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Avalanche Game 57 Recap: Best in the West

The Colorado Avalanche faced off against the NHL's overall top team, the Vancouver Canucks

By Clyde E. DawkinsPublished 2 months ago 3 min read

After a disastrous road trip, the Colorado Avalanche returned home for the first time in the second half, and the end result was a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. For this home game, the opponent's just a bit tougher. It's only the Vancouver Canucks. They only have the NHL's best record. No big deal. You know, every time I watch the Avs and Nucks go at it, I always think back to the old days when these teams were division rivals; first in the old Pacific Division before being placed in the old Northwest Division. The teams have been in separate divisions since 2013, but the games are still quite good.

This was a battle between Vezina candidates--Alexandar Georgiev vs Thatcher Demko. This was also a battle between Norris candidates--Cale Makar vs Quinn Hughes. Shots were 3-0 in Colorado's favor at the start, but it would be the Canucks who struck first. J.T. Miller--fresh off his hat trick in that insane game against the Minnesota Wild--scored at 10:46, with the assist coming from Brock Boeser and the aforementioned Quinn Hughes. Right after that, the Avs had a power play, that was killed off, and Vancouver led after 20. About that game, the Canucks lost, 10-7, in Minnesota; it was a game that saw the Wild score seven of their 10 goals in the third period, with Kirill Kaprizov and Joel Eriksson Ek with six points each (Hat Trick/3 A).

Just had to mention that insane game, now on to this one.

The Avs struck early in the second, and it was Ryan Johansen, who needed this badly. Jack Johnson and Devon Toews had the helpers, but that was it regarding any excitement in the middle frame. Nucks had a power play, that was killed off. Avs had one, also shut down. 1-1 tie after 40 minutes, and in the third, Johansen struck again. Second goal of the game, Zach Parise had the lone assist, and the Avs had the lead for the first time. Similar to the second period, the third was mostly quiet. Vancouver received a power play and a chance to tie it, but all that did was show that Georgiev deserves to be in the Vezina talk this year. With three and a half minutes left in regulation, the Avs went on the power play. That got killed off but it didn't matter.

Vancouver pulled Demko for the extra attacker with barely over a minute left. At that point, Nathan MacKinnon's home point streak was in jeopardy. He had a point in every home game this season. "I selfishly want MacKinnon to continue his point streak," was my thought. But I also thought, "As long as we win, it doesn't matter." Funny how things work some times. Mikko Rantanen received the puck, he passed it to MacKinnon, who made a long pass to Artturi Lehkonen--who shot it into the empty net. The streak continues! MacKinnon picked up Point #92, Lehkonen iced it, and the Avalanche won, 3-1!

I had a feeling we would beat Vancouver. For one, the Canucks scored seven goals in the last game, so they had to be out of gas. Secondly, they had been quite faulty lately. This game was very, very quiet; not much happened, but not much needed to happen. Ryan Johansen scored his first goals of the actual calendar year; he hadn't scored since December 29. Nathan MacKinnon moves within two points of the league lead, and Alexandar Georgiev absolutely shined against the team with the best record in the NHL. The Avs have won the season series against the Vancouver Canucks, with the third and last meeting of the regular season taking place in Vancouver on March 13.

And good news, Avs fans! We gained some ground in the Central Division, as the Dallas Stars were defeated at Madison Square Garden. With March on the horizon, every game, every point, and every chance for our foes to be knocked down a few pegs--matters. Speaking of foes, the Avs face an old one on Thursday: the Detroit Red Wings. Oh baby!

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Clyde E. Dawkins

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  • Philip Gipson2 months ago

    I'm feeling pretty energized just from reading this recap! :D

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