Caps top Knights, Flyers beat Senators...Nationals pick up reliever...Lions acquire Pipkins
WASHINGTON (AP) — Evgeny Kuznetsov (kooz-NET’-sahv) continued his dominance against the Vegas Golden Knights, scoring a goal and assisting on three more on Wednesday night as part of a 5-2 Washington Capitals victory in a rematch of last season’s Stanley Cup Final. Kuznetsov assisted on two goals by Alex Ovechkin (oh-VECH’-kin) and one by Nicklas Backstrom and scored his own on the power play. Ovechkin has four goals in three games.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Jakub Voracek and Scott Laughton scored two goals apiece, and the Philadelphia Flyers rebounded from an embarrassing loss to beat the Ottawa Senators 7-4 on Wednesday night. Sean Couturier, Robert Hagg and Claude Giroux also scored for the Flyers, who were coming off an 8-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks in their home opener a night earlier. Calvin Pickard stopped 31 shots.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pitcher Kyle Barraclough is joining the Washington Nationals. The Nats gave the Miami Marlins $1 million in international slot allotment as part of the deal. Signing the right-handed reliever is the first off-season move by Washington to try to rebuild the team’s faltering bullpen. The hard-throwing Barraclough went 1-6 with 4.20 ERA and 10 saves in 17 chances, with 61 appearances for Miami this year.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have acquired cornerback Lenzy Pipkins via waivers from the Indianapolis Colts and released linebacker Marquis Flowers. Pipkins spent time on the Colts’ practice squad and active roster earlier this season, appearing in one game. He played in 12 games last season for Green Bay. Flowers has played in all five of Detroit’s games so far this season. The Lions have an open date this week.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — There will be no eighth NASCAR title for Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus. Hendrick Motorsports will split the driver and crew chief at the end of this season. Johnson and Knaus were partnered in 2002 when Knaus built the No. 48 team as part of a Hendrick expansion. They won a record-tying seven titles and made the playoffs in all 15 years of its existence. Kevin Meendering will return to Hendrick to lead Johnson.