FOR MAY 16, 2016
Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman would have surely won the Conn Smythe Trophy (given to the playoffs' MVP) last season if Tampa Bay had beaten the Blackhawks for the Stanley Cup. Now he's staking his claim again, leading the charge for a Lightning team that is without injured stars Steven Stamkos and Anton Stralman. In 10 playoff games Hedman has four goals and five assists, including two goals in Tampa Bay's 4--0 victory over the Islanders in the deciding Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday. Will Hedman be burnishing two trophies in June? Go to SI.com/nhl for complete Stanley Cup coverage, featuring breakdowns of each series and Allan Muir's Three Stars of the Night.
After a sluggish start in Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals, Thunder forward Kevin Durant tied a career playoff high with 41 points, lifting Oklahoma City to a 111--97 win over the Spurs to tie the series 2--2. Can Durant keep up the pace and help the Thunder derail San Antonio's quest for a sixth title? Will the Warriors, without 2016 NBA MVP Steph Curry, get past Damian Lillard and the Blazers? Go to SI.com/nba for complete playoff coverage, including analysis of each game, photo galleries and videos. Plus, Rob Mahoney breaks down the Spurs' defense, while Luke Winn takes a look ahead at the NBA draft and checks in on a possible No. 1 pick, Duke swingman Brandon Ingram.
Heaven for Seven
From the SI Vault: May 13, 1991
Nolan Ryan's no-hitters have rescued a septet of appreciative catchers from obscurity
By Steve Wulf
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