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Yet, even as the Bruins attempted comeback fell short, something shifted after Trotz commented on the officials. Whether the calls on the ice have leaned in their favor — Bruce Cassidy, with an accidental lacrosse reference, sure thought so — or not, the perception is the Bruins are battling more than just the Islanders.Columbus Blue Jackets

Cassidy also accused the officials of being influenced by Islanders head coach Barry Trotz, who suggested that the referees should watch out for B's center Patrice Bergeron "cheating" on face-offs.

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"I think those two officials are excellent officials. They missed a couple high sticks along the way in the series. I pointed that out. We’re told we have to keep our comments civil. I thought it was. They didn’t see it that way.Buffalo Sabres

No doubt, Marchessault gains the headlines for Sunday in the NHL. For the first time in his impressive career, Marchessault collected a playoff hat trick.

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Bednar was much happier with the team's performance in Game 4, despite losing 5-1. And on Tuesday, Bednar was once again pleased with his team's effort.

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Tampa Bay will play either the New York Islanders or the Boston Bruins in the final four. The Islanders lead that series 3-2.Pittsburgh Penguins

The Sharks selected winger Ozzy Wiesblatt in the first round last year with the No. 31 overall pick. Wiesblatt, a native of Canada, played six games with the San Jose Barracuda this season and totaled three points. He also scored 28 points in 23 games for the Prince Albert Raiders in the Western Hockey League.Toronto Maple Leafs
To say Sammy Long came out of nowhere wouldn't be accurate. He's the latest in a growing group of Giants who have their roots in the organization's territory, having grown up in Sacramento, where he would drive down to Oracle Park to see his favorite player -- Barry Bonds -- crush homers. 

Two days after being hit in the face by a Vince Velasquez fastball, Nationals right-hander Austin Voth posted a photo on Instagram thanking the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital medical staff for completing surgery to reset his nose.New York Yankees

Kluber signed a one-year, $11 million deal in the offseason after pitching just 36⅔ innings over the past two seasons due to injury issues.

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DeGrom’s 0.71 ERA is the lowest by a qualified pitcher entering the month of June since the Philadelphia Phillies’ Chris Short (0.64) in 1964. He’s the first pitcher since ERA became an official stat in 1913 to have a sub 1.00 ERA and a batting average of .450 over the span of any eight starts in history.Toronto Blue Jays

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As the Giants deal with injuries to their rotation depth, it sure would be nice to have Beede step in right now. But that isn't the case. Not yet at least. 

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Manager Tony La Russa said Vaughn was held out of Monday’s doubleheader at Cleveland because of allergies. He returned to the lineup on Tuesday. La Russa said he wasn’t sure if the allergies triggered a positive COVID-19 test.Kansas City Royals
It's unusual to see miscommunication between two veteran players, but Longoria and Crawford collided in a scary moment. A run scored on the play, but the attention turned to Longoria, who stayed on the infield dirt for a few moments. Crawford bounced back up and stayed in the game.Milwaukee Brewers

“Yeah, like you said, it was extremely frustrating at times, but just being around the team when they were at home, that’s what really helped me out,” Luzardo told NBC Sports California’s Brodie Brazil. “Just being able to be around the guys, still go to the game -- watch the game, even when they were on the road, they were winning, they were doing their thing. It just kind of felt like I was still a part of the team.”

This comes as a review, but one of my takeaways with hot prospects is that I’m always willing to shop them in trade the moment they’re promoted — just to be sure that one of my opponents doesn’t have absurd expectations. You don’t have to trade your buzzy prospects, of course. You can always say no. But it never hurts to see if there’s some FOMO floating around in your league, or if one of your rivals has a thing for shiny new toys.

This pitch accounted for one of four hits and one of two home runs by the Chicago White Sox against Mize, but the minimal damage was enough with Lance Lynn on the mound. Lynn worked around an early jam and posted six innings of one-run ball.Toronto Blue Jays

The home run derby isn’t unprecedented. The Futures Collegiate Baseball League, an eight-team New England summer league, introduced a variation of the home run derby to break ties in 2016. In the FCBL, up to three batters on each team are given three minutes and two timeouts to hit as many home runs as possible. Any member of the team, player or coach, can throw the pitches.

It’s fitting he was the one doing the poking since the 31-year-old is almost a decade Acuña Jr.’s senior.Tampa Bay Rays

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The U.S. took full advantage of its cast of unsigned Major League Baseball free agents in the clinching game on Saturday night, a 4-2 victory over Venezuela at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie, the spring training home of the New York Mets.Boston Red Sox

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Doncic did everything he could to send the Clippers home. He was scintillating yet again, finishing with 46 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds. He averaged 35.7 points, 10.3 assists and 7.9 rebounds in his second postseason, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to average 35 points per game in a playoff series at 22.Toronto Raptors

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Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka will have plenty of time to figure out how much of his supporting cast will return, and nearly everybody will necessitate discussion.Phoenix Suns

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Utah point guard Mike Conley injured his hamstring in the second half of Game 5 against the Grizzlies. It didn’t matter, the Jazz closed out the series, and with the Clippers and Mavericks going seven games he had more time to recover.

As soon as it was announced Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid would sit out Game 5 against Washington, fans started to panic a bit. Embiid, dealing with a small meniscus tear, has battled knee injuries throughout his career, so for this to happen in the postseason of course would bring panic.Utah Jazz

Stephen Curry began last season in a Warriors starting lineup with three strangers and a familiar face under a microscope. His longtime backcourt partner, leg immobilized, could only watch. The glory years were gone, his basketball prime diminishing.San Antonio Spurs

Phoenix, meanwhile possesses one of the strongest backcourts in all of basketball in Chris Paul and Devin Booker. Book went off to the tune of 47 points in 49 minutes in Game 6 when his team needed him the most.

“I’m saying if everybody doesn’t think I can do it in Portland and we can’t win in Portland, what does it mean and what happens when we do?” Lillard said. “If we actually go and do it, then where does that put me? Where does that put my legacy? Where does that put my career?
These Lakers collapsed because they are built around one fragile star, one aging star, and a bunch of supporting pieces that never quite fit.Washington Wizards

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After the Phoenix Suns knocked the Los Angeles Lakers out of the NBA Playoffs on Thursday in Game 6, Lakers superstar LeBron James gave Phoenix guard Devin Booker an autographed jersey.Portland Trail Blazers

Even though the Philly center seemed to tweak his knee late in the game and, while running down John Collins to foul him, fell to the floor, Embiid said he will continue to go full throttle.

Throw in the continual disappointment that is once-budding superstar Kyle Kuzma and, even with the great Alex Caruso, the Lake Show has a problem chorus.Toronto Raptors

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“He destroyed us,” Doncic said of Leonard. “That’s what it is. He had a hell of a game. And that’s what he does.”San Antonio Spurs

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[Trail Blazers GM Neil] Olshey has given rival teams no indication that he’s willing to trade Lillard. Lillard and his agent, Aaron Goodwin, could easily change that tone, though. A person close to Lillard told CNBC that he’s expected to wait to see what the Blazers do this off-season before deciding his future.

The Hawks still look ready to advance but the Knicks at least have a shot to make it interesting.
"It's not the regular season. It's not the Blues, for that matter. It's Vegas. Our game needed to get dialed up to a point where you can play to win against Vegas."

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"Winning the fourth game is always the hardest one," Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber said. "Going through playoff series, you know that when a team is down and they've got their back against the wall, they're going to bring their best effort. It's always the hardest one to close out. You don't want to give a team too many chances because things can turn around really quickly."Pittsburgh Penguins

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“It’s not like I’m sitting there going, ‘Every call against us sucks.’ It’s not true. It’s just the end of the day, the similar plays — they need to be penalized on those plays," Cassidy said. “They play hard, hard brand of hockey. Love the way they play. But they commit as many infractions as we do — trust me. It’s just a matter of calling ’em.”

Colorado is 14-1 in a best-of-seven playoff series when winning the first two games since relocating to Denver in 1995-96. ... Avs D Samuel Girard had two assists. ... Vegas D Shea Theodore had two assists.Vegas Golden Knights

Scheifele’s hit came as Evans wrapped a shot into an Winnipeg net with 57 seconds left. The 6-foot-3, 207-pound Scheifele leveled Evans at the goal line. The Canadiens forward flew through the air, striking his head on the ice. He lay still for several moments while trainers and medical staff tended to him.Buffalo Sabres

A goal scorer that could replace Lee’s production and be an upgrade to the lineup? Check again.

With the 2020-21 OHL season canceled because of COVID-19, Foerster, a shot-seeking winger, played at AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley. He scored 17 points and finished second on the Phantoms with 10 goals over 24 games as a 19-year-old.Toronto Maple Leafs
The Bruins will be again without defensemen Brandon Carlo and Kevan Miller. Carlo could play in Game 6, according to head coach Bruce Cassidy.Pittsburgh Penguins

Jets coach Paul Maurice expressed surprise that Scheifele was given four games while admitting that he expected the NHL would suspend the forward for at least two games. Maurice contended that Scheifele's record -- having never been fined or suspended by the NHL before -- and the nature of the hit made the suspension excessive.Toronto Maple Leafs

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Marchessault completed the hat trick six minutes into the third period, when he took Smith's cross-ice pass and buried it to give Vegas a commanding three-goal lead.

"First round is a decent first round with some depth. There's a drop-off point, but we're pretty confident we're getting a good player at 14 if that's where we pick."Vegas Golden Knights

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One thing going for Colorado is still Mikko Rantanen, who is riding a 17-game point streak in the playoffs. The top-line winger also has points in 22 of his last 23 playoff games.

Smith left Game 1 of the series with a lower body injury and missed Game 2 as a result. He returned to the lineup Thursday and opened the scoring with a goal 5:52 into the first period.Columbus Blue Jackets

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, in rubber-stamping the suspension ahead of Kadri's appeal to a neutral arbitrator on Friday, wrote: "Even assuming that Mr. Kadri did not intend to injure Mr. Faulk, the check itself was intentional, involved excessive and unnecessary force, and showed a reckless disregard for the safety of an opposing player."

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Hess always makes sure the girls share Instagram handles so they can stay in touch. And who knows, maybe they'll end up attending an NHL game together sometime.Columbus Blue Jackets

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Read on for the full playoff picture, including previews, analysis, highlights, scores and more for each team and series.

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Rask had a stellar save on a try in close by Brock Nelson midway through the middle period to keep the score tied.Vegas Golden Knights

Canada will face Finland in Sunday's gold-medal match. It's a rematch of the 2019 final, which Finland won 3-1. The 2020 tournament was cancelled because of COVID-19.

Before Tuesday, the Avalanche hadn't lost a game at home since March 27, a 13-game winning streak that spanned the regular season and playoffs.

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General Manager Steve Yzerman has proven he’s not afraid to pull the trigger on huge moves to improve his team. He’s accumulated an arsenal of valuable draft picks and prospects. At some point, Yzerman’s going to start using said arsenal to acquire talent. Assuming an extension is a part of the trade, Jones would make a lot of sense in Motor City.Pittsburgh Penguins

Head coach Jared Bednar had a lot to say about the Avalanche top players not playing at their best after they lost one (1) playoff game. Since then, they have lost one more. The Avalanche had won six games in a row to open their postseason and are now playing a team that almost won the Presidents’ Trophy. I promise we are all allowed to calm down a tad.Buffalo Sabres
Wright's decomposing body was found riddled with bullet wounds in a swampy field in east Memphis on July 28, 2010. Wright, 34, had been missing for 10 days before his body was discovered.

"I don't think so [that] we played soft," Jokic said. "We have to do a better job, of course, handling the runs. I think in one moment they were on a 16-0 run. ... When things aren't going our way, we just need to be more decisive, I think. We need to know what we are doing as a group."Portland Trail Blazers

“I have the utmost respect for Terry and what he has accomplished these past nine seasons,” said Portland president of basketball operations Neil Olshey in a statement. “This was a difficult decision on both a personal and professional level but it’s in the best interest of the franchise to move in another direction. Terry will always hold a special place in the Trail Blazer family and the Portland community. We relied on the integrity, professionalism and consistency he brought to the job every day and we wish he and Jan nothing but the best.”Washington Wizards

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But Leonard shouldn’t be slept on. It was a humble 28-10-9 showing, with zero turnovers after giving it away nine times the last two games. Counting Game 5’s bizarre outing, he still averaged 32 points on 60% shooting and gave Doncic fits when taking the matchup.

While Paul played through a persistent shoulder problem, injuries were insurmountable for Los Angeles, which had a 2-1 series lead on Phoenix when Davis injured his groin midway through Game 4 and subsequently missed Game 5.Utah Jazz

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Not long after, his night was finished after he contested a Booker drive to the hoop just 5 minutes, 8 seconds into the game and was unable to get back down the floor on offense, hunching over in pain. He made his way toward the Lakers' bench and, after a Kentavious Caldwell-Pope foul 27 seconds later, took himself out, plopped down on the sideline and dropped his head, his season over.

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.Phoenix Suns

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Harris also said Embiid's defense was instrumental in keeping Trae Young in check in Philadelphia's pick-and-roll coverages. The Hawks guard finished with 21 points on 6-for-16 shooting, 11 assists and four turnovers after controlling Game 1 with 35 points and 10 dimes.

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Broadly speaking, we remember athletes for two reasons — what they did or how they did it. The points they scored, the titles they won, the times they charged into the stands to fight with fans; all fall into the former category. It’s a good way to ensure your place in posterity. No one can change the facts afterward. But it’s the how that sticks in the collective mind more readily. A player who does something in a way that hasn’t been seen before, or that no one else can match, might never be forgotten. The how made a superstar out of Charles Barkley, always punching above his height, and built the legend of Allen Iverson. Long before Nikola Jokic was a likely MVP, he was beloved for being this bizarre amalgamation of traits: a point guard’s mind in a pro wrestler’s body. You don’t even have to be great if you’re distinct enough. There’s a reason Space Jam filled out its five-man alien roster with Muggsy Bogues and Shawn Bradley.

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Yahoo Sports’ Jared Quay is leaning toward the over in this series once again, and he also has a pick for the game. Maybe Lillard will get some help on Thursday night.

The final spot in the second round was finally determined Sunday, with the Clippers becoming the first home team to win a game in this series. While they had no answer for Luka Doncic (46/7/14 with five 3-pointers) in the first half, as he pumped in 29 points, the Clippers were once again able to make things more difficult for the electric point guard after halftime. The problem for Dallas: they got nothing from their bench, and there were no other difference-makers within the starting lineup.Phoenix Suns

If you’ve ever said Devin Booker is “empty stats” or “not a winner” please don’t ever talk basketball for the rest of your life. EVER.Utah Jazz

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The dejected look on Anthony Davis captured his frustration. Where he sat captured his extreme limitations.Sacramento Kings

"I mean, nothing yet," Doncic said when asked what he proved during the series. "We made the playoffs twice since I've been here. We lost both times. At the end, you get paid to win. We didn't do it."Washington Wizards
"Have a little respect for Patrice Bergeron. He's up for the Selke. He's been a warrior in this league, a face of the franchise. He sells the game -- and that's how you treat him? I mean, c'mon," he said.

Lehner took the No. 1 job from Fleury last year after arriving in a trade. This season, Fleury carried the team when Lehner was out with a concussion and finished with 26 wins, a 1.98 goals-against average and .928 save percentage.Toronto Maple Leafs

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John Tavares thanked Toronto Maple Leafs fans for their support following his injury and announced he is matching donations up to $50,000 to a trio of charitable partners.Pittsburgh Penguins

Almost a decade since the Kings won their first three series with a total of two losses, the Jets’ next chance to show they belong in that company starts Wednesday when they host Game 1 of the second-round series against Montreal. The Canadiens will surely know what’s coming.Columbus Blue Jackets

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“They’re definitely similar in how they know the game,” Lewis said of the coaches. “They might get the message across definitely, but you definitely understand when they’re trying to get something across. They might have different ways of going about it, but their knowledge of the game is pretty similar.”

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Game 5 of the series is scheduled for Monday night at TD Garden in Boston. The winner will take a 3-2 lead back to New York with a chance to close out the series.Vegas Golden Knights

As for the exact series score, 'Islanders in seven' is picking up a bit of steam while 'Bruins in six' holds the shortest odds.