Stanley Cup Final three stars: Behind resurgent Pekka Rinnes acrobatic saves, Predators even series

Of all the bold proclamations made by P.K. Subban in the past week, he tucked the most outlandish at the end of an interview after an electric Predators Game 3 win.

This deal leaves veterans Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Dennis Seidenberg and Thomas Hickey on the Isles’ blue line, along with restricted free agent Calvin de Haan. Youngsters Ryan Pulock and Adam Pelech, right now, are leading candidates to fill the big hole left by Hamonic’s departure, should Islanders GM Garth Snow not look outside the organization.

Travis, he’s definitely a little brother, offered Snow. I think the world of him on and off the ice. But we feel we have a good hockey team. We have a team that’s built for now and the future. At the end of the day you have to do what’s best for the hockey club.

Saturday’s trade caps a busy week for both the Flames and the Islanders. Calgary acquired veteran goalie Mike Smith from the Coyotes prior to the expansion draft. The Islanders acquired top-six forward Jordan Eberle from the Oilers on Thursday for Ryan Strome after sending a parcel of draft picks and winger Mikhail Grabovksi to Vegas prior to the expansion draft to protect Strome, among others.

Another stat from this game: Ottawa is 0 for 2 on goal attempts this game. They were 0 for 27 in their last 10 games.

The Penguins have absolutely no mercy. Fifty seconds into the third period, with the game already well in hand at 5-0, and Crosby collects a backhand assist across the crease to Phil Kessel, who of course made the power-play goal.

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They’ll still have to earn it against a James-Irving combo that totaled 71 points in Game 4

These two teams will not only be measured by their success this season, but also their places in NBA history. The bar has ben set in terms of playoff superiority by the 2000-01 Lakers, led by the dynamic duo of Kobe Bryant (28.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.0 assists per game) and Shaquille O’Neal (28.7 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.8 blocks per game).

Both the Cavs and Warriors are on pace to challenge that Lakers squad for the best playoff run ever.

But last year is last year, this year is this year, Kerr said. I’m pretty sure Draymond won’t get suspended for Game 5. Maybe he will. I don’t know. But we’ll go back and tee it up again.

Green isn’t suspended, even if he teetered on ejection in the Game 4 loss, then teed off in his postgame interview afterward. Green’s one-game suspension turned the momentum last year. He’ll be on the floor Monday. So will Kevin Durant, the biggest difference in the series through four games. Durant scored 31 points in the loss. Golden State is still in control with two games at a place where they haven’t lost in these playoffs.

They’ll still have to earn it against a James-Irving combo that totaled 71 points in Game 4. Irving felt motivated by the chatter coming out of the Golden State locker room, and wasn’t afraid to speak up afterward.

Social media is everywhere, Irving said. I mean, social media is just — it raises the bar, especially the attention that goes on with it. So we see everything. I’ll be sitting up here lying saying that I didn’t see it.

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Bryce Harper hit a gosh darn baseball to gosh darn Jupiter

Forget Mars, Bryce Harper is looking to colonize the rest of the Milky Way galaxy. With baseballs.

Harper, the baseball god of hair and long home runs, launched this home run to Jupiter. No, really.

Anyway, Tebow always spends time before a game signing autographs, right around 6:30 p.m., posing for pictures and even doling out hugs when he’s asked — the personal security guard the Mets assigned to shadow Tebow is always right there just to make sure nothing funny happens, but he didn’t need to do anything either game I was there.

Everybody loves Tebow.

He doesn’t sign every little thing. There isn’t time, really. He makes one smooth roll down the line, from the end of the Fireflies dugout to the start of the rolled-up tarp, near the bullpen. He signs along the way for those on the railing, then jogs on the field to stretch with his teammates.

I’m still not sure. But I know I’m interested in the baseball side of this experiment, so here I am.

It’s 3:51 p.m. ET on Thursday afternoon and Travis Tritt’s song It’s a Great Day to Be Alive is playing on the sound system at Spirit Communications Park. Tebow’s near the warning track in center field, with Columbia Fireflies teammates Gene Cone and Jay Jabs. Jose Leger, the manager of the Mets’ Class A squad, is putting the three outfielders through the paces, making them track fly balls to their right, then to their left, and finally hitting line drives right at them.

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