Matt Calvert banged home a rebound 1:10 into the second overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets earned their first playoff victory in franchise history with a 4-3 win over Pittsburgh Saturday night. The Penguins Marc-Andre Fleury stuffed the initial shot by Cam Atkinson, but Calvert stood all alone at the left post and wristed a shot into the open net to even the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at one game each. Jack Johnson tied the game with 6:01 left in regulation for the Blue Jackets. Ryan Johansen also scored the first playoff goal of his career for Columbus. Sergei Bobrovsky overcame a shaky start to finish with 39 saves. The Penguins have dropped four straight home overtime playoff games and blew a chance to take a 2-0 series lead when they failed to bury the Blue Jackets early on. Instead, Columbus weathered an opening storm and recovered to collect the team’s first playoff victory since the expansion team made its debut on Oct. 7, 2000 – or – 4,493 days ago. The Jackets and Penguins return to the rink tonight at Nationwide Arena for game three. It can be heard live on 970WATH and 97.1FM with pregame at 6:30 and the drop of the puck at 7:00.
The Cincinnati Reds won their second consecutive series after taking 2-out-of-3 games from the Cubs at Wrigley Field over the weekend. Cincinnati opened the 3-game set with a 4-1 victory Friday, and then lost 8-4 Saturday before winning the rubber-match 8-2 Sunday afternoon. Homer Bailey pitched six scoreless innings at friendly Wrigley Field for his first win of the season and Jay Bruce homered and doubled. Zack Cozart hit a two-run homer for Cincinnati, which has won 17 of its last 19 games at Wrigley. Bailey struck out eight while allowing six hits and three walks and Devin Mesoraco went 3-for-4 at the plate to extend his hitting streak to nine games. The young catcher is batting .483 with 10 RBI’s since coming off the disabled list April 8th. Cincinnati travels to Pittsburg tonight and will begin a four game series with the Pirates at PNC Park.
Washington knocked off St. Louis 3-2 and it took 14 innings for Milwaukee to beat Pittsburg 3-2 in other NL Central games Sunday. The Cleveland Indians improved to 8-10 after defeating Toronto 6-4.
The Reds activated left-handed reliever Sean Marshall from the 15-day disabled list Saturday and optioned the contract of righty Curtis Partch to Triple-A Louisville. Marshall had soreness in his throwing shoulder during spring training and remained in Arizona before two rehab appearances in Louisville. The big lefthander made his first appearance of the year pitching the ninth inning yesterday during the Reds win over the Cubs.
Joe Johnson scored 24 points Saturday and the Brooklyn Nets beat Toronto 94-87 to tipoff the 2014 NBA post season. Golden State defeated the L.A. Clippers, Atlanta shocked No. 1 seed Indiana 101-93 and Oklahoma City beat Memphis. The top seed in the West, San Antonio, defeated Dallas 90-85 on Easter Sunday and defending champion Miami took care of Charlotte 99-88.
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