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Avalanche made life too easy for goalie Mike Smith in Game 1 loss to Flames

Mike Chambers, The Denver Post
Colorado Avalanche's Tyson Jost, right, has his shot stopped by Calgary Flames goalie Mike Smith during the second period of Game 1 in an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
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CALGARY, Alberta — Avalanche coach Jared Bednar and his staff spent Friday morning studying video from the team’s 4-0 loss to Calgary in Thursday’s Game 1 of the first-round playoff series.

The consensus: Colorado made life too easy for 37-year-old Flames goalie Mike Smith, who wasn’t continually peppered on the same rush and saw the puck with relative ease.

“We have to make sure we do a better job on our forecheck and (other) offensive-zone play in possessing the puck,” Bednar said. “It’s easier said than done because they’ll clamp down on you in the offensive zone. And then we need to get some more traffic in front of Smith.

“Too many times we allowed him to see the puck and establish his position. I think we can get a little bit more traffic there. It starts with getting the puck back on the forecheck and being able to possess the puck in the offensive zone.”

The Avalanche on Friday held an optional practice at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park, which is on the western edge of Calgary. The remodeled-and-expanded facility was originally built for the 1988 Winter Olympics, as the primary venue for ski jumping, bobsled and luge. It now features a handful of hockey rinks and hosts Team Canada’s international camps.

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