Something happened between the first intermission and the second. I wish that I could tell you what it was, bottle it up and make sure to hand it out personally at the locker room to every player on the Colorado Avalanche for every game next season.
Was it newcomer Tyson Jost who stood up in the locker room and made some comments? Was it Compher, who by far played his absolute best game as an Avalanche player to this point in his career tonight? Was it our trusty captain Gabe Landeskog? Someone else? No one else? Only the people in the dressing room tonight know that answer, but whatever it was… take note everyone on the team.
We saw a few glimpses of brilliance from some of the young players tonight. This in a sense could be giving us a bit of a peek into the future of what this team could hold as early as next season. Let’s get onto the game, though.
The first period was complete dominance by the St. Louis Blues. They were hungry for that playoff berth, and they came out looking like they were going to shut down the Avalanche early and end the game in the first period. That in all likelihood would have happened as well if it weren’t for goaltender Calvin Pickard who made 13 saves in the first period alone. The avalanche only generated 5 shots on goal and started the 2nd down 1-0.
The Avalanche started the 2nd on the penalty kill, but as soon as that kill was over they completely changed gears and took over the game from that point on. In the second period, the avalanche got 14 shots on goal and only gave up 4. In the second period, the Avalanche had a power play chance and Nathan Mackinnon took the puck into the offensive zone and straight through the 3 players trying to stop him. He got the shot off on Allen who battled it off to the side right to a waiting JT Compher who netted his first power play goal of his young career. Mackinnon and Barrie got the assists on the goal. It was Barries 30th on the season.
There were some big saves on both sides the rest of the way but the game went all the way to a shootout where The Avalanche shot first.
Matt Duchene walked in and unleashed a wicked wrister that beat Allen clean. Pickard stoned each of the 3 shooters for the Blues and Nathan Mackinnon scored to end the game as shooter number 3 in the pressure slot.
The interesting moment though was when shooter number 2 skated out to center ice for the Avalanche. Pepsi Center was on their feet it was nonother than the 19-year-old rookie making his NHL Debut tonight – Tyson Jost. Unfortunately, he was not able to bury his chance in the shootout but his many family members in attendance had a mixed look of amazement and shock that he was out there with the game on his stick in his first ever NHL game.
This was a much-needed change of fortune for the Avalanche. Just what happened during the 1st intermission we as fans or journalist may never know.. but whatever it was, I like to hope/think that it is something that there is a lot more of to come in the near future and especially next season.
With the point the St. Louis Blues also punched their ticket to the postseason this year as well. Congratulations to them on the accomplishment, but tonight belonged to the Avalanche and their young cast of players who are just starting their hopefully very successful careers at Mile High.
What did you make of the debut game of Tyson Jost? He made a few plays that were jaw dropping in the game. What about Compher? Picking up the first star honors tonight he had a game that you had to see to belive. The team is starting to showcase some of its youth movement and I will tell you now what I have been telling people for months now.. We are in good hands, and next season and the future look very bright in Denver.