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BUFFALO, N. wholesale nfl jerseys .Y. -- After watching his team fail to hold a big lead in its previous game, Barry Trotz was happy to watch the Predators build another and hold on for a win. "Last night we cheated in a couple areas," Trotz said. "Tonight we managed the puck better. We exited better. All those type of things were much better for us." Nashville scored twice in a five-minute span in the second period on the way to a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. It marked the second straight win for the Predators, who lost a 3-0 advantage in Ottawa on Monday before beating the Senators in overtime. "We werent going to let that happen two games in a row," said Colin Wilson, who had two assists for Nashville. Shea Weber had a goal and an assist for the Predators, who also got goals from Nick Spaling, Craig Smith and Paul Gaustad. Drew Stafford scored for Buffalo, which has lost three in a row. After Nashville built a 3-1 lead, backup goaltender Carter Hutton helped stave off a Buffalo attack that controlled possession and outshot Nashville 11-5 in the second period. "Keeping that two-goal lead going into the third was pretty huge for us, confidence heading out there," Hutton said. "After last night, we knew we were going to lock it down and play our game." Hutton had allowed multiple goals in eight consecutive starts entering the game, but was stout on Tuesday. "Hutton was really good," Trotz said. "He stabilized us when they had a little push." The Predators arrived in Buffalo after 2 a.m. after Mondays game at Ottawa and skipped their morning skate before having to fight off a slow start to Tuesdays game. "It was penalties right off the bat," Trotz said. "First five minutes, we were killing the four. Thats a hard way to get going, especially when youre in back-to-back. Those are hard minutes." An early power play helped Buffalo take a 1-0 lead at 2:09 of the first as Stafford pulled a rebound away from Huttons left pad to score his 12th goal of the season. The goal ended a 0-for-11 slump for the Sabres power play, and came in Staffords 500th career NHL game. Yet aside from Staffords line, Buffalo had trouble generating offence. "There was only one line basically going," Sabres interim head coach Ted Nolan said. "Youre not going to win too many games doing that." Nashvilles equalizer came at the 17:10 mark of the first period, as Spaling used his skate to deflect a Weber shot past Jhonas Enroth. The power-play goal came on Nashvilles only attempt with the man advantage. Tied at 1 after 20 minutes, Weber picked up a drop pass from Wilson and beat Enroth to make it 2-1 at the 3:33 mark of the second. Smith doubled Nashvilles advantage at 7:51. His low slap shot from just in front of the blue line beat Enroth between the legs. The goal was Smiths 20th of the season, a career best. "Its great, a good feeling," Smith said. "We just have to keep moving forward, trying to make a little push here." The game was a shaky one for Enroth, who had played well since Buffalo traded Ryan Miller to St. Louis on Feb. 28. Buffalos Zenon Konopka was challenged to fight by Gaustad at 9:20 of the second after the Sabres forward put an open-ice hit on Viktor Stalberg. Gaustad received a two-minute instigator and 10-minute misconduct in addition to his fighting major. Trotz thought the penalty was questionable, and appreciated Gaustads response. "To me that was a really good glue play," Trotz said. "We thought it was a questionable hit and thats what you want your team to stand up for each other. "Gaustad knows how tough Konopka is, and thats why hes so valuable to us. He brings those intangibles. He does whats right and is very detailed in his game." Hutton made a big save on Tyler Ennis moments later. Stafford worked the puck behind the net before passing to Cody Hodgson, whose high shot was gloved by the Nashville goaltender. "He made a bunch of great saves that kept us in it," Wilson said of Hutton. "It could have been a bit of a different game if they got a couple at the beginning there." The Sabres finished 1 for 4 on the power play. Gaustad added an empty-net goal at the 18:29 mark of the third period to a chorus of boos from a crowd that chanted his nickname "Goose" when he was a Sabre. "We joked about that," Gaustad said. "I didnt know when I was here if they were booing me or saying my name. Some of the best fans and people on Earth. Salt of the earth people." Nashville finishes a three-game road trip on Friday in Chicago, while Buffalo begins a stretch of playing 12 of its next 17 on the road. "Their confidence is a little bit rattled right now," Nolan said. "But through tough times like this you find out true character of certain players and through some ashes sometimes there rises some people." NOTES: Sabres LW Matt Ellis played in his 300th NHL game. ... Patrick Eaves was scratched after going pointless in his first three games with the Predators after being acquired in a trade with Detroit for David Legwand. ... Sabres rookie C Zemgus Girgensons missed his third game with an undisclosed injury. wholesale jerseys . One of North Americas most trusted and beloved television personalities, Burgundys new role at TSN will be revealed during the networks live broadcast of the 101st Grey Cup this Sunday at 6pm et/3pm pt. cheap jerseys . Elliott Peterson, Connor Rankin and Kenton Helgesen supplied the scoring for the Hitmen (43-15-7), who are 11-0-1 in their last 12 games. Greg Chase assisted on all three. Edgars Kulda and Mitchell Moroz scored for the Oil Kings (44-16-3), who now trail Calgary by two points for top spot in the Eastern Conference.Each week, the NHL on TSN panel voices its opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz. As a follow-up, TSN.ca offers you the opportunity to chime in on all the big issues with our insiders. Read up on all the questions and answers from TSNs hockey experts, and put in your own two cents on our popular Your Call feature. Question No. 1: Grading skaters only, who has been the Maple Leafs Most Valuable Player this season? Ray Ferraro: Taking Reimer out of the equation as you have, I think a defenceman is the next most important guy. But I say it always starts in the middle of the ice, so Im going to go with Mikhail Grabovski. Grabovskis had a fantastic year for the Leafs. In the summer they were trying to move him, they looked to perhaps clear some cap space, but MacArthur and Kulemin have had career years and you can tie it all to the guy in the middle, thats Mikhail Grabovski. Craig MacTavish: You can include Reimer in this too, Im saying Clarke MacArthur after the year that hes had. When the Leafs have gone through their ups and downs, Clarke MacArthur has been the guy that has shared the best perspective about the team, and more importantly hes gone out on the ice and delivered. You worry a little bit that this year is a statistical outlier for him, but based on the way hes played, as consistently as hes played all year long, I think hes deserving of that. Bob McKenzie: I will say Grabovski. I agree with Ray, I think hes been solid in the middle. I think hes been consistant, probably more consistant than MacArthur or some of the other guys, and all the offence theyve created this year has gone through him. Question No. 2: Which of the potential lower playoff seeds is to be feared the most in the playoffs? MacTavish: Im going to say Chicago. Ill be surprised if this isnt unanimous based on the fire power they have and their track record from last year. I wont be completely shocked if its not unanimous but given Duncan Keith, Toews, Kane, Hossa, it goes on and on and on. And also the goaltender, Crawford, this year has played tremendously well. Theyre a threat and Vancouver should be scared. Ferraro: Be prepared to be surprised, Im going to go with Anaheim for the reason you like Chicago, because they can score. They have five guys with 65 points or more. That top line of Perry, Getzlaf, and Ryan is remarkable. Teemu Selanne has had a fabulous year for the Ducks and theyve shown some resiliency as well. A couple of times theyve been behind the eight-ball and theyve found a way to score their wway out of problems. cheap jerseys from china. McKenzie: Im not saying Chicago, Ill say the New York Rangers. I know they just lost Ryan Callahan and it goes against the grain to suggest that they could be a surprise team, but they dont call them the black and blue shirts for nothing. I think theyre galvanized a little bit by all of this; I think theyre feared. Question No. 3: If you could have any rookie in the league for your playoff team this season who would it be? McKenzie: Ill go with Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks. He played 25 regular season games last year; he played 15 games in the playoffs last year and scored four goals. Hes playoff battle-tested, he has eight game-winning goals this year, hes a front-line player for one of the best teams in the NHL. Id take Couture. MacTavish: Im saying Jeff Skinner. For my money, this guy is the most dangerous player. He has a history of doing it too. He delivers in big moments. He has 29 goals this year. This guy is a threat and Id love to have him going into a playoff run. Ferraro: Im going to go with John Carlson from the Washington Capitals. Hes won at previous levels. He won a world junior championship and scored the winning goal if we do remember. Hes won a Calder Cup trophy. Hes a top two defenceman in Washington along with another rookie in Karl Alzner. He shoots the puck, he can skate, he gets up the ice, he will not be shy in a playoff series. Question No. 4: How high a priority should it be for Canadian players to represent their country at the World Championship in non-Olympic years? MacTavish: I think it should be a high priority. You see last year when the Russians had such great turnout. Alex Medvedev has really galvanized the Russian Hockey Federation. I know its tough and I know the scrutiny and demands on these NHL players has never been greater than it is today. Its very difficult for them but I think it should be a higher priority. Ferraro: I say its a middling priority only for the reason that sometimes there are extenuating circumstances for the player. I played three times in the world championship and I loved it. One time when I went there, I had some family circumstance that I had to take care of and it was a really difficult decision to go. I say its a middling priority. McKenzie: Ill say its a high priority but there should be some guys that get exempt from that like Rich Nash. Hes gone so many times in the past, hes been at the Olympics. You have to cut this guy a little slack after the year Columbus has had. But most of the guys, they have to go. ' ' '

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