The New York Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays shared the same feeling following losses on Tuesday — the letdown of a late rally that just didn't pan out. Plus, Ryder Hesjedal continues his quest at the Giro D'Italia, the IOC whittles the list of 2020 Olympic host cities and the Vancouver Canucks make Alain Vigneault an offer he can't refuse.
Here are your top five stories from Wednesday:
1. After racking up a 3-0 lead in the first 9:49 of play, the Devils looked like they were going to run away with Game 5. Not quite. The Rangers answered with three of their own, but New Jersey put a 3-2 series lead on lockdown when Ryan Carter scored with 4:23 remaining in the third period. The latest installment of Coach's Corner was inspired, partly, by the verbal dust-up between Rangers coach John Tortorella and Devils coach Peter DeBoer in Game 4. It got Don Cherry thinking that it might be time to move team benches on opposite sides of the ice.
2. After an early playoff exit, the Vancouver Canucks ended any speculation that they would have a new coach behind the bench next season. The team signed Alain Vigneault to a contract extension on Tuesday, following a Presidents' Trophy win for the best regular season record but also the aforementioned five-game first-round loss to the L.A. Kings.
3. And then there were three. Meeting in Quebec City, the International Olympic Committee announced that the field of entries for the 2020 Summer Olympics have been trimmed: Madrid, Tokyo, and Istanbul are still in the running while Doha, capital of Qatar, and Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, were given notice (for the second straight time) that they didn't make the cut.
4. The Blue Jays looked like they were going to rally and snatch an elusive series win over the Rays in St. Petersburg, but Tampa's B.J. Upton hit an RBI double in the 11th inning to seal their 15th straight home series win against Toronto.
5. Ryder Hesjedal is just 30 seconds behind the leader at the Giro D'Italia. The Victoria, B.C. cyclist is in third spot with four days left in the race, and is described by current leader, Spain's Joaquin Rodriguez, as his main rival for the title and "the great favourite."