Colorado Avalanche NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
The line of Nathan MacKinnon, Paul Stastny and Gabriel Landeskog combined for 4 goals and 10 points to power The Avalanche to 2-0 series lead over the Minnesota Wild. Mackinnon, Landeskog, and Stastny have combined for 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists).
Paul Stastny lifted the Avalanche to a 5-4 OT win in the first game shocking the Wild. The wild were ahead for most of the game. Stansy scored the tying goal with 14 seconds left in the third period. Then scored the winning goal in OT. Stastny is the first player in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the game-tying goal in the last 15 seconds of regulation and scored a goal in OT.
Eric Johnson saved a potential empty net goal that would have ruined Patrick Roy’s decision to pull the goalie with 3 minutes left in regulation. The play set the tone for the rest of the game.
There is nothing the Minnesota Wild can do to slow down that line right now. Sure, on two of the three highlight worthy goals the Avs Saturday. The first two goals scored by Gabe Landeskog. MacKinnon cut in front of him and played a perfect drop pass for Landeskog who buried it near-side on Ilya Bryzgalov.
Nathan MacKinnon has been nothing short of extraordinary in his first two games in the NHL playoffs. In just two games, MacKinnon has put up 7 points, which ties him for most points in NHL history through a player’s first two playoff games. The energy level in the Pepsi Center instantly becomes electric.
Imagine how scary this team will be once they have their leading scorer from the regular season, Matt Duchene, back in the fold. This team is determined and primed for a deep Stanley Cup Playoffs run. They have the talent to make a run.
Colorado Avalanche Correspondent
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