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Penguins’ Sidney Crosby joins NHL’s 1,000-point club, then nets OT winner

Sidney Crosby has another remarkable feat to add to his growing list of prestigious career accomplishments.

The Penguins captain assisted on Chris Kunitz’s first-period goal in Thursday’s 4-3 overtime win over the Jets to become the 86th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 career points.

In the third period, Crosby assisted on Phil Kessel’s power-play goal that tied things up 3-all. And he scored the game winner with 22 seconds remaining in overtime courtesy of a super-human pass from Evgeni Malkin to put the icing on Crosby’s three-point night.

Crosby, who entered his 757th game with 999 career points, required the fewest games among active players to reach 1,000 points. Former Penguins winger Jaromir Jagr had previously gotten there the fastest among active players at 763 games. Crosby is the third player in Penguins history with 1,00 points, joining Jagr and Mario Lemieux.

Okposo hasn’t played since March 27 and had played in just two of the 12 games before that because of a rib injury.

But he was held out of the Sabres lineup for the March 28 game and has been in a state of flux ever since.

There has been no official update by the team since it’s one statement on Okposo’s immediate condition: “Kyle continues to be under the care of our doctors as he deals with symptoms Wholesale NFL Jerseys from an illness. Out of respect to Kyle and his family, we will have no further comment at this time.”

However, according to the AP, coach Dan Bylsma addressed the situation, in a general Nike NFL Jerseys Supply way, on Friday: “It’s something we’re all playing with right now. It’s a difficult situation and a difficult time for Kyle and his family, and one we want to do everything we can to be with him and help him through the time that he’s in right now.”

The Sabres have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Okposo was fourth on the team with 19 goals and 45 points and was named an All-Star in his first year with the Sabres.

Philadelphia already held a special place in Bickell’s heart

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall retooled the Flyers depth chart over the summer, dealing Brayden Schenn to the Blues for Jori Lehtera and Nick Cousins to the Coyotes. He also signed veteran goaltender Brian Elliott as a free agent.

Goalie Steve Mason departed as a free agent, as did a pair of defensemen, Michael Del Zotto and Nick Schultz. Winger Pierre-Edouard Bellemare was claimed by the Golden Knights in the expansion draft.

“For us, it’s about getting better every day and just keep building,” Giroux said.

“Was nice to see, no question, our fans acknowledge and give their respect that way, and the players on the ice. It’s a special situation. Everybody has an awful lot of respect for him and what he’s been able to accomplish in the game, but also the person that he is and as he moves forward into his future,” Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said after the game, per

Philadelphia already held a special place in Bickell’s heart, so the fact his career ended there was fitting.

“First time I lifted the (Stanley) Cup was in Philly (with the Blackhawks seven years earlier). To end it here was nice,” he said, per Bickell raised the Cup twice more with Chicago, in 2013 and 2015.

Thus ends the current iteration of Bryan Bickell’s story. Much more of it is to be Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal told as the hockey world continues to lend its support to Bickell and his family. That humanity doesn’t Jerseys For Cheap end when a player leaves the ice for good.

the Canadiens lost to the Bruins and Julien successor Bruce Cassidy in a listless 4-0 decision Sunday

Joe Thornton has totaled 1,514 points over 1,608 career games in the regular-season and playoffs. He reached the Stanley Cup Final once, in 2016, but his Sharks lost in six games to the Penguins.

They’ve been attached their entire lives, so why separate them now? The Sedin twins have combined for more than 2,000 points in their NHL careers as teammates with the Canucks. They came closest to a Cup title in 2011, falling to the Bruins in the seven-game Final.

Roberto Luongo has more wins (453) than any active goalie in the NHL, and is one shy of fourth on the all-time list. He led the Canucks to the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, but lost Game Seven to the Bruins.

Ironically, the Canadiens lost to the Bruins and Julien successor Bruce Cassidy in a listless 4-0 decision Sunday, likely setting in motion Therrien’s long-rumored ouster.

The move also comes with a hint of deja vu since Julien replaced Therrian in his first stint as Canadiens coach midway through the 2002-03 season.

“The decision to remove Michel from his coaching duties was a difficult one because I have lots of respect for him,” Canadiens general Marc Bergevin said in a release. “I came to the conclusion that our team needed a new energy, a new voice, a new direction.

The first (and most infamous) came at the nadir of Peter Chiarelli’s tenure when the since-departed GM dealt superstar-in-the-making Tyler Seguin to Dallas. Sweeney was responsible Nike NFL Jerseys Size Chart for the other with the 2015 trade of Dougie Hamilton to Calgary. These were each unique situations, but neither played out particularly well for the Bruins, who failed to replenish that talent at Cheap Jerseys Elite the NHL level and, accordingly, haven’t advanced past the first round of the playoffs since 2014.

Phil Kessel and his hot dogs deserve your respect

In 1608, a play staged in Cambridge, Christmas Prince, introduced the phrase “Hee laugheth best that laugheth to the end,” which later became, “He who laughs last laughs longest.”

And if you’re keeping score at home when it comes to laughs in the hockey world, Phil Kessel is most certainly laughing last, and laughing best. And it’s high time people stop laughing at Kessel altogether, for the 29-year-old forward is not only deserving of respect, but has consistently shown he will humiliate all who disrespect him.

“I guess you have to respect your employers, your owner’s decision. But … it just seems unfortunate that when the players voice it’s something that they think is beneficial not only for them, but for the league and for our game as a whole, it automatically turns into a negotiation,” Toews said, via the Chicago Tribune. “It just seems like it comes down to what can they get out of us when the next CBA negotiation rolls around. It’s not about the long-term goals of our game and growing it and the bigger picture.”

Connor McDavid, the Oilers wunderkind who was primed to star in his first Olympics for Team Canada in 2018, called the decision “disappointing” since the Olympics were “something I looked forward to as a kid.” But asked if he would play anyway, he said bluntly, “I’m in no position to make a statement like that.”

The issue of individual participation is far from settled. reported NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has instructed team officials to refrain from commenting publicly on the matter until Cheap MLB Jerseys From China the league reaches a consensus ruling.

To that end, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly admitted last month Wholesale Jerseys Paypal he would be “surprised if we allowed it to be club-by-club issue at this point.”

Best draft class for every NHL team

The Blackhawks have drafted three 1,000-point players, though that number could reach five with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in the near future. Two of the three came from the same draft. Denis Savard at No. 3 was a high pick that didn’t miss, but adding Steve Larmer at No. 120 was a fantastic heist. This class also included Troy Murray, who played more than 900 games.

“The first time playing it in Ottawa at a show and everyone knew the words,” Siboko said. “We’re in Ottawa in another fan’s city, but everyone knew the words and was yelling ‘Matthews.’ That moment for me was like, ‘Oh s—, this s— is lit.'”

The song, like most of SVDVM’s work, falls under a genre he describes as “Coldnada,” a hybrid of “cold” and “Canada.”

“My music is for kids vibing out of the coldest place,” he said. “The vibe NFL Jerseys Nike of it is cold. Everything about it is cold. That beat, just chilling in hockey arenas, sometimes when you go to game, and sometimes when you go skating, like that whole momentum, the beginning of the beat I just felt like standing in the middle of a hockey arena. It sounded like a heavy hockey (beat). I pictured myself standing in the middle of a hockey rink when I heard the beat.”

Helping his team to win the Bruins their first Stanley Cup since 1972, Tim Thomas Cheap Miami Heat Jerseys pulled off a shutout against the Canucks — President’s Cup winners who were coming into the playoffs hot. Thomas, who became the oldest Conn Smythe Trophy honoree that year, had 37 saves and Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand had two goals a piece.

But even more heart-racing than the game itself were the happenings in Vancouver afterward when the friendly British Columbia city showed its teeth.

Over 20,000 Canadians took part in rioting and looting — setting the city and two police cars ablaze. Four people were stabbed.

Patriots’ Tom Brady tops NFL merchandise sales again

Tom Brady is once again the most popular player in the NFL, at least in terms of merchandise sales.

The NFLPA on Tuesday announced the top 50 players in merchandise sales from March 1 to May 31, with the Patriots quarterback topping the list after Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and quarterback Dak Prescott finished first and second, respectively, for the 2016-17 season.

Benenoch, a fifth-round pick from UCLA in the 2016 NFL Draft, told reporters Monday that he and Robinson did their part.

“This is all I’m really going to say on it — I’m focused on football,” Benenoch said when asked about the suit. “I’m not really worried about what they’ve got going on. The legal system is going to play itself out. I’m focused on what we’ve got going on here.”

Robinson, a second-round pick from Alabama in the 2016 draft, declined to answer questions about the lawsuit, but Lions coach Jim Caldwell did briefly touch on it.

“I’m not going to talk about any particular incident because obviously some of those things are still being dealt with from a legal standpoint,” Caldwell said. “But just overall, we want our guys to be civil. We want our guys to obviously not be mixed up in any illegal activity or anything that brings discredit to our organization. So those are the things we preach constantly.

“But like I said, I’m not going to address each Cheap Jerseys And Snapbacks and every one of those situations because they Cheap Jerseys Bing are bound right now by a legal set of statutes.”

Which NFL teams are best set up for success? Ranking best QB-coach-GM combos

The New England Patriots are the standard for NFL success heading into the 2017 season. Naturally, they’re Sporting News’ pick to win Super Bowl 52.

There are three easy reasons why.

New England has the best coach in the NFL in Bill Belichick, who doubles as the best GM in the NFL. The Patriots also have the NFL’s best quarterback in Tom Brady. When you average the ranking of all three, the math is easy.

Mixon came across the national consciousness when video emerged of him breaking a young woman’s jaw in Oklahoma prior to his freshman year. He was suspended for a year by the Sooners but came back to rush for 2,027 yards and 26 touchdowns in his two years with the program.

Seen as possibly a top-10 draft talent, Mixon fell all the way into the second round before the Bengals picked up the former five-star recruit.

The extent of the injury Mixon suffered Thursday is unclear, and the Bengals had yet to make a statement, but many will be waiting with bated breath Cheap Infant NFL Jerseys to find out if Mixon will be missing any significant time in 2017.

Although the Cowboys have won three Super Bowls since Jones became Cheap Jackie Robinson Jerseys owner in 1989, the debate will always rage about who deserves the bulk of the credit for the personnel moves that made Dallas a powerhouse in the early-to-mid 1990s: Jones or coach Jimmy Johnson.

NFL suicides have again been in the headlines over the last month. Former Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots offensive tackle Ryan O’Callaghan talked about his suicide plans before coming out as gay. Investigators announced just this week that the death of former Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver James Hardy has been ruled a suicide.

Texans owner Bob McNair says LT Duane Brown ‘ought to be’ at minicamp

Texans owner Bob McNair was on hand while the team practiced in West Virginia, and he noticed one person was noticeably absent.

Left tackle Duane Brown didn’t report to camp because he is holding out for a new contract, which didn’t seem to sit well with McNair.

Shepard appeared to be in obvious pain when the injury occurred during one-on-one drills between receivers and cornerbacks, the New York Daily News reported. reported that Shepard, 24, was looked at on [the] sideline and was apparently in tears.

The second-year wideout, expected to start this season as part of a formidable New York receiving corps with Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall, appeared to be injured without contact.

As a rookie last year, Shepard had 65 receptions for 683 yards and eight touchdowns, playing in all 16 games. He added four more catches for 63 yards in New York’s playoff loss to the Packers.

He helped make the whip popular in his first two seasons as one of his go-to celebrations. One time he even timed a penalty flag toss so well it went perfectly with the graphic on the broadcast. That’s the stuff of legend.

This past season, Beckham started getting more creative with his celebrations. He was also randomly dancing all over the field prior to games.

Many of his celebrations came in the form of various Michael Jackson tributes. His rendition of Thriller was well done for a man in full football uniform.

He can also keep it current by dancing to Migos. It doesn’t matter. He’s here for the classics like MJ, and also the latest (and greatest hip-hop group of all time, fight me) in Migos.

This is significant, because music and dancing is something Cheap Heat Jerseys that resonates in a strong manner with many people. Heck, he even proposed to a Cheap Goalie Jerseys kicking net this past season after getting beat up by it.

NFL fantasy analysis: Redskins TE Jordan Reed visits toe specialist, no timetable for return

Tight end can be a fickle position in fantasy football.

Redskins star Jordan Reed represents the best and worst of the position. While supremely talented, Reed has never been able to consistently remain on the field. It appears he may be in for more of the same this year.

I’d do something involved with sports. I can’t get away from it, Manziel said, via I’ve had to ask myself that a little bit as of late over the past year, but at the same time I’d want to be involved in sports in some way, whether it’s coaching, whether it’s doing something like that. So I think that’d be my route.

Manziel, 24, also said he would prefer to coach at a college level, which is interesting, since his time at Texas A&M was far more productive than his NFL career.

Manziel admitted he was a hard-headed athlete in college, indicating he was not the easiest player to coach.

I look back right now and think about how big of just a kid I was, he said. And a lot of regrets I have, especially with my second year in college, not treating it kind of the way [I did] my first year.

It was during Manziel’s first year as the Aggies starter that he won the Heisman Trophy, becoming the first redshirt freshman to do so.

Assuming he can avoid injuries and a franchise tag, his deal will undoubtedly be similar to what Bell ultimately earns. According to, running backs make, on average, the third-lowest salary among position groups. At $1.27 million, only fullbacks and long snappers will earn less in 2017.

Bell’s new contract can be the catalyst to a new era of high-paid Cheap Football Practice Jerseys runners in the NFL. First, he’s got to prove this one-year bet on himself can pay Cheap European Soccer Jerseys off by finding a way to stay on the field for 16 effective games.

Cowboys again facing fine over number of suspended players

America’s Team? Maybe. Squeaky clean? Not exactly.

In fact, for the second season in a row, the Cowboys are facing being fined by the NFL because of the number of suspended players they have. reported that the NFL is finalizing its so-called remittance policy for 2017, but the Cowboys have three players suspended — DE Damontre Moore, DL David Irving and since-released WR Shaq Evans.

The team announced Tuesday that Reed visited a toe specialist in Charlotte, and there is no timetable for his return.

Reed has missed 18 games during his four NFL seasons. He also has 248 receptions for 2,602 yards and 20 touchdowns, including 11 touchdowns in 2015 alone. But his injury history is troubling.

Drafting a tight end in fantasy drafts can be tricky. Reed and Rob Gronkowski are two of the biggest names at the position, but they are also among the most unreliable in terms injury.

Despite his latest injury, Reed could still be an intriguing pick, especially if the toe injury drops him in drafts. With Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson out of town, Reed will likely be relied upon in the red zone by quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Even if Reed misses time (very likely), he could still threaten 10 touchdown receptions. However, for those who do gamble on Reed, make sure to get a Cheap Dog Jerseys solid backup such as Atlanta’s Austin Hooper or New Orleans’ Coby Fleener Cheap Echl Jerseys to fill in when needed.