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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Welcome to the Day After a Game 7 Loss. They are never easy. I have some uncut audio from the night that wasn’t, at the Shark Tank. Obviously, it’s a pretty quiet scene in there, the voices are a bit lower than normal. First up, Gabe Landeskog, talking about that unfortunate offside that cost a goal:…...

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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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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Yeah, they got screwed by a stupid rule. A really stupid rule that had absolutely zero to do with the play/goal it nullified. It was like having a home run disallowed because the hitter didn’t touch first base. But we know, deep down, the Avalanche didn’t deserve that Game 7 tonight. The team that played the…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – The all-time record for home teams in a Game 7 of a Stanley Cup playoff series: 103-73. The San Jose Sharks’ all-time record in Game 7s: 7-4. The all-time record for the Avalanche in Game 7s as a team: 4-6. Those are all daunting numbers for Avs fans to see as another seventh game looms tonight…...

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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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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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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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SAN JOSE, Calif. – From an Avalanche perspective, the record is 2-15-6. From a San Jose Sharks perspective, the record is 21-2-0. Either way for the Avs, the record stinks like a dead skunk in the middle of the road. The Avs have won two games at the SAP Center, formerly H-P Pavilion, formerly the San Jose Arena, since March…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Tyson Barrie was down, but he vows his Avalanche team is far from out. “It’s gonna be a long series,” Barrie told BSN Denver, right after the Avs’ disappointing 5-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 Friday night here at loud, proud SAP Center. I definitely don’t think the Avs are going to…...

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I’ll make this kind of an informal batch of content for you. News: Sam Girard shed the non-contact jersey and will play Game 1 against the Sharks tomorrow. Views: So that means someone either comes out of the lineup or the Avs go with seven defensemen and 11 forwards. Jared Bednar would not tip his hand on that after practice…...

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The Avalanche did not practice today, which I probably find a little odd, since they’ve been off so long already since knocking off the Flames. But they’ll be back at it Thursday at Family Sports Center, then jet off to San Jose for Game 1 of Round 2, Friday night at SAP Center. Coach Jared Bednar did have a brief…...

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His ice time in normal situations is, well, normal. His ice time when the Avalanche needs a big goal is: however much he wants. J.T. Compher lives for the clutch moments. In his DNA, he’s got that gene that stays cool and calm in emergency situations, while others get jittery and panicky. When the Avs needed a tying goal in…...

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If someone off the street who didn’t know Cale Makar went up to him and made some small talk like, “So what did you do this weekend?”, the newest member of the Avalanche would have said: “Oh, nothing much. I was in Buffalo, where I played two NCAA Frozen Four games. On Friday, I won the NCAA college player of…...

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Semyon Varlamov is finding it hard being a backup

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Gabe Landeskog just smiled at the post-morning skate question: “So, where are you and Matthew Tkachuk going for dinner if the Calgary Flames are your playoff opponent?” Landeskog lost four games of pay last season after cross-checking Tkachuk in the back of the head, an action that might have earned the Avalanche captain a pass-the-hat payment…...

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Greetings from the morning skate, where the Avalanche just finished up its session. We could be talking about a playoff team tonight. Or, we could be talking about a team that needs to go to San Jose and maybe have to win something, even if it’s just one point. The scenario: the Avs’ magic number is 1. One point in…...

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Two players were on the ice together – Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Bourque – and one unleashed a beauty of a wrist shot from the right circle to just inside the far post. If you were laying odds on which player would score the goal, you’d have bet the mortgage on No. 29 instead of 57, right? On a night…...

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This will be a tough postmortem to perform, if, as it appears more and more likely, exactly how and why the Avalanche fell apart so badly in the second half of this season and missed the playoffs. I don’t really get it, folks. On Dec. 6, the Avalanche had a 17-7-5 record after a 5-2 win at the BB&T Center…...

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CALIFORNIA – Remember last Saturday? No? Let me rewind: That day, the Colorado Avalanche went into Nashville and shut out the Predators 5-0, not even 17 hours after they’d gone in to Chicago and beaten the Blackhawks in their barn. The Avs played aggressive, smart, team hockey, with a roster specked with some youngsters who really helped add to the cause.…...

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