NHL releases conference finals schedules

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NHL releases conference finals schedules

May 10, 2011SHARKS PAGE SHARKS VIDEOBOX SCORE SERIES SCHEDULENHL PAGE NHL SCOREBOARD

The National Hockey League announced the dates, starting times, and broadcast information for the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals, which begin with the Eastern Conference Final on Saturday, May 14 when the Boston Bruins host the Tampa Bay Lightning at 5 p.m.

The Western Conference Final will match the Vancouver Canucks against the winner of the San Jose Sharks-Detroit Red Wings Conference Semifinal series, which San Jose leads 3-2. Game 1 of the Western Conference Final will be Sunday, May 15 at 5 p.m.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Sharks (if Sharks advance)
Sunday, May 15 at Vancouver, 5 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Wednesday, May 18 at Vancouver, 6 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Friday, May 20 at San Jose, 6 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Sunday, May 22 at San Jose, 12 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS
Tuesday, May 24 at Vancouver, 6 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Thursday, May 26 at San Jose, 6 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Saturday, May 28 at Vancouver, 5 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS

Vancouver Canucks vs. Detroit (if Red Wings advance)
Sunday, May 15 at Vancouver, 5 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Wednesday, May 18 at Vancouver, 6 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Friday, May 20 at Detroit, 5 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Sunday, May 22 at Detroit, 12 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS
Tuesday, May 24 at Vancouver, 6 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Thursday, May 26 at Detroit, 5 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Saturday, May 28 at Vancouver, 5 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS

Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Saturday, May 14 at Boston, 5 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Tuesday, May 17 at Boston, 5 p.m. VERSUS, TSN, RDS
Thursday, May 19 at Tampa Bay, 5 p.m. VERSUS, TSN, RDS
Saturday, May 21 at Tampa Bay, 10:30 a.m. NBC, TSN, RDS
Monday, May 23 at Boston, 5 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Wednesday, May 25 at Tampa Bay, 5 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Friday, May 27 at Boston, 5 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as Giants get swept by Mets at home

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as Giants get swept by Mets at home

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Mets spent the first half of this week in Los Angeles, where they got swept by the Dodgers and outscored 36-11. Their beat writers publicly wrote an end to any thoughts of the postseason. The fan base renewed the calls for manager Terry Collins to be fired. 

That’s where they were. And then they flew to San Francisco. 

AT&T Park continues to be a place where others get healthy, and this weekend it was the Mets. The Giants lost 8-2 on Sunday, getting swept by a similarly disappointing team. They have lost 12 of their last 13 games. 

There’s not much more to be said about it, but I did anyway. Here are five things to know from the day a relief pitcher got an at-bat but it would have been far too cruel to text your friends … 

—- Matt Moore’s line: 4 1/3 innings, seven hits, five earned runs, three walks, five strikeouts. Through 16 starts, he has a 6.04 ERA and 1.61 WHIP. He ranks last among qualified NL starters in ERA. Only Matt Cain (1.73) has a worse WHIP. Good times. 

—- Mets righty Rafael Montero entered with an 0-4 record and 6.49 ERA. He gave up one run in 5 2/3 innings. Good times. 

—- With runners on the corners and two outs in the third inning, Brandon Belt strolled to the plate. He leads the team in homers. Hunter Pence tried to steal second for some reason and he was caught, ending the inning and keeping Belt from batting in a two-run game. Good times. 

—- With two on and no outs in the sixth, the Giants sent the runners to make sure Buster Posey didn’t hit into a double play. Posey popped up softly to first and Joe Panik was doubled off of second. Good times. 

—- One last bit of bad news: Austin Slater was removed from the game with a tight right hip flexor. 

Harvick snaps 20-race winless streak with victory at Sonoma Raceway

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Harvick snaps 20-race winless streak with victory at Sonoma Raceway

SONONA — Kevin Harvick returned to victory lane for the first time this season with a dominating run Sunday on the road course at Sonoma Raceway.

The former NASCAR champion came to Sonoma winless in 20 races since Kansas last fall and has been overshadowed in this season of NASCAR's young new superstars. But at a track where experience and ability can separate the field, it was Harvick and a bunch of veterans who led the way.

It was the first win on the winding wine country road course in 17 tries for the Bakersfield, California, driver. Sonoma was one of just four active tracks where Harvick had never before scored a Cup victory.

Harvick was on cruise control and conserving fuel in this win, which ended under caution after Kasey Kahne had a hard accident on the final lap.

Either way, Harvick had a cozy 9-second lead over Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer before the caution.

Bowyer, now the driver for the entry Tony Stewart used for his final NASCAR victory last year at the track, was second and Brad Keselowski third as Ford cars went 1-2-3.