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  • 24 Aug
    导出博客文章EVANSTON, Ill. -- Vic Law scored a career-high 26 points -- his second straight
    game establishing a new mark -- to lead Northwestern to an 86-72 victory over
    Eastern Washington Monday night in a Legends Classic opening-round game.Law, who
    had 19 points in the season opener, was 7-for-13 from the field. Bryant McIntosh
    had 18 points and Scottie Lindsey and Dererk Pardon each added 12 as
    Northwestern improved to 2-0.Bogdan Bliznyuk led Eastern Washington (1-1) with
    25 points on 10-for-18 shooting. He had 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting in the
    first half.Jacob Wiley added 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting for the
    Eagles.Bliznyuk had four points and took only three shots in the season-opening
    win over Division III Linfield.Northwestern quickly jumped out to a 15-point
    lead (24-9) less than nine minutes into the game and it appeared a second
    straight blow out was in order following the 94-63 opening win over Mississippi
    Valley State.But Eastern fought back and pulled within 42-36 in the final minute
    of the first half. The Eagles were within six points (53-47) early in the second
    half, but that was as close as they would get -- although Northwestern never was
    able to open a comfortable margin.BIG PICTUREEWU: The Eagles were picked to
    finish fifth in the Big Sky in a preseason poll of media covering the conference
    following last season 18-16 finish. If nothing else, this is a scrappy bunch
    that played physical on both ends and refused to quit after falling behind early
    on the road against a Power 5 conference team.Northwestern: Although the season
    is only two games old, Law cleared as emerged as the Wildcats best player. The
    redshirt sophomore, who missed all of last season following shoulder surgery,
    has the versatile game and athleticism to be a threat every night.UP NEXTEastern
    Washington plays at Texas on Thursday in a game thats also a part of the Legends
    Classic.Following a pair of home wins, Northwestern plays its first road game
    Thursday at Butler.
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    centre did just that. Howard scored 18 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter,
    including 13 of 19 free throws in a 2 1/2-minute stretch, and the Houston
    Rockets beat the Denver Nuggets 122-111.
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    working week of a new year, the Impact announced the appointment of their new
    head coach. DENVER -- Ever so steadily, Nashvilles goal scorers are getting on
    track. The same applies to goaltender Pekka Rinne.See, nothing to worry
    about.Craig Smith scored twice, Rinne stopped 28 shots and the struggling
    Predators beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-1 on Tuesday night.Ryan Johansen and
    Matt Irwin each scored his first goal of the season, while Roman Josi added an
    insurance goal late for the Predators, who won on the road for the first
    time.Now, if only Filip Forsberg could rediscover his scoring touch. Hes still
    stuck on zero goals -- he had 33 last season -- but is showing signs of breaking
    out of his funk with two more assists.It doesnt matter who is (scoring) -- it
    feels good to contribute, Forsberg said. We want to keep building.The mood in
    the Avalanche locker room was sour after such a distressing loss. The team even
    called an impromptu meeting.To a man we have to be honest and look at ourselves
    in the mirror and reflect on the way we come to work every day, Avalanche
    captain Gabriel Landeskog said. Im not going to go into details about the
    meeting. But were going to come to the rink tomorrow with a good attitude.
    Tonight, its got be said: This was embarrassing.Staked to a two-goal lead
    heading into the third period, Rinne easily made it hold up as he improved to
    16-7-2 in his career against the Avalanche.Jarome Iginla scored NHL goal No.
    613. Hes 12 behind Colorado Hall-of-Famer-turned-GM Joe Sakic for 15th place on
    the all-time scoring list.Landeskog attempted to fire up his team 68 seconds
    into the third period by dropping the gloves and fighting with Austin Watson.
    The two traded punches before falling to the ice. Both received five-minute
    penalties for fighting.The Avalanche definitely had more zest.But Rinne &
    Co. were up for the challenge. Rinne stopped Joe Colbornes blast midway through
    the final period. Moments later, Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis slid across the
    goal on his knees to knock away a puck headed for the net.Best save of the
    night, Rinne said.It was that kind of eveening for Nashville, which kept
    constant pressure on Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov.ddddddddddddThats not
    at all how we want to play. Its pretty bad, Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said.
    The guys are saying and doing the right things postgame, which is a start.Josi
    tapped in a goal with 7:51 left to secure the win. Smith scored his second goal
    of the game 1:09 later.Johansens power-play goal at 11:47 of the second period
    gave the Predators a 3-1 lead. That snapped a string of 12 straight penalty
    kills by Colorados defense.Smith got the Predators on the board before many fans
    were even seated as he knocked in a pass from Mike Ribeiro at 1:33.The Avalanche
    countered when Iginla scored less than five minutes later. Almost fitting, the
    39-year-old Iginla broke out of a five-game goal slump in this game, considering
    his 39 career goals are the most against the Nashville franchise.Irwin lined in
    a wrist shot late in the first period for his first goal since March 28, 2015,
    at Philadelphia. The defenseman was recalled from Milwaukee of American Hockey
    League on Oct. 24.Things are turning a little bit, just offensively, Predators
    coach Peter Laviolette said. We seem to be staying in a little bit longer,
    getting more looks, more attempts. With that is going to come more results. Its
    nice to get those guys going.Game notes F Cody Bass returned after missing four
    games with an upper-body injury. ... D Matt Carle, who played down the road at
    the University of Denver, and F Kevin Fiala were scratches. ... Avalanche D
    Fedor Tyutin sat out a fourth straight game with a groin injury, but is skating
    with the team. We are going to give him a few more skates before we get him in,
    Bednar said. ... F Gabriel Bourque was reassigned to San Antonio of the AHL to
    get more playing time, Bednar explained.UP NEXT:Predators: At Arizona on
    Thursday night.Avalanche: At Chicago on Thursday night. ' ' '