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Postby kaisy on Sat Jul 06, 2013 1:42 am

SAN JOSE, Calif. Dr Dre Beats uk . -- Just when it looked like Columbus might squander away key points in its playoff chase, Ryan Johansen provided a big boost to the Blue Jackets post-season hopes. Johansen scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:37 remaining after a turnover by Joe Pavelski and the Blue Jackets overcame a blown two-goal lead in the third period to beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Sunday night. "It feels like a little bit of destiny with this team," said forward R.J. Umberger, who assisted on the winning goal. "Were just a very confident team. We feel like we are underdogs every night. Were proving people wrong. This team believes a lot and it just feels like our destiny that were to make the playoffs. We want to make it more than anything." Mark Letestu scored twice and Vinny Prospal also scored for the Blue Jackets, who moved into a tie for seventh place with Minnesota in the Western Conference with 51 points -- three points ahead of Detroit and Dallas for the final playoff spot. Columbus has played one more game than the Wild and Stars, and two more than the Red Wings. Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves for the Blue Jackets, who won for the sixth time in seven games as they try for the second playoff berth in franchise history. The game came down to that late turnover by Pavelski, who lost the puck trying to come out of his own zone, setting up Johansens second game-winner of the season. "I was licking my chops," Johansen said. "That was for sure. I just found a hole there. It was nice to be in the middle of the ice, its a great shooting area. I was just lucky to beat (Antti) Niemi on the shot. I felt like it was good scoring chance right away. This is the biggest goal Ive scored in my career so far. Its a great feeling." It was a wild swing of emotions in the third period, especially for Pavelski. The Sharks rallied from 3-1 down to tie the game on his power-play goal with 5:03 remaining only to miss a chance to clinch the playoffs when they lost in regulation at home for just the second time this season. "It was right there for us obviously," Pavelski said. "Its tough. You never want to make a play like that at the end. You understand where you are in the game and you understand these things do happen once in a while. Its tough when they do, but we have to move on and get better from this and I have to try to execute better next time." Marty Havlat and Andrew Desjardins also scored and Niemi made 18 saves in his 23rd straight start for the Sharks, who need one point to clinch their ninth straight playoff berth. While San Jose still has three more games to clinch the playoffs, this loss dealt a blow to the teams hopes to get home-ice advantage in the first round. The Sharks fell two points behind fourth-place Los Angeles in the standings, but remained one point ahead of sixth-place St Louis. San Jose would lose the tiebreaker to both teams based on fewer regulation and overtime wins. "I wasnt concerned with getting a point and putting an X by our name," coach Todd McLellan said. "I was concerned about our game. Its our game that will get us there or wont get us there. Forget about the clinch part." McLellan was upset about his teams sloppy, lacklustre play for much of the night. San Jose had 17 giveaways in the game with a bad pass by Brad Stuart setting up Prospals goal that made it 2-0 and Pavelskis turnover leading to Johansens game-winner. "Our forecheck is a strength of ours," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "If we are forechecking hard and were after pucks and using our speed and our size thats playing to our strengths. Turnovers in this game whether it was them or us. Turnovers are huge." The Blue Jackets swept the three-game season series from San Jose, winning for just the third time in 22 games at the Shark Tank. After falling behind 2-0 when Prospal scored on a breakaway following Stuarts turnover, the Sharks got back into the game when Logan Couture fed Havlat in front for a tip-in midway through the second period. But San Jose then allowed a rare power-play goal at home to fall back behind by two. With Matt Irwin in the box for interference, Letestu beat Niemi with a blast from the left point for his 12th goal of the season and first multigoal game since March 8, 2012, against Los Angeles. Columbus had been 0-for-17 on the power play over the last eight games. NOTES: San Jose had been 16-1-5 at home, with the only regulation loss coming to Chicago on Feb. 5. ... The Sharks have allowed seven power-play goals at home this season. ... Columbus C Artem Anisimov (concussion), F Matt Calvert (broken finger) and D Nikita Nikitin (lower body) sat out with injuries. ... 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Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma used the teams twitter account to announce that Crosby will be travelling with the team for their current road trip. KINGSTON, Ont. -- The final weekend will have a familiar feel to it at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. The big guns are back and one of the best young skips in the country will join them in the battle for the national womens curling championship. Manitobas Jennifer Jones, defending champion Heather Nedohin and B.C.s Kelly Scott will be in the mix Saturday after solid performances in the round robin. Theyll be joined by Ontarios Rachel Homan, who has been buoyed all week by the pro-Ontario crowd at the K-Rock Centre. Jones (11-0) and Homan (10-1) have secured the first two seeds and will play in the Page playoff 1-2 game. The winner will advance straight to Sundays gold-medal final. Nedohin (7-4) and Scott (8-3) will meet in the 3-4 playoff game. Saskatchewans Jill Shumay (6-5) had a slim chance of qualifying for a tiebreaker but that was dashed in an 8-4 loss to Jones in the final draw. This appears to be Jones tournament to lose. The four-time champion is the first skip since British Columbias Linda Moore to post a perfect round-robin record since Moore went 10-0 in 1985 before winning the final in Winnipeg. Jones recorded her 100th career Scotties victory Friday afternoon with a 7-6 win over New Brunswick. "Having momentum is really what sport is all about, its getting on a bit of a roll," Jones said. "And right now were on a bit of a roll." The top skips were not providing any bulletin-board material and have been quick to sing the praises of the others. Scott, who reached the key seven-win mark Friday morning, said Jones and Homan deserve to be in the 1-2 matchup. "They call hack weight, they throw hack weight. They call draw weight, they nail it," she said. "Its going to be a good battle if we get the chance to play either of those teams there." The winner of the 3-4 game will qualify for the semifinal Sunday morning. The semifinal winner advances to the gold-medal game while the loser will play for bronze against the loser of the 3-4 contest. Nedohin started strong in the round robin but struggled heading into the weekendd. Beats By Dre Studio. She dropped a 10-8 decision to Kerry Galusha of the Northwest Territories on Friday afternoon before losing 6-5 to Homan in a tightly contested final match. "Were a team that rebounds very well," Nedohin said. "Youve got to handle some hiccups I guess you could say along the way. Id look at our record last year (7-4). Id say we did pretty well with the losses that we had." Nedohin defeated Jones 6-5 in an extra end in last years semifinal. A measurement of stones was required to declare the winner. Nedohin then beat Scott 7-6 for the gold medal. Elsewhere in the late draw, Scott beat Quebec 9-5, and Nova Scotia cruised past Alberta 6-2. There are several interesting storylines heading into the final weekend. Scott and Jones are hoping for bigger things after coming up painfully short last year. Nedohin is eager to prove the 2012 win was no fluke. And Homan wants to take the next step after settling for fourth place in her only other appearance in 2011. "You can step on the ice four times and get four different results," Scott said of the top rinks. "You know when you play those teams that you have to be on and sharp and look for not leaving them any big shots for multiple points." Jones outclassed Homan in their round-robin game Thursday morning, a 9-7 Manitoba win. Nova Scotia vice-skip Colleen Jones said the top rinks are all quite close, but she gives Manitoba a slight edge. "They definitely have the whole package and theyve got experience on their side," she said. "Theyve won so much, they know that they can keep on winning." After 17 draws, New Brunswick was 6-5, Prince Edward Islands Suzanne Birt was 5-6 and Nova Scotias Mary-Anne Arsenault was 5-6. The standings were rounded out by Quebecs Allison Ross (3-8), Stacie Devereaux of Newfoundland and Labrador (2-9), Northwest Territories/Yukon (2-9) and Albertas Kristie Moore (1-10). Announced attendance was 4,129 for the late draw, short of the arena capacity of 5,700. The afternoon attendance was to 3,544. 22:59ET 22-02-13 ' ' '
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