The St. Louis Blues got a huge 2-1 win on Thursday night to put themselves one win away from hoisting the Stanley Cup, but their win over the Boston Bruins did not come without controversy. The opening goal was scored by Ryan O’Reilly, who beautifully wedged in a shot after a creative assist from Zach Sanford afforded him the opportunity. That came just seconds into the second period. It was the second goal, though, coming in the third period, that raised eyebrows and ultimately gave the Blues what could be a decisive advantage in the series. The goal, scored by David Perron and assisted by the brilliant O’Reilly, was only allowed to have happened after an obvious tripping call was missed. This is sure to be a talking point for days to come, and it was enough to make sure the Blues had a big enough pad to go on and win Game 5. A consolation goal by Jake DeBrusk made it 2-1 and gave the Bruins six minutes and change to come back, but the damage had been done. Jordan Binnington finished the game with 39 saves, truly showing he’s rebounded from the nightmare 7-2 defeat.
The Philadelphia Eagles have made some big calls this off season, and that continued on Thursday as news got out that they had, according to sources, given quarterback Carson Wentz an extension that will run to 2024 and will pay him $128 million in the process. This comes after the Eagles had decided to make the plunge and cut the safety net that was Nick Foles, allowing him to depart for Jacksonville. It’s a big, big risk, considering Wentz’s injury history, but it could save them money in the long run since it is thought that QB deals are only going to get more and more expensive in the years to come.
For the umpteenth time, seemingly, in the playoffs, we have news on Kevin Durant. And it’s not so good news, once again, as Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has confirmed that he will be unable to play any role in Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. This will mark over a month of missed action for ‘KD,’ but they keep holding out hope he will return. Kerr did give some good news, however, as he said that Klay Thompson is expected to return as they try to even up the series. He was very much missed in Game 3, when Steph Curry was forced to do a ton of work and ultimately was unable to put a dent in the Raptors all alone.
After losing their first series in quite a while after a 6-1 loss at Pittsburgh, the Atlanta Braves look like they are poised to make a big move to shore up their rotation in the form of signing reliever Dallas Keuchel. The Braves, who have just about all of the bats needed but lack some key arms in the bullpen as well as in the starting rotation, are reportedly in for the lefty as they try to chase down the Philadelphia Phillies atop the NL East. Keuchel is a two-time All-Star and won the Cy Young in 2015, but he is 32 years old, so any deal will likely have plenty of incentives built in.