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PITTSBURGH -- The star-studded, but dormant, Pittsburgh Penguins offence woke up just
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PITTSBURGH -- The star-studded, but dormant, Pittsburgh Penguins offence woke up just in time to snap a losing streak. Swell Fles . James Neal and Brandon Sutter each had a goal and an assist, and the Penguins won for the first time in four games, 4-1 over the Nashville Predators on Friday night. Pittsburgh scored one goal in each game during the losing streak. The Penguins scored four times for the second time in their past 11 games in improving to 8-3 at home. "I think we had as many -- if not more -- chances last game and we couldnt find the back of the net, but tonight it felt good to get on the board," Neal said. "After we got the first goal, we started rolling and we didnt look back." Playing in his fourth game of the season because of an upper-body injury, Neal -- a former 40-goal scorer -- netted his first of the season late in the first period to give the Penguins a lead they didnt relinquish against the road-weary Predators. Nashville lost the final four of a franchise-record, 17-day, seven-game trip. Gabriel Bourque scored 2:28 in but the Predators were held to one or fewer goals for the fourth consecutive game. "This was just a frustrating game all the way around," said Predators centre Mike Fisher, who returned after missing four games because of a lower-body injury. "Weve got to be much better. Ive got to be much better, and weve got to find ways to score here. Its not acceptable." Pascal Dupuis and Kris Letang also scored, and Evgeni Malkin extended his point streak to six with two assists for Pittsburgh. Marc-Andre Fleury made 17 saves. The Penguins, who have held opponents under three goals in seven of eight games, had a 33-18 advantage in shots. "It was one of those games where we knew it was a matter of time," Dupuis said. "We were going to play the 60 minutes the way we wanted to play. Thats what it looked like tonight." Nashville, which entered 7-0-2 when scoring first, couldnt take advantage of an early lead given. Bourque shoved a puck past Fleury after it had deflected off of Malkins stick and Penguins defenceman Olli Maattas skate after Kevin Kleins shot from the point. Bourque, who scored his second of the season, missed Nashvilles previous game because of the birth of his first child. That lead lasted just 10 minutes before Dupuis and Neal scored 2:20 apart to put the Penguins in front in the first period. "The guys played an awesome game after that (Nashville goal)," Fleury said. "We dominated the game." Dupuis second of the season -- a rising slap shot from the top of the left circle off a set faceoff play -- came at 12:36, shortly after Nashville killed a penalty for too many men on the ice. But with the Predators Ryan Ellis off for interference minutes later, Neal got a piece of Malkins slap shot from the point while he stood in front of rookie goalie Marek Mazanec. The 22-year-old Mazanec made his NHL debut a week earlier and had his first career start Tuesday. He stopped 21 of 25 shots in two periods, and fellow rookie Carter Hutton played the third. Mazanec made a spectacular glove save on Neal early in the second period, but Letang made it 3-1 with his fourth of the season at 7:58. "Itll be good to get home," Fisher said. "Its always tough to come off a long roadie, but obviously were all looking forward to getting home. Thats the longest trip Ive ever had." After skipping the morning skate because of illness, Letang scored off a feed from Malkin. Sutter made it 4-1 with 1:23 left in the second. "The second (period), we really took over the game," Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said. "Shift after shift, we played in the offensive zone." Nashvilles Eric Nystrom was knocked out of the game by a punch to the head during a fight with Tanner Glass late in the second period. Bloodied from a cut on his forehead, Nystrom needed assistance and wobbled to the dressing room. He didnt return to the game. The previous time Nystrom played against the Penguins on Feb. 29, 2012, he delivered a controversial hit to the head of Letang, and the Pittsburgh defenceman was out of the lineup for two weeks. Then with the Dallas Stars, Nystrom was given a roughing penalty but wasnt disciplined further by the NHL. Glass wasnt with the Penguins then. Nystrom wasnt available for comment after the game, but about an hour after it ended he tweeted, "All good folks. Got popped behind the earhole! Weird spot. Appreciate the concern n support!!" NOTES: Pirates manager Clint Hurdle received a long ovation when he was recognized on the video board for being named the National League manager of the year this week. After the game, he was in the Penguins locker room accompanying his young son, who was celebrating a birthday and collecting autographs. . Penguins D Paul Martin returned after missing two games because of a lower-body injury. . The game was the 600th for Penguins LW Chris Kunitz and the 200th for Pittsburgh D Deryk Engelland. . Kunitz had gone more than 19 months since last being held consecutive games without a point. He was pointless for the third straight game. Swell Fles Bestellen .C. -- The Carolina Panthers announced Thursday theyve signed free agent wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery to a two-year contract, helping rebuild a depleted wide receiving corps. Swell Nederland Kopen . Lineup news, Fantasy tips and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking. HEROES Blake Comeau – The Penguins winger had a hat trick in a 4-3 overtime win against Toronto. http://www.swellbottlenederland.com/ . According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the New York Rangers winger skated with extras and goalies today.CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Equatorial Guinea had two months to prepare to host the African Cup of Nations, making the colorful and sometimes chaotic continental soccer tournament even more unpredictable than usual this year.Along with the regular questions ahead of an African Cup — Will Ivory Coasts star-studded squad finally break its title drought? — comes a bunch of others this time: What will the small stadiums in the eastern border towns of Mongomo and Ebebiyin be like? And will the new highway carved through the jungle to those remote towns be OK in time for kickoff this weekend?Equatorial Guinea took over as host at very short notice from Morocco, which didnt want to stage the championship because of fears over the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and fans travelling from that region.The replacement host is a small, curious oil-rich nation in Central Africa.Equatorial Guinea has stadiums in the Malabo, the capital, and Bata, the biggest city, left over from when it co-hosted the 2012 African Cup. But the two other venues out near the Gabonese border are unknown and untested in top-level football. Organizers had little time to bring those grounds, used to hosting a few hundred people in Equatorial Guineas domestic league, up to standard. Its unclear how far they have got.Even without this years hurried preparations, few tournaments bring soccer stars back down to earth like the African Cup, where every two years some of the worlds best players leave their highly-paid day jobs in the luxurious English, Spanish and Italian leagues for three weeks of adventure back in Africa.And few tournaments are as difficult to predict.Burkina Faso, with no previous impressive history at the tournament, made the final and nearly won in 2013. Zambia did win in 2012, beating Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba, Gervinho and Ivory Coasts other big names in the final.In 2015, Algeria, the top-ranked team in Africa and its best performer at last years World Cup, is the favourite. But that isnt really helpful at the African Cup, as Ivory Coast and Ghana know too well. For a long time Africas two most talented teams, Ivory Coast hasnt won the title in more than 20 years and Ghanas misery stretches to more than 30 years.We cant make predictions in this kind of competition, said Algeria coach Christian Gourcuff, a Frenchman. Certainly many have named us tthe favourites but we must invest a great deal. Swell Fles Kopen. There is quality (in the team), but there are also conditions that we must get used to. We disregard the judgments of others.Algeria is in the toughest group, with Ghana, Senegal and South Africa. Theyll all be based in Mongomo for the group stage, where theyll likely come across each other often off the field in one of the towns two or three recognized hotels.Facing the unknown, Tunisia, probably like many teams, will be bringing its own cooks to prepare meals for the players in Ebebiyin, way up in the north-eastern corner of Equatorial Guinea. The Tunisians are also flying in all their food from home just in case, coach Georges Leekens said.Ivory Coast and Cameroon lead a list of contenders from West Africa, which also includes Ghana, Mali and Senegal. South Africa also qualified among the 16 teams.Ghana officials say theyve resolved a dispute over player payments, another issue that often plagues teams at the African Cup and which has been rumbling on for Ghana since last years World Cup. Bonuses have been cut to $5,000 per player for each match they play in, and a possible payout of $60,000 each if they win the title. In comparison, Spains players were each offered a $980,000 incentive to win the World Cup last year.It is not about the money, Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan said. We are just here to die for the nation because we are Ghanaians.Its not the richest tournament, but one thing the African Cup does produce is passion.For teams like Cape Verde, the tiny Atlantic Ocean island nation, and Republic of Congo, its the only chance they get to mix with the big stars. And for some fans, its the only chance they get to see their team have a chance at international glory.In Guinea, young supporters marched in the capital Conakry and erected barricades on the streets in protest after one of their favourite players, midfielder Sadio Diallo, was left out of the squad. Riot police were called in.The African Cup, with its haphazard organization and humble facilities, is still a big deal for many.___Associated Press writers Aomar Ouali in Algiers, Algeria, Bouazza ben Bouazza in Tunis, Tunisia, Francis Kokutse in Accra, Ghana, and Boubacar Diallo in Conakry, Guinea, contributed to this report.___Gerald Imray is on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/GeraldImrayAP Cheap Jerseys China NFL Jerseys Cheap NBA Jerseys Wholesale NHL Jerseys Wholesale MLB Jerseys Cheap Soccer Jerseys China Wholesale NCAA Jerseys Wholesale Football Jerseys Wholesale Basketball Jerseys Wholesale Baseball Jerseys ' ' '
 
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