Jason Pominville had a goal and two assists during a 2 minute, 7 second span of the third period, leading the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-3 comeback victory over the Florida Panthers on Wednesday.
Tim Connolly scored the go-ahead goal to cap the surge and added an assist for a Buffalo team that overcame a 3-1 deficit and won for only the second time in eight games (2-5-1). Clarke MacArthur, Craig Rivet and Maxim Afinogenov also scored for the Sabres, who needed a win to avoid falling further out of playoff contention.
With 78 points and nine games left, Buffalo remain in 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings, but moved within five points of eighth-placed Montreal.
The ninth-place Panthers not only squandered a two-goal lead, but also an opportunity to move into a tie with Montreal.
Brett McLean had a goal and assist, while Richard Zednik and Michael Frolik also scored for Florida, 1-4-3 in their past eight games.
PENGUINS 2, FLAMES 0
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves for his fourth shutout of the season to help Pittsburgh keep pace in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race.
Defensemen Kris Letang and Hal Gill scored, while Evgeni Malkin had two assists, giving him a career-high 107 points and extending his NHL scoring lead to 11 points.
After having their 12-game points streak snapped in a 3-1 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday, the Penguins beat the Flames to take over sole possession of sixth place in the conference with 88 points — a point behind Carolina and two behind Philadelphia.
BLACKHAWKS 6, SHARKS 5, SO
In Chicago, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews scored in a shootout, while Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin turned away Jeremy Roenick on San Jose’s final attempt.
San Jose overcame a 4-1 deficit to force overtime, tying it at 5-5 on Joe Thornton’s goal with 2 minutes, 8 seconds left in the third period.
Andrew Ladd had two goals for Chicago, Toews added his 30th, while Martin Havlat and Dustin Byfuglien also scored. Chicago moved out of a tie with Vancouver for fourth place in the Western Conference with 89 points, passing their total from last season.
Devin Setoguchi scored twice for the Sharks, tied with Detroit for the overall NHL lead, while Jamie McGinn and Marc-Edouard Vlasic added goals.
DUCKS 7, AVALANCHE 2
In Denver, Colorado, Corey Perry scored two goals, while Andrew Ebbett had a goal and two assists as Anaheim won their season-high fifth straight game and moved into seventh place in the Western Conference.
James Wisniewski tied a career high with three assists, Erik Christensen, Teemu Selanne, Rob Niedermayer and Petteri Nokelainen added goals, while Jonas Hiller made 34 saves for the Ducks.
Milan Hejduk and Cody McLeod scored for Colorado, who have lost five straight for the third time this season.
WILD 6, ISLANDERS 2
In Uniondale, New York, Marian Gaborik had two goals and two assists, Andrew Brunette and Owen Nolan each scored once and set up two others as Minnesota snapped a five-game road losing streak.
Martin Skoula and Antti Miettinen added goals, while Niklas Backstrom made 32 saves for his 33rd victory. Minnesota jumped over St Louis and tied ninth-place Nashville with 78 points in the Western Conference playoff race. The Wild were 2-7-2 in their previous 11 road games — averaging only two goals per contest.
Bruno Gervais and Andy Hilbert scored for New York.
HURRICANES 2, SENATORS 1
In Raleigh, North Carolina, Rod Brind’Amour and Anton Babchuk scored third-period goals, while Cam Ward made 21 saves to help Carolina win their season-high fifth straight game and match the club record with their ninth home win in a row.
Rod Brind’Amour tied it after 3 minutes,15 seconds of the third period and assisted on Babchuk’s power-play goal with 6 minutes, 1 second left. Ryan Shannon scored for the Senators, who were denied their season-high sixth straight win.
They had won nine of 10 to move within nine points of the East’s eighth playoff spot, but fell to 12-19-4 on the road.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
Hong Kong media reported that police briefly detained a man in a Liverpool team jersey who shouted “long live Liverpool” during anti-government protests on Wednesday, over suspicion that he was inciting independence. In-Media reported that the man was across the street from police officers who were conducting stop-and-searches on a group of protesters, when he shouted: “Long live Liverpool.” Others reportedly cheered and joined in the chant, before officers detained him. The man told In-Media that police had accused him of inciting Hong Kong independence, which now is a punishable crime. He said that he has been a fan of the English soccer
WOLFSBURG BEATEN: Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski scored from a penalty, his 34th league goal this season, finishing as the top Bundesliga scorer for the fifth time Werder Bremen gave themselves hope of avoiding relegation from the Bundesliga by thrashing Cologne 6-1 to grab a playoff place on the last day of the season, while champions Bayern Munich routed VfL Wolfsburg before lifting the trophy on Saturday. Japan striker Yuya Osako scored twice as Bremen stole the lifeline of the relegation/promotion playoff place from Fortuna Duesseldorf, who lost 3-0 against Union Berlin and were relegated with SC Paderborn, finishing one point behind Bremen. “We put in a great performance under pressure, but we are aware that we haven’t achieved anything — in the relegation playoff, the emotions will be
Raptors guard Fred VanVleet is already in Florida with the rest of his Toronto teammates, and he knows the time to take a stand and counter the NBA plan to restart the season has passed, but his opinion on the matter has not changed. “It sucks,” VanVleet said on Monday in a videoconference of his choice to return to the court during the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter campaign. “It’s terrible timing, but that’s been 2020 for us. We all know the right thing to do is to not play, to take a stand. Morally, yes, that makes sense, but