Greening scores late stunner as Senators edge Leafs 3-2

Updated 25 February 2013
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Greening scores late stunner as Senators edge Leafs 3-2

OTTAWA: Ottawa’s Colin Greening hit a puck out of midair for a goal with 24 seconds remaining to give the Senators a dramatic 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, staying within two points of the NHL Eastern Conference lead.
Mika Zibanejad and Erik Condra also scored for the Senators, who have won four straight.
Elsewhere, Montreal stayed clear top of the East by beating the slumping New York Rangers, Detroit emphatically ended a five-game skid by routing Nashville, Dallas’ power-play got its act back together in the win over San Jose, Washington’s Alex Ovechkin had a hat trick in the victory against New Jersey, and St. Louis snapped a run of five-straight home defeats by downing Columbus.
In Ottawa, Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur scored for Toronto but it was to no avail thanks to Greening’s spectacular winner for the Senators.
They stayed right on the tail of the Montreal Canadiens, who defeated the New York Rangers 3-0.
Carey Price made 17 saves while each player on the line of Erik Cole, Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller scored a goal and added an assist for Montreal, which has won six of seven.
The Rangers dropped their third straight.
Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard made 33 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Red Wings cruised to a 4-0 win over the Nashville Predators.
Drew Miller scored an early goal for the Red Wings but given their recent habit of losing from 2-0 leads, they were happy to see Tomas Tatar’s goal early in the second period added to by Niklas Kronwall. Daniel Cleary added a fourth in the third period.
The Predators had won seven of eight games against Detroit, including last year’s first-round playoff series.
Dallas’ Jamie Benn scored a goal and added an assist as the Stars beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1.
Jaromir Jagr and Michael Ryder also scored for Dallas, who snapped an 0-for-16 power-play run and scored on consecutive opportunities to take a 2-0 lead early in the third period.
Patrick Marleau notched the only goal for San Jose, his 12th of the season, but the Sharks have won only one of their past nine.
Washington’s Alex Ovechkin produced his first hat trick in more than two years, leading the struggling Capitals to a 5-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
Ovechkin entered the game with only five goals in 16 games this season, but the two-time NHL MVP broke out in a big way.
Ilya Kovalchuk’s goal with 37.5 seconds left in the second period tied the game for New Jersey, but Ovechkin put Washington ahead to stay 1:23 into the third.
St. Louis David Perron scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period to hand the Blues a 2-1 wn over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Chris Stewart had a first-period goal for the Blues, who won their first game in six.
Goalie Jaroslav Halak made 18 saves, giving up his first goal at home in 168 minutes, 32 seconds on Matt Calvert’s short-handed tally late in the second.
Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle scored in regulation and in the shootout as the Oilers overcame a two-goal deficit to edge the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2.
Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos scored and had an assist in a four-goal third period that lifted the Lightning to a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds scored a go-ahead goal about halfway through the third period and the Flyers went on to beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-3.
Los Angeles’ Dustin Brown and Jeff Carter scored first-period goals and Trevor Lewis added his first career short-handed goal as the Kings beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 for their third straight victory.
Calgary’s Matt Stajan scored twice, including the go-ahead goal, in the Flames 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.
Evgeni Nabokov stopped 35 shots in the New York Islanders’ 4-0 win over the skidding and unraveling Buffalo Sabres, who were booed off the ice for a second consecutive home game.


LeBron’s last-second shot gives Cavs 98-95 win in Game 5

James pushes the Cavaliers within one victory of advancing in the Eastern Conference playoffs. (Getty Images/AFP)
Updated 26 April 2018
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LeBron’s last-second shot gives Cavs 98-95 win in Game 5

  • James' 3-pointer buzzer beater puts Cavaliers within one victory of advancing in the Eastern Conference playoffs
  • James finished with 44 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists.

CLEVELAND: LeBron James hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, a crowning moment for another brilliant performance, to give Cleveland a 98-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night in Game 5, putting the Cavaliers within one victory of advancing in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Moments after blocking Victor Oladipo’s possible go-ahead driving layup, James caught the inbounds pass, took two dribbles and dropped the winner over Thaddeus Young.
As Cleveland’s sellout crowd exploded, James hugged rookie teammate Cedi Osman before jumping on the scorer’s table to celebrate another of those moments that will define his career.
James finished with 44 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and went 15 of 15 from the line.
Kyle Korver added 19 points and Cleveland’s much-maligned defense tightened just in time as the Cavaliers seized their first lead in the first-round series after being down 1-0 and 2-1.
Cleveland can close out Indiana with a win Friday night in Indianapolis.
Domantas Sabonis scored 22 points, and Young had 16 for the Pacers, who battled back to tie it 95-all on Sabonis’ 15-foot jumper with 33 seconds left. Indiana, which held Cleveland without a field goal for more than seven minutes during their fourth-quarter rally forced James into a turnover and had a chance to re-take the lead.
Oladipo, who shot just 2 of 15, drove the left side and was at the rim when James swooped in for a block on a play reminiscent of his Game 7 block on Andre Iguodala in the 2016 NBA Finals.
Oladipo’s shooting woes continued. He’s only 12 of 50 from the field in the last three games. He scored 32 in the Pacers’ Game 1 win, but the Cavs have been double-teaming him ever since.
The third quarter has been a major problem for Cleveland all season. The Cavs had tried everything to try and shake things up after halftime, even doing layup lines at the break in Game 4 like a high school squad.
Turns out, all it took was some defensive intensity.
Down by seven at half, the Cavs swarmed the Pacers in the third quarter, forcing five turnovers in the first six minutes and holding Indiana to one field goal over the first 6:52 while opening with a 19-3 run.
Cleveland outscored Indiana 32-17 in the third, when the Pacers shot just 5 for 16 (31 percent) and committed seven turnovers.
The Cavs were again without starting point guard George Hill, who missed his second straight game with back spasms.
DWYANE’S WORLD
James had enough to worry about with the Pacers that he didn’t want to discuss close friend Dwyane Wade’s future.
Miami’s star is mulling retirement after the Heat were eliminated Tuesday in Philadelphia. James spent four years playing in Miami with Wade, who began this season with the Cavs before being traded.
James said that following his last game against Wade he told him, “’If it’s like our last time going against each other, then it’s been everything and more.” James wants to wait for Wade to make his decision and will then “give a more in-depth analysis of his career if he decides to hang ‘em up.”
TIP-INS:
Pacers: Following Lance Stephenson’s aggressive, wrestling-like takedown of Jeff Green in the waning moments of Game 4, coach Nate McMillan said he reminded the fiery forward to be careful. “The officials are going to be watching that, Lance knows that and there are some times where I think they (the Cavs) are taking advantage.” ... Dropped to 2-12 in their last 14 games in Cleveland. ... James’ triple-double in Game 4 was the sixth against Indiana in the playoffs. James has done it to the Pacers three times.
Cavaliers: With his 21st 40-point game in the playoff, James tied the logo — Jerry West — for the second-most all-time. Michael Jordan scored at least 40 in 38 postseason games. .... Hill’s back has improved in the past few days, but he didn’t look close to playing while sitting stiffly in his locker-room chair before the game. ... Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown sat courtside.
UP NEXT
Game 6 is Friday night at Indianapolis.