The 29-year-old Steen has two goals in three career games

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - For once, the Detroit Pistons arent playing like a team in disarray.The Pistons routed the Sacramento Kings 114-95 Sunday, giving them their first five-game winning streak in more than five years.The Kings, on the other hand, look as if they have significant problems.Were not the team we were — thats clear, said DeMarcus Cousins, referring to the Kings 3-7 record since Michael Malone was fired as coach. Our problems go well beyond anything between the lines, but we cant continue to make excuses. Regardless who the man is on the bench, were the ones playing, and we have to stop feeling for ourselves.At the same time, the Pistons have been rejuvenated since releasing Josh Smith in late December. The Pistons are 5-0 without the player that was signed to restore the franchise to glory only 18 months ago.The difference on the floor is obvious. The offence is now running through Brandon Jennings instead of Smith, and the point guard responded with 35 points against the Kings.It isnt just me, the whole team looks comfortable right now, he said. Were sharing the ball, and everyone is making plays. When they made a run and got within four, and thats where we have struggled last year and this year. Tonight, we just made some stops and took off.Andre Drummond had 15 points and 14 rebounds and Greg Monroe had 14 points 11 rebounds for DetroitCousins led the Kings with 18 points and 15 rebounds.We almost need to learn how to play basketball again, said Rudy Gay, who combined with Cousins to hit just 10 of 33 shots.The Pistons held the Kings to 46 points on 53 possessions in the first half to build a nine-point lead. Sacramento had zero second-chance points in the half — it only had two offensive rebounds — and didnt make a 3-pointer.That team came into the game as the second-best offensive-rebounding team in the NBA by percentage, so that was a key focus, said Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy. Tonight, we held them to five offensive rebounds and one second-chance point, so that was huge.Detroit, whose winning streak has been sparked by improved shooting, made 10 jumpers in the half, including six 3-pointers.Sacramento, cut the margin to four at the start of the third quarter, but couldnt get any closer until Derrick Williams had a three-point play to pull the Kings to 78-77 in the last minute of the period.Jennings, though, hit a 3-pointer at the end of the quarter. The Pistons kept hitting shots and getting stops in the fourth quarter, and pulled away for the easy win.Im not going to say that teams are afraid to play us — there are several teams in the NBA who scare people more than we do, Van Gundy said. But were playing very well right now.HOMECOMINGAs has been common over the past two seasons, the Palace crowd gave a loud ovation to Nik Stauskas when he entered the game for the first time. Like Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III, who have all gotten the same response, Stauskas is still popular in Detroit for his part in leading Michigan to the 2013 NCAA championship game.TIP-INSKings: Rookie forward Eric Moreland underwent shoulder surgery on Saturday in Fremont, California, and is expected to be ready to play for the Kings in the summer league. Moreland only played three games this season and saw limited action in the D-League before tearing the labrum in his left shoulder.Pistons: The crowd was small due to bad weather and the game being played at the same time as the Lions-Cowboys game, but there was a big cheer when Matt Prater was shown on the videoboard making a field goal to put Detroit up 20-7.UP NEXTKings: host the Thunder on Wednesday.Pistons: visit the Spurs on Tuesday. Cheap Air Max 720 Wholesale . Or maybe he already did. Clark hit his first homer, Wily Peralta pitched into the seventh inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Miami Marlins 4-1 Wednesday night. Air Max Outlet Uk . The mood in Seattle was electrified as the parade featuring the NFL champions began near the Space Needle and made its way to CenturyLink Field, the home of the team. 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Unlike last year when nobody got in, there have been estimates of as many as five getting voted in this time around and as few as one, Greg Maddux.One day after their 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings, and still without top defenceman Dion Phaneuf as he serves the second of his two-game suspension, the Toronto Maple Leafs will head to St. Louis to take on Alexander Steen and the Blues Thursday night. Cody Franson scored and Jonathan Bernier made 20 stops for the Leafs, but they still stumbled to their seventh loss in nine outings Wednesday against LA. "That was much closer to what we need," Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle. "Hey, were third in the Eastern Conference in goals scored. Its on the defensive side where our work ethic and commitment hasnt been there." Phaneuf was out of the lineup, serving the first game of his two-game suspension however, winger Joffrey Lupul returned after missing seven games in a row due to a groin strain. He has eight goals and 15 points in 22 contests before the injury. Carlyle could give James Reimer his first career start versus the Blues tonight. Bernier is 2-1-0 with a 2.99 GAA in four starts against them. The Blues meanwhile, look to secure a second straight victory on Thursday night against the struggling Leafs. The Blues had lost three of four ahead of Tuesdays 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Alexander Steen had a second-period goal and Kevin Shattenkirk put home the deciding goal while on the power play with 3:02 remaining in the game. Shattenkirks third goal of the season changed direction on the way to the net after he took a feed from Derek Roy. "Sometimes you gett rewarded with a couple lucky ones and it was a great game by both teams," said Shattenkirk.dddddddddddd Brian Elliott stopped 20 shots for the Blues, who reached the 20-win plateau by claiming their seventh victory in the last 10 outings. "Our goalie made some great saves and I think we were getting nervous when we didnt score on some opportunities, but I really like the way we fought," said Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock. Steen, a former first-round pick by Toronto in 2002, scored his first goal in five games and his 21st of the season. That is tied for second most in the NHL and three off his career high of 24 scored with the Blues in 2009-10. That season was Steens first full one in St. Louis after getting dealt by Toronto along with defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo for Lee Stempniak on Nov. 24, 2008. The 29-year-old Steen has two goals in three career games versus Toronto. Steen will look to give Elliott some more support tonight with the netminder set to get the call again. He is 5-1-1 with a 2.04 goals against average and .919 save percentage in 10 games this season, including seven starts. Elliott has allowed two goals or fewer in five of those starts. The goaltender is 3-5-1 with a 3.07 GAA in 10 previous meetings with the Leafs, who were in action last night and lost a 3-1 decision to the Los Angeles Kings. The Maple Leafs have won two straight versus the Blues, both in a shootout, following a three-game series losing streak. They notched a 3-2 win in their last trip to St. Louis on Nov. 10, 2011. ' ' '

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