Kriterietvåan tillbaka efter lång försäsong

V86 är tillbaka på huvudstadsbanan och i kväll får vi se 6 San Moteur (V86-8) årsdebutera.

– Han har haft ett planerat långt uppehåll och allt har gått enligt planerna. Han kommer väldigt väl förberedd för det här loppet och de flesta känner ju till hans kapacitet. Jag tycker han ska räknas direkt, säger Anton Sverre i stallet. 

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5 Mister Hercules (V86-8) har startat på ett tag och efter senast var tränaren väldigt nöjd.

– Han gick jäkligt bra senast, nästan otäckt bra. Han gick ett jobb i dag måndag och kändes fortsatt fin. Eventuellt så plastar vi hovarna den här gången men det är en marginell skillnad, säger Daniel Redén.

Även hästar som 9 Selected News, 4 Mr Mah Can och 3 Henry Flyer Sisu som var trea i svenskt trav-kriterium gör upp om den stora pristchecken. Det är garanterat inte sista gången vi får se de här hästarna tampas under året.

Lightning return to form in Game 2, tie series with Islanders

No, the battle-tested Lightning weren’t going to panic going down 1-0 to the Islanders. Dropping both games at home, though? That would have been bad.

Instead, the Lightning responded with a strong Game 2 effort, winning 4-2 to tie their Semifinal series with the Islanders at 1-1. Clearly, the Lightning adjusted to what Barry Trotz & Co. accomplished in Game 1, and it showed in a strong effort in Game 2.

The Islanders likely aren’t going to complain too much that the series is tied 1-1, being that the scene will shift to what will likely be a raucous Nassau Coliseum for Game 3 (8 p.m. ET; USA Network / Peacock).

Point – Varlamov, missed too many men penalty

Here’s a generous take on penalty calls (or non-calls) in Islanders – Lightning Game 2. Maybe the universe balanced itself out?

First, the Islanders seemingly received a break, as Brayden Point received a penalty for goalie interference after a collision with Semyon Varlamov, even though Adam Pelech gave him a shove. Following that Point penalty on a Varlamov collision, Brock Nelson scored almost immediately on the ensuing Islanders power play.

[More on that Point – Varlamov collision, first period of Game 2]

Then the prominent questionable penalty calls/non-calls swung the other way.

It seemed like Nikita Kucherov made his second great assist of Game 2, and it would stand in giving the Lightning a 2-1 lead over the Islanders. But it sure looked like Tampa Bay got away with a too many men on the ice penalty while scoring that goal. (They might have actually had two too many men.)

Either way, that second Kucherov assist counted on Ondrej Palat‘s 2-1 goal:

So, theoretically, you could argue that the (arguably mistaken) penalty calls canceled themselves out in Islanders – Lightning Game 2? At least through the first two periods?

Both goalies made big saves to keep Islanders – Lightning Game 2 lower-scoring. In the dying moments of the second period, Andrei Vasilevskiy made a huge save on a Grade-A Anthony Beauvillier chance. Semyon Varlamov didn’t look out of sorts in the middle frame, particularly when he stopped Yanni Gourde on a shorthanded breakaway.

Lightning close out Islanders in Game 2, tie series

Early in the third period, Jan Rutta became the first Lightning defenseman to score during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. It was somewhat reminiscent of the Game 1 goal Vasilevskiy gave up to Ryan Pulock, although it might not haunt Varlamov to the same degree.

After taking that 3-1 lead, the Bolts could’ve totally “parked the bus.” Instead, Tampa Bay continued to make the Isles play defense.

The Lightning drew two Islanders penalties after taking a 3-1 lead in Game 2. While the Islanders survived the first opportunity of those two (the first three Lightning power plays, overall, in Game 2), eventually the Bolts found a way to strike. Nikita Kucherov collected his third assist of the game to set up a nice Victor Hedman PPG.

(If that Rutta bit didn’t make it clear, Hedman finally scored his first goal of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs.)

By the time the score was 4-1, both teams were whistled for some calls, but neither squad dented the net. That is, until Mathew Barzal stayed hot by cashing in on a Jordan Eberle rebound to make it 4-2.

ISLANDERS VS. LIGHTNING (Series tied 1-1) – series livestream link

Game 1: Islanders 2, Lightning 1
Game 2: Lightning 4, Islanders 2
Game 3: Thurs. June 17: Lightning at Islanders, 8 p.m. ET (USA Network / Peacock)
Game 4: Sat. June 19: Lightning at Islanders, 8 p.m. ET (USA Network / Peacock)
Game 5: Mon. June 21: Islanders at Lightning, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN / Peacock)
*Game 6: Wed. June 23: Lightning at Islanders, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN / Peacock)
*Game 7: Fri. June 25: Islanders at Lightning, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN / Peacock)

*if necessary

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

Point gets penalty, Varlamov shaken up after big collision

If you’re looking for some sizzle between the Islanders and Lightning, Game 2 took little time to provide it. In a memorable first-period moment, Brayden Point received a goalie interference penalty after a hard collision with Semyon Varlamov.

Plenty of people believed, reasonably enough, that Point should not have received a penalty for bumping Varlamov, being that Adam Pelech shoved Point.

Either way, there was a big impact — literally and figuratively.

NBCSN’s coverage of the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs continues with Tuesday’s Game 2 between the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning. Islanders-Lightning Game 2 stream coverage continues on NBCSN. You can watch the game online and on the NBC Sports app by clicking here.

Point, Varlamov collision in Game 2

During the remainder of the first period, Ilya Sorokin replaced Varlamov. To begin the second — possibly after entering concussion protocol — Varlamov returned for the Islanders.

[WATCH ISLANDERS – LIGHTNING GAME 2 ONLINE AND ON NBCSN]

The other impact was that Point indeed received a penalty, and the Islanders made the Lightning pay just about right away with a Brock Nelson PPG.

Earlier in the period, Point scored on a beautiful pass from Nikita Kucherov:

Whether you think Point deserved a penalty or it was on Pelech’s push, the bottom line is that after that collision with Varlamov, things really heated up in Game 2. We’ll see how the two teams react to a 1-1 tie through the first period.

ISLANDERS VS. LIGHTNING (NYI leads 1-0) – series livestream link

Game 1: Islanders 2, Lightning 1
Game 2: Tues. June 15: Islanders at Lightning, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN / Peacock)
Game 3: Thurs. June 17: Lightning at Islanders, 8 p.m. ET (USA Network / Peacock)
Game 4: Sat. June 19: Lightning at Islanders, 8 p.m. ET (USA Network / Peacock)
*Game 5: Mon. June 21: Islanders at Lightning, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN / Peacock)
*Game 6: Wed. June 23: Lightning at Islanders, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN / Peacock)
*Game 7: Fri. June 25: Islanders at Lightning, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN / Peacock)

*if necessary

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

Flyers’ Oskar Lindblom wins Masterton Trophy after battling cancer

Philadelphia Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom received the 2021 Bill Masterton Trophy, capping an inspiring return from his battle with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

Lindblom named 2021 Masterton Trophy winner

The Pro Hockey Writers Associated voted on the Masterton Trophy, awarded to Lindblom for being the player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.”

Matt Dumba (Minnesota Wild) and Patrick Marleau (San Jose Sharks) joined Lindblom as the three Masterton Trophy finalists.

Bobby Ryan won the Masterton Trophy in 2019-20. Ryan introduced Lindblom as the 2021 Masterton Trophy winner on Tuesday:

Here’s a quick rundown of what Lindblom went through between his diagnosis and winning the Masterton, with some help from the NHL.

2021 NHL Award finalists, winners:

King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner: Pekka Rinne; other finalists: Kurtis Gabriel, P.K. Subban
Bill Masterton Trophy winner: Oskar Lindblom; other finalists: Matt Dumba, Patrick Marleau

Vezina Trophy: Marc-Andre Fleury, Philipp Grubauer, Andrei Vasilevskiy
Ted Lindsay Award: Sidney Crosby, Auston Matthews, Connor McDavid
Calder Memorial Trophy: Kirill Kaprizov, Alex Nedeljkovic, Jason Robertson

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Auston Matthews, Jaccob Slavin, Jared Spurgeon
Selke Trophy: Aleksander Barkov, Patrice Bergeron, Mark Stone
Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award: Renee Hess, Kevin Hodgson, Howard Smith
Norris Trophy: Adam Fox, Victor Hedman, Cale Makar
Hart Trophy: Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, Nathan MacKinnon 

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

Islanders-Lightning stream – Game 2 on NBCSN

NBCSN’s coverage of the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs continues with Tuesday’s Game 2 between the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning. Islanders-Lightning stream coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. You can watch the game online and on the NBC Sports app by clicking here.

After losing Game 1 of last year’s Eastern Conference Final 8-2, the Islanders flipped the script this time around. New York got on the scoreboard first, as star Mathew Barzal continued his torrid pace with a goal in the middle of the second. The game remained 1-0 in favor of the Islanders until early in the third, when Ryan Pulock got a slap shot past Andrei Vasilevskiy, doubling New York’s lead. Brayden Point scored on the power-play with under a minute remaining, but the Islanders held on to take Game 1.

The Game 1 loss means the Lightning are trailing in a series for the first time this postseason. The Lightning are 3-3 at home in the playoffs, and 5-1 on the road. They did not lose two straight home games at all during the regular season, and have not lost two straight games at any point this postseason.

Semyon Varlamov and his teammate Ilya Sorokin have now both won four straight games during this postseason. Sorokin won Games 1, 4, 5, and 6 against Pittsburgh in the First Round. It’s just the third time in NHL history that a team has had two goalies win at least four starts in a row in the same playoff year (Eddie Johnston and Gerry Cheevers with Boston in 1972; Phil Myre and Pete Peeters with Philadelphia in 1980).

[COVERAGE BEGINS AT 8 P.M. ET – NBCSN]

WHAT: New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning
WHERE: AMALIE Arena
WHEN: Tuesday, June 15, 8 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN / Peacock
ON THE CALL: Kenny Albert, Eddie Olczyk, Brian Boucher
LIVE STREAM: 
You can watch the Islanders-Lightning stream on NBC Sports’ live stream page and the NBC Sports app.

ISLANDERS VS. LIGHTNING (NYI leads 1-0) – series livestream link

Game 1: Islanders 2, Lightning 1
Game 2: Tues. June 15: Islanders at Lightning, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN / Peacock)
Game 3: Thurs. June 17: Lightning at Islanders, 8 p.m. ET (USA Network / Peacock)
Game 4: Sat. June 19: Lightning at Islanders, 8 p.m. ET (USA Network / Peacock)
*Game 5: Mon. June 21: Islanders at Lightning, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN / Peacock)
*Game 6: Wed. June 23: Lightning at Islanders, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN / Peacock)
*Game 7: Fri. June 25: Islanders at Lightning, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN / Peacock)

*if necessary

WEDNESDAY’S NHL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Game 2: Canadiens at Golden Knights, 9 p.m. ET (VGK leads 1-0) – NBCSN / Peacock (livestream)

Love, Nerves & Tears: Murray's Emotional Queen's Club Win

For years, a match at The Queen’s Club was another day at the office for five-time singles champion Andy Murray. But on Tuesday, the former World No. 1’s opening victory against Benoit Paire left the 34-year-old fighting tears.

“I love it,” Murray said in his post-match interview in front of the fans. “I love playing tennis.” 

More than two years on from his most recent hip surgery, Murray is still battling back to form, currently No. 124 in the FedEx ATP Rankings. But his competitive fire and love for the sport burn brighter than ever.

“I just really want to play. I have not really had the opportunity to do that the past few years. When I have, it’s been pretty fleeting,” Murray said. “[This was the] first singles match I got to play on grass in three years. Not a lot of stuff has happened in that period, as well. It’s not like a whole lot has gone on. I was just happy to be out there playing, doing well.

“There are obviously a lot of doubts as well when you haven’t hardly played. But then, like I kept saying, in the back of my mind and in practice and stuff, I put in so much work and have done so much good stuff. I’m really proud of what my attitude has been like in terms of feeling the various setbacks and everything and [that I have] kept going.”

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Murray is at home on grass, where he now holds a 108-21 record. His 83.7 winning percentage on grass is better than his rate on any other surface. But walking onto centre court on Tuesday, the Scot was “really nervous”.

“Once I got out there, I actually felt good. [In] the buildup to it, there are obviously nerves. I was laughing to myself, [I] went to the bathroom like half an hour before the match. [It was] probably like the fourth time I had been in about 45 minutes,” Murray said. “I was just laughing, because I still get nervous obviously before I go out to play. But you have to remind yourself in those moments just to trust yourself, and so I was definitely nervous.”

The 34-year-old has accomplished a lot on the tennis court, climbing to World No. 1, lifting the 2016 Nitto ATP Finals trophy and winning three Grand Slam titles. But as he struggled with his hip and has battled back to try to compete consistently on the ATP Tour, Murray realised how much he loves this sport, and not just winning matches.

“You do a lot of reflecting and stuff during times like that,” Murray said. “I always got quite stressed out before these times of year. I was very focused on my tennis and stuff. I just wish I had appreciated the small moments, like walking back on the grass court for the first time off the back of the clay season, just enjoying those moments. Then celebrating wins and enjoying them more than probably what I did.

“I think when you’re playing top-level tennis, it is difficult sometimes to do that, because you’re always on to the next match. If you win a tournament, you’re right on to the next tournament, and Wimbledon is right around the corner. It’s hard, but, I just wish I had enjoyed those moments more.

“That’s why today, for example, I like speaking to my team and speaking to my family. [I] just wanted to go out there and enjoy it and just be myself. I did that. I enjoyed it. I get another opportunity tomorrow. I’m always sort of telling myself, and maybe it’s not the best mindset, but each match could be my last one that I play now. I want to make the most of every match that I play and each tournament that I get the chance to compete in.”

Felix On Facing Federer: ‘He’ll Try To Trick Me’

Felix Auger-Aliassime has never hidden that he looked up to Roger Federer as a kid. In 2008, he recorded the Swiss’ Wimbledon final against Rafael Nadal and watched it countless times. Felix got to practise with Federer in Dubai when he was younger, and they even share a birthday (8 August).

But on Wednesday, Auger-Aliassime will play Federer in a match for the first time with a spot in the NOVENTI OPEN quarter-finals on the line.

“It’s cool. To be honest it’s a great test for me. I’ve never played Roger before. We practised a couple of years ago in Dubai, but I never had a chance to play him in a tournament, so it’s good,” Auger-Aliassime said. “Of course he’s a favourite here, he’s won 10 times. It’s going to be a good test for me to see where my game is at on the grass.”

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Having watched Federer for his entire life, Auger-Aliassime knows it will take a big effort to defeat the 39-year-old. If the eight-time ATP Tour finalist is not on top of the rallies, he will be pushed to the back foot.

“If I want to give myself chances to win, I will have to dictate the points that I can dictate, starting from my serve. If I can protect my service games and be aggressive behind my serve, that’s going to help me a lot,” Auger-Aliassime said. “And then we’ll see on the return what I can do to create myself opportunities. Of course it’s going to be tough, because he does put you out of your comfort zone.

“He has everything tennis has to offer in his game, so he’s going to have many solutions to try to trick me. But I think it’s going to be important for me to try to dictate as much as I can.”

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As much respect as the 20-year-old has for Federer, he does not want to let that overwhelm him when he stands across the net from the 103-time tour-level titlist. Auger-Aliassime looks up to the Swiss, but he also has a job to do.

“At this point it’s a little bit different. I think these matches, the main thing is it’s really motivating, more than other matches sometimes,” Auger-Aliassime said. “But at the same time, of course now at the point that I am during my career, I’m trying to go further and further and have better results, so I’ve put that on the side a few years ago I would say when I started playing [on the ATP Tour].

“Now I’m going to try to play my best tennis, focus on what I can do well, see what I can do to find a way to give myself chances. But I’m really focusing more on myself than the eight-year-old Felix was focusing on dreaming of playing these types of matches.”

Fresh off a final in Stuttgart and a first-round victory against Miami champion Hubert Hurkacz in Halle, Auger-Aliassime hopes to carry the momentum into his clash against Federer.

“Of course I feel confident,” Auger-Aliassime said. “I have a few wins in the past few days, so hopefully I can play a good match and give myself a chance to win.”

Wimbledon Set For Full Capacity Crowds On Final Weekend

Fans at the All England Club will already have plenty to celebrate during the Wimbledon fortnight as The Championships return to the tennis calendar for the first time since 2019.

Now, organisers have given them even more reason to cheer, after announcing that both the men’s and women’s finals will be played with a 100 per cent capacity crowd on Centre Court. 

“We are continuing to work closely with the Government to finalise the details, including the requirements for Covid-status certification for spectators,” said the All England Club in a statement.

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The Championships, which begin on Monday 28 June, will be staged with 50 per cent capacity around the grounds. But this figure is set to grow as the fortnight goes on, building to full capacity for championship weekend, 10-11 July. 

That will make the Wimbledon finals the first sporting event in Great Britain to be played with a full, 100 per cent capacity crowd since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This will enable us to fulfil our aspiration of staging the best Wimbledon possible within the current circumstances, with the health and safety of all those who make Wimbledon happen – our guests, competitors, members, staff, media, officials, local residents, and partners – remaining our highest priority,” the All England Club also stated.

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