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TORONTO - Nazem Kadri has been able to get under Sidney Crosbys skin before. Nate Schmidt Jersey . Proof of that came on HBOs 24/7 show last year when the Pittsburgh Penguins star called the Toronto Maple Leafs centre a dummy and a joke. There were some expletives in there, too, as Crosby vented his frustration with Kadri to Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf. I was matched up against him and Im an agitator and Im going to do anything I can to try and get him thinking about me and not the game, Kadri said. I think it originally started with just a hit he threw on the boards and he thought I kind of embellished a little bit. Words were exchanged and thats really when it just all started to heat up. With the Penguins in town Saturday night, the Leafs will be able to pester and annoy the reigning Hart Trophy winner once again. Not only does Kadri relish the opportunity to mess with Crosbys head, noted gnat Leo Komarov could also be a bother. With Sid, youve got to play him hard, Phaneuf said Friday. I think that when you play him hard and try and limit his time and space, thats when you can do a good job of making him move the puck and not hold onto it and create chances because when you give him time hes going to create things. Komarov is the kind of player the Leafs missed last season when the forward was in the KHL. Already through the pre-season and one regular-season game, teammates appreciate his antics. You almost laugh to yourself sometimes on the bench when you see him flying around out there and guys are getting all upset, winger James van Riemsdyk said. He looks like a little angel out there, but thats far from the case. I think thats why you see a lot of guys try to whack him and take runs at him and he just keeps on ticking. Van Riemsdyk said opponents arent sure what to say to Komarov because they dont know if he speaks English. Plus, Komarov doesnt add any banter and does it all with a straight face. Thats part of why its so funny, van Riemsdyk said. Kadri said he started agitating as soon as he started playing contact hockey as a kid because of a lesson his father taught him. He said if things arent going your way, you go out and try and establish yourself, get into the game with a big bodycheck or a verbal encounter or something like that just to get your emotions to where they want to be, Kadri said. When Im at my best, I can agitate and have other guys worry about me. And at the same time I can go out there and make a play and make a difference and have an impact on the game. That would be welcome against the Penguins, who showed off plenty of firepower in beating the Anaheim Ducks 6-4 on Thursday night in coach Mike Johnstons debut behind the bench. Crosby had two goals and an assist. He came back with a bang last night, Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. He was a dynamic force to handle. Crosby isnt quite a three-point-a-game player all-time against the Leafs, but he has 20 goals and 23 assists in 28 previous meetings. In 13 games at Air Canada Centre, Pittsburghs captain has 17 points. Hes a good player, Kadri said. Anything to get him off his game is going to be good with us. If Carlyle continues what he did against the Montreal Canadiens, the top line of van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and Kessel could again draw the assignment of the opponents stars. In this case it would be Chris Kunitz, Crosby and Patric Hornqvist. If we play against them were going to have to play good defence and try to turn it into a bit of offence, Kessel said. You want to have the puck. If they have the puck its tough to defend them. The Leafs mantra in defending Crosby has to do with keeping someone as close to him as possible. Crowd him as much as possible, dont give him the freedom that he enjoys, and when you do give him freedom hes a very dangerous player, Carlyle said. He might be the most dangerous player in the league. Notes: Right-winger Richard Panik (whose surname is pronounced PAWN-ihk) skated on the Leafs fourth line alongside Daniel Winnik and Peter Holland in his first practice since being claimed off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning. With Panik expected to play there against the Penguins, Matt Frattin figures to be a healthy scratch. ... Injured blue-liner Cody Franson (knee) reported more progress, but Carlyle said the defenceman is more likely to be available Sunday against the New York Rangers rather than against Pittsburgh. That would mean rookie Stuart Percy remains in the lineup for his second career NHL game. Marc-Andre Fleury Jersey . This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. With the amount of money given to players by their clubs these days, it is a wonder that so many of those teams allow the sport to continue to take away many of their assets so they can play for a different team in the middle of their season. Custom Vegas Golden Knights Jerseys .Y. -- AJ Allmendingers journey is almost complete.DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche downplayed their dominance over the defending Stanley Cup champions this season. No sense giving the Chicago Blackhawks any sort of bulletin board material, just in case the two teams meet again in the post-season. Semyon Varlamov stopped 37 shots for his 100th NHL win, helping the Avalanche beat the Blackhawks 3-2 on Wednesday night to take four of five in the season series. "I dont want to talk about sending messages," Varlamov said. "We are focusing on what we are doing and on the playoffs." Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville wasnt reading too much into the Avalanches advantage, either. After all, the Avs only outscored Chicago 17-14. "There are going to be certain teams your record isnt going to be as good as you like," Quenneville said. "It looks like its a landslide against you, but every game has been different. Every game has been close." Thats because these two squads are almost mirror images. Theyre fast, young and have quality goaltending. Chicago has been that way for years. The Avalanche are just coming of age under first-year coach Patrick Roy. He doesnt mind the comparisons to Chicago, but thinks it might be a little premature because of "what theyve been able to accomplish. But we certainly look up to them." Brad Malone scored his first goal of the season, Matt Duchene extended his points to a career-high nine games with a goal and an assist, and Ryan OReilly scored what turned out to be the game-winner on a two-man advantage as the Avalanche jumped over the Blackhawks in the Central Division standings and into second place. "We are happy to be in second place, but thats not our goal," Duchene said. "We want to keep pushing and climb as high as we can." Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad scored for Chicago. Antti Raanta made 26 saves filling in for Corey Crawford. It was the first time Raanta has been in net since Jan. 28. Varlamov became the fourth Russian-born goaltender to record 100 wins, joining Evgeni Nabokov (347), Nikolai Khabibulin (333) and Ilya Bryzgalov (213). This also was Varlamovs 33rd win, second-most in the league behind Pittsburghs Marc-Andre Fleury (34). The Avalanche had a 5-on-3 opportunity for 1:30 midway through the third period following an interference call on Andrew Shaw and a delay of game by Marcus Kruger after he sent the puck into the seats. Brad Hunt Jersey. OReilly capitalized when he grabbed a rebound near the net and knocked it in for a 3-1 advantage. Chicago pulled Raanta with 2:32 remaining and scored seconds later when Saad knocked the puck past Varlamov. The Blackhawks momentarily put Raanta back on the ice, but summoned him to the bench with 1:37 left, leading to a wild finish. Saad sent a backhander just over the net with 25 seconds left and lined a shot into the chest of Varlamov with 4.9 seconds remaining. After that save, the crowd began chanting "Varly! Varly!" "Varly has been playing outstanding for us," Roy said. "He gives us a chance to win every night." Duchene staked Colorado to a 2-0 lead 19 seconds into the second period when he sent a wrist shot past Raanta. The Blackhawks sliced into the lead at 8:23 when Kane skated down the right side with defenceman Jan Hejda hanging all over him. Kane found just enough separation to lift backhanded shot over the shoulder of Varlamov for his 29th goal of the season. Colorado was without forwards P.A. Parenteau (right knee) and Paul Stastny (back). The team called up Paul Carey and Malone from the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League to add depth. Carey made his NHL debut and Malone instantly contributed as he scored late in the opening period. Cruising along the left boards, Malone sent a low liner at Raanta that went right through his legs. "It was a good shot. It was a surprising shot," Raanta said. "Thats how hockey treats you. You have to let those goals go and just keep going and try to make more saves." NOTES: Blackhawks C Jonathan Toews said of Colorados recent success against his team: "We just need to stop playing into their hands." ... Varlamov had an assist on Malones goal, his third of the season. ... Varlamov was 4-0 in five games (four starts) against Chicago, with a 1.59 goals-against average. ... Varlamov was given the puck to commemorate his 100th win. "It was important that I save the puck," he said. Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Disocunt Football Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping China NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '

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