Monday, April 23, 2018

What Did You Miss Sunday?

Jake Guentzel celebrates with Sidney Crosby after scoring the first of his four consecutive goals Sunday in an 8-5, series-clinching victory against the Philadelphia Flyers.

--The Philadelphia Flyers and Colorado Avalanche were the latest teams to be eliminated in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Flyer fans threw debris on the ice at the end of the game to voice their disgust as Pittsburgh took Game 6 by a score of 8-5 with Jake Guentzel scoring four times for the Penguins.   In Denver, the Predators blanked Colorado 5-0.  Pittsburgh will play the winner of the Washington/Columbus series while Nashville moves on to play Winnipeg in what should be a classic series.

--How tough are hockey players?  Sean Couturier played on a torn MCL after a collission with teammate Radko Gudas at practice before Game 4.  Couturier did not play in Game 4, but he scored the winner in Game 5 and had a hat-trick and two assists in the Game 6 season-ending loss.

--The SJHL final will go seven.  Estevan blanked Nipawin 4-0 on home ice to force a one game winner take all on Tuesday.  The winner faces the Manitoba Junior Hockey League champs--the Steinbach Pistons.

--The Esso Cup national women's midget hockey championship started Sunday with the Saskatchewan champion Saskatoon Stars beating Brampton 5-0.  The Esso Cup is being played in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.  The Telus Cup starts Monday in Sudbury with the Notre Dame Hounds representing the West region.

--Affinity Place was the sight of an SJHL game last night, and it will be the sight of a major curling event in the upcoming months.  Curling Canada will be making an announcement Monday morning about an event in the "Season of Champions" coming to the city.

--San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt set a Major League Baseball record Sunday when he battled out a 21-pitch at-bat against Los Angeles Angels rookie right-hander Jaime Barria.

Belt fouled off 16 two-strike pitches before lining out to Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun. The at-bat lasted 12 minutes and 45 seconds. It was the most pitches in an at-bat since records began in 1988.

--After winning the first two games in Toronto, the Raptors are going back home for Game 5 all tied at 2. Toronto blew a 14 point lead in the second half and lost 106-98 in the 1 vs 8 pairing in the Eastern Conference.

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