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Flames' lack of production from top players critical in playoff exit

Gaudreau, Monahan combined for three points against Avalanche

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

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.

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McDonald savors Flames playoff memories during trip to Masters

1989 Cup winner with Calgary keeping tabs on former team's first-round series from Augusta

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

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.

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MacKinnon feels fresh despite workload, is playoff hero for Avalanche

Forward plays more than 26 minutes in Game 2, scores overtime goal to even series with Flames

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

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.

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Mangiapane has memorable playoff debut with Flames

Rookie gaining confidence heading into Game 2 against Avalanche

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

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.

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Smith puts on show in shutout for Flames against Avalanche in Game 1

Huge saves, assist wow home crowd, highlight stirring series-opening victory

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

CALGARY -- For Mike Smith, it began with fans chanting his name in encouragement after a modest bit of first-period goaltending.

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Cole humbled by attention to final 'Hockey Night in Canada' broadcast

Discusses 50-year play-by-play career with NHL.com

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

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).

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Canadiens, their fans enjoy wild ride during playoff race

Enthusiastic support in Montreal as battle for East wild-card spot goes down to final games

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- There was Stanley Cup Playoff hockey in this city Tuesday. Now all the Montreal Canadiens have to do is actually make it to the postseason.

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Canadiens, Blue Jackets set for wild-card showdown

Playoff fate could hang on 'biggest game of the year'

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

The Montreal Canadiens have played 77 games to this point in the season, but according to forward Andrew Shaw, none was as important as No. 78.

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Parent, Flyers legend, finally gets his day with Stanley Cup

NHL.com tags along on two-time champion's victory tour around Philadelphia

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

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.

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Lightning run at Canadiens, Red Wings records impresses Bowman

Coach of historic teams credits Cooper, Vasilevskiy for much of Tampa Bay's success

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

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.

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