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The Burgundy Breakdown

Welcome to the latest edition of the Burgundy Breakdown, which details the last week from the Colorado Avalanche.

ShawnMatthiasWith the main focus being on the outdoor game at Coors Field, it was a short week for the Avs. After their horrendous loss to the Vancouver Canucks last Sunday, the Avalanche returned home on Wednesday for their last meeting against the San Jose Sharks. The first period ended tied at 1, with the Sharks scoring first and early; just over two minutes into the game. Shawn Matthias, who was traded to the Avalanche days earlier from Toronto, tied the game later in the period, with the assists coming from Francois Beauchemin and Carl Soderberg. After a scoreless second period, Brent Burns gave the Sharks the lead early in the third, only for Jarome Iginla to tie it up on the power play. Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog made it 3-2; the Avs’ first lead of the game, but with under two minutes left, Joel Ward tied the game for the Sharks, who had the extra attacker on the ice.

Overtime went by without a goal, so a shootout was needed. The Avalanche scored twice in the shootout, with the goals coming from Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene, giving the Avs a 4-3 victory. The Avalanche are 3-0 in shootouts this season.

Alex+Tanguay+Anaheim+Ducks+v+Colorado+Avalanche+zjXpcSNjZ9qlSaturday was the aforementioned outdoor game between the Avalanche and Red Wings, but on the night before, the two teams played an alumni game that was won by the Avs, 5-2. Legendary Avalanche captain Joe Sakic scored one of the five goals, and Patrick Roy stopped 20 of 21 shots in the two periods he played. Regarding Saturday’s game, the Avalanche led 2-1 after one period, with goals coming from MacKinnon and a red-hot (as of late) Tyson Barrie. After no scoring in the second, the Wings scored two in the third to regain their lead, only for Alex Tanguay to tie the game in the heart of the period. With 1:00 even left in regulation, Brad Richards scored an odd goal past Semyon Varlamov to give the Wings the lead, and an empty netter iced the Wings’ victory; 5-3 the final score.

The goal scored by Tanguay would be his last as a member of the Avalanche, as he was traded to the Arizona Coyotes earlier today for Mikkel Boedker, just hours before the deadline. The Avalanche went 5-6-1 in the month of February, but it could have been a lot worse after the 0-3-1 home skid. The team enters the pivotal month of March at 32-28-4, still holding on to the 2nd Wild Card position, only by two points over the Wild. The Avs will be in Minnesota tomorrow night, playing a pivotal head to head game. After that, the Avs will round out this week with home games against the first-place Panthers (3/3) and the Predators (3/5), the latter of whom the Avs are also trying to keep pace with.

Until next week!

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