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.
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 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.
Semyon Varlamov tied the franchise single-season record for goalie wins held by Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy and Paul Stastny had another big game in his hometown in a penalty-filled 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.
Tyson Barrie scored in the final minute of regulation, and then scored again in the shootout, leading the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
Gabriel Landeskog’s late goal scoring kept the Colorado Avalanche’s winning streak going.
The Colorado Avalanche are back in the postseason.