Lightning vs. Rangers: Game 7 Score and Twitter Reaction from 2015 NHL Playoffs

For the first time since 2004, the Tampa Bay Lightning are headed to the Stanley Cup Final.

They picked up a 2-0 victory Friday night over the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star felt that the scoreline doesn’t show just how good Tampa Bay was on the night:

ESPN’s Steve Levy added that the cream always rises to the top in a Game 7 atmosphere:

The Lightning controlled just about every facet of the game. They were the aggressors throughout, and goaltender Ben Bishop was rarely tested. He found himself under the most pressure when the game was essentially out of reach for the Rangers and they had pulled their goalie.

Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves in a losing effort.

Lundqvist is a good goaltender in his own right, but he finds a different level during Game 7s. He had won his last six entering Friday, building the kind of unbeatable aura reserved for a select few. According to NHL Network’s Mike Kelly, Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy are the only goaltenders in league history with as many Game 7 victories.

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos was decidedly unmoved by Lundqvist’s Game 7 history, per ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun

For two periods, Lundqvist lived up to the hype as he continuously denied the Lightning in front of goal. Tampa peppered him with 19 shots, and he stonewalled them all 19 times. His performance covered up for a Rangers power-play unit that disappeared—not for the first time in the series.

Lundqvist’s saves on Jason Garrison and Tyler Johnson in the second period were among his more notable.

NHL Network’s Andi Petrillo noted that Lundqvist had Johnson measured the whole way for that incredible stop:

Caitlin Kelly of the Sporting Scene had a rather unique way to describe the 33-year-old netminder:

One reason the Rangers defense found itself under a ton of pressure was the health of Ryan McDonagh. The 25-year-old is the team’s best defenseman and a big reason why New York allowed just 2.28 goals a game during the regular season.

McDonagh missed Thursday’s practice while trying to recuperate and physically prepare himself for Game 7, per Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post.

“Everybody’s beat up, so I’m just trying to be as prepared as I can,” said McDonagh.

He spent just 17:33 minutes on the ice—his regular-season average was 23:08—and didn’t show up until nearly 13 minutes into the game, per Arthur.

While McDonagh was on the ice, Bleacher Report’s Dave Lozo felt that he was clearly laboring and not his normal self:

Between McDonagh‘s injury, New York’s poor power-play record and a heavy reliance on Lundqvist, the Rangers were teetering on the brink heading into the third period. Alex Killorn provided the shove that sent them over the edge.

A little under two minutes into the period, Lundqvist got screened, which prevented him from getting a good look at Killorn‘s backhand shot. As a result, the puck somehow slipped between right through his pads and into the goal.

Sportsnet’s Tim Micallef thought he could hear a pin drop inside Madison Square Garden after the goal:

LeBrun highlighted how good Tampa Bay has been at protecting a lead during the postseason:

Ondrej Palat provided a critical insurance goal with 8:47 remaining in the game.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Lightning’s line of Palat, Johnson and Nikita Kucherov has accounted for just a little over half of the team’s playoff goals:

Two goals was more than enough to secure the win with the way the Rangers attack was performing. New York’s forward lines have been somewhat spotty throughout the postseason, and Friday was one of those days when nothing went right.

Rangers fans will have to wait another year for the franchise to bring home its fifth Stanley Cup. Losing at home in a Game 7 is an awful way to end what was an otherwise great season for New York, and the bad taste from this defeat will linger for some time.

On the other side, Lightning fans will hope Tampa Bay’s next trip to the Stanley Cup Final goes as well as its last—the Lightning beat the Calgary Flames in seven games in 2004.

Tampa Bay will get either the Chicago Blackhawks or Anaheim Ducks in the next round.

Bishop will be somewhat of a wild card in the Stanley Cup Final. The veteran goaltender was steady between the pipes Friday night, but he had some very shaky performances both against the Rangers and in earlier rounds.

The team’s title hopes won’t rest solely on the 28-year-old’s shoulders, but he’ll play a large role in whether or not Tampa Bay wraps up the 2014-15 season as NHL champion.

Miley Cyrus Sports Super Long Armpit Hair While Smoking Something Suspicious!

Whatcha got there, girl?

By the looks of it, Miley Cyrus had a suuuuuuuuper chill day!

On Thursday, the singer took to Instagram to show off this smokin’ selfie (literally) and the furry friends she calls her armpits.

[ Photo: Miley Shows Off A New Wig And Her Boobiez! ]

It seems like the pink pit dye has disappeared, but we’re wondering if that’s the only thing that’s faded in this shot?

LOL!

The singer bragged about her lazy day in the caption:

“Today hazzzzz be consistently chill AF#evengotsomecleanindone #f**kyeah”

Well, the pop of pink may be gone from her armpits, but that’s okay, because it’s literally everywhere else in this picture: her skimpy bikini, her shades, and whatever the heck she’s lounging on (a pool raft, perhaps)!

And though the hue didn’t last, it seems the hair is here to stay!

Miles just won’t stop showing off her shaggy pits, and we totally love that she just owns it!

[Image via Miley Cyrus/Instagram.]

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JFK Airport Workers Accused Of Stealing Not-Yet-On-Market Kevin Durant Shoes

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two John F. Kennedy International Airport workers have been charged with stealing 12 pairs of Kevin Durant basketball shoes that were supposed to be going to Canada.

The KD8 shoes, a Nike product carrying the name of the Oklahoma City Thunder forward, were being shipped from a factory in Taiwan to Ontario, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.

The sneakers are not yet even on the general market. Once they become available to the public in July, they will retail for about $200 a pair, the DA’s office said.

But prosecutors charged that two airport workers – Calvin Colain Nelson, 23, of Springfield Gardens, Queens, and Audley Russell, 47, of Jamaica, Queens, intercepted the shipment and went on to sell them over the Internet.

A freight forwarding company working with Nike was coordinating the shipment of the KD8 shoes on an Air China cargo flight, and found a crate of them missing when the others arrived in Canada on May 9, prosecutors said.

After the carton vanished, numerous photos of the unreleased sneakers – including one of them showing a factory box and serial number, appeared on the Instagram sales account @SNKR_BASE, prosecutors said. The shoes were advertised as “the real deal,” and “dropping July.”

The first posting on May 10 appeared a day after the sneaker shipment arrived at JFK, prosecutors said. Police found photos of the personal Instagram account TH3CLEAN_CUT, which is associated with @SNKR_BASE, and found photos of a man and various sneakers for sale, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors alleged that Nelson – a JFK security guard — was the man seen in the photos.

Nelson was interviewed by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police on Wednesday, and allegedly claimed that he had bought the KD8 shoes on Guy R. Brewer Blvd. from a man he knew. He claimed he bought nine pairs of sneakers for $2,475, kept one pair for himself, and sold the rest for $135 to $300 a pair.

He also allegedly showed police several text messages that he had exchanged with a cellphone belonging to Russell, who works at Cargo Building 76 at the airport, and said some of the text messages he received from Russell included snapshots of the KD8 shoes, prosecutors said.

Russell allegedly said someone had dropped off a bag at his home that he knew was from the cargo building where he worked, and allegedly said he knew the items were stolen and he was probably giving him a cut. He said the “sneaker guy” he texted gave him $80 a pair for the shoes, prosecutors said.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said the defendants had “committed a foul,” and, “They now face the prospect of being benched behind bars for their alleged crime.”

Nelson and Russell were each charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. They face up to four years of prison if convicted.

Two other cargo workers at JFK were also arrested just this past weekend, prosecutors said.

Kason Alexander and Akanni Martin are both from Brooklyn.

The arrest came after Alexander was spotted peeing on the sidewalk on East 57th Street and Avenue D in Brooklyn Saturday night, according to DA Brown’s office. As police approached, Alexander and Martin got into a nearby car, which had two crates sitting on top of the folded back seat.

The crates contained 127 memory cards, 36 camera lenses, 52 Nikon cameras, 15 camera accessories and 100 Kindle tablets.

Both men face grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property charges.

They face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

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Preservationists Pleased With Landmark Consideration For Stonewall Inn

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Preservationists were excited Friday about reports that the historic Stonewall Inn in the West Village will be up for consideration for city historic landmark status.

The tavern at 51-53 Christopher St. is known as the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement, after patrons squared off and fought against a police raid of the bar in 1969.

A Gay City News report Friday indicated that the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission will begin considering the Stonewall for landmark status at a meeting on Tuesday of next week.

Commission chair Meenakshi Srinavasan told Gay City News that the Stonewall Inn is “widely considered the birthplace of the LGBT rights movement, and is widely known as the birthplace of the modern LGBT rights movement and holds a truly iconic place in history.”

The building also still retains its architectural integrity 46 years later, Srinavasan told the publication.

The Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation has been calling for city landmark status for the Stonewall for more than a year, and was enthusiastic Friday about the news.

“This is a long-overdue move to recognize the incredibly important role this site and the riots connected to it have in the struggle for LGBT rights in this country and worldwide,” preservation society director Andrew Berman said in a statement published on the group’s website. “It is critical that the history of sites like Stonewall and the immeasurably important role they played in making our country a more just, open, and accepting place, is recognized and preserved.”

As told by Stonewall Inn’s own website, eight police officers arrived at the bar at 1 a.m. on June 29, 1969 for a planned raid.

But the patrons refused to cooperate, and the crowd later tried to overturn a police wagon. Officers barricaded themselves inside the bar as items were thrown outside, and by the end, 13 people had been arrested, and four police officers and several others had been injured, the Stonewall Inn said.

Protests continued for six nights.

The Stonewall Inn was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.

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Josh Hamilton Hits First 2 Home Runs of Season Following Return to Rangers

Josh Hamilton is back where he belongs.

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After a bumpy two seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, the former MVP was traded back to the Texas Rangers last month, the team with whom he spent five years and became a star.

In just his second game back in Texas (and fifth game of the season), Hamilton took Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright deep in the bottom of the second for his first home run since last August. 

Two innings later, Hamilton hit another one out. It’s his first multi-dinger game in a long while:

There’s no place like home.

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Josh Hamilton Hits First 2 Home Runs of Season Following Return to Rangers

Josh Hamilton is back where he belongs.

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After a bumpy two seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, the former MVP was traded back to the Texas Rangers last month, the team with whom he spent five years and became a star.

In just his second game back in Texas (and fifth game of the season), Hamilton took Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright deep in the bottom of the second for his first home run since last August. 

Two innings later, Hamilton hit another one out. It’s his first multi-dinger game in a long while:

There’s no place like home.

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