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18/08/2016

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The Montreal Canadiens host a surging New York Islanders team that has been busy making statements lately tonight. Authentic Joe Thomas Jersey . Montreal (27-13-3) is in a 1-2-1 stretch after winning nine of 10 and is coming off Thursdays 4-1 loss at Ottawa. Max Pacioretty was again a bright spot, scoring a goal in a sixth straight game with seven total in that span. Hes bidding to become the first Canadien with goals in seven consecutive contests since Denis Savards nine-game run from Feb. 7-March 1, 1991. Pacioretty was held without a point in last months win over the Islanders, but has eight goals and three assists in his past 12 matchups. Montreal coach Michel Therrien will want to see a more complete effort from his team after seven forwards failed to even register a shot Thursday. We need contributions from more than one line, Therrien said. Right now, we only have contributions from one line and thats not good enough. After Pacioretty, Montreals most effective player lately has been goaltender Carey Price, who has a 1.67 goals-against average in his last 12 starts. However, Price did not face the Senators and could sit out again with an upper-body injury. Joey MacDonald was called up from Hamilton of the AHL on Friday, likely to back up Dustin Tokarski. Former Canadien Jaroslav Halak stopped 21 shots against the Penguins and tied Anaheims Frederik Andersen for second in the league with 24 wins. Chad Johnson, though, could get the start in the second half of this back-to-back. The Canadiens have won four of five against the Islanders and are 8-1-4 in the last 13 meetings at the Bell Centre. Just reaching the playoffs wouldve been a good way to send out Nassau Coliseum in the Islanders last season there before moving to Brooklyn, but the team seems intent on doing much more. With the midpoint of the season having just passed, the Islanders (30-13-1) find themselves in very unfamiliar territory. They lead the East by one point over Tampa Bay and their 30 wins are tied for the most in the NHL. Were in first place now, but that can change real quick, captain John Tavares said. All these wins are big wins, but youve got to go out there and continue that. After road victories over New Jersey and Columbus on back-to-back nights, the Islanders headed to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday to face a Rangers team that had won 13 of 14. All the Islanders did in that game was post a 3-0 shutout and register 44 shots against a club that hadnt allowed more than 38 all season. Their latest victory was just as impressive. Entering the third period down one against Pittsburgh on Friday, the Islanders scored four goals - three from Kyle Okposo after he tallied in the first - and rallied for a 6-3 victory. Tavares had three assists to help New York open a three-point lead over the Penguins atop the Metropolitan Division. To score four is pretty special, said Okposo. The atmosphere - it was awesome out there. I havent really heard it that loud since we played these guys in the (2013) playoffs. The Islanders outshot an opponent for the 15th consecutive contest and lowered their league-best total to 26.8 shots allowed per game. Theyll now try to improve to 6-1-0 on the second game of back-to-backs and avenge a 3-1 home loss to the Canadiens on Dec. 23. Joe Thomas Jersey . Even though Jose Mourinho downplays Chelseas title prospects, his team remain in the mix with a relatively undemanding run-in, apart from a trip to Liverpool. And its Liverpool that can ensure Chelseas stay at the top this weekend is short-lived by winning Sunday at West Ham. Authentic Bernie Kosar Jersey . Shaun Miller headed a dramatic winner for the third-tier club just a minute before the end of extra time of a particularly dour contest in the rain at Craven Cottage. United, which claimed its second Premier League scalp of the campaign after knocking out Aston Villa in the third round, is second from bottom in League One. BARCELONA, Spain -- Barcelona was held to a 0-0 draw by Sevilla on Saturday, letting Real Madrid take the overnight lead in the Spanish league after Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick in 15 first-half minutes of a 4-0 rout against Malaga. The defending champions looked set to snatch a victory in injury time when Andres Iniesta was fouled in the area, but Sevilla goalkeeper Javi Varas stopped Lionel Messis penalty to cap his excellent performance of nine saves. "All penalties are complicated, and both luck and all the work you have put in play a part," Varas said. "But I have to give credit to my teammates. The merit is of all the team." Madrid had no such problems at big-spending Malaga, as Angel Di Maria assisted on goals by fellow Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain and Ronaldo, before the Portugal forward added two more to decide the game before halftime. The win put Madrid one point ahead of Barcelona atop the standings and two points ahead of Levante, which travels to Villarreal on Sunday in search of its sixth straight victory. "There is no comparison between the two halves," said Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, whose team has outscored its opponents 25-3 in six straight wins in all competitions. "The first half was fantastic. Later I knew it would be impossible to repeat it. Our concentration lagged, and their pride came out." Elsewhere, Sporting Gijon beat Granada 2-0 for its first win of the season, while Sergio Garcias second-half goal dropped the winless Racing Santander into last place as Espanyol won 1-0 for its second straight away victory. Expectations were high in Malaga after Qatari owner Sheik Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani spent C60 million to overhaul the squad this summer, but Madrid easily showed the Costa del Sol side is still far from challenging the leagues traditional powerhouse. Mourinho continued to alternate strikers, with Higuain returning to the starting 11 as Karim Benzema began on the bench despite his strong performance in a 4-0 win over Lyon midweek in the Champions League. Higuain soon proved his coachs choice was the right one when he reached Di Marias pass in the 11th, rounded goalkeeper Ruben Martinez with one touch, and rolled home the visitors opener for his ninth goal of the season. Madrid camped in Malagas half from the start and had little troublle snuffing out any attempts at counterattacking. Authentic Robert Griffin III Jersey. . "I liked everything about (my team)," said Mourinho. "Our first touch, second pass, when we lost the ball we pressed a lot. We scored in a variety of ways. I liked every facet of the game." Ronaldo quickly decided the encounter to emphatically break his three-game scoring drought. Last seasons top scorer tapped in a beautiful curling cross from Di Maria in the 22nd, and six minutes later he took advantage of the shell-shocked Malaga when he rifled in a right footer from the edge of the area. Ronaldo capped his treble in the 38th with an acrobatic move to redirect a headed pass by Sergio Ramos with the bottom of his right boot, drawing level with Messi as the leagues top scorers with 10 goals apiece. At Camp Nou, Barcelona controlled more than 70 per cent of possession, but could not break through the undefeated Sevillas disciplined defence. The opening stages of the game were evenly matched as Iniesta drew the first of many saves from Varas while Spain winger Jesus Navas forced Barcelonas Victor Valdes to make a pair of blocks. Barcelona slowly established its control-based passing game, with Dani Alves overlapping runs providing danger from the right flank as Messi and Iniesta tried to penetrate through the centre of the defence. Messi, Adriano and David Villa all came close as Barcelona pressed the visitors back into their area before Iniesta hit the crossbar in the 73rd. Tempers flared after Iniesta was fouled by defender Federico Fazio in the area in added time, with Sevillas Frederic Kanoute and Fernando Navarro both receiving red cards for protesting. But Varas anticipated Messis spot kick by diving to his left side to keep his fifth clean sheet of this season for the fourth-place Sevilla. "We did everything and more to win, shooting 22 times between the posts, but we couldnt get that first goal," said Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, whose team had outscored its league opponents 21-0 in four previous wins. "Varas played a great game," the former midfielder said. "He made two or three saves with his leg. 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