Mike Mazzeo

Pharoh smokes the field. Loves the slop. Mudder was a mudder.

Tom Lorenzo

Went all in on Mr. Z. I've had a good day at the track today, which means Mr. Z won't win.

Mike Mazzeo

This sets up to be an extremely competitve series. Looking forward to seeing how it plays out.

Mike Mazzeo

Henrik Lundqvist: "You can't rely on skill every night. You have to rely on your team game and your team concept. #NYR

Mike Mazzeo

Henrik Lundqvist says team feels comfort in playing one-goal games at this point. Focus and confidence key. "We believe in each other." #NYR

Mike Mazzeo

Vigneault on playing so many one-goal games jokes "it's very challenging on the coach." #NYR

Mike Mazzeo

Cooper: "We'd like to have the first period back, no question." Felt team didn't attempt enough shots.

Mike Mazzeo

Cooper: "I thought the Johnson line was the best line on the ice." Got a PP goal but didn't score 5-on-5 vs. McDonagh/Girardi #NYR

Mike Mazzeo

Ninth puck goes up signifying nine playoff wins for #NYR http://t.co/EzUTOTybjW

Mike Mazzeo

Broadway Hat for Dom Moore who scored the GWG http://t.co/BIlUhysfds

Mike Mazzeo

Stepan and Moore score for #NYR, while Lundqvist provides 23 saves -- including several down the stretch.

Mike Mazzeo

13 #NYR playoff games this spring. 13 decided by one goal. A 2-1 win puts them up 1-0 in the Eastern Conference finals.

Mike Mazzeo

First goal of the playoffs for Moore. Pretty good time for that. #NYR #Lightning

Mike Mazzeo

Ex-Lightning on Lightning crime right there.

Mike Mazzeo

What a pass by Hayes to Dominic Moore in front. #NYR on top 2-1 with 2:25 left. Hayes has been tremendous.

Mike Mazzeo

Tampa Bay's top line causing havoc. Lundqvist makes a couple saves but a penalty means #NYR will be short-handed here.

Mike Mazzeo

Aside from a point shot that handcuffed Lundqvist early, Stamkos has been mostly invisible this afternoon. #NYR #Lightning

Mike Mazzeo

Kreider going to the box. #NYR back on the penalty kill. Just gave up a power-play goal.

Mike Mazzeo

Palat from the right circle. Pretty passing sequence. 1-1 with 13:15 left in regulation. #NYR #Lightning

Mike Mazzeo

#NYR penalty-kill has not allowed a power-play goal in six games. McDonagh in the box for a high stick.

Mike Mazzeo

#NYR has played 12 one-goal games in these playoffs. Up 1-0 in the third.

Mike Mazzeo

Stepan's goal has definitely brought some life into this building. Now two straight goals for him counting Game 7 overtime winner #NYR

Mike Mazzeo

Stepan puts home a blocked shot in front. #NYR strikes first.

Mike Mazzeo

Ex-Ranger Ryan Callahan, just days after surgery, getting booed by Garden fans.

Mike Mazzeo

Lundqvist tested with a tricky deflection by Palat and handles it. #NYR #Lightning

Mike Mazzeo

St. Louis has had a couple of golden chances vs. his former team. Hasn't been able to cash in. Still scoreless #NYR #Lightning

Mike Mazzeo

And ... just like that ... the power-play is wiped out. Girardi taken down in the corner boards and Palat going off for a hook. #NYR #TBL

Mike Mazzeo

First penalty of the game is a slash on Miller. The Garden crowd is not happy. #NYR #Lightning.

Mike Mazzeo

Head save and a beauty by Henrik Lundqvist just now #NYR

Mike Mazzeo

First period over. #NYR was the better team but had nothing to show for it because of a great play by Palat to save a possible goal.

Mike Mazzeo

Giveaway by TB and then Hayes hits the post. #NYR buzzing.

Mike Mazzeo

#NYR having a lot of success getting pucks deep and getting in on the forecheck. Stamkos hasn't been heard from much ... yet.

Mike Mazzeo

Derek Stepan robbed on the breakaway. Ben Bishop got a glove on the shot and appears sharp early. #NYR #Lightning

Mike Mazzeo

Newly formed #NYR lines generating chances. But they can't afford to turn pucks over in their own zone.

Mike Mazzeo

St. Louis on the third line. Hayes with Nash and Brassard on the top line. #NYR

Mike Mazzeo

Photographers exchange expletives up in the rafters right behind the sky bridge we're on.

Mike Mazzeo

National Anthem over. Here we go. http://t.co/iz01ryurYm

Mike Mazzeo

Ryan Callahan will officially play for the #Lightning

Andrew Keh

The story about the two 60-something-year-old guys and their failed Colonial-era commune is funny. nyti.ms/1bWgC5v

Mike Mazzeo

Callahan skated on third line in rushes with Marchessault and Paquette #Lightning #NYR

Mike Mazzeo

Brian Boyle (unspecified injury) is out and day-to-day per #Lightning

Mike Mazzeo

Ryan Callahan skating in warm-ups. No sign of Brian Boyle, however. http://t.co/W1cepR19c2

Devin Kharpertian

RIP Garo Yepremian. Any lefty Armenian in sports has a soft spot in my heart.

Mike Mazzeo

#Lightning guys playing a little soccer before the game in the bowels of MSG. Keeping it loose. Hockey tradition. http://t.co/qYv0Y3cyUs

Mike Mazzeo

Ryan Callahan (appendectomy) is a game-time decision but John Cooper expects him to play. #NYR #Lightning

Mike Mazzeo

Tanner Glass will play today. #NYR went 0-3 vs. TB in regular season but teams haven't played since December.

Mike Mazzeo

Transitioning into some #NYR #Lightning coverage. Puck drops for Game 1 at MSG in just a few hours.

Devin Kharpertian

Curry one away from tying the all-time playoff record for 3’s in a game (9, done 5 times). That includes a 62-footer.

Tim Bontemps

I hope Hubie Brown is able to call games forever.

Devin Kharpertian

If there's not a small part of you rooting for Shaun Livingston to get a ring I don't think you and I will ever understand each other.

Devin Kharpertian

Can’t tell if this is a Stephen Curry tweet or not. RT @FlyerGrizBlog: THREE 6 MAFIA OH MY GOD

Rod Boone

Just when you think you've seen it all from Steph Curry. That's plain sick. From 70 feet out?

Stefan Bondy

So many amazing shots in these playoffs, so many great players. Never tell me that March Madness is better.

Devin Kharpertian

It would be oddly fitting if Paul Pierce ended his career on a game-tying shot, which would normally be impossible.

Stefan Bondy

The Hawks were a nice story in the regular season but it feels like they don't belong in the conference finals.

Stefan Bondy

Cavs-Warriors would be a heckuva intriguing finals.

Tim Bontemps

The Hawks have somehow advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Devin Kharpertian

The Hawks must feel elated that they pulled off such an emphatic, decisive victory

Devin Kharpertian

#Hoopidea let that count because it was awesome

Anthony Puccio

THIS IS WHY THEY HAVE THE REPLAY CENTER EVERYBODY

Tim Bontemps

I think that shot was late ... But I really hope I'm wrong.

Tim Bontemps

At the same time, incredible execution by the Hawks in the final minutes. Looked like the regular season Hawks again.

Tim Bontemps

Wizards are now likely going home for the summer thanks mainly to a catastrophic few minutes from Nene.

Mike Mazzeo

These Washington bigs have been so disappointing.

Devin Kharpertian

Otto Porter turning into a legitimate NBA player might be the craziest part of these playoffs

Mike Mazzeo

Welch was a key player development guy for Brooklyn. @Scott Howard-Cooper had earlier reported he was likely to leave to join Karl.

Mike Mazzeo

Sources: Assistant coach John Welch is officially gone from the #Nets, and presumably taking same position in Sacramento under George Karl.

Devin Kharpertian

Say you’re a free agent next year, or the #1 pick plays your position. Do you really want to “win” a tournament for your team?

Devin Kharpertian

Two huge problems with the “playoff” lottery format: traded picks, and player incentive to win fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/how-to…

Devin Kharpertian

I was in a diner just outside of Boston when they caught Tsarnaev. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a place that loud.

Devin Kharpertian

Lionel Hollins went on the Rachael Ray show, vowed to lose 20 pounds in six weeks bkga.me/1Jlv6ta http://t.co/5gNoQLZQnc

Tim Bontemps

So Lionel Hollins showed up on Rachael Ray today. Here's why: nyp.st/1cEluwI

Devin Kharpertian

Expected titles in Nets history? Think again bkga.me/1QPI051 (via @Tom Haberstroh)

Andrew Keh

Rose's advice to his son, who was in an 0-for-22 slump: “ ‘What the hell are you calling me for? Call Concepcion. I never went 0 for 22.’ ”

Andrew Keh

Rich Homie Sandomir evaluates Pete Rose's first three days as a studio analyst for Fox Sports 1: nyti.ms/1d3rkIN

Tim Bontemps

Would be nice if they took the shot clock down to 24 instead of 30, but something is better than nothing.

Tim Bontemps

Great news on all of these proposed NCAA rule changes. Game has to get faster. Hopefully they all pass easily.

Devin Kharpertian

This piece @nedough just sent me for TBG reads like he starts off fine & slowly descends into madness. You’re gonna love it.

Andrew Keh

I like this, on people making unofficial Memphis Grizzlies shirts: "Staying fresh is the most important thing." nyti.ms/1Fil0Ys

Devin Kharpertian

This by @talkhoops is special, including the real-world context for AI’s “practice” quote. cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-bas…

Devin Kharpertian

Nets interview multiple point guards on first day of the draft combine: bkga.me/1cDrfuu

Devin Kharpertian

So, going to sleep after the end of the third quarter was a preeeeetty bad idea.

Tim Bontemps

Those miles looked like they caught up with them in the fourth tonight. twitter.com/danwoikesports…

Rod Boone

Game turned at that point to me. Still not sure why they went to that strategy then. twitter.com/jadande/status…

Tim Bontemps

J-Smoove with the dagger! What is happening??

Rod Boone

This kind of stuff only happens in video games. And usually it's when the computer is cheating.

Tim Bontemps

The entire Clipper lineup looks gassed. No legs on any of these jumpers.

Tim Bontemps

Blake Griffin is exhausted.