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Montreal Canadiens' Jacob De La Rose

Flames burn Habs behind Monahan’s three points

It had been 14 months since Niklas Backstrom started a game in goal but if there was any rust, it didn’t show on the recently acquired Calgary Flame. The 38-year-old Backstrom stopped 21 of 22 shots as the Flames downed the injury-riddled Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Sunday night.

Montreal Canadiens' Jacob De La Rose

Avalanche move into wild-card spot with win over Oilers

Gabriel Landeskog came back at the right time for Colorado. Landeskog had a goal and an assist in his return from a three-game suspension as the Avalanche won their third game in a row, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Sunday.

Canada stays unbeaten at women’s curling worlds

Even after a massive 10-2 win, Amy Nixon needed a moment to calm down. Nixon and her Canadian teammates remained undefeated at the women’s curling world championships after American skip Erika Brown conceded in six ends on Sunday night in a controversial fifth draw matchup.

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Calgary teams take provincial titles

The Notre Dame Pride ran into some problems in the Calgary playoffs and as a result were ranked eighth heading into the high school provincial 4A basketball championships. But they finished exactly where they wanted as they defeated the Raymond Comets 110-94 in a highly entertaining boys’ final at Lindsay Thurber High School Saturday.

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St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen (34) is scored on by Edmonton Oilers' Mark Letestu (55) during second period NHL action in Edmonton

Oilers battle to win over Blues

For the first time in a long time, the power play was an actually an advantage for the Edmonton Oilers. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Mark Letestu each scored a pair of goals as the Oilers scored four power play goals and snapped a two-game losing skid, holding on for a 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.

St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen (34) is scored on by Edmonton Oilers' Mark Letestu (55) during second period NHL action in Edmonton

Queens edge Ooks to take series lead

NAIT Ooks’ goaltender Tehnille Gard seemed to have an answer for almost every shot she faced. Except the two that lifted the Red Deer College Queens over the visiting Ooks Thursday night. It wasn’t until late in the third period when the Queens grabbed the lead and never looked back, winning 2-1.

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Rebels roughed up by Royals

The Red Deer Rebels’ offence — ranked sixth in the Western Hockey League — managed a mere 13 shots in goal during the first 40 minutes of Saturday’s meeting with the visiting Victoria Royals. On a positive note, the Rebels were still locked in a 2-2 draw prior to melting down in the final frame and falling 6-2 before 5,632 fans at the Centrium. The third period was clearly a major letdown for the locals, although GM/head coach Brent Sutter didn’t detect many positives during the entire game.

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Eisenhawer following in familiar footsteps

Abbie Eisenhawer is following in familiar footsteps. Eisenhawer is one of the top young two-sport athletes in the province, competing in curling and softball, following a similar route taken by Jocelyn Peterman, who is second with provincial ladies curling champion Chelsea Carey and a former Alberta and Canadian junior champion. Peterman is also an outstanding softball player.

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Generals hosting Eagles and Ryan Smyth this weekend

From a Bentley Generals standpoint, the only negative aspect surrounding Ryan Smyth’s venture into senior AAA hockey is the fact he’s a member of the Stony Plain Eagles. Otherwise, the 39-year-old winger, who scored 386 goals and accumulated 842 points in 1,270 NHL regular-season games — mostly with the Edmonton Oilers — has been a welcome addition to the Chinook Hockey League.

Moving to protect against Zika

Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic venues will be inspected daily during the games in a bid to prevent the spread of a mosquito-borne virus linked to a rare birth defect and also a condition that can cause paralysis, local organizers said Sunday.

Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) evades New England Patriots strong safety Patrick Chung for a 30-yard gain during the second half of the NFL football AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots

Broncos scramble into Super Bowl

No, you’re not seeing things. That really was Peyton Manning lumbering his way down the field for a 12-yard gain and a first down Sunday. And thanks to his defence, that will be Manning — the 39-year-old quarterback who was supposed to be on his way to a retirement party — and the Denver Broncos, not Tom Brady and the champion New England Patriots, playing in the Super Bowl two weeks from now.

  • Jan 25, 2016
Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) evades New England Patriots strong safety Patrick Chung for a 30-yard gain during the second half of the NFL football AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots

Vipers to host memorable last provincials at Arena

The Red Deer Vipers are fully aware of the significance of being the last team to play for a provincial title in the Red Deer Arena. The Vipers will host the Alberta junior B hockey championship March 31 to April 3 in the Arena, which is scheduled for demolition shortly after.

Rebels get great response for Memorial Cup volunteers

The numbers are mounting as the Red Deer Rebels accept volunteers for the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup. “The last two days have been insanely busy,” Rebels senior vice-president Merrick Sutter said Wednesday. “We added a couple of positions and need probably around 500 volunteers and we’re over 400 now.

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Getting a feel for the next level

The experience of skating and practising with the Red Deer Rebels has been everything Carson Sass anticipated, and more. In addition, his scheduled one-week visit with the WHL team may be extended and turn into something more.

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Cougars, Raiders roll to wins in opening games of zone finals

Call it a net result. The Notre Dame Cougars were superior at the mesh during Tuesday’s opening match of the best-of-three 4A zone senior high boys volleyball final versus the host Lindsay Thurber Raiders, and, predictably, emerged as 3-1 victors.

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Flames look to refuel at home

It’s getting late early for the Calgary Flames. As of Monday, the Flames (6-12-1) were 11 points behind their pace of a year ago. Ranked 28th in the NHL near the quarter mark of the season, Calgary still has time to recover the resilience that propelled them to a surprising post-season berth and the second round of playoffs in 2014-15.

  • Nov 17, 2015

Jays GM says it’s not the time to discuss his contract

Alex Anthopoulos feels he’s starting to “hit his stride” as general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. Whether he’ll be with the team for his peak years remains up in the air. Anthopoulos didn’t shed any light on his contract status during his season wrapup news conference Monday at Rogers Centre. The GM’s future has become a front-burner topic since the Blue Jays were eliminated from the playoffs by the Kansas City Royals.

  • Oct 27, 2015

RDC heads into playoffs on a roll

The RDC soccer teams head into the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference championships on a roll. Both teams turned in a solid performance in their final two regular season games, putting together an undefeated weekend on their home turf.

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada throws against the Kansas City Royals during the eighth inning in Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Wednesday

Estrada keeps Blue Jays alive in ALCS

Marco Estrada can count on striking it rich as a free agent in the off-season. Wherever he ends up, the Blue Jays will still owe him big-time. For the second time in the post-season, the 32-year-old right-hander kept Toronto alive — this time with a gem of a pitching performance in a 7-1 win over Kansas City that forced a sixth game in their American League Championship Series.

  • Oct 22, 2015
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada throws against the Kansas City Royals during the eighth inning in Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Wednesday
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Flames fizzle again with loss to Ovechkin, Capitals

Nicklas Backstrom continues to make up for lost time. Backstrom recorded his second multi-point game, scoring twice Tuesday night to lead the Washington Capitals to a 6-2 victory over the struggling Calgary Flames in just his second outing of the season. The 27-year-old forward missed the season’s first three games as he recovered from off-season hip surgery. Backstrom looks fine now though with three goals and two assists since getting back in the line-up.

  • Oct 21, 2015
Washington Capitals' Chandler Stephenson