Very busy weekend in New York, with the NBA season starting to finish off, the lock-out shortened NHL season getting close to finishing, and MLB’s season getting into the swing of things. This is probably my favorite sports month of the year. NBA playoffs start this Saturday, NHL not too far away. Yanks and Mets just getting started.
Monday: Matt Harvey shut down the Phillies, the Mets hammered Roy Halladay. The Yankees put up 11 in Cleveland’s home opener. The Rangers dropped a 4-3 decision in Toronto.
Tuesday: Dillon Gee gave up three HRs in an 8-3 Mets loss in Philly. Andy Pettitte was again brilliant as the Yankees flattened the Indians again, 14-1. The Knicks clinched their first division title since 1994, winning their 13th in a row. The Nets kept the pace in a victory against the Sixers. The Islanders cruised to a 4-1 win over the Flyers to keep ahead in the playoff chase.
Wednesday: Mets again got crushed in Philly, surrendering five runs in the 1st inning. Yankees got rained out in Cleveland. Deron Williams scores 29 in a Nets win in Boston. Rangers picked up a big shoot-out win over the Maple Leafs back at the Garden. Devils fall behind 4-0 against the Bruins and can’t come back.
Thursday: Knicks’ 13 game winning streak was snapped by the Bulls in an overtime loss in Chicago. Yankees again got rained out in Cleveland. Evgeni Nabokov stops 30 of 31 shots in a 2-1 Islanders victory over the Bruins.
Friday: Mets scored 10 in the first two innings to cruise to a 16-5 win in a snowy Minneapolis. Yankees scored unusual triple play in 5-2 win over Baltimore as CC Sabathia picked up his second victory. Devils’ winless streak reached nine in a 2-0 loss to Ottawa. Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points and 14 rebounds in 30 minutes in a Knick victory in Cleveland. Deron Williams scored 33 points for the Nets in an eight point win in Indiana, Brooklyn’s 4th in a row.
Saturday: Matt Harvey took a no-hitter into the 7th in a 4-2 Mets win. Phil Hughes gave up three HRs in a 5-3 Yankee loss. (I was there). Rangers and Islanders played an epic game at Nassau, with Dan Girardi scoring the game winner in overtime in a 1-0 Blueshirts victory. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 29 shots for his first shut-out.
Sunday: Mets’ finale in Minnesota was canceled due to the weather. Knicks clinched the 2nd seed in the Eastern conference. Nets fell in Toronto, forcing them to take the 4th seed. Hiroki Kuroda tossed a complete game shut-out in the finale against Baltimore on Sunday Night Baseball.