The Penguins trailed 5-0 in the third period before a pair of late goals made things a little prettier

The Caps forced a Game 7 with a dominant 5-2 win in Pittsburgh on Monday. The Penguins have now blown series leads of 2-0 and 3-1 and given all the momentum back to the Capitals, who have looked like a new team since dropping star Alex Ovechkin to the third line to help ignite the bottom six.

It’s no surprise this series is heading to Game 7, but how it got to that point is pretty shocking.

Up until Game 5, no team in the Stanley Cup playoffs was playing better than Pittsburgh. The Penguins handled the Blue Jackets 4-1 in Round 1, scoring three goals or more in all five games. They were the superior team in those first four contests against the Capitals, too.

Penguins beat writer Jason Mackey of the Post-Gazette called Monday’s loss “among the worst playoff losses in franchise history.” This is a franchise with four Stanley Cups, so that means something.

The Penguins trailed 5-0 in the third period before a pair of late goals made things a little prettier. They had just eight shots entering the final 20 minutes and the Capitals’ defense was making them look like they had cinder blocks strapped to their skates.

In 2003, they became free agents and signed together with the Avalanche at discounted rates, joining a star-studded cast of Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote in pursuit of an elusive Stanley Cup for one season. But that’s around the time their careers took separate turns.

Even with the Ducks winning the shot battle 25-8, Nashville took its lead into the third period and Sissons’ second goal of the game made it 3-1 three minutes in.

A pair of goals scored two minutes apart by Chris Wagner and Cam Fowler tied the Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China game, but Sissons completed the hat trick by netting the go-ahead goal with six minutes remaining. A pair of empty-netters ensured the underdog darlings of the playoffs would indeed go Cheap Blackhawks Jerseys the distance.

the Ducks came unglued. Anaheim picked up a couple of cheap penalties late in regulation

The Ducks should never have been in that overtime, season-on-the-brink situation. After being outshot 40-20 in a 2-1 loss in Game 3, the Ducks came out aggressive on offense in Game 4. Rickard Rakell opened the scoring at 11:20 in the first period, and the Ducks outshot the Predators 14-2 in that period. Nick Ritchie added a goal, his fourth of the postseason, midway through the second period, and with John Gibson looking sharp in the crease, the game appeared in Anaheim’s control.

“The one thing we wanted to make sure we established was a strong start, and we did that, with an exclamation mark,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said after the game.

But in the third period, the Ducks came unglued. Anaheim picked up a couple of cheap penalties late in regulation, and the Predators set up shop down at the Ducks end of the ice, outshooting Anaheim 11-5 in the third. For about 90 seconds, they had a 5-on-3 power play. P.K. Subban scored the Predators’ first goal at the 13:33 mark, just seconds after the end of a Nashville power play.

In fairness, the NHL’s best regular-season team has run into the best playoff story in Marc-Andre Fleury.

The veteran netminder was sensational in turning aside 36 of 38 shots. To date, he’s Pittsburgh’s unquestioned MVP and he will be on another team’s roster in a few months.

Pittsburgh’s win, most importantly, allows Crosby time to fully recover from concussion symptoms that can be so tricky, so temperamental. There’s no sense of urgency to have him in the lineup for Game 5 or even Game 6 if it comes down to that. The Penguins proved their mettle; now the Capitals Hockey Jerseys Cheap are forced to do the same.

“We’ll see what we are made of,” Oshie said after Wednesday’s Good Cheap Jerseys loss. “That’s a good question for us. It’s been the question everyone has been asking for a couple years.”

Senators forward Bobby Ryan was given a game misconduct for trying to fight the Rangers’ Dan Girardi

Karlsson is Ottawa’s unquestioned MVP, so if he goes, Ottawa’s chances at advancing could go too. New York opened a 4-0 lead with him in the locker room in the third period and didn’t look back, though that’s about when teams started piling up the penalty minutes.

Senators forward Bobby Ryan was given a game misconduct for trying to fight Cheap Youth Soccer Jerseys the Rangers’ Dan Girardi, who wasn’t so willing. That incident was sandwiched between a pair of line scrums with usually candidate Dion Phaneuf and Tanner Glass contributing to the madness. The teams accounted for 58 penalty minutes in the third period alone.

Couple those frustrations with the Karlsson uncertainty and an uncharacteristically shaky performance from goalie Craig Anderson — he was pulled to start the third period after allowing three goals on 20 shots — and the Senators are starting to come unhinged.

3. Ron Hainsey, Penguins — If Hainsey scores, you know it’s a going to be good. He Dallas Cowboys Cheap Jerseys of four regular-season goals netted his second of the playoffs in the second period, giving the Penguins their 6-0 lead. He also assisted goal No. 3 of the night for his first multi-point game since February.

2. Phil Kessel, Penguins — Just as linemate Evgeni Malkin predicted, Kessel got off the schneid with a goal and two assists. Meanwhile Malkin kept up his Conn Smythe chase with an NHL-best 27th and 28th points.

1. Sidney Crosby, Penguins — The Penguins fed off their captain from the get-go and Crosby finished with three assists, the 56th multi-point playoff game of his career.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr says players ‘made a mockery’ of ASG voting

Steve Kerr took a look at the All-Star Game voting by NBA players and didn’t like what he saw.

The coach, who will be leading the Western Conference team, doesn’t believe the players took the process seriously. This was the first year players were allowed a vote, and their selections were valued at 25 percent of the total ballots.

“I am very disappointed in the players though. I mean, they’ve asked for a vote and a lot of them just made a mockery of it. So I don’t know what the point is,” Kerr said before Monday’s loss against the Heat. “So, that was too bad but all in all, these things are always going to be debatable about who’s starting and who gets named. There’s always going to be worthy players left out of the starting lineup, left out of the roster entirely. It’s the same thing every year and I don’t know what the perfect answer is.”

The past two weeks haven’t been kind to the Cavs from an injury front as well. Kyrie Irving suffered a hamstring injury, Kevin Love reportedly lost 10 pounds due to food poisoning, and LeBron James has been suffering from a nagging cold.

“Schedule, injuries, sickness, a lot of stuff,” coach Tyronn Lue said. “But I mean it’s no excuse. We know what we’re doing, what we’re supposed to do. Right now it’s like, we’re not going to have assists if we’re not making shots [and] shoot 34 percent.

“I mean, how many assists can you really get? Just got to do a better job of making shots but also finishing around the basket when we get in the paint, and get in the paint instead of Nike NFL Jerseys China taking tough shots, kicking it out for open shots. Just got to read and play the game NBA Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping the right way.”

Well-balanced Warriors use big third quarter to glide past Pistons

Thursday night’s clash between the Warriors and Pistons was shaping up to be an exciting game, until the two teams walked out of the locker room to start the second half.

The first half featured 21 lead changes, which was the most in a game involving the Warriors this season, but Golden State outscored Detroit 41-19 in the third quarter to blow the game open. Golden State ultimately won, 127-107, thanks to three players scoring over 20 points.

Allen’s best-case scenario in terms of the draft is late teens and into the 20s. That’s where it was last year, after he averaged 21.6 points and shot 41.7 percent from the 3-point line. That’s where it is this year, only that could be a stretch. But not because Allen keeps getting involved in high-profile skirmishes with opposing teams.

In fact, the GM said, as long as his own teammates have no problems with him, the skirmishes can be positive. They show Allen’s competitive fire. NBA teams interested in drafting Allen will do plenty of digging around the Blue Devils program, talking to coaches and members of the Duke athletics staff. That’s how they get a better sense of a player’s personality, not by seeing a player getting fired up during heated moments.

The GM compared the Allen situation to that of Marcus Smart, chosen sixth by the Celtics in 2014 out of Oklahoma State. In the winter before that draft, Smart fell into the stands trying to block a shot at Texas Tech and overheard something he didn’t like from a fan. He wheeled and Tampa Bay Lightning Cheap Jerseys pushed the fan, an incident that cost him a three-game suspension and loomed Premier League Cheap Jerseys over him entering that year’s draft. But the Celtics did enough research to know that Smart was simply caught up in the moment, and that his stock should not be hurt because of it.

Twins, Royals making moves to try to catch first-place Indians

The Central divisions in both the National League and American League are the tightest in baseball.

Just four games separate the Brewers, who lead the NL Central, from the fourth-place Cardinals with the Cubs and Pirates in between.

The AL Central has the Indians in the first place, but the two teams right behind them each made a trade Monday they hope will help them catch the Tribe.

The Royals, who are 1 1/2 games back of the Indians after Monday’s 12-inning 5-3 win over the Tigers, acquired All-Star pitcher Trevor Cahill from the Padres. The Twins landed former Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia from the Braves in a three-player deal.

Garcia is just 4-7 this season, but is coming off his best start of the season last Friday against the Dodgers and has postseason experience while helping the Cardinals win the World Series in 2011.

The best season in Hornets history came in 1996-97, when they finished 54-28. A “good,” even great season by any measure. But even that was only good enough for a first-round playoff exit. Charlotte’s had deeper playoff runs, but has never gone farther than the second round — because it can’t. Not realistically. Not in this NBA.

So until things change — either with the league or with the franchise’s monetary desire to compete — fans of the Hornets and other “good” teams will have to stay focused on the journey rather than the destination.

Chicago’s pursuit to get younger and take a chance on a player whose stock Victor Cruz Cheap Jerseys is Quality Cheap Jerseys at an all-time low makes sense. It’s a step in the right direction. But they’ll have to be careful not to give away too much.

MLB trade rumors: Dodgers, Yu Darvish are a match, no matter Clayton Kershaw’s status

Best-case scenario, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw returns from the DL in late August, after letting his back problem calm down, and is fit and rested for a postseason run.

Worst-case scenario … well, the Dodgers don’t want to ponder that, considering Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Sale Kershaw sat out two months in 2016 with a disc problem (it was in his favor then that the problem surfaced in June instead of late July).

In any event, the Los Angeles Times notes, the team’s interest in acquiring Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish should go from simmer to full boil as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline nears — not if Kershaw can’t come back but especially if he can as his usual self.

EA Sports recently released the first gameplay trailer for “Madden NFL 18,” which includes a quick look at new features like Target Passing, Play Styles, and WR/DB Interactions.

“Madden NFL 18” also introduces the series’ first ever story Cheap Mountain Bike Jerseys mode, featuring actors that include Mahershala Ali and Scott Porter, plus appearances from licensed colleges Texas and Oregon.

The game will release August 22 for the $80 “G.O.A.T” edition; August 25 for the standard edition. Those with an EA Access subscription on Xbox One will be able to start playing a 10-hour trial August 17.

Chris Bosh ignores Heat’s olive branch, report says

Chris Bosh may not be ready to end his playing days, but he will likely have to try and play somewhere other than Miami.

The Heat are expected to waive the forward soon, but the team’s attempts to reach an “amicable resolution” with Bosh have not been returned, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

The fact that it’s news Westbrook didn’t get a triple-double just speaks to the incredible season he’s having. We expect it from the point guard by now, so when he doesn’t achieve it, it’s kind of surprising. As for Westbrook, he’s just glad his team won, although he understands people wanted to see a triple-double.

“I think obviously people come to see that, there were a lot of people here [in the media] to see that as well, but, you know, it happens like that,” he said. “We got a lot of games left and, you know, we got the win and that’s the most important part to me.”

There was a moment near the end of the game when Westbrook had a chance to get that 10th rebound. The Grizzlies’ Andrew Harrison attempted a 3-pointer after just missing one, and Cheap Jerseys Basketball if he missed again then Westbrook would have been there to get the rebound. But Harrison made the 3.

When asked about it, Westbrook downplayed wanting to chase a triple-double and said instead he wanted the rebound in order to close out the game. But he admitted he was aware about how many he had because the crowd was yelling the number.

Instead, the talented point guard finished with 45 points, 10 assists, 9 Cheap Jarome Iginla Jerseys rebounds and 5 steals.

Russell Westbrook announces wife is pregnant

Some congratulations are in order for Russell Westbrook and his wife, Nina.

The Thunder star took to Instagram on Wednesday to announce the pair are expecting their first child together.

The adorable photo has Russell kissing Nina’s belly and is simply captioned with the expected due date — May 2017.

The baby announcement is the icing on the cake for Westbrook’s fantastic year thus far. The MVP candidate has recorded 30 triple doubles so far this season and is averaging a career-high 31.2 points per game.

Stallworth scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter as the Knicks rallied from a 13-point deficit to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

With Reed sidelined with a torn thigh muscle, the Knicks lost Game 6, setting the stage for Reed’s legendary appearance at the start of Game 7.

“There was no way Reed could play,” Stallworth said after Game 7 in a jubilant Knick locker room (via the New York Daily News). “He was limping so bad. The guy is beautiful, just beautiful.”

Stallworth took over in the second half for the badly limping Reed as the Knicks won, 113-99, to win their first NBA title.

In November 1971, Stallworth was part of another piece of Knicks lore as he was traded with Mike Riordan to the Baltimore Bullets for Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, who starred in Cheap Lakers Jerseys New York’s backcourt with Walt Frazier and helped the Knicks win their second — and most recent — title in 1973.

Stallworth retired at 33 after a brief return to the Knicks in the 1974-75 Cheap Miami Heat Jerseys season. He later returned to Wichita and worked for many years at Boeing, according to the Eagle.

LeBron James: ‘I’ve been to six straight Finals’ so Cavs vs. Celtics is nothing

The Celtics and Cavaliers play Wednesday night in an important Eastern Conference game in Boston. The teams are tied for first in the conference, and with not many games left in the regular season, the winner will have an edge for home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

While many fans of the NBA can’t wait for the 8 p.m. ET game on ESPN, LeBron James is having a hard time getting too pumped for it. Speaking Tuesday after a win over the Magic, James downplayed the game because he’s seen bigger and better things.

“This is the first time my calf got tight,” Ball said after Sunday’s game (via “Just being cautious. I wanted to get back out there, but the training staff is going to take care of me and I will be with them tonight and tomorrow and hope I can get back out there tomorrow.”

As a precaution, the Lakers’ medical staff sat Ball after he felt the problem with 6:26 to play in the third quarter, but the team reportedly was optimistic he’ll be able to play Monday. However, it won’t take unnecessary chances.

“It’s a tricky balance because I know he wants to play,” Lakers summer league coach Jud Buechler said (via the L.A. Times). “But he is a major asset for us and we Order Cheap Jerseys Online will let the medical staff and management decide if he can play and if he plays, how many minutes, we don’t know. But I know he wants to be out there.”

If Sunday’s game was his last of the Las Vegas summer league, it was a good one. With Magic Johnson, GM Rob Pelinka and coach Luke Walton looking on, Ball was Plain Cheap Jerseys 5 for 7 from the floor (2 of 3 from 3-point range) for 16 points and had 10 assists by halftime in his much-anticipated matchup with Mavs rookie Dennis Smith Jr., who finished with 21 points and six assists.