Union Look to Quash Revolution

Union Look to Quash Revolution

The Union, unbeaten over their last four games, are in New England tonight where they'll face the Revolution (7PM/Comcast SportsNet). The Revs sit in last place in the Eastern Conference with 16 points from 18 games. The Union enter play a point behind New York for first place in the conference.

This will be the third and final game of a three game road trip for the Union. They've earned a point in each of the first two stops on the trip - a 2-2 draw at D.C. and a 0-0 draw at San Jose.

New England will be without midfield stalwart Shalrie Joseph, who
will miss the game due to yellow card accumulation. New England will
have Benny Feilhaber, who the Union passed over back in April when the
US international was available via the allocation draft.

Tonight is the start of a very busy week for the Union, who will host
Everton on Wednesday at PPL Park and then Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid
squad at the Linc on Saturday.

Obviously, picking up the three points tonight is and should be Peter Nowak's priority. Yes, playing host to an EPL and La Liga side is glamorous, but the goal remains to qualify for the MLS playoffs.

Gabriel Farfan did a nice job stepping into the left back spot against San Jose, which Jordan Harvey had on lock prior to being dealt to Vancouver. I think most Union fans expect another shoe to drop as it relates to the left back spot at some point soon - particularly with the MLS transfer window now being open.

Stefani Miglioranzi also did a nice job filling the void left by Carlos Valdes, who did not travel to San Jose last week due to illness. It appears as if Valdes will return to the lineup alongside Danny Califf in the center of the Union back line.

Following the San Jose game Nowak expressed his displeasure with the play of Keon Daniel and Justin Mapp. Perhaps as a result Daniel will return to the substitutes bench. Personally, I like Daniel's ability to inject life into the game with his pace off of the bench.

Here’s the lineup I hope we see today: Mondragon, G. Farfan, Valdes, Califf, Williams, Mapp, Nakazawa, Carroll, Le Toux, Ruiz, Mwanga.

Final Score Prediction: This a rare instance where the Union should expect to pick up the three points on the road. I'd imagine the coaching staff has been admonishing the players to focus on New England and not look ahead to the two upcoming friendlies. Union win it 1-0.

The Toni Stahl Memorial Union Player Most Likely To See Red: Brian Carroll, who will be charged with tracking Feilhaber all day.

Flyers' loss changes complexion after questionable penalty on Radko Gudas

Flyers' loss changes complexion after questionable penalty on Radko Gudas

There are good penalties. And bad penalties. And penalties which aren’t even penalties.

The last one would perfectly describe Radko Gudas’ hip check on Miles Wood that was whistled as clipping by referee Dan O’Halloran in the second period.

Even Wood was laughing as Gudas went to the box, realizing what a break he had gotten – a power play for nothing.

“He’s a pretty quick D-man,” Wood said. “I don’t think it should have been a call, but it was a good hit by him.”

That gave the Devils a power play. Then, when Wayne Simmond argued the call with O'Halloran, Simmonds drew two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct. The resulting 5-on-3 New Jersey power play saw the Devils score to break a 1-1 tie.

Minutes later, the Flyers had a bad line change and it was 3-1. Game over. The Devils would go on to win, 4-1 (see game story).

Bottom line? The Gudas call changed everything.

“I was really surprised,” Gudas said. “I didn’t think it was a penalty at all.”

Is this oversimplifying the game to say everything changed with that one call?

“Are we really simplifying it?” Gudas asked. “I think that after those calls we have to get together as a group and make sure we kill these off. Unfortunately, we let them score on that power play. It was just unlucky.”

Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol called it “an excellent hit” by Gudas. He wouldn’t go deeper than that.

The six muffed power plays gave him enough reason to believe the Flyers could have gotten back in it. His Flyers are 3-9-3 since winning 10 games.

You can’t underestimate how those two calls turned the tables on the Flyers in this game.

“Everyone has their own opinion on the hit and we were obviously frustrated on the hit,” Travis Konecny said. “We thought it was a clean hit and we reacted to it. We have everyone’s backs.

“We have all had the one’s where we are angry with the ref and the one who made a hit like that. There is a time for that moment there.”

Goalie Michal Neuvirth thought it was a difference maker.

“Oh, absolutely, we were playing better in the second period,” he said. “I thought we had a momentum. You know stuff like that 5-on-3 for two minutes, it’s tough to defend.

“I think it’s taking way too many penalties lately and you got to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Best of NHL: Lee scores 2 power-play goals, Islanders beat Kings

Best of NHL: Lee scores 2 power-play goals, Islanders beat Kings

NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders are on quite a nice roll.

Anders Lee scored two power-play goals to lead the Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night, giving New York its third straight win and fourth in the last five games.

"We've been keeping it simple of late," said Lee, who has four goals in two games against the Kings this season. "We've been getting shots on net and being more effective. I'll do my thing down low."

John Tavares had a goal and an assist, Jason Chimera also scored and Jean-Francois Berube stopped 34 shots to earn his first win in his third start of the season (see full recap).

Hartnell snaps tie as Blue Jackets beat Carolina 3-2
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Blue Jackets would just as soon forget the second period of Saturday's game, when the Carolina Hurricanes rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie it.

Columbus didn't play much better in the third but withstood 15 shots and killed three penalties. Midway through, Scott Hartnell scored his second goal of the game , and the Blue Jackets beat Carolina 3-2.

Columbus got the win despite being outshot 37-20.

Hartnell scored in the first period and then netted the tiebreaker, helping the Blue Jackets overcome a horrendous second period - in which they managed only two shots on goal - to beat Carolina for the second time this week (see full recap).

Beagle scores in overtime, Capitals beat Stars 4-3
DALLAS -- Jay Beagle scored 19 seconds into overtime and the Washington Capitals rallied to beat the Dallas Stars 4-3 on Saturday night.

Evgeny Kuznetsov skated behind the net and put the puck in front to Beagle. His wrist shot beat goalie Kari Lehtonen, who got tangled with a defender and lost his footing.

The Stars led 3-1 and didn't allow Washington a power play until the third period, but then Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie scored with the man advantage in the first 5:26 of the period.

Adam Cracknell and Jamie Benn scored for Dallas on plays that originally were ruled no goal. Patrick Eaves had a goal and an assist for the Stars (see full recap).

Bogosian scores in overtime, Sabres edge Canadiens 3-2
MONTREAL -- The Sabres couldn't score from in close on All-Star goalie Carey Price late in regulation Saturday night.

So Zach Bogosian teed it up from a ways out in overtime to lift Buffalo.

Bogosian scored his first goal of the season in overtime and the Sabres beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in the second game of a back-to-back for both teams.

Buffalo nearly broke through against Price near the end of the third period. Price made a pad save on Matt Moulson on a breakaway at 19:40, and then with six seconds remaining, he robbed Rasmus Ristolainen with a windmill glove save (see full recap).