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Avalanche cage the Wild 5-4 in Game 1 OT

Paul Stastny’s two goal night puts the Avalanche on top 5-4 in a crazy overtime win for game 1 against the Wild. Coach Roy’s crazy decision to pull the goalie early payed off as the Avalanche played strong.

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The Avalanche waited until the final day of the season for their first round matchup. Colorado secured the title of Central Division Champions when the St. Louis Blues lost to the Detroit Red Wings.  The Avalanche did a complete 180 from last season, where they finished with just 16 wins and the second fewest points in the 48 game season.  

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Are you ready for the playoffs? Here are the match ups and the details about when and where to watch every Game 1.
Thanks to the NHL for this cool graphic. Make sure you fill out a bracket for their NHL Bracket Challenge!

Are you ready for the playoffs? Here are the match ups and the details about when and where to watch every Game 1.

Thanks to the NHL for this cool graphic. Make sure you fill out a bracket for their NHL Bracket Challenge!

Look! We put together a first round playoff schedule for you! Hope this makes it easier for you guys.

Look! We put together a first round playoff schedule for you! Hope this makes it easier for you guys.

Avalanche fall to Ducks in regular season finale but still win Central Division

The Anaheim Ducks (54-20-8) already had the Western Conference Title locked down and the Colorado Avalanche (52-22-8) had the Central Division in the bag before the puck dropped so this game meant nothing right…..wrong.

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Here’s a picture of Jiggy and Teemu shaking hands after the game tonight
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Here’s a picture of Jiggy and Teemu shaking hands after the game tonight

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The Avalanche waiting to shake Teemu’s hand after the game
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The Avalanche waiting to shake Teemu’s hand after the game

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This might be go down as one of the greatest moments in Ducks history

In Teemu Selanne’s last game ever of the regular season, he went over and grabbed long time teammate and ducks legend, J.S. Giguere (Who is contemplating and will possibly retire as well at the end of the season) and together they did one final lap around honda center. 

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Sorry for the delay in the radio show.  The program we use to edit wasn’t working.  Blame the technology.  

With Max having the day off, Alex discusses the Avalanche’s last few games as well as playoff predictions and possible matchups.

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Game Preview:
Game Time: 6:00 PM
TV: Altitude

This is the third and final time these two hockey clubs will meet this regular season.  Colorado won 6-1 on October 2.  The Ducks bounced back and won 6-4 on March 14 at the Pepsi Center.  

The Ducks clinched the top spot in the Western Conference with their win on Saturday night.  The Avalanche have the opportunity to win the Central Division with a win against the Ducks.  If the Avalanche remain tied at the end of the day, Colorado holds the tiebreaker with the St. Louis Blues, with more victories in regulation/overtime wins.  If the Avalanche win the Central Division, they’ll play the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  If they lose, they’ll play the Chicago Blackhawks. 

Colorado has had two shots at winning the Central Division.  A win on Friday against the Sharks would have sealed the deal, but the Avalanche were defeated 5-1.  If the Blues lose to the Red Wings in regulation tonight, the Avalanche will clinch the Central Division, because they hold the tiebreaker.  Jean-Sebastien Giguere told ColoradoAvalanche.com, "If it happens, it happens and it’s a bonus, If not, it doesn’t matter. Every team that is going to be in the playoffs is going to be a good team.”

Patrick Bordeleau has two goals in his last five games.  Ryan O’Reily has two goals and four assists in his last six.

Matt Duchene (knee) is still sidelined.  Cody McLeod (ankle) and Cory Sarich (back) are listed as day-to-day.

Havlat’s big night helps Sharks past Avalanche

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Last time the Avs beat the Sharks they clinched a playoff spot and this time they had a chance to accomplish something even more impressive; take the lead in the Western Conference with just one game left in their season after defeating the Avalanche 5-1 . “The opportunity was in front of us,” Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson said. “As tough as it was to give this one up on a back-to-back, we still control our own fate. That’s a good position to be in” (NHL.com).

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Game Preview:
Game Time: 8:00 PM
TV: Altitude, NBCSN

This is the fourth and final time these two clubs will meet this season. San Jose won the first meeting of the season on December 23 in San Jose 5-4 in a shootout.  Colorado came out on top 4-3 on January 4 and 3-2 on March 4, both games were played at home.  

The Avalanche are now in first place in the Central Division with the 4-2 win over the Canucks last night. Colorado hasn’t been in first place since November 14.  They are now guaranteed home-ice advantage in the first found of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  

The Avalanche have received a point in nine straight games.  They have not lost in regulation since March 21.  The Avalanche are getting contributions from everyone.  Paul Stastny scored twice against Vancouver and Semyon Varlamov made 38 saves.  With that win, Varlamov now has 41 wins and he moves ahead of head coach Patrick Roy for most wins in a season for an Avalanche goaltender. Varlamov’s overall record as of April 11, is 41-14-6 with a .927 save percentage.   When asked about how he feels, Varlamov told reporters “I’m pretty lucky to have Patrick as coach, and Francois Allaire is one of the best goalie coaches in the world, for sure. He helped me a lot this year, changing my style a little bit. Those two have done a great job”

Reto Berra is expected to be between the pipes for the Avalanche in San Jose.  Jean-Sebastien Giguere is expected to back him up.  Roy said "If we need a win on Sunday against the Ducks, we’ll put Varly in."

The Avalanche will play their final game of the regular season on Sunday in Anaheim.  This game may determine the top seed in the Western Confrence.  

Tyson Barrie scored the game winner on Thursday in Vancouver, continuing his streak of scoring a goal in his past two games and three goals in his last five games.  Stastny has scored four goals in his past four games, tallying 12 points during the nine game win streak.  

Matt Duchene (knee) is still out.  PA Parenteau (knee), Cody McLeod (ankle) and Cory Sarich (back) are listed as day-to-day.  Parenteau may return to the lineup on Friday in San Jose.