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PHILADELPHIA -- Dave Bolland helped the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup and then had to watch the championship banner raising ceremony on TV.
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. He would love to experience the same celebration in Toronto. Bolland scored twice and Phil Kessel added a goal to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night. The Maple Leafs, off to a 2-0 start, spoiled Philadelphias season opener one night after ruining Montreals. Jonathan Bernier stopped 31 shots in his Maple Leafs debut. Toronto acquired Bolland and Bernier in the off-season to bolster the clubs bid to get out of the first round and make a run in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Bolland scored the go-ahead goal from the slot early in the third period. It was his first goal since the Game 6 clincher for the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup finals. "Its all gone," Bolland said. "This is a new chapter for me. I want to hopefully do it in Toronto. The chapter in Chicago is over." He sealed this win with a power-play goal with 22.5 seconds left. "You always wait for that first goal to come," Bolland said. "Its nice that both of them came tonight." The big game helped Bolland try to forget about the party he missed Tuesday night at the United Center. "I saw the highlights, you had to watch it," he said. Kessel turned 26 on Wednesday with plenty of reasons to celebrate. He signed a whopping $64 million, eight-year extension on Tuesday that will keep him off the free-agent market after the season. A 20-goal scorer last season, Kessel knocked in a rebound late in the second for the tying goal. Kessel helped make up for Torontos lone second-period power play. The Maple Leafs came away empty because Flyers defenceman Nicklas Grossmann blocked three straight shots in 2 minutes to keep the game scoreless. The Flyers wasted a fantastic chance to go ahead after Paul Ranger slashed Wayne Simmonds on a breakaway, setting up a penalty shot with 3.1 seconds left in the second period. Simmonds was easily stopped on his attempt to put the puck through Berniers legs. Back on the bench, Simmonds slammed the boards in frustration, unable to capitalize against his former Los Angeles teammate. "I just read him a little bit," Bernier said. "I tried to take away the angles. I came out and saw his stick with the blade going down. I got lucky with the save." Like Kessel, Bernier also is part of Torontos long-term future. He signed a $5.8 million, two-year contract soon after he was acquired from Los Angeles. He was 29-20-6, with a 2.36 goals-against average and .912 save percentage as Jonathan Quicks backup with the Kings. He kept Toronto in the game after the Flyers controlled the first period. Toronto went without a shot for a 12-minute stretch. "We needed a goaltender to keep us in the game, and he did that," Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. "Were fortunate to have him." The Flyers took a 1-0 lead when Schenn pounded in Vinny Lecavaliers feed with 6.9 seconds left. Mark Streit also had an assist on the play, an early impact for two of Philadelphias biggest off-season acquisitions. The overhaul of an underachieving team that missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007 was in full force: Lecavalier, a former Tampa Bay captain, and Streit, a former Islanders captain, were signed, along with goalie Ray Emery. "Offensively thats the best weve looked in a while," coach Peter Laviolette said. Steve Mason won the opening night start over Emery. Mason, acquired in a late-season trade with Columbus, was given the start largely on the basis of a strong finish to 2013. Mason and Emery will likely share the job unless one gets hot and takes over. "Its a huge honour to get the opening night start," Mason said. "Ray could have been there just as easily as I could, so it was a great honour to have it. Unfortunately we didnt get the win." NOTES: Torontos Colton Orr received a minor penalty for a vicious cross-check to Flyers forward Jay Rosehills face against the boards midway through the third. Orr retaliated after Rosehill checked Mark Fraser into the boards. ... Philadelphia and Toronto dont play each other again until March 8. ... The Flyers played their first game as members of the Metropolitan Division.
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. His team rose to the occasion Sunday with a 3-1 victory over Sweden in the bronze-medal game. "The sting from yesterday is not something we hid from or pretend didnt happen," Dineen said.
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. The Packers, Lions and Bears were a combined 35-15 and as long as Jay Cutler can say healthy, all three could make the playoffs in 2012.
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. Here at TSN.ca we will take a look back at the season by bringing together a panel of experts to help pick the best 50 players of the season.JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Oscar Pistorius murder trial began a new phase Monday when the Olympic athlete arrived at a state psychiatric hospital for a monthlong evaluation whose terms have been described by some as favourable to the double-amputee runner. Pistorius, who killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home last year, sat in the passenger seat of a black sedan and spoke on a cellphone as he arrived behind a police van at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria, the South African capital. The judge who will deliver a verdict in the case asked the hospital to determine if Pistorius had a mental disorder at the time of the shooting, which could affect whether he should be held criminally responsible. Pistorius must arrive by 9 a.m. and can leave by 4 p.m. each weekday, and has weekends off under an order from Judge Thokozile Masipa. Pistorius, who is free on bail, has been staying at the upscale Pretoria home of his uncle. Pistorius outpatient status troubles some experts who say 24-hour observation is common in state psychiatric facilities. In the evenings, nursing staff can get additional insights into a patients mental state that complement formal questioning and other tests during the day, say the experts. "There is a benefit" to the after-hours observation, said Lee-Ann Hartman, a clinical psychologist who has worked in state psychiatric facilities. Masipas instruction came after a psychiatrist testified that Pistorius, who has said he feels particularly vulnerable because of his disability and long-held worry about crime, had an anxiety disorder that could have contributed to his shooting of Steenkamp on Feb. 14, 2013. The judge was responding to a prosecution request for an independent inquiry, based on concern the defence would argue Pistorius was not guilty because of mental illness. Prosecutors allege Pistorius killed Steenkamp intentionally after a late-night fightt, but the athlete says he mistook his girlfriend for a dangerous intruder hiding in a toilet cubicle when he shot her multiple times through the door.
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. There is a long waiting list for observation cases at state psychiatric hospitals and Pistorius assessment will be faster because he does not need a hospital bed, said Gerhard Grundling, chair of the Clinical Psychology Forum, a South African group. He said the observation will likely include blood tests and possible brain scans and that more specialists, including a neurologist, can get involved as needed. Additionally, in such observations, social workers gather "collateral information" in interviews with friends, family and others, according to Grundling. Other trials had been delayed for nearly a year because of patient backlogs at state mental health facilities, said Jack Bloom, an opposition member of the provincial legislature. "Everyone should be equal before the law, no matter how famous," Bloom said, urging authorities to explain the runners "preferential treatment" as an outpatient receiving speedy observation. Pistorius faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder. Trial proceedings resume June 30. The high-security Weskoppies hospital was called the Pretoria Lunatic Asylum long ago. Accounts described crowded, unhygienic conditions and staffing shortages there during the 1899-1902 Anglo-Boer war, though conditions later improved. In the 1950s, two medical experts at Weskoppies wrote in South Africas medical journal that it was undesirable to house criminal suspects together with mentally ill patients who had not been charged with any crime, but noted the advantage of 24-hour scrutiny. "Under these conditions," they wrote, "any attempt to evade criminal responsibility by simulation of mental disorder is fraught with extreme difficulty."
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