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Game 1 in NHL’s Western Conference finals...Caps off to a good start against Tampa Bay

May 12, 2018

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — The NHL’s Western Conference finals get underway tonight in Winnipeg as the Jets host the Vegas Golden Knights. The matchup features two of the postseason’s best goaltenders, Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck (HEHL’-eh-buhk) and Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. A year ago, Winnipeg wasn’t even in the playoffs and the brand-new Vegas Golden Knights didn’t have any players.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The NHL’s Eastern Conference finals got started last night in Florida as the Washington Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2. Alex Ovechkin had a power-play goal and an assist for the Capitals and Braden Holtby stopped 19 shots. Michal Kempny, Jay Beagle and Lars Eller also scored for the Caps.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two days after the Cincinnati Reds caught the Mets batting out of order, the Reds were tripped up in a double-switch last night that Dodgers manager Dave Roberts successfully argued. The wrong player left the field after the seventh inning of Cincinnati’s 6-2 win. On Wednesday when the Reds hosted the Mets, New York’s official lineup card had Asdrubal Cabrera batting second and Wilmer Flores third, but Flores hit second and Cabrera third.

DETROIT (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki (EE’-cheer-oh soo-ZOO’-kee) is getting a new job, at least for a day. The 10-time All-Star is expected to be Seattle’s bench coach today for a doubleheader at Detroit. The Mariners announced earlier this month that the 44-year-old was stepping aside as a player this season and shifting into a front office role. With manager Scott Servais away to see his daughter receive a master’s degree, bench coach Manny Acta will fill in as skipper and Suzuki will work in the dugout.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A smoother road course, better drafting and unusually warm weather could change the look of today’s IndyCar Grand Prix. Drivers think the combination will lead to more passing, and a better overall show for the fans. There have been nearly twice as many passes through the first four races as last season.

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