Intensity? Check! Goals scored? Check! Animosity among both teams? Check! Sounds like a recipe for Playoff Hockey to me! The Colorado Avalanche rebounded strongly after their game three loss with a 7-1 over the Arizona Coyotes to win game four.
The shots favored the Avalanche throughout this game. As is the trend with this series, the Avalanche outshot the Coyotes 12-3 in the first. It was all Avalanche, as you can see below:
The Coyotes quickly run into penalty troubles in the first with a penalty going against Niklas Hjalmarsson for interference. After the penalty, the Avalanche kept the pressure on, leading to Nazem Kadri banking in a rebound off Darcy Kuemper and in the net. 2-0 Avalanche.
Things went from bad to worse for the Avalanche, as the penalty troubles kept pilling up. Nazem Kadri showed his nose for the net in this game, banking in a goal after a very impressive zone entry by Nathan MacKinnon. 3-0 Avalanche.
The momentum seemed to have shifted to the Coyotes after a Nieto hooking penalty. Thanks to Jakob Chychrun, the Coyotes are on the board. 4-1 Avalanche.
The Avalanche were on fire in this game and the goals were easy to come by. MacKinnon sets up Calvert in front. 6-1 Avalanche.
The game turned from a blowout to a line brawl. After the 6-1 goal, Makar was hit into the boards hard by Lawson Crouse. A brawl ensues with multiple players getting into the mix, and multiple penalties being given out.
The game’s final goal comes with The Avalanche back on the power play after the scrum subsides. Erik Johnson fires a slapshot, Mikko Rantanen seals the game with his 3rd of the playoffs. 7-1 Avalanche.
Three Stars of Game Four:
1st Star: Nazem Kadri 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist)
2nd Star: Cale Makar 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist)
3rd Star: Nathan MacKinnon 2 points (2 assists)
Final Thoughts on Game Four:
The Avalanche really played like the better team. It really showed on the ice in every way. The shots were a final count of 30-15, a 50% difference in offensive chances. The Avalanche capitalized on the man advantage, going 3 for 7. Philipp Grubauers evening was fairly light with stopping 14/15 shots from the Coyotes.
Game 5 is set to come from Rogers Place on Wednesday, August 19th at 4:30 pm CST. Will the Avalanche move on? Or will the Coyotes stay alive?
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