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Philipp Grubauer not to blame for Colorado’s collapse against Capitals

The biggest Avalanche storyline through 40 minutes of hockey Thursday night against the Capitals was the continued dominance exhibited by goalie Philipp Grubauer.

That all changed in a disastrous third-period collapse.

Yes, Grubauer allowed a pair of goals in the final frame of a 3-2 loss, but before demanding that general manager Joe Sakic acquire a new goalie before the NHL trade deadline (Feb. 24), understand the extent of Grubauer’s recent brilliance.

“(Grubauer) played great,” defenseman Nikita Zadorov said afterward. “He gave us a chance to extend the game. He made a couple of big saves in the third period.