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5 stories, including Devils win a feisty Game 4

05/22/2012 01:42 EDT | Updated 07/21/2012 05:12 EDT

Tempers flared on the ice and between the benches on Monday in New Jersey as the Devils evened their series with the Rangers, the Blue Jays welcomed back their third baseman, Team Canada learned who they'd face in Sochi, and a Canadian cyclist is aiming for glory in Italy.

Here are your top five stories from Monday:

1. The Battle of the Hudson lived up to its billing in Game 4. The Rangers and Devils skaters got into on the ice while both coaches dropped their clipboards to trade verbal jabs before New Jersey skated away with a 4-1 win and a 2-2 series tie. In the latest installment of Coach's Corner, Don Cherry provided some great stories about how the media has impacted the NHL post-season, both in the past and in this year's edition of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

2. Brett Lawrie returned from his four-game suspension as the Blue Jays opened their series with the Rays in Tampa Bay with a win. Before the game, catcher J.P. Arencibia was named AL Player of the Week, but away from the field of play, a courtroom held the biggest story on Monday in the MLB. Brian McNamee, the former strength coach of Roger Clemens, named three other players he said he provided with human growth hormone (HGH).

3. Team Canada's early exit at the IIHF world hockey championships didn't seem to hurt their seeding at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which were announced earlier on Monday.

4. The Los Angeles Lakers were bounced from the NBA playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5. That's the second L.A. based team to be eliminated from playoff contention in as many days. Getting worried, L.A. Kings?

5. Ryder Hesjedal is gearing up for a grueling finish at the Giro D'Italia. The cyclist from Victoria, B.C. sits second in the race, which wraps up Sunday in Milan.

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