Eberle may soon meet Rinne should Edmonton finish the job in Wednesday’s Game 7.

Chris Kreider’s second goal of the playoffs was the back-breaker for the Senators. The pesky power forward struggled in the first round against the Canadiens but now has two goals in three games as the Rangers surge back.

Game 5: Predators at Blues, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN (Predators lead series 3-1) Nashville is one win from its first Western Conference finals in franchise history. If St. Louis is to live to fight another day, it will have to find a way to get pucks past Pekka Rinne, whose .953 save percentage leads all playoff goalies.

Nashville never before has come so close to the Stanley Cup in nine previous postseason tries. This one has the feel of a team of destiny after sneaking in and pulling off a sweep of the top-seeded Blackhawks in the first round. In winning a war of attrition with the Blues, it’s clear there isn’t a contender remaining playing more complete hockey at this juncture, from the top line down to the bottom defense pair.

And Rinne. The 34-year-old is putting up stellar numbers 1.37 goals-against average, .951 save percentage to lead all playoff goalies. Rinne made 23 saves and assisted on Calle Jarnkrok’s empty-net goal that sealed Game 6, the netminder’s third point of the playoffs.

The three points place Rinne in a tie for 98th among playoff scorers, more than forwards such as the much-maligned Jordan Eberle, who still has just two points in 12 games despite the Oilers putting up a touchdown on the Ducks during a 7-1 blowout in Game 6.

Eberle may soon meet Rinne should Edmonton finish the job in Wednesday’s Game 7.

In that scenario would come the inevitable mercy for one of the two long-suffering franchises at long last.

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Stanley Cup Final injury update: Pens’ Patric Hornqvist, Preds’ Mike Fisher may return

Two key players could be back for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, their coaches said Sunday.

Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist, who has missed six games with an upper-body injury, practiced Sunday and could return for Monday’s series opener in Pittsburgh (8 p.m. ET, NBC).

Coach Mike Sullivan called Hornqvist’s availability as game-time decision, but added, Based on the way that he practiced [Sunday], we’re certainly encouraged.

With the ink barely dry on their trade agreement, the Canadiens promptly signed Drouin, a restricted free agent to be, to a six-year contract extension worth $33 million ($5.5 million AAV). Negotiations between Montreal GM Marc Bergevin and Allan Walsh, Drouin’s agent, came together in less than two hours.

Drouin and the Lightning seemed to have reached an understanding this past season, as the 22-year-old wing scored 21 goals on the way to a 53-point campaign. That showing came on the heels of a 2015-16 season that saw Drouin sit out for six weeks after the Lightning didn’t heed his request to be traded. He found his way back into the team’s good graces and ended up scoring five goals in the 2016 playoffs before his breakout 2016-17.

Even so, the end of this Lightning season once again prompted speculation that Drouin could be on the move, as he was Tampa Bay’s prime trading chip in its effort to shore up a woeful defense.

Sergachev, just 18, may not fill that need right away, but the ninth overall pick in last summer’s NHL Draft has put up eye-opening numbers for the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires the past Got Cheap Jerseys two seasons — racking up 43 points (10 goals) and 71 penalty minutes in just 50 games this Jerseys China year.

Yzerman sidestepped any question of lasting acrimony playing a role in trading Drouin.

Though he performed well on the ice for Tampa Bay, Drouin was not as great a fit with the club. Two years ago he was suspended by the team for failing to report to the minor leagues; and his agent, Allan Walsh, engaged in a public war of words with the organization, ultimately demanding a trade. Yzerman refused to give in to that demand.

On Thursday, Yzerman sidestepped any question of lasting acrimony playing a role in trading Drouin. He did, however, point out that dealing Drouin, a pending restricted free agent at the time of the deal, helped the Lightning in terms of their salary cap, as well as in deciding which of their stable of talented forwards to protect in the upcoming expansion draft.

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3. Andre Burakovsky, Capitals — Much of the burden to produce has fallen on the Caps’ stars — rightly so — but it sure helps when key depth scoring comes from a guy like Burakosvky, who chipped in his second and third goals of the postseason.

2. T.J. Oshie, Capitals — Oshie now has four goals and set a playoff career high with 12 points, one behind Backstrom for the team lead.

1. Nicklas Backstrom, Capitals — Backstrom’s fourth goal of the series was Monday’s most critical as it gave the Capitals a 3-0 advantage 16 seconds into the third period. He also assisted on the game’s first goal, running his playoff point total to 13.

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Knicks hit Derrick Rose with hefty fine for skipping game

Knicks rogue point guard Derrick Rose has been fined $200,000 for missing Monday’s loss against the Pelicans, according to the New York Post.

Coach Jeff Hornacek indicated the team subtracted 1/110th of his $21 million wage to reach the roughly $200,000. That is the standard NBA code for a player suspended one game.

The team fined him a pretty hefty amount — the amount of the fine for missing a game,” Hornacek said.

According to TMZ Sports, Greene was staying at his girlfriend’s house when he sneaked out and broke into two homes in the same neighborhood.

At the first home, he saw a 56-year-old woman sleeping, but left the house. He then broke into a second home, where he allegedly went into the bedroom of a 40-year-old woman.

He then reportedly began rubbing the woman’s buttocks and kissing her neck, causing the woman to wake up and begin screaming. Greene then ran back to his girlfriend’s home, according to a police report cited by TMZ. He was arrested shortly after the incidents.

Greene was a second-round NBA Draft pick out of Florida in 2005 by Boston. He began his career NBA Jerseys For Sale with the Celtics, but was traded to the Pacers in 2006, where he was used sparingly.

He was with the Kings for three months in 2007 before bouncing around for teams in the Nike NFL Jerseys 2014 D-League, New Zealand, Mexico and Libya.

Greene recently signed with Guaros de Lara in Venezuela.

Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo makes statement to be among NBA’s best

LeBron James, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry would lead most people’s shortlist of greatest players currently in the NBA, but one young man not usually in that conversation is starting to make his case.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, 22, is playing on another level right now. Though his Bucks lost Sunday, 111-98 to the Hawks, “The Greek Freak” showcased his many skills.

After recently voicing his opinion that he would be among the leading All-Star voters in the Eastern Conference if his name were easier to pronouce, Antetokounmpo scored 33 points with eight rebounds, six assists, three blocks and two steals.

The final member of the Raptors’ stars, Jonas Valanciunas, came into the game having endured a tough time recently. Coach Dwane Casey even said he wouldn’t play his center late in games if he couldn’t “dominate.”

Valanciunas dominated Thursday, scoring 18 points with 13 rebounds and zero turnovers.

Rudy Gobert led the Jazz with 15 points and 16 rebounds. Both teams have the look of strong playoff contenders.

Westbrook is now the only player with multiple triple-doubles with 10-plus turnovers in a season since turnovers were compiled as an official stat (1973-74).

On the plus side, this was Westbrook’s 19th triple-double of the season, the most by any player in a season since Wilt Chamberlain had 31 in 1967-68.

Don’t look now, but the T-Wolves are starting to mesh. Minnesota’s disappointing start was a head-scratcher considering all of its blossoming stars. Karl Anthony-Towns — the brightest of those Super Cheap Jerseys China stars — scored 29 points with 17 rebounds. Ricky Rubio, who runs hot and cold, had 14 Pittsburgh Penguins Cheap Jerseys points and 14 assists.

NBA trade rumors: Kyrie Irving’s request leaves Cavs hurting, Adam Silver smiling

In a span of a month, the Cavaliers have managed to do something that carried the air of impossibility as the last NBA year limped to a close. Cleveland has set up next season to be, blessedly, an Ravens Cheap Jerseys interesting one.

Even as Golden State easily won this year’s NBA Finals, the running question throughout the five-game series was just how many times fans could be expected to get excited for a Warriors-Cavaliers championship matchup. A meeting of the two next June was all but inevitable, the only question being whether we’d get the same pairing in 2019, too.

But the history of the NBA shows that you’d lose a lot of money USA Cheap Jerseys over the years betting on presumed dynasties. Too much can happen. Look at, say, the Shaq-Kobe Lakers of the early 2000s, the “Big Three” Celtics of 2008 on and the LeBron James-Dwyane Wade-Chris Bosh Heat. None won as many championships as projected. (Weren’t the Heat still supposed to be winning titles now, seven years later?) Injuries take their toll. Egos get in the way, on the court and off it.

The came an at-times tense segment in the TNT studio Thursday. Panelist Shaquille O’Neal, a former teammate of James’ in Cleveland, appeared visibly upset with Barkley, who kept saying James has enough help to win a championship and that Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook would love to have James’ all-star supporting cast. O’Neal kept saying that it wasn’t about the stars but the role players, which is the type of player James wants.

Shaq said he would have reacted the same way James did to that comment, and then some. “I would have came up here and punched you in your face, that’s what I would’ve did,” O’Neal told Barkley.

Chuck tried to joke that Shaq isn’t a good fighter (let’s go to the videotape). Shaq wasn’t in a laughing mood.

Red Sox studs Rafael Devers, Chris Sale dominant in win against Mariners

Red Sox ace Chris Sale recorded his 14th 10-plus strikeout performance of the season Wednesday in a 4-0 win against the Mariners.

The American league Cy Young candidate tossed seven shutout innings with just three hits allowed and 11 strikeouts to improve to 13-4 with a 2.37 ERA this season.

Sale’s 14 10-plus strikeout outings are good for third-most in Red Sox history, trailing only Pedro Martinez’s 19 in 1999 and 15 in 2000. With a little over two months remaining in the regular season, Sale has a great chance to break that record.

The other three quarterbacks in the NFC South have all gone to the Super Bowl; one has won, and two have won regular-season MVPs. Some who know would take Jameis Winston right now over all three, which is why the Bucs are the team to watch.

Winston now also has DeSean Jackson and rookie O.J. Howard helping him. If the whole roster matures fast and collectively, they could make the leap many are predicting for them.

It has taken some super-human feats to compete in this division lately — who saw it sending two straight teams to the Super Bowl — and this year, it might need the same to win it.

Everybody should look over their shoulders. Good thing the Falcons are used to that.

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Madison Square Garden to forgo music, video, in-game entertainment for first half of Warriors-Knicks

There aren’t a ton of reasons to catch a game at Madison Square Garden, but Sunday provided an alibi to do so.

Not only were the league’s best team, the Golden State Warriors in town, but the 25-37 Knicks decided to dial back the clock for a bit.

For the first half of the game, Madison Square Garden would not play any music, video on the scoreboard, or provide any in-game entertainment.

One interpretation of this could be that it’s just a gimmick to get some positive attention after months of negative publicity this year. But, ever the optimist, I’d like to think the intentions of the Knicks were noble, that they actually want younger fans to take in a game the same way people used to in the earlier days of the NBA.

Plus, without any of that extraneous sound, it’ll be easier to hear the fans in the upper deck complaining about Carmelo Anthony’s shot selection.

“I’m not worried at all,” Lue told reporters . “To be able to hold down the fort like we have and we’re still the No. 1 seed with a two- or three-game lead, I feel great and confident with where we’re at. Our guys are starting to get healthy and are starting to come back, and we’re going to take off.”

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Watch: James Harden pinched Draymond Green so Green punched Harden’s sore wrist

While Draymond Green did nothing Friday night to soften his reputation as a dirty player, at least he had an excuse for his chippiness.

After the Warriors’ 107-98 win over the Rockets, Green admitted he punched James Harden’s sore left wrist in the third quarter because the Houston guard kept pinching him in the stomach. In fact, Green said he’s used to that treatment from Harden.

“I hope he does it. I always thought he was a great basketball player,” Robertson said Friday of Westbrook, via ESPN.com. “I was talking to some basketball people the other night, and I said, ‘I don’t think any of these guards can beat him on a one-on-one game.’ I think he’s been tremendous for the team, his fans and also for television.”

Even though the Thunder are long shots to emerge as title contenders during the postseason, Robertson thinks Westbrook should win MVP this season.

“I think it’s Westbrook. That’s what I really think,” Robertson said. “Because years ago it was tough to win an MVP because it was based on winning championships — and [Bill] Russell with the Celtics. They dominated. But one year, Wilt [Chamberlain] averaged 50 points a game and 29 rebounds and me a triple-double, but Bill won because his team advanced and we did not.

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Vlade Divac promises to step down if Kings do not improve

Vlade Divac has vowed to resign as general manager of the Kings if the team is not better in two years than it is now.

In an interview with the Sacramento Bee centered around his decision to trade star forward DeMarcus Cousins, Divac said, “I totally understand why some fans would be upset. They supported DeMarcus, and I like DeMarcus a lot. But I believe we are going to be in a better position in two years. I want to hear again from these same people in two years. If I’m right, great. If I’m wrong, I’ll step down. But if I go down, I’m going down my way.”

Divac also said back-channeling by Cousins’ agents forced him to accept a deal from the Pelicans that wasn’t as favorable for Sacramento as one previously on the table.

The near-kick came after Green mocked 39-year-old Paul Pierce, who is in his final NBA season. Pierce announced last September that the 2016-17 season would be his last. Pierce has played in only 13 games this season and did not play in the first half of Thursday’s game. That didn’t stop Green from heckling Pierce.

While Griffin was at the free throw line less than a minute into the game, Green shouted at Pierce, who was sitting on the Clippers bench.

“You’re chasing that farewell tour,” Green said loud enough to Pittsburgh Penguins Cheap Jerseys be heard on the TNT broadcast. “You can’t get no farewell tour, they don’t love you like that…You thought you was Kobe?”

It’s hard for someone to get the love from the crowd when he’s not Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale playing, but damn dude, respect your elders. The man was a 10-time All-Star and led the Celtics to an NBA title in 2008.

Green kept it up in the third quarter, getting a technical foul early in the third quarter after running over Griffin. He then started to yell at Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who had pulled him from the game.