5 Things for April 23rd: Bruins Dominate Red Wings in Game 3
1. Game 3 of the Red Wings-Bruins series looked very familiar. In game 2 the Bruins physically dominated the Wings, punishing them in corners and making it nearly impossible for Detroit to get any looks around Boston's net. Last night's game followed that similar story.
The B's outshot the Wings 11-4 in the first period, and took a 2-0 lead into the dressing room. The first goal of the game came on a terrific shot by Dougie Hamilton, but Jimmy Howard saw it all the way and probably should make that save. The second goal was a result of a horrible line change.
Boston's defense and goaltending was impenetrable. Detroit has scored two goals in three games, and hardly even threatened Tukka Rask in game 3. I'd like to tell you what the Wings can do to change that, but I don't think there is anything they can do. They're just overmatched.
2. Some struggling hitters broke through for the Tigers last night. Alex Avila went 3-4 with a double, and Miguel Cabrera went 3-5 with a double and a home run. Detroit totaled 15 hits and eight runs en route to an 8-6 win.
Justin Verlander went seven innings and gave up two runs. Phil Coke came out of the bullpen and gave up three earned runs in 2/3rds of an inning. His days in Detroit appear to be numbered.
3. One first round NHL series has been wrapped up. The Montreal Canadiens competed a sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 4-3 win.
San Jose took a commanding 3-0 series lead over the Kings with an overtime win. Patrick Marleau got the game winner in that one.
Finally, the Rangers chased Flyers goalie Ray Emery on their way to a 4-1 win. New York leads that series 2-1.
4. The Pacers righted the ship after a humiliating game one loss to the eighth-seeded Hawks. Indiana snagged a 101-85 win behind 27 Paul George points.
Toronto evened their series with the Nets with a 100-95 win. No word on how Raptors GM Masai Ujiri feels about Brooklyn after this one.
The biggest shock of the first round so far has tho be that the Wizards have taken a 2-0 lead over the favored Bulls. Washington won their second straight road game 101-99.
5. One of baseball's best right-handed hitters has further improved his legacy. Albert Pujols hit two home runs last night, the second of which was his 500th career dinger. You can watch it here.