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GLENDALE, Ariz. Glen Wesley Jersey Large . -- The Calgary Flames are on a four-game winning streak, and they won seven of their past 10 (7-2-1).The Arizona Coyotes are on a five-game losing streak, and they dropped 10 of their past 13 (3-6-4).Why the disparity in play? Sometimes, the simplest explanation is the best.For me, its been three things, Flames general manager Brad Treliving said Wednesday as the team took part in an off-ice workout at Gila River Arena. Were getting stops from our goalie, our top guys have been excellent and in this little run were on, I think our power play is top 10 in the league and our PK (penalty kill) is like fifth. It really is that simple.Calgary (14-13-2) opened the season at 5-10-1, and the struggles were compounded by left winger Johnny Gaudreaus broken pinkie, which forced him to miss 10 games.Even before Gaudreau returned to the lineup on Sunday, however, the Flames were getting big contributions from center Sean Monahan (three goals, seven points in his last five games), goalie Chad Johnson (9-2 with a .931 save percentage since assuming the starting goaltending duties from Brian Elliott) and others.Gaudreau has two goals and four points in the two games since his return, and the Flames are rolling.I think we did a good job through the time Johnny wasnt here in establishing a base of play, Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said. Now that we get an offensive catalyst like Johnny in the mix, it just gives us a few more chances every game.The Coyotes (8-13-4) owns the second-lowest point total in the NHL. Arizona scored more than two goals just three times in its last 13 games.Its the lack of good plays being made, Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. Usually the top players on your team make good plays, whether its on the power play or creating chances. Were not getting enough of those made. Then you look at some grind plays; should be able to grind some chances out. Not getting enough of those plays. Just not creating enough offense.Of Arizonas 25 games this season, 17 were decided by one goal, leading Tippett to believe his team is close to breaking through. However, Arizona is also being outshot 35.1 to 28.2 on a per-game average. Only goalie Mike Smith (.924 save percentage) is saving the Coyotes from a worse fate on a nightly basis.We have to do a better job helping Smitty out, Arizona defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson said.On Thursday, Smith is expected to start in goal for the Coyotes for the 10th time since returning from a left leg injury on Nov. 16. Smith has stopped 301 of 324 shots over that stretch for a .929 save percentage. Center Brad Richardson is out indefinitely with a broken tibia and fibula he sustained on Nov. 17 at Vancouver.Johnson is expected to start in goal for the Flames. Left winger Lance Bouma is still out of the lineup due to a shoulder injury. Hurricanes Jerseys China . LOUIS -- Heading into the final stretch of the season, the issues for the Chicago Bears banged-up defence only seem to be getting worse. Wholesale Custom Hurricanes Shirts . 1, meaning problems for the doping controls at both major international sports events next year. The World Anti-Doping Agency provisionally suspended the Moscow Antidoping Center on Sunday, saying its operations must improve or a six-month ban on the facilitys accreditation will be imposed. http://www.customhurricanesjersey.com/ .Y. -- Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has drawn on his Syracuse connections once again by hiring Rob Moore to take over as receivers coach. NEW YORK -- Worn down and banged up, the Baltimore Orioles found the perfect remedy for all their ailments -- a well-pitched game.Chris Tillman tied for the major league lead with his 14th win, throwing four-hit ball for seven innings and helping the depleted Orioles avert a four-game sweep at Yankee Stadium, beating New York 4-1 Thursday.You could tell he was trying to give us what we really needed, manager Buck Showalter said.The Orioles had lost four straight overall, costing them their lead in the AL East.We dont look at snapping anything. Theres been ups and downs, Showalter said. You try to get a grip on reality.Baltimore slugger Chris Davis, shortstop Manny Machado and Showalter returned from a stomach bug thats hit the clubhouse.Its bad, Tillman said. I doesnt look like fun.Orioles center fielder Adam Jones didnt play because of back spasms, catcher Matt Wieters missed his third consecutive game after being hit by a pitch in the foot and rookie outfielder Joey Rickard sat out with an injured thumb.Showalter said Wieters and Jones were day to day.Tillman (14-2) matched White Sox ace Chris Sale for the most victories in the majors. He won his fourth straight start, allowing exactly one run over seven innings in each outing.The last Orioles pitcher to permit one or fewer runs while going at least seven innings for so long was Jim Palmer, who did it in six straight starts in 1978.Tillman gave up three hits and two walks to the first eight batters, capped by Starlin Castros RBI single. The tall right-hander then set down 16 of his final 17 hitters.Got in sync, Tillman said.Brad Brach pitched the eighth and Zach Britton closed for his 30th save in as many chances.The Yankees had won four in a row.I think you have to look at it, you took three of four from a good Baltimore team, and you have to move on, manager Joe Girardi said.CC Sabathia (5-8) lost on his 36th birthday, leaving him 0--4 in his past six starts. Custom Hurricanes T-shirts. He also stumbled and fell on the mound while trying to throw a pitch in the sixth, with the ball skittering onto the grass and resulting in a balk.J.J. Hardy grounded a two-out, two-run single off the glove of shortstop Didi Gregorius in the first inning, and Jonathan Schoop sliced a two-out, two-run double in the seventh.The Orioles began the day 3 for 33 with runners in scoring position since the All-Star break. Mark Trumbo, tied for the big league lead in home runs, threw down his bat after popping up in a key spot in the first, but Hardy soon delivered with the bases loaded.Julio Borbon singled in the seventh for his first hit in the majors since 2013 with the Cubs, setting up Schoops double that finished Sabathia.TRAINERS ROOMOrioles: RHP Hunter Harvey, Baltimores first-round draft pick in 2013, is set for Tommy John surgery. The 21-year-old pitched in the rookie and Class A levels this year, and has been beset by injuries during his pro career. Its brutal, Showalter saidYankees: 3B Chase Headley didnt start for the second straight game with an excused absence for personal reasons. He pinch hit in the eighth and grounded out.TILLMAN TIMETillman struck out seven and walked two. He is 7-0 with a 3.23 ERA in 10 starts vs. AL East opponents this year.UP NEXTOrioles: RHP Dylan Bundy (2-2, 3.70) faces Cleveland at Camden Yards. The 23-year-old made his first major league start last weekend and gave up three home runs in 3 1/3 innings at Tampa Bay.Yankees: The NL West-leading Giants visit Yankee Stadium for the first time since 2013. New York RHP Masahiro Tanaka (7-2, 3.15) is 4-0 in his past six starts. He has never pitched vs. San Francisco. Giants ace LHP Madison Bumgarner (10-5, 2.12) gets his first look at the Yankees. ' ' ' 
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