Blues blank Sharks 3-0 to all go 1-1
In a night that featured three overtimes, the Capitals, Senators, and Blackhawks all gained road wins to ever their respective series at 1-1. In St Louis, the Blues also gained a split with a smothering 3-0 whitewash of San Jose. In Boston, Niklas Backstrom netted the winner for Washington at 2:56 of the second overtime in the Caps 2-1 win. Rookie goalie Braden Holtby turned back 43 off 44 shot and has been the story of the series. At MSG, it took just 1:17 for a Chris Neil to beat Henril Lundqvuist with a backhand to led Ottawa over the Rangers 3-2. New York snipers Gaborik, Richards, and Callahan were held to zero points and just eight shots. The Blackhawks scored with just 5:5 seconds left in regulation before winning in OT. Bryan Bickell had two goals for Chitown including the winner at 10:36 of the extra period. The Blues used physical play and timely scoring to send the series back to the Shark Tank 1-1
The playoffs resume today starting at 12:05 EST with Nashville visiting Detroit. The Wings are -160 favorites and the total five flat with the over -120, the teams split two games in Music City. At 3:05 EST, the Penguins are -120 at Philadelphia despite a 28-80 lifetime mark in the City of Brotherly Love. The Flyers lead the series 2-0 after sweeping the Pens in the Igloo. The Devils look to get both games in South Beach and are -120 over the Panthers. The total is five flat even. The 10:35 PM EST finale features the Vancouver and the Kings. In the surprise series of playoffs, eighth-seeded LA took both games in Vancouver and leads the President Trophy winners 2-0. The Kings are 15-cent favorites and the total five flat with the under -130.
Spurs clinch division, Boston locks up playoff spot, D12 out 10-14 days
San Antonio used 19 points and 11 rebounds from Tim Duncan to roll over Phoenix 105-91 and clinch the Southwest Division. The Spurs are now two games behind Oklahoma City in the win column for top seed in the Western Conference. The Thunder beat Minnesota 115-110 as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 78 points for OKC. Memphis needed a 33-22 final stanza to beat UTah 103-98. Rudy Gay continued his strong play with 26/12 for the Grizz. The Pacers stayed three games clear of the Celtics with a six-point win at Milwaukee. Boston kept pace with a 94-82 win at New Jersey. The Clippers and Cavs round out the winners in Saturday’s play in The Association.
A Russell Westbrook very nasty slam dunk from Friday vs the Kings
Dodgers beat Padres for 8-1 start, The Beard likely needs Tommy John surgery
The Dodgers are proving to have been a solid investment after beating the Padres 6-1 to improve their MLB best record to 8-1. Ted Lilly pitched seven innings of two-hit ball for the Bums. The Mets and Nats continue to surprise in the NL East. Three Mets pitchers combined on a six-hit 5-0 shutout of the Phillies. Edwin Jackson threw a complete game four-hitter in Washington’s 4-1 win over the Reds. The Giants got some bad news when tests on closer Brian Wilson’s elbow revealed structural damage. He’ll likely need season ending Tommy John surgery.
Biffle snaps 49-race winless streak in Texas
Greg Biffle scored his 17th career Nascar victory with a win in the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Biffle ducked under Jimmy Johnson to gain the lead with 30 laps left and was never challenged the rest of the way. Johnson held on to finish second with Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, and Matt Kenseth rounding out the top five.
Dullahan upsets Hansen in the Bluegrass, Bodemeister romps in the Arkansas Derby
The Kentucky Derby picture became somewhat clearer after the two final prep races on Saturday. Dullahan came from way back to rundown the front-running pre-Derby favorite Hansen in the Bluegrass Stakes at Keeneland. Kent Desormeaux rode the winner, his first win ever in the Bluegrass. Bodemeister romped in the Arkansas derby for Bob Baffert. Secret Circle, another Baffert trainee was 9 1/2 lengths back in second.
Sweden’s Carl Pettersen shot a third round 66 to take a one shot lead in the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head. Colt Knost in one back at 11-under. Zach Johnson (-8) and Boo Weekley (-7) are the only other players within five shots.
The UFC returned with it’s first ever event in Sweden. In the feature, Alexander Gustafsson won a unanimous decision over Thiago Silva in a battle of light heavyweights. Brian Stann won by KO and Dennis Siver by unanimous decision in the UFC on Fuel 2 feature bouts.
A 25-year-old Italian soccer player died of cardiac arrest in a Serie B game prompting the rest of the schedule in the scudetto to be postponed. Piermario Morosini of Livorno collapsed in the 31st minute of their game at Pescara. Morosini tried several times to regain his feet but collapsed and could not be resuscitated.
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