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Time For Smyth To Step Up

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche didn’t sign Ryan Smyth to a five-year, $31.25 million contract for him to be a third-liner.

But with Colorado in position to clinch a playoff spot tonight, when the Avs face the Vancouver Canucks at GM Place, that is what Smyth has been of late — a third-liner.

“Whatever Coach wants me to play, I’ll play,” Smyth said.

With 14 goals in 53 games in a season disrupted by a broken ankle and a shoulder injury, Smyth will likely have to be far more effective — and more often revert to his trademark gritty play around the net — if Colorado has any shot of getting out of the first round of the playoffs.

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