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The Stanley Cup was in the building tonight, and the crowd wanted to see it. Unfortunately for the fans, and more so the Colorado Avalanche, the greatest trophy in sports never emerged from its case.  It was a really hard-fought game from the first puck drop. The Tampa Bay Lightning were fighting for their lives, and the Colorado Avalanche were…...

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I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion. – Mia Hamm A dear friend of mine with a very sweet set of pipes has his fingerprints on parts of the first major championship that Denver and Colorado…

All the way back in Round 1, I was talking with a fellow media member and they mentioned how much they love dramatic Game 4s. It’s almost always a team looking to go up 3-1, playing a team desperately trying to even the series. That was exactly what we had tonight. The Colorado Avalanche had successfully defended home ice in…...

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It was impossible. It simply couldn’t be done. For the few hundred years they’d been measuring and trying, no one could break a four minute mile. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried it. I tried running a quarter mile once in less than 60 seconds, and truly thought I might die. It’s a hell of a fast clip, and…...

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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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Here we go, the Stanley Cup Final. Down to the last two teams remaining, and we have what is, in my opinion, the best Final matchup you could’ve hoped for at the start of the season. A team looking to win their third Championship in a row, and a team who has been knocking on the door of greatness trying…...

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One more round to help you top off your summer travel fund. This is the Stanley Cup Finals so there are more props to bet than in previous rounds. Still nowhere near the level of props for the Superbowl but enough to remind me of the Cheesecake Factory Menu as I started to work my way through it. One interesting…...

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The Colorado Avalanche are going to the Stanley Cup Final.  When I first started covering the team during the 2016-2017 season, I never ever would have thought I’d be typing those words just five years later.  This group… the resilience they’ve shown all playoffs, the adversity they’ve had to overcome all season, and their will to win has gotten to…...

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What a wild first two rounds of the NHL Playoffs. So far, we’ve had half the series (6) go to a Game 7, the President’s Trophy winner lose 4 straight games to be eliminated for the 4th straight year, Andrei Vasilevskiy continues to be unbeatable in elimination games, and that doesn’t even touch on the storylines coming out of the…...

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We are officially into Round 3 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and it has been such a fun postseason so far. For the Conference Finals, we’ve got two early-season favorites and two teams that have proved all the doubters wrong (including myself). Two great matchups featuring four extremely talented teams. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning (Round 2 Series Win: 4-0) 1st…...

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Whew. That game was… well it was something.  Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals kicked off Tuesday night in Denver and it was one to remember. The Colorado Avalanche held on to claim a 8-6 win over the Edmonton Oilers in a fast-paced, wide-open thriller of a hockey game.  There’s so much to get into in this one that…...

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At morning skate today, every member of the media that I talked to said roughly the same thing, “I can’t believe we’re back here.” Halfway through Game 5, everybody was making plans for what they would do with their days off in between series, and obviously you know what happened next. So there we were, sitting inside the Enterprise Center…...

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This morning, Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar addressed the media for what felt like the 20th time since his team last saw game action. Bednar wasn’t his usual chatty self, there were actually several times he gave one-word or one-line answers. I asked him what he was looking for out of Sam Girard, given the way his postseason performance…...

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Here we go, Round 2 is finally all set and we are ready to go. We did ok in the first round in terms of our series predictions, but our props missed a little more than we would like. Let’s rectify that this time around, yeah? Tampa Bay +145 vs. Florida If you think Tampa is winning, this is great…...

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Right after Nathan MacKinnon scored the empty-net goal that would ice the Colorado Avalanche’s first-round sweep of the Nashville Predators, I sat inside Bridgestone Arena and forced myself to stop for just a second and appreciate what I was witnessing.  It wasn’t about the sweep, and it honestly wasn’t even about the result of the series. It was about how…...

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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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It’s like the first day of school. Actually no… it’s like Christmas morning. You’ve talked about it, looked forward to it, imagined what it would be like, ad now it’s here. The NHL Playoffs. We’ve talked so much about the lead up to the end of the regular season, and how teams were mailing it in just trying to get…...

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