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Coyotes hold off Predators 4-3 in series opener

first_img August 2, 2020 ___For more AP NHL coverage: and Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the first of Arizona’s three first-period goals, a healthy Phil Kessel had two assists and the Coyotes held on to beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 Sunday to open their Stanley Cup qualifier series.The Coyotes made the most of their first postseason appearance since 2012, scoring three goals in the opening period on their way to building a 4-1 lead.The Predators rallied behind two goals by Filip Forsberg, the second midway through the third period, to cut Arizona’s lead to 4-3. Associated Press Darcy Kuemper, who stopped 40 shots, held off Nashville’s late push and the Coyotes snatched momentum heading into Game 2 of the best-of-five series on Tuesday.Christian Dvorak, Clayton Keller and Michael Grabner also scored for Arizona.Ryan Ellis also scored for Nashville and Juuse Saros stopped 33 shots.Nashville was sixth in the Western Conference when the season was halted because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Coyotes were beneficiaries of the new playoff format for the restart, earning a spot in the qualifier after ending the regular season 11th in the West.center_img The Coyotes had to deal with a distraction before arriving in Edmonton, learning general manager John Chayka had resigned the day the team left for the bubble.Once the puck dropped in Edmonton, Arizona had the early jump and scored the opening goal — thanks to a double carom. Ekman-Larsson scored it midway through the first period on a shot near the blue line that hit Nashville center Kyle Turris’ skate, bounced off teammate Matt Duchene’s body and floated over Saros’ head into the net. Dvorak scored less than three minutes later, punching in a rebound of Kessel’s shot past Saros. Keller made it 3-0 on a power play, one-timing a pass from Dvorak over Saros’ glove shoulder.In danger of being run out of the rink, the Predators breathed a little life into their hopes with a lucky bounce of their own. Forsberg got it, firing a power-play shot that Kuemper initially stopped before caroming off Arizona defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson’s skate into the net with 2.5 seconds left in the opening period. Coyotes hold off Predators 4-3 in series opener The Coyotes erased any Nashville momentum late in the second period when Grabner, Arizona’s short-handed specialist, broke free on a Predators power play and beat Saros to make it 4-1.The Predators needed 30 seconds of the third period to gain it back, scoring when a shot by Ellis caromed off Ekman-Larsson’s skate past Kuemper. Forsberg cut Arizona’s lead to 4-3 on a power-play shot from the slot, but the Predators couldn’t get anything else past Kuemper.NOTES: Coyotes C Nick Schmaltz did not play after taking a shot to the head in Thursday’s exhibition against Vegas. … Rinne had started every Predators playoff game since 2010, a streak of 89 straight games. … Kessel had his 21st multi-point playoff game, third among active players behind Patrick Kane (34) and Joe Pavelski (24). … Forsberg is Nashville’s all-time leading postseason goals scorer with 24.UP NEXTGame 2 is Tuesday in Edmonton.last_img read more

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What exactly is the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Kyle Dubas-Sheldon Keefe connection?

first_imgAfter the Toronto Maple Leafs fired head coach Mike Babcock on Wednesday afternoon, all eyes turned to the man who took his spot — Sheldon Keefe. The new Leafs bench boss makes his NHL debut on Thursday night in Arizona — with the lofty expectations of ending the team’s six-game skid. However, Keefe will not only have the comfort of more than a handful of players on the roster that he has coached in the American Hockey League with the Toronto Marlies, but he’ll also have general manager Kyle Dubas firmly in his corner. Dubas and Keefe go way back, to the days of junior hockey. April 15, 2011Kyle Dubas, 25, is hired as the general manager of the Ontario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds — the second-youngest GM in the history of the OHL. Dec. 3, 2012Sheldon Keefe is hired as the head coach of the Greyhounds mid-season when Dubas fires Mike Stapleton. MORE: Babcock statement | Who is Sheldon Keefe? 2012-13 seasonKeefe leads the Greyhounds back to the playoffs with a 36-26-3-3 record; the team did not qualify the previous two seasons. They would go on to lose in the first round to the Owen Sound Attack in six games. The Attack was backstopped by netminder Jordan Binnington, now of the St. Louis Blues.2013-14 seasonIn his first full season at the helm, Keefe leads the Soo to a division title with a record of 44-17-2-5. The squad, with now-Penguins netminder Matt Murray between the pipes, exact revenge in the first round of the OHL playoffs by defeating Owen Sound 4-1. They would go on to lose four straight games to a stacked Erie Otters squad in the second round.July 22, 2014Dubas is hired as an assistant GM with the Toronto Maple Leafs. During his tenure at the Soo, 14 players were drafted to the NHL — the second-most among OHL teams during that span.Then-GM Dave Nonis noted, “He is an innovative thinker that will bring enthusiasm and impressive abilities to our club. His work ethic, character and demonstrated leadership in Sault Ste. Marie, make for a valuable combination that will certainly have a positive impact on our organization in many ways.”2014-15 seasonWith Dubas now in Toronto, Keefe undertakes his second full season in Sault Ste. Marie — and it was a benchmark year for the coach. The Greyhounds won the Hamilton Spectator Trophy with the best record in the OHL (54-12-0-2, 110 points) for the first time since 1985; it was also a then-franchise record. MORE: Twitter reacts to Babcock firing | What’s next for Babcock?June 8, 2015Keefe gets tapped to steer the Maple Leafs’ AHL league team, the Toronto Marlies — which Dubas oversees as the Leafs assistant GM. Keefe left the Greyhounds after compiling a 98-29-2-7 record in his two full seasons behind the bench while earning the 2015 OHL and CHL Coach of the Year trophy. 2015-16 seasonWith Keefe at the helm, the Marlies ran away with the regular season — finishing first in the North Division (54-16-5-1) and winning the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy for the team that finishes with the most points in the AHL. The trophy was a first in the franchise’s history as it had the third-best record in AHL history; however, the Marlies lost in the conference finals .Keefe coached several current Maple Leafs that season, including forwards William Nylander, Zach Hyman, Kasperi Kapanen, Frederik Gauthier and netminder Kasimir Kaskisuo.2016-17 seasonWhile they started off the season 6-1-1, the Marlies fell slightly short of the previous season’s record-breaking numbers. The squad did finish 42-29-4-1 for second in the North Division but was unable to get past the second round of the playoffs, losing to Syracuse in a Game 7 heartbreaker.Current Leafs Kapanen, Gauthier, Kaskisuo, Andreas Johnsson, Trevor Moore, Dmytro Timashov, Travis Dermott and Justin Holl studied under the tutelage of Keefe that season.2017-18 seasonThe season that started all the hype. Once again the Marlies saw themselves atop the AHL standings, capturing another Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy with a 54-18-2-2 record. Feeding off a monster year from Garret Sparks — who won the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s best goaltender — and Johnsson, the playoff MVP, the Marlies won the Calder Cup.They needed seven games, but the Marlies won the first men’s hockey championship in Toronto since the Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup in 1967; the Toronto Furies won the CWHL title in 2014. At 37, Keefe became the second-youngest coach to win the Calder Cup.McCARTHY: Leafs make high-stakes bet swapping Babcock for Keefe  May 11, 2018During the Marlies’ run to the Calder Cup, Dubas is named the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.2018-19 seasonKeefe led the Marlies to a 39-24-9-4 and third in the North Division but cannot repeat as they fall in the Eastern Conference finals in six games.Nov. 20, 2019The Maple Leafs dismiss Mike Babcock, clearing the way for Dubas to finally get his guy as Keefe takes the reins as a rookie NHL head coach. The team commits to Keefe in a big way, reportedly signing him to a three-year deal the following day.last_img read more

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Pork plant closings will mean lower prices for producers

first_imgAMES — With coronavirus forcing the closings of the Tyson Foods pork plant at Columbus Junction and the Smithfield Foods plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, additional pressure is being placed on pork producers.Lee Schulz is an agricultural economist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach with a focus on livestock marketings. Due to the plant closings, Schulz says pork producers may see a drop in their prices. “A 1% decrease in capacity decreases hog prices by about 1.8% and that’s using the historical data,” Schulz says. “Obviously, we’re out of the historical realm, but if you look at roughly a 10% decline in that capacity, that’s about an 18% decrease in price.”Schulz says the nation had already been operating above the processing level from a year ago, while cold storage has also been at a surplus. He says consumers may not see much change in the price of pork, however, grocery stores and butcher shops may not be featuring any specials on pork products heading into the spring, just to maintain supply.  “Retail pork prices have been really close to a year ago levels,” Schulz says. “We’ll expect to see that at retail, with maybe a little less featuring than we typically see in the spring when we’re ramping up to the summer grilling season.”Schulz says with many restaurants having been forced to close, that’s also impacting the pork demand.  “Product can’t be quickly diverted from food service into the retail market, and that’s really the kink in the supply chain,” Schulz says. “Really, the impact here is the slowdown in slaughter is going to have an impact on the availability at the retail level.”Schulz says pork producers will soon find themselves without much capacity as they are forced to hang on to their hogs that are ready for market, while newborn piglets recently weaned will be coming to finishing barns with no space available.last_img read more

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