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#1 Posted : 10 August 2018 09:12:47(UTC)
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RALEIGH Phillip Gaines Color Rush Jersey , N.C. — The Tampa Bay Lightning have entered a playoff mode before the postseason and there’s still something to play for.

That will be the case in the regular-season finale Saturday night against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena.

This chase for the top seed in the Eastern Conference has put the Lightning in a playoff state of mind.

“I think it’s good for us to kind of stay in that mentality,” Tampa Bay left winger Alex Killorn said.

The Hurricanes have been on the outside of the playoff picture, but they would like to take a victory into the offseason.

“We got to do it right,” Carolina forward Sebastian Aho said. “It’s just the last game. We want to play it like we want (to). Just do right, the way we want to do it.?”

The Lightning (54-23-4) are still striving for the top spot in the conference, something that can be achieved by winning the Atlantic Division. Tampa Bay leads the Boston Bruins by two points. The Bruins have two games remaining, going to Ottawa on Saturday night and finishing Sunday night at home against the Florida Panthers.

Tampa Bay has won three consecutive games after the 7-5 home victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.

After defeating Boston 4-0 on Tuesday, Tampa Bay had the benefit of its final two games against non-playoff teams — Buffalo and Carolina.

Tampa Bay center Tyler Johnson said winning the division is the short-term objective.

“That’s our main goal and really the only thing we’re focusing on is how can we do that, and the first step is just playing the right way and doing what we need to do,” Johnson said.

The Hurricanes (35-35-11) carry a three-game losing streak into the game Isaiah Oliver Color Rush Jersey , with each of those outcomes a one-goal defeat.

“We’ll play better on Saturday,” Hurricanes center Elias Lindholm said.

It could be an interesting offseason for the Hurricanes, who underwent a midseason ownership change that already has resulted in the reassignment of now-former general manager Ron Francis.

Carolina is locked out of the playoffs for the ninth straight season, marking the longest active playoff drought for any NHL team.

Aho said the Hurricanes have been a step behind in recent games against teams vying for playoff spots or postseason positioning.

“I think we weren’t quite there,” Aho said. “I mean, we didn’t have the same level.”

The Hurricanes did have a few uplifting moments this week, including the first goal of the season in 32 games for defenseman Klas Dahlbeck.

“It’s a reward for staying with it, being a good pro,” Carolina coach Bill Peters said. “Good to see him take advantage of the opportunity.”

Aho scored for the third time six games in Thursday night’s loss at Philadelphia. That puts him with a team-leading 29 goals this season.

The Hurricanes are expected to go with veteran goalie Cam Ward in what could be his final game with the franchise. He has a 22-14-4 record this season.

Tampa Bay won by 5-1 and 5-4 scores against Carolina in previous matchups this season.

Once Jose Berrios escaped a jam in the first inning, the rest of the day belonged to the ace right-hander.

Berrios struck out a career-best 12 in seven innings http://www.chargersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-justin-jones-jersey , helping the Minnesota Twins beat Bartolo Colon and the Texas Rangers 2-0 on Sunday.

Shin-Soo Choo jumped on Berrios’ first-pitch fastball for a leadoff double, but Berrios settled down before the Rangers could grab an early lead.

”Yeah, he surprised me,” Berrios said through an interpreter. ”I threw a fastball right down the pipe and he obviously connected as you guys know. That kind of gave me a heads up like, `Oh, OK, game on here.”’

Eddie Rosario had two hits for the Twins, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bobby Wilson and Robbie Grossman each singled in a run.

Berrios (8-5) surrendered just three hits while improving to 3-0 in June. Trevor Hildenberger pitched a perfect eighth and Fernando Rodney finished the three-hitter for his 17th save.

The Rangers had won seven in a row and missed out on a chance for a perfect six-game road trip. Colon (4-5) yielded two runs and seven hits in seven innings.

”I think I pitched a great game, but I have to give credit to Berrios because he also pitched a great game too,” Colon said through an interpreter.

Choo reached base safely for the 37th straight game with the leadoff double. He advanced to third on Adrian Beltre’s two-out single to left Andrei Svechnikov Jersey , but didn’t try for home with Rosario charging the ball. Berrios then struck out Rougned Odor to end the inning.

No other Texas runner reached second against Berrios. Only four batted balls left the infield, three coming in the first.

”Sometimes you got to tip your hat to a guy that throws the ball extremely well,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. ”We saw him last year, very similar stuff, electric fastball, very loose arm, hard to pick up the release point off of him mixed with a solid breaking ball and changeup, just kept us off balance.”

Berrios retired 14 of 16 batters at one point and struck out at least two batters in each of the first four innings. Berrios has allowed eight earned runs over his last 34 1/3 innings (2.10 ERA).

”Every time when I warm him up before the game, I have in my head that it’s going to be a special day,” said Wilson Authentic Adam Boqvist Jersey , who was behind the plate for the Twins. ”He’s just that electric of a pitcher and has that good of stuff. You just have a good feeling every time you see him on the mound. His pure stuff is elite in the game.”

NO MORE SHENANIGANS

There were no further incidents after an intriguing sequence during Texas’ 9-6 win on Saturday. Jurickson Profar stole second base in the fourth inning with a 9-2 lead. Profar was later hit on the leg by reliever Addison Reed with a pitch that appeared intentional.

The interaction drew a quip from Twins manager Paul Molitor when he was asked before Sunday’s game about the three hit-by-pitches for Profar.

”The first one, our pitcher got his cleat caught in the dirt, the second one was a borderline strike,” Molitor said. ”With the armor these guys wear, they don’t worry about getting out of the way. And the last time, we wanted to give him an opportunity to steal another base.”

MINNESOTA MOVES

Before the game, Minnesota optioned rookie starter Fernando Romero to Triple-A Rochester and recalled right-handed reliever Alan Busenitz. The Twins bullpen had to account for 7 1/3 innings in Saturday’s loss after Jake Odorizzi’s short start.

The Twins will need a fifth starter again on Saturday in Chicago. Romero (3-3, 4.38 ERA) won’t be eligible to return unless a player is put on the disabled list. Molitor said the likely starter on Saturday isn’t on the current 25-man roster.

After the game, Minnesota optioned outfielder Ryan LaMarre to Triple-A and will make a corresponding move before Tuesday’s game in Chicago.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rangers: Joey Gallo was back in the lineup after leaving Saturday’s game with left hamstring tightness. Gallo said the injury has lingered for much of the season but he has played through it. He was at designated hitter on Sunday after playing first base on Saturday.

Twins: Byron Buxton (10-day disabled list, left great toe fracture) went 0 for 2 while playing designated hitter in his fifth rehab game for Triple-A Rochester Jonathan Allen Color Rush Jersey , which was later suspended due to rain. Buxton is 3 for 16 on his rehab stint and there is no timetable on his return to Minnesota.

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Cole Hamels (4-6, 3.41 ERA) starts on Monday as Texas returns home against the San Diego Padres. Hamels has a 2.89 ERA over his past seven starts and has pitched into the seventh inning in five of the appearances. San Diego counters with LHP Joey Lucchesi (3-3, 3.86 ERA).

Twins: After an off day, RHP Lance Lynn (5-5, 4.64 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series at the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. Lynn owns a 1.73 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 36 1/3 over his last six starts. Chicago will start RHP Reynaldo Lopez (2-5, 3.59 ERA).



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