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    BOSTON -- Two teams coming off tough 3-2 road losses Tuesday night get together when the Carolina Hurricanes visit the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.Though both clubs fell, but the Bruins did manage to get a point at Philadelphia, losing a nine-round shootout after rallying for two goals in the third period to force overtime. Boston outshot the Flyers 47-21.The Bruins (21-10-1) are just 5-5-0 at home this season, but the Hurricanes, who are four points from the bottom of the Eastern Conference, are just 3-6-4 on the road.The Hurricanes (9-9-4) held a 2-0 lead in New York but were caught and passed by the Rangers, the second-winningest team in the NHL. Carolina, which felt it was a victim of a bad call late, slipped to 0-8-4 in its past 12 games at Madison Square Garden.For two periods we were by far the better team and didnt allow much of anything aside from the one goal and a couple other chances on the break, said Viktor Stalberg, who scored both Carolina goals Tuesday. He played for the Rangers last season. Other than that, they didnt have any zone time. We were putting pressure on them every single shift. Frustrating ending here.The Bruins, who went 8-6-1 in November, did pick up their first point of the season in nine games trailing after two periods. However, they succumbed in the third-longest shootout in team history (No. 2 was also this season).It was Bostons first game without both Zdeno Chara and John-Michael Liles, two of the teams three best defensemen. Chara, who missed the past four games, is still day-to-day with a lower-body injury, while Liles is out with a concussion he sustained Sunday.Asked Tuesday if Chara could return as early as Thursday, Bruins coach Claude Julien said, No idea. He could, (or) maybe not. I really dont know right now. I think hes supposed to skate back home. I dont have that news. So well see how he progresses. We want to have him back as soon as possible. But theres part of it that hes got to be medically cleared, and then the players got to feel that hes ready to go.The Hurricanes, 7-5-2 in November, dropped three of their past four and scored just seven goals in the four games.Weve got to continue to learn as we go, Carolina coach Bill Peters said. Obviously, this (loss to the Rangers) is one that I dont think too many guys will be happy the way it unfolded over 60 minutes. I thought we were in good shape at the beginning of the game, played real well and did a lot of good things. We just needed to continue that and sustain quality play for 60 minutes.Boston goalie Tuukka Rask is an impressive 7-3-3 with a 1.89 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage lifetime against the Hurricanes, while Carolina goaltender Cam Ward is just 14-15-3 with a 2.62 GAA and a .918 save percentage against Boston.Strangely enough, the Hurricanes go right back to New York and Madison Square Garden to face the Rangers on Saturday afternoon before hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning Sunday.The Bruins move on to Buffalo for a Saturday matinee against the Sabres. Ronnie Harrison Jersey. Miller reached right to deflect Mikhail Grabovskis attempt with just over 2 minutes remaining in regulation, and then made two more saves in the shootout Sunday to give the Sabres a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals. Jaguars Jersesys Outlet.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have placed centre Cody Hodgson on injured reserve and recalled two players from their AHL affiliate in Rochester. United of Major League Soccer. United chose the defender in the second round of the 2013 MLS re-entry draft. DJ Chark Jersey. -- Bobby Ryan helped the U. Logan Cooke Jersey. If ever they start actually putting pictures beside words in the dictionary, the Blue Jays left-handers mug will appear beside “Consistency. OMAHA, Neb. -- Justin Patton loves to dunk. Hes done it 24 times in Creightons first 10 games and wishes it could have been more, and not just because all those throw-downs propped up his field-goal shooting to 80 percent, second in the nation.Its because Patton aims to please his teammates and fans of the 10th-ranked Bluejays .Getting everybody else hyped, seeing everyones energy once you do it, Patton said, explaining his motivation. Its demoralizing to the defense when they defend 25 seconds and then at the end I send a hammer and the crowd goes wild. Its fun to see the hurt on the defense and the excitement on our end.The homegrown 7-footer, the Big East freshman of the week the last two weeks, has brought plenty of buzz to what already was one of the top offensive teams in college hoops. Its not just the dunks. He possesses a variety of post moves and can shoot the mid-range jumper and occasional 3-pointer. He rebounds, blocks shots, changes shots and makes steals. There might not be a man his size who runs the floor better.And to think, Patton drew no recruiting notice until the summer before his senior year in high school. Now NBA teams are calling Creightons basketball office about him.I had said at one time, I dont think hes going to be here four years, and I think thats more clear than ever, coach Greg McDermott said. But were going to enjoy him while we have him.Patton said hes flattered McDermott expects him to turn pro sooner than later, but hes in no hurry.I know the only way I can be successful is to value my time here and maximize all my potential here at the college level, Patton said, pausing as his ever-present smile grew bigger. If that means getting the Wooden Award my senior year, thats what Ill do.In Patton, Creighton saw potential where others apparently didnt. Pattons high school numbers his junior season wowed no one, and he didnt appear on any list of top recruits.Crickets, said Bob Franzese, Pattons Amateur Athletic Union coach.Creighton had kept tabs on Patton since early in his high school career and saw a player with a high ceiling, assistant coach Darian DeVries said. Patton was just 6-2 when he enrolled at Omaha North High. His growth spurt hit between his freshman and junior years, and he had difficulty playing long stretches while adjusting to his rapidly changing body.By April of his junior year, he usually was the best big man on the floor during his AAU games.dddddddddddd Hed draw a wow from DeVries a couple times a game, and the coach knew if he starts to put that together, he has a chance to be something really special just with his size and ability to run.The Bluejays were the only school to offer Patton a scholarship. He accepted on the spot. Shortly after he announced his pledge, Franzese was inundated with calls from recruiters wanting to know if Patton was a soft or solid commit. It was a silly question.Creighton was my dream school, said Patton, whose family lives 10 minutes from campus.Patton grew up attending Bluejays games, slapping hands with players as they ran onto the court from the locker room and then watching from the cheap seats in the upper balcony.Now Im here, he said, one of the players I used to look at.Patton weighed just 204 pounds when he arrived. He was 227 at the start of this week and would like to top out at 245. Hes on a 6,000-calorie-a-day diet, not counting the 1,300-calorie protein shake he drinks on days he lifts weights.Patton also made big gains on the basketball court during his redshirt year. DeVries said Patton was tireless at practice, but Patton said it was hard not to play in games. He said he would go to the campus recreation center after practice and play pickup games with regular students until midnight.McDermott, if he knew, surely wouldnt have approved of Pattons extra basketball activity, especially if he had gotten hurt.Good thing I didnt, he said.Point guard Maurice Watson expects Pattons game to flow seamlessly into Big East play .Hes ready, mentally strong, Watson said. Hes getting stronger every day physically, and hes getting smarter about how to use the strength he has. Thats the best thing, his IQ.But its the simplest thing -- the dunk -- that drives Patton. He knows no Creighton player has had more than 36 dunks in a season since the school began tracking them seven years ago. And he knows Doug McDermott, the national player of the year as a senior for the Bluejays in 2014, had 19 in his entire career.Im going to double that this year, he said. Probably even triple it.---More AP college basketball: and Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '

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