ST. PAUL -- A busy night by goalie Jake Allen and an overtime goal by Joel Edmundson propelled the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday in the opener of their first-round Western Conference playoff series. Allen had a season-high 51 saves, and Vladimir Sobotka scored in regulation for the Blues, who took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
HOUSTON -- James Harden recorded his 22nd triple-double and the Houston Rockets tuned up for the postseason with a 123-118 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the season finale for both on Wednesday night at Toyota Center. Harden posted 27 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists to pace a balanced scoring attack for the Rockets (55-27), whose win total matched the fourth-most in team history. Clint Capela (22 points, 10 rebounds) and Patrick Beverley (10 points, 10 boards) added a double-double while Ryan Anderson chipped in 20 points.
MINNEAPOLIS—Victor Oladipo scored 20 points, including the game-winning jumper with six seconds left, as the Oklahoma City Thunder held on for a 100-98 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. Domantas Sabonis had 19 points as six players scored in double figures for short-handed Oklahoma City, which was without star guard Russell Westbrook, who missed his first game of the season to rest.
SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- While joking that he's not answering calls from numbers with Twin Cities area codes, St. Louis coach Mike Yeo said he doesn't want the Blues' first-round playoff series with the Wild to be about him and his history in Minnesota. Good luck with that. Yeo has been the head man behind the Blues bench for barely two months. Before that, Yeo spent parts of five seasons coaching the Wild.
LOS ANGELES—D'Angelo Russell's 3-pointer at the horn lifted the Los Angeles Lakers to a 110-109 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday at Staples Center. Russell's game-winner allowed the Lakers (25-55) to win four in a row for the first time in four seasons. It also negated a 41-point performance by Minnesota's Andrew Wiggins and 40 more by Karl-Anthony Towns. Tyler Ennis led the Lakers with 20 points. Jordan Clarkson contributed 17, Russell had 16 and Julius Randle finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. Larry Nance Jr. added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Spain's Sergio Garcia ended nearly two decades of major disappointment when he beat England's Justin Rose in a playoff to win the U.S. Masterson Sunday, donning the Green Jacket on what would have been the 60th birthday of his hero, the late Seve Ballesteros.
DENVER—Nino Niederreiter scored a go-ahead goal early in the third period and added an assist, Nate Prosser also had a goal and an assist, and the Minnesota Wild held on to beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 on Thursday night. Jason Zucker scored 10 seconds in after missing three games with an injury, and Mikael Granlund added a goal for Minnesota. Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves to reach 40 wins in a season for the first time in his career. Minnesota (48-25-8) tied the team record for wins set in 2006-07, and its 104 points also matches the franchise mark set that season.
Charley Hoffman has had his fair share of great rounds of golf in his 12-year PGA Tour career, but it's safe to say that the performance he put together in the opening round of The Masters Tournament on Thursday was his best ever. Hoffman, a four-time winner on PGA Tour, birdied eight of the final 13 holes in blustery and cold conditions to forge to a 7-under-par 65 and grab the first-round lead at the famed Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.
Free agent running back Adrian Peterson has set up a visit with the New Orleans Saints, the NFL Network reported. Peterson's meetings with the Saints will take place next week. New Orleans will be the third franchise the former Minnesota Vikings' star will visit. He previously met with the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots. The Saints already have a 1,000-yard rusher in Mark Ingram, who totaled a career-high 1,043 yards last season.
Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo was hospitalized and in intensive care Wednesday, according to WGR-AM 550 radio and the Buffalo News. Okposo, 28, has been sick since March 28, but coach Dan Bylsma had nothing else to announce Wednesday. "It's a difficult thing for him to be dealing with now in this situation," Bylsma said. "Very, as a coach and a person, concerned for him and his situation."