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Page4D Friday,October23,2015 DemocratandChronicle. com As he geared up for his first season in North America, Linus Ullmark spent a good deal of his summer analyzing video. H e and his goalie c oach, Maciej Szwoch, w atched how other goal- i es played and the approach they took. “I’m a big Pekka Rinne fan,” Ullmark said, referring to the Nashville Predators star. “We were trying to think about how I want to play, what are the the most important things to play at a high level.” Anative of Sweden, Ullmark knew his first exposure to the American Hockey League and Nat ional Hockey League would be challenging. He had never played a game on a North American- sized rink; not in the World Junior Championship, not with a touring Swedish national team. The cerebral approach helped prepare him for what he would face. N ow that he’s here, he’s s till using his head. To m ake saves. Literally. U llmark is proving the header isn’t just for the soccer pitch. He has intentionally used his mask at least seven times to make saves in his three starts with the Rochester Americans. In Wednesday’s 4-2 loss at Utica,at least four of the 47 shots faced by Ullmark hit his mask. “If it works for Henrik Lundqvist (the Swedish- b orn New York Rangers goalie), why wouldn’t it work for me?” Ullmark said after practice Thursday, when the Amerks prepared for Friday’s 7:05 p.m. home game against the Toronto Marlies. “It’s areally good tool.” That’s actually how he made his first save in North America. Utica Comets winger Alexandre Grenier unleashed awrister from the right circle just 85 seconds into Ullmark’s debut on Oct. 1 0. The goalie never moved his catching glove and he instead angled his head slightly and let the puck carom off his mask. “With shots from angles, they want to go top shelf, short side,” Ullmark said. “It’s hard to get your shoulder up that high so it’s easier to just use the mask.” This wasn’t necessarily part of his game when he played for MODO in the Swedish League the past two seasons. But his n ew Bauer mask — one with greatly improved padding of a memory- foam nature — made him realize his head can be as effective as his blocker. “ I took a shot to the h ead with my new mask in t raining camp and I couldn’t feel a thing,” he said. The primary reason he has incorporated the header into his repertoire is to enable him to maintain full coverage of his net. Since tip-ins and deflections happen fre- q uently, Ullmark is conc erned that if he brings h is catching glove up to s nare a shot and then the shot is subsequently redirected, the puck could go into the space that the glove and his left arm previously had covered. “Because of the risk of adeflection, he wants to stay big,” Amerks goalie coach Bob Janosz said. His play has really been remarkable considering this is his first experience on the smaller ice s urfaces of North America. He said his summer preparation was benefi- cial. “We have a thing, risk management,” Ullmark s aid. “You always have to b e aware of the risk that c an happen. You don’t think about the safe play. You think about what could go wrong. Everything can turn real bad real fast.” That’s why he says he doesn’t assume that just because a puck-carrier has time and space, that t he proper play will be m ade. His mindset: exp ect the unexpected. H e also wants to keep learning. “He asks a lot of questions, he wants to know why things are done a certain way,” Amerks coach Randy Cunneyworth said. “And the thing I really notice is the level of desire to stop the puck, the level of no-quit. Just when you think the shot’s going in, something comes across and gets in the way.” L ike his mask KEVINO Ullmark’s got cerebral style Amerks goalie has used ‘header’ KEVIN OKLOBZIJA @KEVINODANDC Swedish- b orn Linus Ullmark uses a new Bauer m ask. Hockey night The matchup: Amerks vs. Toronto Marlies (affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs). Time/place: 7:05 p.m. Friday/Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester Community War Memorial. Tickets: $14, $23, $25, $27. Records: The Amerks are 2-3. Toronto is 3-1. Update: Defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti cleared waivers and joined the Amerks Thursday afternoon. Since he hasn’t practiced with the team, his playing status hadn’t been determined on Thursday. Center Tim Schaller (upper body injury) is probable. He missed Wednesday’s game. Veteran defenseman Frank Corrado has joined the Marlies on a conditioning assignment. Radio: WHTK-AM (1280). HOCKEY STANDINGS EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division G PWLOTPtsGFGA Montreal 77001 4 2 3 7 T ampa Bay742192320 Ottawa 732282 3 2 2 F lorida632171812 Detroit633061616 Boston623152226 Buffalo 624041 1 1 5 T oronto613241319 Metropolitan Division GP WLO T P ts G F G A N.Y.Rangers8521112216 N.Y. I slanders 6411921 1 5 W ashington 541081 9 1 2 P hiladelphia632171316 New Jersey 733171 6 2 0 P ittsburgh734061115 Carolina 624041 2 1 7 C olumbus808001537 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP WLO T P ts G F G A Dallas7610122515 Nashville 76101 2 2 4 1 4 S t.Louis7520102117 Minnesota 641191 7 1 7 W innipeg 642082 0 1 3 Chicago633061414 Colorado623151617 Pacific Division GPWLOTPtsGFGA San Jose642081712 Vancouver 631281 6 1 1 A rizona733171918 Edmonton 734061 5 1 7 L os Angeles52304614 Anaheim61413617 Calgary615021225 NOTE:Two points for a win,one point for o vertime loss. Thursday’s Games New Jersey 5,Ottawa 4,SO N.Y.Rangers 4,Arizona 1 D allas 4,Pittsburgh 1 N ashville 5,Anaheim 1 Minnesota 3,Columbus 2 F lorida at Chicago W ashington at Vancouver Los Angeles at San Jose Friday’s Games Montreal at Buffalo,7 p.m. Boston at N.Y.Islanders,7:30 p.m. T ampa Bay at Winnipeg,8 p.m. Detroit at Calgary,9 p.m. W ashington at Edmonton,9 p.m. Carolina at Los Angeles,10:30 p.m. Saturday’s Games Anaheim at Minnesota,6 p.m. New Jersey at Buffalo,7 p.m. Toronto at Montreal,7 p.m. Arizona at Ottawa,7 p.m. N.Y.Rangers at Philadelphia,7 p.m. N.Y.Islanders at St.Louis,8 p.m. Pittsburgh at Nashville,8 p.m. Florida at Dallas,8 p.m. T ampa Bay at Chicago,8:30 p.m. C olumbus at Colorado,9 p.m. Detroit at Vancouver,10 p.m. Carolina at San Jose,10:30 p.m. Summaries D evils 5,Senators 4 N ew Jersey 2020—5 Ottawa 1120—4 New Jersey won shootout 2-1 First Period— 1,New Jersey,Zajac 2 (Palmieri,Cammalleri),5:02 (pp).2,Ottawa,Zibane- jad 2,5:54 (sh).3,New Jersey,Tootoo 1(Henrique,Josefson),6:32 (pp). Second Period— 4,Ottawa,Smith 1(Neil, Prince),9:25. Third Period— 5,Ottawa,Hoffman 4 (Lazar, Zibanejad),2:24 (pp).6,Ottawa,Neil 1 (Prince,Cowen),6:38.7,New Jersey,Henrique 4 (Cammalleri,Stempniak),14:10.8, New Jersey,Stempniak 2 (Severson,Camm alleri),19:28. Overtime —None.Penalties—Stone,Ott ( holding),4:47. Shootout— New Jersey 2 (Henrique NG,Jos efson G,Cammalleri NG,Stempniak G),Ott awa 1(Ryan G,Turris NG,Zibanejad NG, S tone NG). Shots on Goal— New Jersey 11-9-8-4—32. O ttawa 14-14-9-2—39. Power-play opportunities —New Jersey 2 of 4;Ottawa 1of 5. Goalies— New Jersey,Cor.Schneider 3-1-1 (39 shots-35 saves).Ottawa,Hammond 0-0-1 (32-28). A— 16,578 (19,153). T— 16:21. Rangers 3,Coyotes 1 A rizona 100—1 N.Y.Rangers 013—4 First Period— 1,Arizona,Dahlbeck 1(Domi, Hanzal),15:34. Second Period— 2,N.Y.Rangers,Kreider 1 (Zuccarello,Staal),10:06. Third Period— 3,N.Y.Rangers,Hayes 2 (Mil- ler),2:35.4,N.Y.Rangers,Yandle 1(Zuccarello,Stepan),6:24 (pp).5,N.Y.Rangers,Nash 1, 19:17 (en). Shots on Goal— Arizona 5-14-16—35.N.Y. Rangers 6-10-11—27. Power-play opportunities —Arizona 0 of 3;N.Y.Rangers 1of 3. Goalies— Arizona,M.Smith 3-2-1(27 s hots-24 saves).N.Y.Rangers,Lundqvist 4-2-1 ( 35-34). A— 18,006 (18,006). T— 2:38. Stars 4,Penguins 1 D allas 220—4 Pittsburgh 010—1 First Period— 1,Dallas,Oduya 1(Demers, Fiddler),10:55.2,Dallas,Klingberg 1(Sharp), 15:05 (pp). Second Period— 3,Dallas,Spezza 5,5:07.4, P ittsburgh,Bonino 1,11:20.5,Dallas,Janmark 3 (Nichushkin,Klingberg),13:02. Third Period— None. Shots on Goal— Dallas 9-12-2—23.Pitts- burgh 11-9-14—34. Power-play opportunities —Dallas 1of 3 ;Pittsburgh 0 of 5. Goalies— Dallas,Niemi 3-1-0 (34 shots-33 saves).Pittsburgh,Fleury 3-4-0 (23-19). A— 18,490 (18,387). T— 2:32. Wild 3,Blue Jackets 2 Columbus 200—2 Minnesota 120—3 First Period— 1,Minnesota,Parise 6 (Sut er),5:04.2,Columbus,Wennberg 1(Gol oubef,Atkinson),10:16.3,Columbus,Du- binsky 2 (Atkinson,Murray),19:39 (pp). Second Period— 4,Minnesota,Niederrei- t er 3 (Spurgeon,Koivu),5:41.5,Minnesota, Vanek 3 (Zucker,Spurgeon),11:12 (pp). Third Period— None. Shots on Goal— Columbus 13-9-7—29. Minnesota 6-13-4—23. Power-play opportunities —Columbus 1 of 2;Minnesota 1of 2. Goalies— Columbus,Bobrovsky 0-6-0 (23 shots-20 saves).Minnesota,Dubnyk 4-1-0 ( 29-27). A— 18,650 (17,954). T— 2:31. NHL Leaders Through games of Wednesday, October 21,2015 G oal Scoring G Jamie Benn Dallas 6 A nthony Duclair Arizona5 James Neal Nashville 5 M ax Pacioretty Montreal5 Zach Parise Minnesota 5 T omas Plekanec Montreal5 Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay 5 V ladimir Tarasenko St Louis5 Justin Abdelkader Detroit4 Patrice Bergeron Boston4 Jaromir Jagr Florida4 Patrick Kane Chicago 4 D avid Krejci Boston4 Gabriel Landeskog Colorado 4 O scar Lindberg NY Rangers4 Connor McDavid Edmonton 4 J ohn Mitchell Colorado4 Alex Ovechkin Washington 4 T yler Seguin Dallas4 Jason Spezza Dallas4 John Tavares NY Islanders4 Kyle Turris Ottawa4 Mats Zuccarello NY Rangers4 Nicklas Backstrom Washington3 Aleksander Barkov Florida3 Ryan Callahan Tampa Bay3 Max Domi Arizona3 Cody Eakin Dallas3 Claude Giroux Philadelphia 3 A dam Henrique New Jersey3 Mike Hoffman Ottawa 3 B oone Jenner Columbus3 David Jones Calgary 3 L eo Komarov Toronto3 Bryan Little Winnipeg3 Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh3 Patrick Marleau San Jose3 T.J.Oshie Washington 3 T eemu Pulkkinen Detroit3 Tobias Rieder Arizona 3 B randon Saad Columbus 3 M ark Scheifele Winnipeg 3 C raig Smith Nashville 3 A lexander Steen St Louis3 Derek Stepan NY Rangers3 Tyler Toffoli Los Angeles3 Blake Wheeler Winnipeg 3 Assists A Martin Hanzal Arizona 8 E rik Karlsson Ottawa8 David Krejci Boston7 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit 7 J ohnny Gaudreau Calgary 6 V ictor Hedman Tampa Bay6 Torey Krug Boston6 Tyler Seguin Dallas 6 M ark Stone Ottawa6 Francois Beauchemi Colorado5 Jonathan Drouin Tampa Bay5 Alex Galchenyuk Montreal 5 B rendan Gallagher Montreal 5 A les Hemsky Dallas5 Ryan Johansen Columbus 5 E vgeny Kuznetsov Washington 5 A rtemi Panarin Chicago 5 A nton Stralman Tampa Bay5 P.K.Subban Montreal5 Ryan Suter Minnesota 5 J ohn Tavares NY Islanders5 Blake Wheeler Winnipeg5 Dennis Wideman Calgary5 Jamie Benn Dallas4 Troy Brouwer St Louis4 John Carlson Washington4 Zdeno Chara Boston 4 D avid Desharnais Montreal 4 M ax Domi Arizona4 Filip Forsberg Nashville 4 M ichael Frolik Calgary4 Mike Hoffman Ottawa 4 T yler Johnson Tampa Bay 4 J ohn Klingberg Dallas 4 D ylan Larkin Detroit 4 J ori Lehtera St Louis4 Nathan MacKinnon Colorado4 Andrei Markov Montreal4 J.T.Miller NY Rangers4 Kyle Okposo NY Islanders4 Mathieu Perreault Winnipeg 4 D ion Phaneuf Toronto4 Jason Pominville Minnesota4 Jaden Schwartz St Louis4 Carl Soderberg Colorado 4 P aul Stastny St Louis4 Alexander Steen St Louis 4 V ladimir Tarasenko St Louis4 Kyle Turris Ottawa4 Justin Williams Washington 4 N ail Yakupov Edmonton4 Keith Yandle NY Rangers 4 M ika Zibanejad Ottawa 4 Power Play Goals PP Patrice Bergeron Boston 4 J amie Benn Dallas3 Zach Parise Minnesota3 Brandon Saad Columbus3 Anthony Duclair Arizona2 Loui Eriksson Boston2 NHL Henrik Lundqvist m ade 34 saves and Kevin Hayes scored the tie- breaking goal early in t he third period to lift the New York Rangers to a 4-1victory over the A rizona Coyotes on Thursday. C hris Kreider, Keith Yandle, a former longtime Coyote, and Rick N ash also scored goals for New York. Nash’s goal was his 700th car eer point. Mats Zuccarello added two assists. K las Dahlbeck scored for Arizona. The Coyotes have lost four in arow after opening the season 3-0. Mike Smith made 24 saves for Arizona. H ayes broke a 1-1tie with his second goal of the season at 2:35 of the third period. Smith turned the puck over to J.T. Miller trying to play the puck behind the goal line. Miller found Hayes along the goal line, and the second year center lifted a backhand into the net. F our minutes later, Yandle’s first goal of the s eason increased the lead to 3-1. With New York on the power play, Y andle fired a shot from t he point that found its way into the net. T he first of two regu- lar-season meetings this season also marked the first time Yandle and C oyotes winger Anthony D uclair played against their former teams. New York acquired Y andle, defenseman Chris Summers and a fourth-round pick in next J une’s draft for Duclair, a second-round pick in the 2015 draft and a condition- a l first-round selection in June’s draft in a trade last s eason. Arizona is paying $2.625 million of Yandle’s $ 5.250 million contract this season. He is in the last year of his deal, and c ould become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 . Nash was awarded his first goal of the season when he was hooked by Mikkel Boedker on a breakaway with the Coyotes net empty. K reider tied the game at 1-1midway through the second period. The sequence began with Marc Staal passing to Zuccarello from the defensive zone. Zuccarello carried the puck into the offensive zone before sending a cross-ice pass that Kreider redirected for his first goal of the season. D espite being outplayed for much of the f irst period, the Coyotes had a 1-0 lead on Dahlbeck’s first goal of the seas on at 15:34. N ew York nearly opened the scoring at the 1 0:08 mark of the first pe- riod. Smith couldn’t control Stepan’s sharp-angled shot and the puck was l oose in the crease. But S mith, Antoine Vermette, Shane Doan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson comb ined to keep the puck out of the net, despite the presence of Nash in front o f the goal. A video review upheld the ruling on the ice. D evils 5, Senators 4, SO: Lee Stempniak tied it w ith 32 seconds left in regulation and added the shootout winner in the N ew Jersey Devils’ victory over the Ottawa Senators. T ravis Zajac, Jordin Tootoo and Adam Henr ique also scored, and Cory Schneider made 35 saves to help the Devils improve to 3-3-1. Chris Neil, playing his 900th NHL game, and Mike Hoffman, Zack S mith and Mika Zibane- jad scored for Ottawa. Andrew Hammond made 28 saves in his season debut. The Senators are 3-2-2. Henrique pulled New Jersey within a goal with 5:50 to go, scoring off a rebound. Stempniak completed the comeback when he beat Hammond. Stars 4, Penguins 1: Jas on Spezza scored his fifth goal of the season a nd the Dallas Stars beat the Pittsburgh Penguins for their fifth straight vic- t ory. J ohnny Oduya and John Klinberg scored t heir first goals of the sea- son and Mattias Janmark got his third, helping the Stars finish a perfect four- g ame trip. They are 6-1-0 o verall. Antti Niemi stopped 33 shots for his third victory o f the season and fourth straight against Pittsburgh. Niemi made 37 s aves in a 3-0 win over the Penguins two weeks ago in Dallas. N ick Bonino scored his first goal for Pittsburgh ( 3-4-0), which couldn’t extend a three-game win streak. E vgeni Malkin’s four- game points streak ended, as did his stretch of three s traight games with a goal. The Penguins have s cored 11goals in their first seven games. They ended a five-game home- stand, their longest this season, and will play six of their next seven on the road. P redators 5, Ducks 1: Colin Wilson and Ryan Ellis each had a goal and two assists to lead the Nashville Predators to a win over the Anaheim Ducks. Mattias Ekholm, and Mike Ribeiro each had a goal and an assist and Eric Nystrom had the other goal for the Predators, who improved to 6-1. P ekka Rinne made 27 saves for the Predators. J iri Sekac scored for Anaheim. Anton Khudo- bin made 24 saves. The D ucks have lost five of six s o far this season. NHL ROUNDUP GETTY IMAGES Kevin Klein of the Rangers attempts to deflect a shot by Ryan McDonagh (not shown) past Coyotes goalie Mike Smith in Thursday’s 4-1New York win. Lundqvist, Hayes lead R angers over Coyotes Nash nets 700th career point ASSOCIATED PRESS SPORTS

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