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VANCOUVER William Karlsson Jersey , British Columbia (AP) — A day after Vancouver forward Bo Horvat said the Canucks have instituted a Fortnite ban for the upcoming season, there was talk in NHL arenas about whether it is fair to blame the popular online game for performance on the ice.Winnipeg star Patrik Laine, who plays and enjoys the game, suggested the Canucks needed a scapegoat.“I think they just needed something to blame after last year,” Laine said in an obvious shot at the Canucks’ 31-40-11 record last season. “And we kind of made a deal if we’re playing like that, we can give up our PlayStations so we’re not going to take them on the road. But I don’t think that’s going to happen.”Asked about the comment Wednesday, Canucks forward Jake Virtanen said Fortnite hasn’t been an issue and added: “Whatever. I don’t really care what he says.”“I just think that where we want to go with our team, anything we can do to get better, that’s a stepping stone,” he said, according to The Canadian Press. “You can only go up from last year. … We want to be focused all the time when we come to the rink but have fun at the same time. But it’s all business here.”Some have expressed concern in hockey Authentic Blake Wheeler Jersey , particularly at the major junior level, that young players who hold marathon gaming sessions pay for it on the ice with poor performance. Why Fortnite in particular has set off alarms is unclear.“It’s a PlayStation game,” said Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers, who like Laine is a Fortnite fan. “Our jobs are to play hockey and we need to be prepared to do that every single day. We know what we need to do to get ready for a hockey game and it’s not playing Fortnite till 2 a.m.”In Toronto, Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman downplayed the concerns.“I don’t think Fortnite’s the problem,” Hyman said. “I think that you can get addicted to anything. If you’re sitting there playing Fortnite for 12 hours a day it’s probably not the best thing for you, but if you play it like a normal person — one or two hours a day — then you’re fine. … If you’re going out all night (partying), you’re addicted to going out. That’s not good either.”Hyman did not see a need for a gaming ban in Toronto, though defenseman Jake Gardiner wasn’t as sure.“I wouldn’t mind (a ban) either,” he said. “Video games get out of control. You’re on the road to spend time with teammates.”In Ottawa, the Senators aren’t planning a Fortnite restriction.“Some of us like to play it quite a bit on this team http://www.jetsshoppro.com/authentic-bry...tle-jersey , but we’re never on too late or too long,” forward Colin White told the CP. “I can’t even explain how addicting it’s become. It’s just grown worldwide and half our team plays now so it’s a good topic in the morning.” NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Facing a tired team, the Nashville Predators jumped on Winnipeg early.Pekka Rinne made 32 saves and the surging Predators scored two short-handed goals in beating the Jets 3-1 on Tuesday night to tie for the top spot in the NHL standings.Kevin Fiala, Austin Watson and Viktor Arvidsson had the goals for Nashville, which has won 11 of 12.The Predators reached 100 points in 69 games, the fastest mark in franchise history. The defending Western Conference champions are even with Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay – and Nashville has played one fewer game.Kyle Connor scored for the Jets, losers of three straight. Winnipeg fell eight points behind the first-place Predators in the Central Division.”We had marked it as a game that had to go our way as we sit here and push towards it late in the season,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. ”Trying to battle for what we need to do in order to better ourselves for the playoffs and obviously the division and the conference. Those are things we talk about, so the two points were very important.”Nashville scored three goals before the game was nine minutes old. Playing the finale of a six-game road trip, their longest of the season – and their second game in two nights – the Jets came out sluggish against the speedy Predators.Fiala scored the first goal at 2:48 of the opening period.Roman Josi carried the puck up center ice before sending a pass to Kyle Turris on the right side. Turris returned the pass to Josi as he continued through the slot and he immediately fed a trailing Fiala with a backhand pass. He had an open net Womens Connor Hellebuyck Jersey , and he buried a snap shot up high for his 22nd goal of the season.”I think every season you play, you want to climb up in the standings,” Josi said. ”You want to finish as high as you can. It’s definitely one of our goals. It’s huge for the playoffs to get that home-ice advantage. It’s definitely on our mind and we want to stay there now and get better.”Watson and Arvidsson scored short-handed goals 34 seconds apart on the same penalty kill to make it 3-0. It was the first time in Predators history that they scored short-handed twice on the same power play.”Right now, the team is playing great,” Watson said. ”Our penalty kill has done a good job of taking away time and space and forcing turnovers. When you get a chance to jump on it, it’s nice. Every time a couple go in for you, it helps.”Jets coach Paul Maurice called a basketball-style timeout following Arvidsson’s goal. Following the stoppage, Connor Hellebuyck took over in goal for starter Michael Hutchinson. After the first period, the team announced that Hutchinson would not return due to an upper-body injury. Hutchinson stopped 12 of the 15 shots he faced in 8:45 of action.Nashville poured 24 shots on the Winnipeg net in the first, its most in a period this season.After the first, Winnipeg founds its legs and put 27 shots on Rinne in the final two periods.”In a tough situation Dmitry Kulikov Jersey , I really liked the way we stayed with it,” Maurice said. ”There wasn’t anything easy there for us tonight. The bench was good. They kept battling and we kind of shut the game down well in the second period, which is hard to do, and had a good push in the third. That’s what I’m taking from this one.”Hellebuyck made 30 saves in relief.Connor got Winnipeg on the scoreboard at 1:08 of the third with a power-play goal when he tapped in the rebound of Blake Wheeler’s shot from the right side.”I saw a team that was down about half their players and playing the back end of a back-to-back,” Jets captain Blake Wheeler said of his team. ”We went into a tough overtime last night. We knew the first was going to be tough for us. They came out hot.”Patrik Laine picked up an assist on Connor’s goal, extending his franchise-record point streak to 13 games.Watson also did some strong work in his defensive zone to help Rinne. With just more than eight minutes gone in the third, he cleared a puck that was headed into the net after Rinne got a piece of a shot from Laine.NOTES: Watson’s four short-handed goals this season place him one behind NHL leader Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers. … Nashville is 34-3-5 when scoring first. … Winnipeg successfully killed off all three Nashville power plays. The Jets have not allowed an opponent to score on the man advantage in five of their last six games. … Jets C Paul Stastny was a late scratch. Maurice said Stastny experienced tightness during warmups and could not play.UP NEXTJets: Host the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.Predators: At the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.—
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