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Videos- Colorado Avalanche Have A 2-0 Series Lead After An Overtime Win

Avs win 3-2 in OT.

Game-winning goal first, game highlights below.


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Gary Bettman Upholds Eight-Game Suspension To Nazem Kadri

NEW YORK (May 31, 2021) – NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman today upheld the eight-game suspension that was assessed to Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri by the Department of Player Safety for an illegal check to the head against St. Louis Blues defenseman Justin Faulk during Game 2 of the teams’ First Round Stanley Cup Playoff series on Wednesday, May 19.

Commissioner Bettman heard Kadri’s appeal of the original decision, assessed May 21, at a hearing on May 27.

The incident occurred at 6:26 of the third period. Kadri was assessed a match penalty for illegal check to the head.

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The Top Line Of The Colorado Avalanche Dominated In Game 1

from Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

The NHL’s most dangerous top line combined for 183 points in the regular season to lead the Colorado Avalanche to the Presidents’ Trophy.

It only felt as if they matched that total Sunday night.

Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen combined for eight points in Colorado’s 7-1 victory over the Golden Knights in Game 1 of the West Division final at Ball Arena.

“We played a good game,” Landeskog said. “It doesn’t mean anything going into Game 2. We’ve just got to follow it up and do the same thing again.”

The three combined for nine goals and 24 points in the first-round series sweep of St. Louis and picked up where they left off Sunday. Colorado has outscored its opponents 27-8 in starting the postseason 5-0.


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Video- A Match Penalty To Ryan Reaves

The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 7-1 tonight.

This of course happened in the third period of a blowout game.

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Ryan Reaves shoved Ryan Graves down to the ice and kneed him in the face after crosschecking Philipp Grubauer in the back of the head. Reaves was assessed a match penalty for 'intent to injure' and ejected from the game. Jonathan Marchessault also received two double minors on the play, leading to a 9-minute powerplay for the Avalanche.



added 2:59am on 5/31/21, game highlights are below...

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The Much Anticipated Series Everyone Wants

from Damien Cox at the Toronto Star,

The Colorado Avalanche look unstoppable.

To that, the Vegas Golden Knights say, we’ll see about that.


The playoff matchup everyone outside the North Division has wanted to see — Toronto-Montreal was the one for Canadian fans — is close to happening.

It was difficult to make much sense of overall standings this season because teams didn’t play clubs outside their division. So while Colorado won the Presidents’ Trophy and Vegas finished second, it really only means they were by far the class of their division, which included three of the seven worst teams in the NHL, all from California.

But maybe that’s nitpicking. St. Louis and Minnesota sure seem to have discovered the strength of the Avs and Knights in the first round of the post-season. The undermanned Blues, further depleted when Robert Bortuzzo and Justin Faulk were eliminated by vicious and illegal Colorado head shots, were swept by the powerful Avalanche in a series that ended Sunday night.

The Wild, meanwhile, played Vegas very well during the regular season, but face elimination at the hands of the Golden Knights on Monday evening after four games.

So we could have Colorado-Vegas set to go by mid-week.


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Videos- The Colorado Avalanche Move On To Round 2

Colorado sweeps St. Louis with a 5-2 win.

Highlights first, handshakes below.


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Video- Nazem Kadri Suspended 8 Games

Illegal check to the head.


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The New York Rangers Have Interest In Gerard Gallant, Does Columbus Too?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Davidson’s move to a division rival also seeking a coach in the wake of John Tortorella’s departure from the organization could have an impact on the Rangers if the Jackets go hard after Gerard Gallant, who is believed at the top of New York’s wish list following his meeting last week with the Blueshirts’ president-GM Chris Drury.

Gallant spent six years with Columbus at the turn of the century, serving as an assistant coach from 2001-02 through mid-2003-04 before he was elevated to the top job that he held for 142 games.

There would not seem to be much comparison between the open jobs behind the Rangers’ and Blue Jackets’ benches, nor between the talent on the clubs’ respective rosters. But if Gallant has an affinity for life in Columbus and is unsure about New York, then Drury might have to accelerate his timetable and attempt to reel in the coach before he can be wooed away by JD.

Davidson said his dismissal was “disappointing” but that he did not wallow in despair after the deed had been done and dove into what might be next, whether retirement, a move back to television or to another team’s executive suite. The fit in Columbus, a city of which Davidson has always spoken fondly, was too perfect to ignore.


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John Davidson Back In Columbus And A Contract Extension For Jarmo Kekalainen

from the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have named John Davidson president of hockey operations and alternate governor and signed General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen to a contract extension through the 2024-25 National Hockey League season, club President and Alternate Governor Mike Priest announced today. Davidson agreed to a five-year contract and returns to the role he held with the club from 2012-19.

"John Davidson and Jarmo Kekalainen worked tirelessly and effectively together to transform our hockey club from a team with one Stanley Cup Playoffs appearance in 12 seasons to one that reached the postseason five times in seven years from 2013-20," said Priest. "This is an important time for our organization and having stability and proven leadership at the top of our hockey operations department is critical for us to do what we want to do, which is bring a Stanley Cup championship to Columbus. Signing Jarmo to an extension and then bringing J.D. back gives us the right people to address the opportunities and challenges before us and we couldn't be more excited."


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Nathan MacKinnon’s Hat Trick Highlights Colorado’s Win Over St. Louis

from Rick Sadowski at NHL.com,

Nathan MacKinnon scored a hat trick and had an assist, and the Colorado Avalanche extended their lead in the Stanley Cup First Round with a 6-3 win against the St. Louis Blues in Game 2 at Ball Arena on Wednesday.

MacKinnon has scored seven points (five goals, two assists) in the first two games of the best-of-7 series.

"I don't know if I'm at another level or pucks are (just) going in right now, I guess," MacKinnon said. "I mean, all my goals are with great screens in front. [Gabriel Landeskog], Mikko [Rantanen] are beasts down low.

"Without those guys battling and mucking it up in front when I'm up high, those pucks don't go in. Everyone's helping out, for sure."

Joonas Donskoi had two goals and an assist, and Philipp Grubauer made 32 saves for Colorado, the No. 1 seed in the Honda West Division.

"You have to have guys elevating their game this time of year," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. "You have to have different guys chipping in and making plays, not just on the offensive side of it, but on the defensive side of it as well. Guys are feeling good with their game."


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