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The harder thing is to just go and work hard and try to climb out of this thing.”Despite his lackluster performance against the Penguins, Smith will get the chance to redeem himself as he will get the start against the Caps.“It’s pretty early still [url= http://www.officialflames.c...-jersey]TJ Brodie Jersey[/url] ,” Smith said. “I think if you… start pouting and feel sorry for yourself, it’s going to be a really long year. You have to realize that, put things in perspective and keep working hard and pushing forward.”Calgary coach Bill Peters refused to blame the loss to Pittsburgh on Smith or backup goalie David Rittich, who surrendered three goals on 15 shots in relief. “Once we start playing a little bit better away from the puck " not a little bit better, quite a bit better " and with a commitment to playing defense as a group and as a unit of five, then we can talk about our goaltending,” Peters said. “We’re going to go right back to Smitty (Saturday) and give our group a chance to redeem themselves for that effort (Thursday) night.”Meanwhile, the Capitals will be looking to follow up a disappointing 4-1 loss in Edmonton on Thursday with a better performance against the Flames.“We lost as well [url= http://www.officialflames.c...sey]Womens Travis Hamonic Jersey[/url] , so we don’t want to lose two in a row so we’re going to play differently as well,” said reigning Conn Smyth Trophy winner Alexander Ovechkin, who expects the Flames to “come out flying” in front of their hometown fans.Nine games into the season, the Capitals still haven’t found a way to string together back-to-back wins, which is something that defenseman Matt Niskanen and his teammates would like to change.“I think we’re still searching for (consistency),” Niskanen said. “We’ll keep a positive attitude and keep working, but I’d like to see us string a few together here with some better efforts.“The good thing about our group is (something) we’ve kind of developed over the last couple years is we rebound pretty well. We have responses. We’ll look for that in Calgary, but I think we all know we can play better.”Forward Chandler Stephenson echoed Niskanen’s sentiments about the Capitals finding the consistency that helped them win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.“We’re not panicking in here or pressing the panic button [url= http://www.floridapantherst...ie]Florida Panthers Hoodies Womens[/url] , so it’s just a matter of time,” Stephenson said. “We’ll be right where we want to b SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) " Viktor Arvidsson has a hot hand since returning from a broken thumb.Arvidsson scored twice, and the Nashville Predators scored all their goals in the third period of a 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.Arvidsson has 13 points in 13 games.“I just try to play the same thing every night,” Arvidsson said. “Lucky bounce there on the last one, otherwise I think our line created a lot of chances.”Kevin Fiala and Roman Josi also found the net for the Predators, and Filip Forsberg had three assists. Juuse Saros made 27 saves as the Predators won their third straight game.“Felt good, saw pretty much all the pucks [url= http://www.officialhurrican...kov-jersey] http://www.officialhurrican...ersey[/url] ,” said Saros, who stopped a career-high 47 shots in a 2-1 win over Vegas before the break. “The team played good in front of me. We just stuck with it even though they got the lead. It’s a good win.”Jonathan Huberdeau scored for the Panthers, who had a three-game win streak snapped. Roberto Luongo stopped 22 shots.“We didn’t play the way we wanted in the third,” Huberdeau said. “We were up one goal and we let up.”Behind 1-0, the Predators scored two goals in a span of 2:15 in the third.Josi tied the score when his shot from the left circle found the high corner of the net at 5:29.Arvidsson put the Predators ahead 2-1 when he took a drop pass from Forsberg and fired a shot from the right circle that beat Luongo stick side at 7:44.“(Arvidsson) has been unreal since he came back from his injury,” Josi said. “He’s always been great. He goes to the net, he scores a lot of goals, he never gives up.”Fiala stretched the Predators’ lead to 3-1 when he swept in the puck from the left side with 5:50 left in the third.Arvidsson added an empty-netter with 1:56 left. He leads the team with 21 goals despite missing six weeks with the injury [url= http://www.officialhurrican...rsey]Brock McGinn Jersey Kids[/url] , including 12 since his return on Dec. 27.It was a disappointing return for the Panthers after winning three straight before the All-Star break.“For being off that long, I thought we had a good first period,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. “The third period was just a couple bounces they executed on. We had our chances, but Saros was pretty good. He shut us down at the right times. We couldn’t seem to find that next one.”Huberdeau put the Panthers ahead on a power-play goal with 4:45 left in the second. His wrist shot from the left circle beat Saros, who was screened on the play by Aleksander Barkov.Luongo took a puck to his mask on a shot by Forsberg midway through the second period. He was briefly stunned but stayed in the game. Forsberg came over and tapped Luongo on the backside with his stick to make sure he was OK.NOTES: The Panthers acquired forwards Derick Brassard and Riley Sheahan in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins for Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann on Friday. The Panthers also receive the Penguins’ second- and fourth-round picks in the 2019 draft, along with a fourth-round pick in the 2019 draft previously acquired from the Minnesota Wild. … Panthers F Jamie McGinn has been loaned to AHL Springfield. … The Predators are 0 for 27 on the power play in their past eight games.UP NEXTPredators: Host the Dallas Stars on Saturday.Panthers: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.

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