adaptation. determination. style. Energy. These are just some of the many ways to describe what just happened.
After game 7 it was probably between Colorado Avalanche And the St. Louis Bluesfourth-line player Darren Helm played championships with just 5.6 seconds left to seal his team a place in the Western Conference Finals.
Avs is part of the last 4 teams in Stanley Cup Qualifiers for the first time since 2002. It’s an exciting match with Edmonton Oilers, with the headline: Nathan McKinnon vs. Conor McDavid. It took a lot to get to this point in the first place.
The first period
The period was a two-sided tale as members of the Avs family found it difficult to master the disc well. He kept bouncing on them, and they couldn’t control passes or even skate through them on their own. The first streak was doing some good work, and it gained momentum before and after Josh Manson’s intervention penalty kills.
However, Phil Hoso was up to the task with everything he faced. He helped his team, as in the last minute Justin Falk walked alone and beat Darcy Comber’s blocker. Against the course of play and truly demoralizing Avs, the Blues took a 1-0 lead in the room.
The period started off well for Avs. After stopping Robert Thomas on the breakup, AS pressed. Nick Lady kept on ice for three minutes. Eventually, JT Compher had him and Husso hit him on the rebound to tie the match.
It looks like Avs can continue to grow to achieve this goal. Jack Johnson had other ideas, dropping the puck at the blues line. That resulted in a Brayden Shane pass and Jordan Kerro’s 2-on-1 goal to reclaim the lead.
It was all blues from now on. They killed one Thomas penalty and were pressing for another. It even led to Josh Manson being a goalkeeper to the rescue after Darcy Comber was caught swimming out of the tuck. Kyrou was missing out on a breakup at the end of the period, and Avs were lucky to only go down with one goal heading into the third.
The period began when Nazim Qadri almost scored the equalizer but could not overcome the slider Hasso. It looked as if the Avs didn’t have much of anything left in the tank. They got a golden opportunity when Colton Paraiko threw a puck over the net. Compare was scoring his second night on a Hoso glove, breaking the bottle in the process of tying it.
It seems that the game can go in any direction. The referees allowed play to flow, which included several missed interference penalties for the Blues. The Avs were rushing towards the end of the game, looking for anything.
In the last dash on the ice, Helm will find the disc in the near circle. He slapped one into the net and beat the traffic and grabbed a string. With 5.6 seconds left, he was bombarded by his teammates and awarded Avs a historic franchise win.
What seemed like a game that was destined to go on overtime ended up taking a dramatic turn. There are many ways to describe the events of the night, yet they can leave you speechless at the same time – at least that’s what it is to me. Depth ended up being the difference, with Compher and Helm goals. Even though the first streak was good, they couldn’t get it done like the lower six did.
While winning and feeling past the second round is great, there are still many criticisms to take away from this game. The Avs struggled to move the disc all night and this resulted in fatal errors and goals for the Blues. Comber certainly wasn’t at his best after the first goal and he has Manson to thank for covering an open net from Kiro’s shot. The boys also found it difficult to take risks. Thanks to the number of opportunities they had, it was only a matter of time before they stepped forward and they did exactly that. It would be better if they could take advantage sooner and leave the games away.
The so-called curse is finally over: the avalanche has finally passed the second round. This is uncharted territory for them, as it is the first time they have been here in 20 years. The same can be said for the Oilers though, who haven’t been in the third round since 2006. They will represent all of Canada, have some of the best players in the world and are ready for a full match.
The Avs meet the McDavid and Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference Finals, where the winner of the series will set out to represent the West in the Stanley Cup Finals. The first game will take place on Tuesday night, May 31 at 6:00 PM GMT on TNT.