“WOW! 7 MORE GAMES OF THAT PLEASE!” Screamed every Hockey fan ever. On paper, a round-robin game turned into quite the spectacle on Sunday night. The Colorado Avalanche came back late in their first-round robin game, topping the reigning Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues 2-1.
Both teams were evenly matched throughout the 1st period. The shutout streak was broken after a Gabriel Landeskog interference call. This led to David Perron firing a wicked one-timer past Philipp Grubauer. Power Play goal. St Louis Leads 1-0.
The goal scored at 16:49 by Perron was assisted by Ryan O’ Rielly and Brayden Schenn. Despite the early goal on the power play, St Louis was outshot 16-4 by Colorado in the 1st period.
The second period was limited in scoring but made up for it with penalties. There were four penalties in this period alone, leading to many chances with special teams. Despite more power play opportunities throughout the period, Colorado got close but could not cash in. Shots favored St. Louis this time outshooting Colorado 13-10.
Colorado fought back and tied it up at 5:33 in the third period. Mikko Rantanen skated the puck in and capitalized on a Blues turnover. Ryan Graves notches his first of the playoff for himself and the Avalanche. Leading to a tie game.
What happens next was absolute insanity and something we rarely see in the Stanley Cup Playoffs: A Buzzer Beater goal!
After a lengthy review, the call stands and we have a goal. 0:00.1 left on the clock. WHAT?! This clutch goal led to the Avs picking up the first win of their round-robin seeding rounds.
As if that tweet above wasn’t enough. Heres the goal again!
Colorado Three Stars
1st Star: Nazem Kadri
2nd Star: Philipp Grubauer
3rd Star: Ryan Graves
St Louis Three Stars
1st Star: Jordan Binnington
2nd Star: David Perron
3rd Star: Ryan O’ Rielly
This game was absolutely intense. It felt like any team could win at any second. For a round-robin game, you wouldn’t normally expect two teams to play like they were in the Western Conference finals, yet here we are. Both goalies were dynamic in their first showings with Binnington stopping 36/38 shots (.947 SV%) and Grubauer stopping 31/32 (.969 SV%).
The Playoffs are just getting started and we haven’t even seen anything yet! Buckle up, folks! It’s going to be a fast and bumpy ride!!
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