Most Dramatic Moments of the Week

Garrett BakerSenior Analyst IApril 18, 2014

Most Dramatic Moments of the Week

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    Associated Press

    March Madness may be behind us, but the rest of the sports world is just beginning to heat up with the NHL steamrolling into the playoffs with the NBA just a step behind.

    There also was the Masters and some other interesting events around the world of sports that happened over this past week, so let's look back and enjoy.

    Here are the 10 most dramatic moments from the past week in sports.

Canadiens Take Game 1 in OT

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    The Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning kicked off the NHL playoffs with a bang on Wednesday night.

    Steven Stamkos took over the game (as he often does), with two beautiful goals. But Montreal hung in and sent the game into overtime.

    Danny Briere sent a nice backhand pass in front of the net to Dale Weise, who punched in the game winner and silenced a stunned Tampa crowd.

Puig Being Puig

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    Jeff Chiu

    Yasiel Puig may be the most polarizing athlete in America right now. He's an unbelievable talent with an unorthodox style and attitude, and opinions on him range across the board.

    If there is any one inning which embodies the potential greatness and frustrating aspects of the Dodgers outfielder, it came in the second frame Thursday against the Giants.

    Puig first made an incredibly lazy effort and dropped an easy pop fly, but then picked up the ball and rifled it with incredible strength to second base to get a force out. Then he took a ridiculously bad angle on a ball over his head but somehow made an improbable over-the-shoulder catch.

    As Bleacher Report's own Kyle Newport said, that's just Puig being Puig. You also need to take the time to read Jesse Katz's amazing story about Puig's defection from Cuba over at Los Angeles Magazinewhich was published earlier this week.

Boston Athletes Join Marathon Survivors at Finish Line

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    With the 2014 Boston Marathon upon us and the one-year anniversary of last year's event just a few days behind us, the city has been living its "Boston Strong" motto to the fullest.

    In one touching tribute, survivors from last year's bombings come together for a photograph at the finish line, joined by a few big-name Boston athletes.

    Stars such as David Ortiz, Jonny Gomes, Dustin Pedroia, Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron were on hand for the photo. Check out Bleacher Report's coverage of the occasion here.

Stealing Home for the Win

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    If you had to pick one play as the rarest in all of baseball, a walk-off win off a steal of home has to be right up there at the top.

    But that's exactly what happened last Saturday as Calvin College (Mich.) took on Albion College (Mich.) last Saturday.

    With the bases loaded in the bottom of the last inning, Calvin College junior Grant Van Putten took off for home as the catcher was throwing the ball back to his pitcher. He beat the throw back to the plate for an incredible victory.

Bale Has Run of a Lifetime for Real Madrid

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    "Oh, what a goal. Solo Spectacular!"

    Ian Darke said it best after Gareth Bale's stunning goal in the closing minutes of the Copa del Rey match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

    The two fierce rivals played a tremendous game that went back and forth throughout, but Bale's heroics ultimately brought the trophy back to Madrid.

    He showed off truly unbelievable speed down the sideline and put in a goal that will be remembered around Spain for years to come.

Penguins Game 1 Comeback

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    Alongside the Montreal-Tampa Bay overtime game, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets started off the playoffs with some big-time drama on Wednesday night.

    The Pens found themselves behind early, trailing 3-1 after Derek MacKenzie scored a short-handed goal just 43 seconds into the second period.

    But Pittsburgh would not stay down, scoring two goals within the next few minutes to tie it back up and then winning it in the third when Brandon Sutter scored on a wrister to give his squad a 1-0 series lead. 

Battle of the Sox

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    The Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox took an otherwise routine mid-week April game and made it into a thriller.

    Ace Jon Lester was magnificent for Boston, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The problem for the Red Sox was that Chicago's Chris Sale also had a no-hitter going.

    The teams were tied 1-1 heading into the ninth, but the Red Sox pulled through for two runs in their half of the inning to escape with a hard-fought victory.

Blues Need 3 OTs

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    The series between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks is probably the most anticipated matchup of the first round of the NHL playoffs, with two big heavyweights going at it.

    And in Game 1, well, let's just say they did not disappoint. After a fantastic opening three periods, they apparently decided they needed to play three more.

    After two scoreless overtime periods, Alexander Steen finally broke through 26 seconds into the third frame to set the St. Louis crowd on fire. The rest of this series should be incredible.

Bubba Gets His Second Green Jacket

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    David J. Phillip

    On a nice Sunday afternoon in Georgia, Bubba Watson won his second Masters title in three years, becoming just the 17th man to win more than once at Augusta National.

    While it didn't feature any insane shots like his 2012 victory, Watson still put together a heck of a weekend and had some valiant competition as well.

    Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt, two Masters rookies, stayed hot on Watson's heels, but the Florida native stayed cool and buried the competition on the final day.

Memphis-Dallas Battle into OT for No. 7 Seed

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    The Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies had both clinched playoff spots by the time they faced off in the season finale, but this game had an interesting twist: The winner would be the No. 7 seed and the loser would drop to No. 8.

    It turns out that both teams really must have wanted the higher seed, because they fought hard through four quarters and ended up sending the game to overtime.

    Even the overtime period came down to the wire with some serious drama. It was won when Mike Conley hit two free throws with just 1.1 seconds left to put Memphis up by one, and the Grizzlies held on for the win.