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WINNIPEG Los Angeles Kings Hoodies Womens , Manitoba (AP) Dustin Byfuglien is a big problem for Vegas.The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Winnipeg defenseman can do it all, as the Golden Knights saw up close when he helped the Jets win Game 1 of the Western Conference finals with a goal and an assist.”We got moving our feet right away,” Byfuglien said. ”And the ice opened up.”Byfuglien has a powerful shot, as he showed with a slap shot 1:05 into the Jets’ 4-2 victory .The 33-year-old former forward, who played right wing for the Chicago Blackhawks during their Stanley Cup run in 2010, can join a rush on offense in even-strength situations and plays on the power play. The NFL-sized player is nimble enough to skate fluidly and he handles the puck with soft hands. Byfuglien can crunch opponents against the boards or on the open ice with checks and kill penalties with savvy positioning.In Game 1, he did all of that and more.”You saw the Dustin Byfuglien spectrum,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said. ”He can shoot the puck a ton. He can make soft-hand plays and he can be as big and strong as you want out there.”Vegas center William Karlsson was asked to compare Byfuglien with any other player in the league. And he was stumped.”He’s kind of one of a kind,” Karlsson said.If the expansion Golden Knights can’t figure out a way to keep the puck away from Byfuglien and work around him offensively, their inaugural season may not last beyond this series.Game 2 is Monday night in Winnipeg.Byfuglien leads the league’s defensemen with 15 points and five multi-point games in the playoffs.”When he is on his game http://www.flamesshoponline.com/authentic-jaromir-jagr-jersey , he is as good as anybody,” Vegas coach Gerrard Gallant. ”He’s a big strong man and can play the game any way you want to play it.”Buf is a good player, but hopefully we don’t give him too many chances to load up like we did (in Game 1) and take that big shot.”The Blackhawks gave Byfuglien a shot to play in the NHL, taking a flyer on the Minnesota native in the eighth round with the No. 245 pick overall in 2003. He played his first full season in the league five years later and had 11 goals and five assists for Chicago during the 2010 playoffs.Byfuglien didn’t get to celebrate the championship for very long because the Blackhawks traded him to less than three weeks after hoisting the Cup. Chicago sent him to the Atlanta Thrashers, who became the Jets, to help manage its salary cap. He has become a three-time All-Star with the franchise and a player respected enough on the blue line to be in the running for the Norris Trophy six times.Byfuglien, though, got off to a slow start offensively this season with a slump that seems improbable for a player with five goals in 13 playoff games this year. He began the season with a 29-game goal drought and finished with eight goals, his fewest in five seasons.”He had a helluva year and it was masked by the fact that he didn’t score a goal for a long time and didn’t generate points,” Maurice said. ”The question was `What’s wrong with Dustin Byfuglien?’ And the answer was, `Absolutely nothing Johnny Gaudreau Jersey Kids ,’ because our hockey team was winning and he was playing right.”Byfuglien has been businesslike around reporters lately, appearing to be focused on his tasks instead of showing off tricks with a cosmetic tooth he can pop in and out of his mouth with his tongue. When a reporter asked about the Atlanta hat he wore in the dressing room before Game 1, wondering if it was a nod to his season with the Thrashers, he wasn’t in the mood to play along.”The what?” he asked. ”I don’t even know what hat I got on.”Byfuglien also wasn’t interested in comparing the Jets’ run to his success with the Blackhawks.”That was a while ago,” he said.Discussing the challenges of facing Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury also didn’t interest him.”Get it behind him,” he said. ”Shoot pucks and hopefully they go in.”His first shot against Fleury found the back of the net, and the blast probably pushed the netting to its limit because it was so powerful.”That first goal was a bomb,” Vegas defenseman Deryk Engelland said.—Follow Larry Lage at https://twitter.com/larrylage— CHICAGO — Jonathan Toews may have gotten the Chicago Blackhawks‘ offense rolling in the right direction.Patrick Kane has taken the baton.Kane, who has scored seven goals in the past seven games, looks to extend his streak when the Blackhawks host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday at the United Center. Kane accounted for two of Chicago’s three third-period goals in a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.Article continues below ...Chicago (4-1-2) won for the first time in regulation this season and hopes to build off of it against the Lightning, who lost 5-4 in overtime to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.The Blackhawks’ offense provided plenty of goal-scoring for Corey Crawford Los Angeles Kings Hats Womens , who logged 37 saves in his second game back after making his first appearance in 10 months earlier this week. Given the back-to-back nature of Sunday’s game after Crawford made the start Saturday in Columbus, whether he is back in net Sunday against the Lightning likely won’t be decided until Sunday.But Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville liked what he saw Saturday.“That was vintage Crow,” Quenneville told reporters afterSaturday’s win, according to NBC Sports Chicago. Kane added, “As (Quenneville) would say, that’s a goalie win for us.”As Kane continued to surge ahead offensively, Crawford appears to be fully back despite the amount of time he missed with the concussion. Crawford posted the victory by stopping 37 of the 38 shots he faced to secure his first victory.“Felt really good,” Crawford told reporters, according to the Chicago Tribune. “(I) was reading plays really well. I thought our (defensemen) were blocking shots and I don’t know how many we tipped into the net. (Columbus) had a lot of speed and we were taking that away.”Now, Chicago, which many pundits predicted would miss the playoffs for a second straight season Womens Mark Giordano Jersey , will look to carry the momentum of Saturday’s solid performance on the road into Sunday’s game back at home.Before the season began, Kane and his teammates stressed the importance of a strong start. The Blackhawks have gotten what they wished for.“That was really our focus this year,” Kane told reporters, according to the Tribune. “We’re happy with our start, (but) we can play a little bit better.”Tampa Bay (4-1-1) won’t have much time to recover from Saturday’s loss to the Wild in which the Lightning watched a 3-1 lead disappear after the first period and needed an Anton Stralman goal in the third period to force overtime. Andrei Vasilevsky made 29 saves for the Lightning, who saw their three-game winning streak end with Saturday’s loss.“This one stings,” Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonaugh told reporters after the loss, according to TampaBay.com. “We’ve got to learn here to not take a period off.”After such a quick start when Tampa Bay got goals from Ryan Callahan (his first of the season) and J.T. Miller, it appeared the Lightning were on their way.“I think we stopped doing the things that made us successful in the first period,” Stralman told reporters.


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