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Saturday, April 23, 2016


Artem Anisimov, Trevor van Riemsdyk and Dale Weise scored during Chicago's dominant second period, and the Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 6-3 to send their first-round playoff series to Game 7. Andrew Shaw added a third-period goal in his return from a one-game suspension for using a gay slur during Chicago's Game 4 loss. Game 7 is Monday night.


The Nashville Predators are on the brink of elimination. Ryan Garbutt scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and the Ducks downed Nashville 5-2 for a 3-2 series lead. And Pittsburgh is moving on to the Eastern Conference semifinals after a 6-3 win over the Rangers in Game 5. Rookie Bryan Rust scored twice as the Penguins took the series 4-1.


Linus Lindstrom scored the shootout winner as Sweden held off Canada 6-5 in the semifinals of the world under-18 hockey championship. Filip Gustavsson made 54 saves for the win in net. The Canadians were able to overcome a two-goal deficit in a wild third period. Sweden will face Finland in Sunday's final after it downed the United States 4-2 in the other semi.


The Toronto Blue Jays are back in the win column after dropping three straight. Troy Tulowitzki hit a pair of solo homers and Josh Donaldson hit a three-run shot as the Blue Jays downed the Oakland A's 9-3 at Rogers Centre. Left-hander J.A. Happ got the win after pitching seven strong innings.


George Hill and Ian Mahinmi each scored 22 points as the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 100-83 to tie the first-round playoff series at 2-2. Game 5 goes Tuesday night in Toronto. Elsewhere, Enes Kanter was the catalyst as Oklahoma City took a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference quarter-finals. Kanter came off the bench to score a game-high 28 points in the Thunder's 119-108 win at Dallas.


The Vancouver Whitecaps were credited with an own goal before Jordan Harvey and Kekuta Manneh also scored to secure a 3-0 victory over F-C Dallas. Earlier, Toronto FC earned a 2-nil road win over the Montreal Impact. Sebastian Giovinco (scored both TFC goals.

(Canadian Press)