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NHL News: Loose Pucks, schedule for Friday, February 17, 2017

 

LOOSE PUCKS
Patrik Laine scored his 27th goal of the season to move into a tie with Auston Matthews for the rookie lead . . . Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner (23 saves) earned his second shutout of the season . . . Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (0-1—1) extended his point streak to five games (0-6—6) . . . Kris Letang recorded three assists in his 600th game . . . Kings forward Adrian Kempe, the 29th overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft, made his League debut . . . Ducks forward Antoine Vermette was automatically suspended for 10 games, without pay, for violating Rule 40.3 (Physical Abuse of Officials) . . . Stanley Cup champion Alex Tanguay has joined NHL Network as an on-air analyst . . .The Sabres held a screening of “Soul On Ice” as part of Hockey Is For Everyone month . . . LA Galaxy player Robbie Rogers dropped the ceremonial puck as part of the Kings’ You Can Play night.

SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAY’S ACTION
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Pittsburgh @ Columbus, 7 p.m., SN, TVAS, FS-O, ROOT, NHLN
Colorado @ Carolina, 7:30 p.m., FS-CR, ALT
Florida @ Anaheim, 10 p.m., SN1, PRIME, FS-F
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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHL MORNING SKATE PUBLICATION

NHL results from Thursday, February 16, 2017: Crosby gains 1,000th career point; McDavid maintains scoring lead; Blues, Islanders, Wild continue hot play

THURSDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
NY ISLANDERS 4, NY Rangers 2
Ottawa 3, NEW JERSEY 0
PITTSBURGH 4, Winnipeg 3 (OT)
BUFFALO 2, Colorado 0
ST. LOUIS 4, Vancouver 3
MINNESOTA 3, Dallas 1
EDMONTON 6, Philadelphia 3
Arizona 5, LOS ANGELES 3

CROSBY BECOMES FASTEST ACTIVE PLAYER TO REACH 1,000 POINTS
Sidney Crosby collected 1-2—3 to become the 86th player in NHL history to record 1,000 career points, capping the night with the overtime winner as the Penguins extended their point streak to eight games (6-0-2).

* Crosby (369-633—1,002) recorded his 1,000th NHL point while playing in his 757th career game to become the fastest active player to reach the milestone – six games fewer than Jaromir Jagr (763 GP) – and the 12th-fastest in League history.

* Crosby became the eighth active player to record 1,000 career points and the third to hit the mark this season, following Alex Ovechkin on Jan. 11 and Henrik Sedin on Jan. 20. He also became the third player to register 1,000 career points with the Penguins, joining Mario Lemieux (690-1,033—1,723) and Jagr (439-640—1,079).

* Crosby, who registered at least three points for the 118th time in his career, has averaged 1.32 points per game since beginning his career in 2005-06. Elias notes that only four players in NHL history scored at a higher rate (min. 500 GP): Wayne Gretzky (1.92), Mario Lemieux (1.88), Mike Bossy (1.50) and Bobby Orr (1.39).

* Elias notes that Crosby (29 years, 193 days) became the second-youngest active player at the time of his 1,000th career point, behind Jagr (28 years, 319 days) on Dec. 30, 2000.

McDAVID PICKS UP THREE POINTS, MAINTAINS SCORING LEAD
Connor McDavid (1-2—3) earned his 20th multi-point game of the season to help the Oilers (31-19-8, 70 points) move into a tie – in terms of points – with the Ducks (30-18-10, 70 points) for second place in the Pacific Division.

* With his performance, McDavid (19-47—66) maintained a two point lead over Sidney Crosby (31-33—64) in the Art Ross Trophy race. McDavid paces also paces all players with eight three-point outings this season.

* The Oilers, who finished with the fewest points in the Western Conference in 2015-16, tied their win (31) and point (70) totals from last season in only their 58th game of the campaign.

HOT STREAKS CONTINUE
The Blues, Islanders and Wild all posted victories to continue long stretches of success:

Vladimir Tarasenko (1-1—2) scored his 27th goal of the season and Kevin Shattenkirk tallied three assists to power the Blues (31-22-5, 67 points) to their season-high sixth straight victory. St. Louis has posted a 7-1-0 record under head coach Mike Yeo to open a five-point lead over the Predators (27-21-8, 62 points) for third place in the Central Division.

Andrew Ladd scored twice as the Islanders (26-20-10, 62 points) improved to 8-0-2 in their last 10 home contests. Elias notes that the Islanders have earned points in 10 consecutive home games within a season for the first time since a 9-0-1 run from Dec. 16, 1989 – Jan. 28, 1990. New York sits one point back of Toronto (26-18-11, 63 points) for the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Erik Haula scored his third game-winning goal of the season to help the Western Conference-leading Wild (38-13-6, 82 points) improve to 8-2-1 in their last 11 games. Minnesota earned its 38th victory of the season to match their total from the 2015-16 season (38-33-11, 87 points). They rank second in the overall NHL standings, two points back of the Capitals (39-11-6, 84 points); Washington, however, holds a game in hand.

CONDON, SENATORS NARROW GAP IN ATLANTIC
Mike Condon made 21 saves to record his fifth shutout of the season as the Senators (30-19-6, 66 points) moved within four points of the Canadiens (31-19-8, 70 points) for first place in the Atlantic Division (with three games in hand). Condon, who posted one shutout in his first 57 NHL contests, has earned five blank sheets in 31 games since joining Ottawa in November. Patrick Lalime (3x) is the only Senators goaltender to post more shutouts in a single season.

 

GAME RECAPS WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHL MORNING SKATE PUBLICATION

Big Ten announces additional All-Session tickets for Men’s Basketball Tournament to go on sale February 21


20th annual men’s tournament will be played at Verizon Center in Washington D.C. from March 8-12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 17, 2017

CONTACT:
Brett McWethy, Big Ten Conference, (847) 696-1010

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference will make additional all-session packages for the 2017 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament available to the general public beginning Tuesday, Feb. 21. The 20th annual tournament will be held at Verizon Center in Washington D.C. from March 8-12, including general admission seating for Wednesday’s first-round games.

Additional all-session tickets for the men’s tournament will go on sale at 10 a.m. ET next Tuesday and are available for $250, $300 or $400, depending on seat location. In addition, all-session tickets priced at $200 remain available. Tickets will be available at the Verizon Center box office, Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Orders are limited to eight all-session tickets.

In addition, students of Big Ten universities can still take part in the discounted student ticket program. Interested students should contact their respective university ticket office to purchase tickets for $20, good for only the session or sessions featuring their school. All students must have a valid student ID for entry. Student section seating will be available in upper concourse sections and orders will be limited to one ticket per student.

The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will make its first appearance on the East Coast in 2017. The tournament begins with two games on Wednesday, followed by four games on Thursday and Friday, the semifinals on Saturday and the championship game on Sunday. Wednesday’s games will feature general admission seating, allowing fans to witness the action from the best available seats in Verizon Center.

For more information on the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, go to www.bigten.org.

About the Big Ten Conference: The Big Ten Conference is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in the lives of students competing in intercollegiate athletics and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness. The broad-based programs of the 14 Big Ten institutions will provide over $200 million in direct financial support to more than 9,500 students for more than 11,000 participation opportunities on 350 teams in 42 different sports. The Big Ten sponsors 28 official conference sports, 14 for men and 14 for women, including the addition of men’s ice hockey and men’s and women’s lacrosse since 2013. For more information, visit www.bigten.org.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Adam Augustine; COURTESY BIG TEN COMMUNICATIONS

 

NASCAR announces expanding Concussion Protocol

 

New features include consistent screening tool, additional neurological support

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 17, 2017) – NASCAR today announced updates to its concussion protocol for competitors, adding a consistent screening tool for all venues and increasing available neurological support for race event weekends through its new partnership with AMR

 

“NASCAR has worked very closely with the industry to ensure our concussion protocol reflects emerging best practices in this rapidly developing area of sports medicine,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “We will continue to utilize relationships we’ve had for years with leaders in the neurological research field who helped to shape these updates.”

 

NASCAR’s protocol now includes:

 

  • As part of the new rule regarding damaged vehicles, a driver whose car sustains damage from an accident or contact of any kind and goes behind the pit wall or to the garage is required to visit the Infield Care Center to be evaluated.
  • The medical portion of NASCAR’s Event Standards now require that Infield Care Center physicians incorporate the SCAT-3 diagnostic tool in screening for head injuries.
  • AMR will provide on-site neurological consultative support at select NASCAR events during the 2017 season and will work directly with NASCAR in the continued development of concussion protocol.

The new protocol goes into effect immediately for all NASCAR national series.

 

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit http://www.NASCAR.com and http://www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Bryant; COURTESY NASCAR COMMUNICATIONS

 

Ohio State baseball doubles score on Kansas State to open 2017 season, 6-3

 

Ohio State plates six runs on six hits vs. Wildcats Friday afternoon in Kissimmee, Fla.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – It was a good first day for the boys. The Ohio State baseball team opened the 2017 campaign with a 6-3 win over Kansas State on a beautiful, sun-splashed Friday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Fla. Led by seventh-year head coach Greg Beals, the Buckeyes scored three runs in third and added three runs in the fourth, while redshirt junior pitcher Adam Niemeyer threw six strong innings in his captain’s debut on the mound.

 

“It’s great to get that first win,” Beals said. “I was really excited for our guys to get out on the field and play somebody else. Adam Niemeyer gave us a great start. We had a couple big innings when we needed them to put a six run lead on the board. We gave the ball to Kinker to finish the job. There were a lot of things I liked it in the ball game to give us a win, but obviously, there is room for us to get better and we need to do that to have a successful season.”

 

QUALITY START FOR NIEMEYER

Niemeyer, a co-captain from Minster, Ohio, looked strong in his first outing of the year, tossing six innings and allowed just one run (unearned) while scattering six hits and no walks. He improved to 1-0 on the season.

 

TWO-OUT RALLY IN THE THIRD

Ohio State jumped out to a three-run lead with a two-out rally in the top of the third vs. right-hander Bryce Ward. Tre’ Gantt pulled a 1-1 pitch down the first base line for a triple. Jalen Washington then pushed Gantt home for the first run of the afternoon when he reached base safely on an error at second base. Three straight junior transfer Buckeyes combined to advance the lead to three runs. After a two-out double to the gap in right center by Noah McGowan and a walk to Tyler CowlesBo Coolen hit an opposite field double just inside the foul line in front of the 330 sign in left field for a two-run double.

 

THREE MORE IN THE FOURTH

The Wildcats went to their bullpen to begin the fourth, but the Buckeye bats kept swinging. Following a lead-off walk to Brady Cherry and Dominic Canzone’s first collegiate single (up the middle), a sacrifice bunt by Jacob Barnwell put both runners in scoring positon. A wild pitch by right-hander Tyler McKay made it 4-0. On an 0-1 pitch, Washington doubled down the left field line to plate Canzone for the 5-0 advantage. A bases-loaded walked to Cowles pushed it to six runs.

 

KANSAS STATE FINDS ONE IN THE SIXTH

The Wildcats plated a run of the day in the bottom of the sixth after a fielding error and single through the right side scored lead-off batter Cameron Thompson. The Wildcats added two in the bottom of the ninth on a fielding error and sacrifice fly.

 

KINKER CLOSES THE DOOR

Seth Kinker, a 2017 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List selection, threw the final three innings and allowed two runs on three hits with two strikeouts to claim his first save of the year.

 

NEW START TIMES FOR DOUBLEHEADER TOMORROW

Ohio State faces Delaware at 2:30 p.m. and Pitt at 6 p.m. Saturday at Osceola County Stadium.

 

NOTES

  • Ohio State improves to 1-0 on the season.
  • The Buckeyes are 4-3 under head coach Greg Beals in season opener games with four-consecutive wins on Opening Day.
  • The game marked the first contest for D9 Events, the host of the first-annual Sunshine State Series Classic.
  • The Buckeyes played at Osceola County Stadium, home to the Houston Astros’ spring training facility from 1985-2016.
  • Multiple Buckeyes made their debuts in the Scarlet and Gray today, including Noah McGowanBo CoolenTyler Cowles and Dominic Canzone.
  • Gantt collected his fist multi-run game and first triple of the season (second of his career).
  • Canzone notched his first collegiate hit and multi-hit performance of his OSU career.
  • McGowan and Coolen registered their first career doubles as Buckeyes.
  • Ohio State stole three bases vs. the Wildcats, while four of the Buckeyes’ six hits were extra bases.
  • The OSU pitching staff did not walk a batter in the opener.

#GoBucks

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Alex Morando; COURTESY OHIO STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS