Strange goal lifts Buffalo over Phoenix
NHL: Ryan Miller made 36 saves and Mark Pysyk scored an unusual goal at 3:47 of overtime to lift the Sabres to a 2-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes in Buffalo, N.Y., on Monday night.
Pysyk, a call-up from Buffalo’s AHL affiliate in Rochester, scored when his deflected shot hit Martin Hanzal and became lodged in the back Mike Smith’s jersey. The goalie retreated into his crease, unwittingly carrying the puck across the line for a goal and ending the game.
• Flames beat Blues in shootout: Joe Colborne scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Flames an improbable 4-3, come-from-behind win over St. Louis in Calgary, Alberta.
Mark Giordano forced overtime by dramatically scoring the tying goal with five seconds left in the third period.
• Rangers top Leafs in shootout: Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan scored shootout goals, and backup goalie Cam Talbot earned his second win in two nights as the New York Rangers shook off a late tying goal and beat the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1.
• Ducks rally for ninth straight win: Hampus Lindholm scored the game-winner at 14:24 of the third period and the Anaheim Ducks rallied past the Washington Capitals 3-2 to extend their franchise-best winning streak to nine games.
• Blue Jackets storm past Hurricanes: Ryan Johansen and Jack Skille scored 1:28 apart late in the third period to rally the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C.
• Lightning win fifth straight: Martin St. Louis had a goal and two assists and the Tampa Bay Lightning extended their winning streak to five games with a 6-1 win over the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, Fla.
• Sharks top Avs in shootout: Joe Pavelski scored with just under 20 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau scored in the shootout to lift the Sharks to a 5-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche in San Jose, Calif.
James, Heat handle Hawks in overtime
NBA: LeBron James scored 38 points, Michael Beasley made a pair of go-ahead free throws with 9.2 seconds left, and the Heat beat the visiting Atlanta Hawks 121-119 in overtime.
Miami wasted an early 13-0 lead, then rallied from seven points down in the final 90 seconds of the fourth quarter. Ray Allen made three free throws with 8 seconds left in regulation to send it to overtime.
• Knicks win game, lose Anthony: Carmelo Anthony had 19 points before leaving the game with a sprained left ankle in the third quarter, but the New York Knicks were able to hang on for a 103-98 victory over the Magic in Orlando, Fla.
• Bobcats slip past Bucks in OT: Al Jefferson scored a season-high 26 points, Kemba Walker nearly had a triple double and the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111-110 in overtime in Charlotte, N.C.
Top-ranked Wildcats rout Lumberjacks
Men’s basketball: Nick Johnson scored 20 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 14 and top-ranked Arizona (13-0) rolled over Northern Arizona 77-44 in Tucson, Ariz.
The Wildcats dominated the Lumberjacks (3-8) defensively, holding them to 36 percent shooting while scoring 18 points off 23 turnovers.
Brandon Ashley had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats.
Hernandez judge weighs gag order
Miscellany: A Massachusetts judge may impose a formal gag order in the murder case against former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez after his attorneys accused the state of allowing leaks that jeopardize his right to a fair trial.
The defense said at a Fall River Superior Court hearing that the prosecution has allowed out-of-court statements about the case. They say Hernandez is entitled to a fair trial before a jury that hasn’t been “poisoned” by prejudicial information.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the June shooting death of Odin Lloyd.
• San Francisco mayor calls for America’s Cup return: In a strong sign that the America’s Cup could return to the San Francisco Bay in 2017, Mayor Ed Lee has proposed to organizers that the main venue and team bases be centralized on the Embarcadero and that the schedule be more consistent and condensed.
Lee said in a letter to the America’s Cup Event Authority that the city is making the proposal “with great enthusiasm, guided by the lessons learned and practical experience of the 34th America’s Cup.”
The city and the America’s Cup Event Authority must still agree to a host city for the 35th America’s Cup, with that agreement needing the approval of the board of supervisors.