DENVER -- Nolan Arenado won the game with his walk-off homer and saved it time after time with his work at the hot corner. So, as Joe Thatcher, the reliever who gave up the game-winning homer, succinctly surmised, "Tonight was his night." Indeed, it was. Arenado hit the winning homer to begin the ninth inning and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 10-9 on Friday night after squandering a six-run lead. The 22-year-old rookie sent a 1-1 fastball from Thatcher (2-1) over the wall in left field. Arenado sauntered around the bases and then tossed his batting helmet as he rounded third base. He was mobbed by teammates once he stomped on home plate. "It was cool," Arenado said. "Hit a couple in the minor leagues. Hitting one up here is special." But his homer was only part of the story. He made one diving snare after another, including one that ended a bases-loaded threat in the seventh to keep the game tied. That play was what had everyone talking. "The home run is going to be the one on the highlights," said Matt Belisle (4-2), who pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win. "To see him get a big hit like that, youre just so happy for the kid. "Defensively, he was stellar. Hopefully, hes going to feel real good tomorrow and keep it rolling." Carlos Gonzalez had two triples and drove in three runs before leaving with a left knee injury in the seventh. Dexter Fowler returned to the lineup after sitting out with a migraine and finished with three hits, while Todd Helton drove in three runs. The Padres trailed by six runs early in the game and 9-4 heading into the seventh, before rallying for five runs. Chase Headley began the inning when he was hit by Rob Scahill, possibly as retaliation for when starter Edinson Volquez plunked Troy Tulowitzki in the second. "Just got away from me," Scahill said after the game. Carlos Quentin then hit a two-run homer and Jedd Gyorko followed with a solo shot. After a double by Kyle Blanks, Cameron Maybin made it a one-run game with an RBI single. That was all for Scahill, who faced five batters and gave up five runs without getting an out. Everth Cabrera tied it when he beat out an infield single. After Headley -- batting for a second time in the inning -- struck out with the bases loaded, Quentin laced a liner to third. Arenado snared it and threw a strike to first to end the inning. "Defence is a big part of my game," Arenado said. "A lot of people didnt think I could play defence. Its funny, Ive been showing more of my defence than my bat lately." Gonzalez wasnt around for the finish after slipping in the sixth when he was trying to scramble out of the batters box. He gingerly ran down the line before limping into the dugout. He trotted out to left to start the seventh, only to be replaced by Jonathan Herrera on a double-switch. Michael Cuddyer usually wouldve gone in, but hes sidelined with a rib strain. Gonzalez downplayed his injury, saying the knee has been bothering him since spring training. "Its all right. Just sore," he said. "Right now, I feel good." After scoring three times off Volquez in the first, Colorado broke open the game with a five-run second -- a big inning set up by another debatable call at first base. Fowler put down a one-out bunt and appeared to be out by a step, only to have first-base umpire Jim Joyce rule him safe. Gonzalez followed with a two-run triple. Soon after, Helton, Arenado and Yorvit Torrealba added RBI singles. The night before, the Padres scored the go-ahead run in the 12th when pinch hitter Yasmani Grandal was called safe at first on his bases-loaded fielders choice grounder. Replays seemed to indicate he was out by a step. Blanks, who nearly didnt join the Padres in Denver for this series, had a big game for San Diego, hitting a two-run homer in the second and adding a run-scoring single in the fifth. With Maybin set to come off the disabled list, the Padres were planning to send Blanks to the minors. Instead, Yonder Alonso went on the DL with a bruised right hand and Blanks had to catch a plane to the Mile High City. Jorge De La Rosa didnt have his best stuff and he surrendered four runs and 11 hits in five shaky innings. Volquez never got on track, giving up career highs in runs (9) and hits (11) while lasting just 2 1-3 innings. He was let off the hook for the loss with the Padres late surge. "It was tough. Thats the first time thats happened to me in my whole career," Volquez said. "Ive got to be able to make adjustments, throw quality pitches." Fowler returned to the field after dealing with horrible headaches that had him pulling the shades down inside his house. He even had a CAT scan just to be safe and said everything checked out fine. "Every time I put my head down, I thought I was going to pass out," Fowler said. NOTES: Headley left late in the game with tightness in his right calf. ... The Padres will send LHP Eric Stults (4-5) to the mound on Saturday. The Rockies havent announced a replacement for RHP Tyler Chatwood, who has a triceps injury. The top candidate to fill in appears to be LHP Jeff Francis, whos eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list. Francis said his groin injury is 100 per cent. ... It was the Rockies fifth walk-off win of the season. ... The Padres outhit the Rockies, 17-16. ... Colorado has won seven of eight over the Padres this season. cheapjerseysforsale .net . 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Heres whats top of mind as the puck gets set to drop on Wednesday:Cut the captain some slackOn Oct. 5,?Connor McDavid was named captain of the Edmonton Oilers, making him the youngest NHL captain ever. I have no problem with the assignment. McDavid is a rare talent, to be sure. But I also seem to be in the minority in believing that its a little over the top to suggest that McDavid, who is only 19 and just 45 games into his NHL career, is already poised to challenge for a scoring title.I didnt see him as that kind of player before he was named captain, and I dont see it now. Even if McDavid is a point-a-game guy this season -- and finishes with say, 82-85 points, assuming he stays healthy -- it will somehow be disappointing given the preseason prognostications. And that is just wrong. Good on him if hes a 95- to 100-point player. Hes bound to get there sooner or later. But having to answer for the sins of the NHLs worst franchise on a nightly basis will add a kind of burden that cant help but impact his on-ice performance, at least at the beginning. How about we cut the kid some slack?Time to double down on disciplineThe league has once again embarrassed itself with its handling of supplemental discipline, and we havent even had a meaningful puck drop yet. But were not going to batter the NHL Department of Player Safety, even though it is laughable that -- until Radko Gudas was suspended for the first six games of the NHL regular season for his late, high hit on Bruins prospect Austin Czarnik in a preseason game -- the dangerous, reckless play of Gudas,?Niklas Hjalmarsson, Tanner Pearson and Andrew Shaw somehow managed to net a total of just three regular-season games in suspensions.?Watch them in sequence and ask yourself if they are the kinds of hits that make the game better. Better yet, why arent NHL GMs watching those games and breaking into a cold sweat? They allege, as a group, to be the caretakers of the game. So take care of it. Demand at the fall meeting that the Department of Player Safety stop making the league the subject of regular ridicule for its flaccid approach to supplemental discipline for on-ice infractions. Start with a five-game ban for a first offense on a dangerous hit to the head or boarding from behind and go from there.Oh, and by the way, where is the NHL Players Association on this? It should be in lockstep with the GMs on this, demanding greater suspensions so players can play the game the way it should be played without worrying about morons like Shaw (who is fast becoming the least likable player in the league, especially after his suspension last season for being caught uttering a homophobic slur) potentially ending their career. Not that were holding our breath on that one.Will the Islanders bolt Brooklyn?Speaking of embarrassing, the NHL has to hope that the festering situation in Brooklyn comes to some sort of resolution -- and sooner rather than later. The?New York Islanders?first season at Barclays Center was, to put it charitably, an up-and-down one. On the ice, the Isles won a playoff round for the first time since 1993, but the experience for fans was subpar, as transit to the arena often stunk, sight lines were marred and the ice was the worst in the NHL for most of the season.And, in spite of platitudes uttered from both sides, it appears that the Barclays brass and Islanders ownership dont really get along. Maybe its leverage on the part of the Islanders, who are trying to squeeze Barclays to do a better job of making this a hockey-friendly home, but the repeated reports that the team is looking for a new home somewhere in the New York area must be hard for fans and the league to take after all the hoopla of a year ago amid the move off Long Island.Maybe it will all get worked out, Barclays and the Islanders will become best buds, and the Islanders will settle in for a long, successful run in Brooklyn. It doesnt look likely, though, and the longer the threat of moving somewhere else goes on, the bigger the embarrassment for the league ... which had hoped to leave all that nonsense on Long Island.The Jets knew he was Trouba when he walked inThis is crunch time for the Winnipeg Jets?and?GM Kevin Cheveldayoff.dddddddddddd?Defenseman Jacob Trouba wants out (or apparently, at the very least, wants to stay on the right side of the Jets defense). Boohoo for the Rochester, Michigan, native. But like Steve Yzerman in Tampa -- who last season had to deal with the trade demands of an unproven youngster in Jonathan Drouin?-- Cheveldayoff is in the spotlight.Yzermans decision to send Drouin home and wait out the situation before ultimately welcoming Drouin back into the fold late last season was easier because the Lightning were a good team that didnt really need the young player. The Jets arent that good and are fast becoming the Atlanta Thrashers without the humidity. This will be the teams fifth season in Winnipeg after relocating from downtown Atlanta. The Jets have won exactly the same number of playoff games that the Thrashers did: zero. They have the same number of playoff appearances too: one.Are the Jets a playoff team with Trouba? Maybe. Are they one without him or without a player of similar age and skill set? Even less likely. It hard enough to get players to come to Winnipeg, but if Cheveldayoff knuckles and doesnt get market value for a disgruntled 22-year-old whose development has been only so-so, the Jets are doomed.Will Boudreau bring winning ways to Wild??It will be interesting to monitor several coaching performances as the season moves along. I love the fit of Bruce Boudreau with the?Minnesota Wild.?Never mind his playoff record (38-35), Boudreau gets great value out of his teams during the regular season and thatll be a welcome tonic for Wild fans, who have suffered through regular-season upheaval the past three or four seasons.Were also going to find out if the?Colorado Avalanche?just stink or whether it was their coach -- Hall of Famer Patrick Roy, who up and quit in late summer -- who stunk. Either way, its a pretty important season for rookie bench boss Jared Bednar. Dont be fooled by the Avs glossy preseason record. Theres lots of work to do in Denver.Sabres on edge this seasonIts a big season for the?Buffalo Sabres,?who made significant strides last season after their tank-a-thon netted them Jack Eichel with the second overall pick in the 2015 draft. Adding Kyle Okposo was a huge get for GM Tim Murray and were going to find out whether?Robin Lehner?can be the guy in net. But the biggest question mark is Evander Kane,?who has found himself at the center of a series of off-ice legal problems. Its difficult to assess from afar, but there doesnt seem to be all that much in the way of contrition from the former fourth overall pick. He has the potential to be a big piece of the solution in hockey-mad Buffalo. Right now hes simply the problem.Vesey has plenty to proveI have to admit that the whole Jimmy Vesey drama -- and the collective hand-wringing over where the collegiate star would end up -- left me a little cold. But Vesey and his people used the system to their benefit and now hes a member of the?New York Rangers.?If hes as good as his press clippings, no one will remember the celebrity endorsements and the hurt feelings of teams like the Sabres, Bruins,?Nashville Predators and Toronto Maple Leafs? But if Vesey struggles -- and if those struggles can be attributed to playing under a spotlight that might not otherwise have shone as bright and hot -- there will be some real soul-searching about how this all went down.End the Olympic gamesmanshipAnd finally, with word that the NHL and presumably the NHLPA will be visiting PyeongChang, South Korea, for a site inspection ahead of the mid-January deadline to confirm NHL participation in the 2018 Olympics, heres hoping someone finds a way to keep the NHL/Olympic train rolling. As we saw at the World Cup of Hockey, nothing else quite compares to the Olympics, and to see NHL participation in the Games go away would be a grand shame. 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