Avs won't be on local TV

Cable deal with UPN-20 of Denver a no-go

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— Avalanche fans hoping to catch Monday night's game at home on cable were out of luck.

AT&T spokesman Tom Cotton said he tried hard last week to get the game uplinked for local cable subscribers, but UPN Channel 20 out of Denver no longer leases the uplink for the games.

"It's a big loss," Cotton said. "We really wanted to have the games available, but we couldn't get it done." This means local Avalanche fans who subscribe to cable will also be out of luck for today's Game 4, which will also be played in Vancouver and carried on the UPN station.

If the series continues, Game 5, Game 6 and Game 7 will be carried on either FOX Sports or ESPN2.

Cotton said as the hockey playoffs continue, he expects most of the games will be carried on one of the two major sports networks.

If fans have cable and want to see tonight's game, it will be carried on satellite and will be available locally at the Tap House in Steamboat and Olde Milner Roadhouse in Milner.

"We had a full house (Monday) night," the Tap House's Reeves Stanwood said. "The crowd came in around 8 p.m. and stayed until about 12:30 a.m."

Stanwood said the size of the crowd was much larger than when the games are televised on cable. He expects many of the fans came in just to take advantage of the bar's satellite.

"It was standing-room only in the bar," Stanwood said.

The game will be on both televisions at the Olde Milner Roadhouse and the owner said fans who come out to watch the game can expect plenty of drink specials, as well.

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