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Colorado College, University of Denver will play at Coors Field

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The University of Denver has announced that they will be playing against the Colorado College Tigers in an outdoor game at Coors Field. The NCAA contest is scheduled for Feb. 20, a week before the Red Wings and Avalanche play outside as part of the 2016 Stadium Series.

“It’s going to be awesome,” DU junior center Quentin Shore told the Denver Post. “We all watch the outdoor games and it will be a dream come true to play in one. The fact that we get to play CC in downtown Denver is unreal.”

The festivities will also include an alumni game between the Red Wings and Avalanche. The two franchises were fierce rivals in the mid-90s through early 2000s.

Before the Red Wings and Avalanche play outdoors, Minnesota will host Chicago at TCF Bank Stadium on Feb. 21. The Winter Classic will feature Montreal and Boston in Gillette Stadium.

Video: Capitals strike first on Beagle’s determination goal

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Neither the New York Rangers or Washington Capitals could get an edge in the first period of Game 3 tonight, but that changed 7:31 minutes into the second thanks to Washington forward Jay Beagle.

Beagle fired the puck wide of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, but he chased after it and was able to retrieve his own shot while behind the net. Beagle wrapped around and shot the puck towards the goal. Once more the puck was heading away from the net, but this time it hit Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle’s skate and went in.

You can see that sequence below:

That was Beagle’s first goal of the 2015 playoffs and it was also Andre Burakovsky’s first career point in a postseason game. The 20-year-old rookie had nine goals and 22 points in 53 regular season contests.

Washington is 3-0 in the playoffs when scoring first.

Shero aims to bolster Devils offensively

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Lou Lamoriello announced today that he’ll be handing over the general manager’s job to Ray Shero while retaining his position as team president. Shero appreciates all that Lamoriello has done since taking over in 1987, but in light of New Jersey’s recent struggles, he also wants to do things a bit differently.

“Lou and I have discussed a lot of things as far as philosophy. I’m not Lou and I’m not like Lou. And he’s not like me. We’re different,” Shero told NJ Advance Media. “There are a lot of different philosophies that we do share, but when you look Pittsburgh and New Jersey they are certainly different teams.

“You look at the Devils and it’s about his defensive philosophy. That’s been very successful for them. But in terms of where the are now and moving forward to be successful, let’s be honest. There has to be a complement of that with a philosophy of offensive hockey and scoring more goals. If not, there is not much room for error. Without that, goaltending and team defense can only take you so far.”

Shero has a lot of experience with offensively gifted teams from his days with Pittsburgh, but then, he had plenty to work with in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The Devils ranked 28th in goals per game last season, but it’s not as if their defense-first approach has always gone hand-in-hand with offensive anemia. New Jersey was a middle-of-the-road team offensively in 2011-12 when it last made the playoffs and went all the way to the Stanley Cup Final.

Back then the Devils had Ilya Kovalchuk, Patrik Elias, and Zach Parise leading the charge though. Parise and Kovalchuk have since left the team while Elias turned 39 in April.

Filling the void left by the departure of superstars is an extremely difficult task, but it’s the one Shero inherited. He’s already got a strong goaltending tandem in Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid and a promising blueline. Whether or not he is able to elevate the Devils’ offense to at least respectable levels could determine how his tenure with New Jersey will ultimately be viewed.

Getzlaf, Toews, Ladd are Messier Leadership nominees

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Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, and Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf have been selected as the finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award.

The trophy, which seeks to award those “who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season,” is chosen by Mark Messier. All three of this year’s finalists led their respective clubs to the playoffs.

Toews has played a major part in Chicago’s rise to power since the start of the 2008-09 campaign. Going into this season, Chicago had reached the Western Conference Final in four of its last six years and won the Stanley Cup twice over that span.

Getzlaf, who also won the Cup back in 2007, played a key role in Anaheim winning its division for the third straight year. For Ladd and Winnipeg, making the playoffs was itself an accomplishment after the franchise’s struggles over its first three seasons in Winnipeg. Like the other nominees, Ladd has his name on the Stanley Cup, although he hasn’t accomplished that feat with his current team. He won it all with Carolina in 2006 and then Chicago in 2010.

Since the award was first presented in 2006–07, no player has won the annual version twice and that tradition is now guaranteed to continue this year.

Voynov’s wife refuses to testify, agrees to domestic violence counseling after threat of contempt

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Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov’s wife, Marta Varlamova, doesn’t want to testify against her husband as he faces domestic violence charges. In a pretrial hearing on Monday, Judge Eric Taylor warned her that she might be found in contempt and fined under $1,000 if she won’t answer questions. With that in mind, she has agreed to seek domestic violence counseling through the NHLPA to see if she might change her mind.

“I’d prefer not to find her in contempt if we can give her a chance to decide if she is willing to testify,” Taylor said, per the Daily Breeze. He also warned that this might end up having an impact on her immigration status.

Voynov, who is suspended indefinitely by the NHL, allegedly beat his wife and at one point shoved her into a flat-screen television during an incident on Oct. 19. Both Voynov’s attornys and his wife’s lawyer, Michael Walsh, have claimed that her injuries were caused by an accident. She was hospitalized and needed eight stitches to close a gash above her eye.

Based on interviews between the hospital workers and police, Varlamova reportedly told them that this wasn’t the first time this has happened.

Walsh stated in a memo in March that Varlamova has “legitimate concerns about her privacy and her personal well-being and desires to avoid the emotional trauma, embarrassment and destruction of her privacy that would result from being compelled to testify in this case.”

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