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Sedins, Alfredsson elected to HOF

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Twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin and Daniel Alfredsson have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, a big day for Swedish hockey as they made up half of the class of 2022.

Goaltender Roberto Luongo, Finnish women's star Riikka Sallinen and builder Herb Carnegie were also selected Monday for induction in November.

"It's nothing you think about when you play the game of hockey," Henrik Sedin said. "But for us, we put our head down and put our work in every day. We get the most out of our talent. That's what we're most proud of today."


Bruins give GM Sweeney extension

BOSTON (AP) All those wins and playoff appearances weren't enough for Bruce Cassidy to keep his job as Boston Bruins coach.

But they earned general manager Don Sweeney a contract extension.


Avs end Cup drought, halt Tampa's run

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Nathan MacKinnon could not find the words. Gabriel Landeskog cracked a smile and a joke.

After years of playoff disappointments, the Colorado Avalanche are back atop hockey's mountain after dethroning the two-time defending champions.


Avalanche star D Makar wins Conn Smythe

Cale Makar led the Colorado Avalanche in scoring on the way to winning the Stanley Cup. It was no surprise the dynamic defenseman was the unanimous choice for the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

"It's surreal to me," Makar said. "You grow up, you see that as a kid, you have pictures on your wall. All I could think about was everybody that got me here."


Speed, strategy carry Avalanche to title

Playing hockey on fast forward, the Colorado Avalanche blazed their way to the Stanley Cup championship with a mix of speed and high-end skill that needed only a defined focus to get over the top.

There was never any denying a team featuring Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen has enough talent to win. But after four consecutive early playoff exits, the Avalanche authored a different ending and knocked off the back -to- back defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning by concentrating on something simple: winning each 5-minute burst at a time.


Avs' MacKinnon shines in clinching win

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Andrew Cogliano shouted at Nathan MacKinnon in the midst of the Colorado Avalanche's Stanley Cup celebration.

"87!" he bellowed.


Deadline deals key for Avs, Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) In a copycat league known for following the Stanley Cup champions, Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog paused when asked what other teams could do to emulate their success.

With a grin, Landeskog replied: "Find a Cale Makar somewhere."


Sakic joins Elway as Denver dual champ

DENVER (AP) Joe Sakic was so busy relishing and reminiscing that he nearly missed the team photo with the Stanley Cup before racing over just in time to join the on-ice celebration at Amalie Arena.

The general manager of the Colorado Avalanche joined fellow Denver icon John Elway in leading his team to a championship from the front office two decades after winning a pair of titles during his Hall of Fame playing career.


Daly presents Cup as Bettman has COVID

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly presented the Stanley Cup to Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on Friday night because Commissioner Gary Bettman was sidelined by the coronavirus.

Bettman recently tested positive and was unable to produce enough negative results to get back to the series in time. That left Daly to give the traditional end-of-season speech and shake Landeskog's hand before presenting the trophy.


Lightning battle, but 3-peat falls short

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning didn't relinquish their grip on the Stanley Cup without a fight.

Andrei Vasilevskiy rejected shot after shot, keeping the two-time defending champions' quest for a threepeat alive. In the end, another superb performance by the star goaltender wasn't enough to keep the Colorado Avalanche from wresting the title away.

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