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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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SAN JOSE, Calif. – The curse of the Shark Tank is no more. For one day, at least. Big win today at the SAP Center for the Avs to even the series at one game apiece. Let’s do some grades: Alexander Kerfoot (C-) – It’s just been a tough postseason for No. 13. I mean, the Avs are winning and…...

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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

Of course, it was Ryan O’Reilly who made the winning difference in the Avalanche’s 3-2 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues Monday night. Did any longtime Avs fan, who have seen a parade of ex-players torture them pretty much from Day 1 since the team moved to Denver in 1995, expect anything different? O’Reilly scored the only goal 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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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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Philipp Grubauer sat at his locker stall, sweat pouring out every pore of his body. “You guys should talk to someone else for a few minutes” Grubauer told a couple of reporters standing by the stall, implying that he needed a bit more of a breather before he started to talk. Finally, after a period in which at one point…...

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Taps were played, the last shovel of dirt was heaved at the coffin and the Colorado Avalanche of 2018-19 was given a proper burial, about a week ago. The Avs were declared dead after a home loss to Anaheim last week, with all attention now on the April 9 NHL draft lottery. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Proclamations of…...

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It sure sucked to see the Minnesota Wild’s playoff chances thrown a major wrench in the gears tonight by the Colorado Avalanche, didn’t it? If the Avs miss the playoffs, but also cause the Wild to miss them based off this 3-1 win tonight in their barn? That won’t suck, will it? The grades: Mikko Rantanen (B+) – No points,…...

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The comparisons to last year were inevitable. The Avalanche are sitting on the outside of the playoffs looking in but knowing they successfully climbed the last-season playoff push mountain last year, they’re confident they can do it again. When Tyson Jost heard the question, he just smiled. Talking about last year’s success has that effect on a lot of the…...

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When we talk about how goaltenders are voodoo, this is the stuff we’re talking about. There were no signs of this coming. Following a dominant home win on January 4 against the New York Rangers, Philipp Grubauer started three games in the span of a month, giving up 16 goals (!) in those starts. At that point, Semyon Varlamov had…...

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I’m actually having a hard time getting this story started. Or, I was anyway. I probably sat here for 15 minutes staring at the milky white screen thinking “Did I just see what I think I saw?” I mean, look, we did not witness man walking on the moon. We did not witness the Rapture or anything. All that happened…...

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ARLINGTON, Va. – Hello from the Old Dominion (that’s the official nickname of Virginia), where the Avs had a practice today. I’ve got four pieces of uncut audio for your listening pleasure. I would say the Avs had an upbeat practice here. No, there aren’t tons of laughs and jokes around the team right now, but I think the attitude was…...

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There is good news to report on one of the Avalanche’s top prospects, a player who has been unable to play in a hockey game since suffering a concussion in May. That player is defenseman Conor Timmins, the second-round pick from 2017 who suffered the concussion in a playoff game with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and has been bothered…...

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Philipp Grubauer's performance against the Montreal Canadiens may get him closer to the starting goaltender job.

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This one goes in the “It was nothing fancy, but we’ll take it” file. The Avs needed a win like this tonight probably. They made a lot of the same mistakes they’ve been making  lately, including a too-many-men penalty for the fourth straight game, another power-play goal against, too much overpassing by the big guys in scoring situations, too many…...

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Alexander Kerfoot is set to return from injury as the Avalanche has gone 1-3-1 in their last five games.

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He has more contract security than the teammate in front of him. His team gave up a pretty good asset to get him. Yet, for the fourth straight game, Philipp Grubauer was slated to be a glorified spectator on Wednesday night as Semyon Varlamov was slated to get another start against the Boston Bruins. Grubauer, acquired from the Washington Capitals…...

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