Senators top Rangers in shootout 3-2
OTTAWA (AP) -- Kaspars Daugavins scored in the seventh round of the shootout and backup goalie Ben Bishop picked up the victory in relief of injured starter Craig Anderson and the Ottawa Senators defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 on Thursday.
The Senators lost Anderson at 1:43 of the third period after Rangers forward Chris Kreider was tripped in front and slid into him.
No penalty was called on the play and Anderson had to be helped to the locker room.
The team said that the 31-year-old Anderson, who leads the league with a 1.57 goals-against average and .950 save percentage, has a sprained right ankle and is listed day to day.
The Senators are also dealing with injuries to defenseman Erik Karlsson (Achilles) and center Jason Spezza (back).
Daugavins appeared to mishit his winning shootout attempt that beat Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist between the legs. Kreider then needed to score to keep the game going, but he couldn't beat Bishop.
Hickey's OT goal lifts Isles over Canadiens 4-3
MONTREAL (AP) -- Rookie defenseman Thomas Hickey scored in overtime for his first NHL goal, and the New York Islanders rallied to snap the Montreal Canadiens' five-game winning streak, 4-3 on Thursday night.
Matt Moulson scored twice and Frans Nielsen added a goal in the third period for Islanders (7-9-1), who trailed 2-0 and 3-1 but came back to end a two-game slide and win for the third time in 10 games.
Max Pacioretty had two goals, and Travis Moen added one for the Canadiens (11-5-2).
After going his first 10 games without a goal, Pacioretty has four in three games.
Kovalchuk, Elias lead Devils past Capitals 3-2
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ilya Kovalchuk scored the tiebreaking goal on a 5-on-3 power play with about 8? minutes left to complete the New Jersey Devils' 3-2 comeback victory Thursday night over the Washington Capitals, who have yet to beat any of the Eastern Conference's elite teams.
Washington led 2-1 entering the third period, thanks to power-play goals by Mathieu Perrault and Mike Ribeiro.
Andrei Loktionov made it 2-all midway through the last period, and Kovalchuk dropped to a knee as he let the puck fly to put New Jersey ahead for the first time off Patrik Elias' assist. Elias had scored a short-handed goal in the second period.
The East-worst Capitals dropped to 0-7-1 against the conference's top six teams. They will get another chance Saturday when they host New Jersey again.
Sabres fall to Leafs in Rolston's debut as coach
TORONTO (AP) -- James van Riemsdyk scored two goals to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs past the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 on Thursday, spoiling the NHL head coaching debut of Ron Rolston.
Rolston, who until Wednesday was the head coach of the AHL's Rochester Americans, was hired as the Sabres interim coach following the club's decision to fire Lindy Ruff. Ruff, who also played 10 seasons for Buffalo, had been behind the club's bench since 1997 and was the NHL's longest-tenured head coach.
But the Sabres, who have dropped three straight and five of six, were booed off the ice following Tuesday's loss to Winnipeg.
Van Riemsdyk's power-play goal at 14:28 of the third -- his team-leading 11th -- gave Toronto breathing room after Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller stopped Van Riemsdyk with a fabulous glove save earlier on the power play.
Dion Phaneuf also scored Toronto, which won its third straight home game. Ben Scrivens stopped 31 shots for his third win in five starts since James Reimer's knee injury Feb. 11.
Tyler Ennis scored for Buffalo.
Knicks trade Brewer to Thunder for pick
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Knicks have traded swingman Ronnie Brewer to the Oklahoma City Thunder for a 2014 second-round pick and cash.
Brewer was a starter earlier this season who lost his starting spot -- and eventually his place in the rotation entirely -- after a shooting slump.
Brewer appeared in 46 games, making 34 starts, and averaged 3.6 points and 2.2 rebounds. Signed by New York last summer, he has also played for Utah, Chicago and Memphis.
Granderson, Gardner may switch outfield spots
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Yankees outfielders Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner could be switching positions.
Granderson worked out in left field Thursday and the speedy Gardner switched to center.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi plans to play the pair together in upcoming spring training games.
Says Girardi: "I think it has a chance to help us a little bit, but I'm not really sure. ... That's why I've said from the beginning that I'm going to toy with it."
Nationals agree to terms with RHP Chris Young
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Chris Young on a minor-league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.
Young is 53-43 with a 3.79 ERA in 159 career starts with the New York Mets, San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers. The 33-year-old Young was an All-Star with the Padres in 2007.
Young went 4-9 with a 4.15 ERA in 20 starts last season with the Mets.
The Nationals announced the deal Thursday.
MLB DRUG INVESTIGATION-WEINER
Weiner says media shouldn't jump to conclusions
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Baseball union head Michael Weiner says reporters should refrain from jumping to conclusions about media reports linking players to a Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Starting his annual tour of the 30 spring training camps, Weiner cautioned Thursday that Major League Baseball is still investigating Biogenesis of America, a defunct anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Fla.
After his one-hour session with the Mets, Weiner also discussed the agreement with management last month to extend blood testing for human growth hormone into the regular season. HGH testing began last year but was limited to spring training.
As part of the changes to the joint drug agreement, the World Anti-Doping Agency laboratory in Laval, Quebec, will keep records of each player, including his baseline ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone.
New Jets GM says he wants Revis to stay
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The New York Jets want to make one thing perfectly clear: They want Darrelle Revis to stay with the team.
At the NFL's annual scouting combine Thursday, new general manager John Idzik spent the first eight minutes of his news conference addressing Revis questions. He says nothing has changed and the Jets still want him.
The comments come almost a month after Idzik said he called Revis to end rumors that he might be traded.
Coach Rex Ryan says he has told Revis to ignore the speculation, calling the reports "not accurate."
Revis missed most of last season with a knee injury and is still considered one of the league's top cover cornerbacks.
Freud's Notebook wins Aqueduct feature
NEW YORK (AP) -- Freud's Notebook led all the way Thursday, confidently holding off 2-5 favorite Schillerette by 1? lengths in the $57,820 allowance feature for New York-bred fillies and mares at Aqueduct.
Cornelio Velasquez was aboard for trainer Mitchell Friedman as the 6-year-old posted her seventh win in 39 starts. The time was 1:44.50 for the one mile, 70 yards.
Freud's Notebook paid $8.60, $3.20 and $2.40 as the 3-1 second choice. Schillerette returned $2.10 and $2.10 while Erin Enchanted paid $2.40 to show.
LIU BROOKLYN-MOUNT ST MARY'S
Mount St. Mary's upsets LIU Brooklyn 83-71
EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) -- Rashad Whack scored 26 points and Mount St. Mary's upset LIU Brooklyn 83-71 Thursday night in Northeast Conference play.
The Mountaineers (13-13, 8-7), trailing 42-38 at halftime, outscored the Blackbirds (15-12, 10-5) 45-29 and avenged an earlier 86-72 loss at LIU Brooklyn.
The Blackbirds fell out of a first-place tie with Robert Morris in the NEC.
Whack hit 8 of 15 field goal attempts and 6 of 10 3-pointers. He went 4 for 4 at the foul line. The Mountaineers have won four consecutive games and six of their last seven.
Whack helped give Mount St. Mary's a big edge from 3-point range. The Mountaineers made 11 of 25 treys, while LIU Brooklyn was 3 of 10.
E.J. Reed scored a career-high 25 points for the Blackbirds on 10-of-12 shooting. C.J. Garner added 20 points.
For the Mountaineers, Shivaughn Wiggins chipped in 13 points and Sam Prescott had 11.
WAGNER-ST FRANCIS (NY)
Calloway, St. Francis Brooklyn edge Wagner 76-75
NEW YORK (AP) -- Dre Calloway made a layup with 2.8 seconds remaining to lift St. Francis Brooklyn to a 76-75 win over Wagner on Thursday night in Northeast Conference action.
There were 19 lead changes and 10 ties, including 73-73 with 2:20 left.
After Lowell Ulmer made the second of two free throws to push the Terriers (11-15, 7-8) in front, Latif Rivers' jumper gave the Seahawks a 75-74 lead with 1:33 left. Although Jalen Cannon missed a layup for St. Francis Brooklyn, the Terriers got another chance when Wagner turned the ball over.
Following Calloway's basket, Rivers missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.
Ben Mockford's 18 points led St. Francis Brooklyn, which also beat the Seahawks 71-52 on Jan. 12. Travis Nichols added 16 points, Cannon 13 and Calloway 11.
Jonathon Williams scored 16 points to lead Wagner (15-11, 9-6), which came in having won three of its past four games.
MONMOUTH (NJ)-ROBERT MORRIS
Robert Morris defeats Monmouth (NJ) 77-65
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) -- Russell Johnson scored 20 points, Lucky Jones hit six 3-pointers to finish with 19 and Robert Morris led wire-to-wire in a 77-65 win over Monmouth (N.J.) on Thursday night to take sole possession of first place in the Northeast Conference.
Jones was 6 of 7 from the field, all from long range. The Colonials (19-9, 11-4), who have won five of their last six, have beaten the Hawks nine straight times, including 70-55 on Jan. 12.
Monmouth, which trailed by 10, got to 53-52 on a three-point play by Tyrone O'Garro with 10:14 remaining, but could not take the lead.
After Robert Morris built a six-point cushion, the Hawks closed to 62-60 with 5:28 left. The Colonials then finished the game with a 15-5 run.
Karvel Anderson added 14 points for Robert Morris. Johnson, with seven rebounds, now has 704 career caroms.
Jesse Steele's 16 points led Monmouth (10-18, 5-10).
FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON-ST FRANCIS (PA)
St. Francis (PA) downs Fairleigh Dickinson 69-64
LORETTO, Pa. (AP) -- Ben Millaud-Meunier scored 26 points and Anthony Ervin had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead St. Francis (Pa.) to a 69-64 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Thursday night.
Millaud-Meunier was 8 of 13 from the field, Ervin 8 of 10 for the Red Flash (4-22, 4-11 Northeast Conference), which lost to Quinnipiac 71-55 on Saturday. St. Francis shot 10 of 19 on 3-pointers.
Kinu Rochford scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for Fairleigh Dickinson (7-21, 2-13), which beat St. Francis 79-69 in overtime at Hackensack, N.J., on Jan. 12 but has lost 12 straight since.
Trailing 16-8 at the 10:27 mark, St. Francis went on a 13-0 run to lead 21-16 with 6:20 left, capped by Anthony Ervin's four-point play. The Red Flash led 31-25 at halftime.
Fairleigh Dickinson grabbed a 35-33 advantage, but St. Francis put together a 12-0 surge and held on for the victory.
No. 14 Dayton holds off St. Bonaventure 67-63
OLEAN, N.Y. (AP) -- Andrea Hoover scored 13 points and Ally Malott had 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 14 Dayton to a 67-63 victory over St. Bonaventure in an Atlantic 10 Conference game Thursday night.
Leading 11-10 with 12:30 left in the first half, the Flyers (23-1, 11-0) scored 10 consecutive points over the next 3:32 to take a 21-10 advantage. The Flyers, who outrebounded the Bonnies 50-35, led 32-24 at halftime.
Dayton's lead ranged from seven to 14 points until St. Bonaventure scored nine straight to close to 65-61 with 9 seconds remaining. Kelley Austria made two free throws for a 67-61 lead for Dayton, which has won 11 straight. Alaina Walker hit a jumper with 1 second left.
Walker scored 17 points, Doris Ortega and Emily Michael 12 each and Katie Healy 11 for the Bonnies (9-17, 2-9), losers of seven straight.
BIG EAST TV
Reports: ESPN matches NBC's offer to Big East
UNDATED (AP) -- Sports Business Journal and ESPN.com are reporting that ESPN has matched NBC's offer to buy the Big East's television rights for about $20 million per year over six years.
The Big East was working on a deal with NBC that would have put most of its football and men's basketball games on NBC Sports Network. The deal also gave NBC the right to sublicense games, allowing them to be aired by other networks.
ESPN had the right to match the deal by Thursday. Sports Business Journal and ESPN.com, citing unidentified sources, reported ESPN had matched but details were still being worked out.
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