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TORONTO - Since being walloped 9-2 by visiting Nashville almost a month ago, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been flying high. Atlanta Braves Dansby Swanson Jersey .A 4-3 shootout win Sunday over the Los Angeles Kings improved Torontos record to 9-1-1 since the Predators debacle. The Leafs (18-9-3) have won five straight, lead the league in scoring with 3.37 goals a game and are 13-0-0 when they score first.Still head coach Randy Carlyle isnt popping the champagne, despite back-to-back wins over Detroit and the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings. He believes the streaking Leafs have more in them.We think this groups got more to give, he said. We think we still have some areas we definitely need to clean up and work on. And were going to continue to be a work in progress, I think as every team is.The road will also get tougher. Toronto has played 20 games at home so far and, after one more Air Canada Centre date Tuesday with Anaheim, faces eight of nine games away from home.We have to skate, we can't turn that puck over and we have to establish that forechecking game, Carlyle said, detailing his recipe for success. Thats when were most effective.Carlyle has seen his team ride peaks and valleys. He knows things can go south quickly.Theres always danger. Pro sports is about danger, you're always living on the edge ... If you look at the schedule we have and the opponents we have coming, it can have a snowball effect. Wed like to keep this snowball rolling in our direction and not allow it to go in any other direction.After going up 2-0 in the first period on goals by Mike Santorelli and Cody Franson, Toronto wobbled late in the second period as Justin Williams and Dwight King scored three minutes 44 seconds apart.The Kings pulled ahead 1:02 into the third when Marian Gaborik, taking a slick pass from Williams, beat James Reimer on the second try after the goalie stopped the first shot. The Leafs answered on the power play with James van Riemsdyk redirecting a Franson pass past Jonathan Quick at 6:49 for his 13th goal, making it 3-3.Reimer had the last laugh in the shootout, stopping Gaborik, Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar. He is now 9-9 in shootouts, having stopped 41 of 60 attemptsJoffrey Lupul scored the lone goal for Toronto in the shootout, beating Quick. Tyler Bozak and Santorelli missed.Theyre a good team, said Kings defenceman Drew Doughty. I think maybe we could have deserved a little bit better if we had got off to a better start. But we didnt and thats why we lost.It was a game that took a while to reach the boil but the third period was fast-paced and entertaining before an Air Canada Centre crowd of 19,219 on a rare 5 p.m. local time Sunday start.Los Angeles outshot the Leafs 33-30 in regulation and 36-31 in total. Torontos second line of Nazem Kadri, Santorelli and Daniel Winnik excelled for the home side.The Kings (15-10-6), who wrap up a five-game road trip in St. Louis on Tuesday, have lost four of their past five and are 4-4-2 in their last 10.We need to play desperate, said Doughty, because were losing points and were slowly getting out of the playoff spots. So we definitely need to start paying attention to the standings and win more games.The frustration is building for the defending champions.Were used to winning, said Doughty. We have a lot of winners as players on this team and as an organization. Its definitely frustrating. But we need to get through it as players together and get to where we know we can be.The second period has belonged to the Leafs this season with a league-high 41 goals. But the Kings ruled this time.Williams cut the lead to 2-1 with his eighth goal at 16:02. The King winger beat Jake Gardiner on a rush, helped somewhat by a lucky bounce, and swept the puck in past Reimer. King then tied it up at 19:46, twisting Franson inside out en route to the goal from the corner before neatly depositing the puck past Reimer, who thought he had it.Former Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier got the night off after helping the Leafs to a 4-1 win over visiting Detroit on Saturday. It was Reimers second start in 11 games, a stretch that included a stellar 41-save performance in a road win over the Wings on Wednesday.Santorelli, celebrating his 29th birthday, opened the scoring at 14:00 of the first when he came from behind the net, after taking a deft pass from Winnik, and beat Quick high stick-side for his sixth of the season.Trevor Lewis had a glorious chance for the Kings late in the period when, with Reimer face down, he hit the bottom of the goalpost and the puck bounced under the goalie.Franson made it 2-0 with 30 seconds left in the first period, floating a shot through traffic from the blue-line for his fifth goal of the season.Toronto emerged from the period with the lead despite being outshot 11-8 and losing 16 of 20 faceoffs.Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Ricky Nolasco Jersey . The closer wasnt available. The road trip, a disaster to that point. St. Louis Cardinals Randal Grichuk Jersey . And thats good news for Canada. Kelly, who plays No. 8 at the back of the scrum, is captain of the Canadian womens team. .com) - Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh called Joe Flacco the NFLs best quarterback last week.TORONTO -- Nick Young and the Los Angeles Lakers got the Toronto Raptors to play it their way Sunday afternoon. Young had 29 points while Pau Gasol added 22 to lead the short-handed Lakers to a 112-106 win at the Air Canada Centre, halting Torontos six-game home win streak. Los Angeles (16-25) used an attacking style to rally from deficits of 19 and 17 points and earn its second straight road victory but just its third in 15 games overall. "We didnt get defence into the game," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. "We played their game . . . it was pretty but we didnt get defence into the game. "That allowed those big runs and thats not who we are. We have to be a defence-first team, not a three-point shooting team . . . we got caught up in their quick threes, which were not very good at." The Lakers hit 12-of-22 (54.5 per cent) three-pointers but also made 26-of-28 free throws. Toronto finished 9 of 30 (30 per cent) from beyond the arc and held a 47-31 edge in rebounding but only attempted 11 free throws, making nine. "That tells us either were not getting the calls or were not driving to the rim," Casey said. "They were the aggressor going to the basket. We had some bonehead fouls on some three-point shots, thats something you shouldn't do. "But it starts on the defensive end. We didnt get up into people and when we did react we reacted late and subsequently you get fouls called." DeMar DeRozan had 23 points while Kyle Lowry added 21 for Toronto (20-19), which lost the chance for its first-ever season sweep of the Lakers. The Raptors won the first meeting 106-94 on Dec. 8. Kyle Lowry added 21 points for Toronto while Patrick Patterson added 17 points coming off the bench. Lowrys three-pointer pulled Toronto to within 102-101 with just over two minutes remaining. Ryan Kellys three free throws made it 105-101 before Youngs three-pointer put the Lakers ahead 108-103 with 1:15 left. Youngs two free throws with 20.5 seconds made it 110-104 and effectively cemented the win. Kelly said Young was a difference-maker for the Lakers. "The one thing Nick does is score, especially at the end of clocks," said Kelly, who finished with 17 points. "There are not many people in the league who can do what he does. "We have seven seconds on the clock and you get Nick the ball and he finds a way to get a shot or get to the line . . . we need that." The Lakers were without all-stars Steve Nash of Victoria and Kobe Bryant. Nash, a two-time NBA MVP, is out with a back injury while Bryant, a five-time league champion and Los Angeless all-time scoring leader, is sidelined with a fractured left knee. "After not feeling it in the first half, we just got a bit more aggressive on defence and they felt us," Lakers coach Mike DAntoni said. "You have to give them credit, they hit a lot of good shots to start with but our guys somehow found the resolve to stay into themm and it worked out. San Francisco Giants Jimmy Rollins Jersey. " The Lakers improved to 27-8 all-time against Toronto, including 13-5 at the ACC. "Weve got to understand no matter now big the lead is no team is going to lay down," DeRozan said. "Theyre going to play extremely hard to try and get back and weve got to understand that and withstand the runs theyre trying to make. We didnt do that. "We gave up too many threes. We know theyre a three-point shooting team and we left them in their comfort zone and they knocked them down." Lowery couldn't hide his disappointment about Torontos inability to twice put the Lakers away after surging into commanding double-digit leads. "Yeah, it sucks," he said. "They did a good job of playing the way they wanted and making us play that way also. "They attacked us a lot more. We settled for a lot more jumpshots and we didnt attack as much as we couldve to get to the free-throw line as much as they did." L.A. took an 82-81 lead into the fourth, thanks to three Young free throws with 27.3 seconds left. Young converted a technical on Terrence Ross, then hit two-of-three from the line after being fouled by Ross on a three-point shot. The resilient Lakers overcame a 17-point deficit to take the lead. Toronto opened the third on a 14-2 run to go ahead 73-56 but the Lakers tied it 79-79 on Manny Harriss three-pointer with under three minutes remaining after both Kendall Marshall and Young connected from beyond the arc. Gasols two free throws with 3.4 seconds remaining cut Torontos half-time advantage to 58-54. The Raptors surged into a commanding 50-31 lead in the quarter before being outscored by the Lakers 23-8 the rest of the way. DeRozan was a one-man show for Toronto, scoring 12 of his 16 first-half points in the second. The Raptors were 5 of 16 (31.3 per cent) from three-point range in the half while L.A. was 6-of-10. Toronto led 36-29 after the first, erasing a 24-20 deficit by outscoring L.A. 16-5 over the final 2:58. Patterson led the way for the Raptors with eight points, including two three-pointers as the home team hit on 14-of-19 field goals and 5-of-6 three-pointers in the quarter. Gasol played a big part in leading the Lakers to their early lead with 10 points. NOTES -- Toronto is off to Charlotte for a game Monday afternoon against the Bobcats on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the U.S. while Los Angeles continues a seven-game road trip in Chicago on Tuesday night . . . Torontos 94-89 home win over Minnesota on Friday night was its 20th victory in 38 games this year, the fastest the Raptors have reached 20 wins since 2007-08 when they did so in 37 games . . . Toronto forward Tyler Hansbrough (ankle) missed his ninth straight game while forward John Salmons, who reportedly suffered a back injury against Minnesota, didnt dress . . . Lakers centre Robert Sacre is a native of Baton Rouge, La., but grew up in B.C. and has dual Canadian-American citizenship. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' Forum Index -> User Introductions
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