Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Sports

Malkin return boosts Pens

at Hurricanes1012
Predators0011
PITTSBURGH — Evgeni Malkin woke up Sunday, sent a text message to Dan Bylsma and told the Penguins coach he was good to go after missing nine games because of an ailing left leg.

And it sure looked like he was ready.

Malkin scored twice and had an assist, helping the Penguins rally past Winnipeg 6-5 to extend their home winning streak to 12 straight.

Pittsburgh becomes the first NHL team with 12 consecutive home wins in back-to-back seasons, Elias Sports said.

James Neal also had two goals and an assist, and Jussi Jokinen scored for the third time in the past two games as Pittsburgh's second line kept the Penguins in it until Matt Niskanen's slap shot with 7:22 remaining won it.

"It's always a big boost when you get a guy like (Malkin) back," Neal said. "Myself and Jussi were obviously excited. We try to feed off that. It looked like he didn't miss a beat out there. He was his normal self."

Coach Dan Bylsma won his 232nd game with Pittsburgh, moving into a tie with Eddie Johnston for the most victories in franchise history.

Evander Kane had two goals and an assist for the Jets, who have lost their past 13 games in Pittsburgh.

"Every time we come in here, it's the same," coach Claude Noel said. "And they gave us five goals, so it's not like they were putting on a clinic."

Discipline roundup: Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers has a hearing today for a hit to the head of Devils center Dainius Zubrus on Saturday. Myers received a minor penalty. Zubrus remained in the game.

Around the league: Two days before the announcement of the Canadian Olympic, two expected members were out with injuries. Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo wasn't on the bench against the Ducks, hurt in a collision with the Kings' Dustin Brown on Saturday in his return from another injury. Hurricanes center Eric Staal was announced out for five or six days after leaving Saturday's game against the Islanders with a lower-body injury. … The Canucks signed Rob Laurie, 43, to a tryout contract to back up Eddie Lack against the Ducks. Laurie made his NHL debut last season, serving as a Ducks backup for one game.

at Penguins0426
Jets2305
at Penguins0426
Jets2305

First1, Wpg, Trouba 4 (O.Jokinen, Pardy), 1:47. 2, Wpg, Scheifele 7 (Kane, Bogosian), 19:56. PenaltiesPardy, Wpg (tripping), 6:17; Adams, Pit (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:14; Byfuglien, Wpg (interference), 12:41; Niskanen, Pit (interference), 14:17; Byfuglien, Wpg (roughing), 16:52; Engelland, Pit (roughing), 16:52.

Second3, Pitts, Malkin 10 (J.Jokinen), 1:06. 4, Pitts, Neal 15 (Letang, Crosby), 4:25 (pp). 5, Pitts, Neal 16, 4:59. 6, Wpg, Wheeler 16 (Little), 6:02. 7, Pitts, J.Jokinen 12 (Malkin, Orpik), 11:38. 8, Wpg, Kane 13, 17:31. 9, Wpg, Kane 14 (Scheifele, Frolik), 19:42. PenaltiesWheeler, Wpg (slashing), 4:12; Malkin, Pit (hooking), 14:06.

Third10, Pitts, Malkin 11 (Neal), 8:29. 11, Pitts, Niskanen 5 (Maatta, Kunitz), 12:38. PenaltiesNone. Missed Penalty ShotCrosby, Pit, 16:52 first. Shots on GoalWpg 11-13-10—34. Pitts 11-11-17—39. PP oppsWpg 0 of 3; Pitts 1 of 3. GoaliesWpg, Montoya 8-4-1 (39 shots-33 saves). Pitts, Fleury 24-10-1 (34-29).

at Hurricanes1012
Predators0011

First1, Car, Semin 6 (Skinner, Ruutu), 4:28. PenaltiesNone.

SecondNone. PenaltiesEkholm, Nas (delay of game), 19:49.

Third2, Nash, Hornqvist 9 (Fisher, Weber), 6:46 (pp). 3, Car, Skinner 20 (Ruutu, Semin), 16:29. PenaltiesLiles, Car (hooking), :43; Jones, Nas (delay of game), 3:45; R.Murphy, Car (interference), 5:11. Shots on GoalNash 11-12-9—32. Car 9-10-6—25. Power-play opportunitiesNash 1 of 2; Car 0 of 2. GoaliesNash, Hutton 7-7-2 (25 shots-23 saves). Car, Khudobin 5-0-0 (32-31).

Comments
The key to the Lightning’s success

The key to the Lightning’s success

This is quite the run the Lightning is on over the past five years.A playoff appearance in 2014. A trip to the Stanley Cup final in 2015. A return to the Eastern Conference final in 2016. A near-miss of the postseason last season. And now back in the...
Updated: 3 minutes ago
Former Rays pitcher Danny Farquhar “progressing well’ after surgery

Former Rays pitcher Danny Farquhar “progressing well’ after surgery

As former teammates with the Rays and throughout baseball share thoughts and prayers, RHP Danny Farquhar is "progressing well" in a Chicago hospital after suffering a hemorrhage caused by a brain aneurysm on Friday.The White Sox on Monday released th...
Updated: 6 hours ago

High school scoreboard for April 23

Monday’s scoreboardBaseballCanterbury 10, Citrus Park Christian 0Northeast 12, Countryside 5
Updated: 7 hours ago

Tuesday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYBaseballTwins at Yankees6:30 p.m.MLB; 1040-AMRays at Orioles7 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMMarlins at Dodgers10 p.m.FSFCollege baseballCoastal Carolina at North Carolina6 p.m.ESPNUMississippi at Mississippi State7 p.m.SECCreighton at Nebraska7:30 p.m.Big ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Alex Cobb and Logan Morrison have ex-Ray vision. Here’s what they see.

Alex Cobb and Logan Morrison have ex-Ray vision. Here’s what they see.

ST. PETERSBURG — Absolutely, Alex Cobb was saying over the phone, it's going to be weird pitching Tuesday against the Rays.The organization that he owes so much for rearing him since high school, standing by him through assorted injuries, enabl...
Updated: 8 hours ago
HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Brooke Blankenship and Luca Tresh

HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Brooke Blankenship and Luca Tresh

Brooke Blankenship, Academy at the LakesAcademy at the Lakes knew it would be difficult to manufacture runs during last week's anticipated matchup with Land O'Lakes and Gators ace Callie Turner.So the Wildcats decided to steal a run.This wasn't any h...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Shaquem Griffin on TODAY show: ‘I’m not limited to nothing’

Shaquem Griffin on TODAY show: ‘I’m not limited to nothing’

Shaquem Griffin's ability to play football without a left hand has made him the talk of the NFL draft. But the former Lakewood High and UCF star is determined to silence such talk with his play."It gets tiring," Griffin said today...
Published: 04/23/18
HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for Tampa Bay

HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for Tampa Bay

1. Sunlake (22-1)Up next: Wednesday vs. Clearwater-Northeast winner (7A-10 semifinals)The buzz: The Seahawks beat Anclote, Gulf and Zephyrhills last week to extend their win streak to 16, currently the longest in the area. Sunlake has been dominant, ...
Published: 04/23/18
Polly want a sacker: Bucs’ 4th-round draft pick to be delivered by parrot

Polly want a sacker: Bucs’ 4th-round draft pick to be delivered by parrot

Late-round NFL draft picks are often made on a wing and a prayer.The Bucs' fourth-round pick Saturday will be no different. The team announced Monday that as part of the NFL draft TV broadcast, the team's fourth-round pick will be delivered to an ann...
Published: 04/23/18
Projecting where USF’s prospects will get drafted

Projecting where USF’s prospects will get drafted

For all the analyses and hypotheses, all the Mels and McShays, all the pro days and private workouts, the NFL draft remains a crap shoot at its core.But just for kicks, we're rolling the dice anyway.As a prelude to what could — could — be...
Published: 04/23/18