What 5-year deal with Zibanejad means for Rangers

Can Mika Zibanejad be a No. 1 center on a Stanley Cup-contending team? The Rangers are banking that he can.

Zibanejad and the Blueshirts avoided arbitration Tuesday, agreeing to a five-year contract that will pay the 24-year-old pivot an average of $5.35 million per season, double what he made on his previous deal.

“It was something I was hoping was going to happen,” Zibanejad said of the long-term agreement. “I am super happy the deal got done and super happy to be staying in New York the next five years.”

It’s the first time Ottawa has been shut out since Feb. 24. And though the Senators have held the defending champions to two goals in two games, they find themselves all even as the series shifts to Ottawa for Wednesday’s Game 3.

“When Phil is emotional in the game, he’s into it, and he’s a threat out there,” Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said after making 23 saves in the shutout effort. “Again, tonight he came up big for us.”

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3. Craig Anderson, Senators — Anderson is expected to come through with the save on Kessel’s shot, but he otherwise made 28 saves in a pristine performance.

2. Marc-Andre Fleury, Penguins — Fleury became the 12th goalie in NHL history to record 10 career postseason shutouts with his 23-save showing.

1. Phil Kessel, Penguins — Kessel now has 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) with a plus-10 rating in 14 games these playoffs.

The Senators are the feel-good story of the playoffs. Discounted against the Bruins in the first round and again upon drawing the Rangers, they’ve responded by going 6-2 in decisive fashion. It’s easy to forget Ottawa has held the home-ice advantage in both series. Coming off a pair of comeback victories, the sneaky Sens can put themselves on the brink of an Eastern Conference finals berth with more of Make Cheap Jerseys the same in La Galaxy Cheap Jerseys Game 3.

NHL playoffs: Fleury’s early exit leaves Penguins coach Mike Sullivan with tough call

The Penguins were embarrassed 5-1 by the Senators in Game 3 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals Wednesday, and now Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is under fire after a rough outing.

Fleury allowed four goals on the Senators’ first nine shots in the first period before he was pulled in favor of Matt Murray. Fleury’s struggles could cause the Penguins to start Murray in Game 4 on Friday.

Forsberg then tied the game 3:54 into the third on a rebound and Josi caught Ducks goalie John Gibson looking the wrong way on a rebound for the easy game-winner. Josi’s goal was set up by a terrible penalty by the Ducks’ Chris Wagner for high-sticking Ellis with 3:55 left. It snapped Nashville’s 0-for-11 drought with the man advantage.

The Predators are the first NHL team in 20 years to win 10 consecutive home playoff games.

Not since the 2011-12 Kings has a team seemed so certain to make it all the way.

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3. Filip Forsberg, Predators — Forsberg has a goal in all three games in the series, brining his playoff point total to 11.

2. John Gibson, Ducks — Gibson made 38 saves and was run over twice. His mental lapse on the final goal put a damper on an otherwise excellent performance that kept the Ducks in Game 3.

1. Roman Josi, Predators — Josi is tied with fellow defenseman Ryan Ellis with 10 points in these playoffs, second in the NHL behind Erik Karlsson.

Eastern Conference finals: Penguins at Senators, Game 3, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN (Series tied 1-1) — Ottawa has effectively deployed its methodical trap system in all but one period so far in the series, but Phil Kessel exploited that lapse and it’s now a best-of-five affair. The Sens will continue to do what Fc Barcelona Cheap Jerseys has worked; it’s up to the Penguins to capitalize on the few opportunities Find Cheap Jerseys they’ll be afforded.

Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis says Achilles ‘doesn’t feel right’

The Knicks were without star forward Kristaps Porzingis for Saturday’s 129-122 loss against the Rockets, and he might miss even more time.

Porzingis is currently dealing with Achilles soreness but is not scheduled to undergo an MRI at this time. Still, Porzingis is aware of the dangers associated with this type of injury — especially for big men.

“I started feeling it a couple of games ago, it was a little bit of pain and after (Friday) night’s game it was sensitive (Saturday) morning and I woke up and it’s best thing to do is rest it,” Porzingis said, via The New York Post. “I felt it right away when I woke up (Saturday) morning from walking around — sore and tight. It didn’t feel right.

But Jackson needed talent, even if it was flawed. Anthony should be used to that sort of approach from his front office, no matter who is in the decision-maker’s chair.

Flawed talent has been the hallmark of the Knicks’ slate of transactions since Anthony has been in New York, for the last six-and-a-half years. Put him with one-legged Amare Stoudemire. Put him with Tyson Chandler and 32-year-old Baron Davis. Put him with out-of-shape Raymond Felton, or with the flunked-out Andrea Bargnani. The list of Anthony’s big-name, low-production teammates goes on. Now, it winds up with Rose as a New Vikings Jerseys Cheap headliner.

The one good thing Jackson and the Knicks have done—draft Kristaps Porzingis—gives them some hope for the future. But the best years of Porzingis and Anthony are just not going NFL Jerseys Nike overlap.

Timberwolves rookie literally dribbled around Portland’s Shabazz Napier before dishing an assist

Luol Deng was supposed to be the wily, productive veteran on a young Lakers roster. But Sunday night he was nothing more than dead weight. In 30 minutes, Deng shot 1 of 6 from the floor and finished with two points in a 123-114 loss to the Raptors.

Timberwolves rookie literally dribbled around Portland’s Shabazz Napier before dishing an assist. However, the Trail Blazers won the game behind C.J. McCollum’s 43 points.

On one bench we have Russell Westbrook, the triple-double, highlight machine. And on the other there’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, the 6-11 “Greek Freak” capable of scoring 40 points and blocking 10 shots on the same night. Both teams are coming off losses, so expect these two young stars to put on a show and give NBA fans a glimpse of showdowns to come for the next decade.

“I’ve enjoyed my time here. It’s been a learning experience, it’s been challenging and it’s been cool all in the same,” Wade said. “I feel — for my career, for me — I needed this. I needed to see what the other side was like, too. … But I’m definitely very open and honest that Jimmy is one of the reasons I’m here from a basketball standpoint and, as we sit here right now, he’s here, I’m here, we’re happy. You don’t know what’s to go from there.”

Added Wade: “You kind of sit back and — being 35 — you kind of evaluate your years. What do you want to do? How many more years you thinking about playing? What’s the best thing to do? Is it to sign a contract, or is it to opt out and try to get a longer [deal]?”

The Bulls would be better off trading Rajon Rondo and Robin Lopez but are going to have Nike NFL Jerseys Supply a hard time doing so. Butler is turning into one of the league’s best but if the Bulls want a team Raiders Cheap Jerseys for the future it may be best to sell high.

Carmelo Anthony: ‘I’ve proven’ loyalty to Knicks

Carmelo Anthony recently spoke out about the Knicks, but he says New York is still where he wants to be.

“I think I’ve proven that,” Anthony told reporters (via NorthJersey.com) about his desire to remain a Knick. “I don’t have to speak on that. I think I’ve proven that over the years, day in and day out. Regardless of what’s going on that’s surrounding this team, any talk, anything. I’ve still showed that me being here, coming to work, being professional, got to answer you guys’ questions every day, got to deal with you all, I still remain positive about that. I don’t think I have to prove that to anybody.”

Acoba, 30, used D’Angelo Russell’s trademark “ice in my veins” celebration after the shot as Russell himself, along with Nick Young and Julius Randle, came over to congratulate him.

“It’s good to see a lot of fans keeping that ‘ice in the veins’ going,” Russell said after the game . “I appreciate everybody for that. That’s a lot of money, man. Take care of it.”

Immediately after, Acoba, from Tulare, Calif., told the capacity crowd he planned to use the money to upgrade his mother’s aging van.

“She’s always been there for me when I need her,” Acoba said. “She’s always there to help me out. It’s my turn to repay the favor to her.”

Acoba’s nieces, at the game with him and his wife, joked beforehand that he should “just pay our tuition” if he made it, but his wife, Lenslie, admitted that the odds were against her husband.

A few hours later, Jerald Acoba was saying, “It’s surreal Super Cheap Jerseys Fans right now. I Vip Cheap Jerseys can’t believe it’s just happening right now.”

the sounds of silence are music to his ears.

Beal has knocked down a lot of those shots. He’s averaging a career-high 22.0 points a contest. The uptick in Beal’s stats has directly correlated with Wall’s development. The duo has come a long way from talk about their “tendency to dislike each other” before the season.

“My boy Brad should’ve been an All-Star,” Wall said. “He’s putting up the numbers. They’re going stop overlooking us.”

Eight years ago, Wall was motivated to prove he was worthy of being the first pick. Now he’s motivated to prove that his team is a threat to the Eastern Conference hierarchy. He’s become the clear leader of a team that is on the rise.

Earlier, Wall said that the Wizards can make the conference finals. If he keeps playing at this clip, he might prove himself as a clairvoyant.

“We know what it takes to get respect in this league,” Wall said. “If we keep Basketball Jerseys Cheap winning we are going to silence all the critics.”

For Wall, the sounds of silence are music to his ears.

It’s funny the biggest question revolves around arguably the Eagles’ most talented offensive lineman, right tackle Lane Johnson. He had a dominant season in both run blocking and pass protection before Basketball Jerseys For Sale and after his 10-game suspension. When Johnson was serving his second career performance-enhancing drug ban, multiple players struggled to fill his spot, stretching them a little at left guard, too. The Eagles need to be able to trust Johnson, and if they can, Wentz and the rushing attack will get a stable boost.

The fate of Pro Bowl center Jason Kelce, who turns 30 in November, is tied to competition on the interior line. Between second-year man Isaac Semaulo, Stefan Wisniewski and undrafted rookie Tyler Orlosky, there are fallbacks should the team move Kelce’s big contract later in the offseason. If Kelce hangs around, the Eagles’ best battle would emerge at left guard between Semaulo and 32-year-old, free-agent-to-be Allen Barbre. However you look at it, a non-banned Johnson makes this a very deep and talented unit.

Kevin Love’s expedited return vs. Jazz has healthier Cavaliers trending up

Kevin Love’s earlier-than-expected return to the Cavaliers paid dividends Thursday against the Jazz.

Love, who hadn’t played since Feb. 11, logged 20 minutes and came one rebound shy of a double-double (10 points, nine boards) to help Cleveland score an important 91-83 win over Utah in his return.

The four-time All-Star was a surprise addition to the starting lineup about an hour before tipoff. He underwent arthroscopic surgery Feb. 14 to remove “loose bodies” in his left knee and at the time was given a 6-8 week recovery timeline. But Love was cleared by team medical staff after participating in drills Tuesday and Wednesday.

Cavaliers general manager David Griffin said earlier this week Love was on track to return during Cleveland’s upcoming four-game road trip, which begins Saturday.

Instead, he was able to settle in for a game at Quicken Loans Arena before hitting the road.

Not a moment too soon for the defending NBA champions, who went 7-6 with Love out of the lineup, ceding ground to the Celtics and Wizards for the Eastern Conference’s top seed.

The Cavaliers, now winners of two in a row, saw both Kyrie Irving (left knee tightness) and Iman Shumpert (sprained left shoulder) exit Thursday’s game with injuries, though coach Tyronn Lue said Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal both are “fine” and not expected to miss a game.

Love is in the midst of his best season in Cleveland, averaging 20 points and 11.1 Buy Cheap Jerseys rebounds before the injury.

Pelicans still searching for first win in the Boogie-‘Brow era after loss to Spurs

Aerosmith said it best: “You’ve got to lose to know how to win.” The Pelicans are learning just that.

Since acquiring DeMarcus Cousins from a trade with the Kings, the Pelicans are 0-4 in games where both Cousins and teammate Anthony Davis play. Not quite cause for concern yet, but you’d think the Pelicans would have secured at least one win at this point.

Westbrook achieved history in one fell swoop by grabbing a defensive rebound and lobbing an assist to Taj Gibson during the third quarter, bringing his game total to 12 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds at the time. After the play, he acknowledged the crowd at Chesapeake Energy Arena, which rose for a standing ovation.

It was Westbrook’s seventh consecutive triple-double, his second such streak Cheap MLB Jerseys this season, and the 78th of his career, tied with Wilt Chamberlain for fourth-most all time.

Needless to say, the six-time All-Star is putting up MVP-caliber numbers — 31. 9 points, 10.4 assists, 10.6 rebounds — and could become the first player to average a triple-double since Robertson during that 1961-62 season.

The Thunder next play Wednesday at Memphis with a chance for Westbrook to claim sole possession of one of the NBA’s most hallowed records.

Maybe we should give up on Calipari being determined to return to the NBA. Every year, Calipari is connected to an NBA job, with the presumption that he will want to take over front office duties, too, and every year Calipari tweets out his denial and remains in place with the Wildcats.

Derrick Rose suffers torn meniscus, complicating offseason free agency plans

Knicks guard Derrick Rose will miss the last few games of the season after tearing the meniscus in his left knee. According to a Knicks tweet, an MRI revealed the injury, and it will require arthroscopy.

While it won’t affect the Knicks’ season much — they’re currently 29-47 — the injury comes at a particularly bad time for Rose, who is apparently heading for free agency in the offseason. He has had multiple knee problems since his 2010-11 MVP season with the Chicago Bulls. He missed the entire 2012-13 season, played only 10 games the following season, and missed substantial time in every season since.

It doesn’t sound like a deal will be made by Thursday’s deadline, but the discussions are worth mentioning. The Vertical reported this week that George has considered joining the Lakers when he becomes a free agent in 2018 since the All-Star grew up a Lakers fan in California.

As for a trade elsewhere, the only other real destination for George, unless something wild happens, would be the Celtics. Boston reportedly also asked the Pacers about their star but got about as far as the Lakers did.

Other teams have called as well, per ESPN, but the reaction they get is that Indiana is looking to “get a detailed read of the market for potential down-the-road deals” instead of a trade before NHL Hockey Jerseys the deadline. While that news doesn’t exactly comfort Lakers fans, it should worry Pacers fans.

George recently made comments that made it sound as if he’s NFL Jerseys From China prepared to leave the Pacers if they don’t make themselves a competitive team. Combine this with Indiana’s willingness to trade him, and it sounds like the Paul George era in Indy could come to an end soon.

Rays’ power surge may be the biggest surprise of homer-happy season

The Rays entered the 2017 season having never finished in the top five for team home runs. Their first baseman, Logan Morrison, entered 2017 with only one 20-homer season.

So it’s safe to assume that nobody expected Morrison to already have a career high 24 home runs — tied for second in all of baseball — on a team that has the second most home runs in baseball: 128. That includes Morrison.

“It’s just a good start,” Morrison said when asked whether he thought he would near the top of the leaderboard. “I’ve got to keep it going.”

But it’s not just Morrison who’s had a power surge for Tampa Bay this year. It’s been a team wide effort. Seven Rays already have nine home runs. They only had eight players hit that many Hot Cheap Jerseys each of the past two seasons.

However, if you look back at previous All-Star Game rosters, there is another group of players who jump out. On each roster, there are one or two players who unexpectedly found themselves in one of baseball’s biggest showcases. One impressive first half of a season can have a player rubbing elbows with the best players in the game. One look at their names will cause fans to ask, “Who was this guy again?”

For the NFL franchise with the most Super Bowl titles (six), success starts at the top. The Rooneys are tremendous people and great franchise operators. I’ve known, liked and respected Dan and Art II for more than 30 years. They were bred to run the Steelers and, despite all the Houston Texans Cheap Jerseys winning seasons and championships, have remained friendly, humble, low-ego and never in panic mode.