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.