Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Stanley Cup Finals: Rangers Humble Lightning In Tampa, Force Game Seven Back At MSG

At Tampa, Florida:

Derek Brassard delivered a hat trick while Henrik Lundqvist saved 36 of 39 shots on Tuesday as the New York Rangers shredded the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3 on the road to square the Eastern Conference Final at three games apiece.

The series, and the Eastern Conference's berth in the Stanley Cup Final, will be decided in New York City on Thursday night, with the winner to face the Chicago-Anaheim winner in the final.

NBA Playoffs: Cavs Roast Hawks, Complete Sweep, Reach NBA Finals (First Time Since 2007)

At Cleveland:

LeBron James scored 23 points on Tuesday night as the Cleveland Cavaliers won their first Eastern Conference championship since 2007 as they completed a four-game sweep of the visiting Atlanta Hawks with a 118-88 conference final series game-four rout.

The Cavaliers will play the Golden State-Houston winner in their second NBA Finals, which begin on Thursday of next week.

Cleveland was swept in four straight games eight years ago by the San Antonio Spurs.

For LeBron, this will be his fifth consecutive finals appearance, having won two titles in four tries with Miami.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Stanley Cup Playoffs: OT Goals Sends Ducks On Verge Of Winning West Crown

At Anaheim, California:

Matt Beleskey scored the winning goal 45 seconds into overtime on Monday as the Anaheim Ducks, who blew a two-goal lead in the final two minutes of regulation, defeated the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 to take a three-games-to-two Western Conference Final series lead as the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued.

The Ducks can lock up a berth in the Stanley Cup Final with a game-six victory on Wednesday in Chicago.

NBA Playoffs: Rockets Hold Off Warriors, Avoid Sweep

At Houston:

James Harden scored a playoff career-high 45 points on Monday night (33 of them in the second half) as the Houston Rockets avoided a four-game sweep at the hands of the Golden State Warriors with a 128-115 game-four home win in the NBA Western Conference finals.

Josh Smith added to the Rockets' coffers with 20 points.

The Warriors, led by Klay Thompson's 24 points, Draymond Green's 21 (along with his 15 rebounds), and Stephen Curry's 20, still lead the series three games to one and can finish off the Rockets back home in Oakland on Wednesday.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

NBA Playoffs: LeBron Wills Cavs Past Hawks In OT; Cleveland One Victory Away From Finals

At Cleveland:

LeBron James scored 37 pints, grabbed 18 rebounds, and dished out 13 assists on Sunday night as the Cleveland Cavaliers outlasted the visiting Atlanta Hawks 114-111 in overtime to take a three-games-to-none NBA Eastern Conference final series lead.

Jeff Teague paced the Hawks with 30 points while Paul Millsap added 22.

The Cavaliers can lock up their first conference title since 2007 with a game-four home win on Tuesday.  No team has ever come back in NBA history from a three-games-to-none deficit to win a best-of-seven playoff series.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Lightning Blank Rangers At MSG, Take 3-2 East Final Series Lead

At New York:

Valterri Filppula and Steven Stamkos (power play) each scored a second-half goal and Ben Bishop stopped all 26 shots on Sunday night as the Tampa Bay Lightning blanked the New York Rangers 2-0 on the road to take a three-games-to-two Eastern Conference Final series lead.

The Lightning can finish off the President-Trophy-winning Rangers with a game-six home victory in Tampa on Tuesday and clinch a berth in their first Stanley Cup Final since 2004 (when they defeated Calgary four games to three for the first Stanley Cup championship by a team from Florida).

Timbers U23 Win On The Road At Crossfire's Expense

At Redmond, Washington:

In a Premier Developement League contest played last Tuesday, the Portland Timbers' Under-23 squad knocked off the Washington Crossfire 3-2 on the road.

This coming Friday, the Timbers U23s will host the Kitsap Pumas in a PDL contest, set for 11:00 Pacific Time.

Predators Devour Visiting Thunder

At Orlando, Florida:

The Orlando Predators (5-4) handed the Portland Thunder (3-5) their fourth road defeat of the Arena Football League season on Saturday night with a nationally-televised 69-43 mauling.

NBA: Warriors Blast Rockets In Houston; Golden State One Victory Away From First Finals Appearance Since '75

At Houston:

Stephen Curry scored 40 points as the Golden State Warriors blew out the Houston Rockets 115-80 on the road in game three of the NBA's Western Conference finals to take a commanding three-games-to-none series advantage.

The Warriors can close out the Rockets on Monday night in Houston and assure themselves of their first appearance in the NBA Finals since winning their most recent league championship in 1975.

No team has ever come back from a three-games-to-none series deficit to win an NBA best-of-seven playoff series.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Blackhawks Square West Final With Ducks At 2-2 After 2OT Win

At Chicago:

As the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued on Saturday, Antoine Vermette scored the winning goal 5:37 into the second overtime as the Chicago Blackhawks squared the Western Conference Final at two games apiece following their 5-4 game-four home win over the Anaheim Ducks.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Early Goal Sinks Timbers In Toronto

At Toronto:

Sebastian Giovinco's goal in the fifth minute held up on Saturday as Toronto FC knocked off the visiting Portland Timbers 1-0 in Major League Soccer action.

The Timbers' next match is this coming Wednesday night back home in Portland against DC United (7:30 PM Pacific Time, ROOT Sports Northwest).

T2 Drop Home Decision To Sounders 2

At Portland, Oregon:

Damion Lowe (38') and Andrew Craven (55') delivered the scoring on Friday as Seattle Sounders 2 defeated Portland Timbers 2 by a score of 2-0 in United Soccer League action.

Friday, May 22, 2015

NBA Playoffs: Lebron And Cavs Too Much For Hawks; Cleveland Stretches East Finals Series Lead To 2-0

At Atlanta:

LeBron James scored 30 points, dished out 11 assists, and grabbed nine rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 94-82 on the road on Friday night to stretch their NBA Eastern Conference finals advantage to two games to none.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Rangers Roll Over Lightning, Square East Final At Two Games Apiece

At Tampa, Florida:

Rick Nash scored twice (once on the power play) and had an assist while Henrik Lundqvist saved 38 of 39 shots as the New York Rangers squared the Eastern Conference final at two games apiece on Friday after their 5-1 road demolition of the Tampa Bay Lightning as the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NBA Playoffs: Warriors Hold Off Rockets, Take 2-0 West Finals Series Lead

At Oakland, California:

Stephen Curry scored 33 points as the Golden State Warriors extended their advantage in the NBA's Western Conference finals to two games to none following their 99-98 game-two home victory over the Houston Rockets.

James Harden paced the Rockets with 38 points (while grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out nine assists) but committed a turnover in the game's final seconds. Dwight Howard had 19 points and 17 rebounds for Houston.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Ducks Knock Off Blackhawks In Chicago, Take 2-1 West Final Series Lead

At Chicago:

Patrick Maroon (power play) and Simon Despres each scored a goal while Frederik Andersen saved 27 of 28 shots on Thursday as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in game three of the Western Conference Final as the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued.  The Ducks now hold a two-games-to-one series advantage.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Lightning Beat Rangers In High-Scoring Affair In OT; Tampa Bay Leads East Final 2-1

At Tampa, Florida:

Nikita Kucherov scored the winning goal at 3:33 of overtime on Wednesday as the Tampa Bay Lightning took a two-games-to-one Eastern Conference Final series lead over the New York Rangers following their 6-5 game-three home win as the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued.

NBA Playoffs: Cavs Take East Final Opener In Atlanta

At Atlanta:

LeBron James scored 31 points while J.R. Smith converted eight three-point shots en route to a 28-point performance as the Cleveland Cavaliers took the opening game of the NBA's Eastern Conference finals 97-89 over the Atlanta Hawks on the road on Wednesday.

Jeff Teague paced the Hawks with 27 points.  Atlanta suffered a blow when DeAndre Carroll suffered a knee injury in the game. 

NBA Playoffs: Warriors Outlast Rockets In West Final Opener

At Oakland, California:

Stephen Curry scored 34 points on Tuesday as the Golden State Warriors overcame a 16-point deficit and upended the visiting Houston Rockets 110-106 in the opening game of the National Basketball Association's Western Conference Finals.  James Harden paced the Rockets with 28 points while grabbing 11 rebounds.  Trevor Ariza added 20 points to the Houston coffers.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Blackhawks Win Triple-Overtime Thriller; Tie Series With Ducks At 1-1

At Anaheim, California:

Marcus Kruger scored the winning goal at 16:12 of the third overtime period on Tuesday night as the Chicago Blackhawks won the longest game in franchise history, 3-2 on the road against the Anaheim Ducks and squared the Stanley Cup Playoffs' Western Conference final at one game apiece.  Andrew Shaw, who scored one of two first-period power-play goals for the 'Hawks, thought he scored the game winner in the second OT period.  The goal, however was disallowed because he deliberately head-butted the puck into the net, ala Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford saved 60 of 62 shots for the victory while his Anaheim counterpart Frederik Andersen saved 53 of 56 shots.

The game was also the longest in Ducks history and the first triple-overtime match ever staged in California.