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Scott Takes: Avalanche rediscover character in Game 3

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Write, re-write, delete. Write, re-write and write again. That was the arc of this column you have your eyes on now. In the end, though, the Avalanche pulled out the win after a dramatic, back-and-forth third period of hockey. 

Near the end of the game, an NBC analyst called Game 3 between Colorado and Dallas the potential to be “an instant classic,” something fans will remember for years to come. That was a fun hockey game, no? 

Penalties once more led to a third-period meltdown and collapse of character as the Avalanche watched their comfortable 3-1 third-period lead quickly evaporate into a 3-3 tie after a Blake Comeau slapshot (of all people) sent the Avalanche reeling. Then, not 90 seconds later, Jamie Benn, who has so far made no fans in Colorado, scored the go-ahead goal with nine minutes to go in the game. 

This is once more where I began re-writing a story I had already halfway finished. “Avalanche collapse again, season on the line, no heart — or fight — left in this team” are a few of the phrases I began to type away…only to delete just minutes later. 

The turning point was a timeout. That’s pretty standard procedure for a coach to call a timeout when his team is reeling like that and amid collapse. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. This timeout, as it would turn out, was a game-changer, quite literally.

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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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