All the San Jose Sharks needed was a fortunate bounce and good goaltending to beat the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night. Mike Grier’s third-period goal bounced into the net off Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles with 11:30 left, and Evgeni Nabokov made 33 saves to lead the Sharks to a 3-2 victory.
Mehmet Okur scored 25 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead the Utah Jazz to a 110-101 victory over the reeling Miami Heat on Monday night.
Josh Howard scored 27 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 25 and the Dallas Mavericks hung on to beat the Chicago Bulls 103-98 on Monday night.
Travis Outlaw scored 21 points, including the winning 6-foot runner as the buzzer sounded, to give the Portland Trail Blazers their first road victory of the season, 106-105 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.
Kris Humphries and Carlos Delfino both scored 17 points, Joey Graham added 13 and the Toronto Raptors shrugged off injuries to three top players to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 98-79 on Monday night.
Josh Smith scored 22 points, Marvin Williams and Josh Childress both added 16 and the Atlanta Hawks snapped a seven-game losing streak at Philadelphia with an 88-79 victory over the 76ers on Monday night.
Hedo Turkoglu sparked a pivotal 9-0 run with a 3-pointer that put Orlando ahead to stay and added a layup with 55 seconds left to lead the Orlando Magic to a 104-97 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.
Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington led the Warriors with 20 points apiece, and the highest-scoring team in the NBA jumped to a 19-point first quarter lead and coasted past the Seattle SuperSonics, 109-96 on Sunday night for their sixth straight win.
Every season, the Pittsburgh Penguins seem to add another excellent rookie or two. First, it was Marc-Andre Fleury, then Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal. Apparently, the young talent isn’t done arriving. Kris Letang scored the go-ahead goal off Crosby’s pass midway through the third period and the Penguins beat the Phoenix Coyotes 3-1 Monday night, their fourth victory in five games.
Matt Cullen lost a goal but gained a win in his return to Madison Square Garden. Bottom line, that was way more important to the Carolina Hurricanes. Cullen notched two assists, Cam Ward stopped 28 shots in his second shutout of the season and the Hurricanes bounced back from a blowout loss to beat the New York Rangers 4-0 on Monday night.
Once again, Niklas Hagman supplied a big goal for the Dallas Stars when it was most needed. Hagman’s shootout backhander powered the Stars to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night. Hagman, the 10th player in the shootout, swooped in on goalie Pascal Leclaire and may have surprised him with his move away from the forehand.
It’s been nearly six years since the Boston Bruins enjoyed a visit to the Nassau Coliseum. Tim Thomas stopped 33 shots to help the Bruins win for the first time on Long Island in 11 games, 3-1 over the New York Islanders on Monday night. Glen Murray, Petteri Nokelainen and Chuck Kobasew scored for Boston, which was 0-5-4-1 at the Islanders’ arena since a 4-2 victory on Dec.