Dallas Stars bringing back Ken Hitchcock as coach: source

The Stars missed the playoffs this year after winning the Central Division last season.The Edmonton native is fourth on the NHL’s all-time wins list with 781, one shy of legendary New York Islanders coach Al Arbour for third. Louis had announced it was Hitchcock’s final season there and that Yeo would take over.Hitchcock replaces Lindy Ruff, who was fired Monday after four seasons in Dallas. Louis Blues. “My schedule is pretty open.”The 65-year-old was fired as Blues coach in February and replaced by Mike Yeo. When you’re demanding with players, they don’t like it at the time, but when you go away or there’s a change and they come back 10 years later and they go, ‘You had it right. Even before that, St. “Congrats Ken Hitchcock on the (Stars) head coach job,” 1999 Cup winner and Stars legend Mike Modano tweeted. Hitchcock can now pass Arbour back with the team that he led to its only title in franchise history.Dallas considered former Florida Panthers coach Gerard Gallant and others for its vacancy but went with the affable Hitchcock, whose recipe for success has worked through several eras of hockey.Good friend and Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz said he believes Hitchcock will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame one day.“He’s a guy that tries to teach the game,” Trotz said. I was all wrong.“’Hitchcock made the playoffs in all five full seasons he coached the Blues, leading them to the Western Conference final last spring. He won the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year in 2011-12 when St. Ken Hitchcock is returning to coach the Dallas Stars, a person with direct knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press.The Stars are expected to announce the hire Thusday, but the person confirmed the move on condition of anonymity Wednesday.Hitchcock won the Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999, coaching there for parts of seven seasons from 1995-96 through 2001-02. He has since coached the Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and St. “He’s a little bit old-school sometimes because he’s demanding and it’s funny. Louis won its first of two division titles during his tenure.

Doug Weight loses interim status, becomes coach of Islanders

“As were they, and that was really exciting to me.”Asked if Weight was his first choice, General Manager Garth Snow said, “Absolutely.”“It was something that personally I was thinking the last month of the season. “It’s a big commitment. I have some time to figure those things out.”The coaching staff remained the same when he was promoted — with assistants Bob Corkum, Greg Cronin, Matt Bertani and goaltending coach Mike Dunham. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done between now and July.”The July 1 date is when the Islanders can begin discussing a new contract with captain John Tavares, who will be entering the final season of a six-year, $33 million deal. “No matter who comes in, it’s going to be people I know that have passion, that work and have a track record of success.”Snow said Weight will prepare for the league’s expansion draft June 18-20 to stock the Vegas Golden Knights, the NHL draft on June 23-24 and the start of free agency on July 1.“We’re very confident in the group that we have,” Snow said. The Islanders won six straight to close the season, but finished one point behind Toronto for the East’s last wild card.“By the time we went to our wrap-up dinner last night, I was feeling really good about it,” Weight said. “It was important to me to meet with all of my bosses face to face, talk about things I believe in.”New York went 24-12-4 under Weight after he replaced the fired Jack Capuano on Jan. “There will be things I want to do differently from little things when they show up to the rink, timing and things, things on the ice and the way we practice, training camp. Weight expects some changes going forward.“Whether or not its two or three guys or one guy, five guys, I’ve got to think about how I was detailing each game and what we need to work on as a team,” Weight said. 1 overall in 2009.Tavares led the team in scoring again with 66 points in 77 games — missing the last five with an injured left hamstring.“He knows how we feel about him and how much respect we have for him and as a player and as a person,” Snow said. “That being said, there’s always changes to a team. Doug Weight said he hadn’t thought about whether he wanted to return as coach of the New York Islanders while the season was winding down, but hoped to make a quick decision.It took him just two days.The Islanders announced Wednesday that Weight, promoted from assistant coach to interim head coach in January, was a permanent hire. “I talked about it a lot with friends and obviously my family, people within the organization,” Weight said on a conference call with the Islanders’ beat writers. The star centre, who will turn 27 in September, has been the face of the franchise since he was drafted No. … They responded to Weight, moving into the second wild-card spot in the closing weeks before a three-game losing streak knocked them out of the position. We’re going to give our best shot in getting him signed.” I was just hoping and I had my fingers crossed,” Snow said. “We can’t say enough good things about with John brings to the organization. Doug has obviously a family and a lot of moving parts going on in his life away from hockey, so I know that the stars had to align for him personally to accept this responsibility.”Weight’s players said they wanted him to return when asked after the season finale Sunday and while cleaning out their lockers Monday at their practice facility.The 46-year-old Weight spent the last three seasons of his 19-year playing career with the Islanders before retiring in 2011 and joining the team as an executive and coach.When Weight took over in January, he said there wasn’t time to make sweeping changes to the team’s system, but expected his approach will be different next season.“With the situation we were in — 40 games left and probably 70-some days — it’s awful tough to change pretty much,” he said. 17 when the Islanders were last in the Eastern Conference at 17-17-8.

Josh Donaldson returns to Jays lineup as DH against Milwaukee

“Nobody wants to do better than him. Fifteen of those runs came in two games.Toronto had 29 runs over the same period last season with a 3-4 record. 3, behind leadoff hitter Devon Travis and Jose Bautista.Darwin Barney replaced Ryan Goins at third base. Kendrys Morales, who DH’d Tuesday, shifted to first base for Wednesday’s game against the Brewers and moved one spot down in the batting lineup to cleanup. “And everybody goes through phases. Right now we have a bunch of guys that are cold. Good intensity and they’re battling. “Hopefully it will be tonight.”Something a simple as a bloop hit or opposition error could help turn the tide, he suggested.“It’s got to happen,” he said.“It’s hard to hit,” he added. Josh Donaldson returned to the Blue Jays lineup Wednesday as designated hitter.The star third baseman was restricted to pinch-hitting duty Tuesday in a 4-3 loss to Milwaukee due to calf tightness.Donaldson was pulled from Sunday’s game in Tampa due to the calf problem.“He should be able to play tonight, I don’t know how good he’ll be able to run,” said manager John Gibbons. In 2015, the 4-3 Jays had scored 39 runs in the first seven games.Troy Tulowitzki and Morales accounted for all five Toronto hits in the home opener Tuesday.“The other guys will get going,” said Gibbons. That’s really all you can ask.”Catcher Russell Martin went 0-for-18 in the first seven games, with seven strikeouts and six walks.“He’s really focused but he’s a human being too,” Gibbons said. Donaldson, who normally bats second, was inserted at No. “We brought him over here to hit so we want to make sure we string some games together to let him get going.”The Jays, who set a franchise record-low for a season start when they slipped to 1-6 Tuesday, came into Wednesday’s game tied for 25th in the majors in run production with 23. But for the most part, they’re all battling up there. Steve Pearce remained in left field.“We want to get him going,” Gibbons said of Pearce. I think his mind’s clear, he’s up there battling.”

Toronto Maple Leafs hope to squeeze tight Capitals in game one

From 2008 to 2016, they finished no worse than second in their division except for 2014 when the Caps missed the playoffs. We’ll get it figured out.” We went one way [Tuesday] and another here [Wednesday]. Until you’ve been the best seed, until you’ve had the whole city expecting, you don’t know what that’s like and how good a defence that is for the underdog. And there is that plus-81 goal differential compared to the Leafs’ plus-9. After all, they cruised to the Presidents’ Trophy and first place overall with a record of 55-19-8 and 118 points, 23 ahead of the upstart Maple Leafs, who squeaked into the final Eastern Conference wild-card playoff spot. Besides, says the resident prodigy, despite all the talk about what a shock the kids are in for when they discover just how intense and close-checking playoff hockey is, what’s the big deal?“What’s there to be afraid of?” Leafs rookie Auston Matthews said. “But that pucker factor is an unbelievable thing. It’s unbelievable.“My first year in Detroit, I never experienced anything like it. Hunwick will play with Morgan Rielly while Polak will join Jake Gardiner on the first two pairs. But they never made it past the second round of the playoffs in any of those years. “He’s playing you guys with that. I couldn’t believe how we couldn’t skate or pass. He was head coach of the Detroit Red Wings in 2006 when they, too, cruised to top spot only to fall flat in the first round of the playoffs.“If you let them get going, then they’re going, they’re loose and driving,” Babcock said. One is the state of their defence, as Nikita Zaitsev cannot play because of a head-rattling body check he took last weekend from Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets.His absence not only shuffles all three defence pairs, it brings a drop in quality. I think we’re way more prepared for that, maybe, than we were last year. Martin Marincin, who has a long way to go to be an NHL regular, to put it mildly, will join the lineup and play with Connor Carrick on the third pairing.Marincin has not played since March 14, his second consecutive appearance since another stretch in the press box that went back to Feb. But Babcock said nothing is written in stone.“[The new pairings] were fine but I haven’t decided what they’re going to be,” he said. 4. Pressure is a wonderful thing for the underdog.”That is why Babcock has been not so subtly pointing to the Capitals’ postseason record. “It’s just hockey. But I think we can understand that.“We expect ourselves to do well, that’s the expectation that we put on ourselves. It’s hockey. He’s been telling his young charges for the past few days that when their first-round series opens Thursday night against the best team in the 2016-17 regular season, the pressure will all be on the Capitals. I don’t think that’s going to change. In the words of their coach, the Toronto Maple Leafs have Pucker Power going for them in their attempt to knock off the Washington Capitals.This is Mike Babcock’s description of the tightening up that occurs when the pressure to perform in the NHL playoffs strikes. The Capitals are expected to dismiss the Leafs in five games of the best-of-seven series, maybe six at the most.Read more: No luck for Canadian teams as Habs, Oilers, Senators all fall on opening night of playoffsBut the Capitals are still known as a great regular-season team that crumbles in the playoffs. We’ve got a pre-game skate [Thursday]. That is a lot of rust to scrape off when you’re stepping into action against the best team in the league. “Just play good.”Based on Wednesday’s practice, Roman Polak and Matt Hunwick, the usual third pair, will split up. And Babcock knows from personal experience what pressure can do to the best teams. There’s a way different feel this year than last year, a way different feel.”The idea is that the teenagers and 20-somethings who make up most of the Leafs roster and have little to no NHL playoff experience can just go fly up and down the ice because, well, what the heck, no one expects them to win. “We thought Zaitsev was going to play and when we found out he wasn’t going to play, we had to move it around here. Barry Trotz was hired as head coach before the 2014-15 season to bring some defensive structure to Washington’s go-go offence but so far the playoff results are the same – two second-round eliminations.Trotz said Wednesday that Babcock was just engaging in the usual gamesmanship though the media.“I listened to Babs’s comments,” Trotz said. Everybody in this locker room loves the game, everybody wants to do their best.“There’s nothing to be afraid of, play the way you play, play to have fun, play for the guys across from you.”The reality is the Leafs will open the first-round series with some question marks. But Babcock wasn’t offering any advance sympathy.“He’s just got to decide whether he wants to play the second game [of the series],” Babcock said after Wednesday’s practice.

Playoff win drought continues as Sharks top Oilers in overtime 3-2

After that, the next three games, if all three are necessary, will be played in San Jose.The Oilers won 10 of their last 12 games in the regular season to overtake San Jose and clinch second place and home-ice advantage in the first round. They were ready to celebrate, and for a while, the fans did. The Oilers had already killed two penalties when Drake Caggiula got flagged for hooking with 14 seconds left in the first period.After that, the momentum turned, the Sharks dominated, and eventually tied the score at 2 when Paul Martin put in a rebound off a shot by Tomas Hertl with 14:38 remaining in the third. Karlsson’s winning goal was a bit of bad luck for Edmonton – he was left open when Benoit Pouliot broke a stick.In the third period, Caggiula had broken a stick on a breakaway that could have given the Oilers a late lead.Connor McDavid, the Oilers’ 20-year-old captain and NHL regular-season scoring leader with 100 points, had an assist on Lucic’s goal. San Jose had only won once in 24 games when trailing after two periods this season; the Oilers had only lost three in 32 times when leading heading into the third. Sensing a blowout, the partisan gathering began taunting Jones, but that was the last time the Oilers were heard from.San Jose cut Edmonton’s lead to 2-1 on a power-play goal by Joel Ward early in the second period. “The Wait Is Over,” it said.In Edmonton, however, the wait for a playoff victory continues. They started chanting “Let’s Go Oilers” more than a half-hour before the game, and ambled along the concourses with their faces painted, wearing orange hard hats, orange wigs, and with Stanley Cups they had fashioned at home taped to their heads.The building erupted when the Oilers took the ice, the cheers became deafening when McDavid was introduced.“MVP, MVP, MVP,” 18,000 fans, a sea of orange, shouted in unison.They gave a standing ovation to Dwayne Rolloson, the goalie that took the Oilers to the Stanley Cup finals in 2006, when he was shown seated in the arena. Rogers Place erupted when Oscar Klefbom, a defenceman who sat out almost two-thirds of last season after contracting a staph infection, whistled a wrist shot past Martin Jones 6 minutes and 44 seconds into the game.The din grew louder when Milan Lucic gobbled up a rebound off a shot by Mark Letestu and blasted it past Jones with 2:53 left in the first period. It was the first postseason game in Edmonton since June 17, 2006, when the Oilers beat Carolina in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals. A raucous sellout crowd rocked Rogers Place, but went home disappointed when the San Jose Sharks beat the Oilers, 3-2, on an overtime goal by Melker Karlsson.Cam Talbot had 41 saves for Edmonton, which wilted under relentless pressure from the veteran-laden Sharks. The Oilers were outshot 44-19. Their last playoff game before Wednesday night was June 19 of the same year, when they lost to the Hurricanes in Raleigh, 3-1.2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs roundup: No luck for Canadian teams as Habs, Oilers, Senators all fall on opening night of playoffsThe second game in the best-of-seven, first-round series is in Edmonton on Friday night. After nearly 11 years, the Stanley Cup playoffs returned to Edmonton on Wednesday night. McDavid had ended the season on a 14-game scoring streak.Lucic, who had scored three straight goals when the Oilers beat San Jose in California last week, also had an assist. The Oilers had won their last nine games at home, and nobody suspected that wouldn’t continue on Wednesday night.One fellow in the crowd stood gripping a sign. They had beaten the Sharks twice in the final week.Over the past decade, as the Oilers sat idle at this time of the year, the Sharks had reached postseason nine times, including losing in the Stanley Cup finals to the Penguins last year. He entered the series having played 101 playoff games – more than any other Edmonton player.Joe Pavelski and Marc-Edouard Vlasic had assists on Karlsson’s goal 3 minutes 22 seconds into overtime. San Jose had participated in more than 100 playoff games since Edmonton had played its last, and for 12 Oilers, it was their first foray into the Stanley Cup.Nevertheless, the home team was sharp early on. Vlasic also assisted on Ward’ second-period goal.It was a sad ending on a thrilling night for Edmonton’s playoff-starved fans.

Raptors hope to Buck postseason trend

Should Toronto get past Milwaukee, it would face the winner of the series between the No. The Raptors star finished with 11 points, well off his season average of 27.9. In February, the Bucks lost power forward Jabari Parker to a season-ending ACL injury. The Raps will be heavily favoured, but a young star such as Antetokounmpo, combined with some hard-nosed defenders, could keep the series interesting.“I’m not going to get blindsided by Milwaukee being a young team,” Casey said. Middleton stretched the floor for the Bucks and propelled them to their best basketball of the year.Milwaukee will pack the paint and force Toronto to get points from the outside. “He’s a great athlete, a freak of nature. 7 seeds.All of the Western Conference matchups are set. Toronto’s Serge Ibaka and Milwaukee’s Greg Monroe got tangled up that night, exchanged heated words and were slapped with double technical fouls.While the Raps went to the conference final last year, the Bucks missed the postseason. But around that same time, they got forward Khris Middleton back from a lengthy layoff with a hamstring injury. The third-year Bucks coach had first faced Toronto as a player for the New Jersey Nets in the 2007 playoffs, then as coach of the Brooklyn Nets in 2014. 3-seeded Toronto and No. Clippers facing Utah. He also shares a link with Raptors coach Dwane Casey – the two men won an NBA championship together in 2011 when Casey was an assistant coach and Kidd was the star point guard for the Dallas Mavericks.Kidd has on his staff assistant coach Eric Hughes, who worked for the Raptors from 2009 to 2013 and knows DeMar DeRozan well. “God forbid he gets consistent on his jump shot. “I’ve seen what they’ve done against good teams in this league.”Two series remain unsettled as the NBA entered the final night of the regular season Wednesday. He reminds me of a young Magic Johnson as far as his length, size, the way he can pass the ball,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said in Cleveland on Wednesday, as Toronto prepared for its final regular-season game against the Cavaliers. 4-seeded Milwaukee also brings a familiar foe back to the Air Canada Centre: Jason Kidd. The fourth-seeded Washington Wizards are locked in to face the fifth-seeded Atlanta Hawks. 1 seed in the East and who each will play in the first round. Final-night results were to settle whether the Cleveland Cavaliers or Boston Celtics will take the No. 2 and No. The Toronto Raptors will open the playoffs against one of the NBA’s most exciting young superstars this weekend when they meet Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.The Raptors are set to take on the 22-year-old “Greek Freak,” a 6-foot-11 forward nicknamed for his rare mix of traits, from his wingspan to his athleticism to his long-legged leaps to the hoop. Antetokounmpo averaged 24.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and seven assists in those four games.The Bucks forward recently nabbed his eighth career triple-double, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar atop the franchise leaderboard.The Eastern Conference matchup between No. It will be Golden State against Portland, San Antonio versus Memphis, Houston taking on Oklahoma City and the L.A. Hughes was also on Kidd’s Brooklyn staff.Kidd was chosen as the Eastern Conference coach of the month after leading Milwaukee to an NBA-best 14 wins in March – one of them a 101-94 win over Toronto. Kyle Lowry was still out, and the Bucks aggressively defended DeRozan. He’s a freak because he’s so different from anyone else in our league.”The Raps beat the Bucks in three of their four meetings this season, and 12 of their past 13. Milwaukee is making its second playoff appearance in the past three years after an up-and-down regular season. Kidd’s team was the victor in both of those series. He enjoys passing and it’s one step from the top of the key to the rim and he’s at the rim laying in a dunk.

Whether with L.A. or another team, Iginla looking to play next season

Yet, he wouldn’t be surprised by a quick rebound from the Kings, who won championships in 2012 and 2014 with largely the same core that has won just one playoff game in three seasons since.“It is a top organization,” Iginla said. “But at the same time, I’ve got to wait and see what the options are. He scored three power-play goals and four game-winning goals during his six weeks in Los Angeles, which faded from the playoff race late and finished 10th in the Western Conference.Iginla said he would definitely consider returning to Los Angeles, but nobody knows what the Kings will be seeking. But from my point of view, that would be an option. But I’ve got to wait and see what options, and where things are at.”Iginla was a definite improvement to the low-scoring Kings’ offence, and his speed even impressed his younger teammates on a sometimes plodding team. I know it’s a tough time there right now, but if anyone can turn it around quickly, they would be one of the organizations with that kind of core that can bounce back and have a great year.”Iginla has 625 goals and 675 assists, giving him an even 1,300 points in 1,554 career NHL games. “They have to take time and do what they do in their analysis and stuff. The chance to reconnect with Darryl Sutter, his former coach in Calgary, and to play in meaningful games again rekindled his passion for hockey.“I would like to [play next season],” Iginla said. Jarome Iginla feels rejuvenated after his late-season trade to the Los Angeles Kings, and the 39-year-old forward would like to play in the NHL again next season.Iginla confirmed his hopes in a conference call Wednesday, three days after the Kings’ season ended.Los Angeles acquired the 20-year veteran on March 1 to aid in its ultimately fruitless playoff push. So it’s not 100 per cent, but I definitely would like to. Before the trade, Iginla occasionally felt worn down by a miserable season with the Colorado Avalanche. Iginla had six goals and three assists in 19 games for the Kings, his fifth NHL franchise. I did enjoy it. “You go there and you see the core that they have with [Drew] Doughty, [Jake] Muzzin, some of the young [defencemen], one of the best goalies in the world [in Jonathan Quick], some of the best centremen in the world with [Jeff] Carter and [Anze] Kopitar. He spent his first 151/2 seasons with the Calgary Flames before suiting up for Pittsburgh, Boston, Colorado and Los Angeles over the past five years.The Associated Press It was great for me.”Iginla might want to join a team closer to Stanley Cup contention as he continues to chase his first NHL title. They fired Sutter and general manager Dean Lombardi on Monday, appointing Hall of Fame defenceman Rob Blake as their new GM.“I don’t know if they’re an option from their point of view,” Iginla said.

Marathon swimmer Ann Meraw conquered the waves

“I ordered her from the water. Her greatest achievements came in the 1950s on Lake Okanagan in the British Columbia Interior, when she set time and endurance records for swimming. Please include I Remember in the subject field. A male swimming instructor from New York previously pulled out of the race, complaining the challenge was “just too tough.”After retiring from competition, Ms. Meraw returned to competition, though she was by then among the oldest competitors.Her career seemed to be at an end in 1955, when she only lasted an hour in an attempt to cross the then-unconquered Strait of Juan de Fuca separating Vancouver Island from Washington State. Meraw remained a tireless advocate of youth participation in sports, particularly swimming, especially by girls and women. She finished in 7 hours, 14 minutes – her only nourishment a single chocolate bar.Her coach, Pat Roach, prepared her for a challenge of the English Channel, an ultimate achievement for marathon swimmers, but the outbreak of war ended that dream. Meraw eclipsed her own world endurance record by being in the water 32 hours, 12 minutes. In the 1970s, she served as a technical director for the popular CBC Television series The Beachcombers, offering advice while also serving as a double for the actress Juliet Randall in swim scenes.Barbara Annabelle Mundigel was born on Feb. Ms. She was exhausted and I didn’t see any reason why she should continue.”She finally succeeded on her third attempt to defeat Lake Okanagan, although she finished behind Pat Wicks, a physical education student from the University of British Columbia. Ann Meraw lived a life aquatic as much as terrestrial, challenging inland lakes and open seas as a marathon swimmer. At the age of 87, she published a memoir titled Marathon Swimmer.She made little money as a pro swimmer, and even commercial endorsements of Bee Hive corn syrup and Canada Dry ginger ale were paid with product in lieu of cash.The swimmer was more dogged than many knew. She was also celebrated as Canada’s first registered female lifeguard.Sixty three people were said to have been rescued thanks to her lifesaving expertise – skills she displayed in an exhibition for the visiting George VI and Queen Elizabeth in Vancouver in 1939. Choppy water and the odour of lard and grease with which marathon racers slathered their bodies often caused her to suffer from seasickness during her long, lonely swims.Ms. Meraw, who died three weeks after her 100th birthday, taught generations of infants to swim as part of an innovative “water babies” program she launched at Vancouver’s Crystal Pool.Mrs. (For comparison, the 62.5-km journey can be completed comfortably today by car in less than an hour.)While her feats were celebrated in her home province, where she was awarded the Order of British Columbia, Mrs. She was inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 1985 for her role in promoting her sport. Meraw died on March 7. “She didn’t quit,” coach Roach insisted at the time. Ms. “But my father had entered me in the races.” She won the high-school division in a race across Burrard Inlet, which separates Vancouver from the North Shore.Organizers originally balked at awarding her a prize because she did not belong to an organized club, so a representative of the Vancouver Amateur Swim Club signed her on the spot.The long-faced teenager, who was quick to flash a crooked smile, would not remain an amateur for long. The arduous crawl lasted 32 hours, 12 minutes. Meraw first emerged as a national swimming star at the age of 17 in 1934, when she entered a Lake Ontario marathon. Some 200 spectators cheered her entry into the water, groaning when news arrived she had been pulled out of the choppy waters after swallowing enough saltwater to make her nauseous.Undeterred, she tried the next year to swim from Penticton to Kelowna, only to be pulled from the water at dawn after 25 hours in the water. With prize money scarce, she briefly worked as a cake decorator for Woman’s Bakery in Vancouver.With men away at war, she cracked the traditionally male bastion of lifeguarding in 1943, beginning a career with the city of Vancouver that would last more than four decades. Meraw was less well known in the rest of the country, though many had unknowingly watched her in action. In 1934, fans and friends of the teenager raised money during the depths of the Depression to send her to Toronto, where she turned professional to compete in a Lake Ontario marathon organized as part of Canadian National Exhibition attractions.She stunned observers in Vancouver in 1938, when she defied predictions by completing a swim from English Bay off Vancouver to Snug Cove on Bowen Island, a treacherous seven-kilometre journey against tides so strong that at one point her suit slipped from her body. Her father was an American-born Catholic, her mother an English-born Anglican. In 1958, she swam 88.5 kilometres from Penticton to Kelowna. Wicks was greeted by 10,000 spectators who lined the shoreline to cheer her finish in 29 hours, 36 minutes. 23, 1917, in Powell River, a mill town on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast, to the former Phoebe Kidd and William Albert Mundigel, a labourer. She leaves a son and two grandchildren. She won three trophies in swimming across Howe Sound and back.Three years later, a family expedition ended with her once again climbing out of the water ahead of other competitors. Mrs. She married a local firefighter and gave birth to a son.When the Lake Ontario contests were revived after the war, Ms. “My dad said, ‘take your swimsuit’, so I thought for sure we were going to a picnic because mother was packing a lunch,” she told the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows (B.C.) Times newspaper. She was also predeceased by a brother, a sister and a grandson.To submit an I Remember: obit@globeandmail.comSend us a memory of someone we have recently profiled on the Obituaries page. “I didn’t want to be torpedoed,” she quipped. She was predeceased by her husband, Joe Meraw, who died in 1982. Family lore described the infant falling off a log into the water, managing to swim the length of the floating timber before being plucked to safety.At the age of 10, she learned she was a distance swimmer of ability during a competition held at Britannia Mines, a seaside copper-mining town reachable only by boat. Among her many projects was the founding of a local sports hall of fame for her neighbourhood in Maple Ridge, B.C.

Montreal Canadiens unable to find scoring touch in Game 1 loss to New York Rangers

But overall we didn’t play badly.”The Habs were disappointed at the outcome, but the high-danger scoring chances were mostly even.As Danault, who also took a costly tripping penalty in the third, said: “There’s no panic, but we do have to step up for the next game.”With Game 2 slated for Friday, Julien and his staff have time to brainstorm alterations to the game plan.Whether that implies altering his lineup is an open question; if he does it will likely be a minor tweak or two.Defencemen Nikita Nesterov and Nathan Beaulieu had a torrid time of it, particularly in the second period as the Rangers poured forward to thwart any incipient Habs’ comeback.It shouldn’t be a surprise if Brandon Davidson drafts in for Nesterov.But if the Habs are to shed the can’t-score label any time soon, they’ll need to do more than tinker with the third defensive pairing. it’s the small details, their defence closed gaps all night and it felt like we were chasing the puck at times. and get back to work,” he said.Knowing Julien, he will come up for a plan to shore up the shortcomings from Game 1. (Lundqvist)’s a great goaltender, but when you’re putting up quality, grade ‘A’ scoring chances you’re going to find a way to score goals. to experience it first hand was real special,” said 34-year-old Steve Ott, acquired by the Montreal Canadiens at the trade deadline. Though he didn’t go into any great detail, he referenced the forecheck and detail work along the boards.Danault said as much after his first NHL playoff game: “We weren’t as strong along the boards as usual, we lost a lot of puck battles, faceoffs are important too, we’ll have to work on it and be ready … Even for a veteran of 55 playoff games, the atmosphere on the opening night of the postseason at the Bell Centre can create a sense of wonder.“I’m a hockey fan too, I’ve been on other teams and watched on YouTube and seen some pretty cool things. For us the mindset is to clean a few things up, keep pounding pucks through traffic,” said Ott, who centred a fourth line between former third overall draft pick Alex Galchenyuk (the Habs’ highest drafted player since 1980) and Norwegian journeyman Andreas Martinsen.That Ott could speak first-hand of golden scoring chances – his line had its share – was part of the Habs’ problem on this night.Montreal managed to score 223 goals in the regular season, solidly in the middle of the NHL pack, but the narrative that this is a team that has chronic offensive woes is a stubborn one.It may just be one game, but the Canadiens are already in a position where they must counter it.In a salary cap world all teams have flaws; the question in Game 2 of the first round, and beyond, for the Habs will be their ability to paper theirs over convincingly.The middle is a particular sore spot, and having Galchenyuk, who started the year as the centre of the top line, on the left side of a low ice-time energy unit probably isn’t helping.It should be noted the 23-year-old American was a force this night, logging four shots (and missing three more) in a modest 13:52 of ice time (nearly 90 seconds of it on the power play).Only captain Max Pacioretty and defenceman Shea Weber, who was immense in his first playoff game in a Habs uniform, tested Lundqvist more.Coach Claude Julien has his reasons for shunting the youngster down his lineup. To see it first hand, to feel the emotion, it’s free energy … Galchenyuk’s luck has dried up over the past month, his defensive shortcoming have been magnified against top opposition, and anyway, Julien contends, the point is to spread out the scoring to take advantage of matchups.The question is how far you can dilute a scarce resource, and at what cost?Considering the contributions of top-three centres Philip Danault, Andrew Shaw and Tomas Plekanec (two shots combined in Game 1, both from Shaw) the Habs’ deficiencies up the middle are worth monitoring.But one game does not a series make, and Julien talked afterward about the occasion calling for “adjustments rather than changes."Julien rightly pointed out the result could have gone Montreal’s way – you can’t legislate against the backhander that fourth-line mucker Tanner Glass fired through several bodies into the top corner on the winning goal – and said, simply, that’s the playoffs.“What you do is keep your composure, face the adversity … Shame about the downbeat ending, but that’s playoff hockey.2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs roundup: No luck for Canadian teams as Habs, Oilers, Senators all fall on opening night of playoffsOtt’s main weapons on the hockey arena are his faceoff canniness and his mouth – he is among the game’s trash-talking savants – but this is not a player who’s lasted this long in pro hockey without the ability to break down a game.And after the Habs’ 2-0 loss to the New York Rangers in the first-round opener, he put things in perspective.Yes, Henrik Lundqvist is still a top goaltender despite this season’s struggles, and if Montreal needed a reminder, they got one on Wednesday.No, there’s no need to drastically alter the approach.“It’s a percentage-based game.

Blue Jay bats waste a gem by Stroman as nightmare start continues

Not so. That will be followed up by three games against the Boston Red Sox. Martin’s woes at the plate this season have been especially bleak, though he did break a 0-for-20 run with a double to right field in the bottom of the seventh.Besides a Kevin Pillar single, Steve Pearce had the only other Blue Jays hit of the night, a swinging bunt that travelled all of six feet from the batter’s box.“Some of our best hitters are missing their pitch,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.The Blue Jays had the heart of the order due up in the ninth. Nothing seems to be going right for the Toronto Blue Jays these days.After coming home with only a single win following a season-opening five-game trip, there was hope that Toronto would be able to right the ship and pick up a pair of victories against the Milwaukee Brewers, who are widely expected to be among the worst teams in baseball this season. They’re playing host to a pair of division rivals starting Thursday, when the Baltimore Orioles come to town for a four-game series. He gave up three hits and a pair of walks with seven strikeouts, further contributing to the Blue Jays’ abysmal numbers against right-handed pitching this season.Toronto hitters, with a collective .191 batting average when facing righties before Wednesday’s game, went down in order through three innings until Jose Bautista broke up Anderson’s no-hit bid with a single to left field with one out in the fourth.A walk and an intentional walk later, the Blue Jays were suddenly threatening with the bases loaded and two out. Morales laced a come-backer toward Brewers closer Neftali Feliz, who knocked the line drive down, turned and threw to second, setting off a game-ending double play after a brisk 2 hours 14 minutes.The Jays don’t have much time to dwell on their woes. Bautista popped out to lead off before Donaldson walked, bringing Kendrys Morales, the tying run, to the plate. The Blue Jays (1-7) were swept by the Brewers (4-5) on Tuesday, dropping the finale of their two-game set 2-0 at Rogers Centre in front of a crowd of 29,919. He allowed two earned runs on seven hits over nine innings and struck out four and walked one to even his record to 1-1.Villar, the Brewers second baseman, picked up a pair of hits off Stroman, including a solo home run in the sixth that gave Milwaukee a one-run cushion after going up 1-0 in the second inning.Chase Anderson registered the win for the Brewers, pitching seven innings. The loss extended Toronto’s losing streak – prolonging the worst start to a season in franchise history – to five games.Josh Donaldson’s return from injury to the starting lineup did not provide the anticipated spark, nor did Marcus Stroman’s performance, which, if not for Jonathan Villar, would’ve been good enough to earn a win most nights.Stroman, who had been the Jays’ only pitcher with a win attached to his name this season, pitched a complete-game loss. But Russell Martin, who Anderson brushed back with a high fastball in his first at-bat of the evening, struck out for the second time, ending the inning and killing the momentum.

Boston Bruins draw first blood in series against Ottawa Senators

“It’s an honour to be playing in the playoffs and it’s something you don’t take for granted, that’s for sure.“But you work hard all year to put yourself in this position and it feels good to be here. The years can be fleeting for a player in the NHL, a fact that Dion Phaneuf understands better than most.Phaneuf, the stoic, lantern-jawed veteran Ottawa Senators’ defenceman, is in his 14th season in the league and it is almost hard to fathom he has yet to achieve success in the playoffs.There were the four successive first-round setbacks that Phaneuf endured as a member of the Calgary Flames back in the 2000s. “This is a new series, a new team. “That’s what is so great about the playoffs and that’s why the compete level is so high – it’s zeros across the board in every statistic, whether it’s your special teams, your five-on-five. This is game one of the Stanley Cup Finals and the urgency level goes up, physicality goes up, doing the little things, wining pucks.“And we just had to get back to our standard that we played to I thought over the past two months.”As he moves along in his career, Phaneuf said he knows he must make the most of these opportunities to play in the postseason because you never know when it all might be over.“As you get older you appreciate it that much more,” Phaneuf said before Wednesday night’s game. Then there was the epic opening-round meltdown of 2013 with the Toronto Maple Leafs back in 2013 when Phaneuf was the captain.2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs roundup: No luck for Canadian teams as Habs, Oilers, Senators all fall on opening night of playoffsToronto was leading 4-1 midway through the third period before the weight of Leafs nation came crashing down upon the hockey team, ultimately losing 5-4 in overtime to the Boston Bruins in the deciding game.It was a devastating loss that Phaneuf, now 32, admits took some time to get over – and he doesn’t really like to dwell on it any more.“It’s a long time ago,” Phaneuf said. It’s a fresh start for everyone.”The locals were excited for the start of the postseason as people were outfitted in Senators garb everywhere while the talk radio airwaves was dominated by wall-to-wall discussion about the Senators’ chances.As the Senators and then the Bruins took turns at pregame skates at Canadian Tire Centre earlier on Wednesday, arena employees went about the thankless job in the stands of draping white rally towels over every one of the approximately 20,000 seats.Inside the Senators dressing room, the club had roped off the team’s logo that adorns the middle of the room to prevent the icon from being sullied by anybody’s feet.It all helped to put the Senators in the right frame of mind as they came out flying, out-hustling and out-skating the slower Bruins at every turn.The Bruins could not even muster a single shot in a second period and it was only the great play of Rask that kept the game close with Ryan’s the only puck to elude him through two periods. I’m on a new team, so I think that’s in the past.”Phaneuf is now a member in good standing along the defence with the Senators who is hopeful his postseason pratfalls are about to draw to an end.Ottawa began what they hope will be a long and enjoyable NHL playoff odyssey here on Wednesday night when they contested the opening game of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final series against these same Bruins.But the Senators will have to do it the hard way.After dominating most of the way, it was the Bruins who rallied in the third period, scoring two goals to take a 2-1 victory and draw first blood.Ottawa took the play to Boston over the first two periods but only the stellar goaltending of Tuukka Rask kept it close.Ottawa’s Bobby Ryan scored a goal midway through the second period after cutting in from the left side and whacking home the puck on Rask’s doorstep and the Senators would carry the 1-0 lead into the final frame.Boston finally started to skate in the third period and it paid off when Frank Vatrano fired one past Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson at the 4:55 mark that knotted the game at 1-1.Then Brad Marchand slapped home the winner with just 2:33 left.Game 2 of the series will be played in Ottawa on Saturday.Boston coach Bruce Cassidy was asked what he said to his team during the second period intermission that made such a difference in the Bruins play in the third.“I mean we were calm in there,” Cassidy said. “But the message was more about, this isn’t just game 83. Now the fun starts.”Phaneuf said the fact that the Senators took all four games off the Bruins during the regular season means little now that the playoffs have arrived.“The regular season’s over,” Phaneuf stressed.

Penguins, with Fleury in net, start Stanley Cup defence with 3-1 win over Blue Jackets

Rust ripped a shot over Bobrovsky’s stick 1:15 into the second to give the Penguins the lead. … Kessel doubled the advantage 150 seconds later, biding his time in the left circle on the power play then threading a wrist shot over Bobrovsky’s glove to make it 2-0.Bonino camped in front of the Columbus net then pounded home a shot on the doorstep 16:25 into the second to push Pittsburgh’s advantage to three goals and the Blue Jackets never recovered.After overwhelming the Penguins at the start, Columbus managed just 16 shots over the final two periods and never really came close to threatening as a matchup between the teams that finished with the second and fourth best records in the NHL looked one-sided.NOTES: Malkin’s two assists moved him past Jaromir Jagr and into third-place on the franchise’s list for playoff assists (83), trailing only Sidney Crosby and Mario Lemieux. The Penguins went 1 for 3 on the power play. Fleury withstood an early push by Columbus, and the Penguins responded by pulling away from the untested Blue Jackets. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots in a surprise start in place of injured Matt Murray and the Pittsburgh Penguins opened their Stanley Cup title defence with a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night.Murray was scheduled to get the nod in the playoff opener but was a late scratch after suffering a lower-body injury during warm-ups. Columbus outshot Pittsburgh 16-3 in first period, peppering Fleury and hogging the puck.Fleury’s steady play helped Pittsburgh survive and it took just 3:45 for the Penguins to reassert their dominance.Rust finished a pretty sequence in which Malkin fed the puck to Kessel, who delicately kicked it to Rust in the slot. Columbus fell to 2-9 all-time in the playoffs and 1-5 on the road. … Nick Bonino and Bryan Rust also scored, and Evgeni Malkin assisted on Rust and Kessel’s goals in his first game back after missing the final three weeks of the regular season because of an upper-body injury.2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs roundup: No luck for Canadian teams as Habs, Oilers, Senators all fall on opening night of playoffsMatt Calvert scored for Columbus in the third period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves.Game 2 is Friday night in Pittsburgh.Fleury spent most of the season gracefully receding into the background while Murray took over as the No. For a long stretch at the start, they weren’t. Enter Fleury, who skated onto the PPG Paints Arena ice to a massive ovation then spent the first period singlehandedly keeping the uncharacteristically flat Penguins in it.The Blue Jackets, making just their third playoff appearance in franchise history, insisted they wouldn’t be overcome by the stakes or the stage. Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh. … … 1 goalie after helping lead the Penguins to a championship last spring.Rather than deal the career wins leader in franchise history at the trade deadline for depth elsewhere, Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford held on to Fleury, confident the club would need Fleury’s services at some point.That point came about 20 minutes before the opening faceoff, when Murray appeared to tweak something while stretching to make a save during his usual pregame routine. Fleury tied Tom Barrasso’s club record for career playoff appearances (101). The Blue Jackets were 0 for 2. Pittsburgh D Ron Hainsey skated 18:42 in his playoff debut after appearing in a record 907 regular season games without making an post-season appearance.

Blues tame Wild 2-1 on Edmundson’s OT winner

Louis at 17:48 of the extra period , Allen made a career-high 51 saves and the Blues stole Game 1 of their first-round playoff series from the Wild with a 2-1 victory Wednesday night. Diving, reaching and sliding for pucks from start to finish, the 26-year-old was oh, so close to his first career post-season shutout. “We need to play better defence and play on the same page.”The Wild outshot the Blues 52-26 and held a 47-33 advantage on faceoffs.“That’s playoff hockey. The puck threaded through the Wild defence like a well-timed pass to Edmundson, who knocked in the second post-season goal of his career.“The Tarasenko guy, you can control him for the whole game, and then he gets the one chance,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau lamented.Zach Parise tied the game with 22.7 seconds left in regulation for the Wild, who’d never had a goalie make that many saves against them in their 16-year history.“We can’t leave him like this to make unreal saves five to seven times a game,” Tarasenko said. This was his ninth time in the playoffs in nine full seasons.NOTES: The Blues scratched centre Paul Stastny (lower body), defenceman Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) and right wing Nail Yakupov (undisclosed), but they all could return at some point in the series. Joel Edmundson slowly skated away from the slot after his overtime winner for St. He artfully cast aside consecutive attempts by Jason Zucker and Charlie Coyle with less than four minutes left before the second intermission, with the Wild forced by the Blues defence to try most of their shots from the outside.“We extended the game, and then you never know what can happen in overtime, but you’ve got to score more than one,” Parise said.The Blues took the lead after an interception by Alexander Steen of Jonas Brodin’s clearing attempt preceding a pass to Vladimir Sobotka in the slot. They fell to 2-10 in Game 1s. This was the 17th overtime for the Wild in 64 post-season games. They’ve won four playoff series. Two years ago this month, Yeo stood only a few feet to his left behind the home team bench while the Wild worked on a six-game ouster of the Central Division champion Blues in the opening round.The Wild entered the post-season for the first time with Boudreau, the regular-season wizard who has only cleared the second round once in his remarkable career. 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs roundup: No luck for Canadian teams as Habs, Oilers, Senators all fall on opening night of playoffs“Trying to play it cool, like I do it every day,” said Edmundson, who has six goals in 153 NHL games, including the playoffs.Blues star Vladimir Tarasenko was quiet most of the night until he spun past Mikko Koivu, drove into a crowd and lost control. The 29-year-old native Czech, who scored in his only regular-season game after rejoining the Blues last week from a three-year run in the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia, wound up a wrist shot that deflected off Christian Folin and past Dubnyk after Folin tripped.The Wild and the Blues, two of the six teams in the league who’ve made the playoffs five straight times, were locked in the same bracket by Saturday night. local time.Booed during the pregame lineup announcements by the overflow sellout crowd of 19,168, Yeo settled in for just his 33rd game as boss of the Blues following the firing of Ken Hitchcock that triggered the early promotion and a 22-8-2 finish. Nino Niederreiter tried to reach through traffic and poke in the loose puck, but Parise tried to do the same and inadvertently knocked it backward just before it reached the goal line.That sequence was a little lucky, but Allen showed plenty of skill. Parise spoiled it with his one-timer off a tic-tac-toe feed from Koivu and Mikael Granlund with Dubnyk pulled for the final minute.“I think we know that we have to be better,” Yeo said. Stastny missed the last 10 games of the regular season, and Bortuzzo and Yakupov each sat out the final five games. Louis, as if the 23-year-old defenceman had done this several times before.Keeping calm and staying steady were the keys to victory for Jake Allen and the Blues in weathering all that pressure from the Minnesota Wild.Edmundson scored for St. That left four days for preparation, rest and rumination including a long, anxious afternoon leading up to the puck drop at 8:45 p.m. “That’s the thing: We can’t just rely on Jake to have a performance like that.”Parise, who grinded through illnesses and an early injury to finish with 19 goals in 69 games for his lowest non-lockout total since he was a rookie with New Jersey 11 years ago, more than made up for a missed opportunity with about 10 minutes remaining.Matt Dumba was stopped by Allen’s pad, then by the near post. … Sometimes it’s a strange game,” said Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, who made 24 saves.Allen, the catalyst for the midseason turnaround by the Blues after Mike Yeo took over as coach, sure didn’t lose his touch.

For Flames to stand a chance, goalie matchup is key

Some of these guys have it – a couple of guys with Cups. Even in college, he said he could see Brian was “a focused young man.“He graduated from the business school in Madison, which is difficult just to get into. The Flames eventually made a goalie switch, but it couldn’t turn the tide of the series once it started going in Anaheim’s direction.2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs roundup: No luck for Canadian teams as Habs, Oilers, Senators all fall on opening night of playoffsNow: Calgary has Elliott, a playoff-tested veteran who appeared in 18 postseason games last season, when he helped the St. He’s excited. Where Hiller moved with languid grace, Elliott is superathletic.For the Flames to have any chance against the Ducks, whom they face in Anaheim in Game 1 on Thursday night, they need to win the matchup in goal against either John Gibson or Jonathan Bernier, whoever happens to be Anaheim’s Game 1 starter.Elliott had his struggles early on, and in November was mostly sitting and watching from the bench as Chad Johnson played. You need a 3.2 grade-point average and then you need to maintain that and he did. college hockey coach, is also close to the player primarily charged with stopping his son, Calgary goaltender Brian Elliott. How you handle playing in front of a tough building, in front of fans that are screaming. Then: Calgary started Jonas Hiller, a former Duck, who seemed overwhelmed by the challenge of playing his old team. 1 line playing alongside Ryan Getzlaf. No one’s going to win 16 straight. Elliott played four years for Eaves at the University of Wisconsin before embarking on a professional career in which he has emerged as the great hope for the Flames in this first-round series.Calgary lost a hopelessly one-sided five-game second-round series to Anaheim two years ago, and the primary difference between then and now is goaltending. We went pretty far last year. He buckles down. 1 team in the Central, the Stars, before losing in the Stanley Cup semi-final.Elliott’s personality is almost the exact opposite of Hiller’s. You see his approach, it’s business-like, and he’ll be ready to go.”Anaheim is a big, physical team that likes to crash the net with players such as Corey Perry, Ryan Kesler and Patrick Eaves, creating traffic for opposing goalies. You really just have to go through it to get better at it. You try to be that calm presence, no matter what’s going on, and just try to stay the same way the whole time.“You learn a lot from those seven-game series against the big dogs. But Eaves, a U.S. Elliott said the key to success was “keeping your composure. Louis Blues knock off the perennial contenders, the Chicago Blackhawks, and the No. He sets goals and does what he needs to do to achieve those goals.“He has a natural athleticism that helps him get the job done, but he enhances that with his work ethic. Eaves’s son, Patrick, was traded from the Dallas Stars to the Ducks at the NHL trade deadline, where he has made a splashy debut on the No. 1 and was sensational down the stretch.“He’s a lot like our team – he was trying to find his footing early on,” explained Flames general manager Brad Treliving, who pondered all sorts of off-season goaltending options last summer before settling on Elliott. That combination helped him take a big step.” I guess what I’m getting at is his work ethic is strong. It’s those experiences that help you – and the little mental exercises you go through to get ready. I wish we’d gone further, but that’s what this year’s for.”Last season, among goalies with 40 or more appearances, Elliott led the NHL in save percentage (.930) and tied Gibson for second in goals-against average (2.07), just behind the leader, Ben Bishop, then playing in Tampa (2.06).Calgary, by contrast, was 30th and last in team defence last season, which precipitated the changes in goal.According to Elliott, there has been “tremendous growth” in the Flames over the course of the regular season.But he also warned: “It is a whole different ball game when you come into the playoffs. He gets to work. There are two X factors in the Calgary Flames-Anaheim Ducks playoff series, and as it happens, Mike Eaves has a close connection to both. Where Hiller was easy going, Elliott is ultracompetitive. But in the second half, he took over as the team’s clear No. There are going to be times when you’ll have to come back in a game or rally from a bad outing and play the next game.”As for Mike Eaves, he is not surprised at the successful NHL career of Elliott, who started out as a comparative long shot, the 293rd player chosen in the 2003 NHL entry draft by the Ottawa Senators. They’ve been through the wringer and won 16 games in the playoffs.“For the younger guys, it’s trial by fire here. You learn by experience. You have to go through ups and downs. “We’re going to lean on him, as all teams do at this time of year on that position. He’s been here before.