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ST. wholesale nfl jerseys . JOHNS, N.L. -- IceCaps heads coach Keith McCambridge isnt getting discouraged about his teams performance on home ice against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Zach Sill scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and Brad Thiessen made 29 saves as the Penguins forced a Game 7 in St. Johns by defeating the IceCaps 4-2 on Friday in American Hockey League playoff action. Both teams are 1-2 in home games this series, which will be decided at St. Johns Mile One Centre on Saturday night. "This is why you play all season long, you play to have Game 7 on your home ice," McCambridge says. "We have that opportunity tomorrow." Jason Williams, Cal OReilly and Paul Thompson also scored for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Patrice Cormier and Ray Sawada replied for the IceCaps, with both goals coming on the power play in the second period. Eddie Pasquale stopped 27 of 31 shots for St. Johns. "They have a little bit of momentum right now, but I thought we played a pretty solid game besides special teams," said St. Johns defenceman Paul Postma. "We took a lot of penalties we didnt need and they capitalized on the power play. I thought 5-on-5 we played pretty well." The Penguins opened the scoring on the power play at 9:48 in the opening frame when the puck deflected off a Williams blast from the point. Wilkes-Barre scored the first goal in all three games in St. Johns during the series. Cormier brought the game level on the power play at 4:31 into the second when he tipped a booming point shot from Postma past Thiessen. St. Johns pulled ahead at 11:09 with Sawada camped out screening the goalie. Derek Meechs point shot gave a big rebound for Sawada to capitalize on. Sawada says the teams are evenly matched and Friday night was closer than the score indicated. "All three games that we had there were really close and its been a dog fight. (It) might not look that close in the box score, but for the most part it was really close all game." The Penguins tied it with the games fourth straight power-play goal. With eight seconds left in the period, OReilly capitalized on a rebound off a Pasquale save. "I thought the power play goal against at the end of the second (period) was a tough one, a momentum killer for us," said McCambridge. "Overall, some penalties that you just cant take this time of the year." Sill put Wilkes-Barre/Scranton ahead for good at 5:41 in the third period with the first even-strength goal of the game. Pasquale saved a poor-angle shot, but the puck found its way to Sill, who whacked it into the net. The Penguins scored an insurance goal at the 16:30 mark in the third. Thompson streaked down the left boards with the puck and put home an unassisted, short-sided goal. St. Johns went 2-for-5 on the man advantage while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was 2-for-6. Postma says emotions caused some of the penalties and that the team has to play smarter on Saturday. "Obviously emotions run high in playoffs and guys do whatever it takes to win, but at times you cant take those kinds of penalties," he said. "You have to be using your head out there. There are a few specific penalties that you can look back on that you just cant take." wholesale jerseys . Gray played for the New Orleans Hornets last season, averaging 3.1 points and 4.2 rebounds and a career-high 13. cheap jerseys . - Michael Pineda will be the New York Yankees fifth starter. PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby left little doubt about who remains the best player from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. Thats fine by Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche. At the moment, theyll settle for one of the best records in the NHL. Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned aside 34 shots and the surprising Avalanche edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0 on Monday night to improve to 8-1 on the young season. "Its a new season, new attitude," Giguere said. "I would have believed being over .500 (early) but not 8-1." Believe it. Gabriel Landeskog scored the games only goal 5:26 into the second period and Giguere made it stand to post his second shutout in 11 days. The 36-year-old handled the Boston Bruins on the road on Oct. 10 and might have been even better against the Penguins. It helps to have a coach who knows a thing or two about keeping the puck out of the net. Hall of Famer Patrick Roy is thriving in his first season on the bench and his young team -- along with its not-so-young backup goaltender -- is thriving. The Avalanche have allowed just 12 goals in nine games. "Yes, our goaltenders have been outstanding (and) everybody is talking about our team," Roy said. "Everyone is part of our success right now. Its a 23-man story." The first professional meeting between MacKinnon and Crosby failed to produce fireworks, not that Crosby didnt try. He pumped a season-high seven shots at Giguere and played more than 26 minutes. MacKinnon, by comparison, produced two shots in 10:54 of ice time as the Avalanche spent a large portion of the night relying on their penalty killers. Pittsburgh went 0 for 7 on the power play, generating numerous scoring chances but not a goal. "We did a lot of good things and probably deserved better," Crosby said. "Thats how the game works sometimes. Sometimes you dont deserve them and you find a way to win and tonight we deserved better and didnt find a way to win." MacKinnon spent most of his childhood growing up in Crosbys considerable shadow in the town of about 25,000 hard against the Atlantic Ocean. He followed a similar path to the NHL, playing on the same junior team Crosby once starred for and showcasing prodigious talent as a playmaker. Taken with the drafts top pick nearly a decade after Crosby, MacKinnon has a goal and six assists through his first nine games, a pace not too far off the one Crosby set during hiss rookie season in 2005-06. cheap nfl jerseys. . Crosby said before the game hes hardly surprised at how well MacKinnon has fit in but the two brushed aside any talk of a battle for local bragging rights, perhaps because their arrivals into the NHL couldnt be more different. Unlike Crosby, whose presence almost single-handedly revitalized a sagging franchise, the 18-year-old MacKinnon is not viewed as a saviour, but a piece of what is quickly becoming a compelling puzzle. The Penguins dominated the early going, but had nothing to show for it as four power plays went to waste. Buzzing Giguere constantly, Pittsburgh peppered the veteran from all angles. The 11-4 advantage in shots didnt even include the dozen Gigueres teammates blocked before they even made their way to the net. Colorado steadied itself in the second period and caught a bit of a break when the puck made its way to Landeskog shortly after he exited the box after serving a hooking penalty. He skated into the Pittsburgh zone and fired a wrist shot from the right circle that handcuffed Marc-Andre Fleury and sailed into the net for his third goal of the season. "I couldnt see it," said Fleury, who finished with 13 saves. "The guy was going blocker side and (teammate Brandon Sutter) tried to get the puck going one way and it went the other way." It was enough to send the Penguins into the dressing room trailing at home after two periods for the first time this season. The Avalanche felt comfortable enough with the lead to sit back and frustrate the Penguins. It worked. Giguere was spectacular at times, no more so than when he robbed Chris Kunitz with a glove save at the end of a 2-on-1 break with less than 8 minutes remaining. Pittsburgh continued to press but Giguere never budged. Neither did the players in front of him on a night the Avalanche blocked 22 shots. "You have to give them credit," Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said. "They had more than Giguere get in the way tonight." NOTES: Pittsburgh D Kris Letang skated with his teammates on Monday morning, but remains out with an undisclosed lower body injury. Coach Dan Byslma said the Norris Trophy finalist is nearing a return ... The Avalanche scratched D Nick Holden, D Tyson Barrie and F Cody McLeod ... The Penguins are off until Friday, when they host the New York Islanders. The Avalanche head home to play Carolina on Friday. ' ' '

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