Carmelo Anthony had 32 points and 10 rebounds to rally the Denver Nuggets to a 113-106 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.
Leandro Barbosa scored a career-high 39 points and the Phoenix Suns beat the Orlando Magic 106-96 Saturday night, withstanding a 33-point, 18-rebound effort by Dwight Howard.
Defending champion Yang Yong-eun was disqualified from the HSBC Champions on Sunday for signing an incorrect scorecard Saturday. The mistakes came to light when a fan, who was following Yang’s group Saturday, saw the mistakes on a Web site after returning home from the tournament. Yang, the South Korean player who beat Tiger Woods to win last year, signed for a 4 at No.
What a difference a year makes for the Philadelphia Flyers, especially now that their special teams are clicking. Kimmo Timonen had a goal and three assists, and the Flyers took advantage of four power plays in beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Saturday night. “It looked like we got all the breaks we haven’t gotten in previous games,” said Timonen, who scored his first goal with the Flyers.
Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig was infuriated by the four goals he allowed in the third period against the Lightning. Kolzig gave up two goals in a span of 58 seconds during the final 20 minutes and Tampa Bay beat Washington 5-2 on Saturday night for its second road victory of the season. “We’re not going to go anywhere if we continue to play like that,” Kolzig said.
Chris Mason stopped all three shootout attempts and Martin Erat scored the only goal in the tiebreaker to lift the Nashville Predators over the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 Saturday night. Erat, who beat Fredrik Norrena high, was the second shooter for Nashville. Radek Bonk gave the Predators a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal 9:05 into the first period.
Chuck Kobasew could only smile when asked about his game-winning goal. Tim Thomas made 45 saves and Kobasew scored the tiebreaking goal by batting a puck out of the air to lead the Bruins to a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night in a matchup of struggling offensive teams. “I practice that everyday,” he said, breaking into a grin.
Call it a different kind of hat trick for New York Islanders forward Miroslav Satan. For the third straight game, Satan scored the winning goal, and the New York Islanders denied Devils goalie Martin Brodeur his 500th NHL victory with a 2-1 win over New Jersey on Saturday night. “It’s the way it’s going,” Satan said.
Marian Hossa’s short-handed goal gave Atlanta a lead early in the second period, it also provided the spark the Carolina Hurricanes needed to take over the power play and the game. They didn’t wait long. Carolina’s Justin Williams scored about 30 seconds after the short-handed tally and Rod Brind’Amour netted two goals to lead the Hurricanes past Atlanta 5-3 on Saturday night.
Marcel Hossa scored the decisive goal in the shootout and Steve Valiquette made 32 saves as the New York Rangers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 Saturday night in the annual Hall of Fame game. Valiquette spelled regular goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who had played every minute of New York’s previous 16 games this season.
It took a while for the Ottawa Senators to solve Cristobal Huet, though they eventually did beat the Montreal Canadiens goalie for a pair of crucial late goals. Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Neil scored goals 1:40 apart in the third period to lead Ottawa to a 3-1 win over Montreal on Saturday. Huet, who stopped Alfredsson on a penalty shot in the second, came within 5:10 of recording his second…
Henrik Sedin wasn’t worried how his goals looked, as long as they counted. Probably only one of them should have. Sedin scored his first goal on a controversial high stick early in the second period, and added his second of the game 1:22 in overtime, lifting the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.