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The Colorado Avalanche opened the preseason with a disappointing 5-0 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights. Coach Bednar was looking for some of the younger players to step up and make him take notice but came away less than impressed, unable to name any standouts after the game. How did each player perform? Let’s find out… Jayson Megna – C: A…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Final grades of the season. Sorry it had to be this way, but that’s what the fates decided. Mikko Rantanen (A-) – I am going to be more on the generous side with the grades tonight. No sense in being real mean, and I think we all know here I can be a bit harsh when…...

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Tyson Barrie (C-) – I liked his game defensively more than offensively. That’s never a good thing because Barrie needs to be dynamite offensively. He just wasn’t tonight and is activation through the neutral zone wasn’t as impactful as we’ve seen the rest of the playoffs. Gabriel Bourque (C) – Some big hits in the series but you can’t get caved in…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Well, on to Monday and Game 6. Let’s get to the grades from a disappointing Game 5: Mikko Rantanen (C-) – Part of a first line that got outworked and outplayed. He was high-sticked to the face in the first period, which disallowed a Kevin Labanc goal. As far as contributions to the cause in this…...

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Tyson Barrie (C+) – He got crushed in shot metrics tonight. Absolutely crushed. But the eyes told me he played a vital role in attacking San Jose’s system and his willingness to jump into the play and skate aggressively up the ice opens up options and freedom for teammates to make plays. He is largely responsible for Colorado’s success in attacking…...

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Sven Andrighetto (D) – Got back into the lineup and the shot metrics look good but I thought he looked awfully rusty. The speed was there but he was hesitant with the puck and one of his best attributes is he’s trigger-happy when he gets it. He was a little turnover prone because of his tentativenes and just looked ineffective overall.…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – The curse of the Shark Tank is no more. For one day, at least. Big win today at the SAP Center for the Avs to even the series at one game apiece. Let’s do some grades: Alexander Kerfoot (C-) – It’s just been a tough postseason for No. 13. I mean, the Avs are winning and…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Well, that was a very winnable game that the Avalanche let get away in Game 1 in San Jose. Let’s get to the grades. This won’t be too pretty for some: Alexander Kerfoot (D) – Six games now in the postseason for No. 13, one point (assist). Jared Bednar might have to ponder whether he stays…...

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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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Sven Andrighetto (C) – This is a totally neutral grade because I don’t have an opinion on his game either way. He had a silly penalty early on but beyond that was relatively quiet throughout. It looked to me like Bednar used the early game to get some practice in for a potential 11-forward lineup. Tyson Barrie (B+) – He had an…...

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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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Tyson Barrie (D) – The QB of a PP that wasn’t even competitive despite four bites at the apple. The guy who was so good at the end of the regular season needs to stick around if Colorado is going to compete in this series. Gabriel Bourque (C) – Outside of his scoring chance in the first period, I honestly don’t have…...

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(x) Sven Andrighetto – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs! (x) Tyson Barrie – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs! (x) Gabriel Bourque – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs! (x) Derick Brassard –  Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs! (x) Matt Calvert – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs! (x) Ian Cole – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs! (x) J.T. Compher – Doesn’t matter. Made the…

A 2-0 deficit after one period, boos from the fans. Wow, did that all change in a hurry tonight eh? Let’s get to the grades: Derick Brassard (C+) – Not his best game ever, but he finished a plus-1. Only played 12:46. Nathan MacKinnon (A) – He got the comeback party started with a great goal, his 40th. He split…...

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Sven Andrighetto (B-) – I liked his game again tonight and thought he was one of the few guys who found a little space out there at times with his speed. I have no problems with him being the third shooter with Rantanen out and no clear-cut obvious choice to take that spot. He had Binnington beat, too, until the…...

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Sven Andrighetto (B-) – I again thought Andrighetto was involved in a positive way and his speed caused problems for Arizona’s depth guys when they got matched up. I’d have preferred he got a shot off on his best scoring chance of the night but we all want things in life, I suppose. Tyson Barrie (C+) – I thought he was aggressive…...

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Andrew Agozzino (B) – I loved Agozzino tonight. Not a ton happened with him out there but he was feisty and stepped to Colin Miller twice when Miller tried to give him some business. He wasn’t having it and even laid a fool out for good measure. Colorado’s fourth line was humming tonight. Sven Andrighetto (B) – Andrighetto, too. He transformed into…...

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Andrew Agozzino (C+) –I mean no offense to him when I say this but I just don’t seem to ever notice Agozzino doing anything. He barely plays and essentially nothing happens during his shifts so it could absolutely be worse. It could be better, too, of course, but it could be worse. The stat sheet said he had three shots…...

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Andrew Agozzino (C-) – I can’t say I honestly noticed Agozzino much in his limited ice time. He was negative in shot share so I’m giving him the slight minus since I have nothing else to really work from here. Sven Andrighetto (A-) – Andrighetto got beat up in shot share and that matters but he also scored the game-winning goal and…...

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