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PHILADELPHIA -- Characterizing Day 2 of the NHL draft as "a good day," Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving pronounced himself "happy and excited" about the weekends transactions. Prince Fielder Jersey . Among the teams moves was trading one of the teams two third round picks, no. 83 overall, to the Chicago Blackhawks for Brandon Bollig, a six-foot-two, 223-pound left-winger who had seven goals, seven assists, and 92 penalty minutes in 82 games last season. "Weve talked a little bit about adding some size to our lineup," said Treliving, "I think Brandons a guy that in a situation where hes maybe given a little bit more responsibility, a little bit more opportunity, I think theres still more growth to his game. "Weve got some young people coming and we want to make sure theyre surrounded by the right people. Hes won a Stanley Cup." Chicago GM Stan Bowman said the Blackhawks would miss Bolligs presence, but that they had to look to the future. "Its always tough when you trade a player whos been part of your group, a regular player for you," said Bowman. "But weve got to look at doing some things like that to prepare for next year." Chicago needed to make some moves to get under the salary cap, which is $69 million for the 2014-2015 season. The Flames took six-foot-six right-winger Hunter Smith from the OHLs Oshawa Generals with the 54th overall pick and six-foot-one defenceman Brandon Hickey from the AJHL in round three. The teams late-round picks were Swedens Adam Ollas Mattsson, a six-foot-four 209-pound blue-liner and six-foot-three, 216-pound Austin Carroll of the WHLs Victoria Royals. "Its not about just getting big," said Treliving. "All these guys bring a little something to the table. Hunter Smith is a guy that took a huge step this year, but hes still a young guy thats going to fill out." Smith was excited to play for a Flames franchise thats putting an emphasis on physical play. "I think Calgary is a great fit for me," said Smith. "Im a big, strong power winger; Im going to get in the corners and Im going to mess it up down there." In something of a mild surprise, the Flames took the no. 2-ranked goalie, Mason McDonald of the QMJHLs Charlottetown Islanders, with the 34th overall pick, passing up no. 1-ranked Thatcher Demko. "Lot of debate on it with the guys for the last few weeks," said Treliving. "Ultimately our goalie list had Mason at the top. Our guys liked this guy, he was there, we made the pick." The six-foot-two, 170-pound Halifax native began the 2013-2014 season with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. A midseason trade moved him to Charlottetown where he finished the season with a combined eight wins, posting a 3.44 goals-against average and .900 save percentage. "We knew if we didnt take him there that we didnt have a chance to get him," said Treliving. Amateur scout Tom Webster, whos retiring after this draft, got a standing ovation before announcing the Flames final pick at no. 184. "He was emotional," said Treliving. "Thats the first time Ive seen a standing ovation on the floor for somebody. It shows the impact hes had to a lot of people out there." Adrian Beltre Jersey . PAUL, Minn. Nomar Mazara Jersey . The Brazilian-born strikers brace drew him level with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo as the leagues leading scorers with 17 goals apiece through 16 rounds. "The important thing is to help the team win, not the goals," Diego Costa said. After a first half dominated by defence, Atletico pressed Valencia into its area and Diego Costa did the rest.ATLANTA -- A strong and healthy Stephen Strasburg has the Washington Nationals feeling optimistic about their post-season chances. Strasburg pitched seven scoreless innings to end a long run of frustration against Atlanta, and the Nationals beat the struggling Braves 4-2 on Monday night to move to the verge of the NL East title. The Nationals can clinch the division by beating the defending champion Braves on Tuesday night. Strasburg said his teams focus is on the much bigger picture. "Its not just one win (Tuesday)," Strasburg said. "It might be to go to the playoffs, but thats not our ultimate goal. Weve got to keep playing good baseball." Strasburg (12-11) reached 200 innings for the first time. He had seven strikeouts and allowing only five hits. "He was in control," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "He had a little bit of a tight neck tonight from sleeping, but he battled through that. So he wasnt on his A game but he sure pitched like it." The Nationals led 4-0 before the Braves scored two runs in the ninth inning. Rafael Soriano gave up Justin Uptons run-scoring double in the ninth. After Soriano walked Chris Johnson, Drew Storen yielded Christian Bethancourts single up the middle to drive in Upton. Storens wild pitch left runners on second and third, but B.J. Upton grounded out to end the game. Storen earned his sixth save. Ervin Santana (14-9) allowed two runs and only three hits, including Wilson Ramos homer, in six innings. The Braves (75-75) have lost four straight to fall to .500 for the first time since they were 1-1. They trail Pittsburgh by 4 1-2 games for the second NL wild-card spot. The frustration for the sagging Braves showed when Freddie Freeman was ejected for arguing following his strikeout to end the sixth. Freeman slammed his bat to the ground before leaving the field. Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez took over the argument, kickeed Freemans broken bat, and was tossed by home-plate umpire Tim Timmons. Nolan Ryan Jersey. "I was just trying to get out there and keep him in the game," Gonzalez said of Freeman. Gonzalez acknowledged the Braves are "running out of games." "Were all collectively -- and Im talking about our coaches to our front office staff to our players, to our fans -- we want to win," Gonzalez said. "Anything short of us getting in some kind of playoff game or play-in game, its not acceptable." Washingtons Nate Schierholtz, who pinch-hit for Bryce Harper in the fourth, had a run-scoring single off Gus Schlosser in the eighth. HARPER WOOZY Harper left the game after feeling light-headed. Williams said Harper might have an illness that has gone through the team. DROUGHT ENDS Strasburg ended a streak of eight winless starts against Atlanta. His last win over the Braves came on Aug. 21, 2012. He had been 0-3 with a 7.17 ERA against the Braves this season, including a 6-2 loss at Washington last Wednesday. TRAINERS ROOM Nationals: Ryan Zimmerman (right hamstring) is beginning a rehab schedule at the teams complex in Viera, Florida. He is expected to play three innings at first base in a simulated game on Tuesday, followed by five innings on Wednesday, a game as the DH, and then progressing to seven and nine innings. He will play different positions as he progresses. Braves: C Evan Gattis met with team doctors on Monday to determine why his strep throat symptoms have lasted longer than expected. He has missed seven games since his last start on Sept. 7. UP NEXT Nationals: Tanner Roark, who ended a three-game losing streak by beating the New York Mets on Thursday, will try for his 14th win when he faces the Braves on Tuesday. Braves: Aaron Harang will attempt to continue his 2014 success against Washington. He is 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA in three starts against the Nationals this season. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '