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Time to give Avalanche credit for meaningful run over Flames

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CALGARY – Now might be a good time to stop focusing on what the Calgary Flames aren’t doing, and give credit to a Colorado Avalanche team doing so many things right.

This Colorado club is for real, and will be for many years to come, given its reasonably priced core and bevy of top draft picks this summer.

Their window to contend is clearly opening up, much like the Flames’ appeared to midway through this season. The Avs have lost just two games in regulation in their last 15 outings, riding a wave even the Columbus Blue Jackets should envy.

They’ve done so, at various times down the stretch, without the services of captain Gabriel Landeskog and the NHL’s leading scorer at Christmas, Mikko Rantanen.

So much for the notion depth would be an issue for the west’s eighth seed.

Make no mistake, they are a three-line team. But that’s been enough to disrupt the Flames’ attack, flipping a tight series on its head.

With their speed, the Avs have taken away Calgary’s principle generator of offence, which typically comes via the rush. Johnny Gaudreau, currently in a dead heat with Mike Smith for eighth in team scoring (one assist each), has been continually stymied upon entering Colorado’s zone. His struggles are well documented and clearly a big part of........

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