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There were a lot of talks; they went on for a long period

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17:41, Jun 09 2014

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Washington Capitals might look back at the two points they earned with an improbable road win over the New York Islanders as the most important in their playoff quest. Washington trailed by three goals late in the second period, but Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals roared back for a 5-4 shootout win on Tuesday night. Ovechkin scored in the final minute of the second to make it 4-2 and start the comeback. Dmitry Orlov scored 1:51 into the third, and Ovechkin made it 4-4 with his 29th goal midway through the period when he knocked a rebound of Keith Aucoins slap shot past goalie Evgeni Nabokov. Aucoin had a career-high three assists. The Capitals (36-28-6) have won four straight and lead ninth-place Buffalo by four points in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Capitals, 13-18-3 on the road, are only one point behind the Southeast Division-leading Florida Panthers. "Its the playoffs for us right now," Ovechkin said. "Teams are fighting for those spots, and we need these points." John Tavares scored twice for the Islanders, including his career-best 30th goal, and added an assist, Matt Moulson netted his 30th of the season, and defenceman Travis Hamonic also scored for the Islanders (28-31-11), who lost their third straight game in heartbreaking fashion. They were beaten 2-1 by the New Jersey Devils on a pair of late goals on Saturday and lost to the New York Rangers on an overtime goal in the closing seconds on Sunday. "Weve got to be better when we have a lead," Tavares said. "Its hard to pinpoint the problem, but thats three games in a row." Moulson gave New York a 1-0 lead 8:54 in when his slap shot deflected off the glass behind the net and then dropped in by goalie Michal Neuvirth. Moulson has scored 30 goals in three consecutive seasons, the first time an Islanders player has done that since Ziggy Palffy (1996-9. Hamonics power-play tally, his second goal of the season, from Tavares and Frans Nielsen at 19:39, made it 2-0. Tavares scored at 9:05 of the second on the power play to push the lead to three. Hamonic also had two assists for his first three-point game in the NHL. Mike Knuble scored his fourth goal of the season 28 seconds later to bring the Capitals within 3-1. Tavares scored his second of the game at 11:44 of the second period with a snap shot from the right circle to beat Neuvirth, who still managed to improve to 5-0 against the Islanders. "It wasnt going my way early, but I battle every minute for every save, and it paid off," Neuvirth said. "That was an unbelievable comeback and a huge win for us." Capitals coach Dale Hunter was impressed with his teams grit and leadership. "We have good leaders on this team, and they got us back in the game," said Hunter, who replaced Bruce Boudreau on Nov. 28. "We were on our heels and down 4-1 but the guys didnt give up. They busted their tails and got a big win." New York won the first two meetings with the Capitals and were leading 2-0 in the third matchup on Feb. 28 with less than four minutes left in regulation. But Troy Brouwer scored twice, and Ovechkin won it in overtime. The Capitals began a five-game trip as they try to improve their playoff positioning. Since Feb. 18, Washington had lost three straight, won three in a row, and lost another three consecutively before this three-game winning streak. The Islanders back-to-back losses over the weekend were particularly demoralizing. This latest loss added to the pain. "Our discipline and decision-making is what bothers me," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "You have to know who youre up against. We talked about Ovechkin, and still he was able to get a couple to the back of our net." NOTES: Islanders RW P.A. Parenteau sat out because of an undisclosed upper body injury. ... The Capitals were without forward Nicklas Backstrom (concussion) and defenceman Tom Poti (back). Defenceman Mike Green served the last of a three-game suspension. ... The three points for the 21-year-old Tavares left him one point shy of becoming the first Islanders player to have at least 70 in a season since Alexei Yashin had 75 in 2001-02. Wayne Gretzky New York Rangers Jersey . The 25-year-old Kruger made four birdies and overcame a bogey on the 17th to finish with a 14-under total of 274. Jorge Campillo of Spain and Marcel Siem of Germany were two shots back in a tie for second. New York Rangers Jersey For Sale . -- Billy Hurley III, Joe Affrunti, Ashley Hall and Ben Martin were tied at 11 under after regulation Sunday when darkness suspended play in the Web. http://www.rangershockeyproshop.com/Mark-Messier-Rangers-Jersey/. Hossa was injured Saturday night during Chicagos 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins outside at Soldier Field. It is unclear exactly when Hossa got hurt, but he took a hard hit from Penguins forward Craig Adams during Chicagos second power play of the first period. Brian Leetch New York Rangers Jersey . McKeever, from Canmore, Alta., and Calgarys Carleton won three silver medals in as many races at the event, and won gold after finishing in 27 minutes 38.2 seconds in the mens visually impaired race. Rick Nash Jersey Jersey . Ferrer, the favourite in Acapulco, had a convincing 6-2, 6-3 victory over Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin while Murray overcame a sluggish start and claimed a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over Pablo Andujar, from Spain. "I had a difficult start, it was 10 minutes in the match and I was down 5-0, but I started to play more aggressively to get the win and hopefully I can have a good week here", Murray said.VILLANOVA, Pa. -- The court fight over NFL concussions should heat up soon as a judge in Philadelphia weighs the fairness of the proposed $765 million settlement. Lead players lawyer Sol Weiss expects the courts financial expert to advise the judge "shortly" on his view of the class-action plan. Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody has voiced concerns that the fund wont cover 20,000 retirees for 65 years. And critics believe the NFL is getting off lightly, given its $9 billion in annual revenues. "When you look at it objectively, it didnt matter how much money the NFL had, it was, Is there enough money to take care of (people)?" Weiss said Friday at a seminar at the Villanova University School of Law outside Philadelphia. The proposed settlement would pay as much as $5 million for men with the most serious neurological injuries, such as Lou Gehrigs disease. The awards would depend on a retirees age and diagnosis. Those with serious dementia would get $3 million, while an 80-year-old with early dementia would get $25,000. All plaintiffs would get cognitive testing, and follow-up care if needed. "Even if only 10 per cent of retired NFL football players eventually receive a qualifying diagnosis ... it is difficult to see how the monetary award fund would have the funds available over its lifespan to pay all claimants at these significant award levels," Brody wrote in January, when she asked for more actuarial details and appointed New York financier Perry Golkin to advise her. Weeiss remains confident the fund is sufficient, and that most players will sign on rather than spend years fighting the NFL in court.dddddddddddd The surprise settlement emerged in August, after several months of closed-door meetings with a mediator. "There were a lot of talks; they went on for a long period of time ... and the NFLs tough," Weiss said Friday. "We did get to a point where there was enough money on the table to take care of the sick players and their families, and thats the time we make the deal." Brody was expected to hold a fairness hearing in the coming months, when objectors can challenge the plan, and decide whether to opt out. "Those players and their lawyers who think its not enough money will get an opportunity to be heard," Weiss said Friday. Brody could approve the settlement, reject it, or perhaps suggest the two sides negotiate anew. However, the plaintiffs lawyers consider time of the essence, especially for families dealing with the dementia, depression and even violence associated with traumatic brain injuries. "These are profoundly injured people. Some of them are dead, and their families deserve compensation," said Weiss, whose lead plaintiff, former Atlanta Falcon safety Ray Easterling, committed suicide in 2012, a year after filing suit. "They forget things. They have a lot of anger issues. They cant hold a job. They really cant have a meaningful relations," Weiss said. "Their lives are upside down." ' ' '

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