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The Burgundy Breakdown

Welcome to The Burgundy Breakdown, which details the last week in action featuring the Colorado Avalanche!

Photo by: Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Photo by: Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Sadly, the Avalanche’s season ended with a whimper and a few sputters, as they were eliminated from playoff contention with their 4-3 regulation loss to the Nashville Predators. The loss came two days after the controversy surrounding Patrick Roy’s indignation over Matt Duchene’s goal celebration, which was worked out entering that Tuesday. The loss also came while the Minnesota Wild were shut out by the San Jose Sharks at home, but the Wild still nabbed the last playoff spot.

After Tuesday’s game, the Avalanche literally played like they had nothing to play for, delivering a lethargic performance in Dallas on Thursday. The Avs only racked up seven shots in the first two periods, en route to a 4-2 loss to the top team in the West. The season finale was back on home ice against the Anaheim Ducks, who finally cracked Avs goaltending this season with two goals in the first (Avs shut out the Ducks in their last two meetings). The Avalanche actually provided some life in the second period with two goals in under 30 seconds, but in the end, the Avs fell to the Ducks, 5-3.avalanchematchups_1000x1000_anaheim

The Avalanche ended the season going 0-5 in April, losing six straight games, and losing nine of their final 10 games. The team finished with a 39-39-4 record and 82 points; an even .500 percentage, and finished under .500 at home. Despite avoiding last place, the Avs’ season was an eight-point downfall from last season, which saw them with 90 points even.

The season may be over for the Avs, but next week will be a look back at the Avs 2015-16 season. Until then!

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