Andre Benoit scored off an assist from rookie Nathan MacKinnon with 31.4 seconds left in overtime, lifting the Avalanche to a 3-2 win over the Red Wings on Thursday night.
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.
When Semyon Varlamov was yanked in Russia’s final hockey game at the Sochi Olympics after allowing three goals in 15 shots, the shock wave was felt 6,269 miles away in Denver.
The Colorado Avalanche will get back on the ice Wednesday evening against the Los Angeles Kings and all four Avs Olympians will be on the ice, including the two who brought home medals.
If the Avalanche’s season ended right now, they would have 18-year-old Nathan MacKinnon at the top of their list goal scorers.
Milan Hejduk still laces up his skates every day and heads out onto the ice, where his notoriously quick wrists continue to send puck after puck skittering into the net.
Is there an expiration date on chasing a dream? How about more than a decade? That’s how long Garett Bembridge has been playing professional hockey. Right now he’s playing for the Denver Cutthroats, but his dream is to play in the NHL.
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson has been suspended by the NHL for two games without pay on Tuesday for slashing New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen.
The Colorado Avalanche have signed goaltender Semyon Varlamov to a five-year extension that goes through the 2018-19 season.
Ryan O’Reilly scored for Colorado, which has lost three straight. The bad news kept coming for the Avalanche when coach Patrick Roy said star center Matt Duchene injured an oblique during the third period.