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Avs and Broncos extent their winning streaks
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By Brandon Rivera

The Colorado Avalanche extended their winning streak to six games (before Monday night) after winning a big one in Boston over the Bruins.

Last Wednesday the Avalanche beat the Maple Leafs in Toronto 3-1 with goals from Nathan MacKinnon, Joonas Donskoi, and Valeri Nichushkin, while Colorado’s brick wall of a goalie, Philipp Grubauer stopped 38 goals.

Colorado continued their road stretch in Canada against the Montreal Canadiens where Team Captain Gabriel Landeskog returned with goal in the Avalanches 3-2 win.

The Avalanche then went to the most difficult place to win in Boston, the Garden. The Bruins were relishing a best regulation home record with no losses other than an overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. But the Avs had beat them at home 2-4 back in October, and were looking to add another win over the Atlantic Divisions top seed…and that’s just what they did.

The Avalanche beat the Bruins 4-1 at the Garden but not without suffering two injuries to goalie Philipp Grubauer and defenseman Cale Makar. While Grubauer is expected tor return this week, Makar is reported day-to-day with no word as to when he will return to the ice.

The Colorado Avalanche faced the Calgary Flames on Monday night at Pepsi Center and lost a close one after Calgary beat the Avs 5-4 in overtime putting an end to the Avs winning streak. The Avalanche return to the ice on Wednesday night to host the Philadelpia Flyers at 7:30 p.m. MST.

The Denver Broncos enjoyed their second straight win after also being on the road this week in Houston to take on the Texans. Houston was flying high this week after beating one of the top AFC teams in the New England Patriots, 28-22.

The Texans went into Sunday’s game with the idea that they would make quick work of the 4-8 Denver Broncos, however; no one told them about Denver’s not-so-secret weapon, Drew Lock. Quarterback Drew Lock put on a clinical in Houston, connecting 22 of 27 for 309 yards, 3 touchdowns (TD) and one ill advised interception. Denver’s other standout rookie, tight end Noah Fant had 4 receptions for 113 yards and Denver’s first TD, before exiting the game with a foot injury, which became less of concern after xrays confirmed it to be minor.

The Broncos are still in the hunt for a Wild Card spot however their chances are slim and a number of unlikely scenarios must play-out in order for them to sneak in. This week the Broncos are facing a team that handed the New England Patriots their second loss in a row, the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs beat the Patriots in Foxborough Sunday evening, giving them a clinched playoff spot. Denver will travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs this Sunday at 11 a.m. MST.

The Denver Nuggets lost a close one to the Brooklyn Nets (102-105) at the Barclays Center in New York Sunday afternoon. The Nuggets have lost two straight after dropping one in Boston on Friday to the Celtics 108-95. The Nuggets remain on the road in Philadelphia Tuesday night to take on the 76ers at 6 p.m. MST.





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