COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus Crew midfielder Bernardo Anor said his first goal off a set piece was one that had been run over and over again in practice. His second wasnt the kind that can be duplicated in training. Anors brilliant 35-yard strike at the end of the first half proved to be the difference in Columbus 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union Saturday in the Crews home opener. "Thats what the games all about," he said of the score that gave him his first multi-goal game of his career. "Its something you dont practice very often. I was fortunate to score the goal." Anor previously had six goals in 45 games, including four in 20 games last season. Columbus won the first two games of the season for the first time in its 19-year history while the Union fell to 1-1-1. Leonardo Fernandes scored in the 62nd minute for Philadelphia to cut the deficit, but the first-half struggles were too much to overcome and Columbus goalkeeper Steve Clark made late saves on Fernandes and Jack McInerney. "The team last year might have crumbled a bit," Union goalkeeper Zac McMath said. "We came back and deserved a tie, if not a win." Anor gave the Crew a 2-0 lead in the second minute of first-half stoppage time. The goal was set up when Wil Trapp created a turnover at midfield and poked the ball ahead to Anor for the quick strike. "Our philosophy is to try and win the ball back as soon as possible," Trapp said. "I stepped into the lane and Bernardo had a beautiful strike. I was lucky to get an assist. He was the one that did all the work." Columbus used its first corner kick to take the lead. Federico Higuain whipped the ball from the right to Anor, who was unmarked at the edge of the goal box. Anor had waited for several of his teammates to make runs through the box to draw attention. Anor was the trailer and Higuain laced a perfect ball that Anor headed down into the goal. "We lost our man," Union coach John Hackworth said. "We should have had an easy clearance on the goal, too. Neither one of those should have happened." Kam Chancellor Jersey
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It was one of those crazy nights.Perreault scored four goals with the Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League about five or six years ago, but its a different feeling in the NHL.You cant compare doing it at the highest level, Perreault said, who played with Anaheim last season and was a Winnipeg free-agent signing in July.Fans gave the team and first-star Perreault a loud standing ovation after the victory, which earned Paul Maurice his 500th win as an NHL head coach.The eight-goal output was a season-high for the Jets, one short of the franchise record.Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien scored a pair of goals and added an assist. Jay Harrison and Evander Kane also scored for Winnipeg (22-14-8).Dave Bolland, with his first of the season, and Brad Boyes had goals for Florida (20-12-9), which finished a six-game road trip by going 4-2-0.Boyes said the Panthers made too many mistakes.I think my son whos 11 months now, he probably could have scored a couple tonight, too, Boyes said.It wasnt the way that we normally play.Perreaults four-goal performance tied the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise record for most goals in a game. Former Thrashers star Ilya Kovalchuk was the last to do it in 2005 and Pascal Rheaume recorded the first one.Its great. Any time you see a guy get those four like that, its fun, Byfuglien said. Its fun to be a group.(But) the funs over with now. Weve got stuff to maintain and get back to work.Perreault had his first-career hat trick on Jan. 24, 2012, against Boston. He almost didnt have his third goal Tuesday as it was first declared a Toby Enstrom goal, but then Perreault got the nod for a deflection.He now has 15 goals and 14 assists in 43 games after starting the season going 19-straight games without a goal.Rookie goalie Michael Hutchinson made 25 saves and had fun watching his teammates across the ice.Mathieu getting his hat trick and his fourth one, that was just huge, Hutchinson said.Hes such a key player for us and hes had such a great year. He definitely deserves everything he got tonight. It was ggreat to see it was on home ice and all the fans supported him.ddddddddddddRoberto Luongo started in net for Florida, but was pulled with 13:23 left in the second period in favour of Al Montoya after letting in four goals on 20 shots. Montoya made 11 stops.The Jets mounted a 2-0 lead just past the midway point of the opening period on Perreaults first two goals and made it 3-0 early in the second.The first goal came after Winnipeg capitalized on a Florida turnover followed by Perreault scoring his second goal just two seconds before a hooking penalty to Florida centre Nick Bjugstad expired.Winnipeg made it 3-0 at 3:39 of the second period when Byfuglien took the puck up the left side of the ice, paused for a split second like he might pass, before snapping a quick shot that went over Luongos glove.Bolland scored at 5:15 to make it 3-1, but Byfuglien responded with his second goal of the game 68 seconds later when he squeezed a close shot through a gap between the post and Luongos right pad at 6:23.Jets captain Andrew Ladd assisted on Byfugliens goal, extending his points streak to a career-tying seven games with four goals and five assists.Montoya got the nod after the goal made it 4-1.Perreault then scored back-to-back goals late in the second period to make it 6-1. Winnipeg had outshot the Panthers 25-20 after two periods.Harrison widened the gap to 7-1 at 4:26 of the third period, Boyes made it 7-2 just over a minute later and Kane scored on the power play at 13:47 to end the rout.Great, great story in Matty Perreault scoring four, Maurice said. First time Ive seen that in almost five (years).And Im happy for him, because hes done it the right way. You know hes worked so hard. He went through that stretch when he wasnt scoring. And his practices got even more competitive and he worked even harder and he had a stretch where he was just, competing on every puck.The Jets head out for two-game road trip starting Thursday in Dallas. The Panthers host Colorado on Thursday.We had a great trip, but to end it off like this with a performance like tonight, were disappointed, Florida coach Gerard Gallant said.So it wasnt one guy, it wasnt one line. It was every player on our team. Weve just got to regroup tomorrow, go back home and get ready for the next game.Notes — Panthers winger Jussi Jokinen, 31, was playing in his 700th career game … Jets Frolik was a first-round draft pick (10th overall) by Florida in 2006. Wholesale Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap Jerseys 2019 China Jerseys
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