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Conacher has 2 goals as Lightning beat Jets 8-3

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Conacher has 2 goals as Lightning beat Jets 8-3

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Cory Conacher had two goals and an assist to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning past the Winnipeg Jets 8-3 on Friday night.

Tampa Bay also got goals from Steven Stamkos, Vincent Lecavalier, Nate Thompson, Teddy Purcell, Ryan Malone and Benoit Pouliot. Stamkos and Lecavalier both added two assists.

The Lightning, 6-1-0 this season, have scored five or more goals in four consecutive games.

Tobias Enstrom, Paul Postma and Andrew Ladd scored third-period goals for Winnipeg, which has lost three in a row. The Jets were coming off a 6-3 loss at Florida on Thursday night in which the Panthers scored five third-period goals.

Conacher, Stamkos and Lecavalier all had first-period man-advantage goals as the Lightning, who started play with the NHL's fifth-best power play, grabbed a 3-0 lead. Winnipeg entered with the league's worst penalty-kill unit.

Stamkos has five goals and 14 points during a season-opening seven-game point streak.

Conacher put the Lightning up 1-0 when he deflected Matt Carle's blue-line shot past goalie Ondrej Pavelec 7:57 into the game. The rookie center (5 goals, 12 points) has at least one point in six of seven games this year.

Atlanta right wing Chris Thorburn received a five-minute penalty for checking from behind and a game misconduct for a hit on Lightning defenseman Sami Salo at 12:11 of the first.

Twice the Jets were called for minor penalties during Thorburn's 5-minute infraction, which resulted in 5-on-3 goals by Stamkos (14:11) and Lecavalier (16:55).

Winnipeg allowed three power-play goals in Thursday's loss to the Panthers.

Conacher made it 4-0 with another re-direction just 26 seconds into the second.

Thompson extended the lead to 5-0 on a goal that chased Pavelec with 15:17 left in the second. Purcell gave the Lightning a six-goal advantage by beating backup goalie Al Montoya one minute after Thompson's goal.

Anders Lindback lost his shutout bid when Enstrom scored at 5:34 of the third. Postma added his first NHL goal, coming on a power-play 61 seconds later.

Malone and Ladd traded goals midway through the third. Pouliot added a late third-period goal.

Notes: Stamkos has a goal in four straight games. ... Jets D Dustin Byfuglien missed his second consecutive game due to an undisclosed lower-body injury. ... Tampa Bay D Brendan Mikkelson is day to day after crashing into the boards head and shoulders first during practice on Thursday.

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Isaiah Thomas isn't ready to give up his reputation as a fourth quarter star

Isaiah Thomas isn't ready to give up his reputation as a fourth quarter star

During two dominant years with the Boston Celtics that saw Isaiah Thomas earn two All-Star nods as well as All-NBA honors during the 2016-17 season, the point guard became well-known for his play in the fourth quarter.

Throughout that stretch, Thomas always seemed to shine when the lights were the brightest. He could play well for three quarters, but then it seemed as if he'd find an extra gear. If a bucket was needed late, he was the guy. So much so that those final minutes became known as "IT time".

A few bumpy years removed from those iconic nights, Thomas is now with the Wizards working to make it back to that elite level of play. As for the Celtics, they now have a different point guard coming up clutch late in Kemba Walker. Walker, who signed with Boston in the offseason, is averaging 25 points per game for his 8-1 squad and has been a force down the stretch. His recent play has some in Boston wondering if he now wears the crown when it comes to fourth-quarter heroics. 

Thomas says hold on a minute.

There's no denying that Walker is at the top of his game right now, but Thomas' confidence isn't going anywhere. It's that attitude, always wanting to be the best, that has allowed him to work back to being a starter. Thomas will get a chance to make his point come Wednesday, as he makes his return to the arena he once thrived in when the Wizards visit the Celtics.

If the game is close late, there could be some good action between two guys who know a thing or two about getting a big basket.

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Little League team replicates Adam Eaton and Howie Kendrick's clutch and drive celebration

Little League team replicates Adam Eaton and Howie Kendrick's clutch and drive celebration

With the Washington Nationals going on a magical run to capture the 2019 World Series, the team will likely serve as an inspiration to young ballplayers everywhere.

Many will strive to swing like Soto and Rendon, and pitch like Scherzer and Strasburg. As it turns out, they want to celebrate like Adam Eaton and Howie Kendrick too.

Throughout the 2019 season, Washington introduced plenty of exciting ways to celebrate a good time. From 'Baby Shark' to home run dances to hugs and more, it always seemed to be a party in the dugout. One particular move that caught the attention of many was the clutch and drive celebration by Kendrick and Eaton.

During Game 2 of the World Series, the two were caught on camera sitting down and acting out the motions of driving a car, noises and everything, after an Eaton home run. The act quickly picked up steam, and now seems to have made its way to the Little League level.

The Mount Vernon Mavericks from Alexandria, Virginia, broke out the move at a game and even got the whole team involved. Such an impressive feat that it caught the attention of Eaton.

With the Nationals leaving an impact on the baseball landscape, expect to see more of this in the future.

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