EAGAN, Minn.—For an accomplished, experienced group like the Minnesota Vikings' defence, maintaining that edge is more of the goal than plowing new ground.
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EDMONTON—The Edmonton Oilers were clinging on to a one-goal lead in the second period and hanging on tight against the Philadelphia Flyers, but then their dynamic duo of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl took the game over and made a big statement.
WASHINGTON—Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics capped an eventful WNBA season with the team's first championship.
A year that began with the league missing some of its top players because of injuries and rest ended with a compelling five-game championship series.
OTTAWA—Anders Nilsson took the blame for the Ottawa Senators staying winless to start the season
Nilsson stopped 31 shots in his first start of the campaign as Ottawa fell to the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues 6-4 last night.
HOUSTON—All season long, it seemed inevitable.
Yankees-Astros for the American League pennant.
“It's the matchup that we wanted," Houston shortstop Carlos Correa said. "It's the matchup that everybody wants to watch. It's must-see TV right there. So everybody is going to be tuning in. It's going to be fun.”
ATLANTA—The St. Louis Cardinals turned the diamond into a giant pinball machine, dinging hits all over SunTrust Park.
By the time the Atlanta Braves finally got the third out, it was the most productive first inning in post-season history.
VANCOUVER—Coach Travis Green says his Vancouver Canucks were in need of a victory as they headed into their home opener.
The squad had dropped their first two games of the season and with so many new faces in the room, a positive result could have a big impact, he said.
The Canucks (1-2-0) answered the call with a decisive 8-2 win over the L.A. Kings last night.
SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Richard Sherman has a strong message for anyone still doubting the unbeaten San Francisco 49ers.
“Don't flip-flop,” Sherman said after the 49ers thumped the Cleveland Browns 31-3 last night.
TORONTO—The Toronto Maple Leafs gave the defending Stanley Cup champions all they could handle for long stretches yesterday.
And the St. Louis Blues responded with what won them their rings last June—in the end, they found a way.
Alex Pietrangelo scored the winner in the third period and Jordan Binnington was stellar in making 32 saves as St. Louis downed Toronto 3-2.
UNIONDALE, N.Y.—The New York Islanders relied heavily on Thomas Greiss last season, and their invariably calm netminder picked up right he where he left off.
Greiss made 35 saves and Josh Bailey, Brock Nelson and Anders Lee scored second-period goals to the lead the Islanders past the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 last night.