NHL: Cam Talbot has watched two outdoor NHL games from the bench in his career. He made the most of his first chance to play in one.
Talbot made 31 saves and Mark Letestu scored the first of three second-period goals, lifting the Edmonton Oilers over the Jets in an outdoor game in Winnipeg delayed almost two hours by sunlight melting the ice on Sunday.
The Heritage Classic victory extended Edmonton’s winning streak to three in front of 33,240 in the league’s 19th outdoor game.
Talbot got his 12th career shutout and first this season.
“I was really excited for this one, obviously, to get a chance to play in my first game,” said Talbot, who was a backup when his former New York Rangers played in two Stadium Series games.
“The atmosphere was great out there, the ice was in pretty good condition. It was just one heck of a weekend.”
Zack Kassian had a goal and an assist and Darnell Nurse also scored for Edmonton.
“Certainly would have liked to give the fans one reason to get out of their seats today (but) we couldn’t do that for them,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said.
The NHL said the start of the Heritage Classic game was delayed “due to intermittent sunlight on the playing surface” and “in the interest of player safety.”
“The boys wanted to get out there right away, but the delay put a damper on things,” Kassian said. “But once things got underway, walking out there was pretty special.”
Ducks win home opener: Nick Ritchie scored the tiebreaking goal on a rebound with 8:36 to play, captain Ryan Getzlaf had three assists and Anaheim finally opened its home schedule with a 4-2 victory over Vancouver.
Andrew Cogliano, Cam Fowler and Corey Perry also scored for the Ducks, who have won two straight after a four-game winless start. John Gibson made 17 saves in the Western Conference’s final home opener, thanks to a schedule that forced Anaheim to play in five teams’ home debuts this month.
Demers home: Former Montreal Canadiens coach and current Canadian senator Jacques Demers is back at home after one night in a hospital.
Demers’ Senate office would only confirm that the 72-year-old Demers was at home but didn’t provide any details about the reason he went to the hospital.
Shibutanis win dance at Skate America
FIGURE SKATING: Americans Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani won the ice dance title, while teammates Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue finished second at Skate America.
Japan’s Shoma Uno claimed the men’s championship, with Americans Jason Brown and Adam Rippon finishing second and third in the opening event of the Grand Prix season at Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
The Shibutanis’ victory extends the United States’ streak of gold medals in ice dance at Skate America to eight. The brother-and-sister team, the reigning world silver medalists and U.S. champions, dazzled the crowd with their intricate free dance. They totaled 185.75 points overall after a free dance mark of 112.71.
“It was a great start to our season, very happy with our free dance performance today,” Alex Shibutani said. “There was a lot of anticipation on our part in getting to debut both of these programs. We are excited to have gotten our season started. We’re looking forward to building toward Cup of China.”
Uno landed three quadruple jumps, skating to an intense tango, but fell late in the program on a triple axel combination. He finished with 279.34 points.
Brown, from the Chicago area and the 2015 U.S. champion, landed his opening quad for the first time this season, although it was scored as under-rotated. He received 268.38 points.
“It’s been a long, long journey to put out a quad, so I’m pleased to stand up on it today and kind of just take it as another day,” Brown said. “Once I landed it, I just kept on going.”
Rippon, meanwhile, fell on his opening quad. In debuting a brand new program, Rippon scored 261.43 points.
Fresno State fires coach DeRuyter
Miscellany: Fresno State fired coach Tim DeRuyter after the Bulldogs dropped to 1-7 in his fifth season.
After winning the Mountain West title in each of his first two seasons at Fresno State, DeRuyter’s teams struggled once star quarterback Derek Carr left for the NFL.
Offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau has been named the interim head coach.
DeRuyter is 30-30 at Fresno State, but he went 20-6 his first two seasons.
Pinturault wins slalom opener: Alexis Pinturault of France built on his first-run lead to win the season-opening World Cup giant slalom in Soelden, Austria.
Pinturault led defending overall champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria by 0.70 seconds.
Olympic and world GS champion Ted Ligety improved from 14th position after the opening run to fifth, 1.65 seconds off the lead. The American competed in his first race since tearing the ACL in his right knee nine months ago.
Carreno Busta beats Fognini: Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta came back from a set down to beat Italy’s Fabio Fognini and win tennis’ Kremlin Cup in Moscow.
Carreno Busta won his second career title 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 despite needing treatment on his ankle midway through the second set.
Del Potro wins Stockholm title: Juan Martin del Potro won tennis’ Stockholm Open to end a 33-month title drought, beating sixth-seeded American Jack Sock 7-5, 6-1. The Olympic silver medalist has struggled with wrist problems in recent years.
Warriors keep Looney: The Golden State Warriors have exercised the third-year contract option on forward Kevon Looney.
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