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San Jose Sharks right wing Mike Grier (25) moves the puck past Anaheim Ducks right wing Mike Brown (13) in the second period of a first-round NHL hockey playoff game in Anaheim

Ducks oust top-seeded Sharks

Anaheim 4 San Jose 1 ANAHEIM, Calif. — Right when the opening puck dropped, Ryan Getzlaf and Joe Thornton dropped gloves. The star centres’ simmering dislike erupted into a brawl dominated by Thornton, who pummelled Getzlaf with at least two flush blows to the face.

San Jose Sharks right wing Mike Grier (25) moves the puck past Anaheim Ducks right wing Mike Brown (13) in the second period of a first-round NHL hockey playoff game in Anaheim
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin

Blackhawks take series against Flames

Chicago 4 Calgary 1 CALGARY — Whooping, hollering and maybe a water fight in the locker room are what you might expect from a young Chicago Blackhawks team who’d won their city’s first NHL playoff series in 13 years.

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin

Kallis ties for ninth

Red Deer’s Carson Kallis tied for ninth in the 2009 CN Future Links Pacific Golf Championship Sunday.

There is no room for error for the Calgary Flames entering Game 6 tonight

Do or die for Flames

Mike Keenan appealed to his players’ pride and captain Jarome Iginla called on teammates to prove the Flames have the depth to stave off elimination from the NHL playoffs despite their injuries.

There is no room for error for the Calgary Flames entering Game 6 tonight
Carolina Hurricanes’ goalie

‘Canes push Devils to limit

Eric Staal scored two goals less than three minutes apart, Cam Ward made 28 saves in his third career playoff shutout and the Carolina Hurricanes routed the New Jersey Devils 4-0 on Sunday night to force a decisive Game 7.

Carolina Hurricanes’ goalie
The Chicago Blackhawks didn’t let up even with Curtis McElhinney replacing Miikka Kiprusoff in the Calgary net as they rolled to a 5-1 win on Saturday.

Flames smoked

The Chicago Blackhawks blitzed the Calgary Flames early, rolled to a convincing victory and took control of their Western Conference quarter-final.

The Chicago Blackhawks didn’t let up even with Curtis McElhinney replacing Miikka Kiprusoff in the Calgary net as they rolled to a 5-1 win on Saturday.
Pittsburgh Penguins' Chris Kunitz

Comeback kills the Flyers

Sidney Crosby stood near centre ice, answering questions from a television reporter while a few lingering fans berated him.

Pittsburgh Penguins' Chris Kunitz
It took a video replay but Patrick Marleau's overtime goal did count as the San Jose Sharks beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 to stay alive and force Game 6.

Sharks still swimming

Don’t count out the San Jose Sharks just yet, not while their captain still has his clutch scoring touch.

It took a video replay but Patrick Marleau's overtime goal did count as the San Jose Sharks beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 to stay alive and force Game 6.
Red Deer goalie Chris Mason grabs a drink during practice with Team Canada on Saturday. Mason will get the start against Hungary today.

Mason starts for Canada

Even though Canadian goalie Chris Mason is attending the IIHF World Hockey Championship for the third time, you won’t find his name in any official tournament statistics.

Red Deer goalie Chris Mason grabs a drink during practice with Team Canada on Saturday. Mason will get the start against Hungary today.
Chicago Blackhawk Brent Seabrook slams Calgary Flame Warren Peters into the boards Wednesday. The series has been a physical one from the outset.

Healing Flames

Flames head coach Mike Keenan dodged most questions about the health of individual Calgary players, but did offer one piece of good news following an hour-long United Center practice on Friday.

Chicago Blackhawk Brent Seabrook slams Calgary Flame Warren Peters into the boards Wednesday. The series has been a physical one from the outset.
Canada’s Drew Doughty checks Belarus’ Alexei Kaliuzhny during Canada’s 6-1 win on Friday in Kloten Switzerland.

Canada blows past Belarus

Steven Stamkos is a perfect example of just how much an invitation to the IIHF World Hockey Championship can mean to a player.

Canada’s Drew Doughty checks Belarus’ Alexei Kaliuzhny during Canada’s 6-1 win on Friday in Kloten Switzerland.
Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla

Back to Chicago

The Chicago Blackhawks are longing for the din of their home arena after two losses in Calgary tied the Western Conference quarter-finals at 2-2.

Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla

High school soccer thriving

There was a time just after the turn of the century when the Central Alberta High School Soccer League was struggling to find boys’ teams.

Lindsay Thurber Raider Tannis Kaun tackles Hunting Hills Lightning Ashley Schwarz during high school rugby action at Titans Park on Wednesday. The Raider girls won 34-7 to take the opener.

HS rugby hits the pitch

The girls’ side of the Central Alberta Rugby League continues to outdraw the boys. The league will field six girls’ teams and five boys’ squads for the 2009 season, which got underway Wednesday at Titans Park.

Lindsay Thurber Raider Tannis Kaun tackles Hunting Hills Lightning Ashley Schwarz during high school rugby action at Titans Park on Wednesday. The Raider girls won 34-7 to take the opener.

Suspension will keep Roy out for Game 5

Calgary Flames forward Andre Roy has been suspended for one game following an incident in Wednesday’s pre-game warmup with Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Aaron Johnson.

Calgary Hitmen's Ian Schultz deflects the puck past Brandon Wheat Kings goaltender Andrew Hayes.

Hitmen advance to final

The Calgary Hitmen are off to the Western Hockey League’s championship series.

Calgary Hitmen's Ian Schultz deflects the puck past Brandon Wheat Kings goaltender Andrew Hayes.

Curling teams for Olympic trials announced

Defending Brier champion Kevin Martin leads a trio of Edmonton-based men’s teams that have earned a direct berth into the Canadian Olympic curling trials. The Canadian Curling Association named four men’s and four women’s teams Wednesday that have earned automatic spots in the Olympic trials, which will take place Dec. 6-13 in Edmonton.

Louis earns berth on Team Alberta

Meghan Louis of the Red Deer Exelta Gymnastics Club earned a berth on Team Alberta for the third year in a row to compete in the Canadian artistic gymnastic championships.

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) collects his NBA Rookie of the Year award (insert).

Rose NBA Rookie of Year

Derrick Rose, who led his hometown Bulls to the playoffs and restored hope to a franchise in disarray, is the NBA’s rookie of the year. The announcement was made Wednesday.

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) collects his NBA Rookie of the Year award (insert).
Calgary Flames' Olli Jokinen

Jokinen, Iginla lead Flames back to even ground

Calgary 6 Chicago 4 CALGARY — Flames head coach Mike Keenan had said Olli Jokinen must develop an understanding of what playoff hockey means.

Calgary Flames' Olli Jokinen
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