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Makar wins Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP for Avalanche

TAMPA — As kids, like most hockey-playing Canadians, Cale and Taylor Makar had won the Stanley Cup dozens and dozens of times. Their mini-sticks battles had ended in championships, in the Cup lofted, the celebration honored. It was never anything like this. Because this was something Cale Makar could never even have imagined. Not only …

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Saint John moves into Memorial Cup title game with win over Shawinigan

SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick — William Dufour scored four times in a span of 19 minutes, 55 seconds and the host Saint John Sea Dogs advanced to the Memorial Cup championship game, beating the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League rival Shawinigan Cataractes 5-3 on Saturday. “To finish my .” [junior] career like this is so …

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Sergachev stepping up for Lightning at perfect time in Cup Final

DENVER — Mikhail Sergachev was not intimidated. Not by the elite speed of Nathan MacKinnon. Not by the capacity crowd at Ball Arena, which was at its leather-lunged best. And not by the fact that his Tampa Bay Lightning, trailing 3-1 in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Final, would have been eliminated with a Game 5 …

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A look at the Edmonton Oilers’ farm system and how they might approach the 2022 NHL draft

Ken Holland’s goal since arriving in Edmonton has been to ice a competitive roster while also building a strong farm system. While he’s traded away second- and third-round draft picks and young defenders in William Lagesson, Caleb Jones, and Ethan Bear, Holland has held on tight to his first-round draft picks and prospects. As a …

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Kuemper will start for Avalanche in Game 6 of Cup Final against Lightning

DENVER — Darcy Kuember The Colorado Avalanche has gotten this far, and they’re confident the goalie can help them hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time in more than 20 years. Kuemper will start against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Sunday …

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Lightning resolute facing elimination again in Game 6 of Cup Final

DENVER — The Tampa Bay Lightning boarded their flight home Saturday, undoubtedly weary from another long grind during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but grateful they have at least one more game to play, and hopefully another after that. The Lightning will face elimination for the fourth time this postseason in Game 6 of the Stanley …

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Avalanche confident hitting road for chance to win Stanley Cup in Game 6

DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche’s frustrations at not closing out the Stanley Cup Final on home ice against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday was somewhat tempered by one fact: They’re great on the road. The Avalanche are 8-1 away from Ball Arena this postseason, and they’ll look for their biggest road win of the …

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