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From Both Sides - Colorado/Edmonton

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche, now 10-2 in the postseason, is two victories from the Stanley Cup Final and six wins from euphoria.

A Canadian center and a goalie from the Czech Republic led the Avs to a 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference Finals on Thursday night at Ball Arena. Nazem Kadri’s three assists on Colorado’s three-goal blitz in a span of 2:04 and Pavel Francouz’s 24-save shutout carried the Avs to a dominating 4-0 victory over the highly explosive Edmonton Oilers....

“We definitely cleaned some things up,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said. “Start to finish, more disciplined and stronger as the game went on in our checking game. Guys just really committed to it.”...

“We shut them down. I think that was what our group needed,” said Avs defenseman Josh Manson, who scored the second goal. “We talked about it in between (periods) and how we wanted to accomplish it. And so it was good to go and get that result.”

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

On the night that Calgary Flames curmudgeonly head coach Darryl Sutter was awarded the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year, we offer you this:

For the Edmonton Oilers, will this Western Conference Final simply be a waste of eight days?

“It’s a series, right? This is how it goes,” countered even-keeled winger Zach Hyman after a 4-0 loss Thursday. “There are momentum swings. It’s a rollercoaster. They defended home ice, so we have an opportunity to go back, feed off our crowd and get the momentum back.”

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Game highlights are below.

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Open Post- Game 2 Of The Western Conference Final

Can Edmonton get some goaltending and can they stop the Colorado offense?

If not, they travel home down 0-2.

Darcy Kuemper won't play tonight for the Avs, Pavel Francouz starts in goal

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The Edmonton Oilers Cold Not Keep Up With The Colorado Avalanche

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

This was fun. Just not the kind of fun the Edmonton Oilers were hoping to have.

This was Space Mountain without a seatbelt, a New York cab ride with a blindfold on, a trip down the backside at Lake Louise on a toboggan, as the Oilers faced off in the Colorado zone with 90 seconds left, their goalie pulled in a 7-6 game.

It was great theatre — legendary! — that ended in an 8-6 Colorado victory. There, we’ve said it.

But here’s the stark reality, folks: When the game was in the balance, the Edmonton Oilers could not defend the Colorado Avalanche, they could not skate with the Colorado Avalanche, and they could not keep the puck out of their net against this Avalanche team that the Oilers caught up to only after the score effects set in.

The Oilers got their heinies kicked here, good and proper, on their first trip to a Western Conference Final since 2006.

But there is an alternate reality: Edmonton lost Game 1 against Los Angles and Calgary earlier this spring, and won both of those series. Of course, that means nothing on this stage.

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Video- Colorado Avalanche Take Game One Over The Edmonton Oilers

If you like goals, watch the 8-6 win.

If you like defense, move on.

 

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Open Post- Game 1 Of The Western Conference Final

This is your place to discuss the game tonight or anything NHL related.

Many expect a high scoring series and it should be an enjoyable one to watch featuring Connor McDavid and Nathan MacKinnon.

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Ready For Some Offense?

from TSN,

The NHL's Western Conference Final begins Tuesday night in Denver as the Colorado Avalanche host the Edmonton Oilers in Game 1. 

This seven-game series will feature tremendous firepower, highlighted by arguably the two most exciting players in the game today in Connor McDavid and Nathan MacKinnon. Not to mention the likes of Leon DraisaitlEvander KaneNazem KadriMikko Rantanen and Cale Makar

"It's going to be exciting," Avs general manager Joe Sakic told the media on Monday. "They got some world class players there. Two of the best in the game. So do we. Both teams have great depth up and down the lineup that have gotten contributions. I just think for the league, if you're a fan of the game you're going to enjoy this series." 

The stats give hockey fans plenty of reasons to be excited as well. 

For the first time in 34 years, and just the fifth time in history, a final-four matchup in the Stanley Cup playoffs will feature two teams with a goals-per-game average of 4.3 or higher. Colorado sits at 4.3 while the Oilers are scoring 4.33 goals per game this spring in the playoffs. 

This year's Western Final also marks the first time in Stanley Cup playoffs history that a series will feature the top four active skaters on the career playoff points-per-game list with a minimum of 30 games played. 

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Connor McDavid’s Time

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

If Connor McDavid has come in waves at opposing defencemen, he has washed over the hockey populace in layers during his ascent to the title of hockey’s best player.

Unlike Sidney Crosby, there have been no Olympic moments, no skating through snowflakes to win a Winter Classic for a hockey phenomenon who has played out his career in hockey’s version of Mystery, Alaska.

McDavid is not just sequestered in Alberta, the northwest corner of the National Hockey League map. McDavid’s Edmonton Oilers reside in northern Alberta, where 82 televised McDavid appearances each punishing winter are 82 reasons not to let the bitter cold and 4 p.m. darkness break our spirit the way he broke Jacob Markstrom’s.

There, in a province that lives and breathes the game, McDavid has long held the crown of hockey’s best player. Because out West, they see Matthews and Marner, Kucherov and Stamkos in a 5 p.m. MT start all winter long.

Then McDavid arrives on our big screens, like the main event after an undercard. With all due respect, for a while now, there has simply been no contest.

Today, as McDavid’s maturation coincides with a stage that a Hockey Night in Canada game in November simply cannot match, McDavid and the hockey world are on a next-level date.

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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.”

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from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun,

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The Edmonton Oilers Advance To The Western Conference Final

The Oilers defeated the Calgary Flames 5-4 in OT to advance to the WCF.

It was a back and forth game topped of with an overtime goal from Connor McDavid.

 

added 12:52am, Extended video of the OT goal is below. added 12:57am, handshakes are below..

added 1:06am, Sportsnet panel discusses the no goal Calgary late in the 3rd, watch below. added 1:17am, game highlights are below...

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Morning Line- Damien Cox On Evander Kane

Kane can still score, so he’s playing in the NHL. Playing the role of hero. We’ll see over time whether his days as a villain are truly over.

-Damien Cox at the Toronto Star where you can read more on Evander Kane.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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