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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

Moon back to lead Midget AAA Braves for 2014 season

Cam Moon returns as head coach of the Carstar ProCollision Braves midget AAA baseball team for the 2014 season. Moon and his 16-man roster opens play Sunday with a doubleheader in Strathmore. Their home opener is April 30 against the Calgary Red Birds Black at 6:30 p.m. at Great Chief Park. READ

Habs credit balanced attack for 3-0 series lead over Lightning

MONTREAL — When Lars Eller and Rene Bourque are outscoring anyone on the top line, you know that something is going right for the Montreal Canadiens. But it took until the playoffs for the Canadiens to find the balanced attack they have sought all season. Getting offensive production from all four forward lines has helped them win the opening three games of their first-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. READ

Sharks devour Kings to take 2-0 series lead

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Fourth-liners Mike Brown and Raffi Torres scored second-period goals to spark a San Jose comeback and lead the Sharks to a 7-2 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Kings and a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. Justin Braun, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture and Joe Thornton also scored for the Sharks, who overcame a two-goal deficit after the first period of a playoff game for just the third time in 26 tries in franchise history. Antti Niemi made 24 saves. READ

Wranglers bring home bronze from Keystone Cup

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — It’s not the colour they were seeking, but the Blackfalds Wranglers settled for a bronze-medal finish at the Western Canada junior B hockey championship Sunday. The Wranglers posted a pair of victories Saturday to conclude the round-robin portion of the six-team Keystone Cup tournament with a 3-2-0 record, then edged the Thunder Bay, Ont., Northern Hawks 4-3 in Sunday’s bronze-medal contest. READ

Canadiens bottle up the Lightning

MONTREAL — It looked like it would be easy when Rene Bourque scored for the Montreal Canadiens only 11 seconds into the game. But the Canadiens needed a third-period goal from Tomas Plekanec and some fine saves from Carey Price to down the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Sunday night and take a choke hold on their NHL Eastern Conference playoff series. READ

Bruins get back on even terms with Wings

BOSTON — Two power-play goals and stingy penalty killing ended the Boston Bruins’ offensive drought and tied their playoff series. Reilly Smith and Zdeno Chara scored with a man advantage, the Detroit Red Wings got just one shot on goal on their four power plays and Boston won 4-1 in Game 2 on Sunday. READ

Flyers rally from two-goal deficit to down Rangers, even series

NEW YORK — This win was three years in the making for backup goalie Ray Emery and the rest of the Philadelphia Flyers. Emery stood in again for injured No. 1 netminder Steve Mason and made 31 saves to help the Flyers rally from an early two-goal deficit and beat the New York Rangers 4-2 on Sunday to even the first-round playoff series. READ

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