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On The Road: Game Day In Brooklyn

The Avs play the second of a back-to-back in New York City

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

With the Colorado Avalanche having a 6 p.m. ET start against the New York Islanders, the team's game day routine was moved up an hour.

10:00 a.m.: With the Avs playing the night before, they once again did not hold a morning skate and instead had an optional stretch at the hotel. A few of the players were at the stretch for the entire hour, but most of them came down from their rooms closer to 11 o'clock for the team meeting.

11:00 a.m.: The team held a meeting to discuss its play the previous night against the New York Rangers and go over its game plan for the Islanders. Following the meeting and video session, the players had a pregame lunch and nap before heading to the arena.

3:15 p.m.: The team's bus departs its hotel and navigates its way through lower Manhattan, the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel and Brooklyn to Barclays Center. It took the club about 35 minutes to get to the arena, and once there, the bus had to get down to the event floor.

Barclays is unique in that there isn't much room for large vehicles to move around, so trucks, buses and large cars need to go down a giant elevator to reach the staging area and locker rooms. Once at the bottom, there is also a giant circular disk that can turn large vehicles so they enter the elevator and leave the arena facing forward.

6:08 p.m.: The puck drops and the Avalanche takes on the New York Islanders for the second time this season. Joe Colborne scored an early goal to give the Avs a 1-0 lead, but the Islanders tied up the contest later in the first period and then took the lead in the second. The home team added three more tallies in the third to win 5-1.

8:44 p.m.: The final horn sounds and the Avs quickly pack up and get back on the bus to head to the hotel.

9:32 p.m.: After getting turned around by the spinning disk and taking the elevator up, the team's bus finally leaves Barclays Center. The bus takes the Manhattan Bridge over to the city and arrives at the hotel just before 10:00 where the players have the remainder of the evening to recover from that night's game.

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