A little twist, though.
How about shutouts?
Exactly 20 NHL playoff games ended 7-0 or worse – straight up to two double-digit shutouts (and, egad, both against the hard-luck Toronto Maple Leafs). The Montreal Canadiens beat them 11-0 in 1944. Then, it was the Boston Bruins‘ turn in 1969, slipping 10 into the net, while yielding none on their end.
And how about this…
In the very next game, the Bruins went ahead and won 7-0 against the Leafs, starting off that series two games to none and 17-0 in goals.
Well, that’s quite a bit ridiculous now, isn’t it?
Note: Losers were on the road unless noted in CAPS.Follow @VinGetz
|YEAR, ROUND, GAME||WINNER||LOSER|
|1.||1944 Semifinals, Game 5||Montreal Canadiens||11||Toronto Maple Leafs||0|
|2.||1969 Quarter Finals, Game 1||Boston Bruins||10||Toronto Maple Leafs||0|
|3.||1983 Adams Division Finals, Game 5||Boston Bruins||9||Buffalo Sabres||0|
|4.||1978 Quarter Finals, Game 4||Montreal Canadiens||8||DETROIT RED WINGS||0|
|4.||1988 Norris Division Semifinals, Game 4||Detroit Red Wings||8||TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS||0|
|4.||1991 Stanley Cup Finals, Game 6||Pittsburgh Penguins||8||MINNESOTA NORTH STARS||0|
|4.||2001 Eastern Quarter Finals, Game 6||Buffalo Sabres||8||Philadelphia Flyers||0|
|8.||1953 Semifinals, Game 1||Detroit Red Wings||7||Boston Bruins||0|
|8.||1956 Semifinals, Game 5||Montreal Canadiens||7||New York Rangers||0|
|8.||1966 Semifinals, Game 2||Detroit Red Wings||7||CHICAGO BLACK HAWKS||0|
|8.||1969 Quarter Finals, Game 2||Boston Bruins||7||Toronto Maple Leafs||0|
|8.||1975 Semifinals, Game 3||Montreal Canadiens||7||Buffalo Sabres||0|
|8.||1980 Semifinals, Game 2||Philadelphia Flyers||7||Minnesota North Stars||0|
|8.||1984 Smyth Division Semifinals, Game 3||Vancouver Canucks||7||Calgary Flames||0|
|8.||1990 Smythe Division Finals, Game 1||Edmonton Oilers||7||Los Angeles Kings||0|
|8.||1993 Patrick Division Semifinals, Game 2||Pittsburgh Penguins||7||New Jersey Devils||0|
|8.||1997 Western Quarter Finals, Game 5||Colorado Avalanche||7||Chicago Blackhawks||0|
|8.||2000 Eastern Quarter Finals, Game 1||Pittsburgh Penguins||7||WASHINGTON CAPITALS||0|
|8.||2002 Western Finals, Game 7||Detroit Red Wings||7||Colorado Avalanche||0|
|8.||2007 Eastern Quarter Finals, Game 3||New York Rangers||7||Atlanta Thrashers||0|
That’s tied for the 15th biggest postseason beat down ever.
There’s another tie at the top of the all-time biggest playoff-game blowouts, today’s list.
In 1956, the Minneapolis (now-Los Angeles) Lakers crushed the St. Louis (now-Atlanta) Hawks by 58 points in the Western Semifinals. Over 50 years later, the Denver Nuggets did the same to the New Orleans Hornets (now-Pelicans).
The Lakers franchise has been on the good end of a playoff blowout more than anybody: seven of the 21 below.
What about the regular season? Have you seen the 20 biggest blowouts in NBA history?
Hope you’re enjoying the games.
Note: All losers were on the road, except for those noted in CAPS.Follow @VinGetz
|POINT DIFF.||YEAR, ROUND, GAME||WINNER||LOSER|
|1.||58||1956 Western Semifinals, Game 2||Minneapolis Lakers||133||St. Louis Hawks||75|
|1.||58||2009 Western First Round, Game 4||Denver Nuggets||121||NEW ORLEANS HORNETS||63|
|3.||56||1973 Western Finals, Game 3||Los Angeles Lakers||126||GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS||70|
|4.||50||1971 Western Semifinals, Game 5||Milwaukee Bucks||136||San Francisco Warriors||86|
|5.||47||1986 Western First Round, Game 1||Los Angeles Lakers||135||San Antonio Spurs||88|
|5.||47||1995 Eastern First Round, Game 1||Orlando Magic||124||Boston Celtics||77|
|7.||44||1958 Western Finals, Game 4||St. Louis Hawks||145||DETROIT PISTONS||101|
|7.||44||1985 Western Finals, Game 5||Los Angeles Lakers||153||Denver Nuggets||109|
|7.||44||1997 Western First Round, Game 2||Seattle SuperSonics||122||Phoenix Suns||78|
|10.||43||1984 Western Semifinals, Game 1||Los Angeles Lakers||134||Dallas Mavericks||91|
|10.||43||1987 Eastern First Round, Game 2||Detroit Pistons||128||Washington Bullets||85|
|10.||43||2010 Eastern Semifinals, Game 1||Orlando Magic||114||Atlanta Hawks||71|
|13.||42||1998 Finals, Game 3||Chicago Bulls||96||Utah Jazz||54|
|14.||41||1991 Eastern First Round, Game 1||Chicago Bulls||126||New York Knicks||85|
|15.||40||1969 Western Semifinals, Game 6||Los Angeles Lakers||118||SAN FRANCISCO WARRIORS||78|
|15.||40||1978 Eastern Semifinals, Game 1||Philadelphia 76ers||130||New York Knicks||90|
|15.||40||1982 Eastern Finals, Game 1||Boston Celtics||121||Philadelphia 76ers||81|
|15.||40||1983 Western Semifinals, Game 5||San Antonio Spurs||145||Denver Nuggets||105|
|15.||40||2005 Western First Round, Game 7||Dallas Mavericks||116||Houston Rockets||76|
|15.||40||2009 Western Semifinals, Game 5||Los Angeles Lakers||118||Houston Rockets||78|
|15.||40||2014 Western First Round, Game 2||Los Angeles Clippers||138||Golden State Warriors||98|
On the heels of last year’s bombing tragedy, a true American has won the Boston Marathon – the first in over 30 years. Meb Keflezighi (38 years old), who also won the New York City Marathon in 2009, came in early this afternoon at 2:08:37. That’s the 10th fastest winning time ever.
Keflezighi emigrated to the United States with his family at the age of 12 from Eritrea, Africa. He attended middle school and high school in San Diego, before finishing up his education as a graduate of UCLA.
On the women’s side, Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo won her third Boston Marathon and second of back-to-back – with the fastest women’s winning time in history. Now how about that? She’s just 10 minutes off of cracking the men’s top 10. And how about that!
Take time to remember those who lost their lives and their families, and those who were injured, however you feel appropriate.Follow @VinGetz
|2.||Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot||2:05:52||2010||Kenya|
|3.||Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot||2:07:14||2006||Kenya|
|6.||Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot||2:07:45||2008||Kenya|
|7.||Robert de Castella||2:07:51||1986||Australia|