Henrik Lundqvist stopped 21 shots for his fourth shutout and Martin St Louis had a goal and assist as the suddenly stingy New York Rangers routed the NHL-leading Montreal Canadiens 5-0 on Sunday night.
Lundqvist, who followed on the heels of backup Cam Talbot’s blanking of Philadelphia on Wednesday, posted his team-record 54th shutout.
Dominic Moore scored his first goal, and Derek Stepan added his second in a dominant middle period for the Rangers.
Carl Hagelin scored at 1:40 of the third and Rick Nash made it 5-0 with his 14th goal with 4:36 left in the second matchup between the teams since New York won the Eastern Conference finals.
DUCK 2, COYOTES 1
The Anaheim Ducks fended off a third-period surge to beat the Arizona Coyotes 2-1.
Kyle Palmieri and Patrick Maroon scored for the Ducks (13-4-5), while defenseman Keith Yandle scored the Coyotes’ lone goal in the third where Arizona (9-11-2) fired off 17 shots.
CANUCKS 4, BLACKHAWKS 1
Jannik Hansen scored three goals and rookie center Bo Horvat collected the first three assists of his career as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1.
Hansen, who has seven goals this season, has scored in three consecutive games. Derek Dorsett also had two assists.
The win improves Vancouver’s record to 14-6-1.
Chicago’s loss snaps a three-game win streak and leaves them at 12-8-1.
BLUES 4, JETS 2
Ryan Reaves scored the game-winning goal early in the third period as the St Louis Blues (14-6-1) downed the Winnipeg Jets 4-2.
Reaves picked up a rebound off a shot from Steve Ott, spun and fired the puck past Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec at 2:25 of the third period to break a 2-2 tie.
The Jets (10-9-3) suffered their second straight loss on home ice, getting goals from Bryan Little and Jim Slater.
Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is buying the Forum for US$400 million, ending the billionaire’s legal fight with Madison Square Garden Co (MSG) and clearing the way to build a new arena for his NBA team down the street in Inglewood, California. Ballmer on Tuesday announced his cash purchase of the venerated arena. Ballmer, a former Microsoft executive, and Clippers vice chairman Dennis Wong are making the transaction through CAPSS LLC, a newly formed entity that would continue to operate the Forum as a live music venue. “This is an unprecedented time, but we believe in our collective future,” Ballmer said.
DISSENT: The US track and field body joined sports officials in Norway and Brazil, as well as Indian athletes, in calling on the IOC to postpone the Tokyo Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 organizers have started drafting possible alternatives to holding the Olympics this summer, two sources familiar with the talks said, in contrast to the Japanese government’s stance that postponement is not an option. While the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted sports events around the world, Japan has been steadfast in saying that the Games would go on. A Japanese government spokesman on Wednesday said that Tokyo was not preparing for postponement. “Finally, we have been asked to make a simulation in case of a postponement,” said one of the sources, an official close to the organizing committee who is involved in drafting the
PROUD, BUT BOWING OUT: The Dallas center missed all of 2018 due to Guillain-Barre syndrome, but Travis Frederick returned to be a standout again last season Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick on Monday stunningly announced his retirement. Frederick, who turned 29 on Wednesday last week, was a Pro Bowl selection in five of his six NFL seasons. Frederick revealed his retirement in a lengthy letter, beginning it by writing: “After much consideration, discussion, and reflection, I have decided to retire from football. This was not an easy decision.” Frederick cited his bout with autoimmune disease Guillain-Barre syndrome as a factor. He missed the 2018 season due to the illness in which the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system, but he returned to be a standout again last
EXPENDITURE: Tokyo Games organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto said that ‘additional expenses are going to be quite massive’ to reschedule the Olympics The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is working with sports bodies to arrange a July-to-August window next year for the postponed Tokyo Olympics and hopes to confirm the schedule within a month, Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun reported yesterday. John Coates, head of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics, told the newspaper that the Games would have to be held between the tennis Grand Slams of Wimbledon, scheduled to end in mid-July, and the US Open, which starts in late August. “We want to more or less finalize the dates in four weeks’ time,” the newspaper quoted Coates as saying. Coates, who is also