Few in the history of the game could claim such a synergy, on and off the ice.

Pick your stat: The Capitals have now lost seven of 10 Game 7s in the Ovechkin era — twice at the hands of the rival Penguins. Pittsburgh improved to 6-0 all time in Game 7s on the road. Washington hasn’t been to the conference finals since 1998.

The Capitals had the Penguins on the ropes having played a flawless four periods entering Game 7, erasing a three-games-to-one deficit. For a few minutes in the first period Wednesday, it appeared as though it might be more of the same. Washington dominated possession but either Fleury or puck luck quashed all chances,

Fleury had allowed nine goals on 58 shots in Game 5 and 6 losses after nine on 142 shots the first four games of the series.

Fleury did this once before, stopping Ovechkin on a breakaway in 2009’s Game 7 as the Pens went on to capture the Stanley Cup, setting the tone for the Capitals’ misfortune. Then there was Jaroslav Halak stopping 41 of 42 shots in 2010 and a trifecta against the Rangers in 2012, 2013 and 2015.

The pair was a dynamic duo during the formative years of the modern-day Ducks franchise and instrumental to hockey’s growth in Southern California. Together for parts of six seasons in Cheap Basketball Jerseys UK Anaheim, they developed a special chemistry. Selanne scored 514 points in 455 games; Kariya had 528 in 395. Selanne wore No. 8, Kariya wore No. 9. Kariya joked he could read Selanne’s mind — “Off ice he wasn’t hard to read. He was always watching ‘Baywatch.'”

Few in the history of the game could claim such a synergy, on Cheap College Jerseys and off the ice.

Selanne would go down as one of the most potent goal scorers in NHL history, his 684 goals good for 15th all-time. He returned to Anaheim as a 35-year-old in 2005, won the Cup in 2007 and finished his 21-year career as a 10-time All-Star with 1,457 points in 1,451 games to his credit.

Kovalchuk indeed will remain in Russian to play out the final year of his contract with SKA St. Petersburg

Two teams in the 2017 postseason — the Oilers in the first round and Ducks in the second round — have lost by six or more goals. Both came back to win their next game.

Three stars

3. Carter Rowney, Penguins — At this time of year, Penguins tend to come out of the woodwork. Rowney is the latest after the career AHLer tallied three assists in Game 5. The 28-year-old forward was skating in his 12th game this postseason and had yet to record a point. Not bad.

2. Evgeni Malkin, Penguins — Malkin extended his NHL-leading points tally to 23 with his three assists. Sidney Crosby, who had a goal and an assist, is directly behind him in the No. 2 slot with 19 points.

1. Matt Murray, Penguins — Murray might not get enough credit for his play in such a lopsided affair, but the 22-year-old has stopped 68 of 71 shots since taking over for Marc-Andre Fleury in Game 4.

It may be in Kovalchuk’s best interest to play one more year in the KHL until he’s eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in 2018.

Kovalchuk indeed will remain in Russian to play out the final year of his contract with SKA St. Petersburg, according to agent Jay Grossman. The Devils were unable to find a trade to their liking, the New York Post reported, even though Grossman said Kovalchuk’s preference was to come to the NHL. But Kovalchuk can now pick his destination next summer (with New Jersey no longer holding his rights) and is free from the NHL’s constraints in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

More to the point about the team’s discipline, after averaging 8.6 penalty minutes per game Kobe Bryant Cheap Jerseys in the first 16 games of the 2016 playoffs, the Penguins averaged 4.1 in the Lsu Cheap Jerseys remaining eight games of their Cup run. And in 27 playoff games combined since that column appeared, the penalty-minute average for the team is 6.5. That’s a 24-percent decrease.

Stanley Cup Final 2017: How Nashville came together to will its Predators back into series

The NHL is here, in full force, and has been for some time.

Of course, all of this has been written in the present tense when we might be talking about a career that is now in the past. There was no language in Chicago’s release Wednesday morning that gave much in the way of hope for Hossa’s career to continue on at some point. Given that he’d be 40 in 2018-19 after taking a full season off, the logic behind such a return doesn’t even match up.

Personally, I don’t want to give up hope. Hopefully, this isn’t Fc Barcelona Cheap Jerseys the last we see of him in an NHL arena. He’s someone seemingly everyone can enjoy watching, and I learned that as well as anyone. You see, there’s no reason for Hossa to be one of my favorite players to watch in recent NHL history. In fact, growing up a Penguins fan, I have plenty of reasons to dislike him, including the way he left the Penguins for the team that defeated them in the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals, the Detroit Red Wings — even citing that he felt he had “better of a chance to win the Cup in Detroit.” Once he signed with the Red Wings, I assumed I would go on silently hoping he’d never win a Stanley Cup.

Included in shaping Winnipeg’s goaltending profile a season ago was 24-year-old Connor Hellebuyck, who went through something of a sophomore slump. After a stellar rookie season that saw him post a .939 Manchester United Cheap Jerseys even-strength Man Utd Cheap Jerseys save-percentage, and force his way into the Jets lineup, he regressed this past season, the even-strength save percentage dropping 22 points, and his save percentage in all situations down 11. Hellebuyck was a standout in his two years as a collegian at UMass Lowell, winning the inagural Mike Richter Award in 2014 as the NCAA’s best goalie, and is the only player in the history of Hockey East to twice win tournament MVP honors.

Rajon Rondo will ‘absolutely’ ask for a trade from Bulls if benching continues

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg played every one his players Saturday in a 20-point loss to the Bucks — everyone except Rajon Rondo, who was a healthy scratch.

Rondo, who was benched for the entire second half Friday in a loss to the Pacers, is understandably upset with Hoiberg’s decisions, although the second-year coach said the point guard has carried himself well.

“He was great, very professional,’’ Hoiberg said of a meeting between the two on Saturday. “We talked about accepting whatever role he has and helping our guys stay ready.’’

During a game against the Trail Blazers in December, Westbrook heaved the ball from halfcourt to the officials as Damian Lillard was lining up for free throws. The ball hit the stanchion, and Westbrook was initially issued a technical foul. The referees convened and determined the throw was unintentional.

Given what happened in Portland, a reporter wondered whether Wednesday’s throw was part of a trend of recklessness. Westbrook took exception to the question during and after the media scrum.

“I don’t want to hear that s—, man. Come on, man,” Westbrook said. “I ain’t perfect, bro. I make mistakes like everybody else. The ball slipped in Portland. Don’t come up with that s—, man. Don’t do that.”

As the media was leaving the locker room, the reporter in question tried to apologize NFL Jerseys Outlet to Westbrook one on one, explaining his motive behind the question, but Westbrook wasn’t having it.

“Don’t appreciate that s—,” Westbrook said multiple times, adding NFL Cheap Jerseys Wholesale that he felt disrespected just by the thought of his actions Wednesday being intentional.

Mike Budenholzer is trying to bring Gregg Popovich flavor to the Hawks

How about a little drama to kick off the new year?

The Hawks rallied late at home against the Spurs and held on for a 114-112 overtime win Sunday.

Kawhi Leonard missed an open lay-up as time expired in overtime, giving Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer his first win over his former boss, Gregg Popovich. Prior to Sunday, Atlanta (18-16) had lost 11 straight to San Antonio (27-7).

Russell Westbrook: Sure, 33 points is impressive, but it took him 31 shots to get there. Westbrook finished the 123-112 loss to the Thunder just 10 of 31 from the floor, marking the 20th game this season he’s Ravens Cheap Jerseys missed at least 20 shots in a game. The star point guard added 15 rebounds and eight assists, but his reckless style is starting to hurt the team.

James finished the 106-94 loss to the Bulls with 31 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving did not play.

The Cavaliers are now 0-8 in the last three seasons when multiple members of their big three sit out of a game.

Everyone already considers the Raptors to be contenders in the East, but Utah’s inspired play has come as a bit of a surprise thus far. Other than a trouncing by the Warriors last month, the Jazz have looked like a team to fear in the postseason. Their physical, defensive style is similar to San Antonio’s. Which Nike NFL Jerseys Supply team will be able to impose their will in this matchup?

2017 NBA All-Star Voting: SN’s Sean Deveney’s official media ballot

For the first time, an email arrived in the old inbox here in mid-January. The NBA had invited 75 of us media folks to vote for what will amount to 25 percent of the input in the league’s All-Star starting five. The fan vote will still count for 50 percent of the tally, and players will get the remaining 25 percent of the say.

Can’t quite say that this new system will change all that much when it comes to All-Star Super Cheap Jerseys China snubs and outrages, but it’s an effort at least. And it was fun to go through and pick starters for a change. With voting for starters having wrapped up Monday night, here’s how my ballot went.

Derrick Rose has rejoined the team and has been fined. He is expected to be in uniform tomorrow in Philadelphia.

He reportedly already was unhappy with how coach Jeff Hornacek has used him, particularly in late-game situations, though the 2011 NBA MVP doesn’t recognize his diminished play from his previously elite level.

Rose has been critical of Hornacek in private, but no one in the Knicks locker room or management has expressed any issues with how Hornacek has coached Rose, unidentified league sources told Yahoo.

According to Yahoo, the Knicks already were undecided about what kind of commitment to make to Rose in free agency this offseason. Now his failure to alert team officials ahead The Best Cheap Jerseys of his absence Monday not only left them livid but also embarrassed, Yahoo’s sources said. (ESPN reported that “a family issue” in Chicago led to Rose’s absence.)

Now the Wizards are 29-20 after the slow start — and Wall isn’t happy yet.

“Every night I have to prove myself,” Wall said. “It’s just like when I was named the number one player in high school. Everybody wanted to see if I was real, I’m here to show the world I am.”

When Wall is on the court, the Wizards’ plus/minus goes from -2.1 to 4.3. The team’s offensive rating jumps from 102.7 when he sits to 113.0 when he’s on the floor. The team also allows 2.3 fewer points per Basketball Cheap Jerseys 100 possessions than when he’s on the bench.

Wall plays with a quiet rage. On offense, he’s a player that has to be guarded for 90 feet. He drives to the bucket with speed and patience reminiscent of Le’Veon Bell as he waits for the right hole to open up. And when he can’t get to the bucket, he kicks it out to an open teammate for a jumper.

“He makes my game so much better,” Beal said. “I know he’s going to make good decisions and I’m going to get good looks. All I have to do is knock them down.”

Blount keeps Philadelphia from going all third-down, scatback type with the three-headed committee of Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood and Donnel Pumphrey. Sproles was spry getting some extra rushing work last season, but he turns 34 in June. Smallwood showed flashes in 2016 but is going into his second season coming off a Basketball Jerseys For Sale knee injury. Pumphrey has speed as a fresh-legged change of pace alternative, but he’s still a rookie fourth-rounder.

Philadelphia, after missing out on Dalvin Cook in the draft and having undrafted rookie Corey Clement as the only viable pure power option, needed Blount’s thundering style and finishing ability to round out its backfield. Blount fits well into Pederson’s offense and will find plenty of room to rumble behind the Eagles’ elite line, especially with the Eagles being able to stretch the field vertically as well as horizontally in 2017.

Amar’e Stoudemire’s apology for comments about gays falls flat

Amar’e Stoudemire says he is sorry for his recent distasteful remarks about homosexuals, insisting he was joking.

“I want to apologize for my offensive comments against the LGBT community,” Stoudemire said, per TMZ Sports. “These remarks were taken from a larger interview where a reporter was asking me hypothetical questions, and Buy Cheap Jerseys all my answers had a comedic undertone.

“The answers I gave were meant to be taken as jokes & I am deeply sorry for offending anyone.”

On Twitter, Hamersky claimed he did not have a single beer, but speaking with Deadspin he said he was drinking a beer at the time of the altercation. Although his story changed to the point where he admits to drinking, he claimed he wasn’t intoxicated.

“He had an open bottle of beer and smelled of alcohol, and I told him he wasn’t going in,” Dolan said.

The Knicks owner also released a statement to ESPN: “As Jim clearly stated, no one should come to an event at The Garden feeling as though it’s OK to be verbally abusive or disrespectful to anyone — including the owner of the arena — and not expect to be told that their behavior is unacceptable. This fan was completely Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal out of line last night and does not like the fact that he was told he was out of line, and so has chosen to spend the day tweeting away looking for his 15 minutes of fame.”

According to Deadspin, Hamersky “submitted an inquiry to the NBA to open a formal complaint against Mr. Dolan.”

‘Jeopardy!’ contestant loses everything on NBA mascot clue, and that’s just fine

OK, let’s get this out of the way before we go anywhere else. Making fun of a “Jeopardy!” contestant for whiffing on a clue you find obvious is stupid. This happens a great deal with sports clues because often sports fans can’t believe you don’t know something about or don’t have an interest in watching men and women throw some sort of ball toward some sort of target.

“We didn’t compete, were weren’t ready, it’s a shame for our team,” he said, via LakersNation.com. “We are young and all the young guys are playing and we should all be happy to be on the court. We should compete every second out there and we obviously didn’t do that tonight. We should be Cheap MLB Baseball Jerseys ashamed. Next game we should go Cheap NFL Jerseys Embroidered as hard as we can to correct this game.”

Coach Luke Walton appeared to have the same takeaway from the loss, saying, “Young guys aren’t supposed to get tired, they’re supposed to be thrilled to be out there, that’s the disheartening part.”

With the season pretty much lost, Los Angeles has been giving guys like Zubac more minutes. But considering Walton’s criticism of the younger group’s effort, the coach might end up changing his mind and giving his regular players their minutes back.

More than anything, health may decide whether the Cavs attempt to chase the Celtics down to the final regular-season game or accept a lower seed. Lue has stated in the past health is the top priority, even going so far as to say it’s “crossed my mind” to rest stars regardless of how that may affect Cleveland in the standings.

76ers: Ben Simmons will not play this season

Ben Simmons’ debut with the 76ers will have to wait for next season.

Team president Bryan Colangelo told reporters Friday that the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft is still recovering from a broken bone in his right foot, and will not play this season.

“Want to be a GM, want to own a team, hopefully own a team and run it,” Durant said, via the Mercury News . “So I look to see what rumors are getting out there, what deals are being presented to these teams. Try to figure that stuff out. It’s fun, especially for a guy who knows that part of the business.”

Durant says he’s trying to immerse himself more in the business side of the NBA, including studying the collective bargaining agreement.

“I do (read it),” Durant said. “Obviously it affects me and affects my peers. Like I said, I want to learn more and more about the business of basketball. I try to keep that fine line of keeping it pure and fun and also knowing that this is a really big business. So I like to go through the CBA, also ask questions.”

Durant has plenty of time to get the answers, as he isn’t retiring anytime soon. The 28-year-old forward is scoring 25.8 points per game in his first season with the Warriors.

The rumor that Calipari wants to get back into the NBA persists, though, and with his NHL Hockey Jerseys ability to develop talent quickly and pull together schemes based on the short-lived talent he attracts in Lexington, there are teams that would certainly welcome him.

“I think the opportunity for him to be in the NBA is always going to be there for NFL Jerseys Free Shipping him,” one league executive said. “I just don’t think he’s ever going to be in a hurry to get there. I don’t blame him. You go to UK now, and he is absolute royalty there.”