San Antonio scored four quick points in the fourth quarter to get within 15.

“This was an important win for us,” coach Peter DeBoer said. “Obviously we got a tough schedule coming up. We go on the road and some tough buildings. It was important we got the win tonight. We did enough to get the win. It wasn’t a textbook game, but we did a lot of good stuff.”

Henrik Zetterberg, Trevor Daley and Gustav Nyquist scored for the Red Wings, who matched their longest losing streak of the season. Jimmy Howard stopped 29 shots.

“We have to limit our mistakes,” Howard said. “If we’re going to be successful out there we can’t make the mistakes that we do because they kill us.”

“Everybody tries to be the best they can be by playoff time and that will be our goal, too,” Popovich said. “(We want) to be in the playoffs and to be as good as we can possibly be no matter what the circumstances are.”

But Houston responded with the next eight points, with the last five from Chris Paul, to make it 99-76 and end Paul’s night with about 8 minutes remaining.

The Canadiens will be looking to improve their special teams. The Blue Jackets scored on two of their three power-play chances and the Montreal penalty killing has slipped to 19th in the league.

“For us, when you’re struggling on special teams, the best thing to do is not to overcomplicate it,” Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher, one of the few Canadiens having a good season, told Montrealcanadiens.com. “Just simplify it, understand, do your job, trust that your teammates are going to do their own. At times right now we’re maybe overworking and it’s allowing seams and Cheap Braves Jerseys plays to open up.”

Gallagher scored his 25th of the season, a new career high, against Cheap Custom NFL Jerseys the Blue Jackets. He has four goals and two assists in his past six games.

Darcy Kuemper bounced back nicely for the Arizona Coyotes.

Jake Arrieta agrees to multiyear deal with Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies and free-agent right-hander Jake Arrieta have agreed to a three-year, $75 million contract.

The Phillies announced the deal on Monday.

Arrieta’s career 3.08 postseason ERA is also a good indicator of his big-game potential, as he has a wild-card win and Game 6 World Series victory on his résumé. He has been durable and effective since he was traded to the Chicago Cubs in 2013, though sometimes it takes time for his unique, cross-body delivery to lock in.

Arrieta has also produced two no-hitters and a career .222 batting average against him. Considering his delivery, some in baseball have wondered about his durability, but he has made at least 30 starts each of the past three seasons, helping the Cubs to the playoffs in each of them. His incredible training regimen is well-documented, keeping him in tip-top shape, especially for a pitcher.

The Texas Rangers also considered it, but Cole Hamels’ dissent reportedly put the kibosh on that plan. The Tampa Bay Rays are saying they intend using a four-man rotation, but with a bullpen game (as necessary) to keep the starters on typical five-day rest. It’s only one club, but this eliminates about six more chances to deploy a two-start option.

One of the integral aspects of spot starting pitchers is wins. In points leagues, getting the win helps mitigate any points lost from runs, hits and walks allowed. In rotisserie Cheap Authentic Hockey Jerseys formats, wins are necessary to offset the likely worsening of ratios.

The recent trend has been for starters to pick up fewer wins, with Cheap Baseball Jerseys China the average length of outing per start to have similarly declined:

In his 30-year-old season, Ovechkin hit the 50-goal mark for the third straight season, his fourth straight Rocket Richard Trophy and sixth overall. He’s minus-95 against the projection.

Klefbom ends scoring drought in OT, Oilers beat Coyotes 4-3

Several lengthy goalless droughts came to an end on Monday night.

Oscar Klefbom’s first goal in 34 games came in overtime, giving the Edmonton Oilers a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night. It was Klefbom’s first goal since Dec. 9.

“Obviously, I have had opportunities in a lot of games where I didn’t execute and finish,” Klefbom said of his fourth goal of the season, set up by Connor McDavid, after the Oilers surrendered a two-goal lead in the third period.

Montreal got a goal from de la Rose with 13.8 seconds remaining to close out the second period with a four-goal deficit.

De la Rose tallied again in the third, trimming New Jersey’s lead to 6-3 with 5:20 remaining. Froese closed out the scoring in the final minute.

Members of the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team met with Devils players outside the locker room before the game and participated in a ceremonial puck drop at center ice. … This was Montreal’s first game without LW Max Pacioretty, who is expected to miss 6 weeks with a knee injury. … John Hynes won his 100th game as the Devils’ coach.

The Sabres called up C Danny O’Regan from AHL Rochester to fill in after Kyle Criscuolo sustained upper-body injury in a 5-3 win against Toronto on Monday. O’Regan was acquired in the trade that sent Evander Kane to San Jose last week. … Flames LW Johnny Gaudreau had two assists in playing his 300th career game. … Gaudreau’s 56 assists this season are the most by a Flames player since Alex Tanguay had 59 in 2006-07. … The Flames once went 0-11 and a tie in 12 straight trips to Buffalo from March 11, 1979, when they were still in Atlanta, to Nov. 10, 1985.

With 15 games to go, the Islanders (29-29-9) are in 11th place in the Eastern Conference and six points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild card.

New York’s skid continued with Monday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Cheap Baseball Jerseys China Vancouver Canucks. Former Oiler Jordan Eberle scored for the Islander with 1:04 to play in regulation, but Jaroslav Halak was beaten Cheap Authentic Jerseys by Brendan Leipsic in the extra session.