Most Dramatic Moments of the Week

Garrett BakerSenior Analyst IMay 16, 2014

Most Dramatic Moments of the Week

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    This past week has been a blur of playoffs and incredible finishes across the NBA and NHL. Baseball season is fully underway as well, with the MLB and college baseball heating up.

    The sports world is at its best in the late spring and summer when there's something big happening in almost every major league.

    Let's take a look back on the most dramatic moments in the past week in sports.

Gibson Era Underway in Anaheim

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    In an incredibly bold coaching move, Bruce Boudreau handed the keys to the net, and by extension the franchise, to young goaltender John Gibson in the Ducks' most important game of the entire season.

    Down 2-1 in its second-round series with the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim faced a must-win contest at home in Game 4, and Gibson had to step up in just his fourth NHL game.

    The 20-year-old rookie has been one of the best prospects in the league since being selected 39th overall in the 2011 NHL draft, and he stepped up to the plate on Saturday night with a 2-0 shutout.

    His defense played very well in front of him, but Gibson looked like a composed veteran out there as he became the youngest goaltender to record a playoff shutout in NHL history.

Twins Beat Red Sox in 10th

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    The Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox played a Thursday day game at Target Field in Minneapolis. The matchup started off ordinary and finished in style.

    The Twins went up 3-0 after scoring three times in the third inning, but the Red Sox fought back with two runs in the top of the ninth to save themselves.

    But instead of building on that momentum, the Red Sox couldn't score in the top of the 10th and then blew the game in the bottom half of the inning. Aaron Hicks, who has been struggling early in the season, hit a two-out single to give Minnesota a big victory as it tries to get above .500.

Crazy Clippers vs. Thunder Ending in Game 4

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    The Los Angeles Clippers looked like a lost cause through the first 40 or so minutes of Sunday night's Game 4 and were at risk of going down 3-1 in the series.

    But the Oklahoma City Thunder suddenly became vulnerable in the final stretch of the fourth quarter, while the Clippers got hot at the same time to pull out a 101-99 victory.

    The Thunder were up by 22 points in the first quarter and entered the fourth still up by 12. But Darren Collison, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul all stepped up in the final frame and took their team with them.

    Collison in particular was outstanding, scoring eight points in the final three minutes of the game. Russell Westbrook actually got a great look at the buzzer, and Serge Ibaka finished after his miss, but it was just after the buzzer, so it didn't count.

Crazier Clippers vs. Thunder Ending in Game 5

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    After a totally ridiculous comeback and finish to Game 4, somehow the Clippers and Thunder treated everyone to an even more outrageous Game 5.

    Both teams seemed to be playing in desperation mode as they tried to take the series lead, and the game was tightly contested, although the Clippers held a solid lead in the final couple of minutes.

    With about 50 seconds left, the Thunder were down by seven, and a victory seemed to be out of reach. But then Kevin Durant quickly scored five points on two consecutive possessions, and they were only down by two.

    Russell Westbrook stripped Chris Paul, and then a very questionable out-of-bounds call went in the Thunder's favor. Paul then inexplicably fouled Westbrook during a three-point attempt, and Westbrook made every shot to give his team a remarkable win.

Trout's 1st Career Walk-off

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    Mike Trout hasn't had an outstanding season so far, but the year is still young, and he hit a major career milestone on Thursday night that could propel him back on track.

    With his Los Angeles Angels struggling throughout the whole game and trailing the Tampa Bay Rays by two runs in the ninth, Trout came up to the plate in a big spot.

    There were no outs and two runners on base, and he made no mistake with a 1-1 pitch that was left hanging over the plate. He turned on the ball with that powerful swing of his and sent it sailing over the left field wall for his first career walk-off home run. Smart money would say that it's not going to be the last either.

Emotional Performance by St. Louis

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    Last Thursday, New York Rangers winger Martin St. Louis' mother died unexpectedly. Nevertheless, he played in Game 5, which was a pivotal New York victory in the series.

    But the Rangers were still down 3-2 and facing elimination against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Mother's Day, which was bound to be an emotional day and game for St. Louis.

    The veteran stepped up for his team, playing inspired hockey and adding a goal to help the Rangers tie the series at 3-3. After the game, he delivered an impassioned speech to his teammates, thanking them for their support and reminding us all how powerful sports can be.

    New York would eventually go on to finish the comeback, winning Game 7 and the series.

Heat Mount Comeback to Reach Eastern Conference Finals

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    The Miami Heat entered Wednesday night's second-round matchup with the Brooklyn Nets holding a comfortable 3-1 series lead, but that was in jeopardy late in the fourth quarter.

    With 4:49 left in the game, the Heat found themselves down by eight points, and the Nets seemingly had the game all wrapped up.

    But suddenly, LeBron and Miami turned things up, while Brooklyn struggled to keep up. The Heat scored 12 straight points to finish off Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and the Nets to advance to yet another Eastern Conference Finals.

Kane Wins Another in OT

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    Patrick Kane really seems to love playing the hero. I would bet that Chicago Blackhawks fans are more than OK with that.

    The defending champions were surprisingly pushed down to the wire by the Minnesota Wild, who were outplayed for much of the series but never backed down.

    In Game 6, they threatened multiple times but could only do enough to send the game to overtime. And almost 10 minutes in, Kane deftly took a puck in front of the net to his backhand and shelved one over Ilya Bryzgalov's pad.

Sterling Saga Continues

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    The Donald Sterling stuff continued to drag on throughout the past week, and nobody is benefiting from it. 

    The drama has continued to mount with each successive day, largely due to his interview with Anderson Cooper, which was a mostly strange exercise that served to cement everyone's opinion of Sterling as a racist bigot.

    Earlier in the week, Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times wrote about the negative aspects of Shelly Sterling taking over as owner.

    But after the interview and as the week dragged on, more news came out relative to the Sterlings' status with the NBA. Forbes discussed what's taking so long for the NBA to get rid of them, and then on the same day Sports Illustrated wrote about a technicality of sorts that could help the league oust them.

    For now, who knows what will happen in the near future? Stay tuned.

Cards Walk-off Hit-by-Pitch in 12th

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    The Chicago Cubs headed into the top of the ninth inning down 3-2 to the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night before tying it up and sending the game into extras.

    After two more scoreless innings, the Cardinals came into the bottom of the 12th trying to stage a little rally, and that they did.

    St. Louis managed to load the bases when Greg Garcia was called upon to pinch hit. He must have been pretty nervous and gripping the bat too tightly, but he didn't even have to swing as he got hit by a pitch to walk in the winning run.

Bruins vs. Habs Game 7 Gets Heated

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    The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens faced off in Game 7 in Boston on Wednesday night after playing six tightly contested games.

    The Canadiens were down 3-2 in the series to their division rivals but won Game 6 at home in order to send the series back to Boston.

    The Bruins, a favorite to win the Stanley Cup, fell behind 2-0 to Montreal before scoring in the third period to cut the lead in half. The final minutes of the game were frenzied, but Boston could not find the back of the net.

    Then in the postgame handshake line, Bruins winger Milan Lucic could be seen shaking hands in an over-the-top rough manner while verbally berating a few Canadiens, including Alexei Emelin.