May 28th, 2019
Welcome back hope your holiday was wonderful. Now back to the grind!
1. Game 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup did not disappoint. Down 2-0 the Bruins win 4-2 over the St. Louis Blues.
The Boston Bruins took the opening game of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, defeating the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Monday at TD Garden in Boston.
Everyone wondered how long it would take for the Boston Bruins to shake off the rust after 10 days of not playing prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Sean Kuraly scored the go-ahead goal for the Bruins in the third period, pouncing on a rebound from a shot by Zdeno Chara.
The Bruins scored twice in the second period while out-shooting the Blues 18-3.
Brad Marchand tacked on an empty-netter with 1:49 left in the game to seal the victory.
Tuukka Rask, who had averaged 1.84 goals against through 17 postseason games, stymied the Blues attack and made 18 saves between the pipes for his eighth consecutive victory in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Bruins fell behind early but were able to flip the switch down 2-0 in the second, however, Boston took complete control of the proceedings in a thoroughly dominant final two frames and racked up four unanswered goals to secure Game 1.
Big hits from both teams. Torey Krug skated the length of the ice and demolished Blues winger Robert Thomas. He did this without a helmet. But that didn’t deter Krug from providing the biggest hit of the NHL playoffs.
The Blues claimed a 2-0 lead on goals by Brayden Schenn (at 7:23 of the first) and Vladimir Tarasenko (at 1:00 of the second).
Jordan Binnington was solid for St. Louis, making 34 stops in the loss.
2. National Basketball Association gearing up for epic finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors.
It may be just friends having wine with dinner or Steve Kerr is out with Gregg Popovich showing the Warrior head coach how to stop Kwahi Leonard! Leonard is currently averaging 31.2 points per game in these playoffs as he has lead the Toronto Raptors to their first ever NBA Finals appearance.
The Toronto Raptors headed to their first NBA finals, ticket prices are topping out at thousands of dollars. Mark McAllister looks at just how much it might cost you to get into the Scotiabank Arena.
The Warriors are eyeing its fourth title in five years!
The Warriors, who are 5-0 in the playoffs without Kevin Durant, likely will be without the injured superstar in Game 1.
The Raptors are a 1-point home favorite, with the over-under for total points scored set at 215.
The Raptors are 5-2-1 against the spread in their last four meetings, and come in on a sizzling four-game cover streak.
In their 16 playoff games so far, the Warriors have scored 116.4 points per 100 possessions 8.0 points above the NBA average. This is still the best offense in basketball.
Bari’s Pick: Warriors in 7!
3. Barr Starr passes at age 85. Starr led the Green Bay Packers to the first two Super Bowl wins.
Bart Starr died Sunday at age 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. Starr had been in failing health since suffering two strokes and a heart attack in 2014.
Bart Starr was an ordinary quarterback until teaming with Vince Lombardi on the powerhouse Green Bay Packers teams that ruled the 1960s and ushered in the NFL as America’s most popular sport.
“Bart Starr was one of the most genuine, sincere people I knew,” NFL Commissioner Roger Godell said in a statement. “He personified the values of our league as a football player, a family man, and a tireless philanthropist who cared deeply about helping at-risk kids. Above all, he was a wonderful human being who will be remembered for his kindness and compassion.”
After losing the 1960 NFL title game in his first playoff appearance, the Packers never lost another playoff game under Starr, going 9-0, including wins over the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders in the first two Super Bowls.
Starr was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro. He won NFL titles in 1961, ’62, ’65, ’67 and ’68. He was the 1966 NFL MVP and was named to the 1960s All-Decade team. He also was named MVP of the first two Super Bowls.
When Starr retired following the 1971 season, his career completion rate of 57.4 percent was tops in the run-heavy NFL, and his passer rating of 80.5 was second-best ever, behind only Otto Graham.
After five world championships, he his all-time high salary of $100,000. That was Dan Devine’s first season as the Packers coach and Starr’s last as a player.
4. Bill Buckner passes away at age 69. Buckner’s career was one of grit and full of pain, physical and mental pain.
Bill Buckner, who made one of the biggest blunders in baseball history when he let Mookie Wilson’s trickler roll through his legs in the 1986 World Series. That little grounder forever changed his legacy.
Buckner died after a long battle with Lewy body dementia, his family said in a statement. The disease causes Alzheimer’s-like symptoms along with movement and other problems.
Buckner lived in Boise, Idaho, after he finished playing. He was the hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs’ minor league affiliate in Boise in 2012-13 and owned three car dealerships and several commercial properties in Idaho.
Buckner made his major league debut as a teenager, played until he was 40 and amassed 2,715 hits in between.
Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda of the Dodgers called Buckner “one of the best competitors I have ever seen.”
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Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert remains hospitalized and is “resting comfortably” after suffering a stroke. The 57-year-old was taken to a Detroit-area hospital Sunday by a friend after not feeling well, and he had the stroke while getting medical care.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday the league will consider expanded video review after some high-profile missed calls during the playoffs.
The owner of Santa Anita is investigating whether new rules were followed before the 26th horse death at the Southern California racetrack. Kochees, a 9-year-old gelding, was euthanized Sunday after injuring his left front leg in a race a day earlier.
Sportswear giant Nike will waive performance-based targets for 12 months for any of their pregnant athletes after several runners revealed they had their payments frozen.
Matt Moore scored four goals and Virginia won its sixth NCAA lacrosse championship, beating defending champion Yale 13-9 on Monday.
Game 1 of the NBA Finals is still days away, but Drake is already getting much of the headlines. Smash mouth is trying to change that right now. The California based rock band took to Twitter over the weekend and sent a stern warning to Drake for him to not repeat his antics during the NBA Finals as he did during the Eastern Conference Finals.
Video surfaced on social media showing Washington Capitals star Evgeny Kuznetsov seated near a table with two lines white powder that looks a lot like cocaine.