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« on: June 29, 2014, 05:54:16 PM »
OTTAWA -- It can be hard to stay positive when your team is struggling as badly as the Ottawa Senators have been lately, but Paul MacLean can see the bright side. After losing 4-3 in a shootout to the Dallas Stars Sunday afternoon, the Senators coach took solace in the fact that his team forced the game past overtime. "I thought we dug in and found a way to get something out of a game," MacLean said. "Thats a great start for our team." While the Senators (4-6-4) will happily take the point, they realize theyre left facing a five-game winless streak. In addition they havent won on home ice since October 17. "We cant keep doing this all season," said Erik Karlsson. "We got a point and we played better than we have in the past so we have to take the positives out of things and (Sunday) that was it." Adding to their list of woes is the fact the Senators could be without starting goaltender Craig Anderson. Anderson went down hard after being hit by Valeri Nichushkin with 1:32 gone in overtime. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher after he appeared to take a knee to the head. The Ottawa goalie was able to walk around on his own by the end of the game, but MacLean said he was suffering from a stiff neck and would require further evaluation. MacLean said he expects him to miss Tuesdays game in Columbus. Jamie Benn scored the winner in the shootout. Milan Michalek, Jason Spezza and Bobby Ryan were all stopped by Kari Lehtonen, who faced 36 shots. Anderson faced 36 shots before Robin Lehner was forced into action. Lehner made two saves in overtime and stopped Tyler Seguin in the shootout. "Its obviously big to get those two (points) and start the road trip on the right foot," said Benn. "It wasnt an easy two points and we really didnt help ourselves out too much. We gave up a couple, but found a way to win in the shootout." Antoine Roussel, Ray Whitney and Nichushkin also scored for the Stars (6-6-2), while Erik Karlsson, Ryan and Spezza had the Senators three goals. The Senators tied the game with 9.6 seconds remaining in regulation when Ryan jumped on a loose puck in the slot and put it in the net. "We rebounded which we really havent seen our team do in the past," Ryan said. "We found a way to get one late to tie it. I thought the team battled and thats all you can really ask for." Ottawa was outshot 19-9 in the first period, giving up numerous odd-man rushes and leaving Anderson to fend for himself. Dallas opened the scoring at 17:03 of the first period after Whitney beat Anderson glove side. The play was a result of a Michalek turnover in the Stars end. Nichushkin made it 2-0 when he took a saucer pass from Brenden Dillon and beat Anderson high for his first NHL goal, 30 seconds into the second period. Ottawa cut the lead in half as Karlsson took a cross-ice pass from Ryan and caught Lehtonen moving. The Senators capped the period with a power-play goal from Spezza to make it 2-2. "Youve got to play with confidence," said Spezza. "Its so hard when youre losing to play with confidence, but we started carrying the puck, we started making plays. If you play scared its a hard game to win and I think at times weve played scared not wanting to make mistakes. "If youre just worried about not making mistakes youre going to make them." The Senators ran into some bad luck in the third period when Mark Borowiecki, trying to clear the puck from in front, put it in his own net to give the Stars a 3-2 lead. "It teaches a little bit of humility," said Borowiecki. "I thought that was my strongest game in a Sens uniform. I felt pretty confident, but its just going to happen. A play like that you just want to shake it off." MacLean said he didnt think twice about putting Borowiecki back on the ice. "Stuff like that is going to happen," the Senators coach said. "We keep putting everybody else back on the ice when they make mistakes so we should do the same for him." This was the first of three games on the road for the Stars. Notes: Attendance was 18,106. ... D Eric Gryba and D Joe Corvo were healthy scratches for the Senators. RW Erik Condra missed the game with a sprained muscle in his right leg. a The Stars D Kevin Connauton and LW Lane MacDermid were a healthy scratch. D Sergei Gonchar who played three seasons with the Senators was given a warm welcome by fans with a video tribute during the first intermission. wholesale jerseys . Some couldnt even bear to say goodbye a week after the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner was killed in a fiery crash at Las Vegas. wholesale nfl jerseys . That will be 35 more holes than the first time they played together. 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"Despite his efforts to play through it, the injury has not responded as we had hoped and Logan has made the decision to undergo a surgical procedure to repair the problem.LONDON -- Queen Elizabeth IIs busy summer calendar just got a bit more crowded. Buckingham Palace said the monarch will open both the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics this summer, signalling that both events will be celebrated as great state occasions -- something the British are famous for. It is the first time the queen has opened the Paralympic Games, though she has often honoured Paralympians for their achievements in the past. Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, will perform the ceremonial role at the 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium when the Olympic games begin on July 27, and for the Paralympic Games on Aug. 29. "I think that this is great news for the games," said Tanni Grey Thompson, one of Britains most successful Paralympic athletes, in an email. "Im sure that it will make it very special for the athletes. It really raises it to another level." The queen follows in the footsteps of her father, the late King George VI, who opened the 1948 London Olympics, and her great grandfather, King Edward VII, who opened the 1908 London Olympics. Elizabeth also opened the 1976 Games in Canada, where she is the head of state, while Philip did so on her behalf at Melbourne, Australia, in 1956. The decision to open both ceremonies caps a very busy year for the queen, whose Diamond Jubilee this year marks her 60 years on the throne. The monarch, 85, and Philip, 90, are planning an extensive tour of the United Kingdom during the celebrations, including visits to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Philip is planning to stick to the schedule desspite his December heart scare, which required the insertion of a stent to keep his coronary arteries open.dddddddddddd. At home, the celebrations will include a flotilla on the River Thames, a gala concert in front of Buckingham Palace (with headliners including Paul McCartney and Elton John) and a carriage procession through the streets of London following a service of thanksgiving. Unlike earlier jubilee celebrations, the queen will send her children and grandchildren on official visits to many Commonwealth countries rather than undertake the strenuous voyages herself. She will be busy at the palace, though. Elizabeth will open Buckingham Palace to visitors from June 30-July 8 to accommodate Olympic activities. The palace then will close for a few weeks -- until July 31 -- before opening to the public as is the monarchs usual summer practice. Though it was long assumed that the queen, as head of state, would open the Olympics, her involvement in opening the Paralympics was not widely anticipated, as she normally takes her holiday at this time of year. Historian Hugo Vickers said that the decision reflects her interest in honouring the accomplishments of the athletes. "They are going to be taken very seriously," he said of the games. "I think its going to be great." Some 4,200 athletes will take part in the Paralympics Games from Aug. 29 to Sept 9. The event marks the return of the games to their roots. The Paralympics started in London in 1948 when injured veterans held the first disabled sport competition in archery. ' ' '


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