As of 8:45 p.m. (et)
The Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Louis Blues opened Saturday's playoff
action by tying their respective series at 1-1. Ben Bishop backed a solid
offensive effort with 23 saves as Tampa Bay topped Detroit 5-1, and emerging
Blues star Vladimir Tarasenko notched a hat trick in a 4-1 victory over the
Playoff hockey continues Saturday night as the New York Rangers will look
to post another home win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, while the Anaheim Ducks
look to build off a strong third period in their Game 1 win over the visiting
The Edmonton Oilers won the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday and will have the
No. 1 pick for the fourth time in six years. The Oilers entered the lottery
with the third-best chance of winning at 11.5 percent and jumped two spots.
Their selection this year will join Edmonton's other recent top overall picks
Nail Yakupov (2012), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011) and Taylor Hall (2010). Erie
Otters center Connor McDavid is the front-runner to be the top pick. Buffalo
finished dead-last in the NHL and had a 20 percent chance of taking the top
pick, but will choose second. Arizona had a 13.5 percent chance of taking the
top spot and will pick third. Toronto, Carolina, New Jersey, Philadelphia,
Columbus, San Jose and Colorado will round out the top 10, while Florida,
Dallas, Los Angeles and Boston will pick 11 through 14. The draft will be held
at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, from June 26-27.
Predators defenseman Shea Weber will not travel to Chicago for the next two
games of his team's Western Conference quarterfinal series due to a lower-body
injury. Weber, who had one assist in Friday's 6-2 victory over the Blackhawks,
left in the second period after getting hit by Chicago's Brandon Saad behind
the net. The Nashville captain tallied 15 goals and 45 points and averaged
26:22 of ice time during the regular season. Forward Mike Fisher missed Game 2
with a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day.
Rookie Scott Darling will start in net for the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday in
Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal matchup with the Nashville
Predators. Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville noted that the decision for
a switch in between the pipes was performance-based after starter Corey
Crawford allowed six goals on 35 shots in Game 2 on Friday. Darling, who
relieved Crawford in the series opener, turned aside all 42 shots fired his
way in 67:44 for an eventual double-overtime victory. It was the longest
relief appearance in a playoff game without allowing a goal in NHL history.
The NBA playoffs commenced Saturday with four games. Paul Pierce scored 20
points to lift the Washington Wizards to a 93-86 overtime win over the Toronto
Raptors in the day's first game, while Stephen Curry and the Golden State
Warriors topped the up-and-coming New Orleans Pelicans 106-99.
In other first-round action, the Chicago Bulls host the young, pesky Milwaukee
Bucks and later on, James Harden and the Houston Rockets battle the Dallas
The Kansas City Royals have placed All- Star closer Greg Holland on the 15-day
disabled list due to a right pectoral strain. Holland, the anchor of a Kansas
City bullpen that carried the Royals to a surprise World Series appearance
last season, did pitch in Friday's 6-4 win over Oakland. The standout right-
hander needed just 10 pitches to throw a scoreless ninth inning and earn his
fourth save in as many chances on the young season. The 29-year-old had gotten
his 2015 campaign off to a tremendous beginning, having yielded just one walk
over four one-inning relief stints.
Troy Merritt had just one blemish on his scorecard on Saturday as he carded a
2-under 69 to take a 3- shot lead into the final day of the Heritage. Merritt,
who entered the day with a 4-stroke lead thanks to a course-record 61 on
Friday, finished 54 holes at 14-under-par 199. Merritt is seeking his first
career victory on the PGA Tour. Defending champion Matt Kuchar remains within
striking distance following his 3-under 68 at Harbour Town Golf Links. He is
tied for second with Brendon Todd (63) and Kevin Kisner (67) at 11-under 202.
Next check of Sports News at 11:30 - 11:45 p.m. (et)
04/18 20:40:29 ET