Top 5 Colorado Avalanche Moments of 2014

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#2: Avalanche Make the Playoffs

The Colorado Avalanche clinched a playoff berth in a game against the San Jose Sharks. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

In the March 29, game against the San Jose Sharks, the Colorado Avalanche clinched their first playoff berth in four years. They beat the Sharks in a low-scoring but exciting game that saw goalie Semyon Varlamov make 47 of 49 saves. They took the game 3-2, helped by center John Mitchell’s goal and assist. Role player Cody McLeod even scored a short-handed goal.

One of the best parts of seeing the Avalanche make the playoffs was their touching celebration. They all rushed onto the ice and engulfed each other in a group hug with Varlamov at the center. They jumped up and down with giddy excitement, just like the ecstatic youngsters they were.