May 31st, 2019
Welcome back, have a great weekend!
1. National Basketball Association Game 1 Finals recap. Raptors draw first blood in Toronto beating the Warriors 118-109.
Behind playoff career-high Pascal Siakam scores 32 points as the Raptors take Game 1 of the NBA Finals over the Warriors, 118-109.
Siakam also added (14-17 FG, 82.4%), 8 rebounds and 5 assists in a stellar performance.
Siakam is the 7th player in NBA Finals history to score 30+ points on 80% shooting or better.
Kawhi Leonard added 23 points (5-14 FG), 8 rebounds and 5 assists of his own.
Stephen Curry led all scorers with 34 points (8-18 FG, 4-9 3pt FG), to go with 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the Warriors.
Draymond Green registered his 2nd career NBA Finals triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
With this triple-double, Green has become the 3rd player in NBA Playoffs history with a triple-double in four different series within one postseason, joining Magic Johnson (5 total in 1983-84) and LeBron James (4 total, 2017-18).
2. National Hockey League moves to St. Louis tied 1-1 with the Boston Bruins.
A flat opening to overtime did the Bruins in after they failed to clear the puck out of their own end following multiple chances to do so. The Blues dominated possession time in the extra session and took advantage of a delayed penalty call on the Bruins to earn a 3-2 win.
Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk was sent to the hospital for further evaluation after being hit hard into the boards by St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist in the first period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak will talk about what hasn’t gone right so far in the series against the St. Louis Blues and what they need to do better. Maybe assistant Jay Pandolfo will show them some video clips for good measure.
The Bruins’ eight-game playoff win streak ended with a thud, marred by missed opportunities and continued futility from their best players. One of the hottest teams in the NHL over the past two rounds of the playoffs, Boston was beaten up during their 3-2 overtime loss to the Blues in Game 2.
Mike Milbury during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins when it sounded like he might have dropped an F-bomb on live TV while talking in-between the third period and OT.
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick had the honor of waving the team’s Fan Banner in the stands for the first puck was dropped and the 67-year-old coach who has won six Super Bowls during his time with the Patriots sure had a fun time doing it!
Game 2 NHL Stanley Cup Highlights…
Less than five minutes into the game, Charlie Coyle scored on the Bruins power play. Jake DeBrusk (with two Blues on him) passed the puck over to Coyle (with no Blues on him right in the middle of the ice) and Coyle was able to beat Jordan Binnington for the early 1-0 lead.
Five minutes later, Robert Bortuzzo tied the game at one. Bortuzzo fired the puck from a sharp angle. The puck bounced off of a Bruins defender and past Tukka Rask for the 1-1 tie.
Thirty six seconds later, the Bruins took the lead right back. David Perron turned the puck over in the Bruins offensive zone. Sean Kuraly was able to find Joakim Nordstrom wide open in front of Binnington. Nordstrom beat Binnington and gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead.
With 5:05 left in the period, Vladimir Tarasenko scored to tie the game at two. Jaden Schwartz got the initial shot on net. Tarasenko was there to get the Schwartz rebound to which Rask made the stop. Tarasenko stuck with it and made a great effort on the second chance he got and didn’t miss.
No scoring. Shots on goal were 14-6 in favor of the Blues. So if you’re scoring at home the Blues had as many shots in two periods as they had in a full 60 minutes of game one. Both teams had chances but couldn’t capitalize.
Much of the same for both sides. Shots were 9-9. We headed to OT.
The Blues dominated the 3:51 of overtime that the two teams played. Shots were 4-0 in favor of the Blues. The Blues had 8 attempts at the net. The Bruins had zero. So who was the man that gave the Blues their first ever Stanley Cup Final win? Carl Gunnarsson!?!?!! That’s right it was good to see Carl rip a shot that beat Rask for the goal.
3. News and notes from the wide world of sports!
Major League Baseball stadiums featuring a naming rights sponsor have averaged 7,951 news media references (TV-Internet-Print) per venue since opening day of the 2019 season.
The 10 Major League Baseball stadiums without a corporate name averaged 13,522 news media references, with Yankee Stadium being the most-frequently mentioned ballpark with 27,032 press references.
The 20 stadiums containing a corporate name averaged $12,508,000 of exposure value.
According to our Spring Reader Survey done with SRi, affordable tickets are the single biggest factor considered when attending a sporting event. The next three factors? Sense of security, affordable concessions, and free Wi-Fi.
The National Women’s Hockey League is canceling plans to add a pair of Canadian teams for the 2019-20 season for now and making clear it is open to doing what’s best for women’s hockey.
The Las Vegas City Council will consider a proposal next week to enter into a negotiating agreement for a downtown stadium and to make a pitch to the MLS to turn the Las Vegas Lights FC into an expansion team.
Gatorade’s Sports Science Institute is working on a Fitbit-style sweat patch that measures how many nutrients you lose in your workout and theoretically will let you customize your own Gatorade to replenish said nutrients.
Virginia has given football coach Bronco Mendenhall a two-year contract extension.
A string of recent high-profile transfers gave the college football world the impression it was getting easier for players to switch schools and compete right away. The reality is much different, with the percentage of waiver approvals dropping during 2018-2019 — even as the NCAA changed rules to give athletes a better shot at transferring without needing to sit out a year.
Guard Marta Sniezek has transferred from Stanford to Notre Dame and will be immediately eligible to play for the national runner-up Fighting Irish next season.