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Chris Kreider scores twice, Rangers down Canadiens 5-2

MONTREAL – Chris Kreider and Derick Brassard were all over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

Kreider and Brassard each had three points as the visiting New York Rangers downed the Canadiens 5-2 – eliminating Montreal from playoff contention in the process.

Kreider scored twice and added an assist for the Rangers while Brassard had one goal and two assists, all in the second period.

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“We’re trying to find chemistry between lines right now,” said Brassard, who extended his point streak to four games. “Chris is a big part of our team. To see him score two goals like that and be involved in the game, that’s something our team is pretty excited about.

“Hopefully it’s going to give him some confidence. I really like our line.”

With the score tied 1-1 going into the second period, Brassard capitalized on a big bounce off the end boards after a missed shot by Kreider at 1:32.

Kreider then made it 3-1 on the power play after a clever no-look feed by Brassard at 8:19. The 24-year-old added his second of the game two minutes later on a great individual effort for his first three-point game of the season.

New York scored four goals on its first 15 shots on Habs goalie Mike Condon, who was pulled after two periods.

“We controlled the puck in their end,” said Brassard of the second frame. “We just capitalized on our chances. We had the puck pretty much the whole time.”

J.T. Miller and Derek Stepan also scored for New York (43-24-8), which is in second place in the Eastern Conference.

In his first career game at the Bell Centre, Rangers backup goaltender Antti Raanta made 24 saves for his 10th win of the season.

Lars Eller and Phillip Danault had goals for Montreal (34-36-6). Ben Scrivens made four saves in the third period in relief of Condon.

“We’re in games, it’s just these NHL teams are too good to not take advantage of turnovers,” said Habs captain Max Pacioretty. “A guy like Kreider, he’s going to win every foot race that you give him.

“Part of that is also knowing the league and who you’re out against. We just have to be a bit smarter.”

The Rangers beat Montreal for the first time since Nov. 23, 2014.

New York scored early and often, taking advantage of a young Canadiens lineup ravaged by injuries.

Miller made Andrei Markov look silly on the game’s first goal at 3:04 of the opening frame. The Rangers forward dangled past Markov with a nifty toe drag, then went five-hole with the backhand on Condon for his 21st goal of the year.

Montreal answered back midway through the first, with Eller firing a loose puck past Raanta at 12:26 to make it 1-1 – the Dane’s first point in eight games.

After Brassard and Kreider’s goals, Danault got one back for the Canadiens at 15:38 of the second before Stepan added another for the Rangers in the final minute of the period to make it 5-2.

New York took three consecutive tripping penalties to start the third but Montreal failed to capitalize on any of them.

The Canadiens finished 0 for 6 with the man advantage.

“For pretty much all those power plays we had a lot of good looks,” said Pacioretty. “You have to want to be the guy who wants to put it in. We moved the puck nicely for most of them, we just have to put the puck in the net.”

Defenceman P.K. Subban (neck) was not in the Canadiens lineup for the eighth straight game. Subban was injured on Mar. 10 against Buffalo when he collided with teammate Alexei Emelin.

Notes: Michel Therrien coached his 750th career NHL game. … Lucas Lessio (undisclosed injury) and Jacob De La Rose (healthy scratch) did not play. … Sven Andrighetto was back in the lineup after missing the last three games with an upper-body injury. … The Canadiens signed free agent defenceman Tom Parisi to a two-year, two-way contract earlier on Saturday.

Brittany Kennell, 1st Canadian on The Voice, fulfills dream of singing National Anthem at Habs game

MONTREAL- After Global News tweeted at the Canadiens de Montreal about Brittany Kennell’s dream to sing the anthem, the Habs responded with an invitation.
On Saturday’s game against the Rangers, the Beaconsfield native fulfilled her life-long wish.

“When I first got out there, it was a little bit nerve wracking,” confessed the 27-year-old singer.

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Not even rehearsals could prepare the her for the long awaited moment.

“Just walking into the stadium earlier today for the sound check was really surreal,” said Kennell. “I was like, this is actually happening.”

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    For as long as she can remember, Kennell has dreamt of singing the national anthem for her hometown’s team and on Saturday night, that dream came through.

    As Kennell took to the microphone, the stadium roared.

    The moment was even more significant as Kennell has a particular connection to the anthem.

    “My great great grandfather’s cousin is Calixa Lavallée and he composed the melody to the national anthem,” Kennell let Global News know with a smile.

    “The connection is just so real as I’m singing the melody of this song, I just feel like I’m in the right place,” added Kennell.

    It is a strong family connection too as her dad stood by her side all along.

    “You’re sitting back and you kind of wonder and pinch yourself it it’s real… and it is real,” said Danny Kennell, Brittany’s proud father.

    But these are not Kennell’s first five minutes of fame.

    The Beaconsfield native has been winning over judges on the hit NBC singing competition, The Voice.

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    Kennell is soon heading back to the United States of America to enter the knock-out round of the competition.

    And as she returns to the stage, she says she will be drawing inspiration from her experience on the ice.

    “I’m gonna take all that love and support that Montreal has given me and I’m gonna take it there,” said Kennell. “It’s just going to give me that extra boost of confidence.”

WATCH: Charlotte Checkers hand Manitoba Moose 6-2 loss

WINNIPEG – Charlotte Checkers (34-26-3-4) rookie Erik Karlsson scored twice to help his team to a 6-2 victory over the Manitoba Moose (21-37-4-5) at MTS Centre on Saturday. With the loss, the Moose see their two-game win streak come to an end.

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    Charlotte struck first 5:36 into the game as Karlsson beat Moose goalie Eric Comrie blocker side for his second goal of the season.

    The Moose had a handful of chances to tie the game on a pair of two-man advantages mid-frame but wasted the opportunities.

    The Checkers added to their lead in the second by scoring two goals in the opening 1:28 of the period. Derek Ryan squeaked his 22nd through Comrie’s five-hole less than a minute into the frame. Derek Arnold then chased Comrie from the crease by making it 3-0. Comrie made six saves off nine shots before he was relieved from his duties by Connor Hellebuyck.

    Manitoba responded with two goals of its own late in the second period. Ben Walker got the Moose on the board at the 18:19 mark with his first of the season. Scott Kosmachuk then slammed a Dan DeSalvo rebound past Checkers’ goalie John Muse with 21 seconds left in the frame to bring Manitoba within one. The goal came in Kosmachuk’s first game back from his stint with the NHL’s Winniepg Jets. It was also the forward’s 15th of the year.

    Charlotte stopped the comeback attempt in the third with Karlsson’s second of the night 2:08 into the period. The Checkers added a Sergey Tolchinsky goal less than five minutes later to make it 5-2. Kyle Hagel sealed the victory by sweeping the puck into an empty net in the final 60 seconds.

    Prior to the game, Manitoba signed forward Brandon Denham to an amateur tryout agreement. The 24-year-old Milton, ON native scored a career high 22 goals and 20 assists in 39 games this season with the NCAA Division I’s Robert Morris University. He’s racked up a total of 43 goals and 55 assists in 154 games during his four year college career. Denham did not dress against Charlotte on Saturday.

    The Moose close out their four game homestand Monday night with a rematch against the Checkers.

Anti-vaccination doc removed from Tribeca line-up after huge backlash

NEW YORK – Robert De Niro is removing the anti-vaccination documentary “Vaxxed” from the lineup of his Tribeca Film Festival, after initially defending its inclusion.

“Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Conspiracy,” was set to be part of the film festival when it opened next month. The decision to include the film by anti-vaccination activist Andrew Wakefield came under fire, particularly since Wakefield’s contention that vaccines have a link to autism have been discredited.

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While De Niro on Friday defended the decision to include the film, he released a statement Saturday saying he had reversed his decision.

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De Niro, who has a child with autism, said he had hoped to provide an opportunity for conversation around an issue “that is deeply personal to me and my family.”

However, he said after he and Tribeca organizers reviewed it, “We do not believe it contributes to or furthers the discussion I had hoped for.” He said members of the scientific community also had reviewed it with him.

An email sent to a contact listed on the film’s official website was not immediately returned.

The makers of the documentary say they weren’t given a chance to defend the film.

“It is our understanding that persons from an organization affiliated with the festival have made unspecified allegations against the film – claims that we were given no opportunity to challenge or redress,”  Wakefield and producer Del Bigtree said in a statement on Facebook.

They also remained firm that the film will be released eventually.

“Tribeca’s action will not succeed in denying the world access to the truth behind the film Vaxxed.”

The documentary is directed by Wakefield, who once conducted a study on the link between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism.

The study has since been debunked, and Wakefield has since been barred from practising medicine because of a conflict of financial interest.

The Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 13 to April 24.

NDP and Sask Party debate education cuts

SASKATOON – While class is out for students across Saskatchewan for the Easter long weekend, class was in for both Cam Broten and Brad Wall.

Broten, the NDP’s leader, spent Saturday morning decorating Easter eggs at the Taylor Street campaign office. After the fun was over he restated his platform promise to stop education cuts.

“We look at their budget from March to third quarter, we see a cut to education of $51.3 million. That’s significant. That’s wrong,” he said.

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    Broten blames Saskatchewan Party budget cuts for the potential layoffs of as many as 75 teachers and education assistants in the Prairie Spirit School Division.

    “When we have a school division coming forward now saying they’ll be laying off 75 teachers and education assistants because of cuts, that’s also wrong,” said Broten.

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    Saskatchewan Party Leader Brad Wall was also in Saskatoon at the Willowgrove campaign office and responded to those comments.

    “We wanted to save in administration costs related to education and not affect the classroom. So the operating money that goes to the classroom have not been cut,” says the Sask Party leader.

    “In the case of this school division they have issued, what I think are very premature notices, layoff notices,” says Wall, “I haven’t heard this school division say they’re going to cut back on their own administrative costs. That’s probably an important question to ask.”

    According to Wall, the Prairie Spirit School Division has received increases in operation and preventative maintenance funding.

    “There operating funding is up thirty per cent. Their enrollment is up twenty per cent. They’ve received huge capital dollar investments from government to build new schools, including a brand new joint use school,” says Wall, “They’ve also received a $1.4 million increase in maintenance capital. This is a twenty per cent increase from the year before.”

    The New Democrats have laid out a plan for education if they’re elected.

    The NDP:

    Hire 300 more teachersHire 300 more educational assistantsRestore the mid-year adjustment to properly fund enrollment after the start of the school yearImprove funding for school divisionsWork with school boards to set caps on class sizes, starting with Kindergarten to Grade 2Double funding for Early Childhood Intervention ProgramsIncrease funding for Early Childhood Development Programs by 50 per centBy Year 4, when fully implemented, these commitments are an additional $56.5 million in
    spending

    The Saskatchewan Party are promising to build on their education investments.

    The Saskatchewan Party:

    40 new or replaced schools and 25 major renovations undertakenNearly $966 million invested in capital funding since 200818 new joint-use schools are under construction in Saskatchewan’s fastest growing communities31 per cent increase in operational funding in the province104 per cent increase in pre-kindergarten programs, more than doubling programs from 155 to 316Education Property Tax on agricultural land reduced by 80 per centIncreased teachers and support workers in education:Over 600 more regular teachers200 more student support teachers45 per cent increase in psychologists24 per cent increase in speech language pathologists14 per cent increase in social workers53 per cent increase in occupational therapists8 per cent increase in English as Additional Language teachers