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  • SportsDash: Babcock could lead Detroit to upset over Boston

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    Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) of Yahoo Sports joined Rob Simmelkjaer (@RobSimmelkjaer) and Julie Donaldson (@jdonaldsonCSN) on SportsDash to break down the first-round action so far. After having seen the openers for each of the series, Wyshynski explains what has surprised him the most so far in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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  • SportsDash: How likely is a three-peat for Miami Heat?

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports33 mins ago

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    NBCSN NBA Insider Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) joined SportsDash to break down the upcoming NBA playoffs and whittle down the field to a handful of contenders. Despite failing to finish the season with the top record in the Eastern Conference, many think the Miami Heat are the heavy favorites to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy. Mannix, however, wouldn't bet on a Heat three-peat, predicting another squad to win the championship.

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  • Lightning's Palat questionable for Game 2, Bolts don’t expect Bishop back ‘anytime soon’

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports2 hrs ago

    Doesn’t sound like Tampa Bay is getting any positive developments on the health front. Following a Game 1 loss to Montreal in which Ben Bishop didn’t dress and Ondrej Palat left midway due to injury, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper didn’t offer much in the way of optimism.

    Palat, the team’s second-leading scorer this year and likely Calder Trophy finalist, got tangled with PK Subban during Wednesday’s 5-4 OT loss and didn’t play at all in the third period or extra session. Palat didn’t practice on Thursday, and his spot on the top line was filled by Alex Killorn.

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  • Larrazabal shoots 68, makes the cut after a jump in the lake to escape hornet attack

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports3 hrs ago

    Golf is not usually regarded as an extreme sport but Spain's Pablo Larrazabal was given the scare of his life on the course in Kuala Lumpur on Friday. Larrazabal was playing the 14th hole of his second round at the Maybank Malaysian Open when he was suddenly attacked by a swarm of giant hornets.

    A winner earlier this year in Abu Dhabi, Larrazabal made the cut after rounds of 74 and 68, though he admitted that his approach on the fifth hole will now be a cautious one. "It looks like I'll be playing the weekend, so tomorrow it will be very, very scary to play that hole," Larrazabal said. "I'm not sure what I'm going to do, but hopefully I will play it as quickly as I can."

    The 30-year-old from Barcelona was forced to flee from the angry swarm and, after failing to escape his attackers, dived into a lake and took cover under water in a desperate bid to shake off the insects, which he described as 't hree times the size of bees'.

    But the 40-year-old's superb performance was somewhat overshadowed by the bizarre incident involving Larrazabal.

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  • NHL Preview: Bruins in for first round challenge with Detroit

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports3 hrs ago

    BOSTON – The Bruins have known their opponent would be the Detroit Red Wings since last weekend, but they’ll finally get to take the ice Friday night as the last two teams to jump into the Stanley Cup playoffs. That’s given both sides plenty of time to measure strengths and weaknesses, and start getting a feel for Original Six teams that didn’t play each other all that often prior to this season.

    NHL realignment means the Bruins and Red Wings certainly won’t be going another 57 years between playoff appearances, and that’s a good thing for a league looking for sexy, ratings-grabbing playoff games. But it’s not necessarily a great thing for the Black and Gold with the storied, solid Winged Wheels wedged into a division they’ve dominated for the better part of the last five years.

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    Fri, Apr 18
    4:30 PM PDT
    Detroit at Boston
    Preview Game
  • Fiery San Jose Sharks storm past Los Angeles Kings in Game 1

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports3 hrs ago

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  • Avalanche top Wild in OT, complete third-period comeback

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    The Colorado Avalanche looked buried. The Minnesota Wild looked in control. Not so fast. This is the Stanley Cup playoffs, after all. The Avalanche erased a two-goal third-period and then won by a final score of 5-4 in overtime. Paul Stastny, who scored with 14 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game to extra time, also recorded the winner.

    Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy, showing no hesitancy for a bold move when he thought necessary, pulled Semyon Varlamov in favor of the extra attacker with over 2:30 remaining in the third period as Colorado searched for the equalizer.

    No guts, no glory, as the saying goes.

    “We almost did it at four minutes. That went through our minds,” said Roy of his decision to pull Varlamov for the extra skater.

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  • Rangers pull away from Flyers, take 1-0 series lead

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports3 hrs ago

    NEW YORK -- It was both unnerving and shocking. For more than two-thirds of the game, the Flyers had precious few shots, no forecheck, no puck possession and were being badly outskated by the Rangers. Yet they were dead even on the scoreboard at 1-1. Then it all blew apart with an accidental high-stick from rookie Jason Akeson and subsequent four-minute power play that saw the Rangers bury the Flyers with two goals en route to an embarrassing 4-1 loss at Madison Square Garden in Game 1 of the playoffs . The series continues Sunday at noon. The Flyers had just 15 shots -- only one in the third period. No shots for Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, Kimmo Timonen, Vinny Lecavalier … Fifteen shots is the fewest in a playoff game since they had 14 against Montreal in a 3-2 win in Game 3 of the 2008 Eastern Conference semifinals. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist all but had the night off. “Puck possession and shots -- we let them block too many shots in the first period, didn’t get enough through to the net and then I didn’t think we forechecked good enough after that,” coach Craig Berube said. The Flyers were consistently beaten to the puck and lost whatever battles there were on walls, while the speedier, quicker Rangers had numbers on them all over the ice. “Not getting the puck in, turning it over, we didn’t have our legs,” Berube said. “I don’t think we skated enough during any of the periods.” Forechecking is something the Flyers pride themselves as doing very well. How could it have been so awful? “I don’t think we had good enough support,” Wayne Simmonds suggested. “Our plan was to chip pucks in and as soon as we got pucks in, it seemed like they had three guys to our two. So we got to figure that out.

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  • Blues prevail in longest game in franchise history as Steen scores in third OT

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    The longest game in St. Louis Blues franchise history might just mark one of their biggest wins in decades. Alexander Steen scored 26 seconds into a third overtime period to give the Blues a 4-3 win and a 1-0 series lead over the Chicago Blackhawks. Neither team will get much time to rest up, as Game 2 takes place in St. Louis on Saturday.

    The game started off fast and furious. Both teams combined for five goals in the first period, with the Blackhawks taking a 3-2 lead into the first intermission. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane didn’t look all that rusty – at least early on – as Toews collected two assists while Kane gave the Blackhawks a temporary lead.

    Broadly speaking, the game began with “Blackhawks hockey” and then arguably transitioned to a style that might be friendlier to the Blues.

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  • Attacked by hornets, Pablo Larrazabal jumps in lake at European Tour event

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports4 hrs ago

    During the second round of the Maybank Malaysian Open Friday, Pablo Larrazabal was going about his business on the fifth fairway at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club when he was suddenly attacked by a swarm of hornets.

    What initially looked somewhat amusing -- he was swinging a towel to try to avoid the hornets -- quickly turned scary. Larrazabal was stung more than 20 times and, to escape the wrath of the hornets, he jumped into the nearby lake.

    "They were three times the size of bees. They were huge and like 30 or 40 of them started to attack me big time," Larrazabal said. "I didn't know what to do. My caddie told me to run so I start running like a crazy guy, but the hornets were still there, so the other players told me to jump in the lake ... It was the scariest moment of my career, for sure. I've never been so scared."

    After the jumping in the lake, Larrazabal continued to play and -- surprisingly -- made birdie on that hole. He finished the round with a 4-under 68 and is tied for 25th through 36 holes at 2 under.

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