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Cavaliers being short-handed does not stop them in beating Atlanta, 123-107

Kyle Korver shooting for Cavs 2017 photo By Erik Drost on Flicker, CC BY 2.0, https

If the Cavs would have lost to Atlanta last night, no one would have said anything because they knew that the new players that came in multiple trades on Thursday could not play until they pass physicals, Larry Nance, Jr., Jordan Clarkson from the Lakers; George Hill from the Kings and Rodney Hood from Utah.

Those players were in Atlanta and on the bench last night but not dressed.

The Cavs did win the game regardless with only seven regular players available, 123-107.

Those players were LeBron James, J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver, Jose Calderon, Cedi Osman, Jeff Green and Tristan Thompson.

Leading the way last night was Korver with a season-high 30 points on 7 of 13 from 3-point land. James had a triple-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 17 assists. The 65th time he has accomplished it in his career. Green contributed 24 and Osman, who has been pushing for playing time all season, had a career-high 16 points, six rebounds and five assists.

To fill out the bench, the team added from their D-League team at Canton, Ante Žižić, John Holland, London Perrantes.

The Cavaliers took control of the game early and never let up.

They outscored the Hawks 26-18 on fast breaks, 48-34 in the paint area and their three-man bench won 57-40.

Cleveland leads the Central Division with a record of 31-22 and has a 2-game lead over both Indiana and Milwaukee. They are third in the Eastern Conference standings behind Boston and Toronto.

NHL Morning Skate for Friday, February 2, 2018



As part of its ongoing effort to celebrate diversity and inclusion in hockey, the NHLPA, NHL and its 31 Member Clubs announced the start of Hockey Is For Everyone month.


The annual campaign focuses on awareness and activities with organizations that celebrate all people who play or watch hockey, including fans of every race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and those with disabilities.


Click here for a snapshot of this year’s campaign, by the numbers.


* Visit for more information, including NHL player and special ambassadors as well as a schedule of in-arena events.



Home Team in Caps

BOSTON 3, St. Louis 1

Florida 4, BUFFALO 2

NEW JERSEY 4, Philadelphia 3

Toronto 4, NY RANGERS 0

CAROLINA 2, Montreal 0

OTTAWA 2, Anaheim 1 (OT)

Vegas 3, WINNIPEG 2 (OT)

NASHVILLE 5, Los Angeles 0

Tampa Bay 7, CALGARY 4

Colorado 4, EDMONTON 3 (OT)

Dallas 4, ARIZONA 1

VANCOUVER 4, Chicago 2



The Jets tied the game with 2:36 remaining in regulation, but David Perron (1-1—2) scored at 3:57 of overtime to power the Golden Knights to a 34-12-4 (72 points) mark this season. Vegas established an NHL record for most wins by a team in its inaugural season – with 32 games remaining in its 2017-18 campaign.


* The Golden Knights own the best record in the Western Conference standings and remained one point back of the League-leading Lightning (35-13-3, 73 points), who earned a win on Thursday. Vegas snapped Winnipeg’s home win streak at seven games and improved to 15-9-2 (32 points) as visitors, four road victories shy of the NHL record for most by a team in its inaugural season.


* Perron (4-6—10) and Erik Haula (4-5—9) each extended their point streak to seven games, tied for the second-longest active runs in the NHL behind only Sidney Crosby (3-17—20 in 10 GP).


Marc-Andre Fleury (26 saves) earned his 389th career win to move into a tie with Dominik Hasek for 13th place on the NHL’s all-time list among goaltenders.



Curtis McElhinney turned aside all 25 shots he faced to backstop the Maple Leafs to their second shutout victory in as many days (also 5-0 W on Jan. 31 vs. NYI) and fourth consecutive win overall. Toronto posted shutouts in consecutive days for the fifth time in franchise history.



Maple Leafs defenseman Justin Holl, who scored in his NHL debut on Wednesday, found the back of the net again on Thursday.


* Holl became the sixth defenseman in NHL history to score a goal in each of his first two career games and first to do so in consecutive days. No defenseman in NHL history has scored at least once in each of their first three career games.

* Holl also became the seventh player in Maple Leafs franchise history to score a goal in each of his first two career games and second to do so in consecutive days. Only three players in franchise history have scored at least once in each of their first three career games.



Tuukka Rask made 32 saves to help the Bruins improve to 15-1-4 in their last 20 games.


* Rask improved to 17-0-2 in his last 19 decisions dating to Nov. 29 (1.62 GAA, .941 SV%, 2 SO). Rask became the fourth goaltender in franchise history to earn at least one point in 19 consecutive decisions.


Patrice Bergeron scored the game winner and has recorded 10 goals since Jan. 1 (12 GP), trailing only Evgeni Malkin (12 in 12 GP) for the most in 2018.



The Lightning erupted for seven goals – including four in the third period – to improve to 35-13-3 (73 points) this season and maintain a one-point edge over the Golden Knights for first place in the NHL standings. Tampa Bay scored at least seven goals in a game for the third time this season (also 7-1 W on Oct. 21 vs. PIT and 8-5 W on Oct. 30 at FLA).


Alex Killorn collected 2-2—4 and matched his single-game career high for points, a mark he set earlier this season on Oct. 12 vs. PIT (0-4—4).


Andrei Vasilevskiy (42 saves) improved to 30-9-2 this season (2.23 GAA, .930 SV%, 7 SO) and became the first goaltender to reach the 30-win mark in 2017-18.



Pekka Rinne turned aside all 19 shots he faced to record his second straight shutout (also Jan. 25 at NJD) and help the Predators improve to 7-1-2 in their last 10 games.


* Rinne posted consecutive shutouts in the regular season for the third time in his NHL career (also March 18-20, 2010 and Feb. 12-14, 2013) and extended his personal win streak to six games dating to Jan. 6 (1.48 GAA, .947 SV%, 2 SO).


· Evgeni MalkinPatrice BergeronJonathan Bernier named Three Stars for January

· Islanders’ Mathew Barzal named NHL Rookie of the Month for January

· VIDEO: NHL All-Stars make Super Bowl picks

· Alec Martinez fulfills promise to parents, completes degree (via Lisa Dillman)









NHL Morning Skate for Thursday, February 1, 2018


Home Team in Caps
TORONTO 5, NY Islanders 0

DETROIT 2, San Jose 1 (SO)

WASHINGTON 5, Philadelphia 3


Five different players found the back of the net, including first career NHL goals from defensemen Travis Dermott (1-1—2) and Justin Holl (1-0—1), to power the Maple Leafs (29-18-5, 63 points) to their third straight win and fourth victory in five contests.


* Per Elias, Dermott (9 GP) and Holl (1 GP) became just the fourth pair of defensemen on the same team since 1991-92 to register first career NHL goals in the same game. The others: Ottawa’s Shane Hnidy and Karel Rachunek on Jan. 16, 2001, Edmonton’s Adam Bennett and Ilya Byakinon Nov. 6, 1993 and Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom and Vladimir Konstantinov on Oct. 17, 1991.


* Four of Toronto’s five goals were scored by players age 21 or younger (Kasperi Kapanen: 21; Auston Matthews: 20; Mitchell Marner: 20; and Dermott: 21). There are only three other times in franchise history where four different players 21 or younger scored in the same game – all of which occurred during the 1943-44 season.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first period, Chandler Stephenson (2-0—2) scored twice to start a run of five consecutive Capitals goals to help the club rally to their 30th win of the season.


* Stephenson, who had scored two goals in 49 career games entering the contest, netted two in 47 seconds to become the 10th player in 2017-18 to score two goals in under a minute and the first Capitals player to do so since Alex Ovechkin scored a pair of goals 53 seconds apart on Jan. 28, 2014.
* Washington, who sits atop the Metropolitan Division standings, rallied from a multi-goal deficit to win for a League-leading sixth time this season.



Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner, Flyers forward Travis Konecny and Red Wings netminder Petr Mrazek all continued impressive strings of success Wednesday:

* Gardiner, who led all Maple Leafs defensemen in scoring last season with 9-34—43 in 82 GP, collected an assist to extend his assist/point streak to a career high six contests (0-10—10).

* Konecny scored for the fifth consecutive game to extend his point streak to six contests (5-2—7). He became the first Flyers player to score in five straight games since Wayne Simmonds from Mar. 26 – Apr. 3, 2012. The last Flyers player to score in six consecutive games: Scott Hartnell from Dec. 2 – 13, 2011.
* Mrazek made 30 saves through regulation and overtime before turning aside four Sharks in the shootout to help the Red Wings (20-21-8, 48 points) snap a five-game skid at Little Caesars Arena (0-4-1). Mrazek improved to 4-1-1 in his last five decisions, posting a 1.88 GAA, .936 SV% and two shutouts over that span.


· Brock Boeser adopted puppy from All-Star Game shoot with Humane Society

· Mike Fisher plans to end retirement, rejoin Predators (via Lisa Dillman)

· Quebec man surprised by Sidney Crosby at outdoor rink

· Devils’ Taylor Hall fined for boarding







Indians sign free agent pitcher Stephen Fife


Stephen Fife underhanding ball to 1st base 2013 photo By Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https


The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed free agent RHP STEPHEN FIFE to a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp, bringing the total number of non-roster invitees to 21.

Fife, 31, split the 2017 season between Triple-A New Orleans in the Miami organization and the Seibu Lions in Japan’s Pacific League (June 20-end of season) after signing with the Marlins in December 2016. The Boise, ID native went 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA over his last five starts with New Orleans (30.0IP, 25H, 9ER, 25SO) from May 18-June 12 before being released to pursue an opportunity in Japan.

Fife began his professional career in 2008 after being selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 3rd round of the First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Utah. He was later acquired by the L.A. Dodgers in July 2011 and appeared in 18 games/16 starts with the Dodgers, 2012-14, posting a Major League mark of 4-6 with a 3.66 ERA (91.0IP, 101H, 37H, 33BB, 70SO). He missed the 2015 campaign after right elbow reconstruction and pitched in the Cubs system in 2016.

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Reds 2018 Hall of Fame induction class: Norman, Bristol and Dunn


Adam Dunn with Reds in 2008 By Wknight94 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https


Freddie Norman (Reds photo)

Dave Bristol (Reds photo)


Induction Weekend July 21-22



Starting pitcher Fred Norman and manager Dave Bristol will join Adam Dunn to complete the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame’s Induction Class of 2018.

• Fred Norman was a mainstay of the Big Red Machine’s starting rotation from 1973-79 and recorded double-digit victory totals in each of his seven seasons in a Reds uniform

• Dave Bristol was a major contributor to the creation of the Big Red Machine and managed the Reds from 1966-69

Bristol and Norman were selected by the Hall’s Veterans Committee, which is comprised of Hall of Famers, Reds executives, Hall of Fame board members, baseball historians and media members.

“I’d like to thank the Veterans Committee for its thoughtful and thorough review of all the former players and managers that were part of the Veterans Ballot,” said Rick Walls, executive director of the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. “After speaking with Fred and Dave, I know this election means the world to them, and we all look forward to enshrining them among the other Reds legends in the Hall during Induction Weekend July 21-22.”

Dunn was the top vote-getter selected by fans, Reds alumni and select media through the Modern Player Ballot, presented by Clark Schaefer Hackett, the official accounting firm of the Reds Hall of Fame Ballot.

The trio will be honored during Reds Hall of Fame Induction Weekend on July 21 & 22 and brings the Hall’s membership ranks to 89 total including 81 players, 5 managers and 3 executives.

Quotes from Reds Hall of Famers on the new inductees:

• Joe Morgan on Fred Norman:
“When Freddie came to the Reds, he quickly became an important part of our pitching staff that was underrated. He was a small guy with a big heart, like me, and helped us win divisions and World Championships.”

• Jack Billingham on Fred Norman:
“Fred had a screwball, changeup, curveball, slider and could locate his fastball. He learned how to pitch, not just throw, and had a great career. I’m happy for Fred now and that all four starters are in the Reds Hall of Fame. I always felt that our four starters could compare with almost anybody.”

• Johnny Bench on Dave Bristol:
“Dave is now being recognized for his building of the Big Red Machine. He developed the likes of Rose, Helms, Perez and many more and instilled in his players a drive to excel. A tough competitor and a love for baseball that was off the charts, he lived and breathed the game.”

• Tommy Helms on Dave Bristol:
“I wish every young baseball player had a chance to play for Bristol. He did everything he could to make you a better player and a better person. I was blessed to play for him.”
Fred Norman (Pitcher, 1973-79)
A mainstay of the Big Red Machine’s starting rotation from 1973-79, Fred Norman was a durable and tenacious left-hander who recorded double-digit victory totals in each of his seven seasons in a Reds uniform. During his time in the Reds rotation, the club won four division titles, two National League pennants and two World Series championships. His acquisition by Cincinnati in a trade with San Diego on June 12, 1973, was one of the critical factors that helped the Reds overcome a double-digit deficit to the Dodgers in the division standings to claim the club’s third division title in four seasons. Norman posted a 12-6 record with three shutouts and a 3.30 ERA after donning a Reds uniform in ’73 and finished sixth in voting for the NL Cy Young Award. The Reds team leader in strikeouts in 1975 and again in 1977, Norman ranks 19th on the club’s career strikeout list with 864 and his career mark of 5.9 strikeouts per nine innings is also the 20th best in franchise history. Overall, Norman won 85 games with a 3.43 ERA in 1315 innings pitched as a Red. He is the 29th pitcher elected to the Reds Hall of Fame.

Dave Bristol (Manager, 1966-69)
A crucial contributor to the creation of the Big Red Machine, Dave Bristol was critical to the development of many Reds stars as a manager of Reds minor league affiliates from 1957-65 and as Reds manager from 1966-69. As a minor league manager, Bristol was vital to bringing future Reds Hall of Famers Tommy Helms, Lee May, Tony Perez and Pete Rose among many others to the major leagues. As the Reds manager, Bristol continued to nurture young talent including future Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench, who made his major league debut under Bristol in 1967. Bench was named Rookie of the Year in 1968, won the first two of his ten consecutive Gold Glove Awards in 1968 and 1969, and earned the first two of his fourteen career All-Star selections. Overall, Reds players amassed twelve All-Star selections with Bristol as their manager and he was selected as a coach for both the 1968 and 1969 NL All-Star teams. Bristol’s Reds clubs were among the most formidable offensive clubs in baseball and posted winning records in each of his three full seasons at the helm. In the first season of divisional play in 1969, the Reds fell only four victories short of winning the division title. Bristol’s 298 career victories as Reds manager ranks 10th in franchise history and his career winning percentage of .525 is tied for the 11th best in the history of the club. Dave Bristol is the fifth manager elected to the Reds Hall of Fame.
About the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum presented by Dinsmore
Established in 1958, The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame is the oldest continually operating team Hall of Fame in all of baseball. The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum features 15,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Cincinnati Reds. The mission of the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is to celebrate greatness, preserve history and provide inspiration. Plan your visit at

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