Phil Kessel’s best assist Sunday came well before the Penguins scored any of their seven goals in a Game 5 rout of the Senators.
On the way to PPG Paints Arena, Nick Bonino became stranded on the side of the highway when his truck abruptly broke down. Luckily, Kessel arrived to bail out his former linemate.
?It was weird, Bonino said. All of a sudden the gas didn’t work and the power steering went out. I was on the highway, so I was able to get it to the side and great teammate Phil Kessel came and picked me up, so I owe a lot to Phil for being here tonight. Great guy.
It’s no surprise the B and the K of last year’s famed HBK Line can rely on one another for the occasional roadside helper.
Kessel went on to score his seventh playoff goal and an assist as the Penguins opened a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.
A little detour away from your current job for a second. What went through your head and heart watching the last two teams you worked for (the Penguins and Predators), teams with your fingerprints all over them, play in the Stanley Cup Final this spring?
I lived in Nashville for eight years and Pittsburgh for eight years, still have so many friends in both cities. [Predators] GM David Poile is my mentor and that was his first trip to the Final, so I was probably pulling more for Nashville; but I am happy for all the people I hired in Pittsburgh, and, heck, half the team in Pittsburgh I either drafted or traded for were there and won another Cup. I am happy for the people, because in the end this is a people business. It’s funny the way it goes. My last year in Got Cheap Jerseys Nashville was the ’05 draft, and in the seventh round Patric Hornqvist was the last pick by Nashville. Of Jerseys China course he gets traded to Pittsburgh a couple of years ago and scores the Cup-winning goal.
Eastern Conference finals: Penguins at Senators, Game 4, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN (Senators lead 2-1) — The Penguins’ defense and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury disappeared early in Game 3, giving up an astounding four goals in the game’s first 13 minutes. That led coach Mike Sullivan to pull Fleury for Matt Murray. The collapse was even more surprising because the Pens had yielded only one goal in regulation in the first two games of the series. Sullivan will announce the Game 4 starter in goal after Friday morning’s skate.
In the aftermath on the ice in Nashville, it was particularly symbolic then that Murray took his victory lap cue from the mentor he’s now twice supplanted as starter: Marc-Andre Fleury.
Fleury, Pittsburgh’s franchise goalie ever since he went No. 1 overall in 2003, was the seventh player to take the Cup in the Penguins’ procession. He set the foundation for the postseason run when Murray was lost for two rounds with an ankle injury only to cede the crease again in a goaltending swap that served as turning point in the Eastern Conference finals. Their exchange should have been awkward, Fleury almost certainly having played in his last game as a Penguin because Murray took his job.
It instead will serve as an enduring moment for a tutor and the understudy.
“Flower is the biggest reason why we even got here,” Murray said of Fleury in a postgame interview with NHL Network. “He’s been a special person for me, a huge mentor. The fact that he Cheap Zetterberg Jerseys passed me the Cup there … you know, I rank way down at the bottom and I got it ahead Design Cheap Jerseys Online of some of the other guys.
The level of play in college basketball this season is higher than it’s been in years, thanks in large part to a freshman class that has exceeded even the loftiest of expectations. Players such as Josh Jackson, Markelle Fultz, Dennis Smith and Lonzo Ball have already established themselves as likely top 10 picks, with many more stepping up to add to the overall talent level of NCAA game.
“One thing my Pops always told me is you never count another man’s money,” Curry told the Mercury News in a podcast, via ESPN. “It’s what you’ve got and how you take care of it. And if I’m complaining about $44 million over four years, then I’ve got other issues in my life.
“I know just playing basketball for a living, being able to provide for your family, doing what we do, that’s been an amazing kind of opportunity in itself. The game as been really good to me throughout my career. And I hope that continues. … I just try to keep the right perspective, that all that will come when it’s supposed to come.”
Curry — who is outearned by Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant — signed a four-year contract extension in 2012 worth $44 million. He’ll have the opportunity to renegotiate his deal when he becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season but doesn’t intend to do so anywhere other than the Bay Area.
“I can’t,” Curry said. “Like I’ve said from Day 1, when I was first asked about free agency, this is a perfect place to play. Bay Area fans are amazing, our organization’s amazing, we’ve put together an amazing team that’s competing for championships every year. … There’s really no reason Nike NFL Jerseys that I can see right now that would draw me elsewhere.”
With his MVP status, Curry is eligible under the new CBA as a “designated NBA Jerseys Wholesale veteran player” to receive a five-year deal worth about $210 million from Golden State when the time comes.
The Golden State Warriors may have some bad news for the rest of the NBA — they’ve apparently settled on a rotation that makes superstars Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant even more effective.
Last Sunday against the Sacramento Kings, coach Steve Kerr went with an experimental rotation that put Curry and Durant in the game together for most of the first and third quarters.
Since then, the Warriors are 3-0, but breaking down the analytics even further, the San Jose Mercury News reported the team has been especially explosive with Curry and Durant together.
“[Bogut] is smart out there, he’s a very good rim protector for that smaller team. I think the coaches always look at every possibility for us to compete and win some games. Throw whatever lineup we need to throw out there to be successful.”
The Mavs are currently last in the Western Conference with an 11-25 record after their 102-95 home loss to the Phoenix Suns on Thursday.
Coach Rick Carlisle has remained mum on what he plans to do with the starting lineup, but having Nowitzki willing to take on a lesser role should make any upcoming decisions a little easier.
“I think it’s too early to judge any of that stuff,” Carlisle said. “Last year there was all that talk about (Chandler) Parsons struggling (coming off an injury), and I said, ‘Hey, don’t judge Pittsburgh Penguins Cheap Jerseys it until after the All-Star break.’ And that may be what we’re looking at with (Nowitzki).”
Nowitzki had been battling an Achilles injury early in the season and also missed Super Cheap Jerseys several games from an illness in December.
Kyrie Irving needs to listen to Draymond Green.
The words of the loquacious forward directed at Paul Pierce during an epic trash-talking session last season fit the former No. 1 overall pick like a fine, tailored European suit.
“You’re not Kobe.”
In context, Green was keeping it funky with the now-retired Pierce, letting him know his legacy — or lack thereof — wasn’t worthy of an elaborate farewell tour such as the one the entire league participated in during the former Lakers great’s final season in 2015-16. He wasn’t lying.
More likely, Hernandez falls somewhere around 250 wins for his career, which could still be sufficient for the Hall of Fame, but a lot less certain. In this situation, he would likely need other factors to help his case.
He would maybe need to finish somewhere close to 80 WAR, which he seems on track to do. He also might need to get within striking distance of 4,000 strikeouts, also reasonably possible. Basically, Hernandez would be another Bert Blyleven, who needed 14 years on the Hall of Fame ballot for stat-savvy voters and writers to push his case.
Granted, award voters have been good about contextualizing for Hernandez’s career so far, (rightly) giving him the AL Cy Young award when he went 13-12 in 2010. Maybe a Blyleven-like push for Hernandez won’t be necessary 15 years from now.
Snyder’s strong desire and subsequent failure to win a Super Bowl has led to frequent USA Cheap Jerseys management changes, which have contributed to the Redskins never even making it to an NFC championship game since his arrival. None of his eight head coaches have lasted more than four seasons. The track Real Cheap Jerseys record for those making personnel decisions is just as dismal, with Scot McCloughan the latest GM-type tossed to the curb.