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Such is the nature of professional sports. Two nights ago, a fairy tale. Tonight, a nightmare. Fresh off a 40-save performance that doesn’t technically count as a shutout but absolutely should, Adam Werner never stood a chance tonight in Edmonton in a 6-2 loss against an Oilers team angry coming off a blowout loss and looking to get their mojo…...

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“Next man up.” One of the most reliable axioms across all sports is the idea that when injuries strike, whoever steps in as the replacement has to keep the ball rolling. Life is hard and there’s no time to feel sorry for yourself in pro sports when there’s always a tomorrow to be worried about. When Philipp Grubauer went down…...

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When Lazlo Holmes went showed up and said “Let’s do that hockey”, one team in the Pepsi Center actually seemed to listen to him. And it wasn’t the Colorado Avalanche. Following a 6-1 destruction of the Vegas Golden Knights, the Avs returned home to the Pepsi Center for their first home game in two weeks and got beat up in…...

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In sports, as in life, adversity is never far away, always closer than the horizon would suggest. In a 7-0-1 start, Colorado handled a little adversity well and certainly had their share of luck along the way. All of that ran out tonight in a classic house of horrors for them as they lost 3-1 to the St. Louis Blues.…...

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Coming in on the second night of a back to back (SEGABABA) against a rested team, this was the old “scheduled loss” for the Avalanche in Tampa Bay. Instead, Tyson Jost turned into his own personal breakout as Colorado exacted a little revenge for a loss that started a dark period of the season last year for the Avs. Colorado…...

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It was a pretty wild one in Sunrise, Florida tonight as the Avalanche kept their hot start going with a 5-4 overtime win against the Panthers. Nathan MacKinnon won it in OT on a wrist shot that beat Sergei Bobrovsky. It was the only point Colorado’s top line scored all game. That’s because Joonas Donskoi (1 g, 2 a) and…...

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During Colorado’s long wait between games two and three, the seasons managed to change from fall to winter and back to fall. Colorado, eh? As the Avs sat around waiting for their next victim, the NHL continued on. In Vancouver last night, highly-touted defenseman Quinn Hughes finally scored his first NHL goal in his eighth NHL game. The Canucks announcers…...

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Preseason nothin’. As Colorado got off to the kind of start it wanted with a 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames, it was the player who did not play for the Avalanche in the preseason that drove the bus. Mikko Rantanen, who agreed to a six-year contract during Colorado’s final preseason game last weekend, reminded everyone except a couple of nerd…...

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Just like that, it’s over. The Nuggets’ dream season ended Sunday afternoon at Pepsi Center at the hands of C.J. McCollum. McCollum finished with 37 points, eight rebounds and nine assists as the Trail Blazers won 100-96. The Nuggets got out to a 29-17 lead but in typical Game 7 fashion, Portland worked itself back into the game behind McCollum.…...

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The Nuggets could only hold Damian Lillard down for so long. Lillard looked tired and a bit annoyed at Denver’s pesky defense that focused in on him with great precision over the first five games of the Nuggets and Trail Blazers’ second-round matchup, but Portland’s All-Star point guard channeled those frustrations into his best game of the series Thursday night.…...

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In the second quarter, Jamal Murray stood on the right side of the floor and sized up his prey. Murray was cooking by that point, getting all sorts of leaners and runners from awkward angles to go down. Murray jab stepped, rose up and fired a 3 in Damian Lillard’s face. It fell through the net, one of the final…...

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Playoff hockey brings a different feel to the arena. Every shift matters, every puck bounce could change the game, every little detail on the ice could mean the difference between winning and losing. In elimination games, that feeling is amplified by a hundred. Or a thousand. Or a million. It feels like life and death, like every day of practice…...

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PORTLAND — The boos rained down all game, oh did they ever, and 48 hours after he played 65 minutes in the Nuggets’ Game 3 loss, Nikola Jokic propelled his team to another playoff win. Jokic, who was the center of some controversy in Portland after Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts thought the Nuggets’ big man’s box out on Enes Kanter…...

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PORTLAND — The game was getting away from the Nuggets in the third quarter. Thanks to some more cold shooting on par with Denver’s Game 2 performance, the Trail Blazers stretched their to as many as 10 points. Then Nikola Jokic took over. Denver’s star big man started to cook immediately out of a timeout. He had it going inside…...

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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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Jamal Murray found himself wide open from the top of the 3-point arc with a little under four minutes remaining. He rose, fired, and after rattling around the rim for a few moments, the ball gently fell through the rim as the Nuggets trimmed the Trail Blazers’ lead to seven points. Murray exhaled, looked towards Pepsi Center’s ceiling and ran…...

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If certain parts of Game 7 between the Nuggets and Spurs “set basketball back” for the lack of shotmaking, as Gregg Popovich put it Saturday, Denver’s second-round opener against Portland on Monday showed what makes the modern game great: so much skill everywhere. The Nuggets and Trail Blazers both came out firing; each shot 52% in the first half. Denver,…...

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The lights were bright. The stage was international. The building was packed. The tension in the final moments before Game 7 between the Nuggets and Spurs tipped off? Palpable. And just as he has throughout the first six games of Denver’s first-round series, Nikola Jokic seized the moment. Jokic was magnificent in his first career Game 7, leading Denver to…...

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SAN ANTONIO — Nikola Jokic came to play in the first closeout game of his career. The Nuggets’ star center was in one of those zones where you could blindfold him 10 feet from the hoop, spin him around three times and he’d still find a way to flip in the shot. Jokic was brilliant in Game 6 Thursday, but…...

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As the Spurs whittled down the Nuggets’ lead, which was at one point 27 midway through the third quarter, to 18 later in the period, Pepsi Center got tense for the first time since the opening minutes of Game 5. Naturally, the ball found Nikola Jokic’s hands on back-to-back possessions. Two high-arching 3s later, Denver’s lead was back to a…...

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