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DENVER (AP) Dont be fooled: That third-period lead isnt so safe.Not this season Adidas Steven Kampfer Jersey , anyway. Theres been quite a comeback for the comeback.The NHL has seen 110 third-period comeback wins spanning 611 games through New Years Eve. Thats third-most in league history and not far off the 114 rallies in 2014-15 and 113 in 13-14, according to research by the NHL stats and information department.Going into the new year, the only teams without a third-period comeback for a win in regulation were Carolina (0-13-2 when trailing after two) and Los Angeles (0-17-1). And the only team not to lose with a final-period lead remains Toronto, which is 19-0-0.Translation: Dont leave early, because anything can and often does happen in the final period.Fans are getting what they want, joked Montreal forward Tomas Tatar said. Its got to be pretty intense for them.These days and in this speedy version of the game, no lead seems out of reach. Take Tampa Bay on Saturday: Down a goal in the third against Montreal, Adam Erne tied it up and then scored the game-winner with 1:02 remaining.Theres no more of sitting back and closing and trying to suffocate the other team, Montreal coach Claude Julien said when his team was in Denver on Dec. 19. Its a skating game now. With the skating game thats being allowed right now, theres more offense being showcased.Try sitting on the puck to protect a lead with the likes of Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby, Nikita Kucherov or Nathan MacKinnon attempting to swipe it away.Good luck with that.The league is just getting faster and faster, young guys are coming through the league and theyre really Adidas Zach Bogosian Jersey , really good skaters, Tatar said. Its just a fast game. Its faster than ever.Not only that, but these youngsters dont view things as erasing a deficit so much as an opportunity to crank up the intensity.Everybody is good throughout the lineup, Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog said. That makes it that much harder to put teams away. It goes to show how many good players there are in the league and how many game-changers there are, that can turn things around.And no slashing. Or holding. Or hooking. Defensemen need to be on their best behavior.Defensively speaking, when you cant clutch and you cant grab its been that way for 10 years now that really opens up the ice and allows guys to score, Avalanche defenseman Ian Cole said. The guys are as skilled as theyve ever been. Every year, theyre more skilled and scoring more and more ridiculous highlight-reel goals. Guys are shooting from the goal-line and its going off the side of the goalies mask and in. Guys are doing stuff now that they havent done before or doing it more often.The skill level is as high as its ever been in the league.Hence, the volume of comebacks. This also helps when down: A positive attitude.You always have to believe. You cant give up, Tatar said. And you dont have to. Theres a big chance you score one or two goals and youre back in the game.That was the case on Dec. 15 for Dallas, which fell behind the Avs 3-0 after one period and 4-2 after two. The Stars tied it up late in the final period before Colorado scored twice to earn the win.Nothing is easy.I dont feel comfortable with any lead until the buzzer sounds, Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. Its a tribute to the talent around the league. When teams start feeling it, they start coming at you in waves Joakim Nordstrom Jersey Womens , and its tough to defend.Thats why the best defense is sometimes to remain on the offensive. Dont sit back keep striking.Were trying to stay aggressive, Landeskog said. The O-zone is the best place to play defense. At least, thats the way we think about it. Thats easier said than done. The team thats behind is always going to push.THREE AMIGOSMikko Rantanen (17 goals, 45 assists) and MacKinnon (24 goals, 35 assists) get the lions share of the credit on the high-scoring top line for Colorado.Chalk up another assist for Rantanen, though, because he wanted to make sure Landeskog received full credit, too. Landeskogs tied for the team lead with 24 goals.He flies under the radar, Rantanen said. The way he plays the game is the right way always. Thats real fun to watch.WINTER CLASSICThe 2020 Winter Classic will be held at the Cotton Bowl in Texas. Dallas will host the 12th edition of the NHLs annual outdoor game on New Years Day against an opponent yet to be determined. Commissioner Gary Bettman also said the Heritage Classic will return on Oct. 26 when Winnipeg plays Calgary at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan. In addition, the NHL will bring an outdoor game to the Air Force Academy on Feb. 15, 2020, as part of the Stadium Series. Colorado will play a team not yet announced.LEADERS (through Monday)Points: Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay) Christopher Tanev Jersey , 65; Goals: Alex Ovechkin (Washington), 29; Assists: Kucherov, 46; Game-winning goals: Gabriel Landeskog (Colorado), 7; Rookie goals: Elias Pettersson (Vancouver), 19; Goals-against average: Robin Lehner (New York Islanders), 2.14; Shutouts: Marc-Andre Fleury (Vegas), 5; Wins: Fleury, 22; Save percentage: Lehner, .930.GAME OF THE WEEKJohn Tavares leads Toronto against Minnesota on Thursday. Tavares is two goals shy of 300 for his career. He was the first overall pick by the New York Islanders in 2009. Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill proposed a unique strategy for Tuesdays game against the Arizona Coyotes.Maybe next game well start down two, Blashill said.Saturdays 4-3 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes marked the third straight game in which Detroit has overcome a two-goal deficit to record a victory. The Wings rallied from a 2-0 third-period disadvantage to post a 3-2 overtime decision over the New York Rangers on Nov. 9 and trailed the Vancouver Canucks 2-0 before rallying for a 3-2 shootout decision on Nov. 6.Article continues below ...In truth, the Wings recognize this is not a blueprint for long-term success.The past few games, we dont want to have the starts weve had, Detroit center Dylan Larkin said. We dont want to wait until the third period Authentic Daniel Sedin Jersey , because thats not going to last forever, but its good that we dont panic in games.We find ways to win instead of ways to lose.Overall, Detroit has won six of the past seven games, and the Wings are 7-3 in their past 10 games. Only the Minnesota Wild and Nashville Predators, each with eight wins, have been more successful in their last 10.Its a vast difference for a team that started the season 1-7-2.I think its just a confidence-booster for us, Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard said. The first seven games nothing was really going our way and I think the mood in here, I wouldnt say it was down, but it wasnt great. It feels like guys are getting more and more confident.Howard sees a definite difference from the Detroit teams that missed the playoffs the previous two seasons.Weve gotten bounces for sure, Howard said. Weve been able to capitalize on some opportunities. Even when weve been down, we havent felt out of it. Even the other night in Carolina, it wasnt pretty, but we found a way.Maybe thats the difference between this years team and last years team. We found a way instead of just rolling over.Theres also been a turnaround in fortunes for the Coyotes. They opened the season 1-4 but are 6-2-1 in their last nine games.Rebuilding is not for the faint of heart Womens Derek Dorsett Jersey , Coyotes GM John Chayka told the Toronto Star. But now were starting to see some traction.After beginning last season 1-11-1, the Coyotes knew that it was imperative that they get the ship righted fast.I just want us to be relevant, Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. I dont want to walk into another teams building and have them think its cookie night, that they can play their backup goalie because theyre playing us.Arizona has scored an NHL-leading nine shorthanded goals, but it was pair of power-play goals by Alex Galchenyuk and Vinnie Hinostroza that paced Sundays 4-1 win over the reigning Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.Regardless, the Wings will be wary of the aggressiveness of the Coyotes penalty kill.I think a decent amount of teams get chances on the penalty kill and theyve been able to capitalize on them to a level thats probably never been seen before, Blashill said. I think the more impressive thing is now good their actual penalty kill is.Its one thing to score shorties, but they havent given much up at all.Arizonas PK unit has an NHL-best 91.8 percent.
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