Lightning strike in OT to even playoff series

Tyler Johnson led a stirring Tampa Bay rally late in regulation, then scored 2:25 into overtime to lift the Lightning to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night, evening their NHL first-round playoff series at 2-2.

The Red Wings led 2-0 in the third period before Johnson scored with 5:26 remaining. He then assisted on Ondrej Palat’s tying goal 1:17 later.

 Rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov scored twice, Karl Alzner added a goal and an assist, and the Washington Capitals beat the New York Islanders 5-1 for a 3-2 lead in their series.

 Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau, a former Boston College star, was named a finalist for the Calder Trophy for the league’s top rookie. Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone and Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad were the other finalists.

 Hal Gill retired at age 40 after 16 seasons. The 6-foot-7, 243-pound defenseman was an imposing presence and a key part of Pittsburgh’s 2009 championship. He also played with Boston, Toronto, Montreal, Nashville and Philadelphia.


PGA: Boo Weekley had an eagle and seven birdies for an 8-under 64 and a share of the first-round lead with Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

De Jonge had eight birdies at rain-softened TPC Louisiana. Sean O’Hair and Canada’s David Hearn shot 65.

LPGA: Lydia Ko settled for a tap-in birdie on the par-5 14th after her eagle chip deflected off the pin, and the defending champion shot a 5-under 67 for a one-shot, first-round lead in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at Daly City, California.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Michael Hendry of New Zealand, Bradley Dredge of Wales and David Howell of England topped the leaderboard at 4-under 68 following a first round in which firm greens and strong winds caused trouble at the Volvo China Open in Shanghai.


BARCELONA OPEN: Rafael Nadal’s clay-court woes mounted with a 6-4, 7-6 (6) loss to Fabio Fognini in the third round, a year after his 41-match winning streak ended in the quarterfinals here.

Defending champion Kei Nishikori and four-time finalist David Ferrer also advanced.

PORSCHE GRAND PRIX: Angelique Kerber of Germany upset three-time defending champion Maria Sharapova 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the second round, and Madison Brengle of the United States upset third-seeded Petra Kvitova 6-3, 7-6 (2) at Stuttgart, Germany.


SPRINT CUP: NASCAR chairman Brian France is not sure if Kyle Busch will be granted a waiver to be part of the championship chase when he returns from injury, but said the sanctioning body would like to “accommodate” him.

Busch will miss his ninth race this weekend after he broke his right leg and left foot in a crash during the Xfinity Series race the day before the season-opening Daytona 500.

 Michael Waltrip will drive the No. 55 Toyota in next week’s race at Talladega. Brett Moffitt had been driving the car since blood clots forced Brian Vickers to the sidelines.


WORLD CUP: FIFA rejected a call by European lawmakers to re-run the vote that chose Qatar as 2022 host.

Responding to a Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe debate, FIFA said it has “no legal obligation for FIFA’s executive committee to revoke” the decision.

PACE agreed a revote was justified by “illegal payments” linked to a Qatari official.

– From news service reports