By Jeff Richardson – Published on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 8:50 AM
The Colorado Avalanche have managed to take complete control of this series with a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. Things seemed to fall right into place tonight as Stastny, Landeskog, MacKinnon and Varlamov lead the team to victory. They combined for a total of ten points while Varly stopped thirty shots. Let’s take a look back at the action from this dominating performance.
Both teams came out hitting tonight, to try and take control of the game early. The Avs managed to be a little too aggressive which led to the first goal of the game by Minnesota’s Charlie Coyle. As repetitive as it has been so far in this series, the Avalanche responded quickly with a beautiful goal by Nathan MacKinnon. Nate used his unbelievable speed and dangled through a few defenders to beat Ilya Bryzgalov.
Oh captain, my captain! The second period spotlight belonged to Gabriel Landeskog tonight. Do you want to see a scary talented line? Look no further than this Stastny, Landeskog, and MacKinnon line. Both MacKinnon and Stastny assisted on both of Landy’s goals giving hockey analysts something to talk about in their intermission reports. Both goals were stunning, but the play that resulted in Landy’s second goal was absolutely jaw-dropping. Check it out, and see for yourself.
The third period was a defensive battle. Darcy Kuemper replaced Brygalov late in the second, and played very well, making fourteen saves. The period was pretty mellow until the end when P.A. Parenteau caught the blade of a stick right under the eye cutting him slightly. No call by the refs as they just didn’t see it happen. Pretty easy to understand there. It didn’t stop there, though. Minnesota pulled their goalie, and Parenteau found himself with the puck looking at an empty cage. The crowd goes crazy, the horn goes off, but no goal. Refs say he was offsides. (He wasn’t) During the celebration of the phantom goal, Ryan Suter skated over and was caught cross checking Jamie McGinn, sending him to the box. The Avalanche let themselves get too worked up and Minnesota took advantage. Marco Scandella scored a short handed goal to bring them within one. Luckily Colorado prevailed with an empty net goal by Paul Stastny to seal the deal. Stazzer’s fourth point of the night.
Game 3 is on Monday at Xcel Energy Center. Should be interesting, seeing as the Avalanche are a very dangerous team on the road. The MacKinnon, Landeskog, and Stastny line must be contained in order for Minnesota to give themselves a chance.
Side Note: Nathan MacKinnon has set a NHL record for the most assists in a playoff year by an 18 year-old with seven. Keep in mind, he’s only participated in 2 games so far.