Avalanche takes Sunday off ahead of Monday’s Game 4 vs. Coyotes

Less than 24 hours after coaching through a highly frustrating Game 3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes, game video supported what Avalanche coach Jared Bednar originally thought about his team’s first loss in the first-round series.

Two defensive-zone turnovers were too much to overcome — despite a 51-shot assault on Arizona goalie Darcy Kuemper.

“I feel the exact same way about it as I did after watching it live,” Bednar said Sunday on a Zoom call from the team hotel in Edmonton. “Obviously, we made some mental errors — we were probably too light on pucks that ended coming back on us. We’re going to have to get a little more firm on our sticks in the defensive zone.

“And some of our decisions early in the game just weren’t as good as they were in the final 30 minutes, for sure. We have room for improvement to play a more complete game and that has to be the goal.”

Bednar gave all his players the day off Sunday after three games in four days. Game 4 is scheduled for Monday at 3:30 p.m. (ALT, NBCSN).