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The Burgundy Breakdown

Welcome to the Burgundy Breakdown, which recaps the latest week in action featuring the Colorado Avalanche!

After winning their first two games of the season, the Avalanche went on the road for a pair of games, beginning with a trip to Columbus this past Tuesday. The Avalanche fell behind 2-0 after the first period, only to even things up with a pair of their own in the second frame. It was 2-2 after 40 minutes, but the Avs’ momentum stopped there, as Columbus netted three goals in the third period, resulting in a 5-2 loss–Colorado’s first of the season. The Avs went to Buffalo for the first of two meetings with the Sabres, and it got off to a good start for the team, ending the first 20 minutes up 3-0. In all, the Avalanche ended up winning 6-1, with Nathan MacKinnon netting two of the six goals.

The Avs returned home on Saturday for a meeting with the Calgary Flames, and right on jump street, MacKinnon scored 11 seconds in to give Colorado a 1-0 lead. It became 2-0 just minutes later, but the scoring stopped there. Calgary cut their deficit in half in the second period, and they tied it up in the third, sending the Avs to their first OT of the season. In the extra frame, Johnny Gaudreau broke away and put one past Semyon Varlamov, resulting in a 3-2 OT defeat.

Despite the slow week, not a bad start overall for the Avalanche at 3-1-1. Nathan MacKinnon has scored at least once in every game this season, and has six overall this year. He appears to be on pace to top his goal total from last season; MacKinnon scored 39 goals in 2017-18. Dating back to last year’s winner take all game against the Blues for a playoff spot, the Avs have only lost once in regulation in their last six games, and they have scored 19 goals this season, giving the Avs a 3.80 GFA. The Avs go back on the road on Tuesday when they face the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. After that, they head to New Jersey for a meeting with the Devils on Thursday, followed by a game against the Hurricanes on Saturday in Raleigh.

That’s the Burgundy Breakdown! Until next week!

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