Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) — Jack Johnson tied the game with 6:01 left in regulation and Matt Calvert scored off his own rebound 1:10 into the second overtime to propel the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3, evening the best-of-seven first round playoff series at a game a piece.

It was the the Blue Jackets first playoff win in franchise history.

“You always dream about being the hero in overtime,” Calvert said. “We battled for it and it didn’t come easy. We were down a couple goals at different times. The penalty kill was great when it had to be and it’s just a great feeling right now.”

The Penguins started the game strong, with center Brian Gibbons scoring two goals in the first five minutes of the game. but Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen answered, scoring 43 seconds after Gibbons second goal. Matt Niskanen took the momentum back by scoring his second goal of the series with 2:08 to play in the first, giving the Penguins a 3-1 lead.

Things continud to go the Penguins way after they received their second power play of the second period, but Calvert was able to gain control of the puck, take it down three quarters of the ice and wrist it past Marc-Andre Fleury’s glove side to make the deficit one.

“It gave hope to our guys,” Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards said. “It was 3-1 at the time and we scored to make it 3-2. You could feel it on the bench. After that I felt we played a very strong game.”

Johnson tied the game late in the third period when he scored his first career playoff goal off a fantastic pass from Johansen.

Game 3 is Monday in Columbus.

“We have to be better,” Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby said. “That’s really, I think, the bottom line. Right on through, whether it’s special teams or 5-on-5 we have to be better.”

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Andy Lyons/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — Jeff Teague scored 28 and Paul Millsap added 25 and eight rebounds to lead the eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks past the top-seeded Indiana Pacers 101-93 Saturday, in Game 1 of their best-of-seven first round playoff series.

“All year, we’ve encouraged Jeff to be aggressive,” Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer said. “When he’s aggressive, it just creates opportunities for himself and opportunities for his teammates.”

The game was tied 50-50 at halftime, but he Hawks started the second half on an 8-0 run and outscored the Pacers 30-16 in the third quarter to take control.

Atlanta attempted a franchise playoff record 30 3-pointers converting 11, although no player made more than two from long-distance.

Paul George had 24 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks in the loss.

“It’s frustrating. It’s frustrating, but it’s a long series,” George said.

Which begins again Tuesday night in Indianapolis. Game 2 tip-off is scheduled for 7PM ET.

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Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) — For the second straight game the St. Louis Blues snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

Blues winger Vladimir Taresenko’s power play goal with 6.4 seconds left in regulation tied the game, and Barret Jackman scored the game-winner in overtime as the Blues top the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 Saturday, in Game 2 of their first round playoff series.

St. Louis now leads the series 2-0.

Late in the third period, Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook hammered St. Louis center David Backes in the head with his right elbow. The incident left Backes knocked out on the ice and sent Seabrook to the dressing room with a game misconduct. Seabrook also received a five minute major for the hit. Backes eventually was helped off the ice and into the dressing room, from which he did not return.

While the hit looked bad, Seabrook says it wasn’t intentional.

“I feel bad seeing a guy like that on the ice,” Seabrook said. “I’ve been there myself. I wasn’t trying to target his head or do anything like that.”

Either way the incident gave the Blues a 6-on-4 late in the third when Taresenko found the back of the Blackhawks’ net.

In overtime, Jackman slapped a puck through traffic that eventually trickled past Corey Crawford for the win.

“We were taking some big hits and kept our composure,” Jackman said. “And in the end, one squeaks in.”

This is the second-straight game the Blues won late. In Game 1, St. Louis scored the tying goal with less than two minutes to go in regulation before winning in triple overtime.

The series now shifts to Chicago Monday night. The puck is scheduled to drop at 8:30PM ET.

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Gary Bogdon/MLB Photos via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was benched in the team’s 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday for not running out a groundball.

The incident occurred in the sixth inning when Harper tapped a groundball to the pitcher and didn’t make an effort to run to first base. Harper was then replaced by Kevin Frandsen.

“Lack of hustle. That’s why he came out of the game,” Nationals skipper Matt Williams said of Harper. “He and I made an agreement, this team made an agreement, that when we play the game, that we hustle at all times.”

Despite being benched, the 21-year-old Harper was understanding of his managers decision.

“I respect what he did,” Harper said. “That’s part of the game.”

Harper has recently returned from a quad injury. The two-time All Star has played in 16 games this season compiling a .295 average, one home run, five RBIs and a .348 on-base percentage.

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FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Klay Thompson and Blake Griffin combined to score 42 points as the Golden State Warriors stunned the Los Angeles Clippers 109-105 in their playoff series opener.

Stephen Curry added 14 points for Golden State, who rallied from a double-digit deficit in the second half.

Chris Paul led the Clippers with 28 points and eight assists in the loss. Blake Griffin finished with 16 points, but he fouled out with 48 seconds remaining and the game tied at 105.

Darren Collison made 1 of 2 free throws late in the fourth quarter, giving the Clippers their first lead since early in the third at 103-102. Warriors forward Harrison Barnes drilled a three-pointer to give his team the lead for good.

The teams split their four games in the regular season, so the rest of the series should be quiite interesting. Game 2 will be played on Monday night.

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Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs: First Round – Brooklyn Nets 94 – Toronto Raptors 87 (Brooklyn leads series, 1-0)

Golden State Warriors 109 – Los Angeles Clippers 105 (Golden State leads series, 1-0)

NHL Playoffs: First Round – St. Louis Blues 4 – Chicago Blackhawks 3 OT (St. Louis leads series, 2-0)

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals 4 (11-7) – Washington Nationals 3 (10-8)

Boston Red Sox 4 (8-10) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (8-8)

Kansas City Royals 5 (9-7) – Minnesota Twins 4 (8-9)

Detroit Tigers 5 (8-6) – Los Angeles Angels 2 (8-9)

Toronto Blue Jays 5 (10-8) – Cleveland Indians 0 (7-10)

Chicago Cubs 8 (5-11) – Cincinnati Reds 4 (7-10)

Oakland Athletics 4 (12-5) – Houston Astros 3 (5-13)

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Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — After an unexpected position change, the Oakland Athletics have been so impressed with what they’ve seen from reliever Sean Doolittle, they’ve rewarded him with a five-year contract extension.

Dootlittle was originally a top first base prospect, but was converted to a reliever and the move has paid off for both sides.

“It means everything that the organization thinks of you like that, that they want to keep you around and they think you can be part of the team for years to come,” said Doolittle. “If you factor in the road I took to get here and everything I went through to be able to put on this uniform, it’s really special to know I’ll be part of this organization for a while.”

The 27-year-old Doolittle made the position switch in 2011, and he’s part of the big league club since 2012. Many members of the Athletics’ front office feel that Doolittle has the talent to one day for a closer for the club.

In 122 relief appearances with the A’s, Doolittle has gone 7-6 with a 3.10 ERA.

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Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Less than 24 hours before his team tips off against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the opening round of the playoffs, the NBA has suspended Memphis Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes for violating the league’s drug policy.

Calathes was suspended for using the drug Tamoxifen, which is one of the 140 substances banned by the NBA’s performance enhancing drug policy. Tamoxifen can be used as a masking agent for other substances.

Even if the NBA Players Association files a grievance on Calathes’ behalf, he will still be forced to sit out until a ruling is made.

“Our tests identified tamoxifen in a supplement Nick [used] for a legitimate medical condition and our tests confirmed that Nick did not have testosterone or any other PED in his body,” said David Cornwell, who is representing Calathes.

Cornwell will speak to the players union on Monday in attempt to expedite the grievance hearing so Calathes can join his team for the playoffs.

In 71 games this season for the Grizzlies, Calathes was averaging 4.9 points and 2.9 assists per game.

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Len Redkoles/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Facing a 0-1 deficit in their opening round playoff series against the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers will again be without goalie Steve Mason for Game 2.

Even though he skated with the team for the second-straight day, Mason declared himself unable to suit up for Sunday’s game.

Mason suffered an upper-body injury during the team’s win over the Pittsburgh Penguins last Saturday. The team will not confirm, but Mason may have suffered a concussion.

“I’m going to make [Game 3] my goal and get as much rest in as possible to make sure that when I get back I’m 100% and ready to help the team rather than to be a liability out there,” Mason said.

Backup goalie Ray Emery will get the start for the Flyers again against the Rangers for Game 2. In Game 1, Emery allowed four goals, including three in the third period.

In his first full season with the Flyers, the 25-year-old Mason went 33-18-7 with a 2.50 GAA.

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Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With the NBA Draft a couple months away, many of the top prospects this year finished just one year of college. New NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has stated again that he wants to raise the age limit for incoming prospects.

In an ideal world for Sliver, the limit would be raised from 19 to 20 in order to declare for the NBA Draft. Silver now says he has the backing of the owners in order to make this a reality.

“If we’re going to be successful in raising the age limit from 19 to 20, part and parcel in those negotiations goes to the treatment of those players on college campuses and closing the gap between what their scholarships cover and their expenses,” Silver said. “We haven’t looked at specifically creating a financial incentive for them to stay in college. That’s been an option that has been raised over hte years, but that’s not something that is on the table right now.”

Silver took over for David Stern on Feb. 1 after serving as the NBA’s Commissioner for 30 years.

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