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The Florida Panthers were not home for long Braydon Coburn Jersey , but they hope the stopover was good enough to point themselves in the right direction when they open a four-trip Tuesday night against the surging Buffalo Sabres.After losing twice in a row on the road, the Panthers (12-13-6) returned home to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 in overtime Saturday night.Aleksander Barkov, who scored his first NHL hat trick Saturday in the winning goal, warned that the Panthers have not always followed up on good efforts.Article continues below ...“A couple of times, we have been beating pretty good teams and the next games haven’t been that good,” the center said. “We need to make sure we come hard and play the same way we did against Toronto. They’re probably one of the best teams in the league right now. We need to build on this and should feel confident right now.”The Sabres (20-9-5), meanwhile, seemed to have stabilized. After winning 10 in a row, they were 0-3-2 over the next five games, but with their 4-2 road win over the Boston Bruins Sunday on the strength of three third-period goals are on a 3-0-1 roll. The Sabres continue to prove that they are for real this season and intend to keep it that way Tuesday at the KeyBank Center.“For one, I think we’ve obviously been through a lot of adversity together, and I think we’re probably sick of it,” said Sabres center and captain Jack Eichel, who had two goals and two assists Sunday. “The past few years, it’s not been easy J.T. Miller Jersey , but you know, with the way our season has started this year, I think we have the confidence in each other and the belief, and we think we can win every game we play, so you know, it was no different (Sunday). We thought if we do the right things long enough and don’t break, we’ll give ourselves the chance to win, and we did that.”Eichel has 10 goals and 16 assists over his past 16 games for the Sabres, who lost 3-2 in overtime to the Panthers in the previous meeting between the teams this season. Barkov scored the winning goal at Sunrise, Fla., on Nov. 30.Panthers left winger Jonathan Huberdeau is second in the NHL with 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) since Nov. 24 and has a team-leading 38 points on the season.Defenseman Matt Hunwick was in the Sabres lineup for the first time of the season Sunday.Acquired in an offseason trade with Pittsburgh Penguins, Hunwick suffered a neck injury before the start of training camp. He had been skating with the team since the end of November and played in two American Hockey League games Wednesday and Friday on a conditioning loan.“We just rotated him around a little bit,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said. “I liked Matt’s game (Sunday) for coming back after all that he’s been through. … to come into (Boston) and in a very, very big game Authentic Louis Domingue Jersey , a divisional game, had a really good solid game for us.”Sabres defenseman Nathan Beaulieu missed the game Sunday with an upper-body injury from the 4-2 shootout loss in Washington to the Capitals on Saturday.On Monday, the Sabres returned defenseman Matt Tennyson to Rochester of the AHL. Tennyson, 28, was a healthy scratch Sunday. He was minus-three Saturday and defenseman Brendan Guhle was recalled from Rochester for the game Sunday.Panthers coach Bob Boughner will try to have his team repeat the effort displayed against Toronto on Saturday that ended a four-game losing streak.“I think we knew we were in a tough game against a real good team and that’s the only thing that could have maybe equalized things was to check all the boxes,” Boughner said. “Whether it is a blocked shot or taking a hit or giving a hit or clearing out the net in front, I really like the way we came to play (Saturday). We had a good sense of urgency and at the end of the day, I think that was probably the difference.” PITTSBURGH (AP) — It wasn’t the hastily arranged private plane ride from Miami to Pittsburgh. Or the police escort from the airport to PPG Paints Arena. It wasn’t the sight of a black-and-gold jersey with his name on the back hanging in the Pittsburgh Penguins‘ locker room. It wasn’t even racing to the bench and jumping over the wall and onto the ice with his new teammates without exchanging so much as an introductory handshake.No, Jared McCann’s “whoa” moment from the most exhilarating and surreal weekend of his professional life came Sunday, when the newly acquired forward arrived at Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby’s house to watch the Super Bowl with the rest of the gang.“There’s like an area to the side there, and it’s Hart Trophy, Hart Trophy, Hart Trophy,” McCann said, referring to Crosby’s three NHL MVP awards.Welcome to Pittsburgh , where the climate isn’t the only thing that’s a shock to the system.On Friday morning, McCann and Nick Bjugstad thought they were part of the long-term plans for the Florida Panthers. By Sunday night, they were hanging out in the home of one of the game’s biggest stars while playing for a team where anything less than a Stanley Cup parade through downtown in mid-June is considered a disappointment.No pressure or anything.“As soon as I walked in the rink here, they have the (championships) banners hanging everywhere,” McCann said. “It’s like: ‘You know what? We win here.’ You get that feeling. You just have confidence. You know you have guys that are going to show up every night and play well, and I want to be a positive influence for this team.”The Penguins are counting on that from both the 22-year-old McCann and the 26-year-old Bjugstad, brought over in a trade with Florida for veteran forwards Riley Sheahan, Derick Brassard and three 2019 draft picks.The early returns have been promising. Both players hardly looked overwhelmed while playing a back-to-back against Ottawa and Toronto in their first 27 hours with their new club. Bjugstad joined the second line and picked up an assist in a victory over the Senators while McCann played solidly centering the third line between forwards Tanner Pearson and Patric Hornqvist.“I thought they handled it great coming into a new dressing room 10 minutes before the game, getting thrown in there right into a game, playing some pretty good minutes, too,” Crosby said. “There’s a lot to be said about that. Sometimes that’s the best way, get thrown into it like that.”McCann credited Hornqvist for helping put him in the right spots on the ice over the weekend while the 6-foot-6 Bjugstad tried not to overdo it while centering the second line in place of injured Evgeni Malkin.“It’s almost better not having time to think,” Bjugstad said.That came on Monday when they went through their first practice in Pittsburgh. If Bjugstad wasn’t getting pulled away for a private moment with assistant coach Mark Recchi, then McCann was peppering anyone who would listen with questions.While they want to catch up quickly for a team that heads into Tuesday’s game against Carolina tied with Washington for second in the Metropolitan Division with 30 games to go Nikita Kucherov Jersey , they also have the benefit of time. Neither player is a rental. Bjugstad is signed through 2021 while McCann’s contract runs through the end of the 2019-20 season.Coach Mike Sullivan still hasn’t settled on who will play where once Malkin — who is day to day with an upper-body injury — returns. Bjugstad could be effective as a third-line center, a spot the Penguins have been struggling to fill since Nick Bonino left following the team’s second straight Stanley Cup in 2017.Bjugstad also has size (6-foot-6) and a skillset that includes a 20-goal season, making him a candidate to find a spot in the top six. McCann, meanwhile, is an effective penalty killer who believes he is prepared for whatever the Penguins might throw his way. He already is taking pointers from 42-year-old Matt Cullen, who had made a career out of finding ways to do all the little things coaches love. It’s not a bad blueprint to follow.“I feel like this is a great opportunity for me to become the player I know I can be,” McCann said.First things first, however. McCann acknowledged he might have to stop at a shopping mall to pick up some pants. Seems he was in such a rush to get to Pittsburgh he mostly packed shorts for the trip north, not exactly ideal in a city where the sun is more rumor than fact between November and May. If that’s his lone misstep after the craziness surrounding his arrival, he’ll take it.“I had a great time in Florida,” McCann said. “But I feel like this is the next stepping stone in my career.”

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