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Kershaw Can’t Hang On, Cardinals Advance to NLCS
Oct08

Kershaw Can’t Hang On, Cardinals Advance to NLCS

Zoonar/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) — Clayton Kershaw was on fire until the seventh inning.

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace had only allowed three base runners before giving up back-to-back singles and then a three-run home run to Matt Adams, which was enough to lift the St. Louis Cardinals over the Dodgers 3-2, sending the Birds into their fourth straight NL Championship Series.

Kershaw, who was pitching on three days rest, finished the day allowing four hits, three earned runs, two walks, and nine strikeouts, as he falls to 0-3 with a 9.72 ERA in his last three playoff games.

Cardinals starter Shelby Miller pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and two runs, while striking out four.

Trevor Rosenthal allowed two base runners in the ninth but got Carl Crawford to hit into a fielder’s choice to end the game, earning his third save of the series.

St. Louis will now take on the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS. Game 1 is Saturday night in St. Louis.

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Rangers Stay Alive, Top Kings 2-1 in Game 4 of Stanley Cup Final
Jun12

Rangers Stay Alive, Top Kings 2-1 in Game 4 of Stanley Cup Final

Paul Bereswill/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves to help the New York Rangers stay alive by beating the Los Angeles Kings, 2-1 Wednesday night, in Game 4 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final. 

The Kings lead the best-of-seven series, 3-1.

Lundqvist was great all game, but he did receive some help from his friends. In the first period, Kings defenseman Alex Martinez’s shot got past the Rangers goalie and glided across the goal line before Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman cleared the puck from danger. Then with 1:11 left in the game, the puck once again got by Lundqvist, this time stopping dead on the goal line. A tap of the puck would have allowed the Kings to score the game-tying goal, but instead Rangers center Derek Stepan got on the ground and flicked the puck out of harm’s way, to save the Rangers’ season.

“I was just holding my breath,” Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi said. “All those guys in the crease did a great job to keep it out.”

Benoit Pouliot and Martin St. Louis both scored for the Rangers, which have now won and NHL-record eight straight home games when facing elimination.

Dustin Brown scored the lone goal for the Kings.

Game 5 is Friday in Los Angeles. The puck is scheduled to drop at 8 p.m. Eastern.

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Rangers Forward Daniel Carcillo’s Suspension Reduced to Six Games
Jun04

Rangers Forward Daniel Carcillo’s Suspension Reduced to Six Games

Elsa/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — New York Rangers winger Daniel Carcillo had his 10-game suspension reduced to six games, the NHL announced Tuesday. Carcillo was originally suspended 10-games for striking an NHL linesman during Game 3 of the Easter…

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