NHL: Derick Brassard and Ryan McDonagh scored in the first period and Henrik Lundqvist made the goals stand up as the host New York Rangers won the opener of their playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 Thursday night.
New York shut down Pittsburgh’s top threats, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, for a fourth straight victory over the Penguins in the postseason. The Rangers won the final three games of a second-round series last year, rallying from a 3-1 deficit.
Lundqvist finished with 24 saves, while Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury was far busier in making 36.
Blake Comeau scored in the second period for Pittsburgh.
• Mrazek lifts Wings: Pavel Datsyuk scored twice and Petr Mrazek had 44 saves in his NHL playoff debut to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference series at Tampa, Florida.
Datsyuk scored on two of the first four shots the Red Wings got against Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop. Luke Glendening’s short-handed goal gave Detroit a 3-1 lead early in the third period.
• Wild knock off Blues: Jason Zucker and Matt Dumba gave Minnesota a two-goal lead through two periods and the Wild kept chances to a minimum for Devan Dubnyk, opening the playoffs strong with a 4-2 victory over the host St. Louis Blues.
Jaden Schwartz and Alexander Steen scored in the third period for the Central Division champion Blues, but it was too little and too late.
• Perry nets two for Ducks: Corey Perry scored two goals in the third period of a four-point performance, and the Anaheim Ducks rallied from another late deficit for a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in their first-round series opener at Anaheim, California.
Rookie Adam Lowry and Drew Stafford scored for the Jets in their first postseason game since the Atlanta Thrashers moved to Canada four years ago.
• Sens’ Stone injured: Senators general manager Brian Murray said forward Mark Stone suffered a microfracture of his right wrist and some ligament damage, and his status is “very questionable” for Ottawa’s first-round playoff series with Montreal.
Stone was slashed by Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban at 8:23 of the second period of Wednesday’s series opener.
• Hawks pick Crawford: Chicago coach Joel Quenneville is going back to veteran goaltender Corey Crawford for Game 2 against the Nashville Predators.
Crawford was yanked Wednesday night after the first period after he yielded three goals on 12 shots. Scott Darling stopped all 42 shots he faced in his relief.
Masters champ Spieth struggles at RBC
Golf: Jordan Spieth had a post-Masters letdown, shooting a 3-over-par 74 at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, to end his run of 16 straight rounds under par.
The 21-year-old Texan was eight shots behind leaders Graeme McDowell and Matt Every, who were at 5-under 66.
• Huang leads at Shenzhen: China’s Huang Wen-yi, a former laborer who didn’t start playing golf until he was 22, shot a 6-under 66 to take the first-round lead at the Shenzhen International in Shenzhen, China.
Huang has a one-stroke lead over Felipe Aguilar of Chile, Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand, Byeong Hun An of South Korea and Peter Uihlein of the United States at Genzon Golf Club.
• Kims share top spot: Sei Young Kim shot her second straight 5-under 67 for a share of the second-round lead with fellow South Korean player I.K. Kim in the breezy Lotte Championship in Kapolei, Hawaii.
South Korean players held six of the top seven spots. Third-ranked Inbee Park (70) was three shots back, and American Paula Creamer bogeyed the final hole for a 69 to match Chella Choi (68), Mirim Lee (69) and Jenny Shin (70) at 6 under.
Former FSU student sues Winston
Miscellany: Erica Kinsman, a former Florida State University student, has filed a lawsuit against Jameis Winston, accusing the NFL prospect of sexually assaulting her in 2012. Winston was not charged in 2013 and was cleared by the university following a two-day student conduct hearing.
• Phelps wins in return: Michael Phelps has won the 100-meter butterfly at his first meet in eight months.
The 18-time Olympic gold medalist finished inin 52.38 seconds at the Arena Pro Swim Series meet in Mesa, Arizona.
Phelps is back competing after serving a six-month suspension handed down by USA Swimming after his second drunken driving arrest.
• Federer, Wawrinka lose: On a bad day for Switzerland, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka both exited the Monte Carlo Masters in the third round at Monaco.
Federer, who played his first tournament in nearly four weeks, fell 6-4, 7-6 (5) to Gael Monfils after Wawrinka — the defending champion — was routed 6-1, 6-2 by Grigor Dimitrov.
Fourth-seeded Milos Raonic advanced to the quarterfinals for the second straight year, extending his perfect record over clay-court specialist Tommy Robredo to 4-0 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win. Tomas Berdych also advanced, beating Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (7), 6-4.
• Gold boosts U.S. in Japan: Gracie Gold won the women’s short program at the World Team Trophy figure skating in Tokyo to lead the United States to a five-point lead over Japan and Russia on the first day of competition.
Gold earned 71.26 points to edge world champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia, who finished second with 70.93 points. Elena Radionova of Russia was third with 68.77.
Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan topped the men’s short program with 96.27 points to place comfortably ahead of Han Yan of China, who had 87.13 points. American champion Jason Brown was third with 86.48 points.
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