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They don’t call them growing pains because they feel good. When the Avalanche last won a playoff series, Jose Theodore was backstopping them past the Minnesota Wild, who was were still in just their seventh season of existence. Nobody really knew at the time Colorado was on the verge of collapsing into irrelevance in the NHL for the next decade.…...

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Avalanche fans have waited a long time for what came Friday night in Calgary

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In the latest installment of the Avalanche Weekly Breakdown, presented by Piper Electric, Adrian Dater and Allie Monroy talk about the Avs’ wild and woolly two games at the Pepsi Center, and look ahead to Game 5 in Calgary and a potential close-out game. Do the Avs have what it takes to close the deal? Adrian and Allie discuss. https://youtu.be/3XMfYBKTA3c

Clay Riddell and N. Murray Edwards are listed as the co-owners of the Calgary Flames. Add Nathan MacKinnon’s name temporarily to the list. From the overtime session of Game 2 in Calgary, through the three periods of Game 3, MacKinnon has claimed dominion over a Flames defense that looks like a bum steer stuck in the mud at the Calgary…...

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CALGARY, Alberta – It was all drawn up nice by Jared Bednar on his waxy chalkboard. His Avalanche team would win a faceoff and score the tying goal in a playoff game against the Calgary Flames, then hope to go on and win from there. That’s exactly what happened – except none of it really went as planned. “It was…...

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When in doubt on what can ail a hockey team offensively, no one better to quote than the Great One.  “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take,” Wayne Gretzky supposedly once said. Someone should plaster that quote all over the walls of the Avalanche dressing room before Game 2 against the Calgary Flames Saturday night. A gettable game,…...

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CALGARY, Alberta – Hello, all, from the Saddledome. Tonight, the Avs will start their 32nd playoff round since moving to Denver in 1995, and I’ve been blessed to have covered all of them. I’ve missed two games in that whole run – one in 1998 against Edmonton, when my grandmother died and I went back east, and one in 2008…...

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In the latest “Avalanche Weekly Breakdown”, presented by Piper Electric, Adrian Dater and Allie Monroy discuss the amazing fact that the Avs have almost clinched a playoff spot. Also up for discussion: Why Semyon Varlamov might have played his last game as an Av, and: who would the Avs most likely play in the first round? https://youtu.be/iQrrikTleX4

A 2-0 deficit after one period, boos from the fans. Wow, did that all change in a hurry tonight eh? Let’s get to the grades: Derick Brassard (C+) – Not his best game ever, but he finished a plus-1. Only played 12:46. Nathan MacKinnon (A) – He got the comeback party started with a great goal, his 40th. He split…...

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Superstars are made in all kinds of different ways. Connor McDavid fights the uphill battle to prove he’s actually human (he swears he is which is exactly what a hockey cyborg would say). P.K. Subban had so much personality his original team felt compelled to move on from him. If a superstar plays for the Florida Panthers, is he even…...

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When Colorado went through that mid-season slump, the entire point of it became to turn it around before it got too late in the year. Neither goaltender had stepped up and really played like a starting goaltender after essentially skipping December and January. Then it was as if the switch that had flipped off following Colorado’s win over Florida in…...

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When you go on the road and have a virtual no-show against a division rival whom you’re competing for a playoff spot with, it’s hard to have any kind of response that makes you feel like it was just one game. That’s especially true when that road game costs you your captain, third-leading scorer, and most versatile two-way forward. And…...

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Mikko Rantanen (A) – I thought Mikko was excellent. That was a classic wait-him-out Mikko patience goal there in the third, on the PP. Mikko made Carter Hutton commit with his patience, then went top cookies. He became the third Avs player to hit the 30-goal mark, the first time that’s happened since 1995-96 (Forsberg, Sakic, Lemieux). Nathan MacKinnon (X)…...

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It’s all about the long game. In their season-long question to have their cake and eat it, too, the Avalanche pulled off the double dip perfectly. With the Ottawa Senators sneaking a point against the New York Islanders tonight, the Sens moved to within just three points of the Detroit Red Wings for last place in the NHL. With the…...

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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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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Seventeen games left. Seventeen games to outpace either the Minnesota Wild or the Dallas Stars by better than two points. Seventeen games to show the hockey world that, no, the 2018-19 version of the Colorado Avalanche didn’t backslide from a previous year of serious progress. Seventeen games to go. The last game of the year will be…...

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Here’s the audio from last night’s locker room scrums with Nathan MacKinnon and Semyon Varlamov. I got to MacKinnon alone before others joined up and, as you’ll hear, others joined Varlamov and weren’t shy about asking the same question he’d already answered. Up first is MacKinnon: After we have the amusing interview with Varlamov, raw and uncut....

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When you’ve lost 12 out of 13 of anything, you’re probably going to be pretty over getting involved in whatever you’re losing. When the Avalanche found their way in overtime once again following a blown third period lead for the second time in three nights, they buckled down. I talked with Erik Johnson this morning about how the team can…...

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