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The Hamilton Bulldogs were determined to tilt the scales

HAMILTON, Ont. curl secret pas cher . -- The Hamilton Bulldogs were determined to tilt the scales in their direction on Sunday after losing a close game and a lengthy winning streak a night earlier. Nathan Beaulieu provided that push with two points, including the game-winning goal in the second period, as the Bulldogs outlasted the Iowa Wild 3-1 in the American Hockey League. Gabriel Dumont and Nick Tarnasky also scored for the Bulldogs (19-15-4), who returned to the win column after seeing a six-game winning streak snapped on Saturday. Dustin Tokarski made 27 saves. "Yesterday, we let the game slip away from us," said Beaulieu. "So today, we were on a mission. It was disappointing to have our streak snapped, but now we can build another." Marc Hagel had the lone goal for the Wild (15-16-4), who completed a six-game road trip 2-2-2. Johan Gustafsson stopped 31 shots in a losing effort. Marc Hagels hooking penalty just 31 seconds into the game gave life to Hamiltons offence, and the Bulldogs nearly opened the scoring twice on the power play. Moments after Sven Andrighetto was denied, Martin St. Pierre chipped an effort over Gustafsson and just outside the near post. The Bulldogs continued to probe for the games first goal, and Andrighetto showcased his speed with five minutes to play in the first period, sliding the puck past Wild defender Brian Connelly and rushing in alone on Gustafsson, who held firm to smother his shot. After a strong effort on their first power play of the afternoon, the Bulldogs found the opening goal on their second, after Corbin Baldwin was whistled for hooking at 17:54 of the first period. Dumont put his stickhandling on display, receiving a pass from St. Pierre well wide of the net but quickly whipping the puck to his forehand side before chipping a shot over the far shoulder of Gustafsson at 18:44. Hamilton head coach Sylvain Lefebvre was encouraged by his teams strong first period, particularly coming as it did on the heels of a streak-ending loss. "The guys regrouped and refocused today, and had a really good start," he said. "I was concerned with how we would start, given the finish yesterday. But the guys showed some maturity, and it seems like were gaining that as a group." A great opportunity to double the lead passed the Bulldogs by four minutes into the second period, when Louis Leblanc failed to corral a centring pass and could only manage a weak attempt on goal. Maxime Macenauer was penalized for a trip on the play, and the Wild punished the Bulldogs inability to finish on the ensuing power play. Hagel, Justin Mercier and Warren Peters worked a combined rush to perfection, as Peters found Hagel with the final, cross-ice pass. He easily fired the one-time shot past the downed Tokarski at 6:13 of the second period. Another impressive individual play paved the way for Hamiltons go-ahead goal at 12:26. Andrighetto took control of the puck behind the Wild net, weaved through defenders to the blue-line and unleashed a low slap shot that rebounded to Beaulieu on the right. The defenceman made no mistake in firing the second effort high and past Gustafsson. Hamilton suffered a scare when Dumont took a slap shot directly off the foot, and hobbled to the bench midway through the third. He returned to the bench minutes later, but did not play another shift. Tarnasky added the insurance goal into the empty net with just six seconds to play. Lefebvre saw some of the ingredients for a playoff team in his groups performance on Sunday. "You have to be able to play the tight games," he said. "In the playoffs, thats what you face. After a loss in the playoffs, too, you have to be able to regroup. So Im glad that we were able to do that tonight." babyliss curl secret . The Indianapolis Star cited a source in its report on Wednesday that said Manning wont be ready to participate once camp begins. The paper also indicated that he could be sidelined for a week or could miss most of camp. miracurl pro babyliss . Drained after winning the FA Cup for the first time on Saturday, Wigan crashed back to earth with a 4-1 loss at Arsenal on Tuesday to be relegated after eight seasons in the Premier League.MIAMI -- LeBron James watched the San Antonio Spurs celebrate an NBA championship on his now-former home floor in Cleveland four years ago, a memory he still finds haunting. He needs to buck some history to avoid a repeat of that scene in Miami. For all that James has done in his career -- two MVP awards, seven all-star appearances, a scoring title -- theres one thing he still hasnt managed, and thats getting his team off the ropes when facing elimination. The Cavaliers never advanced in the five playoff series that opposing teams won three games against Cleveland during James run there. Now Miami is facing elimination for the first time in these playoffs, entering Sundays Game 6 of the NBA finals down 3-2 to the Dallas Mavericks. James latest challenge may be his toughest yet. "Every situation has felt like it was an our-back-against-the-wall situation," James said Sunday morning after Miamis shootaround practice. "Weve been able to figure it out and find our way through and scratch our way through. This is the last test. This is the last pop quiz for us that we need to pass in order to make it all worth it." James has played seven previous games when facing elimination, going 2-5. His numbers in those games are eye-popping: 31 points, 10.1 rebounds, 7.5 assists on average. Thats a far cry from these finals so far, where James has averaged 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and seven assists against the Mavericks. And in the fourth quarters, his struggles have been the talk of the series. James is shooting 4-for-16 in the final periods, all four of those makes being either dunks or layups. James had a triple-double in a Game 5 loss at Dallas, and said he wouldnt look for specific stats in Game 6. "I take what the game gives me," James said. In other words, he wont force things unnecessarily, even now. Which is fine with Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who said he plans to take a similar approach when it comes to choosing the words hell use before Game 6. "Theres a great deal of thought that goes behind what you say to your team," Spoelstra said Sunday morning. "And theres different moments during the season and in the playoffs where sometimes its a little bit more, sometimes its a little bit less. It depends on the situation. What were trying to accomplish right now in a finals series is relatively normal. What we deal with sometimes on the exterior can be very abnormal. But we wouldnt expect anything less." True, its been a season like no other in Miamis 23-year history. Starting with the buzz created last summer, when the Heat not only kept Dwyane Wade but landeed Chris Bosh and James to complete what was immediately dubbed the "Big 3," Miami has been at the epicenter of just about everything in the NBA for the past 11 months. babyliss curl secret pas che. . The way they celebrated those signings raised the ire of many in the league. Opposing coaches groaned when asked incessant questions about the Heat over the course of the season. They were called "Hollywood" at least twice by the Bulls Joakim Noah, had their competitiveness questioned by the Orlando Magic, got mocked in every building they visited throughout the season. None of it seems relevant to the Heat now. "We understand that in order for us to win it all, we have to win two," James said. "But tonight, just like any other game, is its own. Thats the way weve always approached every game this season, every game this post-season. We approach every game as its own and go from there. We feel like if we do the things that need to be done in this game, well give ourselves a great chance to win." Its all so different now for Wade, who elevated from stardom to superstardom by winning a title in 2006, then was part of the U.S. team -- along with James, Bosh, the Mavericks Jason Kidd and others -- who led the so-called "Redeem Team" to gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. "We were playing for America in the Olympics and we had the support of everybody in America," Wade said. "Now in 11, we dont. And thats just the way it is. I dont think its anything personal. A lot of people out there thats rooting against us dont know LeBron James as a person, dont know me as a person, dont know a lot of people in this locker room. But us as a team, thats fine." James nodded as Wade said those words. This season really started in Miami when they signed their contracts on the night following James infamous "Decision" special on ESPN. The Heat were vaulted into the pressure-cooker at that moment, knowing nothing but a title would allow this season -- and those that will follow -- to be considered a success. "Not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven," James said last July 9, at the welcome-to-Miami party for the Big Three, referring to the number of championships hed like. "Hey, and when I say that, I really believe it. Im not just up here blowing smoke at none of these fans, because thats not what Im about. Im about business. And we believe we can win multiple championships if we take care of business and do it the right way." What he said 339 days earlier, in his mind, still rings true entering Game 6. ' ' '



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