The statement noted Smart underwent “successful surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb.”
Archives for March 16, 2018
Kirk Cousins to Vikings
Florida 3, Boston 0
Where: BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida
SUNRISE – Goalie James Reimer made 46 saves on his 30th birthday as the Florida Panthers defeated the Boston Bruins 3-0 on Thursday night at the BB&T Center. Reimer stepped up while the Panthers rested starter Roberto Luongo. Reimer, who hadn’t played since March 2, has won five of his past six starts and has three shutouts this season.
Florida, which got goals from Aaron Ekblad, Nick Bjugstad and Vincent Trocheck, improved to 16-4-1 since Jan. 30. The Panthers, who have won nine
of their past 10 home games, also got two assists from Evgenii Dadonov and one from Bjugstad.
Dadonov has 25 points in the past 21 games. In Bjugstad’s past 11 games, he has 13 points.
Boston, trying to catch the Tampa Bay Lightning for first place in the Atlantic Division, was skating with less rest than the Panthers, having played Tuesday while Florida has been idle since Monday.
The Bruins rested starting goalie Tuukka Rask, who is 20-3-1 with a 1.48 goals-against average in his career against Florida. Anton Khudobin played in place of Rask and made 25 saves.
The Bruins were also without defensemen Zdeno Chara (upper-body injury) and Charlie McAvoy (knee), center Patrice Bergeron (foot) and left winger Jake DeBrusk (upper body).
Boston did get some good news. It got a return from defenseman Torey Krug, who left Tuesday’s game with an undisclosed injury.
The Panthers were without defenseman Alex Petrovic (lower-body injury).
Florida opened the scoring with 6:25 elapsed in the first period. After getting a steal at the blue line, Dadonov ripped a shot that was deflected by Bjugstad and stopped by Khudobin. But Ekblad was on the doorstep to whack the rebound in out of the air.
The Panthers extended their lead to 2-0 with 9:06 gone in the first. Dadonov entered the zone on the left wing with speed, finding Bjugstad for the tap-in with a perfect pass right in front.
Florida made it 3-0 with 14:07 expired in the second as Trocheck scored a power-play goal. After Boston’s Rick Nash was penalized for crashing into Reimer, the Panthers controlled the puck for nearly 90 seconds before Trocheck scored on a wrist shot from the right circle to the far side.
— Field Level Media
Providence vs Texas A&M
Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
CHARLOTTE – Providence advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth consecutive season, and the 10th-seeded Friars will meet No. 7 seed Texas A&M in the West Region on Friday in Charlotte, N.C. Providence finished in a three-way tie for third in the Big East before playing in three straight overtime games in the conference tournament, including a loss to Villanova in the championship game on Saturday.
The Aggies reached the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons, overcoming an 0-5 start in the SEC to finish 9-9 and tied for seventh with Mississippi State before losing on a buzzer-beater to Alabama in the conference tournament opener. Tyler Davis, a 6-10 junior center for Texas A&M who averages a team-high 14.5 points and 8.8 rebounds, was held to single digits for just the fifth time this season in the loss to Alabama on Thursday. Davis, second-leading scorer Admon Gilder (12.2 points) and third-leading scorer DJ Hogg (11.3) were all key members of the Texas A&M team that reached the Sweet 16 two years ago. Providence has only advanced past the first game once in the previous four years in this tournament, beating USC two years ago before losing to the Trojans in the first round last season.
TV: 12:15 p.m. ET, CBS
ABOUT PROVIDENCE (21-13): A key player for the Friars will be 6-7 sophomore guard Alpha Diallo, who’s second on the team in scoring at 13 points per game and the top rebounder at 6.6. Diallo is coming off his sixth double-double of the season, posting 22 points and 10 rebounds in the overtime loss to Villanova. He played well while the Friars went 3-3 against Villanova and Xavier this season, a positive sign considering those conference foes earned top seeds for this tournament.
ABOUT TEXAS A&M (20-12): Davis should feel at ease in this environment, as he made 7-of-8 shots and led the Aggies with 17 points in their Sweet 16 loss to second-seeded Oklahoma two years ago. Providence will likely counter with 6-8 senior forward Rodney Bullock, but he’ll be giving up two inches and about 40 pounds to Davis, and fellow frontcourt starter Kalif Young hasn’t played more than eight minutes in the past four games for the Friars. The Aggies also have good size elsewhere in the starting lineup with Hogg (6-9) and Robert Williams (6-10), which will certainly pose problems for Providence.
1. The winner of this game plays the winner of Lipscomb and defending champion North Carolina on Sunday.
2. Providence PG Kyron Cartwright averages 5.7 assists, and his season total of 187 ranks 23rd in the nation.
3. An SEC-record eight teams made the NCAA Tournament, but none were seeded higher than No. 3 Tennessee in the South Region.
- Field Level Media