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.