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SAN ANTONIO -- Antoine Roussel scored two goals for the Dallas Stars on Friday night in a 4-1 NHL preseason win over Florida in an NHL preseason game played at the home of the Panthers AHL affiliate. cheap jerseys from china . It appeared that Roussel had completed a hat trick 2:37 into the third period during a power play, but his shot from the right circle was redirected into the net by Colton Sceviour. Roussel, who netted seven goals last season as a rookie with the Stars, scored less than five minutes into the game when he deflected in Trevor Daleys shot. In the second period, Roussel took a centring pass after Chris Muellers rush and quickly bounced the puck under goalie Michael Houser. Mueller also scored with less than six minutes to go. Dan Ellis, subbing for Stars starter Kari Lehtonen, lost his shutout bid when Tom Gilbert scored a power-play goal midway through the third period. wholesale nfl jerseys . 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Lynch was charged by the Alameda County district attorney with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and driving while having a blood-alcohol level of .EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Mike DAntoni circled the court 2 feet at a time, moving smoothly on crutches while his Los Angeles Lakers went through drills orchestrated by his assistant coach and brother, Dan. Although DAntonis surgically replaced knee is slowing him down a bit, he couldnt wait any longer to get the Lakers rolling. DAntoni formally took over the Lakers on Thursday, four days after the slow-starting club hired him to replace Mike Brown. The former Knicks and Suns coach is still on crutches and pain medication after surgery earlier this month, but thinks hell soon be back to normal while he attempts to transform the Lakers into his vision of an up-tempo, high-scoring team. "Im really happy to be here -- excited," DAntoni said. "(Were) starting to put stuff in now. Might take a little bit, but ... were built to win this year. This is not a five-year project. We have a window, and were going to try to get through it." Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak welcomed DAntoni after practice at a news conference packed with dozens of media members. Given his limited mobility, DAntoni isnt likely to make his sideline debut until Sunday night against Houston, with interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff probably manning the bench again Friday night against Phoenix. "This is a great city to have an up-tempo, exciting game that has a legitimate shot to win a championship," DAntoni said. "I cant ask for anything more." DAntonis affable charm immediately worked on the Lakers, who praised their new coachs demeanour during their first few hours together. The coach acknowledged few qualms about taking over the star-studded roster that got off to a 1-4 start to the season, speaking instead of the limitless possibilities of the Lakers talent within his creative style of coaching. DAntoni said he rooted for Jerry Wests Lakers while growing up in 1960s West Virginia, and he wont have any problem transferring his allegiances after trying to beat L.A. for so many years in Phoenix. The coach also realizes his up-tempo style of play will mesh nicely with the Lakers heritage under Magic Johnson -- who has already criticized DAntonis hire. "We would love to be able to play Showtime-type basketball," DAntoni said. "Now, they might have done it the best that you can do it. We would like to get some place close to that. I think that would be awesome." Los Angeles has gone 2-1 under Bickerstaff since Browns firing, and the veteran coach was in practice Thursday along with Browns entire staff. They finished their workout with a huddle around DAntoni, followed by a one-word cheer: "Championship!" DAntoni isnt likely to have much trouble meshing with Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant. Nash became a two-time NBA MVP running DAntonis offennce in Phoenix, while Bryant has played for DAntoni on the U. Michael kors Handbags Black Friday 2014. .S. national team. The coach also recalls the 12-year-old Bryant hanging out at his games in the Italian league. "He can come over and cuss me out in Italian, and you guys might not even know it," DAntoni said. DAntoni also has ties to Howard, who has been on U.S. national teams with DAntoni on the coaching staff, and backup forward Jordan Hill, who briefly played for the coach in New York. How quickly that familiarity translates into wins will decide how quickly DAntoni is comfortable in his new job. His greatest task might be forming a bond with Howard, the defence-mindedcentre who will be the Lakers top star for many more years if he re-signs with the club next summer. Howard was intrigued by his first practice under DAntoni, but realizes the process takes time. "We cant just expect for him to come in and we have one day of practice, and then the next day were scoring 150 points," Howard said. "I dont think it works like that." DAntoni ran his first practice without his top two point guards: Nash is still out with a small fracture in his leg, while Steve Blake missed the Lakers last game with a minor abdominal strain. DAntoni is excited for his reunion with Nash, but hes also thrilled by his first chance to coach Blake, a player he identified as an ideal fit for his system a decade ago. "He said we should be scoring 110 points a game, or something like that," said Bryant, who isnt worried about how the veteran Lakers will play defence. "How many defensive players do you need on one team? At some point, you just throw the ball out there and let us figure things out on our own, which is really what we do best, and thats what were going to do." Kupchak also shed more light on the Lakers decision to choose DAntoni over 11-time champion coach Phil Jackson, who seemed interested in a third stint on Los Angeles bench. Kupchak and Lakers owner Jim Buss wanted to see more aggression and freedom for the Lakers, identifying DAntoni as their top choice early in their search, but strongly considered Jackson after the Lakers crowds chants of "We want Phil!" last weekend. "We just felt there was so much public support that we felt it might be difficult not to hire him," Kupchak said. "My feeling (before Saturdays meeting with Jackson) was that he didnt want to coach any more, and when he left two years ago, he felt he stayed a year too long. We gradually got to the position where we could do what we think is right for the team. It took us a couple of days to sort through that, and we knew there would be a ridiculous amount of criticism for making this decision, but it was clearly and only a basketball decision." ' ' '


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