Wizards Surprise Pacers in Opener
Indianapolis — Bradley Beal scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and Trevor Ariza added 22 on Monday night, leading Washington past top-seeded Indiana 102-96 for a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Wizards won a second-round game for the first time since 1982 and are 4-0 on the road in this year’s playoffs. They ended a 12-game losing streak at Indiana that dated to April 18, 2007, and they did it by nearly leading from wire-to-wire.
Paul George and George Hill had 18 points each for the Indiana.
Penguins 2, Rangers 0
New York — Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of these playoffs, and Marc-Andre Fleury earned his second shutout of New York in two nights as Pittsburgh regained home-ice advantage with a victory in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Crosby snapped a 13-game goal drought in the playoffs to give the Penguins the lead in the second period, and Jussi Jokinen added a breakaway goal. Fleury stopped 35 shots to back up his 22-save effort Sunday in a 3-0 win in Pittsburgh.
Hurricanes Sack Coach
Raleigh, n.c. — The Carolina Hurricanes have fired coach Kirk Muller. The team announced his dismissal Monday.
New general manager Ron Francis wasted little time making his first big move, dismissing Muller and most of his coaching staff exactly one week after his promotion to GM.
Muller was 80-80-27 in three seasons with the Hurricanes, who haven’t made the playoffs since 2009. Carolina finished 13th in the 16-team Eastern Conference this season and has missed the postseason in seven of the eight years since winning its only Stanley Cup in 2006.
Muller has spent the past month in limbo. While owner Peter Karmanos Jr. said late in the season that he liked the coaching staff, he added last week that any decision on the coach would rest with Francis.