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Postgame Wrap-Up: Colorado's Stanley Cup Ambition Falls Short

Avalanche loses to Sharks in tight Game 7

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

SAN JOSE, Calif.--The Colorado Avalanche went on an 8-0-2 run in the final weeks of the regular season to secure a Stanley Cup Playoffs berth for a second straight year. The team then defeated the Western Conference's top team, the Calgary Flames, in five games in the first round and followed it up by taking the West's second-best club to a decisive seventh contest.

Losing Game 7 wasn't how the Avs wanted their season to end.

Colorado fell 3-2 to the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night at SAP Center in the second-round set that went the distance.

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Morning Skate Report: Avs Excited, Not Pressured by Game 7

Colorado ready for series-deciding game against San Jose Sharks

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

SAN JOSE, Calif.--It's another elimination game for the Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but it's also a "do-or-die" contest for the San Jose Sharks.

Colorado and San Jose both aim to extend their seasons this evening as they play Game 7 of their second-round series at SAP Center. The winner will advance to the Western Conference Final against the St. Louis Blues, who won their own Game 7 in double overtime against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.

"Feels good. I think everybody's in a good mood, we're excited to play," said Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog following the team's morning skate. "I think, obviously it's a Game 7, we all know that, but we've played some must-wins in the past and the last few weeks in the regular season we had some must-wins.

"For us, we're looking at this for what it is, and we're not going to blow it out of proportion. We're not going to pretend it's not a Game 7 either because that's not possible. We're just going to go out and play like the season is on the line."

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Morning Skate Quotables: May 8, 2019

The Avalanche prepares to take on San Jose in Game 7

by Colorado Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche takes on the San Jose Sharks tonight in Game 7 of their second-round series. The team held a pregame practice this morning at SAP Center before the decisive clash. 

Here is what some players and head coach Jared Bednar had to say following morning skate. 

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Projected Lineup: Avalanche at Sharks

Winner advances to Western Conference Final

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

SAN JOSE, Calif.--The Colorado Avalanche will use the same lineup in tonight's Game 7 against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center as it used in Game 6 on Monday in Denver.

That means the Avs will use a non-traditional setup of 11 forwards and seven defensemen. Head coach Jared Bednar utilized this lineup in Colorado's 4-3 overtime victory in the sixth outing of the set that forced the Round 2 series to a decisive seventh contest.

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Avalanche Squares Off Against Sharks in Game 7

Winner heads to the Western Conference Final

by Dan Vatch / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks face off in the final contest of their second round series in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday at 8 p.m. MT at SAP Center. With the best-of-seven set all squared up at 3-3, the winner of the contest will face the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference Final.

The last time the Avalanche advanced to a Western Conference Final was in 2002 when the squad went on to face the Detroit Red Wings. The Sharks last earned a spot in the conference final in 2016 when San Jose advanced all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. The Sharks were defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins in six contests in the final that season.

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Postgame Wrap-Up: Compher's 3-Point Night Helps Avs Force Game 7

J.T. Compher scores twice and adds an assist in the Game 6 victory

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

In a "do-or-die" Game 6, J.T. Compher helped the Colorado Avalanche extend its season.

Compher scored twice and added an assist to record his first career multi-goal and multi-point outing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the Avs won 4-3 in overtime at Pepsi Center on Monday. The win tied the series at 3-3 and forced Colorado's second-round set against the San Jose Sharks to a decisive Game 7.

"He had a great game, really great game from him. I thought that was his best of the playoffs," head coach Jared Bednar said of Compher. "Physical right away, skating, he was on the hunt, puck pursuit and puck pressure all over the ice. He was good defensively and when he got his opportunities--part of the reason why he got his opportunities is he was going to the net hard--when he had a couple chances, he made a couple plays and finished them off."

The Northbrook, Illinois, native got his first point with an assist on Tyson Jost's tally, Jost's second career NHL playoff goal--coming one outing after he potted his first in Game 5.

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Morning Skate Report: Excited by Must-Win Task in Game 6

Colorado looks to force a Game 7 in its second-round series with San Jose

by Callie Parmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche will have to defeat the San Jose Sharks this evening at Pepsi Center in order to continue its run in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoff. It is a test that the Avs are excited about.

"It is obviously not an ideal situation facing elimination in a Game 6, but you know we got to win a hockey game," said Ian Cole. "We know it is going to be a battle and that they are going to come out hard. So it is going to be tough, but it's a competitive situation that we are excited about."

The Sharks took the 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven, Round 2 set with a 2-1 win in Game 5 on Saturday at SAP Center and now have two chances to close out the series.

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Morning Skate Quotables: May 6, 2019

Avalanche faces Sharks for must-win Game 6 Monday night

by Colorado Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Bednar - Pregame (May 6)

Avs coach Jared Bednar before Game 6 vs. Sharks

Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar discusses his lineup for Game 6 against the San Jose Sharks

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The Colorado Avalanche held a morning skate at Pepsi Center prior to Game 6 of its second-round series. The San Jose Sharks hold a 3-2 seies advantage over the Avs going into Monday night's contest.

Here is what some Avalanche players and head coach Jared Bednar had to say after morning skate.

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Game 6 Projected Lineup: Avalanche vs. Sharks

Patrik Nemeth returns to game action as Colorado goes 11 and seven

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche will use an 11-forward, seven-defensemen alignment for Game 6 of its second-round series against the San Jose Sharks, head coach Jared Bednar announced following today's morning skate.

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Avs and Sharks Return to Denver for Game 6

Colorado faces a must-win versus San Jose

by Dan Vatch / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche faces the San Jose Sharks at Pepsi Center on Monday at 8 p.m. MT in Game 6 of their second-round series. The Avalanche faces elimination for the first time in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Sharks holding a 3-2 advantage in the best-of-seven set.

If necessary, Game 7 will be contested on Wednesday at SAP Center in San Jose.

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