Erik Johnson saved the night for Colorado with his quick feet and thinking.The defenseman raced from the blue line to the goal line and swatted away a puck shy of sliding in for a game-sealing, empty-net goal by Minnesota late in regulation.
When Paul Stastny scored the game winner in overtime at the Pepsi Center to give the Colorado Avalanche a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, the whole arena erupted, which included Denver Nuggets star point guard Ty Lawson.
Paul Stastny scored 7:27 into overtime after tying the game with 13.4 seconds remaining in regulation, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild in the opener of the Western Conference quarterfinals on Thursday night.
The Colorado Avalanche will be without forward John Mitchell and defenseman Cory Sarich in Game 1 of their playoff series against Minnesota on Thursday night.
Patrick Roy finished his Hall of Fame goaltending career in heartbreaking fashion as the Colorado Avalanche lost to Minnesota on an overtime goal in Game 7 of the 2003 postseason.
Patrick Roy’s fiery personality was on full display in the opening game when the Colorado coach got into a heated exchange with Anaheim, banging his hands again and again on the glass partition until it tilted.
As the season went along and the Colorado Avalanche kept winning and winning, they broadened their ambitions: From simply making the playoffs to accumulating 100 points to capturing a division title.
The biggest difference for the Colorado Avalanche this year may be head coach Patrick Roy.
Denver is showing its support for the Colorado Avalanche as they get ready for the playoffs.
The Avs clinched the Central Division, gaining the No. 2 position in the conference, and will play top wild card team Minnesota in the first round of the NHL Playoffs.