White Sox hosting the Tigers in what should have been a great season-ending series at the Cell.
Bears trying to go 2-1 with a tough game in Seattle.
Cubs Finishing up final road trip in San Francisco.
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What a moron – Patrick Kane was arrested early Sunday morning on charges of assault and robbery over a dispute with a Buffalo cab driver. All the facts have not been disclosed yet, but what it boils down to is this. Kane is 20-years and was likely drunk after a night of drinking in Buffalo. When the cab driver failed to give Kane and his cousin the appropriate change (albeit a mere 20 cents to an NHL hockey star who makes millions of dollars each season), a dispute arose. Kane and his cousin allegedly hit the cab driver and took back the $15.00 that they had given him for the fare. Can anyone say “idiot”?
This is a man who should be giving the cab driver a $20 or a $50 and saying – keep the change. Aside for the fact that Kane was likely drinking underage, his behavior with respect to the cab driver was unconscionable. Now granted, the attorney for the cab driver has come out and said that the whole incident has been largely overblown, but how does it even get to this point.
Sports athletes are just dumb sometimes. Chalk this one up to another dumb athlete doing something stupid after a night of drinking. Let’s hope Kane quickly owns up to his actions, apologizes to the cab driver and his family andapologizes to the NHL, the Blackhawks organization and the Blackhawks fans for acting like a complete and total moron…
The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Tuesday night at the Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh to force a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals. The home team has held serve in each of the first 6 games of the Stanley Cup finals. The Penguins took a 1-0 lead just 50 seconds into the 2nd period on Jordan Staal’s 4th goal of the playoffs. Tyler Kennedy increased the Penguin lead to 2-0 with his tally a little over 5 minutes into the 3rd period. Kris Draper got the Red Wings on the board with his 1st goal of the playoffs 8 minutes into the 3rd period.
Penguins goalie made 25 saves and held off a barrage of shots from the Red Wings in 3rd period – 14 in all. Chris Osgood had a good game for the Red Wings – 29 saves on 31 shots on goal – but it wasn’t enough.
Game 7 will be in prime time on NBC on Friday night – June 12th. The odds are in the home team’s favor, so that should be good news for the Red Wings. The Red Wings are 11-1 at home during the playoffs this year and they have outscored the Penguins 11-2 in the 3 games played in the Stanley Cup Finals thus far this year. Since 1987, in Game 7 Stanley Cup games, the home team has won all 6 contests – no road team has raised the Stanley Cup after a Game 7 win since the Montreal Canadiens did so in Chicago way back in 1971. But then again – that’s why they play the games. Stay tuned as we keep you posted on the latest NHL/Stanley Cup updates over the next few days…
The Red Wings ousted the Blackhawks with a thrilling 2-1 overtime win in Detroit. Darren Helm scored the game winner for the Red Wings just 3:58 into OT. The Red Wings will face the Penguins in the Stanley Cup for the 2nd straight season.
After high scoring affairs in the series 1st 4 games, this was a defensive struggle. Neither team scored until the 3rd period and each team was 0 for 3 on the power play.
The Red Wings struck 1st on Dan Cleary’s goal 6:08 into the 3rd period. Patrick Kane tied the game with just over 7 minutes to play in regulation.
Chris Osgood saved 30 shots for the Red Wings while Cristobal Huet shined for the Blackhawks saving 42 shots on the net during the night.
The New York Rangers finished the month of January with a 6-6 record. Although the Rangers are still looking like one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference, if you ask the players, they would probably call their performance a bit of a disappointment with too much inconsistency. The Rangers lost to the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins in close 1-goal games – the 2 top teams in the East. They also lost to the Montreal Canadiens and finished 1-2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. On the other hand, the Rangers defeated the Blackhawks in Chicago and the Ducks at home – 2 of the better teams in the Western Conference.
The Rangers have 62 points, and currently sit in the 5th spot in the East. The Canadiens also have 62 points and the Philadelphia Flyers have 61 points, so it is definitely crowded at the top. The Rangers also trail the New Jersey Devils – 9-1 in their last 10 games – for the top spot in the Atlantic Division, so the race for the top spot in the division and at least a 3rd seed is not out of reach just yet.
The upcoming schedule is favorable for the Rangers. The Rangers take on Atlanta at home on Tuesday night. Then it’s on the road for games against the Dallas Stars and the Devils. After a quick pit-stop against the Capitals at home, the Rangers travel again to Florida to take on the Panthers. After another tough match-up at home against the Flyers, the Rangers play 7 consecutive games against teams with less points than the Rangers right now – St. Louis Blues, New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs (home and home), Panthers and Colorado Avalanche. If the Rangers can swing a few victories against the Devils, Capitals and Flyers and then win 6 of the 7 games against the “beatable” teams, the Rangers could find themselves in great shape entering the month of March for the stretch run.
The Rangers will need to get great goal-tending from Henrik Lundqvist who has struggled of late – losing 3 of his last 4 starts. The Rangers will also rely heavily upon their 4 top point scorers – Nikolai Zherdev, Scott Gomez, Markus Naslund and Chris Drury – for consistent play on a nightly basis. If Brandon Dubinsky and Michal Rozsival can continue to step up their games with numerous assists, the Rangers could make a bold statement to the rest of the league. It’s all just sitting there for the Blue Shirts – now they just need to go and take it…