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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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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. – 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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Well, did everyone have a good time this week at the Pepsi Center? How are those vocal cords right now? The grades: Mikko Rantanen (A) – The hero of this one. His great tip with 2:50 left tied it up, and you saw what he did in OT with that lethal one-timer of his. Like a lot of Avs, he didn’t seem to have much jump in the first 30 minutes of the game, but, boy, did he make up for it. Nathan MacKinnon (B+) – The Flames did a better job taking away his shooting lanes in this one, especially on the power play. But he still had a heck of a night. His lead pass on the tying…

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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(x) Sven Andrighetto – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs! (x) Tyson Barrie – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs! (x) Gabriel Bourque – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs! (x) Derick Brassard –  Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs! (x) Matt Calvert – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs! (x) Ian Cole – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs! (x) J.T. Compher – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs! (x) Samuel Girard – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs! (x) Philipp Grubauer – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs! (x) Erik Johnson – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs! (x) Tyson Jost – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs! (x) Alexander Kerfoot – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs! (x) Gabriel Landeskog – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs! (x) Nathan MacKinnon – Doesn’t matter. Made the…

Sven Andrighetto (B-) – I again thought Andrighetto was involved in a positive way and his speed caused problems for Arizona’s depth guys when they got matched up. I’d have preferred he got a shot off on his best scoring chance of the night but we all want things in life, I suppose. Tyson Barrie (C+) – I thought he was aggressive...

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Andrew Agozzino (B) – I loved Agozzino tonight. Not a ton happened with him out there but he was feisty and stepped to Colin Miller twice when Miller tried to give him some business. He wasn’t having it and even laid a fool out for good measure. Colorado’s fourth line was humming tonight. Sven Andrighetto (B) – Andrighetto, too. He transformed into...

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Andrew Agozzino (C+) –I mean no offense to him when I say this but I just don’t seem to ever notice Agozzino doing anything. He barely plays and essentially nothing happens during his shifts so it could absolutely be worse. It could be better, too, of course, but it could be worse. The stat sheet said he had three shots...

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Andrew Agozzino (C-) – I can’t say I honestly noticed Agozzino much in his limited ice time. He was negative in shot share so I’m giving him the slight minus since I have nothing else to really work from here. Sven Andrighetto (A-) – Andrighetto got beat up in shot share and that matters but he also scored the game-winning goal and...

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Sven Andrighetto (C) – I didn’t notice Andrighetto at all tonight. Just not an impact either way. Tyson Barrie (A+) – Another game-winning goal. Four goals in three games. They needed a little extra offensive punch. He’s stepped up and even added eight blocked shots tonight. What a monster performance. Gabriel Bourque (C+) – He was just fine. Some good defensive work...

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It sure sucked to see the Minnesota Wild’s playoff chances thrown a major wrench in the gears tonight by the Colorado Avalanche, didn’t it? If the Avs miss the playoffs, but also cause the Wild to miss them based off this 3-1 win tonight in their barn? That won’t suck, will it? The grades: Mikko Rantanen (B+) – No points,...

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