Day after first loss of playoffs, Avalanche coach Jared Bednar analyzes problem – The Denver Post

LAS VEGAS — Avalanche coach Jared Bednar, critical of his team’s competitive level in Friday night’s 3-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 3 of their second-round series, had time to review video of the defeat Saturday morning.

And he’s sure to have plenty to talk about with his players when they meet at 5 p.m.

During an optional skate Saturday at T-Mobile Arena, Bednar pointed to multiple areas the Avs must improve on to get out of a five-period slump that has seen the Knights dominate play. Vegas has outshot Colorado 83-45 in Games 2 and 3 and the Avs’ first loss of the playoffs has set off an alarm.

“We’re still going through video. There’s a lot to look at. But there are some clear things that we have to do and get better here after looking at the last five periods,” Bednar said.

He added: “We have to get on the inside of a lot of plays. Quicker. Our puck support has been poor. We’re not getting to the puck quick enough in a bunch of different areas. Part of it is work-based, part of it is some of the routes we’re taking. The detail of our structure and the way we want to play hasn’t been there.

“I think part of it is, we have to earn the ice that we get. They’re checking the right way. We’ve checked the right way for the better part of the year and we got to get back to that. In order to create offense against a team that’s working and (playing) physical and putting numbers on the puck, you got to get to the inside ice and be willing to go into those hard areas and win some battles. There’s no easy play out there. There’s no easy ice out there. We have some adjustments we have to make, for sure. The more I look at it the clearer picture I’m getting and we’ll make sure our guys are all on the same page after this meeting tonight at 5.”

The Avs still lead the series 2-1. Game 4 is Sunday (6:30 p.m. MT).

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