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Coyotes still alive & other stories you need to know

05/21/2012 01:11 EDT | Updated 07/20/2012 05:12 EDT

Here are the top stories from Sunday night:

1. The Phoenix Coyotes refused to be swept by the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, skating to a 2-0 victory in Game 4. CBCSports.ca’s Tim Wharnsby writes that two of the biggest contributions came from the elder statesman — captain Shane Doan and defenceman Adrian Aucion.

2. While the New York Rangers lead the New Jersey Devils 2-1 in the Eastern Conference final, they’ll have to play without forward Brandon Prust, who was suspended one game on Sunday for his elbow-to-head hit of Devils defenceman Anton Volchenkov. Still, the Rangers remain masters of the game-changing goal.

3. The Toronto Blue Jays come within a run of sweeping the New York Mets, but couldn’t complete the rally in the ninth inning. The Jays had two on and nobody out, only to have Mets’ closer Frank Francisco strike out Edwin Encarnacion, J.P. Arencibia and Eric Thames to end the threat and preserve the 6-5 win.

4. Russia brought back memories of the old Soviet Union hockey power after steamrolling Slovakia 6-2 to claim gold at the world championship in Helsinki. Russia won all 10 of its games by a whopping 44-14 margin.

5. In the case of Canadian cyclist Ryder Hesjedal, losing his pink jersey at the Giro d’Italia was a bad thing. As the overall leading heading into Sunday’s 15th stage, Hesjedal fell back to 30 seconds behind Joaquin Rodriguez of Spain.

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