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San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi celebrates with teammates after defeating the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, April 22, 2014. (KIRBY LEE/USA Today)

Sharks push Kings to brink

Winger Patrick Marleau scored at 6:20 of overtime and goaltender Antti Niemi made 28 saves as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 on Tuesday.

Brett Lawrie hits a three run homer in the eighth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 9-3 in an American League East game in Toronto on April 22, 2014. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency)

Jays' bats blow game wide open

It’s too early in the baseball season to get all geeked up about any series, but this IS the American League East and, well, let’s just say get used to it.

Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly (90) passes around Minnesota Wild defenceman Jonas Brodin (25) during the second period in game three of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

Lady Byng nominees announced

Not only did Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly set a career high for points in 2013-14, he also came close to hanging a goose egg under the PIM category in the NHL stats.

Wild forward Matt Cooke (left) collides with Avalanche defenceman Nick Holden during Game 3 on Monday. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports)

No defending Wild's Cooke

Matt Cooke spoke about changing his ways and restoring his reputation, and even went three seasons without intentionally injuring anybody — although you’ll still get an argument from Ottawa on that.

Chicago Bulls guard D.J. Augustin dribbles the ball against Washington Wizards guard John Wall during Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at the United Center in Chicago, April 22, 2014. (MIKE DiNOVO/USA Today)

Wizards wind up 2-0

Even after Washington’s two road wins in the first-round playoff series, guard John Wall continues to insist the Wizards are the underdogs against the Chicago Bulls.