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Avs Pumped as Series Shifts to Denver

Round 1 series between Colorado and Calgary is tied at 1-1

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Silencing the "C of Red" was fun, but the Colorado Avalanche is more excited to have the crowd on their side for the next two games.

"I'm pumped to come home," said Avs goaltender Philipp Grubauer on Sunday afternoon after the club arrived back in Denver following its two-game split in Calgary.

Grubauer made 35 saves and Nathan MacKinnon scored the game-winner in overtime to give Colorado the 3-2 victory against the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. The best-of-seven series is tied at 1-1 with Game 3 set for Monday night at Pepsi Center.

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Game 2 Projected Lineup: Avalanche at Flames

Philipp Grubauer expected to start in net for Colorado

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CALGARY, Alberta--The Colorado Avalanche is not expected to make any changes to its lineup for tonight's Game 2 matchup against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome.

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Postgame Wrap-Up: Power Outage in Game 1

Avalanche couldn't convert on its man advantages versus the Flames

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CALGARY, Alberta--The Calgary Flames won the special-teams battle on Thursday night, but it wasn't for a lack of opportunities by the Colorado Avalanche.

Colorado had four power plays in Game 1, but the team couldn't convert and is now down 1-0 in the best-of-seven first-round series. The Flames won 4-0 at the Scotiabank Saddledome after converting on 2-of-5 man-advantage chances.

"If you don't score, you're not really happy with it, so we had some good looks, but [Mike Smith] made some big saves and we've got to find a way to find the back of the net on the mitt," said defenseman Tyson Barrie on the man advantage. "We had some really good chances, so maybe it's just raising it an extra half a foot or whatever it is to make sure it goes in so we've got to bear down on that."

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Morning Skate Quotables: April 11, 2019

The Avs get ready for Game 1 against Calgary

by Colorado Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche took the ice at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, on Thursday morning in preparation for Game 1 of the team's first-round matchup against the Western Conference's No. 1 seed, the Calgary Flames.

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

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First Round

Philipp Grubauer vs. Mike Smith

Style differences could play big role in deciding Avalanche-Flames series

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

Goaltending is an integral part of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. To better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the goaltenders, the final 100 goals allowed by each in the regular season and each goal allowed in the playoffs were charted, with the help of Apex Video Analysis and Save Review System from Upper Hand Inc., to see what patterns emerge.

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First Round

Grubauer entering playoffs with Avalanche on high note

Goalie overcame slow start to prosper down stretch, confident against Flames

by Rick Sadowski / NHL.com Correspondent

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Philipp Grubauer is confident his regular-season success can continue for the Colorado Avalanche heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Rantanen to Play in Game 1

Avalanche forward missed the end of the regular season with an upper-body injury

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Mikko Rantanen will be in the Colorado Avalanche's lineup on Thursday night when the club begins its first-round, Stanley Cup Playoffs series at the Calgary Flames.

The Avalanche right wing was a full participant in Wednesday's practice at Family Sports Center, donning a regular sweater for the first time since getting hurt on March 21 in a game at the Dallas Stars. Rantanen missed the final eight regular-season games with an upper-body injury.

"I feel good," Rantanen said after practice. "I'm excited, and I guess good timing to get back and straight into the playoffs. I'm really excited."

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FIRST ROUND

Islanders goalies working in tandem entering playoffs

Turnarounds by Lehner, Greiss helped New York earn first-round playoff series against Penguins

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. -- The numbers during the regular season were nearly identical.

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Lehner and Greiss See Jennings Trophy As 'Team Award'

Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss win award for fewest goals against during regular season

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss officially won the William M. Jennings Trophy on Saturday night, the award given to the goalies on the team who allowed the fewest goals (196 including shootout winners) during the regular season.

Considering where the Islanders were a year ago, having allowed a league-high 296 goals, it's a remarkable accomplishment. In the last 100 years, only one other team - the 1918-19 Ottawa Senators - have gone from worst to first in goals against in one year. The 100-goal defensive turnaround was a prime catalyst for the Isles' 103-point season and second-place finish in the Metro Division.

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game recap

Gibson makes 44 saves, Ducks defeat Kings

Holzer scores first goal since 2017 for Anaheim, which ends season winning five of seven

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

Gibson stops Carter's deflection

LAK@ANA: Gibson denies Carter from doorstep

John Gibson stands tall to knock down Jeff Carter's redirection in front and covers up the rebound

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ANAHEIM -- John Gibson made 44 saves, and the Anaheim Ducks ended their season with a 5-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Honda Center on Friday.

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