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Blues knock off Blackhawks in triple OT

ST. LOUIS — Alexander Steen scored at 26 seconds of the third overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday night. Steen beat Corey Crawford off a pair of short passes from Steve Ott and David Backes to cap the longest overtime game in franchise history. READ

Twins sweep doubleheader over Jays after wild rally

MINNEAPOLIS — With the Minnesota Twins well into a truly wild rally, Jason Kubel and Chris Colabello shared a joke as they waited for their turn to bat. “Man, we’ve been doing it all wrong for a while. We’ve been trying to hit the ball to score runs. We don’t need to do that,” Colabello said. READ

Central Alberta mixed team sits second at provincials

The Central Alberta zone sits second in the mixed team portion of the team competition at the Open provincial 5-pin bowling championships at Heritage Lanes Thursday. The Central team, which consists of Karie Krutz, David Philpot, Gene Zeibarth, Rhonda Barber, Stacey Hafso and Donna Hort accumulated 32 points, and sit 12 points back of Edmonton and one ahead of Calgary. The North Zone has 29 points and the South only eight following nine of the 25 rounds, which concludes Saturday. READ

Olds College set to add women’s hockey team

Olds College is looking to expand it’s athletic program and the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference couldn’t be happier. Olds has put together an application to join the Alberta Colleges Women’s Hockey League for the 2015-16 season, just what the ACAC was looking for. READ

Rangers top Flyers in series opener

NEW YORK — Carl Hagelin’s contribution to the New York Rangers’ playoff-opening win was etched all over his busted-up mouth. Some efforts don’t directly show up on the score sheet. Hagelin took a high stick from Philadelphia’s Jason Akeson with 7:35 left, and had his mouth cut open. That gave the Rangers a four-minute power play, and they made the most of it. READ

Hertl, Torres help Sharks draw first blood with big win over Kings

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Tomas Hertl and Raffi Torres both scored in their first game together as teammates and the San Jose Sharks jumped on top of Jonathan Quick and the rival Los Angeles Kings with a 6-3 victory in their playoff opener Thursday night. Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Marc-Edouard Vlasic also scored for the Sharks, who managed just 10 goals against Quick in losing a seven-game series to Los Angeles in the second round last year. Antti Niemi made 31 saves. READ

Stastny scores late tying goal and OT winner to lift Avs over Wild in opener

DENVER — Paul Stastny scored 7:27 into overtime after tying the game with 13.4 seconds remaining in regulation, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild in the opener of the Western Conference quarterfinals on Thursday night. Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn also added goals for Colorado in Patrick Roy’s post-season debut behind the bench. READ

Canadians strike first in series with Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. — If Game 1 was a preview of what’s to come, fans should grab their popcorn and settle in for the rest of the Montreal Canadiens’ series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The teams combined for lots of mistakes, lots of goals and lots of hate at Tampa Bay Times Forum on Wednesday night in an entertaining opener to the Atlantic Division semifinals. Fourth-liner Dale Weise provided the last bit of drama with the overtime winner to give the Habs a 5-4 victory and a 1-0 lead in the series. READ

Generals’ Allan Cup hopes fading with another loss

Falling to the defensively-focused South East Prairie Thunder by a 3-1 score Tuesday night, Bentley Generals will need three straight wins in three days to defend their Allan Cup championship title. But Generals forward Matt Stefanishion said his team is prepared for the challenge. READ

Penguins rally after slow start to down Blue Jackets

PITTSBURGH — Columbus coach Todd Richards insists his upstart team isn’t in the playoffs “just to go to school.” Maybe, but the Pittsburgh Penguins provided a pretty valuable lesson in perseverance during a 4-3 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night. READ

Raptors drop regular season finale to Knicks

NEW YORK — The Knicks lingered on the court, soaking in the cheers from the fans wearing those giveaway orange shirts that were probably meant for the playoffs. And once they left, that was it. Hard as it still is for them to believe, there is no more basketball for the Knicks this season. READ

Roughriders sign Durant to multi-year contract extension

REGINA — Corey Chamblin knows who his starting quarterback will be for the next little while. The Saskatchewan Roughriders signed veteran Darian Durant to a multi-year extension Wednesday after leading the club to just its fourth Grey Cup title last year. READ

Late charge wins Baird first provincial 5-pin bowling title

Once Gary Baird got on a roll he was impossible to stop. Baird came into the step ladder portion of the men’s singles at the Open provincial 5-pin bowling championships at Heritage Lanes Wednesday in fifth place. Five games later he came away with his first provincial title. READ

Generals drop Allan Cup opener to hosts

Bentley Generals got on the scoreboard first, but quickly saw their 1-0 first period lead slip into a 6-2 loss to host Dundas Real McCoys at the Allan Cup in Dundas, Ontario, Tuesday night. “We didn’t play our best game. There’s no sugar-coating it,” Bentley head coach Ryan Tobler said. “We’ll be better.” READ

Panthers pounce to top pick in NHL Draft

NHL draft lottery losers last year, the Florida Panthers had their number come up this year. In the meantime, chalk up yet another loss for the Buffalo Sabres. The Panthers bucked the odds Tuesday by jumping up a spot and earned the right to the top pick in June. Florida, which finished 29th in the league, vaulted ahead of the last-place Sabres, who had the best odds of winning the lottery held in Toronto. READ

Three defencemen commit to RDC Kings hockey team

The RDC Kings will have an international flavour next season. Czech Republic native David Vondracek will be with the Kings for the 2014-15 Alberta Colleges Men’s Hockey League season. He’s one of three defencemen to commit this week, joining Red Deer native Joel Topping and Nick Bell of Innisfail. READ

Lawrie’s slam leads Jays over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS — The Toronto Blue Jays were getting mowed down by Phil Hughes through the first five innings on a chilly night at Target Field, but the big swingers never panicked. The Jays have a long history of beating up on the former Yankees right-hander, so they knew it was only a matter of time before they got him in his new home in Minnesota. READ

Oilers GM says he’s optimistic about future

EDMONTON — Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish feels optimistic about his team’s future despite a last-place finish in the Western Conference standings. MacTavish gave his head coach a vote of confidence Tuesday and said while it’s hard to determine where the team is in its development stage, he feels most of the “heavy lifting” has been done. READ

Flames to build on new base

CALGARY — The Calgary Flames did not make the playoffs for a fifth straight year. The difference between this spring and the previous four is the Flames did not underachieve this time around. When since-deposed general manager Jay Feaster brought himself to say the word “rebuild” last summer, it confirmed following the departure of Jarome Iginla, Miikka Kiprusoff and Jay Bouwmeester that the Flames were going to be a lunchbucket squad until new stars emerged or were acquired. READ

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