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June 1st and in true Canadian fashion Winter Warnings and Snow

It wouldn't be a true start to summer in Canada without winter storm warnings and snow for parts of the country. (Author: Gardener)

June 1stSay it's no snow, these regions of Canada have 15cm of snow in the forecast Ontario man sets out on year-long kayak trip from Halifax Toronto's Taste of the Danforth in Jeopardy Toronto's Taste of the Danforth in Jeopardy This summer, many Festivals and concerts are returning after being suspended during the pandemic. However, one of Toronto's biggest summer festivals - the Taste of the Danforth - could be in jeopardy. As Kayla McLean explains, a measure put in place to support struggling businesses during the pandemic is now getting in the way. Canada's Gun Legislation: Proposed handgun law to include "red flag laws," says Mendicino Canada's Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino said in Surrey, BC on Wednesday that newly proposed gun laws would include "red and yellow flag protocols." , which allow anyone to make requests to a court suspending the license or taking away the gun in response to a reporter's question about people struggling with mental health problems who already own a firearm. A bus driver in the Peel region was able to get her passengers to safety after she said a man tried to take control of the vehicle. June 1st marks the official start of meteorological summer, and while some parts of the country are drenched in true summer heat and humidity, others have yet to shake off the grip of winter entirely. Visit our complete summer 2022 guide for an in-depth look at the summer forecast, planning tips and more! A few deep upper level low pressure centers are helping to keep the cold and blustery conditions in place. In fact, there are currently winter storm warnings for northern parts of Manitoba as an intense depression brings with it an extended snowfall season, along with strong northerly winds and a threat of freezing rain. Overall, between 20 and 30 cm of snow is expected in the hardest-hit areas by Thursday, with gusty winds of up to 80 km/h affecting visibility during snow and blowing snow. "Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve," Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) says in the winter storm warning. "Rapidly falling snow could make travel difficult in some locations. Prepare for rapidly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Visibility is at times suddenly reduced to near zero during heavy snowfall and blowing snow." Probably not the kind of travel warning you'd be prepared for in June. Conditions will improve through Friday as the system weakens and moves across northern Ontario. MUST SEE: Can Canada Ever Give Up Its Snow Reliability? Manitoba isn't the only province grappling with the remnants of the winter rage, either. Parts of the Labrador coast continue to see heavy snow thanks to a cold onshore current off the North Atlantic. While it may seem unusual for the time of year and even a shock to the system, there have actually been more than 100 cases of June snowfall in Newfoundland and Labrador throughout history. Nain, Labrador recorded almost 30 inches of snowfall on June 9, 2000, and St. John's recently even recorded a snowfall in June - more than 2 inches worth more than 2 inches on June 10, 2021.

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Free community dinner planned for Wednesday

(Author: Gardener)

WednesdayThe new owner of a building at 2nd and Ash Streets will be hosting a free meal of brisket flautas, rice, beans and dessert on Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. It is open to the public. Covenant Medical Group and Grace Clinic are hosting a job fair Wednesday at the CMG administration building in Lubbock. The job fair takes place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 2215 Nashville Ave. The health care system is seeking board-certified medical assistants, clinically-licensed professional nurses, and clinically-licensed registered nurses for locations in Texas and New Mexico. Interested parties have the opportunity to leave their CVs and/or use computers to fill out applications on site. Interviews are also conducted on site and job offers could be made to applicants on site. The Plainview Aquatics Center is open from 12pm to 6pm. Monday to Saturday and from 2pm to 6pm on Sundays. Admission is $3 for YMCA members 11 and younger and $5 for YMCA members 12 and older. General public admission is $5 for those under 11 and $7 for those under 12. Interested parties can arrange a party by calling the YMCA at (806) 293-8319. Interim Health will host a memorial service on June 3 for those who only have to mourn a loved one. The memorial service is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. that day in the function room at Plainview Elks Lodge at 908 N. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to contact Carl Hartman, Chaplain of Interim Health, by phone at (806) 705-8268 or email [email protected] reply. com. Participants do not have to be an Interim Health customer. PAWS Pet Adoption is hosting a garage sale/fundraiser in Texas Gardens this weekend. It will be open from 10am to 2pm. Friday and Saturday and 1-4pm Sunday at 803 W. The exhibition will conclude with a special awards ceremony and reception on June 26 from 1-3pm. in the gallery. Interested parties can visit the exhibition from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. Group tours can be arranged by calling (806) 291-3710. The early bird sale for the 77th season of the Plainview Community Concerts is underway. Interested parties can receive early bird prices until June 5th. Seasonal membership prices start at $45 for individuals, $100 for families, $55 for single parents, and $10 for students. They go up 10 after June 5th, although the student price doesn't change. Interested parties can purchase tickets at www.liveinplainview.biz, email [email protected], or call or text (806)292-8088 for more information. Cash desk phones are manned from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Comedian Nate Bargatze will be performing in Lubbock in December. The Raincheck Tour will make a stop at the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences on December 17th. Tickets for Bargatze are available now. Prices range from $39.75 to $69.75 plus taxes and fees and can be purchased at buddyhollyhall.com, by calling ETIX at 1 (800) 514-3849 or at the venue box office at 1300 Mac Davis Lane in Lubbock. The evening box office is open Monday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.natebargatze.com for more information on tickets. Production is scheduled for June 20-21. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. It is presented by the American Theater Guild. Tickets can be purchased at BroadwayAtBuddyHollyHall.com or by calling 1(800)514-3849. For more information on the musical, visit AnastasiaTheMusical.com. Group ticket savings for 10 or more are available by contacting [email protected] The Plainview Chamber of Commerce is raising money for its July 2nd fireworks show. There are three community gardens in Plainview with multiple sections for local gardeners. Those interested in growing fresh vegetables and/or flowers are encouraged to contact Charlotte Schumacher, Runningwater Draw RSVP Program Director. Single ticket sales for the Broadway at The Buddy Holly Hall Series are now on sale. The National Ranching Heritage Center hosts trolley tours through October. Tours begin at 10am every Thursday through October. Tickets are $5 and are available from Cogdell's General Store in the center's main gallery. The American Cultural Exchange Service is recruiting homestays for students from Japan, Thailand, China, Asia, South America and Europe for the 2022-2023 school year. Students need their own room and come to their host families with their own pocket money and health insurance. Those interested in learning more or applying to host can go to www. ExploreTheWorld.org or call Kevin Foster at 1(806)335-5857 or call the ACES National Office at 1(800)661-2237. The Plainview Dance Club now meets on the first, second, and fourth Thursday of each month at Elks Lodge, 908 N. Groups meet from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. There is live entertainment every night. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members, and $10 for annual memberships. Tickets for Baby Shark Live! are available now. at the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences in June. The Baby Shark Live!: 2022 Splash Tour takes place in Lubbock on June 8th. Those interested can purchase tickets at buddyhollyhall.com, by calling ETIX at 1 (800) 514-3849 or at the box office at 1300 Mac Davis Lane in Luebeck. Anjelah Johnson-Reyes will perform at the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences on June 11th. Dwight Yoakam will perform at the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences on July 22nd. Tickets may be purchased at buddyhollyhall.com or by phone Call 1(800)514-3849 or visit The Buddy Holly Hall Box Office at 1300 Mac Davis Lane in Lubbock, Monday through Friday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: 12:00 a.m. Grammy Award-winning actress Lady A will perform at the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences on June 16th. They go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Those interested can purchase tickets at buddyhollyhall.com, by calling ETIX at 1 (800) 514-3849, or in person at the box office at 1300 Mac Davis Lane in Lubbock, Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Robert Earl Keen will be in Lubbock on June 23 for his final tour. Keen will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences. They can be purchased at www.buddyhollyhall.com, by calling 1(800)514-3849, or at The Buddy Holly Hall, 1300 Mac Davis Lane in Lubbock. The restaurant is open Monday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences will host music group AMERICA in July. The band is currently celebrating their 50th anniversary. It will stop in Lubbock on July 24 for a 7 p.m. performance. Tickets range from $39.50 to $79.50 plus taxes and fees. They go on sale Friday at 10am, along with tickets to see Kevin James, Lady A and Theo Von. Those interested can purchase tickets online at buddyhollyhall.com, by calling ETIX at 1(800)514-3849, or at the box office at 1300 Mac Davis Lane, in Lubbock, Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Aaron Lewis and the Stateliners will perform in Lubbock on August 21st. The performance is at 7 p.m. at the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences. tonight. Tickets for the show range from $35 to $85 plus taxes and fees. Tickets for the show range from $35 to $85 plus taxes and fees. Tickets for the show range from $35 to $85 plus taxes and fees. They go on sale April 15 at 10am PDT. Those interested can purchase tickets online at buddyhollyhall.com, by phone at 1 (800) 514-3849 or at the Lubbock venue at 1300 Mac Davis Lane Monday through Friday 12 noon to 4 p.m. Comedian Kevin James will perform at the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences on September 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to see James perform range from $39.99 to $129.99, plus taxes and fees. They go on sale April 8th at 10am. Those interested can purchase tickets at buddyhollyhall.com, by calling ETIX at 1 (800) 514-3849, or in person at the venue's box office at 1300 Mac Davis Lane in Lubbock. The evening box office is open Monday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Weird Al Yankovic will perform at the Buddy Holly Hall in September. Ticket prices range from $35 to $70. Tickets can be purchased by visiting buddyhollyhall.com, calling ETIX at 800-514-3849, or going to The Buddy Holly Hall Box Office, located at 1300 Mac Davis Lane. Tickets can be purchased by visiting buddyhollyhall.com, calling ETIX at 800-514-3849, or going to The Buddy Holly Hall Box Office, located at 1300 Mac Davis Lane. The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences is hosting Buddy Holly's 85th Birthday Celebration on August 6th. Tickets are available now and range from $34 to $84 plus taxes and fees. Tickets are available now and range from $34 to $84 plus taxes and fees. They can be purchased at buddyhollyhall.com, by calling ETIX at 800-514-3849 or at the venue box office, 1300 Mac Davis Lane in Lubbock. The cash desk hours are from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. The cash desk hours are from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. The cash desk hours are from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. American Cultural Exchange Services is seeking volunteer families to host an overseas exchange student for the 2022-2023 school year. The students come from Japan, Korea, Asia, South America and Europe. American Cultural Exchange Services is a U-designated nonprofit educational organization. Students will learn about life in America and get a feel for what it's like to be part of an American family and American high school. Students are not required to have their own room and will participate in chores and help around the house if needed. They have health insurance and have their own pocket money for personal needs. Married couples, single adults, widowed or divorced individuals may accept a student. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Kevin, the area coordinator, for program brochures by calling 1(806)335-5857. You can also call 1(800)661-2237 or visit www.ExploreTheWorld.org. Tickets to see Justin Moore at the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts in November go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. The Reeves Brothers will accompany him on tour as special guests. Prices start at $39.50 plus applicable fees. Moore was originally scheduled to perform in Lubbock in March. Tickets for this show will be honored in November. Those interested can purchase tickets at the box office at 1300 Mac Davis Lane in Lubbock Monday through Friday from 12pm to 4pm. Tickets are also available at buddyhollyhall.com, pepperentertainment.com and outbackpresents.com, or by calling ETIX at (800) 514-3849. Johnson City, in the Texas Hill Country, is the new, cooler man from Fredericksburg, Missouri City who was sentenced to 45 years in prison after killing his high school sweetheart Summer Those interested in donating to the Plainview Area Endowment can do this online or by post. Checks may be mailed to The Plainview Area Endowment, 6102 82nd Street, No. 8B Lubbock, TX 79424, writing Giving Tuesday on the memo line. Seth Ward Baptist Church offers a prayer breakfast for men at 8:00 am on the second Saturday of each month. A Celebrate Recovery class is hosted by Johnny Beavers every Friday at 6:30pm at Seth Ward Baptist Church. Hale County farmers and landowners who require areas sprayed by the Noxious Weed Control District should either visit the board's website at halecountynoxiousweeds.com or contact Lewis Senter, Board Supervisor, at 806-292-4750. S. Flag displayed in front of your home or business eight holidays a year with the Kiwanis Club's flag program! Make checks payable to the Plainview Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 684, Plainview, Texas 79073. South Plains AA Group meets at 803 S. Monday. Closed sessions are at 6 p.m. Tuesday, 6 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Sunday. Free ESL classes are held Monday through Thursday at the Hale County Literacy Council. Covenant Health Plainview will host the We Fight to Live prayer group for cancer survivors from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. every first Tuesday of the month in Room B. Sessions consist of a monthly theme and speakers, as well as a structured section that provides time for group sharing. The self-help group is open to people with a cancer diagnosis and all those affected. The group is led by Andrea Ingram, a cancer survivor, and Sherry Wall, Hospital Missionary. There are no costs for the group. For more information contact Andrea Ingram at 806-293-7614 or Sherry Wall at 806-291-3364. The Compassionate Care Pregnancy Center at 1209 Quincy Street is open Tuesday from 10am to 2pm and Wednesday from 12:30pm to 3pm. and Thursdays 10am-2pm and 4:30pm-6:30pm If you or someone you know needs the following, call (806) 296-5000 to schedule an appointment. Some of the various job training courses offered by MET include Truck Driver, Basic Electrical, CNA, Basic Welding, and Law Enforcement. For more information about MET, visit their office at 927 Broadway or contact them at (806) 293-4457 or email [email protected] or [email protected] Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas is now accepting applications for new clients. The organization can assist with civil litigation matters including: evictions, unemployment benefits, foreclosure prevention, Medicare/Medicaid benefits, layoffs/privacy, bankruptcy, family law matters, and driver's license restoration. Those interested in learning more can fill out an application by doing so online or by phone. Visit www.lanwt.org to apply online. Online applications are for non-familial cases only. The Legal Aid Line phone number is (888) 529-5277. The office is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Plainview office also accepts applications by phone. Those interested can call (806) 293-8491. Applicants must be financially eligible to receive free assistance. StarCare currently has a mental health support hotline. The number is free, anonymous and confidential. A text line is also available at (806) 853-1314. The line is manned Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. How to submit this and that:

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Oilers, Avalanche have goalies to make decisions in Game 2 of the Western Finals

Will there be Mike Smith or Mikko Koskinen in goal for the Edmonton Oilers? Is it Darcy Kuemper or Pavel Francouz for the Colorado Avalanche? (Author: Gardener)

OilersDENVER — Will it be Mike Smith or Mikko Koskinen in goal for the Edmonton Oilers? DENVER — Will it be Mike Smith or Mikko Koskinen in goal for the Edmonton Oilers? Is it Darcy Kuemper or Pavel Francouz for the Colorado Avalanche? Is it Darcy Kuemper or Pavel Francouz for the Colorado Avalanche? Whether it's a potential injury or a performance-related issue, the starters for hockey's most critical position are up in the air for each team that competed Thursday (8:00 p.m. ET; TNT, CBC, SN, TVAS ). Smith was drawn after allowing six goals on 25 shots and Koskinen saved 20 of 21 shots to ease an 8-6 loss in Tuesday's Game 1. Smith is 8-3-0 with a 3.12 goal average, .917 save percentage and two shutouts in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff starts. Koskinen is 0-2 with a 4.02 GAA and a .897 save rate in three appearances. Smith was also drawn after allowing three goals on 10 shots in the first 6:05 of a 9-6 loss to the Calgary Flames in Game 1 of the Western Conference second round on May 18. He responded with 37 saves in Game 2, a 5-3 win. The Oilers won the series in seven games. Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft said a starter will be decided on Thursday. "We have great confidence in Mike," said Edmonton forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Obviously we didn't do enough to help Mike early in the game. We just gave them way too many really good chances and a team like that will find a way to take advantage of that was a 2-on-1 finish from Avalanche forward Andrew Cogliano. Edmonton scored the next three goals to to cut the lead to 7-6, with the third still 7-24 left. Colorado iced the win when Gabriel Landeskog scored an empty net with 22 seconds left to score. "Mikko gave us a chance to win the game," said Woodcroft. "He made some saves at the right moment. We still weren't as clean defensively as I or our coaching staff would like, but he made some big saves. Kuemper picked up an upper-body injury and went into second at 7-19 .Francouz allowed three goals on 21 shots.Avalanche coach Jared Bednar didn't know if Kuemper would be available for Game 2.It wouldn't be the first time the Avalanche have turned to Francouz this postseason.Kuemper, who scored 2 .65 GAA and .897 save percentage in 10 starts 6-2, suffered an eye injury against the Nashville Predators in Game 3 of Round 1. Francouz started Game 4 and made 28 saves in a 5-3 win to secure a four- to complete the game sweep. He's 3-0 with a 3.59 GAA and .889 save percentage in three games. "He's been outstanding for us all year," said Avalanche forward Logan O'Connor. "I don't think so that we have to change something. Same, detail oriented, good defense, blocking shots when given the opportunity, ending the rush, getting past pucks. I think it's the same things that we've tried to focus on throughout the series, especially against a highly potent offense like Edmonton.

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In the chaotic Game 1, Avalanche defender Cale Makar leads by three points

In 11 playoff games, Makar has four goals and 13 assists; His 17 points is second among defensemen and behind only the New York Rangers' Adam Fox (18 points in 14 games). (Author: Gardener)

Game 1When Game 1 was over and the Avalanche had outlasted Edmonton 8-6 in a thriller that included four goalies, 84 shots and literally one scoring opportunity per minute, defender Cale Makar summed up Tuesday night perfectly. "Obviously, there was a certain amount of chaos," he said after the teams' opener to the Western Conference Finals. The chaos made for great hockey led by Makar, who had three points (he was initially credited with four points but a goal substitution took away a third assist). The chaos provided the perfect pace for a player like Makar, who led the Avs in Ice Age (27m16s). In 11 playoff games, Makar has four goals and 12 assists; His 16 points is second among defensemen and behind only the New York Rangers' Adam Fox (18 points in 14 games). After the Oilers went 5-05 into the game, 1-0, the Avalanche scored three of the next four goals to cap the first period. The Avs extended the lead to 2-1 as Makar and Devon Toews assisted in Nathan MacKinnon's goal. After the Oilers leveled it with just 22 seconds left in the frame, Makar struck with great success. Makar won the ball in the neutral zone and pushed the puck over the blue line as teammate Valeri Nichushkin left the Oilers' zone. Makar then shot over Oilers goalie Mike Smith's blocker. Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft challenged the game, believing it was offside, but the decision on the ice stood and the Avalanche made it 4-2 on the ensuing power play to a failed challenge. "I knew (teammates) were trying to get out of the zone and my instinct was to give them as much time as possible," Makar said. Maybe (a) luck (game).” A player with a one-track mind would have flown over the blue line unaware that his teammates were trying to score. "I saw Cale step up and he was able to nip the game out of his zone, then he got the puck and went on attack," said Avs coach Jared Bednar. The Avs attacked and extended a 7-3 lead less than four minutes into the second period. The Oilers' third straight goal made it 7-6 Avs with 7:24 remaining. “It's hard when everything opens up like that; We get chances and we take them, and then obviously they do the same thing," Makar said. After Edmonton pulled their goalie, Makar had a 69-second shift in which he was equally stuck on the ice under pressure and unable to get off because he played the side off the Avs' bench. Unlike Game 5 against St. Louis, where the Avs allowed an empty goal to force overtime, Makar and Co. didn't allow the equalizer. "I feel like we did some things well, but at the end of the day we gave (the Oilers) a lot of options that we didn't give up over the last two series."

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A look at the Avalanche's highest-scoring games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Avalanche's offense hit like a hammer Tuesday, scoring eight goals from seven different players in an 8-6 win over the Edmonton Oilers to take a 1-0 lead in the third round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Since Colorado came to Denver in 1995, the team has scored at least seven goals ten times in the playoffs, for a record 10-0 lead. (Author: Gardener)

AvalancheThe Avalanche's offense hit like a hammer Tuesday, scoring eight goals from seven different players in an 8-6 win over the Edmonton Oilers to take a 1-0 lead in the third round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Since Colorado came to Denver in 1995, the team has scored at least seven goals ten times in the playoffs, for a record 10-0 lead. Here's a look at the Avs' top-scoring playoff games (updated June 1, 2022): In Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals against Florida, the Avs beat the Panthers 8-1 and took a 2-0 lead. Peter Forsberg led by a hat-trick and Rene Corbet and Jon Klemm each added two goals. After losing Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals, the Avs fired and scored the first five goals of the game en route to an 8-2 win at the Pepsi Center. Six different Colorado players scored, led by defenseman Rob Blake. Two of the NHL's strongest offenses started their streak in the third round with a bang, scoring 14 goals combined and making the Ball Arena's end scoreboard look like old-school Coors Field. Seven different Avs scored, led by a pair by J.T. Compher, to lead Colorado to an exciting 8-6 win over the Oilers in Game 1. Five power play goals -- including a PP hat-trick by Valeri Kamensky -- propelled the Avs to a first-round win at the Pepsi Center. The two teams combined for 12 goals as Colorado defeated Dallas 7-5 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The game was tied 5 men midway through the third period when Chris Drury - his second of the game - scored from an assist from Joe Sakic. After scoring just two goals in Game 3 with 51 shots, the Avalanche defeated Arizona 7-1 on Monday and took a 3-1 lead in the first round. Nazem Kadri has two goals and an assist to win. Two days after beating Arizona by seven goals, the Avs did it again in Game 5, beating the Coyotes 7-1 to win the series and advance to the second round. After beating the Blues in four games, the Avs started their second-round series against Vegas in great fashion, beating the Knights 7-1 in a thrilling Game 1 at the Ball Arena. Nathan MacKinnon and Gabe Landeskog scored two goals each and Cale Makar had four points (one goal and three assists) in the win. Colorado started the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a bang, beating the Blues 7-2 in Game 1 at Ball Arena. Cale Makar had three points - a goal and two assists - in the first game to take the lead. Just four days after beating the Predators in Game 1, Colorado defeated Nashville 7-3 in the first round at the Bridgestone Arena. Captain Gabe Landeskog notched a hat-trick and Cale Makar added three assists.

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Avs stays on to win Game 1 but Kuemper injures

The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Edmonton Oilers 8-6 in Game 1 of Tuesday's Western Conference Finals, but the home side lost starting goaltender Darcy Kuemper to an upper-body injury in the process. (Author: Gardener)

Game 1DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Edmonton Oilers 8-6 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals Tuesday night, but the home side lost starting goaltender Darcy Kuemper to a torso injury in the process. Kümper returned to the ice late at the beginning of the second third and then left for good during the first TV break. Backup Pavel Francouz stopped Colorado the rest of the way in a performance of 18 saves. "We'll see," was all Bednar said when asked if Kuemper's was an everyday or possibly longer-term problem. Kuemper has been solid throughout the postseason, posting a 6-2-0 record with a .904 save percentage and a 2.44 goals-against-average en route to the Conference Finals. And he's coming off a great regular season (37-12-4, .921 SV%, 2.54 GAA) that helped Colorado establish a strong position for the playoffs. The 32-year-old should play an integral role in getting Colorado past Edmonton and its electrifying attacking stars - namely forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl - who will try to feast on Francouz on occasion. That was evident from the way Francouz came off the bench. He came on when the score was 6-3, giving up late goals to McDavid, Derek Ryan and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to allow Edmonton to come within one with over seven minutes remaining in regulation. "We didn't intend to play a game like that," Francouz said, "but we'll win for sure. We all know what kind of players are on those two teams and we didn't plan on playing a game like that, but we're taking this win for sure and we're going to move on." He filled in for Kuemper as Colorado's starter in the game 3 of the Avalanche's first-round sweep in Nashville, Predators forward Ryan Johansen accidentally hit Kuemper in the eye with a stick, and he missed the rest of that series before recovering healthy for the second-round matchup against St. Louis Substituting for Kuemper, Francouz went 2-0-0 with .902 SV% and 2.97 GAA while shutting down Nashville.Kümper's departure wasn't the only goaltender drama in Game 1, either Halftime also by Mike Smith to Mikko Koskinen after Smith allowed a sixth goal to put Edmonton in a 6-3 hole.The 40-year-old Smith also had the hook in Game 1 of Edmonton's second-round series against Calgary when he scored three goals in gave up six minutes to start the first third. While Smith was able to shed light on the fact that "we obviously don't like Game 1," he was clearly unhappy with how that game went. "If you're on the bench halfway through the game, that's not a good sign," Smith said. "To say the least, it's a game and I've been in this position before, so park it. In the end, it was a narrow defeat for the Oilers, where an unsuccessful – and controversial – challenge for offside still loomed. When Cale Makar lit the lamp with just 13 seconds to go in the first half, Edmonton manager Jay Woodcroft called the game offside. However, the NHL confirmed the goal. The question was whether Valeri Nichushkin had made it back over the blue line before Makar carried the puck into Edmonton's end. The NHL explained the score as Makar shoved the puck into the zone but didn't even cross the blue line until Nichushkin came on. The unsuccessful tackle not only confirmed the Avalanche's 3-2 lead, but Nazem Kadri also scored 32 seconds on Colorado's subsequent power play. Woodcroft believes he made the right choice in challenging and still thinks it shouldn't have counted .But on a night when 14 pucks went into the net, Woodcroft was more concerned about what Edmonton conceded throughout. "We neither won nor lost this game because of that decision," he said. We gave up too many goals and we still have to do something to make up for it."

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A Bandwagon fan's guide to cheering for the Colorado Avalanche

In case you missed it, the Avalanche is heading to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in 20 years. (Author: Gardener)

BandwagonThe Colorado Avalanche are headed to the Western Conference Finals - for the first time in two decades - where they will face the Edmonton Oilers in a best-of-seven series to reach the Stanley Cup Finals. (The Game 1 puck drops at 6:00 p.m. in Denver on May 31; see the full series schedule here.) Some of you have been following every minute of every game, waving your white pompom around the Ball Arena or Yelled at your TV because, yes, thanks to nationwide coverage, you can actually see the Avs on the black box. If you fall into the latter group, you've got some catching up to do, so here's a quick recap: To get to this point, the Avs swept the Nashville Predators in round one. They then defeated the St. Louis Blues in stunning fashion, with fourth-line forward Darren Helm scoring the game-winning - and series-ending - goal just 5.6 seconds from time in game six. This is the Avs' first appearance in the Western Conference Finals in 20 years. (In 2002, the team lost in seven games to the Detroit Red Wings.) But the Mile High City has some history of winning the coveted Stanley Cup: The Avs won the championship in 1996 -- the team's first season at Mile High City — and 2001. It's been a while since the team faced the Oilers in the postseason though; Back in 1997, the Avs defeated the Oilers in five games in the conference semifinals, and the Avs won the W in seven games in the 1998 conference quarterfinals. The Western Conference Finals is a much-anticipated clash between two of the league's best players: Avalanche -Forward Nathan MacKinnon and Oilers forward/captain Connor McDavid. Both were number one draft picks (MacKinnon in 2013, McDavid in 2015) and are known for their speed and puck handling skills. McDavid has 26 points in the postseason, becoming only the sixth player in NHL history to have that tally in the first 12 games of the playoffs. MacKinnon has 13 points in 10 games, including his second career playoff hat-trick in Game 5 against the Blues. MacKinnon and McDavid may be the frontrunners, but the Oilers have another offensive heavyweight in Leon Draisaitl, who shares his teammate's best postseason points and assists. Draisaitl's fellow hockey players voted him the league's best passer in a poll for the 2021-22 season. It's no exaggeration to call him one of the best at his position in the league. The 23-year-old leads the NHL defenseman in goals this season — if you subtract ties, he's 15th in the league in total points — and is only the fifth defenseman in 30 years to turn 28 or more goals scored in a season. Avs depend heavily on him: He runs the most minutes per game of any player on the team. Sports put it right, goaltenders Darcy Kuemper (Avalanche) and Mike Smith (Oilers) each had "brilliant and tragic moments" for their respective teams. In Game 1 against the Calgary Flames, Smith allowed three goals on 10 shots in just six minutes and was pulled off the ice. Kuemper was hit in the face with a stick during the series against Nashville and missed two games; He's also experienced the lowest hits per game of any team in the playoffs. Overall, Kuemper has a .904 save rate in the postseason, easily beating Smith's .927 save rate, including two shutouts. Avalanche second-line center Nazem Kadri has a lot of fans — and quite a few haters. In Game 3 against the St. Louis Blues, he collided with Blues defenseman Calle Rosen, resulting in him running into a St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington. Kadri wasn't penalized for the goal on or off the ice, but Binnington wasn't happy; The Blues goalkeeper threw him an empty water bottle during a post-game interview. After the game, Muslim Kadri received several racially motivated online threats from Blues fans. (His wife, Ashley, shared on social media that he received similar racist messages after being suspended for eight games last postseason.) In Game 4, Kadri was cross-checked by blues forward David Perron, who was signed by the NHL the blow was fined $5,000. That didn't slow Kadri, 31, as he scored his first career playoff hat-trick in the Avalanche's Game 4 win. Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic knows a thing or two about the pressure in the playoffs: He led the Avalanche to both Stanley Cup victories and captained the team for 17 seasons. Head coach Jared Bednar has led the team since August 2016. He is considered one of the best-dressed coaches in the NHL. More importantly, he sat behind the bench during the team's third-longest streak of playoff appearances in franchise history. Going into Game 1, the side give the Avs a 69 percent chance of reaching the Stanley Cup Finals and a 43 percent chance of winning the whole thing. A few other stats worth noting: The Avalanche have the best powerplay percentage in the playoffs (which means they're good at taking advantage and scoring when the other team is down a man), while the Oilers have the most goals can boast per game in the playoffs.

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Avs stays on to win Game 1 but Kuemper injures

The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Edmonton Oilers 8-6 in Game 1 of Tuesday's Western Conference Finals, but the home side lost starting goaltender Darcy Kuemper to an upper-body injury in the process. (Author: Gardener)

Game 1DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Edmonton Oilers 8-6 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals Tuesday night, but the home side lost starting goaltender Darcy Kuemper to a torso injury in the process. Kümper returned to the ice late at the beginning of the second third and then left for good during the first TV break. Backup Pavel Francouz stopped Colorado the rest of the way in a performance of 18 saves. "We'll see," was all Bednar said when asked if Kuemper's was an everyday or possibly longer-term problem. Kuemper has been solid throughout the postseason, posting a 6-2-0 record with a .904 save percentage and a 2.44 goals-against-average en route to the Conference Finals. And he's coming off a great regular season (37-12-4, .921 SV%, 2.54 GAA) that helped Colorado establish a strong position for the playoffs. The 32-year-old should play an integral role in getting Colorado past Edmonton and its electrifying attacking stars - namely forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl - who will try to feast on Francouz on occasion. That was evident from the way Francouz came off the bench. He came on when the score was 6-3, giving up late goals to McDavid, Derek Ryan and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to allow Edmonton to come within one with over seven minutes remaining in regulation. "We didn't intend to play a game like that," Francouz said, "but we'll win for sure. We all know what kind of players are on those two teams and we didn't plan on playing a game like that, but we're taking this win for sure and we're going to move on." He filled in for Kuemper as Colorado's starter in the game 3 of the Avalanche's first-round sweep in Nashville, Predators forward Ryan Johansen accidentally hit Kuemper in the eye with a stick, and he missed the rest of that series before recovering healthy for the second-round matchup against St. Louis Substituting for Kuemper, Francouz went 2-0-0 with .902 SV% and 2.97 GAA while shutting down Nashville.Kümper's departure wasn't the only goaltender drama in Game 1, either Halftime also by Mike Smith to Mikko Koskinen after Smith allowed a sixth goal to put Edmonton in a 6-3 hole.The 40-year-old Smith also had the hook in Game 1 of Edmonton's second-round series against Calgary when he scored three goals in gave up six minutes to start the first third. While Smith was able to shed light on the fact that "we obviously don't like Game 1," he was clearly unhappy with how that game went. "If you're on the bench halfway through the game, that's not a good sign," Smith said. "To say the least, it's a game and I've been in this position before, so park it. In the end, it was a narrow defeat for the Oilers, where an unsuccessful – and controversial – challenge for offside still loomed. When Cale Makar lit the lamp with just 13 seconds to go in the first half, Edmonton manager Jay Woodcroft called the game offside. However, the NHL confirmed the goal. The question was whether Valeri Nichushkin had made it back over the blue line before Makar carried the puck into Edmonton's end. The NHL explained the score as Makar shoved the puck into the zone but didn't even cross the blue line until Nichushkin came on. The unsuccessful tackle not only confirmed the Avalanche's 3-2 lead, but Nazem Kadri also scored 32 seconds on Colorado's subsequent power play. Woodcroft believes he made the right choice in challenging and still thinks it shouldn't have counted .But on a night when 14 pucks went into the net, Woodcroft was more concerned about what Edmonton conceded throughout. "We neither won nor lost this game because of that decision," he said. We gave up too many goals and we still have to do something to make up for it."

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Mile High Madness as the Edmonton Oilers beat Avalanche

DENVER, Colorado – It was crazy. There is no other way to describe it. In a streak heralded as a showcase for the league's top-flight, high-end talent — the best of the best to decide the West — the Edmonton Oilers and Colorado Avalanche delivered a wild 60-packed minutes in Game 1 of the Conference Finals Insanity. Fourteen goals. Two goalie changes. A controversial offside rule. The game had it all. Except maybe defense. And when the fireworks were over and the... (Author: Gardener)

the Edmonton OilersConnor McDavid (97) of the Edmonton Oilers looks for the puck against J. T. Compher (37) of the Colorado Avalanche during Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Ball Arena on May 31, 2022 in Denver. In a streak heralded as a showcase for the league's top-flight, high-end talent — the best of the best to decide the West — the Edmonton Oilers and Colorado Avalanche delivered a wild 60-packed minutes in Game 1 of the Conference Finals Insanity. Fourteen goals. The game had it all. And when the fireworks were over and the last goal horn sounded into the night, the Avalanche won 8-6 to take a 1-0 lead in the second highest Western Conference final in NHL history. "Ultimately similar to last series," said Oilers captain Connor McDavid, adding that this game was too eerily similar to the 9-6 Game 1 loss to the Calgary Flames. "We weren't good enough from the start. The game sometimes slips away when we play like this. We just weren't good enough from the start." "We stuck with it, but you give up seven - empty net, eight - it's difficult to win this season in this league when you give up that many goals," said Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl. “They cannot be hit three times (in the first period). It doesn't matter what game it is. It was damn playoff hockey as both sides traded breakaways and odd-man rushes like it was a high school ball hockey game. It was so loose that Wayne Gretzky, the greatest offensive player of all time, begged teams to tighten things up. "You gotta play defense, man," Gretzky said on the TNT panel, but the Oilers and Avs had none of it. It was 3-2 for Colorado after one period and 7-3 late in the second before the Oilers' brave push died in the third period with an empty netter from Gabriel Landeskog. It was close, but in the end the Oilers got what they deserved. "Yes, we weren't good enough defensively for a man," said Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft. “If you score six goals in a game, you should win the game. We know we have to get better and we will.” Teams caught up early, with Evander Kane drawing the first blood on Edmonton's second shot of the game, a breakaway just 5:04 into the opening faceoff. Unfortunately, the Avalanche were level just 36 seconds later when J. announced two goals on four shots. From there, the remainder of the first period consisted of the Oilers trying to keep up with an Avalanche team that owned the puck. It was as if the Oilers were playing a faster version of themselves and didn't know what to do. With two minutes left in the first half and the Avs leading 2-1, the shots were 14-4 for Colorado. Still, Zach Hyman closed at 2-2. Cale Makar scored just nine seconds later to restore the lead. Woodcroft challenged the game for offside, but Makar didn't touch the puck until the Colorado player cleared the zone, making the game a delayed offside. The goal stood and Edmonton were handed a game delay penalty which would prove quite costly as Nazem Kadri scored on the ensuing power play 32 seconds into the second half. "We felt, and still do, that the player was in control of the puck and thought challenging that call was the right move," Woodcroft said. "It didn't go our way. We didn't get the kill, that was disappointing for us. “But I will keep coming back to this: we neither won nor lost the game because of that call. We conceded too many goals and we still have a lot to do to make up for that.” Despite nine goals and two changes of goalkeeper, that wasn't the end of it. McDavid made it 7-4 on the second break. That was as close as they came. Colorado's speed was an issue in Game 1 and the Oilers will have to deal with it going forward. "We know we can race with them, we're one of the fastest teams in the league," said Draisaitl. "When we play to our strength we're a really difficult side to manage, you could see it in the third period but it's obviously not good enough when you're down 7-3." Teams leading 1-0 hold a streak record of 505-234 (68.3 percent) in a best-of-seven NHL playoff series, including 6-6 in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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4 Takeaways from Avalanches 8-6 win over Oilers in Game 1

Six different players had multi-point games for the Avalanche as they outlived the Oilers into Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. (Author: Gardener)

Avalanches 8-6The teams scored 14 goals combined and used four goalies as the Avs clinched an 8-6 win in Game 1. In a furious first half, Cale Makar scored a late goal that looked like it shouldn't have been. In a shooting game down the blue line, Valeri saw Nichushkin offside when Makar brought the puck into the zone. Makar scored shortly after and gave the Avs a 3-2 lead with just 13 seconds left in the first period. Edmonton had just tied the game at two with 22 seconds left in the period. His goal came nine seconds later. It was initially called a good goal on the ice and challenged by the Oilers. However, the play was ruled a delayed offside as the puck was not on Makar's stick until Nichushkin cleared the zone. Ryan McLeod was able to cut the lead to 4-3 a few minutes after Kadri's goal, but Colorado scored the next two in the period to knock out Edmonton goalie Mike Smith and essentially end the game. It was Makar's fourth multi-point game of the playoffs, but first since the opening round. With all the offensive talk this series, the goalkeeper has come under increasing scrutiny. Neither starting goalkeeper finished the game as both departed in the second period - albeit in different circumstances. Edmonton's Smith was drawn on Colorado's sixth goal, but Colorado's Darcy Kuemper left the team with an upper-body injury. The Oilers came back, behind a Connor McDavid goal late in the second half and two more goals in the third. Francouz stopped 18 shots in the game but gave up the last three goals. For his career, Kuemper was very good against the Oilers. Tuesday's game was Francouz's first appearance against the Oilers of his career, but it was his third appearance of the playoffs. He won the last two games of the series against Nashville when Kuemper left with an eye injury after being knocked by Ryan Johansen's cane. For his career, Francouz is 4-4 with an SV% of .894 in eight postseason games. Prior to Game 6 of Colorado's second-round series against the St. Louis Blues, J.T. Compher had just two points in the postseason and was scoreless in the second round. Two games later he has scored four goals. He scored two goals in that crucial game against St. Louis and added two more in Tuesday's Game 1 against the Oilers. Compher started the goal for the Avalanche and made the game 1-1 just 36 seconds after Evander Kane opened the scoring for Edmonton. The goal ushered in a three-goal streak for the Avalanche, which also got Nathan MacKinnon's starting shot, followed by Makar's late goal, which was his fourth of the postseason. Compher only had two goals in 12 career games against the Oilers. However, he did score twice in Colorado's five-game riot against the Calgary Flames in the first round of the 2019 playoffs. Calgary's goaltender in that series was Smith, the starter of Tuesday's Game 1 for the Oilers. It was Compher's second goal that resulted in Smith being drawn. Mikko Rantanen has struggled so much with scoring this postseason that Avalanche coach Jared Bednar decided to literally flip the script. The standout striker has been moved from his usual right outpost to the left flank and placed in the second row alongside Kadri and Artturi Lehkonen. The result was Rantanen's second goal of the playoffs - and the first that wasn't a blank shot on goal. At the start of Tuesday's game, he had 11 points behind 10 assists and the only empty net. That tied Rantanen for the team lead in playoff assists with Makar and tied him with Gabriel Landeskog for third on the team in points. Rantanen led the Avalanche in goals (36) and points (92) this season and they need him to score. Tuesday's game was a great sign to move forward in a clearly offensive series. He had five goals in Colorado's 10 playoff games a year ago and that's the performance the Avs need to see from him going forward.

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