Saturday, April 22, 2017

No More Shortcake

Erin Moran, the former child actress best remembered for her portrayal as Joanie "Shortcake" Cunningham on the ABC Network sitcom Happy Days (1974-84) and its' short-lived spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi (1982-83), passed away on Saturday at age 56 at Harrison County, Indiana.

"Shortcake" was a nickname given to Richie Cunningham's kid sister by Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzerelli.

Darren Mattocks Haunts Former Team As Timbers Hold Off Caps In Cascadia Cup Clash

At Portland, Oregon:

Darlington Nagbe (18') and Darren Mattocks (40') each scored once on Saturday as the Portland Timbers held off the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 in Major League Soccer (and Cascadia Cup) action.

The top spot in the Western Conference, which the Timbers currently occupy, is up for grabs as Portland pays a visit on FC Dallas, next Saturday night at Frisco, Texas (5:00 PM Pacific Time, ROOT Sports Northwest).

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Blues, Rangers, Oilers Advance To Second Round

The Stanley Cup Playoffs continued on Saturday with three games.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At New York:

Mats Zuccarello scored twice (once on the power play) in the second periods as the New York Rangers eliminated the visiting Montreal Canadiens by winning their conference quarterfinal series four games to two after their 3-1 game-six victory.

The Rangers will next face the winner of the Boston-Ottawa series (which the Senators lead three games to two).



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At St. Paul, Minnesota:

Magnus Paajarvi scored the game (and series)-winning goal at 9:42 of overtime as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-3 in game five of their conference quarterfinal series and closed out the hosts four games to one.

The Blues will hosts the first two games of their upcoming conference semifinal series against the Nashville Predators.

At San Jose, California:

Leon Draisaitl and Anton Slepyshev each scored a second-period goal as the Edmonton Oilers finished off the San Jose Sharks 3-1 on the road and won their opening-round series four games to two.

The Oilers will next take on the Anaheim Ducks in a conference semifinal series with the first two contests taking place in Anaheim, California.

NBA Playoffs: Raptors, Grizzlies Square Respective Series At 2-2; Hawks Cut Wizards' Advantage To 2-1; Big Comeback By Warriors Put Blazers On Brink Of Elimination

Four games are scheduled to be contested on Saturday as the NBA Playoffs continue.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Milwaukee:

DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points and grabbed nine reoubnds as the Toronto Raptors leveled their conference quarterfinal series with the Milwaukee Bucks at two games apiece following their 87-76 game-four road win.

At Atlanta:

Paul Millsap scored 29 points (while grabbing 14 rebounds) while Dennis Schroder added 27 as the Atlanta Hawks overpowered the visiting Washington Wizards 116-98 in game three of their opening-round series.

John Wall scored 29 points to lead the Wizards, who still lead the series two games to one.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Memphis, Tennessee:

Marc Gasol, who scored 16 points, hit the game-winning bucket with 0.7 seconds remaining in overtime to carry the Memphis Grizzlies to a 110-108 game-four home victory over the San Antonio Spurs, squaring their opening-round series at two games apiece.

Mike Conley scored a Grizzlies' franchise-postseason record 35 points, while grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out eight assists.

Kawhi Leonard scored 44 points to pace the Spurs while Tony Parker added 22 to the San Antonio coffers.

At Portland, Oregon:

Stephen Curry scored 34 points while Klay Thompson added 24 as the Golden State Warriors came back from down 17 points to upend the Portland Trail Blazers 119-113 on the road in the third game of their conference quarterfinal series, which they now lead three games to none.

C.J. McCollum topped the Blazers with 32 points while Damien Lillard added 31.

The Warriors can finish off the Blazers with a game-four victory in Portland on Monday night.

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

Friday, April 21, 2017

NBA Playoffs: Celtics, Thunder Clip Respective Series Deficits To Two Games To One; Clippers Hold Off Jazz For 2-1 Series Advantage

The NBA Playoffs continued on Friday with three games.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Chicago:

Al Horford scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Boston Celtics cut their conference quarterfinal series to two games to one after their 104-87 game-three road win over the Chicago Bulls.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Oklahoma City:

Mr. Triple Double himself, Russell Westbrook, did it again as he scored 32 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and dished out 11 assists while Taj Gibson added another 20 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder took game three from the Houston Rockets (who still the conference quarterfinal series two games to one) 115-113 at home despite 44 points from the guests' James Harden, whose game-winning three-point attempt as time expired failed.

At Salt Lake City, Utah:

Chris Paul scored 34 points and dished out 10 assists as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Utah Jazz 111-106 on the road in game three of their conference quarterfinal series, overcoming a toe injury to Blake Griffin and a career-high 40 points from Utah's Gordon Hayward---as well as 26 from George Hill.

The Clippers now lead the series two games to one.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Bruins Win 2 OT Thriller With Senators To Force Game 6 Back In Boston; Caps Top Leafs In OT To Take 3-2 Series Lead

The Stanley Cup Playoffs continued on Friday with two games, both in the Eastern Conference.

At Washington:

Justin Williams scored the winning goal 64 seconds into overtime as the Washington Capitals defeated the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 in game five of their conference quarterfinal series.

The Caps can finish off the Leafs with a game-six victory in Toronto on Sunday.

At Ottawa:

Sean Kuraly's second goal of the game was the winning tally at 10:19 of the second overtime period as the Boston Bruins came back from two goals down to upend the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on the road in game six of their opening-round series.

The Senators, who still lead the series three games to two, can finish off the Bruins on Sunday afternoon with a game-six victory on Boston ice.







Thursday, April 20, 2017

Niners 2017 Schedule

The San Francisco 49ers' 2017 regular-season schedule was released on Thursday with all kickoff times Pacific.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10:

vs. Carolina, 1:25 PM 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17:

@ Seattle, 1:25 PM

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21:

vs. Los Angeles Rams, 5:25 PM (NFL Network; set to be the Niners' lone 2017 primetime appearance, barring flex scheduling)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1:

@ Arizona, 1:05 PM

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8:

@ Indianapolis, 10:00 AM

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15:

@ Washington, 10:00 AM

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22:

vs. Dallas, 1:05 PM

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29:

@ Philadelphia, 10:00 AM

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5:

vs. Arizona, 1:05 PM

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12:

vs. New York Giants, 1:25 PM

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19:

Bye Week

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26:

vs. Seattle, 1:05 PM

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3:

@ Chicago, 10:00 AM

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10:

@ Houston, 10:00 AM

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17:

vs. Tennessee, 1:25 PM

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24:

vs. Jacksonville, 1:05 PM

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31:

@ Los Angeles Rams, 1:25 PM

NBA Playoffs: Cavs Overcome 26-Point Deficit, Put Pacers On Brink Of Elimination; Bucks Smother Raptors To Take 2-1 Series Lead; Grizzlies Get One Back Against Spurs

Three games in the NBA Playoffs wereMik contested on Thursday.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Indianapolis:

LeBron James scored 41 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and dished out 12 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers erased a 26-point deficit and upended the Indiana Pacers 119-114 in game three of their conference quarterfinal series.  

Paul George paced Indiana with 36 points.

The Cavaliers, who lead the series three games to none, will go for the four-game sweep on Sunday.

At Milwaukee:

Khris Middleton scored 20 points as the Milwaukee Bucks demolished the visiting Toronto Raptors 104-77 in game three of their opening-round series to take a two-games-to-one advantage.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Memphis, Tennessee:

Mike Conley scored 24 points while Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph each added 21 as the Memphis Grizzlies held off the visiting San Antonio Spurs 105-94 in game three of their conference quarterfinal series, which the Spurs still lead two games to one.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Penguins, Predators Advance To Second Round; Rangers, Oilers Take 3-2 Series Leads

Four games were played on Thursday as the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Montreal:

Mika Zibanejad scored the winning goal at 14:22 of overtime to lift the New York Rangers to a three-games-to-two conference quarterfinal series lead over the Montreal Canadiens after their 3-2 game-five road win.

The Rangers can close out the Habs with a game-six road win at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.



At Pittsburgh:

Bryan Rust scored twice while Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby each added a power-play goal as the Pittsburgh Penguins eliminated the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 in game five of their opening-round series on the road and closed out the series four games to one.  Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury saved 49 of 51 Blue Jackets shots.

The Penguins will next face the Toronto-Washington series winner (that series is deadlocked at two games apiece).


WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Nashville, Tennessee:

Roman Josi scored twice while Pekka Rinne stopped 30 of 31 shots as the Nashville Predators completed the first four-game playoff-series sweep in their history by defeating the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 in game four of their conference quarterfinal series.

The Predators will next face the St. Louis-Minnesota winner (the Blues lead their series three games to one).

At Edmonton, Alberta:

David Deshamais scored the winning goal 18:15 into overtime as the Edmonton Oilers knocked off the visiting San Jose Sharks 4-3 in game five of their first-round series.

The Oilers, who now lead three games to two, can advance to the second round for the first time since 2006 (when they reached the Stanley Cup Finals but lost to Carolina) by beating the Sharks in San Jose on Saturday.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

NBA Playoffs: Wizards, Rockets, Warriors Extend Respective Series Leads To 2-0John Wall scored

Three games were played on Wednesday as the NBA Playoffs continued.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Washington:

John Wall scored 32 points and Bradley Beal added 31 as the duo scored 20 of their team's last 21 points as the Washington Wizards extended their conference quarterfinal series lead over the Atlanta Hawks 109-101 at home in game two for a two-games-to-none advantage.

Paul Millsap scored 27 points (to go with his ten rebounds) while Dennis Schroder added 23 to pace the Hawks.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Houston:

James Harden scored 35 points as the Houston Rockets came from behind to upend the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder 115-111 despite another triple-double from the guests' Russell Westbrook (51 points---a franchise single-game playoff record---13 assists, and 10 rebounds).  The Rockets stretched their opening-round series lead to two games to none.

At Oakland, California:

Stephen Curry scored 19 points as the Golden State Warriors, sans the injured Kevin Durant, still manhandled the visiting Portland Trail Blazers 110-81 in game two of their conference quarterfinal series, which they now lead two games to none.

Stnaley Cup Playoffs: Caps Square Series With Leafs At 2-2; Senators Top Bruins, Lead Series 3-1; Wild Avoid Elimination By Beating Blues In St. Louis; Ducks Douse Flames, Complete Series Sweep Of Calgary

The Stanley Cup Playoffs continued on Wednesday with four games.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Toronto:

Tom Wilson and T.J. Oshie each scored twice while Alex Ovechkin added a power-play tally as the Washington Capitals held off the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 on the road in game four of their conference quarterfinal series, now knotted at two games apiece.

At Boston:

Bobby Ryan scored the game's only goal in the third period while Craig Anderson stopped all 22 shots as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Boston Bruins 1-0 on the road in game four of their opening-round series, which the Senators---who can finish off the Bruins with a game-five victory back home in Ottawa on Friday---now lead three games to one.


WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At St. Louis:

Charlie Coyle and Martin Hanzal each scored a goal while Devan Dubnyk stopped all 28 saves as the Minnesota Wild avoided elimination by blanking the St. Louis Blues 2-0 on the road in the fourth game of their conference quarterfinal series, which the Blues still lead three games to one.

The Blues can still clinch the series on Saturday with a game-five win at St. Paul, Minnesota.

At Calgary, Alberta:

Patrick Eaves, Nate Thompson, and Ryan Getzlaf each scored once as the Anaheim Ducks completed a four-game conference quarterfinal series sweep after ousting the Calgary Flames 3-1 on the road in game four of their series.

John Gibson saved 36 of 37 shots for the Ducks.

Anaheim will face the San Jose-Edmonton series winner in the Western Conference semifinals (that series is deadlocked at two games apiece).







Tuesday, April 18, 2017

NBA Playoffs: Bulls Open Up 2-0 Series Lead Over Celtics; Raptors Square Series With Bucks At 1-1

The NBA Playoffs continued on Tuesday with three games. 

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Toronto:

DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points and Kyle Lowry added 22 (including the game-clinching bucket with less than ten seconds remaining) as the Toronto Raptors leveled their conference quarterfinal series with the Milwaukee Bucks at one game apiece following their 106-100 game-two home win.

Giannis Antetokounmpo paced the Bucks with 24 points (while grabbing 15 rebounds) while Khris Middleton added to Milwaukee's coffers with 20 of his own.

At Boston:

Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade each scored 22 points as the Chicago Bulls head back to the Windy City with a two-games-to-none lead in their opening round series with the Boston Celtics following their 111--97 game-two road triumph.

Isaiah Thomas paced the Celtics with 20 points.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Los Angeles:

Blake Griffin scored 24 points while Chris Paul added 21 (to go with his ten assists) as the Los Angeles Clippers squared their conference quarterfinal series with the Utah Jazz at one game apiece after their 99-91 game-two home win.  

Gordon Hayward scored 20 points to top the Jazz.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Rangers, Sharks level Respective Series At 2-2; Blue Jackets Hold Off Penguins, Avoid Elimination

Three games were contested on  Tuesday as the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At New York:

Rick Nash and Jesper Fast each scored once while Henrik Lundqvist stopped 23 of 24 shots as the New York Rangers squared their conference quarterfinal series with the Montreal Canadiens at two games apiece following their 2-1 home triumph in game four.

At Columbus, Ohio:

Jack Johnson, Josh Anderson, Markus Nutivaara, William Karlssson, and Boone Jennerr each scored once as the Columbus Blue Jackets held off the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 at home in game four of their first-round series and avoided elimination.

The Penguins, who still lead the series three games to one, can still finish off the Jackets with a game-five victory back home in Pittsburgh on Thursday night.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At San Jose, California:

Joe Pevalski and Logan Couture each scored twice (once each on the power play) while Martin Jones stopped all 23 shots for the shutout as the San Jose Sharks leveled their conference quarterfinal series with Edmonton at two games apiece by leveling the visiting Oilers 7-0 in game four.

Patrick Marleau and David Schlemko each also delivered a power-play goal for the Sharks.

Monday, April 17, 2017

NBA Playoffs: Cavs, Spurs Stretch Respective Series Leads To 2-0

Two games in the NBA Playoffs were contested on Monday.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Cleveland:

Kyrie Irving scored 37 points while Kevin Love added 27 (to go with his 11 rebounds) and LeBron James contributed 25 (to go with his 10 rebounds) as the Cleveland Cavaliers held off the visiting Indiana Pacers 117-111 in game two of their conference quarterfinal series, which Cleveland now leads two games to none.

Paul George paced Indiana with 32 points while Jeff Teague added 23.

WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At San Antonio, Texas:

Kawhi Leonard scored a playoff-career high 37 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs extended their conference quarterfinal series lead to two games to none following their 96-82 game-two home win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Mike Conley paced the Grizzlies with 24 points.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: All Four Games Are Decided In OT As Senators and Leafs Take 2-1 Series Leads While Predators And Ducks Are One Win Each From Advancing

The Stanley Cup playoffs continu on Monday with four games.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Boston:

Bobby Ryan scored the game-winning power-play goal at 5:43 of overtime as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Boston Bruins 4-3 on the road and took a two-games-to-one conference quarterfinal series lead.

Mike Hoffman scored twice (once on the power play) for the Senators.

At Toronto:

Tyler Bozak scored the winning goal at 97 seconds of overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs overcame a two-goal deficit to upend the visiting Washington Capitals 4-3 in game three of their conference quarterfinal series and take a two-games-to-one series lead.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Nashville, Tennessee:

Kevin Fiala scored the game winner at 16:44 of overtime as the Nashville Predators came back from two goals down to knock off the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in game three of their first-round series.

The Predators, with their first-ever three-games-to-none series lead, can close out the Blackhawks (the Western Conference's top seed) with a game-four home victory in Nashville on Thursday night.

At Calgary, Alberta:

Corey Perry scored 90 seconds into overtime as the Anaheim Ducks overcame a three-goal second-period deficit and upended the Calgary Flames 5-4 in game three of their conference quarterfinal series.

The Ducks, who now lead the series three games to none, can close out the Flames with a game-four victory on Calgary ice this coming Wednesday. 

Chalk Up Another Defeat For T2

At Portland, Oregon:

Thomas Sanner scored the only goal of the match in the 84th minute on Sunday as Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 registered a 1-0 United Soccer League road win over winless Portland Timbers 2.

T2 will visit Sacramento Republic FC this coming Saturday at 7:30 PM Pacific Time.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

2017 NBA Playoffs: Wizards, Warriors, Bulls, Rockets Win Series Openers

Four games were played on Sunday as the NBA Playoffs continued.


EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Washington:

John Wall scored a playoff-career-high 32 points while dishing out 14 assists as the Washington Wizards defeated the visiting Atlanta Hawks 114-107 in the opening contest of their conference quarterfinal series.

Bradley Beal and Markief Morris added 22 and 21 points, respectively, to the Wizards' coffers.

Dennis Schroder paced the Hawks with 25 points.

At Boston:

Jimmy Butler scored 23 of his 30 points in the second half as the Chicago Bulls knocked off the Boston Celtics 106-102 in the opening game of their opening-round series.

Isaiah Thomas, playing with a heavy heart the day after losing his sister in an automobile accident, led the Celtics with 33 points.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Oakland, California:

Kevin Durant scored 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Golden State Warriors took control of the game in the fourth quarter and outlasted the visiting Portland Trail Blazers 121-109 in the opening contest of their opening-round series.

Stephen Curry added 29 points to the Warriors' coffers.

C.J. McCollum scored 41 and Damian Lillard added 34 to pace the Blazers.

At Houston:

James Harden scored 37 points as the Houston Rockets smothered the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder 118-87 in the opening game of their conference quarterfinal series.

Patrick Beverley added 21 points to the Rockets' coffers, to go along with ten rebounds.

Russell Westbrook scored 22 points (and grabbed 11 rebounds) to pace the Thunder.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Blues, Penguins Take 3-0 Series Leads; Habs, Oilers Take 2-1 Series Leads With Road Wins

Four games were contested as the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued.  

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Columbus, Ohio:

Jake Guentzel delivered a hat trick-----including the game winner at 13:10 of overtime----as the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame a two-goal deficit and defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 in game three of their conference quarterfinal series.

The Penguins, who now lead the series three games to none, can close out both the Blue Jackets and the series with a game-four victory at Columbus on Tuesday night.

At New York:

Alexander Radulov had a goal and an assist as the Montreal Canadiens took a two-games-to-one lead in their conference quarterfinal series with the New York Rangers after their 3-1 road win in game three.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At St. Louis:

Jaden Schwartz scored the winning goal in the second period while Jake Allen stopped 20 of 41 shots as the St. Louis Blues defeated the visiting Minnesota Wild 3-1 in game three of their conference quarterfinal series.

The Blues, who now lead three games to none, can finish a four-game sweep of the Wild with a home victory in game four on Wednesday in St. Louis.

At San Jose, California:

Zack Kassian scored the game's lone goal in the second period while Cam Talbot stopped all 23 saves in registering his second straight playoff shutout as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the San Jose Sharks 1-0 on the road in game three of their opening round series, which the Oilers now lead two games to one.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Timbers Fall At Home To SKC

At Portland, Oregon:

Dom Dwyer scored the only goal of the match in the 53rd minute on Saturday as Sporting Kansas City knocked off the Portland Timbers 1-0 on the road in Major League Soccer action.

The Timbers will do their best to beck up for their first Cascadia Cup contest of the year when they host the Vancouver Whitecaps next Saturday at 1:00 PM Pacific Time (Timbers' broadcast television network via KPTV, Portland).

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Senators (In OT), Maple Leafs (In 2OT) Level Their Respective Series; Preds, Ducks Take 2-0 Series Leads

The Stanley Cup Playoffs continued on Saturday with four games.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Ottawa:

Dion Phaneuf, who assisted on two other goals, delivered the game-winning tally at 1:59 of overtime as the Ottawa Senators came back from behind to square their conference quarterfinal series with the Boston Bruins at a game apiece following their 4-3 home win in game two.

At Washington:

Kasperi Kapanen scored the game winner at 11:53 of the second overtime period as the Toronto Maple Leafs leveled their opening-round series with the Washington Capitals at one game apiece after their 4-3 road win in game two.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Chicago:

Ryan Ellis, Harry Zolnierczyk, Colton Sissions, and Kevin Fiala each scored his first playoff goal while Pekka Rinne made 30 saves for his second successive playoff shutout as the Nashville Predators will head back to Music City after sweeping the first two games of their conference quarterfinal series on the road, including a 5-0 game-two demolition of the Chicago Blackhawks.

At Anaheim, California:

Ryan Retzlaf scored the game-winning power-play goal with 4:46 remaining in regulation as the Anaheim Ducks have now taken a two-games-to-none lead over the Calgary Flames in their first-round series following their 3-2 game-two home triumph.

NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers, Bucks, Spurs, Jazz Take Series Openers

The 2017 National Basketball Association Playoffs commenced on Saturday with four games.

All series throughout are best four of seven.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Cleveland:

LeBron James scored 32 points and dished out 13 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers escaped with a conference-quarterfinal series-opening 109-108 home victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Kyrie Irving added 23 points to the Cavaliers' coffers.

Paul George topped the Pacers with 29 points.

At Toronto:

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 28 points and paced the Milwaukee Bucks to an opening-round series-opening 97-83 road victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Demar DeRozan topped the Raptors with 27 points.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At San Antonio, Texas:

Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points while LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 as the San Antonio Spurs dominated the visiting Memphis Grizzlies 111-82 in game one of their conference quarterfinal series.  

Marc Gasol paced the Grizzlies with 32 points.

At Los Angeles:

Joe Johnson, who scored 21 points, delivered the game-winning bucket as time expired, lifting the Utah Jazz to a 97-95 road win over the Los Angeles Clippers in the opening contest of their first-round series, despite losing the services of Ruby Gobert 17 seconds into the contest.

Blake Griffin scored 26 points while Chris Paul added 25 to pace the Clippers.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Pens, Blues Open Up 2-0 Series Leads; OT Win Enables Habs To Level Series With Rangers At 1-1

Four games were on the Friday schedule in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Montreal:

Alexander Radulov scored the winning goal 18:34 into overtime as the Montreal Canadiens squared their conference quarterfinal series with the New York Rangers at one game apiece following their 4-3 game-two home victory.

At Pittsburgh:

Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 in game two of their opening round series, which the Penguins now lead two games to none.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At St. Paul, Minnesota:

Jaden Schwarts scored the winning goal with 2:27 remaining in regulation as the St. Louis Blues will take a two-games-to-none opening-round series advantage back home to the Gateway City after their game-two 3-2 road win over the Minnesota Wild.

At Edmonton, Alberta:

Zack Kassian and Connor McDavid each scored a shorthanded goal as the Edmonton Oilers leveled their conference quarterfinal series with the San Jose Sharks at one game apiece after their 2-0 game-two home victory.

Oilers' goaltender Cam Talbot stopped all 16 Sharks shots for his first career playoff shutout.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Dan Rooney, Owner Of Pittsburgh Steelers, R.I.P.

Dan Rooney, the  Hall of Fame owner (inducted in 2000) of the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers, passed away on Thursday at age 84.

Glenda!

Here's a glamour photo of 1930s-1960s screen actress Glenda Farrell.



Madeleine!

Here's yet another glamour photo of British-born 1930s and 1940s screen actress Madeleine Carroll.

Madge In The Great Outdoors!

Here's a photo of 1930s screen actress Madge Evans outdoors.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Caps (In OT), Preds, Ducks Take Series Openers

The three remaining opening-round series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs commenced on Thursday.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Washington:

Tom Wilson scored the winning goal 5:15 into overtime as the Washington Capitals came back from two goals down to defeat the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 in the opening game of their conference quarterfinal series.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Chicago:

Viktor Arvidsson's first-period goal was all the Nashville Predators----with Pekka Rinne stopping all 29 shots for his second career playoff shutout---needed in their 1-0 opening-round series-opening road win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

At Anaheim, California:

Jakob Silfverborg scored the game-winning power-play goal late in the second period while Ryan Getzlaf scored a goal and had an assist as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the visiting Calgary Flames 3-2 in the opening game of their conference quarterfinal series.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Rangers, Bruins, Penguins, Sharks (In OT), Blues (In OT) Take Series Openers

The National Hockey League's 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs commenced on Wednesday with five games.

All series throughout the playoffs are best four of seven.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Montreal:

Tanner Glass scored what proved to be the winning goal in the first period while Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 31 shots as the New York Rangers seized home-ice advantage in their conference quarterfinal series with the Montreal Canadiens after their 2-0 series-opening road blanking.

At Ottawa:

Brad Marchand scored the winning goal with 2:33 remaining in regulation as the Boston Bruins came from behind to knock off the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in the opening game of their first-round series on the road.

At Pittsburgh:

Evgeni Malkin assisted on second-period goals by Phil Kessel and Bryan Rust while Nick Bonino also scored a second-period tally while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 of 32 shots in place of an injured Matt Murray as the Pittsburgh Penguins held off the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 in game one of their opening-round series.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At St. Paul, Minnesota:

Joel Edmundson scored the game winner at 17:48 of overtime while Jake Allen saved a career-high 51 saves as the St. Louis Blues knocked off the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on the road in game one of their opening-round series.

At Edmonton, Alberta:

Melker Karlsson scored the winning goal 3:22 into overtime as the San Jose Sharks came from behind to overtake the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in the opening match of their conference quarterfinal series, spoiling the Oilers' first playoff game since losing the 2006 Stanley Cup Final to Carolina.