Stastny leads Avs to 5-4 OT win over Wild
DENVER (AP) - Paul Stastny scored 7:27 into overtime after tying the game with 13.4 seconds remaining in regulation, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild in the opener of the Western Conference quarterfinals on Thursday night.
Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn also added goals for Colorado in Patrick Roy's postseason debut behind the bench.
The Hall of Fame goaltender led the Avalanche to two Stanley Cup titles as a player.
Erik Haula, Charlie Coyle, Ryan Suter and Kyle Brodziak scored for the Wild.
Game 2 is Saturday.
Stastny beat Ilya Bryzgalov with a close-in wrist shot in overtime, the same type of play Stastny used to tie the game in regulation.
Twins use wild rally past Blue Jays for sweep
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota scored three straight runs on wild pitches by the Toronto Blue Jays' Sergio Santos in the eighth inning, when the Twins walked eight times off three relievers in rallying for a 9-5 victory and a sweep of Thursday's day-night doubleheader.
Kyle Gibson threw eight scoreless innings as Minnesota won the opener 7-0. The Twins trailed 5-1 in the fifth of the night game after another lackluster start by Mike Pelfrey.
Steve Delabar walked two batters starting the six-run eighth, setting up Santos for trouble as manager John Gibbons called for his closer early. Santos walked all three batters he faces, loading the bases with one out when he put on pinch-hitter Trevor Plouffe. The Twins cut the lead to 5-4 when Josmil Pinto came home on a wild pitch.
The collapse by the Blue Jays bullpen worsened from there.
Janssen's return to Jays unclear; Reyes due soon
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The rehabilitation assignment for Toronto Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen has been halted because of lingering tightness in his lower back.
Janssen has been on the disabled list since the start of the season. He pitched for Class A Dunedin Tuesday, but according to manager John Gibbons he didn't feel better afterward and was told to take a few days off from throwing.
Gibbons said before Thursday's doubleheader at Minnesota he didn't believe the right-hander had a setback. But the manager said Janssen has continued to experience discomfort.
Sergio Santos has handled the ninth-inning role in Janssen's absence.
Shortstop Jose Reyes is expected to rejoin the Blue Jays on Saturday at Cleveland. He strained his left hamstring in his first at-bat this season.
MINN ST-MANKATO-FIRED COACH
Minnesota State team to return under Hoffner
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - Football players at Minnesota State, Mankato, say they are ready to practice under reinstated coach Todd Hoffner.
The Mavericks football program held a news conference Thursday, the day after players refused to practice when Hoffner returned to the school.
In a statement, junior defensive back Sam Thompson and sophomore wide receiver Kyle Riggott say the team is "ready to get back to playing football." The players say they wanted their voice heard about their support for interim coach Aaron Keen and for a "more robust communication channel" about the coaching situation.
Hoffner said in a statement he does not take the players' actions personally.
Hoffner returned to campus for the first time Wednesday since an arbitrator ruled he was fired unfairly last year in the wake of a child porn investigation that ultimately cleared him.
The team is scheduled to practice Friday afternoon.
Disappointed Wolves enter offseason of uncertainty
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Timberwolves won nine more games than they did a season ago and saw Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio make it through the entire season without injury.
But the season will still go down as a massive disappointment because they missed the playoffs for the 10th straight season. Now they head into an offseason filled with uncertainty.
It is widely expected that coach Rick Adelman will not return. But the biggest question facing the franchise is Kevin Love's future.
Love can opt out of his contract after next season, which means President Flip Saunders has to make the right moves to improve the roster and convince Love to stay. Saunders has already said he will not trade Love this summer.
SENIOR PGA PROFESSIONAL
Gene Fieger leads Senior PGA Professional
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Gene Fieger shot a 3-under 69 in windy conditions Thursday to take a four-stroke lead in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship.
The 53-year-old Fieger, the PGA director of golf at Hideout Golf Club in Naples, Fla., had a 10-under 206 total at PGA Golf Club in the event postponed in October in Virginia because of rain and flooding. The top 35 on Friday will earn spots in the Senior PGA Championship on May 22-25 at Harbor Shores in Michigan.
Steve Parker and Frank Esposito were tied for second.
Parker, a 56-year-old PGA Life Member from Houston, shot a 67. Esposito, the 50-year-old PGA head pro at Brooklake in Florham Park, N.J., had a 74.
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