August 2017

Matt Niskanen’s cross-check to the head of Sidney Crosby may well shift the balance of the second-round series between the Penguins and Capitals depending on if or how long one of hockey’s biggest superstars will be out with an injury.

The Pittsburgh captain was taken out of the equation less than six minutes into Monday’s Game 3 overtime loss to Washington. He was cutting across the Capitals’ goal crease and got tied up with Alex Ovechkin, sending Crosby stumbling to the ice. Niskanen made contact on his way down.

Crosby also may have tweaked his left leg on the play when it got caught awkwardly underneath him. He was shaken up and needed to be helped off the ice to the Penguins’ locker room for evaluation, where he would remain the rest of the game.

Together, the unheralded and supposedly overmatched Predators centers by committee have accounted for 13 points in the series. They helped keep Crosby and Malkin shotless in Game 3.

Monday’s win saw 12 different Preds reach the scoresheet, yet more evidence that this never-say-die No. 16 seed may well become the best Cinderella story the NHL has ever seen.

Earlier in the day, Gaudreau stood around his little nook in the locker room chatting with reporters about the particulars of his situation. More experienced players get dibs on the lockers during practice. If Gaudreau dresses for the game, he assumes the locker of whomever was knocked from the lineup with a swap of a nametag.

Before long, it figures he’ll be able to trade up for a permanent locker if he so La Kings Cheap Jerseys desires — no sure thing, given hockey superstitions. Maybe another goal or two will do the trick.

“Hopefully he gets a couple more,” Ellis said, “and then he can have mine Kids Cheap Jerseys if he wants.”

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Murray is the fourth goalie in history two win multiple Cups before turning 24 and the first to do it in his first two postseasons. He’s 21-7 in 29 playoff appearances, reaching 20 wins quicker than all but two goalies before him: Montreal’s Bill Durnan (26 games, 1944-47) and Patrick Roy (27 games, 1986-88). Eleven of those games came during these playoffs, in which Murray finished 7-3 with a .937 save percentage — best among qualified starters.

He it behind a makeshift Penguins defense and without top blueliner Kris Letang. Pittsburgh was outshot in 17 of its 25 games, an NHL record.

Fleury, now a three-time Cup champ in his own right, had something to do with that, too. He willed the Penguins past the Blue Jackets and Capitals, both top-five finishers in the regular season, and had a .924 save percentage when Mike Sullivan made the switch to Murray during Game 3 against the Senators.

A very emotional Marc Andre Fleury just left the ice at Bridgestone. Tears of joy and perhaps, last time with his teammates.

Mike Hoffman got the party started.

The Sens winger was in the right place, right time when a friendly puck caught the end boards and Hoffman exploited an opening between Marc-Andre Fleury and the near post.

Then, with 10:34 gone in the period, Marc Methot’s second goal of the playoffs set off the quickest three-goal run in Senators playoff history. By the time Zack Smith’s bank-shot wraparound goal made it 4-0 Ottawa with 7:08 to play, Pittsburgh pulled Fleury, who allowed the trio of goal on three successive Cincinnati Reds Cheap Jerseys shots, in favor of Matt Murray, who who last saw game action April 4.

Western Conference finals: Ducks at Predators, Game 4, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN (Predators lead 2-1) — Nashville turned this series up a notch in a dominant Game 3 win, even if the 2-1 score didn’t indicate it. Anaheim is on its heels, and it won’t be an easy task to climb out of a 3-1 series hole if it Discount Volleyball Jerseys comes down to that.

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Wednesday was an all-around bad night for NBA MVP candidate Russell Westbrook.

The Thunder guard received a technical foul for hitting a referee in the head with the ball, he made just 10 of 31 shots in a loss to the Hornets, and he got into it with a reporter after the game. Westbrook was asked about the overhand throw that hit an unsuspecting Tre Maddox in the head, a throw Westbrook maintained was unintentional.

Butler entered Monday night’s marquee matchup with Russell Westbrook and the Thunder with a questionable tag due to an illness. He’s already been ruled out for Tuesday’s game against the Wizards and probably should have sat out Monday’s game. Butler finished with just one point on 0-of-6 shooting with seven assists and two rebounds in 29 minutes while Westbrook stole the show once again.

The Thunder MVP candidate scored 21 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out 14 assists in the 109-94 win over the Bulls. It’s the fourth time this season Westbrook has been one point, rebound or assist shy of a triple-double.

Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis had 40 points and 18 rebounds despite not even playing the fourth quarter against the Knicks due to a hip injury after taking a hard foul late in the third. It’s the fifth time this season Davis has scored at least 40 points, the second-most in the NBA.

Cavaliers (28-8) at Jazz (23-16), 9 p.m. ET — Utah will look to slow down LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the Cavs using their strong defense and slow pace. The Jazz will have another Cleveland element NHL Jerseys Cheap to slow down as sharpshooter Kyle Korver is hopeful to be able to make his Cavs’ debut on Tuesday New York Jets Cheap Jerseys following a trade from Atlanta.

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The Isaiah Thomas-Dennis Schroder feud is officially over — at least as far as Thomas is concerned.

The Celtics point guard responded to Schroder’s claim that Thomas cursed at his mother during the Celtics’ 103-101 victory over the Hawks on Friday night. Thomas yelled to the crowd that Schroder “ain’t nothing,” per Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, but Schroder felt Thomas’ trash talk crossed a line.

The Wizards as a team were peeved at the Celts’ style. Otto Porter Jr. straight-up called them “dirty.” Wiz coach Scott Brooks complained, too:

Smart and Wizards guard Bradley Beal clashed during the game, and Beal was hit with a technical foul. Last season, Beal suffered a broken nose and a concussion after being hit by a Smart forearm.

“We knew it was going to be a physical game. That’s all it was: Just a little trash-talking and a physical game,” Wall told reporters, per ESPN.com.

To ensure that’s all it was, Boston police were assigned to stand between the locker rooms at TD Garden to make sure nothing else happened, per ESPN.com.

Crowder, who jawed at former Wizards coach Randy Wittman last season, wasn’t about to review what happened.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about. I ain’t got no comment about that,” he said, per ESPN.com. “You want to talk about the game? Anyone want to talk about the game?”

Guys, leave the hand-throwing to Floyd Mayweather Jr., who was ringside, er, courtside Rg3 Cheap Jerseys for the game and got Isaiah Thomas’ game jersey as a gift.

“Nobody’s built [to fight] but the guy that was in the front row,'” Thomas Order Cheap Jerseys Online said, per ESPN.com. “So just keep it hoop and move onto the next one.”

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The Timberwolves are shopping point guard Ricky Rubio with Shabazz Muhammad to several teams. Minnesota is seeking a “bridge” guard in return who will eventually slide into a backup role behind rookie Kris Dunn.

DETAILS: The Kings reportedly have “strong interest” in a trade for Rubio, who is making $13.5 million for this season and will be owed $29 million through 2019. Minnesota, however, is looking for a better deal than what the Kings are offering.

With that being said, Jackson has enjoyed far greater production recently after averaging 18.8 points and 6.2 assists per game last season while leading Detroit back to the postseason.

Rubio, on the other hand, is averaging just 7.7 points and 7.9 assists this season. He has been in and out of the starting lineup with highly-touted rookie Kris Dunn waiting for a consistent opportunity.

Rubio has been playing better lately, posting a double-double in four of his last six games. Though he is considered a pass-first point guard, Rubio would be asked to provide some scoring in Detroit’s balanced lineup.

For that reason alone, this doesn’t seem like a good trade for Detroit. Jackson may be coming off a couple of injuries that cost him 21 games to start the season, but he is currently averaging 16.7 points per game. The Pistons can ill-afford to lose that scoring right now.

The move also makes little sense for Minnesota, who assumedly want to start Dunn sooner than later. Taking on Jackson’s salary would prohibit that, unless they moved Jackson again right away.

Crazier trades have happened, but this one smells a bit of desperation from Trade Cheap Jerseys two Rugby Cheap Jerseys teams struggling to remain relevant in their respective conferences.

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