February 2, 2013 in Sports

Blackhawks force OT, lose in shootout

From Staff And Wire Reports
 
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Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford allows the game-winning goal to Vancouver Canucks’ Jordan Schroeder.
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NHL: Jordan Schroeder scored in a shootout to give the Vancouver Canucks a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Friday night.

Schroeder, who hasn’t scored a traditional goal in the regular season, fired a low, hard shot that squeaked through the pads of goalie Corey Crawford.

Alex Edler scored in regulation for the Canucks.

Patrick Kane had the lone goal for the Blackhawks, tying it at 9:42 of the third period. Chicago lost its second straight in a shootout after starting the season with six victories.

Chicago controlled overtime, outshooting Vancouver 4-1. The Blackhawks were also awarded a power play with 1:11 left when Vancouver defenseman Jason Garrison was called for high-sticking. Chicago, which outshot Vancouver 28-22, was 0 for 5 on the power play.

• Lightning continue sizzling start: Cory Conacher had two goals and an assist to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning past the Winnipeg Jets 8-3 in Tampa, Fla.

The Lightning, 6-1-0 this season, have scored five or more goals in four consecutive games.

• Also in the NHL: Henrik Zetterberg scored three goals and his second assist of the game set up Pavel Datsyuk’s tiebreaking goal at 9:38 of third period, lifting Detroit to a 5-3 victory over visiting St. Louis. … Dan Ellis made 33 saves for his first shutout in more than two years and Eric Staal scored the game’s only goal as Carolina improved to 9-0-1 in its last 10 home games against Otttawa, defeating the Senators 1-0 in Raleigh, N.C.

Pacers seem to have Heat’s number

NBA: David West scored 30 points and Paul George added 15 on Friday night, leading Indiana to a 102-89 victory over Miami in Indianapolis.

The Pacers have won 13 in a row at home and two straight overall since losing three straight on the road. Indiana and the New York Knicks are the only teams in the league to beat the defending NBA champs twice this season.

Miami was led by LeBron James with 28 points and Dwayne Wade with 17.

• Gay delivers in Raptors debut: Rudy Gay wowed a sellout crowd by scoring 20 points in his Toronto debut, leading the Raptors to a rout of the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers, 98-73 in Toronto.

The Clippers played without Matt Barnes who served a one-game suspension for stricking Greg Stiemsma of the Minnesota Timberwolves in the neck during Wednesday’s game.

Amir Johnson had 19 points and matched his career high with 16 rebounds for the Raptors. DeMar DeRozan also scored 19 as Toronto welcomed Gay with a winning effort two days after he was acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies in a three-team trade that also included Detroit.

• Also in the NBA: Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, Amare Stoudemire had 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench, and the New York Knicks defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 96-86 in New York. … Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett each had a double-double, and the Boston Celtics responded to yet another blow to their lineup with a 97-84 win over the visiting Orlando Magic, who lost their eighth straight game. The Celtics were without Jared Sulling, who had back surgery on Friday and will miss the rest of the season. … Tayshaun Prince scored 14 points in his Memphis debut, including a pair of key fourth-quarter jumpers, as the Grizzlies defeated the visiting Washington Wizards 85-76.

• Van Exel’s son sentenced after murder conviction: A Texas jury sentenced the son of former NBA player Nick Van Exel to 60 years in prison Friday in the shooting death of a longtime friend.

Nickey Maxwell Van Exel, 22, received the punishment a day after the same jury in Dallas County in North Texas found him guilty of murder.

U.S. builds lead in Davis Cup

Tennis: John Isner and Sam Querrey each won their matches in Jacksonville, Fla., to give the United States a 2-0 lead over Brazil in the first round of the Davis Cup.

Isner earned a straight-sets win over Brazil’s Thiago Alves 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

Isner’s win came two hours after Querrey earned a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Thomaz Bellucci.

Bob and Mike Bryan, the world’s No. 1 ranked doubles team, will take on Brazil’s Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares today.

Golf: American Alison Walshe birdied the 17th hole in an opening-round 6-under 66 that gave her a one-stroke lead over Jessica Korda at the Australian Ladies Masters at Royal Pines in Gold Coast, Australia.

Korda, the daughter of former tennis player Petr Korda, won last year’s Women’s Australian Open at Royal Melbourne in a playoff for her first LPGA Tour victory.

American wins cross-country event

Winter sports: Kikkan Randall of the United States won the women’s 1.4-kilometer cross-country World Cup ski race at the Sochi Olympic course to claim her fourth victory of the season at Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

Petter Northug of Norway also won his fourth race this winter, taking the men’s 1.8-kilometer freestyle race in the mountains north of the Black Sea coast.

• Brit takes skeleton world title: Shelley Rudman of Britain won her first skeleton world championship title at St. Moritz, Switzerland, holding off a strong challenge from Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States.

Rudman’s one-second lead from the opening two runs Thursday was cut to 0.57 by Pikus-Pace, who was fastest in the final two runs and took silver.

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