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  • LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings might be the NHLs best defensive team, and they hadnt blown a two-goal lead in a loss in nearly a full calendar year. DaRon Payne Jersey . The Toronto Maple Leafs broke down that defence and pulled out an impressive road victory despite nearly running out of goalies along the way. Mason Raymond broke a tie with a short-handed goal early in the third period and the Maple Leafs snapped the Kings eight-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory Thursday night. James Reimer made 31 saves in the final two periods after replacing the injured Jonathan Bernier for the Leafs, who have won four of five. Captain Dion Phaneuf and Carl Gunnarsson also scored as Toronto beat both Southern California NHL clubs in a four-day span, albeit with a blowout loss at the Shark Tank sandwiched in between. "We need every point that we can possibly get," Toronto coach Randy Carlyle said. "Were in desperation mode as every team is, and we just found a way to gut it out. We gave up a two-goal lead, and we found a way to get a big goal." After the Leafs erased that early 2-0 deficit, Raymond put them ahead with 14:54 to play. Kopitar was stopped by Reimer on a golden scoring chance, and Raymond alertly countered on a 2-on-1 rush with James van Riemsdyk for Raymonds 19th goal. Bernier gave up two goals in the first period of his first game back in Los Angeles against the team that traded him last summer, but then sat out the final two periods with a lower-body injury. Reimer filled in admirably, making a number of stunning saves. "I wouldnt blow it up too big," Reimer said. "I just came in and did my job. Every time you go in is an opportunity." Reimer, who gave up six goals in San Jose, also got up quite slowly in the second period after getting an accidental blow to the head from Jarret Stoll when the goalie dived to stop a puck. Reimer eventually shook it off, but said he "got (his) bell rung." "I was sitting beside Bernier when that happened," said Nazem Kadri, who had two assists. "I told him to take off his pads. I might have to throw them on." Marian Gaborik had an early goal and an assist in his home debut with the Kings, who fell just short of matching the longest winning streak in franchise history. Anze Kopitar had a power-play goal and Jonathan Quick stopped 26 shots in his first loss since Feb. 3. After losing nine of 10 in a skid stretching into early February, the Kings won their final game before the Olympic break and hadnt lost since. This loss prevented the Kings from equaling their record nine-game streak in 2010. "Its a stinger every time you lose after a pretty strong road trip," Kopitar said. "We didnt want to start off a homestand with a loss. I dont know how they execute their system, but it seemed like they were skating and playing a tight-checking game. But it was just a case of our game tonight not getting it done." Gaborik still came through in the Slovak goal-scorers fourth game with the club, providing exactly the boost they sought for their sagging offence. Wearing their Forum-blue-and-gold throwback jerseys, the Kings went ahead just 1:57 in when the rebound of Drew Doughtys low shot went straight to Gaborik, who scored his seventh goal of the season. "I think its coming along," Gaborik said of his line with Kopitar and Justin Williams. "We had some chemistry with our line and created some chances, so I think its going the right way." Kopitar then scored a power-play goal on a beautiful cross-ice pass from Doughty, the gold medal-winning Canadian defenceman. Gunnarsson tied it up early in the second with just his second goal in 67 games this season. Bernier was the 11th overall pick in the 2006 draft by Kings general manager Dean Lombardi. He played 62 games for Los Angeles over five NHL seasons, but never managed to beat out Quick, a lower-round pick by a previous regime who eventually became the Kings Conn Smythe Trophy winner. Lombardi traded Bernier to Toronto in a deal for Ben Scrivens -- since traded to Edmonton -- and Matt Frattin, who was sent to Columbus in the deal for Gaborik. Bernier lost 3-1 to the Kings in Toronto in December. NOTES: Mike Richards accidentally shot the puck into teammate Justin Williams face with 3 minutes to play. Williams stayed in the game. ... Toronto scratched C Peter Holland, who has the flu. ... The Kings announced their 100th consecutive sellout at Staples Center since December 2011. Alex Smith Jersey . With Bernard hurt, the second-round pick has emerged.Hill ran for 152 yards during a 27-10 win at New Orleans on Sunday, his second big game. He also ran for 154 yards against Jacksonville earlier this season. Washington Redskins Jerseys .The surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers at the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia.Letestu had three goals and two assists in nine games before being injured in late October.The 29-year-old has 54 goals and 65 assists in 273 career NHL games, including 39 goals and 51 assists in 188 games with the Blue Jackets.KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In the hours after a four-sack performance gave Justin Houston the Chiefs franchise record, all he could talk about was how close Kansas City came to making the playoffs.Houston insisted his new single-season mark would hit him some day. He might be on a new team by the time it happens.The Pro Bowl linebacker became a free agent when the season ended, putting the Chiefs in a difficult situation. Their attempts at striking a long-term deal last off-season when nowhere, and Houstons 22-sack season has given him even more leverage in negotiations.Its the part of the business side that I dont want to talk about, Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said Monday. I can say its ongoing business, ongoing conversation.If the Chiefs slap Houston with the franchise tag in March, they would have until July 15 to agree on a multiyear contract, so there is plenty of time to work out a multiyear contract. But if no deal is reached, the Chiefs would have to pay Houston a one-year deal averaging the top five salaries at his position.That temporary solution comes with its own problems.For one thing, the Chiefs would still be left negotiating with Houstons representatives on a long-term deal. But the more immediate issue is exactly how Houston is classified. He has always been listed as a linebacker, but he often lines up as a defensive end. And for the purposes of the franchise tag, defensive ends tend to get paid more than linebackers.Not surprisingly, the notoriously media-shy Houston refused to discuss his pending free agency after Sundays 19-7 victory over San Diego. He merely said, I havent even thought about that.Im still heartbroken about not going to the playoffs, Houston said. Thats what I base my goals on. The individual records, itll mean something when Im done playing.The records are piling up in a hurry.Houston finished just a half-sack behind Michael Strahans record for a single season set in 2001. The only other players with 22 sacks in a season were Mark Gastineau with the Jets in 1984 and Jared Allen, who once played in Kansas City, with the Vikings in 2011.His sack total edged Texans start J.J. Watt for the league lead, which means Houston will be the second recipient of thee Deacon Jones Award. Troy Apke Redskins Jersey. The Colts Robert Mathis won it last year.Its something special to watch, Chiefs defensive back Ron Parker said. Watching how they game-plan for him and Tamba (Hali) all year round, its just crazy how they try to double-team him and chip him, and they still get off every weekend.Chiefs defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson even alluded to the Hall of Fame when describing Houston, even though hes only played four seasons in the league.I told him, Thats greatness, Vickerson said. He talks about it all the time, how he wants to put his name on that board. He wants to put on one of those yellow jackets at the end of his career. He has the right mindset. I couldnt be happier for him.Houston already has 48 1/2 sacks in his career, three shy of passing Mike Bell for fifth in franchise history. His two-season total of 33 is a half-sack behind the best two-year stretch of Thomas Hall of Fame career, and his 13 multi-sack games rank fourth in franchise history.Now, the big question is whether hell be able to climb any of those charts.The Chiefs have plenty of holes to fill this off-season, and that could have a major impact on Houstons future. Running mate Hali has a massive salary cap figure for next season and could be released if his deal isnt restructured. Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has failed to live up to his massive contract and could be released. Both of those scenarios could free up money for Houston.Then theres the fate of Eric Berry, the safety who is battling cancer. Berry also carries a large contract into next season and its unlikely hell be able to play.That part will come eventually. What Im worried about is Eric. I care about his person, his health, his well-being, Dorsey said. Thats what Im focused on as we move forward here.NOTES: Reid said he expects LB Derrick Johnson and DE Mike DeVito to participate in some part of the off-season program. Both tore an Achilles tendon in Week 1. ... C Rodney Hudson will hit free agency but said he wants to return to Kansas City. No question, he said. ... QB Alex Smith (lacerated spleen) said he feels fine and will not miss any off-season work.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL  href="http://www.cheapraidersjerseyschina.com/">Cheap Raiders Jerseys Cheap Vikings Jerseys Cheap Dolphins Jerseys Cheap Bears Jerseys Cheap 49ers Jerseys Cheap Giants Jerseys Cheap Seahawks Jerseys Cheap Packers Jerseys Cheap Broncos Jerseys Cheap Patriots Jerseys Cheap Cowboys Jerseys Cheap Steelers Jerseys Cheap Eagles Jerseys Cheap Lions Jerseys Cheap Saints Jerseys Cheap Redskins Jerseys ' ' '
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