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Predators force Game 6 beating Chicago 5-2 with 4 in 3rd

Forsberg has 1st hat trick as Predators score 4 in 3rd, beat Blackhawks 5-2 to force Game 6
Teresa M. Walker, The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Nashville Predators picked a perfect time for their first win when facing elimination from the playoffs.

Rookie Filip Forsberg had his first career hat trick and the first in Nashville's post-season history as the Predators forced a sixth game in their first-round Western Conference series by beating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 Thursday night.

Thursday's Scoreboard

Thursday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Thursday's Games

NHL playoffs

Washington 5 N.Y. Islanders 1

(Washington leads series 3-2)

Tampa Bay 3 Detroit 2 (OT)

(series tied 2-2)

Nashville 5 Chicago 2

(Chicago leads series 3-2)

Vancouver 2 Calgary 1

(Calgary leads series 3-2)


NBA playoffs

Cleveland 103 Boston 95

(Cleveland leads series 3-0)

Chicago 113 Milwaukee 106 (2OT)

(Chicago leads series 3-0)

Golden State 123 New Orleans 119 (OT)

(Golden State leads series 3-0)



American League

Benches clear between Royals, White Sox

Benches clear in seventh inning between Royals, White Sox, five players ejected.
The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Benches cleared at the end of the seventh inning of Thursday's game between the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox.

Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura snagged a grounder from Chicago outfielder Adam Eaton and the pair appeared to exchange words before Ventura threw to first to end the inning. After the play, players from both dugouts and bullpens ran onto the field. Several punches were thrown.

Johnson, Lightning rally past Detroit 3-2 in OT, tie series

Johnson scores twice late, including in OT, and Lightning tie series with 3-2 win over Detroit
Noah Trister, The Associated Press

DETROIT - The Tampa Bay Lightning spent all season showing they could score goals in bunches, and with a first-round playoff series seemingly slipping away, Tyler Johnson led their most important flurry yet.

Johnson scored 2:25 into overtime to lift the Lightning to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night that evened their series at 2-2.

Capitals beat Islanders, Halak 5-1 for 3-2 series lead

'We are louder!': Rookie Kuznetsov scores 2, Capitals top Isles 5-1 for 3-2 series lead
Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - With some fist pumps and a punch of the glass, Washington Capitals rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov celebrated the first playoff goal of his long-thought-promising career.

By the time the 22-year-old Russian netted his second, the crowd's raucous chants of "We are louder!" were ringing throughout the arena as a bunch of secondary scoring put Washington on the verge of eliminating the New York Islanders.

Hutchison pitches gem in Blue Jays win

Hutchison pitches gem in Blue Jays 7-6 win over Orioles; Toronto completes sweep
John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Drew Hutchison may have been flirting with a perfect game for five innings, but he didn't notice.

He struck out seven over eight innings as the Toronto Blue Jays routed the Baltimore Orioles 7-6 on Thursday to complete a three-game series sweep.

"I think you're just out there concentrating on one guy at a time," said Hutchison when asked about the possibility of a perfect game after retiring the first 15 batters he faced. "I wasn't really thinking about it."

Gaudreau, Stone, Ekblad named Calder finalists

Flames' Gaudreau, Senators' Stone, Panthers' Ekblad named NHL Calder finalists
The Canadian Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau is thrilled to be named a Calder Trophy finalist. He's got bigger things to think about right now, though.

"It's definitely exciting for me at this time of the year, but it's playoff time as well," Gaudreau said earlier this week in the midst of Calgary's first-round playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks. "I think that's something you've got to be focused on a little bit more."

WNBA's Griner, fiancee Glory Johnson arrested after fight

WNBA players and couple Brittney Griner, Glory Johnson arrested after fight at their home
John Marshall, The Associated Press

GOODYEAR, Ariz. - Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner and her fiancee, fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson, were arrested on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct after an argument in the home they recently purchased together became physical.

The two 24-year-olds were each arrested Wednesday on counts of assault by recklessly causing physical injuries and disorderly conduct for fighting. They were booked into the Maricopa County Jail in downtown Phoenix and later released.

Norm Kelly calls out Drake on Twitter

City councillor Norm Kelly calls out Drake on Twitter over handshake with Pierce
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Drake's handshake with the Toronto Raptors' arch-rival has one city councillor angry.

Norm Kelly called out the rapper and Raptors' global embassador for a photo of Drake shaking hands with a gleeful-looking Paul Pierce after the Washington Wizards' 117-106 victory in Game 2 of the playoffs.

"Yo, @Drake, What the hell is this?" Kelly tweeted.

Pierce has been a lightning rod for the Raptors, causing controversy before the playoffs even tipped off when he said the Raptors don't have the "it" factor.

Jays place Navarro on 15-day DL, recall Thole

Blue Jays place Navarro on 15-day DL with strained left hamstring, call up Thole
John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The Blue Jays have placed catcher Dioner Navarro on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring and recalled catcher Josh Thole from triple-A Buffalo.

The switch-hitting Navarro is batting .276 with four RBIs in eight games. The move is retroactive to April 22.

"It's not even disappointing, it's just part of the business," said Navarro. "The only person that doesn't get hurt is the one that doesn't play. I've been through this before.

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