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    NEW YORK -- Frans Nielsen is glad to have his first game against the New York Islanders since leaving as a free agent last summer behind him. Renell Wren Youth Jersey .There was some nerves, Nielsen said Sunday night after assisting on a goal in the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 overtime victory over the Islanders. Ive been looking at the schedule for a long time waiting for this game. Feels like now that its done, I can move on.The 32-year-old Danish center was drafted by the Islanders in the third round in 2002, No. 87 overall, and had 119 goals and 230 assists over 10 seasons in New York before signing a six-year, $31.5-milion deal with Detroit.There were about a dozen signs held by fans near the ice welcoming Nielsen back during warmups and he received some applause from the crowd when his name was called during the announcement of the Red Wings starters. Nielsen also got an ovation during a video tribute about eight minutes into the first period.It was awesome, he said. I had been here so long. So many people in this organization mean so much to me. I was happy about that.Nielsen knew this wasnt going to be just another game.Theres going to be some butterflies for me and some nerves, Nielsen said when he met with reporters about three hours before the game. Hopefully it just gonna take a couple of shifts and I can relax and play my game.Nielsen, one of three players to leave the Islanders in free agency along with Matt Martin (Toronto) and Kyle Okposo (Buffalo), says he wasnt looking to go elsewhere, but began exploring other options when talks with the Islanders stalled.It wasnt an easy decision, said Nielsen, who was the longest tenured Islander at the time of his departure. I dont have anything bad to say about anything here. It dragged out for some reason and got to a point where I got a chance to talk to other teams and kind of realized it might be fun to get a new challenge and try something new.So what does he cherish most about his time in New York?A lot, from playing the first game to scoring the first goal, Nielsen said. The first playoff series I was in against Pittsburgh (in 2013). The (Nassau) Coliseum, just how loud it was. I dont think Im going to experience that again. To winning a round last year. All the friendships, all the people you met not only with hockey, but away from the rink. ... One-third of my life I lived here, so lot of stuff you miss about (not) being here, too.Nielsen said it felt `weird flying into town Saturday night after Detroits loss at Pittsburgh, and then staying in a hotel nearby. When he arrived at the arena, he saw former teammate Johnny Boychuk by the players entrance and jumped in his car for the `two-minute ride down to the parking level.The Red Wings were in the market for a new center after former star Pavel Datsyuk decided to end his NHL career and return to Russia. Nielsen has fit right in with his new team, totaling six goals and nine assists in 26 games.I love him, Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. Hes got inner drive to be great. Hes selfless, he does what it takes to win for the team. Hes an all-around player who plays in most situations for us, penalty kills, power plays, can go up against other teams best players. ... Hes got lots of experience, hes a leader-type person. Theres no question he brings a presence just by with the way he handles himself and the type of teammate he is. With the Red Wings remaining in town overnight before flying out to Winnipeg on Monday, Nielsen expected to spend time with some of his former teammates after the game.The friendship you build up with all these people over the years, Nielsen said. We had some really tough times and a lot of the guys went through the tough times here where we werent winning. Just going from that to building a competitive team, you just build a special bond when you go through that.---Follow Vin Cherwoo at Boomer Esiason Womens Jersey .In my heart and mind Im competing for India, luge competitor Shiva Keshavan told The Associated Press in an email interview. Every day Im flooded with messages from Indians all over the world telling me they are supporting me. Jonah Williams Jersey . Louis Cardinals. Victorino is batting sixth and playing right field after missing two games because of back tightness. . They reached the 100-point plateau for the fourth time in five games, bested the visiting Trail Blazers by 34 in the paint and scored 19 of the final 25 points in regulation. GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gator Nation got its first real feel of the electric game-day atmosphere in the Lemerand Athletic Center when a capacity crowd of 723 watched the No. 7 Gators sweep Sunshine State foe Jacksonville 25-12, 25-18, 25-20 in their second of two matches Friday to open the Active Ankle Challenge.With the Rowdy Reptiles out in full effect and a packed house, Florida chalked up its ninth straight victory to improve to 9-1 on the season with its second sweep of the day after blanking FAMU at noon.Floridas veterans Rhamat Alhassan (11k, 3b), Alex Holston (9k, 2b) and Carli Snyder (15k, 1 ace) collaborated for 39.5 of Floridas 53 points against the Dolphins, Snyder just one kill shy of her season high 16, thanks in part to redshirt sophomore setter Allie Monserezs 41 assists. Monserez bested her previous three-set assist figure (38) which was tops in the SEC entering the day.The Dolphins battled through the evening, keeping the Gators at bay and closing the score differential in each set as the match went on, ending with a 25-20 third-set score.It was another stellar night for freshman middle Rachael Kramer, who paced the Orange and Blue with a .556 clip, zero errors and a team-tying three blocks against Jacksonville. Since the Gators tilt with No. 13 FSU Wednesday, Kramer has hit a team best .559 with 21 kills, just two errors and a team high 14 total blocks.Junior libero Caroline Knop continued to be a stabilizer for UF in the back row with 13 digs, her second most in a three-setter in 2016, while the defensive play and serving of freshman Allie Gregory continued to be a highlight for the Gators, who will look to ride the momentum into their Active Ankle Challenge finalee against Marshall Saturday at 4 p. Anthony Munoz Youth Jersey. . FAMU and Jacksonville will play just prior to UF at 2 p.m.WORDS FROM WISE It was a match weve seen before - an in-state team playing so well against us. I thought Jacksonville did so many good things: what they did offensively, some of the balls they brought back. We had to play well to win that in three.THE RECORDSNo. 7 Florida: 9-1Jacksonville: 3-8NOTABLES & TRENDS Florida moved to 18-0 all-time against Jacksonville, 16-0 all-time in three-set matches against the Dolphins and 11-0 at home against JUFlorida added its second sweep of the day and its seventh sweep in eight matchesThe Orange and Blue made it nine straight wins and notched their second match this season being perfect on serve receive with zero reception errorsThe Gators limited FAMU to an .065 clip Friday afternoon and followed by holding Jacksonville to an .073 efficiency. UF has now held seven opponents to a .200 clip or lowerFloridas main offensive point scorers continued to roll Friday. 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