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  • May 8, 2024
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The Colorado Avalanche had gone a full week since wrapping up their first-round series, and were down three goals in the first period on the road against the top-seeded team. But once league MVP finalist Nathan MacKinnon and the Avs starting getting back into the flow of things Tuesday night, the Dallas Stars seemed to suddenly get hit by fatigue. They had closed out their tough opening Western Conference series against defending Stanley Cup champion Las Vegas with a Game 7 win just two nights earlier. Colorado won 4-3 in overtime to take a 1-0 series lead.

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Miles Wood scored on a backhander 11:03 into overtime into overtime and the Colorado Avalanche, after trailing by three goals in the first period, beat the top-seeded Dallas Stars 4-3 in the opener of their second-round Western Conference series. Wood got the puck past Jake Oettinger to wrap up only the Avalanche’s third three-goal comeback to win a playoff game in their history. Cale Makar had a goal and two assists for Colorado, while Valerie Nichushkin had a goal and an assist. Nathan MacKinnon had the tying goal only 39 seconds into the third period Alexander Georgiev had 19 saves while winning his fifth consecutive game in goal for the Avalanche. Game 2 is Thursday night.

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Vincent Trocheck scored a power-play goal off a rebound at 7:24 of the second overtime to give the New York Rangers a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Alexis Lafreniere scored twice, Chris Kreider had a power-play goal and Artemi Panarin had two assists for the Rangers. Igor Shesterkin stopped a season-high 54 shots. The Rangers remained perfect in six playoff games. Jake Guentzel scored twice, Dmitry Orlov also scored and Sebastian Aho had three assists for the Hurricanes. Frederik Andersen finished with 35 saves. The Hurricanes have lost three of their last four.

The Carolina Hurricanes had the NHL’s second-best power play during the regular season. They’ve been shut down by the New York Rangers and that’s been the difference in their second-round playoff series. The Hurricanes converted at 26.9% during the season — behind only the Tampa Bay Lightning. After going 5 for 15 (33.3%) in the first round against the New York Islanders, they are 0 for 10 through two games against the Rangers. Special teams was the key in the series opener as Carolina went 0 for 5 in the 4-3 loss on Sunday while New York scored on both its chances. The Hurricanes went 0 for 5 again and gave up two more power-play goals in a 4-3 loss in two overtimes in Game 2 on Tuesday night to fall into an 0-2 series hole.

NEW YORK (AP) — Vincent Trocheck scored a power-play goal off a rebound at 7:24 of the second overtime to give the New York Rangers a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night and a 2-0 lead in their second-round playoff series.

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The Chicago Blackhawks have re-signed forward Lukas Reichel to a two-year contract. The team announced the deal. It runs through the 2025-26 season with a $1.2 million cap hit. The Blackhawks were hoping for a breakout performance from Reichel this season, but he struggled with inconsistency for much of the year. Reichel, who turns 22 on May 17, finished with five goals and 11 assists in 65 games. Reichel’s development is an ongoing issue for Chicago as it tries to take its rebuilding project to the next level. The Blackhawks set a franchise record for losses by going 23-53-6 this past season.

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Vegas Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault is one of just five players remaining from the original 2017-18 team. There’s a good chance this season was his last in Vegas. He is an unrestricted free agent who just put together his finest season by scoring 42 goals. Whether Marchessault returns is the major offseason story facing the Golden Knights but not the only one. Forward William Carrier is another “Misfit” who’s an unrestricted free agent. The Knights also have to make decisions on Chandler Stephenson, Michael Amadio and Anthony Mantha at forward and Alec Martinez at defense.

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The San Jose Sharks won the draft lottery and earned the right to have the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft for the first time in franchise history. And general manager Mike Grier already has an idea of who he'll be selecting: Boston University center Maclin Celebrini. The 17-year-old Celebrini has ties to the Bay Area and ranked first among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. The Sharks finished last in the overall standings and retained their position in the lottery. The lottery proved anti-climactic with no changes to the draft order. The Chicago Blackhawks, who selected Connor Bedard with the No. 1 pick last year, retained the No. 2 selection, followed by the Anaheim Ducks.

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