It was a frustrating Tuesday for the Phoenix Coyotes and the Toronto Blue Jays' third baseman alike.
The Los Angeles Kings won Game 2 of the West final with the Coyotes' captain watching from the dressing room while the Blue Jays blew a three-run lead and Brett Lawrie blew his cool.
While those ejections headline your top five sports stories of the day, we also explain crimes against fashion perpetrated by NBA players, the Devils prep for a Rangers team that's not tired (no matter how many times they are asked) and Team Canada learned their opponent for the start of the knockout rounds at the hockey worlds.
1. The Kings extended their road win streak to seven by taking advantage of a frustrated Coyotes team to win Game 2. Shane Doan was tossed from his team's 4-0 loss for this hit from behind on the Kings' Trevor Lewis, Phoenix goalie Mike Smith tried to chop down L.A. captain Dustin Brown, Martin Hanzal drew a boarding major, plus a Derek Morris kneeing minor resulted in a 5-on-3 that L.A. used to bury Phoenix. If anything, Phoenix's meltdown only served to help the Kings' Jeff Carter rediscover his scoring touch.
2. Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista staked the Blue Jays to a 3-0 lead against Tampa Bay, but that evaporated by the seventh inning. Ugly stat of the night: In the last 10 games, Toronto's defence has committed 15 errors.
That being said, the 4-3 loss to the Rays didn't get really ugly until the bottom of the ninth when the Jays' Brett Lawrie was tossed arguing a strikeout call. There's much more to the story, including the umpire being struck by various objects, but let's let the fans tell the story and debate what happens to Lawrie in terms of disciplinary action.
3. A day after Henrik Lundqvist and the shot-blocking specialists on the New York Rangers shut out New Jersey in Game 1, the Devils said they will dig even deeper in Game 2 on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, CBC, CBCSports.ca). Meanwhile, the Rangers went from Game 7 against the Capitals to Game 1 against New Jersey in less than 48 hours, plus a full seven games in the first round, and well, that led to many questions about how tired the team might be, something Mike Milbury talked about on Hockey Night In Canada Radio.
4. The NBA playoffs continued with the Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs picking up wins, but as John Chick writes in his latest blog, Miami and Oklahoma City appear to be on a collision course for the NBA Finals ... but the Thunder come up losers in the fashion department.
5. Team Canada rolled over Belarus at the IIHF world hockey championships in Finland, clinching top spot in their pool and setting their opponent for the knockout stage. Standing in the way of the Canadians is Slovakia, a team that rattled off five straight wins to finish the round-robin. For a full video breakdown from Hockey Night Online, click here.
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