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Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71), of Russia, skates with the puck against Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19), of Sweden, during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

After Sidney Crosby took a vicious cross check during the first period of game three against the Washington Capitals, the Pittsburgh Penguins have ruled out Crosby for game four of the series. With Crosby’s history of concussions, one could imagine that this might be a longer term issue than just game four. This is the time when the team’s other superstar, Evgeni Malkin, will have the spotlight on him.
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The New York Islanders have been playing from behind for almost their entire first round series against the Florida Panthers. One reason for that is because the Panthers have gotten off to fast starts in three of the first four games. Goals at 1:09, 4:32, 6:17, and 2:25 have put the Isles behind the 8-ball.

After taking back home ice advantage from the Panthers with an overtime win in game 3, the Isles came out with very little energy in game 4 and managed only a handful of uneventful shots on goal. Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic’s shot from the slot midway through the third period sealed the game as it found the back of the net. The 2-1 win by the Panthers has sent the two teams back to Florida, ultimately making this now a best-of-three series.
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The new NHL season is getting into gear, and it‘s going to be exciting to say the least. Ice hockey is the kind of sport that is pretty generous when it comes to surprising even the most weathered fans, and it’s safe to say that this year will be no different in this regard.

However, picking favorites is rather a sport in itself.  Ask me again on the Boxing Day, but for the time being, there are a few teams that look good enough to be in the top 5 at the very least. There’s also been a few notable rule changes – so let’s take a look.
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Photo courtesy of blackhawkup.com

Photo courtesy of blackhawkup.com

Scott Darling of the Chicago Blackhawks, came in for relief of Corey Crawford during the second period of tonight’s opening game of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. The dude has a glowing red ring around his feet. After saves like this one, HE’S ON FIRE
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tavares
New York Islanders captain John Tavares seemed like he just wanted it.  After trailing 2-0 to start the third period and then 3-1, Tavares and company scored three goals in the third, and with under 30 seconds left in overtime, Tavares took the puck at center ice and put on his own personal highlight show.
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Who Are The #WinterMets?

March 5, 2015 by

Wright Tavares
One night early in the hockey season, I saw a tweet that I got a kick out of. It was simple, and contained just a hashtag.

I said to myself – You know what? He’s right.
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There have been many athletes labeled as “once in a generation” or “game changing” throughout sports history. Names like Jordan, The Babe, and Gretzky have been synonymous with greatness. Wayne Gretzky was even nicknamed, “The Great One”.

I always wonder what it would have been like to see some of the greatest athletes of all time play in person. I’ve seen Jordan and Gretzky play, I’ve walked a bunch of holes following Tiger Woods at the British and US Opens, and I was even in the stands for Barry Bonds’ 650th homer. But there were so many other athletes that I wish I saw play in person.
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romo-topper

Heading into the 2014 season, I knew the Dallas Cowboys would be bad. They had just fielded the worst defense in NFL history, and lost key players to either injury or the salary cap. I tweeted a few times that they had a realistic shot at getting the #1 overall pick in the 2015 draft. When we did the TSB’s Training Camp Previews, I said that they would go 7-9. Sure buddy. What a homer.
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RedBullCrashedIce

Last year, Total Sports Blog made a donation to help athlete John Roufaiel reach his dream of competing in the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship, Red Bull Crashed Ice,  in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  This year, John needs your votes to get back to the event.  Click here to vote for John, and read the rest of this entry to see his video:

DON’T FORGET TO MOVE THE SLIDERS ALL THE WAY TO THE RIGHT BEFORE YOU CLICK “VOTE”

https://redbullcrashedice.create.it/entry/official-2015-red-bull-crashed-ice-wildcard-video-skating-to-give-hope-the-rise

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Photo courtesy of mrporter.com

Photo courtesy of mrporter.com

When you talk about New York sports, that used to mean championships. As 2014 comes to an end, we will take a look into which teams in the New York Metro area are the closest to winning a championship. Since 2000, only the New York Giants (2007, 2011) and New York Yankees (2000, 2009) have won a title.

The nine metropolitan teams are ranked in reverse order, from the farthest away to the closest to winning a championship.

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