Washington Defeats Pittsburgh 3-1; The Spurs Victorious Over Nowitziki-less Mavericks

The Capitals-Penguins game started off with a 1-0 lead to Pittsburgh thanks to Evgeni Malkin, but the Capitals quickly retaliated with two goals of their own, made by Mike Knuble and Eric Fehr. The weather made the game even tougher than expected, with steady rain and unusually high temperatures. The NHL was forced to postpone the game by a few hours. The weather conditions improved just enough to allow the game to begin, although it ended in the driving rain. “We had an entertaining game and the crowd was terrific,” Gary Bettman, NHL commissioner told reporters. “The reality is when you take hockey outdoors, it becomes a little unpredictable.”

The San Antonio Spurs came out with a 99-93 victory over the Dallas Mavericks last Thursday. Without their leading scorer, Dirk Nowitziki, the Spurs had a significant advantage over their state rivals. The Spurs’ Gary Neal scored 21 points straight off the bench, helping San Antonio earn its thirteenth win in fourteen games. Before playing in his first NBA season, Neal spent a few years playing overseas. “Overseas was great for me. Playing there for three years, getting confidence and experience allowed me to be able to make shots and be comfortable to help the Spurs,” Neal explained.

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