Columbus Falls to the Capitals
Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Braden Holtby had 35 saves as the Washington Capitals advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 6-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 6 on Monday night.
The Capitals will next face Pittsburgh in the second round of the playoffs for a third straight year. The Penguins won each of the last two years on the way to winning consecutive Stanley Cup championships.
Chandler Stephenson had a goal and an assist, and Dimitry Orlov, Devante Smith-Pelly and Lars Eller also tallied for Washington, which never trailed in the game after prevailing in overtime in Game 5 on Saturday.
The Calgary Flames have hired Bill Peters as the team’s head coach. The 53-year-old resigned as head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday after four seasons and a year remaining on his contract. ... The Minnesota Wild split with general manager Chuck Fletcher after nine seasons with only two playoff series wins.
Rockets blow out Wolves
James Harden gave Houston quite the jump-start with 22 of the team’s 50 points in the third quarter, as the Rockets cruised past the Minnesota Timberwolves, 119-100, to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. Chris Paul scored 15 of his 25 points in the near-record third for the Rockets, who turned a 50-49 halftime edge into a 31-point advantage after the torrid 12-minute span.
Ex-Steelers tight end dies
Bennie Cunningham, a versatile tight end who starred at Clemson and won two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, has died. He was 63.
Cunningham played 10 seasons and caught more than 200 passes with the Steelers. He was named to their all-time team in 2007 in conjunction with the franchise’s 75th anniversary.
The Oakland Raiders have signed cornerback Daryl Worley just over a week after his release by Philadelphia following an arrest. Worley was let go by the Eagles on April 15 after being arrested near the Eagles’ practice facility. Police used a Taser on him after he became combative and NFL Network also reported that a gun was found in Worley’s vehicle.
Red Sox to pay luxury tax
The Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals are the only teams on track to pay baseball’s luxury tax this year, according to opening-day payroll totals compiled by Major League Baseball and obtained by The Associated Press.
Boston’s payroll at the start of the season for purposes of the tax was $233.9 million, which would cause the Red Sox to pay a $9.4 million tax. Washington’s payroll was $201 million, which would result in a tax of $1.2 million.
The Boston Red Sox have traded left-hander Roenis Elias to the Seattle Mariners for future considerations. Elias was 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA in Triple-A Pawtucket this season. In 55 major league appearances, he is 15-21 with a 4.20 ERA. ... Gronkowski won’t run in the Kentucky Derby because of a slight infection that will keep the England-based colt from traveling to the United States.