Lemieux scoring goals five ways in same game amazes Crosby – NHL.com

CRANBERRY, Pa. — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby laughed when asked if he could imagine replicating Mario Lemieux’s five goals scored five different ways on Dec. 31, 1988.

“I haven’t even got four goals in a game,” Crosby said, “so I haven’t even been remotely close to it.”

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Lemieux’s feat of scoring at even strength, on a power play, shorthanded, on a penalty shot and into an empty net against the New Jersey Devils advanced to the final four of the Greatest NHL Moments Presented by Coors Light and Pepsi Zero Sugar after four weeks of fan voting. It will face Wayne Gretzky scoring his 50th goal in his 39th game of the 1981-82 season on Dec. 30, 1981, in one semifinal.

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In the other semifinal, Bobby Orr’s Stanley Cup-winning overtime goal on May 15, 1970, is matched against Teemu Selanne breaking the rookie goal-scoring record with a hat trick on March 2, 1993, on the way to a 76-goal season. Semifinal voting ends Tuesday at midnight.

Crosby, who has 10 NHL hat tricks, agrees with the fan vote thus far. Looking back on Lemieux’s moment in particular, he repeatedly said he doesn’t think it will ever be seen again.

“I remember one time, I think I had a chance for a hat trick. So, it would have been an empty-netter shorthanded, so I basically would’ve got two in one,” Crosby said. “But to have it five different ways? You might chalk up a couple, but you’re not going to get all five. I’m sure guys have been somewhat close.

“To score five is one thing, but to have it five different ways? I’m not sure. It would be great, but I’m

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Celtics overcome 16-point deficit to win 15th straight game – ESPN

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ATLANTA — Maybe afraid his team wouldn’t fully acknowledge its deficiencies because the final results have tipped its way so frequently this season, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens made it a point before Saturday’s visit to the cellar-dwelling Atlanta Hawks to note how Boston had to play better than it had been — even after beating the defending champion Golden State Warriors earlier this week.

“If we dig ourselves a 17-point hole every other game,” Stevens cautioned, “it’s not going to be as much fun as we’ve had recently.”

To be fair to these young Celtics, Stevens never said anything about digging a big hole every game.

The Hawks needed little more than nine minutes to carve out a 16-point lead. It was the fifth time the Celtics had fallen behind by at least that amount this season, including the third time in five games. And typical of this year’s Celtics team, Boston clawed its way back yet again.

Jaylen Brown, having spent the better part of the past 48 hours grieving with family and friends following the death of his best friend in Atlanta, scored a career-high 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting, while re-masked Kyrie Irving added 30 points in a 110-99 triumph at Philips Arena.

Jaylen Brown had a career night in his home state. Jason Getz/USA TODAY

The Celtics have now won 15 straight games. It is the team’s longest winning streak since producing a franchise-best 19 consecutive wins from Nov. 15 to Dec. 23, 2008.

Brown, the No. 3 pick in the 2016 draft, produced another monster night after scoring 22 points in Thursday’s win over the Warriors. This is the first time in his career that he’s had consecutive 20-plus point games.

“It’s pretty remarkable when I think about it — he has

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Beer to their hearts: Brewpub owners pursue their dream on Athens' westside – Online Athens

The yeast, the hops and the flavors have justified the brew and the taps are on at Akademia Brewing Company in Athens.

The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce hosted brewpub owner Matt Casey and brewmaster Morgan Wireman on Nov. 13 for an official ribbon-cutting at 150 Crane Drive off Atlanta Highway next to Georgia Square Mall.

“I appreciate the fact you guys chose this place here. This is important to this (traffic) corridor,” Athens-Clarke Commissioner Jerry NeSmith said.

NeSmith’s words were echoed by Chamber President Doc Eldridge, who said the opening of the brewpub “is a big deal for Athens.”

“This is a good incentive for others to come behind it,” he said about business opportunities on the westside.

The pub features not only their original craft beers such as Hoprodite and Noctua Chaos, but a varied menu from fish and chips to burgers and Mediterranean dishes — all created by chef Nate Eve.

Establishing a craft brewery has been a longtime goal for Casey and Wireman.

“We’ve been trying to open this for three years. We looked at about 20 different properties all over town and in Crawford,” Casey said, explaining that when they settled on the name Akademia, they knew they had to open in Athens.

“We looked at a few buildings to purchase and this was the third or fourth building that we found on the westside. We weren’t really targeting the westside, but the more we thought about it — it turned out to be a good opportunity,” he said.

The brewery, Casey said, “helps balance out this side of town,” which already has a number of well-known restaurants.

Wireman, who grew up in Oconee County, said he and a friend began homebrewing about 10 years ago, then ended up traveling to Germany for a couple

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Aho, Hurricanes hand Sabres fifth straight loss – NHL.com

BUFFALO — Sebastian Aho scored at 15:15 of the third period to help the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Saturday.

Aho, playing his 100th NHL game, gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead. He picked up a loose puck after a pass from Teuvo Teravainen skipped over the stick of Sabres defenseman Justin Falk, skated in against Chad Johnson and beat him with a wrist shot for his third goal of the season.

“I think [Aho] is really coming right now,” Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. “The confidence that he has to play with and hang on to pucks is important and that’s a good line for us right now.”

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After not scoring in his first 15 games, Aho has had a goal in three straight.

“I think I’m playing the same way, it’s just you get the first one, it’s easier to get, so I think that’s just the key,” Aho said.

Joakim Nordstrom scored an empty-net goal at 19:19 of the third that made it 3-1.

Scott Darling made 24 saves for the Hurricanes (8-6-4), who have won four of their past six games. The Sabres (5-11-4) have lost five straight.

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“It is testing my patience,” said Sabres coach Phil Housley, whose team lost 3-1 at the Detroit Red Wings on Friday. “I thought the last game in Detroit was really the end of my wick as far as remaining patient and making some adjustments and addressing that. I thought tonight they get the break to get the second goal, we had opportunities to score and get it 2-1 and that’s the difference in the hockey game. I still feel that we’re all not

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Northwestern experience latest reason why college more compelling than NFL – Chicago Tribune

Every college football team needs a guy like Northwestern strength coach Alex Spanos, the human can of Red Bull who understands real strength on Saturdays comes from building camaraderie that can be even more powerful than massive pecs.

In rainy 40-degree temperatures and winds gusting like a Scottish gale Saturday at Ryan Field, Spanos wore a short-sleeve purple shirt on the Northwestern sidelines that suggested he was more brawn than brains. If you think the Big Ten Network cameras loved Spanos and his bare, muscular arms during Northwestern’s 39-0 throttling of Minnesota, you should have seen the way Wildcats players responded to his encouragement after every series as he stayed warm bouncing around the sideline.

“Our secret sauce,’’ Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said of Spanos, one of five strength and conditioning coaches he sincerely values as much as any staff member.

On a delightfully miserable day for anything except a nap, Northwestern ignored the elements and obliterated Minnesota in the Wildcats’ most dominant performance over a Big Ten opponent in recent memory.

“Blue-collar Chicago football,’’ Fitzgerald said.

The workmanlike Wildcats grinded out 277 yards rushing, which included 166 on 31 carries from Justin Jackson, whom Fitzgerald called “a once-in-a-coaching-lifetime type of young man.’’ They shut out a Minnesota offense coming off a 54-point, 409-rushing yard game against Nebraska. They coaxed Gopher quarterback Demry Croft into completing more passes to Northwestern defenders (three) than Minnesota receivers (two) without turning over the ball themselves. The team that hasn’t lost in 42 days came prepared to give Northwestern its first six-game winning streak since 1996, when Fitzgerald wore No. 51 instead of a headset.

“I just still remember the one we lost (after seven straight victories),’’ Fitzgerald said of his senior season 21 years ago.

The sun shines every day in Fitzgerald’s

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