Daily Colorado Avalanche Cupcakes: April 10th, 2018

Colorado Avalanche

Underdog Avs relish 1st playoff trip in 4 years. Colorado set for series against Nashville starting Thursday. [CBC] Avalanche not content with just playoff berth against top-seeded Predators. [Denver Post]

Colorado hockey fans fired up after Avs clinch a spot in the playoffs. [KDVR]

“There are no friends”: Colin Wilson opens up about facing his former team in the playoffs. [BSN Denver]

The Rest of the Game

O’Reilly: Sabres stuck ‘being okay with losing’ and ‘ feel throughout the year I’ve lost the love of the game multiple times’. [TSN]

How the Blues wound up on the outside looking in. [St Louis Dispatch]

Montreal Canadiens: Player updates from the final interviews. [A Winning Habit] Marc Savard Fires Back At Hockey Writer Who Took Shot At Ex-Bruins Star. [NESN]

Matt Duchene’s “I wanted to play playoff hockey” remarks didn’t age well. Matt Duchene will be sitting at home during the NHL playoffs, the Avs, will not be. [Next Impulse Sports]

Team-by-team look at how to approach NHL playoff fantasy pools. [ESPN]

NHL playoff first-round matchups, schedule, broadcast details and playoff pool cheat sheet. [National Post]

NHL moves up All-Star skills competition, game in 2019. [Sportsnet]

Ilya Kovalchuk to reportedly sign with Rangers, returning to NHL after 5-year absence. [CBS Sports]

In era of overnight NHL success, building a contender has lost some of its meaning. It feels a little too much like a fantasy league, with every team starting from scratch every year at the same time. [The Star]

Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp retires after 15 seasons. [ESPN]

Humboldt Broncos

Paul Brandt just broke me. He has re-written “Small Town, Big Dreams”. [CBC]

Canadians take solace in Tom Cochrane’s ‘Big League’ in wake of Humboldt Broncos crash. [Global News] Ukraine’s national hockey team pays tribute to Humboldt Broncos. [Global News]

A new movement to honour the Humboldt Broncos emerged overnight. People are leaving hockey sticks outside for the 15 deceased players. [BarDown]

Many social media users say the donation of Humboldt Broncos player Logan Boulet’s organs has inspired them to become donors themselves, with health officials in three provinces saying online registrations have surged in the days following the horrific crash. [CBC]

Airdrie’s Ryan Straschnitzki, paralyzed in crash, refuses to give up on hockey dream. If the dream can no longer be the NHL, it will be the Olympic sledge hockey team. [Calgary Herald]

Humboldt blood donations jump after deadly bus crash. A blood donation clinic in Saskatoon was over capacity after the incident. [Huffington Post]

GoFundMe campaign for Humboldt Broncos now among top five in the world. [Vancouver Sun]

Hockey dad Rod Stewart pays tribute to Humboldt Broncos during Calgary show. [Global News]

Humboldt Broncos bus crash: Former teammates gather in Stony Plain to mourn dead player originally believed alive. [Edmonton Journal]

People don green as sign of support for Humboldt Broncos. [Global News]

‘Not again,’ says man whose family died near the Humboldt Broncos crash site 20 years ago. [CBC]

Hanson Brothers pay tribute to Humboldt Broncos after seeing shattered DVD. [CTV News]

Kindness in a cartridge of yellow ink. As orders piled up for charity T-shirts in the Humboldt Broncos’ yellow and green over the weekend, the ink ran out—and help rushed in. [MacLean]

‘He was our leader’: Former Pat Canadians captain killed in Humboldt Broncos bus crash. [CTV News]

Funds for Humboldt Broncos nears $6M: Corporate Canada pours donations into online campaign for families of bus crash victims. [Financial Post]

As money pours into GoFundMe campaign after Humboldt Broncos bus crash, the process of disbursement begins. [The Globe and Mail]

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