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-- Nathan MacKinnon couldn't find the words. Gabriel Landeskog managed a smile and a joke. (Author: Gardener)

-- Nathan MacKinnonAfter years of disappointments in the playoffs, the Colorado Avalanche are back at the pinnacle of hockey after dethroning the two-time defending champion. After a goal and assist from MacKinnon, the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup for the third time in franchise history and for the first time in more than two decades by defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 6 last Sunday night. "It just built up over time," said playoff MVP winner Cale Makar of the Avalanche's journey. It's the first title for the Avs' core group, led by MacKinnon, captain Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen and Makar, and it follows several early exits in the postseason - each in the second round of the last three seasons and the first round of 2018 The 2016-17 team was the worst in hockey, ending with just 48 points. "It's hard to describe," said MacKinnon, who took the lead in the clincher by blocking shots and hitting big on top of his offensive performance. “Some tough years interfered, but it's all over now. With a mix of speed, high-end talent, and the experience gleaned from those defeats, Colorado broke through this time around -- and earned every bit of the championship by putting in a deep punch "you is to beat." probably a little more satisfying, to be honest, because they're champions," said veteran striker Andrew Cogliano, who won the trophy for the first time aged 35. And in the end, when you can beat the champions, you know you really deserve it.” As expected from the Avalanche, it wasn't easy. An early turnover from Makar resulted in an easy goal from Steven Stamkos that put Colorado in a hole and several more bumps and bruises followed. The Avalanche equalized as MacKinnon defeated 2021 playoffs MVP Andrei Vasilevskiy with a near-perfect shot and scored another big goal through the acquisition of Trade Dead Artturi Lehkonen. They wrapped things up by holding the puck and held Tampa Bay without a shot at Darcy Kuemper until the middle of the third period. His teammates finished the job, and Colorado improved to 9-1 on the road this postseason. Much like the Lightning went all-in multiple times, trading high-draft picks and prospects to win the best shot at the cup, Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic wasn't afraid to make a bet in March to help Lehkonen to take on defensemen Josh Manson and Cogliano. They became the perfect complement to Colorado's core, which had shown a lot of playoff promise but had yet to produce a championship. Sakic, who managed Colorado's first two title-winning teams in 1996 and 2001, used a well-known recipe to get his team over the hill. Much like Pierre Lacroix, the architect of the Avalanche teams that have found so much success after the organization moved to Denver, Sakic placed great emphasis on skill, speed and versatility. That speed overwhelmed every opponent en route to the Finals, from an opening win in Nashville to a hard-fought six-game streak against St. Louis to yet another win in Edmonton. It was a different challenge against Tampa Bay, as the Avalanche had to absorb counterattacks from back-to-back champions to end them. In the end, Tampa Bay was two wins short of becoming the NHL's first treble winner since the New York Islanders dynasty in the early 1980s. "It hurts just like it did the first time," Stamkos said, referring to the Lightning's loss to Chicago in the 2015 Finals. Ahead of the series, Makar said he and his teammates were trying to end a dynasty and start a legacy. That legacy eventually includes a championship, thanks in large part to enduring coach Jared Bednar who, in his sixth season, found a way to keep his team focused on the mission at hand from the start of training camp. Bednar became the first coach to win the Stanley Cup, the American Hockey League's Calder Cup and the ECHL's Kelly Cup — all after that abysmal 48-point performance in his first season behind the Colorado bench. “He had a tough first year in the league and so did I. I can't believe we're here six years later.” Bednar won the chess match with Jon Cooper, also a Stanley and Calder Cup champion and considered one of the NHL's greatest tacticians. The Lightning fell into a 2-0 hole as they faced their strongest opposition since their winning streak began in 2020, then went down 3-1 before forcing Game 6. When asked how other teams might copy the Avalanche's success, Landeskog quipped, "Get a Cale Makar somewhere." In fact, Makar won the Conn Smythe after leading Colorado with 29 points in 20 games. Depth made the Avalanche possible To overcome lost defender Samuel Girard with a broken sternum and finish off the Lightning, although standout striker Andre Burakovsky was out through injury and Valeri Nichushkin was limping around on a injured right foot and Nazem Kadri played at center through a broken right thumb, The Avalanche defeated the Lightning before the attrition could take too great a toll and before the frightening possibility of elimination against Vasilevskiy in Game 7. Instead, they return to Denver to celebrate with the Stanley Cup, with a parade expected Thursday, Colorados Victory at the end of the series is not as emotional as in the last However, the tenth two years since Stamkos received the trophy marks another conclusion to an NHL season during a pandemic -- the first back to 82 games with a normal playoff format since 2019. Commissioner Gary Bettman wasn't even able to to present the trophy to Landeskog for testing positive for the coronavirus, leaving it to Deputy Bill Daly to do the honors. The Avalanche and Lightning struggled with occasional rough ice through late June, which shouldn't happen again when the league returns to its regular schedule. When that happens, Colorado will get a chance to defend its crown and try to follow Tampa Bay and become a perennial cup contender.

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Joe Sakic joins Denver icon John Elway as a double champion

Joe Sakic was so busy enjoying and reminiscing that he almost missed the team photo with the Stanley Cup before rushing over just in time to attend the on-ice celebration at the Amalie Arena. (Author: Gardener)

Joe SakicDENVER -- Joe Sakic was so busy rejoicing and reminiscing that he almost missed the team photo with the Stanley Cup before rushing over just in time to attend the on-ice celebration at the Amalie Arena. The Colorado Avalanche general manager joined Denver icon John Elway to lead his team from the front office to a championship two decades after winning two titles during his playing career in the Hall of Fame. A strong captain and focal point as the Avalanche won it all in 1996 and 2001, Sakic secured a third Stanley Cup championship Sunday night as the architect of the star-studded Firebolt of a team that dispatched back-to-back champion Tampa Bay Lightning in six games. Sakic joined Elway's exclusive club as the Avalanche ended their dominant playoff run with a 2-1 Game 6 win in Tampa. Elway led the Broncos to Super Bowl wins in his last two seasons as quarterback in 1997 and 1998, and he added one as an executive when Denver won the Super Bowl six years ago with a historically dominant defense and an aging but still masterful Peyton Manning won. Just as Elway brought his beloved Broncos back to the top of the NFL world, Sakic built the Avalanche team from the ground up. They shrugged off stumbles and heartbreaking early eliminations from the NHL playoffs in recent years to outlast the Lightning and become the first team to win four best-of-seven series away from home. They defeated Nashville and Edmonton and defeated St. Louis in six games to reach their first Stanley Cup final in 21 years. After a nine-day hiatus, they defeated a Lightning team that had won 11 straight playoff series, an amazing feat in the salary cap era. With an extensive roster filled with top draft hits like Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar and key deadline acquisitions like Josh Manson, Artturi Lehkonen and Andrew Cogliano, the Avalanche twice beat and beat the Lightning in overtime in a game 2, 7-0 masterwork and lifted their third trophy with another jewel on Sunday night. Their 16-4 run in the playoffs, which included a 9-1 road record, was the second-best of all time, only behind Wayne Gretzky's 16-2 run against Edmonton in 1988. Elway said that he and Sakic over the course of the Years together occasionally regretted that it was so much easier for both of them to lead their teams to titles playing the games rather than breaking a sweat watching them. "Being GM has been fun because you can't play anymore and it's good to stay close to the game," said Elway, who moved to a consulting role with the Broncos after his contract expired earlier this year. Sakic faced a major transformation when friend and former teammate Patrick Roy stepped down as head coach on the eve of the 2016-17 season and Bednar, who had just won the Calder Cup, oversaw a 48-point slog in his first year as coach an NHL head coach. "Yeah, we had the worst record, but we had some really good young players who were on the verge of becoming stars and a great core and we just built around them, we got a little bit younger and faster." , said Sakic after hoisting the trophy for the third time. Sakic stayed with Bedar after that 22-win first season, then selected Makar, who on Sunday night at the tender age of 23 became the first player to win the Hobey Baker Award for Best College Player and the Calder Memorial Trophy for Best Rookie, which Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman, Conn Smythe as the playoff MVP, and the Stanley Cup championship. Five years after their crash-and-burn season, the Avalanche are gearing up for a championship parade Thursday in downtown Denver after upending the Lightning and their superstar goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. The Avalanche won it all despite not having a superstar on the web like most champions. Darcy Kuemper, on the other hand, went into the playoffs 10:4 and won twice in Tampa. "These older guys have been around for a long time and had the opportunity to win their first trophy," he said. "And as a former player, I know how happy they are right now and how relieved they are to finally have the opportunity to win the Stanley Cup."

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How fast Avs won the Stanley Cup

The Colorado Avalanche were playing hockey in fast-forward and making their way to the Stanley... (Author: Gardener)

the Stanley CupThe Colorado Avalanche pose with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 6 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Sunday, June 26, 2022. Colorado Avalanche center Andrew Cogliano, center, and defenseman Josh Manson (42) celebrates teammate center Nazem Kadri (91)'s overtime goal in Game 4 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning Wednesday, May 22, 2009 June 2022, in Tampa, Fla. Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar, right, celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning with right winger Valeri Nichushkin, center, and defenseman Devon Toews during the third period of Game 5 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Friday, Jan. June 2022, Denver. Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson, center, and left wing Artturi Lehkonen, right, congratulate center Nazem Kadri, left, after his overtime goal against Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday April 22, 2022 in Tampa, Fla. Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) stops a shot from Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) during the second period of Game 6 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finales Sunday, June 26, 2022 in Tampa, Fla. Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) shoots the puck past Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) on Sunday, June 26, 2022 to score in to score the second period of Game 6 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finals, in Tampa, Florida. Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper celebrates after the Avalanche defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-0 in Game 2 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finals Saturday, June 18, 2022 in Denver. Colorado Avalanche right winger Valeri Nichushkin celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period in Game 2 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Saturday, June 18, 2022, in Denver. Gloves and sticks are thrown as the Colorado Avalanche celebrate winning the Stanley Cup against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Sunday, June 26, 2022 in Tampa, Fla. HEAD COACH JARED BEDNAR – Colorado Avalanche Skills Coach Shawn Allard wins the Stanley Cup after the team defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 6 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Sunday, June 26, 2022 in Tampa, Fla. Colorado Avalanche celebrates after the team defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Sunday, June 26, 2022 in Tampa, Fla. The Avalanche won 2-1. Colorado Avalanche General Manager Joe Sakic speaks to reporters on media day prior to Game 1 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday, June 14, 2022 in Denver. Playing hockey on the fly, the Colorado Avalanche smashed their way to the Stanley Cup championship with a mix of speed and high-end skill that only required defined focus to get past the top. There was no denying that a team with Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen had the talent to win. But after four consecutive early playoff eliminations, the Avalanche invented a different ending, defeating the back-to-back champion Tampa Bay Lightning by focusing on something simple: winning every 5-minute burst at once. "They never thought ahead — they just prepared every day and just focused on that," said general manager Joe Sakic. If they had a bad game, they were ready to do better the next day.” Coach Jared Bednar, in his sixth season behind the bench, is behind this strategy of breaking games into 5-minute increments. It's a lesson he learned from playoff disappointments that served far more as Colorado's internal mantra than the "find a way" marketing slogan. "We've got a good five minutes and we're moving on to the next one," Bednar said. Even before the final against Tampa Bay, Bednar praised his team for adhering to this philosophy, and the players acknowledged it was repeated on the bench during games. The chatter became the soundtrack to the Avalanche, which made the playoffs with 16 wins in 20 games. "We want to make sure there's a focus every five minutes: no matter what, we're backing down and backing out because we want to get the game to the teams," said defenseman Josh Manson, one of Sakic's key figures in closing deals. "We have a lot of speed and our forecheck is a big part of our game, so we want to reset every five minutes to do exactly what we need to do." Behind all that speed, the Avalanche swept across Nashville in the first round, defeating St. Louis in the six, defeated Edmonton in the West Final and finished Tampa Bay with a six on Sunday night, giving the Lightning only their second loss in their last 13 series. "All four lines can skate," Rantanen said. Just a team effort. We've got a lot of skill, but it takes more than skill to win a championship, and that's exactly what we did.” saki Viewers from outside the finals could see the extra hockey taking its toll in Tampa Bay — no team has played more games since 2020, the prize that comes with winning two straight titles and playing for a third — and just marveling at Colorado's pace. This includes Bryan Trottier, who won the Stanley Cup six times as a player and again in 2001 as an Avalanche assistant. "Holy cow, they're fast," he said. Sakic, the captain of that title team in 2001 and again in 1996, had a blueprint on how to win and set about finding players who would fit. Opponents had little time to think. 2013 was all about beating MacKinnon with first pick to find what Sakic called a "game changer." The same goes for Makar (the fourth pick in 2017), and Sakic added grins on the side by trading in Manson, center Nazem Kadri and deep forward Andrew Cogliano. But the key to Colorado's game has always been speed Sakic said. Complemented by the rest of the players finishing two of the first three series in four games, that speed was a significant advantage over the two-time champions who were built to do just about anything at this time of year could do with the kind and how Colorado handled it.A 7-0 Avalanche Blowout in Game 2 was a perfect example.The Lightning, from 2021 Playoffs MVP goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, to the dependable veteran skaters before him, made one freak error after freak error over Colorado's shrewd, aggressive skating and playmaking Former Marine steps out as Grand Marsha after threats of violence ll July 4th parade from Texas Texas man catches giant alligator snapping turtle and then releases it back into the wild "Our skating has to be a factor for us, regardless of the opponent," Bednar said. "And then playing fast is more than that: it's about getting in the right places and doing the right things so that we're predictable to ourselves." of Fame, Grant Fuhr, predictable. He said that as the better team in the Finals, Colorado followed the path they had been on since October. "They've been great all year," Fuhr said. "They looked like the best out west from the start of the year, and they've been the best in the league basically all along." It started in September when the Avalanche began to shake off their recent playoff loss. Bednar said he and his team did some experimentation during the season to secure first place in the West. When it came time to finish the job, Colorado was ready. "You don't preach it all year and practice it all year only to throw it away at the most important time of the year," Bednar said. "That's why we started preaching it on the first day of training camp: focus on the process and what we need to look for in order to succeed."

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Lightning's Steven Stamkos is setting a point career high this postseason

TAMPA — Minutes after the Lightning suffered their most heartbreaking loss in three seasons, defense attorney Ryan McDonagh stood in front of a pool of reporters, struggling to find the right words. What's the best way to sum up what captain Steven Stamkos meant to the team during their run to three straight Stanley Cup finals? (Author: Gardener)

Steven StamkosFans are enlightened by a spinning replay of the Stanley Cup prior to the start of the first half of the game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at the Amalie Arena, Tampa. TAMPA — Minutes after the Lightning suffered their most heartbreaking loss in three seasons, defense attorney Ryan McDonagh stood in front of a pool of reporters, struggling to find the right words. Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Brandon Hagel (38) is seen on the ice after an early penalty against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals Sunday, June 26, 2022 in Tampa. What's the best way to sum up what captain Steven Stamkos meant to the team during their run to three straight Stanley Cup finals? Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates scoring his first goal against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals Sunday June 26, 2022 in Tampa. Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Brandon Hagel (38), center, along with Colorado Avalanche defenseman Bowen Byram (4), left, and Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper (35) watch the game during the first period in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals Sunday, June 26, 2022 in Tampa. Stamkos scored the team's only goal Sunday night in the Lightning's 2-1 loss to the Avalanche that sealed Colorado's first title since 2001. Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper is seen on the bench during the first half against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Sunday, June 26, 2022 in Tampa. He opened the scoring with his 11th goal of the postseason, tying Ondrej Palat for most on the Lightning list. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jan Rutta (44) falls onto the ice during the first half against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals Sunday, June 26, 2022 in Tampa. Less than four minutes into play, Nikita Kucherov was fighting for the puck behind Colorado's net and worked it against Nathan MacKinnon from the wall. Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71), left, chases the lost puck in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals Sunday June 26, 2022 in Tampa. Stamkos' 19 points, including 11 goals, was a postseason high, surpassing his 18 in 2020-21. Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Brandon Hagel (38) gets caught between Colorado Avalanche defenseman Devon Toews (7), left, and Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) during the first period in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Sunday 26th 2022 in Tampa. Stamkos' 19 points also put Victor Hedman third on the team, behind Kucherov (27) and Palat (21). In 23 postseason competitions, Stamkos had five multi-point games (including three in the Conference Finals). Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71), left, and Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher (37), tangle during the first period in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals Sunday, June 26, 2022 in Tampa . Stamkos, 32, already had a regular-season career under his belt. This season was his first with 40 goals or more since he scored 45 in 2018/19. Fans cheer for the Tampa Bay Lightning after scoring their first goal during the game against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals in front of the Amalie Arena on Sunday, June 26, 2022 in Tampa. The captain's offense anchored the Lightning for much of the season, particularly as they struggled without Brayden Point and Kucherov, both of whom were out for extended periods through injuries. Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates his goal in the first period of the game between Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at the Amalie Arena in Tampa. On April 21, Stamkos passed Martin St. Louis (953) for most points in Lightning history. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak (81) defends the net and Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) from Colorado Avalanche center Darren Helm (43) during first period play between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche for Game 6 of the Stanley - Cup Finals on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa. It was fitting that Stamkos ended the Lightning season with a goal on Sunday at the Amalie Arena. His performance and leadership helped see the team return to the cup final for the third straight season. Fans watch as the Tampa Bay Lightning play the Colorado Avalanche in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals in front of the Amalie Arena on Sunday, June 26, 2022 in Tampa. Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) and Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) collide with the boards in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals Sunday, June 26, 2022 in Tampa. Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) chases Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) in the first period during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals Sunday, June 26, 2022 in Tampa. Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn (17), left, along with his left wing teammates Nicholas Paul (20), center, and left wing Brandon Hagel (38) look on after a goal in the second period by Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Sunday June 26, 2022 in Tampa. Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Nicholas Paul (20) runs past Colorado Avalanche players as they score a second goal from Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals Sunday, May 26 June 2022 in Tampa. Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen (96), left, and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Josh Manson (42) celebrate a second-half goal from teammate center Nathan MacKinnon in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals Sunday, June (29) against the Tampa Bay Lightning 26th, 2022 in Tampa. Follow our Tampa Bay Times sports team on Twitter and Facebook. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77), left, looks to goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) after a second goal by Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals Sunday, May 26. June 2022 in Tampa. Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88), center, watches the puck in the second period against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals Sunday, June 26, 2022 in Tampa.

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Top goalie prospects discussed ahead of 2022 NHL draft

Western Hockey League's Prince George's Tyler Brennan could be the first goaltender selected in the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft. (Author: Gardener)

2022The 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft will be held July 7-8 at the Bell Center in Montreal. The 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft will be held July 7-8 at the Bell Center in Montreal. NHL.com counts down to the draft with in-depth profiles of top prospects, podcasts and other features. NHL.com counts down to the draft with in-depth profiles of top prospects, podcasts and other features. Today, a look at the top North American goalies in a Q&A with NHL Central Scouting's Al Jensen. Today, a look at the top North American goalies in a Q&A with NHL Central Scouting's Al Jensen. For NHL.com's full draft coverage, click here. For NHL.com's full draft coverage, click here. Western Hockey League's Prince George's Tyler Brennan could be the first goaltender selected in the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft. Brennan (6-foot-4, 185 pounds), No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting's final North American goaltender rankings, was 11-25-2 with 3.58 goals against average, .899 save percentage and four shutouts in 39 games and 0-3 with 1.86 GAA and .954 save percentage in four WHL playoff games. Tweet from @NHLdotcom: @NHLCentralScout's Al Jensen took to the @NHL Draft Class Podcast to talk about this year's goalie selection. Why is @WHL's @PGCougars' Tyler Brennan the top ranked goaltender? Apple: https://t.co/XAm8rhBfDZSpotify: https://t.co/7kZ6RQkO2x pic.twitter.com/KE3MnMnrb1 The 18-year-old has good speed and athleticism overall, can move the puck well behind the net and is able to make large savings in a timely manner. According to Central Scouting goalie evaluator Al Jensen, he has very good professional potential. "I think this kid has a big advantage," said Jensen. He just has that presence that you could see, later he will have a chance to play. He's the size of a Carey Price (6-3, 217). I'm not saying he's Carey Price, but he definitely has the potential to be a top-notch NHL goaltender. I really liked its consistency and there is so much to do. He covers so much of the web and I like his presence. To break down many of the top eligible North American goalies in the 2022 draft, here are five questions for Jensen: Brennan played on a team that was struggling a bit, and his stats don't jump off the page. When you have a goalkeeper who doesn't have amazing numbers, is it harder to tell how he's really doing? These kids are so young; You have to look beyond the numbers and see if the guy is good enough to play in the NHL because nobody's going to even mention those numbers in 5-6 years. My job is to find out if one day he will have a chance to play in the NHL. It's great to have the numbers, and some of those numbers stand out, but Brennan's team wasn't at the top of the Western Hockey League, so he faced a lot of quality shots. He's young, he plays a lot of games. Can this player become an NHL goalie one day? USA Hockey's Under-18 National Team Development Program team has two goalies in the top four, Dylan Silverstein at No. 3 and Tyler Muszelik at No. 4. “Two very different goalies. Silverstein (6-0, 179) is "Fast, athletic and very intense. There's not a huge difference in the potential of these guys. They'll all go down different paths. Some teams might want their keepers to be like that, and some might like them differently . They both have." good potential with good skills but they are goaltenders of a different breed. @mikemorrealeNHL Tweet: NHL Draft Class: @NHLCentralScout's Al Jensen signed up for a conversation about @NHL Draft eligible goaltenders in 2022 @USAHockeyNTDP goaltender Dylan Silverstein & Tyler Muszelik - Apple: https://t.co/HplJPg30PWSpotify: https://t.co/efvtkXOiv1 pic.twitter.com/ZUWvGycaYO Can you discuss the play of two goalies who were passed over? in the 2021 NHL draft?” Goaltenders sometimes take a little longer to develop This is the first year I've seen Zhigalov (6-3, 167) and he impressed me from the first game I saw him saw play. It just has this presence and it carries itself well. There's so much to do for an NHL team and this guy has a really good chance of playing in the NHL one day; I really think so. He's got the size, the speed, and he just looks like an NHL goalie in it. Whitehead (6-3, 172) showed great development since the year before he played with the Utica Jr. Comets of the National Collegiate Development Conference. He has the presence, the ability. I think if he shows it in the USHL it gives the Boy Scouts a vision that if he improves so much from NCDC to USHL he's going to rise even higher. What will he be like in a year or two after he's moved up to a higher level?" We've seen at least one goalie get picked in the first round of the NHL draft in the last three years. Do you think that series at ?the 2022 draft?' "I don't care too much about that, especially the goaltenders, as there are a lot of good players to draft. Goaltenders tend to only get drafted in the second or third round. In the last three years." only four goaltenders were picked in the first round so it wouldn't surprise me if no goaltenders were picked in the first round.It depends on a team's needs and how many draft picks they have.Are there goaltenders on the North American list who you think are good late round picks and could prove an upset in 5-6 years?I can see the back half of the list where there are a number of goalies who e have a chance to surprise. This boy is really a good goalkeeper and has a lot of potential. Rockland's Charlie Schenkel (No. 17; 6-5, 193) of the Central Canada Hockey League started the year with Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario Hockey League) and I caught him playing a few games there. He still needs work, but he's tall, moves extremely well and he just needs one chance to play, so I see potential in the future. I've been watching Luke Pavicich (#23; 6-2, 175) from the University of Massachusetts for three years and every time he plays he gives his team a chance to win. He's a little inconsistent and gets a little timid, but he has a lot of high-end qualities for NHL goalie coaches to work with."

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Cobb gets the upper hand and goes into the Forbidden Door

At last night's Rampage, a stacked card with United Empire's Jeff Cobb collided in a grudge match with FTR's Cash Wheeler. (Author: Gardener)

CobbThe final Rampage before Sunday's AEW X NJPW Forbidden Door pay-per-view featured a colossal card that featured ROH Women's Champion Mercedes Martinez, Andrade El Idolo, Rey Fenix, HOOK and more. There's also a Forbidden Door preview where IWGP World Tag Team and United Empire's Jeff Cobb clashes with half of the ROH World Tag Team Champions, FTR's Cash Wheeler. Both men would waste no time and fly at high speeds while Fenix ​​dodges Andrade's attempted lasso, bringing him down with a springboard hurricanrana. Fenix ​​continued to press Andrade, beating him with many aerial maneuvers including a gravity-defying springboard lariat off the top rope. Andrade attempted to regain control with the help of Jose, but Fenix ​​would soon regain control. This was until the referee was distracted by Jose and Alex Albrahantes fighting, allowing Andrade's partner Rush to emerge and hit Fenix ​​with a low blow. Andrade would follow with a hammerlock DDT to take the win and confirm the La Faccion Ingonerables reunion. This was followed by Rush showing the ultimate disrespect and unmasking Fenix. Martinez then tagged in and followed up with a huge spinebuster. Martinez would continue hitting and unload with a barrage of lassos. The match would end with Serena and Martinez syncing their signature submission holds together to claim the win. With Forbidden Door just two days away, the undefeated HOOK would be put to the test by going up against one of the top NJPW LA dojos at The DKC. HOOK would start the fight quickly, snapping a kneebar that The DKC was only able to break after he reached the bottom rope. HOOK followed with signature crossface punches before locking in the Redrum for a quick win. In the highly anticipated 3-way tag team match, with the winners just two days away, FTR's Cash Wheeler and United Empire's Jeff Cobb wanted to make sure they could inflict as much penalty as possible to avoid to have a greater advantage Sunday. The United Empire Juggernaut would soon take control of the match, using his power to tear apart the rag doll Wheeler both inside and outside the ring. Wheeler's toughness would see him crack Cobb with a couple of punches, but Cobb would soon smash Wheeler into the ring post. Cash would finally regain some control after a crushing uppercut sent Cobb flying outside before dropping the big man with a sunset flip powerbomb. Wheeler would almost get the win after pulling off a roll-up with a skillful reversal of Cobb's powerbomb, but Cobb would step out on two. In the closing moments, Cobb hit a German suplex with a snap low release before reaching the Tour Of The Islands to take the win and give United Empire the advantage going into Sunday. After the game, Cobb's partner and another half of the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Champions Great-O-Khan show up before FRTR's Dax Harwood would show up to level the playing field. The brawl would continue as the entire United Empire would collide on the outside, as well as Roppongi Vice and Orange Cassidy. While the countdown to Forbidden Door and Blood and Guts heats up. You can watch AEW's Forbidden Door and AEW X NJPW internationally on FITE TV.

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Police are investigating two armed robberies Sunday morning, and one victim was hospitalized with life-threatening gunshot wounds

Police are investigating two armed robberies that took place near a housing complex in Santa Maria early Sunday morning, one of which had a victim hospitalized with life-threatening gunshot wounds. (Author: Gardener)

Sunday- Police are investigating two armed robberies that occurred near a housing complex in Santa Maria early Sunday morning, one of which left a victim hospitalized with life-threatening gunshot wounds, according to the Santa Maria Police Department. The department said officers were responding to a report of a shooting around 3:30 a.m. in the Knudsen and Western area. Police said it appeared the victim was shot by one of the people who robbed him. Officials took the victim to the hospital for his serious, life-threatening injuries, and the department said it was awaiting updates on his status. In addition, police said another man told officers he was robbed and stabbed early that morning near the first crime scene. Police said his injuries were minor and he is expected to make a full recovery. Investigators believe the two crimes were related, both with a motive for a robbery. Officers said they were looking for witnesses who might have information about the suspects - investigators believe the suspects were two young men dressed all in black. To contact the department with tips or leads for this investigation, SMPD said you can call Detective Sergeant Andy Magallon on his cell phone at 805-928-3781 ext.

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Saturday morning news summary

On the afternoon of a day the US Supreme Court will always remember... (Author: Gardener)

SaturdayThe Supreme Court decision of S., Roe v. Wade and subsequently ending the constitutional protections for abortion that had existed for nearly half a century, planned protests and demonstrations are being held throughout the Bay Area from San Francisco and Oakland to San Mateo and San Jose. As of 6 p.m., more than 1,000 people have gathered for the rally in San Francisco. It began at the Philip Burton Federal Building with a planned march down Market Street. It culminated in a sit-in protest at the corner of Market Street and Hyde Street, where a surgery is due to start tonight. Meanwhile, voices were heard at other rallies late Friday afternoon and early evening across the San Francisco Bay Area. Activists demonstrated for reproductive rights at 4:30 p.m. in San Mateo Central Park. after the fall of Roe v. More than 3,000 people participated in 49 minutes of civil disobedience in San Francisco early Friday night, the 49th day in force since 1973. Protesters taking part in a rally that started at 5pm. at the Philip Burton Federal Building, followed by a march to Market Street, where a sit-in began at the junction with Hyde Street. There, 49 minutes of civil disobedience began to protest today's U decision. After the culmination of those 49 minutes, protesters began marching east on Market Street toward The Embarcadero, where the rally is expected to end at the Ferry Building. Rallies are also taking place Friday night in Oakland and San Jose, as well as in San Mateo, where reproductive rights activists demonstrated in Central Park after news of the Supreme Court decision broke. San Mateo County enacted a 100-foot buffer zone ordinance to protect access to Planned Parenthood's local Mar Monte clinic and recently allocated $1 million to fund Planned Parenthood and other local abortion clinics in the town's footsteps Support becoming a place of refuge for people who want abortions. Senator Josh Becker said he was sad to be at this afternoon's rally as the father of an 18-year-old daughter who no longer has the same rights that have existed in the United States since 1973. Those attending the rally held placards that read "Justices lied now women will die" and "I Love Pro-Choice California," while also shouting "our bodies, our rights." Friday's decision, taken more than a month after a draft opinion by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito was leaked, showed the Supreme Court was ready to take the step. Friday's result is expected to lead to abortion bans in about half of the 50 states. The protest in the city of San Francisco Friday night against the repeal of Roe v. S. by the US Supreme Court began at the Phillip Burton Federal Building and ended at the Ferry Building after speeches, chants, marches and a 49-minute sit-in on Market Street commemorating 49 years of Roe v. represented. The protest was organized by the National Mobilization for Reproductive Justice along with a coalition of other organizations including The Raging Grannies Action League, Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights and Freedom Socialist Party. The rally started at 5 p.m. at the federal courthouse with a small crowd but soon expanded to more than 1,000 people listening to speeches berating Supreme Court justices and warning of the consequences of their decision. Many speeches blamed not only Republicans but also Democrats for eliminating reproductive rights. An evacuation drill will be conducted Saturday morning by the Novato Fire Protection District, Marin Firewise Communities, the Novato Police Department and the Marin County Sheriff's Department. Exercise applies to Black Point and Pacheco Valle areas only. The meeting will be held at the Margaret Todd Senior Center, 1580 Hill Rd. Black Point evacuation drill begins at 9:30 am. The Pacheco Valle evacuation drill begins at 11:00 am. Residents living in these areas will receive an automated call informing them that an evacuation is underway at the time. Two Bay Area cities are among 10 regions across California receiving $17 million in Family Homelessness Challenge Grant funding to help reduce family homelessness in the Golden State. Oakland and Livermore are the two Bay Area cities that, along with 10 California communities, will receive the funds, which are awarded by the California Interagency Council on Homelessness. Oakland, the third-largest city in the Bay Area with 423,000 residents, will receive $2 million. San Leandro Police said they foiled two separate thefts of catalytic converters on the same night shift. The first case occurred around 9:15 p.m. in the Pershing Drive and Stoakes Avenue area. Wednesday. A suspect was removing a catalytic converter from a vehicle when officers arrived, according to the San Leandro Police Department. However, an alarm officer soon spotted the suspect's vehicle near the original scene of the theft and found a suspected accomplice and a loaded firearm in the vehicle. That suspect, Jesse Cortez, a 40-year-old Hayward resident, was arrested on suspicion of charges related to firearms and theft. Officers were dispatched to the 2100 block of Bancroft Avenue for another reported catalyst theft. Two suspect vehicles and their occupants worked together to remove the catalytic converter, police said. Police said both suspects drove away at high speed when officers arrived. A suspect ran from the vehicle and was then arrested for theft and possession of stolen property. The suspect is a 25-year-old homeless man, police said. The National Weather Service's forecast for Saturday for the San Francisco Bay Area calls for daily highs to remain very warm through Monday. Copyright © 2022 Bay City News, Inc. 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Elections, Carson Valley Days, Library Summer Kick Off and more

Happy Friday, Carson Now readers! Let's see what events await us this weekend in the Carson City area and beyond. (Author: Gardener)

Carson ValleyLet's see what events await us this weekend in the Carson City area and beyond. 112th Carson Valley Days Coming to Douglas County This Weekend The 112th annual Carson Valley Days is being held in Douglas County this weekend, from Friday, June 9th through Sunday, June 12th. Bill Wharton will entertain guests at David Walley's Saloon with live music on Friday and Saturday this week in Carson City at Mangia Tutto Mangia Tutto Pizzeria e Ristorante hosts the Patio Party & Pro Jam Thursday night with Brian Lester and Buster Chops. Join us from 6:30am to 8:30am for great live music, wonderful Italian food, cocktails and desserts. The Bank Saloon in Carson City features live music every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday. The Carson City Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce the 2022 Youth Cadet Academy on June 11-12. The 2022 primary is underway and early voting ends Friday, June 10 in Carson City. Farmer's Market and Vintage Market Begin Summer Seasons in Carson City Saturday Two open-air summer markets begin Saturday, June 4 in Carson City: the annual Carson City Farmer's Market and the inaugural year for the Vintage Market. Carson City Library invites you to summer reading with the Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Challenge. Discover Nevada State Parks Day is June 11; Free Day Admission to All Nevada State Parks Nevada residents and visitors are invited to “Discover Nevada State Parks” on Saturday, June 11th. Park visitors receive free day admission and free fishing (no license required) at all Nevada State Parks. Carson City's Proscenium Players Inc. Seeks New Members; Annual Meeting to be Held on Saturday PPI will hold its annual meeting and celebration on Saturday, June 12 at 2:00 pm in the Brewery Arts Center Grand Ballroom and anyone interested in attending is invited. Flavors of India is hosting the first Holi Festival of Colors in Carson City this Saturday. Holi is unveiled this Saturday, June 11th as a community experience for all ages in Carson City. We had endured enough isolation, let's be part of this outdoor event full of fun and make our life easier and bring some color into it! It's a free event for everyone and a great opportunity for the community to participate. There will be a Johnny Cash Tribute Show on Saturday June 11th at 6pm. at 410 East John Street behind the Cracker Box Diner. Admission to the show is $10 per day. If you decide to stay two days, admission is only $15. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. This Saturday, June 11 at 3:00 p.m., the Wylder Hotel Hope Valley continues its Eastern Sierra History series with a 50-minute presentation, “Tragedy at St. Francis Dam, Worst Man-Caused Disaster in California history". The market takes place every Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm. from June to September and is free to the public. Annual Pops Party Concert Sunday, June 12, at the Capital Amphitheater in Carson City The Carson City Symphony's 2022 Annual Pops Party Concert will be held on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. in the Capital Amphitheater, in the park between the Capitol and the Legislature Buildings. Admission is free. Plant Walk on the Comstock takes place on June 12th in Virginia City. Roam the lanes and open spaces with Evert Broderick and explore everything from native plants typical of the region to the massive influx of introduced plants, weeds and more as part of Plant on Sunday 12 June Comstock in Virginia City. The Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble is celebrating 25 years of spirited music making with its Tintab's Playground concert series in Summer 2022. The Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble is celebrating 25 years of spirited music making with its Tintab's Playground concert series in Summer 2022. Art brings contrasts and connections. In the Capital City Arts Initiative's Contrasts exhibition, the minimalist sculptures of Mariah Vargas interact with the intricately patterned collages of Sogand Tabatabaei. Nevada Artists Association Presents Just The Right Size Exhibit Nevada Artists Association Presents Just the Right Size Art Exhibit now through June 17th! This is a must-see collection of works by a variety of artists, showcasing art in a variety of mediums such as acrylic, photography, sculpture, watercolor and more. Sunday Vibes at Empire Ranch brings outdoor music every Sunday in June at 2:00 p.m. (except Father's Day!) to the community. Please let us know if we missed anything this weekend in Carson City and beyond in the comments below!

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People with COVID-19 can infect cats and dogs and make them sick by cuddling them, a study says

VANCOUVER -- Cat and dog owners who cuddle their pets when they're infected with COVID-19 could be causing the animals to contract the virus, according to a Canadian study. (Author: Gardener)

VANCOUVERVANCOUVER -- Cat and dog owners who cuddle their pets when they're infected with COVID-19 could be causing the animals to contract the virus, according to a Canadian study. The study says that while it was already known that animals such as cats, dogs, ferrets and hamsters appear to be susceptible to COVID-19, transmission may be more common than previously thought. The research, published this month in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, included 69 cats and 49 dogs, including pets and animals from shelters and spay/neuter clinics. Pet owners were also asked to complete an online survey about how they interact with their animals. “These data indicate a relatively common human-to-animal transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and that certain human-animal contacts — for example, kissing the pet, pet sleeping on the bed — appear to increase the risk ", says the study. "We concluded that infections in dogs and cats reflect direct transmission from humans to animals, given the pandemic nature of this virus in humans and the limited contact of most pets with other animals." Dogs and cats living in shelters showed im Lower rates of COVID-19 infection compared to those living with humans, said study co-author Prof. "It was quite a substantial difference, as we expected," Weese said. Dorothee Bienzle, of the University of Guelph's pathobiology department, said the results suggest cats have a higher rate of COVID-19 infection than dogs. "It has to do with how well the virus attaches to the receptor in the cat's or dog's respiratory system," Bienzle said. The high prevalence of COVID-19 antibodies in cats surprised researchers, she said. "We didn't expect so many," she said. Animals infected with COVID-19 show symptoms similar to people who contract the virus, she said. Weese said cats can transmit the infection to each other and to humans as well. A veterinarian in Thailand was diagnosed with COVID-19 in August 2021 after being sneezed on by an infected cat belonging to a patient who had tested positive for the virus, he said. Genetic analysis showed the virus was passed from cat owner to pet and to vet, Weese said. There is also evidence that mink infected by humans could spread the virus to other humans, he said. Human-to-animal transmission can be minimized by owners keeping their distance, wearing a mask and taking other precautions, just as they would to prevent infecting a person, he said. "Ideally, we want to prevent it from spreading as much as possible so that people can limit contact with animals if they are infected," he said.

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