What record has Henrik Lundqvist broken this month?
This month in the sports blog, we've got a huge serving of soccer, as the European club season came to an end. Plus, the NHL playoffs continue, and a few other tidbits from around the sports world.
Let's get to it!
Good thing the EU maintains open borders, because we are about to tour the continent for some end-of-season soccer records.
Luis Suarez couldn't quite continue his torrid start to the season across the finish, but he still finished tied for the most goals scored in a Premier League season (38-game edition) with 31. It matches Alan Shearer's 1995-96 for Blackburn and Cristiano Ronaldo's 2007-08 for Manchester United.
Speaking of Liverpool, the Reds also saw the most away goals scored in a Prem League season (48) and defender Martin Škrtel break the record for most own goals in a season with four.
We previewed the Champions League final for you and, with it's stunning, late 4-1 victory, Real Madrid added one more trophy to its already record-breaking haull, Ronaldo tacked on another goal to his record high for a single season, and Carlo Ancelotti cemented his managing legacy.
Rapid fire! Bayern Munich's 29 wins equals its own record for most in a Bundesliga season, which the club achieved just last year. ...Juventus, meanwhile, secured the most points (102) and most wins (33) ever in a Serie A season. ...In another dominant domestic run, PSG nailed the most points in a Ligue 1 season with 89 while winning a second straight title. ...And in a stellar year for Europe's brand-name clubs, Ajax won a fourth straight crown, the most consecutive Eredivisie titles, tying HVV (1899-1903) and PSV (1985-89, 2004-2008)
SO LONG, FAREWELL
A pair of sports titans hung up the spikes this month, as Ryan Giggs walked off the soccer pitch and Jonny Wilkinson called it a rugby career. Make sure to catch our retirement salutes to the Manchester United legend and England union icon, who together combined for 28 world records between their careers.
AROUND THE WORLD
Some amazing stuff happened elsewhere in sports this month, including the dominance of New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist in the Stanley Cup playoffs. With a Game 7 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round, Lundqvist now owns the record for most consecutive Game 7 victories by a goalie with five. Yeah, he's pretty good.
His play has helped the Rangers tie a great team record as well. The Blueshirts have also this season matched the record for most consecutive Stanley Cup playoff home wins when facing elimination with seven. Do not back the Rangers into a corner if that corner is Madison Square Garden. As the finals start this week, we'll see if New York can add to its record tally against the Los Angeles Kings.
The NBA also finds itself mid-postseason, with the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs ready to do it all over again (man, we hope) in a rematch of last year's final. In a bit of a quirky record for a quirky player, San Antonio's Manu Ginobili has broken the record this year for the most career points in the playoffs by a left-handed player, a number that will keep growing after he moved past the record of 2,673 last round. The man he surpassed? That would be 11-time champion Bill Russell. Not bad competition.
And lastly, help support small business! This month Guinness World Records certified Whites Sports Shop as the oldest sports shop in operation.
The Warrington, UK, shop first opened in March 1901 under John Ernest White and has sold sportswear uninterrupted across six generations. They must be doing something right!
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