Tampa Bay Lightning center Blake Coleman (20) gets congratulations after scoring a second period goal by center Anthony Cirelli (71) and right wing Barclay Goodrow (19), behind Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31), in game 2 on Wed Jun 30, 2021 in Tampa Bay (AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Mary Lisa:
#1 The Montreal Canadiens to start off game 2 of the Finals hung with the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 0-0 first period to start the game off.
#2 The Lightning’s Blake Coleman scored an amazing diving goal with one arm as the time ran off the clock it goes to show you how potent this team is.
#3 The Lightning’s goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 42 shots which marks a career high and allowed only one goal. With Vasilevskiy playing like this it will be almost impossible to beat him to get one past him.
#4 What was so ironic about the contest the Canadiens outshot the Lightning 43-23 and actually dominated some of the play against the Lightning but it was finding the back of the net that costed the Habs now down 2-0 going back to Montreal.
#5 Game 3 on Friday night in Montreal the Lightning have the hot hand and momentum they have a loaded line up on offense with players like Anthony Cirelli, Barclay Goodrow, Ondrej Palat, and Nikita Kucherov. Do the Canadiens even have a chance on home ice against the Lighting?
On the Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason:
#1 After Big Papi’s shooting, will other Latin players now be worried and concerned about having to go home for the winter?
#2 It really gives pause for other MLB players who might live in the Dominican Republic, and giving what just happened, they may have to change their habits from going out in public?
#3 The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants rivalry continues last Sunday. The Dodgers’ Max Muncy opened the first inning with a home run and took a long look, which irked Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner and set off some jawing between Bumgarner and Muncy. The Giants open a three-game series with San Diego tonight.
#4 The Boston Bruins saved their season with a convincing win over the St. Louis Blues 5-1 in Game 6 on Sunday in St. Louis that saved the Bruins from elimination.
#5 Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, who coached defense that allowed the most points in Raiders history (457). That was what Guenther said his hardest year in coaching.
photo from masslive.com: Boston Bruins’ Brandon Carlo, left, and St. Louis Blues’ Tyler Bozak jockey for position during the second period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Boston.
On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Matt:
#1 The St. Louis Blues who are the front runners in the series now evened the series twice in Games 2 and 4. They are certainly aware of the surroundings on the ice and on the series scoreboard too.
#2 Taking a look at some of the key players in the series thus far starting with the Boston Bruins’ Brad Marchand in the postseason with eight goals, 13 assists, and 21 points, David Pastrnak with eight goals, nine assists, and 17 points, just two of the many talented players on the B’s who are now trying to solve the Blues at this time.
#3 Matt talks about St. Louis goaltender Jordan Binnington. While he had a rough Game 3 in which the Bruins beat up on the Blues 7-2, Binnington had two great back-to-back games in Games 4 and 5.
#4 The Bruins are just one game down 3-2 in the series. Do the Bruins feel they’ve got their backs to the wall in an elimination game in St. Louis in Game 6 on Sunday night?
#5 The Blues won two one-goal games in this series. That tells you also a little about their defensive prowess.
photo from wsoctv.com: One of seven Boston Bruins goals on Saturday night in St. Louis leaves the Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington laid out in front of the net as the Bruins move ahead 2-1 in the Stanley Cup Finals.
On the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Daniel Dullum
1 Stanley Cup Finals: Bruins in front 2-1, the Bruins got a 7-2 win in Game 3 on Saturday night. Meanwhile, back in Game 2, the Blues did get a historic win.
2 Blues’ Oskar Sundqvist was suspended for Game 3
3 Report: Maple Leafs discussing a possible trade of Patrick Marleau to Los Angeles
missourinet.com photo: The St. Louis Blues’ Oskar Sundqvist puts the hit on the Boston Bruins’ Matt Grzelcyk in Game 2 in Boston, resulting in a one-game suspension for Sundqvist.
On the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Matt:
#1 Matt talks about St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist, who was suspended for a game for his elbowing the Boston Bruins’ Matt Grzelcyk.
#2 Was the suspension of Sundqvist justifiable and with Sundqvist out of the lineup. how much of impact is that for the Blues?
#3 Blues captain David Backes said that at this rate if this keep up there won’t be any defensemen left. “It’s from behind, elevated, into his head, into the glass. If that’s a two-minute penalty, I think there’s going to be a shortage of defensemen in this series by the end of it. That’s in somebody else’s hands. That’s something I think if I’m making that hit, I’m probably watching from the bleachers for a few.” said Backes.
#4 Will the Bruins come out in Game 3 fired up because of the hit on Grzelcyk or will they be satisfied with the league decision to suspend Sundqvist?
#5 Game 3, the first of two in St. Louis series, is tied 1-1. Matt tells us his thoughts on the upcoming Games 3 and 4.
#1 The San Francisco Giants have now lost six straight games. The latest loss was on Tuesday night in Miami where they were crushed by the hosts, the Miami Marlins, 11-3. The Marlins did most of their damage with four runs in the fifth and three runs in the sixth.
#2 The Oakland A’s gave it their all, but couldn’t get their 11th straight win as the LA Angles scored twice in the top of the ninth to get a two-run lead over the A’s at the Oakland Coliseum in a 6-4 Angels win. The A’s took another loss for the second straight loss to the Angels on Wednesday afternoon 12-7 in extra innings.
#3 The San Jose Earthquakes are 5-2-6. They have won three out of their last four games and are on the road to face the DC United. The Quakes have a confidence about them that you didn’t see before.
#4 The NBA Finals are coming on Thursday night. The Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors will battle in Toronto in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
#5 The Boston Bruins and St Louis Blues played some old fashion physical hockey in Game 1 on Monday night at TD Waterhouse Garden. The Blues were up by two goals until the Bruins’ Sean Kuraly scored a third period goal to snap a tie and assisted on another goal to help the B’s get a 4-2 win. The Blues and B’s battle again tonight in Boston for Game 2.
twitter.com file photo: Amaury Pi-Gonzalez (left) with broadcast partner Manolo Hernandez Douen (right) prepare to call another Oakland Athletics game in Spanish at the Oakland Coliseum.
On That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast:
#1 Amaury you were out for some two months after one of the longest layoffs in your broadcast career. What was that like being away from the mic?
#2 The A’s are currently on one of the longest streaks they’ve had in recent memory. It’s early, but folks have been talking about that 2002 season when they won 20 straight games
#3 In order to put together a win steak like that, you have to have a lot of things working for you and they’ve been getting timely hitting and long ball help from Mark Canha in place of injured Khris Davis.
#4 The Oakland A’s story has almost overshadowed the Golden State Warriors and their NBA Finals appearance starting in Toronto on Thursday night
#5 Amaury, you covered the Stanley Cup Final three years ago when the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins teed it up, This year, San Jose missed the finals by this much and now it’s going to be the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins. What was it like to be there at a very electric Stanley Cup Final when you got to cover it three years ago?
Amaury Pi-Gonzalez is the Spanish radio voice for Oakland A’s baseball on KIQI 1010 San Francisco, the vice president of the Major League Baseball Hispanic Heritage Hall of Fame Museum, and does News and Commentary each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com