The Montreal Canadiens were completely overlooked as a massive underdog for their Stanley Cup semifinal series against the Vegas Golden Knights.
For at least one night, the Habs proved that they belong.
The Canadiens (+215) beat the Golden Knights 3-2 in Game 2 at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday night to even their best-of-seven at 1-1.
Montreal, which was +700 to win the series before last night’s game, has made it a best-of-five heading back home for Games 3 and 4.
Here is the Morning Coffee for Thursday June 17, 2021.
Habs earn split in Vegas
Joel Armia, Tyler Toffoli and Paul Byron scored for the Habs as they earned a split in Vegas.
Carey Price made 29 saves as he set a new career high for most wins in a single postseason with nine.
From @tsnjamesduthie, @djpoulin20, @odognine2 & @PierreVLeBrun: How the Canadiens built momentum off their opening goal, Jeff Petry’s return and Carey Price and the penalty kill in Game 2 - https://t.co/UKjJ8zQJzn#TSNHockey | #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/2g7B00Chnr— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) June 17, 2021
Montreal improved to 9-1 in these playoffs when they score first. They are 0-3 when they give up the first goal.
As mentioned, the Habs were +700 to win the best-of-seven heading into Game 2. Now the series shifts to the Bell Centre, with the Habs at +270 to win the series.
Extending his points streak to 8 games via the 2-0 goal on Wednesday, Tyler Toffoli leads the @CanadiensMTL 2021 playoff run with an almost point-per-game pace (12 in 13 GP). It's a total that's 6th on this list among those in their 1st season as a member of the Habs organization pic.twitter.com/BDMSMIGG8C— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) June 17, 2021
The Canadiens were +1800 to win the Stanley Cup before last night’s win.
Montreal still has the longest odds of the four remaining teams. However, the Habs are now +900 to win the Cup.
76ers suffer all-time playoff collapse
The Atlanta Hawks rallied from down 26 points to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 109-106 in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead on Wednesday night.
The 26-point comeback is tied for the third largest in a playoff game over the past 25 postseasons.
The 76ers are the only team to blow an 18-point lead in back-to-back playoff games in the last 25 seasons. They had a win probability of 95.5% at one point in Game 4, and it reached 99.7% late in the 3rd quarter of Game 5. pic.twitter.com/3zg1q5qnlH— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 17, 2021
Trae Young scored a game-high 39 points as the Hawks outscored Philadelphia 40-19 in the fourth quarter.
Joel Embiid and Seth Curry were the only two 76ers players who scored a field goal in the second half.
Now the series moves to Atlanta for Game 6 on Friday night with the Hawks at -165 to advance.
Clippers win Game 5 without Kawhi
Paul George scored a game-high 37 points with 16 rebounds and five assists as the Los Angeles Clippers (+310 ML) beat the Utah Jazz 119-111 in Game 5 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 series lead.
Paul George of the @LAClippers had 35+ points, 15+ rebounds and 5+ assists in a playoff game for the second time in his career (2017 vs. Cleveland).— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) June 17, 2021
The only other active players with multiple such games: LeBron James (7) and Kevin Durant (3).
Marcus Morris Sr. scored 25 points. Reggie Jackson had 22 points.
The Clippers went from +120 to +310 money line for Game 5 following the news that Kawhi Leonard would be out indefinitely.
After George led L.A. to the upset on the road, the series is headed back to Staples Center with the Clippers as a -190 favourite to win the series.
U.S. Open Set To Get Underway On TSN
The 121st U.S. Open gets underway on TSN this morning at 9:45 a.m. ET / 6:45 a.m. PT.
The Golf Talk Canada team weighed in with their picks earlier in the week.
The PGA Tour heads to Torrey Pines for the third major of the year this week. With an absolutely loaded field, who is primed to contend for the outright win? @ZeeManGolf, @BobWeeksTSN, and @adam_scully reveal their picks to win the 2021 U.S. Open. https://t.co/xLtd4tJVn2 #USOpen pic.twitter.com/LjpqjxKu1b— TSN EDGE (@TSN_Edge) June 15, 2021
TSN Edge will have complete coverage throughout the tournament, with our very own Adam Scully setting the stage heading into each round.
He took a look at the first round leader market.
Italy punches ticket to knockout stage
The Azzurri are the first team to advance to the knockout stage at Euro 2020.
Italy (-155) secured its spot in the Round of 16 with a 3-0 win over Switzerland.
In the process, Roberto Mancini’s squad became the first team in Euro history to win consecutive games by a shutout of three goals or more.
The Italians were -2000 to advance.
Now they will have the opportunity to clinch top spot in Group A with a win or draw against Wales on Sunday.
Italy has won 10 straight overall without conceding a single goal and is undefeated in its past 29 games overall (24-0-5).
After opening the tournament at +900 to win Euro 2020, Italy is now the third choice at +600, behind only France (+350) and England (+550).
Aaron Ramsey and Connor Roberts scored for Wales (+155) in a 2-0 win over Turkey to remain within reach of Italy for top spot in Group A.
We are just hours away from the start of the U.S. Open on the @TSN_Sports network. @adam_scully offers up some names to consider in the 1st round leader market. https://t.co/IQYYSPF8Lk #USOpen pic.twitter.com/TWiNYuJ8w5— TSN EDGE (@TSN_Edge) June 17, 2021
deGrom exits early with shoulder soreness
Jacob deGrom struck out eight of the nine batters he faced over three perfect innings before leaving the New York Mets’ (-310) 6-3 win over the Chicago Cubs with shoulder soreness on Wednesday night.
It’s the fourth time this season that deGrom has either left a game or been scratched from a start due to an injury.
With Jacob deGrom coming out of the game, a summary of his perfect, but short night:— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 17, 2021
- 3 perfect innings pitched (8 strikeouts)
- Struck out final 7 batters he faced
- 1-1, RBI single as hitter (only at-bat)
deGrom's ERA for the season is now 0.54 pic.twitter.com/82uIzLxU3P
Before his exit, deGrom lowered his ERA to 0.54, which is the lowest ERA in the first 11 starts of a season since earned runs became an official stat.
Hopefully, deGrom will manage to avoid the injured list.
After a record start to the season, deGrom emerged as the National League MVP favourite at +175 odds.
It would be an absolute shame if he was forced to miss an extended amount of time.