LAst Night's Action: Predators Beat Ducks' Quack
Nashville Predators Anaheim Ducks 4-1. Back in 2003 the then-Mighty Ducks of Anaheim rode goalie Jean-Sebastian Giguere into a game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Ducks probably never wanted to be on the other end of things, but Predators’ goalie Pekka Rinne’s 27 saves helped give the team the early 1-0 series lead over the Ducks.
The tempo was started when Preds’ defenseman and captain Shea Weber knocked Teemu Selanne on the boards. The Ducks started to respond with some penalty trouble: Matt Beleskey was called for a cross check in the offensive zone which led to Weber’s power-play goal a minute later at 4:13 in the first period.
Then the Ducks defense fell asleep as Steve Sullivan got behind the blue line on Cody Franson’s dish from the Preds’ zone. Sullivan got the rebound off of his initial shot and tipped it past Ducks’ goalie Dan Ellis.
Ellis lasted only through 0:56 in the third period after he gave up two additional goals to Mike Fisher before being pulled for Ray Emery. With the score 4-0, the Ducks then decided to revert to their ugly play they were infamous for: cheap hits and fights to lure the opposition into penalties. Fortunate for the Ducks the Preds did bite allowing Selanne to score on a 5-on-3 man advantage 11:24 in the third period.
George Parros and Jarkko Ruutu were thrown out of the game with misconducts in the final minute of the game. Nothing surprising. Ellis only got 20 saves while Emery saved all six shots he faced.
LA Lakers defeat Sacramento Kings 116-106 (OT). The Lakers let a 20-point lead disappear in the fourth quarter. If they were gay, they wouldn’t have gagged. At least I wouldn’t. Perhaps they did so just to give Sacramento fans five extra minutes of basketball as their team abandons them to the glitzy environs of Anaheim. But the Lakers clinch the two-seed and will face the New Orleans Hornets in the first round of the playoffs.
LA Angels defeat Cleveland Indians 4-3 (12). Jeff Mathis comes through with a bases loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 12th innings to bring Vernon Wells and the Angels home. They now head over to Chicago and Texas.
San Francisco Giants defeat LA Dodgers 4-3. Rod Barajas hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning to tie the game. Solo homers by Pablo Sandoval and Mike Fontenot in the sixth inning off of Ted Lilly gave the Giants the 4-3 lead.
LA Clippers defeat Memphis Grizzlies 110-103. Blake Griffin notches a triple-double for the season finale as the Memphis clinch the eight-seed.
LA Galaxy tie Toronto FC 0-0.
LA Kings at San Jose Sharks. Game 1 of the first round of Stanley Cup Playoffs. 7:00 p.m. FSWest, Versus (National), AM 570 KLAC.
St. Louis Cardinals at LA Dodgers. 7:10 p.m. FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.