Colorado Avalanche Need to Find Playoff Gear After Game One Loss

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The Colorado Avalanche fought through the very end of the regular season to get into the playoffs.  After a 5-2 loss to the Predators, they need to find more fight.

The Colorado Avalanche played hard, smart hockey for two plus periods Thursday night.  They brought their regular-season ‘A’ game.

In the NHL playoffs there is another gear teams that move on play with and it’s up to the Avs and Coach Bednar to find that.

Jonathan Bernier stood tall, facing 31 Predator shots.  Of the Preds five goals, there was an empty-netter, a deflection off the shaft of Forsberg’s stick and an unstoppable charge by Forsberg.  Bernier would probably like to have the first Predator goal back, a far-corner laser from the right circle by Austin Watson.

Considering the lack of playoff experience, the Avalanche played well in their first game.  Bednar had them ready but not running-around.

Nashville, 8th-seed warriors from a season ago, understands the playoff grind. It’s up to Colorado to match that edge-of-nasty intensity.

Here are a couple of ways they can establish themselves as more than a minor bump on Nashville’s road to the Cup: