Colorado Avalanche Face Tough Stretch
The Colorado Avalanche have been fun to watch. Colorado has tough stretch to end the season. They hope to make up some ground in the next couple of weeks that put them in good position going into the season.
There was so much more to the Canadiens 6-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night than Patrick Roy’s return to Montreal.Roys return was soured by the team losing and not playing to their potential. Max Talbot and Jamie McGinn had goals for the Avalanche (44-20-5). Colorado lost for only the third time in 10 games.
Thursday the Avalanche lost 4-3 in overtime loss to Winnipeg Jets. Ryan O'Reilly, Gabriel Landeskog, Nick Holden and Cody McLeod scored for Colorado. It also was rookie goaltender Reto Berra's first start since he was acquired by Colorado from the Calgary Flames at the trade deadline.
The Avalanche had no-shows as Paul Stastny was out after playing in Montreal on Tuesday following a four-game absence due to injury. They also lost forward John Mitchell due to injury in Montreal. But injuries and tough schedules aren't uncommon at this time of year and no one was using them as an excuse. Colorado needs to overcome it.
Colorado blanked by the Boston Bruins for the first shut out for the season. Eric Johnson was at the center of the effort, turning away one scoring opportunity after another. One of his best saves came in the second period when he used his glove to stop Nathan MacKinnon's shot on a breakaway. Johnson improved to 10-0-1 in his last 11 starts, a career-best point streak includes a pair of shutouts. Colorado learned lessons in that game and know they need to do better.
The Avalanche released a video in which several Avalanche players — Gabe Landeskog, Matt Duchene, Paul Stastny, Jamie McGinn and Nate MacKinnon. They sing along to the Imagine Dragons hit song “Radioactive.
Semyon Varlamov has a realistic shot of winning the Vezina Trophy, given annually to the NHL's best goaltender. It will be up to a vote of the league's general managers after the season.
Forward John Mitchell (back) didn't practice Monday and won't play against the Predators.
Colorado Avalanche Correspondent
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