|Lori Van Buren | Albany Times Union|
It's a happy return for Terry Francona as the Cleveland Indians defeat the Boston Red Sox 12-3 in a game where every starter for the Indians recorded a hit. Drew Stubbs put the Indians on the board in the 2nd inning with his first of three RBIs, and Mark Reynolds brought two home in the 3rd. But the big damage came in the 6th inning as the Indians plated 6 to help give Zach McAllister his 4th win of the season. Ryan Dempster didn't make it past the 3rd inning, giving up four runs on 5 hits as the Boston bullpen got a lot of work on Thursday.
FINALLY IT HAPPENED TO ME...
The Rangers finally win in overtime. After going 0-3 in the extra frame in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the New York Rangers prevent elimination with Chris Kreider's goal at 7:03 in the overtime. It was Boston's first loss in overtime, which includes that epic comeback and overtime win in Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
It wasn't easy for the Rangers. Outshot 12-4, the Rangers were lucky to escape in a scoreless tie. After Tyler Seguin broke a 2-2 tie in the 3rd Period, the Rangers fans rejoiced as Brian Boyle scored on the Power Play.
Before the game, the Rangers stirred the rumor pot with the healthy scratch of Brad Richards. It's widely speculated that the Rangers may be done using his services and will be looking for a different suitor for Richards come the 2013-14 season.
Game 5 is this Saturday, in Boston. (5:30pm, NBC Sports Network)
DETROIT ROCK CITY
The Detroit Red Wings have the chance to clinch a spot in the Western Conference Finals in prime time on Saturday after their 2-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday. Jimmy Howard earns the shutout after stopping all 28 of the Blackhawks shots. Jakob Kindl put the Red Wings on the board midway through the 2nd period with his power play goal, and Daniel Cleary cleared the zone and fired into the empty net for the insurance late in the 3rd Period.
It's the only time this season that the Chicago Blackhawks have failed to score a goal, both regular season and playoffs.
Armed with a 3-1 series lead, the Detroit Red Wings look to finish off the Blackhawks at the United Center, Saturday night at 8PM. (NBC, locally NewsChannel13)
The home team wins again as the Los Angeles Kings take a 3-2 series lead after their 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks late last night. Anze Kopitar put the Kings on the board late in the 2nd Period, and Slana Voynov scored less than a minute into the 3rd Period. Jeff Carter sealed it with the empty-netter
Jonathan Quick earns the shutout after stopping all 24 shots he faced.
So far, through 5 games, the home team has won every game in the series. Game 6's in San Jose, to be played this Sunday.
THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD
After being swept by the Cincinnati Reds, the Mets try to rebound. But rebounding will be difficult as the Mets begin a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves tonight. It's the first of what will be 8 straight night games, including a home-and-home series against the New York Yankees starting Memorial Day.
Jeremy Hefner is on the mound for the Mets, trying to come back from his last start where he allowed 4 runs on 5 hits in 4 innings pitched. The Mets will face Kris Medlen, who did a decent job of silencing the Los Angeles Dodgers in his last start. The California-born pitcher threw 7 innings, allowing two hits and only one earned run.
Radio coverage begins on 1230 FOX Sports at 6:30PM tonight.