PITTSBURGH — It was not the best game for the New York Islanders, and it also was a win against the first-place Pittsburgh Penguins.Kyle Okposo scored in the third round of the shootout, sending New York to a 5-4 victory at Pittsburgh.“That’s the sign of a good team, when you don’t play well, and you don’t stay focused, and you don’t do the intangibles that it takes and you still win the hockey game,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said.Sidney Crosby and New York’s Frans Nielsen scored in the second round, and Islanders goaltender Chad Johnson stopped Brandon Sutter. Okposo deked to his forehand, slipping a shot that hit off Marc-Andre Fleury’s pad and into the net for the win.“He came down, I tried to show him something, and it didn’t work,” said Fleury, who was seeking his 300th career win.Matt Martin, Nikolay Kulemin and Ryan Strome scored in an impressive flurry in the first, helping New York to the early lead. Strome also had two assists for the Islanders, who have won seven of eight and now trail Pittsburgh by two points in the Metropolitan Division.“This has been one of our biggest rivals over the last few years, so you always get up for these games,” Martin said. “They’re the team we’re chasing in the standings right now.”Patric Hornqvist forced overtime with his 10th goal of the year for the Penguins, who had won three in a row. Sutter, Blake Comeau and Nick Spaling also scored in regulation.Kris Letang nearly ended it in overtime for Pittsburgh, but Johnny Boychuk stopped the wraparound attempt when he got his stick on the puck before it crossed the goal line.New York carried a 4-3 lead into the third period, but Hornqvist tied it with seven minutes left, finishing a one-timer from Evgeni Malkin.“We were able to get ourselves back in the game,” Crosby said. “We just didn’t play a full 60 minutes and didn’t really deserve to win.”Casey Cizikas nearly put the Islanders ahead, but his one-time redirect hit the post to the right of Fleury. The teams in the Metropolitan meet again on Nov. 22 in New York.“We’re going to have to play better tomorrow night if we’re going to have a chance to win the game,” Capuano said. “They’re a pretty good hockey club.”The re-tooled Islanders entered with their best start since the 1987-88 season.The Penguins handed the Islanders their first loss of the season last month during the initial meeting between the teams in Pittsburgh. In that game, New York, which won its first four games of the season, held an early lead before Pittsburgh rallied for a two-goal victory.The Penguins put together a couple of comebacks, but Okposo had the winning play for the Islanders. “The first period, we really didn’t give ourselves a chance, the way we played,” Crosby said. “They carried the play and got rewarded for it.”The Penguins played their first game without veteran winger Pascal Dupuis, who will miss the rest of the season after blood clots were found in his lungs.Sutter opened the scoring just 1:13 into the game, but the Islanders controlled the next two periods as Pittsburgh appeared sluggish without its emotional leader, twice falling behind by two goals.“You don’t want to start games like that, especially when important points are on the line,” Crosby said.The Islanders, who allowed the first goal for the fourth straight game, scored three times in 1:35, taking command midway through the first.Martin started the surge, beating Fleury with a short-side wrist shot during a rush down the left wing.Kulemin followed 29 seconds later, forcing a Paul Martin turnover at the blue line before working past Letang and beating Fleury with a wrist shot from the slot.Thomas Hickey’s shot from the point deflected off Strome’s skate, making it 3-1.Pittsburgh pulled within one when Comeau, while circling around the net, threw a centering pass in front that hit Matt Martin’s skate and trickled across the goal line.Nick Leddy briefly reclaimed the Islanders’ two-goal lead at 5:42 of the second with a one-timer from the faceoff dot, but Spaling got it back for Pittsburgh when he tapped a rebound behind Johnson.(DAN SCIFO)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Bryce Balous (via Scout).The Cowboys have already gained momentum following an overtime victory in the Bedlam series Saturday. Late Tuesday night Gundy and Co. received news from a safety prospect who was recently offered by the Pokes.Three-star safety recruit and Kansas State commit Bryce Balous flipped his commitment to the Cowboys last night after being a verbal pledge for the Wildcats for just over a month.Balous is a speedy under-the-radar safety who has been timed running a 4.35 40-yard dash. Balous holds scholarship offers from Kansas State, Arkansas State, Iowa and Nevada.The speedy safety is a teammate of the highly sought after running back Ronald Jones II from McKinney North, who has been committed to Oklahoma State since April. Want to get excited for next season? Do yourself a favor and watch Ronald Jones’ highlights here.The Cowboys have suffered several setbacks on the recruiting trail after going winless in the month of November. Four-star defensive backs Jaylon Lane and Kenneth McGruder both parted ways with the Pokes, in November, but it appears the void left by the two has been filled.Adding Balous and junior college recruit Jordan Burton within the last few weeks will provide depth in the secondary for the 2015 recruiting class, who now have 15 members. Here’s a look at Balous’ highlights. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
TORONTO — PwC says the initial public offering market in Canada totalled $2.2 billion last year, less than half of what was seen in 2017.The firm says in all of 2018 there were 54 new equity issues on four exchanges that generated a total of $2.2 billion.That compared with the $5.1 billion raised from 37 IPOs in all of 2017.The largest IPO of 2018 was the $462-million Ceridian HCM Holding issue of the second quarter.It was followed by MAV Beauty Brands with $241 million and AltaGas at $239 million.Dean Braunsteiner, national IPO leader at PwC Canada, says while cannabis firms grabbed the headlines, a surge of activity on the Canadian Securities Exchange and a return of junior miners to the markets were also notable developments of 2018. The Canadian Press
New Delhi: Seeking to allay concerns on tax holiday for startups, the tax department on Thursday said only small startups with a turnover of up to Rs 25 crore will get tax holiday on fulfilling certain conditions. It did not recognise the Rs 100-crore turnover definition of a small startup put up by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT). “Since the intention was to support the small startup, the turnover limit of Rs 25 crore was considered reasonable for granting profit linking deduction,” the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said in a statement. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalStartup broadly under Section 80 IAC of the Income Tax Act are allowed 100 per cent deduction of income for three years out of seven years from the year of its incorporation. “The CBDT has clarified today (Thursday) that small start-ups with turnover up to Rs 25 crore will continue to get the promised tax holiday as specified in Section 80-IAC of the Income Tax Act, 1961, which provides deduction for 100 per cent of income of an eligible start-up for 3 years out of 7 years from the year of its incorporation,” it said in a statement. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe CBDT further stated that all start-ups recognised by DPIIT which fulfilled the conditions specified in the DPIIT notification, did not automatically become eligible for deduction under Section 80-IAC of the Act. “A start-up has to fulfil the conditions specified in Section 80-IAC for claiming this deduction. Therefore, the turnover limit for small start-ups claiming deduction is to be determined by the provisions of Section 80-IAC of the Act and not from the DPIIT notification,” it said. Seeking to dispel confusion over the eligible turnover limit, the CBDT said there was no contradiction in DPIIT’s February 19 notification and the income tax provisions as the notification clearly mentioned that a start-up shall be eligible to apply for the certificate from the Inter-Ministerial Board of Certification for claiming deduction only if they fulfil the conditions specified in Section 80-IAC. “Therefore, the turnover limit for eligibility for deduction under section 80-IAC of the Act, as per the DPIIT’s notification is also Rs 25 crore,” it said.