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Lindholm Showing Promise

The rookie rear guard is making a strong case

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding /

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--It's only been four games, but Anton Lindholm is showing a certain sort of promise for the Colorado Avalanche.

The 22-year-old Swedish defenseman was recalled on March 13 and made his NHL debut on the 15th against the Detroit Red Wings at Pepsi Center. Since then, he's continued to impress those keeping an eye on him.

"I really like what I see. I think he's a real competitive kid, and he skates real well," Avs head coach Jared Bednar said. "So you put those two things together, and he's an aggressive defender. If he's making a mistake, it's an aggressive mistake. He closes quickly, he's physical. He's got that edge to him. Again, the skating really helps him set tight gaps and be difficult to play against.

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Good Effort Falls Short Versus St. Louis

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding /

Colorado Avalanche forward John Mitchell went from being a healthy scratch on Sunday to a inspiring goalscorer on Tuesday.

The turnaround was significant in that Mitchell helped propel the club to an outstanding start tin its meeting with the St. Louis Blues at Pepsi Center. However, the momentum couldn't be sustained and the home team fell 4-2.

"It's always nice when you can come in and contribute and score a goal and get the team started in the right direction at the beginning of the game," Mitchell said. "So that's always good, but at the end of the day you want two points."

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Blues win, tie Predators for third in Central

Patrik Berglund scores twice, Jake Allen makes 26 saves against Avalanche

by Rick Sadowski / Correspondent

DENVER -- The St. Louis Blues moved into a third-place tie with the Nashville Predators in the Central Division with a 4-2 victory against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Tuesday.

Patrik Berglund scored twice, Magnus Paajarvi and Jaden Schwartz once, and Jake Allen made 26 saves for the Blues (39-28-5), who won for the eighth time in the past nine games.

St. Louis went 4-1-0 on its five-game road trip.

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Avalanche Farm Report: March 21

The playoffs heat up for the Colorado prospects

by Nicole Morris /

San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage (24-33-7) went 1-0-2 at the AT&T Center last week, defeating the Cleveland Monsters on Tuesday but falling in past regulation contests against the San Diego Gulls on Friday and Saturday.

On Tuesday, the Rampage defeated the Monsters 4-0 in its first game of the week. Felix Girard and Gabriel Bourque both had two-point games in the win, and Spencer Martin recorded his seventh career shutout. Girard had two helpers and Bourque had a goal and an assist in the victory. Troy Bourke, Chris Bigras and Bourque also found the back of the net in San Antonio's shutout, while Brendon Ranford, A.J. Greer, Jim O'Brien and Reid Petryk assisted on the goals. Martin finished with 24 saves on the night.

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Avalanche Weekly Update - March 21

Colorado has two home games before its last trip to Canada

by Danielle Bernstein @danibernstein /

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Avalanche Notes

NHL FIRSTS: J.T. Compher potted his first NHL goal on Wednesday, March 15 against the Detroit Red Wings. It was also the game-winning marker and came in Compher's eighth contest in an Avalanche sweater. Defenseman Anton Lindholm made his NHL debut in that same game and finished with three hits and one blocked shot in 14:32 of ice time.

DUCHENE CRACKS TOP 10 IN FRANCHISE SCORING: Matt Duchene's goal on Wednesday night against Detroit was his 414th career point, tying Valeri Kamensky for 10th place on the franchise's all-time points list. Duchene ranks seventh in Avalanche/Nordiques history in goals (173) and is 11th in assists (241). His 28 career game-winning goals are tied with Alex Tanguay for seventh on the franchise list.


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Avs Looking For Good Habits Moving Forward

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding /

The Colorado Avalanche is taking on the St. Louis Blues at Pepsi Center on Tuesday night, and while the controversial offside call from Sunday's loss at the Chicago Blackhawks is still fresh with the players and the media, the important take away is how the Avs ultimately responded to Chicago's push back in the final frame of the match.

"That call, that's out of my control. That's not something I control," Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar said following morning skate on Tuesday. "I've taken the approach my whole career that you got to focus on the things that you can control, and for me that's our response in those situations, how we manage the game when Chicago's making a push. I didn't like the way we did it the other night.

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Colorado Returns Home To Face St. Louis

The Avs host the Blues for the second of three meetings at Pepsi Center

by Danielle Bernstein @danibernstein /

Following a short two-game road trip, the Colorado Avalanche returns home to host the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night at Pepsi Center. It's the third of five meetings between the Central-Division rivals this season and the second of three that will all be played at Pepsi Center in March. St. Louis returns to the Mile High City on the last day of the month.

Colorado is 0-2-0 so far this season against the Blues. Overall, the Avs have a 44-30-10 record against St. Louis and are 26-11-6 on home ice in the all-time series.

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Avs Can't Respond Following Video Review Call

Blackhawks scored three goals in 34 seconds in the third period

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

CHICAGO--Bounces are part of the game of hockey, and the Colorado Avalanche seemed to have received the short straw on one on Sunday night.

Midway through the third period, it appeared as if Richard Panik had brought the puck into the Colorado end before teammate Jonathan Toews could round back across the blue line and get back onside. The Chicago captain didn't make it before the puck entered the zone, but play continued and Toews tallied soon after on a redirection.

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Blackhawks defeat Avalanche, clinch playoff berth

Score five goals in third period, qualify for postseason when Kings lose

by Brian Hedger / Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks scored five goals in the third period, including three in 34 seconds, to rally for a 6-3 win against the Colorado Avalanche at United Center on Sunday.

The Blackhawks (47-20-5) became the first Western Conference team to clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs when the Calgary Flames defeated the Los Angeles Kings. Chicago leads the Minnesota Wild by seven points for first place in the Central Division and conference.

"We've been in a lot of tight games lately, where offense has been hard to come by, and it looked like it was the same thing for 40 minutes tonight," said Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, who scored two goals in the third period. "It's nice for us to finally get a few bounces, and no doubt it gets your crowd into it and energizes your team. It made a huge difference for us tonight."

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Avs Concluding Back-To-Back In Chicago

by Danielle Bernstein /

The Colorado Avalanche plays the second half of a back-to-back set on Sunday evening, taking on the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. It's the fourth of five games between the Central Division rivals this season and the last one on the road for Colorado, as it'll host Chicago on April 4 for the final matchup.

The Avalanche is 1-2-0 against the division and conference-leading Blackhawks this season, the win coming in Chicago on Dec. 23. Colorado is 46-29-8 overall against Chicago, which includes a 22-17-3 mark on the road in the all-time series, and the Avs have been victorious in six of their last eight trips to the Windy City.

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