DENVER (AP) The brief message on social media from Colorado defenseman Nikita Zadorov was rhetorical in nature: "How is your bracket ?"
Because obviously, it's pretty messy.
The eighth-seeded Avalanche certainly played a big role in that. Colorado knocked off the Calgary Flames - the top team in the West - in five games for its first playoff series win since 2008. It's on to the second round, where Colorado faces the winner of the Vegas-San Jose series. The Golden Knights lead the Sharks 3-2.