Last night’s National Hockey League game between the Buffalo Sabres and the visiting New York Rangers was postponed due to heavy snow in the Buffalo area, the league said on Thursday.
The NHL announcement came as the National Football League was considering contingency plans for tomorrow’s scheduled game in Buffalo between the Bills and New York Jets, which has now been moved to Monday.
Snowbound residents of western New York, who had been socked by 1.5m of snow in some areas earlier this week, awoke to another 30cm of accumulation on Thursday, with the possibility of a further 76cm expected, meteorologists said.
At least eight deaths have been blamed on the wintry blast.
In Thursday’s games, James van Riemsdyk scored two goals as the Toronto Maple Leafs snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Maple Leafs left winger scored twice in a span of 2 minutes, 44 seconds as Toronto scored three unanswered goals in the second period after the first ended 1-1.
Center Alex Killorn and center Steven Stamkos scored for the Lightning.
CANADIENS 4, BLUES 1
Max Pacioretty scored twice to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-1 win over the St Louis Blues.
Goaltender Carey Price made 31 saves for the Canadiens, who beat St Louis for the first time since Nov. 16, 2008.
BLACKHAWKS 4, FLAMES 3
Defenseman Adam Clendening scored just four minutes into his debut as the Blackhawks scratched out a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames.
Patrick Kane scored the game-winner at the 9 minute, 12 second mark of the third period for the Blackhawks.
SENATORS 3, PREDATORS 2
A second-period goal by Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowen stood as the winner in the Senators’ 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators.
Senators goaltender Robin Lehner made 33 saves to pick up his first victory since Oct. 28.
RED WINGS 4, JETS 3
Detroit center Tomas Tatar scored two goals, including the game-winner late in the third period, and the Red Wings pulled off a scrappy, come-from-behind victory over the Winnipeg Jets, 4-3.
Tatar broke a 3-3 tie with his eighth goal of the season 15 minutes, 10 seconds into the third, but the Red Wings scored two unanswered goals to win.
WILD 3, FLYERS 2
Jason Zucker scored a tiebreaking goal with 45.4 seconds left in the game to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Nino Niederreiter and defenseman Marco Scandella also scored goals, and goaltender Darcy Kuemper made 37 saves to help the Wild win their fourth successive game.
Claude Giroux scored the tying goal with 3 minutes, 30 seconds left and defenseman Mark Streit also had a goal for the Flyers, who lost their fourth consecutive game.
CAPITALS 3, AVALANCHE 2
Alex Ovechkin scored at 14 minutes, 4 seconds of the third period as the Washington Capitals beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2.
Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist and left winger Jason Chimera also scored for the Capitals. Goaltender Braden Holtby stopped 27 shots for Washington.
DUCKS 4, CANUCKS 3
Jakob Silfverberg and Corey Perry scored in a shootout as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-3.
Anaheim’s Matt Beleskey tied the game at 3-3 to force overtime when he scored at 11 minutes, 52 seconds of the third.
Anaheim improved their Western Conference-leading record to 12-4-5 for 30 points, while the Canucks dropped to 13-6-1 for 27 points.
In other games, it was:
‧ Stars 3, Coyotes 1
‧ Kings 3, Hurricanes 2
‧ Panthers 3, Sharks 2 (shootout)
The NBA said was re-evaluating its training program in China following allegations of abuse of young players by local staff and harassment of foreign staffers at a facility in Xinjiang. The comments come after a report by ESPN that quoted unnamed American coaches as saying that Chinese coaches hit young players. One American coach who worked at a camp in Xinjiang complained of harassment by local police, the sports network said. “The allegations in the ESPN article are disturbing,” NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum said in an e-mail statement on Thursday. “We ended our involvement with the basketball academy in Xinjiang in June
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
LEAVING IT LATE: Rakuten added late runs last night to add to wins on Wednesday against the Brothers and the Lions on Friday that went down to the last batter The Rakuten Monkeys rallied to post three late runs for another close win, prevailing 5-3 over the Uni-President Lions yesterday as Taiwan’s second-half CPBL season got started with lower scoring output, but exciting finishes. It was Rakuten’s third win in a row. In two games this week, they seized victory in dramatic fashion with their last at-bat and have drawn level with the CTBC Brothers on top of the table after yesterday’s results, 0.5 games in front of the Fubon Guardians and 1.5 games ahead of the Lions. It was tied at 1-1 early, with Rakuten hosting the Lions at the Taoyuan Intenational
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on