NHL playoff schedule: Dates, times, television and results

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USA TODAY SportsThe dates for the NHL's Eastern and Western Conference finals are out. The Colorado Avalanche gained their first trip to the conference final since 2002 when Darren Helm's goal in the final seconds eliminated the St. Louis Blues in Game 6. They will face the Edmonton Oilers, who last made this round in 2006. It sets up the highly anticipated matchup of Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon vs. Edmonton's Connor McDavid. In the East, the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning will play the New York Rangers.


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DEADSPIN - This is probably as close as Connor McDavid will get
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15.47% MORE positive

There’s not much more that Connor McDavid can do. They’re the only players to average two points per game in the playoffs over more than one series in the 2000s. Only in Game 3 were the Oilers the better team, and their goalie let the Avs by anyway. Sure, there were a couple close games, but ones where Avs goalie, Pavel Francouz, made things more interesting than they needed to be or the Avs shifted down a couple gears out of boredom. McDavid showed the world what it can look like when he finally has something to play for.

DEADSPIN - Auston Matthews is nearing an elite, rare echelon for American hockey players
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48.57% MORE positive

There’s reigning most valuable player Connor McDavid, who’s still skating after scoring a series-ending playoff-overtime goal Thursday night for Edmonton. The man with the inside track doesn’t play for an American franchise but spent most of his life in Arizona: Toronto’s Auston Matthews. Does a Matthews win, the second for an American in seven seasons, launch a new renaissance for those from the United States to win the Hart? There hasn’t been a huge American snub where the NHL has deliberately handed its MVP trophy to someone outside the USA. AdvertisementHaving Matthews and Gaudreau stay healthy among the NHL’s elite group of skaters is the best chance to see more hardware land in an American player’s cabinet.

DEADSPIN - This looks like Connor McDavid’s time
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Connor McDavid, McJesus around Edmonton, looks primed to finally step into the light. He’s already more than halfway to breaking the NHL record for points in one postseason. That record, not suprisingly, is held by Gretzky with 47 during the 1984-85 Oilers’ Stanley Cup run. Every game as part of McDavid’s chase to take down Gretzky’s record is a chance to move him closer to mainstream superstardom. It’s simple to see how the closer Edmonton gets to the Stanley Cup, the better McDavid’s chances of a career-making moment happen.

GUARDIAN NEWS - Colorado Avalanche sweep aside Oilers to advance to Stanley Cup final
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Artturi Lehkonen is sending a team to the Stanley Cup final for the second straight season. Lehkonen scored 1:19 into overtime, and Colorado rallied to beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-5 Monday night, completing a four-game sweep in the Western Conference final and propelling the Avalanche into the Stanley Cup final for the first time since 2001. Colorado will take on the winner of the Eastern Conference final between the New York Rangers and two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. “Cale (Makar) took the shot,” Lehkonen said. Lehkonen scored 1:19 into overtime, a goal that stood up after review for a high stick.