#1 Colorado Avalanche v. #4 St. Louis Blues – Game 3
Avalanche Leads Series 2-0
The Colorado Avalanche and the St. Louis Blues took to the ice in game three of their first round matchup on Friday and after losing to Colorado in game two, the Blues were looking to avoid the dreaded 3-0 hole. The Avalanche seem primed to put their foot on the neck of the Blues. Let’s jump in.
After a first period that came and went without any scoring, the second period is when things quickly went from bad to worse for the St. Louis Blues. Just two minutes into the second period, Ryan Graves turned on the jets after exiting the penalty box and took advantage of a horrible decision by Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington. Binnington came way out of his crease to play the puck but Graves beat him to it and fired the puck into the empty net from the boards for a 1-0 Avalanche lead. It was Graves’ first goal of the playoffs. Next, at 12:37 of the second period, Alex Newhook would score his first career playoff goal after finding a juicy rebound in the right circle. Newhook, one of the Avalanches prize young player and an NCAA stand out, wasted no time firing the puck into the open net.
The train kept on rolling for the Avalanche as Tyson Jost would go on to score his first goal of the playoffs at 16:08 of the second period. Jost would break into the St. Louis zone on a 2-on-1 with Gabriel Landeskog and fire a shot that Binnington originally saved but, he was able to get the rebound and go top cheese with his shot for a 3-0 Avalanche lead. Tyler Bozak would pot the Blues only goal of the game on a shorthanded chance at 16:17 of the second period. That would all the Blues could in that second period and as it turned out… the game. The third was more of a nightmare for St. Louis.
At 13:42 of the third period, Brandon Saad would make it 4-1 Avalanche. Saad and Andre Burakovsky would hook up for a beautiful play in transition. Burkovsky carried the puck into the Blues zone and sent a perfect pass over to a streaking Saad, who backhanded the puck past Binnington to score one of the prettiest goals of the playoffs so far. The Avalanche would land the final punch of the game at 19:06 of the third period when J.T. Compher would bank a shot off the boards and into the empty net.
With a 5-1 win on Friday night in game three, the Avalanche take a 3-0 lead in the series against the Blues with an opportunity to close the series out Sunday night in St. Louis. The Avalanche look well on their way to getting to the second round.