The Viral Roundup – DuckTales Edition
Happy Monday! We trust you survived Mother’s Day alright. (Fear the Mother’s Day brunch bender hangover!) An all-new go-around of The Viral Roundup is ready and waiting for you. We’re your daily one-stop shop for all the big news, big buzz and big developments headlining a new day in sports. In today’s edition: The Flames are through, the legend of LeBron grows and Michael Pineda inflicts some strikeout damage on the Orioles.
Did You Hear?
So long, Cinderella. The Anaheim Ducks have brought Calgary’s stunning 2014-15 run to a close and they did so in heartbreaking fashion. Ducks star Corey Perry notched an OT winner early in the extra frame to earn a 3-2 win for a Anaheim and lock up the series at 4-1. The victory launches the Ducks into the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2007 and sets up a Ducks/Blachwawks showdown. The Flames went down swinging in Orange County and goaltender Kari Ramo made 44 saves in defeat.
Did You See?
Seeing a quality punch to the face is always a crowdpleaser. As the globe continues to groan about the supreme blandness that was Mayweather/Pacquiao, there was a must-see boxing moment over the weekend where Saul “Canelo” Alvarez absolutely obliterated James Kirkland with a knockout right. That KO is so nasty that you could imagine a Mortal Kombat style “Finish Him” graphic appearing on the screen before Kirkland hits the mat.
Did You Know?
- It’s going to seven. The Rangers nearly blew a 4-1 lead in the 3rd period, but the Blueshirts hung on to escape Washington with a 4-3 win and a series that’s knotted up at 3-3. Chris Kreider got NYR off on the right foot/skate with a pair of goals in the opening frame and netminder Henrik Lundqvist stopped 42 shots from opening face-off to end buzzer. The Caps had a valuable opportunity to tie things up with under three minutes remaining when James Sheppard got sin binned for a delay of game penalty. The result? An underwhelming power play performance. Game 7 is scheduled for Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden and it should be wild.
- The Blackhawks are patching up a hole in their blueline with the addition of David Rundblad. The 24-year-old Swede will be in the lineup for Round 3 to take over for injured d-man Michal Rozsival. Rosival was injured in Chicago’s final slice of Round 2 action and his fractured ankle will keep him a spectator for the remainder of the playoffs with surgery on the horizon. Rundblad hasn’t played a playoff game yet in his career, but Game 1 on the Western Conference Finals isn’t a bad place to start. The substitute scored 14 points in 49 regular season games this year.
- Even the Almighty Yeezy couldn’t prevent LeBron from coming up big at the buzzer. The Cleveland Cavaliers, who entered the game as three and a half point road favourites, edged past the Bulls 86-84 when LeBron James nailed a walkoff jumper to tie the series at two games for each side. Game 3′s buzzer beating hero Derrick Rose scored 31 points in a losing cause. As hinted at, Kanye West snuck in a performance (“All Day”) and even lent a hand with the pregame introductions. Chicago may have had Kanye in the mix, but a hamstring injury kept veteran forward Pau Gasol off the court. No word on if he’ll return for Game 5 tomorrow night in Cleveland.
- The Clips have Houston on the ropes. Los Angeles (a -310 moneyline favourite) slaughtered the Rockets on Sunday night to the tune of 128-95 in front of a packed Staples Center. Clippers big man DeAndre Jordan turned in an excellent game at center with 26 points and 17 rebounds, meanwhile Dwight Howard was tossed in the 4th quarter after an awful game for Houston. The loss lands the Rockets on the wrong end of a 3-1 series deficit. If the Clippers win Game 5 tomorrow night it will put the franchise in the Conference Finals for the first time in team history.
- Golden State will be going into Game 4 without Marresee Speights at the ready. The Warriors center will miss tonight’s contest with a “moderate” right calf sprain that was picked up during a road loss to Memphis. The Grizzlies lead the series 2-1, but oddsmakers have Golden State favoured tonight by five points.
- A walkoff single sent the Second City’s south siders home happy. In an exciting back-and-forth tussle with Cincinnati, the White Sox emerged with a 4-3 win thanks to an RBI single from 3B Gordon Beckham that sent RF Avisail Garcia home and Chicago pouring out of the dugout. White Sox reliever David Robertson failed to shut the door in the 9th but still exited with his third win of the season for his troubles.
- Bryce Harper didn’t go yard in yesterday’s 5-4 Nats victory over the Braves, but we imagine D.C. baseball enthusiasts are still arlight with how the game panned out. The Washington slugger went 2-4 with a single, a double and an RBI in the contest and the Nationals exit their set having swept their NL East rivals. Next up for Washington is a series in Arizona, while Atlanta treks to Ohio to play Cincinnati.
- The Yankees got an incredible performance on the mound yesterday. Michael Pineda improved to 5-0 on the season with a career-best 16 K showing versus the Orioles in a 6-2 New York win. The feat also tied the Domincan star with David Cone and David Wells for the second-most strikeouts tossed by a Yankee pitcher. (The top spot belongs to an 18 K effort from Ron Guirdy in the late 70s.) RF Carlos Beltran and C Brian McCann both socked round-trippers in the matinée victory.
- It was a no go for Garrett Richards’ attempt at a no-no. The Angels starter took had no hits to his name until Astros C Jason Castro busted up the potential milestone in the 7th. Richards still scored the W as the Angels (a -155 moneyline home favourite) topped the AL West leading Astros 3-1 in Anaheim. A three run scoring burst in the 5th provided the necessary offensive support for the Halos. Houston still holds a healthy five game division lead over the Angels, but there’s still loads more regular season action to come.
- Canada’s marvelous IIHF World Hockey Championship round robin ride featured another win yesterday. Switzerland found themselves on the losing end of a 7-2 thrashing at the hands of the maple-infused side. The victory clinched Group A for the national squad and their undefeated streak (six wins with no blemishes) will likely roll on when they take on Austria on Tuesday. Elsewhere in tournament action, Russia needed overtime to drop Slovakia 3-2. The game winner came courtesy of new Blackhawks signee Artemi Panarin.
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