COLUMBUS, Ohio - Gabriel Landeskog jumped once to score his first NHL goal. Then he jumped for joy. Landeskog scored with 40 seconds left on a deflection off his skate and Matt Duchenes shootout goal was the difference in the Colorado Avalanches 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night before 8,986, the smallest crowd to watch a regular-season game at Nationwide Arena. It was a memorable night for the 18-year-old Landeskog, the second pick in last summers draft. "I didnt know if I got it. I didnt know if it went off something else after me," the Swede said, grinning. "I jumped and it hit my skate and I saw that the guys were cheering. I just started jumping." It was another disappointing ending for the Blue Jackets, who pumped up the hype and their salary cap by trading for goal-scorer Jeff Carter and signing defenceman James Wisniewski. Theyre off to the worst start in their 11 seasons, 0-3-1. "Its obviously not the way we wanted to start the year," said Carter, acquired in a blockbuster deal with Philadelphia. "There was a lot of excitement coming into the season about the team. The fans showed that on the first night. If we expect fans to come out and cheer us on and pay their hard-earned money to come out here, we need to start putting wins on the board." In the shootout, Milan Hejduk matched the goal of Rick Nash, who had a goal and an assist for Columbus. Shooting second, Duchene beat Steve Mason through the leg pads. "I just tried to open him up and tried to see if I could find some daylight," Duchene said. "I was able to slip it between his legs." Semyon Varlamov, who finished with 31 saves, slid to stop Carters shot to secure the victory. "I like the fact that we were resilient," Colorado coach Joe Sacco said. "Its hard to win in this league. We found a way to come away with two points tonight." T.J. Galiardi also scored for Colorado, while Radek Martinek had the other Columbus goal. The Blue Jackets were 0 for 4 on the power play and are 0 for 20 on the season with a man advantage. It was the second game in three nights -- both at home -- that the Blue Jackets led by a goal in the third period and couldnt hang on. They were outshot 16-1 in the third period. "We got back on our heels," coach Scott Arniel said. "We got a lead and we were trying to protect the lead and we were a little bit afraid of making a mistake." Martinek provided not only the first goal by a Columbus defenceman this season but his first in a Blue Jackets uniform -- on their only shot of the third period. An off-season free-agent signing, he was positioned at the right point when he took a pass from Vinny Prospal, who was near the corner boards. Martineks hard one-timer sailed over Varlamovs shoulder on the stick side for a 2-1 lead. But the Blue Jackets went the last 18:44 of the third period and the next 22:36 including overtime without a shot as the Avalanche stepped up the pressure on Mason. He was up to the task, twice diving onto the ice to cover loose pucks in the crease. The Avalanche finally broke through in the final minute of regulation. Landeskog, at No. 2 the highest draft pick ever for the Avalanche, notched the goal (in his third game) on a redirect. Defenceman Jan Hejda, who the Blue Jackets declined to re-sign in the off-season, fired a slap shot from the left point into heavy congestion in front that included two teammates and two defencemen clogging the ice in front of Mason. The puck went in off Landeskogs skate. "Finally! And it was such a big game," Landeskog said. "Its a big road trip for us. Its huge for team bonding as well to get those two points. You always dream about scoring in a crucial moment of a game, especially on the road like this in the third game of the season. So, it was a huge relief for me, and for the team as well." NOTES: The arena wasnt very full but the press box sure was: There were 13 scouts from nine teams (other than the teams involved) at the game. ... The Blue Jackets had six giveaways to none for the Avalanche in the opening period. ... Mason stopped 30 shots in regulation and overtime. Cheap NFL Jerseys China
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. The win moved the defending champions ahead of Canada atop Group H in round-robin play. Finland, which plays Canada on Friday, joined Sweden and Russia as the only teams undefeated in regulation at the tournament. GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Webb Simpson grew up in North Carolina, and his favourite memory of the Wyndham Championship was caddying for Neal Lancaster as a teenager during a pro-am. That might change now that hes won the tournament. Simpson claimed his first PGA Tour title Sunday, shooting a 3-under 67 to win by three strokes. The 26-year-old Raleigh native finished at 18-under 262 and collected US$936,000 in the tournament about a 50-kilometre drive from the Wake Forest campus where he was a college star. "I really couldnt think of a better place to win than here in Greensboro," Simpson said. George McNeill (64) was at 15 under, with Tommy Gainey (69) another stroke back in the final event before the PGA Tour playoffs. Carl Pettersson (69), Vijay Singh (65), Jerry Kelly (65), Kyung-tae Kim (66) and Charles Howell III (67) finished at 13 under at Sedgefield Country Club. Simpson said his first visit to the Greensboro-based tournament came when he was 16. His father brought him to the events former home across town at Forest Oaks Country Club to caddie for Lancaster during the Wednesday pro-am. "That was probably the most fun 18 holes Ive ever been a part of," Simpson said. His final 18 of this tournament were marked by steady, bogey-free play and a strong finish marked by consecutive birdies on Nos. 15 and 16. After taking the lead during Round 3 with a late five-hole stretch of four birdies and an eagle, Simpson opened his final round with eight straight pars before moving to 16 under with a birdie on the par-4 ninth. He stayed there until late in the day. Birdies on the par-5 15th and the par-3 16th gave him a three-shot lead with two holes to go. "When I made the putt on 15, I asked my caddie for the first time all day, Where do we stand? and he said, Were two ahead right now," Simpson said. "I knew I needed to play solid golf on the last three holes, and to birdie 16 was so huge. ... I knew I had a three-shot lead on 18, and as soon as I hit the ball in play, I knew it was probably over." McNeill made a late charge, with the former Florida State player moving to 15 under with a birdie on No. 17, his sixth birdie of the round. But all he could do after that was hope for a few late bogeys from Simpson. "Honestly, I thought it was going to be a lot lower," McNeill said of the winning score. "I can only control myself. I cant conntrol what everybody else does.dddddddddddd Im very happy with the way I hit it, the way I played, the way I putted." Several players with strong Atlantic Coast Conference ties played pivotal roles during the fourth round at the country club where the ACC was founded in 1953 -- and in a college-centric region where school ties run deep. Simpson was the ACCs player of the year for the Demon Deacons in 2008. McNeill was an all-conference player for the Seminoles in the late 1990s. And Pettersson grew up in Greensboro, played at North Carolina State, serves on this tournaments board of directors, won it in 2008 and made the daily 70-mile commute from his home in Raleigh. "Im disappointed. Im a competitor," Pettersson said. "I wanted to win this one badly, but Webb outplayed us all." Pettersson turned in perhaps the most remarkable birdie of the tournament on the par-4 first hole. After sending his drive well wide of the fairway and into a flower pot, he wound up chipping in from about 55 feet. Gainey, a South Carolina native known as "Tommy Two Gloves" because he wears them on both hands, led or shared the lead after each of the first two rounds. After falling off the pace with two bogeys and a double bogey midway through the round, he reeled off four consecutive birdies on Nos. 12-15 to climb back in it. The focus this week wasnt solely on the leaders, but on the names moving up and down the FedEx Cup points list. The Wyndham annually marks the last chance for players to claim spots in the playoffs, and some big names came to Greensboro hoping to play their way in. Padraig Harrington, who called off a family vacation so he could try to escape the playoff bubble, finished at 6 under and jumped from No. 130 to No. 124. The top 125 qualify for The Barclays later this week in New Jersey. Ernie Els, who entered at No. 126, made it into the playoff field despite shooting a final-round 72. His 8 under finish pushed him to 118th. "You dont know in these playoffs," Els said. "Ive got to play good golf though. I played really good the first two days. Id like to get that back." Among those who didnt make it: Justin Leonard missed a 13-foot putt on the 18th, and that left him at No. 126. "To try and wait until this week to make it through is just -- you know," Leonard said. "I mean, come on. I had 25 other weeks to play like this." ' ' '