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As a staple in the pop culture diet for decades in Quebec, singer Ginette Reno has loaned her voice to several well-known institutions: Singing for the Hells Angels at a wedding reception and singing at the funeral for Maurice (The Rocket) Richard famously among them.This spring, though, the 67-year-old has emerged as the unlikely good luck charm for the highest-ranking institution in the province. Months after suffering a heart attack, she has performed O Canada for the Montreal Canadiens at two home playoff games — and the team won both.And not only did they win both, they started both with quick goals, the Bell Centre still buzzing from the effects of her singing. The Canadiens scored 11 seconds into Game 3, on Sunday, and they scored two minutes into Game 4 on Tuesday, sweeping the Tampa Bay Lightning from their first-round playoff series. Reno’s powers appeared to extend beyond her command performance with the anthem, too. As she was leaving the ice on Tuesday night, she shook hands with Daniel Brière, a veteran Canadiens forward who had not scored a goal in the series.Brière was the one who scored that first goal, two minutes 24 seconds later. (Photo: Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

As a staple in the pop culture diet for decades in Quebec, singer Ginette Reno has loaned her voice to several well-known institutions: Singing for the Hells Angels at a wedding reception and singing at the funeral for Maurice (The Rocket) Richard famously among them.

This spring, though, the 67-year-old has emerged as the unlikely good luck charm for the highest-ranking institution in the province. Months after suffering a heart attack, she has performed O Canada for the Montreal Canadiens at two home playoff games — and the team won both.

And not only did they win both, they started both with quick goals, the Bell Centre still buzzing from the effects of her singing. The Canadiens scored 11 seconds into Game 3, on Sunday, and they scored two minutes into Game 4 on Tuesday, sweeping the Tampa Bay Lightning from their first-round playoff series.

Reno’s powers appeared to extend beyond her command performance with the anthem, too. As she was leaving the ice on Tuesday night, she shook hands with Daniel Brière, a veteran Canadiens forward who had not scored a goal in the series.

Brière was the one who scored that first goal, two minutes 24 seconds later. (Photo: Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

Watch Thunder star Kevin Durant’s miraculous four-point play against the GrizzliesThe Thunder lost on Monday night, but not before getting a little magic from all-star Kevin Durant.Raptors need youth, Jonas Valanciunas to beat Kevin Garnett and the experienced NetsOklahoma City needed a four-point play that was magnificent — and clutch — even by Durant’s lofty standards just to get to overtime.With Memphis leading 98-93, Durant, standing behind the arc, received a pass from Russell Westbrook and made a desperation shot as the Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol pushed him out of bounds. Durant was off-balance and falling out of bounds but the shot somehow went in with just 13.3 seconds left.The five-time NBA all-star converted the free throw to make it a one-point game. (Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Watch Thunder star Kevin Durant’s miraculous four-point play against the Grizzlies
The Thunder lost on Monday night, but not before getting a little magic from all-star Kevin Durant.

Raptors need youth, Jonas Valanciunas to beat Kevin Garnett and the experienced Nets

Oklahoma City needed a four-point play that was magnificent — and clutch — even by Durant’s lofty standards just to get to overtime.

With Memphis leading 98-93, Durant, standing behind the arc, received a pass from Russell Westbrook and made a desperation shot as the Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol pushed him out of bounds. Durant was off-balance and falling out of bounds but the shot somehow went in with just 13.3 seconds left.

The five-time NBA all-star converted the free throw to make it a one-point game. (Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Marc Fucarile, injured in last years Boston Marathon bombings, prepares to throw out the first pitch prior to the Boston Red Sox-Baltimore Orioles game at Fenway Park April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)With security tight along the 26.2-mile route, tens of thousands of runners set out from the starting line at the Boston Marathon on Monday in a “Boston Strong” show of resilience a year after the deadly bombing.“We’re taking back our race,” Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray said. “We’re taking back the finish line.”

Marc Fucarile, injured in last years Boston Marathon bombings, prepares to throw out the first pitch prior to the Boston Red Sox-Baltimore Orioles game at Fenway Park April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

With security tight along the 26.2-mile route, tens of thousands of runners set out from the starting line at the Boston Marathon on Monday in a “Boston Strong” show of resilience a year after the deadly bombing.

“We’re taking back our race,” Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray said. “We’re taking back the finish line.”


Tampa Bay Lightning’s Victor Hedman is finally coming into his own five years after being chosen No. 2 overall in the NHL draft.
This season, he has leapt forward, and the Lighting leapt with him. Going into Game 2 of Tampa’s first-round playoff series with Montreal, he has become a critical chess piece. 
“It just took a long time for me to grow into the player I knew I could be,” Hedman says. “But my career has just started, hopefully. Still young, still learning, and I’m trying to get better every day.” (Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images) 
Tampa Bay Lightning’s Victor Hedman is finally coming into his own five years after being chosen No. 2 overall in the NHL draft.
This season, he has leapt forward, and the Lighting leapt with him. Going into Game 2 of Tampa’s first-round playoff series with Montreal, he has become a critical chess piece. 
“It just took a long time for me to grow into the player I knew I could be,” Hedman says. “But my career has just started, hopefully. Still young, still learning, and I’m trying to get better every day.” (Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images) 
'I've never been so scared': Golfer Pablo Larrazabal jumps into lake to escape swarm of hornetsPablo Larrazabal couldn’t believe what was coming his way. He was playing in the second round of the Malaysian Open on Friday when a swarm of hornets “three times the size of bees” began an assault.“They were huge and like 30 or 40 of them started to attack me big-time,” he said. “I didn’t know what to do. My caddie told me to run, so I start running like a crazy guy. But the hornets were still there, so the other players told me to jump in the lake.” (Photo: Joshua Paul/The Associated Press)

'I've never been so scared': Golfer Pablo Larrazabal jumps into lake to escape swarm of hornets
Pablo Larrazabal couldn’t believe what was coming his way. He was playing in the second round of the Malaysian Open on Friday when a swarm of hornets “three times the size of bees” began an assault.

“They were huge and like 30 or 40 of them started to attack me big-time,” he said. “I didn’t know what to do. My caddie told me to run, so I start running like a crazy guy. But the hornets were still there, so the other players told me to jump in the lake.” (Photo: Joshua Paul/The Associated Press)

Something fishy: Police in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki arrested a PAOK fan accused of dumping a crate of fish on the visiting Olympiakos bench, in a stunt that delayed a tense Greek Cup semi-final for more than an hour.Another six PAOK supporters were arrested during clashes with police before and after Wednesday’s match, which PAOK won 1-0 to advance. The game was repeatedly halted by brawls on the pitch, with three players sent off, while PAOK fans in the stands lit thousands of flares, and several were thrown on the pitch.Police said Thursday a 34-year-old man covered the Olympiakos bench in several kilograms of anchovies just before the game. Olympiakos’ home ground is in Athens’ port of Piraeus, and its supporters are nicknamed “anchovies.” (Photo: AP Photo/InTime Sports, Yorgos Matthaios)

Something fishy: Police in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki arrested a PAOK fan accused of dumping a crate of fish on the visiting Olympiakos bench, in a stunt that delayed a tense Greek Cup semi-final for more than an hour.

Another six PAOK supporters were arrested during clashes with police before and after Wednesday’s match, which PAOK won 1-0 to advance.

The game was repeatedly halted by brawls on the pitch, with three players sent off, while PAOK fans in the stands lit thousands of flares, and several were thrown on the pitch.

Police said Thursday a 34-year-old man covered the Olympiakos bench in several kilograms of anchovies just before the game. Olympiakos’ home ground is in Athens’ port of Piraeus, and its supporters are nicknamed “anchovies.” (Photo: AP Photo/InTime Sports, Yorgos Matthaios)

Is this in his job description?: Minnesota Twins mascot T.C. shovels snow off the top of the Twins dugout and into the television camera pit before the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays in Minneapolis, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Wednesday night’s game was rescheduled for Thursday night due to a winter storm in Minnesota. (Photo: Ann Heisenfelt/The Associated Press)

Is this in his job description?: Minnesota Twins mascot T.C. shovels snow off the top of the Twins dugout and into the television camera pit before the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays in Minneapolis, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Wednesday night’s game was rescheduled for Thursday night due to a winter storm in Minnesota. (Photo: Ann Heisenfelt/The Associated Press)

Hanging on: Ryan Getzlaf spent the final seconds of the Anaheim Ducks’ playoff opener in the dressing room with a large ice bag pressed to a nasty cut on his left cheek.Playoff success usually requires a little discomfort, and the Ducks got a good taste of both in their opener.Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, Frederik Andersen made 32 saves to win his NHL playoff debut, and the Ducks held on for a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.Getzlaf, Kyle Palmieri and Mathieu Perreault scored in a dominant first period for the top-seeded Ducks, who began their playoff run on a dead sprint. Anaheim led 4-0 midway through the second period before Dallas got rolling in its first playoff game since 2008. (Photo: Jae C. Hong/The Associated Press)

Hanging on: Ryan Getzlaf spent the final seconds of the Anaheim Ducks’ playoff opener in the dressing room with a large ice bag pressed to a nasty cut on his left cheek.

Playoff success usually requires a little discomfort, and the Ducks got a good taste of both in their opener.

Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, Frederik Andersen made 32 saves to win his NHL playoff debut, and the Ducks held on for a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.

Getzlaf, Kyle Palmieri and Mathieu Perreault scored in a dominant first period for the top-seeded Ducks, who began their playoff run on a dead sprint. Anaheim led 4-0 midway through the second period before Dallas got rolling in its first playoff game since 2008. (Photo: Jae C. Hong/The Associated Press)

The best and the worst of the Raptors’ season: The Toronto Raptors wrap up the regular season on Wednesday with a game against New York at Madison Square Garden. Before they play that one, and determine their first-round opponent in the process, here is a look back at the previous 81 games, starting with the play of the year: Terrence Ross posterized Kenneth Faried on Jan. 31 with what might have been the best dunk of the year in the NBA. (Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The best and the worst of the Raptors’ season: The Toronto Raptors wrap up the regular season on Wednesday with a game against New York at Madison Square Garden. Before they play that one, and determine their first-round opponent in the process, here is a look back at the previous 81 games, starting with the play of the year: Terrence Ross posterized Kenneth Faried on Jan. 31 with what might have been the best dunk of the year in the NBA. (Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Boys of summer…?: The Toronto Blue Jays were getting mowed down by Phil Hughes through the first five innings on a chilly night at Target Field, but the big swingers never panicked.The Jays have a long history of beating up on the former Yankees right-hander, so they knew it was only a matter of time before they got him in his new home in Minnesota.Jose Bautista had three hits and an RBI, and Brett Lawrie hit a grand slam in the ninth inning to help the Blue Jays beat the Twins 9-3 on Tuesday night.Edwin Encarnacion had two hits and an RBI, and Aaron Loup (1-0) won in relief of starter Brandon Morrow, who lasted 3 2-3 innings in 35-degree weather. The Blue Jays led 5-2 going into the ninth before Lawrie’s towering drive off Jared Burton put it away. (Photo: Ann Heisenfelt/The Associated Press)

Boys of summer…?: The Toronto Blue Jays were getting mowed down by Phil Hughes through the first five innings on a chilly night at Target Field, but the big swingers never panicked.

The Jays have a long history of beating up on the former Yankees right-hander, so they knew it was only a matter of time before they got him in his new home in Minnesota.

Jose Bautista had three hits and an RBI, and Brett Lawrie hit a grand slam in the ninth inning to help the Blue Jays beat the Twins 9-3 on Tuesday night.

Edwin Encarnacion had two hits and an RBI, and Aaron Loup (1-0) won in relief of starter Brandon Morrow, who lasted 3 2-3 innings in 35-degree weather. The Blue Jays led 5-2 going into the ninth before Lawrie’s towering drive off Jared Burton put it away. (Photo: Ann Heisenfelt/The Associated Press)