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Late Evening Line -Kelsie Snow

"This is a disease that happens in the darkness, right?" Kelsie said. "It's such an overwhelming disease just to live with that most of the time people can't advocate and can't be a face for it while they're going through it. You go home, and you just try to get through every day, and you're just gutting it out every single day.

"And so, for us to have the opportunity for him to be as healthy as he's been for as long as he's been, really allows us to put a public face to it. And that's the goal, right? It's not, like, 'Oh, we're inspiring.' That's not what we're here for.

"We're here to just say, 'Hey, look at us. There's a ton of other people like us, and we want you to see this disease and understand that it's happening to young families. It's not just happening to grandparents. It's happening to young dads, young moms.'"

-Kelsie Snow, wif of Chris Snow who is battling ALS.  Nick Cotsonika of NHLcom has more.

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Darryl Sutter Wins The Jack Adams Award

NEW YORK (June 2, 2022) – Darryl Sutter of the Calgary Flames is the 2021-22 recipient of the Jack Adams Award as “the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success,” as selected by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association.

Sutter was named on 93 of the 121 ballots, including 54 first-place votes, for 353 voting points. Second-place Andrew Brunette of the Florida Panthers received 31 first-place votes and 249 voting points, while third-place Gerard Gallant of the New York Rangers was the top selection on 12 ballots in collecting 142 points.

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Afternoon Line- Johnny Gaudreau

"I've been here for 11 years and haven't got to that ultimate goal, it's been a while since they've won here (1989). So I think that would be pretty special, to win a Cup here. It's something that I kind of dreamed about my whole life, and Calgary is a great place to do it."

--Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames.  Wes Crosby at NHL.com has more.

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From Both Sides- Edmonton/Calgary

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

This was pure magic.

In a 3-2 league that tends to level out its superstars as the playoffs whittle down to intensely defensive 2-1 games, this five-game Battle of Alberta gave us 45 goals and a stunning finish by the superstar of all superstars.

Connor McDavid crafted his only point of the night on an overtime snipe, rifling the winner in off Jacob Markstrom’s left post, a goal that ended the first Calgary-Edmonton series in 31 years in epic fashion on Thursday.

“Just happy to contribute on a night where I maybe didn't have my best,” said McDavid, who had seven straight multi-point games before going pointless prior to overtime in Game 5.

“Hard to put into words what that one meant to me,” added McDavid, who goes on to Round 3 for the first time in his NHL career. “Special — special to win. It was real fun, and the fans were amazing in both buildings, especially in Edmonton. Just the energy and the vibe around the city has been amazing.”


from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun,

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Videos- Darryl Sutter Today

a longer version of Darryl Sutter is below.

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Video- Targeting Leon Draisaitl?

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On The Win By The Edmonton Oilers And The Milan Lucic Hit

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmont Sun,

Sunday night in Edmonton wasn’t so much a playoff game as it was a party, with jubilant fans celebrating the sweetest public beating the Oilers have ever administered in Rogers Place.

They didn’t just beat the Calgary Flames in Game 3 of their playoff series, they dismantled them in a lopsided show of force that left the visitors rattled and embarrassed, searching for answers they might not have.

Edmonton’s big guns simply ran Calgary’s show in a 4-1 victory. Evander Kane had a natural hat-trick, Leon Draisaitl had four assists. Connor McDavid had three assists on the night for nine points in three games.


from Sportsnet,

Calgary Flames forward Milan Lucic was assessed a five-minute major and ejected from Game 3 on Sunday night in Edmonton when he bowled over Oilers goalie Mike Smith in the third period.

After Lucic departed, Smith was temporarily removed from the game due to concussion protocol and went to the dressing room with trainers, prompting the Oilers to place Mikko Koskinen in goal. But Smith returned after four minutes of play had passed. The Oilers were leading 4-0 at the time.

"I don’t really know what happened," Smith said after the game. "I was out playing the puck and all of a sudden I'm getting buried into the boards … When you're getting run through the end wall and not expecting it, it's not an ideal situation."...

Flames head coach Darryl Sutter didn't agree with the call.

"They called it charging, correct?" he said after the game. "Could you imagine if (Lucic) did charge? What would happen there? He actually tried to slow down a bit, I think. It is what it is. It's the score and who it was."


Below watch the game highlights and the chargng call against Lucic.

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From Both Sides - Flames/Oilers

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet

On any given night, Connor McDavid alone can beat you.

On Friday, the Calgary Flames got a grim reminder there’s another way to lose to the Edmonton Oilers – turn it into a skill contest.

As in, reduce the number of skaters on the ice for either side to open things up.

Both points were driven home in a 5-3 loss that saw Edmonton rebound from an early deficit to score four unanswered goals for the second game in a row to open this Western Conference semifinal.


from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Well, after dropping a 9-6 laugher to the Calgary Flames in Game 1 Wednesday, which tied the NHL record for most goals ever in a playoff game, the Oilers got the first part of the equation right Friday, and mostly importantly the second with another out-of-this-world performance from Connor McDavid and two late strikes by Zach Hyman (shorthanded) and Leon Draisaitl for a stirring comeback 5-3 victory to even the series at a game apiece.

The Oilers, who gave up three in the first 6:05 in Game 1, driving Mike Smith to the bench, were down two again in Game 2 after six minutes but Smith hung in after goals by Michael Stone and Brett Ritchie. And the team, refusing to go quietly and madly into the cold Calgary night, overcame two disallowed goals by Hyman (quick whistle in a scrum) and Draisaitl (McDavid interference on Jacob Markstrom) and twice clawed back from two-goal deficits.

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“Not an ideal start obviously but a huge battle back,” said Hyman. “We knew that we’re capable of it and we did it last game (tying it 6-6) but not the way we wanted to, I’d say. This time from Smitty onwards I think we shored up things defensively. We didn’t give them as much. I thought we earned our chances, got a couple called back, but still worked, earned our power plays and got back into the game, then won it.”

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Surviving McDavid

from Travis Yost of TSN,

Before the start of the Battle of Alberta, I had a few theories as to how the series would play out. Chief among them: Calgary is the better team, Edmonton has the best player, and, by extension, the best line.

Barring a goaltending collapse from either club, these two forces would collide and ultimately decide the series.

Game 1 checked all three of those boxes. The Flames were comfortably the better team. The Connor McDavid line was as lethal as usual. And, ironically, we saw goaltending capitulation from both sides.

Edmonton’s Mike Smith (three goals conceded on seven shots faced) was horrific and yanked from the game early. Backup Mikko Koskinen (five goals conceded on 32 shots faced) wasn’t any better. The only difference between Smith and Calgary starter Jacob Markstrom (six goals conceded on 22 shots faced) was Darryl Sutter’s reticence to pull his besieged goaltender. It was bad.

Let’s set the goaltending aside for a moment – after all, it’s exceptionally rare you see a single-game stop rate of 80 per cent.


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Goals Galore In Calgary’s Win Over Edmonton

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Count Darryl Sutter is one of the few folks in southern Alberta who wasn’t buzzing with excitement following his club’s tribute to the 80s.

Yet, he still found a way to play along.

“Missed the convert,” was the Jolly Rancher’s opening take on Wednesday’s reinstallment of the Battle of Alberta.

“We were told it was a boring series last time, so I told the players yesterday, ‘we’ve got to score 7-10 goals today because they’d probably score 5-8 to win,’ so that’s what we did.”

Coming off a series against Dallas that took five games for the Flames to score nine goals, the Flames opened the first provincial punch-up in 31 years with a memorable 9-6 win over an Oilers squad that heard chants of “We want 10” a mere seven minutes in.

A classic in the eyes of almost everyone who wasn’t skating in the game, the Flames scored twice in the opening minute, gave up two four-goal leads and broke a 6-6 tie early in the third with three finishing touches.


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