Golden Knights get 3 quick goals in 2nd to beat Stars 5-3

In their first NHL season, the Vegas Golden Knights are getting big goals from players up and down the roster.

If the New Jersey Devils are to break out of their recent funk, they’ll have to do so against the hottest team in the NHL when they host the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

The Kings (20-8-3) are in the midst of a league-best eight-game winning streak. After missing the playoffs last season, the Kings sit atop the Pacific Division with 43 points, and their plus-29-goal differential is second-best in the NHL.

Tuesday’s contest marks the first of a four-game East Coast road trip for the Kings that is not necessarily an advantage for New Jersey (16-9-4) since Los Angeles is 10-3-1 on the road and the Devils are only 6-5-2 at The Rock.

“It really doesn’t matter what we’ve done to this point,” Kings coach John Stevens told the team’s website following practice on Monday. “This is an important trip to continue to get points and continue to try and play well and build our team game.”

Apple, the 10th overall pick last year, was inactive for the fourth straight game. He responded to a tweet asking why he wasn’t playing with “I’m too healthy” and an emoji of a man with his hands in the air. He also retweeted a tweet that praised Cowboys running back Rod Smith for icing the Giants with an 81-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.

Apple and Smith both went to Ohio State.

“I had a conversation with Eli about that. I was disappointed,” interim coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “I told him I was disappointed. We’ll decide exactly what we do with it. He apologized. We move on from that.”mariners_755

Point scores in OT, Lightning beat Jets 4-3

Brayden Point put the exclamation point on the Tampa Bay Lightning’s success stretch at home.

Point scored 36 seconds into overtime and the Lightning completed a perfect four-game homestand with a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night.

“He’s been an instrumental player all year long,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said.

Connor made it 2-2 on his 21st birthday just 1:23 later.

Copp opened the scoring 1:23 into the first to end a 12-game goal drought. Gourde tied it during a power play with 1:03 left in the period.

Tampa Bay’s league-best power-play unit has a goal in nine straight games, one away from tying the franchise record.

Cedric Paquette appeared to put Tampa Bay up 2-1 12 minutes into the second but the goal was disallowed after a video review prompted by Winnipeg challenge determined that Chris Kunitz interfered with Hellebuyck.

Paquette has not scored a goal in his last 32 games.

Jets D Dustin Byfuglien left with an injury. Teammate Tyler Myers missed part of the second after being struck on the ankle area by the puck but ended up playing 25 minutes. … Sergachev has seven goals and 20 points in 29 games. … Jets G Steve Mason (concussion) took part in the morning skate. … Lightning D Jake Dotchin returned after sitting out eight consecutive games with an undisclosed injury. … Jets RW Blake Wheeler got his 30th assist on Connors’ goal. He has eight assists and 10 points during a five-game point streak.

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Hunt, defense spur Chiefs to 26-15 victory over Raiders

LeSean McCoy scored on a 21-yard run with 1:33 left in overtime to secure the Buffalo Bills’ 13-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in a wintry, white-out setting best suited for snow shoes and sled dogs.

The Raiders also were missing two defensive starters in CB David Amerson (foot sprain) and LB Cory James (knee), while DE Mario Edwards Jr. (ankle) left early in the second quarter and TE Clive Walford went down in the fourth. The Chiefs missed starting C Mitch Morse with a sprained foot.

Then later on in the second quarter, Ngakoue and Campbell showed once again why teamwork makes the dream work on Jacksonville’s defensive line. The Browns were facing a third-and-10 at their own 40-yard line.

Campbell was lined up as the three technique, on the outside shoulder of Cleveland left guard Joel Bitonio, while Ngakoue was once again lined up in a wide five across from Drango.

Saints coach Sean Payton queried the media.

“Seriously, speak up,” Payton said. “What do you guys think, why do you think there were so many injuries tonight?”

The Advocate noted that several of the injured players already were battling nagging ailments that normally would’ve had time to heal more thoroughly before a next game.

Not with this short week, Vaccaro said.

“When you play three days later, three days after a tough game against Carolina, it started swelling up on me and got real sore,” the safety said of his injured groin. “It just got to the point where I started feeling my adductor (muscle). I had to make a decision, do I want to stay in there and potentially hurt it again, or do I want get rested up play next week against the Jets?”

Goals by Marchand, DeBrusk lead Bruins past Islanders 3-1

The best chances of a scoreless first came when Backes had a pair of bids from the edge of the crease seconds apart. Halak flashed his left pad to stop both.

“It is fun when we get to play together, it (had been) a while,” Nylander told TSN following the team’s win over the Oilers. “I think it started pretty good. In the third period we were hemmed into our D-zone a lot, so it was a tough third period, but we kept it out of the net and (McElhinney) played amazing so that helps for sure.”

Texans 7, Ravens 0 The Texans got deep into scoring position, thanks to big passes from Savage to DeAndre Hopkins and Bruce Ellington. Hopkins later drew pass interference on Brandon Carr, setting up Houston at the 4-yard line. Lamar Miller punched it in to get the Texans on the board.

The Ravens went three-and-out after Jadeveon Clowney made his presence felt, forcing Flacco into a bad pass on third down.

“Really, there are two ways to look at this thing,” Tomlin said in his postgame press conference, via the team’s website. “One way we will probably look at it (Sunday), we persevered in the face of adversity. We made necessary plays. We overcame adversity. Big plays by them, turnovers by us and all of those things. We didn’t blink. We stayed together and made the necessary plays to win.

“(Monday) when we evaluate it, when we get into the evaluation phase of it in terms of working to get better for our next opportunity, obviously we did things that made it difficult to win. … Some of those things have been issues for us in multiple games, particularly the big plays of late, so obviously that has to stop (immediately). We’ll work at it, but we’ll work at it being 9-2 and that’s a beautiful thing.”

The Steelers (9-2) will have back-to-back division rival games against the Bengals (5-6) and Ravens (5-5) before hosting the Patriots (9-2) in Week 15.mariners_780

Houston’s headliners also showed a heckuva lot of skill down the stretch.

Harden and Paul combined for 25 points and five assists in the fourth quarter, accounting for all but two of the Rockets’ 40 points in the frame, as Houston spread the floor with a small-ball lineup and let the stars carve up the Portland defense.

“Once we did that, we had shooters on the court, the lane was wide open,” said Harden, who finished with 48 points and single-handedly outscored the Trail Blazers 15-14 in the final 7:02. “Layup, layup, layup, 3-ball.”

“Playing the last few games, I built confidence and I’m getting confidence from my teammates,” said Khaira, who has been in and out of the lineup since the start of the season and has five goals and nine points in 16 games. “It’s nice coming to the rink.

“We did feel strongly we were getting a guy who had versatility and, throughout the preseason, you began to see it. He’s playing with a lot more confidence.”

Kamara is among the NFL leaders in broken tackles with 40 on just 131 touches. Despite a couple of hurdles, Saints quarterback Drew Brees said Kamara’s at his best when grounded. Brees and Kamara will be tested Sunday against Carolina (8-3) and the NFL’s No. 2 defense.

Petty, a fourth-round pick in 2015, will make his fifth career start Sunday. He started four games last season but wasn’t able to finish the last two because of injuries. In a Christmas Eve loss to the New England Patriots, he suffered a season-ending injury to his left (non-throwing) shoulder on a fluke play in which he tried to tackle a defender on a fumble return.

J.J. Watt, Jose Altuve named 2017 Sports Illustrated Sportspersons of the Year

“Houston strong” athletes J.J. Watt of the Texans and José Altuve of the World Series champion Astros are Sports Illustrated’s 2017 Sportspersons of the Year, SI announced Tuesday.

Recognized for their contributions on and off the field, Watt and Altuve embodied Sports Illustrated’s theme for this year’s Sportsperson issue: “Athletes Who Care.”

“The city of Houston has treated me really good … I felt at that time that I owed them something,” he told SI. “So when they were having a hard time, I wanted to give something back to them.”

The pair will accept their honor at SI’s Sportsperson of the Year Award Show on Tuesday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The show will be televised nationally for the first time, airing on tape-delay at 8 p.m. ET Friday on NBCSN and 8 p.m. Saturday on Univision Deportes.

“Obviously, right now we’re not playing the way that we want to, we’re not feeling the way we want to and we’re trying to find a way out of the rut that we’re in,” captain Erik Karlsson said. “Sometimes when that happens, you start overthinking stuff and making decisions that you don’t want to make.”

But they jumped out to a 19-6 lead and rallied after New York took a 70-68 lead into the fourth quarter.

“The game was lost way in the beginning,” Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said. “They’re a team that had travel issues. We come out not ready to play, let them get out to a big lead. They showed some fight at the end. We’ve got to come out at the beginning of the game. That’s a mental preparation thing that we talked about.”

Trainor probably get some run Thursday’s preseason finale against Detroit.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are 8-1 straight up and 7-1-1 against the spread over their last nine games against the Cincinnati Bengals including a current stretch of five straight wins. The Steelers can extend their winning streak over the Bengals to six games with a road win this Monday night.

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Peterman’s game ended with six completions on 14 attempts for 66 yards, and he tied the record for most interceptions in a first career start.

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Redskins receiver Maurice Harris, promoted from the practice squad earlier in the week

The Pennsylvania two-step at the top of the league hasn’t changed with Pittsburgh being off. But right before the Steelers’ bye, Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown found their groove together — and a new receiving buddy, JuJu Smith-Schuster. It should be an excellent return to action for Blitzburgh, too.

The defense seemed to fix a few things in the home wins over the Falcons and Chargers. Expect the offense to come up with a few tweaks in order to streamline the players to whom Tom Brady is throwing and handing off.

Redskins receiver Maurice Harris, promoted from the practice squad earlier in the week, made had an incredible touchdown catch for the first score of Washington’s 38-30 loss to the Vikings.

Field goal Detroit. Stafford drives the Lions to the Green Bay 26 but throws an incomplete pass on third down. Matt Prater enters and converts a 44-yard kick to put Detroit ahead 17-3. Stafford has totaled 176 passing yards so far.

The second half is underway in Green Bay. The Lions will start the period’s first possession at their 25.

“Terry was such a great player and great teammate,” Brady said during his weekly Westwood One radio interview before Monday Night Football. “I loved playing with him. He was so talented. He went to Ohio State, so I was very familiar with him being at Michigan, and was a high draft pick to the Patriots. He had an incredible rookie season and a great future with the team.steelers_035

Dallas calls its first timeout with 3:25 to play in the first quarter.

Week 10 in the NFL, with some big point spreads and a few favorites rallying to escape upsets, was relatively easy to predict. Picks get harder in Week 11, though, as six of the 14 matchups feature big playoff implications.

The Cowboys face a third-and-7 on the Philadelphia 9 following a 1-yard run by Alfred Morris and a short completion. Earlier in the drive, Dak Prescott moved the Cowboys inside the Eagles’ 10 on an 11-yard run.

Touchdown, Eagles. Philadelphia puts together an eight-play, 75-yard drive that ends in a 4-yard touchdown run by Kenjon Barner. Carson Wentz completes all four of his passes on the possession for 49 yards. The Eagles lead 7-3.

But Wentz is leading the charge with 23 touchdown passes and only five interceptions. He looks cool, collected and mature in his second season. He has a live arm, is aggressive but smart with his throws, and is a better runner than most realized. Wentz ranks third in the league in passer rating, and he is one of the leading candidates for league MVP.

It’s a shame to think what might be the final season for Hall of Famers Larry Fitzgerald and Adrian Peterson is being wasted because of an injury-plagued team.

One-score games continue to be the bane of his existence, but QB Philip Rivers being in the concussion protocol makes things worse.

The Giants got a garbage-time touchdown with a 14-yard Eli Manning touchdown pass to Roger Lewis. Orleans Darwka picked up the 2-point conversion with a rush up the middle. 31-21, 49ers

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