Avalanche Obliterate Golden Knights 7-1


Colorado Avalanche



Well, this game was certainly an entertaining one. After all the hype leading up to this series, this game did not disappoint. This game had it all. The two top teams in the NHL standings this year make this series must-watch television. This series sees superstars like Nathan MacKinnon and Mark Stone go head-to-head to see who can produce the majority of the offense. Tonight, it was all Colorado Avalanche on a weak Vegas Golden Knights team.


Questionable Plays

This game saw its fair share of questionable plays on each side. The two teams have realized real quick how much they despise each other. We will start with a questionable hit by Ryan Graves on Mattias Janmark. This hit is textbook interference with an extension upwards into Janmark’s neck. The hit took Janmark out of the game and he did not return later on. Not a good look for Graves and the Avalanche.



In response to this hit, we assume, Ryan Reaves takes exception. After a whistle on a save by Grubauer, Reaves locates Graves on the ice and starts to attack. He puts Graves in a chokeslam and repeatedly slams his head into the ice. Graves needed some help off the ice and later returned the game. The play saw Reaves get handed out a ten-minute match penalty and two minutes for roughing. After all the penalties were sorted out, the Avalanche were rewarded a nine-minute power-play. Yes. You read that right. A NINE-MINUTE POWER-PLAY.



Stars Came to Play

Even though all the drama, the Avalanche had their superstars show up in a big way tonight. Nathan MacKinnon is a top-three player in this league. I will die on that hill any day. He is one of the most electric players in the entire world and tonight showed why. He leads the entire NHL for goals in this postseason. MacKinnon now has eight goals in five-game so far, but he isn’t the only one performing for the Avalanche.

Cale Makar is already a born superstar in this league. He is going to win the Norris Trophy one day. Makar is only in his third NHL season. Even though it is only his third season, he looks like a 20-year veteran when he handles the puck. Tonight, he tallied on four more points and was a key factor in the Avalanche explosion. He scored the only goal on the nine-minute power-play. Even in a 7-1 game, that goal was a huge message to the entire Golden Knights team. That message is “Do not fuck with us”.



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