EDMONTON, ALBERTA – First off, this is like my 2,498th day writing from the bubble in Edmonton, or so it seems. So if I seem a little spent, wordsmith-wise, that might be an explanation. I think I need to study up more on this Game 6 by the Avs over the Stars, to learn a bit more about perseverance in the face of adversity, which in my case is trying to come up with the right words to describe what I saw here tonight.
To quote the late, great Jack Buck: “I don’t believe what I just saw.”
So there’s your column. Good night folks.
But seriously, what happened here tonight? How did a team using its third-string goalie, a team that came in all banged-up health-wise and lost two more players at some point in Game 6 tonight…how did that team completely outplay the Dallas Stars the final two periods and win going away, 4-1, to set up a Game 7 Friday night?
Beats me. All I know is this Avs team has more guts than maybe even I realized. I gotta be honest, I thought it was all over after Game 4. I mean, you’re down 3-1 to a tough, mostly healthy Stars team and now you’ve got to try and come back with Michael Hutchinson in net, a guy who they couldn’t drive to the airport fast enough in Toronto to get him out of town earlier this season. He gets acquired by the Avs at the deadline, but purely for last-resort reasons.
That last resort is now starting to look like La Costa.