On the defensive: Avalanche no-name blue liners raising their game

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On the defensive: Avalanche no-name blue liners raising their game

Makar makes immediate difference
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar, front, drives down the ice with the puck past Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk during the third period of Game 4 of a playoff series Wednesday in Denver. The Avalanche won 3-2 in overtime.
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov exhorts the crowd as he is escorted to the bench after fighting Calgary Flames right wing Garnet Hathaway in the third period of Game 3 of a first-round playoff series in Denver. The Avalanche won 6-2.
Colorado Avalanche’s Patrik Nemeth, center, pushes Calgary Flames’ Sam Bennett away from Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer during the second period of Game 2 of a first-round playoff series in Calgary, Alberta.
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ian Cole, left, uses his stick to slow Calgary Flames center Sam Bennett, who pursues the puck in the first period of Game 3 of a first-round playoff series in Denver.

On the defensive: Avalanche no-name blue liners raising their game

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar, front, drives down the ice with the puck past Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk during the third period of Game 4 of a playoff series Wednesday in Denver. The Avalanche won 3-2 in overtime.
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov exhorts the crowd as he is escorted to the bench after fighting Calgary Flames right wing Garnet Hathaway in the third period of Game 3 of a first-round playoff series in Denver. The Avalanche won 6-2.
Colorado Avalanche’s Patrik Nemeth, center, pushes Calgary Flames’ Sam Bennett away from Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer during the second period of Game 2 of a first-round playoff series in Calgary, Alberta.
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ian Cole, left, uses his stick to slow Calgary Flames center Sam Bennett, who pursues the puck in the first period of Game 3 of a first-round playoff series in Denver.
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