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May 26, 2014
May 26, 2014

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May 26, 2014

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JONATHAN TOEWS
  • WITH TWO STANLEY CUPS AND TWO OLYMPIC GOLDS IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS, THE BLACKHAWKS' JONATHAN TOEWS ALREADY HAS THE TITLE OF NHL'S BEST CAPTAIN LOCKED UP. NOW IT'S TIME TO START THINKING OF HIM AS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD

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PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY BRUCE BENNETT GETTY IMAGESGive Me Five Rangers left wing Mats Zuccarello (36) slipped a first-period wrist shot through the five hole of Canadiens goaltender Carey Price for a 2--0 lead in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Price let in two more shots before leaving with an injury to his right knee that is expected to sideline him for the rest of the series. His backup, Peter Budaj, then surrendered three goals in the 7--2 loss at the Bell Centre in Montreal.PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY ANDY LYONS GETTY IMAGESLow Overhead Miami forward Udonis Haslem (40) lost the ball—and his team lost much more—as guard Lance Stephenson (1), forward David West (21) and the Pacers put the heat on the defending NBA champions, taking the first game of the Eastern Conference finals 107--96 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY MITCH STRINGER USA TODAY SPORTSI Got the Horse Right Here Every punter longs for an inside tip, but the dream for this spectator at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore may be on hold. Last Saturday, California Chrome did most of the talking, winning the 139th Preakness Stakes by 1½ lengths over Ride On Curlin. Chrome heads to the Belmont on June 7 with a chance to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 (page 52).