Sport Avalanche, top line take 50 shots, survive Blues to take Game 1

08:40  18 may  2021
08:40  18 may  2021 Source:   msn.com

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The Avalanche defeated the Blues in five games behind Joe Sakic's eight points (four goals, four assists) and Milan Hejduk's seven points (three goals, four assists). The squads have gone to battle in just one other postseason tilt, when the Avs earned a 2-1 win in the first contest of the round robin in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers last year. All time, the Avs hold a 68-66-18 mark against the Blues to go along with a 6-3-1 record in their last 10 on home ice. ROSTER REPORT. Colorado is likely to have some key players return just in time for Game 1 on Monday.

The St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche open Game 1 of their first-round series Monday night at Ball Arena. Here are three keys for the Avs. They need to continue their winning ways in Games 1 and 2 because their success will be more difficult at Enterprise Center with the Blues having the ability to match the Ryan O’Reilly line with Nathan MacKinnon’s line . That matchup was the big reason why St. Louis defeated Colorado in the last two meetings at Enterprise Center late last month.

The Blues and Jordan Binnington did everything they could, but the Avalanche broke through.

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The Avalanche got three tallies from three different players to take a 4-1 win over the Blues on home ice in Game 1. using 50 shots on goal to get there. It easily could have gone the other way.

The Avalanche weren’t intimidated by an overly-physical Blues approach, and in fact seemed to turn it into their own advantage.

Norris candidate Cale Makar scored the first goal for Colorado, but it was quickly knotted up by Jordan Kyrou in the first period. After that, the Avalanche outshot the Blues 28-16, but Binnington stepped up to keep them off the scoreboard.

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Vladimir Tarasenko will return to the lineup for the St. Louis Blues when they play the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup First Round at Ball Arena on Monday. The forward practiced Saturday and Sunday after missing the final six regular-season games, and eight of the last nine, with a lower-body injury. Perron also led the Blues with 21 power-play points, and his six power-play goals were tied with Schenn for second, one behind forward Mike Hoffman (seven). Tarasenko is expected to take Perron's spot on the left side of the power play. "We had to find a different look here," Berube said.

Game 1 at Colorado - Mon, May 17 at 9 pm Game 2 at Colorado - Wed, May 19 at 9:30 pm Game 3 vs Have a strong, relentless forecheck and get the Avs to take penalties. Shut down their top line and make them rely more heavily on their depth, that's where you have the advantage. Avs in: 4: Doubt it 5: Possible if things go right 6: Most likely winning outcome 7: 50 / 50 chance if it comes to this.

The Colorado offense couldn’t be held down for long, though.

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Nathan MacKinnon sat out in four of the last five games of the regular season, but looked like he didn’t miss a beat. He tallied 30 seconds into the third and picked up an assist as Colorado overwhelmed the Blues.

Makar and Devon Toews put out a strong defensive effort, and the Blues offense struggled to generate chances after trailing. Gabriel Landeskog scored 8:30 into the frame — sealing a Gordie Howe hat trick — and the Avalanche held on.

The other member of the Avalanche top line, Mikko Rantanen, finished with two helpers. He had his chances to find the net, too; he missed an essentially open net in the first period and was stuffed on a break-in by Binnington. He did enough to find the scoreboard, though, and contribute with the rest of the Avs’ top players.

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Nathan MacKinnon scored two goals to help the Colorado Avalanche extend their point streak to 13 MacKinnon increased the lead to 3- 1 at 13:11 of the second period, skating from inside the Colorado blue line and shooting five-hole from low in "It was a pretty good hockey game , we took too many penalties tonight NOTES: Blues forward Ivan Barbashev was minus- 1 with one blocked shot in 10

Binnington, no matter the result, was tested like crazy. He dealt with 49 shots from the Avalanche — an avalanche of shots, if you will — and he stopped 46 of them, 41 coming at even strength.

St. Louis could take a game or two if he continues to play this well, but they don’t want to be giving up 50 shots a game. Clearly, the Avalanche are too tough, for that kind of an effort alone.

The Blues made an effort to keep physical against the skillful Avs, including a massive on-ice scrum at the end of the game that ended with a frustrated Binnington storming off the ice. Brayden Schenn went at it against Landeskog, en route to the latter’s Goride Howe hat trick, in the first period too.

St. Louis only managed single-digit shots in the first and third periods. Their lone breakthrough came from Kyrou, but they only challenged Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer with 23 shots on net.

It read like a game where the Blues thought they could out-muscle the Avalanche, but Colorado not only held their own, but perhaps won that matchup as well. The Blues were lacking David Perron, and their offense struggled for it.

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Top 100 Forwards. Top 50 Defensemen. Top 25 Goalies. You've got to take advantage of the home games." - - Canadiens forward Nick Cousins. Mats Zuccarello's shot deflects off a defender's skate and in for a goal just before the power play expires that ties the game 1 -1 in the 1st. Avalanche have three games postponed due to COVID-19 protocol. Will not play Kings, Blues ; targeting April 21 for

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That could have been part of the frustrated response from the Blues, a team that, when they are at their best, is used to frustrating their opponents. Colorado made it clear it won’t be having any of that, though; not only can the Avalanche out-score anyone, but they can take — and deliver — a hit as well.

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Marisa Ingemi is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop her a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow her on Twitter @Marisa_Ingemi.

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The Blues’ team-leading scorer was placed on the NHL’s COVID-19 list.“He’s a big part of our team,” Blues defenseman Colton Parayko told ESPN. “Great player. Works hard. Puts up a lot of points.

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