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Chris Kreider isnt the first NHL rookie to make the big jump from amateur hockey
one day, to the playoffs the next. Pierre Garcon Womens Jersey . And if the New
York Rangers forward—who already counts two game-winning goals—is having
difficulty putting into perspective the sudden splash hes made in transitioning
from Boston Colleges Frozen Four championship season to a potential Stanley Cup
run, there are several former stars who can appreciate the goose-bump excitement
Kreider might be feeling. Jeremy Roenick and Pat LaFontaine have been there, and
their advice is simple. Enjoy it. “Its the best time of the season,” said
LaFontaine, who went from playing for the U.S. National team to 15 NHL
regular-season games before helping the Islanders reach the 1984 Stanley Cup
finals. “I remember somebody said to me, What was that like when you first
became an NHLer and the playoffs?” LaFontaine recalled. “And I said, I dont even
know how to describe it. It was everything you ever dreamed of times 10.” Its no
different for Roenick, who went from playing for the Quebec junior Hull
Olympiques to a 10-game playoff stint with the Chicago Blackhawks as a rookie in
1989. “For me, its have as much fun as you possibly can and seize the moment,
man,” said Roenick, who also appeared in 20 regular-season games with the
Blackhawks that season. “This is the time of your life.” Oh, and also count both
of them impressed with Kreider. “You really have to be a rare breed, a rare
commodity in order to be able to jump in and have an impact right away,” Roenick
said. “At such a young age, they dont come around very often.” Led by the
21-year-old Kreider, the NHL kids are showing theyre more than all right this
post-season. Kreiders tied for the playoff lead in game-winning goals. Flyers
rookie forwards Brayden Schenn and Matt Read have combined for six goals and 13
points in 18 games, while Nashvilles Gabriel Bourque has three goals and two
assists to set a franchise record for playoff points. And dont forget Devils
forward Stephen Gionta. After spending much of his five-year professional career
in the minors, Gionta is making the most of his playoff debut with two goals and
two assists in 10 games. “When someone is putting their trust in you to come out
and perform, its something,” Gionta said. “You are fulfilling a dream. On top of
that, you are looking forward to helping out the team. So you dont want to let
anyone down.” The NHL is somewhat unique in how raw rookies with little
regular-season experience can make an immediate impact. The NFL has had its
share of unheralded rookies shine in the playoffs, such as Green Bay running
back James Starks who went from being sparingly used during his 2010 rookie
season to helping the Packers win the Super Bowl. And the NBA enjoyed its taste
of “Linsanity” this year after guard Jeremy Lin came from nowhere to provide the
New York Knicks season a spark. Come playoff time, though, its the stars who
usually shine. Whats different about the NHL is how its roster rules are
structured in allowing prospects to step directly into the pressure-packed
environment of the playoffs—whether its filling in for injured players or
providing a spark. Goalie Ken Dryden, in 1971, went from playing six
regular-season games as a rookie with Montreal to winning the Conn Smythe Trophy
as playoff MVP in the Canadiens run to win the Stanley Cup. Then there was Ken
Morrow in 1980, who went from winning a gold medal as a member of the U.S.
“Miracle On Ice” team at the Lake Placid Olympics to helping the Islanders win
the Stanley Cup. Dino Ciccarelli set the NHL rookie playoff record with 21
points in 19 games for the Minnesota North Stars in 1981—and that was after
only 32 games of regular-season experience. LaFontaine had three goals and nine
points in 16 playoff games as a rookie, with his first goal coming in his first
game. “You never forget your first, your first game, your first goal, all those
things are extremely special,” LaFontaine said. “So when I watch these guys, I
remember what it was like. Theres no better feeling.” Kreiders production has
created a buzz, and not just in the Big Apple. “Im like you guys, I watch some
of the highlights,” Predators coach Barry Trotz said, when asked about Kreider.
“Hes scored some real big goals and seems like a really good player. ...
Usually, youll find peaks and valleys. But its impressive. His skating ability
is very impressive.” Kreider is doing his best to keep his perspective. His
first goal sealed the Rangers 3-2 first-round win over Ottawa in Game 6 of their
seven-game series. He then had the go-ahead goal and an assist in New Yorks 3-1
second-round-opening win over Washington. “Its crazy, but I dont think Ive had
the opportunity to kind of say, Look where I am,” Kreider said Friday. “I have
to just focus on the here and now, keep my head down, keep working hard.” And he
shouldnt forget to enjoy himself, Roenick said. “Theres no question that this is
the time of your life,” Roenick said. “Just get on the ice and go. Show how
excited you are to be in the National Hockey League and dont worry about making
mistakes. Have as much fun as you possibly can.” Madieu Williams Jersey . And he could be
about to lose key midfielder Alex Song as well. Van Persie joined United on
Friday on a four-year contract and a transfer fee estimated by the British media
at 24 million pounds ($38 million). Sean Taylor Jersey .3 million deal with
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. “The Canadiens said Im no longer in the race,” Giguere told the Montreal
newspaper by phone. “They told me very recently, but I dont want to say any more
to do any harm to the teams process.” Giguere told La Presse that he had two
conversations with the Canadiens, who have been in search of a replacement for
Pierre Gauthier since Mar. Alfred Morris Womens Jersey . Pardew was sent
to the stands during Saturdays 2-1 victory over Tottenham for shoving referees
assistant Peter Kirkup following a disputed throw-in. Despite apologizing after
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team in Canada. Steven Lumbala had three touchdowns as Calgary crushed the
Alberta Golden Bears 51-1 in CIS action.SAN FRANCISCO —Beaten down at Augusta,
now the man to beat at the U.S. Open. The expectations that have followed
Tiger Woods this year are a lot like the fairways at The Olympic Club—up,
down, often sideways. He couldnt close out tournaments the way he once did. He
lost his putting stroke. His left Achilles tendon might be more of a problem
than he was letting on. He had his worst finish ever at the Masters. He missed a
cut. And in the midst of such a gloomy outlook, Woods won by five shots at Bay
Hill and delivered an uppercut fist pump at Memorial when he chipped in for
birdie to complete a stunning rally for his second win of the year. So when the
question came up Tuesday at the U.S. Open—whether Woods had to win a major to
end such prognosticating—he all but rolled his eyes. “I think even if I do
win a major championship, it will still be, Youre not to 18 yet or When will you
get to 19? Its always something with you guys,” Woods said. “Ive dealt with that
my entire career, ever since I was an amateur and playing all the way through
and to professional golf. It hasnt changed.” Even so, this U.S. Open figures to
go a long way toward figuring out how close he is to returning to the top of
golf. Woods couldnt stop talking about how the U.S. Open presents the toughest
test players face all year—so tough that he probably wont be talking to
Phil Mickelson, his longtime rival who will be playing with him in the opening
two rounds. “This is one of those championships that I think the guys talk the
least to one another because its so difficult,” he said. Woods looks as equipped
as ever. Two weeks ago, he played so well at Muirfield Village that he was
ranked in the middle-of-the-pack in putting and still rallied from four shots
behind to win. He has talked about playing well in spurts, and conceded after
that win—the 73rd of his PGA Tour career—that he hit the ball great all
four rounds. Just like that, he became the betting favourite at Olympic Club to
get his 15th major—and first since the 2008 U.S. Open—and resume his
pursuit of the record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus. Then again, his win at Bay
Hill made him the pre-tournament rage at the Masters, and he tied for 40th. “I
guess lately, we dont know what to expect from him,” Steve Stricker said. “When
he wins, were all eager to look ahead and think that hes going to be back to
where he was in the early 2000s or whenever he was at the top of his game. I
think that just shows you the ability that he has, and what people see in the
type of player that he is, and the type of shots that hes been able to hit over
the years, and the uncanny ability to just get it done and win golf tournaments.
“So when he does win one, I think thats why were all quick to hop on his
bandwagon.” Woods sees a different trend from the first major of the year. He
managed his game at Bay Hill, in part because of a sloppy start by
Graeme McDowell that gave Woods a cushion and allowed him to play the shots he
needed to win the tournament. “When I went into Augusta, I did not feel
comfortable hitting the ball up,” Woods said. “And I got back into a lot of my
old patterns. Unfortunately, it didnt work out. But thats what made playing
Muirfield so nice. I had those shots, and I was doing it the correct way. And I
had compression, hitting the ball high and hitting it long. That was fun.”
Olympic is all abbout hitting it in the fairway, and the right spots on the
green. Aldrick Robinson Jersey. The golf course is
longer than when Woods tied for 18th in 1998, though that isnt the biggest
change. The greens have been resurfaced, and they roll so fast that its
difficult to get the ball close. Plus, the USGA has shaved some areas off the
green to form large collection areas. A slight miss could send the ball some 30
yards away. Woods told of the par-3 13th during a practice round in which he hit
the green, and the ball rolled down a slope and just inside a hazard. “I think
this probably tests the player more than any other championship,” Woods said.
“We have to shape the ball. We have to hit the ball high. We have to hit the
ball low. Our short games got to be dialed in.” The difference for this U.S.
Open is the variety that USGA executive director Mike Davis brings to the
toughest test in golf. Instead of mangled rough around the greens, he has
created areas of tightly mown grass that sends errant shots down the slope and
gives players options of putting, chipping, flop shots, anything to get it
close. The tees can change. The 16th measures 670 yards, though there is an
option to play it 100 yards shorter. “He throws wrinkles at you,” Woods said.
“But overall, I think this is just the most demanding test that there is in
golf.” Another wrinkle was putting Woods and Mickelson together, along with
Masters champion Bubba Watson, for the opening rounds. Together, they have won
113 and 18 majors, with Woods doing most of that damage. Woods and Mickelson
last played together at Pebble Beach, where Mickelson dusted him and rallied to
win in February. In the majors, Mickelson topped him in the final round of the
2009 Masters (won by Angel Cabrera), though Woods beat him soundly at Torrey
Pines on his way to winning the U.S. Open. “I dont think were going to talk
about a lot,” Woods said. “This is a major championship. Weve got work to do.”
Mickelson seems to have embraced the grouping. His only concern is feeling
“mentally lethargic” on Thursday and Friday of PGA Tour events, though he
promises that wont be the case at the U.S. Open, where he has finished second a
record five times. Playing with Woods should cure whatever ails him. “I get
excited to play with Tiger. I love it,” he said. “I think we all do. He gets the
best out of me. I think when its time to tee off on Thursday Ill be ready to
play. ... The one player Im most concerned about, if I play my best golf that
may have a chance to beat me, is Tiger.” This is far from a two-man show at
Olympic, and it goes beyond the other guy in their group with a pink driver and
a green jacket—Watson. Rory McIlroy is the defending champion and got a shot
of confidence from the St. Jude Classic last week, despite a double bogey from
the water on the last hole that cost him a chance at winning. Giving his recent
run of three missed cuts, McIlroy was happy to be playing Sunday, much less
contending. Luke Donald is No. 1 in the world and knows he will be taken more
seriously if he can finally add a major. Ditto for Lee Westwood, No. 3 in the
world, who has given himself more chances than Donald in the majors and still
hasnt won one. But it starts with Woods, as it has since he won the first of his
14 majors as a 21-year-old at Augusta. “Its going to be a wonderful test,” he
said. ’ ’ ’ 

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