It was a rough Saturday night for your Colorado Avalanche. The Avs lost to Carolina 3-1 to lose their second straight on this road trip while dropping the sixth of their last seven games. It was a lackluster performance all around. Tyson Barrie was the best player on the ice for the Avs while Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves, proving he is all the way back from his injury.
This game was further proof that this team just doesn't have enough firepower without Nathan MacKinnon. The Avs will look to avoid going 0-3 on the road trip with a game tonight against the Sabres.
*Apologies for the lack of a post-game recap. I was supposed to do it last night, but I just wasn't healthy enough to stay up any later. As any parent of a small child will tell, when you toddler gets sick, prepare to get sick yourself a couple days later.
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While it wasn’t a fun night for Avalanche fans, it was a very emotional one for fans in Tampa Bay.
Last night, the Tampa Bay Lightning retired the #4 in honor of franchise legend Vincent Lecavalier. He is one of (if not) the best players to ever put on a Lightning jersey and yesterday he was properly recognized for it.
Our friends at Raw Charge have a great breakdown of both the player and the emotional night. [Raw Charge]
There were some sour grapes in Montreal last night. After the Canadiens lost to the Nashville Predators, their former teammate P.K. Subban was the topic of discussion. These are two teams going in opposite directions and Brendan Gallagher doesn't seem to be handling it very well. [Sportsnet]
In Toronto, it was a banner night for everyone’s favorite trade target Mitch Marner. The 20-year old put up a career-high 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators. The line of Marner, Patrick Marleau and Nazem Kadri were absolutely dominant playing against Matt Duchene all night.
Staying in Tampa Bay, last night Andrei Vasilevskiy gave us the best save of the season and one of the best you will ever see.
Here it is from Kopitar's point of view - in slow motion.
While in Arizona, Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michael Neuvirth made history last night as the only goalie ever to record a win in the NHL with 0:00 minutes played and 0 saves made. Neuvirth replaced an injured Brian Elliott during the shootout and was the goalie of record when his team eventually won the game.
Only the Arizona Coyotes can be bad enough to lose to a goalie that doesn’t make a single save.
In less fun news for a great goalie, Tuukka Rask lost in regulation for the first time in 21 games. That’s right, 21 games. The Boston Bruins netminder was 19-0-2, putting together one of the best runs you’ll ever see. [NHL]