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Avalanche determined to extend playoff series against Predators

Resolute Colorado unwavering in belief it can climb out of 3-1 hole

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

DENVER -- It's possible the Colorado Avalanche have played their final home game this season, trailing 3-1 against the Nashville Predators in the best-of-7 Western Conference First Round.

"I'm not going to talk about that," Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon said through gritted teeth Wednesday when the idea was put to him. "It's not over."

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Rinne, Predators looking to bounce back in Game 4 against Avalanche

Goalie pulled after allowing four goals in loss

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

DENVER -- Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne watched a little TV at Pepsi Center on Tuesday. Very little, as it turned out.

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Predators 'got what we deserved' in Game 3 loss to Avalanche

Nashville doomed by another slow start, has allowed 11 goals in series

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

DENVER -- There was a large garbage can in the middle of the Nashville Predators dressing room late Monday, and with the balls of tape and pizza crusts, that's exactly where defenseman Roman Josi wanted to deposit the game he and his team just played.

The Colorado Avalanche came out like the proverbial house on fire in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round. The Predators could find nothing more than water pistols to combat the flames in what would be a 5-3 loss.

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Avalanche can get boost at home in Game 3 against Predators, Sakic says

GM hopes Pepsi Center crowd will make difference with Colorado trailing 2-0

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

DENVER -- Joe Sakic has a firm handle on what the Colorado Avalanche must do on home ice in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round against the Nashville Predators.

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Kings look to help out Quick against Golden Knights in Game 3

Los Angeles, down 2-0 in first-round series, aims for better play in front of goaltender after 54-save loss

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- On Friday, for the 15th time in their history, the Los Angeles Kings fell behind 2-0 in a best-of-7 series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Yet there is a silver lining for the Kings, who trail the Vegas Golden Knights 2-0 in the Western Conference First Round.

In 2014, the Kings rallied from being down 3-0 against the San Jose Sharks to win their first-round series in seven games, then defeated the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks, each in seven games, before defeating the New York Rangers in five to win the Stanley Cup.

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Golden Knights jersey put on Las Vegas Statue of Liberty

Landmark on Strip gets in playoff spirit before Game 2 against Kings

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- The small masses huddling near the replica Statue of Liberty on the Las Vegas Strip in the wee hours of Friday included some who were tired and others who were poorer than when their night began in the nearby casinos.

Bathed in light that is a trademark of this city, eight workers in two baskets suspended by cranes were moving around, above, below and on top of the spectacular landmark at the foot of MGM Resorts' New York New York Hotel & Casino.

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Fleury setting tone to help Golden Knights relax in playoffs

Gets shutout in Game 1, entertains crowd, teammates by juggling puck with stick after save

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- It wasn't by accident that the two shutouts on the opening night of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs were turned in by goalies who were teammates last season.

Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray planned it that way.

Well, actually they didn't, but Fleury likes the story, so let's go with it.

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Another Vegas first: Incredible pregame playoff party

Concert, tattoos, photos with showgirls highlight celebration

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- The Vegas Golden Knights helped Brandon Scroggins get his stolen truck back, but that wasn't why he was having the team's shield logo permanently tattooed onto the back of his left hand.

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Golden Knights expect raucous crowd for inaugural playoff game

After record-setting season, noise level should rise in postseason

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- Crazy. Chaos. Madness. Mayhem.

But all in a good way.

Those were just a few of the predictions being made after practice Tuesday by members of the Vegas Golden Knights, every player, coach and executive of the first-year NHL team expecting their historic Stanley Cup Playoff opener on Wednesday to be one for the books and one that will be off the charts.

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Las Vegas mayor leading cheers for Golden Knights

Goodman and hockey dilettantes turned diehards can't wait for playoff puck to drop

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS - "Ice hockey."

There's something charming about the way Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman describes the sport that has overwhelmed this market, a place many believed only enjoyed ice when it was bobbing in a tumbler.

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