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In 2014, there was a deafening “ping” when Nino Niederreiter ended Colorado’s season with a Game 7 overtime winner. In Edmonton tonight, there was just silence. Dallas got a hat trick from Joel Kiviranta, including the series-winning goal in the first overtime period to end Colorado’s season in a 5-4 heartbreaker in Game 7. For Avs fans, the way the…...

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There are so many angles to Colorado’s 4-1 win in Game 6 that I could take here but I’d be lying if I tried to say the story was anything but Michael Hutchinson. It was one thing for him to get the surprise start in Game 5 and get the win. He was spotted five goals in a first period…...

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Gamesmanship is always one of the more interesting subplots to follow during any playoff cycle. Coaches not tipping their hand about lineups, player injuries being kept secret, it’s all a game organizations love to play in the effort to protect what they view as vital information for as long as possible. In the bubble environment where media is not allowed…...

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One of those hockey sayings you hear all the time is that you can’t win a game in the first period but you can certainly lose one. Tonight was the obvious night to apply that to as the Dallas Stars came out smelling blood with their 2-1 series lead and not wanting a repeat of Game 3 where they had…...

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On a day where the sports world largely pressed pause on itself beginning with the Milwaukee Bucks deciding not to play their postseason game and focus on issues back in Wisconsin, the NHL and its players largely decided to play on. “I don’t think I’d call those distractions,” Cale Makar said after the game when asked about his approach to…...

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I don’t even know what to say. Colorado had complete control of Game 2. They were leading 2-0 and controlling play. They were in a rhythm and playing well. There was intensity, effort, everything you wanted after a team played a bad Game 1. One extremely weak slashing call on Sam Girard, followed seconds later by Corey Perry freely slashing…...

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In sports, as in life, when things are going well, it’s easy to imagine all the ways in which that can turn and all your good vibes and fortune disappear. The fear is not knowing at which angle the universe will attack you. Enter the Avalanche, a team that entered Game 1 of their series against the Dallas Stars having…...

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The Arizona Coyotes represented the exact archetype that unconvinced Avalanche fans had come to worry about time and time again. They had a great goaltender, a low-scoring reputation and a gritty approach to the game. For years, the Avalanche were seen as the highly-skilled team that could get pushed around physically. Anytime a team punished them with consistent physicality, Colorado…...

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“You got me all fired up, Calvy.” Sitting in the middle of the table at the postgame presser, Nathan MacKinnon added a little extra after Matt Calvert talked up MacKinnon’s one-sided fight with Christian Fischer in the third period of Colorado’s 7-1 decimation of the Arizona Coyotes. Why was MacKinnon fighting in a game that had already been decided? Because…...

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The vast majority of games, there’s plenty of stuff for me to talk about. I can get into systems breakdowns and the different matchups that worked or didn’t work and all of the work that goes into line matching and the randomness of special teams on any given day. Today, though, Colorado lost their first game of the series 4-2…...

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It takes a village, right? While there are plenty of playoff heroics from the superstars who end up in the Hall of Fame, no team works their way through the gauntlet that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs without contributions from players further down in the lineup. Today was a perfect example of that as the Avalanche took a 2-0 series…...

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“Well they won the one game but you’ve got to win four.” Arizona head coach Rick Tocchet was pretty blunt (in hockey terms, anyway) during his postgame presser after his team got bodied in a 3-0 Game 1 loss to the Avalanche. He had previously ripped his team for what he deemed a “terrible” practice yesterday and it continued into…...

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With no crowd on hand to constantly urge players to shoot every time they touch the puck, the Avalanche seemed to use their final round-robin game against Vegas to practice their passing. Or, overpassing, as the case might have been. “Yeah,” Nathan MacKinnon said after being asked during his postgame presser if the Avs should have shot the puck more.…...

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How can you not be romantic about sports? Sports have given the world so many good underdog stories of the years that it’s become impossible not to get the warm and fuzzies when you see another one. What the Colorado Avalanche did tonight won’t go down in those same annals of motivational history but it doesn’t lessen that we nonetheless…...

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There was a game tonight, yes. The Avalanche had a chance to tie the St. Louis Blues for first in the Central Division for the second time this road trip but once again came up short. This loss was completely unlike the one against Vancouver over the weekend as that was a high-scoring affair with lots of scoring chances. This…...

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The San Jose Sharks suck this year. After how last year ended for the Avalanche, I’m sure there’s some real schadenfreude going on with regards to how the Sharks have fallen apart and won’t even have their own draft pick to benefit from this lost season of theirs. But up close and back in the Shark Tank for the first…...

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Avs games in Vancouver the last couple years have been nothing short of wild rides. Tyson Barrie had a five-point night, Nathan MacKinnon injured his shoulder in a playoff chase, Philipp Grubauer struggled badly in a 7-6 barnburner that was also the first-ever DNVR (then BSN) Avalanche Watch Party, and the one game there this year saw Vancouver come back…...

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You don’t get a seven-game winning streak without having some good fortune on your side. After games in which they were arguably outplayed but got enough breaks to find their way to wins against Carolina and Nashville over the weekend, it was finally time to pay the good luck piper. Colorado outshot and outplayed the Anaheim Ducks for the majority…...

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This had all the red flags of a classic let down game for the Avalanche. Coming off an improbable two wins over the weekend against good teams battling for playoff positions, Colorado rolled into Detroit, which somehow has already been mathematically eliminated for almost two weeks. This is a Red Wings team so bad in every facet that they’re threatening…...

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If there was ever a game to wave away a loss, this was it. This was tailor-made for the Avalanche’s five-game winning streak to come to a halt. Let’s look at a list of things going against them coming into this one. Played grueling game last night in Carolina Nashville hung out at home last night and probably watched the…...

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