VANCOUVER -- For the second straight week, Travis Lulay put on a show. But this time, he needed some help from his defence to make it count. The B.C. quarterback passed for 390 yards and two touchdowns Saturday as the Lions held on to beat the Toronto Argonauts 28-23. The strong performance followed his four TD passes in a blowout win over Montreal. Lulay extended his touchdown-pass streak to 22 games, moving into second place all-time behind Alouettes legend Sam Etcheverry. However the win was not secured until B.C. middle linebacker Adam Bighill recovered a Ricky Ray fumble in the final minute with the Argos threatening to take the lead. The turnover enabled the Lions to run out the clock after Toronto had advance to the B.C. 20-yard line. "The last offensive drive before the kneel-down, we had an opportunity to put the game away and we didnt do it, so hats off to our defence for holding strong," said Lulay, who completed 24-of-40 passes as the Lions (8-3) posted their sixth win in seven games. Lulay guided the Lions to 515 yards in net offence compared to Torontos 364. The Lions led most of the game but had to hold off the late Toronto rally after Chad Owens 52-yard touchdown reception with just over five minutes left in the game. B.C. got a reprieve when a 62-yard Spencer Watt pass-and-run touchdown was called back due to a holding penalty on Torontos Maurice Mann. "It wasnt good enough and were not into moral victories," said Argos head coach Scott Milanovich. "Were sick that we didnt get this one." Shawn Gore, Arland Bruce and Rolly Lumbala scored touchdowns for B.C., while kicker Paul McCallum supplied the other points with two field goals, a single off a miss three-point attempt and three converts. Cornerback Matt Black, off a fumble return, also scored a touchdown for the Argos (6-5), while Swayze Waters booted three field goals and a couple of converts. "We didnt give up an offensive touchdown all game and then it came down to (Owens touchdown) at the very end," said Lions head coach Mike Benevides. "It shouldnt happen but it did and the defence responded and got the big play we needed to. They did a great job of keeping a great quarterback down most of the game." Ray completed 19-of-38 passes for 311 yards as the clubs combined for 701 yards through the air alone. "We battled hard," said Ray. "We made a lot of mistakes, a lot of penalties and some things we didnt do well, but it was a 60-minute game. (We) just came up short." Toronto was assessed 132 yards in penalties just a week after racking up 257 penalty yards -- the second-highest total CFL history. Owens said the Argos would have won if not for untimely miscues. "We have to be more disciplined," said Owens. "Im not going to sit here and talk about penalties. It is what it is. We had an opportunity at the end to win the game and I truly believed we were going to win." After overcoming a 7-1 first-quarter deficit, B.C. took an 18-7 lead into the dressing room at halftime. But Toronto managed to stay close as Waters kicked a pair of third-quarter field goals to reduce its deficit to 18-13. McCallum hit a 43-yard field goal early in the third quarter to increase B.C.s advantage to 21-13. The Lions then caught a break as Watts touchdown was called back. But the Argos still produced a 36-yard field goal on the drive, pulling within five points. However, Toronto penalties helped the Lions reach the end zone for the decisive points midway through the fourth quarter. Facemasking, pass interference and illegal contact infractions gave the Lions the ball at the Argos one-yard line. From there, Lumbala plunged across the goal-line, staking the Lions to a 28-16 advantage before a Waters fake punt set the stage for Owens touchdown and Bighills game-saving fumble recovery. Bighills play came as his future as the starting middle linebacker was in doubt because of Solomon Elimimians return from the NFL. Elimimian watched the game in street clothes. But Bighill, a 23-year-old Montesano, Wash., native out of Central Washington University, downplayed the significance of his performance at a crucial time. "Whatever the coaches decide is going to win a championship, Im going to play my role to help this team win a championship," said Bighill. He also excelled on special teams as the Lions held Torontos return yards to just 26 yards on punts and 109 yards on kick-offs. B.C. slotback Geroy Simon, who returned after missing his first game in four years last weekend with a hamstring injury, had a strong night too, leading all receivers with six catches for 117 yards. He made key receptions on B.C.s last two touchdown drives as the Lions overcame their early deficit. "Slow starts dont matter," he said. "Its about how you finish." Note: Lulay is still a long way off from catching Etcheverry for the all-time record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass. Etcheverry threw touchdowns in 34 straight games between 1954 and 1956. ... Simon moved into third all-time in CFL receptions, passing Darren Flutie. The veteran Lions receiver now has 976 catches in his career. ... After switching his jersey to 44 from 50, Bighill bought a couple of jerseys bearing the new number for fans who had purchased ones with the original numeral. Each jersey cost more than $100. ... Addressing the media for the first time since his return, Elimimian said he was happy to be back but sidestepped the issue of his long-term future with the team. NFL
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. Head coach Scott Milanovich was optimistic that his starting quarterback could go but added the team wont make an announcement until Thursday. Ray is recuperating from a strained MCL that he suffered in the first quarter of a loss in Montreal on Sept.(Sports Network) - The fifth edition of the NHLs Winter Classic is on tap today, as the Philadelphia Flyers host the New York Rangers outdoors at Citizens Bank Park. This marks the first year that the Winter Classic, which began in Buffalo in 2008, will not take place on New Years Day. The NHL decided to schedule the contest a day later due to January 1 being an NFL Sunday. The Flyers will be playing in their second Winter Classic and first as host, while the Rangers are making their debut in the outdoor game. Philadelphia previously played Boston at Fenway Park in 2010 and lost a 2-1 overtime decision to the Bruins. Todays event was originally scheduled for 1 p.m. (et), but the start time was pushed back to 3:00 due to weather concerns. The league issued a statement on Sunday saying the switch was "based on tomorrows weather forecast and should offer optimal game conditions for players and fans." Still, the weather is not expected to be as big a factor a it was last year, when Washington beat the Penguins at a warm and rainy Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Instead, todays forecast at the home of Major League Baseballs Philadelphia Phillies calls for temperatures in the low-40s with a low probability of precipitation. Last years contest was delayed several hours, but the temperature was still in the 50s when the game finally got underway after 8:00 p.m. This years Classic is also the second one to pit divisional opponents against each other. Chicago and Detroit -- both members of the Central Division -- played at Wrigley Field in 2009. The Rangers enter today leading the Atlantic Division with 50 points and Philadelphia is just two behind in second place. New York has won a pair of home tests against the Flyers this year, giving the Blueshirts four consecutive wins in the series. Philadelphia had won four straight on home ice versus the Rangers before New York notched a 3-2 shootout win on April 3 of last season. Rangers head coach John Tortorella announced before the game the Marc Staal will make his season debut at the outdoor game after recovering from a concussion. The Flyers recently ended a five-game road trip and are playing in Philadelphia for the first time since Dec. 17. Entering today, Philly has played 11 of its last 14 games away from the City of Brotherly Love. "To be here in Philly with our fans is certainly the place you would rather be. We miss them. We have been away for the whole month of Decembeer it seems, so its good to get back here and get a game in this environment," Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette said after Sundays practice at Citizens Bank Park.dddddddddddd. Both the Rangers and Flyers are coming off wins, but New York has been playing better hockey than Philly of late. The Blueshirts have won six of their last seven contests, while the Flyers have four losses in their last six games, including a 4-2 setback against the Rangers on Dec. 23. New York had a five-game winning streak halted Wednesday in Washington, but the Rangers rebounded with a 4-1 road victory Friday against the Florida Panthers. Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin each scored once and recorded an assist to lead the Rangers past the Panthers. Michael Del Zotto and Brandon Dubinsky also tallied for New York, while Henrik Lundqvist turned away 27 of the 28 shots he faced. "Tonight we had a great start and scored on pretty much every shot we took," Lundqvist said. "After that its about playing smart and taking care of pucks, and not trying to much because we dont have to." Lundqvist will get the start in net for New York today, but the Flyers are expected to go with backup Sergei Bobrovsky over the highly-paid Ilya Bryzgalov for a second straight game. Bobrovsky has clearly been the better goaltender of late, winning five of his last six decisions, while Bryzgalov is 0-3-1 in his last four starts and has allowed 16 goals over that stretch. Bryzgalov, who was signed to a nine-year, $51 million contract in the offseason, is 14-8-3 with a 3.01 goals-against average and .890 save percentage in his first year with the Flyers. Bobrovsky is 8-2-1 with a 2.52 GAA and .914 save percentage. Bobrovsky stopped 24 shots on Thursday to help Philadelphia record a 4-2 win in Pittsburgh. Ex-Penguins Jaromir Jagr and Maxime Talbot both scored against their former team to help the Flyers down their division rival. Jagr had a storied career in Pittsburgh as he played there from 1990 through 2001. Talbot had spent his first six seasons in the Steel City before signing with the Flyers as a free agent this summer. "It was a big game and personally it was nice for me and Jags to get the goal, but more importantly is that we got the two points against a team were going to be fighting for a playoff spot," said Talbot, who played in the Winter Classic last year for the Penguins. ' ' '