Jared Bednar’s bunch just made Avalanche history

Feb 6, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Tyson Jost (17) celebrates with Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher (37) and defenseman Samuel Girard (49) after scoring a goal in the second period against the San Jose Sharks at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

No Avalanche team has ever done what head coach Jared Bednar’s bunch just did with their victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

According to NHL Public Relations, the Avs’ 3-1 win at Pepsi Center cemented the third-longest home winning streak in franchise history. It is the longest home winning streak since the club became the Colorado Avalanche.

Now 9-0-0 at home over their last nine games, Colorado is just one win away from matching a pair of streaks set by the Nordiques teams of 1994-95 and and 1983-84.

The Avs can tie those two Quebec squads on Wednesday, Feb. 14 against Montreal — their next home game.

The club has long enjoyed a decided home-ice advantage since moving from Quebec to Denver for the 1995-96 season. Colorado set an NHL record with 487 consecutive sell outs between McNichols Arena and Pepsi Center from Nov. 9, 1995 through Oct. 16, 2006.

During that span the Avs won two Stanley Cup Finals (1996, 2001) and made the playoffs for 10 consecutive years; however, during that time the Avalanche never had a home winning streak that matched this current one.

The home winning streak began on Dec. 29, 2017 with a 4-3 overtime victory over Toronto. That win started a 10-0-0 overall streak that included a road win in Dallas and ended with a road win over those same Maple Leafs. That streak was two shy of the franchise record 12-game winning streak set in 1999.

Over their nine-game home winning streak, Colorado has improved to 29-19-4 overall. With 62 points, the Avs are still on the outside looking in for the playoffs in a tough Western Conference. Colorado is tied with Anaheim and one point behind Minnesota for the final Wild Card spot. Los Angeles is lurking behind the Avs and Ducks with 61 points.

The Avs are on the road for their next three games, starting with a Thursday night contest in St. Louis.

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