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Burakovsky a “possiblity” for Avalanche in Game 5

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Andre Burakovsky is a “possibility” to play for the Avalanche in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final tonight at Ball Arena.

So said Jared Bednar at his brief morning press avail. That’s all he said.

“Yeah, he’s a possibility for tonight,” he said.

Burakovsky did skate this morning in a regular jersey, handling pucks too. He suffered what is believed to be a hand injury after blocking a shot by Victor Hedman in Game 2.

Otherwise, not a lot else to report. Nathan MacKinnon and Gabe Landeskog didn’t take part in the morning skate, but Bednar said that was just for maintenance reasons.

The Avalanche, obviously, can become Stanley Cup champions with one more win tonight, or over the next potential three games.

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How does Bednar view his team, vis a vis nerves and anxiousness for tonight?

“We have to focus on the process to have success. We know what we need to do to be successful. It’s a big opportunity for us. Exciting game, exciting moment. I want us to use our nervous energy to come out and play with passion, get on our toes and get on the attack.”

Darcy Kuemper will start in goal for the Avalanche. If Burakovsky plays, it’s likely Nico Sturm to come out of the lineup, but we’ll see.

Burakovsky has eight points in 12 playoff games. If the Avalanche win a Cup, he would be one of only two Avalanche players to have won one before. Darren Helm is the other.

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GWood

The only thing in my head is Perry Ferrell screaming, “coming down the mountainnnnn” Would love to see Burky tonight. Can we just fast forward to 6PM already?

Gary Battman

Ummmm, LOC needs to sit!

Paul

I’m cautiously optimistic about Game 5. I fully expect a kind whistle for the visitors in light of the final goal in the fourth game. The league and TV wonks would like nothing better than a seven-game series. Now connect the dots, girls and boys of all ages. (Translation: The Avs will have to win by two goals to win by one.)

Paul

I hate when I’m right . . .

Christopher Nearing

Here’s my prediction. The Avs will win by more than 2 goals inspite of the refs giving TB some soft calls. I was at game 4 in Tampa and the Avs were relentless in the OT period. That will carryover to this game and Tampa will have trouble keeping up. Expect Ball arena to be insane tonight. Nothing is going to stop this Avalanche coming down the mountain!

Christopher Nearing

Here’s my prediction. The Avs will win by more than 2 goals inspite of the refs giving TB some soft calls. I was at game 4 in Tampa and the Avs were relentless in the OT period. That will carryover to this game and Tampa will have trouble keeping up. Expect Ball arena to be insane tonight. Nothing is going to stop this Avalanche coming down the mountain!

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