The Atlanta Thrashers may have turned it around after a dismal start. Pascal Dupuis scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period and Ilya Kovalchuk had his second consecutive three-goal game, helping the Thrashers rally for a 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night. Dupuis put Atlanta ahead 5-4 from the low slot off a pass from Bryan Little with 2:08 left.
Mike Fisher and Ottawa Senators finally overpowered Tim Thomas and the Boston Bruins. Fisher scored two of Ottawa’s three power-play goals in the Senators’ 3-2 victory over the Bruins 3-2 on Saturday night. Dany Heatley had a goal and an assist, Joe Corvo added three assists, and Martin Gerber made 17 saves for his NHL-leading eighth win of the season.
Matt Stajan enjoyed adding the latest bit of lore to the NHL’s longest-standing rivalry. Stajan scored late in the third period to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. The 23-year-old center ended a nine-game goal drought when he broke down the right side and put a slap shot past Cristobal Huet with 1:34 remaining in the third and Toronto went on…
Petr Prucha finally came through for the New York Rangers. Prucha had only two points in 12 games heading into Saturday night’s game against the New Jersey Devils, where he went from near-zero to hero by scoring the lone goal of the shootout in the Rangers’ 2-1 win. “I know that I wasn’t scoring much this season, but I feel good on the ice and I didn’t lose my confidence,” Prucha said.
The Carolina Hurricanes brought back Matt Cullen for power-play performances like these. Cullen had a goal and an assist with the man advantage to lead Carolina to a 4-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. Cory Stillman, Chad LaRose and Trevor Letowski also scored, and Jeff Hamilton and Rod Brind’Amour each had two assists for the Southeast Division-leading Hurricanes, who entered…
John Russell, let go by the Pirates as their third-base coach only two seasons ago, will succeed Jim Tracy as Pittsburgh’s manager, a source with knowledge of the hiring told Sports Betting News on Saturday night. Russell, who lost his previous job in Pittsburgh following former Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon’s firing in September 2005, will be introduced at a news conference Monday.
The Utah Jazz took a page from the Golden State Warriors playbook, going with an uptempo offense. Deron Williams scored 16 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and the Utah Jazz beat the Golden State Warriors 133-110 on Saturday night. With the Jazz holding a six-point lead, Williams made seven of his final eight shots to turn the game into a rout.
J.J. Barea forgot to drink enough water. Other than that, his second NBA start was darn near perfect. The second-year point guard made nine of 11 shots, including all four 3-pointers he tried, for a career-high 25 points, pacing the Dallas Mavericks to one of the most accurate shooting performances in franchise history and beating the Sacramento Kings 123-102 in their home opener Saturday night.
An unbeaten start so far is helping the Indiana Pacers forget about a disappointing last season. With a 35-47 record, the Pacers missed the playoffs for the first time since 1997, and they are not forgetting about it. “For a lot of us it’s about pride,” Indiana guard Mike Dunleavy said. “We all felt terrible about the way the season ended.
The Milwaukee Bucks haven’t exactly fixed their defense, but they didn’t have to against a Chicago Bulls team that’s looking lost on offense. Michael Redd scored 27 points and rookie Yi Jianlian added 16 in his strongest performance yet to help the Bucks beat the Bulls 78-72 Saturday night for their first victory of the season.
The Houston Rockets have a new-look, fast-paced offense under Coach Rick Adelman. For a half on Saturday night, the defense looked as stingy as it did under Jeff Van Gundy. Yao Ming had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Tracy McGrady added 20 points and six assists as the Rockets improved to 3-0 for the first time since the 1996-97 season with an 89-80 win over Portland.
Gilbert Arenas winced while he walked across the locker room with a bit of a hitch in his step. His surgically repaired left knee was just one of the many things bothering the All-Star guard after the Washington Wizards’ 94-82 to Orlando on Saturday night, a list that included Arenas’ own poor shooting and his team’s first 0-3 start since 1992.