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Christian Thomass second-period

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    24 de febrero de 2019, 22:19:06 PST

    HAMILTON, Ont. Zapatillas Puma Baratas España . -- The Hamilton Bulldogs are focused on keeping their composure period by period as their season winds down. Christian Thomass second-period goal stood as the winner and Dustin Tokarski made 27 saves as the Bulldogs defeated the Abbotsford Heat 2-1 on Wednesday in the American Hockey League. "Tonight we stayed composed, even when we thought we had another goal in the third period," said Hamilton head coach Sylvain Lefebvre. "We kept working, and we have to get used to playing those tight hockey games. "Thats what gets you to the playoffs, and thats what helps you win hockey games when you get there." A post-season berth is far from Hamiltons grasp, however. The Bulldogs remain 10 points back of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, with just 14 games to play. Mike Blunden and Gabriel Dumont also scored for Hamilton (27-30-5). Chris Breen had the lone goal for the Heat (34-23-7), who have lost 10 of their last 11 games. Aaron Dell stopped 36 shots. Michael Bournival made his debut for the Bulldogs on Wednesday, having been sent to the team by the Montreal Canadiens a day earlier on a conditioning assignment. After playing 50 games for Montreal in his rookie season, the forward suffered a concussion in a Feb. 6 game against the Vancouver Canucks, and was cleared for contact on March 14. His insertion in the Bulldogs lineup provided a much-needed boost to the top line, and the combination of Bournival, Sven Andrighetto and Thomas used its speed to great effect against the Heat in the first period. Thomas was very pleased with the lines first game together, and felt comfortable playing alongside Bournival, who he came across several times at the junior level. "Its always tough playing with a new guy, but (Bournival) fits in really well and brings a lot of speed," he said. "Ive known him for a long time, and grew up playing with him at world junior camps. "Ive seen him quite a bit, and obviously he has some NHL experience. But he plays a hard game and that always helps your line." Hamilton was getting the best of play, but it was Abbotsford that opened the scoring at 8:56. Ex-Bulldog Corey Locke controlled the puck below Hamiltons goal-line, and connected with the open Breen as he glided into the high slot. The defenceman released a mid-range wrist shot that Tokarski only partially connected with, and the puck trickled over the goal-line. It was Breens first goal of the season. Pressure did eventually pay off for Hamilton, as Blunden stole the puck from Abbotsford defender Shane OBrien to create an equalizing goal. The winger moved in alone on Dell and shifted from backhand to forehand before lofting a shot over the far shoulder of the goaltender at 17:55. Blunden nearly scored his second of the game with 10 minutes to play in the second period, as Dell kicked a Morgan Ellis slap shot from the point out to his right and the winger narrowly missed a tap in attempt at the post. Thomas did better with Hamiltons next scoring chance, as the Bulldogs took the lead at 12:42. After a period and a half of successful forechecking, Hamiltons top line got on the board when Bournival fought off a defender along the right wing and fired a low wrist shot that Dell knocked into the path of Thomas to his right. The rookie winger did the rest, slotting a quick shot past the sprawling goaltender from close range. Consecutive penalties to Nathan Beaulieu posed a late challenge for the Bulldogs, but their penalty killing unit responded well to hold the lead through 40 minutes of play. Hamilton entered play on Wednesday with an 18-0-1 record when leading after two periods. Tokarski did his part to preserve the lead, snatching a Max Reinhart wrist shot out of the air from point blank range with just under six minutes to play. His save was rewarded at the other end of the ice, as Dumont was awarded a penalty shot after being tripped with a clear path to the net, and made good on the chance. Slowly skating toward Dell, Dumont stopped abruptly and shifted to his forehand to tuck the puck in behind him at 16:01 of the third period. Neither team made use of their power plays on Wednesday, as Hamilton went 0 for 2 while Abbotsford was 0 for 3. Zapatillas Puma Baratas Online . -- The Detroit Lions made it crystal clear to Golden Tate that he was their top target in free agency. Zapatillas Puma Baratas . - Carter Verhaeghe scored the winner with 41 seconds to go as the Niagara IceDogs edged the North Bay Battalion 3-2 to even their first-round series at a game apiece in Ontario Hockey League playoff action on Sunday.Any team can challenge for the Premier League next season after Leicesters unprecedented success, says Paul Merson. Leicesters first-ever top-flight title was secured last week after one of most surprising seasons in history, and the Foxes are currently 10 points above second-place Tottenham having only just survived relegation last term.Speaking on The Fantasy Football Club Podcast, Merson says the likes of Liverpool could challenge next season, and that the league is more open than ever. Liverpool could be among the challengers under Jurgen Klopp next term Anybody can win the league, said the Sky Sports pundit. Leicester just won the league. Honestly, anyone can win it now and Liverpool are a good team.Tottenham have enjoyed a fine season under Mauricio Pochettino, but have faltered in recent weeks at the wrong time. The Fantasy Football Club Podcast They have not finished above rivals Arsenal since 1995, and the Gunners will leapfrog Spurs if thhey beat Aston Villa and Spurs lose at Newcastle. Puma Rihanna Baratas. .Merson says it is worrying for Spurs that Arsenal could yet pip them to second, despite this being one of their better seasons, and one of Arsenals most disappointing. Arsenal could still finish above north London rivals Tottenham in the Premier League Arsenal will have a party if they finish second. Tottenham couldnt play any better if they tried - its the best theyve played in 130 years of their history. Arsenal have had an absolute nightmare season and theyve still got a chance of finishing above them.Tottenham have just had the best season they could ever dream of, theyve played some unbelievable football, and they might finish level on points with Arsenal and win by goal difference. Seriously, thats worrying for Tottenham. Also See: Mersons predictions Five Foxes up for annual award Premier League questions Live on Sky ' ' '