Sports Robot Round Up: Red Wings, Bulls, Halladay vs Johnson
Welcome back to the Sports Robot Round Up. Last night we had great games in the NHL Playoffs, the NBA Playoffs and the MLB. The Detroit Red Wings beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 to force game 7 after being down 3 games to none. In Chicago, the Bulls took game 5 behind NBA MVP Derrick Rose and now lead the series 3-2. Meanwhile in Florida, Roy Halladay and the NL East leading Phillies lost to the Marlins behind Cy Young hopeful Josh Johnson.
San Jose Sharks 1, Detroit Red Wings 3
After being down 3 games to none, the Detroit Red Wings have rallied to win 3 games in a row and have now forced a game 7. The game was scoreless heading into the 3rd period after several missed opportunities by both squads. Less than 4 minutes into the 3rd, San Jose’s Logan Couture scored off an assist from Dany Heatley. The goal was celebrated by the Sharks’ bench but was not initially ruled a goal by the officials. After a conference and a look at the replay, the referee signaled that the goal was good and the Sharks took a 1-0 lead. With 9:22 left in the game the Red Wings tied the game 1-1 after a goal from Henrik Zetterberg. Less than 2 minutes later, Detroit took the lead 2-1 behind a goal from Valtteri Filppula. In the closing minutes, the Sharks pulled the goalie to try and tie the game but were unsuccessful as Darren Helm scored an empty net goal to seal the victory. With the series heading back to San Jose, the Red Wings will look to complete a tremendous come back, one that has only been accomplished in the NHL 3 times. Game 7 will be played on Thursday at 9 PM EST and shown on Versus.
Hawks 83, Bulls 95
The Hawks trailed the entire game, outside of a brief minute late in the 3rd quarter and the very beginning of the 4th. The Bulls, led by NBA MVP Derrick Rose, were dominant, especially on defensive end. They held Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford to 17 points combined, shooting under 30%. With 11:48 to go in the 4th, Jeff Teague gave the Hawks their last lead of the night with a driving layup. From that point forward the Bulls outscored the Hawks 26 to 13, led by none other than Rose who scored 11 of his 33 points in the 4th quarter. The series now heads back to Atlanta for game 6 as the Hawks try to stay alive to force a game 7. The Bulls are eager to close out the series and head back to the Eastern Conference Finals, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished by Chicago since a certain gentleman who wore the number 23 did it last in 1998. This series has been a physical one and looks to stay that way after last night’s skirmish between Carlos Boozer and Josh Smith (video below). Be sure to check out ESPN on Thursday at 8 PM EST for game 6.
Phillies 1, Marlins 2
In front of a record breaking crowd (not really, but you would almost believe that, right?), Josh Johnson and the Marlins defeated Roy Halladay and the Phillies 2-1. It’s not every day that 2 of the best pitchers in baseball get to face off, and when it does it usually draws a crowd – about 22,000 people showed up to watch the pitching duel on Tuesday night. As you would expect, it was a low scoring game with not many base runners. The lone run from the Phillies came off a solo shot from slugger Ryan Howard, who actually has good numbers vs Johnson (10 for 33 with 3 HRs). In the bottom of the 3rd, Josh Johnson scored the tying run after a double by Chris Coghlan and a sac fly from Emilio Bonafacio. The score remained tied as both pitchers dug in and only allowed 2 hits combined over the next 4 and a half innings. In the bottom of the 8th, after an error by SS Jimmy Rollins that allowed Omar Infante to reach base, a rare wild pitch by Halladay that moved him to 2nd base, and a great at bat by rookie Ozzie Martinez that resulted in a ground out but successfully moved the runner to 3rd, Chris Coghlan looped a single into center field to score the game winning run. Leo Nuñez recorded the save in the top of the 9th to seal the victory for the Marlins which brought them within 2 games of the division leading Philadelphia Phillies.
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