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TORONTO -- Randy Carlyle had plenty of chances to hold his breath. Russell Westbrook Jersey . At one point his Toronto Maple Leafs gave up the lead on a breakaway and another time had a power-play goal waved off. But when goaltender Jonathan Bernier stopped Reid Boucher in the shootout, the coach and players got a chance to exhale with a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils Sunday night at Air Canada Centre that snapped their losing streak at four. "Well, we can breathe," Carlyle said. "Theres been a lot of gasping going on, and even in this game there was a lot of gasping going on (with) how tight it was. ... Hopefully this relieves a little bit of the stress thats involved for our hockey club." Plenty of stress had been building up for the Leafs (22-20-5), who hadnt won since the Winter Classic. They still have just two regulation victories in 26 games dating to Nov. 21 and arent yet back in a playoff spot, but the sound of their victory song -- "We Cant Stop" by Miley Cyrus -- brought with it some relief. "Well take any points we can get right now," defenceman Cody Franson said. "Weve had some tough bounces lately, and weve put in some efforts that couldve went either way, and fortunately tonight we were able to get a couple points due to a shootout. You try and manage your emotions with shootouts not getting too high, but for us its a little bit of weight off our shoulders." Bernier made 36 saves on 38 shots in regulation and overtime and stopped all three he faced in the shootout to do his part to end the skid. James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak had the Leafs goals, and van Riemsdyk scored in the shootout to beat a fatigued Devils team playing its third game in four nights. "I think under the circumstances, that team over theres desperate (and) we were coming in here short-handed and under a tough schedule," New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer said. "I thought we gave them everything they could handle. Theyre probably pretty fortunate they got two points and we feel a little bit robbed, but thats the game and weve got to pick up and move on to Montreal." Adam Henrique and Ryane Clowe scored for the Devils (19-19-9), who fell to 0-7 in shootouts this season. Jaromir Jagr, Clowe and Boucher were all unsuccessful this time. "The way weve been in shootouts, lets get it out," Henrique said with a laugh. "I mean, they try things with shootouts, I think everyone has different opinions on it." Opinions varied during the game, too, especially on the call by referee Ghislain Hebert that negated Bozaks power-play goal at 6:23 of the third period. Hebert ruled that van Riemsdyk interfered with Devils goaltender Cory Schneider. Carlyle said it was one of those plays it was hard to agree with the official after looking at it on the replay. Van Riemsdyk agreed. "I was very surprised," said van Riemsdyk, who scored his 17th goal of the season in the second period. "I looked at it after on video in between periods and Im still kind of wondering. He gave me his thought and I asked him if he could watch it after the game and maybe next time we have a game he can apologize or something because that was pretty brutal." It would have been Bozaks second of the night and eighth of the season. Instead, it represented another roadblock for the much-maligned Leafs to overcome. Carlyle estimated his team had 15 scoring chances leading up to that point. "For the next 12 minutes we didnt get any," he said. "So it just shows the mental state and how, I guess, fragile we were at that point." But the Leafs didnt cave. Earlier on in the night they withstood a 7-1 shot deficit and gave up a breakaway goal to Clowe -- his first of the season -- 27 seconds after van Riemsdyk scored to give them the lead. In managing to push the game to overtime and then a shootout, Toronto left things to chance. But players were happy to get tangible evidence of the improvement they saw in a loss at Washington on Friday night. "Our job is to win games," captain Dion Phaneuf said. "We know that the points just keep getting bigger and bigger, and I felt that we stuck with it tonight against a team that played very well." DeBoer was more than satisfied with his teams effort, saying players competed their butts off. "The shootout doesnt take away from the effort that we gave tonight," DeBoer said. Schneider, who made 23 saves on 25 shots, said it was a bit upsetting not to come away with the victory. On Saturday night, the Devils beat the Florida Panthers with two seconds remaining in overtime but couldnt pull off a similar trick against the Leafs. That wouldve been a crushing result for Torontos players, who needed something to go right. "We needed this bad," Bernier said. "We found a way. If thats what it takes to go into a shootout and get points and move on like this, it feels good for the confidence." NOTES -- Five Leafs players -- Bozak, winger Jerry DAmigo, defencemen Tim Gleason and Mark Fraser and goaltender James Reimer -- missed Sundays morning skate with illness. All but Fraser were in the lineup. ... Schneider started for the Devils despite making 29 saves in an overtime victory Saturday night at home. Coach Peter DeBoer said its "always a decision" because of franchise goaltender Martin Brodeur but elected to go with Schneider because of his strong performance against Florida. Detlef Schrempf Jersey . And follow right through Deadline Day for all the updates. Getting Creative The Pittsburgh Penguins will try their best to acquire Ryan Kesler from the Vancouver Canucks before the Trade Deadline. Terrance Ferguson Jersey . The Red Sox maintained a share of the AL wild-card lead Tuesday night, using four home runs to beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-7 and set up a dramatic conclusion to the regular season. The skidding Red Sox were 6-19 this month before rebounding to edge the last-place Orioles. .J. -- The NHL reduced its penalty against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday for signing Ilya Kovalchuk in 2010.​​​​​​​Bersant Celina is one of three Manchester City youngsters on loan at FC Twente this season. The highly-rated winger talks to Sky Sports about impressing Pep Guardiola, growing up in the same youth team as Martin Odegaard and representing his beloved Kosovo… Pep Guardiolas Manchester City revolution is well underway at the Etihad Stadium, but there is another intriguing story unfolding some 400 miles away. Bersant Celina, Enes Unal and Yaw Yeboah are not household names like the senior stars at their parent club, but in the Dutch city of Enschede, home of FC Twente, they are already making a big impression.The attacking trio are regarded as some of the most exciting members of Citys next generation, and in the last few months at Twente it has been easy to see why. They have scored 14 goals in 11 games between them since completing their loan moves in the summer, and a club who flirted with relegation last season now occupy one of the European spots. Turkish striker Unal is Eredivisie top scorer with eight goals, but Celina, a skilful dribbler with a keen eye for goal, is arguably the more exciting prospect. He netted just 11 minutes into his debut against Heerenveen in September, and he has added three more goals and an assist since then. Watch some of Celinas best goals for Twente this season Everything is going perfectly, he says in an interview with Sky Sports. Its good to have Enes and Yaw here because we know each other and its easy to play with them because we already have an understanding. We help each other out all the time. Its a good thing.Im settled here in the city and the football club is amazing. Ive started off really well and hopefully that will continue. Its completely different to reserve-team football. This is a big league and there are a lot of fans watching the games. Im really happy with the opportunity. Why do City slip-up? Manchester City dominate games but their slip-ups give title rivals hope. Celina was handed the No 10 shirt on his arrival at the club. He has already impressed on both flanks and in central midfield, and Twente havent lost any of the seven games he has started. Hes fast becoming their key man, and hes enjoying the responsibility. I wanted to come here and be an important player, Celina says. So far I think I have.His technical style is proving a good fit for a league in which teams like to get the ball down and play. We play a lot with the ball so its good for me, he says. I had different options but I felt Twente were the team that wanted me the most. It was the best option. Im happy with my decision. Celina has been on Manchester Citys books since 2012 Celina joined Citys academy as a 16-year-old in 2012, and while Unal and Yeboah are yet to play for the first-team, Celina made his breakthrough under Manuel Pellegrini last season. There was an assist for Sergio Aguero on his Premier League bow against Leicester, and there were also three appearances in the FA Cup.GGuardiola approved a new four-year contract for the youngster in May. Shawn Kemp Jersey. . It was a big show of faith, and City are monitoring his progress closely in Holland. They are watching every game, says Celina. Every one or two games they come to visit. They speak to us and see how everything is going. Its close contact with the club.Celina is relishing his first taste of regular first-team action, but his faint Manchester accent is a reminder that he still sees his future in the city he calls home. The 20-year-old has already had taste of working with Guardiola, impressing as a substitute against Bayern Munich in pre-season, and he is excited by the prospect of playing under the Catalan again. Celina (left) came on as a substitute in Pep Guardiolas first game in charge of Manchester City against Bayern Munich in July Pre-season with Guardiola was an amazing experience for me, he says. I learned a lot of stuff I didnt know before. I was really surprised by how much he spoke to the young players. He told me he knows Ive got a lot of skills but I dont always need to show it. Sometimes its better to play a simple pass, to use your ability in a better way.Celina has taken those lessons with him this season, and its not just Twente who stand to benefit. The youngster grew up in Norway and represented them at youth level, but he switched to Kosovo when they were granted FIFAs permission to play international friendlies in 2014.I was born in Kosovo but we managed to escape to Norway when I was two, just when the war was starting, he says. Kosovo gained independence from Serbia back in 2008, but it is only this year that their team gained full recognition from FIFA and UEFA. Celina has already won five caps, scoring once, and they are in the midst of their first World Cup qualifying campaign. He speaks passionately about representing his country. Kosovo supporters watch their sides 1-1 draw with Finland in September Im really proud and of course my family are proud of me for making the decision to play for them, he says. Its been really good so far. Its amazing with all the fans and how everyone is supporting us. We have talented players and a competitive squad. The passion is different to other teams because of what the country and what everyones families have been through.After his own familys move to Norway back in 1998, Celinas career began in the youth ranks of Strømsgodset. He remembers it as a normal life but it included playing in the same boys teams as Martin Odegaard, the Norwegian prodigy who shot to global prominence when he completed his much-publicised transfer to Real Madrid at the age of 16 in 2015.I played with him for five or six years, we were very good friends, says Celina. He was so good that he obviously went up to the first team at Strømsgodset, but we always played together when we were young. He was a ridiculous talent and he still is. The way he was thinking about football and how smart he was on the pitch was unbelievable. Celina played with Martin Odegaard in Norway Celina is still convinced that Odegaard will fulfil his potential and become one of the worlds best players, but it has not been easy live up to such frenzied hype, and their contrasting predicaments suggest Celina has been fortunate to avoid the same kind of media attention.Im at Twente and Im focusing on doing everything for the club, but I think about my future as well, he says. Its a big motivation to get back to City and make the first-team. I want to go back to Manchester next season and hopefully stay there.Bersant Celina may not be a household name yet, but it feels like hes heading in the right direction. Also See: Celinas Twente impact Chelsea, City have most call-ups China Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Jerseys China Stitched Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys China NFL Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys Online ' ' '

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