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Jackets rally to down Penguins

COLUMBUS, Ohio — In the dressing room after Brandon Dubinsky’s late goal forced overtime, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno half-jokingly said he’d get the winner.

Then he did it. READ

Stars shoot down Ducks to even up series

DALLAS — Dallas Stars centre Cody Eakin skated the length of the ice, got around a sliding defender, closed his eyes and shot just before his stick got ripped out of his hands. The top-seeded Anaheim Ducks can clearly see they are in quite a fight now. READ

Kane’s OT goal gives Blackhawks win over Blues to tie series

CHICAGO — Patrick Kane scored his second goal of the game at 11:17 of overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Wednesday night to even their first-round playoff series at two games apiece. Kane carried the puck down the left side as teammates Ben Smith and Brandon Saad rushed toward the net, and beat Ryan Miller with a well-placed wrist shot for his 32nd career post-season goal. READ

Orioles outlast Jays in barnburner

TORONTO — Toronto manager John Gibbons didn’t wait for the first question at his post-game availability before offering his thoughts on the Blue Jays coming up just short in a slugfest at Rogers Centre. “It’s very rare when you get 16 hits and no errors and you don’t win the game, put it that way,” he said. READ

Kidd not worried about Pierce matchup with Raptors

NEW YORK — Jason Kidd never appears worried about anything, certainly not about someone like Paul Pierce. Even if Pierce’s matchup was completely one-sided in Toronto’s favour in Game 2. Pierce nearly had as many fouls as points. He couldn’t get his shot to fall, couldn’t keep his man off the boards, and the Raptors targeted the Pierce matchup as one they could exploit. READ

Pair of RDC athletics builders added to ACAC Hall of Fame

The father of RDC athletics and the winningest coach in the Canadian colleges women’s volleyball history were among 10 additions to the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Hall of Fame Wednesday. READ

Freestyle skiing pioneer Burke’s legacy to live on in Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

TORONTO — She was a freestyle ski pioneer, a perennial X Games winner who championed women’s ski halfpipe becoming an Olympic event. Now, Sarah Burke’s legacy will live on in Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. Burke, who tragically died at age 29 from a training accident in 2012, headlined the 2014 class named for induction Wednesday. “I think she’d be pretty overwhelmed, she’d be pretty humbled by the whole thing,” Burke’s father, Gordon, said following the news conference. READ

Stiff competition denies Generals another Allan Cup title

The Bentley Generals had been to the Allan Cup tournament often enough to know fully well that the competition at the highest level of senior AAA hockey would be stiff. And yet, perhaps they weren’t fully prepared for this year’s event, which offered up a degree of difficulty that general manager Jeff McInnis had not previously experienced. READ

Habs sweep away Lightning

MONTREAL — The Montreal Canadiens swept their way into the second round of the NHL playoffs, but not before the Tampa Bay Lightning made it interesting. After the Canadiens blew a two-goal lead early in the third period, Max Pacioretty scored on a power play with 43 seconds left to play to lift them to a 4-3 victory and a sweep of their Eastern Conference quarter-final against the Lightning on Tuesday night. READ

Raptors rebound for win to even series with Nets

TORONTO — When the Toronto Raptors gathered in a timeout huddle with just under six minutes to play Tuesday night, DeMar DeRozan sat forlorn and frustrated at the end of the bench. He gazed at the floor, and fought to regain his composure. READ

Rutz putting together strong recruiting class for Queens hockey

It’s been a busy time for RDC Queens hockey head coach Bob Rutz. Rutz has been running ID camps and on the phone for hours since the end of the Alberta Colleges Women’s Hockey League season, recruiting for next season, and there’s a chance he may not even be coaching. READ

Bruins blank Wings for series lead

DETROIT — The Boston Bruins took full advantage of Detroit’s mistakes, and their stellar goaltender’s flawless performance. Dougie Hamilton and Jordan Caron scored in the first period after the Red Wings had miscues on the ice and Tuukka Rask finished with a 23-save shutout, giving Boston a 3-0 win over the Red Wings and a 2-1 series lead in their first-round series. READ

Lundqvist’s strong play leads Rangers over Flyers

PHILADELPHIA — Never afraid to raise his fists, Dan Carcillo made his mark in the league as a puncher more than a post-season star. Carcillo was a little of both for New York in Game 3. READ

Long ball leads Jays past Orioles

TORONTO — The series opener between the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles was a pitcher’s duel for the first five innings. It turned into a power game after that and Toronto’s boppers were up to the task. READ

Canada falls in shootout to Russia at U18 worlds

IMATRA, Finland — Canada lost more than just its final preliminary-round game at the world under-18 hockey tournament Tuesday. Kirill Pilipenko scored in the shootout to earn Russia a 3-2 win over Canada, the defending champions’ first defeat at the event. But the Canadians also lost forward Brayden Point to an upper-body injury in the first period that’s expected to sideline him for the reminder of the tournament. READ

Coming back stronger

BOSTON — Some ran to honour the dead and wounded. Others were out to prove something to the world about their sport, the city or their country. And some wanted to prove something to themselves. With the names of the victims scrawled on their bodies or their race bibs, more than 32,000 people ran in the Boston Marathon on Monday in a powerful show of defiance a year after the deadly bombing. READ

Blackhawks blank Blues in Game 3

CHICAGO — Corey Crawford was there every time. Slap shots, wristers, backhands and tips, he stopped each one of them. The Chicago Blackhawks needed a rebound game from their goaltender, and he delivered in a big way. READ

Trio of goals two minutes apart lifts Pens past Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Pittsburgh Penguins also have another P-word going for them: patience. Brandon Sutter, Lee Stempniak and Jussi Jokinen scored in a span of 2:13 of the third period to revive the Penguins from yet another two-goal deficit in a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night. READ

Stars shine bright at home with shutout win over Ducks

DALLAS — Kari Lehtonen had 37 saves, with some tremendous stops, for his first career post-season victory, and the Dallas Stars beat Anaheim 3-0 Monday night in their first home playoff game in six years. Dallas captain Jamie Benn skated out of the penalty box to score late in the first period, and 19-year-old rookie Valeri Nichushkin added a goal for the Stars in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series. The top-seeded Ducks won each of the first two games at home, both one-goal results. READ

Wild fend off Avalanche

ST. PAUL, Minn. — For three periods, Mikael Granlund and the Minnesota Wild were flinging puck after puck at Semyon Varlamov, who was busy playing the part of impenetrable force. Finally, in overtime, such persistence produced a reward. READ

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