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Canadian ice dancers, Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier, are the first Canadians to qualify for the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final this season. Goran Dragic Jersey . They earned one of only six spots up for grabs by winning silver at both Skate Canada and most recently at Eric Bompard Trophy, this past weekend in Bordeaux, France. The year following the Olympics, when others are suffering from Olympic season letdown, is the perfect time to make a mark and get in the mix for the new Olympic quadrennial and Gilles and Poirier have done just that. Their early season success has come from the fact that they have well-thought out and well-prepared material and they were competition-ready right out of the gate. After suffering the frustration of missing much of last season due to Poiriers leg injury and lengthy rehab and the disappointment of not making the Canadian Olympic team, they have certainly come into this year fuelled by having something to prove and with the newfound appreciation and confidence that comes from an injury-free season with uninterrupted training time. Making the final is a huge accomplishment and they are in the enviable position of knowing that their preparations to date have been right on track and now its about keeping the intensity up and enjoying the ride. In the absence of Canadas top-ranked single skaters, Kaetlyn Osmond and Kevin Reynolds, who have been beset by injuries this season, the focus has shifted to some new young Canadian talent. A pair of 16-year-olds, Nam Nguyen and Gabby Daleman, along with 18-year-old Alaine Chatrand, all in their first years at the senior level, are stepping up admirably, winning medals and giving us plenty of reasons to be optimistic about their paths leading up to PyeongChang 2018. In what can only be described as a breakout season, Nguyens consistency, showmanship and his newfound quad have earned him a third and a fourth in his two outings on the Grand Prix circuit and has him rubbing shoulders with skatings elite. He is young and still has a ways to go to mature and fully develop but he has had a year so far (a junior Worlds title, a 12th-place finish at senior Worlds and the Grand Prix medal) that young skaters dream about. The performance of Chartrand at the recent Rostelecom in Moscow, earned Canada another Grand Prix bronze in singles. In that event, Chartrand did what no other woman in the world has been able to do this season and that is finish ahead of the Russian ladies in the short program. She delivered a solid skate with speed and attack, when others faltered. Going into the free skate, she was left with the realization that this was was unfamiliar territory as she remarked to the press, I have never been in first before! That thought can be both exhilarating and intimidating, but Chartrand stayed strong and held on for the bronze, fighting through an ambitious free skate. It was a delightfully surprising result for Chartrand, which exceeded even her expectations. Her performance in Russia is something she can gain confidence from and build on as she heads towards the National Championships in January and the fight for the Canadian title. Chartrands teammate, Daleman, will get her second shot at a Grand Prix this weekend in Osaka, Japan. Dalemans up against a very strong field with which to measure herself, but her athleticism is in a word impressive, her jumps, explosive. So, If she can keep her adrenaline in check and contain her powerful jumps for the sake of a little more control and finesse, she could put herself right in the mix. Also in Osaka this weekend for the NHK Trophy are two Canadian teams who are looking to cement their spot in the final, Canadian pair champions, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, and World Ice Dance silver medalists, Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje. Both should have no trouble qualifying, but they will be trying to maximize their scores and, thus, gain momentum as they head into the Grand Prix Final just two weeks away. Walter Davis Jersey .Y. -- Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff had an opportunity to experience an entire range of emotions in his first trip back to Buffalo to face his former team. Gus Johnson Jersey . But defending champion Elena Vesnina of Russia held off a strong challenge to beat Shuai Peng of China 6-3, 6-4, and there was another hard-fought victory for 2012 runner-up Angelique Kerber of Germany, who defeated Alison Riske of the United States 7-6 (6), 6-4. https://www.cheapsunsonline.com/159z-boris-diaw-jersey-suns.html .com) - Jeff Teague finished with a game-high 26 points and eight assists as the Atlanta Hawks held off the Utah Jazz, 98-92, on Friday.TAMPA, Fla. -- After the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning combined for 11 goals in four regular-season meetings, Dale Weise didnt expect them to score eight in the first 60 minutes of Game 1 Wednesday night. "But thats playoffs, anything can happen," he said. Anything, including Weise scoring his first career Stanley Cup playoff goal and first NHL overtime winner to give the Habs a 5-4 victory at Tampa Bay Times Forum and a 1-0 lead in the Atlantic Division semifinal series. "I cant remember the last time I had an overtime goal, so that one feels real good," Weise said. It was the kind of back-and-forth affair that bred unpredictability. The Lightning scored four times against Carey Price on 16 shots in regulation, and it seemed like any and every shot could go in. In overtime, the margin for error was almost non-existent. But thats exactly what playoff star Daniel Briere wanted to embrace. "You have to be ready, and thats the beauty of overtime," said Briere, who set Weise up for the winner 18:08 into overtime. "You cant make any mistakes. One shot can end it all." Tampa Bays Teddy Purcell and Montreals Max Pacioretty were close to doing it, but were thwarted by a diving Josh Gorges and the clank of the left post behind Anders Lindback, respectively. Ultimately, that shot belonged to Weise, who earlier in overtime might not have been in position to take it. "We had about two or three similar chances just before and the last shift I kind of backed off on a play. I didnt want to get caught," Weise said. "I came to the bench and (assistant coach Gerard Gallant) said, Dont be afraid to jump in on that one, and thats what I did. (Michael Bournival) and Danny make a great play there, and I wont miss too many from there." Weise and Briere were the heroes, but the games previous 78 minutes had plenty of players putting on an offensive show. Steven Stamkos scored twice to go along with Tampa Bay goals by Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn, while Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta, Lars Eller and Thomas Vanek scored for the Habs. The goals were even at four apiece at the end of regulation, but the shots were far from it. The Habs had 35 to the Lightnings 16, taking it to a Tampa Bay team that was so good at puck possession during the regular season. Michel Therriens team just wanted to play a "solid road game" and got thatt job done. Ricky Rubio Jersey. "We kept our composure. We didnt want to get out of our game plan," Therrien said. "The guys stuck to the game plan and they got rewarded at the end. Thats the way I see it." The game didnt go the way some envisioned, specifically after these teams had such low-scoring matchups before. Price said he was not surprised but instead was frustrated he allowed four goals. "Every games different and you never know whats going to happen out there," Price said. "Its tough as a goaltender when teams are capitalizing on scoring chances and theyre getting so few." Price was at his best in overtime when he stopped all nine Lightning shots. Tampa had more shots in overtime than in any of the three previous periods but couldnt cash in. "I thought probably overtime was one of our better periods we played in that game," Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. "(But) we kept shooting ourselves in the foot time and time again." Mistakes made it a fun game, as eight Lightning players were making their playoff debut at the NHL level. The Habs had only one in Bournival. The inexperience of youth was noticeable at times. "We came out tentative and didnt want to make mistakes, but as the game went on we got more comfortable," Killorn said. "The turnovers at the blue-line cost us." At the end of the night, one defensive-zone mistake cost the Lightning and allowed the Habs to steal the first game on the road. Naturally it was Briere who knew what to expect in overtime and record his 110th playoff point in his 109th career playoff game. "You just have to stay focused," Briere said. "I had the feeling that something good was going to happen. Our line had too many scoring chances that at some point we were going to get a good result." NOTES -- Brandon Prust returned to the Habs lineup after missing the final 12 games of the regular season with a shoulder injury. ... Defencemen Douglas Murray and Jarred Tinordi and forwards George Parros, Alex Galchenyuk, Travis Moen and Ryan White were scratched for Montreal. ... Lightning forward Ondrej Palat did not take a shift after one early in the third period because of an upper-body injury. Cooper said he would be re-evaluated Thursday. ... Gaspe, Que., native Cedric Paquette made his playoff debut after playing his first NHL game, Tampa Bays 81st of the regular season. ' ' '

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