Battle-tested Muzzin urges Leafs not to be tentative in Game 6

Jake Muzzin knows about closing out series in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Maple Leafs defenceman won a Stanley Cup as a member of the L.A. Kings in 2014 and is one of just four players in Toronto’s room to play past the first round in the post-season. Muzzin’s message to his teammates ahead of Sunday’s Game 6… Read More »

‘I’m not a superhero’: Svechnikov says he didn’t pick fight with Ovechkin

Carolina Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov hopes to play in Game 6 against the Washington Capitals on Monday after suffering a concussion in a fight with Alex Ovechkin a week earlier. Svechnikov took part in his first full team practice on Saturday during the Hurricanes’ morning skate before Game 5 of their first-round series. The 19-year-old Russian winger wore… Read More »

Back’s against the wall, Jets need to find their ‘best game’: Morrissey

ST. LOUIS — The Winnipeg Jets will try to keep their season alive tonight in St. Louis — but exactly who is going to be in the lineup remains a bit of a mystery. Nikolaj Ehlers, Patrik Laine and Dustin Byfuglien all missed the morning skate. Ehlers blocked a shot in the final minute of Game 5, while… Read More »

Productive, ‘coachable’ Matt Duchene gives Blue Jackets playoff boost

Matt Duchene is having a splendid time these days. It showed when he skated up to the glass to greet his wife, Ashley, and 3-month-old son Beau during warmups before the Columbus Blue Jackets won their third straight playoff game. Nothing but smiles and “aaaws,” a sweet moment for mom and dad shared with thousands of others via… Read More »

Productive, ‘coachable’ Matt Duchene gives Blue Jackets playoff push

Matt Duchene is having a splendid time these days. It showed when he skated up to the glass to greet his wife, Ashley, and 3-month-old son Beau during warmups before the Columbus Blue Jackets won their third straight playoff game. Nothing but smiles and “aaaws,” a sweet moment for mom and dad shared with thousands of others via… Read More »

Blues don’t know how to quit

The St. Louis Blues looked done after 40 minutes Thursday night. Then again, they looked done at Christmas. Yet, guess who’s poised to wipe the Winnipeg Jets from the 2018-19 Stanley Cup playoff picture? Head coach Craig Berube’s band of workaholics, that’s who. “That’s an emotional one, especially the way it starts. You’re down early, but you can… Read More »

Season on the line in St. Louis Jets in St. Louis for Game 6 with season on line

The Winnipeg Jets admitted at the tail end of the regular season to some meagre efforts against foes with far more on the line than themselves. They tipped their caps to some desperate teams down the stretch. Well done, Dallas Stars, on a 5-2 triumph. Full marks, Montreal Canadiens, on that 3-1 victory. Way to go, Minnesota Wild,… Read More »

Jets Need Another Road Win to Force Game 7

report this ad WINNIPEG — Jacob Trouba hopes recent history will repeat itself for the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets face elimination from the playoffs in Saturday’s Game 6 in St. Louis, but the veteran defenceman and his teammates are drawing confidence from a pair of victories at Enterprise Center over the last week. “It’s the biggest game of… Read More »

Flame out: Avalanche knock off Calgary in Game 5

Add the Calgary Flames to shocking Stanley Cup playoff exits this season. Spurred by a dominant Nathan MacKinnon, the Colorado Avalanche ousted the Flames from contention with a 5-1 win Friday to win their first-round series four games to one. The Avalanche advanced to the second round of playoffs for the first time since 2008. “It’s awesome to… Read More »

Avs sting Flames with series-clinching win

The Calgary Flames have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Colorado Avalanche beat Calgary 5-1 on Friday to oust the Flames from their best-of-seven first-round series in five games. Calgary entered the playoffs as the No. 1 team in the Western Conference after a 107-point regular season, while Colorado qualified as the second wild card. The… Read More »