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In brief: Rangers storm back with five goals in third period, stunning Wild 5-4

Rangers’ John Moore, left, was ejected for a blatant hit to the head of Erik Haula, bottom, that resulted in a match penalty. (Associated Press)
Rangers’ John Moore, left, was ejected for a blatant hit to the head of Erik Haula, bottom, that resulted in a match penalty. (Associated Press)
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NHL: Anthony Duclair scored his first NHL goal with 3:48 remaining, and Mats Zuccarello put the Rangers ahead 37 seconds later as New York stormed back from a three-goal deficit by scoring five times in the third period to stun the visiting Minnesota Wild 5-4 Monday night.

The Wild appeared to be in complete control when they carried a 3-0 lead into the third and held a 24-8 shots advantage, but Darcy Kuemper – who had allowed only four goals this season – was rocked for five in less than a period.

Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein started the comeback at 2:52 and Rick Nash made it 3-2 at 4:48, but Jason Zucker restored the Wild’s two-goal lead 47 seconds later.

New York was still undeterred, and Derick Brassard made it a one-goal game again at 7:54. The 19-year-old Duclair, playing his seventh NHL game, got the Rangers back within a goal, setting up Zuccarello’s winner.

Rangers forward Chris Kreider and defenseman John Moore were both ejected. Kreider received a major penalty for boarding defenseman Jonas Brodin late in the first period, and Moore was ejected midway through the second for a blatant hit to the head of Wild forward Erik Haula that resulted in a match penalty.

Oilers shut down Canadiens: Ben Scrivens made 29 saves in his seventh career shutout, Benoit Pouliot had a goal and an assist, and Edmonton beat Montreal 3-0 in Edmonton, Alberta.

Nail Yakupov and Taylor Hall also scored for the Oilers, who have won four straight after an 0-4-1 start – the worst in franchise history.

Former Spokane Chief Dustin Tokarski stopped 16 of 18 shots in goal for the Canadiens.

Scott suspended: San Jose Sharks forward John Scott has been suspended two games for his role in a fight with Anaheim’s Tim Jackman.

The altercation came late in the third period Sunday night in San Jose’s 4-1 win over the Ducks. Scott came off the bench on a legal line change and immediately engaged Jackman in a fight. Scott made no effort to play the puck after coming on the ice and league rules say a player can be disciplined if his purpose for coming onto the ice is to start a fight.

Maatta to undergo surgery: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta will have thyroid surgery next week to remove a potentially cancerous tumor.

The tumor was discovered during a preseason physical. Maatta underwent further tests before team doctors came to a diagnosis. He is scheduled to miss four weeks but is cleared to play until the surgery.

Team doctor Dharmesh Vyas said there is an “85 percent chance” the tumor is cancerous but added the 20-year-old Maatta will not need to undergo chemotherapy or radiation. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Georgia awaits ruling on standout RB Gurley

FOOTBALL: Georgia is still waiting for a ruling from the NCAA on Todd Gurley’s status.

Georgia was off last week and coach Mark Richt said Gurley’s uncertain status was no problem because the team spent most of the week working on fundamentals.

That changed on Monday as No. 9 Georgia entered its normal practice schedule for Saturday’s game against Florida in Jacksonville. Gurley continues to practice with the team, but not as a starter, until he is cleared by the NCAA.

The star tailback was indefinitely suspended on Oct. 9. He has missed two games while the school investigated allegations he received improper benefits for signing autographs.

Former MSU coach dies: Cliff Hysell, who spent 20 years with the Montana State football program as a player, assistant coach and head coach, has died of natural causes.

Dokken-Nelson Funeral Home said Hysell died at his Bozeman home on Sunday. He was 72.

Hysell was part of MSU’s first Big Sky Conference championship team as a junior lineman in 1964 and was an assistant on the 1976 NCAA Division II national championship team. In December 1991, he was brought in to turn around a Bobcat program that had posted seven straight losing seasons. His 1993 team went 7-4 and four of eight teams finished over .500.

NCAA clarifies Mo’Ne Davis decision

MISCELLANY: NCAA president Mark Emmert says Little League star Mo’Ne Davis can collect endorsement money without giving up her college eligibility because she is likely to play a different sport in college.

In an interview with the AP, Emmert compared the decision to rules that have allowed previous athletes such as Danny Ainge to play minor-league baseball and still maintain eligibility in another sport like basketball.

Emmert said with more flexibility, the NCAA determined Davis was unlikely to play college baseball and was granted a waiver.

Blaylock sentenced in fatal crash: Former NBA All-Star Daron “Mookie” Blaylock was ordered to spend three years of a 15-year sentence behind bars after he pleaded guilty in a car crash that killed a woman in Georgia.

His attorney, Amanda Palmer, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Blaylock agreed Monday to a plea deal on a vehicular homicide charge. The 15-year sentence breaks down to seven years in prison, with four suspended, and probation for eight.

Forty-three-year-old Monica Murphy died in the May 2013 head-on crash. Blaylock’s attorneys have said a medical condition caused the ex-player to black out on the road and no alcohol was found in his system.

American Pharoah leads Juvenile field: American Pharoah drew post position five in a field of 13 for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, where the 2-year-old will try to position himself as the early favorite for next year’s Kentucky Derby with a victory.

American Pharoah will be ridden by Victor Espinoza, who teamed with California Chrome to win this year’s Derby and Preakness before their Triple Crown bid was derailed in the Belmont Stakes.

Hamm, Neely nominated in Rome: Retired women’s soccer star Mia Hamm and Boston Bruins president Cam Neely were nominated to Italian club Roma’s board of directors Monday.

Roma is traded on the Milan stock exchange and the nominations were made at a club shareholder meeting.

The 13 board members serve three-year terms.

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