Frankie says… relax. Check it out, kids. It’s a song from the 1980s, when people in this country still had fun. Pavel Francouz was Frankie tonight, and if he wasn’t going to Hollywood (I’m not about to give up that pop culture nexus just yet), he was at least going full triangle with the Carolina Hurricanes.
With a 48-15 lead, Frankie told Colorado Avalanche fans they could finally relax with a 3-2 overtime win at Raleigh. The Avalanche swept the Season Series away from the Hurricanes, beating them twice in one week.
Too many great saves from Frankie tonight to mention individually. Honestly, Frankie stole the hockey game, a game the Avalanche had NO right to win. Best goalie performance I’ve seen in a long time. Memories that come to mind: Craig Anderson defeated San Jose in a playoff game, 2010, Patrick Roy on… countless occasions.
Also, a great quote from Frankie to Kyle Keefe right after the game:
Frankie to @kylekeefetv: “It wasn’t the nicest win for us, but we have a huge two points and we’re happy to go”
— Adrian Dater (@adater) November 18, 2022
That was a stagecoach robbery tonight, folks. The Hurricanes appeared to have had the puck the entire hockey game, and the final shot counts reflect that. But somehow the Avalanche won the game, with an overtime goal from Artturi “Mr. Clutch” Lehkonen after a great pass to a 3v2 from JT Compher.
Lehkonen once slapped past Antti Raanta and that was the hockey game. A great win for the Avs, a great win for Frankie.
When the Hurricanes failed to score on their 1:49 power play before the end of regulation on an accidental high stick by Alex Newhook, I knew the Avalanche would win. Carolina was just nervous all night knowing she had blown her last, best chance to beat the Stanley Cup champions in her barn.
TAKE-AWAYS AND OBSERVATIONS
- Newhook had a great game despite the accidental high stick. He scored a great mini breakaway goal after a great pass from Josh Manson and almost scored a couple of other times.
- Poor Andreas Englund. The Eagles’ recent call-up leads Frankie to body checks late in the game, leading to Carolina’s equalizer. I’m not sure what kind of blame Jared Bednar No 88 will place for that, but there’s no doubt Englund isn’t comfortable with it tonight.
- OK, now let’s state the obvious: The Avalanche can’t play games like this and expect them to win. Frankie got his team’s butt out of trouble today, but a pro hockey team should never get just 14 shots on target over time Game.
- Cale Makar played 32:48 in the game.
- Carolina is a good team. This could have been a preview of the cup final. However, the Hurricanes have some problems in goal with Raanta. Freddy Andersen is injured. Carolina can only hope he comes back soon.
- Englunds Corsi tonight: Two competitions for, 14 against. Not good Bob.
- On the other hand, Andrew Cogliano’s 4-20 Corsi wasn’t that good either.
- Neither was Erik Johnson’s 4-24.
- Or Anton Bldhs 1-9.
- Or Logan O’Connor’s 3-19.
- Makar’s Corsi was 16-17. Along with Newhook and Pavel Francouz, they were the best players for the Avalanche tonight along with Lehks.
- By the way, some great analysis tonight in Adam Foote’s Altitude studio. Also looks sharp:
- Keep in mind that Avalanche is currently without five good players (Landeskog, Girard, Byram, Nichushkin, Helm).