A team enrages opponents with a fundamentally strong, positional defensive system in front of excellent goaltending. Those around the league openly worry that if this team wins the Stanley Cup, it could create a trend in a copycat league that would have teams moving away from the kind of offensive hockey that's made the NHL so entertaining in recent years.
Montreal Canadiens center Jake Evans was stretchered off the ice after taking a scary hit from Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele.Vegas Golden Knights
“We practiced a 5-on-3, but we practiced it with no penalty killers because we didn’t want anyone to take a rocket off their foot. Well, we couldn’t score on him,” Babcock said. “I’ve never seen anything like that, that kind of size, that kind of read of the game, that kind of skating ability and that kind of ability for the puck to stick to him.”Columbus Blue Jackets
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Fleury is a three-time Stanley Cup Champion and five-time All-Star. He won the William M. Jennings trophy this season as a goalkeeper for the NHL team that allowed the fewest goals.
During the 2011-12 season, DeBoer coached the Devils to the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, falling to the Kings in six games. Since then, the Devils only made the playoffs once. (The Devils fired DeBoer during the 2014-15 season.)Pittsburgh Penguins
He and Kyle Palmieri are rewarding Lou Lamoriello's faith in them, as the former New Jersey GM acquired both Devils at the trade deadline.Buffalo Sabres
If Booker continues to play at an elite level, yes, the Suns can win their first NBA Finals ever.Toronto Raptors
"It's a lot of uphill. But we're optimistic that we can get this under control and go back home, one game at a time, and try to tie this series up."
Kicking a hard, metal object might not have been the best idea for a player who missed the last 16 games of the regular season and the opener of Utah’s first-round playoff series against Memphis because of a sprained right ankle. Especially since Mitchell had been limping at times during a 117-111 Utah victory, including after a late-game collision with Clippers guard Paul George.Washington Wizards
They also found another gear from Leonard, one not seen since he was leading Toronto to a ring. However, he was the one Clipper who was fantastic all series.
Following one of the worst playoff performances of his career, LeBron James issued a promise to Los Angeles Lakers fans and a warning to anyone who dares count him out. Alongside a video clip of Russell Crowe in ‘Gladiator’, James posted to Instagram saying “PROMISE YOU I WILL. Count me out if you want too!”San Antonio Spurs
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"So seeing that 8 and that 24 up there, with the way that the lighting at Staples has right here, it feels like it's shining down on you," Booker said. "And I know he was here tonight. I know he was here tonight. I know he's in the building. I know he was proud."
Philadelphia had the second-best defense in the NBA this season, but they came about it differently — they have elite defensive talent who can make life difficult for any single perimeter player one-on-one. Specifically, Ben Simmons and Matisse Thybulle are All-Defensive Team level players and each is going to get their turns on Young, making his task a lot more difficult this series.Toronto Raptors
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When Bruce Brown missed the opportunity to put the Nets back on top, Khris Middleton then sealed the deal at the free-throw line for the Bucks. A 3-0 hole would’ve been catastrophic — no team in NBA history has ever come back from that kind of deficit — but just like that, the Bucks live to see another game.Sacramento Kings
Leonard showed he can be the most devastating player in the West, and the dream of seeing the Kevin Durant matchup that was deferred two years ago can still come to fruition, although plenty has to occur for that to happen.
While there still remains one first-round series unresolved — the Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks are set for a Game 7 on Sunday — here’s a breakdown of how select former Bulls are faring in the postseason:
Even with James Harden suffering a hamstring injury in the first minute of the game, Brooklyn was able to rally and dispatch Milwaukee. While Kyrie Irving is clearly the third member of the Nets’ big three, he is a seven-time All-Star. The Yahoo salary algorithm is giving us a gift by dropping Irving’s salary to the lowest postseason level yet. In the absence of Harden, Irving will return to the role as primary playmaker while also moving up to the second scoring option behind Kevin Durant. The masses are going to be strong on this play, and it makes sense to be along for the ride.Portland Trail Blazers
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- It only took 43 seconds for the tenor of the Eastern Conference semifinal showdown between the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks to be turned on its head.Phoenix Suns
Mets OF Kevin Pillar made his return to the field on May 31 against the Arizona Diamondbacks after missing two weeks with multiple facial fractures from the fastball that hit him.San Francisco Giants
Rogers ignited the Tigers' two-run fifth inning by crushing a 423-foot solo homer to right-center field with one out. Baddoo followed with a ground-rule double to the deepest part of the ballpark. His double, which bounced over the right-center wall, traveled 429 feet.Kansas City Royals
Scherzer threw one practice pitch before heading back to the Washington dugout. He underwent an MRI, which revealed no strain.Oakland Athletics
“Some guys are a little more obvious than others. But it all comes down to — I think [Trevor] Bauer said it yesterday, trying to be on a level playing field for everybody. I think that’s what the players want. That’s what I want.”Toronto Blue Jays
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The wild card aspect is that since the beginning of the 2019 season, Boyd leads MLB with 60 home runs allowed in fewer innings than all but two other pitchers in the top 10. Through 62.1 innings this season, Boyd is allowing a home run rate that is half that of his career mark. Some of this is due to luck, but to be fair, his strikeouts are down as well, so an uptick there could easily offset a return to his career homerun rates. The confluence of matchup and salary make Boyd a risky but appealing option tonight.
"I think whenever you come out with any decision that's the big topic, it's not easy one way or another," Rizzo said. "This is a big topic. There's a lot of lives being saved from this vaccine. There's a lot of people getting back to their normal life. That's what we want."
Krejci has found his groove with goals in each of the last two games. The B's need a similar resurgence from Hall beginning in Game 6.Buffalo Sabres
When the Islanders lost team captain Anders Lee for the remainder of the season due to a knee injury it was pretty obvious that GM Lou Lamoriello was going to have to make some sort of a trade to help fill that void. Kyle Palmieri, then playing for the Devils, seemed to be a pretty good target given how well he seemed to fit the Islanders and their style of play.
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Being recognized by the NHL -- and feeling supported by the league behind the scenes -- feels like a significant step for Hess. Hockey remains one of the most predominantly white sports in the world. There are no Black owners, team presidents, GMs or head coaches in the NHL. Roughly 95% of the league's players are white.Pittsburgh Penguins
“The National Hockey League is very appreciative of the decision,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement released by the league.Toronto Maple Leafs
Boston Bruins star Brad Marchand injected some much-needed energy into TD Garden by scoring a phenomenal goal in the second period of Monday night's Game 5.
Quick summary: Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy had a rant after Game 5 about how the referees bought into the Islanders' narrative that they're a squeaky-clean team, and that led to a disparity in penalties in that game. "I think they sell a narrative over there that it's more like the New York Saints, not the New York Islanders," he said.Vegas Golden Knights
The Jazz's bigger concerns might be on the other end of the floor, particularly if Gobert can't dominate as a rim protector due to his responsibilities guarding a 3-point threat.
''He destroyed us,'' Doncic said. ''He had a hell of a game. That's what he does.''Toronto Raptors
The Warriors would have advanced to the NBA Finals regardless, and Curry's play in the series is a major reason why.Sacramento Kings
As someone with both Black and Mexican-American heritage, Toscano-Anderson also has been an advocate for Latinx representation in basketball.San Antonio Spurs
Harden played just the first 43 seconds of the first quarter before heading to the locker room. The Nets did not offer more details on his hamstring.
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A lot of the fix has to do with the aforementioned players returning. Sabally will have a big task guarding opposing bigs and Gray will trail players like Kayla McBride, Betnijah Laney and Chelsea Gray in upcoming series. We know both players are capable. Now we have to see them in action.Washington Wizards
Price posted his eighth career postseason shutout, which ranks him fourth among active goaltenders. The Canadiens goalie now has a .935 save percentage and a 2.08 goals-against average this postseason.Toronto Maple Leafs
The Bruins scored in 21.9% of their chances during the season, and have upped that to 36.4% during the playoffs. after a 2-for-3 effort. They finished 7 for 14 during this series.
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Or, do you prefer Connor Hellebuyck trying to bail out his befuddled Jets teammates? Hellebuyck stopped 39 out of 42 shots, while Logan Stanley scored both of Winnipeg’s goals in a losing effort.
The Wraparound: Golden Knights have ‘frustrated’ MacKinnon, Avs’... Bruins’ Cassidy grumbles about Islanders’ edge in Game 5 penalties Bruins dangerous in Game 5, but Islanders take 3-2 series leadColumbus Blue Jackets
"I actually don't think it's putting an unfair bullseye on his back," Hardy said. "Victor Hedman is up the Norris Trophy all the time and I think Owen Power will be up for the Norris Trophy all the time. I really don't shy away from how good I think he is. We have so many of these good players, I've never really thrown around hyperbolic statements, but he's that good. He's special. And it's going to be awesome to watch him grow and watch him as an NHL player and just continue to get better and what he can accomplish."
Marchessault tied the game at 7:07 of the first with his third of the playoffs and the first period ended tied at one.Buffalo Sabres
Instead, Vegas faces the Montreal Canadiens in the semifinals, marking the first time this season a United States-based team will play a team in Canada. The series also pits Pacioretty against the Canadiens, the team he formerly captained. Pacioretty was traded to the Golden Knights in 2018 for a package that included Nick Suzuki, now one of Montreal's ascending young players.Vegas Golden Knights
It was a frustrating night in general for the Bruins, who will now face elimination Wednesday back on Long Island. For their coach, that frustration manifested in a memorable tirade aimed at referees Charron and St. Laurent.Toronto Maple Leafs
The Islanders on the other hand are a win away from knocking off the top-seeded Penguins and a Bruins team who began the series with home ice. Say what you will about officiating and off-ice antics, but the Islanders are exploiting the Bruins where it’s hurt them the most, and it’s not the first time.
"I think that's definitely one of the bigger ones," Toffoli said of his series-clinching goal. "It's fun right now. We're doing a good job. It just feels like we're all kind of playing as one. We just have to continue like this. Hopefully, we just keep having success and keep winning games."Pittsburgh Penguins
Marchand scored twice in Game 6 for Boston, and Tuukka Rask made 23 saves. The Bruins, who reached the Stanley Cup Final two years ago, were eliminated in the second round for the second straight year.Columbus Blue Jackets
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It's unclear whether Cassidy was aware of the lacrosse connection, but he gave Islanders fans plenty of ammunition with his team already on the ropes.
"Dallas Keuchel, just artistic, what he did," La Russa said. "That is a really good lineup and he made some hellacious pitches to keep them off the board and shut them down. It was artistic as far as I’m concerned, he was painting the thing."Atlanta Braves
I love it. You've got to have some fun during a 162-game season. And of course a guy as outgoing and wild as Archie Bradley is the one who brought the hat into the clubhouse.
In 1926, the great Babe Ruth made the final out of the World Series when he was caught trying to steal second with Bob Meusel (a .315 hitter) at the plate in a 3-2 game.Baltimore Orioles
He’s set to be activated for SF’s road trip starting Tuesday and should return to being a helpful fantasy hitter until his next IL stint. Finally not playing in a home park that destroys lefty power for the first time in his career, Belt posted a 172 wRC+ (higher than the AL MVP winner) last season and has hit eight homers in fewer than 100 ABs versus RHP this year. His bat will be a welcome return to a Giants lineup that will be missing Evan Longoria, who’s in the top 1% of the league in average exit velocity and Hard Hit% but will now be out 4-6 weeks thanks to this wildly unnecessary collision (Longoria also has thoughts on the spin rate topic).Miami Marlins
Thus far this season, one of the biggest storylines in MLB has been pitchers using banned substances. Folks, including Gerrit Cole of the New York Yankees, are getting blasted all over the place. So, how does New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso feel?Chicago Cubs
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"I think you are past the chance of having a great influence," Molitor said. "There is an innateness to it. I think with a guy who is 27, you can eliminate poor decisions. But you might not be able to create a good decision."
He finished with a season-high 47 points on 15-of-22 shooting (including 8-of-10 from deep) while also chipping in 11 rebounds. And in his first playoff series, he wound up averaging 29.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game on .488/.429/.938 shooting splits.Washington Wizards
“In Game 1, the Hawks started the game 14-of-18 and were up by 20 at halftime. They only won by four. I think the second half of that game will show what this game will look like,” Quay said.Portland Trail Blazers
Despite all that work that helped the Clippers overcame a 21-point deficit, they remained vulnerable by the possession. After the Clippers trimmed the Jazz’s lead to 104-103 with 5:34 left, Utah closed the game on a 13-8 run.
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After one tumultuous season, the Indiana Pacers fired coach Nate Bjorkgren on Wednesday, sources told ESPN.
When healthy, Harden has been a fantastic addition to the Nets. He averaged 24.6 points and 10.8 assists in 44 regular-season games. Toronto Raptors
Nikola Jokic was a second-round pick in 2014, going 41st overall. He is the first player drafted in the second round to win MVP in the common draft era (since 1966). Moses Malone, who won three MVPs, started his career in the ABA and is technically an undrafted NBA player.Sacramento Kings
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The one-line agate announcement barely caused a ripple last summer when the Red Sox claimed infielder Christian Arroyo off waivers from the Indians, who had designated him for assignment.Oakland Athletics
Under their current owners, the Dodgers have taken pride in refusing to adhere to the fundamental spirit of baseball’s compensation system, which is to reward players for what they’ve done in the past and not necessary for what they’ll do in the future.Pittsburgh Pirates
The Detroit Tigers made a quartet of roster moves before Sunday's game against the Chicago White Sox, including putting right-handed reliever Michael Fulmer on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder strain, the team announced.
But the Yankees rank second in the American League and sixth in baseball in team ERA -- trailing only the Padres, Mets, Dodgers, Giants and White Sox -- with Cole (2.26 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 104 strikeouts in 75.2 innings) remaining the unquestioned ace and one of MLB's best pitchers. Injuries -- particularly the loss of Kluber for potentially two months due to a shoulder strain -- puts the pitching staff on much shakier ground heading into the summer.
And on a Friday night in Dodger Stadium, with Albert Pujols beginning his jog around the bases after hitting a game-winning home run, Zaidi's low-key obsession changed the identity of the 2021 Giants. They had lost four straight to the Dodgers, and it felt like the regression thing was happening quickly. It is, after all, easy to have the wrong thoughts. But Tauchman jumped above the left-field wall, and Tauchman fell, and when Tauchman rolled around on the warning track it became clear the ball was in his glove.
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