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WINNIPEG - A few rare smiles crossed Dustin Byfuglienís face as reporters crowded around him after practice Tuesday.The Winnipeg Jets defenceman is enjoying a season thats brought him accolades from the NHL and praise from his teammates and coach for being a special player.The NHLís first star of the week after collecting six points in four games, Byfuglien will take part in the leagueís all-star game in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend.The recognition is coming during a season he says has him feeling more confident and settled in his personal and professional life.Byfuglien was married last summer to long-time girlfriend Emily Hendry, and in early December head coach Paul Maurice moved him from forward to his preferred position on defence after injuries felled a number of blue-liners.I think making her my wife finally has helped out and made things good, he said with a smile. I think just all around. Just going back to defence, I just like getting out of my bed and just going to work. Itís something that I enjoy and just kept going with it.The Jets (25-14-8) are on a four-game win streak as they get set to host Columbus (20-21-3) on Wednesday for their last game before the all-star break. They hold the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference, five points ahead of Calgary.The 29-year-old Byfuglien said thereís absolutely no doubt heís playing better defence than in the past.Former Jets head coach Claude Noel had moved Byfuglien to forward in early January 2014. When Noel was fired a few days later and replaced by Maurice, the new coach kept him in that spot.Byfuglien noted the Jets have been playing different systems with Maurice and thatís had an impact on everyone.As a team weíve changed our game so much, he said. The way we play, and the way we played back then, itís way different. We feed off each other and you can make plays.And the six-foot-five, 260-pound Byfuglien has been making plays and putting up points.In 47 games, he has 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points. But 20 of those points have come in the 21 games heís played defence since Dec. 5.Heís unlike anyone, Jets forward Blake Wheeler said of Byfuglien. Heís special in a lot of ways.That includes Byfuglienís physical presence, but also his instincts on the ice and the way he reads plays and intercepts pucks, Wheeler explained.Heís been dominant since heís been back on (defence) especially, and heís been a huge reason for our success.Byfuglien hasnít really changed this season, but he may be feeling better about the way his game is viewed, Wheeler said.I think heís just comfortable now and I think he feels appreciated, he said. I think he felt under-appreciated before, you know, with a lot of the things he does and the things he tries to do.It can be frustrating as a player to come to work everyday and, kind of, itís almost like a puppy. You hit him on the head and he keeps coming back for love, and if you donít get it, it can sometimes wear on you a little bit.I think this year he feels appreciated, he feels like what he does is impactful on what weíre trying to do as a team.Byfuglien said heís been following what Maurice has told him to do since he switched back to defence.Little things. Doing what I do and not get out of the game plan, Byfuglien said. Just stick with it and everything will just come.The player fans love to call Big Buff has also turned up his physical game.Rookie defenceman Ben Chiarot has been paired with Byfuglien and said the veteran is helping him make the transition. His friends and family ask him what Byfuglien is like and he tells them heís a fun guy who likes to joke around on and off the ice.He also enjoys watching Byfuglienís physical game.Heís so strong and so much bigger than everyone else, he just manhandles guys out there, Chiarot said. Itís like heís playing with kids sometimes, so thatís fun to watch and itís been impressive to see.Maurice said it might not be fair to say Byfuglien is exceeding his expectations on the blue-line.Thereís never been a doubt that heís a special player, he said. He can really do whatever he sets his mind to do.What the future holds for Byfuglien really depends on how having all the defencemen healthy will affect the minutes played, he said. The Blue Jackets contest may feature the return of defenceman Jacob Trouba, whoís missed 16 games with an upper-body injury. Trouba practised Tuesday and is awaiting medical clearance. Heís the last of four key defencemen to return after the rash of injuries.Iím in no hurry to get him out of there by any means, Maurice said. Heís a defenceman right now and heís one of the best in the league right now so thereís no need to change that.Note: The Jets and CFLs Blue Bombers announced Tuesday that they were unable to finalize a date to host the Heritage Classic outdoor game at Investors Group Field next season and are very hopeful that a date can be secured early in the 2016-17 season. Haloti Ngata Eagles Jersey . Bowditch, the 30-year-old Australian seeking his first PGA Tour title, shot a 4-under 68 to reach 12 under at TPC San Antonio. Matt Kuchar and Andrew Loupe were tied for second. Kuchar shot 65, and Loupe had a 70. Avonte Maddox Jersey . A lawmaker is hoping the buzz from California Chromes run for the Triple Crown might build support for a bill that would place the U. Old times for a defence that has looked just plain old recently? "No," safety Ryan Clark said. "We used to be much better than that. Eagles Jerseys . At quarterback, all agree that Andy Dalton has been a wonderful surprise, but to truly progress he has to play his best in the playoffs. The two losses in the wildcard rounds keep the evaluation on Dalton open -- just like it did for Peyton Manning many years ago and Matt Ryan until last year. Dallas Goedert Eagles Jersey . FIFA said in a statement Friday that "several racist and discriminatory incidents were apparently perpetrated by local supporters during the match, in particular by displaying neo-Nazi banners and by making monkey noises and gestures as well as Nazi salutes.MONTREAL -- Rookie Martin Jones is already making a little Kings history. In Los Angeless 6-0 thumping of the Canadiens on Tuesday night, Jones became the first Kings goaltender to ever record a shutout against Montreal. And he did it in just his third career NHL game. Jones is now 3-0 with a 0.65 goals-against-average and a .973 save percentage. The shutout was also his second in as many nights. "Maybe I didnt expect to get that kind of start, but I dont want to stop here," said Jones. "I want to make sure I keep working. We have a lot of work ahead of us. Were playing some good teams." The 23-year-old from North Vancouver, B.C., earned his first win in his NHL debut last Tuesday, beating the Anaheim Ducks after a nine-round shootout. He followed up by making 16 saves to blank the New York Islanders on Saturday. "Its been nice to get wins in different ways," said Jones. "Thats the sign of a good team, we get wins in different situations." Jones got the start in Montreal in place of Ben Scrivens, who leads the league in save percentage. And Scrivens is normally backup goaltender to Jonathan Quick, whos out with a groin injury. With Quick expected back in a couple of weeks, Jones performance could force head coach Darryl Sutter to make a tough decision down the road. "Whenever Im called upon, theyre going to get my best," said Jones. They got his best on Tuesday at the Bell Centre, where Jones stopped all 30 shots he faced, including a seven-shot opening game flurry with the Canadiens on the power play. "If Jones wasnt making the saves he was making, it could have been a completely different ball game right off the start," said Anze Kopitar, who rewarded his netminder with a goal late in the first period, his ninth of the year. "He came up big for us. That game could have gone the complete opposite way." L.A.s (20-7-4) victory extended its winning streak to four games, snapping Montreals 10-game point streak in the process. The Canadiens (19-10-3) hadnt lost in regulation since Nov. 16, when they were beaten 1-0 by the New York Rangers. They came into Tuesdays game on an 11-1-2 run in which they hadnt conceded more than three goals in a game. But they conceded six on the Kings 30 shots. Carey Price, whose save percentage dipped to .dddddddddddd934 after the game, made 12 saves on 16 shots and was pulled midway through the second frame. His replacement Peter Budaj didnt fare much better, allowing two goals on 14 shots. "These games are miserable," said Canadiens defenceman Josh Gorges. "The only thing you can do is get out of this room here, take a look in the mirror, and ask yourself, Did I do what I was supposed to do tonight? Theres not one guy in this room that can say that he did. "We have to understand that this is how hard it is in this league. We have to use it as motivation going forward." The Canadiens came out of the gate with intense pressure, but couldnt find an answer to Joness stellar play. Jordan Nolan opened the scoring for Los Angeles at 7:03 of the first period, jumping on a big rebound after a Willie Mitchell shot from the blue-line bounced off of Prices pads and landed on Nolans stick. Kopitar added to the lead with only 13 seconds remaining in the period, catching Price out of position after winning the faceoff to his right. "We had a quick huddle just before the faceoff," said Kopitar. "We didnt draw it up quite as good as we executed, but well take it. "That was obviously a big momentum changer." The Kings opened the second period ready to build on that momentum. Alec Martinez scored early in the period after Montreal defender Alexei Emelin lost the puck in his skates in front of the net. Tyler Toffoli put the Kings ahead 4-0 at 5:28, firing home a big rebound past a sprawling Price, who was pulled after the goal. Jake Muzzin added to the lead on the power play at 8:14, and Justin Williams made it 6-0 with his team-leading 11th goal at 18:28. Jones was thankful his team did what they could to preserve his shutout bid late in the game. "The guys didnt stop playing even though we had that six-goal lead," said Jones. "Guys continued to block shots and get in lanes, and take away sticks in front of the net." Notes: L.A. hadnt beaten the Canadiens in seven encounters dating back to March 2003. The Kings last win in Montreal was in 1999. a Francis Bouillon was back in the lineup after missing six of the last 10 games as a healthy scratch. Bouillon got the nod in place of Douglas Murray. 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