I realize that this piece really lacks some internal logic – that by putting the “7-target avalanche blast on twice defending heroes not the main title” in the main title, I’m literally making the headline. But I promise you, dear reader, it’s not the title. Despite the fact that Colorado Avalanche Score in every way imaginable – in a game of strength, in 5 on 5, and in short (thank you Saint Cal) —Colorado’s performance of the primary function a team needs to win hockey games multiple times is not the headline.
The title is how they twice blocked the defense Stanley Cup Champions from doing anything similar to what a hockey team needs to do to win hockey games. Yes, the number 7 in the final score was impressive, but the number 0 was even more interesting.
Do not believe me? Check the heat map from Game 2. Colorado lived in the hole while Tampa Bay lighting didn’t shoot a zero Efforts Medium and low digits (credit for high loss attempts can only be given to charity).
This is complete and utter extermination. This is the kind of thing that a death star burns to planets. If Avalanche played this way in every game during the regular season, they’d go 82-0. That’s perfect. This picture is the Mona Lisa for hockey. I cry with joy just looking at her.
In fact, I don’t think it is at all an exaggeration to say that this most dominant game in Colorado Avalanche and Quebec Nordic history is the most dominant game in Colorado Avalanche and Quebec Nordic history.
There are really only two candidates who can challenge this assertion and I don’t think they live up to the lofty standards set by Lightning. The first is Second game of the 1996 Stanley Cup Final where they beat Florida Panthers And the hottest goalkeeper that year, John VanBiesbroek, 8-1. Peter Forsberg scored a hat-trick in that game, and Valery Neshushkin and Kali Makar were chasing after them late in the second game, as Foppa was the last NHL player to score a hat-trick in the Stanley Cup Final.
the other The first game in the 2001 Stanley Cup Final When an avalanche systematically dismantled the defending champion New Jersey Devils 5-0, which confirmed that the defending champions had met their match. You can also make the case for them 3-1 game 7 victory Over the Devils given that it was not only game seven of the Stanley Cup Final, but they weighed the weight of Ray Burke’s great career on their shoulders. However, I don’t think this or the 1996 demolition measures lived up to what happened last night.
The shot numbers from Game 2 are absolutely staggering, and they confirm what we’ve all seen with our own eyes: Colorado has turned champions to shreds. This graph makes more sense as the Avs against your local Beer League team than a first-time Stanley Cup Final against the champions defending by heart. I’m really having a hard time getting around that level of dominance at this point against this kind of team. This image should not exist. Yet she is.
The avalanche ended with 30 shots on target versus 16 lightning shots (for a 60-28 total shot attempt advantage). At 8:43 of 5-on-5 the top line didn’t allow Nathan Mackinnon, Valeri Nichushkin and Gabriel Landeskog to attempt a shootout. Nikita Kucherov finished zero shot attempts. Every real stat from this game is so blatantly shocking that I could devise something like “Cal Makar skied 4,000 feet around Victor Hedman until Hedman admitted that Makar was the best defense in the league” and it wouldn’t sound so far fetched with the real characters from this game.
After the competition, Lightning coach John Cooper He said “They’re playing at a much higher level than we are now, and I think that was clear tonight,” and while that’s complementary to the Avs, it’s still an understatement of the century. In Game 2, avalanche dominated to such an amazing degree that it’s fair to question the league sitting dynasty on how they win when avalanche plays like an avalanche. You can never count the champs so anyone saying this series is over is off the skis, but it’s very clear that Tampa Bay has very serious problems dealing with avalanche velocity and checking mortgages, they clearly can’t beat Colorado in Their own game – not to mention their inability to cause any kind of humiliation in those first two matches outside of avalanche wounds and some of Kucherov’s momentary charm.