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SPORTSBRIEFING

Toronto drops Beaver

CALCUTTA — Toronto punched out Beaver Local 10-5 on Tuesday in softball action.

Michelle Anderson had three hits and four RBIs for the winners.

Beaver Local Hailey Russell had two hits and an RBI. Olivia Keller added two hits and scored a run. Alexa Jordan had two hits, a run and an RBI.

Beaver Local is 4-10.

Beaver is at Buckeye today.

T: 1-3-0-1-0-1-4–10-12-2

B: 0-0-1-1-0-0-3–5-6-4

T–Andrea Reeves, wp (3 1/3IP, 3K, 1BB), Riley Kinsey (2 2/3IP, 6K, 2BB), Brianna Burris (1IP, 0K, 1BB)

B–Addison Eels, lp (7IP, 8K, 6BB) and Lauren Piscitelli.

Lots of goals for Penguins

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jeff Carter picked up his first goal in Pittsburgh as part of a first-period deluge and the Penguins held on for a 7-6 victory over New Jersey on Tuesday night.

Pittsburgh led 6-0 entering the third before the Devils put together a furious rally. Andreas Johnsson pulled New Jersey within one with 41 seconds remaining but the Devils couldn’t generate another shot with the goaltender pulled.

Carter, acquired from Los Angeles at last week’s trade deadline to give the Penguins depth, speed and a dash of grit as the playoffs loom, beat Scott Wedgewood with a blast from between the circles that finished off a four-goal opening period.

Bryan Rust, Mike Matheson and Brian Dumoulin also scored in the first for Pittsburgh, which bounced back from a dismal loss to Buffalo on Sunday night to move within a point of Washington and the New York Islanders for first place in the East Division.

Sidney Crosby and Evan Rodrigues both had a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh. Jared McCann added two assists to give him 15 points in his last 14 games.

Tristan Jarry finished with 24 saves to win for the seventh time in his last eight starts but endured a shaky third period as the Devils nearly pulled off a stunning comeback.

Wedgewood’s 13th start of the season was also his most forgettable. He stopped just nine of the 13 shots he faced before being pulled in favor of Aaron Dell to start the second period.

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