DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche agreed to a two-year contract extension with coach Jared Bednar after guiding the team to back-to-back playoff appearances.
NEW YORK (AP) — There's a P-word on players' and coaches lips this playoffs, and it has nothing to do with getting pucks in deep.
"Parity in the league, it's insanely tight," Colorado coach...
Avalanche beat Sharks 4-3 to even series at game apiece
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Trailing in the second period and in danger of going down 2-0 in the series, Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar put his three top scorers back on a line together and got...
DENVER (AP) — Cale Makar didn't take long to accomplish a little bit of history.
One shot on net, to be precise.
The newly signed Colorado defenseman scored a playoff goal in his NHL...
From Frozen 4 to NHL playoffs: Cale Makar signs with Avs
DENVER (AP) — Cale Makar is about to jump from one grueling playoff run straight into another.
The 20-year-old defenseman signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Colorado Avalanche a...
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Avalanche All-Star forward Mikko Rantanen has recovered from an upper-body injury and will play in their first-round series against Calgary.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado goaltender Philipp Grubauer has found such a groove lately that he is turning back just about everything — including insinuations.
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche may have All-Star forward Mikko Rantanen back for the start of their first-round playoff series against Calgary.
Grubauer’s 44 saves help Avalanche overcome Stars 3-1
DALLAS (AP) — Philipp Grubauer was spectacularly stubborn in goal on a night when Colorado's defense got in on the offense.
Grubauer made a career-high 44 saves, including 23 in the third...
Landeskog out 4-to-6 weeks with upper-body injury
DENVER (AP) — The playoff-chasing Colorado Avalanche will be without captain Gabriel Landeskog for four-to-six weeks with an upper-body injury.
Soderberg scores winner in shootout, Avs beat Canucks 3-2
DENVER (AP) — The low-key Carl Soderberg was thinking one overriding thought on his shootout attempt.
"A great opportunity to get the game done," he said.
Grubauer gets 1st shutout of season as Avs blank Preds 5-0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Scrapping for every point, the Colorado Avalanche turned to goalie Philipp Grubauer for their second road game within 24 hours.
Avalanche coach, star center appear to make peace
MONTREAL (AP) — Colorado Avalanche star center Nathan MacKinnon and coach Jared Bednar appear to have made peace.
The two are playing down a dispute caught on camera on the bench Wednesday night in Calgary. They spoke Friday, a day before Colorado plays the Montreal Canadiens.
MacKinnon seemed to be mouthing "Do your job" to Bednar toward the end of the Avalanche's 5-3 loss to the Flames, Colorado's eighth defeat in nine games.
Brown’s overtime goal lifts Kings past Avalanche 3-2
DENVER (AP) — Dustin Brown got the jump on a Colorado line change ahead of his game-winning shot.
Brown scored on a breakaway 56 seconds into overtime and the Los Angeles Kings withstood a late comeback attempt by Colorado and beat the Avalanche 3-2 on Monday night.
"The puck got kicked into our zone," Brown said. "They were trying to get a change. I was coming out of the blue-line door — so that's 30 or 40 feet for them to change, and I got in behind them."
Landeskog, Rantanen lift Avs to 6-4 win over Stars
DENVER (AP) — Given the company on his line, Gabriel Landeskog has a tendency to be overlooked.
That's perfectly fine with the Colorado captain.
Landeskog scored twice, including the winner with 3:20 remaining, Mikko Rantanen added two more on the power play and the Avalanche recovered after blowing a three-goal lead to beat the Dallas Stars 6-4 on Saturday night.
"I'm fortunate to be part of such a good line that finds different ways to score goals," Landeskog said.
Soderberg, Compher lead Avalanche past Panthers 5-2
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche are making strides on the road.
Carl Soderberg scored twice, J.T. Compher broke a third-period tie and Colorado beat the Florida Panthers 5-2 on Thursday night.
The Avalanche won their 11th road game after winning only 15 all of last season.
Avalanche get 3 power-play goals to rout Kings 7-3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche power play have found another gear during the past week.
The Avalanche scored three goals with the man advantage for the second time in four games and dominated the Los Angeles Kings 7-3 on Wednesday night.
"One of those things that when the power play works, when it's clicking like that, it feels good and obviously can win you games, which it did tonight," said Gabriel Landeskog, who was one of nine players who got an assist.
Rantanen lifts Avalanche over Ducks 4-3 with 1.3 left in OT
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A few ticks left on the clock were all Mikko Rantanen needed to make a winner of the Colorado Avalanche.
Rantanen's power-play slap shot with 1.3 seconds remaining in overtime gave the Avalanche a 4-3 victory Sunday over the slumping Anaheim Ducks.
Colorado overcame a 3-1 deficit to hand the Ducks their 12th loss in 15 games. Rantanen added two assists to his eighth goal of the season, increasing his NHL-leading total to 32 points.
Rantanen scores twice, leads Avalanche past Flyers 4-1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog are the top line in Colorado — and right now, the NHL.
Rantanen had two goals, Matt Nieto and Landeskog also scored, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Monday night.
The Avalanche continued their early-season hot streak and finished 3-0-1 on their four-game road trip.
Upstart Avalanche maintain same something-to-prove attitude
DENVER (AP) — The speedy, full-tilt pace on the ice remains in place for the Colorado Avalanche.
Same with that salty attitude to prove they belong.
Don't even mention any preseason hype, because they're not listening. That's because playing last season with a chip on their shoulder worked so well as they made the postseason for the first time since 2013-14. Colorado will stick with the same sort of demeanor this season .
Avalanche looking to make back-to-back playoff appearances
LAST SEASON: 43-30-9, 95 points. Fourth place in Central Division, 8th seed in Western Conference. Lost to Nashville Predators in first round.
COACH: Jared Bednar (third season with Avalanche, third NHL season).
ADDED: LW Matt Calvert, D Ian Cole, G Philipp Grubauer.
LOST: LW Blake Comeau, G Jonathan Bernier, RW Nail Yakupov, G Andrew Hammond.
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche will be without defenseman Samuel Girard for Game 3 against Nashville due to an upper-body injury.
The 19-year-old Girard made his Stanley Cup playoff debut during Game 1 in Nashville, only to sit out the second contest with the injury. The Avalanche trail the first-round series 2-0 heading into Monday night's game at the Pepsi Center.
DENVER (AP) — The captain of the Colorado Avalanche has a pingpong paddle sitting in his locker that features a picture of him taped to one side.
Merely a ploy, explained Gabriel Landeskog, the self-proclaimed table tennis champion of the dressing room.
"Seeing my face, yeah, it's distracting for them," he said , grinning.
DENVER (AP) — The playoff-chasing Colorado Avalanche received a big blow when goalie Semyon Varlamov and defenseman Erik Johnson were ruled out for the remainder of the regular season due to injuries.
Colorado coach Jared Bednar said Saturday that Varlamov suffered a lower-body injury the night before when a Chicago player ran into him in the third period. Varlamov will be re-evaluated next week. Bednar said Johnson has a fractured patella and will be sidelined at least six weeks.
Varlamov strong before exiting, Avs beat Blackhawks 5-0
DENVER (AP) — Semyon Varlamov stopped everything — including a hard-crashing Chicago player late in the third period.
Only, the collision took its toll: sending the Colorado goaltender flying into the net and knocking him out of the game.
Varlamov stopped 30 shots before leaving with an apparent injury, and the Avalanche continued their playoff push with a 5-0 victory over the Blackhawks on Friday night.
DENVER (AP) — This illustrates just how well things have been going for Nathan MacKinnon: He fanned on a shot, got it back, skated to the other side, launched the puck toward the net, hit a defender and in it goes.
"Lucky," he said.
They all count the same.
MacKinnon kept up his torrid scoring with two goals and an assist, Semyon Varlamov was sharp in making 37 saves and the Colorado Avalanche extended Detroit's skid to 10 straight games by beating the Red Wings 5-1 on Sunday.
Avalanche ride fast start to 5-2 win over Coyotes
DENVER (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon dropped the gloves to stick up for a teammate who took a big check.
Admirable, his coach said. Understandable, too.
"But I would advise him not to be doing that the rest of the year," Colorado coach Jared Bednar said of the team's top scorer. "He's such a big part of our club that there's too much at risk there."
DENVER (AP) — Nashville pulled off another comeback victory to remain the NHL's hottest team.
Filip Forsberg scored at 1:07 of overtime and the Predators matched the franchise record with their eighth straight victory, beating the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 on Sunday. They completed a 4-0 trip, winning the last two in overtime.
MacKinnon sidelined 2 to 4 weeks with upper-body injury
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche will be without leading scorer Nathan MacKinnon for two to four weeks with an upper-body injury.
On the team's Twitter account Thursday, coach Jared Bednar said of MacKinnon's absence: "It's not a great feeling when you lose a guy like that because of what he means to our team. But I'm excited for the opportunity it presents other guys."
Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov day-to-day with lower-body injury
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar says goaltender Semyon Varlamov is "day-to-day" after suffering a lower-body injury.
Varlamov felt some soreness after making a move in net Tuesday night against Winnipeg. He left late in the second period and was replaced by Jonathan Bernier.
Bednar says Varlamov was "feeling good" on Wednesday. Varlamov was limited to 24 games last season due to a nagging groin injury that he attempted to remedy through hip surgery.
Landeskog scores 2 goals as Avalanche rout Islanders, 6-1
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche have relied on their stars to carry the offense, but it was the supporting cast that got things rolling on New Year's Eve.
Gabriel Landeskog scored twice in less than two minutes in the second period, and Colorado routed the New York Islanders 6-1 on Sunday night.
Carl Soderberg and Erik Johnson had a goal and an assist each, and Matt Nieto and Patrik Nemeth also scored for Colorado, which blew open the game with four goals in the second.
Carl Soderberg scores twice, Avs rout Coyotes 6-2
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Their top scorer out after a brawl and game misconduct, the Colorado Avalanche responded with a flurry of second-period goals Saturday night.
Carl Soderberg scored twice, the first to start a four-goal burst in the second, and the Avalanche routed the Coyotes 6-2.
MacKinnon’s 2 goals lead Avalanche past Panthers, 2-1
DENVER (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon wasn't happy with his game against Washington on Tuesday, so the young center made up for it when the Florida Panthers came to town.
MacKinnon scored twice, Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves and the Colorado Avalanche beat Florida 2-1 on Thursday night for their second victory over the Panthers in five days.
Avalanche score twice in 41 seconds, beat Panthers 7-3
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche came from behind and never looked back.
Nathan MacKinnon and Alexander Kerfoot scored 41 seconds apart in the second period and Colorado beat the Florida Panthers 7-3 on Saturday night to snap a four-game skid.
Colin Wilson, Erik Johnson and Mikko Rantanen also had goals for the Avalanche. Matt Nieto and Carl Soderberg both scored into an empty net late in the third, and Semyon Varlamov stopped 39 shots.
MacKinnon’s OT goal caps Avs’ rally over Red Wings
DETROIT (AP) — Jared Bednar thought his Colorado Avalanche got what they deserved Sunday night.
Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill didn't disagree.
Nathan MacKinnon scored 2:55 into overtime and Colorado overcame a late two-goal deficit to beat Detroit 4-3.
Niklas Kronwall put Detroit ahead 3-1 with 8:53 left in the third period, but Nail Yakupov made it 3-2 on a power play with 6:15 remaining before Carl Soderberg tied it with Colorado's goalie pulled in the final minute.
Varlamov stops 29 shots; Avs beat B’s again in Boston, 4-0
BOSTON (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche are heading into their home opener feeling pretty good.
Another win in Boston certainly helped.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 29 shots, Nail Yakupov scored two goals and the Colorado Avalanche continued their recent success in Boston with a 4-0 win over the Bruins on Monday.
Sven Andrighetto and J.T. Compher scored first-period goals for the Avalanche, who improved to 11-0-0-1 in their past 12 games in Boston since the most recent loss on March 30, 1998.
Varlamov stops 37 shots as Avalanche beat Rangers 4-2
NEW YORK (AP) — Semyon Varlamov helped the Colorado Avalanche get the new season off to a winning start and spoiled Kevin Shattenkirk's first game with his hometown team.
Varlamov stopped 37 shots, Tyson Barrie scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period and the Avalanche beat the New York Rangers 4-2 in the teams' opener Thursday night.
Russians Varlamov, Yakupov could figure big in Avs’ revival
LAST SEASON: 22-56-4, 48 points.
COACH: Jared Bednar (second season, second NHL season).
ADDED: F Alexander Kerfoot, RW Nail Yakupov, F Colin Wilson, F Dominic Toninato, G Jonathan Bernier.
LOST: F Mikhail Grigorenko, D Francois Beauchemin, D Fedor Tyutin, F John Mitchell, G Calvin Pickard, F Rene Bourque, D Patrick Wiercioch.
Beauchemin’s late goal lifts Avalanche past Devils 3-2
DENVER (AP) — Francois Beauchemin and the Colorado Avalanche added another loss to New Jersey's misery.
Beauchemin scored with 1:14 left in the third period, and the Avalanche edged the Devils 3-2 victory on Thursday night.
Nathan MacKinnon and Rene Bourque also scored for Colorado, and Calvin Pickard had 25 saves. The last-place Avalanche (19-44-3) will try for their first three-game win streak of the season on Saturday against Ottawa.
Avalanche beat Hurricanes, 3-1
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche have struggled to score all season.
However two quick goals helped them to a rare home win.
Gabriel Landeskog and Tyson Barrie scored goals 46 seconds apart in the second period and the Avalanche beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Barrie also added two assists and Calvin Pickard had 25 saves for Colorado. The Avalanche are 9-21-2 at Pepsi Center and had lost 12 of their past 14 overall before rallying to beat the Hurricanes.
Avs defenseman Erik Johnson nears return from broken leg
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson is nearing a return after being sidelined since early December with a broken leg.
Although Johnson won't play Tuesday against Los Angeles, coach Jared Bednar said the Avalanche's top defenseman has been going through some of the contact drills in practice and "that's a positive sign."
He broke his leg while blocking a shot Dec. 3 against Dallas.
Fresh off bye week, Avs try to rebound from horrid start
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Colorado All-Star forward Nathan MacKinnon took a golf lesson over the team's bye week. Defenseman Tyson Barrie hung out by the beach in San Diego.
Anything to forget about the team's struggles, if only for a little bit.
Now, it's back to work for the last-place Avalanche. This is a team that's laboring to score goals (a league-low 79), stop offensive rushes (129 goals allowed) and has an NHL-worst 5-13-1 record on home ice.
MacKinnon’s OT goal lifts Avs over Islanders 2-1
DENVER (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche finally got to celebrate at home.
MacKinnon scored 4:43 into overtime, and the Avalanche beat the New York Islanders 2-1 on Friday night for their first win at home in more than seven weeks.
MacKinnon also assisted on Gabriel Landeskog's first-period goal, and Calvin Pickard finished with 35 saves for Colorado.
Struggling Avalanche try to get on track during 4-game trip
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Slumping Colorado forward Jarome Iginla experimented with a new stick at practice Monday. Anything to ignite a team that's constantly winding up on the short end of one this season.
The Avs have accumulated a league-worst 19 points through 23 games in coach Jared Bednar's first season at the helm. They're missing their captain, top defenseman and a consistent scoring punch as they tumble farther behind the Central Division leaders.
Avalanche place captain Gabriel Landeskog on injured reserve
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche have placed captain Gabriel Landeskog on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.
The move is retroactive to Nov. 15. In video posted on the team's website Wednesday, coach Jared Bednar says he hopes Landeskog is more "day to day than week to week."
Landeskog has four goals and four assists in 15 games this season.
Duchene’s OT goal leads Avalanche over Blue Jackets 3-2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Matt Duchene came back just in time for the Colorado Avalanche.
Sidelined since Nov. 11 with a concussion, Duchene scored his first goal of the season 1:49 into overtime in his first game back, helping Colorado beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Monday night.
The victory improved Colorado's record to 9-9-0, while Columbus, which had won four straight, fell to 10-5-2.
Landeskog, Pickard lift Avalanche to 1-0 win over Wild
DENVER (AP) — Gabriel Landeskog will think twice about engaging in fights with opposing goaltenders.
The reason is painfully simple: "That blocker hurts ... and he's got a mask to protect himself," the Colorado captain cracked.
Landeskog’s OT winner lifts Avalanche by Penguins 4-3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jared Bednar's streak is just chugging along.
Gabriel Landeskog redirected a shot by Nathan MacKinnon past Marc-Andre Fleury 22 seconds into overtime to lift the Colorado Avalanche and Bednar, their first-year coach, by the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on Monday night.
Landeskog tied the game with 6:32 left in regulation with a power-play goal and his second of the night handed the defending Stanley Cup champions their first loss of the season.
Colborne scores 3 goals as Avs hang on to beat Stars, 6-5
DENVER (AP) — Joe Colborne couldn't have drawn it up any better — three goals in his first game with the Colorado Avalanche.
Same with coach Jared Bednar — a gut-check win in his debut on the bench.
It was a memorable night for the new guys.
Colborne had his first NHL hat trick, Colorado withstood a 6-on-4 opportunity over final 46 seconds and the Avalanche held off the Dallas Stars 6-5 on Saturday.
Colorado Avalanche at a glance
LAST SEASON: 39-39-4, 82 points. Didn't make the playoffs.
COACH: Jared Bednar (first season, first NHL season).
ADDED: C Joe Colborne, D Fedor Tyutin, D Patrick Wiercioch.
LOST: F Mikkel Boedker, F Shawn Matthias, F Jack Skille, D Zach Redmond, D Nick Holden, G Reto Berra.