We were really bad tonight Colorado Avalanches Game 2 had a
Friday, May 20, 2022
Colorado Avalanche Game 2: We Were Really Bad Tonight
The Colorado Avalanche dominated the first period‚ but couldn't sustain their momentum in the second. The Blues played tight defense and controlled the puck‚ but the Avalanche generated an occasional offensive rush. The Avalanche capitalized on a Blues' bobble high in the offensive zone to force a power play. Gabriel Landeskog's goal cut the Blues' lead to 2-1. They couldn't tie it up‚ however‚ as the Blues scored on a two-on-1 rush.
Impact Rantanen's goal
Mikko Rantanen's overtime goal in Colorado Avalanches Game 2 gave the Avalanche a 2-0 series lead over the Vegas Golden Knights. Rantanen's goal extended his postseason point streak to 16 games‚ giving the Avalanche a two-game series lead. His goal also extended his career-high point streak to 16 straight games. Until his goal in Game 2‚ Rantanen had not scored in any of the Avalanches' previous playoff games. In Game 2‚ Mikko Rantanen scored on a Nathan MacKinnon pass. He sent the puck over Fleury's shoulder‚ and his goal came with Reilly Smith in the penalty box for slashing him. This goal was Rantanen's first overtime winner in the postseason‚ and the slashing call was not appreciated by the Golden Knights. Mikko Rantanen was the Avalanches' leading scorer in the regular season. But he has yet to score in the playoffs. He is averaging only one assist per game this postseason. But he's still a top-line player who has a solid shot. Rantanen's tally is impressive‚ considering his limited role on the top line. Despite a lackluster performance in the postseason‚ the Avalanches are a top-four seed in the Western Conference. They are currently leading the series 2-0. If they can hold off the Golden Knights in Game 3 and win the first round‚ the Avalanches will be on the brink of advancing to the third round. And in the end‚ a win would give them a chance to take home the Stanley Cup. The Avalanche have been without one of their top players for the first two weeks of the season. Gabriel Landeskog underwent surgery last week‚ but no timeline for his return has been released. His loss would be a blow to the Avalanches. It's difficult to imagine how the Avalanche could have won without him. And now‚ it's time to make sure they do that. The Avalanche led 2-0 heading into the first intermission. However‚ Rantanen's goal tied the game. Rantanen made the final goal with a power play‚ and Jost added another on the second power play. Colorado has scored four goals in four games‚ and their goal against the Blues is only the second to tie the series.
Impact Byram's move to top pairing
While Byram's move to the top pairing was terrible‚ his development is still encouraging. After a rough start to the season with the Avalanche‚ the 2021 drafted defenseman has put in a great performance and has started to become a consistent scoring threat. Byram has a strong shot from the blueline and has the vision to quarterback a power play. He has the agility to get to open shooting lanes and is capable of scoring a variety of ways. He can sneak down to score with a wrist shot and a snapshot. He has a great slap shot as well. Byram is a solid puck-mover and can join rushes and pinch in at the blue line. His vision and passing skills are also good. His ability to create space in front of the net and make strong first passes makes him a tough player to beat in rush situations. Byram's high offensive game makes him a tough player to beat in one-on-one situations and makes solid plays on the ice. The Avalanche's manpower situation is still up and down. Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog are back together after missing Game 2 with an upper body injury. The Avalanche only has one player who has played every game this season. This means that the Avalanche need to make up for those two injuries by putting more emphasis on their defense and their top lines. In the end‚ the Avalanche made the playoffs for two straight years. With the duchene trade and the cap space‚ the Avalanche can improve their team and make noise this season. However‚ it will be hard to predict how they will do without Duchene. The Avalanche need to improve their roster with a trade that will get them closer to a Stanley Cup. Despite their superior offensive numbers‚ the Avalanche's defense struggled to create offensive chances. Gabriel Landeskog and Samuel Girard both missed game one. Nathan MacKinnon struggled to generate quality scoring chances. The blues shifted their lines in Game 2 to generate offensive opportunities and clogged the middle of the ice to frustrate fast fliers. Game 3 is scheduled for Saturday at 8 pm ET on TNT. The winner will advance to the Western Conference. Despite the fact that Byram was not a great fit for the top pair‚ his emergence as a top-pair player could make this team more competitive. It is also a good sign that the Avalanches have made a good addition to the team. Avalanche have added several new players to the lineup‚ including Josh Manson‚ Nico Sturm‚ and Samuel Girard. These moves are solid additions to the lineup but the Avalanches must avoid overpaying for one of these players.
Impact St. Louis Blues' tight checking
The Blues made it tough for Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon to move in the neutral zone. In addition to his heavy shot‚ he also blocked a passing lane. But while the Blues have a top defensive pairing‚ they still made the Avalanche's offense ineffective‚ as their defense couldn't create quality scoring chances. That's where St. Louis came in‚ shuffled their lines and clogged the middle to slow down fast fliers. The Blues' tight checking was particularly noteworthy. While Colorado has a much deeper forward depth than the Blues‚ it still has a huge edge in shot suppression. Its defense was the Achilles heel of the previous series‚ and Colorado's goaltending is top-notch. The Blues' chemistry with the 'Avs' has allowed them to win a game in a row‚ but the Avalanches are the better team this season‚ and this should be no different. Despite the Colorado Avalanche's strong playoff performance‚ they've had to play eight days after a layoff. Still‚ they beat the Blues in Game 1‚ despite putting 54 shots on goal. The Blues scored in overtime‚ but the Avalanche's tight checking prevented them from scoring in regulation. In Game 2‚ Colorado C Nazem Kadri served his second game of an eight-game suspension for hitting Justin Faulk. The team is appealing the suspension‚ but the Blues need to win if they hope to advance. While St. Louis didn't make much of an impact on the 5-on-5 game‚ the Blues' top line was worth 20 wins. Their bottom six isn't replacement level talent‚ so they may not be able to counter the Blues' offensive pressure. They're dependent on their star players‚ and the star players could go cold at any time. And‚ even if they do go cold‚ they'll still be capable of scoring. The Blues' third line should have an advantage on offense. Jordan Kyrou and Brandon Saad had better offensive contributions in Round 1 than they did in Game 1. They need to step up against the stacked Avalanches and get Kyrou and Brandon Saad into the playoffs. They can also turn to their backup goaltender in case of poor play. They'll probably need to find a way to expose Girard's second pair and force the Avalanche's top pair to play a solid second line. The tight checking on Colorado was one of the keys to the Blues' second-round victory. The Blues are now within a game of the Colorado Avalanches‚ but they'll have to play to the winner. The Blues' tight checking will be key in Game 3 and beyond. If the Blues can win the first two games‚ the playoffs are within reach.