San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) is congratulated by defenseman Dan Boyle (22), left wing James Sheppard (15) and center Tommy Wingels (57) for scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period in game two of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center on April 20, 2014; San Jose, CA, USA (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

Sharks hammer Kings 7-2

Asked when the last time he was named a game's first star, San Jose Sharks fourth-line winger Mike Brown said he could not recall.

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) dribbles the ball as Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones (6) chases during the second quarter of game one during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on Apr 20, 2014 in Houston, TX, USA. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Lillard nets 31 in Trail Blazers' OT win

Guard Damian Lillard scored 31 points and carried the load down the stretch in overtime as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Houston Rockets 122-120 on Sunday night in Game 1 of a Western Conference quarterfinal series at the Toyota Center.

Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara (33) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal on Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) during the third period in Game 2 of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

B's back on track after Game 2 win

In a cruder version of the don’t-poke-the-bear warning that should always be heeded here, Bruins forward Shawn Thornton had his own advice for the Detroit Red Wings.

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) drives around Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) during the second quarter of game one of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on Apr 20, 2014 in Chicago, IL, USA. (Dennis Wierzbicki/USA TODAY Sports)

Wizards get big road win over Bulls

Starting for the first time in nearly two months, forward Nene poured in 24 points to lead the Washington Wizards to a 102-93 road playoff win over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday night at the United Center.

Raptors coach Dwane Casey (Craig Robertson, Toronto Sun)

Cleanup time for Raptors

After watching all the defensive assignments go awry, reviewing countless sequences of tepid screens, questionable heaves early in the shot clock and a general lack of a physical edge, Amir Johnson was left in somewhat shock knowing the Raptors still had a chance.

Amir Johnson at Raptors practice on April 20. (Craig Robertson, Toronto Sun)

Raptors look for solutions

Listen to enough of Dwane Casey’s pre- and post-game scrums and one hears so much about defence you come away thinking it doesn’t actually matter how much a team scores.

Slovakia's Jana Cepelova taking on Canada's Eugenie Bouchard in the Fed Cup World Group playoff tie at the campus of Laval University in Quebec City on April 20, 2014. (DIDIER DEBUSSCHERE/QMI AGENCY)

Canada knocks off Slovakia in Fed Cup

Canada’s Fed Cup team is headed to World Group I for the first time after defeating Slovakia 3-1 in a World Group playoff tie held on the campus of Laval University in Quebec City over the weekend.

Eighteen-year-old Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has seven points in just two playoff games. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)

Can Wild handle Avs' MacKinnon?

They’re down 2-0 in their series and have been outscored 7-2 over the last 80 minutes as the gulf between two teams that went to overtime in Game 1 widened substantially in Game 2.

U.S. golfer Jordan Spieth reacts after a missed putt on the ninth hole during the final round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia April 13, 2014. (REUTERS)

Opinion: Don't compare Spieth to Woods

Reflecting on a weekend at The Masters that is being heralded as one devoid of drama or star power, the biggest question we’re left with surrounds the tournament’s 20-year-old runner-up.