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DAVIE Jeff Skinner Jersey , Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins‘ first game in 2017 was delayed a week due to a hurricane, so it was no big deal when they needed more than seven hours to play this year’s opener.
Miami showed a willingness to wait for a win, outlasting the Tennessee Titans 27-20 in a game took longer to play than any since at least 1970. Months of preparation for the season didn’t include a plan on how to deal with a pair of weather delays lasting about two hours each.
“The coaching staff and players and staff — everybody does a good job of trying to figure out the solution,” coach Adam Gase said Monday.
They’ve had plenty of practice dealing with unusual challenges.
Last year the Dolphins lost quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a season-ending knee injury early in training camp. Hurricane Irma caused the postponement of the first game, forcing Miami to play 16 weeks in a row. Linebacker Lawrence Timmons went AWOL on the eve of the opener, and offensive line coach Chris Foerster resigned at midseason after a video appeared to show him snorting white powder.
In short, Gase has become accustomed to unexpected challenges.
“I won’t be surprised by anything,” he said. “I think we’ve almost covered everything.”
The biggest issue with Sunday’s delays, Gase said, was not knowing how long they would last.
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That the Dolphins did, scoring 20 points in the final 22 minutes after the second delay. That included a 102-yard kickoff return by Jakeem Grant and a 75-yard touchdown pass from Tannehill to Kenny Stills, as well as a 54-yard interception return by Reshad Jones that helped seal the win.
“Wild game,” Tannehill tweeted Monday. “Part of me felt like we’d still be playing today. Glad to be a part of some history and get the year started with a win.”
The Dolphins had stellar contributions from Jones (two interceptions), Stills (two touchdown catches) and Frank Gore (61 yards in nine carries). But 2017 bugaboos — tackling, pre-snap penalties and third-down conversions — remained a problem, and five red-zone possessions produced only one touchdown.
Gase was especially unhappy about a third-quarter brawl after defensive tackle Jordan Phillips stood over injured Titans tackle Taylor Lewan and appeared to taunt him following Jones’ first interception.
“The fight drives me nuts,” Gase said. “I’d rather our guys celebrate with the guy who just intercepted the ball, instead of doing what happened there. We’ll address it http://www.chicagobearsteamonline.com/brian-urlacher-jersey , we’ll handle it and we’ll make changes if we have to.”
Tannehill threw for 230 yards with two scores and two interceptions. It was his first game since a knee injury sidelined him 21 months ago.
“I reflected a little bit on the grind that it was to get back here,” Tannehill said. “I tried to stay in the present as much as I could.”
Brock Osweiler was unneeded as Tannehill’s backup. On game day Gase chose Osweiler for the No. 2 job over David Fales, who was inactive, but the pecking order could change.
“We’ll see how it goes going forward,” Gase said. “I like both those guys. That one is not an easy decision each week.”
Three days after missing the playoffs, the St. Louis Blues learned their star forward Vladimir Tarasenko will need surgery on Wednesday for a dislocated left shoulder.Tarasenko was hurt in the first period of the regular-season finale on Saturday in Colorado. The Blues needed a point in the game to reach the playoffs, but lost 5-2.
Tarasenko revealed he had a dislocated shoulder while standing with his left arm in a sling Tuesday as teammates cleared out their lockers. The recovery after surgery can take up to six months.
”We’ll see how it goes,” Tarasenko said. ”It was a hard year all the way around.”
The 26-year-old led the team with 33 goals and 66 points. It was his lowest point total in four seasons. The Blues won 44 games this season and finished with 94 points.
Mike Yeo wrapped up his first full season as the Blues coach. St. Louis is 66-40-8 since Yeo replaced Ken Hitchcock as coach on Feb. 1, 2017. That’s the 10th-best regular-season record in the NHL in that period.
But it’s little consolation for a team missing the playoffs for the first time after six straight seasons. Two years ago, the Blues were playing for the conference championship.
”We understand we’ve taken a step back this year Shane Doan Jersey ,” General Manager Doug Armstrong said. ”That lies firmly on my shoulders. My job is to deal in reality. The formula we had this year did not breed success and we need to find that formula.”
Armstrong said the play of special teams needs to improve.
The Blues were 30th on power-play success at 15.4 percent. They finished 18th in penalty killing at 79.7 percent. During the previous six seasons making the playoffs, the Blues ranked No. 1 in the NHL in penalty killing with a rate of 84.3 percent.
However, the Blues scored only 38 power-play goals.
”As a coaching staff, I promise you we won’t just sit around and just assume things will get better next year,” Yeo said. ”We have to look at everything from the way we manage it, operate it and holding guys accountable and the personnel we’re using and the tactics.”
When Yeo coached the Minnesota Wild, the power play also was stagnant.
”I’ll take responsibility for it,” Yeo said. ”I don’t dodge that. That’s on me.”
Armstrong backs his coach.
”Mike and I are tethered together and we’re going to figure this thing out,” Armstrong said.
St. Louis was just 24-17 on home ice this season.
”You can’t have the home record we had and be satisfied,” Armstrong said. ”The people that come here work for a living and we need to send them home happy. If we’re in the top 10 in home records Marquise Goodwin Jersey , we’re in the playoffs.”
The salary cap should increase about $4 million for next season. Armstrong said the Blues ownership will continue to spend to the cap.
”We spend to the cap,” Armstrong said. ”We’ve had a good run here. We’ve got to get back to that.”
Goalie Jake Allen was signed to a four-year, $17.4 million contract on July 1, 2016. He finished with a 27-25-3 record, a 2.75 goals-against average, a .906 save percentage and one shutout.
”I definitely need to be more consistent,” Allen said. ”I know I’m capable of it. I don’t think I need to change much. I’m a pretty good goalie.”
Backup goaltender Carter Hutton is an unrestricted free agent. Hutton was 17-7-3 with a 2.09 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage. He had three shutouts.
Armstrong said he wants to bring Hutton back.
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