Start growing the playoff beards, boys and girls. The Avalanche have clinched a playoff berth.
The Avalanche didn't get help from Nashville or Calgary. In the end, they had to get into the playoffs the hard way - by winning. The Avalanche fell behind Vancouver 2-0, but stormed back with a 5-minute outburst in the 2nd with goals by Liles, Hejduk and a dandy by Wojtek Wolski. And then Peter Forsberg iced it on a breakaway goal in the 3rd. Great game, great win, great to see the Avs back in the playoffs.