Avalanche Blues Takeaways: 6-on-3 isn’t enough

Joel Quenneville, who coached the Avalanche and Blues, used to say, “If you don’t score in a 5-on-3, you probably won’t win the hockey game.”

Even more so if you don’t score in a 6v3.

Unfortunately, the Avalanche didn’t quite deserve to win this otherwise entertaining hockey game. Despite a 5-on-3 power play advantage with just under two full minutes remaining – increased to 6-on-3 after the keeper was pulled – the Avalanche failed to equalize against Jordan Binnington. Ball Arena’s final was 3-2 Blues.

My takeaways:

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  • The killer goal in that game was Brandon Saad’s when time ran out in the second half. A harmless looking shot was deflected off Cale Makar’s racquet and crept through to make it 2-1 with 1-01 left.
  • Binnington made 45 saves in the win. He was the difference in the last analysis. He made a few freeway robbery saves.
  • Alex Newhook was on the bench for most of the third half (until, oddly enough, he played a lot in the last two minutes) and Jared Bednar said: “He’s not playing the standard I set for him.”
  • Newhook has three points in 14 games, a -4. He played well in those two wins in Finland but is back in Bednar’s kennel.
  • “Too many fluctuations. Not skating and attacking,” Bednar added.
  • I thought Andreas Englund was looking pretty good for a first game with the team after a recall from the Eagles. He played a total of 11 pretty solid minutes.
  • Cale Makar: “I feel like we’ve done a lot of good things. We did everything right to win this game. Obviously a couple of unfortunate mistakes on my part and unfortunately my stick bounce off the net. Like I said, it’s hockey, so you’ll probably get her back eventually. Definitely for us [an] easy game to win. I feel like we did everything right, just couldn’t bring it out.”
  • At 5 and 6 against 3, Evan Rodrigues said: “We just didn’t meet. We did everything we wanted. There were a few bouncing pucks, but they just didn’t hit it.”

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev reacts after scoring in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues on Monday, November 14, 2022 in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

  • Mikko Rantanen also extended his points streak to five games, amassing 16 points (8g/8a) over that stretch. He has scored 20 points (9g/11a) in seven home competitions this season. Only four players in NHL history have scored 20 points in fewer games at home: Mario Lemieux (4 games 1988-89, 5 games 1995-96 & 6 games 1992-93), Wayne Gretzky (5 games 1986-87 & 6 games 1983-84), Pat LaFontaine (6 games 1992- 93) and Mike Bossy (6 games 1984-85).
  • Rantanen’s shot on goal was a real beauty. Long wrist remote post, from the right side.
  • Avs sent Sampo Ranta, Martin Kaut and Jayson Megna back to the Eagles. However, it could largely be one or more other cap moves.
  • I thought Ryan O’Reilly had a great two-way game for the Blues.
  • Sam Girard did not skate today but is scheduled to do so on Tuesday.

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