In a nutshell: as of 12:05 PM PT by Hartley Miller

NHL:

–30-year-old journeyman goalie Michael Hutchinson made 27 saves to help the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars. The two teams meet again in the NHL’s first Game 7 of the Bubble Hockey Era, Friday in Edmonton. Hutchinson is 2-0 as a starter in the playoffs, with both wins this week. Nathan MacKinnon notched a goal and an assist to become the first player to record 25 points in a postseason in 14 games played or fewer since Wayne Gretzky of the LA Kings in 1993.

–The Vancouver Canucks play Game 6 against the Vegas Golden Knights tonight at 6:45 (PT) in Edmonton. The Golden Knights lead the series 3-2. If the Canucks win, a 7th and deciding game is scheduled for Friday.

–The New York Islanders can advance to the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning with a win this evening against the Philadelphia Flyers (4:00). The Islanders lead the series 3-2.

NBA:

–Hall of Fame guard Steve Nash of Victoria has signed a four-year contract to become head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. The 46-year-old Nash spent 18 seasons in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers.

–The defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors are back on the court today (3:30 PM PT). The Raptors are down 2-0 to the Boston Celtics in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference semifinal. The Celtics are 6-0 in the playoffs.

–The Miami Heat lead the top-ranked Milwaukee Bucks 2-0 after a dramatic 116-114 victory in Game 2. The Heat and Bucks resume their battle Friday (3:30 PM).

–In the NBA West, The Houston Rockets held on for a 104-102 triumph over the Oklahoma City Thunder to capture that first-round series in seven games. The Rockets advance to play the LA Lakers starting Friday night at 6:00.

–The LA Clippers and Denver Nuggets open their Western Conference semifinal tonight (6:00 PT).


MLB:

–The Toronto Blue Jays are 10-7 in one-run games and 19-16 overall after a 2-1 victory over the Miami Marlins. The Jays visit the (12-25) Boston Red Sox tonight (4:35 PT).

–Hall of Fame pitcher and New York Mets legend Tom Seaver has passed away. He was 75. Seaver died from complications of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19.

 

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