Paul Klee: Joe Sakic sees similarities to his Stanley Cup-winning Avalanche teams: ‘We have that now’

DENVER — Everything’s coming up Avs.

Take Martin Kaut, for one fine example. Just his fourth game in the big show, Mom’s here on holiday from the Czech Republic. And what does young Martin do? Slaps home his first NHL goal, of course.

“I was so happy for this moment,” the rookie winger said with delight Wednesday night after the Avalanche’s gritty 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

There’s living right, and there’s how the Avs are living. When JT Compher scored the game-winning goal with 8 minutes left in regulation, no one in a packed Pepsi Center flinched. It’s what these Avs do. They’re to the point — after four straight wins — when it’s a surprise only when someone doesn’t make the big play.

Shoot, Colorado’s on such a roll that its coach, Jared “Cabela’s” Bednar, took the bench in a camouflage sport coat — and made it look good, according to several female fans in attendance.

“That’s the only camo blazer that I have,” said Bednar, who scored his “Field and Stream” look from a friend who owns the “Perfect Pattern” online shop and wore it Wednesday out of respect for Military Appreciation Night.

And here’s the best part: fans in our great hockey state could actually see the game! NBC Sports carried the latest Avs win, a sweet respite from the ongoing, frustrating dispute between Altitude TV and carriers Comcast and Dish Network. Did I mention…

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