The benches cleared on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, when the teams began playing a dangerous game of dodgeball involving 90-plus heat.
Alex Ovechkin also scored and assisted on the decisive goal, which came off a faceoff to the right of the Islanders net. Backstrom dug the puck out in the right corner and worked his way up the boards.
There were 74 Cubans on major or minor league rosters on opening day, 11 more than last year and more than double the 29 in 2008.
The Hickman High School soccer team used its speed and intensity in a 2-0 win over Troy Buchanan High School. An early lead gave the Kewpies the confidence to fight the Trojans' tough defense.
This week's notebook features a pitcher who sprints to the mound when he's called on to close games.
Giltrap scored two goals in Muriel Williams Battle High School's 4-0 win over Owensville High School.
It's Spalding's third such award of the season and Welch's second.
The junior infielder went 11-for-17 with three home runs and 12 RBIs last week.
Player comparisons will be more precise than ever before with the new data about to be unleashed.
The Blues lost on the road in the playoffs for the ninth straight time, and Minnesota now leads the series 2-1.
William Woods has now outscored Stephens 175-4 in the all-time series.
Hickman High School baseball lost 4-2 to Jefferson City in Jefferson City on Monday.
But, of course, Tampa Bay isn't tipping its hand on which player it will select.
Drivers who miss a race can make up for it by winning later.
Slive's replacement will take over on August 1. Until then, the longtime commissioner, despite battling cancer, plans to stay involved.
The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner last played in 2012 as a member of the New York Jets.
The Rams gathered Monday for strength and conditioning, which one player described as "the first day of school."
The Royals right-hander held down the Twins for seven innings Monday night, and Kansas City's opportunistic offense took advantage of a series of Minnesota miscues in a 7-1 victory.
Choking off the passing lanes and the open ice where Penguins' stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin thrive, New York built an early lead behind goals from Carl Hagelin and Chris Kreider then held on for a 2-1 win in Game 3 on Monday night to take a 2-1 series lead.
The most notable absence was All-Pro linebacker Justin Houston, who was given the franchise tag after a record-setting sack season. Houston still has not signed his tender as the Chiefs and his representatives try to reach an agreement on a long-term deal.