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Saturday
May092015

Blackhawks D Michal Rozsival Out for Remainder of Playoffs

Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival will miss the remainder of the playoffs after fracturing his left ankle in the team's series-clinching Game 4 victory over the Minnesota Wild Thursday night.

"Michal Rozsival suffered a fractured left ankle during the second period of last night's game," Blackhawks head team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in a statement. "He will require surgery to repair it. He is not expected to return to full hockey activity until next season."

Rozsival was injured when he fell awkwardly on his left ankle in the second period of Thursday's win. A win which sends the Blackhawks to their third-straight Western Conference Final.

The 36-year-old Rozsival has played in 10 playoff games this postseason averaging 17:26 of ice time per contest.

 


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Friday
May302014

Spurs Destroy Thunder, Take 3-2 Series Lead

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- Six players scored in double figures as the San Antonio Spurs destroyed the Oklahoma City Thunder 117-89 Thursday, in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final.

The Spurs lead the series three games to two.

"We gave them everything they wanted," Oklahoma City head coach Scott Brooks said. "They got the dribble drive, they got the 3-point line and they got to the free throw line."

And they hit their shots. The Spurs shot 51 percent from the field, 50 percent from 3-point land and 87 percent from the free throw line in the win.

Tim Duncan led the way with 22 points and 12 rebounds while Manu Ginobili added 19 points and six assists in the win.

Kevin Durant had 25 points and Russell Westbrook added 21 and seven assists in the loss.

"Our shots weren't falling for us," Durant said. "We've got to stay aggressive and we've got to get stops. When we can't make a shot, we've got to play defense, and we didn't tonight."

The Spurs will have a chance to win the series in Game 6 Saturday night in Oklahoma City. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Eastern.

 


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Thursday
May222014

Carter's Hat Trick Helps Kings Even Series with Blackhawks 

Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Another day, another comeback playoff win for the Los Angeles Kings.

Jeff Carter netted a hat trick as the Kings rallied to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-2 on Wednesday night to even the NHL Western Conference final at a game apiece.

Tyler Toffoli and Jake Muzzin each added goals in the Kings' five-goal third period to help Los Angeles become the first road team to win in Chicago this postseason.

The Blackhawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Carter helped ensure it would go on to be a difficult night for the defending Stanley Cup champions.

"Just sticking with what we need to do," Carter said. "You know, we got a good group of leaders in our room. We've been through comebacks and whatnot a lot lately. Obviously, not something we want to do. But we stick with it, grind it out, get the job done."

Jonathan Quick made 23 saves for the Kings, including a stop on Brent Seabrook with the Blackhawks going for a 3-0 lead in the second period.

Nick Leddy and Ben Smith scored goals for the Blackhawks, who won 3-1 in Game 1.

Game 3 of the best-of-seven series will be played on Saturday night in Los Angeles.


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Thursday
May222014

Spurs Crush Thunder 112-77 in Game Two 

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) --  Danny Green scored 21 points on seven made three-pointers as the San Antonio Spurs routed the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-77 in Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference Finals on Wednesday night.

Tony Parker led San Antonio with 22 points, while Tim Duncan added 14 points and 12 rebounds. Most importantly, the Spurs took a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series. 

"We just did our job. We won our first two games at home and I'm sure they're going to go back and say we have to do our job and win two games at home," Parker said.

The Spurs closed the first half on a 25-8 run to take a 58-44 lead into the break. Parker and Green each scored eight points in the third quarter as the San Antonio outscored the Thunder 33-18.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 15 points for the Thunder, but the All-Star duo shot just 13-for-40 from the field. 

"It definitely doesn't feel good and it shouldn't," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "I hope our locker doesn't feel good. You shouldn't feel good. We got our butts kicked. But we have a good opportunity to come back and win Game 3."

Game 3 is set for Sunday in Oklahoma City.


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Thursday
May152014

Bench Steps Up as Spurs Oust Trail Blazers 

Chris Covatta/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) --  For the third straight year, the San Antonio Spurs will be playing for the Western Conference crown.

Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green each scored 22 points, and the Spurs overcame an injury to Tony Parker, to eliminate the Portland Trail Blazers with a 104-82 Game 5 victory on Wednesday night.

Parker left the game in the first half with a hamstring injury, but the bench stepped up to help the Spurs close out the Western Conference semifinals. They outscored Portland's reserves 40-7.

"My mindset was just trying to be aggressive on the offensive end," Leonard said. "Just knowing Tony was out, he's very aggressive and still try to stick with our system. Play our offense, move the ball, just try to be a little more aggressive."

LaMarcus Aldridge led the Trail Blazers with 21 points, but experience topped youth in this series. San Antonio had four blowout victories in five games.

"They definitely showed us about moving the ball around," Aldridge said "They made five or six passes every possession down. It just makes your defense tired and just makes guys make mistakes. They definitely showed use where we are trying to go."

San Antonio will face the winner of the series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers in the next round.


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Wednesday
May142014

Kane's OT Goal Vaults Blackhawks into Western Conference Finals

Bruce Kluckhohn/National Hockey League/Getty Images(ST. PAUL, Minn.) --  Patrick Kane lives for the dramatic moments.

Kane scored the game-winning goal 9:42 into overtime as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Minnesota Wild 2-1 in Game 6 on Tuesday night to advance to the Western Conference finals.

"He's a special player, and guys have that instinct, have that knack of finding pucks, wanting to be out there, wanting to score," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

Kris Versteeg scored 1:58 into the first period to set the tone for Chicago.  Corey Crawford made 34 saves, but in the end, the story was all about Kane's heroics.

"We probably didn't play our best tonight, but just finding a way to win is something this team has done for many years now," Kane said. The 25-year-old now has four playoff overtime game-winning goals in his career.

Erik Haula scored a goal during the second period to tie the game at 1, but it wasn't enough as the Wild were eliminated from the playoffs.

"We really believe that we were capable of doing more than just winning this game," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "Our guys did everything that we asked and they laid it on the line, and that's what hurts."

The Blackhawks will face either the Anaheim Ducks or the Los Angeles Kings in the next round.


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Wednesday
Jun052013

Kings Top Blackhawks 3-1 in Game 3 of Western Conference Finals

Harry How/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Kings are on the board.

Slava Voynov had a goal and an assist and Jonathan Quick made 19 saves as the Kings defeated the Blackhawks 3-1, in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.

The Blackhawks lead the series 2-1.

The Kings improve to 8-0 this postseason when playing at home.

Quick, who was pulled from Game 3 after allowing four goals in under thirty minutes, was back on his game making a great late save on Blackhawk's winger Bryan Bickell.

After the game teammate Rob Scuderi didn't sound surprised with Quick's performance.

"I thought we didn't give him much help in Game 2," Scuderi said. "You can't expect your goalie to bail you out every single time when you give them those type of Grade A scoring opportunities. Maybe he would think differently of Game 2...I don't think he would, but it was nice to see him hold us in the game and make the big save when we needed it."

With the win, the Kings also snapped the Blackhawks' five game win streak.

Game 4 is Thursday night in Los Angeles. The puck is set to drop at 9 p.m. Eastern.

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Saturday
Jun012013

Blackhawks Take Game 1 Of Western Conference Finals

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Marian Hossa scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, leading the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

"It's always great when you win the first game, especially back to back, give you a little momentum," Hossa said. "I felt like we did lots of good things today. We know we have to be better (Sunday) and keep doing those things."

The Kings took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission on a Justin Williams goal despite being outshot by the Blackhawks 17-2 in the first period.  Patrick Sharp tied the game at one early in the second period before Hossa put the Blackhawks ahead for good.

"I think the two guys that scored for them are going to score goals," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "We have guys that have to score goals. That's how close it will be."

Jonathan Quick made 34 saves for the Kings, but it was the two goals he gave up that proved to be all the difference.

Game 2 is tomorrow night in Chicago.

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Sunday
May262013

Spurs Rally Past Grizzlies in OT, Take 3-0 Series Lead

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- The San Antonio Spurs are one win away from a trip to the NBA Finals after their 104-93 overtime win against Memphis on Saturday night.

The Spurs trailed by 18 points in the first quarter which forced head coach Greg Popovich to pull his starting five.

Tim Duncan scored the first five points of overtime and finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

"I'm not worried about how old I am or whatever, whatever it may be," the 37-year-old Duncan said. "I'm very focused on having another opportunity to make it to a championship and try to win, that's all."

The Grizzlies are playing in their first Western Conference Finals in franchise history and now are in a 3-0 hole.

"We've been fortunate to get this far, and we've got to play better if we want to continue," Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said.

Zach Randolph was held to 14 points and pulled in 15 rebounds in the loss.  Mike Conley did all he could do with 20 points.

San Antonio will look to punch their ticket to the finals on Monday night.

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Wednesday
May222013

Spurs Top Grizzlies in OT 93-89, Take 2-0 Series Lead

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- Tony Parker scored 15 points and dished out career playoff-high 18 assists as the San Antonio Spurs outlasted the Memphis Grizzlies in overtime 93-89 in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.

The Spurs now lead the series 2-0.

For a while it looked like the Spurs were going to run away with the game, but the Grizzlies overcame a 13-point fourth quarter deficit to send the game into overtime.

Spurs forward Tim Duncan scored six of his team high 17 points in the extra time to seal the win for the Spurs.

Still, it was Parker's ability to set up the offense that was the key to the game.

"He was unbelievable," Duncan said of Parker. "I know he's exhausted. We asked a lot of him. He was controlling the ball every time down the floor and he was making every right play there was. "He was finding people, and people knocked down shots for him."

The Grizzlies will now try for the second time this postseason to rally from down two games in a series. Memphis was down 0-2 to the Clippers before winning four straight.

Game 3 is Saturday in Memphis. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m Eastern.

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