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Video- No Goal Auston Matthws

The Situation Room reversed the call.

Matthews did come back and score on his next shift.



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The Colorado Avalanche Are A Team Again

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Following the Avalanche’s morning skate at the Air Canada Centre, Hart Trophy candidate Nathan MacKinnon sat at his stall and addressed a throng of media for more than 20 minutes Monday.

In what was supposed to be the last question, the Avs’ star center was asked if the culture of the team improved after Matt Duchene was traded to Ottawa Nov. 5 in a three-team deal that netted Colorado seven pieces, including 19-year-old defenseman Sam Girard, who will play his 32nd game with the Avs Monday night against the Maple Leafs.

“It did a lot,” MacKinnon said of the improved culture. “There’s nothing wrong with Dutchy wanting to leave. I think it’s fair. He’s eight, nine years in this league and it wasn’t like a crazy breakup or anything. He went about it really good this season. But obviously we knew he wanted to leave. Now we have everybody here that wants to be here, which is great. If Dutchy was here I’d think we’d be in a good spot as well. He’s a really good player and obviously it’s nice to get ‘G’ (Girard) here. He’s a great defenseman.”


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The Colorado Avalanche Continue To Roll

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Suddenly, the NHL’s worst team last season has put together the league’s longest winning streak this season; center Nathan MacKinnon has become a Hart Trophy candidate, and coach Jared Bednar is being mentioned as a Jack Adams Award nominee.

A year ago at this time, MacKinnon was having the worst season of his career and somewhat embarrassed to represent the Avalanche at the All-Star Game. And fans were calling for Bednar’s firing just five months after he was hired. Colorado was 13-30-2 at the time.

The league’s Hart (MVP) and Jack Adams (coach of the year) awards are side stories to what has become one of the NHL’s biggest stories — the Avalanche and its winning ways. Next to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights being in President’s Trophy contention as the regular-season’s top point producer, Colorado is eyeing the playoffs and grabbing hockey headlines throughout North America.

Behind MacKinnon and goalie Jonathan Bernier — again — on Saturday, the Avs won their ninth consecutive game, defeating the New York Rangers 3-1 before a sellout crowd of 18,056 at the Pepsi Center.


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Hockey Is Fun Again For The Colorado Avalanche

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss how Colorado went from the worst NHL team of the 21st century to the most fun bunch in town.

The transformation was as quick as that sonic booming shot Kid MacK fired past stunned Ducks goalie Ryan Miller for a score that blew the roof off the Pepsi Center, where there were 16,090 hipsters ahead of the local sports curve. The crowd shouted “Dilly, dilly!” whenever a Anaheim player got sent to the penalty box and raucously celebrated Monday’s 3-1 victory by a Colorado team rapidly being carried back to respectability on the back of MacKinnon.

“He should be up for the Hart Trophy,” Avs defenseman Erik Johnson said, beginning the campaign for MacKinnon as the league’s most valuable player.

Colorado has won seven times in a row. After losing 60 of 82 games last season, the Avs are undefeated thus far in 2018....

When did pro hockey become fun again in Colorado? Maybe it’s impossible to precisely pinpoint the exact moment.

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Six Wins In A Row For The Colorado Avalanche

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Not even a mandatory five-day break can cool off the Avalanche.

In the rubber match of a five-game, regular-season series Saturday night — the Avs’ first game since playing one week earlier — Colorado defeated the Dallas Stars 4-1 to extend its winning streak to six games.

“I really liked our effort tonight. I thought we did a lot of really good things,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said....

The last time Colorado (23-15-3, 49 points) won six straight was March 23 to April 5, 2014. In just 42 games, the Avs have now exceeded their win total and point total from last season, when they finished a wretched 22-56-4 and 48 points in 82 games.

“It was a big win for us coming out of the bye week and a good way to start the second half of the season,” Comeau said. “Different group, different mindset than last year. We’re playing with a lot of confidence right now. I think winning games is doing that. And I’ve said it before: We’ve had big  turnover this year, youthful energy and had our top line really step for us this year. We’ve had good goaltending, good special teams and the nice thing is, nobody’s satisfied.”

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Video- Significant Contact With The Goalie, No Goal

The Avs really did not need it, they defeated the Dallas Stars 4-1.


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Video- Milan Hejduk’s #23 Goes To The Rafters In Denver

Spent his whole NHL career with the Avs, 1020 games, 375 goals and 805 points.


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The Colorado Avalanche Stay Hot With A Win Over The Columbus Blue Jackets

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Teenagers Tyson Jost and Sam Girard assisted on the game-winning goal scored by 21-year-old Mikko Rantanen, so suffice to say the Avalanche’s youngsters outplayed their peers from the Columbus Blue Jackets in a game between two of the NHL’s three youngest teams.

Rantanen’s power-play goal and goalie Jonathan Bernier 35 saves carried Colorado to a 2-0 victory over the Blue Jackets on Thursday night at the Pepsi Center.

In winning its fourth consecutive game, Colorado improved to 4-1 on its six-game homestand and 9-3-1 in its last 13 games. Bernier, who regularly backs up the injured Semyon Varlamov, needed 17 third-period saves to produce his second shutout of the season.

The Avalanche is now 21-16-3 — just a win shy of what it produced all of last season. The Blue Jackets fell to 23-16-3.


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Turnaround Season For The Colorado Avalanche Continues

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Behind Nathan MacKinnon’s 15th multipoint game of the season and Johnson’s overtime breakaway goal, the Avalanche defeated the Central Division-leading Jets 3-2 on Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center to collect its 20th victory and improve to 8-3-1 in its last 12 games.

“It’s fun for us,” Johnson said of winning in 3-on-3 OT after blowing a 2-0 third-period lead. “Kind of a fluky way for them to tie it in the third so it was good to get the two points ultimately. We had, I think, a 2-on-1, (it went) back and forth. They had a breakaway. Three-on-3, crazy stuff is going to happen.”

The Avs, who have two more games before reaching the midpoint of the NHL season, had just 22 victories all of last season. They are just five points from matching last season’s 48-point total.


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The Slumping Pittsburgh Penguins

from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Urgency. Conviction. Determination. Passion. Emotion.

Those five words appeared by the 90-second mark of Penguins coach Mike Sullivan’s postgame comments Monday following a 4-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center.

They described this one and the tenuous state of these Penguins perfectly, in that they need to have all of those things more consistently.

The Penguins have lost five of their past seven, but this one really hurt. It left them with just two of a possible six points on a three-game road trip, and it could trigger the shake-up that general manager Jim Rutherford alluded to last Wednesday.


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