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Avalanche enter Game 1 with a history of late-game meltdowns at Calgary

Mike Chambers, Denver Post
Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer, left, is congratulated by left wing Matt Calvert after stopping a shot.
AP Photo/David Zalubowski

CALGARY, Alberta — The Scotiabank Saddledome, built in 1983 as an upgrade for the Calgary Flames and host for hockey and figure skating for the 1988 Winter Olympics, is the NHL’s oldest full-time arena.

Ghost theories have not been proven, but this season it has been the house of horror for the Avalanche, which went 0-2 by allowing seven third-period goals in those games.

Colorado blew a 4-1 lead on Nov. 1 at the Saddledome, allowing five third-period goals in a 6-5 loss. The Avs fell 5-3 on Jan. 9 in this building after giving up three of the last four goals.

Will those dark memories linger in the minds of Avs players entering Game 1 of their first-round playoff series Thursday night at the Saddledome?

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“No, not at all,” defenseman Tyson Barrie said after the morning skate inside the cowboy-hat-shaped building. “We scored a lot of goals in those games but didn’t play good defense. We’re a different team now.”

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