Sports 4 NL teams battling for final 2 playoff spots on last day of regular season
NHL ice-masters call bubbled NHL playoffs a success, memorable for 5OT game
EDMONTON — The end is near for the bubbled NHL playoffs, and those in charge of the rinks say it's been smooth as an ice sheet — except maybe when teams come to play for three periods and stay on for another five. "That was a fun game, definitely something I'm going to remember," said Derek King, recalling the Aug. 11 first-round game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lightning in Toronto's Scotiabank Arena that didn't end until"That was a fun game, definitely something I'm going to remember," said Derek King, recalling the Aug.
The postseason future of four teams in the National League will be determined on the final day of the regular season.
Entering Sunday, the, , , and are still alive for the NL's final two spots, with each team set to play.
*Cardinals can make up one or two games of a doubleheader against Tigers in Detroit on Monday if games affect who makes postseason
Lightning move within 1 win from Stanley Cup with OT victory in Game 4
The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars in a thrilling 5-4 overtime victory in Game 4 on Friday to take a commanding 3-1 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final. The teams traded goals all night but the Lightning ultimately prevailed in overtime when Kevin Shattenkirk scored the game-winner. Shattenkirk's marker came on the power play after Stars forward Jamie Benn took a tripping penalty. It was the Lightning's third goal of the gameThe teams traded goals all night but the Lightning ultimately prevailed in overtime when Kevin Shattenkirk scored the game-winner.
There are a number of scenarios for each team to make or miss the postseason.
If the Cardinals and Giants win their games, they're both in.
A two-way tie for the final spot could occur if the Brewers defeat the Cardinals, Giants lose, and Phillies win. This would result in the Brewers and Cardinals heading to the postseason without St. Louis having to play additional games. The Cardinals own a tiebreaker over the Giants and a better divisional record over their past 20 games than the Phillies.
Another two-way tie might happen if the Cardinals defeat the Brewers, and the Giants and Phillies both lose. This would also result in a playoff berth for the Cardinals and Brewers because Milwaukee owns a better intradivision record than San Francisco.
Senators waive Bobby Ryan less than three weeks after he wins Masterton Trophy
OTTAWA — Veteran forward Bobby Ryan was placed on waivers by the Ottawa Senators on Friday for the purpose of a buyout. Ryan won the Masterton Trophy, the NHL's award for perseverance, on Sept. 7 after publicly sharing his battle with alcohol issues. The 33-year-old Ryan entered the NHL/NHL Players' Assistance program on Nov. 20 to get help for his addiction issues. Ryan has two years left on his contract at a US$7.25 million cap hit and was owed $15 million in real cash. Buying out his contract will save the Senators $3.67 million in cap space in each of the next two seasons, but add a cap charge of $1.83 million in each of the following two years.
There are also two potential scenarios involving three-way ties.
Should the Cardinals defeat the Brewers, the Giants lose, and Phillies win, that would give the No. 7 seed to St. Louis with a three-way tie for No. 8. Because the Giants, Phillies, and Brewers don't have head-to-head records, their postseason futures would be decided by the superior intradivision record, which belongs to the Phillies. This is Philadelphia's only way into the postseason.
Secondly, if the Brewers beat the Cardinals and the Giants are victorious, Milwaukee is in with the better intradivision record, the Phillies would be out, and the Cardinals would travel to Detroit with two shots to clinch a playoff spot. They'd need just one win over the Tigers to make the postseason. The Giants would get in if the Cardinals lose both games to Detroit.
Odds of getting in
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Lightning Cup win a lesson in both going all-in and sticking to the plan .
It was mid-afternoon on Aug. 19, and Jon Cooper looked exhausted. He seemed spent - like he was just glad it was all over, wholly relieved the Tampa Bay Lightning had claimed a first-round Game 5 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets inside Toronto's Scotiabank Arena during the strangest NHL postseason ever. Finally, the weight was off his shoulders. "We had 422 days to think about it, but who's counting?" Cooper, the NHL's longest tenured headHe seemed spent - like he was just glad it was all over, wholly relieved the Tampa Bay Lightning had claimed a first-round Game 5 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets inside Toronto's Scotiabank Arena during the strangest NHL postseason ever. Finally, the weight was off his shoulders.