Monday, April 23, 2018
Sports

Rangers get back on board, in series

NEW YORK — After nearly two full games without a goal, the Rangers were hardly expected to net four against Braden Holtby and the Capitals. They did, and it almost wasn't enough.

Derek Stepan and Arron Asham both scored in the third period for New York, which held on through a late shorthanded dilemma and beat Washington 4-3 on Monday night.

The Rangers finally found their offense and got back into their first-round playoff series. New York still trails 2-1 in the Eastern Conference matchup.

"It's a good group of guys," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "It's just trying to get momentum on your side and finding a way to win the hockey game. We got it done."

Holtby's shutout streak reached 124 minutes, 6 seconds before center Brian Boyle's goal 12:50 into the first made it 1-1.

Rangers defenseman Marc Staal played 17:17 in his first game since he was struck near his right eye by a deflected puck on March 5.

Bruins kill Toronto's buzz: The Bruins spoiled the return of playoff hockey to Toronto, scoring two quick goals in the second in a 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs.

Nathan Horton and Daniel Paille (shorthanded) scored 2:02 apart in the second for a 4-1 lead.

The win came before 19,746 inside the Air Canada Centre. Outside, a blue-and-white throng watched on a big screen in Maple Leaf Square for the city's first postseason game since 2004.

Wings even series in OT: Damien Brunner scored with 4:50 left in overtime, lifting Detroit to a 3-2 series-evening win over Anaheim.

Defenseman Jakub Kindl started the winning sequence, passing the puck from behind Detroit's net to Joakim Andersson. He tried to hit teammate Gustav Nyquist only to have goalie Jonas Hiller poke the puck away.

Brunner, a rookie, was in perfect position in front of the net.

Late Sunday: San Jose took a 3-0 series lead on Vancouver with a 5-2 win in which the Sharks chased Canucks starting goalie Cory Schneider. The Sharks tied a franchise record with three power-play goals. Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa slammed Sharks forwards Logan Couture and Joe Thornton, saying they have shown a "lack of integrity" for what he says are embellished injuries to draw penalties. "Those are two Canadian guys who are supposed to be playing the game with integrity," Bieksa said, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Calder finalists: Montreal right wing Brendan Gallagher, Florida center Jonathan Huberdeau and Chicago left wing Brandon Saad are the finalists for the Calder Trophy as the top rookie. The winner will be announced during the Stanley Cup final.

More outdoors: The league said the Kings will host the Ducks in an outdoor game Jan. 25 at Dodger Stadium. An NHL outdoor game has also never been held so far south or in California.

at Rangers1124
Capitals1113

First1, Washington, Backstrom 1 (Carlson, Erskine), 4:06. 2, N.Y. Rangers, Boyle 1 (Brassard, Del Zotto), 12:50. PenaltiesOvechkin, Was (roughing), 1:03; Callahan, NYR (roughing), 5:26; Ward, Was (high-sticking), 10:50; Washington bench, served by Perreault (too many men), 14:08.

Second3, N.Y. Rangers, Brassard 1 (Zuccarello, Boyle), 1:23 (pp). 4, Washington, Green 2 (Perreault, Chimera), 17:19. PenaltiesHoltby, Was, served by Ovechkin (tripping), 1:15; Beagle, Was (hooking), 2:57; Oleksy, Was (elbowing), 6:32; Callahan, NYR (interference), 13:47.

Third5, N.Y. Rangers, Asham 1 (Brassard, Pyatt), 2:53. 6, Washington, Beagle 1 (Hillen, Ward), 7:19. 7, N.Y. Rangers, Stepan 1 (Nash, Zuccarello), 13:35. PenaltiesRichards, NYR (slashing), 18:06. ShotsWashington 10-11-10—31. N.Y. Rangers 14-8-8—30. Power playsWashington 0 of 3; N.Y. Rangers 1 of 6. GoaliesWashington, Holtby 2-1-0 (30 shots-26 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 1-2-0 (31-28). A17,200 (17,200). T2:29.

Bruins1315
at Maple Leafs0112

First1, Boston, McQuaid 1 (Lucic, Krejci), 13:42. PenaltiesJagr, Bos (tripping), 17:42.

Second2, Boston, Peverley 1 (Jagr), 5:57. 3, Toronto, Gardiner 1, 13:45 (pp). 4, Boston, Horton 3 (Lucic, Krejci), 14:35. 5, Boston, Paille 1, 16:37 (sh). PenaltiesO'Byrne, Tor (interference), 2:17; Krejci, Bos (slashing), 7:04; Bozak, Tor (hooking), 7:45; Lucic, Bos (unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:28; Lupul, Tor (hooking), 10:28; Seguin, Bos (tripping), 11:58; Boston bench, served by Seguin (too many men), 15:24; Kadri, Tor (boarding), 18:04; Lucic, Bos (hooking), 19:27.

Third6, Toronto, Kessel 2 (van Riemsdyk, Franson), :47 (pp). 7, Boston, Krejci 2 (Horton, Lucic), 18:43 (en). PenaltiesMarchand, Bos (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:58; Kessel, Tor (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:58. ShotsBoston 17-15-6—38. Toronto 13-16-18—47. Power playsBoston 0 of 3; Toronto 2 of 5. GoaliesBoston, Rask 2-1-0 (47 shots-45 saves). Toronto, Reimer 1-2-0 (37-33). A19,746 (18,819). T2:41.

at Red Wings00213
Ducks10102

First1, Anaheim, Beleskey 2 (Cogliano), 5:07. PenaltiesFranzen, Det (interference), 19:26.

SecondNone. PenaltiesBertuzzi, Det (boarding), 5:49.

Third2, Detroit, Smith 1 (Cleary, Andersson), 1:18. 3, Anaheim, Steckel 1 (Palmieri, Etem), 10:40. 4, Detroit, Datsyuk 1 (Smith, Quincey), 13:27. PenaltiesBeauchemin, Ana (tripping), 4:16. First Overtime5, Detroit, Brunner 2 (Nyquist, Andersson), 15:10. PenaltiesAndersson, Det (high-sticking), 1:05. ShotsAnaheim 8-7-9-9—33. Detroit 13-14-14-8—49. Power playsAnaheim 0 of 3; Detroit 0 of 1. GoaliesAnaheim, Hiller 2-2-0 (49 shots-46 saves). Detroit, Howard 2-2-0 (33-31). A20,066 (20,066). T3:06.

Lightning D Gudas signs for three years

Defenseman Radko Gudas on Monday signed a three-year, one-way deal with the Lightning.

The $2.975 million package pays $575,000 next season, $1 million in 2014-15, and $1.4 million in 2015-16. He was to be a restricted free agent.

"We're extremely happy to have Radko signed for another three years," general manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement. "He played well in his first NHL season, and we look forward to him playing an important role on our defense in the coming years."

Gudas, 22, started the season with AHL Syracuse, but quickly found a niche after his March 11 call-up. He had two goals, five points and 38 penalty minutes in 22 games with an average 16:59 of ice time.

He was plus-3 and his 87 hits were third on the team, just four behind fellow defenseman Keith Aulie who played 45 games.

Gudas, 6 feet, 204 pounds, is back with Syracuse for its playoffs. In 57 regular-season games with the Crunch, he had four goals, 20 points, 207 penalty minutes and was a league-best plus-32.

Times staff writer Damian Cristodero contributed to this report.

Playoffs

East quarterfinals

Penguins 2, Islanders 1

Game 1: Penguins 5, Islanders 0

Game 2: Islanders 4, Penguins 3

Game 3: Penguins 5, Islanders 4 OT

Tonight: at New York, 7, NBCSN

Thursday: at Pittsburgh, 7, TBD

Saturday: at New York, TBD, TBD*

Sunday: at Pittsburgh, TBD, TBD*

Senators 2, Canadiens 1

Game 1: Senators 4, Canadiens 2

Game 2: Canadiens 3, Senators 1

Game 3: Senators 6, Canadiens 1

Tonight: at Ottawa, 7, CNBC

Thursday: at Montreal, 7, CNBC

Saturday: at Ottawa, TBD, TBD*

Sunday: at Montreal, TBD, TBD*

Capitals 2, Rangers 1

Game 1: Capitals 3, Rangers 1

Game 2: Capitals 1, Rangers 0 OT

Monday: Rangers 4, Capitals 3

Wednesday: at New York, 7:30, NBCSN

Friday: at Washington, 7:30, TBD

Sunday: at New York, TBD, TBD*

May 13: at Washington, TBD, TBD*

Bruins 2, Maple Leafs 1

Game 1: Bruins 4, Maple Leafs 1

Game 2: Maple Leafs 4, Bruins 2

Monday: Bruins 5, Maple Leafs 2

Wednesday: at Toronto, 7, NHL

Friday: at Boston, 7, TBD

Sunday: at Toronto, TBD, TBD*

May 13: at Boston, TBD, TBD*

West quarterfinals

Blackhawks 2, Wild 1

Game 1: Blackhawks 2, Wild 1 OT

Game 2: Blackhawks 5, Wild 2

Game 3: Wild 3, Blackhawks 2 OT

Tonight: at Minnesota, 9:30, NBCSN

Thursday: at Chicago, TBD, TBD

Saturday: at Minnesota, TBD, TBD*

May 12: at Chicago, TBD, TBD*

Ducks 2, Red Wings 2

Game 1: Ducks 3, Red Wings 1

Game 2: Red Wings 5, Ducks 4 OT

Game 3: Ducks 4, Red Wings 0

Monday: Red Wings 3, Ducks 2 OT

Wednesday: at Anaheim, 10, NBCSN

Friday: at Detroit, TBD, TBD

Sunday: at Anaheim, TBD, TBD*

Sharks 3, Canucks 0

Game 1: Sharks 3, Canucks 1

Game 2: Sharks 3, Canucks 2 OT

Game 3: Sharks 5, Canucks 2

Tonight: at San Jose, 10, CNBC

Thursday: at Vancouver, 10, TBD*

Saturday: at San Jose, TBD, TBD*

May 13: at Vancouver, TBD, TBD*

Blues 2, Kings 1

Game 1: Blues 2, Kings 1 OT

Game 2: Blues 2, Kings 1

Game 3: Kings 1, Blues 0

Monday: at Los Angeles, late

Wednesday: at St. Louis, 9, CNBC

Friday: at Los Angeles, TBD, TBD*

May 13: at St. Louis, TBD, TBD*

* If necessary

Comments
Lightning Round 2 playoff tickets on sale Monday

Lightning Round 2 playoff tickets on sale Monday

Single-game tickets for the Lightning's Eastern Conference semifinal series go on sale to the general public at 1 p.m. Monday at nhl.com/lightning/tickets.The Lightning plays the winner of the Bruins-Maple Leafs series. Game 6 of that series is Monda...
Updated: 3 hours ago
How Baker Mayfield can benefit the Bucs

How Baker Mayfield can benefit the Bucs

TAMPA — The buzz surrounding this year's NFL draft is a class of talented quarterbacks deep enough to challenge the record six taken in the first round in 1983, a group that included future Hall of Famers John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino.Th...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Andrei Vasilevskiy and the universal language of playoff hockey

Andrei Vasilevskiy and the universal language of playoff hockey

TAMPA — As usual, Andrei Vasilevskiy didn't speak in front of the cameras after the game. He has been like that since he hit the NHL. He still isn't comfortable with his English on TV.But Vasilevskiy spoke loudly and clearly in the first-round ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays are suddenly swinging hot bats, but will it last?

Rays are suddenly swinging hot bats, but will it last?

ST. PETERSBURG — Good pitching and hitting go hand in glove, but the Rays did not look like a team that could swing the bats very well until this completed homestand.In their series sweep over the Twins, Tampa Bay scored 8, 10 and 8 runs. ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Jimmy Butler leads Timberwolves against team he loved

Jimmy Butler leads Timberwolves against team he loved

MINNEAPOLIS — All-Star forward Jimmy Butler comes across as the proudest former resident in the history of tiny Tomball, Texas. What he doesn't advertise in his Twitter biography, but also doesn't dispute, is that he grew up dreaming of becomin...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rick Stroud’s takeaways from Rays-Twins

Rick Stroud’s takeaways from Rays-Twins

–Yonny Chirinos may be the Rays fourth starter, but it seems to be in name only. He was lifted after pitching 4 2/3 innings against the Twin on Sunday, the shortest start of his career and his second-shortest appearance.  "Going into the g...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Monday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYAutosIndyCar: Grand Prix of AlabamanoonNBCSNBaseballAutosIndyCar: Grand Prix of AlabamanoonNBCSNTwins at Yankees7 p.m.ESPNMarlins at Dodgers10 p.m.FSFCollege softballTennessee at Alabama7 p.m.SECLouisville at Florida State7 p.m.ESPNUNBA playoffs...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Rays’ Carlos Gomez hits two-run walkoff homer to beat Twins for series sweep

Rays’ Carlos Gomez hits two-run walkoff homer to beat Twins for series sweep

ST. PETERSBURG — With every swing, there is a chance Carlos Gomez is going to do something extraordinary with the baseball bat.He may swing so violently that he spins himself into the ground as if he were an oil drill. Or, you could see him sna...
Updated: 5 hours ago
District softball schedules for Tampa Bay

District softball schedules for Tampa Bay

Class 9A-8 (higher seed hosts)Tuesday: No. 3 Alonso at No. 2 Palm Harbor University, 4; No. 4 Sarasota Riverview at No. 1 Newsome, 7Thursday: Final, 4 or 7 (depending on who hosts)Class 8A-4 at Strawberry Crest Tuesday: No. 1 Wharton vs. No. 4 Wiregr...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Ex-NFL kicker Jay Feely apologizes for ‘joke’ gun photo

Ex-NFL kicker Jay Feely apologizes for ‘joke’ gun photo

Former NFL kicker Jay Feely, who was born in Odessa and starred at Tampa Jesuit, has apologized for a photo he intended as a joke, showing him holding a gun as he poses with his daughter and her prom date."Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a...
Updated: 12 hours ago