TORONTO - Jonathan Bernier came back to try and help end a losing streak. By the time the goaltender and the Toronto Maple Leafs left Air Canada Centre, they were out of a playoff spot. Bernier returned from a five-game absence and did his best to keep the Leafs in it against the St. Louis Blues. But a plethora of other mistakes against one of the NHLs top teams Tuesday night ultimately resulted in a 5-3 defeat, their sixth in a row. "Its a hard league," Blues goaltender Ryan Miller said of the Leafs struggles.
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(The Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season when they visit the Nashville Predators on Thursday night. The Leafs came out of the gate winning their first three contests of the season before dropping a 2-1 home decision to Colorado on Tuesday. The Avalanche got the game-winner early in the third period. Jonathan Bernier, who replaced James Reimer and stopped all 15 shots he saw in Torontos shootout win over the Senators on Saturday, made 31 saves in the loss.
DETROIT -- The Florida Panthers got better as the game went on and kept the Red Wings struggling at home. Jonathan Huberdeaus goal early in the third period broke a tie and Florida beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Saturday night. The Panthers trailed 1-0 after the first period but outshot the Red Wings 28-14 in the final two periods. "When the other team scores the first goal, we usually struggle, kind of back on our heels," Huberdeau said. "But we were able to get the tying goal." Jimmy Hayes also scored for Florida. Shawn Matthias had two assists and Tim Thomas stopped 22 shots.
BALTIMORE -- A person familiar with the situation says free-agent pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a contract, pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday night because the deal had not been completed and the club had not made an announcement. Several media outlets reported earlier that the sides had reached an agreement, which is reportedly for about $50 million over four years. Jimenez went 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA in 32 starts for Cleveland last season.
LEDUC, Alta. -- Brady Bakke, Scott Ferguson and Ty Mappin each scored twice as the Red Deer Rebels crushed the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves 10-3 on Friday in Telus Cup preliminary-round action. Jonathan Finnigan, Rory Davidson, Dylan Thudium and Kolton Dixon also scored for the Rebels, who finished the preliminary round undefeated with a record of 3-0-2. Steven Green, Ryan Erickson and Scott Sirkka each scored for the Wolves, who failed to advance after finishing up 0-5-0.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Ray Lumpp, the 1948 U.S. Olympic guard who appeared in two NBA Finals for the New York Knicks, died Friday. He was 91.The Knicks announced his death. They didnt provide a cause.The native New Yorker was acquired by the Knicks on Jan. 26, 1949, from the Indianapolis Jets and played in 214 games with them through 1953.
LONDON -- Fulham fired manager Rene Meulensteen and appointed Felix Magath on Friday, saying "action was required" in its bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League. The London club made the announcement in a statement, naming the German as its new manager on an 18-month contract. While Fulhams statement failed to mention Meulensteens fate, the Dutchman later told BBC Radio 5 that he had been relieved of his duties at Fulham. "Our club has shown promise in recent matches, but the fact is we have not won a league match since Jan. 1," Fulham owner and chairman Shahid Khan said.
MINNEAPOLIS -- It had been nearly two months since Joe Saunders pitched in the majors and 10 days since his last rehab start in the minor leagues. So it was understandable if he was a little shaky early in his return to the Texas Rangers rotation. He spent most of the outing searching for his best stuff, but still managed to shut down the struggling Minnesota Twins offence. Saunders pitched five scoreless innings and Luis Sardinas drove in the only run of the game to lift the Rangers to a 1-0 victory over the Twins on Wednesday night.
NAPLES, Fla. -- Shanshan Feng of China set a goal to win twice on the LPGA Tour in one season, which she accomplished in her final four starts of the year. The two wins could not have been any more different. Her first win was before a hometown crowd in Beijing and required no small amount of luck. Trailing most of the day, she hit a shot on the final hole that she figured was in the water.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In a game in which both teams badly needed a win to stay in the playoff picture, Jason Spezza did what captains do. Spezza scored a power-play goal with 5 minutes left and Stephane Da Costa had the other two goals to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. "It was a tie game and we got a faceoff play and then a little bit of puck luck in front of the net," Spezza said. "Johnny on the spot." After Nathan Horton went off for tripping at 13:08, the Senators took advantage late in the power play.