• Louisville 76 Syracuse 66: The Orange's run came up one half short. Syracuse led by eight at intermission but could not sustain it against the pressure of Rick Pitino's Louisville squad. The Cardinals become the first Conference USA crossover team to win the Big East title. Jim Boeheim's crew basically played five games in three days. A win over Seton Hall ended in regulation, but the victory over Connecticut needed six overtimes and was followed by a single-overtime win over West Virginia. Louisville very well could end up as a No. 1 seed. In fact, the Big East could have three such teams, with Pittsburgh and UConn following suit. That will be revealed Sunday at 6 p.m.
  • Devils 3, Canadiens 1: Montreal partisans went from booing their own team's incompetence to cheering a prodigal son on tying a legend. Martin Brodeur bagged his 551st win in his hometown, tying Patrick Roy for the most all-time by an NHL goaltender. As soon as the game ended, the fans, not happy with their struggling team's performance, let loose a long standing ovation for Brodeur. The well-earned ovation -- talked over from start to finish by commentator Chico Resch, by the way -- celebrated a player who missed almost four months with a biceps injury. But he's in fine form now.
  • Flyers 4, Rangers 2: Some signs of life on the power play really would help the Rangers. They went 0-for-4 with a man advantage in this one. Three of those came after the Rangers fell behind 2-1 in the second period, but they couldn't capitalize. In fact, the Rangers, who play the Flyers at home Sunday, had only 16 shots in the final two periods.
  • Bruins 2, Islanders 1: A matchup of the best and the worst in the Eastern Conference went as expected. Mark Streit had the lone New York goal, which came in the second period.