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Sunday, April 1, 2012

SUNDAY SPORTS

The Vancouver Canucks beat Calgary 3-2 in overtime, to eliminate the Flames from the playoff race. The Canucks' sixth win in a row moves them into first place in the Western Conference. Steven Stamkos scored his league-leading 56th goal in the first minute of
overtime to lift Tampa Bay past Winnipeg 3-2, and end the Jets' playoff chances.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs ended a franchise-record 11-game home losing streak by edging Buffalo 4-3. Washington nipped Montreal 3-2 in a shootout, to move two points ahead of the Sabres for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Ottawa Senators wasted a 3-0 first period lead, and had to go to a shootout before finishing off Philadelphia 4-3.

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The SJHL's Canalta Cup championsip series is tied up at 1-1. Weyburn won Game 2 by a 4-2 score at Humboldt Saturday night. The series now shifts to Weyburn for Game 3.

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The PJHL championship series is all knotted at 1-1 as well after the Pilot Butte Traveland RV Storm knocked off the Chiefs in the Delisle 5-2 Saturday. Game 3 goes in Pilot Butte.

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Kansas will play Kentucky in the NCAA basketball final on Monday. Kansas rallied from 13 points down to beat Ohio State 64-62 in a game the Jayhawks led for less than four minutes. In the earlier game, the Kentucky Wildcats held off cross-state rival Louisville 69-61.

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The Vancouver Whitecaps are closing in on an MLS record after holding Philadelphia to a scoreless draw. Vancouver hasn't allowed a goal all season, encompassing 360 minutes. The record is 421. Thierry Henry had three goals and an assist as New York whipped the Montreal Impact 5-2. Toronto is still winless after losing 1-0 to Columbus.

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Canada's men's soccer came up short in its bid to earn a spot in the Olympics, by losing to Mexico 3-1 in the semifinals at the CONCACAF regional qualifying tournament. The
Mexican team earned a trip to London, as did Honduras, which beat El Salvador 3-2.


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Canada's Patrick Chan capped off a perfect season by winning his second straight world figure skating title. Chan won every competition he entered this season. Italy's Carolina Kostner won the women's title.

(With files from the Canadian Press)

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Awesome to see some figure skating make your blog! Don't forget about Regina's own Mervin Tran who won a bronze medal in the pairs event for Japan.

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Gored said...

Calgary Flames have been eliminated from the playoffs ... again. The team has the fifth highest payroll yet the Flames are not good enough to make the playoffs. Like the Leafs and the Canadians, Calgary's management has seriously over valued a number of their players and have payed far too much for a mediocre roster that may be the oldest in the NHL.

The simple solution to their playoff woes would be to blow up the Flames and start over. However, that may be difficult as they have eleven players with no-movement clauses in their contracts, the most of any team in the league by far.

It must be depressing for Flames fans to look to their northern rivals and see a team brimming with young Grade A talent that will eventually compete for a Cup while the Flames just limp along with the old guard and add an insignificant piece here and there to try squeak into the playoffs.

Anonymous said...

Kipper is one heck of a goalie. He's Stanley Cup quality but in a way he's been bad for the Flames, because he steals 8 or 10 games a year. Games that the Flames have no business winning. Unbelievably so called hockey experts are fooled into thinking their Flames are better than they are and keep the same old cast around another year thinking they are only one player away from a contender. Without Kipper they'd be in the lottery and know they're NFG.