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Stanley Cup Final-bound Avalanche is 12-2 in postseason (7-0 on the road) with eight comeback wins. They’re all club records

EDMONTON, Alberta — This postseason has been an Avalanche plowing through everything in its path on the way to the Stanley Cup Final.

The Avs, fresh off a 6-5 overtime victory over the Oilers to sweep the best-of-seven Western Conference Finals, are nothing if not the clear-cut favorite to bring Lord Stanley’s Cup back to Denver.

Colorado swept two of three conference series and needed just 14 games to advance to the Cup Final. The Avs’ two possible opponents in the Eastern Conference Finals — the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning — will have played at least 17 and 19 games, respectively, before Game 1 of the Cup Final next week.

The Rangers took a 2-1 series lead into Game 4 on Tuesday night in Tampa.

The Avs’ postseason run has exceeded or tied three club/league records. To wit:

— Colorado is 12-2 in the postseason, tied for the best record for any franchise en route to a conference championship since 1987 when the NHL went to a four-round, best-of-seven series format to win the Stanley Cup.

— The Avs are 7-0 on the road in the postseason, tying the 1998-99 team for the club record. It’s the NHL’s longest road winning streak to open a postseason since the 2012 Los Angeles Kings won their first 10 en route to winning the Cup.

— Colorado leads the NHL with eight comeback wins this postseason, tying the 1996 championship-winning team for the club record. The Avs are a league-best 7-1 when allowing the first goal.

Are these records a surprise? Avs coach Jared Bednar met with reporters at Denver International Airport on Tuesday upon returning from Canada, and said the tone was set right last fall.

“From Day 1 to training camp, the way our guys have handled themselves, I feel like there’s always been a bigger focus than just winning regular-season hockey games — more so than years past,” Bednar said. “And I think that’s just experience, guys learning what it takes to win, myself included, our whole group.

“We’ve kind of had the bigger picture in mind from Day 1 and they’ve continued to impress me throughout the playoffs in the way they’ve handled adversity, the ups and downs, ebbs and flows of a series, and keep finding a way to win hockey games and close series out.”

The Avalanche won the Cup twice in its first six seasons in Colorado — 1996 and 2001. In 1996, concluding the Avs’ inaugural season, the team needed 18 games to advance to the Cup Final, where it went on to sweep the Florida Panthers. It took 16 games to get to the Cup Final in 2001 and another seven to defeat the New Jersey Devils.

The Avalanche’s 8-3 all-time record in the Cup Final is the highest winning percentage (.727) in NHL history.

This year, the Avs could potentially win the Cup in just 18 postseason games, although unlikely. But they’ll be hungry.

“We have one step left,” Bednar said. “I don’t feel like any of our guys are satisfied. Advancing has been great, but it hasn’t been our goal from the start. Winning the whole thing has been, and our guys are focused on that. Seems like they’re determined and now we’ll get some much-needed rest. Hopefully, we can get more healthy than we are now and get ready to go for whenever this thing starts and whoever we’re playing against.”

footnotes. Bednar said fourth-line forward Andrew Cogliano “is out for now” after blocking a shot with his hand/arm in Game 4 against Edmonton on Monday. He joins center Nazem Kadri on the list of injured players who could potentially return. Kadri had thumb surgery Monday in Denver after breaking his right thumb early in Game 3 on Saturday in Edmonton. The Avs have not ruled him out to return at some point in the Cup Final.

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