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Bruins blow 2-goal lead, lose to Avs, 4-3

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The Bruins were on the verge of notching their signature win of the season at Ball Arena on Wednesday night. Instead, they became just another notch on the Colorado Avalanche’s belt in the Avs’ increasingly special season.

The B’s blew a two-goal third-period lead, the equalizer coming with 36.5 seconds left in regulation from Gabriel Landeskog with their goalie Darcy Kuemper pulled, and Cale Makar scored a power-play goal with 1:59 left in overtime to lift the Avs to a 4-3 win.

It was the Avs’ 17th straight win at home and eighth consecutive victory overall. And it was darn painful for the Bruins. The loss squandered an outstanding 37-save performance by Linus Ullmark.

The B’s took a 3-1 lead into the third but they allowed the expected wave from Colorado to turn into a tsunami by playing too cautiously, in coach Bruce Cassidy’s estimation. The Avs outshot them 18-7 in the third and, when you spend that amount of time in your own zone, something bad is bound to happen.

With 8:14 left, it did. Samuel Girard threw a left-point shot toward the net, hitting Curtis Lazar out high, bouncing off the ice a couple of times before hitting the near post and getting past Ullmark.

“The biggest thing for me is watching us play the whole period in our own end because we couldn’t execute a breakout pass,” said Cassidy. “You’ve got to keep playing hockey. They’re too good. You’re going to get fatigued and sure enough, they start winning some faceoffs and we’re pulling it out of our net. You’ve got to keep playing. We’re usually pretty good at that. And when you don’t play winning hockey. Protect the middle of the ice. They got a lucky goal, but their defensemen are good at getting pucks through to the net and we saw it on three of the goals. We knew that, so we’ve got to protect the middle of the ice to force them to shoot through us. At the end of the day, we didn’t get it done. We didn’t get it done. We typically do in those situations. We paid the price.”

On the equalizer, Landeskog was able to somehow deflect Brad Marchand’s clear attempt into the middle of the ice it to Valeri Nichushkin. He relayed it to Nazem Kadri, who spotted the recovered Landeskog on the right side for the backdoor goal.

“It’s unfortunate we weren’t able to battle that puck out,” said Cassidy. “They made a play when they had to. They got fortunate on the second goal to give them some life, but they made their plays when they had to.”

Then in OT, Mike Reilly tripped Nichushkin and, with 13 seconds left on the power play, Makar sizzled a shot under the bar for the win.

This one had an odd start.

The B’s found themselves on the kill early when an unfortunate incident happened just 2:22 into the game. As Avs’ star Nathan MacKinnon broke the puck out of the Colorado zone, Taylor Hall hit him with a check to the shoulder. Because MacKinnon’s stick was up high, it rode up and hit him square in the nose. He went down hard, bleeding profusely, and Hall was originally assessed a five-minute major.

Upon further review, it was dropped down to a two-minute minor — rules stipulate that it can’t be completely rescinded — and MacKinnon was done for the game. Hall, despite the virtual legality of the hit, would be a marked man the rest of the night.

The B’s killed that without allowing a shot, as well as a later tripping penalty on Charlie McAvoy. But the Avs took the lead at 11:25 after a dump-in. Andre Burakovsky won the puck in the corner and fed Kurtis MacDermid in the high slot for the tough defenseman’s first goal of the year that banged in off the post to Ullmark’s right. It was the fifth straight game in which the B’s allowed the first goal.

But the B’s bounced back with three straight goals in the second, with the Avs’ ire working against them.

First, Jake DeBrusk evened the game at 7:10 with a snipe off a 2-on-1.

Then they scored two in 1:15, thanks in part to the Avs losing their cool. With Burakovsky already in the box for tripping, Erik Johnson decided to crosscheck Hall not once, not twice, but three times and ref Steve Kozari had no choice but to call it. That gave the B’s a full minute 5-on-3, and Charlie Coyle gave the B’s the lead on a put-back of a McAvoy shot.

Just as Johnson was stepping out of the box, Marchand took a drop pass from David Pastrnak and fired a pea off Kuemper’s far shoulder for a 3-1 lead at 13:31 of the second.

But the good times would soon end.

“They’re a good team for a reason,” said Coyle. “They’re not just going to sit back and let us have that in the third. I think we expected a push. We wanted to keep playing the same way and they came hard. It’s unfortunate. Linus played such a great game and he deserved better from us in the third.”

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John Shipley: Wild fans are done with ‘steps in the right direction’

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John Shipley: Let’s hope we’re not left with Stupid Baseball

Before the postseason started for the Wild, general manager Bill Guerin was asked about Kevin Fiala, the implication being that what the winger does in the playoffs would make an impact on his future in Minnesota.

“You’re only as good as your last game,” Guerin said before quickly adding, “I’m kidding.”

Well, yes and no he was kidding.

Like the Wild as a whole, Fiala had a wonderful regular season and an underwhelming postseason, and while Fiala’s disappointing playoff performance won’t affect whether Guerin wants to re-sign him as an unrestricted free agent this summer, it will take the edge off the loss in the likely event that the GM won’t be able to afford him.

Anyone stumbling upon these words knows why. Wild fans are done with feeling good about the regular season. Since the 2003 team’s surprise, and immensely entertaining, run to the Western Conference final, Wild fans have slipped well into “GoodFellas” mode, and because this is a family paper, we paraphrase.

“You won the Northwest Division in 2007-08? Don’t care, you lost in the first round of the playoffs.”

“You set a franchise record with 106 points in 2016-17? Don’t care, you lost in the first round.”

“You set a franchise record with 52 wins in 2021-22? Don’t care, you lost in the first round.”

Guerin might have been half-kidding — or maybe one-fourth kidding — when he said you’re only as good as your last game, but when it comes to the Wild and the playoffs, it’s true.

“This team had something special about it,” Guerin said during a postmortem with coach Dean Evason on Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center. “And we made tremendous steps in the direction that we want to be going in.”

This was Guerin’s third season as the Wild’s GM, but it has been Minnesota’s team for 21 years. It’s impossible for anyone else, and maybe especially a professional hockey man, to understand the disappointment of what has been an intensely loyal fan base. It’s kinda done with steps in the right direction. Without a deep run, at least another trip to the conference final, there is no forward motion. Everything else is treading water.

So, after building what might have been, in fact, the Wild’s best team since the franchise started play in 2000-21, Guerin goes back to work.

Fiala’s last game was zero points in a 5-1, season-ending loss at St. Louis. His entire postseason was something of a whimper, three assists and no goals in six games after a career-best regular season, 33 goals and 85 points. Right now, his postseason is what remains fresh. Likewise for Guerin, who had an even better regular season than Fiala did.

Until the Wild brain trust decided to ride Marc-Andre Fleury in the postseason, everything Guerin touched turned to gold — from buying out the contracts of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to acquiring Jake Middleton and Nicolas Deslaurier at the trade deadline.

The internal consensus reported Tuesday was that the Wild just got off track in the playoffs, that what they did well in the regular season — stuck to the game plan and responded to adversity — just didn’t happen in the playoffs. It wasn’t so much an objective diagnosis as comfort food: All the Wild, largely as composed, have to do next year is stay on script in the postseason.

One wonders if that includes the way the team handled the goaltending situation. Fleury might have been a key cog after being acquired at the deadline, but he wasn’t as sharp as fellow veteran Cam Talbot down the stretch. Yet instead of sticking with a successful tandem, the Wild — “We all talked about it. We all have input,” Evason said — chose to ride Fleury, and it plain didn’t work.

Fleury might not have been the reason the Wild didn’t beat St. Louis — there were other underwhelming performances — but it seems fair to say he didn’t play the way the team had hoped. And still they put him out there for five games. “Because he had three Stanley Cups,” Evason said. And he still does.

Guerin insisted Tuesday that he wants to keep both Talbot, under contract next season, and Fleury, a free agent for 2022-23. It makes sense because it worked so well in the regular season — for whatever that’s worth.

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Buffalo suspect: Lonely, isolated — with a troubling sign

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Buffalo suspect: Lonely, isolated — with a troubling sign

By BERNARD CONDON and MICHAEL HILL

CONKLIN, N.Y. (AP) — In the waning days of Payton Gendron’s COVID-altered senior year at Susquehanna Valley High School, he logged on to a virtual learning program in economics class that asked: “What do you plan to do when you retire?”

“Murder-suicide,” Gendron typed.

Despite his protests that it was all a joke, the bespectacled 17-year-old who had long been viewed by classmates as a loner with good grades was questioned by state police over the possible threat and then taken into custody and to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation under a state mental health law.

But a day and a half later, he was released. And two weeks after that, he was allowed to participate in graduation festivities, including riding in the senior parade, where he was photographed atop a convertible driven by his father and festooned with yellow-and-blue balloons and signs reading, “Congratulations” and “Payton Gendron.”

That account of Gendron’s brush with the law last spring, according to authorities and other people familiar with what happened, emphasized the same point school officials made in a message to parents at the time: An investigation found no specific, credible threat against the school or any individual from that sign of trouble.

Now, the episode is seen as a missed opportunity to uncover a sinister side of Gendron that he kept hidden from those around him. He became radicalized online, bought a Bushmaster rifle, traveled three hours to Buffalo and went on what authorities say was a racist, livestreamed shooting rampage Saturday in a supermarket that killed 10 Black people.

Gendron, now 18, was arraigned on a state murder charge over the weekend and a court-appointed public defender entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. He remained jailed under suicide watch as federal prosecutors contemplate hate-crime charges.

Even as the FBI swarmed the home where Gendron lived with his parents and two younger brothers, neighbors and classmates in this mostly white community of 5,000 near the New York-Pennsylvania line say they saw no sign of the kind of racist rhetoric seen in a 180-page online diatribe, purportedly written by Gendron.

In it, he describes in minute detail how he researched ZIP codes with the highest concentrations of Black people, surveilled the Tops supermarket in Buffalo, and carried out the assault to terrorize all nonwhite, non-Christian people into leaving the country.

Classmates described Gendron as a quiet, studious boy who got high marks but seemed out of place in recent years, turning to online streaming games, a fascination with guns and ways to grab attention from his peers.

When school partially opened again in 2020 after COVID-19-related shutdowns, Gendron showed up covered head to toe in a hazmat suit. Classmate Matthew Casado said he didn’t think the stunt -– he called it “a harmless joke” — went down well with other students.

“Most people didn’t associate with him,” he said. “They didn’t want to be known as friends with a kid who was socially awkward and nerdy.”

Gendron excelled in sciences, once earning top marks in a state chemistry competition. But he was known for keeping to himself and not talking much. And when he did talk, it was about isolation, rejection and desperation.

“He talked about how he didn’t like school because he didn’t have friends. He would say he was lonely,” said Casado, who graduated with Gendron last year.

At one point last winter, Gendron’s mother called Casado’s mother with a request: Please have Matthew call Payton because he had no friends and needed to talk.

The two boys ended up going to flea markets together, watching YouTube videos and shooting guns on nearby state land over the next few months. Casado said that he had never heard his friend talk of anything violent.

“I didn’t think he would hurt a fly,” he said.

Some neighbors had a similar view, seeing the family as happy and prosperous, with both Paul Gendron and his wife, Pamela, holding stable jobs as civil engineers with the New York state Department of Transportation, earning nearly $200,000 combined, according to online records.

Dozens of their Facebook posts over the years show the parents and their three boys — often dressed in matching outfits — enjoying amusement park vacations, going on boat trips and camping trips, shooting laser tag guns and opening presents on Christmas morning.

Carl Lobdell, a family friend who first met Gendron on a camping vacation a dozen years ago, said he was shocked that Payton was identified as the suspect in the mass shooting. “When I heard about the shooting … I just cried,” he said.

One of Gendron’s lawyers, Daniel DuBois, said Tuesday he had no comment. The family did not respond to a request for comment over the weekend. No one answered the door Monday at the family home, surrounded by a neat, spacious lawn. Near the front door was a tiny right hand pressed in concrete with a heart symbol and the words, “PAYTON 2008.”

One parent of a Susquehanna Valley High student said she was furious that the student who was investigated for making the threat last year — whom she later discovered was Gendron — was still allowed to participate in all graduation activities. The woman asked not to be identified because she feared harassment.

According to a recording of a conference call of federal and local law enforcement officials Monday that was obtained by The Associated Press, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said Gendron’s comments he made in school in June 2021 were “generalized statements” and not targeted at anyone in particular or at a specific location, which is why no criminal charges were filed. He said the state police “did everything within the confines of the law.”

Gendron enrolled at Broome County Community College and later dropped out. The school wouldn’t say why. And according to online writings attributed to him, he began planning his assault on the Buffalo supermarket beginning at least in November, saying he was inculcated into his racist views online.

“I was never diagnosed with a mental disability or disorder, and I believe to be perfectly sane,” according to one passage.

A new, 589-page document of online diary postings emerged Monday that authorities have attributed to Gendron. In it, he describes his preparations for the Buffalo supermarket shooting in detail, writing at one point that he considered attacking a predominantly Black elementary school instead. He also recounted how he chased down a neighborhood cat, stabbed and decapitated it with a hatchet, took a picture and then buried it in the backyard.

Some of its passages also aligned with the account AP’s sources gave of his high school threat investigation.

“Another bad experience was when I had to go to a hospitals ER because I said the word’s ‘murder/suicide’ to an online paper in economics class,” said one entry. “I got out of it because I stuck with the story that I was getting out of class and I just stupidly wrote that down. That is the reason I believe I am still able to purchase guns.”

“It was not a joke, I wrote that down because that’s what I was planning to do.”

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Condon reported from New York. Eric Tucker in Washington, Michael R. Sisak in New York and news researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York contributed.

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Contact AP’s global investigative team at [email protected]

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Happy Endings On Netflix: Should You Stream It Or Skip It? When Will It Leave Netflix?

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Originally there were three seasons of Happy Ending, which were aired between 2011 and 2013 on ABC, but there are rumors that it will be leaving Netflix in June 2022.

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It is about six young urbanites learning how to be an adult who lives in Chicago. Happy Endings revolves around these six friends in Chicago who were reeling from the break-up of two integral members of their group.

Although they would sort out this problem and remain friends; even though some issues will still come to them, it was originally owned by the Disney network, but later it was disowned after 3 seasons.

Stream It Or Skip It?

This is a comedy genre series, just like FRIENDS, with some modern twist. This series broadcasts how two of their friends broke up on a bad term, but still, they managed to remain friends. Regardless, they still had some problems running toward them, which is probably inevitable for them.

It shows how their friends’ lives will become more complicated than before, and they will question their own choices. They will have to hold tight to the people they care about and love as many inevitable problems will arise in their lives.

This is a comedy series with a lot of fun to watch out for. And it will be removed from Netflix on the 1st of June, 2022. You should probably watch this series and recommend it to others too.

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When Will It Leave Netflix?

It was June 2021 when Netflix took ownership of this series out of nowhere, with each of the series available instantly for viewers only in the US on the 1st of June. But apart from the US, it was not available on Netflix as Sony Pictures Television does not hold distribution rights. In most regions, the series was available only on a VOD basis, which means that you have to pay for each episode or season.

Now only after a year, The series ‘Happy Endings’ is set to be taken down on the 1st of June, 2022. It will be leaving the platform with a huge loss in the licensed TV department; in the form of Downton Abbey, which sees all six seasons taken down on the very same day. To the fans, this is the perfect moment to revisit this series and cherish their best moments.

Not all soni series are released on Netflix.

Where To Watch Happy Endings?

Even though Happy Endings will no longer be streamed on Netflix; it will be completely taken down on the 1st of June.

But the question arises for the fans about where to watch this series. The good news is it will be available on Amazon Prime Video and Hulu as a whole series for the time being. But let’s hope that the series will work its way back to Netflix in the coming future.

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