Wednesday, April 11, 2018

What Did You Miss on Tuesday?

--Brett Howden has given the Moose Jaw Warriors a 2-1 lead in their best of 7 series with the Swift Current Broncos.  Howden's goal in overtime gave Moose Jaw a 4-3 win in Game 3 of their best of 7 WHL Eastern Conference 2nd round series.

Brandon beat Lethbridge 5-4 meaning the Hurricanes lead in that series is 2-1.

In the West, Tri-Cities beat Victoria 6-5 to take a 3-0 lead in that series and Everett downed Portland 6-2 to take a 2-1 lead in that series.

--Canada's Stanley Cup drought will end this season if the EA Sports NHL 18 playoff simulation is correct.
According to the simulation, the Winnipeg Jets will be the last team standing and hoist the Stanley Cup come June, defeating the Boston Bruins in seven games. In a close series, the Jets win 4-2 in Game 7 to claim the first title in their history and become the first Canada-based team to win the Cup since the Montreal Canadiens in 1993.
  Patrik Laine wins the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoffs MVP with 24 points (15 goals, nine assists).

-- Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion made it clear Tuesday night that captain Erik Karlsson will not be traded at the NHL entry draft in June
Dorion, who said the "ball will be in Karlsson's court" when the organization tables him an eight-year contract extension on July 1.

Karlsson has one year remaining on his contract and the Senators can’t talk about an extension until Canada Day. Dorion made the comments at a town hall meeting in front of about 300 fans at Canadian Tire Centre.

--Aaron Sanchez had a no-hitter through 7 in Baltimore. The Blue Jays pitcher allowed the first three hitters on in the 8th to tie the game, but Curtis Granderson won it in the 9th with a homerun. Roberto Osuna preserved the 2-1 win with his 100th career save. He is the youngest to have that mark.

--The Toronto Raptors clinched the NBA's second-best record Tuesday night by virtue of the Golden State Warriors' 119-79 beatdown at the hands of the Utah Jazz.

While the Houston Rockets nailed down top spot overall almost two weeks ago, the Raptors' clinching of second means Toronto would have home court in a theoretical NBA Finals matchup against the Warriors or any other Western Conference team below them.

The Raptors, who have already broken their single-season franchise-record win total, go for their 60th victory against the Miami Heat - a possible first-round playoff foe - in Wednesday's regular-season finale.

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