First Call: Dominik Simon finally scores; Bruins keep Eastern sweeps alive | TribLIVE.com
Breakfast With Benz

First Call: Dominik Simon finally scores; Bruins keep Eastern sweeps alive

Tim Benz
1171054_web1_AFP_1GE8YC
AP
Czech Republic forward Dominik Simon battles Russia defender Nikita Zaitsev during a game earlier in the IIHF World Championships.

In Friday’s “First Call,” we finally see Dominik Simon score a goal. Not for the Penguins, of course. John Daly’s pants are better than his game. And the Bruins keep the sweep trend rolling in the Eastern Conference.


Deadly Dominik

So when is Dominik Simon going to score?

Oh. Now?

That’s a goal and two assists for the Penguins forward at the World Championships. He has four points in the competition so far for the Czech Republic squad.

The Czechs beat Latvia, 6-3. Simon totaled six points from March 1 through the end of the NHL playoffs. His last goal came on March 16.


Running out of brooms

The Bruins finished off a four-game sweep of Carolina last night in the Eastern Conference finals with a 3-0 win.

Goalie Tuukka Rask continues a Conn Smythe push. That’s his second shutout of the playoffs. The Bruins goalie yielded only five goals in the series.

Only once has Rask allowed more than three goals in the 2019 playoffs. That was Game 4 in Toronto during the first round, and the Bruins won that one, 6-4, anyway.

So this means the team that swept the team who managed to sweep the Penguins just got swept, too.

You follow that? The Islanders swept the Penguins. Then they were swept by the Hurricanes. Then the Hurricanes went down in four straight against the Bruins.

I suppose we can then assume whoever wins the Western Conference will defeat Boston, 4-0, in the Stanley Cup Final.

Sorry, Bruins. It’s been a good run.

Does this count as a 12-game losing streak for the Penguins?


A picture says 1,000 words

Does it get any more John Daly than this photo at the PGA Championship?

I’d say that’s Daly in a nutshell, wouldn’t you?

How about those pants?!

Even Shaquille O’Neal’s jacket thinks those are a little much.

And much like most of those wearing Yankees pinstripes for real, Daly is too banged up to move on his own. So he’s using a cart.

It was an experience he called “almost embarrassing.”

The 1991 PGA champion’s play wasn’t much better. He shot a 5-over 75.


Tennis temper tantrum

I can’t say he lost his temper.

This is his temper.

That’s tennis player Nick Kyrgios in Rome leaving his match. And that was his chair leaving the ground.

It’s not clear what set off the Australian. This is nothing new for Kyrgios. His rap sheet of discipline and fines is too long to list in this entry. So click here.

For this offense, the right-hander was fined about $22,000, forfeited all prize money and points earned during the event and was told to cover the costs of his hospitality.

He appears very upset about it.


The more you can do

Marc Schwartz is the play-by-play voice of the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League.

It’s a long way to the big leagues as a broadcaster.

Working in the minors, you have to take on multiple jobs. Sometimes you are the broadcaster, clubhouse attendant, director of travel and media relations guy all in one.

In Marc’s case, maybe he can serve as a utility bench player, too.

Golden voice. Gold(en) Glove.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.