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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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The thing we love about playoff hockey is the drama, and Game 3 between the Colorado Avalanche and the Nashville Predators had no shortage of it.  Now, we’re going to get into the details of the game, but we have to start with what ended up being the biggest story of the night, and that’s Darcy Kuemper.  With just about…...

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After what is likely their most impressive win of the year to date, Jared Bednar delivered some unfortunate news to the media. Matt Calvert, who was originally listed as day to day, is now being listed as “out indefinitely”. The 31-year-old winger was sitting fifth on the Avs in ice time among forwards, but now will be out for an…...

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Welcome to the weekly Avs mailbag, where we answer whatever Avs questions you have on your mind. If you have any questions for the mailbag, leave them for Evan Rawal on twitter or respond in the comments. https://twitter.com/tigervixxxen/status/1206344921210220545?s=20 I got a lot of questions around this situation, so I need to touch on it. When it comes to goaltenders, I don’t…...

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Mark Barberio – B I think you have to give credit to Barbs. It’s not easy to come out of the press box like he does. A lot of players are not built for that mentally. He’s come in and been steady when the team has needed too. Picked up an assist on the Nichushkin goal and nearly had his…...

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Mark Barberio – B I really liked Barbs tonight. He kept it simple and didn’t try to do anything outside of what he’s capable of. I nice read on the Cole goal to make that pass, and I thought he stepped up his game after Makar went down with some nice zone entry denials. Pierre Edouard Bellemare – B+ “Rock…...

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Erik Johnson – B I feel like we’re at the point where if you don’t notice EJ out there, he’s doing his job, and he did that for over 23 minutes tonight. A quietly solid game from him. His guy ended up scoring on the first goal of the night, but that was a very flukey bounce to begin with.…...

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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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We can officially call this a slump.

One night after head coach Jared Bednar ripped into his team publicly, the Colorado Avalanche came out with a whimper, giving up 17 shots in the first period alone and left the period down by two on their way to a 3-0 shutout loss to the Arizona Coyotes.

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Erik Johnson – A- A shot-blocking monster tonight, he got in front of two straight Stamkos bombs and looked to be in some pain but didn’t ever leave the game. He made some mistakes with the puck but ultimately played a very solid game overall, and had strong shot metrics. Cale Makar – C A much better showing. He looked…...

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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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