The Avalanche were one of the few teams that, in the first week of play, didn’t manage to drop a game.
Unfortunately, that came to an end in their third game of the season, as the Columbus Blue Jackets managed to snag a 5-2 victory.
Colorado clawed their way back from a 2-0 deficit after the first 20 minutes of play, scoring the only two goals in the second frame to enter the third period tied at two tallies apiece.
Things fell apart in the final period, though, with Columbus scoring three unanswered goals to take home a decisive victory. And while it was a tough night for Philipp Grubauer — who faced 24 shots to Sergei Bobrovsky’s 27 at the other end of the ice — the team’s inability to get things going a little more in that final frame ultimately sunk them. [Mile High Hockey]
On the plus side, though, credit one of those goals and a whopping four shots to none other than Wonder Boy Nathan MacKinnon.
The only flaw Nathan MacKinnon has in his game is that there's only one of him— Dimitri Filipovic (@DimFilipovic) October 10, 2018
In other news, the Avalanche have been seeing things click from their second line. For a team that largely rode on the success of their top trio last year, this is huge. [MHH]
Sorry, we’ve got to go back and look at the MacKinnon goal. Spicy, Nathan, VERY spicy:
If you’re a long-time Avalanche fan, you probably remember top prospect Joey Hishon.
Drafted 17th overall by the team in 2010, Hishon’s career began to unravel when he was hit in the head with an illegal elbow by Brayden McNabb. The ensuing concussion lasted over a year, nearly hitting the two-year mark before he was able to return to the ice. Now, he’s moving forward with his career, and this is an interview you won’t want to miss. [Sportsnet]
While you may not want to miss that, though, this is something you may never unsee:
While Matthews is trying on oversized general’s coats from the French Revolution, Ryan Johansen of the Nashville Predators has been giving interviews that talk a bit more about what happens on the ice — namely, what it’s like to play in the ultra-competitive Central Division. [NBC’s Pro Hockey Talk]
If you see a book released about the Humboldt Broncos, by the way, beware making a purchase; the families didn’t authorize this, and they’re urging people not to hand over cash for it now. [CBC]
Finally, in the silliest thing you’ll see all day:
Not hockey related, but still funny, Josh Norman had trouble getting his uniform off to swap it with a Saints player. Love the reporter just standing there waiting, so awkward. pic.twitter.com/K42yLymHAN— NHL Prospects Watcher (@Prospects_Watch) October 9, 2018
Any girl who’s ever misjudged the stretch level of a shirt she tried on in the dressing room probably feels this video on a spiritual level. And, if you’re my dad, you’ve
probably definitely had this happen too. (Sorry, dad! The call-outs never end).