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
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
“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.
In the coming days, months or years, this column could end up wrong, or even embarrassing (wouldn’t be the first time for either -- such is the risk of publishing reported opinions).Los Angeles Angels
Condensed Game: Dylan Cease struck out 10 and Tim Anderson hit a two-run single to lead the White Sox to a 3-0 win over the Tigers
Schoenfield: The Brewers were my preseason pick, as well, and certainly the performance of that trio at the top of the rotation is only further reason to lean in there. But they can't hit, especially if Christian Yelich continues to have issues powering the ball over the fence. I do believe Kyle Hendricks and Zach Davies will be better moving forward, although tempered by some bullpen regression, and if the Giants fade in the NL West, the second wild card could come from the NL Central. Bottom line: I'll stick with the Brewers to win the division, and since the Giants' pitching looks pretty legit, they win a wild card alongside the Dodgers or Padres.
It was a subtle but undeniable contrast to his frostier comments on Hinch before playing Hinch’s Detroit Tigers in April.New York Mets
Davenport believes Ramos should be seen as the Giants' top prospect in a rising farm system. He clearly sees Ramos arriving in San Francisco, and staying for the long haul, before we know it.
“What you’re feeling is what we’re seeing,” he says. “The increase is real. Whether it will smooth out after these two months? We’ve never seen an increase like we’ve seen these past two months.Washington Nationals
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Now that he’s off the 40-man roster, Kingery can work on swing adjustments and try to rebuild his game far away from the pressure and bright lights of Philadelphia.
This is a fantastic moment for Thomas, who is an Astros and Roger Clemens fan. The seven-time Cy Young winner wanted to help out after hearing from Insperity, a human resources solutions company, that Thomas was in need of a new wheelchair.Milwaukee Brewers
Pictures of the food were shared through a Twitter account run by Advocates for Minor Leaguers, an organization fighting on behalf of minor league players for fair pay and better working conditions.
Facing Mize, the White Sox tacked on a second run in the second inning. Jake Lamb drove Mize's fastball — a pitch that didn't seem as well placed as his splitter to Moncada — for a solo home run to right field. The ball traveled 412 feet.Houston Astros
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In his last five outings, Lucchesi has allowed six earned runs in 17.1 innings (3.12 ERA) – four of those runs came in one outing. He owns a 1.74 ERA in his last three appearances (two earned runs/10.3 innings).Los Angeles Angels
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"These are very good officials. They're at this point in the season for a reason. You've got continuous high sticks every game, the exact same high sticks. ... Maybe we need to sell them more, flop. But that's just not us. You just hope they would see them."
McAvoy also impacted the game physically, dishing out six hits (including a massive one on Jean-Gabriel Pageau) and blocking five shots. Toronto Maple Leafs
Even getting to Game 7 looked unlikely for the Wild at one point in the series. While Minnesota won Game 1, Vegas won the next three games to take a 3-1 series lead.Columbus Blue Jackets
The New York Islanders gave it their all in Game 3 on Thursday night, but they lost to the Boston Bruins on a game-winning goal by winger Brad Marchand in overtime. With the team down two games to one in the series, the Islanders faithful were far from dejected during Game 4 on Thursday night, and that can be thanks to a certain Hockey Hall of Famer.Buffalo Sabres
“You’re not going to completely eliminate them, they’re going to get their chances,” Vegas captain Mark Stone said. They’re one of the best lines in the league for a reason. But we see ourselves as one of the best lines in the league as well.”
The second David Pastrnak arrived at the rink looking this minty fresh, you knew he was set for a big night.
The deepest team in the league showed why only the name “Clippers” has stopped them from being a consensus pick to go to a land they’ve never been before — a form of failure-induced PTSD.Utah Jazz
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Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin and Milwaukee Bucks center Bobby Portis wrestled over the ball in a sequence that ended in a standing ovation.Portland Trail Blazers
''We try not to be too emotional out there, but losing one of your leaders like that on the first play of the game, we had to regroup for a couple of minutes and figure out what was next, but I think the coaches, the coaching staff did a great job of moving forward,'' Durant said. ''Guys came in and just tried to play extremely hard. We didn't care about anything else but playing and executing the game plan and just leaving it all out there.''Sacramento Kings
The Lakers’ finish might not be surprising considering the team’s overlapping injuries in a compressed season that started only 72 days after winning the NBA championship. It is understandable why the Lakers made tweaks to their roster instead of keeping some core players from last year’s title run in hopes of having a younger and fresher roster. But expect the Lakers to make changes this offseason.
He remains Portland's all-time leading rebounder (5,434) and has scored the third-most points (12,562) in franchise history. He averaged 19.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.1 blocks per game.
All three games were also played without Porter, who missed three weeks in COVID health and safety protocols, and prior to the Nuggets acquiring Gordon at the trade deadline. It is hard to take much from their three January meetings, other than Jokic managing to keep games close without his full contingent.Washington Wizards
LeBron James led the way with 29 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers on 11-of-26 shooting, but just couldn’t do it all by himself and eventually ran out of gas. The Lakers were down big early in this one, mounted a comeback to cut the lead to 10, and then predictably ran out of steam. The final score doesn’t do justice to how badly the Suns beat the Lakers last night. Dennis Schroder did his best with 20 points, three boards, three assists, a steal and two 3-pointers on 6-of-14 shooting, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was instrumental in the comeback with 19 points and three 3-pointers on 7-of-11 shooting, and Wesley Matthews and Talen Horton-Tucker both scored 12 points in the loss.
Losing Harden could have been a huge problem, but Nash noted how they’ve had to deal with injuries to their starts before.Phoenix Suns
“Losing in the first round is something we don’t like doing,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlise said postgame, while adding there could be lessons for the team to take out of this.Sacramento Kings
The Bucks looked discombobulated from practically the opening tip, settling for one jumper after another instead of attacking the paint -- which, in turn, allowed the Nets to get into a rhythm at the other end.
Internally the Lakers thought they had that this season, but injuries robbed them of the chance to find out.Washington Wizards
Harden’s right hamstring kept him out of 21 regular-season games, and his is one of the dozens of injuries that have been a feature—and, more likely than not, a consequence—of the NBA’s COVID-cramped season. All told, the quick turnaround between the unprecedented 2019-20 campaign and this season robbed NBA players of 60 days of recovery time.
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With the advent of Rule 48 and some general changes in how the game is played and who is playing it, the NHL has seen a decrease in appearances from stretchers over the past decade. To have seen two of them already his postseason was absolutely jarring.
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“This is the first time in four years that it feels like the first year,” Marchessault said. “Right now we’re in an underdog situation and we kind of have nothing to lose, really. The best team in the league is Colorado. So for us, we’re just trying to get there, try to surprise them, and take it one game at a time.”
After a tough overtime loss on Monday night, the Boston Bruins bounced back with a 2-1 overtime victory against the New York Islanders in Game 3 of their second-round playoff series Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum.Columbus Blue Jackets
• Zach Parise‘s future with the Wild won’t be up to the player. [Hockey Wilderness]Buffalo Sabres
• He may not have made the cut for the Vezina, but Semyon Varlamov has been the Islanders’ MVP this season. [NY Hockey Now]
Trevor Lewis, the only player on both of those teams, sees the parallels in goalies Connor Hellebuyck and Jonathan Quick and the us-against-the-world mentality that fuels them.Pittsburgh Penguins
Suarez, a confident, 25-year-old lefty from Venezuela, was developed as a starting pitcher in the Phillies' minor-league system and made three starts for the club in 2018.
Galentine rescued himself from the depths of what was to come and started to map out what could be. He had his album. One time, Staci came home and saw the shells of two dozen eggs on their kitchen countertop. She looked sideways at Galentine. What was he doing?
When Acuña Jr. was chatting it up on Instagram, his teammate Freddie Freeman cut in to tell him he was holding up the entire team because he hadn’t delivered his bags.Miami Marlins
Lance Lynn, who started Thursday night’s game, provided a bit more insight into what the exchange between Giolito and Little entailed.Boston Red Sox
Trout said during home games he usually watches the first couple of innings from the dugout before going into the clubhouse to continue his rehab. He also continues to attend hitters meetings.
Players in the Oakland A's organization shared these photos of their recent post-game meals.No employer would serve these meals to employees they care about. Why are the A's serving them to their future Major Leaguers? pic.twitter.com/cIFqiPg6iXKansas City Royals
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“Felt great. I’ve been building up for this since February, so exciting to get back out there and help the team win, but more importantly, I felt really good out there," Lugo said.Miami Marlins
"Yeah, that was a pretty trippy thing to have him go off like he did," he said. "And then he's on the scoreboard ... It was so funny. I don't know if you've been to Washington when they have Max Scherzer's eyes all over the scoreboards when you get to two strikes. It was like that, but with Skeeter."
That's why Chicago's depth performers such as Monday's starter Kohl Stewart have been huge. Stewart was making his seventh career start and first since 2019 with the Minnesota Twins because righty Trevor Williams underwent an emergency appendectomy over the weekend. Stewart held the Padres to one unearned run over five innings.
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Manager David Ross had to step in between Willson Contreras and Anthony Rizzo when they argued in the dugout during Friday night’s 8-5 loss.
The lasting image of Santana -- who won two Cy Young awards and was once on a Hall of Fame track -- will be of him on the Citi Field mound, fist clenched after doing the impossible.Los Angeles Dodgers
DeGrom struck out 11 to record his 50th career game with double-digit strikeouts. He has now struck out 1,452 batters in his career. Two weeks shy of his 33rd birthday, deGrom passed Sid Fernandez for fourth on the Mets' career strikeout list.Boston Red Sox
“My mindset is that he’s not gonna be able to play in Game 6,” James said of Davis. “That’s my mindset. I got into it prepared that’s who’s gonna be in the lineup. KCP tried to give it a go tonight as well. It didn’t work out for him as well. He had to leave the game as well. So, my mindset for me is as if AD won’t be in Game 6, and if something changes, then we go from there. But I’m preparing as if he’s not.”San Antonio Spurs
However, that doesn’t stop other teams from calling to check on Lillard’s availability — the NBA is a cutthroat business, and right now other teams smell blood in the water in Portland. Multiple reports say if Lillard decides to push his way out of the Pacific Northwest and force a trade, other teams want to be in line. From Shams Charania of The Athletic.
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“I don’t want to get too deep into any of that stuff,” he said. “I will say, I’m very happy. I’m excited for the organization, for the management, coaches, players. It’s a good time in Phoenix again.”Toronto Raptors
Overtime wasn’t enough to solve Lillard or the Blazers. Dame had over 50 points on a stunning 20 shots at one point. He forced double-overtime with this ridiculous spinning shot.
Despite the Boston Celtics getting dominated by the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, there’s no denying Jayson Tatum continued to prove he’s one of the best players in the game today. Just ask Kevin Durant about that.Washington Wizards
In the final seconds of Game 6 between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns, Jae Crowder showed off his incredible salsa dance moves to make sure LeBron James knew he was going home.
Analytically, the Oilers outplayed the Jets, with Hellebuyck as the difference-maker. But the only numbers anyone was paying attention to were the zeros Edmonton's star players posted in their first two home games of the series, and the fact that Winnipeg advanced in such emphatic fashion. The Oilers have won a single playoff series in the McDavid era. Changes have to be coming.
The case for Marc-Andre Fleury: The Golden Knights goaltender already has one award to his name this season as he and Robin Lehner earned the William M. Jennings Trophy, given to the team that allows the fewest regular season goals. Fleury finished fourth in 5-on-5 save percentage (.929) and goals saved above average (9.76), per Natural Stat Trick. He was also second in shutouts (6), helped Vegas to wins in 26 of his 36 starts, and allowed two goals or fewer in 25 of those games this season.Toronto Maple Leafs
As noted above, Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour made the controversial decision to start Petr Mrazek over Alex Nedeljkovic for Game 3. Granted, Carolina dropped the first two games, but Nedeljkovic allowed just two goals in each of those contests, so those defeats were hardly on him. All the same, Mrazek delivered, stopping 35 of 37 shots in his first start of the 2021 playoffs.Buffalo Sabres
Through the first five games of the postseason, where the Jets have gone 4-1, Scheifele has averaged a point per game and again been one of their top offensive players.
From a Flyers standpoint, there's plenty to like about Jones. He's a righty shot, which would seemingly have him pair nicely with Ivan Provorov. Among all NHL defensemen over the last five seasons, the 6-foot-4, 209-pound Jones ranks seventh in minutes per game (24:49) and tied for ninth with Alex Pietrangelo and Tyson Barrie in even strength points (141).Vegas Golden Knights
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DeBrusk hasn't scored since Game 2 of the first round. Kuhlman's speed, physicality and willingness to aggressively forecheck would help the B's make it harder on Islanders defensemen in their own zone. It would be wise for the Bruins to make a change on the fourth line, too, perhaps inserting Trent Frederic into the mix. But it doesn't look like that will happen.Columbus Blue Jackets
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