The Phillies opened up a four game series against the Diamondbacks last night as they sent ace Cole Hamels to the mound. Hamels struggled with his command for the second time since April 28th. Hamels walks five batters while allowing two runs on six hits over six innings. He walked six batters on the 28th against the Mets. Arizona starter Patrick Corbin was phenomenal as he allowed one run on just four hits over 6.1 innings throwing just 89 pitches. He didn't allow a runner to reach third base (the bullpen allowed the run to score, it was charged to Corbin). The Diamondbacks would continue to stifle the Phillies as they took the first game of the series 2-1. More here.
The Ottawa Senators were looking to oust the second-seeded Montreal Canadiens from the playoffs last night in Game 5 of their first round series. They jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period and wouldn't look back. Montreal would get a goal from P.K. Subban at the end of the first but the Senators would then score four unanswered goals over the next two periods to put the nail in the coffin on the Canadiens season. Ottawa went on to win 6-1 and win the series 4-1. More here.
Like the Senators, the Blackhawks were looking to eliminate the Minnesota Wild in five games. Leading 1-0 after the first period, the Blackhawks used a dominant second period to put away the Wild. The Blackhawks scored three times in the second and another time in the third to cruise to a 5-1 victory. They won the series 4-1 and it marks the first time since their Stanley Cup championship run in 2010 that the Blackhawks advanced out of the first round. More here.