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Digest: Rangers rally for 4-2 win over Capitals

New York’s Jimmy Vesey celebrates one of his two goals Saturday. (Nick Wass / Associated Press)
New York’s Jimmy Vesey celebrates one of his two goals Saturday. (Nick Wass / Associated Press)
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NHL: Rookie Jimmy Vesey scored the tying and go-ahead goals 3 minutes apart in the second period to lead the visiting New York Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night.

Rick Nash scored a late empty-net goal and had an assist as New York won its sixth game in eight visits to Washington. Brandon Pirri also scored in a three-goal second period that began the Rangers’ comeback from two goals down en route to their first road win.

Alex Ovechkin scored his third goal of the season to give Washington a 2-0 lead in the first. Lars Eller added his first goal as a member of the Capitals, who had a three-game win streak snapped and failed to earn at least a point for the first time this season.

New York’s Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves. Braden Holtby stopped 22 shots for Washington.

After Pirri’s goal early in the second period cut the deficit in half, Vesey’s two goals put New York up 3-2 with 5:38 left.

On the first, Nash took a rebound off Holtby’s pads in front of the crease and found Vesey on the right for a simple wrist shot. It was New York’s first power-play goal in three attempts on the night, and third in 17 chances this season.

Vesey did most of the work himself on the second, taking Mats Zuccarello’s pass on the left, circling around defender Karl Alzner and then beating Holtby with a backhander from in close for his third of the season.

Lightning beat Senators: Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves, Vladislav Namestnikov and Steven Stamkos scored early in the second period, and the Lightning beat the Senators 4-1 in Ottawa, Ontario.

Alex Killorn and Valtteri Filppula also scored for the Lightning, who were playing their first road game of the season.

Hall scores in OT, Devils beat Wild: Taylor Hall scored 29 seconds into overtime and the Devils won for the second time in two home games, rallying to beat Minnesota 2-1 in Newark, New Jersey.

The goal-starved Devils have had each of their five games decided by goal, and Hall has been the difference in their two wins. He had both goals in a 2-1 win over Anaheim this week and combined with former junior hockey teammate Adam Henrique for the winner that ended the Wild’s three-game winning streak.

Fiala, Arvidsson both score twice in Predators’ win: Kevin Fiala and Viktor Arvidsson scored two goals each to lead illness-depleted Nashville to a 5-1 victory over the visiting defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

Calle Jarnkrok also scored and P.K. Subban and Filip Forsberg each added two assists for Nashville. Juuse Saros had 34 shots for his first NHL victory as the Predators snapped a three-game skid.

Bobrovsky stops 32 shots, Blue Jackets win: Sergei Bobrovsky was flawless as the last line of defense. The Columbus Blue Jackets goalie had plenty of help up front on Saturday night.

Bobrovsky earned his 13th career shutout in Columbus’ 3-0 win over the host Dallas Stars.

He had 32 saves for the second night in a row, with the Blue Jackets winning both after losing their first two games of the season. Dallas is 0-1-1 in the last two games, both at home.

Devils dedicate statue to Brodeur: The New Jersey Devils have dedicated a statue outside Prudential Arena to longtime goaltender Martin Brodeur.

The 44-year-old Brodeur was honored prior to the Devils’ game against the Minnesota Wild in a ceremony attended by a couple hundred fans on a damp, drizzly night.

Brodeur led the Devils to three Stanley Cups and set NHL records for games played (1,266), wins (691) and shutouts (125). The 10-time All-Star won the Vezina Trophy four times during his 21 seasons with the Devils, and the Montreal native was a two-time Olympic gold medalist.

Lahiri takes lead in CIMB Classic

Golf: India’s Anirban Lahiri shot a 7-under 65 to take a four-stroke lead in the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Coming off a playoff loss last week in the Asian Tour’s Macau Open, Lahiri had a 19-umnder 197 total after opening with consecutive 66s at TPC Kuala Lumpur. He had nine birdies and double bogey Saturday in the tournament sanctioned by the PGA Tour and the Asian Tour.

Defending champion Justin Thomas had a 71 to drop into a tie for second with Scotland’s Russell Knox (68).

Korda, Lee share lead at Blue Bay: Jessica Korda caught Minjee Lee in the Blue Bay LPGA in Hainan, China. Ariya Jutanugarn made up even more ground to move into contention for her sixth victory of the season.

Korda shot a 6-under 66 at Jian Lake to make up seven strokes on Lee for a share of the lead, and Jutanugarn had a 65 to cut her deficit from 10 to two shots and get in the final group Sunday.

In hot and mostly calm conditions four days after Typhoon Sarika hit the South China Sea beach resort, Korda had five birdies in a six-hole stretch and got up-and-down for another on the par-5 18th.

Adams leads Montreal to win in first start

Football: As far as first career starts go, Vernon Adams Jr. should have himself a pretty easy sleep tonight.

The former University of Oregon standout QB was solid in his CFL debut, completing 11 of his 24 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown, as the Alouettes downed the Saskatchewan Roughriders 19-14 in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Del Potro to face Sock in Stockholm final

Tennis: Olympic silver medalist Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina reached his second final of the year at the Stockholm Open after beating 2013 champion Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday.

The wild card del Potro lost his serve for the first time all week, and again, but compensated with four breaks against second-seeded Dimitrov on the center court in the Swedish capital.

Gut beats Shiffrin to win giant slalom

Miscellany: Overall World Cup champion Lara Gut held on to her first-run lead to clinch a comfortable win in the season-opening giant slalom in Soeldon, Austria.

The Swiss skier led Mikaela Shiffrin by 1.44 seconds for her 19th career victory. The American also finished second here last year after winning the race in 2014.

Marta Bassino of Italy was the only other skier to finish within two seconds of Gut to earn her maiden top-three result.

Uno leads at Progressive Skate America: Japan’s Shoma Uno landed two quad jumps and secured the lead after the short program at Progressive Skate America, with Americans Adam Rippon and Jason Brown close behind in second and third.

The free skate will determine the winner on Sunday in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

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