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Alfredsson helps Senators rout Canadiens 5-1

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Alfredsson helps Senators rout Canadiens 5-1

OTTAWA (AP) Daniel Alfredsson scored his first goal of the season and the Ottawa Senators beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-1 on Wednesday night.

Jim O'Brien, Mika Zibanejad, Chris Phillips and Chris Neil also scored for the Senators, and Craig Anderson had 31 saves in his 300th career game.

Tomas Plekanec scored for Montreal, which had won four straight. Peter Budaj made 22 stops in his season debut.

Down 4-1 in the third, the Canadiens made a desperate push to get back in the game, but Anderson made numerous point-blank saves, including two on Brandon Prust.

Neil made it 5-1 with a wraparound goal with just over five minutes left.

Ottawa grabbed control with a three-goal outburst in the second period.

The Senators had a four-minute man advantage after Ryan White took a roughing penalty and was given an extra two minutes for arguing the call.

Alfredsson put Ottawa in front 2-1 when he scored off a faceoff, and Zibanejad beat Budaj high stick side for his first NHL goal just over two minutes later. Zibanejad blew a kiss to the sky as part of his goal celebration.

Phillips then got his second goal of the season. Zack Smith grabbed a bouncing puck and left it for Phillips, who jumped into the play and fired a wrist shot past Budaj.

The second period was much different than the first, which featured two fights and eight minor penalties that left both teams struggling to create any momentum.

The Canadiens took advantage of an early power play, with Plekanec jumping on a rebound and sliding it past Anderson. The Canadiens were 1 for 5 with the man advantage.

O'Brien tied it at the eight-minute mark with his second in as many nights. Budaj took a shot off the helmet, which appeared to stun him for a moment, and O'Brien jumped on the rebound.

The Senators' injury list continued to grow. Sergei Gonchar was a late scratch after being sidelined with what was described as a lower body injury. Ottawa was also without Jason Spezza, who missed his second straight game with what is believed to be a back injury.

NOTES: D P.K. Subban joined Montreal for the first time since signing a two-year, $5.75 million contract, but was not in the lineup for the game against the Senators. ``I felt great today. I'm going to continue to practice and get ready,'' Subban said. ``As of right now, there's no timeframe to when I'll be returning. I don't know. It's not my decision.'' ... LW Kaspars Daugavins was a healthy scratch for the Senators. ... The Canadiens were without Petteri Nokelainen (back, out indefinitely) and Max Pacioretty (appendectomy, three to four weeks).

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Right or wrong, Daniel Jones' performance turns up pressure on Redskins and Dwayne Haskins

Right or wrong, Daniel Jones' performance turns up pressure on Redskins and Dwayne Haskins

The Giants turned to their rookie quarterback Daniel Jones on Sunday, and he delivered a fantastic performance and got New York their first win of the year.

Whether it should or not, that turns up the pressure on Redskins rookie QB Dwayne Haskins. 

Jones turned in a tremendous game in his first ever NFL start, completing 22 of 36 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for two scores, including the game-winner late in the fourth quarter. The New York tabloids will likely go nuts after Jones' effort, and while it's likely overkill, the former Duke Blue Devil looked completely in control of his game and the Giants offense. 

He was good, and right or wrong, that's going to lead a lot of people to look at the Redskins and their plan for Haskins. 

Let's be clear — current Washington starter Case Keenum has acquitted himself well through two games. He's gone for 600 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. The Redskins are 0-2,  but it hasn't been Kenum's fault. 

That said, Keenum hasn't been great either. He's missed some big opportunities down the field and held on to the ball a little too long  in a few spots that have finished in sacks. 

If Keenum wins Monday night against Chicago, the Redskins will stick with him Week 4 in New York. 

But should the Redskins lose, whether it's Keenum's fault or not, the pressure to go to Haskins will be immense. Washington would be wise to not cave to that pressure, but it's going to be intense. 

Remember, Jones went 6th overall to New York and Haskins went 15th overall to the Redskins. Many expected the Giants to take Haskins at 6, and he grew up in New Jersey rooting for Big Blue. That didn't happen, and Haskins got to come to the Redskins and stay in the D.C. area, where he played his high school football. 

The NFL hype machine can't be stopped. The Redskins know that. 

If Keenum doesn't win Monday night, and there could be a million reasons for a win or loss outside of his control, that hype machine will push hard for Haskins vs. Jones. 

The Redskins should ignore the hype, but sometimes, it just can't be stopped. 

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Ravens defense digs too deep a hole in 33-28 loss to Chiefs on the road

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Ravens defense digs too deep a hole in 33-28 loss to Chiefs on the road

The Ravens needed to hold the Chiefs to eight or less yards to get the ball back. 

Faced with a third-and-9 in their own territory, the Chiefs dialed up a screen pass to win the game. Instead of nine yards, they got 16. 

On a day when the defense had trouble getting off the field, it was only fitting the Ravens couldn’t get a stop when it mattered most in a 33-28 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

“That play is really kind of a play that everybody on the defense is really kind of involved in,” Tony Jefferson said. “So we say, ‘Who’s responsible for the screen? Everybody.’ Back to the drawing board, we’ll look at it and see the things we’ve got to fix.”

The Ravens defense allowed 503 yards of total offense, a number they didn’t hit all of last season. The longest play was an 83-yard touchdown from Patrick Mahomes to Mecole Hardman to put the Chiefs up 20-6 in the second quarter. 

Mahomes finished the day with 374 yards passing and three touchdowns. His 374 yards passing was a number Mahomes needed overtime to hit last season.

“That’s an explosive, very good offense,” Jefferson said. “Mahomes did a good job extending plays, as we knew.”

Baltimore’s defense allowed 23 points in the second quarter as it had trouble dealing with Kansas City’s vaunted passing attack. But a problem that came up unexpectedly was the run, as the Chiefs averaged 5.4 yards a carry. 

The Ravens trailed 23-6 at halftime, but cut the lead multiple times to a one-score game in the second half. But the 17-point deficit was far too much to overcome, especially with an offense like Kansas City’s. 

“I thought our guys fought like crazy,” coach John Harbaugh said. “If we get a little bit better, we’ll win games like this.”

The game took a bit of a turn in the second half, as the Ravens continually went for two-point conversions in an aggressive game plan. They missed all three. 

They also went two-for-three on fourth down conversions, in an effort to keep their offense on the field and keep Mahomes off it.

“Analytically, when you look at the numbers, it’s not even close,” Harbaugh said. “In terms of percentage of chances to win the game. We believe in our offense, we’re going to try and get as many first downs as we can.”

And while the defense improved in the second half and only allowed 10 points, the damage was done as the Ravens offense couldn’t climb out of the hole left by the big halftime deficit. 

Even the aggressiveness of the offense couldn’t make up for the early halftime deficit.  

“We talked about it going into the game, that our offense was going to take chances on fourth down and we were ready for it,” Jefferson said. “We totally agreed with it, because we don’t back down from anybody.”

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