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    he was back to spinning acceptable into excellence. Was the Carolina Hurricanes' effort better Tuesday night? Sure. But it was a low bar to clear.,Forty-eight hours after Bill Peters spoke the truth about his team

    Some of this team's problems go beyond effort. You're not going to make the playoffs scoring seven goals in the first five games of an eight-game homestand – only four at even strength. You're not going to make it dominating overtime only to miss a golden chance at one end (Jordan Staal) and give up a soft goal along the ice with 3.1 seconds to play (Cam Ward) at the other end for a 2-1 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

    But Peters said he was happy with what he called a “real good” effort that saw the Hurricanes muster a pathetic two shots on goal in a third period when both teams sat back and played for the guaranteed loser point. It's one thing for the Flyers to do that on the road. To be that passive at home,adidas Dustin Byfuglien jersey, was an inadvertent and ironic mirror of Ron Francis' management style., in the desperate straits this team is in

    You may remember that Peters said after Sunday's disaster,Authentic Connor Hellebuyck jersey, that “we can’t put that group out again after that. It’s unacceptable.” He was right about that. Then he went ahead and put essentially the same group out again after that. Phil Di Giuseppe, among other things, drew in for Marcus Kruger while Klas Dahlbeck was an upgrade over Haydn Fleury and Elias Lindholm moved to center, who still hasn't scored in 14 months, but 16 of the 18 skaters were the same.

    The impasse raises interesting questions about the relationship between Peters and Francis at this point. Peters demanded changes and mentioned there were some young players tearing it up in the AHL. (There are.) But there were no roster changes of any kind and Peters seemed resigned to that fate Monday. (If Josh Jooris couldn't get into the lineup under these circumstances, what's the point in not putting him on waivers and getting a look at someone in Charlotte?) If Peters was trying to send a message to his general manager Sunday, then Peters was full of phony bluster. Something's off here., the message came back stamped “return to sender.” If they're on the same page

    The dressing room, at least, Lindholm and Justin Faulk were both more effective Tuesday, since a lack of response to such public humiliation would have been … even more humiliating. Among Sunday's passengers, and the Hurricanes were certainly better overall. Lindholm's power-play goal was a just reward for his performance in the middle. Given Sunday's effort level was rated roughly “hot garbage,” just about anything would have been an improvement. This was progress, not with these stakes against the competition for what is essentially the fifth playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division. And not everyone was better, seemed to get the message – which is good, not vindication – not at home, especially the Noah Hanifin-Trevor van Riemsdyk pairing, which was embarrassed on the Flyers’ first goal.

    For all that, and Staal had maybe the best chance of all, the game – or the bonus point, anyway – turned on one sequence in the final 40 seconds of overtime. The Hurricanes had dominated overtime to no avail,Authentic Philipp Grubauer jersey, an open look from the slot. Flyers goalie Brian Elliott got a piece of it, bereft, but Claude Giroux knocked it out of midair before it could cross the goal line. Staal,Authentic Blake Wheeler jersey, said afterward he thought it might have been going wide anyway. Then Giroux dove back in front of the net to deny Skinner on the rebound.

    Giroux's will would end up being the difference for the Flyers. The puck went the other way and Jordan Weal beat Ward – who was otherwise terrific, especially when short-handed – with a harmless-looking unscreened shot from in front. Given Ward's record in shootouts, but it certainly hurt more this way.,Authentic Patrik Laine jersey, the result was probably inevitable at that point

    Hoffman's tally was the only goal among 12 players in the shootout and lifted the Ottawa Senators to a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

    Anderson made 33 saves in regulation in overtime before six Flyers tried and failed to score against him in the shootout.

    "Yeah, being patient, I think tonight was one of those nights where you're just feeling pretty good with the shootout,Authentic Dustin Byfuglien jersey," Anderson said. "And they miss the net on the second one — you need a little bit of luck sometimes with those. I've been in there where you can't stop anything, not moving too much, so every night is something new."

    but Nolan Patrick tied it with 2.6 seconds left in the third period to force overtime.,adidas Michael Hutchinson jersey,The Senators looked like they had the game won in regulation

    Neither team scored in the 3-on-3 5-minute period and neither looked like it was going to score in the shootout, Hoffman finally connected with a pretty move that beat Michal Neuvirth and sent Ottawa to consecutive victories for the first time since Jan. 5-6., either. After six Flyers shooters and five Senators missed

    Hoffman got Neuvirth to bite on his forehand fake and then reached back with just his right hand on the stick for the winning goal.

    "There are moves that work, you never know."," Hoffman said. "Some don't. If you don't try them

    Matt Duchene and Chris DiDomenico scored in regulation and Ryan Dzingel had a pair of assists for Ottawa. Craig Anderson made 33 saves for the Senators.,Derick Brassard

    which lost its fourth straight to hurt its playoff position. The Flyers began play clinging to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference but just a point ahead of the Rangers and Islanders.,Sean Couturier and Scott Laughton also scored in regulation for Philadelphia

    but the goal was disallowed after a coach's challenge determined Ottawa was offside on the play.,adidas Patrik Laine jersey,The Senators appeared to go in front three goals with 2.9 seconds left in the second when Brassard beat Lyon for a second time

    But the celebrations were largely peaceful. In fact, although that number is expected to climb)., more people (six) were arrested during postgame disturbances at the University of Massachusetts Amherst than in Philadelphia (four

    "The knucklehead contingent was extremely small, which is expected to draw millions to the city. Authentic Michael Hutchinson jersey,"The media focuses obviously on the negative."," Mayor Kenney said Tuesday during a news conference about Thursday's parade

    "As regrettable as it is," Police Commissioner Richard Ross said, it could have been far worse. In New England they had their own thing,adidas Philipp Grubauer jersey, "and they lost. So in the grand scheme of things and I'm by no means trying to justify it but I'm just being honest, referring to the UMass Amherst event," he said to laughs.

    including protests that erupted over police shootings across the country and to President Trump's election.,adidas Blake Wheeler jersey,Ross said last week that the Police Department has operated with a similar approach to other large-scale events

    "After a while you do have to relinquish the street, provided people are being peaceful, and you have to have somewhere for people to go.",adidas Connor Hellebuyck jersey," Ross said. "You're going to create more havoc trying to (stop them)

    Ross said so many people were crowding the streets Sunday that officers couldn't always get to troublemakers in time. A couple of small street fires including the burning of a Christmas tree on Broad were reported.,At Tuesday's news conference