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Afternoon Line- Joe Sakic

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Goalie Issues In Dallas And Colorado

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

The series began with Colorado starter Philipp Grubauer injuring himself just 23 minutes into Game 1. It was an omen of hard times ahead for the masked men.

Throughout this series, led 3-2 by the Dallas Stars over the Colorado Avalanche, five goaltenders have seen the crease as these teams burn through crease jockies in a Western Conference Round 2 series unlike any we’ve seen before.

“It is weird,” said Stars head coach Rick Bowness. “It’s bubble hockey.”

These teams are averaging nine goals per game but if you’ve ever played bubble hockey, you can attest to the fact that trying to manoeuvre the goalie into making a save is nigh impossible.

Every Canadian knows that your best bet is simply to shoot early and often, and win the next round of beers on offence, not defence.

Sound familiar, Jared Bednar?

“It’s a race to five (goals),” the Avalanche head coach said. “That’s the way this series is going.”


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The Dallas Stars Could Not Seal The Deal Last Night

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

In an elimination game, the Dallas Stars made a bold choice with their starting goaltender. They would go with Ben Bishop, who had not played a game since Aug. 13, due to some undisclosed injury that head coach Rick Bowness had been convinced Bishop had overcome.

Then he saw his goalie play.

“He had a couple of really sharp practices,” explained Bowness. “When he was given the clearance, with back to back games… the best decision was to go with Bishop.”

Bishop lasted all of 13:43 in the Dallas goal and got the hook with the Stars trailing 4-0. The Colorado Avalanche would greet reliever Anton Khudobin with another goal, and lead 5-0 at the first intermission.

It was as derelict a performance as a team could submit with a chance to bury a dangerous opponent like Colorado. The Stars had cement shoes from the goal crease on out, beaten to every puck by a hungry Colorado team that showed no mercy in what ended up as a 6-3 Game 5 victory.


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Morning Line- Jared Bednar

“If even one player had come to me and said, ‘Hey, I don’t think we should play,’ then we would’ve addressed it as a team. But I never got word from anyone in our room and the league hadn’t said the players are thinking of not playing. It’s obviously an important topic and something we need to think long and hard about as a country. But I just think tonight wasn’t maybe the time and place for us.”

-Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar.  Mark Kisza of the Denver Post has more on this topic.

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The Colorado Avalanche Take A 2-1 Series Lead

4:38am note- Stars lead the series 2-1, I need sleep.

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

A two-goal, third-period lead was never safe for the Avalanche, knowing the Dallas Stars had come back to win nine times from two-goal deficits this season — including Monday in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series in Edmonton.

So was it surprising to see the Stars erase a two-goal hole and take the lead in the third period Wednesday in Game 3? No.

But it was the Avs’ response that rejuvenated interest in this high-scoring series that tightened considerably after Colorado’s 6-4 victory at Rogers Place.

Following Dallas’ three consecutive goals to begin the final frame, Colorado answered with three straight — the game-winner by Nazem Kadri with 6:04 remaining — and the Avs hung on to trim the Stars’ series lead to 2-1.


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Colorado Avalanche Down 0-2 To The Dallas Stars, Question Goal Call

from Greg Wyshynski of ESPN,

Despite receiving eight power plays in Game 2, the Colorado Avalanche weren't happy with the officiating in their 5-2 loss to the Dallas Stars on Monday.

"I'm not going sit here and judge every single call that's being made. The call that I will talk about is their 4-2 goal," said captain Gabriel Landeskog, whose team is down 2-0 in the Western Conference semifinal series.

The goal in question was scored by Stars defenseman Esa Lindell at 19:14 of the second period. After a turnover, he skated in and fired the puck on Avalanche goalie Pavel Francouz. After a save, Lindell crashed the crease and whacked at a loose puck before celebrating. Referee Dan O'Rourke signaled that a goal had been scored, but the play was reviewed by the officials, as it was difficult to ascertain on replays whether the puck had completely crossed the goal line.

After further review, the call on the ice was not overturned, giving Dallas a critical goal at a critical time.

"Honestly, I think it was under the top of my pad. That was in front of the goal line the whole time. I don't know what the refs saw. It's a tough call," Francouz said.

Landeskog thought he knew what the refs saw: Lindell celebrating.

"I mean, Dan [O'Rourke] is behind the net on the other side. I don't know how he sees that the puck is across the line. I don't know how he points at the net. I think he realized pretty quickly that he messes up. Once he starts watching the video replay, I think he realizes that he went off of Esa Lindell's reaction and pointed to the net. You can't overturn it if there's no evidence," Landeskog said. "We haven't gotten an explanation. I'm excited to see what the explanation will be."


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The Colorado Avalanche May Be The Team To Beat

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Wednesday the Avalanche became one of three teams to punch their ticket to the second round of the Stanley Cup tournament with a demolition of the Arizona Coyotes. In a later game, Philadelphia also had a chance to knock out Montreal.

The Avs’ 7-1 victory gave them a convincing five-game series win over the hapless Coyotes. Over the life of the series they outscored their opponent 22-8, including 14-2 over the final two games. In their Game 5 win they scored on back-to-back power plays in the first half of the first period, added a third on Nazem Kadri’s second goal of the game, then coasted to victory....

“There’s no question,” said Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet. “We were overmatched.”

The next question is who will be a match for the Avs?

“I most definitely think we’re ready to make that next step, no doubt,” said Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog who’s now in, can it be?, his ninth year with the team. “We’ve grown together and we’ve been through the bad.

“We’ve seen the product we can put on the ice. When we do our job and work for one another, we can do some really good things.”

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Video- Tampa Bay Lightning Win Game 1 In 5OT


Tampa Bay wins in 5OT.

GWG is below.

added 10:46pm, game highlights below...

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It’s All About The Cup For Pierre-Edouard Bellemare

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare has put his two young children to bed almost every night for nearly four months since the NHL paused its season March 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Avalanche center now faces the possibility of not being in the same room with his family for a minimum of five weeks if the Avs reach the Western Conference finals in the proposed 24-team playoffs.

The NHL is still working on an official Phase 4 return-to-play announcement to coincide with a new collective bargaining agreement with the NHL Players Association, but according to a TSN report published late Sunday night, the league will conduct its 24-team playoffs in two “bubble” cities — Edmonton and Toronto. It will also not allow advancing teams to see their families until the conference finals....

“It’s a difficult situation. As the parent of two, it’s going to be really mentally difficult to not see your family for a while. I have mixed feelings about it,” Bellemare said Monday in a phone interview. “But I’m ready to return to play. We have a great team. I’m ready to win the Cup. I’m ready to make some sacrifices to win that Cup.”...

“It’s a different situation right now, but normally when you come to pre-camp, you’re already in town and you’re practicing on the ice in different groups. This is similar but I feel like the intensity is a little bit higher just because everybody realizes what’s at skate,” he said. “So everybody is trying to get back to feeling good on the ice but also thinking about getting that edge quick because it’s going to come fast.”


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Nathan MacKinnon Will Miss 1-2 Weeks

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