DENVER (AP) The third-string goalie nicknamed ”Hamburglar” stole a game for Colorado in Nashville.No time for Andrew Hammond to revel in his thievery Mikael Granlund Jersey , though. Game 6 awaits Sunday at the Pepsi Center. Once again, the Avalanche and their surprise goalie with the catchy moniker – he used to have a mask with the McDonald’s “Hamburglar” character on the side – will try to ward off elimination trailing Nashville 3-2 in the first-round series.”Backs against the wall in an elimination game seem to bring out the best in us,” Hammond said Saturday after the team arrived home.In Philadelphia, Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth faces the same kind of pressure Sunday with his team down 3-2 heading home against Pittsburgh. He stopped 30 shots in Game 5 to help the Flyers extend that series.”I’ve been practicing well and feeling good about my game,” said Neuvirth, who’s been banged up this season. ”I believe in myself that I can bring my `A’ game on the big stage.”Hammond certainly brought out his best in what Colorado coach Jared Bednar called ”one of the biggest games he’s had in his career.”The 30-year-old Hammond turned back 44 shots from the top-seeded Predators in Game 5. This after he was thrust into action for the third period of Game 4 when Jonathan Bernier went down with a lower-body injury. Bernier was filling in with starter Semyon Varlamov sidelined by a knee injury.To think, Hammond was essentially a throw-in player during the three-team deal that sent Matt Duchene to Ottawa in November. The Avalanche already had a surplus of goalies, so Hammond spent time in the American Hockey League. Eventually, Hammond was called up, but before making an appearance with Colorado he suffered a concussion. And once he recovered, he was briefly sent back to the AHL.Hammond’s only NHL game of the season came on March 28 against Philadelphia, stopping 31 shots in a 2-1 loss.On Friday, Hammond made his first playoff start since April 17, 2015, with Ottawa.”I won’t lie. There are days you wonder if it would happen again for you,” Hammond said. ”As cliche as it is Youth Mikko Koivu Jersey , you stick to the process and try to get better. Fortunately, it all worked out last night. We’re not satisfied, though. We want to keep going and win tomorrow night, and extend the series, and go back to Nashville and play another meaningful hockey game.”The Predators now find themselves trying to avoid becoming the fifth Presidents’ Trophy winners to be eliminated in the first round since 2005-06.”There’s a lot of confidence in the room and belief in the room that we can go to Colorado and win a game,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said.ABOUT THAT NICKNAMEHammond is ambivalent about being called the ”Hamburglar,” a nickname that’s followed him since his college days at Bowling Green.”To be honest, I don’t know if anyone actually calls me that to my face outside of maybe fans,” said Hammond, who had the “Hamburglar” character on his mask while in Ottawa. ”I have no problem with it. I think the side story it’s taken on has been pretty funny. It adds to it.”Does his family call him that?”No,” he laughed. ”No.”ROAD SCHOLARSThe road team is 4-1 in the Penguins-Flyers series as it shifts back to Philadelphia. Even more, the Penguins are 4-0 in Philly this year, winning by a combined score of 20-4, including 10-1 in Games 3 and 4.”I’m not a huge believer you carry momentum over from one game to the next,” Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. ”You have to re-generate it. We played some really good hockey games at home down the stretch. We didn’t do it the last two.”ON THE MENDThe Penguins could have forward Patric Hornqvist back in the lineup after he skated with the team Saturday. He’s missed the last two games with an upper-body injury.Hornqvist has 20 career playoff goals, including one in this series.READY TO GOVegas coach Gerard Gallant plans to pick up the intensity at practice Ryan Suter Jersey , maybe with some 3-on-3 scrimmages featuring a little contact. He doesn’t want his team to become too rusty given the layoff in between series. The expansion Golden Knights could go more than a week between finishing the sweep of Los Angeles on Tuesday and starting their second-round series against San Jose.”In a perfect world, I’d soon have three or four days off and get back at it,” Gallant said. ”I’m sure San Jose is the same way. Any coach would say the same thing.”—AP Sports Writers Teresa M. Walker and Will Graves contributed to this report.— EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Sidney Crosby made a slick move through two defenders, skated through the slot and lifted a backhander into the net at 2:12 of overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 6-5 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.Crosby opened the scoring in the first period and his second goal of the season was the winner. Crosby moved from the left boards, slipped the puck through a defender’s legs, moved past Oilers goalie Cam Talbot and lifted a backhand shot over Talbot’s glove for the win.Jamie Oleksiak and Patric Hornqvist also had two-goal games for the Penguins, who have won two straight.Leon Draisaitl and Alex Chiasson each scored twice, while Connor McDavid had the other for the Oilers (3-3-1), who lost their second straight.Matt Murray had 41 saves in the win, while Talbot kicked out 25 shots in the loss.COYOTES 4, BLUE JACKETS 1COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Christian Fischer got his first career hat trick, Darcy Kuemper stopped 35 shots and Arizona rallied to beat Columbus.Fischer scored in all three periods to help the Coyotes beat Columbus for the first time in the last seven tries dating to 2015. Derek Stepan got the primary assist on all three.Dylan Strome also scored for Arizona as backup Kuemper got his first win of the season in two starts.Pierre Luc-Dubois scored and Sergei Bobrovsky had 22 saves in what was mostly a lackluster game for the Blue Jackets, even though they had 10 more shots on goal.Columbus defenseman Seth Jones made his season debut after spraining a medial collateral ligament in his right knee on Sept. 25. He was expected to miss up to six weeks but made it back in less than a month. He logged four shots on goal.RANGERS 5, PANTHERS 2NEW YORK (AP) — Mats Zuccarello and Mika Zibanejad each scored twice and New York snapped a two-game losing streak.Kevin Hayes also scored Evgeny Svechnikov Jersey Womens , Neal Pionk added two assists and Alexandar Georgiev made 36 saves for New York, which collected its third win of the young season.Vincent Trocheck and Mike Hoffman each scored their third goals of the season, and Jonathan Huberdeau had two assists for the Panthers, who fell to 1-3-3 despite holding the lead in each game.Michael Hutchinson stopped 15 shots in his fourth game for Florida.CANADIENS 3, FLAMES 2MONTREAL (AP) — Jeff Petry and Jonathan Drouin each had a goal and an assist as Montreal won for the fourth time in five games.Brendan Gallagher also scored for the Canadiens, who have lost once in eight games this season. Carey Price made 21 saves and tied Patrick Roy for second place in team history for most wins by a goaltender with 289.Michael Frolik and Elias Lindholm scored for the Flames, and David Rittich made 37 saves.BRUINS 4, SENATORS 1OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — David Pastrnak had two goals and two assists, Patrice Bergeron added a goal and two assists for Boston.The Bruins (5-2-2) snapped a three-game skid and beat the Senators for the second time this season. David Krejci scored his second of the season, and Tuukka Rask made 38 saves.Thomas Chabot scored the lone goal for the Senators (4-3-1), who saw their three-game winning streak end to wrap a season high five-game homestand with a 3-2-0 record as they depart for a three-game trip Thursday.Craig Anderson stopped 28 shots.STARS 4, KINGS 2DALLAS (AP) — Jason Spezza and John Klingberg each had a goal and an assist, and Dallas snapped a three-game losing streak.Blake Comeau and Tyler Pitlick scored their first goals of the season. Eight Dallas players had at least one point; Devin Shore finished with two assists. Ben Bishop made 31 saves for Dallas, which never trailed.Anze Kopitar and Tyler Toffoli scored second-period goals for the Kings, who lost their fifth straight. Jonathan Quick stopped 19 shots for Los Angeles.BLACKHAWKS 3 Womens Zach Parise Jersey , DUCKS 1CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane scored in the third period, Corey Crawford made 24 saves and Chicago handed Anaheim its third straight loss.Brandon Saad also scored his first two goals of the season, helping Chicago improve to 1-1 on a three-game homestand.Rickard Rakell scored for Anaheim, and John Gibson finished with 35 saves. The Ducks have just four goals during their slide.SHARKS 5, PREDATORS 4NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Brent Burns scored with 2:52 remaining to cap a rally from a late two-goal deficit, and San Jose beat Nashville.The Sharks cooled off the NHL’s hottest team, ending the Predators‘ five-game winning streak.Tomas Hertl, Timo Meier, Brenden Dillon, and Joe Pavelski also scored for the Sharks, who won their third straight.Nashville’s Viktor Arvidsson had two goals and one assist. Filip Forsberg and Craig Smith added goals.San Jose’s Martin Jones had 25 saves. The Predators’ Juuse Saros finished with 27 saves.