ST. JOHNS, N.L. -- The St. Johns IceCaps were struggling before they ran into Braden Holtby. The Hershey goaltender made 30 saves Wednesday as the Bears shut out the IceCaps 4-0 in American Hockey League action. It was the second stellar performance for Holtby against St. Johns after he made 32 saves in Tuesdays 2-1 victory. Jon DiSalvatore, with a goal and an assist, Zach Hamill, Alex Berry and Mathieu Beaudoin scored for the Bears (13-12-1), who also got two assists from Ryan Potulny. Mark Dekanich made 21 saves for the IceCaps (11-14-1), who have lost five straight games. Holtby, the Washington Capitals No. 1 goalie in last seasons NHL playoffs, says his play has been coming together recently. "I felt pretty good. The last four or five starts I havent felt like I should. I dont know if it was my preparation, getting my head into it, or what it was," said Holtby, who stopped 62 shots in two games against the IceCaps. "I tried to tweak a few things, and caught a couple lucky breaks in the first period both games and thats really what makes a difference." IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge was disappointed with his teams effort and said the spark the team had shown, even in its recent losses, that was absent. "Youre a professional hockey player. Youve got to come on the ice and make sure youre ready to go. Youve got to make sure that youre winning loose puck battles and playing with some sort of edge," he said. "Playing the game like a man needs to play the game, not the way that we played portions of that game tonight." The Bears jumped ahead at 19:12 in the first period on an easy tap-in power-play goal from Hamill. St. Johns has had a number of rough second periods this season and the trend continued Wednesday as Hershey kept up the pressure. Berry scored at 2:46 of the second and the IceCaps were caught running around their own zone for a long shift when Beaudoins slapshot made it 3-0 at 16:08. DiSalvatore then made it 4-0 on cross-crease pass for another power-play goal at 19:22. The Bears went 2-for-5 on the power play, while St. Johns failed to score on its two chances. IceCaps forward Aaron Gagnon said the team is frustrated with their lack of wins. "Bottom line, we just havent been good enough. It starts with every guy, myself included, and it hasnt obviously been the start of the year that Ive wanted or the team wanted," he said. "Weve just got a find a way to get through these games and start putting some wins up." Holtby said the Bears were happy to come away with two road victories. "It really was a big weekend for our character, obviously with a hard travel schedule and stuff that were not used to, its something you have to battle through," he said. "I think we did a great job of it." The only bright spot for the IceCaps came in the stands as the club tied the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for the second longest sell-out streak in AHL history by selling out their 54th straight game. nfl jerseys china . The Raptors know first-hand what Lin can bring to the table in terms of attendance and excitement. Lin scored 27 points and hit the game-winning three-pointer in a win over the Raptors in front of a big crowd at the Air Canada Centre on Valentines Day. The Raptors would likely attempt to back-load any offer they make to Lin, a restricted free agent this summer, by paying big money over the last few seasons of a deal. cheap nfl jerseys china . -- Los Angeles Angels ace Jered Weaver has returned to Southern California for further examination of his bruised right arm and will likely miss his next start Friday against Detroit. . Even with speculation swirling around the Vancouver Canucks uncertain goaltending situation, Schneider doesnt appear to be in any rush to see it resolved. cheap jerseys . Toronto lost two of three games in Milwaukee and is coming off Wednesdays 8-3 setback to the Brewers at Miller Park. The Blue Jays rotation has been hit hard by the injury bug and Joel Carreno was the latest to take the mound. . 1 Ana Ivanovic will take on 2011 U.ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild transformed their team as much as anyone in the NHL this summer, splurging on prized free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to surprise the league, revive their frustrated fan base and put themselves in position to become the Stanley Cup contender theyve never truly been. They have sold the equivalent of about 4,000 new season tickets since the day the 13-year, $98 million contracts for Parise and Suter were revealed, signalling the most-anticipated season in the franchises 12-year history. Thanks to the NHL lockout, the buzz has been put on mute. "Theres so much hype and excitement in Minnesota, and for us, too," Suter said. "It is frustrating, but we want whats best for the players, for every player." About a dozen members of the Wild have been gathering almost daily for skills work and pick-up games at the St. Louis Park Rec Center in the Minneapolis suburb, joining other NHL players who live in the Twin Cities area. From Parise to Suter to Mikko Koivu to Tom Gilbert to Niklas Backstrom, the core of this promising Wild team clip-clopped off the ice on Tuesday at the conclusion of another session, just like after a regular practice at Xcel Energy Center. The glaring difference, though, was that theyve been gliding around to stay sharp and sane, not to prepare for a specific opponent. After another unproductive bargaining session in New York between representatives for the owners and the players, the postponement of the Oct. 13 season opener and more appeared imminent. "Everyones just wishing that this would be more for real and we were actually playing ... but unfortunately thats not the situation were in," Parise said. "So hopefully well get it resolved soon." He added: "Theres not much you can do, really. There are only so many times you can run through the drills and stuff like that. You need to start playing some games and get that competition out there.dddddddddddd Were doing the best with what were given right now." Parise and Suter, who joined the group Tuesday for the first time, have at least gotten to know their new teammates better. Developing chemistry between lines and defensive pairs is hard, though, when the coaches arent there and neither is the full roster. "Obviously when you add talent like that, you want to get out there and compete," goalie Josh Harding said. "Ive actually been here for quite a few years now, and this probably is the best lineup weve had. Were itching. Were excited. But we have to let the process pan out. After that, when they say its time to go play hockey, well be ready." Pierre-Marc Bouchard is one player whos not technically locked out, because he wasnt cleared to return from his concussion when last season ended. Bouchard hasnt been allowed to take part in full-contact scrimmages yet, but he has been skating with the group and said Tuesday hes "probably about 95 per cent." Because hes not locked out, Bouchard has regular contact with team physicians as his progress from his injury is monitored. Hes hoping therell be hockey games for him to resume once hes back on the ice at full strength. "When you see those big acquisitions we made over the summer, its pretty exciting, so for sure we want to play. But we want to make sure we get a good deal," Bouchard said. Skate. And wait. Thats about all the Wild and their peers around the sport can do until the two sides agree on a new collective bargaining agreement. "My plan was to be up here and skate a few times this week, see the guys and get moved into the house," Suter said. "Now I go back to Wisconsin and probably do some deer hunting and stuff that Ive never been able to do. Hopefully it gets ended fast, but in the meantime Im going to enjoy the fall in Wisconsin." ' ' '

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