Canucks top Kings to open preseason
Brock Boeser scored at 4:38 of overtime to give the Vancouver Canucks a 4-3 comeback victory over the Kings yesterday in Los Angeles in the first NHL exhibition game of the preseason. Sven Baertschi tied it for Vancouver with 2:54 left in regulation. Markus Granlund and Jake Virtanen also scored for the Canucks.
Jake Muzzin, Dustin Brown and Oscar Fantenberg scored for Los Angeles.
Vancouver led 2-0 midway through the second period. Muzzin scored with 4:51 left in the period, and Brown tied it with 57 seconds left in the period.
Fantenberg gave Los Angeles the lead 1:25 into the third.
Anders Nilsson was credited with the win for Vancouver. He made 10 saves and had the primary assist on Boeser’s goal. Starter Jacob Markstrom stopped all 19 shots he faced.
Jonathan Quick started for Los Angeles and made nine saves on 11 shots. Darcy Kuemper took the loss, allowing two goals on nine shots in the third and overtime.
Racing: Allgaier takes Chicagoland
Justin Allgaier pulled away off the final restart and won the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.
Allgaier, from nearby Riverton, won for the second time this season in NASCAR’s second-tier series. JR Motorsports had a banner day with Allgaier’s win and the official coronation of Elliott Sadler’s regularseason championship.
“This is a race track I’ve loved dearly for a number of years,” Allgaier said. “The whole connection of being from Illinois and getting to go to victory lane was incredible.”
Xfinity opens its postseason next week at Kentucky Speedway . . . .
Josef Newgarden moved a step closer to his first IndyCar title by leading a Penske parade into the IndyCar season finale in Sonoma, Calif.
Four of the five drivers still mathematically eligible to win the championship today are from Team Penske. In qualifying, they showed they have the raw speed to grab this title.
But it’s Newgarden, in his first season driving for Penske, who led the charge. He’s the points leader and three times broke the track record in yesterday’s qualifying session. His final run in his Chevrolet was at 1 minute, 15.5205 seconds and gave Newgarden just the second pole of his career.
Tennis: France, Australia in Davis semis
Two-time Grand Slam champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (3) for France to lead Serbia, 2-1, in the Davis Cup semifinals in Lille, France.
Apart from a scare in the third set when the Serb pair won four games in a row, Mahut and Herbert were in control on the indoor clay court and put France one win away from its 18th Davis Cup final.
In the other semifinal in Brussels, Australia also needs just one more point to reach the final for the first time since it won the title in 2003 after John Peers and Jordan Thompson breezed past Arthur de Greef and Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium 6-3, 6-4, 6-0.