The Colorado Avalanche–for my money the team with the best geological phenomenon mascot–put a holy whooping on the Montreal Canadiens last night up in Québec. Two of those goals came in a 13 second burst from young center Nathan MacKinnon, where he scored immediately out of a face off, and then on a break.
This happened at Saturday's game between the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche in Denver. It begins with one Avs fan getting angry at visiting fans, and it ends with a much more dangerous Avs fan trying to punch a woman.
The Denver Post has fired Avalanche writer Adrian Dater, who has written for the Post since 1991, according to his Facebook page. Dater was suspended by the Post two months ago for a Twitter meltdown, and had his inappropriate Twitter direct messages—asking a woman to send him nude photos, and telling her in another…
It's early, but Colorado Avalanche center Danny Briere has already given us one of the craziest highlights of the year, swatting home a game-winning goal against the Bruins today with just milliseconds remaining on the clock.
The Denver Post yesterday announced a two-week unpaid suspension for Avalanche beat writer Adrian Dater, after he blasted a young Kings player for a three-year-old "pussy play," got into a screaming match on Twitter with just about everyone, and slid into a another writer's inbox to tell him to "fuck off." It was…
The Minnesota Wild's frenetic overtime victory was, in some ways, the antithesis of what's supposed to make a Game 7 so remarkable. You think of a Game 7 and you think of the tension. The buttclenching fear that one turnover, one save, one play is going to decide the series. And that suffocating pressure generally…
Every time the Colorado Avalanche took a lead in this Game 7, the Wild were right there to tie. And in overtime—the most important time—Minnesota finally jumped in front when Nino Niederreiter scored for a 5-4 victory to advance the Wild.
Nathan MacKinnon scored the game-winning goal, giving the Avalanche a 4-3 win in Game 5 and a 3-2 series lead over the Minnesota Wild. After an impressive debut, and a great follow-up in Game 2, the Avalanche rookie added to his short (though fast-growing) playoff resume with a three-point performance capped off by…
Colorado's two-way defenseman Tyson Barrie, who's been one of this series's best players, will miss the next four-to-six weeks with an MCL injury after this knee-on-knee hit from Matt Cooke. Cooke will miss some time too—he's got an in-person hearing scheduled with the league, which means his suspension can exceed…
We were impressed by Avalanche sensation Nathan MacKinnon's stellar play in his first playoff game, so of course, the 18-year-old followed up his postseason debut with a better game, including his first career playoff goal.
The Avs pulled off a thrilling win in Game 1 of their series with Minnesota last night, scoring the tying goal with 13 seconds left and winning it 7:27 into overtime. Neither could have happened without rookie Nathan MacKinnon, playing his first big-boy playoff hockey with the coolness of someone twice his age.
It was fairly close to a perfect moment in Anaheim last night, as Teemu Selanne was sent off by fans, teammates, and opponents in his 1,451st and final regular season game. But Teemu being Teemu, he decided to share the spotlight with an old friend. Get the tissues.
A domestic assault case against Avalanche (and potential Russian Olympic) goalie Semyon Varlamov has been dismissed at the behest of prosecutors, who said they could not prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. [Denver Post]
Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov spent the night in jail after turning himself in to face charges of second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident on Tuesday.
The Avalanche have been so bad for so long, we almost forgot what brutal homers their broadcasters are. Play-by-play man Mike Haynes was there to remind us last night, taking an uncomfortable amount of joy from an ugly injury to Detroit's Niklas Kronwall.
A week in the life of a beat writer: A chronicle of a road trip with Avalanche reporter Adrian Dater. Yes, you get paid to watch sports. But it's far from a dream job. [Denver Post]
It took all of one game for newly installed Avalanche coach Patrick Roy to lose his mind and physically destroy arena equipment. We missed you, Patrick. The NHL was just a little too sane without you.