April 23, 2012 in Sports

Kings knock off top-seeded Canucks in 5

 
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From left, Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux, Erik Gustafsson and Jaromir Jagr watch the replay of Gustafsson’s second-period goal.
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NHL: Jarret Stoll beat Cory Schneider with a wrist shot at 4:27 of overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings a 2-1 victory in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sunday night, knocking out the top-seeded Canucks in five games in the Western Conference first-round series.

Stoll scored from the left wing after a turnover at Vancouver blue line. The forward skated in on a 2-on-1, but took the shot himself, picking the top-left corner above Schneider’s blocker.

Brad Richardson tied it for Los Angeles at 3:21 of the third period, and Jonathan Quick made 26 saves.

Henrik Sedin opened the scoring for Vancouver with a power-play goal in the first period.

Schneider made 35 saves in his third straight start after Roberto Luongo lost the first two games.

The Kings will play the second-seeded St. Louis Blues in the second round.

The Canucks dropped out in the first round after leading the NHL in regular-season points for the second straight year.

• Giroux leads Flyers past Penguins: Claude Giroux wrapped up a dominant series with his sixth goal, Ilya Bryzgalov had his first outstanding effort in net and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 to win their Eastern Conference opening-round series in six games.

Giroux scored only 32 seconds into the game, and the Flyers rolled from there. In a series where no lead was safe, the Flyers scored the first three goals and made it stand behind stout defense and stellar play out of Bryzgalov.

Bryzgalov gave up only Evgeni Malkin’s goal in the second period while turning away 30 shots.

• Bruins force Game 7 with Capitals: Tyler Seguin scored at 3:17 of overtime, Tim Thomas made 36 saves, and the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins beat the Capitals in Washington to force a seventh game in the Eastern Conference series.

In overtime, David Krejci intercepted a pass by Nicklas Backstrom and sent the puck to Milan Lucic, who passed ahead to Seguin. Seguin, who entered the game without a point in the series, veered slightly to his right to draw goalie Braden Holtby from the net, then lifted a shot past the rookie to win it.

Game 7 is Wednesday night in Boston.

Lakers rally to top Thunder in double OT

NBA: Kobe Bryant scored six of his 26 points in the second overtime, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from an 18-point deficit in the second half for a 114-106 home victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Metta World Peace scored 12 points before getting ejected late in the second quarter for a vicious elbow to the back of James Harden’s head while celebrating a dunk. Harden, who had 14 points, briefly returned to Oklahoma City’s bench, but didn’t play again.

Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to miss 42 of their 56 shots. Pau Gasol had 20 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists for Los Angeles

• Knicks edge Hawks: Carmelo Anthony scored 39 points, and the visiting New York Knicks outlasted the Atlanta Hawks 113-112 in a game between two playoff-bound teams still battling for postseason seeding.

The Hawks took their final lead at 112-111 on Joe Johnson’s 3-pointer with 1:50 left. Anthony countered with a jumper 10 seconds later.

Amare Stoudemire blocked a dunk attempt by Atlanta’s Marvin Williams moments before the buzzer. Stoudemire started at center in place of Tyson Chandler, who was resting a sore knee.

• Kings hand Bobcats 20th straight loss: DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points and 10 rebounds, and Sacramento handed the Bobcats their 20th straight loss with a 114-88 victory in Charlotte, N.C.

• No Love in Minnesota: The Minnesota Timberwolves are shutting All-Star forward Kevin Love down for the final two games of the regular season to play it safe while he recovers from a concussion.

Love – fourth in the league with 26 points per game and second in rebounding with 13.3 per game – has not played since suffering a concussion and strained neck against Denver on April 11.

Nadal finally earns win over Djokovic

Tennis: Rafael Nadal finally managed to beat Novak Djokovic in a final, thrashing the top-ranked Serb 6-3, 6-1 in Monaco to win the clay-court Monte Carlo Masters for the eighth consecutive year and end a run of seven straight defeats to his rival in title matches.

Nadal was hardly troubled by Djokovic this time and broke the Serb’s serve five times in a one-sided matchup.

He thrust his hands in the air after clinching victory in style with an ace that flew past the beleaguered Djokovic, who beat Nadal in an epic Australian Open final this year.

• Williams leads U.S. over Ukraine: Serena Williams defeated Lesia Tsurenko 6-3, 6-2 in Kharkiv, Ukraine, to send the United States back into the Fed Cup World Group by clinching a series victory over Ukraine.

Williams’ win gave the U.S. an unassailable 3-0 lead. Christina McHale later won 7-5, 6-3 against 17-year-old Ukrainian Elina Svitolina to secure a sweep of the singles matches. Americans Liezel Huber and Sloane Stephens completed a 5-0 rout with a 6-4, 6-1 win over 19-year-old twins Lyudmyla and Nadiya Kichenok in doubles.

Williams was making her first Fed Cup appearance on foreign soil in more than a decade to become eligible for the U.S. team at the London Olympics.

• Serbia tops Russia in Fed Cup semis: Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic won their reverse singles matches in Moscow to put Serbia into the Fed Cup final for the first time with a 3-2 victory over Russia.

Jankovic defeated two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 6-4 to give Serbia an insurmountable 3-1 lead in the semifinal.

Ivanovic had put Serbia up 2-1 on the indoor clay court at the Megasport Arena, rallying to beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 in the first reverse singles.

Serbia will face defending champion Czech Republic in the final in November.

Streak ends at 47 for SE Mo.’s Parmley

Miscellany: Southeast Missouri’s Kenton Parmley went without a hit against Tennessee Tech, ending his hitting streak at 47 games – tied for the third-longest in NCAA Division I history.

Parmley, whose streak began on May 17, 2011, against Mississippi, went 0 for 3 in the Redhawks’ 3-1 victory in Cape Girardeau, Mo. The senior shortstop, hitting .402 this season, has still reached base safely in 57 straight games after being hit by a pitch.

Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura holds the record by hitting in 58 straight games in 1987 with Oklahoma State.

• U.S. duo wins beach volleyball event in Brazil: Olympic champions Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers defeated Matt Fuerbringer and Nick Lucena 21-17, 21-18 in an all-American final in the season-opening beach volleyball World Tour event.

Dalhausser and Rogers, gold medalists in Beijing, needed 44 minutes to beat their countrymen in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia, earning their third straight title at the event.

• Ding wins NCAA titles on bars, floor: Georgia’s Kat Ding defended her NCAA women’s gymnastics championship on the uneven bars and added another title on the floor exercise in Duluth, Ga.

Four of six judges awarded the senior perfect 10s on the uneven bars, and her winning average was 9.9875. Ding won the floor exercise with a score of 9.950.

Alabama, which won its second straight team championship Saturday, added an individual title when Geralen Stack-Eaton won the balance beam with a 9.9375 score. Florida’s Kytra Hunter won the vault with a 9.875.


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