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Campbell’s goal caps Florida rally

Wed., April 18, 2012

Florida celebrates Brian Campbell’s goal completing Panthers’ comeback in 4-3 win over Devils. (Associated Press)
Florida celebrates Brian Campbell’s goal completing Panthers’ comeback in 4-3 win over Devils. (Associated Press)

NHL: Brian Campbell scored on a second-period power play and the Florida Panthers staged their greatest playoff comeback in franchise history, rallying from an early three-goal deficit to defeat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Tuesday night in Newark, N.J.

Sean Bergenheim, Jason Garrison and Mike Weaver also scored and Scott Clemmensen made 19 saves after replacing Jose Theodore early in giving the Panthers a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference first-round series.

Coyotes win in OT: Mikkel Boedker scored 13:15 into overtime, and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the host Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 to take a 2-1 lead in their wild and physical opening-round Western Conference playoff series.

Boedker scored from the left side of the net, beating goalie Corey Crawford as the teams played their third straight overtime game.

Predators lead Wings 3-1: Kevin Klein scored a go-ahead goal 6:25 into the third period and Pekka Rinne made 40 saves, lifting the visiting Nashville Predators to 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings and a 3-1 lead in the first-round Western Conference playoff series.

NHL suspends three: Chicago Blackhawks rookie forward Andrew Shaw was suspended for three games for his hit on Phoenix goalie Mike Smith in Game 2 of their opening-round playoff series.

The NHL also suspended Pittsburgh forward Arron Asham for four games – the remainder of his club’s series with the Philadelphia Flyers – and gave a one-game ban to Penguins teammate James Neal on Tuesday night for separate infractions.

Anthony helps keep Knicks’ hopes alive

NBA: Carmelo Anthony had 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double, and the New York Knicks made 19 3-pointers to keep alive their Atlantic Division title hopes with a 118-110 victory over the visiting Boston Celtics.

JR Smith and Steve Novak both scored 25 points for the Knicks, who overcame a season-high 43 points from Paul Pierce and moved into sole possession of seventh place in the Eastern Conference while trimming Boston’s division lead to 3 1/2 games. The Knicks improved to 14-5 under interim coach Mike Woodson.

Pacers win sixth straight: Danny Granger scored 24 points, and Roy Hibbert had 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead the visiting Indiana Pacers to their sixth straight win, 102-97 over the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Pacers won their fifth straight road game and 10th of 11 overall and seem to be hitting their stride as the postseason nears. The Pacers play their final four games on the road and, barring a complete collapse, should earn the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Spurs rout Lakers: Tony Parker had 29 points and 13 assists, Tim Duncan had 19 points and eight rebounds, and the visiting San Antonio Spurs handed the Los Angeles Lakers their worst loss of the season, 112-91.

Andrew Bynum had 21 points and seven rebounds for the Lakers, whose Pacific Division lead over the Clippers dwindled to a half-game.

Kentucky starters heading to NBA

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Kentucky’s starting lineup of three freshmen and two sophomores did most everything together. Now, they will go their separate ways in the NBA.

Freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague, and sophomores Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb declared for the draft in a nationally televised news conference.

The group, all clad in similar blue UK golf shirts, came into the season largely untested before ascending to No. 1, winning the Southeastern Conference in dominating fashion and capping an NCAA tournament run with a 67-59 victory over Kansas in the title game for the school’s eighth championship.

The five join seniors Darius Miller, who is also projected to be drafted, and Eloy Vargas in leaving the program.

Former mistress resigns at Arkansas

Miscellany: The former mistress of fired University of Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino has resigned from her position with the program.

Jessica Dorrell’s decision to step down as the football team’s student-athlete development coordinator was mutual and there are no immediate plans to refill the job, athletic director Jeff Long said in a statement.

Dorrell will be paid about $14,000 to settle “all matters between the parties.”

U.S. juniors beat Canada: Frankie Vatrano scored the winning goal in the third period to lead the United States to a 5-3 victory over Canada at the world under-18 hockey championship in Brno, Czech Republic .

Vatrano scored 6:39 into the final period. Matt Grzelcyk, Riley Barber, Seth Jones and Matt Lane also scored for the Americans (4-0), the three-time defending champions.

The Americans finished on top of Group A and earned a bye directly into the semifinal round.


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