Seguin snaps scoreless tie in 3rd, Stars beat Kings 2-0

Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock could see the improved play in his Stars, but positive results had been elusive.

The Stars had lost consecutive games, been shut out in two of their last four and late Thursday night against the Kings were stuck in a scoreless game.

But then Tyler Seguin finally broke through with a goal with 8:27 remaining and Dallas beat Los Angeles 2-0 in a matchup of teams fighting for a Western Conference playoff spot.

But the second period brought a quick reversal, with Dallas putting constant pressure on goalie Jonathan Quick as Los Angeles’ offense all but disappeared.

Still, the game was scoreless as Seguin prepared to take a faceoff in the Kings end a little more than midway through the third.

“Right before the faceoff, Seguin came back to me and said, `Look for my stick if I get it to you,” Pateryn said. “He got it back to me and I basically looked him right in the eyes and shot it right for his stick.”

Connor made it 3-0 with a power play goal with 1:29 left in the first, chipping in a rebound off of a Wheeler shot. Connor has scored four goals in his last three games.

“We turned a couple of (pucks) over early and then one of our offensive lines got in the penalty box and he (Hellebuyck) made some saves on that PK that was good and gave us time to get our legs going,” Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said.

Laine extended his goals streak to four games, beating Allen clean from the right circle at 6:04 of the second period.

“I thought we came out with good jump,” Blues forward Alexander Steen said. “We let in a couple of goals and dug ourselves a hole. I think we were a little spread out against a solid team. They play with good foundation to their game and we got extremely spread out at times during the game.”

Hellebuyck made several key saves early as the Blues had the first seven shots of the game. Hellebuyck also made tough saves on Brayden Schenn and Steen during a power play late in the second.jays_534_8ac3e064efceb7c4-180x180

Celtics strong out of the break, rout Pistons 110-98

Daniel Theis did his part to add to Germany’s big day.

The Boston rookie scored a career-high 19 points to lift the Celtics to a 110-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. Afterward, Theis tried to bring some attention to a surprising Olympic victory for his native country.

“It’s a good day for me. Germany beat Canada in hockey, we won here, so I’m happy,” Theis said. “When I was at breakfast and (assistant coach) Scott Morrison walked in, I was just smiling, because he’s from Canada.”

Blake Griffin scored 17 points for Detroit but shot just 5 of 19 from the field.

Theis eclipsed his previous career high of 12 points. He played an important role after Aron Baynes, the starting center for the Celtics, went to the locker room in the first half with a left elbow injury. Baynes played only 2:39.

Ish Smith made his first eight shots and finished with 20 points for the Pistons. Detroit led 39-37 in the second quarter before a 21-5 run by Boston. The Celtics were ahead 61-49 at halftime.

Timberlake has done this before — he was the halftime performer for the 2004 Super Bowl in Houston between the Patriots and Carolina Panthers. Yes, that’s the same year the infamous wardrobe malfunction with him and Janet Jackson took place in front of millions of people. Timberlake has made it clear he won’t be doing anything like that again on Sunday:

“It’s just one of those things where you go, like, ‘Yeah, what do you want me to say?’ We’re not going to do that again,” Timberlake told Lowe.

”I stumbled through it. To be quite honest, I had my wires crossed. It’s just something that you have to look back on and go, ‘OK, well, you can’t change what’s happened, but you can move forward and learn from it.”

Timberlake released a new album, Man Of The Woods, earlier this year, but aside from his single “Filthy,” he’ll probably mix some of his classic songs into the performance. And given that Minneapolis is the hometown of Prince, who passed away in 2016, it wouldn’t be a surprise if there was some sort of tribute to the past Super Bowl performer, as well.bears_092-223x223

The Dutch have positively owned the speedskating events at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

On Sunday, they’ll have the chance to add to their pile of gold medals in what’s arguably the country’s strongest event.

It wouldn’t be the first time — Jorien ter Mors squeaked by Kodaira to earn gold in the 1000m race.

As you can imagine, the talent pool wasn’t always that great. But that isn’t why the format was altered the first time. The lockout in the 1998-99 season changed everything for the Rookie Challenge. The game was cancelled and the rookies from the 1998 season didn’t get a chance to compete.

Maia and Alex are set for 18th in the short program order. Right after them is the American team of Madison Chock and Evan Bates. The third and final U.S. team is Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, who will start 22nd out of 24 pairings.

“We were kind of waiting for something good to happen and nothing good happened and we weren’t able to overcome that,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said.

Such sloppy play stood in stark contrast to the efficiency the Jazz (30-29) showed during their lengthy winning streak. Utah averaged 13.6 turnovers per game in that stretch and the Jazz tallied 19 turnovers combined over their two most recent wins.

After dealing with injuries to several players, the Rangers are starting to get healthier. Veteran defenseman Marc Staal, out since Feb. 3 with a strained neck, will return against the Canadiens and be paired with Anthony DeAngelo. Vigneault said forward Chris Kreider (blood clot) also is close to returning, but he will not make the trip to Montreal. The coach said defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk (knee), Ryan McDonagh (upper body) and Pavelec have all started skating as they work their way back and also will remain in New York.

Defenseman Rob O’Gara, acquired from Boston on Tuesday in the deal that sent Nick Holden to the Bruins, will make his Rangers debut against the Canadiens. The 24-year-old will be paired with fellow rookie John Gilmour.jaguars_004-223x223

Several Eagles players have said they will not attend the traditional Super Bowl champions’ visit to the White House.

As cleanup from the celebrations in Philadelphia continued Monday, some Eagles players had business of their own to handle, declaring they would not visit President Donald Trump at the White House.

Safety Malcolm Jenkins, a leader in the player’s coalition that has met with NFL officials about social justice issues, explained his reasons Monday to CNN.

There has long been precedent for athletes skipping championship commemorations at the White House; Celtics legend Larry Bird once passed on a visit with President Ronald Reagan at the White House, saying, “If the president wants to see me, he knows where to find me.” Yet they’ve become more common, and source of controversy, during President Trump’s time in office.

The Patriots attended last year’s celebration, although a sizable number of players were missing. The NBA champion Golden State Warriors opted not to accept their invitation last year when the president uninvited Stephen Curry for his comments on the president. The NCAA basketball champion Tar Heels did not attend a commemoration because of a “scheduling conflict.”

Conspiracy theories involving the Patriots have jumped the shark. Each cycle is more absurd than the last, and it has mutated into something almost as painful as the Patriots’ long-term success is for many.

New England’s 24-20 victory over Jacksonville in the AFC title game amplified the theories, and by now you know the routine. Max Kellerman questioned the officials on ESPN’s “First Take.” Memes of smiling referees and detailed video compilations of how the Patriots cheat were generated in excess after Brady led a fourth-quarter comeback. The narrative was scripture long before CNN’s Jake Tapper branded the Patriots “cheaters.” That’s how broad the reach of the perception runs.

When you put it all together, it’s a bunch of loose strands that stretch too far off the field. The Patriots won the game. Moreover, the Jaguars lost the game. Jacksonville choked, plain and simple.patriots_050_432816d500d73104-180x180