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Archive for April 9th, 2018

Springfield, Ohio native & Washington Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton earns National League Player of the Week honors for Week 1

 

Adam Eaton (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

With a successful return to the field, Washington Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending April 1st.

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Adam Eaton will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Eaton posted a slash line of .615/.643/1.231 with seven runs scored, eight hits, two doubles, two home runs and five RBI over Washington’s opening three-game series. It marks his second career Player of the Week Award after earning his first honor while still a member of the Chicago White Sox for the period ending August 2, 2015. Among NL leaders, Adam finished the week first in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, runs scored and total bases (16); tied for first in hits and extra-base hits (4); tied for second in home runs and RBI; and tied for fifth in doubles. This is Washington’s first NL Player of the Week Award since Eaton’s teammate Anthony Rendon took home weekly honors last year for the period ending July 16th.

On Saturday afternoon against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park, Eaton batted a perfect 5-for-5 with four runs scored, two doubles, a home run and three RBI. The five-hit performance was the first of his career, and the output marked just the second time in Nationals history (2005-present) that a player recorded at least five hits with three extra-base hits and three RBI. The 29-year-old Eaton joined the aforementioned Rendon, who did so against the New York Mets on April 30th of last season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Eaton, who missed the majority of the 2017 season due to injury, became the first leadoff batter to go 5-for-5-or-better with three-or-more extra-base hits and at least four runs scored since two-time All-Star Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies on April 4, 2014. In addition, the Springfield, Ohio native joined Hall of Famer Tim Raines as the only leadoff hitters in Nationals franchise history to accomplish the feat. “Rock” logged the first historic contest for the Montreal Expos on August 16, 1987 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Led by their speedy outfielder, the Nationals swept the Atlanta Braves and enter the second week of the 2018 season with a 3-0 record.

Other noteworthy performances last week included Adam’s teammate, three-time Cy Young Award-winner Max Scherzer (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 10 SO); Blackmon (3 R, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 1.091 SLG); 2015 AL All-Star Lorenzo Cain (.571, 8 H, 3 RBI, 3 SB) of the Milwaukee Brewers; 2016 NL MVP Kris Bryant (.389, 4 R, 4 XBH, 4 RBI) of the Chicago Cubs; starting pitchers Kenta Maeda (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 5.0 IP, 10 SO) and Alex Wood (0.00 ERA, 8.0 IP, 5 SO, 1 H) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; shortstop Nick Ahmed (.455, 3 R, 3 XBH, 6 RBI) of the Arizona Diamondbacks; and two-time All-Star Johnny Cueto (0.00 ERA, 7.0 IP, 4 SO, 1 H) of the San Francisco Giants.

 

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Toronto 1B Justin Smoak earns American League Player of the Week honors for Week 1

 

Justin Smoak at the plate 2015 photo By Arturo Pardavila III on Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending April 1st.

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Justin Smoak will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Smoak recorded a slash line of .467/.529/1.000 with two runs scored, seven hits, a pair of doubles, two home runs and eight RBI over Toronto’s first four games of the 2018 campaign to earn his second career AL Player of the Week Award, last winning as a member of the Seattle Mariners for the week ending June 3, 2012. Among his AL counterparts, Justin finished his strong opening weekend first in RBI; second in total bases (15); tied for second in home runs and extra-base hits (4); tied for third in hits; tied for fourth in slugging percentage; seventh in batting average; and eighth in on-base percentage. This is Toronto’s first weekly award since Justin’s All-Star teammate Josh Donaldson claimed weekly honors for the period ending June 19, 2016.

In yesterday afternoon’s thrilling contest between Toronto and the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre, Smoak went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs and a career-best six RBI. The latter round-tripper was a game-winning grand slam in the eighth inning, propelling the Jays to a 7-4 victory over the Yankees. The 2017 AL All-Star accounted for six of Toronto’s seven runs scored via his seventh career multi-homer game. Moreover, Toronto blasted at least one home run in each of the Club’s first four games of the 2018 season, doing so for the first time since 2011 when the Jays slugged homers in five straight games to begin the season. Smoak’s outstanding game at the plate yesterday followed a three-hit performance from the night before, when the 29-year-old went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Led by Smoak’s hot start at the plate, Toronto won the final two games of the four-game set.

All-Star shortstop Xander Bogaerts (.471, 4 R, 6 XBH, 2 RBI) also posted a strong start for the Boston Red Sox. Following Saturday’s contest against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, Bogaerts had logged five doubles in the Club’s first three games of the season. The Aruba native became the fourth Major Leaguer since 1900 to accomplish the feat, joining Pop Dillon of the Detroit Tigers (1901), Jim Greengrass of the Cincinnati Reds (1954) and Carlos Beltrán of the New York Mets (2008). Other noteworthy performances last week included José Berrios (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 CG SHO, 6 SO) of the Minnesota Twins; designated hitter Matt Davidson of the Chicago White Sox, who became the fourth player in Major League history to record three home runs on Opening Day; outfielder Mitch Haniger (.625, 5 H, 2 HR, 3 RBI) of the Seattle Mariners; 2017 AL MVP Jose Altuve (.563, 5 R, 9 H, 1 SB) of the Houston Astros; and Smoak’s teammate Kevin Pillar (.462, 4 R, 2 XBH, 3 SB).

 

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NHL hands out 2017-18 regular season awards to Capitals’ Ovechkin, Oilers’ McDavid and Kings’ Quick

 

Alexander Ovechkin during warmups 2016 photo by By Michael Miller - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Connor McDavid pondering during a game 2015 photo By Connor Mah - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Jonathan Quick in goal 2009 photo by Resolute - Own work via wikipedia commons

 

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NEW YORK (April 8, 2018) – The 2017-18 National Hockey League regular season concluded Sunday with Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid capturing his second consecutive Art Ross Trophy as the League’s scoring champion, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin claiming his seventh career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s goal-scoring leader and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings winning his second career William M. Jennings Trophy as the goaltender who plays at least 25 games for the club allowing the fewest goals.

 

McDavid finished the season with a League-leading 108 points (41-67—108) in 82 games, besting Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (34-68—102 in 82 GP) and Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (39-61—100 in 80 GP) for his second straight Art Ross Trophy. McDavid collected at least one point in 58 of his 82 appearances (70.7%), pacing the NHL with 32 multi-point performances and 14 three-point efforts. He also led the League with 84 even-strength points, 18 more than the next-closest player and the most by any NHLer since 1995-96. McDavid, who topped the League with 30-70—100 in 2016-17, became the first repeat winner of the Art Ross Trophy since Jaromir Jagr won four in a row from 1997-98 through 2000-01 (w/ PIT). At 21 years, 85 days, he also became the second player in NHL history to win multiple scoring titles prior to his 22nd birthday, joining Wayne Gretzky (3x, also w/ EDM).

 

Ovechkin scored a League-high 49 goals in 82 games, finishing ahead of Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine (44 in 82 GP) and Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson (43 in 82 GP) for his seventh career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy (also 2007-08, 2008-09, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16). He became the second player in NHL history to finish atop the League’s goal-scoring race seven times, joining Bobby Hull(also 7x, all w/ CHI). At 32 years, 203 days, Ovechkin also became the oldest player to win the NHL’s goal-scoring title since Phil Esposito in 1974-75 (33 years, 45 days w/ BOS). Ovechkin recorded his 600th NHL goal March 12, requiring the fourth-fewest games to reach the milestone (990). His career average of 0.61 goals per game (607 in 1,003 GP) ranks fourth in League history (minimum 400 GP), behind only Mike Bossy (0.76), Mario Lemieux (0.75) and Pavel Bure (0.62).

 

Quick saw the most action on a Kings team that allowed a League-low 203 goals, eight fewer than the Nashville Predators (211) and 11 clear of the Boston Bruins (214). He earned his second career William M. Jennings Trophy as well as the second in franchise history, adding to the one he claimed with Los Angeles in 2013‑14 en route to winning the Stanley Cup. Quick appeared in 64 games, ranking in the top 10 among goaltenders in wins (9th; 33), goals-against average (10th; 2.40) and shutouts (t-4th; 5). The Milford, Conn., native finished the season seven victories shy of becoming the fifth U.S.-born goaltender to reach 300 NHL wins (293-195-56 in 556 GP).

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

NHL sets schedule for Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round

 

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NEW YORK (April 8, 2018) – The National Hockey League today announced the dates, starting times and national television coverage for the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round, which begins Wednesday, April 11.

 

All times listed are ET and subject to change.

 

* if necessary

TBD – To Be Determined

 

Starting times and national broadcast information for games listed TBD will be announced when available.

 

For the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge, please visit: http://NHL.com/bracket.

 

NHL Network’s extensive coverage of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs will begin Monday, April 9 with an in-depth preview of the First Round with NHL Tonight: Western Conference Playoff Preview at 6:00 p.m. ET. Later that night, NHL Network’s Mike JohnsonBrian Lawton, Hockey Hall of Famer Scott StevensKevin Weekes and Tony Luftman will analyze all 16 playoff teams in NHL Network Roundtable: Stanley Cup Playoffs at 8:00 p.m. ET. NHL Tonight: Eastern Conference Playoff Preview will air the following night, April 10 at 6:00 p.m. ET and NHL Network will air live coverage before and after every Stanley Cup Playoff game, including analysis and demonstrations on NHL TonightNHL Now will also recap and preview each playoff matchup weekdays at 4:00 p.m. ET, including NHL Network’s Jackie Redmond reporting live on-site from the Golden Knights’ historic first-ever playoff game this Wednesday. Additional programming details will be announced as necessary.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY JEFF DAY, NHL; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

NHL announces Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round Scenarios

 

 

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NEW YORK (April 8, 2018) – The National Hockey League today announced two scenarios for the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round based on the outcome of tonight’s Florida Panthers-Boston Bruins game at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Bruins (50-19-12, 112 points) sit one point back of the Tampa Bay Lightning (54-23-5, 113 points) for the top spot in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. Boston will clinch first place with a win of any kind, while Tampa Bay will claim the title if Boston loses in any fashion.

The 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs will begin on Wednesday, April 11. National broadcast information will be announced when available. All times are ET and subject to change.

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Jeff Day, NHL; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

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