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ST. PAUL Myles Garrett Jersey Elite , Minn. (AP) No team in the ultra-competitive Western Conference has made the playoffs more times in a row than the Minnesota Wild, with six straight appearances to share the current streak lead with the Anaheim Ducks.That regular season consistency has only led, however, to April dissatisfaction. Ousted in five games by Winnipeg in their first-round series, the Wild were sent again to an early exit from the Stanley Cup tournament. They were shut out by the Jets in the last two contests and finished with a scoreless streak of 141:47.”It’s really disappointing. I don’t think that’s indicative of the kind of team that we have. It was just a really tough night,” center Matt Cullen said after the 5-0 loss in Winnipeg on Friday. ”Obviously with our backs against the wall, I think we all expected more and hoped for more, and I think if we could do it all over again every guy would like to give more.”There was no shame in being beaten by the Jets, a deeper, faster team with an exceptional goalie in Connor Hellebuyck that finished with the second-best record in the NHL in 2017-18. For the Wild, though, there’s an overarching theme of staying stuck at a good-but-not-great level since the franchise-altering signings of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter helped start this remarkable-but-unfulfilling run of making the playoffs every year with the two stars on the roster.”We want more. We expect more from ourselves. We let another one slip away,” right wing Charlie Coyle said.Here are some key angles to the end of the Wild’s season:LOOKING BACKThe Wild are 2-6 in series and 15-29 in games in the postseason during the Parise-Suter era that began on July 4, 2012. The 17-year-old franchise’s only advancement past the second round remains the 2003 surge to the Western Conference finals, where the Wild were swept by the Ducks.The postseason trouble encountered by the Wild used to be in the form of the Chicago Blackhawks, who eliminated them in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in the first and third of those years. They lost in the first round in 2016 and 2017, though, and failed to make the playoffs this spring for the first time in 10 years. So Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are no longer the problem.Now Nashville and Winnipeg have taken the lead in the daunting Central Division, with the Predators taking the Presidents’ Trophy with the league’s best record one season after reaching the Stanley Cup finals. Six of the seven teams made the playoffs either last year or this year.”We certainly believed that we could give these guys a real run for it even though nobody seemed to be giving us a chance,” goalie Devan Dubnyk said. ”We’re one play away each game. I know that’s easy to say, but it’s really how close it was besides tonight.”BANGED UPThis year, in fairness, one of the hurdles to postseason success became the rare absence of Suter, who has long been one of the NHL’s most durable players as a puck-moving, tough-minded defenseman. His broken ankle diluted the blue line in the final week of the regular season.Then Parise, whose late-season surge signaled he was all the way back from the back injury and surgery that kept him out for the first 39 games Authentic Myles Garrett Jersey , was knocked out of action with a broken sternum suffered in Game 3 against the Jets.”Every team has injuries, right?” captain Mikko Koivu said, adding: ”For sure that hurts, there’s no question about that. But we can’t go behind that.”CULLEN MULLINGMatt Cullen, after winning the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016 and 2017, put off retirement for another year and returned to his home-state team with 11 goals, 11 assists and valuable leadership at age 41. He wasn’t ready to address his future after Game 5.”My only thought here the last while was getting it back home for Game 6,” Cullen said. ”So to be honest I don’t have an answer right now.”QUIET COYLENot every forward will be productive in a playoff series, of course, but the Wild were hurting without any goals or assists by three of their top-nine forwards: Coyle, Nino Niederreiter and Jason Zucker. Coyle, who had only 11 goals during the regular season, was especially ineffective against the Jets.”Had plenty of chances to finish. I didn’t finish. Or the goalie came up big,” Coyle said. ”Whatever it is I didn’t get the job done. That hurts.”— TORONTO (AP) — The Houston Astros kept rolling on the road and moved to the brink of their second straight AL West title.Brian McCann and Josh Reddick hit back-to-back home runs, and the Astros beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Monday night to close in on another division crown.The defending World Series champions reduced their magic number to two over Oakland to clinch the division. The Athletics, who won 7-3 in Seattle, wrapped up at least a wild-card playoff spot when Tampa Bay lost 4-1 to the New York Yankees.Already assured a trip to the postseason, Houston can secure the AL West crown — and a best-of-five postseason matchup against AL Central champion Cleveland — with a win and an Oakland loss on Tuesday.“The A’s are a good team,” left-hander Dallas Keuchel said. “We don’t expect them to go down without a fight.”Houston has the best road record in baseball at 53-22, matching last year’s club mark for the most wins away from home in a single season.The Astros are 99-57 overall and a major league-best 17-4 in September.“Everybody is really excited about us closing in on 100 wins and closing in on a division title,” infielder Alex Bregman said, “but there’s only one thing on our mind and that’s winning the World Series again.”Keuchel (12-11) allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings for his first win since Sept. 3 against Minnesota. He also reached 200 innings for the third time, after doing so in 2014 and 2015.“It means more to me now than it did the first time,” Keuchel said.Five relievers followed before former Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna came on to a chorus of boos in the ninth, his first appearance in Toronto since being arrested for assault in May. Osuna, who earned his 19th save in 20 opportunities, was traded to the Astros on July 30. Many in the crowd of 23 Jarvis Landry Jersey Elite ,463 jeered each of Osuna’s pitches.“He wanted the ball like he always does,” Astros manager AJ Hinch said. “I’m sure it was emotional for him.”Asked about the fan reaction, Hinch said it was “pretty expected.”Osuna declined to speak on the advice of his lawyer. His case resumes Tuesday in Toronto.Blue Jays manager John Gibbons called it “weird” to see Osuna on the mound at Rogers Centre wearing a different uniform.“Kind of mixed emotions but I knew there was a good chance he was probably going to get it done,” Gibbons said. “I’ve seen him do it too many times.”In the first big league meeting between brothers Yuli Gurriel and Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Houston’s Yuli opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first.Younger brother Lourdes grounded into a double play in the bottom of the inning, then exited the game because of a sore left hamstring. Yangervis Solarte came on to play third, with Aledmys Diaz moving to shortstop.McCann belted a second-deck drive off Marco Estrada to begin the second, his sixth homer of the season and first since returning from the disabled list Sept. 1 after missing two months because of a right knee injury.Four pitches later, Reddick homered, his 16th. It was the sixth time this season the Astros have gone back-to-back.Bregman made it 4-0 with an RBI double in the third, but the Blue Jays answered with Kevin Pillar’s two-run homer in the fourth, his 15th.Solarte cut it to 4-3 with an RBI single in the fifth after a throwing error by third baseman J.D. Davis. Toronto loaded the bases with nobody out but Keuchel ended his outing by striking out Justin Smoak, getting Randal Grichuk to ground into a fielder’s choice and then fanning Pillar.“It seemed like it was destined to implode right there,” Keuchel said. “I was just trying to make as many quality pitches as I could.”Estrada (7-14) lost his fifth straight decision, allowing four runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.“The long ball got him and that’s where he’s vulnerable,” Gibbons said.Estrada has served up a team-high 29 home runs.ROAD WARRIORBregman has reached safely in 52 consecutive road games, the longest streak in Astros history. Jeff Bagwell did it in 51 straight from 1998-99.TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: RHP Charlie Morton, who left Sunday’s game after one inning because of a sore shoulder, returned home to be with his wife, who is about to give birth. Hinch said Morton will be re-evaluated when he rejoins the team in Baltimore this weekend. … SS Carlos Correa (back) was held out of the lineup for the fifth straight game and is expected to sit again Tuesday, Hinch said. … RHP Lance McCullers Jr. was activated from the disabled list and will pitch in relief over the final week of the regular season. McCullers has been out since Aug. 4 because of a sore elbow. … The Astros recalled LHP Reymin Guduan from Triple-A.Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez missed his scheduled start after leaving the team last weekend to have his troublesome right index finger examined by a specialist. Sanchez missed 54 games earlier this season because of the injury, which happened when Sanchez’s finger got caught in a suitcase hours before a June 21 road start against the Angels. He’s made five starts since returning Aug. 25.UP NEXTAstros RHP Josh James (1-0, 2.81 ERA) faces Blue Jays RHP Sam Gaviglio (3-8, 5.18) on Tuesday. James pitched 5 1/3 shutout innings to beat Seattle for his first career win last Tuesday. Gaviglio is winless in four starts.

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