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Capitals push Bruins to brink of elimination

Washington Capitals’ Troy Brouwer celebrates his winning goal Saturday with teammate Marcus Johansson. (Associated Press)
Washington Capitals’ Troy Brouwer celebrates his winning goal Saturday with teammate Marcus Johansson. (Associated Press)

NHL: Troy Brouwer scored on a power play with 1:27 left, giving the visiting Washington Capitals a 4-3 victory Saturday and moving the defending champion Boston Bruins a loss away from elimination.

Brouwer gave the Capitals a 3-2 series lead with his second goal of the playoffs, beating goalie Tim Thomas over the glove with a wrist shot from the right circle. It came with 37 seconds left on a slashing penalty against Benoit Pouliot.

The Bruins, who trailed 2-0 and 3-2, tied it at 8:47 of the third period on Johnny Boychuk’s goal.

The Capitals can wrap up the best-of-7 series at home today.

• Panthers take lead over Devils: Kris Versteeg scored a goal and set up another, Jose Theodore made 30 saves for his second postseason shutout, and the Florida Panthers moved a win away from their first series win in 16 years with a 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils in Sunrise, Fla.

• Senators top Rangers, take series lead: Craig Anderson stopped 41 shots to make Jason Spezza’s first-period goal stand up, and the visiting Ottawa Senators pushed the top-seeded New York Rangers to the brink of elimination with a 2-0 victory.

• Blues beat Sharks: Jamie Langenbrunner and David Perron scored in a 45-second span in the third period, and St. Louis Blues woke up in time to put away the visiting San Jose Sharks 3-1 and wrap up the first-round series in five games.

• Chicago avoids elimination in OT: Jonathan Toews scored 2:44 into overtime and Chicago Blackhawks staved off elimination with a 2-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz.

Madrid shows Barcelona defeat

Soccer: Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the 73rd minute to send Barcelona to its first loss in 55 home games and put visiting Real Madrid on the cusp of breaking the three-year hold on the Spanish league crown with a 2-1 win.

Nuggets beat Suns; Nash makes history

NBA: Ty Lawson went 5 of 5 on 3-pointers and had 29 points and 10 assists to lead visiting Denver to a 118-107 victory over the Phoenix Suns that clinched a playoff berth for the Nuggets.

Steve Nash of the Suns had 13 assists, nine in the first quarter, and passed Oscar Robertson into fifth place on the NBA’s career list.

• Wade hurt as Heat lose to Wizards: LeBron James and Chris Bosh sat out the game, Dwyane Wade played and injured his finger, and the Miami Heat lost 86-84 to the visiting Washington Wizards.

Nadal, Djokovic in Monte Carlo final

Tennis: Rafael Nadal advanced to the Monte Carlo final without dropping a set in a 6-3, 6-4 win over Gilles Simon, while Novak Djokovic rallied from a set down to beat Tomas Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in Monaco. They meet today in the final.

• Williams gives U.S. lead against Ukraine: Serena Williams overpowered Ukrainian teenager Elina Svitolina 6-2, 6-1 to give the United States a 2-0 lead in the Fed Cup playoff series in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

In the opening match, American Christina McHale defeated Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 on clay at the Superior Golf and Spa Resort.

Curtis holds Texas Open’s top spot

Golf: Ben Curtis remained in position for his first PGA Tour victory since 2006 despite his first stumbles at the Texas Open, shooting a 1-over-par 73 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round in San Antonio.

• Two teams share lead: David Frost and Michael Allen birdied nine of the first 13 holes and combined for a 9-under 63 for a share of the second-round lead with Tom Purtzer and Brad Bryant in the Legends of Golf at Savannah, Ga.

• Miyazato wins eighth LPGA Tour event: Japan’s Ai Miyazato won the LPGA LOTTE Championship for her eighth career LPGA Tour title, birdieing three of the last six holes for a 2-under 70 and a four-stroke victory at Kapolei, Hawaii.

Alabama wins women’s gymnastics

Miscellany: Ashley Priess closed Alabama’s decisive balance beam rotation with a 9.950 and the Crimson Tide edged top seed Florida to win their second straight NCAA women’s gymnastics championship in Duluth, Ga.

• Burroughs, Varner earn Olympic wrestling bids: Reigning world champion Jordan Burroughs won the 74-kilogram freestyle spot at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City, Iowa.

World bronze medalist Jake Varner also earned a bid.

All Squared Away wins Lexington Stakes at 70-1: The 70-1 long shot All Squared Away rallied to win the $200,000 Grade 3 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland, spoiling the Kentucky Derby chances of many in Lexington, Ky.

• The Lumber Guy wins: The Lumber Guy beat Brigand by 2 3/4 lengths in the $200,000 Jerome Stakes for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct in New York.

• Capital Plan wins Santa Barbara Handicap: Capital Plan beat Cambina by 1 1/2 lengths to earn victory in the $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap for older fillies and mares at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.



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