Cavs stump the Magic, Blue Jackets have nightmare game, Monsters notes

Good Morning Sports Fans!

In a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers stump the Orlando Magic by a score of 102-93. Lebron James led the Cavaliers in points with 36 while teammate Mo Williams, who at one point in the second quarter had not missed a shot by that time, finished the game with 28 points. Orlando Magic Center Dwight Howard, who was a big factor in last season’s Eastern Conference Finals, was held to just 11 points.

Defense played a huge role in this matchup as the Cavaliers did a great job of shutting down Dwight Howard and some of the other Magic offensive weapons. During last season, the Magic capitalized on taking an early lead and the Cavaliers inability to adjust on defense. This time, the Cavaliers were able to keep Orlando from taking the momentum and stealing the game similar to what happened during the Eastern Conference Finals last year.

The Cavaliers will travel to Miami tonight to take on Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat.

Moving from the hard court to the ice, the Columbus Blue Jackets were humiliated last night by the Detroit Red Wings, losing 9-1. The Red Wings had a four goal first period in the contest with goals from Danny Cleary, Pavel Datsyuk, Kris Draper and Niklas Kronwall. Even after the Jackets changed goaltenders by replacing Mathieu Garon with Steve Mason, the Red Wings still added on five more goals between the second and third periods to complete the rout.

The Red Wings have struggled a bit this season but the Blue Jackets got a taste as to how good this team can still be. The Blue Jackets still have to play the Red Wings several more times this season and cannot afford to lose like this again to them. The Jackets want to stay high up in the standings and make the playoffs again but getting blown out by divisional opponents will make that more difficult. Divisional games are key in the NHL and the Blue Jackets cannot afford to give too many of those away.

Moving from the NHL to the AHL, the Lake Erie Monsters fall again to the Grand Rapids Griffins, 2-1, in a shootout last night. Brock Bradford had the only goal for the Monsters in the contest as his teammate and goaltender Trevor Cann made 34 saves in the contest. The Monsters have struggled in games against the Griffins and this will not be the last time they will see Grand Rapids this season. The Monsters still have to play Grand Rapids during key times of the year and will have to figure out a way to win.
That’s it for now. Keep it real.

 

Jeff

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~ by jeffrsabo on November 12, 2009.

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