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On The Road: Game Day In Toronto

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.

9:30 a.m.

Most of the team jumps on the first bus and heads to the rink for morning skate. It's a quick trip to the arena as it only takes five minutes. The second bus leaves 30 minutes later.

Once at the rink, the players tape their sticks, go through meetings and stretch in preparation for the day's pregame skate.

The Avs have now held a morning skate for three of the first four games on the road trip and have gone to the rink at all four stops. The club only held meetings at the rink last Thursday in Boston.

11:30 a.m.

Colorado's morning skate begins and lasts for roughly 22 minutes. The only player to not skate was John Mitchell, who head coach Patrick Roy confirmed after practice would not play in tonight's game. Mitchell re-aggravated an oblique injury on Saturday in Montreal.

Netminder Semyon Varlamov was on the ice for the entire practice with the club and did extra work after the formal session with goaltending coach Francois Allaire. Roy said Varlamov, who hurt his groin last week, felt good on the ice, and the team will reevaluate him tomorrow in Pittsburgh.

Read more about the day's morning skate.

12:40 p.m.

The Avs load up on the team bus and head back to their hotel for a pregame meal and nap. While it was a brisk day in Toronto, many members of the team still elect to take the short walk back from the rink.

5:15 p.m.

The second bus departs the hotel and heads to Air Canada Centre for the evening's game. The first bus left 30 minutes earlier.

7:38 p.m.

The puck drops for the opening faceoff between the Avalanche and Maple Leafs.

Toronto scored shorthanded 3:21 into the contest and went on to add four power-play goals to defeat Colorado 5-1.

Erik Johnson scored the Avalanche's lone tally, while goalie Reto Berra made 22 saves on 26 shots. Calvin Pickard finished the contest in net, making three saves.

The Maple Leafs finished 4-for-5 on the power play while the Avs were unable to capitalize on any of their four man-advantage chances.

Read more about the game and Colorado's struggles on special teams against Toronto.

10:45 p.m.

Just 42 minutes after the final horn sounded, the entire team has packed up, loaded onto buses and is en route to the airport for its trip to Pittsburgh. Once at the airport, the Avs go through U.S. customs and immigration before loading up on their plane.

12:11 a.m.

The Avalanche's charter flight takes off and heads south to the United States.

12:48 a.m.

After a short flight, the team arrives in Pittsburgh and buses to its downtown hotel where the players, coaches and staff rest up for the remainder of the evening.

Colorado is scheduled to have an afternoon practice at Consol Energy Center the next day.

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