The Colorado Avalanche are at .500 with 46 games to play .... seriously. All joking aside, once the puck dropped last night it didn't really feel like there had been a 113-day lockout. It also didn't feel like opening night. The players and the venue were working out their kinks, as was I. Hockey takes a couple of games for me to warm up, but overall I'm happy with the 71 images I filed. Need to make some adjustments to white balance and my post-processing, and I need to remember to replace the plastic cutout at the shooting hole at the end of the period/game, but these things will come next time. Avalanche beat the Stanley-cup-defending L.A. Kings 3-1 only after a 3-goal third period.