Ramblings: Avalanche to Cup Final; Kadri Update; Cassidy Fired; RFA seasons of Mangiapane, Fiala, and More – June 7

Michael Clifford


Aside from some injuries, the big news from early on Monday, relating to the NHL playoffs, was that Dylan Holloway would be making his debut with the Oilers. The team's top prospect forward was inserted for a couple reasons, namely being down 3-0 in the series and without the suspended Evander Kane. He started the game on the second line with Nugent-Hopkins. May as well pull all the tricks out of the bag when your back is against the wall. His Dobber Prospects profile can be viewed here.

The Oilers and Avalanche just can't seem to have a normal game. In Game 4 of the Western Conference Final, Edmonton had a 3-1 lead heading to the third period and looked to be extending the series. And then things got fun.

Devon Toews scored very early in the third period, a short-handed tally, to get to 3-2. Zach Hyman replied about three minutes later to give Edmonton their two-goal lead back. Then, in a span of about six minutes, Colorado reeled off three straight goals, one each from Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon, and Mikko Rantanen, to give themselves a 5-4 lead with five minutes left. HOWEVER, about two minutes later, Zack Kassian slammed home a rebound to tie the game 5-5 with over three minutes left in regulation. That's where things stood, heading to overtime for the first time in the series.

My description really doesn't do it justice. We had giveaways, goalie gaffes, net-front scrambles, and beautiful rushes all formulating the six-goal third period. By the end of 60 minutes, Leon Draisaitl had four assists, Hyman a pair of tallies, and Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists. Meanwhile, Cale Makar was an absolute monster for Colorado, logging over 28 minutes, and putting up a marker of his own with three helpers to boot. It was just a crazy final 20 minutes of the game, and set us up for a win-or-go-home overtime for Edmonton.

As expected, it didn't take long to settle things in OT. Deadline pickup Artturi Lehkonen deflected a point shot on Mike Smith, and fired home the rebound to send Colorado to the Cup Final for the first time since their last Stanley Cup win in 2001: