Tuesday, March 31, 2015

{allcanada} Joni Mitchell Rushed to Hospital After Falling Ill at Los Angeles Home: Report
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Joni Mitchell

Here's hoping that Joni Mitchell is back in the pink soon!

The 71-year-old Blue artist was reportedly rushed to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon and remains in intensive care.

Per TMZ, which was first to report Mitchell's medical crisis, a call was made from the singer-songwriter's Los Angeles home at around 2:30 p.m. to report an unconscious female, but that the patient was alert on the ambulance ride to the hospital.

There has been no comment yet from Mitchell's rep.

Mitchell, who was born in Canada but become one of the most iconic personalities to come out of the 1960s-era L.A. music scene, is an eight-time Grammy winnner, including the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, and she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Her most recent studio album was 2007's Shine, but a number of compilations have been released since, including last year's four-disc Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced.

Joni Mitchell

The "Big Yellow Taxi" singer attended Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammys party back in February and she was honored last October at the UCLA Hammer Museum's 12th annual Gala in the Garden, which featured a performance by Sia.

"I think of myself as a painter first and a musician second," Mitchell said for the umpteenth time at the museum soiree.

Asked in 2010 about the common refrain that she's not covered more often because her songs are difficult to sing, Mitchell told the Los Angeles Times, "I'm a method actress in my songs, which is why it's hard to sing them. What I do is unusual: chordal movements that have never been used before, changing keys and modalities mid-song. But John [Kelly, creator of the tribute show Paved Paradise: The Art of Joni Mitchell] gets the spirit: You have to go to the brink of sadness but never fall into melodrama, then send in the clowns for a moment."

In the same interview, she explained her issue with her songs being considered "confessional."

"It's an ugly term—it's 'confessional' if you don't get it; if you do get it, you see yourself in the songs," Mitchell said. "I usually use 'I' as the narrator in my songs, but not all the 'I's' are me; they're characters. It's theater."

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{allcanada} QMJHL: Screaming Eagles take 2-1 series lead over Remparts
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SYDNEY, N.S. - No comeback was happening on Tuesday night.

After trailing by four entering the third period, the Quebec Remparts rallied for five in the period but it wasn't enough as the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles hung on for a 6-5 win in Game 3 of their Quebec Major Junior Hockey League first-round playoff series.

The win gives the Screaming Eagles a 2-1 series lead over the Memorial Cup host.

Loik Leveille scored twice and added an assist for Cape Breton, while Marcus Hinds had a goal and three assists. Bradley Lalonde had the winner with Clark Bishop and Pierre-Luc Dubois rounding out the attack.

Guillaume Gauthier, Ryan Graves, Adam Erne, Raphael Maheux and Jerome Verrier supplied the offence for the Remparts.

Miguel Sullivan got the win after stopping all five shots he faced in 8:02. Sullivan replaced Alexandre Belanger, who turned aside 26-of-31 shots in 51:58. Callum Booth started for Quebec but was pulled after allowing four goals on 10 shots in 23:35. Zachary Fucale took the loss after making 17 saves.

The Screaming Eagles went 2 for 7 with the man advantage while the Remparts scored twice on six chances.

The series resumes on Thursday with Game 4 in Sydney.



SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Jeremy Gregoire and Vaclav Karabacek each had a goal and two assists as Baie-Comeau took a 3-0 series lead by edging the Sea Dogs in first-round playoff action.

Mathieu Desautels, Nicolas Meloche, Simon Desbiens, and Maxime Sy-Cyr also found the back of the net for the Drakkar. Philippe Cadorette made 36 saves for the win.

Mark Tremaine had a goal and three assists to lead Saint John. Samuel Dove-McFalls, Spencer Smallman, Mathieu Joseph and Adam Bateman also chipped in. Sebastien Auger stopped 34 shots in defeat.

The Sea Dogs will look to avoid elimination on Thursday when they host Game 4.



HALIFAX — Dennis Yan scored his second goal of the game at 10:48 of overtime and Marvin Cupper made 41 saves as Shawinigan edged the Mooseheads to go up 2-1 in its first-round matchup.

Nicholas Welsh also scored for the Cataractes while Christophe Lalonde tacked on three assists.

Timo Meier and Danny Moynihan each had a goal and an assist for Halifax, which got a 35-save performance from Eric Brassard.

Game 4 goes Wednesday in Halifax.



VICTORIAVILLE, Que. — Michael Joly had two goals and an assist and Alexis Loiseau scored once and set up three more as Rimouski hammered the Tigres for a 3-0 first-round series lead.

Jan Kostalek, Anthony Chapados, Deven St-Hilaire, Anthony DeLuca and Christopher Clapperton also scored for the Oceanic as Louis-Philip Guindon made 19 saves for the win.

Nikita Li put the Tigres on the board. Chase Marchand allowed five goals on 26 shots before giving way to Olivier Tremblay, who stopped 9-of-12 shots in 24:29 of relief.

Victoriaville hosts Game 4 Wednesday.



ROUYN-NORANDA, Que. — Julien Gauthier had a hat trick and Etienne Monpetit made 27 saves as Val-d'Or downed the Huskies for a 2-1 first-round series lead.

Pierre-Maxime Poudrier, William Gignac and Simon Tremblay also scored for the Foreurs.

Mathieu Lemay and Ryan Penny each had a goal and an assist for Rouyn-Noranda, which got a 27-save performance from Samuel Harvey.

Game 4 is Wednesday in Rouyn-Noranda.



GATINEAU, Que. — Francois Brassard made 20 saves and the Olympiques scored three times in the third period to come from behind and take Game 3 from Blainville-Boisbriand.

Jake Coughler, Louick Marcotte and Valentin Zykov scored in the third for Gatineau, which leads the first-round series 2-1, and Yakov Trenin found the back of the net in the first.

Philippe Sanche and Miguel Picard gave the Armada a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of play. Samuel Montembault kicked out 16-of-20 shots in a losing cause.

Gatineau hosts Game 4 Wednesday.

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{allcanada} OHL: Knights put Rangers on brink
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KITCHENER, Ont. - Mitchell Marner scored twice and set up four others as the London Knights took a commanding lead in their first-round matchup with a 10-6 win over the Kitchener Rangers Tuesday night in Ontario Hockey League playoff action.

Marner, who is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft in the summer, now has seven goals and 12 points in three games— which leads all players in playoff scoring.

Matt Rupert and Christian Dvorak each had a pair of goals for the Knights, who lead the best-of-seven series 3-0, while Victor Mete chipped in with five assists.

Owen MacDonald, Jack Hidi and Julius Bergman added a goal and an assist apiece for London as Max Domi tacked on a single goal to round out the offence.

David Miller led the Rangers with two goals and two helpers while Liam Maaskant had two goals and an assist. Nick Maygar and Darby Llewellyn added the others.

Tyler Parsons made 35 saves for the Knights. Kitchener's Jake Paterson turned aside 24-of-33 shots in a losing cause.

London went 2 for 4 on the power play while the Ranger scored once on five chances with the man advantage.

Kitchener will look to avoid elimination when it hosts Game 4 on Thursday.



KINGSTON, Ont. — Jake Smith made 46 saves and Brenden Miller set up each of his club's goals as North Bay went up 3-0 in its first-round matchup with the Frontenacs.

Alex Henriksson, Nick Paul and Mathew Santos supplied the offence for the Battalion.

Lawson Crouse struck for Kingston as Lucas Perissini stopped 31-of-33 shots in defeat.

Kingston hosts Game 4 Thursday.



OWEN SOUND, Ont. — Justin Nichols made 34 saves and Robby Fabbri scored the eventual winner in the second period as Guelph edged the Attack to take Game 3 of its first-round series.

Tyler Bertuzzi had a goal and an assist for the Storm, who lead the series 2-1, and Fabbri added an assist on Bertuzzi's goal.

Zach Nastasiuk struck for Owen Sound, which got a 22-save outing from Jack Flinn.

The Attack host Game 4 on Wednesday.



PETERBOROUGH, Ont. — Matthew Mancina stopped 46 shots— including all 30 his way over the final two periods— as the Petes took Game 3 of their first-round series against Oshawa.

Kyle Jenkins, Greg Betzold and Michael Clarke found the back of the net for Peterborough, which trails the series 2-1.

Cole Cassells scored for the Generals. Ken Appleby turned away 21-of-23 shots in defeat.

The Petes welcome Oshawa for Game 4 on Thursday.



SARNIA, Ont. — Dylan Strome scored at 10:35 of overtime as Erie edged the Sting in Game 4 to put Sarnia on the brink of elimination.

Taylor Raddysh, Kyle Maksimovich and Travis Dermott also scored for the Otters, who lead the first-round matchup 3-1. Daniel Dekoning made 17 saves for the win. Dekoning replaced starter Devin Williams, who allowed three goals on six shots in 12:58 of action.

Jordan Kyrou, Kevin Spinozzi and Hayden Hodgson gave the Sting a 3-0 lead. Taylor Dupuis turned away 41-of-45 shots in a losing effort.

Erie can clinch the series when it hosts Game 5 on Friday.



SAGINAW, Mich. — Brandon Halverson stopped all 24 shots his way as Sault Ste. Marie blanked the Spirit to take a 3-0 first-round series lead.

The Greyhounds got goals from Tyler Ganly, Blake Speers, Nick Ritchie and Michael Bunting.

Evan Cormier kicked out 38-of-42 shots for Saginaw.

The Spirit will try and keep their season alive when they host Game 4 on Thursday.

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{allcanada} MAPLE LEAFS (29-42-6) at SABRES (21-47-8)
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015
7:30 PM ET

MAPLE LEAFS (29-42-6) at SABRES (21-47-8)


Season series: The Toronto Maple Leafs have won two of three games against the Buffalo Sabres, including a 4-3 shootout victory in the most recent game at Air Canada Centre three weeks ago. Toronto center Tyler Bozak scored the deciding goal in the shootout. Sabres forwards Tyler Ennis, Johan Larsson and Matt Moulson each had a goal and two assists.

Maple Leafs team scope: Toronto begins a two-game road trip Wednesday and has won two consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 26-28 after a 3-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. Goaltender James Reimer made 40 saves in his second consecutive victory. "James has battled, deserved to play those two games, and getting those two wins was a confidence booster for him," interim coach Peter Horachek said. Center Nazem Kadri had a goal and an assist. Forward Phil Kessel has 18 goals and 18 assists in 50 games against Buffalo.

Sabres team scope: Defenseman Mike Weber was selected as the Sabres' nominee for the 2015 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy on Tuesday. "I owe everything I have to this game," Weber told the Buffalo News. "I'm not the most talented, the most skilled, but I knew where I wanted to be. I knew where I wanted to end up, and I've worked hard to get here. I try to work hard to stay here." Buffalo ended a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 road win against the Arizona Coyotes on Monday. Goaltender Anders Lindback made 28 saves and defenseman Andrej Meszaros scored two goals for the second consecutive game. Rookie defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen has scored in three straight games. The Sabres play three of their final six games against teams in a Stanley Cup Playoff position.

Team Stats
GP Record Home Road L10 G/GP GA/GP PP% PK% PIM/GP S/GP SA/GP FO%
77 29-42-6 21-17-1 8-25-5 3-7-0 2.56 3.14 16.9 80.6 10.1 29.2 33.2 48.9
76 21-47-8 12-20-5 9-27-3 2-5-3 1.84 3.29 12.9 74.5 10.8 23.9 35.4 45.2

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