Fantastic Finish Friday 05/23/2009Posted by sportretort in nhl, Sports, Uncategorized.
Tags: chicago blackhawks, cleveland cavaliers, last second victory, lebron james, nba, nhl, orlando magic, overtime, patrick sharp, playoffs
If you are a sports fan, Friday evening was for you.
In the NHL, the Blackhawks return home to Chicago for game 3 of their Western Conference Finals. After dropping the first 2 games in the best of 7 series in Detroit, the Hawks need this game to stay in the series. And they get off to a fast
start. Midway through the first period, Chicago has a 2-0 lead. About the time Chicago scores their second goal, the city of Cleveland begins to rock.
In the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers are tipping off game 2 of their Eastern Conference Finals against the Orlando Magic. The Magic came from 16 points down to steal game one, and the Cavs are trying to salvage a split before the series shifts to Florida for games 3 and 4. The Cavs jump out quickly, amassing a 14 point lead at the end of the first quarter on their way to opening up a 23 point lead.
Back to Chicago. The first period ends with the score 2-0 Blackhawks. They then add a goal 45 seconds into the 2nd period, increasing the lead to 3-0. Looks like the Hawks are on their way to an easy victory. Detroit scores a power play goal with 5:22 left th the period. Then they score again two and a half minutes later and the 22 thousand folks at the United Center start squirming in their seats. Finally, with just 59 seconds left in the period, Detroit knots the score at 3-3. The action is fast and furious in the 3rd period, but there is no scoring and the regulation time ends 3-3. Overtime is on the way.
As the Hawks and Wings play to a stalemate in Chiago, the Cavs once comfortable lead is slowly evaporating. The large lead has been widdled down to 6 by the Magic at the end of the third quarter. That is about the time OT begins in Chicago.
This is the second straight game in this series to go into overtime, with Detroit winning game 2 with an overtime marker. This time it is the Blackhawks who make short work of the Wings as Patrick Sharp takes a pass just to the left of the Wings net and buries the game winner 1:52 into overtime. The Hawks avoid the 3-0 hole and now will skate into game 4 with a chance to tie the series at 2.
As Sharp’s heroics are ending the hockey game in Chicago, the Magic are attempting to take a strangle hold on their
series against the Cavs. With just under ten minutes left in the game, the Cavs hold an 82-73 lead. Things are going to get interesting. Over the next 3 minutes, the Magic hold the Cavs scoreless and tie the game at 82. The score remains tight to the end and with one second left the Magic’s Hedo Torkoglu made about an 11 foot jump shot to put the Magic up 95-93. Cleveland calls timeout, but all seems lost. The time out allows the Cavs to advance the ball to mid court, but with one second left all there is time for is a desperation catch and shot. It appears that the Magic will have a 2-0 lead in the series heading home for game three. Then the miracle happens. LeBron James catches the inbound pass at the top of the key, turns and lofts a rainbow towards the basket. The buzzer sounds while the ball is in flight and James finds gold at the end of the rainbow. His shot finds nothing but net, and the 3 pointer gives the Cavs a 96-95 victory as the stunned crowd of over 20,000, silent as could be just seconds before erupts into bedlam! The Cavs grab momentum heading to Florida.
There is nothing like playoff action! And the last channel button on your remote.