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Avalanche Weekly Update - April 18

Colorado leads the best-of-seven first-round series against Calgary

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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Avalanche Playoff Notes

MAKAR MAKES HISTORY: Cale Makar made his NHL debut in Game 3 on Monday night and scored his first NHL goal to become the first player in Avalanche/Nordiques franchise history to register his first marker while making his NHL debut in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He's also the seventh player in NHL history and first-ever defenseman to make his league debut in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and score a goal.

HIGH-FLYING OFFENSE: Colorado's 6-2 win in Game 3 marked the first time the Avs have scored six or more goals in a postseason contest since Game 2 of the 2002 Western Conference Conference Semifinals vs. San Jose (8-2 win on May 4, 2002). The Avalanche put up 56 shots in Monday night's contest, its second-most in a playoff game in franchise history and one shy of the record (57) set in Game 4 of the 1996 Western Conference Semifinals at Chicago (May 8, 1996). It was the franchise's most shots in a regulation playoff game and the most by an NHL team in a non-overtime finish since the Florida Panthers put up 61 in a victory over Pittsburgh in the 1996 Eastern Conference Final (May 24, 1996).

POSTSEASON PRODUCTION: Nathan MacKinnon has 21 points (8g/13a) in 17 career playoff games, the highest points-per-game average (1.24) among active players and tied for sixth (Bobby Orr, Mike Bossy) in Stanley Cup Playoff history among players with at least 10 points.

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Postgame Wrap-Up: Avs Comeback for OT Win in Game 4

Colorado extends series lead to 3-1

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche found itself down 2-0 with 13 minutes left in regulation in Game 4 of its first-round series with the Calgary Flames, but the game was far from over.

The Avs fought back to defeat the Flames 3-2 in overtime at Pepsi Center on Wednesday and extended their lead to 3-1 in the best-of-seven set.

J.T. Compher got Colorado on the board first when he collected the puck on a rebound and sent it into the Flames net. He now has a point in each of the last three contests (two goals, one assist) and is tied for second on the Avalanche in postseason goals.

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Avalanche rally for OT win in Game 4 against Flames, add to series lead

Rantanen scores at 10:23 after tying it with 2:50 left in third

by Rick Sadowski / NHL.com Correspondent

Rantanen's blistering OT winner

CGY@COL, Gm4: Rantanen one-times home overtime winner

R1, Gm4: Mikko Rantanen wires Carl Soderberg's cross-ice feed into the net for a 3-2 overtime win, giving the Avalanche a 3-1 series lead

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DENVER -- Mikko Rantanen scored 10:23 into overtime to give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 win against the Calgary Flames in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round at Pepsi Center on Wednesday.

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Makar's Memorable Week

Once-in-a-lifetime moments culminated in the rookie defenseman's first NHL goal

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

It's stuff of fairytale, made for the big screen, maybe even legend. Whatever it is, it's hard to script a better start to Cale Makar's NHL tenure with the Colorado Avalanche.

Nearly 35 hours after he signed his first pro contract, Makar scored his first NHL goal--on his first shot on goal, nonetheless--to help the Avalanche top the Calgary Flames 6-2 on Monday in Game 3 of the clubs' Round 1 series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"It was pretty exciting," Makar said of his first game he's dreamed about playing in since he was a kid. "The nerves went away after the first period, but it was fun."

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Morning Skate Report: Avs Look to Extend Series Lead

The Avalanche won 6-2 on Monday to lead the best-of-seven set 2-1

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche has a 2-1 lead in its first-round series with the Calgary Flames, and the team looks to build off its most recent performance to extend its advantage tonight.

The Avs dropped the first matchup of the best-of-seven set in Calgary, but they came back with a 3-2 overtime win in Game 2 on Saturday at Scotiabank Saddledome and skated to a 6-2 victory in Game 3 on Monday at Pepsi Center.

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Morning Skate Quotables: April 17, 2019

Colorado leads the series 2-1 heading into Game 4

by ColoradoAvalanche.com / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Following a 6-2 win in Game 3 at Pepsi Center, the Colorado Avalanche remains in Denver to host the Calgary Flames in Game 4 on Wednesday. Colorado leads the series 2-1 and will head to Calgary after the outing for Game 5 on Friday.

Here is what some of the Avalanche players and head coach Jared Bednar had to say following morning skate.

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Game 4 Projected Lineup: Avalanche vs. Flames

Changes could be on the horizon for both teams

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

As of this morning, the Colorado Avalanche isn't planning on making any changes to its personnel for Game 4 of its playoff series against the Calgary Flames, but head coach Jared Bednar did leave open the possibility that his lineup could be different by puck drop. 

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Avalanche and Flames Clash in Game 4 on Wednesday

Colorado leads the best-of-seven set 2-1

by ColoradoAvalanche.com / Official website of the Avs

The Colorado Avalanche looks to take a 3-1 series lead in Game 4 of its first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night at Pepsi Center.

The Avalanche/Nordiques franchise is 12-7 all-time in best-of-seven playoff series when taking a 2-1 series lead and 11-5 since moving to Denver.

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Start Time Set for Avalanche-Flames Game 5 on Friday

Calgary hosts Colorado at 8 p.m. MT

by National Hockey League @NHL / NHL.com

NEW YORK - The National Hockey League announced tonight that the start time of Game 5 of the First Round Series between the Colorado Avalanche and Calgary Flames has been set for 8 p.m. MT on Friday.

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Avs Look to Maintain Home-Ice Advantage in Game 4

Colorado won 6-2 in Game 3 at Pepsi Center on Monday

by Dan Vatch / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The atmosphere at Pepsi Center helped ignited the Colorado Avalanche's offense early in Game 3 of the team's first-round series with the Calgary Flames on Monday.

Colorado scored three times in the first period and outshot Calgary 56-29 in the contest to earn a 6-2 win with a dominating performance in the third game of the best-of-seven set on Monday to take a 2-1 advantage in the first-round matchup.

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