April 17, 2010 in Sports

In brief: Sharks stun Avalanche in overtime

From Staff And Wire Reports
 
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Associated Press San Jose’s Devin Setoguchi, left, is congratulated by Manny Malhotra after Setoguchi scored the winning goal in overtime.
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NHL playoffs: Devin Setoguchi deflected in a loose puck in front of the net for a power-play goal 5:32 into overtime and the San Jose Sharks rallied to even their first-round series, beating the Colorado Avalanche 6-5 in Game 2 at San Jose, Calif.

Joe Pavelski tied it for the Sharks with 31.3 seconds left in regulation, and Setoguchi won it with his second goal of the game with Adam Foote in the penalty box for Colorado for interference.

The Sharks avoided dropping the first two games at home for a third straight playoff series. The series shifts to Denver for Games 3 and 4 beginning Sunday night.

Evgeni Nabokov earned his fifth overtime win in 13 playoff games. He allowed five goals on the first 13 shots he faced, getting mock applause when he stopped an easy dump-in midway through the third period.

But he made three tough saves in overtime, stopping 17 shots on the night.

Dumont leads Predators past Blackhawks: J.P. Dumont scored twice in the final period and the Nashville Predators won for the first time on the road in the playoffs, rallying to beat the host Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 on in the Western Conference quarterfinal opener.

Pekka Rinne made 25 saves in his playoff debut for the Predators. Patrick Kane had Chicago’s lone goal in the second period. Jerred Smithson and Martin Erat added empty-net goals in the final 48 seconds.

Crosby stars as Penguins beat Senators: Sidney Crosby scored a goal, prevented one and his deft stickhandling led to Kris Letang’s winner late in the third period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins rebounded to beat the visiting Ottawa Senators 2-1 to even the Eastern Conference first-round series at a game apiece.

Letang’s shot with 4:12 left beat goalie Brian Elliott, who made 29 saves but didn’t get any support after Peter Regin scored on the Senators’ first shot 18 seconds into the game.

Devils beat Flyers with two late goals: At Newark, N.J., Dainius Zubrus scored on a rebound with 4:04 to play and the New Jersey Devils beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 to even the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series at a game apiece.

Zach Parise, Colin White, Andy Greene and Ilya Kovalchuk also scored and Martin Brodeur stopped 26 shots for New Jersey. Aaron Asham, Claude Giroux and Chris Pronger scored for the Flyers.

•Zetterberg’s hat trick too much for Coyotes: At Glendale, Ariz., Henrik Zetterberg scored three goals, including the winner with 6:06 left, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Phoenix Coyotes 7-4 to even the first-round Western Conference series at a game apiece.

Linemate Valtteri Filppula scored twice and Justin Abdelkader and Pavel Datsyuk added goals for Detroit.

Shane Doan, Matthew Lombardi, Wojtek Wolski and Keith Yandle scored for Phoenix.

Choi falters as three share Verizon lead

Golf: A grueling Masters finally caught up to K.J. Choi at Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Jim Furyk, Charles Howell III and Greg Owen took advantage to top the second-round leaderboard of the Verizon Heritage. Furyk (68), Howell (67) and Owen (69) were tied at 7-under-par 135.

Choi opened with a 64 on Thursday. He couldn’t maintain that pace and fell three shots off the lead after a 74 at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Alex Prugh (Ferris) shot a 2-over 73 for a two-day total of 145, missing the cut by three strokes.

Rice misses cut in Nationwide event: Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice shot a 5-over 76 – seven strokes better than his opening 83 – in the Fresh Express Classic at Hayward, Calif., to miss the cut in his Nationwide Tour debut. The 47-year-old former 49ers star, also the tournament host, had three birdies, three bogeys, a double bogey and a triple bogey in the second round.

O’Meara leads after first round of Pro-Am: Mark O’Meara shot a 6-under 65, taking a one-stroke lead over Mike Reid and defending champion Nick Price in the first round of the Outback Steak- house Pro-Am at Lutz, Fla.

Two-time champion Tom Watson shot a 67. Joining him at 4 under were Tom Pernice Jr., Tommy Armour III, Bernhard Langer, Russ Cochran and Tom Jenkins.

Nordqvist wins Mojo 6 match play: Anna Nordqvist won the inaugural Mojo 6 LPGA Invitational at Montego Bay, Jamaica, beating Amanda Blumenherst 1-up in the six-hole championship match in the unofficial event at Cinnamon Hill.

In the third-place match, Cristie Kerr beat Yeon Choi on the sixth playoff hole.

Wozniacki advances, Jankovic upset

Miscellany: Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the semifinals of the Family Circle Cup with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Nadia Petrova at Charleston, S.C. Second-seeded Jelena Jankovic was upset by Daniela Hantuchova 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.

In today’s semifinal, Wozniacki meets Vera Zvonareva who defeated Melanie Oudin 7-5, 6-2. Hantuchova faces Samantha Stosur, a 6-4, 6-1 winner over Peng Shuai.

Michigan wins men’s gymnastics title: Aided by the all-around victory by junior Chris Cameron, Michigan won its first NCAA men’s gymnastics team title in 11 years with a narrow victory over Stanford at West Point, N.Y.

Michigan posted a final score of 360.500, beating Stanford by 0.7 of a point.

Oklahoma was third, followed by Illinois, California and Ohio State.


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