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LOS ANGELES — Mikko Rantanen scored his 30th goal of the season, Cale Makar had a goal and an assist and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Friday night. Tyson Jost also scored, Philipp Grubauer made 15 saves and the Avalanche remained four points behind the Vegas Golden Knights for first in the West Division. Brendan Lemieux and Gabriel Vilardi scored for Los Angeles. Cal Petersen made 34 saves as the Kings were eliminated from playoff contention. Despite falling behind early on Lemieux’s fourth goal 2:12 into the game, Colorado soon showed why it came in tied with Pittsburgh for the highest-scoring offence in hockey at 3.49 goals per game despite not having top centre Nathan MacKinnon available because of a lower-body injury. Rantanen tied it at 1-all on the power play at 5:49. It was Rantanen’s 30th goal of the season in 48 games to become the third Avalanche player to score 30 goals in fewer than 50 games. Joe Sakic had 30 goals in 44 games in 1995-96 and Nathan MacKinnon reached the mark in 49 games in 2019-20. Colorado went up 2-1 on Jost’s goal 2:56 into the second, beating Petersen five-hole for his fifth goal. Makar made it 3-1 at 10:02, showing off his skating before burying a wrist shot from the right circle. It was his 10th multipoint game after notching an assist on Rantanen’s ninth power-play goal. Alex Newhook, who was drafted 16th overall in 2019, had the secondary assist for his first career point. Vilardi got the Kings back to 3-2 with 2:34 remaining in the third but could not come up with the tying goal. DOWN A MAN The Avalanche finished with five defencemen after Patrik Nemeth was hurt in the second period and did not return. Nemeth got his feet tangled up with Kings centre Jaret Anderson-Dolan and fell into the boards, but he was able to skate off under his own power. UP NEXT The Avalanche and Kings will play again in Los Angeles on Saturday. ___ More AP NHL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Dan Greenspan, The Associated Press
LAS VEGAS — Jonathan Marchessault scored with 17 seconds left in overtime to lift the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night. Reilly Smith, Alec Martinez, and Nic Roy scored in regulation for Vegas, which won after trailing by two goals for the sixth time this season. The Golden Knights also inched closer to winning their third division title in four seasons since joining the NHL in 2017. Robin Lehner stopped 22 shots to improve to 16-3-2 since joining the Golden Knights last season. Ryan O’Reilly, David Perron, and Jaden Schwartz scored for St. Louis. Jordan Binnington made 31 saves. The teams wrap up their season series on Saturday. Smith opened the scoring late in the first when he gathered a pass from Nic Hague at the doorstep and tapped it home with 6:37 left in the period. The lead wouldn’t last, though, as O’Reilly took Tyler Bozak’s pass from behind the net and buried a short-handed goal to tie it with 1:52 left in the first period. O’Reilly has 12 points over his last eight games. St. Louis scored two goals in a span of 1 minute, 44 seconds to take a brief 3-1 lead in the second period. First, it was Perron, who came off the bench in time to receive Zach Sanford’s cross-ice pass to the bottom of the right circle and fired the puck past Lehner to make it 2-1. Marco Scandella registered his 100th career assist on Perron’s goal. Moments later, Schwartz ripped a shot from a tight angle just in front of the goal line, sneaking the puck under Lehner and just inside the far post to make it a two-goal game. With energy seemingly deflated from the NHL’s biggest crowd of the season, Martinez ignited the 7,567 in attendance when he blasted a one-timer from the point to cut St. Louis’ lead back down to one with 8.2 seconds left in the second period. Roy provided an equalizer midway through the final period, when he grabbed the loose puck after a scramble in front, spun around in the right circle, and roofed a wrist shot past Binnington glove side. It was Roy’s 10th point in his last 15 games. The Blues had a good opportunity to regain the lead when Lehner slipped while backpedaling, and Kyle Clifford skated around the back of the net to the opposite side — only to be stopped by Martinez, who dropped into a butterfly stance and stuffed the wraparound attempt. — More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports W.G. Ramirez, The Associated Press
CLEVELAND — Wade Miley's 4-year-old son, Jeb, convinced him to put a temporary tattoo of the Hulk on his left forearm for his start against the Indians. He might need to get some permanent ink. "I got no muscles at all,” Miley said, smiling. “Maybe this gave me some strength.” Miley pitched like a super hero. The Cincinnati left-hander tossed baseball's second no-hitter in three days — and fourth already this season — leading the Reds to a 3-0 win Friday night over the Cleveland Indians, who were no-hit for the second time in a month. Miley (4-2) relied on breaking pitches and his experience of 11-plus major league seasons to baffle the Indians and throw Cincinnati's 17th no-hitter and first since Homer Bailey in 2013. “It's so far-fetched," the 34-year-old said. “I'm speechless. It still hasn't sunk in.” The easy-going Miley said he shook off an 83-minute rain delay to start the game by “goofing off” in the clubhouse and then followed Baltimore's John Means, who no-hit Seattle on Wednesday, to continue an early run of pitching gems in 2021 — quickly becoming the Year of the No-No. Miley’s joined the ’21 no-hitter club that was started by San Diego’s Joe Musgrove who threw the first in Padres’ history on April 9. Five days later, Chicago White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodón blanked the Indians, just missing a perfect game when he hit a batter in the ninth inning. Arizona’s Madison Bumgarner pitched a seven-inning no-hitter against Atlanta on April 25, but that one isn’t recognized as official because it didn’t go nine innings. This is the earliest in a calendar year there have been four no-hitters since 1917, when the fourth was thrown on May 5 and the fifth on May 6. It’s no wonder, with hitters entering Friday batting a record-low .233 this season. Miley was in control from the start. He coasted through five innings and carried a perfect game into the sixth, when he began to realize history could be made. One of the team's most popular players, Miley said the zeros on the scoreboard quickly made him an outcast in Cincinnati's dugout. “All my buddies left me,” he said with a laugh. “I don’t like that. I don’t like thinking about pitching. I want to talk about something else, talk about fishing, talk about hitting, There was nobody to talk to.” In the ninth, Miley retired pinch-hitter René Rivera on a lazy fly to right, struck out César Hernández and then retired Jordan Luplow on a grounder to third before he was mobbed by the Reds, who encircled him and danced across the grass. “I will never forget that,” Reds manager David Bell said. “I will never forget the look on Wade's face. I'm so glad he's enjoying every moment.” For their part, the Indians joined a dubious list by becoming the 17th team to be no-hit twice in the same season. It most recently happened to Seattle in 2019. Miley walked one and struck out eight on 114 pitches. “He kept us off balance,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He touched 90 (mph) once tonight, but he put on a clinic. I mean he cut the ball in on the righties, threw a changeup, threw a four-seamer in, he just went back and forth.” While Miley was blanking the Indians, Zach Plesac did the same to the Reds for eight innings before Cincinnati pushed three runs across in the ninth, helped by closer Emmanuel Clase's throwing error and a balk. The Reds got a pair of singles before Clase (2-1) fielded an infield tapper and threw wide of second base, allowing Nick Senzel to score from second. Then, with runners at the corners, Clase began his windup before stopping and tried to throw to second. Mike Moustakas, starting at first for the injured Joey Votto, followed with an RBI single to make it 3-0 and give Miley, who battled injuries last season after joining the Reds, more cushion — but also more time to think about it in the dugout. “That's probably when I felt it the most,” said the Louisianan, who got emotional afterward while thinking of family back home. “We scratched across three runs and it was going kind of slow. I didn't want to throw in the hallway because I was pretty tired, but at the same time I wanted to stay loose. But I was able to get three pretty quick ones.” Miley came in just 1-4 in eight career starts against the Indians, who were batting only .213 as a team. But Cleveland has been as hot as any team, riding a five-game winning streak and winning nine of 11 to take over first in the AL Central. Working quickly on a cool, damp night, Miley made fast work of the Indians. He coasted through five innings and didn't allow a baserunner until the sixth, when Cleveland's Amed Rosario reached on second baseman Senzel’s fielding error and then went to second on his throwing error. Miley also allowed a walk in the inning, but regrouped by getting Luplow on a liner to left. Franmil Reyes came the closest to getting a hit for the Indians, but his hard smash in the fifth inning was right at shortstop Kyle Farmer, who knocked it down and had plenty of time to throw out the slow-footed slugger. When it ended, the delighted Reds jumped in a circle around Miley, who has pitched for Houston, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Seattle, Boston and Arizona but feels at home in Cincinnati. Prior to this, Miley was most famous for a game he hardly pitched: when Brewers manager Craig Counsell used him as a decoy in Game 5 of the 2018 NL Championship Series. Miley started and faced one Dodgers batter before Counsell went to the bullpen. Miley then took the ball for Game 6, becoming the first pitcher in 88 years to start consecutive post-season games. “I don't know that I've ever been a part of anything where it was this joyful and truly authentically happy for one player,” Bell said. “What an incredible performance." CLEVELAND CURSE Not only have the Indians been no-hit twice this season, they’ve yet to throw a no-hitter in Progressive Field, which opened in 1994. Cleveland also has the longest current drought between no-hitters as the club's last one was Len Barker’s perfect game in 1981. Ervin Santana pitched the other no-hitter at Progressive Field in 2011 for the Angels. HEY, ALBERT With the Reds missing Votto, and the Indians getting little production from their Yu Chang-Jake Bauers platoon at first base, Albert Pujols would seem like a possibility for either club. The slugger was released earlier this week by the Los Angeles Angels. However, Bell said Pujols “is not something we've discussed. We believe in the guys that we have.” And while Pujols would be an offensive upgrade, the Indians prefer to give their young players as many at-bats as possible. MEMORY LANE The Reds erupted in cheers while stretching before batting practice when Tyler Naquin's unforgettable inside-the-park homer in 2016 was shown on the stadium scoreboard. Naquin, who played five seasons in Cleveland before signing with Cincinnati this winter, punctuated his 360-foot dash with a headfirst slide into home plate and fist pump. UP NEXT Aaron Civale (4-0) starts for the Indians against Luis Castillo (1-3), who has lost both of his previous starts against Cleveland. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Tom Withers, The Associated Press
PHOENIX — Deandre Ayton scored 26 points, a feisty Chris Paul added 17 points and 11 assists and the Phoenix Suns stayed in the hunt for the top record in the NBA by beating the New York Knicks 128-105 on Friday night. The Suns stunned the Knicks by taking a 90-88 lead into the fourth quarter after scoring four points in less than a second. Torrey Craig tipped in Devin Booker's miss with 0.8 seconds left and Cameron Payne stole the in-bounds pass and made a layup. It was the Suns' first lead since the first quarter and they'd never relinquish it, scoring 38 points in the fourth while making 8 of 12 3-pointers. Payne celebrated with the bench, the crowd got rowdy and the momentum continued into the fourth. Mikal Bridges made a corner 3-pointer with 9:38 left to push the Suns ahead 101-93 and a frustrated Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau called a timeout. It got tense midway through the fourth when Knicks forward Taj Gibson knocked Paul to the ground and was called for a flagrant foul. Paul got up angry and started jawing with Thibodeau before Suns coach Monty Williams came on the court and pulled the point guard away. Later, New York's Julius Randle was given a technical after getting into it with Phoenix's Jae Crowder. The incident proved motivation for Paul, who quickly made two mid-range jumpers that helped push the Suns to a comfortable win. Ayton contribued one of his best games of the year, shooting 10 of 14 from the field and grabbing 15 rebounds. Randle led New York with 24 points and 11 rebounds. R.J. Barrett added 23 points. The Suns and Knicks both came into the game fighting for playoff positioning with less than two weeks left in the regular season. Phoenix still has a chance at the top seed in the Western Conference and best record in the NBA. The Suns are one game behind the Jazz for the No. 1 spot. The Knicks are trying to fend off the Hawks, Heat and Celtics for the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Suns led by 13 at one point in the first but the Knicks rallied to take a 33-30 lead by the end of the quarter. New York stayed ahead the entire second quarter and had a 63-56 advantage at halftime. Randle had 17 points and seven rebounds before the break while Rose had 14 points and five assists. Ayton had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Suns. TIP-INS Knicks: Guards Alec Burks (left knee contusion) and Immanuel Quickley (left ankle sprain) were out. So was centre Mitchell Robinson (right foot surgery). ... The Knicks had a 63-56 lead at halftime, which was the exact same advantage they had in New York against the Suns on April 26. The Suns rallied to win that game 118-110. ... Nerlens Noel fouled out late in the fourth. He finished with five points and five rebounds. Suns: Forwards Cam Johnson (right wrist sprain) and Abdel Nader (right knee) didn't play. ... Crowder returned after missing the past eight games with a sprained right ankle. He hit a corner 3-pointer soon after he checked into the game and finished with 18 points. UP NEXT Knicks: At Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. Suns: At Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports David Brandt, The Associated Press