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from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
"It was pretty fun to score that goal, and as I was waiting for my teammates, all I could see in the crowd was orange," Giroux said. "There were a lot of Flyers fans there and that made it pretty special."...
It was the Flyers' first win at the Pepsi Center since 2002, ending a seven-game losing streak (0-4-3) at the arena.
Nineteen seconds before Giroux's goal, defenseman Gudas scored on a point drive to tie the game at 2-2 with 5:43 left. Gudas has five goals in the last 10 games - after not scoring in the season's first 57 games....
"Not only do we get to steal a game from someone - it feels like it's always happening to us - but it's a huge win for us," Shayne Gostisbehere said. "We had a lot of shots and we played good team hockey over the last two periods."
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
The Avalanche's 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night at the Pepsi Center was damaging, but not necessarily a devastating blow to Colorado's playoff hopes....
Playing their second consecutive game without both of their top two scorers, the injured Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon, the Avs took that one-goal lead when John Mitchell converted a setup pass from Andreas Martinsen to score at 6:13 of the third.
But the Flyers got goals from Radko Gudas at 14:17 and Claude Giroux only 29 seconds later to take control. Ryan White got credit for an empty-net goal with 4.8 seconds left when hauled down from behind.
Also on Thursday, Minnesota beat Calgary 6-2 at home, so the Avalanche fell three points behind the Wild in the chase for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. However, the Avs have a chance to get back within one when they face the Wild at home Saturday, and Colorado has both a game in hand and a 34-33 edge over Minnesota in the regulation and overtime win tiebreaker.
Watch the game highlights below...
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
The Flyers continued their remarkable late-season run Wednesday night and moved into a playoff spot for the first time since Oct. 28.
The Flyers, on an 8-1-1 surge, moved one point ahead of Detroit for the final wild-card spot. They have a game in hand on the Red Wings.
"A real good team effort again. Everybody chipped in and contributed," rookie coach Dave Hakstol said after the Flyers had 10 blocks in the third period, a session in which they allowed just four shots. "We did a lot of the little things right that you need to do to win back-to-back and on the road."
from the CP at TSN,
Mikkel Boedker picked an opportune time to show his new team what he can do offensively.
The Avalanche forward scored twice to lift Colorado back into playoff position with a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday.
Boedker, who came to the Avs at the trade deadline from Arizona, scored the go-ahead goal 37 seconds into the third with impressive move around the Vancouver defence.
"It's huge," said Boedker. "That's what we all want, we all want to be a difference maker and make good plays and make things happen and I think it's huge for your confidence.
"It definitely feels good when you can come in and produce and help your team."
Highlights from both games are below...
This one could hurt the Avs, Patrick Burke explains the suspension.
Watch the play here if you missed it earlier today.
via Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
Simon Despres played a solid, physical game that was clean but he wound up on the receiving end of a cross check to the head by Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog in the third period. Despres already missed 42 games because of a concussion at the hands of Tyson Barrie on October so he wasn’t happy about the hit at all. Landeskog already has a two-game suspension this season for an illegal check to the head and that could be factored in if supplementary discipline results from it. Looking at the video, it wasn’t a smart play at all and could prove costly to him and Colorado as it fights to get in the playoffs.
from Rob Vollman at NHL.com,
They are locked in a two-team race for the final Western Conference position in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They are both seven points back of the Nashville Predators, who have 75 points in 64 games, for the next highest playoff position and eight points ahead of the Arizona Coyotes and the Vancouver Canucks, who are tied for No. 10 in the Western Conference with 60 points apiece.
Colorado made the greater push at the NHL Trade Deadline, acquiring defenseman Eric Gelinas and forwards Shawn Matthias and Mikkel Boedker, while giving up Alex Tanguay, two prospects, and two draft picks. Minnesota's only significant move was to acquire David Jones from the Calgary Flames for goalie Niklas Backstrom and a sixth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.
Statistically, the Wild are a stronger team in terms of defensive play and puck possession; the Avalanche have the edge on special teams, the shootout, and many of the intangibles.
Minnesota's Advantage: Defense and Puck Possession
Minnesota's two greatest advantages over Colorado are achieved practically by default. Statistically, the Avalanche rank near the bottom of the League defensively and in terms of puck possession.
Also changed the headlint to reflect the trade.
added 2:33pm, Dallas release is below...
via the Tornonto Maple Leafs,
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the team has acquired the Colorado Avalanche’s fourth-round selection in the 2016 Entry Draft and forward Colin Smith in exchange for forward Shawn Matthias.
Smith, 22, has registered 13 goals and 21 assists in 54 games with Colorado’s American Hockey League affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, this season. In 2013, he was named to the Western Hockey League First All-Star Team after finishing fourth overall in league scoring with 106 points in 72 games with Kamloops. The Edmonton native, who skated in one NHL game with Colorado in 2014-15, was originally selected by the Avalanche in the seventh round (192nd overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Avs release is below...
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