Thursday, May 9, 2013

Free Hockey all around... except at MSG.

Robert Sabo | New York Daily News
Three of the four games last night went to overtime.  The only one that didn't was the Capitals/Rangers game, where the Rangers took advantage of a Jason Chimera Interference call at the end of the 2nd Period with Dan Girardi's power play goal 59 seconds into the 3rd that broke a 2-2 tie.  Derek Stepan would give the Rangers insurance 5 minutes later.  It was much-needed insurance as the Caps would close the gap to 1 with Mathieu Perreault's goal with 12:29 left to play.  Unlike the game on Monday where the Rangers had to survive a power play plus pulled goalie, the final minute was less-stressful as the Rangers would hold on for the 4-3 win that evens their series.

North of the border, the Boston Bruins spotted the Maple Leafs a two-goal lead, but came back with three straight goals to take a 3-2 lead in the 2nd Period, capped with David Krejci's power play goal.  Clarke MacArthure would tie the game, and after a scoreless 3rd Period, the two teams would play extra hockey.

After quality chances by both the Bruins and Maple Leafs, Krejci ends the game with his 3rd goal of the game, beating James Reimer as the Bruins take a 3-1 series lead back to Boston.

After the first two games, it was looking like the Los Angeles Kings were going to end their cup defense in the 1st round.  Down 2-0, the Kings looked forward to a return to Los Angeles for Games 3 and 4.  After winning both games to even the series, the Kings saw Game 5 as a chance to step in front of the Blues.

The Kings struck early in the 2nd and 3rd Periods, netting goals from Jeff Carter less than a minute into the periods.  But the Blues had answers for both of them, including Alex Pietrangelo, who scored off the faceoff with less than a minute to play.  In overtime, Slava Voynov netted the game-winner for the Kings, as they take a 3-2 lead back to Los Angeles for Game 6.

In over in Anaheim, the Ducks take a 3-2 lead back to Detroit after Nick Bonino fired into a mostly-open net to win their game over the Red Wings in overtime.

It's quickly looking like the Chicago/Miami series in the NBA Playoffs is going to be the NBA's equivalent to the Montreal/Ottawa series in the NHL Playoffs.  9 Technical Fouls were handed out in Game 2 on Wednesday, with the first recipient being Dwayne Wade, who didn't like the shove he got from a Bulls guard, so he threw the basketball.  That was only the beginning, as by the end of the game, Lebron James, Mario Chalmers of the Heat joined Wade on that list, and so too did Taj Gibson (twice), Joakim Noah (twice), Nate Robinson and Marquis Teague of the Bulls.

As far as the game went, the Heat ran away with the game in the 2nd half as the Heat outscored the Bulls 60-37 as they evened the series with the 115-78 win.  Ray Allen led the Heat with 21 points, and James followed it up with 19.

Bob Melvin disputes the call | Mark Duncan - AP
Instant Replay didn't help Skipper Bob Melvin of the Oakland A's.  In the top of the 9th inning, with his team down by 1, Adam Rosales hit a ball deep that bounced back onto the playing field and he was credited with a double.  Upon further review, it appeared that the ball hit a railing that was just above the yellow line that indicates a home run.  However, umpires saw differently and after a replay, ruled a double.  That sent Melvin out to argue, and he and the Oakland A's were unable to bring Rosales home.

Not a lot of room today to talk about the Mets, who lost to the Chicago White Sox 6-3.  Jeremy Hefner's now 0-4 this season, and wasn't thrilled with his start after Alejandro De Aza took him deep on the fourth pitch of the game.  The Mets will try to bounce back as they start a four-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight. Radio Coverage: 6:30PM on 1230 FOX Sports Radio

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