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SPORTS Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tampa Bay-Montreal

Lightning win first contest without Stamkos Valtteri Filppula scored the only goal in the shootout to spoil a 44-save performance by Carey Price and give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night. Ryan Malone scored in regulation time for Tampa Bay, while Daniel Briere was the lone goal scorer for Montreal. The Lightning were without their leading goalscorer Steven Stamkos, who broke his right leg after crashing into the net against the Bruins on Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS

MacT fights back over story on Yak Nail Yakupov is averaging 15:28 of ice time a game this season. DEREK LEUNG/GETTY IMAGES

Oilers. GM says Yakupov has future in Edmonton, has no intention of trading young Russian


“There’s going to be ups and downs along the way, and anybody that’s been in the game for any length of time will tell you that that is the case.” Craig MacTavish, on the development of Nail Yakupov.

Craig MacTavish isn’t taking too kindly to comments made by Nail Yakupov’s agent about his client’s role with the Edmonton Oilers. A day after Igor Larionov told that he’d be open to a trade from the Oilers, MacTavish accused the reporter who wrote the story of “manufacturing it” and defended the team’s treatment of Yakupov. “There’s nothing changed

from our perspective on Yak,” MacTavish said after the NHL general managers meeting in Toronto. “The only thing I will say is that adversity in my mind is something that helps spur development. Yak’s facing a little bit of adversity, but there aren’t too many players of that age that haven’t. That’s really all I have to say about it.” Larionov’s message to the

Oilers, via, was to let the 20-year-old Yakupov play. The 2012 No. 1 overall pick was a healthy scratch for two games earlier in the season and is averaging 15:28 of ice time a game. “I asked Craig, I said, ‘If you guys (are) not happy with him or you have no room for him ... we’re willing to make a move. Any team,’” Larionov told ESPN.

com. “That happens and that’s part of life. Let’s move on.” Coach Dallas Eakins told the Edmonton Journal that Yakupov was not going anywhere, a sentiment MacTavish repeated Tuesday. Asked if Larionov might have a point about Yakupov getting a chance to play more, MacTavish voiced support for Eakins’ decisions. “I think Yak’s been treated very fairly since he’s been in our organization,” he said. “We like Yak, I’ve said that many times. It’s a much bigger story for you people, and it’s becoming a bit of a distraction for us right now because we’re having to answer these questions.”

San Jose-Calgary

Sharks take bite out of winless skid Brad Stuart scored 1:13 into overtime to give the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau also scored for the Sharks (11-2-5) who snapped a five-game winless skid. Mike Cammalleri and Kris Russell scored for the Flames (6-9-3) who are winless in their last four. THE CANADIAN PRESS

The Sharks’ Tomas Hertl retrieves a puck in front of Flames goalie Reto Berra on Tuesday in Calgary. DEREK LEUNG/GETTY IMAGES


Gimme 10? NHL GMs mull OT extension at meeting

Steve Yzerman in Toronto Tuesday. MARK BLINCH/THE CANADIAN PRESS

As entertaining as shootouts can be, having them play a meaningful role in playoff races is not something the NHL wants. So after 40 of the season’s first 262 games went to a shootout, the league’s general managers discussed at length the possibility of extending overtime Tuesday during their annual meeting following Hockey Hall of Fame induction night. Fighting, hybrid icing and the playoff format also came up. GMs have been discussing

making overtime 10 minutes to cut down on shootouts “to some degree,” according to Ken Holland of the Detroit Red Wings, but there isn’t a consensus yet on which format to adopt. Holland would prefer five minutes of 4-on-4 followed by five minutes of 3-on-3, while Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues and others want simply 10 minutes of 4-on-4. “I like the idea of the games being decided prior to the shootout, and if we had to extend 4-on-4 play I would under-

stand that,” Armstrong said. Fighting is routinely on the agenda at these meetings, though Montreal’s George Parros suffering a concussion on opening night as a result of a fall after fighting Toronto’s Colton Orr has made it more of a hot topic for those outside the industry. “My impression coming out is in that meeting today there’s not really a push for making any changes to the rules on fighting,” Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said. THE CANADIAN PRESS