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I’ll be honest. I don’t even really know where to start on this one. Every game is its own miniature story and tonight the story is really just one about a team that keeps winning. Just when it appeared they were getting close to 100%, Nazem Kadri was listed as out. We don’t really know what the injury is there…...

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Life comes at you fast. There is no place where this is truer than the world of sports, where a career’s accomplishments mean nothing on any given night and you allow yourself to believe in the possibility of seeing something you don’t expect. Such was the case tonight when the Avalanche made a stop in Toronto to take on the…...

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While I haven’t been covering the Avalanche for as long as some of my colleagues, this being my fifth year in action on the beat means I’ve been to several hundred games in that time and have been inside a few locker rooms. One of the things I notice the most about this year’s Avalanche team is the locker room.…...

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Division games are always statement games. Coming into today’s afternoon affair, Colorado had struggled with the teams in front of them in the Central Division but had taken care of its limited business against the teams chasing them. Following a 5-2 win against the lowly Chicago Blackhawks, the Avs move to 3-1 on the season against the teams currently in…...

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Ain’t nobody out there likes getting embarrassed. It’s a humiliating experience no matter how many people see it. But it’s especially humiliating when you do it on television in front of thousands of viewers. The last time the Avs and Oilers tangled, that’s exactly what happened to Colorado as they got bombarded in a 6-2 waxing that saw Connor McDavid…...

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“We have to play a full 60 minutes.” One of hockey’s most-repeated cliches is all about how teams have to play a full game in order to come out with the win. But the dirty secret is that it isn’t really true at all. Tonight was another example of that as the Toronto Maple Leafs played a very effective 18…...

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MINNEAPOLIS – It’s hard to be too upset when you finish a five-game road trip 3-2, but when the last loss comes against one the NHL’s worst teams, it stings a little. Of course, as bad as the Minnesota Wild have been on the road this year, they’ve been excellent at home. That continued tonight as they eeked out a…...

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Let’s try this again. I tried writing about Colorado’s new guys and what a difference they were making this season but the end of the Vancouver game changed pretty drastically and I had to CTRL+A <—- that sucker so here we are again. With injuries to nearly half of Colorado’s regular forward corps, the Avs were once again carried by…...

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Such is the nature of professional sports. Two nights ago, a fairy tale. Tonight, a nightmare. Fresh off a 40-save performance that doesn’t technically count as a shutout but absolutely should, Adam Werner never stood a chance tonight in Edmonton in a 6-2 loss against an Oilers team angry coming off a blowout loss and looking to get their mojo…...

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“Next man up.” One of the most reliable axioms across all sports is the idea that when injuries strike, whoever steps in as the replacement has to keep the ball rolling. Life is hard and there’s no time to feel sorry for yourself in pro sports when there’s always a tomorrow to be worried about. When Philipp Grubauer went down…...

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When Lazlo Holmes went showed up and said “Let’s do that hockey”, one team in the Pepsi Center actually seemed to listen to him. And it wasn’t the Colorado Avalanche. Following a 6-1 destruction of the Vegas Golden Knights, the Avs returned home to the Pepsi Center for their first home game in two weeks and got beat up in…...

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In sports, as in life, adversity is never far away, always closer than the horizon would suggest. In a 7-0-1 start, Colorado handled a little adversity well and certainly had their share of luck along the way. All of that ran out tonight in a classic house of horrors for them as they lost 3-1 to the St. Louis Blues.…...

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Coming in on the second night of a back to back (SEGABABA) against a rested team, this was the old “scheduled loss” for the Avalanche in Tampa Bay. Instead, Tyson Jost turned into his own personal breakout as Colorado exacted a little revenge for a loss that started a dark period of the season last year for the Avs. Colorado…...

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It was a pretty wild one in Sunrise, Florida tonight as the Avalanche kept their hot start going with a 5-4 overtime win against the Panthers. Nathan MacKinnon won it in OT on a wrist shot that beat Sergei Bobrovsky. It was the only point Colorado’s top line scored all game. That’s because Joonas Donskoi (1 g, 2 a) and…...

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During Colorado’s long wait between games two and three, the seasons managed to change from fall to winter and back to fall. Colorado, eh? As the Avs sat around waiting for their next victim, the NHL continued on. In Vancouver last night, highly-touted defenseman Quinn Hughes finally scored his first NHL goal in his eighth NHL game. The Canucks announcers…...

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Preseason nothin’. As Colorado got off to the kind of start it wanted with a 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames, it was the player who did not play for the Avalanche in the preseason that drove the bus. Mikko Rantanen, who agreed to a six-year contract during Colorado’s final preseason game last weekend, reminded everyone except a couple of nerd…...

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Just like that, it’s over. The Nuggets’ dream season ended Sunday afternoon at Pepsi Center at the hands of C.J. McCollum. McCollum finished with 37 points, eight rebounds and nine assists as the Trail Blazers won 100-96. The Nuggets got out to a 29-17 lead but in typical Game 7 fashion, Portland worked itself back into the game behind McCollum.…...

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The Nuggets could only hold Damian Lillard down for so long. Lillard looked tired and a bit annoyed at Denver’s pesky defense that focused in on him with great precision over the first five games of the Nuggets and Trail Blazers’ second-round matchup, but Portland’s All-Star point guard channeled those frustrations into his best game of the series Thursday night.…...

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In the second quarter, Jamal Murray stood on the right side of the floor and sized up his prey. Murray was cooking by that point, getting all sorts of leaners and runners from awkward angles to go down. Murray jab stepped, rose up and fired a 3 in Damian Lillard’s face. It fell through the net, one of the final…...

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Playoff hockey brings a different feel to the arena. Every shift matters, every puck bounce could change the game, every little detail on the ice could mean the difference between winning and losing. In elimination games, that feeling is amplified by a hundred. Or a thousand. Or a million. It feels like life and death, like every day of practice…...

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