NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal Says Without Lebron James, the Lakers Will Never Win Again — NBC Los Angeles

Some have suggested that trading James may be the quickest and easiest way to fix the team’s disconnect.

NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal Says Without Lebron James, the Lakers Will Never Win Again — NBC Los Angeles

At a moment when the Lakers need to fight, they are showing signs of quitting — San Gabriel Valley Tribune

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At a moment when the Lakers need to fight, they are showing signs of quitting — San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Kurtenbach: Warriors losing the benefit of the doubt in title push — East Bay Times

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Kurtenbach: Warriors losing the benefit of the doubt in title push — East Bay Times



Brooklyn Nets

Durant, Kevin Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; MCL Sprain
Harris, Joe Out Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Surgery
Irving, Kyrie Out Ineligible To Play
Simmons, Ben Out Return to Competition Reconditioning

Toronto Raptors

Anunoby, OG Out Injury/Illness – Right Hand; Ring Finger – Fracture
Bonga, Isaac Out G League – On Assignment
Johnson, David Out G League – Two-Way
VanVleet, Fred Questionable Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Soreness


• The Toronto Raptors (32-27) complete a three-game road trip Monday night with the first game of a back-to-back set both against the Brooklyn Nets (32-29). Tonight marks the third of four meetings between the two teams this season, with Brooklyn winning the first two. Fred VanVleet is averaging a team-high 26.0 points in two games against the Nets this season. The Raptors are currently in the middle of a stretch that will see the team play six games in eight days (Feb. 25 – Mar. 4) for the first time since March 10-17, 2012.
• The Raptors fell 127-100 to Atlanta on Saturday night and have now lost four of their last five games (Feb. 12-26), after a season-long eight game winning streak (Jan. 29 – Feb. 10). Toronto outrebounded the Hawks 11-to-5 on the offensive glass, leading to a 23-4 advantage in second chance points. The Raptors currently ranks second in the NBA in both offensive rebounds (13.1) and second chance points (16.2). Toronto is a +31 (140-109) on the offensive glass through 11 games in February.
Precious Achiuwa scored a season-high 21 points (8-12 FG, 2-3 3PT, 3-3 FT) and grabbed nine rebounds in 30 minutes off the bench Saturday in Atlanta. Achiuwa is the second reserve to score 20+ points
for Toronto this season. Chris Boucher had 23 points Jan. 17 at Miami. Achiuwa has now led the bench in scoring 10 times this year, including each of the last three games (Feb. 16-25). Reserve Thaddeus Young also scored in double digits Saturday adding 10 points. The Raptors dropped to 7-2 this season when two
or more players scored 10+ points off the bench.
Pascal Siakam recorded his team-leading 19th double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds Feb. 26 vs. Atlanta. Siakam passed his previous single-season career high of 18 double-doubles set during in 2018-2019 season. He is currently averaging 21.4 points, and career bests of 8.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists, in 46 games. Siakam is one of just seven players in the NBA averaging 20.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, James Harden, LeBron James, Nikola Jokic and Dejounte Murray. No Raptor has averaged 20-8-5 for an entire season.
• Fred VanVleet has scored 20+ points in eight of nine games played during the month of February, averaging 20.7 points and shooting .429 (39-91) from three-point range during this span. He sat out Feb. 10 at
Houston with left groin soreness and Feb. 16 at Minnesota with a right knee contusion. VanVleet has made 208 threes this season – third most in a season in Raptors history; behind only Kyle Lowry (238 in 2017-18 & 212 in 2015-16). VanVleet has connected on 5+ threes in a franchise record 19 games this season.
Scottie Barnes leads the Raptors – and all rookies – with 122 offensive boards this season. Barnes currently ranks fifth all-time among Raptors rookies in offensive rebounds – behind Chris Bosh (191), Charlie Villanueva (181), Ed Davis (168) and Marcus Camby (131).

MIN: 35.1 REB: 7.3 AST: 3.2 STL: 1.0 TO: 1.9 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 14.5
• Tallied six points, four rebounds and one block in 21 minutes Feb. 26 at Atlanta.
• Leads all rookies in minutes (35.1), ranks third in rebounds (7.3), and fifth in both points (14.5) and assists (3.2).
• Has scored 20+ points 11 times – the most by a Raptors rookie since Charlie Villanueva (12) in 2005-06.

MIN: 37.6 REB: 8.6 AST: 5.1 STL: 1.2 TO: 2.7 BLK: 0.7 PTS: 21.4
• Recorded 14 points and 10 rebounds for his team-leading 19th double-double Feb. 26 at Atlanta.
• Averaging 22.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and is shooting .524 (100-191) from the field in 11 games this month.
• The Raptors are 6-1 this season when Siakam scores 30+ points this season.

MIN: 18.5 REB: 4.4 AST: 1.2 STL: 0.7 TO: 0.6 BLK: 0.5 PTS: 4.7
• Contributed two rebounds and one assist in 13 minutes Feb. 26 at Atlanta.
• Averaging 5.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 19.0 minutes in 10 games as a starter.
• Has scored in double figures three times this season (Last: 10 – Nov. 19 at Sacramento).

MIN: 34.7 REB: 2.7 AST: 1.9 STL: 1.8 TO: 1.0 BLK: 0.3 PTS: 18.2

• Finished with nine points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 31 minutes Feb. 26 at Atlanta.
• Ranks third in the NBA in steals per game (1.84) and fourth in total deflections (171).
• Averaging 20.8 points and shooting .413 (90-218) from beyond the arc in 25 games on the road this season.

MIN: 38.2 REB: 4.5 AST: 6.9 STL: 1.6 TO: 2.7 BLK: 0.5 PTS: 21.4
• Scored a team-high 24 points in 35 minutes Feb. 26 at Atlanta; added nine assists and three rebounds.
• Leads NBA in minutes (38.2), and ranks second in total deflections (200) and three-point field goals made (208).
• Has logged 40+ minutes in 17 games – the most by a Raptor since Kyle Lowry (19) in the 2016-17 season.

2021-22 RECORDS
OVERALL 32-27 21-16 11-11
HOME 16-13 10-7 6-6
AWAY 16-14 11-9 5-5
OVERTIME 2-1 2-1 0-0

OG Anunoby (Right Hand; Ring Finger – Fracture) – Out
Isaac Bonga (G League – On Assignment) – Out
David Johnson (G League – Two-Way) – Out
Fred VanVleet (Right Knee; Soreness) – Questionable
UPDATED: Feb. 27, 2022
Opponent: Brooklyn Nets
Date: Tuesday, March 1
Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Scotiabank Arena
Television: TSN
Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN
2021-22 0-2 0-1 0-1
ALL-TIME 58-44 34-17 24-27
STREAKS Lost 3 Lost 2 Lost 1
LAST WIN: Apr. 21, 2021 (114-103)
LAST HOME WIN: Apr. 21, 2021 (114-103)
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -25 (Jan. 15, 1996)
GAME 28 – DECEMBER 14, 2021

NEW YORK — Patty Mills made a 3 to force overtime, Kevin Durant had
34 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the
Toronto Raptors 131-129 … Durant was upgraded from questionable just
before the game because Brooklyn has seven players in the NBA’s health
and safety protocol … He responded with his 14th triple-double of his
career … Brooklyn won its third straight, with Mills adding 30 points … The
Nets also got 17 from Kessler Edwards, 16 from Nic Claxton and 13 from
Blake Griffin … The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for Toronto
(13-15) … Fred VanVleet led the Raptors with 31 … Gary Trent Jr. and
Pascal Siakam each finished with 25 … Scottie Barnes had 23, but missed
what would have been a game-winning, buzzer-beating 3 in overtime …
Trailing by 10 entering the third quarter, Toronto outscored Brooklyn 44-
25 to take a 100-91 advantage going into the fourth … But Brooklyn outscored Toronto 26-11 over the first 7:18 of the fourth quarter, regaining
the lead … It didn’t last. Barnes knocked down two 3s to tie the game, and
Trent made a 3 with 1:21 left to give the Raptors a 120-117 lead … That
held until Mills’ 3 with 13 seconds left forced overtime.
1 2 3 4 OT TOT
TORONTO 32 24 44 20 9 129
BROOKLYN 33 33 2
5 29 11 131



[ F ] B R U C E B R O W N

1 • MIAMI (4th Season) • 6-4 • 202

2021-22 Averages Notables Last Game
6.8 ppg
4.4 rpg
1.4 apg
21.7 mpg
• Acquired by Brooklyn from Detroit in a three-team trade with
the Clippers on 11/19/20; re-signed with the Nets on 8/8/21.
• Posted career highs in FG % (.556), rpg (5.4), offensive
rating (115.9), net rating (3.5), effective FG % (.576) and
double-doubles (six) in 2020-21.
15 pts, 7 rebs, 2 asts
32 mins
2/26 at MIL

[ F ] J AME S J O H N S O N

16 • WAKE FOREST (13th Season) • 6-7 • 235

2021-22 Averages Notables Last Game
6.0 ppg
3.6 rpg
2.1 apg
19.8 mpg
• Is in his first season with the Nets after signing with
Brooklyn as a free agent on 8/6/21.
• Made his seventh start of the season for Brooklyn on
Thursday night versus Boston at Barclays Center.
7 pts, 6 rebs, 2 asts
35 mins
2/26 at MIL

[C ] A N D R E D R UM M O N D

0 • CONNECTICUT (10th Season) • 6-10 • 280

2021-22 Averages Notables Last Game
6.6 ppg
9.0 rpg
2.0 apg
18.8 mpg
• Is in his first season with Brooklyn after being acquired via
trade with Philadelphia on 2/10/22.
• Is a two-time All-Star (2016, 2018), a 2016 All-NBA Third
Team selection and has led the NBA in rebounds four times
(2016, 2018-20).
17 pts, 12 rebs, 5 asts
29 mins
2/26 at MIL

[ G ] S E T H C U R R Y

30 • DUKE (8th Season) • 6-1 • 192

2021-22 Averages Notables Last Game
15.4 ppg
3.4 rpg
4.0 apg
34.5 mpg
• Is in his first season with Brooklyn after being acquired via
trade with Philadelphia on 2/10/22.
• Ranks fourth all-time in NBA history in 3-point percentage
(.438) and second among active players, trailing only Joe
Harris (.439).
19 pts, 1 reb, 3 asts
29 mins
2/26 at MIL

[ G ] K Y R I E I R V I N G

11 • DUKE (11th Season) • 6-2 • 195

2021-22 Averages Notables Last Game
25.1 ppg
4.8 rpg
5.3 apg
36.4 mpg
• Signed as a free agent with the Nets on 7/7/19.
• Is a seven-time All-Star (2013-15, 2017-19, 2021), two-time
All-NBA honoree (second team in 2019 and third team in
2015), All-Star Game MVP (2014), Rookie of the Year (2012)
and an NBA champion (2016).
38 pts, 5 rebs, 5 asts
39 mins
2/26 at MIL

OVERALL 32-29 13-16 19-13 2-0
DIVISION 7-3 3-3 4-0 1-0
WESTERN CONF. 10-15 4-7 6-8 1-0
EASTERN CONF. 22-14 9-9 13-5 1-0

➢ It would extend the Nets’ win streak vs. Toronto to four games, which would match the Nets’ longest win streak vs. Toronto all-time (the Nets topped
the Raptors in four straight games from 1/10/03 – 4/12/03).
▪ The Nets have won three straight games against Toronto (entering tonight’s game) for the first time since 11/3/12 – 1/15/13.
➢ It would improve Brooklyn’s record vs. Atlantic Division opponents this season to 8-3.

Westbrook shrugs off boos from Lakers crowd, “If they boo, they can take their a** home” — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

“If they boo, they can take their a** home. I ain’t worried about that. It doesn’t bother me none.”

Westbrook shrugs off boos from Lakers crowd, “If they boo, they can take their a** home” — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports


2021-22 Matchups vs. Washington: First of Three
Toronto Season Record: 34-14-4
Toronto Road Record: 15-9-3
TV: Sportsnet RADIO: Sportsnet 590

February 25, 2022
The Maple Leafs have recalled forward Nick Robertson from the Toronto
Marlies (AHL).
February 24, 2022
The Maple Leafs have recalled forward Kyle Clifford from the Toronto
Marlies (AHL).

Score: Toronto 10 at Detroit 7
Date: Saturday, February 26, 2022
TOR Goals: Nylander, Bunting, Kämpf, Marner (4x), Matthews, Mikheyev, Kaše
DET Goals: Raymond (2x), Gagner, Hronek, Rowney, Veleno, Rasmussen
TOR Goaltender: Campbell, 20/25 .800 SV% – Mrazek, 6/8, .750 SV%
DET Goaltender: Nedeljkovic, 19/25, .760 SV%, Greiss, 10/14, .714 SV%
TOR Power Play: –
TOR Penalty Kill: 3-for-3
Team Notes:

  • Mitch Marner posted his first career NHL hat trick and added another
    goal for a single-game NHL career-high of four goals. Marner also
    recorded a single-game NHL career-high with six points (4G, 2A).
  • Michael Bunting posted a single-game NHL career-high in assists with
    four. Bunting also posted a single-game NHL career-high in points with five
    (1G, 4A).
  • Auston Matthews posted a single-game NHL career-high four points
    during Thursday’s game (1G, 3A). He has recorded a four-point game on
    10 occasions during his NHL career. With his 37th goal of the season,
    Matthews leads the league in goals.
  • Ondrej Kaše posted the second shorthanded goal of his NHL career.
    With Kaše’s shorthanded goal, the Maple Leafs are tied for second in the
    league among shorthanded goal leaders only trailing the Vegas Golden
    Knights (9). The Maple Leafs are also the only team in the NHL to have not
    allowed a shorthanded goal against.
  • With three assists on Thursday, Justin Holl posted a single-game NHL
    career-high in both assists and points.
  • With his ninth goal of the season posted on Thursday, Ilya Mikheyev
    recorded an NHL career season-high in goals.
  • With his eighth goal of the season posted on Thursday, David Kämpf
    tied an NHL career season-high in goals.

    Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2022
    Opponent: vs. Buffalo Sabres
    Time: 7:30 pm ET
    Broadcast Information: Sportsnet (TV), Sportsnet 590 (Radio)
    Jake Muzzin Concussion
    First Matchup between Clubs: October 27, 1974 (Toronto 4 at Washington 3)
    All-Time Record: 63-71-10-5 (149 Games)
    All-Time Record at Home: 38-27-6-2 (73 Games)
    All-Time Record on the Road: 25-44-4-3 (76 Games)
    Last Road Win vs. Opponent: October 13, 2018 (Toronto 4 at Washington 2)
    Record in Last Five Games: 2-2-1
    Record in Last 10 Games: 3-5-2
    Games Played: Jason Spezza (41), Wayne Simmonds (38), John Tavares (38)
    Goals: John Tavares (17), Jason Spezza (14), Wayne Simmonds (11)
    Jason Spezza (24), John Tavares (16), Wayne Simmonds (11), Morgan
    Rielly (11)
    Points: Jason Spezza (38), John Tavares (33), Wayne Simmonds (22)
    Penalty Minutes: Wayne Simmonds (40), Kyle Clifford (20), Jason Spezza (16)
    Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
    Toronto .692 3.65 2.85 30.0% 85.0% 34.8 30.7 56.3%
    Washington .602 3.17 2.76 16.1% 79.6% 31.3 28.8 46.9%
    Power Play: 42/140 (30.0%)
    Power Play Goal Leader: 12 – Matthews
    Power Play Point Leader: 22 – Matthews (12G, 10A)
    2020-21 Power Play: 31/155 (20.0%)
  • ON THE PK IN 2021-22
    Penalty Kill: 125/147 (85.0%)
    Shorthanded Goal Leader: 2 – Kämpf, Marner, Mikheyev
    Shorthanded Point Leader: 4 – Kämpf (2G, 2A)
    2020-21 Penalty Kill: 113/144 (78.5%)

    Monday games 8th of 10 (3 home, 7 road)
    Back-to-Backs played 8 of 13
    Record in first game of back-to-back 4-3-1
    Record in second game of back-to-back 3-4-1
    February games 12th of 12 (4 home, 8 road)
    TJ Brodie Six points away from 300 career NHL points
    Mitch Marner Two games away from 400 career NHL games played
    Jake Muzzin Nine points away from 300 career NHL points
  • 2021-22 MILESTONES
    Wayne Simmonds Three games away from 1,000 career NHL games played
    TJ Brodie Appeared in his 700th career NHL game, Nov. 2, 2021 vs. VGK
    TJ Brodie Scored his 50th career NHL goal, Dec. 14, 2021 at EDM
    Jack Campbell Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 16, 2021 vs. NSH
    Pierre Engvall Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 2, 2021 vs. VGK
    Ondrej Kaše Recorded his 100th career NHL point, Nov. 10, 2021 at PHI
    Ondrej Kaše Scored his 50th career NHL goal, Dec. 9, 2021 vs. TBL
    Alexander Kerfoot Appeared in his 300th career NHL game, Nov. 26, 2021 at SJS
    Alexander Kerfoot Recorded his 100th career NHL assist, Jan. 1, 2022 vs. OTT
    Timothy Liljegren Scored his first career NHL goal, Jan. 15, 2022 at STL
    Auston Matthews Recorded his 400th career NHL point, Jan. 31, 2022 vs. NJD
    Auston Matthews Recorded his 200th career NHL goal, Oct. 25, 2021 at CAR
    Mitch Marner Recorded his 400th career NHL point, Feb. 14, 2022 at SEA
    Ilya Mikheyev Skated in his 100th career NHL game, Jan. 15, 2022 at STL
    William Nylander Skated in his 400th career NHL game, Feb. 1, 2022 at NJD
    William Nylander Recorded his 300th career NHL point, Jan. 19, 2022 at NYR
    Morgan Rielly Recorded his 250th career NHL assist, Oct. 27, 2021 at CHI
    Morgan Rielly Skated in his 600th career NHL game, Dec. 9, 2021 vs. TBL
    Wayne Simmonds Skated in his 950th career NHL game, Oct. 16, 2021 vs. OTT
    Jason Spezza Skated in his 1,200th career NHL game, Nov. 28, 2021 at ANA
    John Tavares Recorded his 200th point with the Maple Leafs, Oct. 18, 2021 vs. NYR
    John Tavares Scored his 100th goal with the Maple Leafs, Nov. 13, 2021 at BUF
    John Tavares Skated in his 900th career NHL game, Jan. 1, 2022 vs. OTT


GOALS 37 – Matthews HITS 87 – Simmonds
ASSISTS 37 – Rielly BLOCKED SHOTS 71 – Brodie
POINTS 68 – Matthews (37G, 31A) TAKEAWAYS 59 – Matthews
POWER PLAY POINTS 22 – Matthews (12G, 10A) TOI PER GAME 24:13 – Rielly
SHORTHANDED POINTS 4 – Kämpf (2G, 2A) PP TOI PER GAME 2:58 – Marner
PIMs 47 – Simmonds SH TOI PER GAME 2:41 – Muzzin
SHOTS 221 – Matthews WINS 23 – Campbell
FACEOFF% 61.5% – Tavares GOALS-AGAINST AVERAGE 2.55 – Campbell
SHOT ATTEMPTS% 60.00% – Robertson SAVE PERCENTAGE .917 – Campbell


Washington 1, Philadelphia 2
February 26, 2022 Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, PA
Shots: WSH: 28; PHI: 22
Power Plays: WSH: 1/3; PHI: 0/2
Three Stars: 1. Atkinson (PHI), 2. Giroux (PHI), 3. Oshie (WSH)
Re-assigned Vitek Vanecek and Pheonix Copley to AHL Hershey, 2/27
Re-assigned Brett Leason to AHL Hershey, 2/24
Alex Ovechkin – Three game-winning goals shy of passing Gordie Howe (121) for the second most in NHL history, five goals shy of passing Jaromir Jagr
(766g) for the third most goals in NHL history, one game shy of passing Sergei Fedorov (1,248) for third among Russian players
Nicklas Backstrom – Five points shy of 1,000 career points, two assists shy of passing Bernie Nicholis (734a) for the 47th most assists in NHL history
Ovechkin and Backstrom – Four games shy of playing 1,000 career games together
Justin Schultz – One assist shy of 200 career assists
Carl Hagelin – Four points shy of 300 career points
Conor Sheary – Five points shy of 200 career points, two assists shy of 100 career assists, three goals shy of 100 career goals
Nicklas Backstrom – Passed Rod Brind’Amour (732) for the 48th most assists in NHL history, 2/26 at PHI
Anthony Mantha: 11/6-2/26 (44 games)
Vitek Vanecek: 12/29-1/8, 2/2-2/26 (13 games)
Justin Schultz: 11/26-11/30, 2/17, 2/26 (5 games)
Man Games Lost: 203
(For a full season injury report, please check the Supplemental Stats package available in Caps Today)
March 3, 7 p.m. (ET) vs. Carolina (ESPN+, Hulu, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
March 5, 7 p.m. (ET) vs. Seattle (NBCSW, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
March 8, 9 p.m. (ET) at Calgary (NBCSW, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
March 9, 8 p.m. (ET) at Edmonton (TNT, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
March 11, 10 p.m. (ET) at Vancouver (NBCSW+, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
Tonight’s Game
The Capitals face the Toronto Maple Leafs at Capital One Arena for the first time this season. This marks the first time the Capitals have played the
Maple Leafs since Oct. 29, 2019, a 4-3 overtime win at Scotiabank Arena. Washington has won three straight games against Toronto, a streak that
began on Feb. 21, 2019, and each of the last three games have been one-goal games. Among active players in the NHL, Alex Ovechkin ranks first in
goals (41g) and points (73) against the Maple Leafs, despite never playing in the same division as Toronto. Ovechkin’s 0.82 goals per game rate against
the Maple Leafs is the highest rate he has against any Eastern Conference team.
Washington Capitals: Media Notes
Record Goals For Goals Against Current Streak
47-23-4-2 272 207
1 WSH win
Evgeny Kuznetsov – Two game point streak (2a), two game assist streak (2a)
John Carlson – Points in five of his last seven games (1g, 5a)
Carl Hagelin – Seven points (1g, 6a) in his last nine games
CAPS AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS (through games played Feb. 26)

  • Alex Ovechkin is tied for eighth in the NHL in points (63) and fourth in goals (32)
  • John Carlson is tied for ninth among defensemen in points (40)
    Osh Babe
  • T.J. Oshie returned to the lineup on Feb. 24 against the New York Rangers after missing the previous 14 games due to injury and has a goal in his last
    two games.
  • With Oshie in the lineup this season, the Capitals are 12-4-4 this season, good for a .800 points percentage, which equates to 131-points over an 82-
    game season. Additionally, the Capitals hold a record of 6-2-2 when Oshie records a point.
  • With 14 points (6g, 8a) in 20 games, Oshie is averaging 0.70 points per game. Should he maintain that pace, it will mark the fourth consecutive season
    with Washington Oshie has recorded a points per game rate of 0.70 or higher.
  • Oshie is scoring at a 24-goal pace over an 82-game season.
  • Oshie has additionally scored on 18.2% of the shots he’s taken this season (six goals on 33 shots). Over the last four seasons, Oshie ranks third in the
    NHL in shooting percentage (19.0%) among players with 150 games played, only behind Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl (20.1%) and Tampa Bay’s Brayden
    Point (19.1%).
    Celebrating Black History
  • The Capitals will celebrate Black History Night Monday night when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Capital One Arena. The evening will honor the
    organization’s history, celebrate Black achievement in hockey and highlight how the Capitals are working to further grow the game in the region.
  • Capitals alumnus Bill Riley and his granddaughter Kryshanda Green will participate in a ceremonial puck drop. Riley made his NHL debut with the
    Capitals in 1974, becoming the first Black Nova Scotian to play in the NHL and the third Black player to play in the League. In 125 games with the
    Capitals, Riley recorded 28 goals and 28 assists.
  • Green is the former and first Black captain of the Ryerson University Rams women’s hockey team. While at Ryerson, Green broke the all-time points
    and assists records, graduating from Ryerson with a B.A. in politics and governance and currently serves on the NHL’s Youth Hockey Inclusion Council.
  • During warmups, Capitals players will wear special black warmup jerseys with a Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club shoulder patch in honor of the Fort
    Dupont Cannons. The jerseys will be signed and auctioned off along with signed pucks commemorating Black History Month and other items to benefit
    the Capital Impact Fund.
  • Additionally, during the game, players will wear special helmet decals featuring Neal Henderson’s likeness in honor of his contributions to hockey. In
    2019, Henderson became the first Black individual to be inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame.
    Great 8
  • Alex Ovechkin ranks fourth in the NHL with 32 goals this season and tied for eighth in points (63).
  • Ovechkin’s most recent goal on Feb. 24 against the New York Rangers pulled him within four goals of matching Jaromir Jagr (766g) for third place on
    the NHL’s all-time goals list.
  • With his game on Saturday against the Flyers, Ovechkin passed Sergei Fedorov (1,248) for the third-most games played by a Russian player in NHL
    history. Next on the list is Sergei Gonchar with 1,301 games played.
  • The Capitals hold a record of 17-3-4 when Ovechkin scores a goal this season and a 23-8-6 record when he records a point.
  • Ovechkin is on pace to record 48 goals this season. If he’s able to reach the 50-goal mark, he will tie Mike Bossy and Wayne Gretzky for the most such
    instances in NHL history (9x). Ovechkin would additionally tie Gretzky for the most 40-goal seasons in NHL history (12).
    Games Goals Assists Points
    Ovechkin (50) Ovechkin (41) Backstrom (36) Ovechkin (73)
    Backstrom (41) Backstrom (9) Ovechkin (32) Backstrom (45)
    Eller (39) Eller (7) Carlson (19) Carlson (24)
    Nice and Kuzy
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov has recorded an assist in two-straight games and leads the Capitals with 35 assists.
  • This could mark the third time in his career Kuznetsov has led the Capitals in assists in a season (also 2015-16 and 2017-18).
  • Kuznetsov is on pace for 53 assists this year, which would be the third-most in a season in his career, the most since his 56 in 2017-18 and the fourth
    time in his career he’d reach the 50-assist mark.
  • Since his first time reaching the mark in 2015-16 (career high 57 assists), Kuznetsov’s 292 assists in that span rank 16th among forwards.
  • Kuznetsov is one of just 14 players in the NHL with three 50-assists seasons since 2015-16.

Sweet Nicky

  • Nicklas Backstrom recorded an assist on Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers, marking his 15th point of the season (4g, 11a) and the 995th of his
    career (262g, 733a).
  • Backstrom is now five points shy of becoming the second player in franchise history to reach the 1,000 point mark, where he would join Alex Ovechkin
  • Since his NHL debut on Oct. 5, 2007, Backstrom would become the fifth player to record 1,000 points during that span, where he will join Ovechkin,
    Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane and Evgeni Malkin.
  • With 733 career assists, Backstrom will have the sixth-most assists by any player who reached the 1,000 point mark in NHL history and will be the only
    active player with at least 733 assists at the milestone.

Super Carly

  • John Carlson has recorded points in five of his last seven games (1g, 5a) and is currently tied for ninth in the NHL in points (40) among defensemen.
  • Carlson’s five game assist streak came to an end on Thursday against the New York Rangers. He is one of 17 defensemen this season with an assist
    streak of at least five games.
  • Among active defensemen, Carlson’s 562 career points are the 11th most. Additionally, his 0.66 points per game rate is tied for fourth among the top20 defensemen in points, only trailing Erik Karlsson (0.79), Kris Letang (0.69), Roman Josi (0.68) and tied with Victor Hedman (0.66).
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  • The Capitals have allowed 28.8 shots per game this season, the third-lowest per game total in the NHL (Los Angeles: 28.3 shots against per game;
    Carolina: 28.7).
    Real Time Leaders
    Goals: Alex Ovechkin, 32
    Assists: Evgeny Kuznetsov, 35
    Points: Alex Ovechkin, 63
    Shots: Alex Ovechkin, 232
    Hits: Garnet Hathaway, 165
    Blocked Shots: Trevor van Riemsdyk,

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ROCHESTER AMERICANS (26-19-3-2 – 57 Points) vs.
TORONTO MARLIES (24-15-3-1 – 52 Points)





Rochester: A. Ruotsalainen (7) (B. Murray, L. Weissbach), B. Murray (13) PP (J. Peterka, A. Ruotsalainen), A. Ruotsalainen (8) (B. Murray, K. Weissbach), N. Pastujov (1) PP (M. Eliot, R. Scarfo), E. Prow (8) PP (L. Weissbach, B. Murray)
: U. Luukkonen (33/36) W  

Toronto: J. Kopacka (6) (B. McMann), A. Suomela (11) (B. Menell, J. Duszak), J. Anderson (19) (J. Duszak, S. Der-Arguchintsev)
Goaltender: J. Woll (27/32) L          


  • Jack Kopacka put the Marlies on the board at 9:19 of the second period. He has 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists) in 34 games this season.
  • Antti Suomela scored at 6:03 of the third period. He has 20 points (11 goals, 9 assists) in 26 games with the Marlies. Suomela has matched a career-high in points (20).
  • Joey Anderson scored at 16:35 of the second period. He has points (2-2-4) in consecutive games.
  • Bobby McMann recorded the primary assist on Kopacka’s second period goal. He has 18 points (11 goals, 7 assists) in 34 games this season.
  • Brennan Menell registered the primary assist on Suomela’s third period goal.
  • Joseph Duszak picked up the secondary assist on Suomela’s goal and the primary assist on Anderson’s goal, both in the third period. He has points (2-7-9) in his last eight games.
  • Semyon Der-Arguchintsev had the secondary assist on Anderson’s third period goal. He has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games. He has 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) in 39 games this season.
  • Joseph Woll stopped 27 of 32 shots he faced.


  • Toronto went 4-for-7 on the penalty kill and 0-for-3 on the power play. Toronto is 6-6-2-1 when not scoring on the power play and 12-8-2-1 when allowing a goal on the penalty kill.
  • Toronto had a 36-32 edge in shots in all situations. Brett Seney led the Marlies with five shots on goal. Toronto is 9-4-1-0 when outshooting their opponents.
  • The Marlies are 14-10-2-1 against North Division opponents and 3-2-0-0 against the Americans. Toronto has outscored Rochester 19-15 through five games.

Not scoring first                      6-14-2-0
Trailing after 1                         6-12-1-0
Trailing after 2                         2-12-1-0
At home                                   12-7-2-1
Sunday                                    3-4-1-0
*Amongst active players

Goals               19 
(J. Anderson)
Assists            30 (J. Duszak)
Points              39 (B. Seney)
PPG                 6 (J. Anderson)
Shots               109 (A. Steeves)
+/-                    +15 (B. Seney)
PIMS                79 (R. Clune)



On today’s game:

Definitely not the result that we wanted. On any given night, it is a really tough league. It’s a tough division that we’re playing in so, credit to them for a big push after yesterday’s game. I thought we came out pretty good in the first period. I know we didn’t get the first one but our energy was in a good place, we were generating some chances.

On the message to the team following physical moments:
Just to keep sticking together, keep fighting through the adversity. It’s more about staying positive with them and trying to calm the tension. You want them to get emotional and get into the game but also find their confidence and their puck play and structure and not let the moments of the game derail everything about what we’re trying to do.

*All times Eastern Standard Time

March 2 vs. Abbotsford – 7:00 p.m.
March 5 at Cleveland – 7:00 p.m.
March 6 at Cleveland – 12:00 p.m.
March 8 vs. Providence – 3:00 p.m.
March 9 vs. Abbotsford – 11:00 a.m.




DAL – Jáder Obrian 9’ (Paul Arriola, Paxton Pomykal)

TOR – Jonathan Osorio 45’ (Jesús Jiménez, Jacob Shaffelburg)


TOR – Jacob Shaffelburg 19’ (caution)

DAL – Jáder Obrian 45+2’ (caution)


Toronto FC                   0-0-1                1 point

FC Dallas                      0-0-1                1 point


TORONTO FC – Alex Bono; Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty, Carlos Salcedo, Chris Mavinga (Shane O’Neill 46’), Jacob Shaffelburg; Michael Bradley (C), Jonathan Osorio, Alejandro Pozuelo; Deandre Kerr (Ifunanyachi Achara 46’), Jayden Nelson (Noble Okello 66’), Jesús Jiménez

Substitutes Not Used: Quentin Westberg, Lukas MacNaughton, Kadin Chung, Luca Petrasso, Ralph Priso, Jordan Perruzza

FC DALLAS – Maarten Paes; Emmanuel Twumasi (Kalil ElMedkhar 88’), José Martínez, Matt Hedges (C), Marco Farfan; Edwin Cerrillo, Brandon Servania (Tsiki Ntsabeleng 73’), Paxton Pomykal; Paul Arriola (Nanu 79’), Jáder Obrian, Jesús Ferreira

Substitutes Not Used: Jimmy Maurer, Eddie Munjoma, Nkosi Tafari, Facundo Quignón, Beni Redžić, Isaiah Parker


  • Bob Bradley managed his first match for Toronto FC.
  • Jonathan Osorio has now scored in each of his 10 seasons with Toronto FC (2013 – 2022), extending an all-time TFC record.
  • Deandre Kerr and Jesús Jiménez made their debuts and first MLS starts for Toronto FC.
  • Carlos Salcedo and Shane O’Neill made their debuts for the Reds tonight.
  • Toronto FC’s season-opening starting XI featured five Canadians (Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty, Jacob Shaffelburg, Jonathan Osorio, Deandre Kerr and Jayden Nelson).
  • Toronto FC recorded its first MLS point against FC Dallas since a 1-0 win at BMO Field on May 7, 2016.
  • With the draw, Toronto FC’s MLS Season Opener record moves to 5W-8L-3D.


Bob, a lot to unpack from that game, good and bad, and that could just be talking about the VAR. What did you think of the performance?

Well, I thought that there were some moments in the first half where some of our decisions, some sloppy moments with the ball, and then those were situations that caused us trouble. But also in the first half, we were sharp, connected passes, moved up together, were able to press them that were quite good, and I thought the response after going down was important. I thought the goal we scored late in the half was really well done. A guy like Jacob Shaffelburg playing first game at left back doesn’t start well but then I think he does a very good job of playing through it and getting to the game in a strong, positive way.

I think the second half for parts were better. At the end, I thought we were, again, a little too slow with the ball and then if we wait too long and we end up playing backwards, they step up a little bit or we end up playing the long ball but it comes right back at us. I think our ability to not just play the ball but play it faster, find the right passes, move up together, I think we saw it in period of the game and that’s still positive but it’s still got to be more consistent.

You started three teenagers. How much confidence did you have in these fellas going into the match and what can you say about the way — you mentioned Shaffelburg, and Marshall-Rutty played at the fullback spot, a position you’ve been reintroducing them to this season.

Yeah, I thought both those guys played very well, as I mentioned, Jacob didn’t have a perfect start. Again he’s playing Paul Arriola and Paul is obviously an experienced player with quickness and gets into good spots. But I thought he had adjusted well in the game. I thought that Jahkeele’s first game at right back, really quite good. The things — I think we felt very good.

I’m not sure if you had a chance to review the two VAR decisions that went against you, speaking specifically about Dallas’s first goal and the office wail low decision. Do you think those calls went against you justly or unjustly?

I haven’t had a chance. The only thing I’ve heard about the penalty call is that he’s right there, he makes the call, and that nobody that’s seen it tells me that it’s a clear and obvious mistake.

That doesn’t seem to be the proper use of VAR for me.

Couple of changes at halftime, Achara and O’Neil coming on, can you walk us through the thought process and how did that play out?

Shane has played well of late. When he plays with Carlos, he moves to the right, Carlos moves to the left. I think Carlos also does a good job of giving Jacob confidence.

You know, Chris, one of the biggest — the biggest thing we continue to challenge Chris with is just his ability to stay more tuned into everything that goes on around him at times. It still means that he loses certain things. Building out of the back in the first half, we had a few moments where I didn’t think our decisions were good and we felt it was just a way of changing the game at half time.

Deandre never really got into the game. Wasn’t enough of a threat. Achara had a few moments when he came on. Couldn’t quite get a play right, the one where he gets pushed through and tries to play the ball across. It’s a good opportunity for us in the second half. But look, it’s (early in the) season, and we’ve got young guys and we’re still working on the whole group. So I think it’s important that in different moments, if we think we’ve got to make changes at half, guys are ready, and the guys that come out, it’s never easy and it’s part of the process of us growing as a team.

The other day you sort of hinted at or suggested that you wanted to see Pozuelo play with a little bit more structure, maybe a little bit more focus within the system. What did you see from him this afternoon or tonight?

Yeah, I thought he did a good job of staying connected with the other midfielders. You saw moments where he was the closest guy when the ball turned over, and he defensively reacted really well, and either closed the play down, won a ball or allowed everybody else to get back into good position. I still think that we were fairly fluid so that we found him in some pretty good spots.

Even in the first half I felt like he was still getting the ball in areas where he had a chance to be creative and make the plays that we know are special from him so overall, I thought he gave us a really good game.

Osorio scores a goal, one in each of his ten seasons with the club. What can you say about his longevity and what he’s meant to the club over the years?

Yeah, obviously I’ve watched Oso play an important role for TFC over the years. He’s been a versatile player, smart player, a guy that makes guys around him better. He’s always had an ability to get into the box in the right moment and score goals and working with him every day has been fantastic and you see on a night like tonight how he’s able to make so many different plays to help us through a tough game.

Can I get your thoughts on Jayden Nelson’s performance today there in the left wing?

I liked it. He was full of energy, he made some really good runs, he was confident with the ball. Yeah, the final moments on a few plays didn’t work out perfectly, but you know, I think Jayden is a good player and I want to see that type of, you know, when he plays like that, you see personality, you see life, you see his skill. So for me, we talked about it in preseason that that’s what he can bring, challenged him in all these different ways and I think tonight we saw a lot of good things.

Your evaluation on Jesús Jiménez making his MLS debut?

Yeah, some skillful moments, but overall, a night where some of the important opportunities, plays, didn’t quite come off. Haven’t had a chance to see the header again but that’s a good opportunity in the second half. You know, I think he’s a player that we can use in different ways and so in moments in the first half when we couldn’t quite find our way through, I think he comes off the defenders and finds some good positions to be able to receive balls and try to connect things. Not everything that went to him came off really well in the next part, so there’s still that sharpening up of things. But I think he’s still going to be an important player for us.

Your thoughts on Carlos during this match?

I always say that Carlos is a big personality on the field. On a night like tonight he makes some really good plays. He reads situations well. You know, when they clogged the middle, we had to find different solutions to play from the back. He helps, and then he also had some different passes that went a little bit off where the quality of his passes weren’t always perfect. But the fact that he sees different things in the build-up and helps us find different ways against their way of stepping up I think is important. And overall, we were still able to play forward in good ways and still have moments of control in the game.

As we’ve talked about, a lot of moving parts in this preseason and your team remains a work-in-progress. Given that, is what you saw on the pitch today pretty much what you expected?

I think football-wise there are moments in that game where I still expect that we can be sharper and better. I think that’s some of the moments in transition came from some carelessness. You could attribute some of that to the fact that the field was very slick. I think football-wise there were moments for me where we’re better and sharper than that and that would include some of the execution and final parts of plays. But I like the fact that the group as a whole is showing a commitment to be a real team. I felt good about the response after going down. The feeling after the game is that it’s not our best but it shows that we’re going in a good direction, so that part I’m satisfied.


Congratulations on the road draw and a goal. Just what have you learned and what do you have to say about after the preseason and fighting back from a deficit to earn a draw here, what do you have to say just about with a kind of team that you guys have this year?

I think the character that we have on the team and the fight, the togetherness that we have and the belief that we have, it’s still there when things are a little bit hard that we can fight our way back into the game, play our way back into the game. I think for a pretty new team, that’s a really positive thing to take out of this game. We know that this process is still new and day-by-day we are going to get better. Today was a big step. I think it was a good step forward. This is not an easy place to play, and with the way that the game went, I thought we did really well. I thought we did really well. We are going to take the positives and look at where we can improve, of course, this week and be ready for our home opener.

Bob deployed five Canadians and three teenagers. As a Canadian yourself, what was your sort of feeling about him showing so much trust in your countrymen who are still pretty young?

Yeah, we had very young guys on the field today. I think this is a positive for, first of all, those individuals to have that chance, and very positive for the club and for Bob trusting those guys.

I think, you know, we have to trust the young guys and give them that belief that they can go in and do the job. You know, even though we have like Jacob playing left back, which he has not really done and Jahkeele playing right back, maybe they are not so familiar in this position in their careers, but I think for him to have the belief in them to go out there and to be learning on the fly as well, we know that these are young players and we have to live with the fact that they are going to make mistakes. It’s just normal.

But I think Bob does a good job of emphasizing that they have to learn from those mistakes, and the quicker they can do that and the more they improve, the more they can help the team. I thought they did well, as well as Jayden had a great game. He’s coming into his own. Noble came in and did well. Deandre did well, first professional game. All these guys are going to get better as they play, so I think it’s great for everyone.

You’ve scored in your last ten seasons with the club with that goal. Can you put that into context of what it means to be such a part of the fabric of the club and the longevity of success you’ve had for the last ten years here?

It’s not really something that I was thinking about going into this game or anything. I think what contributes maybe to that kind of stat is the fact that I take it day-to-day and I try to improve every day and I try to do my job every time I go on the field. This is my duty as a player for this club and more so as somebody who grew up here. I love this club and I think everybody here knows every game, I will give everything for us to win.

So yeah, I don’t want to talk too much about myself or anything. I didn’t know about that stat. It’s great. It’s good. But you know, I just try to improve every game and keep going and contribute to this team. A stat is only possible with the support of my teammates and the support that I have here.

Looking forward to getting back home and having a game at our stadium in front of our fans.

Can you sort of walk us through how you saw that goal develop and was that — was some of that passage of play, some of that really neat footwork and passing at the top of the box, was that emblematic of some of the ideas you’re trying to implement?

Yeah, sure, we want to be aggressive. Bob emphasizes we want to be aggressive getting into the box when we get into the box and be positive with our play and combine — the ball came out to me from Jahkeele and I saw Ale was open in the pocket and I knew I had to get it to him fast, right away. So I gave it to him and he did a good job of controlling it and getting himself in a position to get Jacob going and when you get Jacob going like this, the ball is coming in — so I just went towards the back post in case anything dropped there, which he’s got a great touch there and if he doesn’t get that touch, I don’t get that chance and landed on my foot and open for me.

I think a great team goal. I think we will see a lot of this this season and this is what we look for. So just going and finding more ways to create occasions like this.

With such a young group out there today with the team, are you relishing the opportunity to maybe take on more of a leadership role with some of the young guys, particularly the Canadians and how much do you get to sort of impart wisdom to them in game while you’re on the field?

Yeah, of course, I try to be one of the veteran guys on the team, so I have to help whenever they need my help and whenever they ask, and I’m always available. They know that. You know I’m at a stage in my career where I’m learning to lead in the best way possible. Along with I had a very good example in Michael Bradley for a very long time now, so I’m still learning to be a positive impact in the best way possible for each individual, the way you talk to them and get them going is different, so those things I pay attention to and I’m trying to — the young guys, they did great today and we have just got to keep pushing them and keep having that belief in them so they feel comfortable on the field to express themselves and play free, because you know, that’s what it’s about. I think players are at their best when they play free and not so close-minded. This is a role I’m going to try to keep improving.

You mentioned getting back to BMO Field next week and it’s going to be your first home game in two years. What’s that experience going to be like?

It’s going to be amazing like it always is at BMO Field. We love playing in front of our fans. We’ve had them obviously for a little bit last year, but I think it just wasn’t the same with all the circumstances and where we are in the world.

So this year is going to be great to have — be home at this time of the year and BMO Field. We are just looking forward to getting back home, first and foremost to our families and to find a routine now and to perform on the week at BMO Field and give the fans what they deserve, which is a great football team and so we’re all excited here and we’re all looking forward to it. You know, we are going to take it day-by-day and it be to prepare ourselves and to arrive at that day the best possible form.

Whenever we talk to Bob or your other former coaches, they often describe you as a Swiss Army knife that can play a bunch of different roles. Wondering in the role that Bob has you playing there in the center, is there anything different, anything you may be haven’t experienced before or has it just been stuff that you’ve done in the past?

No, I think for the post part, it’s a position I played in probably most of my career. I would say what’s different is that Bob is pushing me to play it in a way that he sees is best fit for the team and for myself as well.

So yeah, Bob is pushing me to be better and to be more aggressive, pushing me on the defensive side, pushing me on the offensive side, pushing me to be on the ball more. I think in that sense, there’s definitely a different way this coach is pushing to get better. This is what I mean, and I’m going to give my hundred percent to play my best and to contribute my best in the best way possible.

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“I was dominating when I got hurt, and I plan on coming back and dominating. I don’t want to limp out there.”

Draymond Green returns to Warriors practices, inches closer to return — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

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SAN FRANCISCO — Klay Thompson is listed as out with an illness for the Warriors’ game Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center. Thompson is not in the NBA’s COVID health and safety protocols, but is listed as having a general illness. He was listed as questionable on the injury report on Saturday. Thompson,…

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