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It was Halloween Night at PPG Paints Arena, and the Philadelphia Flyers left feeling spooked.

The Penguins, led by their captain Sidney Crosby, scored four goals in the first period en route to a 7-1 drubbing on Tuesday night.

Crosby, 32, scored a goal and three points in the contest, and he looked like, well, Sidney Crosby. Meaning he was relentless at both ends of the rink and completely dominant on every shift. And the stat sheet bore out that result.

Goals: 1
Assists: 2
Points: 3
Plus-minus: +3
Shots: 6
Faceoffs: 8-6 (57 percent)

Heck, he even threw in two penalty minutes for good measure. If it weren’t for him seeing limited ice time in the third period with the lopsided score (he finished with 16:51 minutes in the game), Crosby could have finished with four, five, even six points on the evening.

Crosby always gets up for contests against the Penguins cross-state rivals. He now has 102 career points (42G-60A) in just 68 career regular-season games against Philadelphia.

“You knew there is always a little more in those games (against the Flyers),” Crosby said.

That moved him past Wayne Gretzky for fourth place on the all-time points list against the Flyers – behind only three former Penguins (Mario Lemieux, 124; Jaromir Jagr, 120; Bryan Trottier, 117).

“I wasn’t aware of that. Those are side notes that you guys keep track of,” Crosby said. “That’s good. Those are big games and you want to play well in those ones.”

Crosby set up the Penguins’ third goal of the evening to get his first point of the night. He won a puck battle in the corner and found linemate Dominik Simon streaking into the circle. See-pass-shot-goal.

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Next, Crosby took matters (or the puck) into his own hands. He backpedaled through the slot with the puck on his stick. He waited, waited, waited, boom. Top shelf and a 4-0 lead for Pittsburgh.

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Was the captain satisfied with that? Of course not. Set scene for the second period. A loose puck was bouncing around the Flyers’ crease. Crosby was battling at the post with Ivan Provorov. Jake Guentzel’s shot from the slot went off the post, and Provorov accidentally knocked the puck into his own net due to the pressure from Crosby.

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Crosby played the contest wearing protective face gear around his chin after getting hit in the face by a shot last Saturday. He noted that the gear makes it harder to see when you look down. It didn’t seem to bother him too much on this evening.

Though he did think that he would have scored on Guentzel’s goal had he been able to see the puck in his feet.

“I would normally have that one, I’d like to think,” Crosby said. “A few around the net when the puck’s in your feet it’s harder to pick up.”

Perhaps most impressive though is the plays that don’t end up on that stat sheet. Crosby was strong on the puck in the offensive zone, circling around the goal and using his strong frame to guard against checkers. Whenever he lost the puck, Crosby was quick to retrieve it.

Crosby took a heavy hit from Philadelphia’s Matt Niskanen. His response? Got right back on his feet, charged to the net and got off a shot.

And those are the plays that set the tone for the rest of the team. As defenseman Brian Dumoulin said of the top line: “They are the horse that drives the cart.”

As Crosby leads, the Pens will follow. And they followed him to a 7-1 victory.

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JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Tomahawks are proud to announce that Pittsburgh Penguins legend Pierre Larouche will drop the ceremonial game puck for the Tomahawks home game versus the New Jersey Titans on Friday, Feb. 17, 7:30pm at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.
The event coincides with Red Out Night promotion presented by Health Care Credit Union and TUDI Mechanical to benefit the American Heart Association. Larouche will be available to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.
A native of Taschereau, Quebec, Larouche first came to Western Pennsylvania after being drafted 8th overall by the Penguins in the 1974 draft. Known as the Penguins first superstar, Larouche was the first to score 50 goals in a season.

In four seasons with the Penguins, Larouche compiled 253 points in 240 games. He won 2 Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens as a player and two Stanley Cups as part of the Penguins front office staff. He is a member of the Penguins all-time team.

Beyond his prolific hockey career, which ended in 1988, Larouche has been involved in the Penguins front office staff as a corporate liaison and advisor to the ownership group.
For tickets to the February 17 home game, please visit the War Memorial Box Office, order online at Ticketmaster.com or over the phone at 1-800-745-3000.
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Jim Paek Jersey Penguins

Welcome to our new series on who wore each number best for the Penguins.

The idea is being openly borrowed from our new hockey writer, Cody Tucker, and his project at the Lansing State Journal covering all the uniform numbers worn through Michigan State football history, one that’s been well received by their readers and prompted heavy discussion and debate.

Under my organization, and following the voting of a big chunk of our staff, we’ll publish one new one each day until completion, which should be right around the start of training camp.

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Name: Jim Paek
Number: 2
Position: Defenseman
Born: April 7, 1967 in Seoul, South Korea
Seasons with Penguins: 1990-95
Statistics with Penguins: 170 games, four goals, 26 assists in regular season, 27 games, one goal, four assists in playoffs

Glen Sather Jersey Penguins

The changes in New York continue as the Rangers announced on Thursday that Glen Sather, who has served as team president since 2000, is stepping down from the role to become Senior Advisor to the owner and alternate governor.

“Since he first joined the Rangers 19 years ago, Glen Sather has been singularly focused on delivering our fans a team that can consistently compete for the Stanley Cup,” said Rangers owner James Dolan in a statement. “In doing so, Glen has become one of the most successful executives in Rangers history, and his current strategy has set the team on the right path to achieve our ultimate goal. Glen and I will work closely together to identify his successor. We thank Glen for his dedication to the Rangers, and to all of hockey, and look forward to his continued contributions to our team in his advisory role.”

Sather was also the team’s general manager from 2000-2015. Jeff Gorton, who took over as GM, will remain in the position as the franchise begins its search for a new president. After consistency for many years in the executive offices, this move continues the transition as the franchise moves forward.

During Sather’s time as GM, the Rangers won 556 games, reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs nine times, played in three Eastern Conference Finals, advanced to the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, and won the 2014-15 Presidents’ Trophy. They’ve reached the playoffs since he focused solely on the team president role, but with an aging roster and Gorton now in charge the franchise has headed toward a youth movement.

After winning five Cup rings during his time as head coach and general manager of the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980s, Sather, a 1997 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, told Larry Brooks of the New York Post his one regret is not bringing a championship back to New York.

“We had the opportunity to do it, but those three overtime losses in the final in LA…that’s the biggest regret,” he said. “But then also the reality that we were starting to get older—not me personally, but the team—and we could see that we would need to make changes to get better. That’s always painful.”

The goal is to have Sather’s replacement in place by July 1.

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

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Matt Vensel: Hello from Brooklyn, Penguins fans. Happy to chat with you again this week. Submit your questions now. We’ll get going in two minutes.

burt reynolds: Two questions. 1. Who picks up an “A” with Malkin/Letang out? 2. In the 90s, the local press once referred to Wendell Young as the “most well rested backup in the NHL”. It feels like Chad Ruhwedel is on that path – he barely gets into any games. What is the reason to keep him on the roster if they are not going to use him?
Matt Vensel: Burt, I believe we’ve seen Brian Dumoulin and Patric Hornqvist wear the A this season when guys were out. So there’s that answer. As for the second one, I did expect the Penguins to play Ruhwedel tonight because of the lefty-righty preference but it looks like it will be Juuso Riikola. I don’t see the big deal with keeping Chad around, though. He is cheap, well-liked and is cool with his role as a break-glass-in-case-of-emergency guy.

gamer: imho Rutherford is still, after all this time, trying to make up for losing Ian Cole a few years back. They had finally built great chemistry late that year, and even actually handled/beat the Caps right before that trade. If you look at the trades & moves since, the Pens have been trying to replace all that Cole brought them. Toughness not afraid to fight & protecting teammates, top shot-blocker, clearing front of the net, decent O-skills, good locker room guy, etc. Should’ve just paid the man and been happy with winning more cups. Your thoughts?
Matt Vensel: I’m not sure about all that. But, in a vacuum, we’re talking about Ian Cole versus Jack Johnson here. I, too, would prefer Cole, I think. But Jack’s been OK this year and I think he will be good for John Marino once Letang returns. Jack has his flaws as a player, but he is a good, steady, experienced pro who can help Marino come along.

Randy Butternubs: Hello Matthew. Who in the front office has the responsibility of calculating the daily cap hits/salary and submitting them to the NHL? Is this Rutherford or does he hand this off to someone else?
Matt Vensel: Randy, Jason Karmanos helps Jim Rutherford out with that. But they do miss Jason Botterill, who was a whiz with the salary cap stuff.

Penguins defenseman Kris Letang takes the puck away from Anaheim Ducks right wing Carter Rowney Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at the PPG Paints Arena Uptown.
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Penguins defenseman Kris Letang out against Islanders
Woj from W Mifflin: 20% of season done tonight, Pens could easily be basically a .500 club falling further behind if loss to NYI. Sullivan and GMJR are happy with the “process” and makeup of the team. But W’s and points matter. When do they push the panic button?
Matt Vensel: That is a fair way of looking at it. Last week, I made a comment to my partner, Mike DeFabo, about all the positive talk after losses and how they needed to turn some of these moral victories into actual ones that count in the standings. So it was interesting to hear GMJR say that to me, unprompted, during our chat yesterday in New York. Check out our site for all of Jim’s thoughts about the team through 15 games.

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The Monk: Good afternoon young fellow. Yea, I’m old – i remember watching the Fergy Flyer from the balcony of the Civic Arena for $5 a seat. Any way, It was nice to see the baby pens on the NHL channel, lots of familiar names. Do you know if ATTP has any plans to show a few WBS games over the course of the season?
Matt Vensel: The Monk, I’m not sure about that but I can look into it. I know I would love that. It’d be great to keep taps on the guys down there. You can only glean so much from checking out their box scores.

Butler Spark: Riiight. Good day Matt. The same old plays from Letang (risky passes on the PP) and Malkin (trying to skate through three defenders at the blue line) just leave me shaking my head. However, the energy the young guys are bringing to the team seems to counter Letang’s and Malkin’s risk taking – as long as they keep that to a minimum. Old habits are hard to break. I know that’s true because I’m about to walk down the aisle with wife number two!!!
Matt Vensel: Hey, Butler Spark. I grew up in Butler, if you didn’t know that. Anyway, you just have to live with the bad with those two players because they are unbelievable talents who elevate the ceiling of this team. I mean, Malkin made a couple of unbelievable plays in those areas the other night. That neutral zone drop-pass to Galchenyuk was bonkers. And then, of course, he made that great, great pass to set up Rust. Letang has mostly been excellent this season, too. I see that some fans are just tired of those two for some reason. But they collectively raise the team’s chances of winning another Stanley Cup significantly.

In search of 6: Hi Matt. I respect and admire all that Malkin has done for the Pens, but his tank is running low between bad plays and injuries. In the hypothetical that the Pens trade him (I know, they won’t), what would be a reasonable return?
Matt Vensel: They’re not trading him anytime soon. They don’t want to. And he has a no-trade clause. It’s just not happening, folks. See above.

Katie: I guess this follows on from Woj’s question, but do you think the number of “near misses” that the Pens have had recently- games that we could have won but didn’t quite manage to- is a promising sign for the season or not?
Matt Vensel: I do think there’s a lot to like about this team, how it’s playing and what it overcame injury-wise early on. Think of it this way: When was the last time they had a lousy game? The opener. That’s it.

Sids Stick: Do you think the Pens will target any high talent wingers to play with Sid? This has been a burning question for almost all of Sids tenure, even with his uncanny ability to raise the level of play of anyone who plays alongside him. If yes, who could you see the Pens targeting?
Matt Vensel: That Jake Guentzel guy is pretty good, no? That’s an elite winger right there. I think the top line is going to be good no matter who their wheel is. I think the thing to watch is whether Galchenyuk clicks with Malkin. If they don’t, the Penguins could look to do something about that. His contract is expiring and they have some cap space now to play around with. I know I want to see more from Galchenyuk. He’s got that big shot but I didn’t see a ton else from him in camp and the preseason, though to be fair he was dealing with that injury.

Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin celebrate his goal to tie the game late in the third period against the Oilers Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at the PPG Paints Arena.
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PODCAST: Why the Penguins have a good feeling about this season
Guest: hello
Matt Vensel: Hello!

Guest: hello mom
Matt Vensel: This has taken an odd turn.

Guest: hello dad
Matt Vensel: Who let my 4-year-old on the computer?

Guest: Any chance the pens able to get someone like Taylor hall ?
Matt Vensel: Now THAT would be something. I’m not saying it’s likely, but I’m also not saying it’s impossible. Hall’s contract is expiring and I think the Penguins could financially fit him in as a rental. That said, I’m not sure the Penguins have the assets it would take to land him if the Metro rival Devils would even consider dealing him within the division.

Guest: Do you think it’s time to try McCann on top line ? He is getting lost on third line and he can finish
Matt Vensel: McCann’s another guy that has left me wanting more this year. He’s a good, fast player and obviously he produced on the top line last year. But he’s struggled with consistency, at least in the offensive end. One thing to consider: If he goes to the top line line, that likely means Guentzel has to move over to his off wing, which is not ideal.

Guest: I know the fourth line is clicking but should tanev be on a fourth line ?
Matt Vensel: I wrote about that line (ZAR-Blueger-Tanev) the other day. They’ve been great. Keep them together until there’s a compelling reason to split them up. I think Mike Sullivan might see it that way, too.

In search of 6: Matt, a non-hockey question – you spent a fair amount of time around them, so what about the Ravens?
Matt Vensel: I did! My last year there was 2013, though, so there’s probably like six players left over, three of them specialists. I will say that it’s been fun to watch them evolve and build their offense around Lamar Jackson instead of foolishly trying to shoehorn him into a “pro offense.” He’s going to be handful for the Steelers for at least a few years.

burt reynolds: What will the top PP look like tonight?
Matt Vensel: At the skate it was Crosby, Geno, Jake, Galchenyuk, Schultz.
Matt Vensel: BOLD PENS PREDICTION: They get a power-play goal tonight.

GG: Friedman recently mentioned that the Penguins are looking to add. In your opinion, where do the Penguins need to add? What kind of guys are they looking at?
Matt Vensel: Elliott is obviously plugged in but Jim Rutherford literally told me to my face yesterday that they aren’t calling teams about a trade. Again, that piece is on our website right now. GMJR hit on a lot of topics.

The Monk: I see the new additions really bringing that extra step to the team as they continue to gel. This team is going to be really good in the second half of the season as long as they stay healthy and their core guys continue to play solid hockey. Am I just an old guy longing for 1991, 1992 again or am I onto something here?
In search of 6: Matt, from your seat, is there enough talent on this team to make a deep playoff run? I know it’s hard to get a bead on the team because of so many injuries.
Matt Vensel: I’ll lump these two together. Winning a Cup is really hard. Good teams can get knocked out in the second round. But I am getting good vibes with this team. They’re deeper up front, which is huge. They were too often a one-line team last year. I like their defensive pairings. Are they collectively great? No, but I think you can win with them. The goaltending has been solid but I’d like to see a little more from Matt Murray, as would GMJR. And when it comes to the style of play and team chemistry, you can feel the excitement. Last year, this team just felt stale, not that you can blame any one guy.

Guest: The second period against the Bruins was some of the most exciting hockey I can remember . What was the reaction in the arena like ?
Matt Vensel: The place was electric. It was a fun, fun game. The paying customers obviously weren’t pleased after Marino scored that goal.
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Harley Smoot: Is Riikola capable of being a top 6 defenseman for the Penguins, if not now maybe next season? For example, if Jack Johnson were traded at some point, could Riikola fill that spot?
Matt Vensel: On the first part, that remains to be seen. The tools are there but Riikola to this point hasn’t been able to put it together and play many consistent games thus far. Playing sparingly can’t help. As for the second part, you’d still need to find a taker for Jack’s contract. But, it’s a moot point right now as I don’t think Jack is in danger of getting traded in the near future. Will that change before the deadline?

Eddie Shack: to me the biggest issue with the power play continues to be overpassing and then when a shot is taken it’s wide of net and clears the zone…..how about looking at what many lesser teams do and are successful….get the puck on net and crash….not pretty but a goals a goal
Matt Vensel: I don’t see it the same way. Have they forced some passes? Yeah, it’s going to happen. But they’ve been pretty downhill and have put a lot of pucks on net. They simply aren’t scoring right now. That’s going to change and I believe they’ll break out in a big way when it does. I’ll be stunned if it’s not a top-10 power play at season’s end.

Harley Smoot: Do the Penguins see Marino as the replacement on the second defensive line if Schultz leaves after this season? If so, they would only need to find a right-handed defenseman for the third line.
Matt Vensel: That’s quite possible. Calen Addison could be ready then, too.

Dub: I have been checking in on WBS here and there and have realized that PO Joseph has been out quite some time. Is he injured?
Matt Vensel: Just looked that up and apparently he has mono. Last played Oct. 19.

Kris: Who do you think is most likely to be ready by next season: Poulin, Legare, Addison or Joseph? Thanks!
Matt Vensel: Of those four? Poulin or Addison, I guess.

In search of 6: Matt, the best player not named Crosby on the team right now is?
Matt Vensel: Jake Guentzel and Kris Letang have been pretty good. Those are big names but worthy candidates. I liked what Geno did in Boston.
Matt Vensel: OK, folks, that’s it for today. I’m going to go grab a bite to eat.
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First Published November 8, 2019, 1:09am

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In Thursday’s “First Call,” the “Trump Ump” has local ties. Artie Burns is a potential trade target. And even Eddie Olczyk takes a jab at the Pirates during a hockey broadcast.

Why bother?
NFL.com has a list of trade ideas for each team before the deadline hits on Oct. 29.

The idea for the Steelers is to sell Artie Burns to a cornerback-hungry team in exchange for a sixth-round pick.

Ok. Maybe. But I wouldn’t.

For as much as Burns has been a bust as a first-round draft choice, he’s better caliber than a sixth-round pick.

If I’m general manager Kevin Colbert, I hold onto Burns because he’s been slightly better in a more limited role this year. Also, he can play special teams, and he’s not going to kill you at cornerback any worse for the rest of this season than someone else of the same reputation.

What if Joe Haden, Steven Nelson, Mike Hilton and Cameron Sutton all got hurt in front of him? I’d still take Burns over a street free agent or another untested rookie.

I never saw this coming
Here’s a runaway winner for “Most Obvious Headline of the Year.”

MLB Trade Rumors
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Yankees Reportedly Expected To Pursue Gerrit Cole https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/10/yankees-reportedly-expected-to-pursue-gerrit-cole.html …

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Really. No kiddin’? The Yankees are going to be in the bidding for the likely American League Cy Young Award winner once he hits the open market?

I’m shocked!

Here’s a headline for a story I’ll be writing for TribLive: “Pirates Unlikely to Reacquire Cole in Free Agency.”

Too bold?

The Russian judges give it an 8
Superstar United States Olympian gymnast Simone Biles threw out the first pitch before Game 2 of the World Series.

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What can’t she do?! ‍♀️⚾️

Simone Biles with the twisting backflip AND a pitch down the middle.

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OK. But why not do that while throwing the ball? Then I’d be really impressed.

Also, what’s her xFIP?

From the top rope!
Everybody is piling on the Pittsburgh Pirates these days. And why not?

If you lose 93 games, that’s going to happen. But this one probably hit close to home.

During NBC’s Penguins broadcast Wednesday night, play-by-play man Mike “Doc” Emrick took a good-natured swipe at color commentator Ed Olczyk’s 3-3 Chicago Bears.

Olczyk, a former Penguins coach, couldn’t help but respond by jabbing back at Doc’s beloved Buccos.

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EDZO! With a heavy slash on the Buccos!?

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That hurts, Edzo. That hurts.

Trump Ump
It turns out that the “Trump Ump” has local ties.

MLB umpire Rob Drake made national news when he tweeted “I will be buying an AR-15 tomorrow, because if you impeach MY PRESIDENT this way, YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER CIVAL WAR!!! #MAGA2020”

Well, be proud, Indiana, Pa. Because the “CIVAL WAR” guy is from your town. He was born there in 1969.

I don’t take his AR-15 threat seriously, though. Because if he can’t spell “Civil War” right, then I expect that he won’t be smart enough to load it.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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Hockey is arguably the toughest sport, but these guys gave new meaning to the word “tough.” Some earned their toughness through playing through injuries, others through brawling, while others simply earned it based on their longevity playing one of the most demanding sports.

Here are the 30 toughest hockey NHL players in history.

Terry O’Reilly
Notorious Bruins bad boy Terry O’Reilly was nicknamed “Bloody O’Reilly,” thanks to his pugnacious nature and inclination toward racking up penalties. Unlike other players on this list, Terry O’Reilly’s most notorious moment came during 1979, when O’Reilly and a group of Bruins fought New York Rangers fans at Madison Square Garden.

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O’Reilly and his pals scaled the glass and started beating fans. For his actions, O’Reilly was suspended for eight games. Not too shabby, all things considered. After his playing (aka fighting) days, O’Reilly began coaching, leading his Bruins for three seasons. For his career, O’Reilly racked up over 2,000 penalty minutes.

Ray Bourque
An iconic player with one of the most iconic ways to finish off a career, Ray Bourque was a true grinder. He returned to Boston season after season in search of the elusive Stanley Cup, only to come up short each year. That didn’t stop the 19-time All-Star from skating for 22 seasons in search of Lord Stanley’s precious cup.

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After his time in Boston ended, where he served as the city’s longest-standing captain, Bourque moved to Colorado in pursuit of the Cup. In what was announced as his last season of hockey, Bourque finally summited his Mount Everest, winning the Cup with the Avalanche in a thrilling seven-game series.

Rick Tocchet
Rick Tocchet entered the league as a fighter, throwing hands whenever possible to earn the respect of his teammates and stay employed. Slowly but surely, “Slick” Rick’s game evolved. He began to score goals and became a deft puck handler, all while keeping up with his reputation as a brawler. As Rick began to become one of the league’s more respected forwards, he also began to travel more, getting traded to various teams.

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In 1992, Tocchet won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He finished his career a four-time All-Star and one of only a few players to notch 400 goals and over 2,000 penalty minutes. Tocchet also has the most known Gordie Howe hat tricks (scoring a goal, recording an assist, and fighting in one game), with 18.

Gordie Howe
The man who lent his name to the coolest stat in sports, the Gordie Howe hat trick, Gordie Howe is a legend and is oft regarded as the greatest hockey player of all time and the sport’s iron man. Howe was a 23-time All-Star and six-time MVP and is the only player to lace ’em up in five different decades.

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Yep, in 1980, Howe returned to the NHL with the Hartford Whalers at the ripe age of 52. It wouldn’t matter if Howe didn’t get into one fight during his career (he got into plenty); his insane longevity is its own level of toughness unsurpassed by anyone.

Ron Hextall
Ron Hextall was a goalie, one that didn’t give a you-know-what about the opposition or his own body. One of the most aggressive goalies in NHL history, Hextall had no problem emerging from the net to crash into the offense to stop the puck. He was also the only goalie to record at least 100 penalty minutes in a season, something he did on three separate occasions.

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When Hextall wasn’t fighting (he got into 17 scraps during his career), he was … scoring goals. Hextall was the first goalie in the NHL’s illustrious history to score a goal. He also holds the dubious distinction of being the most penalized goalie in NHL history.

Chris Chelios
The man played 26 seasons of professional hockey. That alone should put him on any list about toughest athletes, regardless of the sport. Now factor in the bruising style in which he played, and the feat becomes even more impressive. Chelios racked up over 2,800 penalty minutes over the course of his career, in no small part due to his 103 fights.

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In 1986, Chelios won his first Stanley Cup, and over 20 years later, he won his third Cup with the Detroit Red Wings. At the time of his retirement, he was the second-oldest active player ever. Chelios is of Greek ancestry.

Zdeno Chara
Towering at 6-foot-9 is longtime Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, appropriately nicknamed “Big Z.” Big Z is everything big and tough. He has the hardest slap shot in the league. He is one of the game’s biggest hitters, and he’s one of the toughest. After all, the man is 42 and still brings it on a nightly basis.

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In the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Chara blocked a shot with his face, shattering his jaw instantly. What did this savage do? He got his mouth wired shut, went on a liquid diet, and suited up for the next game. Oh yeah, that was after taking a slap shot to the wrist which required numerous stitches to stanch the gushing blood. Tough guy for sure.

Terry Sawchuk
This name is perfect for an NHL tough guy. Sawchuk. Doesn’t get much better than that. Now factor in the fact that this man was a goalie who played without a mask. Seriously, props to all the old-timer goalies that played without a mask, and even the ones that played with those Halloween-esque horror-movie style masks. All those guys deserve to be on some list.

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Terry Sawchuk played in the NHL for 21 seasons, using every inch of his bruised and battered body to stop pucks. Over the course of his career, Sawchuk required over 400 stitches to his face to seal up cuts and wounds.

Eddie Shore
All you need to know about the first great defenseman in hockey history is that he got into a scrap with a teammate that nearly took his ear off. This story is not apocryphal. Mr. Shore’s ear was hanging on by a thread. Doctors, who rushed to the scene, told him it would be best to amputate, but Shore wasn’t down for that.

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So, without anesthetic, the doctors begrudgingly sutured his ear back to his head. Shore is also notable for ending the career of Ace Bailey when he sucker punched Ace in a retaliation scheme gone utterly wrong. Thankfully, Ace lived after surviving hours of surgery to his fractured skull. The two became friends after the incident.

Bobby Orr
No. 4, Bobby Orr, the man behind the most iconic photograph in NHL history, the one where he soars through the air after scoring the game winner in the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals against the St. Louis Blues. Aside from that goal, Orr is known as one of hockey’s greatest defensemen, especially from a scoring standpoint.

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Orr’s former teammate Darryl Sittler said, “Bobby Orr was better on one leg than anybody else was on two.” Sittler was referring to the devastating knee injuries Orr played through throughout his career. Rumor has it he underwent around 15 knee surgeries in order to keep playing hockey. Orr is also the only defenseman to win the Art Ross Trophy, something he did twice.

Jeff Beukeboom
Another name that is perfect for the toughest hockey players list, Jeff Beukeboom has boom built into his name. So it’s no surprise he would frequently lay the boom on the helpless skaters that crossed him on the ice. A four-time Stanley Cup winner, Beukeboom was a punishing physical presence, but that physical nature ended up taking its toll on the long-time New York Ranger.

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Beukeboom, who racked up nearly 2,000 minutes in the sin bin, suffered numerous concussions, including one from a sucker punch in 1998 that effectively ended his career. After 13 seasons in the league, Beukeboom retired from hockey and still suffers from post-concussion syndrome.

Cam Neely
Coming in with a solid 100 career fights, Cam “Bam Bam Cam” Neely was a preeminent scorer, bruiser, and, when necessary, fighter. His fists were as lethal as his slap shot. Although Neely couldn’t lead Boston to a title, he still remained one of the game’s best players. And definitively one of the toughest.

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In a 1994 game, Neely was slashed so hard in the glove that the tip of his pinky was severed clean. Neely retreated to the bench, got the thing stitched right back on, and returned to the game. If that isn’t the epitome of toughness, then what is?

Tony Twist
Let’s put Tony Twist on the All-NHL Name Team. Let’s do the twist. Twist the Fist played in 445 career games and fought in 137 of them. That’s 31% of his games, or a fight every 3 out of 10 games. That’s solid work right there. Twist didn’t have the career longevity that others on this list had, but he did have one of the most devastating punches.

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In 1995, Twist broke enforcer Rob Ray’s orbital bone with his signature right-hand smash, a move that won him most of his on-ice battles. What Twist wasn’t able to beat was a motorcycle accident that prematurely ended his NHL career.

Dave Schultz
The “Broad Street Bullies” of the early ’70s wouldn’t be the Broad Street Bullies without Dave Schultz, aka “The Hammer.” The two-time Stanley Cup champ racked up an NHL record 472 penalty minutes during the 1974-75 season. In fact, he was so inclined toward brawling that he would wrap his hands like a boxer prior to games.

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When the NHL found out about this, they banned the practice, in what came to be known as the “Schultz Rule.” Aside from his hands, Schultz is known for his iconic mustache that added an aura of mystery to the enforcer. Today, Schultz is championing against violence in the NHL.

Marty McSorley
Back at it with the perfectly fitting tough-guy names. McSorley, emphasis on “sore,” is perfect. McSorley is known as Wayne Gretzky’s bodyguard, as the enforcer played with the “The Great One” in Edmonton and LA, sticking up for his fleet-footed buddy whenever possible.

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While McSorley was primarily thought of as an enforcer, he did have a nice repertoire of scoring moves and was a solid addition to any team he was on. In 2000, McSorley’s NHL career essentially ended when he smashed his stick over Donald Brashear’s head. McSorley was found guilty in Canadian courts of assault with a weapon and received 18 months’ probation.

Donald Brashear
Are you serious with the names? The man is one letter away from having “Bash” in his name. No wonder he became one of the game’s most feared fighters and biggest hitters. Brashear overcame a rough childhood to become one of the NHL’s most feared players. He was also one of the most notable for a moment when, in 2000, Marty McSorley knocked him out cold with a slash to the head.

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Thankfully, Brashear recovered and played for nearly a decade after the incident. He currently ranks 15th of all time in penalty minutes and holds the Canucks record for penalty minutes in a season. In 2011, Brashear won his MMA debut with a knockout.

Rob Ray
Another brawler who had the honor of getting an unofficial rule named after him, the “Rob Ray Rule” further penalized fighters for taking off their jerseys during a fight, a common tactic Ray employed. The shedding of the jersey allowed Ray, who holds the Sabres record for most penalty minutes, to quickly dispel most of his opponents, who were unable to grasp him during the fight.

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An interesting aside about Ray: He scored a goal on his first NHL shift and on his last shift before retiring. Rob Ray is a proud member of the 3,000-penalty-minute club. Ray is currently an announcer for the Sabres.

Tie Domi
Domi said that it was “his job to protect his teammates.” In other words, he was paid to fight. Despite being small in stature, Domi threw some big, heavy hands. He got into a fight during the first game of his career and never looked back.

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The problem with Domi was he wasn’t a clean fighter, and he is known for two highly publicized incidents where he knocked two people unconscious with sucker punches and elbows. The man who spent over 3,000 minutes in the box also fought a fan one game when the glass surrounding the penalty box caved in due to the heckler climbing it. Domi, needless to say, got the best of the fan.

Maurice Richard
While Maurice “Rocket” Richard may not have the most fights or penalty minutes to his name, he is responsible for getting into a vicious on-ice brawl that incited a riot in Montreal. In 1955, Richard got into a fight with Boston’s Hal Laycoe and, in the heat of the moment, also punched a linesman.

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The NHL came down hard on the elite goal scorer, suspending him for the remainder of the season and the playoffs. When the NHL commissioner went to a Canadiens game, the fans rioted, causing upwards of $100,000 in damage. Rocket retired the NHL’s all-time leading goal scorer, a record that has since been surpassed.

Rob Blake
A member of the Triple Gold Club (Olympic gold, Stanley Cup champion, and gold in the World Championships), Rob Blake defined toughness in the sense of longevity and reliability. Blake played over 1,200 games, and while he didn’t get into too many fights (33 to be exact), he was a physical presence on the defensive side of things.

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There wasn’t a shot that Blake wouldn’t be willing to throw his body in front of if it meant stopping a scoring play. It’s dedication like that which earned Blake his reputation as one of the most solid and reliable players in the NHL.

Chris Pronger
Towering on the ice at 6-foot-6 stood imposing physical presence Chris Pronger, another hockey Triple Gold Club member. Pronger, a respected leader with a mighty slap shot, captained three different teams throughout the course of his career. In 2007, Pronger helped lead the Anaheim Ducks to their first Stanley Cup title.

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While teammates loved having a presence like Pronger on the ice, the opposition didn’t think too highly of him. He was usually regarded as one of the league’s more dirty players and was suspended eight times in his career. Pronger currently suffers vision impairment stemming from an injury when he was slashed in the face by an opponent’s stick.

Matthew Barnaby
A true pest, Matthew Barnaby is arguably more known for his antics on the ice than his skill set. While most players love celebrating goals, it seems Barnaby was fueled by taunting the opposition, with infuriating smiles, sticking his tongue out, waving his gloves, and doing whatever else he could to get under their skin.

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Barnaby was never able to capture Lord Stanley’s Cup, although he did capture the resentment and ire of virtually everyone he played against. He logged 834 games played and got into a healthy 211 fights. Potentially his greatest NHL regret was not joining the 3,000-minute club in the penalty box; he came up 500 minutes short.

Derek Boogaard
How scary was Derek Boogaard, aka “The Boogeyman”? Just ask Todd Fedoruk, the man who squared up against Boogaard only to get his cheekbone broken, requiring several metal plates and multiple surgeries to fix. Boogaard, the son of a Canadian Mountie, was one of the game’s most feared enforcers, and in 2007, he was named the second-most intimidating player in hockey.

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Sadly, that fighting playing style that became synonymous with Boogaard took its toll on his head. Boogaard suffered numerous concussions and head trauma, and in 2011, Boogaard was found dead from an accidental drug and alcohol overdose. The autopsy revealed he had advanced stages of CTE.

Jarome Iginla
Right winger Jarome Iginla could do it all: score, assist, defend, and, of course, fight. His right hand, the one he broke on Bill Guerin’s face, can attest to that. Iginla was a two-time scoring champ and was the 2002 MVP. Iginla, who’s most well known for his time with the Calgary Flames, had his number retired by the franchise in 2019.

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The only thing Iginla, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, wasn’t able to do on the ice was win the Stanley Cup. At a time during his career, stat keepers believed Iginla was the active leader in Gordie Howe hat tricks.

Craig Berube
Craig Berube was never able to win the Stanley Cup, at least as a player. He did make amends to himself by leading the Blues (as head coach) to the Stanley Cup title in 2019 by defeating the Bruins in seven games. What was the secret weapon? A physical, bruising style of play that battered Boston to a pulp.

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Where did Berube learn that style? Playing, of course, where the 17-year vet fought 412 times and logged a very substantial 3,149 minutes in the penalty box. Berube finished multiple seasons in the top 10 for penalty minutes, a distinction he carries with pride.

Georges Laraque
Georges Laraque, which really sounds like “The Rock,” was a 6-foot-3, 273-pound mauler with some of the most devastating hands in NHL history. In 2002, The Hockey News named Laraque the league’s best fighter, a nod Laraque would again receive in 2008 when Sports Illustrated named him the top enforcer in the NHL.

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Everything about his game was physical, including his signature celebration from his playing days in Edmonton where, after scoring a goal, he would thunderously leap into the glass. Laraque fought 142 times over the course of his 14-year NHL career. After hockey, Laraque found his softer side and entered politics while even becoming a vegan. Time to mash those potatoes.

Ken Daneyko
Goal-scoring was not Ken Daneyko’s forte. In fact, Ken went a record 255 straight games without putting a puck in the back of the net. Did anyone really care, though? Nope, so long as Ken, a ruthless defender, was shutting down the opposition. Nicknamed “Mr. Devil,” Daneyko is the Devils’ all-time leader in games played, with 1,283.

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Known for his signature toothless smile, Daneyko recorded over 2,200 penalty minutes during his career and racked up over 200 penalty minutes in a season five times. And yes, those teeth were missing because Daneyko, the selfless defender that he was, opted to use his face to block a shot. In 2006, New Jersey retired his uniform number (3).

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Welcome to the fourth part of a series on who wore each number best for the Penguins.

The idea is being openly borrowed from our new hockey writer, Cody Tucker, and his project at the Lansing State Journal covering all the uniform numbers worn through Michigan State football history, one that’s been well received by their readers and prompted heavy discussion and debate.

Under the organization of Taylor Haase, and following the voting of a big chunk of our staff, we’ll publish one new one each day until completion, which should be right around the start of training camp.

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Name: Dave Burrows
Number: 4
Position: Defense
Born: Jan. 11, 1949 in Toronto
Seasons with Penguins: 1971-78, 1980-81
Statistics with Penguins: 573 games, 24 goals, 108 assists in regular season, 20 games, 1 goal, 3 assists in playoffs

WHY BURROWS?

Burrows is one of the best defensive defensemen in the Penguins’ 51-year history, if not the best.

He came to Pittsburgh from Chicago in the 1971 intraleague draft, and was mentored by Tim Horton, his childhood hero. Burrows became a mainstay on the Penguin blue line, known more for blocking shots and breaking up plays than being excessively physical. He was an exceptional skater.

Burrows was the Penguins’ 1971-72 Rookie of the Year, he was the team MVP in 1972-73, he finished tenth in Hart Trophy voting in 1975-76 despite accumulating all of 29 points during the season, and he played in the 1974 and ’76 All-Star Games.

In June 1978, he was traded to his hometown Maple Leafs for George Ferguson and Randy Carlyle. Ferguson was a very useful forward for the Penguins, while Carlyle would go on to win their only Norris Trophy in 1980-81. In November 1980, Burrows was traded back to the Penguins along with Paul Gardner for Kim Davis and Paul Marshall, neither of whom was more than a marginal NHLer. He retired after the 1980-81 season.

He was officially named to the Penguins’ All-Time Team.

WHAT’S HE DOING NOW?

Burrows, 69, lived and worked at the Caledon (Ontario) Teen Ranch, a Christian camp for youngsters (age 10 and older) about 30 miles north of Toronto. His title was hockey director, but he also supervised maintenance.

IT WAS SPOKEN

“In all the years I played with him, I only ever saw one player beat him one-on-one. Guy Lafleur. Nobody else. And Lafleur only did it once. Dave was that good at taking the man.” – Rick Kehoe on Burrows

HONORABLE MENTIONS AT NO. 4:

Kevin Hatcher
Rob Scuderi
Justin Schultz

ANY DEBATE?

Not among people who actually remember Burrows.

Tomorrow: Taylor Haase has No. 5
Yesterday: Olli Maatta

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We figured Darius Kasparaitis would be an entertaining guest, but little did we know! The funny and engaging former Penguins defenseman practically reached folk hero status during his six seasons in the black and gold uniform.

Before he was a hero, he was a villain, mostly because of the way he antagonized Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr when he was a member of the New York Islanders in the 1993 playoffs. He was welcomed with open arms by the two Penguins superstars upon his arrival to Pittsburgh in 1996. It wasn’t long before he became the scourge of Flyers fans for his thundering hit on Eric Lindros, which he discusses in detail. Kasparaitis talks about his childhood in Lithuania and how he left home at the age of 14 to play and attend school in Moscow.

Other highlights include:

His series-winning overtime goal that eliminated the Buffalo Sabres from playoff competition in 2001
His passion for the game that he continues to play at age 46
His family life in Florida
His induction into the Russian and Soviet Hockey Hall of Fame
His relationships with the Pens players and staff
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WORLD SERIES

Nats blast Astros to take 2-0 series lead

HOUSTON (AP) — Strong pitching and a tsunami of late-inning offense have allowed the Washington Nationals to head home with a two-games-to-none lead in the World Series against the Houston Astros.

The Nats erupted for 10 runs over their last three at-bats and rolled to a 12-3 rout of the Astros. Kurt Suzuki’s solo homer broke a 2-2 tie and ignited the Nationals’ six-run seventh off losing pitcher Justin Verlander and Ryan Pressly.

Adrubal (as-DROO’-bul) Cabrera and Ryan Zimmerman followed with two-run singles to give Washington a six-run cushion, and the lead continued to grow with Adam Eaton’s two-run blast in the eighth. Cabrera capped his three-RBI night with a run-scoring single later in the eighth, and Michael A. Taylor went deep for a solo shot in the ninth.

Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN’) doubled home a pair just three batters into the game to put Washington ahead. The Astros immediately responded as Alex Bregman ended a 3-for-22 skid with a two-run blast in the bottom of the first off winning pitcher Stephen Strasburg.

Strasburg struck out seven and worked around seven hits to improve to 4-0 this postseason.

Verlander was reached for four runs and seven hits over six-plus innings to fall to 1-3 in the postseason. Two of his three walks came around to score.

The Nationals have won eight straight since falling behind two games to one against the Dodgers in the NL Division Series.

Game 3 is Friday in Washington.

WORLD SERIES-NIELSEN

Game 1 gets lukewarm attention

UNDATED (AP) — Game 1 of the World Series wasn’t exactly a boon for Fox, although it won Tuesday’s TV ratings war.

The Nationals’ 5-4 victory over the Astros averaged fewer than 12.2 million viewers, down 11.4% from last year’s Fall Classic opener between the Red Sox and Dodgers. It averaged just 3,000 more viewers than the record low for the opener of a Fall Classic, when the Giants beat the Royals in 2014.

However, it was the best viewership for a game this postseason, about 4.7 million more than the previous high for Game 6 of the ALCS between the Astros and Yankees.

NBA-SCHEDULE

Sixers dump Celtics

UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers have opened their NBA schedule by knocking off one of their top Atlantic Division rivals.

Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) and Ben Simmons carried the Sixers to a 107-93 win against the visiting Boston Celtics. Embiid finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Simmons paced Philadelphia with 24 points.

Furkan Korkmaz and Tobias Harris buried consecutive 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to give the 76ers a 10-point lead after they missed 21 of their 24 attempts from beyond the arc over the first three quarters.

Gordon Hayward led the Celtics with 25 points and Jayson Tatum had 21, but Kemba Walker scored just 12 on 4 of 18 shooting in his Boston debut.

Checking out the rest of the NBA action:

— The Nets wasted Kyrie Irving’s 50-point performance in a 127-126 loss to the visiting Timberwolves. Karl-Anthony Towns had 36 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, and Andrew Wiggins finished with 21 points. Irving lost his balance and missed a potential winning shot in his first game since signing with Brooklyn over the summer.

— Nikola Jokic (nih-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) had a double-double and Will Barton added 19 points as the Nuggets dumped the Trail Blazers, 108-100 in Portland. Jokic finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds despite sitting much of the first half because of foul trouble. Damien Lillard had 32 points and eight assists for the Trail Blazers who had won an NBA-record 18 consecutive home openers.

— Luke Kennard made three 3-pointers in the final six minutes to help the Pistons pull away for a season-opening, 119-110 victory over the Pacers. Kennard finished with a career-high 30 points and matched his personal best with six 3s. Andre Drummond matched his career best with 32 points and had 23 rebounds for Detroit.

— The Spurs opened their schedule with a 120-111 victory against the Knicks as LaMarcus Aldridge dropped in 22 points and Bryn Forbes chipped in with 20. Dejounte Murray was productive in his first game since tearing his right ACL in a preseason game Oct. 7, contributing 18 points, eight boards and six assists. RJ Barrett had a solid NBA debut for New York, scoring 21 points on 9-for-13 shooting with five rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes.

— Donovan Mitchell’s 32 points and 12 boards carried the Jazz past the Thunder, 100-95.Mitchell scored 22 after halftime and made several key baskets down the stretch. Bojan Bogdanovic (BOY’-ahn bahg-DAH’-noh-vihch) added 16 points and Royce O’Neale chipped in with 14, but Mike Conley shot 1-for-16 in his Utah debut.

— Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) scored 23 points in his first game as a Maverick to spark a 108-100 triumph over the Wizards. Porzingis took a seat after missing his first four shots, but he came back to score nine points over the final 2:45 of the first quarter. Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) provided 34 points on 12 of 19 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds.

— Orlando won its season opener as Nikola Vucevic (VOO’-cheh-vinch) provided 21 points and nine rebounds in a 94-85 victory against the Cavaliers. Evan Fournier scored 16 points for the Magic, and Markelle Fultz had 12 with six assists in his first game since being acquired by Orlando from the 76ers in February. Kevin Love had 11 points and 18 rebounds for Cleveland, which trailed by as many as 20.

— Rookie PJ Washington nailed seven of the Hornets’ 23 3-pointers in a 126-125 comeback win against the Bulls. Devonte Graham was a difference-maker off the bench with 23 points on 6-of-7 from downtown to go with eight assists. Marvin Williams hit five treys and scored 17 points while helping Charlotte set a team record for 3-pointers in a regulation game.

— Devin Booker’s 22 points and 10 assists were among the Suns’ highlights in a 124-95 pounding of the Kings. Ricky Rubio was among six Phoenix players to score in double-figures, finishing with 11 with 11 assists, six rebounds and four steals in his first game since inking a three-year, $51 million contract. Deandre Ayton added 18 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 9 of 14 from the field.

— Justise Winslow scored 27 points and rookie Kendrick Nunn scored 24 in his NBA debut as the Heat whipped the Grizzlies, 120-101. Winslow also delivered seven rebounds and seven assists for Miami, which trailed 90-86 early in the final period before going on a 24-1 spurt. Jaren Jackson Jr. led the Grizzlies with 17 points and Tyus Jones added 15.

NBA-NEWS

Butler sidelined for personal reasons

UNDATED (AP) — Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler missed Wednesday’s game against Memphis for what the team is calling “personal reasons.”

Butler was with the team for the game-day shootaround this morning, and told the team that he wasn’t going to be able to play around mid-afternoon. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra (SPOHL’-strah) says “everything’s fine” and that there is no reason for concern over the Butler situation.

Also in the NBA:

— NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has announced that Salt Lake City will host the 2023 All-Star Game. Salt Lake City previously hosted the NBA All-Star Game at the Delta Center in 1993, when Jazz teammates Karl Malone and John Stockton were named co-MVPs.

NHL-SCHEDULE

Late goal lifts Bolts past Pens

UNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning used a last-minute goal to steal at least one point from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Victor Hedman scored a power-play goal with 56.8 seconds remaining to give the Bolts a 3-2 victory over the Pens. The Penguins thought they might have scored in the closing seconds of regulation, but video review failed to clearly show whether Kris Letang’s (leh-TAHNZ’) crossed the goal line.

Alex Killorn and Cedric Paquette (pah-KEHT’) also scored, and Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) made 37 saves as Tampa Bay won for the third time in four games since a 2-2-1 start.

Brandon Tanev (TAN’-ehv) and Jake Guentzel (GEHNT’-sul) scored and Tristan Jarry stopped 45 shots in the Penguins’ third straight loss since a five-game winning streak.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

— The Senators’ four-game losing streak is over after Anthony Duclair scored twice in their 5-2 victory over the Red Wings. Chris Tierney, Mark Borowiecki (boh-roh-EH’-kee) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (PA’-zhoh) also scored as Ottawa won for just the second time in nine games. Detroit has dropped six in a row.

NHL-NEWS

Avs’ Rantanen week to week

UNDATED (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche say forward Mikko Rantanen (MEE’-koh RAN’-tah-nehn) is week to week with a lower-body injury suffered in Monday’s 3-1 loss at St. Louis.

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar says he’s optimistic Rantanen doesn’t have a “four-to-six week injury.” He’s tied with Nathan MacKinnon for the team lead with 12 points, scoring five goals and seven innings.

In other NHL news:

The Chicago Blackhawks have placed defenseman Connor Murphy on long-term injured reserve and recalled blueliner Dennis Gilbert. Murphy hurt his groin in Tuesday’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Golden Knights.

NFL NEWS

Mahomes showing quick progress

UNDATED (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid isn’t ruling out quarterback Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.

Mahomes was expected to miss several games after dislocating a kneecap in last week’s blowout win at Denver. But he was expected to throw during Wednesday’s practice, raising the possibility the NFL’s reigning league MVP could return sooner than expected.

Reid said backup Matt Moore will continue to prepare is if he’s against the Packers.

Also around the NFL:

— The Patriots have placed receiver Josh Gordon on injured reserve with knee and ankle injuries suffered in a Week 6 win over the Giants. Gordon is among New England’s leading receivers this season, catching 20 passes for 287 yards and a touchdown.

— Falcons coach Dan Quinn says quarterback Matt Ryan is hopeful he’ll return from a sprained ankle to play Sunday against Seattle. Ryan did not practice Wednesday, and Quinn says the team “will have a better sense” of the quarterback’s status on Friday.

— Left tackle Russell Okung will make his season debut for the Chargers on Sunday at Chicago. Okung has been out all season recovering from a pulmonary embolism caused by blood clots.

— The Cardinals have signed Alfred Morris and Zach Zenner to add depth at running back following injuries to David Johnson and D.J. Foster.

— The Lions have signed running back Paul Perkins after putting running back Kerryon Johnson on injured reserve with a knee injury.

— Jets guard Kelechi Osemele says he is having surgery on his injured right shoulder Friday despite the team not yet approving the procedure. The Jets have been fining Osemele for conduct detrimental to the team for not practicing. He says he and his agents have filed a grievance against the Jets.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Harbaugh tells parents he’s staying put

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh has sent an email to parents of his players, refuting a report saying representatives are working on his departure from the school.

In an email, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, Harbaugh says the idea that he’s looking to leave his alma mater is not true. He says it happens every year by unspecified “enemies” to disrupt the program and impact recruiting.

Harbaugh is in the fifth season of a seven-year contract and is 43-16 since taking over the program.

T25-SOONER SCHOONER

Sooner Schooner parked for season

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma says the “Sooner Schooner” will not run the rest of the season after it tipped over during a home game against West Virginia. The Schooner will be repaired and used for viewing purposes but not run. A new Schooner is under construction and should be ready to run its customary loop on the field for the Spring Game in 2020.

The mishap came after a second-quarter touchdown during Oklahoma’s 52-14 win Saturday. School officials says there were no injuries to the three student spirit group members riding the wagon or the horses that pull it.