April 27, 2013 in Sports

Oilers delay playoff plans for Minnesota

From Staff And Wire Reports
 
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Minnesota center Kyle Brodziak falls on the puck as the Wild find path to playoffs blocked by Oilers and goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.
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NHL: Corey Potter and Nail Yakupov both scored two goals, and the Edmonton Oilers prevented the Minnesota Wild from clinching a spot in the Western Conference playoffs with a 6-1 rout on Friday night at St. Paul, Minn.

Minnesota will enter today’s season finale at Colorado tied with Columbus for eighth place in the West, one point behind seventh-place Detroit. Minnesota owns the tiebreaker and can secure a postseason spot with a win.

If Detroit gets a point in its season finale, Columbus wins, and Minnesota loses, the Wild would be eliminated.

Sabres finish with win: Thomas Vanek scored the lone goal in the shootout, and Ryan Miller made 30 saves before the tiebreaker to give Buffalo a 2-1 victory over the visiting New York Islanders in the regular- season finale for both teams.

The Islanders moved up to sixth place in the Eastern Conference but will need help to stay there. The Islanders (24-17-7) lead the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators by one point, but the Rangers have one game left, and Ottawa has two remaining this weekend.

• Blackhawks keep rolling: Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews scored 3:28 apart in the first period, and Chicago beat Calgary 3-1 in Chicago.

Marcus Kruger added a goal in the third period for the Blackhawks, who clinched the Presidents’ Trophy on Wednesday and are 11-1-2 in their past 14 games.

Winterhawks advance to WHL final

WHL playoffs: Ty Rattie scored a crucial short-handed goal and added a power-play assist in the third period as the Portland Winterhawks defeated the visiting Kamloops Blazers 4-1 to win the Western Conference final for the third straight season, this time in five games.

• Oil Kings roll in Game 5: Laurent Brossoit made 28 saves as the Edmonton Oil Kings defeated the Calgary Hitmen 5-1 in Edmonton, Alberta, to grab a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference final.

Glover, Weekley in tight battle

Golf: Lucas Glover birdied his final hole to take a one-stroke lead over Boo Weekley after the second round of the Zurich Classic in Avondale, La.

Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open winner, shot a 5-under 67 to reach 12 under at TPC Louisiana. Weekley had a 68.

D.A. Points was 10 under after a 68.

Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old Chinese amateur playing on a sponsor exemption, followed his opening 72 with a 69 to finish 3 under and easily made the cut.

• Shaky Masson maintains LPGA lead: Caroline Masson bogeyed three of her last four holes for an even-par 71, leaving her with a one-stroke lead after the second round of the inaugural North Texas LPGA Shootout in Irving, Texas.

The German player was 7 under overall at Las Colinas Country Club. Spain’s Carlota Ciganda was second after a 70.

Wendy Ward of Edwall, Wash., was right on the cut line with a two-round total 145.

• Faxon and Sluman go 10 under: Brad Faxon’s steady putting helped him and teammate Jeff Sluman to 10 birdies and a one-shot lead in the Champions Tour’s Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in Savannah, Ga.

Faxon had seven birdies as the duo combined for a 10-under-par round in the better-ball team competition at the Club at Savannah Harbor.

Champions Tour points leader Bernhard Langer and teammate Tom Lehman were next at 9 under.

Craig Stadler and Kirk Triplett were among three teams at 64.

Nadal wins twice to reach semifinals

Tennis: Seven-time winner Rafael Nadal won back-to-back matches to advance to the semifinals of the Barcelona Open.

After rain forced several third-round matches to be pushed back, Nadal started the day by beating Benoit Paire of France 7-6 (2), 6-2.

The fifth-ranked Spaniard then defeated Albert Ramos 6-3, 6-0.

Nadal will face Milos Raonic in the semifinals today. Fourth-seeded Nicolas Almagro will play Philipp Kohlschreiber in the other semifinal.

Nadal has won 37 straight matches on the Real Club de Tenis’ red clay and is on course to make his sixth straight final this year after returning from a seven-month injury layoff.

Sharapova advances after three-setter: Top-seeded Maria Sharapova outlasted Ana Ivanovic 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 to advance to the semifinals of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany.

Sharapova will play third-seeded Angelique Kerber in the semifinals. Bethanie Mattek-Sands, an American qualifier, will play second-seeded Li Na in today’s other semifinal.


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