The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - May 14th, 2014

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Hawks eliminated the Wild last night.

Patrick Kane scored on a backhand at 9:40 of overtime to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild in Game 6 to clinch their second-round Western Conference series on Tuesday night.

Kris Versteeg scored at 1:58 of the first and Corey Crawford came up with tough save after tough save among his 34 stops for the Blackhawks, who advanced to the Western Conference finals to meet either Anaheim or Los Angeles. Anaheim leads that series 3-2 and Game 6 is Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

The Rangers eliminated the Penguins.

Henrik Lundqvist set an NHL record with his fifth straight Game 7 victory, making 35 saves to lift the New York Rangers to a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night and earn a spot in the Eastern Conference finals.

Brian Boyle and Brad Richards scored for New York, who rallied from a 3-1 series deficit for the first time in the franchise’s 88-year history.

Some Gretzky memorabilia is getting auctioned.

A hockey jersey that symbolizes the handover of greatness from one era to another is to go on the block this week at a Montreal auction.

A sports lover some call the Wayne Gretzky of Wayne Gretzky collectors has decided to sell the jersey worn by the Great One during his entire breakout season.

“It’s a phenomenal jersey,” said Shawn Chaulk, who made headlines last summer when he sold a trove of game-used Gretzky sticks, pucks, skates, gloves and jerseys – enough to make a hockey fan weak in the knees.

This time, Chaulk is selling what may be the jewel in the helmet – the blue jersey Gretzky wore when he scored a record 92 goals during the 1981-82 season, a mark that still stands.

Nathan MacKinnon is still rather young... in case you forgot.

After a three goal barrage in the second period, Canada entered the final frame with a three-goal advantage. The Czechs responded with goals from Jiri Novotny and Tomas Hertl to cut the deficit to one. Luckily late penalty trouble doomed the Czech Republic, who were unable to find the equalizer.

Canada was outshot 34-20 in the game, but there was one bright spot; as they were finally able to find success on their powerplay. In a 17-second span, Nathan MacKinnon and Morgan Rielly each tallied with the man advantage.

"We have been working on our power play, trying to make sure that we can capitalize on our chances and we were able to come through today," said Kyle Turris, who also scored for Canada.

With the goal, MacKinnon became the second youngest player to score for Canada in the World Championships since they started allowing pros in 1977 (trailing only Paul Kariya).

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