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The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - April 10th, 2014

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Nucks Misconduct has a preview up.

One of my fave Patrick Roy moments was in Games 3 and 4 of the 1996 Cup Finals: Panthers vs Avs. When Ray Sheppard and Rob Niedermayer scored the 2 goals for the Panthers (Game 3, in a losing cause) the Cats fans threw hundreds of rats on the ice and at Roy himself. Goaltenders in previous series' ducked into their nets to hide from the raining rats. Not Patrick Roy. Roy stood there and took it. I believe he even said after that game that in Game 4 those f*cking fans wouldn't be throwing any more rats. The Avs won Game 4 1-0 in quadruple overtime. Yea. How badass is that? That was the best 1-0 game I have ever seen, by the way. If you get a chance to somehow pirate find it, I encourage you do so and witness the ultimate display in goaltending (Beezer vs Roy).

And since I really don't want to talk about how good the Avalanche team is...here's more on Roy:

Speaking of the Canucks, Trevor Linden made a video of when he called his parents to let them know that he was going to be the new Vancouver Canucks president.

Captain Landeskog is getting some attention.

Colorado Avalanche center Gabriel Landeskog joined NHL Live to discuss the remarkable season it's been in Denver. At 51-21-7, the Avalanche are two points behind the Central Division-leading St. Louis Blues and 7-0-1 in their past eight games.

"We're certainly feeling how the playoffs are coming closer every day," Landeskog said. "We know that these last games are important, though. We know we have a lot to play for, still, and certainly want to finish off the right way before going into the playoffs.

Kris Letang has been cleared to play.

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero has given Kris Letang the go-ahead to return to action, saying hockey is no more likely than shopping to give the defenceman another stroke.

Letang, a native of Montreal, has missed 26 games since suffering a stroke Jan. 29. Shero said doctors told Letang that hockey did not cause the stroke and won’t make him more likely to have another. 

Letang is set to play Wednesday night against the Detroit Red Wings.

“We have assurances and he has assurances that hockey did not cause the stroke. Return to play will not cause the stroke,” Shero said Wednesday morning at Consol Energy Center. “To return to play ice hockey, he’s at no further risk to suffer a stroke than he would be going to the grocery store.”

The Colorado Avalanche have not yet announced their Masterton nominee, but other teams have. This has the list of all announced nominees.

It’s a unique award in hockey, given out each year to the player who best demonstrates “the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.”

Typically that means players nominated for the Masterton Trophy have battled through injuries or some tragic personal circumstance, although some branches of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, which votes on the award, have recently tried to steer it away from simply being a “recovery from a gruesome injury” trophy.

There's an article about The Duke.