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Bonino's hat trick leads Ducks past rival LA Kings

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Bonino's hat trick leads Ducks past rival LA Kings

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Nick Bonino scored his third goal on a power play with 11:21 to play, and the surging Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 7-4 Saturday night in the first Freeway Faceoff of the season.

Bonino scored two goals in the first six minutes to chase Jonathan Quick before completing his first career hat trick against Jonathan Bernier.

Kyle Palmieri scored the tiebreaking power-play goal, and Teemu Selanne put his 666th career goal into an empty net to cap another powerful offensive game by the Ducks, who have won five of seven to start the season.

Captain Dustin Brown scored two power-play goals for the Kings, who struggled in their first game at Honda Center as the defending Stanley Cup champions. Jarret Stoll and Justin Williams also scored, but the Kings never led while dropping to 2-3-2.

Quick yielded Bonino's two goals on the Ducks' first three shots before coach Darryl Sutter pulled him 5:49 in for Bernier, who stopped 17 shots in his season debut. Bonino picked up an assist on Selanne's goal for his first career four-point performance.

Emerson Etem, Bobby Ryan and Luca Sbisa each had two assists for Anaheim, and captain Ryan Getzlaf and Sheldon Souray also scored. Jonas Hiller stopped 30 shots in his first victory since Jan. 21 for the Ducks, who lost defenseman Cam Fowler in the second period to an upper-body injury on a hit by Stoll.

Anaheim missed the playoffs last spring before the eighth-seeded Kings rolled to their first Stanley Cup triumph. The Ducks won California's first NHL title in 2007, and their fans had taken to chanting ``Stanley Cup! Stanley Cup!'' at the Kings faithful in nearly every rivalry meeting - a chant that just won't work anymore.

Los Angeles won five of the six meetings last season. The Freeway Faceoff series features only four meetings in this lockout-shortened season, but the first was a beauty filled with big hits, chippy play, aggressive offense and power-play proficiency from both teams.

Thousands of jersey-wearing Los Angeles fans made the short trip down the I-5 freeway, filling the arena with Kings chants from the opening faceoff. But Bonino filled the Kings' net with goals, scoring 2 1/2 minutes in and doing it again a few minutes later when he somehow looped a backward shot underneath Quick's pads and stick while falling face-first on the ice facing the wrong way.

Etem had assists on both of Bonino's goals, the first points for the Long Beach, Calif., native who made his NHL debut last Tuesday.

Although the Kings' next game isn't until Tuesday in Columbus, Sutter swiftly pulled his Conn Smythe Trophy-winning goalie for the first time all season. Bernier, the former first-round pick who apparently made a trade request in the offseason, had watched Los Angeles' first six games from the bench.

Although Los Angeles' power play has been the NHL's worst, Brown easily scored the Kings' third man-advantage goal of the season later in the period. Stoll evened it 34 seconds later.

Souray put the Ducks up 4-3 with a rocket of a slap shot during a power play later in the period. After Williams tied it with his first goal of the season, Palmieri followed up his two-goal performance Friday night against Minnesota with a one-timer in the slot off a pass from Saku Koivu.

NOTES: Bonino is the 14th Anaheim player to record one of the Ducks' 39 hat tricks in franchise history. ... With two power-play goals, Brown caught and passed NHL scoring king Wayne Gretzky for seventh place in Kings history. Brown has 63 man-advantage goals in 602 games. Gretzky had 62 in 539 games with Los Angeles. ... The Kings hadn't scored a road power-play goal this season, going 0 for 18.

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Bills cornerback trolls Kirk Cousins after Buffalo beats Minnesota

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Bills cornerback trolls Kirk Cousins after Buffalo beats Minnesota

Former Redskins and current Minnesota Vikings' quarterback Kirk Cousins famously coined the phrase "You like that?" after leading a Redskins' comeback victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2015.

The phrase took off, leading to Cousins filing for a trademark on the phrase in 2016.

Well unfortunately for Cousins, the phrase has been used as a way for other players to mimmick him, especially when things don't go his way.

The Vikings, who entered Sunday's clash against the previously winless Buffalo Bills as 17-point favorites, fell 27-6 at home in what has been the biggest upset thus far in the 2018 NFL season.

In the visiting tunnel following the Bills' victory, Buffalo cornerback Tre'Davious White shouted exactly what you would expect.

The second-year cornerback looked straight into the camera with a big grin on his face, then shouted Cousins' famous phrase twice before jogging into the locker room.

After the Bills' dominating performance, you can't blame White for having a little fun.

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Conforto’s bases-loaded triple brought Mets to 8-6 over Nationals

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Conforto’s bases-loaded triple brought Mets to 8-6 over Nationals

WASHINGTON -- Michael Conforto hit a go-ahead, bases-loaded triple, rookie Jeff McNeil matched a career high with four hits and the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 8-6 on a slow and soggy Sunday afternoon.

The first pitch was delayed 25 minutes, and rain continued during the game, which lasted 4 hours, 14 minutes. Washington's grounds crew tended to the infield between innings throughout the day.

The Mets finished their road slate at 40-41, better than their 33-42 mark at home, where they have six games left.

The Nationals, who fell to .500 (78-78), led 3-1 before New York rallied in the fourth. Wander Suero (3-1) entered with one out and two on and issued a walk before McNeil singled in a run.

Conforto then poked a shot to left-center past a diving Michael A. Taylor to clear the bases and make it 5-3. Suero surrendered two more runs in the fifth when Kevin Plawecki delivered an RBI double and scored on Amed Rosario's infield single.

Drew Gagnon (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the Mets, who took three of four from the Nationals in the teams' final series of the season. Anthony Swarzak recorded the final five outs for his fourth save in five tries.

New York starter Steven Matz allowed three runs in three innings. Washington's Erick Fedde surrendered three runs in 3 1/3 innings.

McNeil improved his batting average to .328 in 195 at-bats since his big league debut on July 24.

Rookie Victor Robles homered, tripled and drove in three for Washington.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: Manager Mickey Callaway said the team still plans to activate 3B David Wright from the disabled list before Tuesday's game against Atlanta. Wright, who has not played for the Mets since May 2016 because of neck, back and shoulder injuries, is scheduled to start Saturday against Miami in what will likely be his final appearance in the big leagues. However, he could also make an earlier appearance. "I wouldn't mind getting him in there and getting him a pinch-hit at bat when it makes sense in the Braves series," Callaway said.

RECORD SWIPE

Washington SS Trea Turner stole second base in the third to set the Nationals' career record with 123. The previous steals leader since the club moved to Washington in 2005 was Ian Desmond's 122 from 2009 to 2015. Turner's 42 steals this season lead the majors.

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Mets: New York has Monday off. RHP Noah Syndergaard (12-4, 3.36 ERA) is scheduled to start Tuesday against Atlanta.

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (9-7, 3.83 ERA), who is 17-7 with a 3.04 ERA in 30 career starts against Miami, gets the nod as Washington opens its final home series of the season Monday against the Marlins.

 

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