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Postgame Avs-Flyers: Makar leads Colorado to easy win

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Strong, solid victory for the Avs tonight over the Philadelphia Flyers. This game was actually closer than I thought it would be in the first 25 minutes, but the Avs just gradually pulled away and won in easy fashion, 6-3. Conference and division titles are that much more in the bag now.

Strong game in all aspects for the Avs. A little bit of a letup there at the end, but the game was realistically already over well by then.

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Great game for Cale Makar, with two goals in more than 25 minutes of ice time. The man is just a pure thoroughbred. The Norris Trophy is his to lose. Great, Roman Josi is putting up a lot of points for the Predators right now. His team also lost 6-1 last night in Vegas.

“On an individual basis, I don’t think I had my best game, but at the end of the day, that’s why we have depth. Everybody steps up and I thought we had a lot of depth scoring tonight and we’re going to need that down the stretch,” Makar said.
If that’s not his best game, then I hate to see what his really best game would look like.
Makar set an all-time franchise record for goals by a defenseman (24) and he’s still got 17 eligible games left to play in the regular season.
“Mikko (Rantanen) told me actually on the bench, but no, it’s pretty special. Yeah it’s special but I sound like a broken record, but those goals go back to the team. No, it’s awesome to achieve something like that but at the end of the day, we’re focused on this last run in the regular season here.”
Artturi Lehkonen still wasn’t able to make his Avs debut because of immigration paperwork to be completed, which is starting to become a meme of mockery on social media. Which will come first, the second coming of Jesus, or the Immigration Dept. stamp of approval for Lehkonen to play a hockey game?
Avs will likely have just an optional practice Saturday before boarding a flight to start a two-game road trip through Minnesota and Calgary.
MORE THOUGHTS AND OBSERVATIONS
– Great game for Erik Johnson in all aspects tonight. Two assists and solid in his own end.
– Frankie let down a little bit toward the end again. Something to worry about? I don’t know.
– Makar broke the previous Avs record for goals by a defenseman, by Sandis Ozolinsh.
– I liked the way Andrew Colgliano played. The veteran got his first point as an Av.
(Terry Frei contributed to this report)
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Svein Lister

So great to have Sturm on the ice after Makar ices the puck late in the game. A few weeks back that would have meant tired players chasing the puck in the Avs zone, most likely asking the goalie to freeze the puck before getting a change (or worse, a goal against). Now, with Sturm, a clean faceoff win, quickly get the puck out of the zone, and get fresh players on the ice. As nice a guy as Jost is, that was a great trade by Sakic. I hope Sturm stays for a few seasons. Just what the doctor… Read more »

Peterman

Enjoy Slurm

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Ricardo

MacDermid-fourteen minutes and a goal. Not too bad. When do we start taking it a little easy on some of our top players so that they aren’t tired for the playoffs? Look at the ice time for Makar and Toews.

Glendon Gulliver

AD, it would be good to hear your thoughts and insights about how the Avs will play Sturm and Lehkonen. I think everyone thought Sturm would be the 4th line center, but has been doing a great job on the 3rd line. Lehkonen was seen to be a 3rd line winger. With the addition of Cogliano, will he and Helm anchor the 4th line and allow Sturm to stay on the 3rd? Having a 3rd line with both Sturm and Lehkonen could be great and able to skate some extra minutes to give the top line some rest at even… Read more »

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Glendon Gulliver

Does anyone know if any other player has had the immigration issues that Lehkonen has?

JR_Foto

Some concerns… Manson – Although he played better last night, he’s a turnover waiting to happen. He’s the physical presence we needed, but if he can’t get it together with his head and his stick, he may end up costing us important games down the stretch. The team’s Achilles heel during the past two playoffs has been the turnover in our own end and this guy is looking more and more like Zadorov. Newhook – the kid has to start contributing to the points count, otherwise he’s practically no better than Tyson Jost; a guy that skates all over the… Read more »

ricoflashback

Manson – – yes, some careless puck play and he totally got faked out of his jock on one rush last night. But I’m hoping it’s just an aberration and a by product of Josh learning the Avs defensive system. We’ll see. Newhook – – he has the talent and the shot. But I’m not sure he’s jelling with the lines Bednar has played him on. He doesn’t seem to get to the slot area where he’s the most dangerous. Maybe some more tinkering. Frankie – – I can’t fault Frankie for his play. I don’t think it’s a stick… Read more »

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