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The Burgundy Breakdown

The NHL is back and so is the Burgundy Breakdown! Welcome to the first edition of the 2018-19 season, which recaps the latest week of action featuring the Colorado Avalanche!

The Avalanche opened the season at home against the rival Minnesota Wild this part Thursday. The Wild opened the scoring in the first period with a goal from Mikko Koivu, but Carl Soderberg tied things up later in the period with the Avalanche’s very first goal of this new season. It was 1-1 after 20, and in the second frame, Nathan MacKinnon gave the Avs the lead with the period’s only goal. Colorado netted a pair of empty netters in the third period, with Mikko Rantanen and J.T. Compher scoring the goals and sealing a 4-1 victory for the Avs.

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Photo by; The Durango Herald

The Avalanche remained at home on Saturday with the first of two meetings with the Flyers, a battle between the last two teams to lock up playoff spots last season. Colin Wilson scored 1:35 into the game, giving the Avs the 1-0 lead, only for Sean Couturier to tie it up later in the period. Compher’s second goal of the season gave the Avalanche a 2-1 lead after one period of play, but Philly tied things up early in the second. Captain Gabriel Landeskog gave Colorado their third lead of the game later in the frame, and late third period goals by Wilson and MacKinnon ended up giving the Avs a 5-2 victory.

As we all know, the Avalanche are coming off an amazing season that saw the team improve from their disastrous 2016-17 campaign. Last season, Colorado nearly doubled their point total and made a late run that put the team into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, where they lost a six-game opening round series to the Nashville Predators. With the team’s huge and quick turnaround, Avalanche fans were left wondering where the team could go from that point. How will they start? Where will they end up? The second question will take some time, but as for the first question, a 2-0 start is definitely a good step. Even better: both wins came against fellow playoff teams.

The Avalanche’s second week of play will begin on Tuesday, with a trip to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets (another playoff team from last year). The team will head to Buffalo on Thursday to face the Sabres, and will return home on Saturday for a game against the Calgary Flames.

That’s the Burgundy Breakdown! Until next week!

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