PLAYER OF THE DAY
Patrick Maroon (NHL) is a left-winger for the St. Louis Blues. Maroon, a St. Louis native, turned out to be the hometown hero when he scored the game-winner in Game 7 last night. The game was tied 1-1, and after surviving one overtime and five minutes of a second, Maroon’s goal ended it at home. He became the first player since 1979 to score an OT winner in a Game 7 near (or in) his hometown and this is his second game-winner of the series. Not only did he bring the entire city to its feet, he brought so much joy, and a few tears, to his son who was cheering him on in the crowd. Awww…
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The Blue’s got no Blues
(NHL) Despite an incredible performance from Dallas Stars goalie Ben Bishop (he had a whopping 52 saves…), the Blues eliminated the Stars in a historic fashion. This was the third Game 7 in the 2019 playoffs to be determined in OT, setting an NHL record with plenty of playoff games still remaining. Maroon’s overtime winner led him and his teammates to the Western Conference Finals and they will face the winner of the other Game 7 matchup. The Blues have been quite the story to follow this season – back in January they sat in last place of the Western Conference, and have now ascended all the way to the Conference Finals. Gotta love playoff hockey.
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“We Laid An Egg”
(NBA) The Toronto Raptors blew out the Philadelphia 76ers big time last night in Game 5, giving them a 3-2 series lead. Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam led the team, each with 20+ points. 76ers stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, on the other hand, scored a mere 20 points combined and had seven turnovers in the first half. Embiid is suffering from an upper respiratory infection, but that didn’t stop Drake from mocking him in the crowd. 76ers player Jimmy Butler said that he thinks the team ‘laid an egg’ in this loss. Philly will need Embiid at full strength if they want to survive elimination and win Game 6, or Toronto will advance with a victory.
Tuesday’s game in the Western Conference was a little more intense. Denver Nuggets coach, Mike Malone, was emotional about the school shooting that occurred just two minutes from where he lives in Denver that left one student dead yesterday. He pleaded for change and they had a moment of silence before Game 5 against the Portland Trail Blazers. A win doesn’t erase what happened, but it does give Denver fans something to smile about. Paul Millsap and Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 24 and 25 points, respectively. Denver leads the series 3-2.
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Another Historic Comeback
Who did it?
(Soccer) Barcelona was eliminated from the Champions League yesterday in a 4-0 loss to Liverpool. Liverpool overturned a three-goal first-leg deficit and will advance to the final with a 4-3 aggregate victory. If this does not make sense to you, basically they play in what is called a double-round-robin. Teams play each other twice, each have the opportunity to play at home, and the winner is determined by aggregate goals from both ‘legs’. Liverpool knew it was going to be tough down 3-0 after the first leg, and a lot of people counted the team out, especially with Liverpool star Mohamed Salah ruled out of the match. Two goals from both a stand-in forward and a halftime substitute left Barcelona, and legend Lionel Messi, out to dry.
ON THIS DAY
In 1970, Willis Reed sparked a Knicks’ Game 7 win in the 1970 NBA Finals. The New York Knicks were playing the Los Angeles Lakers in a quest for their first NBA title in franchise history. Reed was a force in Games 1-4 but went down in Game 5 with a deep thigh injury. He sat out Game 6, and the Knicks lost in a blowout. No one, not even his teammates, knew if Reed was going to play in Game 7. Right before tip-off, Reed limped onto the court. The crowd at Madison Square Garden went insane, and it gave his team the confidence they had lost. Reed may have been hobbling around the court, but he scored the game’s first basket. He didn’t score much, but he didn’t have to. The Knicks were so inspired and won the game 113-99 bringing the Knicks their first NBA title. Adrenaline is a crazy thing, isn’t it…
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