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Nuggets and Avalanche keeping pace in standings
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By Brandon Rivera

After losing to the Atlanta Hawks last Tuesday night at Pepsi Center the Nuggets have won back-to-back games against the Brooklyn Nets and the Memphis Grizzlies. On Thursday night the Nuggets returned to Pepsi Center to host the Brooklyn Nets. The Nuggets had a rough first half falling behind 61-49 by the half. The Nuggets turned things around in the second half outscoring the Nets 30-19 in the third and 22-14 in the fourth for the final 101-93 win.

On Sunday night over the weekend the Nuggets were in Memphis to face the Grizzlies. In the first, Memphis kept things close leading the Nuggets 32-28 but the second quarter was undeniably Denver’s best quarter of the season thus far, outscoring the Grizzlies 44-17. Denver’s lead proved to difficult a hole to dig out of for Memphis as Denver beat the Grizzlies at home 131-114 notching their highest scoring game of the season thus far.

The Colorado Avalanche beat the Winnipeg Jets last Tuesday night in Canada 4-0 in Colorado’s first shutout of the season. And who better to get the shutout than goalie Adam Werner in his debut after Pavel Francouz left the game early after colliding with Jets forward Mark Scheifelle. Werner earned Colorado’s trust after making 40 saves in Colorado’s win over the Jets.

The Avalanche remained in Canada, but unfortunately lost Thursday night to the Edmonton Oilers 6-2 after the Oilers came out strong in the first period scoring 4 goals to Colorado’s one. Edmonton added two more in the second, while both teams were scoreless in the third.

Colorado’s Canadian tour continued in Vancouver to face the Canucks, which offered better results than their second game on their Canadian tour. The Avalanche and Canucks both scored single goals in the first but the Avalanche outscored the Canucks 2-1 in the second giving them the advantage until the third when Vancouver scored two goals one of which stirred controversy after right wing Mat Calvert went down to block a shot on Elias Pettersson and was hit in the head with the puck. Calvert stayed on the ice and was in obvious distress with blood trickling from his head. The referees allowed play to continue despite Calvert’s injury giving the Oilers the single man advantage. The game was sent into over time (OT) however, Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon scored the game winning OT goal just 27 seconds into OT, beating the Canucks 5-4.

In other sports the Denver Broncos lost yet another heartbreaker after leading the Minnesota Viking 20-0 at the half. Denver came out and punched the Vikings in the mouth in the first half holding the Minnesota to no points in the first half. The Vikings came out and scored a touchdown in the third to Denver’s single field goal. Then in the fourth quarter the Vikings gave Denver a taste of their own medicine scoring a whopping 20 points to give the Vikings the lead and the win at home. The Broncos have now lost 5 games to opponents in the last quarter of the game.





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