DENVER | Robert Bortuzzo took full responsibility for plowing into his own goaltender to set up an easy and momentum-swinging goal for Colorado. The St. Louis defenseman made up for it minutes later with the sealing goal. Jaden Schwartz and Vince Dunn added goals 52 seconds apart in the second period and the Blues overcame three crazy plays down the stretch to beat the Avalanche 4-3 on Thursday night.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. | After a brief stint out of the lineup, Nashville captain Roman Josi was glad to be back. Josi and Viktor Arvidsson each scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.
DENVER | Sven Andrighetto scored twice, the second an empty-netter with 1:34 remaining, and Alexander Kerfoot had his first NHL goal in helping the Colorado Avalanche to a 6-3 victory over the Boston Bruins in their home opener Wednesday night.
BOSTON | 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.
“I definitely felt good out there,” Varlamov said. “I felt very confident, I had a couple good saves at the beginning of the game, and those saves gave me confidence. I saw lots of shots from the outside, which is thanks to my teammates.”
DENVER | Matt Duchene is still here despite persistent trade rumors and Semyon Varlamov is healthy again. Those are two intriguing things to watch as the Colorado Avalanche head into the season with an erase-what-happened-last-year mentality. The Avs are coming off a dreary season in which they finished with 48 points — the lowest in a full season since 1999-2000.
DENVER | Oscar Dansk stopped all 18 shots he faced in the third period to lead the expansion Golden Knights to a 4-1 preseason win at Pepsi Center.
DENVER | Forward Matt Duchene says he arrived for the start of the Colorado Avalanche training camp to honor his contract and out of respect for his teammates even though his future with the team remains murky.
College hockey’s top player is an NHL free agent after former University of Denver defenseman Will Butcher allowed a deadline to pass without signing with the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche selected Butcher in the fifth round of the 2013 draft and had until Tuesday to sign the Hobey Baker Award winner who led Denver to a national championship in April.