VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Antti Niemi made 25 saves and Matt Pelech's first NHL goal stood up as the winner and the San Jose Sharks stayed perfect on the season by topping the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 yesterday. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Patrick Marleau and Brent Burns, into an empty net, also scored for the Sharks. Mike Santorelli scored for the Canucks, who got 25 saves from Roberto Luongo.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jakob Silfverberg scored twice, Jonas Hiller made 34 saves for his 17th NHL shutout, and Anaheim routed the New York Rangers 6-0 last night in the home opener of the Ducks' 20th season. Teemu Selanne and Mathieu Perreault assisted on both goals by linemate Silfverberg, who had the second two-goal game of his career. Dustin Penner and Daniel Winnik each added a goal and an assist.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched another Game 5 gem in Oakland while carrying a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, and Miguel Cabrera homered to lead the Detroit Tigers past the Athletics 3-0 last night and back into the AL championship series. The Tigers became the first team to reach the ALCS in three straight years since the New York Yankees from 1998-2001. Game 1 is tomorrow in Boston.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Travis Outlaw scored 18 points and DeMarcus Cousins had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 104-86 preseason victory over the Los Angeles Lakers last night. Rookie Ben McLemore added 12 points for the Kings (1-1) who opened the fourth quarter on a 14-3 run that gave them an 87-72 lead. Jodie Meeks had 19 points for the Lakers while Pau Gasol added 13 points and Chris Kaman had 12.
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — Quinn Kaehler threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and Donnel Pumphrey scored on a 10-yard run with 1:39 remaining, helping San Diego State rally for a 27-20 victory over Air Force last night in a contest that was played despite the partial government shutdown. Down by 14 heading into the fourth quarter, the Aztecs scored 21 straight points to escape with the win after missing two extra points and a field goal.