The Viral Roundup – Mark Of Kane Edition
Greetings! It’s Wednesday and you’re waking up to a whole new sports landscape. We’re here to get you up to date on all the big news, big buzz and big developments that are headlining the world of jock talk. In today’s edition: Corey Crawford blanks the Wild, Washington’s playoff win streak gets snapped and Shelby Miller makes Philly’s bats look foolish.
Did You Hear?
The Hawks have locked in a 3-0 stranglehold on the Wild and they appear to be in no mood to let go. Corey Crawford stopped all 30 of Minnesota’s shots on goal and Patrick Kane notched the only marker over 60 minutes in a 1-0 triumph. The Hawks shut down all three of the Wild’s power play attempts and are on the verge of scoring a series sweep on Thursday. If Chicago bumps off Minnesota, it’ll be the second postseason in a row where the Hawks have sent Mike Yeo’s squad to the exits in Round 2.
Did You See?
Will Ferrell revived his Harry Caray impression this week to make a guest appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. Like all sensible people, Dave’s thrilled to see Caray pop up and say hi. We suppose that’s the sort of magic that happens when you also have the President of the United States on as your main guest.
Did You Know?
- The legend of the 2014-15 Flames continues! Rookie sensation Johnny Gaudreau scored with 19.5 seconds remaining in the 3rd to propel Calgary (a +120 moneyline home underdog) into extra time and it was Mikael Backlund that netted the OT winner that had the hometown crowd unglued for a 4-3 comeback win over the mighty Ducks. Flames netminder Kari Ramo had 18 saves in the Game 3 win that trimmed Anaheim’s Round 2 series lead to 2-1. The outcome also kept Calgary’s postseason undefeated streak rolling on, while the Ducks experienced their first L of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The puck drops on Friday for Game 4.
- The Wizards have suffered their first defeat of the postseason. With star guard John Wall a last minute scratch with a wrist injury, Washington (a six and a half point road underdog) experienced a 106-90 loss to Atlanta. Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll enjoyed his sixth straight game with twenty points or more and fellow starter Paul Milsap collected a double-double in the win. Washington did themselves no favours by racking up 16 turnovers in Game 2. The series is now knotted at 1-1 with the action shifting to D.C. for Game 3 on Saturday.
- Mike Conley returned to action on Tuesday night and led the Grizzlies to a key Game 2 road win. #11 returned from a facial injury wearing a mask and dropping 22 points on the Warriors in the 97-90 victory. The Memphis guard’s heroics came on the same night Steph Cury was awarded the NBA’s Most Valuable Trophy for his monster regular season with Golden State. The Oakland faithful haven’t seen a loss on the Warriors home court in over three months and now the scene shifts to Tennessee to see who can break this 1-1 series tie. Golden State are currently listed on the Futures board as an 11/10 shot to win the league championship and Memphis are saddled with longer odds at 16/1.
- Turner Field was the site of some ruthless pitching efficiency on Tuesday night. Braves starter Shelby Miller scored a complete game shutout with a mere 99 pitches. Miller gave up a meager three hits and tossed eight strikeouts in Atlanta’s decisive 9-0 stomping of the Phillies. (As you can tell from the final score, Phillies pitcher Chad Bilingsley’s first start since 2013 did not go well.) Braves sluggers Kelly Johnson and Freddie Freeman both went yard in the win. The two teams square off again tonight.
- Bartolo Colon continues his marvelous 2015 campaign. The Mets hurler picked up his fifth win of the season thanks to a one run/nine K outing in a hard fought 3-2 New York interleague victory over Baltimore. (Colon also ranks as the first pitcher to beat one team as a member of seven different teams.) Oriole homers in the 8th and 9th nearly killed Colon’s win, but Mets closer Jeurys Familia was able to overcome some final frame struggles to notch his 11th win of the season.
- Nats fans are collectively holding their breath as they await word on star pitcher Stephen Strasburg’s status after he exited last night’s game in the 3rd with a possible shoulder injury. Strasburg ended up taking the L in a 2-1 home loss to the Marlins. Miami starter Mat Latos collected his first win of the year and the Marlins staff as a whole kept Washington to a miniscule three hits.
- Alex Cobb’s return to the Rays rotation is facing another progress delay. The 27-year-old right hander had to cancel a throwing session over the weekend as he works to rehab his damaged forearm. The hurler noted that his body didn’t feel right. Manager Kevin Cash told the press that the decision’s been made to shut down Cobb for the time being. In 2014, Cobb went 10-9 on the mound with 149 Ks and a 2.87 ERA.
- Speaking of the Rays, they were in action on Tuesday night. Tampa was blanked 2-0 at Fenway thanks to an excellent outing from Red Sox starter Rick Porcello and a pair of round-trippers from leadoff man Mookie Betts. (The first home run came in the 6th and busted up the no-hitter Rays Drew Smyly had on the go.) Boston only had five hits in the game, but thanks to the two bombs from Betts, the Red Sox snapped a troubling four game losing spell.
- The Patriots are parting ways with another member of their secondary. The franchise has waived cornerback Alfonzo Dennard. The move came as a bit of surprise seeing as New England will be coming into 2015 without Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner thanks to free agency. Dennard was a sometimes starter with the club and totaled five interceptions in 29 regular season games played with the Pats. At the moment, the Patriots hold 15/2 odds on the Futures board to repeat as Super Bowl champs.
- Tuesday wasn’t exactly a day of marquee matchups for the IIHF World Championship, but there were a pair of games interest taking place. Slovakia came back from a 1-0 deficit with 14 minutes remaining in the 3rd to produce a 3-1 victory over Slovenia. Marian Gaborik scored a pair of markers in the win. Elsewhere, Switzerland squeezed by Germany to the tune of 1-0. HC Davos keeper Leonardo Genoni was the man behind the pipes with the clean slate. Today’s big showdown features Sidney Crosby leading Canada into battle to face Filip Forsberg and the Swedes.
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