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OTTAWA Mike Condon Jersey , Ontario (AP) — up two goals 8 seconds apart in the final minute of the second period to tie the game, the Carolina Hurricanes seemed to have no issues with a letdown in the third period on Sunday.Justin Williams scored the winning goal and broke a 4-4 tie with a power-play goal at 7:34 of the third and the Hurricanes defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-4.One minute later, Williams nearly scored again but he was robbed with a great glove save from Andres Nilsson, who came on in relief of Senators starter Marcus Hogberg in the second period.Justin Faulk and Brock McGinn each had a goal and an assist and Carolina won its fourth straight game. Jaccob Slavin and Dougie Hamilton also scored for the Hurricanes, who got a 27-save performance from Petr Mrazek.“It was surprisingly easy to (mentally) park (the end of the second period). I know you’ll probably look at me and roll your eyes, but good teams pick each other up,” Williams said.“Mrazek came in and said ‘that was on me’ and we instantly said ‘No, no Ryan Dzingel Jersey , no. You’ve had our back all the time, so it’s time for us to pick you up’, and that’s what teams do, they pick each other up. They don’t let someone stew about it and we had a great third period and won the game.”Jean-Gabriel Pageau tied the game 4-4 in his return to Ottawa’s lineup after missing the entire season to date with a torn Achilles he suffered on the first day of training camp.Just 8 seconds earlier in the second period, Rudolfs Balcers scored his first NHL goal in his second career game as the Senators had their losing skid stretch to eight games. Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel also scored for Ottawa.Hogberg started in goal for the Senators and allowed three goals on 16 shots. Nilsson turned aside 11 of the 13 shots he faced.“It was fast. The first few shifts were shorter than I expected,” said Pageau of his first game since April. “It’s hard to prepare at this level and it doesn’t matter how hard you work out, it’s totally different when you come into a game like that.“Right off the bat I tried to get myself in the game. I take pride in playing for the Sens and playing this game at home after everything I’ve gone through since the first day of camp. It means a lot to me.”The Hurricanes had a fast start, scoring on two of their first three shots less than five minutes into the game.Faulk opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 1:12 of the first period with a point shot that beat Hogberg. Then Womens Tom Pyatt Jersey , at 4:28, McGinn scored a short-handed goal as he slid a backhand through Hogberg’s legs on a breakaway.“We’re not doing enough of the little things to win right now and it sucks,” said Senators forward Chris Tierney, who had two assists.“We didn’t start well and that hurt us. It just seems like every night it’s something else and we need to figure out a way to get everything going at once to win in this league.”That was all the scoring in the opening period although the Senators created several good opportunities, but were unable to beat Mrazek.Ottawa finally did break through at 2:32 of the second period when Duchene beat Mrazek from in tight after a cross-crease pass from Bobby Ryan.The Hurricanes regained their two-goal lead and knocked Hogberg from the Senators’ goal at the same time as Slavin scored at 6:13 with a slap shot.Ottawa got that one back at 12:17 on a power play as Dzingel beat Mrazek with a backhand, but at 14:54 Hamilton beat Nilsson to put the Hurricanes up 4-2. It was just the second shot Nilsson had faced.Then came the final-minute fireworks as Balcers scored at 19:12 and Pageau scored 8 seconds later to tie the game 4-4 heading to the third.Notes: Nick Paul and Ben Harpur were scratches for the Senators while Clark Bishop was a scratch for the Hurricanes. … Sunday’s matchup was the first of three this season between the teams. They will play in North Carolina on Jan. 18 and back in Ottawa on Feb. 12.UP NEXT:Hurricanes: In New York on Tuesday to face the Islanders.Senators: Senators open a three-game California road trip in Anaheim on Wednesday. ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Gerard Gallant made Shea Theodore skip a shift. He’s not making him walk the plank for two rough games.Theodore’s struggles are a major reason the Golden Knights trail the Capitals 2-1 in the Stanley Cup Final going into Game 4 on Monday night in Washington. The talented, young defenseman has been on the ice for four of the Capitals’ past six goals in the series and was primarily responsible for two in Vegas’ Game 3 loss Saturday night.”Did Shea do something real bad? He plays the game like everybody else Jordan Nolan Jersey Womens ,” Gallant said Sunday in a passionate defense of Theodore. ”He made a couple mistakes, they ended up in the back of our net. A lot of guys make mistakes in hockey games and they don’t end up in the back of the net. Shea’s a 22-year-old kid who I love. He’s a great player. He’s going to be a star in this league.”Theodore doesn’t need to be a star, but he needs to be better for the Golden Knights to have a realistic chance of coming back in the Cup Final. In Game 3 alone, he made an ill-advised decision that sparked an odd-man rush on Evgeny Kuznetsov’s goal, and committed a brutal turnover that led to Devante Smith-Pelly’s goal that sealed it for Washington.Trailing by two in the third period, Gallant sat the offensively gifted Theodore for more than three minutes after that giveaway. Gallant expects his whole team to be better with the puck, and Theodore knows that certainly includes him.”Personally, not a good game Zack Smith Jersey ,” Theodore said. ”I’ve got to be better all over the ice and definitely recharge tomorrow and get back at it. You have to have a short memory on these type of things, and it’s a seven-game series.”The series won’t get to seven games if Theodore’s mistakes continue to haunt the Golden Knights. In addition to the blunders that cost them two goals, arguably Theodore’s worst play Saturday night came when he lollygagged down the ice on the power play and got outraced by Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen so badly goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury had to come out of his net and wound up taking a tripping penalty.That cost Vegas a big opportunity to score on the power play and cut the deficit in half.”We all make mistakes,” Fleury said in French. ”He must forget it.”That’s the message from veteran defense partner Deryk Engelland, who teammates notice has been a calming and positive influence on Theodore. Engelland talked to Theodore after the loss and again the morning after to reassure him and reinforce some positive thinking.”He’s young, you’re going to have mistakes,” Engelland said ”It’s a new day. We’ve got to get ready for Game 4 and you’ve just got to tell him to simplify, make the simple Ryan O'Reilly Jersey Womens , easy play that he’s done all year for us, and just get back to our games.”Teammates have been just as quick as Gallant to praise Theodore for his strong play this season, and there’s no doubt he’s a factor in the expansion team getting this far. But at the most critical stage of the Golden Knights’ journey, he has been close to his worst and knows it.”I just have to be much better than I was,” Theodore said.—More Stanley Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/StanleyCupFinals
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