Mitch Marner and James van Riemsdyk also scored for Toronto, and Frederik Andersen made 36 saves.Victor Rask and Teuvo Teravainen scored for Carolina, which has lost 11 of 15 games. Morgan Rielly scored 2:13 into overtime to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs over the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Saturday night.Rielly’s wrist shot past Cam Ward gave Toronto its third straight victory and moved them one point ahead of the idle New York Rangers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Ward made 23 saves but couldn’t steer aside Rielly’s shot, which bounced off his left leg pad and angled into the back corner of the net.The Hurricanes led twice but couldn’t hold it either time.Rask opened the scoring when he corralled a rolling puck below the right faceoff dot and flipped it over Andersen’s left shoulder 8:59 into the first period.
147 with Ottawa and passed Patrick Lalime for the top spot.Fredrik Claesson and Ryan Dzingel also had goals for the Senators.Calvin Pickard stopped 27 shots and Matt Nieto and Sven Andrighetto scored for the Avalanche, who were eliminated from the playoffs with the loss. Centre Kyle Turris missed his third straight game with a fractured finger.UP NEXTSenators: Host Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. Anderson earned win No. Craig Anderson made 14 saves to set the franchise wins mark and the Ottawa Senators defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Saturday night for their sixth consecutive victory.Alex Burrows and Mike Hoffman each had a goal and an assist for Ottawa, which tied Montreal atop the Atlantic Division with 84 points. Goals by Claesson, Burrows and Hoffman in the second made it 3-1.Dzingel scored at 11:22 of the third to seal the win.The Avalanche were trying for their first three-game winning streak of the season, but couldn’t generate much offence after outshooting the Senators for most of the first period.They went the final 28:27 of the game with only two shots. Andrighetto ended a drought of 17:28 without a shot when he scored in the final minute.Ottawa outshot Colorado 20-6 in the final two periods.NOTES: Senators defenceman Mark Borowiecki missed his second straight game with an undisclosed injury. It is the third straight year they’ve failed to reach the post-season after posting 52 wins and 112 points in 2013-14.Nieto gave Colorado a 1-0 lead with his fifth goal midway through the first period, but Ottawa gained control in the second. Second-leading scorer Mark Stone was out after suffering a lower-body injury against Arizona on Thursday.
Calgary returns home to host Pittsburgh on Monday. Calgary is now second in the Pacific Division. A Chiarot penalty in the second period, this time four minutes for a high stick on Sean Monahan, led to Frolik’s 15th at 12:09.The Flames only had two power-play goals in their 12 previous games.The Jets took two more high-sticking penalties in the middle period, but Hellebuyck was able withstand the heat.Winnipeg got its second power play of the game after Jets defencman Jacob Trouba and Calgary centre Sam Bennett had a late fight. Brian Elliott’s 31-save performance gave the Calgary goaltender his second straight shutout as the Flames defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3-0 on Saturday to extend their win streak to nine games.Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik each scored on the power play as the victory also gave Calgary (38-26-4) points in 11 straight games. Anaheim, which is tied with the Flames with 80 points, drops to third in the division. The franchise record is 10 games in 1978.Alex Chiasson also scored, while Frolik added one assist and Dougie Hamilton, a game-time decision, had three helpers.Connor Hellebuyck stopped 26 of 29 shots for the Jets (30-33-6), who lost their third straight and wrapped up a six-game homestand (2-4-0).Winnipeg defenceman Ben Chiarot’s banishment to the penalty box led to Calgary’s first two goals. Edmonton moved from third to the first wild-card spot in the West.Calgary’s climb also dropped the idle Edmonton Oilers into the first Western Conference wild-card spot with 79 points.The nine victories also set a new record since the franchise moved from Atlanta in 1980. With Chiarot out for interference, Backlund scored his 21st goal of the season off a rebound at 14:06 of the first period. Elliott’s second shutout of the season, and 36th of his career, followed up Thursday’s 24 saves in a 5-0 win over Montreal on Thursday.The Flames also jumped in the NHL standings. Both were bloodied — Trouba along the side of his face and Bennett from his nose.Bennett also got dinged for an extra slashing penalty, which carried over into the third period.Chiasson upped Calgary’s lead to 3-0 with a high shot over Hellebuyck at 3:24 of the final period.Tempers flared soon after, when Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey sprayed snow on Elliott and the goalie retaliated by shoving Morrissey into the glass.Players from both sides started shoving each other, but Morrissey got a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct and Elliott for roughing.Winnipeg heads out for a three-game road trip, starting Monday in Nashville.
Dion Waiters scored 20 points, Tyler Johnson added 16 and the Miami Heat beat the Toronto Raptors 104-89 on Saturday night, improving to 21-4 over their last 25 games.Goran Dragic scored 15 and Hassan Whiteside added 12 points and 14 rebounds for Miami.Dragic played only 41 seconds in the second half, leaving after taking an elbow from Toronto’s Cory Joseph. Dragic eventually returned to the bench with an icepack over his right eye, which appeared to be swollen nearly shut. DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points for the Raptors, who have lost 15 of their last 24 games.
Jacobs got on the scoreboard with a deuce in the sixth end but that was all the offence he could muster.Jacobs, the reigning Olympic champion, will settle for an appearance in the bronze-medal game Sunday afternoon against McEwen.Even though there are ranking points and cash on the line, he admitted it would be “very difficult” to get up for the third-place game.“You come here to win the tankard,” Jacobs said. “We narrowly missed some good opportunities and you’ve got to take advantage of stuff like that if you want to win the Brier, not miss them. Canada’s Kevin Koe defeated Manitoba’s Mike McEwen 7-6 on Saturday night to earn a return ticket to the Tim Hortons Brier final.McEwen missed a double runback attempt to give Koe the single point in the extra end.The Koe win sets up a Sunday night showdown with local favourite Brad Gushue of Newfoundland and Labrador for the gold medal. I feel like we’ve finished in fourth place.” “We were already behind the eight ball at that point.”When play resumed, the teams blanked another end before Koe added a single in the fifth. Gushue is looking for his first career Brier title in 14 appearances.Koe forced an extra end in the semifinal with a clutch double takeout to score two.Earlier in the day, Koe defeated Northern Ontario’s Brad Jacobs 6-2 in the Page playoff 3-4 game at Mile One Centre.Koe scored a single in the eighth end and put the game out of reach with a deuce in the ninth. “We were the fourth (seed) leading into the playoffs. Gushue advanced straight to the final with a victory over McEwen in the Page playoff 1-2 game Friday night. The game was delayed for 66 minutes after the third end due to a power outage.“It had no effect on us,” Jacobs said. He shot 89 per cent on the day while Jacobs was well back at 74 per cent.“Just on the wrong side of the inch on a few of my shots,” Jacobs said. Brad Jacobs says he was unaffected by power outage at Brier (The Canadian Press)
Koe beat Gushue in last year’s final at Ottawa and went on to win the world championship. That’s how the game went for us.”Koe started the game with hammer and scored a pair of singles.
17, should make his spring training debut next week.Donaldson hit and took part in defensive drills with the team Saturday and said he is running at 40-to-50 per cent.With a report from The Associated Press Vince Velasquez struck out four, giving up two hits and one run, over three and a third innings to earn the win.Toronto reliever T.J. House spoke to media at the Blue Jays’ ballpark in Dunedin, Fla., after being released from area hospital a day after being hit in the back of the head by a line drive during a game against the Detroit Tigers.Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, who injured his right calf while running sprints Feb. Right-fielder Nick Williams went 3 for 5 with an RBI for Philadelphia (7-7). Justin Smoak and Rowdy Tellez each had an RBI single but it wasn’t enough as the Toronto Blue Jays lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 8-2 on Saturday in Grapefruit League play.Centre-fielder Kevin Pillar had two hits, including a double, for Toronto (4-9).Marco Estrada started for the Blue Jays, giving up two runs on two hits over two and a third innings of work, taking his first loss of spring training.
The 41-year-old Gagne, who has not pitched in the Major Leagues since 2008, walked Jhonatan Solano for a 3-1 Colombia advantage then retired Polo on an inning-ending fly to right.Gagne pitched two additional scoreless innings, allowed one hit and struck out two.Colombia increased their lead in the ninth as Jhonatan Solano scored from second on a throwing error by Canada reliever Scott Mathieson.Colombia tied it 1-1 in the third as Solano’s single scored his brother Jhonatan Solano from second.Canada starter Nick Pivetta, a fourth-round selection by the Washington Nationals in 2013 and now with the Philadelphia Phillies organization, scattered five hits and one run in four innings.The roof at Marlins Park has been opened for the first three games of pool play but Saturday’s noon start was the first in which players dealt with shadows and sun. Donovan Solano’s second run-scoring single drove in Tito Polo in the fifth to give Colombia a 2-1 lead. Canada (0-2) will play the United States in their final pool game Sunday night. Julio Teheran threw five solid innings to help Colombia beat Canada 4-1 in its second World Baseball Classic pool game Saturday afternoon.Teheran settled down after surrendering Atlanta Braves teammate Freddie Freeman’s RBI single in the first that gave Canada a 1-0 lead. Polo reached on a two-out single, stole second and scored on Solano’s sinking line drive to centre off Canada reliever and losing pitcher Ryan Kellog.Yohan Pino relieved Teheran and pitched three scoreless innings and Dayan Diaz struck out the side around two singles in the ninth for the save.Former Cy Young Award winner Eric Gagne inherited a two-out bases loaded situation for Canada in the sixth. For most of the game, sunlight covered centre and left field.During his career, Freeman has faced different defensive shifts to negate his pulling ability and Colombia successfully utilized one against him in the fourth. Teheran allowed one run and two hits and retired the final 13 hitters he faced after Freeman’s single. Colombia third baseman Giovanny Urshella shifted to short right-field and caught Freeman’s line drive.Colombia (1-1) closes pool play against the Dominican Republic Sunday afternoon.
It was a 1-0 game. It was nice to have that.”For Miller, he was philosophical about not getting the victory despite turning in a tremendous performance.“It’s hockey. “I don’t know if it really prevented the goalie from making a save.”The Penguins broke through with 3:36 left in the second, as Cole’s hard wrist shot near the blue line cleared traffic to beat Miller, who was being screened by Oskar Sundqvist.The Canucks had their second disallowed goal of the night early in the third when Sven Baertschi swatted in a puck while on the power play. He was especially outstanding in the second period when he made a monster save on Sheary from about six feet away on a delayed penalty. The Canucks recalled forwards Alex Grenier and Joseph Labate from the AHL with Brendan Gaunce (upper body) and Nikolay Goldobin (flu) out. We had to keep making it hard on him, which we did.”It was a season-high for both saves and shots faced for Miller. … “You try your best whenever you are on the ice and continue to battle and see what can happen. It could have turned at any point.”The Penguins (43-16-8), who won a 3-2 shootout win on Friday in Edmonton, moved into sole possession of second place in the Metro Division ahead of Columbus and one-point shy of division-leading Washington.The Canucks (28-31-9), meanwhile, took another hit to their already bleak playoffs hopes. … “He was stopping everything I was throwing at him. “You see how dominant of a goaltender he can be. Chris Tanev and Markus Granlund missed the game with food poisoning. On the ensuing power play he stoned Phil Kessel while flat on his stomach and then stopped Sheary again off a 2-on-1 late in the period.“It was nice to not see Miller in the net for a shot,” joked Sheary about his empty-net goal in the third period. But Baertschi’s stick was deemed too high.Guentzel scored on a beautiful pass from behind the net from Sheary to give Pittsburgh some insurance, 2-0, with just over two minutes left to play.Notes: The Penguins announced LW Carl Hagelin (upper body) will miss at least four weeks. Defenceman Alex Biega played on the fourth line. Sometimes you play well enough to win and you don’t get it. We had a ton of chances and sooner or later those are going to go in eventually. However, it was called off on goaltender interference thanks to a coach’s challenge.“I was yelling even before they showed the replay to challenge just because the guy coming from the backside, takes my foot out from underneath me,” said Murray. “It’s subtle but that’s the rule, you can’t nudge the goalie because that completely throws you off and gives you no chance to make the save so I was 100 per cent confident.”“I thought it was a tough call,” added Henrik Sedin. “Ryan Miller played fantastic tonight,” Cole said of Vancouver’s goalie. Matt Murray made 27 saves, while Jake Guentzel, defenceman Ian Cole and Conor Sheary scored for the Penguins. You have to kind of accept that’s part of it,” said Miller. Vancouver is now 10 points back for the second Wild Card spot in the West.About eight minutes into the game the Canucks looked to have scored first, with Daniel Sedin’s corner shot along the goal line ricocheting in off Michael Chaput’s skate. Ryan Miller’s heroic 45-save effort wasn’t enough to slow the powerhouse Penguins.Pittsburgh shut out the Vancouver Canucks 3-0 on Saturday to collect back-to-back road wins and its fifth straight victory.
It’s a good victory for sure,” Fognini told Tennis Channel after beating Tsonga for the first time in five career meetings.“Today was really hot so the ball was bouncing a lot. I tried to bring different tactics … versus the other times I played him.“I didn’t want to give him the same look each time. I’ve played Andy four times and didn’t win a set,” the 26-year-old told Tennis Channel.“I felt like I had the ability to (win) but to actually go through is a whole new thing. World number one Andy Murray was sent packing from the second round of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday after losing 6-4 7-6(5) to Canadian qualifier Vasek Pospisil.Pospisil delivered the knockout punch in style, whipping a crosscourt winner on his fourth match point in front of the near capacity crowd at Indian Wells that included former boxing champion Mike Tyson. Open champion Flavia Pennetta, is expecting a child in late May, while Tsonga is also set to become a father next month.In another upset on Saturday, Japanese world number 70 Yoshihito Nishioka beat Croatian veteran Ivo Karlovic 6-4 6-3, but seeds Dominic Thiem, David Goffin and Tomas Berdych won their matches to advance. I love playing with sun and good weather.”Fognini considered himself fortunate even to make it to the second round.The Italian dropped the first set to love and was down 5-2 in the second set of his first-round encounter with Russian Konstantin Kravchuk, before roaring back to win 0-6 7-5 6-4.“It is a crazy sport,” Fognini said.Fognini’s wife, 2015 U.S. Pospisil, ranked 129th in the world, was rewarded for his aggressive approach, rushing the net whenever the opportunity arose and pouncing on Murray’s second serve.“I knew I was a long shot. I wanted to put pressure coming into the net, using my strength, which is my ability at the net and serving well.”Pospisil joked that his lowly current world ranking was due to a “mid-life crisis” that saw him endure a lean 2016, after he had made the Wimbledon quarter-finals in 2015.Earlier, Italian Fabi Fognini won a battle of expectant fathers when he beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(4) 3-6 6-4.Unseeded Fognini survived a first-set tiebreak and a tense final set before upsetting the seventh-seeded Frenchman in a match that stretched nearly two hours and 30 minutes in the blazing afternoon sun.“I am happy about my performance.