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(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Red Wings hope to snap their longest losing streak of the season on Sunday night when they play host to the Colorado Avalanche. However, theyll be missing their top goaltender in Jimmy Howard when they attempt to do so. Howard is not expected to play this evening after suffering a lower-body injury in Fridays 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders. He stopped eight of the nine shots he faced in the first period, but was replaced by Petr Mrazek at the start of the second. Though the Red Wings are hopeful Howards ailment isnt serious, Thomas McCollum was recalled from the American Hockey League to back up Mrazek, who will start this game. Mrazek has never faced the Avalanche and fell to 3-2-0 with a 2.55 goals against average and .922 save percentage in five games (4 starts) this season after getting credited with the loss on Friday. The 22-year-old gave up a goal on 23 shots faced versus the Islanders, while Henrik Zetterbergs first-period tally was the only one Detroit could score. That effort extended the Red Wings skid to five in a row, with three of those coming in a shootout. They have just five goals over the losing streak, which is the longest for the club since an 0-4-2 drought from Dec. 7-17 of last year. We had good, good chances but we never hit the net. Youve got to hit the net on some of them, said Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock. I thought it was a pretty high-level hockey game. I was impressed with their team, but I was impressed with lots of things we did, too. The Red Wings, though, have won four of their past five versus the Avalanche and four of the past six played at home in the series. Colorado has points in four straight (2-0-2), snapping a two-game slide on Saturday night with a 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. The victory featured another solid outing from rookie Calvin Pickard in his fifth straight start. Pickard has gotten the call over backup Reto Berra with Semyon Varlamov out with a groin injury. Pickard, who is expected to start again tonight and face the Red Wings for the first time, made 28 saves and improved to 4-5-2 this season with a 2.28 GAA and .934 save percentage in 11 games with eight starts. With every opportunity Im given, I just want to give the team a chance to win, said Pickard, who had his bid for a shutout ended with 6:33 to play. Erik Johnson and Cody McLeod scored in the first period for the Avalanche. Alex Tanguay then scored twice in the third frame and also set up John Mitchells power-play goal in the period. Mitchell played for the first time in eight games due to a leg injury. Danton Heinen Jersey . The seventh-ranked Berdych wants to focus on the ATP Tour after helping the Czechs beat the Netherlands in the first round. 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Chris Heisey connected for his first grand slam and Devin Mesoraco homered and drove in a career high-tying four runs as Cincinnati took advantage of Tampa Bays depleted pitching staff for a 12-4 victory on Sunday.GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes were on their heels after building a two-goal lead, spending most of the second period in their own zone. After losing a two-goal lead four days earlier, the last thing they wanted was to do it again, particularly this late in the season and against a team theyve struggled against. Instead of folding, the Coyotes fought back, earning a crucial win before they head off on a four-game road trip. Radim Vrbata scored two goals and the Coyotes bounced back from a shaky second period to beat Montreal 5-2 Thursday night, their first win over the Canadiens since 1998. "We talked about coming out like we did in the first and I think we did a pretty good job in the third," said Coyotes defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who had a goal and an assist. "It wasnt great, but we got two points." With the Canadiens coming off a six-round shootout the night before, the Coyotes want to jump on them early and did just that. Vrbata scored 2:08 in, Lauri Korpikoski had his first goal in 19 games and Ekman-Larsson also scored for his 100th career point to put Phoenix up 3-1. The Canadiens picked up the pressure and the Coyotes spent most of the second period chasing, getting off one shot while serving a string of penalties. Alex Galchenyuk scored midway through the period on a two-man advantage, cutting the Coyotes lead to 3-2. But after blowing a two-goal lead against St. Louis on Sunday, Phoenix stiffened. Vrbata made it a two-goal lead in the third period and Keith Yandle scored less than 2 minutes later to put it out of reach, giving Phoenix its first winning streak since Jan. 16-18. Mike Ribeiro and Kyle Chipchura added a pair of assists for the Coyotes, who hadnt beaten Montreal since Dec. 9, 1998, in Arizona (0-9-2). "These are desperate points for us before we go on the road," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "We needed this one badly." The Canadiens came out flat after beating the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks in the extended shootout the night before, allowing the Coyotes to dictate play. Montreal dominated the second period, leading to a series of penalties by the Coyotes, but couldnt sustain it in the third when Phoenix picked up the pressure. Andrei Markov had a goal and an assist, and P.K. Subban had a pair of aassists for the Canadiens.dddddddddddd "We started the game like a team who played last night and travelled and came here at 3 oclock in the morning," Montreal coach Michel Therrien. "Before we got going, we were in trouble, so we had to play catch up hockey and its never the solution to win hockey games." Phoenix made one big move at the trade deadline, picking forward Martin Erat, who played on the second line with Chipchura -- in place of injured centre Martin Hanzal-- and Vrbata. Montreal also added a big reinforcement, picking up high-scoring forward Thomas Vanek in a deal that sent a prospect and a draft pick to the New York Islanders. Erat had the impact on his new team first, helping the Coyotes score on his first shift when Vrbata redirected a shot by David Schlemko and sent it bouncing past Peter Budaj. Markov tied it later in the period on a slap shot from the left circle that bounced off the post and out of the net so quickly the officials didnt count it until after reviewing it about a minute later. Korpikoski put Phoenix back on top late in the period on another redirect, this one on a shot by Michael Stone for his first goal since Jan. 11. Ekman-Larsson put the Coyotes up 3-1 with 8.5 seconds left, beating Budaj on a wrister after a pass by Ribeiro from behind the goal. "I think sometimes its travel, but thats not an excuse," Budaj said of Montreals slow start. "Its not an excuse; youve got to be ready and I dont think we were ready right off the hop." The Canadiens fought back in the second period, spent most of the period in Phoenixs end, leading to a series of penalties, including a long 5-on-3 that led to Galchenyuks on a redirect. But, after going more than 21 minutes without a shot, the Coyotes took control back, getting goals by Vrbata and a redirect by Doan to remain ninth in the Western Conference standings. Notes: Hanzal missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury. ... Montreal concludes its four-game Western road swing in San Jose on Saturday. ... A slashing call against Ribeiro early in the second period was the Coyotes first penalty in nearly 90 minutes. ... Montreal had a goal by Brendan Gallagher waved off in the second period when David Desharnais was called for being in the crease. Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping NFL Jerseys From China China Jerseys Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Jerseys From China China NFL Gear Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping ' ' '
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