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Promising Season Raises Expectations

Colorado gave Nashville plenty to handle in playoff series

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

The Colorado Avalanche aimed to make noise in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the team certainly did. That didn't make the final result any less disappointing.

Colorado's season came to an end Sunday night as the Nashville Predators won the first-round series 4-2, downing the young, upstart Avs 5-0 in Game 6 at Pepsi Center.

"It is tough to sum up the series right here, right now, but I felt like we made them fight for it," said Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, minutes after leaving the home ice for the last time until the fall. "I don't know if they thought that they were going to roll over us (in the first round), but I'm proud of the group we have in this dressing room."

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Postgame Notes & Quotes - Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round, Game 6

Nashville won the best-of-seven series 4-2 with a 5-0 win

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Nashville won the best-of-seven series 4-2 to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals.

The Predators posted a shutout victory in a series-deciding game for the first time in franchise history, joining the Vegas Golden Knight and the Winnipeg Jets as the third team to accomplish the feat this postseason. (via NHL PR)

The Avalanche is now 25-21 in all-time playoff series, 19-12 since moving to Denver.

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Game 6 Projected Lineup: Avalanche vs. Predators

Andrew Hammond set to play in his second straight game for Colorado

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

The Colorado Avalanche looks to once again evade elimination tonight, as it hosts the Nashville Predators in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 series at Pepsi Center.

Nashville leads the best-of-seven series 3-2 and can advance to the second round against the Winnipeg Jets with a victory. A Colorado win would force a Game 7 on Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena.

The Avs won't make any lineup changes to the one they iced in Friday's 2-1 victory at Nashville in Game 5, head coach Jared Bednar said during his pregame media availability.

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Avs Return Home To Host Game 6 vs. Predators

Colorado looks to even the Round 1 series

by Scott MacDonald /

A 44-save performance by goaltender Andrew Hammond helped lead the Colorado Avalanche to a come-from-behind victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday at Bridgestone Arena and force a Game 6 back home on Sunday night.

It will be the third and final outing of the series that will be played at Pepsi Center, where the Avalanche and Predators have each won one game.

The Predators lead 3-2 in the best-of-seven series in the first round of Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Bednar: "A Lot Of Heart From Our Guys"

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Bednar - Postgame (April 20)

Avs coach Jared Bednar on the Game 5 win

Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar discusses the 2-1 comeback victory against the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of their playoff series

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The Colorado Avalanche came back from being down a goal midway through the third period and scored twice in the final five minutes to defeat the Nashville Predators 2-1 in Game 5 of the clubs' first-round series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Friday.

Here are Avs head coach Jared Bednar's thoughts after the come-from-behind victory.

On winning Game 5: "That was big. I mean a lot of heart from our guys, tight-checking game, hard-fought game for two periods. Right at the end of the second period they had that extended shift, and we got out of it without them scoring and ended up taking a penalty and then they came at us again early in the third and they made a play to the net and got one off the shin pad there off the skate. Not much time left and hard to fight for chances I thought throughout the whole game for our group, and we come out and find a way. A lot of heart by our guys, pretty happy by what they did there, especially in the third period."

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Hammond Shines In Game 5 To Extend Series

Netminder Andrew Hammond made 44 saves in the Game 5 victory

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The Colorado Avalanche has had a next man up mentality all season, and goaltender Andrew Hammond was the embodiment of that attitude Friday night.  

With Semyon Varlamov and Jonathan Bernier both out with injuries, Hammond made his second career start for the Avalanche and stopped 44 of the 45 shots he faced, setting a new career high (regular and postseason combined).  

Hammond led Colorado to a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena in Game 5 of the clubs' first-round series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  

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Postgame Notes & Quotes - Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round, Game 5

Avalanche defeats Predators 3-2 to extend series

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Andrew Hammond made his first NHL postseason start since April 17, 2015 at Montreal and earned his first playoff win, making 44 saves for a new career high (regular and postseason combined). Hammond is the first Colorado goaltender to post a 40+ save performance in a playoff game since Semyon Varlamov made 45 saves in Game 3 of the Avs' first-round series against the Minnesota Wild on April 21, 2014.

Sven Andrighetto scored his first career playoff goal and third game-winning tally of his career (regular season & postseason).

The last time the Avalanche won a Game 5 in a playoff series - down 3-1 - to force a Game 6 was in its Western Conference Semifinals matchup against the San Jose Sharks in 2004. The Avs lost the first three games of that series before winning Game 4 at home and Game 5 in San Jose. The Sharks won the best-of-seven series 4-2.

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Start Time Set For Avalanche-Predators Game 6 on Sunday

Colorado hosts Nashville at 5 p.m. MT

by National Hockey League @NHL /

NEW YORK - The National Hockey League today announced that the starting time of Game 6 of the First Round series between the Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche has been set for 5 p.m. MT on Sunday, April 22, in Colorado. The game will be broadcast locally on Altitude and nationally in the U.S. on NBCSN. In Canada, the game will be on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

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Avalanche Morning Skate Quotes: Game 5 at Predators

Colorado talks about the must-win game in Nashville

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Bednar - Pregame (April 20)

Avs coach Jared Bednar before Game 5

Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar gives an update on Samuel Girard and talks about the team's Game 5 matchup at the Nashville Predators

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The Colorado Avalanche held its Game 5 morning skate at Bridgestone Arena before facing the Nashville Predators on Friday night. The Avs were loose during the pre-game practice and in the locker room afterward, with plenty of joking and laughing throughout,

It is a must-win contest for Colorado, as the club needs to defeat Nashville in order to force a Game 6 back home at Pepsi Center on Sunday.

Here is what was said before the game.

Head Coach Jared Bednar

On Samuel Girard's status: "Game-time decision. I know the suspense is killing everyone, but we won't know until game time."

On who will quarterback the second power-play unit if Girard can't play: "I don't know yet. We are talking about a couple of different things now, likely (Mark) Barberio."

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Colorado Focused On Must-Win Game 5

Avalanche needs a victory to force a Game 6 at home on Sunday

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--In order for the Colorado Avalanche to continue its Stanley Cup Playoff push, it will have to defeat the Nashville Predators this evening at Bridgestone Arena.

Nashville has a 3-1 series lead in the best-of-seven, first-round series and needs one more win to advance to the second round.

While the deficit seems like a hole, the Avs are not looking at it that way. They are focusing on the task at hand and not looking past tonight's Game 5.

"We know it's do or die from here out, but you can't look at the big picture or else it seems daunting," said defenseman Tyson Barrie. "Take it one game at a time, and we have been playing good hockey. We are right with these guys, so there is no reason we can't get a big win tonight."

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