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MONTREAL (AP) Goaltender Antti Niemi was seeking stability
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MONTREAL (AP) Goaltender Antti Niemi was seeking stability more than money when he agreed to a one-year http://www.jaguarscheapstore.com/myles-jack-jersey-cheap , $950,000 contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.Who could blame the 34-year-old, who was eligible for free agency on July 1, after a whirlwind 2017-18 season? Niemi was bought out by the Dallas Stars last summer, signed with Pittsburgh, was claimed on waivers by Florida and then claimed again by Montreal.”The way I felt when I was playing in Montreal, I was comfortable there,” Niemi said on a conference call. ”I didn’t need to change that.”It wasn’t about getting the most money.”Niemi was 0-3-0 with a 7.49 goals-against average when Pittsburgh placed him on waivers on Oct. 24, and he was 0-1-1 with a 5.11 GAA – allowing five goals on 39 shots in two appearances – when he was put on waivers again by the Panthers on Nov. 14.But the Finnish veteran settled down nicely when claimed that day by Montreal Youth Yannick Ngakoue Jersey , where he was reunited with goalie coach Stephane Waite. The two had worked together when Niemi backstopped the Chicago Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup in 2010.With the Canadiens, Niemi went 7-5-4 with a 2.46 GAA and a .929 save percentage.The club now has two goalies on one-way contracts vying for the job as backup to Carey Price next season – Niemi and prospect Charlie Lindgren, who signed a three-year extension on Feb. 13. It could make for a fierce battle in training camp, but at least whichever gets sent to AHL Laval will earn his full NHL salary.Niemi was just glad that his stint in Montreal showed he can still play top-level hockey.He said what prompted him to sign was ”how last season went and how I was able to bounce back.”— GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona rookie Conor Garland was challenging for a roster spot before he broke a hand in training camp. Healthy again, he is making his mark.Garland was credited with two goals — the first appearing to just graze his uniform — and Darcy Kuemper made 23 saves for his first shutout of the season and 12th overall to help the Coyotes beat the New York Rangers 5-0 on Sunday to end a three-game losing streak.“If you look at his goals, too, I don’t care if they go off his pants or not, he’s in front of the net http://www.jaguarscheapstore.com/yannick-ngakoue-jersey-cheap ,” Arizona coach Rick Tocchet, who recorded his 100th NHL victory. “It doesn’t matter how they go in. I have to give him a lot of credit because he is in front of the net.”Garland was stationed just outside the crease when Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s wrister from inside the blue line got past Henrik Lundqvist on a power play to open the scoring at 7:19 of the first period, the beginning of another tough game for Lundqvist.Alex Galchenyuk had a goal and two assists, and Mario Kempe and Clayton Keller also scored as the Coyotes scored all their goals in the first two period while winning for the second time in their last nine home gamesGalchenyuk has 10 points in his last eight games and Garland has three goals in his last two games and five in his last seven. He was recalled from Tucson of the American Hockey League early last month.“I feel more comfortable every game,” Garland said. “You get to see film, talk to the coaches after a game and pick up new things. It is slowing down. It feels good.”Lundqvist stopped 27 of 32 shots before being replaced by Alexander Georgiev with 3:22 left in the second period. Lundqvist also was pulled in his last start, a 7-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.The Rangers have been outscored 18-3 while losing three straight games and have lost six of eight and nine of 12. They were shut out for the third time this season and have given up four power play goals in the last two games — three in a 6-1 loss at Colorado on Friday night.“We’re fragile mentally and physically right now, the ways things are going,” Rangers coach David Quinn said.“There are a whole heap of problems Authentic Patrick Mahomes Jersey , and we have to address them. We had no legs today. They had way more jump than we did. It was every man. We just didn’t have any energy. You can’t play with no energy in this league.”The Coyotes had scored only four goals in their last three games and had been held to one or fewer goals in seven of their last 12, including a 3-2 overtime loss to New Jersey on Friday.“We wanted a good bounce-back game, and it starts with the first period,” Garland said.Kempe made it 2-0 exactly two minutes later when the Rangers could not clear a bouncing puck near the left circle. Kempe fired a wrist shot that beat Lundqvist high to the blocker side.Garland struck again at 6:34 of the second, when a shot from the slot deflected off Kevin Shattenkirk’s stick and fluttered past Lundqvist. Galchenyuk’s poke check at his own blue line started the rush.“We’re not starting very well, and it’s snow-balling on us,” New York’s Marc Staal said.Keller and Galchenyuk added goals in second, with Keller’s shot through the five-hole sending Lundqvist to the bench.NOTES: Rangers center Kevin Hayes, who is second on the team with 34 points http://www.kansascitychiefsteamonline.com/patrick-mahomes-ii-jersey , did not play for the second straight game. He suffered what is believed to be mid-body injury when he ran into the boards in a Dec. 14 game against the Coyotes. … The Rangers played the eighth game of a stretch in which they are to play 12 games in 23 days in four time zones. They are 2-4-2 thus far. … Kuemper’s mask was knocked off by Brandon Smith’s wrist shot 1:30 into the second period, and play was stopped while he got a new one. … The Coyotes swept the two-game season series after overcoming a 3-0 lead for a 4-3 overtime victory in New York on Dec. 14. … Tocchet was asked about his 100th victory: “It took a long time,” he said, smiling. It came in his 272nd game over three-plus seasons, the first two with Tampa Bay.UP NEXTRangers: At Vegas on Tuesday night.Coyotes: At Vancouver on Thursday night.
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