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Avs Not Satisfied With Forcing Game 7

Colorado wants to complete the series comeback and advance in the playoffs

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

This is the first time in Colorado Avalanche franchise history that the organization has rallied from being down 3-1 in a playoff series to force a Game 7, but to think that the team has accomplished something in its wins against the Dallas Stars over the last two games is far from accurate.

"There's definitely something that we've done a good job of in turning the tide of the series, but just because we've come this far, our goal isn't to get to Game 7. Our goal is to win Game 7," said Avs veteran Ian Cole, an owner of two Stanley Cup rings in his career. "We still have a lot of work left to do and winning is really the only way to accomplish that."

Colorado can take a little solace in that it has already played and succeeded in two elimination games to continue its run for a championship, while Dallas now faces its first win-or-go home (and leave the bubble) situation of the 2020 postseason.

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Avalanche Mindset Remains the Same Going into Game 6

Colorado extended its Round 2 series on Monday

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar described his team as "a little bit angry" heading into Game 5 against the Dallas Stars and that attitude will remain the same entering another must-win outing on Wednesday.

Colorado came out on a mission and scored five straight in the first period, setting a new franchise record for goals in a playoff period, and earned a 6-3 victory on Monday to extend the second-round series.

"I don't think our mindset is changing, I think it's going to be the same. I mean our backs are still against a wall. We need to win to force a Game 7," said Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog. "That is going to be our mindset moving forward, and it needs to be. We are looking at this the exact same way, and obviously we expect the Stars are going to come out and push back, that's just the way it goes. In a playoff series when one team wins and one team loses, usually the losing team will make some adjustments whether its mindset or structurally. I am sure we expect some changes and some more push back from them in the first five or 10 minutes like they were in Game 4, and we just got to step on the ice the same way we did yesterday."

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Avs Use Pause to Learn More About Racial Injustice

Colorado continues conversations about systematic racism during while playoff games are postponed

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The NHL players of the eight remaining teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs came together and chose not to play any games on Thursday or Friday. The purpose of postponing those contests was to use the two days to learn more about the racial injustice in today's society and find ways to help end systematic racism.

The players decided that hockey needed to be put on hold in order to make a statement and protest the racial injustice that continues to be evident in light of the recent shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It was a conclusion that the league supported.

"We postponed two days of NHL playoff hockey, I think that's a big deal," said Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon. "Making our statement, being unified, you saw the press conference with everyone here together. I think the same message, I think if you ask any player, they would relay the same message to everybody."

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Avs Continue to Rely on Depth While Injured Players Recover

Nikita Zadorov expected to play in Game 4

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar said he expects defenseman Nikita Zadorov to play on Sunday afternoon in Game 4 of the club's second-round series against the Dallas Stars.

As for the other injured players on Colorado roster, it's not looking as promising.

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Positives in Game 2 Can Help Avalanche in Crucial Game 3

Colorado looking for first win in series against the Dallas Stars

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche is down 2-0 in its best-of-seven, second-round series, but the two defeats to the Dallas Stars have come in very different ways.

Head Jared Bednar said the team didn't give itself a chance in the Game 1 loss, and Game 2 started off well before the squad got discouraged when the Stars scored four times in a span of 10 minutes, with the last two tallies coming from fortunate bounces.

Bednar made note that there are no moral victories at this point of the season for having a solid first half of a game, but Colorado's play in the first 29 minutes against Dallas where it led 2-0 and had a 26-13 edge in shots is promising for the next contest. The Avs play an important Game 3 against the Stars on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. MT at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

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Colorado Remains Poised Despite Injuries

Avs will be without goaltender Philipp Grubauer in Game 2

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche got a taste of an injury bug to start the second round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and although the Avs don't know how long they will be without some of their teammates, the squad remains confident moving forward.

The Avalanche opened Round 2 against the Dallas Stars on Saturday and finished its 5-3 loss in Game 1 without three of its regular players: forward Matt Calvert, defenseman Erik Johnson and goaltender Philipp Grubauer.

Calvert did not dress for Saturday's contest while Grubauer left the game early in the second period after suffering an injury while stretching to make a kick save. Johnson blocked a shot just before getting tangled up with a Dallas player in front of the Colorado net midway through the first period. He left the contest and returned to play a few shifts in the second, but he did not skate in the third frame, although he did sit on the bench for the stanza.

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Avs Ready For Quick Turnaround Against Stars

Colorado and Dallas begin the Second Round on Saturday night

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche is quite familiar with the Dallas Stars.

The clubs played twice in the preseason last September, four times during the regular season and then faced off less than three weeks ago during the round robin of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers. Now, the Central Division rivals will play a best-of-seven series to determine who will advance to the Western Conference Finals.

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Colorado Prepares for Tough Game 5

Game 5 is set for Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. MT

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

After taking a 3-1 series lead over the Arizona Coyotes in the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday, the Colorado Avalanche will look to close out the best-of-seven set on Wednesday afternoon.  

The Avs had their best offensive output in the postseason in almost 20 years in Game 4, earning a 7-1 victory against the Yotes. It was the most goals the team has scored in a playoff contest since winning 8-2 against the San Jose Sharks in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals on May 4, 2002.

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Colorado Displayed Defensive Focus In Series Opener with Arizona

Avalanche had a 40-14 edge in shots on goal in Game 1

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche might be known around the National Hockey League for its high-powered offense, but it showed its defensive prowess in the first game of its Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Arizona Coyotes.

The Avs only allowed 14 shots on goal, setting a new franchise playoff record, in their 3-0 victory over the Coyotes in Game 1 on Wednesday afternoon.

"I just think it's hard work and commitment. I believe our guys know what we are trying to do on the defensive side of it from a tactical standpoint, from a structural standpoint and some nights we are better than others," said head coach Jared Bednar. "It is about having your legs and using your legs to check and putting teams under pressure on the offensive side of it and on the defensive side of it. When we are on our toes and playing that way on the defensive side then we are a good-checking team, and it is something that we have been striving to get better at for the last couple years and I feel like we have done that. Now, it is just keep trying to get better here through the playoffs.

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Offense vs. Defense in Colorado's First Round Matchup

Avalanche readies for tough task against Arizona Coyotes

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche is confident in its offensive abilities as the team prepares to face one of the best defensive clubs in the NHL in the first round of the playoffs.

"I think we're excited to get going, first and foremost," said Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog of the upcoming series against the Arizona Coyotes. "Obviously we've had a few games here leading up to this, and I think especially the St. Louis and Dallas games, we're really happy with the way we played. The last game maybe not as much, but now leading into a seven-game series, it'll be obviously more competitive, different outlook seeing the same team every single night. Arizona is a good team, no doubt. They're a very defensively-structured team, well coached, they have a lot of skill up front… So we'll have our hands full, no doubt."

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