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Practice Day Quotables: April 27, 2019

Avalanche looks to even the series on Sunday afternoon

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After falling 5-2 in Game 1 to the San Jose Sharks, the Colorado Avalanche held a full-team practice on Saturday in preparation for Game 2 on Sunday afternoon. After the matchup at SAP Center, the second-round series shifts to Denver for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday.

Here is what some of the Avalanche players and head coach Jared Bednar had to say following practice.

Colorado Goaltender Philipp Grubauer

On The Team's Ability To Respond: "We had a tough stretch, I think we struggled a little bit putting stuff behind us and in the playoffs we can't really take it too hard. It's one game. The good thing is, we play another one and then another one and another one. This group fights through a lot of stuff. We were down a game in Calgary. We were down 2-0 in a couple games and we came back, so it shows the resiliency of the team. We keep getting to those moments but we come back."

On Short Memory In Playoffs: "You watch the video, you learn from your mistakes and then move on. You can't draw on that too much because if you drew on that too much, it's stuck in your head for Game 2, so you've got to get rid of it and everybody is professional like that."

On The Team's Recovery: "I don't think it's physical, I think it's all mental. Everybody's in good shape here. We played enough games this whole year to get to that and just put it behind us."

Video: Philipp Grubauer on preparing for Game 2

Colorado Left Wing Gabriel Bourque

On Game 1: "I think we started well, but the second period was not good enough and against a good team, you need to play a full 60 minutes. Every mistake we made, they scored, so we need to be sharper for sure."

On Playing On The Road In The Playoffs: "Especially against the Sharks, this building is really loud. It's really hard to play in the first ten minutes and we came out really hard yesterday and didn't let any momentum get in the way."

On team depth: "It's playoffs. It's always different guys every night. Everybody has to show up every night and it's a team effort."

Video: Gabriel Bourque after practice in San Jose

Colorado Left Wing Matt Calvert

On Game 1: "I think the biggest thing is our intangibles. Little things, winning battles, but we played well for the first 30. It's about responding and it's momentum swings in playoffs. We had chances to go up 3-1, 4-1 and sometimes it doesn't go your way and that's where you need to tighten up and that's something I think we looked at on video this morning and we're going to be a lot better in Game 2."

On Improvements For Game 2: "I think the biggest thing was defending as a team. Being hard in those battles is something we dialed in on the last 10 games of the season and obviously, the Calgary series. I thought we took a massive step in the middle of the season and that's part of it. It could have been our break, it could have been rust, whatever excuse we use, we know how to fix it and we're going to be ready to work away from the puck next game."

On Short Memory: "That's the beauty of it, it's playoffs right? You lose a game and even if you go down two, you're going home and we know what our fans are like. We know how energized we are in front of that crowd, but our main focus right now is to get one out of their building and go home with a split and try to turn the home ice advantage in our favor."

Video: Calvert talks about the mindset heading into Game 2

Head Coach Jared Bednar

On Game 1: "I liked a lot of the things we did yesterday. I liked a lot of our players. I just didn't love a lot of our guys. I think we all have another step that we can take to get back to where we were last series, and where we're going to need to be in this series in order to win."

On San Jose In Game 1: "They were a little bit opportunistic, and they turned it up for a portion of that game where we were unable to stay with them. We got to be better there. We got to be able to turn the tide and change the momentum when they make a push like that."

On Improvements For Game 2: "Our guys feel like they have more to give too. We didn't get our O-zone mojo going like we did against Calgary. I think San Jose did a good job of trying to shrink the ice on us and give us less room to skate, but there are options there for us to move the puck and spread them out a little bit that we didn't use quick enough. And they broke up some plays and in turn we didn't spend as much time in the offensive zone than I think we can. That are some areas that we're going to look at tomorrow's afternoon game."

Video: Jared Bednar after practice in San Jose

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