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WCSF Game 7: Oilers-Canucks Preview, Props, Prediction

WCSF Game 7: Oilers-Canucks Preview, Props, Prediction

The Vancouver Canucks play host to Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals on Monday night, two days after failing to close out the Oilers in a 5-1 loss in Edmonton.

THE ODDS

The Oilers are consensus 1.5-goal favorites despite being on the road. The action has been almost even at BetMGM, where Edmonton has been backed 52 percent of the spread-line bets and 51 percent of the money.

The Canucks' +130 moneyline has drawn 57 percent of the bets, while the Oilers have been backed by 62 percent of the money at -155.

The Over/Under for total goals has shifted from 6.0 to 5.5 at the book, with the Under drawing 85 percent of the money.

PROP PICK

Connor McDavid to Score Goal (+135 at BetMGM): The Oilers' captain hasn't scored in each of the past four games, but is coming off a three-assist effort in Game 6. McGregor did find the net in Game 2 -- just his second goal of these playoffs. Regardless, McDavid scoring on Monday night has been the most popular player prop at the book.

PREDICTION

Edmonton entered the season with legitimate Stanley Cup aspirations and the Oilers responded big time with their backs against the wall on Saturday. They won at Vancouver in Game 2, and move on with another strong effort on the road.

--Oilers 4, Canucks 3

THE NEWS

The Canucks were not even in the same league as the Oilers in Saturday's loss. Vancouver managed a paltry 15 shots on goal, failed to convert all four of its power-play chances and was all but done and dusted during a one-sided second period that saw Edmonton go up 3-1.

Responding to claim the series will be anything but easy.

"There's always a test," Canucks captain Quinn Hughes said. "If you lose three in a row in January, you know, people are still going crazy and that's a test, too. We're going to have to treat it like another game. It's a great opportunity. If you told us we'd have this opportunity in September, we would have took it."

While Vancouver is trying to rediscover the form that gave it the upper hand in the series, the Oilers will look to build on a dominant performance. That said, Edmonton is also focused on keeping its emotions in check.

"Nothing to be satisfied or excited about," McDavid said of the Game 6 win. "We just bought ourselves another day, and I would expect the same level of urgency and desperation from our group.

"I would expect Vancouver to play a better game as well, and I would expect it to be a highly competitive, great Game 7."

Edmonton is looking to reach the conference finals for the second time in three years and has a decided advantage in Game 7 experience, something the Oilers plan to lean on come Monday.

"Experience helps -- a familiar situation helps in understanding how small the margins are and how well you have to play to win," Edmonton forward Zach Hyman said. "I think those things go into it and we want to keep playing, we want to win a Stanley Cup and we want to be here, so we really didn't have a choice."

INJURY REPORT

Vancouver is expected to be without star winger Brock Boeser for the finale. The 27-year-old is experiencing blood-clotting issues, according to Sportsnet.

Boeser, 27, is having a strong postseason and leads the Canucks with seven goals. He is tied for the team lead with 12 points. Boeser established career bests for goals (40) and points (73) in the regular season.

UP NEXT

Monday's winner will face the Dallas Stars in the conference finals, which begin Thursday.

THEY SAID IT

--"You're disappointed a little bit, but you know that we are a good bounce-back team. It's a Game 7. People would kill to be in this situation right now, and we've got to make sure that we act like we want to be in that situation. Play like you want to be a hero on Monday, that's what I think." -- Vancouver coach Rick Tocchet.

--"We have guys in this locker room who are so talented, but they're (also) winners. They're here to win and it showed (Saturday). It's going to show again on Monday." -- Edmonton defenseman Vincent Desharnais as told to Sportsnet.

Report: Canucks F Brock Boeser (blood clot) out for playoffs

Report: Canucks F Brock Boeser (blood clot) out for playoffs

Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser will miss the rest of the postseason after developing a blood clot in his leg, Sportsnet reported Monday.

The Canucks' leading goal-scorer is unavailable for Game 7 of their second-round series against the visiting Edmonton Oilers on Monday night, per the report.

Boeser, 27, was placed on blood-thinning medication after the clot was discovered by team medical staff following Vancouver's 5-1 loss in Edmonton on Saturday.

Boeser leads the Canucks with seven goals and is tied for the team lead with 12 points in 12 games this postseason.

He established career bests for goals (40) and points (73) while playing in 81 regular-season games. He has 179 goals and 384 points in seven-plus NHL seasons, all with the Canucks.

The winner of Monday's contest will advance to the Western Conference finals and play the Dallas Stars.

Report: Canucks star Brock Boeser (blood clotting) likely out vs. Oilers

Report: Canucks star Brock Boeser (blood clotting) likely out vs. Oilers

Vancouver Canucks winger Brock Boeser is experiencing blood-clotting issues and is likely to miss Game 7 of the club's second-round series against the visiting Edmonton Oilers on Monday night, according to Sportsnet.

Boeser missed practice Sunday and it isn't clear when he will return to the team.

Sportsnet indicated the situation isn't considered to be life-threatening.

Boeser, 27, is having a strong postseason and leads the Canucks with seven goals. He's tied for the team lead with 12 points in 12 games.

Boeser established career bests for goals (40) and points (73) while playing in 81 regular-season games. He has 179 goals and 384 points in seven-plus NHL seasons, all with the Canucks.

The winner of Monday's contest will advance to the Western Conference finals and play the Dallas Stars.

Canucks have another chance to oust Oilers, this time in Game 7

Canucks have another chance to oust Oilers, this time in Game 7

The Vancouver Canucks wasted their first opportunity to vanquish the Edmonton Oilers and advance to the Western Conference finals.

Vancouver must make good on its second chance if it wants to keep its season alive, as the Canucks are set to play host to the Oilers on Monday in Game 7 of their semifinal series.

Trailing 3-2 in the series, Edmonton put together a 5-1 beatdown of Vancouver in Game 6 to take the best-of-seven affair the distance, and now it is up to the Canucks to respond.

"You're disappointed a little bit, but you know that we are a good bounce-back team," Vancouver coach Rick Tocchet said. "It's a Game 7. People would kill to be in this situation right now, and we've got to make sure that we act like we want to be in that situation.

"Play like you want to be a hero on Monday, that's what I think."

Monday's winner will face the Dallas Stars in the conference finals, which begin Thursday.

The Canucks were not even in the same league as the Oilers in Saturday's loss. Vancouver managed a paltry 15 shots on goal, failed to convert all four of its power-play chances and was all but done and dusted during a one-sided second period that saw Edmonton go up 3-1.

Responding to claim the series will be anything but easy.

"There's always a test," Canucks captain Quinn Hughes said. "If you lose three in a row in January, you know, people are still going crazy and that's a test, too. We're going to have to treat it like another game. It's a great opportunity. If you told us we'd have this opportunity in September, we would have took it."

While Vancouver is trying to rediscover the form that gave it the upper hand in the series, the Oilers will look to build on a dominant performance. That said, Edmonton is also focused on keeping its emotions in check.

"Nothing to be satisfied or excited about," Oilers captain Connor McDavid said of the Game 6 win. "We just bought ourselves another day, and I would expect the same level of urgency and desperation from our group.

"I would expect Vancouver to play a better game as well, and I would expect it to be a highly competitive, great Game 7."

Edmonton is looking to reach the conference finals for the second time in three years and has a decided advantage in Game 7 experience, something the Oilers plan to lean on come Monday.

"Experience helps -- a familiar situation helps in understanding how small the margins are and how well you have to play to win," Edmonton forward Zach Hyman said. "I think those things go into it and we want to keep playing, we want to win a Stanley Cup and we want to be here, so we really didn't have a choice."

While the Canucks have surprised many this season, the Oilers went into 2023-24 with legitimate Stanley Cup expectations. Monday's game will put those hopes to the extreme test.

"We have guys in this locker room who are so talented, but they're (also) winners," Edmonton defenseman Vincent Desharnais told Sportsnet. "They're here to win and it showed (Saturday). It's going to show again on Monday."

Reports: Hurricanes, Rod Brind'Amour agree on contract extension

Reports: Hurricanes, Rod Brind'Amour agree on contract extension

Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind'Amour agreed to a five-year contract extension with the team, The Athletic reported.

Per multiple reports, the assistant coaches under Brind'Amour also received contract extensions.

The coach's contract was due to expire July 1.

Brind'Amour, 53, has guided the Hurricanes to the playoffs in each of the five seasons he has been at the helm, posting a 278-130-44 regular-season record in the process. He won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's coach of the year in 2021.

The Hurricanes finished second in the Metropolitan Division this season with a 52-23-7 record and 111 points, three points shy of the New York Rangers. The Rangers eliminated the Hurricanes in six games during their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

As a player, Brind'Amour collected 1,184 points (452 goals, 732 assists) in 1,484 career NHL games with the St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers and Hurricanes.

Brind'Amour served as the captain of the Hurricanes during the franchise's lone Stanley Cup championship in 2006 and won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL's top two-way forward in 2006 and 2007.

Panthers C Aleksander Barkov wins second Selke Trophy

Panthers C Aleksander Barkov wins second Selke Trophy

For the second time in four seasons, Florida Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov was named the Selke Trophy winner as the NHL's best defensive forward on Saturday night.

Barkov, who also won the award for the 2020-21 season and finished third the following year, received 165 of 194 first-place votes and recorded 1,817 voting points. He was listed on all but two of the Professional Hockey Writers Association ballots.

Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal finished second (539 points), ahead of Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (514).

Barkov won 57.3 percent of faceoffs (630 of 1,100) during the 2023-24 campaign. The 28-year-old led Florida in takeaways (61) and blocked 50 shots, fourth most among Panthers forwards. He tallied 80 points (23 goals, 57 assists) in 73 games and also played a key role in the Panthers allowing just 198 goals during the regular season, good for a share of the league lead with the Winnipeg Jets.

Barkov helped lead Florida to a second straight Eastern Conference finals appearance with Friday's 2-1 Game 6 win over the Boston Bruins. The Panthers will face the Rangers in Game 1 on Wednesday in New York.

"We went through it last year, obviously, and that's helped a lot," Barkov told Sportsnet after Friday's win. "But this year is a new year. We have new players, we're just creating something new here, something really exciting. We're really excited for this opportunity again, and we can't wait to get going."

Oilers roll past Canucks 5-1, send series to Game 7

Oilers roll past Canucks 5-1, send series to Game 7

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Evan Bouchard both scored once in three-point performances to lead the host Edmonton Oilers to a 5-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, sending their Western Conference semifinal series to a winner-take-all Game 7.

Dylan Holloway, Zach Hyman and Evander Kane also scored for the Oilers, while Connor McDavid collected three assists. Goaltender Stuart Skinner, handed back the net after watching the past two games, needed to make only 14 saves to record the win.

Leon Draisaitl posted two assists to run his point-scoring streak to 11 games, all of his team's games during the Stanley Cup playoffs. He became only the third player in history to record 100 career playoff points in 60 or fewer games, a list that includes Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux.

Game 7 will be Monday in Vancouver, with the winner advancing to the conference final to face the Dallas Stars.

Nils Hoglander scored and goalie Arturs Silovs stopped 22 shots for the Canucks.

Neither team has won consecutive games in the series, with the Oilers winning the even-numbered clashes.

With the score tied 1-1, Hyman's 10th goal of the playoffs at 7:14 of the middle frame sent the Oilers off and running. Hyman's shot from the slot bounded off a defender and went over Silovs.

Bouchard made it a 3-1 game at the 11:20 mark of the second when he unloaded a point shot that found the mark for his fifth goal of the playoffs.

Nugent-Hopkins extended the edge with his third of the playoffs at 3:25 of the third. McDavid raced around a defender before sliding a pass to the front of the net for Nugent-Hopkins to convert for his third goal of the playoffs.

Kane rounded out the scoring with a screened-shot goal, his fourth of the playoffs, after a Draisaitl faceoff win with 6:56 remaining.

The clubs traded first-period goals, with Holloway opening the scoring at 8:18. He split the defensemen before tucking home his third goal of the playoffs.

Hoglander tied the clash just past the midway point of the frame when he cashed in his own rebound for his first of the playoffs.

Oilers G Stuart Skinner to start Game 6 vs. Canucks

Oilers G Stuart Skinner to start Game 6 vs. Canucks

Goaltender Stuart Skinner will start in net on Saturday as the Edmonton Oilers attempt to stave off elimination versus the visiting Vancouver Canucks in Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal series.

Stuart allowed four goals on 15 shots in Edmonton's 4-3 loss to Vancouver in Game 3 on Sunday. Calvin Pickard started the next two games for the Oilers, turning aside 19 shots in a 3-2 win before yielding three goals in a 3-2 setback in Game 5. The Canucks lead 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.

"I'm excited to get back in the net," Skinner said Saturday. "I'm excited to get to do my job again."

Skinner, 25, started the Oilers' first eight playoff games with a 5-3 record, including 4-1 in the first-round series against the Los Angeles Kings. He has a 3.22 GAA and a save percentage of .877 in the postseason.

In the regular season, Skinner appeared in 59 games (57 starts) and had a 36-16-5 record, 2.62 GAA and a .905 save percentage.

Penguins boss Mike Sullivan to coach 2026 U.S. Olympic hockey team

Penguins boss Mike Sullivan to coach 2026 U.S. Olympic hockey team

USA Hockey named Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan to lead Team USA for the 2025 Four Nations Face-Off and the 2026 United States Men's Olympic hockey team on Saturday morning.

The Four Nations Face-Off will be played next Feb. 12-20 and feature NHL players from the United States, Canada, Finland and Sweden. The 2026 Winter Olympics will be held the following February in Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.

Sullivan was set to coach the 2022 Olympic squad but when NHL players didn't take part, Sullivan wasn't involved.

The 56-year-old Sullivan has international coaching experience. He was an assistant coach at the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy, then also at the 2008 World Championship and 2016 World Cup. He was the head coach of Team USA at the 2007 World Championship.

Sullivan, a Massachusetts native, has an NHL head coaching record of 445-275-100 with 15 ties with the Boston Bruins (2003-04, 2005-06) and Penguins, where he's been on the bench since the 2015-16 season. He won back-to-back Stanley Cup titles with the Penguins in 2016 and '17.

He played 11 NHL seasons with four different teams.

Stars eliminate Avs on Matt Duchene's 2OT goal

Stars eliminate Avs on Matt Duchene's 2OT goal

Matt Duchene scored at 11:42 of the second overtime and the Dallas Stars wrapped up their Western Conference semifinal series with a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 6 on Friday in Denver.

Duchene, who played his first nine NHL seasons for the Avalanche, picked up a rebound right of the crease and lifted a wrister over Alexandar Georgiev to send Dallas to the Western Conference finals.

The Stars will have home-ice advantage against either the Canucks or the Oilers in the next round. Vancouver holds a 3-2 edge in its best-of-seven set heading into Game 6 on Saturday at Edmonton.

Duchene atoned for his goaltender-interference infraction in the first overtime that wiped away a potential Mason Marchment goal at 12:31. He also had a chance to win it when he came in alone 25 seconds into the second overtime, but Georgiev made a lunging save.

Jamie Benn also scored and Jake Oettinger had 29 saves for the Stars, including two big ones in the second overtime.

Mikko Rantanen had a goal and Georgiev turned away 36 shots for the Avalanche, who lost all three home games in the series after having the best home record in the NHL during the regular season.

Both teams had chances in a tight-checking first period. Dallas winger Evgenii Dadonov's backhander at a wide-open net went off the outside of the post. In the final minute, Colorado's Artturi Lehkonen nearly scored on a rebound, but Oettinger got a pad on it and Dadonov kept it out of the net.

The Avalanche cashed in on their only power play when Rantanen roofed a shot over Oettinger's left shoulder at 5:48 of the second period.

It was his fourth goal of the playoffs and the first time in the series the Avalanche scored first.

The Stars tied it at 1:56 of the third period. Benn got a pass from Dadonov as he skated down the slot, deked Georgiev and slid a backhand in for his third goal of the postseason.

Dallas was without top center Roope Hintz for the second straight game with an upper-body injury. Stars defenseman Nils Lundkvist also was out, and Alexander Petrovic took his place on the third pairing.

Colorado was missing fourth-line center Yakov Trenin, who left Game 5 with an injury. Chris Wagner took his spot in the lineup.

Panthers put away Bruins in Game 6 on Gustav Forsling's late goal

Panthers put away Bruins in Game 6 on Gustav Forsling's late goal

Gustav Forsling's rebound goal with 1:33 left in regulation lifted the Florida Panthers to a 2-1, series-clinching win over the host Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Friday.

Anton Lundell had his initial shot stopped by Boston goaltender Jeremy Swayman (26 saves), but from the left side Forsling slipped the loose puck inside the near post for the deciding goal.

Lundell finished with a goal and an assist after scoring the tying tally at 12:44 of the second, helping the Panthers to their sixth straight playoff win at TD Garden.

Pavel Zacha scored Boston's lone goal.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves for Florida, including nine in the third period.

Bruins captain Brad Marchand returned to the lineup following a two-game absence due to an upper-body injury.

After the Bruins were unable to clear a shot blocked by Jake DeBrusk, Lundell picked up a loose puck in the slot and unleashed a dart to beat Swayman and tie the game at 12:44 of the middle frame.

A rollercoaster first period saw the Bruins post the first four shots on goal before a span of 14:11 without one, but Zacha buried the opening goal -- the first of his 25-game playoff career -- with 52.8 seconds left to make it 1-0.

DeBrusk continued his strong playmaking run with a dish off the neutral zone wall to spring Zacha for the breakaway, which he brought to his backhand and slipped under the crossbar.

Bobrovsky came up with several key saves in the second period that allowed his Panthers to tie the game, including denying Justin Brazeau's one-timer on the same shift as Lundell's goal.

Florida looked to take a 2-1 lead in the opening minute of the third. Brandon Montour took a slapper from the right point that Swayman initially thought beat him through the five-hole, but the Boston netminder had the puck behind his pads after it clanked off the post.

Bobrovsky made another important stop eight minutes into the final frame, holding both posts to keep out Charlie McAvoy's driving attempt to the crease.

Neither team could cash in on a power-play attempt late in the third period, which included 22 overlapping seconds of 4-on-4.

Maple Leafs hire Craig Berube as head coach

Maple Leafs hire Craig Berube as head coach

The Toronto Maple Leafs decided Friday on Craig Berube as the "new voice" for their head-coaching position.

Berube, 58, most recently coached the St. Louis Blues, with whom he won the 2019 Stanley Cup while serving as interim head coach.

Toronto lost its first-round playoff series 4-3 to the Boston Bruins, after which the Maple Leafs fired coach Sheldon Keefe.

Leafs general manager Brad Treliving said the team would seek a fresh direction.

"Today's decision was difficult," Treliving said in a statement May 9. "Sheldon is an excellent coach and a great man. However, we determined a new voice is needed to help the team push through to reach our ultimate goal."

Berube, a Jack Adams Award finalist in 2019, was 206-132-44 in the regular season with St. Louis before the Blues fired him in December. Counting a prior head-coaching stint with the Philadelphia Flyers (2013-15), his career coaching mark is 281-190-72.

He also worked as an associate coach with the Blues (2017-19) and seven seasons as an assistant with the Flyers (2006-07, 2008-15).

Berube also enjoyed a long NHL playing career. In 17 seasons (1,054 games) with Philadelphia, Toronto, Calgary, Washington and the New York Islanders, he collected 159 points (61 goals, 98 assists) and 3,149 penalty minutes.

Canucks try to ride big win into road clincher in Game 6

Canucks try to ride big win into road clincher in Game 6

The Edmonton Oilers are all too aware that replicating their performance from Game 5 will not be good enough to keep their Stanley Cup hopes alive when they play host to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

With the Oilers down 3-2 in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series, they must rebound from a sub-par performance in Thursday's 3-2 loss that has Edmonton's season on the brink and the Canucks on the verge of advancing.

"We've dealt with adversity throughout the year, and handled it pretty well," Oilers defenseman Cody Ceci said Friday. "I think now it's time for all of us to bring our ‘A' game.

"It's another great chance for our group. Year after year, you never know what changes are going to be made, so this is a great chance for a great group, and a group we want to win with."

The Oilers twice surrendered leads in Thursday's loss before J.T. Miller scored the final-minute winning goal, but that told only part of the tale.

Edmonton was in control through the first period, but the momentum swung 180 degrees. The Oilers' vaunted power play was blanked through five chances, three during the first period, while the Canucks wrestled away control during the second period and carried it to victory.

"We all know there's momentum swings, but you've got to push through that," said Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl, who has collected at least one point in all 10 playoff games. "You've got to find and create your own momentum and we didn't do that. We just have to be better."

In NHL history, the team winning Game 5 when a best-of-seven affair is tied at 2 has a 231-61 mark in the series.

Curiously, no team has won consecutive games yet in this series, and the Canucks would dearly love to close out the series and avoid a Game 7, even if it would be on home ice.

They certainly found most of the blueprint for success in Thursday's win, though it required a comeback and late-game heroics. On top of carrying the play for the bulk of the game, the Canucks finally fired 30 or more shots on goal in a playoff game this spring.

Moreover, the collection of players under the microscope due to their struggles the past few outings - namely Elias Pettersson and Nils Hoglander - had their best game of the playoffs, only a couple of nights after coach Rick Tocchet called out a bunch of his players for indifferent play.

It appears that challenge was met.

"Rick made changes as coaches should," defenseman Tyler Myers told Sportsnet. "But I thought the guys in the room stepped up and responded. We want to be a team that does that when things don't go our way."

Those who stepped up did not end there, with Carson Soucy, back after serving a one-game suspension, and Phil Di Giuseppe, who returned after missing two games due to the birth of a son, scoring goals.

It adds up to a team that knows an opportunity for something special is staring them in the face.

"Looking back at the five years (since) some of us came in together, to be in the position that we're in now, you can tell nobody's taking it for granted," Myers said.

"And it's a ton of fun. It's why you play the game this time of year. ... it's a special feeling. We want to keep it going."

Stars F Roope Hintz out for Game 6 vs. Avalanche

Stars F Roope Hintz out for Game 6 vs. Avalanche

Dallas Stars forward Roope Hintz has been ruled out of Friday's Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinal series versus the Colorado Avalanche in Denver.

Hintz will miss his second consecutive contest after sustaining an upper-body injury late in the first period of Game 4 on Monday. Dallas went on to record a 5-1 win in that game, however Colorado responded with a 5-3 victory on Wednesday to trim the Stars' lead to 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Dallas coach Peter DeBoer said he is hopeful Hintz can return for either Game 7 of this series or the first game of the conference finals.

Hintz, who is considered day-to-day with the injury, has collected six points (two goals, four assists) in 11 games during the postseason. The 27-year-old had 65 points (30 goals, 35 assists) in 80 games during the regular season.

Bruins' Brad Marchand game-time decision for Game 6 vs. Panthers

Bruins' Brad Marchand game-time decision for Game 6 vs. Panthers

Bruins captain Brad Marchand participated in Boston's morning skate and is a game-time decision for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference second-round series Friday night against the visiting Florida Panthers, coach Jim Montgomery announced.

Marchand sat out Boston's 3-2 loss in Game 4 and the Bruins' 2-1 win in Game 5. The forward has been idle since receiving an upper-body injury after a hard check from Florida's Sam Bennett in the first period of the Panthers' 6-2 victory in Game 3.

The Bruins trail 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.

"He's going through his final steps. He'll be a game-time decision," Montgomery said.

Marchand, 36, has three goals and a team-leading seven assists for 10 points in 10 games during the postseason.

Marchand had 67 points (29 goals, 38 assists) in 82 games this season. He has 929 points (401 goals, 528 assists) in 1,029 career games since being selected by the Bruins in the third round of the 2006 NHL Draft.

Devils sign F Kurtis MacDermid to 3-year contract

Devils sign F Kurtis MacDermid to 3-year contract

The New Jersey Devils signed pending unrestricted free agent Kurtis MacDermid to a three-year contract worth $3.45 million on Friday.

The 30-year-old forward recorded two goals, an assist and 73 penalty minutes in 45 games this season split between the Colorado Avalanche and Devils.

He was acquired by New Jersey on March 1 in exchange for forward prospect Zakhar Bardakov and a seventh-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft.

MacDermid has 31 points (11 goals, 20 assists) and 368 penalty minutes in 265 career games with the Los Angeles Kings (2017-21), Avalanche (2021-24) and Devils.

J.T. Miller's late tally lifts Canucks to 3-2 edge on Oilers

J.T. Miller's late tally lifts Canucks to 3-2 edge on Oilers

J.T. Miller scored the tiebreaking goal with 32.6 seconds remaining to give the host Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 comeback victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday and put them one win away from reaching the Western Conference finals.

Carson Soucy and Phillip Di Giuseppe also scored for the Canucks, who lead the best-of-seven conference semifinal set 3-2. Vancouver goaltender Arturs Silovs stopped 21 shots.

The Canucks will try to close out the series on Saturday in Edmonton.

With overtime looming, the Canucks rushed up ice in a last-ditch attempt to claim victory. Elias Lindholm's sharp-angled shot ricocheted off the skate of teammate Elias Pettersson and rang off the post, and Miller was on the spot to bury the loose puck for his third goal of the playoffs.

Evander Kane and Mattias Janmark scored for the Oilers, who twice surrendered leads in the clash. Goalie Calvin Pickard stopped 32 shots.

The finish, two nights after the Oilers won Game 4 with a final-minute goal, capped a back-and-forth game.

Kane's third goal of the playoffs opened the scoring at 4:34 of the clash. Leon Draisaitl fed a pass from behind net to Kane at bottom of left circle, and Kane converted a quick shot. The Oilers have scored first in all but one game of the series, three times in the opening six minutes.

With his assist, Draisaitl is riding a 10-game point streak to start the playoffs. The only previous Edmonton players to begin a postseason campaign with a streak at least that long were Mark Messier (14 games in 1988) and Wayne Gretzky (10 games in 1986). Draisaitl has collected 21 points in the postseason (eight goals, 13 assists).

Soucy, who returned from serving a one-game suspension in Game 4, tied the clash at 17:27 of the opening period. He fired a perfect glove-side shot from the top of the left circle for his first of the playoffs.

Janmark replied with his first of the playoffs 23 seconds later, burying the cross-ice feed from Connor Brown on an odd-man rush.

Di Giuseppe again pulled the Canucks even at 5:14 of the second period. Nils Aman created a turnover by Edmonton's Evan Bouchard, and Di Giuseppe converted for his first career playoff goal.

The 35 shots on goal Vancouver registered, including 17 in the second period when they took over the momentum, were the most the Canucks have registered in a game during this year's playoffs.

Chris Kreider's hat trick sends Rangers to clincher over Hurricanes

Chris Kreider's hat trick sends Rangers to clincher over Hurricanes

Chris Kreider had a natural hat trick in the third period to rally the New York Rangers to a 5-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C., on Thursday night, clinching the Eastern Conference second-round series in six games.

Vincent Trocheck had a goal and an assist, Jack Roslovic and Artemi Panarin each had two assists and Igor Shesterkin made 33 saves for the Rangers, who await their opponent for the conference finals. The Florida Panthers lead the Boston Bruins 3-2 going into Friday's Game 6 in the other semifinal.

Sebastian Aho had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, Martin Necas and Seth Jarvis also scored, Andrei Svechnikov had two assists and Frederik Andersen made 19 saves for the Hurricanes, who led 3-1 entering the third period before Kreider's onslaught.

Kreider made it 4-3 at 15:41 of the third period, scoring off a wraparound pass from Ryan Lindgren. Kreider had tied it 3-3 with a tip-in while on a power play at 11:54.

Barclay Goodrow sealed the victory when he scored into an empty net with 49 seconds remaining.

The Hurricanes took a 1-0 lead at 18:38 of the first period when Jordan Martinook made a backhand pass from behind the net to Necas, who lifted the puck into the top right corner of the net.

After outshooting the Rangers 8-3 in the opening period, the Hurricanes moved ahead 2-0 when Jarvis swept a loose puck into the net while on a power-play at 4:38 of the second.

The Rangers scored 51 seconds later on a tip-in by Trocheck to cut it to 2-1.

Aho kept the puck at the end of a 2-on-1 and scored over Shesterkin's right circle to extend the lead to 3-1 at 9:23 of the second period.

Martinook slid headfirst to save a goal with just under seven minutes left in the second period, but Kreider began the comeback when he scored at 6:43 of the third to make it 3-2.

Avs try to stay alive again in Game 6 vs. Stars

Avs try to stay alive again in Game 6 vs. Stars

The Colorado Avalanche have never won a series after trailing 3-1, so they have a chance to make franchise history this weekend of they can take the next two games against the Dallas Stars.

Colorado's offense woke up in a 5-3 win at Dallas in Game 5 on Wednesday night, and the Avalanche can even the Western Conference semifinal series in Game 6 at Denver on Friday night. The Stars can close it out on the road, where they have been nearly unbeatable this postseason.

The win Wednesday accomplished two things for the Avalanche -- staying alive and finally taking a lead in regulation. The only other lead they held was when Miles Wood scored in overtime of Game 1, and they have played from behind in every game of the series.

They also got to Dallas goaltender Jake Oettinger, who looked impenetrable in the two games in Denver when he allowed just one goal each night. His teammates aren't worried about him going forward.

"He's probably the mentally toughest guy in this locker room. I know it's the hardest job in hockey to be a goalie," Stars forward Jason Robertson said. "He takes a lot of pride in his work. He's very mentally tough. He's going to flush it away and get ready for the next game."

One thing that helped the Avalanche was the absence of Stars first-line center Roope Hintz, who has been instrumental in slowing down Colorado's top line. Hintz exited Game 4 with an upper-body injury he sustained blocking a shot, then sat out Game 5 while Radek Faska returned after sitting the previous three games.

Hintz is considered day-to-day.

Dallas defenseman Chris Tanev is also banged up but showed his true hockey grit when he had a tooth pulled during Game 5. He returned to the ice after missing two shifts.

The Avalanche bounced back on Wednesday from a flat performance on Monday, with the latter possibly attributed to the news that broke close to puck drop that forward Valeri Nichushkin was placed in Stage 3 of the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program.

Nichushkin, who leads the team with nine goals in the postseason, is suspended for a minimum of six months without pay. Colorado was outshot 16-2 in the first period on Monday and never recovered against a disciplined Stars team, falling 5-1.

The Avalanche's blue line got a boost on Wednesday with the return of Devon Toews, who missed Game 4 with an illness, but could be without forward Yakov Trenin, who exited Game 5 in the first period with an upper-body injury and is day-to-day.

Colorado overcame Trenin's injury and a pair of one-goal deficits to tie it late in the second period and scored three more times in the third. Colorado played with urgency and was rewarded. The Avalanche have to keep up that mentality to send the series back to Dallas, defenseman Cale Makar said after scoring twice in the Game 5 win.

"Do-or-die games from here on out in this series," he said. "You're playing desperate hockey now. Everybody's got to play on the edge. You've got to fight for every single chance you're getting now (with) it being an elimination game."

Bruins on comeback trail against pesky Panthers in Game 6

Bruins on comeback trail against pesky Panthers in Game 6

There still is work to do to complete the difficult task of recovering from a 3-1 series deficit in the Eastern Conference semifinals, but the Boston Bruins can push the series the distance with a Game 6 win on home ice Friday.

The Bruins nearly lost such a deficit of their own against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the opening round, but ultimately won Game 7 in overtime. As for this series, they forced a Game 6 when down 3-1 for the eighth time in franchise history with a 2-1 Tuesday win in Sunrise, Fla.

Could they pull off the comeback that Florida made against them in the first round a year ago? There certainly is no lack of confidence in the locker room.

"I think we're only getting better," Boston defenseman Charlie McAvoy said. "We have that belief and certainly the confidence in our group, in each other and in ourselves to do the job."

According to Bruins coach Jim Montgomery, captain Brad Marchand still has "boxes to check" in his recovery from an upper-body injury that sidelined him for the past two games. He remains day-to-day.

Following Thursday's practice, though, Marchand -- who has 10 points in 10 playoff games -- expressed his hope to play.

"We'll see how (Friday morning) goes, but hopefully (I'll play)," he said. "It's very tough to watch this time of year. It was great to get back out there (at practice) and be around the energy and emotion."

Though Montgomery also believes that his team has gotten better throughout the series, the impact of a Marchand return would be immeasurable.

"He's our leader, he's our captain, he's our heart and soul," Montgomery said. "How can you put a number on that?"

Boston goaltender Jeremy Swayman, who has started 11 of 12 playoff games, has a 0.98 GAA in two elimination game wins during this run.

The Panthers are hoping that they can bounce back from a mere bump in the road on Tuesday after having played long stretches of dominant hockey up to this point.

"You play a seven-game series for a reason," Florida center Sam Reinhart said. "It's not always going to go your way. You try to learn from it. There's some things we can do a little bit better. We're going to recover and we're going to come back."

Reinhart scored Florida's lone goal in Game 5. His five goals are one shy of Carter Verhaeghe for the team's playoff lead.

Boston was held below the 20-shot mark in Games 2-4 consecutively, but the Bruins allowed just three 5-on-5 goals across Games 3 and 4.

Sergei Bobrovsky faced 31 shots between those games, but 10 were of the high-danger variety. Despite a pedestrian-looking .886 save percentage, he has made crucial saves at crucial times.

"He's just absolutely not stats-driven," coach Paul Maurice said. "The idea that he's under the .900 (save percentage) mark, I don't think he pays any attention to it. We certainly don't."

Maurice's team will try to finish the job in a building, TD Garden, where it has won five consecutive playoff games. Doing so would bring Florida to the conference final for the second straight season.

The Panthers won 26 regular-season games both at home and on the road.

"The unusual part (about our team) is that our road numbers are as good as our home numbers. There's not much difference in our game," Maurice said. "Whether we feel good or we don't, or we're at home or we're not, most nights we compete real darn hard. That gives you a chance to win at home and road."

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