The Vegas Golden Knights have taken a 1-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final. Vegas hosted the Washington Capitals in Game One of the series last night, in one of the most exciting games I’ve seen in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. Andre Burakovsky was sent off for boarding about 6 minutes into the game, giving the Golden Knights the first power play of the game. Just over a minute later, Colin Miller ripped a shot from the top of the zone, scoring a goal off the assist from Erik Haula.
Washington fought back though, scoring 2 goals in a span of 42 seconds later in the first period. Brett Connolly deflected Michal Kempny’s shot between his legs and into the net, before Nicklas Backstrom put the puck in the net off of T.J. Oshie’s wrap-around attempt. Vegas would tie the game at 2-2 with under two minutes to play in the first period, William Karlsson scored a second-chance goal off assists from Reilly Smith and Deryk Engelland.
Smith took matters into his own hands in the second period, scoring just over 3 minutes in to give Vegas a 3-2 lead. Washington came right back 5 minutes later as John Carlson scored, and again we had a tie game. The game was tied 3-3 heading into the final period, but not for long. Washington’s Tom Wilson scored just over a minute into the final period to give the Capitals a 4-3 lead.
This was Vegas’ night however, and the rest of the game showed it. Just 90 seconds after Washington took the lead, Ryan Reaves tied it back up for the Golden Knights on an unassisted goal. Tomas Nosek put the Golden Knights in front 5-4 off a great pass from Shea Theodore. Lars Eller had a great chance to tie it at 5-5 for Washington, but whiffed on the attempt in front of the net. Nosek would put away an empty-net goal with a couple seconds left and Vegas took Game One by a score of 6-4. Game Two is Wednesday night.
The NBA Finals are officially set, and surprise surprise…we’ve got the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors meeting for the 4th straight season. The Warriors won Game Seven on the road in the Western Conference Finals last night over the Houston Rockets by a score of 101-92. The Warriors had some great performances by Steph Curry (29 points, 1o rebounds, 9 assists), and Kevin Durant (34 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists), but the Rockets’ three-point shooting was the main story line here.
The Houston Rockets shot 44 three-pointers last night. 44. They only made 7 of them. For you mathematician’s at home, 7-44 comes out to 15.9% which is not going to cut it in a home playoff game. James Harden was 2-13 from three-point range, while Eric Gordon was 2-12 and Trevor Ariza was 0-9. Ariza played 42 minutes, was 0-12 from the field with 0 points. The Rockets missed 27 consecutive three-point shots at one point, a new NBA record.
Here's what 27 consecutive missed threes looks like.
It's the most by one team in a playoff game in NBA History. pic.twitter.com/RI85mzw5pe
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 29, 2018
So the Warriors will host the Cavaliers in Game One of the NBA Finals this Thursday, May 31. The Warriors have won 2 of the previous 3 NBA Finals, and are heavy favorites to win again this year. LeBron James again has an undermanned team and the odds stacked against him, should be fun to watch.
The Cincinnati Reds got beat up in the desert yesterday, falling 12-5 to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Homer Bailey got the loss for the Reds, pitching 4.0 innings, allowing 6 earned runs and striking out just 3 batters, Bailey is now 1-7 on the year. The Reds actually had 16 hits, but could only convert into 5 runs, while the Diamondbacks had 11 hits and ran away with this one. The Reds are now 19-36 on the season.
The Cleveland Indians got the win over the Chicago White Sox yesterday after trailing 5-1 early in the ballgame. A 5-run 5th inning boosted the Tribe to a 9-6 win, as Cleveland scored runs in each of the innings from the 3rd to the 7th. Adam Plutko got the win for the Indians who now sit at 27-25 on the season.
The Top Play of the Day comes from the Stanley Cup Final, where Brett Connolly scored the first goal of the night for the Capitals on a back-handed deflection between his legs.
Connolly befuddles Fleury with the beautiful deflection goal.
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) May 29, 2018
There aren’t any playoff games in the NBA or the NHL tonight, but the Reds and Indians continue their respective series with the Diamondbacks and White Sox. The Memorial Tournament on the PGA TOUR is held this week right outside of Columbus, Ohio. A star-studded field has made their way to the Buckeye state to tee it up on the course that Jack built.