Wow, what a weird win. But when you’re a really good hockey team, like the Colorado Avalanche now is again, you get some cheapie wins like that.
Despite being outplayed and outshot for large swaths of the game, the Avs beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Friday night, to move them to within three points of the first-place St. Louis Blues for not only the Central Division lead, but that of the entire Western Conference. And, the Avs have two games in hand on the Blues, with the final game of the regular season to be held in Denver against the Blues.
A brilliant feed from Gabe Landeskog to Sam Girard, with a little more than four minutes left in the hockey game, resulted in Girard roofing a wrist shot to the right arm of ‘Canes goalie Anton Forsberg for the tiebreaking goal. Avs goalie Pavel Francouz (45 saves) allowed two third-period goals that tied the game for Carolina, but otherwise made a boatload of tough saves in outplaying Forsberg. The Hurricanes outshot the Avalanche 47-32.
I did a nice ReverseDaterJinx earlier in the game on Girard, so I take full credit for this happening.