Kucherov draws ban for Game 3

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Caris LeVert scored 23 points to help the Nets beat the 76ers in Game 1 of their first-round se­ries Satur­day.

NHL lead­ing scorer Nikita Kucherov has been sus­pended for Game 3 of the Light­ning’s firstround se­ries against the Blue Jack­ets.

Kucherov was sus­pended for board­ing Blue Jack­ets de­fense­man Markus Nu­ti­vaara late in the Light­ning’s 5-1 loss in Game 2 on Fri­day night to trail 2-0 in the se­ries. Kucherov was given a ma­jor penalty and ejected for hit­ting Nu­ti­vaara in a de­fense­less po­si­tion with 4:26 re­main­ing in the lop­sided de­feat.

The Pres­i­dents’ Tro­phy win­ning Light­ning will have to try to win Sun­day in Colum­bus with­out the player who put up a league-best 128 points dur­ing the sea­son. They also could be with­out banged-up Nor­ris Tro­phy cal­iber de­fense­man Vic­tor Hed­man, who didn’t prac­tice Satur­day.

Light­ning coach Jon Cooper said he hopes Hed­man can play.

But Kucherov is out af­ter what the NHL called a “dan­ger­ous hit on a player in an ex­posed po­si­tion.”

In a video an­nounc­ing the sus­pen­sion, the league said Kucherov’s ac­tion falls in the cat­e­gory of mes­sage-send­ing be­cause it came in the fi­nal min­utes of a one-sided game.

Cap­i­tals 4, Hur­ri­canes 3:

Brooks Or­pik scored less than two min­utes into over­time, Alex Ovechkin had two as­sists and the de­fend­ing Stanley Cup cham­pi­ons moved to a 2-0 lead in the first-round se­ries.

Ovechkin as­sisted on goals by Nick­las Back­strom and Tom Wil­son to help put the Caps up 2-0 in a se­ries for just the third time in the last five years. In per­haps his fi­nal NHL post­sea­son, Or­pik scored

1:48 into the ex­tra pe­riod of the Caps’ first over­time play­off game since they elim­i­nated the Pen­guins in the sec­ond round a year ago.

Braden Holtby stopped

25 shots, and T.J. Oshie also scored. Holtby al­lowed goals to Lu­cas Wall­mark, Se­bas­tian Aho and Jor­dan Staal, the last on a Hur­ri­canes power play with 5 min­utes left in reg­u­la­tion.

Game 3 is Mon­day night in Raleigh, N.C. It will be the Hur­ri­canes’ first home play­off game since May 26, 2009.

All-Star F Con­nor McDavid won’t need surgery for the in­jury he suf­fered in the Oilers’ sea­son fi­nale April 6 against the Flames. McDavid, 22, a can­di­date for league MVP af­ter he matched a ca­reer­high with 41 goals and set a new ca­reer-best with 116 points de­spite the Oilers miss­ing the play­offs for the 12th time in the last 13 sea­sons, was di­ag­nosed with a mi­nor tear of the PCL in his left knee. He’s ex­pected to be ready for the start of Oilers train­ing camp in Septem­ber . ... Hilary Knight and Kelly Pan­nek each scored twice and goal­tender Alex Rigsby made 11 saves to lead four-time de­fend­ing champ U.S. to an 8-0 vic­tory over Rus­sia in the semi­fi­nals of the women’s world cham­pi­onship in Espoo, Fin­land. The U.S. will face Fin­land in Sun­day’s ti­tle game. The tour­na­ment host beat Canada in the other semi­fi­nal.

Hockey:

Luke Wal­ton and the Kings agreed to a four-year con­tract that will make him the team’s coach, ESPN re­ported. Wal­ton, 39, and the Lak­ers mu­tu­ally parted ways Fri­day af­ter he went 98-148 and failed to make the play­offs in three sea­sons as coach. He re­places Dave Jo­erger, who was fired Thurs­day af­ter three sea­sons.

NBA:

Ju­ven­tus failed in an at­tempt to clinch its eighth straight Serie A ti­tle, fall­ing 2-1 to host and rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened Spal. With the sec­ond leg of its Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter­fi­nal against Ajax on Tues­day, Ju­ven­tus rested Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and a num­ber of other key play­ers. Ju­ven­tus still holds a 20-point lead over sec­ond-place Napoli, which vis­its last-place Chievo Verona on Sun­day. Both clubs will have six league matches re­main­ing af­ter the week­end’s ac­tion. ... Paul Pogba scored two penal­ties to help Manch­ester United edge vis­it­ing West Ham 2-1 in English Pre­mier League play. United pulled within fourth-place Chelsea, which trav­els to league­leader Liver­pool on Sun­day . ... La Liga leader and de­fend­ing champ Barcelona set­tled for a score­less draw against host and last­place Huesca. With the sec­ond leg of its Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter­fi­nal against Manch­ester United on Tues­day, Barca rested Lionel Messi and a num­ber of other key play­ers also missed the match. Barca still holds a nine­point lead over sec­ond­place Atletico Madrid, which beat Celta Vigo 2-0. ... Brazil­ian great Pele un­der­went surgery for the re­moval of a kid­ney stone. Pele, 78, was hospi­tal­ized in Sao Paulo on April 2 af­ter spend­ing five days in a Paris hospi­tal for a uri­nary in­fec­tion.

Soccer:

Ea­gles CB Jalen Mills and Wizards F Devin Robin­son were ar­rested af­ter a fight out­side a night­club, Wash­ing­ton po­lice said. The Wizards an­nounced that they were “dis­ap­pointed” in Robin­son’s ac­tions, and that they wouldn’t be ex­tend­ing him a qual­i­fy­ing of­fer for next sea­son. The Ea­gles didn’t com­ment on Mills’ sta­tus with the team . ... Mercedes team­mates Valt­teri Bot­tas and Lewis Hamil­ton qual­i­fied 1-2 for Sun­day’s For­mula One Chi­nese Grand Prix in Shang­hai, while An­dretti Au­tosport driver Alexan­der Rossi se­cured the pole for Sun­day’s Indy­Car race in Long Beach, Calif. ... Led by fig­ure skat­ing world champ Nathan Chen, the U.S. won the ti­tle at the World Team Tro­phy in Fukuoka, Ja­pan. ... Owen­dale ral­lied to take charge en­ter­ing the stretch and went on to win the Grade 3 Lex­ing­ton Stakes by 13⁄4 lengths over Another­twistafate at Keeneland in Lex­ing­ton, Ky. Owen­dale earned 20 points to­ward the Ken­tucky Derby.

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