As it turns out, if you’re an Avalanche fan, NHL preseason games are pretty much the hardest thing to watch ever. Even when they’re being broadcast, like tonight’s preseason finale against the Kings, we still had to wait for the Blackhawks-Blues game to end; and then when it did, a great deal of people were blacked out.
To make it worse, the new arena in Las Vegas isn’t set up yet to send statistical data to the NHL yet, so we couldn’t even follow the box score. So, if this recap seems to be a little light on information, that’s why—there isn’t any!
Here’s what we do know: the Avs beat the Kings 2-1 to finish the preseason undefeated. Once again, the defense and goaltending held strong, allowing only a single Jeff Carter goal in the second period.
We also know Mikhail Grigorenko tied the game up with just a little over a minute left in the third period. Colorado had pulled goalie Semyon Varlamov for an extra attacker and after a prolonged possession in the Kings’ zone, Matt Duchene fed Grigorenko with a gorgeous cross-ice pass that he then fired through a Joe Colborne screen and past Jonathan Quick.
The game then went to overtime, where Nathan MacKinnon skated the puck below the goal line and dished to Gabriel Landeskog out in front. The captain then deked Quick out of his skates and buried the game-winning backhand. Guys, this video is definitely worth watching. Give it a play or sixteen when you get a chance.