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.
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.
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.
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.
Erik Johnson had a goal and an assist and the Colorado Avalanche earned a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.
Patrick Roy smiled and appeared calm upon his first trip back to Montreal’s Bell Centre as a visiting head coach.
Colorado Avalanche forward P.A. Parenteau will miss at least four weeks with a right knee injury, coach Patrick Roy said Tuesday after a team workout.
Colorado is in the mix for one of the top playoff seeds in the Western Conference, and first-year coach Patrick Roy thinks the Avalanche are one of the NHL’s biggest surprises.
Nick Holden scored two goals, Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and an assist and the Colorado Avalanche rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-3 on Sunday night.
After 10 days off, the Colorado Avalanche, minus their Olympians, got back to work Thursday morning. Head Coach Patrick Roy worked the team hard. If fact, the practice almost had a training camp feel to it.