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About Last Night: Habs’ offence finally explodes in Game 2 blowout victory


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The Canadiens got a pair of goals from Tomas Tatar, a player whose goalscoring abilities had been sorely needed since the play-in round. He entered the playoffs with four career playoff goals. He nearly matched that tally Friday, scoring half of his career playoff output in one game.

It took him slightly over a minute to break his playoff scoring drought, and he later added his second on the power play in the next period.

“It was nice to find the net,” Tatar said.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi, who some were prepared to write off (likely in jealousy of Brady Tkachuk two hours west), has been great for the Canadiens this postseason. The 20-year old has four playoff goals before the age of 21, tying him for fourth all-time among Habs players with the late, great Henri Richard.

“KK was outstanding tonight,” Canadiens forward Max Domi said.

Domi can pat himself on the back too after his three-assist performance. He played with Kotkaniemi and Jonathan Drouin after fans pleaded for him to get time with better players and not languish on the team’s fourth line. He especially loved getting to play with Drouin.

“It’s no secret Jo and I are very close off the ice,” Domi said. “We spend a lot of time away from the rink together. We love playing together. So, it was a lot of fun to get out there with him tonight.”

The team as a whole dominated with possession, scoring chances, and their speed which proved to be too much for Philly. It took their opponents most of their first period for them to get a shot on net.





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‘This primary isn’t a game’: Elizabeth Warren won’t drop 2020 bid despite poor South Carolina result



After a projected fifth-place finish in South Carolina, Elizabeth Warren closes out a fourth consecutive primary with a loss in her race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“I’ll be the first to say that the first four contests haven’t gone exactly as I’d hoped”, she told supporters in Houston, Texas. “[But] Super Tuesday is three days away.”

Joe Biden’s crucial victory in South Carolina gives the former vice president a much-needed boost after disappointing results in the first three primary states after his once-ascendent campaign struggled to capture support.


Bernie Sanders, who made history as the first candidate to win popular votes in the first three primaries, is projected to finish in second place in South Carolina, edging closer to 20 per cent to Biden’s 50 per cent. Warren, meanwhile, is expected to come in fifth – trailing behind her third place finish in Iowa and fourth place finishes in New Hampshire and Nevada.

The Massachusetts senator congratulated Biden on his win but made it clear that she has no intention of dropping out of the race, banking on winning contests in 14 states – including Texas – on Super Tuesday, when more than a third of all delegates will be selected to choose the party’s nominee.

“We want to gain as many delegates to the convention as we can”, she said. “It might take days or even longer to know the results from Super Tuesday, but they will be critical in sorting out who will be the nominee this year. My campaign is built for the long haul.”

She took aim at Donald Trump’s response to a coronavirus outbreak, after slamming Mike Pence – who was tapped to lead the administration’s response – as “the worst person” to be appointed to the role, and being the first among the Democratic candidates to announce a plan to combat infectious diseases.

With fears of a pandemic and ensuing economic crisis, “who do you trust to actually run this country?”, she asked her supporters in Texas.

“This crisis demands more than a former vice president so eager to cut deals [with Republican-controlled Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell]. This crisis is a reminder that this primary isn’t a game.”



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CPAC attendees rip Democrats over reaction to coronavirus: ‘It’s their next game’


Fox News contributor and “Hannity” 2020 correspondent Lawrence Jones spoke Friday with attendees of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference who are unhappy with Democrats for their politicization of the coronavirus outbreak.

“Do you think that the Democrats are politicizing [the coronavirus]?” Jones asked attendees.

“Oh, 1,000 percent they’re politicizing it because it’s their next game,” one woman told Jones. “You know, we go from one thing to the next. This is after impeachment failed. Russia failed. So now this is what we’re doing.”

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“They’re doing that only to try to attempt to make the economy tank … to keep President Trump from being reelected,” one man said.

President Trump accused his Democratic critics Friday night of “politicizing” the coronavirus outbreak during a rally in South Carolina on the eve of the state’s Democratic presidential primary. He dismissed the complaints from Democrats about his administration’s handling of the virus as “their new hoax” and insisted “we are totally prepared.”

“There is nothing that they would not do that is not hypocritical or undermining or dishonest to undermine this administration,” another woman told Jones.

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“You can’t politicize this kind of stuff. This is ridiculous,” another man told Jones. “We got to pull together as a nation. We got to pull together as people.”

Another attendee accused Democrats of attempting to “stir the pot.”

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.



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Calgary visits Detroit after Backlund’s 2-goal game – Calgary



Calgary Flames (31-25-6, fourth in the Pacific Division) vs. Detroit Red Wings (15-44-4, eighth in the Atlantic Division)

Detroit; Sunday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: The Detroit Red Wings host Calgary after Mikael Backlund scored two goals in the Flames’ 4-3 loss to the Bruins.

The Red Wings are 10-18-2 on their home ice. Detroit is last in the league averaging just 5.5 points per game. Anthony Mantha leads them with 30 total points.

The Flames have gone 17-13-2 away from home. Calgary has given up 32 power-play goals, killing 82.1% of opponent chances.

In their last meeting on Oct. 17, Calgary won 5-1.



TOP PERFORMERS: Cody Goloubef leads the Red Wings with a minuszero in zero games played this season. Mantha has totalled 6 points over the last 10 games for Detroit.

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Derek Ryan leads the Flames with a plus-nine in 60 games played this season. Johnny Gaudreau has collected nine assists over the last 10 games for Calgary.

LAST 10 GAMES: Flames: 4-6-0, averaging four goals, 6.3 assists, 3.9 penalties and 13.4 penalty minutes while allowing 3.8 goals per game with a .885 save percentage.

Red Wings: 3-7-0, averaging 1.6 goals, 2.6 assists, 3.7 penalties and 7.7 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with a .913 save percentage.

INJURIES: Red Wings: None listed.

Flames: Derek Ryan: day to day (illness).

The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.




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Metro Video Game Awards – The Best of 2019


Resident Evil 2 – award-winning horror (pic: Capcom)

Nods for the best graphics, storytelling, soundtrack, and more are all up for contention in the annual Metro video game awards.

2019 might not be going down in history as a standout year for video games but it hasn’t been any kind of disaster either, with plenty of difficult decisions required for our Top 20 of the year. By comparison, our yearly awards aren’t designed to celebrate the entirety of a game, but one particular element that they do very well – even if it’s at the expense of others. Although this year all the winners are great games in their own right. Well, except for the winner of the worst game of the year award…

 



Best Visuals

Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Nintendo Switch)

This has always been an award for artistic, rather than technical achievement, which is why it’s often won by indie games that try to do something other than the usual photorealistic replication of the real world. But technical competence is important, and in both senses Luigi’s Mansion 3 manages to be the best looking game on the Switch. In fact, it’s so far beyond things like Pokémon and Fire Emblem it feels like it’s on a different system, with gloriously emotive cartoon animation and some great lighting effects.

It also features some of the most destructible scenery of any game this generation, which is odd as most of it doesn’t have much gameplay purpose. But describing Luigi’s Mansion 3 as an interactive animated movie really doesn’t feel like hyperbole, and shows just what can be done with the right artistic and technical expertise on even modestly powered hardware.

Runner-up: Resident Evil 2 (XO/PS4/PC)

 



Best Innovation

Baba Is You (NS/PC)

We’ve given this award to both hardware and software in the past but, again, it’s most commonly indie games that win – and none more deservedly so than Baba Is You. Its premise is that you can manipulate the game world by switching around the little three-part sentences that describe each stage. Change Rock is Push to Rock is You and suddenly you are the rock, or take out the stop from Wall Is Stop and suddenly you can walk through it.

You’re not just changing the world but the internal logic of the game, in a way that’s reminiscent of basic programming but feels much more organic and gamified than other attempts at the same idea. It all works brilliantly well and helps create one of the best games of the year.

Runner-up: John Wick Hex (PC)

 

 



Remake of the year

Resident Evil 2 (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC)

Thank goodness we already had this award category from previous years, or it would look like we invented it just to lavish more praise on Resident Evil 2. Not that it doesn’t deserve it. The Resident Evil 1 remake from 2002 is still one of the best ever but this reimagining of the PS1 sequel with an over-the-shoulder Resident Evil 4 style view works perfectly.

The graphics are phenomenal but what’s most impressive about it, and runner-up Link’s Awakening, is that the underling level design, structure, and even some of the puzzles are still exactly the same as they were in 1998. As a result of this anticipation for Resident Evil 3 is already off the scale – and frankly any other Capcom classic of the era (we are so hoping for Dino Crisis).

Runner-up: The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Nintendo Switch)

 



Best Music

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC)

A relatively serious combat flight sim might not seem the obvious place to find the soundtrack of the year but the one for Ace Combat 7 is absolutely superb. In terms of not only the overall quality but how well it fits the setting and themes of individual missions. It also wins on sheer quantity, with over 100 separate tracks that genuinely seem to get better the further you get into the game.

Calm and precise when you’re in the tutorials, the music builds in tempo the bigger and more desperate the combat gets. And although you also wouldn’t expect a flight sim to have boss fights, Ace Combat 7 absolutely does and the music for them is especially glorious. With one of the best VR modes ever seen the whole game is sadly underrated and desperately deserving of more recognition.

Runner-up: Sayonara Wild Hearts (PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and iOS)

 



Best Storytelling

A Plague Tale: Innocence (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC)

2019 has not been a banner year for storytelling in games but there have still been some standouts, including Life Is Strange 2, Sunless Sea, Knights And Bikes, and A Plague Tale: Innocence. None of them are high profile but A Plague Tale did do much better than expected and was rightly nominated at The Game Awards. As the title hints it’s set during the time of the Black Death, but the atmosphere is more Lovecraftian than purely historical, with Medieval France overrun with almost demonic-like rats.

The story and graphics are highly compelling but it’s the portrayal of the game’s child protagonists, particularly the sweet-natured Hugo, which is the highlight. The game is full of horrors, both man-made and otherwise, but it’s its ability to show the goodness in humanity, as well as the bad, that elevates it above the cynical norm.

Runner-up: Knights And Bikes (PS4/PC)

 



Worst game

Turok: Escape From Lost Valley (PC)

We do feel slightly guilty about this award ‘winner’, as it’s an indie game and no doubt subject to a tiny budget and equally small development team. But Universal Studios were involved as a publisher, so there must’ve been some amount of budget sloshing around, and it’s also hard to feel quite so forgiving when the Turok: Dinosaur Hunter franchise is being dragged through the dirt once again.

The game looks like a cute little adventure game but it’s actually a painfully difficult arcade title, with controls and a camera angle that make the precise movement and reactions required absolutely impossible. The whole thing seems to have been designed to look cute and absolutely nothing else, and you’d certainly gain more entertainment starring at the screenshots than you would playing it.

Runner-up: Contra: Rogue Ops (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC)

 

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Kanye West Introduced A Quirky Dictionary Game On ‘KUWTK’ And People Are Into It



It seems Kanye West has more than a few words for us.

In a recent episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” the rapper introduced a game to his wife, Kim Kardashian, and her two sisters, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian. The game involves several copies of the dictionary, a highlighter and positive thinking.

“Kanye always wants people to be more positive so he came up with this little dictionary game,” Kim says. “We pick a page in the dictionary and everyone has to underline the positive words.”

The segment of the show features the sisters and West highlighting words like “basic” and “barter” and discussing why they are or aren’t “positive” words in their eyes.

As the group discusses certain words, West says that the game “always sparks these kinds of conversations.”

“People get into parenting, this and that,” he says. “It’s a fire board game, like when you’re bored. That’s what board games are.”

When the scene hit Twitter, many people had thoughts about the game and were … intrigued enough to start playing themselves:





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At least 11 injured in shooting after Bayou Classic football game in New Orleans


Eleven people have been shot in New Orleans leaving 2 in critical condition early Sunday morning.

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The shooting happened between 3:20 a.m. to 3:25 a.m. in the 700 block of Canal Street in New Orleans, according to New Orleans Police.

Officers who were already in place for the Bayou Classic game responded immediately to the shooting after initially thinking they were being fired upon.

The victims were taken to local area hospitals with 5 going to University Hospital and the other 5 going to Tulane Hospital. The last person was a walk-in patient. The 2 people who are in critical condition suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and a gunshot wound to the torso, respectively.

New Orleans Police confirm that they were within feet of the shooting but there were so many people around that it was hard to determine who was firing shots.

A person of interest has been detained but it is unclear if that person had any involvement with the shooting. At this time there is no evidence to suggest the shooting was terror-related.

Authorities are actively investigating the shooting and are gathering witness statements and surveillance footage.

The victim’s identities, ages and genders have not yet been disclosed and New Orleans Police say that it is not known how or why the shooting began. No officers were injured in the shooting.

ABC News’ Josh Margolin contributed to this report.



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Canadiens Game Day: Keith Kinkaid will start in goal vs. Flyers


Keith Kinkaid will start in goal Saturday afternoon when the Canadiens take on the Philadelphia Flyers at the Bell Centre (3 p.m., SN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio) looking to end a six-game winless streak (0-4-2).

When Canadiens coach Claude Julien met the media at 12:45 p.m. at the Bell Centre he said that Carey Price will start Sunday when they Canadiens play the Bruins in Boston (7 p.m., SN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

The Canadiens have allowed 20 goals in their last three games — all losses on home ice — and are coming off a 6-4 loss to the New Jersey Devils Thursday night.

“It’s pretty simple … we got three games in four nights,” Julien said when asked to explain his goaltending decision. “Boston tomorrow gives an opportunity for Carey to get a little bit of rest. He’s played quite a bit. Again, those back-to-back games Carey, to me, has always played well in Boston. So there’s no reason why we don’t give him that rest and we don’t give Kinkaid an opportunity here tonight. So to me it’s a calculated decision on our part and we’re going forward with that.”

The Canadiens have an 11-9-5 record and are in 12th place in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers (14-7-5) are coming off a 6-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings Friday afternoon in Philadelphia and are in third place in the Metropolitan Division.

When asked what his message is to his players as they try to end their six-game winless streak, Julien said: “Same thing as what most coaches would normally say: less is more. Don’t try and do somebody else’s job. Trust the people you’re out there with to do their jobs and once that comes back everything kind of falls into place. Right now everybody wants to win so badly, they see a little mistake they want to cover up right away and sometimes they don’t give that guy a chance to cover his mistake. We just need a little bit of patience and trust and I think if those two things happen I think it’s going to change the outcome of our defensive game a lot.”

This is the second of three games between these teams this season after the Flyers beat the Canadiens 3-2 in overtime on Nov. 7 in Philadelphia. They will wrap up the season series on Jan. 16 in Philadelphia.

Olofsson will make Canadiens debut

Defenceman Gustav Olofsson, called up from the AHL’s Laval Rocket on Friday, will make his Canadiens debut against the Flyers on the third pairing with Cale Fleury.

That means Mike Reilly and Brett Kulak will be the healthy scratches.

In 20 games with the Rocket this season, Olofsson had 0-7-7 totals and was plus-1.

“From what I’ve seen and what I’ve been told, overall he’s been playing well,” Julien said about Olofsson. “He skates the puck, moves the puck well. He’s a guy that has a little bit of experience in this league.”

The Canadiens acquired the 24-year-old Olofsson from the Minnesota Wild on Oct. 3, 2018 in exchange for forward William Bitten. Olofsson played only two games for the Rocket last season before having season-ending shoulder surgery. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder played 56 games with the Wild over three seasons, posting 0-11-11 totals. The Wild selected the Swedish defenceman in the second round (46th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

“The injury last year really set him back,” Julien said. “So now he’s got about 20 games under his belt (in Laval) and seems to be coming around. In the circumstance that we’re in right now, I think it’s a great opportunity to see if he can help us out and bring a dimension to our back end that we can certainly use right now. So we’re going to have a look at him this afternoon and hopefully be able to come out of this with a real good evaluation of him.

Longest slump in two seasons

The Canadiens’ six-game winless streak is their longest season and is one game longer than their longest slump last season, when they went 0-3-2 from Nov. 19-27.

The last time the Canadiens had a six-game winless streak was two seasons ago when they went 0-4-2 from Feb. 8-20. They also had a seven-game winless streak that season, going 0-6-1 from Oct. 7-20. The Canadiens finished 28th in the overall NHL standings that season.

“It’s a long season,” the Canadiens’ Max Domi said Friday morning at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. “It’s how it goes, right? You’re going to go through, obviously, ups and downs throughout a year. We know that there’s no one who wants to win more than the guys in this locker room. So we’re doing everything we possibly can and it’s something we’re going to have to stick together. We’re a real close group and we believe in one another and we believe in each other. Keep doing that, keep working hard and just trust the process here. We just got to get one win and then go from there.”

Sense of urgency

There’s a sense of urgency surrounding the Canadiens heading into the back-to-back games this weekend.

“We have the same urgency for every game,” Domi said Friday. “We want to win every game. It doesn’t matter if it’s October or hopefully in June. That’s our goal. So every game’s the same and you got to elevate your performance and your compete level and all that on a daily basis. All we’re focused on is tomorrow against Philly. We haven’t won a game in a while and we got to win the next game against Philly. That’s all we’re focused on right now.

“We’re a team here,” Domi added. “We’re going to stick together and every guy’s got to pull their weight. Obviously, we can be a lot better for Carey. We know that and he knows that, too. So we got to be better for each other and as a team, I think as a whole, when we’re all going we’re a tough team to play against. That’s all we can control so we got to find ways to get back to that.”

Supporting Price

Kinkaid has been doing his best to support Price during this tough stretch for the No. 1 goalie.

“I think just motivate him,” Kinkaid said Friday morning when asked what he can do to help Price as his backup. “Give friendly competition. Give stick taps on big saves in practice and whatnot. He does that constantly to me. So he’s been great with that … even saves that I think are relatively routine,  you hear him at the other end tapping his stick

“I think it’s just being encouraging,” Kinkaid added. “He knows what to do. He’s a top-notch professional. He’s the best in the game. Everyone goes through this, so it’s nothing we’re going to stress about. We just got to get out of it and sometimes it’s ugly when you get out of it, but you need that ugly game to get over the hump I think.”

Kinkaid was also asked about Price breaking his stick in frustration after giving up the fifth goal in Thursday night’s loss to the Devils.

“That was just maybe a shot he knows he can save,” Kinkaid said. “Right now, like I said, people go through this. Even I know there’s a few shots I should have saved during the season, like the one (game) in Vegas. I let in two shots I knew I should have and we still got the win (5-4 in overtime). It’s just getting back to the basics, focusing on keeping your body in front of the puck and tracking everything. I know (goalie coach Stéphane Waite) worked great with him. He’s been working great with me to help my game, too. So I’m not worried for us at all. We’ve been resilient to start the season and we’ll come out of this.”

Where the Canadiens rank

The Canadiens rank ninth in the NHL in offence, scoring an average of 3.32 goals per game, and 29th in defence, allowing an average of 3.52. They rank 17th on the power play (18. 4 per cent), 30th in penalty-killing (72.7 per cent) and 15th in faceoffs (50.1 per cent).

Tomas Tatar leads the Canadiens in scoring with 7-15-22 totals, followed by Shea Weber (8-12-20), Brendan Gallagher (10-9-29), Phillip Danault (6-12-18) and Domi (6-11-17).

Where the Flyers rank

The Flyers rank 14th in the NHL in offence, scoring an average of 3.00 goals per game, and rank sixth in defence, allowing an average of 2.69. They rank 11th on the power play (20.2 per cent), third in penalty-killing (86.5 per cent) and first in faceoffs (53.9 per cent).

Travis Konecny leads the Flyers in scoring with 8-16-24 totals, followed by Sean Couturier (8-12-20), Jakub Voracek (6-13-19), Claude Giroux (8-10-18) and Oskar Lindblom (10-7-17).

What’s next?

The Canadiens will fly to Boston after Saturday’s game and play the Bruins Sunday night (7 p.m., SN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

Next week, the New York Islanders will be at the Bell Centre on Tuesday (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio), followed by the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio) before the Canadiens travel to New York to face the Rangers next Friday (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

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Climate Change Protesters Storm Field at Halftime of Harvard-Yale Football Game



NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The 136th edition of The Game between Harvard and Yale has been delayed at halftime after protesters took over the field.

Students from both schools occupied midfield after the Yale band had finished performing. Some held banners asking their colleges to act on climate change and Puerto Rican debt relief.

“Hey hey, ho ho, fossil fuels have got to go,” some protesters chanted.

After a few minutes, hundreds more people stream onto the field. A public address announcement asked them to leave “as a courtesy to the players.”

“As a courtesy to both teams, the game must resume.”

Police were on standby.

With Yale hoping to clinch an Ivy League title, Harvard led 15-3 at halftime.





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