BenFred: Despite MacKinnon’s heroics, the Blues won Game 5, and can again in Game 6 | Ben Frederickson

You had to know Nathan MacKinnon wasn’t going to stay quiet forever. Colorado’s star is one of the most exciting, electrifying, exhilarating – and all of those other words that snap, crackle and pop – hockey players in the game today. After a quiet start to this second-round series between the Blues and the Avalanche, … Read more

Avalanche fan makes signs to support Kadri

DENVER – Adrienne Ruth wanted to let Nazem Kadri know she and all Colorado Avalanche fans had his back and decided to do something about it. Ruth, an Avalanche season ticket holder, painted a sign with a personal message for the forward, and printed up 300 flyers at each local Office Depot saying “Stand With … Read more

Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz: Avalanche look to advance to conference final

Welcome to the Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz, a daily in-depth look at the 2022 NHL postseason. There is one playoff game scheduled for Wednesday, the 24th day of the postseason. On Tap St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche (8 pm ET; TNT, CBC, SN, TVAS) The Avalanche can advance to the Western Conference Final for … Read more

Panthers sweep at hands of Lightning ‘tough pill to swallow’

“I think we’re closer than ever,” Panthers coach Andrew Brunette said. “But we got swept, and there’s another level we’ve got to climb still. We’re still climbing, and I thought hoping – not hoping, but I believe – we were ready for that next step, and unfortunately, we fell short. “ The Panthers won the … Read more

Mailbag: Stanley Cup Playoff scoring, Rangers offseason choices

Here is the May 25 edition of the mailbag, where we answer your questions asked on Twitter using #OvertheBoards. Tweet your questions to @drosennhl. I can’t remember a postseason with so much scoring. Is the playoff landscape changing? – @ericsagedean I have no idea how old you are Eric, but if you didn’t start following … Read more

Kadri scores hat trick, Avalanche defeat Blues in Game 4

ST. LOUIS – Nazem Kadri scored his first Stanley Cup Playoff hat trick, and the Colorado Avalanche defeated the St. Louis Blues 6-3 in Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round at Enterprise Center on Monday. The Avalanche lead the best-of-7 series, 3-1. Game 5 will be at Colorado on Wednesday. “I wanted to … Read more

Flames leave Markstrom ‘out to dry’ in Game 3 of Western Second Round

EDMONTON – Leaving Jacob Markstrom “out to dry” is becoming a familiar refrain for the Calgary Flames in the Western Conference Second Round against the Edmonton Oilers. Markstrom made 21 saves in the first period but allowed four goals in the second period and did not finish the game in a 4-1 loss at Rogers … Read more

Practice Report: Monday at Madison Square Garden

NEW YORK, NY. – The Carolina Hurricanes got right back to work Monday, practicing at MSG a day after their first defeat in their series against the New York Rangers. Andersen Update The first player on the ice for today’s full-team skate? Frederick Andersen. For the first time since suffering a lower-body injury on Saturday, … Read more

McDonagh’s daughter is ‘good-luck charm’ for Lightning in Game 3

TAMPA – Ryan McDonagh said he tried to take it all in during the pregame events with his 5-year-old daughter, Falan, the honorary “Thunderkid” for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round, skating around the rink and then standing next to him for the national anthem. “We’ve been practicing at home for this,” the … Read more

Kane continues to pay huge dividends for Oilers in Game 3

Evander Kane stuffed the puck into the net, the hats rained onto the ice at Rogers Place on Sunday, and what looked like a risky acquisition not long ago kept paying off, big time. Who would have imagined this when the Edmonton Oilers signed the forward Jan. 27? Kane scored his second hat trick of … Read more