The Colorado Avalanche beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-0 on Wednesday night, taking the series lead 1-0. Going into this series, the Avalanche were the heavy favorite against the Coyotes, and this game was no different.
The first period was all Avalanche. Chance after chance on Darcy Kuemper, but the dam continues to hold strong. A power play mid-period after a holding call by Jason Demers proved dominant. Don’t believe me? Feast your eyes on this madness!
Yeah, I thought so too. Despite this insane puck movement though, the score still remains 0-0. Some chances late in the period continued to pile up, and the Avalanche depth really showed they were not to be taken lightly.
The second period was more like the first. Shots continue to go in favor of the Avalanche 15-4. Shocking considering the Coyotes had a power play of their own in the second. Things for the most part went well for the Avalanche. Well, minus this little blooper…
Yeah… Amid all the craziness the Stanley Cup playoffs bring to the table, these moments remind you how silly they can be. I am positive all of Colorado held their breaths after the first line of Nathan MacKinnon Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen all went bowling at center ice.
Hey, look! We have goals now! After a long and valiant effort by Darcy Keumper, the dam finally caved in. After Derek Stepan went to the box for interference, the Avalanche finally cashed in on the power play. Nazem Kadri whacking at a loose puck in the crease slides underneath Keumper and the Avalanche are on the board. I guess changing sticks helped.
As if the fun didn’t stop there for the Avalanche. Seconds after the Kadri goal, J.T. Compher gets in on the fun and backhands the puck into the empty net to make it 2-0.
As if things didn’t look to go from bad to worse for the Coyotes, Avalanche enters the zone again. This time its the big line of MacKinnon, Landeskog, and Rantanen. Landeskog carries the puck into the Coyotes zone, takes a monster hit from Michael Grabner but dishes it off for a pretty tic tac toe play to make it 3-0 to seal the game.
Final Score: COL 3-0 ARI
Philipp Grubauer notches his first career playoff shutout with 14 saves. Avalanche takes a well deserved 1-0 lead in the series, with this momentum it will be hard for the Coyotes to fan their offense.
3 Stars of the Game:
1st Star: Nazem Kadri, 1 Goal (GWG)
2nd Star: Darcy Kuemper: 37/40 saves, .925% Sv Percentage
3rd Star: Nathan MacKinnon, 2 Assists.
Game 2 is set to go on Friday, August 14th at 1 PM CST from Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB.