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Barrie Colts head coach Dale Hawerchuk will be taking leave of absence from team due to health concerns

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It will be weird not seeing former NHL star Dale Howerchuk on the Barrie Colts’ bench to start the 2019/2020 OHL season.

The 56-year old Hockey Hall of Famer told the organization that he is taking an indefinite leave of absence in order to focus his attention on his health.

“Dale is facing some health issues and will be taking the time he needs to deal with that situation. Our best wishes and thoughts are with Dale and his family during this difficult time.” said Colts team president Howie Campbell.

“All of us want to see Dale back as soon as possible and we look forward to that day.”

Campbell did not specify exactly what Howerchuk’s health concerns are or when he is projected to return.

Howerchuk, who is the longest serving head coach in franchise history, was set to enter his 10th straight season as Colts’ bench boss.

Since his hiring in June 2010, the team has posted a combined 305-269-38 regular season record, and qualified for the OHL playoffs in six out of a possible nine seasons.

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WATCH: Lightning score in final seconds of regulation to take 2-0 series lead

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are unstoppable.

Fresh off a come-from-behind series win in round 1, the Lightning have picked up right where they left off in the second round against the Florida Panthers.

They cruised to a 4-1 win in Game 1, and appeared to be headed to overtime as the clock was running down in Game 2, but Lightning forward Ross Colton had other plans!

After corralling a beautiful no-look pass from behind-the-net by Nikita Kucherov, Colton fired it past Sergei Bobrovsky with 3.8 seconds remaining in the third period to secure the win.

The Lightning will head back home to Amalie Arena with a 2-0 series lead.

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Predators sticking with John Hynes as head coach after successful season

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The Nashville Predators are rewarding their head coach with a brand new contract!

The team announced that they are keeping John Hynes as their bench boss, and have inked to a two-year extension.

“I think our coaches have done a fantastic job,” said general manager David Poile.

“John is a young coach who has a lot more experience than probably we give him credit for. He has not been dealt with a perfect hand. I’m responsible for that. John deserves this. We’re growing together. I am totally comfortable with John and our coaching staff to lead us to bigger and better things moving forward.”

Since replacing Peter Laviolette behind the bench on January 7, 2020. the 47-year-old has led the team to a combined 92-64-10 record and three consecutive postseason appearances over three seasons.

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Flames and Oilers combine for most goals in a playoff game since 1993

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The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers turned back the clock last night!

In case you missed it, defence and goaltending was not a priority in Game 1 of Calgary and Edmonton’s second round playoff series.

In the first time these two Alberta based teams have faced each other in the postseason since 1991, the Flames came out on top with a wild 9-6 win over the Oilers to take a 1-0 series lead.

The 15 combined goals between the two teams made it the highest scoring playoff game since the Los Angeles Kings eliminated the Flames in the NHL Smythe Division Semi-Finals by a final score of 9-6 back on April 29, 1993. It’s also tied for the third most goals scored in a playoff game in league history.

“We were told it was a boring series last time, so I told the players yesterday we’ve got to score seven-to-10 goals today because they’d probably score five-to-eight to win, so that’s what we did” said Flames head coach Darryl Sutter with a slight grin on his face following the game.

Game 2 of the series takes place tomorrow night at 1030pm/ET.

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