(Toronto, Ontario) — Trail blazer Willie O’Ree and long-time Devils goalie Martin Brodeur highlight the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2018, which was inducted Monday in Toronto. O’Ree was the first black player in NHL history when he debuted in 1957 with the Boston Bruins. Brodeur is the NHL’s all-time leader in saves and joins the class along with former Lightning standout Martin St. Louis, who retired with more than one-thousand career points. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, four-time Olympic gold medalist Jayna Hefford and Russian Olympian Alexander Yakushev round out the six-member class.
(Santa Clara, CA) — Eli Manning found Sterling Shepard for the go-ahead touchdown with 53 seconds left as the Giants rallied past the 49ers 27-23 at Levi’s Stadium. Manning threw three TD passes in all as New York ended a five-game slide. Odell Beckham Jr. caught two as Big Blue improved to 2-and-7. Matt Breida had two TD’s for San Francisco, which fell to 2-and-8.
(Minneapolis, MN) — Karl-Anthony Towns racked up 25 points and 21 rebounds as the Timberwolves slammed the Nets 120-113 in Minneapolis. Jeff Teague posted 24 points and 11 assists in the win, and Derrick Rose scored 23. The T’wolves ended a five-game skid in their first game without Jimmy Butler.
(Philadelphia, PA) — The Jimmy Butler is now official. The Timberwolves traded the disgruntled forward to Philadelphia for forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric, guard Jerryd Bayless, and a 2022 second-round pick. Justin Patton also went to Philly in the deal. Covington and Saric are expected to debut against New Orleans tomorrow, while Bayless is likely to be waived.
(St. Paul, MN) — The Wild are back in action tonight as they host the defending champion Washington Capitals. Minnesota is 11-4-and-2 on the season and has won its past three games. Tonight opens a three-game homestand for the Wild.
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Golden Gophers are now 2-and-0 after dropping Utah 78-69 last night at Williams Arena. Gabe Kalscheur led Minnesota with 19 points. Jordan Murphy posted 11 points and 17 rebounds in the win. The Gophers will head to Canada this weekend to participate in the Vancouver Showcase tournament. They’ll play Texas A&M in Vancouver on Sunday.
(Minneapolis, MN) — New Vikings running back Ameer Abdullah is getting settled in. Minnesota claimed Abdullah off waivers from Detroit last week. He was a second-round pick in 2015, but has just one carry this season. The Vikings are 5-3-and-1 and visit Chicago on Sunday.