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MONTREAL - Tomas Plekanec scored the game-winner in the third period as the Montreal Canadiens moved one win away from advancing to the second round of NHL playoffs with a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night.

Montreal leads the best-of-seven series 3-0 and can sweep the Lightning with a win Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

A fired-up Rene Bourque scored 11 seconds after a rousing pre-game show and Brendan Gallagher also scored for Montreal. Ondrej Palat and Matthew Carle scored for Tampa Bay.

Sunday's Games

(All Times Eastern)

NHL

Philadelphia 4 NY Rangers 2

(Series tied 1-1)

Boston 4 Detroit 1

(Series tied 1-1)

Montreal 3 Tampa Bay 2

(Montreal leads series 3-0)

Los Angeles at San Jose, 10 p.m.

(San Jose leads series 1-0)

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NBA

San Antonio 90 Dallas 85

(San Antonio leads series 1-0)

Miami 99 Charlotte 88

(Miami leads series 1-0)

Washington 102 Chicago 93

(Washington leads series 1-0)

Portland at Houston, 9:30 p.m.

(Series tied 0-0)

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MLB

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. - Edmonton's Kevin Martin won the Grand Slam of Curling Players' Championship in the final tournament of his career.

The 47-year-old skip beat Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., 4-3 in the men's final Sunday to give him one last victory after announcing his retirement Friday.

BOSTON - Two power-play goals and stingy penalty killing ended the Boston Bruins' offensive drought and tied their playoff series.

Reilly Smith and Zdeno Chara scored with a man advantage, the Detroit Red Wings got just one shot on goal on their four power plays and Boston won 4-1 in Game 2 on Sunday.

"We don't get too many power plays so it was good to be able to get them and be able to capitalize early," Smith said.

BOSTON - "I need to run."

The messages started arriving just hours after the bombings, pleading for an entry into the 2014 Boston Marathon. For months the calls and emails continued, runners begging for an opportunity to cross the finish line on Boylston Street and convinced it would ease at least some of their grief.

"They'd say, 'I'm not a qualified runner; I don't think I ever will be. I train. I run. I could do it. But because of what happened last year, I need to run,'" Boston Athletic Association executive director Tom Grilk said last week.

CLEVELAND - A successful road trip ended on a down note for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Reliever Aaron Loup's wildness in the sixth inning turned a two-run lead into a one-run deficit and the Blue Jays couldn't finish off a sweep of the Cleveland Indians, losing 6-4 Sunday.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was pleased with the 5-4 trip, but knows it could have been better.

"I really don't even look at it," he said. "You try to win each day. You're disappointed when you don't win, especially when you have a chance."

TORONTO - After an NBA playoff debut that didn't go as well as he'd planned, DeMar DeRozan went home and put his feet up.

"I sat in my room the rest of the day, I didn't leave the room," DeRozan said. "I didn't turn the TV on. I didn't watch any games. I just cleared my mind. Just understand it was my first playoff game."

He fought the urge to go back to the Air Canada Centre for a late-night shooting session.

TORONTO - American sports broadcaster ESPN caused the much maligned shot clock malfunction in the Toronto Raptors' opening game of the playoffs.

The day after the Raptors were mocked for the debacle, a Raptors official confirmed that an ESPN technician plugged into the same power source for the shot clocks, frying the power system.

LONDON - Liverpool assured its return to the Champions League on Sunday, but a much bigger prize is just around the corner.

What was looking like a gripping finale to the Premier League title race is starting to turn into a procession for the Reds after they beat Norwich 3-2 to move five points ahead of Chelsea with three matches remaining.

A look at play across Europe's top leagues as the end of the season approaches:

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ENGLAND

QUEBEC CITY, Que. - Eugenie Bouchard wasn't thrilled with her play, but she was more than happy with the end result as she helped move Canadian women's tennis to new heights.

The Montreal native won both her singles matches in a playoff tie with Slovakia, including the clinching match on Sunday, as Canada advanced to the 2015 Fed Cup World Group.

CLEVELAND - Indians manager Terry Francona gave his team a pep talk Saturday after they lost for the seventh time in nine games.

Cleveland responded Sunday, rewarding Francona with a 6-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

David Murphy hit a three-run double in the sixth inning and John Axford worked out of bases-loaded jam in the ninth as the Indians avoided a series sweep and broke a three-game losing streak.

NEW YORK - This win was three years in the making for backup goalie Ray Emery and the rest of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Emery stood in again for injured No. 1 netminder Steve Mason and made 31 saves to help the Flyers rally from an early two-goal deficit and beat the New York Rangers 4-2 on Sunday to even the first-round playoff series.

BROSSARD, Que. - Being the only rookie to play so far in the post-season for the Montreal Canadiens has been a thrill for left-winger Michael Bournival.

He didn't get a point as Montreal took a 2-0 series lead with a pair of wins in Tampa, Fla., but he held is own playing on the fourth line with veteran Daniel Briere and Game 1 overtime hero Dale Weise.

"Every game is exciting," Bournival said Sunday as the Canadiens prepared to face the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 at the Bell Centre. "I'm playing with Daniel and he's got a lot of experience.

TORONTO - Rubin "Hurricane'' Carter, the former American boxer who became a global champion for the wrongfully convicted after spending almost 20 years in prison for a triple murder he didn't commit, died at his home in Toronto on Sunday.

He was 76.

His long-time friend and co-accused, John Artis, said Carter died in his sleep after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.

"It's a big loss to those who are in institutions that have been wrongfully convicted," Artis told The Canadian Press.

LIVERPOOL, England - What was looking like a gripping finale to the Premier League title race is starting to turn into a procession for Liverpool.

The rampant leaders moved five points clear of Chelsea with three matches remaining thanks to a 3-2 victory over Norwich on Sunday, taking their winning run to 11 games.

PA kids roll their way to nationals
By Sarah Wallace paNOW Staff

Four young bowlers from Prince Albert will soon be making their way to Winnipeg for Youth Bowling Canada Nationals from May 3 to 5.

Zachary Sander, Michael Pelechaty, Alex Szabo, and Ashton Harris, all between the ages of nine and 10, bowl in the boy’s bantam league at the Minto Bowling & Rec Center.

SHANGHAI - Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third straight Formula One race with ease on Sunday, leading from start to finish to win the Chinese Grand Prix.

Mercedes showed again that it's in a different class from its rivals, with Hamilton's teammate Nico Rosberg taking second place — the third time in four races this season the pair have finished one-two.

"This is a team on a roll, that's for sure," Hamilton said. "I'm going to be working hard, we're going to keep working hard because obviously the others are pushing to catch us."

DENVER - Teenager Nathan MacKinnon is growing up fast. Almost as fast as he skates.

The speedy 18-year-old delivered another stellar performance for the Colorado Avalanche, scoring his first NHL post-season goal and dishing out three assists in a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

The baby-faced forward, who was the No. 1 pick last summer, anchored a line that has propelled the Avalanche to a 2-0 lead in the series. MacKinnon, Gabe Landeskog and Paul Stastny combined for all four goals and six assists Saturday.

KATMANDU, Nepal - Nepal's authorities temporarily halted climbing on Mount Everest while search teams dug through snow and ice Sunday for three Sherpa guides missing in the deadliest avalanche on the world's highest peak that killed 13 others.

A section of the route over the dreaded Khumbu Icefall, a climbing pass where the avalanche swept a group of guides early Friday, has totally collapsed and a new trail has to be dug, ropes fixed and aluminum ladders laid over the crevasses before climbing can resume, said Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association.

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Saturday's Games

NHL

St. Louis 4 Chicago 3 (OT)

(St. Louis leads series 2-0)

Columbus 4 Pittsburgh 3 (OT)

(Series tied 1-1)

Colorado 4 Minnesota 2

(Colorado leads series 2-0)

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AHL

Toronto 4 Rochester 3

Albany 5 Springfield 2

Hartford 2 Bridgeport 0

St. John's 5 Portland 4

Worcester 2 Providence 0

Utica 2 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0

Hershey 2 Adirondack 1

Lake Erie 4 Grand Rapids 3 (SO)

Syracuse 3 Hamilton 1

Binghamton 4 Norfolk 2

Chicago 6 Milwaukee 0

ORLANDO, Fla. - Brazilian heavyweight Fabricio Werdum earned a UFC heavyweight title shot after dominating Travis Browne en route to a one-sided decision win in the headliner of Saturday's UFC on Fox event.

Browne came out aggressively to open the fight, launching massive right hands that caught nothing but air. Showing little respect for his opponent, Browne threw blow after blow, but could never land clean. Meanwhile, Werdum (18-5-1) showed that he's more than just a submission wizard, flashing crisp striking of his own and busting up Browne's nose late in the fight.

FRISCO, Texas - Toronto FC ended a difficult early-season stretch with the kind of game they didn't want.

The Reds were dominated in possession and conceded an astounding 16 corner kicks to Western Conference leader FC Dallas, but still managed to hang in until a devastating goal in the final minutes handed them a frustrating 2-1 loss Saturday night at Toyota Stadium.

Blas Perez's score off a free kick in the 88th minute kept TFC (3-3) from leaving North Texas with an encouraging draw and instead left the players looking for answers.

PITTSBURGH - Matt Calvert's first career playoff goal gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a badly needed boost. His second ended 4,493 days of futility for a franchise that is quickly morphing from laughingstock to something considerably more potent.

Calvert banged his own rebound past Marc-Andre Fleury 1:10 into the second overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets earned their first Stanley Cup playoff win with a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The Montreal Impact's winless streak has grown to seven. And based on its performance Saturday night, the end may not be anywhere near.

Sporting Kansas City handed Montreal a 4-0 defeat on Saturday — the Impact's worst loss to date — in front of 20,306 fans at Sporting Park, the venue's 40th consecutive sellout.

"It's a tough result because we actually played well in the first half," Montreal midfielder Justin Mapp said. "But in a place like this, you have to capitalize on your chances and find a way to win, and we didn't do enough tonight."

VANCOUVER - Kekuta Manneh made his limited minutes count Saturday.

The second-half substitute's goal in the 86th minute gave the Vancouver Whitecaps a 2-2 draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday before a sellout crowd of 21,000 at B.C. Place Stadium.

"It means a lot to me," said Manneh, who came on at the start of the second half. "That's what I'm always looking to do, whether I start come off the bench — make an impact for the team.

"Today, for me to do that, it definitely means a lot."