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5 stories: Devils win Game 2 + suspension fallout

05/17/2012 12:11 EDT | Updated 07/16/2012 05:12 EDT

The New Jersey Devils took Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final while the Blue Jays' Brett Lawrie, Phoenix Coyotes' Martin Hanzal and Team Canada's Marc Methot were all slapped with varying suspensions on Wednesday following their in-game actions on Tuesday.

Here are your top five stories from Wednesday:

1. The Devils earned a split of the first two games of their third-round series with the New York Rangers thanks to some amazing saves by Martin Brodeur and some gritty work by David Clarkson. Game 3 of the NHL East final goes Saturday afternoon in Newark, N.J., on Hockey Night In Canada (1 p.m. ET, CBC, CBCSports.ca)

2. Tuesday night's raucous end to the Blue Jays game against the Tampa Bay Rays cost Brett Lawrie a four-game suspension, a ruling that was debated amongst fans on Twitter and Facebook. Despite the ban, Lawrie plans to appeal the decision, which meant he was in the lineup for Toronto's victory over the the New York Yankees. Before the suspension was handed down, CBCSports.ca baseball blogger Kevin Glew gave his take on Lawrie's fiery intensity and what it means to the Blue Jays going forward.

3. The Phoenix Coyotes frustration in their Game 2 loss to the Kings will have an effect on Game 3. Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal will miss that game on Thursday night in Los Angeles after the NHL suspended him one game for boarding Kings' captain Dustin Brown in the third period. With L.A. up 2-0 in the series already, the ban couldn't have come at a worse time. It also means Phoenix's leading scorer Antoine Vermette will be leaned on heavily by a Coyotes team that was shut out in Game 2.

4. In the latest installment of Coach's Corner, Don Cherry talked about why the Coyotes have been so frustrated — the Kings have played desperate and relentless hockey. Grapes also touched upon the hit that cost Phoenix captain Shane Doan a game misconduct, the varying ways goalies get ready for a game, and gives a thumbs up to the play of Kings' Rob Scuderi.

5. As Team Canada prepares to face Slovakia at the IIHF world hockey championships on Thursday, they'll be without the services of Marc Methot. The Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman was suspended for one game for a hit on Belarus player Yevgeni Kovyrshin that the IIHF disciplinary panel deemed "reckless and dangerous."

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