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PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Lee Stempniak have been playing together for less than two weeks. Nike China Jerseys . Funny, they looked like longtime friends during Pittsburghs 5-1 demolition of Dallas on Tuesday night. Quick to the puck and even quicker to the net, the Penguins top line overwhelmed the suddenly struggling Stars as Pittsburgh bounced back from a dismal weekend sweep at the hands of Philadelphia by jumping on Dallas early. Crosby scored his 32nd goal less than 5 minutes in, added his 33rd early in the third period and dished out an assist on Stempniaks first goal with the Penguins to push his point total to an NHL-leading 91. More importantly, Pittsburgh hardly looked like the team humbled by the Flyers during a forgettable home-and-home sweep. "We werent happy with those losses, we have to do better," Crosby said. "We wanted to make sure we went out there and played hard. Its a desperate team were playing and hopefully we can build that same emotion, same intensity we had tonight and carry it over to the rest of the season." Kunitz chipped in his 32nd goal after skipping two games with a leg injury and added an assist. Brandon Sutter pushed in a late short-handed goal and Jeff Zatkoff stopped 32 shots to win for the 11th time in his past 14 games. Tyler Seguin scored his 31st goal for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves, but Dallas slumped again on the road. The Stars have been outscored 12-3 over their past two games to slip out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. "I think you cant blame one guy for any of the goals," Seguin said. "This is a team matter were going to deal with. Its just about execution. Weve been showing glimpses of it lately, but too many breakdowns." A no-no when playing Crosby. The Pittsburgh captain seemed energized by the return of Kunitz. Reunited against a scuffling team trying to make a late run at the post-season, Crosby and Kunitz helped the Metropolitan Division-leading Penguins rebound by playing with the chemistry that makes them one of the most potent one-two combinations in the league. The game was less than 5 minutes old when Crosby put Pittsburgh in front. Fourth-line forward Craig Adams -- finishing out his shift -- dug out a loose puck in the corner and fed it to Crosby darting through the slot. Crosby deked past Dallas defenceman Sergei Gonchar then held the puck long enough for Lehtonen to commit before slipping the puck into an open net to give the Penguins some welcome momentum. Seguin tied it at 12:30 into the first with a pretty deflection off a Trevor Daley shot from the point, but the game was tied less than three minutes before Kunitz pounced on a rebound off a Stempniak shot to put the Penguins in front to stay. The Penguins acquired Stempniak from Calgary on March 5 hoping the veteran forward could patch the hole on the first line that hasnt really been filled since Pascal Dupuis was lost for the season with a knee injury in December. After a series of near misses in his first six games with Pittsburgh, Stempniak finally broke through 13:21 into the second period. He skated into the zone and dropped the puck to Crosby and sprinted to the net. The puck was on Stempniaks stick again a split second later as Kunitz hit him streaking through the slot. Stempniak knocked it in for his ninth of the season while getting tripped by Dallas Brenden Dillon in the process. "Its been a little while, its nice to get a goal," Stempniak said. "Great passing play from Sid to Chris. I went to the net and it was on my tape ... Sids so dynamic, he opens up a lot. Chris has a great shot. I just try to fit in and skate and keep up." That was more than enough for Zatkoff, who made two glove saves in the second period during Dallas best sustained pressure. Crosby banged in a rebound 1:56 into the third to push Pittsburghs lead to three and the pressure that had built after dispiriting performances against the Flyers -- games in which the Penguins said they were more concerned with the way they played than the actual score -- lifted. NOTES: Pittsburgh is 42-5-4 this season when Crosby collects at least one point. ... Dallas has lost three straight for the first time since a six-game skid from Jan. 2-12. ... The Penguins play at Detroit on Thursday. ... Dallas visits Philadelphia on Thursday. China Jerseys Cheap .A. Happ capped a challenging season with one of his best efforts of the year. China Jerseys . - The Raiders have released guard Mike Brisiel after two disappointing seasons in Oakland.LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The schedule maker hasnt been kind to the Los Angeles Clippers in December. Still, they have found a way to win some narrow victories against tough opponents.Chris Paul scored nine of his 27 points in the final 4:04 and Blake Griffin added 24 to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 106-102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.Weve been struggling a little bit lately, so after a tough loss last night and then going on a tough road trip to San Antonio and Atlanta after this game, we really needed to get this one, Paul said.We dont have time to practice. We dont have two days between games this entire month. But youve got to get through it, because the other teams arent feeling sorry for us. Everybodys gunning for us, anyway. So weve got to impose our will early.Griffin, coming off back-to-back 30-point games, picked up his third foul with 5:41 left in the half and the Clippers trailing 42-38. But he made a critical tip-in of Pauls missed 20-footer with 5 seconds to play.There were eight lead changes in the fourth before Brandon Knights 3-pointer tied it 102-102 with 1:29 to play. Paul regained the lead for the Clippers with two free throws, and Knight missed a 3-point shot at the other end. Former Clipper Jared Dudley grabbed the offensive rebound, and the Bucks took a timeout before Knight missed a 21-footer with 31 seconds to play.Milwaukee had one more chance to pull it out after Griffins clutch tip-in, but Khris Middleton missed a desperation 3-pointer as time expired.The big thing is that we didnt go away. We kept fighting, coach Jason Kidd said. Guys were making plays for one another and sharing the ball. We just couldnt convert.Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 18 points and nine rebounds. The Bucks got double-digit scoring from four of their reserves. Dudley and Jerryd Bayless each had 16 points as the Bucks bench outscored the Clippers bench 59-23.Their bench played a lot of minutes, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. Stitched China Jerseys. . When your bench players play more minutes than the starters, they are going to score more than the starters. Their bench was good, and they played 10 guys. Its fun to watch the Bucks play because they are very young, they run around and spread the floor.Trailing by nine with 5:24 left in the third quarter, the Clippers entered the fourth down 83-82 after 3-pointers by Paul, Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick during a 3:15 span. Redick finished with 23 points.The Bucks led 52-50 at halftime, although no one had more than nine points. They Bucks took a 52-42 lead on Kendall Marshalls 17-footer with 1:12 left in the second quarter before the Clippers responded with seven straight points.___TIP-INS:Bucks: O.J. Mayo, who played at USC, missed his first five shots and finished with three points in 23 minutes. ... C Larry Sanders scored 10 points. He missed Thursdays 108-107 win at Sacramento because of a one-game suspension for pushing Portlands Nicolas Batum from behind as he elevated toward the basket. ... No one on the team has had 10 assists in a game since opening night, when Knight had 13 in an overtime loss at Charlotte. ... Knight finished with eight points, ending his streak of four consecutive games with 20 or more — one shy of his career best from December 2012. ... Bayless, who has made 50 of 51 free throws this season, did not get to the foul line. The seven-year veteran finished last season with a career-worst 79.7 percentage.Clippers: C DeAndre Jordan 16 rebounds and nine points. He rejected an attempted layup by Mayo with 22 seconds left in the second quarter, extending his streak to 15 games with at least one blocked shot. ... Reserve C Spencer Hawes, who had a career-high 17 rebounds against Milwaukee on March 27, 2013 while playing for Philadelphia, missed his fifth straight game because of a because of a bruised left knee.UP NEXT:Bucks: Host Charlotte on Tuesday.Clippers: At San Antonio on Monday. ' ' '

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