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Avalanche beat Red Wings 3-2 in overtime PDF Print E-mail
Written by LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer   
Friday, 07 March 2014 07:28
DETROIT — Nathan MacKinnon had the puck in the final minute of overtime and each of the four opposing skaters stood passively and stared at the phenom.
The sensational rookie took full advantage of the attention, breaking one of Wayne Gretzky’s records while helping his team win.
Andre Benoit, all alone, scored off an assist from MacKinnon with 31.4 seconds left in overtime to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.
MacKinnon has a point in 13 straight games, breaking Gretzky’s mark for an 18-year-old NHL player that he set during the 1979-80 season.
“It’s pretty cool,” MacKinnon acknowledged. “I want to be as consistent as possible. He probably doubled my point total in those games.”
Gretzky finished his rookie season with 51 goals and 137 points.
MacKinnon has 22 goals and 50 points — easily leading all rookies in the league this year — in 63 games. His point streak is the longest by a rookie at any age since Colorado’s Paul Stastny went 20 straight in 2007.
Red Wings retire Nicklas Lidstrom’s No. 5 jersey PDF Print E-mail
Written by LARRY LAGE AP Hockey Writer   
Friday, 07 March 2014 07:27
DETROIT — Nicklas Lidstrom was the last person to speak at his Detroit Red Wings jersey-retirement ceremony.
He might have spoken the least while perhaps saying the most, fittingly for a player who was subtly spectacular on the ice.
Lidstrom was honored Thursday night before Detroit hosted the Colorado Avalanche. A red banner — with his last name and number in white — was raised to the rafters.
“It’s not like winning a trophy for a successful season or playoff; it’s not winning an individual trophy,” he said on a puck-shaped podium. “This is something different. This is all about being a Detroit Red Wing.”
The storied franchise previously retired six jerseys: Gordie Howe’s No. 9, Steve Yzerman’s No. 19, Ted Lindsay’s No. 7, Terry Sawchuk’s No. 1, Alex Delvecchio’s No. 10 and Sid Abel’s No. 12. But Lidstrom is the first defenseman to have his jersey retired by the Red Wings.
Steelers sign Polamalu, Miller to extensions PDF Print E-mail
Written by WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 08:01
PITTSBURGH — Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller are doing their part to help the Pittsburgh Steelers get under the 2014 salary cap.
The eight-time Pro Bowl safety and the venerable tight end both signed new three-year contracts with the team on Wednesday designed to give the Steelers some cap relief before the new league year begins next week.
Terms of the deals were not disclosed, but both contracts are designed to give Pittsburgh some flexibility heading into free agency as the Steelers look for answers following consecutive 8-8 seasons.
The Steelers also cut linebacker Larry Foote, cornerback Curtis Brown and offensive tackle Levi Brown on Wednesday.
Polamalu was scheduled to make $8.25 million in 2014 in the final season of a four-year contract he signed in 2011. The 32-year-old is coming off a bounce back year in which he played in all 16 games after being limited by injuries in 2012.
Blackhawks shuffle lines, beat Blue Jackets 6-1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer   
Friday, 07 March 2014 07:26
CHICAGO — Andrew Shaw stopped a long scoring drought. Jonathan Toews had another big game. The Chicago Blackhawks had 13 players with at least one point.
Yup, those line changes worked out pretty well for the Stanley Cup champions.
Shaw and Toews had two goals apiece, and the Blackhawks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-1 on Thursday night to keep pace in the Western Conference playoff race.
“I think all the lines had some chemistry tonight,” Shaw said. “It was a big win for us.”
Brandon Bollig and Bryan Bickell also scored as Chicago bounced back from a 4-2 home loss to Colorado on Tuesday night. Corey Crawford made 22 saves for his 10th consecutive victory against Columbus.
Browns release troubled WR Davone Bess PDF Print E-mail
Written by TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 07:59
CLEVELAND — Davone Bess had a disappointing first season with the Browns. His offseason was far more disturbing.
The team released the troubled wide receiver Wednesday, ending his stay in Cleveland after less than one year and following a pattern of bizarre behavior that included his arrest for assaulting a law enforcement officer.
Bess, who was acquired last April from Miami, never lived up to on-field expectations and his personal problems gave the Browns no alternative but to end their relationship.
The team announced his release with one line on the team’s Twitter account.
The 28-year-old Bess is still owed $3.06 million for 2014, but the Browns may try to recoup some of that money. A team spokesman would not say if Bess had broken any agreements on his contract.
The Browns traded for Bess during the draft last year, and the team immediately signed the sure-handed veteran to a three-year, $11.5 million contract extension that included $5.75 million guaranteed. The Browns believed Bess would fill a hole at slot receiver and bring leadership to their young wideouts, including Josh Gordon, Greg Little and Travis Benjamin.
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