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MacDonald column: Mistakes and “mental errors” doom Avalanche in loss to Vegas

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Well that right there, ladies and gentlemen, was playoff hockey. The back-and-forth, the on-edgeness, the drama. All of it. But in the end, the Avalanche finally met their match against the Vegas Golden Knights Saturday afternoon in a game dominated by “greasy, industrious hockey,” as NBC’s Eddie Olczyk so poetically put it during the game’s broadcast.

The result of this blue-collar game was a loss for the Avalanche, which means Colorado claims the second seed in the Western Conference. The Avs now draw the No. 7-seeded Arizona Coyotes in what will be their first taste of real meaningful, consequential playoff hockey.

“Obviously losing today sucks, but we’re the No. 2 seed in the West,” Nathan MacKinnon said after the game. “We’re not in a bad spot. We’re feeling good heading into the first round.”

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A graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, Scott has so far spent the early parts of his young career covering Colorado hockey — from the Avalanche to the Colorado Eagles to the DU Pioneers. His work can be found across sites such as NHL.com, TheAHL.com and SB Nation, among others. Scott currently resides in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver, where he can sometimes be found waiting tables when he’s not writing.

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