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A relatively tame game through two periods took off in the third, with the Avs and Coyotes combining for four goals in the final 20, forcing the game to overtime, where Andre Burakovsky would end it with a beautiful shot. With the 3-2 victory, the Avs start the season 4-0 as they head onto a season-long road trip. How did…...

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It wasn’t their prettiest game of the season, but the Avs got it done against a very good Boston Bruins team, winning 4-2 behind a tremendous performance from their goaltender Philipp Grubauer. The Avs are now off to a perfect 3-0 start and look to finish off the homestand on Saturday night with another win against the Arizona Coyotes. How…...

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Gabriel Landeskog – A Landeskog is already on the familiar PPG pace he set last season. Tonight, he got the game-winner by standing backdoor and letting Rantanen find him with a great pass. That top line has picked up where it left off last year. Nathan MacKinnon – A- Kind of? MacKinnon had two assists but seemed a little more…...

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Led by four goals from their Finnish-born players, the Colorado Avalanche started their season on the right foot by taking down the Calgary Flames at home by a score of 5-3. How did each player perform? Let’s find out… Erik Johnson – C+:  The veteran of the Avs blueline led the team in time on ice with 23:14, a good…...

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A young Avalanche roster went into Las Vegas and put the clamps on the Golden Knights, holding them to very little offense and coming out with a 4-1 victory. The Avs ground the Knights into submission and gave them very little room to do anything. How did each player perform? Let’s find out… Matt Calvert – A: One of the few…...

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Breaking their goose egg this preseason, the Colorado Avalanche were able to get on the board, coming out ahead of the Minnesota Wild by a score of 3-2 in a shootout. How did each player perform? Let’s find out… Dan Renouf – B-: I’m not sure Renouf has much of a shot at making the team, but he’s making an impression…...

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Playing a more veteran lineup, with many of their NHL regulars dressing up front, the Colorado Avalanche put up 47 shots in regulation but were unable to beat either Dallas goaltender more than once, losing by a score of 2-1. How did each player perform? Let’s find out… Cale Makar – B: Crazy to think this is Makar’s first preseason game…...

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The Colorado Avalanche opened the preseason with a disappointing 5-0 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights. Coach Bednar was looking for some of the younger players to step up and make him take notice but came away less than impressed, unable to name any standouts after the game. How did each player perform? Let’s find out… Jayson Megna – C: A…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Final grades of the season. Sorry it had to be this way, but that’s what the fates decided. Mikko Rantanen (A-) – I am going to be more on the generous side with the grades tonight. No sense in being real mean, and I think we all know here I can be a bit harsh when…...

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Tyson Barrie (C-) – I liked his game defensively more than offensively. That’s never a good thing because Barrie needs to be dynamite offensively. He just wasn’t tonight and is activation through the neutral zone wasn’t as impactful as we’ve seen the rest of the playoffs. Gabriel Bourque (C) – Some big hits in the series but you can’t get caved in…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Well, on to Monday and Game 6. Let’s get to the grades from a disappointing Game 5: Mikko Rantanen (C-) – Part of a first line that got outworked and outplayed. He was high-sticked to the face in the first period, which disallowed a Kevin Labanc goal. As far as contributions to the cause in this…...

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Tyson Barrie (C+) – He got crushed in shot metrics tonight. Absolutely crushed. But the eyes told me he played a vital role in attacking San Jose’s system and his willingness to jump into the play and skate aggressively up the ice opens up options and freedom for teammates to make plays. He is largely responsible for Colorado’s success in attacking…...

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Sven Andrighetto (D) – Got back into the lineup and the shot metrics look good but I thought he looked awfully rusty. The speed was there but he was hesitant with the puck and one of his best attributes is he’s trigger-happy when he gets it. He was a little turnover prone because of his tentativenes and just looked ineffective overall.…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – The curse of the Shark Tank is no more. For one day, at least. Big win today at the SAP Center for the Avs to even the series at one game apiece. Let’s do some grades: Alexander Kerfoot (C-) – It’s just been a tough postseason for No. 13. I mean, the Avs are winning and…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Well, that was a very winnable game that the Avalanche let get away in Game 1 in San Jose. Let’s get to the grades. This won’t be too pretty for some: Alexander Kerfoot (D) – Six games now in the postseason for No. 13, one point (assist). Jared Bednar might have to ponder whether he stays…...

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It’s all happening, isn’t it? I probably speak for a lot of Avalanche watchers: it’s all happened a little too fast to properly process, hasn’t it? Who cares, enjoy it. Let’s get to the Game 5 grades: Mikko Rantanen (X) – So good, he was filthy. Two goals, one assist, just money in the clutch in this one and every…...

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Sven Andrighetto (C) – This is a totally neutral grade because I don’t have an opinion on his game either way. He had a silly penalty early on but beyond that was relatively quiet throughout. It looked to me like Bednar used the early game to get some practice in for a potential 11-forward lineup. Tyson Barrie (B+) – He had an…...

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It was a classic playoff game, one that went to overtime. And get this: the Avs won it. The grades: Mikko Rantanen (B+) – Two assists, including on the game-winner. He started off a little slow again, just like Game 1, but definitely got better as the game went along. It’ll be interesting to see if he stays with Landeskog and…...

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Tyson Barrie (D) – The QB of a PP that wasn’t even competitive despite four bites at the apple. The guy who was so good at the end of the regular season needs to stick around if Colorado is going to compete in this series. Gabriel Bourque (C) – Outside of his scoring chance in the first period, I honestly don’t have…...

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