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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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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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I wrote about what an odd game it was two nights ago in their 4-3 win against the San Jose Sharks and how it was defined by so many things you just don’t see very often in a single game. Tonight was headed for loss by the Avs to those same Sharks and was also weird but for very different…...

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When your top line generates 23 shots on goal and scores three goals, you had better walk out of the contest with two points. The Avalanche did exactly that tonight as they secured a 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks that has a final score much closer than the on-ice action would suggest. To put it mildly, this was…...

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The Colorado Avalanche won tonight. It was a 3-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks. By virtue of Vegas losing to Arizona tonight and Minnesota losing to St. Louis the last two nights (one in overtime), much of the frustration from the now-dead three-game losing has been soothed as the Avalanche firmed up their position in second place while staying…...

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Following two straight losses in St. Louis to the suddenly-surging Blues, Colorado rolled into Vegas to take on the Golden Knights in a matchup anticipated by everyone. These are two teams everyone views as Stanley Cup contenders and the two likeliest teams to come out of the West Division in the postseason. With Vegas four points up on Colorado in…...

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Sometimes you can just feel a stinker of a game coming up. It’s been a while since the Avalanche really had one (the 8-3 loss at Minnesota to end their point streak certainly qualifies) but tonight’s 4-1 loss was the first time since maybe opening night where it felt like they weren’t even competitive. There were those few minutes in…...

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Afternoon games have the reputation of producing some wild contests and today’s Avalanche-Blues matinee affair certainly lived up to it. While the Avalanche fell short in a 5-3 loss and had their five-game winning streak snapped, it was a weird one from the very beginning. Colorado scored two goals in the first four minutes of the game, then watched the…...

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Remembering back to the first game of the season, a tough 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on home ice, really gives you a sense of how this Colorado Avalanche season has developed. That night, the Avs opened the season as Cup favorites, a team facing real expectations after they fell just short of making a conference finals appearance…...

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Every regular season is a story with dramatic twists and turns. It’s never a straight line. For the Avalanche, this season has largely been the story of Philipp Grubauer, whose steady presence and excellence in net has helped shaped them into one of the NHL’s very best teams. Grubauer’s play has elevated him into the Vezina Trophy conversation for the…...

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Tonight’s game featured: A scrum in front of the Colorado net that resulted in an on-ice call of no goal, which was reviewed for several minutes and determined that it was a good goal for Arizona despite no camera angles showing the puck ever crossing the net That goal was immediately challenged by Colorado for goaltender interference, which was granted…...

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After two lethargic games in a row, the Avalanche rediscovered the mojo that led them on a month-long tear as they easily dispatched the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 in the final game of their season series. Colorado finishes their eight-game set against the woeful Ducks with a strong 6-1-1 record with their only two losses coming in the John Gibson Game…...

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Jonas Johansson has had a hell of a month. He goes from being part of the sewer that is the Buffalo Sabres organization (complete with a beat writer dragging him on social media) to being an emergency backup on the NHL’s best team. That was one thing, but then Johansson failed to stop the first shot he saw in his…...

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Colorado’s 15-game point streak (13-0-2 in that run) came to an end tonight in spectacular fashion as a clearly tired Avalanche team made predictable mental mistakes and they got crushed in the special teams department in an 8-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild. You can’t even lean on the familiar villain of Colorado’s losses, the backup goaltender, as Philipp Grubauer…...

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Have I mentioned I’m not even sure what to say during this comically long Avalanche point streak? After extending it to 15 games (13-0-2) with a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild, the Avs are inching closer to clinching a playoff spot with 18 games remaining and an 18-point lead on the fifth-place San Jose Sharks. The Avs moved to…...

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Remember earlier this season when Cale Makar’s inability to score goals was indicative of a team-wide issue as the Avalanche struggled to score but didn’t struggle to generate good looks or hit a few posts every game? It was all of the posts and odd bounces that have gone against Makar that came to mind tonight when he floated a…...

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When a team goes 10-0-2 across their last 12 games, all while climbing the standings and eventually pulling dead even with the team that was leading everyone by several points, you expect that club to lose its edge at some point. Against the St. Louis Blues, who are suddenly desperate for points after an injury-ravaged season has forced them into…...

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That was…certainly a hockey game. There are some hockey games that happen and if you were trying to get a friend into hockey, they would be easy sells. Lots of action, goals, hits, fights, fans going nuts, all of the random stuff that happens in hockey that makes it so great. Tonight’s game would probably be too much of a…...

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