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Byram and Avs take Game 1

Bowen Byram and the Colorado Avalanche are now three wins away from winning the Stanley Cup.

It was a close game but the avalanche came out on top 4-3 in overtime.

In a postgame interview, Byram says the team’s mindset helped them keep calm through overtime.

“I think our team does a really good job of staying even-keeled. It’s a cliche but everyone’s levelheaded, even after the second period when they had a bit of a push and scored a couple of goals we were still in a good spot,” says Byram.

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“Tied going into the third period is really good you would wish for that before the game. Just carrying that through to overtime and keep playing your game.”

Byram tallied an assist on the first goal of the game.

He says he was able to shake off the nerves of playing in a Stanley Cup final game pretty quickly.

“After my first couple shifts, I felt like I kind of settled in and just realized it’s another hockey game. That’s what you have to tell yourself,” added Byram.

“As big as the stage is, you’re just playing hockey, we’ve been playing hockey since we were five years old. Once you get settled in you just let the game come to you.”

He says the team is enjoying the win but their focus needs to be on Game 2.

“It’s a big win we’ll enjoy it tonight then move on and prepare for Game 2. In a seven-game series, you cant get caught admiring a win.”

Game 2 is on Saturday in Colorado.

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