No. 1 Golden Knights vs. No. 5 Canucks
9:45 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
Best-of-7 series is tied, 1-1
The Vegas Golden Knights and Vancouver Canucks will look take the lead in the Western Conference Second Round when they play Game 3 at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Thursday.
The game was rescheduled from Thursday after the players on the eight remaining teams decided not to play as a form of protest against systemic racism and police brutality.
“When you’re in the League, you’re fierce competitors on the ice,” Canucks coach Travis Green said. “That’s the respect the players have of the game, they understand how it’s played on the ice. They also understand when you leave the ice, you’re all players in a great sport.
“Everyone loves playing hockey and being in the NHL and I don’t expect it to change one bit tonight. I expect the intensity to get magnified as the game goes on.”
Teams that win Game 3 after a Stanley Cup Playoff series is tied 1-1 are 218-107 (67.1 percent) winning a best-of-7 series, including 3-1 this postseason.
“We’re ready to go, we’re excited to get back playing,” Golden Knights forward Mark Stone said. “We want to win the Stanley Cup, they want to win the Stanley Cup. I think a lot of us have plenty of friends, not just on our own teams throughout the League, but when it comes to getting on the ice, it’s a whole different breed.”
Here are 3 keys for Game 3:
1. Goalie decisions
Robin Lehner (6-2-0, 2.34 goals-against average, .909 save percentage, one shutout) will start his fifth straight game after losing 5-2 loss in Game 2 on Tuesday. Marc-Andre Fleury, who has not lost to Vancouver in regulation since Jan. 16, 2006, is 2-0-0 with a 2.50 goals-against average and .886 save percentage in two postseason starts.
Jacob Markstrom is expected to start for the Canucks. He’s 8-4 with a 2.64 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and one shutout in 12 postseason starts.
2. Bypassing the blocks
The Golden Knights are confident they can devise a strategy to get even more shots through against Markstrom. Vegas had 93 shot attempts in Game 2, including 40 shots on goal, but had 40 shots blocked. Markstrom made 38 saves.
“We have to keep wearing them down, keep shooting and finding ways to get pucks through and getting traffic in front,” Golden Knights forward Mark Stone said. “The quicker you move the puck, get them moving, that’s when you start creating lanes.”
3. Dominating draws
Vancouver captain Bo Horvat leads the postseason with 177 face-off wins and 298 face-offs taken (59.4 percent).
He is 39-for-54 (72.2 percent) against the Golden Knights. The Canucks were 40-for-63 (63 percent) on face-offs in Game 1 and 43-for-65 (66 percent) in Game 2, after ranking second in the NHL during the regular season at 54.0 percent, behind the Philadelphia Flyers (54.6 percent).
Vegas is last in face-off winning percentage (44.5 percent) among the eight remaining teams.
Golden Knights projected lineup
Max Pacioretty — William Karlsson — Mark Stone
Reilly Smith — Paul Stastny — Jonathan Marchessault
Nick Cousins — Nicolas Roy — Alex Tuch
William Carrier — Chandler Stephenson — Ryan Reaves
Shea Theodore — Alec Martinez
Brayden McNabb — Nate Schmidt
Zach Whitecloud — Nick Holden
Unfit to play: Tomas Nosek
Canucks projected lineup
Tanner Pearson — Elias Pettersson — Tyler Toffoli
J.T. Miller — Bo Horvat — Brock Boeser
Antoine Roussel — Adam Gaudette — Brandon Sutter
Tyler Motte — Jay Beagle — Jake Virtanen
Alexander Edler — Troy Stecher
Quinn Hughes — Christopher Tanev
Oscar Fantenberg — Jordie Benn
Scratched: Olli Juolevi, Justin Bailey, Jalen Chatfield, Louis Domingue, Tyler Graovac, Brogan Rafferty, Loui Eriksson
Unfit to play: Micheal Ferland, Josh Leivo, Tyler Myers
Watch: Frustrated Danny Lee 6-putts from 4 feet then withdraws from U.S. Open – Golf Channel
Danny Lee withdrew after a third-round 78 at the 120th U.S. Open, citing a wrist injury. But it wasn’t a pained shot from Winged Foot’s luscious rough that appeared to be the catalyst for the WD.
Lee was 3 over par for the round, facing a 4-foot par putt on the par-4 18th to finish the day. He missed that on the left side and then missed the comebacker for bogey. Lee then frustratingly ping-ponged his ball from one side of the hole to the other before eventually six-putting and making an quintuple-bogey 9.
Lee signed for his 78 and then called it a championship.
Lee withdraws from U.S. Open after 18th hole meltdown – Yahoo Canada Sports
(Reuters) – New Zealand golfer Danny Lee withdrew from the U.S. Open citing a wrist injury after a disastrous finish to his third round on Saturday left him 13 strokes behind leader Matthew Wolff.
Lee fired rounds of 70 and 75 to make the cut at an unforgiving Winged Foot but carded an eight-over par 78 in the third round as his campaign unravelled spectacularly.
Lee was three over heading into the par-four 18th but six-putted from four feet to sign off with a quintuple bogey nine.
The 30-year-old missed putts from four feet, five feet, five feet, six feet and three feet before finally holing from seven feet and announcing his withdrawal shortly after.
(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)
Celtics top Heat, cut East finals deficit to 2-1 – TSN
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Getting big leads has been relatively easy for the Boston Celtics in these Eastern Conference finals.
This time, they also found a way to finish the job.
And just like that, the East title series got a whole lot closer.
Jaylen Brown scored 26 points, Jayson Tatum added 25 and the Celtics got right back into the East finals with a 117-106 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 3 on Saturday night. Kemba Walker added 21 to help Boston pull to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.
Marcus Smart scored 20 points for Boston, going 9 for 9 from the foul line in the fourth quarter. The Celtics — who also got 14 rebounds and eight assists from Tatum — outscored Miami 60-36 inside the paint, led by as many as 20 and never trailed.
The Celtics held Miami to 39% shooting.
Bam Adebayo had 27 points and 16 rebounds for the Heat, who fell for just the second time in 12 games in these playoffs. Tyler Herro scored 22 points, Jimmy Butler had 17 and Duncan Robinson 13.
The Heat rallied from 14 points down to win Game 1 in overtime, 17 points down to win Game 2, but never caught up Saturday — though they put together a late run to make matters interesting.
They got within eight on a 3-pointer by Robinson with 1:12 left, setting the tone for the Celtics to scramble at the end. Brown committed a flagrant foul nine seconds later, and Robinson made one of two free throws to cut Boston’s lead to 109-102.
Adebayo scored on the ensuing possession to get Miami within five and cap a 24-9 run, but the Heat got no closer.
Herro had 16 points in the second quarter alone to keep Miami close, the last of those 16 coming on a 3-pointer with 3:22 left before halftime to cut Boston’s lead to 51-48.
That’s when the Celtics started to run away.
Boston got three consecutive fast-break scores in a span of 48 seconds to push its lead back to 10, and after a late 3-pointer by Walker it was 63-50 at the break.
And when Miami tried another comeback in the third, Boston again had a late-in-the-quarter answer.
The Heat went on an 11-1 run to get to 82-73 on a layup by Herro with 1:08 left in the third, and Boston answered with the next seven points — needing just 32.9 seconds to get them.
Goran Dragic had 11 for Miami and Jae Crowder finished with 10. The Heat were 12 for 44 from 3-point range.
Celtics: This is the 124th series in Boston playoff history, and the Celtics have trailed 3-0 in only seven of them. … Brown and Tatum now have eight games each of at least 20 points so far in these playoffs. … Gordon Hayward made his return after missing a month with a sprained right ankle, scoring six points in 31 minutes.
Heat: Even with the loss, Miami matched the best 12-game start to any postseason in team history — now 10-2. The Heat also started postseasons that way in 2005, 2012 and 2013. … Miami never led, marking the first time that happened in the team’s last 70 games. The only other instance of that this season for the Heat was Nov. 23 against Philadelphia.
ROAD, SWEET ROAD
Games in the bubble still count toward “home” and “road” records. The road-designated team has won the last 12 games in which Boston has played — and in the playoffs, road teams are now 39-31. That ties the NBA record for road wins in any postseason; teams were 39-50 on the road in the 2014 playoffs. The road winning percentage this postseason (.557 right now) would also be an NBA record; the current mark is .519, set in 1966 when road teams went 14-13.
Partly to allow the Western Conference finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets to catch up, the Heat and Celtics won’t play Game 4 until Wednesday. Game 2 of Lakers-Nuggets is Sunday, followed by Game 3 on Tuesday. From there, both series will have an every-other-day format.
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