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CALGARY - Sean Monahan scored at 1:47 of overtime to lead the Flames to a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche. In the process, Calgary head coach Bob Hartley earned his 400th career National Hockey League victory over his former team.After the win, the players awarded Hartley with a firemans helmet that usually goes to the hardest worker in the game.To be honest, I think I have no business with this prestigious fire helmet but at the same time, I told the players that I really respected the fact that they presented me with the helmet, said Hartley, who earned 193 of those wins when he coached Colorado from the 1998-99 season until he was let go 31 games into the 2002-03 season.I told them that Im ready to trade that helmet to see them in the playoffs. I dont know where this season, this story, is going, but its certainly fun and its certainly very entertaining for us, the coaching staff.Monahan scored the game winner when he picked up a rebound in front of the net and lifted it over fallen Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov to lead the Flames (17-8-2) to their fourth straight victory.I cut through the middle and (Mark Giordano) made a great pass to me and got a shot on net and found a rebound, said Monahan, who was happy to score the goal to give Hartley his 400th win.Its well deserved. Thats a big one for him. Obviously he used to be there (in Colorado). Right now were rolling. Even as a group we knew we had to find a way to win that one.Dennis Wideman had a pair of goals for the Flames, Curtis Glencross also scored, and Kris Russell had three assists.Its pretty sweet for him to get that against a team he won the Cup with back in the day, Glencross said. I imagine its one h3ll never forget and he came in after the game and said that his 400th win wasnt as important as it is for us to get into the playoffs.Karri Ramo made his fourth straight start in net for the Flames and finished with 21 saves to improve his record to 8-2-1.Matt Duchene, Nick Holden and Alex Tanguay scored for the Avalanche (9-11-6), which also lost 4-3 at home to the Montreal Canadiens on Monday.In the third period, giveaways will always hurt you and thats what cost the second goal and the third one, said Colorado coach Patrick Roy, who played goal for the Avalanche during Colorados Stanley Cup triumph in 2001 with Hartley as coach.While Roy was frustrated with the overtime loss, he was pleased to see his former coach reach the 400-win mark.Im happy for him, but I wish he would have done it another night, quipped Roy after the game.Varlamov, who missed Colorados past six games with a groin injury, made 26 saves in a losing cause.After a scoreless first period, the Flames went up 1-0 at 2:20 of the second with a power-play goal from Wideman, who drove to the net and batted a pass from Johnny Gaudreau out of mid air and past Varlamov.The Avs appeared to respond with a power-play goal of their own 89 seconds later, but the goal was disallowed after a lengthy review when it was determined that Daniel Brier used his left hand to bat the puck into the Calgary net.Certainly that PP goal would have been nice, said Tanguay, who took the initial shot. The puck didnt look like it moved, so I dont know what they saw. Its disappointing. We keep finding ways to lose games.Colorado kept pressing and were rewarded when Duchene finished off a give-and-go passing play with Ryan OReilly by snapping a shot past Ramo at 13:23 of the second.Only 58 seconds later, the Avs took a 2-1 lead when Zach Redmond threw a pass to the front of the net that hit Calgary defenceman Ladislav Smid before bouncing off of Holdens skate and past Ramo.Glencross scored at 1:14 of the third period when he one-timed a pass from David Jones past Varlamov.Tanguay then put the Avs up 3-2 at 14:14 of the third when he made a nice move to get past Russell before outwaiting Ramo and wristing a shot over the Calgary goalies blocker.That would have been nice to see Tangs goal hold up, said Avalanche forward and former Flame Jarome Iginla. That was one of the better goals Ive seen in person in a number of years. It stings for us and obviously a big win for them.Wideman sent the game to overtime when his shot from the point sneaked past Varlamov, who was screened on the play by both Jiri Hudler and Glencross.Just seconds into the extra period, Varlamov stuck out his right pad to deny a breakaway attempt by Paul Byron.Notes: Colorado forward Jarome Iginla returned to the Saddledome for just the second time since the Flames traded him to the Pittsburgh Penguins in March of 2013. He also played one game in Calgary with the Boston Bruins last season before he signed as a free agent with Colorado in the off-season. ... Iginla played in his 1,336th game, one behind C Adam Oates for 49th most in NHL history. … Wideman leads all NHL defencemen with 10 goals. … Calgary improved its record to 11-1-2 when scoring first. 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"Its a fantastic win for our country with 11 first-time Canadian national team members," said head coach Roy Rana. Discount Vapormax . -- Kansas City Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar will have Tommy John surgery that will sideline the pitcher for the season.NEW YORK -- Villanova had been living large on the other side of the 3-point line. The eighth-ranked Wildcats had made 26 3s in their last two games and they shot better than 50 per cent from beyond the arc in the wins over Providence and Seton Hall. Things were different Saturday. With St. Johns playing some tough perimeter defence, the Wildcats made just three of their 14 3-point attempts and down 56-55 with 7:44 to play. "I thought St. Johns played really well. Their defence was outstanding." Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "They did a great job of getting up on all of our people and challenging them." The Wildcats, who were doing a good job of scoring inside when the outside was dry, finally found a way to get going from the outside and a 10-1 run carried them to a 74-67 victory at Madison Square Garden. The Wildcats (15-1, 4-0 Big East) made two 3s in that run and both came off a big play by one of the teams leaders -- Ryan Arcidiacono and JayVaughn Pinkston. "Players have to make plays and JayVaughn and Ryan did," Wright said. "Im really proud of Jay to be a decision-maker not just a scorer. He kicked it out to Darren for a 3 that was a huge play." First, though, in the run was the play by Arcidiacono. He made a steal near midcourt and then took off for what looked to be a contested layup. "They are a good shot-blocking team and I knew they were coming," the 6-foot-3 guard said. "I thought I could either get it punched or bring it out. I did the smart thing and saw Kris on the other side." Freshman Kris Jenkins, who is averaging just over a 3-pointer this season, buried the 3-pointer that started the 3-point run. Pinkston made his big play after he contributed two free throws to the run. He had the ball inside and rather than go up among a bunch of big men, he passed it out to Darrun Hilliard, whose 3 gave Villanova a 63-56 lead. "Were a tough-minded team and that comes from Coach getting on us in practice and bringing us together," said Pinkston, who finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.dddddddddddd The Wildcats came into the game having shot better than 50 per cent from the field and 3-point range in their last three games. Against St. Johns (9-6, 0-3) they struggled from both in the first half shooting 25.9 per cent from the field (7 of 27) and 22.2 per cent from 3 (2 of 9). The game was close through the first 12 minutes of the second half with neither team having more than a three-point lead until Villanova went on a 10-1 run that gave it a 65-57 lead with 3:13 to go. "At the end they made enough plays and then some timely 3-point daggers, St. Johns coach Steve Lavin said. "They made enough to get the win because we came up empty on our end." The Red Storm missed a lot of shots inside and they went 4:40 without a field goal during Villanovas game-deciding run. Josh Hart added 14 points for the Wildcats while Arcidiacono added 13. DAngelo Harrison had 22 points for the Red Storm, who have lost three straight, while freshman Rysheed Jordan had 12. "I expected to be 3-0 and our whole team expected to be 3-0," said JaKarr Sampson, who had 10 points and nine rebounds. "We have to play with energy and heart, play with a chip on our shoulder. We have to clean up a few things down the stretch. Thats the main thing." Jenkins hit a 3 to start the big run and after two free throws by Pinkston, Hill hit his first 3 in five attempts to make it 63-56 and St. Johns called a timeout. Harrison made one of two free throws and Hilliard capped the rally with two free throws with 3:13 left that made it 65-57. The Red Storm, who finished 2 of 11 from 3-point range and were outrebounded 48-39, got as close as four points the rest of the way. Villanova finished at 35.2 per cent from the field (19 of 54) and 31.3 per cent from 3-point range (5 of 16), breaking their streak of three consecutive games at 50 per cent or better. Villanovas only loss this season was at No. 2 Syracuse. This was the 1,600th win for the Villanova program. ' ' ' Bopanna.— With files from The Associated Press ' ' '
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