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UNDATED (AP) — Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots, Gregory Campbell scored twice and the Boston Bruins beat the New York Rangers 3-1 in Game 5 to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

Recent call-up Torey Krug scored his fourth goal of the series for Boston, which reached the third round of the NHL playoffs for the second time since 1992. The other was 2011, when the Bruins won the sixth Stanley Cup in franchise history.

The Bruins will face the Pittsburgh Penguins for the right to play for the Stanley Cup.

The Chicago Blackhawks are still alive after whacking Detroit 4-1 in a must-win game for the Blackhawks. Andrew Shaw had two goals for his first career multi-goal playoff game. That cuts the Red Wings' lead in this Western Conference semifinal to 3-2. Game 6 is back in Detroit on Monday.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs are on the doorstep of going to the NBA Finals.

The Spurs won their second straight overtime game and took a commanding 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals by dominating the extra five-minute period and beating Memphis 104-93 on the Grizzlies' home floor.

Tim Duncan scored the first five points of overtime, and the San Antonio Spurs rallied from an 18-point deficit. Duncan finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. The Spurs fell behind early 19-5 but came on strong when it counted. They hit their first five shots in overtime, outscoring the Grizzlies 18-7 in OT.

The Spurs can wrap up the series with a victory in Game 4 Monday night in Memphis. San Antonio now has won five straight postseason games.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will tour the damage from the massive tornado that devastated the Oklahoma City area.

Obama plans to meet with affected families and thank first responders during a visit Sunday to Moore, Okla. The White House says Obama wants a firsthand look at the recovery from the tornado that killed 24 and damaged an estimated 12,000 homes Monday afternoon.

The town of Moore is a community of 41,000 people located about 10 miles from Oklahoma City.

Obama offered prayers for the people of Oklahoma from the White House in recent days. He said that "while the road ahead will be long, their country will be with them every single step of the way."

Meanwhile, commencement ceremonies went ahead for high school grads from Moore. They took place in nearby Oklahoma city. Many of the grads say Moore is home and they don't plant to stray too far.

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BAGHDAD (AP) — The Syrian government says it has agreed "in principle" to take part in an international conference in Geneva next month aimed at ending the country's civil war.

Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem says his government believes that the conference, proposed by Russia and the United States, is a "good opportunity for a political solution for the crisis in Syria."

Al-Moallem did not elaborate in the joint Sunday news conference with his Iraqi counterpart shortly after he arrived in Baghdad for an unannounced visit.

The Syrian crisis began in March 2011 with pro-democracy protests and morphed into a bloody civil war. More than 70,000 people have been killed and several million displaced since the uprising against President Bashar Assad erupted.

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