Penguins 4, Blue Jackets 3: One that got away

ADAM CAIRNS | DISPATCH

A puck shot by Lee Stempniak gets past Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky as the Penguins’ James Neal closes in.

This first-round Stanley Cup playoff series between the Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins has made for compelling hockey. The Blue Jackets must exert their will to keep the Penguins from exerting their skill. Last night, the Jackets had the Penguins tangled and frustrated for the better part of two periods before a delirious crowd of 19,148 at Nationwide Arena.

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Blue Jackets notebook: Too-frequent penalties bog down Jackets

The Pittsburgh Penguins did all their scoring at even strength last night in Game 3 of a first-round Stanley Cup playoff series, but the six penalties that the Blue Jackets took exacted a heavy toll.

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Michael Arace commentary: It didn’t take long for big night to take big reversal

One minute, the standing-room crowd is in full din, and the din is considerable. The Blue Jackets are leading by two goals, it feels like they’re going to take a surprisingly firm grip in their first-round playoff series, and Nationwide Arena sounds like Niagara Falls.

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Indians 4, Royals 3: McAllister, homers fuel win

Mark Duncan | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie searches for the bag but doesn’t hold onto the throw, allowing the Indians’ David Murphy to reach safely on a single in the third inning.

CLEVELAND — When The Rally Squirrel finally made it into the Indians’ bullpen around mid-game last night, reliever Cody Allen was, well, relieved.

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Pirates 6, Reds 5: Shaky bullpen leads to another painful loss

Gene J. Puskar | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Billy Hamilton slides into home ahead of the tag by Pirates catcher Russell Martin for a first-inning run.

PITTSBURGH — With Aroldis Chapman still out and Sean Marshall just back, the Cincinnati Reds continue to try to patch things together with their bullpen.

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Clippers 6, Mud Hens 4: Ramirez shows rare display of power in win

Nobody was surprised that second baseman Jose Ramirez was in the middle of the three double plays turned by the Clippers last night during a 6-4 win over the Toledo Mud Hens. The two solo home runs that Ramirez lined into the left-field bleachers, however, were another matter.

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Boston Marathon: Keflezighi is ‘Boston Strong’

CHARLES KRUPAASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOS

Meb Keflezighi pumps his fist in celebration after beating Wilson Chebet to the finish by 11 seconds.

BOSTON — The Star-Spangled Banner played over Boylston Street in honor of an American winner of the Boston Marathon. One year after a bombing there killed three people and left more than 260 injured, Meb Keflezighi added Boston to a resume that includes the New York City Marathon title in 2009 and a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics.

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NFL: Raiders ship ex-Buckeye Pryor to Seahawks

Terrelle Pryor passed for 1,798 yards last season.

The Oakland Raiders traded former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor to the Seattle Seahawks yesterday for a seventh-round draft pick.

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Sports report: Knicks fire Woodson; Jazz, T-wolves need new coaches

Phil Jackson fired Mike Woodson and the entire New York Knicks coaching staff, making his first big move since becoming team president in March.

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Men’s tennis: Ohio State top seed in Big Ten tournament

The Ohio State men’s tennis team, which finished 27-3 overall and 11-0 in the Big Ten, earned the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament, which begins on Thursday at Michigan State. The Buckeyes received a first-round bye and will open on Friday in the quarterfinals.

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Learning the Hard Way

There were eleven Columbus skaters playing in their first Stanley Cup playoff action when the puck dropped in their opening round series with the Penguins. Those same players had another new experience when they played their first postseason game at Nationwide. They hope that both games taught them valuable lessons.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 0 Comments

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