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The Burgundy Breakdown

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

MikkelBoedkerAVSThe Avs’ Canadian road trip continued this past Wednesday in Vancouver; the third and final meeting between the Avalanche and Canucks. It didn’t start well for the Avs, as Henrik Sedin opened the scoring in the first period, but Mikkel Boedker tied things up later in the period, and scored again in the second to give the Avs a 2-1 lead. Andreas Martinsen had a goal of his own in the third period, and the Avalanche went on to win, 3-1; the team’s only win against Vancouver this season.

Photo by: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Photo by: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Avalanche then headed to Calgary to face off against the Flames, and like the game in Vancouver, the Avs’ opposition scored first. But Erik Johnson, who has had another terrific season, tied things up later in the period. The second period was a disaster for the Avalanche, as Calgary scored two shorthanded goals in a 30 second span. Tyson Barrie cut the Avalanche’s deficit to one goal with his tally late in the second, and in the heart of the third period, Carl Soderberg tied the game after the team’s relentless effort at net. The game went to overtime, and despite a late power play by the Avalanche, no goals were scored. In the shootout, Mikkel Boedker (there’s that name again) scored the only goal in the competition, giving the Avs a 4-3 victory.

The Canadian road trip ended on Sunday in Edmonton, and after missing three games due to a suspension, captain Gabriel Landeskog was back in action. Not only that, he scored the game’s first goal in the second period, and provided an assist on Tyson Barrie’s goal later in the period, which gave the Avalanche a 2-0 lead after two periods. Calvin Pickard’s shutout bid came to an end early in the third period, but the Avs’ two goal lead returned after a tally by Blake Comeau. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored with seven seconds left in regulation, with Connor McDavid assisting, but it came too little too late for Edmonton, as the Avalanche held on to win 3-2 for their third straight win.

Overall, the Avalanche went 3-1 in the four game stretch in Canada, with the one loss coming on March 12 in Winnipeg. With less than three weeks left in the regular season, the Avalanche (38-31-4; 80 points) hold a one point lead over the Minnesota Wild for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Avs will not play again until Thursday, when the team returns home to face off against the Philadelphia Flyers. After that, the Avalanche will host the Wild in a very important early afternoon game; the last meeting this season between the two teams.

Until next week!

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