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Avalanche's MacKinnon facing tall task of ending drought in series finale
Eric Francis
The series opened with all eyes on Nathan MacKinnon and that’s certainly how it’s about to close. After going scoreless through Games 5 and 6, the pressure will be on the 23-year-old playoff revelation to break through with the series on the line.
Sharks' pressure to live up to potential looms large ahead of Game 7
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J.T. Compher plays hero in helping Avalanche extend season against Sharks
Eric Francis
J.T. Compher's three-point night played a big role in helping the Avalanche stave off elimination with a 4-3 overtime win to force a Game 7 in San Jose on Wednesday.
Avalanche's Cale Makar, Sharks' Justin Braun finally meet as relatives
Eric Francis
It’s not the first time two opposing players have suggested a post-game meeting in the parking lot. However, this time there was no threat of violence. Rather, this meeting was born out of a familial connection — Cale Makar and Justin Braun are related, but had never met.
Sharks' Joe Pavelski breaks silence following injury, controversial call
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Joe Pavelski's Jumbotron appearance helps Sharks push Avalanche to brink
Eric Francis
If a 3-2 series in favour of the Sharks wasn’t a scary enough proposition for the eight-ranked Avs, they may have to try prolonging their season against a team that could be on the brink of getting its captain back.
'Why not us?': Confident Avalanche see path to Stanley Cup
Eric Francis
After knocking off Calgary in Round 1 and watching giants fall across the league, the Colorado Avalanche believe they can lift the trophy come post-season's end.
Avalanche's young core built for success beyond this season
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'Nate the Great' the difference once again as Avalanche take Game 4
Eric Francis
On a night in which Nathan MacKinnon was, by far, the most dangerous player on the ice, his goal midway through the evening stood as the eventual game winner — giving him game winners in half of his team’s six playoff wins.