The Red Wings beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2.  Luke Glendening's shorthanded goal early in the third period held up as the Wings took Game One of their Eastern Conference best of seven series in Tampa.

(Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Pavel Datsyuk opened the scoring in the first period and then tallied on the power-play in the second for Detroit. Petr Mrazek made 44 saves in the victory.  Game Two will be played in Tampa Bay Saturday, before the series moves to Detroit for Game Three and Game Four next week.

The Rangers, Wild, and Ducks also took series leads in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Thursday. New York beat Pittsburgh 2-1, the Wild beat the Blues 4-2 in St. Louis, and the Ducks beat the Jets 4-2 inAnaheim.  The Canadiens, Islanders, Blackhawks, and Flames all aim for 2-0 series leads as the playoffs continue tonight.


The Tigers start a series this afternoon in Detroit against the White Sox.   David Price is scheduled to take the mound for Detroit.  Broadcast time is 12:40 p.m. on WBCK.   Anibal Sanchez and Shane Greene will also pitch during the three game series with the White Sox. Detroit is 8-1….the best record in baseball. The Tigers will host the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians before going back out on the road.

Lions Draft

Florida offensive lineman D.J. Humphries and Missouri running back Marcus Murphy visited the Lions facility in Alan Park yesterday ahead of the NFL Draft.  Humphries started 10 games at left tackle last season, but missed two games after injuring his ankle. Murphy saw time as a running back and on special teams last season. The Lions have the 23rd overall pick in the first round of the draft, which begins April 30.

High School Baseball

Harper Creek took a doubleheader from Jackson Northwest, 7-1 and 6-0.   Joe Stasa won game 1, going six hitless innings and striking out 12.  Zach Smith knocked in 4 runs and then picked up the pitching win in game 2. The Beavers are 6-0 on the season.

Pennfield is 7-1 after a split with Parma Western, losing 4-0 and winning game two 6-1.

Jordan Hultink went six innings for the pitching win and was 2-for-4 at the plate.

Lakeview swept Battle Creek Central, 15-0 and 16-1.

Olivet won both games over Springport, 11-1 and 5-2.

Coldwater and Marshall split, with the Redhawks losing 12-8 and winning 8-1.

Drew Devine picked up the win for Marshall, throwing seven innings and allowing five hits and striking out nine.

Athens took two at Burr Oak. 17-0 and 10-0.

High School Softball

Harper Creek split with Jackson Northwest, losing 10-3 but winning game two 14-1. Haleigh Pickett was the winning pitcher for Harper Creek as the Beavers scored eight runs in the first two innings.

Lakeview swept Battle Creek Central, 12-0 and 17-0. Grace Pierce with six strikeouts to win game 1, as Shayna Starry had three hits.  In Game 2, Maddie Wilson got the win and had two hits.

Coldwater swept Marshall, 15-0 and 13-0.

Parma Western swept Pennfield, 3-2 and 5-4.

Girls’ Tennis

Marshall 5, Parma Western 3.

College Basketball

Michigan has landed its second 2016 commitment, according to multiple media reports. Center Austin Davis from Onsted committed to Michigan last night, joining Jon Teske, a center from Ohio.

Peterson Reinstated

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been cleared to return to the NFL after missing most of last season while facing child abuse charges in Texas. Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter of reinstatement to Peterson and told him he would have to continue attending counseling while adhering to the league's new personal conduct policy to avoid further discipline. Peterson's agent has said the star running back wants to play elsewhere next season, but the Vikings have no plans to trade him.