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Subject: Ducks forward Adam Henrique Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 02:43:55

BUFFALO Sam Gagner Jersey , N.Y. (AP) was still kicking himself for losing a faceoff in his own end that led to Anaheim giving up the tying goal with 15 seconds left in regulation.Henrique felt much better a few minutes later when he scored 1:36 into overtime for a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.”They tie it up late and it’s a tough one, but you’ve got to rebound right away and put it behind you,” said Henrique, referring to Buffalo’s Ryan O’Reilly beating him on the draw and then scoring to tie the game. ”I felt like I kind of owed us one there.”It was Henrique’s 12th goal and fifth game-winner in 30 games since being acquired by the Ducks in a trade with New Jersey on Nov. 30.Corey Perry, Rickard Rakell and Ondrej Kase also scored for the Ducks, who ended an 0-2-1 slide. Anaheim (26-19-10) kept pace in the Western Conference, where the Ducks began the day among five teams separated by one point in competing for the final playoff spot.Ryan Miller stopped 30 shots in facing his former team for the fourth time since the Sabres traded him to St. Louis during the 2013-14 season.Miller allowed 12 goals in his previous four games, including a 7-4 loss at Toronto on Monday night.”I’ve had a couple of rough outings, and I’ll take anything I can get tonight,” said Miller, who has been filling in with starter John Gibson recovering from a lower-body injury. ”I appreciate the opportunity to come back and try and make a difference tonight and get the win.”Jack Eichel had a goal and assist, and Zemgus Girgensons also scored for Buffalo. Robin Lehner stopped 29 shots.Bad breaks continued to hurt the Sabres, who dropped to 0-3-1 in their past four games.Aside from Henrique’s shot deflecting in off the stick of defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, the Sabres fell behind 3-2 with 8:30 left in regulation when O’Reilly inadvertently scored into his own net while attempting to clear the puck.”It’s a stupid play by me,” O’Reilly said after his attempt to shoot the puck behind Buffalo’s net hit Lehner’s stick and caromed in. ”I feel bad. Lenny stands on his head all season for us and I kind of put one in off him.”On the upside, O’Reilly contributed to Buffalo earning a point by beating Henrique on the faceoff and one-timing Eichel’s pass into the slot.”Good to see him bounce back and tie it up,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said. ”It’s a difficult place to be. I’ve been there before. You try to battle back mentally. But it was a credit to him.”Housley was unhappy with Ristolainen’s performance Sven Baertschi Jersey , noting the defenseman’s errant pass intended for Eichel was the turnover that eventually led to Henrique’s goal.”I just think it’s just focus, bearing down at critical times,” Housley said.At 14-29-10, the Sabres sit last in the Eastern Conference standings. Their home record dropped to 6-15-4, tied with Arizona for the fewest home wins in the NHL.Girgensons opened the scoring with his second short-handed goal in three games by banking in his own rebound off Miller’s pad 3:22 in. Eichel put Buffalo ahead 2-1 with 2:12 left in the second period by converting Sam Reinhart’s feed through the crease.Rakell put the Ducks on the board with a power-play goal 21 seconds into the second period, when his shot hit the right post and then caromed in off Lehner. Kase tied the game 1:57 after Eichel scored.NOTES: Eichel’s goal was his 50th point of the season. He joined Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin, Phil Housley and Christian Ruuttu in becoming the fifth Sabres player to score at least 50 points in each of their first three seasons. … With an assist on Rakell’s goal, Getzlaf reached 300 career power-play points. Only Teemu Selanne (410) has more in Ducks history. … Sabres D Jake McCabe played only one shift in the second period before leaving the game. He appeared to be hurt late in the first following a collision with Getzlaf.UP NEXTDucks: Host the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.Sabres: Complete a five-game homestand against the New York Islanders on Thursday.— DENVER (AP) Nathan MacKinnon is counting on 18,000 of his rowdy friends to give the Colorado Avalanche a little bit of an extra buzz.Maybe even throw Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne off his game.Trailing the top-seeded Predators 2-0 in the first-round series, the Avalanche return Monday (10 p.m. EDT, NBCSN) to a building that’s certainly been something to write home about this season. Their 28 wins at the Pepsi Center in the regular season tied the franchise mark held by the 2000-01 squad that went on to capture the Stanley Cup.”We have lots of confidence here,” said MacKinnon , whose team has dropped 12 straight to the Predators. ”The building has been a lot of fun this year.”Colorado isn’t the only team hoping a change of scenery provides a change in momentum – Toronto returns to friendly confines down 2-0 in the series against Boston (7 p.m., NBCSN). The New Jersey Devils are in the same boat versus Tampa Bay (7:30 p.m., CNBC) heading into their first playoff home game since 2012.Then there’s the San Jose Sharks, who are sitting pretty after two road wins against Anaheim (10:30 p.m. Alex Tuch Jersey Kids , CNBC). Now at home, the Sharks get last change and the opportunity to dictate matchups.”It’s a nice luxury being at home, having those matchups,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. ”The bigger advantage is the crowd and the environment and being able to sleep in your own bed.”For New Jersey, climbing back in the series boils down to this – avoiding big early deficits. They trailed the Lightning 3-0 in Game 1 and 5-1 in Game 2 before staging a comeback.”We need to play as a group,” said coach John Hynes, who plans to make some lineup changes. ”We can’t have passengers.”MacKinnon said the Avs need to clean up the little things against a savvy Predators team.”We’re in a tough spot right now,” MacKinnon said. ”Two games at home. Hopefully, we can even up the series.”The Predators fully expect a more tenacious rush from a youthful Colorado squad.”They’re persistent,” Nashville forward Austin Watson said. ”There’s no quit in them.”ENCOREBoston hopes David Pastrnak packs his Game 2 performance for the trip to Toronto. The 21-year-old had three goals and three assists to become the youngest NHL player with six or more points in a playoff game, surpassing Wayne Gretzky, according to the Bruins website.”When you’re breaking a Wayne Gretzky record, I hope he realizes at his young age how cool it is,” forward David Backes told reporters. ”Hopefully he had fun last night and enjoyed that moment because it is special.”REASON FOR OPTIMISMThe Ducks can latch on to some recent history for optimism in coming back from an 0-2 deficit. They lost the first two games at home in the second round last year to Edmonton before rallying to win the series in seven games.”That’s the situation we’re in. We have a good team,” Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano said. ”We have a team that’s been in these situations before.”CAKE WALKThis definitely takes the cake: At the start of the playoffs, IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden, a Nashville fan , proposed a wager to fellow racer, James Hinchcliffe, a Toronto Maple Leafs supporter. The driver with the team that bowed out of the Stanley Cup playoffs first had to bake the other a homemade cake and present it at an autograph session while wearing the opposing team’s sweater.”Challenge accepted,” Hinchcliffe responded. ”They (Maple Leafs) are going to win it all. Nobody goes further than the team holding the Cup.”Hinchcliffe added: ”Personally, I’m a red velvet guy.”Newgarden said he prefers vanilla.SAVING THE DAYAvalanche coach Jared Bednar thought goaltender Jonathan Bernier played ”OK” in the first two games.”If you look at the importance of goaltending this time of year, good is usually not good enough,” Bednar said.Goaltending is on the minds of the Devils, too. Keith Kinkaid played well down the stretch, but has struggled in the postseason. He was lifted in the second period Sunday after giving up five goals on 15 shots.Cory Schneider, who was the starter most of the season until a hip and groin injury in January sidelined him for a month, finished and did not allow a goal on 10 shots.”There is still a lot of hockey to be played,” Devils forward Taylor Hall said, ”and a lot of hockey on home ice as well.”—AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno and AP Sports Writers Teresa M. Walker, Josh Dubow Tom Canavan and Fred Goodall contributed to this report.—

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