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COVID chaos continues: Avs shut down for week, North slate extended,

COVID-HIT Colorado is off until Thursday as Canucks set return

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Three Colorado Avalanche games were postponed by the NHL on Friday because of COVID-19 protocol, Nhl.com reported.

Avalanche home games against the Los Angeles Kings on Friday and Sunday, and at the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, have been postponed. Reschedule­d dates were not announced.

Colorado is next scheduled to play Thursday at St. Louis.

The Avalanche lead the eight-team West Division, four points ahead of the Vegas Golden Knights. The top four teams will qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

North Division finish is extended: The regular-season schedule in the North Division will end May 19, a week after the last scheduled game in any other division, the NHL announced Friday.

The NHL revealed a revised schedule allowing the Vancouver Canucks to complete their 56-game schedule, Nhl.com reported. The Canucks, who haven’t played since March 24 because of a COVID-19 outbreak on the team, are scheduled to return to the ice at home Sunday vs. Toronto.

The NHL’S last scheduled regular-season game is now Vancouver at Calgary on May 19. The final scheduled game in the other divisions is St. Louis at Minnesota on May 12, which is the new date for a game postponed this week because of civil protests in Minnesota.

The Stars’ final scheduled game is May 10 in Chicago.

No announceme­nt was made on the impact of the changes on the playoffs. It is possible regular-season North games will continue after the start of the other divisions’ playoffs.

Canadiens 2, Flames 1: In Montreal, Tyler Toffoli scored two goals, including the winner in the third period, to lift the Canadiens and snap the Flames’ three-game win streak.

Toffoli was credited with the go-ahead goal at 15:45 of the third after he deflected in a pass from Joel Armia over the glove of Jacob Markstrom.

Bruins 3, Islanders 0: In Boston, Taylor Hall scored his second goal in two nights, and Jeremy Swayman stopped 25 shots as Boston took its second win over New York in two nights.

David Pastrnak added his 17th goal of the season and Curtis Lazar had a late empty-netter as Boston put more distance between itself and the idle New York Rangers for the East Division’s final playoff spot.

Wild 3, Sharks 2: In St. Paul, Minn., Nick Bonino had a goal and an assist, Cam Talbot made 20 saves and Minnesota held on. Mats Zuccarello and Zach Parise also scored for the Wild, who won their second straight.

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