This game went exactly the way I expected it to go. Not to be self aggrandizing but, I called it, literally. If you go back to the preview blog for this game I nailed the final score, right on the head. 5-3 Avalanche win. I guess I know my boys in burgundy and blue.
I mean it probably is not that impressive because the Avalanche almost always score 4 or more goals at home and have 17-7-1 record in Denver. It’s nice to see that they actually have a home rink advantage this year especially when they are playing at altitude.
The game started with 2 quick goals from SUPERSTAR Nathan MacKinnon (21,22). Nothing crazy to see with those goals. One was a one-t power play slap shot goal that went off of Martin Jones’ glove and the other was a wrister that managed to slip five-hole off of a misdirection.
Not too much later Carl Soderberg had a quick tap in goal that was set up by Matt Nieto. Nieto was stuck behind the net and sent a quick little backhand sauce pass to Soderberg who was perched out front. Soderberg ended of finessing a shot over the right pad of Jones to make the game 3-0. The Avalanche were able to take the lead into the dressing room.
The second period the sharks dominated the avalanche outshooting them 17-7 and Bernier again, stood on his head in place of Semyon Varlymov. Mikko Rantanen Scored a 1:34 seconds into the period on a tipped shot from Mark Barberio.
Despite scoring first the Avs seemed to become complacent with their lead and sat back. This lead to Timo Meier’s 9th goal of the season. A muffled shot by Labanc from the point seemed to fool everybody. The shot eventually hit hit Bernier in the pads and Meier collected the rebound and stuffed it home. The Avalanche managed to maintain their three goal lead throughout the second. They period ended and took the 4-1 lead into the locker room.
In the third the Sharks came out and punched the Avs right in the mouth, scoring two quick goals. One was rebound scooped up by Vlasic in front. The other was a 2-1 by Brent Burns and Joe Thornton. Burns threaded a pass underneath the stick of Nikita Zadorov, and Thornton took a quick wrist shot upstairs pulling the sharks within one (4-3). The Avalanche’s back was against the wall.
The line of Soderberg, Nieto, and Comeau has been incredible all season, to say the least. They have really carried the bulk of the secondary scoring for the team. The Avs were not in a good place and this line stepped forward. This time the goal was scored by Matt Nieto. Nieto ended up with a goal and an assist in this game, it had to have been a good feeling putting up two points and beating the team that waived you the season prior. Nieto’s goal was a redirection on a shot from the blue line from Blake Comeau.
8 Wins in a row for the Avalanche, something even the most optimistic fan from last season would not have expected.
For those who don’t know, The Colorado Avalanche are a playoff team!
5-3 Avs win don’t @ me