The matchup: Last meets first Friday night (7 p.m. ET) at the Verizon Center as the Washington Mystics (2-9) host theConnecticutSun (9-3). Hosting the second game of a four-game homestand, the Mystics, losers of eight of their last nine games,are looking to break a four-game losing streak. Washington has also dropped five straight to a Connecticut team that has had a week to stew after afranchise-worst 34-point loss against Indiana. On June 3, the Mystics lost to the Sun in Connecticut, 84-86.Last time out: Olympian Sue Bird scored 25 points and the veteran Seattle Storm held off the Mystics 79-71. Crystal Langhorne led the Mystics with 20 points and 10 rebounds. After trailing by as many as 14 points in the first half, Mystics coach Trudi Lacey adjusted her second half lineup, sending out Langhorne and four reserves. The change worked early initially as Washington tied the game, hitting 7 of 10 shots starting the third quarter. Seattle weathered the surge with a barrage of 3-pointers and sealed the win by making 9 of 10 free throws inside the final two minutes. The Mystics finished on the short end of a 30-19 free disadvantage."We didn't start off well," Lacey said. "Anytime a team scores 30 points off the free throw line, that's tough."Post powers: In the previous meeting against the Sun, Langhorne, the Mystics leading scorer (16.5) scored a season-high 25 points. That was not enough to counter Connecticut center Tina Charles, who tallied a season-best 30 points. Charles ranks fifth in the WNBA in scoring with 19 points per game.
The Caps are headed to the second round thanks to their 2-1 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6. Here are three key observations from Game 6.
1. Overtime domination
There were stretches of this game in which Toronto was the better team, but when it mattered the most, Washington delivered. The Caps dominated overtime from the drop of the puck until Marcus Johansson put the game away. Washington outshot Toronto 5-0 in overtime and out-chanced them 4-0. It was the most dominant this team has looked the entire series.
2. Reversing the past?
It would have been so easy for the Caps to wilt after the Auston Matthews goal. That was an incredibly lucky bounce, Washington had only 12:15 left to solve Frederik Andersen who had been great all night, the crowd was roaring, the Caps could very easily have just shrunk and told themselves, we’ll get them in Game 7. But they didn’t, they fought back. Washington took control of the game after Matthews scored and they didn’t look back.
3. So much overtime
Let’s take a moment to give a tip of the cap to Toronto. This is about as close a series as you can get. Five games, five of the six games went into overtime. How is that even possible? It was an incredible series and closer than many thought, but the Maple Leafs were a much better team than many thought and Mike Babcock showed why he is the best coach in the NHL.
Congratulations on a great series Toronto, you’re going to be a great team for a long time.
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NEW YORK -- Daniel Murphy hit an early grand slam against his former team, Max Scherzer pitched eight fiery innings and the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 6-3 on Sunday night for their seventh straight victory.
Ryan Zimmerman added a two-run homer for the Nationals, who completed a three-game sweep of the short-handed Mets in the first series this season between the NL East rivals.
Missing slugger Yoenis Cespedes and two other injured starters, New York (8-11) has lost four in a row and eight of nine to fall 5 1/2 games behind the Nationals, who own the best record in the majors at 13-5. The winning streak is their longest since a seven-game run last April.
Scherzer (3-1) struck out nine and walked one in his latest win over the Mets, a team he has often dominated -- especially since signing with Washington in January 2015. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, who fanned 17 in a no-hitter at Citi Field on Oct. 3, 2015, pumped his fist and slapped his glove after setting down the crucial hitters in this one.
Koda Glover got three outs for his second major league save, both in the past two days.
Michael Conforto hit his second leadoff homer of the series and had three hits for New York. Neil Walker's two-run homer pulled the Mets to 4-3 in the third, but that was all Scherzer allowed. He got a double-play grounder after Conforto's one-out single in the fifth and retired his final 10 batters.
Murphy connected in the first off Zack Wheeler (1-2), who had sharp stuff throughout his seven innings of four-hit ball. Zimmerman went deep in the eighth against reliever Josh Smoker to make it 6-3.
Murphy, booed by the Queens crowd, has eight home runs and 25 RBIs in 22 games against the Mets since they let him leave as a free agent before last season.
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