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(The Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season when they visit the Nashville Predators on Thursday night. The Leafs came out of the gate winning their first three contests of the season before dropping a 2-1 home decision to Colorado on Tuesday. The Avalanche got the game-winner early in the third period. Jonathan Bernier, who replaced James Reimer and stopped all 15 shots he saw in Torontos shootout win over the Senators on Saturday, made 31 saves in the loss. He has a 1.18 goals against average and .963 save percentage in his three games with the Leafs, including two starts, after being acquired this past offseason from the Los Angeles Kings. "We gave up too many chances," Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf said. "Bernier kept us in it. It was right there for us." Bernier is expected to draw the start again tonight for the Maple Leafs and has been very successful versus the Predators in his career, going 7-1-0 with a 1.88 GAA and .932 save percentage in eight meetings. Joffrey Lupul, who scored Torontos lone goal on Tuesday and has five points over his last three games, is day-to-day with a calf injury sustained versus Colorado. He did not practice on Wednesday, but is expected to be in the lineup tonight. Jay McClement practiced on Wednesday for the Leafs after missing Tuesdays game after his wife went into labor. The Maple Leafs had won two straight over the Predators before suffering a 4-1 road defeat in the last meeting on Nov. 17, 2011. It was their third loss in their past four trips to Nashville. The Predators meanwhile got their two young guns on the board last time out. Theyll look to make it two victories in a row on Thursday night when they continue a five-game homestand with a visit from the Toronto Maple Leafs. After opening the season with road losses to St. Louis and Colorado, Nashville kicked off its residency on Tuesday with a 3-2 victory over Minnesota. Eric Nystrom capped a three-goal first period with a successful penalty shot, while Filip Forsberg got the run started with his first NHL goal. The 19-year-old Forsberg, who missed the clubs first two games because of a lower-body injury, put home his chance on the power play before pumping his fists wildly in the air and jumping into the glass in celebration. He played in five games last season after being acquired from the Washington Capitals and had just one assist. "I think for any player that gets to the National Hockey League, they dream of scoring their first goal and when they do its a time to celebrate. I think you saw real good emotion from Filip. I know our bench was loving it," said Preds coach Barry Trotz. Defenseman Seth Jones, the 19-year-old fourth overall pick of the most recent draft, picked up his first NHL point with an assist on Forsbergs goal. Pekka Rinne was strong in net with 32 saves and has posted a .942 save percentage in two games since getting pulled early in the clubs season- opening loss to the Blues. Rinne is 2-1-0 with a 2.87 GAA and .907 saver percentage in four lifetime meetings with Toronto. Vincent Lecavalier Lightning Jersey .Y. -- As if the worst start in franchise history isnt bad enough, Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black braced his teams win-starved fans for potentially more tough times. Alex Killorn Lightning Jersey . - The Clippers have signed guard Dahntay Jones to a second 10-day contract. http://www.lightninghockeystore.us/Andrei-Vasilevskiy-Jersey/ . Jamies number grades given are out of five, with five being the best mark. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers (5) – He had good saves on Giroux, Akeson, and Hartnell tonight. Tampa Bay Lightning Jerseys . 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"It always is a factor if its your home team, isnt it?" coach Kieran Crowley said. "You always see that the home team in a tournament like this does massively well. "Massive disappointment. We came here with the objective to get a medal. Now we have to recover, obviously be very disappointed, but come morning, weve got to focus on finishing ninth now." Connor Braid scored the lone try for Canada, which had lost 39-0 to defending champion New Zealand in its opener then bounced back to run roughshod over Barbados 68-5, setting up the must-win game against the Scots. "Proud of all the guys," said an emotional John Moonlight, Canadas captain. "No matter what happens, that last game I think we put it out there. The score didnt go our way. A lot of things didnt go our way. "I guess we have to wait four years for another chance. It hurts. You dont forget stuff like this and (Sunday) were going to come out with three wins, 100 per cent." Canada, which can finish no better than ninth, will play Trinidad and Tobago in the bowl quarter-final Sunday. Lee Jones, Richie Vernon and Mark Bennett scored for Scotland in front of a raucous crowd at Ibrox Stadium -- normally home to Rangers F.C. New Zealand had already clinched top spot in Pool A -- arguably the toughest pool in the tournament with three of the worlds core teams in Canada, the Scots and themselves -- with their victory over Canada and a 17-14 win over Scotland. The Canadians knew they were in for a stiff test against the Scots in the rowdy jam-packed Ibrox Stadium. The noise was deafening when the two teams walked onto the pitch to ACDCs "Thunderstruck." They clapped and stomped their feet and broke into spontaneous chants of "Scot-land!" They booed when a call went Canadas way. "Its tough but its cool, its something you can thrive off of for sure," Braid said of the crowd. "We beat them at home in Glasgow in May, and that was a really good feeling so we were just hunting for that the whole way through. "It came down to a couple missed tackles, but the boys really put it out there against a really strong Scottish team." Canada and Scotland are familiar foes, the Canadians edging the Scots in the semifinals of the IRB World Sevens World Series stop in Glasgow earlier this season. Canada went on to make history by reaching the final for the first time, only to be trounced 54-7 by New Zealand. Still, the Canadians finished a best-ever sixth on the series, while Scotland was 12th. Trailing 7-0 Saturday, Braid muscled his way across the try line with 1:14 left in the first. But a minute later Vernon scored on a loong run down the middle, and Scotland had Canada pinned in its own half for most of the rest of the game.dddddddddddd. "There was still plenty of time left," Braid said of the halftime score. "Weve come back from bigger deficits before so I dont think we were too worried. But time was just against us. They were pretty good at the breakdown again. Our tackling percentage was a lot better, but still, individual tackles needs to improve." Canada took the field as the sun was setting after an eight-hour break between games -- something the team wasnt pleased about. Crowley said the team "went through the channels to put complaints in about it," to no avail. The Canadians arrived at Ibrox shortly after 7 a.m. to begin warming up for New Zealand and remained there all day, napping on mattresses and playing board games -- Settlers of Catan was the game of choice -- in a huge tent set up behind the stadium. They werent using the long day as an excuse though. "(Scotland) had to play two other games in the same time period that we were resting, so its tit-for-tat really," Braid said. "It was interesting. The boys got a good nap in, and thats just the way it happens. Sometimes you play at 8 (a.m.) and youre up at 5:30 in the morning. Sometimes you play at 9:30 at night with an eight-hour gap. The show must go on." In Canadas win against Barbados, John Moonlight, Mike Scholtz and Ciaran Hearn scored two tries apiece, while Braid, Nathan Hirayama, Harry Jones and Justin Douglas each scored one. Hirayama was good on all six conversions and Braid booted three. They were no match for the mighty New Zealand All-Blacks in their opener. The bigger and faster All-Blacks thoroughly dominated the Canadians, swatting away their tackle attempts like they were brushing away pesky flies. "Our own defence and penalties let us down," Braid said after the loss. "We had systems in place but we fell apart when it came time." Rugby sevens will make its Olympic debut in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, and if Saturdays action was any indication, the sport will be a massive hit. More than 185,000 sevens tickets have been sold, including a sellout on Sunday. The game, featuring seven players aside and two seven-minute halves, is played at a breakneck pace, keeping fans captivated. Saturday at Ibrox, they cheered almost as lustily for teams such as Barbados and Uganda as they did for their own Scots. After Barbados 59-0 rout by New Zealand, the crowd gave the losing team a standing ovation. They cheered on Uganda when that country scored three tries in the final two minutes to beat Sri Lanka. The Uganda players ran towards the crowd with delight after the game. New Zealand meanwhile, is gunning for its fifth gold medal in rugby sevens, having won the title all four times the sport has been in the Games. The All-Blacks will play Kenya -- second in Pool B -- in the quarter-finals. South Africa won Pool B and will face Scotland in the quarters. Pool C winner Samoa faces England, and Australia, winners of Pool D, meet Wales. ' ' '

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