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For as long as I cover this fine game, I’ll never, ever forget the words of the Avalanche’s first coach, Marc Crawford, during that unforgettable 1995-96 season. “Your best players have to be your best players,” Crow often said. So simple, eh? Hockey is an incredibly complex game I think, with so many nuances. And yet, it always comes down…...

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Well, they got a point. But they also lost a key point. Let’s do the individual grades from another Avs OT loss, this time to the Washington Capitals. Mikko Rantanen (B) – He scored a nice goal that cut Washington’s lead to 3-2, and I thought he had the game won in OT, when he fired a rocket…...

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – This day, like most every other day for the Colorado Avalanche the last two months, unfolded the same way. A peppery sense of optimism characterized the dressing room after the morning skate. Semyon Varlamov joked around with TV man Marc Moser, doing stretches just outside the room. Jared Bednar spoke of how he liked his team’s leadership core…...

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Allie Monroy and Jesse Montano discuss the Colorado Avalanche recent slump, the 2019 All-Star game and more!...

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Well, how’s everyone doin’ tonight? If you’re a fan of the Colorado Avalanche, you’re pretty god damned good right now. You’re a fan of the team with the most dominant line in hockey. You are a fan of Three-Headed Monster member Mikko Rantanen, who is the hottest Finnish export to the U.S. since pickled herring. You’re a fan of a team…...

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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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Avs beat Wild 4-3

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Let’s give the season report card to Mikko Rantanen, shall we? My personal grade will be at the end, with an analysis of his fine season:...

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly breaks down the Colorado Avalanche end of season progress.

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The Colorado Avalanche fought the good fight against the President’s Trophy winning Nashville Predators, forcing the series to go six rounds before finally running out of gas. Don’t look for any ugly in this week’s episode. When writing about an Avalanche team playing deep into April after a historically bad season the year before, there’s not a lot to complain…...

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Inside the moment the Avalanche really became a team

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The Avalanche careen into the last week of hockey speeding along like a Scooby Doo roller coaster ride. Breaking down the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from a week resembling a rickety amusement park ride that sees the Avalanche still fighting for a playoff spot. Dentists everywhere are celebrating as Colorado fans grit their teeth through every precious moment…...

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Colorado was blown out on home ice Thursday night by the Los Angeles Kings

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The Colorado Avalanche rolled through the past week, crushing some old demons, and climbing their way to the first Wild Card spot. While ‘Nate the Great’ MacKinnon continued to rack up points and garner national media attention, the Avalanche faithful feasted on the savory tears of old foes. The roller coaster ride plunges on, with a lot more highs than…...

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The good, bad, and ugly of the past week of Colorado Avalanche hockey.

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The Good, Bad, and Ugly from the last week of Colorado Avalanche hockey.

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Some brief locker-room audio for tonight. Most of the crowd was mobbed around Duncan Siemens, with his first goal and all, but we already did the definitive piece earlier in the day on Siemens, so I focused on a couple others. First up, Mikko Rantanen, talking about the win and also his great pass to set up Tyson Barrie for…...

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The Good, Bad, and Ugly of the last week of Colorado Avalanche hockey.

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The Colorado Avalanche refuse to lie down and accept their season as lost.

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