Thursday, June 21, 2018
Sports

Another comeback win for Flyers

PITTSBURGH — The Flyers fell behind. Again. And it didn't matter. Again.

Claude Giroux had three goals and three assists to set a franchise record for points in a playoff game, rookie Sean Couturier had a hat trick and Philadelphia rallied for a wild 8-5 victory against the Penguins on Friday night in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Two nights after turning an early three-goal deficit into a 4-3 overtime win, the Flyers came back from deficits of 2-0, 3-1, 4-3 and 5-4 to take a 2-0 series lead. This was the ninth time in their past 14 games the Flyers went down by multiple goals.

"I don't know how many times we'll be able to do comebacks like that," Giroux said. "We've got to have a better start."

Giroux is the first player to have three goals and three assists in a playoff game since the Penguins' Mario Lemieux on April 23, 1992, ESPN said. The last team with at least two players with a hat trick in a playoff game was the 2006 Sabres. Couturier is the first rookie with a playoff hat trick since the Sabres' Jason Pominville on April 24, 2006.

Chris Kunitz had two goals, and Sidney Crosby and Tyler Kennedy scored for Pittsburgh, which had another electric start.

Crosby scored 15 seconds in, tying Pittsburgh's franchise mark for fastest goal to start a playoff game, set by now-Lightning head pro scout Greg Malone against St. Louis in 1981. It also was the quickest allowed by a Philadelphia playoff opponent, breaking the mark of 21 seconds set by Chicago's Jim Pappin in 1971.

The lead grew to 3-1 by the end of the first period.

"We need to limit our mistakes. That's really what it comes down to," Crosby said. "The mistakes we've made have ended up in our net."

Devils 3, Panthers 2: Martin Brodeur stopped 24 shots for his 100th postseason win and a three-goal first period on 26 shots was enough to help the Devils spoil the host Panthers' first playoff appearance since 2000 in their East opener. Brodeur became the second goalie to reach triple figures in playoff wins. Patrick Roy has 151. "It's kind of nice to be in the 100s, even though there's no chance … I'll catch (Roy)," Brodeur said. The win was the first in the playoffs for Devils first-year coach Pete DeBoer, who spent the past three seasons on Florida's bench.

red wings 3, predators 2: Ian White and Cory Emmerton scored in the first period, and host Detroit evened the series at one game each. The Red Wings, angry that Nashville defenseman Shea Weber was only fined $2,500 for smashing Henrik Zetterberg's head into the glass at the end of Game 1 on Wednesday, targeted Weber 1:36 into the game when Todd Bertuzzi fought him. "The game was more important, and it was good to get a win in here," Bertuzzi said.

playoff news: Bruins center David Krejci, who was hit by a pane of glass jarred loose by celebrating fans after Boston's 1-0 overtime win over the Capitals in Game 1 of their series, didn't practice because he was sore. Coach Claude Julien expected Krejci to play today in Game 2. … Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said he would make lineup changes, though not in goal, in the wake of a 3-2 double overtime loss to the Sharks in Game 1 of their series. The loss was St. Louis' third straight going back to the regular season. Hitchcock said in goal he'll stick with Jaroslav Halak over Brian Elliott. Otherwise, he wouldn't say what his changes might be. … Coyotes leading scorer Radim Vrbata was day to day after leaving their Game 1 victory against the Blackhawks after a hit from Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw.

around the league: Brent Sutter, who stepped down as Flames coach Thursday, was hired as Canada's coach for the world championship next month. Lightning coach Guy Boucher and Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller will be his assistants. There had been speculation Boucher might be a candidate for the top spot after Sabres coach Lindy Ruff declined it this week.

Flyers1348
at Penguins3115

First Period1, Pitts, Crosby 2 (Sullivan, Dupuis), :15. 2, Pitts, Kunitz 1 (Neal, Malkin), 9:27 (pp). 3, Phila, Talbot 1 (Giroux), 12:44 (sh). 4, Pitts, Martin 1 (Crosby, Dupuis), 19:42. PenaltiesGrossmann, Phi (hooking), 8:34; Grossmann, Phi (holding), 10:55; Read, Phi (roughing), 12:23; Letang, Pit (diving), 12:23.

Second Period5, Phila, Giroux 1 (Voracek, Timonen), 5:11 (pp). 6, Phila, Giroux 2 (Talbot), 11:04 (sh). 7, Pitts, Kunitz 2 (Neal, Malkin), 11:10 (pp). 8, Phila, Couturier 1 (Coburn, Grossmann), 19:57. PenaltiesRinaldo, Phi (hooking), 1:53; Crosby, Pit (interference), 3:57; Schenn, Phi (interference), 10:53; Letang, Pit (delay of game), 13:24.

Third Period9, Pitts, Kennedy 2 (Cooke, Staal), 1:04. 10, Phila, Couturier 2, 1:21. 11, Phila, Jagr 1 (Kubina, Giroux), 9:13. 12, Phila, Couturier 3 (Giroux, Voracek), 18:11. 13, Phila, Giroux 3 (Couturier), 19:53 (en). PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalPhila 7-13-11—31. Pitts 11-8-9—28. Power-play opportunitiesPhila 1 of 2; Pitts 2 of 4. GoaliesPhila, Bryzgalov 2-0-0 (28 shots-23 saves). Pitts, Fleury 0-2-0 (30-23).

Devils3003
at Panthers0202

First Period1, NJ, Elias 1 (Zubrus, Salvador), 6:31. 2, NJ, Zubrus 1 (Clarkson, Brodeur), 14:11 (pp). 3, NJ, Carter 1, 14:56. PenaltiesMatthias, Fla, double minor (high-sticking), 10:18; Fleischmann, Fla (cross-checking), 16:35.

Second Period4, Fla, Bergenheim 1 (Goc, Samuelsson), 7:44. 5, Fla, Versteeg 1 (Samuelsson, Fleischmann), 15:42 (pp). PenaltiesZidlicky, NJ (delay of game), 3:03; Wolski, Fla (interference), 9:01; Wolski, Fla (tripping), 11:57; Gionta, NJ (tripping), 15:23; Elias, NJ (roughing), 15:42; Weiss, Fla (slashing), 15:42; Volchenkov, NJ (interference), 17:23.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesVersteeg, Fla (hooking), 15:35. ShotsNJ 26-6-6—38. Fla 9-11-6—26. PP oppsNJ 1 of 6; Fla 1 of 3. GoaliesNJ, Brodeur 1-0-0 (26 shots-24 saves). Fla, Theodore 0-1-0 (38-35).

Red Wings2103
at Predators0112

First Period1, Det, White 1 (Holmstrom, Miller), 8:25. 2, Det, Emmerton 1, 15:33. PenaltiesBertuzzi, Det, major (fighting), 1:36; Franzen, Det (cross-checking), 1:36; Weber, Nas, major (fighting), 1:36; Radulov, Nas (cross-checking), 12:04.

Second Period3, Nash, A.Kostitsyn 1 (Radulov, Legwand), 9:01. 4, Det, Franzen 1 (Stuart, Datsyuk), 9:57. PenaltiesHudler, Det (goaltender interference), :26; Ericsson, Det (tripping), 2:34; Kronwall, Det (delay of game), 4:04; Halischuk, Nas (tripping), 6:23; Quincey, Det (high-sticking), 12:02.

Third Period5, Nash, Weber 1 (Gaustad, Spaling), 15:16. PenaltiesV.Filppula, Det (hooking), 6:12. Shots Det 8-5-4—17. Nash 5-10-11—26. PP oppssDet 0 of 2; Nash 0 of 6. GoaliesDet, Howard 1-1-0 (26 shots-24 saves). Nash, Rinne 1-1-0 (17-14).

Comments
Rays journal: 7 pitches, 3 straight homers prove too much in loss to Astros

Rays journal: 7 pitches, 3 straight homers prove too much in loss to Astros

HOUSTON — The Rays were engaged in a third straight tight, go-either-way battle with the defending champ Astros on Wednesday.Until they were not.A brutal seven-pitch sequence by starter Nathan Eovaldi changed everything, as he gave up three con...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rays see the results of keeping a good, young core group together

Rays see the results of keeping a good, young core group together

HOUSTON — The Rays saw a lot on the weeklong trip that ended with Wednesday's game against that Astros, beyond the street hustlers prowling in Times Square and the urban cowboys and girls parading through H-town.There was an impressive debuting...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Kevin Knox poised to become Tampa Bay’s highest NBA draft pick

Kevin Knox poised to become Tampa Bay’s highest NBA draft pick

Kevin Knox Sr. was watching the NFL draft 24 years ago when the phone rang. Buffalo coach Marv Levy was on the other line."Marv said they were taking me," said Knox Sr., a standout receiver at FSU.Soon after, Knox Sr. saw his name scroll across ESPN'...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Lightning’s Victor Hedman wins NHL’s Norris Trophy

Lightning’s Victor Hedman wins NHL’s Norris Trophy

Victor Hedman, a relentless part of the Lightning's push to the Eastern Conference final last season, was honored Wednesday night with the Norris Trophy, given to the NHL's top defenseman."To the Lightning organization, Mr. Jeff Vinik, Steve Yzerman ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Wednesday’s Rays-Astros game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Wednesday’s Rays-Astros game

RHP Nathan Eovaldi said before his rough start Wednesday against the Astros that he was pitching better than his numbers showed. Well … In four starts since his six no-hit innings debut, he's 0-3 with a 6.17 ERA, allowing eight homers, four Wed...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Sports on TV/radio for Thursday, June 21

TODAYBaseballRed Sox at Twins1 p.m.MLBMets at Rockies (in progress)4 p.m.MLBCubs at Reds7 p.m.MLBBlue Jays at Angels10 p.m.MLBCollege baseball, World SeriesFlorida vs. Texas Tech8 p.m.ESPNUGolfPGA: Traveler’s Championship3:30 p.m.GolfHorsesRoyal Asco...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Report: Bucs QB Jameis Winston bracing for suspension from NFL

Report: Bucs QB Jameis Winston bracing for suspension from NFL

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston could be suspended for up to three games  next season following the league's investigation into allegations he groped a female Uber driver in Arizona in 2016, a Tallahassee radio station reported.Jeff Cameron, a&#...
Updated: 4 hours ago
For starters: Rays at Astros, with a different look

For starters: Rays at Astros, with a different look

UPDATE, 6:43: Cash said the key to how the pieced the lineup together was the opportunity to give Cron (who is struggling) and Duffy (who is doing well) back to back days off. … Looking ahead to the weekend, the Rays will use RHP Ryne Stanek as...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Phil Mickelson apologizes four days after hitting moving ball at U.S. Open

Phil Mickelson apologizes four days after hitting moving ball at U.S. Open

NEW YORK — Phil Mickelson has apologized four days after intentionally violating golf rules by hitting a moving ball on the green at the U.S. Open, saying his frustration got the best of him. The apology came Wednesday in a statement released by his ...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Tough questions are mere child’s play for Kevin Knox

Tough questions are mere child’s play for Kevin Knox

Growing up, Kevin Knox II watched videos or listened to motivational tapes during car rides to and from school so he could learn how to expand upon answers in interviews.That was all by design.His father, Kevin Knox Sr., knew about the spotlight as a...
Published: 06/20/18