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The Burgundy Breakdown

The NHL is back, and so is the Burgundy Breakdown. The first edition covers the Colorado Avalanche’s first games of this season!

The Avalanche opened the season on Thursday against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden; beginning what they are hoping is a big rebound after last year. The Avs got off to a fantastic start in the game, with Matt Duchene and Mikko Rantanen scoring in the first to make it 2-0 early. Duchene’s goal was the Avs’ first of the season; very fitting considering that he has been (and still is) the subject of trade talks dating back to late last season. Mikko’s goal was scored on the power play, and it was the PP that allowed the Rangers to tie it up late in the period. After the first, however, Semyon Varlamov appeared to be the Varlamov from five seasons ago; stopping a barrage of Rangers shots in the final two periods. Tyson Barrie gave the Avs the lead back late, and Gabriel Landeskog’s empty netter capped off a 4-2 victory for the Avalanche.

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The Avs then moved on to New Jersey and faced the Devils; placing Jonathan Bernier in net for the first time this season. Bernier was acquired by the Avs this past summer, and has had stints with the Kings, Ducks, and Maple Leafs. His stints with those teams had been a bit shaky, and they continued to show on Saturday, as the Devils scored three PP goals and a shorthanded goal on him in the game. The Avs lost, 4-1, with Carl Soderberg scoring Colorado’s only goal in the game. Short week for the Avs, but a 1-1 start is good, considering the win was against a strong Rangers team who fell two wins short of the East Final last season. Another of the Avs’ new acquisitions, Nail Yakupov, picked up an assist on Duchene’s goal on Thursday, putting him on the board already.Image result for jonathan bernier avalanche

A new week for the Avs begins on Monday with an early game against the Bruins to end their three game Eastern road trip. After that, the Avs play their home opener on Wednesday against the same Bruins, followed by another home game against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. The Avs return to the road against the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

That’s the Burgundy Breakdown for this week! Until next week!

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