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Nathan MacKinnon is a superstar. Mikko Rantanen is right behind him. The world seemingly expects Cale Makar to cure cancer in between shifts. It can be easy to forget the steady presence of Gabe Landeskog, who plays third banana on the league’s most dominant top line. It’s a new year but the same old captain for the Avalanche as he…...

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Led by four goals from their Finnish-born players, the Colorado Avalanche started their season on the right foot by taking down the Calgary Flames at home by a score of 5-3. How did each player perform? Let’s find out… Erik Johnson – C+:  The veteran of the Avs blueline led the team in time on ice with 23:14, a good…...

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Preseason nothin’. As Colorado got off to the kind of start it wanted with a 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames, it was the player who did not play for the Avalanche in the preseason that drove the bus. Mikko Rantanen, who agreed to a six-year contract during Colorado’s final preseason game last weekend, reminded everyone except a couple of nerd…...

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This week’s episode of Film Rundown looks at five of the Avs best assists from last season and how it takes a combination of skill and luck to be the best of the best. https://youtu.be/wn0ETnSWu_o...

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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. – Well, on to Monday and Game 6. Let’s get to the grades from a disappointing Game 5: Mikko Rantanen (C-) – Part of a first line that got outworked and outplayed. He was high-sticked to the face in the first period, which disallowed a Kevin Labanc goal. As far as contributions to the cause in this…...

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An installment of our Inside the Locker Room feature, uncut audio of all us media philosopher kings asking deep questions like “How big is it to win Game 1 of a playoff series?” I have several players from today’s open-room session, so let’s get started: First up, the always eloquent (and that’s no sarcasm here) Ian Cole about the week-long…...

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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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