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On The Road: Game Day In Manhattan

The Avalanche play the Rangers at Madison Square Garden

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

It was game day in New York as the Avalanche got ready to take on the Rangers at Madison Square Garden later that night.

11:00 a.m.: Colorado did not hold a morning skate practice and instead held an optional stretch for players in one of the hotel's ballrooms. The players trickled in during the hour session, with everyone showing before noon for the team meeting.

12:00 p.m.: Following the stretch, the players met the coaches for a meeting and video session to get ready for the Rangers. Immediately following the 30-minute session, the players went to a nearby room for lunch before taking a pregame nap.

4:15 p.m.: The team bus departed the hotel en route to Madison Square Garden, carrying players, staff and Altitude TV broadcasters. The trip to the rink in midtown took 20 minutes, and once the bus arrived, it had to be searched by bomb sniffing dogs, a common practice for the World's Most Famous Arena.

Once there, the players got their sticks and gear ready to go, did a final video session and stretched in preparation for warmup and the evening's contest.

7:09 p.m.: The puck drops at Madison Square Garden. The Avalanche came out slow to begin the game, getting down 1-0 early in the contest. The club bounced back later in the period as Gabriel Landeskog scored with 16 seconds left in the first and John Mitchell tallied early in the second to give Colorado a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.

The Avs couldn't sustain that solid play in the third as the Rangers pressed hard, scoring two twice in the first 5:36 of the frame before adding a late empty-netter to win 4-2.

9:40 p.m.: Following the players' and coach Jared Bednar's media obligations, the team had a quick postgame meal outside the arena, which consisted of salmon, chicken, rice, vegetables, salad and fruit.

10:30 p.m.: The club's team bus leaves Madison Square Garden and heads back to the hotel, which only took 15 minutes. Once there, the players went up to their rooms to grab some rest in preparation for the second half of their back-to-back set on Sunday against the New York Islanders.

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