CALGARY -- The foothills of the Rocky Mountains are a majestic sight on the distant horizon west of Calgary. The snow-capped peaks are also symbolic today, given the impossible climb the Calgary Flames faced in their bid not to be buried by the Colorado Avalanche.
CALGARY -- Lanny McDonald wasn't at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday for the Calgary Flames' 4-0 victory against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round. But strolling around Amen Corner at Augusta National probably wasn't a bad place to be either.
CALGARY -- The overtime fare was laid out on a table in the Colorado Avalanche dressing room near midnight: a huge bowl of fruit, three loaves of bread, jars of peanut butter, raw almond butter and strawberry jam, and a plastic bear filled with honey.
CALGARY -- It's a tradition as old as the NHL itself: A player's milestone first goal will for generations be remembered in reverential tones, recalled as an end-to-end rush, deking through everyone on the opposition to finish with a shot going top shelf over a sprawling, hapless goalie.
MONTREAL -- Bob Cole, the legendary "Hockey Night in Canada" broadcaster, will call the final play-by-play of his half-century career when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CBC, SN, SN1, TVAS, NHL.TV).
PHILADELPHIA -- Perhaps it's hard to fully understand the magic of the Stanley Cup until Philadelphia Flyers legend Bernie Parent and his wife, Gini, wheel the trophy into St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and see the kids flocking to their side. The true meaning of courage is on display when the children in the hospital beam and laugh at the sight of the Cup.
MONTREAL -- Scotty Bowman was at the helm of two NHL teams for the ages. Today, the most successful coach in League history is an interested observer with the Tampa Bay Lightning in serious pursuit of record-setting seasons put together by two Bowman-coached teams.