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Schroeder's SO goal lifts Canucks over Blackhawks

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Schroeder's SO goal lifts Canucks over Blackhawks

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Jordan Schroeder scored in a shootout to give the Vancouver Canucks a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.

Schroeder, who hasn't scored a traditional goal in the regular season, fired a low, hard shot that squeaked through the pads of goalie Corey Crawford.

Alex Edler scored in regulation for the Canucks (4-2-2).

Patrick Kane had the lone goal for the Blackhawks, who lost their second straight in a shootout after starting the season with six victories.

Chicago controlled overtime, outshooting Vancouver 4-1. The Blackhawks were also awarded a power play with 1:11 left when Vancouver defenseman Jason Garrison was called for high-sticking. Chicago, which outshot Vancouver 28-22, was 0 for 5 on the power play.

The Canucks had a 40-second, 5-on-3 power play in the third period, but didn't register a shot on goal.

Edler opened the scoring at 15:42 of the first period. The big defenseman took a pass from Zack Kassian and fired a shot past Crawford for his third goal of the season.

Kane tied it at 9:42 of the third. He got the puck from Andrew Shaw and lifted a shot over the stick side of goalie Roberto Luongo, who was falling to the ice. It was Kane's third goal.

Vancouver's Mason Raymond had a great scoring chance late in regulation. His hard shot went through Crawford's pads and slid across the open net.

The Blackhawks used speed and some pretty passing to attack Vancouver. Despite being drawn out of position at times, the Canucks defense forced the Blackhawks to the outside and blocked plenty of shots.

Luongo, who stopped 24 shots in a win against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, had another solid night. In the second period he gloved a drive from Brandon Saad and calmly blocked a long shot from Dave Bolland.

In the first period, Luongo stopped Marian Hossa on a breakaway and then dragged his leg in front of Brent Seabrook's drive during a Chicago power play.

Luongo also got help when a couple of Blackhawks drives struck goal posts.

Luongo, the goalie the Canucks have been trying to trade since June, made his third consecutive start. Cory Schneider, who was expected to be Vancouver's No. 1 goalie this season, watched from the bench.

It was also the first meeting between the teams since March 21 when Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith delivered an elbow to Daniel Sedin's head.

Sedin sustained a concussion and missed the rest of the regular season plus the first three games of the playoffs. Keith was given a five-game suspension.

The crowd booed Keith every time he touched the puck. There was a cheer in the second period when Henrik Sedin bounced Keith into the boards.

NOTES: The Canucks wore the Vancouver Millionaires ``V'' patch on their sweaters to celebrate the team that won the Stanley Cup in 1915 against the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey Association. ... Wes Rypien, brother of former Canucks player Rick Rypien who committed suicide, participated in a ceremonial opening faceoff. ... Henrik Sedin played his 900th game with the Canucks. ... Canucks grinder Dale Weise played despite missing practice Thursday with a stiff neck. Weise fought Cody McLeod during Vancouver's 3-0 win Wednesday.

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2020 NFL Mock Draft 7.0: College football's elite well represented

2020 NFL Mock Draft 7.0: College football's elite well represented

The College Football Playoff committee announced the four schools selected for this playoff, and each program is full of NFL talent.

So it's not a shock to anyone that in our latest mock draft, LSU, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma all have multiple players projected to go in the first round.

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LSU, the No. 1 seed in the playoff, also has on its roster the likely Heisman Trophy winner and consensus No. 1 overall pick in quarterback Joe Burrow. The Tigers have multiple players in their secondary expected to go in the first round, such as safety Grant Delpit and cornerback Kristian Fulton. Where will they end up?

While Burrow may be the consensus top pick, Ohio State has whom many consider to be the best player in the draft in edge rusher Chase Young. Could he be an option for the Redskins at No. 3, where they would select if the season ended today, or will he be off the draft board by then? 

The Buckeyes defense is a lot more than just Young. Cornerback Jeffrey Okudah is widely considered the top cornerback in this year's class, and safety Jordan Fuller would likely be a first-round pick in past years.

Clemson's offense deserves a lot of credit, but perhaps their best NFL prospect comes from the defensive side of the ball in linebacker Isaiah Simmons. He has the ability to go after the quarterback, but also make plays in coverage and is all over the field.

A little undersized, Simmons will be an impact player for any team right away. Where does he land?

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Oklahoma has had the NFL's No. 1 overall pick the past two seasons in quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. While Jalen Hurts has had a spectacular season, he's not the prospect either one of those signal-callers was.

However, the Sooners do arguably have the best wide receiver in the draft in CeeDee Lamb. In a deep wide receiver class, can Lamb jump over Alabama's Jerry Jeudy or Clemson's Tee Higgins to be the first receiver selected?

The 2019 College Football Playoff will be without Alabama for the first time in history. Although the Crimson Tide won't compete for a National Championship, the amount of NFL talent they have on their roster is impossible to ignore.

In our latest Mock Draft, the Crimson Tide have nine (!!) first-round selections, by far the most of any school. 

A lot can change between now and April, but college football's elite programs are expected to dominate the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

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Davey Martinez confident in Nationals' future despite uncertain free agency

Davey Martinez confident in Nationals' future despite uncertain free agency

On the heels of the first World Series championship in franchise history, the Nationals could look a lot different when they open the season in New York.

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The man tasked with maximizing any roster Mike Rizzo gives him is Davey Martinez, who sat down with our own Todd Dybas to address his mindset as Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon headline the team's free-agent class. 

"I wouldn't say you worry about it," he said. "But you build relationships with these guys, and all of a sudden they become free agents and you can sign with whoever you want."

The Nationals took plenty of heat from the fan base after Mark Lerner said the team could not afford to bring back both Rendon and Strasburg. Scott Boras, who represents both players, then cryptically scoffed at the notion in a story by Ken Rosenthal. 

But neither player has signed with anyone yet, and Martinez voiced confidence in his front office. 

"I know our ownership, [Mike Rizzo], we're very competitive," he said. "They're going to do everything they can to keep us competitive for next year and years to come.

"But that being said, I love those guys, every one that's a free agent, I love them all." 

A number of big market contenders have expressed interest in Strasburg and Rendon. The Yankees, Dodgers and Padres have expressed interest in Strasburg, though the Yankees reportedly believe he will return to DC

The Phillies, Rangers and Dodgers are the teams rumored to be in on Rendon for big money as well. 

Sometimes when big spenders are trying to sway free agents away from their incumbent teams, reminding players of the advantages of familiarity and continuity can go a long way. But for Martinez, his strategy is to give them all the space they need to make their decision. 

"They're free," he said. "And that's the beauty of this game that at some point you become a free agent and you get to explore and look around and see other teams.

"They've got a lot of decisions to make for not only them but for their families," he said. "So I kind of let them be and let them decide on what they want to do."

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