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It’s all happening, isn’t it? I probably speak for a lot of Avalanche watchers: it’s all happened a little too fast to properly process, hasn’t it? Who cares, enjoy it. Let’s get to the Game 5 grades: Mikko Rantanen (X) – So good, he was filthy. Two goals, one assist, just money in the clutch in this one and every…...

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Avalanche fans have waited a long time for what came Friday night in Calgary

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In the latest installment of the Avalanche Weekly Breakdown, presented by Piper Electric, Adrian Dater and Allie Monroy talk about the Avs’ wild and woolly two games at the Pepsi Center, and look ahead to Game 5 in Calgary and a potential close-out game. Do the Avs have what it takes to close the deal? Adrian and Allie discuss. https://youtu.be/3XMfYBKTA3c

His ice time in normal situations is, well, normal. His ice time when the Avalanche needs a big goal is: however much he wants. J.T. Compher lives for the clutch moments. In his DNA, he’s got that gene that stays cool and calm in emergency situations, while others get jittery and panicky. When the Avs needed a tying goal in…...

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Greetings from the Pepsi Center, where Game 4 happens tonight (8 p.m.). The lineup stuff: Derick Brassard (ill) and Sam Girard (upper body) again will not play tonight. Girard did skate in a non-contact jersey, while Brassard was nowhere to be seen. Jared Bednar also said that there could be a change or two in the forward lines from the…...

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Clay Riddell and N. Murray Edwards are listed as the co-owners of the Calgary Flames. Add Nathan MacKinnon’s name temporarily to the list. From the overtime session of Game 2 in Calgary, through the three periods of Game 3, MacKinnon has claimed dominion over a Flames defense that looks like a bum steer stuck in the mud at the Calgary…...

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If someone off the street who didn’t know Cale Makar went up to him and made some small talk like, “So what did you do this weekend?”, the newest member of the Avalanche would have said: “Oh, nothing much. I was in Buffalo, where I played two NCAA Frozen Four games. On Friday, I won the NCAA college player of…...

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CALGARY, Alberta – It was all drawn up nice by Jared Bednar on his waxy chalkboard. His Avalanche team would win a faceoff and score the tying goal in a playoff game against the Calgary Flames, then hope to go on and win from there. That’s exactly what happened – except none of it really went as planned. “It was…...

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It was a classic playoff game, one that went to overtime. And get this: the Avs won it. The grades: Mikko Rantanen (B+) – Two assists, including on the game-winner. He started off a little slow again, just like Game 1, but definitely got better as the game went along. It’ll be interesting to see if he stays with Landeskog and…...

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First off, a Faustian Bargain is: damned if you do, damned if you don’t. The Avalanche, it would seem, have one on their hands. If they DO sign Cale Makar to a contract tonight or tomorrow, and he DOES play one minute for the Avs in these playoffs, the phenom defenseman prospect automatically burns a year off his entry-level contract…...

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CALGARY, Alberta – When the NCAA championship game finishes between the University of Massachusetts and Minnesota-Duluth Saturday night, the Avalanche plan to try to immediately sign top prospect Cale Makar to an entry-level NHL contract, BSN Denver has learned. It should be an easy sell. The most Makar can make for his first three years, excluding bonuses, is $925,000 per…...

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Semyon Varlamov is finding it hard being a backup

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When in doubt on what can ail a hockey team offensively, no one better to quote than the Great One.  “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take,” Wayne Gretzky supposedly once said. Someone should plaster that quote all over the walls of the Avalanche dressing room before Game 2 against the Calgary Flames Saturday night. A gettable game,…...

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CALGARY, Alberta – Hello, all, from the Saddledome. Tonight, the Avs will start their 32nd playoff round since moving to Denver in 1995, and I’ve been blessed to have covered all of them. I’ve missed two games in that whole run – one in 1998 against Edmonton, when my grandmother died and I went back east, and one in 2008…...

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Does everybody feel foolish now, rooting hard for the Ottawa Senators to lose all season long? The Avalanche proved again Tuesday night that owning the rights to the lottery pick of the worst team in the NHL doesn’t matter much when it comes to getting that cherished top pick, as the Avs struck out with the ping-pong balls and will…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Let’s do something of a travelog piece here, on this Saturday in April. Most of what you’ll hear on this piece of content are interviews of Avs players, before the game today in San Jose and after the game. There’s some decent stuff, including Big Z talking about how “dirty” the series with the Flames might…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Gabe Landeskog just smiled at the post-morning skate question: “So, where are you and Matthew Tkachuk going for dinner if the Calgary Flames are your playoff opponent?” Landeskog lost four games of pay last season after cross-checking Tkachuk in the back of the head, an action that might have earned the Avalanche captain a pass-the-hat payment…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – On March 15, the Avalanche lost to the Anaheim Ducks 5-3 at home, and Nikita Zadorov said how the Avs “didn’t deserve it right now” when asked about the playoffs. The Avs looked lifeless, with nothing left but to play out the string on a season gone awry. Saturday morning at the SAP Center here in…...

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Greetings from the morning skate, where the Avalanche just finished up its session. We could be talking about a playoff team tonight. Or, we could be talking about a team that needs to go to San Jose and maybe have to win something, even if it’s just one point. The scenario: the Avs’ magic number is 1. One point in…...

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