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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Johnny Boychuk isn’t known for his visually appealing goals Dalton Prout Jersey Womens , having scored just 52 times in 626 games covering 10 seasons.However, his hard drive from just inside the blue line gave New York its first lead just 11 seconds after Jordan Eberle had tied the score, and the New York Islanders rallied for a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.“Johnny’s not the prettiest guy to watch,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. “But when the game’s on the line, he’s the guy that makes the hard plays. Johnny never makes soft plays. Everything he does is full out.”Anders Lee capped New York’s three-goal third period, and Matt Martin also scored to help Islanders win their season-high sixth in a row and ninth in 10 games. Robin Lehner stopped 29 shots for his seventh consecutive win.Boychuk put New York ahead 3-2 with his third goal of the season at 8:38 of the third.“We didn’t play good for two periods, we were down by one,” Boychuck said. “We just had to basically play one period the way that we should play. We did, and tonight Elias Lindholm Jersey Womens , it was enough.”Lee pushed the lead to 4-2 with 4:56 left.The Islanders had a season-low 14 shots on goal and had just nine midway through the final period.“Good teams, they find ways to win when they’re not playing well,” Eberle said. “As a group, we’re definitely feeling confident.”Ryan O’Reilly got his eighth with 1:33 remaining to pull St. Louis within one.Brayden Schenn, Zach Sanford and Ryan O’Reilly scored for St. Louis, which has lost three of its last four.Lehner made several fine stops in the third period and protected the lead when the Blues held a 6-on-4 advantage in the final 19 seconds.The Islanders entered the final period with a 2-9 mark when trailing after two periods.“That was a big win for us,” Lehner said. “Obviously we didn’t have a great game. But we stuck with it and battled through it together. We scrambled, we just found a way to win.”Schenn pounced on the rebound of a deflected shot by Jaden Schwartz for a 1-0 lead at 4:11 of the first.Sanford tipped in a hard drive from inside the blue line by Vince Dunn with 3:23 remaining in the opening period to make it 2-0. It was Sanford’s fifth of the season and his first since being recalled from San Antonio of the AHL on Friday.New York cut the deficit in half on a drive from the slot by Martin early in the second period. Casey Cizikas set up the goal with a perfect pass from behind the net at 2:25. Cizikas also had an assist on Boychuck’s goal.“The main thing is we just kept hanging in there,” Eberle said. “Eventually Alan Quine Jersey Womens , we did some of the right things.”Blues goalie Jake Allen made 10 saves.“I’ve got to be better than that in the third period for this team,” Allen said. “I lost it for them.”St. Louis has lost five games this season after grabbing a 2-0 lead.“We had a couple breakdowns defensively, simple as that,” St. Louis defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said.NOTES: St. Louis D Joel Edmundson was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. LW Pat Maroon was also scratched… The Islanders have allowed one goal or fewer 11 times season, already three more than all of last year. … New York will play five of its next six at home. … Eberle returned the lineup after missing the last four games with an upper-body injury.UP NEXTIslanders: Host Carolina on Tuesday night.Blues: At Philadelphia on Monday night. CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Glen Gulutzan took the fall for the Calgary Flames‘ shortcomings this season with his dismissal Tuesday.With a year remaining on his contract as head coach, Gulutzan was fired along with assistant Dave Cameron and Paul Jerrard less than two years after they were hired.A poor home record, a wretched power play and a late-season dive contributed to Calgary finishing out of the playoffs with a 37-35-10 record.”Accountability lies with all of us,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said at a hastily-called news conference at Scotiabank Saddledome.”As a manager I lead that charge. Our hockey staff leads that charge and also our players. When you make a decision (like) I made today Petr Mrazek Jersey Womens , there is lots of blame to go around.”Gulutzan coached Calgary to the playoffs in his first season, but the Flames were eliminated in four straight games by the Anaheim Ducks in 2017.The additions of veteran goaltender Mike Smith and defenseman Travis Hamonic were considered to be the pieces of the puzzle that would get the Flames deeper into the playoffs.Riding a seven-game win streak and sitting second in the Pacific Division in January, the Flames lost six in a row coming out of their bye week and continued to struggle coming down the stretch.The team held down the Western Conference’s final wild-card spot Feb. 25, but managed just two victories in its final 11 games of the regular season.Smith’s performance dropped late in the season after missing a month with a lower-body injury.Top-line center Sean Monahan played through multiple injuries that required surgeries when he was shut down for the season March 21.”We relied too much on too few,” Treliving said. ”Certainly the lack of depth, or the lack of contributions by many, was a big part of the problem we had.”A 17-20-4 record at the Saddledome and a power play that ranked 29th in the league at 16 percent were a factor in Calgary missing the playoffs.Gulutzan, 46, was Treliving’s first head-coaching hire.Treliving extended the contract of Gulutzan’s predecessor Jordan Schroeder Jersey Womens , Bob Hartley, in December 2014, but fired him 17 months later and brought Gulutzan on board.Hartley had a reputation for being hard on players, while Gulutzan was considered more approachable.”Personality didn’t have a whole lot to do with this decision,” Treliving said. ”I don’t necessarily think our group is a difficult group to coach. There’s challenges with every group.”By no means is today’s decision letting anyone off the hook. Ultimately you have success when your players perform well. I felt in order to get us to that level, we had to make this decision.”So the Flames will hire their fourth head coach in nine years after Gulutzan (2016-17) Hartley (2012-16) and Brent Sutter (2009-12). Calgary has finished outside the playoffs seven of the past nine years.”You can’t churn (coaches),” Treliving said. ”Having said that, you can’t not make a decision for the same reason. Ultimately it’s my responsibility to get it right. I really try to avoid emotional decisions.”This is not a step back from the season and a need to throw a body on the tarmac.”Assistant coach Martin Gelinas, goaltending coach Jordan Singalet and video coach Jamie Pringle remain with the team.”There won’t be any other further coaching moves at this stage Matt Calvert Jersey Womens ,” Treliving said.Gulutzan has a 146-125-23 NHL coaching record that also includes two seasons with the Dallas Stars (2011-2013).Recently unemployed NHL coaches include Alain Vigneault, Dan Bylsma, Dave Tippett and former Flames coach Darryl Sutter.”I think having experience in this league is critical,” Treliving said.—
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