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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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Sometimes you Storm Surge, sometimes the storm surges you. In a battle of nature versus different nature, it was other nature that ended up prevailing tonight as the Avalanche topped the Hurricanes, 3-2. The real difference-maker, however, was La Tornade as a perfect finish from Sam Girard at 17:23 of the third period broke a tie and provided a little…...

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I always laugh when guys like me (media types, I mean) categorize a rash of injuries as a possible “blessing in disguise.” Like a team somehow gets better or has an improved situation because a grip of injuries ripped through their team and forced them to play short-handed. For the second time this season, however, the Avalanche are dealing with…...

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Injuries have a way of revealing the stuff teams are really made of, that secret sauce that separates the pretenders from contenders. With four regulars missing at forward and playing their backup goaltender for the second straight night, this was the kind of game a team could have lost and many would have shrugged and pointed to any number of…...

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Who needs John Gibson? Fresh off signing a two-year contract that will hopefully keep him in Denver through 2022, Pavel Francouz recorded the first shutout of his NHL career in a 1-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Gibson, for his part, made life as difficult as he could for the Avalanche as he looked much more like the Vezina-caliber goaltender…...

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Stylistic contrasts almost always make for entertaining hockey viewing because the team that successfully imposes it’s will on the other usually gets the outcome it’s looking for. Back in January, that was true when the New York Islanders shutout the Avalanche 1-0 in what was a showcase not only for the NHL’s replay system but also Semyon Varlamov’s revenge on…...

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There are roller coasters and there is tonight’s game. When a game gets billed as a “Stanley Cup preview” type of game, you tend to get a pretty good game, especially in the second half of the season. What the attendees at Pepsi Center got tonight was on another level. While the Tampa Bay Lightning walked out with a 4-3…...

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COLORADO SPRING, CO – For the 43,574 hockey enthusiasts in attendance at Air Force Academy for the spectacle known as the 2020 NHL Stadium Series game, it was a tale of three periods between the Western Conference foes meeting for the first time this season. Entering the night, Colorado had an opportunity to tie for the Central Division lead with…...

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Coming into tonight’s game, it felt like a Stanley Cup preview. Even the fans were unusually amped up, with a verbal fight right below the press box beginning before the anthem and spilling over into the opening minutes of the first period that ended up with security removing some of the parties involved. While fans were fighting throughout the evening,…...

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I’m a sucker for love stories. Movies, songs, and apparently hockey ones, too. I’m all about them. In the last two years, the Avalanche has enjoyed watching the Nathan MacKinnon-Mikko Rantanen connection blossom into something special. It’s been the kind of connection that makes you believe something bigger might be in store down the road. This year, the rosy-cheeked Cale…...

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If there’s one thing the second half of the NHL season regularly produces, it’s desperation. Teams start to realize they only have so many games remaining on the schedule to get the points necessary to make the postseason and turn up the intensity a notch or two. After completing their first comeback win of the season last night in Columbus,…...

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“Goaltending is voodoo.” In the controlled chaos that is hockey, there is one guy whose job it is to make sense of it all, sift through the madness and decipher the future before it happens and react accordingly. Every game is different, every period has its own personality, and the puck is shaped in such a way that it bounces…...

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We knew when the schedule turned over to 2020 that Colorado was facing one of the league’s softest schedules of strength. In the 12 games since the new year began, the Avs have lost five games, just three in regulation, and continue putting themselves in position to challenge for the Central Division title. After a 6-1 beatdown of the Buffalo…...

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I’ve always been a big believer in how you respond to adversity says the most about you. Bad things happen to all of us but how you handle yourself when things are on fire, that’s really what brings out the character. The Avs weren’t anywhere close to “things are on fire” mode yet, but after a frustrating 6-3 loss to…...

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