The top 10 offensive linemen heading into 2021 NFL Draft

The Post’s Ryan Dunleavy gives his top 10 offensive linemen in this year’s NFL draft, based on evaluations and conversations with people around the league:

  1. OT Penei Sewell, Oregon, 6-5, 331 lbs.: Three first-round tackles played well as Day One starters last season — and Sewell would’ve been picked ahead of all of them. Powerful upper body and nimble feet. One sack allowed on 1,376 career snaps.
  2. OT/OG Rashawn Slater, Northwestern, 6-4, 304 lbs.: Some say he should move to guard because he has short arms and the athleticism to pull. He says he’s the best tackle in the draft. That perceived slight should only add to his nastiness.
  3. OG Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC, 6-5, 308 lbs.: Played left tackle last season but is considered a future All-Pro guard, maybe closer to Pro Bowler Brandon Scherff than Hall of Fame-track Quenton Nelson. Wins with his hands.
  4. OT Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech, 6-5, 322 lbs.: Only one FBS scholarship offer out of high school. Smooth technique throughout his career at left tackle (35 starts) and answered some questions about his inconsistent effort in 2020.
  5. OT Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma State, 6-6, 317 lbs.: Prototypical NFL frame with good tape at the four non-center positions (mostly right tackle). Wouldn’t win the Combine Olympics because of short arms, but handles a bull rush.
  6. OT/OG Jalen Mayfield, Michigan, 6-5, 326 lbs.: Played in just 18 games, including two last season, so this is a pick based on potential. You can’t teach his toughness, but he is going to need to be taught some fundamentals.
  7. OT Dillon Raduz, North Dakota State, 6-4, 301 lbs.: Played under an increased spotlight because of quarterback Trey Lance. Better run-blocker than pass-protector but earned Practice Player of the Week honors at the Senior Bowl.
  8. C Landon Dickerson, Alabama, 6-6, 333 lbs.: Rimington Trophy winner as the best center in the nation in his one season after transferring from Florida State. Advanced-level technique but coming off an ACL injury in SEC title game.
  9. OT Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame 6-6, 302 lbs.: Three-year starter at left tackle, following in the footsteps of Mike McGlinchey, Ronnie Stanley and Zack Martin since 2010. Considered a safe second-round pick who will be a longtime starter.
  10. OG Wyatt Davis, Ohio State, 6-4, 315 lbs: Grandson of Hall of Famer Willie Davis, Wyatt often is described as a “people-mover.” Could really shine in a power-based rushing attack, but he’s almost too eager for contact as plays develop.

Late Riser

OT Sam Cosmi, Texas, 6-6, 314 lbs.: Scouts say he moves like a big tight end (he scored a catch-and-run touchdown) in open space. Critics say he is penalized too often and is too reliant on technique to physically dominate.

Falling Fast

OT James Hudson, Cincinnati, 6-5, 310 lbs.: Began his career as a defensive lineman at Michigan, but the transfer and position change both worked out. Some bad lower-body habits that will require extra one-on-one coaching.

Small-School Wonder

C Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater, 6-3, 320: It seems a NCAA Division III offensive lineman stands out at the Senior Bowl and becomes a Day 2 pick every year. Scouts love his toughness, work ethic and textbook low center of gravity.

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‘Fear the Walking Dead’: Colby Minifie Breaks Down Virginia’s Final Episode

Spoilers past this point, but that’s a series wrap on Colby Minifie’s villainous Virginia on Fear the Walking Dead. After two seasons of terrorizing our post-apocalyptic heroes, Ginny met her end at the hands of a vengeful June (Jenna Elfman), who shot the former despot through the head as payback for the death of John Dorie (Garret Dillahunt) in last week’s hour.

There was a lot more going on with Ginny in “Things Left To Do,” written by Nick Bernadone and directed by Michael E. Satrazemis than just dying, though. After a Negan-esque lineup in the town square, and a shoot-out that left Strand in charge and Virginia on the run with Morgan (Lennie James), Virginia confessed her biggest secret: Dakota (Zoe Colletti) isn’t her sister… She’s her daughter.

“I was aware of it from the beginning,” Minifie told Decider of the twist. “Which was hugely helpful, because even as sisters, their relationship is really confusing. Virginia keeps Dakota at an arm’s length because she doesn’t know how, ever since she was born, she hasn’t known how to love her, how to show affection for her, because she’s had to hide the fact that Dakota is her daughter.”

To find out more from Minifie about the timing of the exit, what it was like to have an episode focused on her character, and whether she’d ever return to the franchise, read on.

Decider: I talked to showrunners Ian Goldberg and Andrew Chambliss about this a little bit, but when and how did they first approach you with the news that Virginia was being killed off?

Colby Minifie: It was when I started the season, they were like, “so this is what’s going on,” and I was like, “oh cool, how do I die?” I’ve died on television quite a few times. I think my family has, like, some sort of compilation of my deaths. Yeah, they told me a little bit in advance and they were like, “so this is the news.” But let’s just be honest, we all knew that was coming. She did some bad things. It was time.

The thing I was most surprised about was the placement of the death in the season. Was it at all a logistical thing, in terms of getting you out of Fear in time to go shoot The Boys?

No, it didn’t play into it actually. That makes me sound very needed and busy. It’s very nice to put it that way. But no, it was more that this was the arc of the story. Pre-pandemic, when we were starting to shoot season six, we had more than enough time before the third season of The Boys started. It was just the way that they wanted the story to go, and I actually was so happy about that, because I wouldn’t want it any other way. You know, you want these characters to play out exactly how they were envisioned, and I’m happy that my schedule didn’t shift any of that. It’s nice.

What was it like getting such a big, meaty episode focused on you, with so many different modes to play throughout the course of the hour?

I got to say, it was the biggest fucking gift ever. I’m so grateful to Ian and Andrew, and to Mikey for trusting me with that episode and writing so much for me. I come from the theater, and I worked really hard in the theater world to get to a place where I would get juicy, meaty stuff like that. And then moving more into TV and film, I found myself starting the process again, where you have to have people trust you. You have to put in the work in order to get to a place where they may give you nice, chunky stuff to chew on for a while. I could not believe that they had given that to me…

I got that script, and then we shut down for the pandemic. So I had the privilege of having that script for seven months or something, and that to me makes all the difference in the world. If I had just had a couple days or something to work on it, I would have had a much harder time. But the fact that I had this time, it meant that I was able to just steep in it for a little while. And I honestly had so much fun. When you have so much to play, everything becomes less precious, and everything becomes more free. I really couldn’t be more grateful to them for that opportunity.

virginia and june on fear the walking dead
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I do want to talk about some specific moments, starting with the last scene in the dilapidated church with you and Jenna Elfman. What was it like filming that?

It felt like closure in a lot of ways, because we’ve been through a lot, June and Virginia, as people… I’ve done a lot of bad things to her. She saved my life before, and it felt like closure in a huge way. It’s always such a pleasure to work off of Jenna, she’s so good. I learned so much about the scene from her. It felt right. I don’t know how else to put it. It’s a huge thing for June, the trajectory of June’s character, and I’m really curious to see how it all pans out for her. I think that’s why Virginia in that scene… She’s afraid. It’s this new type of fear for her because she knows that she’s gonna die. It’s a kind of resolve, but also there’s nothing I can say that’s going to convince her not to do this. Because Virginia knows how to talk herself out of a bunch of stuff, and she was just she knew… That’s it. June has decided to do this. There’s nothing left for me to say.

The big revelation of the episode, of course, is the Chinatown-esque reveal that Dakota is Virginia’s daughter, not her sister. Was that something you were aware of since the beginning? Or did that come late in the process?

I was aware of it from the beginning. Which was hugely helpful, because even as sisters, their relationship is really confusing. Virginia keeps Dakota at an arm’s length because she doesn’t know how, ever since she was born, she hasn’t known how to love her, how to show affection for her, because she’s had to hide the fact that Dakota is her daughter. And so I’m so trying to navigate that and figure out how best to show they have a relationship that’s meant to be sisterly with somebody that doesn’t know how to be a sister. It was really helpful to have that information, in order to ingrain something real.

The, “Luke, I am your father” scene… So fun, and I respected and was really grateful for Mikey and the AD. I think we had more than half a day. We shot one tiny scene in the beginning of the day, and then had more than half a day to film that. It really needed that time because we really need to figure out how to play it, and play it in a way that was not the normal “reveal” type scene. We wanted it to be as truthful as possible, and it needed that time. It was so nice, such a luxury to have that, and I really do think filming that post-COVID was part of that, we needed to have more days per episode… We couldn’t pack too much in a day, and it was such a gift to have the time.

Down the road, the anthology series Tales of the Walking Dead is coming… Would you come back, for some sort of Virginia flashback episode?

Who knows, man. I hope so, that would be nice. I honestly have no idea what’s going on, but I loved playing her. It’s been some of the most fun I’ve ever had on set. She’s such a ballbuster. So much fun, so I hope so.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

Fear the Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c.

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‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Showrunners Explain This Week’s Big, Shocking Death

Another week, another huge, shocking character death on Fear the Walking Dead. Ho-hum! Just kidding, of course, as the show has mostly foregone killing off main characters since Season 3 — yet with last week’s death of the beloved John Dorie (Garret Dillahunt), and the surprise reversal at the end of this week’s episode, “Things Left To Do,” the show is two for two since the midseason return of Season 6 with knocking off members of the cast.

Spoilers past this point, but in the episode written by Nick Bernadone and directed by Michael E. Satrazemis, after her life was miraculously spared by Morgan (Lennie James), Virginia (Colby Minifie) was executed in a last second twist by June (Jenna Elfman). As Ginny’s brains dripped out in a dilapidated church, the vengeful June put on her husband John’s hat, and walked out of the community Morgan has been building almost since Season 6 began.

“The battle between Morgan and Virginia has been brewing since Season 5, but in a more stark way since 6×01,” co-showrunner Ian Goldberg told Decider about the decision to off Virginia. “When Morgan threw down the gauntlet and said, ‘Morgan Jones is dead, you’re dealing with someone else.’ Now we knew this conflict was coming, but we also knew that there is another threat out there, independent of Virginia that we’ve been teasing since that episode as well, which is these people that are spray painting, ‘the end is the beginning.’ So just in terms of structure, we knew that the middle of the season was going to be where Virginia was going to meet her end and this other threat would rise to the forefront.”

Part of what’s surprising is the placement of Virginia’s death in the season (and for more on that, check out our interview with Colby Minifie on her exit). For several years now, Fear has been essentially split into two stories, one for each half of a season. Usually they’ll involve a different setting, and a different villain. Season 6, though, not only carried over the story from the back half of Season 5, but continued through the midseason break… Until now. And it turns out the Big Bad of the season wasn’t the despotic Virginia; it was the nihilistic, mysterious group that, as Goldberg mentions, has been painting “the end is the beginning” wherever they go.

“We’re going to explore that in the back half of the season,” Goldberg continued. “But in the same way that we wanted to break people’s hearts with John Dorie’s death, Virginia… We came from the same place… We’ve seen her be ruthless. We’ve seen her do despicable things. We’ve seen what she’s done to our characters, how she’s brought them to some really terrible places. And what we wanted to bring to the forefront in this episode is the answer. Why? What motivates her? What makes her tick?”

A large part of what makes Virginia tick is the Chinatown-esque revelation dropped in this episode that the sociopathic Dakota (Zoe Colletti), who killed John in last week’s episode, isn’t Virginia’s little sister — she’s her daughter. Everything that Virginia has done over the course of her time on Fear has been motivated by her parents’ ire over Virginia getting pregnant, and a desire to protect Dakota, no matter what the cost. Does that excuse everything she did, from threatening the pregnant Grace (Karen David), to manipulating June into saving Dakota, who ended up murdering June’s husband (which is why June ultimately killed Virginia)? No, of course not. But it is an explanation, if not an excuse.

“And at the end of the day, what we think is so interesting is she and Morgan are really two sides of the same coin,” Goldberg noted. “They both have built these places, these empires, if you will, to protect the people they love. Virginia is the cautionary tale of what can happen if that goes the wrong way. If in your effort to protect people, you do a lot of things that you regret, and the ripple effects that that has on those people — as Morgan sees for himself in this episode, what not to do, and the pitfalls to avoid, in addition to this heartbreaking revelation that comes out about the true nature of Virginia and Dakota’s relationship.”

Jenna Elfman as June - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 9 - Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC
Photo: Ryan Green/AMC

Though Virginia’s death is the cliffhanger that ends the episode, it’s far from the only big event that happens. In a showdown earlier on, Morgan brings together several different factions with a rousing speech about how they can be better than Virginia by not executing her. Obviously June throws a little wrinkle there, but thanks to the speech the area around Morgan’s burgeoning community gains a few more members, including Grace. Fans of the pairing where surely expecting some sort of romantic reunion between the two, given Grace has been held hostage by Virginia, and Morgan was presumed dead. Instead, the long-simmering pair got a relatively collegiate hello, and walked off smiling with their arms around each other’s shoulders.

So what should a Grace-Morgan ‘shipper (#Grorgan? #Mace?) expect from the rest of the season?

“Grace and Morgan’s reunion here is an interesting one because Morgan has been fighting for Grace the entire time,” co-showrunner Andrew Chambliss told Decider. “But I think the fear he has in that moment when they are reunited is that Grace isn’t going to recognize the man he’s become, or that she is going to dislike the things he has had to do to get to this point. That being said, we definitely will see Morgan and Grace go on a very big journey together. They’ll end up taking some very large steps in their relationship. And whether that’s good or bad… People should watch.”

Hopefully we’re not in for a hat-trick when it comes to shocking deaths.

Fear the Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.

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Kevin McCarthy: I Will ‘Bring Action’ Against Maxine Waters For ‘Inciting Violence’ If Pelosi Doesn’t

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) demanded on Sunday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) take action against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) over remarks that Waters made over the weekend, otherwise he will be forced to take action.

“Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis — just as she has incited it in the past,” McCarthy said in a statement. “If Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week.”

McCarthy’s remarks come after Waters attended a protest on Saturday night in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, where police shot and killed a man last week after he tried to flee while being arrested. Waters’ remarks also come just days before a verdict will be reached in the Derek Chauvin case involving the death of George Floyd.

“We’re looking for a guilty verdict. We’re looking for a guilty verdict. And we’re looking to see if all of this [inaudible] that took place and has been taking place after they saw what happened to George Floyd,” Waters said. “If nothing does not happen, then we know, that we’ve got to not only stay in the street, but we’ve got to fight for justice, but I am very hopefully and I hope that we’re going to get a verdict that will say guilty, guilty, guilty. And if we don’t, we cannot go away.”

When asked about what activists should do if Chauvin is not convicted, Waters said that they must “stay on the street.”

“And we’ve got to get more active. [We’ve] got to get more confrontational,” she said. “[We’ve] got to make sure that they know we mean business.”

The New York Post Editorial Board said that Waters was “trying to create a Civil War” and urged that Pelosi (D-CA) “should strip her of her committee assignments and move for a vote to remove Waters from office.”

Notable elected officials and political commentators also slammed Waters over her remarks:

  • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX): “Democrats actively encouraging riots & violence. They want to tear us apart.” “‘We gotta stay on the street,’ Waters was recorded saying, adding that protesters needed ‘to get more confrontational’ & they should ignore the curfew in place.”
  • Matt Walsh, podcast host: “Maxine Waters is trying to intimidate a jury to influence the outcome of a murder trial. Every elected Republican in the country should be calling for her immediate arrest and removal from congress.”
  • Steven Crowder, podcast host: “If Trump was removed from Twitter AND Facebook for ‘inciting violence’ then Maxine Waters needs to be federally charged and impeached.”
  • Bryan Dean Wright, Democrat and former CIA officer: “Maxine Waters is a threat to the Republic.”
  • Gerry Callahan, podcast host: “Donald Trump was impeached and banned from all social media platforms for less.”
  • Kurt Schlichter, attorney and columnist: “This is an insurrection.”
  • Tim Pool, podcast host: “Maxine Waters says that Chauvin premeditated the murder of George Floyd and that if Chauvin is not convicted [of] a crime he wasn’t charged with they should get ‘more confrontational[.]’ More confrontational than burning down buildings?”

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‘The Nevers’ Episode 2 Ending Explained: Who’s the Real Villain?

The Nevers Episode 2 “Exposure” ended with a tease that the HBO show might be hiding a secret villain in plain sight. Not only does the episode end in a showdown between Amalia True (Laura Donnelly) and the unhinged Maladie (Amy Manson) that casts Amalia’s own morals into doubt, but we also learn that The Orphanage’s benefactor Lavinia Bidlow (Olivia Williams) might be the same evil force who is kidnapping the Touched and turning them into slaves.

So what did we learn in The Nevers Episode 2? Who is the real villain of The Nevers and how are Maladie and Amalia connected? Here’s The Nevers Episode 2 explained…

Olivia Williams in The Nevers Episode 2
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The Nevers Episode 2: Is Olivia Williams’s Lavinia Bidlow Secretly Evil?

The final moments of The Nevers Episode 2 reveals that Lavinia Bidlow has been secretly working with Denis O’Hare’s mad scientist Dr. Edmund Hague this whole time! That means that Lavinia hasn’t just been kindly sponsoring Amalia and Penance’s work at the Orphanage, but funding the diabolical shadow army that’s been kidnapping Touched. Not only that, but it seems that Mary (Eleanor Tomlinson)’s song might have caused a mysterious rock-like structure to begin glowing the same color as the spores from Episode 1. O’Hare says, “Ain’t we got fun?” but Lavinia looks horrified by it. She even goes so far as to call it “war.”

This is a huge twist wherein the person we believed to be the Touched’s staunchest supporter and ally is in fact working to harm the Touched. Lavinia might parade the Touched in her parlor and fund the Orphanage, but she’s also organizing a far more terrifying project. As we see following a young Italian girl, Dr. Hague is essentially opening up the skulls of the Touched to try to figure out the secret to their power. His meddling leaves these poor souls essentially lobotomized. Not only that, but it seems Hague and Lavinia are using them as grunt labor.

It makes you wonder how badly Lavinia would react if she finds out her brother Augie (Tom Riley) is Touched with the ability to take over the minds and bodies of ravens… She’s already pissed that Augie’s flirting with Penance Adair.

Augie and Penance in The Nevers Episode 2
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The Nevers Star Ann Skelly Loves the Penance/Augie Flirting Scenes

One of the sweeter parts of the episode was the moment where we realized that Augie is not only Touched, but super smitten with our girl Penance. Sure their awkward banter was Joss Whedon 101, but it was effervescently charming. (And we’re rooting for them!)

Ann Skelly told Decider that Augie and Penance’s flirtation added a “lovely personal touch to a great, big, colossal adventure that is going on.” She also said that filming with Riley was harder than it looked for a hilarious reason.

“Tom Riley, he plays Augie, is so funny,” Skelly said with a giggle. “This is the problem… he does every take different and I don’t know where he gets it from. So I’m just like trying. I’m trying to keep my shoulder still,”

Skelly also teased that although Lavinia does not want her brother romancing a Touched, the budding romance between Augie Bidlow and Penance Adair might still have legs.

“My favorite moments between me and Tom are like the opera when they meet each other,” Skelly said. “There’s a scene in Episode Five, which is quite cute between them. That’s all I shall say.”

Amy Manson as Maladie in The Nevers
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How are Maladie and Amalia Connected on The Nevers?

Well, well, well…looks like Maladie and Amalia are old asylum mates. Not only that, but their “real” names are Sarah and Molly. At some point they had a bond and at some point they fell out. When Amalia realizes that Maladie is Sarah, she is horrified and says she didn’t know what happened. Maladie says “you fed me to them.” Amalia apologizes and says she didn’t have a choice but to leave Maladie behind, to which Maladie says God gave her a mission, too.

Both Amy Manson and Laura Donnelly have teased to Decider that we will definitely see the genesis of their relationship in the asylum before The Nevers‘s first six episodes wrap. So we’ll have to wait until later in the season to learn exactly what happened when the women met. Manson also took Decider inside Maladie’s mind, explaining that she interpreted the events of August 3, 1896 quite differently than most.

“[Maladie] believes that she has been the chosen one. That was God transferring a mission for her,” Manson said. “She goes into the asylum as Sarah just needing to tell and wanting people to understand her and listen to her and nobody ever does.”

Flash forward three years and Maladie has finally escaped the asylum, but is still committed to what she sees is her God-ordained mission.

“It’s all about survival for Sarah, who’s in Maladie, but she still has a mission,” Manson said. “She’s just so angry with what’s happened to her life, and she’s determined to transfer that in all her horrors on to the rest of humanity.”

Augie Bidlow and Hugo Swann in The Nevers
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The Nevers Episode 2 “Exposure” Key Takeaways

So a lot happened in tonight’s episode of The Nevers. Some key things to remember going forward…

  • Even if she’s not evil, Lavinia is playing both sides of the Touched issue.
  • Mary’s magical voice has the power to reach only the Touched, which means she could help find Touched in hiding; and now she’s at the Orphanage
  • Augie is now tied up with Hugo Swann (James Norton)’s sex club, which includes Touched sex workers.
  • Amalia has some sort of secret mission that she will betray friends for.
  • We still have four more episodes in this half of the season…

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Gerrit Cole takes blame after Yankees disappointment

Gerrit Cole didn’t get much help from his offense or defense Sunday, but he didn’t spare himself from the blame for the Yankees’ 4-2 loss to the Rays.

After giving up three runs, two earned, over 6 ¹/₃ innings at Yankee Stadium, Cole was left ruing not being quite sharp enough to completely silence the Rays.

“I made a fair amount of bad pitches, I certainly got a call or two, they put a fair amount of good swings on it and when it’s all said and done, they ended up scoring just enough to win and that’s baseball sometimes,” Cole said.

More specifically, Cole was frustrated by the third inning. After the Yankees had just taken a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, he fell behind 1-0 to four of the six batters he faced during the frame as the Rays strung together a two-run rally.

Two misplays in center field by Aaron Hicks didn’t help the cause, but Cole didn’t point the finger elsewhere.

Gerrit Cole didn't get much help from his Yankees teammates today.
Gerrit Cole didn’t get much help from his Yankees teammates today.
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“It’s tough to keep guys on the defensive when you’re constantly falling behind,” said Cole, who struck out 10 and walked none. “Defense aside, all said and done, they’re probably answering back with at least one [run] there. My job is to go out there and throw a shutout inning and try to keep the momentum on our side. I just wasn’t good enough.”

Cole responded by retiring 13 straight batters into the seventh inning before the Rays got to him for the winning run. Yoshi Tsutsugo’s RBI double was the difference, Cole’s final batter after 109 pitches.

“I thought by and large, it was another strong outing for our ace,” manager Aaron Boone said. “We got our ace on the mound today and just couldn’t mount enough.”

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Rangers had to put Alexandar Georgiev’s knee ‘back into place’ after scary moment

Goaltender Alexandar Georgiev looked to be in grave pain when he was carried off the ice late in the first period of the Rangers’ 5-3 win over the Devils on Sunday afternoon, but he was back in net to start the middle frame.

The 25-year-old said after the game that his knee had locked, which head coach David Quinn mentioned has happened before.

“I felt pain on the side of the kneecap and couldn’t really bend the knee or put any pressure on it,” Georgiev said after the win. “I assumed I would be OK, we just needed to put it back into place. It was a little bit not in good shape. That’s a great job by our doctor to fix it pretty quick and I knew I would be good to play the second period.”

Quinn said the coaching staff opted to go with Georgiev in goal Sunday because of his stellar record when playing on four-plus days of rest (18-3-5, .930 save percentage entering the game). Georgiev hadn’t played since April 9, when he helped the Rangers to a 4-1 win over the Islanders.

It’s also safe to assume the staff wanted to rest Igor Shesterkin for the upcoming matchups with the Isles and Flyers. Quinn added that with 11 games left in the regular season, the Rangers are going to need two goalies to rely on with “a lot of hockey played in a short period of time.”

Alexandar Georgiev is tended to during today's Rangers game.
Alexandar Georgiev is tended to during today’s Rangers game.
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“As far as his injury, it was something that’s happened in the past,” Quinn said. “Toward the end of the period, it happened. By the time we got in the locker room, he said, ‘I’m fine, I’m ready to get back in.’ There wasn’t a lot of discussion about it with the training staff. They were fine with it too.”

Defenseman Libor Hajek was scratched for the first time on Sunday against the Devils after appearing in 20 straight games, with Anthony Bitetto replacing him on the third defensive pairing next to Brendan Smith.

Bitetto, who was nursing a lower-body injury for some time, played in his first game since Feb. 24. Additionally, the 30-year-old and his wife, Casie, welcomed their first baby girl a little over a week ago.

“Well I just think Libor’s game has dropped just a little bit and Libor puts a lot of pressure on himself and sometimes the best thing to do is maybe take a step back,” Quinn said. “I like what I’ve seen out of Bitetto, even though we don’t practice a lot. We think he gives a little bit of a calming influence back there and makes good decisions with the puck.”

With the victory, the Rangers extended their winning-streak to a season-high four games.

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Whitmer Seems To Suggest FL Adding To Her State’s Pandemic Surge. One Of Her Top Aides Just Visited There.

Michigan Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer seemed to suggest without evidence on Sunday that Florida was contributing to her state’s recent explosion in coronavirus cases, which comes just days after reports surfaced about one of her aides visiting the Sunshine State.

Whitmer, who made the remarks during an interview on NBC News’ “Meet The Press,” sought to deflect blame for the pandemic spiraling out of control in her state in recent weeks.

Michigan is currently “in the midst of an alarming surge that is far worse than what any other state is experiencing,” The New York Times reported last week. “The state accounts for more than 10 percent of the country’s daily cases, and is home to 16 of the 17 metro areas with the nation’s worst recent case rates.”

Whitmer partially blamed her failure to contain the pandemic in her state on losing “in a Republican-controlled Supreme Court,” which resulted in her not having “all of the exact same tools.”

“At the end of the day, this is going to come down to whether or not everyone does their part,” Whitmer said. “That’s the most important thing. This variant, the B117 variant, is what is growing so quickly here in Michigan. We have the second most of it than, I think, right after Florida, at least that was the last data that I saw.”

“Michigan and Florida are not next to each other. But this is the time in the year that snowbirds come home from Florida, where people are going on spring break, and all of these things can contribute to spread,” she claimed. “And that’s why we’re imploring people to take this seriously, mask up, get tested. If you’ve been around someone who’s positive, stay home. And if you do get COVID, use one of these monoclonal antibodies so that we can keep you out of the hospital and help you retain your health.”

Whitmer’s comments come after two of her staffers were caught allegedly traveling out of state, including one who went to Florida, after Whitmer expressed concern over variants from outside of the state, specifically Florida.

Fox News reported:

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Elizabeth Hertel was in Gulf Shores, Alabama, according to the Michigan Information & Research Service. Gulf Shores is a popular resort destination along the Gulf of Mexico. …

Tricia Foster, the governor’s chief operating officer, made headlines earlier in April for vacationing in Florida even though Whitmer said she was “concerned” about travel between states. Foster posted photos to Facebook of herself vacationing in Siesta Key. After Breitbart first reported on the trip, Foster deleted the post.

Whitmer has come under intense scrutiny over her handling of the pandemic, including a recent report in The Washington Post that indicated that when Whitmer recently asked the Biden administration for more vaccine doses, Michigan “appeared not to have ordered 360,000 doses then available — a single-day snapshot that nonetheless puzzled federal officials who advised her to work with experts to make sure Michigan’s supply was being deployed effectively.”

“Instead of offering data and science to explain her past and future policies to deal with the unprecedented COVID surge, Gov. Whitmer is blaming Michiganders and refusing to take any responsibility,” Michigan GOP spokesman Ted Goodman told The Daily Wire. “Gov. Whitmer’s incompetence and incoherent lockdown strategy failed Michiganders and we are paying the price.”

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Nick Leddy’s fluke goal gives Islanders critical OT win over Flyers

PHILADELPHIA — Nick Leddy scored 2:23 into overtime and Ilya Sorokin made 30 saves to lift the Islanders to a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night.

After both goalies were stellar throughout the contest, Leddy scored a fluke goal when his backhand pass went off the skate of Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim and through the legs of goalie Brian Elliott.

The victory sent the Islanders past the Pittsburgh Penguins into second place in the East Division. New York is two points behind first-place Washington.

Elliott made 27 saves, including several stellar stops late in the third period.

Philadelphia is 10 points back of Boston for the final playoff spot in the East Division.

It was the sixth time in eight games in the season series that the game went past regulation.

Jordan Eberle and Jean-Gabriel Pageau assisted on the game-winner that ended a long scoreless drought. The Islanders hadn’t scored since early in the second period two games ago.

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