The Philadelphia Flyers were a desperate team realizing that if they lost the season would end. Claude Giroux would score the only goal of the first period to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead. Most of the second period would belong to the Penguins. Bryan Rust would tie the game at the 12-minute mark. Almost five minutes later Jake Guentzel would give the Penguins a 2-1 lead. However, the game would change late in the period when Valtteri Filppula scored a short-handed goal to tie the game at 2. That goal gave the Flyers a boost of confidence going into the third period. The third period had both teams with great scoring chances. Then with 1:15 left in the game, Sean Couturier would fire a wrist shot that was deflected off Brian Dumoulin to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead. Matt Read would add an empty net goal to give the Flyers a 4-2 win. The Penguins could not score on the power play and gave up a short-handed goal.
The Flyers made a goaltending change starting with Michal Neuvirth and he had an outstanding game. The series is now Penguins leading 3 games to 2 going into game six on Sunday afternoon at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center with faceoff at 3:00 P.M.
The Pittsburgh Penguins had a dominating performance from the opening whistle. Evgeni Malkin would score on the power play to give the Pens a 1-0 lead. Ten minutes later Phil Kessel would score on a wrist shot to give them a 2-0 lead after the first period. Kris Letang would score to increase the Pens lead to 3-0 lead and Flyers goalie Brian Elliot was replaced for the second time in the series. Michal Neuvirth would come in the game after the Letang goal. Sidney Crosby would increase the Pens lead to 4-0 and pass Mario Lemieux as the Penguins all-time playoffs point leader.
There was only one goal in the third period when Riley Sheahan scored to make the final score in favor of the Penguins 5-0. Matt Murray stopped all 26 shots for the second shutout of the series. The Penguins have a 3 to 1 series lead and could close it out in-game five Friday night at PPG Paints Arena with faceoff at 7:00 P.M.
The Pittsburgh Penguins bounced back from a sub-par game two with an outstanding game three. It started with Sidney Crosby scoring on a wraparound goal midway through the first period to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Then in the second period, the Penguins proved why they are two-time defending Stanley Cup Champions. Derrick Brassard scored on the power play to give the Pens a 2-0 lead. Evgeni Malkin would score on the power play to increase the lead to 3-0. Then five seconds later Brian Dumoulin would score to increase the lead to 4-0. The Flyers would break the shutout when Travis Sanheim scored to make it 4-1 after two periods.
Justin Schultz would score on the power play at the 7:08 mark of the third period to make the final score 5 to 1 in favor of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Matt Murray made 26 saves and have a bounce-back game. The power play went 3-7 as the Flyers continue to take penalties. The Penguins killed off all 6 Philadelphia’s power plays. Sidney Crosby would earn 1st-star honors with a 1 goal and 3 assists. The Penguins lead the series 2 games to 1 with game 4 scheduled for Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Arena with face-off at 7:00 P.M.
The Philadelphia Flyers had a great game this evening and took it to the Penguins. It was a total reversal of fortune from game one. The Penguins had no luck this evening and didn’t convert on the power play going 0-4. However, the Flyers converted on 2-3 on the power play. The game first goal was until Shayne Gostisbehere scored on the power play with 37 seconds left in the first period. The Flyers increased the lead to 2-0 44 seconds into the second period when Sean Couturier scored.
The Flyers would increase the lead to 3-0 at 1:29 into the third period when Travis Konecny scored. The Flyers would score on a Nolan Patrick power play at 5:10 to increase the lead to 4-0. Seventeen seconds later Patric Hornqvist would break Brian Elliot’s bid for a shutout and cut the deficit to 4-1. Andrew McDonald would add an empty-net goal with 16 seconds left to make the final 5-1 in favor of the Flyers. Brian Elliot rewards his coach’s faith with a solid performance making 30 saves. The Penguins were frustrated with some missed opportunities. The series is now at 1 game apiece and now the Penguins have to bounce back from a loss. Game 3 is at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center on Sunday afternoon with face off at 3:00 P.M.
The Pittsburgh Penguins proved why they are two-time defending Stanley Cup Champions. They came out and took control in the first period. Bryan Rust scored 2:48 into the first period. Midway through the first period Carl Hagelin scored to make it 2-0 Penguins. Four minutes later, Evgeni Malkin scored an incredible goal to give the Penguins a 3-0 lead after the first period. During the second period, Jake Guentzel scored on the power play to increase the Penguins lead to 4-0. Sidney Crosby dominated the game from the second period on. He scored midway through the second period to increase the Penguins lead to 5-0. After that goal Flyers goalie, Brian Elliot was replaced by Petr Mrazek. Going into the 3rd period, the Penguins kept the pressure on the Flyers. Crosby scored his second goal on an amazing shot to increase the lead to 6-0. Crosby would get his hat-trick to make the final 7-0 Penguins. Matt Murray had an outstanding game stopping all 22 Flyers shots to get his 3rd straight playoff shutout.
I expected the Philadelphia Flyers to come out ready to play. The Penguins have to be ready for the challenge. Game 2 is Friday night at PPG Paints Arena with face off at 7:00 P.M.
In front of 15,349 fans at the BBVA Compass Stadium, the U.S. played the second match against Mexico. It didn’t take along with the U.S scoring the first goal in the 3rd minute when Mallory Pugh scored off a Megan Rapinoe pass to give them a 1-0 lead. They had some good chances after taking the lead. Mexico would tie the match at the 17th minute off a corner kick by Monica Ocampo. Mexico would take the lead in the 24th when Kiana Palacios scored off an Ocampo’s corner kick. However, a minute later off a Rapinoe corner kick Lindsay Horan would tie the match at 2. Then in the 34th-minute history would be made. Rapinoe would pass the ball that was run down by Horan, and Alex Morgan would strike the ball that was stopped by Mexico’s goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago, but it came down on the goal line with Caril Lloyd head it in the net to give the U.S a 3-2 lead. That goal would Lloyd 110th international goal and she became the 6th U.S player with 100 career goals. Alex Morgan would take a feed off of Rapinoe in the 44th minute to give the U.S. a 4-2 lead going into halftime.
In the second half, the action was dictated by the U.S. and they would control the rest of the game. Rapinoe would score on an empty net after Santiago save on an Alex Morgan shot in the 64th minute to increase the U.S lead to 5-2. In the 69th minute, Rapinoe would fire a corner kick that Morgan would score to give the U.S. a 6-2 victory. Rapinoe would have 1 goal and 4 assists. Alex Morgan would get 2 goals and Caril Lloyd gets her historic 100th goal.
However, there were some mistakes in the match. Jane Campbell had a shaky game and was replaced by Ashlyn Harris in the 67th minute. The defense gave up 2 goals to Mexico on corner kicks. The U.S. National Team will play two friendlies against the Chinese PR on June 7th in Sandy, Utah at 9: 00 P.M. and on June 12th in Cleveland, Ohio at 7:00 P.M.
The United States Women’s National Soccer Team took on Mexico in front of 14,360 fans at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. It didn’t take long for the U.S to take control of the game. Mallory Pugh scored in the 6th minute off a pass from Megan Rapinoe to give the U.S a 1-0 lead. That score would hold up going into halftime. Then in a 3-minute span during the second half, the U.S would put this match away. Alex Morgan would score on a penalty shot in the 51st minute to increase the U.S lead to 2-0. Two minutes later, Morgan would take a pass from Lindsey Horan to give the U.S a 3-0 lead. A minute later Carli Lloyd would score off a pass from Horan to make the lead 4-0 for the U.S. Lioyd’s goal would be her 99th in her amazing career for the U.S National Team. In the 64th minute, Katie Johnson would give Mexico their only goal making the final 4-1 in favor of the U.S. The two teams will play again this Sunday in Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium with kickoff at 1:30 P.M.
The Madness ended with Villanova taking on Michigan in the Alamodome for the National Championship, Going into the title Villanova set a Final Four record of 18 3-point shots against Kansas. Michigan was led by Mo Wagner 24 points and 15 rebounds against Loyola of Chicago.
The early in the game Wagner had 9 points and Villanova had a slow start shooting from the outside. The Wildcats cut to 2 points, but the Wolverines made it a 4 point lead going into the under 12 timeout. The Wildcats made some shot and cut the Michigan lead to 21-18 at the under 8 timeout. Michigan went on a drought and Villanova got hot to take the lead with 6 minutes left in the first half. Donte DiVincenzo would come off the bench sparked the offensive with 16 points to give the Wildcats a 30 to 26 lead at the under 4 timeout. Villanova went on a 23-7 run to give them a 37 to 28 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Villanova went on a 7 to run to lead 44-30 when the Wolverines took a timeout. The Wildcats increased the lead to 15 points at the under 16 timeout. It was still 15 point lead for the Wildcats at the under 12 timeout. That was with Jalen Brunson on the bench with four fouls. The shooting would get hot for Villanova and they led by 18 points at the under 8 timeout. The lead would increase to 20 at the under 4 timeout. Villanova would win their second National Title in 3 years with a 79 to 62 victory. Donte DiVincenzo would get 31 points off the bench and was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player.
This 79 to 62 victory gave Villanova their second National Title in three years. Also establishing them as true blue blood in college basketball.
Jeff Capel is the new Head Coach of Basketball at Pitt. He had head coaching experience at Virginia Commonwealth and Oklahoma. After that, he was Associate Head Coach at Duke University. There was a chance he could succeed Mike Krzyeweski as Head Coach. Now he has a chance to turn around a Pitt program that went winless last season in the ACC. He is a great recruiter and will have to do that to get players to stay. He will have to get the top local high school talent to come to Pitt. Only time will tell if Pitt will be a good program with Jeff Capel at the helm.
In the past few years, I have been a fan of the United States Women’s Soccer team. They have won 3 World Cups and 4 Olympic Gold Medals. However, they are paid less than the men. The Men’s team have never won anything but they get first class training, travel, and hotels. The Women’s team sued U.S Soccer trying to get equal pay and got some increased benefits. Norway is the only country that the Men’s and Women’s soccer have equal pay. There is a new U.S Soccer President in Carlos Cordeiro but used to work with former President Sunil Gulati. Sometimes you have to take power instead of asking for it. Will that mean a boycott before next year’s World Cup in France?