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Veteran PA announcer David Courtney dies

Veteran PA announcer David Courtney dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) David Courtney, the veteran public address announcer for the Los Angeles Clippers, Kings and Angels, died Thursday. He was 56.

The Clippers said he died in Los Angeles, but gave no other details. Courtney missed Wednesday night's game against Minnesota because he was in the hospital awaiting an angiogram, according to his Twitter feed.

Courtney announced Los Angeles Kings game for 24 years, including their run to the Stanley Cup championship last season, but was idled this season by the NHL lockout. He had spent the last 19 summers announcing Los Angeles Angels games.

He was the voice of All-Star games in three pro leagues, working the 2002 NHL event, baseball's 2010 event and last year's NBA All-Star game. He also worked the 1981 NBA Finals, the 1993 and 2012 Stanley Cup finals and the 2002 World Series, won by the Angels. He filled in announcing several Los Angeles Dodgers games during the season.

Courtney was in his fifth year announcing Clippers games, having served as the team's backup announcer for three previous seasons.

``Today our organization lost a good friend,'' the Clippers said in a statement. ``In his years as public address announcer for Clippers' home games, David Courtney was a consummate professional who brought a unique passion and energy to every event.''

During his career, he announced Los Angeles Rams games in their final four seasons before the team moved to St. Louis and he worked as the Houston Rockets announcer in the early 1980s and shared duties for the Houston Astros.

Courtney began working in professional sports when he was 14, starting as a public relations assistant for the Kings in 1971. Under the guidance of announcer John Ramsay, and by doing games for his Beverly Hills High School varsity football and basketball teams, he learned the job well enough to become Ramsay's backup for both the Kings and the Lakers.

In 1978, he moved to Houston as public relations director of the Houston Aeros in the World Hockey Association. When the team folded a year later, he began a career in radio and television and found himself in demand as an announcer.

When he wasn't at an arena or a ballpark, Courtney did traffic and sports updates for three Los Angeles area radio stations.

His announcing jobs led to voice roles in the movies ``Tooth Fairy,'' ``Angels in the Outfield,'' ``61(asterisk)'' and the TV show ``Home Improvement.''

Courtney is survived by wife Janet.

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3 reasons why the Caps beat the Sabres

3 reasons why the Caps beat the Sabres

You may think this was an ugly four-game road trip for the Caps, but with a 3-2 win in Buffalo on Monday, Washington managed to earn five out of a possible eight points.

Here is why the Caps beat the Sabres and managed to save the road swing.

A missed high-stick (maybe) from Ovechkin

Ovechkin scored the first goal of the game in the second period as he deflected a high-shot from Christian Djoos down past goalie Chad Johnson. But did the deflection come on a high stick? The play was reviewed and the goal was ultimately upheld. According to the NHL, it was determined that "video review supported the Referee's call on the ice that Alex Ovechkin's stick was at or below the height of the crossbar when he tipped the puck into the Buffalo net."

NBC Sports Washington analyst Alan May broke the play down during the second intermission and made his case for why the NHL actually got the call wrong.

Was that a high stick? I don't know. As compelling an argument as May made, it still looks inconclusive which means the review made the right call. What surprises me is that the referee did not disallow the goal on the initial call.

Whether the review is truly inconclusive or flat out wrong, Washington was fortunate to walk away from this sequence with the goal.

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A centimeter of ice

Hockey is a game of inches and it took less than an inch to put Washington up 2-0. When an Evgeny Kuznetsov shot hit off the boards and bounced back to the front of the net, it sparked a scrum next to goalie Chad Johnson. Eventually, John Carlson was able to get a swipe on the puck sending it trickling to the goal line, but Kyle Okposo was there waiting and appeared to kick it out to safety just before it crossed. A review triggered by the Situation Room, however, revealed that the puck had just barely managed to cross the goal line before Okposo got to it.

Here's the view the NHL released after the review:

Philipp Grubauer's third period

After dominating the first 40 minutes of the game and taking a 2-0 lead, Buffalo predictably made a late push in the third period with two goals to pull within one. Washington outshot the Sabres in the first and second periods, but Buffalo reversed that trend in a big way in the third as they outshot the Caps 17-6. Grubauer turned aside 15 of those shots and was impressive after barely being tested in the first two periods.

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3 stars of the game: Caps knock out the punchless Sabres

3 stars of the game: Caps knock out the punchless Sabres

Coming off an ugly 7-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, a Buffalo Sabres team missing star Jack Eichel was just what the doctor ordered for the Caps to get back on track. Washington dominated the first two periods and then survived a late surge from Buffalo for the 3-2 win.

After battling to a scoreless first, Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson spotted Washington a 2-0 lead in the second. They then held on in the third period as Buffalo began to tilt the ice in their favor, with Evgeny Kuznetsov scoring the empty-netter to put this game out of reach. Evander Kane would pull Buffalo within one, but with only three seconds left it was too little, too late.

Here are the three stars of the game:

1. Alex Ovechkin: Ovechkin opened up the scoring in the second period as he deflected down an innocent shot from Christian Djoos past Chad Johnson.

Ovechkin also set a physical tone as he battled with defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen all game long. After taking a high elbow from Ristolainen early in the game Ovechkin skated up to Ristolainen prior to the faceoff on his next shift and let him know that it was on. 

2. John Carlson: Carlson had a hand in both of Washington's first two goals. He recorded a secondary assist on Ovechkin's goal as he made a blue line pass to Djoos which Djoos fired on net and Ovechkin deflected. Carlson then managed to hit the puck past the goal line in a scrum next to Johnson. It looked initially like Kyle Okposo had managed to kick out the puck just before it crossed, but Carlson was awarded the goal as a review showed the puck had completely crossed the line.

3. Philipp Grubauer: A Sabres team that ranks last in the NHL in scoring and that was also without its leading scorer did not test Grubauer much in the first two periods. Facing a 2-0 deficit, however, Buffalo made a third period push to try to tie the game, but Grubauer was up to the task as he turned aside 15 of the 17 shots he faced in the final 20 minutes. He finished with 32 total saves on the night.