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DENVER -- The Boston Bruins became the first NHL team to clinch a spot in the Stanle
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DENVER -- The Boston Bruins became the first NHL team to clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Ken Wregget Jersey . And they did it by refusing to get ahead of themselves. Patrice Bergeron and Carl Soderberg each had a goal, Chad Johnson stopped 31 shots for his third career shutout, and the Bruins beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-0 on Friday night for their 11th win in a row. "We dont really worry about how many weve won or who were playing in one day or two days," Johnson said. "We just worry about whos next. Thats sort of where our mindset is. Just staying in the moment, I think, is the biggest key to our success right now." Boston defenceman Zdeno Chara said clinching a post-season berth wont alter that mindset. "We still have to play our hockey, really focusing on the little details going into the playoffs, and not getting satisfied and complacent," he said. "We just still have to push our team to the best, maximum results." Johnson was at the centre of their latest success, which pushed their point total to 101, the 21st time the team has reached the 100-point threshold. "He made some saves that helped us a lot," Boston defenceman Dougie Hamilton said. "I thought he played really well." Colorado pulled goalie Semyon Varlamov for an extra attacker with five minutes remaining but couldnt avert its first shoutout of the season. The Avalanche had scored at least once in 80 straight games since their previous shutout last April 6 at Phoenix. "They slowed us down and they did a good job," Colorados Matt Duchene said of Boston. "We hadnt been shut out all year. Usually, it happens against great teams." Colorado, which handed Boston its only shutout of the season on Oct. 10, was the last NHL team to be blanked this season. "I thought our play was very positive," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. "We had a lot of good chances early on. Except for maybe the first six or seven minutes of the start of the third, I thought we played better than them. Their goalie played really well. He made some great saves." Johnson turned away a flurry of shots in the final minutes and delivered two key saves in the second period, using his glove to stop Nathan MacKinnons shot on a breakaway and stuffing Jan Hejdas shot from up close with his upper body. "They had some good chances there in the second, and I just tried to be in position and make the saves when I thought I could," said Johnson, who improved to 10-0-1 in his last 11 starts, a career-best point streak that includes a pair of shutouts. With the Bruins on the power play, Loui Eriksson passed to Soderberg in the lower right circle for a wrist shot into the upper corner of the net on Varlamovs stick side. That made it 2-0 at 13:11 of the second period. Boston also struck in the first. Bergeron slipped through Colorados defence, taking a pass from Hamilton in the slot and firing a shot that Varlamov stopped. But the rebound trickled out, and Bergeron knocked the loose puck back into the net at 5:12. "He made a good play to go to the net. I just put it in to him," Hamilton said. "He hit him right in the chest and he had a good finish off of that. I was pretty happy to have that there." NOTES: The Bruins win streak is the longest since a 13-game run in the 1970-71 season. ... Avs C John Mitchell sat out for a second time after leaving Tuesdays game at Montreal with a back injury. He remains day to day. ... Colorado D Erik Johnson turned 26 on Friday. ... Boston hasnt lost since a 4-2 defeat to Washington on March 1. ... The Bruins have also won their last six road games and earned a point in their past 13 (10-0-3). ... Boston has won its last three games in Denver. Fake Penguins Jerseys .C. - Goodyear has warned teams that increased speeds at Charlotte Motor Speedway will put a heavy emphasis on the right front tires in Saturday nights race a€” a potentially key development for drivers trying to advance in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. Rick Tocchet Jersey . Gomes drove in all three runs, including a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning, and Cleveland rallied for a 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. https://www.cheappenguinsjersey.com/1451...guins.html .Balotelli uploaded on Instagram a picture of the video-game character Super Mario, with whom the Italy international shares a nickname, with text around the image including jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew.MANCHESTER, England -- As a new era began at Manchester United on Monday, a lingering problem from the final days of Alex Fergusons trophy-laden tenure was casting a shadow over David Moyes first official day in charge of the English champions. Nearly two months after being hired as successor to Ferguson, Moyes was met by a row of photographers under grey skies when he arrived at Uniteds training ground to start his planning ahead of the new season. Moyes has already put his stamp on the new role, bringing in three coaches from former club Everton to join his backroom staff, but its the future of Wayne Rooney that will be the Scots biggest priority this week. Speculation over where the England striker will be playing next season has been dominating the sports pages in British newspapers this off-season -- and will continue to do so until he sits down with Moyes and the pair decide where Rooneys future lies. Rooney, who isnt due in for the first day of training until Wednesday or Thursday, sat out the final matches of Fergusons 26-year tenure after putting in a transfer request because he was frustrated at being substituted in some matches last season, notably the Champions League last-16 second leg against Real Madrid. Arsenal, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain have been heavily linked with the burly striker, even though Ferguson insisted before he ended his time at United that Rooney wouldnt be leaving. The situation is even more delicate because it was Moyes who sold Rooney to United back in 2004, when manager of Everton, and then launched successful legal action against the striker over allegations in Rooneys autobiography that the Scot leaked details of a private conversation to the media about the factors behind the move from Everton. The pairs relationship has improved since then, but Moyes has to decide whether to persevere with a player who has tested the patience and loyalty of United fans after putting in two transfer requests in 2 1/2 years. If there is no official announcement regarding Rooney over the next week, the make-up of the United squad to tour the Far East from July 10 will make interesting reading. Sam Lafferty Jersey. Life at United will be much different compared to Moyes 11 years at Everton, where he was heralded as one of the brightest managers in English football despite never winning a major trophy. Silverware will be demanded at United in the first year of his six-year deal, with the northwest club having been accustomed to capturing titles under Ferguson. Moyes will also be under the spotlight much more off the pitch. Uniteds global appeal was further underlined Monday when it added True Corporation Plc, one of Thailands leading telecommunications companies, to its growing array of commercial sponsors on a three-year deal. True will become Uniteds official mobile partner for Thailand, the clubs official in-house TV broadcaster in the country and also be the associate match sponsor for the Bangkok leg of the preseason tour, when United plays Singha All Stars on July 13. Moyes will need his squad to be in perfect shape for the start of the new Premier League season, with United having been given a tough early fixture list that includes games against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in the opening five matches. Steve Round will be Moyes assistant, replacing Mike Phelan, after being the Scots No. 2 at Everton since July 2008. Former England international Chris Woods also arrives from Goodison Park to be goalkeeping coach and Jimmy Lumsden will be another coach on Uniteds books. "I have worked with Steve, Chris and Jimmy for a number of years and I am delighted they have decided to join me at this great club," Moyes said. "They bring great qualities in their respective fields and I know that, like me, they feel that this is a challenge to relish. "I have great faith that, together, we can build upon the success this club has enjoyed over many years." Ed Woodward, Uniteds executive vice chairman, said: "This is an exciting and challenging time for the club and I have great belief that David and his team will have all the energy and attributes needed to help this club continue in its long-standing traditions." ' ' '
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