NEW YORK – Actually, I’m in East Amwell, N.J., coming to you from a charming farmhouse airbnb. I have pastoral views, I have elegant old-school furniture, I have peace and quiet away from the Big Apple, where YOUR Colorado Avalanche lost 3-2 in the shootout to the New York Rangers.

Not making this up at all, I passed about 12 deer on the drive from Raritan Station to the airbnb, after taking the train from Penn Station, a journey that included me failing to get off at the transfer stop in Newark, having to double back and costing me roughly two hours of time. There are deer everywhere here. I could have hit one of them if I’d taken my eyes off the road for a second or two. A couple of them were just strolling across Hwy. 202. A little bit creepy actually.

Here’s the view from my room:

As I wrote about in a column from this game, I wouldn’t get too worked up over the result tonight, or the last couple games overall. They’re getting points still despite not playing very well. To me, that’s an encouraging thing. But, yeah, they obviously need to be better.

I have some uncut audio from the post-game locker room, including a talk with Nathan MacKinnon in which he snickered at the penalty called against him to start overtime. I thought it was a weak call. As did Nate.

Click on the play buttons to hear him and others:

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Adrian Dater

Adrian Dater, was born in Vermont and lived as a tot in New York City before living most of his first 25 years in New Hampshire. Education:  Went to Keene State College and received a degree in journalism in 1988. I wrote sports for the college paper, called "The Equinox." Career: After a two-year stint out of college working as a proofreader and part--time sports writer for The Concord Monitor (N.H)., I moved to Denver in May of 1991, with no job, no connections and no car, but a lot of hope. After doing some odd jobs (including working as a bill collector for a trash company), I found some odd writing jobs for local periodicals and then latched on with The Denver Post in December of 1991 as a score-taker for the high-school sports department. That led to more writing jobs, such as covering DU hockey, lots of high-school coverage and various minor-pro sports. In March of 1995, I got a scoop that would change my life: I broke the story of the Quebec Nordiques moving to Denver to become the Avalanche, and for the next 19 years I covered the team every day. In 2015, I became the lead NHL national columnist with Bleacher Report, where I worked until 2017 before joining BSN Denver. I have also been a main hockey writer with Sports Illustrated, The Hockey News, The Sporting News, Hockey Digest, and have written seven books on sports, including the 2006 best-selling "Blood Feud", a book about the famous Avs-Red Wings rivalry. Most memorable sports moment: As a fan, when the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004. Also, when the Celtics beat the Lakers in the 1984 NBA Finals. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: It would probably be a book called "Game Misconduct", by Russ Conway. It's the story of how a small-town sports reporter (Conway) in Massachusetts exposed the corruption and brought down one of the most powerful figures in the NHL at the time, Alan Eagleson. The book is a primer on how to report and investigate powerful entities. One sports movie that I can’t live without: I loved "Rocky III", and I loved a 1977 basketball movie starring Robby Benson called "One on One." And, of course, "Slap Shot." Most memorable experience as a reporter: I've gotten to interview some of my boyhood heroes, including Larry Bird, Fred Lynn and Luis Tiant. But probably the most memorable of them all was writing the story of Ray Bourque's one and only Stanley Cup in his 22 years, his final game as a pro with the Avs in 2001. The sport that started it all: As a guy who eventually grew to become 6-foot-6, I could hoop it up some. I was the starting center on my high-school team that made the N.H. state semifinals in 1983. While I never played competitive hockey, I played a lot on the many frozen ponds of New Hampshire and had a pretty good slap shot.