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National Sports Briefs

Associated Press
RALEIGH ó Joni Pitkanen and Dan LaCouture scored in their Carolina debut to lead the Hurricanes past Florida.Rod Brind’Amour, Tuomu Ruutu and Ray Whitney scored, Matt Cullen added an empty-net goal, Tim Gleason had three assists and Frantisek Kaberle added two to help Carolina rally from an early two-goal deficit.
Rangers 4, Blackhawks 2
NEW YORK ó Brandon Dubinsky scored once and added two assists, and newcomers Wade Redden, Aaron Voros and Nikolai Zherdev also scored for the Rangers.
Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith had Chicago’s goals.
Sabres 2, Canadiens 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. ó Ales Kotalik and Drew Stafford scored shootout goals to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 win over Montreal on Friday night, spoiling the Montreal Canadiens’ start to their 100th season.
Thrashers 7, Capitals 4
ATLANTA ó Bryan Little had two goals, including the go-ahead score in the third period.
Devils 2, Islanders 1
NEWARK, N.J. ó Martin Brodeur stopped a penalty shot and finished with 25 saves and New Jersey spoiled Scott Gordon’s NHL coaching debut with the Islanders.
GOLF
SAN ANTONIO ó Former Lamar University star Chris Stroud moved into position to make a big jump on the PGA Tour money list, shooting a 6-under 64 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Texas Open.
– DANVILLE, Calif. ó South Korea’s In-Kyung Kim shot a 3-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead over Mollie Fankhauser in the Longs Drugs Challenge, while top-ranked Lorena Ochoa was two shots behind.
– TIMONIUM, Md. ó Ben Crenshaw found his long-lost golf game, shooting a 4-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Fred Funk in the Senior Players Championship.
CANSECO
SAN DIEGO ó Jose Canseco was held for nearly 10 hours by immigration authorities after agents said they stopped the former baseball star with a fertility drug as he returned from Mexico, his lawyer said Friday.
NFL
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. ó The NFL fined Antoine Winfield $10,000 for his celebration of a touchdown on Monday night against the Saints.
Winfield returned a blocked field goal for a score, then jumped onto the goalpost and slid down it like a fire pole. He was flagged for excessive celebration and then fined for using the goalpost as a prop.

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