Lehtonen, Stars win 3-0 in Game 3 over Ducks
DALLAS (AP) - Kari Lehtonen had 37 saves, with some tremendous stops, for his first career postseason victory, and the Dallas Stars beat Anaheim 3-0 Monday night in their first home playoff game in six years.
Dallas captain Jamie Benn skated out of the penalty box to score late in the first period, and 19-year-old rookie Valeri Nichushkin added a goal for the Stars in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series. The top-seeded Ducks won each of the first two games at home, both one-goal results.
Game 4 is Wednesday night.
Lehtonen, who held up through five Anaheim power plays, had a kick save near the end of one of those in the final minute of the first period. That came right before Benn came out of the penalty box and skated toward the other end for the winning goal.
Rangers rally from early deficit to beat Athletics
(AP) - Donnie Murphy lined a go-ahead single up the middle with one out in the eighth inning, and the Texas Rangers rallied from an early three-run deficit to beat the Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Monday night.
Sean Doolittle allowed a leadoff double to Kevin Kouzmanoff and Mitch Moreland sacrificed him to third before Murphy's hit. Murphy and Kouzmanoff are both former A's players.
Neal Cotts pitched one inning for the win, then gave way to Alexi Ogando before Joakim Soria finished for his fourth save.
Brandon Moss homered and Coco Crisp hit a two-run single as the A's went ahead 3-0 in the second, but they couldn't hold the lead.
Oakland swept a weekend series against Houston and lost for only the second time in nine games and third time in 14.
Dominguez homers to lead Astros over Mariners
SEATTLE (AP) - Matt Dominguez homered and drove in three runs, Dallas Keuchel struck out a season-high eight and the Houston Astros broke a seven-game skid with a 7-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday.
It is the seventh straight loss for Seattle, which is the longest active streak in the majors.
The Astros took advantage of an error by Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager in the sixth inning to score four unearned runs off Felix Hernandez and break a 2-all tie.
Hernandez took the major league lead with 43 strikeouts after recording four, but was unable to avoid his first loss of the season after shaky defense put the right-hander in a tough situation in the sixth.
Keuchel deftly navigated the Mariners for six innings, allowing six hits and a walk, but just two runs.
Robidas breaks leg again in return to Dallas
DALLAS (AP) - Anaheim Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas has broken his right leg in an eerie replay of his last game in Dallas when he still played for the Stars.
Robidas had to be helped off the ice after his right leg bent awkwardly when a sliding Ryan Garbutt of Dallas undercut him and knocked him to the ice early in the second period in Game 3 of a first-round series Monday night.
The team said the latest fracture was just above the one he sustained Nov. 29 when Dallas was playing Chicago. He was traded to the Ducks in March.
Stars fans cheered for the 37-year-old Robidas, chanting "Robi, Robi!" as he left the ice. He was transported to a hospital.
Robidas was on Dallas' previous playoff team six years ago.
Astros put Feldman on DL with biceps tendinitis
SEATTLE (AP) - Right-hander Scott Feldman has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Houston Astros due to biceps tendinitis, a move retroactive to Friday.
Houston recalled right-hander Collin McHugh from Triple A Oklahoma City, and he is scheduled to start Tuesday against Seattle.
Feldman is 3-1 with a 1.69 ERA in four starts, the last a loss to Kansas City on Thursday during which he gave up five runs - four earned - and nine hits in six innings. Porter said Feldman felt the injury while preparing to throw a bullpen session, and the manager said he hopes Feldman will miss just two turns in the rotation.
"It's obviously unfortunate. He's been our best pitcher all year," Porter said. "But at the same time, I would rather be safe than sorry."
Portland's Aldridge ready for Game 2
HOUSTON (AP) - A day after etching his name in Portland's record books with a franchise playoff-record 46 points in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series against Houston, LaMarcus Aldridge was already looking forward.
He says: "It was a true blessing to play on that level and to be in that select company and I'm happy about it and it's time to move on."
The Trail Blazers rallied from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit and got a 122-120 overtime win on Sunday night.
Houston coach Kevin McHale was left shaking his head at what the 28-year-old Aldridge did to his team. McHale says they'll have to figure out a way to slow him down to win Game 2 on Wednesday night.
NBA: Dwight Howard's 6th foul was incorrect call
NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA says the call that resulted in Houston's Dwight Howard fouling out Sunday was incorrect. Instead, the All-Star center should have received two free throws that could have given the Rockets the lead.
Howard was called for his sixth foul with 10.8 seconds left in overtime while trying to get the rebound of James Harden's missed 3-pointer. Portland's Joel Freeland made one free throw, the final point in the Trail Blazers' 122-120 victory.
But replay showed Freeland with an arm around Howard's back holding him. NBA president of operations Rod Thorn says in a statement Monday the foul should have been on Freeland.
Ginobili welcome baby boy during playoff break
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Less than 24 hours after Manu Ginobili helped deliver a Game 1 victory over Dallas in the Western Conference playoffs, he helped deliver something even better.
Ginobili's wife, Marianela, had the couple's third child on Monday morning. Baby boy Luca came via planned C-section, and Ginobili was able to attend the birth in the morning and get to practice later that afternoon.
Ginobili also has 3-year-old twin sons, Dante and Nicola. He says being in the room for the birth far exceeded any of the three NBA championships or Olympic gold medal that he's won in the past.
Game 2 is Wednesday night in San Antonio.
Houston's Beverley cleared for Game 2
HOUSTON (AP) - Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley has been cleared to play in Game 2 on Wednesday night after injuring his right knee in the opening game of the first-round playoff series against Portland.
Beverley was injured when LaMarcus Aldridge knocked him down setting a pick with about a minute left in the Trail Blazers' 122-120 overtime win on Sunday night. He missed eight games late in the season because of a torn meniscus in the same knee.
Beverley says he felt pain in the same area where he was injured before when he was knocked down on Sunday night. He didn't feel any pain on Monday morning and says he'll be ready to play on Wednesday.
He had nine points and six rebounds in Game 1.
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