5 Thoughts: Flames look slow against Hurricanes

By Derek Willis

SPEED KILLS

The Carolina Hurricanes are a fast team and they made the Calgary Flames look slow. When I asked Dave Cameron how to counter the speed of team like the Hurricanes, the Flames assistant coach said “with speed.” The Flames might not have the fastest skaters in the league, but they have to play faster as a five-man unit.

PENALTY PROBLEMS

The magic number for head coach Glen Gulutzan is three. The Flames head coach has told me on a number of occasions that if his team is short-handed three or fewer times, they’ll put themselves in a position to win. Being more disciplined has been a major – and I mean major – point of emphasis in team meetings and in practice this season, but the players continue to take way too many penalties.

The Hurricanes had six power-play opportunities on Thursday night and scored what would turn out to be the game-winning goal on an third-period power play that was the result of an unnecessary penalty on Matthew Tkachuk at the 20-minute mark of the second period. Being short-handed also prevents the Flames from using non-penalty-killers like Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Jaromir Jagr and Dougie Hamilton as much as they’d like to.

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Deflated Ball: Blake gets 29 in Clips’ rout of Lakers

LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin scored 29 points, DeAndre Jordan added 14 points and 24 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers spoiled Lonzo Ball’s quiet NBA debut with a 108-92 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.

Lou Williams added 12 points in the Clippers’ first game since Chris Paul spurned the perennial playoff team after six years and forced an off-season trade to Houston. The Clippers will have a new look this season, but they were still miles ahead of their Staples Center co-tenants in both teams’ season openers.

Ball had three points, four assists and nine rebounds in 29 minutes during the first game for the No. 2 overall pick from UCLA.

The Los Angeles-area native is expected to revitalize his hometown team this season, but the rookie started out with all the nerves and mistakes that might be expected from any 19-year-old point guard with the weight of a 16-time NBA champion franchise on his slender shoulders. Along with a handful of good-looking passes and a 3-pointer late in the first half, he went 1 for 6 from the field and committed two turnovers.

Brook Lopez scored 20 points in his debut for the Lakers, and Jordan Clarkson added 18.

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Seguin scores twice in 3rd, Stars beat winless Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Tyler Seguin scored a pair of third-period goals and the Dallas Stars held off Arizona 5-4 on Thursday night, sending the winless Coyotes to their seventh straight defeat to begin the season.

Seguin put in the rebound of Jamie Benn’s shot at 8:20 of the third, less than 90 seconds after the Coyotes had pulled even. He added his fifth of the season with 2:54 left to make it 5-3.

Clayton Keller scored his second goal of the game with 22 seconds left to trim the margin to one. Derek Stepan also scored twice for Arizona (0-6-1), the only NHL team without a victory.

Benn had a goal and two assists as Dallas beat the Coyotes for the second time in three days.

Stepan scored his first two goals for Arizona. The veteran centre arrived in an off-season trade with the New York Rangers and scored in each of the first two periods.

The Stars defeated the Coyotes 3-1 on Tuesday night in Dallas, with goalie Ben Bishop stopping 27 of 28 shots. Bishop wasn’t as effective on Thursday, though he made a few quality saves and stopped 27 shots in all.

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Scores, stats, videos and pictures: High school football roundup for Thursday, Oct. 19

Scoreboard and stats

1A SOUTH

KANAB 33, MONTICELLO 7: The Cowboy defense allowed just one scoring play as Kanab secured a convincing win over Monticello. Quarterback Sam Orton tossed three touchdown passes and rushed for a score of his own to lead his team to victory.

MILFORD 54, PAROWAN 18: The Tigers jumped out to a 20-6 first-half lead and never looked back as they secured the big win over Parowan. Bryson Barnes had four passing and two rushing touchdowns to lead Milford in the victory.

2A PLAYOFFS, FIRST ROUND

AM. LEADERSHIP 23, ENTERPRISE 21: Jacob Negus completed a pass to Brett Staheli for a TD in the last 30 seconds of the game to give the Eagles the narrow victory over Enterprise. Negus also connected with Sam Huff for another score in the win. Watch the video replay

NORTH SEVIER 32, GUNNISON 15: Brooks Mickelsen rushed for a score and grabbed a pass from Taylor Crane for another as the Wolves defeated the Bulldogs to advance to the next round of the 2A playoffs. Crane also connected with Manny Perez for a TD in the win. Watch the video replay

SAN JUAN 47, NORTH SUMMIT 14: The Broncos came out hot, scoring 27 unanswered points in the first quarter en route to the convincing win over North Summit. Baylr Eldredge led the offense for San Juan, passing for three scores and running for another two in the victory.

MILLARD 24, SOUTH SEVIER 7: Millard scored in every quarter to build a steady lead and secure the victory over South Sevier. Watch the video replay

3A PLAYOFFS, FIRST ROUND

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