Great night to be a sports fan

Posted: 27/04/2011 in MLB, NBA, NCAAF, NFL, NHL, PGA

Tuesday Night Sports Scene

Tonight was a great night to be a sports fan. Great hockey games, important basketball games and some ugly updates in football.

NHL

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The West’s one seed Vancouver needed 7 games and overtime to beat the defending Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks. Intense and fun game. Alex Burrows scored both Vancouver goals in the 2-1 series deciding overtime win.

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Much to my dismay, the Canadians and goalie Carey Price outlasted Tim Thomas and the Bruins in Montreal 2-1, and forced a game 7 Wednesday night in Boston. Carey Price stopped 31 of 32 Bruin shots to lead the Habs game 6 victory.

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The Flyers scored 4 goals before the Sabres finally got a goal past Brian Boucher 6 minutes into the third period. Boucher is making his case as to why the Flyers and their fans should chose him as their everyday playoff goalie. Ryan Miller just wasn’t good enough in game 7 tonight.

NBA

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Hey Roy Hibbert, you were right, you backed up your talk and won your argument. You guys (Indiana Pacers) didn’t get swept by the Chicago Bulls. However, the Bulls did finish off Hibbert’s Pacers tonight in Chicago in game 5, 116-89 in a beat-down.  Derrick Rose (25) and Luol Deng (24) led the Bulls scoring output as the Bulls await the winner of the Hawks and Magic series in round 2 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs.

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On the brink of elimination, the Orlando Magic survived for another game crushing the Atlanta Hawks 101-76 to force a game 6 in Atlanta on Thursday. The three pointers finally started falling tonight as Jason Richardson (17) and J.J. Reddick (14) led the Magic to victory. Dwight Howard however had only one field goal the entire night and finished with just 8 points and 8 rebounds.

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In a very tight first four games, the Lakers were looking to take advantange of their home court and go up 3-2 on the pesky CP3 led New Orleans Hornets. They did just that steadily beating them 106-90 in game 5. Kobe Bryant’s left ankle held up and even had a posterization of Emeka Okafor just before half time that had tweeters going bananas. Atlanta Falcons star wide-out tweeted: roddywhiteTV Roddy White: “That was a great dunk by kobe he about to go off” Kobe Bryant had 19 points.

NFL

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The NFL went back to work on Tuesday, one day after U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson granted the players an injunction to lift the lockout. A handful of players however reported to team facilities on Tuesday, although many were unable to do much other than walk through the doors.

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Often criticized ex-Tennessee Titan star Albert Haynesworth was indicted Tuesday on a sexual assault charge. The overpaid Redskin (and Coach Mike Shanahan’s favorite Skin’) was indicted by a Washington grand jury on a misdemeanor sexual assault charge. Back on February 11 of this year Haynesworth allegedly caressed the breasts of a waitress at the W hotel.  If Haynesworth is found guilty he could face a fine of $1,000 and up to six months in jail.

NCAA Football

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Bad news for my Gators. Florida sent their star All-Conference cornerback Janoris Jenkins packing on Tuesday. Jenkins was on a short leash after his April 23 arrest for marajuana possession for the second time. New Gator head coach Will Muschamp tweeted: CoachWMuschamp Will Muschamp: After meeting with Janoris Jenkins today, we both felt it was in his best interest to move ahead to the next stage of his career.

MLB

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Andre Ethier made history Tuesday night for the Dodgers. Although Los Angeles is struggling and ended up losing to the Marlins 4-2, Ethier set a major league record for the longest April hitting streak as he hit safely in 23 straight games. Ironically, former Dodger manager Joe Torre previously held the record for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1972 with 22 hits.

PGA

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Tiger Woods’ left leg injury suffered two weeks ago at Augusta National isn’t getting any better. Woods decided to take next week’s tour event in Charlotte off to recuperate his ailing left leg which he has had four separate surgeries on. Woods said on his website that he experienced a “grade-one mild medial collateral ligament sprain to his left knee and a mild strain to his left Achilles tendon while hitting a difficult and awkward second shot” while playing in the round of the Masters.

– Steve

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