Fun makes a welcome return to the ice at Pepsi Center

Early in the second period of the Colorado Avalanche’s home opener, the puck jumped through neutral ice. Two burgundy streaks, Nathan MacKinnon and Nail Yakupov, broke through the Boston Bruins zone on an odd-man rush. MacKinnon made the perfect crossing pass to Yakupov. He buried the Avs’ go-ahead goal and celebrated with a scream of pure joy.

Let that sink in. There was real joy in Yakupov’s reaction to the goal. A feeling reverberated through the Avalanche crowd that hadn’t been there in a couple of years. It was a comforting reminder to a suffering fan base.

The Colorado Avalanche are fun.

Among the crowd, it was a reminder that I needed. As the season begins, and for the first time since the Avalanche moved to Denver, I don’t have the schedule memorized. Coming into the home opener, I was still trying to distinguish Sven Andrighetto’s number from Alexander Kerfoot’s.

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Originally posted on Mile High Sports

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