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The first one is done, and what a game it was.  The Colorado Avalanche and the Tampa Bay Lightning opened the Stanley Cup Final tonight and Game 1 lived up to the hype. This has been billed as one of the best Cup Final matchups the NHL has seen in a long, long time. Tonight was a fantastic game from…...

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They say that the fourth and final win you need to close out a Stanley Cup Playoff series is the hardest one to get, and the Colorado Avalanche got a good reminder of that as they were looking to put the Nashville Predators in the rearview mirror and move on to Round 2. It was a tentative crowd inside Bridgestone…...

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Wow. What. A. Game. The Colorado Avalanche knocked off the NHL’s top team, the Florida Panthers, 3-2 in a Sunday night thriller at Ball Arena. This is the type of game that hockey junkies, like myself, live for. It was fast, physical, exciting, and both teams were executing. The Avalanche handed the Cats just their fifth regulation loss of the…...

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When the Avs traded for Andre Burakovsky in June of 2019, they were taking a bit of a gamble. The talented youngster was making good money coming off a season where he fell out of favor in Washington, and the Avs did give up some good value to get him, sending second and third round picks to acquire the then 24 year old winger.

Turns out, they knew what they were doing.

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C Not a whole lot going on for Bellemare in this one. This most noticeable thing for him was taking a shot in a very, uh, sensitive spot at the end of the second. He would return in the third period and seemed fine. Andre Burakovsky – A+ Wow. I don’t know what else you can say…...

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One month. That’s how long it had been since Andre Burakovsky had buried a puck behind an opposing goaltender. The 24-year-old started his Avs career looking unstoppable, picking up 13 goals in his first 31 games, but things have not been coming as easy for him lately. The lack of scoring didn’t bother him…as long as the team was picking…...

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Pierre Edouard Bellemare – B Bellemare had a good night in the face-off circle and was one of the few forwards who was well above positive in terms of possession. He was battling in front on Nichushkin’s goal. Andre Burakovsky – C+ I thought Burakovsky was far too soft on the opening Leafs goal of the game. He had the…...

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Pierre Edouard Bellemare – C+ The French veteran was clearly not 100%, as you could tell his energy levels were a bit low in this one, but his line, decimated and all, ended up posting strong possession numbers. The only issue with Belly tonight was getting smoked in the face-off circle, something he’s been getting better and better at this…...

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Erik Johnson – C I liked EJ jumping into the play in this one, as his pinches were better timed overall. His defensive game I thought was a little off the mark. One thing I don’t understand, and it could be the coaches choice here, but EJ taking a near three minute shift when the Canucks had their net empty.…...

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Erik Johnson – F EJ picked up an assist after Mike Smith flubbed his shot from the point, but it was a rough one overall. His gaps were far too big against a guy like McDavid, who will eat you alive. He was on the ice for five of the six Edmonton goals. Kevin Connauton – D For me, it…...

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Erik Johnson – A EJ showed tonight he’s still got some offensive goods if he chooses to use them. He gave Watson the old shimmy before going around him and having Donskoi deflect his shot into the net. The first two assists of the season for EJ in this one. Cale Makar – A+ Someone had to set the tone…...

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Erik Johnson – C I thought EJ was moving a lot better tonight, especially in the offensive zone. Nothing really came of it but it was nice to see. He did take a penalty in the second period after some nice stick handling work but I’m not sure if it was EJ who tripped the guy or the ref. Cale…...

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Erik Johnson – C Another up and down game for EJ. He, like most of the defense, had a really tough first period and calmed down after that. He ended the night with five shot attempts at even strength, which is pretty strong. Had an inexplicable icing late in the game that could have cost the team but didn’t. He’s…...

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Four goals in 9:25. That was all it took for the Avs to set the tone on Monday afternoon in their matchup with the Washington Capitals. Erik Johnson, Nikita Zadorov, Nazem Kadri, and Mikko Rantanen scored within the first half of the first period, and from there, the Avs did just enough to hold on and come out of the…...

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A relatively tame game through two periods took off in the third, with the Avs and Coyotes combining for four goals in the final 20, forcing the game to overtime, where Andre Burakovsky would end it with a beautiful shot. With the 3-2 victory, the Avs start the season 4-0 as they head onto a season-long road trip. How did…...

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Do the Avalanche finally have depth scoring? After a season in which a three-headed monster featuring Gabe Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon, and Mikko Rantanen ate the majority of Colorado’s minutes, the Avalanche believe they may finally have consistent production beyond the top line. As the undisputed second-line center, Nazem Kadri will drive offense alongside Colorado’s budding young forwards. The Avs are…...

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