Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Midday Recap: No lead is safe

What a difference an hour makes...

But the Boston Bruins were brewing up an epic comeback in the 7th game of their series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Down 4-1 with less than 15 minutes left, the Bruins got goals from Nathan Horton (9:18) and Milan Lucic (18:38) to pull them within one.

With fans already in the cars outside the TD Garden, Patrice Bergeron completes the epic comeback with his goal with 51 seconds left, tying the game and forcing overtime.

In overtime, failure to clear the zone hurt the Toronto Maple Leafs as Bergeron was able to put one past James Reimer as the Boston Bruins move onto the 2nd round thanks to their 5-4 victory. (Alternative Link: CBC's call of Bergeron's Game-Winning goal)

Meanwhile, over in Washington, the New York Rangers got a first period goal from Arron Asham that came seconds after a great Henrik Lundqvist save, and never looked back as they beat the Washington Capitals, 5-0, to set up an "Original Six" match-up against the Boston Bruins.  Among the goals the Rangers scored included a dandy from Mats Zuccarello, beating Braden Holtby on the far side for the 5-0 lead in the 3rd Period.

Lundqvist stopped all 35 shots he faced as he earns the Rangers first back-to-back playoff shutouts since Mike Richter did it against the Islanders back in 1994.  And as most Rangers fans know, that was a memorable year for them.


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The New York Mets fell to the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 on Monday, in a 7th inning that Scott Rice would rather forget.  Tied 3-3, Matt Carpenter hits a grounder that deflects off Rice and goes towards foul territory between Home and 1st.  John Buck went to retrieve it, but so too did Scott Rice, leaving home plate unguarded.  This allowed Ty Wigginton to score the go-ahead run.
Then afterwards, with Scott Atchison on the mound, Matt Holliday drills the fourth pitch he sees for a 2 run shot, capping a three-run 7th inning that made the difference in the game.  Jeremy Hefner did not bring his best stuff to St. Louis, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits, and striking out 2 versus walking 4.  Lance Lynn didn't sparkle himself, walking 5 and giving up 3 runs, but did enough to earn the victory that improves his record to 6-1.

Daniel Murphy, rumored to be losing his starting second base job to Jordany Valdespin because of his troubles in the batter's box, showed Terry Collins that he can still hit, getting 3 of the 4 Mets hits, including a double in the 2nd inning that was assisted by the late afternoon sun coupled with the earlier 6:05 CT start that accommodated the national broadcast.

Tonight Dillon Gee will try to keep the Cardinals guessing as he takes the mound against John Gast, recently called up from their AAA team, the Memphis Redbirds.  He will be making his first Major League Baseball regular season start, going 3-1 with the Redbirds with a 1.16 ERA.  Radio Coverage: 7:35PM, 1230 FOX Sports Radio

Scary moment for Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper.  With the Nats up 6-0 in the bottom of the 5th against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Harper went chasing after a fly ball and crashed into the scoreboard on the wall.  He collapsed and it took a few moments before he was able to get up.  He jammed his shoulder, but did not suffer a concussion, but vows to come back for more, as tweeted earlier today

Lost in the shuffle of a big sports weekend was Sergio Garcia's nightmare on the Island Green at the TPC Sawgrass course.  Tied with Tiger Woods for the lead, Sergio Garcia walked up to the iconic 17th hole, and proceeded to lose two balls to the water on his way to a Quad Bogey 7 that took him out of contention, giving Tiger the title.

Chicago shot 25.7% from the field.  They scored 9 points in the 3rd Quarter.  They're now down 3-1 in the series, and face elimination on the road.  Ever since winning the 1st game in Miami, things have gone south for the Chicago Bulls, whose life is on limited time.  4 players scored double-figures for the Bulls, but only one got half (Carlos Boozer, 14) of what LeBron James scored for the Heat (29).  The Bulls have limited time to find their offense, as Game 5's on Wednesday.

Kevin Durant rumbled the Oklahoma City Thunder into overtime with his lay-in with 6 seconds to go, but then the storm died out.  The Memphis Grizzlies take a 3-1 series lead after their 103-97 overtime win over the Thunder.  Durant scored 27 points for the Thunder, and Nick Collison scored 18 before fouling out.  Mike Conley, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol all had over 20 points for the Grizzlies, who will try to win the series on the road on Wednesday.

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