Matthew Tkachuk scored 6:05 into overtime to keep the Florida Panthers’ season alive in a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins Wednesday night. Anthony Duclair, Sam Bennett and Sam Reinhart scored in regulation for the Panthers, who host game six on Friday trailing the series 3-2.
In other NHL playoff action, Yanni Gourde’s goal early in the third period stood up as the game-winner as the Seattle Kraken hung on to beat Colorado 3-2 to move one win away from winning their first-ever playoff series. Morgan Geekie and Tye Kartye scored for the Kraken, who’ll host game six in Seattle on Friday.
Tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs will look to advance to the second round for the first time since 2004 when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning holding a 3-1 lead in their series, while the Winnipeg Jets visit the Vegas Golden Knights needing a win to stay alive. Also, the New York Rangers visit New Jersey with the series tied 2-2.
Canada faces Swiss in world U18 quarter-final
Canada faces host Switzerland this morning in quarter-final action of the World Under-18 Hockey Championship. Canada wrapped up round-robin with a 3-1 record with wins over Germany, Slovakia and Czechia, and a loss to Sweden.
The semi-finals are on Saturday with the gold medal game on Sunday.
Jays blank White Sox to complete series sweep
Yusei Kikuchi struck out eight batters over 5-2/3 innings as the Toronto Blue Jays blanked the Chicago White Sox 8-0 Wednesday to complete their first series sweep of the season. Bo Bichette went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and Vladimir Guerrero Junior had two RBI.
The Jays are off today before starting a weekend homestand with the Seattle Mariners in a rematch of last season’s wild card series.
Heat, Knicks move on in NBA playoffs
Jimmy Butler scored 42 points as the Miami Heat stunned the top-ranked Milwaukee Bucks 128-126 in overtime to win their first-round NBA playoff series in five games. The
The Heat are the first eighth-seed to beat a number one seed since 2012 and will face the New York Knicks, who advanced to the second round for the first time since 2013 with a 106-95 win over Cleveland.
Meanwhile, Canadian Ja Morant dropped 31 points as Memphis beat the Lakers 116-99 to force a sixth game in LA, and Steph Curry scored 31 points to give the Golden State Warriors a 123-116 win over the Sacramento Kings and a 3-2 advantage in the series with game six in San Francisco on Friday.
Boston hosts Atlanta in the lone NBA playoff game tonight with the Celtics holding a 3-2 series lead.
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