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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets took advantage of the Minnesota Wild, who were coming off an emotional game a day earlier. Bruno Alves Portugal Jersey . The Blue Jackets got goals from Cam Atkinson, Nick Foligno, Boone Jenner and R.J. Umberger and Curtis McElhinney posted his first shutout since 2011 in a 4-0 victory on Friday night. "We talked about them playing last night and there was definitely an emphasis to jump all over them," Umberger said, referring to the Wilds 4-3 home win over Chicago. "We were moving pretty good." The Blue Jackets had not played since Tuesday, filling the time with two hard, full practices in which they were able to work on several problem areas. Minnesotas Zach Parise knew his team didnt have its heart in the game. "We were just flat and not crisp," he said. "We were pretty brutal through the neutral zone and couldnt get anything generated." Wild coach Mike Yeo didnt want to use his clubs first home win over the Blackhawks since 2008 as an excuse, but still thought that was the root of his clubs problems. "We played right into that (being tired), too, turning pucks over," he said. "We were on our heels, slow reacting, slow getting to places. We were not pressing the way we needed to be." It was the Blue Jackets second win in a row, the first time theyve won back-to-back games since Oct. 25. They did it in their first game without last years Vezina Trophy winner as the NHLs top goalie, Sergei Bobrovsky, who will miss the next month or so with a strained groin. McElhinney made 20 saves in his first shutout since Feb. 5, 2011, while with the Anaheim Ducks. "Its a good feeling for me to step in here again and have another shutout game, another win," he said, referring to the Blue Jackets consecutive shutouts. "Hopefully, its the start of something good and we can keep it going." Foligno and Umberger each also had assists and Ryan Johansen added two assists to stretch his points streak to four games. The Blue Jackets have been struggling with injuries. In addition to Bobrovsky, top offensive threat Marian Gaborik (sprained knee) is out for another two weeks and top off-season free-agent signing Nathan Horton (shoulder surgery) has yet to play in a Columbus sweater and likely wont be ready for at least another month. McElhinneys third NHL shutout came in his 78th game. After a scoreless first period, the Blue Jackets took over. At the 1:17 mark of the second, Atkinson took a pass from Dubinsky and wristed a shot from the top of the right circle that Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom didnt appear to see. He barely moved as the puck beat him high and near his right shoulder. "Some games its tougher to swallow the puck when you dont see it," he said. The Blue Jackets went on their first power play when Matt Cooke went off for hooking. Columbus soon took advantage on the man advantage. Johansen passed to Umberger for a shot from a hard angle that handcuffed Backstrom, with Johansen then following the puck to get a whack at it on the rebound. Before the puck could be cleared, Foligno found the net on his second attempt from the right doorstep at the 5:40 mark. "We were able to maintain our energy and continue to push," Foligno said. "You saw great efforts from everybody tonight -- and Curtis McElhinney shut the door." The Wild had a prime chance to get back in the game when they had 1:13 of a 5-on-3 advantage midway through the second period. But McElhinney smothered a hard slap shot from the left point by Jason Pominville and then later appeared to stop a high shot by Zach Parise off his mask. "The big thing was that 5 on 3," Columbus coach Todd Richards said. "That was a critical point of the game. Curtis made probably three great saves for us and our (penalty) killers did a great job." Columbus was still controlling the play early in the third when, on a 3-on-3 rush, Jenner wristed a shot from the top of the left circle that eluded Backstrom high on his glove side. The goal, at the 4:38 mark, was the rookies third of the season. Umberger closed the scoring at the 9:05 mark when, while trailing the play, he benefited from a nifty feed from Foligno. Foligno had only one defender to beat but instead whipped a blind pass to Umberger who had virtually an empty net. Notes: The Blue Jackets improved to 35-0 under Richards when leading after two periods. ... It was the Wilds third loss in a row on the road. ... Minnesota has been shut out in two of its past three games. Adrien Silva Portugal Jersey. HABS HEADED TO CONFERENCE FINAL The Montreal Canadiens scored early in Game Seven, built a lead and protected it well on their way to a 3-1 series-clinching win over the Boston Bruins. While this game or series isnt necessarily a referendum on the value of fourth lines, the Canadiens certainly benefitted from production lower down their forward depth chart. Pepe Jersey .S. Basketball Writers Association. McDermott, who finished his career at Creighton as college basketballs fifth-leading scorer, accepted the honour from Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson at AT&T Stadium, site of the Final Four.CARSON, Calif. - Steven Gerrard is the next big star in the LA Galaxy.The Liverpool captain will join the defending Major League Soccer champions in July after completing his illustrious career with his boyhood team, the Galaxy announced Wednesday.The 34-year-old midfielder said last week he was leaving Liverpool after the English Premier League season to move stateside. The Galaxy confirmed Gerrards move to Southern California on an 18-month deal as a designated player, which means he will be paid above MLS salary cap.The Galaxy are the most successful club in Major League Soccer history, and I am looking forward to competing for more championships in the years to come, Gerrard said in a statement released by the club.The MLS season begins in March, meaning Gerrard wont team up with league MVP Robbie Keane until midway through the schedule.The move is the latest bold stroke for the Galaxy, who won the MLS Cup in December for the third time in four years and the record fifth time overall.As a versatile midfielder with tremendous finishing ability and leadership skills, Gerrard seems to be an ideal replacement for Landon Donovan, a Galaxy star for the last 10 seasons who briefly played at Everton. The most accomplished player in U.S. soccer history retired last month at 32 years old, worn down by the competitive grind.Gerrard and Keane are both two years older than Donovan, but their partnership is just getting started.I think in the dressing room, he is going to bring qualities we havent seen before, Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. I think Stevies qualities as a person and a leader (are) outstanding. On the field, he is obviously going to be different than Landon Donovan. The idea is that he is not here to replace Landon Donovan. He is a great addition to our team, a player of quality and experience, and I think he is going to complement the group of players that we have rather well.Arena envisions Gerrard in more of an attacking role in the Galaxy midfield, teaming with Keane and young striker Gyasi Zardes.I think we add another piece to our team that hopefully will allow us to maintain our status in the league, Arena said.Indeed, Galaxy owner Phil Anschutz doesnt hesitate to spend to the limits of the leagues salary constraints for the best available players. The club changed MLS worldwide perception in 2007 when it signed David Beckham for his trailblazing six-year run with the club, ending in 2012 with two straight championships. Bernardo Silva Jersey. .Arena has repeatedly attracted top talent to sun-splashed Hollywood, building a dynasty in a league devoted to parity. Gerrard will join Keane and U.S. national team defender Omar Gonzalez as the Galaxys three designated players, surrounded by a solid group of complementary talent.The future of the team is very bright, Gerrard said.Keane and Gerrard are reunited in what should be a potent offensive pairing.They were teammates with Liverpool from 2008-09. Keane, who grew up as a Liverpool fan in Dublin, spent just 19 games with the Merseyside club before Tottenham reacquired him.Keane, who has been an MLS standout ever since joining the Galaxy past midseason in 2011, immediately put a post on his Facebook page welcoming Stevie G.Great player and a great addition to the team, Keane posted. Heres to 2015 season and hopefully another title.Gerrard has been a staple in Liverpools midfield for 17 years and its full-time captain since 2003, a remarkable run of consistency in European soccer.The Reds longest-serving captain has scored 182 goals in 696 appearances in all competitions while winning 10 major trophies in the last 15 years, including the UEFA Champions League in 2005 and the FA Cup in 2001 and 2006.Gerrard also served as Englands captain during the last two World Cups. He has 21 goals in 114 international appearances — third-most in English history.Gerrard is the second high-profile English player to make an MLS move in the last year, but Manchester City announced last week that Frank Lampard will stay for the rest of the Premier League season instead of switching to its sister club, New York City FC. Lampard was expected to be a cornerstone for the expansion team, and the change of plans enraged many U.S. soccer fans.Gerrard has been left out of Liverpools lineup occasionally this season, yet he still leads the Reds with nine goals, and former teammate Jamie Carragher recently raved about his form. He scored both goals in Liverpools 2-1 FA Cup victory over AFC Wimbledon on Monday night.We are going to be halfway through our league schedule, and he is going to have a short period of time to get adjusted to the team and to the league, Arena said. But I think because of the kind of guy that he is, the qualities that he has as a player, he will make the transition pretty quickly. Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Cheap NFL T-shirts Cheap Authentic Jerseys Cheap NFL Hoodies China NFL Hoodies China NFL Jerseys China NFL Gear ' ' '

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