In brief: Cap’s Holtby blanks Devils
HOCKEY: Julien Brouillette broke a scoreless tie with his first NHL goal midway through the third period, Braden Holtby stopped 25 shots and the Washington Capitals beat the visiting New Jersey Devils 3-0 in the teams’ final game before the Olympic break.
The win moves Washington to within one point of eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 63 points
• Bergeron helps Boston rout Ottawa: Patrice Bergeron scored twice and added an assist as the Boston Bruins went into the Olympic break with a 7-2 win at home over the Ottawa Senators.
Bergeron, who will join Team Canada for the Olympics, was one of several Bruins with multiple points before joining their national teams in Sochi, Russia. David Krejci of the Czech Republic and Sweden’s Loui Eriksson added a pair of assists apiece in their final game before Olympic play begins.
• Blues win with shootout blitz: T.J. Oshie and Vladimir Tarasenko scored in a shootout to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the visiting Winnipeg Jets.
Mark Scheifele scored twice, and Dustin Byfuglien added a goal for Winnipeg.
• Kessel hands Canucks seventh straight loss: U.S. Olympian Phil Kessel scored the second of three straight goals for Toronto in the third period to rally the Maple Leafs past the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 at home.
This marks the Canucks’seventh straight loss and their 16th in their past 20 games.
• Pacioretty possibly out for Olympics: Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty sustained a lower body injury when he was checked into the goal in the first period against the Carolina Hurricanes, putting his spot on the U.S. Olympic hockey team in jeopardy.
• Visnovsky not cleared for Sochi: Slovakia’s Olympic campaign took another blow when New York Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky pulled out of the Sochi tournament due to a concussion.
Jazz limit James to 13 in victory over Heat
NBA: Marvin Williams scored 23 points and rookie Trey Burke hit a jumper with 24 seconds remaining to lift the Utah Jazz to a 94-89 victory over the Miami Heat in Salt Lake City.
Trailing 87-79 after Williams hit two 3-pointers, the Heat used a 10-4 run to draw within two points when Ray Allen made a 3 from the corner with 46 seconds to play.
Burke, who had 13 points, rose up and drained the clutch 19-foot jump shot to beat the shot clock and Gordon Hayward’s free throw clinched the win for the Jazz, who have beat the Heat at home three straight times.
• Aldridge leads Blazers past ’Wolves: LaMarcus Aldridge scored 16 of his 26 points in the second half and Wesley Matthews added 21 to help the visiting Portland Trail Blazers hold off the injury-depleted Minnesota Timberwolves 117-110.
Corey Brewer led Minnesota with 26 points and Ricky Rubio scored a career-high 25 for the Wolves, who were without All-Star Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin.
• Grizzlies clamp down on Hawks: Zach Randolph scored 20 points and the Memphis Grizzlies, held to a record-low one free throw, continued their pattern of winning on the road with strong defense, shutting down the host Atlanta Hawks 79-76.
The Hawks were held to a combined 25 points in the second and third periods and set a season scoring low after leading 29-27 following the first period.
• Hot Suns trump Warriors: Goran Dragic scored 13 of his career-high 34 points in the final seven minutes and the Phoenix Suns pulled away to beat the depleted Golden State Warriors 122-109 at home.
Stephen Curry had 28 points and nine assists and Harrison Barnes scored 23 points for the Warriors, who were without front-line starters Andrew Bogut and David Lee.
Walker seizes lead at Pebble Beach
GOLF: Jimmy Walker had a hot hand in the cold wind and built a six-shot lead in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in California.
Walker made his first bogey of the tournament, and that hardly slowed him. He countered with five birdies in 30 mph gusts at Monterey Peninsula for a 4-under 67.
That left Walker on the verge of winning for the third time in this young PGA Tour season. He was at 13-under 202.
Chris Williams (Moscow HS) remains at 2-over after shooting 5-over through 16. Play was cancelled due to darkness. Alex Prugh (Spokane native, Ferris HS) is plus-3 overall, shooting a 2-under 69 in the third round.
• Allen hangs onto Allianz lead: Michael Allen birdied four of his last eight holes for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead over Scott Dunlap and Chien Soon Lu in the Allianz Championship at Broken Sound in Boca Raton, Florida.
Italy takes lead over U.S. in Fed Cup
MISCELLANY: Karin Knapp and Camila Giorgi won the opening singles tennis matches to give Italy a 2-0 lead over the United States in their Fed Cup quarterfinal at Cleveland Public Auditorium.
Knapp beat Christina McHale 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in the first match, and Giorgi routed Madison Keys 6-2, 6-1 in the second.
The United States is 0-10 in World Group play after falling behind 0-2.
• U.S. women’s soccer cruises in exhibition: Carli Lloyd and Christen Press each scored twice to help the U.S. women’s soccer team beat Russia 7-0 in an exhibition in Boca Raton, Fla.
The teams will play again Wednesday night at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
The U.S. attacked from the opening minutes and took the lead on Lloyd’s first goal in the 29th minute. O’Reilly scored in the 32nd, and Lloyd struck again 5 minutes later.
• Phinney claims Dubai: Even a third-straight stage win for Germany’s Marcel Kittel wasn’t enough to deny American Taylor Phinney the overall win in cycling’s inaugural Dubai Tour.
Giant-Shimano rider Kittel dominated the sprint finish to come in ahead of Australian Mark Renshaw, of Omega Pharma QuickStep, and Astana’s Andrea Guardini of Italy.