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Avalanche First to Advance in the NHL, Now Wait for the Blues or the Wilds

Nashville, Tenn. ( Associated Press) — The Colorado Avalanche is the first NHL team to advance to the second round since this season, and the top-seeded team in the Western Conference is just one impressive showing.

The Avalanche swept Nashville, something that had not happened in the Predators’ first 14 playoff appearances. He scored the first goal in all four games – scoring twice on his first shot of the game. Colorado ended a best-of-seven series with a 5-3 win on Monday night and an overall 21-9 scoring edge.

“They’re a really good team,” said Nashville captain Roman Josie. “They pay you for every little mistake. They’ve got some incredible players out there.”

Even better?

Colorado trailed the entire series for a total of 4 minutes, 57 seconds. It happened in the third period on Monday night, and the high-powered AVS next answered at 11:05 with three straight goals to seal not only the win, but the series.

Avalanche forward Nathan McKinnon said, “You can’t always win when you’re at your best, you have to find ways when you’re not.” “(Monday) was one of those cases. We just knew with all our skills and talents that we were going to get one. So many good looks and finally we got some, so that was cool. ,

This places AVS in the Western Conference semi-finals for the fourth consecutive season and the second in a row after defeating their first-round opponent. Since the franchise was relocated to Denver, the AVS improved to 6–0 in a best-of-seven series, winning the first three games, with their fourth sweep in that period.

They now have to wait for St. Louis or Minnesota.

Colorado coach Jared Bedner said, “The great thing is that now we can take a breather, take a few days off for our players, give them a little rest and give us a break before we get ready for our next opponent.” Will get some real practice time.” said.

This includes rest for goalkeeper Darcy Kumper, who was still sitting out of the series clinic to deal with swelling around his right eye. He inadvertently took a stick in the face at the end of the first period of Game 3, and Pavel Françoise ended the series in the net.

“Obviously, we don’t know yet who our opponent is, but it’s going to be a familiar team,” said defenseman Kale Makar. “For us, it is already the next phase. We are where we want to be, but we have to make sure that we can stay fit during this short break we have.”

The Avalanche leads all teams after this season, averaging 5.25 goals per game and a league-high 43.8% on Man Advantage. Only Pittsburgh (50.5) has taken more shots per game than Colorado with 44.

Makar, named Norris Trophy finalist for the second consecutive season, had one goal and two assists in the series winner, and now has 10 points to lead all skaters in the playoffs. He is the first defender in NHL history to score 10 points in a four-match series. The last forward to post double-digit points in a four-game series was Johan Franzen of the Detroit Red Wings, who had 10 points against Colorado in the 2008 Western semi-finals.

McKinnon said that Capricorn may be the best player in the NHL right now given how he dominates from the back end.

“This playoff season, he has taken another step in the room by being more assertive with his lead,” McKinnon said. “And obviously on the ice, he’s so impressive. He could be one of the best D’s to play at this rate until the end of his career. Obviously really excited to have him on our team.”


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