NHL: Erik Karlsson and Chris Kelly scored on power plays in the second period and the Ottawa Senators ignored their underdog tag and the Pittsburgh Penguins’ recent playoff success, surprising the Stanley Cup champions with a 5-4 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first-round series Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.
Evgeni Malkin scored twice following penalties on Peter Regin, the first barely 3 minutes into the game, but the Penguins looked mostly flat and uninspired for long periods in beginning their bid to become the NHL’s first repeat champion since Detroit in 1998.
Sidney Crosby, who piled up 15 points in his final five regular-season games, had three assists but didn’t get a shot until the third period and the fourth-seeded Penguins – seemingly unprepared for fifth-seeded Ottawa’s defensive pressure – were held to a single shot during a stretch lasting 21 minutes, 53 seconds.
•Avalanche stun Sharks: Chris Stewart’s shot deflected off San Jose defender Rob Blake’s skate and into the net with 50 seconds left in regulation to give the eighth-seeded Colorado Avalanche a 2-1 victory over the top-seeded Sharks in the opener of the first-round series at San Jose, Calif.
San Jose has lost Game 1 at home in its past four playoff series.
•Coyotes grab 1-0 lead: Derek Morris broke a tie early in the third period and assisted on two other power-play goals as the fourth-seeded Phoenix Coyotes edged the fifth-seeded Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in Game 1 of the first-round series in Glendale, Ariz.
•Flyers open with win on road: Brian Boucher had 23 saves in his first playoff start in eight years and the seventh-seeded Philadelphia Flyers beat the second-seeded New Jersey Devils 2-1 in Game 1 of their first-round Eastern Conference series in Newark, N.J.
Philadelphia won five of six games against New Jersey during the regular season.
Roethlisberger works out for first time
NFL: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took part in offseason conditioning work for the first time this spring.
Roethlisberger reported to the Steelers’ practice facility one day after he met with commissioner Roger Goodell in New York to discuss the two-time Super Bowl winner’s off-field problems.
Bulls grab final playoff berth
NBA: The Chicago Bulls clinched the NBA’s last unclaimed playoff spot as Derrick Rose scored 27 points and Joakim Noah added 21 points and 13 rebounds in a 98-89 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats in Charlotte, N.C.
•Mavericks No. 2 in West: Jason Kidd and Jason Terry led a 16-2 run at the end of the first quarter, putting the Dallas Mavericks ahead for good on their way to a 96-89 victory over the visiting San Antonio Spurs that sets up a first-round playoff matchup between these teams.
Dallas clinched the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.
•Magic set record: The Orlando Magic set a record for most 3-pointers in a single season.
Vince Carter made the Magic’s 838th shot from beyond the arc just before halftime in a 125-111 win over the visiting Philadelphia 76ers. That surpasses the mark of 837 set by the 2005-06 Phoenix Suns.
•Durant youngest scoring champ: Kevin Durant scored 31 points to finish the season as the youngest scoring champion in NBA history, and the Oklahoma City Thunder survived a sloppy second half to head into the postseason with a 114-105 win over the visiting Memphis Grizzlies.
The 21-year-old Durant finished with an average of 30.1 points, 0.4 ahead of Cleveland’s LeBron James, and supplanted 22-year-old Max Zaslofsky of the 1947-48 Chicago Stags as the youngest scoring champ in league history.
•Sixers coach will be fired: A person familiar with the decision has told the Associated Press that Philadelphia 76ers coach Eddie Jordan will be fired today after one season on the job.
Rebuilding Kentucky signs two players
Miscellany: Men’s basketball coach John Calipari’s rebuilding project at Kentucky is well under way.
The Wildcats signed center Enes Kanter and received a commitment from guard Brandon Knight – a McDonald’s All-American – to fill some of the holes left by the defection of five players to the NBA.
•Green retains title: Australian Danny Green retained his IBO cruiserweight world boxing title with a third-round knockout of Puerto Rico’s Manny Siaca in Perth, Australia.
•Indy 500 qualifying changes: Winning the Indianapolis 500 pole just got trickier – and more rewarding.
The top nine qualifiers on May 22 must return to the track for a late afternoon, 90-minute “shootout” to claim the No. 1 starting spot. The winner will earn an additional $100,000 over last year’s winnings.
•Coach killer sentenced: Mark Becker, who gunned down Allison, Iowa, prep football coach Ed Thomas 10 months ago, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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