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TORONTO -- Auston Matthews has little chance of equaling his NHL debut when the Toronto Maple Leafs play the Boston Bruins on Saturday in the second game of the season for both teams. Cheap Air Max 270 NZ .The 19-year-old center, the first player taken in this years draft, became the first player to score four goals in his NHL debut on Wednesday.Its in the past, its on to the next one, Matthews said calmly as the Maple Leafs prepared for their home opener at Air Canada Centre amid celebrations of the franchises 100th season.The reality is that that despite Matthews historic game, Toronto lost to the Senators 5-4 in overtime in its season opener in Ottawa.The kids were good, our veterans made a few mistakes, and we just have to keep the puck out of our net, Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said after practice Thursday. But we did have the puck a lot and we did a lot of good things. Its nice to see the kids do so well, and well be better Saturday.The Maple Leafs also hope for better goaltending from Frederik Andersen, who likely will start again Saturday. Andersen vows to be better.We did a lot of good things, but I know I can be a lot better, Andersen said of the loss to Ottawa.The Leafs had six rookies playing Wednesday. Matthews and his young teammates figure to face a more physical opponent Saturday when they play Boston.The Bruins won their season opener 6-3 Thursday against the Blue Jackets in Toronto, erasing a 2-1 first-period deficit with three goals in the second and three more in the third.They received five points from Brad Marchand (two goals, three assists) to match a team record for points in a season-opening game. Phil Esposito had five points (three goals, two assists) against the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 10, 1973.The Bruins were without Patrice Bergeron, who has an ankle injury, on Thursday and it was not certain Friday whether he would be available to play in Toronto. He did not make the trip to Columbus.If he is not on the ice tomorrow morning, I will address it, whether he is coming in for the game . . . or Ill let you know if hes not, Bruins coach Claude Julien said Friday.David Backes had two goals and an assist Thursday in his Bruins debut as he took Bergerons place at center on the line with left winger Marchand and right winger David Pastrnak, who had two goals and two assists..Thats what it takes sometimes to win hockey games, Julien said. You need guys to be hot and that line was for us. For David Backes to step in there and replace one of the best forwards in the league and to have instant chemistry on the line was important. All three of them played extremely well and it was nice to see we were able to come through with a win when youre missing a guy like Bergeron.When Bergeron returns, Backes will likely go back to playing right wing on another line. He started to play on the wing regularly last season with the St. Louis Blues.Julien says Backes does not care where he plays.True, I really dont, Backes said. I think with our depth, with our injuries, and the way things happen in this league, having that flexibility is a key component to being able to put together some solid lines that can make a difference.Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is listed as questionable with a lower body injury and defenseman Kevan Miller is out six weeks after hand surgery.The Bruins had four players make their NHL debuts Thursday for the first time on an opening night since 1985. Nike Air Max 270 Cheapest Price . The catch: It needs a lot of money, and it needs it fast. Air Max 270 Cheap Wholesale . After taking two big hits this week -- losing at home and dropping back-to-back games for the first time all season -- Indiana struck back by playing its most complete game of the year. . Now, with Game 6 set for Fenway Park and an 8:07 p.m. ET first pitch, the Detroit Tigers face the unenviable task of having to beat the Boston Red Sox twice, on the road, to advance to the World Series. Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson held the top four spots in the College Football Playoff rankings for the second straight week and Washington moved up a spot to fifth this week.Wisconsin is sixth in the selection committee rankings released Tuesday night. Louisville was the team that took a big drop. The Cardinals fell from fifth to 11th after losing at Houston.Ohio State and Michigan play Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, and the loser is likely -- though not definitely -- out of the playoff race. The Wolverines would move on the Big Ten championship game by beating the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes, though, need help to reach the conference title game.Unbeaten Alabama meets Auburn on Saturday, but the Crimson Tide has already clinched a spot in the SEC title game.Clemson finishes its regular season against South Carolina and then will play in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game against either Virginia Tech or North Carolina.Washington must win at Washington State, ranked 23rd by the committee, on Friday to win the Pac-12 North and move on to the conference title game against No. 9 Colorado or No. 12 Southern California---BUCKEYES LOOKING GOODOhio State could get shut out of the Big Ten championship game if Penn State, seventh in the committees rankings, beats Michigan State on Saturday. But listening to committee chairman Kirby Hocutt it certainly sounds like the Buckeyes have separated themselves enough from Penn State that the committee is willing to overlook their loss to the Nittany Lions and the possible lack of a conference champions.The committee uses conference championships and head-to-head results to separate teams with similar resumes.But Hocutt, the athletic director of Texas Tech, said as of now the committee does not see a small gap between Ohio State and Penn State.Hocutt said committee took a lot of time ranking teams two through five, spent little time placing Wisconsin at six, and then found very little separation between Penn State and No. 8 Oklahoma, No. 9 Colorado and No. 10 Oklahoma State.---THE BIG 12Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have set up a de facto Big 12 title game for Dec. 3, but thhe conference still looks shutout of the playoff without upsets in the other conferences. Nike Air Max 270 NZ. he Cowboys have two losses but one was against Central Michigan and it came on a last-play touchdown that was set up be an officiating error. Hocutt said the committee does not adjust the Cowboys record for the mistake, but it does consider the circumstances of the loss.The Big 12, at the very least, needs one other Power Five champion to finish with two losses to have a shot to make the playoff. But if it comes down to a bunch of teams with two losses the Big Ten seems to have a better chance to get two teams into the field than the Big 12 has to get one.---USC LURKINGThe Trojans have won seven straight games since starting 1-3, play Notre Dame on Saturday and still have a chance to be Pac-12 champions.With Sam Darnold at quarterback since game four, USC has been looked like one of the best teams in the country and it would be fascinating to see how much the committee weighs improvement over the course of the season against the full body of work if a couple of upsets clear a path for the Trojans to climb into the discussion for the final spot.---GROUP OF FIVEThere were four teams from outside Power Five conference in the committee rankings this week, the most at any point this season. The highest ranked champion from the Group of Five conferences will receive a bid to the Cotton Bowl.Boise State was best at No. 19, followed by Houston and Western Michigan. Navy was No. 24.The rankings changed but the situation is still the same as last week. Boise State cant reach the Mountain West championship game on Dec. 3 without a Wyoming loss Saturday. Houston is locked out of the American Athletic Conference title game. Navy has the AAC West clinched.That puts unbeaten Western Michigan in the best position to go to the Cotton Bowl if it wins the Mid-American Conference, but still in danger of being nudged out if Boise State wins its conference.---Follow Ralph D. Russo at ' ' '

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