In their first game back after an eleven-day break, the Colorado Avalanche did their best to pull off a win against the Flyers. Unfortunately, despite coming back from trailing 0-2 in the first period, they lost 6-3.
As much as I would love my first article for Puck Prose to be about the Colorado Avalanche winning, we don’t always get what we wish for. On Saturday night, the Avalanche fell to the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3. It was their first game back after their bye week.
There’s still more hockey left in the season, and I’m sure I’ll get my wish!
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In the first period, despite what was arguably the Avalanche’s best period, the Flyers scored two goals, leading the Avs 2-0. Matt Niskanen scored the first goal at 14:15 in the first period on Philipp Grubauer, assisted by Jakub Voracek and Sean Couturier. The slapshot goal barely missed Grubauer’s foot and hit the back of the net.
The second goal for the Flyers came only five seconds before the end of the period, with Kevin Hayes making a power-play goal, assisted by James van Riemsdyk and Travis Konecny. This made the game a 2-0 lead for the Flyers, the Avalanche trailing at the end of the first period.
Things started to look up for the Colorado Avalanche in the second period when Valeri Nichushkin scored at 2:01. He was assisted by Nikita Zadorov and Andre Burakovsky on his tip-in goal, bringing the score up to 2-1. However, not even a minute after at 3:05, Joel Farabee scored a tip-in goal assisted by Couturier and Robert Hagg, bringing the score to 3-1 Flyers.
The fast-paced period continued when the Avalanche scored again at 4:16. Mikko Rantanen scored a power-play goal, assisted by Gabriel Landeskog and Nazem Kadri, bringing the score up to 3-2. The second period also saw multiple penalties for both teams, including one for J.T. Compher for roughing, Burakovsky for tripping, and Samuel Girard for slashing at the last second of the period.
In the third period, the Flyers continued to play well, scoring three goals during the twenty minutes. The fourth goal for the Flyers was scored by Joel Farabee at 7:32, assisted by Sean Couturier, bringing the score up to 4-2.
The Colorado Avalanche continued to pursue, with Andre Burakovsky scoring a goal with Nichushkin and Nikita Zadorov adding assists at the 9:09 mark, bringing the score up to 4-3. However, the Flyers scored the final two goals, one unassisted goal by Hayes at 16:33 and an empty-net goal by Scott Laughton, assisted by Niskanen and Hayes at 19:15. This gave the Flyers a victory of 6-3 and ending the Avalanche’s three-game winning streak.
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Just because the Colorado Avalanche lost doesn’t mean it wasn’t a special night for Cale Makar. He set the record with 38 points for the most points by a rookie defenseman in the Avalanche and Quebec Nordiques franchise. Zadorov got two assists in the game, tying for his personal best. Girard played his 200th straight game for the Avalanche, becoming the fourth Avalanche to do so.