Most Dramatic Moments of the Week

Garrett BakerSenior Analyst IMay 23, 2014

Most Dramatic Moments of the Week

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    Despite all the playoff series going on, this past week has been filled with a lot of blowouts, so the drama quota had to be filled with some help from outside the postseason.

    That quota was easily met by looking a little harder around the world of sports, with MLB seeing an uptick in exciting finishes this week.

    Let's look back on the 10 most dramatic moments in sports from the past seven days.

Price Knocked out for Eastern Conference Final

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    The Montreal Canadiens are a fine team, but they rode goalie Carey Price into the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers.

    Price, the team's best player, was slammed into during the second period of Game 1 of the conference final by New York's Chris Kreider and did not return for the third period.

    The following day, Montreal coach Michel Therrien officially announced that Price would not be able to return for the entire series, seriously dampening Montreal's hopes of reaching the Stanley Cup Final.

    The drama surrounding this extends to Kreider as well, who now has a curious history of taking out goaltenders and will certainly be a focal point throughout the rest of the series.

Balk in 13th Loses Game for Detroit

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    In a wild, back-and-forth game, the Cleveland Indians overcame the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers in 13 innings in a rare way.

    After the Indians scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game, the teams duked it out until the 13th inning, when catcher Alex Avila hit a solo shot to give Detroit a one-run lead.

    But the Indians would battle back, led by Michael Brantley's game-tying single. Yan Gomes would be intentionally walked a few batters later to load the bases.

    With Ryan Raburn at the plate, Tiger reliever Al Alburquerque then inexplicably hesitated while coming to a set position on the mound, an obvious balk which gave Cleveland a bizarre 11-10 victory and more importantly, a big series sweep against one of the best teams in the league.

California Chrome's Shot at Triple Crown

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    After winning the Kentucky Derby, California Chrome came in as the favorite to take the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, and he did not disappoint. The Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown now awaits California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza, but their future wasn't so clear at the beginning of the week.

    Trainer Art Sherman had to contact officials in order to formally request a nasal strip for the horse to wear, because rules in New York are more strict about it. On Monday, the request was accepted.

    No horse has won the Triple Crown since 1978, when Affirmed accomplished the feat. Twelve horses have won the first two races since 1978 but failed to win at Belmont, the longest, most grueling track of the three. 

Wild Finish in St. Louis

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    The Arizona Diamondbacks and St. Louis Cardinals played a roller-coaster game on Wednesday night in St. Louis at Busch Stadium.

    Neither team could muster much offense in the first half of the game until things broke out in the eighth, with the Diamondbacks scoring twice and the Cardinals responding with the tying run in the bottom of the inning.

    But then three-and-a-half more tense innings would go by without a single run being scored before St. Louis came to the plate in the bottom of the 12th with the chance to win.

    Cardinal Matt Holliday provided the big leadoff walk, which was then followed by a Matt Adams double and an intentional walk of Yadier Molina to load the bases. Allen Craig then hit a somewhat routine grounder to short, but Chris Owings' throw to the plate was off and Holliday slid in safely for the 3-2 win.

USMNT Final Roster Debate

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    U.S. men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann released the final 23-man roster for the 2014 World Cup on Thursday afternoon, and there was a major surprise on it.

    Landon Donovan's future had been majorly in question, with the star himself admitting that he is no longer a lock to make the roster, according to

    However, Bleacher Report's Dan Levy says we should all stop kidding ourselves because Donovan will certainly be on the team come June. But alas, Donovan was not on the roster. If the U.S. falters in the group stage, there will be a lot of debate about this decision.

    Look out for newcomer Julian Green, an 18-year-old enigma from Bayern Munich who chose to play for the U.S. over Germany. 

Montreal Takes Game 3 in OT

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    Everything seemed to be going the New York Rangers' way. They won each of the first two games of the Eastern Conference Final—both in Montreal.

    Then in an intense Game 3, they were down by a goal with under 30 seconds left in the third period, when Kreider scored an incredible goal to send the game into overtime and give New York new life.

    But instead of New York surging into overtime and taking a 3-0 series lead, Montreal jumped all over the Rangers early as 20-year-old Alex Galchenyuk tipped in the game-winning goal just 1:12 into overtime.

    Needless to say, this series just got a lot more interesting.

Johnny Manziel Not the Starter in Cleveland?

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    When the Cleveland Browns selected Johnny Manziel 22nd overall in the NFL draft, everyone assumed that he would be given the keys to the offense and told to run with them.

    But in a surprising move from first-year general manager Ray Farmer, incumbent quarterback Brian Hoyer has been getting all the praise and first-team reps so far this preseason.

    Bleacher Report's Joseph Zucker has the lowdown here, and it's definitely pretty interesting. Manziel is obviously young, but Hoyer has only thrown 192 passes in his five-year career and isn't exactly experienced, either. 

    Regardless, it should be a really fun battle to watch as the summer wears on.

Cleveland Cavaliers Win Lottery Again

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    The NBA lottery is supposed to promote fairness and randomness with regard to NBA draft order, but it's another year, another first overall pick for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    On Tuesday night, the Cavs somehow won their third lottery in the past four years and second in a row despite having only a 1.7 percent chance of winning.

    The Milwaukee Bucks, who had the best odds of winning, were pushed down to second. The Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz round out the rest of the top five. 

    The 2014 NBA draft will commence on Thursday, June 26.

Nationals and Reds Need 15 Innings

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    The Washington Nationals did absolutely everything they could on Monday night, but they simply could not get the Cincinnati Reds to crumble.

    The Nationals fought back from a 2-1 deficit to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning and had a number of great chances to win in extras. But the Reds defense came up huge.

    Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips had a game-saving catch in the 12th when he dove to grab a liner behind second base with runners on first and third with two outs. Center fielder Billy Hamilton then dove for a catch with a man on third and two outs in the 14th to keep the game alive. Neftali Soto also had an impressive grab from first base while leaning over the tarp in foul territory in the 13th.

    Todd Frazier hit a two-run dinger in the top of the 15th for the Reds, and while the Nationals fought back and scored once, they could not get anyone else home and suffered a tough 4-3 loss.

Prince Fielder out for Season

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    After Carey Price was ruled out for the NHL's Eastern Conference Final, more major injury news came a few days later out of Texas, when Prince Fielder was declared out for the entire season.

    Fielder, acquired in November from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler, hadn't been all that good for Texas before Thursday's news came out, but it is still a devastating blow for the Rangers.

    Fielder has a herniated disc in his neck that will require surgery. A full recovery is expected, but he will not be back until next season.