Avalanche’s Nazem Kadri embraces ‘being the villain’ with Game 4 hat trick

ST. LOUIS – Nazem Kadri stared down middle fingers. He silenced the booing crowd. He celebrated. He shoved. And, most problematically for his opponents, he scored. Quite a bit. “I think he liked being the villain tonight,” teammate Erik Johnson said after the Avalanche’s 6-3 Game 4 win against the Blues on Monday. “He certainly … Read more

NHL playoffs results daily: Kadri’s hat-trick powers Avalanche, Lightning sweep Panthers

Game 4: Lightning 2, Panthers 0 | Tampa Bay wins 4-0 Who was the guy ?: Well, it was a close-out game, so the answer is the same as it’s been in seemingly every other Lightning close-out game for the last three postseasons. Andrei Vasilevskiy put up yet another shutout – his sixth in the … Read more

Stanley Cup playoffs 2022 – New York Rangers relish ‘added nastiness’ against Hurricanes

New York Rangers winger Ryan Reaves had some regrets after Game 3 against the Carolina Hurricanes. Not about the result, which was a 3-1 Rangers victory at Madison Square Garden that cut their series deficit to 2-1. But about the immediate aftermath. Reaves was on the ice at the final buzzer when Carolina forward Max … Read more

Avalanche center Nazem Kadri got last laugh on St. Louis Blues haters. But if the NHL does not suspend David Perron, somebody’s going to get hurt.

The NHL is awfully quick to throw the book at Nazem Kadri. But where the heck are they when some idiot throws an elbow at him? Or a water bottle? Or something worse? David Perron, Blues forward by day and tactless goon by night, should be suspended. Now. If not for Game 5 of Avs-Blues … Read more

Top-seeded Florida Panthers’ season ends after sweep by Tampa Bay Lightning

The Florida Panthers have been swept out of the NHL postseason, falling 2-0 to host the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series on Monday. Florida was the NHL’s top-seeded team entering the playoffs, having earned the franchise’s first Presidents’ Trophy title on the strength of a 122-point campaign. … Read more

Colorado Avalanche’s Nazem Kadri records hat trick in Game 4 to push St. Louis Blues to brink of elimination

Avalanche center Nazem Kadri, who over the previous 48 hours was the subject of racist attacks and threats following his injurious collision with Blues goalie Jordan Binnington, recorded his first career playoff hat trick in Colorado’s 6-3 Game 4 road win on Monday night, pushing St. Louis to the brink of elimination. “Unfortunately, I’ve been … Read more

Penguins GM – ‘In a perfect world,’ Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang would stay in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ron Hextall says he wants to find a way to have Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang stay with the club for the rest of their careers. “In a perfect world, [Malkin] retires a Penguin, “Hextall said Monday.” And I think Tanger’s the same. “ In a perfect world, anyway. … Read more

BenFred: No more coasting for ballyhooed Avalanche after Blues grabbed wheel in Game 2 | Ben Frederickson

One loss, one win and what seemed like an avalanche of change in between. After the Blues played passenger in their Game 1 loss of this second-round playoff series and before they grabbed the wheel in Thursday’s Game 2 win, coach Craig Berube sat his players down for a video review of Game 1 moments … Read more

NHL playoffs results daily: Flames outslug Oilers; Canes outlast Rangers

Game 1: Hurricanes 2, Rangers 1 (OT) | Carolina leads 1-0 Who was the guy? Antti Raanta was the difference-maker for Carolina on Wednesday. He showed up for all 60 minutes when the teammates did not. The Rangers were the better team through two periods and challenged him with some high-quality looks. But he turned … Read more