of the 2008-09 season, following Pat Quinn, Tom Renney, Ralph Krueger, Dallas Eakins, Todd Nelson and McLellan.“He’s always had very good defensive teams,” Lucic said of Hitchcock. “We need to come together as a group no matter who the coach is.”

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