This is an excerpt from The Buzzer, which is CBC Sports' daily e-mail newsletter. Stay up to speed on what's taking place in sportsby subscribing here. Here's what you require to understand right now from the world of sports:

The NHL playoffs are heating up

Six days into the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, things are getting truly interesting. Here's a quick rundown:

It's a wedding day for Canadian groups.At our publish time, Vancouver was dealing with Minnesota in Game 3 of a best-of-five series that's connected one video game each. Toronto and Columbus remain in the exact same boat tonight at 8 p.m. ET. And to top the night off, Calgary can remove Winnipeg by winning their Game 4, which starts at 10:30 p.m. ET.

The other two Canadian groups went in opposite instructions last night.Montreal rallied from 3-1 down to stun Pittsburgh 4-3 and take an unexpected 2-1 series lead. Defenceman Jeff Petry was the unlikely sniper on this gorgeous game-winner:

24 playoff groups. Hardly anybody selected them to beat the 5th-seeded Penguins, who are led by superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Edmonton is on the other side of a similar storyline. Their match vs. Chicago appeared more competitive than Habs-Pens, however

many people had the 5th-seeded Oilers taking it. And yet, 12th-seeded Chicago is one win far from stealing the series after scoring two late objectives last night to take Game 3, 4-3. The Oilers and Canadiens play their Game fours tomorrow, therefore do the Leafs and Canucks.

The Bruins should have better.Boston completed the truncated regular season 44-14-12, putting it eight points clear of the field for the NHL's finest record. But the league decided to have the top four groups in each conference play a round robin for seeding, and the Bruins no longer have a possibility to keep their No. 1 area (or even get No. 2) after losing their first two video games to Philadelphia and Tampa Bay. Protecting on what happens in their last game vs. Washington on Sunday, the Bruins could slip all the method to No. 4. That's not as huge a deal this year with Game 7 home-ice benefit being gotten rid of by the neutral sites, however it may result in a harder matchup for Boston in the next round. Heading into today's games, Tampa Bay (2-0) and Colorado (2-0) topped their particular conferences.

Edmonton fans actually love to bet.The pot for the 50/50 draw throughout last night's Oilers game reached a staggering $5.4 million, implying a $2.7-million take for the winner. Because the optimum number of tickets was sold, interest in the lottery got so high that the online sale had actually to be closed almost six hours prior to the puck dropped. A normal Oilers 50/50 draw, where tickets are offered in the arena in the house games, is worth about $100,000. But after Alberta officials enabled online sales for the very first time since no fans are permitted at this year's championship game, the pots have escalated. For Game 1, it topped $762,000. For Game 2, $3.2 million. And after that last night's madness. Read more about the Oilers 50/50 fever here.

Basketball is plenty interesting right now too

3 various leagues are in action, and there's fascinating things occurring in each:

The Raptors haven't missed out on a beat.The safeguarding NBA champs won their last 4 games before the season closed down, and they've extended their streak to seven with wins over the Lakers, Heat and Magic up until now in the Disney bubble. Last night, Fred VanVleet followed up his career-high 36-point performance vs. Miami by dropping 21 points and 10 helps on Orlando. Toronto's next game is an important one: a win over Boston clinches the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. That would likely mean a first-round playoff match with either Orlando or Brooklyn, who are both securely listed below.500. It would also remove the possibility of facing Philadelphia, a unsafe but problematic team. Read more about last night's win over the Magic here.

The Canadian Elite Basketball League will crown a new champion.The Saskatchewan Rattlers won the title in the league's inaugural season a year earlier. They were removed after ending up 1-5 in the round robin of the CEBL's Summer Series competition, which is replacing the routine season and playoffs this year due to the pandemic. The last spot in the quarter-finals was up for grabs in last night's round-robin finale in between Saskatchewan and Ottawa, however the safeguarding champs got rolled by the growth Blackjacks 87-68. Ottawa is right back on the court tonight for another removal video game, against Guelph at 7:30 p.m. ET. The other quarter-final is Hamilton vs. Niagara at 5 p.m. ET. The winners advance to deal with Edmonton and Fraser Valley, who earned a bye to Saturday's semifinals by finishing first and 2nd, respectively, in the round robin. The last is Sunday. You can enjoy every video game live here or on the CBC Sports app or the CBC Gem streaming service.

Canadian Bridget Carleton had her WNBA breakout.Making her very first start in her 13th WNBA game last night, Carleton scored 25 points (nearly doubling her profession total) to help Minnesota blow out New York 92-66. Carleton is a 23-year-old, 6-foot-1 forward from Chatham, Ont., who played her college ball at Iowa State and recently helped Canada certify for the Tokyo Olympics. She likewise plays in the Australian league during the WNBA off-season. Carleton hit 11 of her 15 shots last night, including all 3 three-pointers. Read more about her huge video game here

. Kia Nurse had another rough night.Carleton's Canadian national teammate opted for 10 points on an awful 3-of-16 shooting for New York. Nurse has actually played three games considering that harming her ankle in the season opener, and in those games she's shot a combined 7 for 39 (18 percent), though she's ideal on her 10 free-throw attempts this season. The Liberty are 0-5 and also may have lost star No. 1-overall draft choice Sabrina Ionescu for the shortened season. She suffered a serious ankle sprain last Friday.

WNBA gamers are attempting to get a team owner defeated in her election.Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler outraged a great deal of gamers by opposing the league's accept of the Black Lives Matter movement. The Republican is attempting to get re-elected to her U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, where the Democratic nominee is a Black pastor called Raphael Warnock. Earlier today, players from Loeffler's own Atlanta team, together with others on the Seattle, Chicago and Phoenix franchises, wore "Vote Warnock" tee shirts prior to their video games. Loeffler responded with a declaration in which she said "This is simply more proof that the out of control cancel culture wishes to lock out anyone who disagrees with them. It's clear that the league is more concerned with playing politics than basketball." Read more about the anti-Loeffler project here.

Bridget Carleton, shown here with her Australian group, had her finest WNBA game last night.(Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Quickly ...

The first golf major of the year is underway.The PGA Championship began at 10 a.m. ET today at San Francisco's Harding Park, so a great deal of golf enthusiasts were either still on the course or hadn't even teed off yet at our release time. The clubhouse leader at the moment was Jason Day at 5-under. Brooks Koepka, who's trying to become the very first player in 93 years to win this tournament 3 times in a row, was 4-under through 16 holes. The top Canadian was Corey Conners, who was connected for 33rd at even-par through 12. Read more about the players to see at the PGA here

. The Marlins won again.Regardless of needing to bring in 18 new gamers (including a previous Olympic brief track speed skater) to substitute the regulars who evaluated favorable for COVID-19, Miami beat Baltimore for the second time in as numerous days last night. The Marlins are now 5-1, which puts them atop the National League East and connects them with the 10-2 Cubs and Twins for the very best record in baseball in regards to winning percentage.

On a related note, Major League Baseball is splitting down.New guidelines have been presented in hopes of preventing another huge break out like the ones that knocked the Marlins and Cardinals out of action and have caused 21 games to be delayed. Players and staff now need to use masks in the dugout, the bullpen and everywhere else other than when they're on the field of play. On trip, gamers require unique authorization to leave the team hotel. At home, they're banned from visiting bars, casinos, malls and anywhere else where large groups collect. Read more about the tightened-up policies here.

You're up to speed. Get The Buzzer in your inbox every weekday by subscribing below.

At our release time, Vancouver was facing Minnesota in Game 3 of a best-of-five series that's tied one game apiece. The pot for the 50/50 draw throughout last night's Oilers game reached a staggering $5.4 million, indicating a $2.7-million take for the winner. Making her first start in her 13th WNBA game last night, Carleton scored 25 points (almost doubling her career total) to help Minnesota blow out New York 92-66. Nurse has actually played three video games given that hurting her ankle in the season opener, and in those games she's shot a combined 7 for 39 (18 per cent), though she's best on her 10 free-throw attempts this season. Bridget Carleton, revealed here with her Australian group, had her finest WNBA game last night.