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The Viral Roundup – Bye Bye Big Buff Edition

The Viral Roundup – Bye Bye Big Buff Edition
Big Buff faces the music, LeBron battles the Heat and two talented Texas squads go sneaker-to-sneaker in Big D. Here's a look at the thrilling new world of sports you're waking up to on the morning of April 3, 2015.

Howdy! Welcome to the Good Friday go-around of The Viral Roundup. We’re here to humbly serve as the convenient one stop shop for all of the big stories, scores and distractions that are the talk of the sports world. In today’s edition: The hammer drops on Byfuglien, the Heat venture onto LeBron’s new/old turf and a Texas-sized showdown goes down in Dallas.

Did You Hear?

It’s official. Dustin Byfuglien will be out of the Jets lineup for an extended stretch after the National Hockey League leveled its discipline yesterday. Big Buff’s cross-check to the neck/head of Rangers forward J.T. Miller has netted a four game suspension. The NHL ruled that Byfuglien used excessive force (which makes Buff sound sorta like a rogue 80s movie cop) and struck a player that was defenseless. This disciplinary exit means Winnipeg will be missing their biggest impact player for the 80% of the remaining games on the calendar. The Jets will have to find a way to fill Byfuglien’s 22+ minutes per game against opponents like Vancouver, Minnesota, St. Louis and Colorado.

Did You See?

How would you react if you saw a nightmare eagle at a Virginia tollbooth? Curling up into a sobbing ball and hoping it goes away is one option, but the Washington Nationals are pretty confident you’d be thrilled to see Screech. The Nats mascot dropped by a tollbooth and gave highway travellers free passage through the area. 

Did You Know?

- Tukka Rask made 35 saves to shut the door on the Red Wings and backstop the Bruins to a valuable 3-2 win. The game winner came from an unlikely source: Zach Trotman. The marker came with a little over two minutes left and it was the first goal of Trotman’s career. The B’s find themselves on a hot streak at the right time. Their fourth straight victory comes as Boston fights off the Sens and Panthers for the final Wildcard spot in the NHL’s Eastern Conference.

- The Senators are sitting three points behind the Bruins thanks to the overtime heroics of Patrick Wiercioch. The Ottawa defenceman’s third of the season gave the Sens a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Hamburglar once again dazzled between the pipes, turning away 28 shots while his Tampa counterpart Ben Bishop collected 32 saves in a losing effort. There was a controversial moment in the 2nd period when Bolts superstar Steven Stamkos was involved in a collision with Jean-Gabriel Pageau. Some social media observers were quick to CAPS LOCK their allegations that Stamkos was intentionally sticking out his knee on the play. Will Stamkos get called on the carpet over the incident? We’ll have to wait and see.

- The Carolina Hurricanes were completely dismantled last night courtesy of the Florida Panthers. A 6-1 pummelling was the end result. Jaromir Jagr had a 1G/1A showing and Vincent Trocheck popped in two tallies with a helper over the course of the 60 minutes. (#68′s 2 points ties him with Carolina GM Ron Francis for the number four spot on the all-time scoring list.) The W allows Florida to keep pace in a crowded and complicated East Wildcard chase. Anton Khudobin had a rough night giving up all six goals for the Canes.

- Alexander Ovechkin is running away with the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy. Ovi put his 51st and 52nd goals of the season past Carey Price in a 5-4 shootout win over the Habs. Joel Ward also potted two goals in a wild Caps win. Price’s play wasn’t at the Hart Trophy contender level we’ve seen elsewhere this season as Washington put 4 of 19 shots behind the keeper. The skills competition assisted victory pulls Washington past Pittsburgh into the #3 spot in the Metropolitan Division. The charity point keeps Montreal in the peak position in the Atlantic Division. 

- Minnesota’s hot streak was extinguished (at least temporarily) at Madison Square Garden. Henrik Lundqvist continued his return to pre-injury form shutting down the Wild in a hard-fought 3-2 Rangers win. The Wild were not helped at all by gifting New York six (6!) power play opportunities throughout the sixty minutes. One of those shorthanded situations led to Rick Nash collecting his 41st goal of the season lighting the lamp on Devan Dubnyk. The Rangers currently hold a commanding nine point lead in the Metro standings. 

- The Flames failed to gain ground in their postseason push. St. Louis played the role in hospitable hosts, smacking down Calgary 4-1. The outcome did nothing to help the Flames tighten their grip on that final playoff spot in the Pacific Division and with L.A. on their trail that’s a troubling way to end a night. The Blues picked up the W with stars Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen out of the lineup dealing with medical issues.

- The Hawks and Canucks renewed their rivalry on Thursday night. Chicago exited with a 3-1 win playing to the home faithful at the United Center. Jonathan Toews scored his 26th of the year in the victory and neither club managed to capitalize on their respective three power play opportunities apiece. The Blackhawks are currently on a tidy three game winning streak.

- Have you ever run into your ex and they caught you at your absolute worst? That’s sort of how things went for the Heat last night. LeBron James scored 23 points and provided 7 assists in a 114-88 slaughtering of his former club. Even worse for Miami? Dwayne Wade went out with a knee injury and it’s unclear what the extent of the damage is. The L drops the Heat into a tie with Boston for the final playoff spot. Things are going much better for the Cavs. They’ve won their 17th straight home contests.

- Two formidable basketball squads squared off on Thursday in the Lone Star State. Houston came in a two and a half point underdog and left the court with a 108-101 victory over Dallas. The Rockets excelled when it came to nabbing rebounds, beating out the Mavs in that category to the tune of 55-41. James Harden didn’t turn in another half-century cracking point total, but he did contribute 24 on the scoreboard and distributed six assists in the win.

- Here’s a diagnosis sure to make Tigers fans cringe: Ace Justin Verlander is starting the season on the disabled list thanks to a triceps injury. The 2011 American League MVP had a lukewarm 2014 campaign by Verlander standards. The 32-year-old went 15-12 with a swollen 4.54 ERA. The Tigers are currently positioned as an 8/1 bet to win the American League in 2015.

- The Bay Area will be significantly less Crispy for the next while. Oakland A’s outfielder/awesome name-haver Coco Crisp is reportedly headed to get his elbow repaired and that’ll yank the club’s starting leftfielder out of the lineup for roughly six to eight weeks. Last year, Crisp provided the Athletics with 114 hits, 68 runs and 19 stolen bases in 126 games.

- How much are you willing to pay to see Mayweather/Pacquiao roughly a half-decade beyond its peak interest point? A Wall Street Journal report has the price for viewing the bout in HD set at… $99 American. (Going with standard definition will save you $10.) It’s the highest amount in boxing PPV history and you probably know a buddy that’ll pony up the dough to buy it. At the moment, Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. is a -210 bet to beat Manny Pacquiao.

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