The Anaheim Ducks and the Buffalo Sabres had both been sailing along with stretches of good results before being jolted by a couple of recent setbacks.The Ducks had been rolling with 11 wins in 13 games before losing two away games in a row to the New York Rangers Tuesday and the Boston Bruins Thursday Colton Sissons Jersey , both by 3-1 scores.The Sabres, who gained momentums with a 10-game winning streak Nov. 8-27, were on 3-0-1 run before losing 5-2 to the Florida Panthers Tuesday night at home and then dropping a 2-1 decision on the road to the Washington Capitals Friday night.Article continues below ...The Ducks and the Sabres will be trying to shake off these recent glitches when they meet Saturday at the KeyBank Center. Buffalo won the first meeting between the teams, 4-2 at Anaheim Oct. 21.The Ducks were listless Thursday in Boston. “It just seemed we didn’t have the intensity we’ve shown over the stretch of games we’ve won,” Ducks left winger Andrew Cogliano said.“There’s no excuse, really. We’re a couple of games away from the Christmas break and you have to find it. These are tough times and you’ve got to push through the whatever-you-want-to call-it and get the wins and then give yourself a break after that. There’s no excuse. I think we’ve let a couple of games go and it’s unfortunate because we’ve got something really good going.”In New York, the Ducks also were lifeless. They led 1-0 before allowing three goals – including one when they were on the power play – in the third period in which they were outshot 14-1.“We didn’t have much jump,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “That’s what happens. You play a lot of hockey. You travel a lot. You come from the West Coast. You travel 51/2 hours. People don’t know how tough travel can be. You practice every day. Those are the things that add up over time. Everybody’s in the holiday season. There are Christmas gifts to purchase. There are other things that are on people’s minds. We just didn’t have the gasoline that was necessary in the tank.”The Sabres were in Washington only last Saturday and lost that time, 4-3, in a shootout before defeating the Bruins 4-2 on Sunday.The difference Friday was Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby as the Sabres had a 37-24 advantage in shots on goal. Tom Wilson notched what turned out to be the winning goal at 13:00 of the third period, taking advantage of a mistake by Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton.Hutton, a Sabres mainstay all season, lost the puck behind the goal to Evgeny Kuznetsov and the Capitals center passed it in front to Wilson, who put it into the gaping goal.“The guy (Kuznetsov) got a hack in on me, I kind of fumbled it and they capitalized,” Hutton said.“He just lost the handle and they pounced on it Conor Timmins Jersey Womens ,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said. “For all the good things he’s done, they outweigh that play.”The Sabres had injured defensemen Lawrence Pilut (lower body) and Jake McCabe (upper body) back in the lineup Friday. Right winger Jason Pominville was out with an undisclosed injury.The Sabres, meanwhile, have parted with Patrik Berglund, who had left the team. The center has cleared unconditional waivers. He had had two goals and two assists in 23 games with the Sabres, who acquired him in an offseason trade from the St. Louis Blues.The situation does not seem to have been a distraction. “I think that we’ve tried to limit our focus to playing, and the guys that are here,” Sabres captain Jack Eichel said. “You let the right people take care of that situation. You kind of just focus on what you can control and the people that are here.”“(Berglund) was an ultimate pro, does everything right, every day works hard so obviously it’s been a bit shocking,” said Hutton, who was Berglund’s teammate for two years with St. Louis. “There’s a lot of stuff where we don’t even know about, I’m sure, so you hope for the best in all cases.” SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Sidney Crosby now has one more reason to have good memories of the Shark Tank.Crosby had two goals and three assists to win the All-Star MVP, and Henrik Lundqvist pitched a first-half shutout to lead the Metropolitan Division to a 10-5 victory over the Central Division in the championship round of the NHL All-Star game Saturday night.Crosby finished the night with four goals and four assists in two games on the same ice where he won the Conn Smythe Trophy and Stanley Cup three years ago for Pittsburgh.“I have some great memories here for sure Ian Cole Jersey Womens ,” he said. “It’s always been a tough place to play. Obviously, when you win in a rink and have those memories, it’s something you think about every time you go there. Being in that dressing room, it’s automatic to bring you back to some of those moments.”The memories aren’t nearly as sweet for the Sharks fans, who booed Crosby when he won the award, joining Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Bobby Orr, Joe Sakic and Jean Beliveau as the only players to win the Conn Smyth, the Hart Trophy and All-Star MVP.“It’s cool,” Crosby said. “You play and you watch as a kid growing up and you see that presentation so it’s pretty cool. I had a lot of fun today.”Lundqvist stopped 11 of 13 shots in his two games to give the Metropolitan Division its second title in four years of the three-on-three All-Star format and the $1 million prize shared by the winners of the four-team divisional tournament.Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders added two goals and three assists in the final game.Mikko Rantanen had two goals and Colorado teammate Gabriel Landeskog added one for the Central. Landeskog finished with four goals and three assists, while Rantanen had four goals and two assists.“There’s more pace obviously when it’s the final and there’s a million dollars on the line. A lot of guy were going a little bit harder but it’s good for the fans,” Rantanen said. “Just too bad that we were not that ready to play.”Crosby assisted on Barzal’s goal against Devan Dubnyk just 22 seconds into the championship game and then made it 5-0 in the closing seconds of the first half off a pass from Barzal. Crosby also assisted on Pittsburgh teammate Kris Letang’s goal in the first half and then helped seal the game with a goal in the second half that made it 6-2.Lundqvist made big saves against Landeskog and Claude Giroux in the period one night after winning the save streak competition in the skills challenge.“It was good defense, good structure,” Lundqvist said. “That helps, especially three on three. Honestly Philipp Grubauer Jersey Womens , I thought we had pretty good structure, so much skill up front, so many goals. You don’t get surprised, you get impressed.”The first time the All-Star game came to San Jose in 1997, hometown favorite Owen Nolan capped the night by calling his shot and pointing to the spot where he completed a hat trick that delighted the Shark Tank.Sharks fans didn’t have as much to cheer for in the return, even though their three All-Stars started the night on the ice together for the Pacific. The Central blitzed the Pacific early for its first win in four years in this format, scoring seven goals on nine shots against John Gibson in the first half of the period in a 10-4 victory.Gibson, who plays for the rival Anaheim Ducks, drew derisive chants from the fans who later called for Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury to take over.“Anytime you play it’s a rivalry and the fans take it personally. That’s what makes it fun,” Gibson said. “You’re still at All-Star game and you’re out there with some of the best players in the league. Stuff’s going to happen.”Landeskog had a hat trick and an assist and Roman Josi had three assists and a goal for the Central.Pekka Rinne and Dubnyk combined to stop 23 of 27 shots with Dubnyk providing one of the biggest highlights with a glove save that robbed Connor McDavid on a breakaway.The Metropolitan Division won the second semifinal 7-4 thanks to a tiebreaking goal by Letang with 3:38 to play. Sebastian Aho added an insurance goal seconds after Braden Holtby stopped John Tavares in close.NOTES: The NHL honored four women’s hockey players who participated in All-Star weekend, Kendall Coyne Schofield and Brianna Decker of the United States, and Rebecca Johnston and Renata Fast of Canada. The four women got a standing ovation and a $25,000 donation in their name to a hockey charity of their choice. Coyne Schofield was the first woman to compete in the skills competition on Friday night, finishing seventh in the fastest skater competition.