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Marc Bergevin is satisfied with his teams first-half performance and wasnt tipping his hand on any possible moves as the Montreal Canadiens play out the stretch before next months Olympic break. Jerseys NFL Wholesale . The Habs general manager maintained that the teams success over the last three months are due in large part to special teams and the play of goaltender Carey Price. The Canadiens star goaltender struggled in the latter part of last season and Bergevin brought in former Chicago Blackhawks colleague Stephane Waite as goaltending coach to help get him back on the right track. "Carey has been our most valuable player this year," he told reporters during the teams morning skate in Philadelphia. "All the credit goes to him for his comeback. Hes come to work whenever he goes on the ice. He is playing great hockey and is one of the reasons why we are in our current position." Price and teammate P.K. Subban were both named to Canadas Olympic mens hockey team on Tuesday, joining six other Canadiens representing their countries in Sochi. Bergevin would not comment on the status of contract negotiations with Subban (a restricted free agent with arbitration rights this summer), but had plenty of praise for the young blueliner. "I dont want to discuss (the talks) publicly," he said. "Two years ago, he (Subban) was sometimes a healthy scratch. His progression has been huge and hes not finished." Bergevin also addressed questions regarding veteran forward Daniel Briere, who has struggled in his first season with the Canadiens. Briere, whos been the subject of trade speculation over the last week, has impressed both the GM and head coach Michel Therrien with his recent play - including a three-point performance against Ottawa on Saturday. "I never got wind of it," said Bergevin when asked of any possible rift between Briere and Therrien. "Daniel has faced difficulties, but hes on the right track. Hes played much better hockey for some time." And if Briere needs to look anywhere for some added inspiration, he doesnt need to look further than his own dressing room. "David Desharnais has had a difficult start to the season," said Bergevin. "And hes been one of our top players now for a long time." Bergevin, who had a first-hand look at some of the teams prospects at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Sweden, also likes he sees for the future, particularly forward Jacob De la Rose whom he hopes will play in North America next season. "On the whole, our prospects performed well," he said. "All six players got a lot of ice time. I was especially impressed with (Jacob De la Rose), who is a big guy who did very well for Sweden. Also, Martin Reway, whos a lot smaller physically, had a great deal of success as well. They had key roles on their teams on such an important stage. The future looks promising for our kids." Cheap NFL Jerseys Online . Villar connected off Joe Saunders (11-14), sending a drive well over the left-field fence for his first career homer. The Astros scored six times in the first three innings to chase Saunders. Cheap NFL Jerseys Free Shipping . "If we only consider this season," Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said, "there is just one club in Manchester -- and its ours. . Thats the feeling that eight Canadian Football League teams are experiencing right now in advance of the expansion draft to stock the Ottawa Redblacks.TORONTO - When DeMar DeRozan was asked if there was anything positive to take away from such an ugly win as the Toronto Raptors victory over injury-riddled Oklahoma City on Tuesday, he wiped a hand over his exasperated brow.A win. Thats about it. A win, DeRozan said.Kyle Lowry wasnt quite so generous.Naw, I dont think so, Lowry said.DeRozan scored 16 points, and Lou Williams had nine of his 12 points in the fourth quarter as the Raptors defeated the Thunder 100-88 on Tuesday.But it wasnt before allowing Oklahoma City to have its way for most of the first half, and shoot 76 per cent in the opening quarter, despite playing with just eight men — none of them named Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook.Some time this year, were going to find some defence, from somebody, somewhere, coach Dwane Casey said. I dont know when, but Im going to find it.Patrick Patterson had 14 points and eight rebounds, while Tyler Hansbrough had 12 points, and Greivis Vasquez finished with 10 for Toronto (3-1), which was missing Amir Johnson for the second straight game (sore ankle).Weve just got to learn from it, we cant keep digging ourselves a hole, and expect to fight back and have everything fall in our hands, DeRozan said. We cant give teams hope. If thats making sure we make a stop the first three or four plays, dont give them no confidence, weve got to do that.Serge Ibaka virtually carried Oklahoma City (1-4), playing a whopping 46 minutes, scoring 25 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Lance Thomas had 14 points, while Reggie Jackson finished with 13.Casey had predicted the game would be a nightmare against a team he called a wounded animal, especially considering the Raptors have yet to play with the defensive effort he wants.Casey clearly knew what he was talking about as the Thunder was in the game until the dying minutes. Ive said this for weeks, we have no right to walk in and look at anybody and think its going to be an easy game, Casey said prior to tipoff.The Raptors took a narrow 73-70 lead into the fourth quarter, and didnt go up by double digits until Williams three-pointer with 9:23 to go put them up 83-72.We have to get better, and we will. We know were not doing as good as we want to do, Vasquez said. Were pissed. At ourselves. Because we should do better. Well take care of that.Toronto finally was able to cobble together a 16-point lead midway through the fourth, and while the Thunder pulled to within seven with three minutes to play, thats as close as they would come.Sebastian Telfair was callled for a flagrant foul and ejected with just under two minutes to play, leaving the Thunder to finish the game with just six men. Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic. (A right knee contusion had already taken Perry Jones out of the game early in the second half).Im really encouraged by the guys, said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. Last resort, Ill suit up with our guys. I would love to play with our guys. I love how they compete and thats the type of group I want to be associated with.Id love to do it as long as its not shirts and skins and Im skins. You dont want to see my flabby body, he added. But I love the guys effort. Thats what the game is all about.Injury-bitten Oklahoma City is off to its worst start since going 1-15 in 2008-09. Durant — who sat courtside in a stylish blue suit and a protective walking boot — has a broken right foot, while Westbrook has a broken right hand. The Thunder was also without starting guard Andre Roberson, who sprained his foot a night earlier in the Thunders 116-85 loss to Brooklyn.Still, it was the Raptors who staggered out to the lacklustre start. They allowed Oklahoma City to hit eight of their first nine shots of the game to take a nine-point lead. The Thunder, which shot 12 for 17 in the frame, went into the second leading 30-23.Ive told them until my eyes turn red. Theyve had that speech a lot, Casey said, on the Thunders high shooting percentage. Until it sinks in, its going to be a roller-coaster.The Raptors second unit, which Casey singled out as the one big positive on the night, pulled Toronto to within two points midway through the second, and then on Torontos last possession of the quarter, with 29 seconds on the clock, Lowry fired a pass from halfcourt to a soaring Ross who finished the alley-oop, sending the Raptors into the break trailing 52-51.A layup by Lowry just under a minute into the second half gave Toronto a one-point lead — the Raptors first lead since the opening two minutes of the game. A bucket by Hansbrough gave the Raptors a seven-point advantage with 1:23 to play, but the scrappy Thunder battled back to cut Torontos lead to 73-70 with a quarter left to play.The Raptors werent immune to the injury bug Thursday, losing Jonas Valanciunas just before halftime when he collided with someone and suffered a facial contusion.The Raptors were coming off a 107-102 loss at Miami on Sunday.The Raptors are in Boston on Wednesday to play the Celtics then back home to host the Washington Wizards on Friday and the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday. ' ' '

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