Early in Friday’s contest between Vancouver and San Jose, Sharks shift disturber Raffi Torres was robbed by Roberto Luongo. Blatantly, historically robbed. Torres’ one-timer was steaming into the open side until Luongo flopped across the crease and snared it with his glove. It was larceny of the highest degree.
So it was fitting that it was Torres who broke in with Brent Burns on a decisive two-on-one early in the overtime frame of Game 2. And this time, when Burns’ pass slipped past the outstretched stick of Kevin Bieksa and landed right on Torres’ tape, there would be no miracle for the Canucks’ keeper. As Luongo slid to his right, Torres’ wrister beat him under the crossbar to seal a come-from-behind 3-2 win for the Sharks and snare a stunning 2-0 series lead.
– Allan Muir, SI.com
The Giants capped a frustrating night for the Dodgers when Buster Posey hit a solo home run off reliever Ronald Belisario in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 victory at AT&T Park.
The Dodgers went into the frustration business early Friday in San Francisco. Ted Lilly (back) was placed on the disabled list before the game, and they were still unable to start second baseman Mark Ellis (quad) or outfielder Carl Crawford (hamstring). All that before Ramirez strained him hamstring trying to go from first to third on a single to right.
– Steve Dilbeck, LA Times
Fact: In the opening-round series, the Nuggets played without injured forward Danilo Gallinari, their second-leading scorer. The Warriors got no meaningful contribution from injured forward David Lee, their second-leading scorer.
Golden State coach Mark Jackson found a way to turn a tough situation into a positive. Karl turned the bad luck into an excuse, saying Denver missed Gallo on defense as much as offense.
– Mark Kiszla, Denver Post