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Bednar coaching Avalanche in Game 6 after irregularities in COVID-19 test

Kept away from morning skate; Colorado needs win against Vegas to prolong series

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

Jared Bednar is coaching the Colorado Avalanche against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Second Round on Thursday (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS) after missing the morning skate because of an irregularity with his COVID-19 test results, a Colorado spokesperson said.

The Avalanche faced elimination in the best-of-7 series.

Bednar was unavailable for comment.

Defenseman Devon Toews said other members of the coaching staff led practice Thursday morning.

"We have a pretty good routine on game days with our skates, so there's not much coaching that needs to go on there," Toews said. "We kind of know our routine and what we're doing out there, so it was pretty much business as usual."

The Avalanche lost three games in a row; they led 2-0 in the third period of Game 5 before losing 3-2 in overtime.

"We've been talking about things that we have to get better at for a long time, and I think last game was a pretty good game from us, so we're just looking to build and get a win from tonight's game," forward Joonas Donskoi said.

Game 7, if necessary, will be at Colorado on Saturday.

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