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Sunday's Women's Premier 15s semi-finals will be shown live back to back in the UK on the BBC Sport website, app and BBC iPlayer.

Defending champions Harlequins and table-toppers Saracens get the action under way as they meet in a repeat of last year's final (14:00 BST).

Having won their first title last May, Quins finished fourth in the table this season to set up a last-four match against Sarries.

Exeter Chiefs will host Bristol Bears in the second of the day's semi-finals (16:30), having beaten the same opposition 29-26 on the final day of the regular season.

Chiefs fought back from four points down to triumph despite the late sending off of prop Laura Delgado for a dangerous tackle.

Delgado and Bristol forward Rownita Marston, who was cited after the game for a dangerous tackle, will both miss Sunday's match.

The third round of the 104th PGA Championship is Saturday at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Here's a look at tee times and pairings following a 37-minute delay because of inclement weather (all times ET and all pairings off hole No. 1):

8:37 a.m. --Brian Harman
8:46 a.m. -- Lucas Glover, Sebastian Munoz
8:55 a.m. -- Cam Davis, Rikuya Hoshino
9:04 a.m. -- Patton Kizzire, Hideki Matsuyama
9:13 a.m. -- Maverick McNealy, Luke List
9:22 a.m. -- Keith Mitchell, Charl Schwartzel
9:31 a.m. -- Louis Oosthuizen, Billy Horschel
9:40 a.m. --Collin Morikawa, Webb Simpson
9:49 a.m. -- Si Woo Kim, Adam Hadwin
9:58 a.m. -- Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris
10:07 a.m. -- Troy Merritt, Kevin Streelman
10:16 a.m. -- Sepp Straka, Adam Schenk
10:25 a.m. -- Jason Day, Russell Henley
10:34 a.m. -- Justin Harding, Marc Leishman
10:43 a.m. -- Brendan Steele, Laurie Canter
10:52 a.m. -- Thomas Pieters, Francesco Molinari
11:10 a.m. -- Jon Rahm, Kramer Hickok
11:19 a.m. -- Keegan Bradley, Harold Varner III
11:28 a.m. -- Brooks Koepka, Jason Kokrak
11:37 a.m. --K.H. Kee, Shane Lowry
11:46 a.m. -- Justin Rose, Lanto Griffin
11:55 a.m. -- Denny McCarthy, Jordan Spieth
12:04 a.m. -- Xander Schauffele, Tony Finau
12:13 p.m. -- Aaron Wise, Robert MacIntyre
12:22 p.m. -- Tommy Fleetwood, Lucas Herbert
12:31 p.m. -- Ryan Fox, Rickie Fowler
12:40 p.m. -- Beau Hossler, Tom Hoge
12:49 p.m. -- Adri Arnaus, Viktor Hovland
12:58 p.m. -- Cameron Tringale, Seamus Power
1:07 p.m. -- Patrick Reed, Kevin Na
1:16 p.m. -- Bernd Wiesberger, Max Homa
1:25 p.m. -- Talor Gooch, Joaquin Niemann
1:34 p.m. -- Sam Burns, Gary Woodland
1:43 p.m. -- Cameron Smith, Cameron Young
1:52 p.m. -- Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Kuchar
2:10 p.m. -- Stewart Cink, Chris Kirk
2:20 p.m. -- Davis Riley, Matt Fitzpatrick
2:30 p.m. --Rory McIlroy, Abraham Ancer
2:40 p.m. -- Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson
2:50 p.m. -- Will Zalatoris, Mito Pereira

De Bruyne pips Salah to Prem Player of Season

Published in Soccer
Saturday, 21 May 2022 07:27

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been named the Premier League Player of the Season, pipping Liverpool striker and league top scorer Mohamed Salah to the award.

The 30-year-old's teammate Phil Foden picked up the Young Player of the Season Award earlier on Saturday, and the pair will be hoping to add this season's Premier League title to their trophy haul when they face Aston Villa on the final day on Sunday.

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De Bruyne, who previously won the award in 2020, has made 27 league appearances this season, scoring 15 goals and making seven assists.

Salah was in contention to win the award after netting 22 goals as Liverpool have pushed the Premier League title chase to the wire. Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-Min, who is second in the Golden Boot race with 21 goals, also missed out on the award.

Xavi reveals Lewandowski talks at Barcelona

Published in Soccer
Saturday, 21 May 2022 07:27

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez has confirmed the club are working on the signing of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski this summer.

Lewandowski, 33, still has one year to run on his contract but last week revealed his desire to leave Bayern after eight seasons at the German club. After missing out on Erling Haaland to Manchester City, Barca's striker search has turned to the Poland international with Xavi desperate to add more firepower to his side.

"Yes, Lewandowski is an option," Xavi revealed in a news conference on Saturday ahead of Barca's final game of the LaLiga season against Villarreal.

"He has already said he wants to leave, there are negotiations, but he still has a contract at his club. It won't be easy being Bayern, but it's an option."

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Following Bayern's final game of the season last weekend, Lewandowski said he would not be signing a new contract with the club and revealed he had asked them to listen to any bids for him.

While Barca's interest is now official, sources have told ESPN a transfer is still dependent on many factors, such as Bayern finding a replacement and then accepting a bid.

Lewandowski, who has been crowned The Best FIFA Men's Player two years in a row, scored 50 goals in 46 appearances across all competitions this past season.

Barca president Joan Laporta said earlier this week he is confident of being able to make moves in the market this summer despite the club's financial problems. Laporta explained the club have a series of financial operations they are working on which would help them avoid any "painful player sales" to fund signings.

Despite that, midfielder Frenkie de Jong's future remains in the air, with Manchester City and Manchester United both monitoring his situation at Camp Nou. Xavi once again stressed his desire to keep hold of the Dutch international but conceded that finances could dictate the final decision.

"For me, he is a beast of a player and I have told him that," Xavi said. "He has the quality to mark an era here. I like him a lot, he's such a capable player who can dominate games the way we play.

"But we will see what the club's financial situation is. Again, we're talking about money, which I don't want to do, but that's how it is."

Meanwhile, Xavi confirmed Sunday's game against Villarreal could be the last for several players at the club, including Riqui Puig, Samuel Umtiti, Martin Braithwaite and Oscar Mingueza, who he has spoken with this week. It could also be the last time Ousmane Dembele pulls on a Barca shirt, with his contract expiring in June, but Xavi is still hopeful the Frenchman will sign an extension.

"It could be his last game or he could renew," Xavi added. "I like him, he can be hugely important in the future, but we will see what happens.

"It comes down to the negotiations at the end of the day. It could be his last game [on Sunday], but not just his, many other players as well."

Xavi wants to strengthen across the board this summer after a second trophy-less season for Barca in three years.

"By [climbing from ninth to] finish second, we saved a situation that could have been much worse," Xavi said as he reflected on a campaign that saw him come in as coach in November.

"But it's not been a great season, we can't lie. We have improved and the second half of the season in LaLiga was good, but do we need to strengthen? Yes. We can't have another trophy-less season. We have to be self-critical and work so hard to be competitive again."

Sources: Pogba considering Juventus offer

Published in Soccer
Saturday, 21 May 2022 07:27

Paul Pogba is considering an offer to return to Juventus, sources have told ESPN.

The midfielder is set to leave Manchester United when his contract expires at the end of June.

There is interest from Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain in signing Pogba on a free transfer in the summer and the 29-year-old has a concrete proposal on the table from the Serie A side.

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Sources have told ESPN that Pogba is yet to make a final decision and has not ruled out making a switch to PSG although Juventus are, for now, considered to be frontrunners to land the World Cup winner.

There has also been interest from Manchester City, although sources have told ESPN his preference is to move abroad.

If a deal is agreed with Juventus, it would be the second time Pogba has left Man United to move to Turin on a free transfer. He first made the move to Italy in 2012 before returning to Old Trafford in 2016 for a then world record fee of £89.3 million.

He has endured a mixed second spell at the club and was booed by his own supporters in his last two appearances against Norwich and Liverpool. He has missed the last four games with a calf injury but has returned to training ahead of Man United's last game of the season against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Pogba has found silverware hard to come by at Man United but was part of Jose Mourinho's team which won the Carabao Cup and Europa League in 2017.

He enjoyed a trophy-laden spell at Juventus between 2012 and 2016, winning the Serie A title four times and helping the Italian giants to the 2015 Champions League final.

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But at the end of it all, both Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings have missed out on qualification for playoffs, even before their last league game, thanks to Royal Challengers Bangalore's win over Gujarat Titans.

Both teams would look to sign off on a high, in what is a dead rubber, something that is not too usual in the IPL.

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Kane Williamson has flown back to New Zealand for the birth of his second child. Sunrisers haven't yet announced their captain for the last game, though Bhuvneshwar Kumar has led them in the past while new West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran could be another candidate

Likely XIs

Sunrisers Hyderabad: 1 Abhishek Sharma, 2 Priyam Garg, 3 Rahul Tripathi, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 6 Glenn Phillips, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Fazalhaq Farooqi, 10 Umran Malik, 11 T Natarajan

Punjab Kings: 1 Jonny Bairstow, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Mayank Agarwal (capt), 4 Liam Livingstone, 5 Bhanuka Rajapaksa/Benny Howell, 6 Jitesh Sharma (wk), 7 Harpreet Brar, 8 Rishi Dhawan/Ishan Porel, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Rahul Chahar, 11 Arshdeep Singh

Strategy punt

Although Kings tend to bring Rahul Chahar into the attack a bit later in the innings, there could be a case of him coming on earlier against Sunrisers given he has dismissed Abhishek twice in two innings and Tripathi twice in four meetings. Moreover, that could mean he would not be on when Pooran walks out to bat as the left-hander has a strike rate of 154 against the legspinner.

Livingstone has been out to left-arm spin three times in the six innings he's faced that type of bowling. Sunrisers could use Abhishek against him if they don't get J Suchith in.

Stats that matter

  • Kings' scoring rate of 9.73 in the last four overs is the worst among teams in IPL 2022. Their economy rate of 9.28, though, in that phase is the lowest among the sides while Sunrisers are among the most expensive at 11.91
  • Kagiso Rabada has picked up at least one wicket in 11 of the 12 innings he bowled in IPL 2022
  • Kings have conceded the fewest sixes (16) in the last four overs this season while Sunrisers have hit the fewest (18) in the phase
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    South East Stars 148 for 3 (Cranstone 66*, Moore 57*) beat Western Storm 145 for 6 (Hennessy 50, Knight 35) by seven wickets

    A century stand by Aylish Cranstone and Kalea Moore saw the South East Stars chase down 146 against Western Storm, winning by seven wickets in the Charlotte Edwards Cup at Beckenham.
    Cranstone scored 66 not out from 49 balls with six fours and put on an unbeaten 108 for the fourth wicket with Moore, who made 57 not out from 48 balls, including five fours. Claire Nicholas took 2 for 17.
    Georgia Hennessy was the Storm's top scorer with 50 from 52 balls with six fours. Her opening partner, the England captain Heather Knight, chipped in with 35, while Bryony Smith took 2 for 22.

    The Stars won the toss and chose to field, but they toiled for the first half of the innings, with the visitors reaching 49 without loss after the powerplay.

    Yet having advanced to 81 for 0 the Storm stuttered, the breakthrough coming in the 12th over when Knight was run out by Alice Davidson-Richards, who deflected a violent drive by Hennessy onto the stumps at the non-striker's end with Knight stranded.

    Hennessy brought up her 50 with a driven single off Smith, but she was out to the next ball she faced when she was caught and bowled by the same bowler. Smith then took her second wicket when she had Sophie Luff caught by Freya Davies for 12 at mid-on.

    Danielle Gibson scored the first six of the match when she smashed Alice Capsey over cow corner, but she was out to the same bowler for 11, caught on the boundary by Phoebe Franklin. Fi Morris was then run out by Moore for 7 and Davidson-Richards trapped Natasha Wraith lbw for 5 with the penultimate ball of the innings, leaving Katie George to hit the final ball to boundary.

    The Stars' chase got off to a rocky start when Nicholas claimed two wickets from successive balls in the fourth over. Smith was caught by Luff and Capsey bowled for a golden duck. The hosts were on 39 for 2 at the end of the powerplay and in the next over Franklin was caught for 8 when she hit Knight to Gibson.

    Davidson-Richards had damanged her hand, giving Moore an opportunity to move up the order. "It was a last-minute thing, me coming in," she said, "but quite frankly I took the opportunity and I'm glad I did. It was actually a really nice wicket to bat on and with Aylish I felt very, very comfortable because she's so experienced. I thought if, us two keep ticking we're going to be perfectly fine."

    Cranstone skied George's final ball of the tenth over, but the chance was dropped, leaving the Stars on 72 for 3 at the halfway point. Smart running between the wickets helped Cranstone and Moore complete their 50 partnership; Cranstone reached her half-century with a driven two from Nicholas and Moore passed the same landmark in the penultimate over with two off Hennessy.

    Cranstone then hit the winning runs when she swept Hennessy for four with the final ball of the 19th over. "I thought if I keep ticking here, she can hit the bad ones," Moore said, "although I must say, I don't think I've run so many twos in my life.

    "We always know we can back each other to run, so with such a big boundary we always knew we could hit twos. It's a very happy dressing room. It's good that we bounced back from Wednesday and as team we did very well overall."

    O's call up top prospect Rutschman for MLB debut

    Published in Baseball
    Saturday, 21 May 2022 06:33

    The Baltimore Orioles have called up catcher Adley Rutschman from Triple-A Norfolk, and he is expected to make his major league debut Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Rutschman, the top prospect in minor league baseball and the overall top draft pick in 2019 out of Oregon State, was hitting .309 with 3 home runs and 9 RBIs this season in 19 games across three levels of the minors in 2022.

    He played 123 games for Double-A Bowie and Norfolk in 2021, batting .285 with 23 home runs and 85 RBIs.

    Rutschman, 24, suffered a strained right triceps during a minor league intrasquad game in March, delaying his start to the season.

    Rutschman is set to wear No. 35, the same number Hall of Famer Mike Mussina wore when he pitched for the Orioles.

    In a corresponding move, catcher Anthony Bemboom was designated for assignment.

    A few years ago, Johnny Cueto bought an ambulance, though to call this particular vehicle an ambulance is something of a misnomer. It is more like a real-life Transformer. Open the back and 22 speakers -- nine in each door and a stack of four in the middle -- greet you. On top of the ride, emerging from a hidden compartment, is a literal wall of sound: two fold-out flaps with six speakers apiece attached to a central panel with 20 more. For a pitcher, Cueto's on-bass percentage is extraordinary.

    He bought this audiophile's dream from Octavio Dotel, the longtime reliever, and immediately set about upgrading it so that during get-togethers at El Malecon, the main drag in the Dominican baseball hotbed San Pedro de Macoris, nobody would out-blare him (not even Robinson Cano, himself the owner of a souped-up ambulance). Most of the time Cueto positions it next to his pool -- near the twin dolphin statues -- and cranks it to provide the soundtrack he deems appropriate as he cooks beef or pork or chicken or goat or whatever bounty his 1,500-acre ranch provided that day.

    "Once we were in the pool and he parked the ambulance next to it," said Reynaldo Lopez, his Chicago White Sox teammate and close friend. "He turned the volume up. And you could see the water in the pool splashing up."

    Cueto denies it -- "He's a liar," he said, chuckling, when asked about the tale -- but whatever the truth, Cueto is self-aware enough to understand that if anyone in baseball were to have an automobile with a speaker system so turbocharged that it could make water dance, he'd be the likeliest suspect.

    Cueto is now 36 years old, a veteran of 15 major-league seasons, winner of 135 games and one World Series crown, and, until he retires, a constant threat to hold the title of The Most Interesting Man In Baseball.

    After spending the winter posting Instagram videos of his life of, alternately, leisure and strenuous workouts, he joined the Chicago White Sox last week after three weeks getting major league-ready at AAA. The lockout had delayed his signing, and ultimately Cueto settled for a minor league deal, he said through interpreter Billy Russo, because "I knew I'd be in the major leagues" eventually. Upon his return, Cueto made his way to the mound, unleashed a dizzying array of shimmying deliveries and promptly twirled six shutout innings in his 2022 debut. He celebrated the next day by spending 40 minutes running up and down stairs at Kauffman Stadium.

    On the eve of a matchup with the white-hot New York Yankees in the Bronx, Cueto feels invigorated. He's walking with a spring in his step, like one of the Paso Fino horses he rides every day back home. That he made it out of San Pedro is a blessing. That, as a 5-foot-11 right-hander, he ascended to the major leagues is a gift. And that he pitched his way into more than $150 million in career earnings is a wonder; and that he is living proof pitching comes in all shapes, sizes and forms is his latest trick.

    Cueto is a walking duality. He is short but plays big, bulky but moves gracefully. He throws slow but works fast. He has earned a doctorate in deception. "He's sinking the ball, he's cutting it, he's throwing off hitters' timing," White Sox starter Dallas Keuchel said. "He's everything that I want to see in somebody taking the mound. He's a pitcher."

    The heyday of the pitcher -- someone who would rather bewitch hitters than blow them away -- is long past, phased out by a generation of executives that prioritize velocity and spin rate over pitchability. But Cueto is proudly old-school -- those runs between starts, seen as antiquated by most, are fundamental to Cueto pitching deep into games.

    That means he also cares more about the RPM on a DJ's turntable than on his slider. When Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association came to terms on a collective-bargaining agreement to end the lockout, teams scrambling to fill out their rotations were curious about Cueto's form. Several inquired if Cueto could provide data on the pitches he was throwing this winter to quantify what they might get if they sign him.

    Perhaps they should have known better. Even after spending time with the San Francisco Giants, among the most progressive pitching organizations in baseball, Cueto said he does not know about Rapsodo or TrackMan -- two pitch-tracking tools considered vital to modern analysis. He relies instead on the immeasurable sorts of things that helped him for nine straight seasons post a better ERA than FIP.

    Nobody approaches the game quite like Cueto. On one pitch, he'll twist like Luis Tiant, and on another, he'll pause mid-delivery to wiggle his shoulders. Even now, as he seeks to deepen the White Sox's banged-up rotation, he'll try new things. On the seventh pitch of his first start this season, Cueto barely flexed his stride leg, planted his foot on the ground, lifted his leg back up and strode toward the plate. Never mind that it almost certainly broke Rule 8.01 governing legal pitches that mandates only one step per delivery. The umpire didn't call a balk, and Salvador Perez stared at an 85-mph Cueto slider for a strike.

    "I can't tell everybody in this room that pitches, 'Hey, we're going to add this component to what you do,'" White Sox pitching coach Ethan Katz said. "Guys sometimes have a tough time just doing one. His ability to be able to mix things up -- it's an art, and he's an artist in what he's doing on the mound."

    Katz first met Cueto in San Francisco, where he was a first-year assistant pitching coach and Cueto was in the fifth year of a six-year, $130 million contract. He was struck by the work Cueto put in, the willingness to fight for minuscule advantage. He couldn't get over how agile Cueto was.

    "If you look at his body, you say, 'No way,'" said Lopez, who was introduced to Cueto by his trainer, a good friend of the pitcher. "But once you start working out with him, you just realize, yeah, he's an athlete. I remember the first time we were working out together. I told him, 'OK, let's go play catch.' 'What? No. We are going to run first.' We ran, played catch ... and then ran again. One day I told him, 'Man, what are you doing? You want to kill me?' I couldn't keep up with him. He said pitchers need to run. Because if you need to go out and throw 50 pitches, how are you going to do it? He was right. I started feeling better every time. That's the kind of thing that he does. He runs a lot to prepare his legs for what he's about to do.

    "He works hard, and he eats a lot."

    Any rational person loves a good feast, though Cueto's desire to publicly document his charmed life -- one that sometimes looks more like a beer commercial -- separates him. Some of the earliest photos on the Cueto oeuvre include him lounging in his bed, perpetually unbothered. To honor a deceased horse, he posted a snapshot of its lifeless body. In a more recent picture, Cueto cut the figure of a model on a baseball diamond, a modern-day answer to George Costanza posing on a couch, prompting his longtime Cincinnati Reds teammate Joey Votto to comment: "Wow, you look sexy on grass."

    This window into Cueto's life, curated though it may be, is nevertheless worth appreciating. Cincinnati signed him in 2004 for $35,000. His career has lasted longer than even the most seasoned optimist could have fathomed. He lives an interesting life because he earned it.

    So whether it's pitching at Yankee Stadium or informing the world that ambulances aren't always for emergencies, Cueto gladly pulls back the curtain and embraces the absurdity he personifies.

    "Everything that I post, I post it from my heart," he said. "I don't post everything that I do. But I like to show off to people what I do -- how hard I work. It's just a way for me to connect, especially with the young fans, and then they can see, oh, man, he works hard.

    "I'm a happy person. I like to enjoy what I do, and I like that people around me enjoy just being around me and being happy, too. I like to compete. I like to have fun."

    Power outage: Canes clamp Rangers in Game 2

    Published in Hockey
    Saturday, 21 May 2022 00:03

    The New York Rangers had relied on their power play to spark them offensively during the regular season and their first round Stanley Cup playoff win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    But against the Carolina Hurricanes, the best penalty-killing team in the NHL, they're experiencing a power outage that cost them in Game 2 on Friday night and has them in an 0-2 hole in the series.

    The Rangers' power play went 0-for-4 and surrendered the game-winning shorthanded goal to Carolina defenseman Brendan Smith in their 2-0 loss.

    "Their power play is so good. Obviously, that was the difference in the game tonight," said Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour. "Don't want to be in that position, taking penalties against them, but it's going to happen. The guys did a great job tonight."

    Goalie Antti Raanta made 21 saves for the shutout. The Hurricanes, who had the best penalty kill in the regular season, have killed 16 of 17 power plays at home in the playoffs.

    "A coach's dream is a 1-0 or 2-0 win. There wasn't a lot both ways," said Smith. "That's a good playoff game. The fans won't like it as much, but for us in the room, it's a lot better."

    The Rangers had two first-period power plays, and then four minutes with man advantage in the second period when Carolina defenseman Brady Skjei clipped Alexis Lafrenière with his stick. But instead of converting, New York surrendered a shorthanded goal to Smith with 4:06 left in the period on a feed from Sebastian Aho.

    "I saw Smitty going hard to that back post. It was more of an area pass, I would say. Glad that it worked out," said Aho. "Great read by him. Huge goal."

    The Hurricanes arguably created as much offense shorthanded as the Rangers did with their power play in Game 2.

    "They're just random plays. I'm not there to score a goal. I'm there to kill a penalty," said Aho. "For some reason today, I got some loose pucks here and there. If I can meet the puck, be the first on, then it's a green light to go."

    The Rangers entered the series having gone 6-for-19 against the Penguins in the opening round. Despite having the 5th-fewest power-play opportunities in the regular season, the Rangers were fourth in power-play conversion at 25.2%. Against the Hurricanes, they're 0-for-5 in two losses.

    "We didn't take advantage of our power plays tonight. We haven't said that too often this year. That's the tough part of it," said Rangers coach Gerard Gallant.

    What's the issue with the power play?

    "I'm seeing a great penalty kill put a lot of pressure on [us]," said Gallant. "We didn't find the inside man very often in the slot, you know, the bumper guy. They put a lot of pressure and we just didn't adjust quick enough. Got to compete a little harder."

    The failures on the power play are one reason why the Rangers' top players have yet to hit the score sheet in this series. Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider and Adam Fox -- the team's leading regular-season scorers -- haven't produced a point against Carolina. Panarin and Kreider didn't register a shot in Game 2.

    "Our battle level is high. They're great players. We took their time and space. I think that's the big thing," said Smith. "There are a lot of times when [Panarin] tries to create his space, but if you stay with him, try to take that space away from him, he can't make those elite plays."

    The action, such as it was in Game 2, shifts to Madison Square Garden for Game 3 on Sunday afternoon.

    The good news for the Rangers, potentially: The Hurricanes controlled play in the first two games at home against Boston in the first round but ended up losing every game on the road. They were the best defensive team on home ice during the regular season and were fifth on the road.

    "We gotta go back home and take care of Sunday afternoon's game," said Gallant. "Play well. Play hard. We'll find a way to get another win."


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