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On The Road: Game Day In Sweden

The Avs play the Senators

by Callie Parmele /

The Colorado Avalanche is on a 10-day road trip that includes a week in Sweden for the SAP NHL Global Series. Colorado will play two games against the Ottawa Senators on Nov. 10-11. is writing about the trip.

10:30 a.m. CET: The entire Colorado squad takes the ice at the Ericsson Globe for morning skate. Tyson Jost is a full participant in the on ice-session for the first time since getting hurt in the contest against the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 19. Following the skate, players and Avs head coach Jared Bednar meet with media members before getting ready to head back to the hotel.

11:45 a.m.: The bus, full of Avalanche staff and players, makes the now normal trip back through Stockholm to the hotel. Everyone has a quick lunch which consists of fish, chicken, salad and pasta. The team then has a few hours before the 8 o'clock game to relax and prepare.

4:45 p.m.: Players and staff start heading over to the arena. The Friday afternoon traffic makes the typically 20-minute bus ride over a half hour. The team heads to the dressing room and gets ready for the contest the same as they would for any other NHL game.

8:10 p.m.: A crowd of 13,396 finishes filing into the Ericsson Globe to watch the first of the two games in the Global Series. The Canadian and American national anthems are sung by Janice, a Stockholm native. Peter Forsberg meets Gabriel Landeskog and Erik Karlsson at center ice as he drops the ceremonial puck and the game begins.  

10:50 p.m.: The final horn sounds as the Senators score in overtime, defeating the Avs 4-3. Coach Bednar and players talk with the media following the contest and then quickly shower and get on the bus. Once back at the hotel, everyone grabs a quick bite to eat and heads to bed to prepare to face Ottawa again on Saturday. 

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