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Postgame Notes: 2020 NHL Stadium Series

Los Angeles Kings defeated Colorado Avalanche 3-1 at Air Force

by National Hockey League @NHL / NHL.com

Tyler Toffoli tallied the first hat trick in an NHL outdoor regular-season game and Jonathan Quick stopped 32 of 33 shots, leading the Kings to a last-minute 3-1 win over the Avalanche in front of a sellout crowd of 43,574 at Falcon Stadium in the 2020 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series.

Toffoli gave the Kings a 1-0 lead at 14:01 of the first period, tallied the game-winning goal at 19:05 of the third period and notched the insurance marker at 19:55 to seal the 3-1 win. It marked Toffoli's third career NHL hat trick (first since Dec. 28, 2015 at Vancouver) and was the first three-goal performance in the 30 NHL outdoor regular-season games played to date.

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Rapid Recap: Kings 3, Avalanche 1

It was the second NHL outdoor regular-season game for the Avalanche

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo.--Tyler Toffoli scored three times and the Colorado Avalanche fell 3-1 to the Los Angeles Kings at the 2020 NHL Stadium Series at the Air Force Academy's Falcon Stadium.

Toffoli got the Kings on the board with the first period's lone goal, and Samuel Girard tied the contest late in the second period. Toffoli tallied his second with less than a minute remaining and completed the hat trick into an empty net.

Philipp Grubauer stopped 14-of-15 shots before leaving with an injury with 17:27 remaining in the third period. Pavel Francouz finiished the game and made six saves.

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Stadium Series Projected Lineup: Avalanche vs. Kings

It is the second regular-season outdoor game for Colorado

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche hosts the Los Angeles Kings this evening outside at the U.S. Air Force Academy's Falcon Stadium.

The 2020 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series will mark the second regular-season outdoor game for the Avalanche after the team hosted the 2016 NHL Stadium Series at Coors Field in Denver against the Detroit Red Wings.

The matchup will be played at 6,621 feet above sea level, a record for an NHL regular-season outdoor game, surpassing the 5,200-foot elevation of Coors Field.

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2020 NHL Stadium Series Pregame Notes

Avalanche is playing its second NHL outdoor game

by National Hockey League @NHL / NHL.com

The Avalanche will be making their second appearance in an NHL outdoor regular-season contest; their prior game was in the 2016 NHL Stadium Series at Coors Field in Denver. The Red Wings topped the Avalanche 5-3, with Red Wings forward Brad Richards tallying the game-winning goal with one minute remaining in regulation. The game-time temperature of 65°F/18°C at Coors Field remains the warmest for an NHL outdoor regular-season game, eclipsing the 62°F/17°C when the puck dropped for the 2014Stadium Series game between the Kings and Ducks at Dodger Stadium.

This marks the Kings' third NHL outdoor regular-season game, following Stadium Series appearances in 2014 and 2015, both in the state of California.

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Avs Practice Outdoors Ahead of Stadium Series

Colorado skated at Falcon Stadium for the first time on Friday

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo.--Before the Colorado Avalanche will actually play at the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Avs got the chance to test out the ice conditions both as team and with their families.

The Avs kicked off the 2020 NHL Stadium Series weekend by hitting the ice at Falcon Stadium for the first time with a 30-minute practice on Friday that was followed by the club's outdoor family skate.

"I was it was really fun. Ice was actually really good. I know it was a little bit warmer, so we expected it to be a little bit soft, but ice was actually one of the better ones I've skated on," goaltender Philipp Grubauer said of the session. "Little hard to see the puck with the sun and how it reflected off the ice, but just to be out there with the guys, it was a really special day.

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Avalanche Heads Outside to Face Kings in 2020 NHL Stadium Series

Colorado and Los Angeles first season meeting outdoors

by Kate Reed / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche is heading outdoors to take on the Los Angeles Kings at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs on Saturday.

The Avs are going into this contests having won five of their last six games. Colorado fell 3-2 to the Washington Capitals on Thursday after the Caps rallied in the third period. Mikko Rantanen and Andre Burakovsky gave the Avs a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission, but Washington scored three unanswered goals, including two in the third period, to secure the two points in the standings.

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Fan Reminders for 2020 NHL Stadium Series

Avalanche faces the Kings at the U.S. Air Force Academy

by National Hockey League @NHL / NHL.com

The National Hockey League would like to remind fans attending the 2020 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series about traffic and security matters. Here's what attendees need to know:

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By The Numbers: 2020 NHL Stadium Series

The Colorado Avalanche faces the Los Angeles Kings at Air Force's Falcon Stadium

by National Hockey League @NHL / NHL.com

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY--A look at the 2020 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series™ "By the Numbers."

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Awesome Experience For Avs at Coors Field Outdoor Game

Three Avalanche players played in the 2016 Stadium Series against the Detroit Red Wings

by Kate Reed / ColoradoAvalanche.com

While gearing up to play in the 2020 NHL Stadium Series at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Avalanche veterans Erik Johnson, Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon reflected on their first professional experience playing outdoors.

All three participated in the 2016 NHL Stadium Series between the Avs and Detroit Red Wings at a sold-out Coors Field in downtown Denver on Feb. 27, 2016. It was the first-ever NHL outdoor game to be played in Colorado.

While Detroit came out on top in the end, winning 5-3, it was still a memorable experience for all three Avs players.

"It was awesome, so much fun," said Landeskog. "The whole city and the whole state of Colorado really rallied around it, so the support was amazing. To play outdoors was so much fun."

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2020 Stadium Series Legacy: Innovative Sled Hockey Initiative

First-ever on-ice sled bench prototype unveiled at Sertich Ice Center

by National Hockey League @NHL / NHL.com

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--As a leader in sport innovation, the National Hockey League, together with the Colorado Avalanche, USA Hockey and Athletica Sport Systems, today unveiled a revolutionary on-ice sled bench prototype, as a legacy of the 2020 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series.

The details of the Legacy initiative were unveiled at Sertich Ice Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado., this evening by NHL VP Hockey Development & Strategic Collaboration Kevin Westgarth, Colorado Avalanche Community Ambassador John-Michael Liles, USA Hockey Executive Director Pat Kelleher, Athletica Sport Systems' Reid Hart and members of the Warrior Avalanche, Colorado Sled Hockey and Colorado Springs Tigers Hockey teams.

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