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Joe Sakic End of Season Press Conference Quotes

Avalanche general manager wraps up 2017-18 campaign and looks ahead to next season

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Joe Sakic End of Season Presser

Avs GM Joe Sakic on the 2017-18 season

Avalanche Exec. VP/General Manager Joe Sakic discusses the 2017-18 campaign and looks ahead to the draft, free agency and next season

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Colorado Avalanche executive vice president/general manager Joe Sakic had a news conference on Monday to discuss the team's performance during the 2017-18 season.

Among the topics that were discussed were the Avs' Stanley Cup Playoff run, this summer's draft and free agency and the expectations for next season.

Here is the transcript of Sakic's conversation with the Denver media.

On if injuries hurt Colorado in the playoffs:

"It hurts when you don't have your No. 1 'D' and your No. 1 goalie, but I give our guys a lot of credit. They battled adversity all year, it didn't matter who was hurt. They stuck together, they found a way to win games, get in the playoffs, and except for last night's game where I think we run out of gas, it was a heck of a series by our guys. All teams have injuries this time of year and you have to deal with them, and our guys played hard. They believed in each other, and we went to Game 6. Overall, over the course of the year, really proud of this group. They did an amazing job."

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Promising Season Raises Expectations

Colorado gave Nashville plenty to handle in playoff series

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche aimed to make noise in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the team certainly did. That didn't make the final result any less disappointing.

Colorado's season came to an end Sunday night as the Nashville Predators won the first-round series 4-2, downing the young, upstart Avs 5-0 in Game 6 at Pepsi Center.

"It is tough to sum up the series right here, right now, but I felt like we made them fight for it," said Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, minutes after leaving the home ice for the last time until the fall. "I don't know if they thought that they were going to roll over us (in the first round), but I'm proud of the group we have in this dressing room."

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Bednar: "I'm Proud Of This Team"

Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar talks about the series loss and Colorado's season

by ColoradoAvalanche.com / Official website of the Avalanche

Bednar - Postgame (April 22)

Bednar after the first-round series loss to Nashville

Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar talks about the first-round series loss to Nashville and the 2017-18 season

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The Colorado Avalanche lost its first-round series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Nashville Predators 4-2 after falling 5-0 in Game 6. 

Here is what Avs head coach Jared Bednar had to say afterward about the series as Colorado's 95 point season.

On the 2017-18 Colorado Avalanche team: "I'm proud of this team. What they accomplished, how hard they worked all year, how coachable they were. It's a great group, it's a fun group to coach. That's what I'll take out of it. I thought they were respectful, responsive, hard-working group, real close-knit group from day one, really. Great leadership. It was a good season, it was a fun season, it was a lot of fun, especially for a lot of our guys that went through probably their worst season, myself included, last year. To respond and have a season like this. It was fun and it was a good time."

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Postgame Notes & Quotes - Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round, Game 6

Nashville won the best-of-seven series 4-2 with a 5-0 win

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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Nashville won the best-of-seven series 4-2 to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals.

The Predators posted a shutout victory in a series-deciding game for the first time in franchise history, joining the Vegas Golden Knight and the Winnipeg Jets as the third team to accomplish the feat this postseason. (via NHL PR)

The Avalanche is now 25-21 in all-time playoff series, 19-12 since moving to Denver.

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Game 6 Projected Lineup: Avalanche vs. Predators

Andrew Hammond set to play in his second straight game for Colorado

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche looks to once again evade elimination tonight, as it hosts the Nashville Predators in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 series at Pepsi Center.

Nashville leads the best-of-seven series 3-2 and can advance to the second round against the Winnipeg Jets with a victory. A Colorado win would force a Game 7 on Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena.

The Avs won't make any lineup changes to the one they iced in Friday's 2-1 victory at Nashville in Game 5, head coach Jared Bednar said during his pregame media availability.

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Avs Resilient Character On Display

The Avalanche forced a Game 6 with a 2-1 win in Nashville on Friday

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Many times throughout this season, the Colorado Avalanche has showed how strong a group it is and refused to surrender.

Down 3-1 in its first-round series with the Nashville Predators, the Avs once again demonstrated the character they have in a young dressing room and earned a chance to play another game.

The Avalanche had its season on the line on Friday when it went into Bridgestone Arena and defeated the Nashville Predators 2-1 to cut the Preds' lead to 3-2 after five games of the teams' first-round, best-of-seven series.

The game was scoreless until midway through the third period when the Preds got the puck past Avs goaltender Andrew Hammond on a deflection off a skate. But, like it has all season, Colorado continued to push and scored twice in the final five minutes to win and force a Game 6.

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Avs Return Home To Host Game 6 vs. Predators

Colorado looks to even the Round 1 series

by Scott MacDonald / ColoradoAvalanche.com

A 44-save performance by goaltender Andrew Hammond helped lead the Colorado Avalanche to a come-from-behind victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday at Bridgestone Arena and force a Game 6 back home on Sunday night.

It will be the third and final outing of the series that will be played at Pepsi Center, where the Avalanche and Predators have each won one game.

The Predators lead 3-2 in the best-of-seven series in the first round of Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Avs Media Availability Quotes: April 21, 2018

The Avs discuss Game 5 after returning to Denver

by ColoradoAvalanche.com / Official website of theAvalanche

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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Bednar: "A Lot Of Heart From Our Guys"

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Bednar - Postgame (April 20)

Avs coach Jared Bednar on the Game 5 win

Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar discusses the 2-1 comeback victory against the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of their playoff series

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The Colorado Avalanche came back from being down a goal midway through the third period and scored twice in the final five minutes to defeat the Nashville Predators 2-1 in Game 5 of the clubs' first-round series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Friday.

Here are Avs head coach Jared Bednar's thoughts after the come-from-behind victory.

On winning Game 5: "That was big. I mean a lot of heart from our guys, tight-checking game, hard-fought game for two periods. Right at the end of the second period they had that extended shift, and we got out of it without them scoring and ended up taking a penalty and then they came at us again early in the third and they made a play to the net and got one off the shin pad there off the skate. Not much time left and hard to fight for chances I thought throughout the whole game for our group, and we come out and find a way. A lot of heart by our guys, pretty happy by what they did there, especially in the third period."

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Hammond Shines In Game 5 To Extend Series

Netminder Andrew Hammond made 44 saves in the Game 5 victory

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The Colorado Avalanche has had a next man up mentality all season, and goaltender Andrew Hammond was the embodiment of that attitude Friday night.  

With Semyon Varlamov and Jonathan Bernier both out with injuries, Hammond made his second career start for the Avalanche and stopped 44 of the 45 shots he faced, setting a new career high (regular and postseason combined).  

Hammond led Colorado to a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena in Game 5 of the clubs' first-round series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  

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