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The Edmonton Oilers will try to build off their first road victory of the season on Sunday night as they visit the New York Rangers and Madison Square Garden. Michael Grabner Jersey . The Oilers lost their first five road contests of the season, going 0-4-1, and dropped the first two of a five-game swing before topping the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Friday. Boyd Gordon potted the winning goal in the late stages of the third period. Iiro Pakarinen netted his first career goal and Mark Arcobello lit the lamp as part of a 52-shot showing by Edmonton. Teddy Purcell finished with two assists to help his club halt a four-game slide overall. We were able to respond after their second goal, gave a good push-back and got the win, said Gordon. Viktor Fasth came up with 29 saves for the victory, his first in four starts this season. Edmonton may go back to Ben Scrivens in net tonight and he is 2-1-0 with a 2.00 goals against average and .943 save percentage in three prior meetings with the Rangers. The Oilers and Rangers split two meetings a season ago, with each club winning on the road. Edmonton picked up a 2-1 win at MSG on Feb. 6, with Nail Yakupov scoring the game-winner with 1:38 to play and Scrivens making 35 saves. The Rangers were bested 5-4 by the Toronto Maple Leafs last night, the first time in five games they failed to record a point. They had gone 2-0-2 before the road setback. Rick Nash netted his 11th goal of the season in the loss, tied with Anaheims Corey Perry for the NHL lead, and Derek Stepan had an assist in his season debut. He had missed the first 12 games with a broken leg suffered during training camp. Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello each had a goal and an assist, Carl Hagelin also scored and Cam Talbot turned aside 26 shots in defeat. We played right into their hands, Zuccarello said. We have to get into lanes and back each other up. With Talbot having gotten the start last night, Henrik Lundqvist will return to net for this contest. Lundqvist, though, is just 1-1-2 in four career meetings with the Oilers, posting a 2.53 GAA and .909 save percentage. Marian Hossa Jersey . Campbell, playing on loan with Greek club Olympiacos, found the net with a left-footed shot in the 44th minute off a pass from second-half substitute Jorge Rojas to open the scoring at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica. Teppo Numminen Jersey . But qualifying for her first Scotties Tournament of Hearts after years of falling short in tough Manitoba provincial championships is as good as consolation prizes get for the 29-year-old from Winnipegs Fort Rouge Curling Club.MELBOURNE, Australia - China has begun its search for the next Li Na, and one of the juniors with the talent to replace the countrys two-time Grand Slam champion may speak better English than she does Chinese.Xu Shilin, who just turned 17 and goes by the English name Coco, was the first Chinese girl to be No. 1 in the world junior rankings and won the gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games last year. She has also told the Chinese media that her goal is to win a Grand Slam title before shes 20.It is a goal and a dream. Of course, Im working toward that, she said at the Australian Open, where she was the top seed in the girls singles draw before losing Wednesday in the third round. I think anything is possible.Xus rise has been unique compared with the previous generation of Chinese players because her parents decided to develop her talents outside Chinas state-run sports system, choosing instead to move to Florida where she could train at top private academies.Such freedoms were only made possible due to Li Na and a few other current players, who broke free from the state system years ago and were allowed to manage their own careers and keep their own prize money. This paved the way for the next generation of players to choose their own paths.Xus parents made a big decision when they saw how much talent she had at age 8. Her father, Xu Yang, sold the small tennis club he owned in Guangdong province and moved the family to Florida for nearly six years.Her father rolled the dice, said Xus manager Terry Rhoads, who is managing director of Shanghai-based sports consulting firm Zou Marketing. They didnt live well. They struggled.Because Xu was talented, she was invited to train at several different academies and began to climb the junior rankings in the U.S., attracting the interest of the United States Tennis Association, Rhoads said. Instead of having Xu play for the U.S., however, the family decided it was time to return to China.It wasnt an easy transition at first because Xus Mandarin had become so rusty, she was afraid to speak at times. But shes becoming more comfortable now and has already attracted a number of sponsors.Rhoads compares her career trrajectory with that of Japanese star Kei Nishikori, who also lived in and trained in the U. Wayne Gretzky Jersey. . for many years.If you ask me this is what China needs to do with a bunch of the boys, he said. Coco got tough. She grew up. She saw how difficult it was for her parents.Other top juniors are taking similar paths, choosing to train at private academies in China where they receive coaching, education, room and board and travel expenses in exchange for a percentage of future prize money earned.After Xus loss in singles at the Australian Open junior tournament, she played a girls doubles match against one of these homegrown players, 16-year-old Zheng Wushuang, who trains at the 1123 Junior Tennis Academy in Beijing and is now Chinas second-ranked junior girl. Xu and her Australian partner Sara Tomic won that match, but lost in straight sets in the semifinals Thursday.Sitting courtside Wednesday, Yi Ping, the founder of the academy, said she has only taken on seven of Chinas most promising players in order to maximize the resources she can provide them. One of Chinas largest insurance companies, Ping An, is the academys main sponsor.With the academy becoming more famous, there are more junior players who want to come in, Yi said. But we want to see the great potential in players and decide if we want to have them. We want to have all the top junior players in our club.Xu, who now has a Belgian coach, believes her father made the right decision for her development.I think its very different than going down the traditional Chinese route, Xu said. I got a lot of good experience from that time, in Florida.Rhoads said Xu is already fielding questions from the media about becoming the next Li Na. But he said its going to take some time before Xu is anywhere close. Li won her first major at the French Open in 2011 at the age of 29.I think if the Chinese fans and the media are patient, theyre going to see something special, he said. Li Na didnt hit her stride until she was 24, 25 years old.And although she admires Lis career, Xu doesnt want to be compared to anyone.I respect her a lot. I like her a lot. But I just want to be myself, obviously. ' ' ' 



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