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The Burgundy Breakdown

Welcome to the latest edition of The Burgundy Breakdown, which recaps the last week of action involving the Colorado Avalanche.

JaromeIginla2The Avs kicked off the month of March on the road against the Minnesota Wild, a team who had given the Avs fits since their 2014 playoff series. The Avalanche started the scoring quickly, as Jarome Iginla scored on the power play in the first minute of the game to make it 1-0. One of the assists was picked up by Mikkel Boedker, who was acquired by the Avs in a trade with the Coyotes on deadline day. However, the Wild answered back with two goals on breakaways in the period, one of them scored by Nino Niederreiter, who scored the breakaway goal in Game 7 of their 2014 playoff series. The Wild later led 3-1 until the Avalanche tied it up, but the third period was all Wild, scoring three goals to clinch a 6-3 victory for Minnesota. The Avs entered that game two points ahead of the Wild, but the loss put them in a tie, and with Minnesota having a game in hand, the Avalanche were knocked out a playoff position for the first time in just over two months.

GabrielLandeskog395x594The Avalanche returned home on Thursday for the first of a four-game homestand. Their first opponents were the Florida Panthers, and just like on Tuesday, the Avs scored first with a breakaway goal by Gabriel Landeskog in the first, with the assists coming from Tyson Barrie and goaltender Calvin Pickard. The Panthers tied it up later in the first with a goal by Erik Gudbranson, but Mikkel Boedker scored his first Avs goal to give his new team the lead back after one. In the second, Matt Duchene made it 3-1 with his team leading 27th goal of the season, but Brian Campbell made it a one goal game again later in the period. The score would hold up after the third, sealing the Avs’ first victory this month.

Saturday was an early home game against the Nashville Predators, and the Avs scored first once again with Blake Comeau’s tally in the first period. In the second, Filip Forsberg tied the game up, but Gabriel Landeskog scored in the final minute of the period to give the Avs a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of play. The third period was all Predators, as they scored four goals in the frame, including two empty-netters, as the Avalanche fell to Nashville for the first time this season, by a score of 5-2.

After a red hot December and January, February and (so far) March has not been kind to the Avalanche. The Avs are 6-8-1 since the All-Star break, and enter this week two points out of a playoff spot. This week will see the Avs’ homestand continue, with games against the Coyotes and Ducks (Wednesday). On Saturday, the Avs will begin a four-game Canadian road trip in Winnipeg.

Until next week!

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