Quick shuts out Canucks in LA Kings' 1-0 victory
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jonathan Quick made 28 saves in his 27th NHL shutout, Dustin Brown scored early in the third period, and the Los Angeles Kings beat Vancouver 1-0 last night for their fourth win over the Canucks this season.
Brown converted on a 3-on-1 rush just 24 seconds into the final period of a fight-filled game for the Kings, and Quick was unbeatable while making his fifth consecutive start since returning from a 24-game injury absence.
The U.S. Olympic goalie posted his second shutout of the season and his first since Nov. 7, a week before he severely strained his groin.
Eddie Lack stopped 19 shots in his fourth straight start for the Canucks, who were shut out for the first time all season during their sixth loss in seven games.
Burks' 34 points lift Jazz over Nuggets 118-103
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Alec Burks scored a career-high 34 points to spark the Utah Jazz to a 118-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets last night.
Derrick Favors added 19 points and 15 rebounds while Trey Burke had 18 points for the Jazz, who won their fifth game in the last six home starts.
Burks was filling in for Gordon Hayward, who sat out his second consecutive game after scoring a career-high 37 points — including the last 17 — in a win over Oklahoma City last Tuesday. The swingman strained his left hip flexor late in the game and his absence was apparent as Cleveland snapped Utah's four-game home winning streak on Friday, 113-102.
But Burks made his presence felt from the start and had 17 in the first half to help the Jazz run out to a 67-53 lead, the highest first-half total for the Jazz this season.
Ty Lawson had 23 points and J.J. Hickson scored 21 but the Nuggets trailed by as many as 24 points as they saw their improbable five-game winning streak come to an end.
Seahawks not surprised to see 49ers again
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll are not surprised that the Seattle Seahawks are seeing division rival San Francisco in the NFC championship game.
Both the Seahawks quarterback and coach said yesterday they see the title matchup as a sign of just how good the NFC West has become.
Their comments came two days after Seattle advanced to the conference title game by knocking off the Saints 23-15 on Saturday.
Seattle and San Francisco split the two games with each winning at home. The Seahawks rolled to a 29-3 win in Week 2, and the 49ers kicked a late field goal for a 19-17 win in Week 14.
Seattle is unsure if Percy Harvin will be available for Sunday's game. Harvin suffered a concussion on Saturday and Carroll said tomorrow and Thursday will be the key days.
Japan home run leader Balentien arrested in US
MIAMI (AP) — A former major leaguer who broke Japan's single-season home run record last year has been arrested in Florida on domestic violence charges.
Court records show Wladimir Balentien is facing a felony false imprisonment charge and a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from a weekend confrontation at his wife's Miami-area house. An attorney for Balentien's wife said yesterday that the couple is going through a divorce.
Authorities say Balentien broke into the house. Court records did not list an attorney for Balentien. A bond hearing was scheduled yesterday in Miami-Dade County court.
The Curacao-born Balentien is an outfielder with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows who hit 60 homers last year, breaking Saraharu Oh's longstanding record of 55. Balentien previously played in the U.S. for the Cincinnati Reds and Seattle Mariners.