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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.

First Round vs. Calgary Flames

The first-round series between the Avalanche and the Flames shifts back to Calgary for Game 5 on Friday night with Colorado leading the series 3-1. The Avs have won three straight games and own a 3-1 lead in a best-of-seven playoff series for the first time since the 2006 Western Conference Quarterfinals against Dallas (Colorado won the series 4-1). The Avalanche is 9-2 all-time when taking a 3-1 lead in a playoff series. Mikko Rantanen leads the Avs with six points (3g/3a) in the series, which is tied for fifth in the league. Nathan MacKinnon has five points (3g/2a) through the first four contests, including a league-high (tied) two goals on the power play. His three points with the man advantage is tied for third in the NHL.

Avalanche First-Round Playoff Schedule
Date Time (MT) #1 Calgary vs. WC2 Colorado TV Networks/Results

Thursday, April 11

8 p.m.

Colorado at Calgary

L, 4-0

Saturday, April 13

8:30 p.m.

Colorado at Calgary

W, 3-2 (OT)

Monday, April 15

8 p.m.

Calgary at Colorado

W, 6-2

Wednesday, April 17

8 p.m.

Calgary at Colorado

W, 3-2 (OT)

Friday, April 19

8 p.m.

Colorado at Calgary

Altitude, NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVA Sports

*Sunday, April 21

TBD

Calgary at Colorado

TBD

*Tuesday, April 23

TBD

Colorado at Calgary

TBD

Player Spotlight: Matt Nieto

Nieto has scored two short-handed goals in Colorado's first-round series against the Flames, becoming the first player in Avalanche history (since 1995-96) to register two short-handed goals in a single playoff series. Nieto's two tallies on the penalty kill matches the Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques franchise record for most such markers in a postseason, and he is the second player in franchise history to score a short-handed goal in consecutive team games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, joining Andre Savard in Game 2 and 3 of the 1984 Division Semifnals against Buffalo. 

Quotable

"Obviously, tonight it was a great team effort again. You know, we go down in the third, but there's a lot to believe in this team and we believe we can do it every night. Obviously in OT, Carl (Colorado C Carl Soderberg) made an unreal pass ,so I just tried to get it to the net and this time it went in. It was big." - Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen following Colorado's come-from-behind win over Calgary in Game 4

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