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The NHL playoffs has its first team into the second round, as the Montreal Canadiens completed a four-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning last night. Max Pacioretty scored with under a minute to play to break a 3-3 tie and bring an end to a series that looked even at the outset, but proved to be no contest.
In fairness to Tampa Bay, once goalie Ben Bishop wasn’t able to go, there were basically up the wrong creek. Anders Lindback was completely inadequate for playoff competition and he was chased midway through Game 4.
The NBA playoffs got started this weekend, and someone might want to let the Indiana Pacers and Blake Griffin know. The Pacers as a collective, and Griffin as an individual, where the biggest disappointments of a round of Game 1s that had more surprises than we generally see in the NBA. Here’s a look back at the opener of each series…
Atlanta 101 Indiana 93: An 8-seed beating a 1-seed just isn’t supposed to happen in the NBA. Certainly not the opening game in front of the favorite’s home fans. The Hawks hit 11 treys and point guard Jeff Teague went for 28, which could have been survived. But Indiana did not get to the free throw line, and had only a marginal edge in rebounding, which spelled trouble.
The Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers bounced back, the Los Angeles Kings did not, and the Montreal Canadiens moved to within a game of advancing. Here’s a look back on the four games of Easter Sunday in the NHL playoffs…
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Boston 4 Detroit 1: The Bruins came out like a team who had lost the first game on home ice and been outskated in the process. They came out aggressive, taking 18 shots on Jimmy Howard and constantly sending players to the net. There was a lot of chippiness on the ice, and while penalties didn’t get out of hand, frequent fisticuffs were a part of this game.
A Happy Easter to everyone from TheSportsNotebook. On this day, when believers in the divinity of Jesus Christ celebrate His Resurrection, it seems like an appropriate day to take up a topic where sports and religious faith have intersected. And it’s the complaints being lodged by a radically secular group, The Freedom From Religion Foundation, against Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney.
Swinney, a Protestant believer, makes no bones about his faith and the type of environment his program is. There is no requirement to share that faith, but the head coach is up front with recruits about who he is and what he believes.