The Colorado Avalanche started off so strong!
The club flew into their Saturday night game fresh off the heels of an intense 6-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, which came complete with an absolutely filthy set of goals by none other than Nathan MacKinnon.
They seemed to be on the right track when they scored twice in the opening 20 minutes, then allowed just one goal in the second period to maintain a lead nearly through to the bitter end.
In the final two minutes of third period, though, Elias Lindholm came rushing in unassisted, and the game was tied — then just 46 seconds into extra minutes, Johnny Gaudreau capitalized on a breakaway to hand Colorado their first overtime loss of the season. [Mile High Hockey]
On the plus side, it was an awesome day in Colorado for the growth of girl’s hockey:
Did you know? The percentage of girls in the Colorado hockey community is more than double the national average!— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) October 14, 2018
The game keeps growing here and girls are a big part. #GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/MDDET08sAY
At the very least, we have this awesome goal by MacKinnon to remember from their game against Buffalo. [MHH]
It’s also a great start to the year for Cale Makar, who impressed in his season opener this week. [MHH]
Pavel Francouz also did the AHL team a big solid, and got them their first regular season win:
Around the league:
The Philadelphia Flyers donned their best jerseys, lived their best lives, and... lost to Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights, who finally figured out how to get themselves going.
Well, mostly Fleury. The veteran stood on his head and got the job done in a 1-0 loss for the Flyers, who gave it the old college try and still couldn’t quite figure out how to beat Vegas. [Broad Street Hockey]
Just because they won on Saturday, though, doesn’t mean that the Golden Knights haven’t been concerningly bad. Here’s a look at what’s behind their slowest start in franchise history. [NHL on NBC]
At least they haven’t started like this, though:
Coyotes lose 3-0 and they’ve been shut out three times in their first four games. They’ve taken an average 36 shots on goal per game and they’ve managed to score just twice on those.— Catherine Silverman (@catmsilverman) October 14, 2018
Pre shot movement gotta change
**Hums a song begging literally anyone to save me, please, save me**
Saturday night was Roberto Luongo’s 1,000th career NHL game, by the way.
That’s hard enough for skaters, who rarely reach the milestone while being expected to play a full 82-game season every year. For a goaltender to hit the number is absolutely unreal, and especially given that it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for Luongo.
While he had kind of a rough exit from the Vancouver Canucks, though, this is an awesome look at how he still came out on top in the end. [Sportsnet]
The Chicago Blackhawks are still managing to win games despite playing Cam Ward every night, by the way, which seems impressive until you see what was happening on their game-winner:
As the kids would say: I don’t know what it is, but this ain’t it.
In more goaltending news, here’s a look at how John Gibson keeps the Anaheim Ducks afloat (no pun intended) when they allow so many shots. [NHL on NBC]
Elias Pettersson may be hurt after a massive hit by Mike Matheson on Saturday night, but while he’s working on feeling better here’s a fun video of him teaching people how to say his name in Sweden:
How do you say your name? Is it "Elias Pettersson" or "Elias Pettersson"?— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 12, 2018
"It's Petey!" pic.twitter.com/V8VAdbiUfs
By the way, if you didn’t see this earlier this week, good luck not watching it a million times while laughing until you cry:
Me: I could definitely score an empty net goal in the NHL if you gave me the chance.— Michael Hurley (@michaelFhurley) October 12, 2018
Also me: pic.twitter.com/mK26vyLX4H
Finally, if you’re into women’s college hockey, here’s how you can watch every women’s NCAA team this year. [The Ice Garden]