The BSN Avalanche Podcast drops with AJ Haefele breaking down what happened in Colorado’s season-ending Game 7 loss.

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A.J. Haefele, was born in Aurora, Colorado, raised in Katy, Texas and is the Avalanche Editor and Editor-In-Chief of BSN Denver. Education: A.J. studied at Stephen F. Austin State University before moving back to Colorado in 2009. Career:  Before joining BSN Denver, A.J. had been writing for and briefly managed the popular Avalanche blog, Mile High Hockey. A.J. began contributing in 2010 with detailed practice reports, training camp coverage, and in-depth looks at Colorado’s divisional foes. He would expand his horizons with free agency analysis, draft coverage, and more day-to-day looks at the team before taking over the blog as Co-Managing Editor. It was a short-lived tenure atop before BSN Denver came calling. Most memorable sports moment: Ray Bourque lifting the Stanley Cup in 2001. John Elway winning his first Super Bowl is a very close second but Bourque winning the Cup and finishing “Mission 16W” is one of the greatest stories in all of sports. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Big fan of “Moneyball”. The implications on the sport and the inside look at how an organization changed its attitude to exploit a market inefficiency was fascinating. One sports movie that I can’t live without: There aren’t really any I dislike. Major League and Cool Runnings were my favorites growing up but Miracle and Goon have been my favorites as an adult. Also can’t live without the Rocky and now Creed movies. Most memorable experience as a reporter: Covering the 2017 NHL Draft was a dream come true for me. I’d always wanted to attend a draft and I got to do it while covering the team selecting fourth overall. Interviewing Cale Makar after he was selected is something I’ll never forget. The sport that started it all: Baseball! My dad was an enormous baseball fan and when the Rockies came into existence, it was an instant bond for the two of us and created sports fanaticism that has defined most of my life.

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    AJ, good PC to wrap up a bummer of a result. Like you said, the AVS and their fans did get robbed and “GOT” and the video review wasn’t conclusive to turn it over. The thing that pisses me off with NBC is on some reviews in other games they totally zoom in the camera to show what happened. They brag about it. The Columbus goal that hit the netting and another goal by I think Carolina that sneaked in from the corner and they zoomed in on the plastic on the side of the goal to see the puck between the goalies pad and the goal net plastic by the post. They can zoom in, why didn’t they zoom in on Landeskog skate as the puck crossed the blue line? Is it because they are such SJ and Joe Thornton homers that they won’t show video that hurts that story? NBC lost a lot of credibility last night. If you ever get good video please, film room it for us. It sucks that that call impacted a game 7.

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      SN sportsnet.ca in Canada has a good blue line video look, sure looks like Landy’s skate was touching the blue line as the puck crossed. Certainly not conclusive enough to over turn the goal. Robbed.

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    Thanks for all of your hard work and posting this. I needed this after a tough loss. You said it perfectly, Avs didn’t get beat they got “got”

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    The fact that they said this was conclusive aside I find 2 bigger issues with this.

    1. It would probobly help if the cameras they use for these calls aren’t from 15 year old flip phones, I mean what is that 360p?
    2. The rules are entirely in contradiction with each other, how can a player be off ice for too many men but be on ice for offsides?

    Something needs to be fixed here, we got robbed on that call which could have changed the game. Especailly considering the clear cut advantage we took into the 3rd.

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