The biggest news of the night came out of Tampa Bay, as the Washington Capitals rolled over the Lightning on their way to the Stanley Cup Final. It’s the Capitals’ first appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals since 1998, and Alexander Ovechkin’s first appearance in his 13-year career.
The Caps got out to a quick 1-0 lead just one minute into the game, thanks to a rocket of a slap-shot from Ovechkin. The goal quieted the sell-out crowd in Tampa, and came off assists from Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson. The second period was the Andre Burakovsky story, as he scored to make it 2-0 off a puck that was misplayed by the Lightning.
The second goal shut down some serious Lightning momentum, as they were getting great looks at the back of the net all game, but just couldn’t capitalize. The Caps seemed to take advantage on their given opportunities, with 3:30 left in the second period, Caps Defenseman John Carlson made an incredible pass off the boards to a streaking Burakovsky, who put away the breakaway goal, making it 3-0.
Nicklas Backstrom would score an empty net goal with about 3:45 left in the game, making it 4-0, and sealing the deal. That was your final score, Washington goes on the road for Game Seven and absolutely dominates the Lightning. Braden Holtby was incredible, stopping all 29 shots he faced. The Capitals will now travel to Las Vegas to take on the Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final. Game One is Monday night.
Headed over to the NBA, the Boston Celtics maintained their home-court advantage, defeating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83. Jayson Tatum led the way for Boston, the 20-year-old rookie scored 24 points, adding 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals in 41 minutes of play. King James had 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists, but didn’t have enough help from the supporting cast. Kevin Love was the only other Cavalier in double figures, he scored 14 points but was 2-7 from three-point range.
The Celtics shot 36.5% from the field in the game, and still managed to win by 13 points. Game Six is now do-or-die for the Cavs, they’ll be back home on Friday night to try to push this series to seven games.
The Cincinnati Reds lost a heartbreaker at home yesterday. falling 5-4 to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 12 innings. Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the 8th, the Reds scored 3 runs to tie the game which would send it to extra innings. Josh Harrison hit a triple in the 12th, scoring Jordy Mercer. Harrison was 4-6 on the night, as the Pirates hand the Reds their 33rd loss of the season.
The Cleveland Indians completed the two-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs with a simple 1-0 victory yesterday. Michael Brantley singled to center in the third inning, scoring Rajai Davis. That was all that was needed for Adam Plutko who was credited with his 2nd win of the season. The Indians are now 24-23 on the season.
The Top Play of the Day comes from Alexander Ovechkin, who played like a maniac in Game Seven, and now his Capitals are going to the Stanley Cup Final. Ovechkin took the Tampa Bay crowd out of the game almost immediately with this one-timer to take a 1-0 lead barely over a minute into the action.
— NHL (@NHL) May 24, 2018
Tonight we have another critical Game Five in the NBA Playoffs, as the Houston Rockets host the Golden State Warriors. The series is tied 2-2, so the winner of tonight’s game will be on the brink of the NBA Finals. The Reds wrap up their series with the Pirates today, as the Indians begin another series with the Houston Astros. On the PGA TOUR, the Fort Worth Invitational begins today at Colonial Golf Course. Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, and Jon Rahm are among those in the field this week.