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From Both Sides- St. Louis Blues/Colorado Avalanche

from Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Inside a quiet elevator in a silenced arena, the doors opened to reveal the biggest Blues fan there is.

Tom Stillman, hockey-loving chairman of the Blues, stepped into a Ball Arena elevator to go down to ice level, where it had just happened.

It, of course, being the impossible.

“That was hard on the heart,” Stillman said. “But it showed the team has a lot of heart.”

Even before puck-drop, it was hard to believe the Blues would win this game. After their embarrassing showing in Game 4 at home, Game 5 at Ball Arena was supposed to be a Colorado coronation — finally, the Avs would return to the conference final for the first time since 2002.

Then consider that down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, the Blues were down 3-0 in Game 5’s second period.

It was over. This column would be an obituary.

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Nazem Kadri Has Received Threats Against Him

from Sportsnet,

The Colorado Avalanche say local law enforcement are working with the NHL team to investigate threats made to forward Nazem Kadri after Game 3 of a Western Conference semifinal against the host St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

"The Avalanche organization is aware of threats made toward Nazem Kadri and is working with local law enforcement to investigate," the team said in a statement on Sunday.

Kadri, while chasing a loose puck, bowled over Blues goalie Jordan Binnington in the first period.

The Blues announced Sunday that Binnington will miss the rest of the series with a lower-body injury.

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Coach Needs To Coach

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Is this series over? Far from it.

But am I calling out Bednar for not having his team ready to play, allowing the Avs to whiff at the chance to grab this series by the throat?

Abso-freakin-lutely.

Bednar is blessed with by far the most talented roster of any professional team in Denver. But the Avs couldn’t have played with less passion or less sense of purpose if they were coached by Uncle Vic Fangio. If the Broncos came out flat for a big game, the uproar in this town might cause Mt. Evans to crumble.

Is Bednar, who has never found a way to win more than one playoff series in any of his previous five seasons on the Colorado bench, coated in Teflon?

From the jump of Game 2, Colorado had none. When the most star-studded team in the NHL is so uninspired that center Nathan MacKinnon and the fellas looked as if they were skating in a Slurpee, whose fault is that?

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The Colorado Avalanche “Were Really Bad” In Their Loss To The St. Louis Blues

from Mike Chsmbers of the Denver Post,

Game 2 was a dud for the Avalanche on Thursday at Ball Arena.

St. Louis was superior.

“We were bad,” Avs superstar center Nathan MacKinnon said. “We were really bad tonight.”

The Blues easily out-executed the Avalanche in a 4-1 victory to tie the Western Conference semifinal series at a game apiece. MacKinnon and the rest of the top-six forwards combined for just 14 shots and a minus-7 rating. And Colorado blocked just five shots, compared to 17 for the Blues.

It was the Avs’ first loss of the postseason and ended a streak of eight consecutive postseason victories over St. Louis.

“Our biggest issue was nobody wanted to skate with the puck,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said. “They did a nice job in the neutral zone, but we didn’t move. … Our execution was poor and that’s because we weren’t skating well.”

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How The St. Louis Blues Can Beat The Colorado Avalanche

from Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Wait, you’re telling me a team once beat the Avalanche not just in a playoff game but in an entire playoff series?

After Colorado’s first-round sweeps of the Blues and Predators the past two years — and the Game 1 domination of the Blues this year in the second round — it’s sure hard to believe. But it happened. The Vegas Golden Knights ended the Avs’ postseason in the second round last season.

So to win this year’s second-round series, the Blues must look to the Vegas series for clues.

“Their forecheck really turned it around for them,” Blues coach Craig Berube said Wednesday of the 2021 Golden Knights. “They were good in the forecheck and didn’t give up odd-man rushes. They nullified (Colorado’s) attack. And it starts with the forecheck, 100%.

“Our forecheck was not very good last night. We didn’t get numbers in there. We didn’t stall pucks. And when you don’t do that, they’re up the ice quickly. ... We were probably a little bit on our heels at times, you know? Too cautious. You’ve got to be smart, but you’ve got to be aggressive.”

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Josh Manson’s OT Goal Gives The Avalanche A 1-0 Lead Over The Blues

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Lost in the glorious din of a groovy 3-2 Avalanche playoff win was a sneaky good score made by front-office honcho Joe Sakic way back at the NHL trade deadline.

Amid loud fanfare, the Florida Panthers acquired Philadelphia captain and All-Star Game MVP Claude Giroux, while Sakic made an under-the-radar move for Anaheim defenseman Josh Manson.

Advantage, Avs.

Laugh if you want. But check back with me when Giroux is watching from the sofa while Manson takes the ice in the NHL Finals.

Back in March, with the clock ticking down to the trade deadline, I recall a little grousing by folks who pretend to know hockey that the Avs didn’t do enough to improve their championship chances. But getting Manson was a smokin’ good deal by Joe.

One big reason to believe the Avalanche won’t fall apart this time in the quest for the Stanley Cup is the acquisition of the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Manson, a valuable glue guy.

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Videos- Sweep Complete For The Colorado Avalanche

With a 5-3 win tonight, the Avalanche advance to Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Colorado wins the series 4-0 over the Nashville Predators.

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Videos- A Win And An Injury For The Colorado Avalanche

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche’s quest for the Stanley Cup won’t get derailed by Nashvegas, so long as a stooge in a Predators sweater doesn’t gouge somebody’s eye out. Colorado lost goalie Darcy Kuemper on Saturday to the dangerously reckless mayhem committed by Nashville knucklehead Ryan Johansen, but emerged from this NHL playoff game with a 7-3 victory.

“You’re always worried when you see a guy holding his eye and heading off,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said after the Predators tried to goon it up with a Colorado team they have zero shot of beating at hockey.

In an odd way, maybe the classless Predators are helping to build the championship character of the Avs, who didn’t blink when Kuemper got poked in the eye by Johansen late in the first period. Colorado refused to let the unnerving sight of its No. 1 goalie crumpled on the ice in pain deter them from their mission.

Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog said every team that has won the NHL championship has discussed how “you’re going to have to go through adversity on the way.”

Try to stay classy, Smashville, hard as it might be for sore losers like Filip Forsberg and Johansen to deal with the frustration of three consecutive losses to a vastly superior Colorado team without throwing a tantrum like petulant children.

This opening-round series is over except for the goonery.

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Pic- Darcy Kuemper Takes A Stick To The Eye Area

Picture below.

added 5:22pm, video below too...

aded 5:27pm, Denver media member with hs opinion is below.

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The Colorado Avalanche Beat The Nashville Predators In Overtime

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Patience prevailed on Thursday night at Ball Arena.

The Avalanche was determined to keep shooting at the Nashville net that goalie Connor Ingram manned, and after 49 consecutive saves by the 25-year-old rookie, Colorado finally got the second one past him.

Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar got it done. He had a game-high 12 shots, and the last one made all the difference. The Norris Trophy candidate scored at 8:31 into overtime to give the Avalanche a 2-1 victory in Game 2 of the first-round series.

“Give credit to their goalie, he played well. He was making the saves that he needed to make for them,” said Makar, who fed the puck to forward Nico Sturm and scored off Sturm’s rebound between the circles. “I tried to just throw it low and luckily it went in, but it was overall just a good effort by the guys to keep getting everything to the net.”

Ingram, making his first NHL playoff start after coming off the bench in Colorado’s 7-2 romp in Game 1, was spectacular in making 49 saves. They all came after allowing Nathan MacKinnon’s early goal on Colorado’s first shot of the game.

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