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Colorado’s season ended Thursday night with a 6-3 loss in Game 6 against the Vegas Golden Knights. The first four-game losing streak of the season for the Avalanche ended up costing them their chance at the Stanley Cup as the Avs once led 2-0 in the series and watched it all slip away. The Avs were significantly better than their…...

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In a best-of-series, there’s a certain margin of error afforded each team. It’s exactly three games. After that, a team has to be perfect to get through to the next round. After Mark Stone’s game-winning goal in overtime won Game 5 for Vegas, Colorado’s margin for error is now completely gone. Once up 2-0 in this series, the Avalanche has…...

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Game 3, meet Game 4. You’re so alike, I have a feeling you’re going to get along great. As long as you aren’t from Colorado, it’s going to be an adorable match and you could have a fantastic long-term future together. The Avalanche heads back to Denver following a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of the Vegas Golden Knights with…...

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Here’s the short part of the story: Colorado played poorly again in Game 3 while Vegas fed off an energized home crowd and outplayed and embarrassed the Avalanche for much the game. Two goals in 45 seconds late in the third period erased a 2-1 Colorado lead and flipped the series from heading to 3-0 in Colorado’s favor while the…...

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Throughout the course of this regular season, a lot of talk surrounding the Colorado Avalanche centered on the concept of the “kinds of games” that championship teams win. It was overblown a bit but it was interesting to watch the Avalanche evolve as the year went on as they kept checking the boxes. Watching the defending Stanley Cup champions last…...

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The Avalanche had the rare busy news day today as they practiced for a bit this morning in preparation of Game 2 of their second-round series against the Vegas Golden Knights tomorrow night. The focus, however, was in net as the expected starting goaltenders for Game 2 both found themselves being named as finalists for the Vezina Trophy, given annually…...

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Coming into Game 1 of the highly-anticipated Colorado-Vegas series, the conversation largely centered around “rest versus rust” and the surprising decision of the Golden Knights to start Robin Lehner after Marc-Andre Fleury backstopped them through a grueling seven-game series against Minnesota. Coming out of Colorado’s 7-1 Game 1 demolition of Vegas, there are answers to some of those questions but…...

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After a week of waiting, the Colorado Avalanche finally has a Round 2 opponent. It wasn’t easy as the Vegas Golden Knights coughed up a 3-1 series lead for the third consecutive year but they prevailed last night in a Game 7 domination of the Minnesota Wild with a 6-2 victory, bringing them here to Denver for Game 1 tomorrow…...

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“This is embarrassing. It’s always hard to lose in the playoffs, especially like this.” “Listen, they were better than us. They beat us in four straight. They’re a great team. We weren’t good enough, that’s the bottom line.” “As you can see, we didn’t even give ourselves a chance…Clearly [the Avalanche] the better team.” Sometimes the story of a playoff…...

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This was the game the St. Louis Blues were looking for. This was the game folks said the Colorado Avalanche couldn’t win. With an aggressive forecheck turned all the way up and feeding off a raucous home crowd, this was the recipe for the Blues to find their way into a game in a series they entered the night trailing…...

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The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced today the eight-game suspension of Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri. The hit came in the third period of Colorado’s 6-3 Game 2 win over the St. Louis Blues as he was penalized for an illegal check to the head of Blues defenseman Justin Faulk. Kadri was given a major and a match penalty for…...

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When the game is halfway over and you’re leading 3-0 and outshooting the opponent 26-10, you aren’t expecting the closest of finishes in that game but that’s exactly what the Colorado Avalanche got in their Game 2 tilt against the St. Louis Blues. Continuing their raw domination of the Blues from Game 1, the Avs jumped on St. Louis and…...

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“Playoffs, you start over, right? Your stats from the regular season don’t matter. In fact, your postseason stats don’t matter at all. For us, it’s about wins and losses.” Colorado Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog started his postgame presser by throwing the numbers from Colorado’s 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 out the window entirely. Coming from…...

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The Stanley Cup Playoffs are here. The Colorado Avalanche, winner of the President’s Trophy as the league’s top regular-season team, opens up their first-round matchup tomorrow night against the St. Louis Blues. Despite the Avs going 5-3 against the Blues in their eight matchups throughout the season, many are nervous about the possible matchup problems presented by the Blues as…...

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No Nathan MacKinnon, no problem, apparently. With the Avalanche coming into tonight’s game with everything from being the third seed to possibly clinching the President’s Trophy on the line, no MacKinnon was looming over everything. How would Colorado do without the driver of its offensive engine? Uh, well, just fine as it turns out as the Avs won 6-0 in…...

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Listening to Jared Bednar dissect his team’s performance in postgame pressers has always been something I’ve enjoyed over the years. He’s honest and isn’t afraid to be pointed with his criticism and he tends to be a little more thorough than other coaches. It was that history that made his immediate comments following Colorado’s 2-1 win over Vegas stand out…...

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Last night, the Avalanche toppled the Kings with a 3-2 win that was driven by a number of young players coming into their own. It was a validation of Colorado’s draft and development program, something that has been very hit-or-miss over the years. Tonight’s 3-2 win over Los Angeles by the Avs is a good example of how different things…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C I’ll be real and admit I didn’t see a lot from that fourth line tonight. Pretty much even in shot share and with only a minute of PK time available, his role was minimized throughout. Andre Burakovsky – B Loved most of his game. Zone entries were a lot cleaner and he was playing with some…...

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If you hopped into a time machine and traveled back to draft night in 2016 and watched the Avs select Tyson Jost with the 10th pick and then came back to 2021 without any knowledge of what happened in that time, seeing the Avs start the game with Jost centering Gabe Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen would not have been a…...

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After finding their way to their first comeback win of the year (at least in terms of entering the third period trailing and finding a way to win), the Avalanche did the exact opposite tonight. Entering the game with a 27-0-1 record when entering the third period with a lead, Colorado blew what had been a 2-0 lead at one…...

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