CALGARY Womens Adam Larsson Jersey , Alberta — In recent years, the Colorado Avalanche may have been a game Calgary season-ticket holders took a pass on — but no longer.Possibly the NHL’s most explosive line pays a visit to Alberta starting with a tilt in Calgary on Thursday.Mikko Rantanen, Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon lead a resurgent Avalanche.Article continues below ...Rantanen had the league’s scoring lead entering Wednesday’s game with 12 goals and 16 assists. MacKinnon was fifth (9g, 9a) and Landeskog ninth (10g, 6a).The Avalanche are tied for second in the Western Conference with a 7-3-2 record.“I think we’re one of the top teams in the league in the standings,” Rantanen told nhl.com. “I know its early, but still, other teams have to look for us and be ready for us. I think we’re playing good hockey now. It’s still early and there are a lot of games left, so we just have to be consistent.”Calgary is returning home from a very successful two-game trip to Toronto and Buffalo, where they scored late in regulation each night then won in overtime.Matthew Tkachuk tipped in the tying goal with 54 seconds remaining in the third period and Johnny Gaudreau won it 2:40 in overtime.The Flames are 7-5-1 and were seventh in the Western Conference as of Wednesday morning.While the Flames are coming off back-to-back games on the road, the Avalanche are coming off a nice little rest period. They last played on Saturday, losing 3-2 in Minnesota.“Rest is the big Cam Talbot Jersey , main thing coming out of the seven (games) in 12 (days),” head coach Jared. Bednar told nhl.com. “They had a couple days of rest. We had a good day of practice (Tuesday). We’ll have short one (Wednesday) before we fly off. Then we go back-to-back (games), and they’ll get some rest again and then put them to work and get ready for the next stretch.”The Avalanche will fly to Vancouver after Thursday’s game to face the Canucks on Friday.While the Avalanche are rested, the Flames have been busy. They finish up a stretch of six games in nine days on Saturday when they host the Chicago Blackhawks.They have recovered with the two road wins after losing 9-1 to Pittsburgh and 4-3 in OT to Washington at home.“We’re getting where we want to be,” captain Mark Giordano told reporters in Buffalo. “Tonight was solid again, I didn’t think we gave up much. We’re getting to where we know what to expect out of each other defensively and we’re not cheating on offence and that’s resulting in wins.”Gaudreau is again the player to watch for Calgary. He’s off to a fast start with six goals and 10 assists in 13 games. Calgary’s top goal scorer so far is Elias Lindholm, who was acquired in the offseason from Carolina.“He’s one of those players that generates quality chances all the time,” Flames head coach Bill Peters told Postmedia News, whom he coached in Carolina. “Right now, they’re going in for him. Right now, he’s playing on a real good line with a good play-making winger and a center in Johnny and (Sean Monahan).“That’s the thing with Johnny — he makes a lot of plays. He buys guys time and Lindy’s done a good job of getting to the right spot at the right time.” ST. LOUIS (AP) Sidney Crosby got another milestone goal on Sunday. The puck went right to his dad.Crosby scored twice, including his 400th career goal Youth Darnell Nurse Jersey , and the Pittsburgh Penguins pulled away from the St. Louis Blues for a 4-1 victory.Bryan Rust snapped a tie with a third-period tally and Riley Sheahan also scored for the Penguins, who have won 12 of their past 17. Matt Murray made 33 saves.Crosby had not scored in his previous 10 games dating to Jan. 14. The captain stopped the drought in the second period in front of his father Troy, who was on the two-game fathers’ trip that began Friday in Dallas.”It’s tough when you’re waiting that long to get it, but it’s definitely worth the wait to have my dad here,” Crosby said. ”So many early mornings and sacrifices so I could play hockey. It’s special to have him here.”Troy Crosby got the puck after the game along with a big hug.”It’s just so nice to be here,” Troy Crosby said. ”To be able to share it with him, there are just no words to describe it.”Kyle Brodziak scored for St. Louis, which had won two in a row. Jake Allen had 19 stops.Crosby jammed a shot under Allen’s pad from the side of the net at 3:31, tying it at 1 with his 18th of the season. He becomes the 95th player in NHL history to reach the 400-goal mark.”I still don’t know how it trickled in, it seemed like it took forever,” Crosby said. ”You’re trying to put it in that area, short side. Somehow it kind of found its way in.”Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan marveled as Crosby’s skills.”He scores more goals from below the goal line than anybody I’ve ever seen and he’s one of the few guys that thinks the game at such a high level Kailer Yamamoto Jersey ,” Sullivan said. ”It was a typical Crosby goal.”Allen couldn’t believe Crosby was able to find such a small opening.”That’s why he’s the best player in the world,” Allen said. ”I would never play that any differently. He’s one hell of a smart player.”The goal came 21 seconds after Brodziak converted from close range off a pass from Chris Thorburn.Rust scored on a breakaway at 1:05 of the third period to give his team a 2-1 lead.”It was kind of a shot of adrenaline,” Rust said.Crosby added an empty-net goal with 2:48 left.It looked as if Paul Stastny had scored for St. Louis just 34 seconds before Rust got his eighth of the season, but video replay showed the puck was hit with a high stick.”It wasn’t our worst game we’ve played,” St. Louis defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said. ”I thought we battled hard.”Pittsburgh’s sixth win in eight games also marked the return of Ryan Reaves to St. Louis after he was traded to the Penguins in June. Reaves, who spent seven season as the Blues’ enforcer, was given a loud ovation when he came onto the ice for the first time.”I saw a lot of signs, a lot of love,” Reaves said. ”It was a fun day.”NOTES: Stastny played in his 800th NHL game. … Allen started back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 27-29. … Pittsburgh has gone four games without a power-play goal, tying a season-high four-game drought from Dec. 11-18. … St. Louis coach Mike Yeo was an assistant for the Penguins when they won the Stanley Cup in 2009.UP NEXTPenguins: Host Ottawa on Tuesday.Blues: Travel to Nashville on Tuesday.—
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