#4 St. Louis Blues v. #1 Colorado Avalanche – Game 1
You want to talk about playoff intensity? Then this is going to be the playoff series to watch for you then. The Colorado Avalanche and the St. Louis Blues absolutely went at it in game one of their first round series. Game one featured some pretty great moments included a Cale Makar opening goal, and a save of the game by… a defenseman! Colorado has been my cup pick this entire season and in game one of their best of seven first round matchup they looked damn good. The Blues didn’t look too shabby either and my prediction of a short series might’ve been a bit overzealous… Let’s jump in.
The Avalanche would start the game strong in the first period. They looked every but like the contenders everyone sees them as and frankly anytime I get to watch Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar and Mikko Rantanen take the ice, it’s a treat. You just knew one of their big guns was going to open the scoring and low and behold one of them did. Cale Makar would walk the blueline and snap a quick wrister past Jordan Binnington at 15:15 of the first period. It was a classic move from Makar who made a Blues player look silly at the blueline before dancing to the high slot and scoring. The Avs were looking strong going into the second period.
The second period was a fun one. The teams would go back and forth and back and forth with both Binnington and Grubauer making great saves throughout. The save of the game though came from none other than Ryan Graves so slid across the goal mouth to rob one of the Blues players of an easy tap in goal. It was quite a nice display by the young defenseman. When it seemed all but certain the Avs would enter the second intermission with a 1-0 lead intact, Jordan Kyrou of the Blues changed that. At 16:21 of the second period, Kyrou would score on a nice shot after the refs missed a holding penalty he committed on Nazem Kadri. The Blues would enter the locker room tied with the Avalanche at one goal a piece. A wild third period was still to come.
The Avalanche would outlast the wild in 4-1 win after a strong third period that saw the Avs end the game. Even an empty net wasn’t enough for the Blues to get back in.