Rod Brind’Amour scored two goals, including one allowed after a video review, and the Carolina Hurricanes rebounded from their first home shutout of the season to beat the Florida Panthers 2-1 Saturday night. Cam Ward stopped 27 shots a night after the Atlanta Thrashers beat him for two goals on 24 shots during a 3-0 victory.
Vesa Toskala made 24 saves, Mats Sundin scored a goal and the Toronto Maple Leafs halted a five-game winless streak by beating the Ottawa Senators 3-0 on Saturday night. Darcy Tucker and Jiri Tlustly also scored for Toronto, which inched back to .500. Sundin’s goal was his 533rd, tying him with Hockey Hall of Famer Frank Mahovlich for 27th place on the all-time list.
Martin Brodeur gave Patrick Roy some company in the 500 victory club. Brodeur reached one of hockey’s rarest milestones, stopping all but two shots in a modest effort thanks to some of New Jersey’s usual stout defense and earned his 500th NHL win. Brodeur made 26 saves in the Devils’ 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night and joined Roy as the only goalies in NHL history with that…
Patrick Sharp scored three times and Rene Bourque added two short-handed goals and an assist to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night. It was Chicago’s fourth straight victory over the Red Wings this season. The Blackhawks tied a team record with three short-handed goals, and Detroit tied its record by allowing three.
Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu will miss about a week with a cracked bone in his left leg, the result of a vicious, stick-swinging hit by Vancouver’s Mattias Ohlund. Koivu was injured in the third period Friday night after getting whistled for an elbowing penalty. Ohlund responded by swinging his stick and slashing Koivu on the left leg, an action that could earn Ohlund a suspension from the…
A return of the usual Dwyane Wade, combined with a glimpse of the old Penny Hardaway. Suddenly, the Miami Heat don’t look so bad anymore. Wade scored 23 points, Hardaway added 16 in his best game since returning to the NBA, and the Heat beat the New Jersey Nets 91-87 Saturday night for their second victory of the season.
If they continue to share the scoring load like this, the New Orleans Hornets will be one of the NBA’s toughest teams to beat this year. Their leading scorer on the season had only two points after halftime and their starting point guard was out injured, but the Hornets still handily defeated Minnesota to build on their best start in franchise history.
Despite missing Gilbert Arenas, the short-handed Washington Wizards found a way to extend their winning streak to four. About an hour before Saturday’s game with the Portland Trail Blazers, Washington Wizards coach Eddie Jordan found out that Gilbert Arenas wasn’t going to be available. Arenas, who had surgery on his left knee in April, missed the game with soreness in his knee.
The Indiana Pacers had become experts at winning the first half, losing the second half and losing games. They finally won all three in a 117-97 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night that ended a six-game losing streak. Indiana blew halftime leads in four of those losses, and looked ready to do it again before going on a 19-4 run in the third quarter to regain control.
Jason Richardson’s scoring burst and an unkind schedule were too much for Kevin Durant and the Seattle SuperSonics. Richardson scored 14 of his 23 points in a 3-minute stretch midway through the third quarter, Gerald Wallace scored 27 points and the Charlotte Bobcats wore down the Sonics in a 100-84 win on Saturday night.
Kobe Bryant’s shooting touch was off, so he wanted to help out in other ways. “When you’re not shooting the ball well, you have to lead by example and make the rest of the guys understand that even though you don’t shoot the ball well, it doesn’t mean you relax on defense. If anything, you pick it up,” Bryant said after the Lakers beat Detroit 103-91 Friday night.
Kevin Martin was glad the Sacramento Kings didn’t waste his latest 40-point game. Martin scored a career-high 43 points Friday night in a 123-118 double-overtime victory over the New York Knicks. “It’s always good to do it and get the win, last year I got 40 and we lost (to Washington),” Martin said. Despite Martin’s effort, there was nothing easy about this victory, which snapped the Kings’…