May 18th, 2010
11:30 AM ET

Sports Update: Can Halak rebound against Flyers?

Jaroslav Halak is hoping he can hit his stride again and defend the net better tonight against the Flyers.

Jaroslav Halak was the hottest goaltender in the Stanley Cup playoffs (emphasis on “was”), until the Flyers chased the Canadiens star after allowing four goals in the first 13 shots he faced in Game 1. Can Halak and Co. rebound after being shellacked 6-0 to open the Eastern Conference finals or will streaking Philadelphia continue its Cinderella run as the two meet Tuesday at the Wachovia Center (7 p.m., Versus)?

Habs-Flyers is just one of the day’s main attractions as the NHL’s West finals, NBA playoffs, baseball, soccer and tennis are all in action. What else garners “can’t-miss” status? Here are a few other highlights, all times Eastern.

Celtics at Magic (8:30 p.m., ESPN). Ray Allen and Boston ended the Magic’s 14-game winning streak and stole home-court advantage in the series opener. Was Orlando’s first adversity of the postseason just the wake-up call that Dwight Howard and Co. need?

Blackhawks at Sharks (10 p.m., Versus).
Have the “Same Old Shark” re-emerged? SI.com’s Allan Muir says San Jose dredged up memories of their past playoff failures in Game 1 as they relinquished home-ice. But the Sharks shouldn’t throw in the towel just yet, the ‘Hawks aren’t exactly bulletproof in Chicago this postseason, going 3-3.

Red Sox at Yankees (7:05 p.m.).
Baseball’s most heated rivalry continues as Josh Beckett faces off against C.C. Sabathia. Both aces have had their issues of late, with Beckett, who is 1-1 with a 7.46 ERA in seven starts, while Sabathia was roughed up for six runs on nine hit sin his last start.

By The Numbers

1,046: Consecutive games Albert Pujols had batted third for the Cardinals before moving to the cleanup spot in Monday’s 6-2 win over the Nationals.

23 years, $191 million: The combined contracts of the Capitals’ cornerstones after center Nicklas Backstrom signed a 10-year, $67 million deal Monday. Washington inked Alex Ovechkin to a $124 million, 13-year deal in 2008.

No. 5: Where SI.com’s Peter King ranks the Super Bowl champion Saints in his look at how all 32 teams stack up after the offseason.

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