ring from a stroke, brought out a torch in his wheelchair to pass to Pacioretty. from q123's blog

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd needed plenty of superlatives to describe Thursday nights victory. Nick Castellanos Jersey .Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker had 27 points each to lead the Bucks past the Indiana Pacers 125-107.You could see right off the bat they were ready, Kidd said of the dynamic duo. They took good shots. They shared the ball. If they had an open shot, they took it. If not, they got off of it. They made good, quick decisions. When you do that, youre going to score a lot of points.Kidd has turned the offense over to Antetokounmpo, and the 6-foot-11, 222-pound guard has responded. He had nine assists and seven rebounds and his running mate, Parker, made a career-high four 3-pointers and grabbed eight rebounds.Kidd also got production out of Greg Monroe, who added 16 points, 16 rebounds and six assists, and Tony Snell, the newcomer acquired from the Chicago Bulls for Michael Carter-Williams, had 14 points, including a 3 at the buzzer that gave Milwaukee a 63-57 lead at halftime.Everybody was great, Kidd said. Everybody who participated did their job and stayed in character. It was a great team win against a talented, well-coached team.Paul George scored 23 points, reserve C.J. Miles added 19, Jeff Teague had 16 and Myles Turner 15, but it wasnt enough as the Pacers slipped to 0-3 on the road.When Parker hit from in close and then from beyond the arc to open the fourth quarter, it looked like the Bucks would coast to their third win of the season.Indiana had other ideas and closed with a flurry led by George who hit a 3-pointer with 9:28 to go, cutting the deficit to 95-82. When Turner made two free throws and Thaddeus Young hit a basket, the Bucks lead was nine.After a steal by Monta Ellis who dished to George for another basket, the Pacers trailed by seven with 4:11 to play, but that was as close as they got. Snell hit a 3-pointer, Miles Plumlee dunked and Antetokounmpo scored in traffic to push the lead to 14 points and the Bucks regained control of the game.George was not happy with the outcome, despite coming close down the stretch.Im real frustrated, he said. I know how good we could be. I know how good we were. Were nowhere close to it. Its embarrassing the way were playing and we look on the floor right now.Miles agreed with his teammates assessment.Were not tied together, man, he said. You can see it. You can see it. Were not showing no spirit, no heart. You dont see guys getting excited about anything.Parker sparked the Bucks with nine points as Milwaukee opened the third quarter with some energy, attacked the boards on both ends and pulled away to a 74-61 lead. Parker hit a 3, two driving dunks and a putback before George stopped the surge with a wide-open 3-pointer with 7:03 left in the quarter. But the Bucks were off and running again, building the lead to as many as 17.You look at what Jabari did tonight, catch-and-shoot, making plays for his teammates, Kidd said. He scored. He made the extra pass. Thats his game. Hes the total package.Malcom Brogdon, the Bucks second-round draft pick from Virginia, scored 12 points, including two free throws that pushed the margin to 90-73 with seconds left in the third.TIP-INSPacers: G Rodney Stuckey missed his third consecutive game with a right hamstring strain. ... The Pacers took three of four from the Bucks last season. Indianas 37-point win on Nov. 21 was the Pacers largest win and Milwaukees largest loss in 2015-16.Bucks: Coming into Thursdays game, Antetokounmpo is the only NBA player averaging over 23 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks per game. ... F Steve Novak has yet to play in a game.WE OWN THE PAINTThe Bucks came into the game tied with Oklahoma City for second in the NBA in points in the paint (53.5) behind only the Washington Wizards (56.7). Milwaukee recorded 62 points in the paint against the Pacers who had 42.NOT VERY PRETTYThe Pacers had 21 turnovers which the Bucks turned into 34 points. Milwaukee returned the favor by making 22 miscues which Indiana converted into 26 points.UP NEXTPacers: On Saturday, they look for payback against the Bulls who beat them 118-101 on Oct. 29 in Chicago.Bucks: On Saturday, they host the Sacramento Kings who took the two-game series last season. Shane Greene Jersey .Y. -- Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers had no intention of changing his hard-hitting style before taking part in a disciplinary hearing for his illegal check to New Jersey forward Dainius Zubrus head. Al Kaline Jersey . After Mondays hard-fought loss, the wait seemed longer than usual. Getting set to go their separate ways for a short Christmas break, the Raptors coach credited his team for their effort on a seemingly impossible three-game road trip, urging them to build on that success when they get back to work at the end of the week. http://www.tigersgearshop.com/Tigers-Alan-Trammell-Kids-Jersey/.S District Court against Major League Baseball, the Office of the Commissioner and his own union, the MLBPA. MONTREAL -- Before the Montreal Canadiens home opener, the Bell Centre crowd gave a huge ovation to ailing goaltender Carey Price.After the game, they did the same for his replacement.Veteran backup Al Montoya, filling in for a third straight game while Price recovers from the flu, made 36 saves to lead the Canadiens to a 4-0 victory over the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.In three starts to begin the season, Montoya has a 1.30 goals-against average and a .962 save percentage.I feel Ive been trying to make a statement for a while, said Montoya, a backup most of his career who signed as a free agent this summer from the Florida Panthers. For me, this is just an opportunity to play.I dont try to overdo anything. I come out, have fun, play my game and let the rest take care of itself. The win is fantastic. Thats all we play for, but maybe (the shutout) was the cherry on top.David Desharnais scored twice and another offseason signing, Alexander Radulov, got his first goal as a Canadien with Montoya picking up an assist. Max Pacioretty also scored for Montreal, 2-0-1.When you see Monty make some of those saves, it gives us an opportunity to try to get him the shutout and try to get some goals for him, Pacioretty said. You have to credit most of that game to him because he was incredible.He played great all three games, but tonight, he gave us a chance. After our goal they had a flurry of chances. There were a couple of times in the first period when he had to come up big. The timeliness of those saves allowed us to get some momentum.Price fell ill just before the start of the regular season. He got back to work on his own on Sunday and had his first workout with his teammates in the morning skate on Tuesday. It was uncertain if he will be ready to play when the Arizona Coyotes visit Thursday night.The Penguins, coming off an overtime loss at home Monday night, played their first road game of the season. Pittsburgh outshoot the Canadiens 36-32. Joe Jimenez Jersey. We have to forget these two games and look forward, Penguins star Evgeni Malkin said. We have to stay positive right now.We knew (Price) was not playing. We know they have a good team. It was opening game for Montreal. And Montoyas a good goalie too. He saved a lot tonight. But we need to score goals because we have great four lines. We had lots of power plays too (0 for 8), but made lots of mistakes.There were 30 shots taken in the first -- 17-13 for Pittsburgh -- but it was on only the second of the period that Pacioretty opened the scoring at 23 seconds as he took a feed in the slot from Jeff Petry and beat Marc-Andre Fleury with a wrist shot.Desharnais was parked alone in front of Fleury when he slammed in Paciorettys blind, backhand pass from the corner 12:07 into the second.Radulov scored 4:31 into the third as he burst down the right wing and cut in front. The Penguins challenged, claiming goaltender interference by Brendan Gallagher, but the goal stood.Desharnais was alone at the side of the net to tap in a cross-ice pass from Jeff Petry at 13:44 after sustained pressure in the Pittsburgh zone.Game notes The Canadiens made one lineup change, sending in Brian Flynn for Dan Carr. ... Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby (concussion) did not play. ... The Penguins went with Fleury in goal for a second consecutive night rather than use backup Mike Condon, who they claimed off waivers from Montreal two weeks ago. Condon lost the backup job in camp to Montoya. ... In pre-game introductions, former coach Jacques Demers, recovering from a stroke, brought out a torch in his wheelchair to pass to Pacioretty. Shea Weber, obtained in the deal for P.K. Subban, got the loudest applause of the players on the ice.UP NEXT:Penguins: host San Jose on Thursday.Candiens: host Arizona on Thursday. ' ' '

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