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Vancouver draws first blood in Stanley Cup finals

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Through 591/2 scoreless minutes in their Stanley Cup finals opener, the high-flying Canucks were profoundly frustrated. The superstar Sedin twins couldn’t get around Boston’s formidable defense, and Vancouver’s vaunted power play was punchless. Raffi Torres and Jannik Hansen still had one last trick to try – and Vancouver’s third-line wings only needed an instant to connect on a goal that gave the Canucks an early edge in their chase for their first Stanley Cup title.

In brief: Canucks take commanding lead on Sharks

NHL: Sami Salo scored twice and Ryan Kesler added a goal as the visiting Vancouver Canucks capitalized on three two-man advantages in the second period to beat the San Jose Sharks 4-2 Sunday in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals to take a 3-1 series lead. The Canucks scored the three goals in a span of 1:55, needing only 37 seconds on the three 5-on-3 situations to beat Antti Niemi three times.

In brief: Canucks rally to beat Sharks in Game 1

NHL: In Vancouver, British Columbia, defenseman Kevin Bieksa tied it 7:02 into the third period, Henrik Sedin scored on a power play 1:19 later, and the Vancouver Canucks rallied to open their first Western Conference final in 17 years with a 3-2 victory over the No. 2 seeded San Jose Sharks on Sunday night. Maxim Lapierre scored his first of these playoffs, and Roberto Luongo made 27 saves – and a brutal first period giveaway – for the Canucks. Game 2 is Wednesday night in Vancouver.

Northwest at risk of earthquake like one in Chile

Just 50 miles off the Pacific Northwest coast is an earthquake hotspot that threatens to unleash on Seattle, Portland and Vancouver the kind of damage that has shattered Chile.

Metals supplier recasts victory

If Lindsey Vonn wins a gold, silver or bronze during the Winter Olympics, the U.S. skier will be wearing metal recycled from old computers and cell phones around her neck. More than 6,000 pounds of metal went into the medallions that will be awarded to top athletes during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic games. The metals were provided by Teck Resources Ltd., Canada’s largest base-metals supplier. Some of the gold, silver and copper came from discarded electronics.

Paralyzed in Air Force fall, Sean Halsted is now a Paralympian

Sean Halsted, of Rathdrum, will compete on an international stage this winter as a member of the U.S. Ski Team. Halsted, an adaptive cross-country skier, is training for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C. The 39-year-old father of three has come a long way since the accident 11 years ago that paralyzed him from the waist down. During a U.S. Air Force training exercise in 1998, he fell 40 feet from a hovering helicopter and shattered his L1 vertebra.

WSU regents approve construction bonds

The Washington State University regents have approved $112 million in bonds to pay for two new buildings on the Pullman campus and one at WSU Vancouver.

Canada targets gangs ahead of 2010 Olympics

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a plan Thursday to crack down on an unprecedented wave of gang-related murders as the city prepares to host the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Six people have died in 18 local shootings in the past month. Canada’s public safety minister has called the gang violence the worst in the country, and British Columbia this week appointed an organized crime czar to oversee gang, drug and gun violence issues.

Rogge praises Vancouver’s progress

WHISTLER, British Columbia – International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge predicted the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics will be a success, despite the global financial crisis. Rogge was in western Canada as part of celebrations to mark the one-year countdown to the Games. He said Wednesday at a news conference that everything appears to be on track for the Games, which open one year from today.

Chiefs have chance to gain ground

The Spokane Chiefs have some ground to cover, and this week presents the perfect opportunity to do so. Trailing the Tri-City Americans by 11 points in the U.S. Division standings – and the Vancouver Giants by 22 points in the Western Conference standings – Spokane can earn up to six points this week with two games against the Portland Winter Hawks and one at Tri-City.

3,000 students evacuated from schools after bomb threat

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Several suspicious items noticed after a written bomb threat was found Tuesday in a high school restroom prompted the evacuation of about 3,000 students from three schools on the same campus, officials said. There were no explosions or injuries reported.