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The Burgundy Breakdown

Welcome to the latest edition of The Burgundy Breakdown, which covers the most recent week of action involving the Colorado Avalanche!

Photo by Brent Lewis/The Denver Post

Photo by Brent Lewis/The Denver Post

The Avs entered this past week coming off a devastating 4-1 loss to the Sabres in Buffalo, and after two days off, the team returned home for their second meeting with the Montréal Canadiens. The Avs blasted the Habs on the road, 6-1 on November 14, but the home meeting was quite shaky, with Montréal scoring first in the opening frame. The Avs tied the game with a shorthanded goal by Erik Johnson, but the Habs regained the lead about a minute later. Jarome Iginla tied the game later in the second period with a power play goal, and with 2:03 left in the third, Iginla gave the Avs the lead for good, as the team won 3-2 to sweep the season series.

TysonBarrieAvsAfter their home win, the Avs headed off to Western Canada for back-to-back games in Edmonton and Vancouver. The Oilers were first on Saturday, and in that game, Taylor Hall, who has been a huge thorn in the Avs’ side, scored in the first period to make it 1-0. John Mitchell tied it up later in the period, with the assists coming from Blake Comeau and Tyson Barrie. Speaking of Barrie, he had a spectacular performance, as he followed his assist with goals in the second and third periods, giving the Avs a 3-1 lead. Benoit Pouliot made it interesting with a goal in the third to make it 3-2, and coach Todd MacLellan pulled goalie Cam Talbot with four minutes left. But the Avalanche held on to pick up their fourth victory in five games.

The Avs were looking for three wins in a row the next night in Vancouver, but they fell completely flat against the Canucks. It was all Canucks from the get-go, as they scored goals left and right; two in the first, followed by a power play goal with five seconds left in the second period. After the Canucks made it 4-0, Avalanche coach Patrick Roy decided to pull Semyon Varlamov with half of the third to go, but Vancouver scored an empty netter to make it 5-0. The Avalanche were defeated, 5-1, with Matt Duchene scoring in the final minute of regulation to prevent the shutout.

The Avalanche are 4-5-1 in this month of February, even after starting the month 0-3-1. At 31-27-4 and 66 points, the Avalanche currently hold the #1 Wild Card position in the Western Conference, but the race has become tighter in the last week. The Avalanche and Predators hold the Wild Card positions, with the Avs ahead of Nashville by one point, and ahead of the Minnesota Wild by only two points. The Avalanche have two games left against the Wild this season, with the next meeting taking place on the road on March 1. They have three games against the Predators remaining; their next meeting is at home on March 5, but their final two games are in Nashville.

The Avalanche have a short week coming up, with only two games taking place. Both games are at home, but the main game is the historic Stadium Series game against the Red Wings at Coors Field on Saturday, the home of MLB’s Colorado Rockies. Before that, the Avalanche will host the Sharks on Wednesday.

Until next week!

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