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Young, speedy Avalanche show promise before playoff exit

Young, speedy Avalanche show promise before playoff exit

DENVER — Fair warning to the rest of the league: As fast and young as the Colorado Avalanche were this season, general manager Joe Sakic vows to make them even faster and younger. It's become a full-speed-ahead priority.
Crosby, Penguins keep 3rd straight championship in sight

Crosby, Penguins keep 3rd straight championship in sight

PHILADELPHIA — Sidney Crosby tormented the Flyers just as he has from the start of his NHL career. Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin were clutch when needed in pivotal games.
Predators brace for physical series vs Jets in 2nd round

Predators brace for physical series vs Jets in 2nd round

DENVER — The Nashville Predators are done dealing with the speed of Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche. Next, they get the physicality of Dustin Byfuglien and the Winnipeg Jets . There's no easy test this time of year. "They've got size.

Empty Cup: Flyers' title drought goes on with Game 6 loss

PHILADELPHIA — Flyers fans spent the final minutes of another empty season doing what boorish fans do with elimination on deck. They chucked beer cans and threw trash and hats and whatever objects were within reach onto the ice.
Predators beat Avs 5-0 in Game 6 to win first-round series

Predators beat Avs 5-0 in Game 6 to win first-round series

DENVER — Colorado had speed and youth. Nashville brought experience and know-how. It was plain to see which won out — this time.
Jake Guentzel scores 4 goals, Penguins advance

Jake Guentzel scores 4 goals, Penguins advance

PHILADELPHIA — Jake Guentzel scored four straight goals to help send the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins into the second round with an 8-5 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6 on Sunday.
Anaheim Ducks face long summer after shocking playoff sweep

Anaheim Ducks face long summer after shocking playoff sweep

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Anaheim Ducks will have plenty of reasons to be proud of their yearlong resilience and late-season determination to make the playoffs after an incredible stretch of early-season injury woes.
Guentzel scores 4 goals to lead Penguins to Game 6 clinch

Guentzel scores 4 goals to lead Penguins to Game 6 clinch

PHILADELPHIA — Jake Guentzel dropped to his right knee and slid on the ice in celebration, not only for his second career post-season hat trick, but for the goal that assured Pittsburgh was moving on in the playoffs.
Connor Hellebuyck emerging as elite goalie at right time for Winnipeg Jets

Connor Hellebuyck emerging as elite goalie at right time for Winnipeg Jets

WINNIPEG — Connor Hellebuyck's back-to-back shutouts in Games 4 and 5 highlighted the Winnipeg Jets' impressive opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs in which they eliminated the Minnesota Wild in five games.

Boeser, Barzal, Keller finalists for NHL rookie of the year

NEW YORK — Vancouver right winger Brock Boeser, New York Islanders centre Mathew Barzal and Arizona Coyotes centre Clayton Keller are the finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy for the NHL's rookie of the year.