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Takeaways from the Colorado Avalanche's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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I’ll be honest, I thought this game would end just like all the others against Nashville, in Nashville. A fluky early goal for the Preds (check). A bunch of bad refereeing in favor of the Predators (check). A goal by Filip Forsberg (check). Some kind of bungled third-period sequence that ultimately dooms the Avs. No check. The Avs actually won…...

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Jamal Murray couldn’t resist....

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Shelby Harris sealed the game with a clutch interception in the closing minutes.

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Takeaways from the Colorado Avalanche's 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars.

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During the first three years of the Michael Malone era, the Denver Nuggets played some of the most porous defense in the NBA. They finished 23rd in defensive efficiency last season — an improvement from 25th- and 29th-place finishes from the first two years. The constant defensive breakdowns frustrated Malone to no end, and the Nuggets head coach never stopped harping…...

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The Nuggets’ defense continues to look every bit as real as their top-10 ranking. Denver had already held seven opponents under 100 points this season prior to its Friday night matchup with Orlando. Behind yet another stout defensive performance, the Nuggets made the Magic the latest member of their sub-100 point club....

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Takeaways from the Colorado Avalanche's 7-3 shellacking of the Los Angeles Kings.

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Sporting stitches over his left eyebrow courtesy of a Karl-Anthony Town elbow midway through the third quarter, Paul Millsap's difficult five-foot floater gave the Nuggets a 101-95 lead over the Timberwolves with 1:32 to play. It was Millsap's 11th field goal of the night and the most important of the evening. Denver held on to beat Minnesota 103-101 behind Millsap's...

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The last time the Nuggets faced the Bucks, Denver’s afternoon ended in a huff of smoke. In that Nov. 11 matchup, Bucks center Brook Lopez drained eight 3s and followed several of them with his “take a drag of a cigarette and throw it away” celebration as Milwaukee won a high-scoring game....

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Takeaways from the Colorado Avalanche's 4-3 overtime victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

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The Broncos are now 4-6.

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Julius Randle’s Thanksgiving dinner came early this year....

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I never like it when my team plays a short-handed opponent. I worry too much that my players will think it’ll be an easier night, drop their effort level a commensurate amount and bad things will happen. That’s just me. But that’s the kind of performance the Avalanche gave tonight against a Washington Capitals team missing its starting goalie (Braden…...

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The Nuggets were 9-4 entering tonight’s matchup with the Hawks, sporting the eighth-best offense in the league, but even Michael Malone knew that Denver’s attack hasn’t operated at the level it did last season. “We are playing very slow, stagnant, predictable basketball,” Denver’s coach said earlier this week. A surprising change to the Nuggets’ starting lineup jump-started Denver’s attack. It was…...

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Well, that’s how you take advantage. Not only of home ice, not only from a couple of fortunate calls, but that’s how you take advantage when the opposing team loses its longtime captain. When Zdeno Chara went down after the first period, with a lower-body injury, I thought the Avs were a much different team and just really took it…...

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One area the Nuggets excelled in last season was not letting rough patches snowball. Three games was the longest losing skid the 2017-18 Nuggets incurred, a point of pride for head coach Michael Malone....

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Been a while since we could dissect an actual victory for L’Avalanche du Colorado, but that’s what we get to do by god, after the Avs’ 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. This was obviously a much-needed win, as the Avs were 0-4-1 in the previous five and had fallen out of the top eight in the Western Conference. Here…...

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The Nuggets' offense might not be completely back, but it's on the right path towards rediscovering its form from a season ago. But after three quarters of encouraging offense, Denver's lack of execution down the stretch cost the Nuggets as Milwaukee topped Denver 121-114. Denver trailed 81-74 after an 11-0 Milwaukee run in the middle of the third put some...

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Nikola Jokic had a quiet shooting night against the Memphis Grizzlies. His lone field goal attempt of the night came as the final seconds of regulation were ticking off the clock. His game-winning 3-point attempt hit off the back rim....

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