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On The Road: Game Day In Boston

by Ron Knabenbauer / Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche is on a 15-day, seven-game road trip out east, tied for the longest such roadie for the club since the franchise moved to Denver in 1995. Colorado's last seven-game trip was Oct. 8-21, 2009. is blogging about the team's events during its two weeks away from the Mile High City.

10:00 a.m.

The team left their downtown Boston hotel for TD Garden. The Avalanche didn't have a formal morning skate practice on Thursday, but head coach Patrick Roy still wanted the team to go to the rink in the morning for meetings.

Once at the rink, players also had work done in the training room and went through a light workout. The workout didn't include a spirited soccer game, which has become a staple among the Colorado players and in various other locker rooms around the league.

The only player to skate was John Mitchell, who is recovering from an oblique injury and could make his return to the Avalanche lineup against the B's after missing the last three contests.

11:40 a.m.

The Avs leave the arena and return to their hotel for a pregame meal and nap before heading back to the rink for the night's game.

4:30 p.m.

The second bus with players and staff leaves the hotel and heads to TD Garden. Despite hitting some traffic, the team makes it to the rink with plenty of time before the puck drops. The bus driver also does a masterful job of backing the bus up a tight and steep ramp to the arena's loading dock.

7:10 p.m.

The puck drops at TD Garden after a special pregame ceremony for Bruins Military Appreciation Night. Colorado's game on Tuesday at Philadelphia was also a military appreciation game.

Despite falling behind by two goals just six minutes into the game, Colorado chipped away at the deficit and tied the contest going into the first intermission. Former Bruin Carl Soderberg and Francois Beauchemin scored in the opening stanza for the Avs, while Matt Duchene netted the game-winner at 6:49 of the third period.

Duchene, who also had an assist against the B's, now has six tallies and three helpers in his last six games. Goaltender Reto Berra made 25 saves in the victory.

Having entered the contest with a 1-6-1 record in one-goal games, the Avs were finally able to turn the tables and pull out a close win on this night. Read more about Colorado's victory.

11:38 p.m.

Roughly an hour after leaving TD Garden, the Avs' flight is in the air en route to Montreal.

12:26 a.m.

The team lands in Montreal after a short 48-minute flight, goes through customs at the airport and heads to its downtown hotel for the rest of the evening.

Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy decided to give most of the team a day off on Friday. Only a few players will skate at Bell Centre.

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