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Mackinnon powers Avalanche past Blues in series opener

https://i.cbc.ca/1.6030609.1621313252!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/1232957778.jpg Nathan MacKinnon scored the tiebreaking goal 30 seconds into the third period and wrapped it up with an empty-netter, Philipp Grubauer stopped 22 shots and the Colorado Avalanche beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 on Monday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Gabriel Landeskog also added a third-period goal by tipping in a blue-line blast from MacKinnon. Cale Makar got things started for the Presidents' Trophy-winning Avalanche with a power-play goal in the first period.Game 2

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Tokyo doctors call for cancellation of Olympics amid surge in COVID-19 infections

https://i.cbc.ca/1.6030603.1621311648!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/virus-outbreak-japan-daily-life.jpg A top medical organization has thrown its weight behind calls to cancel the Tokyo Olympics saying hospitals are already overwhelmed as the country battles a spike in coronavirus infections less than three months from the start of the Games. The Tokyo Medical Practitioners Association representing about 6,000 primary care doctors said hospitals in the Games host city "have their hands full and have almost no spare capacity" amid a surge in infections."We strongly request that the authorities convince the

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Staal, Niederreiter lead Hurricanes past Predators in Game 1

https://i.cbc.ca/1.6030564.1621306958!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/predators-hurricanes-hockey.jpg Jordan Staal scored twice and Nino Niederreiter beat Juuse Saros for the go-ahead goal early in the third period, helping the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Monday night in the first game of the teams' first-round playoff series. Niederreiter hammered the puck past Saros from between the circles at 2:26 of the third, finishing a perfect pass from Martin Necas only moments after Saros had made a terrific stop on Vincent Trocheck.

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Marchand strikes early in OT to help Bruins level series with Capitals

https://i.cbc.ca/1.6030558.1621305914!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/1232957339.jpg Brad Marchand scored 39 seconds into overtime after teammate Taylor Hall tied the game late in regulation, and the Boston Bruins rallied to beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 Monday night, tying the East Division first-round playoff series at a game apiece. Marchand was Boston's OT hero in a game in which he made more noise for taking post-whistle penalties than producing. The Bruins' leading scorer, who ranked third in the NHL in points, looked more like himself on the

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Minnesota defeats New Hampshire to claim U.S. Secret Cup in St. Louis

https://i.cbc.ca/1.6030499.1621299186!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/new-hampshire-minnesota-hockey.jpg Kendall Coyne Schofield scored the game-winning goal as Team Adidas (Minnesota) defeated Team Women's Sports Foundation (New Hampshire) 4-2 on Monday in the final game of the Professional Women's Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) Dream Gap Tour showcase in St. Louis. The victory crowns Minnesota as the first-ever U.S. Secret Cup Champions after finishing atop the standings following the three U.S. showcases this year.The game was played at the Enterprise Center, home of the St. Louis Blues, one of five NHL

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Canadian government pens pointed letter to IOC’s Bach to reinstate Bujold into Games

https://i.cbc.ca/1.4361212.1621297573!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/oly-canada-athlete-medals.jpg In a lengthy letter directly addressed to IOC President Thomas Bach, Canada's minister responsible for sport Steven Guilbeault asked Bach to reconsider their decision to keep boxer Mandy Bujold from competing at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. CBC Sports has received a copy of Guilbeault's letter in support of Bujold, asking the IOC to reinstate Bujold in the Tokyo Games less than two weeks after the IOC denied her request to be qualified for competition."I urge you to reconsider the decision to

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Canadian Paralympians you should know ahead of Tokyo

https://i.cbc.ca/1.6030221.1621286748!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/1187846834.jpg This is an excerpt from The Buzzer, which is CBC Sports' daily email newsletter. Stay up to speed on what's happening in sports by subscribing here. The Tokyo Paralympics begin in 99 days Many Olympic storylines are in place for the Paras too. Questions linger surrounding the safety of the Games, not to mention uncertainty over qualifying and the willingness of Japanese citizens to host at all.But just as with the Olympics, the Games should go on. Here

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Controversial Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit barred from Belmont over banned substance

https://i.cbc.ca/1.6030237.1621287338!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/1318206583.jpg Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit will not contend in next month's Belmont Stakes after the New York Racing Association (NYRA) temporarily suspended the horse and its famed trainer, Bob Baffert, on Monday following a failed drug test. Medina Spirit tested positive for betamethasone, a banned substance, earlier this month after winning the first of the three legs of horse racing's Triple Crown series.The horse came up short at Saturday's Preakness Stakes, finishing third behind Midnight Bourbon and upset winner

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Canada’s Einarson, Gushue win mixed doubles worlds opener behind late rally

https://i.cbc.ca/1.6030129.1621284117!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/einarson-gushue-240321.jpg Canada's Kerri Einarson and Brad Gushue defeated Spain 8-6 in their opening game at the world mixed doubles curling championship on Monday. Einarson, from Camp Morton, Man., and Gushue, from St. John's, N.L., erased a four-point deficit and stole two points in the eighth end for the victory over Oihane Otaegi and Mikel Unanue."I struggled a little bit early just trying to figure out some of the paths, and once I got a handle on that and started making

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Blues’ Perron out for Game 1 against Avalanche due to COVID protocol

https://i.cbc.ca/1.6030076.1621283348!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/david-perron-220321.jpg The St. Louis Blues will be without leading scorer David Perron for Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against top-seeded Colorado on Monday due to the NHL's virus protocols. St. Louis will, however, again have forward Vladimir Tarasenko, who was sidelined the last six games of the regular season with a lower-body injury.Perron appeared on the league's "players unavailable due to COVID protocol" list starting Saturday. St. Louis has two other players on the list in forward Nathan

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