NHL playoffs 2017: Ducks buck Game 7 choker label, eliminate Oilers

At least one serial NHL choke artist wasn’t interested in conforming to history.

First of all I’m so proud of Paul’s career also, Selanne, considered a lock in his first year of eligibility, told reporters on a conference call Monday, making a point to deflect credit to his longtime running mate. I had the pleasure to play with him for so many years. I played my best years of hockey with Paul. The chemistry we had was magical.

I learned so much from him as a player and a human being. It’s also a big honor to share this weekend with Paul. We’re still great friends; we have totally opposite personalities, but that’s a great thing. I had a lot of great times, great years with him and I’m so proud.

Niederreiter was sixth among Wild forwards in five-on-five ice time in 2016-17, and eighth among Minnesota forwards in total time-on-ice per game. But Niederreiter also led Minnesota in even-strength points per-60 minutes, effectively navigating his shifts when his name was called.

I have to do the best with the ice time I get and always prepare myself to get more minutes this year, Niederreiter said. If that’s the case then great, and if not, I’ll do whatever I can to be great in the minutes again.

The Jets’ goaltending under head coach Paul Maurice, and really since the team relocated from Atlanta in 2011, has been bad. Over the past six years, the Jets finished in the bottom nine in the NHL in 5-on-5 save percentage five times. In 2014-15, Jets goaltenders combined to go .927 at evens, good for ninth-best in the NHL, and that also happened to coincide with their one playoff appearance since the Canadian move.

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‘Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies’: Seven reasons ’80s NBA rivalry was the greatest

The Celtics and Lakers, led by superstars Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, engaged in that heated basketball rivalry that led to three head-to-head matchups in the NBA Finals in the 1980s.

It’s a chance to relive all that, and remember just how good those two teams were. Here are seven things to know about the Lakers-Celtics rivalry before watching…

These series are built around Magic and Bird, who began their rivalry in the 1979 NCAA men’s basketball championship game and took that to the next level. They were the epitome of do-it-all superstars. Bird averaged 23.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists head-to-head against Johnson, who averaged 23.4 points, 12.3 assists and 7.3 rebounds in those games.

There was a skirmish in a fight for a loose ball between Warriors center Zaza Pachulia and Cavs guard Iman Shumpert, during which Pachulia appeared to take swipe between Shumpert’s legs. Cavs forward Dahntay Jones was whistled for a technical foul from the bench. Even a Cavs fan was ejected from the game for a skirmish with Warriors reserve Matt Barnes.

Don’t expect the tension to let up.

It’s the finals, Thompson said. Guys are going to talk. We’re going to respond but they aren’t going to punk us. Not me. They’re not about to punk Tristan Thompson. You got the game f—ed up with that one. You can talk all you want but I’m definitely going to bark back. That’s just how I’m built.

The Cavs did not just bark, though. They fought back. They were not punked. And we’ll get a Game 5 as a result.

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