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Rangers vs. Penguins game 4 preview‏

Rangers vs. Penguins game 4 preview‏

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

The New York Rangers will be looking to even-up their best of seven series with the Pittsburgh Penguins at 2 games apiece when they host the Pens in game 4 on Wednesday night.

Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has been red-hot for the Penguins as of late, posting back-to-back shutouts against the gritty New York squad.

Fleury’s 35-save performance in game 3 marked the eighth shutout of his young postseason career. The 2009 Stanley Cup winning goalie has now gone 120 game-time minutes without letting in a goal, stopping all 57 shots he’s faced in that time.

Pens captain Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of the playoffs in game 3, snapping a 14-game playoff-scoring drought that dated back to 2013.

Meanwhile, the New York Rangers struggles to score can be attributed to their miserable power-play statistics. The Rangers are 0-for-13 with the man advantage in three games against the Penguins and have not scored in 34 straight power-play opportunities.

New York will try to even the series by earning a win in tonight’s key Game 4 at Madison Square Garden. Puck drop is set for 7:30pm ET and can be seen on channels NBCSN and RDS.

Be sure to come watch game 4 of this awesome NHL Stanley Cup Playoff series tonight at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations!

Wild defeat Blackhawks 4-0 in game 3‏

Wild defeat Blackhawks 4-0 in game 3‏

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

The Minnesota Wild defeated the Chicago Blackhawks by a final score of 4-0 in Game 3 on Tuesday night, and now trail the best of seven series 2 games to 1.

The game remained scoreless after two periods of play, but just minutes into the third and final frame, speedy Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula took off on a breakaway and promptly scored on Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford.

Haula’s score was the first of a four-goal third period for the Wild, much to the pleasure of the amped-up crowd inside the Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild squad will now look to use the momentum of Tuesday night’s win to help even-up their best of seven series when they host Chicago in game 4.

Game 4 of the series is set for Friday night in Minnesota at 9:30pm ET and can be seen on NBCSN or RDS.

Be sure to come watch game 4 of this awesome NHL playoff series live at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations this Friday night!

Fabio Maldonado replaces JDS, faces Miocic at TUF Brazil 3 Finale‏

Fabio Maldonado replaces JDS, faces Miocic at TUF Brazil 3 Finale‏

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

Hard-hitting UFC light heavyweight Fabio Maldonado (21-6 MMA, 4-3 UFC) will move up to the heavyweight division in order to replace the injured Junior dos Santos against Stipe Miocic at this month’s ‘TUF Brazil 3 Finale’ event in Sao Paulo.

The news comes just days after former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos was forced to pull out of the event headliner with a broken hand.

Fabio Maldonado is currently riding an impressive 3-fight win streak, with his latest victory coming against Gian Villante at March’s ‘UFC Fight Night 38’ event in Natal, Brazil. Prior to his war with Villante, Maldonado earned a split-decision win over fellow slugger Joey Beltran at ‘UFC Fight Night 29’ in October of 2013.

Meanwhile, Stipe Miocic (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) will be looking to earn his third straight octagon victory when he faces Maldonado at the end of the month. Miocic was most recently seen in action at January’s ‘UFC on FOX 10’ event, where he earned a lopsided decision win over former title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga. Prior to that, Miocic roughed-up Roy Nelson at UFC 161 in Winnipeg, earning a unanimous decision victory over the bearded-brawler.

The ‘TUF Brazil 3 Finale’ takes place May 31 live from Sao Paulo’s Ibirapuera Gymnasium. The evening’s main card airs on FOX Sports 1, following the preliminary bouts which stream on UFC Fight Pass.

Be sure to come watch the ‘TUF Brazil 3 Finale’ May 31st at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations!

Bethe Correia faces ‘Four Horsewomen’ member Shayna Baszler at UFC 176

Bethe Correia faces ‘Four Horsewomen’ member Shayna Baszler at UFC 176

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

Ask and you shall receive.

Following her victory over Jessamyn Duke at last month’s UFC 172 event in Baltimore, undefeated women’s bantamweight fighter Bethe Correia (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) held up four fingers to indicate “The Four Horsewomen,” and then lowered one to signal both her win, as well as her intentions.

Today, UFC officials announced that Bethe will indeed get her wish and take on another “Four Horsewomen” member, this time in the form of Shayna Baszler (15-8 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC 176 this August.

The “Four Horsewomen” crew is led by UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and includes Jessamyn Duke, Shayna Baszler and Marina Shafir, who recently turned pro.

Shayna Baszler was considered one of the favorites to win Season 18 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” however, she was upset in the second-round by eventual tournament winner Julianna Pena. Baszler was then booked to face Sarah Kaufman at the ‘TUF Nations Finale’ in Quebec City, Canada, but was forced off the card due to an injury. The proud “Four Horsewomen” member will be looking for revenge when she makes her long awaited octagon debut against Correia this August at UFC 176.

UFC 176 takes place August 2 live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The event is headlined by a featherweight title fight rematch featuring champion Jose Aldo taking on challenger Chad Mendes.

Be sure to come watch the UFC 176 pay-per-view e live at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations this August. Reservations for parties of 8 or more are recommended and can be made online.