Wild Night in NHL
What's more exciting than Game 7 in sports? Three Game 7s on the same night, which was the case Wednesday in the NHL. Colorado held a one goal lead over the Wild with two minutes remaining but Jared Spurgeon (above) tied it and Nino Niederreiter scored the overtime game-winner. The Kings became the fourth team in NHL history to come back from a 3-0 deficit with a 5-1 victory in San Jose. Meanwhile in New York, the Rangers advanced with a 2-1 win over the Flyers.
Meanwhile in Toronto
The Raptors are helping fans forget the Maple Leafs woes after grabbing a 3-2 series lead with a two-point victory over the Nets last night. Center Jonas Valanciunas nearly made the season's dumbest play with this goaltending violation but the refs blew the play dead after a Nets backcourt violation. And if a 3-2 series lead isn't enough to make Toronto fans excited, the team gave away Drake-inspired lint rollers to fans last night. Hopefully the roller cheered up this guy, who was rejected by his ladyfriend as he went in for a celebration kiss.
You Knew This Was Coming
The Charlotte Stone Crabs have invited Jameis Winston to attend an upcoming game.
Lovely Lady Of The Day
FHM published its annual list of the 100 sexiest women and Jennifer Lawrence captured the top spot. To each his own, but I'm making Michelle Keegan, the magazine's No. 2 choice, today's LLOD.
Second Best Prom Proposal of Season
Nats pitcher Gio Gonzalez came through with a huge assist when he helped Georgetown Prep senior Nick Rolle secure his prom date. Rolle and his girlfriend, Lauren Thomas, had field passes for a game last month and the two watched batting practice from behind home plate. Gonzalez then emerged from the dugout, introduced himself to the pair, and told Thomas that he had a special signed ball for her. The ball said, "Lauren – Nick hopes you’ll go to prom with him." She said yes and the duo now have a story for the rest of their lives. As for the best prom date proposal, that goes to the guy who got Bryan Cranston to assist him in securing a date.
Feud Alert: Jay-Z vs Lacrosse
Jay-Z is not a lacrosse fan and lets the world know on DJ Khaled's new record They Don't Love You No More. In the song, the rapper says, "Haters wanna ball, let me tighten up my draw string/Wrong sport, boy, you know you're as soft as a Lacrosse team." That "soft" label doesn't sit well with Major League Lacrosse, which issued a statement decrying Jay-Z's verse. Complex tracked down several pro lacrosse players to get their take on the situation.
From the SI Vault
Gerry Cheevers and Dave Balon :: Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images
One of the NHL's best rivalries -- Boston vs. Montreal -- will resume tonight when the two teams square off in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It will mark the 34th time the two teams have faced off in the playoffs. In this photo, Bruins goalie Gerry Cheevers makes a kick save against Canadiens forward Dave Balon during a 1966 game at the Boston Garden. For more classic sports photos, visit the SI Vault on Twitter.
Odds and Ends
The design of LeBron James' newest Nikes was inspired by the Florida Everglades ... Kobe Bryant turns a basketball into a soccer cleat in his latest Vine video ... Metallica took batting practice with the Giants on Thursday ... The head was stolen off the Jimmy Howard statue in Detroit ... Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce were curiously on the bench in the closing seconds of the Nets' loss to the Raptors last night ... The best songs in the summer of 1986 ... Find out what's really in Taco Bell beef (read at your own risk) ... How did FHM leave Chrissy Teigen, Nina Agdal and Lily Alridge off its 100 sexiest women list?
When Water Attacks
A sprinkler is accidentally set off by the first baseman during a Class A game between the Fort Wayne TinCaps and Great Lakes Loons.
How Can She Say No?
You think a massive fire is going to stop this random, shirtless man from asking an attractive reporter on a date? Think again. (HT Larry Brown Sports)