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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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Avalanche Relishes Game 7 Against Sharks

Colorado faces another must-win to reach the Western Conference Final

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

DENVER--These are the types of games that the Colorado Avalanche has played its best in all season.

For the second straight contest, the Avs face a must-win scenario if they want to extend their Stanley Cup Playoff run, as they take on the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday at SAP Center in Game 7 of their Round 2 series. Colorado forced the decisive final game with a 4-3 overtime victory on Monday at home.

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Avalanche Quotables: May 7, 2019

The Avalanche heads to San Jose for the final game of the series

by Colorado Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche boarded the team flight for Northern California on Tuesday before the decisive Game 7 against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday.

Here is what some players and head coach Jared Bednar had to say prior to traveling.

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Avs Familiar with Must-Win Games

Colorado faces must-win situation in Game 6

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche had several "must-win" games multiple times throughout the year in order to stay in the race to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the team will have its first must-win game of the postseason.

The Avs are facing a 3-2 series deficit against the San Jose Sharks in the second-round series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and will host Game 6 at Pepsi Center on Monday.

"We've been through some ups and downs this season, we've been counted out numerous times. For us, we're not going to pack it in just because we're facing elimination," said captain Gabriel Landeskog. "Everybody's going to step up, and we're going to need our best team effort tomorrow. That's the way we look at it. Super proud of the group that we have in that room, but our season isn't ready to be over yet."

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Calvert Could Return For Game 4

Avalanche forward was hurt on Sunday against the Sharks

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Matt Calvert took part in Wednesday's optional practice and could be back in the lineup for Game 4 of the Colorado Avalanche's second-round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

"First skate in two days. It's day-to-day for me right now," Calvert said following the on-ice session at Family Sports Center. "We're going to talk with the trainers and reevaluate after."

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Colorado Returns Home with Series Tied

The Round 2 series between the Avalanche and Sharks is tied at 1-1

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche returned to the Mile High City having earned a 1-1 tie with the San Jose Sharks in the teams' Round 2 matchup in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Avs dropped the best-of-seven series opener 5-2 at SAP Center on Friday night at SAP Center but fought back to get the split in San Jose with a 4-3 win on Sunday.

Colorado also lost Game 1 of its first-round set with the Calgary Flames and bounced back with victories in the final four contests to advance after five outings. Having been in this position before, the team will use what it learned in that experience and keep its foot on the gas against the Sharks.

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Avalanche Has "More To Give" For Game 2

Colorado remains confident after loss to San Jose Sharks

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

SAN JOSE, Calif.--The Colorado Avalanche has been down 1-0 in a series before during these Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the players are well aware there is still a lot of hockey to be played in the best-of-seven set.

Colorado lost Game 1 in the first round to the Calgary Flames but bounced back to win four straight contests and eliminate the Western Conference's top regular season team in five games.

The Avs are in a similar situation to begin Round 2 after falling 5-2 to the San Jose Sharks in the opening contest on Friday night. Colorado now turns its attention to the second outing on Sunday afternoon before heading home for Games 3 and 4.

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Morning Skate Quotables: April 26, 2019

Colorado begins Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against San Jose

by Colorado Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Following a 4-1 series victory over the Calgary Flames, the Colorado Avalanche begins the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the San Jose Sharks on Friday. The team will play both Games 1 and 2 in Northern California before heading back to Denver for contests on Tuesday and Thursday. 

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

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Girard Healthy For Game 1 Against Sharks

Defenseman has missed the last three games of the Avs' series against Flames

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Defenseman Samuel Girard will be back in the lineup when the Colorado Avalanche opens its Round 2 Stanley Cup Playoff series against the San Jose Sharks on Friday night at SAP Center.

Girard missed the final three contests of the team's first-round victory against the Calgary Flames after suffering an upper-body injury in Game 2.

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Avalanche Readies for Round 2 Against Sharks

Colorado and San Jose open the second round at SAP Center on Friday

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche has been preparing for the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs since the club advanced with a 5-1 win against the Calgary Flames on Friday, and the Avs now know what opponent they will face next.

Colorado learned late Tuesday night that it will meet the Sharks in Round 2 following San Jose's 5-4 overtime victory against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 7 of their first-round matchup.

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