Boeser scores in NHL debut, Canucks top slumping Wild

And they were booed off the ice after the second period by their home crowd.“That was embarrassing,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said of his team’s performance. Eric Staal beat Bachman after jumping on a funny bounce off the end boards with 1:15 to play, but the comeback ended there.Boudreau said he’s running out of options to pull his team out of their month-long funk. “But, you know, I had to regroup there and focus on this game. His North Dakota team lost to Boston University in double overtime on Friday in the NCAA Tournament in Fargo. The puck fell at his feet and Boeser jammed it home.Less than two minutes later, Jack Skille beat a screened Kuemper with a wrist shot from left circle.In the game’s final three minutes, Ryan Suter threaded a wrist shot through traffic to end Bachman’s shutout bid. Because talking to them and being nice isn’t the way right now.”NOTES: Boeser played two seasons at North Dakota. The Burnsville, Minn., native joined the Canucks in St. Video replay confirmed that the puck hit the camera inside the net.“I had no idea,” Boucher said. Skille injured his ankle late in the second period and did not return.UP NEXTCanucks: At Winnipeg on Sunday.Wild: At Detroit on Sunday. Scoring in his NHL debut the next day in front of his family and friends wasn’t a bad consolation prize.Boeser scored in his first NHL game a day after signing with Vancouver, Reid Boucher added two in a four-goal second period and the Canucks defeated the slumping Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Saturday. “It’s a great story for him playing at home, and to get [a goal], it was good.”The mood in the other locker room wasn’t as upbeat. … Bo Horvat broke in alone on Kuemper, who stopped a backhander but couldn’t control the rebound. I saw it go out the other side, that’s about it.”Boeser’s goal made it 3-0. Boeser was Vancouver’s first-round pick in the 2015 draft. Despite a hectic late-season schedule, he said his next move is to put them through harder practices, to “see how bad they want to get out of it. We’re hanging our goalies out to dry. “It sounded like it hit the post. Wild D Christian Folin returned after missing 10 with an upper-body injury. Then he went out and scored Vancouver’s third goal of the second period, scoring off a rebound on a 2-on-2 rush.“It’s good for him,” Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said. … … I don’t think we’re prepared enough to start some periods and they score quick and we’re not being resilient enough to come back.”Darcy Kuemper made 17 saves in his first start since March 12. “We’re leaving guys open. … I definitely think adrenaline kicked in here.”The Canucks surprised Boeser by bringing his parents into the locker room before the game. The Wild tied a franchise record for most goals allowed in a period with Vancouver’s four-goal second. We aren’t winning battles. Paul in time for Saturday’s matinee.“It’s been crazy – obviously a heartbreak loss there with my North Dakota team,” Boeser said. To me, if I were the fans, I would be booing even more because they pay good money for this, and to see an effort like that …”The Wild were shut out for almost 57 minutes by Richard Bachman, Vancouver’s third-string goalie, and they were no match for a Canucks team that was 1-5-2 in its previous eight games.“It wasn’t good enough,” Wild forward Jason Zucker said. Minnesota had not allowed a power-play goal at home in 12 games before Boucher’s tally. “Things snowballed in the whole building, and we couldn’t get to the intermission fast enough.”Boucher put Vancouver up 2-0 with a wrist shot that appeared to hit the crossbar and ricochet off into the corner. He gave up Boucher’s power-play goal 19 seconds into the second period, then allowed three goals in an 8-minute span as the Canucks put the game away.“We had stretches where we were good, and then we just had some breakdowns and they were capitalizing on their chances,” Kuemper said. “I’m embarrassed. The Wild have lost seven of their last eight and are now 3-10-0 in March. Brock Boeser’s college career ended in crushing fashion on Friday night.

Eichel scores twice in Sabres 5-2 win over Maple Leafs

… He was set up in the left circle by Kulikov and snapped a shot in over McElhinney’s right shoulder.Kulikov then put Buffalo up 4-2 four minutes later by firing a 30-footer through a crowd and beating McElhinney inside the left post.Eichel capped the second-period run by scoring on a snapshot from the right circle with 6:48 left.McElhinney allowed three goals on 22 in the loss. The puck dribbled into the slot, where Kane outmuscled defender Alexey Marchenko, and wrapped a shot inside the left post.It was Kane’s 26th goal of the season, all of which have come in his past 51 games.NOTES: Sabres RW Kyle Okposo had two assists in returning after missing 10 games with a rib injury, while Kulikov played his 500th game in returning after missing nine with an upper-body injury. The Maple Leafs’ hold on third-place in the Atlantic Division dwindled in having a three-game winning streak end and losing in regulation for just the second time in their past 10 (7-2-1). Matthews matched the mark in the same arena the Maple Leafs selected the player from Scottsdale, Arizona, with the No. Buffalo recalled D Brady Austin from AHL Rochester, and demoted RW Hudson Fasching.UP NEXTMaple Leafs: Host Florida Panthers on Tuesday.Sabres: Host Florida Panthers on Monday. Jack Eichel scored twice and set up another goal in the Buffalo Sabres’ 5-2 win that slowed the youth-laden Toronto Maple Leafs’ late-season surge to clinch a playoff berth.Ryan O’Reilly and Dmitry Kulikov each had a goal and assist, and Evander Kane also scored in a game the Sabres took control of by scoring three straight times in the second period. And this group was additionally charged up and in a celebratory mood given Toronto’s surge that has put the team in a position to clinch just its second playoff berth in 12 seasons.During the pregame skate, several fans unfurled a large banner reading “MITCH!!!” in honour of Maple Leafs rookie Mitchell Marner behind the Sabres bench.The Maple Leafs-fan-generated buzz began to subside during a first period that featured a flurry of goals scored over a short stretch.After O’Reilly opened the scoring 7:05 in by redirecting Tyler Ennis’ pass through the crease and in off Andersen’s skate, the teams traded goals in a 15-second span some 2 1/2 minutes later.Brown was left alone in front to tie it by converting a rebound, after Lehner stopped Leo Komarov’s initial shot on the rush.The large number of Maple Leafs fans in the stands were still celebrating when Kane scored the go-ahead goal. 1 pick in the draft last June.Connor Brown also scored for Toronto.Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen allowed two goals on 16 shots in the opening period and did not return for the second after sustaining an upper-body injury. He appeared to be hurt during a collision with Buffalo forward William Carrier.Curtis McElhinney took over and promptly gave up two power-play goals on the first eight shots he faced.After Matthews scored 2:22 into the period to tie it at two by converting a rebound off Matt Hunwick’s point shot, Eichel scored 26 seconds later. The Leafs avoided a scare five minutes into the third period when McElhinney was upended by Sabres forward Marcus Foligno, who lost his balance and slid into the net.McElhinney got up immediately. With Andersen not on the bench, it was unclear who would have had to play in net if Toronto required a third goalie.As in the past, there was a very large “Go, Leafs, Go!” chanting Maple Leafs contingent which made the trip across the Niagara River. Robin Lehner stopped 32 shots, and the Sabres continued their home dominance over their cross-border rivals by improving to 18-2-1 against Toronto in their last 21 games at Buffalo. Zach Bogosian’s shot from the right point was stopped by Andersen, but he couldn’t control the rebound. … With 85 points, Toronto has a one-point edge over Boston after the Bruins beat the New York Islanders.Auston Matthews scored his 34th to tie Toronto’s single-season rookie record set by Wendel Clark in 1985-86. Maple Leafs C William Nylander assisted on Matthews’ goal to extend his rookie franchise-record streak to 11 games in which he has four goals and nine assists.

Monahan’s OT winner lifts Flames past Blues 3-2

It was his third goal in his last four games.Schwartz gave the Blues a 2-1 lead at the 7:16 mark of the third period. It snapped an 0-for-12 scoreless streak with the man advantage for Calgary.Elliott stopped all 13 shots in the opening frame, including two quality chances by Schwartz and Alex Pietrangelo on a Blues power play.Barbashev tied it at the 8:08 mark of the second period. Monahan’s winning goal deflected off of Blues forward Kyle Brodziak. … Sean Monahan scored with 3 seconds left in overtime, lifting the Calgary Flames past the St. Colton Parayko’s pass drew Elliott out of position and Barbashev, on his second try after his first was blocked by a Calgary defender, put the puck in the empty net.Allen stopped all 10 Flames shots he faced in the second, including Michael Frolik chance on a 3-on-2 rush and TJ Brodie’s power-play shot late in the period.Barbashev almost scored his second, but Flames defenceman Deryk Engelland made a sliding save to keep the puck out of an open net.NOTES: Blues F Magnus Paajarvi played in his 300th career game. Louis Blues 3-2 on Saturday night.Troy Brouwer and Matt Bartkowski also scored for the Flames, who improved to 13-4 in overtime this season. Blues C Paul Stastny (lower body), F Dmitrij Jaskin (upper body), C Jori Lehtera (upper body) and F Robby Fabbri (knee) were out, while Flames D Ladislav Smid (neck) also sat.UP NEXTFlames: Host Colorado on Monday night.Blues: Host Arizona on Monday night. The puck went off of Schwartz’s skate and the goal was upheld after a review.Bartkowski tied it at 10:53. It was the first goal in 17 games this season for the Flames’ defenceman.Brouwer’s power-play goal gave the Flames a 1-0 lead with 2:49 left in the first period. … Matthew Tkachuk, the son of former Blues star Keith Tkachuk, returned from a two-game suspension for elbowing LA’s Drew Doughty. Brian Elliott made 29 saves.Ivan Barbashev and Jaden Schwartz scored for the Blues and Jake Allen made 28 saves.

Markov scores twice, sets up Weber as Canadiens top Senators 3-1

Andrei Markov scored two goals and set up another as the Montreal Canadiens downed the Ottawa Senators 3-1 on Saturday night to retain first place in the NHL Atlantic Division.Shea Weber also scored for Montreal (42-24-9), which leads Ottawa by three points although the Senators hold one game in hand. Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for Ottawa (41-25-8), who ended a two-game winning run.Montreal swept three games in an eight-day span from the Senators and were 3-1-1 against their closest rival geographically this season.Shots were 32-24 in Ottawa’s favour.The Senators controlled most of the play and outshot Montreal 11-6 in the first period but the Canadiens emerged with the lead when Weber blasted in his 17th of the season from the left point during a power play at 9:28 after Erik Karlsson was sent off for holding.Montreal turned the tables in the second and Markov walked in from the left point and drilled a shot past Craig Anderson at 1:13.Karlsson’s pass into the middle of Ottawa’s zone was picked off by Markov for a blast from the slot on a power play at 5:55. 7-1-1 in last nine.With Marc Methot (finger) and Viktor Stralberg (upper body) out, Fredrik Claesson moved in as Karlsson’s defence partner. 11, 2014.Mike Hoffman made a clever move at the Montreal blue-line and fed Pageau for an off-speed shot that fooled Carey Price at 12:11. It was Pageau’s seventh goal in 15 career games against the Canadiens.Anderson played his 500th regular season game (235-181-55). It was the 38-year-old Markov’s first two-goal game since Jan. Mark Stone returned after seven games with a lower body injury.Nathan Beaulieu and Dwight King returned to the Montreal lineup replacing Brandon Davidson and Andreas Martinsen.

Ibaka, DeRozan lead Raptors past Mavericks 94-86

I can only guess that he’s going to be drinking through a straw for a long, long time.”UP NEXTRaptors: Host Orlando on Monday. “Just let him rehab, let him do his thing and trust our medical people.” Lowry has missed the last 16 games. “I know he’s doing a lot of conditioning, a lot of work to keep his body in shape,” Casey said. We sent flowers to his family, condolences. Their last sub-.500 season was 1999-00, when they finished 40-42 and Mark Cuban became owner of the team in January 2000.San Antonio has the longest streak of .500 or better seasons with 20, including this season.ABOUT THURSDAY NIGHTCuban couldn’t resist giving his opinion on Barea’s ejection from the Mavericks’ victory over the Clippers on Thursday night. DeMar DeRozan and Serge Ibaka scored 18 points apiece and the Toronto Raptors won their fifth straight game, 94-86 over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.The Raptors, who came back from 15-point deficits to win each of their last two games, made it a little easier on themselves Saturday. P.J. The Magic have beaten the Raptors in two of three meetings this season.Mavericks: Host Oklahoma City on Monday to end a four-game homestand. Barnes scored Dallas’ last 11 points of the half to help cut into the lead, but Toronto led 54-44 at the break.J.J. Toronto was also without starting forward DeMarre Carroll due to a sore lower back. Nerlens Noel started his second game in a row at centre for the Mavericks, who have gone to a big lineup. “It’s hard to come back from a knockout like that. Tucker started in his place.Mavericks: Seth Curry with 11 points and Yogi Ferrell with 10 were the only other Mavs in double figures. Barea’s long 3 at the third-quarter buzzer again brought Dallas within 10 at 74-64.TIP-INSRaptors: Coach Dwane Casey said he was hopeful that guard Kyle Lowry would return from wrist surgery before the end of the regular season. They’ve moved Dirk Nowitzki to power forward, Barnes to small forward and Curry to point guard.STREAK IN JEOPARDYThe Mavericks took their 41st loss of the season. Harrison Barnes scored 23 points for Dallas, which missed 18 of its first 22 3-pointers and finished just 7 of 28 from behind the arc.Patrick Patterson added 14 points for Toronto, including a perfect 4 for 4 on 3-pointers.The Mavericks fell four games behind Denver for the final playoff spot in the West.Toronto led by as many as 16 points in the first half and by 15 early in the fourth quarter before a 10-0 Dallas run made things more interesting.Dorian Finney-Smith’s free throws with 7:57 to go brought the Mavs within 79-74, the closest they had been since 7-2 early in the game. Their next loss will end the NBA’s second-longest streak of .500 or better seasons — currently at 16 seasons. Toronto scored the game’s first seven points and never trailed in dealing the Mavericks’ playoff hopes a damaging blow. But Ibaka made consecutive jumpers to restore a nine-point lead, and Dallas got no closer than six after that.The Raptors had their biggest lead at 42-26 in the first half. Barea was called for a flagrant 2 foul for pushing Blake Griffin, a player with a 10-inch height advantage over Barea.“I just feel bad for Blake,” Cuban said. Dallas plays seven of its final nine on the road.

Canadian Stroll doesn’t finish at Australian Grand Prix

Some guys braked quite early in front of me and I managed to gain some places.“Then we managed to have a surprisingly good race. “I had a good start, which was risky although I didn’t plan on it being quite so risky! It was my first race, and first weekend, so there are a few positives to take out of it.”Stroll graduated from development driver to a seat in F1 this season for Williams, which lost Valtteri Bottas to Mercedes.The son of billionaire investor Lawrence Stroll is mentored by former Ferrari sporting director Luca Baldisserri and won the Formula 3 European championship in 2016.His first taste of the top level was one he put down to experience, having started at the back of the grid after getting a penalty for needing an unscheduled gearbox change following his crash in practice on Saturday.“Unfortunately, that incident yesterday cost us a lot of positions in qualifying,” said Stroll, whose top speed was among the fastest in the race, “but today I enjoyed myself and so a big thank you to the team.”His Williams teammate, 35-year-old Brazilian veteran Felipe Massa, finished sixth to earn some points from the opening weekend.Stroll avoided a collision with two other drivers on the opening lap and, after an early pit stop for tires, was running as high as 13th before a problem with his front left break ended his race.“It’s a shame for Lance, who put in a good first drive with some overtakes in his first race in Formula One, so it is a shame that he then had to retire with a brake failure,” Williams chief technical officer Paddy Lowe said. “My objective was to gain more experience and collect mileage in the car. I want to thank the Sauber F1 Team and Scuderia Ferrari again for this opportunity. who have built a great car to launch our 2017 campaign.”Meanwhile, Sauber rookie Antonio Giovinazzi placed 12th on his F1 debut after coming in as a late replacement on Saturday when Pascal Wehrlein withdrew because of fitness problems.“It was a good race, and I am happy with my performance,” Giovinazzi said. It was an amazing race weekend for me.”Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said it was an impressive performance from the young Italian driver in his first F1 race.“He showed his potential as well as what the car is capable of,” Kaltenborn said. “We were running a decent race and the pace was pretty good,” Stroll said. “The lap times were quite satisfying.” All that was missing was the finish.The 18-year-old Canadian didn’t make it to the finish in his debut for Williams at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, retiring after an eventful 40 laps around the Albert Park circuit. Lance Stroll almost got to experience the full package on his first weekend in Formula One, hitting speeds exceeding 320 kph (199 mph), clipping a wall, being handed a grid penalty and skidding through the gravel. “Clearly that’s an issue we need to get on top for the races to come and make sure we don’t have a repeat.“But, overall, congratulations to the team …

Canada’s Homan wins women’s world curling gold with undefeated run

2-10 in Ottawa, where she will battle the country’s top skips to earn the right to represent Canada in Pyeongchang.“No matter who represents us trials are going to be tough,” Homan said. “It’s a pity we didn’t play well today … Homan had two previous attempts to break Canada’s drought but settled for bronze in 2013 in Riga, Latvia, and silver the next year in Saint John, N.B.“We’ve come up short and it never feels good to come up short when you’re representing Canada,” Homan said. I’m really proud of my team.”Homan’s undefeated run in Beijing — Canada won all 13 of its matches — came on the heels of her 12-2 run to the Canadian women’s title last month in St. Catharines, Ont.“We’ve had an incredible second half of the season, and to top it off this way feels amazing,” Weagle said.“It feels amazing for Canada. A short raise takeout from Courtney put the Russians in chase mode, and when Sidorova’s last-gasp attempt to bury a stone at the back of the four-foot ring rubbed off a Canadian stone, Homan made the delicate tap to score three.“The ice changed a bit during the game and we really couldn’t manage the difference,” Sidorova said. Homan and her teammates — vice-skip Emma Miskew, second Joanne Courtney and lead Lisa Weagle — responded with a textbook 8-3 win over Russia’s Anna Sidorova in Sunday’s final, giving Canada its first women’s world championship in nine years and adding more steam to Homan’s momentum heading into this year’s Olympic trials.Scotland’s Eve Muirhead captured the bronze medal, beating Sweden 6-4 earlier Sunday.After an open first end, Canada put the pressure on Russia with two points in the second end and a steal of one in the third before cruising to a comfortable victory.“We made sure to keep together and obviously there’s a lot more pressure in that final,” Homan said. It’s been a bit of a drought and we wanted to make a statement going into the Olympic year.”Sidorova has now lead Russia to four straight medals, though this was the country’s first appearance in the final. “It’s easier for Canada when they’re two up because they have to hit more, and we have to manage the ice more because we need to play more draws.“We didn’t do it this time, it doesn’t mean we won’t do it next time.”With two major titles under its belt, Homan’s team can now turn its attention to the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. “We really wanted to bring back gold for Canada this time. “We’re hoping to be there and be that team at the end of the podium at the end of trails but if not we want to make sure that Team Canada is best represented.” Homan will have home ice advantage at the Roar of the Rings Olympic qualifying tournament, Dec. The fact that Homan advanced to the final without dropping a match only heightened expectations. Canada’s Rachel Homan knew there would be pressure heading into the final of the 2017 world women’s curling championship.Not only was Homan trying to erase past personal disappointments in her third appearance at the championship, but her Ottawa rink was being counted on to erase Canada’s lengthy title drought. but it was a great experience for us, especially heading into the Olympic Games.”Russia had trouble playing catch-up on Sunday and didn’t get a point until laying a single in the fifth end.Canada responded with a knockout punch in the sixth. Russia finished third in the previous three tournaments.“It’s always tough when you lose, especially when it’s the final but you know what, it’s history for my country,” Sidorova said. “We’ve lost that one and its tough, and we wanted to make sure we were doing exactly what we were going all week, because we knew that would lead us to the win.“Some tough breaks by their team cost them a few points but other than that we had a strong game. We haven’t won it in quite a while so we’re very proud of ourselves and we’re so grateful for the support we’ve received.“For sure there were butterflies but we get excited when we get nerves like that.”Canada’s last championship came in 2008, when Jennifer Jones was victorious in Vernon, B.C.

Raonic pulls out of Miami Open with hamstring injury

It got progressively worse after my first round. Third-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada withdrew from the Miami Open on Sunday with a hamstring injury.Raonic had been scheduled to play American qualifier Jared Donaldson in a third-round match.“It’s related to the previous injury I sustained almost four weeks ago… in Delray Beach,” he told reporters. It seemed like it was not possible for me to compete today without putting myself at significant risk.”Raonic said he would not return until he felt 100 per cent fit again.“That could be in two weeks; that could be a little bit longer.” “It’s the same muscle in the hamstring up high.