after throwing only 87 pitches

after throwing only 87 pitches

Postautor: jokergreen0220 » 10 wrz 2016, o 04:33

OTTAWA -- Jason Spezza stole the show Wednesday at the Ottawa Senators annual skills competition. SenDerrick Marks Jaguars Jersey . The veteran forward won both the hardest shot and accuracy competitions less than a day after the clubs disappointing 6-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. Spezza blasted a shot at 103.8 miles per hour, edging rookie defenceman Jared Cowen, who was second at 102 m.p.h. They were the lone two players to crack the 100-mile barrier. Mike Fisher, now with the Nashville Predators, holds the Senators record at 105 m.p.h. "I thought (teammate Matt Carkner) would beat me," said Spezza. "I knew I could get over 100, but I just didnt know how hard. "I was worried about Carks and Jared (Cowen) being a big guy with a big stick I knew could hit it pretty hard." Spezza was also the only Senator to go 4-for-4 in the accuracy competition. Nick Foligno came close, going 4-for-5. "Ive been 4-for-5 or 4-for-6 so it was pretty nice to go 4-for-4," said Spezza. "Youve got to take your time to make sure you hit them." Spezza is looking to earn a spot at this years all-star game, which will be held in Ottawa. Hes hopeful Wednesdays performance will earn him a few more fan votes. "The support from the fans has been great so far," said Spezza. "It would be a huge honour to get voted in, but its out of our hands. "But whether you get voted in or not doesnt matter, the fans have just been great." Usually players treat skills competitions as fun events that provide them a chance to interact personally with fans. But Spezza admitted to feeling some pressure to perform. "You always want to put your best foot forward and you really just dont want to embarrass yourself," he said. Colin Greening set a team record in the skating event with a time of 13.434 seconds, breaking the mark of 13.665 second he set last year. Erik Karlsson finished second in 13.688 seconds while newly acquired Kyle Turris was third in 13.735. Greening, a veteran of just 61 career NHL games, was a little worried about facing proven speedsters Milan Michalek and Karlsson and was only hoping to be competitive. "I was hoping they wouldnt break my record so Im pretty happy with how things went," said Greening. "I wasnt sure I was going to beat last year, but I feel like Im a pretty good skater and thats one of my best attributes. "But to get a score like a 13.4 was a bit surprising." Spezza feels the skills competition is a great event for fans but said its also fun for players because many bring their own kids to watch the competition in person. "Its pretty rare to be able to bring the kids as its usually all business around here," said Spezza, who had his one-year-old daughter Sophia on hand. "Its nice to have everyone interacting and see the kids." A. J. Cann Jaguars Jersey . Even though, the 2014 edition enjoyed three days of practice and four skates, in total, before the opener, Sidney Crosby and Co. Josh Evans Jaguars Jersey . Vargas (8-3) allowed four singles and two walks while striking out five, allowing only two runners from a diluted Twins lineup to reach second base. Mike Moustakas and Jarrod Dyson hit RBI singles in the second inning against Kevin Correia (4-10), and that was all Vargas needed. . According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the Leafs remain interested in re-signing Raymond, but several other teams have reached out to the former 25-goal scorer. CHICAGO -- Paul Maholm was eager to finish off one of his best pitching performances of the season. He settled instead for his first win in seven weeks, and that was plenty satisfying. Maholm allowed just four hits, pitched into the ninth inning and benefited from three homers and some good defence Friday, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 4-0 win over the Houston Astros. "I wanted it obviously. I understand the situation," Maholm said of being pulled in the ninth. "I gave up two hits, but after my last outing, Ill take what I got and go on." Maholm had given up nine hits and seven runs in just 3 1-3 innings of his previous outing against the Diamondbacks and had been 0-4 in his previous eight outings, although he pitched well enough to win in some of those games. Friday he mixed his pitches, had good control and worked well with rookie catcher Steve Clevenger, who also hit his first major league homer. "If you are doubting your pitches or whatever you are not going to be as crisp," Maholm said. "Whether I was throwing the so-called correct pitch, I was aggressive with it. And obviously Ive faced those guys a decent amount and kind of know their tendencies." Maholm (5-6), making 200th major league start, earned his first win since he tossed seven shutout innings in a 1-0 victory over Atlanta on May 9. He walked one, hit a batter and struck out six in his 8 1-3 innings. Brian Bixler started the Houston ninth with a base hit and Carlos Lees one-out double put runners on second and third before Carlos Marmol finished for his sixth save in eight chances. Marmol plunked Chris Snyder to load the bases with two down, but Chris Johnson lined to third to end the game. "My job is to hit the ball hard. I cant place it. I wish I could," said Johnson. Coming off a tough 7-3 loss to the Padres on Thursday night when they gave up six runs in the ninth, the Astros didnt get into Chicago until 2:20 a.m. and then to their hotel around 3:30 a.m. "How much sleep we had, no one wants to hear about that," Johnson said, crediting Maholm. "He is one of those guys who really mixes his pitches well.&quoot; Jordan Schafer and Matt Downs had the only other hits for Houston against Maholm. Telvin Smith Jaguars Jersey. Schafers third-inning single came on a fly ball that fell in front of left fielder Alfonso Soriano, and Downs singled in the eighth. "The guys made some great plays," Maholm said. "And three homers always helps." Luis Valbuena hit a two-out solo homer off Bud Norris (5-5) in the second. Clevenger belted a two-run shot in the fourth for his first major league homer, and Soriano connected in the sixth. All 15 of Sorianos homers have come since May 15. Clevenger will savour his first. He got the ball, as well. "To hit a home run in the big leagues, its a great feeling," he said. "But more important we got the victory and we got the shutout." Norris allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings. He came off the disabled list earlier in the day after being sidelines with a sprained left knee. He wanted to go longer after throwing only 87 pitches but manager Brad Mills pulled him. "Manager made his decision, so Ive got to let it be with that," Norris said. "But I felt strong. " Houston put the first two men on in the third, but Downs was thrown out at third with Norris attempting to bunt, dousing the rally. Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro ended the inning by roaming behind second to flag down Bixlers grounder and throw him out. Bixler hit a long drive to centre in the sixth, but David DeJesus leaped into the ivy to pull it down. The Cubs nearly doubled off Norris, who had walked, but Castros relay throw was wild past first, allowing Norris to move to third. NOTES: SS Jed Lowrie was out of the lineup to rest following the Astros difficult 7-3 loss to the Padres on Thursday night, but he hit in the eighth. 2B Jose Altuve sat out a fifth straight game (right hamstring). ... Cubs RHP Ryan Dempster, on the DL with a lat injury, played catch and hopes to throw off the mound sometime this weekend. ... Astros 1B Carlos Lee got hit in the groin area by a hard hopper off the bat of Anthony Rizzo in the ninth but was able to regroup and stay in the game. 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