Patrik Elias knew Tuukka Rask was in a tough spot after the Boston goalie took over for the injured Tim Thomas with 1:10 left in regulation. Elias victimized the substitute with his second goal of the game with 1:44 left in overtime, and the New Jersey Devils extended their winning streak to eight with a 4-3 comeback victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night.
The fewer players the Atlanta Thrashers had on the ice, the better they played. The Thrashers took a lead with two short-handed goals in the second period and beat the New York Islanders 4-3 in a shootout Wednesday night, handing New York its fourth straight loss. “It seemed like four guys work better than five on four,” said Atlanta’s Marian Hossa, who scored the first short-handed goal.
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa wants third baseman Scott Rolen back. But only on the team’s terms. “He’s got a contract to play, and we need him to play,” La Russa said Wednesday at the baseball winter meetings. “And he’s going to be treated very honestly. If he plays hard and plays as well as he can, he plays.
The New York Mets still want a shot at Johan Santana. With the winter meetings nearly over, the Minnesota Twins’ ace remained on the market Wednesday night and the Mets hoped to get seriously involved in trade talks. The Twins have been weighing offers for the two-time Cy Young Award winner, who can become a free agent after next season.
Defensive back Anthony Smith is so certain the Pittsburgh Steelers will end the New England Patriots’ unbeaten season, he is guaranteeing a win Sunday in Foxborough. The Patriots (12-0) may have the perfect record, Smith said Wednesday, but it should be New England that is worried about the Steelers (9-3) rather than the other way around.
Brandt Snedeker cashed checks worth $2.8 million, won a PGA Tour event and finished in the top 10 in five other tournaments. All in his rookie season. The 26-year-old from Nashville, Tenn., is a favorite for the tour’s rookie of the year award. He’s the highest first-year player on the money list (17th) and the FedEx Cup points standings (9th).
Tim Duncan sat out the San Antonio Spurs’ game against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night because of a sprained right ankle. Duncan’s absence was expected because of the injury he sustained Sunday, while Manu Ginobili started after being a game-time decision. “He wants to play, he’s very adamant, when a player is that adamant, he’s probably ready to go,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said before…
LeBron James sat out his fourth game in a row Wednesday night because of a sprained left index finger, making this the longest injury absence of the Cleveland star’s career. James, who did not speak to reporters before the game, was sitting on the sideline in street clothes when the game against the Washington Wizards began.
The New York Knicks were without starters Stephon Marbury and Eddy Curry on Wednesday night for their game against the New Jersey Nets, who were without All-Star Jason Kidd. Kidd, who has often excelled against the Knicks since his trade to New Jersey in 2001, was not in uniform because of a migraine.
Anderson Varejao will play for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, after all. The Cavaliers matched the Charlotte Bobcats’ $17 million, three-year offer sheet for the restricted free agent Wednesday, ending a contract dispute and giving injury-depleted Cleveland some much-needed help. “His size, his athleticism, his strength, his knowledge, all that stuff — yes, it’s an added bonus,” coach Mike…
NHL playoffs MVP Scott Niedermayer will rejoin the Anaheim Ducks and delay his retirement. The Ducks called a 9:30 p.m. EST news conference Wednesday “regarding the playing status of Scott Niedermayer.” A person familiar with Niedermayer’s situation said it would be announced that he’s going to play again.
Dontrelle Willis was on vacation in Mexico when the blockbuster deal was completed, and Miguel Cabrera was home in Venezuela. Their next stop is Detroit, where the busy Tigers are building an awfully powerful team. The Tigers finalized their big trade with the Marlins on Wednesday, an eight-player swap that sent both coveted All-Stars from cash-strapped Florida to go-for-broke Detroit.