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DETROIT — Saturday night’s game could be center John Tavares‘ last with the New York Islanders.

The Islanders visit the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena in the final game of the regular season for both teams Josh Allen Color Rush Jersey , who find themselves out of the NHL Playoffs.

Tavares, the 27-year-old Islanders captain, has 36 goals and 47 assists for 83 points this season. He will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and has been the focal point of the organization since he was the first overall pick in the 2009 draft.

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“I’m not trying to look at it as the end because, obviously, that hasn’t been determined,” Tavares said after Thursday night’s 2-1 win over the New York Rangers at the Barclays Center. “I’ve always wanted it to work out and stay, so that’s still what I hope transpires. But, obviously, that will come in the time ahead.”

But New York coach Doug Weight Miguel Andujar New York Yankees Jersey , a native of Detroit, says the decision will be Tavares’ alone.

“People say it’s like a marriage. But that’s BS. I know my wife controls pretty much everything I do and we don’t control anything with John,” Weight said. “But no, I don’t have nervousness. Anxiety is probably a closer word.

“But you have to do what you have to do as an organization, no matter what. With or without him, we’re going to move forward and try to win. We’d like him here.”

Detroit is focusing on the young players who could be part of the future. One of those is forward Tyler Bertuzzi, who has been impressive since being called up from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League during the season.

Bertuzzi, 23, has seven goals and 24 points in 47 games this season http://www.ravensauthorizedshops.com/authentic-anthony-averett-jersey , mostly in a top-six role. He has played a lot on the left wing with center and captain Henrik Zetterberg and right winger Gustav Nyquist.

That’s where Bertuzzi — the nephew of for mer NHL player and Red Wing Todd Bertuzzi — was in Thursday’s 4-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at Little Caesars Arena, in which Bertuzzi scored a goal and had a few other quality scoring chances.

“Bert’s game was totally excellent,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “He’s a real hockey player. He’s a guy I would say is a great complementary guy for a guy like Z (Zetterberg) that can control the puck and hold onto the puck. He goes to the net, he’s great defensively, he plays through bodies.

“He’s a heckuva hockey player. That’s a great, great draft pick by our scouts (58th overall in 2013), and he’s going to be a heck of a Red Wing.”

Five of Bertuzzi’s goals have come in the last seven games, all of that time playing with Zetterberg and Nyquist.

“You dream to play with a guy like that (Zetterberg),” Bertuzzi said. “I’ve been lucky enough to get the opportunity to stick on that line and just be able to play with him and learn a lot. He’s obviously helping me produce offensively.”

Tiger Woods attracted most of the attention. Jordan Spieth caused the most concern.

 

Opening day at the Masters had a wide-open feel until Spieth hit his stride. He saved three straight pars with that superb short game. He ran off three straight birdies to take the lead. And then he fired an 8-iron at the pin on the par-3 16th Nathan Shepherd Color Rush Jersey , letting the club twirl through his hands as he walked away, knowing only that it was another good one. It plopped down 5 feet away.

Spieth took only 10 putts on the back nine. He made five straight birdies, a career best for him in the majors. Even a bogey on the final hole felt like a par the way he navigated out of the trees and limited the damage with a pitch that stopped inches from going in.

That gave him a 6-under 66 and a two-shot lead over Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar.

Woods has some catching up to do. He failed to birdie any of the par 5s. He was under par one only one hole. He hit a 9-iron into Rae’s Creek. And only a pair of birdies over the last five holes enabled him to scratch out a 73 and at least stay in range, seven shots behind.

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) – Tyronn Lue returned to work humbled, changed and with a new perspective.

Cleveland’s coach has been rewired by a serious health scare.

Lue was back on the sidelines Thursday night and had his blood pressure tested as the Cavaliers rallied to win in his first game following a medical absence that became necessary after he experienced ”piercing” chest pains during two games this season.

Now that he’s feeling better, Lue even joked about his heart after the Cavs overcame a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter to stun the Washington Wizards 119-115.

”I told the guys after the game, `Good job of bailing me out.’ It was tough,” Lue said. ”First game back and not having a point guard and not knowing what sets to call and what to run because you haven’t worked on it. Our rotations were a little off tonight so Jason Sanders Color Rush Jersey , I mean, I was rusty.”

Earlier in the day, Lue, who guided the Cavs to an NBA title in 2016, described his ordeal in some detail for the first time. Lue said he had been bothered by chest pains for more than a year, but when they worsened during a March 17 game in Chicago, he realized it was time to step away and get help.

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CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Blackhawks are not making changes behind the bench after missing the playoffs for the first time in a decade.

Team President John McDonough told reporters Thursday that he plans to bring back both coach Joel Quenneville and general manager Stan Bowman after a dismal season for a team that has won three Stanley Cup championships since 2010 but stumbled to a last-place finish in the Central Division this season.

”I believe in continuity, they’ve had an incredible body of success,” McDonough told reporters. ”We’re not tethered to the past. This has been a very disappointing year and our expectations are incredibly high. We’re not going to deviate from those expectations. But I believe both Stan and Joel are the guys that are going to bring this back.”

Chicago had reached the playoffs every year since Quenneville took over four games into the 2008-09 season Justin Reid Color Rush Jersey , winning it all in 2010, 2013 and 2015. But the Blackhawks lost in the first round each of the past two years and this year was a nightmare.

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) – Tim Tebow sure knows how to make an entrance.

Playing his first game in Double-A ball, Tebow hit a three-run homer on the first pitch he saw. The New York Mets minor leaguer connected on a frigid night at home for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies in the Eastern League, facing Portland.

Last April, Tebow homered in his first at-bat with the Class A Columbia Fireflies of the South Atlantic League.

This time, the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback sent a liner far over the fence down the right-field line as the crowd at NYSEG Stadium stood and cheered the 30-year-old outfielder.

The lefty-swinging Tebow capped a five-run first inning against righty Teddy Stankiewicz, a second-round draft pick by Boston in 2013. The Sea Dogs are a Red Sox affiliate.

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