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McDavid with Oilers in the hole

Like everyone else on the Edmonton bench, Connor McDavid was minimized in Game 2 by a relentless Colorado team, who won and took a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals. (Author: Gardener)

EdmontonBut he's also feeling the pressure to perform after the Edmonton Oilers lost 4-0 to the Colorado Avalanche in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday and fell 2-0 in the best-of-seven series. "Probably I haven't quite caught up here yet," McDavid said. "They did a good job limiting our chances. They found a way to break through [tonight]. Edmonton was powered by its superstars throughout the playoffs and McDavid was particularly impressive. He beats all the playoff skaters by 29 Scoring 14 games and was a dominant force in the Oilers' second-round win over the Calgary Flames McDavid scored a goal and three points in Game 1 against the Avalanche, an 8-6 loss for the Oilers But like everyone else Edmonton's bench, he was minimized in Game 2 by a relentless Colorado team that dictated much of the game with quick switching plays and rush chances. Edmonton coach Jay Woodcroft had been trying to ignite the Oilers by dishing out his top skaters and McDavid and Leon Draisaitl continued "We did some things to move the chess pieces," said Woodcroft. "It didn't go that way tonight, but we will return to the drawing board." That came into play somewhat in a scoreless first period where the shots favored Colorado 15-13. Both goalkeepers, Mike Smith and Pavel Francouz (who started for the injured Darcy Kuemper) excelled in that setting, making crucial stops to hold the tie. Artturi Lehkonen had the icebreaker of the game early in the second period, followed 15 seconds later by Josh Manson. Woodcroft took time off to calm his team. A poor line change by the Oilers created an unusual onslaught on Colorado, which resulted in another goal, this time from Mikko Rantanen. "They definitely feed on the momentum," McDavid said. “They find ways to combine one and turn it into three there. Seems shifts by goals - either for or against - have hurt us in the last couple of games. The shift after that they find a way to score right after that." Edmonton also squandered a great performance from Smith. The veteran had been drawn midway through the first game after conceding six goals but had it in a flawless first phase that required several key stops against the attacking Avalanche. The Oilers just couldn't help him. Colorado was all over Edmonton with good sticks breaking up chances and refusing to give the Oilers significant offensive zone time At the beginning of the third period, Edmonton were 0-2 on the power play and were passed 31-22."I thought we pushed back, we caused some offense," said Woodcroft. "That short span in the second period really got us hurt, took the wind out of our sails. Nathan MacKinnon later reinforced the Avalanche's haul in the third period to make it 4-0 for Colorado. "I thought we played a good first game," Tyson told Barrie. We have to do better if they get one, we have to stop the bleeding.” Edmonton couldn't get a single puck past Francouz. Colorado started with its backup for the first time of the series after Kuemper suffered from an upper-body condition midway through the first game. Francouz made the second playoff shutout of his career with a performance of 24 saves. The series will move to Edmonton for Game 3 on Saturday, where the Oilers will look to use their home crowd to their advantage and get back into the series. "We came to a building on the street, we didn't win," Woodcroft said. "Now it's up to us to go back, regroup, look clearly at the things we can improve on and go out and perform on the home ice."

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Can avalanche oilers get any wilder in the west?

After a points bonanza in Game 1, we're considering where the Colorado-Edmonton series could go from here. (Author: Gardener)

Game 1DENVER — The NHL Western Conference Finals was billed as two superstar-laden, high-octane offensive powerhouses battling each other for a chance to play for the Lord Stanley's Cup. The Colorado Avalanche and the Edmonton Oilers have already managed to exceed even those high expectations. In Game 1 of their best-of-seven series on Tuesday, the Oilers and Avalanche threw it back into the NHL, scoring the 1980s heyday in a back-and-forth where literally no lead was certain. A total of 14 goals and 84 shots resulted in an 8-6 win for Colorado and admittedly left everyone a bit stunned. "We score a goal, then we concede a goal the next shift," Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft said after the first game. then we give up a goal immediately after a face-off. T. Compher traded the first goals of the series 36 seconds apart in the first half and we were headed to the races. When Compher scored his second goal, at 6:20 of the second, Colorado took a 6-3 lead, Edmonton goalie Mike Smith was pulled, Avalanche went 7-4 in the third, Connor McDavid got on the board, and the Oilers were up Not finished yet, Derek Ryan and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins closed the gap to 7-6 before Gabriel Landeskog's empty net iced it up for Colorado. All those goals gave us time to think. Will the whole streak go on just an endless barrage of chances with the last team beating the other hand, these teams are littered with generations and emerging talent determined to reach a Cup Fi final. Can the Avs and Oilers pull through this? What did both Edmonton and Colorado do well in the regular season? The Avalanche averaged the fourth most goals per game in the league (3.76); the Oilers had seventh place (3.48). What did the two do to their standout success in the playoffs? score goals. score goals. Colorado outperforms all playoff teams in this category (4.64); Edmonton is right behind at 4.46. This season is all about emphasizing strengths, which means the likes of McDavid, Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar and Leon Draisaitl will be piloting their respective ships. "They really are a dangerous team," said MacKinnon. “[McDavid and Draisaitl] looked amazing as always, but their depth was solid and we need to do a better job with that. We definitely have some cleaning up to do, but we're glad we won.” McDavid admitted the run-and-gun feel isn't always the preferred method, but it's one in which the Oilers excel, as evidenced by the comeback they nearly completed on Tuesday. "[The Avalanche are] a really good team," he said. "If you give them chances, they will prevail and they will score. At the same time, we found a way to score six [goals]." And let's not forget the numbers produced in the postseason by the best players in this series. McDavid has 29 points, Draisaitl 28, Makar 16 and MacKinnon 15. Offensive wins are in large part why these teams are at the top here. It's not that Colorado coach Jared Bednar didn't like what he saw in Game 1. "You're not going to win many playoff games if you give up six or seven [goals]," he said Wednesday. Of course I look at the goals and goal chances that we missed. Whenever you miss a scoring opportunity, a mistake happens. He played on Edmonton's many defensive-zone mistakes, which Colorado used to extend their lead. "We don't feel like we performed at the level that we know we can perform," Woodcroft said. Our execution and attention to detail with our checks and our basic defensive capabilities can improve.” That was a message the Oilers sounded ready to hear. "I don't think we played well enough defensively," said Cody Ceci. “But we showed a lot of character in trying to make it a close game. We had some chances late on but we gave up far too many goals to win this game. The streak is a game old. And neither coach could (or would) commit to their starting XI for Game 2 on Wednesday. Smith came out midway through the second half in Game 1 after conceding six goals on 25 shots (0.760% save percentage.) Mikko Koskinen played well from there, stopping 20 of 21 shots (.952) as the Oilers desperately fought back. Colorado's Darcy Kuemper, on the other hand, retired in the second half with an upper-body injury and would not return finished the night with 13 saves (.813) Backup Pavel Francouz did slightly better, filling in with a performance of 18 saves (.857) Just say "we'll see" when asked about Kuemper's availability for Game 2. It wasn't a ringing endorsement of the Oilers' goalkeeping situation.Smith has o vacillated between brilliant and amazing in the postseason, holding Edmonton in games with superb saves and then letting in licking goals at the worst of times. Can he continue to keep his team's trust? The series could become a battle of backups. Koskinen has yet to start a single playoff game, and Francouz has just one under his belt from Colorado's first-round win over Nashville. It's an equation that favors the scorers. There's nothing quite like what Colorado and Edmonton scored in Game 1. Since 2006, the most goals scored in a single Western Conference finals game has been the 10 scored by Vancouver and San Jose in Game 2 in 2011. And since 2006, no team had scored more than seven goals in a game until the Avalanche did on Tuesday. Maybe this series really is just different. However, it was only one night and years of past results suggest the score is unsustainable. Historically, conference finals have not had large swings in offensive dynamics. The streak that started goals-heavy (like the West in 2019, when St. Louis and San Jose scored 24 goals in their first three games) has tended to see that rejuvenation (just 14 goals between those clubs in the next three games ). ). More often it was the opposite scenario, with few goals scored in the early stages (the average number of goals scored in a game 1 since 2006 is four). Goals begin to increase as the streak continues and the urgency increases (or perhaps when fatigue sets in). The Avalanche and the Oilers each showed their hands in Game 1. They had fun skating up and down the ice and scoring at will. Colorado and Edmonton are more than just their top lines. The Oilers' second and third units made significant contributions to the scoring charts, with McLeod's timely reaction in the second half and Ryan's first postseason tally early in the third setting the tone for Edmonton's push. Compher and Cogliano played a similar role for Colorado with goals that proved crucial when the final buzzer sounded. Woodcroft was able to trade Kane for Hyman (whose nine postseason goals surpass McDavid's eight) in the Oilers' first unit if needed. Nugent-Hopkins has scored in two of his last three games after being ruled out since Game 3 of Round 1. And Woodcroft noted Jesse Puljujarvi's improved game on Wednesday. On a positive note for Colorado (and extremely negative for Edmonton) is that Rantanen is finally rolling. He was a snakebite in the playoffs, scoring just one clean goal before lighting the lamp in Game 1. If that's a sign the winger, who has scored 36 goals in the regular season, is yet to come, beware. These teams could well go over 14 goals in one night. Playing in one, however, is a different experience, especially this late in the playoffs. Although Game 1 ended in Colorado's favour, the prevailing mood afterwards was surprisingly somber. "We gave them a lot of options that we haven't even given up in the last two series," Makar said. "They have a lot of experienced players and we have to tag those guys. It's definitely not the way you want to play with those guys. We can be better defensively and it's obviously difficult when the game starts [like that]." A roller coaster ride of emotions in the game could be exciting in February. The coaches no doubt preached good defensive habits that went into Game 1 and these were not flaunted. When players realize that, and how quickly that shot at a trophy can vanish, some kind of change feels inevitable. "We weren't happy where we were three goals down and we don't want to be where we are [again]," said Nugent-Hopkins. Getting that buy-in - for Edmonton or Colorado - could change the complexion of this series in a hurry. On the other hand, would it just mean fewer goals scored overall? If Game 1 taught us anything, it's that pretty much anything is possible in this series.

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If the Warriors can't beat the Celtics in the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant's ghost will haunt them

Golden State won two of its three titles with Kevin Durant. Without him, they lost a 3-1 lead to Cleveland in 2016 and lost to Toronto in 2019. (Author: Gardener)

the NBA FinalsThe Golden State Warriors aren't exactly doomed in the NBA Finals after losing Game 1 at home to the Boston Celtics on Thursday. While Draymond Green's suggestion that the Warriors "dominated the game for the first 41, 42 minutes" is certainly an exaggeration, they've been the better team long enough to suggest they can win games in this series. But the way Boston blew up in the fourth quarter of Game 1 puts the Warriors in jeopardy of weathering a summer where the talk is about a player who isn't even on their roster: Kevin Durant. As much as the Warriors have restocked and reinvented themselves since the 2019 Finals — what they've done this season to regain prominence is a very big deal — hindsight and history won't be as kind as they are should if they lose this streak. Not only have they won three championships, they've changed the way basketball is played. Devastated by injuries on their way to a possible fourth title, they spent two years in the wild and then reemerged in the finals with a formula that felt new on the edges but was fundamentally true to its origins. But if the Warriors can't win this series, an alternate narrative will inevitably emerge for Green, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. They won two NBA titles with Durant. Without him, they gambled away a 3-1 lead against Cleveland in 2016, lost to the Toronto Raptors in 2019 and could now face a third Finals disappointment in non-Durant years against the only title held by the Curry/Thompson/Green core won for himself in 2015. Warriors are fighting for victory in Game 1 of the NBA Finals Maybe, but it's also the record and a real factor in how their dynasty is historically framed — especially since Golden State is in each of those instances was considered better team. That's a key differentiator between the Warriors and LeBron James, who pretty much ended criticism of his championship record when he won the 2020 title with the Lakers. Despite having a 4-6 record in the finals, James only lost one he expected to win: the 2011 Miami Heat collapse against Dallas. In some of those years James took credit for getting just one team to the finals. With Golden State, it's harder to decide on the dot just because he won the Western Conference. The Warriors' loss to the Cavs was stunning given their 73 regular-season wins and the commanding lead they lost in the series. Their loss to the Raptors was less surprising and more forgivable due to injuries, but Golden State was a major betting favorite going into the series even without Durant. And although some of the analysis suggested Boston is the better team this year, Golden State was again favored going into Game 1, having both home field advantage and a few more days of rest before the Finals. The Warriors also had a 15-point lead late in the third quarter that began to evaporate as Curry went on his normal break and the combination of Jordan Poole and Andre Igoudala was on offense in a key section of the game. At the end of Boston's 3-point barrage, which included seven straight marks in the fourth quarter and 21 of 41 overall, it was a lot easier to start nitpicking at how the Warriors have made it this far. Is it viable for the Warriors to play two non-shooters in Green and Kevon Looney together in the front court when the Celtics have the size and defensive versatility on the fringe to give Curry a hard time? Have Thompson's injuries made him a niche player who isn't as valuable when he's not turning out the lights? The simple reality is that the younger, deeper, taller Celtics had gear in Game 1 that the Warriors couldn't match Thursday night. That didn't seem like a coincidence, but rather the delta between what the Warriors are now and what they were at full swing when teams accounted for Curry, Thompson and Durant at the peak of their powers. So much has been said about Charles Barkley's "Bus Rider" comments about Kevin Durant. Perhaps had the Warriors been able to take a useful advantage of this choice, rather than a project center too injured and underdeveloped to add much value, they would be in a better position to compete with the Celtics. But from the beginning of that run to today, it's always been about Curry, Thompson and Green: their talent, their intelligence, their relentless work rate and yes, their limitations. The next few days will decide if they're still good enough to win a championship, or if their record is on the table for critics to slice and dice into two distinct eras. When the Warriors had the ability to stack the deck with Durant, they were basically unbeatable. In a way, that would be an unfortunate turn of events for Golden State given how massive it has been for nearly a full decade. It's hard to do even a fraction of what the Warriors did, with or without Durant. But when they suffer a third Finals loss as the favored team, it's not an unfair conversation to turn your back on the Warriors. You have six more games to change that fate. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: If Warriors can't beat Celtics in NBA Finals, Kevin Durant's ghost will haunt them | opinion

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If the Warriors can't beat the Celtics in the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant's ghost will haunt them

Golden State won two of its three titles with Kevin Durant. Without him, they lost a 3-1 lead to Cleveland in 2016 and lost to Toronto in 2019. (Author: Gardener)

the NBA FinalsThe Golden State Warriors aren't exactly doomed in the NBA Finals after losing Game 1 at home to the Boston Celtics on Thursday. While Draymond Green's suggestion that the Warriors "dominated the game for the first 41, 42 minutes" is certainly an exaggeration, they've been the better team long enough to suggest they can win games in this series. But the way Boston blew up in the fourth quarter of Game 1 puts the Warriors in jeopardy of weathering a summer where the talk is about a player who isn't even on their roster: Kevin Durant. As much as the Warriors have restocked and reinvented themselves since the 2019 Finals — what they've done this season to regain prominence is a very big deal — hindsight and history won't be as kind as they are should if they lose this streak. Not only have they won three championships, they've changed the way basketball is played. Devastated by injuries on their way to a possible fourth title, they spent two years in the wild and then reemerged in the finals with a formula that felt new on the edges but was fundamentally true to its origins. But if the Warriors can't win this series, an alternate narrative will inevitably emerge for Green, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. They won two NBA titles with Durant. Without him, they gambled away a 3-1 lead against Cleveland in 2016, lost to the Toronto Raptors in 2019 and could now face a third Finals disappointment in non-Durant years against the only title held by the Curry/Thompson/Green core won for himself in 2015. Warriors are fighting for victory in Game 1 of the NBA Finals Maybe, but it's also the record and a real factor in how their dynasty is historically framed — especially since Golden State is in each of those instances was considered better team. That's a key differentiator between the Warriors and LeBron James, who pretty much ended criticism of his championship record when he won the 2020 title with the Lakers. Despite having a 4-6 record in the finals, James only lost one he expected to win: the 2011 Miami Heat collapse against Dallas. In some of those years James took credit for getting just one team to the finals. With Golden State, it's harder to decide on the dot just because he won the Western Conference. The Warriors' loss to the Cavs was stunning given their 73 regular-season wins and the commanding lead they lost in the series. Their loss to the Raptors was less surprising and more forgivable due to injuries, but Golden State was a major betting favorite going into the series even without Durant. And although some of the analysis suggested Boston is the better team this year, Golden State was again favored going into Game 1, having both home field advantage and a few more days of rest before the Finals. The Warriors also had a 15-point lead late in the third quarter that began to evaporate as Curry went on his normal break and the combination of Jordan Poole and Andre Igoudala was on offense in a key section of the game. At the end of Boston's 3-point barrage, which included seven straight marks in the fourth quarter and 21 of 41 overall, it was a lot easier to start nitpicking at how the Warriors have made it this far. Is it viable for the Warriors to play two non-shooters in Green and Kevon Looney together in the front court when the Celtics have the size and defensive versatility on the fringe to give Curry a hard time? Have Thompson's injuries made him a niche player who isn't as valuable when he's not turning out the lights? The simple reality is that the younger, deeper, taller Celtics had gear in Game 1 that the Warriors couldn't match Thursday night. That didn't seem like a coincidence, but rather the delta between what the Warriors are now and what they were at full swing when teams accounted for Curry, Thompson and Durant at the peak of their powers. So much has been said about Charles Barkley's "Bus Rider" comments about Kevin Durant. Perhaps had the Warriors been able to take a useful advantage of this choice, rather than a project center too injured and underdeveloped to add much value, they would be in a better position to compete with the Celtics. But from the beginning of that run to today, it's always been about Curry, Thompson and Green: their talent, their intelligence, their relentless work rate and yes, their limitations. The next few days will decide if they're still good enough to win a championship, or if their record is on the table for critics to slice and dice into two distinct eras. When the Warriors had the ability to stack the deck with Durant, they were basically unbeatable. In a way, that would be an unfortunate turn of events for Golden State given how massive it has been for nearly a full decade. It's hard to do even a fraction of what the Warriors did, with or without Durant. But when they suffer a third Finals loss as the favored team, it's not an unfair conversation to turn your back on the Warriors. You have six more games to change that fate. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: If Warriors can't beat Celtics in NBA Finals, Kevin Durant's ghost will haunt them | opinion

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If the Warriors can't beat the Celtics in the NBA Finals, they'll be haunted by the ghost of Kevin Durant

Golden State won two of their three titles with Kevin Durant. Without him, they gambled away the 3-1 lead against Cleveland in 2016 and lost to Toronto in 2019. (Author: Gardener)

Kevin DurantThe Golden State Warriors aren't exactly doomed in the NBA Finals after losing Game 1 at home to the Boston Celtics on Thursday. While Draymond Green's suggestion that the Warriors "dominated the game for the first 41, 42 minutes" is certainly an exaggeration, they've been the better team long enough to suggest they can win games in this series. But the way Boston blew up in the fourth quarter of Game 1 puts the Warriors in jeopardy of weathering a summer where the talk is about a player who isn't even on their roster: Kevin Durant. As much as the Warriors have restocked and reinvented themselves since the 2019 Finals — what they've done this season to regain prominence is a very big deal — hindsight and history won't be as kind as they are should if they lose this streak. Not only have they won three championships, they've changed the way basketball is played. Devastated by injuries on their way to a possible fourth title, they spent two years in the wild and then reemerged in the finals with a formula that felt new on the edges but was fundamentally true to its origins. But if the Warriors can't win this series, an alternate narrative will inevitably emerge for Green, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. They won two NBA titles with Durant. Without him, they gambled away a 3-1 lead against Cleveland in 2016, lost to the Toronto Raptors in 2019 and could now face a third Finals disappointment in non-Durant years against the only title held by the Curry/Thompson/Green core won in 2015. Rally warrior to win Game 1 of NBA Finals | Opinion maybe, but it's also the record and a real factor in how their dynasty is historically shaped — especially since Golden State has been seen as the better team in each of those instances. That's a key differentiator between the Warriors and LeBron James, who pretty much ended criticism of his championship record when he won the 2020 title with the Lakers. Despite having a 4-6 record in the finals, James only lost one he expected to win: the 2011 Miami Heat collapse against Dallas. In some of those years James took credit for getting just one team to the finals. With Golden State, it's harder to decide on the dot just because he won the Western Conference. The Warriors' loss to the Cavs was stunning given their 73 regular-season wins and the commanding lead they lost in the series. Their loss to the Raptors was less surprising and more forgivable due to injuries, but Golden State was a major betting favorite going into the series even without Durant. And although some of the analysis suggested Boston is the better team this year, Golden State was again favored going into Game 1, having both home field advantage and a few more days of rest before the Finals. The Warriors also had a 15-point lead late in the third quarter that began to evaporate as Curry went on his normal break and the combination of Jordan Poole and Andre Igoudala was on offense in a key section of the game. At the end of Boston's 3-point barrage, which included seven straight marks in the fourth quarter and 21 of 41 overall, it was a lot easier to start nitpicking at how the Warriors have made it this far. Is it viable for the Warriors to play two non-shooters in Green and Kevon Looney together in the front court when the Celtics have the size and defensive versatility on the fringe to give Curry a hard time? Have Thompson's injuries made him a niche player who isn't as valuable when he's not turning out the lights? The simple reality is that the younger, deeper, taller Celtics had gear in Game 1 that the Warriors couldn't match Thursday night. That didn't seem like a coincidence, but rather the delta between what the Warriors are now and what they were at full swing when teams accounted for Curry, Thompson and Durant at the peak of their powers. So much has been said about Charles Barkley's "Bus Rider" comments about Kevin Durant. Perhaps had the Warriors been able to take a useful advantage of this choice, rather than a project center too injured and underdeveloped to add much value, they would be in a better position to compete with the Celtics. But from the beginning of that run to today, it's always been about Curry, Thompson and Green: their talent, their intelligence, their relentless work rate and yes, their limitations. The next few days will decide if they're still good enough to win a championship, or if their record is on the table for critics to slice and dice into two distinct eras. When the Warriors had the ability to stack the deck with Durant, they were basically unbeatable. In a way, that would be an unfortunate turn of events for Golden State given how massive it has been for nearly a full decade. It's hard to do even a fraction of what the Warriors did, with or without Durant. But when they suffer a third Finals loss as the favored team, it's not an unfair conversation to turn your back on the Warriors. You have six more games to change that fate. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: If the Warriors can't beat the Celtics in the NBA Finals, they'll be haunted by the ghost of Kevin Durant

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Edmonton Oilers vs Colorado Avalanche Game 2

Tonight is Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the Colorado Avalanche. Game 1 was a high-scoring, high-intensity match-up that unfortunately didn't have the result we were all hoping for, but don't count out the Oilers just yet. The Oilers have returned to bat in every series so far in this playoff run... (Author: Gardener)

Edmonton OilersTonight is Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the Colorado Avalanche. Puck Drop is scheduled for just after 6 p.m. at the Ball Arena in Denver. Game 1 was a high-scoring, high-intensity match-up that unfortunately didn't have the result we were all hoping for, but don't count out the Oilers just yet. The Oilers have come back to beat their opponent every series so far in this playoff run, and I really see no reason why they can't and won't do it again. Follow the action with Postmedia Edmonton Digital Editor Trevor Robb and a team of Postmedia journalists as the Edmonton Oilers take on the Colorado Avalanche in Game 2 of the Western Conference Stanley Cup Playoff Finals. DENVER, COLORADO - JUNE 2: Josh Manson #42 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates with teammates Artturi Lehkonen #62, Jack Johnson #3 and Mikko Rantanen #96 after scoring a goal against Mike Smith #41 of the Edmonton Oilers in the second period scored in game two of the 2022 Western Conference Finals of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Ball Arena on June 02, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. DENVER, COLORADO - JUNE 2: Josh Manson #42 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates with teammates Artturi Lehkonen #62, Jack Johnson #3 and Mikko Rantanen #96 after scoring a goal against Mike Smith #41 of the Edmonton Oilers in the second period scored in game two of the 2022 Western Conference Finals of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Ball Arena on June 02, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. The Edmonton Oilers failed to find the back of the net as Pavel Francouz scored a shutout in a 4-0 win in Denver to give the Colorado Avalanche a 2-0 lead over the Edmonton Oilers. DENVER, COLORADO - JUNE 2: Colorado Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen #96 and Nazem Kadri #91 celebrate a goal scored by Artturi Lehkonen (not pictured) #62 on Edmonton Oilers' Mike Smith #41 during the second period in Game Two was the Western Conference Finals of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Ball Arena on June 02, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. After a good first period, the Oilers were rolled over early in the second when the Avalanche scored three goals in 122 seconds against Mike Smith. All with the same line - Nazem Kadri - Mikko Rantanen - Artturi Lehkonen - on the ice. The Avs scored the game's first goal when Darnell Nurse attempted a short pass, the puck was gobbled up by Rantanen and Kadri's shot from former Montreal winger Lehkonen, which came at the trade close for potential defender Justin Barron and a second to Colorado , was typed. Round draft pick. Fifteen seconds later, Josh Manson, whose father Dave is on the Oiler bench as Jay Woodcroft's assistant, slipped in from the point and blew a shielded 50-foot shot past Smith. Two shifts later, the Avs got a 2-on-1 with Nurse back after a bad line switch and Rantanen ended things with Smith, who was helpless in the game. Rantanen had his goal and two feeds. The Oilers got their first PP in the last four minutes, but couldn't put it to good use against Avs backup Pavel Francouz. In the last two minutes, Nurse had a runaway in the last two, but Francouz bumped the puck off Nurse's stick Edmonton Oilers fans Brett Thompson, left, Claudette Shuchuk and Amy Shuchuk show their best team spirit for Game 2 of the Western Conference Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Colorado Avalanche during a watch party held at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Thursday, June 2, 2022. There were no goals in the first 20 minutes but it was a frantic shift after another joy ride. The Oilers survived a five-for-three for 92 seconds mid-period, with Leon Draisaitl being substituted for a slash and Brett Kulak for an elbow to Nate MacKinnon's face. The Avs have the best playoff PP at 35.5 percent, but they only have two shots, MacKinnon's best late in the 5-on-3, with Mike Smith making one of his 15 saves during that period. Smith was very sharp after giving up six goals on 25 shots before being drawn in Game 1. He started early saving Devon Toews on a slipped ice by the Avs defenseman catching Ryan Nugent-Hopkins back rather than an Oiler D. The Oilers shook things up, with Draisaitl playing second row rather than middle Wings with Connor McDavid giving them the 1-2 hit down the middle. Nugent-Hopkins played with Draisaitl and Kailer Yamamoto while Zach Hyman and Evander Kane played with McDavid on the flanks. The Oilers tested Avs backup Pavel Francouz, playing for starter Darcy Kuemper, with an upper-body injury. They had 13 shots of their own, with Kane getting close to a goalmouth stuff, and Francouz wandered out of his net late and had to stop Cody Ceci while 40ft from his net when he cleared the puck poorly. Jesse Puljujarvi probably had the best oiler chance after being thwarted from 10 feet. He got a second try, having Francouz at his mercy, but the puck seemed to wobble and the shot went high as Puljuarvi rolled his eyes and looked up at the sky. The Oilers took all three penalties during that period, so they'll probably be enough for some power plays of their own in the second game. If you're looking for great pre-Game 2 Edmonton Oilers explanations - a guaranteed win like the one Mark Messier would have offered or a Win One For The Forty-Year-Old on the web - there wasn't anything from this Thursday morning. Senior Mike Smith will be back at the net starting for the 14th game in a row. Those six goals in 25 shots in the first 26 minutes of Game 1 before he got the hook for Mikko Koskinen was hardly his fault as the Colorado Avalanche swarmed him. So it's time for the oldest goalie in the playoffs. He had a strong reaction after his late-game puck miscue in Game 1 against the Los Angeles Kings to open the playoffs and came back with a 6-0 shutout in Game 2. He did the same after being drawn in Game 1 against the Calgary Flames, after giving up three goals on 10 shots in the first six minutes, he returned in a 5–3 Game 2 win. "I don't think you're going to have the career that Mike had if you're not able to have a short memory," said Oiler coach Jay Woodcraft. The Oilers will need a much better first period in Game 2 than they did in Game 1, when they barely touched the puck. When a member of the cleaning crew came out at a break to clear the snow on the Colorado Network, he took one look and walked away. There was no snow because the Oilers hardly tested Darcy Kuemper. They need to find a way to hold the puck much more often in the early stages of Game 2 when the Avs are expected to force the issue and get an early bounce with a couple of goals. The Oilers are fast; Colorado could be faster. “Surely that statement may be true in the first period but where they had it more than us but as the game went on and we made a push I don't know about that. Having the puck in the offensive zone is the best form of checking," Woodcroft said. Outside of Thursday morning skating, it was more of the same as Darnell Nurse (core muscle issue) and Leon Draisaitl (ankle) did not compete. Nurse struggled in Game 1 under unrelenting pressure from the Avs; He can usually skate his way out of trouble or handle rush chances, but he's far from 100 percent. He's played all 13 games, but skating and fighting are certainly hampered by a core muscle issue. On morning skating, Brett Kulak did a few reps with Cody Ceci, Nurse's usual partner, so maybe that's a pairing option and Nurse is pulling out with Tyson Barrie. Draisaitl's skating is certainly better after he was injured in Game 6 against Los Angeles. But morning skates aren't necessary for a man who might play 23 to 25 minutes in Game 2. It appears that Evander Kane will be on the left wing with Connor McDavid and Draisaitl, while Zach Hyman will move to the second line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Kailer Yamamoto. That was a postponement for the final 40 minutes of Game 1. Hyman has scored in six straight games, linking him with Esa Tikkanen in the 1990 playoff drive. Kane has 13 goals in 13 games, so both players are hot no matter who they play with. Devin Shore has 13 games left. Derick Brassard only played one. The longer the Oilers go out of work, the harder it gets when they need to get in. He came out just after Smith was drawn in Game 2 with an upper body injury. Pavel Francouz, one of the few right-catching NHL goalies who replaced Kümper in Game 1 and was very good, will get his second playoff start this spring. He also played in Game 4 against Nashville after Kuemper took a stick around his eye in Game 3 and had vision problems. The Avs won't have a third-line winger Andrei Burakovsky, who blocked a right-footed shot in the third period of Game 1. Tickets are $5 and net proceeds benefit the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation. Doors open at 5 p.m. You can buy your 50/50 tickets at https://www.nhl.com/oilers/community/5050 🧡💙🧡 #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/QO1PCPXmRc— x-Christy LaBOOMba (@Christyrose760) June 2, 2022 # LetsGoOilers I'll get off the stage just in time for the puck drop. Mike Smith (41) of the Edmonton Oilers takes a seat on the bench after being pulled against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Ball Arena May 31, 2022 in Denver. Mike Smith (41) of the Edmonton Oilers takes a seat on the bench after being pulled against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Ball Arena May 31, 2022 in Denver. - As we all know, this isn't the first time this playoffs that the Edmonton Oilers have looked like they're in for a rude awakening. As they gambled away home field advantage against Los Angeles in the waning moments of Game 1, Round 1, we wondered if maybe they weren't ready for the playoffs. When they conceded nine goals in Game 1, Round 2 against Calgary, we wondered if maybe they weren't strong enough to keep up with a big, tough, defensive opponent who had been playing hockey all year. And now, after suffering a second degree windburn midway through Game 1 Round 3 against Colorado and falling 7-3 down, you have to be wondering if they aren't just on the same level as a Stanley Cup- are favourite. After the Avalanche defeated Edmonton 8-6 in Tuesday's opening game of the Western Conference Finals, the overwhelming waves that left the Oilers nervous and reeling made it look like a very good team just hit their opponent - a deeper and faster version of yourself for which there is no answer. Cale Makar (8) of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates with Valeri Nichushkin (13) and Nathan MacKinnon (29) after scoring a goal against the Edmonton Oilers scored , 2022, in Denver. Colorado defenseman Cale Makar, who won his fourth playoff night by three points in Game 1, took an unconventional route to becoming the No. 4 overall pick in 2017 by playing at Brooks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He also became involved early in his AJHL days at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, far from a collegiate power, and wouldn't change his mind when Denver University and some of the other big name schools called later. His coach Jared Bednar also started in Junior Class A with the Humboldt Broncos, but played defense in the Western Hockey League in Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Medicine Hat and Spokane. "I think Tier 2 hockey is a great option and a great path for players, although growing up in Saskatchewan all you thought about was the Western Hockey League," Bednar said. "My goal was to go to the Western Hockey League, get drafted and go to the NHL. Sometimes you have to wait for a school to come talk to you, get a ride and go to college," said Bednar, who ended up not being drafted. "It's not easy to be patient, it's not easy to really gauge your game and then say, you know what, I need more time or that's a better way for me or I want to get an education as I go to school, so I have a backup plan. The Edmonton Oilers' Mikko Koskinen (19) replaces Mike Smith (41) against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Ball Arena on May 31, 2022 in Denver. With the NHL Final Four at stake, Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar declined to say if his No. 1 goalie, Darcy Kuemper, will be out for a day or a week, or if he might be willing to give the media two letters so she could guess what specific body part was bothering Kuemper in Game 1. Bednar's Edmonton Oilers counterpart Jay Woodcroft also declined to say if his point of contact, Mike Smith, would be back at the net for Game 2, although the word guilty should not be used to describe any of the six goals, which he allowed in 26 minutes in Game 1. It was a self-preservation hook by Smith, Woodcroft admitted Wednesday. He drew him and used Mikko Koskinen who was outstanding only to wake up his team who were being grounded by the Avs at the time. I just wanted to slow down the game a bit. it had nothing to do with Mike's game. We can all be better for a man," Woodcroft said. But he hasn't said publicly that it's Smith's net in Game 2, although Smith is recovering strongly in the other two series after losses in Game 1 (6-0 shutout v Los Angeles, 5-3 win v Calgary). Has. True, Woodcroft immediately said he would come back with Smith after the 6-9 loss in Game 1 in Calgary, and he didn't after Game 1 in Denver, but maybe that's an excuse. Last night I didn't think we did much as a team to help them in certain situations," Woodcroft said. Connor McDavid (97) of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates after scoring against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 of the 2022 Western Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Ball Arena on May 31, 2022 in Denver. - It's not often that the Edmonton Oilers are the second fastest team on a rink, but that was the case in Tuesday's Game 1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. Colorado missed Edmonton on fits in the first game of the Western Conference Finals by using speed and skill to give the Oilers a humiliating taste of their own medicine. Make no mistake, the Oilers have some players who can fly, just not as many as the Avalanche. "They came at us in waves and they hit there in heaps a little bit," Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said before the Oilers met Wednesday morning to analyze their 8-6 loss. And it came as the Avalanche had relaxed a bit, game in hand. When it was still close, the shots were 14-4 Colorado. "They came flying out, but that's what we expected," said defense attorney Cody Ceci. "It's the Western Conference Finals and they're playing at home. They came out quick and got behind us a few times.” Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) seeks the puck against Colorado Avalanche's J.T. Compher (37) in Game 1 of the 2022 Western Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Ball Arena on May 31, 2022 in Denver. Rarely in sports does a game -- a series -- come with such anticipation as the Edmonton Oilers - Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup Western Conference Finals. It was billed and promoted as a star-studded gathering featuring four of the game's biggest names - Connor McDavid and Nathan MacKinnon and their co-stars Leon Draisaitl and Cale Makar, along with a host of other headliners. Edmonton and Colorado went into the playoffs as the two highest-scoring teams, and when it was over, the scoreboard read Colorado 8 Edmonton 6.

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Trained rats to be sent into earthquake debris using tiny backpacks with microphones

Rats are trained to be sent into earthquake debris with tiny backpacks equipped with microphones so rescue teams can talk to survivors. (Author: Gardener)

Rats are trained to be sent into earthquake debris with tiny backpacks equipped with microphones so rescue teams can talk to survivors. Seven rats have been trained so far, which only took them two weeks to get up to speed. Homemade prototype backpacks with microphones are currently being used, and scientists are sending them into mock rubble. Special backpacks with microphones and video equipment and locators are being developed to allow rescue teams to communicate with survivors in real earthquakes. Kean has been living in Morogoro, Tanzania, East Africa for a year and is working with the non-profit organization APOPO on a project called Hero Rats. The rodents get a chance to work in the field when they are sent to earthquake-prone Turkey to work with a search and rescue team, GAE. But she was fascinated by how quickly rats can learn and be trained, saying it was a misconception that they were unsanitary. She described them as "gregarious" creatures and believes the work done will save lives. A total of 170 rats are being trained on projects such as landmines and tuberculosis, and it is hoped rats could sniff out brucellosis, a contagious disease that affects livestock. The rats are so agile they've never set off a land mine, and their agility makes them perfect for use in disaster zones. The researcher Dr. Donna Kean, 33, from Glasgow, Scotland. The researcher Dr. Donna Kean, 33, from Glasgow, Scotland. Kean said: "Rats could enter small spaces to get to victims buried in rubble. “When we get the new backpacks we can hear where we are based and where the rat is in the rubble. "We have the potential to talk to victims through the rat." The rodents are trained to respond to a beep that calls them back to base. Kean added: "A colleague is a seamstress, she makes the backpacks, she's very talented." "They're perfect for search and rescue." "They're very good at surviving in different environments, which just goes to show how apt they are for search and rescue." I train these clever creatures to rescue victims who are trapped in collapsed buildings after earthquakes We equip them with a rat backpack and train them to trigger a switch when they find a victim and come back for a treat 🐀#herosnotpests #science #weirdjobs #WomenInSTEM @donnaeilidhkean) May 26, 2022 Dogs have been used for similar purposes, but rats have an advantage because of their small size and flexibility." Kean added, "They are very trainable, the first stage is to train them to go back to where they started - they respond to a beep. "We hope it will be implemented, we are working with a search and rescue team in Turkey." "We are the only organization working with this species, there are other organizations that train dogs. "We hope it will save lives, the results are really promising."

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Knicks wrong on LeBron; Celtics Shock Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals

The New York Knicks and the NBA are always on the move... and All Knicks, powered by Sports Illustrated, is here to chronicle it for you - news and rumor and all of the Big Apple... (Author: Gardener)

KnicksThe New York Knicks and the NBA are on the move... and All Knicks, powered by Sports Illustrated, is here to record it for you... The Golden State Warriors have lost before. The Boston Celtics took over the fourth quarter Thursday night to earn a 120-108 win in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. all after the Dynastic Warriors held a 12-point lead in the final frame. "It's not ideal," said Steph Curry, who fell short with 34 points. "But I believe in who we are and how we handle adversity, how we've reacted all year, how we've reacted after losing in the playoffs." The Warriors have only twice in coach Steve Kerr's eight-year tenure lost a Game 1 of a playoff series. LeBron James isn't short of NBA accolades - both on and off the court. From winning championships and MVPs to climbing the league All-Time Scoring Ladder to helping kids with their education to help, James has seen and done just about everything. On Thursday, James once again made history... this time with his wealth. According to Forbes, James is the first active NBA player to become a billionaire." "LeBron James - 18-time NBA All-Star, 4-time NBA champion, 2-time Olympic gold medalist - has reached another milestone and this time done something something no other NBA player has ever done. ' writes Chase Perterson-Withorn. "After another monstrous year of revenue -- a total of $121.2 million last year -- Forbes estimates that James has officially become a billionaire while still playing basketball." The Los Angeles star has a lot to think about when it comes to his future on the field is at stake as the Lakers have fallen a long way from their 2020 championship form. But no matter where James ends his career, he will continue to amass money in history NBC Sports' Dan Feldman wrote, "While playing LeBron James in 2010 as a free agency, the Knicks reportedly told him he had a 50 percent chance of making $1 billion in New York, a 1 percent chance with the Cavaliers and a 0 percent chance with the Heat. WARRIORS FINALS The Boston Celtics won their first Eastern Conference title since 2010 with a Game 7 win over the Miami Heat. The Celtics have won three away games during the series to progress, including tonight's series winner. The Celtics now meet the Golden State Warriors in the 2022 NBA Finals, beginning Thursday. The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics battled each other in a back-and-forth Eastern Conference finals culminating in Game 7 Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. ET. ESPN The series is currently 3-3 on the way to ESPN Game 7 in Florida. According to PropsUS, the Celtics are even the favorite with 2.5 points. The Heat held a 2-1 lead in the series but the Celtics roared back to win back-to-back and take a 3-2 lead in Game 6 on the road. But on Friday, Jimmy Butler scored 47 points for Miami to force a Game 7, and the series winner then headed to the NBA Finals to face off against Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors beat the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals on Thursday. Miami Heat star guard Jimmy Butler dropped out of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals due to a right knee infection. Miami hints the injury isn't "serious" and it's possible he'll play Game 4. Miami won Game 3, 109–103, against the Celtics. The Heat have a 2-1 lead over the Celtics after Saturday's win Game 4 is Monday in Boston MAY 9 WILLIAMS WINS COACH OF THE YEAR Monty Williams was named NBA Coach of the Year after winning the Phoenix Suns in led to an NBA-best 64-18 record that season. Williams has led the Suns to a .656 win ratio. Williams was drafted by the Knicks in 1994 and played with the team until 1996 before being traded to the San Antonio Spurs. Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić has been named the NBA's Most Valuable Player. According to reports from ESPN on Monday morning, Jokić, 27, averaged 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists at a career-high 58.3 percent shooting third in assists while also becoming the first player in league history to t o Record at least 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists in a season. Jokić led the Nuggets to a 48–34 record that season and sixth place in the playoffs. Denver drew in the first round with the Golden State Warriors, who turned out to be too much for Jokić and Co. in an easy 4-1 series win. Despite being the defensive center of the Warriors' attention, the MVP averaged 31 points, 13.2 rebounds and 5.8 assists in the loss in the series. He is now part of a decorated list of players who have been MVPs in consecutive seasons along with Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Antetokounmpo, Wilt Chamberlain, Steve Nash, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Moses Malone, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Bill Russell and Spurs legend Tim Duncan. Jokić and the Nuggets have swept the season streak with the Knicks this season. In a triple-double hit in an overtime win against the Clippers on January 19, he had a season-high 49 points, along with 14 assists, 10 rebounds and three steals in a 16-25 shooting. MAY 8 KINGS HIRING MIKE BROWN The Sacramento Kings hired Mike Brown as the franchise's next head coach Sunday night. The Kings fired head coach Luke Walton during the season and Alvin Gentry was named caretaker manager. Brown, 52, coached the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2005 to 2010 and 2013 to 2014 and the Los Angeles Lakers from 2011 to 2012. 1 The Houston Rockets have a big shot at earning a top 3 pick in the NBA draft lottery on May 17 Sportico joins the bidding group led by Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Josh Harris. Groups involving the likes of Walmart's John Elway, Peyton Manning and Rob Walton are also working to own the Broncos. 6 MAY KEMBA TRADE FOR BROGDON? Malcolm Brogdon can make an offensive and he can shoot from the boundary. He might even improve New York's defense. One suggestion here is that the Knicks get Brogdon in exchange for Kemba Walker, Alec Burks and a first-rounder. MAY 5 COOL HAND LUKA, HOT DRAYMOND The NBA announced Thursday it has fined the Warriors' Draymond Green $25,000 for tricking fans in Memphis during Tuesday's Western Conference playoff game to have. When the Golden State forward entered the locker room for stitches on a laceration in his right eye in the first quarter Tuesday night, he held up two middle fingers in response to boos from fans. And after the game... "You're going to boo someone who's got an elbow in their eye and their face is bloody, you should be freaking out," Green said. Great, I make $25 million a year. The NBA playoffs are physical. Ask the Dallas Mavs' Luka Doncic, who is averaging 40 points per game against the Suns, who are 2-0 up, as they try to beat Doncic, who -- despite his reputation for rubbing shoulders with the umpires -- a responsibility to be cool hand luka when it comes to ts. MAY 4 TYTY TIME Tankathon conducted its latest mock, letting the Knicks add No. 11 overall Kentucky point guard – TyTy Washington. MAY 3 WHAT DOES A DONOVAN DEAL LOOK LIKE? So what exactly does a viable trade package look like for Utah's Donovan Mitchell? Most young star player trade hauls involve some combination of picks, young prospects, or other winning pieces, depending on how much remodeling is planned. Phil Jackson is no longer a coach at the age of 76. But the former New York Knicks player's storied career, certainly as a head coach, makes him uniquely qualified to help with the Lakers search... MAY 2 THE BRUNSON OBSTACLE The New York Knicks will not have the aid of the Dallas Mavericks have if they want a sign-and-trade by Jalen Brunson.

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How Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson got together

On Thursday's The Kardashians, Kim reveals that a star shut down Pete Davidson when he asked for her number, saying it was "It's never going to happen." (Author: Gardener)

Pete DavidsonKim Kardashian reveals how she and former Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson got together on Thursday's Hulu episode "The Kardashians." Kardashian, 41, says she has kept quiet about the budding relationship in case things go wrong. "Honestly, I just feel like I really want to make sure and not just be like, 'Oh my god, I've met someone and I'm having fun,'" she says. Start the day smarter. Kourtney Kardashian, Travis Barker quit sex and exercise for 'Panchakarma cleanse' It's about time Kim Kardashian opened up about her relationship with comedian Pete Davidson on her family's Hulu reality show, The Kardashians, during an "Aladdin" skit on her SNL hosting debut in October. She says when their lips met, "it was just a vibe," inspiring them to "try something different." But Pete doesn't come to my afterparty," Kardashian continues. He doesn't give me the time of day." So Kardashian took matters into his own hands. "A few days later I called the producer on SNL and said, 'Hey, do you have Pete's number?' And they said, 'Yes!' And I'm texting him," she says. "I didn't even think, 'Oh my god. I'm going to be in a relationship with him.'" Kardashian says she felt "the need to get out of there" and was looking for an affair. Kim Kardashian hosted "Saturday Night Live" for the first time on October 9, 2021. "After we met and it was like a thing, Megan Fox texted me and said, 'Is this for real?'" Kardashian recalled. "'Because he asked me for your number months ago and I was like, 'Dude, you got a better shot of me and MGK getting eaten by crocs than you ever got her number. During a skit for the October episode hosted by Kim Kardashian, Pete Davidson and Chloe Fineman, portrayed by Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox. Kardashian and Davidson, who made their red carpet debut at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in April, appear to be quite happy together. "Pete literally has to be the best person I've ever met," she says on this week's episode. "People always say, 'Oh, he's so funny!' That's fourth on my list of why I like him. (He) always wants the best for people, can handle anything, always does it with grace. He's really, really thoughtful and humble and just so genuine. I would say the perfect word to describe Pete is real.” Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly are engaged! 'I was actually mocked': Megan Fox is open about 'misogynist' Hollywood beginnings for ex-husband Ye, formerly known as Kanye West. My husband moves from state to state and I ride with him," Kardashian said. And then, after I turned 40 this year, I realized, no, I don't want a husband [who] lives in a completely different state... I want someone that we share the same shows with." And that's exactly what Kardashian has found: "I never thought that you could just be so happy watching TV shows and going to the gym," Kardashian says to her sisters Kourtney and Khloé. Davidson takes care of her too. "I had this big pimple on my nose and I kept complaining about this pimple and I was like, 'Oh my god. I have to get up. I have to put pimple medicine on,'" says Kardashian. And I woke up in the morning with dried pimple medicine on mine Open your nose Martha Stewart opens up about the charm of the 'good boy' Pete Davidson, which stars bought at her tag sale This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: How Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson got together: He missed her 'SNL' party ; She texted first

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Kim Kardashian didn't attempt to attend Queen's Platinum Jubilee with Pete Davidson

Kim Kardashian never attempted to attend Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee ceremony in London with boyfriend Pete Davidson, despite a report claiming she was turned down. (Author: Gardener)

Kim KardashianClick to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson have never tried to keep up with the royal family, despite a report claiming the couple have tickets to been denied the Platinum Jubilee. While we've been told the 41-year-old Kardashians star was in London to support a "secret project" Davidson, 28, is working on, the nature of the Saturday Night Live graduate's job remains the same not clear. The couple rocked matching platinum blonde hair as they headed to the celebrity hotspot. The new Skkn founder, who has been dating Davidson since October 2021, has been frequently posting on social media about her relationship with the 'King of Staten Island' star, including her support when he left the NBC sketch comedy series Last month. Kardashian also posted cute photos of her and Davidson engaging in epidurals, but maybe that's because fans now know how great her sex life is thanks to her exposure to her family's Hulu reality series. "When I turned 40, everyone said it was the best sex of your life," she told her sisters Khloé Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian. "And Grandma kept telling me, '40 is the best sex,' and I said 'OK.' "And so far..." Kim said, winking and laughing to her sisters' delight.

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