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Pirates President Frank Coonelly comments on Starling Marte suspension

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Press Release

“The Pittsburgh Pirates fully support MLB’s Joint Drug Agreement, including the very tough penalties for violations of its prohibitions. We are disappointed that Starling put himself, his teammates and the organization in this position. We will continue to fight for the division title with the men who are here and will look forward to getting Starling back after the All-Star break.”

 

 

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MLB disciplines Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter

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St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter has received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for making contact with Umpire John Tumpane following his ejection during the top of the seventh inning of Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

Unless appealed, Carpenter’s suspension is scheduled to be served tonight, when the Cardinals are to host the Toronto Blue Jays. If appealed, the discipline issued to Carpenter will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.

 

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NHL Morning Skate for Tuesday, April 25, 2017: Stanley Cup Playoffs edition

RECORD-SETTING OVERTIME NUMBERS HIGHLIGHT FIRST ROUND . . .
The First Round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs featured 18 overtime games in 42 contests (42.9%), a record for any round in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The previous record of 17 overtime contests, established in the 2013 opening round, was set in 47 games (36.2%). There were 20 overtime games in the entire 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs (91 GP).

* Three days saw every game extend past regulation, including April 17 when all four contests went into overtime – the third time in Stanley Cup Playoffs history that four games required overtime on the same day (also April 11, 1980 and April 10, 1985).

* The Presidents’ Trophy-winning Capitals and No. 2 Wild Card Maple Leafs played past regulation five times in the opening round, matching the single-series NHL postseason record set in the 1951 Stanley Cup Final (Games 1-5, 4-1 TOR W vs. MTL) and equaled in the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals (Games 1-5, 4-2 PHX W vs. CHI).

* Three of eight series were decided by an overtime goal, scored by St. Louis’ Magnus Paajarvi, Ottawa’s Clarke MacArthur and Washington’s Marcus Johansson. There only were two such goals in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The record for a single postseason is six, set in 1993 and matched in 1999.

* Nine of the 12 games in the Capitals-Maple Leafs (5) and Senators-Bruins (4) series required overtime. Only two other rounds in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs have featured two series with at least four overtime games – all within the past six years: the 2012 Conference Quarterfinals (Coyotes-Blackhawks: 5, Capitals-Bruins: 4) and 2014 First Round (Wild-Avalanche: 4, Blackhawks-Blues: 4).

. . . A CLOSER LOOK AT EVERY OT GOAL
A breakdown of all 18 overtime goals scored in the First Round:


AS CLOSE AS IT GETS
Of the 42 games contested in the First Round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs:

* Twenty-eight were decided by one goal (66.7%), while another five were decided by two goals following an empty-net score (78.6% combined). Only the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs featured an opening round with that high of a percentage of one-goal margins (32 of 48 GP, 66.7%).

* Eighteen (42.9%) entered the final five minutes of regulation with the score tied. Three featured a go-ahead goal in the final three minutes of regulation, while five included a tying goal in the final five minutes of the third period (including two in the last 60 seconds).

* Seventeen saw the winning team overcome a deficit of at least one goal, including nine that overcame a multi-goal deficit. Clubs also rallied from a third-period deficit (of any margin) to win eight times.

* Montreal and New York were tied or separated by one goal for 96.5% of the total playing time (379:10 of 392:56), the most of any series. Three other series either were tied or at a one-goal margin for more than 80% of total playing time: Ottawa-Boston (90.9%, 367:47 of 404:31), St. Louis-Minnesota (89.1%, 291:45 of 327:30) and Washington-Toronto (83.5%, 339:12 of 406:20).

* Overall, the eight First Round series were tied or within one goal for 80.7% of total playing time (2,199:48 of 2,724:18).

ROOKIES SHINE IN FIRST ROUND
Two of the top five goal-scorers in the First Round were rookies, with Penguins forward Jake Guentzel leading all skaters with five goals and Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews sharing second place with four.

* Guentzel became the second rookie in NHL history to record a hat trick in the postseason that included an overtime goal, achieving the feat in Game 3 against the Blue Jackets. Guentzel, who notched two game-winning goals, also became the first player to score five goals in his first four career postseason games since Maurice Richard in 1944 (w/ MTL).

* Matthews, 19, scored in Games 3-6 to become the second teenager in NHL history to score in four consecutive playoff games (4-1—5), joining Wendel Clark – Toronto’s only other No. 1 overall pick – who also achieved the feat at age 19 in 1986 (4-0—4 in 4 GP).

* Four different rookies – Kasperi Kapanen (TOR), Guentzel (PIT), Kevin Fiala (NSH) and Sean Kuraly (BOS) – scored an overtime goal, equaling the total from the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Only one year in Stanley Cup Playoffs history has featured more rookies with at least one overtime goal: 1968, when Jacques Lemaire (2), Milan MarcettaLarry KeenanGary Sabourin and Don Blackburn all scored in extra time.

* Oilers forward Anton Slepyshev scored his first career playoff goal in Game 6 to become the fifth rookie with a winning goal in the First Round and the third rookie in franchise history to score a series-clinching goal (and first since 1992).

IF YOU’RE IN, YOU CAN WIN
The lower-ranked seed won three of eight opening round series, with the Predators (4-0 W vs. CHI), Blues (4-1 W vs. MIN) and Rangers (4-2 W vs. MTL) each advancing.

* The Predators became the third team since 1974-75 (when the NHL introduced the conference format) to sweep the team with the best record in the conference in the opening round. The others: the 1981 Oilers (vs. MTL in best-of-five PR) and 1993 Blues (vs. CHI in best-of-seven DSF).

THE IMPORTANCE OF A FAST START
Teams that won Game 1 of their series went 6-2 in the First Round, with only the Senators and Oilers advancing after dropping the opening contest. Overall, teams that win the first game in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series hold an all-time series record of 453-207 (68.6%).

ICYMI: SECOND ROUND SCHEDULE
Click here for the dates, starting times and national television coverage for the Second Round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which begins Wednesday.

ANDERSON, COGLIANO AND RYAN VOTED MASTERTON TROPHY FINALISTS
Craig Anderson of the Senators, Andrew Cogliano of the Ducks and Derek Ryan of the Hurricanes are the three finalists for the 2016-17 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.”

The local chapters of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted nominations for the Masterton Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season and the top three vote-getters were designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 21, during the 2017 NHL Awards at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Crew SC’s Artur has successful left wrist surgery


Black & Gold midfielder expected to be sidelined for Crew SC’s upcoming three-match homestand

For Immediate Release: April 24, 2017

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC Monday announced that midfielder Artur underwent successful left wrist surgery on Monday and is expected to be sidelined for Crew SC’s upcoming three-match homestand (April 29 – May 10). The procedure to repair a left distal radius fracture was performed by Dr. Marlo Van Steyn at Orthopedic One in Columbus, Ohio. The midfielder is currently recovering in Columbus.

Artur de Lima Junior

In 2017, his first campaign with the Black & Gold, Artur has made eight appearances (seven starts) and has recorded one assist. The Brazilian midfielder joined Crew SC on loan from Sao Paulo FC for the duration of the 2017 Major League Soccer season on February 13, 2017.

The Black & Gold return to action on Saturday, April 29 when they host New York City FC at MAPFRE Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com).

 

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NHL Morning Skate for Monday, April 24, 2017: Stanley Cup Playoffs edition

FIRST ROUND QUICK HITS
A quick recap of the First Round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, with the assistance of the Elias Sports Bureau:

* Eighteen of the 42 games required overtime (42.9%), a record for any round in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The previous record of 17 overtime contests, established in the 2013 opening round, was set in 47 games (36.2%).

* April 17 saw all four games extend past regulation (OTT-BOS, WSH-TOR, CHI-NSH and ANA-CGY). Only two other days in NHL postseason history have featured four overtime games: April 11, 1980 and April 10, 1985.

* Twenty-eight of the 42 games were decided by one goal (66.7%), while another five were decided by two goals following an empty-net score (78.6% combined). Only the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs featured an opening round with that high of a percentage of one-goal margins (32/48 GP, 66.7%).

* Eighteen of the 42 games were tied in the final five minutes of regulation (42.9%). Three saw a go-ahead goal scored in the last three minutes of regulation, while five featured a tying goal in the final five minutes of the third period (including two in the last 60 seconds).

* Seventeen of the 42 games saw the winning team overcome a deficit of at least one goal (40.5%), including nine featuring multi-goal comebacks. Clubs also rallied from third-period deficits (of any margin) to win eight times.

ICYMI: NHL RELEASES SCHEDULE FOR SECOND ROUND
The NHL announced the dates, starting times and national television coverage for the Second Round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which begins Wednesday.

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SUNDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
Ottawa 3, BOSTON 2 (OT) – OTT wins 4-2
Washington 2, TORONTO 1 (OT) – WSH wins 4-2

CAPITALS ADVANCE TO SECOND ROUND WITH THIRD OVERTIME VICTORY
Marcus Johansson tied the game in the third period and scored the series-winning goal at 6:31 of overtime to lead the Capitals into the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third consecutive season. Washington won three overtime games in a series (also Games 1 and 5) for the second time in franchise history (also 1998 CF vs. BUF).

* The Capitals and Maple Leafs required overtime in five of their six games, matching the single-series NHL postseason record set by the Maple Leafs and Canadiens in the 1951 Stanley Cup Final (4-1 TOR W) and Coyotes and Blackhawks in the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals (4-2 PHX W).

* Washington played a series featuring six or more one-goal games for the fourth time in team history and the first since the 2015 CSF vs. NYR, when all seven games were decided by a single goal.

* Johansson recorded his second career playoff game-winning goal and first in overtime (62 GP). Elias says that he became the sixth player in Capitals history to score a series-clinching goal in overtime and the first since Joel Ward in Game 7 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at BOS.

* Elias adds that Johansson became the first player in Capitals history to tie a game in the third period and then register a series-clinching goal in overtime. The last player to do that for any team: John Tavares for NYI in Game 6 of the 2016 CQF (vs. FLA).

* The Capitals will face the Penguins in the Second Round, their 10th all-time playoff meeting and second in as many years (PIT: 8-1 overall). Pittsburgh has gone on to win the Stanley Cup following each of their last two postseason matchups (also 2009 CSF).

SENATORS ALSO ADVANCE WITH ANOTHER OVERTIME VICTORY
Clarke MacArthur scored at 6:30 of overtime to help the Senators advance past the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the seventh time in franchise history (and first time since 2013). Ottawa won three road games in a single series for the second time in team history (also 2007 CF vs. BUF).

* The Senators set franchise records with their third overtime win and fourth overtime game in a single series (also Games 2, 3 and 5). Elias adds that Ottawa played six one-goal games in a playoff series for the first time in franchise history.

* MacArthur, who returned to the Senators’ lineup on April 4 after missing 18 months due to injury, notched his second career playoff game-winning goal and first in overtime (17 GP). He became the third player in franchise history to score a series-clinching goal in overtime, joining Martin Havlat (Game 5 of 2002 CQF at PHI) and Daniel Alfredsson (Game 5 of 2007 CF at BUF).

* The Senators will face the Rangers in the Second Round, their second all-time postseason matchup. The teams last met in the 2012 Conference Quarterfinals, a seven-game victory by New York.

KEEPING IT CLOSE
Nine of the 12 games in the Capitals-Maple Leafs (5) and Senators-Bruins (4) series required overtime. Per Elias, only two other rounds in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs have featured two series with at least four overtime games – all within the past six years: the 2012 Conference Quarterfinals (Coyotes-Blackhawks: 5, Capitals-Bruins: 4) and 2014 First Round (Wild-Avalanche: 4, Blackhawks-Blues: 4).

* Elias notes that Ottawa and Boston were tied or separated by one goal for 90.9% of total playing time (367:47 of 404:31), while Washington and Toronto were tied or within one goal of each other for 83.5% of total playing time (339:12 of 406:20).

* Washington’s Marcus Johansson and Ottawa’s Clarke MacArthur joined St. Louis’ Magnus Paajarvi with series-clinching overtime goals this postseason. Only two such goals were scored last year, by John Tavares (NYI) in the First Round vs. FLA and Nick Bonino (PIT) in the Second Round vs. WSH.

GAUDREAU, GRANLUND AND TARASENKO VOTED LADY BYNG FINALISTS
Johnny Gaudreau of the Flames, Mikael Granlund of the Wild and Vladimir Tarasenko of the Blues are the three finalists for the 2016-17 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability”.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Lady Byng Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 21, during the 2017 NHL Awards at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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LOOSE PUCKS
Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews, 19, became the second teenager in NHL history to score in four consecutive playoff games (4-1—5). The other, also with Toronto: Wendel Clark in 1986 (4-0—4 in 4 GP) . . . Senators forward Derick Brassard (2-6—8) assisted on the opening and game-winning goals to move into a tie for second in the playoff scoring race (w/ Phil Kessel) . . . ICYMI: Senators goaltender Craig Andersonhad a special moment with his wife, Nicholle – who made the trip to Boston after recently being treated for cancer – following Ottawa’s series-clinching victory . . .  The Kings announced that associate head coach John Stevens has been promoted and will serve as the club’s head coach.

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