Tuesday April 4, 2017 (7:00 p.m. - NBCSN)
For the Tampa Bay Lightning, tonight is game 7. It's do or die. A team so hungry for a Stanley Cup, after coming so close each of the last two years, has had to fight through loads of adversity and has answered every knock on the door thus far. Continuing to win with a team that is far from what they had, they've kept themselves in the playoff picture, four points behind the Bruins for the last wild card spot, having played one less game. With a win tonight, it will be a dog fight to the finish as the two teams will be virtually tied with only five combined remaining games. With a loss, it's almost a sure bet the Bolts will find themselves with a tee time sooner than they expected. The Bruins, on the other hand, are a team who seems to fluctuate in streaks and unsure who's going to show up on a given night. In March, they followed up a four-game winning streak with a four-game losing streak, and now feel unstoppable as winners of five straight. Just two weeks ago, Nikita Kucherov buried a hat trick as the Bolts struck down the B's 6-3. This game may feature eleven goals, or just one (as it did in game 7 of the 2011 eastern conference finals). But one thing we know for sure is it will be a feisty match-up and all that matters at the end of the day is who comes away with two points. Whether the refs will keep the whistles away or offer many special teams opportunities may be a crucial tipping point of the game. The Lightning carry the most powerplay goals in the league with 61, while the Bruins would welcome the challenge with the league's second best penalty kill. In a tense, playoff atmosphere the Eastern Conference playoff picture lies on this game's shoulders and it will be a fight to the death as the most important game the league has seen so far this season.
Monday April 3, 2017 (9:20 p.m.)
Tomorrow, Roy Williams and the North Carolina Men's Basketball Team is going to wake up jubilant, on cloud nine, winners of the National Championship. Or they will have to celebrate the one-year anniversary of their bitter loss to Villanova in last year's final with yet another silver medal. Although against a different opponent, UNC is out for revenge. Marcus Paige (graduated), nailed one of the greatest, clutch three's college basketball has ever seen, to tie the national championship game in the final seconds. However, his heroics were forgotten and lost in the confetti that rained down as Villanova's Kris Jenkins buried a championship winning three at the buzzer. This year, they finally got to taste the sweet side of a game-winner when Luke Maye cashed in during the final second of what would have been a disastrous final-minute collapse against a strong Kentucky team. After defeating Oregon by one, the Tar Heels have their scissors ready to cut down the nets. On the flip side, Gonzaga is here to prove everyone wrong. Seeming to always have a near undefeated record and exiting early in the tournament, many are skeptic about the Bulldogs. Their schedule is claimed to be "too easy" but here they are, eager to show they can not only play with, but claim excellence over every single team in the country. Some consider them lucky by not having to play Arizona and meeting cinderella hopeful, South Carolina in the final four, but none of that matters. Nigel Williams-Goss will lead his team out of the tunnel, not scared of one of the most legendary programs in the entire country filled with star talent. Justin Jackson will attempt to carry the Tar Heels to their sixth championship and third in the last twelve years. Buckle up as we are in for a back and forth, high scoring duel in the desert.