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Rusty Avs return after week away due to COVID protocols

Nathan MacKinnon, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Devon Toews returned to the ice and may soon be back in the lineup.
Credit: AP Photo/David Zalubowski
Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer shoots out a stream of water after taking a drink while waiting for a face off against the Minnesota Wild in the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, in Denver.

DENVER — The banged-up Colorado Avalanche have returned to practice after being shut down for a week due to the league’s COVID-19 protocols.

Coach Jared Bednar says the team showed a little rust. But a side benefit of the time off was that it gave several players a chance to heal without missing many games.

Nathan MacKinnon, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Devon Toews returned to the ice and may soon be back in the lineup.

The Avalanche are scheduled to play in Vegas on Sunday and Tuesday.

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