Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar was cleared to be behind the bench for Game 6 of the West Division final against the Golden Knights, a team spokesperson confirmed Thursday.
Bednar missed the team’s morning skate because of an irregularity with his COVID-19 test results, according to the team. Goaltending coach Jussi Parkkila ran the workout at T-Mobile Arena.
The Avalanche trail 3-2 in the best-of-seven series after losing three consecutive games.
Colorado forward Joonas Donskoi said after the morning skate the team expected Bednar to be behind the bench for the Presidents’ Trophy winner.
“We come to the rink and we prepare,” defenseman Devon Toews said. “We’re ready to go as a group. We’re excited for the challenge.”
Janmark finds legs
It took Mattias Janmark two periods to get his timing back. Once he did, the Knights’ third-line forward made an impact in the Game 5 comeback in Denver.
Janmark forced the turnover leading to Alex Tuch’s goal that cut Colorado’s lead to 2-1 early in the third period and gave the Knights belief they could rally.
“I thought he got better as the game went on. I thought the third period was his best,” coach Pete DeBoer said. “It slots us in spots where it really creates some depth and some mismatches we feel with him and Tuch on the third line.”
Janmark, who had a hat trick in Game 7 of the first round against Minnesota, was injured…