The Colorado Avalanche have a chance to win their first round series against the Minnesota Wild in Game 6. That’s quite an accomplishment given that they’ve been missing leading scorer Matt Duchene (knee), but they might not have to get any further without him.
Duchene participated in his first full skate with the Avalanche on Saturday after returning to the ice Monday. He hasn’t played since March 29, but he seems poised to return on Monday.
“We’re going to take a serious look at it,” Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said.
During Duchene’s absence, 18-year-old forward Nathan MacKinnon has led the team with two goals and 10 points in the playoffs. The Avalanche are in this position because the rookie scored the overtime winner in Game 5.
In doing so, MacKinnon became the youngest player to net a game-winning overtime goal in the playoffs since Don Gallinger in 1943, per the Avalanche.
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.