When you’re being outshot by five times the amount the opponent has shot on goal in the first period, it is going to be a long night.
The Colorado Avalanche had a surprisingly sluggish start to the game as they only had four shots on goal compared to the New York Rangers‘ 20 shots, which led to two goals and the chances did not seem to fall in the Avalanche’s way as they fell behind and just never seemed to stay close. The defense did not seem to have been any help as they allowed 43 shots in this game, which gave the Rangers more chances. Semyon Varlamov had perhaps his poorest game statistically after recently signing a five-year extension by allowing five goals in those shots on goal.
The biggest disappointment for the Avalanche was the lack of production and chances on a huge power play. Down 3-1 in the second period, the team went on a 5-on-3 power play after two separate penalties for holding and high sticking. This was a perfect chance for the Avalanche to get back into the game — perhaps even tie the game. But great defense and the stonewall goaltender Henrik Lundqvist prevented the Avalanche from getting the chances they needed to get back. From there on, it was a struggle just to finish the game.
This minor bump in the road should not be concerning to the Avalanche. All hockey teams have a bad night. It just depends on how you respond in the next game. And with a huge test coming up on the road against the Philadelphia Flyers before the Olympic Break, the Avalanche are going to have to play their best hockey if they want to gain back their composure and rebound from this game in which nothing seemed to be going right.