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Pickard Delivers Solid Outing in Weird Game vs. Ducks

Play was delayed for nearly 45 minutes in the second period because of broken glass

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Calvin Pickard is from the frozen tundra of Winnipeg, but he looked right at home on a warm and humid night in California.

Pickard made 34 saves, including 22 in the first period, but left Honda Center without the win despite an overall tremendous performance on Thursday night. The Anaheim Ducks came back with two third period goals and defeated the Avalanche 2-1 in a contest that was delayed nearly 45 minutes by a broken piece of glass.

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Ducks win on late goal by Nick Ritchie

Scores with 2:02 to play against Avalanche

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Nick Ritchie scored with 2:02 remaining to give the Anaheim Ducks a 2-1 victory against the Colorado Avalanche at Honda Center on Thursday.

Ritchie scored his 11th of the season, beating Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard with a shot from the slot after the Ducks' Ondrej Kase took advantage of Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov's turnover in his own zone.

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Avs Start Two-Game Roadie In Anaheim

by Danielle Bernstein /

The Colorado Avalanche begins a short two-game road trip in Anaheim on Thursday. The second meeting between the two teams this season, the contest comes just a week after playing their first matchup on Jan. 12. 

Colorado is 17-12-11 in 40 games at Anaheim and has not lost a road contest in regulation in the series since Jan. 22, 2012.

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NHL Centennial Fan Arena in Denver March 10-11

The history of the league will be on display for fans to see

by National Hockey League /

National Hockey League announced Thursday that the NHL Centennial Fan Arena will stop in Colorado on March 10-11, 2017. An interactive traveling fan experience that will visit all NHL markets across North America in 2017, the NHL Centennial Fan Arena is a main pillar of the NHL's Centennial festivities honoring a century's worth of extraordinary players, teams, remarkable plays and unforgettable moments. Each stop includes features and exhibits customized for the local club.

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Varlamov Sidelined Through All-Star Break

Spencer Martin recalled from San Antonio

by Nicole Morris /

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche announced today that goaltender Semyon Varlamov will be out of the lineup until after the All-Star break.

Concern for the Russian netminder's complete recovery from a nagging groin injury has lead to him being shut down by head coach Jared Bednar. 

"This is no longer a day-to-day thing, it has happened too much," Bednar said of Varlamov's struggles to fully recover. "It has obviously affected his ability to get in a rhythm and play well for us. Staying healthy, I'm sure has a large part to do with that."

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Avs Lose "Fun" Thriller In Blackhawks' Comeback

Colorado drops its second in a row after leading going into the third period

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

When the Colorado Avalanche and Chicago Blackhawks meet, the games almost always seem to be entertaining, back-and-forth thrillers.

"They play a great style of hockey," Avalanche forward Matt Duchene said of the club's Central Division rival. "They play an entertaining style of hockey, and I think we have guys on this team that like to play that style as well. When they play that way, we kind of play that way back. There are a lot of plays being made out there, so there are turnovers and lots of ice. It's usually fun to play against them."

Tuesday's game at Pepsi Center was no different.

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Vinnie Hinostroza paces Blackhawks past Avalanche

Forward scores two goals in 3:01 of third period

by Rick Sadowski / Correspondent

DENVER -- Rookie Vinnie Hinostroza scored two third-period goals 3:01 apart to help the Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Colorado Avalanche 6-4 at Pepsi Center on Tuesday.

Hinostroza's fellow rookies also contributed. Tanner Kero, who scored an empty-net goal with 10.6 seconds remaining, had two goals and an assist. Nick Schmaltz, who was recalled Saturday from Rockford of the American Hockey League, had a goal and an assist.

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Avalanche Farm Report: Jan. 17

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San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage (16-19-4-0) concluded its six game roadie with a 5-2 loss to the Bakersfield Condors on Tuesday night at Rabobank Arena. 

Bakersfield took an early 2-0 lead before J.T. Compher responded with a marker 1:27 into the middle frame to narrow the gap. A.J. Greer picked up an assist. The Condors then countered with back-to-back goals to close out the second period.

Duncan Siemens and Reid Petryk both assisted on San Antonio's final tally. 

After 40 minutes of play, the Rampage replaced goaltender Spencer Martin (18 saves) with Jeremy Smith, who finished the final frame with 12 stops.

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Sakic, Krupp Among Those Named To IIHF Hall Of Fame

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The International Ice Hockey Federation's Historical Committee announced the 20th class to be inducted to the IIHF Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

Former Avalanche players Joe Sakic, Uwe Krupp and Teemu Selanne, along with Saku Koivu, Angela Ruggiero and builder Dieter Kalt, will be granted the honor at the 2017 IIHF Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which will take place in Cologne, Germany, on May 21, the final day of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

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Avalanche Weekly Update - Jan. 17

Colorado closes the week with a home-and-home vs. San Jose

by Danielle Bernstein @danibernstein /

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IGGY PASSES YZERMAN: Jarome Iginla skated in his 1,515th career game against the Nashville Predators on Saturday, surpassing Steve Yzerman to take sole possession of 15th place on the NHL's all-time list.

FACEOFF SUCCESS: The Avalanche was 56 percent on faceoffs in Thursday's contest against the Anaheim Ducks, who entered the game as the top faceoff team in the league (55.5 percent). Matt Duchene, who entered Thursday's matchup ranked second in the NHL in faceoff win percentage, finished 14-for-16 and was a perfect 3-for-3 against NHL faceoff percentage leader Antoine Vermette. Colorado ranks second in the NHL in overall faceoff win percentage (53.4 percent) and first in the offensive zone, where it wins 56.9 percent of its draws.

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