PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Brandon Sutter scored on a wrist shot from the left circle 8:18 into the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins rally for a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night.
Beau Bennett and Matt Niskanen scored power-play goals 45 seconds apart in the second period, erasing Pittsburgh's two-goal deficit. Jussi Jokinen also scored for the Penguins and Marc-Andre Fleury overcame some shaky defense to stop 31 shots.
Game 2 is Saturday night.
Jack Johnson, Mark Letestu and Derek Mackenzie scored for the Blue Jackets, who fell to 0-5 all-time in postseason games. Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 28 saves but was handcuffed by Sutter's knuckling wrister at the end of a 2-on-1 break.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd sat his starters for the playoffs and the Nets closed the regular season with a 114-85 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
Although the Nets could have clinched the Eastern Conference's No. 5 spot with a win, Kidd elected to rest Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston, who spent the night on the bench as the world's highest-paid cheerleading squad. Kidd also limited the minutes of key reserves and used only seven players.
Tyler Zeller scored 22 points with 11 rebounds and Dion Waiters scored 19 for the Cavaliers, who finished a disappointing 33-49 in coach Mike Brown's first season back and missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year. All-Star Kyrie Irving scored 15.
DETROIT (AP) -- Yan Gomes hit a two-run triple, Zach McAllister allowed a run and four hits in six innings and the Cleveland Indians held on for a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.
McAllister (2-0) walked two and struck out four and John Axford pitched the ninth for his fifth save for Cleveland, which had lost 18 of its previous 23 against Detroit.
Miguel Cabrera drove in both runs for the Tigers. Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez (0-1) gave up three runs -- two earned -- and two hits in five innings, walking four and striking out eight.
Gomes gave the Indians a 3-1 lead in the second with his triple that scored Asdrubal Cabrera, who reached on an error by Cabrera at first, and David Murphy, who walked.
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UNDATED (AP) -- -- Hyun-Jin Ryu (hee-YUHN'-jihn YOO) stretched his road scoreless streak to 26 innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 to avoid a sweep. Ryu struck out three and walked one on a season-high 112 pitches in seven innings and improved his mark to 3-1.
In other major league play:
-- On a cold day in Minneapolis the Twins got eight scoreless innings from winning pitcher Kyle Gibson in a 7-0 win. Gibson gave up four singles, struck out four and walked one to improve to 3-0. Game-time temperature was 31 degrees, the coldest for an outdoor game in Twins history. The game was the opener of a day-night double header.
-- Ben Revere's RBI single in the eighth gave Philadelphia a 1-0 win over Atlanta. Braves starter Alex Wood went the distance giving up eight hits and striking out seven, to take the loss.
-- Ian Kinsler homered and drove in four runs to help Detroit beat Cleveland 7-5. The Indians Lonnie Chisenhall had four hits to raise his average to .522.
-- Mitch Moreland drove in three runs in the Rangers' 8-6 win over Seattle. Kevin Kouzmanoff had two doubles to up his batting average to .414 since joining Texas on April 9. Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH') hit a three-run homer in the Mariners' six-run third inning.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- St. Louis right-hander Joe Kelly has been put on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.
Kelly got hurt while trying to beat out a bunt attempt in the fourth inning of the Cardinals' 5-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. He is 1-1 with a 0.59 ERA in three starts this season.
In other baseball news:
-- Mark Teixeira (teh-SHEHR'-uh) could be back in the New York Yankees' lineup Sunday in their finale against Tampa Bay. The first baseman walked twice, struck out and scored a run Thursday in his first extended spring training game since injuring his right leg.
-- Right-hander Doug Fister threw two innings at extended spring training in Florida and could join the Nationals in about three weeks "assuming all goes well," manager Matt Williams said. Fister is on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 23 with a strained back muscle.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NBA DRAFT
UNDATED (AP) -- Duke's Jabari (juh-BAR'-ee) Parker is hoping to become Duke's latest one-and-done star to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. The 6-foot-8 All-American forward said Thursday he'll enter the NBA draft after being the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history. He was also the first freshman to lead the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding, and the first freshman in three decades to be selected team MVP.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky guard James Young has announced that he will enter the NBA draft, becoming the first of the Wildcats' heralded freshmen to turn pro. The 6-foot-6 Young led Kentucky with 82 3-pointers last season. He was one of six high school All-American recruits on the Wildcats.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The UCLA basketball team and its fans got some good news when Jordan Adams announced he will return to for his junior season and won't enter the NBA draft. Adams led the Bruins in scoring with 17.4 points per game, was the second-leading rebounder with 5.3 per game, and set the school single-season steals record with 95. He was named first team All-Pac-12.
UNDATED (AP) -- Indianapolis police have arrested Jacksonville wide receiver Tandon Doss on a disorderly conduct charge, but he will not be prosecuted.
A police report says the 24-year-old Doss was "out of control" and arrested during a disturbance with another man Wednesday afternoon. The report provided no additional details on the incident.
Adams said the Marion County Prosecutor's Office declined to file charges
In other football news:
-- Jacksonville has released veteran linebacker Russell Allen after he failed his physical. Allen started 29 games the past two seasons, but missed the final two games last year with a concussion.
-- Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb was released from an Arizona jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest late last December. Records released by West Mesa Justice Court show the 37-year-old McNabb served his time Wednesday and was released Thursday.
-- Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper has lost his bid to be released on bail in a sexual assault case after an Arizona judge decided there's enough evidence to move forward with charges against him.
MONTREAL (AP) -- Former NFL receiver Chad Johnson is heading to the Canadian Football League. The 36-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes The former Pro Bowler last appeared in an NFL game during the 2011 season with New England. Johnson, who once changed his last name to Ochocinco (oh-choh-SINK'-oh), is 30th on the NFL's all-time receiving list with 11,059 yards.
HILTON HEAD, S.C. (AP) -- Matt Kuchar (KOO'-chur), Scott Langley and William McGirt share the lead after the first round of the RBC Heritage tournament after posting 5-under-66's. They enjoy a one-shot lead over Harris English. Masters' co-runner-up Jordan Spieth (SPEETH) is among a group that shot 69 and trail by three shots.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits last week rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. Jobless claims continue to be near pre-recession levels despite the slight increase.
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