Colorado went from having a 2-0 lead midway through the second period to a facing a 4-2 deficit by the time the second intermission arrived, en route to a 5-2 loss to Dallas on Monday night in Edmonton. With the win the Stars now lead the best-of-seven series 2-0 with Game 3 set for Wednesday night.
The Avalanche built up its 2-0 advantage thanks to a goal and an assist from Nathan MacKinnon but when Dallas went on a two-man advantage in the second period everything fell apart for Colorado.
“We got the game in our hands there, really through the first 30 minutes of the game until they get a power play, and then I think it’s a soft call to get them a 5-on-3 for almost two minutes.”Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog had to say after the game.
The Stars scored two power-play goals 63 seconds apart, one with a 5-on-3 advantage, the other at 5-on-4, to tie the score 2-2. Dallas scored twice more before the second period finally came to an end for the Avs, although the fourth goal wasn’t without controversy.
It was ruled on the ice that Dallas’ Esa Lindell scored with 46 seconds to go in the period, but upon video review it was not possible to confirm the puck ever crossed the goal line.
“That 4-2 goal, I don’t know how they’re going to explain this one. We’re still waiting for an explanation on this one. I don’t know how that’s going to happen. Either way, we got to find a way to get more scoring chances in the third.”Landeskog said about the controversial goal.
Despite needing to win four of the next five games in the series, Landeskog and company are nowhere close to throwing in the towel.
“It’s a seven-game series for a reason. We feel, more than anything, we’re in this thing. We’ve been up 2-0 before and we know how quickly it can turn and all of a sudden it’s a tight series. So, for us, like I said, it’s a seven-game series for a reason and there’s no quit in this group.”Landeskog said after the game.
- TheAthletic.com’s Ryan S. Clark wrote in depth about how the Avs lost their 2-0 lead and why they couldn’t manage to get it back.
- TheDNVR.com’s Evan Rawal handed out his player grades and lets just said Andre Burakovsky, Ryan Graves, Vladislav Namestnikov and J.T. Compher might need to do a little extra credit if they expect a passing grade at the end of the year.
- The Denver Post’s Mike Chambers wrote about how Colorado’s scoring depth has suddenly dried up in the first two games of the Western Conference semifinals.
- Avalanche-Stars results and schedule
|Game 1||Dallas 5, Colorado 3||Box score|
|Game 2||Dallas 5, Colorado 2||Box score|
|Game 3||Colorado 6, Dallas 4||Box score|
|Game 4||Dallas 5, Colorado 4||Box score|
|Game 5||Colorado 6, Dallas 3||Box score|
|Game 6||Colorado 4, Dallas 1||Box score|
|Date||Time (MT)||Home team||TV|
|Fri., Sept. 4||2 p.m.||Colorado||USA|