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Avs Media Availability Quotes: April 21, 2018

The Avs discuss Game 5 after returning to Denver

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Bednar - April 21

Coach Jared Bednar discusses Game 6

Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar talks about the comeback victory over Nashville in Game 5 and facing another elimination game in Game 6

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The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Friday at Bridgestone Arena in a must-win Game 5. The victory cuts Nashville's lead in the first-round series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to 3-2. 

The Avs stayed in Nashville after Game 5 and held a media-availability session at the airport after they arrived back in Denver on Saturday afternoon. Head coach Jared Bednar, forwards Gabriel Landeskog and Sven Andrighetto and goaltender Andrew Hammond discussed Friday's win and another must-win Game 6.  

Here is what they had to say.

Left Wing Gabriel Landeskog

On Colorado's play after Nashville took a 1-0 lead in Game 5:

"For us, like we have talked about, we got nothing to lose. We don't have any more pressure on ourselves than what we put on ourselves really. So, for us it's just a matter of making sure we leave it all out there. Game is not over until the final buzzer goes and at that point it's just a one-goal game. We keep playing and that's what we are going to keep on doing."

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Avs Confident In Goaltender Andrew Hammond

Netminder will make his third career postseason start

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From the team's third-string goaltender to its starting netminder in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Andrew Hammond will be between the pipes for the Colorado Avalanche when it takes on the Nashville Predators in Friday's Game 5 matchup at Bridgestone Arena.

With goaltender Jonathan Bernier ruled out with a lower-body injury and Semyon Varlamov still on the shelf with a knee injury he suffered in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks on March 30, Colorado will turn to its confident No. 3 goalie in must-win matchup.

"It's a great opportunity for Hammond," said head coach Jared Bednar. "He's been working hard since he's been here."

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Avalanche Embracing The Challenge

Jonathan Bernier will miss Colorado's win-or-go-home Game 5 at Nashville

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Adversity is nothing new for the Colorado Avalanche. The team has faced it all year, and it has helped make the squad stronger and reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs a year after finishing in last place.

The Avs will once again need to battle adversity after their 3-2 loss in Game 4 on Wednesday night to the Nashville Predators.

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Avs Media Availability Quotes: April 19, 2018

Avalanche discuss Game 5 and Andrew Hammond getting the start in goal

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Hammond - April 19

Andrew Hammond on starting Game 5

Avalanche goaltender Andrew Hammond talks about getting the start in Game 5 at the Nashville Predators

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The Colorado Avalanche didn't have a practice on Thursday, a day after losing Game 4 of the club's first-round series with the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Avs went straight to Denver International Airport for their charter flight to Nashville for the fifth game of the series on Friday.

Colorado held a media-availability session at the airport, with head coach Jared Bednar and select players talking about the must-win Game 5. Bednar announced that goaltender Jonathan Bernier wouldn't be available for the contest, and that Andrew Hammond will get the start in net.

Here is what Bednar, Hammond, rookie Alexander Kerfoot and veteran Blake Comeau had to say.

Goaltender Andrew Hammond

On coming in relief during Game 4:

"You know, it's not an ideal situation to go into, but in the end we came up a little bit short. But for me to get my feet wet in the series was important. Overall, I think it helps going into tomorrow night."

On his mindset going into Game 5:

"Just trusting all your preparation. This time of the year, you're doing everything that you normally would as if you were playing, so from that standpoint not too much changes. You just need to trust your experience, trust the things you do in practice. You always want to play meaningful hockey, and I think tomorrow night it doesn't get more meaningful than that. So from that standpoint, I think it's very exciting to get that opportunity."

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Girard Could Play In Game 4

Defenseman has missed the last two contests with an upper-body injury

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard could return to the lineup Wednesday night for Game 4 of the team's Stanley Cup Playoff first-round series against the Nashville Predators.

Girard missed his second game in a row on Monday due to an upper-body injury, but he was on the ice for the Avs' optional practice in a red, non-contact jersey on Tuesday afternoon. The 19-year-old, along with handful of other Colorado players, did drills with the club's assistant coaches at Pepsi Center.

"Positive sign," said head coach Jared Bednar of Girard. "He's still day-to-day, so we'll know more again tomorrow. We'll see how he is tomorrow morning and make some decisions from there."

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Practice Day Quotes: April 17, 2018

Colorado looks ahead to its Game 4 matchup at home against Nashville

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Landeskog - April 17

Gabe Landeskog on the Avs' approach to Game 4

Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog talks about the Game 3 win and the team's focus heading into Game 4

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The Colorado Avalanche had an optional practice on Tuesday at Pepsi Center following its Game 3 victory the previous night against the Nashville Predators.

Here is what captain Gabriel Landeskog, defenseman Nikita Zadorov, center Carl Soderberg and head coach Jared Bednar had to say about the win and getting ready for the fourth contest of the series. 

Left Wing Gabriel Landeskog

On moving on from the Game 3 win:

"I think when you go to bed last night, it's time to reset and get ready for another work day here today and watch some video and things we can get better at and move on for tomorrow. Last night doesn't mean much if we don't win tomorrow. It's a big one again."

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Avs Return To Pepsi Center For Practice

Colorado held an optional practice on Sunday

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

After playing the first two games of its first-round series at Bridgestone Arena, the Colorado Avalanche returned to Pepsi Center for practice on Sunday.

It was the first time the Avs have skated on the Pepsi Center ice since they clinched a playoff berth with a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on April 7 in a winner-take-all matchup.

The training session featured 14 Colorado players, including eight forwards, four defensemen and two goalies. Not included among the blueliners was rookie Samuel Girard.

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Avalanche Excited For Home Support

Colorado looks to take advantage of next two games at Pepsi Center

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

The atmosphere at Bridgestone Arena was palpable in the first two games of the Colorado Avalanche's opening-round series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and now the club looks to use the same home-ice advantage the Nashville Predators enjoyed to its own benefit.

The best-of-seven series shifts to Pepsi Center for the next two contests, with the Avs getting the support of their own fans for the first time this postseason.

"Everyone is excited for it, obviously," said defenseman David Warsofsky of returning home for Game 3. "We got to see what their arena was like, and I think Pepsi Center is going to be just as loud. Hopefully we can use that to our advantage."

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Practice Day Quotes: April 15, 2018

The Avalanche had an optional practice at Pepsi Center

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The Colorado Avalanche arrived back in Denver on Saturday night after its Game 2 loss to the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena in the clubs' first-round series.

On Sunday, the Avs held an optional practice at Pepsi Center and Alexander Kerfoot, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen as well as head coach Jared Bednar talked after the session about the best-of-seven series so far and looking ahead to Game 3.  

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Avalanche Rest And Recover For Game 2

Colorado had an optional practice after playing the night before

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--It doesn't appear that the Colorado Avalanche will make any wide-ranging, sweeping changes following its loss to the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of the clubs' Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round series.

That much was clear on Friday, as the Avs focused more on maintenance and recovery. They held an optional practice at Bridgestone Arena, roughly 13 hours after Thursday's contest wrapped up.

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