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Islanders score 3 times in 3rd, beat Flyers

NEW YORK — Brock Nelson and Anthony Beauvillier scored 22 seconds apart early in the third period, Semyon Varlamov made 25 saves and the New York Islanders beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 for their fourth straight victory.

The teams will complete the home-and-home set in Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

Nelson made it 3-2 with his 11th goal of the season, beating Flyers goaltender Felix Sandstrom with a high shot from the left circle at 2:57.

Beauvillier made it a two-goal margin with his fifth at 3:19. Ryan Pulock assisted on both third-period goals and had four assists overall for New York, tying a career best. The Islanders are 13-2-2 in their last 17 games against the Flyers, including a 6-0-0 mark in their last six home meetings.

“Brock just made a great shot,” Beauviller said about Nelson’s go-ahead goal. “Second one, Pully made a great play in the slot to me and it was definitely a game-changer.”

Zach Parise scored twice for the Islanders and defenseman Adam Pelech also scored to help New York improve to 8-3-0 at home.

“We’re playing good hockey. Even sometimes when we haven’t put together a good first or a good second. we’ve been rebounding,” Parise said. “Maybe tonight wasn’t our best. But we had a good third.”

The injury-depleted Flyers are 0-7-3 in their last 10 contests and haven’t won since Nov. 8.

“There were a few minutes in the third where we lost the hockey game,” Flyers coach John Tortorella said. “We are just going to keep banging away at it. I saw a lot of good things tonight. I am not going to criticize the team.”

Lukas Sedlak and Joel Farabee scored to put the Flyers ahead 2-1 before Parise tied it at 2 on the power play late in the second. Kevin Hayes had assists on both Philadelphia goals.

The Islanders lead the NHL with 35 third-period goals, outscoring opponents 35-19 in that period this season. New York has 42 goals in first periods, second periods and overtime combined.

Islander defenseman have also scored 18 goals this season, a contribution that heartens their coach Lane Lambert.

“We feel we need our defense in order to create offense,” he said. “They’re doing a good job of it.”

The Islanders have won 13 of 17 to improve to 15-8-0 overall.

The struggling Flyers were coming off a 4-1 home loss to Pittsburgh on Friday.

“They had two quick ones we kind of buried ourselves after that,” Hayes said of the Islanders’ early third period outburst.

Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov also assisted on Sedlak’s goal, his 200th NHL point.

Philadelphia’s next five games are at home, giving them a chance to reset in the tightly contested Metropolitan Division where they started 7-3-2 before their current swoon.

“I think we forechecked pretty well. We just have to keep working,” said Sedlak, who assisted on Farabee’s goal. “We have to keep digging every shift and focus on the shift in front of us.”

NOTES: The Islanders are 10-1-0 when scoring first and 6-1-0 in divisional games … New York is 15-2-0 when they score at least three goals … The Islanders scratched injured forward Kyle Palmieri for the third straight game plus defenseman Robin Salo and forward Ross Johnston …. The Flyers scratched forwards Jackson Cates and Travis Konecny (upper-body). Philadelphia also continued to be without injured forwards Cam Atkinson, Sean Couturier, James van Riemsdyk and Scott Laughton.


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Sensors Installedat 5 Places In City | Patna News

PATNA: Five environmental sensors were installed on Saturday under smart city project for sensing and recording the status of air quality every minute at different places of the city. All these sensors will be monitored from integrated command and control centre (ICCI) building.
Municipal commissioner Animesh Kumar Parashar said these high-capacity sensors would reveal what nature of pollutants were reaching the air. “This information would help Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) and other government departments to take prompt measures,” he added. The five places where sensors have been installed are SSP office, JP roundabout, Dak Bungalow Crossing, A N College and Pataliputra roundabout.
Also, 15 variable message displays (VMDs) would be installed at different places in the city. “The VMDs measuring over 10×7 feet would become functional by December 15,” Parashar said.
VMDs would help PMC and district administration to act immediately against public nuisance or generation of solid or gaseous materials which could add toxicity to air.




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Shoppers cash in for Small Business Saturday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. WOOD — It was all about local stores this weekend as shoppers cashed in on special deals and products for Small Business Saturday.

“I’m definitely going to go back to a couple of them,” shopper Stephanie Elenbaas said.

About ten businesses on Grand Rapids’ West Side and Monroe Center participated in a sip and shop hop. It’s the first time the group participated in an event for the shopping holiday.

“The more we say Small Business Saturday and the more people celebrate this, they are going to know we are here,” said Tia Riva, organizer of Christmas on Westside Sip and Shop and owner of The Art of Life Gallery and Studio.

Shoppers like Elenbaas and Kelly Brown went to all 10 businesses.

Kelly Brown and Stephanie Elenbaas handing in their shop hop cards to event organizer Tia Riva.

They will now be entered into a drawing to win a prize. For them, the day meant more than just checking shops off the list.

“We got to experience different parts of the city that we didn’t get to in other times,” Elenbass said.

“Or know about shops like the olive place — they had balsamics and salts and stuff like that. That was really cool to see,” Brown added.

On the city’s southeast side, the Baxter Community Center was the hub for 15 Black-owned businesses.

“We’ve had a steady flow of traffic of some new and old customers coming through,” said Kayon Tompkins, organizer of the Black-owned business pop-up shop event and owner of Nourish Your Curls.

Tompkins helped organize the event with other Black female entrepreneurs. She said she has seen a growing interest in support since the event first began six years ago.

“When we first started, we were in a small store and now we are in a gym, so that’s more vendors and more clients coming through, so I feel it’s growing more and more.”

Organizers of both events said there was so much enthusiasm and support from businesses and customers that they’re looking forward to planning for next year. Though they say everyday is a great way to shop small.

“People are going to jump on board next year. We have a few restaurants and a privately owned chiropractor office that wants to host some live music and a couple of artists and their menu,” Riva said.

“Support small businesses. We are needed,” Tompkins said.




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4 Dead In Brazil School Shootings, Teen Gunman Was Wearing Nazi Symbols

4 Dead In Brazil School Shootings, Teen Gunman Was Wearing Nazi Symbols

The shooter has been arrested and will face murder charges, said Brazil police.

Brasilia:

The death count from a twin school shooting in Brazil rose to four on Saturday after a teacher wounded in the attack by a 16-year-old shooter wearing Nazi symbols died from her injuries, officials said.

Authorities in the city of Aracruz, in Espirito Santo state, had said some of the around 10 wounded, including three teachers and a student, were in serious condition after the Friday attack that shocked the country, which has seen a rise in school shootings in recent years.

“Unfortunately, the tragedy of Aracruz has not yet ended,” said state Governor Renato Casagrande on Saturday.

“With deep regret we confirm the death of another victim, teacher Flavia Amboss Mercon,” tweeted the governor, who had declared three days of mourning in Espirito Santo.

The shooter was a former student at the public school he targeted first, where he fired on a group of teachers, killing two people and wounding some nine others. He then went to a nearby private school where he killed an adolescent girl and left several more people wounded.

He has been arrested and will face charges of murder and attempted aggravated murder, Espirito Santo police said.

Relatives of the other three people killed held wakes on Saturday, according to Brazilian media.

“My daughter was always light and love. I lost my daughter to hate,” Thais Sagrillo, the mother of a 12-year-old girl who was killed, told Globonews.

The attack was the 12th school shooting in Brazil since 2002, according to research institute Sou da Paz.

The latest attacks spurred calls for gun policy reform, with critics hitting out at a series of presidential decrees relaxing regulations on firearms and ammunition under far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.

Brazilian president-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has been sharply critical of the ex-army captain’s relaxation of gun-control laws, defeated Bolsonaro in elections last month.

Officials said the shooter, a policeman’s son, used two handguns in the attack, both registered to his father — one being his service firearm, and the other being a privately registered weapon.

Casagrande said the boy appeared to have planned the attack carefully.

Security camera footage aired on Brazilian media showed the shooter running into the school dressed in military-style camouflage and brandishing a gun.

Investigators said he had a ‘swastika’ on his fatigues and that they were looking into whether he had links to any extremist organizations.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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Bhaini Sahib music festival: Steeped deep in Hindustani classical music : The Tribune India

Shailaja Khanna

THE Namdhari sect of Sikhs moved its centre to Bhaini Sahib near Ludhiana some 100 years ago. Keeping alive the Sikh Gurus’ tradition of spiritual training through music, today it is a huge centre where not only classical musical instruction is imparted to the young, but music concerts are regularly held too.

This year, a new addition has been a nationwide vocal music contest, with 165 aspirants. Held last week, each participant sang a raga of choice for around 12 minutes; expert tabla sangat in each case was provided by Namdhari students. The final round was judged by vocalist Pt Ajoy Chakraborty.

This initiative has not only given a platform to serious aspirants from various schools of music from all over India, but has also drawn attention to the immense role that this institution has been playing in patronising Indian classical music over the decades.

The late Satguru Partap Singhji invested a lot of time and resources, ensuring talented children were given training by masters of classical music. A great classical music lover, he established the Namdhari Sangeet Vidyalaya at Bhaini Sahib. Ustad Nihal Singh, the exponent of the ‘jori’, represented the Sikh musical legacy of a bygone age, and taught for years at Bhaini Sahib. A well-known and documented fact is that when Rajan and Sajan Mishra, then unknown singers from Benaras, were despondent about their future as classical vocalists, it was Satguru Partap Singhjii who inspired them to continue, promising that they would not regret their decision. He was a close friend of practically every maestro of the time, including Ustad Vilayat Khan and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, to name just two.

London-based Ustad Sukhvinder Singh, affectionately known as Pinky, who lived in Bhaini Sahib till he was 11 and thereafter trained under Pt Kishen Maharaj in Benaras, shares how he would play badminton with Ustad Vilayat Khan, who would stay at Bhaini Sahib for days with his family.

The Namdharis have had a tradition of both learning and performing and this is continuing even among the younger generation. Apart from stalwarts like Ustad Sukhvinder Singh, young tabla practitioners like Delhi-based Fateh Singh are continuing their training under Punjab gharana doyen Pt Yogesh Samsi, even though the latter is Mumbai-based.

Over the years, regular concerts and workshops have been held at Bhaini Sahib, which is also a patron of the oldest music festival in North India, Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan, held annually at Jalandhar in the last week of December.

For the last nine years, an annual classical music festival has been held at Bhaini Sahib. This year, its 10th edition, being held from November 25 to 27, was an eagerly awaited event in not just Punjab, but all over India. The star performers included Mumbai-based violinist Kala Ramnath (who was to perform on Day Two), Kolkata-based sarod player Tejendra Narayan Mazumdar, Jaiteerth Mevundi from Dharwar and Yogesh Samsi, all of whom perform on Sunday. The younger generation of able musicians included Delhi sitarist Mehtab Ali Niazi, accompanied by the whiz kid of tabla, Ishaan Ghosh from Mumbai. Incidentally, Ishaan is also a gifted sitarist. On Saturday, an unusual jugalbandi between Satyajit Talwalkar on the tabla and Bernard Schimpelsberger on the drums mesmerised the audience.

The winner of the vocal competition would also be given this prestigious platform to perform at, besides two local artists, Ratna Malviya on sitar and Kirpal Singh Panesar on that uniquely Punjab instrument, the taar shehnai.

Seeing the pristine white covered heads of the Namdhari audience is an unforgettable sight, a reminder that the future of classical music in Punjab is in safe hands at Bhaini Sahib.




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Casar aims to push progressive policies in Congress

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Newly-elected members of Congress are already gearing up for action on Capitol Hill. On the week after the election, members-elect from across the country traveled to Washington for the orientation for freshman members.

As a newly elected congressman (TX-35), Democrat Greg Casar traveled to the Capitol to begin the process of learning the ropes.

“Orientation started out like so many other jobs, you get your parking pass and are given your laptop,” Casar said.  He and other new members posed for a group photo on the Capitol steps.

There was one moment in particular that Casar described as “incredibly powerful”: “I was on the House floor as Speaker Pelosi who has led the Democratic Party now for decades, gave her speech passing the torch along to new leadership.” 

Following Speaker Pelosi’s announcement, Rep. Hakeem Jefferies (NY-8), announced his bid to be the new leader of the House Democrats. Casar said he supports Jefferies as a successor and spoke to him about addressing Texas’ issues in Congress. 

“We talked about Texas, we talked about the fact that abortion rights have been stripped away here, we talked about the fact that we have less people insured with health insurance in Texas,” Casar said. “I had that conversation with him and really urged that we look at what’s happening in Texas as a crisis and that we need his support and the Congress to be focusing on those issues.” 

Republicans will gain power, with the party’s narrow win of the House. That power shift will likely make it difficult for progressive Democrats like Casar to advance legislation. Compromise could be key to getting things done.

“’I’m willing to negotiate and compromise to make progress. What I’m not willing to do is go backward,” Cesar said. “I’m willing to negotiate on the budget…where I’m not willing to negotiate is on taking people’s civil rights away, on taking people’s voting rights away, on cutting Social Security.” 

For Cesar, the economy is one common ground where he believes democrats, republicans and independents can come together and make progress. 

“What we need to do is talk about those economic issues,” Casar said. “We need to get to where we’re protecting social security, but also working to expand your wages, and aren’t just there to protect these big corporations.” 

But Casar maintains that he will fight for progressive policies. Throughout his campaign, Casar focused on reproductive rights. Casar said it may take until after the 2024 elections before Democrats have hopes of codifying Roe v. Wade. Until then, the Congressman-elect says it’s necessary to explore other options to ensure abortion care. 

“Over the course of the next few months, I’m going to continue to work alongside other members of Congress to work with the Biden administration to allow more abortion medication to be sent into the state of Texas,” Casar said. “If we can make it that that was easily mailed to you, then I think that’d be a good first step.”

The FDA approved access to abortion pills via mail in 2021. Texas passed SB 4 which made it illegal to get abortion pills in the mail. 

As a way to jump over this hurdle, Casar suggests federal contributions. 

“Looking at federal land and federal doctors would be a key way of achieving this,” Casar said. “We should absolutely be looking at ideas like using federal lands, or our VA hospitals or other places.” 

Casar said it’s very important for members of Congress to stay in touch with the people they represent. That’s a challenge for him since his district stretches from eastern Travis County south along I-35 to San Antonio. 

“’I’m going to be opening up two district offices one closer to the northern end, one closer to the southern end of this district,” Casar said. “If somebody’s having trouble… then I want to be their first phone call, somebody who cuts through the red tape.” 

‘A remarkable opportunity’ – Texas Comptroller hints at larger-than-expected budget surplus

With less than two months before the start of the legislative session, Texas lawmakers are getting good news about the state’s budget. State Comptroller Glenn Hegar told the audience at a recent Austin Chamber of Commerce event that he expected Texas would have even more money available than the amount he originally forecast.

That’s a big deal since Hegar already estimated that the state would have a record $27 billion surplus. He hinted at the event that it could be much larger, but did not give a specific number, saying his official revenue estimate will come right before the start of the legislative session in January.

“It’s going to be a pretty remarkable opportunity for the legislature to do something that we will never have an opportunity again in Texas history,” Hegar told the audience. “We will never again have an annual tax total collection, compared to the prior year of 25%. We will not still have some federal money that can be utilized instead of state money for general revenue.”

The Comptroller said the funding will give lawmakers more options to address long-standing concerns in the state. He advocated for investing in infrastructures like roads, the power grid and high-speed internet, saying that could set the state up for long-term growth.

Governor Abbott, along with other state leaders, previously called for using much of the surplus to go toward property tax cuts. Those decisions will come from lawmakers next session.

“Now they have to prioritize what are those things that we can do in Texas to hopefully make life a little bit better, that we have not been tending to, and that that mix is going to be a lot of things in the bucket,” Hegar said.

Despite the good news, Hegar had a few words of caution.

Hegar warned that while the numbers look good now, an unexpected event could change things before he releases his official estimate in January. He told the audience a story about talking to his three teenage children about epic events like Hurricane Harvey, the COVID pandemic and the 2020 collapse in oil prices. After each event, Hegar said he told his children “it’s a once in a lifetime event.”

Hegar said he used the phrase again in February 2021 to describe the devastating winter storm to his 13-year-old son. “My son looked at me and he said, ‘Dad, how many once-in-a-lifetime events do I have to live through?’”

Hegar said the question hit home, illustrating how quickly things can change. He pointed to the ongoing war in Ukraine and signs of economic problems around the world as causes for concern.

“We are not immune to the clouds on the horizon to the national the global economy,” Hegar warned.

“I’m saying the economy is slowing down,” he added, echoing his earlier statement that the expected surplus is a one-time opportunity for Texas.

Lawmaker works to end ‘discriminatory tax’ on menstrual products

Texas state legislators could take action in the next legislative session to remove the state’s sales tax on menstrual products.

State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, filed a bill in advance of the 88th Texas Legislative Session that proposes a “sales and use tax exemption for certain feminine hygiene products.” Under HB70, those exemptions would be applied to tampons, pads, menstrual cups and other menstrual products.

Howard has filed similar tax exemption bills each session since 2017. While there has historically been bipartisan support on the item, bills from previous sessions have never made it to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.

In August, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar joined State Sen. Joan Huffman in announcing his support for repealing state and local taxes on menstrual products. In an August statement to the Texas Tribune, Abbott said he would support eliminating the sales tax if such legislation reached his desk.

“Taxing these products is archaic, and it is time for Texas to join the 24 states that already exempt tampons and other feminine hygiene products from sales tax. Texas can absorb this lost revenue easily, but for countless Texas women, this will mean significant savings in their personal budgets over time.”

Glenn Hegar, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, in an August statement

Heading into this legislative session, Howard said she feels encouraged this bill will finally be signed into law.

“I think having leadership, though, take a public stance is going to give more of a priority to ensuring that it actually does pass this time,” she said. “So I’m very hopeful that we will be able to get this across the finish line.”

Conversations surrounding repealing sales taxes on menstrual products have grown in momentum in recent years. Nationally, 22 states charge sales tax on period products, as of late September. Five states don’t implement a statewide sales tax, while 23 states have repealed sales taxes on menstrual products, according to the Alliance for Period Supplies.


In Texas, Howard said interest in this issue has been reflected both in and beyond the Texas Legislature.

When she first introduced a menstrual products sales tax exemption bill, she said the issue didn’t receive a hearing. The second time it was filed, it received a hearing and bipartisan support but not enough for the bill to exit the committee discussions. Last session, it made it out of committee discussions, but she said legislators just didn’t have the time to pass it.

Outside the State Capitol, though, she said she’s inspired by the number of young Texans who have advocated for the repeal and discussed the ways these extra costs have impacted their lives.

“It’s been extremely encouraging to see the young women who are even in high school, as well as in college, who actually came to Austin to testify in support of this legislation. That’s how strongly they feel about this,” Howard said. “This is a discriminatory tax — it impacts half of our population at some point in time in their lives.”

If approved, menstrual products wouldn’t be the first to receive sales tax exemptions in Texas. Currently, the Texas Comptroller’s office offers sales tax exemptions for medical products like drugs and medicine, wound dressings such as bandages and dietary supplements.

August estimates from the Comptroller’s office indicated sales tax on menstrual products would generate approximately $28.6 million during the next biennium, which is Texas’ two-year state legislative and budgetary period. By comparison, Hegar’s office projected an ending balance for the 2022-23 biennium of $27 billion.

“Taxing these products is archaic, and it is time for Texas to join the 24 states that already exempt tampons and other feminine hygiene products from sales tax,” said Hegar in the August release, “Texas can absorb this lost revenue easily, but for countless Texas women, this will mean significant savings in their personal budgets over time.”

While the immediate impact of a sales tax exemption passing would mean less money spent on menstrual products, Howard said it could also improve educational and employment opportunities for many Texans.

“We’ve been told by the school districts that several young women do not attend school for a couple of days each month, because they do not have access to these products,” she said.

With that has also come historical stigmatization of periods and related conversations, Howard added. By having many young Texans advocate for this repeal and several leading state officials offer their support, Howard said this increased civic engagement has translated into possible long-term policy changes.

“I think it’s so encouraging to see young people recognizing the power of their civic engagement and taking it seriously, and coming in and talking about an issue that sometimes is stigmatized,” she said. “I’ve been extremely proud of these young women in what they’ve done and I think it’s going to bode well for the future of their civic engagement — they’re going to see that what they’ve done has made a difference, and it’s been incredible to watch.”

‘It’s a responsibility’ – Long-serving Senator is first in line to file legislation

If lawmaking were a class, state Sen. Judith Zaffirini would probably write the syllabus.

When pre-filing for Texas’ 88th Legislative Session opened up Monday, more than 900 bills were filed. And sure enough, the Laredo Democrat was again first in line to file legislation in the Senate — this time, the first 44 bills filed for her chamber.

One of the longest-serving state senators and first Mexican-American woman elected to the Texas Senate, Zaffirini began her tenure in 1987 — back when Democrats still controlled the chamber.

“Being on time is important but being earlier is even more important,” she said. “We were taught to be on time, to be respectful of other people’s time and to be there. It’s an ethic that I learned from the Ursuline nuns, and my staff and I embrace our mantra, which is serviam — in Latin, ‘I shall serve.'”

Over the years, the senator has been honored by lieutenant governors for her perfect attendance record — in 35 years, Zaffirini has never been absent or missed a floor vote. During the 2021 session, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick honored the senior senator with a special gavel, marking her achievement.

“She has not missed a vote since 1987,” said Patrick on the Senate floor in April 2021. “Sixty-five thousand consecutive votes — that’s just unbelievable.”

When it came to learning the trade of lawmaking, Zaffirini said she never had any mentors or figures who took her under their wing.

“I mentored myself. I learned by watching other people,” she said. “My very first session, I watched intently, I chose a seat in the back row … I just watched them, especially how they conducted themselves, how they responded to attacks, how they responded to insults, how they handled debate.”

To this date, the senior senator still sits in the back row of the chamber, continually learning from her colleagues in one way or another.

“I actually advise other new members to do the same thing — to pick up the senators they consider the best and to consider the ones that perhaps don’t conduct themselves as well, and learn from observing,” Zaffirini said.

The start of the next legislative session in January will mark the 18th time she returns to the Capitol for a full session. Zaffirini said she’ll be guided by the same principles that have brought her this far.

“It’s a responsibility to serve in the Texas Senate. It’s a responsibility to represent constituents and to be there and to vote,” she said. “It’s not an obsession with work, it’s just a way of life. You work hard, you play hard.”


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SNAPSHOTS: Talbot, Senators surprised shutout-ending goal wasn’t nixed

“We got the win. That’s what really matters.”

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Cam Talbot likes a good challenge.

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But the Ottawa Senators’ goaltender never likes his odds when it comes to the coaching staff challenging for interference after an opposition goal.

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The 35-year-old Talbot has been around the National Hockey League a long time and guesses that, if he’s been part of 10-15 challenges in his career, his winning percentage is pretty low.

Asked by colour analyst Gord Wilson on Saturday how many times his teams had won challenges, Talbot didn’t miss a beat.

“Not enough,” he said. “Maybe one or two. For some reason I’m just not the guy who gets those calls. I don’t know what it is.”

Trying to record a shutout with the Senators for the first time since being acquired from the Minnesota Wild in the offseason, Talbot made 31 stops in a 5-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

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A goal by Anaheim’s Max Jones with 2:50 left in the game was challenged by the Senators because they wanted to preserve Talbot’s shutout. Unfortunately, it wasn’t overturned even though it looked as if there had been interference in the crease.

“We got the win. That’s what really matters,” Talbot said.

Senators video coaches Mike King and Evan Mathias study this stuff religiously, which is why the club has so much success.

“The call gets made from the back. Evan and Mike haven’t missed one since they’ve been here,” Senators head coach D.J. Smith said. “They said it was goalie interference and I may have challenged it anyway just for the sake of Talbot and his opportunity to get a shutout.

“We’re clearly fighting for him at that point of the game, and the guys were as well. We didn’t get the call, but he played well enough to have a shutout and we wanted to give him a chance.”

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Getting defenceman Thomas Chabot back in the lineup against the Ducks was a huge boost for the Senators.

He missed five games after receiving a concussion on a hit by Travis Konecny of the Philadelphia Flyers on Nov. 5, but returned to play 25 minutes in Anaheim on Friday.

Senators forward Tim Stutzle (18) and defenceman Thomas Chabot (72) celebrate the power-play goal scored by Brady Tkachuk in the first period of Friday’s game against the Ducks.
Senators forward Tim Stutzle (18) and defenceman Thomas Chabot (72) celebrate the power-play goal scored by Brady Tkachuk in the first period of Friday’s game against the Ducks. Photo by Gary A. Vasquez /USA TODAY Sports

Chabot was a difference-maker as he partnered with Artem Zub. It was the first time they had played together since Oct. 27, and the Senators went 2-9-1 without them. Zub missed eight games with an unspecified upper-body ailment.

“(Chabot) has been a top defenceman in this league for a  lot of years and certainly since I’ve been here,” captain Brady Tkachuk said. “To get him back has definitely created a spark and energy for us. He’s an unreal player and leader for us.

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“To have him back, and them back together, is huge for our group.”

Chabot had been expected to play Wednesday, when the Senators lost 4-1 to the Vegas Golden Knights, but wasn’t able to get medical clearance to play in that contest. The decision was made to have him skate Thursday and then, after taking the pre-game warmup Friday, the final determination was made that he could play.

“You get into situations where you start skating and you feel good, but then little things start bugging you and you don’t want to force it,” Chabot said. “There’s so many games left … At the end of the day, any guy that’s hurt just wants to get back as soon as they can.

“It sucks not to play, but I think I did the right thing coming back (Friday). It gave me another day of skating, another of treatment and you’re more confident. You feel better on the ice.”

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Have Zub and Chabot together helped to stabilize the blue-line, plus Zub scored his second goal of the season to give the Senators a 4-0 lead.

“We started the season together and I thought we played some good hockey. Then we got hurt,” Chabot said. “Coming back, just the way we can play the game together has been good. We were talking a lot on the bench and trying to get a feel for each other again.

“Seeing him get that goal was huge and we didn’t give up a whole lot defensively. Just for the first game back together, I thought it was awesome.”

Senators Tim Stutzle (18) celebrates his power-play goal against the Ducks in the second period on Friday.
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THE LAST WORDS

With Talbot taking the day off the ice Saturday, goaltender Anton Forsberg was on the ice for practice at the Toyota Sports Complex. “He has the opportunity to backup tomorrow,” Smith said. “If he’s not 100 per cent, he won’t. We have (Kevin Mandolese) here, so he’ll back up. (Forsberg) is getting closer” … If the Senators are going to be more successful, they have to clean up their act. Ottawa is the NHL’s third-most penalized team behind only the Minnesota Wild and the Ducks. The club ranks sixth in minor penalties assessed and 17th in the 32-team league in penalty killing … Forward Tim Stutzle is confident the Senators can build off the effort in Anaheim. “I hate losing, but, in the end, it’s really frustrating to see us playing pretty good hockey and just small mistakes decide the game,” Stutzle said Saturday. “We always look at the best teams in the league and we talked about having to play harder in our end and give our goalies a better chance to win those games for us. Some games, there’s a lot of traffic in front of their goalies and we’ve got to do it for our goalies.”

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How Can the Philadelphia Phillies Replace Bryce Harper’s Production?

The Philadelphia Phillies will enter the 2023 season with a legitimate chance of competing for a second consecutive playoff berth, even if the roster is still far from complete.

But as the calendar gets ready to flip to December soon, there’s a bitter reality awaiting them.

Bryce Harper will be out until likely the All-Star break.

Not only in right field, but also as a designated hitter.

The fact that Harper was able to stay in the lineup as a DH despite his UCL injury was a large reason the Phillies came within two games of winning the World Series.




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Below Deck Sailing Yacht alum Ashley Marti in skimpy bikini says ‘Happy Thanksgiving’

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Ashley enjoys a warm Thanksgiving in Florida. Pic credit: @ashley.marti97/Instagram

Below Deck Sailing Yacht alum Ashley Marti sported a skimpy bikini to celebrate Thanksgiving this week.

Ashely made waves on Below Deck Sailing Yacht Season 3 with her obsession with Gary King and her treatment of Gabriela Barragán.

The brunette beauty even skipped the reunion show after putting Bravo on blast.

These days Ashley’s been heating up social media with snaps that showcase her killer body.

Ashley isn’t shy on or off reality television, that’s for sure.

Even the holidays have her giving Below Deck Sailing Yacht fans something to talk about, thanks to her latest snaps.

Ashley Marti in skimpy bikini says ‘Happy Thanksgiving’

Taking to Instagram, Ashley was in full fun in the sun mode as she gave a Thanksgiving Day shout-out. Ashley sported a tiny leopard print bikini as she basked in the glow of the sunshine.

The former Below Deck Sailing Yacht star sprawled out on the grass as the bikini top hugged her chest while the teeny bottoms helped accent her toned legs. With one leg tucked under and the other out straight, Ashley had one hand on the grass and the other on her head as she gazed at the camera.

In the second image, Ashley turned her face away from the camera as the wind blew her long locks, and she placed one hand on her chest. There was also plenty of greenery around Ashley for her latest snaps.

“Happy Thanksgiving from beautiful, sunny Florida! 🦃” was the caption on the post, with hashtags acknowledging she’s a natural beauty and revealing she was in Palm Beach, Florida.

Below Deck Sailing Yacht alum Ashley Marti’s friendship with Kelsie Goglia

Although Ashley didn’t have the best run on Below Deck Sailing Yacht, she did get a new bestie out of her time on the show. Deckhand Kelsie Goglia and Ashley became very close, working on Parsifal III.

Their budding friendship wasn’t addressed on Below Deck Sailing Yacht, but the two have frequently posted about their bond on social media.

Ashley was there when Kelise had the honor of throwing out a pitch at a San Diego Padres game in October.

The two ladies also vacationed together in Ibiza with their former costar Barnaby Birkbeck. Ashley used Instagram to share some photos from the trip captioning the IG post, “Ibiza you did not disappoint..and neither did the squad 🍾.”

Ashley Marti’s days on Below Deck Sailing Yacht are over, but she’s keeping herself plenty busy with social media shares and wowing her followers with some sexy snaps.

Below Deck Sailing Yacht is currently on hiatus. Seasons 1-3 are streaming on Peacock.

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