TE David Ausberry, CB Chimdi Chekwa, CB Keith McGill, WR Brown and WR Kenbrell Thompkins also did not practice. ___ Online: AP NFL website: and AP_NFL.
Menu NEW YORK NBA referees say their missed foul on Oklahoma City’s Dion Waiters as he inbounded the ball was a play they had never seen before. The referees union also said Tuesday on Twitter that they would incorporate the play into their training moving forward. The play began a wild final sequence the Thunder’s 98 victory over San on Monday Game 2 of the Conference semifinals. Waiters elbowed the Spurs’ Manu Ginobili to create space to throw the inbounds pass, which the Spurs stole to start a fast break. San couldn’t score, leaving Chris Terry Jersey the series tied at 1. Referee Ken Mauer, the crew chief, said after the game that upon seeing a review of the play, there should have been offensive foul on Waiters. Game 3 is Friday Oklahoma City.
GAME NOTES The Red enter the toughest stretch of their schedule with the best special teams the NHL. Detroit’s power-play is No. 3 the NHL with 23-percent success rate, trailing only the Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Blues. The Red lead the NHL with 36 power-play goals. This is the same power play that was criticized heavily at the beginning of the, when it got off a 2-for-30 start and was dead last the NHL at one point. The Red ‘ penalty killers have been among the best the NHL all. They were No. 1 early the campaign and currently sit No. 2 with 88-percent success rate. Only the Chicago Blackhawks have been better at killing penalties. The Red have allowed 16 power-play goals 38. That’s average of.42 per game. Only Chicago and Carolina have allowed fewer power-play goals. • Vancouver waived tough guy Sestito Friday. Sestito has played three Eddie Lack Jersey and less than 19 minutes this. He had one assist and seven penalty minutes. Last, the 6-foot-5-pound left winger had five goals, four assists and a league-leading 213 PIM 77. If Sestito clears waivers, he’ll be assigned to Utica of the AHL. • In their only other meeting this, the Red beat Vancouver 5 Nov. 30 at Joe Arena….. The Red are their last 16 vs. the Canucks…. Vancouver is at home. The Red are on the road…. The Canucks are their last 10. Detroit is. • Gustav Nyquist’s eight power-play goals are tied for third the NHL…. Tomas Tatar is tied for fifth the NHL with five game-winning goals…. ‘s seven overtime shootout losses are tied for the NHL lead…. Vancouver goalie Ryan, older brother of Red forward Drew, is his last five and has allowed nine goals that span • Red captain Henrik Zetterberg has had at least one point five of the last six. He’s got four goals and three assists that span…. Pavel Datsyuk is riding a five-game point streak. He has one goal and four assists that stretch…. Nyquist has a goal and five assists his last four. • Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin and Radim Vrbata, who play on Vancouver’s top line and rank team scoring, all have at least one point four of the last five. Daniel Sedin, who leads the Canucks with 32 points, has one goal and five assists that span. Twin brother Henrik has five assists and Vrbata has three goals and two assists. They were blanked Sunday a 2 loss to Anaheim.
Lidstrom, Datsyuk, Zetterberg earn All- starting spots As expected, the have three starters on the Conference squad for the Jan. 27 All- Game Atlanta, as defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom and forwards Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk were voted by fans. It’s a good honor for them,” said coach Babcock, who’ll be coaching the team. They’re real good players and it’s a special honor and they’ve earned it. It looks good on them.” Lidstrom led all players with 477 votes and be making his eighth consecutive start and his 10th All- appearance overall. It’s a tremendous honor, to get the recognition from fans around the league, and around the world, actually,” Lidstrom said. Zetterberg led forwards with 326 votes and be making his first appearance. He was named as a reserve last but was forced to withdraw because of a wrist injury. Datsyuk, second among West forwards with 303 votes, be making his first start and his second All- appearance. The reserves be announced on Thursday and the list could include one or two more, goaltender Osgood and or defenseman Rafalski. The other starters were Calgary forward Jarome Iginla and defenseman Dion Phaneuf and Vancouver goalie Luongo. The Eastern starters are goaltender Brodeur of New Jersey, defensemen Zdeno and Andrei Markov and forwards Sidney Crosby, Vincent Lecavalier and Alfredsson. this is one more indication that the Detroit Red are one of the best run franchises pro sports. Managment is excelling more than ever with everyone under the salary cap. Ozzie deserves the selection too but just might prefer to keep his vacation to Disneyworld to be with his family.