Weekday Morning Sports – Monday 3/9/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Monday, March 09, 2015

NHL – National Hockey League
Boston Bruins 5, Detroit Red Wings 3
New York Rangers 1, Chicago Blackhawks 0 – OT

Bruins 5, Red Wings 3 – Paille’s 2 goals lift Bruins past Red Wings, 5-3
Daniel Paille scored two goals, one coming short-handed, and Brad Marchand added a short-handed goal to lift the Boston Bruins to a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. Boston, which is clinging the Eastern Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot, improved to 5-1-1 in its last seven games.  David Pastrnak and Loui Eriksson each had a power-play goal for Boston. Backup goalie Niklas Svedberg made 36 saves. Bruins top goaltender Tuukka Rask got the day off after playing 21 of 22 games. Luke Glendening, Gustav Nyquist and Marek Zidlicky scored for the Red Wings, who have lost two straight after a three-game winning streak. Detroit defenseman Stephen Weiss had the puck stolen from him twice, leading to both short-handed goals. Jonas Gustavsson stopped 19 shots before being lifted for Jimmy Howard after two periods.

Rangers 1, Blackhawks 0 – OT – Brassard’s OT goal gives Rangers 1-0 win over Blackhawks
Derick Brassard scored 32 seconds into overtime and Cam Talbot made 29 saves for his fifth shutout of the season in the New York Rangers’ 1-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night. Brassard swooped in from left wing and fired a shot past Corey Crawford on the stick side after taking a cross-ice feed from Mats Zuccarello. The Rangers moved within a point of the first-place New York Islanders in the Metropolitan Division. Talbot was sharp in his 15th start in 16 games since No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist has been sidelined with a neck injury. Talbot has eight career shutouts. Crawford finished with 35 saves after stopping a career-high 46 shots Friday night in a 2-1 shootout win over Edmonton.

Edmonton Oilers at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
San Antonio Spurs 116, Chicago Bulls 105
Charlotte Hornets 108, Detroit Pistons 101

Spurs 116, Bulls 105 – Parker leads Spurs over Bulls 116-105
Tony Parker had a season-high 32 points in leading the San Antonio Spurs to their fifth straight victory, 116-105 over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. Kawhi Leonard added 20 points, Patty Mills had 15 points and Manu Ginobili 14 for the Spurs. Pau Gasol had 23 points and Aaron Brooks added 22 to lead Chicago (39-25). San Antonio (39-23) moved a half game behind Dallas for sixth in the Western Conference. Tim Duncan was 0-for-8 shooting while scoring just three points, but his struggles were lessened by balanced scoring fueled by a strong defensive effort. Chicago had 22 turnovers, which resulted in 32 points for San Antonio.

Hornets 108, Pistons 101 – Jefferson, Hornets beat Pistons 108-101 for 5th straight win
Al Jefferson scored 24 points and the streaking Charlotte Hornets beat the Detroit Pistons 108-101 on Sunday night in a matchup of Eastern Conference playoff hopefuls. The Hornets have won five straight to strengthen their bid for a postseason berth, while Detroit has dropped six in a row. Mo Williams had 19 points and nine assists for the Hornets, and Gerald Henderson added 13 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Charlotte put all five starters in double figures for the fifth time in six games. Reggie Jackson led the Pistons with 25 points, but scored only four on 2-of-9 shooting in the second half. Greg Monroe added 18 points and 11 rebounds, but the Pistons continued to struggle from outside, shooting only 3 of 14 on 3-pointers.

Memphis Grizzlies at Chicago Bulls, 8 p.m.

NASCAR – Harvick wins in Vegas
Defending NASCAR champion Kevin Harvick picked up his first victory of the season following back-to-back runner-up finishes. He led 142 of the 267 laps in beating Martin Truex Jr. at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Harvick has six consecutive top-two finishes dating to last season. Ryan Newman finished third and was followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in a Chevrolet sweep of the top four spots.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Mid American Conference Tournament – Round 1 (Campus sites)
#9 Miami (OH) at #8 Eastern Michigan, 7:30 p.m.
#11 Ohio at #6 Western Michigan, 8:00 p.m.
#1 Central Michigan, (Bye until Semifinals)

NFL – Dolphins privately optimistic about reaching deal with Suh
The Miami Dolphins have pulled ahead in the Ndamukong Suh sweepstakes, and their lead may be insurmountable. The Dolphins were privately optimistic Sunday that they would seal a deal with the All-Pro defensive tackle shortly after free agency begins Tuesday. Suh’s multiyear contract is expected to reach nine figures and set a record for an NFL defensive player. Miami began negotiating with Suh’s agent Saturday to hammer out the framework for a contract, but teams can’t talk directly with players until Tuesday. Suh, whose contract with the Detroit Lions is expiring, has been hailed by many as the best free agent defensive player in a generation. He’s a three-time first-team All-Pro pick, including the past two seasons.

MLB – Tigers SS Iglesias injured before loss to Astros
Ill-fated Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias sustained yet another shin injury yesterday when he was hit by a hard shot during batting practice before Detroit lost 14-9 to a split squad of Houston Astros. Iglesias was fielding grounders when he was a struck in the right shin by a ball off the bat of J.D. Martinez. X-rays showed a bruise.

MLB – Major League Baseball – Spring Training
Houston (ss) 14, Detroit 9
Texas (ss) 6, Chicago Cubs 4
Chicago White Sox 10, Oakland 4

Toronto (ss) vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
San Diego vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.
Arizona vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Golf – PGA – Johnson wins at Doral
Dustin Johnson earned his ninth PGA victory and moved to No. 6 in the world by capturing the Cadillac Championship at Doral. Johnson was flawless on the back nine en route to a 3-under-par 69. He had a 9-under total for a one stroke victory over J.B. Holmes, who stumbled in the final round. Holmes lost a five-shot lead and closed with a 75. Masters champion Bubba Watson opened with four birdies in seven holes to lead by two shots, only to make three bogeys in a four-hole stretch on the back nine. Watson was two strokes back.

AHL – American Hockey League
Lake Erie Monsters 1, Chicago Wolves 0

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Kalamazoo Wings 5, Indy Fuel 3
Reading Royals 3, Toledo Walleye 2

NBADL – NBA D-League
Fort Wayne Mad Ants at Grand Rapids Drive, 7:00 p.m.

ISHSHA – High School Hockey
Lakeshore/St. Joseph 5, Evansville 3

LSJ 5, Evansville 3 – Heine’s two goals leads Lakeshore/St. Joseph
John Heine scored two goals and had an assist while Cullen Hoffman had a goal and two assists as Lakeshore/St. Joseph beat Evansville 5-3.  Alex Breyen and Joseph DeFay also had goals for Lakeshore/St. Joseph.  Cameron Schiff made 17 saves for the win.

MHSAA – Michigan High School Athletic Association – Boys Basketball Districts
Class A at Portage Northern (1) (Round 1 at local sites)
Lakeshore at Kalamazoo Central, 7:00 p.m.     Sports Radio 1400 WSJM
Portage Central at St. Joseph, 7:00 p.m.
Niles at Portage Northern, 7:00 p.m.

Class A at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix (2) (Round 1 at local sites)
Battle Creek Central at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 7:00 p.m.
Battle Creek Lakeview at Holt, 7:00 p.m.
Mason at Gull Lake, 7:00 p.m.

Class B at Benton Harbor (33)
Coloma at Benton Harbor, 7:00 p.m.

Class B at Coldwater (34)
Edwardsburg vs. Vicksburg, 7:00 p.m.

Class B at South Haven (49)
South Haven vs. Otsego, 5:30 p.m.                 Super Hits 103.7 Cosy-FM
Hopkins vs. Plainwell, 7:00 p.m.

Class C at Cassopolis (65) (Round 1 at local sites)
Watervliet at Cassopolis, 7:00 p.m.
Brandywine at Bridgman, 7:00 p.m.
Eau Claire at New Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.

Class C at Lawton (66) (Round 1 at local sites)
White Pigeon at Lawton, 7:00 p.m.
Constantine at Centreville, 7:00 p.m.
Schoolcraft at Marcellus, 7:00 p.m.

Class C at Gobles (76)
Hartford vs. Bloomingdale, 6:00 p.m.
Bangor vs. Kalamazoo Hackett, 7:30 p.m.

Class C at Grandville Calvin Christian (79)
Saugatuck vs GR Covenant Christian, 5:30 p.m.
Calvin Christian vs. GR Wellspring, 7:00 p.m.

Class D at River Valley (97) (Round 1 at local sites)
Covert at Michigan Lutheran, 7:00 p.m.
Watervliet Grace Christian at Lake Michigan Catholic, 7:00 p.m.
Countryside Academy at Lawrence, 7:00 p.m.

Class D at Athens (98)
Howardsville Christian vs. Burr Oak, 7:00 p.m.

Class D at Climax-Scotts (109)
Kalamazoo Phoenix vs. Climax-Scotts, 5:30 p.m.
Battle Creek Calhoun Christian vs. Kalamazoo Lakeside Academy, 7:00 p.m.

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