Winning changes some things, doesn’t it? Earlier in the week, Nathan MacKinnon was lost for three weeks (ish) and the Avs were coming off back-to-back losses to the Columbus Blue Jackets. They were hurting physically and emotionally and in danger of watching things spiral out of control on them. Then the Avs blew out the Vancouver Canucks in a 7-1…

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A.J. Haefele was born in Aurora, Colorado, raised in Katy, Texas and is the Colorado Avalanche beat reporter for DNVR. AJ helped launch the network back in 2015 and has filled roles as a team leader and Editor-In- Chief, along with co-hosting the DNVR draft podcasts along with his other duties. You can hear him every weekday on the DNVR Avalanche podcast. Follow AJ on Twitter - @returnofaj