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Anaheim Ducks hold off Stars 4-3 in series opener

Anaheim Ducks jump to 4-goal lead, hold off Dallas Stars 4-3 in playoff series opener
Greg Beacham, The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Ryan Getzlaf spent the final seconds of the Anaheim Ducks' playoff opener in the dressing room with a large ice bag pressed to a nasty cut on his left cheek.

Playoff success usually requires a little discomfort, and the Ducks got a good taste of both in their opener.

Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, Frederik Andersen made 32 saves to win his NHL playoff debut, and the Ducks held on for a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.

Penguins nip Blue Jackets 4-3 in series opener

Penguins rally after slow start, slip past Blue Jackets 4-3 in series opener
Will Graves, The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Columbus coach Todd Richards insists his upstart team isn't in the playoffs "just to go to school."

Maybe, but the Pittsburgh Penguins provided a pretty valuable lesson in perseverance during a 4-3 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night.

Bautista, Lawrie lift Blue Jays over Twins 9-3

Jose Bautista's 3 hits, Brett Lawrie's grand slam lift Blue Jays over Twins 9-3
Jon Krawczynski, The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - The Toronto Blue Jays were getting mowed down by Phil Hughes through the first five innings on a chilly night at Target Field, but the big swingers never panicked.

The Jays have a long history of beating up on the former Yankees right-hander, so they knew it was only a matter of time before they got him in his new home in Minnesota.

More former players sue NHL regarding concussions

Former players sue NHL, alleging league hid risks of concussions; third such suit filed
Jon Krawczynski, The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - Another group of former NHL players has joined the fight for compensation for head injuries they say they incurred while playing, while at the same time targeting the violence of the game that they believe brought about those injuries.

Retired players Dave Christian, Reed Larson and William Bennett filed a class action lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday alleging that the league has promoted fighting and downplayed the risk of head injuries that come from it.

Brooks Robinson seeks $9.9M from tribe over fall

MLB great Brooks Robinson seeks over $9.9 million from Seminole tribe over fall at Fla. casino
Curt Anderson, The Associated Press

MIAMI - Baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson is seeking a settlement of $9.9 million from the Seminole Indian tribe over injuries he suffered in a 2012 fall from a stage at the tribe's South Florida casino.

Attorney Jack Hickey is asking the tribe to waive its immunity for Robinson, who otherwise might be limited to only $200,000 in a lawsuit. In a letter to the tribe released Monday, Hickey said the stage at the Hard Rock casino from which Robinson fell had no back railing. Hickey blames the tribe for negligence.

Brooks Robinson seeks $9.9M from tribe over fall

MLB great Brooks Robinson seeks over $9.9 million from Seminole tribe over fall at Fla. casino
Curt Anderson, The Associated Press

MIAMI - Baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson is seeking a settlement of $9.9 million from the Seminole Indian tribe over injuries he suffered in a 2012 fall from a stage at the tribe's South Florida casino.

Attorney Jack Hickey is asking the tribe to waive its immunity for Robinson, who otherwise might be limited to only $200,000 in a lawsuit. In a letter to the tribe released Monday, Hickey said the stage at the Hard Rock casino from which Robinson fell had no back railing. Hickey blames the tribe for negligence.

Spezza lifts Senators to SO win over Penguins

Spezza scores in SO, Senators beat playoff-bound Penguins 3-2
Dan Scifo, The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Pittsburgh Penguins are ready for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Ottawa Senators aren't headed to the post-season, but captain Jason Spezza wanted to make sure his team finished the season strong.

Spezza scored in the shootout to help the Senators beat the Penguins 3-2 on Sunday night and stretch their season-ending winning streak to five games.

Spezza scores 2, Ottawa blanks Rangers

Spezza, Anderson and rest of Senators shut down streaking Rangers 3-0
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Henrik Lundqvist has been among the NHL's best goalies lately. Ottawa's Craig Anderson won't be joining his New York Rangers counterpart at the all-star game, but he sure is making a good case that he should be.

Anderson made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season, Jason Spezza scored twice and the Senators beat the surging Rangers 3-0 on Thursday night.

Habs trade Cammalleri during 2-1 loss to Bruins

Struggling Canadiens lose 2-1 to Bruins; trade Cammalleri to Calgary
Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press

BOSTON - The Montreal Canadiens have struggled so much this season that even the Boston fans couldn't muster much of a hatred for their Original Six rivals.

So the crowd yelled derogatory cheers about Tim Tebow instead.

"They've got a lot going on right now, and I think their situation is a little bit different," Bruins coach Claude Julien said Thursday night after Boston beat the embattled Canadiens 2-1.

Knicks' Carmelo Anthony sprains right ankle

Knicks' Carmelo Anthony sprains right ankle after earlier injuring left wrist
The Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - New York forward Carmelo Anthony left the Knicks' game against Memphis on Thursday night after spraining his right ankle early in the second half.

Knicks officials said Anthony wouldn't return and that X-rays were negative.

Anthony, the Knicks' leading scorer at 26.6 points a game, injured the ankle on New York's end of the floor and immediately limped to the bench. He was taken to the locker room moments later.

He had 14 points and three rebounds when he left the game.

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