The Pacers were 33-7 on Jan. 20 before limping to the finish

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The Pacers were 33-7 on Jan. 20 before limping to the finish

Postby wangshi » Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:59 am

VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks raised Pavel Bures No. Tommy Wingels Jersey . 10 to the rafters before honouring the franchises first superstar the best way they could -- with a rocket-fast start. Vancouver blitzed Toronto early and Roberto Luongo made 21 saves for his second shutout of the season Saturday as the Canucks defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0. After a 20-minute ceremony to retire Bures jersey, the Canucks came out flying, leading 1-0 on the scoreboard and 11-0 on the shot clock before the game was nine minutes old. "It was a great performance from the first minute to the last," said Luongo, who was sporting the Canucks Superman shirt for player of the game. "I dont even know why Im wearing this ... a ton of guys deserve it more than me in this locker-room tonight. We really kept the puck in their zone and cycled and created some chances and were in there pretty much the whole game." Known as the "Russian Rocket" for his lightning-quick speed, Bure would have been happy with the Canucks tempo early as Daniel Sedin opened the scoring for Vancouver after a frenetic opening few minutes that saw Toronto goalie James Reimer make a number of big saves. "We werent quite sure what was going to happen after the ceremony," said Luongo. "We were sitting there a long time but it was a great start for us." Zack Kassian, Chris Higgins and Dan Hamhuis also scored for the Canucks (10-5-1), who rebounded from a disappointing 2-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday with one of their best efforts of the season. "I know our guys werent happy how we played against Detroit," said Vancouver head coach John Tortorella. "We just wanted to simplify our game, play quick and just get to our forecheck. "No matter how long the ceremony was -- and it was a fantastic ceremony -- guys were focused on playing the game." Henrik Sedin, who along with his brother signed a four-year contract extension worth US$28 million on Friday, picked up an assist on Daniels goal to extend his point streak to 11 games (three goals, 10 assists). Reimer kept the Maple Leafs (10-5-0) in it most of the night, making 43 saves for a Toronto team that was outshot for the 13th time this season and had its three-game winning streak snapped. "It was a terrible game for us," said Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle. "Probably the worst game we have played this year." Leading 1-0 after a raucous first period, Vancouver made it 3-0 with goals in quick succession early in the second. Kassian made it 2-0 by firing a shot past Reimer that deflected in off Toronto defenceman Cody Franson at 2:07 on a play that might have cost the Maple Leafs more than a goal against. Gritty forward Dave Bolland suffered a laceration to his left leg on a hit by Kassian earlier in the sequence and had to be helped to the locker-room. He left Rogers Arena on a stretcher and was scheduled to have surgery later Saturday. Carlyle said Bollands situation was similar to the Achilles tendon injury that felled Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson for a large chunk of last season. "I dont know the severity or which tendon," said Carlyle. "But he did suffer a cut into that area." Not surprisingly, Kassian said there was no intent on his part to injure Bolland on the play. "I went in their hard to finish my hit, I dont know what happened but it was a clean hit," said Kassian. "I know it was clean." Higgins then ripped a shot past Reimer on a 2-on-1 rush to make it 3-0 at 5:05 after rookie Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly misplayed the puck at the Vancouver blue-line. After Toronto killed off a two-minute two-man advantage, Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk was stoned by Luongo on a backhand chance on a power play late in the period that would have given his team life after 40 minutes. Toronto was shorthanded three times in the first nine minutes of the third period, but Reimer kept his team alive before Hamhuis rounded out the scoring at 14:48. With his team buzzing early in the first, Luongo had to stay sharp at the other end. "I was getting antsy, sitting out there for 20, 25 minutes (for the Bure ceremony) and the first 10 minutes of the game not getting any shots," he said. "I had a lot of built up energy." Reimer was strong early with four big stops just over four minutes in, including a miraculous desperation pad save on Alexandre Burrows that could be an early-season candidate for save of the year. Vancouver finally got one past the Toronto goalie at 5:55 on the power play. The Canucks came into the game tied for 28th in the NHL with the man advantage but connected when Ryan Keslers touch pass found Henrik Sedin in front. The Canucks captain rifled a shot that deflected in off Daniel Sedin for Vancouvers fifth power-play goal this season. Toronto got its first shot of the night at 8:17, but Phil Kessels effort from the slot was gobbled up by Luongo on what would be a long night for the Maple Leafs. "It wasnt our sharpest game and they are a really good team over there," said Reimer. "They took advantage of the fact we werent the best team." Notes: Bure scored 254 goals and 224 assists in 428 games with Vancouver over seven seasons. ... Luongos other shutout this season came against the Buffalo Sabres on Oct. 17. ... Daniel Sedins goal in the first period was just the Canucks second power-play goal at home this season. ... Saturdays game marked the return of Mason Raymond to Vancouver. The Maple Leafs forward, who spent seven seasons with the Canucks, was not offered a contract in the off-season and made the Toronto roster on a tryout. So far in 2013-14, the 28-year-old has five goals and six assists. ... Former Canucks tough guy Gino Odjick got a big ovation during Bures ceremony. Also on hand was Pat Quinn, who was Bures first coach with Vancouver. Glenn Hall Jersey . -- The NFL Players Association wants to determine if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers leaked information about quarterback Josh Freeman being in the NFLs substance abuse program. Jonathan Toews Jersey . Philippe Desrosiers stopped 42 shots through overtime and three more in the shootout to pick up his third shutout of the season for Rimouski (31-15-7). Zachary Fucale made 28 saves for Halifax (34-17-3) in the loss. http://www.officialblackhawksauthority.com/ed-belfour-blackhawks-jersey-c-27/ . Notes on Bergeron, Marchand, Gorges, Vanek, Gaborik, Doughty, Hiller and more. BRUINS STORM BACK TO TAKE GAME TWO The Boston Bruins rallied from a 3-1 deficit, scoring four unanswered goals, to win Game Two, 5-3 over the Montreal Canadiens.WASHINGTON -- The doubts raised about the Indiana Pacers were more than justified. The way they dispatched the Washington Wizards shows that perhaps the Pacers have dismissed any and all dysfunction. Roy Hibbert revived himself in Game 2. Team defence smothered the way to a win in Game 3. Paul George went off for 39 points in Game 4. And, after an ugly Game 5, David West came up big in the clincher. West scored 29 points Thursday night, the Pacers blew a 16-point second-half lead but pulled away late in a 93-80 win that ousted the Wizards in six games. "With all the adversity, we kept pulling together," West said. "Guys just showed unbelievable grit, unbelievable toughness." So, for all their mysterious slumps and chemistry curiosities, the Pacers are back where they were last season -- playing the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals. Game 1 against the two-time defending NBA champions is Sunday in Indianapolis. "We just keep a bubble," said Hibbert, whose off-and-on disappearing act was one of the more baffling late-season developments. "We dont try to let our emotions show too much. Sometimes it does. But we stuck together." Indiana took Miami to seven games a year ago. If the Pacers spread the wealth the way they did against the Wizards, LeBron James and the Heat could be in for a tough series. On Thursday, it was Wests turn. He went 13 for 26 from the field -- a career playoff-high in shot attempts. His pair of jumpers, including a tough fade-away, started a game-ending 20-6 run after Bradley Beals 3-pointer gave the Wizards a one-point lead with 8 1/2 minutes to play. "When David West has that look, when hes assertive and he demands the ball, I know were in good hands," said George, who was just 4 for 11 and scored 12 points. "Hes never failed us when hes given us that look and hes told us in the huddles, Get me the ball." Marcin Gortat scored 19 points, and John Wall had 12 points and nine assists for the Wizards, who ended their best playoff run in decades. Washington won a playoff series for the first time since 2005 and a second-round game for the first time since 1982. The Wizards were ultimately undone by an inability to win at home, going just 1-4 aat the Verizon Center and 5-1 on the road in the playoffs. Lance Bouma Jersey. The future looks bright, however, with youngsters Wall and Beal manning the backcourt. "Nobody expected us to be here," Wall said. "I think a lot of teams respect us now. We definitely made Indiana earn it." They appeared to have a fix on the home-court demons when Beal stole a rebound from Hibbert, then hit the 3-pointer that put the Wizards up 74-73. But that was Washingtons only lead of the second half. The Wizards went five minutes without a point, including a span of three turnovers in four possessions, and scored only two field goals the rest of the way. "We spent so much energy trying to just make that comeback," Beal said, "we just ended up being dead at the end." The Pacers were 33-7 on Jan. 20 before limping to the finish, barely holding on to the conferences No. 1 seed. Things didnt look much better when they were pushed to seven games in the first round by eighth-seeded Atlanta, or when they lost Game 1 at home to the Wizards. Then after winning three in a row, there was the embarrassing Game 5, when Indy lost by 23 and was outrebound 62-23. "Nobody was happy about it," Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. "And they came out and played angry." The Wizards had to reschedule a Lady Gaga concert to host the game, upsetting the singers fans and prompting an apology from team owner Ted Leonsis. Instead of Little Monsters in the arena, there were big ones -- such as a 56-40 deficit early in the third quarter. But the Wizards answered with an 11-2 run capped by Walls 1-on-3 transition layup, Washingtons first fast-break basket. Wall was particularly assertive at the start of the fourth quarter, but the Pacers defence held firm when it mattered, with nary a sign of adversity. "Weve been through it all this season," said Lance Stephenson, who added 17 points. "And I feel like everything that we went through made us stronger." Notes: Wall expressed his support for coach Randy Wittman, whose contract is expiring. ... Gortat on the Wizards home woes: "Maybe we have to be locked before the game in the hotel and have a team breakfast in the morning, have two buses from the hotel to the game." Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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