Well the Rangers and Devils have both advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals…
Game 7 on the ice last night in New York, Marc Staal and Dan Girardi both scored, Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves, as the Rangers ousted the Senators 2-1. New York will face the Washington Capitals in Round 2.
Meanwhile in Game 7 from Florida, Adam Henrique scored at 3:47 of double overtime, as the Devils eliminated the Panthers 3-2. New Jersey gets the Philadelphia Flyers in the conference semis.
To the NFL, where Round 1 of the 2012 NFL Draft is in the books… Indianapolis selected Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the top overall pick and Washington drafted Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III of Baylor second overall. Rounding out the top five: Cleveland traded up to grab Alabama running back Trent Richardson, Minnesota selected USC lineman Matt Kalil, and Jacksonville also traded up to draft Oklahoma State wide-out Justin Blackmon. Other picks of regional interest: With the tenth pick, the Bills drafted South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore, the Jets selected UNC defensive end Quinton Coples with the 16th pick, the Patriots drafted Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones and Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower with the 21st and 25th overall picks, and the Super Bowl champion Giants grabbed Virginia Tech running back David Wilson with the 32nd pick. The draft continues with Rounds two and three tonight.
To the NBA, Chicago clinched the top overall seed in the postseason following its 107-75 rout of Cleveland, the Knicks helped 7-59 Charlotte wrap up the worst winning percentage in league history, blasting the Bobcats 104-84, Washington whipped Miami 104-70, Golden State got by San Antonio 107-101, Atlanta pounded Dallas 106-89, Boston got by Milwaukee 87-74, Detroit ripped Philadelphia 108-86, Memphis downed Orlando 88-76, Denver demolished Minnesota 131-102, Sacramento dumped the Lakers 113-96, Utah edged Portland 96-94, Toronto blitzed New Jersey 98-67, and Houston held off New Orleans 84-77.
To baseball, after tossing the 21st perfect game in major league history, Philip Humber was anything but perfect. Boston tagged the right-hander for nine runs over five innings in a 10-3 rout of the White Sox.
Elsewhere in the American League, Tampa Bay beat the Angels 4-3, Baltimore bounced Toronto 5-2, Kansas City doubled up Cleveland 4-2, and Seattle slipped past Detroit 5-4.
Over to the NL, Kirk Nieuwenhuis singled home the winning run as the Mets beat Miami 3-2, San Diego downed Washington 2-1, and San Francisco got by Cincinnati 6-5.
In other baseball news, Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford is likely to miss several months after being diagnosed with a sprained ligament in his throwing elbow, and Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey is likely done for the season. Pelfrey has a partial ligament tear in his pitching elbow and will likely need Tommy John surgery.
I’m Tristan O’Neill, WAMC News.