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The Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Louis Blues opened Saturday's playoff action by tying their respective series at 1-1. Ben Bishop backed a solid offensive effort with 23 saves as Tampa Bay topped Detroit 5-1, and emerging Blues star Vladimir Tarasenko notched a hat trick in a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

Playoff hockey continues Saturday night as the New York Rangers will look to post another home win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, while the Anaheim Ducks look to build off a strong third period in their Game 1 win over the visiting Winnipeg Jets.

The Edmonton Oilers won the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday and will have the No. 1 pick for the fourth time in six years. The Oilers entered the lottery with the third-best chance of winning at 11.5 percent and jumped two spots. Their selection this year will join Edmonton's other recent top overall picks Nail Yakupov (2012), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011) and Taylor Hall (2010). Erie Otters center Connor McDavid is the front-runner to be the top pick. Buffalo finished dead-last in the NHL and had a 20 percent chance of taking the top pick, but will choose second. Arizona had a 13.5 percent chance of taking the top spot and will pick third. Toronto, Carolina, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Columbus, San Jose and Colorado will round out the top 10, while Florida, Dallas, Los Angeles and Boston will pick 11 through 14. The draft will be held at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, from June 26-27.

Predators defenseman Shea Weber will not travel to Chicago for the next two games of his team's Western Conference quarterfinal series due to a lower-body injury. Weber, who had one assist in Friday's 6-2 victory over the Blackhawks, left in the second period after getting hit by Chicago's Brandon Saad behind the net. The Nashville captain tallied 15 goals and 45 points and averaged 26:22 of ice time during the regular season. Forward Mike Fisher missed Game 2 with a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day.

Rookie Scott Darling will start in net for the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal matchup with the Nashville Predators. Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville noted that the decision for a switch in between the pipes was performance-based after starter Corey Crawford allowed six goals on 35 shots in Game 2 on Friday. Darling, who relieved Crawford in the series opener, turned aside all 42 shots fired his way in 67:44 for an eventual double-overtime victory. It was the longest relief appearance in a playoff game without allowing a goal in NHL history.


The NBA playoffs commenced Saturday with four games. Paul Pierce scored 20 points to lift the Washington Wizards to a 93-86 overtime win over the Toronto Raptors in the day's first game, while Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors topped the up-and-coming New Orleans Pelicans 106-99.

In other first-round action, the Chicago Bulls host the young, pesky Milwaukee Bucks and later on, James Harden and the Houston Rockets battle the Dallas Mavericks.


The Kansas City Royals have placed All- Star closer Greg Holland on the 15-day disabled list due to a right pectoral strain. Holland, the anchor of a Kansas City bullpen that carried the Royals to a surprise World Series appearance last season, did pitch in Friday's 6-4 win over Oakland. The standout right- hander needed just 10 pitches to throw a scoreless ninth inning and earn his fourth save in as many chances on the young season. The 29-year-old had gotten his 2015 campaign off to a tremendous beginning, having yielded just one walk over four one-inning relief stints.


Troy Merritt had just one blemish on his scorecard on Saturday as he carded a 2-under 69 to take a 3- shot lead into the final day of the Heritage. Merritt, who entered the day with a 4-stroke lead thanks to a course-record 61 on Friday, finished 54 holes at 14-under-par 199. Merritt is seeking his first career victory on the PGA Tour. Defending champion Matt Kuchar remains within striking distance following his 3-under 68 at Harbour Town Golf Links. He is tied for second with Brendon Todd (63) and Kevin Kisner (67) at 11-under 202.

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