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"It was a hard game. We played really well together, but there is a lot of areas we can improve. We have time to talk and get ready."Vegas Golden Knights

Wonderful and all, but he wanted to make sure the real star of the show received his fair share of the credit, too -- goaltender Philipp Grubauer.Columbus Blue Jackets

With the score tied 1-1, the Islanders took their first lead of the game when Scott Mayfield’s point shot was redirected and deflected in front, and Barzal batted the puck out of the air and past goalie Tuukka Rask with 6:57 left.Pittsburgh Penguins

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This season felt somewhat doomed from the start. It began in January, when coach John Tortorella was benching No. 1 center Pierre-Luc Dubois. Columbus has had its fair share of off-ice drama before -- and typically has handled it well, and within the locker room -- but this one hit different. The Blue Jackets engineered a flashy trade, swapping Dubois for Finnish sniper Patrik Laine and Columbus native Jack Roslovic.
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Just one minute later, Tyler Toffoli scored into an empty Toronto net to make it 3-0 and seal the win for the Habs, who set up game seven with successive overtime wins in games five and six.

The Bruins, for the first time all series, were out shot and didn't have the upper hand in scoring chances. Furthermore, the B's failed to tally a single shot on net over the final 6:18 of the third period.Toronto Maple Leafs

“They (SFA) won’t even name the problem even though it is the most obvious problem,” Scott said, adding that clubs “never had a point or a pound deducted” for sectarian abuse at their stadiums.

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Beauvillier, in particular, has paced the Islanders while Mat Barzal, who recorded his first goal of the playoffs in Game 3, has struggled in the postseason.Pittsburgh Penguins

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This year’s draft is considered top-heavy on standout defensemen and short on scorers with the potential to become a franchise player.

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"It's just tough," Campbell said. "I just think of how hard our team battled and for it to end on the worst goal of my career, it happened in a game seven. It's not acceptable. The team counts on me to be better, and I know I can be a lot better than that."Columbus Blue Jackets

Boston now leads the series 2-1 and has regained the home ice advantage. The Bruins have won three of their five overtime games in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Islanders were 3-0 in OT before Thursday's defeat.

Trotz namechecked Borrelli's on Hempstead Turnpike during his postgame news conference, saying he saw this video of "everybody jumping around in the overtime."Toronto Maple Leafs

All eyes for hockey fans were on the 2021 NHL Draft Lottery Wednesday night. Entering things, the Buffalo Sabres held the best odds to seal the No. 1 pick, while fans of the Seattle Kraken were hopeful they’d end up with it.Buffalo Sabres

Re-sign the RFAs. Hart, Travis Sanheim and Nolan Patrick are all restricted free agents this summer, and the contracts for all three will be intriguing. Again, it wasn't the best season for Hart (especially entering a contract year). But he's only 22 and this is uncharacteristic for his career, so the Flyers aren't worried; still, neither side is probably looking at seven or eight years right now.
All of that doesn’t get into whether Montrezl Harrell picks up his $9.7 million player option or decides to test the market after a first-round playoff series where he has barely played. Or whether the Lakers want to re-sign Wesley Matthews and Markieff Morris, both unrestricted free agents.Portland Trail Blazers
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After entering the game shooting 51% from 3-point range in the series, the Mavericks were just 5 of 30 (17%). Dallas shot 35% overall.Toronto Raptors

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Davis came into the game playing on a sprained left knee that he suffered in Game 3, when he landed awkwardly after executing a chase-down block on Suns star Devin Booker.

"For me, it's putting our team in position to be successful," James said. "It starts with my approach, my accountability, trickles down to everybody else. So, you know, these shoulders are built for a reason. If it takes for me to put some more on top of it, then so be it. Win, lose or draw, I'm ready for the challenge."Sacramento Kings

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As for player development, both Donovan and Karnišovas were asked about this topic either down the stretch of the season or in their postseason news conferences. Both pointed to the growth of Williams and White and also talked about player development playing out on multiple levels. That understanding what goes into winning and off-court habits and developing a team culture and who fits in that play a role.

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How did the Bucks respond? By producing the most shocking result of the first round, sweeping the Heat -- a team that more than a few people said would knock out Milwaukee for a second year in a row -- and dominating the final three games of the series. Point guard Jrue Holiday produced exactly the kind of results Milwaukee hoped he would when the Bucks swung for the fences to acquire him in the offseason. He averaged 15.3 points and 9.8 assists during the sweep.
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James hasn’t been his sharpest, turning the ball over 4.4 times per game — the most in a postseason since his rookie year in the NBA. His 22.2 points per game would be his third-lowest scoring average in a series.Phoenix Suns

The Blazers won Game 3 in four overtimes as Rodney Hood came off the bench to score seven of his team’s 11 points in that final overtime period to deliver a 140-137 win.Toronto Raptors

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MIAMI -- Pat Riley has identified an immediate priority for the Miami Heat: Do absolutely nothing.San Antonio Spurs

Led by Luka Doncics 42 points, eight rebounds and Playoff career-high 14 assists, the No. 5 seed Mavericks defeated the No. 4 seed Clippers, 105-100, in Game 5. Paul George recorded 23 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three blocks for the Clippers in the losing effort. The Mavericks lead this best-of-seven series, 3-2, with Game 6 taking place on Friday, June 4 at 9:00 p.m. ET

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“If I was a betting man, I would have bet a lot of money that they would win Game 5,” Birdsong said Thursday. “This series is crazy.”

This is Devin Booker’s first taste of the postseason after six seasons with the Suns. He’s not messing around in the slightest.Sacramento Kings
Despite all of the drama on and off the field, the White Sox remain in first place of the AL Central standings, currently holding a 3.5 game lead over the Cleveland Indians. Let’s see how long La Russa can keep this team at the top.Boston Red Sox

“The changeup for me today was pretty big,” Giolito said after the game. “They were showing early it looked like a fastball approach, so we were able to mix the changeup off of the fastball. I was able to keep the fastball in the top part of the zone."
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New York Yankees fans are hoping New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is more accurate throwing the ball this fall than Gleyber Torres was on this terrible error on a routine grounder.Cincinnati Reds

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Speaking with reporters last week, Minasian said it was too early to say how the Angels would approach the trade deadline, whether they’d sell valuable pieces or preserve the group for a playoff push.Pittsburgh Pirates

One difference, Rojas says, is how good the starters have been at shutting down opposing offenses and giving the Mets length.
* – Is there any chance Crawford would’ve kept plugging away if he could have stayed with the Blackhawks? The most likely answer seems to be “no.” After all, his late Blackhawks career was a mix of quietly fantastic play and troubling health issues.Columbus Blue Jackets

Kirill Kaprizov of the Wild, Alex Nedeljkovic of the Hurricanes, and Jason Robertson of the Stars have been announced as the finalists for the 2020-21 Calder Trophy. The award is given “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition.”

While Price put an “S” on his chest during the past few postseasons, Hellebuyck’s carried the Jets full-time. He’s been one of the best goalies in the playoffs in virtually every situation, even when his defense craters around him. Which is more often than some might think … because Hellebuyck cleans up so many of those messes.Toronto Maple Leafs

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DENVER (AP) — Vegas forward Ryan Reaves was suspended two games by the NHL on Monday for his roughing and unsportsmanlike conduct on Colorado's Ryan Graves during the Golden Knights' 7-1 loss in Game 1 of their second-round series Sunday.

“They have home ice. They won the Presidents’ Trophy, so I guess by definition that puts us in the underdog role,” Vegas general manager Kelly McCrimmon said. "I suspect once the puck drops there won’t be much talk the rest of the way about who the underdog is or who the favorite is. It’ll be settled on the ice.”Pittsburgh Penguins

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Vegas has been able to rebound consistently following defeats. They’ve only lost consecutive games on four occasions this season — three of which came against the Wild, their First Round opponents, while the other was against Colorado back in February.
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After seeing Caldwell Pope leave Game 3, I would be shocked if he started Game 4. Wesley Matthews entered the game as the Lakers perimeter two-guard after KCP went down. Matthews is at low salaries around the industry and can be used as a way to possibly fit a third superstar into your lineup. Make no mistake about it, today will be a "'stars n' scrubs" kind of day. If KCP returns, Matthews is no longer worth a roster slot. Don't expect a massive ceiling from Matthews, only roster him if he is able to supply you with enough salary flexibility to do something significant like fitting a third superstar into your lineup.

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“Whether it’s a closeout game or Game 1, our job is to go out and play with the force and the defense and share the ball and not think about anything else but the next right thing. And you can’t get to the closeout game or the closeout moment until you take care of the first things first, and for us, that’s just getting ready tomorrow, when we’ll start preparations for the next game.”

Jazz’s Conley has mild right hamstring strain, will be re-evaluated... Doncic puts up 42, gets just enough help for Mavericks to hold off Clippers Jazz offensive explosion pushes Utah past Grizzlies, into second roundToronto Raptors

Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for Davis to submit and ask for a substitution after contesting a drive by Devin Booker and coming up lame.San Antonio Spurs

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“These shoulders are built for a reason,” James said. "And if it takes for me to put some more on top of it, then so be it. Win, lose or draw I’m ready for the challenge.”Portland Trail Blazers

We know that the Nets can play reasonable defense when they want and do have the option to dust off DeAndre Jordan for some interior defense and rim protection after he did not play in the first round. If Jordan is not in the starting lineup, there is a very good chance he will not play tonight unless coach Steven Nash looks to shake things up mid-game. There is a strong possibility that Nash intends to rely on Nicolas Claxton since he at least is an offensive threat and a better defender than Blake Griffin. In crunch time if the game is in doubt, then Kevin Durant will likely function as the nominal center.Sacramento Kings
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Arnovitz: That it has come to this for the Clippers. They've overhauled their roster, changed their head coach, refined their defensive approach and adopted a sense of urgency, and yet they are again in danger of being unceremoniously and prematurely dispatched from the playoffs. They're in this position despite getting great minutes from their small (and most common) lineup and solid production overall from their two superstars. Even more bizarrely -- only the Atlanta Hawks have limited their first-round opponent to a lower quality of shots. The entire thing defies explanation, yet if they bow out in this series, the Clippers will have a lot of explaining to do.
Tatis, Jr.’s 17th home run was as dramatic as ever, despite being in just the fourth inning of action. The 22-year-old treats every home run like his last, and flexed towards his own dugout with another memorable bat flip.

Finding the good stuff in his diagnosis wasn't easy. It had started a year earlier, when he felt tingling in his hands as he strummed a guitar or typed lyrics on his computer. Numbness crept up his arms. Doctors thought it was carpal tunnel or the detritus of a rotator-cuff injury and tried to repair him surgically. The feeling didn't dissipate, and after Galentine doubled over in pain one night in April 2017, he went to a neurologist who said it was ALS.Chicago White Sox

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"It was just, hey, we know what we're capable of. We need to pick it up a little bit but there's no panic of everybody wanting to blow things up or we have to try things drastic. It was just, let's pick it up a little bit. I think that's probably the biggest similarity."

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Here’s how Craig described the play that was, unfortunately, his introduction to the broader baseball world: “As soon as I released the ball I was like, 'Oh my gosh what am I doing?' Like, I know better than that. It's simple Baseball 101. But I guess, in my mind, when I saw him running back, I just kind of lost my mind for a second. I saw [Michael] Pérez looking at me and just released the ball and, yeah, the rest is history.”Cincinnati Reds

Greiner hasn't played during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo since Thursday, his second game for the Mud Hens. He was placed on the 10-day injured list May 12 with a left hamstring strain.San Diego Padres

You never know what Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa will say when you put a microphone in front of him.Texas Rangers

Condensed Game:Mauricio Dubón and Austin Slater homered behind Kevin Gausman's six scoreless innings in the Giants' 5-4 win over the Dodgers
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The Magic and Steve Clifford have agreed to part ways, the team announced in a statement Saturday.Phoenix Suns

This line depends on whether or not Joel Embiid is playing, but if he is out, I will side with the Hawks to win by 5-6 points in an upset.

Lakers forward Markieff Morris -- who has received a DNP in six of the Lakers' past 10 games and has logged just 12 minutes total in this series -- hinted on Twitter that he could have his number called on Tuesday.Toronto Raptors

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''The pace and the speed he's playing with is what we need,'' Lue said. ''It's unbelievable.''San Antonio Spurs

Brad Stevens is moving into the front office on a full-time role, and Celtics are expected to start a search for a new head coach, sources tell ESPN. Celtics staff and coaches have been informed of the changes.

Following their 100-92 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said Davis is undergoing additional evaluation and revealed they will have an update on Monday.

Leonard, who was averaging 30.4 points per game in the series entering Friday, tied a playoff career high with 45 points (18-of-25 shooting, 5-of-9 from deep) with six rebounds and three assists. That included this dagger:Utah Jazz

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The Mariners batting order falls off quickly after the first four or five hitters. While Mitch Haniger, Kyle Seager and Tom Murphy are solid options, it gets pretty dire. Ty France is in play on DraftKings as a$2,800 second baseman to provide necessary salary cap relief, but that is about it. Evan White and Kyle Lewis are promising talents, but both are on the injured list.Oakland Athletics

The Giants have gotten on the scoreboard first in 34 of 56 games, and they're 25-9 when they jump ahead. Regardless of how the game is going, though, manager Gabe Kapler has been more aggressive than anyone in pushing for small edges. He has already used 110 pinch-hitters, nine more than the next closest team, and Giants pinch-hitters are tied for the MLB lead with six homers and lead the way with 20 RBI.Baltimore Orioles

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While the Mariners will be careful with the pitch count for Logan Gilbert, who is one of their better prospects, they are throwing him into the deep end of the pool. Prior to the pandemic-shortened season, Gilbert logged 50 innings at Double-A and then had one start this year for Seattle’s Triple-A affiliate. This will be his fourth start in The Show, and he will likely be in for 70 to 80 pitches. He is holding his own with 11 strikeouts through 10.2 innings, but he is still getting knocked around, with a 7.59 ERA. The strikeouts are in line with most projection systems, but so too are the homeruns, with the key prognosticators giving him between 1.50 and 1.65 home runs per nine innings.Cleveland Indians

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"He was there for Jake's baptism," Michelle remembers. "He videotaped himself reading books to Jake, so Jake would be able to have a memory of his voice. We thought, 'You know, it would just be a couple months.' I don't think he ever was doing it thinking he wouldn't survive. I think he just wanted Jake to have that familiar voice when he got back from Iraq."

To put things into perspective, deGrom threw just his first curveball of the season in Monday's game -- for a strike, naturally. He simply doesn't need that extra pitch to be the best pitcher in MLB.

In a uniquely odd twist, only three active Angels have ever faced Mariners Yusei Kikuchi. That trio would be David Fletcher, Justin Upton and Shohei Ohtani. Clearly, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols have as well, though they are not going to be taking the field for the Halos today. In a fun twist, both Ohtani and Kikuchi attended the same high school in Japan, however, Kikuchi graduated just before Ohtani began attending. They only faced each other twice in the Japanese league, with Ohtani going 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts his rookie season with the Nippon-Ham Fighters.Los Angeles Dodgers
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A statement from the Sandy Springs Police Department in Georgia said officers responded to a 911 call Saturday afternoon and entered a home where the front door was open and they heard screaming coming from inside.
The Golden Knights needed this win and they got it. Jonathan Marchessault and Max Pacioretty scored 45 seconds apart in the third period to rally Vegas past Colorado. Marc-Andre Fleury made just 18 saves for the Golden Knights, while Philipp Grubauer faced 43 shots for the Avalanche, who were outshot 14-3 in the first period. "Obviously we're down 2-1 but we were the better team tonight," said Marchessault, and he wasn't wrong. Full recapVegas Golden Knights

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The Jets will be without Mark Scheifele as they look to even their Second Round series with the Canadiens.
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Where do you go from here if you’re the Maple Leafs? There’s no easy answer. The ravenous Toronto fanbase will demand that heads roll for this result, and only time will tell what that could entail, but only one thing is for certain. It is going to be an agonizing off-season in Toronto, and next season is going to feel essentially meaningless until they get back to the playoffs.Buffalo Sabres

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Vegas Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer said Thursday one goal could get a raucous home crowd involved and make the difference in a playoff game.Toronto Maple Leafs