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Titans QB sees layoff from bye week as no issue

Titans QB sees layoff from bye week as no issue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Jake Locker is hoping he can pick up where he left off for Tennessee before the team's bye week.

Locker missed five games waiting for his left, non-throwing shoulder to heal before returning Nov. 11 at Miami. He helped the Titans end a two-game skid with a 37-3 win, and just as he was working off the rust the bye week arrived.

Now the Titans (4-6) will try to put together a winning streak starting Sunday at Jacksonville (1-9).

``It was good for us as a team to have the opportunity to kind of let our bodies rest,'' Locker said Wednesday. ``You know it's 10 weeks. Really if you count the preseason it's 14 weeks. That's a lot of pounding on your body, so physically it's good for guys to just take two, three days to get away from it, come back refreshed. I think it's always a benefit for you.''

Coach Mike Munchak gave the Titans six days off for the bye week.

Now they're ready to see what Locker can keep doing for them as they try to make a run through the final six games at what would be the franchise's first playoff berth since 2008 after a tantalizing glimpse at what he brings to the offense in Miami.

Locker threw two touchdown passes and had a 93.8 passer rating in picking up his first career road win as a starter. He didn't throw too much as Tennessee had short fields with four turnovers, and he was 9 of 21 for 122 yards. But he also ran four times for 36 yards, including turning a trip over Chris Johnson's foot and possible sack into a 20-yard gain early.

``That's how we designed it,'' Locker said with a smile.

Locker said he knew he had protection up front on the pass play and only wanted to avoid a negative play, trying to get back to the line of scrimmage when he found a crease. Locker's ability to run was just one of the reasons why the Titans drafted him at No. 8 overall in 2011.

``That just reminds you of the things he can do that you can forget about when he hasn't played in a while,'' Munchak said. ``That's one. Most quarterbacks, that's second-and-20 right there. They don't get up, or they get up and can't get out like that and even something worse happens.''

Locker's teammates appreciate what he brings to the offense. Even with sitting out five games after hurting his left shoulder Sept. 30, Locker still ranks second on the team with 103 yards rushing.

``The ability to make plays with his feet certainly gives us a weapon that defenses can't prepare for,'' safety Jordan Babineaux said. ``That's good to see. ... Jake is making progress. He's developing as a player, and he's starting to understand his comfort level, and you can see that in his performance.''

Another quarterback who can run isn't what the Jaguars want to see as they try to win their first game at home this season. Andrew Luck ran for two TDs against Jacksonville on Nov. 8, and the Jaguars are giving up 137.3 yards per game.

``He has a great arm, and I know his ability to make things happen with his feet is a dangerous thing,'' Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey said.

This will be Locker's first game against Tennessee's AFC South rival. For the season, he is completing 59.8 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and only two interceptions. He's been sacked only four times.

Munchak said they didn't limit the game plan against Miami to ease Locker back into the game, and the quarterback easily shook off a hard sack by the Dolphins early.

Munchak pulled Locker against Miami early in the fourth quarter with a big lead. He said Locker has a great understanding of what they want him to do.

``I'm excited to see him play again,'' Munchak said. ``It seems like he hasn't played in a while. When you have a week off and we waited six weeks for him to play, and he played well, then it's been like another two weeks, and now he's going to play again. I'm excited to see where we're at again as a team after sitting out for a week.''

Notes: TE Craig Stevens (hamstring) did not practice along with S Al Afalava (ankle), RB Jamie Harper (ankle), and WR Lavelle Hawkins (ankle). Munchak said Stevens is expected to practice Thursday. WR Kenny Britt (knee) practiced along with LB Colin McCarthy (right ankle) and OT Byron Stingily (back).

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NHL Playoffs 2019: When is Capitals-Hurricanes Game 7? how to watch, date, time, live stream, TV channel

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NHL Playoffs 2019: When is Capitals-Hurricanes Game 7? how to watch, date, time, live stream, TV channel

The Carolina Hurricanes held serve at home in Game 6, beating the Washington Capitals 5-2 to force a Game 7 in their first-round series of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Hurricanes and Capitals each won three games at home, and with the Capitals hosting the Hurricanes in Game 7 on Wednesday, April 24, the defending Stanley Cup champs seem to have the home-ice advantage. The Capitals last faced a Game 7 in the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals. Andre Burakovsky scored twice and Braden Holtby pitched a shutout to send the Caps to the Stanley Cup Final.

A win over the Hurricanes at Capital One Arena on Wednesday night send the Capitals to the second round to face off against Barry Trotz and the New York Islanders.

The game time for Game 7 on Wednesday has yet to be announced. 

Capitals vs. Hurricanes Game 7 How to Watch:

What: 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Eastern Conference First Round. Game 7: Washington Capitals vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Time: TBD.
Location: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C.
TV Channel: TBD (Channel Finder)
How To WatchStream pregame and postgame coverage Game 7 of Capitals vs. Hurricanes on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app or tune into NBC Sports Washington.
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan FM)

Don't already have the MyTeams By NBC Sports App? Click to download here and stream the Capitals-Hurricanes live!

Capitals vs. Hurricanes Game 7 TV Schedule:

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Tune into Capitals FaceOff Live 90 minutes before Game 7 puck drop, with an extended, 60-minute edition of Caps Pregame Live to follow. After the game, tune in to another extended version of Caps Postgame Live, and Caps Overtime Live, only on NBC Sports Washington.

Capitals vs. Hurricanes Game 7 Injury Report:

Capitals: Michal Kempny (torn hamstring, out for season), T.J. Oshie (broken clavicle, out)

Hurricanes: Andrei Svechnikov (Concussion, day-to-day)

Capitals vs. Hurricanes Game 7 Players to watch: 

Braden Holtby, G, Capitals

Holtby has been stellar in must-win games, but had a poor showing in Game 6. Can he pitch a shutout in Game 7 like he did a year ago? With the defense still figuring itself out, Holtby will need to unleash the beast0

Warren Foegele, F, Hurricanes

Warren Foegele has been a Capitals killer in the playoffs thus far, scoring three times and assisting on two others. If the Hurricanes eliminate the Capitals from the playoffs, it's going to be due in large part to Foegele's efforts.

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Carolina forces Game 7 in controversy-filled win

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Carolina forces Game 7 in controversy-filled win

This series is going seven. The Capitals were not able to close out the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday as a potential game-tying goal in the third period was waved off allowing Carolina to roll to the 5-2 win.

Both teams remain hot at home as the home team has gone 6-0. This game marks the first time the team to score first did not win, however. It also saw the first lead change of the series.

Game 7 will be on Wednesday at Capital One Arena.

Here are six reasons the Hurricanes won.

Warren freakin’ Foegele

Raise your hand if you had Foegele as Carolina’s biggest offensive threat heading into this series.

Foegele was leading the Hurricanes with three goals leading into Game 6 and he scored his fourth in the first period to tie the game at one.

Brett Connolly gave Washington the 1-0 lead just over five minutes into the game, but Foegele tied the game just after a Nic Dowd penalty expired with the Caps trying to clear out the puck. Dougie Hamilton had his shot blocked in the high slot, but Foegele picked it up and fired a shot as he spun around, beating Holtby who was having trouble seeing the puck through all the bodies.

Sebastian Aho gets a stick on Jonas Siegenthaler

Alex Ovechkin gave the Caps the 2-1 lead, but the Hurricanes tied the game less than two minutes into the second period thanks to Aho’s forecheck on Siegenthaler.

Siegenthaler chased down a puck behind the goal line, but was pressured by Aho who got his stick on Siegenthaler’s just as Siegenthaler meant to clear the puck around the boards. Aho picked up the loose puck and found Teuvo Teravainen in the slot for the quick shot and goal.

Two near misses at the end of the second

In Game 4, the Caps dominated the play in second, but gave up a goal late in the period that took the wind out of their sails and proved to be the game-winner for the Hurricanes. We nearly saw a role reversal on Monday as Washington was outplayed in the second frame, but had two great chances in the final 30 seconds in a 2-2 game.

Nicklas Backstrom found John Carlson for a short breakaway. Carlson tried to beat Pert Mrazek 5-hole, but Mrazek stopped it with the pad. A few seconds later, Tom Wilson a Carlson pass that beat Mrazek, but hit the cross-bar to stay out.

A failed clear

It was anyone’s game in the third period when Jordan Staal parked himself right on Braden Holtby’s doorstep and battled with Matt NIskanen. An initial shot was  blocked and Niskanen tried to clear it, but failed as it hit off Brock McGinn. The puck bounced past Niskanen and Dmitry Orlov who came to assist and Staal reached his stick and knocked it beneath Holtby into the net to give Carolina its first lead of the game. That marked the first lead chance in the series.

A controversial no-goal

Washington thought they had tied the game in the third period as Ovechkin came into the crease and knocked a loose puck into the net…at least he thought so. The puck was underneath the pad of Mrazek and Ovechkin caught a piece of the pad as he went for the puck. The goal was waved off immediately.

By rule, a player cannot push the goalie’s pad to push the puck into the net. The contact, whether incidental or not, was enough to have the goal waved off.

Justin Williams

The former Cap and current captain of the Hurricanes was a man possessed on Monday. He was all over Holtby all night long and was a physical pest. He nearly had a goal in the second period when he chipped a breakaway puck over a Holtby poke check, but the goal was waved for a high stick. Williams finally got rewarded in the third period with a deflection goal that bounced through Holtby’s 5-hole and proved to be the knockout punch.

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