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  • Montreal Canadiens left wing Rene Bourque (17) battles Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Andrej Sustr (62), of the Czech Republic, for the puck during the third period of Game 2 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series on Friday, April 18, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

    Canadiens top Lightning again for 2-0 series leadApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Rene Bourque had two goals and David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher also scored Friday night, helping the Montreal Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Carey Price stopped 26 shots for Montreal, redeeming himself following a less than stellar performance during a 5-4 overtime win in Game 1.

  • Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, center, and assistant coach Jamie Kompon, left, watch the action in the final seconds of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators won 7-5. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Quenneville’s gesture earns him a $25,000 fineApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    It was a moment Joel Quenneville wishes could take back. It was also a moment which social media simply took and ran with.

  • Chicago Blackhawks' Kris Versteeg (23) scores past St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller and Blues' Alex Pietrangelo (27) during the first period in Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series Thursday, April 17, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Versteeg beat Miller, but it wasn’t enoughApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kris Versteeg thought he had it. Virtually everyone else in the Scottrade Center thought so, too. But even though Versteeg’s shot in the final minutes of overtime beat Blues goalie Ryan Miller, it didn’t turn out to be the game-winner because St. Louis forward Maxim Lapierre was playing the role of goalie No. 2 and blocked it from going in.

  • Girls soccer: Friday’s resultsApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM

  • Softball: Friday’s resultsApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM

  • Girls track: Friday’s resultsApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM

  • Baseball: Friday’s resultsApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM

  • Detroit Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk lets go a shot as Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) defends during the third period of Detroit’s 1-0 win in Game 1 of a first-round NHL playoff hockey series, in Boston on Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Datsyuk’s late goal lifts Detroit over Boston 1-0Apr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Boston Bruins worked all season to get home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. It vanished with a flick of Pavel Datsyuk’s wrist. Just like that, on Datsyuk’s goal with 3:01 left, the Detroit Red Wings got the upper hand with a 1-0 win in the opener of the best-of-seven playoff series Friday night.

  • Texas Rangers’ Alex Rios (51) slides into home ahead of the tag from Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers (21) during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, April 18, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 12-0. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Brad Loper) MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES, MAGS OUT, TV OUT, INTERNET USE BY AP MEMBERS ONLY

    Paulino, Sox rocked by Rangers 12-0Apr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Felipe Paulino gave up six hits and a walk, hit a batter and threw two wild pitches in the first seven-run inning in the majors this season. There was barely any sign of help for the White Sox right-hander during his third-inning ordeal. Paulino allowed 13 hits and 10 runs in 3 2-3 innings, Martin Perez threw a three-hitter for his first career shutout and the Texas Rangers routed the White Sox 12-0 on Friday night.

  • Waubonsie Valley turns up the pressure, gets winApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    It was just a matter of time until Waubonsie Valley broke the ice in Friday night’s nonconference girls soccer game at Naperville North.

  • After nine seasons as Hersey’s defensive coordinator, Joe Pardun is embracing the challenge of leading the program as head coach.

    Pardun eager to complete coaching transition at HerseyApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    New Hersey football coach Joe Pardun knows all about transitioning. When he was a high school football player at Fremd in the mid 1990’s, Pardun was a member of a Viking football team that went from Joe Samojedny to Mike Donatucci. Then at Hersey, where he was the defensive coordinator for nine years, he worked under Mike Mullaney, then Mark Gunther and most recently Dragan Teonic. Last Monday night, it was Pardun’s turn to transition after being named head coach of the Huskies.

  • Naperville Central surges to winApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    It was understandable that Naperville Central might be a little winded at halftime of its water polo match with Lincoln-Way Central on Friday night, but it was no time to lose track of the basics.

  • St. Charles North rallies past BartlettApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Baseball is a game where if you can sometimes forget about what happened the day before the better off you will be. After committing 4 errors in a disappointing 3-2 loss to South Elgin on Thursday, St. Charles North (9-2, 4-1) bounced back with improved defense and capitalized on a crucial sixth-inning throwing error during Friday’s 3-2 Upstate Eight Conference crossover triumph over Bartlett (4-5, 3-2) Friday in St. Charles.

  • Batavia’s Andrew Siegler, left, congratulates teammate Kyle Niemiec as he returns to the dugout after his home run in the fourth inning on Friday.

    Good Friday for Batavia’s GreenApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    It was certainly a nice Friday for Colby Green. Ryan Weiss deserved a better Friday. But Green was the one who received all the attention after firing his first career no-hitter as Batavia scored all of its runs with two outs in a 6-0 Upstate Eight Conference crossover baseball game on Friday afternoon.

  • Samardzija keeps working, pitching, goingApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Jeff Samardzija has been flat-out the ace of the Cubs pitching staff this year. Despite a 1.29 ERA, all he has to show for it is a record of 0-2. Still, he does not seem to be letting the lack of support get to him.

  • Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles, right, had arthroscopic surgery last month on her hip and won’t be able to open the WNBA when the Sky plays its first game on May 16 against Indiana.

    Sky coach optimistic surgery won’t stop FowlesApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Chicago Sky opens the season against the Indiana Fever on May 16 and will be without star center Sylvia Fowles, who is out indefinitely with a hip injury.

  • St. Louis Blues right wing Adam Cracknell, right, reacts after scoring against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey opening-round playoff series, Thursday, April 17, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee) EDWARDSVILLE OUT ALTON OUT

    Hawks know there’s no reason to panicApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    The more you listen to the players and coaches following St. Louis’ thrilling 4-3 victory over the Blackhawks in three overtimes in Game 1, this much is clear: The Blues gained confidence. And the Hawks haven’t lost theirs.

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