Brandon Manning’s first NHL goal, which came midway through the second period, snapped a tie and powered the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-1 win over the New York Islanders on Monday night.
Nick Cousins, Sam Gagner and Claude Giroux also scored for Philadelphia, who won for the 10th time in 13 games. The surging Flyers closed within one point of Detroit for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Philadelphia trailed the Islanders by three points for the first wild-card position. The Flyers are 2-1-0 against New York this season with one game remaining.
Kyle Okposo scored for New York, while Thomas Greiss stopped 21 shots.
RANGERS 4, PANTHERS 2
Rick Nash scored his first goal since returning from a leg injury, while Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves in leading the New York Rangers over Florida.
Viktor Stalberg, Mats Zuccarello and Tanner Glass also scored for the Rangers, who moved two points ahead of idle Pittsburgh for second place in the Metropolitan Division.
Nash gave New York a 3-1 lead 11 minutes, 14 seconds into the third period with his 13th goal of the season and first since returning to the lineup on March 12. He had been sidelined since Jan. 22 because of a bone bruise.
Vincent Trocheck and Jiri Hudler scored for the Panthers, who lost their second in a row.
The Atlantic Division leaders were two points in front of Tampa Bay.
PREDATORS 5, KINGS 2
Ryan Johansen had a goal and two assists to lead Nashville past Los Angeles.
James Neal added a goal and an assist for the Predators, winners in three of their past four. Mike Fisher, Filip Forsberg and Roman Josi also scored.
Kings defensemen Drew Doughty and Alec Martinez each contributed a goal, but Los Angeles had their four-game winning streak snapped. Anze Kopitar had two assists.
MAPLE LEAFS 5, FLAMES 2
William Nylander had a goal and two assists in Toronto’s victory over Calgary.
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.
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
When two Spanish soccer players took to the controls of FIFA 20 after the COVID-19 pandemic saw their La Liga match canceled, a stadium-sized virtual audience watched online. The huge digital crowd last week is part of a spectacular boom for the digital gaming industry, as record numbers flock to online servers for distraction, entertainment and friendship with the “real world” seemingly falling apart. Real Betis Balompie striker Borja Iglesias kicked the winning goal using his own digital likeness in the 6-5 battle against Sevilla, which was broadcast on popular video game streaming platform Twitch. It took place at the same time the
BLAME GAME: The Turkish Boxing Federation president blamed the International Olympic Committee, which denied any link between the event and the infections Organizers of the suspended Europe Olympic boxing qualifiers in London on Thursday hit back at accusations of irresponsibility as the number of competitors and coaches testing positive for COVID-19 grew to six. The Croatian Boxing Federation said that three team members had contracted the disease, a day after Turkey reported positives for two boxers and a coach. The event at the Copper Box, featuring hundreds of male and female fighters seeking places at the now-postponed Tokyo Olympic Games, was halted on Monday last week after three days. The International Olympic Committee’s Boxing Task Force (BTF), which organized the event after last year’s suspension