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: 12, 2019 7:28 am     : They got a lucky bounce

SAN JOSE Authentic Brandin Cooks Jersey , Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks seemed intent to go after Nazem Kadri right from the start. That didnt bother the Toronto Maple Leafs a bit and they ended up with the win.John Tavares opened the scoring just after a power-play for an early run at Kadri ended and Kasperi Kapanen had two goals, including a short-handed tally that broke a tie in the second period and sent the Maple Leafs to their fifth win in six games, 5-3 over the Sharks on Thursday night.I dont know what was going on to be honest, Kapanen said about Barclay Goodrow going after Kadri right off the opening faceoff.Nazzy loves that stuff. It got him into the game. I think that was a mistake by them. To go after Naz like that is not going to do anything to him. I think its the opposite. Its going to get him going. I thought our line had a pretty good night tonight.The Sharks were still upset at Kadri for pulling out a chunk of Joe Thorntons beard during a scrum last season in Toronto. Goodrow sought revenge early and the Sharks kept going after Kadri for most of the night.It seemed like they were pretty agitated to start, so I figured Id just try to use that to my advantage, Kadri said. I think they might have been a little too worried about their own thing out there. We took care of business, and it was a good win for us.Frederik Andersen made 42 saves and assisted on Mitch Marners insurance goal with a pass to the opposite blue line late in the third period to seal Torontos eighth win in nine road games this season. Josh Leivo also scored for the Leafs.Joe Pavelski scored his fourth goal in the past three games, and Kevin Labanc and Marc-Edouard-Vlasic also scored for the Sharks, who had their four-game home winning streak snapped.Martin Jones made 29 saves but wasnt able to stop enough of the several odd-man rushes the Leafs generated with their speed.The Maple Leafs took the lead in the second thanks to a pair of odd-man rushes. Leivo tied the game early in the period when he converted a two-on-one off a pass from Tyler Ennis.Then with the Sharks on the power-play midway through the second, Toronto took advantage of a turnover at the blue line by Pavelski to take the lead. Marner got the puck ahead to a streaking Kapanen, who went in all alone and beat Jones to make it 4-3.The frustrating part right is we havent played to our identity, Pavelski said. We do it for a few minutes and then we do this or that and suddenly theres a breakaway, then another breakaway. Were just hanging them out to dry with these odd-man rushes and chances. It happened again tonight. It cant happen five times a night.The teams traded goals off fortunate bounces early with Tavares centering pass deflecting off Vlasics skate and into the net just after Goodrow got out of the box for his penalty against Kadri.The Sharks tied it when Erik Karlssons dump-in bounced in front of the net instead of going around the boards. Andersen never saw it and Labanc knocked the loose puck into the open net.Patrick Marleau then got his first point against San Jose after scoring 1 http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/jared-goff-jersey ,082 for the Sharks during his 19 years with them when he took advantage of a bad line change to find Kapanen on a two-on-one.It was pretty emotional, Marleau said about his second game in San Jose since signing with Toronto. Being on the other side for so many years and being on this side is a little different.But Pavelski tied it with a deflection off a pass from Brent Burns on a power play about a minute later and then set up Vlasic for his goal late in the period that made it 3-2.NOTES: Maple Leafs F Auston Matthews (shoulder) skated in the morning but will miss his eighth straight game. Sharks F Tomas Hertl was scratched with a lower-body injury. Former Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov was honored before the game for getting inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame. His former teammate, Marleau, represented the Leafs in the ceremonial opening draw against Pavelski.UP NEXT:Toronto: Visit Anaheim on Friday.San Jose: Host St. Louis on Saturday. TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning are on the brink of a return trip to the Stanley Cup Final.Coach Jon Cooper and his players say it wont be easy to close the deal against the Washington Capitals.We havent won anything yet, Cooper said Saturday night after Cedric Paquette scored in the opening minute and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 28 shots to help the Lightning hold off the Caps 3-2 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final.Ondrej Palat and Ryan Callahan also scored as the home team won for the first time in the best-of-seven matchup, with Tampa Bay taking a 3-2 series lead and moving within one victory of advancing to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in four seasons.Lets be honest, Cooper added. Youve got to get four, not three.The Capitals, in the conference final for the first time in the Alex Ovechkin era, have lost three straight after winning twice on the road to begin the series.Ovechkin scored with 1:36 remaining, trimming what once was a three-goal lead to one, however Vasilevskiy made three more saves to finish the victory.Game 6 is Monday night in Washington http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/brandin-cooks-jersey , where Tampa Bay has already won to improve to 5-1 on the road this postseason.We have a lot of unfinished business. This isnt even close to being over, Callahan said. This last games definitely the hardest against a very, very good Washington team. To go in their building and try to close it out is going to be tough.The Capitals were encouraged by the way they finished the game and are confident they can force the series back to Tampa for Game 7.This group has got its backs against the wall, and this group has responded all year, coach Barry Trotz said. I dont expect anything different.The Capitals won the first two games on the road, scoring 10 goals on Vezina Trophy finalist Vasilevskiy and sending the Lightning won had the best record in the East during the regular season into desperation mode.Tampa Bay responded by winning Game 3 in Washington, evening the series despite being outshot and outplayed for sizeable stretches of a 4-2 victory in Game 4 and returning home, where Cooper was confident the Lightning would be better than they were in the first two games.Turns out Cooper was right.Washingtons Dmitry Orlov turned the puck over in the neutral zone on the opening shift of the night and Callahan made the Caps pay for the mistake, feeding Paquette for a 1-0 lead just 19 seconds into the game.Palats second goal of the series made it 2-0. Tampa Bay extended the advantage to three goals when Callahan scored 33 seconds into the second period.Outshot 13-4 and limited to one scoring opportunity in the opening period, the Caps began to put some pressure on Vasilevskiy in the second.Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a goal in his fourth straight game, giving him a franchise single-year, playoff-best 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) and trimming Washingtons deficit to 3-1 at 4:21 of the period.The Capitals kept pressing in the third period http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/robert-woods-jersey , but didnt breakthrough against until Ovechkin scored his 11th goal this postseason.Its not frustrating, Ovechkin said. Of course, when you lose a game you feel bad. We just had a bad start. We didnt handle the puck in the neutral zone. They got a lucky bounce and put in the first goal. That gave them momentum.Its disappointing, but I thought our second two periods were great, Capitals winger T.J. Oshie said. We showed a lot of character. Character doesnt always win you games, but I think its going to be important to have that feeling going into Game 6 at home.Notes: The road team won each of the first four games of a series for the sixth time in the last 10 years and 26th time in Stanley Cup playoffs history. Under that scenario, the road team has won Game 5 only three times. Paquettes goal was his first in the playoffs since Game 3 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, ending a 34-game drought for the 24-year-old center. At 19 seconds of the opening period, Palats goal was not the fastest to start a game in Lightning history. Adam Hall scored for Tampa Bay 13 seconds into Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final against Boston in 2011. Capitals winger Andre Burakovsky was a game-time scratch.
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