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NEW ORLEANS - Jonas Valanciunas stay in The Big Easy will be a brief one. After making his All-Star debut in Fridays Rising Stars Challenge, the Raptors sophomore centre wont be sticking around for the duration of the weekends festivities, thinking about the big picture instead. Valanciunas, who scored four points in 19 minutes for the victorious Team Hill in the annual rookie-sophomore showcase, will spend two days on a beach in Mexico. How soon does he leave? "As soon as possible," he joked after Fridays game. "I want to see that sun." Scheduled to take off from New Orleans Saturday morning, Valanciunas vacation will also be short-lived. He and the rest of the team will reconvene in Washington Monday for practice but a little relaxation before that could go a long way for the Raptors young centre. "[I can] just relax my body," he said of the excursion, "have some time off to relax my mind, relax my body and be ready for the next half of the season." With 30 regular season games and - barring a complete Raptors collapse - at least a few playoff contests to go, Valanciunas should surpass his minute total from last season in the next week, hes 32 minutes shy of matching his rookie mark. After a strong eight-game stretch, averaging 15.4 points and 10.8 rebounds, to close out last month and begin February, the 21-year-old was rusty going into the break. Despite grabbing 14 boards, he connected on just one of his nine attempts, logging just 24 minutes in Wednesdays win over the Hawks. "He needs a rest," Dwane Casey said after that game. "He needs a mental rest." The stretch run will be uncharted territory for Valanciunas and the Raptors will need him at full strength, both physically and mentally. His time in New Orleans, however brief, was not especially taxing. Valanciunas four points was tied with Phoenixs Miles Plumlee for lowest in the game. In general the event is not one that lends itself to prototypical big men. Its a high-scoring, up and down display of athleticism and three-point shooting. "Everybody wants to score," he said. "Everybody wants to do some beautiful dunks, beautiful shots and my job is to bang inside." Valanciunas may have been the only one on the court looking to set screens and box out. Offensively, he was out of place, failing to convert three alley-oops, getting a hook shot blocked by the Pelicans Anthony Davis and even missing a rare three-pointer. "That was my goal the whole game," he said with a smile. "To make a three." Valanciunas team, drafted by Grant Hill, was victorious by a score of 142-136 over Team Chris Webber. Detroits Andre Drummond was awarded MVP, voted on by the fans, after scoring 30 points and grabbing 25 boards. Clevelands Dion Waiters had 31 points and the Knicks Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 36 for Team Webber. cheap jerseys from china . 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Like Chelsea, City rested key players but still had enough to see off the second-tier opponents, with Dzekos brace adding to the opener scored by Aleksandar Kolarov.EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers are improving — but theyre still struggling with defensive lapses.Ben Scrivens made 32 stops as the Oilers won their second game in a row, handing the Capitals their first loss in regulation this season with a 3-2 victory over Washington on Wednesday.Scrivens faced 13 shots in the third alone, safeguarding Edmontons narrow one-goal lead in the scoreless period.I will say thats not how we want to play in the third period, said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins. We started backing up and we dont want to do that as a group. Well get better at that for sure. Even though we ended up in our zone a lot, we were able to cover off that bad area. that red zone, and when Ben needed to, he was there for us, he was excellent.Theyre maturing, theyre getting some gamesmanship. Its not like there is a big fire drill going on anymore.Defenceman Justin Schultz agreed with his coach, but put an emphasis on Edmontons progress from game to game.Were improving each game and were definitely trying to clean that up, not be running around and leaving guys open. Its been working for us in the last few games, said Schultz, who added that Scrivens was a game saver. When he plays like that, he always gives us a chance. It wasnt our best effort for us out there, but we found a way to win.Schultz, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nikita Nikitin scored for the Oilers (2-4-1), who had avoided setting a new franchise record for the worst start to the season with a win over Tampa Bay on Monday. Teddy Purcell picked up a pair of assists for Edmonton.John Carlson and Mike Green replied for the Capitals (3-1-2), who saw a two-game winning streak snapped.For the last two periods we played great, said Washington forward Marcus Johansson. We had enough chances to score, we just didnt bury them. It is the small details that can cost you a game and tonight it did. It was a tough one to lose, but thats hockey sometimes. We played well, we just didnt execute and it cost us too much.Capitals goalie Braden Holtby shouldered part of the blame.We did a lot of good things, we just didnt seem to be able to get a bounce, he said. Our team played well enough to get a win. In the end, they won a goaltending battle. Their second goal had no business going in and that was the difference in the game.The Oilers started the scoring seven minutes into the opening period as Purcell made a nice backhand pass from the corner to a pinching Schultz in front, and he beat Holtby for his second goal in as many games.Washington tied the game 1-1 midway through the first on the power play as the Capitals caught Edmonton running around, allowing Carlson to move in tight from the point and beat Scrrivens with a bullet of a shot.ddddddddddddThe Caps next power play with two minutes left in the first was equally dangerous, but Scrivens came up with a huge save in tight on Green to keep the game tied. Edmonton outshot Washington 11-10 through the first 20 minutes.Greens wrist shot from the slot five minutes into the second period gave Washington a 2-1 lead.That lead was short-lived, however, as Nugent-Hopkins picked off an Alex Ovechkin pass and blazed into the Washington zone, scoring just 20 seconds after the Capitals surged ahead.Edmonton regained the lead with four minutes left in the second period as a clumsy power play suddenly connected as Purcell tapped a puck back to the point and Nikitin scored his first as an Oiler on a point shot through traffic.Washington came out flying in the third, but Scrivens stood tall, stopping Ovechkin after he walked around Schultz for a great opportunity.Scrivens almost single-handedly preserved the win as the Capitals buzzed the Edmonton net, outshooting them 12-1 halfway through the third, but the Oilers held on for the victory.The Oilers play the fourth game of a season-high seven-game homestand on Friday against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Capitals continue their three-game road trip on Saturday, when they play the second match-up in Calgary against the Flames.There was a moment of silence before the game in recognition of the shootings in Ottawa earlier in the day, as well as the attack in Quebec earlier this week. A sombre crowd loudly sang the Canadian national anthem.Notes: It was the first of two games between these teams this season. Washington won both meetings last season, winning games 10 days apart in October… The Capitals came into the meeting having allowed fewer than 30 shots on net in each of its first five games this season. Last season, Washington permitted 30 or more shots on net in 61 of its 82 games… The clock is ticking on Leon Draisaitl as he played his seventh game of the season with questions about whether the Oilers will keep him past a permitted nine-game audition or return him to junior. Draisaitl, who had an assist to show from his first six games, was the third overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, but picked up another assist on Edmontons third goal… Edmonton backup goalie Viktor Fasth continues to skate with the team and is near to a return from a groin injury… Washington forward Jay Beagle saw his first action of the season after getting injured during the pre-season. Beagle subbed in for Brooks Laich, who sustained a shoulder injury in Saturdays win over the Panthers… Washingtons Nicklas Backstrom picked up his 500th career NHL point on the night. cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys ' ' '