HOCKEY

Phoenix spoils Nashville’s home opener with first victory on season-opening trip

David Schlemko, Ray Whitney and Lauri Korpikoski each scored in the first period, and the Phoenix Coyotes beat Nashville 5-2 Thursday night, ruining the Predators’ home opener.

Shane Doan had an empty-netter and an assist, and Mikkel Boedker had a goal as the Coyotes capped their three-game trip to open the season with their first win.

Ryan Suter and Colin Wilson scored for Nashville.

Dennis Wideman scored on a power play 2:48 into overtime to give Washington a 3-2 victory at Pittsburgh.

Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise scored shootout goals and New Jersey beat visiting Los Angeles 2-1 for its second straight win.

John Tavares had two goals and two assists in the first period as the New York Islanders routed Tampa Bay 5-1 at Uniondale, N.Y.

Miikka Kiprusoff got his team-record 263rd win and Rene Bourque scored twice, leading Calgary to a 4-1 win at Montreal.

Joakim Lindstrom scored twice and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 15 saves in his first start for Colorado to help the visiting Avalanche rout Ottawa, 7-1.

Former UMaine goalie Jimmy Howard made 25 saves for his sixth career shutout and Detroit beat visiting Vancouver, 2-0.

Devin Setoguchi scored in the fourth round of the shootout, sending Minnesota to a 2-1 victory over visiting Edmonton.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and forward Chris Kunitz agreed on a two-year extension worth $3.725 million a season that will keep him with the club through the 2013-14 season.

Columbus assigned forward Cam Atkinson to their AHL affiliate in Springfield, Mass., and recalled forward Alexandre Giroux.

COLLEGES

WOMEN’S SOCCER: Hartford (12-0-2, 5-0 America East) remained unbeaten with a 3-0 victory over the University of Maine (4-7-1, 1-4) at West Hartford, Conn.
Black Bears goalie Meagan Price-Leibenzeder made one save.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Meghan Daigle has been hired as an assistant coach at St. Joseph’s.
Daigle, a three-year starting forward for the Monks, served as a student-assistant last season.

GOLF

PGA: Webb Simpson and tour rookie Zack Miller each shot 7-under-par 63 to share the first-round lead in the McGladrey Classic at St. Simons Island, Ga.
Martin Piller was tied for the lead until a bogey on the last hole put him in a large group at 64.

LPGA MALAYSIA: Brittany Lang, Na Yeon Choi, Maria Hjorth and Dewi Claire Schreefel shot 5-under 66s for a share of the first-round lead at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

PORTUGAL MASTERS: James Kingston shot an 8-under 64 to take a one-shot lead after the first round at Vilamoura, Portugal.

AUTO RACING

NASCAR: Tony Stewart took the pole for Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., outracing Matt Kenseth and points leader Carl Edwards.
Stewart covered the 1 1⁄2-mile layout with a speed of 191.959 to earn his first pole since Pocono in August 2010.

Joe Gibbs Racing signed a deal with Dollar General that puts the general merchandise chain on several of the team’s cars.

TENNIS

GENERALI LADIES: Fourth-ranked Petra Kvitova defeated Patricia Mayr-Archleitner 6-2, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals at Linz, Austria.

SHANGHAI MASTERS:  Floridan Mayer defeated Rafael Nadal 7-6 (5), 6-3 in the third round at Shanghai, only the second time in 16 tournaments this year Nadal has failed to make the quarterfinals.

JAPAN OPEN: Top-seeded Samantha Stosur reached the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Misaki Doi at Osaka, Japan.

ROAD RACING

BOSTON MARATHON: The organizers of the Boston Marathon will celebrate their 125th anniversary with a series of shorter races called the Boston Athletic Association Distance Medley.

The three-race series combines a 5K on marathon weekend with a 10K in June and the half-marathon in October. Each race will have its own winners and prize purse, and the male and female series champions will each earn an extra $100,000.

GYMNASTICS

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: American Jordyn Wieber beat Russia’s Viktoria Komova for the all-around title at Tokyo.

Wieber finished with 59.382 points, just 0.033 ahead of Komova.

– From staff and news services