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ESPN is releasing a two-hour E60 documentary titled “Unrivaled” that will chronicle the fierce rivalry between the Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The premiere date is not yet known but will be sometime in June.

The documentary will feature interviews from Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Patrick Roy, Adam Foote, Mike Ricci, Marc Crawford, Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan, Mike Vernon, Kris Draper, Darren McCarty, Vladimir Konstantinov, and Scotty Bowman.

The Avalanche and Red Wings met in the playoffs five times between 1996 and 2002 and combined to win five Stanley Cups during that seven-year span.

The rivalry took off in the 1996 Western Conference Final when Claude Lemieux broke Draper’s jaw and orbital bone with a hit from behind into the boards. The two teams engaged in one of the most famous brawls in NHL history the following season.

Tyler Toffoli had two goals to lead the Calgary Flames to a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night.

Johnny Gaudreau added a goal and an assist for the Flames (34-14-7), who remained atop the Pacific Division with their 14th win in 16 games. Jacob Markstrom stopped 27 of 28 shots in front of a season-high 17,246 at the Saddledome.

Devin Shore scored for Edmonton, and Mikko Koskinen had 26 saves in the first instalment of the Battle of Alberta. The Oilers beat the visiting Flames 5-2 on Oct. 16 and 5-2 on Jan. 22. The regular-season series concludes March 26 in Calgary.

Edmonton (30-23-4) remained two points out of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference. The Oilers dropped to 7-5-1 since Jay Woodcroft took over as head coach for the fired Dave Tippett on Feb. 10.

After a scoreless first period, Calgary took a 2-0 lead on two goals by Toffoli in the second period.

Shore cut the deficit to a goal at 4:57 of the third period. Gaudreau scored on a partial breakaway with just under three minutes remaining to restore Calgary’s two-goal cushion.

Edmonton’s goal came after the puck deflected off referee Dan O’Rourke’s leg to Derek Ryan, whose pass then bounced off the leg of Flames’ defenseman Nikita Zadorov to Shore, who scored.

Toffoli collected his sixth and seventh goals for the Flames since he was acquired from the Montreal Canadiens in a Feb. 14 trade. He took a backhand feed from Adam Ruzicka and sent a wrist shot far side on Koskinen at 9:54 of the second period. He scored on a power play at 6:37.

NOTES: Calgary opera singer Stephania Romaniuk sang the Ukrainian anthem before George Canyon’s O Canada on Monday. It was the second straight home game that the Flames made a gesture of support to a country attempting to repel Russia’s invasion. … Gaudreau’s assist on Toffoli’s first goal was his sixth in five games and 50th this season. … Calgary held the fourth-best power play in the NHL to 0 for 4 in the game and went 1 for 4 with a man advantage.

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Edmonton: Host Washington Capitals on Wednesday in the first of a five-game homestand.

Calgary: Host Washington Capitals on Tuesday in the second of a four-game homestand.

Sunday’s matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the Kansas City Chiefs will give NFL fans another stellar quarterback battle of two former regular-season MVPs.

Lamar Jackson has yet to beat Patrick Mahomes after three meetings between them, but despite the possibility of ending that winless streak soon, the Ravens superstar isn’t looking at the prime-time contest from an individual perspective.

“It’s not about me and Mahomes,” Jackson said Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “Not to me, probably to everyone else. But it’s the Ravens versus the Kansas City Chiefs.”

The Mahomes-led Chiefs have outscored Baltimore 94-72 in their previous three bouts, with the Kansas City passer strongly outplaying his rival in those games:

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“They did beat us three times or whatever, but that’s in the past,” Jackson added. “I’m not dwelling on those losses. We’re coming in Sunday night, and we’re going to play.”

The Chiefs and Ravens have been two of the league’s most successful regular-season teams since Mahomes and Jackson entered the NFL in 2017 and 2018, respectively. The two signal-callers have also each won an MVP award in their sophomore seasons.

However, while Mahomes has already been able to win one title in two Super Bowl appearances with Kansas City, Jackson has yet to lead Baltimore past the divisional round.

Last year, Jackson said the Chiefs are the Ravens’ “kryptonite” following Kansas City’s 34-20 victory over Baltimore. The 24-year-old is 30-5 against the rest of the league.

To win his first against Mahomes, Jackson will have to do something that no other quarterback has done: the Chiefs quarterback remains unbeaten in 11 games in September since the Chiefs drafted him 10th overall.

The last time the San Diego Padres swept the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park, in September 2010, right-hander Joe Musgrove was just starting his senior year at Grossmont High in suburban El Cajon.

When the Padres got their most recent sweep of LA, at Dodger Stadium in April 2013, Musgrove was still three years away from making his big league debut.

So yeah, it’s a big deal for the hometown kid to be part of a series that had Petco Park rocking for three straight nights.

“I feel like the rivalry is at its best that it’s ever been,” Musgrove said after the Padres hit three solo home runs off reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer and beat the Dodgers 5-3 Wednesday night for their first three-game sweep of the NL West rivals in eight seasons.

“It’s a pretty level playing field between the two teams and I feel like we’re starting to show them that you’re not going to walk all over us this year and that we’re going to fight, we’ve got the pieces to do it, and now it’s about going out and doing it,” said Musgrove, who got a no-decision after pitching six strong innings. “It feels good to be part of that.”

The game ended in front of a sellout crowd of 43,961 when pinch-hitter Albert Pujols lined out to third baseman Manny Machado, who finished off a tremendous series defensively by doubling Will Smith off second. That earned Mark Melancon his major league-leading 23rd save.

San Diego is 7-3 this season against the Dodgers, including winning four straight, and has won two of the three series against the eight-time defending division champions. The Dodgers swept the Padres in the NL Division Series in October en route to winning the World Series.

San Diego has won seven straight games overall, including a four-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds, after losing 13 of their previous 17.

“We’ve got areas to improve at and we are going to be a better team as the season gets going and down the stretch,” manager Jayce Tingler said. “I don’t want to put a ceiling or a cap on what we’re capable of because this is the most talented group I’ve been around. … I do believe our best ball is still ahead of us, that’s for sure.”

Trent Grisham drew a go-ahead, bases-loaded walk in the eighth.

With the score tied at 3, Jake Cronenworth, who homered in the first, started the winning rally with a leadoff double off Blake Treinen (1-3) that went off the glove of leaping right fielder Matt Beaty. Machado, who also homered in the first, singled. Victor Gonzalez came on and allowed Eric Hosmer’s sacrifice bunt. Wil Myers was intentionally walked to load the bases before Gonzalez walked Grisham to bring in Cronenworth. Victor Caratini added a sacrifice fly.

Cronenworth and Machado connected back-to-back with two outs in the first against Bauer, who won the 2020 NL Cy Young Award while with Cincinnati. Caratini gave the Padres a 3-2 lead with a leadoff homer in the seventh.

The Dodgers tied it in the eighth when Max Muncy doubled and scored on Justin Turner’s opposite-field single to right.

Bauer allowed thee runs and five hits in six-plus innings, struck out 10 and walked four.

After allowing the consecutive homers in the first, Bauer settled down and retired nine of the next 10 batters before getting into and out of a jam in the fourth. After Bauer struck out Machado and Eric Hosmer, he walked Myers and allowed a ground-rule double to Grisham. Caratini was intentionally walked to get to Musgrove, who struck out looking.

Musgrove retired nine of the first 10 Dodgers before Los Angeles broke through in the fourth. Muncy hit a leadoff double, Cody Bellinger — activated earlier in the day — walked with one out and Smith hit an RBI single. First baseman Hosmer went for a reverse double play on Beaty’s grounder and forced Smith at second but shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.’s return throw skipped past Musgrove for an error and Bellinger scored.

Musgrove, who threw the Padres’ first no-hitter on April 9, allowed two runs, one earned, and two hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked two.

“I’m a Padre fan. I grew up in San Diego, so I’ve been living this for a long time and I’ve been watching these series go down and it’s kind of the dream that you get to participate in an action-packed series like this,” Musgrove said.

Tim Hill (4-3) got the win.

COMPLIMENTING MACHADO

Machado homered twice this series and played stellar defense. In the eighth, while playing in right field in a shift, he dived and fell a few feet short of catching Muncy’s double.

“That’s a bad man. Just an absolute bad man,” Tingler said. “Manny was unbelievable this series.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: Activated Bellinger from the 10-day injured list after he missed seven games with tightness in his left hamstring. To make room, INF Andy Burns was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

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Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (7-0, 2.48 ERA) is scheduled to start Thursday night in the opener of a home four-game series against the Chicago Cubs, who will counter with RHP Zach Davies (4-4, 4.66.

Padres: RHP Chris Paddack (4-5, 4.10) is scheduled to start Friday night in the opener of a three-game home series against the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks, who will counter with RHP Corbin Martin (0-2, 8.62).

 Mikael Backlund helped the Calgary Flames overcome a sluggish start with a goal and two assists in a 6-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.

Milan Lucic, Johnny Gaudreau and Dillon Dube each had a goal and an assist for the Flames.

Calgary’s Sam Bennett and Elias Lindholm also scored as the NHL’s Battle of Alberta commenced in the pandemic-compressed 2020-21 season.

Jacob Markstrom made 28 saves for the Flames, including 16 in the first period when his team was outshot 17-3 and trailed 2-1.

Oilers captain Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist, with Jujhar Khaira, Jesse Puljujarvi and Darnell Nurse also scoring for Edmonton.

McDavid extended his point streak to nine games (six goals, 15 assists) and still leads the NHL’s points race with nine goals and 17 assists.

Oilers starter Mikko Koskinen stopped 22 shots in the loss.

Saturday’s meeting was the first of 10 this season between Alberta’s NHL teams and the first since the two clubs combined for over 100 penalty minutes Feb. 1, 2020.

NOTES: Calgary placed C Derek Ryan (broken finger) on long-term injury reserve, while the Oilers put D Ethan Bear (upper body) on injured reserve Saturday. … Gaudreau reached a career 300 assists. … Calgary D Noah Hanifin played his 400th career NHL game. … The Flames donned retro jerseys Saturday featuring the flame-snorting horse head “Blasty”, which was first worn in 1998 to commemorate the Year of the Cowboy.

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The Flames are at home against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday and the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.

The Oilers head east on their five-game road trip for a pair of games in Ottawa and one in Montreal.

Lamar Jackson Reveals Why He Didn't Shake Hands Today

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson went straight to the locker room after earning his first career playoff win in Sunday’s wild-card game, opting not to shake hands with Tennessee Titans players.

Jackson said afterward that his decision to avoid any postgame interaction with Tennesse’s players stemmed from their behavior when the two teams met in the regular season.

“I feel it was just disrespect to see what went on before the game the last time we played those guys, and they were standing on our logo and seeing them get into it with our coach,” Jackson said, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “That was just disrespectful because we treat all of our opponents with respect. It wasn’t no reason for us to shake hands and stuff like that.

“We’ll be the bigger guy, so we just walked off the field. I feel like we were being the bigger guys.”

Members of both teams engaged in a pregame confrontation in Week 11 after Titans players huddled on Baltimore’s midfield logo before kickoff. Tennessee cornerback Malcolm Butler and Ravens head coach John Harbaugh were seeing exchanging words during the altercation. The Titans won the tilt 30-24 in overtime.

But the Ravens got their revenge Sunday.

Several Baltimore players celebrated cornerback Marcus Peters‘ game-sealing interception on the Titans’ logo, and some waved to Tennessee’s sideline.

“I felt like it was a good time to go ahead and do that – so we did it,” Ravens defensive lineman Derek Wolfe said of the celebration. “It wasn’t a disrespect thing. It was a team unity thing like we accomplished something as a team, so we’re going to go out there and take a little bit of revenge. I don’t think it’s a big deal.”

The Ravens and Titans also faced off in last season’s playoffs, with Tennessee stunning Baltimore in a 28-12 victory.

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Miami Heat wing Jimmy Butler is declaring his on-court rivalry with Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Warren over just before their teams’ matchup in the first round of the playoffs.

“Look, I just play basketball,” Butler said Sunday, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “I’m going to go out there and be the best player on the floor. That’s what Miami has me here to do.

“I’m not worried about nobody’s matchup, man. We can kill that. That’s dead, that’s something that’ll pass. Everybody wants to make a story out of it, but my job isn’t against T.J. Warren, it’s against the Indiana Pacers, and my job is to help the Miami Heat beat the Indiana Pacers.”

The tension dates back to January when teammates stepped in to separate the two after Warren’s defensive presence got Butler riled up.

Warren has also downplayed his adversarial relationship with Butler in recent days. Before the teams met during the seeding phase on Aug. 10, the 26-year-old shrugged off the heightened tension with Butler, noting that “guys get into it all the time.”

“It’s a part of the game and when you compete at a high level like that, you’re going to run into other competitors,” Warren told ESPN’s Eric Woodyard. “It’s just the nature of basketball.”

Game 1 of the Pacers-Heat series tips off Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET.

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San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane and Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves haven’t been shy about their hatred for one another over the last couple of seasons, but Kane believes their feud is ultimately good for the game.

“I think our rivalry started when I moved to San Jose and it was part of the Vegas-San Jose rivalry … It’s fun, I enjoy it. I think it makes it entertaining for fans,” Kane told Sportsnet’s Gene Principe. “I think you need more of that in hockey, especially when you talk about the playoffs, right?

“To have that type of hatred between not just the teams, but the organizations, players, coaches. Some of it plays out in the media, some of it doesn’t.”

The two have exchanged jabs both on and off the ice ever since Kane arrived in San Jose in February 2018. The two took their rivalry to another level in last year’s first-round playoff matchup between the Sharks and Golden Knights, going at it all series long.

Some of the most memorable moments in their rivalry include their first fight in Game 3 of that postseason series, Kane calling Reaves the “Muffin Man,” and Reaves taking a jab at Kane while officiating a wedding in Vegas.

Despite the bad blood, Kane is proud of what he and Reaves have been able to contribute to the entertainment value of games between their teams.

“Obviously, you watch the on-ice product and it made – for my money – the most entertaining series last year, by far,” Kane said. “It was fun to be a part of, they’re a great team.”

Kane, 28, has racked up 946 penalty minutes in 713 career games while the 33-year-old Reaves has amassed 910 penalty minutes in 649 contests.

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The Taylor or Tyler debate began to brew ahead of the 2010 NHL Draft when Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin were neck and neck to be picked first overall. Before they had even entered the league, the two were seemingly on opposite sides of a rivalry.

Ten years later, Seguin says there’s no ulterior competition between the two.

“I got to know him, we’re always still nice to each other, never had any beef. Never, Taylor/Tyler massive competition,” the Dallas Stars forward said, according to The Athletic’s Craig Custance. “I always secretly cheer for him and watch his career.”

He continued: “We’re competitive pro athletes, right? I was happy as anyone else when he won the MVP, seeing what he went through, leaving Edmonton. I left Boston.

“There’s so many things where we’ve gone separate ways in our career, and there are so many things that are the same in our career. ”

With no consensus top prospect in the 2010 draft, it was virtually a toss-up as to who would go first on draft day. Seguin revealed that he and Hall even traveled to Edmonton and Boston together before the draft to meet with the Oilers and Bruins, who owned the first and second picks, respectively.

The Oilers ultimately selected Hall first, and the Bruins gladly settled for Seguin. But neither player’s tenure with the team that drafted him went as planned.

Edmonton dealt Hall to the New Jersey Devils in 2016 after never making the playoffs in six seasons since drafting him. Seguin didn’t last as long in Boston. The Bruins traded him to Dallas – where he blossomed into a star – in 2013.

While the two 28-year-olds have both enjoyed successful NHL careers so far, Seguin hasn’t succumbed to outside pressure to fuel a rivalry with Hall.

“People always look for this hidden rivalry, don’t like each other,” he said. “I like Taylor a lot, I love his hockey game, I definitely am a fan of his and follow his career. I want him to get in the playoffs, he’s worked so hard to get there.”

Hall hasn’t had many opportunities to play in the postseason, making the playoffs just once since entering the league. Seguin, who won a Stanley Cup with the Bruins his rookie season, has appeared in 62 playoff games.

Seguin has managed 279 goals and 635 points in 741 career games. Hall has racked up 218 goals and 563 points in 627 career games and was named league MVP in 2018.

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Yesterday, Cody did an interview with Bleacher Report Live and spoke about why he and Lance Archer have had issues as of late. Archer signed with AEW in February, then quickly added Jake Roberts as his advisor. The duo immediately went after Cody, looking for his “piece of the pie,” according to Roberts.

Cody and Archer have not yet had a match, but could meet in the finals of the TNT Championship Tournament at Double or Nothing on May 23. Archer still has to get through either Kip Sabian or Dustin Rhodes. Cody faces the winner of Darby Allin and Sammy Guevera. Both of those tournament matches will take place on this Wednesday’s Dynamite.

In regards to Archer, Cody didn’t mince his words about not being a fan of Archer.

“Sometime you just don’t like people and you kind of want to discredit them,” Cody said. “It’s always good to be self aware — especially in wrestling — when you don’t like someone. Lance Archer is someone I don’t like. I even took a veiled shot at him about his run with the New Japan US Title — a title I also held. So, in burying him, for a moment, I was legit burying myself. I don’t like Lance Archer. I think it’s hype.”

Cody was then pressed more on why he didn’t like Archer and the AEW star looked to them both being Texans, along with the thought of being extra hard on guys that he feels are similar to the path he’s traveled.

“I’m a former Texan and maybe it’s because he’s a Texan and there’s just a natural city-by-city Texas rivalry that has always existed,” Cody responded. “That’s why college sports and high school sports are so competitive.

“Here’s another deep-dive psychological, me examining myself as to perhaps why I don’t like him. I was somebody who was undervalued and underappreciated. Now I’m not undervalued and underappreciated, and I feel like I got to the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m harder on those same guys because a lot of times when you’re called ‘underrated,’ you’re not. You’re just not doing the work or you’re missing a piece of your game. So, I’m harder on guys that really come from my own boat. Perhaps for him, I don’t really want to admit yet that he’s undervalued.

“But I’m admitting it to you fully now — we’re live — he’s certainly been undervalued up until this point. He’s heated up to the right degree now and he’s right near the top of AEW as far as a real, true super heavyweight. For a guy I dislike, I’ve got nothing but good things to say about what he does in the ring, actually.”