Holtby made the initial save

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Holtby made the initial save

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It is the summer of 2012 and Brendan Rodgers is on the outfield grass at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. The Liverpool manager has been in the job two months but already he knows the weight the clubs crest on his shirt carries. It is a weight he tries to ease with every careful word that leaves his mouth and lands on the newspaper pages back home. Rodgers approaches the fence to say hello to the some passionate Liverpool supporters. "Are we going to win the league this year?" asks one. The new boss ducks the question with a smile. He, more than most, knows exactly what he has inherited. For a club like Liverpool this is rock bottom. It is the first time in the Premier League era that Liverpool have finished outside of the top four in three successive seasons. The previous season, under Kenny Dalglish, the Reds achieved their fewest amount of wins in a Premier League campaign, winning just 14 of 38 games on their way to an eighth place finish. They scored just 24 home goals in that 2011-12 campaign, their lowest amount since 1903-04. In the two seasons under Roy Hodgson and Dalglish, Liverpool lost 21 of 38 away league matches. During that time they spent over 100 million pounds on players called Andy Carroll, Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen, Jonjo Shelvey, Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam, Jose Enrique, Sebastian Coates and Danny Wilson. Many of these average, overpriced players stood just yards away from Rodgers on the Fenway grass and if he really wanted to give an answer to such a ludicrous question all he would have needed to do was open up his arms and nod his head in their direction. It is August 18th, 2012 and the club is at The Hawthorns for a game against West Bromwich Albion to start their first season under Rodgers. There is evidence of a change in style as a scoreless game gets close to half-time but then Zoltan Gera blasts a screamer into the top corner and Rodgers is forced to make his first half-time team talk as a losing manager. It goes from bad to worse in the second half as Daniel Agger is sent off and Liverpool lose 3-0. "Well have more days like this, thats the reality," said Rodgers after the game. It is August 26th, 2012 and eight days after their opening day loss the Reds are at home against the champions, Manchester City. They take the lead twice but are forced to take a point when central defender Martin Skrtel, attempting to play the way Rodgers desires, keeps the ball too long and plays a mistimed back pass to his goalkeeper, one that is intercepted by Carlos Tevez who scores to make it 2-2. The Being: Liverpool cameras follow Rodgers after the match and once again he chooses words carefully, but this time shows just how much he is aware of Liverpools plight. "We are at the beginning of a process where we hope to build to make this club competitive again. People have asked me are we going to win the league? It is ridiculous to even say that. All of that takes time, hours. I came here not because it was an easy job, but because it was an extremely difficult job." Rodgers would be proved correct. Liverpool would score more than one goal in just four of their opening 15 games of last season. It is the last week in March 2013 and Steven Gerrard places the ball on the penalty spot at Villa Park. The England captain blasts home the winning goal to give the Reds their fourth win in their last five games. In the 13 league games after Christmas they have scored 32 goals after netting just 23 in the first 17 matches. There is a resilience about the group, featuring intelligent pressure on the ball, a cohesion to their attack and an aggressive tempo to their style, particularly in their passing and defensive game, that never existed under Dalglish. "People have said we have turned the corner but I dont think were at the corner yet, weve still got a long way to go," said Rodgers that day at Villa Park. Five clean sheets in their last seven games of the season helped Liverpool finish on 61pts in seventh spot. They had moved up just one spot than the previous year under Dalglish but the table didnt tell the full story of progression. In the first half of the season they had scored 28 goals and claimed 25pts. They were a team on pace to finish 8th/9th with a total in the low 50s. They fell behind ten times and came from behind to win just once, losing six. In the second half of the season they had scored 43 goals and claimed 36pts. They were a team that would have finished in the top four with a total in the 70s over a full season. They fell behind nine times and came from behind three times, losing just twice. It is August 2013 inside Anfield and a buoyant crowd is excited for the opening day of a new season. Unlike the year previous, the schedule makers have been kind to Rodgers and his team. Seven of their first eight opponents didnt finish in the top half of the league last season. Their first opponents, Stoke City, are one of them but after a thoroughly dominating performance, the Reds are up by a single goal to nil in the final minute when the visitors are awarded a penalty. It is only game one of 38, spread across ten months, but new goalkeeper Simon Mignolet makes the biggest save he will make all season and another Rodgers signing, Daniel Sturridge, scores the game winner. It is now, well and truly, a team molded by Rodgers. The manager, known to hold back on predictions and grand statements, has no such reservations about Sturridge: "I think he can be one of the top scorers in the league this year." How right he was. With Luis Suarez suspended, the former Manchester City and Chelsea striker scores in each of the clubs first four games to lay a foundation for the team to build on. The Reds would lose just two of their first 17 matches before suffering back-to-back narrow defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea in the span of four days. In 13 Premier League games in January, February and March, Liverpool went on to win 11 and draw two. They arrived for their game at West Ham on Sunday as, by far, the best team in the league for over three months. It is the first Sunday in April. The Upton Park pitch is playing slow and Liverpools style isnt working as well as it has in previous weeks. Rodgers makes another tactical adjustment and the versatility his team has shown so often this season comes to the forefront once again. Liverpool finds another way to win another type of football match. As night falls on Merseyside the team arrives home knowing just how close they are to achieving the impossible dream. Five games to go and still they lead this enthralling Premiership race. In April 2012, one of the most iconic sports franchises was on their knees with a pathetic 46pts through 33 matches. Down the stretch they lost to West Brom, Fulham and Swansea. It is little wonder Rodgers is the calmest man in this title race. Not even he imagined all of this would come so soon. There is no award for man of the year in English football but it is, without question, Rodgers who deserves such an honor. That question, that once seemed so ridiculous, that one that Rodgers laughed off, is no longer funny. He may continue to not answer it but deep down he now knows the answer. Liverpool cannot just win the Premier League, the way they are playing they should win it. Five games to go to complete one of the biggest turnarounds English football has ever witnessed. 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Toronto visits the Washington Wizards on Friday night.UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Anders Lee scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves, and the New York Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Saturday night to sweep a home-and-home series.Lees third goal of the season at 2:38 came on a tip-in of Lubomir Visnovskys slap shot that got past backup goalie Thomas Greiss. Brock Nelson added a power-play goal at 9:47 — his team-leading 10th tally — and Islanders captain John Tavares closed the scoring with his eighth at 15:46.New York had tied it 1-1 in the second period on a goal by Matt Martin.The resurgent Islanders (14-6), who finished last in the Metropolitan Division last season, won for the eighth time in nine games. Halak has won his last six starts, allowing just eight goals.New York tied Pittsburgh atop the division with 28 points, though the Penguins (13-4-2) have played one fewer game.CANADIENS 2, BRUINS 0BOSTON (AP) — Carey Price made 33 saves, Tomas Plekanec had a goal and an assist, and Montreal topped Boston.Andrei Markov added his 100th career goal for the Canadiens, who posted their eighth win in nine games.Tuukka Rask stopped 22 shots, but fell to 3-12-3 in his career during the regular season against the Canadiens.Montreal improved to 3-0 against Boston this season.It was the 728th regular-season meeting between the clubs, the first in Boston since Montreal upset the top-seeded Bruins in a seven-game series last spring in the Eastern Conference second round.LIGHTNING 2, WILD 1TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos scored his 14th goal of the season, and Tampa Bay snapped Minnesotas four-game winning streak.Alex Killorn scored in his fourth straight game for the Lightning, who had lost two in a row. Anton Stralman had two assists, and Ben Bishop stopped 30 shots.Zach Parise scored for Minnesota, which won the other meeting between the teams, 7-2 on Oct. 25. Darcy Kuemper finished with 26 saves.Bishop made two saves during Minnesotas power play early in the third period. The Wild went 0 for 3 with the man advantage to drop to 1 for 38 on the road.FLYERS 4, BLUE JACKETS 2PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Brayden Schenn, Mark Streit, Wayne Simmonds and Braydon Coburn all scored for Philadelphia, which beat Columbus and broke a season-worst, four-game losing streak.Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux both had two assists, and Voracek improved his NHL-leading points total to 29. Giroux notched his 400th NHL point with his first assist. Steve Mason made 20 saves.Boone Jenner and Matt Calvert scored for the Blue Jackets, who have lost three games in a row. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 33 shots against his former team.SABRES 2, CAPITALS 1WASHINGTON (AP) — Torrey Mitchell scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:42 left, Jhonas Enroth stopped 43 shots, and Buffalo beat Washington for its third straight win.Washingtons Braden Holtby made the initial save after Brian Gionta picked up a loose puck in the left circle, but Mitchell knocked in the rebound for his third goal of the season.Matt Moulson also scored for Buffalo, which began the day last in the NHL. The Sabres have won three in a row for the first time since Feb. 25-28.Matt Niskanen tied it for Washington with a power-play goal at 5:54 of the third period. Holtby made 24 saves.Enroth, starting in place of the injured Michal Neuvirth, stopped 20 shots in the second period.Washington had won two straight and five of seven.MAPLE LEAFS 4, RED WINGS 1TORONTO (AP) — Tyler Bozak scored a pair of third-period goals, and Toronto beat Detroit.Leo Komarov and Peter Holland had the other goals for Toronto. Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves to improve to 7-5-2.Tomas Tatar had the lone goal for Detroit, and Jimmy Howard made 24 saves.Following Thursday nights backlash, the Maple Leafs saluted their fans on Saturday night after the win before leaving the ice.Toronto topped Detroit for the first time in three games this season, and the Maple Leafs have back-to-back contests after a three-game skid in which they were outscored 17-5. They are 8-4-1 in their last 13.Bozak gave Toronto its second lead of the night with a short-handed goal early in the third period.BLUES 3, SENATORS 2OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Alex Steens second-period goal stood up as the game-winner in St. Louis victory over Ottawa.Maxim Lapierre and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored for the Blues (13-6-1), and Brian Elliott stopped 24 shots.Ottawa got goals from Mika Zibanejad and Erik Karlsson. Robin Lehner, making his second consecutive start, stopped 30 shots.The teams meet again Tuesday in St. Louis for the second and final time this season.Ottawa (9-6-4) was only 3-7-2 in afternoon games last season, and the Senators repeated the trend against the Bllues.dddddddddddd.PREDATORS 3, PANTHERS 2, SONASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Filip Forsberg scored the lone goal in a shootout, and Nashville edged Florida after squandering a two-goal lead in the final minute of the third period.Colin Wilson and Matt Cullen had goals in regulation for the Predators, winners of three of four. Pekka Rinne made 28 saves to improve to 13-3-1.Rocco Grimaldi and Nick Bjugstad scored 12 seconds apart to help the Panthers tie the game. Roberto Luongo had 48 saves for Florida, which has lost two of three.With time winding down in the third, Luongo was pulled for an extra attacker. Grimaldis first career goal put the Panthers on the board at 19:17. Bjugstad quickly followed to send the game to overtime.STARS 5, KINGS 4DALLAS (AP) — Jamie Benn scored two first-period goals, and Dallas held on to top Los Angeles.It was the Stars second straight home victory after they had lost nine of their first 10 there.Los Angeles dropped to 1-4-3 on the road at the start of a three-game trip. The only victory was at Dallas on Nov. 4.Tyler Seguin and John Klingberg each had a goal and an assist for Dallas, and Jason Demers scored in his first game after being traded to the Stars.Justin Williams scored two goals, and Tanner Pearson and Mike Richards had one each after Los Angeles fell behind 4-0.Dallas Cody Eakin and Los Angeles Kyle Clifford and Jarrett Stoll had two assists apiece.Kari Lehtonen made 38 saves for Dallas. Los Angeles Jonathan Quick had 23, including only two in the third period.AVALANCHE 4, HURRICANES 3DENVER (AP) — Zach Redmond scored his second goal of the game with 1:35 remaining, and Colorado rallied to beat Carolina.Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist, and Erik Johnson also scored for the Avalanche, who have won three of four. Calvin Pickard had 17 saves in relief of Reto Berra.Colorado trailed 3-2 late but controlled play for most of the third period. Iginla tied it 3-3 at 14:43, and Redmond pinched in from the blue line to record his first career multi-goal game.Carolina pulled goalie Cam Ward for an extra skater with a minute left, but couldnt tie it. Ward finished with 31 saves.Nathan Gerbe, Andrej Nestrasil and John-Michael Liles scored for the Hurricanes, who have lost five of six after a 5-0-1 stretch. Carolina struggled to score during its recent slide, managing just two goals during a three-game losing streak.BLACKHAWKS 7, OILERS 1EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Marian Hossa had a goal and three assists, and Jonathan Toews scored twice as Chicago routed Edmonton.Marcus Kruger, Kris Versteeg, Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane also scored for the Blackhawks (12-7-1), who have won three straight and five of six.David Perron had the lone goal for the Oilers (6-13-2), losers of six in a row overall and seven straight at home. Edmonton has yet to win a game against Western Conference opponents, dropping to 0-10-1.The Blackhawks took control with goals on their first two shots.COYOTES 4, SHARKS 3, SOSAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Antoine Vermette, who also scored in regulation, netted the lone goal of the shootout to help Arizona beat San Jose.San Joses Joe Pavelski scored on a power play to tie it midway through the third period. Brett Burns fired a shot from just inside the blue line that Pavelski redirected past Devan Dubnyk for his 200th career goal.Shane Doan scored 52 seconds into the third to give the Coyotes a 3-2 lead. He followed Sam Gagners shot and flipped in the rebound.Vermette and David Schlemko scored in the first to put the Coyotes ahead en route to their third road win in four games.Dubnyk stopped 40 shots for the Coyotes. Antti Niemi made 22 saves as the Sharks fell to 2-3-2 at home.Tommy Wingels and Andrew Desjardins had goals in the second period to tie it for the Sharks.FLAMES 5, DEVILS 4, SOCALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Jiri Hudler scored late in regulation to start Calgarys comeback and then got the deciding goal in the shootout to lift the Flames over New Jersey.Flames coach Bob Hartley pulled goalie Karri Ramo with just under 4 minutes remaining in regulation with his team trailing 4-2. Hudler scored from the side of the net with 2:22 left, and Curtis Glencross second of the game tied it with 5 seconds to goBoth teams scored once in the first three shooters of the shootout before Hudler sent a shot past Scott Clemmensen to put Calgary ahead. Ramo clinched the victory by stopping Travis Zajac.Clemmensen got the nod over Cory Schneider, who had started the Devils first 20 games this season — a team record.Josh Jooris also scored for Calgary, which finished 4-1 on a five-game homestand.Adam Henrique, Mike Cammalleri, Zajac and Tuomo Ruutu scored for New Jersey. China NFL Jerseys Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Online Stitched Hockey Jerseys Wholesale Baseball Jerseys Football Jerseys Outlet College Jerseys For Sale Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys For Sale Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '
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