On thin ice
The Lightning and the Bruins take the ice tonight in a win-or-go-home Game 7; just another high-stakes contest in a postseason that has been filled with them. Tonight's victors will earn a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals opposite the Vancouver Canucks, and the losers will join the 27 other teams watching from home. Elimination Friday in the NHL and a full plate of baseball; here are the Games We're Watching this weekend.
NHL: The winner of tonight's Eastern Conference Finals Game 7 gets a date with the Canucks in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Bruins, who failed to finish off the Lightning in Game 6 on Wednesday, will enjoy home ice advantage for tonight's all-or-nothing tilt. Tampa Bay might be playing on the road, but the Lightning has a proven winner in net with veteran Dwayne Roloson, who is 7-0 all-time in elimination games. The Lightning once again is likely to be without Sean Bergenheim, who has tallied nine times in these playoffs, as the forward missed the final two periods of Game 5 with an undisclosed injury. (8 p.m. Versus)
MLB: White Sox starter Mark Buehrle has gone 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA in his last four starts. He'll try to stay hot when he takes the mound against Toronto in the second of a four-game set. The Blue Jays, who fell 3-1 in the opener Thursday, hope slugger Jose Bautista can get back on track in the series; he's just 3-for-17 in his last five games (7:07 p.m.).
The Indians will try to put a halt to their longest losing skid of the year and string some wins together when they kick off a three-game set with the Rays at Tropicana. Grady Sizemore is expected to make his return after sitting out since May 10 with a bruised kneecap (7:10 p.m.). ... The Diamondbacks look to win their 10th game in 11 tries when they open a three-game set with the Astros today. Brett Myers, on the hill for Houston in the opener, is 0-4 with a 6.54 ERA in his last seven starts (8:05 p.m.). ...
A battle of big-time pitchers today kicks off a three-game set between the Giants and the Brewers at Miller Park. Milwaukee ace Shaun Marcum, looking for an NL-leading seventh win, will line up opposite Giants ace Tim Lincecum, who's 4-4 on the year, and who pitched a three-hit complete game shutout his last time out (8:10 p.m.). ... The Orioles try to string together six wins for the first time since 2009 when they open up a three-game set with the A's in Oakland tonight. The A's have the edge in the series, having won 17 of their last 21 meetings, including nine of 10 at their home park (10:05 p.m.).