Update: Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar dealing with COVID-19 test irregularity; cleared for Game 6

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May 30, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar during the second period against the Vegas Golden Knights of game one in the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Avalanche said head coach Jared Bednar did not attend the team’s morning skate Thursday due to an irregularity in his COVID-19 test results.

Update: Coach Bednar has been cleared.

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There was no immediate word on his availability to coach Game 6 on Thursday night in Las Vegas.

“We’re thinking that he’ll be back tonight, but if not we know what to do,” forward Joonas Donskoi said. “We’ve been talking about things that we have to get better at for a long time, and I think last game was a pretty good game from us, so we’re just looking to build and get a win from tonight’s game.”


Colorado is trying to stave off elimination, trailing 3-2 in the best-of-seven second-round series against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Bednar, 49, steered the Avalanche to the Presidents’ Trophy (39-13-4, 82 points) this season, his fifth season at the helm of the team.

–Field Level Media