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    导出博客文章Justin Williams knows from missing the playoffs twice with defending Stanley Cup champions just how difficult it is to make it to the postseason, which is why the Metropolitan Division standings have his full attention. Chelsea Willian Jersey .I see our division, I see everyone winning, the Washington Capitals right winger said. The top eight in the East is going to be tough to get in this year. We plan to be at the top.Even for the Capitals, who ran away with the Presidents Trophy last season, thats easier said than done. They are on pace for 112 points, which would leave them in third place because the Metropolitan is home to five of the top eight teams in the NHL.Since Dec. 3, Metro teams are an astounding 29-7-3, led by the Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, red-hot Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets, and streaking Capitals. The Flyers have won a league-best nine in a row and the Blue Jackets and Penguins six, so the Capitals four-game winning streak doesnt have them moving up the standings.Win them all if you can, coach Barry Trotz said. You have a bad day, you could fall like three or four spots. You could go from being a wild-card team to not being in the playoffs to being second in your division if you win.The competition is so hot that the New York Islanders are still in last place despite winning six of their last 10, and the New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes are five and seven points out of the last playoff spot in the East. At the top of the division, the Penguins, Rangers, Flyers, Blue Jackets and Capitals have combined to win their last 28 games.Everyones playing at a high level, Rangers center Derek Stepan said. Theres no room. Were in our playoff push.No team has pushed toward the playoffs harder than the Flyers, who were 13th in the East before their run began Nov. 27. Philadelphia has risen to fifth in the East behind Jakub Voracek, goaltender Steve Mason and strong special teams.Coach Dave Hakstol said the Flyers are finding different ways to win games, as evidenced by them beating the Edmonton Oilers 6-5 and then a few days later the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 in overtime.I think were playing better defensively as a team, said Voracek, who has 32 points and trails only Edmontons Connor McDavid in the NHL scoring race. When were making mistakes, Mason is playing unreal ... I think as an overall game we got better not only over the winning streak but in the games before. We lost the games when we shouldve won earlier in the year and now were winning them. Its a good sign.The Penguins have avoided the dreaded Stanley Cup hangover thanks to Sidney Crosbys league-leading 21 goals in his first 23 games. As Henrik Lundqvist sits, Rangers backup goalie Antti Raanta has won three consecutive starts with a 0.33 goals-against average and .984 save percentage.After losing four of its first six games, Columbus is rolling under coach John Tortorella. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is among the league leaders with a .932 save percentage and 1.98 GAA this season, and forward Cam Atkinson has 27 points in 26 games.Everybodys bought in, said Columbus center Brandon Dubinsky, who also played for Tortorella in New York. I would venture to say hes probably the most fair coach as far as time off and days off and treating the players with respect and giving them their space and just allowing them to focus on one thing and one thing only, which is the 60 minutes ahead of them and the game. Its a two-way street with him, and I think its allowed us to excel.Meanwhile, the Capitals shrugged off some early malaise, and Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Braden Holtby said, Were realizing a little bit more who we are. Three-time Hart Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin snapped a seven-game goal drought Sunday, but Nicklas Backstrom and others are picking up the slack.Defenseman Karl Alzner isnt surprised by the Metropolitan might.We all knew that when the divisions got made that ours was going to be really hard and it wasnt as hard as it couldve been, I think, the last few years, Alzner said. I think were finally getting to see what the Metropolitan is all about.Asked if Washington getting tested by a tougher division could help come playoff time after running away with it last year, Williams simply shrugged and said, Maybe. His coach definitely thinks so, or at least that the Metropolitan being this good isnt a bad thing for any team that makes the postseason.I think competition makes you better, Trotz said. I think the quality in the Metro this year is terrific. Thatll make all the teams better, not only ours. Its a good challenge, and I think it prepares you just to have some consistency in your game. If you dont, then youll fall out.---AP Sports Writers Vin A. Cherwoo in New York and Dan Gelston in Philadelphia contributed.---Follow Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SWhyno . Chelsea Marcos Alonso Jersey .J. -- Pitcher Carl Pavano is retiring after 14 major league seasons. Chelsea Ruben Loftus-Cheek Jersey . Just as Montreal was settling into the first full working week of a new year, the Impact announced the appointment of their new head coach. http://www.cheapchelseajersey.com/?tag=chelsea-jorginho-jersey . LOUIS -- Alexander Steen scored a power-play goal with 59. MADRID -- A case into alleged irregularities regarding the transfer of striker Neymar to Spanish club Barcelona has been reopened and the Brazil star could face a trial for fraud, a Madrid court said Friday.The ruling came less than three months after National Court judge Jose de la Mata shelved the complaint brought by Brazilian investment group DIS against Neymar, his father, former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell, Brazilian club Santos and its former president, Odilio Rodrigues.Prosecutors appealed and a group of judges ruled that there is still enough evidence to keep the case alive. The decision opens the way for a trial, although it could still be avoided if the parties reach a deal.Barcelona said it disagreed with the reasoning for the decision to continue the case.Barcelona will maintain the thesis that it has defended all along, showing that all those being investigated are innocent, the club said in a statement.All parties being accused by prosecutors have denied wrongdoing. Neymar and his father, who acts as the players agent, appeared at a Madrid court in February to defend themselves.The Brazilian investment group was entitled to 40 percent of Neymars transfer from Brazilian club Santos in 2013, but claimed it received a smaller compensation than it should have because part of the transfer fee was concealed. An association of professional players in Brazil has also joined DIS in the case.In June, Barcelona paid a fine of 5.5 million euros ($6.2 million) to settle a separate case brouught against the club by Spains tax authorities. 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In that agreement, the club acknowledged it made an error in the fiscal planning of the players transfer.Barcelona said the price of Neymars transfer was 57.1 million euros ($64 million), with Santos receiving 17.1 million euros ($19 million) and a company owned by Neymars parents 40 million euros ($44 million).Prosecutors said the total amount paid by the Spanish club to Santos was 25.1 million euros ($28 million), meaning DIS would be entitled to an additional 3.2 million euros ($3.6 million).Prosecutors said the difference comes from payments made by Barcelona for the future acquisitions of other players, as well as partnerships for friendly matches between the clubs.According to court documents, DIS paid 5 million reals (1.4 million euros; $1.6 million) for its 40 percent of Neymars rights in 2009.Earlier this year, Neymar extended his contract with Barcelona until 2021.In his first three seasons with the Catalan club, the 24-year-old Neymar scored 85 goals in 141 games, forming a potent strike trio with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.He helped the team win two Spanish leagues, two Copa del Reys, the Champions League, the European Super Cup, the Spanish Super Cup and the Club World Cup.---Tales Azzoni on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tazzoni. 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