Luongo makes 26 saves as Panthers beat Oilers

SUNRISE, Fla. — Roberto Luongo made 26 saves in his second start since missing nine games with a knee injury to lift the Florida Panthers over the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 on Thursday night.

Evgenii Dadonov, Nick Bjugstad, Jonathan Huberdeau and Colton Sceviour scored for the Panthers. Mike Hoffman and Vincent Trocheck each had two assists.

Leon Draisaitl scored for the Oilers, and Cam Talbot stopped 29 shots.

Edmonton closed to 2-1 on Draisaitl’s goal 23 seconds into the third period. Draisaitl redirected a pass from Connor McDavid and beat Luongo up high.

Huberdeau’s power-play goal from the left circle made it 3-1 at 3:43 of the third. Sceviour added an empty-netter with 49 seconds left.

Dadonov gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead at 6:45 of the second. He took a backhanded pass from Aleksander Barkov in front and slid the puck past Talbot while falling to the ice. Dadonov extended his point streak to a career-high nine games.

Bjugstad found a loose puck in front and poked it into the net at 8:12 of the second.

NOTES: Hoffman’s assist on Dadonov’s goal made him the fourth player in Panthers history to have a 10-game point streak. … D Mark Pysyk, who missed six games with an upper-body injury, was cleared to play but got scratched. … Edmonton has played six of its last eight games on the road.


Oilers: Host the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.

Panthers: Host the New York Islanders on Saturday.

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Jazz’s Jae Crowder relives ‘sad moment’ of Gordon Hayward’s gruesome injury

SALT LAKE CITY — A full calendar has passed since the Cleveland Cavaliers hosted the Boston Celtics during the 2017-18 regular season opener.

But that game on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, is still unforgettable to Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder when he witnessed the most gruesome injuryhe ever saw on the hardwood in Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena.

“It took the whole air out of the building. I remember being there and I remember the silence in the crowd.”

Jae Crowder

“It took the whole air out of the building,” Crowder recalled, who was then a member of the Cavaliers. “I remember being there and I remember the silence in the crowd.”

While defending newly acquired Celtics swingman Gordon Hayward on a backdoor alley-oop cut, he landed awkwardly and horrendously broke his left ankle just minutes into the game.

“Guys were looking at each other on both teams puzzled with crazy puzzled faces and just feeling for him at the time,” Crowder described. “Nobody had probably been through that type of situation with that type of injury so you don’t know how to reach to him but I just feel for him.

“I just remember all the air being taken out of the building and it was just a sad moment to see him get carted off the court.”

Now, Hayward is fully recovered after missing the remainder of that season. On Friday, the former Jazzman is expected to make his much-anticipated return to Salt Lake City for the first time as a Boston Celtic, with Crowder now a valuable member of his former Utah franchise.

During the same offseason that Hayward signed with Boston, Crowder was part of a trade with the Celtics and Cleveland in the deal to land All-Star guard Kyrie Irving. Crowder was traded again before the February deadline as part of another …read more

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Jack Eichel wins draw, sets up Jeff Skinner for Sabres goal

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6A football semis: Turnovers doom Bingham in 28-21 loss to American Fork

SALT LAKE CITY — On a trick play in overtime, with Bingham down by seven, Bingham wide receiver Avi Parikh’s pass fluttered into the hands of American Fork’s Jeremiah Shipley, dashing the Miners’ overtime hopes and ending their season early. Following a 28-21 overtime loss to American Fork, the Miners will not be playing in the state championship for the first time since 2015.

“Disappointing way to lose, but it is what it is. We played a real good team, I thought we did a lot of real good things. It was a heavyweight match and they came out on top,” Bingham head coach John Lambourne said.

“It was like a resurrection. We were right back in it. We did a lot of good things, just didn’t get it done.”

Bingham coach John Lambourne

Turnovers were a big part of the game, for both teams. Bingham turned the ball over four times on Thursday afternoon (three interceptions and one fumble) and American Fork gave the ball to the Miners two times on interceptions.

“Those are obvious, but on the other hand, Aaron Erickson, he picked one off and put us back in the game, turnovers are part of the game,” Lambourne said.

In the fourth quarter, an Aaron Erickson interception return into American Fork territory gave the Miners new life. Bingham cashed in to tie the game.

“It was like a resurrection. We were right back in it. We did a lot of good things, just didn’t get it done,” Lambourne said.

Bingham’s three touchdowns came on nearly the same play design — a seam route up the middle. One of the three touchdowns were scored by a player that hadn’t seen the end zone many times throughout the 2018 season. The first Miner touchdown was caught by Josh Woolf, who, prior to Thursday’s game, had only caught …read more

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