Wayne Simmonds scores in OT, Flyers beat Ducks 3-2

Wayne Simmonds ended things quickly in overtime.

Simmonds scored 44 seconds into overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.

“I don’t think we were heavily outplayed or anything,” Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm said. “It’s a matter of getting those chances in the net.”

Kind of as Wayne Simmonds did for Philadelphia during the first three games of its road trip. Simmonds tallied a hat trick Wednesday night in a 5-3, season-opening win at San Jose, then potted the game-winner Saturday night in overtime for a 3-2 victory over Anaheim.

The Flyers (2-1-0) have been at their best in the third period of all three games. They outshot the Ducks 15-4 in the final period Saturday night, with only the play of goalie John Gibson ushering Anaheim into OT. Philadelphia also enjoyed big advantages in shots on goal in the games against the Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings.

“We’ve rolled four lines,” Simmonds said. “With all the guys that we have on this team that can skate and with the skill we have added, I think that helps us keep fresh for the third period.”

Brian Elliott, who has won both of his starts for Philadelphia, is expected to oppose Pekka Rinne in net. Rinne lost the Predators’ opener in Boston, allowing four goals.

After a 33-goal campaign and a lackluster Washington offseason, Alex Ovechkin was ranked outside the top-five fantasy assets this preseason for the first time in years. However, with two new linemates helping him to seven goals through the first two games of the season, Ovechkin Giants Cheap Jerseys is a no-brainer to get back among the elite of the elite in our rankings. That’s Kids Cheap Jerseys China not an overreaction by any means, given his background as a superstar.

On Deion Sanders’ 50th birthday, let’s remember his epic 1992 World Series

Deion Sanders’ Hall of Fame NFL career will always overshadow his baseball contributions, but let’s not forget that for a week in 1992 he dominated the diamond under the sport’s brightest spotlight.

Sanders was the biggest star on either team in that six-game series between the Braves and Blue Jays, though his contributions are often overlooked because his team — the Braves — lost the series (one of Atlanta’s four World Series losses during the ’90s; sorry, Braves fans). But his performance during the series — at the plate, on the base paths and in left field — was one to behold. Let’s look back:

It’s the first complete game from a 40-year-old or older in baseball since 2015. Colon and former Braves teammate R.A. Dickey each threw complete games during the 2015 campaign.

Good for Colon, who was seriously considering retirement midway through the season for the Twins. He hasn’t been great for Minnesota, as he’s pitched to a 5.11 FIP while in the Twin Cities, matching what he did with the Braves. He’s benefitted from a much better Twins defense, so his ERA is roughly four runs lower than that of Atlanta. Aren’t stats fun?

Hopefully Colon can continue to pitch to this level the rest of the season. He’s been a joy to watch these last four years — and has left the controversies of his PED use in the past. He should be able to finish his career on his terms.

In his fifth year in the majors, Nolan Arenado is finally getting Kids Cheap Jerseys China some national recognition. Maybe that’s partly because Arenado was part of Team USA in this Make Your Own Cheap Jerseys year’s World Baseball Classic (though, to be fair, he was abysmal during the tourney).

Arenado’s numbers this season are staggering: 129 OPS+, 24 home runs, 95 RBI (which leads the National League).