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Capitals top Blackhawks 3-2 in Winter Classic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Troy Brouwer scored a power-play goal with 12.9 seconds remaining Thursday, giving the Washington Capitals a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in the seventh Winter Classic.

Brouwer scored from the left circle after a marginal hooking call on Jonathan Toews. Many of the 42,832 fans at Nationals Park celebrated by flinging their seat cushions high into the air.

Eric Fehr and Alex Ovechkin also scored for the Capitals. Patrick Sharp and Brandon Saad netted goals for the Blackhawks.

The game was played under blue skies, and the NHL considered delaying the start because the brilliant sun could compromise ice conditions and player safety. It began on time, however, and the teams traded ends at the 10-minute mark of the first period to equalize the effects of the glare.


Rose leads Bulls over Nuggets 106-101

CHICAGO (AP) — Derrick Rose scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Denver Nuggets 106-101 on Thursday night.

Jimmy Butler scored 26 for Chicago, and Pau Gasol added 17 points, nine rebounds and a career-high nine blocks.

The late surge by Rose lifted the Bulls to their 11th win in 13 games. The 2011 NBA MVP missed his first eight shots, including all seven in a scoreless first half, but the point guard dominated down the stretch, coming up with one big basket after another.

Wilson Chandler led Denver with 22 points. Ty Lawson scored 20, while Arron Afflalo had 19 points. Kenneth Faried added 18 points and 19 rebounds, but the Nuggets fell to 4-12 on the road.


Chatman, E Illinois rally to beat Tennessee Tech

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Chris Olivier scored a career-high 22 points and Dylan Chatman hit a pair of free throws with 2 seconds left to help Eastern Illinois rally to beat Tennessee Tech 61-59 in the Ohio Valley opener for both teams on Thursday.

Reggie Smith hit a 3 with 2:13 left to give Eastern Illinois (7-6) a 55-52 lead. Charles Jackson’s free throws with 17 seconds to play capped a 7-0 run by Tennessee Tech (8-6) and made it 59-55.

Smith hit another 3-pointer with 11 seconds remaining and, after a Tennessee Tech turnover, Olivier made the first of two free throws, tying the game at 59.

Chatman was fouled after grabbing the offensive rebound on the second free throw and made the clinching free throws.

Josiah Moore missed a desperation heave as time expired.

Smith and LeTrell Viser scored 11 apiece for the Panthers.

Torrance Rowe led Tennessee Tech with 16 points.


Blackhawks’ Versteeg ‘could be out for a bit’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville says left wing Kris Versteeg “could be out for a bit” with an injury sustained in the Winter Classic.

Versteeg was hurt when he blocked Eric Fehr’s shot with his left hand early in the third period of Thursday’s 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals.

“He could be out for a bit, but we’ll know more” on Friday, Quenneville said.

Versteeg has nine goals and 18 assists this season.

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