One-man show: Laine gets trick in Jets’ 3-0 win vs Rangers

Patrik Laine went more than a year between hat tricks, and still the 19-year-old Finnish star is on a remarkable pace.

Laine got his fourth hat trick and set a career high with his 38th goal, lifting the Winnipeg Jets over the New York Rangers 3-0 on Tuesday night.

The 19-year-old star had been the youngest ever with three hat tricks — getting there at 18 years, 302 days — but it had been over a year since his last three-goal game. He joins Jimmy Carson and Dale Hawerchuk as the only players with four hat tricks before turning 20.

For some teams, that’d be okay, but for a team that’s never finished higher than fifth in the West standings since Lillard was drafted, justification for the meeting suddenly makes more sense.

The current Blazers team has a slew of contracts — Evan Turner, Mo Harkless and Meyers Leonard are making over $38 million combined this season alone, and more in the seasons to come — that make it hard for the front office to find any flexibility.

So, while Lillard might have concerns, or even be frustrated, the current roster construct will have to do in the short term.

Thankfully for Lillard, the Blazers and their fans, that’s where CJ McCollum, and the awesome partnership the two have built, comes in.

Tampa Bay reached overtime for the sixth consecutive game, one shy of tying the NHL record set by Edmonton in 2004 and Toronto in 2009, according Elias Sports Bureau. The Lightning have a 5-0-1 record in that span.

Yanni Gourde finished with two goals and three points for the Lightning, who improved to 7-0-1 in the past eight games.

Nick Bjugstad recorded his first career hat trick and Aleksander Barkov had three assists. The Panthers had their six-game winning streak end but have recorded points in seven consecutive games. Florida trails Columbus by two points for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with three Cheap Baseball Jerseys games in hand.

“Since I’ve been here that’s the best game I’ve seen Nick play,” Florida coach Bob Boughner said. “We needed a performance like that and down the stretch here we are going to need different guys Cheap Authentic Hockey Jerseys step up . and tonight he was that guy.”

Goff led a comeback from a 24-13 deficit in Sunday’s 35-30 win over the Cowboys.

The game-winning moment was a 53-yard touchdown throw in the third quarter, a play on which Goff hit Gurley with a perfect pass in stride. That victory followed a 292-yard, three-touchdown pass performance from Goff in an exciting 41-39 win over the 49ers in Week 3.

It’s impressive that Snead has managed to upgrade the talent surrounding his young quarterback without the benefit of high draft picks. At wide receiver, he traded for a former high first-rounder in Sammy Watkins and added Robert Woods in free agency. Then he drafted a fine possession receiver in third-rounder Cooper Kupp. The trio has combined for 40 receptions this season.

One behind-the-scenes TV staffer at another stadium told Sporting News that camera operators were ordered to avoid crowd shots in case they showed fans counterprotesting the protests.

NBC Sports, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and ESPN pay billions each year to televise live NFL games. The league saw this weekend’s unprecedented anthem coverage as a golden opportunity to demonstrate unity among players, coaches and owners — and opposition to Trump’s comments.

If crowd shots were indeed purposely avoided, it was a wise business decision by Cheap Authentic NHL Jerseys the networks not to bite the hand that feeds them their most popular programming, but a weak move from a journalistic standpoint. By covering one of the most significant days in NFL history with rose-colored Cheap Authentic Hockey Jerseys glasses, the networks cheated viewers. We got an incomplete picture of what really happened in stadiums on Sunday and Monday.