With no games in the NBA Playoffs last night, our biggest news of the night comes out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Washington Capitals hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning, entering the game with a 2-1 series lead. No team has won at home yet this series, and that trend continued Thursday night.
The Capitals took an early 1-0 lead thanks to a goal by Dmitri Orlov off assists from T.J. Oshie and Matt Niskanen. Just over a minute later, the Lightning tied the game with a goal by Brayden Point, his 7th of the post-season. Point’s goal was assisted by Yanni Gourde and Tyler Johnson. Steven Stamkos would add a power-play goal about three minutes later, making it a 2-1 game in favor of the Lightning. Stamkos was struck in the face by a puck in the morning skate, further proving the notion that hockey players are the toughest in all of sports.
Evgeny Kuznetsov tied things up for the Capitals with a goal about five minutes into the second period. Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson assisted on the game-tying goal. The game would head to the third period tied 2-2, a great chance for Washington to win on their home ice and take a 3-1 series lead. Lightning Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy had other ideas.
Vasilevskiy made incredible saves all night, and was especially stout in the third period. In a 2-2 game, Vasi made the Top Play of the Day, which you will see below. Tampa Bay’s Alex Killorn scored to break the tie with about 8 minutes left to go in the game, his goal was assisted by Ondrej Palat and Mikhail Sergachev. Anthony Cirelli would add an empty net goal with just seconds to go, and the Lightning tied the series up at 2 games apiece, headed back home.
Game Five is in Tampa Bay on Saturday night.
Headed over to the PGA Tour, the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship got underway yesterday at the Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas, Texas. After one round, there was a log-jam of players at -4 and -5, but Marc Leishman stole the show, posting a ridiculous -10 score on the day. Jimmy Walker and J.J. Spaun are the closest to Leishman at -7. Jordan Spieth is at -2 and Matt Kuchar is at +1, although he did have a nice chip in for birdie yesterday.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 17, 2018
The Trinity Forest Golf Club is a Par-71 course, meaning Leishman shot a 61 on Thursday. Take a look at some of his best shots of the day.
Two eagles. 😳
Six birdies. 👏
No bogeys. 👌
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 18, 2018
The Top Play of the Day, as I mentioned before, came from Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Andrei Vasilevskiy was outstanding between the pipes all night, but perhaps no saves were more impressive than this one, preserving the tie game. The Lightning would score just a couple minutes later and go on to even the series.
In tonight’s action, still no NBA Playoffs. Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics will tip off tomorrow night. It’s Game Four of the Western Conference Finals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as the Vegas Golden Knights host the Winnipeg Jets holding a 2-1 series lead. If the Knights can get this one tonight, they’ll be one win away from the Stanley Cup Final in their first year as a franchise. The Reds and Indians are back in action tonight as they take on the Chicago Cubs and the Houston Astros, respectively.