“I thought you guys played a pretty good game,” I said to Nikita Zadorov, sitting by himself quietly. “Not good enough. We didn’t win,” Big Z replied. Yeah, that about sums it up. Earlier in the year, this kind of a loss might have been tallied as a moral victory at least. But this Avalanche team knows it has more…

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Adrian Dater

Adrian Dater has been covering the Avs since their inception. In 2015, he became the lead NHL national columnist with Bleacher Report, where he worked until 2017 before joining BSN Denver.