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News of the Colorado Avalanche - Links from around the NHL - April 26th, 2013

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Ottawa fan or not - I'm just happy that Erik is healed.

Sergei Gonchar scored 47 seconds into overtime, Erik Karlsson set up Ottawa’s first goal in his sooner-than-anticipated return from a torn Achilles tendon, and the Senators clinched a playoff berth by beating the Washington Capitals 2-1 Thursday night.

Craig Anderson made 19 saves. The only shot that got past him was Alex Ovechkin’s NHL-leading 32nd goal, which tied the game 8 1/2 minutes into the third period.

Crosby is feeling better too.

Sidney Crosby is hoping to get medical clearance to resume playing again for the Pittsburgh Penguins as early as Thursday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Crosby has been sidelined with a fractured jaw since being hit in the face by a puck back on March 30.

While the report indicates Crosby could play in either of Pittsburgh’s remaining two games of the season this week, a more likely scenario is that he would be in the lineup when the Penguins open the playoffs next week.

If you want to watch a hockey movie, a Gordie Howe biopic will air on Sunday in Canada. The article itself is rather interesting!

Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story

Broadcast on CBC on Sunday at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. in Newfoundland and Labrador)

The film deals with the Gordie Howe's comeback at age 45 to play with sons Mark and Marty for the Houston Aeros of the old WHA in 1973-74.