ST. LOUIS – Well, that game sure turned fast. The Colorado Avalanche, I thought, was in good shape here in St. Louis, up 2-1 with time running out in the second period. Get into the dressing with a lead heading to the third?
That’s what you want if you’re a road team playing a championship team.
And then, with one errant high stick by Nazem Kadri, everything changed. Final score: St. Louis 5, Avalanche 2.
Kadri’s errant high stick drew a small (very, very small) cut on Colton Parayko’s chin, and referees allowed a double-minor. If you’re going to get scored upon in a double-minor PK situation, you want it to happen after the first two minutes are up. Instead, St. Louis scored one goal within the first two minutes, got the PP clock reset to 2:00 and scored another goal.