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Sorokin stops 49, Pageau scores 2 as Isles blank Oilers 3-0

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By Allan Kreda in New York

NEW YORK (AP) — Ilya Sorokin made a career-high 49 saves and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored twice early in the second period as the New York Islanders beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 on Wednesday night.

Defenseman Sebastian Aho also scored for the Islanders, who have won two consecutive games and four of six. New York improved to 12-1-2 in its last 15 home games against the Oilers.

“What this game came down to is we were unable to solve their goaltender,” Edmonton coach Jay Woodcroft said. “We didn’t find a way to crack him.”

After a scoreless first period, Pageau scored shorthanded at 4:33 against Oilers netminder Jack Campbell while Anthony Beauvilier was serving a slashing penalty. Zach Parise and Adam Pelech assisted.

The Islanders are 8-0-0 when the 38-year-old Parise gets a point.

Parise hasn’t missed a game in his two seasons with the Islanders.

“It’s fun playing with Zach. He made a great pass and I just put it in,” Pageau said. “He’s been helping me a lot.”

Pageau scored again at 6:39, this time on a power play. His fifth goal of the season was assisted by Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee.

“He’s a big-moment guy,″ Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck said of Pageau, who scored twice for the first time this season.

The assist extended Barzal’s point streak to six games. Barzal leads the Islanders with 21 assists and 23 points overall.

Aho made it 3-0 at 16:56 of the second with his second goal of the season, with assists to Oliver Wahlstrom and Casey Cizikas.

“I thought we were committed to play the right way,” Islanders coach Lane Lambert said. “And our goaltender played really well and made some great saves.”

Sorokin made nine saves in the first, 17 in the second and 23 more in the third for his second shutout this season and the 12th of his career.

“It was a good game for us. Those guys are very dangerous,” Sorokin said, referring to high-scoring Oilers forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. ”I don’t think much about how many shots.”

The Islanders denied three Edmonton power-play chances in the third as the 27-year-old Sorokin improved to 9-5-0.

“Three kills against them was huge,” Clutterbuck added.

The Islanders were coming off a 2-1 overtime win Monday at Toronto. The Oilers lost their previous game, 5-2 at New Jersey on Monday.

The Islanders outshot the Oilers 12-9 in the first, though Edmonton didn’t record a shot on goal until 13 minutes into the period. Sorokin’s best save was a dazzling right pad stop on Zach Hyman at the 16:58 mark to keep the game scoreless.

Sorokin also denied Hyman from in close early in the third and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with a snazzy glove stop with just under eight minutes remaining.

Campbell, who took a puck to the face on the bench during Monday’s loss in New Jersey, made 27 saves in defeat.

“I thought he gave us a chance to win tonight and made some good saves when called upon,” Woodcroft said. ”I’m impressed with Jack Campbell and that level of stick-to-it-iveness and refusing to let a puck to the nose take a start away from him.”

The Islanders are 13-2-0 this season when they score at least three goals.

NOTES: The Islanders, who improved to 13-6-0, did not reach 13 wins last season until Jan. 18. … Islanders forward Simon Holmstrom made his NHL debut after Kyle Palmieri was a late scratch with an upper-body injury. Holmstrom, a first-round draft pick in 2019, was recalled from Bridgeport and skated on a line with Barzal and Wahlstrom. … New York also scratched defenseman Robin Salo and forward Ross Johnston. … The Oilers scratched defenseman Ryan Murray and forwards Devin Shore and Kailer Yamamoto. … The teams meet again Jan. 5 in Edmonton. … Islanders defensemen have scored an NHL-leading 17 goals.

UP NEXT

Oilers: Visit the Rangers on Saturday afternoon to complete a three-game trip to the New York area.

Islanders: At the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.

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TC Energy shuts down Keystone pipeline system after leak in Nebraska

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CALGARY — TC Energy Corp. says it has shut down its Keystone pipeline after a leak in Nebraska.

The company says it has mobilized people and equipment in response to a confirmed release of oil into a creek, about 32 kilometres south of Steele City, Neb.

TC Energy says an emergency shutdown and response was initiated Wednesday night after a pressure drop in the system was detected.

It says the affected segment of the pipeline has been isolated and booms have been deployed to prevent the leaked oil from moving downstream.

The Keystone pipeline system stretches 4,324 kilometres and helps move Canadian and U.S. crude oil to markets around North America.

TC Energy says the system remains shutdown as its crews respond and work to contain and recover the oil.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 8, 2022.

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Two deputy chief medical officers resign from their positions with Alberta Health

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Edmonton – Alberta’s two deputy chief medical officers of health are leaving their roles — less than a month after Dr. Deena Hinshaw was removed as the province’s top doctor.

Health Minister Jason Copping confirmed during question period Wednesday that both of the doctors have submitted letters of resignation.

“They are still continuing to work at this point in time,” he said in the legislature. “We are in the process of actually looking to fill those roles.”

A statement from Alberta Health said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra and Dr. Jing Hu, who are listed as public health physicians on the department’s website, have given notice.

When reached by her department email, Salvaterra responded: “Unfortunately, we are not able to comment.”

She later added that she respects and admires both Dr. Hinshaw and Dr. Hu.

“They are brilliant, hard-working, and compassionate public health physicians and I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to work alongside them for these past 14 months.”

Salvaterra, who has extensive public health experience including as the medical officer of health for Peterborough, Ont., joined the office in October 2021.

Her career in public health includes work in “the COVID-19 response, mental health, the opioid response, women’s health, poverty reduction, health equity, community food security and building stronger relationships with First Nations.”

Hu’s out-of-office message said her “last day at work with Alberta Health was Nov. 18, 2022,” and noted she wouldn’t have access to the department email after that date.

She got extensive training in China and at the University of Calgary before joining the health department in January 2020.

Their resignations came within a month of Hinshaw, who became the face of Alberta’s public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, being removed from her position.

Hinshaw was replaced by Dr. Mark Joffe, a senior executive member of Alberta Health Services, on an interim basis.

“Dr. Joffe will be supported by medical officers of health within AHS, by other staff in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, and by the Public Health Division,” said the statement from Alberta Health late Wednesday.

“We expect these changes to have no impact on the department’s and Dr. Joffe’s ability to meet the requirements of the Public Health Act.”

Hinshaw’s dismissal didn’t come as a surprise.

Premier Danielle Smith announced on her first day in office in October that she would be replaced.

Smith has made it clear that she blames both Hinshaw and Alberta Health Services for failing to deliver the best advice and care for Albertans as the hospital system came close to buckling in successive waves of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“A lot of the bad decisions were made by Alberta Health Services on the basis of bad advice from the chief medical officer of health,” Smith told reporters on Oct. 22.

Smith has not placed the blame on front-line doctors and nurses but broadly on AHS senior management. Joffe, while serving as chief medical officer of health, retains his role in AHS senior management as a vice-president responsible for areas in cancer and clinical care.

Hinshaw, an Alberta-trained public health specialist, became a celebrity of sorts in the first wave of the pandemic in the spring of 2020, as she delivered regular, sometimes daily, updates to Albertans on the virus, its spread and methods to contain it.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 7, 2022.

— By Colette Derworiz in Calgary.

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