April 26, 2010 in Sports

In brief: Canucks wrap up series with win over Kings

From Staff And Wire Reports
 
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Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo blocks a shot by Los Angeles right wing Dustin Brown.
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NHL: Daniel Sedin scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:03 to play, and the Vancouver Canucks rallied from another third-period deficit to finish off their first-round series against the Los Angeles Kings with a 4-2 victory in Game 6 Sunday night at Los Angeles.

Roberto Luongo made 30 saves while keeping Vancouver close in its third straight victory over Los Angeles, and Kevin Bieksa tied it early in the third period for the third-seeded Canucks.

Sedin then skated in to collect a loose puck and snapped a shot over goalie Jonathan Quick, sending Vancouver to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs for the third time in four seasons.

Drew Doughty and Alexander Frolov scored and Quick stopped 18 shots for the sixth-seeded Kings, who struggled to finish close games in their first playoff appearance since 2002.

Steve Bernier scored an early goal for Vancouver, and Alex Burrows put his first goal of the postseason into an empty net with 1:07 left.

Mikael Samuelsson failed to score a goal for the first time in his remarkable series, but still earned two assists – including an accidental helper on Sedin’s decisive goal when he apparently broke his stick on a slap shot – to finish with 11 points.

Frolov opened the scoring by gathering the puck behind the net, holding off Henrik Sedin with an arm while circling and firing a shot past Luongo in the far corner. The inconsistent Russian hadn’t scored a goal in the first five games against Vancouver.

Coyotes force Game 7 with road win: The Phoenix Coyotes scored their first three goals on special teams and Ilya Bryzgalov made 31 saves in a 5-2 win over the host Detroit Red Wings to force Game 7.

Phoenix will host the final game of the first-round series on Tuesday night.

Lauri Korpikoski scored a short-handed goal 4:10 into the game to spark the win.

Mathieu Schneider snapped the Coyotes’ 0-for-19 skid on the power play with a goal early in the second for a 2-0 lead and Radim Vrbata scored with the man advantage midway through the period to restore the two-goal lead.

Wojtek Wolski’s even-strength goal put Phoenix ahead 4-1 late in the second.

Jimmy Howard made 24 saves for the Red Wings.

Verdasco wins Barcelona Open

Tennis: Spain’s Fernando Verdasco beat Robin Soderling of Sweden 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to win the Barcelona Open at Barcelona, Spain, for his second title this season.

The fifth-seeded Verdasco broke Soderling on consecutive service games to take the first set before faltering in the second set to even the match.

“I wasn’t planning to play this week so you can imagine my feelings right now. It’s incredible,” the ninth-ranked Verdasco said after improving his overall record in finals to 5-7 while snapping a four-match losing streak to Soderling.

Clijsters out up to six weeks with torn foot muscle: Kim Clijsters is out for up to six weeks after tearing a muscle in her left foot during a Fed Cup singles match Saturday at Brussels.

The injury forced her to pull out of Sunday’s reverse singles in the best-of-five series against Estonia, and casts doubt on whether the U.S. Open champion will be able to play in next month’s French Open.

Clijsters beat Maret Ani 6-4, 6-2 Saturday despite discomfort in her left foot in the second set.

Vinokourov wins prestigious race

Miscellany: Kazakhstan’s Alexander Vinokourov broke clear of Alexandr Kolobnev in a long sprint to the finish to win the 96th Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic at Liege, Belgium.

It was Vinokourov’s biggest victory since returning from a two-year suspension for blood doping. There were plenty of whistles when Vinokourov, who won the race in 2005, crossed the line.

Vinokourov won the 160-mile race, cycling’s oldest and one of its most prestigious, in 6 hours, 37 minutes, 48 seconds, holding a 6-second gap over Russia’s Kolobnev, who was a world championship runner-up twice over the past three years.

Kebede wins London Marathon: Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia won the London Marathon for the first time to end Kenya’s six-year winning streak Sunday, while Liliya Shobukhova led a 1-2 Russian finish in the women’s race.

Kebede improved on last year’s second-place finish, completing the 26.2-mile race in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 19 seconds despite being bothered by the wet conditions.

Shobukhova made it two marathon victories out of three by becoming the first Russian woman to prevail in London, winning in 2:22:00 to hold off compatriot Inga Abitova.

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