Today in Sports: 6/11/17 Review

Tennis – French Open Men’s Singles Final:

(4) Rafael Nadal defeated (3) Stan Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 6-1: Rafa Nadal dominated the French Open. He ran through the tournament without even losing a set. In only one set did one of his opponents win 4 games. That’s an extremely impressive feat for the 31-year-old Spaniard. This was his fifteenth major championship and tenth French Open title. He’s now second all-time in grand slam championships behind his archrival and good friend Roger Federer. It seems like Nadal and Federer are playing the best tennis of their careers, which is absolutely insane to think about at their age. Wawrinka played a phenomenal tournament until the final. He was completely outclassed by Nadal. Wawrinka was 3-0 in finals before this loss. He’ll be back, but today wasn’t his day. Today belonged to Rafael Nadal.

 

NHL:

Pittsburgh Penguins defeat Nashville Predators 2-0: The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators 2-0 to win the Stanley Cup. The Penguins won the series 4-2. This game (and series) was marred by poor officiating. The Predators scored a goal early in the second period, but it was waved off because the referee incorrectly blew his whistle. Once the whistle is blown, the play is dead. The referee thought the Penguins’ goalie had trapped the puck, but it went under his legs and was scored a fraction of a second after the whistle blew. The Penguins would score the first official goal of the game with just over a minute remaining. They would tack on a second goal when Nashville pulled their goalie. Instead of the score being 2-0 Pittsburgh, it should’ve been 1-1 and heading to overtime. The Penguins deserve credit; it wasn’t their fault that the officials screwed up. But it’s unfortunate that a fantastic Stanley Cup Finals series will be remembered because of poor officiating.

Today in Sports: 6/11/17 Preview

Tennis – French Open Men’s Singles Final:

(3) Stan Wawrinka vs. (4) Rafael Nadal: Third ranked Stan Wawrinka will face fourth ranked Rafael Nadal for the French Open championship. Nadal is a clay court specialist, and is one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Nadal is tied with Pete Sampras for the second most grand slam singles titles with 14, just four behind his archrival and good friend Roger Federer. He’s going for his tenth career French Open championship. Wawrinka is going for his fourth major championship, which includes his sole French Open title in 2015. This should be a highly competitive match.

 

NHL:

Pittsburgh Penguins at Nashville Predators:

The Predators host the Penguins in game six of the Stanley Cup Finals. Down 3-2 in the series, the Predators must win this game at home to force a game seven in Pittsburgh. They’ll be the favorites to win because every game has been won by the home team. Predators goalie Pekka Rinne has been fantastic at home. He was dominant in games three and four. He’s been awful in the three games in Pittsburgh. Rinne cannot afford to let his struggles enter his mind in this do-or-die game. This is an extremely pivotal game for both teams.

Today in Sports: 6/8/17 Review

NHL:

Pittsburgh Penguins defeat Nashville Predators 6-0: In what was an embarrassing beatdown for the Predators, the Penguins took a commanding 3-2 series lead in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Penguins scored three goals in the first and second periods. For some reason, Pekka Rinne has been great at home and terrible on the road in the Stanley Cup Finals. Once again, he let his team down. But Rinne’s teammates didn’t do him any favors. They were not able to score a single goal. With the home team winning the first five games of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Predators will be favored in game six at home. They’ll have to win to keep their season alive. These two teams will play game six on Sunday in Nashville.

Today in Sports: 6/8/17 Preview

NHL:

Nashville Predators at Pittsburgh Penguins: The Penguins host the Predators in game five of the Stanley Cup Finals. With both teams winning two games, the Stanley Cup Finals has become a three game series. Since the home team has won each of the first four games, the Penguins will be favored to take a 3-2 series lead. The Predators will have to win at least one game in Pittsburgh to win the championship. That’s easier said than done, especially because of Pittsburgh’s championship pedigree. The winner of this game will be heavy favorites to win the championship. This game is extremely crucial for both teams.

Today in Sports: 6/5/17 Review

NHL:

Nashville Predators defeat Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1: The Predators defeated the Penguins 4-1 to even the Stanley Cup Finals at two games apiece. Through four games, both teams have won their two home games. Pekka Rinne looks like a different goalie in Nashville, after struggling during his two games in Pittsburgh. He made a number of unbelievable saves that were key in this game four victory. The Predators started the scoring with a goal late in the first period. Pittsburgh would answer a minute later with a goal by Sidney Crosby. Nashville would respond by scoring twice in the second period. Late in the third period, the Penguins would pull their goalie and allow a fourth and final goal. These two teams will play game five on Thursday in Pittsburgh.

Today in Sports: 6/5/17 Preview

NHL:

Pittsburgh Penguins at Nashville Predators: The Predators host the Penguins in game three of the Stanley Cup Finals. Coming off of a dominating game three win, the Predators will look to hold serve at home and even the series at two games apiece. With Pittsburgh’s championship pedigree and overall talent, the Predators cannot afford to lose this game at home and give the Penguins a commanding 3-1 series lead. The Penguins will still be the favorites no matter what happens in this game, but will try to make things easier for themselves by winning this game. This is an extremely pivotal game for both teams.

Today in Sports: 6/3/17 Review

NHL:

Nashville Predators defeat Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1: The Nashville Predators kept serve at home to win their first game of the series. After losing the first two games in Pittsburgh, the Predators needed to win this game to avoid falling behind by an insurmountable three games to zero. The Penguins got on the board first early in the first period. The Predators would respond by scoring the next five goals in the second and third periods. Predators goalie Pekka Rinne would have his first solid performance of the Stanley Cup Finals in his team’s most important game of the season. These two teams will play game four of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday in Nashville.

Today in Sports: 6/3/17 Preview

NHL:

Pittsburgh Penguins at Nashville Predators: The Predators host the Penguins in game three of the Stanley Cup Finals. After losing the first two games on the road, the Predators return home to play in front of their home fans. Nashville cannot afford to lose this game and fall behind 3-0 in the series. The Penguins are looking to take a commanding 3-0 series lead to increase their chances of repeating as Stanley Cup champions. This is a pivotal game in the series for both teams.

Today in Sports: 5/31/17 Review

NHL:

Pittsburgh Penguins defeat Nashville Predators 4-1: The Penguins defeated the Predators to take a commanding 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Predators scored the first goal in the first period, but it was all downhill for Nashville from there. The Penguins would respond four minutes later with a goal that should’ve been stopped by Predators goalie Pekka Rinne. He’s had a terrible first two games of the series. The score remained tied heading into the third period until the Penguins scored ten seconds after the second intermission. They would add two more goals three minutes later. Those two goals were just fifteen seconds apart. Rinne will have to step up his game in Nashville if the Predators are going to make this series competitive. These two teams will play game three on Saturday in Nashville.

Today in Sports: 5/31/17 Preview

NHL:

Nashville Predators at Pittsburgh Penguins: The Penguins host the Predators in game two of the Stanley Cup Finals. After an exciting and controversial game one, the Penguins look to take a commanding 2-0 series lead. The Predators want redemption after a controversial offsides call cost them a chance of going into overtime in game one. They’ll need to use that as motivation to try and even the series at one game apiece. Nashville started the game slow before finding their rhythm in the second and third periods of game one. They cannot afford to make that same mistake in game two. The Penguins went an NHL playoff record 37 minutes without a shot on goal. They’ll need to throw more pucks at the net in game two. This isn’t a must-win game for either team, but the winner of this game will have the home ice advantage in the series.

Today in Sports: 5/29/17 Review

NHL:

Pittsburgh Penguins defeat Nashville Predators 5-3: In an exciting first game of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Penguins defeated the Predators to take a 1-0 series lead. The Predators scored the first goal of the game before it was controversially overturned because of an offsides call. There didn’t seem to be conclusive video evidence to overturn the call, but the refs decided to take away the goal anyways. This would play a huge role in the outcome of the game. The Penguins would score the first three goals of the game late in the first period. Nashville would finally get on the board in the second period on a power play goal. Nashville would score twice in the third period to tie the game. The Penguins would go a Stanley Cup record 37 minutes without a shot on goal before scoring the game-winning goal late in the third period. If the bogus offsides call wasn’t made, the game would’ve been tied at four. Pittsburgh added a fifth goal with a minute remaining after Nashville pulled their goalie. It’s unfortunate that a fantastic game will be remembered because of the bad call that cost Nashville a shot of winning in overtime. These two teams will play game two on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

Today in Sports: 5/29/17 Preview

NHL:

Nashville Predators at Pittsburgh Penguins: The Penguins host the Predators in game one of the Stanley Cup Finals. Both teams will be looking to get off to a fast start to give themselves an advantage in the series. The winner of game one will be heavy favorites to win it all. The Pittsburgh Penguins are looking to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. Because of their talent and championship pedigree, they are the favorites in this series. But Nashville is no slouch; Pittsburgh will have to continue playing at a high level to defeat the Predators. This isn’t a must-win game for either team, but this game will set the tone for the rest of the series.

Today in Sports: 5/18/17 Review

NHL:

Anaheim Ducks defeat Nashville Predators 3-2 (OT): The Ducks defeated the Predators in Nashville to even the series at two games apiece. This was a crucial win for the Ducks to help keep alive their chances of reaching the Stanley Cup Finals. The Ducks took a 2-0 lead with goals in each of the first two periods. The Predators responded by scoring two goals late in the third period. The tying goal was scored with less than a minute remaining. The Ducks were able to respond in overtime by scoring the game winning goal. This game was extremely exciting, which has been a common theme during the playoffs. These two teams will play game five on Saturday in Anaheim.

Today in Sports: 5/18/17 Preview

NHL:

Anaheim Ducks at Nashville Predators: The Predators host the Ducks in game four of the Western Conference Finals. The Predators have a chance of taking a commanding 3-1 series lead. After losing the opening game in this series, the Ducks were able to even the series at one game apiece. The Ducks lost the third game of the series on Tuesday, and will need to bounce back once again and even the series if they want to avoid three consecutive must-win games. This isn’t a must-win game for the Ducks, but losing this game would seriously cripple their chances of reaching the Stanley Cup Finals.

Today in Sports: 4/13/17 Review

NHL:

Washington Capitals defeat Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 (OT): In the best game of the night, the Washington Capitals defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first game of their first round playoff matchup. The final goal was scored by Tom Wilson just 5 minutes and 15 seconds into the first overtime period. The Maple Leafs started fast with two goals within the first ten minutes of the first period. The Capitals’ Justin Williams would score the last two goals in regulation to send the game to overtime. The Maple Leafs and Capitals will play game two on Saturday in Washington.

Nashville Predators defeat Chicago Blackhawks 1-0: The Nashville Predators pulled the upset in game one of this first round series against the Chicago Blackhawks. The lone goal was scored by Viktor Arvidsson less than ten minutes into the first period. The Blackhawks put more shots on goal than the Predators, but they were not able to get the puck past Pekka Rinne. Rinne had 29 saves in this stunning upset in Chicago. The Predators and Blackhawks will play game two on Saturday in Chicago.

Anaheim Ducks defeat Calgary Flames 3-2: The Anaheim Ducks won the first game of this series at home against the Calgary Flames. Ryan Getzlaf scored the first goal for Anaheim less than a minute into the first period. Calgary would answer with the next two goals scored by Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett, respectively. The Ducks would clinch the victory with the next two goals scored by Rickard Rakell and Jakob Silfverberg. These two teams will meet again for the second game of the series on Saturday in Anaheim.

Today in Sports: 4/13/17 Preview

NBA:

With the NBA regular season concluding yesterday and the playoffs starting Saturday, we’ll have to suffer through two days without NBA basketball.

 

NHL:

Toronto Maple Leafs at Washington Capitals: The Maple Leafs and Capitals will do battle in the first game of their first round playoff matchup. The Washington Capitals are the top seed in the Eastern Conference and will be heavy favorites against the Maple Leafs. Toronto snuck into the playoffs as the eighth and final seed in the Eastern Conference, but they have enough talent to make this series competitive.

Nashville Predators at Chicago Blackhawks: The Blackhawks and Predators will face-off in the first game of their first round playoff series. As the top seed in the Western Conference, the Blackhawks look poised to make another postseason run. After winning the Stanley Cup in 2013 and 2015, it seems like they should win the title again this year. The Predators are the eighth and final seed in the Western Conference. They’ll be heavy underdogs, but they should have enough firepower to win at least one game in the series.

Calgary Flames at Anaheim Ducks: The Flames and Ducks play tonight in the first game of their first round playoff series. Although both the Ducks and Flames had good regular seasons, the Ducks are the heavy favorites in this matchup. The Ducks are the more talented team and should win the series if they play up to their potential. Anaheim was one of the hottest teams in the NHL over the last month of the regular season, and should be able to use that momentum to propel themselves into a long postseason run.