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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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SAN JOSE, Calif. – This, truly, is the last thing I thought I’d be quoting from the mouth of Jared Bednar after this Game 5 of the Western semifinals with the San Jose Sharks: “They outworked us,” Bednar said. “They were more competitive than us tonight.” And this, folks, is the one thing still keeping the Avalanche from entering the…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Hello from the Shark Tank, where Game 5 happens tonight. This is obviously the biggest game the Avs have played in five years, since that unfortunate Game 7 of the first round against Minnesota at the Pepsi Center. If you’re mulling around downtown Denver tonight, stop in to the BSN watch party at the Blake Street…...

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WHEN: Saturday night at 8:00PM WHERE:  Blake Street Tavern | 2301 Blake St. Denver WHY: Watch the Avs with the best fans in the world and win tickets to the next home playoff game! RSVP TICKET: Get your tickets using this link __________________________ Watch the Avs win a playoff game with the most die-hard Avs fans in the world and win tickets to the next home playoff game!!…

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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In a lot of ways, Erik Johnson has been Avalanche hockey. Maddeningly inconsistent at times, tantalizingly talented, and perpetually on the verge of putting it all together and ascending to new heights but never quite actually getting there and wondering if that day will ever come. Yes, it’s easy to look at Johnson’s time as a leader and member of…...

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“Convince your enemy that he will gain very little by attacking you; this will diminish his enthusiasm.” – Sun Tzu There was still plenty of time left for a comeback, and if these playoffs have taught us anything, it is: don’t throw the confetti until that final tick is off the clock. The shot was fired, and Avalanche players prepared in…...

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The education of Cale Makar continues – and will continue beyond his hockey career. “I want to get that degree,” Makar told BSN Denver Thursday morning, several hours before he and the Avalanche were set to play the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of their second-round series. That degree, in sports management from the University of Massachusetts, is about…...

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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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I’m not sure I buy into the old “X-Y-Z team doesn’t know how to win yet, X-Y-Z team needs to go through more of a learning curve before they can win, It’s not quite X-Y-Z’s turn to win just yet.” A lot of the time that’s just armchair media hogwash, pundits looking for an easy angle. Lots of young teams have…...

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“Take a hit to make a play.” It’s one of hockey’s oldest axioms and when Matt Calvert absorbed a crushing blow from Brent Burns in order to chip the puck out of the defensive zone and ahead to Nathan MacKinnon for what became the game-winning goal in Game 2, Calvert gave up more than just the hit. As it turns…...

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I’ve gotten a few requests from you t0 play the audio from a quote from Nikita Zadorov that I posted on Twitter today, about his hit on Evander Kane in Game 2 last night. So, here it is, in the middle of my roughly 70-second talk with Big Z last night. Of course, I misquoted a word in the original tweet;…...

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Back in 1970, Alvin and Heidi Toffler published “Future Shock”, a book in which the couple posited society was undergoing a significant structural change and it was overwhelming people as a result. Fun fact: The concept of information overload was soon popularized as a result of their work. Fast forward nearly 50 years and focus on hockey instead of society…...

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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. – One minute and 49 seconds. Not much time in the bigger scheme of things, but an eternity in keeping a puck in the opposing zone uninterrupted. That was the amount of time the Avalanche kept the puck in the San Jose Sharks’ zone in one sequence, and the two players who made the Sharks look like…...

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