Red Sox advance...Sharks crush Flyers...Tavares stays hot...Canes hold off Canucks
NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have won their American League Division Series by building a 4-0 lead before holding off the New York Yankees, 4-3 in Game 4. Ian Kinsler hit an RBI double and scored on a single by Eduardo Nunez during the Red Sox’s three-run third against losing pitcher CC Sabathia. (sah-BATH’-ee-uh). Rick Porcello allowed one run over five innings, but Craig Kimbrel made it interesting by allowing two runs in the ninth before closing out the series.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joe Pavelski and Evander Kane scored two goals apiece and Kevin Lebanc collected four assists as the San Jose Sharks hammered the Flyers, 8-2 in Philadelphia. Logan Couture (koo-TOOR’) and Pavelski scored 11 seconds apart to put San Jose ahead 2-0 just 3 ½ minutes into the game. The Sharks outshot the Flyers 48-33, with Aaron Dell blanking Philadelphia until Shayne Gostisbehere (GAHS’-tihs-behr) beat him on a power play 4:56 into the second period.
DALLAS (AP) — John Tavares has five goals in his last two games after scoring twice in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 7-4 win at Dallas. Auston Matthews also tallied twice, and defenseman Morgan Rielly had a career-high four assists to help Toronto improve to 2-0 in its four-game road trip. Mitchell Marner had a goal and three assists for the 3-1 Leafs.
RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes picked up their third straight win as Sebastian Aho (AH’-hoh) delivered a goal and an assist while Carolina scored three times in the first period of a 5-3 decision over the Vancouver Canucks. Rookie Andrei Svechnikov scored for the second straight game as the Canes improved to 3-0-1, their best four-game start since moving from Hartford in 1997. Sven Baertschi (BEHR’-chee) had two goals and an assist as Vancouver fell to 0-2 on its six-game trip.
UNDATED (AP) — Mike Smith turned back 43 shots and Sean Monahan scored twice in the Calgary Flames’ 3-0 shutout of the Predators in Nashville. Kyle Connor scored for a third straight game and the Winnipeg Jets overcame Ilya Kovalchuk’s first NHL goal in five years to beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1. And the Columbus Blue Jackets knocked off the Avalanche, 5-2 behind Nick Foligno’s foh-LEE’-nohz) two goals and one assist.