The second night of the Stanley Cup Finals was worth watching every second from start to finish
“Hello. I am here to horrify you for the rest of your day, because it’s the cup,” said the excited Ducks fan as he rooted his team on in the first game of a Stanley Cup playoff first round matchup Thursday night.
Caps sneak by Leafs in OT, Preds shut out Blackhawks
It’s Stanley Cup Playoff time, which means Washington Capitals fans are once again feeling nervous. Despite winning Game 1 of their first-round matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2 in overtime, the anxiety is already rising in the nation’s capital. The owners of the NHL’s best regular season record needed an overtime goal from Tom Wilson (his first career playoff goal) to avoid a series-opening loss.
— NHL (@NHL) April 14, 2017
Not many people gave Toronto much of a chance in this matchup, but the Leafs took a 2-0 lead on the Capitals in the first period of the game. The Capitals clawed their way back with a goal in the first period and another in the second period by Justin Williams to help get the game into overtime. Alex Ovechkin had just one shot on goal in the entire game. Things got a little physical in the second period with heavy checks going both ways, including a hip check by Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen on Washington’s Brett Connolly, with no penalty called for what the announcers felt should have been an interference on the netminder.
— NHL (@NHL) April 14, 2017
After the game, Twitter seemed unimpressed by the much more experienced Washington against the young Toronto squad.
If any of us had said the Maple Leafs would take the Presidents' trophy winning Caps to OT in game 1 of the playoffs, we'd get laughed at.
— Sports Of The Six (@SPORTSOFTHESIX) April 14, 2017
— Frank Docherty (@4rankDocherty) April 14, 2017
— Sarah Bewley (@WPAdmirer) April 14, 2017
In the Western Conference, the Nashville Predators stunned the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago with a 1-0 victory on the back of Pekka Rinne and his 29 saves. Viktor Arvidsson scored the only goal of the game in the first period.
— NHL (@NHL) April 14, 2017
Not to be outdone, the Anaheim Ducks had to kill off a two-man power play by Calgary in the final minutes of their series opener to hang on to a 3-2 victory. Playoff hockey is awesome, although it is not going well for the teams from Canada just yet…
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) April 14, 2017
Mets, Marlins play a marathon
Monday night around the majors saw a good amount of games and developments. The Toronto Blue Jays lost once again to fall to a surprising 1-8 to start the season. Ryan Braun went yard in a Brewers win on the road against the Reds and Madison Bumgarner had a little bit of trouble against the Colorado Rockies, a team he has dominated in recent meetings, as the Giants lost at home to Colorado. But the game of the night took place in Miami where the Marlins and New York Mets went to extra innings. Seven of them, to be exact. Tied at eight runs a piece after nine innings, it took until the 16th inning before another run was scored. A game that saw Yoenis Cespedes send two more rockets over the wall to keep his hot start going, it was a solo shot from catcher Travis d’Arnaud in the 16th inning that would prove to be the winning run for the Mets.
— MLB (@MLB) April 14, 2017
The Mets and Marlins are back at it again tonight, and the game will stream on Twitter.
— MLB (@MLB) April 13, 2017
Football world mourns passing of Dan Rooney
The legendary Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Rooney, the man who inspired the NFL’s Rooney Rule and served as an ambassador to Ireland, passed away, leaving behind a football world in mourning and remembering his legacy.
— The MMQB (@theMMQB) April 14, 2017
Art Rooney II says his father, Dan, "gave his heart and soul" to Steelers, NFL, Pittsburgh https://t.co/lxcIO1vpjG
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 14, 2017
Read President Obama's statement on the late Dan Rooney https://t.co/YOOylsS8HL
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 13, 2017
A look back at the life of Dan Rooney. pic.twitter.com/eEOJweoxYX
— NFL (@NFL) April 13, 2017
– The Seattle Mariners unveiled their statue of Ken Griffey Jr., and it is fantastic.
Inmortalizaron a Ken Griffey Jr !! pic.twitter.com/48s95MwXte
— ALFONSO VENEGAS (@alfonsovenegasv) April 14, 2017
– Did Eli Manning have a connection to a memorabilia scam? Mmmmmmmmmaybe?
– New York wants to host the NFL Draft again, and it will likely do so at some point in time. When the draft returns to the Big Apple is unknown though as the league continues to shop around its marquee offseason event.
– The NBA’s regular season is over, which means speculation about the future of Dirk Nowitzki is a hot topic right now. Nowitzki says he is not ready to retire and will be back for at least one more season.
– The Orlando Magic are now looking for a new general manager, because the last one sucked.
– The Detroit Lions have new uniforms, and they’re pretty much OK.
Nothing but ???!
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) April 14, 2017
– College football has its first woman player on scholarship. Another barrier is broken.
– This may have to be our Comeback of the Day…
⚡️ and awe.
— Conference USA (@Conference_USA) April 14, 2017
-Bruce Arena doesn’t think it is too late for the US Men’s National Team to make a push for the 2026 World Cup championship. Whoa there, buddy.
– There was a Twitter debate about Star Wars and Star Trek in my timeline yesterday, but here is some actual space news from NASA about potential life on some moons.
– BUT SPEAKING OF STAR WARS, the rumors suggest a trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be dropping today, so stay alert. In the meantime, Disney has already announced a series of animated shorts to focus on the heroines of the Star Wars universe.
– If you are like me and missed out on getting an NES Classic, you’re all out of luck because Nintendo is moving on from the short-lived product. While the focus may be on the Switch now, I’ll hold out hope we’ll be getting a Super NES Classic soon enough.
– Wendy’s recently got the best of McDonald’s on Twitter. On Thursday, Wendy’s set its target on Hardee’s.
One last gratuitous moment of procrastination
It’s not every day we get to watch a hockey goalie score a goal, so let’s cherish this moment from the OHL with Edmonton Oilers prospect Dylan Wells celebrating his first career goal.