B’s Fall to Hellebuyck in Shootout

March 28, 2018

Former UMass Lowell goaltender Connor Hellebuyck stopped all but one shootout attempt, leading the Winnipeg Jets past the Boston Bruins, 5-4, in Winnipeg.

Ryan Donato was the only Bruin to send a shot past Hellebuyck after a scoreless overtime.

Patrik Laine scored the eventual winner and then Danton Heinen was stopped by Hellebuyck to end it.

Donato also scored in regulation for the Bruins, who trailed 3-1 entering the third period.

With a point, the Bruins pulled within one point of first-place Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division with one game in hand.

Torey Krug and Heinen scored in the third period for the Bruins.


Ledecky turning pro

Katie Ledecky is turning pro.

The five-time Olympic swimming gold medalist gave up her final two years of eligibility at Stanford, allowing her to concentrate on training for the 2020 Olympics while cashing in on sponsorship and endorsement deals that wouldn’t have been available to her as a college athlete. She will continue training on the West Coast under coach Greg Meehan while working toward her degree at Stanford, where she’s been focused on psychology and political science.


Louisville, Pitt hire coaches

Louisville has found its new men’s basketball coach, tapping Xavier’s Chris Mack to guide the program back to national contention after a turbulent season in which the Cardinals were linked to a federal investigation and eventually missed the NCAA Tournament.

Elsewhere, Pittsburgh is turning to Duke’s Jeff Capel to rebuild its reeling basketball program. The Panthers hired the former Virginia Commonwealth and Oklahoma coach and longtime Duke assistant, tasking him with returning Pitt to prominence following two tough years under Kevin Stallings.

Justin Bibbins scored 19 points and Utah beat Western Kentucky, 69-64, in the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Sedrick Barefield added 14 points for the Utes (23-11), who advanced to the NIT championship game for the third time. They will play Thursday night against the winner of the second semifinal between Penn State and Mississippi State.


U.S. tops Paraguay, 1-0

Tim Weah made his U.S. debut, Bobby Wood scored on a penalty kick and the Americans beat Paraguay, 1-0, in an exhibition in Cary, N.C., for their first win in three games under interim coach Dave Sarachan.

Former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel will make his debut in the developmental Spring League on April 7. ... The Seattle Seahawks released quarterback Trevone Boykin shortly after his girlfriend alleged in a television interview that he physically assaulted her in Texas last week. ... Minnesota has hired new men’s hockey coach Bob Motzko, who returns to his roots after 13 seasons at St. Cloud State. Motzko was hired one week after predecessor Don Lucia announced his retirement after 19 years with the Gophers. Motzko was an assistant under Lucia for four years, and they won national championships in 2002 and 2003. ... LaMarcus Aldridge will have an MRI on his injured left knee, with the San Antonio Spurs hoping they won’t be forced to try to make the playoffs without another star player.