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Varlamov stopped 37 shots and Jarome Iginla October 10, 2018 2:24 AM

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PITTSBURGH -- Bernhard Langer made a short birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff with Jeff Sluman to win the Senior Players Championship on Sunday. Danny Santana Jersey . Langer appeared to be in trouble when his second shot on the par-5 18th ended up in the rough short of the green. He hit a brilliant pitch to 5 feet and made the putt after Slumans birdie attempt rolled just wide. The victory was the 56-year-old Langers third of the year and his third major title on the Champions Tour. The two-time Masters champion shot an even-par 70 to finish at 15-under 265 at Fox Chapel. Sluman had a bogey-free 65 to match Langer, but narrowly missed a birdie putt on the first playoff hole that would have won it. Russ Cochran, who trailed by seven shots early in the final round, had a 67 to finish third at 14 under. Defending champion Kenny Perry tied Langer for the lead heading into the back nine, but faded badly over the closing holes. Perrys 69 left him two shots out of the playoff. Langer nearly missed out on the playoff himself. He fought a balky putter much of the day only to hole a 35-foot birdie putt on the 17th that lifted him into a tie with Sluman. The normally reserved German pumped his fist in disbelief after the ball dropped into the cup. He parred 18 to match Sluman at 15 under and escaped one more time when Slumans birdie attempt on the first playoff hole burned the right edge. Sluman, the 1988 PGA champion, covered his hands in disbelief after the putt stayed out. Langer didnt let the reprieve go to waste, birdieing the 18th on his third try to earn his first major title on the 50-and-over circuit since the 2010 Senior British Open. It didnt come easy for a player who started the day with a comfortable three-shot advantage over Perry. The steady play that kept Langer atop the leaderboard for the better part of 54 holes abandoned him early in the round, opening the door for the rest of the field. Langer missed a short par putt at the par-4 fourth, and he turned the 295-yard par-4 seventh into an adventure when his pitch sailed over the green and his 5-foot comebacker for par popped off the back edge of the cup. Perry, who promised to go into "attack mode" to chase down his good friend, had little trouble tracking Langer down. He pulled even with a birdie at the seventh and did it again at the ninth, when he bounced back from a bogey at the eighth by holing out from a greenside bunker for birdie. A back-nine duel, however, never materialized. Both players started spraying shots -- including an ugly double bogey for Langer at the par-4 12th -- while Sluman quietly went about his business in the group ahead. Sluman slowly reeled in the front-runners, taking the lead with a birdie on the par-4 14th and adding another at the par-4 16th while Perry and Langer faltered behind him. The streaky Perry, trying to join Arnold Palmer as the only player to win consecutive Senior Players titles, cooled as the pressure mounted. He shot 3-over 38 on the back, failing to make a single birdie down the stretch as the crisp iron game that vaulted him into contention vanished. Hank Aaron Jersey . Radulov scored the lone goal in the shootout, and the Predators edged the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Tuesday night to reach 100 points for the second time in three seasons and fourth in seven. Freddie Freeman Jersey .Y. - His opponent couldnt stop him, and LeBron James didnt quite know what to think when his coach tried.The Ottawa Senators are probably pretty happy to finally be playing this seasons home opener, but they cant be too excited about who they have to face. The Senators try to snap a seven-game losing streak to the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday evening. Senators defenceman Jared Cowan will be a healthy scratch again. “It sucks,” Cowan told the Ottawa Citizen. “I’ve just got to be better. I need a better start and better consistency.” You can catch all of the action LIVE on TSN5 and TSN Radio 1200 at 7pm et. Coverage gets underway on TSN Radio 1200 at 5:30pm et. Ottawa went 2-1-0 on a season-opening road trip, capping the swing with a 1-0 win over the Florida Panthers. Clarke MacArthur scored the games only goal at the 15:34 mark of the second period and Craig Anderson ended with 30 saves for his 27th career shutout. It was huge for us, as a group, to follow it up with two wins, Anderson said, referring to a season-opening loss in Nashville. Thats what it comes down to. You have to figure out how to win. Anderson has done that versus Florida, improving to 11-2-1 against his former club. That may have earned him another start tonight as the Senators kick off a four-game homestand. Anderson, though, has struggled when facing the Avalanche, who he also once played for. In three starts against them, he is 0-2-1 with a 6.35 goals against average and .826 save percentage. Thee Senators have not beaten the Avalanche since Dec. Babe Ruth Jersey. 12, 2005 in Colorado. They have not beaten the club at home since March 18, 2004, losing four straight as the host in this series. Colorado resumes a stretch of five of six on the road to start the season, a span that ends on Saturday versus Montreal. The Avalanche fell to 1-2-1 on the season with a 3-2 overtime loss to Toronto on Tuesday. The Maple Leafs Phil Kessel scored 34 seconds into the extra session. He retrieved a puck in the Colorado zone, had a step on Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie as he cut to the front of the net and swept the puck underneath Semyon Varlamov. Ryan OReilly and Matt Duchene both scored their first goals of the season for Colorado. Varlamov stopped 37 shots and Jarome Iginla had two assists for his first points with the Avs. Obviously in the third they had maybe more gas than we had, but overall I thought we played a good game, said Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy. Roy declared Varlamov a game-time decision tonight against the Senators as the netminder deals with a groin issue. Varlamov is 2-2-1 with a 3.21 GAA and .899 save percentage in five previous meetings with the Senators. If Varlamov cant play, Reto Berra will start for the Avalanche. Forward John Mitchell will return to the Avalanche lineup tonight after missing the previous four games with a head injury. 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