The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - May 12th, 2014

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The Thornton vs Subban water incident just keeps on going. (Video starts automatically)

Or maybe it just was the Bruins’ final, get-under-your-skin jab at Subban on a night that the game-changing defenceman seemed to be playing as near to the edge of his personal cliff as probably at any point during his career.

“I don’t know if it was [Thornton], but someone had squirted water twice at the end of the game in my visor and I couldn’t even see for a minute and a half,” Subban said, his recall of the incident correct if not his sense of time. “I was pretty upset about that, but that is part of the game.

“I don’t know if it is part of the game,” he added, correcting himself. “I am sure if that was me [who] did it, it would be a different story. It would probably be on the news for the next three days. I don’t expect that to be a story but listen, whatever it takes to win.

“I don’t need you [media] guys to make it a big deal out of it. It is one of those irritating things when you’re down 4-2. Listen, they beat us. That’s not the reason why we lost. It’s just one of those things that frustrates you even more towards the end of the game.

“I don’t want to take away anything from their team. They played well today, they executed. We have to be better. Now it’s do or die for us going back home. We have played well in our barn all year and in this playoffs so we have to execute.”

Phaneuf and Spezza are reported to be on the trading block.

TheScore.com's Nick Kypreos tweeted Sunday evening that Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf was rumoured to be joining Sens captain Jason Spezza on the trading block.

CBC is comparing Gibson's start to that of Dryden.

Somewhere last night, Ken Dryden was smiling.

Dryden, the Hockey Hall of Famer, could appreciate more than most the circumstances and remarkable accomplishment of one Mr. John Gibson, goalie of the future (and present, apparently) for the Anaheim Ducks.

Way back in 1970-71, Dryden burst onto the NHL scene playing six regular season games for the Montreal Canadiens - winning them all! - and then led the Habs to the Stanley Cup championship with a Conn Smythe Trophy performance in the post-season. The gangly stopper completely befuddled the big, bad Boston Bruins along the way.

Dryden, who used to stand tall and lean his chin on the butt end of his goal stick and gloves in a statuesque pose during stoppages in play that remains a lasting imagine of him all these years later, posted a 12-8 record in the playoffs in what has become one of the most celebrated chapters in NHL history.

Having spent four years studying at Cornell, Dryden was 23 years old at the time of his spectacular debut.

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