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Video- Ryan Hartman Will Meet With DoPS Today

 

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The Colorado Avalanche Will Face Elimination On Friday And Josh Kroenke On Patrick Roy

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

The Presidents’ Trophy-winning Preds overwhelmed the Avs from the first drop of the puck in Game 4, scoring the first three goals before holding on late for a 3-2 victory that puts them on the brink of advancing to the Western Conference semifinals.

Nashville takes a 3-1 series lead to Game 5 on Friday on its home ice.

“I loved our third, there’s no question. But we need to find that urgency earlier,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said. “Even after it was 3-2, we had to have three or four real good looks at the net.”

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from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

When this season is over for Colorado, perhaps as soon as Friday night, when Game 5 will be played in Nashville, there will be praises sung for Nathan MacKinnon as the most valuable player in the league and admiration for how the feisty young Avalanche made pro hockey relevant again in Denver.

But this was also the year when the Avalanche finally buried the chaos created by Roy when he abruptly quit as the team’s coach in August 2016.

“He left us in the lurch,” Avalanche president Josh Kroenke told me last week, while marveling how the vision of general manager Joe Sakic has triumphed over the vote of no-confidence given by Roy on his way out the door.

Make no mistake. Bruises remain from how Roy dumped the Avs.

“I don’t really respect the way (Roy) handled it,” Kroenke said. “He went public before I even had a chance to talk with him....

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Series Heating Up Between Nashville And Colorado

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Nathan MacKinnon and the gritty little Avalanche have done the rest of the NHL a favor, revealing the Nashville Predators as great pretenders in the chase for the Stanley Cup....

How many championships has Nashville won? Zero.

Nothing is going to change in 2018.

The truth is as hard to deny as the final score: Avalanche 5, Pretenders 3....

It’s a series now. The Avs have made the Pretenders grumpy. Or did you miss the cheap shot Nashville defender P.K. Subban gave to the noggin of MacKinnon late in the second period?

“Some of their guys, that’s they way they want to play,” Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog said. “They want to play after whistles, not in between. And we’re just the opposite.”

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Below, watch the "cheap shot" from Subban and the game highlights.

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Videos- In Case You Missed The Afternoon Games

highlight videos via Sportsnet's YouTube channel

Tampa Bay Lightning 5 New Jersey Devils 3

 

 

Nashville Predators 5 Colorado Avalanche 4

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Those Nashville ‘Homers’

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

The Predators are good. Really skilled. Really fast. Their crowd is really loud. And obnoxiously proud.

Every time a puck got behind Colorado’s goaltender for a score, Nashville fans roared with the same choreographed chant: “Bernier, Bernier, Bernier. You suck! All your fault. All your fault. All your fault.”

It was kinda cute, in an innocent, adolescent kind of way.

Of course, in the House of Catfish, they cheer for anything that wears yellow, even when Johansen delivers a cowardly cheap shot to the head of a defenseless foe.

Stay classy, Smashville.

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Watch the hit from Johansen on Barrie below (Kiszla is calling for a suspension)...

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The Blame Game In St. Louis

from Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Although it may be unfair to place all the blame or credit on one player, Allen could and should have made life much easier for his teammates. He must accept responsibility for the Blues’ failure to reach the playoffs this year.

Allen had a decent performance in the season finale. Fittingly, though, it wasn’t enough to beat the Avs, who beat the Blues to earn the Western Conference’s second wild card.

When you lose more than 30 games in a season, there are many instances to regret in a season. That must be stated. How about if general manager Doug Armstrong had hung on to center Paul Stastny at the trade deadline?

What if defenseman Jay Bouwmeester hadn’t missed half of the season or been hampered when he was deemed “healthy” enough to play? There’s no denying that the Blues were hurt all season by a roster that was missing at least one but most likely two legitimate Top 6 forwards.

How many points did the Blues’ miserable power play cost them?

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Below, highlights of the Blues' 5-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

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Clinching Scenarios Today

via the NHL PR department,

The Flyers (41-26-14, 96 points) and Panthers (42-30-8, 92 points) remain in contention for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference heading into the weekend.

* The Flyers can clinch the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and reach the postseason for the second time in three campaigns if they earn a single point in their matinee game (3:00pm ET, NBC) with the Rangers. Philadelphia would also clinch if the Panthers lose to the Sabres. 

Meanwhile, the Panthers – who have already reeled off wins against the Hurricanes, Predators and Bruinsthis week – aim to push their winning streak to four games as they continue their pursuit of the Flyers and the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Blues (44-31-6, 94 points) hold a one-point lead over the Avalanche (42-30-9, 93 points) as the teams face off at Pepsi Center in Colorado with the final playoff berth in the Western Conference on the line.

* The Blues will clinch the final playoff berth in the Western Conference if they earn at least one point against the Avalanche.

* The Avalanche will clinch the final playoff berth in the Western Conference if they defeat the Blues in regulation.

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Four Teams Still In A Battle For Two Playoff Spots

 

Below, the Western Conference playoff picture.

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The Colorado Avalanche Worked Hard But Dropped A Game To The San Jose Sharks

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche played extremely hard Thursday night but blew a glorious chance to improve its Western Conference playoff odds at SAP Center, losing 4-2 to the San Jose Sharks and goalie Martin Jones (23 saves).

“We worked as hard as we possible could tonight and all four lines were going,” Avs left wing and team captain Gabe Landeskog said. “It just seemed like they got a couple bounces. The effort was there. Just the bounces didn’t come our way.”

Colorado, which remains a point ahead of St. Louis for the last wild-card spot, finished 0-2-1 on its three-game trip and slipped to 2-5-1 in its last eight games.

Still, the Avs (92 points) will clinch a playoff spot by defeating the Blues in regulation in Saturday night’s regular-season finale for both teams at the Pepsi Center. If St. Louis (93 points) loses at Chicago on Friday night, the Avs will advance to the postseason with a regulation or overtime victory Saturday.

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Game highlights are below...

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Colorado Avalanche Control Their Playoff Destiny

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar watched the Chicago Blackhawks’ comeback victory at St. Louis on television Wednesday night, and suffice to say, it put a smile on his face.

A giant smile.

“Felt good,” Bednar said of the Blackhawks’ big win that kept his team a point in front of the Blues for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

Colorado plays at San Jose on Thursday night and hosts the Blues on Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams. If the Avs finish 2-0, they will advance to the playoffs. If they win Thursday and St. Louis loses Friday at Chicago, the Avs will clinch a playoff spot before Saturday.

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