Monday, April 15, 2013

Midday Recap 4/15: Tax Day

Yes, it's the day that your taxes are due, but let's take your mind off that with today's Midday Recap.

Alt Route 15
The Adirondack Phantoms will not be playing past next Sunday, but that doesn't mean that they're not going to provide their fans with exciting hockey.  And that was the way this weekend went, as the Phantoms won in an overtime thriller on Saturday.  So how do you top that?  How about a goal from Garrett Roe with 0.3 seconds left that forces overtime, capped with a 15 round shootout that was finished when Mark Alt was able to get the puck past Binghamton's goaltender Marc Cheverie.  In all, 13 goals were scored in the shootout.  You can hear the entire 30-skater shootout here, courtesy of Bob Rotruck and the Phantoms Hockey Radio Network. 

Aussie First
A weekend of firsts finished with an Australian winning the Masters for the first time.  Adam Scott shot a -3 and tied Angel Cabrera for the lead, and then after a duplicate showing from both golfers at the first playoff hole, Scott was able to win the Green Jacket on the 2nd playoff hole amid growing darkness at the Augusta course.  Tiger Woods finished 4 shots off the lead, and although one can argue what could have been if he didn't hit the flag on the 15th on Friday, similarly one can argue about what would have happened had he withdrew from competition.  People will be talking about Tiger for awhile leading up to The Player's Championship next month, but for now, the light shines on Adam Scott's first Masters for the land down under.

Ranger Danger Averted
Lost in the shuffle from Saturday night is the New York Rangers giving their playoff hopes a boost with their overtime game-winner on Saturday night against the Islanders.  Granted they conceded a point to the Islanders that keeps the "other New York team" in 7th in the Eastern Conference, but the Rangers still have a game in-hand over both the Islanders and the 9th place Winnipeg Jets. Both the Rangers and the Islanders are in action tomorrow, as the Islanders host the Florida Panthers and the Rangers travel to Philadelphia.

Season Finale
It's the final week of the NBA regular season.  The Knicks, already securing themselves the 2-seed in the Eastern Conference, travel to play the Charlotte Bobcats tonight, and then wrap up their season with a home game against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.  The Brooklyn Nets have already secured themselves a home series in the 1st round with the 4 seed, and will close out the season with home games against the Washington Wizards (tonight) and the Detroit Pistons (Wednesday).  In the west, the Los Angeles Lakers are not secured in the 8th seed, with a game and a half lead over the Utah Jazz.  That makes tonight's Jazz game against the Minnesota Timberwolves (8:00pm) a must-win for them.  

Tonight's Outlook
The Mets travel to chilly Colorado where they start up a four game series against the Rockies.  Dillon Gee is looking to right the ship after his 0-2, 7.71 ERA start where he surrendered 3 home runs against the Philadelphia Phillies.  Juan Nicasio was given a no-decision in his last start against the San Francisco Giants, where he couldn't preserve the 4 run lead the Rockies gave him in the top of the 2nd.  With snow in the forecast, there could be plenty of white things in the air tonight.  Coverage Begins: 8:00PM, 1230 FOX Sports Radio.

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