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from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,
If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the desert.
After the Avalanche wilted in the third period and lost 3-2 to Vegas, coach Jared Bednar took a blow torch to his Colorado players, putting them on full blast for failure to compete. But a hot and bothered coach didn’t stop there. Bednar scooped up the ashes and threw them under the team bus on the sizzling asphalt of the arena parking lot.
“We can dissect the game in 100 different ways in what went wrong. But it’s a waste of time, a waste of time,” Bednar said Friday night.
“The video doesn’t lie. They were the more competitive hockey team from start to finish.”
This Bednar Blast, however, had not yet reached full boil. This coach is not a screamer by nature. But if looks could kill and egos in the Colorado locker room are weak, we might as well bury any chance of the Avalanche winning the Stanley Cup in 2021 right now.
On this sweltering spring day in the Nevada desert, the high temperature was 107 degrees. But that was nowhere near as hot as the straight fire Bednar spit after the Avs blew a chance to take a 3-0 stranglehold in this best-of-seven series by allowing two Vegas goals during an ugly 45-second span of the final period.
“We’re kidding ourselves if we think that’s the way we can beat a team that tied us for first in the league,” Bednar said. “We’re going to have to compete way harder that in order to beat them. And the sooner we realize that … if we haven’t already, we’re late to the party.”