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Mike Smith becomes 18th goalie in NHL history to record shutout and assist in a playoff game

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Calgary Flames goalie Mike Smith put any potential goalie controversy to bed with an incredible performance in game 1 of their first round playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche.

During the team’s 4-0 win on Thursday, Smith stopped all 26 shots he faced for his 4th career shutout in the postseason. He also recorded his first win in the playoffs since May 20, 2012 and improved his postseason save percentage to a whopping .947.

He also put himself in rare company when he recorded an assist on Matthew Tkachuk’s third period goal to make it 4-0. By doing that, Smith became just the 18th goalie in NHL history to record both a shutout and a point during a single NHL playoff game.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the last goalie to do that was Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne vs the Chicago Blackhawks on April 16, 2017. New Jersey Devils legend Martin Brodeur accomplished this feat on three different occasions during his illustrious career.

The Flames will aim to take a commanding 2-0 series lead when they host the Avalanche for Game 2 on Saturday night (10:30pm/ET).

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John Tortorella has procedure to remove skin cancer from forehead

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The Columbus Blue Jackets can breathe a sigh of relief, their head coach is going to be just fine.

The team announced that John Tortorella underwent a successful procedure earlier this week to remove a form of skin cancer known as basal cell from his forehead.

Apparently the condition was considered to not be serious, and he had been holding off from getting it removed for a bit. Per American Cancer Society, it is the most common form of skin cancer in the United States that affects millions on an annual basis. It usually grows on sun exposed areas of the head and neck.

He met with media in great spirits, sporting a surigical cut on his forehead prior to Wednesday’s game vs the Dallas Stars. They ended up winning the contest 3-2 to improve to 3-3-0 on the season.

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Lightning star Nikita Kucherov no longer concerned about individual accolades, focused on winning Stanley Cup

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Last postseason’s embarrassing sweep in the first round has changed Nikita Kucherov’s mentality in the best way possible.

Instead of looking back at his individual success, the Tampa Bay Lightning star admits he is playing this season with a different mental approach. The only thing that truly matters is winning the Stanley Cup.

“I don’t care about the personal stuff, I mean you do care because you want to play well. But at the end of the day, you want to remember the fun part and winning the Cup and having your name on it.” said Kucherov earlier this week.

The 26-year old, who won the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award as league MVP after recording 128 points in 2018/19, posted two goals and two assists in the team’s 7-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs last night.

He has three goals, three assists and a plus-2 rating in four games so far this season.

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Blackhawks ink forward Alex DeBrincat to three-year extension

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Alex DeBrincat just got a lot wealthier.

The Chicago Blackhawks announced Thursday that they have signed young winger Alex DeBrincat to a three-year, $19.2 million contract extension.

The deal will pay him an average annual value of $6.4 million through the 2022/2023 season. He is currently in the final year of his entry-level contract that pays him slightly under $895,000 in 2019/2020.

The 21-year old, who was selected 39th overall in the 2016 NHL Draft, is coming off a career-best season where he posted 41 goals and 35 assists in 82 games. He became the first Blackhawks player since Jeremy Roenick in 1990/1991 to score 40+ goals before the age of 21.

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