The Edmonton Oilers had the deadliest offensive threat going for them, as Leon Draisaitl scored six goals in the first two games of the Western Conference semifinal against the Vegas Golden Knights.
It appeared Vegas could be doomed with the series heading to Edmonton, and all the momentum like oil in Draisaitl and his teammates' direction.
As Lee Corso will soon say on College Gameday: "Not so fast my friend!"
The Golden Knights skated through and around the Oilers on Monday, stealing back home ice, and making a statement with a 5-1 victory.
Jonathan Marchessault scored his first goal of the postseason, and then added a second for good measure. Jack Eichel continued to impress during his first-ever postseason appearance, and suddenly the West's overall No. 1 seed has life.
A scary moment occurred when starting netminder Laurent Brossoit was helped from the ice, but you could hear fans exhaling when Adin Hill stymied the Oilers by stopping all 25 shots he faced.
With the win in Monday's playoff game, road teams improved to 36-26 in the postseason. And, uderdogs are now 30-32 in the postseason, with a $100 wager on the pups turning a profit of more than $900.
The Over was 26-23-1 in the first round, and after Monday's total stayed south of the posted number, the Low choice is now on a 19-13 run. The record for Overs in the NHL postseason is now 33-28-1.
The overall tally for overtime games sits at 16 this postseason. Road teams are 12-4 in those games.
I'm passing in the NHL tonight, although I am offering a free play on the Hurricanes-Devils game to follow up on the complimentary winner I gave you on the Knights-Oilers Under on Monday.
In the NBA, we had two games, including my Second Round Dog of the Year and took the push with Golden State (+3).
It amazes me how the focus in the Eastern Conference has been on the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics all season, but here we are staring down the barrel of another Miami Heat gauntlet.
Jimmy Butler had 27 points and 10 assists, Bam Adebayo finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds as Miami moved one win away from its third trip to the Eastern Conference finals in the last four years. Can you imagine, this is the same Miami team that was roughly three minutes from being eliminated in the play-in tournament but is now one win from the conference finals? That's called experience, and the Knicks are feeling it. Miami has covered seven straight now, and will bring a 4-1 ATS road win streak into Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.
In the late game, we're all still enamored by the Los Angeles Lakers, right? First they dominated the Memphis Grizzlies in the opening round. Now they have the defending NBA champs on the brink of elimination. And while LeBron James and Anthony Davis will always get the glory and immediate praise, this has been a win-by-committee effort with the Purple and Gold. Last night it was Lonnie Walker, who scored all of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to help the Lakers rally late to take a 3-1 second-round series lead. Los Angeles improved to 6-1 ATS in its last seven meetings with the Warriors, and will be playing for the series on Wednesday.
I''m now on a 67-44-2 run since April 17 for $20,200 NET$, including a 37-17-2 roll ($18,200) in the NBA. Over the L7 Days, I'm No. 1 in NET$ with $6,200 in the bank thanks to a 16-9-2 run (64.0%) that has me No. 2 in WIN%. Tonight I'm ready to deliver NBA SIDE WINNER # 19 of 25, as I'm focused on the Eastern Conference. I'll add the Western Conference total as a bonus. Let's make some money with a 2-0 NBA SWEEP.
On the MLB diamond, six of the 11 underdogs cashed tickets. The most impressive pup cashing a big ticket was the Washington Nationals (+190 at DraftKings) beating the Giants in San Francisco, 5-1.
Speaking of underdogs, I delivered my A.L. West Dog of the Month with the Angels getting it done over Houston on Monday. Tonight I love ONE MLB GAME, and it's the biggest of the month from the junior circuit. Cash in right here with my MLB AMERICAN LEAGUE GAME OF THE MONTH.
A full slate of action in MLB tonight.