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The Nashville Predators will play Tuesday night in Minnesota but their hearts will be back home. At least 22 people were killed late Monday and early Tuesday as tornadoes roared through the Nashville area, injuring more than 150 people and destroying dozens of buildings. A search for survivors continued into the afternoon. The team departed for Minnesota before the storms hit. "There aren't any perfect words to say on days like this.
NHL general managers opted against changing the emergency backup goaltender protocol at their annual meetings Monday in Boca Raton, Fla. "There was lot of discussions," NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell said. "Most important from it is where we're at and I think it worked." The topic was brought to the forefront after injuries to a pair of goaltenders forced David Ayres into action for the Carolina Hurricanes in their 6-3 win against the host Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 22.
Relief pitcher Ken Giles is prepared to return his World Series ring from the 2017 season with the Houston Astros. Giles, now a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, said he wasn't aware of the sign-stealing plot while with Houston in 2017. "It crushed me to learn about the stuff that went on when I was there," Giles told the Toronto Sun. "I had no idea. I had no clue whatsoever. I was blindsided by the commissioner's report. Up until then, I honestly didn't believe it. Just crazy."
ST. PAUL -- Alex Ovechkin tallied twice in a three-point outing to carry the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night, March 1.. Ovechkin, who scored twice in Washington's three-goal first period, raised his season total to 45, tying him with the Toronto Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews for the NHL's second-most. The duo trails Boston Bruins right winger David Pastrnak (47). Richard Panik and Tom Wilson netted goals, and Evgeny Kuznetsov had two assists for Washington, which has won three of four and snapped a four-game road losing streak (0-4-0).
PORTLAND -- Kevin Molino scored two goals, and Ethan Finlay had a pair of assists to lead visiting Minnesota United to a 3-1 victory over the Portland Timbers in the MLS opener for both teams on Sunday night, March 1. Luis Amarilla also scored what proved to be the game-winning goal for Minnesota, while goalkeeper Tyler Miller, who helped lead Los Angeles FC to the Supporters' Shield in 2019, made two saves in his debut for the Loons. Diego Valeri scored on a penalty kick for Portland. Steve Clark finished with one save for the Timbers.
MADISON, Wis. -- Brad Davison scored a team-high 20 points, and Brevin Pritzl added 15 to lead Wisconsin to a 71-69 win against Minnesota on Sunday, March 1, in Madison,. Prizl drained a pair of free throws with 11.7 seconds left that helped seal the win, extending Wisconsin's winning streak to six games. Minnesota center Daniel Oturu posted game highs with 26 points and 12 rebounds, and Marcus Carr added 21 for the Gophers, who swapped the lead with Wisconsin over the final minute.
FONTANA, Calilf. -- If you're the guy chosen to take the wheel from hyper-popular Dale Earnhardt Jr., you had better show some on-track chops. On Sunday, March 1, at Auto Club Speedway, Alex Bowman did just that as he recorded a dominating win in the Auto Club 400 in Fontana. The victory was the second for Bowman since taking over the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet full time at the start of the 2018 season. The first came at Chicagoland Speedway last July. Bowman's win Sunday came in fairly dominating fashion as he led 110 of 200 laps at the 2-mile oval.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- South Korea's Sungjae Im captured his first PGA Tour victory by shooting 4-under 66 in Sunday's final round of The Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens. Im, 21, finished at 6-under 274, one stroke ahead of Canada's Mackenzie Hughes and two shots in front of England's Tommy Fleetwood, the third-round leader. Im birdied four of his first five holes and then played the famed Bear Trap, holes Nos. 15, 16 and 17, in 2-under par. He birdied the par-3, 180-yard 15th and the par-3, 148-yard 17th with sensational tee shots over water.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Kristaps Porzingis scored 38 points, Seth Curry added 27 points, and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-91 on Sunday, March 1, at Minneapolis. Dallas overwhelmed Minnesota with a 35-20 second quarter, then held off any Timberwolves rallies in the second half. The Mavericks played without All-Star Luka Doncic, who wore a splint on his thumb in a loss Friday at Miami. Doncic injured the thumb on Feb. 26 against San Antonio.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Kevin Fiala and Zach Parise each had a goal with an assist as the surging Minnesota Wild won their third straight, and second in four nights over the host Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-0, on Friday night, Feb. 28. Alex Stalock needed just 24 saves for his fourth shutout of the season. Minnesota's netminder won his fourth start in a row as the Wild recorded their fifth straight road victory.